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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.
League Statement on Charlottesville
Washington, DC – League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement following the horrific acts by white supremacists in Virginia this weekend:"Yesterday the world watched in horror as white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia. There is no place for hatred and violence in our democracy and all leaders must condemn these acts of domestic terrorism. We must send a strong message that while the freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly are some of our most cherished rights and must be protected, those rights do not extend to what we witnessed yesterday. The League of Women Voters stands in solidarity with the victims of violence in Charlottesville and against white supremacism."
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League Position on SB1 Published
From the State Journal Register (Springfield, August 4) is a Point/Counterpoint discussion on SB1:
In this week’s point/counterpoint, writers address this question: What should be the General Assembly’s next move in regards to the school funding formula now that Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued an amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, which would revamp how the state doles out money for K-12 education?
In the point, LWVIL President Bonnie Cox’s argues the League position https://goo.gl/543xxY and in the counterpoint, State Representative Joe Sosnowski, https://goo.gl/mdThwv
In the August 3rd Chicago Tribune Voice of the People opinion section, Ms. Cox reiterates the League stand that legislators must vote to override the governor’s amendatory veto of SB1: https://goo.gl/FR7gph
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.
Water Issues are Important in Illinois
LWVIL is a member of the Upper Mississippi River Region and Lake Michigan Region Leagues of Women Voters, both dedicated to protecting water resources. On July 4th, LWVIL President Bonnie Cox was interviewed by The Union Edge on this critical topic. Here is the link to this 30 minute program: http://bit.ly/2uWJEzb
Local League Spotlight: Elgin Area
This is the latest in a series covering all local leagues in Illinois.
Voter Services kept the League of Women Voters of the Elgin Area busy for the first half of the year!
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July 26 2017 E-news
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