League's Mission Remains the Same after 40 Years

By O'Konowitz, Tom | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), November 4, 1999 | Go to article overview

League's Mission Remains the Same after 40 Years


O'Konowitz, Tom, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Tom O'Konowitz Daily Herald Staff Writer

Forty years after the League of Women Voters in Cary and Crystal Lake started, members are still striving to carry out the same mission.

The goal of the national League of Women Voters is to encourage people to actively participate in government, while educating them about political and societal issues.

At the Cary and Crystal Lake chapter, members are hosting several upcoming activities to do just that.

This week, the League is holding a voter registration drive at McHenry County College; and next week, the League is sponsoring a conference addressing the need for affordable housing for all people in the county.

"The League of Women Voters has a long history in McHenry County," said Julie Covert, a League member who lives in Cary. "There are so many things that need doing, and we try to do."

Sixteen of the League's members are deputized by the county clerk to register voters in McHenry County. This week, those deputies are helping college students and others register to vote.

Today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and again from 5:30 to 7 p.m., League volunteers will register eligible voters who will be 18 or over by the next election in March.

"Registering voters is something we've always done for the community," said Wenona Diggle, a League member. "It probably started from the early days of the League when women were fighting for the right to vote. It was a way to get people out there to vote."

While this week's registration drive demonstrates the League's commitment to encouraging voting, an event next week shows the League's dedication to educating people about public policy matters.

The League is sponsoring a conference on affordable housing issues Wednesday night at McHenry County College.

"There is a real lack of affordable housing in the area for people without large incomes," Diggle said. "It's been a concern of the League for a long time to find ways to provide affordable housing to everyone."

The League is partnering with CAHMCO, the Corporation for Affordable homes in McHenry County, to sponsor the conference, which will address rental rates, home-building costs and homeless problems.

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