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May 2020
President's Letter
Dear League Members,

Since last month we have become accustomed to lifestyles very different from the ones we had lived since birth.  I often reflect upon what I would have thought had I been able to look into the future and observe everyone wearing masks and gloves, taking care not to get close to others, and disinfecting everything they touch.  But we adjust to what is necessary to stay healthy, and we will get through this.  A salute again to those on the front lines and the people they come home to after a day of exhausting and dangerous work, saving the lives of the sick.

Because it is the nature of Leaguers to be resilient, even a pandemic has not stopped us from continuing our important work.  Quite frankly, we haven't missed a beat!  We continue to do our legislative work, have meetings on Zoom, and support each other during these dark times.  We have even found a way to organize a Fundraising Plant Sale to lift everyone's spirits. This is what keeps us going!

May is the month of our Annual Meeting where we will review an important new LWV IL study in order to update our position on Criminal Justice Reform.  My committee members and I have been preparing for this for nearly three years.  It has been a major undertaking and will require even more work in order to make it happen, which is why we need you to assist in completing this important last step in the process.  We are reaching out to anyone who is interested in bringing the League up to date with the changing laws and procedures that will help to create a more equitable justice system.  I look forward to working with you.

Stay safe, and see you at the May 26 Annual Meeting.

Beverly Graham
Second Tuesday
Tuesday, May 12:   "The Fair Tax: Everything You Need to Know" with Ann Courter is coming on Zoom next Tuesday, May 12, 9:30-11:00am. Learn how a graduated income tax will be fairer for low and middle income Illinoisans and put the State on a sounder financial footing, now more than ever critical for Illinois' future.   Sign up  here  to attend, and please invite friends and neighbors. 
Mothers for Peace
Mother's Day is coming up next Sunday, May 10. Mary Rose Lambke, who started Mothers and Others for Peace to honor Julia Ward Howe's birth of Mother's Day after the Civil War, would like to share some thoughts about Mother's Day 2020. Read her letter here
Census 2020 Update
League members continue to work with each of the villages to strategize on how to keep the momentum going now that the official census date, April 1, has passed and while people are rightfully preoccupied by the pandemic.  While each village is doing something different, you can expect to see a flurry of activity in the next several months including reminder postcards, electronic billboards, calls/texts from village officials and a letter to the editor in local papers from President Beverly Graham highlighting the importance of the census.  Please share this link with family, friends and neighbors for simple, easy ways to respond.
So how are we doing as of April 30? 
National             55.6
Wisconsin            63.5
Iowa                      63.4
Michigan              62.3
Illinois                60.8
Indiana                 60.3
And our towns?
Forest Park         60.9
Oak Park              64.4
River Forest        76.1

Gun Violence Prevention
This Thursday, May 7, at 10:30am, there will be a Digital Day of Action and Rally in Place. The Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition is sponsoring this event to advocate passage of Illinois SB 1966, the BIO Bill to Fix the FOID. To find out more and to sign up, go here.
LWV OPRF Annual Meeting
Next week our Annual Meeting Packet will be sent electronically to all members in advance of the Tuesday, May 26 virtual meeting. It will include the budget, committee reports, officer nominations, and Hazel Hanson award winner for the 2020-21 year. The packet will also be posted on our website for two weeks prior to the annual meeting, as per our bylaws.
LWV UMRR Annual Meeting
On May 30, LWV UMRR will be having their virtual Annual Meeting with speakers Debra Shore, MWRD Commissioner, and Kelly McGinnis, Executive Director of the Mississippi River Network. Go here to read more about their Annual Meeting. 
Sister, Sister
LWV UMRR   May Newsletter 

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