Chairman Madigan’s statement on the passing of Marca Bristo

“I am deeply saddened to hear about Marca Bristo’s passing. Her devotion to advancing the rights of the disabled community led to a distinguished career demanding justice for all. Her outsized contributions to our state’s advocacy  and civil rights efforts will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and the countless people she touched across the globe.”

Chairman Madigan’s statement on the passing of Michael Bauer

“I am saddened to hear that we’ve lost Michael Bauer, a man of distinction and political advocate for so many. He helped strengthen the voice of the LGBTQ  and Jewish communities in Chicago and beyond and his fight for countless causes will be sorely missed. Michael dedicated his life fighting for justice, civil rights, healthcare and economic equality for all. His legacy will live on. His family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.”

Democratic Party of Illinois to host 2020 delegate sessions around the state

Chicago — The Democratic Party of Illinois today announced a series of 2020 delegate information sessions that will be held throughout the state to educate Democrats ahead of the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee next July.

Twenty-one delegate information sessions will be held throughout Illinois ahead of the delegate petition circulation period which begins October 5, 2019. A full list of locations and details can be found here. Speaking at the sessions will be representatives of the Democratic Party of Illinois, Democratic State Central Committee members, other Democratic leaders who have served as delegates in past conventions, as well as members of the Illinois Delegate Selection Affirmative Action Committee.

The delegate information sessions are part of the Democratic Party of Illinois’ work to engage Democrats across Illinois to ensure a diverse state delegation at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Illinois has been allocated 184 delegates and 13 alternate delegates for the Convention. To become a delegate, you must be a registered voter and endorsed by a Presidential candidate. Most delegates must circulate petitions and stand for election in the March primary. Presidential candidates must approve delegates running under their banner.

“The top priority of Illinois Democrats in 2020 is nominating a candidate who shares in our goal of supporting the hard-working people of Illinois and can win back the White House,” said Michael J. Madigan, chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois. “We are engaging Democrats across Illinois to help nominate a President who will better reflect the values of our country and the diversity of the Democratic Party.”

“Our party’s strength is its diversity and inclusiveness,” said Karen Yarbrough, vice chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois. “With one voice, we will take back the Presidency and work to support middle class families and the many more people who are working to get there.”

“The 2020 election is a great opportunity for people across our state to make their voice heard,” said Vivian Robinson, a Democratic State Central Committeewoman from Harrisburg. “It’s time to send a message that we need an economy that works for us and a president who isn’t trying to strip away our health care.” “We will be talking to people in communities across this state to encourage Democrats to get involved and have an impact on who is nominated to become our next President,” said Cristina Castro, a Democratic State Central Committeewoman from Elgin. “After three years of destructive and divisive rhetoric out of this White House, it is time for us all to get engaged and help change our country’s future for the better.”

Democratic Party of Illinois’ 18th Congressional District Endorses Fair Tax Proposal

Springfield — Members of the Democratic Party of Illinois’ 18th Democratic Congressional District Committee recently unanimously endorsed passage of the governor’s Fair Tax proposal.

During a special committee meeting in Springfield on May 18, members of the committee supported the proposal to allow voters the chance to decide whether to implement a graduated income tax system — or Fair Tax — in Illinois. Members of the committee include the 20 county chairs within the 18th Congressional District.

“I am proud to support Gov. Pritzker’s Fair Tax plan that will help stabilize our state’s finances for the future,” said Bill Houlihan, the Democratic Party of Illinois’ State Central Committeeman for the 18th Congressional District. “Under the Fair Tax proposal, 97 percent of Illinois residents will pay the same in taxes or less while 3 percent of our state’s most wealthy residents pay more. It’s time to level the playing field in Illinois for hardworking individuals and families.”
For more information about the Fair Tax plan, visit the Democratic Party of Illinois’ website. Click here to find out how to contact your legislator and urge them to vote yes on the Fair Tax.

Democratic Party of Illinois approves 2020 Delegate Selection Plan

Chicago – The Democratic Party of Illinois today announced it has approved the Delegate Selection Plan for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

The plan was approved at a meeting of the Democratic Party of Illinois State Central Committee on Monday. The plan formally describes the process of how the Democratic Party of Illinois will select its delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, which will be held in Milwaukee from July 13 to July 16, 2020.

“Our top priority for the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be nominating a candidate to win back the White House with the help of a diverse Illinois delegation that shares a common goal of supporting the hard-working people of our state,” said Michael J. Madigan, chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois.

The Delegate Selection Plan is posted here. A draft of the plan was released on March 26 for a 30-day public comment period. The plan will now be submitted to the Democratic National Convention Committee for review and approval.

Illinois’ presidential primary will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

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Democratic Party of Illinois to consider 2020 Delegate Selection Plan

Chicago – The Democratic Party of Illinois today announced it will meet to consider approval of the 2020 Delegate Selection Plan on Monday, April 29, in Springfield.

The meeting of the Democratic Party of Illinois will include the members of the party’s State Central Committee. It will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the Rendezvous Room of the Wyndham Hotel, 700 E. Monroe St.

The purpose of the meeting will be to consider the Draft State Delegate Selection Plan for the 2020 Democratic National Convention, which will be held in Milwaukee from July 13-16, 2020.

The Draft State Delegate Selection Plan was released on March 26 and posted at the Democratic Party of Illinois website for a 30-day public comment period. The Plan will also be reviewed by the Democratic National Committee.

More information on the 2020 presidential election will be posted in the coming months. Sign up for updates on the 2020 presidential election and news from the Democratic Party of Illinois here.

To request reasonable accommodations for the April 29 meeting (including interpreters or translators), please contact the Democratic Party of Illinois at (217) 546-7404.

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Chairman Madigan calls on Congress to support the Violence Against Women Act

Chicago – Every year, millions of women and men who experience sexual assault and domestic violence rely on support services that are federally funded through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Six weeks ago, the reauthorization of this act and the vital services it funds lapsed in the face of opposition from the National Rifle Association. The NRA is opposing the reauthorization because the Act seeks to reduce acts of violence by preventing domestic abusers and predators from obtaining guns. Instead of protecting survivors, the NRA wants to protect the abusers.

This is unconscionable, and we need your help now. Congress is set to vote to reauthorize VAWA this week. Contact your member of Congress and urge them to vote yes on H.R. 1585.

Supporting survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence is the least we can do in the wake of horrible trauma and violence they have suffered. We need to make sure survivors have continued access to these critical services so they can recover, heal and rebuild their lives.

Call or email your member of Congress today! Find your local member and other helpful information on how you can help protect survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence here.

Together, we can protect the lives of countless victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

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Democratic Party of Illinois advocates for Fair Tax to support middle class & low income residents

Chicago – The push to pass a Fair Tax in Illinois is well underway. By now you’ve seen the negative and misleading rhetoric from Republican interest groups spreading all sorts of lies about the Fair Tax to protect their millionaire donors. Now they are launching TV and digital ads to further mislead Illinois voters.

We all know those groups, especially the Illinois Policy Institute, are grasping at straws and not being truthful with voters. After all, the IPI and their buddy Bruce Rauner gave us a two-year budget impasse that brought Illinois to the brink of financial ruin – decimating our state’s social services, hollowing out funding for universities and colleges, and sending the state’s credit rating plummeting. It’s no wonder they are now looking to blame others.

So let’s be the louder voice and spread the truth about the Fair Tax:

  • 97 percent of Illinois residents will pay the same or less;
  • 20 percent increase in property tax credits; and
  • $100 per child tax credit.

Why is the Fair Tax needed?

  • Illinois needs to make a drastic change in how we fund critical state services to fix the chronic budget shortfalls of the last decade with the least amount of pain for middle class and low-income families.
  • A Fair Tax will save working families money while asking the wealthiest residents to contribute more.
  • There is wide support for a Fair Tax. Recent polling shows that 79 percent of people said they were favorable to supporting the Fair Tax plan if it “would help the state meet its obligations to fund schools.”
  • The Fair Tax addresses our state’s financial challenges by raising $3.4 billion in needed revenue while only raising taxes on people making $250,000 a year or more.
  • Illinois is among only a few states in the country that imposes the same tax rate on all residents – no matter their income — and Illinois is eighth in the country as the least equitable tax system.
  • Almost every state in the country that has an income tax uses a Fair Tax system because it’s better for their economy. In fact, four out of five of our neighboring states have a Fair Tax and are doing better economically than Illinois.
  • Passing a Fair Tax is critical to restoring financial health to Illinois and repairing the disastrous effects of the financial crisis created by Bruce Rauner’s budget impasse.
  • Our state will do well when all Illinois residents do well.

The numbers don’t lie: In over half of Illinois’ 102 counties, less than 1% of taxpayers will pay more.

Governor Pritzker’s office recently released county-level data that shows that in over half of the state’s 102 counties, less than 1 percent of taxpayers will pay more. A full list of the numbers in statewide counties can be found here. A few sample counties are below:

  • Adams County (Quincy): 98.44% of taxpayers will pay the same or less while millionaires who make up only 0.15% of the county will pay the top rate.
  • Champaign County (Champaign, Urbana): 98.12% of taxpayers will pay the same or less while millionaires who make up only 0.15% of the county will pay the top rate.
  • Cook County (Chicago, Schaumburg): 96.78% of taxpayers will pay the same or less while millionaires who make up only 0.40% of the county will pay the top rate.
  • Jackson County (Murphysboro, Carbondale): 98.87% of taxpayers will pay the same or less while millionaires who make up only 0.11% of the county will pay the top rate.
  • McLean County (Bloomington): 97.94% of taxpayers pay the same or less while millionaires who make up 0.18% of the county will pay the top rate.
  • Peoria County (Peoria): 97.32% of taxpayers pay the same or less while millionaires who make up 0.22% of the county will pay the top rate.
  • Rock Island County (Moline, Rock Island): 99.07% of taxpayers will pay the same or less while millionaires who make up 0.11% of the county will pay the top rate.
  • Sangamon County (Springfield): 98.13% of taxpayers will pay the same or less while millionaires who make up 0.13% of the county will pay the top rate.

Resources to combat misinformation:

  • Here are digital images from Think Big Illinois you can use for emails and social media posts.
  • Think Big Illinois TV ad you can link to in your communications.
  • One Illinois video combatting the IPI and its misinformation you can share.

And don’t forget:

Gov. Pritzker’s Fair Tax was endorsed by the Chicago Sun-Times and a coalition Metro East mayors, and recent polling shows a majority of Illinois residents support the Fair Tax.

  • What can you do to help? Call or email your state representative or senator to ask them to support the Fair Tax.
  • Send a letter to the editor urging the General Assembly to pass the Fair Tax using these talking points.
  • Share comments and graphics supporting the Fair Tax on your social media accounts.
  • Hold a meeting or coffee with a group of your neighbors to discuss Fair Tax. We can provide you with a presentation and frequently asked questions.

Be a Fair Tax activist. Visit our website for more information. We’ll also send regular updates, talking points and resources to help arm you with the facts on the Fair Tax, but don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything to help you in the fight!

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Chairman Madigan Supports $15 Minimum Wage Statewide

Chicago – Illinois is on the verge of making history by supporting hard-working people and their families with an increased minimum wage of $15 an hour.

Governor Pritzker is determined to pass this critical legislation by the end of the month. It’s an aggressive but achievable goal with your help. Please reach out to your legislators and ask them to support SB1, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford and State Representative Will Guzzardi.

I know you agree that Illinoisans deserve a raise. Supporting higher wages means building a stronger Illinois with better-paying jobs, increased consumer spending and a growing economy.

Consider these facts from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute*:

  • Studies find that minimum wage hikes boost worker earnings while having little to no negative impact on employment. In addition, there is evidence that worker turnover falls following a minimum wage hike, reducing employer costs.
  • A $15 minimum wage could mean a $6,000 raise for more than 1.4 million Illinois workers, lifting more than 200,000 workers out of poverty and generating $380 million annually in state income and sales taxes.
  • A $15 minimum wage would have the largest impacts on communities outside of the Chicago area. While a $15 minimum wage would boost earnings by about $5,000 for directly affected workers in the Chicago area, it would raise annual incomes for low-wage workers by more than $8,000 in the Springfield area, more than $7,000 in the Rockford area, and more than $6,000 in the St. Louis area.

Despite strong support across all regions of the state, Illinois has not increased the minimum wage since July 2010. Now is the time to stand up for working men and women in Illinois.

Join the effort to increase the minimum wage at Raise the Wage. Together we can fight for Illinois families and build a stronger future for Illinois.

*Illinois Economic Policy Institute: “$15 Minimum Wage in Illinois Fact Sheet,” Frank Manzo IV, Jill Manzo, and Robert Bruno, February 5, 2019.

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