Archive for April, 2012

Unity Breakfast with David Gill

To all Democrats in the 13th Congressional District of Illinois:

Last Thursday morning the State Board of Elections certified my victory in the Democratic Primary. That afternoon I received a gracious phone call from my former opponent Matt Goetten conceding the race in the 13th Congressional District. I salute Matt Goetten for his service in our military — especially his tour of duty in Afghanistan. I thank him for his work in law enforcement standing up for crime victims. And I commend him for the tough primary campaign he waged.

Now, I want to reach out my hand in friendship to Matt’s supporters, and to personally thank all of you who supported me in the campaign. I am honored to be your Democratic nominee. I am ready to represent citizens from every corner of this 14 county district — from every town, every city, every township, every neighborhood, every street and every farm. We will surely win this fall if we stand together as Democrats united for victory.

This week, we have a Democratic Unity Breakfast in Springfield on Thursday morning, April 26. My friends former Congressman Phil Hare, State Representative Naomi Jakobsson, Champaign County Democrats Chair Al Klein, and many other Democratic county chairs from around the district are hosting this event.

There is no charge; this is not a fundraiser. It’s a celebration of our unity as Democrats and our commitment to move forward together in this new congressional district.

I hope you can join us on Thursday April 26th, 7:30 – 9:00 AM, at the
IBEW Local 193 Hall, 3150 Wide Track Drive, Springfield IL
(1 block south of South Grand at Dirksen/1-55 exit 96) (map)

RSVP here or write my campaign manager Michael Richards if you can attend, so we can plan for the right number of folks.

David Gill, M.D.
Democratic Candidate for Congress, 13th District of Illinois

“Right to Work” won’t work in Illinois (RTW-WWII)

It was a little over a year ago – February, 2011 – that several newly elected Republican governors and state legislatures attempted to pass sweeping anti-labor measures with little or no input from the Democratic minorities in their assemblies. The situation was so egregious in Indiana that their Democratic State Senators settled temporarily in Urbana until the Indianapolis ideologues came to their senses. During that period, Champaign County Democrats and labor supported the senators by counter-picketing their hecklers and joining with them in memorable social events and demonstrations. See Welcome, Indiana Legislators

This year, the Republican Party has invited the Indiana Governor to promote his political aspirations and his anti-labor agenda in Champaign County next Thursday, April 19, 2012. This provides everyone with an opportunity to demonstrate solidarity with labor in the belief that working people matter, that the right to engage in collective bargaining should not be deprecated, and that “Right to Work” won’t work in Illinois (RTW-WWII).

Gather from 3 pm at the southwest corner of the Assembly Hall. The rally begins an 4 pm. At 5:15 marchers will depart for the Hilton Gardens Banquet Center for a peaceful demonstration of solidarity until 7:15, when everyone will return to the Assembly Hall and depart. For complete information, see the AFL-CIO Facebook Page for more information, or download event flyer (pdf).

This is a labor rally, not a political event, so there will be no political speeches. However, all Democrats are invited, and we will have an opportunity march together if we so desire. Check this page or our event calendar on Thursday for the latest information.