April 2021
OUR LEADERSHIP & DGTDO OFFICE SUPPORT
http://www.dgdemocrats.org/
MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAIR - APRIL EDITION
By Kim Savage, DGTDO Chair
Another election has come and gone, and we are excited to congratulate many members and friends who were elected to local municipalities, school boards, library districts, park districts and fire protection districts. However, we are disappointed in the results of the partisan township elections. While we narrowed the margins, we were unable to convince a large number of Democratic voters that it was important to vote out an entrenched and corrupt political operation.

If you were a voter, thank you. If you were not a voter, please make a voting plan for every election and encourage friends and family to develop a regular voting habit. Thanks are also in order for the donors, the volunteers, and especially the candidates. I am proud of the teamwork and sense of community that flourished, despite the pandemic.

The passion and enthusiasm among our volunteers are testament to the organizational culture that has continued to evolve over the years. The growing momentum has certainly benefitted by the dearth of ethics and compassion in the Republican Party. However, it is mainly fueled by the willingness to learn about, understand, and respect other people’s experiences and points of view. Engaging in our local Democratic community is extremely rewarding.

As we have adapted to change in DGTDO, we will continue to stay focused on our shared goals and serve the community. Change is always on the horizon. It is the engine that generates progress. As I transition out of my role as chair, I have complete confidence in the organization to move forward. At our next meeting, we will elect a new chair for DGTDO (as announced at our April meeting) and I whole-heartedly support our current vice chair, Greg Hosé for election as chair.

It has been my privilege to serve you. Thank you all for joining me on this journey.
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Send checks to DGTDO, PO Box 785,
Downers Grove 60515
SUPPORT DGTDO OFFICE AND HELP ELECT DEMOCRATS!
Please donate today to keep our office open. While we are not meeting in person and have had less face-to-face contact with voters, our work continues. In addition to social media and email, we have done more outreach through the U.S. Mail. We must also continue to pay for our office rent and utilities.
 
The DGTDO office has been instrumental in supporting and electing Democrats to offices at all levels of government. Now that the April election is over, we now need to start planning for the 2022 election cycle. Because of redistricting, we will have more candidates in 2022 than in other election cycles. All US Representatives, State Senate, State Representatives, County Board, and Forrest Preserve Board positions will be up for election. We will be busy and your donation allows us to do the work to elect Democratic candidates.
 
If you are a monthly supporter, we appreciate your ongoing commitment to the organization. We also appreciate the annual checks that we have received from some of our special donors.
 
We hope that everyone will continue to donate to fund our work during this next vital election cycle. Don't forget, in recent elections, we elected a majority on the County Board and the Forest Preserve Commission, a judge to the Circuit Court, county wide offices, and to the State Legislature. It is our job to help get voters to the polls, and we welcome your support. Here are links to online donation opportunities:


Send checks to DGTDO, PO Box 785,
Downers Grove 60515

Thank you for your continued support!

BLOOD DRIVE AT DGTDO
STAY INFORMED. STAY INVOLVED.
REDISTRICTING IN ILLINOIS 2021.
By Joanna Williams
What is it? The once-a-decade redrawing of the state’s legislative and congressional districts to maintain “communities of interest” and to design districts that are “compact, contiguous, and substantially equal in population”. The remapping process is guided ideally by the results of the federal 2020 census reflecting population shifts as well as racial and ethnic makeup, but in reality it ends up being a process marked by self-interest, with lawmakers looking for favorable district boundaries and partisan power.

Why is the process especially complicated this year?
Delay (until Sept 30) by the Census Bureau in reporting granular numbers to the states along with the Illinois Constitution’s June 30 deadline for new state legislative maps is expected to force the majority Democrats in the General Assembly to turn to other population data. (Congressional remapping does not have the same June 30 deadline).
Another complication is the pending For the People Act (H.R.1) which requires states to use independent commissions to draw congressional district lines.
Also, Illinois is expected to lose one or two congressional seats adding to the complexity of the district remapping.

Where does redistricting stand now?
Redistricting committees in the Illinois House and Senate have been set up and are conducting required hearings around the state. Democratic Senate President Don Harmon says it is his intention to have the legislative maps redrawn by the June 30 deadline. Gov Pritzker has said he will veto a map that he believes is not fair but Democrats have a veto proof majority in the both houses and could enact a map after the General Assembly’s scheduled May 31 adjournment and also could override any move by Pritzker to reject the new map.

How to stayed tuned?
Both the IL House and Senate have redistricting websites and offer an online portal for citizens to draw their own maps and submit them to the committees.

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN - TALKING POINTS.
Take a moment to learn about the American Rescue Plan. This document gives key talking points and how to promote the Plan.



For more information, go to:
A ROADMAP TO WINNING TOWNSHIP ELECTIONS.
By Reid McCollum
My first act in local politics was to attend a meeting of the DuPage Democrats on January 9, 2017 in Wheaton. I went because Trump was my President, and I was horrified beyond belief. I knew that working to defeat Peter Roskam was all I wanted to do for the next two years. I could tell that most of those in the room had the exact same thought.

I knew no one at that meeting and grabbed a seat in a very crowded auditorium. I happened to sit next to Sue Sitton. We got to chatting as the crowd packed into what was quickly becoming a standing-room only turnout. Sue mentioned the Downers Grove Township Democrats office, and within a week or two, I walked in and met Kim Savage. I left that same day with a turf to knock doors for local township candidates, and I simply couldn’t wait to talk to voters for the first time in my life.

We lost the closest township race that year by 2,147 votes, or 56% to 44%. In other words, even in the closest race, we got shellacked. But even that outcome at the time was huge progress in Downers Grove Township. Due to the hard work of those who laid a foundation over years of tireless work and zero reward, we fielded a candidate for each race and had an office to use as a base of operations.
Fast forward to the local elections two weeks ago. We lost the closest race by 663 votes, or 52% to 48% (as of this writing). Just 1,000 additional Democrats would have won nearly every contest. All this in a township that JB Pritzker lost 49% to 46% in the 2018 “blue wave” midterm elections.

Now for three hard truths:
  1. The majority of voters in our township consider themselves Republicans for state and local elections. I’ll repeat it: JB lost our township to one of America’s least popular governors during a blue wave election by 3%.
  2. Both parties have low turnout in local elections in our community, which is par for the course in almost every corner of the United States. It is useless to blame Democrats for not showing up for local races. Low turnout for local races has virtually nothing to do with party affiliation in our area. That’s not to say we can’t do something about it!
  3. Unfortunately though, closing a gap of 1,000 votes with a turnout strategy (versus persuasion), is more difficult than it may seem.

I’ll expand on 3) using data from meta-analyses published by the Analyst Institute, which is the leading progressive clearinghouse for randomized controlled experiments in political science. 

POSTCARDS TO SWING STATES AVAILABLE AT DGTDO.
Are you interested in writing postcards to swing states? Stop by DGTDO office and pick them up. We currently have postcards for Georgia, thanking voters for voting in the 2020 election. These postcards can be mailed as you write them. Thanks for your help.
PC CORNER
PC CORNER - APRIL 2021.
By Chris Hotchkin
Final results of the Consolidated Election will be available on April 20.

Please thank your voters who voted in the recent municipal elections. You could give them a personal call or send them a letter or postcard.

This may be a good time to encourage voter registration, especially for young people who are turning 18. They can register at ova.elections.il.gov.

Check in this newsletter for information about sending postcards to other states. Postcards are available at our DGTDO office.

Plan to participate in one or more parades this July 3-5. Watch for more information about the Hinsdale, Darien, and Downers Grove parades. We are waiting to see if Downers Grove will hold a parade this year. The Hinsdale parade will be Saturday, July 3.
DGTDO OFFICE RESOURCE AVAILABLE.
DGTDO Office resources are available for volunteers and PC. Here are some of them:
 
  • Print and make copies of PC letters to voters thanking them for voting
  • Voter lists based on your needs - contact Sue Sitton at sasitton@aol.com if you need help
  • Run and print voter lists
  • Voter labels for mailings
 
Let us know what you need.
2021 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION
TOWNSHIP SLATE - THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!
The New Choice for Township Slate would like to thank everyone in the Downers Grove Township Democratic Organization who supported our campaign. We truly appreciate every volunteer who knocked on doors, dropped literature, phone banked, or wrote postcards. The donations made to the New Choice Slate exceeded expectations in a campaign where every dollar mattered. We did not take over the Township Board; however, because of everyone's commitment, we took it to the next level, and we are one more step towards solidifying our values in Downers Grove Township.
 
Let’s keep up the great work we do to continue to support and elect Democratic candidates.
SUPPORT DG TOWNSHIP BUSINESSES
NEW - FREE ADVERTISING - DEMOCRATIC DIRECTORY.
DIRECTORY OF DEMOCRATIC-FRIENDLY BUSINESSES

DGTDO is compiling this list of "Democratic Friendly" businesses in DuPage County, and we are asking for your help!

YOU CAN:

  • Advertise your professional service, trade, specialty, or retail business at no charge.

  • Share your recommendations of your favorite business or professional that supports democratic values.

During this difficult time, we continue to encourage everyone to support their local businesses, especially our members’ Democratic owned businesses.

If you know of businesses that support our democratic values and should be included in the directory, fill out this form
MORE EVENTS AND RESOURCES
WE THE PEOPLE CONSTITUTION DISCUSSION GROUP (Virtual)
TOPIC: To be announced

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Tuesday, May 11
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

If interested, please email wtpconstitutiondg2020@gmail.com
JOIN PEACE TOASTMASTERS.
PEACE! TOASTMASTERS
1ST FRIDAY 6:30-8:30PM
3RD SUNDAY 3:00-5:00pm
DUPAGE DEMOCRATS OFFICE
CURRENTLY MEETING VIRTUALLY

  • Improve your impromptu speaking
  • Learn to articulate your message clearly
  • Learn to use feedback to improve performance
  • Try out new ideas
  • Vent with like-minded people
CHECK FOR UPDATES
2021 Election Results.
Updates on election results will be added to the website once the information is final. Final results were expected to final April 20. Write-in results updated by April 27.

2022 Election Races.
We will update the website to list 2022 races that will be on the ballot.

On the Home Page, scroll down to see a list of events that that will take place in our DGTDO Office. Upcoming events that may be of interest are updated regularly on the website. If there is an event you would like added, let us know.

Our goal is to make the website more useful to everyone including voters, precinct committeemen, and people looking to get involved in our democratic efforts.

Your input is important. Submit your thoughts and ideas to Sue at sasitton@aol.com
Visit Left Out - DuPage on Facebook or their new Website: http://leftoutdupage.com.
THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO & WAYS TO HELP.
Left Out – DuPage Area is a unique local Facebook group that serves as an informational clearinghouse for all Democratic leaning - progressive events occurring in and around DuPage County. It has over 2,700 followers.

Left Out DuPage is a great way to find events in the area. Also, if you have a progressive event, you can post it. On a weekly basis, Left-Out - DuPage Area searches Facebook for events hosted by local campaigns and grassroots organizations and reposts them to their followers. It is volunteer-run and has no affiliation with any organization or campaign.
White House: (202) 456-1111   
Click on GET INVOLVED in the blue header

Dept of Justice: (202) 353-1555

Congressional Switchboard for Both Houses: (202) 224-3121

Local offices if Washington office is busy:
Sen. Dick Durbin (312) 353-4952
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (312) 886-3506
Rep. Sean Casten 202-225-4561, 630-520-9450
Rep. Mike Quigley (773) 267-5926
Rep. Bill Foster (630) 585-7672
Rep. Marie Newman (773) 948-6223

NEED TO MAKE SURE THE GOP LEADERSHIP HEARS YOU? 

State of IL: JB Pritzker:
(217) 782-0244

State Sen Suzy Glowiak
(217) 782-8148, (630) 785-3177

Rep Deanne Mazzochi
(217) 782-1448, (630) 852-8633

State Sen John Curran
(630) 796-2623, (217) 82-9407

State Rep Jim Durkin
(217) 782-0494, (630) 325-2028

State Rep Anne Stava-Murray
(217) 782-6578 , 630-605-0595

Contact the corporate media too! 

ABC News: (212) 456-7777
CBS News: (212) 975-3247
NBC and MSNBC News (212) 664-4444
CNN (404) 827-1500

Sign up for Saturday Virtual Coffee & Chat? Send email to dgdemocrats@gmail.com
DGTDO OFFICE HOURS:
April / May 2021
DGTDO Office
(PO Box 785)
908 Curtiss, Downers Grove
630-297-8600

Office Open with COVID Safety Guidelines. BE SAFE!!

Monday 1:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Friday 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
For most current list of events, go to www.dgdemocrats.org/
 
For other Local events, check out Left Out – DuPage Area Facebook Page or website http://leftoutdupage.com/
Upcoming Events and Key Election Dates
Types of events: DGTDO, Candidate, Education / Issues, “Be Active”, Organization Meeting
To add events to the following list, email information to dgdemocrats@gmail.com

Updated April 20, 2021
 
Recurring Events
DGTDO Office (Virtual)
Saturdays, 10:00 to 11:00 am
DGTDO Office
*VIRTUAL Coffee and Chat
Interested in joining? Send an email to dgdemocrats@gmail.com

DGTDO Office Hours
Saturdays, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
DGTDO Office (for dropping off and picking up materials)
908 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove


APRIL 2021

April 22 (Thursday), All Day
Check out events planned at https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2021/
April 27 (Tuesday), 5:30 to 6:45 pm 
Illinois Criminal Justice Reform Law: An Inside View
Virtual Meeting
 
April 29 (Thursday), 6:30 to 7:30 pm 
Cocktails, Celebration & Conversation
(hosted by: Indivisible DuPage
Virtual Meeting
 
April 29 (Thursday), 7:00 to 8:30 pm 
Criminal Justice Reform Fact or Fiction Town Hall
Virtual Meeting
 
 
May 2021

May 1 (Saturday), 12:30 to 2:00 pm 
Legislative Luncheon with Chris Welch
Virtual Meeting
 
May 7 (Friday), 6:00 to 9:00 pm 
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting  (1st Fridays, 3rd Sundays)
Virtual Meeting

May 11 (Tuesday), 6:30 to 8:00 pm 
We the People Constitution Discussion Group
Virtual Meeting
Details to follow

May 12 (Wednesday), 7:30 to 9:00 pm 
DGTDO Monthly Meeting (2nd Wednesday)
Virtual Meeting

May 16 (Sunday), 3:00 to 5:00 pm
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting  (1st Fridays, 3rd Sundays)
Virtual Meeting