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100 Years of Women's Vote in Illinois

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Carrie Chapman Catt
League of Women Voters

Carrie Chapman Catt
January 9, 1859 - March 9, 1947

Carrie founded the LWV on February 14, 1920, about six months before the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, which prohibits states and the federal government from denying citizens the right to voted on the basis of sex, on August 26, 1920.

Carrie worked tirelessly to win women's suffrage in the US, and worked for the country's largest organization working for women's suffrage, the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). She also help found the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (now the International Alliance of Women).

"The woman suffrage movement in the United States was a movement of the spirit of the Revolution which was striving to hold the nation to the ideals which won independence."--Carrie Chapman Catt

Become a Member of the Elmhurst League!
Join Online Now Membership is open to women and men 18 years or older. We have The following membership levels!
Patron: $250
Benefactor: $200
Advocate: $150
Sponsor: $100
Two-Member Household Membership: $100
Individual Membership: $70
Full-time Student Membership: $35

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September 28, 2017, 7 PM -- General Meeting at the Elmhurst Public Library: Community Update, featuring community officials. Panelists will give a 5-10 minute talk about the government entity they represent, including the triumphs and the challenges of the past year and what is being planned for the future. The moderator will ask a few League-prepared questions for the panelists. We will also take questions from the audience.

Need a ride or want to carpool to a League event? Contact Dorothy McGuire at secretary@lwvelmhurst.org.

CALL TO ACTION: Bring Food Scrap Recycling Collection to Elmhurst

Food waste has negative economic, environmental and social impacts. The largest category of municipal solid waste currently sent to landfills, food scraps break down and release methane.

Food scrap recycling programs divert food waste from landfills by taking household food scraps and turning them into compost. Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Wheaton, Barrington, Oak Park and other area communities recycle organic waste. Food scrap collection is mandatory in Highwood, and voluntary compost programs will soon be offered in many nearby Chicago suburbs. Which communities will follow their lead?

The residential waste contract is on the City's Public Works Committee agenda tonight, Monday, August 28th at 7 p.m., 2nd floor of Elmhurst's City Hall (209 N. York Street). Please consider attending to show your support for adding eco-friendly services, including food scrap collection, to the residential contract. Let us know if you can attend by replying to ecoolcities@gmail.com.

For more information about food scrap recycling, and how you can let your elected officials know of your support of such a program in Elmhurst, go to: http://elmhurstcoolcities.com/foodscraprecycling/.

You can also email Public Works Committee members: Alderman Kennedy, Alderman Deuter, Alderman Bram and Alderman Leader, as well as your own alderman. To find their contact information, go to http://www.lwvelmhurst.org/Officials.asp.


To view the election results of races of concern to DuPage County citizens, go to the DuPage County Election Commission's website at http://www.dupageco.org/ElectionResults/

ATTENTION MEMBERS: Volunteers needed for our Observer Corps

Monitoring our local governments by attending their meetings in order to provide our members -- and the public -- with reports of the meetings is an invaluable service provided by the League. We are building up our Observer Corps, but we need your help! There are still many government meetings for which we have no observer.

If you are interested in attending and observing our local government meetings as a member of the Observer Corps, please do the following:

  • Click here for the spreadsheet listing meetings through August of 2017.
  • Add your name to the meeting for which you are able attend, observe and provide a report.
  • Send an email to our Observer Director, Becky Lipton, at observerreports@lwvelmhurst.org to let her know which meetings you will be able to attend.
You may also email Becky with any questions you might have.

Thank you for your consideration!

What's going on with other Local Leagues?

To view news from the Glen Ellyn League, the Naperville League, and the Wheaton League, go to their recent issues of their newsletters:

Glen Ellyn League's March 2017 edition of The Voter, can be found at https://app.box.com/s/zakcj8372q3ms32crrmlwmaqb4f9bihw

Wheaton League's link to its October 2016 issue of The Voter, can be found athttp://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a3201292146ef49428132b05f&id=1a98d3322c&e=ed874e8451

Naperville League's link to its latest newsletter, The Naperville Voter, can be found at LWVN_NEWSLETTER050417.pdf

Car Pool/Ride Share

Do you need a ride or want to carpool to a League event? Send an email to secretary@lwvelmhurst.org

The Observer Reports now include August meetings of the City Council and the School Board, and the College of DuPage Board of Trustees.

To view pictures of highlights from our government meetings taken by members of our Observer Corps, including the recognition of individuals/groups, go to our "A Peek from the Observer's Seat" page.

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