Democrat Day in Springfield is August 17. The state fair is that week. The Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association has its annual brunch that day.
For those who have never attended you may want to consider it this time. We generally have 3-4 tables of DuPage Dems. The brunch has about 1,200-1,500 in attendance and many state officials and a keynote speaker. Here’s what we normally do.
Wednesday August 16 (optional but most go). Travel to Springfield and arrive whenever but we suggest by 3. That day offers options such as the Lincoln museum or some events sponsored by elected officials or organizations. The DPDC may host one if enough people attend. The collar county chairs host a reception that evening (free). I will let you know about hotel deals or you can just reserve now. If you stay at the Crowne tell them you’re with the ILDCCA brunch. Rooms are around $120. Share a room if you can.
Thursday Aug 17. For those who didn’t stay out to late the nite before, the brunch starts at 8:30 AM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Legislators speak about 10:00. The early part is a great time to network and meet dignitaries. Brunch is over about 11. Some of us go to the fairgrounds where the Dems have their own area. Hot dogs, beer and soda are usually provided. Some of us then walk the midway and watch Dan Bailey find his smoothie. Rides are optional. If buses are provided we get back to the hotel about 3:30. You can drive there if you’d like. Head home or stay and relax in scenic Springfield.
If interested, tickets for brunch are $50. This is the price for premium seats. We don’t want regular seating.
I must know soon if you want to go and a check made out to ILDCCA. Notice had gone out so we need to beat others so we can get seats near the stage.
DuPage Democratic Committee Chairman