Idealism -- Integrity -- Independence

NTD NEWS    October 3, 2018

A special note:
As the person who writes this weekly commentary, I know that you trust the NTD newsletter to always give you accurate information. For example, when we encourage you to participate in a volunteer operation, you need to believe that the event will occur as described. So, the NTDO was upset to learn that there were occasions in the past month when volunteers showed up at the proper time to make phone calls from the NTD office and it was closed. The reasons for each messed up evening are varied, but none should have happened. Once the problem came to light, action was taken. The campaign overseeing those phone bank evenings has sent NTDO President Judy Mandel this sincere apology. His response was much appreciated:
"On behalf of the JB Pritzker Campaign I would like to issue a formal apology to the New Trier Democrats and all of its members for the inconvenience caused by scheduled phone banks that did not occur at the set location. I will be the first to deem this type of mismanagement unacceptable, and I assure you that it will not be repeated. Again, I apologize for this debacle. Please accept this message as a token of reconciliation between the Pritzker Campaign and the Democrats of New Trier Township. Thank you."
Edward York
JB for Illinois
Regional Field Director-
Region 1

The November 6 elections are just 33 days from now. So if you haven't yet been able to get involved in battling the GOP's reactionary agenda, now is the time to jump in. These final weeks before an election are the critically important days when many eligible voters finally start paying attention to the political contests and start deciding who they will support.  
     As you probably know, mid-term elections usually draw a disgracefully low percentage of voters compared to the voting numbers in presidential election years. -- It was Democratic voter apathy in 2010 and 2014 that put Tea Party candidates in the U.S. House and placed the Senate under Republican control. -- However in this mid-term, thanks to a Republican president that is alienating large segments of Americans, a Republican controlled Congress that has revealed their complete disdain for the democratic process and a Republican Governor whose theories on running a state have proven to be disastrous, the number of voters casting ballots for Democrats could set new records. But we can't sit back and count on that.    
     You can be sure that in these final weeks before November 6 the Republicans will be pulling out all the stops to derail the momentum of Democratic candidates in every election. The desperate tactics they will likely use against Democrats may make Brett Kavanaugh's protests of innocence in the Senate seem downright affable.  
     So, we can take nothing for granted. The Democratic incumbents representing New Trier Township have all proven themselves deserving of reelection to their present offices, or in the case of Laura Fine, election to the State Senate. The new Democratic names on the ballot for State Rep., Jennifer Gong Gershowitz, for Laura Fine's seat, and Bob Morgan to replace Dem. State Rep. Scott Drury, are also exceptional candidates that should logically be the voters' choice. -- But the Republican Party apparatus and the right wing ideologues behind it have other ideas.  
     A Republican has been placed on the ballot against each of our state-level candidates as well as U.S. Rep. Schakowsky. At this point, I don't know the specific campaign platforms of each of the Republican candidates. However, I do know that at least one candidate has expressed anti-LGBT views; another is negative towards unions. - It will be interesting to learn more about these Republican role models in the coming weeks.  
     What is now known for certain is that about a half-million dollars has begun funneling into the coffers of 7 local non-profit organizations (some recently created). They, in turn, have begun financially supporting the Republican campaigns. Where did this money originate? From right-wing foundations? From far-right billionaires? It isn't clear. That's why they call it "dark money."   
     This is more of the "same old, same old." Outside money was used last year when right wing ideologues attempted to take over our township government and some local school boards. (You can expect that again in next spring's local elections.) This real threat of outside forces is why we can't be complacent.  
     The key to victory, as always, will be personal contact with potential voters - either over the phone or face to face in their neighborhoods. Voters contacted by real people rather than by scary propaganda mailings are much more likely to be won over. And now, the local campaign structure to do that job is pretty much in place.
     Starting next week at the NTDO office, 800 E. Oak St. in Winnetka, there will be phone banking three nights a week - Tues, Wed and Thursday, from 5:30 to 9:00 pm. There may also be some phone contact opportunities on weekends, depending on door-to-door canvassing schedules. Weekend Get Out the Vote work will be on the weekends of Oct 28, 29 and Nov. 3, 4. These efforts will probably offer three "shifts" of door-to-door canvassing.  
     There will also be opportunities to participate in car pools to the neighboring areas where Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten are campaigning (and perhaps to a district in Wisconsin too). These races will play a big role in wining back the U.S. House.  
     This entire local effort will be run out of the NTD office by a team of organizers from the Jan Schakowsky, Robyn Gabel and Laura Fine campaigns. They are skilled campaigners who will make your experience a good one.  
     Why not look at your calendar now. Mark some days or evenings when you think you can take part in this historically important election year. Let's send a message to the reactionary right that the American people have had enough of their short-sighted, uncaring, pernicious policies
                                                                               Nels Howard
                                                                              NTDO member since 1973  
P.S. Early voting is from Oct. 22 - Nov. 5 - and unregistered voters with two forms of ID (including current address proof) can register to vote at their early voting site.  
P.P.S. Have you purchased a ticket to the NTDO Annual Dinner, Sunday October 14th at Maggiano's in Old Orchard? (If you are age 40 or younger you'll be given a special "Millenial Rate" of $100.)
Scroll down to see some of the ways you can help some of our exceptional Democratic candidates. 
New Trier Democrats' Annual Dinner with Featured Speaker, JB Pritzker,
plus Award Recipient David Orr

Sunday, October 14th 
Reception 5:00pm - Dinner 6:15pm
JB Prtizker
We are excited and honored to welcome  JB Pritzker, Democratic Candidate for Illinois Governor,   as the Featured Speaker at our Annual Dinner and fundraiser. Please join us to hear about JB's plans for the State of Illinois.
New Trier Democrats will also present a special award to David Orr, retiring Cook County Clerk, recognizing his 39 years of exceptional public service.


If you have any further questions, please contact our office at or 847.446.8030.
Thursday Nights from 5:00-8:00pm
JB Pritzker For Governor Phone Bank --
at a new location in Wilmette
When : Thursday Nights from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: New Location - 3140 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
What: A phone bank to get out the vote for JB Pritzker for Governor in this important midterm election. This phone bank will also support Kwame Raoul for Illinois Attorney General as well as other down ticket races in Illinois. You must bring a cell phone and please bring a laptop computer if you can. Training and all necessary materials will be provided. For questions or to RSVP, call Jonathan Alter at 312-848-2925.

Take Action Now - Local Opportunities To Help Get Out The Vote

Starting the Week of October 9th 
Tuesdays,  Wednesdays & Thursdays from 5:30-9:00pm
Phone Bank for IL Dems Up & Down the Ballot at New Trier Democrats' Office

When : Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 9:00pm  
What: Join your friends and neighbors at New Trier Democrats to phone bank for state and local candidates up and down the ballot! We will be phone banking for candidates like Robyn Gabel, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, and Laura Fine, as well as Statewide Illinois candidates like JB Pritzker and Kwame Raoul. Please bring a cell phone and a laptop (if you have one), and training and all necessary materials will be provided. Stay tuned for more specific details on phone banking and canvassing out of New Trier Democrats' office.
Sundays 1:00-5:00pm & 
Mondays through Fridays 5:00-8:00pm
Phone Banking for IL Midterm Candidates with Our Friends at the Democratic Party of Evanston

When: Sundays 1:00pm to 5:00pm; Mondays through Thursdays 5:00pm to 8:00pm; Fridays 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Democratic Party of Evanston's Office, 747 Custer Avenue, Evanston
What: The DPOE will continue to host daily phonebanking events at its headquarters throughout Sept. and Oct. to help support IL Democratic candidates in November. Please bring your cell phone, laptop, and charging device. For more information or to RSVP, please visit   DPOE's events calendar Thank you!

Sundays - Randy Bryce, US House Wisconsin 1st
Mondays - Matt Longjohn, US House Michigan 6th
Tuesdays -   Sean Casten, US House IL-6th
Wednesdays -   Betsy Londrigan, US House, IL-13th
Thursdays -   Lauren Underwood, US House IL-14th 
Fridays - Jan Schakowsky, US House IL-9th and
Laura Fine, IL State Senate 9th Dist.

Postcard Parties with Our Friends at Indivisible Evanston

WhatThis is the FINAL PUSH to send GOTV postcards for the Nov. 6th Midterms! Indivisible Evanston is writing to voters in their adopted congressional districts:  IL-6 (where Sean Casten is running for Congress against Peter Roskam), and IL-14 (where Lauren Underwood is running for Congress against Randy Hultgren).  Please come and bring your friends! SIGN UP ONLINE. These parties are self-funded, so, If possible, please bring some postcard stamps to share. We'll provide the postcards and refreshments!


Friday, 10/5: 10am - 12:30pm email  for address.
Sunday, 10/7: 1:00pm - 4:00pm at 319 Wesley in Evanston.
Tuesday, 10/9: 6:00pm - 9:00pm at 2712 Ewing Ave. in Evanston.
Wednesday, 10/10: 4:00pm - 9:00pm at 319 Wesley in Evanston.
Friday, 10/12: 10am - 12:30pm email  for address.
Tuesday, 10/16: 6:00pm - 9:00pm at 2712 Ewing Ave. in Evanston.
Thursday, 10/18: 5:00pm - 9:00pm at 1216 Madison St. in Evanston.
Tuesday, 10/23: 7:00pm - 9:00pm at 1104 Colfax Ave. in Evanston


Saturdays & Sundays 
Canvassing for Lauren Underwood (IL 14th District) and Sean Casten (IL 6th District) with Our Friends at Indivisible Evanston

When : Saturdays from 8:45am to 2;00pm
Where : meeting location 9222 Lawndale, Evanston IL 60203 - will drive to IL-14th to canvass
What Sign up here to Canvass for Lauren Underwood, candidate for Congress in IL 14th District.  We'll caravan from Evanston and then meet up with the Lake County Field Director from the Underwood campaign in Lindenhurst, who will give us a brief training and instructions before we head out to canvass door-to-door for the Underwood campaign. If you've never canvassed before, this is a great way to learn. Having conversations with folks 1:1 is the way we will win in November!
When: Sundays from 10:45am to 4:00pm
Where: Evanston - see sign up for details
What: Sign up here to Canvass for Sean Casten, candidate for Congress in IL 6th District. We are leaving from Evanston every Sunday morning until election day, traveling to/from Barrington, and returning by 4pm.

Saturdays & Sundays - 10:00am-1:00pm & 1:00-4:00pm
Canvassing for Local and Statewide Candidates with Our Friends at Democratic Party of Evanston

When: Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm each day
Where: Democratic Party of Evanston's office, 747 Custer Ave., Evanston
What: Knock on doors in Evanston for local candidates like Robyn Gabel, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Laura Fine, and Cam Davis, as well as statewide Illinois candidates like JB Pritzker and Kwame Raoul. For more information or to RSVP, please visit DPOE's events calendar.


Other events of interest:

Tomorrow Night, October 4 in Evanston - Reception Supporting Rep. Laura Fine for State Senate with Sen. Daniel Biss

When: Thursday, October 4, 2018 from, 5:30pm to 7:30pm Where: The home of Carol Lind, 2333 Lincoln St., Evanston
What: A reception supporting State Representative Laura Fine's candidacy for State Senate with special guest, State Senator Daniel Biss. For additional information or to RSVP, email

This Sunday, October 7 in Highland Park - Fundraiser for Bob Morgan

When: Sunday, October 7, 2018, 11:30am to 1:30pm Bob Morgan Where: The Highland Park home of Debbie and Chuck Frank.  Address provided upon RSVP
What: A fundraiser supporting Bob Morgan, Democratic Nominee for State Representative, 58th District. For additional information or to RSVP,   register online or contact Joey Slater at or call (312) 448-8014.
This Sunday, October 7 in Deerfield - League of Women Voters Candidate Debates

When: Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: Deerfield High School, 1959 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
What: Four local chapters of the League of Women Voters invite the public to candidate debates in congressional and state races in advance of the Nov. 6 General Election.  Participants include: 10th Congressional District: Brad Schneider (D), 29th State Senate District: Julie Morrison (D), 58th State Representative District: Bob Morgan (D) and their opponents.  Attendees will have an opportunity to hear candidates speak about local issues and their positions, as well as ask questions through League of Women Voters moderators.

This Sunday, October 7 in Glenview -  Fundraiser for Joel Chupack

When: Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm Joel Chupack Where: North Branch, 4520 W. Lake St., Glenview
What: A fundraiser in support of Joel Chupack's candidacy for judge in the 12th Judicial Subcircuit of Cook County. To RSVP,  register online,  email Sarah at or call 224-558-3888.
Monday, October 8 in Evanston - Breaking the Gridlock on National Climate Change Policy - A Climate Change Town Hall Meeting Featuring Rep. Jan Schakowsky

When: Monday, October 8, 2018 6:15pm to 7:45pm Where: Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Avenue, Evanston
What: Gridlock is pervasive in our current political climate, but as the window closes on timely and viable ways to address climate change, it becomes increasingly urgent to move beyond this gridlock. Join us for a town hall meeting featuring Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) to discuss actions and solutions to move through this impasse. Her discussion will be followed by a Q & A session. Prof. John Frendreis (Professor of Political Science, Loyola University Chicago) will provide a historical perspective regarding national climate change policy and provide background to explain how we ended up in our current situation. This event is sponsored by: Unitarian Church of Evanston, Green Team; Citizens' Climate Lobby, Evanston Chapter; and Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation.   More information is available online.

Tuesday, October 9 -  Environmental Meet and Greet with Senator Julie Morrison

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 4:00pm Julie Morrison Where: Address will be provided upon RSVP
What: Join Hon. Kim Stone and Donnie Dann for a conversation about the election and the environment with State Senator Julie Morrison. To RSVP,  register online.

Thursday, October 11 in Chicago - Personal PAC's 25th Annual Awards Luncheon

When: Thursday, October 11, 2018; registration and reception at 11:00am, luncheon program at 12:00 noon.
Where: Chicago Hilton International Ballroom, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
What: Personal PAC's 25th Annual Awards Luncheon will highlight the group's efforts and raise funds to elect more pro-choice legislators. Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is the Keynote Speaker. This is an extremely popular event, so space is limited. For more information or to reserve tickets,  register online.

Thursday, October 11 in Chicago - Cook Co. Dem Party Cocktail Reception with Congresswoman Maxine Waters

When: Thursday, October 11, 2018.  Private reception: 4:00pm to 5:00pm; Main reception: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
What: A Cook County Democratic Party cocktail reception with special guest Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA). To order tickets,  register online.  For questions, call 312-263-0575.

Saturday, October 13 in Highland Park - Sierra Club Day of Action Supporting Sen. Julie Morrison and Bob Morgan

Bob Morgan
When: Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm Where: 1910 First St., Highland Park
What: The Woods and Wetlands Group of the Sierra Club is hosting a Day of Action in support of State Sen. Julie Morrison and candidate for State Rep. Bob Morgan. This is a day of talking to neighbors about the upcoming election and why they should support Julie and Bob. Training session and refreshments will be provided! For additional information or to RSVP,  register online, email or call 847-461-8792.
Saturday, October 13 in Chicago - March to the Polls With Women's March Chicago

When: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:00am Voter Village Opens; 11:00am Rally & March
Where: Grant Park, Chicago
What: Join women and allies to send a clear message to our government we are engaged in protecting our democracy - and WE VOTE! Visit the Voter Village at the rally site: meet candidates and activists - discover actions you can take to improve life in your community. Celebrate first time voters: march together in support of new voters. And VOTE! City of Chicago and Cook County polling sites will be open for early voting so residents can literally March to the Polls. For more information and updates, or to RSVP, visit

Sunday,  October 14 in Racine - Southern WI Voter I.D. Project Canvass  

When: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - from 11:30am to 5:00pm
Where: Racine, WI - Materials can be picked up and dropped off at the Harborside Common Grounds coffee shop, 5159 6th Ave, Kenosha
What: Please join Indivisible Evanston for voter I.D. canvasses in Racine, WI! Indivisible Evanston will arrange carpools or you can go on your own. Brief training, walk packs, data sheets and a script will be provided. Materials can be picked up and dropped off at the Harborside Common Grounds coffee shop, 5159 6th Ave, in Kenosha. A representative from Indivisible Evanston will be there to hand out and collect all the materials from 11:30 - 5:00. We highly recommend you pick up packets no later than 12:30. Common Grounds is also a great spot to recharge, and grab a cup of coffee! If the weather is seriously inclement, we might need to reschedule, so check your email.  Sign up online
Call or email Nancy with canvassing questions: 847-373-7755 (cell); For carpool questions: email

Monday, October 15 in Chicago - EMILY's List "Ignite Change" Chicago Conference and Luncheon

When: Monday, October 15, 2018 - Registration: 9:30am; Political Briefing: 10:00am; Reception: 11:00am; Luncheon & panel discussion: 12:00 noon
Where: JW Marriott Chicago, 151 W. Adams St., Chicago
What: EMILY's List holds its "Ignite Change" Chicago Conference and Luncheon featuring: Stephanie Schriock, EMILY's List President; Tina Smith, U.S. Senator (MN); candidates for U.S. House Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (IL-13), Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), and Lauren Underwood (IL-14); and Juliana Stratton, candidate for Illinois Lieutenant Governor. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online or email Anne Bowersox at

Monday, October 15 in Chicago - EMILY's List Cocktails for Change

When: Monday, October 15, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St., Chicago
What: A reception with EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock featuring Lauren Underwood, Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (IL-14). Light refreshments will be provided (21+ only). For additional information or to RSVP,   register online.

Monday, October 15 in Chicago -  Democratic Party of Illinois Fall Reception

When: Monday, October 15, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 E. North Water St., Chicago
What: The 2018 Fall Reception for the Democratic Party of Illinois hosted by Michael J. Madigan, Chairman. For more information or to RSVP, call Emily at 312-578-1554 or email

Tuesday, October 16 in Evanston - Indivisible Evanston October Meeting

When: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Lorraine G. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge, Evanston, IL 60201
What: Join Indivisible Evanston for it's monthly meeting. The October meeting will feature: Ben Head, Political Director, Schakowsky for Congress. There will also be Working Group Updates and Blue Wave/GOTV/Last Weekend Planning.

Saturday, October 20 in Wilmette - Candidates Forum Sponsored by the League of Women Voters

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00am to 12:10pm
Where: Wilmette Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette
What: The League of Women Voters chapters of Evanston, Glenview/Glenco e, Wilmette, and Winnetka-Kenilw orth/Northfield will sponsor three Candidate Forums ahead of the November 6 general election. Races covered are US Congressional Representative, IL 9th District; Cook County Commissioner 13th & 14th Districts; and IL State Representative 17th and 18th Districts. The IL State Senate 9th District race will not be covered because a candidate declined participation. Questions will be collected from the audience and asked by a non-partisan moderator. 9:00 - 9:50 am: 9th Congressional District (Jan Schakowsky, John Elleson) 10:00 - 11:00 am: Cook County Commissioner 13th District (Larry Suffredin and Chris Hanusiak) and 14th District (Scott Britton and Greg Gosslin) 11:10 am - 12:00 pm: Illinois State Representative 17th District (Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and Peter Lee) and 18th District (Robyn Gabel and Julie Cho) RSVP is not required.

Wednesday, October 24 in Evanston - Annual Fall Rally Supporting Rep. Robyn Gabel
When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Home of Dana Pearl, 1426 Mulford St., Evanston
What: Join Rep. Robyn Gabel for her Annual Fall Rally fundraiser. The Annual Fall Rally will be held at Dana Pearl's home, which is Evanston's first LEED platinum-certified house and was designed by Chicago-based architect Nathan Kipnis. Enjoy an in depth tour of this 100% electric home made from many recycled materials. To RSVP or for more information, you may  register online or contact Katy Langenfeld at 312-600-9496 or

Your Legislators:

Legislators Democratic Legislators
who represent New Trier Township in 
Washington, Springfield and Cook County 

You'll be hearing a lot from these exceptional public servants. --

And they want to be hearing a lot from you. 
     The fact is, they need to hear from you and want to hear from you in order to represent you most effectively. So, the first thing you can do is get to know who these people are. The links below to their campaign websites are a good place to start. 
Jan Schakowsky , 9th U.S. Congressional District Representative  and Chief Deputy House Democratic Whip. The new Ninth District boundaries include all of New Trier except for Glencoe. 

Brad Schneider , 10th U.S. Congressional District Representative which includes a number of precincts in Glencoe.
Daniel Biss,   State Senator for Illinois' 9th State Senate District.The Ninth District includes all of New Trier Township.
Julie MorrisonState Senator for Illinois' 29th State Senate District. The district includes New Trier's northernmost precincts.   

Robyn Gabel, IL 18th District State Representative. The 18th District includes much of New Trier up to Hazel Avenue and Dundee Road.
Laura Fine , IL 17th District State Representative.
The 17th District includes the East Glenview and West Wilmette areas of New Trier Township.

Scott Drury IL 58th District State Representative. 
The 58th District includes the northernmost precincts in Glencoe.

Larry Suffredin, Cook County 13th District Commissioner. The 13th District includes all of New Trier, Evanston and Niles Townships. 

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