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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Dates and Links for the Fall Elections

Key dates and links for the 2020 Fall Elections are located here.

LaGrange Area LWV to Co-Sponsor Program on Climate Change on Oct 22nd

The League of Women Voters® of the La Grange Area (LWVLGA) will sponsor a presentation discussing climate change issues, led by Kent Taylor from The Climate Reality Project®.  Whether you're a committed climate activist or just looking for reliable information, you'll find what you need in this data-based, visually compelling presentation.

Following the presentation, the LWVLGA will sponsor a discussion with local resident and climate activist Dave May to explain the carbon fee and dividend question that will appear on ballots for residents of Lyons Township.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2020, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom call.  To register in advance for this meeting: https://tinyurl.com/LWVLGA-Climate101. Our co-sponsors are the Village of La Grange Park Sustainability Commission, FUMC La Grange Environmental Justice Committee, the Green Team- First Congregational Church of La Grange, and the Green Team- First Congregational Church of Western Springs.

Explore the Planned Restoration of Salt Creek at Fullersburg Woods on Oct. 24th

The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area is offering a program to explore the planned restoration of Salt Creek at Fullersburg Woods.  Topics covered will include dam removal and streambank restoration, and how it will improve the ecology of the Salt Creek Watershed. The presentation will be given by representatives from the Dupage River Salt Creek Workgroup and the Salt Creek Watershed Network.The program will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2020, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. via this Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89782961126?pwd=MmVZajdxejNxZXZYYUVyMml1WURjdz09

Meeting ID: 897 8296 1126

Passcode: 620774

After the virtual presentation, interested participants are invited to meet at the dam at 11:00 a.m., for a two-mile walk in Fullersburg Woods, in socially distanced small groups. Please RSVP for walk to: LaGrangeLWV [at] gmail.com. This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, email us at league [at] lagrangearealwv.org.

Vote YES for the FAIR Tax!

The Fair Tax amendment reforms the state constitution to eliminate the requirement that Illinois tax income at a single rate, allowing instead for higher rates for higher incomes and lower rates for people with low and moderate incomes.

  • Fair Tax reform will lift the burden from the middle class and those struggling to get there:97% of taxpayers will get a tax cut or pay no more than they do now.
  • The Fair Tax will require wealthy people to pay their fair share, only increasing taxes on those who make more than a $250,000 a year. The vast majority of the increases will be paid by millionaires and billionaires.
  • Fair Tax reform will raise more than $3 billion a year that can help to fund education, health care, human services, state and local government, and responsibly pay the state’s bills.

We win the Fair Tax by voting YES on the constitutional amendment on the ballot for the November 2020 general election. A ‘yes’ vote of more than 50% of those voting in the election or more than 60% of those voting on the question is required for passage.

What Can I Do?

Ralph M. Martire, Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, has prepared an excellent discussion of the Illlinois state budget and the impact of the FAIR tax. You can view a program he presented on September 17 on Youtube here.

For even more info, www.yesforfairtax.org. And to read the US LWV position and lots of other resources, you can visit the Wilmette LWV site here.

And here are three other steps you can take -

  • Use this link to affirm that you will vote yes for fair tax on November 3rd: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/fairtaxendorse.
  • Attend This Program - Fair Tax in ILSeptember 17, 07:00 PM with Ralph Martire. We will also explore how to communicate about the Fair Tax based on our values. Register here.
  • And Save the Date - Fair Tax Town Hall Rally Saturday, September 26th @ 9:30 am. More info soon.

Girl Scouts Learn About the Centennial of the 19th Amendment

On JGirl Scouts Learn About 19th Amendmentanuary 12th the League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area and Girl Scout Troops 51101 and 51169 met to celebrate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. The Girl Scouts learned about the history of the suffrage movement and some of the fierce women that led the movement, about laws that help to promote equality, and the need to work towards future laws ensure women have equal rights.The event concluded by teaching how to complete a ballot and vote using ballots with actual voting booths donated by Cook County Board of Elections.

League Sponsors Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Group On-line

In partnership with the Hinsdale Public Library, the LaGrange Area LWV is again sponsoring the Great Decisions program starting on Thursday, January 23rd at 7pm. Great Decisions is a program of readings and videos created by the Foreign Policy Association that serve as the basis of monthly discussions of important topics in foreign policy. Starting with the April meeting, and until further notice, Great Decisions will be conducted on Zoom. This year's topics and dates are as follows -

The sessions are open to the public, and are held on the 4th Thursday at 7pm over a Zoom connection. Materials are available at the Library. More information is %20rblackwell [at] punshui.com (available here).

 

La Grange LWV Registers 1000+ New Student Voters!

TheVoter Registration Day at LTHS League of Women Voters® of the La Grange Area registered over 1,000 new student voters in September. 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 2020-21

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 2020-2021 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
  4. Study affordable housing in our communities and develop recommendations 

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 PanelMore 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

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  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 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.

Get LWV Action Alerts on your Mobile Device Using this New App!

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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