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.
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.
The LWVIL Board and staff are looking forward to hosting a wonderful convention. Hope to see you there!
Earth Day 2017's Campaign is Environment and Climate Literacy
From the Earthday.org website: Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection.
Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs. READ MORE.
A Budget is about Much More than Dollars
This article was originally published by LWV Washington. The questions raised are equally applicable in Illinois – perhaps more so as we continue without a State budget.
Proposed state budget bills look like long, dry lists of dollar figures—closer to a spreadsheet than a policy bill argument for or against a course of action. Those hundreds of pages of dollar figures reflect something much more than just money -- they reflect values. The values of those who draft and vote on the various budgets are reflected both by what they support and how they raise funds. 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
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
Local League Spotlight: Morgan County
This is the ninth in a series covering all local leagues in Illinois.
The Annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Morgan County was held recently.
The program for the evening concerned "The Human Cost of the State's Budget Crisis," with five Social Service Agencies represented:
Immigration Violations are Civil Offenses, Not Crimes
This opinion piece was submitted to the Rockford Register Star by LWV Rockford Area and was originally published on www.rrstar.com April 15, 2017.
It is no more a police officer’s job to ask what your immigration status is than it is to ask whether you filed your taxes. President Trump’s request that local police voluntarily enforce federal immigration law is not only misguided but will make our communities less safe. READ MORE.
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