The progressive movement lost one of its biggest primary battles in the 2012 cycle Tuesday. Ilya Sheyman, a 25-year-old community activist, was defeated by businessman Brad Schneider, who will now face Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.) in the November election for Illinois' new 10th Congressional District.
Update on Ilya, March 19:
Heading into Tuesday’s Democratic primary, a new poll shows Ilya Sheyman now leading conservative Democrat Brad Schneider by eighteen points. Looks like Sheyman’s smart approach to campaigning is paying off—speaking directly to voters about his commitment to economic opportunity and fairness, and how government and community support helped his own family find success after immigrating to this country. Representative Raul Grijalva, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has asked people to join him and all voters in the district.
If this election year represents a potential crossroads for Democrats — wherein the party must choose to either embrace progressive principles or espouse moderation in the name of electability — Tuesday’s U.S. House primary contest in Illinois’s 10th Congressional District might well be instructive.
A Public Policy Polling survey paid for by liberal groups supporting Ilya Sheyman shows him leading Brad Schneider by 18 points heading into Tuesday's 10th District Democratic primary.
Sheyman's 45 percent to 27 percent lead is a dramatic swing in Sheyman's favor over just the last two weeks, a change that the Progressive Change Campaign Committee ascribes to the mail campaign highlighting Schneider's past donations to Republicans.
It’s not at all surprising, given the media’s concentration on the fight for the heart and soul of the Republican Party between tea party conservatives and the GOP’s more pragmatic conservative wing, that most journalists have completely ignored the ideological fights within the Democratic Party this year.
The fight to win back the House—just like the fights to hold the White House and Senate—will not be easy. In order to not only win but to move any kind of agenda that addresses tax equity, environmental policy, immigration reform, housing, you name it, simply reinforcing the current Democratic narrative while being pulled further to the right by the Blue Dogs just isn’t enough. We need a more democratic—note small “d”—House.
We need to elect progressives.
Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) has made his first endorsement in a Democratic primary since leaving the Senate. He's putting his weight and the strength of his PAC, Progressives United, behind Ilya Sheyman, a community activist in his mid-20s running as the progressive choice in the primary to select which Democrat will get a shot at Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL), who some Democrats think is vulnerable this year.
Although largely identified as a liberal effort, the Occupy Movement is viewed differently by the Democrats running for the 10th congressional district seat.
Ilya Sheyman of Waukegan voiced strong support for the protesters who have occupied parks and other public spaces in Chicago, New York City and elsewhere.
Progressive candidate for Congress also wins overwhelmingly in New Trier Democratic Organization endorsement vote
Waukegan community organizer Ilya Sheyman’s campaign for the Democratic nomination to earn the right to challenge Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) got a boost today with its best fundraising quarter since the race began and a pair of endorsements.