Independent grassroots organization of progressives, liberals and moderates promoting an activist democratic agenda in the state of Illinois.

Illinois Has a New Website!

IDN Logo On this day of our Nation's liberation, I'm pleased to announce that IllinoisDemNet has a new website: http://www.IllinoisDemNet.com

While there's still much to be done, the project is far enough along for us to go public with it. Improvements include a content management system that allows group leaders from all over Illinois to add content themselves. This includes blog entries, events, and photos.

Drinking Liberally in the Illinois Times

Drinking Liberally LogoThe Springfield chapter of Drinking Liberally was covered in Springfield's entertainment/alternative weekly, the Illinois Times.
You can read the article here:
Illinois Times
They didn't join us this time but chose to do an interview with the host, me. Here's a clip from the article:

Drinking Liberally, which was launched two years ago in New York City, bills itself as an “informal, inclusive weekly Democratic drinking club.” The group, which recently formed a chapter in Springfield, might be described as one part think tank and one part support group — and the rest is gin and vermouth.

Drinking Liberally in Springfield

07/14/2005 - 8:00pm
07/14/2005 - 11:00pm

Address:
Boone's Saloon. 301 W. Edwards

Group:
Drinking Liberally

Cost:
free

Description:

Join other progressives from the Land of Drinkin. We meet every Thursday from 8pm onward. Hosted by Will Reynolds, contact springfieldil@drinkingliberally.org

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ProgressiveTalk.org campaign in Southwestern IL

Hello All!

I had a chance to collect signatures at the St. Louis Pride Fest for our Progressive Talk Radio campaign, which covers the Greater St. Louis listening area. The Stonewall Democrats and Common Sense Mom were kind enough to allow us to share a booth with them. It was very successful, so hopefully this campaign won't take too long. But, at the time, they were talking like they need a whole lot more signatures.

We discussed some ways for us to expand the on-the-ground campaign over here to Illinois. Afterall, we are about half of the audience and are in the same boat with them. They already have downloadable/printable petitions and letters of interest from businesses for circulation. But, they're also talking about offering a flier to help spread the word. Computers aren't everywhere, yet, ya know.

Save the Court Rally (Chicago, Arlington Heights, St. Charles)

07/05/2005 - 5:30pm

Address:
Federal Plaza, Adams & Dearborn, Chicago

Group:
PFAW & ICFFC

Cost:
free

Description:

Join People For the American Way and the Illinois Coalition For Fair Courts as we insist that President Bush seek consensus across party lines and to nominate someone who cares more about the law and our rights than a partisan or ideological agenda. See also, Save the Court Website.

Chicago
Federal Plaza (Adams & Dearborn), 5:30 pm
Arlington Heights
The Daily Herald (155 E. Algonquin Road), 6:00 pm
St. Charles
The Daily Hearld (3805 E. Main Street), 6:00 pm

Bibliographic Instruction for George Bush

Why is it so easy to draw parallels with Vietnam? Because all we have to do is go to a database like Proquest Historical Newspapers, select "The New York Times (1851 - 2001)", and pop in the following words: "South Vietnam", "President", "Terrorists".

Here's the first thing that pops up:

Vietnam Progress Noted (Letters to the Times) by John W. O'Daniel, 4/8/1961, p. 18.

To the Editor of the New York Times:

On April 9 the Republic of Vietnam's Presidential elections will be held. The people will choose from among three candidates, including President Ngo Dinh Diem. Thus within six years the Free Vietnamese will have participated in four free elections -- all part of the slow, difficult process of building responsive political institutions in this Southeast Asian nation.

Dumber and Dumberer: The Wall Street Journal and the Sunny Side of the War

cross posted from Joe's Prediction

You may have heard that more Americans have been killed in Iraq in the first half of 2004 than in 2003. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel has stated that America is losing, and a majority of Americans now believe that starting the war was a mistake. Even Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld has stated that it may take 12 years to defeat the insurgency.

Count on the Wall Street Journal to see the glass as half full. Or more to the point, ALL full in a featured article. A little analysis of the Journal's sunny disposition on the war makes me wonder, is this paper from some "Wall Street" on some other planet?

Tonight's Presidential Address : Important for What Won't Be Said

EVANSTON, IL JUNE 28, 05 THE HARD SCHELL REPORT

What is more predictable about tonight's Presidential address is not what will be said as much as what won't be said. One thing for certain, Bush will continue denying the mess that he and his right-wing conservatives have created in Iraq. Besides this administration cabinet being over crowded with narrow thinkers, extreme conservatives, living arrogantly in a fifties time warp, this is a group of people who can never admit fault. Their fabrications to cover the truth has been nothing short of remarkable and pitiful, as evidenced by their performances on the Sunday political talk shows since the Iraq war began in 03.

Democratic Party of Evanston Invites You to a "Progressive Dinner with Evanston's Progressives"

Friday, June 24, 05 THE HARD SCHELL REPORT

Here's your E-Vite to one of my favorite events of the summer. It's the most fun, interesting & exciting political event that I ALWAYS ENJOY, and usually holds some surprises! If you haven't guessed yet, it is the "EVANSTON PROGRESSIVE DINNER WITH EVANSTON PROGRESSIVES" on Sunday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m.

For those who haven't attended before, here's how it works---everyone meets for appetizers and drinks at Congresswoman Jan Shakowsky's home, next you hop on a private bus that carries you to the home of either State Senator Jeff Schoenberg, State Representative Julie Hamos, Mayor Lorraine Morton or Alderperson Liz Tisdahl. Following dinner and conversation, we all reunite at the home of Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin for dessert and coffee.

Meet Candidate Christine Cegelis at Multi-Location Chicago House Party Night

06/22/2005 - 5:30pm
06/22/2005 - 9:00pm

Address:
Several locations in Chicago

Group:
Cegalis for Congress

Cost:
free

Description:

Great opportunity to introduce your friends to this amazing candidate! There are four parties scheduled in Greektown, Wrigleyville, Rogers Park, and West Rogers Park. Christine will be going from house party to house party talking about her plans to win in Illinois District Six. No minimum suggested dontation, but we will be asking all those who attend to give as generously as possible. Let's win this seat! For details, see Event
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