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Our next event will be a book discussion: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D.Vance. April 27 at the Wilmette Public Library

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091
Book Discussion: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. From a former Marine and Yale Law school graduate, a probing look at the struggles of America's white working class through the author's own story of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town. Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis-that of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. - Amazon
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Lunda Center
Western Technical College
319 7th St. N.
La Crosse, WI 54601
LWV Upper Mississippi River Region Inter League Organization Annual Meeting. The theme of the conference will be "What is at Risk? What can be Lost?" as we look at the changing face of environmental regulation in our region. We will feature Howard Lerner from the Environmental Law and Policy Institute and other regional speakers as well as some fun events like a cruise on the Mississippi aboard the La Crosse Queen.
Monday, May 8, 2017
University Center
525 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
League of Women Voters of Cook County Annual Meeting Luncheon. Featuring Bridget Gainer, Cook County Commissioner, 10th District and Chair of the County's Land Bank and Pension Committee.

9:00 Registration - Coffee/Muffins - Silent Auction
10:00 Annual Business Meeting
11:30 Buffet Lunch
12:00 Speaker - Bridget Gainer

Cost $35
RSVP by Monday, May 1

For further information contact the LWVCC at 312-939-5935x27 or go to

Monday, May 15, 2017
Mallinckrodt Center
1041 Ridge Rd.
Wilmette, IL 60091
LWV Annual Meeting. A light dinner, wine, and other refreshments will be served. We will be reviewing all that we accomplished in the past year and making plans for the year to come.

Please note the change of date from Tuesday to Monday!

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091
Book Discussion:Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent. Okrent resists the chance to link Prohibition to the current political scene. But the comparisons are tempting, to say the least. About a century ago, a group of determined activists mobilized to confront the moral decay they claimed was destroying their country. Their public demon was alcohol, but their real enemy was an alien culture reflected by city dwellers, recent immigrants and educated elites. Always a minority, the forces of Prohibition drove the political agenda by concentrating relentlessly on their goal, voting in lockstep on a single issue and threatening politicians who did not sufficiently back their demnands. - David Oshinsky, The New York Times
Friday, June 9, 2017-Sunday, June 11, 2017
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Airport
2930 S. River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018
League of Women Voters of Illinois State Convention. Go to for details and registration.