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 even 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 email, please submit your posting entries by midday Monday, so we have time to get it ready. submit an event for future inclusion, or view the full list of upcoming events.

Because so many of our in person events on our list have been postponed or cancelled, we recommend you check directly with the organizers of any event you're interested in attending.


04/21/202113:00: Lake County Adult-Use Cannabis Public Hearings

When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 1:00pm. This is a continuation of the Monday, April 19th hearing.

Where: Online via Zoom.  Register here.

What: Lake County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will be seeking public input as it considers proposed zoning amendments that would permit adult-use cannabis businesses in unincorporated Lake County subject to certain restrictions. The public hearings will be conducted by video/audio conference on Zoom, beginning with a presentation followed by public comment and ZBA member discussion. To learn more about the issue, including proposed zoning amendments and maps, visit the adult-use cannabis web page.

04/21/202117:00: Virtual Town Hall — Glencoe Through the Lens of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 5:00 – 6:30pm

Where: Online via Zoom. Click here to join the conversation (advance registration not required)

What: The Community Relations Forum holds an interactive panel discussion: “Glencoe Through the Lens of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.”  Slated panelists include: Dr. Catherine Wang, Superintendent of Glencoe School District 35; Karen Ettelson, Co-President of the Glencoe Historical Society; Michael Halberstam, Artistic Director of Writers Theatre; and Bill Hansen, Executive Director of Family Service of Glencoe.

04/21/202117:00: Joint Event Benefiting U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Kirsten Gillibrand

When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:00pm Central Standard Time (Please note: the announcement shows Eastern time).

Where: Online. Register here.

What:  A virtual event for U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Kirsten Gillibrand. For more information, email Monica@TammyDuckworth.com

04/21/202118:00: Virtual Reception for U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:00pm Central Standard Time (Please note: the announcement shows Eastern time).

Where: Online. Register here.

What:  A virtual reception benefiting U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth.  For more information, email Monica@TammyDuckworth.com

04/21/202119:00: Lake County Virtual Town Hall

When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:00pm

Where: Online via Zoom. Register here.

What: Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart will be joined by Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister, Lake County Board Member/Finance & Administrative Committee Chair Paul Frank and other community leaders.  They will discuss the latest on COVID-19 and other topical issues and answer questions from the community.

04/21/202119:00: National Organization for Women (NOW) April Virtual Meeting Featuring Deborah’s Place

When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:00pm

Where: Online via Zoom. Register here.

What:   The April meeting of the North & NW Suburban NOW Chapter features Audrey Thomas, CEO of Deborah’s Place. Since 1985, Deborah’s Place has been opening doors of opportunity and helping women who are experiencing homelessness in Chicago. From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Deborah’s Place has also provided necessities like masks, cleaning supplies and food to communities that have been hit the hardest by the pandemic.

04/22/202120:00: Virtual Reception for Lake County Board Member Julie Simpson

When: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:00pm

Where: Online via Zoom. Register here.

What: A virtual reception benefitting the re-election of Julie Simpson, Lake County Board Member, District 18.  The event features a Clean Energy Jobs Act discussion with special guest speaker Elaine Nekritz.

04/23/202110:00: Conversation with Comptroller Susana Mendoza

When: Friday, April 23, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:00am

Where: Online webinar. Register here.

What: Illinois Partners for Human Service hosts a conversation with Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza. Topics will include: the State of Illinois’ finances in light of the American Rescue Plan Act; what to expect for the FY22 Budget; and ways human service providers can be prepared and navigate payments during transition through the remaining stages of the pandemic. Health and human service partners will have the opportunity to submit questions before and during the webinar.

04/24/202110:00: Environmental Forum – Conversation on Environmental Accountability

When: Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30am

Where: Online via Zoom. Register here.

What: Grant Township Democrats, Antioch Township Democrats and Young Democrats of Antioch host a panel discussion with local representatives and community activists to discuss holding local polluters accountable. Speakers will include Colleen Smith from the Illinois Environmental Council, Sarah Moskowitz from the Citizens Utility Board, and Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart.

04/26/202118:00: How Women Have Saved Our Democracy; Where We Have Been; and What We Need to Do For the Future!

When: Monday, April 26,  2021 at 6:00pm.  This event is rescheduled from March 29th.

Where: Online via Zoom. To RSVP, email info@craticshaffer.com

What: Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough hosts a panel of women trailblazers in a virtual fundraiser and conversation. The event will spotlight women who continue the fight for equity and who are taking a seat at the table, both in our states and our communities.

04/26/202119:00: New Trier Democrats Environmental Forum

When:  Monday, April 26, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:15pm

Where:  Virtual (link to register online)

What: New Trier Democrats present a panel of local leaders to discuss “Water: The Driving Force of All Nature.”  They will celebrate our Earth and dive deep into the subject of how to engage and protect our waters.
For questions call: 312-316-8820

04/29/202118:00: Open Communities Presents “History of Fair Housing and Reparations”

When: Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 6:00pm

Where: Registration information to follow.

What: Open Communities hosts a roundtable discussion of the issues about fair housing, with a review of the history of redlining and how it relates to reparations. Panelists include: Robin Rue Simmons, Alderman, Evanston’s Fifth Ward; Michael Nabors, Reverend, Second Baptist Church; Courtney Jones, Realtor, President of Dearborn Realists; and Dino Robinson, Founder, Shorefront and discussion facilitator.

04/29/202119:00: Criminal Justice Reform Town Hall

When: Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:30pm

Where: Online via Zoom. Register here.

What: Panel discussion, “The New Illinois Justice Reform Law: Fact vs Fiction.”  The new law includes significant possible changes, but may not cover the scope of needed accountability. Panelists include: Illinois Speaker of the House Rep. Chris Welch; Cook County State’s Attorney Kim-Foxx; Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart; Cook County Public Defender Sharone Mitchell; Alliance for Safety and Justice Director John Maki; and National Director Rainbow Push Excel Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson. Q and A follows.

05/01/202116:00: The Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: Organizing for Justice

When: Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 4:00pm

Where: Online via Zoom. Register here.  Zoom link sent on day of the event.

What:  Lake County Democrats present “The Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: Organizing for Justice.” Larry Spivack, President of the Illinois Labor History Society and a former Regional Director of AFSCME Council 31 (Illinois), will talk about the history of organizing for justice and pushing to move the country forward in the face of concerted efforts to ignore or harm the middle class. Open to Democrats. Free admission.

05/02/202113:15: Highway Cleanup with Libertyville Township Dems

When: Sunday, May 2, 2021 from 1:15 to 3:00pm

Where: For meeting location, RSVP to libertyvilledems@gmail.com

What: Libertyville Township Democratic Organization will clean up an adopted stretch of road in Libertyville. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite political shirt and bring a mask, sturdy shoes, long pants, water, and sunglasses/hat. Trash bags, safety vests, and gloves will be provided.

05/13/202111:00: Fiscally Fit in 2021 with Holly Kim – Avoid These Mistakes Before Buying a Home!

When: Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 11:00am

Where: Online. Register here.

What:  Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim hosts a series of classes with Lake County banks that teach healthy money habits for our wallets. This module will help participants get ready to own a home, finance the purchase and move forward! It will identify the steps in the home-buying process, explain how to know if you are ready to buy a home, identify ways to estimate how much you can afford for housing, describe home-financing options and key costs, and explain how to get prequalified or preapproved for a mortgage.  If time allows it will also review where to get help if you’re having trouble making mortgage payments. Also in Spanish.

05/20/202118:00: Annual NAMI Cook County North Suburban Gala – Save the Date!

When:  Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7:00pm

WhereOnline (informational link)

What:  National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Cook County North Suburban presents Light The Way Virtual Gala.

05/21/202111:30: Jan Schakowsky’s 20th Annual Ultimate Women’s Virtual Power Lunch with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

When: Friday, May 21, 2021.  Program at 11:30am

Where: Online via Zoom. Register here. Be sure to put Lauren Beth Gash or Tenth Dems or Lake Dems in the “Invited By” box on the signup form.

What: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s 20th Annual Ultimate Women’s Virtual Power Lunch featuring Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer as Keynote Speaker.

06/09/202111:00: Fiscally Fit in 2021 with Holly Kim – Lose the Weight! Managing Your Debt

When: Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 11:00am

Where: Online. Register here.

What:  Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim hosts a series of classes with Lake County banks that teach healthy money habits for our wallets. This session will help participants understand what debt is and how to manage it. It will also define debt and credit and explain how they differ, define phrases commonly used to discuss debt, provide strategies for reducing debit and explain the consequences of not paying debt. If time allows, student debt, medical debt and high-cost debt can be reviewed.

07/02/202114:00: Fiscally Fit in 2021 with Holly Kim – Fiscal Health: Credit Report and Scores

When: Friday, July 2, 2021 at 2:00pm

Where: Online. Register here.

What:  Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim hosts a series of classes with Lake County banks that teach healthy money habits for our wallets. This session helps participants understand, access and improve their credit reports and scores. It will also explain the importance of credit reports and scores, discuss ways to build credit, repair, improve and maintain credit, and explains how credit scores are calculated. It will also discuss where to get help with credit reports and scores.

07/09/202119:00: A Safe Place Virtual Event: Wine Women and Shoes

When: Friday, July 9, 2021

Where: Online

What: A Safe Place hosts “Wine Women and Shoes” to support victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. This year, A Safe Place is going From Fear to FIERCE.   Tickets on sale March 1, 2021. For more information, visit https://asafeplaceforhelp.org/get-involved/wine-women-shoes/

08/03/202112:00: Fiscally Fit in 2021 with Holly Kim – You Can Bank On It (Banking Basics)

When: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 12:00pm

Where: Online.

What:  Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim hosts a series of classes with Lake County banks that teach healthy money habits for our wallets. This session will cover banking services and is designed to help participants build a positive relationship with a financial institution. It will describe financial products and services, provide information on selecting financial products, services and providers, and explains the basic steps for opening and managing checking and savings accounts