The Budget is Passed But Schools May Not Open
The ongoing crisis, created by misinformation about the impact of SB1 on funding Chicago school pensions, and a threatened amendatory veto from the Governor, keeps Illinois families and school districts on edge. These two WBEZ stories help explain the issues from experts who are providing facts: Please share widely on your social media outlets and with other community groups.
League Statement in Response to First Election Integrity Commission Meeting
Washington, DC – League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the first meeting of the 'Election Integrity’ Commission:
“This Commission is undermining the public’s confidence in our elections. We’ve already seen thousands of voters cancel their registrations since Commission vice-chair and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach requested personal voter information from all fifty states.
At Last: A Budget
Illinois has a full year budget for the first time in three years. While this is certainly good news, the damage done to our social services, financial standing and educational system has been devastating.
Please read and share widely this statement from the Responsible Budget Coalition and thank you for taking action all over the state making calls to state legislators. Our collective work made a huge difference in their decision making. READ MORE
News from the Supreme Court of the United States
In a 5-3 decision, authored by Associate Justice Elena Kagan, the Supreme Court today ruled that the North Carolina legislature gerrymandered two Congressional District unlawfully, relying too heavily on race. READ MORE.
League Statement on Senate Health Care Bill
Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson issued the following statement on the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017" unveiled by Senate leadership:
Local League Spotlight: Greater Rockford
This is the latest in a series covering all local leagues in Illinois.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford (LWVGR), in cooperation with Rev. Kenneth Copeland, New Zion Missionary Baptist Church and Dr. Ehren Jarrett, Superintendent of the Rockford Public Schools, recently hosted a public forum explaining SB 1, Evidence Based Funding. Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, and Ginger Ostros, ED of Advance Illinois also spoke on details of the bill passed by the Illinois General Assembly on May 31, as well as its importance as the mechanism for releasing the budget appropriation for education.
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