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September 6th

6pm–8pm
LWV Roselle/Bloomingdale
Wine Tasting and Fundraiser at Lynfred Winery
 
September 25th
Candidates Forum for the General Election
Time: tbd - Lake Park High School School East Campus Auditorium
 
 
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In The News

The League’s National Convention took place in Washington, DC June 16 - 19, 2016. Check out www.lwvil.org for a slideshow that chronicles this event. Some of the issues convention delegates voted to work on include gun violence prevention, climate change, redistricting reform, and money in politics.  They also spent time lobbying our local legislators on the Voting Rights Amendment Act. 
 
 
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LWV-UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER REGION INTERLEAGUE ORGANIZATION IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED!
On October 24, 2015, delegates representing 35 local LWVs and the state LWVs of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin approved the bylaws, elected the board, and chose the program for the next year's work of the newest LWV interleague organization.  The Grand River Center overlooking the Mighty Mississippi River in Dubuque, IA, was a fitting venue and backdrop.  The major
program focus of the ILO's work in 2016 will be Nutrient Pollution and the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategies of the four states in the Upper Mississippi River Basin
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Pictured is LWV-UMRR board on October 24, 2015.
 
Watch for the LWV-UMRR ILO website to be ready early in 2016.  In the meantime, for more information check out our state LWVs' websites, including LWVIL.org, which has an ILO menu item at the top

Recent Events

May 5th 

Our annual meeting was held at Mr. A's restaurant in Roselle. Besides enjoying a delicious breakfast, we voted in our slate of officers, approved a budget and program, and reviewed bylaws and policies. Minutes will be published after approval.

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April 5th 

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Panel Discussion

Our panel discussed how our community responds to victims of sexual violence, signs you need to look for and how you can help prevent abuse in your area.
The panel featured Colleen Zavodny, Coordinator of Advocacy Sexual Violence Support Services for the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and and Linda Zerwin, the Executive Director and 911 System Coordinator for the Emergency Telephone System Board of DuPage County. Linda is a retired Roselle Police Officer with 24 years of law enforcement experience and former board member for Stepping Stones for Women of Domestic Violence.
 
February Meeting
Topic:   Love Your League - Love Your Neighbor!
 
For our annual member appreciation event, we asked the question, "Are you smart enough to be a U.S. citizen?"  Members and guests took the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services test for Natualization -- it was tough! Try your hand at it: HERE.
 
Attendees also helped welcome some of our newest neighbors by donating any items from the "Welcome to America Pack" list for new refugees via Exodus World Service. 
 

 

Unit Meeting on Vision 20/20 was held November 3, 2015

Speaker: District 20 Superintendent Mike Connolly 

Vision 20/20 Conscious that no single legislative attempt at school improvement can be developed, implemented, or find success without the support, devotion, and hard work of all stakeholders, Vision 20/20 asks not just for state action, but also for local action and the support of educators across the state to fulfill the promise of public education. 

Wine Tasting & Fundraiser 
@ Lynfred Winery - Roselle was held on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

• Membership Kick-off
• Wine & Horsd'oeuvres
• Special Guest Speakers: Representatives from Independent Maps

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READ our Study on 708 Mental Health Boards

 

Membership Renewal

Joining the LWVRB is Easy.  Please complete and return the LWV-RB Membership Form.

To be a voting member, you must be 18 and a citizen of the US. League also offers Associate Memberships (non-voting) and Student Memberships (discounted rates)

To ask questions about membership contact our Membership Chair at (630) 283-2894 or email info@lwvrb.org

 

 

 

Join Us!

Do you want to...

  • Energize your community about the importance of citizen engagement?
  • Explore the state of our political system?
  • Elevate the power of collaboration to strengthen the  vote and our citizen voices?
  • Show your dedication to protecting our democracy?

Then the League is for you. Men can join too. 

Please contact us at (630) 283-2894 or info@lwvrb.org

Upcoming Events

 

2015 Issues Briefing Recap

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LWVIL's annual Issues Briefing was held Saturday, March 7th at University Center, Chicago. Over 125 members attended the day long conference. Click HERE for more.

Yes for Independent Maps Campaign

Yes for Independent Maps Campaign

Are you ready to help make Illinois state government more transparent and accountable and stop the process enabling one political party to gerrymander districts in its favor? Then request a petition from Yes for Independent Maps at www.IndependentMaps.org or email Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Ask friends and family to sign the petition.   

LWVIL is supporting the nonpartisan grassroots campaign Yes for Independent Maps to place the Illinois Independent Redistricting Amendment on the November 2014 ballot.

The 1970 Illinois Constitution's process of drawing state legislative districts has led to one political party having control of drawing all of Illinois's legislative districts, enabling that party to gerrymander districts in its favor, often enabling it to control these safe, incumbent-protected districts for 10 years. The Illinois Independent Redistricting Amendment would provide for a restructured, independent redistricting commission to draw the maps.

You may also contact Kathy Nesburg or Paula Lawson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions about League involvement.

Here's a great discussion on the Independent Maps Campaign from Jane Hodgkinson of the Wheaton LWV: A FAIRER MAP PROCESS HELPS ILLINOIS- YES FOR INDEPENDENT MAPS

 

Spotlight on an Issue: Charter Schools Position Update

The charter schools position update committee has been hard at work researching, creating, and debating questions addressing a variety of issues regarding charter schools--ranging from Authorization to Zero tolerance discipline, with consideration for policies which might apply to all public schools, including charters. The anticipated timeline is as follows:

May/June, 2014: LWVIL distributes overview with resources to local Leagues so that local committees can plan how to study the issues. Local League members are encouraged to visit principals and superintendents of public schools during the summer--when they might have more time--to discuss issues raised in the study.

September, 2014: LWVIL sends the complete study kit to local Leagues

January 31, 2015: Consensus reports from local Leagues due to LWVIL

March, 2015: State Board votes on the updated position

June, 2015: State Convention--Delegates vote on the updated position