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Two years ago Indivisible DuPage embraced a daunting electoral challenge: electing sensible, progressive Democrats to represent the Illinois 6th and 14th  districts, including much of DuPage. Daunting because the conservative incumbents, long out of touch with the needs and aspirations of most district residents, were entrenched in decades long rule. Indivisible DuPage, along with other political organizations and hundreds of volunteers, determined that a massive, grass roots campaign could attract thousands of voters yearning for progressive change. The key to harnessing this energy and yearning was selecting candidates the electorate could believe in. Sean Casten in the 6th and Lauren Underwood in the 14th fit that requirement splendidly. Both represented a seismic shift away from career politicians beholden to the billionaires, the fossil fuel economy, the health insurance firewall sentencing millions to inadequate health care, among other special interests. They pledged to not only represent their 750,000 district residents in Congress, they promised to engage them personally, with town halls, public meetings, and myriad communication media virtually nonexistent within memory. 

The campaign and the candidates meshed perfectly, propelling Casten and Underwood to compelling victories, nearly reversing the historical  lopsided Republican majorities election after election in the 6th and 14th. In the two years since, both have lived up to all hopes and expectations. Gone were championing tax cuts for the billionaires, promoting earth choking fossil fuel businesses, denying tens of millions medical care to serve the health insurance industry, and cutting lifesaving regulations to fatten corporate wealth. Casten and Underwood have been laser focused on their constituents' real needs: championing clean energy initiatives, protecting the environment, promoting health care for all as a basic right, and honoring education and job training to drive a prosperous future. 

Heading into the November 3rd election, Indivisible DuPage is once again proud to endorse Sean Casten in the Illinois 6th and Lauren Underwood in the Illinois 14th. Two years ago we said they could serve their districts with distinction. Today we can say they most certainly are serving with distinction. They deserve the support of us all to continue the unfinished work ahead, this time with a Democratic Senate.

How to vote from home:

Illinois has a new law intended to make voting from home easier and you can read the official rules by clicking here. The key things you need to know are:

If you voted in the 2018 general election, the 2019 municipal elections or the March 2020 primary, the state is going to mail you a vote-by-mail application. If you didn't vote, have moved, or don't want to wait, you can download an official application by clicking here.

 

The application requires your name, address, and precinct number. Supplying your date-of-birth, phone number, and email are optional, but the County Clerk's office says it may aid in the processing of your ballot. If you are unsure about your precinct, it's based on your address and you can look it up here.

 

The Clerk must receive your completed and mailed application by October 29th (or delivered in person through November 2nd).

Vote-by-Mail ballots will be mailed out starting September 24th.  If you apply early, you should receive your ballot by October 5th. Once mail-in voting starts, the Clerk's office will attempt to mail out ballots within two days of receiving an application.

Once you complete your ballot, you'll mail it to the Clerk in the special envelope they provide. Your ballot must be post-marked by November 3rd, and the Clerk must receive it within two weeks of that to be counted.

There are special rules if you are in the military, out of the country, in a hospital, or in a nursing home, so please read the official rules. To prevent fraud, get your information and application form directly from the official county websites linked to above.

Although about a third of the ballots cast in the March primary were mail-in, we know the process will be unfamiliar to many voters. We are here to help! For easy access to virtual office hours every Tuesday through Sunday from 9-10am, please visit the events section of facebook.com/IndivisibleDuPage/ 

Corona virus:

Our country faces an unprecedented public health crisis from what is now a global pandemic. At this writing, it has infected almost 3 million Americans, and caused over 127,000 deaths. 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.

War with Iran:

Yes, it can still happen. We went to the brink of war with Iran as a result of President Trump's decision to assassinate their top general in a drone strike at Baghdad's international airport. Note the President did not seek Congressional approval before acting and his rationale for killing General Soleimani is unclear at best.  Also be aware that Iran has more than twice the population of Iraq and is three times its size. Another Mideast war is the last thing America - or the world - needs right now. Make your feelings known to Washington. See our reaction in the You-Tube video clip here

Impeachment:

It's over for now. We heard compelling testimony alleging that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter by withholding critical military aid. Is coercing a foreign government to investigate a political rival an impeachable offense? Certainly a majority of House members thought so and Articles of Impeachment were approved, making Donald Trump the third American president to be impeached. 

 

Action then moved to the Republican controlled Senate. After initial presentations for and against impeachment, the Senate voted to not see any additional evidence or call any witnesses. As expected, a partisan vote (lacking only Sen. Romney) ended the trial with President Trump's acquittal. Note that this does not prevent new impeachment charges from being brought in the future should they be warranted. Other investigations will continue.

Presidential debates: 

Three Presidential debates have been scheduled. The first one will be held on September 29th at Notre Dame University, the second on October 15th at the University of Michigan, and the third one on October 22 at Belmont University. 


A single Vice Presidential debate will be held on October 7th at the University of Utah.

We will have more details for you when they become available.

Tragedy at the border: 

Although the border crisis has faded from the headlines, detention facilities are over crowded and dangerous conditions still exist. Remember Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his young daughter Valeria died trying to cross the Rio Grande near Brownsville, Texas. The Border Patrol cataloged the deaths of 283 migrants in 2018. Valeria was the 7th child to die in 2019, and more have followed this year. We hope you made your voice heard at one of our area's Lights for Liberty events. See video of our participation here, our information pamphlet here, and our flyer for how you can help shut down the detention centers here

Click here for information and links to organizations that are working directly to address this crisis. Included are religious, social, and legal aid groups who will welcome your help and support. All Americans, regardless of their political differences, want to see immigrants and asylum-seekers treated in a way that reflects the values of this great country.

All people in this country, regardless of whether they are citizens, visitors, immigrants, or asylum seekers, have legal rights. Everyone is entitled to due process of law. So what should someone do if confronted by CBP or ICE agents? Click for useful information if that happens at your home, workplace, or at school.

We are a sanctuary state

Illinois wants police officers to enforce our laws without being hindered by immigration issues. Officers need victims to report crimes and witnesses to come forward without fear of being targeted because they are undocumented or their paperwork is still under review.

 

Even though the Illinois sanctuary law helps law enforcement do its job, some local officials are not following it. Please help us survey our county for the immigration policies that have been and are being used. To do that we are filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to find out what is happening and what has been happening. Feel free to FOIA any and every municipality on the list. Click here to see instructions and directions on how.

Indivisible DuPage Events

 

Nonprofit Strategic Planning Webinar

Wednesday July 8 at 12:00 PM CDT · 353 guests

 

An Intimate Conversation About Race Continues

Wednesday July 8 at 3:00 PM CDT

 

The Supreme Court Upholds DACA - What's Next?

Wednesday July 8 at 5:30 PM CDT

Red Square #2: Organizing Against Racism & Police Oppression

Wednesday July 8 at 6:00 PM CDT · 125 guests

 

Town Hall: Practical Path Forward

Wednesday July 8 at 6:30 PM CDT · 106 guests

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Indivisible DuPage Meeting (Zoom)

Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 PM:

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We will hear from activists from this spectrum of political activity, through the lens of their commitment to address systemic racism:

Learn from these activists and what you can do to support these important causes:

  • Current Activist School participants (See https://bit.ly/Activist-Training) and other youth who are involved in antiracist work in their DuPage communities

  • Indya Smith Johnson -  Naperville Central graduate, young activist and youth advocate for the NAACP, on police & community reform

  • Julie Sampson, Acting Co-Director Citizen Action Illinois, on supporting the campaign for an Illinois Fair Tax system & its impact on the funding of social services

  • Linda Kallas, Indivisible Western Front, on postcard & phone banking campaigns & combatting voter suppression  

 

Honk for Justice - Lincoln Square

Thursday, July 9 at 4:00 PM CDT · 34 guests

 

Police Reform Town Hall - 7/9 | 6pm

Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 PM CDT · 230 guests

 

July Indivisible DuPage Meeting - Activism & Systemic Racism

Thursday, 6:00 PM CDT · 33 guests

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrd-6rpzooGtFKsblcMdXqly_27pw-rv0T

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Forward Together - Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 PM CDT · 56 guests

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Anger to Action: Speak Up!

Thursday, July 9 at 7:00 PM CDT · 238 guests

 

Harmon/Lilly Virtual Town Hall

Thursday, July 9 at 7:00 PM CDT · 29 guests

 

South Asians for Black Lives: An Affinity Group Conversation

Thursday, July 9 at 8:00 PM CDT · 66 guests

 

TIER Weekly Meeting

Thursday, July 9 at 8:00 PM CDT · Hosted by Team Illinois for Equity & Reform

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Ice Protest

Friday, July 10 at 3:00 PM CDT · 2,156 guests

62 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60605, United States

 

ICE PROTEST

Friday, July 10 at 3:00 PM CDT · 8,310 guests

62 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60605, United States

Governor Pritzker: Free Them All! Free Gerald Reed!

Friday, July 10 at 4:00 PM CDT · 794 guests

James R. Thompson Center

Chicago

 

PRESS CONFER: RALLY & MARCH TO DEMAND DISMANTLE & DFUND CHPD

Friday, July 10 at 5:00 PM CDT · 390 guests

Fraternal Order of Police: Chicago Lodge No. 7

Chicago

 

Restoration Work Day - Maryknoll Park

Saturday, July 11 at 9:00 AM CDT · 1 guest

Maryknoll Park

Glen Ellyn

 

Team Casten Day of Action

Saturday, July 11 at 9:45 AM CDT · 37 guests

 

Pastries with Pappas

Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 AM CDT

 

Abolish ICE McHenry County (protest/car caravan)

Saturday, July 11 at 11:00 AM CDT · 279 guests

McHenry County government Center

Woodstock

 

Black is Beautiful Beer Release

Saturday, July 11 at12:00 PM CDT · 352 guests

Noon Whistle Brewing

Lombard

BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS: Chicago

Saturday, July 11 at 12:00 PM CDT · 37 guests

Richard J. Daley Center

Chicago

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Educators for Students March

Saturday, July 11 at 1:00 PM CDT · 162 guests

Educators for Students

 

People's Forum on the Protests in Chicago

Saturday, July 11 at2:00 PM CDT · 184 guests

Union Park

Chicago

 

Chicago Violin Vigil in honor of Elijah McClain

Saturday, July 11 at 5:30 PM CDT · 2,046 guests

Oz Park

Chicago

 

Trans-Parent Love PA

Saturday, July 11 at 8:00 PM CDT · 1 guest

Trans-Parent Love: Boys Will Be Girls

La Grange

 

Black Tie Trivia (from the waist up) Fundraiser

Sunday, July 12 6:45 PM CDT · 26 guests

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Lisle Township Democratic Organization Monthly Meeting

Monday, July 13 at 7:30 PM CDT · 25 guests

Your couch

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Indivisible DuPage Protest
Tuesday, July 14 at 9:30 AM (before County Board meets)
DuPage County Health Department Bldg
111 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton

Visit https://facebook.com/events/s/protest-the-conduct-of-peter-d/307850140389512/?ti=icl to register for an in-person and online protest of DuPage County Board member Peter DiCianni’s abusive behavior. This will be socially distanced, masks required and they will be available. 

If you or your group wants to cohost or be involved please pm us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/IndivisibleDuPage/).  The first planning meeting will be at 8PM on Friday July 3, via zoom. Register here for the planning meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdu-vpjgsEtU9AeDdviCuvImaByygKGM8
 
See details on the incident spurring this action: 

Protest demands under discussion are:   

  1. DiCianni should be censured for his actions.

  2. DiCianni should no longer serve as chair of the Heath and Human services board.

  3. DiCianni has violated the ethics agreement to which he swore an oath. A vote should be taken to remove him from office. 

This is moving very fast. Join our internal activist communication workspace on Slack here. https://join.slack.com/t/team-il-equity-reform/shared_invite/zt-fmag57tg-EmRiynXhUqR~VGrMbjqpFw. Here is a tutorial https://slack.com/resources/slack-101

Retirement of the Majority Rally!

Tuesday, July 14 at 9:00 AM CDT · 154 guests

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Karina Villa's Outdoor Office Opening Celebration

Tuesday, July 14 at 5:30 PM CDT · 96 guests

1080 Commerce Dr, West Chicago, IL 60185-2624, United States

 

Trinity UCC Freedom School - Virtual Voter Registration Drive

Wednesday, July 15 at 4:00 AM CDT · 50 guests

 

Election Series 2020 - What Will Our Elections Look Like?

Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 PM CDT · 34 guests

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Indivisible Naperville with Indivisible DuPage July Meeting

Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 PM CDT · 41 guests

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Virtual Civic Series: What you need to know about Election 2020

Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 PM CDT · 36 guests

Zoom

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TIER Weekly Meeting

Thursday, July 16 at 8:00 PM CDT · Hosted by Team Illinois for Equity & Reform

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Black, Indigenous Solidarity Rally

Friday, July 17 at 5:00 PM CDT · 2,741 guests

Buckingham Fountain

Chicago

The Elijah Movement

Saturday, July 18 at 12:00 PM CDT · 1,186 guests

OPRF

Oak Park

 

Buy Black Pop Up Shop

Sunday, July 19 at 12:00 PM CDT · Hosted by keyluxeco

8501 S Green St, Chicago, IL 60620-3235, United States

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White Fragility Conversation and Action

Sunday, July 19 at 3:00 PM CDT · 122 guests

The Perch

Aurora

 

TIER Weekly Meeting

Thursday, July 23 8:00 PM CDT · Hosted by Team Illinois for Equity & Reform

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Peaceful Youth-Led March for Black/Brown Unity & ICE Protest

Thursday, July 30 5:00 PM CDT · 909 guests

 

TIER Weekly Meeting

Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 PM CDT · Hosted by Team Illinois for Equity & Reform

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PRESS CONFERENCE: 18 Murders In 24 Hours

Friday, July 31 at 10:00 AM CDT · 47 guests

Chicago, Illinois

CHANGE THE NAME MORRIS REDSKINS

Saturday, August 1 at 2:00 PM CDT · 128 guests

Morris, Illinois

Morris

 

OUTspoken! LGBTQ Storytelling at Sidetrack

Saturday, August 4 at 7:00 PM CDT · 1,571 guests

Sidetrack The Video Bar

Chicago

 

Indivisible DuPage Monthly Meeting

Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 PM CDT · 15 guests

Glen Ellyn Historical Society

Glen Ellyn

 

Don’t Just Run, Win!

Tuesday, September 1 at 7:00 PM CDT · Hosted by Roselle Public Library District

 

Indivisible DuPage Monthly Meeting

Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 PM CDT · Hosted by Indivisible DuPage

Glen Ellyn Historical Society

Glen Ellyn

 

POSTPONED//Vote Her In: Author Talk with Rebecca Sive

Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 PM CDT · 26 guests

Cantigny Park

Wheaton

 

Indivisible Monthly Meeting

Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 PM CDT · Hosted by Indivisible DuPage

Glen Ellyn Historical Society

Glen Ellyn

 

Kane County Board Committee of the Whole

Tuesday, December 29, at 4:00 PM CST · Hosted by Kane County Coalition

 

APR17

Free STEM Exploration Day for Families

Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM CDT · 1,275 guests

Alive Center

Naperville

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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. 

 

Consider that Illinois has the greatest number of governmental units of any state in the union. Also know 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! 

 

Does this sound like you? IDP's own Diane Hewitt is here to help. Diane is vice-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, this information will be very useful for our next election: 

Things to consider

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LTDO TV on Apple Podcasts

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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

 

Other events are happening daily all over DuPage County.

Keep up with the Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th here

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