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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.

What's New?

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 14, for the kick-off meeting at 7 PM at the Downers Grove Fire Station Community Room. We will be celebrating the important leadership development the LWV provides for citizens to run for office and to participate in community activities. Leadership/Ballot information will be provided. Come early, 6:30 PM, to network.

On September 27, we will volunteer for National Voter Registration Day. Along with many groups nation-wide, this single day of coordinated effort in our communities will allow many citizens to conveniently register to vote.

Stay tuned for updates to our important work on the INDEPENDENT MAP AMENDMENT. The July 20th decision by Cook County Circuit Court Judge, Diane Larsen, in which she ruled that the Independent Map Amendment does not meet state constitutional requirements for a citizen-initiated amendment has been appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court. On July 22, the Illinois Supreme Court granted an emergency motion accepting a direct appeal of Judge Larsen's decision by lawyers for Independent Map Amendment. On Friday, July 29th, an amicus (friend of the court) brief was filed by a number of organizations including the League of Women Voters of Illinois.

Voter Registration & Candidate Information

A team of LWV and AAUW registrars will be busy this fall with Voter Registration and Mock Elections at local high schools.

Important dates for voter registration as we count down to the November elections:

Early Voting: September 29 through November 7, 2016

Last day for deputy registrars to register voters: October 11, 2016

Grace period voting: October 12 through November 8, 2016

Election day and polling place registration: November 8, 2016.

There will be two Candidate Forums, October 19 at the Downers Grove Village Hall and October 26 at the Woodridge Village Hall.

Great Decisions Discussion Group

The Great Decisions Discussion Group is open to all. Please contact Nancy Peraino for additional information and reading materials -, 630 968 8706.

The Woodridge Library 2017 meeting schedule for AM Great Decisions group is February 7, February 14, February 22, February 28, March 7, March 14, March 22, March 28, & April 4. The group meets from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and the Monitor is Meg Kadlec,, 630 969 1546.

The Downers Grove Library 2017 meeting schedule for PM Great Decisions group is January 31, February 14, February 28, March 14, March 27, April 11, April 24, May 9, May 30. The group meets from 7:00 PM to 8:50 PM and the Monitor is Nancy Peraino,, 630 968 8706.

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