Orland Park Democrats organize strong rally for November 8 candidates

The Orland Park Democratic Group headed by Beth McElroy Kirkwood hosted a discussion board and fundraiser to assist Democratic candidates working within the November 8 elections.

The occasion was held at Papa Joe’s Restaurant Wednesday evening Oct. 12, 2022 and included practically 30 candidates working for the State Senate, state consultant, Prepare dinner County workplaces, the Water Reclamation District and in addition judges in search of retention.

Among the many many elected officers and candidates who spoke on the packed occasion have been State Senator Michael Hastings, Prepare dinner County Assessor Fritz Kaegi, Prepare dinner County Commissioner Donna Miller and Prepare dinner County Commissioner candidate Daniel Calandriello, and Water Reclamation District veteran Mariyana Spyropoulos together with her two full time period working mates Yumeka Brown, Patricia Theresa Flynn, and in addition Daniel Pogorzelski working to finish the two-year time period of Debra Shore.

“I need to welcome everybody right here to this nice turnout of Democrats for our group and candidates,” stated Beth McElroy Kirkwood, the Democratic Committeeperson for Orland Township in opening the packed assembly.

Beth McElroy Kirkwood with Democratic candidates Oct. 13, 2022


“We now have actually robust and certified candidates and our voter base continues to develop in Orland Township.”


Kirkwood reminded everybody that early voting begins on October 24 and urged them to return out and vote.

Key points mentioned included defending the rights of girls that are being challenged by Republican Occasion extremists to remove the suitable to abortions, and the trouble to bolster democracy ideas to make sure that everybody’s views are revered and never trampled by rightwing extremists.

“It is a image of the South Suburbs being united. I don’t ever recall the place everybody has been in a single room collectively. A powerful Southland signifies that folks have to return right here and clarify to us why they need to get elected to workplace, whether or not you’re a state senator or a governor. All roads to Springfield comes via the South Suburbs,” Hastings stated kicking off the discussion board.

“Everybody says this election goes to be crucial election. This one is. Why is it? As a result of it’s a begin of a brand new legislative cycle. Ten years, we simply redrew the maps. Each single legislator is up. Each single workplace holder is up whether or not you’re within the Normal Meeting, all the best way to governor. All of the judges are up for retention.

Illinois Senator Michael Hastings addressing the Orland Township Democratic Organization Wednesday Oct. 12, 2022
Illinois Senator Michael Hastings addressing the Orland Township Democratic Group Wednesday Oct. 12, 2022


Hastings added, “We now have a supreme court docket race that’s in all probability some of the vital supreme court docket races that we now have in all probability in two or three a long time. Why is it vital? As a result of each girl on this room who desires to make your individual selection to your personal well being care choices, it’s best to assist candidates who assist your views. Second, if you wish to make certain to maintain unlawful weapons are saved off of the road, you need to get folks elected who imagine in that very same factor. If you wish to get psychological well being providers within the south suburbs — for some motive when Rauner was the governor, all these providers obtained minimize. That’s why we now have to get folks elected who’ve good concepts and related views.”

In addressing the packed viewers, Kaegi thanked the Democrats of Orland Township calling the occasion “an superior turnout.”

“For the primary time, Senior owners’ exemptions now renew yearly. You don’t should recertify yearly,”Kaegi stated noting that previously seniors needed to file renewals yearly inflicting many to lose their exemption advantages which cut back property taxes.

“You might be nonetheless 65. Final yr was the primary time in over a decade that the typical owners tax invoice fell in Orland Township due to the work we did in ensuring the most important taxpayers paid their fair proportion. And for the primary time you’ve got an Assessor who doesn’t take marketing campaign contributions from property tax appeals legal professionals who follow earlier than our workplace.”

Kaegi famous his workplace has obtained nationwide and state awards for the providers of his workplace throughout his first time period in workplace.

“I’m excited to be on this board with these two dynamic ladies,” Spyropoulos stated throughout her remarks, acknowledging remarks made by Brown and Flynn.

“We now have labored actually laborious all through the county, Thanks to Orland Township Democrats for all that you’ve executed for Democrats.”

Donna Miller who’s working for re-election within the sixth District expressed her gratitude for Democrats in Orland Township for supporting her workplace over time. Miller represents 36 municipalities within the sixth District and she or he stated that the South Suburbs deserve their share of county providers, funding and illustration.

“I’m a champion for what occurs within the South Suburbs. Nothing occurs on that Prepare dinner County Board that doesn’t have entry or providers to the South Suburbs,” Miller stated.

Miller joined with the entire ladies candidates within the Township who stated they supported Hastings whi has been the goal of assaults from controversial lobbyists and rightwing conservative extremists.

Calandriello, who’s in search of to unseat controversy-plagued Prepare dinner County Commissioner Sean Morrison within the seventeenth District, additionally thanked the officers and voters for supporting his candidacy.

“We have to get out to vote. I’m working in opposition to the chairman of the Prepare dinner County Republican Occasion, an individual who doesn’t imagine in public service and who’s all about himself,” stated Calandriello, and Orland Park native.

“Thanks for popping out to assist the group.”

Monica Gordan, the Democratic nominee for the fifth District which is break up between Chicago and the suburbs, expressed her gratitude for the assist. “I’m so grateful to affix the 17 member board and combat for equitable healthcare, public security, financial growth. When you consider county authorities, for lots of people, it’s their final resort.”

Gordon, additionally the Bloom Township Democratic Committeeperson, stated she helps the suitable of staff to obtain a good wage and to additionally combat to boost and increase providers within the forest protect district.

Illinois State Rep. Justin Slaughter warned that “the whole lot is on the desk” and burdened that girls and Democrats should come collectively to guard their proper of selection and to additionally combat for “smart gun laws.”

“There are of us that need to flip the clock again and go backwards,” Slaughter stated. “We’re speaking about a long time of labor that the Democrats have put into the place we’re at proper now.”

Calumet Township Committeeman and State Rep. Bob Rita of the twenty eighth District thanked voters and Democrats, praised former Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin and Orland Hills Mayor Kyle Hastings for his or her previous and continued assist.

Rita stated voters should elect Democrats to make sure that funding continues to circulation to communities for his or her packages and providers, funds that Republicans have threatened to chop and block.

Additionally attending the rally have been Wealthy Township Democratic Committeeman Calvin Jordan, Value Township Democratic Committeewoman Patricia Joan Murphy, Orland Township Freeway Commissioner Antonio Rubino, and Bernadette Barrett who’s working for the 15ht subCircuit judicial seat. Additionally talking have been a number of of 61 judicial retention judges, together with Renee Jackson. All of them obtained cheers from attendees on the rally.

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