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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.

March 20 Illinois Primary Election

Use the following to make election decisions.

Illinois Candidates for Governor

LWVILEF partnered with ABC7 and Univision to hold a candidate debate with all the candidates for the Democratic Primary for Governor. You can watch the be 60-minute commercial-free recording here:

ABC7/Univision/LWVILEF reached out to the candidates running in the Republican Primary for Governor, as well. Illinois State Representative Jeanne Ives agreed to a debate but Governor Rauner's campaign stated the only debate in which he would participate was with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board.


Go to the website for the VOTER GUIDE for the March 20 Primary.

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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The League of Women Voters of Downers Grove, Woodridge, & Lisle and the Downers Grove Area AAUW (American Association of University Women) registered 537 new voters so far this year. The sites included High School District 99 South and North, Hinsdale Central High School, Benet Academy, Lisle High School, Benedictine University, Downers Grove Library, and Woodridge Library.

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.

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,, 630 969 1546, and Mary Hobein,, 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,, 630 968 8706.

College of DuPage Board Observations


February 15, 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.


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.


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 December 19, 2017

Downers Grove Village Council February 13, 2018

High School District 99 February 26, 2018

Downers Grove District 58 February 12, 2018


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.