From the Rock River Times...
CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has signed a new state capital construction bill that invests $1.1 billion in road and bridge projects to improve transportation and create jobs and boost economic development across Illinois, including northern Illinois.
In Ogle and Winnebago counties, the bill calls for $26 million to resurface 31 miles of Interstate 39/U.S. 51...
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The Winnebago County Board Democratic Caucus, chaired by Dorothy Redd, sent a letter to the Rock River Times regarding recent remarks made by local Republican party chair, Jim Thompson about President Obama.
The letter starts:
Members of the Winnebago County Board Democratic Caucus feel compelled to respond to Winnebago County Republican Central Committee Chairman Jim Thompson’s remarks regarding President Obama and his policies. We must also respond to the Republican Central Committee’s vote of confidence supporting the chairman...
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The Democratic Party has selected Litesa Wallace to fill the remainder of Rep. Chuck Jefferson’s unexpired term in the 67th District of Illinois. Congratulations to Litesa Wallace.
Read the full Rock River Times article at: http://rockrivertimes.com/2014/07/30/litesa-wallace-selected-to-succeed-chuck-jefferson/
Randall Olsen, who is running for IL 16th District of Congress will be holding a public town hall at the Loves Park VFW (2018 Windsor Rd, Loves Park, IL) beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.
The voting public is highly encouraged to come to these town halls to hear, meet, and ask questions of the Democratic candidate who chose to run for Congress to give us a choice on our November ballot. Come find out for yourself if this 20 year veteran of the US Air Force is worthy of your consideration in November. We hope to see you there.
For more information and/or to see where our other town hall "events" will be, please go to: www.electrolsen.com
Illinois Senator Steve Stadelman is holding a news conference to announce plans for the expansion of Senator Stadelman's HoopStars, the free 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament he established last year. More than 125 boys and girls in third- through eight-grades completed in the inaugural event at Patriot's Gateway Center on Labor Day weekend 2013.
WHAT: Senator Stadelman News Conference
WHEN: 1:30 PM Wednesday, July 30
WHERE: Davis Park, 320 S. Wyman St, Rockford
Margie Mullins, Winnebago County Clerk, is having a breakfast fundraiser, Saturday, August 9, 2014. The fundraiser will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the UAW Hall, 112 N. Second St, Rockford, IL. Recommended donation is $20 per person, $25 per family. See the attached brochure for details.
You are invited to a town hall meeting at Jesse’s Place with Democratic Candidate for the 16th Congressional District of Illinois RANDALL OLSEN
WHEN: July 20th, 2014, 11am – 2pm
WHERE: Jesse’s Place, 307 S. Main St, Rockford, IL
Coffee and juice graciously donated by owner (Jesse Aguirre) for all attendees.
Full menu available for purchase
For more information, please visit our website at: www.electrolsen.com
Winnebago County Democrats Prepare to Select New State Representative
ROCKFORD, Illinois. – The Winnebago County Democratic Party will begin an open selection process to appoint a new state representative this week. A committee will accept applications and conduct interviews in order to fill the seat vacated by state Rep. Chuck Jefferson, D-Rockford, who announced his retirement earlier this month.
“We are committed to finding a state representative who will continue to speak up for the needs and concerns of Rockford residents, and the best way to do that is to make sure residents have the opportunity to participate in the process,” said Winnebago County Democratic Chairman Charlie Laskonis. “By soliciting resumes and interviewing top candidates, we can ensure that our next state representative reflects the values and diversity of our community.”
Last evening at our regular monthly central committee meeting party members selected two precinct committeemen from the 67th District, L. C. Wilson and Odell Simpson, to serve on a three-person selection committee. By law, the county party chairman will serve as the third member of the committee.
Interested candidates can email their resumes to the committee at CLaskonis@WinnDems.org or drop them off at 6820 Mill Road Rockford, Illinois.
All resumes must be received by 4:00 P.M. Friday, July 25. Committee members will review all applicants and conduct interviews with multiple candidates on Wednesday, July 30 at the United Automobile Workers hall 112 North 2nd Street Rockford. Interviews will be open to the public. By law, applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have been a registered voter of the 67th District for at least two years.
Charles H. Laskonis
Winnebago County Democratic Party
P.O. Box 23
Rockford, Illinois 61105
July 16th, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Zach Koutsky 630-269-3826 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Illinois Education Association Endorses Mike Frerichs
Cites Frerichs’ longstanding advocacy for public education in endorsement
Champaign, IL- This week, members of the Illinois Education Association, the state’s largest education employee union with over 130,000 members across Illinois will join Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) in Moline and Rockford and announce their endorsement of Frerichs for state Treasurer.
Thursday, July 17th
· Moline, IL- 1:00pm-1:45pm, IEA Moline Office, 1530 46th Avenue, Suite 1 Moline, IL 61265
· Rockford, IL- 5:00pm-5:45pm, IEA Rockford Office, 7029 Rote Road, Rockford, IL 61107
“I am honored to have the IEA’s 130,000 members support me in my race for Treasurer. I have campaigned in every corner of Illinois on the need for investment in our people and our state and how we can expand access to a quality and affordable college education. These are values that IEA shares and with their backing, I will work non-stop as Treasurer to help grow the middle class and provide ethical and transparent leadership in Springfield,” Frerichs said.
IEA President Cinda Klickna said, "As state senator, Mike Frerichs has been a strong and consistent proponent for eliminating the significant and unfair disparities in state funding for school districts. We are excited about his candidacy and look forward to working with him as Treasurer.”
To learn more about the IEA and to read their official endorsement release, visit, http://goo.gl/qiMS3E
Mike Frerichs has served as the State Senator for the 52nd District since 2007, representing Champaign and Vermilion Counties. Mike is currently Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and was previously the chair of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee. Mike is originally from Gifford, Illinois (pop. 975) and was in the first generation of his family to attend college (Yale University). Previously, Mike was elected to the Champaign County Board (2000) and was Champaign County Auditor (2002-2007). He is also a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) and was awarded the Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting for his work in bringing transparency and strict oversight to the County’s budget. His slogan, “Standing Tall for Illinois,” references that at 6 feet 8 inches, Mike is one of the tallest legislators in Illinois history.
For more information, visit www.FrerichsforIllinois.com
ROCKFORD -- Stateliner's worried about jobs warn voter's not to elect Bruce Rauner.
The group gathered in Rockford to protest the Republican Gubernatorial Candidate's run for office tonight. They say if Rauner takes office he will push to outsource jobs in the state -- because they say that's how he runs his own businesses.Protesters say it's something the stateline just can't afford...
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Dorothy Turner, 17th District State Central Committee woman, held a press conference this past week to address constituents‘ concerns about the process to appoint retiring State Representative Chuck Jefferson’s replacement.
Turner reminded the media, public and local party officials that in regards to elections and appointments the state Democratic central committee bylaws promise:
(e) The Democratic Party of Illinois shall publicize fully and in such a manner as to assure notice to all interested parties a full description of the legal and practical procedures for selection of Democratic Party Officers and representatives on all levels. Publication of these procedures shall be done in such fashion that all prospective and current members of the Democratic Party of Illinois will be fully and adequately informed of the pertinent procedures in time to participate in each selection procedure at all levels of the Democratic Party organization.
(f) The Democratic Party of Illinois shall publicize fully and in such a manner as to assure notice to all interested parties a complete description of the legal and practical qualifications of all officers and representatives of the Democratic Party of Illinois. Such publication shall be done in a timely fashion so that all prospective candidates or applicants for any elected or appointed position within the Democratic Party of Illinois will have full and adequate opportunity to compete for office.
Turner expressed concerns the appointment process had not been properly outlined or agreed upon and has asked for further clarification so that she may respond to her constituents.
Local party officials have contacted state party officials for clarification. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.
Dorothy “Dot“ Turner was elected this past spring to represent Democrats in 14 Illinois counties as 17th District State Central Committee woman.
Please save the date July 11, 2014 for John Gedney's fundraiser at Schoonmaker Park. John is running for Winnebago County Board, District 3.
Click here to see his flyer for details.
Join Mike Frerichs, Democratic candidate for Illinois Treasurer, in Rockford's Fourth of July parade. Line-up between 6 and 6:30 PM at 7th St and 6th Ave.
Learn more about his campaign at: http://frerichsforillinois.com/
Bob Springer, Democratic candidate for Winnebago County Sheriff will be in the Winnebago, Rockford and Durand Fourth of July parades this holiday weekend. Cheer Bob on!
You are invited to the Winnebago County Democratic Party‘s Annual Golf Play, Friday, July 18, 2014 at Westlake Village Golf Course. Non-golfers are welcome and invited to come the dinner following the golf play day.
Friday, July 18 is almost here. Sign-up today.
Download the the brochure/registration form here for all the details.
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