Springfield

Question of Values

Jan
20

Extraordinary (if brief) exchange between State Reps. Will Guzzardi (D) and Allen Skillicorn (R) on the value of labor.
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=787648118268228

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Dem Day at the State Fair 2018

Aug
16

Had a great time at this year's State Fair. Featured are a couple of pictures from the Dem get-together in the 'Budweiser Tent' during 'Dem Day'. There were only a few short speeches before everyone got to turn to the fair itself. On the stage were Juliana, JB and Sen. Durbin.

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The Fake War

Mar
10

"...[S]tandoff between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan." [source]

"It's a Chicago tale that brings together Barack Obama, Mike Madigan and Ken Dunkin." [source]

What crap journalism. The sad thing is we're seeing this over and over in the media. They're going for the personalities over issues -- and values.

This conflict has nothing to do with Madigan. This is a conflict between a billionaire governor whose agenda is offensive to any Democrat -- any progressive -- on planet earth. And Dunkin's supporting it. Not to acknowledge this primary context is the equivalent of journalistic malpractice.

As Will Guzzardi says:

Anyone who wants this thing to end needs to realize that, irrespective of Madigan, there is *no way* that the Turnaround Agenda will pass the House. Insisting on it as a precondition of a budget deal is the same thing as saying “I do not want a budget deal.” That’s why we blame Rauner.

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Democratic Chairmen's Brunch 2015

Aug
21

Here's a link to the video of Democratic County Chairmen's brunch, held this year at the Springfield Hilton: http://livestream.com/blueroomstream/events/4221850
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Dem Day at the Illinois State Fair

Aug
19

Photos from the County Chair Breakfast and then the Rally at the State Fair later on.

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Dem Day Part II

Aug
21

Dem Day itself, that is Wed., Aug 19, consists of two key events: the County Chair breakfast and then the rally later in the day on the Director's Lawn in the State Fair grounds proper.

The first photo is of Gov. Quinn addressing the attendees at the County Chair breakfast. The second photo is Sec. of State Jesse White speaking later on at the rally -- under a tent for fear of rain. Happily the rain seemed more than ready to accommodate Illinois Democrats -- waiting till the event was well over before breaking loose in torrents.

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Dem Day Part I

Aug
21

A couple of pictures of the festivities surrounding Dem Day at the State Fair. In this post, I have two photos from the night before, or in other words, Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The first shot is of Boone's Saloon (RIP). Alas! Despite the change in traditional venues -- and the fact that we're in an off-year, the Sangamon County Dems still drew a pretty good crowd for their annual meet-and-greet fundraiser (sorry, no photos).

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Dem Day Part II

Aug
16



Dem Day itself traditionally begins with the County Chair Breakfast. Turn-out this year was extraordinary. Tables were squeezed into the hall and it was standing room only near the back.

All the statewide Democratic officials spoke. A lot of it was focused on the national election and the need to travel to battleground states. Senator Durbin, here speaking, reminisced about an early discussion he had had with Obama encouraging him to run: "Some times you pick the moment and sometimes the moment picks you," he recalled telling Obama.

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Dem Day Part I

Aug
16



Just got a couple of shots from the evening preceding Dem Day at the State Fair.

This is traditionally a day of "low-ticket" fundraisers with beer flowing and great opportunities to meet fellow Dems from across the state.

The first picture is of Leo with Senator Dick Durbin at the Sangamon County Dem Fund-raiser at Boone's Uptown Grill.

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More Pictures from the Obama Announcement in Springfield

Feb
12
  1. Evanston at 5am: Still very dark outside, we all gathered at the District office on Davis St. in Evanston at 5 in the morning. The three buses waiting to take us to Springfield were already outside.
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