Twice the Dems in one day!
Come to the Courthouse for the John Curtis Campaign Photo
Candidate John Curtis is asking for a big group of us at 1 pm this Sunday, December 3 at the Courthouse for a campaign photo. This could be fun. Bring your pets and neighbors. Or your neighbors pets. We will be up the steps and around the front. Weather should be lovely for light fleece and maybe a scarf. Petition signing is going well and you may be asked to sign one or two as well.
Pizza Party at Gelsosomo's
Then later on Sunday, December 3 at 5 pm join us for pizza at Gelsosomo's back room for $20 or $50 to sponsor (kids are FREE). Please come if you can! Meet your fellow Dems - there's a lot of politics to talk about! This will be fun and casual fundraising event.
The next meeting of the McDonough County Democratic Coalition is Monday, January 22 at 7:00 pm in the community room of Macomb City Hall located at 232 East Jackson Street. As always, our meetings are preceded by the McDonough County Central Committee which meets at 6:30 pm.
This month, look for a meeting agenda (as it exists at the time) a week before the meeting. See you there!
Piano Bar/Fundraiser for John Curtis
A piano bar/fundraiser for representative candidate John Curtis was held on Friday, October 27 at the home of Holly Stovall and Tom Sadler. It was a chance to meet other supporters of John's campaign while listening to music provided by Byron McCord, Michael Stryker, Liang-yu Wang, and Sandra Mosley. McDonough County Democratic Coalition and McDonough County Central Committee gave $7000 - thanks to all the dems who attended our last two fundraising dinners. Many thanks to those who attended and donated.
Viewing Party Nov 6
A Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum Viewing Party is going to be held from 6-8 pm Monday, November 6 at 312 Morgan Hall on the WIU campus. It's purpose is to watch a debate between the Democratic candidates running for the governor's office. If you are unfamiliar with the WIU campus, parking is available west of Morgan Hall in the library parking lot.
Meet Daniel Biss and Litesa Wallace Nov. 9All local democrats are invited to come meet another major candidate for Governor: Daniel Biss and his running mate: WIU Grad Litesa Wallace at 5:30 pm Thursday, November 9 in Morgan Hall 109.
Park in the lot across from the WIU Library. Morgan Hall is just north of the library.
Meet Brian Deters Nov. 19 Meet the Candidate: 5 pm -7 pm Sunday, November 19 at Macomb City Hall Community Room.
Brian Deters, Democrat from Quincy, is launching his campaign to become the Democratic candidate for our 18th U.S. Congressional District. Please come and meet the candidate, hear his ideas, and share your own.
Next MCDC Meeting Nov. 27The next meeting of the McDonough County Democratic Coalition is Monday, November 27 at 7:00 pm in the community room of Macomb City Hall located at 232 East Jackson Street. As always, our meetings are preceded by the McDonough County Central Committee which meets at 6:30 pm.
This month, look for a meeting agenda (as it exists at the time) a week before the meeting. See you there.
McDonough County Democrats in WIU Homecoming ParadeAn enthusiastic contingent of McDonough County Democrats marched in the 2017 WIU Homecoming Parade on September 30th. Many marched with John Curtis as he walked the parade route shaking hands with spectators.
WIU Young Democrats marched with Junious Rodriguez, candidate for IL 18th Congressional District as he handed out water and greeted spectators. Pritzker supporters also marched.
It was the largest homecoming parade WIU has had to date and was well attended by the public. The weather was perfect as the parade traveled its route from the Macomb square, terminating at the WIU campus and we appreciated the cheers of spectators along the route.
Thanks to all who helped decorate the float, and to all those who participated in the parade.
WIU Board of Trustees Meeting
At Western Illinois University, contract negotiations between the higher administration and the union have been going on for almost a year. Last week, the administration declared it was going to ask for mediation, which meant that the details of the negotiations would become public.
With a state budget finally in place this year, some Illinois public universities offered faculty cost-of-living salary increases. None cut pay. Alone in Illinois, the WIU administration proposes a permanent 7% cut in pay, mandatory furlough days, and increased teaching loads, among other demoralizing and fiscally unnecessary concessions. Were it to take hold, the administration’s version of the contract would impact many more people than the faculty and staff who constitute University Professionals of Illinois, Chapter 4100 (UPI). It would affect our students, whose quality of education would suffer. It would affect non-union WIU employees, whose salaries and benefits have historically been based on the UPI contract. It would affect the City of Macomb, as there would be less money and fewer clientele for local businesses and services.
WIU’s Board of Trustees meets at the beginning of every academic year. One item on the agenda is to reaffirm the BOT’s commitment to increasing faculty and staff salaries to meet and exceed the average of peer institutions.
On Friday morning, September 29, at 8:00 a.m., the BOT met in open session in the Capitol Rooms in the WIU University Union. Altogether, 65 members of UPI attended the meeting, so many that all seats were taken and the crowd overflowed into the hallways.
A number of UPI members spoke at the opening of the meeting, urging the BOT to reaffirm its commitment to faculty salaries.
It remains to be seen if the BOT will follow through on its promise, but regardless, UPI will continue to work hard for its members, for the university as a whole, and for the Macomb community.
We ask for a fair contract. We have your back.
Local turnout for Primary Candidates for Governor
The IL primary election is on March 20, 2018. There are many candidates running for the Democratic nomination for Governor. So far, candidates Chris Kennedy, Bob Daiber, Ameya Pawar, and JB Pritzker have visited Macomb. We are hoping to get Daniel Biss to come. It is important that we pick a good candidate to beat Governor Rauner in the November 6, 2018 general election. The great turnout of local democrats for these candidates helps us build the local party and to evaluate the candidates so we can make an informed decision when we vote. Thanks to all of you who come to any of these events.
JB Pritzker, Candidate for Governor, Visits Macomb
At noon Tuesday September 26, over 70 people turned out on short notice to meet and listen to JB Pritzker, candidate for Governor, at Macomb's Taylor Hall. JB talked about his background and values, about his work with non-profits to provide breakfast for 230,000 children in low- income school districts, and the need for public pre-k school for all IL children. Pritzker also expressed strong support for investing in K-12 and higher education, and infrastructure, as well as the need for a graduated, fairer state income tax system. He answered questions from the audience on many topics including state pension reform, the need to address the opioid addiction crises, and the importance of agriculture in Illinois. You can watch a full video stream of Pritzker's visit on the MCDC facebook page or visit jbpritzker.com for more info.
Happy Hour Fundraiser for John Curtis
5 to 7 pm Friday October 27
Hosted by Holly Stovall and Tom Sadler
At their home 631 S. Lafayette, Macomb
Suggested Donation: $50
Come and help John raise the money he needs to
compete for our 93rd District State Representative seat.
(Left to right: Heather McMeekan, Alice Trimmer, Anna Galbrath, and Gretchen DeJaynes)
Voter Registration Training at Last MCDC MeetingWe need a big voter turnout in 2018 so we focused the September 25, 2017 MCDC meeting on voter registration. County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes come to train voter registrars and to answer any questions about voter registration. We learned two interesting facts about the 2016 McDonough County elections: first, 627 people registered and voted ON election day; and second, 40% of county voters voted either early at the Courthouse or absentee (by mail). All MCDC members who attended the meeting are now sworn in as Voter Registrars.Who can register to vote in Illinois? Any citizen who is going to be 18 by the time of an election, and who has lived in the precinct in which they are registering for at least 30 days prior to the election, may register.What IDs are needed when you register? The most recent IL voter registration law requires only that you present one ID that contains your current address (the address you are registering from) and one other ID. The ID with your address may be a piece of mail delivered to you at that address. The other ID may be almost any ID with your name on it: Driver’s license, student ID, credit card, or many other such.What about “automatic voter registration” in IL? In August 2017, IL became the 10th state to approve a form of automatic voter registration when the Governor signed SB1933 which the state legislature had approved unanimously last May. This new law will automatically place citizens on voter registration rolls WHEN THEY INTERACT with state agencies like the Secretary of State’s office, the IL Dept. of Human Services, or the IL Dept. of Aging unless they opt out. WARNING: you have to INTERACT with one of those agencies for this to take place. In other words, it does not appear to be retroactive. If you have interacted with one of those agencies BEFORE September 2017 you were NOT automatically registered, but the next time you do business at one of those offices you will be automatically registered unless you opt out.
Thanks to all of these great people, McDonough County Democrats had a strong showing in the 2017 Heritage Day Parade on June 24.
Plan to join us on Sat. Sept. 30 for the WIU Homecoming Parade to show we have the enthusiasm to win in 2018. Bigger is better!
On Sept. 23, candidate for Governor Ameya Pawar spoke to a full house in Taylor Hall. Noting that Macomb is finishing a beautiful downtown renewal while being battered by cuts to the university and hospital, Pawar shared his vision for IL: emphasizing equity in education, criminal justice reform, and smart infrastructure investment.
Annual Fish & Chicken Fry
At our Fish & Chicken Fry on August 9, 2017 Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan explained how her office actually recovers about $1 billion annually for the State of IL in legal settlements, fines, and penalties. She also announced a $500,000 grant to improve law enforcement and legal response to sexual assaults in our 5 county area. Over 160 attendees at our new favorite venue, the VFW, also cheered when John Curtis announced his candidacy for the 93rd State Rep House seat In the 2018 elections.
John Curtis is running for representative of the 93rd district against incumbent Norine Hammond. John will be collecting signatures on his petitions beginning September 5.
To volunteer or donate to his campaign: email@example.com or electjohncurtis.com
Gov. Rauner recently signed into law automatic voter registration. Illinois is the tenth state to adopt automatic voter registration. Essentially, eligible voters will be automatically registered when they apply for a driver's license or state ID at the DMV or interact with any other state agency. They will have the right to opt out of registration if they so desire.