We have been hearing from lots of you about your interest in joining the League of Women Voters of Illinois for the January 21st Women's Rally & March. Join us at 9:30 am on the west side of Buckingham Fountain in Chicago's Grant Park. We'll have a League banner as will the many local leagues who will be participating as well. Check
for additional details.
Consolidation of Governmental Entities Survey:
Tell Us About Your League Activities
The LWVIL Issues Committee formed a sub-committee to explore the use of the LWVIL position on the consolidation of governmental entities in Illinois. The sub-committee members would like to know what is happening or has happened in your local area regarding consolidation of governmental entities or elected offices and how has your local League been involved in that process.
For example, Cook County LWV did a study and then advocated for the consolidation of the County Comptroller within the County Clerks' office. We know many local Leagues have studied and taken positions about consolidation over the years and seek that information from every local League to provide a clearinghouse of information and support future work throughout our state.
We have developed a survey and ask that it be filled out by February 9, 2017. Here is a link to the survey:
Thank you for taking time to provide this information and if you have questions or would like to contribute to the work of the sub-committee, please contact Hilary Dank, Co-Chair of LWVIL Issues Committee, at
It's Time to Schedule Those Legislative Interviews
Once every year, the LWVIL Issues Committee prepares legislative interview questions on a number of topics on which the League is working. 2017 is no exception.
You are encouraged to work with your local league leadership to work with other leagues, as appropriate, to meet with your State Senator and/or State Representative and share the results of your conversation, including answers to the questions with LWVIL.org
This E-News contains information, materials, and helpful hints to prepare for legislative interviews. Please note we would like your local leagues feedback form no later than Monday, April 3, 2017.
Spotlighting Illinois Leagues
LWVIL is inviting local leagues to share events and activities with us. Beginning in February, we will then post the information to our website's home page - highlighting several leagues each month.
Check the website regularly. it's a great opportunity to see what other leagues are doing.
2017 Issues Briefing: March 4
The LWVIL Issues Committee is hosting the 2017 Issues Briefing at the University Center, 525 South State Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Click
for information about registration, speakers, workshop topics, and the dine-around option that caps the day. Registration is open now by
. Online registration begins January 31.
You can also welcome the return of a continental breakfast to get the day started.
Looking for a Few Good Women (and Men)
Are you looking to take your League expertise to the next level? If so, we're looking for you! The LWVIL Nominating Committee needs to add a few more sharp people to the 2017-2019 board of directors slate.
The main requirements?
- Commitment to the League
- Attending board meetings (usually held on Saturdays in Chicago, with one meeting every other month)
- Willing to support fundraising and marketing efforts
- Special expertise in accounting, fundraising, or technology are especially in need
You do not need extensive experience in your local league for many positions - the perspective from other non-profits can be helpful.
Are you interested? If so, please email Annie Logue, LWVIL nominating chair, at
If you're not sure that you're qualified, contact Annie anyway to find out more about the open positions and their requirements.
There is much work for us to do in the next few years, leading up to the celebration of the League centennial in 2020. You can be part of it!