Local League Events
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Gun Dealer Licensing Workshop
LWV LaGrange Area recently hosted a Gun Dealer Licensing Workshop.
Over 50 attendees, including State Representatives Mary Flowers and Chris Welch, as well as several members of local law enforcement, came to hear Mark Walsh, Coordinator for the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition discuss proposed legislation requiring all gun dealers to obtain a state license.
The Illinois license would hold them accountable for adopting policies and practices proven to prevent the diversion of guns and ammunition into the illegal market. By employing responsible business practices, a gun dealer can reduce criminals’ access to guns—and, correspondingly, gun crime, deaths and injuries.
The Peace and Justice Group of the Congregation of Saint Joseph and the CommUNITY Diversity Group of La Grange cosponsored the event with the LWV LGA.
Mock Elections and Youth Voter Registration Initiative
Mock elections allow students to go through the full process of voting so they know what to do and what to expect when they are old enough to vote. Poll workers often include students who work alongside League volunteers, while League members also may offer instruction in how to research issues and candidates, such as looking at websites that fact-check political candidates and ads.
With millions of young voters eligible to participate in elections across the country for the first time this year, the League’s efforts to register and engage young voters has never been more important. Many of our local leagues have held drives, registering close to 1,000 students so far in 2016. .
Are you interested in launching a youth registration program in your community? We hope you’ll reach out to a local League in your area and download our Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow High School Voter Registration Training Manual, which represents the best of what League volunteers have learned about hosting effective youth voter registration drives.