Illi­nois Democrats vow bat­tle plan, declar­ing ‘To­day is D-Day’

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MITCHELL ARMENTROUT, STAFF RE­PORTER mar­men­trout@sun­ | @mitchtrout

Illi­nois Democrats de­clared Thurs­day “DDay” as they ral­lied the troops once more to close out the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion — and to send party mem­bers home with a plan of po­lit­i­cal at­tack.

“To­day is D-Day. For four years we have re­sisted with ev­ery fiber of our be­ing and ev­ery tool at our dis­posal against the at­tacks by Pres­i­dent Trump and his al­lies,” state Demo­cratic Party ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Mary Mor­ris­sey said. “The time is now — we must mo­bi­lize . . . . Ev­ery hour of ev­ery day be­tween now and Nov. 3, we need to ask our­selves, what are we do­ing to elect Joe Bi­den and Ka­mala Har­ris?”

West sub­ur­ban U.S. Rep. Lau­ren Un­der­wood, fac­ing a tough race of her own to hold on to her seat in the con­ser­va­tive 14th Con­gres­sional District, counted down 75 days till the elec­tion.

“At this point, our postal ser­vice is on the bal­lot. Our democ­racy and the val­ues that we hold dear are on the bal­lot,” Un­der­wood said dur­ing the del­e­ga­tion’s fi­nal vir­tual pro­gram. “Be­tween now and Sept. 24 we need to talk to our friends, our neigh­bors and our fam­ily mem­bers about how to vote safely from home . . . . And from Sept. 24 on­wards, you need to have those con­ver­sa­tions again, but this time, we have to make sure our friends and neigh­bors re­turn their bal­lots as soon as pos­si­ble.”

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker made an ap­pear­ance on the lo­cal we­bi­nar and — when he wasn’t pok­ing fun at Illi­nois Sen. Dick Durbin over his sup­posed pen­chant for junk food — said party mem­bers need “to bring more moral imag­i­na­tion.”

“We’ve got to think cre­atively about how we can do even more, be­cause this mo­ment demands more. Peo­ple be­ing de­ported from our coun­try sep­a­rated from their fam­i­lies — they de­mand more.”

Even em­bat­tled Illi­nois House Speaker Michael Madi­gan, a man of ex­ceed­ingly few words across five nights of lo­cal del­e­ga­tion pro­gram­ming, of­fered an end-of-con­ven­tion hur­rah.

“To­mor­row, we get back to work,” said Madi­gan, who chairs the state party. “Let’s take the anger and the an­guish of the last four years and chan­nel it into calls, text mes­sages and emails to our friends. Let’s pass the ‘fair tax’ and even the play­ing field for work­ers and fam­i­lies across the state. Let’s vote by mail to make sure that those bal­lots are turned in early, and come Jan­uary 2021, we can all cel­e­brate — turn­ing the page, one of the worst pres­i­den­cies in the his­tory of our coun­try, and elect the Democrats from the top to the bot­tom.”

And af­ter say­ing “peo­ple are yearn­ing to be heard and seen” through this year’s elec­tion, Gov. J.B. Pritzker made his own pitch for his grad­u­ated in­come tax ini­tia­tive on the Illi­nois bal­lot Nov. 3.

“I hope you’ll bring all that en­ergy to the job of trans­form­ing Illi­nois and mak­ing our tax sys­tem more fair for the mid­dle class, and those who are striv­ing to get there,” Pritzker said.

As for lock­ing down the of­ten elu­sive bloc of young vot­ers, Arielle Maf­fei, pres­i­dent of the Young Democrats of Illi­nois, said the youth “are walk­ing the walk to man­i­fest our vi­sion for our Illi­nois” by aim­ing to regis­ter 10,000 new vot­ers.

“And the one thing that I hope is loud and clear is that we have placed a pri­or­ity, and en­gag­ing and chang­ing the world for the bet­ter,” Maf­fei said.


U.S. Rep. Lau­ren Un­der­wood, D-Ill., and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., on the Illi­nois Demo­cratic del­e­ga­tion’s vir­tual pro­gram Thurs­day.

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