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Illinois House Ten: Tree raises $101,000; lines up endorsements

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WASHINGTON-- Illinois Democratic House hopeful John Tree, who jumped in the 10th district primary late--in November--raised $101,000 in the past quarter and on Tuesday released a list of endorsements.

Tree, an Air Force Reservist and businessman, faces major competition from Brad Schneider and Ilya Sheyman for the nomination in the north suburban district. The battle is over who will face freshman Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) in November.

Tree has about $80,000 cash-on-hand and pumped about $20,000 of his money into the race. Schneider and Sheyman have not released numbers yet for the quarter ending last Dec. 31.

Tree announced backing from David Wilhelm, a former Democratic National Committee chairman and Pete Couvall, Former Vice-Chairman of the Lake County Democrats and Treasurer of the Waukegan Democrats; David McArtin - Grant Township Democratic Committeeman; Rob Nesvacil - President of Wheeling Township Democrats; Kathleen Sances - Wheeling Township Democratic Committeewoman and Sue Walton - Palatine Township Democratic Committeewoman.

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Former DNC Chair, Democratic leaders endorse John Tree for Congress
Backers say Tree's business, military experience
make him best Democrat to beat Republican Bob Dold.

Led by Former Democratic National Committee Chair David Wilhelm and elected Democratic Committeewomen Kathleen Sances of Wheeling and Sue Walton of Palatine, Democratic leaders from across the 10th District and across the country endorsed Democrat John Tree for Congress from Illinois 10th Congressional District.

"John Tree has always laid it all on the line, in service to his country through the military, in digging down deep to build a successful 20 person granola business, and he will lay it all on the line in Congress, fighting for the interests of hard pressed middle class families every step of the way," said Wilhelm, the former DNC Chair who specializes in bringing venture capital to small town and rural Midwest areas.

"With 21 years in the Air Force, John Tree can speak with authority when it comes to reducing Pentagon spending the right way and investing that money in clean energy jobs and helping families put their kids through college," said Sances, the elected Democratic Committeewoman of Wheeling Township.

"John Tree can take the fight to Bob Dold like no other Democrat. He was at the Pentagon when Bob Dold and his tea party friends in Congress tried to shut down the government, potentially leaving troops in the field and their families at home without paychecks. He can unite Democrats and Independents and put an end to the tea party dominated Congress in Washington," said Walton, Democratic Committeewoman from Palatine.

The Tree campaign today announced the following new supporters:

Pete Couvall, Former Vice-Chairman of the Lake County Democrats and Treasurer of the Waukegan Democrats
David McArtin - Grant Township Democratic Committeeman
Rob Nesvacil - President of Wheeling Township Democrats
Kathleen Sances - Wheeling Township Democratic Committeewoman
Sue Walton - Palatine Township Democratic Committeewoman
David Wilhelm - Former DNC Chairman from Illinois

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