State of the State 2017
"Shining the Light of Truth"
11:30 am, Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Union League Club, Chicago
Please support the League of Women Voters of Illinois Education Fund Annual Fundraising Luncheon!
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day are observed each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the [United States] Constitution on September 17, 1787, and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.” This year the date falls on a Sunday, so will be observed on Monday, September 18. READ MORE.
LWVIL Joins Group in Support of CHIP Extension
LWVIL joined a group of over 50 organizations -- all committed to improving health coverage for Illinois families -- in signing a letter urging members the Illinois legislature to pass a clean, five-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides $454 million for an estimated 325,000 Illinois children enrolled in CHIP. Read the letter HERE.
Action on DACA
According to the New York Times: President Trump on Tuesday (September 5) ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation. He called on Congress to replace the policy with legislation before it fully expires on March 5, 2018.
The LWV stands strong with the DREAMers.
LWVUS is a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The 200+ coalition members have banded together to support the 800,000+ DREAMers who came forward when DACA was enacted. Our colleagues who are leading the fight to defend this program are doing everything they can to prepare to come to DACA's defense and ensure that this program remain.
Click HERE for their tool kit on how to respond.
Click HERE for LWVUS' Statement on the DACA Reversal.
"Election Integrity" Commission
The Illinois State Board of Elections met on Tuesday, August 22 nd to, among other agenda items, consider the August 2, 2017 request of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, co-chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
The State Board of Elections did not endorse a specific response as to whether or not it would comply with the request but instead chose to send a letter to Commission requesting additional information: READ MORE
Local League Spotlight: Jo Daviess County
This is the latest in a series covering all local leagues in Illinois.
The League of Women Voters of Jo Daviess County, located in the northwestern corner of Illinois, keeps all 56 of their members involved with recent events such as:
Click HERE to see how you can help with issues important to you and your communities.
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