Bright Spots

hillaryI count my blessings every day that I am an American. And I still believe, as deeply as I ever have, that if we stand together and work together, with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions, and love for this nation -– our best days are still ahead of us.

You know I believe we are stronger together and will go forward together. And you should never be sorry that you fought for that.

Scripture tells us: “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.”

My friends, let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart. For there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.

–from Hillary’s speech earlier this morning.

On what turns out to have been a relatively dark day yesterday, we did have a few bright spots.

Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote,  carried Illinois (resoundingly: 55-39), and in fact carried DuPage County as well (also resoundingly: 53-39).  So we did our part there, though in the end the national result failed to satisfy.

tammy_duckworthTammy Duckworth will become our next US Senator.  Bill Foster is returned to the House on our behalf.  Stephanie Kifowit will return to Springfield, and Susana Mendoza will be our next Illinois Comptroller.  Congratulations, all!

We have work to do, and it won’t be easy.  But that’s yet to come.

I’m sure more will come in, but I’d like to share this message of gratitude and hope that Susana Mendoza sent to supporters (maybe you’ve already seen it):

Thank You! 
November 9, 2016

Hello Steve,

Wow, what a ride! Yesterday the voters of Illinois entrusted in me a great responsibility when they elected me as the next Comptroller of this great state. We did this in spite of the millions of dollars poured in by Gov. Rauner and his allies into the campaign coffers of my opponent, but we have proven once again that the candidate with the heart in the right place and the work ethic to match will win.

A great, big THANK YOU is in order for all of the amazing voters and volunteers I’ve met over this long campaign. As you know the work is far from over. I will be working hard in my remaining months as City Clerk and the second I get sworn in as Comptroller, it will be time to roll up my sleeves and dive into managing Illinois’ fiscal crisis. I’m intensely proud of the campaign we ran, one that was centered on making things better for working-class families and the most vulnerable in our State.

The election was fun. And we did something truly incredible.

Moving forward I will never lose sight of the values that put me in this great office: transparency, work ethic, and a belief in the people of Illinois.

Again from the bottom of my heart…

And finally (for now), this from a grateful and classy Tony Michelassi, who was not successful yesterday.  I have a feeling he’ll be back.  Thank you, Tony.

It has been the paramount honor of my life to serve for eight years as your DuPage County Board Member. It’s been an amazing and fulfilling experience. I never thought I’d get to undertake this kind of a journey.

I want to thank everyone who helped me with all my campaigns in the past, including this most recent one. It’s because of all of you that I’ve been able to stand on the Board floor in Wheaton and undertake the work of governing, which I found to be thrilling and fascinating.

Congratulations to my friends Stephanie Kifowit, Bill Foster, Linda Chapa LaVia, Raja Krishnamoorthi, and all my friends who ran, up and down the ballot. It has been an honor serving alongside such hardworking, talented people. I wish you all continued success.