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Wine Tasting & Social

Tuesday, December 2
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

McLean County Arts Center
611 N. East Street, Bloomington

Stay tuned for more details.

Next Meeting
Co-Sponsored with ACLU

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Community Room
Normal Public Library
205 W. College, Normal

Topic: Criminal Laws and Justice:
Balancing Public Safety, Punishment and Rehabilitation
Speaker: Circuit Court Judge Robert Freitag

Judge Freitag will discuss aspects of criminal law. Possible areas will include sex offenders, mandatory sentencing, juries, and changes in criminal law. Come and learn from one of our most experienced judges.

Karen Zangerle Receives Florence Fifer Bohrer Award

Karen Zangerle, executive director of Providing Access to Help (PATH), was the recipient of the 2014 Florence Fifer Bohrer Award. This award, presented at our Membership Event on September 9, is named in honor of the first woman to serve in the Illinois State Senate. It is given annually to a McLean County citizen who exemplifies Bohrer's commitment to community service.

Karen joined PATH in 1995 and has been its executive director since 2005. The oganization operates a 24/7 call center for crisis response and for referrals to critical services.   It also provides services for homeless people and for senior citizens. In addition to her professional duties, Karen is an active volunteer, serving on a McLean County Board advisory committee on community health. She has served on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council's executive committee, the United Way board and the community advisory board of Illinois State University's School of Social Work.

Over 110 people, both members and potential members, attended the Membership Event. League officers talked briefly about the activities planned for the coming year and those present were given the opportunity to sign up for the projects that interested them.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation by Dr. Lane Crothers of the Department of Politics & Government at Illinois State University. As always, Dr. Crothers used humor and interesting statistics to illustrate the benefits (and what some people consider drawbacks) of volunteerism.

Thanks to all the board members that brought the beverages and delicious hors d’ouevres for the evening's refreshments.


The League has recently received many requests to conduct voter registration events throughout the community in preparation for the upcoming November election. To fulfill this important mission, we are putting out a call to anyone who has been certified as a deputy registrar. Please e-mail J. E. Myers if you are interested in participating.

Registrar Training

For those of you who wish to help but aren't certified yet, the Bloomington Election Commission will provide registrar training at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The training will be held at the Commission Office, 115 E. Washington St. At that time, only one door is open. Enter at the 2nd door to the west on Washington (it is actually marked 115 E. Washington), take the elevator to the 4th floor and the office is right there. Please e-mail or call Kathy Tosh (309-530-2050) for more information

League Members On Parade

Several League members, dressed in period costumes, marched in the annual Labor Day parade on September 1. The parade's theme was "Follow in Their Footsteps" and was chosen to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution that gave women the right to vote. This vintage clothing, donated by the Community Players, reflected the parade's theme.