|Temperance Parade, 1908
In 1908 the Cook County Woman's Christian Temperance Union organized a "dry" parade in Chicago that drew 6,000 marchers, according to the Chicago Record Herald. Under the campaign slogan "Let Illinois Go Dry," union leaders hoped to gain public support for the state's new local option law. A year after passage, the legislation had stimulated many downstate communities to prohibit the sale of liquor but found little support in Chicago's precincts.
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