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.
: SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020 (March with the LWVIL!)
This year, the Chicago Women's March will be hosting TWO marches! The first is on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Let's show the people power of the League! We are "in charge" of the sidewalk on the last block of the five-block march (Adams between State and Dearborn), which is themed GET OUT THE VOTE.
You are welcome to with friends and carry whatever sign you'd like OR. . . . Meet at 10:30 AM at the lobby of the LWVIL Offices located (332 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604, close to the corner of Van Buren and Michigan Avenue). Plan to walk over to the marchsite between 10:45 AM and 11:00 AM.
Secure your parking spot ahead of time. Utilize parking apps like Spot Hero
and Park Whiz
to pay for your parking in advance of the march day. (Please reach out to other local League members to travel together and lessen your carbon footprint.)POSTERS AND PAPER
Posters will be available for all, but you can also bring your own. (Please note that if you are marching with the LWVIL, your signs will need to be nonpartisan.) The march is "going green" and has asked all marchers and organizations to eliminate all flyers and sign-up sheets. The League will be using SMS text message to engage with other marchers. More information will be made available closer to the 18th.
RSVP AND WEAR RED!
RSVP below to help us organize numbers and to receive further details. Our block has been assigned RED. Let's show how many League members are at the march by wearing red.
Please reach out to LWVIL Voter Services Co-Chairs Jan Dorner
and Kathy Kenny
. We hope to see you on January 18!
UPCOMING PROGRAM: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (100th Anniversary Celebration)
Let'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.
League of Women Voters of Illinois
UPCOMING PROGRAM: 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 PROGRAM: 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 PROGRAM: September 2019 (The Firearm Restraining Order [FRO] Law)
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