March 2017 Newsletter

2017 Municipal Elections

Phone Banking: Jackie Traynere for Bolingbrook Mayor

This month, 43rd Ward Committeewoman Lucy Moog and I are teaming up to help Democrats running for office in suburban municipal elections win seats held by Trumpian candidates through phone banks and weekend canvassing.

We are partnering to help Jackie Traynere, who is running for Mayor in Bolingbrook against an incumbent mayor who raised $1.5 MILLION for Donald Trump’s campaign.This is a race Democrats can absolutely win — Hillary Clinton won the city with 60% of the vote in 2016. In order to win, we must get involved and help with GOTV efforts.

Regular phone banks will begin on Monday, March 13 at Marcello’s (645 W. North Ave.), from 4 – 8 pm. To RSVP, please sign up online.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring a computer and a cell phone, as paper call sheets are unavailable.

Saturday Canvassing: Jackie Traynere for Bolingbrook Mayor

Canvass caravans are heading out to Bolingbrook on Saturdays starting on March 11. We will meet at the Starbucks inside the Wicker Park Jewel-Osco (1341 N. Paulina Ave) at 8:45 am and ride to Jackie’s campaign office in rented vans at 9 am.

To RSVP for canvassing, click here. Please note: if you are planning to leave a car behind, you cannot leave your vehicle in the Jewel parking lot. The Saturday coordinator will have parking passes for vehicles parked behind 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins’ Office, located at 1400 N. Ashland Ave.

Deputy Registrar Training

In response to a number of requests for information about voter registration activities in Chicago, the 2nd Ward Democrats will be establishing a Voter Registration Committee to organize voter registration events.

To get involved with the Voter Registration Committee, click here.

The 2nd Ward Democrats will sponsor you to become a Deputy Registrar. Deputy Registrars are individuals who can perform voter registration in an official capacity.

Starting in April, the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners will resume Deputy Registrar Trainings. To become a Deputy Registrar, you must be sponsored by a Political Organization registered with the Illinois State Board of Elections. To become sponsored by the 2nd Ward Democrats, send an email to my office, and include your full voting name, voting address, phone number, and email address.

2nd Ward Clean & Green

2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins’ Service Office is organizing a Ward-wide Clean & Green on Saturday, April 22. The program is part of a citywide effort to clean up the city and get ready for spring.

The office is coordinating with volunteers from across the 2nd Ward to identify locations (parkways, play lots, curbs, and schools) that collected junk and debris over the winter. I will be helping Alderman Hopkins with the ward-wide cleanup efforts and, and encourage you to get involved.

One of the additional benefits of these clean-ups is it gives you a chance to meet your neighbors, and help build a stronger community bond. Sign up to get involved with Alderman Brian Hopkins here.

Precinct Infrastructure Surveys

Last year, Alderman Brian Hopkins and I worked with volunteers across the Ward to walk each block and knocked on doors with neighbors to talk about issues that the city can fix. From streets and sidewalks in need of repair, faded or missing street signs, trees in need of trimming, street & alley light outages, more than 1,500 service requests were filed, thanks to the efforts of volunteers.

This year, I will again help Alderman Hopkins by finding individuals willing to walk the streets in their neighborhoods and report back things that the city can fix.

When multiple issues can be reported and repaired by a department in a concentrated area, it becomes more efficient to get a city crew out to address an issue. To get involved, click here to help take ownership of part of or your entire precinct.

For more information about upcoming events, or getting involved, sign up for 2nd Ward Email Updates.

Stronger Together: We Survive By Organizing

I just got off a conference call with President Obama and David Plouffe, and wanted to share a few things that they had to say about the Presidential Election, and what we can do to take the feelings we have about the outcomes, and put them to use in a positive manner.

David Plouffe said that “now is the right time to plant a thousand seeds, and see what grows,” referencing the idea that there are no bad ideas that can be had in helping shape and grow a local political organization. The traditional models of organizing should always be held dear — holding meetings, organizing days of action, and talking to voters and neighbors on the phones and the doors. But we should begin to think about what things we should be working towards; what goals we should seek to accomplish; what will be our motivating factor(s).

President Obama is giving us a few more days to reflect on the outcomes of the election — to be mad, sad, or whatever other feelings you’re experiencing today. But, he noted, “be ready to pick yourself up and get back to work for the good of the progress we’ve worked toward since 2008. Be ready to go by December.”

Progress, the President noted, “doesn’t always follow a straight line; it zigs and zags, sometimes it moves forward or backward or sideways. But progress always moves in the direction of justice, freedom, and inclusion. It’s the result of the work of passionate people with idealism, energy, and enthusiasm.”

He reminded us that now, more than ever, we must stay connected and active. We cannot let the networks and relationships we’ve established erode; to be pushed into isolation. We can’t let the work we’ve put forward to progress stand in the way of what stands before us. Here in Illinois, that’s 2018, when we fight for a Democrat to unseat Rauner in Springfield; where we fight in 2019 to re-elect Alderman Hopkins. 

In the coming weeks, keep an eye out for the next steps we take in the 2nd Ward. We will hold a meeting to break down the next steps we take as an organization to outline our pathway to organizing in our neighborhoods, our buildings, and our precincts. 

Something that the President did not share on this call, but has stood with me from the 2008 campaign seems so fitting, even today. On a day when things were looking bad in Michigan, he got on the phone with the state field team and reminded us how proud he was of the work we had done, and said, “when ordinary people unite together for a common cause, they do extraordinary things.” I like to think that we are extraordinary people, and by the President’s wisdom, we can do something incredible together. 

In closing, I encourage you to follow the 2nd Ward Facebook Page, and 2nd Ward Twitter account. Encourage your friends, relatives, and neighbors to do the same. To those who you know are fired up about the results of the election, forward this email to them. (to those of you who were forwarded this, subscribe to this email listserv!)

Have an idea of what you want to see happen in the future? Want to help plan the 2nd Ward Organizing meeting? Send me an email!

Sincerely Yours,

John Geahan, Political Director

October Fundraiser for Committeeman Egan

You’re Invited:
Reception for 2nd Ward Democratic
Committeeman Tim Egan
Join the Honorable Jesse White, Alderman Brian Hopkins, Alderman Patrick J. O’Connor, Senate President John J. Cullerton, State Senator Antonio “Tony” Munoz, State Representative Sara Feigenholtz, State Representative Ann M. Williams, Commissioner John Fritchey, Peter O’Brien, Brian Dolan, Chris Ryan, & Len Cannata

Wednesday, October 5th
28 E. Division St., Chicago
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
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$ 5,000 Host Committee
$ 3,500 Honorary Host
$ 2,000 Advisor
$ 1,000 Leader
$ 500 Friend
$ 250 Ticket
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by phone (773) 850-0253
Make Checks Payable to:
Friends of Tim Egan
PO Box 220131
Chicago, IL  60610

Paid for by Friends of Tim Egan
A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website ( or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois

2nd Ward Democrats: Putting Constituents FIRST

Dear Neighbor,

My name is Tim Egan, and I am proud to serve as your 2nd Ward Democratic Committeeman. I chose to run for this office because I want to be able to help support Alderman Brian Hopkins in his efforts to help ensure that our neighborhoods in the 2nd Ward remain an incredible place to live, work, and be entertained.

As your Democratic Committeeman, I am committed to ensuring that new residents are afforded the opportunity to vote in the Ward through conducting voter registration drives, sponsoring events put on by neighborhood organizations and community stakeholders, and working with advocates and volunteers from across the Ward as we roll out our volunteer coordinator program.

Through this program, we will help ensure that city service requests are identified early, and fulfilled in a timely manner by taking to the streets to talk to our neighbors about the things that need to be fixed — whether it be trees trimmed, potholes patched, street lights replaced, or anything else — and work to identify issues on our blocks.

Surveying the Ward and reporting service requests block-by-block not only helps ensure these things are fixed. Reporting a number of issues on a block-by-block basis also makes it more efficient for city crews to respond to these requests. Since September 1, 2016, volunteers submitted more than 1,200 service requests to Alderman Hopkins’ Office, and nearly all of these requests have been completed.

I encourage you to get involved, and help make your block, neighborhood, or precinct. To get involved, please contact John Geahan, Director of Operations, by email at


Sincerely Yours,


Tim Egan

2nd Ward Democratic Committeeman