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Saturday Breakfast - July 30th, Democratic Fundraiser Breakfast, Special Guest Lou Lang

WINNEBAGO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Invites you to a

SUMMER BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
START THE ELECTION SEASON WITH A BIG BREAKFAST

With Special Guest:

Majority Leader State of Illinois House
Lou Lang

DATE: JULY 30, 2016
TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION:
UAW HALL, 112 North Second Street, Rockford, IL 61104

REQUESTED DONATIONS:
$25.00 per person
$15.00 for precinct committeeman
$50.00 per family

Sponsorship Opportunities
$1,000.00 Platinum
$500.00 Gold
$250.00 Silver

SILENT AUCTION AND OTHER SURPRISES!!!!!

Send your checks to:
Winnebago County Democratic Central Committee
P. O. Box 23
Rockford, IL 61105-0023

See you there!

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July 30th, Democratic Fundraiser Breakfast, Special Guest Lou Lang


WINNEBAGO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Invites you to a

SUMMER BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
START THE ELECTION SEASON WITH A BIG BREAKFAST

With Special Guest:

Majority Leader State of Illinois House
Lou Lang

DATE: JULY 30, 2016
TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION:
UAW HALL, 112 North Second Street, Rockford, IL 61104

REQUESTED DONATIONS:
$25.00 per person
$15.00 for precinct committeeman
$50.00 per family

Sponsorship Opportunities
$1,000.00 Platinum
$500.00 Gold
$250.00 Silver

SILENT AUCTION AND OTHER SURPRISES!!!!!

Send your checks to:
Winnebago County Democratic Central Committee
P. O. Box 23
Rockford, IL 61105-0023

See you there!

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Senator Stadelman's Weekly Bulleting - July 26, 2016



Two Stadelman measures, both proposed by Rockford residents, become law
Legislation that will require law enforcement officials to accept cash to post bail was signed into law last week by the governor. Senate Bill 2252 was sponsored by State Sen. Steve Stadelman after learning what happened when Rockford-area resident Kevin Lunsford's minor son was arrested for a traffic offense last year. When Lunsford arrived at the Winnebago County Juvenile Center to bail out his son, the credit card machine was broken and the county has a policy to refuse cash.

Because of a technology malfunction, Lunsford's son was forced to sit in the juvenile center the entire weekend – significantly longer than the law requires and at taxpayer expense.

"With this common-sense new law, we have ensured that nobody will have to stay in custody longer because of a technology malfunction or a refusal to take cash," Stadelman said. "I would like to thank Kevin for contacting me about this issue, and I look forward to sponsoring legislation in the future that is brought to me by my constituents." 
 
The governor also approved another legislative proposal sponsored by Stadelman last week. Senate Bill 2907 provides that, for the offense of criminal damage to property, institutional vandalism and criminal defacement of property, the damage must exceed $500 to increase the offense to a felony. The legislation stems from a constituent case in Stadelman's district that brought into question why criminal damage to property had such a low threshold for being a felony.
 
Senate Bill 2252 and Senate Bill 2907 are effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Early childhood education measure becomes law
Children in Illinois will benefit from more early childhood education programs under a measure supported by State Senator Steve Stadelman that was signed into law last week. The measure requires 25 percent of any increase in funding for early childhood education to go to birth-to-3 programs, but not at the expense of money for programs that serve children aged 3 to 5.







David Soll To Announce No Kill and Puppy Mill Policies, Monday, July 25




Media Advisory

David Soll, 
Democratic Candidate for Winnebago County Board,
invites the media to his fundraiser, 
Monday, July 25, 2016, from 6 to 8 PM, 
to learn more about his plans for a
 "No Kill" Policy for Winnebago County Animal Services
and to eliminate "puppy mills" in the county.

Soll will deliver his policy statements at 7 PM, 
and will be joined by speakers Becky Beau, a no-kill policy advocate,
and Jim Beam, a leader in the fight against puppy mills.
A question and answer period will follow.

David Soll for County Board Fundraiser
Hope & Anchor
5040 N. 2nd St
Loves Park, Illinois
6 to 8 PM
Policy statements delivered at 7 PM

Contact David Soll for more information:
815-593-5858


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TODAY - 1:45 PM – Tammy Duckworth Meet-N-Greet, Sunday July 24, 2016


Please join Illinois' next Senator

Tammy Duckworth

Candidate for U.S. Senate

For a special Winnebago County Meet & Greet with
Winnebago County Democrats

Sunday, July 24th
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

IBEW Local 364
6820 Mill Road
Rockford, IL 61108

Please RSVP
Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact
Mo Green at Mo@TammyDuckworth.com or
Cameron Joost at Cameron@TammyDuckworth.com

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Tammy Duckworth Meet-N-Greet, Sunday July 24, 2016



Please join Illinois' next Senator

Tammy Duckworth

Candidate for U.S. Senate

For a special Winnebago County Meet & Greet with
Winnebago County Democrats

Sunday, July 24th
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

IBEW Local 364
6820 Mill Road
Rockford, IL 61108

Please RSVP
Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact
Mo Green at Mo@TammyDuckworth.com or
Cameron Joost at Cameron@TammyDuckworth.com

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Save the Date: August 17th – Frerichs at Illinois State Fair


 
Dear Friend,

It's that time of the year again! Please join me on Wednesday, August 17th for my annual event during the Illinois State Fair! The event will take place at D.H. Brown's at 231 E. Monroe Street in Springfield from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. 

If you would like to RSVP, please follow the link HERE or see the invitation attached below for further information. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 312-854-8018.
Hope to see you on August 17th!

Sincerely,
 
Paid for by Friends of Frerichs
Friends of Frerichs
PO 386
Savoy IL 61874 United States

Karen Hoffman Announces Bid to Represent Rockford’s Eighth Ward

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 20, 2016

Karen Hoffman Announces Bid to Represent Rockford's Eighth Ward

 Lifelong resident and community activist Karen Hoffman (D)
 announces her candidacy to represent the eighth ward on Rockford's City Council.

Formerly a Winnebago County Board Member, Karen has a rich background in community service organizations such as; the Rockford Community Action Council, Head Start Family Council Board, and American Association of University Women. She has also been a Rockford representative to the Community Leadership Institute thru HOMESTART. Co-Founder and now President of the Rolling Green Association and currently serving on the Rockford Neighborhood Network Board, she will continue to improve overall neighborhood communication with the primary focus of her campaign being to substantially improve safety, ensure property values are up and a fair and honest budget is implemented.

Sincerely,
Karen Hoffman
815-978-9479
Facebook Karen Hoffman for 8th ward 

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Tammy Duckworth Meet-N-Greet, Sunday July 24, 2016



Please join Illinois' next Senator

Tammy Duckworth

Candidate for U.S. Senate

For a special Winnebago County Meet & Greet with
Winnebago County Democrats

Sunday, July 24th
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

IBEW Local 364
6820 Mill Road
Rockford, IL 61108

Please RSVP
Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact
Mo Green at Mo@TammyDuckworth.com or
Cameron Joost at Cameron@TammyDuckworth.com

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Senator Stadelman's Weekly Bulletin - July 18, 2016





New law backed by Stadelman ensures veterans have full access to benefits

Legislation to ensure members of the armed forces and reservists receive designation as a veteran on their driver's licenses and state IDs was signed into law last week. The bill was introduced in response to concerns of some Illinois National Guard members that they would not be designated as a veteran because they were not called to active duty.

"People who serve our country and make sacrifices for our freedoms deserve to be identified as veterans and have access to benefits," said State Sen. Steve Stadelman, a chief co-sponsor of the measure. "Besides giving these veterans some well-deserved recognition, the new law will also save them a little money. This bipartisan initiative is good for veterans, and I am glad the governor signed it into law."

Under the new law, Illinois National Guard members and reservists who have not been called to active duty can receive the veteran identification on their driver's licenses and identification cards. Last year, the governor signed into law a bill Stadelman sponsored to require the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs to set up a program allowing those with a veteran's driver's license to qualify for discounts at some businesses. The legislation approved last week, Senate Bill 2173, took effective immediately.


Stadelman makes weekend appearances at veterans picnic, Bookerfest

Senator Steve Stadelman presented 50-year commemorative pins to Vietnam-era veterans at the Rockford Vet Center's annual picnic last week.

"More than 40 years after the war, many veterans continue to feel ill effects of their service," Stadelman said. "Some battle Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Others fight illnesses caused by exposure to chemical defoliants including Agent Orange. They all deserve our nation's appreciation and respect."

Stadelman also spoke at opening night of the annual Bookerfest, which carried added significance this year as the Booker Washington Center celebrates its 100th anniversary. (Below: Senator Stadelman is pictured with author Flora Cousins, who updated him on her "Don't Be A Bully, Be A Buddy!" campaign. 




 

Reminder: You’re Invited - Tom McNamara Fundraiser July 19, 2016


A Fundraiser and Outline for Rockford's Future

(This is an event you won't want to miss. Come hear Tom's plans for the future.)
 
Tuesday, July 19, 2016  |  Prairie Street Brewhouse 
200 Prairie Street, Rockford - 5:30 to 7 p.m.  |  Remarks at 6 p.m.
Heavy appetizers will be served, along with a cash bar.
$20 per person/$30 per family.
 
RSVP to
or

Since winning election in 2013, Alderman Tom McNamara has been a tireless advocate for the Third Ward and a thoughtful and passionate voice on issues that impact our entire city. 
On Tuesday, July 19, he'll talk about his first term on the City Council and outline his ideas for Rockford's future.

This is an event you won't want to miss!
If you can't attend, Tom would appreciate your support. 

You can mail a check to: 
Friends of Tom McNamara
1047 Harlem Boulevard
Rockford, IL 61103

Paid for by Friends of Tom McNamara.

A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections and the County Clerk is (or will be) available for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois and the County Clerk Winnebago, Illinois. 
 
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Senator Stadelman's Weekly Bulletin - July 12, 2016


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CUB experts give advice on how to shave monthly utility costs
More than 40 people joined State Senator Steve Stadelman for a Utility Bill Clinic where expert advisers reviewed their monthly gas, electric and land-based phone bills and identified ways for them to save money. Each summer and winter since taking office in 2013, Senator Stadelman has invited representatives from the Citizens Utility to Board to work one-on-one with customers in the 34th District that he represents. Alice Heath (bottom photo) attended a previous clinic and has since been saving $70 a month on her land-based phone; she came back this week and discovered ways to trim her cable TV and internet costs. Spring Ridge Senior Housing on Fincham Road in Rockford offered its Community Room for the clinic.

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Stadelman performs with Concert Band during summer park series
Senator Steve Stadelman narrated "Ask Not," a musical tribute to President John F. Kennedy as part of the Sinnissippi Music Shell free summer concert series. Stadelman delivered the spoken biographical sketch, including excerpts from JFK speeches, against a score performed by the Rockford Concert Band as a prelude to Independence Day weekend.

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You're Invited - Tom McNamara Fundraiser July 19, 2016

A Fundraiser and Outline for Rockford's Future

(This is an event you won't want to miss. Come hear Tom's plans for the future.)
 
Tuesday, July 19, 2016  |  Prairie Street Brewhouse 
200 Prairie Street, Rockford - 5:30 to 7 p.m.  |  Remarks at 6 p.m.
Heavy appetizers will be served, along with a cash bar.
$20 per person/$30 per family.
 
RSVP to
or

Since winning election in 2013, Alderman Tom McNamara has been a tireless advocate for the Third Ward and a thoughtful and passionate voice on issues that impact our entire city. 
On Tuesday, July 19, he'll talk about his first term on the City Council and outline his ideas for Rockford's future.

This is an event you won't want to miss!
If you can't attend, Tom would appreciate your support. 

You can mail a check to: 
Friends of Tom McNamara
1047 Harlem Boulevard
Rockford, IL 61103

Paid for by Friends of Tom McNamara.

A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections and the County Clerk is (or will be) available for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois and the County Clerk Winnebago, Illinois. 
 
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Local Democrats Take Time Out From Campaigning to Work Clothing Drives

Local Democrats Take Time Out From Campaigning to Work Clothing Drives

For Immediate Release
July 8, 2016

For More Information Contact
Paul Gorski
815-874-2916


Local Democratic Candidates Take Time Out from Campaigning to Work Clothing Recycling Drives

ROCKFORD, IL – Local Democratic candidates John Nelson, Angelique Bodine, Tricia Sweeney and David Soll are taking time off from campaigning to volunteer for the Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) Clothing Recycling Drive being held at various locations Saturday, July 9.

John Nelson, candidate for Winnebago County Board Chairman; Angelique Bodine, candidate for State Representative, 69th District; Tricia Sweeney, candidate for State Representative, 68th District, and David Soll, candidate for Winnebago County Board Member District 17 have turned in their campaign walking shoes for work gloves to volunteer for the annual KNIB Summer Clothing Drive, being held at eight Rockford area Schnucks Markets and the Belvidere Township Building Saturday, July 9, 2016.

Nelson has signed up at the E. State Street Rockford Schnucks, Bodine at the Roscoe Schnucks, and Sweeney and Soll are volunteering at the Loves Park Schnucks. All declined to make campaign statements as these are not campaign events but nonpartisan, nonprofit, community-focused volunteer events. 

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) is a private, non-governmental, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to educating and involving individuals in productive solutions that care for our stateline community environment. KNIB has collected more than 3.6 million pounds of clothing since 1999, with the recycled items being distributed in the U.S. and developing countries or repurposed into fiberfill products.

Nelson, Bodine, Sweeney, and Soll encourage residents to recycle unwanted clothes and remind residents that there are many volunteer opportunities at KNIB recycling drives and recycling centers throughout the year. Please visit http://www.knib.org to learn more about these volunteer opportunities.

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Wallace Walking Door-to-Door this Summer to Hear from Residents

For Immediate Release:
July 8, 2016


For More Information:
State Rep. Litesa Wallace
815-987-7433

Wallace Walking Door-to-Door this Summer to Hear from Residents

ROCKFORD, Ill. – With legislators back in their districts for the 
remainder of summer, state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, is 
continuing her outreach with residents by walking door-to-door to hear 
their input.

"When I'm in Springfield, I want to make sure that I am acting in the 
best interest of Rockford," Wallace said. "Going door-to-door gives me 
insight on the local issues that affect our neighborhoods across the 
city."

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned June 30 following passage of a 
temporary stop-gap budget. Wallace supported the measure, which will 
increase funding for Rockford schools and pay for essential services 
such as cancer screenings, senior services and disability care. Since 
taking office in 2014, Wallace has routinely engaged residents by going 
door-to-door.

"I have been able to meet a lot of fascinating people in our community 
by going door-to-door and hearing their stories," Wallace said. "There 
will be a lot of important decisions to make in the near future, and 
going bringing government directly to the doorstep of the community with 
help prepare me. These personal stories stick with me, and it's 
important that constituents know that their voice is heard."

For more information, please contact Wallace's full-time constituent 
service office at 815-987-7433 or email Litesa@StateRepWallace.com.


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Wallace Engages Community Activists at Wabongo Leadership Council Meeting

For Immediate Release:
July 7, 2016


For More Information:
State Rep. Litesa Wallace
815-987-7433

Wallace Engages Community Activists at Wabongo Leadership Council 
Meeting

ROCKFORD, Ill. – Encouraging residents to become actively engaged 
citizens within the community, state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, 
joined a Wabongo Leadership Council meeting Wednesday evening.

"Rockford is fortunate to have a number of local organizations that are 
striving to improve the quality of life for every member of the 
community," Wallace said. "The Wabongo Leadership Council is one such 
organization that is helping to produce current and future leaders for 
this region."

The Wabongo Leadership Council works as a volunteer organization 
designed to promote education, health and wellness, and community and 
economic wellness within Rockford. Activities have included organizing 
college tours for Rockford high school students and promoting summer 
employment opportunities for youth. Collaboration is emphasized by the 
Wabongo Leadership Council, which holds networking meetings on the first 
Wednesday of every month at varying local restaurants. For more 
information, please visit www.wabongo.org.

"Without the hard work of Wabongo members, there are a lot of Rockford 
students who would not have had the opportunity to see the type of 
higher education and career opportunities that were available to them," 
Wallace said. "It has been great to see this organization grow and 
develop, and I look forward to seeing them play an important role in the 
lives of many within this community."

For more information, please contact Wallace's full-time constituent 
service office at 815-987-7433 or email Litesa@StateRepWallace.com.

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Lou Lang Fundraiser Aug 31

Illinois State Representative Lou Lang (D) is having a fundraiser August 31-September 1 at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena, Illinois.
Rep. Lang doesn't represent the Rockford area specifically, but he is Deputy Majority Leader in the Illinois House of Representatives and works tirelessly for Illinois families, education and living wage jobs. He has also been an ally of local Democratic state representatives and senators for many years. Please consider supporting his campaign efforts.
A picture of his fundraiser flyer is below.


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Add to Your Calendar – July 30th, Democratic Fundraiser Breakfast


WINNEBAGO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Invites you to a 

SUMMER BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
START THE ELECTION SEASON WITH A BIG BREAKFAST

DATE: JULY 30, 2016
TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION:
UAW HALL, 112 North Second Street,  Rockford, IL 61104

REQUESTED DONATIONS:
 $25.00 per person
$15.00 for precinct committeeman
$50.00 per family

Sponsorship Opportunities
$1,000.00 Platinum 
$500.00 Gold
$250.00 Silver

SILENT AUCTION AND OTHER SURPRISES!!!!!

Send your checks to: 
Winnebago County Democratic Central Committee
P. O. Box 23
Rockford, IL  61105-0023

See you there!

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Angelique Bodine for State Rep, Looking for July 4 Parade help

Now that summer is in full swing, it is time to celebrate the birth of our nation!  And how does America do that best?  With PARADES!  Last weekend, we had our wonderful Heritage Days Celebration in Belvidere.  Thank you to all who came out for that!  

Our next events will be in Candlewick and Rockford.  If you are able, please join us!  Please wear anything purple and/or yellow (my campaign colors) or anything Democratic.  I will also have campaign shirts available for a $15 donation each.

We are also accepting donations of candy for the parades (It can't be home-made, sorry!). 

Details are as follows:

Candlewick Lake Parade 
Come out and support your candidate for 69th District State Representative, Angelique Bodine, and march with her in her delegation in her home neighborhood!
  • Parade begins at 11:00am
  • LINEUP is at 10:15 at Friendship Park
  • In the evening, there will be live music from the band Power Trip from 6-11pm, and fireworks at 9:15 over the lake.  

  • Parade begins at 7:00pm
  • LINEUP is at 6:00 PM at 7th St. and 6th Ave.

  
Warmest Regards, Angelique Bodine
Democratic Candidate for
69th District State Representative
  


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