August 2020
OUR LEADERSHIP & DGTDO OFFICE SUPPORT
Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
Steve Maraboli
MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAIR - AUGUST EDITION
By Kim Savage, DGTDO Chair
The good news is, the election is less than 3 months away. The bad news is, the election is less than 3 months away.

Why is this good news? I don’t think we can stand the uncertainty much longer. We know what the outcome should be at the top of the ticket, but based on 2016 combined with a plethora of bad actors in the current administration, we are all very nervous. Very nervous!

Why is this bad news? There is a lot of work to do on down ballot races and COVID-19 has changed the way we are able to engage with voters. Some candidates are still knocking on doors (with masks on), some are dropping literature at the doors, and some are just relying on phone and digital contacts. We have so many awesome candidates, that need to be elected in this cycle (or re-elected). Please make sure to learn about them on our website.

The most important thing for each one of us to do is to focus. Stay calm and narrow your focus down to a few things that you can control.

  • You cannot control what the current administration is doing to the post office. However, you can have influence over what happens by contacting your Congressperson and both Senators.
  • You cannot control what the current administration (or the Republican Party in Illinois) says about candidates. However, you can have influence over the outcome of the election by amplifying the campaign messages on social media and in private conversations with your friends and family members.
  • You cannot control whether people actually vote. However, you can influence their voting behavior by adopting a few friends and family members to make sure they are registered and they vote (in the Casten district, watch for information on vote-tripling).

How you vote, when you vote, and for whom you vote is a personal choice for each of us. Vote by mail is still the best way to avoid contact with COVID-19 while casting your ballot. If you have already requested a vote by mail ballot, remember that it will not be mailed to you until September 24 (and may take a few days to arrive). You will be able to track your ballot at dupageco.org/election so that you know when your ballot was mailed to you, when it was returned, and when it has been accepted. If you have a mail in ballot and do not wish to mail it back, there are other options (see Vote by Mail section of the newsletter). The most important thing is to vote and make sure that everyone you know votes (as early as possible).

We have a lot to gain in this election. We will get our country back and we will elect more Democrats to represent us in the State Legislature and in DuPage County. Those are attainable objectives, as long as each person does their part. We do have socially distanced volunteer opportunities to spread the word (check our website).

Please stick together from a distance. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Stay calm and focus.
SUPPORT DGTDO OFFICE AND HELP ELECT DEMOCRATS!
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 vital election year. Our priorities will be on voter outreach and engagement to help elect more Democrats here in DuPage County. Don't forget, we can elect a majority on the County Board and the Forest Preserve Commission, as well as electing more judges 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:


Thank you for your continued support!

WHAT'S NEXT?
QUICK LIST OF THINGS TO DO NOW!
Check my voter registration – Tell your neighbors, family and friends to do the same!

Watch VBM Video

Request VBM Ballot – Tell your neighbors, family and friends to do the same! Safe way to make your voice heard.

Request Ballot Status Tracker– request notification via email, text, or voice.

Complete the Census On-line – Tell your neighbors, family and friends to do the same! Our representation and resources are at stake.

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION!
livestreamed on www.blueroomstream.com
DNC Convention website for full list and times of speeches, www.demconvention.com 
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION UPDATE – UNITING AMERICA!
By Julia Beckman, State Central Committeewoman for the 11th CD
Can you believe it? We’ve been waiting all year for the convention and now it’s happening next week! Of course, the big news is Biden’s pick for VP. His choice is the final piece in the convention puzzle. Kamala Harris will be a strong addition to the ticket. I’ve heard nothing but enthusiasm about her – she’s tough, principled and experienced. As for the convention, I’ve found the latest updates to events for the Illinois delegation on the new DPI website. Keep in mind that the daily caucus meetings will not be live streamed or telecast. But here are all the other events you can access:

Each day of the convention the Illinois delegation will participate in virtual caucus and council meetings from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The full delegation will gather for the following events before national DNC programming begins at 8 p.m. The Democratic Party of Illinois will also maintain an open Zoom channel each night from 8 – 10 p.m. for the delegation and other Illinois Democrats to watch the national convention programming together. All events will be livestreamed on www.blueroomstream.com.

The Illinois delegation DNC program:
  • Sunday, Aug. 16 – Welcome Reception 4:30 – 6 p.m. *Open to Illinois delegates and sponsors only (not available on BlueRoomStream)
  • Monday, Aug. 17 – Lifting up the American Worker 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Illinois Women Leaders. Women’s Rights. 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 –Fighting for Economic and Racial Justice 6:30 – 8 p.m. *Roll call of the states (TBD)
  • Thursday, Aug. 20 – This is it. 2020 Call to Action. 6:30 – 8 p.m. 

I’m sure you will all want to be “in the room where it happens” every day of the event. The 8 to10pm times will be filled by great speeches, voting on the platform and Democratic policy. Space doesn’t allow me to name all the speakers each night, but they range from working people sharing their struggles with COVID 19 to senators including Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar, heroes including Michelle Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Check the DNC Convention website, www.demconvention.com for full list and times of speeches. Highlights will of course be the acceptance speeches – Wednesday night with Kamala Harris and Thursday with Joe Biden. 

Even though we’ll be there virtually, we can still feel the spirit and accept the CALL TO ACTION! Now the real work begins! 
SCHEDULED SPEAKERS
Provided by Paul Farber
August 17 to 20, 8:00 to 10:00 PM Central

Monday: We the People
  • Senator Bernie Sanders
  • Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo
  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer
  • Representative Jim Clyburn
  • Representative Bennie Thompson
  • Representative Gwen Moore
  • Former Governor John Kasich
  • Senator Doug Jones
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Tuesday: Leadership Matters
  • Former Acting U.S. A.G. Sally Yates
  • Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
  • Former Secretary of State John Kerry
  • Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester
  • Former President Bill Clinton
  • Former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden

Wednesday: A More Perfect Union
  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
  • Former Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords
  • Senator Kamala Harris
  • Former President Barack Obama

Thursday: America’s Promise
  • Senator Cory Booker
  • Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
  • Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Senator Tammy Baldwin
  • Senator Tammy Duckworth
  • Senator Chris Coons
  • Vice President Joe Biden
2020 ELECTION
VBM Ballots Mailed Starting Sept. 24.
Don't delay! Complete and return VBM
as soon as you get it!
VOTE BY MAIL (VBM) Q & A.
By Joanna Williams
VBM Application Questions
If you applied on line and also received VBM application(s) in the mail, no need to fill out the additional mailed applications. No problem if you do submit more than one application – in any case, you will NOT get more than one ballot!

VBM Ballot Questions
1) Signature issues: Your signature on the outside of the ballot is matched to your signature on your voter registration. Normally your ballot will not be rejected if your signature matches but is missing a middle initial. If you are basically unsure of your overall signature, you can update your voter registration on the Election website which uses your driver’s license signature as your voter registration signature. If your ballot is rejected due to mismatched signatures, a letter is sent to the voter with instructions for returning a notarized signature.

2) Returning your completed ballot (NO POSTAGE NEEDED)
  • By mail – must be postmarked no later than Nov 3 and received at the Election Commission within 2 weeks of Nov 3.
  • Drop off at secure drop box. Currently there are 2 drop off boxes, one outside the 421 Bldg in Wheaton, another inside the 421 Bldg.
  • Drop off at Early Voting site or polling place on Election Day
  • Changed your mind – want to vote in person instead of using your mail-in ballot.  You can surrender your mail-in ballot at an Early Voting site or your Polling Place but you must have all the original parts.
  • Spoiled your mail-in ballot. Call the Election Commission for a new ballot to be sent, or vote in person by surrendering your ballot as detailed above. 
  • Track your ballot from printed to accepted. Sign up on the Election website home page (https://www.dupageco.org/Election/) to receive updates by text and/or email.

MOST IMPORTANT - NO MATTER HOW YOU END UP VOTING, THE SOONER THE BETTER!
  • IF MAIL-IN BALLOT, VOTE THE ENTIRE BALLOT AS SOON AS YOU GET IT AND RETURN IT IMMEDIATELY!
  • IF IN PERSON, VOTE EARLY STARTING SEPTEMBER 24 (Election Authority Site in Wheaton only) or at EARLY VOTING SITES STARTING OCTOBER 19
VOTE BY MAIL - LIES AND THE TRUTH!
By Joanna Williams
Lie #1: Trump: “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting which is good) 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent.”
Truth #1: Absentee Voting is essentially the same as Mail-In Voting and Vote By Mail fraud is a myth! There is no evidence that Vote By Mail results in rampant voter fraud nor that election officials lack the knowledge about how to protect against abuses. In fact, over the past 20 years more than 250 million ballots have been cast by mail nationwide while there have been just 143 criminal convictions for election fraud related to mail ballots. That averages out to about one case per state every six or seven years, or a fraud rate of 0.00006%.

Lie #2: Attorney General Bill Barr commenting on the possibility of a foreign operation to mail in fake ballots: “There are a number of foreign countries that could easily make counterfeit ballots, put names on them, send them in.”
Truth #2: Election officials in multiple states said it would be virtually impossible for a foreign government to achieve what Barr described. States use a variety of safeguards to confirm validity of mail ballots. In about half the states, ballots bear a tracking bar code unique to each voter. About 15 states require signatures to be matched against voter registration. Ballots are rejected if they are not sent in regulation envelopes that vary widely from state to state in format, size and paper stock. “There isn’t an election official in this country that doesn’t know how many ballots they’ve mailed out, how many they’ve gotten back in, and who they were sent to. It is absolutely not the case that someone could create a multitude of ballots and in some way infuse them or inject them into the system without detection.”

Lie #3: Trump floated the idea to “delay” the November election as he made unsubstantiated allegations that increased mail in voting will result in fraud.
Truth #3: Trump has no authority to delay an election, and the Constitution gives Congress the power to set the date for voting. Lawmakers from both parties said almost immediately there was no likelihood the election would be delayed and even some of Trump's allies said his message reflected the desperate flailing of a badly losing candidate.
2020 GENERAL ELECTION:
IN-PERSON VOTING DATES AND LOCATIONS.
Election Division Site only
  • First day - Thursday, September 24, 2020 (40th day prior to an election)
  • Last day - Monday, November 2, 2020 (1 day prior to an election)

Locations throughout DuPage County
  • First day - Monday, October 19, 2020 (15th day prior to an election)
  • Last day - Saturday, October 31, 2020 for Temporary Sites (3 days prior to an election)
  • Last day - Monday, November 2, 2020 for Permanent Sites (1 day prior to an election)

Current Early Voting Sites (subject to change)
  • Addison Township Office 401 N Addison Rd, Addison
  • Bartlett Community Center 700 S. Bartlett Rd, Bartlett
  • College of DuPage 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn
  • Downers Grove Village Hall 801 Burlington Ave, Downers Grove
  • DuPage County Fairgrounds 2015 W Manchester Rd, Wheaton
  • Elmhurst City Hall 209 N. York Rd, Elmhurst
  • Fox Valley Mall 195 Fox Valley Center Dr, Aurora
  • Naperville Municipal Center 400 S. Eagle St, Naperville
  • Stratford Square Mall 152 Stratford Square, Bloomingdale
  • 8255 Lemont Rd, Darien
  • The Courtyard 3s200 Rt 59, Warrenville 
  • Safety Village 7414 Cass Ave, Downers Grove
  • Yorktown Center Lombard

NOVEMBER 3, 2020
79 days to go
For republican opponent and incumbent information for all races in DuPage County,
go to our website:

SUPPORT OUR CANDIDATES UP AND DOWN THE BALLOT!
Candidates need our support. Volunteer your time or make a donation. When each of us gives a small amount, it adds up and can make a difference to get our candidates elected. So please do what you can. Every bit counts!

U.S. Senator
  • Richard Durbin
U.S. Representative
  • Marie Newman (District 3)
  • Mike Quigley (District 5)
  • Sean Casten (District 6)
  • William Foster (District 11)
IL Representative
  • Jennifer Zordani (District 47)
  • Anne Stava-Murray (District 81)
DuPage County-Wide
  • William White (Auditor)
  • Candice Adams (Clerk of the Circuit)
  • Gregory Whalen (Coroner)
  • Kathleen Carrier (Recorder)
DuPage County – District 2
  • Tina Tyson Dunne (Forest Preserve)
  • Paula Deacon-Garcia (County Board)
DuPage County Board – District 3
  • Gail Cabala-Lowry (County Board)
18th Circuit Judge (replace Anderson)
  • Jeffrey Jacobson
18th Circuit Judge (replace Bakalis)
  • Margaret “Peggy” O’Connell
18th Circuit Judge (replace Sutter)
  • Jill Otte
18th Circuit Judge (replace O'Shea)
  • Azam Nizamuddin
ISSUES - UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
SMALL BUSINESS DISRUPTED BY GOP/TRUMP’S ATTACK ON US POSTAL SERVICE
By Paul Farber
Consider sharing your experiences with your elected officials and/or write a Letter to the Editor. Let your voice be heard!

Below is a letter I sent to Durbin, Duckworth, Foster, and Casten about how the disruption of the Post Office is affecting small businesses.

"The Disruptions/Defunding of the Post Office Is Hurting Millions of Small Businesses.
My son has a small business selling musical instruments and other items on Ebay, Etsy, and Reverb. Over the last several weeks many of his shipments, even with tracking numbers, will be delayed for days or weeks by the Post Office. This never happened before the new Postmaster General, appointed by Trump, took charge and started his "cost cutting" regime. It's not only my son who is being affected but millions of other small businesses who depend upon the Post Office to get their shipments to their customers. These businesses use the Post Office because the P.O. is much more economical (often by an order of magnitude) than using UPS or Fedex.

This obsession by Trump that denying funding to the Post Office and disrupting operations through his appointees to interfere with mail-in balloting is wrecking the millions of small businesses that depend on the Post Office for reliable, economical, and efficient shipment to their customers.

If you're a small business then you know what I mean and are feeling this with late shipments and customer ire. I urge everyone to contact your representatives, Republican, Democrat, or Independent and demand that they force the President to stop."
GOP/TRUMP'S VOTER SUPPRESSION TACTICS.
WHAT WE CAN DO NOW!
By Carla Feinkind
Please consider writing the Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, at louis.dejoy@usps.gov to voice your concerns about TRUMP/GOP’s attack on the Post Office and our right to have mail delivered in a timely manner. When our mail is delayed, we can get late charges on bills, not receive medications on time, delay receiving a social security check, etc.

Trump and his GOP followers are attempting the worst of voter suppression through their actions of removing post office boxes, reducing/ eliminating high-speed sorting machines (671 so far), eliminating overtime, increasing rates for pollical mailings, and more. This is being coordinated by a Republican donor who has $70 million investments in competitors to USPS.  Also, Trump’s constant lying about the “dangers” of mail-in ballots has voters fearful that their votes won’t be counted.

I'd say we should have everyone (and their friends and family, co-religionists, unions, etc.) call their people in BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE. We want to see US making NOISE. We want to make sure this issue doesn't just fade quietly away. Both Houses call 202-224-3121.

I call Duckworth, Durbin, Casten, and Pelosi. And McConnell too--(as Senate leader he works for me too and I am still in reddish DuPage...Just a talking point). 

Take action now!!
ISSUES - FAIR TAX
with Ralph Matire
Monday, August 17
6:30 to 8:00 pm
Hosted by: University Professionals of Illinois
FAIR TAX EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY WITH RALPH MATIRE
The Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, Ralph Martire will lead this webinar to provide Illinois Higher Education supporters and members an opportunity to hear about the effects and importance of passing the Fair Tax constitutional amendment this fall. It's a great time to hear the answers to questions that you may have. Participants must register in advance at: https://aft.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DJEOK7ePQA6ibphR4IbZ1Q

Additional guests include State Representative Chris Welch, IFT President Dan Montgomery, and host UPI President John Miller.BD.
"SEIU Healthcare is the fastest-growing union of healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers in the Midwest. We organize to build power to demand and win social and economic justice for our communities."
PLEDGE TO VOTE FOR AN ILLINOIS FAIR TAX! AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
A message from Carol B Davis from SEIU
“The FAIR tax will be the first ballot measure on the ballot this fall. It will change our income tax structure from a flat tax (everyone pays 4.95%) to a graduated income tax or a FAIR tax. This will mean that everyone who makes under $250,000 will pay the same income tax rate or less; those earning $250,000 or more will pay slightly more and those earning $1,000,000 or more will pay the highest rate or their fair share.

With the expense of COVID-19 on top of the financial problems we were working our way out of, Illinois needs more funding. Raising taxes on the wealthiest residents is one way to obtain funds we need for social services and of payment of our government workers. This change in our tax structure must be done by ballot because the flat tax is written into our constitution.”

Select this link,
https://secure.everyaction.com/cPD81HA8G0ygKSaHwuSf3w2, to a digital pledge card for you to sign. It is really important. Email Carol if you have any questions.

Carol B Davis
FAIR TAX - RELIEVE THE TAX BURDON ON THE MIDDLE CLASS
By Mary Coen
First off, let me be clear. We must all understand the benefits of passing the Fair Tax Amendment. We must know how to respond to false claims made by right-wing organization like the Illinois Policy Institute. The Fair Tax is the first item on the ballot. We must vote Yes to pass the Fair Tax Amendment. The fiscal health of Illinois depends on it!

The inevitability of taxes - it has been pointed out many times that the dues for living in a society will always be with us. The real difficulty is trying to design a fair and efficient system in an environment that is constantly changing. In Illinois we are considering changing our system: Governor Pritzker has proposed that we amend the state constitution to allow a "fair tax", a graduated schedule of the tax rate increasing as incomes go up, as the federal taxes do. The majority of states, 33 to date, currently use a formula like this. Illinois uses a flat rate for all, from the lowest income earners to billionaires paying the same percentage. The theory behind a graduated rate is that the higher income earners have many times more than the amount of money necessary for sustaining life, thus their excess income should be taxed at a higher rate. (There are many examples of conventional wisdom that call for this; the " to whom much has been given, much will be expected" school of thought).

Very few subjects provoke as much controversy as "how" and "how much" we tax. And yet very few of us are fluent in "tax talk". It is very easy to become thoroughly confused by differing so-called experts who manage to present exactly contradictory expert opinions. I have to fall back on what I think of as basically most fair to the most people, and our state constitution as it is does not allow for our system to be changed to provide for that. So, at the very least I will vote yes to the amendment for that reason. And I do also believe that a graduated tax is a more equitable system than a flat rate one. Maybe in a perfectly just society where all playing fields were equal, a flat rate might suffice, but we certainly do not have that. A graduated tax system comes closest to "fair".

PC CORNER
Phone calls, social media, letters, postcards, drop candidate lit., and more
PC CORNER - AUGUST 2020.
By Chris Hotchkin
It is important that we continue to communicate with our voters. We should make sure our voters know that Illinois and DuPage County continue to have safe and easily accessible Vote by Mail.
We should make sure our voters know the rules and procedures for a Vote by Mail ballot. We must educate our voters about the Fair Tax and what it will mean for Illinois and for our families. Please read the articles in this newsletter about Vote by Mail and the Fair Tax. We should also direct our Democratic households to the Illinois Voter Registration website, ova.elections.il.gov, where new voters can easily register and where all voters can check on their registration status.

We can communicate with our voters by letters from us and follow up with phone calls. We can also drop bags of literature about our local candidates at their doors. Literature bags are available in our office at 908 Curtiss in Downers Grove. The office is open Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons. Voters may be interested in obtaining yard signs for our candidates and you can assist them with that.

We can use our access to Vote Builder for lists of Democrats in our precinct and information about who has applied for Vote by Mail ballots. If you need assistance in accessing Vote Builder or further training in how to use it, you can contact our Township Chair Kim Savage or Sue Sitton.
Outreach from a personal connection is more effective than outreach from a stranger.
SUGGESTED "TALKING POINTS" WITH NEIGHBORS, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS.
Warka Barmada and Carla Feinkind
Be an INFLUENCER and COMMUNITY BUILDER:
  • Speak with/call your neighbors, family, friends, people at your house of worship (after the services are over).
  • Have socially distanced coffees and walks.

Make sure that
  • Everyone has checked that they are registered to vote
  • Everyone applies to vote by mail
  • Mailed in ballots ARE counted and ARE SAFE
  • Everyone MUST VOTE BLUE top to bottom and STAY UNITED! 
  • Because it is NOT just Trump.
  • Vote BLUE for: Congress; State Houses; County and Village governments; Judges who share our Democratic values....

Everyone should talk about these things with everyone in their circles. Now is NOT the time to be "politely" silent.

GET BUSY BUILDING ENTHUSIASM FOR DEMOCRATS! If NOT now, WHEN????
VOTEBUILDER ASSISTANCE. WE'RE HERE TO HELP.
By Sue Sitton
Next week, watch your email for a new voter list for your precinct and some guidelines that might be helpful to you. Also, if you would like to have access to Votebuilder, I can help you set up your ActionID.

If you need help with any of the following, send an email to dgdemocrats@gmail.com or contact Sue Sitton directly at sasitton@aol.com.

  • Create a Walk List for your precinct. Here are 3 options: 1) Do it yourself (need access to VoteBuilder); 2) Request a printed copy to be picked up at DGTDO office; 3) Request a PDF copy to be sent to your email.
  • Request Access to VoteBuilder so you can create your own Walk Lists
  • Need help with using VoteBuilder
  • Need help with using MiniVAN

How else can we help? Let us know.
2021 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION
Village/City Offices, Library Board, School Board, Park District
2021 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION
April 6, 2021
RUN FOR OFFICE: MUNICIPAL, SCHOOL BOARD, LIBRARY BOARD, PARK DISTRICT
As we work hard on the 2020 election, we can’t lose sight of preparing for the 2021 Consolidated Election on April 6, 2021 (if necessary, Consolidated Primary on February 23, 2021). If you are interested in being a candidate, email dgdemocrats@gmail.com. Check out the 2021 State of Illinois Candidate Guide for more information about running for office. Here is a list of offices (subject to change):

Library
  • Clarendon Hills Library Trustee (4)
  • Hinsdale Library Trustee (4)                          
  • Indian Prairie Public Library District Trustee (2)
  • Westmont Library Trustee (3)
  • Woodridge Library Board Member (2)

Village / City
  • Burr Ridge Village Mayor, Clerk, Trustee (3)
  • Clarendon Hills Village Trustee (3)
  • Darien City Alderman Ward 1, Ward 3, Ward 5, Ward 7
  • Downers Grove Village Commissioner (3)
  • Oak Brook Village Trustee (3)
  • Westmont Village Mayor, Clerk, Trustees (3)
  • Woodridge Village Mayor, Clerk, Trustees (2)

Park District
  • Downers Grove Park Commissioner (2)
  • Darien Park District (2 or 3)
  • Golf View Hills Park Commissioner
  • Lemont Park District Commissioner
  • Westmont Park District Commissioner (3)
  • Woodridge Park District Commissioner (2)

Board of Education
  • Butler School District 53 Board of Education Member 4 year (4)
  • COD District 502 Trustee (3)                          
  • Community Consolidated School District 180 Board of Education Member (4)
  • Community High School District 99 Board of Education Member (4)
  • Community Unit School District 201 Board of Education Member (2)
  • Darien Public School District 61 Board of Education Member (3)
  • Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Board of Education Member (4)
  • DuPage County Regional Board of School Trustee (2)
  • Gower School District 62 Board of Education Member (5)
  • Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education Member (4)
  • Lemont Township 210 Unit School District Board Member (3)
  • Lemont- Bromberek Combined School District 113A (3)
  • Maercker School District 60 Board of Education Member (3)
  • Woodridge School District 68 Board of Education Member (3)
Downers Grove Township Offices
2021 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION
April 6, 2021
RUN FOR OFFICE: DOWNERS GROVE TOWNSHIP
All township offices will be selected by caucus in December. For more caucus information, go to the State of Illinois Township Caucus Guide For 2021. Note that there are specific special requirements for Assessor

Downers Grove Township Offices

If you are interested in running for a Township office, email dgdemocrats@mail.com
DGTDO OFFICE EVENTS
U.S. CONSTITUTION DISCUSSION GROUP
WE THE PEOPLE US CONSTITUTION DISCUSSION GROUP

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
6:30 TO 8:00 PM

RSVP OR QUESTIONS TO:
MORE EVENTS AND RESOURCES
Sunday, August 23
3:30 to 5:00 pm

Virtual Event
Registration required:
EQUITY DAY VIRTUAL EVENT HOSTED BY DEMOCRATIC WOMEN OF DuPAGE COUNTY
Please join us for our annual Equality Day celebration on Sunday, August 23rd beginning at 3:30pm. Celebrate Women's Equality, as well as our Founder Tinker Harvey's legacy.

The Tinker Harvey Leadership Award, is given annually to a DuPage County Democratic woman who continues Tinker's tradition of being a force for Democratic politics and standing up for Democratic issues.

This year we will be giving the award to two amazing women: Assistant Majority Leader, Senator Linda Holmes and President of Unity Partnership, Regina Brent.

In addition to our award presentation, we will have a dynamic panel to provide information regarding the importance and the future of the Equal Rights Amendment becoming law.

Please register for the event!
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
PC Resources Page still coming soon!

The 2020 Election Page includes information useful to Downers Grove Township Democratic PCs and our voters. It includes:

  • List of Democratic candidates on the 2020 General Election ballot
  • Includes the republican opponents for each race
  • Name of the incumbent for each office.
  • Resources for fact-checking, tracking candidates donations and more
  • 2020 General Election key dates

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. Dan Lipinski (708) 242-0853

NEED TO MAKE SURE THE GOP LEADERSHIP HEARS YOU? 

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

State Sen Suzy Glowiak
(217) 782-8148, Local TBD

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:
August / September 2020
DGTDO Office
908 Curtiss, Downers Grove
630-297-8600

Office Opened with Phase 3 Guidelines. BE SAFE!!

Monday 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 to 12:00 (times may vary)*
Sunday closed*

Weekend hours plan to be expanded.
Call to make sure someone is in office.
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 DGTDONewsletter@gmail.com

Updated July 16, 2020

Recurring

Every Saturday, 10:00 am - STAY ENGAGED! STAY CONNECTED!
*VIRTUAL Coffee and Chat
*Until further notice, DGTDO will have Virtual Coffee and Chats on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am. Interested in joining? Send an email to dgdemocrats@gmail.com
DGTDO Office (open 9:00 am to 12:00 noon for dropping off and picking up materials)
908 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove

Weekend hours plan to be expanded. Call to make sure someone is in office before you stop by.

AUGUST 2020

August 17 (Monday), 6:30 to 8:00 pm   
Webinar: Fair Tax and Illinois Higher Education
Virtual Meeting

August 16 (Sunday), 12:00 to 3:00 pm   
Day of Action for Team Azam - Lombard
(hosted by: Azam for Circuit Judge)
Virtual Meeting

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

August 18 (Tuesday), 7:00 to 9:00 pm 
NAACP DuPage, Kane, Kendall & Will County Branch Meeting
(hosted by: DuPage NAACP
Virtual Meeting

August 19 (Wednesday), 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Wednesday Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting

August 19 (Wednesday), 7:00 to 8:30 pm 
The State of Hate (Indivisible Naperville Meeting)
(hosted by: Indivisible Naperville
Virtual Meeting

August 20 (Thursday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm 
Civic Awareness Series: The “Other”
(hosted by: League of Women Voters Wheaton
Virtual Meeting
 
August 20 (Thursday), 7:00 to 9:00 pm 
August Indivisible DuPage Meeting – Fair Tax
(hosted by: Indivisible DuPage
Virtual Meeting
 
August 20 (Thursday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm 
Sixth Dems August 20th Town Hall
Virtual Meeting

August 21 (Friday), 7:00 to 9:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Trivia Nite
(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting
 
August 22 (Saturday), 10:00 am to 1:00 pm   
Literature Drop – All Countywide Candidates
4264 Fiona Lane, Lisle

August 22 (Saturday), 5:00 pm   
Black Lives Matter: Defund the Police Rally & March
(hosted by: Chicago Activist Coalition for Justice and 2 others)
Federal Center and Plaza
219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago

August 23 (Sunday), 3:30 to 5:00 pm 
Equity Day 2020
Virtual Meeting
 
August 24 (Monday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm 
Living Room Conversations: Understanding Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Bias
Virtual Meeting
 
August 25 (Tuesday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm 
Online Book Discussion: The New Jim Crow
Virtual Meeting
 
August 26 (Wednesday), 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
DuPage Dems – Wednesday Virtual Office Hours
(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Virtual Meeting

August 28 (Friday), 7:00 to 9:00 pm 
Planting Seeds for the Future – Fundraiser for Tina Tyson-Dunne for Forest Preserve
Virtual Meeting

August 29 (Saturday), 10:00 am to 1:00 pm   
Literature Drop – All Countywide Candidates
4264 Fiona Lane, Lisle

August 30 (Sunday), 4:00 to 6:00 pm 
Sixth Dems Virtual Backyard Picnic
Virtual Meeting


SEPTEMBER 2020

September 3 (Thursday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm 
Sixth Dems Sept 3rd Town Hall
Virtual Meeting

September 4 (Friday), 6:00 to 9:00 pm   
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting  (1st Fridays, 3rd Sundays)
Virtual Meeting

September 11 (Tuesday), 6:30 to 8:00 pm   
We The People: A Constitution Discussion Group
(Do you know your First amendment right?)
Virtual Meeting

September 9 (Wednesday), 7:30 to 9:00 pm 
DGTDO Monthly Meeting
Virtual Meeting

September 10 (Thursday), 11:45 am to 12:45 pam   
Black Lives Matter Vigil
Elmhurst College Hammerschmidt Chapel
Elmhurst

September 11 Friday), 11:00 am to 5:00 pm   
DPDC – 2020 Golf Outing
(hosted by: DuPage Democrats
Bloomingdale Golf Club
181 Glen Ellyn Road, Bloomingdale

September 12 (Saturday), 10:00 am to 1:00 pm   
Literature Drop – All Countywide Candidates
4264 Fiona Lane, Lisle

September 16 (Wednesday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm   
On the Way to Suffrage: Chicago Women and Politics, 1865 to 1920
Virtual Meeting

September 17 (Thursday), 7:00 to 8:00 pm 
Sixth Dems Sept 17th Town Hall
Virtual Meeting

September 19 (Saturday), 10:00 to 1:00 pm   
Literature Drop – All Countywide Candidates
4264 Fiona Lane, Lisle

September 21 (Sunday), 3:00 to 5:00 pm      
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting  (1st Fridays, 3rd Sundays)
Virtual Meeting

September 26 (Saturday), 10:00 am to 1:00 pm   
Literature Drop – All Countywide Candidates
4264 Fiona Lane, Lisle


OCTOBER 2020

October 3 (Saturday), 10:00 am to 1:00 pm   
Literature Drop – All Countywide Candidates
4264 Fiona Lane, Lisle

October 4 (Friday), 6:00 to 9:00 pm   
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting  (1st Fridays, 3rd Sundays)
Virtual Meeting

October 10 (Saturday), 10:00 am to 1:00 pm   
Literature Drop – All Countywide Candidates
4264 Fiona Lane, Lisle

October 14 (Wednesday), 7:30 to 9:00 pm 
DGTDO Monthly Meeting
Virtual Meeting

October 17 (Saturday), 10:00 am to 1:00 pm   
Literature Drop – All Countywide Candidates
4264 Fiona Lane, Lisle

October 18 (Sunday), 3:00 to 5:00 pm      
PEACE Toastmasters Meeting  (1st Fridays, 3rd Sundays)
Virtual Meeting

October 24 (Saturday), 10:00 am to 1:00 pm   
Literature Drop – All Countywide Candidates
4264 Fiona Lane, Lisle

October 31 (Saturday), 10:00 am to 1:00 pm   
Literature Drop – All Countywide Candidates
4264 Fiona Lane, Lisle