The LaGrange Area

The LaGrange Area

Empowering Voters - Defending Democracy

The League of Women Voters is a political organization that neither supports nor opposes candidates or parties and encourages informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area serves the people of Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Countryside, Indian Head Park, Hinsdale, Hodgkins, La Grange, La Grange Highlands, La Grange Park, Riverside, Western Springs and Westchester.

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Join the La Grange League and CommUnity to Celebrate Diversity at These Events

When: Friday, Sept. 6, 5:30 pm

Where: La Grange Public Library

Screening and discussion of the Spike Lee film, BlacKkKlansman - based on the “ outrageous, incredible” true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first African American detective in the Colorado Springs police department. Set in the 1970s, the plot follows Stallworth as he plans to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan chapter. Presented in partnership with the La Grange Public Library.

  • Pizza and Networking: 5:30 - 5:50 pm
  • Movie: 5:50 -  8:05 pm
  • Discussion: 8:05 - 8:35 pm

When: Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Where: Village of La Grange, Village Hall Auditorium, 53 S. La Grange Road, La Grange

28th Annual Race Unity Rally - THEME: League of Women Voters Addresses Diversity.


  • Audra Wilson, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of Illinois
  • Village of La Grange Unity Proclamation
  • “Watch My Feet” Performers, The LeaderShop
  • CDG Diversity Achievement Awards: Mary Klonowski, LWV of the La Grange Area, Becky Lorentzen & Harold Gibson, Expanding Our Circle Movie Series

Sponsored by the CommUNITY Diversity Group of La Grange.

Learn About the Illinois Firearms Restraining Order - Making Our Communities Safer

When: Wednesday, September 18, 7:00-8:30 pm

Where: Lyons Township High School, South Campus Performing Arts Center, 4900 Willow Springs Road, Western Springs

The League of Women Voters® of the La Grange Area, the La Grange Area Moms Demand Action, Indivisible Brookfield, Indivisible Western Springs and the St. Francis Xavier Peace and Justice Committee are cosponsoring a free, public program: IL FIREARMS RESTRAINING ORDER; MAKING OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER, on Wednesday, September 18th, 7:00-8:30 P.M. [Doors open at 6:30 P.M.] at Lyons Township High School, South Campus Performing Arts Center, 4900 Willow Springs Road, Western Springs.  A Question/Answer session will follow the presentations.

The Firearms Restraining Order allows a family/household member or local law enforcement to petition for a court order to temporarily remove firearms from an individual exhibiting risky behavior.  The program will inform the public about the law and steps to take to file for a court order.  It will highlight how the Order has the potential to reduce gun-related suicides and domestic violence incidents.

Presenters will be from Speak for Safety IL:  Mark Jones, retired ATF agent and Community Outreach Coordinator for Law Enforcement Training and Peter Contos, Community Outreach Coordinator for local communities.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, email us at

LaGrange Area LWV Announces Goals for 2019-20

The Lagrange Area League of Women Voters will employ the tenets and positions of the League of Women Voters to encourage the active, knowledgeable participation of the residents of our communities in the political process. We intend to actively work with LWVUS, LWVIL, Cook County League, and ILOs to identify and pursue improvements in our government at all levels.

  • Encourage voter participation in our communities through voter registration and candidate Forums
  • Educate the residents of our communities on issues affecting government, education, and the environment.
  • Campaign for more effective and efficient local government
  • Actively lobby our local, state, and federal representatives on legislation affecting our communities. 
  • Promote diversity in our League and our communities.

 The projects the League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area will actively work on in 2019-2010 will include:

  1. Pursue the elimination of the Lyons Township School Treasurer Office
  2. Actively campaign for reasonable gun control measures
  3. Partner with local community groups on issues of common interest

Cook County LWV Releases Updated Report on Pre-Trial Systems

With LaGrange LWV member Jan Goldberg as co-chair, the Criminal Justice Interest Group of the Cook County LWV has released a comprehensive update of its 2015 report on Pre-trial Systems in Cook County. In the original report, the group made11 recommendations to help ensure that pretrial operations are fairly and equitably administered within the criminal justice system of Cook County. These recommendations were put forth in order to ensure that pretrial systems efficiently and effectively serve the accused and the citizenry of Cook County. The purpose of this updated report is to summarize the progress made on each of these recommendations and to assess what further steps our criminal justice interest group needs to be take in order to further each goal. PDF iconDownload the complete report here.


LaGrange League Hosts Program on Gun Violence

Gun Violence PanelOn February 12th, more than 50 local residents braved the wind and cold for a program on the impact of gun violence on our communities. Participating were Dr. Mark Cichon, Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Loyola Medical Center, Officer Tim Andries, La Grange Police Dept. and LTHS North Campus School Resource Officer, Theresa Hirstein, LTHS Social Studies Teacher; and Pat Callahan, LTHS Teaching Assistant: Both Sandy Hook Promise Leaders and SAVE Co‐sponsors. See the video here.

LaGrange LWV Helps Prepare the Voters of the Future

Cossitt School Kids Learn About VotingOn September 12th, Melissa Lieb of the LWV LaGrange spoke to the Cossitt School 3rd Grade Girl Scout Troop about the League of Women Voters history, how the League of Women Voters promotes and defends voting, the history of voting, the Voting Rights Act, and the importance of Voting.  

 Following the presentation, the group made a poster to encourage voting that will be posted in the Village Hall and local libraries. 

League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area Sponsors Training Event for New Deputy Voting Registrars

LaGrange LWV Trains RegistrarsThe League of Women Voters® of the La Grange Area (LWVLGA), along with the La Grange Public Library, sponsored a deputy voter registrar training on August 29, 2018, at the La Grange Public Library.

Twenty-seven volunteers were sworn in and can now register any Illinois citizen to vote in the midterm election on November 6th. Individuals who serve as deputy registrars play a vital role in the democratic process by registering people to vote, encouraging voter participation and enhancing the electoral process.

League Hosts Program on Legalizing Marijuana

Great Marijuana DebateOver 150 people crowded into the La Grange Village Hall on August 28th to listen to an expert panel discussion on the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana in Illinois. The "Great Marijuana Debate" was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area and the Coalition for a Drug Free Lyons Township. Panelists included Heather A. Steans, Illinois State Senator – 7th District, Jim Durkin, Illinois House Minority Leader, Will Jones, SAM Communications Outreach Associate, Dr. Aaron Weiner, Director of Addictions (Linden Oaks), Reverend Alexander Sharp, Executive Director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy, and Chelsea Laliberte Barnes, MSSA, Director/Cofounder, Live4Lali Inc. Read all about the debate in the Doings article. And watch a video of the debate here!

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Ever Wonder Who Our Leaders Are?

Many of us have been asking for a listing of elected officials. If you go to our page on Facebook, select TOWN HALL from the sidebar and it will bring up all your representatives based on your address.

If you want a listing of phone numbers, websites, email addresses and mailing addresses for more than 4,000 federal, state, county and local officials elected in Cook County, the Cook County Clerk has just completed the 2017 Directory of Elected Officials (DOEO). Click here to access the DOEO and download a PDF copy of the document.

College of Dupage - Observer Report

Your LWV Coalition for College of Dupage observers will be paying close attention to further developments between the faculty and the Board at future meetings. The faculty association does not strike us as a group that will give up easily. Just when things seemed quite peaceful and calm, this controversy about faculty hiring pops up. One can't help but remember that it was a letter from the faculty association to the Board of Trustees in September 2014 about a vote of no confidence in President Breuder which led directly to the election of the Clean Slate candidates in April 2015. Click here for the current report.

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