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April 2019 Tenth Dems Newsletter

Tenth Dems April 2019 Newsletter

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In this issue of Tenth News:
Let’s Talk Politics Delivers Another Great Event in Fox Lake
Kudos to the Candidates!
Congressman Schneider Cosponsors Bill to Restore SALT Deductions
Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Awards Night Extravaganza Coming Up On April 10th!
Criminal Justice Reform is a Top Priority for Pritzker and Stratton
Let’s Talk Politics: Breakfast in Buffalo Grove
Tenth Dems Attend ACLU Annual Lunch, Continue Work

Let’s Talk Politics Delivers Another Great Event in Fox Lake
What a great discussion at the recent Let’s Talk Politics event in Fox Lake. On March 11th, Tenth Dems University (TDU) moderated a “Let’s Talk Politics” (LTP) discussion at the monthly meeting of Grant Township Democrats.

Kudos to the Candidates!
Democracy takes a lot of work. And, in a lot of ways, keeping it strong can be pretty hard. It’s especially difficult to put yourself out there as a candidate.

Congressman Schneider Cosponsors Bill to Restore SALT Deductions
Trump’s GOP tax bill gutted state and local tax deductions, commonly known as the SALT deduction. Congressman Brad Schneider is leading the effort to restore these deductions because they matter so much to so many in the 10th District.

Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Awards Night Extravaganza Coming Up On April 10th!
Join Tenth Dems at the Jack Benny Center for the Performing Arts in Bowen Park in Waukegan the evening of Wednesday, April 10, at 7 PM, to support some truly inspiring young people and hear some outstanding writing at the 9th Annual Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest Awards Night.

Criminal Justice Reform is a Top Priority for Pritzker and Stratton
Gov. JB Pritzker and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton have made criminal justice reform a priority of their administration. Stratton has been tapped by Pritzker to lead the reform effort, and she recently, visited the Morning Shift at WBEZ to discuss the issue.

Let’s Talk Politics: Breakfast in Buffalo Grove
On March 30th, Tenth Dems and Vernon Township Dems hosted another edition of our Tenth Dems University’s (TDU) Let’s Talk Politics series at the Buffalo Restaurant in Buffalo Grove. More than 20 attendees enjoyed breakfast and a lively discussion.

Tenth Dems Attend ACLU Annual Lunch, Continue Work
Tenth Dems members joined a sold out crowd of roughly 2,000 for the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) annual luncheon on March 15 in Chicago. This year’s theme was: Fighting for a More Perfect Union.

Tenth Dems Day of Service Community Expo

Positive energy filled the spacious room in the Sullivan Center in Vernon Hills as representatives from more than 45 not-for-profit groups shared their missions with interested attendees. In response to Governor JB Pritzker and Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton’s call for service as a prelude to their inaugura­tion, Tenth Dems organized the Expo that took place on Saturday, January 12. It was a family-friendly event with ample, delicious snacks and art activities for the children.

There were many participants. They included Moms Demand Action for gun violence prevention, Latino Coalition, Waukegan to College, Sierra Club, PADS Lake County, and more. Our Day of Service included several off-site simultaneous events. As part of the Day of Service, Lake Villa Township Democrats, thanks to Chair Ed Erwin’s leadership, collected a large amount of donations for the Northern Illinois Food Bank and A Safe Place. In addition, Tenth Dems promoted several projects, including the Poetry and Prose Contest and Awards Night in the spring and the Capitol Steps performance on January 27. This Day of Service Expo fittingly set the table for the return of aspirational leadership in the state of Illinois.

Progressing Toward An Internship That Matters

If you have progressive values and are looking for a spring or summer internship that will make a difference, have we got a deal for you! The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) is now accepting applications for its Summer 2019 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 activists in one of the most widely watched Congressional districts in the country. This is the ideal time to complete a political internship as we prepare for the critically important 2020 elections. Tenth Dems interns have staffed issue forums and events for elected officials and candidates up and down the ballot, worked on campaigns, and conducted research. Tenth Dems interns were very active during the 2018 election cycle, including legislative races, at the county board level, with countywide candidates, and in helping to turn the US House of Representatives blue. Interns may choose to complete general internships or specialize in areas such as media, technology, volunteer management, and political outreach.

Internships are unpaid, educational positions; however, academic credit is often available.

“This is an opportunity to learn about a grassroots political organization and to develop important skills,” said former State Representative Lauren Beth Gash, Tenth Dems’ Founding Chair. “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. Residency in the 10th District is not required but applicants must have an interest in electing Democrats, be able to travel to our offices, and devote a minimum of 16 hours per week to the internship during the summer. 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 You can also “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@TenthDems).


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

Watergate Prosecutor Keynotes Local Democrats’ Annual Awards Dinner In Deerfield

Deerfield, IL — On Sunday, December 17, the Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) held its Annual Awards Dinner. The standing-room-only crowd at the Hyatt Regency Deerfield celebrated grassroots activism that’s helped local Democrats enjoy victories in 2017 and continues to focus unprecedented energy headed into the 2018 election season.

The Keynote Speaker was Jill Wine-Banks, prominent Watergate prosecutor and frequent MSNBC contributor. Wine-Banks also led an effort to improve the military’s handling of sexual assault cases.

Prior to taking questions from the enthusiastic audience, Wine-Banks described her career and current events. She spoke about her integral role in questioning the events surrounding Richard Nixon’s secret tape recordings. Drawing on her experience in the Watergate prosecution, Wine-Banks also detailed how the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election could proceed.

In addition to the Keynote Speech, the Annual Awards Dinner honored contributions to the group over the past year. The Mikva Leadership Award was presented to Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, who was grateful to receive an honor named for Ab Mikva, a renowned public servant.

Other Democratic candidates and elected officials, including Congressman Brad Schneider and State Senator Julie Morrison, addressed the crowd.

l-Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza speaks to the crowd after receiving the Mikva Leadership Award; r-Keynote Speaker Jill Wine-Banks offers her perspective on Watergate, the Trump presidency, and more

Tenth Dems is a grassroots organization that works to elect Democrats at all levels within Illinois’ 10th Congressional District, traditionally one of the most closely-watched districts.

Pictures of the event are available at For more information, email or call 847-266-VOTE (8683).