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February 2019
President's Letter
Happy 99th Birthday to us!

On February 14, 1920, Carrie Chapman Catts addressed the 500 delegates at the opening session of the new League of Women Voters. She urged that the members adhere to a non-partisan course.  "You need to get into the party not as a 'woman's auxiliary' but to fight for more than a 'me too' by convincing the men that you have the ability to open that tightly locked door that has shut you out and lead a successful drive for what you want...The League is going to educate women for active citizenship. Democrats and Republicans must work together, to be nonpartisan. Keep the flag flying for the principles of the Constitution." (Chicago Daily Tribune and Chicago Historical Society)

If you have checked our calendar, you may have noticed that our League is not taking a break. Six forums are scheduled and we need your help to make them successful. Please volunteer below.

It would be great to pack the Village Board meeting on Monday, February 11 at 7:00pm to join with our Environment Committee and chairs, Marsha Borders and Beverly Graham, in support of the Environment and Energy Commission's initiative to eliminate single use, non-recyclable, non-compostable straws, other plastics, and polystyrene containers.

On Sunday, February 24, at 2:00pm at Maze Library, we are sponsoring a viewing of the documentary, "Dark Money". The film exposes the impact of Citizens United and how elections are bought and sold. The film uses Montana as a case study.

The Illinois Issues briefing is scheduled on Saturday, March 2, in conflict with the State of the Villages  event. If you are planning to attend the Issues Briefing please let me know. You may attend only the morning session and then spend your afternoon at the SOV. I am hoping that some of the breakout sessions and plenaries will be filmed and available for us to view and discuss.

I hope you have purchased your tickets to our State of the Villages event.  This fundraiser supports our 2019-2020 programs. Please plan on attending. You will have the opportunity to chat with the candidates and hear from the Mayors/Presidents of Forest Park, Oak Park, and River Forest. A wonderful lunch will be served.

The Nomination Committee is looking for volunteers to fill positions in our many committees. Would you like to help organize speakers for Drinks & Dialogue or Second Tuesday? Are you interested in Children and Youth?  Please contact Kathy Balk or Fran Sampson for information about these positions and to volunteer.

Did you read about the ERA in the League Update? Sponsors in theUS House andUS Senate introduced  joint resolutions to roll back the timeline on ratification for the Equal Rights Amendment. We only need one more state to reach the magic number 38. Which State will be THE one?

Looking forward to seeing you at these events.

Marge Massarello
Second Tuesday
In 2018, Gun Responsibility Advocates sponsored the successful nonbinding referendum for safe gun storage in Oak Park.  On Tuesday, February 12, from 9:30-11:00am, Ray Heise and Sandra Shimon will discuss how this feat was accomplished and about next efforts to support common sense gun laws in Illinois. Read more here. Second Tuesday is free and open to the public at the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.
Drinks & Dialogue
On Thursday, February 21, Drinks & Dialogue will host Drew Curle, Supervisory Attorney of Chicago Legal Clinic's Austin Office. Mr. Curle will continue the discussion started in November on criminal record expungement and sealing. How does the law work and what changes have happened over the past 18 months? Discussion starts at 6:30pm at Shanahan's, 7353 Madison, Forest Park.
Candidate Forum Workers Needed!
Our Voter Service Committee is sponsoring six Candidate Forums in the months of February and March. These are important events that need your volunteer time. Nothing is too demanding. Greeting candidates, passing out questions cards, and timing speeches are all duties that must be filled for the forums to run smoothly. Please use this link to see if you can volunteer your time. Just insert your name in a open slot. Have a question?  Please contact Peggy Kell. Our first forum is Tuesday, February 19, so don't delay!
Equal Pay Day
Each year Equal Pay Day is recognized worldwide to focus on racial and gender pay disparities. In the United States, the April date symbolically marks how far into a new year the average woman must work to earn as much as the average white man did the previous year.  This year, Equal Pay 2019, falls on April 2nd, which is also the Consolidated General Election Day in Illinois. So, the rally has been scheduled for Thursday, March 28, during lunchtime at the Daley Plaza in Chicago. Wear your pink hat!
Stepping Up
Our League is looking for members to join the Board or Chair a Committee. Leagues need members to attend events and also people to lead these events. It's not a lifetime commitment (really, it's not) but two years to help your organization thrive and grow. Have you thought of stepping up? You can contact Kate Balk or Fran Sampson and see what would fit your skill set and your time constraints. Want to do something outside our own League? LWV Cook County is also looking for Board members or a member to be our representative to the LWV CC Board. Contact Sarah Shirk for more information. 

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