2014 Illinois Cherry Blossom Princess!





ISS Celebrates Milestone Birthdays





Wreath Laying to Honor President Ronald W. Reagan




Illinois History Page

The Hon. Mark Q. Rhoads

Mark Rhoads, former Illinois State Senator and Past President of the ISS, has posted fascinating Illinois tidbits in his “Hall of Fame” blog. Follow his captivating trail of Illinois history, links, and other subject categories. Please Click Here to see our Illinois History Page.




To play Video of Dramatic Monologues from the “Land of Lincoln – Thy Wondrous Story,” the Annual Meeting entertainment, click here.


For more information, follow Mark’s History Page.

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 Calendar Of Events

Coming ISS Events

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Proposed 2014 ISS Bi-Laws Link

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May 14, 2014

ISS Annual Meeting ISS Annual Meeting, Reception, and Guest Speaker

University Club of Washington, DC.1135 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036 6:30 p.m.


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“Hey, Vinnie, whacha wan me ta do ta get deez guyz to, aaah, whacha call it, RSVP?

Na, nothin. Jus tell’um they gonna like it! Beter dan prohibition, even. No cops. Da booze is all legal. Da food is great, an' they got this smart guy, Mappen, who gonna be talkn' bout us! Jus, tell'um to click on the registration button below. Hey, take names!”

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Admission is free to ISS Members and $25 for non-members. Valet Parking Available for 40 cars. Closest Metro: Farragut North — Blue LIne; McPherson North — Red Line.

Marc Mappen, author of Prohibition Gangsters, The Rise and Fall of a Bad Generation will be the speaker for the May 14 Annual Meeting/Reception. A master storyteller, Mappen will apply a generational perspective to the gangsters of the Prohibition era - men born in the quarter century span from 1880 to 1905 - who came to power with the Eighteenth Amendment.

He will focus on the major gangsters, including Illinois' Al Capone. Today the names of these men - Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Dutch Schultz, Legs Diamond, Nucky Johnson - are more familiar than ever, thanks to such cable TV programs as Boardwalk Empire.

Making use of FBI and other government files, trial transcripts, and the latest scholarship, Mappen will provide a lively narrative of shootouts, car chases, courtroom clashes, wire-tapping, and rub-outs in the roaring 1920s, the Depression of the 1930s, and beyond. Mappen asserts that Prohibition changed organized crime in America.

Please invite your friends to attend. The evening promises to be quite entertaining. Admission is free to ISS Members and $25 for non-members.

ISS looks forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting on May 14 at the University Club. Current members, please RSVP by providing your name and telephone number and clicking on this RSVP link.

Non-Members: please follow this link to Paypal to register for this event.

Reservation and Payment

Notice: Dues are now being accepted for Membership for the 2015 fiscal year - June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015. Join and then tell friends about ISS by sending them the link below to become a member. All 2015 fiscal year Members may attend the annual meeting free of charge. Hold on tight for all the fun to come!

May 26, 2014

Memorial Day at Logan Circle - Wreath Layings Honoring General John A. Logan, Founder of Memorial Day

Sponsors and Corporate Members


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