Idealism -- Integrity -- Independence

NTD NEWS    October 31, 2018

I've pretty much run out of things to say. Election Day is less than a week away and at this point, if these weekly messages have failed to communicate the urgency of victories for Democratic candidates across the country, what more can be said?  
     To be honest, over these past months the strongest incentives for action haven't been coming from me anyway, but from another source entirely - Donald Trump.  
     If you want to neutralize at least some of the venom Trump continues to spew, we need to have as many strong voices as possible in Washington and in state governments to repel his tactics. The results of November 6 will either tighten the leash on the President's irrational behavior or emboldened Trump and his most fanatic followers to expand their destructive activities.  
     We must re-elect our local members of Congress, Jan Schakowsky and Brad Schneider and help congressional candidates Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten to replace their Trump-puppet Republican opponents in the U.S. House. We need to have an Illinois Governor Pritzker and Attorney General Raoul who will stand up to the attacks on equality by Trump's "Justice" Department Chief and former Alabama segregationist Jeff Sessions.  
     We must have smart, dedicated state legislators in office - Laura Fine, Julie Morrison, Robyn Gabel, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Bob Morgan -- to champion legislation that will protect Illinois residents from the machinations of Trump extremism.  
     We need MWRD (water reclamation) board members who, unlike Republicans, recognize the seriousness of climate change, and quality county officeholders like Larry Suffredin, Fritz Kaegi and Michael Cabonargi serving our area. --- The slate of Democratic candidates on New Trier's ballot is an exceptionally good one. They need and deserve our help.  
     So, if you have already voted, terrific! But please don't stop now. Getting your local voting out of the way frees up some of your time up to help get out the vote between now and when the polls close November 6. A lot can happen in those six days. Bushels of Republican money will be spent for their candidates. We have to counter Republican aggressiveness with activity of our own. 
     Republicans gave us Trump. We owe them a resounding defeat.

    Leading up to next Tuesday, the New Trier Democrats will be
distributing voter information to neighborhoods and at New Trier's early voting site , Centennial Ice Rinks in Wilmette. And on Election Day, there will be voter information pass-outs at selected polling places, and GOTV messaging to targeted households.
     Tomorrow (Thursday) and/or on Friday, you can volunteer a few hours to assist in the office or handle a voter info assignment (it's your choice) -- we could really use your help.  Contact the NTDO office at 847-446-8030 (no answer, leave a message) or send an email to .  
     Also on Election Day, there will be driver services dispatched from the NTDO office for deliveries to polling places and for any voters needing a ride to the polls. To volunteer, follow the contact info shown above.  
     You want to change the way things are going under President Trump? Then take an active part in this election. - What more can I say.

                                                                               Nels Howard
                                                                              NTDO member since 1973  
P.S. Early voting is still going on through Nov. 5 - and unregistered voters with two forms of ID (including current address proof) can register to vote at their early voting site.  And this year, new voters can also register to vote on Election Day at their polling place! 

P.P.S. If you or anyone you know in New Trier Township needs help getting to a polling location on Election Day, contact the NTDO office at 847-446-8030  and we will send a driver to pick you up.
Scroll down to see some of the ways you can help some of our exceptional Democratic candidates. 

Early Voting 
Now Through Monday, Nov. 5

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6

Take Action Now - Local Opportunities To Help Get Out The Vote
Thursday (11/1) from 5:30-9:00pm
Phone Banking to Recruit GOTV Volunteers at New Trier Democrats' Office

When : Thursday (11/1) from 5:30pm to 9:00pm  
What: We will be phone banking to recruit volunteers to help get out the vote 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. 

Now Through Election Day
Hand Out Democratic Candidate Info at Polling Places/Election Day Drivers

When: Now through November 5 & Election Day November 6
Where: Pick up materials from New Trier Democrats' Office, 800 Oak Street, Suite 112, Winnetka  (call or email first to check on times to pick up materials): Election Day - come to our office.
What: We need volunteers to hand out information about our Democratic Candidates to voters at the early voting location in New Trier Township (Centennial Ice Rinks) and at various polling places on Election Day. We also need volunteers to staff our office tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday so other volunteers can pick up voter information materials. In addition, on Election Day - we need volunteer drivers who will be dispatched from the NTDO office for deliveries to polling places and for any voters needing a ride to the polls. For more information or to volunteer, please call 847-446-8030 or email

Saturday (11/3) Noon-3:00pm & Sunday (11/4) 1:00-3:00pm
Door Hanger Canvass for the Democratic Ticket in New Trier Township

When : Saturday (11/3) from 12:00 noon to 3:00pm; Sunday (11/4) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm  
Where: Canvasses launch from New Trier Democrats' Office, 800 Oak Street, Suite 112, Winnetka
What: Help us place door hangers on voters' doors around New Trier Township reminding them to vote for our entire Democratic Ticket in Cook County and Illinois. Instructions and materials will be provided.

Now through Election Day
Get Out The Vote with Team JB Pritzker For Governor in New Trier Township 

Phone banking

When: 2 hour shifts Thursday (11/1) from 4:00pm-8:00pm; Saturday (11/3) from 10:00am-6:00pm; Sunday (11/4) from 1:00pm-6:00pm; Monday (11/5) 9:00am-6:00pm; Election Day (11/5) 8:00am-4:00pm  
Where: 3140 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette (half block west of Hibbard Rd.)
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 or email


When: 2-3 hour shiftsThursday (11/1) from 2:00pm-8:00pm; Saturday (11/3) from 10:00am-6:00pm; Sunday (11/4) from 1:00pm-6:00pm; Monday (11/5) 9:00am-6:00pm; Election Day (11/5) 8:00am-4:00pm
Where: Canvasses launch from 3140 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette (half block west of  Hibbard Rd.)
What:  Canvassing to get out the vote for JB Pritzker for Governor in this important midterm election. Canvassing will also support Kwame Raoul for Illinois Attorney General as well as other down ticket races in Illinois. Training and all necessary materials will be provided. For questions or to RSVP, call Jonathan Alter at 312-848-2925 or email


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

When : Saturday (11/3), Sunday (11/4) and Monday (11/5) from 8:15am 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!
WhenSunday (11/4) from 10:45am to 4:00pm; Election Day (11/6) from 10:00am to 6:00pm  
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 - 3 Hour Shifts All Day
Get Out the Vote Evanston with Our Friends at Democratic Party of Evanston

When: Saturday (11/3) - Shifts from 9:00am-12:00pm, 12:00pm-3:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm and 6:00pm-9:00pm; Sunday (11/4) - Shifts from 12:00pm-3:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm and 6:00pm-9:00pm; Monday (11/5) - Shifts from 9:00am-12:00pm, 12:00pm-3:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm and 6:00pm-9:00pm; and Election Day (11/6) - Shifts from 8:00am-11:00am, 11:00am-2:00pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm and 4:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Democratic Party of Evanston's office, 1806 Church Street, Evanston - NEW OFFICE LOCATION
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, please visit DPOE's events calendar


Saturday (11/3) 8:00am & 11:00am and Sunday (11/4) 11:00am
Canvassing for Sean Casten (IL-6th), Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (IL-13th) & Lauren Underwood (IL-14th) with Team Jan Schakowsky

When: Saturday (11/3) at 8:00am and 11:00am; Sunday (11/4) at 11:00am
Where: On Saturday - Schakowsky Office, 5539 N. Broadway, Chicago; On Sunday - Democratic Party of Evanston, 1806 W Church St., Evanston and Schakowsky Office, 5539 N. Broadway, Chicago
What: Rep. Jan Schakowsky is facilitating carpools to prepped field offices, where volunteers proceed to canvass locally for Sean Casten (IL-6th), Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (IL-13th) & Lauren Underwood (IL-14th). They need more canvassers to expand their reach in these final weeks. You're invited to sign up at either of their locations. Please commit to doing what you can to turn things around. It truly never has been more important.  RSVP online.

Other events of interest:

Tomorrow, November 1 in Chicago - Interfaith Gathering in Memory of Tree of Life Synagogue Victims

When: Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm (doors open at 11:30am)
Where: Swissotel, 323 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago
What:  The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago hosts an interfaith gathering in memory of the Tree of Life Synagogue victims. Our hearts are broken but our resolve is not.  Join with our civic and religious leaders and Chicagoans of all faiths as we express our collective grief and hope in remembrance of the 11 victims killed in the anti-Semitic shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.

Tomorrow Night, November 1 in Evanston - Southern WI Voter ID Project Follow-Up Phone Banking 

When: Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 4:30pm to 8:00pm
Where:1624 Ashland Avenue, Evanston
What: For the last several months, many of us have been knocking on doors in the Kenosha, WI area to inform voters of the rules around voter ID in Wisconsin. Now, after all that work is done, we'll be phonebanking to remind those we've met door-knocking to vote on November 6th! Don't forget to bring your phone and a charger!  Please RSVP online.

Thursday, November 8 in Kenilworth - Respond and Stand Against Violence

When: Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7:00pm
Where: Kenilworth Union Church, 211 Kenilworth Ave., Kenilworth
What:  Learn to respond and stand against violence. Speakers: Phil Andrew, Director of Violence Prevention for the Archdiocese of Chicago and Father Dave Kelly of Chicago's Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation. The Ministry organizes peace circles between perpetrators and victims in Back of the Yards.

Saturday, November 10 in Arlington Heights -  PFLAG Northern Illinois Fall Conference

When: Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Southminster Presbyterian Church (Fellowship Room), 916 E. Central Rd., Arlington Heights
What: Registration is now open for the PFLAG Northern Illinois full-day conference, "The Power of Positivity: Time to Thrive."  It offers a day of networking and personal growth. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.  Link for information or to register online.

Saturday, November 10 in Chicago -  Amnesty International USA - Illinois State Meeting

When: Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Where: University of Chicago - Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago
What:  A meeting supporting the movement to defend human rights in Illinois.  Speakers include activists from the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and Refugee & Migrant Rights.  An Amnesty International USA Legislative Coordinator will train on how to lobby for human rights. Registration is free and lunch is included. You can  register online.

Sunday, November 11 in Lake Forest -  League of Women Voters Forum on Gun Violence: Local Impact

When: Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Where:  First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Sheridan Rd., Lake Forest
What:  League of Women Voters - Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area hosts a forum on the local impact of gun violence and practical steps to help individuals and families work toward a safer community.  Panelists include: Colleen Cicchetti, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center for Childhood Resilience, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago; Roman Buchberger, Deputy, Lake County Sheriff's Department;  Dr. Ingrid Wiemer, Executive Director of Student Services, Lake Forest School District 67; and Sara Knizhnik, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online.

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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