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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.

League of Women Voters Statement on President Trump's Emergency Order to Build a Border Wall


WASHINGTON + The League of Women Voters CEO Virginia Kase issued the following statement following President Trump's declaration of a national emergency:

"By declaring a state of emergency, the president abuses his national emergency powers and undermines Congressional authority--all for a wasteful, ineffectual border wall that will not make our nation safer.

"The American people expect the president to fulfill his executive responsibility for sound management of public funds, not sidestep Congress in order to force funding for a border wall that the American people have not sanctioned.

"The League objects to this abusive declaration of a national emergency."


Contact: Sarah Courtney | 202-263-1332 |

REGISTRATION CLOSED - February 21 - Local Leagues Co-host an Evening with Sean Casten

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a new member of Congress? You have your chance to find out on Thursday, February 21, when Sean Casten will talk about his experiences as a Freshman Congressman at Cantigny Park. He will also be discussing what issues are currently before Congress.

Appetizers and a cash bar will be available at 6 p.m., with the program starting at 7 p.m.

Registration is required and can be found online at; parking and program are free.

This event is part of the Civics Awareness Series created by the League of Women Voters of Wheaton and is co-hosted by the League of Women Voters of Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove and Naperville and Cantigny Park.

February 27 Meeting Open to Public - How to be an Effective Advocate

Learn Advocacy Skills that Work!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 6:30 - 8 PM

Woodridge Public Library

All are welcome to learn about best practices in advocacy and engagement with elected officials and others you seek to influence and educate. We'll explore various methods based upon individual goals with an interactive meeting led by Hilary Denk and Audra Wilson.

Ms. Wilson is the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Illinois (LWVIL), a public policy attorney and former senior staff member for Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

Ms. Denk has engaged locally and statewide on fiscal policy, advocacy for the homeless and at risk youth, and Co-Chaired the LWVIL Issues and Advocacy Committee for three years.

Bring your questions and share your experiences!

Local Election Candidate Forums and Meet & Greet Events for April 2 Election

Forums and Meet & Greet events will be hosted for many local contests.

March 3 - Downers Grove School Boards and Park District Candidates Meet & Greet, 1 - 3 PM, American Legion, 4000 Saratoga, Downers Grove

March 7 - Downers Grove Mayor and Village Council Forum, 6:45 - 9:15 PM, Downers Grove Village Hall

March 10 - Woodridge Park District, School Board, Library, and Village Trustees Candidates Meet & Greet, 2 - 4 PM, Woodridge Library 3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge

March 12 - Lisle School Board Candidates Forum, 7 - 9 PM, Lisle Village Hall

Local Elections are just as important as presidential and congressional elections. Village mayors and commissioners, library and park district officials determine service where you live. Decisions are made about how to spend your tax dollars.

JANUARY MOVIE - Voting Rights Past, Present, Future: Historical Overview and Actions to Secure the Vote For All

Many attended this informative event on January 26th to watch and discuss short documentary segments about the Voting Rights Act of 1965, its history and the present struggles for full and fair access to the ballot in our country, state and county. League of Women Voters is leading the charge throughout the country to combat discriminatory voter suppression.

Immigration Issues: Myths and Realities

On November 29, 2018, the League of Women Voters sponsored Immigration: Myths and Realities held at the Downers Grove Public Library.

Following is the video of the informative presentation.

Speakers included Dr.Ida Salusky from the Coalition for Immigrant Help; immigration and naturalization law attorneys Jennifer Hallett and Beata McCann from the Hallett McCann Law Group; and Kim Reed, immigration issues specialist from the League of Women Voters Illinois. Immigrant service organizations from Catholic Charities, Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project and Literacy DuPage provided volunteer information for participants.

2019 Great Decisions

Like to discuss your ideas? The Downers Grove/Woodridge/Lisle League of Women Voters offers members and the public the opportunity to have a conversation about the United States' Foreign Policy. Eight topics are selected each year; the basic information is given in The Briefing Booklet published by the Foreign Policy Association - and is the primary source for the discussion.

Great Decisions Topics for 2019 are as follows:

Refugees and Global Migration
The Middle East: Regional Disorder
Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?
The Rise of Populism in Europe
Decoding U.S.- China Trade
India and Its Neighbors
Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
State of the State Department and Diplomacy

These meetings are not a debate; all ideas are welcome in the course of the conversation.

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 are at the Downers Grove Public Library.


Your Vote Counts!

We registered students and other members of the community. The venues included Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove South HS, Hinsdale Central HS, Benet Academy, Lisle HS, Westmont HS, Benedictine University, Midwestern University, Downers Grove Public Library, and Woodridge Public Library.

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.

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.


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.