Monday, September 29, 2014

The Latino Vote, Politics & Public Policy

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Illinois Latino Initiative Leadership Conference – The Latino Vote, Politics & Public Policy, will take place on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 9 AM to 1 PM at Black Hawk College, 6600 34th Ave, Moline, IL 61265.
The event is sponsored by the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) – Midwest Region.
The conference will include workshops on developing strategies for the development of future Latino leaders, Latino empowerment, voter registration, voter education, and Latino civic engagement.

The speakers who have been invited have shown through their words, actions, and legislation, their commitment to the working men & women of Illinois and to the Latino community.
Invited speakers include U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, Governor Pat Quinn, House Majority Assistant Leader Edward Acevedo, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, State Senator Iris Y. Martinez, and State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia.
There is no fee for the event but registration is required. You can download a registration form at
Registration deadline is Thursday, October 2nd. Please fax your registration to 319-627-2315 or email
If you have questions and/or would like a registration form emailed to you, please contact Sal Valadez by phone 309-340-5230 or email

Monday, September 22, 2014

43 DAYS!

We must do everything we can during the next 43 days to make certain that the Democrats keep a majority in the U.S. Senate, that Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is elected to a second term and that Pat Quinn is re-elected Governor of Illinois. As Democrats, it is our duty to the American people to send a clear message to millionaires and billionaires like Bruce Rauner, Jim Oberweiss and the Koch brothers that Illinois Is Not For Sale!  We need to be making phone calls and knocking on doors to make certain that our Democratic base, new voters and "drop-off" voters cast their ballots in the 2014 election!

Every Tuesday you can help at the phone bank from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alcorn Karlin Law Offices located at 313 East Main Street in Galesburg. Come for an hour or the entire time – every minute counts! 

We have yard signs and literature available at our headquarters located at Bill Butts' law office, 119 South Cherry Street in Galesburg. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Please join us for our meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, September 25th at Cherry Street Restaurant and Bar, 57 South Cherry Street in Galesburg. Arrive around 6 p.m. if you would like to have dinner or visit before the meeting!

Marshall Derks from the Bustos campaign will talk about GOTV and how we can make sure that Democrats get elected in November! Come learn what you need to do to help Dick Durbin at the the top of the ticket, to our County Board Candidates – Cheryl Nache, Russ Nelson, Pam Davidson, Trisha Hurst and Rodney Grimes, at the bottom of the ticket.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


The Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership
by Loretta Durbin

In 2000 I started a conversation at the Democratic National Convention with other women leaders about how we need to create a place and program to help elect more women to political office in Illinois. The Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership (IWIL). IWIL is one of only a handful of groups around the country dedicated to ensuring that women seeking political office get the full range of training and experience - and most importantly, the confidence - they need to compete effectively in elections.

In 2002, we launched IWIL with our inaugural class. In just over a decade, IWIL has trained more than 136 women and 45 have won their races for local, state, or federal office. High profile IWIL alums include both Debra Shore and Kari Steele, both Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation Commission, State Representatives Laura Fine and Litesa Wallace, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

Unfortunately, the percentage of women elected to public office is declining in our country. Fewer women actually hold statewide office now than in years past. According to the first-ever survey of political aspirations among 18- to 25-year-olds, women still lag far behind men in contemplating a run for elective office. Researchers have discovered, that the difference is having up-close experiences with the political process - the types of experiences that IWIL provides. IWIL offers our "delegates" a year of training in areas including leadership skills development, public speaking, media training, voter contact training and training from policy experts. We also provide a thorough understanding of Illinois politics and extensive sessions on the role the labor movement plays in politics. Our classes meet with elected officials at all levels of government who have met with the delegates to share their perspectives on the promise and challenges of running for office.

The deadline to apply for the IWIL Class of 2015 is October 31st. For more information on IWIL or to apply for IWIL, you can visit

About Loretta Durbin

Loretta Durbin is the founder and immediate past President of IWIL. Loretta has worked in state government since the early 1980's.  She is a registered state government lobbyist working on behalf of not for profit social service agencies.