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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.

Annual Meeting

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Government Center, Room 400
           115 E. Washington, Bloomington (Directions)

The League will hold its Annual Meeting in May. This meeting will include:

  • Discussion and adoption of 2016/2017 Studies
  • Adoption of 2016/2017 Budget
  • Election of Officers
Click here for the documentation for the meeting.

From Our President

May is just around the corner and we will be wrapping up our regular meetings for the year but, please note, we do intend to have some special events over the summer! So, please read your emails and watch for communications regarding summer activities.

Our May annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 24th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Government Center, Room 400. At that time we will approve our budget for 2016-17, review some of our program positions, discuss study ideas for next year, approve our new officers, and announce our "Leaguer of the Year." We hope you are able to attend.

Thank you to all who attended our Annual Dinner and Fundraiser on April 11th. We so enjoyed seeing everyone and hope you all were pleased with the insights of Judge Knecht. If you have suggestions for how we can improve this event or any other experience, please let us know. Also, if you would like to participate on event planning or any one of our other committees, please let one of the Board members know.

Finally, I wish you a wonderful spring and look forward to seeing you at one of our remaining programs, at our May annual meeting, and over the summer at one of our special events!

Three of us will be participating in the League National Convention in Washington D.C. in June. Per the Convention website, the LWVUS Proposed Program for 2016-2018 includes a League-wide Campaign for Making Democracy Work®, concurrence on the floor of convention with the proposed Redistricting position, concurrence on the floor of convention with the LWV Colorado Behavioral Health position and retaining all current LWVUS positions in the areas of Representative Government, International Relations, Natural Resources and Social Policy. All the materials related to these issues are available on the League website.


Links to Events of Interest

  • May 24:  Annual Meeting

Annual Dinner & Silent Auction

Attendees of this year’s LWV of McLean County’s Annual Dinner were treated to a speech by Fourth District Appellate Court Judge James Knecht. The audience was entertained and educated by Knecht’s look at the Supreme Court. Knecht, who has served on the appeals court for three decades, told a full house that President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court deserves a nomination hearing.

Judge Knecht’s speech was loaded with historical perspective on Supreme Court appointments. For example, 42 Supreme Court justices were never judges but "It’s the president’s choice." And he said many justices on the high court had not been legal stars or Constitutional scholars. He punctuated the point by adding, "Clarence Thomas was neither but he was appointed nonetheless." Justices have been known to disappoint their presidents. Most recently Justice John Roberts supported the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and yet was appointed by Republican George W. Bush.

Putting today’s wrangling about the Garland nomination in further historical perspective, Knecht reminded the audience that 22 Supreme Court nominations have been made during election years and that President Lincoln used a Congressional recess to appoint to the court, Bloomington’s most famous son, Supreme Court Justice David Davis.

-Colleen Reynolds