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Meet Your Fellow LWV Members for Drinks and Dialog on Aug 30th

Our first Drinks and Dialogue has been set for Tuesday, August 30 from 7:00 + 9:00 PM at Mecenat Bistro & Wine Store, 821 Burlington Ave, Western Springs.

Topic of Discussion: Hear what we learned at the LWVUS National Convention in DC this past June.

All members are welcome. Feel free to invite a friend!

LaGrange League Hosts Meeting on Gun Licensing

The LaGrange LWV hosted a workshop on gun owner licensing at the LaGrange Public Library. Over 50 people attended, including State Representatives Chris Welch and Mary Flowers, Eileen Minahan, District Director for Senator Christine Radogno, Mayor Sean McDermott, City of Countryside.

Also in attendance were several members of local law enforcement: Chief Tom Weitzel, Village of Riverside, Chief Joseph G. Ford, City of Countryside, Officer Fran Marrocco of La Grange Park, Lieutenant Chris Milojevich of Hodgkins, and Deputy Chief Andrew Peters of La Grange.

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.

Read Our New Weekly Update

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