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  • March 21, 2019

    Elizabeth Johnston with her Woman's History Month tribute

    "When I think of the many inspiring women who have shaped me into the person I am today, I keep coming back to my mentor from when I first began working in my profession. Jennifer Hannon has always been a compassionate, tenacious, and dedicated leader. In 2017, she was recognized as the Louisiana Social Worker of the Year at the National Association of Social Workers-Louisiana Conference for her amazing efforts to organize shelter and relief efforts during the 2016 flooding of Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. She is currently working for the state of Louisiana to ensure the availability of mental health services for children throughout the state. "

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  • March 17, 2019

    Inspiring Women's History Month story by Myra Gordon

    To many of us, Myra Gordon is an inspiration. Here's the story of someone who inspired her:

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  • March 15, 2019

    Women's History Month story from Janet Volpe Guaderrama

    Our next Women's History Month story is from Janet Volpe Guaderrama: My mom, Anna Volpe, was my idol in many ways...she left Washington state at 21 on a train, newly married to a man she didn't know very well (my dad was in the Civil Conservation Corp) and moved to Illinois to start a family.

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  • March 11, 2019

    A powerful Women’s History Month essay and video from Shayna Watchinski:

    For Women’s History Month I would like to encourage and raise up our next generation of leaders. The teenage girls whose natural fearlessness and determination will strike fear in the status quo and move mountains as if they were feathers. From national heroes like Emma Gonzalez to local leaders like the students I’ve met through BN Youth Activists. I dedicate this poem from Erin May Kelly on why teenage girls are stronger than you think. You continue to inspire me with your strength, passion, and dedication.

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  • March 10, 2019

    A letter from the Executive Board about the proposed construction of an ICE Detention Center in Dwight, IL

    A letter from the Executive Board: On January 17th of this year, the McLean County Democrats approved a guiding set of principles and values, among these being that we believe in: “EQUAL RIGHTS, with dignity and respect for all individuals regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, color, economic status, disability, age, occupation, or NATIONAL ORIGIN. “ It is now time to put our words into action.

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  • March 08, 2019

    Women's History Month essay from Jill Blair

    Today's Women's History Month essay is from Jill Blair:  

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  • March 06, 2019

    Women's History Month essay by Tracey Vogelsang

    Our next essay celebrating Women's History Month is by Tracey Vogelsang:  

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  • March 02, 2019

    Mardi Gras First Friday, 2019!

      We've only been in the downtown headquarters a matter of weeks and we've already become famous as the place to be on First Friday! On the First Friday in March, we served up hurricanes and king cake to nearly 200 visitors! We are turning McLean County a beautiful shade of blue!

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  • March 01, 2019

    Kay Moss and Lola Augstin receive 2019 Roosevelt awards

    Congratulations to Kay Moss and Lola Augstin, 2019 Roosevelt Award winners!  The 2019 Roosevelt award was awarded to Kay Moss and Lola Augstin, for their outstanding service to the Party.  First, we honored Kay Moss for her contributions recruiting and mentoring precinct committee people and for being our "get shit done" person. Kay is behind the scenes organizing and working on much of everything we do. She is involved in our committees, keeps a to-do list, and keeps us all on task. Our second Roosevelt award honored our very own Lola Augstin for her countless hours as our volunteer office manager. Lola is there every morning to open up the headquarters and stays to lock up at night. Having a permanent, staffed headquarters is a game-changer. We have Lola to thank for this. She's the heart of our party.

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  • March 01, 2019

    McLean County Democrats celebrate Women's History Month

    We'll be celebrating Women's History Month by publishing short essays written by our local heroes (or she-roes) about women who inspired them. Our first one is written by Sally Pancrazio:

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