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Mole's Progressive Democrat

The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Thursday, April 14, 2011

    McHenry County, IL Focus

    McHenry Democrats' Thomas Jefferson Dinner May 14, 2011

    We are delighted to announce that President Franlkin D. Roosevelt (as portrayed by actor R.J. Lindsey) will make a special guest appearance at this year's Thomas Jefferson Dinner. Roosevelt plans to comment on current events in the context of the challenges he faced as President during the Great Depression.

    The Thomas Jefferson Dinner is the annual fund-raising event for the Democratic Party of McHenry County, and attracts hundreds of Democrats, progressives and labor leaders from throughout McHenry County and the greater Chicago area. This year's event promises to be especially important as we gear up for the crucial 2012 election season and the always contentious redrawing of Congressional, state and local political district boundaries.

    We are proud to announce that we will be honoring Mary Margaret Maule with the Robert McGarry Award for Community Service, and Mac Patel with the Benjamin Franklin Business Partner Award.

    Dinner includes salad, New York strip steak, sauteed vegetables, garlic mashed potatoes, and dessert. Vegetarian entree is available on request.
    Event Details

    Saturday, May 14, 2011
    Reception and cash bar at 6:00 p.m.
    Dinner and program begins at 7:00 p.m.
    Pinecrest Golf Club, 11220 Algonquin Road, Huntley, Illinois

    Order tickets online here.

    $450/table of six
    $600/table of eight (limited availability)

    All tickets are paperless. You will receive a confirmation email and your name(s) will be on the registration list at the event. If you prefer, you may send your check made payable to "McHenry County Democratic Central Committee" by mail to:

    Democratic Party of McHenry County
    P.O. Box 1126
    Crystal Lake, IL 60039

    For more information, call Paula Yensen at 815-404-3918

    Current TV, founded by Al Gore, includes some of the best journalism in America today. In particular their Vanguard series is amazing and should not be missed by ANYONE who wants to know in depth coverage of some of the major stories in the world. And it now becomes the new home of Kieth Olbermann.

    In the Illinois area Current TV is available on:
    DIRECTV Channel 358
    DISH Network Channel 196
    Comcast Digital: Channel 107
    AT&T U-Verse: Channel 189

    Check out their program schedule here.

    The Democratic Party of McHenry County
    Democracy is not a spectator sport: You can make a difference!

    There's more to politics than just voting for president every four years. Our democratic system of government depends on citizen participation at every level, but especially at the local level. While the glamor of national politics often overshadows the seemingly mundane world of local government, it's right here in your own neighborhood that you can make the biggest difference.

    The Democratic Party of McHenry County is a small group of dedicated volunteers focused on our primary mission of electing Democratic candidates to local offices, from the municipal level up to the state legislature. We support this mission by recruiting and training candidates, by raising money to promote our candidates and our message, and by supporting a progressive social, environmental, and economic agenda here in McHenry County. Recent elections have proven that our message is resonating strongly even here in this traditionally Republican county. But there is much more to do, and it will take the efforts of all of us, working together, to make our community reach its potential.

    We invite you to become involved with the local Democratic Party by registering for membership here, and by attending our monthly meetings. Your voice will be heard and your opinions valued.

    McHenry County Pride
    A Group of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, and Questioning Adults in McHenry County, Illinois

    We meet every Thursday from 7:00pm to 8:30 pm in Woodstock, Illinois for open discussion on adult LGBT topics and mutual support. Afterwards we go to dinner

    We meet at the Congregational Unitarian Church at 221 Dean Street, Woodstock IL (corner of Dean & South St).

    Jordan Green Homes, McHenry County
    Jordan Green Homes is a green home builder in northern IL offering energy efficient bulding, construction and remodeling services.

    Thinking of building a new Green home? Then you’re probably thinking about energy consumption, environmental comfort, and quality.

    To obtain more information or for a detailed estimate please send us an email or or give us a call.
    (815) 382-8859

    GREEN BUSINESSES IN THE McHENRY AREA: These are some of the best businesses in town. Taken from the Green America Green Pages

    Marengo Tool and Die
    Accessory manufacturer for specialized support system used in commercial and industrial construction. Strong supporter of the arts. Co-founder of county-wide educational recycling program in schools.
    Phone: (815)568-7411
    Fax: (815)568-8730
    P.O. Box 100
    Marengo, IL 60152-0100

    Conscious Cup Coffee Roastery & Cafe
    An artisan roaster of specialty coffees and teas purchased exclusively under socially and environmentally responsible certifications.
    Phone: (815)356-0115
    Fax: (815)356-0472
    5005 NW Highway
    Ste. 100
    Crystal Lake, IL 60014

    Ginger Blossom/Austral Imports
    Ethnic and tribal rugs, textiles, furniture, art, and artifacts from five continents.
    Phone: (815)678-4015
    Fax: (815)678-4015
    3016 Rt. 173
    Richmond, IL 60071

    Illinois Renewable Energy Association
    Renewable energy and efficiency information and education, including classes, weekly renewable energy column, presentations to civic groups and churches,and consulting. Annual Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair.
    Phone: (815)732-7332
    Fax: (815)732-3347
    1230 E. Honey Creek Rd.
    Oregon, IL 61061



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