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After winning the right to vote for women, the League of Women Voters was established as a grassroots organization in 1920. Fifty-five women organized the League of Women Voters of McLean County in 1933 under the leadership of Florence Fifer Bohrer, first woman elected to the Illinois State Senate.

From the beginning, the League has been an integral part of the political and civic life of our community. Within four months of its founding, the League held its first event to meet the candidates for elective offices. We continue to help everyone be an informed voter so that our elected leaders represent our entire community.

April Program:
Immigration and Politics

Date: April 5, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Bloomington Police Department, Osborn Rm (Directions)

Immigration is an issue that is front and center in the presidential campaign, as well as a hot-button issue for state politics. So what are the politics of immigration? What has led to the stalemate in immigration reform? What are the chances for breaking this stalemate? Who are the players in Illinois? How does playing politics with immigration affect the lives of immigrants, as well as non-immigrants?

The League of Women Voters is excited to bring Fred Tsao, Senior Policy Counsel at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, or ICIRR, to discuss the politics of immigration. ICIRR, based in Chicago, is dedicated to "promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society."

The program is free and open to the public. We are proud to have the following co-sponsors: The Immigration Project, ACLU, Illinois People’s Action, and Conexiones Latinas de McLean County.

Voter Services Prepares for Primary Election

LWV McLean County Voter Services members have been very busy in the past months getting ready for the March 15 primary election. We have registered many voters in the county and given lots of non-partisan voter education to prospective voters. It has been exciting for us this year to work with several local high schools and to register many new young voters who will be 18 by the General Election on November 8. It is wonderful to experience young people who are excited about voting and want to become better educated on voting issues. Kudos to teachers and parents who are helping their children become civicly engaged!

We exhibited at the ISU/HCC State of the Union watch party that was sponsored by the American Democracy Project. It was great to see all of the technology at work nation-wide and to talk with so many students.

We co-hosted a candidate forum with WGLT for the two contested elections in McLean County (County Coroner and County Board District #10). This forum was broadcast on WGLT on March 3 at 6:00 p.m. and was re-broadcast throughout the following days. There is also now a contested election in McLean County Board District #2 but special late circumstances for that election have resulted in our inability to host another forum.

We have prepared a voters guide for the two above-mentioned races (coroner and district 10). Click here to read it.

We will be pollwatching again on Election Day. It's a great experience to see how the voting process really works. Several league members signed up to do this valuable service and attended a training class on the proper way to do the task. It will be interesting to hear about their experiences.

Another huge THANK YOU to all of our members who have helped with all of the voter services activities. We will be starting again in August with registration drives and voter education activities for the General Election on November 8. We can always use lots of extra help.

              - Submitted by Phylis VerSteegh & Teri Liston


For more election information, click on the links below:

City of Bloomington
McLean County

Links to Events of Interest

Annual Dinner & Silent Auction

Illinois State Appellate Judge James A. Knecht
"The Supreme Court: the Least Dangerous Branch
- or is it?"

Monday, April 11, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn & Suites Bloomington Airport
3202 East Empire Street, Bloomington (Directions)

  • Sumptuous buffet dinner catered by Baxter’s
  • Time to shop and bid on silent auction items
  • Tickets: $50
  • To make reservations, please contact Dianne Williamson at (309) 662-6129 or email dwill2@comcast.net. Deadline is April 5.

Check Out the League’s 2015 Victories!

For 95 years, the League of Women Voters has worked to empower voters to improve their communities, state and nation. Making Democracy Work® requires determination and thanks to your commitment to our shared cause, the League chalked up some major victories across the country in 2015.

Enjoy this slideshow of the history of the League of Women Voters over the past 96. This was put together by the League as part of Women's History Month. Start Slide Show by clicking here