Why Rural Voters Have Rightly Given Up On Democrats

The Democratic Party hasn’t abandoned rural voters. Rather, thousands of rural and suburban voters have left the Democratic Party because it pursues policies that undermine their livelihoods and consolidates power in the politicians’ hands.

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They Are Lying to You

Gov. Pritzker and this group of Senators recite slogans while asking for your vote, sponsor legislation and get the good publicity even though they know it won’t go anywhere, and then hide from the issue when it’s actually time to put their words into action.

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Pritzker’s Assault on Your Child’s Education

Instead of listening to the science, Gov. Pritzker put the teachers unions first.

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Pritzker’s Declining Political Capital

Local families are suffering while Gov. Pritzker is flailing and losing support on all fronts.

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Stop Pritzker’s $1B Tax Hike On Businesses

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Mike Madigan's closest confidant, Mike McClain, and three others plead not guilty for their alleged involvement in the ComEd bribery...

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Why Rural Voters Have Rightly Given Up On Democrats

April 15, 2021 By: Mark Cavers, President, Illinois Opportunity Project A version of this piece appeared in the Chicago Tribune. In the Chicago Tribune, State Treasurer Michael Frerichs argued that Illinois Democrats shouldn’t write off rural voters. He has the dynamic backward. The Democratic Party hasn’t abandoned rural ...
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They Are Lying to You

April 14, 2021 By: Katie Clancy While on the campaign trail in 2018, Gov. Pritzker was asked if he would veto a legislative map that was “in any way drafted or created by legislators, political party leaders and/or their staffs or allies?” He said YES, he would veto ...
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Pritzker’s Assault on Your Child’s Education

April 8, 2021 By: Katie Clancy Last week, Gov. Pritzker announced his $7 billion plan to get kids back in school. Pritzker says the direct payments are intended to help schools catch up on the academic and social costs of remote learning. There are students in Illinois who ...
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Gov. Pritzker pledged he would “veto any map that was unfair.” Now, when it’s actually time to start drawing the maps, he is backtracking. We are seeing the same corrupt process as before. 

Springfield political insiders are trying to disenfranchise voters and draw maps that favor themselves above doing what’s fair. They are trying to rush to meet the constitutional June deadline to submit a map before they even receive the accurate census data for fear of having to work in a bipartisan manner. They are rushing because their power is at stake. 

Creating an independent commission to draw the maps instead of giving the authority to partisan politicians would give Illinoisans true representation and power to participate in competitive races. 

In 2020, there was a bipartisan movement for a Fair Maps Amendment which would do just that. Some said it was a publicity ploy not intended to go anywhere. And it didn’t: the Amendment died in committee. With the positive headlines secured, The General Assembly didn’t gather for months missing the deadline to get it on the ballot for voters to decide in the 2020 Election. 

Gov. Pritzker used all his political capital to get his Tax Hike Amendment on the ballot the year before. He wanted to give politicians more power to tax and spend. Pritzker didn’t prioritize Independent Maps. He focused on power for the politicians and ignored power for the people. 

He is already in political trouble with his approval ratings plummeting and his handpicked candidate to succeed Mike Madigan and become the new Democrat State Party Chair failed to garner the votes. It doesn’t appear to be the right time for him to rock the boat with the political insiders in Springfield. 

For too long, politicians have had the power to choose who they represent rather than the other way around. 

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Stop Pritzker’s $1B Tax Hike On Businesses

Gov. Pritzker has proposed $1B in tax hikes on businesses to fund his unbalanced budget.

Gov. Pritzker has no other solution than raising taxes to tackle the state’s fiscal problems. Businesses have suffered enough during this pandemic and can’t afford another Pritzker tax hike.

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The Illinois Opportunity Project believes that empowering and organizing people around our shared values is the most impactful way to change our State and strengthen our communities. 

We use the neighborhood team model and relational organizing to empower individuals to change their neighborhoods and advance free-market principles into law.
 
This relationship-centric approach prioritizes the identification, training, and development of volunteer leaders. These local leaders build field organizations that drive voter contact, strengthen their communities, and create lasting policy and political change. It is a grassroots model that builds advocacy capacity from the neighborhood up, not the top down.
 
This approach of investing in people, building relationships, and creating a structure of cascading training and leadership development allows us to contact and educate voters on an enormous scale.

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DAN UGASTE

State Representative - District 65

Dan Ugaste is an American politician and Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 65th district. The district, located in the Chicago metropolitan area, includes all or parts of Batavia, Elgin, Geneva, Hampshire, South Elgin, and St. Charles.

DEANNE MAZZOCHI

State Representative - District 47

Deanne Mazzochi is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives from the 47th district. The 47th district includes all or parts of Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Western Springs, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Westmont, and Downers Grove.

MIKE MARRON

State Representative - District 104

Michael T. Marron is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives from the 104th district. The 104th district includes parts of Champaign and Vermilion counties in east-central Illinois.

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