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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.

Women's March in Chicago: January 21, 2017

COME JOIN US!

The League of Women Voters of Illinois is participating in the January 21st Women's March in Chicago. http://womens121marchonchicago.org/ You are invited to join members and friends of the League.

Meet on the west side of Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park at 9:30. Look for the LWVIL banner and familiar League faces. Click HERE for a link to the location of the Buckingham Fountain.

As LWVUS President Chris Carson noted, "this is an opportunity for the League to make our voice heard on our priorities. We march for voting rights. We march to reform money in politics. We march for health care. We march for the environment. These are our core issues, and we want to ensure they are front and center." This is a Women's March, but The League of Women Voters will be advocating for the rights of all people.

An interesting parallel to the 2017 is the March 3, 1913 Suffrage March in Washington, D.C., one day before President Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated.

Cancelled - STRANDED BY THE STATE - Chronicle of the Impact of the Ongoing Budget Impact

The League of Women Voters of Downers Grove, Woodridge and Lisle announces the cancellation of our documentary presentation focused on the Illinois budget impasse, "Stranded By The State", due to the a decision by the League of Women Voters to participate in the Women's March. We are excited to participate, but are unable to find a suitable date to reschedule in the coming weeks. We encourage you to watch the documentary segments on your own and take action as suggested by the Responsible Budget Coalition in the link after the movie link.

https://www.kartemquin.com/films/stranded-by-the-state http://www.responsiblebudget.org/takeaction

Glen Ellyn League of Women Voters

Join the Glen Ellyn LWV for "An Evening with Dr. Ann Rondeau, President, College of DuPage." Meeting will be held at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane St., Glen Ellyn. Doors open at 7 PM and program begins at 7:30 PM.

Great Decisions Discussion Group

The Great Decisions Discussion Group is open to all. Please contact Nancy Peraino for additional information and reading materials - perainoporsche@comcast.net, 630 968 8706.

The Woodridge Library 2017 meeting schedule for AM Great Decisions group is February 7, February 14, February 22, February 28, March 7, March 14, March 22, March 28, & April 4. The group meets from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and the Monitor is Meg Kadlec, meg.kadlec@gmail.com, 630 969 1546.

The Downers Grove Library 2017 meeting schedule for PM Great Decisions group is January 31, February 14, February 28, March 14, March 27, April 11, April 24, May 9, May 30. The group meets from 7:00 PM to 8:50 PM and the Monitor is Nancy Peraino, perainoporsche@comcast.net, 630 968 8706.

College of DuPage Board Observations - New This Year

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.

Below are three current Observer Reports. Click on the x in front of the date.

x October 7

x October 15

x October 20

What's New?

LWV BUSY OCTOBER - Voter Registration, Candidate Forums, & Voter Education

We have been active. In coordination with the Downers Grove Area AAUW, we have registered 521 people to vote this year. Far more than that had important questions answered.

A team of LWV and AAUW members sponsored/facilitated Mock Elections at five area High Schools. Schools were Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South, Lisle, Downers North, and Benet.

LOOKING AHEAD TO FEBRUARY - Human Trafficking

We hope you will join us on Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm at the Downers Grove Fire Department Building at 55th and Main for an panel discussion about human trafficking in DuPage County and how we as citizens to address this terrible problem.

More information will be available shortly.