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Volunteers Needed to Host Mock Election at LTHS

On November 3rd, the LaGrange Area LWV will host a mock election at Lyons Township High School. The election is open to students from both campuses during the lunch hour.

Volunteers are needed for checking in students and helping to answer questions on how to complete a ballot. Volunteers will be needed from 10AM -12:45PM

If you're interested in helping out, please email

November Program - Cook County Health and Hospitals System

Presentation by Dr. Jay Shannon, CEO of Cook County's Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS)

November 15th, 7 - 8:45pm

The La Grange Area League of Women Voters is delighted to welcome Dr. Jay Shannon back to La Grange to help us all understand the recent developments, 2017 budget, and new strategic plan for our health and hospitals system. Dr. Shannon grew up in La Grange as one of TWELVE children and attended St. Ignatius, as have all three of Dr. Shannon's children.

Dr. Shannon knows our health and hospitals system from the inside: he spent most of his professional career at Stroger Hospital, and before that, at the old Cook County Hospital, where he first joined the medical staff in 1990. Then, from 2007-2012, Dr. Shannon served as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical officer at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas. Since June of 2014, when Dr. Shannon was appointed CEO of our health and hospitals system, we've witnessed enormous changes brought about through the Affordable Care Act, and through the commitment of our CCHHS board and staff to modernize and upgrade our public health services. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about its challenges and opportunities firsthand! Dr. Shannon has promised to save time for your questions.

Make Sure You Know the Key Dates for the November Election

You can find a complete schedule here.

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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