Issues Briefing 2018
Bridging Divides: Cultivating Common Ground for Action
February 10, 2018
University Center, 525 South State Street, Chicago
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
..We have seen the terrible impact of an historic budget impasse in Illinois and witness the vocal and often hostile divides in our civil society. League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization and we learn all sides of an issue before coming to consensus on a position and advocating for legislation that supports that position.
We are passionate about making democracy work for every individual in our country but how can we achieve anything when the divides distract and hamper progress? We will explore this problem and discuss solutions in numerous issue areas. MORE INFO.
2018 Women's March to the Polls
On January 20, 300,000 women and allies marched in downtown Chicago to raise their voice to kick off the March to the Polls in advance of the 2018 elections
Use #LWVILMarchestothePolls to share your photos and stories!
While LWV Illinois Remain Vigilant after Dissolution of Pence - Kobach Commission
Chicago, IL – The League of Women Voters of Illinois recognizes the end of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, but warns that ongoing threats to voting rights remain, including the Department of Homeland Security taking over the commission's mandate. READ MORE.
League Supports the Dream Act
Washington, D.C. – League of Women Voters sent a memo to the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the Dream Act. Read it HERE.
League Opposes Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
Washington, D.C. – League of Women Voters sent a memo to the U.S. House of Representatives in opposition of H.R. 38, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. Read it HERE.
This bill passed the House 231 to 198. Click HERE to see how your Rep voted.
The Senate version of the bill is S.446 and is currently still in committee.
Online Voter Guide Coming Soon
The League of Women Voters of Illinois Education Fund has signed a contract with BallotReady, who will host the Illinois League's online voter guide for the March 20, 2018 primary election. LWVIL and BallotReady will produce a website that will be accessible from this website.
The LWVIL Board felt that BallotReady would best serve the voters of Illinois. BallotReady aggregates information from candidates' websites, social media, press, endorsers and board of elections. Everything on the site is linked back to the original source.
Early voting starts 2/8/2018. The website link is targeted to be online by 2/1/2018.
Action Focus: Redistricting
This is the first in a series covering the LWVIL Action Focus Issues for 2017-2019.
Redistricting Issues Specialist is Paula Lawson of LWV Glenview/Glencoe.
Illinois Redistricting Collaborative
The Illinois Redistricting Collaborative, the coalition of organizations working on redistricting in Illinois, met on October 23. The group has developed Redistricting Principles, Strategies to Promote Changes in Redistricting and a Gerrymandering Survey for Gubernatorial Candidates. LWVIL has been asked to sign onto the Redistricting Principles. READ MORE
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