Events

Events

LWV Elmhurst Gun Violence Prevention
We host programs for the general public, special events for League members, and regular meetings for our board. Details for upcoming events are provided below; click on the links in red for further information. Please check back often for updates! (You can view our complete calendar, which you can download to your phone or handheld device, by clicking here.
 
UPCOMING: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (100th Anniversary Celebration)
 
100thLet's celebrate 100 years of League!

On Friday, February 14, 2020, the League of Women Voters of Illinois (LWVIL) will celebrate a century as a grassroots nonpartisan civic organization. We will host our centennial anniversary at the Congress Plaza Hotel in the Gold Room, the very room in which the League was founded in 1920. 
 
We invite you to join us for this momentous occasion where you'll hear remarks from community influencers and local and state legislators, enjoy a presentation of a state and city proclamation marking the significance of this date, cut a celebratory birthday cake, and so much more.

100 years ago, we won the right to vote. Today, we are committed to protecting it.
 

This event is free and open to the public. Please be sure to invite a friend, neighbor, and/or colleague  to help us to celebrate the legacy of the League.

Audra Wilson, Esq.
Executive Director
League of Women Voters of Illinois
 
UPCOMING: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2020 (LWVIL Issues Briefing)
Join the League of Women Voters of Illinois for our Issues Briefing: 2020 Vision for the Future. During this all-day conference, we will gather with legislators, community influencers and issues specialists to discuss mportant issues that affect every individual in Illinois. This will include a continental breakfast, two plenary sessions (that will open and close the event), and lunch and afternoon break-out sessions. 

​The 2020 LWVIL Issues Briefing is scheduled for Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Northeastern Illinois University Student Union Building.  Questions? Reach out to the Issues & Advocacy Committee
 
PAST: January 18, 2020 (Marching with the LWVIL)
March 1March 2This year, the Chicago Women's March will be hosting TWO marches! The first was on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
 
We were "in charge" of the sidewalk on the last block of the five-block march (Adams between State and Dearborn), which was themed GET OUT THE VOTE. Thanks to everyone who braved the winter weather to represent the League!
 
PAST: October 2019 (What You Need to Know about the 2020 U.S. Census)
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “Partners are critical to the success of a complete and accurate count in 2020.”  Thanks to all those who joined the LWV Elmhurst on Thursday, October 24, at 7:00 PM at the Elmhurst Public Library for an informational presentation on why your participation in the upcoming census matters. We are especially grateful for the time and effort of our speakers and our cohost, Progressives for Change
 
PAST: September 2019 (The Firearm Restraining Order [FRO] Law)
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The impact of gun violence is undeniable--and often overwhelming. On Thursday, September 26, our monthly program focused on the Firearm Restraining Order (FRO) law. Presenters included representatives from the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and Moms Demand Action.

Those in attendance learned that FROs are at the center of many “red flag" or "extreme risk" laws that have already been passed in 17 states and the District of Columbia. These laws allow family/household members or members of law enforcement to petition the courts to temporarily remove firearms from an individual exhibiting dangerous behavior.  

FROs have gained attention following increased rates of suicide, domestic violence homicides, and mass shootings around the country.Governor Bruce Rauner signed Illinois's FRO legislation in the summer of 2018. Like most laws, however, its impact will have more meaning in communities that are aware of the facts.
 
Thanks to those who joined us and those who gave their time to share their knowledge as presenters! Photos of this well-attended LWV Elmhurst event can be viewed here.