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Endorsement Support Party

On Sunday September 30th, 2012, the Woods and Wetlands Group of the Sierra Club and the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter PAC are having a showcase and fundraiser for all of our endorsed candidates in the Woods & Wetlands Group territory and for the Illinois Chapter PAC at the beautiful, lakefront home of Chuck and Debbie Frank: 25 Lakeview Terrace in Highland Park. Special invited guests include the Honorable Dick Durbin, the Honorable Jan Schakowsky, The Honorable Susan Garrett, The Honorable Terry Link, our very own Jack Darin and more.

Date  Sunday September 30th
Where  25 Lakeview Terrace in Highland Park
When  3:00 - 3:30 PM: Schneider for Congress
 3:30 - 6:00 PM: State and County

There will be a VIP reception for our endorsed candidate for the Illinois 10th Congressional District, Brad Schneider, sponsored by the Schneider for Congress Campaign, from 3:00 - 3:30 PM followed by a general reception for all of our endorsed state and local candidates (see below) from 3:30 - 6PM and sponsored by the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter PAC. There is no admission charge to the general reception and guests will have the opportunity to contribute to the Illinois Chapter PAC, which supports our endorsed candidates in Lake County, or directly to the candidates of their choosing.

Anyone donating a minimum of $2500 to a combination of candidates and/or the Sierra Club Chapter PAC will be treated to a lunch for themselves and 2 guests with one of our VIP hosts including U.S. Senator, Dick Durbin; U.S. Congresswoman, Jan Schakowsky; Illinois State Senator, Terry Link; Executive Director of the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club, Jack Darin; and US 10th Congressional District Candidate, Brad Schneider. We will also have a drawing for one guest who gives a minimum of $100 to a candidate or the Chapter PAC for the same lunch opportunity.

RSVP soon as space is limited!

For the general reception, RSVP to:

VIP reception for Brad Schneider ($250, $500 and $1000 levels):

Here are our endorsed candidates:

U.S. President

  • Barack Obama (D)

U.S. Congress:

  • Brad Schneider (D) IL 10th
  • Tammy Duckworth (D) IL 8th

Illinois State Senate:

  • Julie Morrison (D) District 29
  • Terry Link (D) District 30
  • Melinda Bush (D) District 31

Illinois House:

  • Elaine Nekritz (D) District 57
  • Scott Drury (D) District 58
  • Carol Sente (D) District 59
  • Rita Mayfield (D), District 60

Lake County Board:

  • Pat Carey (D) for Lake County Board District 6
  • Steve Carlson (R) for Lake County Board District 7
  • Steve Mandel (D), District 11
  • Sandy Hart (D) for Lake County Board District 13
  • Carol Calabresa (R) for Lake County Board District 15
  • Terry Wilke (D) for Lake County Board District 16
  • Craig Taylor (R) for Lake County Board District 19
  • Ann Maine (R) for Lake County Board District 21

Special invited guests for our endorsed candidate fundraiser:

  • Brad Schneider
  • Senator Dick Durbin (waiting for confirmation)
  • Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
  • State Senator Susan Garrett

Endorsed Candidates Fundraiser Host Committee:

  • Jack Darin & the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter PAC
  • Chuck & Debbie Frank
  • Donnie & Jackie Dann
  • Audrey Dann
  • Hon. Jan Schakowsky
  • Evan Craig
  • Lauren Beth Gash & Greg Garmisa
  • Senator Susan Garrett
  • Amanda Hanley
  • Barbara Klipp
  • Nels & Liz Leutweiler
  • Walter & Ann Nathan
  • Verena Owen
  • Christine Pado
  • Hon. Nancy Roetering
  • Wendy Warden

Tight on dough? Contribute some time. Contact Barbara Klipp at

Tight on time? Write a check to the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter PAC and mail it to 70 E. Lake St. Suite 1500 Chicago, IL 60601. Or use a credit card at

See more about Sierra Club endorsements next week at

Endorsement Matters

It's hard to get good information about the candidates that will appear on your ballot. News stories and debates focus on conflict and controversy, with superficial discussions that often ignore the facts. Party endorsements are, well, partisan, and too often put winning ahead of serving. Union and industry picks will sometimes sacrifice our future for jobs or profits at any price.

A Sierra Club endorsement is different. It identifies a candidate that will work for clean air, clean water, and sustainable economic growth that creates green jobs. We know that the river to sustainable economic recovery runs through a clean environment, and we're doing what you don't have time to do yourself.

The W&W Political Committee consists of twelve members with diverse backgrounds from across Lake County, bringing more than 150 years of collective environmental leadership. It follows the Club's rigorous and in-depth process to identify and support viable candidates who favor strong environmental protection. The process includes:

  • Detailed multi-topic questionnaires
  • In-depth review of voting records
  • Review and monitoring of candidates' campaigns
  • Candidate interviews
  • Relationship building with candidates
  • Review of district political demographics
  • Review of candidate fundraising ability
  • Approval by two separately elected Sierra Club committees

Redistricting has made endorsements this year more difficult, creating new districts with fresh but untried candidates, and pitting incumbent against incumbent. Find out whether you are voting in a different district this election than you were last election, and who will be on your ballot in Lake County at This site presently says it is to confirm your registration to vote, but it also is the primary source for what will be on your ballot.

We won't drone on about each of those important bullet points above, or all the hours it takes, or the wonderful (and strange!) things that candidates told us. We just hope that you will re-read the points, and then find our endorsed candidates on your ballot and support them.

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