HIGHLAND PARK – HIGHWOOD – On March 28, 1928 in the kindergarten room of Lincoln School, the League of Women Voters of Highland Park, a branch of the recently formed League of Women Voters of the United States, was established. The League (since renamed to the League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood) will be celebrating this milestone anniversary all year.
For the next month, through early June, we invite the public to observe some of our history and experience the richness of the contributions made by our League to our community. Stop by the Highland Park Library and see the minutes of the very first meeting of the LWVHP, see members registering voters on a packed Metra train, see references to the League’s work with voter rights, education, gun control, the environment and land use, and local government over many generations.
On May 19, the League will celebrate at a gala luncheon at Bella Via Ristorante in Highland Park, beginning at 12 noon. The program will feature the keynote speaker, the Honorable Barbara Flynn Currie, Majority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives. Barbara Flynn Currie is the first woman Majority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives. First elected in 1978, Ms. Curie represents the 25th district in Chicago. She is a long-time member of the League of Women Voters and on the Board of the ACLU of Illinois. The public is invited to attend this event.
In recognition of the League’s service to the community, the City has named the League as the 2018 4th of July Parade Grand Marshal. The theme of the League’s float and the parade will be “Your Vote Counts”.
For more information on the League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood or to make reservations for the lunch, see the website, www.lwvhp.org, or the League’s Facebook page.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that does not support or endorse candidates for public office. The League’s purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.