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Announcing the IWIL Class of 2017

Announcing the IWIL Class of 2017

IWIL is excited to officially announce the IWIL Class of 2017! This year's class is composed of 12 women from around the state of Illinois and is one of the most diverse, impressive and experienced classes we have had to date! We are incredibly excited to welcome these women to the IWIL family

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On the Passing of Hon. Barbara Brown

On the Passing of Hon. Barbara Brown

Today we mourn the loss of Founding Board Member and Past President, the Hon. Barbara Brown. Barb was a central figure within IWIL. From the first class she was instrumental in developing the curriculum and programming. Barb attended almost every training session and steered the program every

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Historic Wins for IWIL Alumnae

Great news! Last night IWIL Alumnae won 4 out of 6 contested Primary Elections and 2 of our Alumnae have already made history. In Illinois House District 2, Theresa Mah, IWIL Class of 2013, won the Primary Election in a very close race and, at this point, does not have an opponent in

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IWIL Alum, Rep. Litesa Wallace stands up for parents

Yesterday, State Representative Litesa Wallace and IWIL Class of 2014, spoke on the floor of the IL House of Representatives. With the State budget impasse one of the programs that is not getting funded are the subsidies for child care for qualified parents. Litesa spoke from the heart. She told

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Announcing the IWIL Class of 2015

Announcing the IWIL Class of 2015

We are excited to announce the IWIL Class of 2015! The Class of 2015 is composed of 12 women from all around the State. The 2015 Class is the most diverse class to date and we are pleased to welcome to the IWIL Sisterhood. You will be hearing more about these incredible women over the next several

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Why we need IWIL – by Barb Brown

Why we need IWIL – by Barb Brown

When Loretta and I started working with other leaders to create IWIL, we knew from personal experiences that this would be an important organization. Over the past few years several studies have been released that underscore the importance of our work. Here’s what we have learned: 1. Women

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Why we started IWIL by Loretta Durbin

Why we started IWIL by Loretta Durbin

From the IWIL September Newsletter: At the 2000 Democratic National Convention, I was speaking with Barb Brown and other Democratic women leaders in Illinois about the strong need to have more women in office and a training and leadership pipeline to make that happen.This conversation led to the

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IWIL’s Litesa Wallace appointed to State Rep in IL-67

IWIL’s Litesa Wallace appointed to State Rep in IL-67

From Rockford's Fox 39/ ABC 17, mystateline.com: "ROCKFORD, IL--The Winnebago county democrats have made a decision. Of the five finalists, they've chose Litesa Wallace. Wallace served as former representative Jefferson’s chief of staff -- and was reportedly Jefferson’s preferred choice

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IWIL in Washington, DC

IWIL in Washington, DC

This month's post comes from IWIL Class of 2014 members Shiva Mohsenzadeh and Rachel Ruttenberg. Here is their summary of the fantastic week! "On Wednesday, we started at the Union Labor Life Insurance Company. President and CEO Ed Smith, one of our gracious hosts for the trip, welcomed us

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