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Featured Updates: During GOP convention, Dold endorses anti-choice candidate

Deerfield, IL — With attention on the national party conventions, Rep. Bob Dold stayed in Illinois and campaigned for fellow Republican, anti-choice State Rep. Sheri Jesiel, calling her “exactly the kind of person we need in Springfield.”

Since her 2014 campaign for State Representative, Sheri Jesiel has earned high praise from anti-choice groups and has repeatedly attacked women’s reproductive rights:

  • Jesiel has led the effort to shut down Planned Parenthood in Illinois.
  • Jesiel voted against stopping religious extremists from putting women’s lives at risk by refusing to provide medical care (SB 1564).
  • Jesiel voted against increasing contraceptive coverage (HB 5576).
  • Illinois Citizens for Life gives Jesiel a 100% rating.
  • Jesiel “ran for office to protect life.” When elected, she “was advised to focus on fiscal issues. Although very important to Jesiel, she views the pro-life issue as the building block of our culture.” (Illinois Review, 5/16/2016)
  • Endorsed by the socially conservative Illinois Family Action PAC, Jesiel has “articulated personal commitment to pro-life and pro-marriage principles.”

“Republicans attacking reproductive rights need to be challenged, not embraced. Voters simply can’t trust Bob Dold to stand up for 10th District values when he stands with extreme, anti-choice Republicans like Sheri Jesiel,” said Tenth Dems Managing Vice-Chair Barbara Altman.

Recently, Dold has faced criticism for voting 22 times with his NRA-backed Republican Party to block the Terrorist No-Fly bill from reaching the House Floor despite giving a speech asking for precisely that.

Newsletter Articles Updates: The 10th District’s Democratic Candidates in the November 2016 Election

10th District – Districtwide
State Senate
State Representative
Lake County
Lake County Judge
Cook County
Judges Elected From Cook County

Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Presidential nominee. Tim Kaine is her choice for Vice President. Tammy Duckworth and Brad Schneider are the Democratic candidates for the Senate and the House in the 10th Congressional District Then the fall campaigns will be underway.

It’s imperative that we support our Democratic candidates from the top to the bottom of the ballot.  Today’s state legislator may be tomorrow’s governor; today’s county board member may be tomorrow’s Member of Congress.

Following is a list of our candidates. statewide and locally, throughout the 10th District.  In the coming months, look for articles that will provide deeper insight into these Democrats, their records, the issues they are running on, and the challenges they face in the fall and beyond.


President and Vice President – Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine running against Donald Trump and Michael Pence.

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Senator – Tammy Duckworth is running against incumbent Republican Mark Kirk.


Illinois Comptroller – Susanna Mendoza is running against the Republican Gov. Rauner appointed following the death of Republican Judy Baar Topinka.


10th District – Districtwide

Member of Congress – Brad Schneider is running against incumbent Republican Bob Dold.


State Senate

District 28 – Laura Murphy, who was appointed to the state senate in October 2015, after Dan Kotowski resigned, is facing her first election.


District 29 – Julie Morrison seeks reelection.


District 31 – Melinda Bush is seeking reelection.


State Representative

District 17 – Laura Fine is seeking reelection.

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District 18 – Robyn Gabel is seeking reelection.

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District 57 – Elaine Nekritz is seeking reelection.


District 55 – Marty Moylan is seeking reelection.


District 58 – Scott Drury is seeking reelection.


District 59 – Carol Sente is seeking reelection.


District 60 – Rita Mayfield is seeking reelection.


District 61- Nick Ciko will be challenging an incumbent Republican State Representative.


District 62- Sam Yingling is seeking reelection.


Lake County – Countywide

State’s Attorney – Matt Stanton won his primary race to earn the right to face the first-term incumbent Republican in a race that probably will focus on the issue of justice and preventing wrongful convictions in Lake County.


Circuit Court Clerk – Attorney Erin Cartwright Weinstein faces a first-term Republican incumbent as she fights to bring needed improvements to the Clerk’s Office.


Recorder of Deeds – Mary Ellen Vanderventer is seeking reelection.


Coroner – Michael Donnenwirth won the Democratic primary after challenging and disqualifying the nominating petitions of current Democratic Coroner Dr. Tom Rudd. Dr. Rudd has launched a campaign to obtain a spot on the ballot as an Independent.



North Shore Water Reclamation District

Ward 1 – Preston Carter is seeking reelection.


Ward 2 – Stephen  Drew is seeking reelection.


Lake County Board

District 2 – Diane Hewitt is seeking reelection.


District 4 – Retired federal officer and current forest preserve officer John Idleburg faces a Republican incumbent.


District 5 – Gloria Charland is seeking election to an open seat.


District 7 – Mary Turley faces a longtime incumbent Republican.


District 11 – Paul Frank is running for an open seat left following the retirement of Democrat Steve Mandel


District 13 – Sandy Hart is seeking reelection.


District 14 – Audrey Nixon is seeking reelection.


District 16 – Terry Wilke is seeking reelection.


District 18 – Gerri Songer faces a longtime incumbent Republican.

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Appointed Associate Judge Mitchell Hoffman is seeking election to his first full term.


Cook County – Countywide

State’s Attorney – Kim Foxx, who won the Democratic primary, is seeking election.

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Clerk of the Circuit Court – Dorothy Brown is seeking reelection.


Recorder of Deeds – Karen Yarbrough is seeking reelection

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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

MWRD President Mariyana Spyropoulos and MWRD Vice President Barbara McGowan are seeking reelection to six-year terms.

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Urban planner Josina Morita emerged from the primary with the right to seek election to a six-year term.


A business representative for a union local, Martin Durkan is seeking election to a two-year term.


Board of Review

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2nd District –Michael Cabonargi is seeking reelection.


Appellate Court Judges

Eileen Burke


Bertina Lampkin


Circuit Court Judges

John Lyke, Jr.


Rossana Fernandez


Allison Conlon


Aleksandra Gillespsie


Carolyn Gallagher


Mary McHugh


Brendan O’Brien


Maureen Hannon


Suzanna Ortiz


Daniel Patrick Duffy


Patrick Joseph Powers


9th Sub Circuit

Jerry Esrig


10th Sub Circuit

Eve Marie Reilly


12th Sub Circuit

Marguerite Quinn


Janet Mahoney


Carrie Hamilton


James Hanlon


Featured Updates: Tenth Dems Mourns The Loss Of Ab Mikva

Deerfield, IL — The Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) mourns the passing of the Hon. Abner “Ab” Mikva. Mikva was known nationally thanks in part to his work in the White House and as a federal judge. Ab also was beloved by the people of the 10th District.

Mikva was elected as the Congressman from Illinois’ 10th District before his appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals by President Jimmy Carter. He served admirably, inspiring countless people over the years.

“Ab Mikva is one of the finest public servants I have ever known,” said Tenth Dems’ Founding Chair and former state legislator, Lauren Beth Gash. “His integrity and zeal to make the world a better place are legendary.”

Since 2007, Tenth Dems has awarded annually the Abner Mikva Political Leadership Award. On most occasions, Ab himself was able to present the award to the recipient, making it even more of an honor.

Ab will be sorely missed but his legacy lives on through the generations of people he inspired, especially those of us with Tenth Dems who were fortunate to see his exemplary character up close.

Tenth Dems is a grassroots organization that works to elect Democrats to all levels within Illinois’ 10th Congressional District.

Featured Updates: Reality Check: Dold blocks gun bill hours after speech

Hours after promising action, Rep. Dold sides with party, blocks bill to keep guns from people on terrorist watch list

a324345b-0945-4443-8b8f-d6356802ff28Deerfield, IL — Today’s behavior shows why Republican Rep. Bob Dold (IL-10) needs to be replaced this November. There is a jarring disconnect between his words and his actions. When it comes to keeping guns out of the hands of people on the terrorist watch list, Rep. Bob Dold’s rhetoric doesn’t match reality.

“Thoughts and prayers are not enough.”
“It’s time for action.”
“We cannot allow partisanship to define this debate.”

Less than three hours after saying those words on the floor of the House of Representatives, Republican Rep. Bob Dold voted with his party to block action on the ‘No Fly, No Buy’ bill — for the 12th time.

Sorry, Congressman Dold, but you don’t get credit for co-sponsoring legislation if you proceed to block it. Empty promises from vulnerable career politicians aren’t enough.

Gun violence is a serious issue for the 10th District. Dold is great at getting headlines for himself but terrible at reflecting 10th District values when it counts.

Update: Dold’s claim that he never blocked the bill is wrong and is politics at its worst:

(1) Procedural votes determine what legislation Congress will vote on.

(2) The dozen procedural votes mentioned are not “unrelated.” In each case Democrats were asking Republicans to pause the current discussion to vote on Democrats’ gun safety legislation instead. In each case every Republican (including Dold) voted to continue the current debate rather than vote on the gun bill.

(3) Democrats offer the “No Fly, No Buy” bill during debate on other bills because Republicans will not allow gun safety legislation to be considered at all. Ever. There is no other time for Democrats to try. That is why the votes appear to be related to other issues. Every vote cited asks the exact same question: Can we pause what we’re doing and vote on the gun bill? Every time, Dold voted “No.”

(4) Dold’s “procedural votes” blocked the “No Fly, No Buy” bill from being voted on every time Democrats tried to offer it. That is an undeniable fact.

It is hypocritical and cynical to claim you never voted on a bill when that is true only because you stopped yourself from having the opportunity.

The procedural nuances Dold cites to rationalize his decision are not at issue because the result is clear. He was presented with the choice to either act on gun legislation or stick with his party. He chose the latter.

And here is how the nonpartisan publication The Hill described what happened (6/14/2016):

“House Democrats used a procedural vote for unrelated legislation Tuesday that, had it gone their way, would have forced a vote on a bill banning people on the FBI’s terror watch list from buying guns.

Democrats had previously tried the maneuver 11 other times for what they have deemed the ‘no fly, no buy’ bill in the aftermath of last year’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif.

In other words, Democrats offered the “No Fly, No Buy” bill during debate on other bills because Republicans would not allow the gun safety legislation to be considered at all. Ever. There is no other time for Democrats to try. That is why the votes appear to be related to other issues. Every vote referred to asks the same question: Can we pause what we’re doing and vote on the gun bill?

“Despite calling for a vote on the bill earlier in the day, Dold sided with fellow Republicans during Tuesday’s procedural vote. Centrist Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), meanwhile, was the only lawmaker who broke with his party.”

Dold voted “No.” Period. Even though he had called for lawmakers to be bipartisan and to act immediately, Dold then sided with his party to block the bill.

Newsletter Articles Updates: What a President Is — and Isn’t

By Eleonora di Liscia

In 1992, Wendy Kaminer wrote I’m Dysfunctional, You’re Dysfunctional, a book about the self-help movement.  In it, she opined that the country viewed national policy through the prism of self-help culture.  The Gulf War made us feel good.  Vietnam was kind of a bummer.

I believe that Donald Trump’s candidacy is an extension of this phenomenon.  When I hear him on the news, I imagine his followers shouting: “Yeah! You tell them! Right on!”  They like Trump because he “tells it like it is.”  He expresses their own feelings for them.

Unfortunately, some of us on the left are not immune to this phenomenon.  To those who complain that President Obama hasn’t taken the bully pulpit often enough, I reply, “Would you rather he got something done or that he just bloviate about it?”

You see, a President’s job isn’t to vent for you.  You want validation? Listen to your favorite talk show host. Perhaps that is Rush Limbaugh’s sole redeeming value.  He’s a mirror in which the ignorant can admire their own reflections.

If only it stopped there.  But now we have Trump.

When it comes to choosing a President, it’s not all about you and how you feel. It’s about what’s good for all us citizens of the world, which is a lesson Trump supporters do not want to understand.

So what does or doesn’t make a President?

A President is a leader.  That sounds totally, unbelievably obvious, but somehow Republicans generally miss this simple point. We do not mean a leader in the sense that he or she has the top job.  We mean someone who leads by making thoughtful and important decisions and serving as a role model—someone who thinks about consequences before speaking and, mindful of those consequences, chooses words carefully.

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Does that sound like Trump?  Or Senator Ted Cruz?

A President has to represent EVERYONE in the country, not just the people who elected him or her. So while you may be disappointed about not getting what you want, the President has an obligation to arrive at the best compromise to make the most people happy over the long term. He or she does not pander solely to the most extreme elements of the base.

A President tries to deescalate volatile situations, not throw gasoline on the fire.  Last November, Russian war planes entered Syria. Ever ready to send our kids to die, Republicans clamored to shoot the planes down. Fortunately, that so-called elitist, policy wonk Barack Obama is still in charge. The President refused to directly confront the Russians and the situation stabilized. In March, the planes were leaving Syria, sparking hopes for peace talks.

A President does not encourage people to gratify his own feelings by sucker-punching people he doesn’t like.  He or she does not rave about Muslims and Mexicans or any other ethnic or religious group.  She or he thinks about the consequences of raving and seeks a nuanced solution to problems like ISIS.  While the bull in the china shop approach may feel good at first, we wouldn’t be dealing with ISIS now if “W” hadn’t felt the need to vent his own feelings by bombing Saddam Hussein on the way to rooting Al Qaeda out of Afghanistan.

A President has to put up with people who ask tough questions.  He or she does not whine about that “unfair” female reporter on Fox News with the “blood coming out of her whatever.” A President faces the tough questions. Witness Bill O’Reilly’s 2014 Super Bowl interview with President Obama. The President remained gracious despite O’Reilly’s congenital inability to let him finish a sentence.

A President deals with slights to his or her ego—no matter how numerous and nasty.  A President neither sweats the small stuff nor indulges in personal vendettas.

Trump is easily slighted, and his puerile attacks against everyone who pricks his Hindenburg-sized ego are legion. Is that what we want in a President? Someone who worries more about payback than solving the country’s problems?  By contrast, Barack Obama has held the high ground despite the incredible amount of abuse heaped on him by the Right, never losing his cool, never belittling or stooping to petty attacks.

A President does not boast to the nation about his member.

A President wants the job, not just the position.  As President, you get a tsunami of attention and status.  But being President is not just about having a world forum to stoke your vanity.  It’s an overwhelmingly hard job involving loads of information to absorb, loads of crises to resolve, and loads less power than you thought you’d have to deal with it all. Does Trump really want to sit down and pore over policy briefings? Somehow, I doubt it.  By contrast, one could imagine Barack Obama doing the work even if nobody knew who he was.

A President is not a dictator.  Again, you would think this was totally, unbelievably obvious.  Unfortunately, even some on the Left have trouble with this one.

In brief, our Founding Fathers were worried about concentrated power, so they devised a system of checks and balances.  The President enforces the law and sets policy, but Congress passes laws and has the power of the purse.  The Supreme Court ensures that the other two branches abide by the Constitution—or will if a Democratic President appoints Justice Scalia’s successor.  Perhaps not if the country embarrasses itself by electing Trump or Cruz.

In sum, a President keeps us moving down the right track. A President does not send us hurtling into the abyss.  If it’s a President Trump or Cruz, you might want to brush up on Dante’s Inferno so you’re prepared for the ride.