Illinois State Society of Washington, DC

Illinois State Society of Washington, DC If you are from Illinois or went to college in Illinois, you will enjoy our state society! The ILSS is an active, non-partisan organization that connects Illinois transplants in the DMV-area with Illinois-DC heritage events, social functions, and sports.
Every state and territory has a society located in the greater Washington, DC area. Founded in 1854, ISS is the oldest of these many societies. ISS is a non-partisan membership organization that promotes the history, culture, science, technology, commerce, and social traditions of Illinois. It also introduces its members to the best of the DC area and Illinois through various educational forums and social events. ISS is a member of the National Conference of State Societies and is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization
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This is a club for people from Illinois who now live in the national capital region of DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Almost 400 members include congressional staff, Members of Congress, military, students, alumni of Illinois schools, private sector, journalists, and lobbyists with Illinois roots. We go to Cubs and White Sox games in DC and Baltimore, Blackhawks and Bulls games in DC, and watch Da Bears on TV from sports bars. We also have great parties, entertainment, and historical events. We are FUN.

Illinois State Society of Washington, DC
05/11/2020

Illinois State Society of Washington, DC

Last Saturday, Mary Pratt, who pitched for the Rockford Peaches, passed away at 101 years old. Mary was the last known o...
05/11/2020

Last Saturday, Mary Pratt, who pitched for the Rockford Peaches, passed away at 101 years old. Mary was the last known original Peaches player that played on the 1943 team.

Our hearts go out to the family of Mary Pratt, an original player of the Rockford Peaches. Mary passed away recently on Wednesday, May 6 at the age 101. She was a pitcher on the team beginning in 1943-1947.

For a personal account of her years as a player visit the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League website at
https://www.aagpbl.org/profiles/mary-pratt-prattie/111

The Rockford Register Star full obituary for Mary is available online at:
https://www.rrstar.com/sports/20200509/former-rockford-peaches-pitcher-mary-pratt-dies-at-101

We are deeply saddened by the news of Mary's passing and join others in the Rockford community in sending condolences to her family.

Having trouble sleeping? The University of Illinois at Chicago is hosting a webinar on May 6, 2020, to offer strategies ...
05/05/2020
Got Sleep? Strategies for Restful Nights and Energized Days | Advancement | University of Illinois at Chicago

Having trouble sleeping? The University of Illinois at Chicago is hosting a webinar on May 6, 2020, to offer strategies to help you fall and stay asleep during this stressful time. Register using the link below https://advance.uic.edu/events/got-sleep-strategies-for-restful-nights-and-energized-days/

May 6 2020 Got Sleep? Strategies for Restful Nights and Energized Days Alumni Exchange May 6, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Worry and anxiety may be keeping us awake during this stressful time. College of Nursing Dean Terri Weaver offers sleep hygiene strategies to help you fall and stay asleep and get th...

In addition to statewide assistance, the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund is seeking donations to provide suppor...
04/25/2020
Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund

In addition to statewide assistance, the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund is seeking donations to provide support to nonprofit organizations serving residents of Chicago and the surrounding areas. If you would like to donate or learn more about the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, click the link below https://www.chicagocovid19responsefund.org/

You can help our neighbors affected by the coronarvirus crisis. Join me in donating to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund!

The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) is looking for donations to provide support to nonprofit organizations across...
04/25/2020
Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund

The Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) is looking for donations to provide support to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19. If you would like to donate or learn more about ICRF click the link below. https://www.ilcovidresponsefund.org/

You can help our neighbors affected by the coronarvirus crisis. Join me in donating to the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund!

04/20/2020
Lincoln Rememberance at the US Capitol Program 3 4 15

Lincoln's Second Inaugural 150th Anniversary Celebration sponsored by the Illinois State Society

The Illinois State Society of Washington, DC and the Abraham Lincoln Foundation jointly sponsored this event on March 4, 2015

This week’s featured Illinois architecture in DC is the Patterson House, which was the early 20th century home of Robert...
03/09/2020

This week’s featured Illinois architecture in DC is the Patterson House, which was the early 20th century home of Robert W. and Eleanor Medill Patterson. Robert was the editor of the Chicago Tribune newspaper and the 30-room house was used by him and his family to entertain guests when they were in the city. It went on to serve as the summer home of President Calvin Coolidge and his wife when the White House was undergoing renovations. The building belonged to the American Red Cross, the Washington Club and is now being converted to luxury apartments.

This Wednesday, join Northern Illinois University faculty, alumni and friends to celebrate NIU's 125th Anniversary Celeb...
03/09/2020

This Wednesday, join Northern Illinois University faculty, alumni and friends to celebrate NIU's 125th Anniversary Celebration!

Hello Illinoisans in DC!
You are cordially invited to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Northern Illinois University (NIU) at a networking reception that features NIU President Lisa C. Freeman, NIU congressional alumni and esteemed speakers, including Rep. Don Bacon, ’84, Rep. Robin Kelly, Ph.D. ’04, Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Rep. Lauren Underwood.

We hope you can join Washington, D.C., alumni and friends of NIU while celebrating the NIU story.

Wednesday, March 11
Longworth House Office Building – Cafeteria
15 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, D.C.
5-7:30 p.m.

To RSVP, contact Dana King, ’05, at 815-753-5421 or [email protected].

DC ILLINI UNOFFICIAL 2020Join our DC Illini friends and other alums as we relive our campus glory days on March 7, 2020....
03/06/2020

DC ILLINI UNOFFICIAL 2020

Join our DC Illini friends and other alums as we relive our campus glory days on March 7, 2020. This year we've decided to spend the day at our favorite Chicago themed bar in the DC area, Ivy and Coney (21+ and cash only). A dollar from every Goose Island purchased goes towards the DC Illini scholarship fund!

Wristbands for this event are $10 and can be purchased until midnight on March 6, 2020 through the following link, or at the door. https://dc.illiniclub.org/store.html?show_item=1261

NOTE: A wristband is required to participate in this event.

A wristband entitles you to reduced beer prices (while supplies last). If you're unable to purchase a wristband prior to the event, please bring cash to the event to purchase.

A majority of the proceeds go towards supporting the D.C. Illini Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to area high school students to attend our good ol' alma mater. If you have questions, please email [email protected].

What: DC Illini Unofficial 2020
Hosts: DC Illini and Illinois State Society Young Professionals
Where: Ivy and Coney, 1537 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Closest Metro: Shaw-Howard University (Green and Yellow Lines) - take the R Street exit
When: March 7, 2020 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Today’s feature is the McCormick House, which was the early 20th century home of Robert and Katherine McCormick. Origina...
02/28/2020

Today’s feature is the McCormick House, which was the early 20th century home of Robert and Katherine McCormick. Originally from Virginia, Robert’s family ran the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company that eventually became International Harvester. He also served as the U.S. Minister to Austria-Hungary and Ambassador to Imperial Russia. The building is now the Brazilian Embassy! 🇧🇷

02/26/2020

Illinois has played a part in shaping the nation’s history since it was granted statehood in 1818 - but did you know it has contributed to the architectural history of Washington, D.C. as well? Stay tuned over the next few weeks to learn more about Illinois landmarks around the nation’s capital!

02/21/2020
Illinois State University

Happy founding week Illinois State University! 🔴⚪ This year, Illinois State celebrated the 163rd anniversary since its founding on February 18, 1857.

Need to brush up on your Illinois State history? Check out this video narrated by Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives, Illinois State University's April Anderson-Zorn and tell us what you learned!

Join the Illinois State Society to see Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks take on Alexander Ovec...
02/20/2020

Join the Illinois State Society to see Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks take on Alexander Ovechkin and Braden Holby and the Washington Capitals.

The game starts and at 7:05 pm on Saturday evening, March 14th at the Capital One Arena. Tickets are $70 each and are located in the 400 seats (upper bowl). The ticket includes a free Capitals T-shirt worth $15-20. Please send a $70 check payable for each ticket to the Illinois State Society to: Illinois State Society, P.O. Box 320776, Alexandria, VA 22320

Also, please notify Howard Marks you have sent in a check: [email protected]. Once we receive your check, you will receive instructions on where to pick up your order the night of the game.

This is a very hot ticket so act quickly as we have a very limited supply of seats.

Today marks the 211th birthday of the 16th president of the United States and, well known Illinoisian, #AbrahamLincoln. ...
02/12/2020

Today marks the 211th birthday of the 16th president of the United States and, well known Illinoisian, #AbrahamLincoln. Fun fact: while we have both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to thank for recognizing Thanksgiving as a national day of importance, it was President Lincoln who issued the proclamation in 1863 that set the precedent for America's national day of Thanksgiving.

Thank you to everyone who applied to represent Illinois in the 2020 Cherry Blossom Princess Program with National Confer...
01/28/2020

Thank you to everyone who applied to represent Illinois in the 2020 Cherry Blossom Princess Program with National Conference of State Societies. 🌸 Our application period is now closed. Applicants will be contacted between January 30-31, 2020.

❄️ Happy Holidays from the Illinois State Society!
12/24/2019

❄️ Happy Holidays from the Illinois State Society!

2019 Holiday Reception & Annual Meeting
12/24/2019

2019 Holiday Reception & Annual Meeting

Tonight! Holiday Reception & Annual Meeting![Free for Members] [Join & Go with 2020 Membership: $15 Young Professionals,...
12/13/2019

Tonight! Holiday Reception & Annual Meeting!

[Free for Members] [Join & Go with 2020 Membership: $15 Young Professionals, $30 Individuals] ➡️https://bit.ly/2sayWpJ

2019 Taste of Illinois
12/12/2019

2019 Taste of Illinois

12/12/2019
2019 Speaker Joe Cannon Event

The ILSS gathered with the Illinois Delegation and Capitol Historian to learn more about the famed Illinois Speaker, Joe Cannon.

Join Us Friday for our Holiday Reception & Annual Meeting![Free for Members] [Join & Go with 2020 Membership: $15 Young ...
12/10/2019

Join Us Friday for our Holiday Reception & Annual Meeting!

[Free for Members] [Join & Go with 2020 Membership: $15 Young Professionals, $30 Individuals] ➡️https://bit.ly/2sayWpJ

Here's the details for next weeks event on Capitol Hill honoring on of America's most interesting historical figures; Ho...
11/14/2019

Here's the details for next weeks event on Capitol Hill honoring on of America's most interesting historical figures; House Speaker Joe Cannon of Illinois. We hope to see you and urge you to mark your calendars to attend this hour long program.

#ILStateSociety #SpeakerJoeCannon

Exciting news as a special event celebrating Illinois' own Speaker Joe Cannon of Danville, Illinois, will be held in the...
11/12/2019

Exciting news as a special event celebrating Illinois' own Speaker Joe Cannon of Danville, Illinois, will be held in the Cannon Building on Capitol Hill at 530pm on November 20th! More details coming as we acknowledge the House Speaker who was instrumental in the construction of Washington's iconic Lincoln Memorial as well as Union Station.

He's also responsible for the creation of the House Rules Committee but there is more to the story so you need to come and learn more.

Watch for more details in the next few days. We hope to see you on the 20th!

#ILStateSociety #JoeCannon

With special gratitude from the IL State Society to the men and women in uniform who have put their lives on the line fo...
11/11/2019

With special gratitude from the IL State Society to the men and women in uniform who have put their lives on the line for our freedoms and our Nation; both yesterday and today. Thank you!

#VeteransDay #ILStateSociety

Make plans to join the IL State Society for a celebration of Illinois' role in achieving Women's Suffrage on December 4t...
11/07/2019
‘I was part of history and I was making history’: Illinois marks centennial of ratifying 19th Amendment, giving women right to vote

Make plans to join the IL State Society for a celebration of Illinois' role in achieving Women's Suffrage on December 4th at the National Archives. We can all be proud of Illinois' role and note Illinois was the first State to vote in favor of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote as we celebrate the Centennial of this landmark achievement for America.

#ILStateSociety #WomensSuffrageCentennial

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-illinois-ratifies-19th-amendment-anniversary-20190606-story.html

June 10 marks the 100th anniversary of Illinois becoming the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote.

The 2019 Taste of Illinois was a great success with well over 300 attendees along with Members of the Illinois Congressi...
11/04/2019

The 2019 Taste of Illinois was a great success with well over 300 attendees along with Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation. Everyone enjoyed iconic Illinois foods as well as Illinois craft beers and wines.

The four Illinois Presidents were also a big hit and many took photos with Presidents Lincoln, Grant, Reagan and Obama.

Rest assured that the IL State Society will host another Taste of Ilinios in 2020!

#ILStateSociety #TasteofIllinois

Tomorrow is the big day! Don't miss out - get your tickets today!
10/21/2019
Taste of Illinois

Tomorrow is the big day! Don't miss out - get your tickets today!

JOIN US FOR OUR SIGNATURE EVENT

10/15/2019

We're just one week away from this year's 2nd Annual Taste of Illinois in Washington DC! Get your tickets today, before it's too late!

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We hope to see many of you at the 125th anniversary celebration for Northern Illinois University on March 11th! We are honored to have Rep. Don Bacon (NIU alumnus), Rep. Robin Kelly (NIU alumna), Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, and Rep. Lauren Underwood scheduled to attend. See the invitation below for more details.
Hello Illinoisans in DC! You are cordially invited to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Northern Illinois University (NIU) at a networking reception that features NIU President Lisa C. Freeman, NIU congressional alumni and esteemed speakers, including Rep. Don Bacon, ’84, Rep. Robin Kelly, Ph.D. ’04, Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Rep. Lauren Underwood. We hope you can join Washington, D.C., alumni and friends of NIU while celebrating the NIU story. Wednesday, March 11 Longworth House Office Building – Cafeteria 15 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 5-7:30 p.m. To RSVP, contact Dana King, ’05, at 815-753-5421 or [email protected].
Hey Illinois State Society. Thanks for hosting our meeting at the Post. Please consider coming to our fundraiser for the Coast Guard this evening.
If you haven't bought your tickets to the Illinois State Society Bicentennial Taste of Illinois, buy them before they're sold out!! We're planning a wonderful evening. See the invite and buy them today!
The Illinois 200th Anniversary Celebration is DC is only 3 weeks away! Radio King Orchestra Dance band, Tastes of Illinois foods along with Illinois Members of Congress. The Illinois State Society is known for organizing one for the best Inaugural Parties every 4 years and this will also be a very fun and entertaining event.
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There is a Chicago Cubs fans Meet-up tonight at 8pm at the Crystal City Sports Pub for the one-off Wild Card Payoff game of the Rockies at The Cubbies. They will be serving some free appetizers.
The Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) cordially invites all Illinois State Society Members to a very special reception honoring one of your very own, Senator Tammy Duckworth, who will be receiving our annual Legislative Excellence Award. To register, please visit; www.ausn.org/rsvp The event will begin at 6:00 p.m., this Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Capitol Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol Building. There is no charge to attend and we are honored to have the members of your society join in this very special salute to Senator Duckworth. To register for the reception, please visit www.ausn.org/rsvp . Thank you very much and we hope to see you this Thursday!
Great to see the investment of the Illinois State Society guiding young new leaders for years to come!
President Gerald Ford attends Illiniois State Society party Sept. 24, 1974 to honor retiring Illinois Members of Congress from left Leslie C. Arends, House Minority Whip; Harold R. Collier, and Kenny Gray.
Registration is now open for the 8th Annual Women's Congressional Staff Association's Summer Conference on July 22nd! Space is limited, so don't wait to register at womenscsa.com/WomenLead #WCSACON2017 #BossUp