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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.

Charter Schools Study

The League of Women Voters of Downers Grove/Woodridge/Lisle invites the public to take part in our local League's study of charter schools in Illinois, part of a state-wide update of the Illinois League's 2001 position on this important issue.

All are invited to attend our local study committee meetings, to take advantage of the comprehensive research and debate that the League undertakes, and learn more about charter schools in our state. The first meeting will be held:

DATE: July 23, 2014 TIME: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

PLACE: Oak Brook Public Library

600 Oak Brook Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523

For additional information, see the local League website,, or contact Ellen O'Hara, Committee chair, at 630-530-0903.

Letter to Editor

Dear Editor

The fight for a fair tax in Illinois is gaining momentum, thanks to a groundswell of support from small business owners, people of faith, public servants, service providers, everyday taxpayers and legislators.

They know that cuts of $2 billion this fiscal year and $5 billion the next without further budget cuts to public safety, education and other critical social services are both untenable and unsustainable.

They know that Illinois families cannot afford the higher property taxes that might be necessary to fund Illinois' essential services.

They know that Illinois must meet its fiscal responsibilities, and at the same time be equitable to Illinois' families by creating a fair tax structure where all taxpayers would pay their fair share. The result would put money in the pockets of middle class families to help boost local economies and grow jobs.

They know that a fair tax is what Illinois needs.

State Senator Don Harmon has filed an amendment to the Illinois Constitution which, if passed, would produce the stable and sustainable revenue required to provide critical public and social services in Illinois, including education, public safety and health care.

As part of his proposal, Senator Harmon has introduced a rate schedule to provide a tax break to the 94% of Illinois taxpayers earning under $205,000. This rate schedule proposes 3 tax rates:

  • 2.9% on the first $12,500 of one's taxable income
  • 4.9% on the next $167,500 of one's income (up to $180,000)
  • 6.9% on any income above $180,000. Go to to calculate your own tax rate.

The Illinois General Assembly is taking a recess until Tuesday, April 29; take the time to contact your state legislators and let them know that Illinois voters deserve the opportunity to vote in November on the proposed Illinois Constitutional Amendment and that a fair tax is right for Illinois families.

Peggy Healy, Hilary Denk Co-Presidents, League of Women Voters of Downers Grove/Woodridge/Lisle

Great Decisions Discussion Group

The Great Decisions Discussion Group is open to all and meets at the Downers Grove Public Library. Please contact Nancy Perino for additional information and reading materials. 630 968 8706

This years program will be held at the Woodridge Library. The 8 topic program runs from January to May for evening groups, morning groups meet only in February and March. Exact dates TBD.

Voter Services--Transportation to the Polls

The League of Women Voters does not provide transportation to the polls. You can call the village clerk at your village's hall or the DuPage County Election Commission to make inquires about arrangements.

Voter Registration Tally

Our local LWV is proud do announce that we have registered 629 voters this year. 43 voter registration events were sponsored by our local LWV and the DG AAUW

NEW--DGWL LWV on Facebook