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Updated: April 15, 2013 2:13AM

Waukegan Dems: The Waukegan Democratic Organization is looking for a new space for its headquarters. The group closed shop at its former home, a building at the corner of North Avenue and Fourth Street on the city’s Near North side, about two weeks ago. According to Pete Couvall, first vice chair of Lake County Democratic Party, the storefront at 709 North Ave. was recently sold as part of an estate. “The building needed a lot of work,” Couvall said. “We couldn’t come to an agreement with them (owners).” Waukegan Dems are looking at two locations, one on Green Bay Road and one on Route 120.

Simon bows out: Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon announced Wednesday she will not run for re-election in 2014. However, she has left the door opent to seeking another office. “Serving as lieutenant governor has given me an opportunity to advocate on important issues that affect our state but it is time for me to do even more,” Simon said. “I want to serve the people of Illinois in a role where I can have an even greater impact. “My career has been dedicated to advocating for the people of Illinois. I look forward to continuing that service,” Simon said.

Mayor, clerk debates: Waukegan Democratic primary mayoral and city clerk candidates will take part in debates Feb. 16 at the Community Action Partnership, 1200 Glen Flora Ave. Clerk candidates will be at 10:30 a.m, mayoral candidates at noon. Sponsors include Latino Coalition CLULC, NAACP of Lake County, North Shore Ministers Alliance, Delta Sigma Theta Inc., Waukegan Alumnae, Black Chamber of Commerce of Lake County and Hispanic Network Group of Lake County.

Town hall meeting: Citizens to Elect Valerie DeVost will host the North Chicago Democratic mayoral candidate Feb. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. at North Chicago High School, 1717 17th St. For questions or to RSVP, contact Evie Hakeem at (847) 887-0809.

Schneider fund-raiser: A re-election reception for U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Deerfield, will be held Feb. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Petterino’s, 150 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. To RSVP or for further information, contact (847) 748-3788. Contributions can be sent by checks made payable to “Schneider for Congress,” P.O. Box 1318, Deerfield, IL 60015. Contribution levels begin at $250.

City Club forum: The City Club of Waukegan will hold a forum for Democratic mayoral candidates at 7 p.m., Feb. 19 at Glen Flora Country Club, 2200 N. Sheridan Road.

Yingling office: State Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Round Lake Beach, will mark the opening of his new full-time constituent service office in Hainesville with an open house and community meeting Feb. 22. “My office will be a place for residents to share their thoughts, and help me make their voices heard, so there’s no better way to open this office than by inviting the people I represent to join me and begin an ongoing discussion of the issues facing this state,” he said. The open house from 3 to 6 p.m., at Yingling’s constituent service office, located at 20 W. North St., in Hainesville. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Moraine GOP: Moraine Township Republicans will hold a candidate appreciation night from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Hemmingway Banquet Room at Miramar Bistro & Bar, 301 Waukegan Ave., Highwood. The reception is to honor the candidates who appeared on Moraine Township ballots on behalf of the Republican Party. The annual Moraine Township Republican Spartan Award to a Moraine precinct committeeman or precinct captain will be announced. TIckets are $25 per person, which includes hors d’ oeuvres, cash bar and valet parking. For reservations contact Louis Atsaves, Moraine Township GOP chairman, or by Feb. 24. Make checks payable to North Shore Republicans.

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