RAISE YOUR GLASS! On Saturday, July 13th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., the League of Women Voters-Lake Forest/Lake Bluff is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Illinois women’s right to vote in presidential and municipal elections. Stop by and enjoy a glass of bubbly and stay for a wine tasting at Grand Cru Wine Merchants, 840 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest. $10.00 donation. Percentage of sales will be donated to the League. Excellent wines, atmosphere, and fun. Stock up!
On June 26, 1913, Gov. Edward F. Dunne signed the Illinois Municipal Voting Act into law making Illinois the first state east of the Mississippi River to allow women to vote in local and presidential elections.
From the Encyclopedia of Chicago: “Many Chicago-area women remained unwilling to settle for anything short of full political equality, so the campaign continued. When full suffrage came with the national amendment in 1920, Chicago played its final role in the woman suffrage movement, hosting the meeting disbanding the National American Woman Suffrage Association and replacing it with the League of Women Voters.”
Craig Brautigam, proprieter of Grand Cru Wine Merchants, is proud to commemorate this important date with the League.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information, please visit our website www.lwv-lflb.org