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Meet with Rep Chris Welch at Blueberry Hill on May 5th

Date/Time: Friday, May 5th, 9am - 10am

Place: Blueberry Hill, 49 S. LaGrange Rd, LaGrange

This is your chance to meet with Illinois State Representative Emmanuel "Chris" Welch for a cup of coffee and to share your concerns.

Lake Michigan League to Host Water Issues Summit

The Freshwater Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites LWVLMR members to attend one or both days of a free water conference, "Untrouble the Waters." Speakers from many Great Lakes states and Canada will discuss current issues, with a focus on environmental justice. Oil pipelines and lead in drinking water are among the timely topics.

The Summit will be held at the Student Center East Meeting Rooms, 750 S. Halsted St., Chicago IL on May 10 & 11. See the agenda and registration information on the event website.

LWVLMR is pleased to join the Freshwater Lab in recognizing public officials responsible for protecting the Great Lakes. A majority of the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, including the President and Vice President, are women, an achievement that will be celebrated during the Summit.

LVWLGA Member Melissa Lieb Talks to Girl Scouts About Civic Responsibliity

On Thursday, April 20th, local Leaguer Melissa Lieb coached Girl Scouts on the responsibilities of citizens and how to contact legislators and other leaders. Letters were written, and fired-up Scouts promised to join the League when they turn 16!

State Sen Christine Radogno and State Rep Mary Flowers Speak at LWVLGA Luncheon

On February 11th, more than 30 Leaguers and their friends heard State Senator Christine Radogno and State Representative Mary Flowers discuss "How to Engage Effectively", and all things Springfield. For Senator Radogno, who once was a member of the LaGrange League, it was something of a homecoming.

LaGrange LWV Attends Chicago Women's March on Jan 21st

Yes, we were there with thousands of others to stand up for Women's rights.

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Get LWV Action Alerts on Your Mobile Using This New App

The LWV of NYC has partnered with the Voices app (, which is a mobile platform for different advocacy groups, including the ACLU and the National Organization for Women, to publish calls to action.

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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