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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Two Voting Reforms That Could Save America
When: Thursday, Oct 17, 7pm - 8:30pm
Where: La Grange Park Public Library, Community Room
Two voting reforms, Ranked Choice Voting and eliminating the electoral college, are gaining support among reformers. Ranked choice voting enables voters to rank as many candidates as they want in order of choice. When used as an "instant runoff" to elect a single candidate RCV helps elect a candidate that better reflects the support of a majority of voters. When used as a form of fair representation voting to elect more than one candidate, RCV helps to more fairly represent the full spectrum of voters. Abolishing the electoral college would assure that we elect a president that has won the popular vote. Candidates could no longer simply concentrate on swing states, ignoring the concerns of voters in every other state.
Claris Olson is a longtime activist who works closely with FairVote.Org and the Illinoisans for Ranked Choice Voting on these issues. Joyce Williams, a League issues specialist, has given presentations across the country about the abolition of the electoral college.
La Grange LWV Registers 1000+ New Student Voters!
The League of Women Voters® of the La Grange Area registered over 1,000 new student voters last week. The League worked with area schools to host voter registration events in celebration of National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide holiday celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of every September. Over 75 volunteers, including League and community members, students, teachers and staff, held 5 events at Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Proviso Township High Schools in Hillside and Maywood, Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park, and DePaul University in Lincoln Park.
LWV La Grange Sponsors Program On the Illinois Firearms Restraining Order
On September 18, LWVLGA co-sponsored a program describing legislation to make our communities safer. 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. You can view a video of the program here.
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:
- Pursue the elimination of the Lyons Township School Treasurer Office
- Actively campaign for reasonable gun control measures
- 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. Download the complete report here.
LaGrange League Hosts Program on Gun Violence
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.
League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area Sponsors Training Event for New Deputy Voting Registrars
The League of Women Voters® of the La Grange Area (LWVLGA), along with the La Grange Public Library, sponsored a deputy voter registrar training 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
Over 150 people crowded into the La Grange Village Hall 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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