EQUAL VOICES: HR1 and Campaign Finance Reform in Illinois
May
19
4:00 PM16:00

EQUAL VOICES: HR1 and Campaign Finance Reform in Illinois

On Sunday, May 19, community members participated in a town hall and panel discussion on HR1 and campaign finance reform, featuring current and former state and U.S. legislators.

The program featured a town hall discussion by Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) on HR1, the For the People Act.  The For the People Act has now been introduced in the U.S. Senate to modernize our election system, reform redistricting, and restore the Voting Rights Act. Former State Senator Daniel Biss moderated the town hall.

The panel discussion on how the national campaign finance reform movement connects with local and state policy here in Illinois included Elizabeth Lindquist, the LWVIL Issues Specialist for Campaign Finance Reform, and Illinois State Senators Laura Ellman and Suzy Glowiak. The panel was moderated by Audra Wilson, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Illinois.

This event was co-sponsored by the Downers Grove/Woodridge/Lisle, Glen Ellyn, Naperville and Wheaton Leagues of Women Voters; IL Common Cause; Reform for Illinois(RFI); and Illinois Public Interest Research Group ( IL PIRG).

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Women's Empowerment
Mar
21
7:30 PM19:30

Women's Empowerment

Emily Worth is a Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois where her work focuses on women's and reproductive rights. Emily joined the ACLU of Illinois in the fall of 2014. At the Harvard Law School, she was active in the Tenant Advocacy Project and the Employment Civil Rights Clinic and was an editor of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Emily joins more than 300 staff attorneys and thousands of volunteer attorneys to defend individual freedoms including speech and religion, a woman’s right to choose, the right to due process, citizens’ rights to privacy and much more. Since 1920, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Author Rita Dragonette uses her personal experiences as a student during one of the most volatile years of the Vietnam War and gives voice to the women of her generation. “It’s an important perspective with a rich and complex backstory that has informed the involvement of women in protests through to and including today’s ‘Never Again’ movement.” Rita Dragonette After Rita spent nearly 30 years as an award-winning public relations executive, she has returned to her passion for writing. Her first novel “The Fourteenth of September” released in 2018 has already won a number of awards and recognitions. WHEN: MARCH 21, 2019 @ 7:30PM (Doors Open @ 7:00pm) WHERE: THE HISTORY CENTER, 800 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 For additional information: www.LWVGE.org

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Candidate Forums
Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Candidate Forums

Date: March 16, 2019

Place: Glen Ellyn Historical Society Anderson Room and lobby for Meet and Greet

Time: Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

9:00 Welcome

9:05 District 41

10:10 District 87

10:50 Glen Ellyn Park Dist

11:35 College of DuPage

12:15 Forum closes

 The next election will be on April 2, 2019 for Village Trustees (3 seats), Library Board (4 seats), Park District Commissioners (4 seats)  and School District Boards 41 (3 seats), 87 (3 seats) and 89 (3 seats). Of these, Village Trustees, Library Board and District 89 are uncontested so we will not hold forums for those races.

Currently there are five candidates running for the three open seats on the Park District Board: Ben Stortz, Christine Wilson, Paul O. Bischoff Jr., Jeff West, Kathy Cornell.

There are five candidates running for three open seats in District 41: Stephanie Clark, Kurt Buchholz, Jessica Buttimer, Edward "Ted" Estes, Julie Hill.

Four candidates are running for the three open seats in District 87: Margaret DeLaRosa, Martha Mueller, Mireya Vera and John Kenwood.

Four candidates are running for two open seats on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees: Annette Corrigan, Marc Incrocci, Dan Bailey and Maureen Dunne.”

Candidates nominated and unopposed in the race for Glen Ellyn Village Trustees are: Mark Sendak, Kelli Christiansen and Steve Thompson.

Library Board candidates are: Molly Hoerster, Karen Volk, Mollie McGinnis Knapke and Tim Brinker.

In District 89, three candidates are running for three open seats: Tim Jedlicka, Scott Pope and Ben Yates.

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Local leagues co-host an evening with Sean Casten
Feb
21
to Feb 22

Local leagues co-host an evening with Sean Casten

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a new member of Congress? You have your chance to find out on Thursday, February 21, when Sean Casten will talk about his experiences as a Freshman Congressman at Cantigny Park. He will also be discussing what issues are currently before Congress.

Appetizers and a cash bar will be available at 6 p.m., with the program starting at  7 p.m. Registration is required and can be found online at http://www.wheatonlwvil.org/; parking and program are free. At this time, tickets open to LWV members only. Open to public in February. 

This event is part of the Civics Awareness Series created by the League of Women Voters of Wheaton and is co-hosted by the League of Women Voters of Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove and Naperville and Cantigny Park.

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LWVGE Book Club
Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

LWVGE Book Club

Our selection was Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step At A Time by Jeff Speck.  The book jacket says "A delightful, insightful, irreverent work." We met on Saturday February 9th at 9:00am at Michelle Peterson's, 579 Riford.

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LWVGE Program Planning Meeting 2019
Feb
2
8:30 AM08:30

LWVGE Program Planning Meeting 2019

LWVGE Program Planning Meeting 2019 When: Saturday, February 2 @ 8:30am-11:30am Where: Brookdale of Glen Ellyn, 60 Nicoll Way (just north of Roosevelt Road)

Why: To let your voice be heard and contribute to the mission of the League

What to Bring: January 2019 Voter State Position Section (5 pages), 2018-19 Membership Directory and your ideas

Summary: The Program Planning event is held at the beginning of each year by Leagues from all over the country to share in ideas to capture the essence of the League of Women Voters – to educate and actively participate on selected governmental issues.

Attending Program Planning is a great way for new members to engage with longtime members about issues that are relevant to the local and wider community and to creatively participate in planning process for the upcoming year.

Agenda: Mingle with League Members Enjoy a light breakfast State Level Position Review This year local Leagues will be participating in the biennial review of State Program Platform for 2019-2021. The Local Leagues’ input is instrumental in the development of an action-oriented program which will be adopted at the 2019 LWV of Illinois Convention this summer.

The State League’s “Positions in Brief” follow and are divided into four topic sections: Representative Government, International Relations, Natural Resources and Social Policy. The task for our local League is to review these positions for each and recommend to retain, study/update or drop; we also have the opportunity to share with the LWV-IL what we are working on within this framework.

For the LWV-IL review checklist, see January Voter Newsletter. For the full text of the State Positions “Where We Stand 2017-2019”, visit the LWV of Illinois website or the link: https://www.lwvil.org/uploads/1/5/9/8/15985276/where_we_stand_short_version_2017-19.pdf Local Level Position Review The LWVGE local positions are found on pages 21 – 31 of the Membership Directory 2018-2019. The local positions will be reviewed for revision/study/update recommendations similar to the process of the State positions review. Recommendations for revisions to local positions identified at last year’s Program Planning will be highlighted. Break Local Level Program Planning Generate ideas for advocacy, programming and possible study for the upcoming year. Member ideas for putting our positions into action are encouraged. Our Membership is ripe with creativity, thoughtfulness and amazing intellectual prowess, especially when we gather together with a common purpose.

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State of the Village
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

State of the Village

Link to video of State of the Village https://youtu.be/C5Rdi3R2l1M

Come hear Village President Diane McGinley, give a "State of the Village Address", hosted by the League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn , Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the GE Police Headquarters, 65 S. Park Blvd. Doors open at 7pm; Program 7:30-9:00.  This is one of our League's most popular events. PUBLIC WELCOME  and encouraged to come! 

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New Member Coffee
Jan
12
9:30 AM09:30

New Member Coffee

Wonderful attendance at our NEW MEMBER COFFEE on January 12th.  Want to join a terrific group of individuals dedicated to “ Making Democracy Work”? Check out our website at www. lwvge.org and hit the Membership link. We may be the League of ‘Women’ Voters but men are members too!  Come join us!!

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 “The History and Impact of the Electoral College”
Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

“The History and Impact of the Electoral College”

The League of Women Voters Roselle/Bloomingdale will host a presentation titled, “The History and Impact of the Electoral College” on Tuesday, January 8th at 7:00 pm at the Bloomingdale Public Library located at 101 Fairfield Way in Bloomingdale. The Electoral College is a puzzling system that often has voters scratching their heads about how it works and why we use it. More and more Americans are questioning this system and would like to see it replaced with direct election of our President. Our guest speakers will be Issues Specialists from the state League, Peggy Pissarreck from LWV Arlington Heights, and Rosemary Heilemann from LWV Deerfield Area. They will lead a discussion including a brief history of the Electoral College, a discussion of its impact on our democracy, and how to change to a direct election of our President. Start the new year out right with a thought provoking evening with the League of Women Voters Roselle/Bloomingdale. This meeting is free and open to the public.

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Town Meeting
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Town Meeting

12/1/2018 First United Methodist Church, 424 Forest Ave, Glen Ellyn. Local election polls open 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Meet the candidates for Village Trustee and Library Trustee. Candidate Speeches 10-11:30 AM.

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November Community Meeting
Nov
11
12:30 PM12:30

November Community Meeting

November 11 Community Event with Amanda Vinicky of WTTW at the Glen Ellyn Police Station at 12:30 PM. We are in for a treat as Amanda shares her perspective on the election results.

After the midterm elections, come hear what the results may mean for our state from Amanda Vinicky, WTTW Correspondent and Segment Host for “Chicago Tonight”. Her reporting focuses on Illinois government and politics. Ms Vinicky has had her work featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition”, “All Things Considered” and “The Takeaway”, and she’s garnered top honors from the Illinois Associated Press and the Association of Capital Reporters and Editors. She will also discuss being a female journalist in these times, the proliferation of “fake news” and the responsibility, both by the public and journalists, of vetting reliable news sources. Open to the Public. Bring questions!

Read more about Amanda at https://news.wttw.com/about.

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Community Meeting
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Community Meeting

LWVGE Community Meeting

Guest Speaker Tim Elliott, District 4 DuPage County Board Member

County Board Member Elliott will provide updates on issues affecting DuPage County Residents and answer questions such as + What is the latest on the ACT Initiative? + What is happening with the Election Commission? + What do the 3 questions by the DuPage County Board on the November ballot mean? The Civic Betterment Party will also provide an overview of the upcoming elections at the Town Meeting

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Women's March Chicago
Oct
13
9:30 AM09:30

Women's March Chicago

Women's March Chicago - March to the Polls on October 13th!

LWVIL is a sponsoring partner of the March to the Polls - Let's have fantastic LWV visibility at the March to encourage voter turnout and participation in our democracy.

Voter Village: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (new this year - a festival-style village for activist orgs and others)

LWVIL and LWV Chicago are hosting a booth in the Voter Village to talk to voters and promote the Illinois Voter Guide in the booth and around the village.  Our mission needs you Leaguers! 

Rally: 10:00 am   

Main Stage Rally activities begin

March: 12:30 pm 

March to the Voting Supersite and on to Federal Plaza

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Candidate Boot Camp - Local Government Candidacy for Beginners
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Candidate Boot Camp - Local Government Candidacy for Beginners

Are you interested in running for local office and want to know more about it? Here's your chance to ask those in-the-know! The training is for the consolidated election of municipal, park district, library district, school district, and fire district officials that will be held April 2019.
Learn how to get and stay on the ballot, and hear from local government public officials who went through the process. 

Continental breakfast, coffee, and tea will be provided. Please RSVP https://www.citizenadvocacycenter.org/training.html

WHERE:

College of DuPage
Culinary & Hospitality Center
425 Fawell Blvd., len Ellyn, IL 60137
Room 2001 (above the Waterleaf Restaurant)

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Citizen Advocacy Center, Immigrant Solidarity DuPage, League of Women Voters, College of DuPage, Benedictine University, and Elmhurst College. The event is for educational purposes only and should not be considered to offer legal advice.

SCHEDULE

10:00 AM - 11:15 A

Getting and staying on the ballot plus what you need to know about campaign finance regulations

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

panel of Local Government Public Officials

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2018 State of the State
Sep
29
5:00 PM17:00

2018 State of the State

Join us September 29 for a new and exciting State of the State event! This year there are some big changes: new location, new day and time. SOS will be held at the  Arlington International Racetrack, in Arlington Heights beginning at 6:00 pm.

  • Keynote Speaker: Sheila Simon, former Lieutenant Governor of Illinois

  • Panel featuring Rep. Beth Coulson (Ret.) and State Sen. Karen McConnaughay, moderated by Rep. Elaine Nekritz (Ret.)

How do women manage the politics of politics
WHEN:  Saturday, September 29, 2018
WHERE: Arlington International Racecourse
Time: 5-11pm
2200 W Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

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Candidate Forum
Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

Candidate Forum

September 27 at Glenbard South Library. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Meet & Greet with all 4 candidates (confirmed) for DuPage County Judge (2 seats), including Jeffrey M. Jacobson, Karen M. Wilson, Linda E. Davenport and Jeff MacKay.  6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Candidate Forum begins; Moderator will welcome all guests, explain what to expect and how the evening will work; begins at 7:00 PM.

Illinois State Representative District #46: Deb Conroy (declined) and Gordon (Jay) Kinzler (confirmed) begins at 7:10 PM

Illinois State Senate District #23: Thomas Cullerton (confirmed) and Seth Lewis (confirmed) begins at 7:30 PM.

Illinois State Senate District #24: Suzanne “Suzy” Glowiak (confirmed) and Chris Nybo (confirmed) begins at 8:00 PM.

Illinois State Representative District #48: Terra Costa Howard (confirmed) and Peter Breen (confirmed) begins at 8:30 PM.

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Candidate Forum for DuPage County Offices
Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

Candidate Forum for DuPage County Offices

September 16, 2018 CANDIDATES FOR DuPage County Offices Glenbard South H.S. 23W200 Butterfield Rd. Glen Ellyn Doors Open at Noon 12:00 Meet and Greet the Candidates 12:30 Forum for County Board Chairman: Dan Cronin and Lynn LaPlante 1:00 Forum for Forest Preserve Bd. Pres.: Joseph Cantore and Dan Hebreard 1:30 Forum for County Clerk: Paul Hinds and Jean Kaczmarek 2:00 Forum forCounty Sheriff: Greg Whalen and James Mendrick 2:30 Forum for Candidates for County Board Dist. 4: Mary Fitzgerald Ozog Hadiya Afzal Grant Eckhoff Chris Zaruba

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LWVGE August Community Meeting
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

LWVGE August Community Meeting

Kate M. Goettel, Litigation Attorney for the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) will discuss issues surrounding immigration. The NIJC provides direct legal services to and advocates for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. The NIJC has been setting positive precedents for those seeking human rights protections within our borders Bring your questions.

Thursday, August 23, 2018 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Glenbard South High School Library 23W200 Butterfield Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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Social for Trail Enthusiasts
Apr
6
2:00 PM14:00

Social for Trail Enthusiasts

Glen Ellyn Bike/Hike Trails Report Ginger Wheeler 4.7.18 Report on the 4.6.18 Social (See pictures at the end of the article) Along with Active Transportation Alliance (ATA), League helped to publicize a Friday afternoon social for trail enthusiasts around Glen Ellyn. Sid Kenyon, the “Trail Guy” from the DuPage County Department of Transportation was invited and brought some custom maps which show where the long-proposed East Branch DuPage River Trail may be plotted (if it is ever built). County Board District 4 representative Tim Elliott a long time Glen Ellyn resident attended and had some great conversations with Sid and also with a gentleman named Steve Johnson who has also been advocating for trails on behalf of ATA in this area for a long time. About 17 people attended the social including League members: April Sedall, Jo Turner, Amy Hohulin, Patti Denney, Steve Miller, and Kristin Malone. Many thanks to these Leaguers for attending and helping with a good turnout. The next step is to plan a “Progressive Field Trip” which can show people in the community where this trail might actually go. Ginger would like to ask for volunteers to brainstorm and plan how something like this might come together.

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UPDATE ON ILLINOIS POLITICS
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

UPDATE ON ILLINOIS POLITICS

Dr. Keith Boeckelman, Professor and Chair of Western  Illinois Political Science Department, will discuss and respond to our questions regarding Illinois politics and governmental issues.  He will talk about some of Illinois' political/policy problems, particularly in the economic realm,reasons our state is in this situation, and some possible solutions-informing us about what other states have done and how Illinois compares to those other states.Dr. Boeckelman will also discuss the status of the governor's race and where the candidates stand on various issues. 

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Candidate Forum
Mar
10
9:00 AM09:00

Candidate Forum

To view recording of the LWVGE DuPage County Board District 4 (Democratic)Forum from March 10, 2018 at Hadley Junior High please see the following link:  https://youtu.be/b0clZEGUw8o

LWVGE Candidate Forum March 10, 2018 // County Board District 4 (Republican).           YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/-3opOhPxV2U

LWVGE Candidate Forum March 10, 2018 // DuPage County Sheriff (Republican)
YouTube: https://youtu.be/dlffPYkhjIY

 

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Candidate Forum
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Candidate Forum

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018  at Glenbard South High School,  seven Democratic candidates, running in the March 20 Primary Election for Illinois 6th Congressional District participated in a forum hosted by LWVGE.  It was a great opportunity to meet the candidates and ask questions. To view a recording of the forum please go to:  https://1drv.ms/v/s!AgL0WW0fpfiAg6R12I8fRcJBrNSsDQ 

https://youtu.be/H6bDJ3VgLG4

or LWVGE Facebook page.

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Women's March 2018
Jan
20
10:00 AM10:00

Women's March 2018

An estimated crowd of 300,000 came out for the second Women's March Chicago. We were so proud to be a part of it. Thank you for those of you who were able to come out and support this year's March to the Polls The energy created was incredible, from the speakers at the rally, to the posters displayed by the participants and observers, to the march through the streets of Chicago to the Federal Plaza. Please check the Photo Gallery to view more pictures of this event.

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Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

Running Our Local Public Schools in a Time of Political Change

LWV Nov 16 event.jpg

Our next community program will explore the effects of recent political developments on our local public schools, including but not limited to Illinois’ recent school funding reform. What financial impact will the controversial tax credit scholarship program and other provisions of this new law have on our Glen Ellyn public schools? How might changes in federal education policy and other legal developments affect our local public school students? Speakers include school administrators from D41, D87 and D89, the Regional Superintendent of Education Darlene Ruscitti, and other local education experts.

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Oct
12
12:00 PM12:00

LWV Illinois State of the State

Dick Durbin at LWV.jpg

Members of the Glen Ellyn League joined members from other leagues from across Illinois to hear U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Renee Ferguson at the annual State of the State event. 

Renee Ferguson, the first African-American investigative reporter in Chicago, shared how suffragist Ida B. Wells, the daughter of slaves, inspired her to give voice to women and marginalized people. 

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