News & Events

March 13, 2019
There Are No "Small" Elections
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Today I’ve decided to take a “spring break” from my usual over-lengthy commentary. Instead, I’m just going to pass along some follow-up information inspired by last weeks comments.

Last Wednesday’s subject spoke to the unfortunate reality that too many voters pay little or no attention to local elections. But the fact is, choosing our local decision-makers is not a trivial activity.

So, this week for those of you who might be interested in taking a closer look at the upcoming April 2 local “consolidated” elections, here are a few web links that you should find informative. For some links, particularly the "view your sample ballot link," the names of candidates are mentioned. And in some cases, “Googling” a candidate’s name may lead you to more specific information on his/her views and goals.

And if you’re a Wilmette voter (or just interested in local Wilmette issues) take note of the League of Women Voters of Wilmette’s Municipal Elections Candidate Forum coming up this Saturday, March 16. Details are in “Other Events” below.

Local elections are an important element of American democracy. We should never take these “small elections” for granted.

Nels Howard 
NTD Member since 1973
Other Events of Interest
Inclusion in our "Other Events of Interest" List – whether it’s a fundraising event for a specific candidate or an event concerning a particular issue – does not mean that the New Trier Democrats have endorsed that candidate or adopted that position on an issue. 
This Friday, March 15, 2019: ACLU 2019 Annual Lunch

When : Friday, March 15, 2019, 11:00 Registration and Reception; 12:00 to 1:30 Lunch and Program
Where : Hilton Chicago International Ballroom, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
What : The annual Chicago luncheon of The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). This year’s guest speaker is Vanita Gupta, former attorney at the ACLU and NAACP, and leader in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division under President Obama.  Purchase your tickets here .
This Saturday, March 16, 2019: League of Women Voters of Wilmette’s Municipal Elections Candidates Forum

When : Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 9:00am to 1:30pm
Where : Wilmette Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
What : The League of Women Voters of Wilmette is hosting a Municipal Elections Candidates Forum. The schedule is as follows:

9:00 – 10:10am Village of Wilmette Board of Trustees
10:20 – 11:10am Wilmette Park District Board of Commissioners
11:20 – 12:10pm Avoca School District 37 Board of Education
12:30 – 1:30pm Meet & Greet Candidates in Uncontested Races (Invited candidates: District39 Board of Education, New Trier Board of Education, Wilmette Public Library Board of Trustees)
Monday, March 18, 2019: JStreetPAC Luncheon in Support of Sen. Dick Durbin

When : Monday, March 18, 2019 at 12:00 noon
Where : Kirkland and Ellis LLP, 300 North LaSalle St., 7th floor, Chicago
What : JStreetPAC hosts a luncheon honoring U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online  or email Taylor Onderko at
Monday, March 18, 2019: Reception for Rep. Brad Schneider

When : Monday, March 18, 2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where : The Highland Park home of Rebecca and Jon Carson, address provided upon RSVP.
What : An evening reception in support of Congressman Brad Schneider. The event promises an evening of conversation related to clean energy, climate change, and how we can move forward to tackle this critical issue. For additional information or to RSVP email Emanuela Frankel at or call 312-213-3588.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019: World Water Day Warm-Up Fundraiser for MWRD Commissioner Cam Davis

When : Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where : Sidebar, 221 N. LaSalle St., Chicago
What: From the event's organizers: “Help Cam launch his 2020 CAMpaign! Hons. Toni Preckwinkle and Karen Yarborough, Jack Darin of the Sierra Club and Bob Reiter Jr. of the Chicago Federation of Labor will serve as honorary co-hosts. We’ll toast with water and share some of our favorite write-in names from last year’s historic race as we get ready to run again, this year for a full six-year term.” For more information or to RSVP,  register here .
Thursday, March 21, 2019: Making it Rain – Salary Negotiations, Promotions and the Pay Gap

When : Thursday, March 21, 2019; networking at 5:30pm, program from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where : Chicago Community Trust, #2200, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
What :  The Young Women’s Giving Council (YWGC) of Chicago Foundation for Women hosts a panel featuring diverse women leaders helping attendees to “make it rain.” Topics include how to: negotiate benefits, ask for a raise, discuss salaries with co-workers and advocate for change. Networking, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments follow the panel. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online .
Saturday, March 23, 2019: How Fascism Works – The Politics of Us and Them

When : Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Where : Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston
What : United for Democracy Now and the Chicago Chapter of Refuse Fascism sponsor Yale Professor Jason Stanley discussing his book,  How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them.   The presentation will be followed by audience Q&A and a panel discussion of strategies to stop this trajectory. Books will be available for purchase. Free admission with refreshments and free parking. For more information or to RSVP,  register online  or email
Monday, March 25, 2019: “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” Film and Discussion

When : Monday, March 25, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where : Northbrook Public Library, Auditorium, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook
What : A powerful documentary that tells the story of the everyday women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. A discussion will follow the screening.
Saturday, March 30, 2019: Personal PAC’s Spinning for Choice Fundraiser

When : Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Where : SALT Fitness Chicago, 1714 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago
What : Unique and entertaining fitness fundraiser encourages supporters of choice to join fellow spin enthusiasts to protect reproductive rights for the women of Illinois.  Please use this link to register .
Tuesday, April 2, 2019: Municipal Election Day
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