The Boone County Democratic Central Committee (BCDCC) is dedicated to improving our community by creating an environment of hope and unity.  We promise to work tirelessly to improve conditions in our community and affect positive change in the world around us.  We affirm the importance of working together to find solutions.  The BCDCC will operate lawfully and respectfully in all matters.  We will not profit from our endeavors.  We believe in fairness for all.  The BCDCC will not waver in the conviction to create a better community for all citizens.

Meeting Location

The Salvation Army Community Center

422 S. Main St

Belvidere, IL 61008


Meeting Date

Monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, unless otherwise posted.

Executive Committee:  

County Chair  - John Gedney                        (815) 323-2985
1st Vice Chair - Mike Simms                          (815) 519-6259
Treasurer                - Wayne Borchardt                                  
Secretary         - Wendy LaFauce                                                           
2nd Vice Chair       - Emmanuel Oteng-Bediako   (815) 708-4832  

Contact Information:

By Email:
By Phone: 1-815-323-2985
By Post:     BCDCC, PO Box 1263, Belvidere, IL  61008

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2020 BCDCC Intern/Scholarships Now Available

We are seeking high school juniors, seniors, and/or college freshmen for 2020 intern/scholarship positions. Great experience for any student's college application. Contact the BCDCC Recording Secretary at to arrange an interview.

Cattastic Adoption Event

Adopt a cat Saturday, Nov 23rd, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Boone County Animal Services, 4546 Squaw Prarie Road, Belvidere. Every cat is $50 with an approved adoption application.

Boone County Dems Hometown Christmas Tree

Donations and decorations needed for the Boone County Hometown Christmas Tree:
Boone County Dems Day at the Icehogs is Sold Out

We are happy to announce we are sold out of tickets to Boone County Dems Day at the Ice Hogs. Thank you to everyone who sponsored this event and bought single tickets.
We look forward to seeing you Sunday, November 3rd at the BMO Bank Center. Doors open at 3pm. Game time is 4pm.

Boone County Democratic Central Committee Welcomed
Senator Richard Durbin to Belvidere

The Boone County Dems hosted a luncheon in honor of Senator Richard Durbin, Senior Senator from Illinois, on October 7, 2019 in Belvidere.

The senator updated the enthusiastic crowd about current legislation and the possibility of an impeachment trial. However, the majority of Senator Durbin’s time was spent taking questions from voters, elected officials, and organized labor officials.

Click here to see some pictures from this event.

Local News Coverage of Boone County Democrats

Click here to see Boone County Board member Jessica Muellner, along with aspiring County Board candidate Wendy LaFauce, interviewed on WIFR-TV News about the increasing number of women seeking political office. And don't forget, there are still two more sessions of Elections 101 upcoming, on Oct 2 and Oct 10. Click here for more details.

2019 Wine and Cheese Fundraiser

We'd like to thank everyone who came out Saturday to McEachran Homestead Winery making our event a huge success! Click here to see some pictures.

From Marilyn Spradling's beautiful auction items, Marilyn Campbell & Dawn Rogers' delicious treats to our elected officials & candidates Cherie Bartelt, Jessica Muellner, & Paul Stoddard sharing their vision for Boone County.

None of this is possible without union support. Rockford Area CAP & Plumbers & Pipefitters' Local 23 were sponsors of the evening. Lending additional support were: IBEW Local 364, Sheet Metal Workers' Local 219, & Iron Workers Local 49. We thank each of you for supporting our vision of fighting for working families.

Of course, all of this comes together under the guidance of our Chair, John Gedney.

Take Action to Help Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Click here to learn the various ways you can provide help to asylum-seekers and refugees at our southern border.

Interested in Running for Public Office?

University of Illinois Extension, in partnership with the Boone County Clerk and the Boone County Treasurer, is offering Elections 101, a free class on how to become a candidate for public office. This class will be offered at three different times  and locations in Boone County, on September 15, October 2, and October 10. Click here for more details.

This class is non-partisan, open to any resident of Boone County, regardless of political affiliation. It also covers how to register to vote, and how to become an election judge for Boone County. Election judges are crucial to ensuring that our elections are free and fair.

Heartland Mamas Podcast Available

If you enjoyed the Heartland Mamas at the Boone County, click here to follow their twice-weekly podcast. 

Delegates for the Democratic National Convention Information Sessions
During the month of September, the Democratic Party of Illinois will be hosting Delegate Information Sessions throughout the state. These sessions are designed to inform interested individuals on the process to run for Delegate to the National Convention. The information sessions run around an hour an a half. While it is not required, individuals interested in running for Delegate should strongly consider attending.
A delegate plays a significant role by representing Illinois Democrats at the Convention and helping select the Democratic presidential nominee. Delegates also help shape the Democratic Party’s platform and policies. For the 2020 Democratic Convention, Illinois has been allocated 184 delegates and 13 alternate delegates. We invite you to attend one of these information sessions, and to share this invitation with your friends and supporters.
In Rockford, this session will be held Monday, September 30, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the IBEW Local 364 Hall, 6820 Mill Rd, Rockford IL. This session will cover the:
    - Illinois Democratic delegate selection process
    - Role of delegates in the selection of the Democratic presidential nominee
    - How to become a delegate
    - Duties and responsibilities of a delegate
    - How to connect with a presidential campaign
You will hear from representatives of the Democratic Party of Illinois as well as other state and local Democratic leaders.
Click here to register to register for a session (scroll down to bottom for register link), and to see other dates, times, and locations for these Delegate Information Sessions.
The Democratic Party of Illinois especially encourages people with disabilities, African-Americans, Hispanics, Arab-Americans, Asian-Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, members of the LGBTQ community and youth to participate in the delegate process. 
 Accessibility: To ensure accessibility for people with disabilities, all events will be held in venues with wheelchair accessible entrances, seating and restrooms. If you would like to confirm a service such as ASL interpretation, captioning, audio description and/or materials in Braille, large print or digital formats, please list in the RSVP form or let us know at least seven days prior to the event, or if you are receiving this invitation within seven days, as soon as possible to, 217-546-7404.  We will make every effort to accommodate your request.

2020 Primary Election Season Starting

The primary elections in Illinois will be held on March 17, 2020. Individuals planning to run for Precinct Committee Person in the March 17, 2020 Primary Election can begin circulating petitions on September 3, 2019.

Individuals planning to be a Precinct Committee Person for the precinct in which they live, should circulation a petition and obtain at least 10 (15-20 recommended) signatures. Petitions need to be notarized before submitting. Submission dates (the filing period) are from November 25, 2019 to December 2, 2019.

Individuals planning to be a Precinct Committee Person for a precinct other than the one in which they live, will need to be appointed to their position by John Gedney.

Petition forms can be obtained electronically from Wayne Borchardt.  Printed forms will also be available at our next BCDCC meeting (Thursday, September 12).  If you are not familiar with Votebuilder, Wayne will access Votebuilder to provide you with names and addresses of Democrats in your Precinct for obtaining signatures.

Wayne can be contacted by email at: and will need your name, address, phone and precinct name and number in order to obtain the proper information from Votebuilder.

Boone County Democrats Day at the Rockford Icehogs

Join us Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 for our 2020 Kick-off event with the Rockford Icehogs at BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford IL. The game starts at 4:00 PM, and the cost is $15 per ticket. A sponsor level package of 20 tickets for $300, which will include recognition on our social media, and on our slide on the video board during the game.

We are happy to announce we are sold out of tickets to Boone County Dems Day at the Ice Hogs. Thank you to everyone who sponsored this event and bought single tickets.
We look forward to seeing you Sunday, November 3rd at the BMO Bank Center. Doors open at 3pm. Game time is 4pm.

BCDCC Wine & Cheese Mixer

Join us on Saturday, September 14th, from 6pm-9pm at Boone County's only winery, the McEachran Homestead Winery, 1917 Wyman School Rd, Caledonia Illinois 61011, for an evening of conversation, fun, and mingling with fellow Democrats and our candidates. Wine tasting, gourmet cheese and heavy hors d'oevres will complement your evening enjoyment. Click here to purchase tickets, at $50 per person. More information here.

Boone County Fair Booth Volunteers Needed
It's almost time for the Boone County Fair. If you'd like to volunteer in our booth, contact our Recording Secretary at:

Illinois Democratic Chairs Pledge Union-Friendly Goods and Services Spending.

The Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association, representing the leaders of all 102 Illinois County Democratic Party organizations, approved an association-wide resolution on May 20, 2019, to put priority spending on products, services and business enterprises that are pro-labor. Click here to see the press release announcing this action.

Monthly BCDCC Meetings to Resume in September

There will be no monthly meeting of the BCDCC at the Salvation Army in June, July, or August. We will meet before our summer activities instead. Watch your email and our facebook page for updated information.


Planning to Run for Office in Boone County in 2020?
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Midnight Masquerade Fundraiser a Resounding Success

Click here to see a selection of photos from our most recent fundraiser, the 2019 Midnight at the Masquerade Mystery Dinner, and a big thank-you to all participants, masked or not.

New Start Time for Monthly BCDCC Meeting!

The starting time for the BCDCC monthly meeting has been changed to 06:30 PM. Please make a note of this new time.

Workforce Connection Services Now Available.

The Workforce Connection is now operating at 530 State Street, Suite 103, Belvidere, IL  61008. Click here for more information. Visit their website at

New Location for BCDCC Meetings.

We will no longer be meeting at the Boone County Courthouse for our monthly meeting. Starting Thursday, February 14th, we will be meeting at The Salvation Army Belvidere Corps Community Center, 422 S. Main Street, Belvidere, IL. Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to help The Salvation Army feed those in need.

New JB Pritzker campaign ad spotlights Rockford, Freeport, and Boone County

Watch his new video here, with scenes from our very own Boone County Fair. How many of our Democratic candidates can you identify? 

Find out what issues our members are concerned about. Click this link to see the letters they write to local news media.

Run for office! Use this brand new tool to find out where, when and how you can run for office. A #BlueWave is coming to Illinois. Click this link, enter your address and see if your community has seats where we are recruiting candidates. No Republican should go unchallenged this November.

The BCDCC is now accepting applications for precinct committeeman/woman in Boone County. Click here for the application and instructions on how to apply.

Current Events:  
Date Time Event Location Contact Other Info

 September 2019
Thursday, Sept 12 06:30 PM BCDCC Monthly Meeting The Salvation Army Belvidere Corps Community Center, 422 S. Main Street, Belvidere, IL 61008
John Gedney(815) 323-2985
Saturday, Sept 14  06:00-09:00 PM BCDCC Fundraiser  McEachran Homestead Winery, 1917 Wyman School Road, Caledonia, Illinois 61011
John Gedney(815) 323-2985
Tickets $50/person.
Monday, Sept 30 06:30-08:00 PM DNC Delegate Information Session IBEW Local 364 Hall, 6820 Mill Rd, Rockford IL. John Gedney(815) 323-2985
 October 2019
Thursday, Oct 10
06:30 PM BCDCC Monthly Meeting The Salvation Army Belvidere Corps Community Center, 422 S. Main Street, Belvidere, IL 61008
John Gedney(815) 323-2985
 November 2019
Sunday, Nov 3 04:00 PM  Rockford IceHogs Kickoff Event BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford, IL  Sold Out!
Thursday, Nov 14 06:30 PM BCDCC Monthly Meeting  The Salvation Army Belvidere Corps Community Center, 422 S. Main Street, Belvidere, IL 61008
John Gedney(815) 323-2985
 December 2019
Wednesday, Dec 4 05:30 PM Hometown Christmas Tree Decoration The Community Building, 111 West 1st Street
Belvidere, IL 61008 

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