March 2, 2022
In this Issue: Precinct Committeepersons Gather in Gurnee ● Democratic Party of Illinois Chair Kelly Visits Waukegan, Deerfield ● Democratic Leaders Respond to Attack on Ukraine ● Supreme Court Nominee Jackson Draws Praise ● In Case You Missed It ● Upcoming Events
From the top: Democrats gather in the Lake County Federation of Teachers Hall in Gurnee, Lake County Dems Vice Chair Nancy Shepherdson reviews a candidate petition, and Libertyville Township Precinct Committeeperson Mary Maillard checks a petition.
Precinct Committeepersons Gather in Gurnee
About 150 Lake County Democratic Precinct Committeepersons attended Sunday afternoon’s meeting at the Lake County Federation of Teachers Hall in Gurnee. There was a ton of energy in the room, although the meeting began on a somber note as Lake County Democratic Chair Lauren Beth Gash asked for a moment of silence to acknowledge the human suffering in Ukraine.
Turning to the agenda, a slide show, “So Far, So Fast,” reignited the crowd as all loudly applauded Lake Dems’ many extraordinary accomplishments over the past year or so.
This official business meeting at 4 p.m. was preceded by an equally well-attended petitions event from 2-4 p.m. publicized as “one-stop shopping.” Volunteers came to the Teachers Hall with the petitions they’d passed. There, volunteer lawyers reviewed petitions and volunteer notaries notarized the passers’ signatures. Then, circulators had the opportunity to turn in their petitions for distribution to the various campaigns or, in the case of Precinct Committeeperson petitions, for filing in Waukegan.
Democratic Party of Illinois Chair Kelly Visits Waukegan, Deerfield
Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois (standing), visited both Waukegan and Deerfield last week. About 50 precinct committeepersons, candidates and elected officials came to the Waukegan headquarters of the Lake County Democrats (at the request of State Central Committeepersons Lauren Beth Gash and Tom Maillard) to meet with her—the maximum we allowed due to Covid.
Democratic Leaders Respond to Attack on Ukraine
Supreme Court Nominee Jackson Draws Praise
Lake Dems is grateful for our many active volunteers, including the following:
Dr. Laurence (Laurie) Schiller has been a longtime volunteer with Democrats. A valued member of our Democratic Communications Team, Laurie helps organize and draft emails and letters to our list and is part of the group responsible for getting out News & Notes every week. A retired Northwestern University Professor (Laurie also is the second-winningest fencing coach in the history of the NCAA), Laurie helps organize and host many of our educational events—with and without featured speakers. He also frequently facilitates our Let’s Talk Politics conversations.
In Case You Missed It
Senate approves Sen. Adriane Johnson’s plan to restore, protect Lake Michigan’s shore.
To clean up the ponds of coal ash created by the Waukegan Power Generating Station along Lake Michigan and hold the company accountable for its pollution, State Senator Adriane Johnson took action by advancing a measure through the Senate to restore safety to the area and offer environmental protection.
Events below are taken from the complete list of Upcoming Events at LakeDems.org/events. Click here to submit your event.
WEDNESDAY, March 2
Virtual Lake Villa Township Dems Monthly Meeting. 7-9pm online via Zoom. More.
WEDNESDAY, March 9
Lawyers for Nancy Rotering for Illinois Supreme Court Justice Virtual Event. 5:30-6:30pm online. Special guest: Geoff Stone, former University of Chicago Provost and Law School Dean, professor and constitutional law expert. More.
SUNDAY, March 13
Moraine Township Democrats Spring Forward 2022 Membership Reception. 2-4pm, Highland Park. Hear from elected officials and candidates in the June 28 Primary Election. More.
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