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 IDP News:

We endorsed Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood because they were effective legislators for DuPage County and the nation. Voters agreed and they were re-elected!

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 Did you Vote by mail?

It turned out to be a lot easier than a lot of people thought and helped to make our record turnout possible. Given its success, expect increasing numbers of people will take advantage of the convenience vote-by-mail offers for future elections. To register to vote or check your status in Illinois, click here.

Corona virus:

As you know, our country faces an unprecedented public health crisis from a global pandemic. As of this writing, it has infected over 24 million Americans, and caused over 400,000 deaths (updated tallies available here). Currently, about 3,000 Americans die every day from COVID-19. Older Americans are at particular risk, but deaths and significant long term effects occur in every age group. Initial vaccine deployment is underway now, but vaccinating enough people to significantly slow the pandemic will take many months. For at least the next year, mask wearing indoors and outdoors is the best preventative measure that we can all do to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community. Consider wearing a mask to be a patriotic duty that everyone should follow.

It is important that you receive information from authoritative sources. Click here for the official Illinois state web site for the latest virus information.  Click here for the the CDC's Situation Summary and here for the World health Organization's information.

Presidential  election

States have certified their votes and resolved all disputes, meeting the "safe Harbor" deadline of December 8th. The Electoral College cast 306 votes for Biden vs. 232 for Trump when it met on the 14th. That is when Joe Biden officially became President-Elect Biden. In the early hours of January 7th, Congress met in joint session to read the votes and declare Joseph Biden, Jr. as President Elect. At noon on January 20th, Joseph Biden, Jr. officially became our 46th President. 

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Although our focus is Dupage county, we realize there are important races going on elsewhere in Illinois and around the country. Please check out  RedToBlue.net to find out what you can do to help.

 

Selected Local Events

 

SHOULD YOU RUN FOR LOCAL OFFICE?
 

Much of the time we are focused on what is going on in Washington, or maybe Springfield. For sure what happens there is important. But the truth is the decisions being made in municipal, school districts, park district, library district, and fire district offices have a lot more impact on our daily lives. 

 

Did you know that Illinois has the greatest number of governmental units of any state in the union? That we have have some of the highest property taxes in the country as well? Neither Washington or Springfield set those rates, our local officials do. It is critical that we in DuPage County elect good people with progressive values, but also people who will be wise stewards of our money!
 

There are a lot of seats up in 2021 in our area! Take a look at this graphic: bit.ly/Seatsin2021


Considering running but don't know where to start? Our summer candidate training is in full force and there are still 6 more weeks to get involved! The next class will be on Saturday, September 12 at 8:30 am and will be focused on petitions. We will also have a Chicago election attorney speaking! Join us HERE.

Here is a full list of the positions that will be on the ballot in April 2021 in your area: 

 

Here are the descriptions of the roles for Lisle, most townships are similar bit.ly/LisleTwp-2021.

Want to know more? IDP's own Diane Hewitt is here to help. Diane is chair of the Lisle Township Democratic Organization and has made a number of videos show you how to become a candidate and conduct a successful campaign. What you will see are local people conducting actual campaigns for better government in DuPage county. No paid actors, this is the real deal. Although developed for 2019, these videos will be very useful for the 2021 election: 

Things to consider

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE OFFICES AND THE PETITION DEADLINES, consult the DuPage County Election Commission website, or contact your unit of local government

 

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