Gov. Quinn speaking at Sunday’s DPOE annual meeting.
The state’s leading Democrats, from the governor on down, came to Evanston late Sunday afternoon to make the case for a large turnout in the November general election if the party is to prevail over the opposition.
“Knock on doors” could easily have been the theme for the annual meeting of the Democratic Party of Evanston, held at Beth Emet Synagogue. Those words were first uttered by State Senator Jeff Schoenberg, who chaired the meeting, and repeated by a steady stream of party officials.
“We’ve got to be like the Chicago Blackhawks,” declared Gov. Pat Quinn. “Never say die. Never give up.”
The Blackhawks metaphor was also used by Schoenberg, who wore a bright red Blackhawks jersey as he explained that grit, determination, and “sharp elbows” were needed by party members as they battle their electoral foes in the general election.
DPOE Executive Director Toni Gilpin said the organization’s strategy will be to persuade the voters, particularly those in Evanston’s second and fifth wards who voted for the first time in the general election two years ago when Barack Obama was the presidential candidate, to return to the polls this November to protect the Democratic majorities.
Other speakers at the meeting included U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, state comptroller candidate David Miller, county board president candidate Toni Preckwinkle, County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, State Rep. Robyn Gabel, state house candidate Daniel Biss, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore, DPOE President Adam Finlayson and state Healthcare and Family Services chief Julie Hamos