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See the Program! 2021 Tenth Dems Annual Awards Event Honors Individuals and Excites Group

Thanks to everyone who joined us on December 21st for our 2021 Tenth Dems Annual Awards Night. Between all those who were there the entire time, people who stopped in for most of the program, and others who sat alongside family members to watch the festivities, over 80 folks participated. That’s quite a turnout, especially for a virtual event (when we’re all tired of Zoom) during a busy time of year. And we’re really proud about what the audience was able to see.

Below are some images of the event’s program booklet. Click here to view it as a pdf.

A lot of people helped make our Annual Awards Night a success. Thank you first and foremost to the volunteers who put in countless hours to organize the event. There’d be no Tenth Dems without you.

Special thanks to Keynote Speaker Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who blew us away with his effortless ability to connect with the group. Whether he was talking about being friends with his colleagues, telling us about public speaking advice he received from his preacher, or firing up the audience about how to win in 2022, Congressman Jeffries kept us hanging on his every word. He’s a leader and a rising star.

Congressman Jeffries was joined by his colleague and friend, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, who is also Chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois. She let us know that the hard work Tenth Dems has done to elect Democrats and engage activists has not gone unnoticed. And Congresswoman Kelly was clear about something else: Congressman Jeffries could very well be the next Democratic Speaker of the House.

Hearing from these two members of Congress was a wonderful experience that built on the words we heard earlier in the evening from a more familiar face in these parts, the 10th District’s very own Congressman Brad Schneider. Brad’s message meant a lot – he graciously recognized the work we’ve done for Democrats in the area, including him. We’re so glad to be represented by such a good, thoughtful person like Brad.

And we’re so proud of our award recipients, including Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg (Ab Mikva Leadership Award), Dr. Laurence “Laurie” Schiller (Founders Award), and Judy Dolins (Rosenblit Volunteer Award). Congratulations to them!

As an all-volunteer grassroots group, Tenth Dems is all about people. Supporters, interns, volunteers – this is who we are and why we’re able to continue to do the tough but worthwhile work to elect Democrats up and down the ballot during such a critical time for our country. The night was about awards, but what we do is so rewarding … because of you. Thank you, and let’s keep going in this critical 2022 election year!

                                            

News & Notes: Weekend Whirlwind

January 19, 2022

In this Issue: Whirlwind Kicks Off Petition Season • Boost Lake Dems’ Impact on Social Media ● Volunteer Spotlight  ● Upcoming Events ● Bridges to Be Repaired

Whirlwind Kicks Off Petition Season

By Lauren Beth Gash

Chair, Lake County Democrats

Candidate petition season is underway! Our Lake County Democrats were active this weekend, with more than a dozen petition events at various locations around the county, and numerous canvassers out in the neighborhoods collecting signatures.

Its hard work in a shortened petition period of 60 days instead of 90 (because of the change in the primary election schedule). Our lawyers spent time making sure candidate petitions were legally valid. Lake Dems volunteers shuttled petitions around the county to numerous events, township organizations, and individuals.

It was quite a whirlwind, and thank you to all our many volunteers who work hard and make a difference! But what a successful weekend — and we will keep going until petitions are turned in, March 7th through 14th. If you can collect signatures for some or all of our candidates, please contact us at info@lakedems.org.

Boost Lake Dems’ Impact on Social Media

Volunteer Spotlight

Lake Dems is grateful for our many active volunteers, including the following:

Louise Donahue is a precinct committeeperson from Libertyville who helps elect Democrats in Lake County. She served as campaign coordinator for Jennifer Banek in her successful campaign for Lake County Coroner when Jennifer defeated an incumbent Republican. Louise pitches in at events with whatever needs help. She’s the editor of this very publication youre reading right now, Lake Dems News & Notes. In fact, Louise is an all-around wonderful person and is probably a little embarrassed by us writing this about her. (Note from the News & Notes Team: Too bad, Louise!)

Upcoming Events

Events below are taken from the complete list of Upcoming Events at LakeDems.org/eventsClick here to submit your event. 

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19

Deputy Voter Registrar Training in Waukegan. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and registered to vote in Lake County. Training is open only to Lake County residents  interested in helping register new voters. 10am, Waukegan. To register and more.

Wauconda Township Democrats January Meeting. Guest speakers include 2022 candidates: U.S. Representative Bill Foster (for the 11th District), Anthony Vega (for Lake County Clerk), and Judge Rochford (for Illinois Supreme Court). 6:30-7:30pm online via Zoom. For Zoom link and more.

THURSDAY, JAN. 20

Indivisible Western Lake County (IWLC) January Meeting. Attendees will hear comments from Nancy Rotering, candidate for Illinois Supreme Court District 2; Mary Edly-Allen, candidate for State Senate; Anthony Vega, candidate for Lake County Clerk; and Laura Dias, candidate for State Representative. 7-8:30pm online. For Zoom link and more.

SATURDAY, JAN. 22

Petitions and Coffee for State Senator Julie Morrison, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, and State Representative Bob Morgan. 10am-noon, Lake Bluff. More.

Drive-Up Petition Signing Event for 26th State Senate District Candidate Maria Peterson and 51st State House District Candidate Chelsea Laliberte Barnes. Coffee and donuts served. 1-4pm, Palatine. To register and more.

Winter Reception for Nabeela Syed, 51st State House District Candidate. 3-5pm, Palatine. To register and more.

SUNDAY, JAN. 23

Drive-Up Petition Signing and Food Drive for Cuba Township Food Bank. Cuba Township Democrats-sponsored event, 11am-2pm in Lake Barrington. More.

Day of Action for State Senator Adriane Johnson and State Representative Dan Didech. 11am-3pm, Libertyville. Libertyville Township Democrats and Fremont Township Democrats-sponsored event. Meet the candidates, canvass, and enjoy coffee and bagels. More.

Day of Action: Coffee and Canvassing for PetitionsWest Deerfield Dems and Moraine Township Dems event. 11am-4pm, Riverwoods. More.

Schneider for Congress January 2022 Virtual Coffee Club. Zoom link provided upon RSVP. 11am-noon. For link and more.

THURSDAY, JAN. 27

Fremont Dems Donkey Fest Fundraiser. Live music and food to buy. Candidates welcome. Petitions will be available to sign and distribute. 6-10pm, Mundelein. To RSVP and more.

Warren Township Democrats January Meeting. Online discussion to include precinct maps, petition drives and petitions available for circulation, and results from the Holiday Fundraiser. Guest speakers: Laura Dias and Tom Maillard, Democratic candidates for State Representative District 62. For meeting link and more.

SATURDAY, JAN. 29

Virtual Celebration in Support of Lake County’s Illinois House Delegation:  Representatives Jonathan Carroll, Dan Didech, Joyce Mason, Rita Mayfield, Bob Morgan, and Sam Yingling6:30pm online. Special guests: Governor JB Pritzker and House Speaker Chris Welch. To register and more.

In Case You Missed It

How Do I Join Lake County Democrats?

Lake County Democrats is made up of people like you, people who are passionate about building better communities and a better world. We’re a grassroots political organization, working with Democrats in all parts of Lake County – from Antioch to Highland Park, Libertyville to Waukegan, Barrington to Zion. Become a member online now or send a check payable to Lake County Democrats to P.O. Box 671, Lake Zurich, IL 60047. Questions? Contact info@lakedems.org.

News & Notes: Help Democrats Get on the Ballot

January 12, 2022

In this issue: Help Democrats get on the ballot, Discriminatory covenants targeted, President Biden talks about patriotism on 1/6, Volunteer spotlight, Economic update, Upcoming events, and Winter fun in the Lake County forest preserves.

Petition Time! Help Democrats Get on the Ballot

With so much at stake in the upcoming 2022 elections, we need all hands on deck.

We can’t get Democrats elected if we can’t get them on the ballot. But you can help.

Democrats throughout Lake County are kicking off a push for signatures on petitions so candidates can get (and stay) on the ballot. The window for circulating petitions begins tomorrow (January 13).

To help, check out Upcoming Events below for petition-signing opportunities near you.

President Biden Talks Patriotism at Capitol on Jan. 6th

Volunteer Spotlight

Lake Dems is grateful for our many active volunteers, including the following:

Steven Urizar is a precinct committeeperson from Gurnee. For a couple of years, he has managed our Lake Dems Facebook group, making sure it’s a place for Democrats to easily find interesting, relevant content for–and contributed by–group members. Steven’s work helps make spending time in the Facebook group worthwhile.

Farah Laman is a tech professional and political volunteer from Hawthorn Woods. Farah has helped us elect several Democrats since she became active in 2018. Organizing with a purpose, whether for meetings, committees, or petitions drives, Farah, simply put, helps move things forward.

Vice President Harris Describes Improving Economy

Upcoming Events

From the calendar at lakedems.org/meetings-and-events/. Submit your event here. For more detailed information, check the calendar.

THURSDAY, JAN. 13

Fremont Township Democrats January Meeting. Online via Zoom and live at the Lakeside Recreation Center, 900 South Lake St. in Mundelein (in the small party room). 6pm. Food available at the Dockside Diner. Topics include petition-signing and comments by Maria Peterson, candidate for Illinois State Senate, and Lake County Board member Jessica Vealitzek.

SATURDAY, JAN. 15

Donuts for Democrats Drive-Through in Libertyville. Libertyville Township Democrats sponsor a drive-through style petition-gathering event to get Dems on the ballot. Free coffee and donuts will be served. 8:30-11am. Adler Lodge, 1500 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

Joyce Mason and Gina Roberts Petition Kickoff in Beach Park/Zion. Attendees can stop by and sign petitions for Joyce Mason, candidate for re-election as State Representative, and Gina Roberts, candidate for Lake County Board. Masks are required indoors and notaries will be present. Breakfast and training: 9:30-10am; petition pickup/dropoff: 9:30am-12:30pm at 10481 W. Illinois Ave., Beach Park.

Ela Dems and Palatine Dems Petition Event with Congressman Mike Quigley. Drive-through petition drive and an opportunity to pass signature sheets to your friends and family. 10am-1pm, Deer Park Office Complex, 21660 W. Field Pkwy, Deer Park.

Nabeela Syed for State Representative Volunteer Kickoff. Volunteer kickoff for Nabeela Syed, candidate for State Representative, to sign petitions and collect signatures. 10am-noon, Palatine Hills Golf Course Clubhouse, 512 West Northwest Highway, Palatine.

Senator Julie Morrison and Representative Bob Morgan Petition Kickoff. 11am-4pm, Laborers’ Hall 152, 409 Temple Ave., Highland Park. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in WaukeganNAACP Lake County and Waukegan Public Library host a free Covid-19 vaccine clinic. Walk-ins welcome. All vaccines will be available, including 1st, 2nd, and booster shots for ages 5 and up. Vaccines provided by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). 11am-1pm. Waukegan Public Library, 128 North County Street, Waukegan. To make an appointment, call NAACP 847-672-9251. For help in Spanish, call 847-775-2547.

Campaign Launch for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senator Laura Fine and Representatives Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and Robyn Gabel. Shifts from 11am-2pm and 1-4pm. Sketchbook Brewing Company, 4901 Main St., Skokie. Mask and proof of vaccination required to attend.

Petition Kickoff for Adriane Johnson, Rita Mayfield, and Mary Ross Cunningham.

Petition Kickoff for State Senator Adriane Johnson, State Representative Rita Mayfield and Lake County Board Member Mary Ross Cunningham. Mask and proof of vaccination required to attend. 11:30am-4pm, Democratic Headquarters Office, 118 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.

Joyce Mason and Carissa Casbon Petition Kickoff in Lindenhurst/Lake Villa. Stop by and sign petitions for Joyce Mason, candidate for re-election as State Representative; Carissa Casbon, candidate for Lake County Board; and other candidates. Lunch and training: 12:30-1pm; petition pickup/dropoff: 12:30-3:30pm. Lake Villa District Library, 140 N. Munn Road, Lindenhurst.

SUNDAY, JAN. 16

Petition Kickoff for Adriane Johnson, Dan Didech, and Holly Kim.

Petition Kickoff for State Senator Adriane Johnson, State Representative Dan Didech, and Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim. Mask and proof of vaccination required. 10am-2pm, Bagels By The Book, 870 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

Campaign Launch for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senator Laura Fine and Representatives Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and Robyn Gabel. Shifts from 11am-2pm and 1-4pm. Democratic Party of Evanston, 1806 Church St., Evanston. Mask and proof of vaccination required to attend.

Joyce Mason and Carissa Casbon Petition Kickoff in Gurnee. Stop by and sign petitions for Joyce Mason, candidate for re-election as State Representative; Carissa Casbon, candidate for Lake County Board, and other candidates. Lunch and training: 12:30-1pm; petition pickup/dropoff: 12:30-3:30pm. McAlister’s Deli, 6557 Grand Ave., Gurnee.

State Senator Ram Villivalam Re-election Campaign Kickoff with Jan Schakowsky, Mike Quigley and Don Harmon. Special guests Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congressman Mike Quigley, and State Senate President Don Harmon. There will be refreshments, petitions available to sign, and the chance to sign up for volunteer slots. Proof of vaccination required. 3-4:30pm, Holiday Inn Skokie, 5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie.

MONDAY, JAN. 17

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Dreamers’ Event. 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Dreamers’ Event with the program theme, “Know Your History, Know Your Future!” Guest speakers: Rev. Dr. William Barber and Pastor James T. Meeks. Other speakers: Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and U.S. Senator Richard Durbin. 10am-noon on Zoom. For tickets, visit www.waukegantownship.comFor more information, call 847-244-9242. 

Zooming In on New Election Maps and Candidates with Moraine DemsWe’ll hear about the new congressional, legislative, county board, and precinct maps in Moraine Township, and hear from Democratic candidates running this year. In honor of Dr. King’s leadership in the struggle to guarantee voting rights, this subject is a fitting topic for MLK Day. 6:30pm discussion on Zoom. (Click here to sign up.) 

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19

Deputy Voter Registrar Training in Waukegan. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and registered to vote in Lake County. The event is open only to Lake County residents who are interested in helping to register new voters. Training takes about an hour. 10am, Lake County Court Tower, Sheriff’s Training Room, 301 Washington St., FL 1, Waukegan.

Wauconda Township Democrats January Meeting. Guest speakers include 2022 candidates: U.S. Representative Bill Foster (for the 11th District), Anthony Vega (for Lake County Clerk), and Judge Rochford (for Illinois Supreme Court). 6:30-7:30pm online via Zoom.

THURSDAY, JAN. 20

Indivisible Western Lake County (IWLC) January Meeting. Attendees will hear comments from Nancy Rotering, candidate for Illinois Supreme Court District 2; Mary Edly-Allen, candidate for State Senate; Anthony Vega, candidate for Lake County Clerk; and Laura Dias, candidate for State Representative. 7-8:30pm online.

SATURDAY, JAN. 22

Petitions and Coffee for Julie Morrison, Sandy Hart, and Bob Morgan. Petitions and Coffee for State Senator Julie Morrison, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, and State Representative Bob Morgan. Mask and proof of vaccination required. 10am-noon, Hansa Coffee Roasters, 600 Walnut Ave., Lake Bluff.

Drive-Up Petition Signing Event for Candidates Maria Peterson and Chelsea Laliberte Barnes. Maria Peterson, candidate for the 26th State Senate District, and Chelsea Laliberte Barnes, candidate for the 51st State House District, hold a petition-signing event in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. Coffee and donuts will be served. 1-4pm, Palatine Aquatic Center Parking Lot, at 340 E. Palatine Road, Palatine.

Winter Reception for Nabeela Syed. Reception for Nabeela Syed, candidate for State Representative. 3-5pm, Emmett’s Brewing Company, 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine.

SUNDAY, JAN. 23

Drive-Up Petition Signing and Food Drive for Cuba Township Food Bank. Cuba Township Democrats sponsor a drive-up opportunity to sign petitions for candidates at all levels of government. Attendees are requested to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food bank. 10am-2pm, parking lot of All American Reclaim, 900 W. Northwest Hwy, Lake Barrington.

Schneider for Congress January 2022 Coffee Club. A virtual coffee club with Congressman Brad Schneider.  A virtual coffee club with Congressman Brad Schneider. Zoom link provided upon RSVP. 11am-noon.

THURSDAY, JAN. 27

Fremont Dems Donkey Fest Fundraiser. Live music and food to buy. Candidates welcome. Petitions will be available to sign and distribute. Attendees are asked to be vaccinated and boosted, and to wear a mask. 6-10pm at the Irish Mill, 26592 N. IL Route 83, Mundelein.

Organizations and candidates: If you are planning a petition-signing event, please let us know ASAP. Click here to submit your event

In Case You Missed It

How Do I Join Lake County Democrats?

Lake County Democrats is made up of people like you, people who are passionate about building better communities and a better world. We’re a grassroots political organization, working with Democrats in all parts of Lake County – from Antioch to Highland Park, Libertyville to Waukegan, Barrington to Zion. Become a member online now or send a check payable to Lake County Democrats to P.O. Box 671, Lake Zurich, IL 60047. Questions? Contact info@lakedems.org.

Sign up to receive News & Notes updates at lakedems.org/signup.

Democrats Deliver Fiscal Responsibility

January 5, 2022

In this issue: Democrats put fiscal house in order in 2021, Volunteer Spotlight, Congressman Schneider tours CLC solar installations, new laws take effect, Trump’s troubling endorsement, and Upcoming Events

Democrats Put Fiscal House in Order in 2021

While much attention was focused on Washington, DC, Democratic elected officials closer to home delivered too, showing once again that Democrats are actually the party of fiscal responsibility. Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim and Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza detailed their accomplishments from 2021. Check them out below!

Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza

Follow her on Facebook to see the the full list.

Volunteer Spotlight

Lake Dems is grateful for our many active volunteers, including the following:

Eric Herman, an attorney and precinct committeeperson in Lindenhurst, began over a decade ago helping Lake County Democrats with the Election Protection Team, working to prevent wrongful voter suppression in Lake County. He quickly became a leader of the team. Eric now helps manage the day-to-day operations of all aspects of the Lake County Democrats’ robust operations. This includes leading meetings, directing our impressive Communications Team, and organizing fundraisers and other events (virtual and in-person).

Bonnie Berger-Neel is a Wildwood Precinct Committeeperson and a retired Quality Manager at Abbott. A longtime Democratic leader, including for the Warren Township Democrats, Bonnie helps make sure that doors are knocked, candidate literature is distributed, and yard signs are delivered in a critical area that encompasses many legislative and county board districts. Bonnie also helps us with fundraising and has helped lead the Candidate Liaison Team.

Congressman Schneider Tours Solar Facility at CLC

Upcoming Events

Thursday, 1/6: Libertyville Township Democrats January Meeting. The monthly meeting of the Libertyville Township Democrats. Online via Zoom. 7-8:30pm.

Sunday, 1/9: Sean Casten Virtual Fundraiser. Congressman Sean Casten will discuss his work on the Financial Services Committee, climate change, and his upcoming campaign. 3pm on Zoom.

Thursday, 1/13: Fremont Township Democrats January Meeting. Online via Zoom and live at the Lakeside Recreation Center, 900 South Lake St. in Mundelein (in the small party room). 6pm. Food available at the Dockside Diner. Topics include petition-signing and comments by Maria Peterson, candidate for Illinois State Senate, and Lake County Board member Jessica Vealitzek.

Organizations and candidates: If you are planning a petition-signing event, please let us know ASAP. Click here to submit your eventTo view a full list of events, click here.

In Case You Missed It

How Do I Join Lake County Democrats?

Lake County Democrats is made up of people like you, people who are passionate about building better communities and a better world. We’re a grassroots political organization, working with Democrats in all parts of Lake County – from Antioch to Highland Park, Libertyville to Waukegan, Barrington to Zion. Become a member online now or send a check payable to Lake County Democrats to P.O. Box 671, Lake Zurich, IL 60047. Questions? Contact info@lakedems.org.

 

 

News & Notes: Are You In?

                                                       December 29, 2021

In this issue: Join or Renew, Volunteer Spotlight, Biden-Harris Administration Progress, Millions More Americans Gain Healthcare Insurance,  and Upcoming Events.

Join or Renew for 2022 

We’ve been busy building the Democratic infrastructure at the grassroots level thanks to volunteers and supporters like you. But we’ll all need to come together to do even more with the historical headwinds (the party in the White House traditionally struggles in the midterm election) we Democrats face. It won’t be easy.

And just as we enter this challenging political cycle, we’ll have more and more Democratic seats to defend. Our candidates, whether running for US Senate or County Board, will need your help. Our elected officials who have so worked hard to stand up for our values during this difficult, uncertain time, will be scrutinized, criticized, and attacked–a lot–by people who’d take us backward. We need to be there for them so we can have the right people in office who will be there for all of us.

We’re up for the challenge. There’s too much at stake to sit back and let right-wing extremists take over. Are you up for the moment too?

Click here to join or renew your Lake Dems membership for 2022. Together, we can rise to the occasion and keep moving Lake County and the country forward.

Volunteer Spotlight

Lake Dems is grateful for our many active volunteers, including the following:

Jose Rivera, a Long Grove Precinct Committeeperson, has become an indispensable member of our leadership team. He co-chairs a working group that has spent countless hours helping us update our Lake Dems brochures and documents. Jose also served as one of our 2020 Election Protection lawyers.

Barbara Altman, a Highland Park Precinct Committeeperson, is a longtime Democratic leader who is involved in multiple aspects of Lake Dems day-to-day management, including voter services, communications, and special projects. Barbara helps manage our critical Election Protection team as well as the round-the-clock Democratic Voter Assistance Hotline.

Dan Matzkin is a Lake Zurich Precinct Committeeperson. A CPA, Dan has been in charge of keeping track of Lake Dems finances and preparing our quarterly and other legally required financial reports. Dan also helped manage our transition to NGP-8, a powerful accounting and volunteer management system.

What a Difference Democrats Make!

Millions More Americans Gain Health Insurance

Upcoming Events

Thursday, 1/6: Libertyville Township Democrats January Meeting. The monthly meeting of the Libertyville Township Democrats. Masks required. The discussion will include the Pancake Breakfast event and upcoming petitions.

7-8:30pm, Libertyville Civic Center, Room A, 135 W. Church Street, Libertyville.

Sunday, 1/9: Sean Casten Virtual Fundraiser. Congressman Sean Casten will discuss his work on the Financial Services Committee, climate change, and his upcoming campaign. 3pm on Zoom.

Are you planning an event? Let us know at www.lakedems.org/submit-an-event. To see the full list of events, click here.

In Case You Missed It

Recycle Your Christmas Tree and Unwanted Lights

Don’t send your Christmas tree to the landfill. Donate it to a good cause by dropping it off at one of these eight forest preserves for recycling between Dec. 26 and Feb. 1, 2022. And if you have unwanted strings of holiday lights and extension cords, drop them off at one of these four Solid Waste Agency of Lake County locations.

How Do I Join Lake County Democrats?

Lake County Democrats is made up of people like you, people who are passionate about building better communities and a better world. We’re a grassroots political organization, working with Democrats in all parts of Lake County – from Antioch to Highland Park, Libertyville to Waukegan, Barrington to Zion. Become a member online now or send a check payable to Lake County Democrats to P.O. Box 671, Lake Zurich, IL 60047. Questions? Contact info@lakedems.org.