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Speaking with the Speaker: A Reproductive Rights Panel Discussion with Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch, on April 19th

Even with Donald Trump and Mike Pence gone, reproductive rights are still at stake. In Illinois, there’s movement to repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act (PNA), which often adds another burden to a woman exercising her rights at an already difficult time. Join Tenth Dems and Lake Dems on Monday, April 19th, for an important conversation about what’s coming next at “Speaking with the Speaker: A Reproductive Rights Panel Discussion with Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch.”  Free Admission. Open to Democrats. 1.0 hour free CLE credit available for attorneys. Click here to sign up now.

What: A panel discussion with Emanuel “Chris” Welch, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, about defending and advancing women’s reproductive rights in Illinois, including the effort to repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. The panel also will include Melissa Widen, an attorney with the ACLU Bypass Project who’s also served as Chair of the Board of Personal PAC, and Dr. Allison Cowett, Co-Director of Family Planning Associates.

When: Monday, April 19, 2021 at 6:00pm

Where: Online (Zoom). RSVP required. To sign up, click here. Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event.

Hope to see you there!

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s 20th Annual Ultimate Women’s Virtual Power Lunch with Keynote Speaker Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer – Join Tenth Dems and Lake Dems on May 21st

Join Tenth Dems and Lake Dems at Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s 20th Annual Ultimate Women’s Virtual Power Lunch. This event is always incredible. Lauren Beth Gash (Lake County Democrats Chair, Tenth Dems Founding Chair) was one of two co-chairs of the last Power Lunch we celebrated in person, which featured the one and only Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. It was so much fun! This year will be no different, even if the setting is.

The Keynote Speaker will be Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Despite a barrage of attacks from radical militia groups, the Michigan Legislature, and former President Trump, she continues to govern with a steely resolve and dedication to delivering for the people of Michigan. We can’t wait to hear from her.

The Virtual Power Lunch is Friday, May 21. Zoom link will be sent closer to the event. Click here to join us and be sure to put Lauren Beth Gash or Tenth Dems or Lake Dems in the “Invited By” box on the signup form.

Hope to see you there!

Early Voting and Drop Boxes Available for April 6 Election

Questions about voting? Call the Democratic Voter Assistance Hotline, 847-432-VOTE (8683).

Election Day is April 6 and you can also vote by mail or take advantage of Early Voting right now. Many local offices, including Township officials, City and Village officials, and board members for Park Districts, Library Districts, and School Districts are on the ballot. Your vote is important, because these offices can really affect people’s lives.

  • For a list of Early Voting sites and hours in Lake County, go to Early Voting Sites Listing. Cook County sites can be found at
  • To request a mail-in ballot, Lake County residents go to and Cook County residents go to
  • Mail-in ballots can be delivered to Clerks’ offices or placed in the U.S. Mail. Lake County voters also can use drop boxes; there will be one at each Early Voting location. Cook County has placed drop boxes outside several courthouses; go to to find one near you.
  • If you requested a mail-in ballot, you may still vote in person, but you should bring the ballot with you and surrender it when you check in.
  • If you’re not registered to vote, or you’ve moved and need to change your registration, you may still register to vote at the polls, as long as you vote at the same time you register. You’ll need two forms of identification, at least one showing your current address.

Be sure to vote in your local elections. Voting is your civil right – and a civic duty. Please encourage your friends and family, too.

Questions? Call the Democratic Voter Assistance Hotline, 847-432-VOTE (8683)

Tenth Dems Thanks You For Participating In Local Election

If you voted in the April 6 election, thank you for valuing your civil rights and performing your civic duty.

If you ran for local office …
If you helped candidates who share our Democratic values …
If you joined our Election Protection Team to ensure that everyone entitled to vote was allowed to vote …
If you served as an election judge …


Enthusiastic Dems Talked Politics on March 8

Thanks to everyone who joined Tenth Dems and Lake Dems for another great conversation as part of our Let’s Talk Politics series. We had several candidates, elected officials, active volunteers, and newly-engaged folks from all over Lake County and the 10th District take part in an incredibly lively, thoughtful discussion. Even after the big wins in 2020, we Democrats have a lot of energy in our area! Let’s keep it going!

Let’s Talk Politics is a moderated discussion and allows opportunities for Democrats in and around the 10th District to talk about important issues of the day with each other and guests that often include elected officials, candidates, political analysts, and authors.