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WASHINGTON--Illinois Democratic House hopeful Ilya Sheyman, running in the north suburban 10th district against Brad Schneider, received a potential fund-raising boost Friday with the endorsement of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Schneider, meanwhile, gained two big endorsements this week--from Democratic state senators Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston) and Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest). The 10th is heavily Jewish and Schoenberg's backing helps a lot in wooing Jewish voters; Garrett, who is stepping down after this term, is a popular figure in the 10th.

Sheyman already had the support of former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean, but that did not translate to his getting ahead of Schneider in early money. The PCCC endorsement may mean real cash for Sheyman, who had been lagging behind Schneider. The endorsement is no surprise; Sherman worked as an organizer for progressive organizations, MoveOn and Democracy for America. MoveOne endorsed Sheyman on Thursday and included him in a fund-raising appeal.

The PCCC pitch to its 800,000 members for Massachusetts Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren yielded $375,000 quickly to her warchest. In a New Mexico House race, the groups' appeals raised $70,000 for Eric Griego. The third quarter fund-raising deadline ends at midnight and the group is pushing today for $3 donations to Sheyman. The PCCC has 36,000 Illinois members.

The PCCC is also endorsing Friday Ann McLane Kuster in New Hampshire and Chris Donovan in Connecticut.

The winner will likely face freshman Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) The district in the remap has been drawn to favor Democrats. Dold replaced Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) who vacated the seat to run for the Senate.

below, from the PCCC.....


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor, Co-founders, Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Subject: ENDORSEMENT: Ilya Sheyman for Congress!

Chip in $3 to Ilya Sheyman -- your local bold progressive candidate for Congress!


We saw over the last couple years that just electing "Democrats" is not enough.

Even with full Democratic control of government -- including 60 seats in the Senate -- corporate Democrats killed the public option and watered down Wall Street reform.

In 2012, we can't just focus on electing Democrats. We need to focus on electing bold progressive fighters.

Today, we're proud to endorse Ilya Sheyman in the 10th Congressional District of Illinois.

Can you chip in $3 to Ilya's campaign before tonight's national fundraising deadline at midnight? Click here.

We've spoken with Ilya many times and watched his campaign grow from its infancy to the strong people-powered army that it is today. Ilya has built a campaign that can win -- and win big.

He supports government investment in jobs, Medicare for all, holding Wall Street accountable -- and pretty much every progressive position you can think of.

He says, "I am sick and tired of Democrats who refuse to stand up and fight back for progressive values that make a difference in people's lives."

In addition, we spoke with Ilya this week about Elizabeth Warren -- and his enthusiasm for her candidacy is palpable. Ilya vows to be a strong ally of hers in Congress, and she will need that.

Can you chip in $3 to Ilya's campaign before tonight's national fundraising deadline at midnight? Click here.

We will be mobilizing our 36,000 Illinois members on Ilya's behalf in the days ahead. Please share this email with at least 5 of your neighbors today -- so others join the fight.

Thanks for being a bold progressive.

-- Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor, PCCC co-founders

Named The Nation's "Most Valuable Online Activism of 2010"--thanks to you.

Paid for by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee PAC ( and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. Contributions to the PCCC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

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