Wednesday, January 24, 2024
In this Issue: Tickets Available Now: Annual Lake County Democrats’ President’s Day Fundraiser, with Jill Wine-Banks ● 51st Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Decision ● January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month ● Surge in Consumer Confidence – Biden’s Economic Policies are Working! ● Grab One of the Last 3 Tickets! – Join Tenth Dems for an Afternoon of Laughs with the Capitol Fools ● Lake Dems Attend Events ● ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) ● Upcoming Events
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.
|Monday, February 19, 5:30 to 7:00pm
|Doubletree by Hilton, 510 East IL Route 83, Mundelein
|Jill Wine-Banks will share her insights into our national political situation and so much more. A former Watergate prosecutor, Jill is particularly well-equipped to discuss Trump and his legal woes. We’re sure you’ll want to join us. Hot hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.
Jill Wine-Banks is an MSNBC Contributer/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 also 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.
51st Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Decision
January 22 marked the 51st anniversary of the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, protecting the constitutional right to reproductive healthcare. But in 2022, Donald Trump’s hand-picked right-wing Supreme Court justices ignored five decades of precedent and overturned Roe, severely limiting reproductive rights.
We’ve all seen the real-world effects on people’s health and lives. In some states, women and girls have already been forced to choose between carrying out medically risky pregnancies, or fleeing their home states for the care they need. And the impact goes beyond the pregnant person – partners, family members, and friends all suffer from this lack of access to medical care. The medical community and society are at risk.
Trump now brags about “killing” Roe and says he will “lead the way” in passing a national ban. Reproductive freedom is on the ballot this year, and a vote for anyone but Joe Biden is a vote for a national abortion ban.
In the wake of the radical decision overturning Roe, Illinois has continued to be a leader in protecting and expanding reproductive rights. We must continue to elect Democrats to defend freedom, autonomy, and access to abortion from threats at every level of government.
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month
In 2010, by presidential proclamation, President Obama declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, an observance designed to educate the public about human trafficking and the role it can play in preventing and responding to human trafficking. In 2021, President Biden signed an updated National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, outlining his administration’s efforts to prevent trafficking, prosecute perpetrators, and protect survivors.
On Feb. 9, 2022, Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart announced the Lake County Human Trafficking Task Force, which is dedicated to curbing sex and labor trafficking in Lake County. This task force, directed by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, is a collaboration between prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, and victim service providers. Just this past December, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced that a recent human trafficking sting operation resulted in the arrest of 12 men.
Democrats remain committed to putting an end to the trafficking of humans for forced labor, domestic servitude, and sex trafficking in our country, our state, and our county.
Surge in Consumer Confidence – Biden’s Economic Policies are Working!
On Friday, the University of Michigan released its monthly Consumer Sentiment Index. January’s number was 78.8, a rise of 13% since December. The University of Michigan has been releasing the results of this monthly survey since 1952. It was designed in the 1940s and has only been altered slightly in the years since for accuracy.
Not only is this number a significant rise in the level of confidence of the American public, it also beats expectations. The average of the economists polled expected the reading to come in at 70.0. According to Reuters, 78.8 is not just 7 points shy of the historical average, it has rebounded 60% from the historic lows in the summer of 2022.
There is a slight correlation between the cyclical highs of consumer sentiment and the presidential election prospects of the party in power. If the number is high, the incumbent tends to win; when sentiment is low, Americans tend to change parties.
Biden has been working relentlessly to improve the economy, and legislation he has pushed through – like the Inflation Reduction Act, the CHIPS Act, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – has been successful. And now the average American is noticing. Feel free to brag about how much better off you are under President Biden.
Grab One of the Last 3 Tickets! – 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, 2pm, 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!
Following the show, many will be gathering for dinner right next door to the theater in a private room at Jameson’s Charhouse, 9525 Skokie Blvd. Dinner is $36 per person (our cost, including tax and tip) for a green salad, choice of chicken marsala or macadamia-crusted tilapia, both with rice pilaf and a fresh vegetable, plus a soft drink or coffee—choices to be made when seated. Reserve your seat for dinner here, and buy your show ticket here.
If you can’t join us, please consider a contribution to Tenth Dems.
Lake Dems Attend Events
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – Remember! Reflect! Act! Building a Beloved Community
Lake County Board Member, Esiah Campos (Round Lake), Precinct Committeeperson Jeanine Chyna (Libertyville), Lake Villa Township Democratic Chair, Kasia Kondracki (Lake Villa), Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim (Mundelein), Ela Area Public Library Board Trustee Alicia Timm, and Lake County Democrats Chair Lauren Beth Gash participate in the IDCCA annual event.
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
Sara Knizhnik Lake County Board Dist 18 Newsletter
Check out this very informative newsletter containing information about Lake County Government News, Transportation News, Health News, Election News, Veteran News and so much more including how to watch all County Board and Committee Meetings.
THURSDAY, JAN. 25
League of Women Voters Highland Park-Highwood Panel Discussion. 6:30 to 8:00pm, location provided upon RSVP and online via ZOOM. More.
For the complete list of Upcoming Events, go to lakedems.org/events.
Click here to submit your event for consideration.
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