"Increase Understanding of ... the Issues ... through Education and Advocacy".
We received positive feedback from those who attended our Fall Kickoff, "Home is a Human
Right". Thank you to Drinks and Dialogue and Second Tuesday Committees for the successful
We have several opportunities in October to continue our goal. Second Tuesday (Oct. 10.) will
discuss HB 1252 Insuring one semester of Civics Education in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. Leaguers
Who Lunch (Oct.10) will offer a discussion of the issues. Drinks & Dialogue (Oct. 19) will focus
on the 2020 Census. Finally, Voter Services (Oct. 24) will offer information on Automatic Voter
Registration, Crosscheck and ERIC (Electronic Registration Information Center). I hope you
will be able to attend these informative gatherings.
The members of the Centennial Committee continue to develop ideas for the 2018 Convention
in Chicago. They are looking to finalize our involvement in the event. At least one hundred
volunteers will be needed to make it a success. Get ready to raise your hand!
We are looking at an end in sight with our application to become a 501(c)(3) organization.
The Conflict of Interest Statement was approved at the September Board meeting.
From the Archives:
In 1921 the Suburban Civics and Equal Suffrage Association, founded in 1906, changed the
name to the Oak Park Civics League after the enactment of the 19th Amendment. It was
affiliated with the League of Women Voters. In 1924 they decided to disband and become a
working unit of the League - the Oak Park League of Women Voters. The opening meeting,
10/9/24 at a State Board member's house in Oak Park, had 250 members in attendance.
Meeting overflow had to go to a neighbor's house. Three speakers representing political parties
(Republican, Democratic, and LaFolette) spoke on Presidential nominees and Party Platforms.
Another meeting on 10/28 had 200 in attendance. Membership during the first five years of the
League was about 600.