Monday, April 21, 2014

Video of Anatomy of A Wrongful Conviction of a Woman Now Online

Hear first hand about the wrongful conviction of Kristine Bunch and the arduous process of earning her exoneration after spending 17 years in an Indiana prison. See times below if you would like to forward to a particular segment.

Welcome & Introductions by Gayle Miller current president of Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County and Department Co-Chair, Program of Paralegal Studies, College of Lake County
0:00:00 – 0:04:00

Judy Royal, Co-Director of the Women’s Project of the Center on Wrongful Convictions
0:04:00 – 0:30:30

Jane RaleyCo-Legal director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions
(speaks on arson cases, one of Kristine Bunch's attorneys)
0:30:30 – 1:01:35

Kristine Bunch, exoneree and client of Center on Wrongful Convictions
1:01:35 – 1:12:12 (speaks about her case)
1:12:12 – 1:17:50 (speaks about what has happened since her release, her relationship with her now-teenaged child)

Question & Answer period
1:17:50 – 1:42:00

This event was held on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Panelists from Northwestern University's Center on Wrongful Convictions Discuss the Wrongful Conviction of a Woman

(l to r) Jane Raley, Kristine Bunch, Judy Royal, Gayle Miller 

The League of Women Voters of Lake County convened a special panel to discuss the topic of wrongful convictions of women. Three speakers from Women's Project of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University presented on how wrongful convictions of women. How women's cases differ men's and what can be done to prevent false confessions were discussed. Audience members were particularly moved by the first-person account given by Kristine Bunch, an exoneree and client of the Center. Ms. Bunch had spent 17 years in prison for the death of her son.

Participants included

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence Speaker at March 2014 Meeting

Mark Walsh, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
The League of Women Voters of Lake County was pleased to welcome the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) to our March 12, 2014 meeting held in the community room at the Gurnee Police Facility. Mark Walsh, Campaign Director, spoke about Illinois' new concealed carry law and discussed some statistics related to gun violence. In addition, he informed the group of some legislation related to firearms that is making its way through the Illinois General Assembly this spring session. He answered a number of questions related to liability/responsibility of homeowners and business owners should gun violence occur on their property.

ICHV has produced a handbook outlining some of the frequently asked questions about concealed carry in Illinois. The handbook can be downloaded at

Friday, June 21, 2013

Members celebrate 100 Years of Women's Suffrage at the LWV-Illinois convention

Lake County League of Women Voters members attended the LWV-Ill. convention June 7-9.
Jeanne Kirby (Lake County League delegate),
Linda Bartmes (Lake Forest/Lake Bluff League delegate),
Rosemary Heilemann (Deerfield League delegate), and
 Kathleen Conlon-Wasik (Lake Forest/Lake Bluff League delegate).