The LaGrange Area

The LaGrange Area

Empowering Voters - Defending Democracy

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.

League Issues Statement on President Trump's Emergency Order

The League of Women Voters® of the US CEO Virginia Kase issued the following statement following President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency:

 “By declaring a state of emergency, the president abuses his national emergency powers and undermines Congressional authority—all for a wasteful, ineffectual border wall that will not make our nation safer. 

The American people expect the president to fulfill his executive responsibility for sound management of public funds, not sidestep Congress in order to force funding for a border wall that the American people have not sanctioned. 

The League objects to this abusive declaration of a national emergency."

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.

League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area to Host a Candidate Forum for SD 102 and SD 204 School Boards

DATE/TIME: March 12, 2019, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. for SD 102, and 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. for SD 204                     

LOCATION: Lyons Township HS South Campus Performing Arts Center, 4900 Willow Springs Road, Western Springs

The League of Women Voters® of the La Grange Area is hosting a forum for the candidates running in the elections for SD 102 and SD 204 School Boards. Candidates will make brief presentations, followed by questions from the audience and any other questions submitted in advance to the League of Women Voters. Anyone wishing to submit questions in advance can send them to lwv2019SD102 [at] gmail.com for SD 102 and lwv2019SD204 [at] gmail.com for SD 204.

League to Host Candidate Forum for School District SD 103 School Board on March 20

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.                    

LOCATION: George Washington Middle School, Door#19, 8101 Ogden Avenue, Lyons

The League of Women Voters® of the La Grange Area is hosting a forum for the candidates running in the election for the position of School Board and Trustee on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at George Washington Middle School, Door#19, 8101 Ogden Avenue, Lyons, Illinois 60534. The nine candidates will make brief presentations on their backgrounds, qualifications and interest in running for office. This will be followed by questions from the audience.

This event is free of charge and open to the public (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). For more information, email us at league [at] lagrangearealwv.orgAnd PDF icondownload the flyer here.

The Lyons Township School Treasurer’s Office: Does it Make Cents?

DATE/TIME: Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.                   

LOCATION: Barnsdale Road School, 920 Barnsdale Road, La Grange Park

The League of Women Voters® of the La Grange Area is sponsoring the event “The Lyons Township School Treasurer’s Office: Does it Make Cents?” The event will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Barnsdale Road School, 920 Barnsdale Road, La Grange Park, Illinois 60526. The panelists, including Jim Durkin, Illinois House Minority Leader, will present information followed by questions from the audience. This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, email us at league [at] lagrangearealwv.org.

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 of Women Voters of the La Grange Area Hosts “Local Elections April 2019: How Can I Get Involved?”

LaGrange Area LWV Hosts Upcoming Election ForumThe La Grange Area League of Women Voters and the La Grange Park Public Library hosted a program informing our residents about the upcoming Local Elections in April, 2019. We had a great panel of speakers, four of which are members of LWVLGA, a tribute to the active involvement of our league members in their local governments: Jeanine Jasica, former Village Clerk for the Village Western Springs; Ann Lee, former Trustee of the La Grange Park Public Library; Lara Taylor, Member of the Delegate Assembly for District 102 School Board, and Pat Rocco, Trustee for the Village of La Grange Park. Also serving on the panel were Beth Augustine, former Chairman of the Citizens’ Council of La Grange, and Karen Council, Chairperson for the La Grange Park Caucus. Laurie Braun, our excellent league moderator and previous Trustee for the La Grange Public Library, kept things moving along, allowing for enough time to answer all questions from the audience of approximately 40 attendees.

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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The LWV of NYC has partnered with the Voices app, which is a mobile platform for different advocacy groups, including the ACLU and the National Organization for Women, to publish calls to action.

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