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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.

9th Annual Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest Awards Night

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 7 PM

Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park 39 Jack Benny Drive, Waukegan. Free and refreshments will be served.

Join us to support some truly inspiring young people and hear some outstanding writing at the 9th Annual Tenth Dems Poetry and Prose Contest Awards Night. Click here to RSVP.

On Awards Night, contest winners will be announced and Tenth Dems will award 12 gift cards (first, second, third, and three honorable mentions for poetry and prose, respectively) totaling more than $1000. Participants included students attending high schools in Waukegan, Zion, and North Chicago who submitted an original poem, essay, or story inspired by this year’s theme, RESPECT. Winning entries are selected by panels of published poets.

Every participant is invited to read their original work. In the past, some have been too shy at first but are inspired by their fellow participants in the moment to share with the group. The smiles on their faces and in the crowd make it an incredibly positive, rewarding experience. It’s a lot of effort to organize and it costs a bit too, but the Poetry and Prose Contest Awards Night is one of the highlights of the year.

Join us! Click here to sign up.

Hope to see you there!

Tenth Dems

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.

Democrats Moving Forward

By Carol Hillsberg

Tenth Dems brought together more than 45 not-for-profit groups on the Day of Service in honor of the inauguration of Governor JB Pritzker and Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton.

New Lake County Democratic Officeholders Awarded at MLK Event

Tenth Dems once again was a sponsor of the Annual Waukegan Township Martin Luther King Day Breakfast. This year, newly elected Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg and Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim were among those honored.

Full House of Happy Dems Comes Together to Celebrate the Holidays

By Laurence D. Schiller

The Tenth Dems Holiday Membership Party in words and pictures. Relive a great evening!

An Internship That Matters

Many Tenth Dems interns go on to run for and hold elective office and manage campaigns—and others have successful careers outside of politics. For all, it is a unique opportunity to learn skills that serve them well.

Fun with a Capitol ‘F’: Tenth Dems Friends Share Laughs, Dinner

The Capitol Steps’ “Make America Grin Again,” followed by a three-course plated dinner, made for a wonderful Sunday afternoon. Check out our photos.

Schneider Introduces a New Ethics Pledge for Administration Appointees

By Jane Goldenberg

Working hard to restore ethics to government, Congressman Brad Schneider has introduced the Ethics in Public Service Act.

Inauguration Day Brings New Illinois Governor Who Delivers

Hundreds of 10th District Democrats were in Springfield to commemorate the Inauguration of Governor Pritzker who already has begun to restore common sense to Illinois government.

Congressman Brad Schneider to Co-Chair Program to Defend Democrats in Tough Districts

Our 10th District representative is working with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to help Democrats retain the House majority.

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).