October 26, 2022
In this Issue: Early Voting Underway Across Lake County ● Lake Dems Fundraiser Hits All the Right Notes ● Sheriff Idleburg Fundraiser Features Kwame Raoul ● We’re Moving On Up ● Wauconda Democrats Tackle Trash ● Volunteer Spotlight ● In Case You Missed It ● Upcoming Events
Early Voting Underway Across Lake County
Early voting began Monday at 18 sites across Lake County. Our Lake Dems/Tenth Dems Election Protection Team had pollwatchers at the opening of all 18 sites, ensuring that the machines counting ballots started at zero and that the no-electioneering zone was properly demarcated, among other things. They also checked out Drop Box placement to be sure that voters could return their mail-in ballots easily and that the Drop Boxes were within the line of sight of Election Judges.
At opening, machines at two polling places weren’t functioning properly. Pollwatchers also noted understaffing of Election Judges at two busy sites, which caused lines to build both at Check-In and at the Ballot Issue Judge’s table. Our Election Protection Legal Coordinators have reported those and other concerns to the County Clerk’s office. Election Protection Team volunteers will be revisiting these sites throughout Early Voting.
If you’d like to help with pollwatching, register for our October 30 virtual training here. We’ll be making Election Day pollwatching assignments soon. Once again, we’ll be offering attorneys 1.5 hours of CLE (Continuing Legal Education) credit (non-attorneys welcome).
Lake Dems Fundraiser Hits All the Right Notes
Last Thursday evening was a banner night for Lake County Democrats, as more than 150 Democrats, candidates, and elected national, state, and local officials filled the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Deerfield for our annual fundraiser.
Among the many highlights of the evening were the presentations to Luis Rivas, Jr. as Labor Leader of the Year, Lake Villa Township Democratic Chair Kasia Kondracki as Volunteer of the Year, and Sheriff John Idleburg as recipient of our Leadership Award for his outstanding work as Sheriff and heroic actions in Highland Park on July 4th.
After hearing from the award winners, Congresspersons Brad Schneider and Jan Schakowsky, Illinois Supreme Court Candidate Judge Elizabeth Rochford, Appellate Court Candidate Judge Chris Kennedy, Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, and many others, we were joined via Zoom by Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy.
Senator Murphy, a leading national voice for gun violence prevention since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in the U.S. House District he represented at the time, delivered a thoughtful and well-received presentation.
He spoke not only about the recent gun safety legislation that Congress passed and President Biden signed, but also about what else needs to be done in light of the seemingly never-ending succession of gun violence incidents, such as occurred in Highland Park on the Fourth of July. At the end of his talk, Senator Murphy was kind enough to take several questions from the audience. Although he was the final speaker of the evening, not a single person left before he was done.
All in all, the evening was a great motivator to all of us to work as hard as we can to get all our wonderful Democratic candidates across the finish line in just two weeks.
Lots More Shades of Blue Fundraiser Photos Are Below the Upcoming Events
Sheriff Idleburg Fundraiser Features Kwame Raoul
We’re Moving On Up!
Wauconda Democrats Tackle Trash
Lake Dems is grateful for our many active volunteers:
To say that Susann Chung is a super-volunteer is a massive understatement. Whether it is writing postcards, gathering petition signatures, helping stuff literature bags and envelopes, canvassing, or just otherwise helping out, Susann has done and continues to do it all. She has made a tremendous difference to the Fremont Democrats as well as to the Lake County Democrats. We’re lucky to have her!
In Case You Missed It
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26
Join Governor JB Pritzker and Lake Dems for a Rally to Elect Democrats on Wednesday! Yard signs and walk lists available. RSVP. Noon, Waukegan. More.
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
Knocking on Doors with Lake County Candidates. 1pm, Gurnee. State Rep. Joyce Mason, Sheriff John Idleburg, Treasurer Holly Kim, Candidate for Lake County Clerk Anthony Vega, and Regional School Superintendent Dr. Michael Karner talk to voters in House District 61. More.
Tenth Dems, Lake Dems Zoom Presentation: “How To Be A Pollwatcher.” From 4-5:30pm, online. More.
TUESDAY, NOV. 1
“One Week Out” Fundraiser for Congressman Brad Schneider. 6-7:30pm, Northbrook. More.
Lake Dems Shades of Blue Fundraiser Photos
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.