In July 2021, ACE members joined Indivisible Naperville, Indivisible DuPage, IL NOW, DuPage NAACP, and Stand on Every Corner Naperville to support passing S1, the For the People Act in the U.S. Senate at the Naperville Deadline for Democracy Rally. Speakers included IL Senator Laura Ellman (IL-21), IL Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (IL-81), DuPage NAACP members Patrick Watson and Ken Mejia-Beal, Saba Haider, Col. Don Potoczny, and Drushya Musham.
ACE members marched for IL Senator Laura Ellman in Glen Ellyn’s Independence Day parade in July, 2020.
ACE members participated in several Women’s Marches, including Chicago, Fox Valley, and Woodstock, on January 18, 2020.
Senator Laura Ellman, Dionne Roberts-Emegha from the Chicago Census office, Sadia Covert, chair of DuPage County Complete Count Committee, Yoselyn Ovalle, associate manager, Forefront, and Mark Rice, liaison of the Naperville Complete Count Committee, spoke to ACE on October 20, 2019 on the importance of the Census 2020, locally and statewide.
Stand on Every Corner for Women’s Reproductive Rights, May, 2019.
ACE hosted a panel discussion, “Journalism: The Fourth Estate—Does Social Media Threaten the Integrity, Function, and Role of Established News Sources?”, at our meeting on April 14, 2019. Panelists included Craig Dellimore, political editor for WBBM-AM; Bernie Tafoya, news reporter, WBBM-AM; Jim Slusher, opinion page editor, the Daily Herald; Steve Macek, chair, communications and media studies, North Central College; Elise Mulligan, editor, The North Star, Naperville North High School; and Avani Shah, headlines editor, The Stampede and Metea Media, Metea Valley High School. Our moderator was journalist and ACE member Dawn DeSart.
ACE held a Naperville Candidate Meet & Greet on February 17, 2019. Attendees posed questions to mayoral challenger Rocky Caylor, as well as city council candidates Theresa Sullivan, Barbara O’Meara, Nancy Turner, and Patrick Kelly. Photos by Thom Higgins.
ACE co-sponsored our first Naperville Mayoral Candidate Forum in January 2019 with a coalition of grassroots, nonpartisan, and Democratic groups, including Indivisible Naperville, Moms Demand Action, Voice of Indian-American Voters, Stand on Every Corner, Naper Gals, Wheatland Township Democrats, and the DuPage Township Democrats. ACE leader Beverly George posed questions to incumbent Mayor Steve Chirico and challenger Rocky Caylor on issues including TIFS, environmental safety, and achieving a sustainable balance between development and residential needs.
ACE welcomed local candidates to a Meet and Greet at our September meeting on the 17th in anticipation of the mid-term elections in November. Candidates Dawn DeSart (DuPage County Board, District 5), Julie Renehan (DuPage County Board, District 3), Jim Kopchok (Will County Board, District 11), and Judge Linda Davenport (DuPage County Circuit Court) joined surrogates from several other local campaigns.
ACE and the Saybrook Dems joined together for a CBIL6 Postcard Party on July 23, 2018, to encourage voters in the IL06 to get out and vote in the midterm elections.
On the weekend of June 30, 2018, ACE members attended Families Belong Together Rallies and protests against ICE in McHenry County to urge the quick reunification of children who were ripped from their parents while trying to enter the United States.
On June 10, ACE hosted members of our community to discuss what can be done locally to bring common-sense gun legislation to Illinois. Joining us were students Andy Wong (recently graduated from Neuqua Valley High School) and Lindsay Powell (Naperville Central High School) who had organized walk outs at their respective schools, along with Shelley Sandstrom from the West Suburban branch of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Sara Knizhnik of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence who spoke about current legislation that presently sits on Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk waiting to be signed.
Our Focus on the Environment Panel at our May, 2018 meeting included Jeff Gahris, Sierra Club and Illinois Solar Energy Association, Tim Banas, Citizens Climate Lobby, Harry Ohde of the IBEW, and Steve Jones and Pete Fales from the 1st Congregational Church-UCC, who retrofitted our meeting location a few years ago to become more energy efficient. Ohde assured ACE members solar is here to stay and spoke of training programs the IBEW is putting in place for the new technology jobs, while Gahris discussed the benefits of solar energy, and Banas talked about the proposed Carbon Fee and Dividend.
Twelve ACE members, along people from the LWV-Naperville, the AAUW, and Will County NOW, went down to Springfield for ERA Lobby Day on April 10, 2018. They met with their representatives and urged them to pass SJRCA4, which would pass the ERA in Illinois Senate and send it to the House soon after.
Illinois NOW President Michelle Fadeley, Paloma Arroyo of Planned Parenthood Illinois, and Blake Kelley from Men4Choice participated in ACE’s Women’s Issues Panel in March 2018. Click here to watch NCTV-17’s coverage.
ACE members supported Naperville North students on National Walkout Day to protest school shootings on March 14, 2018, one month after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.
ACE members joined Indivisible Naperville in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in March 2018. The Blue Wave is coming in November!
ACE’s Meet the 2018 Candidates 2 featured Sadia Covert, Judge Linda Davenport, Ryan Huffman, David Stevens, and Jennifer Zordani in February 2018.
A large ACE contingent joined 300,000 (!) people for the 2018 Women’s March Chicago. Last year’s march was in response to Donald Trump being elected president. This year’s was a call to action for the 2018 primaries and mid-term elections in November. (Photo of the train station courtesy of Dayna Bateman.)
ACE members participated in the Naperville GOP Tax Scam Rally on Saturday, December 2, 2017. ACE Leader Beverly George spoke on how this terrible bill will affect public education, graduate students, and teachers.
ACE-Naperville welcomed women challenging long-time male legislators in 2018 for a Candidate Meet & Greet at the November 12, 2017 meeting. Speakers included Becky Anderson Wilkins, Kathleen Carrier, Carole Cheney, Dawn DeSart, Laura Ellman, and Lauren Underwood.
ACE-Naperville members marched with Indivisible dressed as Rosie the Riveter in the Labor Day Parade through downtown Naperville, IL on September 4, 2017.
Here’s the ACE-Naperville table at the Resistance Fair on August 26, 2017, in Bolingbrook, IL.
ACE-Naperville members attended the Our Lives Are on the Line Rally at the Federal Center and Plaza in downtown Chicago on July 29, 2017. Rep. Jan Schakowsky spoke along with many others who shared their ACA stories.
ACE-Naperville members protested to Save Our Health Care, sponsored by Indivisible Illinois, Friends Who March, and Indivisible DuPage, in Wheaton on June 22, 2017.
ACE-Naperville members attended CBIL6’s Adopt-a-District Town Hall with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky on June 3, 2017. If Peter Roskam won’t meet with his constituents, Jan Schakowsky will.
ACE-Naperville members Carol Chesick and Julie Mark participated in Chicago’s March for Truth on June 3, 2017.
ACE-Naperville participated in the Activist Expo on May 20, 2017. Sponsored by the Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th, the event brought several groups together to kickoff voter registration drives, door-to-door canvassing, and phone banking the coalition will do over the summer and fall.
On April 29, 2017, ACE-Naperville member Doreen Schweitzer marched with the IL Sierra Club in Washington, DC, in the People’s Climate March. Other members marched in Chicago and in Ft. Myers. In spite of the rainy and cold weather in Chicago, turnout was strong and the spirits of the marchers were not dampened at all.
Read the Chicago Sun-Times article and interview of ACE-Naperville members Jeanie Guenther and Anna Gifford at the People’s Climate March in Chicago, April 29, 2017.
March for Science in Chicago, April 22, 2017
Click this link to see video from local NBC News of the estimated 40,000+ crowd at the Chicago March for Science. http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/march-for-science-chicago-420155254.html
Trump Tax Day March, Naperville, IL, March 15, 2017
Women’s March on Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017
Protesting Rep. Peter Roskam (R), Illinois 6th District in support of the ACA. Mr. Roskam consistently avoids meeting in Town Halls with his constituents. February, 2017.