Upcoming Events

Tenth Dems is an all-volunteer grassroots group, but we've developed a wide reach. We put in a lot of effort to get the word out about events in the area. Keeping people informed and active is key to electing more Democrats. Tenth Dems plays a role in that, and frequently other groups use our list to inform their own members. It's very time-consuming, but we want to get it right. In order to be included in the weekly events email, please click here to submit events for consideration (ideally by midday Monday), so we have time to get it ready.

10/04/202215:00: Deputy Voter Registrar Training in Waukegan

When:  Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 3:00pm

Where:  Lake County Court Tower,  Sheriff’s Training Room, 301 Washington St., FL 1, Waukegan

What:  A training for Deputy Voter Registrars will be held. 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. Deputy Registrars must be trained in the county in which they live, but once trained, can register voters anywhere in Illinois. Training takes about an hour.
This training is being held through the County Clerk’s office and is free of charge. Sign-ups will be taken up to 24 hours before the class starts. Late sign-ups may or may not be added to the class.  Register online. If you’re interested in helping organize voter registration, contact Lake Dems at info@lakedems.org.

10/04/202217:30: Mary Edly-Allen Fall Reception

When: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 from 5:30 to 7:30pm

Where: First Draft, 250 Center Street, Grayslake

What: A fall reception for Mary Edly-Allen, candidate for Illinois Senate District 31. The event will include food, drinks, games, trivia and a raffle. RSVP here. To RSVP or for questions email kelly@ilsenatedems.org

10/05/202217:00: Reception for Dr. Michael Karner

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 from 5:00 to 7:00pm

Where: Primo Italian American Cuisine Restaurant, 720 Milwaukee Ave., Gurnee

What: A reception supporting the reelection of Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Karner. Appetizers will be served. RSVP here.

10/07/202211:30: Coalition to Reduce Recidivism Luncheon

When: Friday, October 7, 2022 from 11:30am to 1:00pm

Where: Encore Events (formerly Midland and Wedgewood Weddings), 4555 W. Yorkhouse Road, Wadsworth

What: Coalition to Reduce Recidivism holds its 19th annual fundraising event with the theme “A New Way of Life,” featuring two justice-impacted keynote speakers. Ticket information to follow. For questions, contact Ms. Robbie Randle at rrandle@waukegantownship.com or Mr. Dijon Ross at dross@waukegantownship.com.

10/07/202212:00: Rights At Risk – Illinois Supreme Court Briefing

When: Friday, October 7, 2022 at 12:00pm

Where: Online via Zoom. Register here.

What: Citizen Action/Illinois, JACPAC and the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association present a briefing about what’s at stake with the Illinois Supreme Court elections and how you can get involved.

10/07/202218:00: BG Pride National Coming Out Day Celebration

When: Friday, October 7, 2022 from 6:00 to 10:00pm

Where: Doubletree by Hilton in Mundelein, 510 E. IL Route 83, Mundelein

What: BG Pride holds its National Coming Out Day Celebration with family-friendly dinner dance, art projects, Rainbow Raffle, and other features. Register here.

10/08/202208:00: Community Blood Drive Hosted by Mary Edly-Allen and Versiti Blood Centers

When: Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 8:00am to 1:00pm

Where: University Center, 1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake

What: A blood drive hosted by State Senate candidate Mary Edly-Allen and Versiti Blood Centers. Click here to schedule an appointment. For questions, call 800-7To-GIVE or text Carrie at 815-271-2910.

10/08/202210:00: Lake County Day of Action

When: Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon

Where: Mundelein campaign office, 105 N. Seymour Ave., Mundelein

What: Lake County Day of Action with Democratic nominee for Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, along with Lake County Democrats and Democratic elected officials and candidates. Coffee and donuts will be served. RSVP here.

10/08/202211:00: Marah Altenberg Day of Action

When: Saturday, October 8, 2022. Shift 1: 11:00am, Shift 2: 3:00pm

Where: 900 Saybrook Lane, Buffalo Grove

What: Marah Altenberg and the Ela Township Democrats canvass the Township for their local Democrats. Sign up here.

10/08/202216:00: Harvest Gathering in Antioch

When: Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 4:00 to 6:00pm

Where: Williams Park – Pavilion, 741 Main Street, Antioch

What: A chance to meet Democratic candidates for the November 8, 2022 election. The event includes refreshments, kids’ games and activities, and raffle prizes. Sponsored by Antioch Township Democrats, Grant Township Democrats, Lake Villa Township Democrats and Indivisible Western Lake County. RSVP here.

10/09/202214:00: Reception for Illinois Senate Candidate Allena Barbato

When: Sunday, October 9, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00pm

Where: Address of private Woodstock residence provided upon RSVP. Register here.

What: Reception for Illinois Senate candidate Allena Barbato. The event includes cocktails, appetizers and entertainment. For more information or to RSVP email info@barbatoforsenate.com or call 847-337-8219.

10/09/202218:00: Indo-American Democratic Organization (IADO) Annual Banquet

When: Sunday, October 9, 2022. Registration: 6:00pm; Reception: 7:00pm

Where: Holiday Inn North Shore, 5300 Touhy Ave., Skokie

What: IADO celebrates its 41st Annual Banquet with the theme “Voting for Our Rights.” Keynote speaker: Khizr Khan, Gold Star Father and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, who held up his pocket U.S. Constitution at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and spoke opposing then-Republican nominee Trump’s proposed policies.  Register here.

10/10/202217:30: Final Fundraiser for Anthony Vega Hosted by Brad Schneider

When: Monday, October 10, 2022 from 5:30 to 7:30pm

Where: Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest

What: Congressman Brad Schneider hosts the final fundraiser for Anthony Vega, candidate for Lake County Clerk. RSVP here or email woody@MFStrategies.com

10/12/202208:30: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month – Latinos in Lake County

When: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 8:30 to 11:30am

Where: College of Lake County, 19351 West Washington Street, Auditorium A011, Grayslake

What: Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart hosts an event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the Latinos in Lake County.  Those who have gone above and beyond for the Latino Community in the past, those who are currently making an impact, and those who will continue to advocate for Latinos in Lake County will be recognized.

10/15/202209:00: Shredding and Collecting Unwanted Items Event

When: Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 9:00am to Noon

Where: First Baptist Church parking lot, 400 N. Sheridan Rd., Waukegan

What: NAACP Lake County in partnership with SWALCO, COOL Learning Experience and City of Waukegan sponsor a shredding of unwanted documents and the collecting of shedded items to be reused, recycled or donated.

10/15/202214:00: Autumn Garden Party for Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul

When: Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00pm

Where: Home of Rob and Nancy Rotering. Address provided upon RSVP. Register here.

What: A Saturday afternoon garden party supporting Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and hearing from Democratic candidates including Judge Elizabeth Rochford, the critically important candidate for Illinois Supreme Court. Governor JB Pritzker will join as a special guest. For questions, contact Amanda Latty at amanda@kwameraoul.com or call 773-747-1408.

10/20/202217:30: Lake County Democrats Fundraiser

When: Thursday evening, October 20, 2022

Where: TBD

What: Exciting keynote and featured speakers will be announced soon. Our rights are on the ballot — bodily autonomy, freedom from gun violence, workers’ rights, and so much more. We won’t go back. We can’t go back, given what is at stake.

10/23/202213:00: Go North to Help Mandela Barnes and Gov. Tony Evers Win in Wisconsin

When: Sunday, October 23, 2022 from 1:00 to 5:00pm

Where: Meet up at a location to be announced in either Kenosha or Racine, or connect with carpools at locations in Northern Illinois TBA

What: Join a group going to Wisconsin. Following a brief training, we’ll knock doors for Democratic candidate for Senate Mandela Barnes and Democratic Governor Tony Evers. Helping Mandela Barnes defeat Ron Johnson could mean the difference between losing the Senate or increasing our Democratic majority. Re-electing Governor Evers would keep in place a critical check against the Republican-controlled Wisconsin legislature. Sign up here.

10/23/202218:30: New Trier Democrats Virtual Annual Benefit

When: Sunday, October 23, 2022 from 630 to 8:30pm.  Zoom reception from 6:30 to 7:00pm; program from 7:00 to 8:30pm; after party at 8:30pm.

Where: Online. Register here.

What: New Trier Democrats hold their 2022 Virtual Annual Benefit. Featured award recipients: Defender of Democracy Award: Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, presented by Governor JB Pritzker. Champion of the Environment Award: U.S. Congressperson Sean Casten, presented by State Representative Robyn Gabel.  Special guest: Wisconsin Democrats Chair Ben Wikler.

10/27/202217:30: Live4Lali’s Annual Fundraiser

When: Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 5:30 to 8:30pm

Where: Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg

What: Join Live4Lali at their annual fundraiser and exclusive showing of Emmy Award Winning producer Debra Goshner Vinik’s new documentary, “Attention Must Be Paid: Women Lost in the Opioid Crisis.” Register here.

10/29/202218:00: NAACP Freedom Fund Gala

When: Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 6:00 to 10:00pm

Where: Westin North Shore Chicago Hotel, River Ballroom, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling

What: NAACP holds its annual Freedom Fund Gala. Keynote Speaker: Kevin Myles, Deputy Director of Programs and Strategy at Southern Poverty Law Center and former NAACP National Director of Training. Featured entertainment: The Funk Brotherz Band, Elgin. To purchase tickets, call (847) 445-9438 or (224) 627-0196. No last-minute door sales or walk-ins on the night of the event!

11/06/202213:00: Go North to Help Mandela Barnes and Gov. Tony Evers Win in Wisconsin

When: Sunday, November 6, 2022 from 1:00 to 5:00pm

Where: Meet up at a location to be announced in either Kenosha or Racine, or connect with carpools at locations in Northern Illinois TBA

What: Join a group going to Wisconsin. Following a brief training, we’ll knock doors for Democratic candidate for Senate Mandela Barnes and Democratic Governor Tony Evers. Helping Mandela Barnes defeat Ron Johnson could mean the difference between losing the Senate or increasing our Democratic majority. Re-electing Governor Evers would keep in place a critical check against the Republican-controlled Wisconsin legislature. Sign up here.