Wednesday, January 17, 2024
In this Issue: Lake County Has a New State Representative! ● Tickets Available Now! Annual Lake County Democrats’ President’s Day Fundraiser, with Jill Wine-Banks ● Join or Renew Your Lake Dems Membership in 2024! ● Tickets Still Available? Just Seven Tickets Left – Join Tenth Dems for an Afternoon of Laughs with the Capitol Fools ● Lake Dems Attend Events ● ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) ● Upcoming Events ● More Photos!
Lake County Has a New State Representative!
Tracy Katz Muhl is sworn in by Cook County Judge Michael Hyman as the new State Representative for the 57th District. Looking on (from left to right) are Hon. Dean Maragos, State Rep. Mark Walker, and Hon. Lauren Beth Gash.
This past week, Northfield Township Democratic Committeeperson and former District 28 School Board President Tracy Katz Muhl was appointed to the state representative seat for the 57th district formerly held by Jonathan Carroll, who resigned on January 5. Almost entirely in Cook County, the 57th District includes areas such as Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, Glencoe, Glenview, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, Northfield, Riverwoods, Wheeling, Wilmette, and Winnetka.
By state law, the appointment of a new representative of the same party as Carroll had to be made within 30 days of the vacancy. Katz Muhl was appointed by the statutory appointment committee made up of Democratic Committeepersons Tracy Katz Muhl (Northfield Township), Mark Walker (Wheeling Township), Dean Maragos (New Trier Township), and Lake County Democrats Chair, Lauren Beth Gash.
Katz Muhl was already the only Democratic candidate for this seat on the March 19 primary election ballot and no one has filed as a Republican for this seat. This interim appointment allows her to serve as the state representative for the 57th District during the legislative session that starts this week, and until the winner of the November 5 general election is sworn in.
Enjoy more photos from the swearing-in at the end of this newsletter.
Tickets Available Now! Annual Lake County Democrats’ President’s Day Fundraiser, with Jill Wine-Banks
We are so excited that frequent MSNBC Contributor/Legal Analyst Jill Wine-Banks is coming to speak to Lake Dems again. She will be with us LIVE in Lake County for our Annual Presidents’ Day Fundraiser on Monday, February 19. Jill was so popular last year that tickets sold out. We hope you’ll join us for this very special evening to hear this amazing and deservedly sought-after speaker. Register here to reserve your seat.
Jill Wine-Banks is an MSNBC Legal Analyst, regularly appearing on prime time and daytime shows. A sought-after speaker, Jill appears before professional, political, women’s and business groups, universities and law schools. Jill has also written op-eds for NBC.com, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Politico, and the Huffington Post. She has been featured in documentaries and films, including Academy Award winner Charles Ferguson’s Watergate – Or: How We Learned to Stop an Out of Control President, Robert Redford’s All The President’s Men Revisited, ABC’s 20/20, and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.
Join or Renew Your Lake Dems Membership in 2024!
Lake Dems is dedicated to ensuring that our great candidates win in 2024 – and we will continue working every day, in every corner of Lake County, to make sure we accomplish just that.
There is always a lot of work to do to support our Democrats who have been elected at every level, and yes – to elect even more. Will you help ensure we put ourselves in the best position to win in November? We are in another difficult election cycle and Republicans are motivated to win.
Be a part of our grassroots movement! Join or renew your membership now! ($35 for individuals; $60 for couples – though more is always appreciated.) Every dollar you chip in will make a big difference – whether it’s keeping the lights on in our all-volunteer offices, putting on events to engage voters, or designing voter outreach materials, among other things.
To contribute, visit lakedems.org/contribute, or mail your check (payable to Lake County Democrats) to P.O. Box 671, Lake Zurich, IL 60047. Together, we’ll make sure our values are reflected in our government and that we keep our country, state, and county moving forward.
Tickets Still Available? Just Seven Tickets Left – Join Tenth Dems for an Afternoon of Laughs with the Capitol Fools
The Capitol Fools Comedy Troupe (formerly the Capitol Steps) is back with their hilarious and unique style of political satire. Join the Tenth Dems on February 4, 2:00pm, at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, for an afternoon of laughs mined from the outrageous doings of our elected leaders.
Tickets are only $47 each – less than the box office price – so grab yours before they’re gone! As we have in past years, we’re also planning an early dinner after the show at Jameson’s Charhouse next door, with details to follow.
Buy tickets now to experience the Capitol Fools Comedy Troupe. If you can’t join us, please consider a contribution to Tenth Dems.
Lake Dems Attend Events
State’s Attorney’s Gun Violence Prevention Initiative Town Halls (North Chicago and Highland Park)
State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart hosted Town Halls in both North Chicago and Highland Park to listen to the community’s concerns regarding gun violence. These conversations will inform and shape the State’s Attorney’s Comprehensive Violence Reduction Plan. (Another event is planned for January 18 in Libertyville/Vernon Hills. See the Upcoming Events section below for details.)
Holiday Celebration with Lake County Clerk Anthony Vega
A great time was had by all who attended Anthony Vega’s “one year in office” celebration and holiday party.
Reception in Support of Robyn Gabel, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Daniel Didech, Bob Morgan, and Tracy Katz Muhl
Pictured left to right are State Rep. Dan Didech, State Rep. Bob Morgan, State Rep. Robyn Gabel, State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, State Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, and newly sworn-in State Rep. Tracy Katz Muhl.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – Remember! Reflect! Act! Building a Beloved Community
The North Shore Baptist Ministers’ Alliance held their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in North Chicago.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamers’ Breakfast
On Monday, January 15th, a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 22nd Annual Dreamers’ Breakfast – was presented by Waukegan Township. Lake County Democrats is proud to have been one of the many sponsors of this sold-out event whose theme this year was “Good Trouble” – good trouble in areas of education, criminal justice reform, legislation, equity in education, and more.
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
Indivisible Western Lake County (IWLC) January Meeting. 7:00 to 8:30pm, Lindenhurst. More.
THURSDAY, JAN. 18
State’s Attorney’s Gun Violence Prevention Initiative Town Hall in Libertyville/Vernon Hills. 6:00 to 8:00pm, Vernon Hills. More.
SATURDAY, JAN. 20
Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association (IDCCA) Virtual Trivia Night. 6:00pm, online via Zoom. More.
For the complete list of Upcoming Events, go to lakedems.org/events.
Click here to submit your event for consideration.
Thanks to photographer extraordinaire and North Chicago Alderman Kenneth Smith (pictured above with Tracy) for providing most of the pictures.
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..