Last night, the New Trier Dems Executive Committee held its monthly meeting. I must say that after spending a couple of weeks away from our wild and crazy political scene, our meeting brought me back to reality.
It's not that we got into any heavy political discussions. What we talked about just reminded me that, in a democracy, the big political successes are almost always the result of countless small actions by individuals. On the North Shore we've enjoyed local success with such grassroots activity. (So have the Tea Partiers and Trumpsters in other regions, some not that far from here.)
Keeping people engaged makes the difference. One of the appealing things about the New Trier Dems is that we're a rather laid back operation. We're not driven in lockstep by the drumbeat of some fanatic, and simplistic party line. But our amiable approach to politics may have made us a bit too relaxed when it comes to certain details, like keeping track of our dues paying members. Keeping our membership numbers (and finances) strong is vitally important to the NTDO. We can't remain a viable progressive presence in New Trier Township without that consistent membership.
So, here's my question: Are you a member? Many of you may have joined the New Trier Dems at some point in the past. Back then you paid your annual dues at sign-up and then forgot about it. The problem is, time flies and who flags their calendar for a reminder a year later? By now it may have become two or three years later.
At last night's meeting, we set a goal to start sending out friendly dues reminders to those of you who've gone past your annual contribution date. It won't be arriving in your mail immediately but, we hope soon.
And why should you initiate or renew your membership in the New Trier Dems? No doubt many of you may have several specific causes or organizations that occupy your attention. On top of that, we're approaching an unusually competitive election year and you may have already begun to support specific candidates with your time and funds.
Well, think about it this way. Keeping an ongoing and independent Democratic Party presence in New Trier year in and year out is important to every Democratic candidate running for office -- this year and in the future. Our grassroots experience, our permanent location for use by candidates, our contributions of people and funds to endorsed candidates have played a winning role in many past elections.
Some of us can still remember the bad old days when our region was considered a Republican stronghold. Thankfully, that's in the past. Today, we want people who move to New Trier or who already live here to know that liberal Democratic policies are valued in their community. The existence of a strong and active New Trier Democratic Organization does that.
So, if you do think you remember joining the NTDO sometime in the past, it would be great if you could check your checkbook or your charge card records. See if it's been more than a year since you made your annual contribution and "re-up." And if you haven't yet joined the NTDO, this is the perfect time to do it. There's going to be a lot going on between now and the November 2018 elections. - Not just in local contests but also in efforts to turn three vulnerable Illinois Republican Congressional seats blue. -- Becoming a dues paying member of the NTDO is a good way to begin your involvement.
NTDO member since 1973
To renew your NTD membership or to become an official member of the New Trier Dems for the first time
. You'll see information on all you membership options.
Summertime means Village Sidewalk Sales.
The New Trier Dems need a few volunteers to help staff the NTD table in Glencoe on Saturday, June 24. Shifts are 9-11, 11-1 and 1-3.
If you'd like to help, contact the NTD office and leave a message:
847-446-8030. -- Staffing a table is always a nice experience.
The dates of the Sidewalk Sales in Glencoe, Winnetka and Wilmette are listed in a news block below. If you'd like to help in Winnetka or Wilmette, you're also welcome to volunteer.
The guest speaker for the October 28, 2017 NTD Annual Dinner has been confirmed.
It's Congressman Mike Quigley.
As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Quigley will bring his perspective on the possible Russian meddling in our 2016 Election and the seriousness of such a threat to our democratic process. (Were any Trump operatives involved?) -- By October, who knows what our guest speaker may have to report?
On Tuesday, June 27, the Wilmette Village Board will be voting on whether to opt out of the Cook County minimum wage ordinance scheduled to go into effect July 1. It will raises the minimum wage by $1.00 each year from the present wage of $8.25 per hour to $13.00 in the year 2020. In November 2014 in a gubernatorial election non-binding ballot referendum, 71% of Wilmette voters supported a higher minimum wage. There will be more info on this issue in next week's NTD News.
On Friday Morning June 16 in Glenview,
our State Reps Gabel and Fine and our State Senator Biss
will hold their second end-of-session town hall meeting.
The Glenview Park Center
2400 Chestnut Ave.
9:30 am to 11 am in the Lakeview Room
Join Robyn, Laura and Daniel at this important town hall meetings to hear their views on what's been happening in Springfield.
Other upcoming events and news items:
Phone Banks in Highland Park --
for John Ossoff, Georgia Dem Candidate
(Choose your day and time)
: Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10:00am - 1:00pm
: Monday, June 19, 2017 from 5:00 - 8:00pm
Highland Park Democratic Headquarters - Moraine Township Democrats, 474 Central Ave., Highland Park, IL. Suite 200, 2nd floor above Mizuki Grill. Plenty of free parking in the lot a half-block to the east of the office.
What: Help turn Georgia's 6th Congressional District from red to blue on June 20.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Tenth Dems at
or call 847-266-VOTE (8683). Please bring a cell phone and laptop/tablet (if you have).
Monday, June 19 in Chicago - A reception in support of
Congressman Bill Foster, Illinois 11th Congressional Districe.
Sen. Adlai & Nancy Stevenson, Marvin & Allison Brustin,
Bapu Arekapudi, Tony Augustine, Joe Carlasare, Michael Carter,
Kevin & Claudia Conlon, Judy & Mickey Gaynor, Christie Hefner,
Jim Holzhauer, Jim Klutznick, Don Lamb,
Howard A. Learner & Lauren S. Rosenthal,
Paul Lehman & Ronna Stamm, Karen Lennon,
William & Hon. Eleanor Revelle, Mark & Nikki Shields,
Hon. Debra Shore, Sheila Smith, Steve & Stephanie Victor,
Bernice Weissbourd, Mark Zivin, and Lois Zoller & Jim Mills
You're invited to an evening reception in support of Congressman Bill Foster
Monday, June 19th 6:00 - 7:30
The Home of Marvin and Allison Brustin
1040 N Lake Shore Dr, #12A, Chicago, IL 60611
$2,700 Patron: $1,000 Friend: $500 Supporter: $250
To RSVP contact Ben Huntley at (630) 310-6588 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Unable to attend but want to contribute? Go to:
Checks can be made payable to:
Bill Foster for Congress, P.O. Box 9104, Aurora, IL 60598
Contributions or gifts are not tax deductible. Bill Foster for Congress may accept contributions from an individual totaling up to
$2,700 for the 2018 Primary election and $2,700 for the 2018 General election. Federal law prohibits contributions to the
campaign from corporations, labor organizations, and national banks; from any person contributing another person's funds; from
foreign nationals who lack permanent resident status; and from federal government contractors. To comply with federal law,
we must use best efforts to obtain, maintain and submit the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer for individuals
whose contributions exceed $200 per election.
Tuesday, June 20 in Chicago -- EMILY's List Cocktails for Change.
When: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:00pm
Joy District, 112 W. Hubbard St., Chicago
EMILY's List hosts a cocktail reception to ignite change in Chicago and across the country and put more Democratic women into office.
Carpools may be available from the North Shore - call Lauren Beth Gash at 847-266-VOTE (8683).
Register online (cut and paste to browser):
Saturday, June 24 in Winnetka --
Meet Daniel Biss, Candidate for Governor
When: Saturday, June 24, from 4:30 - 6:30pm
: Home of Nancy Pred and Wade Thoma (Winnetka, IL address given upon RSVP)
: Event for Daniel Biss, Illinois State Senator who is a candidate in the Democratic gubernatorial primary election.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Liz or Lauren at RSVP@danielbiss.com or 773-372-6488
Have you visited Senator Biss' website "The Road Back" --
click on the link to his video -- then, throughout the summer follow his plan's development on the website.
Daniel explains a lot about how Illinois got where it is today and how we can begin the journey on the road back toward achieving our state's tremendous economic potential.
FYI: The NTDO Events Calendar
for the rest of 2017
June 23-24 GLENCOE SIDEWALK SALE
9 am-5 pm Downtown Glencoe
July 14 -15
WINNETKA SIDEWALK SALE
9 am-5 pm Downtown Winnetka
July 17 ANNUAL MEET AND GREET at AVLI ESTIATORIO
566 Chestnut, Winnetka, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
July 22 -23 WILMETTE SIDEWALK SALE
9am-5pm Downtown Wilmette
Sept. 10 NTDO ANNUAL MEETING AND PICNIC
Lake View Room and Beach Pavilion 1 pm - 4 pm
Oct. 8 2017 NTDO ANNUAL DINNER
Maggiano's Old Orchard, Skokie, 5 pm-9 pm
Nov. (Date & Place TBA)
"HEAD START FOR 2018" CONFERENCE
All North Shore Democrats Invited
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.
, 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.
, 10th U.S. Congressional District Representative which includes a number of precincts in Glencoe.
Julie Morrison, State Senator for Illinois' 29th State Senate District
State Senator for Illinois' 9th State Senate Distric
t.The Ninth District includes all of New Trier Township.
. The district includes New Trier's northernmost precincts.
IL 18th District State Representative
. The 18th District includes much of New Trier up to Hazel Avenue and Dundee Road.
, IL 17th District State Representative.
The 17th District includes the East Glenview and West Wilmette areas of New Trier Township.
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.
Dear Fellow Democrats,
If you are not already an NTDO member, and enjoy our Newsletter, we hope you consider joining us as a dues-paying member. NTDO is a not-for-profit political action organization. We depend on our membership dues to support our Democratic causes and candidates.
There are two options for dues payments: by check or credit card.
By Check: Make check payable to NTDO and mail to our office:
800 Oak St., Suite 112
Winnetka, IL 60093
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Click on the "Join/Contribute" button
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|Still not a member of the New Trier Dems? Your participation in grassroots political action will make a difference. -- Come join us.
When you're a member of the New Trier Democratic Organization, you have an active role in affecting the political process; participating in grassroots campaigns, staying in touch with elected officials, playing a role in deciding which candidates are endorsed. You'll also gain free admission to select forums and events throughout the year.
Come be a part of New Trier's grassroots political community.
The New Trier Democratic Organization is made up of hundreds of grassroots volunteers dedicated to advancing progressive ideals through the political process. We welcome your participation.
Dean T. Maragos, Committeeman New Trier Township
We are located at 800 Oak Street, Suite 112, in Winnetka, IL. Ph: 847-446-8030
*This Internet communication paid for by the New Trier Democratic Organization and not authorized by any federal or state candidate or campaign committee. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is available for purchase from the State Board of Elections in Springfield, Illinois.