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Teen Pregnancy: Challenges Facing Teens in Winnebago County
Hosted by the Health Care Committee

Tuesday, May 22, 6pm

North Suburban Library
6340 North Second Avenue
Loves Park, Illinois

LWVGR Healthcare Committee Meeting on Teen Pregnancy, May 22 at North Suburban Library. Open to the public. Please mark your calendars for May 22 when the LWVGR Health Care Committee will present a panel discussion on the challenges faced by local families regarding teen pregnancy.

- Dr. Sandra Martel,Winnebago County Health Department
- Representatives from Easter Seals, LaVoz Latina, RPS205 Roosevelt High School.
- It will be moderated by Lynn Liston, League member.

Open to the Public. Bring a friend. Bring a lot of friends. Bring your teen. Refreshments will be served.This is an extremely important topic to understand.

LWVGR Annual Meeting

June 2, 2018, 8:30am-12 Noon

Midway Village Museum
Courtyard by Midway
6799 Guilford Road
Rockford, Illinois

All League members and their guests are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting.

Speaker: Bonnie Cox, President of The League of Women Voters, Illinois

Remember to print and bring your Annual Report from the PDF emailed to you.
We will enjoy a delicious breakfast catered by the Hoffman House and commence with the annual meeting agenda. See you there!

$25.00 payable by check sent with your yearly dues or on-line on the Join Form page on this website.

Guests are welcome. Questions?

Download your May 2018 Newsletter

League Members on the ballot in November 2018.
Sara Dady will run for the 16th Congressional House Seat.
Ann Dempsey will run to fill a vacancy on the 17th Judicial Circuit Court.

Illinois needs to pass the Equal Rights Amendment NOW!ACTION NEEDED:

Please contact your Illinois State Representative to support SJRCA0004, Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment on the Equal Rights Amendment. Please call your Illinois state representative before April 10.

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When this proposed ERA went to the states for ratification to the U.S. Constitution, 35 out of the required 38 states ratified the ERA. Illinois has not ratified it.

In March 2017, Nevada became the 36th state to ratify the ERA. If Illinois ratifies the ERA, that will be the 37th state with the need for just one more ratifying state to reach the required 38 states.

In order for the Illinois General Assembly to ratify the ERA, there is a required 3/5 majority of the Illinois House plus a 3/5 majority of the Illinois Senate.

The Illinois General Assembly may vote on SJRCA0004 during the second week of April after the election and holiday recess.

WHY IT MATTERS: The Illinois Constitution has an equal rights clause: "The equal protection of the laws shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex by the State or its units of local government and school districts." (Article I, Section 18)

That clause does not apply to the U.S. government or to other states as the ERA would if it were part of the U.S. Constitution.

LWVUS has known that the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment equal protection clause may not be interpreted to apply regardless of sex. Therefore, LWVUS has consistently supported ratification since 1972 by its position: "The LWVUS and The LWVGR supports equal rights for all regardless of sex."

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