The Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) held its annual Awards Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 17. The standing-room-only crowd at the Hyatt Regency Deerfield celebrated grass-roots activism that's helped local Democrats enjoy victories in 2017 and continues to focus unprecedented energy headed into the 2018 election season.
The keynote speaker was Jill Wine-Banks, prominent Watergate prosecutor and frequent MSNBC contributor. Wine-Banks also led an effort to improve the military's handling of sexual assault cases.
Prior to taking questions from the audience, Wine-Banks described her career and current events. She spoke about her integral role in questioning the events surrounding Richard Nixon's secret tape recordings. Drawing on her experience in the Watergate prosecution, Wine-Banks also detailed how the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election could proceed.
In addition to the keynote speech, the annual awards dinner honored contributions to the group over the past year. The Mikva Leadership Award was presented to Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, who was grateful to receive an honor named for Ab Mikva, a renowned public servant.
Other Democratic candidates and elected officials, including Congressman Brad Schneider and state Sen. Julie Morrison, addressed the crowd.
Tenth Dems is a grass-roots organization that works to elect Democrats at all levels within Illinois' 10th Congressional District, traditionally one of the most closely watched districts.
Pictures of the event are available at Facebook.com/TenthDems/photos.
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