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Vernon Democrats Endorse Schneider

Candidates tell Vernon Township group how they will attract independent voters.

won the endorsement of the Vernon Township Democratic Organization Sunday in Vernon Hills among the four contenders for their party’s nomination in the March 20 primary.

Schneider, Waukegan community organizer , Mundelein attorney and Long Grove business owner made their case to more than 80 people why they were best suited to challenge in the Nov. 6 general election.

After listening to each candidate make an opening statement and answer six questions submitted anonymously from the audience on index cards, 33 organization members voted their preference for Schneider, 27 for Sheyman and one each for Bavda and Tree, according to one of the ballot counters.

The group also endorsed over Lake Bluff business consultant in the campaign to succeed retiring state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest).

Having the same or similar views on a number of issues like a woman’s right to choose, Social Security, Medicare and campaign financing, one question that let the candidates set themselves apart was electability.

Sheyman told the group his consistency would attract voters from across the spectrum. He told the story he met of a person in Vermont who supported “avowed socialist” Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and former President George W. Bush.

“He said ‘I know exactly where they stand,’” Sheyman said. “People will know exactly where I stand. They’ll know what I’m going to do.”

When it was Schneider’s turn he explained the newly configured map of the district passed by the Illinois General Assembly in May was 34 percent Democrat, 26 percent Republican and 40 percent independent.

“(President) Barack Obama won this district 61-45. We need to keep these people home,” Schneider said. He thinks his life experiences will help do that. He believes people affected by the issues of the day can identify with his story.

“We’ve brought two kids through the schools here. When I graduated college I couldn’t find a job and had to work on a Kibbutz in Israel for a year,” Schneider said. “The Sears Catalogue was closed six months before our oldest son was born,” he added referring to a job he lost at because the company closed his division at a critical time in his life.

Tree said his experience in both the military—he is a colonel in the Air Force reserve—and business world will have broad appeal. “Democrats and even some Republicans will like my life story,” he said.

When it comes to attracting independents necessary to put either a Democrat or Republican over the top, Bavda thinks his ideas will win the day. “I have a vision,” he said stressing his focus on jobs and education. “I will create a vision that will affect people’s lives every day.”

One question recognized Dold’s recent decision to break with the Republican majority over a transportation bill. The inquisitor wanted to know how the four Democrats will deal with Dold’s own efforts at independence.

Tree dismissed Dold’s recent position citing the number of times he has voted with the Republican majority. “Now we can make him own his votes,” he said.

Sheyman and Schneider gave Dold credit for opposing the legislation because it lacked sufficient mass transit components. Sheyman indicated he would do the same thing if it was the best thing for the people of the area.

Gary February 14, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Schneider - "When I graduated college I couldn’t find a job and had to work on a Kibbutz in Israel for a year,” A Kibbutz is an Israeli commune, as in "from each according to their ability, and to each according to his needs"... for real. How does his life experience of being a Commune-ist work to his advantage as a representative for our district? Does he tell stories of the authoritarian nature of such a government? Will he help protect our citizens from such a fate? I have talked to people who lived in Israel's Kibbutz's, and, if you can crack the pro-Israeli code of silence, you will hear some pretty horrific tales of what goes on there. Yo Brad! Cough up the truth buddy.
Fred February 14, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Why doesn't ANYONE realize that Schneider gave to PRO-LIFE REPUBLICANS. That is inexcusable for our nominee to be part of the problem. Planned Parenthood is sitting on their hands with an endorsement to Schneider. Schneider gave to both Bennett and Johanns! http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norindsea.shtml GO TO THIS LINK and look at who he has given money to! We the 10th Dems cannot allow this to occur! Go to the link and see for yourself! SCHNEIDER, BRAD DEERFIELD, IL 60015 CADENCE CONSULTING GROUP/MANAGEME BENNETT, ROBERT F VIA BENNETT ELECTION COMMITTEE INC 08/07/2009 250.00 29020431314 SCHNEIDER, BRAD DEERFIELD, IL 60015 TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS GROUP/EX JOHANNS, MICHAEL O VIA JOHANNS FOR SENATE INCORPORATED 03/28/2008 250.00 28020260142 Schneider must be defeated, he has given to PRO LIFE Republicans. We cannot allow this to stand. At the meeting yesterday he claimed all of his donations "were justifiable, and is proud of them" Look at the evidence above, must there be more evidence? All I know is this, Sheyman would never give any money to pro-life Republicans.
Fred February 14, 2012 at 03:47 AM
SCHNEIDER, BRAD DEERFIELD, IL 60015 TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS GROUP/EX JOHANNS, MICHAEL O VIA JOHANNS FOR SENATE INCORPORATED 03/28/2008 250.00$ 28020260142
Fred February 14, 2012 at 03:48 AM
SCHNEIDER, BRAD DEERFIELD, IL 60015 CADENCE CONSULTING GROUP/MANAGEME BENNETT, ROBERT F VIA BENNETT ELECTION COMMITTEE INC 08/07/2009 250.00$ 29020431314 Why doesn't the patch do a story on this??
SH February 14, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Well, Sheyman has absolutely no FEC history (or any record to analyze at all for that matter). I understand that he is 25 years old, so he just simply doesn't have a record to analyze, and I don't hold it against him. However, I have heard Brad Schneider answer the same question, and logically explain that his donations were based on a strong-support for Israel. I take him at his word, and also know that he has given far more money to Pro-Choice Democrats (and Republicans) and is Pro-Choice in his own beliefs. His website clearly explains his position: http://schneiderforcongress.com/issues/protecting-women’s-rights. Trying to twist his position and make it seem as though he is Pro-Life is wrong. Brad Schneider is a strong Pro-Choice Democrat, end of story.
Fred February 14, 2012 at 04:06 AM
No matter how he tries to spin it, he gave money to Senators that tried to de-fund planned parenthood. Sheyman has fought the progressive agenda, and he organized millions to fight against the attacks from the right. Can you honestly tell me Schneider has a good record of contributions? The FEC record stands for itself.
marco sangria February 14, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Hooray for Vernon Township! Great choice. New Trier township wake up.
liz albert February 14, 2012 at 03:39 PM
look at Sheyman's resume. it is a pretty clear indication of where he stands on the issues and a good indicator of how he will vote on the floor of the House. Schneider, on the other hand, we can’t be too sure of. Schneider says he is a Democrat. ok, i’ll buy that, even tho according to a Daily Herald article, Schneider pulled a GOP ballot in the 2000 and 2002 primaries. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120206/news/702069942/ Schneider says he is a progressive. his political contributions tell a different story. (will the real Brad Schneider please stand up?) why doesn’t Schneider claim to be a “moderate”? that’s the real question. no shame in being a moderate. might it have something to do with the political climate in our (newly redrawn) district? sorry, but Schneider’s claim to be a “progressive” (i counted! Schneider campaign used the term 8 times in 9 mailings sent to my house in the past 2 weeks) reeks of putting a wet finger in the air to see which way the wind’s blowing. this election is too damned important to take chances on what someone “says” he is. i'm going with deed and action. i read Sheyman's resume; my vote goes to him.
Fred February 14, 2012 at 07:25 PM
SCHNEIDER, BRAD DEERFIELD, IL 60015 CADENCE CONSULTING GROUP/MANAGEME The record speaks for itself. BENNETT, ROBERT F VIA BENNETT ELECTION COMMITTEE INC 08/07/2009 250.00$ 29020431314 SCHNEIDER, BRAD DEERFIELD, IL 60015 TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS GROUP/EX JOHANNS, MICHAEL O VIA JOHANNS FOR SENATE INCORPORATED 03/28/2008 250.00$ 28020260142
Fred February 14, 2012 at 07:37 PM
SCHNEIDER, BRAD DEERFIELD, IL 60015 CADENCE CONSULTING GROUP/MANAGEME BENNETT, ROBERT F VIA BENNETT ELECTION COMMITTEE INC 08/07/2009 250.00 29020431314 SCHNEIDER, BRAD DEERFIELD, IL 60015 TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS GROUP/EX JOHANNS, MICHAEL O VIA JOHANNS FOR SENATE INCORPORATED 03/28/2008 250.00 28020260142 Schneider must be defeated, he has given to PRO LIFE Republicans. We cannot allow this to stand. At the meeting yesterday he claimed all of his donations "were justifiable, and is proud of them" Look at the evidence above, must there be more evidence? All I know is this, Sheyman would never give any money to pro-life Republicans.
SH February 14, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Just wanted to say that Brad Schneider has just received one of the biggest endorsements yet from the New Democrat Coalition, whose members include Gabby Giffords, Joseph Crowley, Jim Himes, Allyson Schwartz, and Jared Polis (here is the full list of members http://newdemocratcoalition-crowley.house.gov/membership). This endorsement proves once again that Brad Schneider is the only choice to defeat Congressman Robert Dold in November! http://newdemocratcoalition-crowley.house.gov/membership
Fred February 14, 2012 at 07:58 PM
If that is so, then why hasn't planned parenthood endorsed him?
Daniel Nussbaum February 15, 2012 at 06:45 AM
Aside from the fact that Brad has clearly shown that his one-time support for Kirk is greatly shadowed by his donations to progressive democrats, I don't see how in a general election this could ever be used against him. If Dold's main argument against Brad is "One time he gave to a Republican which was so terrible that you should vote for me because I am also a Republican" then I have a feeling Brad will be our next congressman.
Daniel Nussbaum February 15, 2012 at 06:55 AM
While Schneider may have at one point given to a Republican, it was not by any means on the issue of woman's rights and his beliefs are clear if you look at his record of donating to progressive Democrats and if you look at his issues page on the right to choose. It is both incorrect and spam to swarm an article with five comments that say the exact same thing. If you want to attack Brad, at least attack his positions, not what you would like his positions to be. The fact is, Brad is the best qualified leader to take on Dold.
flower child February 15, 2012 at 04:35 PM
daniel0987, Point is all voters need a reason to go to the polls. (Even Democrats!) If people do not feel there is a clear difference between two candidates, they stay home or they skip a line item on the ballot or they vote for the one with the most experience, which in this case would be Dold, who now has the most experience in government, having served in Congress for two years. You can be pretty sure that Dold will use Schneider’s past contributions to Republicans (plus fact that Schneider pulled a GOP ballot in the 2000 and 2002 primaries) to drive a wedge between Schneider and the Democratic base and to establish himself (to Independent voters) as not all that different from the Democrat on the ballot. Also, please note the “S” in the 2 words: contributions & Republicans. Schneider’s support for Kirk was not a one-time event. Schneider gave Kirk $$$ in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. It’s all at the FEC website. And Schneider gave $$$ to other Republicans too. Again, it’s all at the FEC website, which I encourage you to visit as you sort fact from fiction. The FEC website is incredibly easy to use: http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norindsea.shtml Peace.
Jon Hall February 15, 2012 at 05:03 PM
It's hard to say who's the sorrier of the subject matter here, the sad array of candidates to run against some other dolt, or their campaign zealot's driveling comments here. The candidates are ducking the voters just as the incumbent is ducking voters. I'd rather know where I can go and meet a candidate, couldn't care less about their political donations. Everyone has pragmatic reasons for doing what they do, so the idea of a 70 year old voting for a 20-something is only going to be altered (in many cases) by a strong handshake, a look in the eye, and an articulate conversation. The outcome of this election will likely not benefit the constituents of our district, we'll have a dolt.
Jon Hall February 15, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Fred. Where in the district can I meet your candidate and see him in action in the next 5 days?
flower child February 15, 2012 at 05:15 PM
daniel0987, CORRECTION! “While Schneider may have at one point given to a Republican” >>> Schneider HAS at MANY pointS given to MANY RepublicanS CORRECTION! “on the issue of woman's rights … his beliefs are clear if you look at his record of donating to progressive Democrats” >>> on the issue of woman's rights … his beliefs are FOGGY if you look at his record of donating to RIGHT-WING, RIGHT-TO-LIFE RepublicanS such as Bob Bennett, R-UT, Mike Johanns, R-NE, Mike Rogers, R-MI, and Mark Kennedy, R-MN. CORRECTION! “if you look at his issues page on the right to choose” OK. This part of your statement does not need correcting. But ANYONE can say they are “pro-choice”! Dold certainly did in 2010. I know that you begrudge ”Fred” for having “swarmed” the comment board “with five comments that say the exact same thing.” But I urge you to go to the FEC website, find out for yourself that Brad has given money to these above-mentioned campaigns and then Google each of their names + “Choice” to see what we mean. Peace.
SH February 15, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Jon, I don't agree with your statement that either candidate is ducking the voters, but I wanted to provide you with info on where/how you can meet the candidates. Brad Schneider has a number of events in the coming days in Northbrook, Vernon Hills, Waukegan, and Glenview. Here is the full list online: http://schneiderforcongress.com/events Also there are debates on February 22 and February 25 (that you can also listen to on the radio if you can't attend in person): http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120214/news/702149798/
SH February 15, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Brad Schneider has given to far more pro-choice Democrats than Republicans, that is a fact. daniel0987 is correct, fred and flower child seem to desperately want Brad Schneider to be a pro-life conservative, when he simply is not. He has proven it time and time again in speeches, voter meetings, and events across the district. It is really time to stop propagating pants on fire lies. Yes, Schneider has donated to Republicans, but that does not mean he adheres with or agrees to every single position those individuals may take. He has proven himself to be a democratic leader who would serve our district well in Congress.
liz albert February 15, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Mr. Hall, You might like to attend one of the Debates: 02/25/201212:30: Live On-Air Candidate Forum in Deerfield Hosted by Tenth Dems and WCPT AM & FM Radio Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012 Time: Doors open 12:30 pm; Live broadcast 1:00 – 4:00 pm Location: Deerfield Hyatt, 1750 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL Contact: RSVP to Tenth Dems online, call 847-266-VOTE (8683) or by email. Please leave your contact information (name, address, phone, email) when you call or write. The event is free and open to the public, but your advance registration is appreciated as it assists our planning. Space is limited and if attendance exceeds the capacity of the room, priority will be given to those who register in advance. The broadcast will begin promptly at 1:00 pm on radio stations WCPT 820 AM, 92.5 FM, 92.7 FM and 99.9 FM. 02/26/201212:30: Leagues of Women Voters Candidate Forum in Highland Park Date: Sunday, February 26, 2012 Time: 1:00 pm (doors open 12:30 pm) Location: Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Ave. West, Highland Park The scheduled debate times are as follows: 1:00pm - IL House District 58 2:00pm - IL Senate District 29 3:00pm - 10th Congressional District
liz albert February 15, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Mr. Hall To meet Ilya Sheyman: Meet & Greet in Waukegan When: Friday February 17th 6pm – 8pm Where: 2207 Hyde Park Ave, Waukegan, IL, Hosted by Judith Tabuchnick & Mary Fran Troha RSVP to don@ilyasheyman.com or by calling 224-216-2653 Meet & Greet in Northbrook When: Saturday February 18th 12pm – 2pm Where: 2752 Royal Drive, Northbrook – Hosted by Luci Gutman, David Valentine & Phyllis Goldman RSVP: Call us at 224-216-BOLD (2653) or email matt@ilyasheyman.com Meet & Greet in Highland Park When: Saturday February 18th, 3-5pm Where: Home of Joan Herczeg, 1971 Linden Ave in Highland Park RSVP: Call us at 224-216-BOLD (2653) or email max@ilyasheyman.com Meet & Greet in Highland Park When: Sunday February 19th 12pm – 2pm Where: Home of Sharon Narrod, 1139 Bob-O-Link Rd. Highland Park RSVP to max@ilyasheyman.com or by calling 224-216-2653 Meet & Greet in Glencoe When: Sunday February 19th 2pm – 4pm Where: Home of Priscilla Sperling, 862 Grove St, Glencoe RSVP to max@ilyasheyman.com or by calling 224-216-2653 Meet & Greet in Mundelein When: Sunday February 19th 6pm – 8pm Where: Home of Sherri Nordhaus, 10 S Seymour Avenue, Mundelein RSVP to shelle@ilyasheyman.com or by calling 847-790-ILYA (4592) Meet & Greet in Waukegan When: Sunday February 26th 5:30pm – 7:30pm Where: Home of Sonny Garza, 1417 Metropolitan Ave. Waukegan RSVP to don@ilyasheyman.com or by calling 224-216-2653
Jon Hall February 15, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Thanks for the info Liz, and now please do me one more favor and have your organization cease spamming Patch comments with brainless and intrusive cut-and-paste non-issues. It creates the impression of youthful indisgression and respect towards folks like myself who are likely to get the point with the first reading.
Jon Hall February 15, 2012 at 07:46 PM
SH I realize candidates have to go to private homes to raise money, But what has happened to the grassroots approach; show up at a Jewel or a train station or a community center? Why haven't the candidates rung my doorbell? They know I vote. The Santorum method actually still works, but it's too late for that strategy to work now.
SH February 15, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Jon, If you noticed, all of Schneider's upcoming events (as listed on his website), I don't know his actual schedule, but I assume some one who works for him does. Are open to the public and are not in private residences. But honestly, I just pulled his events page and linked it for your convenience, I don't honestly know what events Schneider goes to.
liz albert February 15, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Glad I could help with the info, Mr. Hall. As far as the Sheyman for Congress organization doing any spamming at Patch or elsewhere, I don’t know anything about it, but I will ask.
OldDanFan February 15, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Ok, SH. You want facts? Fact: Dold called himself Pro-Choice in 2010 (Anyone can say anything in their campaign lit.) Fact: Schneider is on record as having said that he would never support an anti-choice candidate. Fact: In 2000, as Governor of Nebraska, Mike Johanns signed a measure that made Nebraska one of 27 states to criminalize killing a fetus. Fact: Schneider gave money to GOP Senate candidate Mike Johanns in 2008. Fact: By 2009, GOP Incumbent Bob Bennett voted against women’s reproductive rights at least 8 times, including his vote of YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007) Fact: Schneider gave money to Sen. Bob Bennett in 2009. Fact: Dan Seals lost 3 general elections. Opinion: Why did Dan Seals lose? Voters did not see enough difference between the Republican and the Democrat. We can’t let that happen again! : ^)
flower child February 15, 2012 at 09:11 PM
you can certainly say you don't agree with my positions, SH, but to call me aggressive or a liar? to say that i am a bully or that i am "smearing" your candidate? you have expressed your OPINION! you have even pointed out a truth: that BS gave more money to Dems than he did to Reps. i have not denied that fact in any of my posts. you, however, seem unwilling to see the drawbacks of a candidate who gave thousands of dollors to GOP candidates, some of whom were quite forthright in their opposition to Choice among other tenets of the Progressive movement. we evidently disagree. but please take note, i am not calling you any names here. and i would appreciate it if you could do the same.
Doug Daluga February 16, 2012 at 04:16 AM
I'm not sure what this endorsement means, but it can't mean very much. Parts of their site haven't been updated since 2009 and other parts (the tax reform, and trade task force pages) don't even exist.
Jon Hall February 16, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I noticed 3 events in the next 10 days, plus 1 event listed two times. That doesn't indicate to me this candidate is working very hard at this point in the race to increase his visibility throughout the district. Too late to make up for lost time now. Does he think he's an incumbent?

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