CONVENTION 2013 UPDATE
Site of LWVIL 2013 Convention.
A few reminders:
• Lodging reservations must be made by Thursday,
• Convention registration deadline is
|| Plans continue apace to make LWVIL’s 56 Biennium Convention a success. As a reminder, convention is taking place at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott from Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9.
Convention Registration Form
Weekend in Brief
Pre-Convention Material (SBR)
Make sure you register for a workshop. You may not want to miss “Women Candidates: Fundraising, Stepping Up” being offered on Friday the 7th at 2:45 pm.
Panelists include newly-elected Congresswoman Robin Kelly who represents Illinois’ 2nd District, Illinois Senator Pamela Althoff representing parts of McHenry and Lake Counties, and Kate Gorman, newly-elected and first elected female circuit court judge in the 10th District (covers counties in Central Illinois). They will discuss the challenges and opportunities women face in their efforts to raise money and still have the time to campaign.
100 YEARS OF VOTING IN ILLINOIS
Imagine 100 years ago, leaders of the Illinois Equal Suffrage Association were hard at work gathering grassroots support and lobbying members of the Illinois General Assembly for passage of the Women’s Suffrage Act, initially drafted by its legislative superintendent and Evanston lawyer, Catharine Gouger Waugh McCulloch.
Grassroots support was encouraged by Grace Wilbur Trout who travelled Illinois by car and train to do so. Legislative efforts were often led by Jane Addams who testified before hearings of the State Senate Elections Committee. Other suffragists prepared statements to counter the opposition to women’s suffrage voiced by women members of the Illinois Association Opposed to the Extension of Suffrage to Women.
The capstone of the efforts of the Illinois Equal Suffrage Association was passage of the Women’s Suffrage Act in June 1913, a milestone in the history of women’s suffrage.
LWVIL is making plans to celebrate 100 Years of Voting in Illinois. Stay tuned for updates and more about the events and people who were central to this historic event.
LEAGUE PARTICIPATES IN APRIL RALLY TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR COMMON SENSE GUN LEGISLATION
||League of Women Voters members representing local leagues in Glenview, LaGrange and Evanston rallied at the Illinois Capitol on April 11th along with thoussands of advocates to show support for common sense gun legislation, background checks and an assault weapons ban.
|The League of Women Voters of Illinois has long opposed concealed carry and supports strong gun laws and is a member of the Illinois Coalition Against Handgun Violence.
LEAGUE MEMBERS TESTIFY IN APRIL
Testimony before the Illinois Campaign Finance Task Force making the case for the importance of keeping the campaign contribution limits made law in 2009.
HERE is that testimony.
Testimony before the US Environmental Protection Agency on Proposed Emissions and Vehicle Fuel Standards. That testimony is HERE.
GRADUATED RATE INCOME TAX (GRIT) PROJECT
WANTED: PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE ILLINOIS NEEDS A MORE RESPONSIVE AND FAIR FISCAL POLICY AND WHO WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
Work with the LWVIL's grassroots effort to get a Constitutional Amendment through the GA and onto the Nov. 2014 ballot. This will allow voters to consider a graduated rate income tax, a long held League position.
What is needed:
Enthusiasm and some of your time.
The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability will provide a two hour training on how you can explain why a graduated rate income tax is needed. Utilize this information to educate your League members and the public.
Claire McIntyre at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about locations, the GRIT project and other resources as they become available click here
. Fact sheet with a chart is here.
LWVIL PENSION REFORM POSITION
LWVIL, based on responses received from local leagues, approved a position on Pension Reform. Here are the full position and background report.
ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The 98th General Assembly has entered its final month of considering legislation with a planned adjournment of May 31st. For updates on legislation LWVIL is following, make sure you subscribe to our monthly ENews. To subscribe to this monthly update, go HERE and follow the directions.
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