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Blog, Featured: 2014 Democratic Candidates

Election Day: November 4, 2014
(YOU MAY TAKE THIS GUIDE INTO THE VOTING BOOTH WITH YOU.)
Click here for a printable PDF version.

FEDERAL:
• Richard J. Durbin…………..……U.S. Senator
• Brad Schneider……………….….Representative in Congress, 10th Congressional District

STATEWIDE:
• Pat Quinn & Paul Vallas………..Governor/Lt. Governor
• Lisa Madigan………………..……Attorney General
• Michael Frerichs………..….……Treasurer
• Jesse White………………………Secretary of State
• Sheila Simon……………………..Comptroller

STATE LEGISLATURE:
• Daniel Biss…………….……..….State Senate, 9th District
• Terry Link……….……………….State Senate, 30th District
• John D’Amico…………………..State Representative, 15th District
• Laura Fine…………….…………State Representative, 17th District
• Robyn Gabel……………………State Representative, 18th District
• Mo Khan…………………………State Representative, 20th District
• Marty Moylan………..…….…….State Representative, 55th District
• Elaine Nekritz…………..………State Representative, 57th District
• Scott Drury………………..……State Representative, 58th District
• Carol Sente…………….……….State Representative, 59th District
• Rita Mayfield………….…………State Representative, 60th District
• Loren Karner……….…………..State Representative, 61st District
• Sam Yingling………..………….State Representative, 62nd District

NORTH SHORE SANITARY DISTRICT:
• Beverly Sugar Young
………..Ward 3
• Daniel M. Pierce…………..…..Ward 5

LAKE COUNTY:
• Janet E. Kilkelly………………Lake County Clerk
• Glenn Ryback…………………Lake County Treasurer
• Jason Patt………….…….……Lake County Sheriff
• John Wylie…………………….Lake County Board Member, District 6
• Bill Durkin…………………….Lake County Board Member, District 8
• Mary Ross-Cunningham……Lake County Board Member, District 9
• Mike Jennings…………….….Lake County Board Member, District 10

COOK COUNTY:
• Toni Preckwinkle……………Cook County President
• Joseph Berrios………..…….Cook County Assessor
• Maria Pappas…………..……Cook County Treasurer
• David Orr……………….……Cook County Clerk
• Tom Dart………………….….Cook County Sheriff
• Frank Mc Partlin………….…Cook County Board Member, District 9
• Larry Suffredin…………..…Cook County Board Member, District 13
• Jim Hickey…….………….…Cook County Board Member, District 17
• Frank Avila, Cynthia Santos and Tim Bradford…..Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

JUDGES RACES:
12th Judicial Subcircuit: James Kaplan (Jordan vacancy in Cook County)
19th Judicial Circuit: Vote YES for Retention of Jay W. Ukena as Judge of the Circuit Court (Lake County)

Early Voting runs Monday, October 20 – Saturday, November 1

Any registered voter may request a Vote by Mail ballot no later than October 30 by clicking on the Lake County Clerk’s website, filling out the form and then clicking on “Requesting a Ballot By Mail” or for Cook County go to this page. Completed ballots must be postmarked by November 4

 

Blog: The Impossiblility of Leslie Munger’s Economics

I keep getting these flyers from Munger and Rauner with lovely, but impossible promises. They promise to lower taxes, but accuse their Democratic opponents of bankrupting the state. OK, so if Illinois is bankrupt, and no question we have a serious pension and debt problem, caused, I might point out by both parties over the past three decades, precisely how do we cut the income of the state by billions (cut taxes), and expect to solve our fiscal problem? Answer? You can’t.

Munger and Rauner promise they won’t cut services and, in Rauner’s case, even INCREASE spending on schools. How do you cut the state’s income and do that? Answer? You can’t.

Munger’s latest flyer insists she will balance the budget. With the state debt and underfunded pensions in the billions, how do we do that? If you cut taxes the ONLY way you can balance the budget is to cut services and funding to schools, infrastructure, transportation, social services, police, fire, etc. There is no other way to do it. She is somewhere in Reagan Shangra-La land. GOP trickle down hasn’t worked yet and never will.

It never ceases to amaze me that people believe this voodoo economics. If you want services, you have to pay (tax) for them. Period. If you want job growth, you have to invest, not cut. This is simple economics 101, something Munger and Rauner seemed to have neglected to take in college. We have serious economic problems here in Illinois and Governor Quinn and courageous legislators such as Carole Sente have been the only ones to seriously try and do something about it. This is as obvious as the sun in the sky and Munger and Rauner are either naive, stupid, or simply don’t care about providing services to people. Their economic tea party policies would result in the economic disaster that has overtaken Kansas. We can’t let this happen to Illinois.

Blog: A Good Neighbor with a Storied Legacy

By Lindy Mika

If you’ve lived in Lake County long, it’s probably a safe bet you know the name Terry Link. It’s likely you’ve actually met Terry, who’s been a resident of the district his entire life. Perhaps he was knocking on doors in your neighborhood or stopped by a community event in your area. Or maybe you just saw him talking to locals at Gojo’s, his favorite hometown Waukegan restaurant. You may even know that he is currently your state senator.Illinois_Senator_Terry_Link_publicdomain

What might be less well known, however, is Terry Link’s longstanding record as a representative of your community. That’s because, as Terry puts it, “I’m just not a show-off.” While he may be modest man, his list of achievements is expansive. It’s important during this election season that we be reminded of what exactly Terry has done for the community over his tenure.

Throughout his productive career, Terry Link has fought diligently for the middle class, women’s rights, seniors’ financial security, and environmental reforms.

Terry supported a healthy middle class by voting to establish a standard individual tax deduction of $2,050 that rises with inflation. He also sponsored the last minimum wage increase in Illinois, giving working families a chance to get ahead.

Terry has a proven record as a strong advocate of women’s rights. He is proudly pro-choice. In 2003, Terry co-sponsored legislation that required insurance companies to offer coverage of contraceptives and family planning services to women. He was also a chief co-sponsor of the Equal Pay Act, a measure prohibiting wage discrimination based on sex.

During Terry’s time in office, he has been a strong proponent for ensuring that seniors can keep the earnings they’ve spent their lives saving. In 2004, he championed the first homestead exemption to local property taxes for senior citizens in 20 years. He also worked to pass a prescription drug discount program for the disabled and elderly.

Terry even received a 100 percent environmental scorecard from the Illinois Environmental Council this year, after supporting 11 different bills designed to improve our environment. He even spearheaded Smoke Free Illinois legislation, an initiative that is guaranteed to improve Illinois’s public health for generations.

If there’s one reason Terry is your sitting senator coming into this election, it’s because he has been an exemplary representative for the area, and puts the interests of his district first.

Blog: Attorney Volunteers Needed for Election Day

By Lauren Beth Gash

To our Attorney Friends –

(Feel free to forward to lawyer friends and family — and law students may participate, as well.)

Protecting our environment. Affordable healthcare. Women’s rights. Marriage equality. A living minimum wage. Equal pay for equal work, Medicare as we know it. This is just a tiny bit of what’s at stake on November 4th. And voter protection will be important right here in the 10th Congressional District.volunteerbutton

Election Day is almost here, and we are finalizing our Election Day Legal Team plans. Join us. As you know, Brad Schneider is running in one of the top races in the nation. Ex-Congressman Dold is back to challenge him, and, judging by the amount of money the Republicans and their billionaire Tea Party supporters have put into this race, it is as important a race to them as it is to us. We need to make sure supporters of Democrats — from the top of the ticket to the bottom — are allowed to vote.

We need your help to ensure that Election Day goes smoothly and that all voters have their rights protected here in the 10th District.

Sign up online to join the Election Day Voter Protection Legal Team.

There are three ways you can volunteer:

1. We need a few attorneys who are available all day to oversee the Election Day legal plan for a township-wide area. You will need to visit polling places throughout your area and be part of our rapid-response team to be dispatched to the site where any legal issues arise. This will be an all-day commitment on November 4.

2. We need attorneys to be our eyes and ears early when the polls open on Election Day. You will visit polling places between the hours of 6:00 and 9:00 am to ensure that things are running smoothly and to take action if they are not. You will be on the ground and see first-hand how things are running in the district. This position has a time commitment of6:00 to 9:00 am on November 4.

3. We need attorneys for closing time. You will need to arrive at a polling place by around 5:30 pm and remain in the polling location until it closes. You will ensure that everyone in line by 7:00 pm has an opportunity to vote, monitor the closing process, and call in the voting tally. This position has a time commitment of approximately 5:30 pm to closing (approximately 7:30 pm) on November 4.

Please let us know if you are available to help in any of these ways — sign up online or call 847-266-VOTE (8683):

http://tenthdems.org/Election-Day-Legal-Team

There will be local training sessions done in person and by conference call. Democratic Voter Protection Training will take place Wednesday, October 8 at 5:30 pm at 222 N. LaSalle, in Chicago (Mike Kasper’s office), with a call-in option. Please let us know ASAP if you can participate in that training. We also expect to have a local training on Sunday, October 26 at 4:00 pm, most likely in the Highland Park Democratic Headquarters on Central Avenue (for those of you who attended last cycle, we have a bigger office a few doors west). Attending a training is highly recommended, and we’ll get you Election Day materials and a training manual with FAQs.

If you can help us plan and/or lead our Election Day voter protection program, please let us know!

Thank you for your support and your help in keeping Election Day running smoothly for all our candidates.

Lauren

Lauren Beth Gash
10th District Election Protection Team

Blog, Featured: I’m Thinking of a Number

By Mark Rosenberg, M.D., Dean, Tenth Dems University

There are only 28 days until the November 4th elections. That number – 28 – is significant for another reason: it’s also the number of times former Republican congressman Bob Dold voted to repeal or dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

As a pediatrician, I diagnose health problems and try to help based on what I know, not just what a patient or I want to believe. Voting with the Republicans 28 times over and over on the same thing like Bob Dold did? That’s blindly following conservative ideologues, not working as a problem solver. volunteerbuttonWe need a representative who will look at the issues and respond reasonably and practically. Congressman Brad Schneider has done that. It’s why we need to make sure we support him again.

Will you sign up to volunteer in the final 28 days of this campaign?

We have less than a month until Election Day. It’s time to get out and tell friends, family and neighbors about our wonderful slate of Democratic candidates, especially Congressman Brad Schneider. See the list below to directly contact the campaigns. And, more importantly, we have to vote. You can help in this effort.

Sign up to volunteer here:

Sincerely,

Mark

Mark Rosenberg, M.D.
Dean, Tenth Dems University

Contact information for volunteers:

Governor Pat Quinn, Grayslake Office, contact Tom Maillard, 847-946-3790 or thomaspmaillard@gmail.com.

Senator Dick Durbin, contact Allison Schraub, aschraub@dickdurbin.com.

Congressman Brad Schneider, offices throughout the 10th District, contact Kim Kargman, kim.illinois10@gmail.com.

Senator Terry Link, District 31, Waukegan office, contact Michael Welton, 847-271-9685 or mike@ilsenatedems.org.

Rep. Elaine Nekritz, District 57, info@nekritznow.com.

Rep. Scott Drury, District 58, info@scottdrury.org.

Rep. Carol Sente, District 59, carol@votecarolsente.com.

Rep. Rita Mayfield, District 60, info@voteritamayfield.com.

Rep. candidate Loren Karner, District 61, Grayslake office, contact Julia Larkin, 224-419-5312, lorenkarner61@gmail.com.

Rep. Sam Yingling, District 62, Grayslake office, contact Shelby, 847-223-2540, Samyingling62@gmail.com.

Jason Patt for Sheriff, contact andybookman@gmail.com, 847-902-6264.

Janet Kilkelly for County Clerk, contact kilkellyforwaukegan@yahoo.com.

Glenn Ryback for Treasurer, contact gryback1@yahoo.com.

John Wylie for Lake County Board, Dist. 6, contact johnwylieforlakecountyboard@gmail.com.

Lake County Board member Mary Ross Cunningham, District 9, contact mrcunningham65@comcast.net.

Mike Jennings for Lake County Board, District 10, contact 847-401-5318, jenningsforcounty10@gmail.com.