News & Notes: Weekend Whirlwind

January 19, 2022

In this Issue: Whirlwind Kicks Off Petition Season • Boost Lake Dems’ Impact on Social Media ● Volunteer Spotlight  ● Upcoming Events ● Bridges to Be Repaired

Whirlwind Kicks Off Petition Season

By Lauren Beth Gash

Chair, Lake County Democrats

Candidate petition season is underway! Our Lake County Democrats were active this weekend, with more than a dozen petition events at various locations around the county, and numerous canvassers out in the neighborhoods collecting signatures.

Its hard work in a shortened petition period of 60 days instead of 90 (because of the change in the primary election schedule). Our lawyers spent time making sure candidate petitions were legally valid. Lake Dems volunteers shuttled petitions around the county to numerous events, township organizations, and individuals.

It was quite a whirlwind, and thank you to all our many volunteers who work hard and make a difference! But what a successful weekend — and we will keep going until petitions are turned in, March 7th through 14th. If you can collect signatures for some or all of our candidates, please contact us at

Boost Lake Dems’ Impact on Social Media

Volunteer Spotlight

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

Louise Donahue is a precinct committeeperson from Libertyville who helps elect Democrats in Lake County. She served as campaign coordinator for Jennifer Banek in her successful campaign for Lake County Coroner when Jennifer defeated an incumbent Republican. Louise pitches in at events with whatever needs help. She’s the editor of this very publication youre reading right now, Lake Dems News & Notes. In fact, Louise is an all-around wonderful person and is probably a little embarrassed by us writing this about her. (Note from the News & Notes Team: Too bad, Louise!)

Upcoming Events

Events below are taken from the complete list of Upcoming Events at here to submit your event. 


Deputy Voter Registrar Training in Waukegan. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and registered to vote in Lake County. Training is open only to Lake County residents  interested in helping register new voters. 10am, Waukegan. To register and more.

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. For Zoom link and more.


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. For Zoom link and more.


Petitions and Coffee for State Senator Julie Morrison, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, and State Representative Bob Morgan. 10am-noon, Lake Bluff. More.

Drive-Up Petition Signing Event for 26th State Senate District Candidate Maria Peterson and 51st State House District Candidate Chelsea Laliberte Barnes. Coffee and donuts served. 1-4pm, Palatine. To register and more.

Winter Reception for Nabeela Syed, 51st State House District Candidate. 3-5pm, Palatine. To register and more.


Drive-Up Petition Signing and Food Drive for Cuba Township Food Bank. Cuba Township Democrats-sponsored event, 11am-2pm in Lake Barrington. More.

Day of Action for State Senator Adriane Johnson and State Representative Dan Didech. 11am-3pm, Libertyville. Libertyville Township Democrats and Fremont Township Democrats-sponsored event. Meet the candidates, canvass, and enjoy coffee and bagels. More.

Day of Action: Coffee and Canvassing for PetitionsWest Deerfield Dems and Moraine Township Dems event. 11am-4pm, Riverwoods. More.

Schneider for Congress January 2022 Virtual Coffee Club. Zoom link provided upon RSVP. 11am-noon. For link and more.


Fremont Dems Donkey Fest Fundraiser. Live music and food to buy. Candidates welcome. Petitions will be available to sign and distribute. 6-10pm, Mundelein. To RSVP and more.

Warren Township Democrats January Meeting. Online discussion to include precinct maps, petition drives and petitions available for circulation, and results from the Holiday Fundraiser. Guest speakers: Laura Dias and Tom Maillard, Democratic candidates for State Representative District 62. For meeting link and more.


Virtual Celebration in Support of Lake County’s Illinois House Delegation:  Representatives Jonathan Carroll, Dan Didech, Joyce Mason, Rita Mayfield, Bob Morgan, and Sam Yingling6:30pm online. Special guests: Governor JB Pritzker and House Speaker Chris Welch. To register and more.

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