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Please join our North & NW Suburban Chicago Chapter for our January meeting featuring Laura WelchIllinois NOW president, and Kim Villanueva, Illinois NOW treasurer.  Laura and Kim have recently been elected as members of the National NOW Board of Directors from the Heartland District.  They will be speaking on new initiatives for NOW and what’s happening here in the Heartland District.

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2022 was a roller-coaster year, starting with the horrors of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the June Supreme Court “Dobbs” decision — the catastrophe that eliminated the vestiges of Roe v Wade and paved the way for abortion being outlawed in many states.  But there was also our tremendous electoral victories in Illinois, where we extended support for women’s rights in the Illinois state goverment and in our federal congressional delegation, the numerous anti-abortion ballot measures in other states that were defeated, and the stirring victory of pro-choice Senator Rafael Warnock in Georgia.

It was also a time of change for the National Organization for Women itself.  In this sure-to-be-informative event, Laura and Kim will update us on what’s happening with NOW — in the national office, in the state organizations around the country, and in particular right here in our midwest heartland.


January would’ve marked the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion a constitutionally protected right. That decision stood for 49 years — impacting generations of women and giving millions of people greater autonomy over their reproductive rights — until the high court overturned it in June. The 19th will mark January’s consequential milestone with high-level conversations on the legal, historical and cultural impact of Roe, and what the future holds without it.

👉 Click RSVP NOW at right to let us know what questions you have for our panelists.

Welcome | 12:00 p.m. CT

The public is invited to learn about the abundance of resources and support for themselves and for others at the annual People in Need Forum each January at MCC. Exhibitors showcase important community resources available to help those in need and present workshops to address topics such as immigration, senior issues, caregiver resources, LGBTQ, substance abuse and addictions, and homelessness.

The event is free and open to the public.

McHenry County College 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, IL


On Thursday, February 2, 2023, we will come together for the first time since Roe was overturned. Please join Planned Parenthood Illinois Action at their winter political fundraiser as we celebrate our monumental midterm election wins, and work towards securing freedom for every BODY!

The event will be co-chaired by both of our distinguished Illinois Senators, Richard J. Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, and will feature the presentation of the Richard J. Phelan Profile in Courage Award to Kelley Robinson, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Incoming President, Human Rights Campaign.

It’s a hybrid event — attend virtually or (even better) in person at Morgan Manufacturing, a fascinating event space, at 401 North Morgan Street in Chicago, just a smidgeon northwest of downtown and an easy 20 minute walk from the train station (but only if you’re vaxxed, of course.) The schmoozing starts at 5:30, with the main event at 6:30 and the program at 7:00.

Get your tickets here — and don’t dilly !

Join us! Learn more about who we are. Send email to [email protected]

Join Will County NOW the evening of February 15th for a conversation with Mike Bonanza, one of the founders of Elevated Access. Mike will talk about how Elevated Access came to be, what their mission is, and what NOW can do to support their mission. There will be a Q&A period during the last 15 minutes.

The meeting will be recorded and made available on our YouTube channel a few days afterwards.

About Elevated Access
Elevated Access has its roots in reproductive justice and trans rights as an organization helping people travel to access abortion and gender-affirming care. The organization’s work connects people needing travel assistance with volunteer pilots – and sometimes airline tickets – to transport them for free. Before the Dobbs case draft opinion leaked in early May 2022, the organization had 3 pilots. Thanks to viral social media content and many news stories, the organization now has more than 1,000 pilots wanting to join its nationwide network of volunteers assisting people traveling to access healthcare.


About Mike
After working effectively two full-time jobs between his previous career and launching the organization, Mike left a 20-year IT management career to be Executive Director for Elevated Access. Mike is an instrument-rated commercial pilot with more than 500 hours of flight time.

Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApfu2oqDsiEtcVFZARspOn6lzOKeiUASVq

Join us! Learn more about who we are. Send email to [email protected]

Join us! Learn more about who we are. Send email to [email protected]

The spring Illinois NOW State Council/LEF meeting will be on held on Sunday, April 23rd at 1:00PM. Note the start time. This meeting will be virtual.

The LEF will meet first at 1 PM, then followed by the Illinois NOW State Council at 1:30. The State Council is comprised of the Executive Committee, all chapter leaders, committee members and is open to NOW members.
RSVP me at [email protected] if you will attend. Materials and Zoom link will be sent to you the Thursday before the meeting. If you have any written chapter reports you would like to be included in the materials, email them to me by Wednesday, April 19th at 5 PM.

Join us! Learn more about who we are. Send email to [email protected]

Put this one on your calenar and plan not to miss it !!!!!  It’s the 2023 “Women of Justice” Awards Dinner of the National Council of Jewish Women, Chicago North Shore Section.

Honoring Lorie Chaiten and Jill Lexier and featuring keynote speaker Jill Wine-Banks, author of The Watergate Girl, MSNBC legal analyst and co-host of the #SisterInLaw and IGenPolitics podcasts.

Join us! Learn more about who we are. Send email to [email protected]

Join us for a fabulous day with a parade, music, entertainment, vendors, food, and more- all located at the Historic Woodstock Square, minutes walk from the UP-NW Metra station, with lodging nearby. Make a weekend of it with fun pride themed events throughout the weekend. Things will look a little different, but the love and self celebration will be there. Parade will kick off at 11 am and festival at noon.

More details to come. Sponsorship opportunities available and appreciated, please contact [email protected]