Lots happening this January.
You can renew your membership at our meeting this month. We take cash or check.
Remember, only dues-paying members can vote.
We will be sending endorsement voting emails for the 2018 primary to all members after this meeting, or if you prefer, you can fill out a paper ballot and turn it in at the end of the meeting.
Also we will be voting on officers. The only position we still need a candidate for is Action committee chair which is responsible for putting together events such as protests. If you are interested, put your name in the hat now and help us take on the establishment in 2018.
Guest speakers are...
Aaron Goldstein is running for Attorney General in Illinois and promises to stand up to the big banks, corporations, and President Trump. He is a supervising attorney in the Cook County Public Defender's office. He also defeated a machine candidate to become Chicago's 33rd Ward Democratic Committeeman. He will advocate for criminal justice reform and environmental protection. Aaron intends to fight gun violence, discrimination, and political corruption as well.
Ryan Huffman Is running for congress in the 6th congressional district.
Ryan is a 31-year-old data analyst living in Palatine. He is a lifelong resident of Chicagoland, having grown up in Elgin and attended public schools in District U-46. He graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2008, and earned his Master of Public Policy degree with Honors from the University of Chicago in 2015. His professional career includes time at the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Crain’s Chicago Business, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and the White House.
Jim Walz will be sending a representative to speak on his behalf.
Jim serves as a school board member for Warren Township High School District #121. In that role, he has improved and overseen the educational environment of students, and also the environmental standards of their education. Jim championed the cause of green energy at both campuses of the school, convincing the Board to commit to installing solar arrays.
My relationship with Democrats started in 2006. My husband and I helped his co-worker to campaign for State Representative for the 43rd district. He lost but that started my journey with the Elgin Township Democrats. I started attending the monthly meetings chaired by Elizabeth Dougherty. 2008 I became the elected precinct committeeman of 44, then the organization’s Treasurer. I helped with fundraiser and prepared quarterly reports of finance to the Illinois State Board of Election. Other than walking my precinct, I felt I need to get more involved after the November 2016 election. I volunteered to help with the Elgin Township campaign, running walk list, calling for volunteer and phone banking. The candidates made national news when all 5 were elected in offices held by Republicans since the civil war. This past year I founded the Eighthdems.org with Michael Noland advice. There are 14 townships within the 8th Congressional District. I was successful in raising money for each township to help elected democrats in local election. I have now decided to run for elected office, Kane County Board for District 17.
Nancy Zettler is running for 33rd District state senate. Nancy has lived with her husband and children in the 33rd District in Algonquin for nearly twenty years. Nancy started volunteering in the Algonquin area community almost from the minute her family moved here. She was active in the local schools and in 2005 began work as Chair of Advance 300, a local community group dedicated to supporting Community Unit School District 300 (D300). In 2006, under her leadership with Co-Chair Doug Sibery, the community passed not one but two school referenda supporting D300 schools. These referendums pulled the district back from the brink of financial collapse and lowered class sizes from as high as 36 kids in first grade classes to 25, and helped make D300 one of the more fiscally sound and transparent school districts in the state.
In 2011, Advance 300 was instrumental in fighting to get D300 a seat at the negotiating table when the legislature was working to pass legislation to renew the Sears Economic Development Area in Hoffman Estates. These efforts enabled D300 to negotiate an additional $3,000,000 per year in recovered property tax dollars.
Amanda Howland. When no one else would stand against Roskam in the 6th district in 2016, she rose to the challenge and ran a progressive campaign. It is never easy to beat an entrenched incumbent, and she knew it would take a commitment of running twice to beat him. Her decision to run for this seat in 2018 was based on the needs of the people, not political opportunity. .After the 2016 election, Amanda was diagnosed with Chromophobe renal carcinoma and lost her right kidney. Navigating the complex world of healthcare coverage as a cancer patient strengthened Amanda’s resolve to fight harder than ever for universal single-payer healthcare. Amanda’s six month check up was cancer-free, but she knew that this wasn’t the time to back off from politics – her perspective as a survivor could only add to her abilities as an advocate in Congress.