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21 Apr
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John Idleburg for Zion Township Supervisor

John Idleburg, a Marine Corps veteran and special agent and longtime Tenth Dems leader, is running for Zion Township Supervisor to meet the many concerns other residents of Zion have brought to his attention. John is convinced that the office of the Township Supervisor needs new leadership. The current Supervisor has betrayed residents’ trust. Two of the key issues John will address are the incumbent Supervisor’s lack of accountability to citizens and her failure to conserve township resources.

Many people from all walks of life—professionals, people of color, reformed felons, community activists, church-going folks,
and even anonymous city officials—have reported times when they attempted to reach out to the Supervisor’s office for help or to offer an idea to help the township and instead of being welcome, instead of being heard, were met with deafening silence. This is behavior John finds unbecoming of a public servant. As Supervisor, John will be open and responsive to all residents’ concerns.

But perhaps even more troubling than the lack of accountability and responsiveness shown by the current Supervisor is her fiscal irresponsibility, which John learned about after his campaign filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and examined the Supervisor’s technology purchases. Documents revealed spending at a rate that the incumbent Supervisor could not explain. Since 2007, she has purchased eight high-end computers for an office staffed with only four employees. And she allowed one of those employees to “purchase” a high-end laptop by giving up a vacation day.

The full details can be found in the campaign’s statement aboutthese purchases and sale:

“One of our sources suggested we look into the high-end technology that Zion Township office has managed to purchase over the years. The biggest issues we found, if not illegal, rather ethically questionable, is the sale of a city-owned Mac laptop to a Township employee who resigned her post to go into the private sector. On February 10th, we submitted a FOIA request requesting: ‘[A] complete inventory of all electronic devices to include computers, cell phones, and laptops, that were purchased, leased or rented by Zion Township from 2013 until 2017…to include serial numbers, model numbers, and dates of purchase, with copies of receipts, and current status of all equipment.’

“On February 16th we received the first batch of information that was requested (we are still waiting for the rest of the information). The current inventory list included a total of three Apple Mac laptops and five Mac desktops purchased between 2007 and 2015. One of the Mac laptops was listed as having been sold. The questions that arise are: Why are there more Apple computers than people working in the office? Does the office need that much high-end technology for day-to-day operations?

And why was an additional $35,375.26 spent between February 2013 and October 2016 on software upgrades, computer programs, and computer accessories—not including the cost of the computers?

“Should the Township be spending this kind of money on computers and software? Could taxpayer money have been spent on better and more productive programs that would directly benefit struggling residents?”

The campaign also questioned the sale of the MAC laptop to a departing employee and sought to learn more about the surrounding circumstances with a follow-up FOIA request. The campaign learned that the employee gave up a single vacation day in exchange for the MAC laptop. Idleburg charges that this exchange constitutes, at the very least, “abuse of power, breach of public trust, and frivolous spending of taxpayer money all at the expense of Zion Township’s residents.” Support John Idleburg for Supervisor, and bring accountability and fiscal responsibility back to Zion Township. For more information, or to volunteer or donate to John’s campaign, visit https://www.facebook.com/johnidleburg4Zion/?pnref=story

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21 Apr
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Get Out and VOTE! It All Starts with Local Elections.

If you’re wondering how our country has gone so wrong— how an ignorant, intemperate, immature liar became President of the United States—think local. While we Democrats were congratulating ourselves on becoming what we thought was an unbeatable national party that could win the White House every four years, Republicans were quietly taking control of the levers of government from the ground up.

We need to wrest those levers back. And it starts right here and right now.

If Democrats don’t vote in local elections and off-year Congressional elections, then they won’t turn out in the numbers necessary to win the White House in presidential years. Worse, when Democrats cede state, local, and off year elections to Republicans, gerrymandering – and even voter-suppression legislation – often ensue, diluting Democratic votes in every future election.

Here are the disturbing statistics: “Republicans now control the governor’s office in 33 states, amounting to 60 percent of the population, while Democrats control just 16 states with 40 percent of the population. (Alaska has an independent governor supported by the Democrats.)” (http:// wwwdailykos.com/story/2016/11/14/1598918/-Republicans-now-dominate-state-government-with-32-legislaturesand-33-governors).

And it gets worse. In 25 of the 33 states with Republican governors, Republicans also control the state legislature. The same is true for Democrats in only six states. Moreover, in two of the 16 states with Democratic governors, Republicans have veto-proof majorities in the legislature. (In case you were wondering, Illinois’ Democratic-controlled legislature is NOT veto proof.)

With control of state government, Republicans set in motion whatever they need to win national elections. They make it harder for young people, poor people, and people of color—traditional Democratic constituencies—to vote. They gerrymander congressional districts. And they weaken unions, depriving Democrats of not only a major source of contributions but also a reliable get-out-the- vote force.

So how do Democrats regain control of state government and rebuild from the ground up? It starts right here and right now.

Every one of us must vote in the upcoming local elections and work to turn out our family, friends, and neighbors. It’s hard to imagine someone voting in local elections and then staying home for an off-year congressional election. Voting in every single election thus should become a habit—an unbreakable commitment—for every citizen.

Besides, who wins local elections really matters. As Cook County Clerk David Orr has written in support of his office’s Be Vocal. # Vote Local campaign, “People who vote in local elections have the power to directly impact the decisions being made in their communities. Those who do not vote concede that power to those who do.”

There’s one more reason why it’s important for us Democrats to turn out for local elections. Local offices are the parties’ “farm systems.” They are where candidates learn how to run for office and how to serve effectively.

Today’s park district commissioner is tomorrow’s mayor and next year’s governor or congressman. Although many local offices are contested without party identification, that is not universally the case. Within the 10th Congressional District, Republicans as well as Democrats are running slates for offices in several Townships, including Moraine, Vernon, Warren, and West Deerfield. And every one of these Democratic slates is opposed by a Republican slate. Don’t be fooled; the slates may have bland names like “United for Warren” or “Vernon Township Citizens Party.” But each of these entities is a local unit of the Republican Party— a wolf in sheep’s clothing, shall we say?

We’re putting out this special issue of Tenth News to encourage you to vote and to make it easier for you to identify the candidates you should support. On pages 8 and 9, we provide a calendar of key dates and information about registering to vote or changing an address; and we introduce you to many of the Democrats running for local office.

So be sure to vote. Do it in person on Election Day, April 4, or during early voting, which began on March 20. Or get a mail-in ballot and send it in any time from March 20 through April 4. It doesn’t matter how you vote. Just make sure you do it.

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21 Apr
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VOTER INFORMATION FOR THE 2017 ELECTIONS ON APRIL 4TH

If you live in the Illinois 10th Congressional District, are a U.S. Citizen, and will be at least 18 years of age by April 4, 2017, you are eligible to vote in the upcoming local elections, officially known as Consolidated Elections.

If you are not yet registered to vote in your county of residence, or if you moved within Illinois and need to change your registered address, you can register to vote or change your address at your assigned polling place on Election Day, April 4.

You also can register and vote right now at several locations throughout Cook and Lake Counties.

To register, you will need two pieces of identification, and one of these must include your current address.

Vote by Mail – March 20-April 4
Lake County residents can apply online at https://www.lakecountyil.gov/351/Voter-Power until noon on March 30. Cook County residents can apply on line at https://mailvoting.cookcountyclerk.com/ up to five days before Election Day, April 4. Mail-in ballots will be accepted if they are postmarked no earlier than March 20, 2017 and no later than Election Day, April 4, 2017.

If you request a mail-in ballot and then choose to vote in person, simply bring the unused ballot to the polling place and turn it in.
Early Voting – March 20-April 3
You can register to vote or change your address in Lake County at any early voting site within your county of residence. You can also register to vote, and then vote, on Election Day, April 4, at the polling place assigned to your residential address.

Cook County
Early Voting Sites: Hours Vary from March 20-April 3
Times: Days and hours vary considerably from site to site. Some have Sunday hours and some are open past 5:00 pm. All Cook County Early Voting Sites and their hours of operation are posted on the Cook County Clerk’s webpage at http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/earlyvoting/Pages/EarlyVotingLocations.aspx. Any Cook County resident can register to vote and vote at any Cook Count Early Voting Site during its hours of operation.

Lake County Early Voting Sites with Regular Hours: March 20-April 1

Times: Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Locations:
1. Antioch Township Office; 1625 Deep Lake Rd., Lake Villa
2. Lake County Central Permit Facility: 500 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville
3. Ela Township Office; 1155 E. Route 22, Lake Zurich
4. Lake Forest City Hall; 220 E. Deerpath Rd., Lake Forest
5. Fremont Public Library; 1170 N. Midlothian Rd., Mundelein
6. Round Lake Village Hall; 442 N. Cedar Lake Rd., Round Lake
7. Highland Park Police Station; 1677 Old Deerfield Rd., Highland Park
8. Vernon Township Office; 3050 N. Main St., Buffalo Grove
9. Lake Barrington Village Hall; 23860 N. Old Barrington Rd., Lake Barrington
10. Zion City Hall; 2828 Sheridan Rd., Zion

Lake County Early Voting Sites with Extended Hours, including Sundays, through April 3:
In addition to observing regular hours, four Lake County early voting locations will be open on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., until Election Day.

Also, beginning on March 27, and through April 3, these four sites will observe extended weekday hours, staying open on Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Locations of Lake County sites with extended Early Voting:
1. Gurnee Village Hall; 325 N. O’Plaine Rd., Gurnee
2. Lake County Courthouse and Administration Complex; 18 N. County St., Waukegan
3. Jane Addams Center (Brown Park); 95 Jack Benny Dr., Waukegan
4. North Chicago City Hall; 1850 Lewis Ave., North Chicago

All of this information about Lake County Early Voting Sites and hours of operation can be found at https://www.lakecountyil.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16690

Election Day, April 4

As noted, if you are eligible to vote, you may register to vote and vote on Election Day at the site assigned to your residential address. If you live in Lake County, on Election Day you also may choose to register and vote at the Lake County Courthouse and Administrative Complex lobby, 18 N. County St., Waukegan.

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