News & Notes: Pritzker to Propose Tax Relief

February 2, 2022

In this Issue: Governor Pritzker to Propose Relief on Grocery, Gas, Property Taxes ● Schneider Discusses New Democrat Coalition Strategies on MSNBC’s

“Morning Joe” Program ● Manufacturing Jobs Soar Under Biden ● Do Your Part by Signing Candidate Petitions ● Volunteer Spotlight ● In Case You Missed It ● Upcoming Events

Governor Pritzker to Propose Relief on Grocery, Gas, Property Taxes

Illinoisans would save nearly $1 billion in taxes under the proposal Governor Pritzker is expected to announce during his combined State of the State and budget address on Wednesday.

Under the proposal, homeowners would get a $300 one-year rebate and taxes on gasoline and groceries would be frozen.

Click here to watch the State of the State address live at noon Wednesday 

Schneider Discusses New Democrat Coalition Strategies on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Program

Manufacturing Jobs Soar Under Biden

Do Your Part by Signing Candidate Petitions 

Lake County Democrats are hosting petition-signing events all over the county! We had a successful, big “Snack, Sign and Notarize” recently at the Federation of Teachers Hall in Gurnee, with candidates (and their representatives), notaries, and lawyers available to check over petitions.

The petition-gathering period is shorter this time around—and it is in the dead of winter, unlike in usual years when the signing period is mainly in the fall. So please help our good Democratic candidates by attending one of the events in your area listed in Upcoming Events below.

You can also pick up petitions at the events to circulate to your friends and neighbors, if you want to, and get them notarized at one of our events when you are done. And if you can’t attend a petition event, please contact Lake Dems at and we will get petitions or a notary to you.

Volunteer Spotlight

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

Seth Kaberon, who lives in Highland Park, is a practicing attorney who volunteers with Lake Dems in several law-related roles. Seth serves on the Democratic Election Protection team as an attorney/pollwatcher. He also helps us obtain continuing legal education credits (CLE) for lawyers who attend trainings for our Democratic election protection activities and other law-related programs. Seth also volunteers at expungement events to help clear arrest records of people who, even though they’ve never been convicted of a crime, face barriers to obtaining employment or rental housing. And right now, as a notary public, Seth plays a crucial role in Democratic petition drives across the county.

In Case You Missed It

Upcoming Events

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


Groundhog Day – Evening Hike with Climate AdvocatesCitizens Climate Lobby-Lake County sponsors an evening, 1.3-mile hike through Old School Forest Preserve. Small, solar-powered lights absorb light during the day to illuminate the trails at night. 6:30-8:30pm. To register and more.

Meeting with Northwest Lake County Democrats to Move Things Forward in 2022Democrats in Northwest Lake County, an area turning more blue but with more work to do, are meeting (virtually) to discuss how to keep moving forward in 2022. Leaders of the Lake County Democrats will also share ideas and discuss what we can do to help elect more Democrats to offices from Washington to closer to home. 7pm on Zoom. More.


Snack & Sign Petition Drive in Zion. Zion and Benton Township Democrats offer an opportunity to sign petitions and grab a snack to go. 6-8pm in Zion. More.

Petition Signing, Notarizing and Turn-In Day in Highland Park with Moraine Dems and West Deerfield Dems. Attendees may sign petitions and take petitions to circulate. Notaries will be on hand. Coffee and tea will be available. 1-5pm. More.

Drive-Thru Petition Signing and Meet the Candidates in Lindenhurst. 1-3pm in Lindenhurst. Indivisible Western Lake County (IWLC) sponsors this event for people to get Democratic candidates on the ballot and meet the candidates. More.


Lake Zurich Love Petition Signing for State Senate Candidate Maria Peterson and State House Candidate Chelsea Laliberte BarnesCoffee and Valentine-themed donuts served, 1-4pm. More.

Drive-Thru Petition Signing and Meet the Candidates in Lindenhurst. 1-3pm in Lindenhurst. Indivisible Western Lake County (IWLC) sponsors this event for people to get Democratic candidates on the ballot and meet the candidates. More.

State Representative Candidate Laura Faver Dias Holds Political Pursuit – Virtual Trivia Campaign KickoffOnline via Zoom, 4-5pm, with special guest State Sen. Melinda Bush. To register and more.

Brad Schneider and Cheri Bustos Conversation, “What does it take for Democrats to win in 2022?” A conversation with Congressman Brad Schneider and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. 7-8pm on Zoom. More.


Deputy Voter Registrar Training in Libertyville. Must be at least 18 years of age and registered to vote in Lake County. Open only to Lake County residents interested in helping register new voters. 3pm, training takes about an hour. If you’re interested in helping organize voter registration, contact Lake Dems at info@lakedems.comTo register online and more.

Newport Township Democrats Monthly Meeting. 7pm. More.


Rep. Jonathan Carroll Campaign Kickoff Fundraiser. 7-9pm, Northbrook. More.


Wauconda Township Democrats Petition Signing and New Shoe Drive Event. 10-2pm in Wauconda. Candidates at all levels of government will be attending this drive-through event. It’s an opportunity to meet the candidates, donate new shoes, enjoy hot chocolate, and sign petitions. More.


Chocolate Fest Virtual Fundraiser for Kristina Zahorik, Candidate for State Central Committee, 11th District. 2-3pm on Zoom. More.



Celebration of Candidate for Lake County Clerk Anthony Vega’s 30th Birthday. 6-8pm in Waukegan. More.

How Do I Join Lake County Democrats?

Lake County Democrats is made up of people like you, people who are passionate about building better communities and a better world. We’re a grassroots political organization, working with Democrats in all parts of Lake County – from Antioch to Highland Park, Libertyville to Waukegan, Barrington to Zion. Become a member online now or send a check payable to Lake County Democrats to P.O. Box 671, Lake Zurich, IL 60047. Questions? Contact

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