Some Election Highlights

By | January 22, 2023
  • No “Red Wave”!
  • Lisle Township’s Mental Health Board referendum won handily! Congratulations to all who worked so hard on this!
  • The “Workers’ Rights Amendment” has also apparently passed.
  • Representatives Foster, Casten, and Underwood all won re-election.
  • Senator Tammy Duckworth was re-elected.
  • Governor Pritzker and the entire statewide slate all won re-election.
  • Every election-denying secretary of state candidate (and most governor candidates at this point) lost. This is great news for the integrity of the next presidential election.
  • Democrats retain control of the U.S. Senate. Senator Raphael Warnock and Hershel Walker will compete in a runoff election.
  • Complete DuPage County results here: dupageresults.gov.

How You Can Help Ukraine

By | January 22, 2023
Nancy Staczak recently received this letter from Rep. Robin Kelly, Chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois, and received permission for us to reprint it here.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a direct assault on a democratic nation, and a massive humanitarian crisis. The ongoing war that has taken place in Ukraine over the past three weeks is disturbing and heartbreaking to watch, both as an American and a descendent of Ukrainian relatives.

This is my mother, Cynthia and my great uncle, Bill. Uncle Bill was Ukrainian, and my mom was half-Ukrainian. This violent conflict overseas is personal to me, as it is for so many others.

The photos we’re seeing out of Ukraine’s cities — of mothers carrying babies to the borders, cancer patients hiding from air raids in hospital basements, young men and women volunteering to protect their country, and fathers forced to stay behind to fight — break my heart.

This week, I and other members of Congress heard from courageous Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy directly. It is clear that Ukraine continues to need all the support we can provide, so I wanted to share some ways you can help support the Ukrainian people right now.

Support one of more of these well-regarded organizations aiding Ukraine today:

  • Fight For Right: Coordinating accessible shelter, evacuations, and emergency services, ensuring those living with disabilities aren’t left out of the humanitarian efforts.
  • Hungarian Helsinki Committee: Helping asylum seekers from Ukraine find professional and free legal assistance.
  • Project HOPE: Actively shipping essential medicines and medical supplies to assist Ukrainians.
  • Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights: Helping support women, transgender, and nonbinary activists on the ground in and around Ukraine, by providing flexible funding, access to communication channels, and medical support.
  • The Kyiv Independent: Working to keep the accurate news coming, an English-language media outlet launched three months ago and created on the principles of independent journalism and free-press.

As Democrats, we believe in serving our communities and fighting for truth, freedom, and justice.

Thank you for lending a helping hand to those in need during this difficult time. Together, we can show Ukraine that they are not alone in their fight.

Rep. Robin Kelly
Chair, Democratic Party of Illinois

Effective Messaging From Demcast: “President Biden Delivers”

By | January 22, 2023
Mark Spieglan

Polled approval ratings for President Biden have been maddeningly low despite unprecedented accomplishments. How can we communicate how effective he has been? For that matter, how can all Democrats use social media to get our message across?

The website, Demcast, has as its mission “To cultivate, amplify & maximize the impact of grassroots digital media, bolstering blue electoral and policy victories at all levels of government, across America.” The recent posting, President Biden Delivers, is not a simple opinion piece but a how-to blueprint for getting the message across. It includes an interactive infographic that can be freely shared. Take it for a spin!

Since this site was pointed out to me (thanks, Diane Hewitt and Holly Hootman!) I’ve yet to digest what it has to offer, but it’s well worth exploration. Here are some recent offerings:

Have fun!

Next General Meeting August 8th

By | January 22, 2023

LTDO’s next General Meeting (aka “Membership Meeting”) will be held at Nichols Library from 6-8 PM and via Zoom at http://bit.ly/08-08-22-LTDO. We’ll have two speakers about two referenda. One is a labor rights referendum, and we’ll hear from an expert on the topic: Josh Weger, policy director IN, IL, & IA Foundation for Fair Contracting. The other, of course, is the 708 Mental Health referendum, and we’ll hear from someone from the local 708 group to update us.

Agenda: https://go.ltdo.org/membership-agenda.

Martin Luther King Day of Service

By | January 22, 2023

Kind Day: It Starts With Me

From President Biden’s Proclamation:

 

Living up to his legacy, and what Dr. King believed our Nation could become requires more than just reflection — it requires action.  We must protect the hard-fought gains he helped achieve and continue his unfinished struggle.  That is why the Congress must pass Federal legislation to protect the right to vote — a right that is under attack by a sinister combination of voter suppression and election subversion.  We must confront the scourge of racism and white supremacy — a stain on our Nation — and give hate no safe harbor in America.  We must strive to achieve not just political equality but also economic justice so that workers can earn a decent living, students can learn safely, the sick can access health care, the poor can climb out of poverty, the elderly can age with dignity, and everyone in America can live without discrimination or fear.

MLK Day of Service (Americorps)

 

Special Chair Chat
with Ken Mejia-Beal

Chair Democratic Party of DuPage Co
featuring
State Rep. Anne Stava-Murray State
Central Committeeman Patrick Watson
moderator
Dianne McGuire Indivisible Naperville

Preregister at the link below
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsd-2pqj0oE9HxXWt3BHb0VM0i4CJOOkBO