Feb. 8, 2023
In this Issue: Join Us for a Lake County Democrats Fundraiser with Jill Wine-Banks ● White House Proclamation on National Black History Month ● Brad Schneider’s Statement on Black History Month ● Hakeem Jeffries’ First Speech as Leader of the Democratic Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives ● Governor Pritzker Celebrates Opening of New Student Center at College of Lake County (CLC) in Waukegan ● Election Judges Needed – Help Lake County Vote! ● Volunteer Spotlight ● ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) ● Upcoming Events Below
Now is your chance to hear Jill Wine-Banks, well known former Watergate prosecutor, right here in Lake County. She will be in Vernon Hills February 20th – and you should be too! Click here for sponsorships and tickets.
Want to help plan and promote future events for Lake County Dems? Lake Dems is looking for a few new volunteer project leaders for our Events Committee. Doing something as small as liking or sharing our social media posts has a huge impact. We need you! Please respond here if you are interested in joining this committee.
White House Proclamation on National Black History Month
White House Statement: “During National Black History Month, we celebrate the legacy of Black Americans whose power to lead, to overcome, and to expand the meaning and practice of American democracy has helped our nation become a more fair and just society. This country was established upon the profound but simple idea that all people are created equal and should be treated equally throughout their lives.”
Read President Biden’s White House proclamation here.
Brad Schneider’s Statement on Black History Month
In honor of Black History Month, U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) took a moment to reflect on some of the contributions that Black Americans have made to our democracy, culture and society. Click here to read the full article as published in his News from the 10th District.
Hakeem Jeffries Speaks Before the US House of Representatives (CNN)
Hakeem Jeffries’ First Speech as Leader of the Democratic Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives
In celebration of Black History Month we honor New York Representative Hakeem Jeffries, the first Black American to lead a major party in either house of the United States Congress. Representative Jeffries gave his first speech before the U.S. House of Representatives as Leader of the Democratic Caucus. We urge you to see the full transcript of this momentous speech by clicking here.
Governor Pritzker Celebrates Opening of New Student Center at College of Lake County (CLC) in Waukegan
Governor JB Pritzker along with local and state officials celebrated the ribbon-cutting for the new Student Center at College of Lake County. The Lakeshore Campus Student Center will enhance the student experience by providing improved services, plus state-of-the-art learning and study spaces.
The 63,000 square foot building was partially funded by a $35.9 million investment through Rebuild Illinois, Governor Pritzker’s bipartisan capital plan, as well as a $12 million local match from the institution.
The Eleanor Murkey Community Center, located on the top floor of the new Student Center, is a space for college-sponsored community engagement events, business meetings, and special gatherings. With a balcony overlooking Lake Michigan, the facility serves as a unique asset to downtown Waukegan and community organizations. Murkey was a long-time dean of the Lakeshore Campus.
Click here to read more about this beautiful new facility.
Election Judges Needed – Help Lake County Vote!
Across the country, election authorities are facing Election Judge shortages. Lake County is no different.
Lake County is in need of Election Judges for the April 4th, 2023, Consolidated General Election! Qualifications are as follows pursuant to state law:
- Be a registered Lake County voter
- Be of good repute and character and not subject to the registration requirement of the Sex Offender Registration Act
- Fluently speak, read and write the English language
- Be able to sit and/or stand for an extended period of time
- Not a candidate for any office in the election or an elected/appointed Precinct Committeeperson, and
- Must declare affiliation with a major political party
To be able to serve as a judge, judges must also go through a basic training class which is a self-paced online course, followed by an in-person hands on course.
To apply please visit: Lake County Illinois Election Judge Application (jotform.com)
For more information visit: Election Judges | Lake County, IL (lakecountyil.gov)
Lake Dems is grateful for our many active volunteers.
Ellen Ewbank has been a volunteer for Lake Dems for about a year. She has helped us with numerous administrative tasks and database projects. She has also helped us create Facebook events and so much more.
Ellen enjoys cooking and loves to learn about the history and science behind each dish and tries to make as much from scratch as possible.
Ellen is an amazing volunteer and we are very grateful to have her on our team.
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
How the Inflation Reduction Act Will Save Households Money in 2023
Schumer: All Senators to Receive Briefing on Spy Balloon Feb. 15
Updated (Bivalent) COVID-19 Booster- FAQ
THURSDAY, FEB. 9
Fremont Township Democrats February Meeting. 6pm, Mundelein. More.
FRIDAY, FEB. 10
The Voting Power of Gen Z Youth Vote Realized. 12-1pm, Chicago. More.
Your Financial Journey – SMART Goals with Holly Kim. 1:30pm, online via Zoom. More.
SATURDAY, FEB. 11
Let’s Talk Politics – The Assault Weapons Ban Law in Illinois with State Representative Bob Morgan and State Senator Julie Morrison. 4-5pm, Northbrook. More.
TUESDAY, FEB. 14
Lake County Rising Poem and Essay Contest for Students. 6:30pm, Round Lake Beach. More.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15
Indivisible Western Lake County (IWLC) February Meeting. 7-8:30pm, Lindenhurst. 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.