On Saturday, July 13th from 1:00 to 4:00pm, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Illinois women's right to vote in presidential and local elections. Grand Cru Wine Merchants, 840 S. Waukegan Rd, Lake Forest is hosting a wine tasting fundraiser for us. For a $10 donation, you can enjoy a glass of bubbly and stay to try a variety of summer wines that the proprietor has chosen for our discerning tastebuds! A percentage of sales will be donated to the League. Come for excellent wines, atmosphere, and fun. Stock up! Bring your spouse, friends, and neighbors and let's raise our glasses to our long history.
On June 26, 1913, Gov. Edward F. Dunne signed the Illinois Municipal Voting Act into law, making Illinois the first state east of the Mississippi River to allow women to vote in local and presidential elections.
From the Encyclopedia of Chicago: "Many Chicago-area women remained unwilling to settle for anything short of full political equality, so the campaign continued. When full suffrage came with the national amendment in 1920, Chicago played its final role in the woman suffrage movement, hosting the meeting disbanding the National American Woman Suffrage Association and replacing it with the League of Women Voters."
Craig Brautigam, proprieter of Grand Cru Wine Merchants, is proud to commemorate this important date with the League.