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Blog, Events: Tenth Dems FUN-RAISER with Capitol Steps

When: Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Where: Center East Theatre in Skokie, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

What: Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) invites you to join us at a laugh-filled performance of the political satire comedy troupe Capitol Steps. More details to follow.Capitol-Steps-2015_-300x300

Individual tickets are $50 and sponsorship levels are available at $75, $250, $500 and $1000. Purchase your tickets and sponsorships here or send checks payable to “Tenth Dems” to P.O. Box 523, Deerfield, IL 60015. Tickets will be available at a table marked “Tenth Dems” by the box office. If you plan to pay by check, please call 847-266-VOTE (8683) or send us an email in order to confirm availability.

Blog, Featured: Election Day Registration Victory


By David Orr, Cook County Clerk

On Wednesday, the state legislature passed SB 172, a sweeping election reform bill that now awaits the governor’s signature. This bill embodies the “All In” vision my office has been working toward, which I laid out in a Chicago Tribune editorial exactly one year ago. I want to commend and congratulate all who worked so hard on this legislation, which the Brennan Center agrees will modernize the state’s voter registration system.

If this law is well-implemented, Illinois could become the national leader on voter registration modernization. That’s something we can all be proud of.

Here are some highlights of the bill.

Election Day Registration: This past election, we witnessed the popularity of election day registration, which allowed some 9,000 people throughout Illinois – more than 3,600 of them in suburban Cook County – to register and vote on election day. SB 172 not only makes this pilot program permanent but brings EDR to all precincts, not just select sites.

ERIC: A key component of SB 172 allows Illinois to join the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a multistate database that will help clean voter rolls, while improving management and accuracy of these lists. ERIC compares voter registration and driver’s license data across state lines, while also requiring outreach to eligible but unregistered citizens.

SB 172 grants Illinois the authority to use National Change of Address data (NCOA) to prompt voter registration changes between election jurisdictions in Illinois – an administrative innovation supported by Illinois’ county clerks. In Chicago and suburban Cook County, we have used NCOA data to update registrations for voters who moved within our respective jurisdictions nearly 100,000 times since 2012. SB 172 allows automatic transfer of registration for a voter who, for instance, moves from Chicago to suburban Cook County, or from suburban Cook County to Lake County. Since hundreds of thousands of people relocate in Illinois each year, this component of SB 172 has the potential to make a dramatic impact.

Agency Registration: SB 172 will allow Illinois to build on National Voter Registration Act requirements by requiring more state agencies to convert government transactions into voter registrations. All state agencies with a website must also provide a hyperlink to the state’s online voter registration tool. In addition, more agencies must share data with the State Board of Elections. As with NCOA, this is not only efficient election management, but it also streamlines government processes. With the digital transfer of data we move away from relying on paper and do away with red tape. This shifts the administrative burden away from voters to the appropriate public agencies.

Early Voting/Mail Voting
The bill also includes provisions for: extending Early Voting to the Monday before the election at limited locations; and changing the postmark deadline for mail ballots to Election Day rather than the day before.

SB 172 would also allow anyone, not just a relative, to deliver a voter’s mail ballot. To strengthen the chain of custody, I urged a requirement for an affidavit so that voters and anyone they authorize to deliver a mail ballot must attest to that authorization.

Passage of SB 172 was an historic moment for our state, but such history doesn’t happen without a lot of hard work, and this was no exception. Special thanks go out to SB 172 sponsors Speaker Michael Madigan, Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, Sen. Don Harmon and Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, as well as President John Cullerton and Rep. Lou Lang.

I wish also to thank the many voting rights groups who advocated for the changes, among them are: Just Vote Illinois, Common Cause, PIRG, ICIRR, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (CLC), Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, SAAPRI, Chicago Votes, Citizen Action, the League of Women Voters, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR), and the Brennan Center for Justice. In addition, the Joyce Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, DEMOS and Fair Elections Legal Network deserve credit for their tireless attention to voting issues.

And most importantly, a special thanks to my incredible “All In” staff, who worked tirelessly over the last year to bring this to fruition: Noah Praetz, Jan Kralovec, Gail Siegel, Ryan Chew, Dan Madden, Courtney Greve, and Mike Kreloff, our legislative liaison.

Blog: Annual Holiday Membership Party

As you make your plans for the holiday season, please make sure you join us for our Annual Holiday Membership Party. It will be Monday, December 15, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at Trax Tavern & Grille in Deerfield. Complimentary salad, pizza, and soft drinks will be served. A cash bar also will be available.

RSVP online for our Annual Holiday Membership Party, December 15, at Trax Tavern & Grille in Deerfield.trax

For more information, email, or call 847-266-VOTE (8683). If you will be attending and can help us with the sign-in table or other tasks, including decorating, please email or call 847-266-VOTE (8683).

We hope to see you then.

Blog, Featured: Daniel Biss, 40 Under 40, Crain’s Chicago Business

220px-Daniel_Biss_2012State Senator Daniel Biss, a Democrat from the Illinois Senate’s 9th District (Skokie), has been named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ 40 Under 40 for 2014. Biss was honored for his bold leadership in the General Assembly. Crain’s noted that Biss used “his Ph.D. in math from MIT to help craft pension reform law.” He also co-sponsored the bill in the Illinois Senate that legalized marriage equality.

For more about Biss, a rising star representing part of our very own 10th District, go to Crain’s Chicago Business.

Blog, Featured: Mike Frerichs, our next State Treasurer!

On November 19th, Republican Tom Cross conceded one of the closest races in Illinois history.

Congrats to State Senator Mike Frerichs, our next State Treasurer!Mike F.

After more than two weeks of counting votes, provisional ballots and better-than-expected results from Lake County helped Frerichs win.

This is a big victory for our state, and more proof that every vote counts.

Our all-volunteer Voter Protection Team of attorneys and pollwatchers worked throughout the district. They helped make sure the ballots were counted properly on Election Day, and as absentee votes came in. Thank you to everyone who helped.

Click here to congratulate Mike Frerichs on his victory: