For Immediate Release:
Tuesday February 18, 2020
Dan Kovats, Executive Director
(773) 351-7818 |


SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Long time Illinois Democratic Party activist and former Tazewell County Democratic Party Chair Shirley Houghton has passed away. News of Houghton’s passing reached IDCCA leadership yesterday.

Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association President Kristina Zahorik issues the following statement on behalf of the IDCCA:

“Illinois Democrats lost an amazing woman yesterday. We mourn the death of Shirley Houghton and extend our deepest sympathies. Shirley recently stepped down as Chair of the Democratic Party of Tazewell County. She was one of the first women to step up and be elected into a leadership role within the Democratic Party. I stand on her shoulders and benefit from the groundwork she laid. I will be forever grateful to her legacy.  Shirley was a friend to everyone and a dedicated Party Builder, often traveling well outside Tazewell County to support Democrats. On behalf of every Democratic County Chair, Democratic Precinct Committeeperson, and Democrat in Illinois, we send our condolences and grateful thanks to her family and friends.”


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. McHenry County Democratic Chair Kristina Zahorik is the President of the IDCCA.

The IDCCA Leadership Circle is an advisory board made up of elected officials, members of Organized Labor, political activists, and supporters who are not County Chairs. The role of the IDCCA Leadership Circle is to act as Ambassadors for the IDCCA and help expand the resources that we provide to our County Chairs. Kevin Conlon of Conlon & Dunn Public Strategies serves as the Chair of the IDCCA Leadership Circle.

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