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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.


Check back soon for all the details of the KICK OFF EVENT, September 20.


On April 14, 2017 Governor Bruce Rauner's office announced that he does not support HB40. Please call Governor Rauner's office in Chicago 312-814-2121 or Springfield 217-782-0244, and ask him to reconsider and support HB40.

WHY IT MATTERS: HB40 repeals a trigger provision in the 1975 Illinois Abortion Law that states if Roe v Wade is ever overturned or modified by the US Supreme Court, Illinois will revert back to its pre-Roe law that made abortion an illegal criminal act. The removal of this trigger insures that women's healthcare decisions will be protected in Illinois regardless of the Supreme Court Decision.

This bill also allows women covered by Medicaid and the State Employees Health Insurance to have coverage for abortion care. Like all other women in Illinois these two groups of women have a right to make their personal health care decisions.

WE RECOMMEND - FAKE NEWS SERIES at the Downers Grove Public Library

CIVICALLY Thursday, September 07, 7:00pm - 8:00pm Can civics today be civil? Can it be enjoyable or even FUN? Terry Lynch discusses other times in history where government structure was challenged and whether or not "fake news" is a new phenomenon.

FACT OR FICTION? Tuesday, September 19, 7:00pm - 8:30pm DGPL librarians explain how to tell the difference between opinion pieces, advertisements, non-biased articles, and just plain made up stories when searching the Internet. They'll review author relevance and bias, which is especially helpful for those working with students.

NEWS LITERACY IN A DIGITAL AGE Tuesday, September 26, 7:00pm - 8:30pm Journalist Charlie Meyerson shares ways to weed through digital noise and social media to find and share news responsibly. Charlie is an award-winning veteran of the Chicago Tribune, WXRT, WGN-AM, Rivet Radio and now Chicago Public Square. He'll talk about how newsgathering has evolved over the last half-century and how to evaluate sources for authenticity.

Registration is required.

Meeting Room Both (Max Capacity 100) Contact Melissa at with questions.

Making our Democracy Work through Civic Awareness

You may be interested in a series of programs sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Wheaton and Cantigny Park.

September 21 - News Literacy - Fake or Not?

October 19 - Why We Need People to Run for Office

November 16 - Money in Politics: How Much is Too Much?

For more information Wheaton Civic Awareness Flyer

College of DuPage Board Observations - New This Year


Your LWV Coalition for COD observers will be paying close attention to further developments between the faculty and the Board at future meetings regarding faculty hiring. Read the July 20 Report for more information.

July 20, 2017

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.

Go to section on Observer Reports to view all of the reports.


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. Dues for two members of the same household are $105.

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 most recent reports.

Downers Grove Village Council August 1, 2017

Woodridge Public Library July 19, 2017

High School District 99 June 19, 2017

Downers Grove Library Board July 26, 2017

Downers Grove District 58 July 10, 2017


LWV Marches in the Downers Grove 4th of July Parade

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.

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.