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Democratic ‘firepower’ coming to Joliet fundraiser

Updated: November 4, 2013 7:00AM



Democrats are making strides in Will County, and state and national party members are starting to take notice, according to Scott Pyles, the county Democratic chairman.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan are scheduled to attend the county Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson annual fundraising dinner Friday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall in Joliet.

“I think this is probably, at least in my memory, the most Democratic firepower we’ve had down here for something like this,” Pyles said.

Democrats control the county board for the first time in years and hold a majority of countywide elected offices and most of the county’s seats in the Illinois House and Senate, Pyles said.

“I think Will County is an important county with regards to the state party,” he said. “If you look at the rest of the state outside of Cook County, you’re going to be hard-pressed to have as many Democrats elected to office. For years, Will County was thought to be a Republican county, and I don’t think that’s the case anymore.”

Also at Friday’s dinner, Circuit Court Clerk Pam McGuire will receive the party’s lifetime achievement award, which is named after County Executive Larry Walsh, Pyles said. The award is given to Democrats who have long years of service within the party.

“She’s a continuous, five-term Democratic countywide official,” Pyles said of McGuire.



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