Lisle Township Democratic Organization

“We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph.” – Elie Wiesel

Oktoberfest 2021 was Amazing!

LTDO’s Third Annual (and second LIVE) Oktoberfest was a blowout! Everyone was required to be vaccinated and the weather cooperated permitting abundant ventilation of Alter Brewing’s spacious Barrel Room. Everyone was taking photos with everyone else, and if that ain’t a successful political event then I’m a Ferengi.

Your Lazy Editor did not have time to include more than a smattering of photos, but we’re planning a special Oktoberfest Edition. Want to see your photos in the mix? Please email them to photos@ltdo.org and include identifying information!

DuPage Campaign Money

We have a big problem in our Democratic circles and I don’t what to do other than to shine a light on it and continue to focus on it as we barrel on to the 2022 election and beyond.  

Our Republican counterparts are outspending us 10 to 1 on good days and 50 to 1 on bad days. “Why?”, you ask. “Because they can”, is both the easy and the hard answer. They are the party of wealth, and for the wealthy, giving money to Republicans is a good investment.

We know we can out-campaign them on any given day on the ground because we are motivated and engaged.  But even ground games need money, and here we fall short time and time again. I know plenty of well-heeled democrats – why are so many so reluctant to pull out their wallets for local races?  How do we motivate them, educate them, encourage them to open their wallets as our opponents obviously have?  

I wish I had the answers.  But we need to start screaming these questions in order to shed the light on this problem.  We have every single seat in DuPage county up for election in 2022; we are currently seeking candidates to fill almost 50 seats in 2022.  These candidates will NOT come with any kind of a war chest; they will look to us, their township organizations, and the county for help.  Training and hand-holding are not enough —  they will need CASH. How are we going to provide it?

Let’s remove the taboos from politics and business — the Republicans seemingly have! Start talking about who and why you donate to with everyone. It’s easy to connect to your newly elected and engaged public officials and rewarding to see immediate results from your efforts when you get involved. 

Run on Democratic Values!

Far-right extremists are holding local positions in Naperville now, including as Park District Commissioners, City Council members, on Library and School Boards. A well-funded and concerted effort by extremist operatives is underway to place far-right candidates locally and nationwide.

Democrats cannot let a vocal and hateful minority win. We must not be silent in the face of irresponsible and oppressive decisions.

Please consider running for local office. We know we can do better.   We know you can do better. We know we are all better when candidates respect women and minorities and behave ethically.

Run for office. Uphold our democratic values of ethics, respect, and dignity for each and every person.

You will have on-the-ground support to help you win. Be a Democratic Representative who makes decisions for our community based on facts and science. Be a Democratic candidate who respects  women in office. Be the best candidate for our city.

2022 Election Dates

Lady LibertyJanuary 14 through March 14, 2022

  • Petitions due

June 28, 2022 – GENERAL PRIMARY ELECTION

  • For the Nomination of Federal, State, and County Officials and for the election of Precinct Committee persons

November 8, 2022 – GENERAL ELECTION

  • For the Election of Federal, State, and County Officials

Letter from Committeeman Michael Cabonargi (9th Congressional District) with details and changes to the legislative calendar.

DuPage Election Division : Upcoming Elections

Be Safe During Severe Weather Season

The recent Tornado disaster in Naperville should remind us that no one is immune. Here’s how to be vigilant during severe weather season.

The outdoor sirens are intended to alert people who are outdoors. You should NOT rely on them to alert you when you are indoors.

Know the difference between Watches and Warnings.

  • A WATCH means the conditions are right for severe weather in your area and you should be alert.
  • A WARNING means that something dangerous is happening NOW and you should take immediate protective measures if you are in the warned ares.

While the now-common cell phone alerts are great, note that cell towers are easy marks for tornadoes. The most reliable alerting device is a NOAA Weather Radio. These will turn on automatically to alert you during a watch or warning. This is an example of an inexpensive full-featured model (disclaimer: I don’t own one of these and can’t “endorse” it as such, but it looks pretty good).