Making Democracy Work

Make Democracy Work!

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.


Look for LWV members at local libraries and high schools. We will be registering students and other members of the community.

During the spring, the LWV was at a variety of local events including:

March 24: March For Our Lives Downers Grove

April 20: DGN Student Walk-out Rally

June 1: National Gun Violence Awareness Day Rally

June 16: DGN Car Wash for Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Students

National Convention in Chicago

Local members participated in the national convention for the LWV.

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.

2019 Great Decisions - Two Groups

Twice-Monthly Evening Group--7:00 P. M. to 8:50 P.M. Organizer: Nancy Peraino Phone: 630 968 8706 January 21, February 4,18, March 4,18, April 1,15, May 6, 20

Morning Group--9:30 to 11:30 A.M. Organizer: Meg Kadlec Phone: 630 969 1546 February: 5, 12, 19, 26, March: 5, 12, 19, 26, April: 2

All meetings will be at the Downers Grove Public Library. 2019 Topics will be posted later.

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: - @CHANGEIL on Twitter & @CHANGEIllinois on FB - @CommonCauseIL on Twitter

View the event through this Facebook link.

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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.

College of DuPage Board Observations


July 19, 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

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 July 18, 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


We are welcoming many new members this year. Our membership has increased to 85 members. Dues are now being taken for 2019 at $70/year. Students may join for $20/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.