Chicago, IL – Tomorrow, November 8, marks one year since a historically successful Election Day for Illinois Democrats. Voters elected Democrats to every statewide office, increased supermajorities in the General Assembly, flipped a Congressional seat from red to blue, passed the Workers’ Rights Amendment, and expanded the Democratic majority on the Supreme Court. Each was a significant win, demonstrative of the enthusiasm Illinoisans have toward the progress and policies Democrats are advancing, and of the new organizing capacity at the Democratic Party of Illinois (DPI).
Last fall, DPI executed an expansive statewide voter contact program, including deploying 45 field organizers’ statewide, investing over $250,000 in paid phone outreach, creating targeted digital ads for Black, Latino, and downstate voters, and spent nearly $1 million in mail communications on the competitive state Supreme Court races.
Following its success last year, DPI has continued to look forward, building on its progress and uniting Democratic Party leaders at every level.
Earlier this year, DPI launched an unprecedented program to keep far-right extremists off of school and library boards, and successfully defeated 73% of those it communicated against. And, across the Midwest, Democrats have celebrated big wins this year, including safeguarding a crucial Supreme Court seat in Wisconsin. Ohioans will also vote today on protecting access to abortion, after a big win earlier this year increased the amendment’s likelihood of passage.
“In Illinois and across the Midwest, Democrats are proving that we can hold our own as a hub for Democratic values. Despite these successes, the Democratic Party of Illinois is heading into 2024 with a renewed sense of energy, commitment, and motivation as it invests in new staff, programs, and resources to gain even more ground next year. With so much at stake at every level of government in 2024, we won’t take our feet off the gas. When Democrats run, Democrats win, and we’ll do everything we can to support Democratic candidates in their campaigns,” said DPI Chair Lisa Hernandez.
DPI and the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) previously announced a statewide candidate recruitment and training program to build a bench of Democrats to run for office in 2024. The program is recruiting candidates, assisting with ballot access and petition gathering, and providing robust training and ongoing support to candidates within the program.
To further its mission to mobilize voters and unify Democrats, DPI is investing in its people and its infrastructure to provide year-round support to Democrats through grassroots organizing and continuous voter engagement. Chair Hernandez and the Democratic State Central Committee are committed to realizing their vision of an inclusive, fully-operational state party that remains active year round and leads to the election of more Democrats across the state for years to come.