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Blog: Rising Stars To Help Local Democrats Open New Office

Highland Park — On Saturday, June 6, from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, the Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) will open its new office in Grayslake. It will be located on 20 N. Whitney St. in Grayslake, with the entrance off the alley. Additional parking is available in the lot on the corner. Guest speakers will include rising stars State Treasurer Mike Frerichs (newly-elected) and State Senator Daniel Biss, often mentioned as a possible candidate for statewide office. Refreshments will be served.

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs was inaugurated in January after serving four terms as a state senator from the Champaign area. In a difficult year for a lot of Democrats, Frerichs won statewide in one of the closest elections in Illinois history. Frerichs served in Springfield with State Senator Daniel Biss who represents parts of the 10th District. Biss previously served as State Representative.

Tenth Dems is a grassroots organization that elects Democrats at all levels within Illinois’ 10th Congressional District.

For more information or to sign up, visit, email, or call (847) 266-VOTE (8683).

Blog Featured: Mark Kirk Meltdown: From “Coffins” To Clean Bill?

After Mark Kirk took heat for his inflammatory remarks that Republicans “should build a number of coffins outside each Democratic office”if there was a terror attack during a potential DHS shutdown and that “all the dead Americans from [an attack] should be laid at the feet of the Democratic caucus,” it seems he has changed his tune after seeing some brutal poll numbers.

A new poll yesterday showed that voters in Illinois and several other key Senate battleground states were inclined to vote against Kirk and others who are driving the government towards a potential DHS shutdown. 47% of Illinois voters said they’d be less likely to vote for Kirk for tying DHS funding to immigration policy.

After seeing the polling, Kirk now “generally agrees with the Democratic position.”

Is he serious?

“After despicably remarking just yesterday that Republicans should build fake coffins in the event of a terrorist attack to score political points, Mark Kirk is clearly floundering as he attempts to change his tune on a clean DHS funding bill,” said Sadie Weiner, National Press Secretary at the DSCC. “Apparently it takes a day of bad headlines and some brutal poll numbers to convince Mark Kirk to stop being irresponsible, but the fact remains that Kirk has been along for the ride as the GOP majority has plowed ahead with absolutely no plan to fund DHS. Illinois families deserve better than a Senator like Mark Kirk who callously lobs political attacks in the face of a DHS shutdown then changes his tune the moment he fears for his reelection.”

Blog: Jewish Americans are proud to stand with Gov. Quinn

This originally appeared in a recent issue of The Chicago Jewish News:

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Blog: Democrat Mike Frerichs talks with Tenth Dems volunteers


Democratic candidate for State Treasurer Mike Frerichs spoke to a crowd of Tenth Dems volunteers and members in Riverwoods.

Tenth Dems University (TDU) continued its Meet the Candidate series with our latest featured guest, State Senator Michael Frerichs. Frerichs has fought to create jobs and make college more affordable, and now he’s running for State Treasurer.

Mike Frerichs talked to a room of Tenth Dems volunteers and members at The Flame (formerly Jimmy’s Charhouse) in Riverwoods.

He told the crowd that he’s running for Treasurer to bring much needed accountability, transparency and competency to Illinois finances, and to put state investments to work to help build the middle class.

As a former Champaign County Auditor, he received national recognition for bringing transparency to county budgets.

RSVP for our next Tenth Dems University event, CSI: Lake County – Behind the Scenes, presented by experienced law enforcement officer, Lake County Coroner’s Office investigator and Democratic candidate for Lake County Sheriff, Jason Patt.

Check out pictures from our Meet the Candidate event with Mike Frerichs:

Blog Featured: Local Democrats Accepting Fall 2014 Internship Applications

Deerfield — The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) is now accepting applications for its Fall 2014 Internship Program. The internship is a substantive program designed for high school, college and graduate students seeking an opportunity to become deeply engaged in the political process.

Tenth Dems is a grassroots political organization that helps mobilize voters and interest groups in one of the most widely watched and intensely contested congressional districts in the country.

This is the ideal time to complete a political internship as the critical 2014 midterm elections approach. General assignments include staffing of events and issue forums, door-to-door canvassing with candidates, working in campaign offices and conducting research. In the past, Tenth Dems interns have staffed events for candidates and elected officials up and down the ballot, including then-Senator and now U.S. President Barack Obama, Senator Dick Durbin, and Congressman Brad Schneider, among others. Tenth Dems has also held events featuring frequent MSNBC contributors John Nichols and Karen Finney. Interns may also choose to complete specialized assignments in new media, IT management and political outreach.

Our Summer 2014 class of interns and volunteers helped plan a summer picnic at Ravinia with Rep. Schneider.

Our Summer 2014 class of interns and volunteers helped plan a summer picnic at Ravinia with Rep. Schneider.

Internships are unpaid, educational positions; however, course credit is available from some high schools and colleges. Read More »