For Immediate Release:
Tuesday June 26, 2018
Toby Trimmer, Communications Director
(217) 622-7547 |


“Blue Wave” enthusiasm expected to result in the largest-ever annual Democratic Party event

 SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The annual IDCCA County Chairs’ Brunch held in mid-August has become a traditional rallying point shifting Democratic Party activism into high gear. IDCCA President Doug House is confident that this year’s keynote guest and speaker, Former Vice President Joe Biden, will build unprecedented enthusiasm and help boost attendance well beyond last year’s record turnout.

“Over the last three years, our Democratic County Chairs have invested in training, recruitment, coalition development and party building,” said House. “Illinois Democrats are fighting like never before to stop the dangerous Republican agenda to dismantle 70 years of American working and middle-class prosperity. Without question, Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and J.B. Pritzker will rally, motivate and inspire Illinois Democrats to execute the battle plan to ensure a ‘Blue Wave’ in every county of our state.”

With a keen understanding of the hardships that Bruce Rauner and Illinois Republicans have forced on working and middle-class families, Senator Durbin delivered the party’s pitch and secured the confirmation of Biden as the 2018 keynote guest.

“Joe Biden was my Senate colleague and remains my good friend,” Durbin said. “When I asked him to headline the largest gathering of the year of Illinois Democrats, he didn’t hesitate to say yes. Vice President Biden was President Obama’s strong partner – we welcome him back to Illinois.”

Biden’s visit will reinforce the enthusiastic momentum that gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker has built among Democrats and working families all over Illinois.

“Bruce Rauner is a failed governor who has spent four years lurching our state from crisis to crisis, doing untold damage to our state,” said Pritzker. “We can’t afford another four years of his failures and that’s why we’re uniting Illinoisans in every corner of our state to defeat him. We are running a statewide, grassroots campaign to put Springfield back on the side of working families and there is no one who fights harder for working families than Vice President Joe Biden. I’m thrilled that the Vice President is joining us at the IDCCA brunch as we come together as Democrats to move our state forward.”

The 2018 IDCCA Brunch will be held within days of the ten-year anniversary of then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama’s Old State Capitol announcement of Biden as his running mate. Biden’s return to Springfield is anticipated to draw the largest, most enthusiastic crowd of Democrats to ever attend the IDCCA County Chairs’ Brunch.

The IDCCA County Chairs’ Brunch will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Event details and methods of purchasing tickets is available on the IDCCA webpage at and via social media at and


About the IDCCA…

The Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) is a statewide, grassroots Democratic Party organization comprised of the elected Democratic County Chairs in all 102 counties in Illinois. The mission of the IDCCA is to help elect Democrats in every county and region of Illinois while continuing to grow the Democratic Party throughout the state. Rock Island County Chair Doug House is the President of the IDCCA.

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