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10th Annual Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest Awards Night Postponed

Awards Night, which has been postponed, will be the culmination of the 10th Annual Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest. High school students who entered the Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest (the submission deadline has been extended to the end of the school year) will read their original works inspired by the theme CHOICES. The student authors of prize-winning pieces selected by our panels of published poets and past prizewinners will receive cash awards, and all participants will receive Certificates of Participation. These budding authors write from their hearts, and hearing them read their work is a truly memorable experience!

For more information, or to volunteer email, or telephone 847-266-VOTE (8683).

POSTPONED: Democratic Unity Brunch with Senator Jeff Merkley (and celebrating the life of Hon. Dan Pierce)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Democratic Unity Brunch with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) celebrating the life of Hon. Dan Pierce, former 10th District State Central Committeeman, that had been planned for April 26 in Highland Park has been postponed. If you were a sponsor or already bought your tickets, they will be honored for the event when it’s rescheduled. If you become a sponsor now, that will go towards the rescheduled event — and that would really help us get through this difficult time.

Click here to become a sponsor (or just buy tickets) now!

This is a challenging environment for all of us. Missing out on the Democratic Unity Brunch and hearing firsthand from Senator Merkley, a leading progressive voice in the Senate, about how important it is to stand up against the worst impulses of Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell is disappointing. And it’s a big blow to us as an all-volunteer grassroots group. We aren’t able to gather and raise money as we normally would, yet we still have rent to pay for our offices, phone and cable bills, not to mention how much we have contributed directly to Democratic candidates this year. Candidates will keep working towards November’s election and we’ll do our best to help elect and support Democrats, albeit with a different backdrop than anyone had expected. But we can only do that with your support.

If you can become a sponsor or buy tickets now, please do so — you can click here to become a sponsor (or just buy tickets) now! — that will go towards the next event and it’ll make things a little easier for us right now as we adapt to this new, uncertain situation.

Tenth Dems

Hon. Dan Pierce                                                                         Sen. Jeff Merkley  (D-Oregon)

Thomas Maillard Named 10th District Democratic State Central Committeeman; Replaces Hon. Daniel Pierce

Highland Park, IL – Thomas Maillard was named 10th District Democratic State Central Committeeman by a committee of local party officials. Maillard, a resident of Mundelein, is Director of Government Operations for the City of Waukegan. He is also the National Committeeman for the Young Democrats of Illinois, serving as the national representative of Illinois Democrats under the age of 36 to the Young Democrats of America. He also recently co-founded the Lake County chapter of Young Democrats of Illinois.

Maillard has worked on a variety of national, state and local campaigns as a campaign manager, field director, fundraiser, senior adviser, voter registration coordinator, data analyst, communications director, door-knocker, and phone-banker. He was also the political director for the Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) in 2015.

On the State Central Committee, Maillard will replace Hon. Daniel Pierce, President of the North Shore Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, former state representative and mayor of Highland Park, who passed away last month. He will join 10th District Democratic State Central Committeewoman Lauren Beth Gash on the leadership committee of the Democratic Party of Illinois. He will help fill vacancies in candidacies for statewide office and other organizing duties in the 10th Congressional District.

“We must first and foremost recognize the late Honorable Dan Pierce and the sad news of his passing,” said Maillard after his appointment. “As I offer my deepest condolences to his family, I am humbled by the shadow of his accomplishments and I am honored to follow his decades of leadership. I am grateful to represent my family and neighbors here in the 10th Congressional District in my new role as State Central Committeeman.”

“With the Illinois primary now past, we must unite and prepare for the fall election, where we will elect a Democratic President to restore honor and leadership to the White House, reelect Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Brad Schneider, pass the Fair Tax to help bring equity to the broken Illinois tax system, and grow upon the many Democratic gains here in Lake and northern Cook County.”

Terry Link, Chair of the Lake County Democrats, said, “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in Lake County, turning it from deep red to blue over the past several decades. I’ve worked with Thomas for many years now, and I know how hard he’ll work to keep and build on our gains.”

The Democratic State Central Committee is made up of 36 committeepeople – a Committeewoman and a Committeeman from each congressional district. Lauren Beth Gash, the 10th District State Central Committeewoman, welcomed Maillard to the post. “We’ve been working to build the Democratic infrastructure in the 10th Congressional District at the county, township and precinct level. That’s critical to retaining our Democratic officeholders and winning elections. Thomas Maillard shares our Democratic values and has already made significant contributions toward our successes. I’m so glad that he will be joining us in his new role.”

The 10th Congressional District covers most of Lake County and parts of northern Cook County.

Ron Powell’s Passing

As we’ve seen recently, there’s a lot of labor that goes into making sure we have food to eat. The people who put in that hard work too often go unrecognized for all they do. The UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) represents some of those folks in grocery stores, manufacturing plants, and elsewhere who make things a little easier for our communities, even when everyday life looks pretty different.

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Ron Powell, President Emeritus of Local 881 UFCW. He also was a Vice President of the Illinois AFL-CIO, a longtime Mundelein Trustee, and a delegate to several Democratic National Conventions. Ron was a long-time leader and a wonderful friend who made a real difference in this world. He will be missed.


Primary Night Congratulations

Congratulations to all the Democratic candidates who’ve won, all who put their hat in the ring, and all the supporters who worked so hard. This is a different time, and it certainly will not be the same sort of eight months people anticipated, but we will get through it together.