For Immediate Release:
Friday November 27, 2020
Dan Kovats, Executive Director
(773) 351-7818 |



SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) is saddened to learn of the passing of long time Pope County Democratic Chair Leslie Hardin. County Chair Hardin was a long-time staple of the IDCCA. He spent his life serving his community. He was was a Democratic Precinct Committeeperson for 42 years and a County Chair for the past 10 years. County Chair Hardin was a strong supporter of the Labor Movement as a 49-year member of Laborers’ International Local 773 (Marion, IL). He continued to provide guidance after working by serving on their Retiree Council. He also was a member of the Southeastern Regional Planning Commission and the Workforce Investment Board. He is survived by his wife Frances, daughter Samantha, son Robert, and several other members of his family. He will be missed by his fellow Democratic Chairs, the IDCCA, and Democrats throughout Illinois.

IDCCA President Kristina Zahorik issued the following statement:

“I had the opportunity to meet Les Hardin last year at a Southern Illinois County Chairs’ meeting in Mt. Vernon. He was a wealth of knowledge about the Democratic Party and was an asset to our organization. Like many of us, Les came from Organized Labor and was particularly proud of his time with Laborers’ Local 773. I am saddened to hear of his passing, especially during this time of year.  He will be a tough one to replace. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, family, and labor brother and sisters.”


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.

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