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Make Democracy Work!

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW. CONTACT YOUR ELECTED STATE OFFICIALS WITH THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE ABOUT THE ILLINOIS BUDGET.

A special legislative session by the Illinois General Assembly has been called and your legislators must hear from as many people as possible that a budget must been passed immediately, with no more stop gap budgets. Please share the message below today with your family, friends, and community leaders asking them to contact their legislator today. The short message to share widely is:

"We need a fully funded, year-long budget with new, permanent revenue that will stop the cuts, repair the damage that has been done, and make smart investments for the future."

Call your State Representative today and insist that she/he vote to pass a budget for FY 2017 and to make whole schools and social service providers which did not receive appropriations in FY 2016. Find contact information for your state legislators here: http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/ To raise money to fund the budget ask them to:

  • Raise state income tax rates
  • Expand the sales tax base to include services
  • Refinance the state's debt and pension obligations
  • Tax retirement income
  • Impose a tax on financial transactions.
  • Ask them to oppose a property tax freeze for local governments and school districts. If you want to share additional information, here are facts about the impact of having no budget for the last two years:

The State of Illinois does not have a budget for Fiscal Year 2017, except for General State Aid for education which has run out. It does not have enough money to pay its bills and currently has $14.5 billion in unpaid bills. Dire consequences could result if the current crisis is not quickly addressed, including:
  • Many public school districts, Kindergarten through Grade 12, do not have enough money to provide adequate and equitable education for their students.
  • School districts may not receive all of the money that was appropriated for this school year. Categorical spending must wait in line with all of the other requests for payment that the state receives.
  • Where will school districts find revenues to replace the missing state appropriations?
  • The lack of a state budget results in suffering for the neediest Illinois citizens because service providers are forced to shrink services, lay off employees, or shut down altogether.
  • State schools of higher education will not receive state payments. Students who need financial aid from the state will not receive MAP (monetary award program) grants. Public schools and other local governments rely on the property tax for an adequate and dependable source of revenue. Unless the state provides adequate and sufficient replacement monies, these taxing bodies will suffer great harm.

Join Us for the Downers Grove 4th of July Parade

The League of Women Voters has a long tradition of being in the Downers Grove Fourth of July parade. Once again this year, we will be participants in this popular community event. We're really enthused about this year's parade; of course, we look forward to celebrating the democratic roots of our nation. But this year, we also celebrate a very robust increase in our League membership and a renewed vigor in trying to solve the issues that face the United States. Please plan on gathering with us and marching together to affirm our faith, trust and commitment to our country!

NEW MEMBERS - JOIN A GROWING AND INVOLVED LEAGUE

We are welcoming many new members this year. Since November, we have welcomed 30 new members. Our membership has increased to 70 members. Dues are now being taken for 2018 at $70/year. Students may join for $35/year.

Check out the Membership section of this Website and download an application for membership.

Observer Corp for Local Governmental Units - Updated

Starting this spring, a corp of members from the LWV of Downers Grove, Woodridge, and Lisle are observing local governmental units. We want to provide a community service that not only informs, but leads to active participation in local government. Approximately 12 members have been trained to observe and record what happens at board meetings.

The following units of government will be observed: High School District 99, Elementary District 58, Lisle Township, Downers Grove Library, Woodridge Library, Downers Grove Park District, and Village of Downers Grove. Other units may be added in the future.

Check out the recent 2017 Reports.

Downers Grove Village Council June 6, 2017

Woodridge Public Library May 7, 2017

High School District 99 May 15, 2017

Downers Grove Public Library May 24, 2017

Downers Grove District 58 June 12, 2017

College of DuPage Board Observations - New This Year

CHECK OUT THE NEW May 18, 2017 OBSERVER REPORT

The League of Women Voters has seven local chapters with members who reside in and pay taxes for COD District 502. Four of the seven local League chapters have formed a coalition of interested members to observe and create Observer Reports. We will be regularly posting the Observer Reports for all to read.

Gol to section on Observer Reports to view the reports.

May 18, 2017

CHECK OUT THE RECENT PROGRAMS BELOW

Annual Meeting

Members met for Brunch to celebrate a very successful year. A Year in Review was presented, new officers were affirmed, and recognitions made.

How To Discuss Controversial Topics: A Civics Lesson

This interactive program was led by League of Women Voters members and civics educators to provide tools and techniques we could all use to discuss contentious or controversial issues.

We Marched for Equal Pay and Had Fun!

SPONSORED BY: DOWNERS GROVE AREA AAUW & LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS IN DOWNERS GROVE, WOODRIDGE, & LISLE

We enjoyed an evening with friends and demonstrated active support of Equal Pay for Women.

Sex Trafficking In DuPage County: Recognizing the Problem and Responding as a Community

Great attendance! Thank you to all who participated in this forum.

The LWV has long held a position to address human trafficking and in particular sex trafficking in our country. Our expert panel included Sgt. Rich Hawkins, DuPage County Sheriff Department, Frank Massolini, Founder and Director of Anne's House, and Eric Nelson, Executive Director of Administer Justice.