Message from the Chair, January 2017

Welcome to 2017. If you thought the election was over and you can rest for two years, guess again! We are in a high stakes game at the local, state, and national levels. The next round is underway and we are on the road to the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election and beyond.

April 2017: We have five great candidates who are standing up for you to run for Downers Grove Township offices. They need your help and support to win and create a more responsive and efficient township operation. We also hope to recommend some outstanding candidates in non-partisan races throughout the township.

March and November 2018: We will start circulating petitions in Fall 2017 for County Board and County-wide races, as well as State Representative, State Senate, Comptroller, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Governor. The Governor’s race is critical to the future of Illinois and we need all Democrats on board to vote for the Democratic Party nominee. We also need candidates to run for county and state legislature positions, so if you are willing to explore these opportunities, we hope you will stand up.
Are you ready for the challenges ahead? To combat anticipated obstacles facing our nation, we are proposing a four-part plan of attack:

Stand Up: When you observe verbal or online harassment of someone, please stand up for that person. Chances are, others around you will stand by you if you take the first step. Join a group of like-minded people and learn all the facts you can about the issues that are important to you. Attend a house party. Publicly support the candidates who share your values.
Take Action: Call your elected officials and call them again; then go visit them in their offices. Write letters to the editor, start a blog, and share posts on social media. Attend or watch meetings online. Read credible publications and share what you learn. Provide financial support to the candidates and causes that you believe in. Make sure your friends and neighbors are registered to vote.
Resist: Don’t be fooled by fake news and statistics. Make public comment at meetings when you oppose actions to be taken. Participate in public protests.
Vote: Make sure you vote. Often only one or two votes per precinct can make a difference in an election. Don’t let others decide for you.

Watch our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as our monthly newsletter for more information on our plan: STAND UP. TAKE ACTION. RESIST. VOTE.