Welcome to the League of Women Voters of Illinois!
The League of Women Voters of Illinois encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and works to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Any person, 16 or older, male or female, may join. The LWV is nonpartisan and neither supports nor opposes candidates for elected office but does act on issues after member study and consensus.
April 4, 2017
Join Us for 2017 Convention
Save the date:
The League of Women Voters of Illinois 2017 state convention is planned for June 10 and June 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Des Plaines. A pre-convention program will take place at the hotel on Friday, June 9.
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago O'Hare Airport,
2930 S River Road,
Des Plaines, IL 60018
From the LWVUS Climate Change Task Force: Update on JULIANA ET AL v. UNITED STATES
In August 2015, 21 young people from around the country brought suit against the Obama administration, arguing that the federal government is violating their constitutional rights by promoting the development and use of fossil fuels, despite knowing for decades that fossil fuels are destroying the climate system. The federal government and the fossil fuel industry sought to have the case dismissed, but last November, U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken denied the government's motion to dismiss and ruled that the case could go to trial. READ MORE
How to close dark money loophole in Illinois political campaigns
Chicago Sun Times Opinion – The “dark money” pouring into Illinois political races needs a lot of sunlight.Certain political nonprofits that have set themselves up as 501(c)(4)s, 501(c)(5)s or 501(c)(6)s — special categories that were intended for charities — can donate unlimited sums of so-called “dark money” to campaigns without disclosing where they get their cash. They also don’t have to disclose how they spend their money. That allows any person or organization with deep pockets to sway government policy without any public scrutiny. READ MORE
LWV Opposes Ryan Healthcare Repeal Bill
Washington, DC – Chris Carson, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States, issued the following statement on the House Leadership’s proposed “American Health Care Act.”
The “American Health Care Act” was developed in secret and is now being rushed to passage by Speaker Ryan and the House leadership. This legislation will rip apart our health care and revoke coverage for millions of Americans while raising costs for millions more. READ MORE
Springtime is for Sowing the Seeds of Democracy
In some cultures in the Northern Hemisphere the astronomical vernal equinox, varying between the 19th and 21st of March, is taken to indicate the first day of spring. The spring season is full of transformations -- a time of phenomenal renewal, symbolic of starting new projects, sowing new seeds and coming forth with new ideas.
The League of Women Voters heralds the Spring with high school student voter registration drives in time for the Spring Consolidated Elections, candidate forums, spotlight on Spring legislative sessions in Springfield and in our US Congress, as well as planning for new programs and advocacy on issues that the League values.
2017 Issues Briefing: Making Democracy Work for Justice
The LWVIL Issues Committee hosted the 2017 Issues Briefing at the University Center in Chicago on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Click HERE for details!
Local League Spotlight: Champaign County
This is the fifth in a series covering all local leagues in Illinois.
Since August 2016, LWV Champaign County has:
Make Your Voice Heard
by Irene Pritzker, League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria
The level of government that impacts most people's lives is not the federal government or even the state… it is local government. Do you have a pothole in front of your house? Call your city councilperson. Does your library need more computers? Call someone on the library board. Have an idea to improve your child’s education? Contact your school board.
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