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. Download the complete report here.
League to Host Program on the 2020 Census on April 11
DATE/TIME: Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: LaGrange Public Library
The League of Women Voters® of the La Grange Area will sponsor a meeting for the “Complete Count 2020 Census: How Can We Do This?” on April 11, 2019, at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the La Grange Public Library, 10 West Cossitt Avenue, La Grange, Illinois 60525.
Illinois may be affected in two ways if we do not get the complete and accurate count in the next census. One negative effect is that Illinois may lose up to two representative seats in Congress, thus redrawing and making districts larger, which will make it harder for the remaining representatives to advocate for their constituents. Another negative effect is reduced federal funding for Illinois communities.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email us at league [at] lagrangearealwv.org. Visit our website at www.lagrangearealwv.org.
LaGrange League Hosts Program on Gun Violence
On 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
On 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
The 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?”
The 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
Over 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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