Informational Meeting on District 41 Referendum
Want to learn more about the District 41 referendum on the April ballot? Plan to attend a District-sponsored informational meeting at Hadley Junior High on one of these dates:
Wednesday, February 22
Monday, February 27
Tuesday, March 7
All meetings begin at 7:00 and will feature tours of the building and the portables. All are welcome.
Candidates for School Districts 41 and 87 and the Glen Ellyn Park District Board
Saturday, March 11
8:30-9:45 a.m.: Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners candidates
10:00-11:45 a.m.: School District 41 Board of Education candidates
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Glenbard Township High School District 87 Board of Education candidates
Glen Ellyn Civic Center
530 Duane St.
The Candidate Forum allows the public to meet the candidates, ask questions and become more informed prior to the April 4, 2017, Consolidate General Election. The League of Women voters does not support or oppose or endorse candidates or political parties for any public office.
What Can Be Recycled in Glen Ellyn? With an Update on Residential Solar Energy Opportunities
Thursday, March 16
Doors open: 7:00 p.m.
Meeting starts: 7:30 p.m.
Glen Ellyn Civic Center
530 Duane St.
Glen Ellyn IL
Speakers from the Village of Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission will explain exactly what can and cannot be recycled locally. In addition, Jeff Gahris will enlighten us on solar power opportunities. The public is invited and welcome to attend.
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LWVIL Candidate Forum Participation Policy and Proposed Empty Chair Policy
[REVISED January 4, 2017]
League of Women Voters of Illinois
Candidate Forums Participation Policy
The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. The purpose of candidate forums and debates is to allow voters an opportunity to hear candidates discuss issues face-to-face, to stimulate public interest in the campaign, and to provide the candidates an opportunity to engage their constituents.
After careful consideration, the League of Women Voters of Illinois (LWVIL) has adopted criteria are nonpartisan, capable of objective application, and understandable to both candidate and to the public.
All candidates who meet the following criteria will be invited to participate in Illinois Leagues’ Voter Service activities.
For Inclusion in the Voter Guide, LWVIL Materials, and Website
In determining eligibility under the criteria, the burden of proof is on the candidate. In order to have information in the Voter Guide, in other LWV materials, and on the website, a candidate must meet the following criteria:
1. Must be a legally qualified candidate for public office.
2. Must have publicly announced an intention to run for office.
3. Must be eligible under the applicable local, state, or federal laws to hold the office being sought.
4. Must be qualified to be on the ballot.
5. Must be legally qualified by the deadline that has been established for
For Participation in Candidate Forums/Debates
The above will also be the criteria for a candidate invited to a General Election Forum/Debate with these additions:
1. For a candidate of a political party qualified to appear on the Primary ballot, the candidate must win the primary election for his or her respective party for the office which is the subject of the forum/debate or be officially nominated by his or her party for that office.
2. For a candidate who has obtained ballot status as an independent or third-party candidate, the candidate must show significant Voter Interest andThis can be demonstrated by at least a 10% support level for that office in a reliable, nonpartisan, post-primary public opinion poll.
Empty Chair Forum Policy
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, political nonprofit organization that strives to protect citizens’ voting rights and deliver unbiased education to voters. This policy is adopted in response to voters’ concerns about Leagues not having events or being forced to cancel events, due to candidates’ unwillingness to participate. This “Empty Chair Forum Policy” is based upon on an understanding of applicable legal requirements and reflects the changing climate of our political discourse, including the growing demand from voters for direct access to candidates and substantive discussion of issues.
Debate: The Federal Election Commission (FEC) defines a debate as an event that includes at least two candidates; is staged in a way that does not promote or advance one candidate over another; and allows the candidates to appear concurrently, in face-to-face confrontations, with opportunities to respond to each other.
Forum: A format other than a debate (as defined above) in which ideas and views on issues are exchanged. LWV Candidate Forums traditionally involve questions submitted by the audience, after review by question-sorters and a LWV-trained moderator.
Criteria for holding empty chair forums is dependent on the type of office a candidate is seeking:
Federal Offices: When one or more candidates for federal office is on the ballot and only one candidate chooses to attend the LWVIL’s forum, then no candidate for that office will be permitted to appear. EMPTY CHAIR FORUMS WILL NOT BE HELD FOR FEDERAL CANDIDATES (e.g. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate.) Although no Empty Chair Forum may be held, the LWVIL will nevertheless use an action campaign or publicity efforts to notify the public of a candidate’s unwillingness to participate in a forum.
State, County, and Local Offices: An empty chair forum may be held for state, county or local offices only under these circumstances:
1. No commercial media are broadcasting the forum. Under Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations, any broadcaster or cablecaster that permits a candidate for any public office to use its facilities must provide all other legally qualified candidates for the same office with equal time. Public access channels are not required to abide by this regulation.
2. No Education Fund money will be used to fund the forum. The League must act as a 501(c)(4) organization, and the League’s non-partisanship policy will still apply.
3. Every effort has been made to arrange a forum that is suitable to the schedules of theThe League will avoid any appearance of partisanship. The League may notify the press that invitations have been sent to the candidates. The League will maintain a clear record of communication with candidates, including corresponding in writing with candidates concerning invitations to appear at forums, attempts to accommodate each candidate’s schedule, confirmation of scheduled forum appearances, confirmation of the cancellation of a forum appearance, and attempts, if any, to reschedule a canceled appearance.
4. The League decides to go ahead with a forum when one of the candidates does not respond or accept an invitation to the forum, or when a candidate accepts but does not appear at the forum, the LWV moderator will announce that the absent person(s) is a candidate for that office. The moderator will present the factual reasons (if any) given by the candidate who is not present, without any editorial comment. No substitutes will be permitted to take the place of a candidate, nor will the moderator read any statements of the absent candidate’s view.
5. In conducting an empty chair (single candidate) forum, the League will maintain the already established forum. The League must prevent the forum from giving the appearance of being a League-sponsored rally for the only candidate attending the debate. The moderator and/or other panelists, therefore, will ask nonpartisan questions, the length of the candidate’s response should be limited the moderator or other panelists will ask probing questions and follow-up questions.
LWVGE Book Club
Saturday, February 4
Book: Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
Come join a lively discussion at Alison Hayes' house. See link below for details.
Voters Approve State Constitutional Amendment
ILLINOIS HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT [HJRCA] 36
"Safe Roads Amendment" a/k/a/ "Transportation Spending Lockbox Amendment"
The 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 were 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 decided 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
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
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