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

48th Ward Town Hall Meeting on the Democratic Party

03/14/2005 - 6:30pm
03/14/2005 - 8:30pm

Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, Chicago

Committeeman Mike Volini and the 48th Ward Democratic Organization



Senator Carol Ronen will discuss what happened at the last session of the DNC, where Howard Dean was elected as Chairman of the DNC, and the DNC's plan for rebuilding the party. All are welcome, pizza will be provided. Please RSVP to

Someone Better Urge Passage of the Stop Government Propaganda Senate Bill 266

The Hard Schell Report:

Who would have thought this type of Bill, was necessary? The only reform we’ve been hearing about since last November is Social Security Reform, or as some of us call it, Social Security Privatization. "Just another great example of propaganda backfiring!" But gosh, do we really need a Stop Government Propaganda Bill in the good ol' U.S.A.? "Well, YES!!! Sure looks that way."

SB 266 states, “Funds appropriated by the Executive Agency may not be used for publicity propaganda purposes, unless authorized by law.” Sounds like a good idea, to me. Who among us, living in the land of the free, would even consider debating that? "Oops…that is before this administration took it upon itself to spend our federal tax dollars to hire NY PR firms to further their positions, or in other words create “propaganda” to convince us that what they were selling us was really truly in our best interest.”

Notes from the DNC Meetup (Goose Island) for March

First thanks to all of you for coming. We had a great crowd (40?) and managed to fill every chair in that big hall!

I put up some of the photos. Have a look!


Anyway, Leo opened up with a description of the activities of IllinoisDemNet, how we're an organization of people active in last year's campaign and how we decided to focus on the DNC Meetups because that's where progressive democrats of all stripes can meet.

Leo explained that it's important for us to have engaging Meetups with interesting speakers and meaningful discussion. IllinoisDemNet is expanding to two more locations for next month (April): Ann Sather's and Heartland Café. Kensey will be co-host at Ann Sathers. We hope to have Alderman Tunney at the Ann Sather's inaugural Meetup.

Our Food and What We Don't Know

04/03/2005 - 1:00pm
04/03/2005 - 6:30pm

Beth Emet Synagogue, Dempster and Ridge, Evanston, Illinois

Environmental Committee and Beth Emet Synagogue



Discussion about sustainability with respected academic experts who will present some of our most pressing issues around what we eat.

Registration begins at 1:00 pm and the event lasts until 6:30 p.m. Please mention how you heard about this conference upon registering!
This is an interfaith effort with Reverend Clare Butterfield connecting us to our spiritual roots.

Come, bring your friends and family to this vital conference. Learn about the changes and trends in our Food and Water Act. And, best of all, it's FREE!

Social Security Coalition Meeting (Chicago)

03/07/2005 - 1:15pm
03/07/2005 - 3:00pm

AFSCME Council 31 conference room, 29 N. Wacker Drive, 8th fl., Chicago

Illinois United to Protect Social Security (IUPSS)



Topics include Reports on congressional town hall meetings (Lipinski, Rush, Schakowsky), Recap of 3/2 press conferences in Springfield, Champaign, and Peoria, etc.

For more info, contact Hannah at

Lobbying for Passage of Bill to Create Illinois Stem Cell Research Institute

(Springfield, IL) March 2, 2005, 11:30 pm-- Four busses carrying nearly 400 people joined a Chicagoland coalition to lobby in support of House Bill 3815 in Springfield, Illinois today. The trip sponsored by various groups, such as Hadassah and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, worked in conjunction with Illinois Controller Daniel Hynes’ staff to organize this historic Lobby Day for Stem Cell Research.

Together, our group successfully spoke to many state representatives on both sides of the aisle, asking them to vote “yes” on HB 3815, in order to bring disease-ending research to Illinois!

Chicago's Social Security Town Hall Meething a Huge Success

Illinois Democratic Congressional Leaders, Senators Dick Durbin, Barak Obama and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, received a hugh boost today from a jammed packed crowd of nearly 600 supporters intent on showing their Illinois Legislative leaders that they did not support the privatization of their social security retirement benefits.

Having filled one auditorium at Loyola University’s Downtown Chicago campus, Legislative aides were quick to begin filling a second auditorium in the building and arranged for an audio feed for that audience to hear speakers Senator Durbin, Obama and Congresswoman Schakowsky.

Fact v. Fiction on Social Security

Great article of fact versus fiction -- planet-earth fact versus White-House fiction, that is -- from

Here's a taste of the analysis:

CLAIM: "Social Security was a great moral success of the 20th century, and we must honor its great purposes in this new century." [President Bush, 2/2/05]

FACT: Conservatives have been trying to gut Social Security since its inception. Both Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan endorsed privatization in 1964. In 1983, the Cat

Chicago Democratic Meetup Group Passes Resolution on Soc. Sec.

By an overwhelming majority, the Democratic Meetup Group of Chicago has passed the Resolution on Social Security originally featured on MyDD.

Closely based on passed by the San Fernando Valley model, one of the few modifications we made was to take out the word "democrat" from the original "will not actively support any democrat candidate" since, as one person put it, we don't care what party they're from. If they don't support Social Security, we won't support them."

First Post

Hi All, this is the first post of the IllinoisDemNet blog. The purpose of the blog -- just like the purpose of IllinoisDemNet -- is to keep people informed of activities in support of a democratic activist agenda throughout the state of Illinois.

IllinoisDemNet is an inclusive organization of progressives, independents and moderates -- all intent on working together for a better America.

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