Join Us for 2017 Convention
The 2017 LWVIL Convention Committee has been busy planning the upcoming June 10th and 11th Convention at the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago O'Hare Airport, 2930 S River Road in Des Plaines.
The Issues and Membership Committees have been working equally as hard on putting together a variety of workshops during the pre-convention program on Friday, June 9th. A dine-around experience with fellow Leaguers will occur during the event of Friday, the 9th.
Go here for the registration form.You can also register on-line through PayPal by going here.
Last day to register:
The LWVIL Board and staff are looking forward to hosting a wonderful convention. Hope to see you there!
About this Year's Convention Theme...
'Making Democracy Work--Shaping the Future'
How can we shape a future where fairness and equity are the norm? It begins with a conversation--about the issue at the root of societal tension, the cause of much social injustice, a topic with widespread public policy implications. That issue is race and racism, a subject so sensitive that we avoid talking about it.
Race has no biological basis, yet as a social construct it has been a major force throughout the development of the United States, even if our history books failed to record it. What can we as individuals, as League members, and as members of our larger communities think, say, and do to examine the legacy of racism on attitudes, beliefs, and policy--and work toward a more equitable future? 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.
Washington, DC - The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to reports that President Trump will announce an election commission to investigate false claims of widespread voter fraud in American elections: READ MORE
League Supports Funding for Great Lakes Restoration
LWVUS and LWV Lake Michigan joined a letter sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations in support of funding for Great Lakes restoration priorities. Read the letter HERE.
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
Local League Spotlight: Deerfield/Lincolnshire
This is the twelfth in a series covering all local leagues in Illinois.
Here are some of the activities of the"small but mighty" League of Women Voters of Deerfield/Lincolnshire over the past year and looking to the future:
Please Take this Opportunity to Comment
Federal EPA Accepting Public Comments on Potential Regulation Rollbacks through May 15th.
As directed by the President through a series of Executive Orders, the EPA website is now taking public comments for its required review of regulations and policies “that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources”. READ MORE
May 17, 2017 E-news
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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.