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  • Thursday, February 12, 2009

    ILLINOIS FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, Groups, EVENTS

    Blogging Illinois:

    Prairie State Blue: Open Source Politics.

    LeftyBlogs Illinois is the place to find out what's happening in the progressive blogosphere across Illinois.

    Illinois Democratic Network: Independent grassroots organization of progressives, liberals and moderates promoting an activist democratic agenda in the state of Illinois.

    The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center is a grassroots organization committed to using media production and distribution as tools for promoting social and economic justice in the Champaign County area. We foster the creation and distribution of media, art, and narratives emphasizing underrepresented voices and perspectives and promote empowerment and expression through media and arts education.

    Equality Illinois: The Mission of Equality Illinois is to secure, protect and defend equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois.


    Some Stories of Interest:

    The Audacity of A Pro-Labor Secretary of Labor

    Health Care Reform Action Alert: Pre-emptive Action to Stop Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen for Secretary of Health and Human Services...and on the same subject but on a more positive note: Dean For Daschle: Ask Your Congressman To Support Howard Dean for Health and Human Services Secretary

    Meet the 5th District Candidates

    Tale of Two Crooks: Coleman and Blagojevich

    DCCC launches ads against 28 Republicans for Stimulus Bill

    Green capital plan for Springfield.

    President Obama’s Rural Policy

    No surprise. Mark Kirk is against jobs and improvements for Illinois

    Planned Parenthood Needs to Rethink Endorsing Mark Kirk Ever Again

    Obama Clean Car Push Clears Way for Illinois Clean Car Act

    New Report Highlights Small Biz Support for Obama-style Health Care

    Filing for IL-05...and on the same subject: IL 05: How to decide? Issues!

    Timeline for the 5th Congressional District Election...on a related note: I'm running for Congress in IL-5. (Progressive candidacy announcement for Rahm's seat.) (Not to be considered an endorsement...I am neutral)...and more here: Who's Up in the 5th (IL-05)

    Looking Ahead To 2010 (IL-16)


    Alternative Energy in Illinois:

    BIODIESEL: Biodiesel is clean, AMERICAN fuel that could be fueling many of our trains, trucks and diesel cars, as well as being used for heating fuel. All that while supporting American farmers, not Saudi oil shieks.

    Here is a list of Biodiesel stations in Illinois. All diesel cars, trucks and furnaces can take at least up to B20 biodiesel. So almost all of these stations can be used to fuel ANY diesel vehicle.


    Illinois Solar Energy Association: The ISEA was founded in 1975 and incorporated in the State of Illinois in 1979. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported by our members and volunteers. The ISEA is the Illinois chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). Go here for their events calendar. Find out about upcoming workshops here.

    The Chicago Green Home Meetup Group

    Meet other local people who are interested in making their homes environmentally friendly. As developers, designers, and brokers of Green Homes, we are a great resource to learn more about what you can do today to become more sustainable and green! Sign up to find out more about meetings.

    Chicago Sustainable Development & New Urbanism Meetup Group
    Meet other local people who are interested in Sustainable Development and New Urbanism.

    Let's define what we mean by "sustainable," "energy-efficient," "green," etc. and then work toward making it happen here in Chicago! What are the building blocks of "sustainability?" What are the most important issues that need to be addressed? What issues are important to you when you look at your home, your neighborhood and your city? What actions can we take to effect true change that benefits everyone? We hope to answer these questions through conversations with local experts and other community members.

    Let's work toward having more energy-efficient, healthy and "sustainable" options when looking for a new home. Let's create neighborhoods that are of human scale, cohesive and prepared for the future. Let's restore our urban fabric and communities!

    Sign up to find out about meetings


    Here are some Democracy for America meetups:

    Hanover Township Democrats & Independents: Empower the grassroots by training and supporting citizens and leaders dedicated to electing fiscally and socially responsible candidates to all levels of office. We have been registered with the Illinois State Board of Elections since March 2006. Sign up here for more info.

    DFA-Evanston North Shore: This website serves our DFA-Evanston and North Shore community. Our meetings are usually on the first Monday of each month at the Celtic Knot, 626 Church St, Evanston 60201. Show up or sign up for more info.

    Northside DFA: Northside DFA is a diverse group of dedicated volunteers working to elect socially progressive, fiscally responsible, and ethically committed Democrats to office at all levels of government. We are active in many local races and focus our energies on working for progressive candidates.

    We meet the first Thursday of every month, and we organize weekly volunteer activities supporting our adopted candidates. Sign up for one of our events and get involved!

    49th Ward DFA: Voters, residents, and friends with an interest in 49th Ward politics. Sign up here for more info.

    Oak Park DFA Meeting: Sign up here for more info.

    Chicago South Side DFA: Sign up here for more info.

    Downstate Democrats for Change: Sign up here for more info.

    Greater Lincoln Park DFA: This chapter serves the Lincoln Park community of Chicago, IL. We're requesting a $20/year membership to cover the expenses of the organization and its activities. Sign up here for more info.

    Naperville/Aurora DFA: There are something like 400 DFA members just in Naperville and Aurora! This group hopes to bring those of us living in the Naperville/Aurora area together for some good old fashioned political activism! Sign up here for more info.

    Democracy for the 14th District: Sign up here for more info.


    Here are some other Groups and Events in Illinois:

    Illinois Recycling Association is the only collective voice for recycling on critical waste management issues facing this state. We represent your interests at the state level. For a more complete idea of what the Illinois Recycling Association does, check out our Mission Statement and Goals on our Mission Page. Go here to see upcoming events.

    Stonewall Democrats Illinois: email for more info: StonewallDemsIL_at_gmail.com

    The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats is a volunteer group that has formed to help elect Democrats at all levels of government within Illinois' Tenth Congressional District. The district includes portions of both Cook and Lake Counties stretching from Wilmette on the south through Waukegan and from Lake Michigan west through parts of Arlington Heights and Palatine. Check here for upcoming events. You can also email them for more info: info_at_tenthdems.org

    Chicago Center for Inquiry: Center For Inquiry/Chicago is a not-for-profit organization that nurtures and inter-connects Chicagoland's growing community of secular humanists and free inquirers. We are dedicated to inquiring into and striving to improve all aspects of the human condition. Go here to see their calendar of events.


    Here are some Drinking Liberally groups in Illinois:

    Chicago, Illinois
    * Second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    * Sheffield's, 3258 N Sheffield Ave (In the back room)
    * Hosted by Greg Sasso and Jon Mclennand, chicago (at) drinkingliberally.org

    DeKalb, Illinois
    * Every other Tuesday, 8:30 pm onward
    * O'Leary's Irish Pub, 260 E Lincoln Hwy (On the Corner of 3rd and Lincoln Hwy)
    * Parking is available on 3rd St. in the public lot across the tracks.
    * Hosted by Kevin Malone, dekalb (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Evanston, Illinois
    * Every Wednesday, 7:00 pm onward
    * The Celtic Knot, 626 Church St (Half block east of Orrington)
    * For the upcoming holiday season we're not planning on meeting the week of Thanksgiving or during the month of December
    * Hosted by Mark Foisy, Rich Heath and Adelaide Rowe, evanston (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Moline, Illinois
    * First and third Friday of each month, 8:00pm onward
    * Jack's Place, 425 15th St
    * Stop on down and bring a friend!
    * Hosted by Amy Holcomb and Rachel Griffiths, moline (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Naperville, Illinois
    * 2nd Sunday and 4th Tuesday of every month
    * Quigley's Irish Pub, 43 E Jefferson Ave
    * Hosted by Rich Wawronowicz and Tom Mikesell, naperville (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Peoria, Illinois
    * Second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm onward
    * Kelleher's Irish Pub, 619 SW Water St
    * Hosted by Bill Poorman, peoria (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Springfield, Illinois
    * Every Thursday, 6:30 pm onward
    * Brewhaus, 617 E Washington St (Between 6th & 7th)
    * We also meet for Drinking Coffee Liberally the 1st & 3rd Saturday mornings of the month at Trout Lilly Cafe
    * Hosted by Vera Mount, springfieldil (at) drinkingliberally.org

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