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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' Fair Tax Amendment - March 10, 2020, Meeting

"States with Graduated Income Taxes are more than twice as likely to cut taxes as to raise them."

Speaker: Allison Flanagan, Research Associate, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

Tuesday, March 10, 2020,6:30 P.M.

Downers Grove Fire Dept. Administration Bldg. NW corner of Main and 55th Street - Parking on 55th Street, behind the building

The public is encouraged to attend.

The Fair Tax amendment, a binding referendum, will be on the November 3, 2020 ballot.

Flyer for Posting

View January 23 Meeting - "Fake News"

Peter Adams of the News Literacy Project informed us on how to discern facts from fake when reading news. Watch the program.

Another Successful Voter Registration Day

During the week of January 21 our voter registrars, in partnership with the AAUW and Lisle Women's Club, processed 262 new voter registrations. We held events at 6 local high schools, including Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove South HS, Lisle HS, Westmont HS, Hinsdale Central HS and Benet Academy. Thanks so much to those who helped: Margie Mohrhusen, Carol Davis, Nancy Peraino, Sue Khalaieff, Mary Wuttke Kranz, Liz Sullivan, Sue Stealey, Mary Ann Dion, Bea Fodor, Kathleen Palia, Hanna Benioff, Kay Nasvik, Amy Buonassisi, Susan Becker, Jackie Ziff, Erin James, Peggi Meyer, Mary-Jo Wolsky, Peggy Healy, Meg Marshall and Christine LeBlanc. Special thanks to the team leaders at each site!

Virginia Ratifies ERA - Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy

We just saw history.

Today, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment + crossing the three-fourths threshold of support required from the states. Now we need Congress to remove the deadline so the ERA can become a permanent part of the U.S. Constitution. When the ERA passed Congress in 1972, lawmakers attached a 1977 ratification deadline to it, which they later extended to 1982. Earlier this month, the League of Women Voters of the United States sent a letter to the United States Congress urging them to remove the ratification deadline on the ERA.

Thank you to the many League volunteers who have worked tirelessly for ratification in their states--and who continued to push for ratification even after the deadline passed. Now that the ERA has been ratified, we will not stop fighting for equality under the law and pushing to see the ERA become the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Women have waited decades to see the ERA pass, and this is the perfect way to kick of 2020, a year that celebrates 100 years of women's voting rights. It's time for Congress to remove the ERA deadline and make this dream a reality!

Chris Carson, President League of Women Voters US

February 16th - 100th Anniversary Birthday Party

Come celebrate our 100th Anniversary Birthday Party.

Sunday, February 16 at Horizons, 8099 Janes, Woodridge

Keynote Speaker - Audra Wilson, CEO of the League of Women Voters of Illinois

Theme: Unsung Heroes of the Suffragist Movement

For more information, go to The February Voter, the members' newsletter

November 19 Meeting on Facebook - Gun Violence Prevention

Topic: Gun Violence Prevention: What We Should Know About the Illinois Firearms Restraining Order (Red Flag Law)

View the evening presentation on Facebook.

October 10 Meeting on Facebook - The 2020 Census

View the 2020 Census meeting on Facebook. Learn how the census happens, why it is essential, the challenges of getting a complete count and ways we all can help.


National Voter Registration Day events held Tuesday, September 24 were a huge success! Voter registrars from our local LWV and AAUW chapters held voter registration drives at 12 sites. Event sites included 7 local high schools including Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove South HS, Lisle HS, Westmont HS, Hinsdale Central HS, Hinsdale South HS and Benet Academy. Our teams also registered new voters at Benedictine University and Midwestern University, as well as the public libraries in Downers Grove, Woodridge and Hinsdale. Hinsdale South HS and the Hinsdale Public Library were new sites for us. We registered a total of 555 new voters during these events.

Successful Kick-Off Fall Meeting - Women in Politics


Dues are now being accepted.

We have a new dues structure for 2019-2020. It is rooted in the belief that not all people can easily afford the dues that LWV of DG/W/L requires. We know that there are some who would like to, and are in a position to contribute more to the League; this plan allows fo that. But, it also includes an option for those who are enthusiastic about belonging to the League, but are unable to meet a financial obligation that is beyond their means right now.

Patron $200, Household (2 from same household) $115, Supporter $100, Member $75, PWYC (pay what you can) Will vary, and Student $20

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