Bonnie Cox, LWVIL President
FromFrom the President: 

Dear LWVIL members,
The excitement is mounting in anticipation of the LWVUS Convention coming to Chicago!  What a role LWVIL and LWV Chicago will be playing as host state and city.
A big, big thank you goes to Erin Roeper for expertly and graciously heading up the Local Arrangements Committee. She and the co-chairs of the subcommittees have done an excellent job preparing for Convention. These hard-working volunteers include: Ann Yoshida and Mary Hummel - Volunteer Recruitment; Jill Althage and  Joyce Haeckel - Registration & Credentials; Mary Lubertozzi and Syvia Tillman - Hospitality & Information; Sharon Alter and Cathy Potkay - Fundraiser; Casey Christensen and  Michelle Jordan - Plenary Sessions, and Cynthia Schilsky - Budget. Over 125 volunteers have been recruited for convention tasks and we thank all of them for assisting LWVUS in its 53rd National Convention.
Although it seems like just yesterday, it was February of 2016 when the Development Committee decided to book Second City for our LWVIL and LWV-Chicago Fundraising event during the convention. Event Co-Chairperson Sharon Alter took the reins and has worked diligently since to ensure a fun evening for us and convention goers from across the country. Thanks so much, Sharon!
A "good luck and good work" shout out goes to LWV-Naperville as a nominee for the LWVUS "Empowering Voters/Defending Democracy Community Connection Award" for their "Strolling to the Polls" project. On behalf of the LWVIL, let me say how proud we are of you, LWV-Naperville!
At last year's LWVIL Convention, delegates voted in favor of LWVIL recommending " abolishing the Electoral College," a long held LWV position, be added as an action focus for LWVUS, 2018-2020 program. Rosemary Heilemann and her committee has worked long and hard with lots of communication with LWVs from across the country in support of this resolution, as yet, a non-recommended program item. 

Here's the scoop on the caucus to support this resolution:
  • Advocacy Strategies for the Existing LWVUS Position (The Selection of the President) to Abolish the Electoral College LWVUS Convention Caucus, June 27, 2018, 8:45 pm, Boulevard Room C. 
  • Presented by the LWVIL Electoral College Committee:
    • LWV's of Illinois, Deerfield-Lincolnshire, Wilmette, La Grange, Arlington Heights-Mt. Prospect-Buffalo Grove, Glenview-Glencoe, Oak Park-River Forest, Highland Park/Highwood, Lake Forest/Lake Bluff, Northwest Lake MAL. 
  • Contact lwvabolishelectoral@gmail.com if you want to help LWVIL with this resolution.
Oh, and one more thing! What a joy it is to be welcoming LWVUS to the 37th state to have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment! I know the LWV and its members all over Illinois played a vital role in making that happen. In fact, Amy Jo Conroy of ERA Illinois said,

"A crucial difference in 2018 vs 2014 was the active involvement of the League of Women Voters. Yes, the #MeToo and Trump presidency has brought new individuals and groups to advocacy. But the League's involvement was critical. Their nonpartisan, position-based advocacy was a recognized voice and trusted by members of both parties. The League provided more conservative legislators the necessary backup and support for a YES vote."
We can be proud of ourselves!
Yours in League, 

Bonnie Cox
Heather Cunningham
BoardBoard Changes
LWVIL said good bye recently to Board Member, and Issues and Advocacy Co-chair, Heather Cunningham, who accepted a new job in another state. Thank you, Heather, for all of your hard work and dedication.

We also welcomed Allyson Haut, LWV Wilmette to the LWVIL Board. Allyson will get involved with the Issues and Advocacy Committee.

We wish them both well in their new pursuits!  
NewNew LWVUS Website Improvement
LWVUS recently announced the new  League Management Site  (LMS) is now live on LWV.org, replacing the old forum site. Any links you have from the forum site will now redirect to the League Management Site content.

They worked with League leaders to reorganize the content into the categories of: Manage Your League, Communications, Mission Impact Tools, and Governance.

The League Management Site is fully searchable and the national staff is committed to making sure the content is up to date with the most current tools and documents. Information that was featured on the forum site before-such as Council & Convention information and the link to the Roster Manager Portal-will continue to be displayed prominently on the main LMS homepage, as well as in featured content on each of the topic pages. 

Learn about the features of the new League Management Site from this demo video:
MembershipMembership News

MLD Training
On Saturday, July 21,  we will conduct a training session for all of our leagues interested in our Membership and Leadership Development program.  This training is designed for leagues new to the program, a well as those who have some experience with this initiative.  Training will provide the basics of the program, explore tenets of good leadership, give practical instruction on leadership tasks, allow teams to spend some time with their coach, and give time and space for friendly networking.  This year's session will take place at Maggiano's ( 516 N. Clark, Chicago ) from 10 am until 3 pm.  (Coffee and conversation at 9:30.) 

Individuals may register online at this link by July 14. 

We look forward to this opportunity for our leagues to gather!    
ExecutiveExecutive Director Job Posting
LWVIL is hiring!  

If you know of any qualified candidates who may be interested in joining our organization as Executive Director, please forward this job description to them. 
Annette Baldwin
Anniversary100th Anniversary Event
In collaboration with the League of Women Voters Chicago, Chicago Public Library presents "The Long Road to Victory: From Pedestal to Politics and Prison in the Battle for Woman Suffrage" starring and written by Annette Baldwin.

Check out this link to learn more about this performance being held at the Harold Washington Library Center from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 28.    

IssuesIssues and Advocacy

Read the Issues Specialists end of the session reports  
HistoryHistory of the League
This is the fifth in our series. See all of these articles on our website:    http://www.lwvil.org/history-of-the-league.html

The Early 1800's 

The influences that shaped the League of Women Voters began in the early 1800s. Changes were slowly proceeding to "transform the status and role of women...in society." Women were working both individually and together to contribute their positions on the political issues of the time. They sought ways to influence public policy through questions and debate. 

In the 1820's Emma Willard and Frances Wright lobbied for universal education. Wright, a social reformer, published, Views of Society and Manners in America. She pressed for universal equality of education and women's rights.  READ MORE.


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