2014 LWVUS Convention
LWVIL President Mary Kubasak devoted her June 2014 E-News column (reprinted to the right) to a report on the LWVUS convention. If you are interested in more information, please click here to visit the LWVUS website.
You also might be interested to read LWVUS President Elisabeth McNamara's address to the convention delegates after her re-election.
As Mary Kubasak mentioned, Illinois sent 30 delegates, including League of Women Voters of Glenview President Joan Ziegler. Here are some of her observations:
A Message from LWVIL President Mary Kubasak:
Hi! I’m back from Dallas - the National Convention was exciting, enlightening and exhausting! Mostly though, it was energizing. Delegates from all across the United States, (over 700!) remind me that we are part of something really great. The convention reelected Elisabeth McNamara to a two-year term as President; readopted all LWVUS’ current positions; and voted to concur with the LWV New Jersey position opposing human trafficking. We also authorized and adopted a new study: a three-part program concerning “key, specific structures of American democracy.” This will involve a look at how the U.S Constitution gets amended; a review of LWVUS’ campaign finance position; and a study of redistricting.
Illinois had thirty voting delegates at convention, one of the largest state delegations there. I was very proud to be part of such a dedicated, interested group. And we worked! Each day started with caucuses and workshops at 7:30 AM and the business of the convention went until about 10:30 each night.
Of course, the best caucus I went to was on climate change; our own Krista Grimm gave her extremely informative talk on storm water runoff and flood prevention tactics to a very receptive audience.
The best meal I had was Texas style beef brisket served up in butcher paper at a real BBQ joint. Twelve of us sat at wooden tables and shared our stories and a wonderful meal.
Check out the pictures above and on our Facebook page of your Illinois delegates at work and at play in the Lone Star State.