Democratic Party of Illinois Announces Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer as Keynote Speaker for Second Annual Gala

DPI will host its fundraising gala on September 27, 2024




Gwen Pepin
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Chicago, IL — Today, the Democratic Party of Illinois is pleased to announce that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer will serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s Democratic Party of Illinois Gala on September 27th in Chicago. The gala, which is the Party’s marquee fundraising event, will celebrate Democratic accomplishments and galvanize Illinoisans as we look toward Election Day and continue the fight to preserve our democracy. Elected officials, donors, party stakeholders, and supporters from across the state and nation will be in attendance.

“I’m thrilled to announce that Governor Gretchen Whitmer will join the Democratic Party of Illinois for our second annual Gala. Governor Whitmer is a tough working mom who has inspired Democrats across the nation through her steadfast advocacy for everyday working families. She tirelessly champions infrastructure, health care and education investments in Michigan, and her well-deserved victories wholly embody the momentum we’re building at DPI as we continue to work to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November. The Governor’s leadership, defined by grit and grace, is sure to inspire and galvanize us as we approach Election Day. I can’t wait to welcome her to Illinois,” said DPI Chair Lisa Hernandez.

“There could not be more on the line in this election, but the good news is Midwest Democrats are standing between Donald Trump and the White House and we know how to win,” said Governor Whitmer. “I’m excited to be joining so many Illinois leaders who are bringing that same spirit. Together we’ll send Joe Biden and Kamala Harris back to the White House and elect Democrats up and down the ticket who are dedicated to delivering for everyday Americans and standing up for our fundamental freedoms.”

Party leadership from across the state will be in attendance as special guests.

Early-bird priced gala tickets are available for purchase now. For more information to secure your tickets please visit: or email [email protected].

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