Democratic Party Treasurer


Michael Bissett

Michael Bissett

To me, politics is the public expression of internal values. 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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  • published Campaign Boot Camp in Training Classes 2019-04-04 19:56:38 -0500

    Campaign Boot Camp

    Nobody builds smart, effective grassroots political organizations like the Illinois Democratic County Chairs' Association. One important key to our building efforts is our annual Candidate Boot Camp, put on in conjunction with the National Democratic Training Committee's Blue Bench Training Program.

    Registration is now open for this amazing three-day intensive training that will take place on May 17th - 19th at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.

    This year's training will be better than ever. There will be three tracks:

    Track 1 - Candidate Training is for candidates and potential candidates who are involved with their county party.

    Track 2 - Staff Training is for anyone wishing to take on a staff role in a campaign, preferably for a local, countywide or County Board race.

    Track 3 - Local Party Training / County Chairs Training is for County Chairs. If there is room, applications from precinctpersons will be considered. 

    You must apply by April 26, 2019.

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  • published Delegate Application in Get Involved 2019-04-04 19:50:07 -0500

    Democratic National Convention Delegate Application

    Have you ever wanted to be a delegate to
    The Democratic National Convention?

    Fill out this form completely in order to be considered as a candidate for delegate.

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  • published Elected Officials 2019-02-26 21:31:27 -0600

    Our Elected Officials

    This is what winning looks like.
    You helped us elect great Democrats who will fight for your values.
    We are just getting started!

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  • Donald Trump is an out-of-control dumpster fire. No one with any sense at all would dispute that. But so what?

    We can’t solve America’s problems with clever posts on Facebook or twitter. Buttons and bumper stickers won’t make America safe for Democracy again.

    We must lead the way by living our values, no matter the personal risk in doing so. Our founders pledged their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor to make this nation possible. They risked everything.

    The least we can do is open our eyes fully, see what needs to be done, and accept the challenge of being citizens. Risk being a leader. Often, that means doing things that are hard. It may mean doing things that make us uncomfortable. It may even mean opening our wallets to support the people and causes we believe in.

    We begin by knowing what we stand for, and by recognizing that “standing for” something is much more than a slogan. As the late, great Sen. Paul Wellstone said,

    “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.”

    Sen. Wellstone meant that what we believe is important, but what we do means everything. Our national dialog is broken because too many are left out of the conversation. It's up to us to fix this. We must work to give everyone a say in decisions about our future. We must demand that everyone be given their seat at the table.

    For too long, too many Americans have had their dreams denied. If we do not solve this singular problem, we will cease to be America. The poet Langston Hughes said it best:

    "What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun, or fester like a sore and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat or crust and sugar over like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags, like a heavy load. Or, does it explode?"

    We as a nation must decide: what do we want to be? As Democrats, we must decide what we are willing to risk to make it so.

    Our nation can be great only if all of its people have a chance to share in the American Dream.


  • published Reimbursement Request 2018-10-21 17:28:47 -0500

    Reimbursement Request

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  • published In-kind donation 2018-10-21 17:26:31 -0500

    In-kind donation

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  • published Event Submission 2018-10-04 12:38:20 -0500

    Event Submission

    Candidates and other organizations who wish to publicize their event on this website should fill out this form. We reserve the right to edit content for length and style. We may decline to publicize events that are outside of McHenry County or are otherwise inappropriate for our audience.

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  • published Candidates in Blue Wave 2018-09-04 17:47:13 -0500

    Our Candidates

    This is what the Blue Wave looks like.
    Help us elect candidates who will fight for your values.
    Our future depends on it!

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  • published Stop Voter Suppression Now in Home 2018-04-21 11:22:07 -0500

    Stop Voter Suppression Now!

    ballot box

    The McHenry County Clerk has decided to eliminate dozens of polling locations in 2018, presumably in an attempt to save money. The Clerk has not provided evidence that this plan will save any money at all, but it will definitely make it harder for thousands of citizens to vote. As many as 10 precincts are being crammed into one location. Parking will be at a premium at many of the consolidated locations, especially for elderly and disabled voters. The right to vote is the most important right we have as American citizens. We must not allow a bureaucrat to jeopardize our ability to participate in American democracy.

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  • published Income Inequality in Issues 2018-01-11 15:22:02 -0600

    Why do people vote against their own self-interests?

    This is long, but well worth the time to watch.


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  • published Cronyism & Corruption in Issues 2018-01-11 15:21:42 -0600

    Brett Kavanaugh

                    First off, my thanks to Marti Swanson for sending this to me in an email. Second, my apologies to all, but I had a helluva time deciding which slimy categories this best fit into, there were so many deserving of it. This is an article that I think explains a great deal more than we're accustomed to seeing and once again highlights the corruption so rampant in this misadministration in general and the usurper who occupies the Oval Office.---Dan
    Jax Politix – Good News Edition v1.0
    Jack Altschuler - JaxPolitix - 30 Sept 2018
    A partial compendium of Trumpian distractions designed to keep your eye off the ball.
    [Part I - Kavanaugh]
    The good news associated with the Kavanaugh hearings is that the American Bar
    Association called for the nomination process to be put on hold and for the FBI to
    investigate the serious new and credible allegations that have been made against
    Kavanaugh. In addition, the Jesuits called for Kavanaugh’s nomination to be
    withdrawn altogether. That’s quite in contrast to the behavior of the Republicans
    on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who continue to refuse to release to
    Committee Democrats 100,000 documents pertaining to Kavanaugh’s record.
    In this era of the loudest, shrillest, most strident voices, when people who have a
    piece of the power of the machine are scratching and clawing to hold on to it and
    who will sell their souls to keep it, there still are people of good sense and good
    will. We’re all the better for that.
    Here’s the really good news to come from this mostly sordid Kavanaugh affair.
    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) was cornered in an elevator by two women survivors of
    sexual assault. They confronted him with the intolerable of his knowing of the
    accusations against Kavanaugh and yet being likely to vote him onto the Supreme
    Court anyway and what that would say to these women and the many women like
    them. One of the women, Maria Gallagher, courageously said,
    “Don’t look away from me. Look at me and tell me that it doesn’t matter what
    happened to me. That you will let people like that go into the highest court of the
    land and tell everyone what they can do with their bodies.”
    It was a watershed moment of demanding the respect that was due her,
    respect that had heretofore been denied and is commonly denied to women who
    have been abused in this way. Apparently, it made a difference.
    Flake went back to the committee room and agreed to vote Kavanaugh out of
    committee with the proviso that there be a delay in a floor vote and an FBI
    investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.
    Jeff Flake just stood up to the President of the United States, Senate leadership
    and much of Senate membership in order to do the right thing. Even one man with
    a spine is a really good thing.
    [Part II - House Republicans Unmasked]
    Last year Congress gave away $1.9 trillion in tax breaks and 83% of it went to
    wealthy people and corporations. Apparently, that wasn’t enough for them, so as
    the nation was focused on the Kavanaugh political drama, the House voted to
    up the tax gift to $3 trillion. Gotta wonder where that money will come from.
    You don’t suppose it might be taken from Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid,
    do you?
    That sneaky stuff by Paul Ryan’s House may not sound like good news, but like the
    kid finding piles of horse manure in his backyard and declaring happily, “There’s
    gotta be a pony here somewhere!” there is some good news in Sneaky Paul’s
    In their haste to suck all sense from government, House Republicans used the
    Kavanaugh cover of darkness to ram this bill through. In doing so, they’ve
    shown us conclusively exactly who and what they are. That’s good news.
    [Part III - HIV-AIDS]
    In the 1970s and -80s the reach and impact of HIV-AIDS was terrifying. There
    were no tools to combat it. Now this, from The Boston Globe’s STAT publication,
    Just a decade ago, 45,000 people in the U.S. were contracting HIV each year. Now,
    the fight against HIV could be undergoing a sea change. Buoyed by the
    astonishing impact of effective HIV medications, health officials and HIV experts
    are beginning to talk about a future in which transmission could be halted in the
    U.S. “We have the science to solve the AIDS epidemic,” CDC Director Robert
    Redfield tells STAT.
    Now, that’s good news, indeed.
    [Part IV - Victims Heard]
    Bill Cosby squandered a lifetime of entertainment success by preying upon women
    by drugging them and then sexually violating them. He was found guilty of sexual
    assault and last week was sentenced to 3 – 10 years in prison plus a $25,000 fine,
    as well as having to pay prosecution costs of about $43,000. In addition, his
    sentence includes mandatory monthly counseling and Cosby will have to register as
    a sex offender if and when he’s released.
    The good news is that at last victims were heard instead of shamed and blamed
    and that justice, however delayed, was served.
    [Part V - One Child Reunited with Parents]
    Finally, 141 children are still in U.S. custody after having been ripped from
    their parents’ arms and kidnapped by the U.S. government. Reunification is
    difficult because after kidnapping the children the geniuses in Washington had
    their parents deported and did so without creating documentation that would tie
    children to their parents.
    That sounds bad, but here’s the good news: A 6-year old girl named Marianita was
    reunited with her parents in Honduras last week. That’s why there are 141 assylumseeking
    children still in kid prisons in the U.S instead of 142.

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