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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.

LWV and Chicago Urban League Host Program on Voter Intimidation

When: January 17th, 5pm to 7pm

Where: Union League Club, 65 E. Jackson, Chicago

Voter Suppression, Impediments to Voting, Voter Intimidation

A panel from ACLU of Illinois describes what happened on November 8 and how the results of the election may affect voting rights down the road. Panel includes Ami Ghandi, Voting Rights Project, Edwin C. Younka, ACLU, Khadine Bennett, ACLU. Admission is free, cash bar available starting at 5pm. Dress business casual.

RSVP to 312-939-5949 or

LWV of LaGrange Will March Locally in Support of the Women's March on Jan 21st

LWVUS has endorsed the Women's March in DC and sister cities. By marching, you can join with over 100 organizations who want our elected representatives to be aware of the issues that concern us. Elizabeth Radford, Chicago March organizer said, "We hope the march is something of a rallying point to inspire people to encourage other people to feel they aren't alone, so they have the energy to go out and uphold their own communities and their own rights as women." You can get complete information on the Chicago March by clicking here.

A number of La Grange Area members are planning to go to the Chicago March which meets at the Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park at 10 A.M. We will have 20 signs available with the text " League of Women Voters La Grange Area" which we will proudly carry.

Meeting strategies for the Chicago March:

  • 7:58, 8:01 or 8:03 A.M. trains from WS, Stone Ave., LG stations. After arriving at Union Station meet in the foyer next to the escalators to form groups to walk, bus or cab to Michigan Ave.
  • If you're planning to drive or take the blue line - look for our signs at the Bandshell or text Patty Rocco 1-312-231-2321 to connect with us.
  • If you're planning to attend the Chicago March, please respond to this e-mail so we can keep you posted on any last minute issues.
  • LaGrange Area LWV Hosts Meeting On Policing and Safety

    When: January 26th, 7pm to 8:30pm

    Where: La Grange Park Public Library Community Room, 555 N La Grange Rd, La Grange Park, IL

    2016 Policing Laws: Do They Make Our Communities Safer?

    How has the new 2016 policing legislation affected our local police departments? The La Grange Area League has invited a panel of local police chiefs to provide their perspectives on this new legislation, including Community Relations Improvement, Police Training, Body Cameras, Uniform Crime Reporting and Gun Reform.

    Participating on the panel are Chief Tom Weitzel of the Village of Riverside, Chief Ernie Millsap of the Village of Hodgkins, Chief Ed Rompa of the Village of La Grange Park, and Chief Joseph Ford of the City of Countryside. Chief Rompa predicts the evening will be "interesting and informative as we have a solid panel willing to share their opinions, however uniform or diverse they may be."

    Cook County League Responds to November Election

    League Mission Redoubled

    At our December meeting, the Cook County League Board confirmed and reiterated the vital importance of the League's traditional mission: to inform and engage voters. Board member Jan Goldberg's letter to the editor, published December 9 in the Sun-Times and December 10 in the Tribune, put it most succinctly: "An uninformed electorate in a democracy is a disaster."

    The Internet can be a great resource, but it's full of half-truths, rumors, conspiracy theories and out-and-out lies. By contrast, the League deals exclusively in facts: what the issues are and who has what position about them. Thousands of voters sought out and studied our "Free Time" video voter guide, which enabled each candidate for County office to speak directly to the electorate without commentary or distortion.

    Clearly there's a hunger for what we have to offer, at a time when other news sources are considered with suspicion or treated as mere propaganda. In the new year we'll redoubled our efforts to make sure that the voters of Cook County know where to turn for unbiased, well-researched, nonpartisan information about the vital issues affecting their lives.

    Read entire report here.

    LaGrange League Hosts Dr. Jay Shannon, CEO of Cook County Health and Hospitals System

    On November 15th, the LaGrange League was fortunate to hear from Dr. Jay Shannon, a LaGrange native and currently CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System.

    Dr. Shannon helped us all understand the recent developments, 2017 budget, and the new strategic plan for our health and hospitals system.

    To download a copy of the 2017 CCHHS Strategic Plan, follow this link.

    LaGrange LWV Sponsors Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Group

    The LaGrange League of Women Voters is again sponsoring the Foreign Policy Association program Great Decisions. Using materials prepared by the FPA, the group will meet monthly at the Hinsdale Public Library for a video and facilitated discussion of current topics of interest. This year's program includes the following topics:

  • The Future of Europe
  • Trade and Politics
  • Conflict in the South China Sea
  • Saudi Arabia in Transition
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
  • Latin America's Political Pendulum
  • Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Nuclear Security

    Attendance is open to all. For more information, please email. And for more information regarding the FPA programs, visit their site.

  • Cook County League Releases New Criminal Justice Report

    Jan Goldberg, long time member of the LaGrange League, has prepared a comprehensive report on the state of criminal justice in Cook County.

    "This report is the culmination of 18 months of research by the above group. We interviewed over 20 major stakeholders in the Cook County Criminal Justice System and professors in the criminal justice field, read countless criminal justice articles, and visited 5 area Bond Courts and the Cook County Jail. We were motivated by the growing numbers of non-violent detainees at the jail who were languishing there due to their inability to post bond. We saw this as a primary civil rights issue. We also were motivated by the report by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts that came up with 40 recommendations for improving justice at the pre-trial level."

    Read a summary of the report here. And download the entire report here.

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