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.
FEBRUARY PROGRAM - We will be hosting a public information program on "Crimes Against Women and Children: A Community Response." The program will be from 7-9 pm on Wednesday, February 21 at Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Avenue, in Downers Grove. Panel member will be Detective Mike Drugan from the DuPage County Sheriff's Office, Nyla Whitehead from Family Shelter Services, and Colleen Zavodny from the YWCA in Addison. Ms. Whitehead will talk about domestic violence, Ms. Zavodny will talk about rape, and Detective Drugan, who heads the special victims unit, will talk about both. They will discuss what their organizations do, as well as treatment, prevention, and action that can be taken in the community to alleviate these problems. There will be a Q&A after the panel presentations.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF ILLINOIS - Issues Briefing 2018 on 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 were fortunate to have panel members active in the re-districting reform in Illinois. Panel Members - Jeff Raines, Martha Kantor, and Jay Young
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Tuesday AM Group, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, meets on February 6, February 13, February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27, & April 3. Facilitators are Meg Kadlec, email@example.com, 630 969 1546, and Mary Hobein, firstname.lastname@example.org, 630 336 1462.
Twice Monthly Monday PM Group, 7:00 PM to 8:50 PM, on January 29, February 12, February 26, March 12, April 9, April 23, May 7, & May 21. The Facilitator is Nancy Peraino, email@example.com, 630 968 8706.
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.
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In that spirit, League trains volunteer "watchdogs" to observe meetings of governmental bodies, report factually about the actions taken and confirm the open meetings act requirements are followed. From these observations, the local League may take action to educate the public further about an issue, request changes in the process to make the proceedings more transparent or take other actions in keeping with League's non-partisan mission and established League positions. These reports are not official minutes and do not contain an exact recording of all that occurred during a particular meeting. If questions arise regarding a report, please direct them to Hilary Denk, Coordinator of Observers for the LWV of Downers Grove, Woodridge, and Lisle and VP of Issues for LWVIL at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting last spring, a corp of members from the LWV of Downers Grove, Woodridge, and Lisle have been 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.
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.
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.
Watch the program here. https://youtu.be/lR2-XtEDHbg