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Blog: Community Partners for Affordable Housing Celebrates Community

By Amy Rosenfeld Kaufman

Supporters came out in full force to “Celebrate Community” with Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) at a sold out event on April 23.

The overwhelming support for CPAH and affordable housing was evident as CPAH resident Laurence Marks, a single father of four, told his compelling story of a family tragedy that turned his stable life upside down.  Fortunately, Laurence was able to move with his four children into a CPAH apartment, and he remarked that calling CPAH “was the best phone call I ever made.”

CPAH honored Jami Sharfman of Highland Park, Tom Morsch of Lake Forest, and Fred Wilson of Evanston for their significant efforts to help CPAH continue to provide affordable housing opportunities and stability for local low and moderate income households, like Laurence’s.

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Tenth Dems was represented at the event by Founding Chair Lauren Beth Gash

Blog: Community Connection Corner: Dems, Mini-Dems, and ArtWauk

By Karen Singer

Saturday evening, May 16, was a beautiful night for ArtWauk in downtown Waukegan, and Tenth Dems was in enthusiastic attendance at the Community Connection office.

Tenth Dems Co-chair Bonnie Berger-Neel headed up the roster of participants, along with volunteers Carolyn Rivers, Joe Dubaniewicz, Deb Seed, and Karen Singer, as well as Tenth Dems intern coordinator Joel Spiegel and intern Peter Shin.

Adding even more life to the party were a few mini-Dems in the form of Bonnie’s and Carolyn’s grandchildren.

Later in the evening former 10th District Congressman Brad Schneider, who is running to regain his seat, came by with his wife, Julie.  They enjoyed conversations with ComCon attendees and passersby, as well as the wonderful art at Waukegan’s galleries.

The best part of the evening was talking to good people and letting them know about Community Connection’s presence in and contribution to the Waukegan community—that for Tenth Dems, politics is about more than elections. From conducting job interview training for ex-offenders to tending the community garden to holding an annual poetry/prose contest for high schoolers to participating in ArtWauk, Community Connection is actively engaged with the Waukegan community year round.

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Stopping at Community Connection during ArtWauk, former 10th District Congressman Brad Schneider and wife Julie Dann step next door to Tufo Galerie for a photo with Patrick Tufo and musician

Blog: Tenth Dems Prize for Prose Leads to Recognition by Labor Group

This report is based on an article that first appeared in The Fox Valley Labor News, Jennifer Rice, Managing Editor


Tenth Dems has a motto: Politics should be about more than just elections.  It wants its community to be a better place to live and strives to do things for good, as exemplified by its 5th Annual Poetry and Prose Competition.  This year, students who entered the competition were asked to write about hope.
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The awards ceremony, at which contest participants are invited to read aloud, was held in Waukegan on April 14.  That evening, Northeastern Illinois Federation of Labor Financial Secretary-Treasurer Brian DuPuis heard second place prose winner Tomani Raimondi read her story about a children’s strike and the efforts of Samuel Gompers, the first and longest-serving president of the American Federation of Labor, to help the children and give them hope.

The 17-year-old Zion-Benton Township High School student said of her piece, “We were learning about the children’s strike in English class, and I was really interested in the topic. I thought it would be an interesting topic to write about, and a challenge.”  Her creative writing teacher encouraged her to enter the contest, she added.

DuPuis was so impressed with Raimondi’s story that he invited her to present it to Northeastern Illinois Federation of Labor delegates at their monthly meeting on April 22.

The high school junior, who would like to pursue a career as a librarian, was excited for the opportunity to share her prose piece again. “I expected Brian to say I did a good job, but it was better to be invited to the meeting and read my story,” Raimondi said.

At the April 14 Community Connection Poetry/Prose Awards Night, Raimondi received a check for $75 from Tenth Dems for her prize-winning story.  The Northeastern Illinois Federation of Labor matched that award and presented her with another check for $75 on April 22.

Blog: Grand Opening Grayslake Office

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Blog: Memorial Celebration of Cosette Winter’s life

By Lauren Beth Gash

A good friend and valued member of our Tenth Dems family recently passed from this life. Cosette Winter will be remembered well for her many volunteer contributions to important causes. We thank you, Cosette, and we are grateful.

Cosette Winter was a longtime Democratic activist and member of the Tenth Dems Leadership Committee. She was an amazing friend, volunteer and advisor during my own State Rep campaign days. More recently, I enjoyed working with her on causes, and I will miss our long walks together at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Cosette was truly a citizen extraordinaire: among other things, she served as a Democratic Precinct Committeewoman, a school board member, a campaign organizer for so many candidates, a League of Women Voters leader and much more. A master gardener, Cosette put her talents to work volunteering at the Chicago Botanic Garden and in the Village of Bannockburn, making the town a much more beautiful place for her presence.

Cosette’s family will be hosting a memorial celebration of her life. This will be a time to remember her life and accomplishments and share stories with one another. Snacks and beverages will be served as well.

A Celebration of Cosette Winter’s Life
Sunday, May 31st from 3:00-6:00pm
Bannockburn Village Hall
2275 Telegraph Road, Bannockburn, IL
Cosette’s friends are welcome. If you would like to attend, please let her family know you are coming so that they can be prepared for the number of attendees. You can call 512-769-3007.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the following organizations:

Chicago Botanic Garden
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lake County

Breast Cancer Research Foundation