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Blog Featured: Tenth Dems Recognizes Equal Pay Day

equal-pay-540x375Tuesday, April 8, 2014 is Equal Pay Day, the day when women’s wages catch up to men’s wages for equal work from the end of the previous year.

“Democrats have long been dedicated to the principle of equality and the belief that everyone should be treated fairly. That’s why Tenth Dems works to elect Democrats who share our values. At a time when extreme Republicans are trying to roll back the clock on the advancements made by generations of women, we need more leaders like Congressman Brad Schneider who believe that women should receive equal pay for equal work,” said Tenth Dems leader, Lauren Beth Gash. “It should not take a woman an additional 99 days to earn the same annual wage as a man who does the same work.”

While Schneider and Tenth Dems are vocal advocates for pay equity and strengthening economic security for women, Bob Dold has staked out fringe positions that would undermine these efforts and has suggested he would consider lowering the minimum wage. Women comprise nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers.

“When it comes to improving fairness and economic success for women, either Bob Dold just doesn’t get it – or he just doesn’t care,” Gash said.

Blog Featured: Community Connection Writing Contest Application for High School Students

Attention high school students in Waukegan, North Chicago, Gurnee and Zion. The Community Connection invites you to enter our Student Writing Contest.

Hurry! Entries are now accepted through March 21, 2014.

Send completed applications to

Community Connection Writing Contest Application

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Community Connection is the Waukegan office of the Tenth Congressional District Democrats. Our work is guided by the principle that politics should be about more than just elections; it should be about people working together to build stronger communities.

Blog Featured: It’s not too late for this New Year’s resolution

We’re guessing you also believe it’s worth fighting for higher paying jobs, safer gun laws, a woman’s right to control her body and equality no matter who you love. That our government should reflect our values, and that it should play a role in bettering the world.

If you believe all of this, you are a Democrat. If you believe it strongly, you should work with us to make it a reality.

This three minute video shows some of what hundreds of Tenth Dems members have accomplished right here in northern Illinois. Watch it, and add your name if you’re standing with Democrats in 2014. 


Our goal is to elect Democrats. We do that by bringing people into the political process and getting them involved, because we believe that ordinary voters can make a difference. That’s grassroots politics.

Will you take this simple step and let us know you’re with us for 2014?



Blog Featured: Spring 2014 Political Internships Available (Chicago Suburbs)

Last year's class of Tenth Dems interns represented Democrats at a Fourth of July parade.

Last year’s class of Tenth Dems interns represented Democrats at a Fourth of July parade.

This substantive, intensive internship program — available for course credit — is designed for young people deeply interested and engaged in the political process. Tenth Dems is a grassroots political organization that mobilizes voters and interest groups in one of the most hotly contested congressional districts in the nation. Our internship program offers participants the opportunity to develop specific, marketable skills in numerous fields. Many former interns have gone on to law school or other graduate programs, paid political positions in local campaigns, Springfield or Washington, or national not-for-profit organizations.

Interns may choose to specialize in any of the following areas, or experience a little bit of everything. Note: There may be some overlap between areas.

- Research
- Event Planning
- Volunteer Management
- Outreach
- Online and Social Media (some HTML experience preferred)
- IT Management

Now is the perfect time to complete a political internship as Democrats prepare for the critical 2014 midterm elections. General assignments include staffing events and issue forums, work in campaign offices, and research. Tenth Dems interns have staffed events featuring then-state senator and now U.S. President Barack Obama, the late George McGovern, South Dakota Senator and 1972 presidential candidate, Vermont Governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Mark Begich of Alaska and our own Dick Durbin, as well as numerous other Illinois state and local elected officials. Tenth Dems has also hosted MSNBC commentator John Nichols of The Nation magazine, Karen Finney of MSNBC’s weekend show “Disrupt,” and other prominent national figures. In December, Tenth Dems welcomed Jon Carson, the former director of the White House Office of Public Engagement who Chicago Magazine recently called “Obama’s most important man in Chicago.”

Tenth Dems interns joined Gov. Pat Quinn at a bill signing in Lincolnshire.

Tenth Dems interns joined Gov. Pat Quinn at a bill signing in Lincolnshire.

Illinois’ 10th Congressional District contains portions of both Lake and Cook counties, stretching from Winnetka in the south up to the Wisconsin border along the lake. The district goes as far west as Round Lake and Long Grove. Tenth Dems operates mainly out of offices in Highland Park and Waukegan. A map of the district with a list of the included communities is available on our website. Applicants need not reside in the 10th District but must have an interest in electing a Democrat and be able to travel.

The district was named by USA Today as one of the nation’s “14 political races to watch in 2014.” In 2012, Democratic Representative Brad Schneider defeated incumbent Republican Robert Dold, who is poised to run for the seat again this November.

Course credit is available with cooperating high schools and colleges. Internships are unpaid educational volunteer positions, and our spring interns are expected to commit 8 hours per week. Acceptance into the internship program is selective, competitive, and contingent upon an interview. Applicants should submit a brief paragraph explaining why they would like to complete the program, along with a resume summarizing their educational background and activities. Neither need be formal.

To apply, request more information, or for any questions about the program, email or call 847-266-VOTE (8683).

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Blog Newsletter: Community Connection Third Annual Poetry & Prose 2013 Literary Edition

Read original work by participants in 2013′s Poetry & Prose Competition for Waukegan area high school students. This year’s theme was dreams.

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Read the Newsletter Supplement Edition