Monday, August 18, 2014

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

F*R*E*E* Visibility Picnic This Saturday. RSVP today, please.

PLEASE bring a side dish to feed 8-10, also. See you Saturday!
Questions? Call 630-629-1125.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

There’s Now A Book To Teach Your Kids About Why They Should Pack Heat While Shopping

 by Ian Millhiser Posted on August 4, 2014 at 10:16 am
open carry coloring book
Do you wander around with a Glock on your hip, so you are prepared for the day when you’ll open fire on an armed assailant? Do you worry about how you will explain to your kids why you wander around with a Glock on your hip, so you are prepared for the day when you’ll open fire on an armed assailant? Well, Brian Jeffs and Nathan Nephew, two advocates for openly carrying firearms from Michigan, have a solution for you! The two men have authored “My Parents Open Carry,” a book for children that tells the tale of a young girl and her family as they “turn an otherwise ordinary day into an open carry adventure!”
The book teaches children such lessons as...
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Grassroots and gerrymandering: IL GOP have "no troops to speak of".

Posted by Rich Miller  
Out of power for a dozen years and hobbled even before that by anti-patronage court rulings, the state’s Republican Party infrastructure has all but collapsed.

So, part of GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner’s task he’s set for himself from here on out is to try and somehow rebuild a grassroots infrastructure.

It won’t be an easy job. Republicans have never, in the modern age, been able to match the Democrats’ ability to dispatch patronage armies to the state’s distant corners because of the Democrats’ Chicago and Cook County patronage bases The Republicans’ local organizations are essentially hollow these days, and they have no troops to speak of.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Report: Rauner Funneled Money Into Caribbean. Surprised?

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner funneled part of his wealth to a Caribbean territory long considered a tax haven, a business practice the venture capitalist defended on Sunday, stressing there was no impact on his personal tax rate.
Rauner spoke with reporters the same day a published report detailed how three of five of Rauner's Cayman Island holdings are tied to GTCR, a Chicago-based private equity firm Rauner helped found.
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

State Policy Network Ties to ALEC.

State Policy Network  (SPN was formerly known as the Madison Group - SPN Ties to ALEC)

The State Policy Network (SPN) has franchised, funded, and fostered a growing number of “mini Heritage Foundations” at the state level since the early 1990s. SPN is a web of right-wing “think tanks” in every state across the country. It is an $83 million right-wing empire as of the 2011 funding documents from SPN itself and each of its state "think tank" members. Although SPN's member organizations claim to be nonpartisan and independent, the Center for Media and Democracy's in-depth investigation, "EXPOSED: The State Policy Network -- The Powerful Right-Wing Network Helping to Hijack State Politics and Government," reveals that SPN and its member think tanks are major drivers of the right-wing, American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC)-backed corporate agenda in state houses nationwide, with deep ties to the Koch brothers and the national right-wing network of funders.

SPN describes itself as a network and service organization for the "state-based free market think tank movement," and its stated mission is "to provide strategic assistance to independent research organizations devoted to discovering and developing market-oriented solutions to state and local public policy issues." It was founded in November 1991 and incorporated in March of 1992.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

A New Arm of ALEC. Really?

Protests Greet Lawmakers, Corporate Officials Gathering in Dallas as New Arm of ALEC Is Announced
By Candice BerndTruthout | 

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Two grassroots activists from North Texas locked themselves inside the lobby of the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Thursday morning, as another two dropped a banner from the upper stories of the hotel to greet lawmakers and corporate officials gathered for the 41st annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

To Read More On: ALEC Could Be Coming to Your City Soon; The American City County Exchange;  ALEC's Climate Agenda; Protesters Greet ALEC in Dallas; A Progressive ALEC?; ALEC's Extended Family: The State Policy Network; ALEC's Agenda in Texas:


Friday, August 8, 2014

Durbin wants feds to check out Canadian National delays on EJ&E

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Good Riddance Eric Cantor!

Eric Cantor to leave Congress altogether on Aug. 18

Rep. Eric Cantor, the just-departed House majority leader, announced Friday morning that he would also resign altogether from Congress, effective Aug. 18.

The seven-term congressman, stunned by a June 10 upset in Virginia’s primary, stepped down...

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Voting Just got easier in Illinois

 Voting in Illinois just got easier
While some states are making it harder to vote, under Governor Quinn's leadership, Illinois is making it easier than ever.
Here's one big change you should know about: Illinois now has no-excuse absentee voting, so anyone can request a ballot and cast their vote by mail.
That means no more lines, and no more worrying about taking off work to get to the polls on Election Day.
If you want to vote by mail this year, you can request a ballot -- starting today. Just fill out an application here:
A few more things have changed for the better:
  • Early Vote hours and days have been extended, to give you more options to vote in person. 
  • You will no longer be required to provide a photo ID in order to vote early. 
  • And, for the first time ever, you can now register to vote or update your registration online.
Democracy works best when everyone takes part.
Be sure to let your friends and family know: This year, voting will be easier than ever.
It's also more important than ever.
Sabey Abraham
Deputy Field Director
Quinn for Illinois

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bill Foster in Your Corner

Rep. Bill Foster votes against tax giveaways

"Hard-working Illinoisans pay their fair share of taxes, and I believe corporations should do the same. That’s why I recently voted to end tax giveaways for companies that ship jobs overseas.
Current tax loopholes are costing taxpayers billions of dollars, and creating an unfair disadvantage for businesses large and small that remain in this country. By utilizing a process known as “corporate inversions,” companies are able to avoid paying U.S. taxes by renouncing their United States citizenship and reincorporating by acquiring a foreign company and transferring more than 20 percent of shares to foreign owners..."

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Join the DPDC Women's caucus for a Women Voter Mobilization Celebration at La Tosca Tomorrow night

The DPDC is starting their chapter of The Women's caucus. right here in Dupage County.
It is time for the women of DuPage County to become even more involved for the rights we fight for on a daily basis.
If you would like to attend tomorrow evening's event, at La Tosca Restaurant - 123 E. St Charles Rd. Villa Park, please RSVP or call for your tickets - cost $20.00 at 630-629-1125. Seating is limited.
Here are some facts on the Women's caucus.

The House is at it's highest point at 18 percent (including the (Delegates)
The influence of the Caucus has far exceeded its representation in Congress.
They have achieved a list of accomplishments that include:

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
The Child Support Enforcement Act
The Retirement Equity Act
The Civil Rights Restoration Act
The Women’s Business Ownership Act
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act
The Mammography Quality Standards Act
The Family and Medical Leave Act
The Violence Against Women Act The Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology Development Act

The Caucus is an inspiration and a model for women everywhere.  This is a brief list of organized Women's Caucuses:
Women’s Caucus - SEIU 521
We are working union women empowering our     community
Women's Caucus « College Democrats of America
Illinois Women's Caucus

We look forward to you joining us to achieve increased movement and satisfaction in women's issues and political policies.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hoping History will repeat itself: think 1998

2.1 million reasons why Dems love the GOP’s anti-Obama push By Steve Benen  
In 1998, congressional Republicans, filled with irrational rage towards a Democratic president in his sixth year, launched an impeachment crusade the American mainstream saw as wildly unnecessary. The electoral results were striking: Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party had the best sixth-year midterms of any administration in a century. 

The history is not lost on contemporary Democrats. If GOP overreach 16 years ago alienated Republicans from the public at large and encouraged Democratic voters to show up for the elections, maybe history can repeat itself now that the GOP is once again launching...

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Opposition to Rauner Seems to be Everywhere

Please feel free to post to our comments any other pertinent info regarding how unfit Rauner is be Governor. Also, many good talking points are posted at our DuPageDems FaceBook site as well. 

Illinois Activist Groups Protest Rauner Fundraiser
Ashlee Rezin 

While New Jersey Governor Chris Christie headlined a fundraiser for Republican Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner Friday evening in the Loop (Friday the 7/25), more than 100 protesters gathered outside the event to decry the pair's conservative stance on a myriad of social issues.

“Both of these politicians pose as moderates, but we’re here to call attention to the fact that both Bruce Rauner and Chris Christie have extreme positions on both the social, as well as the economic pocket book issues,” said William McNary, co-director of Citizen Action/Illinois.

The closed-door fundraiser....

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Unusual New SuperPAC

Spending Big to Fight Big Donors in Campaigns
An unlikely alliance of liberal intellectuals, big donors and Republican strategists has hit on a solution to the influence of big money in politics: even more money.

Starting July 28th, the recently formed Mayday “super PAC” began a $12 million advertising campaign to help elect lawmakers of both parties who support proposals to diminish the influence of big donors. The PAC is the most ambitious effort yet to turn dismay over supersize contributions...
To

Friday, August 1, 2014

More Health Care Sleight of Hand by GOP

Conservatives Want You to Pay More for the Health Plan You Like
By Tony Carrk | 
The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, is working: The uninsured rate has fallen dramatically since the law went into effect. Newly released data published in The New England Journal of Medicine show that 10.3 million adults gained coverage during the first open enrollment period. According to a recent Commonwealth Fund survey, 60 percent of those with new coverage said they used their coverage to go to the doctor or hospital or to fill a prescription; 62 percent of those people said they would not have been able to do so without their new coverage. Moreover, of those who were looking for a doctor, two-thirds said they were able to get an appointment within two weeks.
People are happy with their coverage. Overall, 78 percent of those surveyed said they were either somewhat satisfied or very satisfied with their new coverage. This is about the same rate as those reported by both people who were previously insured and by those who newly gained coverage. Even 74 percent of self-identified Republicans reported being satisfied with their coverage. 
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sandy G Private Investigator Hunts down the Real Rauners

It can't be both ways - which is it?
researched by Sandy Gresak
I wanted to learn more about Bruce Rauner's wife, Dr. Diana Mendley Rauner. Through my research I came across this website:

The Rauners Love Funding Democrats and the Pro-Abortion

You can learn a lot about the values and passion of individuals by where they place their donations. Bruce Rauner, and his wife, Diana Mendley Rauner, have given ...

Although it was posted in 7/25/2013 I thought it was worth reading and this is what I saw when I tried to open the site: "IT IS A PROTECTED BLOG SITE" is marked private by its owner. If you were invited to view this site, please log in below. Read more about privacy settings.
And then I found this article:

Bruce Rauner's Wife Says She Is a Democrat , But Mostly Gives To GOP Candidates | The Huffington Post | By Samantha Lachman
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IFT Endorses Governor Quinn and More in his Monthly Newsletter

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This electronic newsletter is an opportunity for you to learn more about what we’ve accomplished in Illinois government, and how you can get involved. Whether it’s volunteering in a Serve Illinois volunteer project, receiving state services, or learning about new laws and programs, I want to ensure that you know what’s happening in your government.
If you have ideas for improving any State service, program, or this very newsletter, please click here and let us know.

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Featured Articles

Unemployment Rate Drops

Preliminary data released on July 17 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security shows Illinois’ unemployment rate has dropped to 7.1 percent, the lowest since October 2008 – months before Governor Quinn took office. The drop in the unemployment rate from March to June is the sharpest three-month decline ever recorded in Illinois.

$1.1 Billion Capital Construction

Governor Quinn on July 22 signed a new state capital construction bill that invests $1.1 billion in road and bridge projects to improve transportation and create jobs and boost economic development across Illinois. The bill, which builds on his successful six-year, $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, will create an estimated 14,300 jobs. In addition to funding $1 billion in projects in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) FY2015-2020 Multi-Year Program, the new capital construction program includes $100 million for municipal and township governments to improve infrastructure at the local level. The funding will help communities throughout Illinois combat potholes and make other critical infrastructure repairs.
For a complete list of projects in the capital program, visit

Governor Quinn Fights for Stronger Gun Laws Across Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn, joined by Congresswoman Robin Kelly, on July 13 visited the site of a recent fatal shooting in Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood to urge legislators to stand with families and communities and take action against gun violence. The Governor pushed passage of READ MORE

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Join us on August 7th and a little history of the National Women's Political Caucus.

Join the DPDC Women's caucus for a Women Voter Mobilization Celebration at 
La Tosca on August 7th 

History of the Women's Caucus

This early document from the Caucus archives (circa 1979), has been re-typed from original hard copy. It provides important historical information about the founding of the organization:

Founded in 1971, the National Women's Political Caucus is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to increasing women's participation in all areas of political and public life -- as elected and appointed officials, as delegates to national party conventions, as judges in the state and federal courts, and as lobbyists, voters and campaign organizers. With state and local affiliates, our membership today spans across the nation.

Our founders include such prominent women as Gloria Steinem, author, lecturer and founding editor of Ms. magazine; former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm; former Congresswoman and current president of Women USA Bella Abzug; Dorothy Height, president of the National Council of Negro Women; Jill Ruckelshaus, U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner; Ann Lewis, Political Director of the Democratic National Committee; Elly Peterson, former vice-chair of the Republican National Committee; LaDonna Harris, Indian rights leader; Liz Carpenter, author, lecturer and former press secretary to Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson; and Eleanor Holmes Norton, former chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Spurred by Congress' failure to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in 1970, these women believed...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How Koch is affecting the minds of our teen agers

In the spring of 2012, Spenser Johnson, a junior at Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas, was unpacking his acoustic bass before orchestra practice when a sign caught his eye. "Do you want to make money?" it asked.
The poster encouraged the predominantly poor students ( at Highland Park to enroll in a new, yearlong course that would provide lessons in basic economic principles and practical instruction on starting a business. Students would receive generous financial incentives including startup capital  ( scholarships after graduation. The course would begin that fall. Johnson eagerly signed up.
In some ways, the class looked like a typical high school business course, taught in a Highland Park classroom by a Highland Park teacher. But it was actually run by Youth Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit group created and funded primarily by Charles G. Koch, the billionaire chairman of Koch Industries.
The official mission  ( of Youth Entrepreneurs is to provide kids with "business and entrepreneurial education and experiences that help them prosper and become contributing members of society." The underlying goal of the program, however, is to impart Koch's radical free-market ideology to teenagers...

Monday, July 28, 2014

No Surprise here: Big Business Loves Desperate Workers

We don’t think enough about the economic functions of social welfare policy, or about the relationship between the safety net and labor markets, and this hinders our ability to make sense of why some people fight so hard against programs that aid poor and low-income people: We mistake them for anti-welfare ideologues, and dismiss them as cruel or ignorant, but there’s an economic logic to their activism, one that’s revealed if we look at the relationship between welfare and work from both the employee’s and the employer’s perspective. Let me explain.
Imagine that we have two workers, worker K and worker O, each with two young children.
Worker K is laid off when the company “downsizes.” K is nervous, but has some savings, is eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits, Medicaid, food stamps (SNAP) and TANF, has access to free local day care and lives in a Section 8 apartment, with their monthly rent tied to their income.
While K is not living as well as when working, if K were eligible for all of these programs, which would be highly unusual, K will...

Have You Heard This Word Before?

You might be seeing the word "inversions" in the news headlines a lot lately. It's a specific kind of corporate merger deal -- but it's not exactly the most intuitive name for a corporate tax loophole.
So we're going to break it down for you -- because these loopholes could cost taxpayers nearly $20 billion over the next 10 years. And we could instead use this money to rebuild America, by investing in our roads and bridges, equipping our schools with the resources they need, and defending our country at home.
Learn more about "inversions" and how we can do away with them.
What are inversions?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Org that is Pressing Need for Corporate Tax Dodgers to come clean

Make Corporate Tax Dodgers Pay Their Fair Share

NPA is a Grassroots Organization that fights for financial reform, accountable government, and economic and racial justice.

It's time for corporations to pay their fair share. Every day, corporate CEOs are cooking up schemes to lobby our elected officials for giant tax cuts. At the same time, they're planning to balance the federal budget on our backs, trying to cut food programs for hungry kids, gutting support programs for our seniors, and defunding other services our communities need.
That's not right. At NPA, we're fighting back against tax dodging. In the streets, at corporate headquarters, and on Capitol Hill, we're saying it's time for our elected officials to listen to us and make corporations pay their fair share!
Call the National Hotline 888-531-3993 to tell Congress to shut down corporate tax dodging, not the government.

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