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LaGrange Area LWV Hosts Meeting On Policing and Safety

How has the new 2016 policing legislation affected our local police departments? On Jan 26th, the La Grange Area League hosted 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 were 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.

View the entire program on Youtube here. And read about it here and here.

State Sen Christine Radogno and State Rep Mary Flowers to Speak at LWVLGA Luncheon on Feb 11th

When: Feb 11th, 12 noon to 1:30pm

Where: Luccas Pizza and Ristorante, 108 Burlington Ave., LaGrange, IL

Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport; How to Engage Effectively

Join fellow Leaguers to hear your elected representatives discuss how to have an impact. RSVP to Jerry Allers at 708-354-7339 or $40 per person.

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.

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.

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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