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Tammy Duckworth - Call to Action for Fellow Democratic Candidates




Kyrsten Sinema just announced yesterday that she is running against Senator Jeff Flake in Arizona. This is one of our greatest pickup opportunities in the Senate

Kyrsten's a fighter who knows how important the American Dream is. Growing up, she lived in an abandoned gas station without running water or electricity. Through the help of her community, Kyrsten made it to college and was able to accomplish her goals.

Kyrsten's running for Senate to help others get that same shot at the American Dream. Click here to chip in $5.

Doug Jones, candidate for Senate in Alabama, is also a fighter. Doug is a former U.S. attorney who prosecuted Ku Klux Klan members that bombed a church in Birmingham. His integrity, conviction, and passion are just what the country needs.


Both Doug and Kyrsten have uphill battles against the special interests. They need Team Duckworth's help.


Thanks,

Tammy

Frerichs for Illinois - Will you help?



 
 

 
Today, I need your help. I have been fighting for Illinois consumers since day 1 in office and I need your help to continue. 
 
 
With a stroke of a pen, Governor Rauner chose to side with life insurance companies instead of grieving widows and orphans. Governor Rauner vetoed House Bill 302, which is an initiative of my office to ensure people are put before corporate profits. 
 
House Bill 302 will require life insurance companies to search their files to identify policies that have not been paid to the rightful beneficiaries going back to the year 2000. Through audits, my office found over $550 million owed to Illinois residents that insurance companies had not paid.  
 
 
I am now calling on Illinois lawmakers to override the veto because paying death benefits should not be a partisan issue. It is a matter of right and wrong. 
 
 
Thank you for your support!
 
Mike
 
 
Friends of Frerichs
PO Box 386
Savoy IL 61874 United States

How you can help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands



                                  
Last week, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thousands of people were injured or made homeless, and at least a dozen people lost their lives. This kind of tragedy affects whole communities, and our prayers are with all those suffering in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Now is the time to help our neighbors. There is a great deal being done to support the rescue teams and those suffering because of these natural disasters. Here are a few of the organizations doing wonderful work:   
While Puerto Ricans and Virgin Islanders are United States citizens, President Trump has not effectively responded to this humanitarian disaster. Our country is stronger when we work together and support our fellow citizens, especially in difficult times. I hope you'll join me in helping our neighbors who are suffering.
Thank you,
JB
 
 

Frerichs for Illinois See you Sept 26 at 4:30PM! In Chicago


 
 
Dear Friend,
 
Don't forget to come out for my annual September reception tomorrow evening, September 26th! Please note the start time has changed to 4:30PM.
 
I hope you will still be able to join me at 312 Chicago (136 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60602) for a night of great conversation and fun. 
 
If you would like to RSVP online, please click HERE. For questions, please contact my office at (312) 854-8018 or email Kaitlin Delaney at kaitlin@p2consultinginc.com.
 
Thank you & I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night! 
 
Sincerely,
 
Mike
 
 
 
 
   

Senator Stadelman's Weekly Bulletin - September 25, 2017





New Stadelman law could help adults earn high school diplomas

Thousands of adults in Winnebago and Boone counties could receive the opportunity to earn high school diplomas as a result a new Illinois law that went into effect last week. Governor Bruce Rauner signed bipartisan legislation, sponsored in the Senate by Steve Stadelman, that allows anyone over 21 to earn a diploma rather than a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, which is easier to obtain but less meaningful in the job market.
 Goodwill Industries, where the bill signing took place Friday, hopes to open a vocational school to award diplomas to adult learners now that Illinois no longer restricts them based on age.
"A high school diploma is nearly essential in today's world, but not everyone is able to complete high school in the same amount of time," Stadelman said. "These programs will give people a second chance and help them obtain job skills. Everyone benefits in the end, because a trained workforce is good for economic development in our communities." 

Community colleges, along with non-profits like Goodwill, can establish diploma programs for adult learners under the new law. 





Voting rights advanced with automatic voter registration
 
Illinois is now the 10th state in the nation to enact automatic voter registration, a good-government and voting-rights initiative supported by State Senator Steve Stadelman.
The measure establishes a more modern system by which eligible adults can have their voter registration information updated automatically whenever they interact with certain state agencies. Stadelman said he is proud of Illinois' progressive stand in a time when other states are moving instead to limit people's access to the polls.
"We should always strive to make it easier, not more difficult, to exercise our democratic rights, including the right to vote," Stadelman said. "Automatic voter registration also makes fiscal and common sense by improving the accuracy of our voting rolls and saving government millions of dollars once it's fully implemented."
An estimated 1 million new eligible voters will be added to the voter rolls in Illinois. Under the new law, people will be able to opt out of being registered to vote if they wish.

HoopStars scores big at Sports Factory
Senator Stadelman's HoopStars provided a positive, end-of-summer activity for a fifth year on Labor Day, drawing 275 young athletes to UW Health Sports Factory to compete in the free 3-on-3 basketball tournament for boys and girls in third through eighth grades. Two of the winning teams are pictured below.






Senate Democratic Caucus Events: Fall 2017


 
Hello everyone! Here is a list of our upcoming events. 

Monday, September 25, 5:00-7:00 pm
Senator Kimberly Lightford's Fall Evening Reception
Greek Islands Restaurant, 200 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL
Tickets: $200
Sponsorships: $2,500 | $1,500 | $1000 | $500
Please make checks payable to Citizens for Lightford, PO Box 7824, Westchester, IL 60154
RSVP: citizensforlightford@outlook.com or 630-841-3922
 
Tuesday, September 26
Senator Iris Martinez Annual Golf Classic
Gleneagles Country Club, 13070 McCarthy Rd, Lemont, IL 60439
Check in & continental breakfast: 7:30 am
Shotgun start: 9:00 am
Buffet luncheon & cash bar: 2:30 pm
Sponsorships: Event sponsor $4000 | Snack at the turn sponsor $3000 | Hole sponsor $250
Golf foursome $1000 | Foursome with hole sponsorship $1200 | Golf individual $250 | Luncheon only $75
 
Tuesday, September 26th, 5:30-7:00 pm
Senator Tom Cullerton Birthday Fundraiser
Paddy O'Fegan's, 204 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL
Young Professional: $50 | Individual: $100
Sponsorships: $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Tom Cullerton, P.O. Box 7304, Villa Park, IL 60181
 
Tuesday, September 26th 2017- 5:30pm-8:00pm
Senator Emil Jones III, Mardi Gras in September
Heaven on Seven- 111 North Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60602
Individual Tickets: $ 250 |Sponsorship:$5,000|$2,500|$1,500|$500
Please make check payable to:
Friends of Emil Jones III, 11357 South Lowe, Chicago, IL 60628
RSVP: Roslyn@ilsenatedems.org or (708)369-0293
 
Thursday, October 5th
Senate President John J. Cullerton Golf Outing
Lunch 12:00 pm, Tee off 1:15 pm
Edgewood Valley Country Club, 7500 Willow Springs Road, LaGrange, IL 60525
$2500 per golfer
Please make checks payable to Citizens for Cullerton, 1 N. LaSalle, Ste. 2065, Chicago, IL 60602
RSVP: Liz@ilsenatedems.org or 312-630-7700
 
Friday, October 6, 7:00 PM
Senator Michael E. Hastings Birthday Celebration
Odyssey Country Club 19110 Ridgeland Ave, Tinley Park
Dress: Great Gatsby Attire
$40 per person
Sponsorships: Ol' Sport $250, Copper Tycoon Sponsor $500, Daisy Buchanan Sponsor $1,000, Jay Gatsby Sponsor $2,500
Please make checks payable to Citizens for Michael E Hastings, P.O. Box 162, Tinley Park, IL 60477
 
Saturday, October 7, Game: 11 am, Tailgate: 9:30 (resumes postgame)
Senator John Mulroe, Northwestern Wildcats vs. Penn State Nitany Lions
Mustards Last Stand, 1613 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201
Tailgate only ticket: $75, Game and tailgate ticket: $150
Sponsorships: $5000 | $2500 | $1000 | $500
Please make checks payable to Friends of Mulroe
6687 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, IL 60631
RSVP: Maureen at 847-322-5217, maureendm10@gmail.com
 
Wednesday, October 18th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Senator Steve Stadelman 
Pig Minds Brewing, 4080 Steele Dr, Machesney Park, IL
Tickets: $50
Sponsorships: $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500
Please make checks payable to: Stadelman for State Senate, P.O. Box 1551, Rockford, IL 61110
 
Thursday, October 19– 5:30pm-7:30pm -- Just added
Senator Donne Trotter
Location TBA
Individual Tickets: $ 150 |Sponsorship:$2,500|$1,000|$500|$250
Please make check payable to: Friends of Donne E. Trotter, P.O. Box 19613, Chicago, IL 60619
RSVP: Roslyn@ilsenatedems.org or (708)369-0293
 
Monday, October 23rd- 5:30pm-7:30pm -- Just added
Senator Cunningham, Senator Hastings, and Senator Emil Jones III
Illinois Credit Union League Building, 225 S. College, Springfield, IL 2nd Floor
Ticket: $250
Please make checks payable to:
Friends of Bill Cunningham, 10402 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60643 and/or Citizens for Michael E. Hastings, P.O. Box 162, Tinley Park, IL 60477 and/or
Friends of Emil Jones III, 11357 S. Lowe, Chicago, IL 60628
 
October 26, 6:30-9:00 pm -- Details Added
Jazzin' with Senator Toi Hutchinson
Idlewild Country Club, 19201 Dixie Hwy, Floosmoor, IL 60422
Tickets: $50
Sponsorships: $2500 Ella Fitzgerald | $1000 Billie Holiday | $500 Etta James
Please make checks payable to Friends of Toi Hutchinson, PO Box 101, Steger, IL 60435
 
Tuesday, November 21 - 5:00pm-7:00pm
 -- Just added
Senator Patricia Van Pelt
The Law Offices of Leinenweber Baroni & Daffada
120 N. LaSalle St., Ste 2000, Chicago, IL
Sponsorship: Individual Ticket $3000|Gold, $2,500| Silver, 1,000| Bronze $500|
Please make check payable to: Friends of Patricia Van Pelt, 2826 W. Washington, Chicago, IL 60612
RSVP:Roslyn@ilsenatedems.org or (708)369-0293
 

Save the Date
 
November 2
Bingo Night with Senator Jennifer Bertino Tarrant and Representative Natalie Manley
Details forthcoming
 
Questions? Email Lexie@ilsenatedems.org.
              

Help contacting an engineer

Hi, not quite Democratic politics, but related to Democratic values of education and jobs...

My son Matt is considering going into an "engineering" field, planning his future college course work, and he'd like to speak with people working in various engineering jobs, current or retired.

Do we have any Dems out there willing to discuss their (or a friend or family member's) experience in engineering with my son Matt?

"I have a pre-existing condition" - Tammy



In case you haven't heard, Senate Republicans are mounting a last-ditch effort to squeeze in an Affordable Care Act repeal before the end of the month.

Much like last time, Senate Republicans are trying to rush through their new repeal of the ACA in the hopes Americans won't have a chance to fully grasp the shortfalls of their plan to replace it.

But they can't gloss over how bad it is. Republicans' plan gets rid of protections for people with pre-existing conditions -- people like Tammy.

It cuts Medicaid funding. And it would result in millions more Americans without health insurance.

You should also know that Republicans are pushing hard to get the 50 votes they need to pass it -- and they are coming precariously close. President Trump already said he would sign the bill if it makes it to his desk.

Tammy's out there working to protect our health care, and she needs to know that we're in her corner. Let's show her we're supporting her efforts by reaching our $15,000 FEC goal in time for the deadline.

Thank you,
Team Duckworth


Reception Honoring Rep. Cheri Bustos, Thursday, September 21, 2017, TODAY



 

Please join 
Bob Fagan, Mayor Tom McNamara, 
Frank Perrecone, Sunil Puri, 
Ashley Sarver, Siva Sivananthan 
and Greg & Mary Tuite 

 for a reception in honor of 

Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17) 

Co-Chair, Democratic Policy and Communications Committee 

Thursday,
September 21, 2017 
5:30-7:00 p.m

Irish Rose Pub 
519 E. State St. 
Rockford, IL 

 
Co-Chair: $1,000 | Host: $500 | Sponsor: $250 | Attendee: $100 

For more information or to RSVP, please contact 

Dave Alvarez at (309) 644-2358 or dave@cheribustos.com 

 
Friends of Cheri Bustos 
1050 17th St. N.W., Suite 590 
Washington, D.C. 20036 

Senate Democratic Caucus Events: Fall 2017

Hello everyone! Here is a list of our upcoming events. 

Wednesday, September 20th, 12pm
Senator Terry Link 2017 Golf Day
Beverly Country Club, 87th & Western Ave, Chicago, IL 
12:00pm Lunch, 1:30pm Tee Off
Individual Golfer: $1500
Sponsorships: $5000, $2500, $1000
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Terry Link, 1280 Streamwood Ln. Vernon Hills, 60061
RSVP required: carly@ilsenatedems.org or (309)-339-8341
 
Wednesday, September 20, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sen. Kwame Raoul Birthday Bash Fundraiser
Tortoise Supper Club, 350 N. State Street, Chicago,IL
Tickets:  Guest: $250 | Friend: $500 | Sponsor: $1,000 | Co-Host: $2,500
RSVP: Katie Craig (312)854-8018, katie@p2consultinginc.com
 
Thursday, September 21st, 5:30-7:30 pm
Senate President John Cullerton and the Senate Majority Caucus
Harry Caray's, 2nd Floor, 33 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL 60654
Tickets: $250, Young Professional: $50
Sponsorships: Platinum $25,000, Gold $15,000, Silver $10,000, Bronze $5,000
Please make checks payable to Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund, 1 N. LaSalle, Ste. 2065, Chicago, IL 60602
We hope you'll join Senator Harmon for the afterparty at Fitzgerald's Night Club.
 
Thursday, September 21st, 7:30 pm
Senator Don Harmon & The Special Session
FitzGerald's Night Club, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn, IL
$5,000 | $2500 | $500 | $300 | $100
Please make checks payable to Friends of Don Harmon, 6941-A W. North Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
 
Sunday, September 24th, 2:00pm-4:00pm -- Just added
Senator Omar Aquino Re-Election Fundraiser
Park & Field, 3509 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
Tickets: $25
Sponsorships: $100, $250, $500, $1,000
Contributions can be made online by clicking here, or checks can be made payable to: "Friends of Omar Aquino" and mailed to 1000 N. Rockwell Chicago, IL 60622
 
Monday, September 25, 5:00-7:00 pm -- Just added
Senator Kimberly Lightford's Fall Evening Reception
Greek Islands Restaurant, 200 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL
Tickets: $200
Sponsorships: $2,500 | $1,500 | $1000 | $500
Please make checks payable to Citizens for Lightford, PO Box 7824, Westchester, IL 60154
RSVP: citizensforlightford@outlook.com or 630-841-3922
 
Tuesday, September 26
Senator Iris Martinez Annual Golf Classic
Gleneagles Country Club, 13070 McCarthy Rd, Lemont, IL 60439
Check in & continental breakfast: 7:30 am
Shotgun start: 9:00 am
Buffet luncheon & cash bar: 2:30 pm
Sponsorships: Event sponsor $4000 | Snack at the turn sponsor $3000 | Hole sponsor $250
Golf foursome $1000 | Foursome with hole sponsorship $1200 | Golf individual $250 | Luncheon only $75
 
Tuesday, September 26th, 5:30-7:00 pm
Senator Tom Cullerton Birthday Fundraiser
Paddy O'Fegan's, 204 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL
Young Professional: $50 | Individual: $100
Sponsorships: $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Tom Cullerton, P.O. Box 7304, Villa Park, IL 60181
 
Tuesday, September 26th 2017- 5:30pm-8:00pm
Senator Emil Jones III, Mardi Gras in September
Heaven on Seven- 111 North Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60602
Individual Tickets: $ 250 |Sponsorship:$5,000|$2,500|$1,500|$500
Please make check payable to:
Friends of Emil Jones III, 11357 South Lowe, Chicago, IL 60628
RSVP: Roslyn@ilsenatedems.org or (708)369-0293
 
Thursday, October 5th
Senate President John J. Cullerton Golf Outing
Lunch 12:00 pm, Tee off 1:15 pm
Edgewood Valley Country Club, 7500 Willow Springs Road, LaGrange, IL 60525
$2500 per golfer
Please make checks payable to Citizens for Cullerton, 1 N. LaSalle, Ste. 2065, Chicago, IL 60602
RSVP: Liz@ilsenatedems.org or 312-630-7700
 
Friday, October 6, 7:00 PM
Senator Michael E. Hastings Birthday Celebration
Odyssey Country Club 19110 Ridgeland Ave, Tinley Park
Dress: Great Gatsby Attire
$40 per person
Sponsorships: Ol' Sport $250, Copper Tycoon Sponsor $500, Daisy Buchanan Sponsor $1,000, Jay Gatsby Sponsor $2,500
Please make checks payable to Citizens for Michael E Hastings, P.O. Box 162, Tinley Park, IL 60477
 
Saturday, October 7, Game: 11 am, Tailgate: 9:30 (resumes postgame) -- just added
Senator John Mulroe, Northwestern Wildcats vs. Penn State Nitany Lions
Mustards Last Stand, 1613 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201
Tailgate only ticket: $75, Game and tailgate ticket: $150
Sponsorships: $5000 | $2500 | $1000 | $500
Please make checks payable to Friends of Mulroe
6687 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, IL 60631
RSVP: Maureen at 847-322-5217, maureendm10@gmail.com
 
Wednesday, October 18th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Senator Steve Stadelman 
Pig Minds Brewing, 4080 Steele Dr, Machesney Park, IL
Tickets: $50
Sponsorships: $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500
Please make checks payable to: Stadelman for State Senate, P.O. Box 1551, Rockford, IL 61110
 
Thursday, October 19, 2017– 5:30pm-7:30pm -- Just added
Senator Donne Trotter
Location TBA
Individual Tickets: $ 150 |Sponsorship:$2,500|$1,000|$500|$250
Please make check payable to: Friends of Donne E. Trotter, P.O. Box 19613, Chicago, IL 60619
RSVP: Roslyn@ilsenatedems.org or (708)369-0293

 

Save the Date
 
October 26
Jazzin' with Senator Toi Hutchinson
Details forthcoming
 
November 2
Bingo Night with Senator Jennifer Bertino Tarrant and Representative Natalie Manley
Details forthcoming
 
Questions? Email Lexie@ilsenatedems.org.
 
  

Reception Honoring Rep. Cheri Bustos, Thursday, September 21, 2017

 

Please join 
Bob Fagan, Mayor Tom McNamara, 
Frank Perrecone, Sunil Puri, 
Ashley Sarver, Siva Sivananthan 
and Greg & Mary Tuite 

 for a reception in honor of 

Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17) 

Co-Chair, Democratic Policy and Communications Committee 

Thursday,
September 21, 2017 
5:30-7:00 p.m

Irish Rose Pub 
519 E. State St. 
Rockford, IL 

 
Co-Chair: $1,000 | Host: $500 | Sponsor: $250 | Attendee: $100 

For more information or to RSVP, please contact 

Dave Alvarez at (309) 644-2358 or dave@cheribustos.com 

 
Friends of Cheri Bustos 
1050 17th St. N.W., Suite 590 
Washington, D.C. 20036 

Wallace Sponsors Bill in Response to Equifax Breach



News …                   

                                           From State Representative Litesa Wallace                         
For Immediate Release:                                                                            
Sept. 15, 2017                                                                                           
                                                                                                        
 
Wallace Sponsors Bill in Response to Equifax Breach
 
ROCKFORD, Ill. – In the wake of the Equifax data breach, state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, is sponsoring new legislation that would prevent reporting agencies from charging fees to consumers who wish to freeze their credit report.
 
"Residents deserve to be able to protect themselves, and using a freeze can be an effective tool," Wallace said. "The scale of the data breach is concerning, and it's critically important that individuals are able to take the steps necessary to secure their private information."
 
According to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the Equifax data breach is believed to have affected approximately 5.4 million residents in Illinois. Nationwide, it is believed as many as 143 million Americans were susceptible to the data hack. Residents can use a freeze as a tool to help protect themselves from additional account identity theft, but agencies often charge a fee. The Wallace-supported House Bill 4095 would prevent fees from being charged to Illinois consumers if they request a freeze.
 
"A stolen identity can cause lasting financial damage," Wallace said. "I encourage residents to follow the Equifax story as it develops to make sure they are taking the right precautions to protect themselves."
 
For more information, please contact Wallace's constituent service office at 815-987-7433 or at Litesa@StateRepWallace.com.
 
 
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