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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
2200 W Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
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.
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
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
Ruth Bader Ginsberg Documentary – Join other Leaguers at The Glen Arts Theatre on Crescent on Thursday, June 7th at the 1:15 PM or 7:15 PM showings. Find a League member in the lobby who will have details about a discussion location after the movie. Contact Joyce firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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.
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.
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)
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
or LWVGE Facebook page.
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.
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.
Harvard scholar Jeraul Mackey explained the nature of and the science behind implicit bias. He shared ways we can understand our hidden bias, then harness our differences to make society work better for everyone.
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.
Glen Ellyn LWV volunteer voter registrars will be registering voters (or changing addresses) at two sites today, on National Voter Registration Day: College of DuPage SSC building, from 10 a.m-2 p.m. The People's Resource Center 201 S. Naperville Rd. from 9-11 a.m. Please spread the word. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!
Come check out our Village’s new Police Department Headquarters at 65 S. Park Boulevard and hear Glen Ellyn’s Director of Planning and Development Staci Hulseberg present the most up-to-date information and answer questions about revitalizing our downtown business district and other vacant commercial properties, as well as her insights regarding important Village planning and development matters.
A free press is essential to our democracy and the US has some of the world’s strongest legal protections for free speech. Yet journalists in the US are facing increased hostility for their work. Join us as we hear from award-winning Daily Herald reporter Kerry Lester on Tuesday, August 29, at 7pm. Ms. Lester will speak and answer questions regarding national, state, and local political developments and the role of newspapers in holding power to account and informing the public.
The League welcomes Naazish YarKhan and her son Yousuf discuss Building Bridges to Understanding based on their work with refugees in the greater Chicago area.
Their presentation follows the League's annual dinner on April 27, 2017.