Busy 2015 Summer for DuPage Libertarians

June 4, 2015

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A lot has been happening since the nonpartisan elections, and plenty of things have been planned for the summer. With there being no more elections until the general next year in 18 months, we plan on doing a lot of outreach and having a lot of fun in the process.

Claire Ball, libertarian accountant for College of DuPage Trustee

Claire Ball, libertarian accountant for College of DuPage Trustee

For starters, Claire Ball, the Libertarian Accountant who ran a feisty campaign for trustee at College of DuPage earlier this year, has been asked by the current board to sit on a special Budget Committee created for the college. While the details are still unknown, it looks like a great opportunity to help bring about real change and fiscal responsibility to a great community college that has been plagued by nefarious practices as of late. Congratulations, Claire!

We also marched in the Itasca Memorial Day Parade again this year, and yes – it got wet! We are a small, tough, and brave batch of loyal and dedicated troops, and we made our presence known, handing out candy and business cards to everyone along the route, who seems enthusiastic (even more so than last year) to see independents out and about in the public.

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On Saturday, June 20th at 7pm, we encourage everyone to attend the DuPage Libertarians 45th Anniversary Fundraiser at the Rockwood Tap @ 3131 Finley Rd. in Downers Grove, IL. There is no cover for this fundraiser – simply donate whatever you wish, and take part in the festivities, which include short presentations from College of DuPage trustee candidate Claire Ball, 2014 Secretary of State candidate Chris Michel, Libertarian Party of Illinois State Chair Lex Green, and long-time founding member and self-titled “den mother” of the DuPage Libertarians Fran Holt.

Of course, we will also be marching in the Downers Grove Independence Day Parade again this year. The parade kicks off at 1pm, though the lineup starts at 11:45am in the North High School parking lot along Sherman Street. Any and all volunteers are welcome to join us, as we always like to have a large presence in these parades. We will be handing out candy and business cards again, and will also (hopefully) be debuting our new banner.

The DuPage County fair is also on the agenda, as has always been a staple of this group for decades, and we will be looking for volunteers to help staff the booth during the five day event. More information will come out as we have it available.

Don’t forget that the Libertarian Party of Illinois State Convention is the weekend of Friday, July 31st and Saturday, August 1st and will be held in Springfield this year. We will have more on that in our next update.

In the meantime, enjoy the warm weather as it slowly takes its time settling in. Thank you to everyone who has helped us out this year so far, and to everyone who will be stepping up in this busy summer season. Holding politicians accountable, and keeping government open and honest is never easy work, and it starts at these local levels. Once the summer is over, we will begin the process of recruiting people to be possible candidates in the next few election cycles, so if you have ideas of running for a school board, or want to help out on someone else’s campaign, start thinking it out now.

Have a great summer, and we hope to see you all soon!


What To Do Over the Next 18 Months?!

April 27, 2015

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With the April non-partisan races out of the way, many people have been asking what next big projects are on the horizon for us. The general election isn’t until November of 2016, and the Libertarian Party of Illinois won’t be nominating our candidates for US Senate and state Comptroller until next March. So, what do we do??

Glad you asked!

There are plenty of opportunities for people to get involved on all different levels, from working a booth at a festival, to running for local office in their own community. It is up to you to decide how much time and effort you want to put towards increasing freedom and cutting down debt and government interference in our lives in Illinois.

The first big event coming up is Monday, May 25th – the Memorial Day Parade in Itasca, which was a ton of fun last year. It’s an easy setup, and a short distance with a good amount of people in attendance, and is a great way to kick off the spring and summer activities. The parade starts around 9am, and we are usually setting up by 8:30am in the usual place. When the details are confirmed again, you can bet they will be on the Events page here on our site.

On Saturday, May 20th we will host the DuPage Libertarians 45th Anniversary Fundraiser at the Rockwood Tap House in Downers Grove. There is no cover, as it is simply inviting members, friends, and family out to dinner for entertainment, a short auction, and a few speakers, along with a MAJOR announcement. Donations will be accepted all night long, and are entirely up to those giving. This will be a fun event, and hopefully a chance to raise some money to help pay off costs for our outreach events.

July brings us to both the Independence Day Parade in Downers Grove, and the five-day long DuPage County Fair, of which volunteers are needed to help staff the booth.

In the meantime, we are also recruiting candidates for our Precinct Committeemen Project in DuPage County, and also anyone who wants to run for a local office. We are a great resource to help you muddle through election law to get your petitions in order and your paperwork filed properly. Although the next elections are still a long ways down, this is the best time to start thinking about running for office, and making early plans if you choose to do so.

You can learn more about these events and projects at our next meeting on Thursday, May 21st @ The American Tap 701 W. Lake Street in Addison, IL at 7pm. All are welcome. If you’ve never been to our meetings before but were always curious as to what we do, what are you waiting for?!


Post-Election Message From Claire Ball

April 10, 2015

Claire Ball, libertarian accountant for College of DuPage Trustee

I want to offer my most sincere congratulations to Kathy Hamilton’s Clean Slate; Deanne Mazzochi, Frank Napolitano, and Charles Bernstein. You ran an excellent campaign unmatched by anyone else, and earned yourselves seats on the troubled College of DuPage board of trustees. I have confidence that you will help to turn around the troubles at COD and get the college back on course to do the best for the people of DuPage, and I look forward to following your progress at the school in the coming years.

This campaign was my first effort in running for office, and 10,413 people decided that I was a candidate worthy of their vote. It is a humbling experience and I am honored to have earned votes from so many people in my home county of DuPage. I knocked on doors in twelve neighborhoods, met people at 16 train stations, and gave more speeches than I can remember over the past three months. Quite a feat for someone not used to public speaking!

This 32-year-old accountant was quoted numerous times in the Daily Herald, and had her photo printed in the Chicago Tribune. How exciting was that!? I’ve received help from close friends and total strangers. Kind words and encouragement came from people who were Republicans, Democrats, members of the local Tea Parties, Constitution Party members, and of course, from my fellow Libertarians.

There are too many people I know I won’t remember to thank them all, but a good place to start is with Jennifer Floyd, who helped with just about everything and whose graphic art skills are like a typhoon, blowing away anything Herricane Graphics could come up with. Steve Dutner, who came out to every one of my literature walks – even in the rain. Crystal Jurczynski, Linda Foertsch, Mark Agnini, Lex and Karen Green, and Matthew Skopek, for each of their particular brands of support, you have no idea how much you helped me. So many others but too many to name here. I also want to thank fellow Libertarian, accountant, and three-time candidate for Illinois Comptroller Julie Fox for inspiring me to run for this office.

I could go on but I’ll stop at the most important person. My loving husband and dedicated campaign manager, Brian. Without you I never would have had the courage to run, to push myself to go out there and be so bold. You are my motivation to do better, to go farther, to strive for more. If those of you reading this only knew how much time and energy he spent doing all the little things, handling all the little nuances of running a campaign that I couldn’t do alone. Plotting, planning, executing – he proofread my speeches, reached out to people on my behalf – he did it all and made me breakfast every morning on top of it. Most importantly he gave me the love and dedication that I needed the most.

I’ve met so many wonderful people over the last three months, people who are genuinely concerned with what’s going on at COD and I thank you for your support, even if you didn’t vote for me. Thank you to my fellow candidates, for your encouragement to this newcomer and for making this one heck of a race.

I treasure every kind word, every tip and suggestion, even the raised eyebrows at my libertarian principles. Thank you all for making this a fantastic experience. And don’t count this gal out just yet, you may hear from me sooner than you think….

Claire Ball


Claire Ball, College of DuPage, and Campaigning as a Libertarian

March 4, 2015

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Heading into March, the DuPage Libertarians are working hard behind the scenes for Claire Ball and her campaign for a seat on the board of trustees at College of DuPage.

Throughout this process of campaigning, we’ve learned a lot of things. There are two kinds of events you will be attending as a candidate; independent ones, and official party ones. Both of these events play out very differently, especially if you are a libertarian.

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The independent events are meetings, planning sessions, and forums hosted by independent groups, such as the local chapters of the League of Women Voters, local Tea Party groups like the West Suburban Patriots, and of course anything hosted the third parties like the Green, Constitution, or Libertarian Party. There aren’t too many of these groups, but the ones that do exist are full of strong and loyal members and are generally operated by dedicated individuals with lots of passion.

The official party events are run by groups affiliated directly with the Republicans or Democrats. There is a group at the county level for each of the two, and one at the township level, of which there are nine of in DuPage County, for each of the two as well. That gives you twenty groups, each with a night during the month dedicated to pushing their agendas and candidates. Some towns or cities may even have their own political factions within those parties, youth organizations, or separate factions within larger ones. In other words, it gets pretty crowded.

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You have to pick and choose your battles.

When attending the independent meetings, the support is really high, and people are willing to listen to all sides. They have all been warm, welcoming, and open-minded. Obviously, many people will still disagree with you, and interesting if not heated discussions take place, but the mutual respect is always there. These events are fun, high-spirited, and always entertaining.

The party events are a different story altogether. They can also be fun and high-spirited… if you are connected and liked by enough people. Otherwise, prepare to feel slightly ostracized throughout the event. Even if you are a newcomer and relatively unknown, you will still be accepted as long as you have the coveted (R) or (D) after your name – regardless if your particular race is non-partisan or not. The two major parties even have a sort of mutual respect for each other when attending each other’s events that can still leave a third party candidate feeling out of place. If you are a good candidate, prepare to be guilted and hashed about how you need to join a major party now if you want to be taken seriously. Being an openly third-party person means you will have to work extra hard to get that respect.

However, in Claire’s particular race, every group, both party affiliated and non-affiliated, have been very cool and respectful with her. That has been Claire’s goal as well – not just to earn respect for herself through her personality and credentials, but also to earn respect for libertarian candidates. Everyone, so far, has been very accepting of her.

Claire Ball is an accountant, also known as a bean counter... and jelly beans are the funnest beans to count!

Claire Ball is an accountant, also known as a bean counter… and jelly beans are the funnest beans to count!

In this campaign, we’ve seen some good-hearted campaigning, and we’ve seen some ugly confrontations and childish behavior. Luckily, the respectable forms of campaigning take the lead, and the limelight antics are few and far, and are only hurting those who participate in them.

Ultimately, it comes down to this: Who are the people you want to represent? As long as you are yourself, be honest about your positions, and do the best you can to put them forth to as many people as possible, then good people can get elected, regardless of their party credentials.

Please consider supporting Claire’s campaign at her website www.ClaireBallForIllinois.com and like and share her Facebook page www.Facebook.com/ClaireBallForIllinois and help us through these final weeks of campaigning. Thanks to everyone for your support!


Claire Ball for College of DuPage Trustee

February 3, 2015
Claire Ball, libertarian accountant for College of DuPage Trustee

Claire Ball, libertarian accountant for College of DuPage Trustee

While the DuPage Libertarians plot out our event calendar for 2015, we’ve been supporting our candidate for the College of DuPage board of trustees, Libertarian accountant Claire Ball. Perhaps you’ve heard about what has been going on with the board of trustees at COD in the last week from the Chicago Tribune or the Chicago Sun-Times? It’s a story that goes back for years and shines light on a growing problem that has rooted itself in a way that makes is hard to eradicate.

The board has been very active in the last week; so active, that the College Board has been in the media more times in the last several days than in probably the last two years – and we’ve been part of it. Just yesterday at a press conference in Springfield, Rep. Jeanne Ives mentioned libertarians by name with regards to the COD debacle.

Last year, we saw FOIA requests that showed receipts of lavish spending habits from the President and board, along with other FOIA requests that went unanswered. There was $110,000 used to purchase wine and alcohol for the school restaurant… a restaurant which took a $500,000 loss last year.

President Breuder never looks happy, even though he just scored a $762K buyout for his early retirement.

President Breuder never looks happy, even though he just scored a $762K buyout for his early retirement.

This year, the board voted to give the corrupt President Breuder – whom taxpayers have paid for plenty of dinners, hunting trips, and a gun club membership for – a $762,000 buyout for stepping down early into retirement. The board pushed this vote illegally, by not releasing the details of this buyout within a proper time frame for the public.

The public and media backlash was so intense, combined with a lawsuit being filed by the Edgar County Watchdogs and For the Good of Illinois, that the COD board held a special meeting the following week to hold the vote again and cover all the legal loopholes.

Massive crowd of students, teachers, and taxpayers at COD board meeting protesting the buyout.

Massive crowd of students, teachers, and taxpayers at COD board meeting protesting the buyout.

Despite several hours of commentary from the public, including a wonderful response from Claire Ball, the board still voted 6-1 (with Kathy Hamilton again being the lone dissenter) to give the President his golden parachute. The 500+ crowd of students, taxpayers, teachers and candidates made sure their voices were heard.

The original pool of 14 candidates for the three open seats has been whittled down to 12 that will appear on the ballot. It is a very diverse list, including three candidates endorsed by the lone dissenting COD trustee Kathy Hamilton, a former board member, the father of a current board member, a union-backed washed up Republican, and two of the incumbents (the third incumbent not running for re-election).

After the Chicago elections on February 24th, this race will most likely be the BIGGEST and most talked about in the state for April 7th, and there is a strong libertarian candidate in it. A candidate with a master’s degree in accounting and finance, plenty of experience, and an independent political record that keeps her free from internal pressures of either of the two political machines that run the state and county, Claire Ball is the best option to save the College of DuPage, help put it on the right track, and show the county and state of Illinois just how an elected Libertarian works for the taxpayers.

Claire Ball for COD College of DuPage trustee

Claire Ball for COD College of DuPage trustee

Please check out Claire’s website and Facebook profile, and consider making a donation to help pay for informative materials, banners, and advertising. Also, come out to our DuPage Libertarians meetings and get directly involved with the campaign. We have just over two months to go, and we have a lot of work to do!! Thanks for all your support!!

www.ClaireBallForIllinois.com

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