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Social Justice: Expunging and Sealing Criminal Records Community Event

When:  Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00pm

Where:  Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 2401 Argonne Dr., North Chicago

What:  Tenth Dems is working with the Waukegan-based Coalition to Reduce Recidivism to hold regular events to assist with expunging and sealing criminal records, and many of our volunteer lawyers have expressed interest in helping with this project.  Refreshments will be served.

If you are an attorney or paralegal and can help sign up here to RSVP.  Non-lawyer volunteers may be useful as well for sign-in and other help.

For more information email, or call 847-266-VOTE (8683).

Gun Violence, Mental Health, and the Criminal Justice System (free CLE for lawyers)

When:  Tuesday, June 19, 2918 from 6:30 to 8:30pm

Where:  Vernon Township Community Services Building, 2900 N. Main St., Buffalo Grove

What:  Tenth Dems University is hosting this free presentation conducted by Professor Mark Heyrman, Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and one of the leading experts in the field of mental health and the law.

Two hours of free professional responsibility CLE credit available for attorneys.

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

(This event is full) JB and Juliana Free Meet and Greet in Highland Park for Democratic Volunteers and Activists

When: Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 3:00 – 5:00pm

Where: The home of Hon. Lauren Beth Gash and Gregg Garmisa.  This free event is full. No more reservations can be taken.

What:  An opportunity for Democratic volunteers and activists to talk with JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton as we work toward electing a Democratic governor and lieutenant governor.

This event is full. For additional information or to RSVP, register online, or call 847-266-VOTE (8683).

Local Democrats Accepting Summer 2018 Internship Applications

The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) is now accepting applications for its Summer 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 candidates prepare for the 2018 mid-term election. 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, 16 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, or call (847) 266-VOTE (8683). You can also “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@tenthdems).

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

By Barbara Altman

On January 15, Waukegan Township hosted its 16th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dreamers’ Breakfast at Lakehurst Banquets in Waukegan. Proud to be one of the sponsors of the event, Tenth Dems hosted three tables. Many more friends of Tenth Dems were seen at other tables throughout the crowded venue.

Food for the soul at the breakfast included both speech and music. Elected officials, clergy, artists, and others, gave inspiring speeches, including the 10th District’s own Congressman Brad Schneider. Hon. Marc Jones, Director of the Eddie Washington Center and Waukegan Park District Commissioner, spoke movingly about Dr. King’s life and legacy. Prominent Waukegan attorney Jed Stone, one of the leaders of the Tenth Dems legal team that monitors polling places every Election Day to ensure that everyone eligible to vote is allowed to vote, gave a rousing speech about inequities in our justice system.

The musical program was equally inspiring. Singers, dancers and drummers, and a gospel choir were among those who entertained.  All present also stood and sang together—first “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and later, with joined hands, several verses of “We Shall Overcome.”

Waukegan Township Supervisor Patricia Jones kept the program moving, and people left the banquet hall with the sense of community and fellowship that Dr. King’s life and legacy inspire—and the renewed hope that we shall overcome someday.