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October 2016
Vice-President's Letter

It is officially Fall, and this season will be filled with "October Surprises." The League had a successful kick off event and we are excited to engage our current and new members throughout this season. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to fellow members or the Board if you would like to participate in a committee or assist with an event. We greatly appreciate the input of our members for programming. Committees are a great way to develop as a leader and give back to our community. 

As expected, the election season requires all hands on deck. Please register to vote and encourage others to do the same. Voting is central to our mission, therefore the best way to show your appreciation for the League is to vote! It is what our founders fought for. Have a great week!

Best Regards,
Michelle Mbekeani-Wiley
LWV OPRF Vice-President

Second Tuesday
On Tuesday, October 11, Second Tuesday will continue the Pool Referendum discussion.  Come to the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park, from 9:30-11:00am to learn more about this ballot question.
Up in Smoke!
This month, our Drinks & Dialogue program will be hearing about the new medical marijuana dispensary in Oak Park.  Lisa Tipton, from Seven Point Medical Cannabis Dispensary, will discuss and answer questions about the rules and regulations for medical marijuana in Illinois. The  new location for Drinks & Dialogue is on the second floor of Skrine Chops House, 7230 W. Madison, Forest Park.  Join us on Thursday, October 20, from 5:30-7:00pm.  
Into the Deep End Recap
Thanks to Jeff Weissglass, OPRF H.S. Board President, for presenting information on the November 8 Pool Referendum at the September Drinks & Dialogue at Skrine Chops House.  Over 40 people heard the presentation and asked questions about cost, programs, and of course, garages.  For more information on the Ballot Question visit the OPRF HS website.
Recorder of Deeds Question
The League of Women Voters Cook County did a consensus study in August on the November 8 binding referendum question, " Shall the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds be eliminated and all duties and responsibilities of the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds be transferred to and assumed by the Office of the Cook County Clerk by December 7, 2020." LWV Cook County urges voters to VOTE YES on this question.  Read the entire study at lwvcookcounty.org

Fall Kick-off Recap
Over 45 people listened to speakers talk about various referendum questions that will be on the November 8 ballot. We learned that the ballot will not identify which questions are binding or non-binding.  Binding? Recorder of Deeds position elimination, OPRF HS Pool Referendum, and use of Illinois Transportation Funds only for their stated purpose.  Non-binding?  The Oak Park Township question on the Second Amendment. Thanks to Priscilla Mims and Jan Goldberg from LWV Cook County and Greg White from the Oak Park Township for educating us on all these issues.  Marilyn Cantisano and Donalda Ellek organized this well attended and enjoyable evening. Thanks ladies!
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