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Urgent–Stand up to right-wing Walsh

If you thought Republicans were satisfied with taking the country so far to the right, you’d be wrong. They’re getting even worse. A Republican officeholder from the northwest suburbs resigned amidst scandal and he was just replaced by Helene Walsh, an unhinged right-wing extremist and wife of none other than Joe Walsh. (Walsh is a former Tea Party Republican Congressman from the suburbs who challenged Tammy Duckworth, lost miserably, and now hosts a right-wing radio show.) Here she is at the local Republicans’ rifle raffle they held weeks after the mass shooting in Las Vegas:

Donate $25 to support progressive Lake County teacher Mary Edly-Allen’s campaign against an un-elected right-wing extremist. 

She’s not wrong simply because she’s anti-choice and anti-gun violence prevention–Walsh has consistently pushed right-wing conspiracies and used hateful rhetoric towards journalists, John McCain, and Democrats, among others.

Walsh is out of the mainstream and she has no business holding public office.

The good news? You can help! Mary Edly-Allen is the Democratic candidate running for the office Walsh was just appointed to, State Representative from the 51st District. Mary’s a teacher who’s been endorsed by groups like the Sierra Club and Moms Demand Action. She’ll stand up for our values. 

We need more people like Mary, especially because Republicans are trying to take the country more and more out of the mainstream, right before our eyes. Let’s stand up together! Chip in to support Mary’s campaign and let’s elect more people with decency and common sense.

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Tammy Duckworth Brings Baby to Work, Senate into the 21st Century

Democrats—and all Americans—celebrate another first for families, as Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth brings newborn daughter Maile onto the Senate floor.

Mother and Daughter Moment:  Marching for Our Lives

By Nancy Kisicki

The author stood up against gun violence by participating in the March for Our Lives in Vernon Hills, joined by her eighteen-year-old daughters (one of whom was a Tenth Dems intern). Our  10th District Congressman Brad Schneider was there to energize and encourage the marchers.

Pritzker and Stratton Meet and Greet Brings Out Enthusiastic Crowd of Volunteers

The weather was perfect, and the large crowd was inspired by our candidates for Illinois Governor and Lieutenant Governor.  Browse our extensive album of photos from the event.

The GOP’s Moral Bankruptcy is Tearing this Country Apart   

By Steven Gan, A Personal Perspective

Our author continues to be appalled by the President’s incessant lying and Congressional Republicans’ failure to rebuke him.

Young Writers Move the Crowd with their Courage at Tenth Dems’ 8th Annual Poetry and Prose Awards Night

By Kendra Roberts

Poetry and Prose Awards Night was especially moving as high school students came to the mic and read their original poems and stories about courage. Find the Tenth News Special Literary Edition here  to read the prize-winning entries and to view more photos from this event.

Spotlight on Grant Township

By Joe Bongiovanni

Read about a well-attended event in Fox Lake to celebrate Earth Day by presenting a panel discussion on local water quality.  Grant Township’s Democratic organization is among the many local Democratic groups within 10th District that actively promote Democratic values with the support of Tenth Dems.

Scott Britton: Advocate for Working Families

By Mark DeBofsky

Read about the forward-looking Democrat running for Cook County Board for the 14th district, which includes Glenview.

Full House Hears Congresswoman Cheri Bustos’ TDU Talk on Hope from the Heartland

By Laurence Schiller

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), whose district is in central Illinois, is at the forefront of Democrats’ efforts to connect with rural and suburban working-class voters and flip red districts to blue. Her well-attended Tenth Dems University talk was eye-opening.

Bob Morgan: Healthcare Activist and Community Leader

By Mark DeBofsky

Bob Morgan, the Democratic candidate for State Representative for the 58th District (Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Highland Park, Highwood, Deerfield, Bannockburn, and parts of Glencoe and Northbrook), has stellar qualifications or office, including a history of public service and extensive involvement with Tenth Dems.

Local Democrats Accepting Fall 2018 Internship Applications

The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) is now accepting applications for its Fall 2018 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 2018 mid-term election approaches. 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, now former President Barack Obama and Senator Dick Durbin, among others. Tenth Dems has also held events featuring Let America Vote founder Jason Kander and former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks. Interns may also choose to complete specialized assignments in new media, IT management, and political outreach.

Internships are unpaid, educational positions; however, course credit is available from some high schools and colleges.
“This is an opportunity to learn about a grassroots political organization and to develop important skills,” said former State Representative Lauren Beth Gash, a Tenth Dems leader. “Many of our interns have gone on to law school or other graduate programs, as well as paid political positions with local campaigns, and jobs in Springfield, Washington, and with national not-for-profit organizations.”

Acceptance into the program is selective, competitive, and contingent upon an interview. Applicants do not need to reside in the 10th District; however, applicants must have an interest in electing Democrats, be able to travel to our offices, and devote a minimum of 8 hours per week to the internship during the school year. Applicants should submit a brief paragraph explaining why they would like to be part of the program, along with a resume summarizing their educational background and activities. Neither need be formal.

To apply or request more information, email us at, or call (847) 266-VOTE (8683). You can also “like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@tenthdems).

So inspiring!

2018 Literary Edition

Follow the link to this year’s special Poetry Edition of the Tenth News.  The 12 young authors whose prose and poetry about Courage won prizes this year, as well as all others who read at Awards Night, inspired us with their talent and insight and—yes—courage.


Get your sign…stand up to hate


So many are disgusted with what they’ve seen and heard lately. One way people have rejected this negativity is by displaying a “Hate Has No Home Here” sign. Tenth Dems has signs available for purchase. They are $10 per sign or free to new members who sign up at the $100 level or above. They are only $5 per sign if picked up from the Highland Park Democratic Headquarters.

Click here to order your signs!!!

Let us know if you’re interested in a sign–click here, call 847-266-VOTE (8683), or email