Bonnie Cox, LWVIL President
FromFrom the President:   
Dear LWVIL Members and Supporters,

Last Friday and Saturday I had the privilege of visiting with leaders from over a dozen local LWVs in meetings arranged by LWV dynamo,  Rosemary Heilemann, (most recently LWVIL's expert and activist on the issue of abolishing the Electoral College). As she and I were leaving one of those meetings, she turned to me and said, "How can we not be inspired by that!"
The "that" was just one more stop where we had heard the inspiring stories of LWV members - young and old, female and male, recently-joined and 50-year members, too. You can read more about this meeting, held at the Adlai Stevenson Democracy Center,  HERE
You are doing great work out there. Your energy, dedication, creativity, and patriotism do inspire! It would make our founder, Carrie Chapman Catt, so proud and happy to know her idea and dream for the League of Women Voters continues to come to life in communities all over our state and nation.
What was her idea?  A civic organization dedicated to the idea that citizens should play a role in our democracy just as important as the politicians. This organization would encourage and teach its members to be civil and issue-oriented and to study and seek consensus before taking action. These citizens would engage at every level of government from the local board to the highest offices in DC dedicating themselves to promoting the common good versus purely partisan interest.  This organization would encourage every citizen to understand and value the right and responsibility to vote. It would dedicate itself to the fight to protect and promote both the right and the responsibility.  
Hamilton said, "Your legacy is planting seeds in a garden you may never see." If only Carrie could see the "gardens of democracy" we have planted and continue to tend.
Thank you to Rosemary for arranging these inspiring meetings. Thanks to all who shared their stories with me and listened as I shared the equally inspiring stories of the work being done at the LWVIL level. You can learn about that in the rest of this eNews!
Yours in League, 

Bonnie Cox
IllinoisVoter Service

Illinois Voter Guide
Hundreds of voters have signed up already to receive their ballot information via  www.IllinoisVoterGuide.org

Check out our video on how to use this guide: 

Illinois Voter Guide Tutorial
Illinois Voter Guide Tutorial

National Voter Registration Day is  September 25th.  Plan a registration drive!  Go to  https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org  to sign up your League on as a partner.

The LWVILEF/ABC7/Univision Gubernatorial Debate is scheduled for  October 3, 2018 .  We are still trying to facilitate another Gubernatorial debate in Peoria with PBS stations throughout Illinois and a possible Attorney General forum.
StateState of the State 2018: New Day, Time and Venue this year! 
Saturday, September 29 - 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Arlington Park Race Course, Arlington Heights, IL

The 2018 State of the State Committee promises to take LWVIL's biggest fundraiser of the year to the next level...and we're going to the suburbs! 

Mark your calendars! Read all about it and get your tickets  HERE.
LWVILLWVIL and Women's March Chicago Partner 
The LWVIL board has approved LWVIL as a participating organization in the upcoming Women's March Chicago March to the Polls on October 13th in Chicago.

The League believes the key principle of the march, voter engagement and voter turnout for the November election, is in line with League initiatives. The Board also sees this as an opportunity to perform League outreach to our targeted audience, in particular the focus on engaging young and first-time voters.

Specific details of our participation are still being finalized. We expect to be promoting our Illinois Voter Guide tool, as well as assisting voters with questions on grace period registration and questions for early voting leading up to the November 6 election.

LWV is also honored to selected by Women's March Chicago for their Partner Spotlight in a recent newsletter. READ the article
WearWear It Proudly!
The latest in League wear is here! The League has a new logo/typeface and mission statement and this t-shirt has both. 

Order yours by Monday, September 3, and it will be shipped to you directly by  September 19. $20.00, proceeds benefit LWVIL Education Fund.

Click  HERE to purchase!   "Visibility makes a difference. Love this shirt!" -- a purchaser 

IssuesIssues and Advocacy

Read the Issues Specialists' Monthly Reports HERE.
HistoryHistory of the League
This is the seventh in our series. See all of these articles on our website:    http://www.lwvil.org/history-of-the-league.html

The Declaration was discussed, reread, and edited. With a few minor amendments, it was adopted by the attendees of the Woman's Rights Convention, Seneca Falls, July, 1848.                                                                                               
Declaration of Sentiments                                                                                            
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family of man to assume among the people of the earth a position different from that which they have hitherto occupied, but one to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to such a course. READ MORE

PartnerPartner Event: 
LWVIL is a member of Transform Illinois. League members are invited to attend a free public policy discussion:

Government Innovation: What's now and what's next?
Thu, October 11, 2018
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM CDT
Gleacher Center, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Register HERE.

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