The LaGrange Area

The LaGrange Area

Empowering Voters - Defending Democracy

The League of Women Voters is a political organization that neither supports nor opposes candidates or parties and encourages informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area serves the people of Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Countryside, Indian Head Park, Hinsdale, Hodgkins, La Grange, La Grange Highlands, La Grange Park, Riverside, Western Springs and Westchester.

The LaGrange League Is Live on Twitter and Instagram!

You can now follow the LaGrange Area LWV on Instagram (http://Instagram.com/lwvlagrangearea) and Twitter (hashtag #LWVLAGRANGEAREA). See you there!

Dates and Links for the Fall Elections

Key dates and links for the 2020 Fall Elections are located here.

LaGrange Area LWV to Sponsor Candidates Virtual Forum for the 3rd Congressional District on Thursday, October 1st

The League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area will host a virtual forum for the candidates running for the general election for Illinois 3rd Congressional District. The Candidate Forum will be held on Thursday, October 1, from 7-8:00 p.m. via Zoom Webinar. Candidates will make brief presentations on their backgrounds, qualifications and interest in running for office. This will be followed by questions from the audience. To submit a question, please send an email to league [at] lagrangearealwv.org.

To register in advance for this webinar, use this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If capacity is reached it will be recorded and published on the League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area’s Facebook page.

Voting During the Pandemic: What You Need to Know

Do you have a plan for how you're going to vote in the upcoming Presidential election? Illinois passed emergency legislation for safe voting during COVID-19, so there's something new to learn whether you're a first-time voter or you've been voting since the Eisenhower era. The following informational program options on Zoom are scheduled locally.

Join the La Grange Area and Oak Park/River Forest League of Women Voters on Thursday, September 3 from 7:00 to 8:00pm via Zoom for a non-partisan review of voter registration, new vote-by-mail processes, and expanded early voting. There will be a short presentation followed by a Q&A discussion. This is a virtual event hosted by the Forest Park Public Library.  You do not need to be a library member to participate. Registrants will be emailed a Zoom link and password for the live presentation before the program begins. Register here: https://fppl.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=17500&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2020/09/01.

Or, you can join the League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area via Zoom for a non-partisan review of voter registration, new vote-by-mail processes, and expanded early voting. There will be a short presentation followed by a Q&A discussion.This is a virtual event hosted by the Brookfield and La Grange Public Libraries. You do not need to be a library member to participate. Registrants will be emailed a Zoom link and password for the live presentation before the program begins. Registration options:

1. Tuesday, October 6 from 7:00-8:00 pm:Sign up through either of these links:

Brookfield Library: http://brookfield.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=24945&et=23&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2020/10/01

La Grange library: https://lagrangelibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=5142&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2020/10/01

2. Thursday, October 8 from 2:00-3:00 pm:Sign up through either of these links.

Brookfield Library: http://brookfield.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=24946&et=23&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2020/10/01

La Grange library: https://lagrangelibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=5143&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2020/10/01

Vote YES for the FAIR Tax!

The Fair Tax amendment reforms the state constitution to eliminate the requirement that Illinois tax income at a single rate, allowing instead for higher rates for higher incomes and lower rates for people with low and moderate incomes.

  • Fair Tax reform will lift the burden from the middle class and those struggling to get there:97% of taxpayers will get a tax cut or pay no more than they do now.
  • The Fair Tax will require wealthy people to pay their fair share, only increasing taxes on those who make more than a $250,000 a year. The vast majority of the increases will be paid by millionaires and billionaires.
  • Fair Tax reform will raise more than $3 billion a year that can help to fund education, health care, human services, state and local government, and responsibly pay the state’s bills.

We win the Fair Tax by voting YES on the constitutional amendment on the ballot for the November 2020 general election. A ‘yes’ vote of more than 50% of those voting in the election or more than 60% of those voting on the question is required for passage.

What Can I Do?

Ralph M. Martire, Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, has prepared an excellent discussion of the Illlinois state budget and the impact of the FAIR tax. You can view a program he presented on September 17 on Youtube here.

For even more info, www.yesforfairtax.org. And to read the US LWV position and lots of other resources, you can visit the Wilmette LWV site here.

And here are three other steps you can take -

  • Use this link to affirm that you will vote yes for fair tax on November 3rd: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/fairtaxendorse.
  • Attend This Program - Fair Tax in ILSeptember 17, 07:00 PM with Ralph Martire. We will also explore how to communicate about the Fair Tax based on our values. Register here.
  • And Save the Date - Fair Tax Town Hall Rally Saturday, September 26th @ 9:30 am. More info soon.

Girl Scouts Learn About the Centennial of the 19th Amendment

On JGirl Scouts Learn About 19th Amendmentanuary 12th the League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area and Girl Scout Troops 51101 and 51169 met to celebrate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. The Girl Scouts learned about the history of the suffrage movement and some of the fierce women that led the movement, about laws that help to promote equality, and the need to work towards future laws ensure women have equal rights.The event concluded by teaching how to complete a ballot and vote using ballots with actual voting booths donated by Cook County Board of Elections.

League Sponsors Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Group On-line

In partnership with the Hinsdale Public Library, the LaGrange Area LWV is again sponsoring the Great Decisions program starting on Thursday, January 23rd at 7pm. Great Decisions is a program of readings and videos created by the Foreign Policy Association that serve as the basis of monthly discussions of important topics in foreign policy. Starting with the April meeting, and until further notice, Great Decisions will be conducted on Zoom. This year's topics and dates are as follows -

The sessions are open to the public, and are held on the 4th Thursday at 7pm over a Zoom connection. Materials are available at the Library. More information is %20rblackwell [at] punshui.com (available here).

La Grange LWV Registers 1000+ New Student Voters!

TheVoter Registration Day at LTHS League of Women Voters® of the La Grange Area registered over 1,000 new student voters in September. The League worked with area schools to host voter registration events in celebration of National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide holiday celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of every September.  Over 75 volunteers, including League and community members, students, teachers and staff, held 5 events at Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Proviso Township High Schools in Hillside and Maywood, Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park, and DePaul University in Lincoln Park.

 

LWV La Grange Sponsors Program On the Illinois Firearms Restraining Order

On September 18, LWVLGA co-sponsored a program describing legislation to make our communities safer. The Firearms Restraining Order allows a family/household member or local law enforcement to petition for a court order to temporarily remove firearms from an individual exhibiting risky behavior. You can view a video of the program here.

LaGrange Area LWV Announces Goals for 2020-21

The Lagrange Area League of Women Voters will employ the tenets and positions of the League of Women Voters to encourage the active, knowledgeable participation of the residents of our communities in the political process. We intend to actively work with LWVUS, LWVIL, Cook County League, and ILOs to identify and pursue improvements in our government at all levels.

  • Encourage voter participation in our communities through voter registration and candidate forums
  • Educate the residents of our communities on issues affecting government, education, and the environment
  • Campaign for more effective and efficient local government
  • Actively lobby our local, state, and federal representatives on legislation affecting our communities
  • Promote diversity in our League and our communities

 The projects the League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area will actively work on in 2020-2021 will include:

  1. Pursue the elimination of the Lyons Township School Treasurer Office
  2. Actively campaign for reasonable gun control measures
  3. Partner with local community groups on issues of common interest
  4. Study affordable housing in our communities and develop recommendations 

Cook County LWV Releases Updated Report on Pre-Trial Systems

With LaGrange LWV member Jan Goldberg as co-chair, the Criminal Justice Interest Group of the Cook County LWV has released a comprehensive update of its 2015 report on Pre-trial Systems in Cook County. In the original report, the group made11 recommendations to help ensure that pretrial operations are fairly and equitably administered within the criminal justice system of Cook County. These recommendations were put forth in order to ensure that pretrial systems efficiently and effectively serve the accused and the citizenry of Cook County. The purpose of this updated report is to summarize the progress made on each of these recommendations and to assess what further steps our criminal justice interest group needs to be take in order to further each goal. PDF iconDownload the complete report here.

 

LaGrange League Hosts Program on Gun Violence

Gun Violence PanelMore than 50 local residents braved the wind and cold for a program on the impact of gun violence on our communities. Participating were Dr. Mark Cichon, Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Loyola Medical Center, Officer Tim Andries, La Grange Police Dept. and LTHS North Campus School Resource Officer, Theresa Hirstein, LTHS Social Studies Teacher; and Pat Callahan, LTHS Teaching Assistant: Both Sandy Hook Promise Leaders and SAVE Co‐sponsors. See the video here.

League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area Sponsors Training Event for New Deputy Voting Registrars

LaGrange LWV Trains RegistrarsThe League of Women Voters® of the La Grange Area (LWVLGA), along with the La Grange Public Library, sponsored a deputy voter registrar training  at the La Grange Public Library.

Twenty-seven volunteers were sworn in and can now register any Illinois citizen to vote in the midterm election on November 6th. Individuals who serve as deputy registrars play a vital role in the democratic process by registering people to vote, encouraging voter participation and enhancing the electoral process.

League Hosts Program on Legalizing Marijuana

Great Marijuana DebateOver 150 people crowded into the La Grange Village Hall to listen to an expert panel discussion on the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana in Illinois. The "Great Marijuana Debate"