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Schneider Meets with Voters Across the 10th District

March 30, 2022

In this Issue: Spring Fundraising Drive in Full Swing ● Brad Schneider Meets with Lake County Residents ● Sheriff Idleburg, Rep. Schneider Talk with Voters ● Democrats Delivering for Lake County ● Volunteer Spotlight ● In Case You Missed It ● Upcoming Events
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Spring Fundraising Drive in Full Swing

Many of you probably received a letter or email recently from Lake Dems urging you to “not be caught napping” as the 2022 campaign roars to life. Our candidates have filed their petitions and are now reaching out to voters even more enthusiastically to get their messages across.

Lake Dems will be promoting Vote-by-Mail and doing voter protection again as well as all the other activities that increase Democratic turnout. Can you help? Please go to lakedems.org/contribute to help make all of our voices heard in November. And be sure to watch for an announcement of our Spring Fundraiser, coming soon.

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Brad Schneider Meets with Lake County Residents


Congressman Brad Schneider hosts Congress on Your Corner event in Round Lake Beach on Saturday, March 26.

 


Sheriff Idleburg, Rep. Schneider Talk with Voters


Sheriff John Idleburg, above, speaks to West Deerfield Township Democrats at The Wild Roaster in Deerfield. Congressman Schneider, below, talks to voters at a residence.

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Democrats Delivering for Lake County

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Volunteer Spotlight

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

Pam Idleburg is a long-time Democratic volunteer who serves as a precinct committeeperson and is Zion Township Democratic Chair. She helps plan petition-gathering activities and organizes envelope-stuffing and postcard-writing parties, as well as helping candidates on a regular basis. Pam also plays a significant role in Democratic communication and other election activities, such as our Democratic Election Protection Team.

 


In Case You Missed It

President Biden signs anti-lynching bill into law
“Lynching was pure terror to enforce the lie that not everyone … belongs in America, not everyone is created equal,” Biden said at the signing ceremony.

House passes bill approving Capitol statues for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O’Connor
The bill, approved in a 349-63 vote, is now headed to President Biden’s desk.

 


Upcoming Events

​Events below are taken from the complete list of Upcoming Events at LakeDems.org/events. Click here to submit your event.


SATURDAY, APRIL 2

Personal PAC seats at “Moulin Rouge!” Musical. 8pm, Chicago. More.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6

Environmental Law & Policy Center Webinar with Tammy Duckworth. Noon, online. More.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13

Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) 2022 Party Builder Awards Reception. 5:30-7pm. More.

Lake Villa Township Dems April Meeting. 7-8:30pm, Lindenhurst, and on Zoom. More.


THURSDAY, APRIL 14

Deputy Voter Registrar Training in Waukegan. 3pm, 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. More.


SATURDAY, APRIL 16

Walk with Democrats in the Antioch Easter Parade. 10-11:30am, Antioch. Easter egg hunt follows the parade. 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 info@lakedems.org.

 


 

News & Notes: Supreme Court Nominee Shows Elections Matter

March 23, 2022

In this Issue: Supreme Court Nominee Shows Elections Matter ● Registration for Ride Lake County is Now Open ● Volunteer Spotlight ● In Case You Missed It ● Upcoming Events
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Supreme Court Nominee Shows Elections Matter

We’re so proud of our own Senator Dick Durbin, Chair of the Judiciary Committee, who is presiding over the historic confirmation hearing of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Senator Durbin said Judge Jackson is “a living witness to the fact that in America, all is possible.”

If confirmed, she will be the first African-American woman on the Supreme Court in our nation’s history. We put in the work and elected Joe Biden as our President, and he nominated Judge Jackson to be the next Justice of our nation’s highest court. Now our Democratic Senate is on the verge of creating historic results too.

Elections matter.

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Registration for Ride Lake County is Now Open

Ride Lake County is the new countywide paratransit service set to launch on May 1. Seniors age 60+ and people with disabilities are encouraged to register for the service by calling the Pace Call Center at 1-800-201-6446. Registering early for Ride Lake County will allow riders to begin scheduling trips on or after May 1. Seniors must provide their date of birth at registration, and individuals with disabilities must provide their RTA Reduced Fare Permit number at registration. More

 


Volunteer Spotlight

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

Dennis Leslie is a key leader who manages a wide range of our communications. He manages our website events list, sends group emails, oversees our volunteer initiatives, works on research projects and social media, and helps manage data. On top of all that, Dennis serves as a Wauconda Township Precinct Committeeperson.

 


In Case You Missed It

President Biden Signs Legislation Appropriating More Than $14 Million to Lake County Infrastructure Projects.
The infrastructure projects aim to mitigate flooding, strengthen emergency operations, replace aging infrastructure and expand behavioral health service.

Governor Pritzker, Senate President Harmon, Speaker Welch Issue Joint Statement on Ukraine.
“Working together, our offices will advance legislation to remove any Russian companies from Illinois’ pension assets and prohibit contracting with any companies based in Russia.”

 


Upcoming Events

​Events below are taken from the complete list of Upcoming Events at LakeDems.org/eventsClick here to submit your event.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23

NOW Virtual Meeting with Children’s Book Author Mary Lou Edwards7pm online via Zoom. More.


THURSDAY, MARCH 24
Northern Illinois Recovery Community Organization (NIRCO) Movie Night5-7pm, Waukegan. NIRCO’s aim is to reduce the stigma of addiction and put a face and voice to recovery. More.

Young Democrats of Illinois Young Professionals Event. 6-9pm, Libertyville. More.


FRIDAY, MARCH 25

ACLU Virtual LunchNoon-1:30pm, online. Keynote conversation on the fight for civil liberties, featuring ACLU National Legal Director David Cole and University of Chicago Law Professor Aziz Z. Huq. More.


SATURDAY, MARCH 26

Brad Schneider’s “Congress on Your Corner” in Round Lake Beach. 10-11am. More.

State Senate Candidate Maria Peterson’s Half-Birthday Virtual Celebration3-4pm, online. More.

Mayfield Reelection Kickoff6-8pm, Chicago. Sponsored by Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch. More.


SUNDAY, MARCH 27

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Chelsea Laliberte Barnes. 3-5pm, Long Grove. More.

West Deerfield Township Dems Meeting6-7:30pm, Deerfield. Special guests: Congressman Brad Schneider and Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg. More.


TUESDAY, MARCH 29

“You Can Bank On It (Banking Basics)” with Susana Mendoza and Holly Kim11am-noon, online via Zoom. Financial literacy class. More.


SATURDAY, APRIL 2

Personal PAC seats at “Moulin Rouge!” Musical. 8pm, Chicago. More.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6

Environmental Law & Policy Center Webinar with Tammy Duckworth. Noon, online. 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 info@lakedems.org.

Honoring Local Civil Rights Heroes

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Last month, as part of our honoring Black History Month, I hosted a fireside chat with local leader and civic activist, Brotha Blanks. Brotha Blanks had previously shared with me the story of his late grandfather, Rev. H.D. Darby, who was instrumental in helping secure the right to vote for Black people in the south during the 1950s. Represented by, among others, future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Rev. Darby successfully sued in Mississippi in the landmark case Darby v. Daniel to end discriminatory election practices. It’s estimated that his courageous stand opened the door for approximately 1,300 African Voters in Jefferson Davis County to finally cast their vote and have their voice heard. Rev. Darby eventually moved to Waukegan where his family, including his daughter, grand children, great, great great, and great great great grandchildren still live to this day.

On Saturday, I was able to present Brotha Blanks and his family with a formal copy of the Congressional Record statement honoring his grandfather’s life and achievements.

News & Notes: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

 

More than 75 New Young Voters Registered in Just Seven Hours

On Tuesday, April 5th, a team of Democratic Deputy Voter Registrars was kept busy all day by enthusiastic Waukegan High School students. More than 75 17 and 18-year-olds registered to vote for the first time.

Illinois law allows 17-year-olds to register and vote in a Primary Election, as long as they will turn 18 by Election Day. It was exceptionally gratifying to see so many young people willing—and even enthusiastic—to take part in our democracy.

We’re especially grateful to the Waukegan High School teachers who encouraged their students to participate in this nonpartisan voter registration event and issued hall passes so they could do so. We also appreciate the warm welcome we received from Waukegan High School staff and administration, who set up our tables up right in front of the main office (and even provided our volunteers with a carafe of coffee). From that prime location, we were able to call out to students as they passed by and invite them to register if they met the age requirement.

By the end of the school day, we had registered more than 75 new voters, many of whom promised that they would show up and vote every time there’s an election. Thank you to all who made this such a successful event.