News & Notes: Help Democrats Get on the Ballot

January 12, 2022

In this issue: Help Democrats get on the ballot, Discriminatory covenants targeted, President Biden talks about patriotism on 1/6, Volunteer spotlight, Economic update, Upcoming events, and Winter fun in the Lake County forest preserves.

Petition Time! Help Democrats Get on the Ballot

With so much at stake in the upcoming 2022 elections, we need all hands on deck.

We can’t get Democrats elected if we can’t get them on the ballot. But you can help.

Democrats throughout Lake County are kicking off a push for signatures on petitions so candidates can get (and stay) on the ballot. The window for circulating petitions begins tomorrow (January 13).

To help, check out Upcoming Events below for petition-signing opportunities near you.

President Biden Talks Patriotism at Capitol on Jan. 6th

Volunteer Spotlight

Lake Dems is grateful for our many active volunteers, including the following:

Steven Urizar is a precinct committeeperson from Gurnee. For a couple of years, he has managed our Lake Dems Facebook group, making sure it’s a place for Democrats to easily find interesting, relevant content for–and contributed by–group members. Steven’s work helps make spending time in the Facebook group worthwhile.

Farah Laman is a tech professional and political volunteer from Hawthorn Woods. Farah has helped us elect several Democrats since she became active in 2018. Organizing with a purpose, whether for meetings, committees, or petitions drives, Farah, simply put, helps move things forward.

Vice President Harris Describes Improving Economy

Upcoming Events

From the calendar at lakedems.org/meetings-and-events/. Submit your event here. For more detailed information, check the calendar.

THURSDAY, JAN. 13

Fremont Township Democrats January Meeting. Online via Zoom and live at the Lakeside Recreation Center, 900 South Lake St. in Mundelein (in the small party room). 6pm. Food available at the Dockside Diner. Topics include petition-signing and comments by Maria Peterson, candidate for Illinois State Senate, and Lake County Board member Jessica Vealitzek.

SATURDAY, JAN. 15

Donuts for Democrats Drive-Through in Libertyville. Libertyville Township Democrats sponsor a drive-through style petition-gathering event to get Dems on the ballot. Free coffee and donuts will be served. 8:30-11am. Adler Lodge, 1500 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

Joyce Mason and Gina Roberts Petition Kickoff in Beach Park/Zion. Attendees can stop by and sign petitions for Joyce Mason, candidate for re-election as State Representative, and Gina Roberts, candidate for Lake County Board. Masks are required indoors and notaries will be present. Breakfast and training: 9:30-10am; petition pickup/dropoff: 9:30am-12:30pm at 10481 W. Illinois Ave., Beach Park.

Ela Dems and Palatine Dems Petition Event with Congressman Mike Quigley. Drive-through petition drive and an opportunity to pass signature sheets to your friends and family. 10am-1pm, Deer Park Office Complex, 21660 W. Field Pkwy, Deer Park.

Nabeela Syed for State Representative Volunteer Kickoff. Volunteer kickoff for Nabeela Syed, candidate for State Representative, to sign petitions and collect signatures. 10am-noon, Palatine Hills Golf Course Clubhouse, 512 West Northwest Highway, Palatine.

Senator Julie Morrison and Representative Bob Morgan Petition Kickoff. 11am-4pm, Laborers’ Hall 152, 409 Temple Ave., Highland Park. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in WaukeganNAACP Lake County and Waukegan Public Library host a free Covid-19 vaccine clinic. Walk-ins welcome. All vaccines will be available, including 1st, 2nd, and booster shots for ages 5 and up. Vaccines provided by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). 11am-1pm. Waukegan Public Library, 128 North County Street, Waukegan. To make an appointment, call NAACP 847-672-9251. For help in Spanish, call 847-775-2547.

Campaign Launch for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senator Laura Fine and Representatives Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and Robyn Gabel. Shifts from 11am-2pm and 1-4pm. Sketchbook Brewing Company, 4901 Main St., Skokie. Mask and proof of vaccination required to attend.

Petition Kickoff for Adriane Johnson, Rita Mayfield, and Mary Ross Cunningham.

Petition Kickoff for State Senator Adriane Johnson, State Representative Rita Mayfield and Lake County Board Member Mary Ross Cunningham. Mask and proof of vaccination required to attend. 11:30am-4pm, Democratic Headquarters Office, 118 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.

Joyce Mason and Carissa Casbon Petition Kickoff in Lindenhurst/Lake Villa. Stop by and sign petitions for Joyce Mason, candidate for re-election as State Representative; Carissa Casbon, candidate for Lake County Board; and other candidates. Lunch and training: 12:30-1pm; petition pickup/dropoff: 12:30-3:30pm. Lake Villa District Library, 140 N. Munn Road, Lindenhurst.

SUNDAY, JAN. 16

Petition Kickoff for Adriane Johnson, Dan Didech, and Holly Kim.

Petition Kickoff for State Senator Adriane Johnson, State Representative Dan Didech, and Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim. Mask and proof of vaccination required. 10am-2pm, Bagels By The Book, 870 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

Campaign Launch for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senator Laura Fine and Representatives Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and Robyn Gabel. Shifts from 11am-2pm and 1-4pm. Democratic Party of Evanston, 1806 Church St., Evanston. Mask and proof of vaccination required to attend.

Joyce Mason and Carissa Casbon Petition Kickoff in Gurnee. Stop by and sign petitions for Joyce Mason, candidate for re-election as State Representative; Carissa Casbon, candidate for Lake County Board, and other candidates. Lunch and training: 12:30-1pm; petition pickup/dropoff: 12:30-3:30pm. McAlister’s Deli, 6557 Grand Ave., Gurnee.

State Senator Ram Villivalam Re-election Campaign Kickoff with Jan Schakowsky, Mike Quigley and Don Harmon. Special guests Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congressman Mike Quigley, and State Senate President Don Harmon. There will be refreshments, petitions available to sign, and the chance to sign up for volunteer slots. Proof of vaccination required. 3-4:30pm, Holiday Inn Skokie, 5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie.

MONDAY, JAN. 17

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Dreamers’ Event. 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Dreamers’ Event with the program theme, “Know Your History, Know Your Future!” Guest speakers: Rev. Dr. William Barber and Pastor James T. Meeks. Other speakers: Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and U.S. Senator Richard Durbin. 10am-noon on Zoom. For tickets, visit www.waukegantownship.comFor more information, call 847-244-9242. 

Zooming In on New Election Maps and Candidates with Moraine DemsWe’ll hear about the new congressional, legislative, county board, and precinct maps in Moraine Township, and hear from Democratic candidates running this year. In honor of Dr. King’s leadership in the struggle to guarantee voting rights, this subject is a fitting topic for MLK Day. 6:30pm discussion on Zoom. (Click here to sign up.) 

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19

Deputy Voter Registrar Training in Waukegan. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and registered to vote in Lake County. The event is open only to Lake County residents who are interested in helping to register new voters. Training takes about an hour. 10am, Lake County Court Tower, Sheriff’s Training Room, 301 Washington St., FL 1, Waukegan.

Wauconda Township Democrats January Meeting. Guest speakers include 2022 candidates: U.S. Representative Bill Foster (for the 11th District), Anthony Vega (for Lake County Clerk), and Judge Rochford (for Illinois Supreme Court). 6:30-7:30pm online via Zoom.

THURSDAY, JAN. 20

Indivisible Western Lake County (IWLC) January Meeting. Attendees will hear comments from Nancy Rotering, candidate for Illinois Supreme Court District 2; Mary Edly-Allen, candidate for State Senate; Anthony Vega, candidate for Lake County Clerk; and Laura Dias, candidate for State Representative. 7-8:30pm online.

SATURDAY, JAN. 22

Petitions and Coffee for Julie Morrison, Sandy Hart, and Bob Morgan. Petitions and Coffee for State Senator Julie Morrison, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, and State Representative Bob Morgan. Mask and proof of vaccination required. 10am-noon, Hansa Coffee Roasters, 600 Walnut Ave., Lake Bluff.

Drive-Up Petition Signing Event for Candidates Maria Peterson and Chelsea Laliberte Barnes. Maria Peterson, candidate for the 26th State Senate District, and Chelsea Laliberte Barnes, candidate for the 51st State House District, hold a petition-signing event in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. Coffee and donuts will be served. 1-4pm, Palatine Aquatic Center Parking Lot, at 340 E. Palatine Road, Palatine.

Winter Reception for Nabeela Syed. Reception for Nabeela Syed, candidate for State Representative. 3-5pm, Emmett’s Brewing Company, 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine.

SUNDAY, JAN. 23

Drive-Up Petition Signing and Food Drive for Cuba Township Food Bank. Cuba Township Democrats sponsor a drive-up opportunity to sign petitions for candidates at all levels of government. Attendees are requested to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food bank. 10am-2pm, parking lot of All American Reclaim, 900 W. Northwest Hwy, Lake Barrington.

Schneider for Congress January 2022 Coffee Club. A virtual coffee club with Congressman Brad Schneider.  A virtual coffee club with Congressman Brad Schneider. Zoom link provided upon RSVP. 11am-noon.

THURSDAY, JAN. 27

Fremont Dems Donkey Fest Fundraiser. Live music and food to buy. Candidates welcome. Petitions will be available to sign and distribute. Attendees are asked to be vaccinated and boosted, and to wear a mask. 6-10pm at the Irish Mill, 26592 N. IL Route 83, Mundelein.

Organizations and candidates: If you are planning a petition-signing event, please let us know ASAP. Click here to submit your event

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