Illinois State Society Vice President of Congressional Relations, Tom Brierton, had the honor to interview Congresswoman Robin Kelly to discuss some current policy affecting Illinoisans.
In celebration of Black History Month, the Illinois State Society, in partnership with the Julius Rosenwald & Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park Campaign presents a discussion of the life of Julius Rosenwald.
Julius Rosenwald, who was born in 1862 while Abraham Lincoln was president, in a house just one block from the liberator’s own home in Springfield. A child of German immigrants, he bought into Sears, Roebuck and Company—the Amazon of its day. He partnered with Booker T. Washington to build almost 5,400 Southern Schools in communities of color. Fully 35 percent of all Black children in the South (and 27 percent of all Black children in the US) were educated in a Rosenwald school in 1932.
He was a generous backer of Black colleges. He funded the construction of 22 YMCA/YWCA community centers and urban dormitories during the segregated era. And he funded a third of the litigation costs of the Brown v. Board of Education case which ended school segregation.
Panelists include: Dorothy Canter, Ph.D. – President Julius Rosenwald & Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park Campaign; Robert G. Stanton – Vice President Julius Rosenwald & Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park Campaign; Stephanie Deutsch, author of “You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald, and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South”; Aviva Kempner, documentary film maker; and Moderator Alan Spears of the National Parks Conservation Association.
On Friday, February 5, 2021, Illinois State Society members attended the annual wreath laying ceremony at the statue of Ronald Reagan at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in honor of the anniversary of the former President’s 110th birthday.
2020 Holiday Reception & Annual Meeting
On December 16, 2020, following the DC government’s COVID-19 health and safety regulations, members attend the hybrid ILSS holiday reception and annual meeting. The Society also celebrated the 202nd anniversary of Illinois statehood.
The Illinois State Society hosted a post-election analysis on November 17th led by these distinguished scholars on the American electoral process:
- Dr. William (Bill) Schneider, Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He was CNN's senior political analyst from 1990 to 2009. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, Boston College and Brandeis University. Dr. Schneider is the author of Standoff: How America Became Ungovernable, published by Simon & Schuster in May 2018. Campaigns and Elections Magazine called him "the most consistently intelligent analyst on television."
- Dr. John Mark Hansen, is the University of Chicago Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science. He is also one of the nation's leading scholars of American politics. Dr. Hansen, whose research has focused on interest groups, citizen activism and public opinion, is the author of two books, Mobilization, Participation and Democracy in America (1993) with Steven Rosenstone and Gaining Access: Congress and the Farm Lobby, 1919-1981 (1991). Dr. Hansen's current research focuses on public opinion, public budgeting and politicians' inferences from the outcomes of elections.
On June 23, 2020, ILSS hosted an exclusive ILSS interview with Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL-3) moderated by ILSS Vice President of Programs, Howard Marks.
Lincoln wreath Laying Ceremony 2020
The Illinois State Society honored President Abraham Lincoln on his birthday by laying a commemorative wreath at the Lincoln Memorial.
Ronald Reagan Wreath Laying 2020
At 10:45 a.m on Thursday, Feb. 6, there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the statue of Ronald Reagan at Ronald Reagan airport in honor of the anniversary of the former president's 109th birthday. The event is being sponsored by the Illinois State Society. Those wishing to participate in the wreath laying should gather in the historic lobby of Terminal A at 10:45 a.m Those attending will be escorted to the statue at that time. Larry Krakover of the Illinois State Society, will conduct the ceremony