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Upcoming Events and More / October 13, 2021

Indigenous Peoples’ Day and National Coming Out Day Celebrated on Monday

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 10/16: Democrats Open House at ArtWauk in Waukegan. Lake County Democratic Headquarters, 118 N. Genesee St., 5-7:30pm. Wine, cheese, and snacks available. Refreshments provided by State Representative Rita Mayfield. Feel free to stop by to talk with some of our local Democratic leaders about volunteer opportunities.

Sunday, 10/17: West Deerfield Dems Fall Gathering. Event features hot cider, kids’ crafts, and snacks. 2-4pm, Bannockburn Park, 2245 Telegraph Road, Bannockburn.

Monday, 10/18: Brad Schneider Webinar: Medicare Open Enrollment. Congressman Brad Schneider and SHIP Coordinator Melissa Versch from the North Shore Senior Center present webinar. 6-7pm.

Wednesday, 10/20: Personal PAC 28th Annual Awards Luncheon with Georgia’s U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock. Virtual program, noon to 1:25pm.

Thursday, 10/21: Virtual Reception for Susana Mendoza with Stacey Abrams. A virtual reception for Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza with special guest Stacey Abrams. Online via Zoom. 5-7pm.

Saturday, 10/23: Brad Schneider’s “Congress on Your Corner” in North ChicagoRSVP required; address will be provided upon RSVP, 10:30-11:30am.

Saturday, 10/23: SOLD OUT – NAACP Lake County Freedom Fund Gala. Keynote speaker: Darren Hutchinson, Emory University Inaugural John Lewis Chair for Civil Rights & Social Justice. 6-10pm, dinner served at 7pm. Westin North Shore Chicago Hotel, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling.

Sunday, 10/24: Lake County Board Member Marah Altenberg Campaign Kickoff Event. 2-4pm, Brother’s Field, 344 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove.

Wednesday, 10/27: Deputy Voter Registrar Training in WaukeganFree training through the County Clerk’s office. Sign-ups taken up to 24 hours before class starts. Space is limited due to COVID-related restrictions. 3-5 pm, Lake County Court Tower – Sheriff’s Training Room, 301 Washington St., FL 1, Waukegan.

Friday, 10/29: We ACT Panel: Conversation with Lake County Legislators Who Advocate for Change and Transformation. The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office and A Safe Place/Lake County Crisis Center host a panel with State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart, Congressman Brad Schneider, State Senator Melinda Bush, and State Representative Joyce Mason. Attendees will learn about new domestic violence legislation. Event is at noon on Facebook and Zoom.

Are you planning an event? Email us at info@lakedems.org.

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 info@lakedems.org.

News & Notes for October 6, 2021 — Lake County Stands Up for Reproductive Rights

News & Notes – Upcoming Events and More / October 6, 2021


Lake County Stands Up for Reproductive Rights

Thanks to all who spoke out, held signs, told their stories, and showed support for reproductive rights at events across Lake County. Many Democratic elected officials joined hundreds of others at rallies in the area, standing up to those who want to turn back the clock on women. Great job this past weekend, everyone! But the right-wing extremists won’t stop trying to end Roe v. Wade and taking away reproductive rights, so we have to keep working hard too. And we will.

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 10/6: Sheriff John Idleburg’s Fall Fundraiser: Evening at Kroll’s FarmFamily-friendly fundraiser, 6-8pm, Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm, 13236 W. Townline Rd., Waukegan.

Friday, 10/8: Hispanic Heritage Month Reception, “Generations in This Land.” As part of “Art in Public Places,” Lake County Government celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. 2pm,  Lake County main administration building, 18 N. County St., Waukegan.

Saturday, 10/9: Grant Township Democrats Rollins Road CleanupAssemble in the parking lot off Rollins Road at the Long Lake Trailhead. 9-11am. Rain date is October 16, same time.

Sunday, 10/10: Mayor Dan Pierce Memorial ServiceMemorial service honoring the life of longtime state legislator and Highland Park Mayor Dan Pierce. Makom Solel Lakeside, 1301 Clavey Rd., Highland Park, 12:30pm. Please wear a mask.

Sunday, 10/10: Stevenson Center Presents “Saving the News: Martha Minow in Conversation with Newton MinowOnline free webinar, 2pm.

Saturday, 10/16: Democrats Open House at ArtWauk in Waukegan. Lake County Democratic Headquarters, 118 N. Genesee St., 5-7:30pm.  Wine, cheese and snacks available. Refreshments provided by State Representative Rita Mayfield. Volunteers are needed to help set up at 4:45 pm. 

Sunday, 10/17: West Deerfield Dems Fall Gathering. Event features hot cider, kids’ crafts, and snacks. 2-4pm, Bannockburn Park, 2245 Telegraph Road, Bannockburn.

Monday, 10/18: Brad Schneider Webinar: Medicare Open Enrollment. Congressman Brad Schneider and SHIP Coordinator Melissa Versch from the North Shore Senior Center present webinar. 6-7pm.

Wednesday, 10/20: Personal PAC 28th Annual Awards Luncheon with Georgia’s U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock. Virtual program, noon to 1:25pm.

Thursday, 10/21: Virtual Reception for Susana Mendoza with Stacey Abrams. A virtual reception for Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza with special guest Stacey Abrams. Online via Zoom. 5-7pm.

Saturday, 10/23: Brad Schneider’s “Congress on Your Corner” in North ChicagoRSVP required; address will be provided upon RSVP, 10:30-11:30am.

Sunday, 10/24: Lake County Board Member Marah Altenberg Campaign Kickoff Event. 2-4pm, Brother’s Field, 344 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove.

Wednesday, 10/27: Deputy Voter Registrar Training in WaukeganFree training through the County Clerk’s office. Sign-ups taken up to 24 hours before class starts. Space is limited due to COVID-related restrictions. 3-5 pm, Lake County Court Tower – Sheriff’s Training Room, 301 Washington St., FL 1, Waukegan.

Are you planning an event? Email us at info@lakedems.org.

 


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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 to the Lake County Democratic Central Committee, P.O. Box 671, Lake Zurich, IL 60047. Questions? Contact info@lakedems.org.

 

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Local Democrats To Hold Fall Internship Program That Will Make A Difference

If you have progressive values and are looking for a fall internship that will make a difference, have we got a deal for you! The Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) is now accepting applications for its Fall 2021 Internship Program. The internship is a substantive program designed for high school, college, and graduate students seeking an opportunity to become deeply engaged in the political process.

Tenth Dems is a grassroots political organization that helps mobilize voters and activists in one of the most widely-watched Congressional districts in the country, featuring battle-tested member of the US House of Representatives Brad Schneider. Now is a unique time to complete a political internship as we transition from the 2020 elections and prepare for supporting and electing Democrats in 2022.

Tenth Dems interns have staffed issue forums and virtual events for elected officials and candidates up and down the ballot, worked on campaigns, and conducted research. Tenth Dems interns were very active during the 2020 election cycle, including helping in legislative races, at the county board level, with countywide candidates, and in turning out the vote for Democrats running for the US House of Representatives and the White House. Interns may choose to complete general internships or specialize in areas such as media, technology, volunteer management, and political outreach.


(Note: photo taken before March 2020)

Internships are unpaid, educational positions; however, academic credit is often available.

“This is an opportunity to learn about a grassroots political organization and to develop important skills,” said former State Representative Lauren Beth Gash, Founding Chair of Tenth Dems. “Many of our interns have gone on to law school or other graduate programs, paid political positions with local campaigns, or jobs in Springfield, in Washington or with national not-for-profit organizations.”

Acceptance into the program is selective, competitive, and contingent upon a virtual interview. Residence in the 10th District isn’t required. Applicants must have an interest in electing Democrats and generally devote a minimum of 8 hours per week to the internship during the fall (16 hours during the summer).

Fall internships will be conducted remotely, although in-person opportunities (for those comfortable with them) will be available. Applicants should submit a brief paragraph explaining why they would like to be part of the program, along with a resume summarizing their educational background and activities. Neither need be formal.

To apply or request more information, email us at info@tenthdems.org. You can also follow us on Twitter (@tenthdems) and Facebook (facebook.com/TenthDems).

Illinois Leads: Strengthening Voting Rights Under Siege Across the Country

By Barbara Altman

While Republican-controlled states across the country are passing legislation to make it more difficult to vote, Illinois’ Democratic legislature and governor have just done just the opposite.

On June 15, Governor JB Pritzker signed into law amendments to the Illinois Election Code designed to make it easier for all those eligible to vote to exercise this precious constitutional right.

Some provisions of the 2021 legislation have been well-publicized. You probably know that Election Day in 2022 – November 8th – will be a State holiday and that schools will be closed that day. The legislation further requires that these schools be available for use as Election Day polling places.

Public schools are in many ways ideal venues for polling places – many are in residential neighborhoods, people generally know where their local schools are, parking is usually adequate, and there is often ample space in gymnasiums.

Designating Election Day a State holiday also should make it easier for working people to get to the polls and for any parent to bring a school-age child along while they vote – a valuable civics lesson. Note that this particular change in the Election Code applies only to 2022.

Polling Place Confusion Eased

In addition to freeing up public schools for use as polling places, the new election law requires each election authority to offer at least one polling place on Election Day where any registered voter, regardless of precinct, can go to vote.

This provision eliminates the confusion many voters experience on Election Day when they learn that their assigned polling place has changed or that their recent move within the county has caused them to be assigned to a new polling place.

If they’re unsure where to go, there will be one place any registered voter can go on Election Day. Contrast this provision with the Republican change to Georgia’s election law that prohibits – except in limited circumstances – counting ballots cast in other than the voter’s assigned polling place. Texas Republicans are considering an even more stringent prohibition on counting ballots cast in the wrong polling place.

Schools Must Inform Students About Voting

What about expanding voter registration? Illinois’ new law requires every high school in the state to disseminate information to its students about how to register to vote, and “[n]o high school may prohibit nonpartisan voter registration activities on its premises,” the law states.

Drop Boxes Are Back

Mail-in voting also has been made easier. Our General Assembly and Governor made permanent the authority to establish drop boxes for the return of mail-in ballots.

That legislation also required that mailed ballots be accepted, regardless of the amount of postage the voter put on (or left off) the envelope.

Our own State Senator Julie Morrison was the chief Senate sponsor of this significant legislation.

Permanent Vote-by-Mail Option

Now, with the newest legislation, Illinois voters will have the option to apply for “permanent vote by mail status.” That is, you can ask to be sent a mail-in ballot for every election, without having to request it each time. You can cancel this ongoing request any time, and if a voter changes their registration, their permanent vote by mail status would be rescinded by the election authority.

Primary, Other Key 2022 Dates Moved

Because the 2020 Census was not completed on time, the new legislation rescheduled the 2022 primaries for much later in the year than usual, with dates for circulating and submitting nominating petitions adjusted accordingly.

Primary Election Day will be June 28, 2022; the first date for circulating petitions will be January 13, 2022; and petitions will be due in March of 2022.

 

Local Democrats Continue to Call On Lake County Republicans To Break Their Silence On Assault of U.S. Capitol And Tell Voters If They Believe That Donald Trump Lost The 2020 Election Or If They Agree With Trump’s Big Lie

Lake County, IL — The Lake County Democrats (Lake Dems) and the Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) are calling on Republican elected officials, candidates, and party officials to tell the public if they agree that Donald Trump lost the 2020 election. They refused to do so after the assault on the US Capitol on January 6th, as well as when Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney was removed from her Republican Party leadership position after stating several times that Trump had lost.

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“Over six months after the attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters violently interfering with our democracy, Republicans in Washington and across the country shockingly continue to dangerously promote Donald Trump’s Big Lie and rewrite history about what happened on January 6th, so voters deserve to know whether Lake County Republicans holding office, running for office, or leading the local Republican Party can acknowledge the truth that Donald Trump lost a free and fair election to Joe Biden,” said Lake County Democrats Chair Lauren Beth Gash.