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Blog, Featured: Congressman Schneider: The Environmentalists’ Choice!

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Both the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) are endorsing Congressman Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) over ex-Congressman Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) in the upcoming election.

 Announcing the endorsement on April 1, 2014, LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski said: “Congressman Brad Schneider has been a proven leader on the environment, fighting to preserve the Great Lakes for future generations, and working to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink. He has been a vocal supporter of the need to act on climate change, and we are proud to endorse Rep. Schneider for re-election.”

The contrast between Brad and Dold could not be starker:

  • · Dold earned a poor 34% score from the League of Conservation Voters in his first year in office (Brad earned a 96% score).
  • · Dold voted against an amendment to HR 1231 requiring companies to have a disaster plan for oil spills.
  • · Dold voted to slash $250 million from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
  • · Dold voted against requiring EPA to control Great Lakes pollution.
  • · Dold voted to bar the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.

Brad previously received the Sierra Club endorsement over Dold for the upcoming election. Dold received an F on a water protection scorecard from the Sierra Club during his term in Congress.

In 2009, Americans for Prosperity (funded by the Koch brothers) applauded Dold for signing the No Climate Tax Pledge, promising to “oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.” We need a Congressman who will represent us, not the Koch brothers.

 

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, Events, Featured: Tenth Dems Community Connection Fourth Annual Poetry Slam and Awards Night

The Tenth Dems Community Connection 4th Annual Poetry and Prose writing competition invited high school students in Waukegan, North Chicago, Zion and Warren Township to submit original, unpublished entries on the theme of “Changes.” Awards will be presented to the winning entries at the Poetry/Prose Slam on Thursday, April 10, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, at the Ramada Waukegan/Gurnee, 200 N. Green Bay Rd., Waukegan. Space is limited! To RSVP for the Slam, click here, contact us at 847-266-VOTE (8683) or by email.

All are welcome at this free event! Donations are welcome. Persons interested in volunteering for the event can reply here with contact information (name, address, phone and email).

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Blog, Featured, Help Wanted: Tenth Dems Seeks Summer Interns in a Tight Congressional Election Year

The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems), a grassroots political organization that helps mobilize voters and interest groups in one of the most widely watched and intensely contested Congressional districts in the country, is now accepting applications for its summer 2014 Internship Program.

The internship is a substantive program designed for high school , college and graduate students seeking an opportunity to become deeply engaged in the political process.  This is the perfect time to complete a political internship as Democrats prepare for the critical 2014 midterm elections. General assignments include staffing of events and issue forums, door-to-door canvassing with candidates, working in campaign offices and conducting research. In the past, 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 held events featuring frequent MSNBC contributor John Nichols, and that network’s own Karen Finney, host of the weekend TV show Disrupt.  Interns may also choose to complete specialized assignments in new media, IT management and political outreach.

Internships are unpaid, educational positions. However, course credit is available from some high schools and colleges.

“This is an opportunity to learn about a grassroots political organization and to develop important skills,” said former State Representative Lauren Beth Gash, a Tenth Dems leader. “Many of our interns have gone on to law school, worked in Springfield or Washington or gotten jobs with national non-profit organizations.”

Acceptance into the program is selective, competitive and contingent upon an interview. Applicants need not reside in the 10th District, but they must have an interest in electing Democrats and be able to travel to our offices and devote a minimum of 16 hours per week to the internship. Applicants should submit a brief paragraph explaining why they would like to be part of the program, along with a resume summarizing their educational background and activities. Neither need be formal. To apply or request more information, please contact Matthew Bondy, Internship Coordinator, or Lauren Beth Gash by email at: volunteers@tenthdems.org.

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Tenth Dems interns and volunteers with Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and Attorney General Lisa Madigan at the Illinois State Democratic Convention, August 2012

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Illinois’ 10th Congressional District contains portions of both Cook and Lake Counties, stretching from Winnetka in the south up to the Wisconsin border along the lake. The district includes all or part of the following towns: Arlington Heights, Bannockburn, Beach Park, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Fort Sheridan, Fox Lake, Glencoe, Glenview, Grayslake, Great Lakes, Green Oaks, Gurnee, Hainesville, Highland Park, Highwood, Indian Creek, Ingleside, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lake Villa, Lake Zurich, Lakemoor, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Lindenhurst, Long Grove, McHenry, Mettawa, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Mundelein, Niles, North Chicago, Northbrook, Park City, Park Ridge, Prairie View, Prospect Heights, Riverwoods, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, Spring Grove, Third Lake, Vernon Hills, Volo, Wadsworth, Waukegan, Wheeling, Winnetka, Winthrop Harbor, and Zion.

 

Blog, News: Applications Being Accepted For Democratic Candidate for Lake County Treasurer

Applications for Lake County Treasurer candidate are being accepted by the Democratic Party of Lake County. For professional reasons, former candidate Cynthia Plouché is unable to run for the office of Lake County Treasurer. Several candidates are being considered at this time but it is an open process–applications are still being accepted. To apply, send a resumé, a statement of your qualifications to be the Lake County Treasurer, and a brief explanation about why you would like to be the Democratic candidate.

In a statement, Ms. Plouche said, “I look forward to putting my support behind a new Democratic candidate who represents the skills and qualities that are critical to the County Treasurer’s Office — strong professional financial leadership experience, an open and transparent approach, and deep passion for the needs and concerns of Lake County residents.”

For more information or to apply, contact lakecountycandidates@gmail.com.