LWVGR held its 101st Annual Meeting on June 3 at the Rockford Country Club, 2500 Oxford St, Rockford, Illinois. The Honorable Susana Mendoza, Illinois Comptroller, was this year’s keynote speaker. Mary McNamara Bernsten was our moderator.
About Comptroller Susana Mendoza
Susana A. Mendoza was elected to her third term as Illinois Comptroller on November 8, 2022. She earned the distinction of being the highest vote-getter in the November 2022 General Election, earning 2,331,714 votes. She is the first Hispanic independently elected to statewide office in Illinois.
Starting as the youngest member of the 92nd Illinois General Assembly, she quickly earned a reputation as a tenacious and effective legislator, who stood out for her bipartisan approach to governing. Susana was routinely recognized for her leadership in the areas of social services, education, job creation, law enforcement, and animal welfare.
The LWVGR is “all in” on Monarch butterflies. Pink Milkweed seeds were handed out to all Annual Meeting participants in hopes that they will be planted to add to the butterfly habitat. Monarch butterflies are currently less than 90% of historical numbers. The Monarch butterfly is the State of Illinois insect. Any questions about re-population of the Monarch butterfly and any other environmental questions, please contact our Environmental Committee Chair, Penney Kenney