Letter from the President
New Year’s Resolutions and Defining 2020

Resolve - /rəˈzälv/, verb, decide firmly on a course of action
In the months leading up to the final ratification of the 19th amendment, a small
group resolved to provide support and education for the millions of women who
would soon be able to exercise their right to vote. During the 1919 convention of
the National American Woman Suffrage Association, that small group formed a
committee, conceptualized by Carrie Chapman Catt, and on February 14, 1920,
the League of Women Voters was officially founded at the Congress Hotel in

Resolve - /rəˈzälv/, noun, firm determination to do something; position of
strength, a foundation
In this year 2020, we will celebrate the resolve of the suffragists and 100 years of
the League of Women Voters securing and protecting voting rights for all. We will
work to educate the electorate and get out the vote for the spring primaries and
federal election in November. On this stage, our resolve for advancing our
mission is magnified. Please use your resolve to expand our reach. Share your
passion for the values and core principles of the League. Reach out to three
friends who are not yet connected to the League, let them know exactly what the
League means to you, share your passion for the mission of the League and invite
those friends to join you to lean in, learn a bit more, and engage.

Resolute - /ˈrez·əˌlut/, adjective, admirably purposeful, determined, and
unwavering; determined in character, action, or ideas
This year we stand resolute in our goals. We move forward informed about our
past mistakes. We are committed to leading the way as an organization that is
equitable and inclusive in all respects. We all take part, in whatever way it is that
works for each of us. Be resolute in your commitment to whatever connects you
to the League of Women Voters. Resolve to share your passion and expand our
reach. Resolve to celebrate, to learn and to include, to engage and to support.
Bring friends and family and neighbors to celebrate our birthday on February 14
at the Congress Hotel. Take part in Issues Briefing 2020 on February 15 at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU).

Save the date for our largest event ever and be part of the LWVIL 100th
Anniversary Luncheon on September 24, 2020!

Thank you for choosing to be a member or friend of the League,
League of Women Voters of Illinois 
100th Anniversary Celebration
Get ready for a birthday party and honoring all things League!
The upcoming LWVIL 100th Anniversary Celebration is almost upon us! Our centennial anniversary will be celebrated on Friday, February 14, 2020, at 10 a.m. in the Gold Room of the Congress Plaza Hotel (520 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605) , the very room where the League was founded a century ago. 

During the event we will:
  • Reflect upon a century's worth of advocacy and activism;
  • Hear remarks from legislators and community influencers, including Kentiya Orange, LWV US Legal Expert, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, League member and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, U.S. Representative Bill Foster, and many more;
  • Eat a large slice of celebratory birthday cake made by Brown Sugar Bakery;
  • And so much more!
To learn more information about the event, visit the LWVIL website . Please note that reservations are closed. You can join the waiting list by reaching out to the LWVIL Offices .
Windy City LIVE with the LEAGUE
In celebration of our 100th anniversary, join us on Feb. 13
LWVIL would like to invite you to attend an upcoming Windy City Live taping on Thursday, February 13, 2020 in downtown Chicago. This taping will feature an audience full of League members, supporters and hopefully YOU. 

The only requirements for attending are that you:

  • Wear white (to honor the Suffrage movement);
  • Be able to be in the Studio (190 N. State St. Chicago, IL 60601), no later than 11:45 a.m.;
  • Expect to be in the studio until 2:10 p.m.
  • No t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, apparel with large logos or writing, sweatpants, ripped jeans, hats of any kind, shorts, flip flops or any otherwise sloppy, inappropriate or dressed down attire;  
  • Bring your valid picture ID;
  • Go through a security screening.

If you are able to attend, please respond no later than February 9, 2020 . We need to fill every seat with a League member so please respond quickly, so that we can reach out to other members and supporters to join us.
Lights, Camera, WTTW!
Celebrate Women's History Month by joining LWVIL & WTTW
Calling all League members! LWVIL has been invited back to the WTTW studios to (wo)man the phones during Women's History Month. The League will appear during the airing of the program, Rise Up: Songs of the Women's Movement , a documentary highlighting the impact of music throughout the women's movement, from the suffragists to Joan Jett.

All volunteers must commit to being at the WTTW Studios ( 5400 N St. Louis Avenue Chicago, IL 60625 ) on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 6:45 to 9:45 p.m. During your time at the Studios you will be served dinner, attend a training session and then make your television debut on behalf of the League of Women Voters! This is a first come, first serve opportunity. Please email the LWVIL Offices if you would like to participate.
Bring Susan B. Anthony to your local League
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the League with an one-act play.
Regional actor and playwright, Hank Fincken , has prepared a one-act play about Susan B. Anthony and is looking for venues to present it in the Midwest. If your local League would like to know more about this play or bring it to your community, please reach out to LWVIL to learn more. What a fun and educational way to organize a Centennial Celebration in your community!
Illinois Voter Guide
Illinois Voter Guide is LIVE!
The LWVIL Illinois Voter Guide(IVG) is live! You can now go on to the website, powered by Ballot Ready and the League of Women Voters of Illinois Education Fund, to see all of the Illinois races for the 2020 Federal, State and County primary and general elections. Each race will show the candidates and their bios, with a picture and information from their website, if available. A new feature this year will be access to local League candidate forum videos, which will be available at a later date. Don't forget to share this amazing resources with your friends, family and community. Questions? Reach out to the Voter Service Committee .
Issues Briefing: 2020 Vision for the Future
Learn about the issues and how you can make a difference.
Join LWVIL for our annual Issues Briefing: 2020 Vision for the Future on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Northeastern Illinois University ( 5500 N St Louis Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 ). This year's event is going to be bigger and better than ever. The day long conference will include sessions about: Voter Suppression, Affordable Housing, Gun Violence Prevention, Redistricting, Census, Climate Change and more. We will also welcome community experts and legislators, like Illinois Senate President Don Harmon, Jen Walling of the Illinois Environmental Council, Dan Bouman of the Shriver Poverty Law Center, Richard Koenig of the Housing Opportunity Development Corporation, and many others. To see the full schedule visit the LWVIL website . Tickets are going FAST, so register TODAY. Questions? Reach out to the Issues & Advocacy Committee Co Chairs Jean Pierce and Rosemary Heilemann .
If you would like to know more about the work that has been done on LWVIL issues since the last Issues Briefing in 2019, please download the Issues Specialist Reports for February, 2019-2020
Show your support for the Fair Maps Amendment
Upcoming events to advocate for transparent and fair redistricting.
LWVIL is happy to announce that we are working to have the Illinois House and Senate pass the Fair Maps Amendment (FMA) to the Illinois constitution by May 3, 2020 so it can be placed on the November 3, 2020 General Election Ballot for voter approval. The Fair Maps Amendment provides for an Independent Commission to draw legislative districts instead of state legislators as defined in the current Illinois Constitution.

Show your support for the Fair Maps Amendment by attending the following events with fellow League members, family and friends.

Friday, February 28, 2020
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  
Bradley University ( Hayden-Clark Alumni Center)
816 N Tobias Ln, Peoria, IL 61625

A presentation and Q&A panel on how the census and redistricting reform can lead to a more ethical government for ALL in Illinois.

Thursday, March 26, 2020
6:30 a.m. - Buses leave from pickup locations
10:00 a.m.- Arrive in Springfield, Illinois and check-in with security at the Illinois State Capitol
11:00 a.m.- Rally in the rotunda
2:00 p.m.- Leave Springfield, Illinois
5:30/6:30 p.m.- Arrive at pickup locations

Together, we can get the word out about the Fair Maps Amendment and how the #2020Census provides necessary data for redistricting. If we truly want ethics reform in Illinois, we need to start with stopping politicians from rigging maps. Let's advocate for #FairMaps, and hold candidates and elected officials accountable to making Illinois a more ethical state that works for us ALL. There is NO cost to attend. Bus and lunch costs are covered.

Time For ACTION!
Show your support for the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) and removal of the ERA ratification deadline
There is an outstanding Time For Action from the LWVIL Issues & Advocacy Committee. Please ask your State Representative to support HB3624 Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) that would put Illinois on a path to 100% renewable energy by 2050, cut carbon from the power sector by 2030, reduce the equivalent of 1 million gasoline and diesel powered vehicles from the road and create jobs and economic opportunity. Read more...
It's not enough that Virginia on January 27 became the 38th state to ratify the ERA.
To make sure ratification FORMALLY goes forward, contact your U.S. Representative and urge them to remove the ERA deadline. H.J. Res. 79, the legislation to remove the ratification deadline, will be voted on Monday, Feb. 10 on the U.S. House floor. Please contact your U.S. Representative by Friday, Feb. 7.
100th Anniversary Articles
New Article sharing the history and legacy of the League.
New 100th Anniversary League Articles are now available! The articles, entitled The League in the 1950s and February 14, 1920 - February 14, 2020 are both penned by League member Marge Massarello.

Highlights in the articles include how the idea of the League became a reality and how the new organization celebrated its start, including songs sung and their battle cries. There is also some great information about the important work of the League and the United Nations.

Don't forget these articles can be used in your local League newsletter, on your website, as press releases to your local media and can even help in reaching out to your local history museum and/or library to start discussions about partnering for an exhibit. If you have any questions about the 100th Anniversary Committee , the tool kit or articles, please reach out to 100th Anniversary Chair Mary Kubasak .
Local League Spotlight
LWVIL Local Leagues and members are doing amazing things in their communities.
On January 6, 2020, the city of St. Charles and Mayor Raymond Rogina presented the LWV Central Kane County with an 100th Anniversary proclamation honoring the work of the League. Left to right are Kelly Rotella, Hewlitt Prucher and Llona Steele. 
On January 13, 2020, the Bloomingdale Village President and Board of Trustees passed a resolution in celebration of the League’s upcoming 100th anniversary. Left to right: Linda McDermott, Roberta Borrino, Bloomingdale Village President Franco Coladipietro, Sue Coleman. 
On January 22, 2020 the LWV McLean County celebrated the birthday of Florence Fifer Bohrer, the first female Illinois State Senator and founder of the McLean County chapter of the League.
Upcoming Candidate Forums
LWVIL local Leagues are holding numerous candidate forums throughout the state. Please visit the LWVIL website to learn more about all of the forums for all levels of government. Questions? Reach out to Voter Service Chairs Jan Dorner and Kathy Kenny .
Important Dates to Remember
  • February 3: 150th Anniversary of the 15th Amendment
  • February 4: LWV Arlington Heights-Mt. Prospect-Buffalo Grove: Village of Mt. Prospect Proclamation of 100th Anniversary
  • February 6: Deadline for Poll Watching Credentials
  • February 8: LWV Aurora Area: Census 2020 Forum
  • February 12: President Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
  • February 14: LWV 100th Birthday
  • February 14: LWV Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Buffalo Grove 100th Anniversary Gala
  • February 15: LWVIL Issues Briefing
  • February 17: President's Day
  • February 18: Last day for Voter Registration by Deputy Registrars
  • February 19-March 6: Early Voting & Registration
  • February 27: World NGO Day
  • February 28: Fair Maps, Reform, and the Census presented by Change Illinois
  • March 17: Primary Election Day
  • March 26: Springfield Rally Day: Fair Maps presented by Change Illinois
  • April 22: LWVIL Lobby Day

Please note that this list of important dates is not exhaustive.
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