August 2, 2023
In this Issue: Lake County Fairgoers Visit Lake Dems Booth ● Democratic Party of Illinois (DPI) Chair Lisa Hernandez Listening Tour in Lake County ● J.B. Pritzker Speaks About Gun Violence Prevention ● Lake Dems Continue to Talk Politics ● Lake County Democrats Attend Summer Events ● Become a Deputy Voter Registrar ● Volunteer Spotlight ● ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) ● Upcoming Events
Lake County Fairgoers Visit Lake Dems Booth
For the second year in a row, more than 1,000 people visited the Lake County Dems booth at the Lake County Fair.
Many just stopped to say “Thank you for what you do.” Others, including some Lake County Republicans, acknowledged the great job we have been doing getting Democrats elected at all levels of government.
We gave away hundreds of fans, pencils, campaign buttons, stickers, and bumper stickers, as well as a lot of literature. Especially popular were the Lake Dems tri-fold brochures which Lake Dems provides in both English and Spanish.
Democratic volunteers answered questions and sold t-shirts, hats, buttons, and our new Progress pin at the booth. Last year we learned we had better stock up on t-shirts, but we still ran out or almost ran out of most sizes. Our new Lake Dems hat was very popular and will be available to order online soon! This visibility all over Lake County helps us with our mission to elect Democrats.
Elected officials and candidates mingled with fairgoers hearing what issues matter most to voters. Women’s and LGBTQIA+ rights seemed to be hot topics of conversation, along with the potential indictment of Trump for his actions on January 6.
Among those attending were:
- Congressman Brad Schneider
- Illinois State Senator Mary Edly-Allen
- Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim
- Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart
- Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg
- Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court Erin Cartwright Weinstein
- Lake County Clerk Anthony Vega
- Lake County Board Members Esiah Campos, Mary Ross-Cunningham, Diane Hewitt, and John Wasik
- North Shore Water Reclamation District Trustee Rhoda Pierce
- Candidate for Illinois State Representative District 52 Maria Peterson
Thanks to all our volunteers who helped us prepare, set up the booth, staffed it day and night, and helped us pack up after the fair was over. It takes a lot of hands to reach out to our voters, and our presence at the Lake County Fair is just one way that Lake County Dems engage with the residents of our county.
Democratic Party of Illinois (DPI) Chair Lisa Hernandez Listening Tour in Lake County
Join Lake County Democrats on Tuesday, August 8, from 4 to 7pm, as we welcome the Chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois, Lisa Hernandez, to our county. All Democrats are welcome. This is a free event. RSVP HERE.
What: DPI Chair Lisa Hernandez Listening Tour in Lake County
Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Time: 4pm – 7pm
Host: Democratic Party of IllinoisLocation: Lake County Federation of Teachers, 248 Ambrogio Dr., Gurnee
Hope to see you there!
J.B. Pritzker Speaks About Gun Violence Prevention
On Thursday, July 27, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker spoke with a large audience about state and national efforts to implement laws to curb gun violence, including Illinois’ assault weapons ban. Illinois State Senator Laura Fine introduced Pritzker at the event, which was open to the public and attended by many Lake County Democrats and statewide Democrats.
Pritzker said signing Illinois’ assault weapons ban legislation was the first step in a journey of a thousand steps. When asked what we can do to help prevent the legislation from being overturned, Pritzker urged people to reach out and contribute to or volunteer with violence prevention organizations.
He also said people can help pass a national ban on assault weapons by voting for representation in Congress by supporters of gun safety legislation. In fact, Pritzker and Highland Park Mayor Rotering recently met with President Biden at the White House and discussed gun violence prevention legislation, including a national assault weapons ban.
Finally, Pritzker emphatically stated, “[A]nd make sure that people are appointed to the Supreme Court who are going to do the right thing.”
Governor Pritzker is proud Illinois is leading the charge on gun violence prevention, taking those “first steps” to lead this fight and save lives.
Lake Dems Continue to Talk Politics
Lake County Democrats co-sponsored with Moraine Township Democrats the latest edition of Tenth Dems University’s (TDU) Let’s Talk Politics series last week in Highland Park. TDU Dean Laurie Schiller, a retired Northwestern University adjunct professor, facilitated the meeting and opened the floor to attendees by asking what was on their minds.
This well-attended and engaging Let’s Talk Politics session prompted passionate discussion on topics ranging from local zoning issues to the existential threat to our democracy posed by today’s Republicans. Even though close to 50 people attended, everyone had a chance to have their voice heard.
Watch the Lake Dems Events list and upcoming newsletters for times, dates, and locations of future sessions.
Lake County Democrats Attend Summer Events
Summer Reception for Rep. Nabeela Syed:
Pictured are Lake County Democrats showing their support for State Rep. Nabeela Syed at her campaign kick-off reception.
West Deerfield Township Democratic Organization (WDTDO) Annual Picnic:
Pictured above are West Deerfield Township and countywide Lake County elected officials at the picnic.
Become a Deputy Voter Registrar
Want to register voters? Become a Deputy Voter Registrar and help people register to vote anywhere in Illinois!
The next Deputy Voter Registrar training session will be held Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at 10am in Libertyville. This training is open to Lake County residents who are interested in helping register new voters. (Cook County training is available for Cook County residents. Watch your email for information.) Lake County participants must be registered to vote in Lake County.
Deputy Registrars must be trained in the county where they live, but once trained, can register voters in any county in Illinois. Training takes about an hour and is offered by the Lake County Clerk’s office free of charge. Sign-ups will be taken up to 24 hours before the class begins. Late sign-ups may or may not be added to the class. Click here to register online.
If you’d like to help organize Lake Dems’ voter registration events, contact us at email@example.com.
Lake Dems is grateful for our many active volunteers. Click here if you’re interested in helping.
A huge shout out to the incredible Lake Dems Connection Canvassing VoteBuilder Project Team who worked tirelessly to cut walk lists for all 431 precincts in all 18 Lake County townships. In less than 10 days, more than 2,200 lists were cut by the following volunteers: Gail Ballengee, Hazel Herzog, Judith Johnson, Tommy Kobler, Marianne Phelan, Mike Pierret, Brian Prigge, Mika Raviv, Linda Stickler, Bryan Thompson, and Ken Tomchik. This effort supports the 2023 Connection Canvassing Project, providing our volunteers (including Township Chairs, Precinct Committeepersons, and Democratic interns) a chance to get to know voters in their precincts and get the momentum going for 2024.
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
THURSDAY, AUG. 3
An Evening in the Caribbean in Support of Joyce Mason. 5pm, Gurnee. More.
Juliana Stratton Summer Fundraiser with Governor JB Pritzker. 5:30pm, Chicago. More.
Railroad Safety and Environment Presentation with Senator Julie Morrison. 6:30pm, Lake Forest. More.
SUNDAY, AUG. 6
Moraine Township Dems’ Annual Summer “Party With Our Party.” 2pm, Highland Park. More.
For the complete list of Upcoming Events, go to lakedems.org/events.
Click here to submit your event for consideration.
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, (individual: $35/couples $60 – though more is always appreciated), or send a check payable to Lake County Democrats to P.O. Box 671, Lake Zurich, IL 60047. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.