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In January: An evening with COD President Dr. Ann Rondeau

Dr. Rondeau will join the League for a meeting in January, time and date, TBD. Watch your email and the League's Facebook page for more information as it becomes available.

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State Budget Video

New video about the Illinois state budget impasse. Visit the RBC site to follow up on the recent rally in Springfield.

Winter 2016

What's New?

'TIS THE SEASON TO GATHER WITH FRIENDS AND CELEBRATE !

We look forward to our Holiday events early each December...and that time has arrived!

 

THIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, we will have an opportunity to accomplish two things, GIFT SHOP FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND SUPPORT OUR LEAGUE.

 

JOIN US AT TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES FROM 5-8 P.M. on Pennsylvania Ave. in Glen Ellyn FOR OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER.  Find unique gifts for family members and friends, benefitting not only our League but also the artisans, women and men throughout the world.  Fifteen percent of the proceeds from this event will be passed on to our League.
 
We hope you will also CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH US AT LEAGUE MEMBER AMY HOHULIN'S HOME, 486 COTTAGE ST. IN GLEN ELLYN (1/2 block west of Main St.) FROM 6-8 P.M.  Light refreshments and wine will be served.  This is a wonderful time to renew friendships and meet new members of our League.

 

We look forward to seeing you!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL.... and our thanks to you for supporting our League and the important work we do!

 

Carrie & Sonja

 

and the Board of the League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn

 

 


New Amendment Proposed

ILLINOIS  HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT [HJRCA] 36

"Safe Roads Amendment" a/k/a/ "Transportation Spending Lockbox Amendment"

BRIEF EXPLANATION:  

The proposed amendment provides that revenue raised for transportation-related purposes must be used as intended – it cannot be “swept” to address another cause.

HISTORY: In 2015, more than $500 million--~25% of the "road" funds collected--were diverted.  Those funds come from highway tolls, vehicle registration and license fees, and motor fuel taxes (19₵/gal. for gasoline; 21.5₵ /gal. for diesel).

Transportation Lockbox Constitutional Amendment: Ends Justify Means?

Illinois voters are being asked whether spending on transportation programs, enforcement, & infrastructure should be protected under the Illinois Constitution. Protecting transportation funds for their intended purpose is important, but doing so through a Constitutional Amendment would be bad government. The Constitution should provide a general framework, not give preferential treatment to one essential need. Rather than protecting only transportation, the Constitution should protect funding for all essential State obligations--education, health care, public safety. The reason behind this proposed amendment is lack of adequate revenues to pay for State programs. The Governor and General Assembly are responsible for raising sufficient revenue to meet our State needs, preparing a budget, and appropriating revenue accordingly. Both branches of government have failed in their jobs, so the legislature chose to kick the revenue and appropriation issues to the voters when it comes to transportation spending. Other aspects of the amendment are also troubling. Transportation funds could never be used in the case of a State emergency and this amendment takes the authority for appropriations and allocation of funds out of the hands of our elected public officials. Rigid constitutional language has had unintended negative consequences in the past for our state. The state legislature’s current practice of diverting transportation funds into the General Revenue Fund should stop. Voters must now decide whether prioritizing transportation needs at the expense of all other competing needs warrants a constitutional amendment. And, whether locking these funds up, even in the case of a State emergency, is really in the best interests of Illinois residents.

Mary Kubasak, President League of Women Voters of Illinois October 20, 2016

 

October 31, 2016
NEW RELEASE
Fact Sheet: The "Safe Roads Amendment" Is Bad Policy for Illinois
 
 
 
The SRA would amend the state constitution to require that transportation-related revenues be spent only for transportation-related purposes. Proponents claim the amendment is necessary because the state diverts funds meant for transportation to other purposes, leaving insufficient resources for road and railway maintenance and construction.
 
While Illinois' transportation infrastructure does need investment, the SRA is not a good solution. The Amendment's text is both sweeping and vague, leaving unclear a) which revenue streams it would lock into transportation uses, and b) what exactly would count as a transportation use. A plain reading of the amendment suggests that it would apply to revenue streams that are not currently used for, or meant to be used for, transportation, diverting money from other crucial programs-including over $240 million from the City of Chicago's general operations, and $30 million from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
 
More fundamentally, the SRA misdiagnoses the reason that Illinois under-invests not just in transportation, but in other important services as well. The state simply does not have enough revenue to cover its expenses, and moving money from one expenditure to another without increasing total resources will not solve the problem.
 
Finally, using a constitutional amendment to make this change, rather than a regular statute, means that any unintended consequences of the SRA will be very difficult to remedy. In fact, no changes would be possible until the next statewide election in two years. For this reason, using the Illinois Constitution as a budgeting tool is unwise, and will aggravate the problems caused by the SRA if it passes.
 
 
For more information, contact Daniel Hertz at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 312-332-1481.

 

ARGUMENTS OPPOSING THE AMENDMENT:

The proposed amendment is bad public policy because it gives favored status to one area of state government.  If the Constitution were to be amended, it should state that all funds intended for ANY specific cause must be used for that cause.

Prioritizing transportation in the constitution may mean that less money can be used to pay for other state government obligations – including K-12 education, social services, higher education, & health care

Since the state does not have enough money to pay its bills, it is possible that road funds will be short-changed in other ways. This happened when State Lottery funds (intended to increase education funding) simply replaced money lost when other school funds were shifted.

Instead, the Governor and the General Assembly should raise adequate and sufficient revenues to pay for our government and they should budget and appropriate those revenues.

The State of Illinois began this fiscal year with a deficit of $9.1 billion. 

 At the end of Fiscal Year 2017 the deficit will be either $14.5 billion (Governor's estimate) or $16.9 billion (General Assembly's estimate).  (See Center for Tax and Budget  Accountability, September 30, 2016 blog at blog.ctbaonline.org).

The Governor and General Assembly have failed to fulfill their constitutional responsibilities:

The Governor has not prepared and submitted a detailed budget to the General Assembly. 

 The General Assembly shall then appropriate for all expenditures of public funds.

The Governor and General Assembly  have also failed to tax to obtain the revenues necessary to pay for the government that we have.

 

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Housing in Glen Ellyn

Housing in Glen EllynIn concert with our position on housing in Glen Ellyn, the League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn has submitted a letter to our local elected officials regarding our concerns with housing stock in our community.

Read the letter here.

In addition, recently a Letter to the Editor has been submitted to the Daily Herald and other local newspapers. 

Read the Letter to the Editor here.