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Michael Bissett

Michael Bissett

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It doesn't matter what you say you believe. It's what you do that counts.

If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for,
at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them. — PAUL WELLSTONE

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  • rsvped for Drinking Liberally 2021-04-08 20:00:50 -0500

    Drinking Liberally at Home

    Zoom Meeting

    We’re Zoomin’ again!

    Spring is finally here, and we are all eager to meet again in person. We are almost there, so please be patient. Please join us this month for a virtual session of Drinking Liberally. We will discuss plans for possibly meeting in person once everyone is fully vaccinated.

    Use the Zoom meeting link below to join this virtual event. We'll be meeting in person again once it's safe to do so.

    Time: April 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Central

    When it's time to Drink Liberally:

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    Drinking Liberally is an informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits with us while you raise your glass. Share ideas with friends new and old. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics or any other topic that comes to mind. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club — just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics. Don't worry if you don't drink alcohol. Many of our members prefer soft drinks.

    Drinking Liberally is a nationally chartered non-profit. It is not affiliated with the Democratic Party. Learn more about Drinking Liberally and Living Liberally at www.livingliberally.org/drinking

    When
    April 14, 2021 at 7pm
    Where
    ZOOM
    Crystal Lake, IL 60039
    United States
    Google Map & Directions
    RSVP

  • published Early voting in Vote 2021-03-08 11:16:06 -0600

    Early voting

    When does early voting begin, and where can I vote early?

    Voters may cast a ballot prior to the April 6th Election starting March 12th at the County Clerk’s Office from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and starting on March 22nd at the locations listed below.

    The Illinois early voting law allows voters to cast a ballot at an early voting center through Monday, April 5th in any of the locations listed below. Ballots for all precincts in McHenry County are available at any of these Early Voting Centers, so voters may vote at the site most convenient for them. You will be required to present a valid form of identification when you vote early.

    Click on any location heading to see a Google map and directions.

    Location

    Mon - Fri 

    Mar 22-26

    Saturday

    Mar 27

    Mon - Fri

    Mar 29-Apr 2

    Saturday

    Apr 3

    Sunday

    Apr 4

    Monday

    Apr 5

    WOODSTOCK AREA

    McHenry County Administration Building • 1st Floor, Room 104

    667 Ware Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    9:00 AM -  2:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    ALGONQUIN AREA

    Algonquin Library

    2600 Harnish Dr, Algonquin, IL 60102

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

     

     

    CRYSTAL LAKE AREA

    Nunda Township Office

    600 Tracy Trl, Annex, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    9:00 AM -  2:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    CARY AREA LIBRARY

    Conference Room

    1606 Three Oaks Rd, Cary, IL 60013

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

     

     

    HUNTLEY AREA

    Huntley Park District

    12015 Mill St, Huntley, IL 60142

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

     

     

    VILLAGE OF LAKE IN THE HILLS

    Village Hall • Executive Conference Room (Enter thru Board Room)

    600 Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    9:00 AM -  2:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    CITY OF MCHENRY

    McHenry City Hall • Court Entrance only

    333 S Green St, McHenry IL 60050

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    9:00 AM -  2:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    MCHENRY TOWNSHIP AREA

    McHenry Township Office

    3703 N Richmond Rd, Johnsburg, IL 60051

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

     9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

       9:00 AM -  2:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    HARVARD AREA

    Dunham Township Office

    107 Airport Rd., Harvard IL 60071

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

     

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

     

     

    MARENGO AREA

    Marengo City Hall - Upper Chamber

    132 E Prairie St, Marengo, IL 60152

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

     

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

     

     

     


  • published Events 2021-02-11 10:40:49 -0600

    Calendar of Events

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 03:00 PM
    TBD in Huntley, IL

    Huntley Area Afternoon Happy Hour

    Huntley Area Democrats

    Afternoon Zoom Happy Hour with the
    Sun City Area Democrats

    (Includes McHenry County District 5 & 6 and Rutland & Hampshire Townships in Kane County) 

    This month's Happy Hour will be a really important discussion of the Illinois Criminal Justice Reform Law which was recently passed in the legislature and signed into Law by Governor J.B. Pritzger. 

    The Honorable Kane County State's Attorney, Jamie Mosser and the Honorable Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain will be joining us. The Law is complex and will make a huge difference in our in our state.  It is worth your time and it is a great opportunity to ask questions in our comfortable setting....Happy Hour in Sun City. 

    There is a great deal of push back from the Republican party and other entities in the State. Why?  Find out why it's going to need our support. 

    RSVP

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 07:00 PM · 7 RSVPs
    ZOOM in Crystal Lake, IL

    Drinking Liberally

    Zoom Meeting

    We’re Zoomin’ again!

    Spring is finally here, and we are all eager to meet again in person. We are almost there, so please be patient. Please join us this month for a virtual session of Drinking Liberally. We will discuss plans for possibly meeting in person once everyone is fully vaccinated.

    Use the Zoom meeting link below to join this virtual event. We'll be meeting in person again once it's safe to do so.

    Time: April 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Central

    When it's time to Drink Liberally:

    button.png


    Drinking Liberally is an informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits with us while you raise your glass. Share ideas with friends new and old. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics or any other topic that comes to mind. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club — just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics. Don't worry if you don't drink alcohol. Many of our members prefer soft drinks.

    Drinking Liberally is a nationally chartered non-profit. It is not affiliated with the Democratic Party. Learn more about Drinking Liberally and Living Liberally at www.livingliberally.org/drinking

    RSVP
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  • published Vote 2020-08-11 17:03:22 -0500

    Voter Information

    Voter Information for local elections
    provided by the Democratic Party of McHenry County

    Read all FAQs

  • published Backbone in The way forward 2020-08-08 12:16:17 -0500


  • published Vote by Mail in Vote 2021-03-09 10:32:08 -0600

    Vote by Mail

    Click here to find out more about the application to vote by mail. 

    Vote by Mail Application

     

     

    Click on the box to fill out the application for a vote by mail ballot!

     

    How do I arrange to Vote BMail, also known as VBM?

    The first step for voting by mail is to request a ballot by 
    filling out an application, then submitting it to the McHenry County Clerk.  Click on the box above to fill out the online application.  Print it out, sign and date it.  This is very important!  Then:

    • Mail it to the McHenry County Clerk, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL  60098 so that it is received no later than 5 days before election day.  For the April 6, 2021 election, it must be received by April 1st.
    • Scan and email the application to [email protected] by April 1st.
    • Personally deliver the application to the Woodstock office, also no later than April 1st.

    When can I request (apply for) a VBM ballot?

    Good news! Registered voters can file an application online right nowIf you live in McHenry County, apply by clicking on the box above. 

    When will I receive my VBM ballot?

    The McHenry County Clerk must mail it to you within two business days of receiving the application. They are also asking you to allow 5 days for the USPS to deliver your ballot. We recommend mailing your application as soon as possible to be sure you receive your ballot before election day.

    What if I get a VBM ballot and then decide I want to vote in person?

    Just bring your VBM ballot and envelope to your polling place once in-person voting begins, return them to an election judge, and request a regular ballot to vote then and there. Easy! Having the VBM ballot in hand before the polls are open for in-person voting, ensures that if you’d rather not leave home, you can still vote. Remember we need your vote!

    If I do decide I want to mail in or drop off my VBM ballot, what’s the deadline?

    Vote by mail ballots must be returned or postmarked no later than April 6. Thanks to the Democratically controlled Illinois legislature and Governor JB Pritzker, drop boxes will be available for the April 6th election. In McHenry County, the only one will be at the Administration Building.

    McHENRY COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING - 667 Ware Rd., Woodstock - Ballot Drop Box Available 24 hrs
    McHENRY TOWNSHIP OFFICE - 3703 N. Richmond Rd., Johnsburg - Ballot Drop Box Available during voting hours
    THE DOLE MANSION - 401 Country Club Rd., Crystal Lake - Ballot Drop Box Available during voting hours
    McHENRY CITY HALL - 333 S Green St., McHenry - Ballot Drop Box Available during voting hours
    LAKE IN THE HILLS VILLAGE HALL - 600 Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills - Ballot Drop Box Available during voting hours


    What if there's a problem with my VBM ballot when the 
    county clerk receives it?

    The county clerk is required to notify you of any problems with your ballot within 48 hours of receiving it.

    What if I requested a VBM ballot but don't receive it by Election Day?

    Go to your polling place on Election Day.  Ask to fill out an affidavit stating that you never received the VBM ballot.  You can then vote.  REFUSE TO VOTE PROVISIONALLY.

    What if I returned a VBM ballot to the Clerk but they have not received it by Election Day?

    Go to your polling place on Election Day.  Ask to fill out an affidavit stating that you returned the VBM ballot and the election authority did not receive it.  You can then vote.  REFUSE TO VOTE PROVISIONALLY.

    What if I still have questions about VBM?

    You can email the Democratic Party of McHenry County [email protected] or call us at 847-906-1559

    VBM Tips

    Do not initial the ballot.

    It is ok to undervote, which means to leave a question blank or to only vote for one candidate even though you can vote for two. Your ballot will still count. For example, if there is no Democrat running or there is only one Democrat running, only vote for the Democratic candidate. 

    Sign your name as you signed it when you registered to vote. 

    Make sure your envelope is sealed. 



  • published Blue Wave 2020-06-04 07:11:18 -0500

    The Blue Wave depends on you!

    Destiny is on our side. The facts are on our side.
    Now, we need you on our side.

    Read More


  • published Pandemic News in News 2020-04-09 19:26:02 -0500

    COVID-19 Information for You

    Democrats in McHenry County are a compassionate community. No matter what we look like, where we live, or what's in our wallets, getting sick reminds us that at our core we’re all just human. We are worried about how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting our neighbors, our economy, and our democratic processes.  Because we believe good government and good leadership are vital in times of crisis, we are posting the below links to public and community resources to help you stay healthy, stay safe, and stay connected. We are in this together, apart. 

    COVID-19 vaccination sign up for McHenry County residents thru the health department can be found here -

    https://www.mchenrycountyil.gov/county-government/departments-a-i/health-department/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/vaccine.

    Or you can call the COVID-19 Call Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (815) 334- 4045.

    To locate other vaccination sites for McHenry County please click here:

    https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/vaccination-location.

    COVID-19 FAQs

    https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq

    Stay connected with us -  Sign up here

     

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  • published My Vote in The way forward 2020-02-11 12:12:57 -0600

    When you stay home, someone else makes your decisions for you.
    So if you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, vote.

     



  • published A warning from Alexander Hamilton in The way forward 2019-12-24 13:23:31 -0600

    Alexander HamiltonThe truth unquestionably is, that the only path to a subversion of the republican system of the Country is, by flattering the prejudices of the people, and exciting their jealousies and apprehensions, to throw affairs into confusion, and bring on civil commotion. Tired at length of anarchy, or want of government, they may take shelter in the arms of monarchy for repose and security.

    Those then, who resist a confirmation of public order, are the true Artificers of monarchy—not that this is the intention of the generality of them. Yet it would not be difficult to lay the finger upon some of their party who may justly be suspected.

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  • published Show courage in The way forward 2019-12-19 17:19:22 -0600
    This is the transcript of the speech given on Dec. 18, 2019 by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer prior to the impeachment vote.

    Madam Speaker, I have had the honor of serving in this house for over 38 years. I’ve served during six presidencies.

    I’ve been here through moments of tremendous progress and terrible tragedy. I have seen periods of rank partisanship and patriotic bipartisanship. I’ve seen our two-party system work. And I’ve seen it break down. Never in all my years of serving in this great institution that I love and the people of my district did I ever expect to encounter such an obvious wrongdoing by a president of the United States.steny-hoyer.jpg

    Nor did I expect to witness such a craven rationalization of presidential actions that should put our national security at risk, undermine the integrity of our elections, and defied the constitutional authority of the Congress to conduct oversight.

    We’ve heard from Republicans that this impeachment really has to do with policy differences though on how we feel personally about the president, about his temperament or that we simply dislike him. Throughout the Trump presidency, Democrats have resisted pursuing impeachment even as we watched with dismay and disgust at a pattern of wrongdoing.

    That pattern included ordering federal agencies to lie to the public firing the FBI director for refusing to end investigations of his campaign. Siding with Vladimir Putin against our intelligence agencies. Taking funding away from the military to put towards an ineffective border wall. And setting policies that have led to the separation of families and caging of children.

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  • published Rust Belt Rising in Resources 2019-11-19 17:02:15 -0600

    Rust Belt Rising

    Rust Belt Rising



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