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Your Latest Tenth News: Dems on the March, As Primary Nears

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In this issue of Tenth News:

Hear from Federal, State, and Local Candidates at Tenth Dems-Hosted Democratic Convention

Signs of Tenth Dems Appear Throughout the Women’s March to the Polls

Fired-up Vernon Dems Meet and Greet and Plan

Watergate Prosecutor Keynotes Annual Awards Dinner

Tenth Dems on Hand to Celebrate Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

8th Annual Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest Now Open!

Tenth Dems Laugh Together at Capitol Steps’ Orange is the New Barack

 

Hear from Federal, State, Local Candidates at Tenth Dems-Hosted Democratic Convention

The Democratic Convention in Lake County on February 25 is an opportunity to hear from Democratic candidates on the March 20 primary election ballot and socialize with fellow Dems.

Signs of Tenth Dems Appear Throughout the Women’s March to the Polls

Tenth Dems organized a significant contingent for the January 20 Women’s March. One of our signs showed up in CNN’s coverage of the event, which drew 300,000 people to downtown Chicago.

Fired-up Vernon Dems Meet and Greet and Plan

By Laurence Schiller

A packed house for the inaugural monthly breakfast of the Vernon Township Dems on Jan. 13 shows the area’s Democratic-leaning voting base is energized to win key state, county, and federal races.

Watergate Prosecutor Keynotes Annual Awards Dinner

The Tenth Dems Annual Awards Dinner in December was a celebration of the grassroots activism that helped local Democrats enjoy victories in 2017 and continues into the 2018 election season. The event was headlined by a powerful presentation by Jill Wine-Banks, prominent Watergate prosecutor.

Tenth Dems on Hand to Celebrate Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Barbara Altman

Tenth Dems turned out for Waukegan’s 16th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dreamers’ Breakfast on January 15. Food for the soul came through rousing speeches and music.

8th Annual Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest Now Open!

The theme for this year’s Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest is “Courage,” and we hope as many high school students in Waukegan, North Chicago, and Zion as possible summon that trait by submitting original poems, stories, or essays.

Tenth Dems Laugh Together at Capitol Steps’ Orange is the New Barack

By Todd Sloane

It was a night of hilarity as nearly 100 Tenth Dems attended a performance by The Capitol Steps in Skokie in January. After the show, we heard from a couple of the former Capitol Hill staffers turned satirists who accepted our invitation to join us at a nearby restaurant.

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 Facebook.com/TenthDems/photos. For more information, email press@tenthdems.org or call 847-266-VOTE (8683).

November 2017 Newsletter – Unmasked

Tenth Dems November Newsletter

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In this issue of Tenth News:

Lake County Republicans Raffle Assault Rifle to Finance Campaigns

Julie Morrison: A State Senator Who Works for Her Constituents

Broadway? Wait Until You See the Highland Park Players’ Production of The Pajama Game!   

A Conviction Does Not Have to Be a Life Sentence

Congress Watch: Your Democratic Representatives Are Your Voice in Congress

Despair or Optimism? Tenth Dems and Moraine Township Democrats Cosponsor Let’s talk Politics

 

Lake County Republicans Raffle Assault Rifle to Finance Campaigns

By Lee Goodman

The headline says it all.  Don’t local Republicans understand the harm people suffer from gun violence?

Julie Morrison: A State Senator Who Works for Her Constituents

By Mark DeBofsky

The list of 29th District State Senator Julie Morrison’s accomplishments is quite extensive.  The highlights are definitely worth reading about.

Broadway? Wait Until You See the Highland Park Players’ Production of The Pajama Game!   

By Tom Recht

This is the last weekend to see Pajama Game in Northbrook. As our reviewer confirms, all who attended with Tenth Dems were blown away by this professional-level production of the classic Broadway musical that celebrates labor.  A few tickets are still available from Tenth Dems at our reduced price of $20.18.  Click here.

A Conviction Does Not Have to Be a Life Sentence

By Barbara Altman

During the Waukegan Coalition to Reduce Recidivism’s annual luncheon, Tenth Dems volunteers staffed a worthy project.

Congress Watch: Your Democratic Representatives Are Your Voice in Congress

By Dr. Laurence D. Schiller

Despite being in the minority, Illinois Democrats in the House and Senate continue to fight every day to better the lives of their 10th District constituents, and all Americans. This month’s Congress Watch enumerates many of their accomplishments.

Despair or Optimism? Tenth Dems and Moraine Township Democrats Cosponsor Let’s talk Politics

By Maxine Bonn

There was lots to talk about when Dems got together in early October for another session of Let’s Talk Politics.

Lake County Republicans Raffle Assault Rifle to Finance Campaigns

By Lee Goodman, organizer, Peaceful Communities

Less than two weeks after the shooting massacre in Las Vegas, the Lake County Republican Party raffled off an assault rifle and other guns in order to raise money for their campaigns. More than 100 outraged residents showed up in the Village of Kildeer on very short notice to protest this grotesquely insensitive disregard for public safety. When a reporter asked whether the protest was partisan, my response was “No.” I explained that if the Democratic Party had held a similar event, I and many others would be at that protest, too. But, I added, the Democratic Party in our area does not give guns out to whoever holds a winning ticket, and I feel confident that it never will. The Democratic Party is in touch with the desires of the vast majority of Americans here and all over our country who want fewer guns in circulation and more effective laws to prevent gun violence.

Immediately after the worst mass shooting in recent history, the White House and the NRA were quick to say that we should not talk about solving the problems that guns cause in America. They said that it would be politicizing the tragedy. But their own Republican Party had no hesitation to go ahead with its gun raffle to raise money for political campaigns. Despite a public clamor to cancel the raffle, they persisted. The chairman of the Lake County Republicans told reporters that he believed, as the NRA does, that there is no way to prevent shootings.

In the Trump era, many Republican voters like to pretend that they are more moderate than their party is. But the leadership of the Republican Party in Lake County has, by their intransigence on the issue of guns, shown that it is solidly aligned with the anti-social policies their party promotes at the national level. It would have been easy to cancel the Lake County raffle, but they refused.

Some people question the value of protests. In this instance, the protest attracted the attention of virtually all area news outlets. The result was that the Republican Party had to publicly answer for its actions, on the record. Voters who care about the damage guns are doing to our country now have the facts, and they can be expected to hold accountable all Lake County Republican candidates, because all of these candidates are benefiting from and supporting a party that auctions off guns like carnival prizes.

Broadway? Wait Until You See the Highland Park Players’ Production of The Pajama Game!

by Tom Recht

Last Sunday afternoon, October 22, I found myself at an absolutely terrific production of the stage musical, The Pajama Game. This great 1955 Tony Award winner has been brought back to glowing life by Highland Park Players at the Northbrook Theater, so close to where I live that the excellence of the production was startling.

Because the romantic comedy pits labor against management, and the finale celebrates the union’s obtaining a 7 ½ cent raise, Tenth Dems organized a group to see the show, with a director’s talk-back to follow. The entire audience, including many hardcore Broadway musical aficionados, was vocally appreciative of the performance—nearly giddy with delight.

The story of a labor dispute at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory over a raise in hourly pay provides a neat backdrop for the romance between Sid, a new supervisor, and Babe, the head of the union grievance committee. Of course, it also contributes plenty of comic material for the other pajama factory employees – all oddballs of one sort or another. The songs are, every one of them, catchy and memorable, even to those who may not have heard them before, although some will be surprised to hear old favorites they didn’t know were from this show. And if you’re looking for resonance with today’s issues, think not only of the fight to increase the minimum wage, but also of our growing awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace.

You won’t find many surprises in the plot, for we’ve all seen this one’s scaffolding a hundred times before—boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy and girl reconcile and marry. So it’s up to the actors to bring these characters to life, and the Highland Park Players cast is brim-full of marvelous actor-singer-dancers who do just that. In the main roles, Trevor Vanderzee as Sid and Hannah Rose as Babe have fantastic voices and tons of charm. The, secondary roles are all played by excellent character actors who evoke lots of laughter and sing beautifully, too. And the entire ensemble does a remarkable job of nailing both the intricate choreography and multi-layered vocal arrangements.

Did I mention that there’s a live, orchestra with 18 musicians? Led by musical director Aaron Kaplan, they’re terrific. The choreography by Dina DiCostanzo is outstanding, too. Costumes and sets are simple and perfect with a polished, professional look. The director, Dominic Missimi, has done a highly commendable job of pulling all these parts together into a unified and compelling whole.

The production runs only through November 5th, so I strongly recommend that anyone interested get tickets now!