Monthly Archives: March 2012

March Progressive Events

This is a big political month in Illinois with the Primary Election on March 20th. But note- Early voting has already started and will end March 15th.

Thanks to the candidates and the many attendees who showed up for our “Meet the Candidate night” last month. We have some great candidates and I hope you take a minute to learn more about them before you vote. See below.

I want to let you know there will NOT be a regular RPM meeting in March and April. There are lots of events to participate in this month including candidate fundraisers, Obama for America HQ open house in Rockford, and a Move-on Rally at Chase Bank to encourage resolution of underwater mortgages. See below for details for all of these events.

Instead of holding our regular monthly meeting, RPM is assisting with a workshop sponsored by local organizations to raise awareness of food in the US. The “Faith at the End of Your Fork” full day workshop will take place on Sat. April 28th. Mark your calendar and attend this multi-organizational sponsored event. See below for details.

Rockford Progressive Meetup April Event
What: Faith at the End of Your Fork Workshop with speaker Anne Lappe, Author of Diet for a Hot Planet
When: Sat. April 28 8:30-5PM
Where: Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton Ave. Rockford, IL.

Democratic Candidates for State Senate 34th
Marla Wilson- Small business owner
Dan Lewandowski – attorney, former chairman of the Democratic Party, President of the Northern IL Coordinated Campaign Committee
Steve Stadelman-

“After 25 years as a TV Journalist, I’m running for State Senate to bring a fresh perspective to State Government. I’ll fight for working men and women. We need to do a better job of putting people back to work and preparing our students for careers and college. My four children go to Rockford Public Schools.”
Glenn Patterson-Rockford teacher and assistant principal
Democratic Candidates for State Rep. 68th
Clint Little-
“Eleven years as Loves Park Alderman I have worked to keep the tax burden low and community safe. With my experience I will work to address the issues our state faces and represent our concerns in Springfield. You can get more information on me, or call me at 885-6610”
Carl Wasco- Rockford City Council member

***Candidates are listed in the order of their response to their invitation to attend the RPM candidate night. Those with quotes- responded with a request to write a 50 word summary about themselves.**

Obama for America campaign- note from Mary Tuite- our local organizer

1 Please go to and sign up to attend the Open House or join us for a canvass date or phonebanking. You are are always welcome. From the HomePage please hit “volunteers”, find an event after you put your zip code on line- and all events will show up
2 The IL-OFA Campaign would like to announce the Grand Opening of an official headquarters in Rockford. This office will serve as a center for ongoing phonebanking, volunteer organizing efforts, date entry and meeting center. The Official Open House is Thursday, March 15, 5-8pm. It could use volunteers to commit to shifts, phonebanking and various tasks.
3 Canvassing efforts have started. The IL-OFA will be asking volunteers to canvass 2 Saturdays/month for the next few months. The canvass dates set for March 17th. We will be heading into Madison. There will be a meet-up at the Radisson Hotel (at State & Bell, Rockford) at 8:30 that morning
4 Open House/phone banking I am hoping that some of you, I will be happy to attend your event and give your attendees the latest news and updates related to President Obama’s re-election. We can also do phonebanking in any home or office, as well.
If you have any questions please call me at 815-222-2265.
Rockford Move-on
What: Rally to direct Obama and big banks to resolve the underwater mortgage crisis
When: Thurs. March 15th 5PM
Where: Chase Bank, corner of Sate and Mulford