Illinois LWV Celebrates 100 Years of Women Voting
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — It has been 100 years since women won the right to vote in Illinois.
The Journal Star in Peoria reports that Illinois Gov. Edward Dunne signed the Municipal Voting Act on June 26, 1913. The measure let women vote in presidential elections and for all local offices. Women won the full right to vote, including for state constitutional offices, in 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified.
There are celebrations planned in some parts of Illinois. The League of Women Voters is marking the occasion with a party in Peoria Heights.
Mark Sorenson is a former president of the Illinois State Historical Society. He says Illinois’ law showed Washington politicians they had to pass the 19th Amendment “because places like Illinois could change how elections are won or lost.”