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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Illinois Ratified the ERA!

From Illinois LWV - We testified, we marched, we wrote letters, we called, we lobbied, we spoke out, we used social media, we used print media, we broadcast, we rallied and we persisted a long, long, long time...and we did it!

Thanks and congratulations to all who made the ratification of the ERA in Illinois a reality!

If your state rep and/or senator voted yes, please call, email, or write a thank you to him or her.

Our Voices Were Heard During The Equal Pay Rally - April 10

We Want Equal Pay!

Crimes Against Women and Children: A Community Response

An informative and well attended program was held February 21
Crimes Against Women and Children: A Community Response.

Civics in Action Series: Gerrymandering

Informative Meeting

We were fortunate to have panel members active in the re-districting reform in Illinois. Panel Members - Jeff Raines, Martha Kantor, and Jay Young

For more information:

http://www.CHANGEIL.org - @CHANGEIL on Twitter & @CHANGEIllinois on FB http://www.commoncause.org/IL - @CommonCauseIL on Twitter

View the event through this Facebook link.

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537 NEW VOTERS REGISTERED

During the month of February, voter registrars from our local LWV and AAUW branches held voter registration drives at Hinsdale Central HS, Lisle HS, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Benet Academy, Westmont HS, Benedictine University, the Downers Grove Public Library and the Woodridge Public Library. We held 11 events at 9 different sites. Our registrars processed 320 registrations during these events. That brings the total number of registrations for our September and February events to 537! Results varied from site to site, but our organization continues to enjoy positive support from all sites. Everyone was eager to host, promote and support our efforts. Thanks so much to those who helped: Hanna Benioff, Mary Ann Dion, Becky Hatch-Prochaska, Peggy Healy, Meg Kadlec, Sue Khalaieff, Patty Martin, Peggi Meyer, Margie Mohrhusen, Eileene Nystrom, Alissa Prendergast, Barbara Sherman, Sue Stealey, Mary Jo Wolsky and Jackie Ziff. Several worked at multiple sites.

Our next events will be scheduled around National Voter Registration Day 2018 on Tuesday, September 25th. And a huge shout out to Becky Hatch-Prochaska, who is our secret weapon for this program. Our deepest gratitude for her efficiency, enthusiasm and extraordinary diligence.

Civics In Action Series: "Speed Date" Your Township Official

At the kick off League meeting, Lisle Township officials talked about how our tax dollars work in our communities. In the picture below, Lisle Township Supervisor Mary Jo Mullen is joined by Ed Young, Highway Commissioner, and John Trowbridge, Assessor. Also pictured are Co-Presidents Hanna Benioff and Sue Khalaieff.

College of DuPage Board Observations

CHECK OUT THE NEW MAY OBSERVER REPORT

May 10, 2018

The League of Women Voters has seven local chapters with members who reside in and pay taxes for COD District 502. Four of the seven local League chapters have formed a coalition of interested members to observe and create Observer Reports. We will be regularly posting the Observer Reports for all to read.

Go to section on Observer Reports to view all of the reports.

Observer Corp for Local Governmental Units

SUNSHINE AS A LEAGUE PRIORITY The League of Women Voters has been an active champion of openness in government throughout its history. The organization's principles include the requisite that "government bodies protect the citizen's right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible." Over the years, the League has supported various federal, state and local initiatives to expand open government requirements and has fought against proposals aimed at limiting access to public information.

In that spirit, League trains volunteer "watchdogs" to observe meetings of governmental bodies, report factually about the actions taken and confirm the open meetings act requirements are followed. From these observations, the local League may take action to educate the public further about an issue, request changes in the process to make the proceedings more transparent or take other actions in keeping with League's non-partisan mission and established League positions. These reports are not official minutes and do not contain an exact recording of all that occurred during a particular meeting. If questions arise regarding a report, please direct them to Hilary Denk, Coordinator of Observers for the LWV of Downers Grove, Woodridge, and Lisle and VP of Issues for LWVIL at hdenk@lwvil.org.

Starting last spring, a corp of members from the LWV of Downers Grove, Woodridge, and Lisle have been observing local governmental units. We want to provide a community service that not only informs, but leads to active participation in local government. Approximately 12 members have been trained to observe and record what happens at board meetings.

The following units of government will be observed: High School District 99, Elementary District 58, Lisle Township, Downers Grove Library, Woodridge Library, Downers Grove Park District, and Village of Downers Grove. Other units may be added in the future.

Check out the most recent reports.

Woodridge Public Library May 5, 2018

Downers Grove Village Council June 5, 2018

Downers Grove Village Council June 12, 2018

High School District 99 April 9, 2018

Downers Grove District 58 March 12, 2018

NEW MEMBERS - JOIN A GROWING AND INVOLVED LEAGUE

We are welcoming many new members this year. Since November, we have welcomed 30 new members. Our membership has increased to 70 members. Dues are now being taken for 2018 at $70/year. Students may join for $35/year. Dues for two members of the same household are $105.

Check out the Membership section of this Website and download an application for membership.

EXISTING MEMBERS - PLEASE PAY 2017-2018 DUES IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE THIS.

2018 Great Decisions - Two Groups

The 2018 schedule has been set. Information and book information will be available later. Both Groups will meet at the Downers Grove Public Library.

Tuesday AM Group, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, meets on February 6, February 13, February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27, & April 3. Facilitators are Meg Kadlec, meg.kadlec@gmail.com, 630 969 1546, and Mary Hobein, mhobein@hotmail.com, 630 336 1462.

Twice Monthly Monday PM Group, 7:00 PM to 8:50 PM, on January 29, February 12, February 26, March 12, April 9, April 23, May 7, & May 21. The Facilitator is Nancy Peraino, perainoporsche@comcast.net, 630 968 8706.

CHECK OUT SOME RECENT ACTIVITIES BELOW

How To Discuss Controversial Topics: A Civics Lesson

This interactive program was led by League of Women Voters members and civics educators to provide tools and techniques we could all use to discuss contentious or controversial issues.

Sex Trafficking In DuPage County: Recognizing the Problem and Responding as a Community

Great attendance! Thank you to all who participated in this forum.

The LWV has long held a position to address human trafficking and in particular sex trafficking in our country. Our expert panel included Sgt. Rich Hawkins, DuPage County Sheriff Department, Frank Massolini, Founder and Director of Anne's House, and Eric Nelson, Executive Director of Administer Justice.

Watch the program here. https://youtu.be/lR2-XtEDHbg