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.
LaGrange LWV to Host Program on Reproductive Rights and Legislation
DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: LaGrange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt, LaGrange
Join LWVLGA for a panel discussion on reproductive rights. Our panelists will discuss current federal and state legislation, funding, and how these issues affect patients and doctors in Illinois. Panelists will include Ameri Klafeta, ACLU-IL Senior Staff Attorney, Women's and Reproductive Rights and Dr. Maura Quinlan, OB/GYN with Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Encourage your friends and neighbors to attend
Join State Senator Dan Biss and Other Legislators to Discuss Campaign Finance Reform on May 19th
DATE/TIME: Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton 60189
Reform for Illinois has asked the LWV LaGrange to partner in hosting this exciting event, a panel discussion on possilble campaign finance reform options such as small donor matching funds. The panel moderator will be Dan Biss, former candidate for Governor and State Senator from Evanston. Panelists include Rep. Sean Casten, 6th Congressional district and Laura Ellman, State Senator-21st legislative district in Illinois.
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
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 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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