LWV 



 CALENDAR

League of Women Voters of La Grange Area
Program Schedule
see additional details for upcoming programs below the calendar
 
Date
Topic
Details
April 29
9:30am-1pm
Candidate Forum Moderator Training
see below for details
332 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL
May 8
9:30am-1pm
LWVCC Annual Business Meeting
see below for reg form
525 S. State St., Chicago
May 11
6pm
Annual Meeting Betty Doig's House
June 9-
June 11
LWVIL 2017
Convention
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago O'Hare Airport, 
2930 S River Rd, 
Des Plaines



URGENT MESSAGE FOR MEMBERS 
IN SEN RADOGNO'S DISTRICT
Our League has an appointment with Senator Radogno on Monday, April 24th at 10:45 A.M. in her Lemont office.  The purpose of the appointment is to lobby for passage of the Gun Dealer Licensing bill. HB 1657,  which, at this time, is scheduled to be called during the week of the 24th.  The bill needs only 3 more votes!

If you are a constituent of Senator Radogno and can fit the appointment into your schedule, please contact Mary Klonowski,  maryklon@comcast.net or 708-354-8874.  We will send you the talking points and other information on the bill in advance and we will meet at 9:30 on the morning of April 24th at Starbucks in Western Springs to do a short rehearsal.  


HOW TO JOIN THE WOMEN'S MARCH IN SPRINGFIELD
TUESDAY, APRIL 25TH
Governor Rauner has announced he will veto the bill preserving women's reproductive rights in IL.  

Join LWVIL, a cosponsor of the Women's March in Springfield on Tuesday, April 25th. 

Contact Mary Klonowski, maryklon@comcast.net or 708-354-8874, to form a car pool to drive to Springfield. We would have to leave the La Grange Area at 7:30 A.M. Details are below including a link to travel on a bus from Oak Park, if preferred. 

Meeting place is The Statehouse Inn, 101 East Adams Street. The rally begins at noon, so please assemble at 11:30 outside the Inn. LWVIL Board members, Erin Roeper and Hilary Denk will bring buttons and the LWVIL banner. Some LWVIL Board members are joining and we invite all nearby local Leagues to join us as well. We will provide advocacy information since a big component of this event is meeting with legislators. 

Here is a link to the organizer's information http://www.illinoiswomenmarchonspringfield.org/ The March will highlight many other issues as well.

Here is more information on HB40 which is scheduled for a vote in the near future. The Senate has already passed a version of the bill. This is the bill that the Governor will veto.

HB40 removes the anti-choice "trigger" language from a 1975 IL Act, HB 40 ensures that women's health care  will be protected in Illinois, regardless of what happens to the Supreme Court in a Trump administration. 
There is simply too much risk. 

HB 40 removes discriminatory provisions from Illinois law that deny insurance coverage of abortion to 
many women who depend on Medicaid and State Employee Health Insurance. 

Every woman, regardless of whether she has private or government-funded health insurance, should have  affordable and comprehensive health care coverage that includes coverage for abortion care, so she can make  personal health decisions based on what is best for her and her family

Let's send a message to the Governor: Respect women as intelligent and capable decision makers!



CANDIDATE FORUM MODERATOR TRAINING

On Saturday, April 29 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm in the 332 S. Michigan Conference Room (Room 430, , we will be hosting Missey Wilhelm, president of the League of Women Voters and experienced candidate forum moderator. She will be going through all the details you need to organize, assist, and moderate a candidate forum. These skills are handy whether you are up on stage representing the League, working with a candidate as a volunteer, or running for office yourself. The League's expertise with forums extends beyond political campaigns, too. Our members have moderated forums for resident councils at CHA residences, contentious condominium boards, and student organizations.

We have several elections coming up, notably a gubernatorial race in 2018. a mayoral and city council election in 2019, and a national election in 2020. We need people who can run good forums. We hope you can make this training. It is open to all local leagues.

Please RSVP to  league@lwvchicago.org


LWVIL 2017 CONVENTION

Making Democracy Work: Shaping the Future
Start making your plans to attend the 59th Biennium: 2017 LWVIL Convention
  • Saturday morning, June 10 through Sunday morning June 11th
  • Hilton Garden Inn Chicago O'Hare Airport
  • 2930 South River Road, Des Plaines chicagoohareairport.stayhgi.com 
ON-LINE REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE LWVIL WEBSITE BEGINNING APRIL 4, 2017. A DOWNLOADABLE REGISTRATION BY MAIL WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON APRIL 4th.
 
REGISTRATION:
  • Delegate                             $125
  • Saturday Visitor                $45
  • Sunday Visitor                   $45
 MEAL PAC KAGE:
  • Full meal package:
    Saturday breakfast, lunch & dinner; Sunday breakfast: $135
  • Saturday - lunch only      $ 40
  • Saturday - dinner only    $ 60 
PRE-CONVENTION WORKSHOPS AND BREAKOUT TOPICS: FRIDAY AFTERNOON, JUNE 9th
  • $45 for two topics
SESSION I
  • Engaging new members and developing tomorrow's league leaders
  • Environmental justice
  • Discussing controversial topics - using the civics education model 
SESSION II
  • Social media
  • Advocacy training
  • New member orientation
  • Consolidation of government entities
 SATURDAY, JUNE 10th
 
PLENARY SESSIONS 
  • Lunch speaker: Kyra Kyles, Editor in chief, Ebony Magazine: Changing the Narrative of Discussions on Race
  • Dinner speaker: Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, Executive Director, LWVUS: Diversity within the League
SILENT AUCTION
 
CARRIE CHAPMAN CATT AWARD:

Do you know a League member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and significant action toward extending the League's mission? If so, consider nominating her or him for the Carrie Chapman Catt Award. The nominating form can be found  here .
 
HOTEL

$109/per night, single or double. Rooms available both Friday and Saturday nights. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel: follow this link to make your reservation:
  
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RESERVATION DEADLINE FOR THIS RATE IS FRIDAY, MAY 12th . After this date, guest rooms that are available in the hotel's general inventory will be charged at the regular hotel best available rate. In addition, this rate is available until the cut-off date or when all rooms within the LWVIL block have been sold whichever happens first.


MARCHES, RALLIES, AND LOBBY DAYS


April 25th, LWVIL will join thousands in the Women's March in Springfield.  Details above.

April 29th, LWVIL will also join in the Climate March in Chicago. Laura Kratz will share the LWV meeting place in a future e-blast. Here is information about the Chicago March, which is limited thus far. https://actionnetwork.org/events/peoples-climate-march-chicago?source=widget&zipcode=60515&country=US&reload=true&_=1490048144244 

Please participate as proud LWV members and let us know at  hdenk@lwvil.org about other events we may support and can promote.
 


NEWS FROM LWVIL ISSUES COMMITTEE


Judi Szilak has joined the Issues Committee as a Mental Health Specialist. As a long-time League member, Judy has served extensively in local league leadership, and she helped draft the current Mental Health position statement.
 
Making Your Voice Heard - As a League member
You have undoubtedly noticed that bills are being introduced and are moving quickly through the Illinois General Assembly, and LWVIL has e-mailed a number of Time for Action (TFA) requests. We are depending on our members to decide, based on email subject lines, whether or not you will respond to each request.  We appreciate your efforts to share TFAs through social media or personal emails.
 
Given the fact that the League speaks with one voice, a question has arisen about when you can identify yourself as a League member advocating for a bill.
  • If you are responding to a TFA to contact a legislator, please DO identify yourself as a League member.
  • If you are responding to a TFA for filing a witness slip, please enter SELF in response to firm/business or agency and representation; LWVIL files a slip in the President's name representing our 2800 members.
  • If you or your League would like to advocate for a bill which has not been the subject of a TFA, please contact issues@lwvil.org  before taking action

Issues Specialists Monthly Reports 
Click   here to read summary reports from the Issues Committee.


NEWS FROM LWVUS

As several state legislatures claim it is the "perception" of voter fraud that justifies their pursuit of voter ID laws,the New York Times looked to the League to set things straight, and explain that many of those politicians are the ones creating the perception problem. Nebraska is one state seeing such legislation onvoter ID, and also receiving pushback from the League.

COLLEGE OF DUPAGE BOARD OBSERVER REPORTS

League members are attending College of DuPage Board Meetings.  Click here to read observer reports.

LWV COOK COUNTY NEWS AND 
ANNUAL MEETING  REGISTRATION FORM


May 8th Luncheon and Annual Meeting. Local league members are encouraged to attend! There is a silent auction fundraiser and a business meeting to inform members of our work during the past year. Also, guest speaker, Commissioner Bridget Gainer is not to be missed. She will be discussing issues of vacant property in Cook County and what can be done about it. Registration form below.




LWVCC 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
invites 
ALL COOK COUNTY LEAGUE MEMBERS and GUESTS 

2017 LWVCC ANNUAL MEETING LUNCHEON

Monday, May 8, 2017  9:30 am - 1:00 pm
University Center - 525 S. State St - Chicago - Lake Room
Directions and Parking Info at: http://www.conferencechicagouc.com/location/

Featured Speaker
Bridget Gainer 
Chair of the County's Land Bank and Pension Committee

9:30 am Registration - Coffee/Muffins - Silent Auction
10:00 am Annual Business Meeting
11:30am Buffet Lunch
12 noon Speaker - CC Commissioner, Bridget Gainer, 10th District

Cost: $35 per person RSVP by Monday, May 1

For further information contact LWVCC at 312-939-5935 x27 or  cook@lwvil.org
LWVCC Annual Meeting - May 8, 2017
PLEASE INCLUDE NAMES OF ALL ATTENDEES [use back side if needed]

Name(s)______________________________ League____________________________

Address______________________________ City/Zip___________________________

Phone________________________________ Email_____________________________

______I will be serving as a Delegate from my League 

Make check payable to LWVIL Education Fund and send to:
Amy Little, 2107 S. Fairfield, Chicago, IL., 60608 

Enclosed is a check for $___________for _______reservations at $35 each

I cannot attend but my contribution of $_________ is enclosed

* Reminder for Silent Auction Purchases:  CASH or CHECK...Thank you.
 League of Women of Cook County 
Phone: 312-939-5935 x27 | Email: cook @lwvil.org



LWVLGA BOARD MEMBERS 2016-2017
Co-Presidents                        Mary Klonowski & Patty Rocco 
1st Co-VPs                              Laurie Braun and Jerry Allers 
2nd VP/Membership            Lenore McCarter 
Treasurer                                Marcia Powers 
Secretary                                Eileen Breslin 
 
Directors:
Voter Services                       Stephanie Nelson and Melissa Lieb
Public Relations                    Joan Rykal
Development                        
Newsletter                             Jean Klotter
At-large                                  Jan Goldberg 
At-Large                                 Helen Przeklasa