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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.

Civics in Action Series: Gerrymandering

Wednesday, November 29, at 7 pm is our next "Civic In Action: Gerrymanderding"

Meeting will be held at Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, Room 503.

We are fortunate to have panel members active in the re-districting reform in Illinois.

Jeff Raines is the Communications & Engagement Director at CHANGE Illinois. CHANGE Illinois is a non-partisan coalition of civic, business, labor, professional, non-profit and philanthropic groups which addresses issues detrimental to American democracy.

Jay Young is the Political Director at Common Cause Illinois, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting transparent, ethical and accountable government. Jay tracks, analyzes, and builds legislative campaigns, on matters related to open governance.

2017 National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day events at our local high schools were a great success! LWV and AAUW certified voter registrars held voter drives at Hinsdale Central HS, Lisle HS, Downers Grove North HS and Benet Academy on September 26 and at Downers Grove South on September 27. We registered a total of 217 new voters!

You May Be Interested in a Book Club .....

The Whole Story Book Club of the Downers Grove Marchers is next reading Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown. Discussion is scheduled at Anderson's Book Store, Downers Grove on November 18, 6:30 pm. Enter the back door.

Civics In Action Series: "Speed Date" Your Township Official

At the kick off League meeting, Lisle Township officials talked about how our tax dollars work in our communities. In the picture below, Lisle Township Supervisor Mary Jo Mullen is joined by Ed Young, Highway Commissioner, and John Trowbridge, Assessor. Also pictured are Co-Presidents Hanna Benioff and Sue Khalaieff.

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.

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

For more information Wheaton Civic Awareness Flyer

2018 Great Decisions - Two Groups

The 2018 schedule has been set. Information and book information will be available later. Both Groups will meet at the Downers Grove Public Library.

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,, 630 969 1546, and Mary Hobein,, 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,, 630 968 8706.

College of DuPage Board Observations


October 19, 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

SUNSHINE AS A LEAGUE PRIORITY The League of Women Voters has been an active champion of openness in government throughout its history. The organization's principles include the requisite that "government bodies protect the citizen's right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible." Over the years, the League has supported various federal, state and local initiatives to expand open government requirements and has fought against proposals aimed at limiting access to public information.

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

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.

Downers Grove Public Library August 23, 2017

Downers Grove Public Library Committee of the Whole August 23, 2017

Downers Grove Village Council Budget Discussion October 17, 2017

Woodridge Public Library October 18, 2017

High School District 99 Facilities Presentation

High School District 99 October 16, 2017

Downers Grove District 58 November 13, 2017


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.

Watch the program here.