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Dear friends,

First, if you didn't see the amazing article, featuring our Birthday Envelope initiative, please check it out. Be proud of the team which continues to reach out to so many students.

We have so many events planned and I know one will fit your schedule and engage and empower you in a new way.  Our team of volunteers works incredibly hard to make sure we get out the appropriate information to our members.  How?  we use SignUp Genius, we have a rolling calendar (bookmark it today!) accessible from our website at, we have events listed on our Facebook Page, we use the remind app to send out texts, and we send out a semi-regularly newsletter.  Whew.  Do we ever drop the ball? Yep, so please be kind when we do.  We are all volunteers doing our best to serve our communities.

How can you help us? Obviously, we need volunteers and we regularly send out opportunities. But you can also help us by liking our Facebook page, and when we have an event, share the event with all of your friends and share it with any group you may belong to.  Not on Facebook? Share this newsletter, text a friend about all the amazing things we have going on, or bring a friend to one of our events.  

I am so excited for our 100th Anniversary year.  We have an amazingly rich history but an even brighter future.  I hope you see yourself as part of our rich tapestry.

Heidi Graham

PS--Don't forget to drop off supplies for women in need!  
Needed items include: shampoo and conditioner, body wash and sponges, hygiene wipes, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, hand lotion, raisers, nail clippers and files, lip balm, bandages, socks, and $5 or $10 gift cards from Walmart, Target, or Walgreens for other basic necessities.
Donate Today!
Next Committee/Board Meeting:
Thursday, September 26 (yes, TONIGHT!) 6:30 @ 1219 E. Woodford
Committees: 6:30-7:15
Gun Violence Prevention 6:30
Asylum Seekers 7pm
Board Meeting 7:30-8:30
(There is wine and treats!)
Bookmark our calendar!

Did you know we have a newly launched Observer Corp?  If you are interested in being an Observer LWVIL is hosting two trainings: 

Saturday, Oct 12th 10:15am - 1:15pm
La Grange Public Library, 10 W Cossitt Ave, La Grange, IL 60525

Saturday, October 26th  9 am-Noon
Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Rd, Glenview, IL 60025

We are also looking to host a training locally.  Stay tuned.  

Observers will learn what actions to take and what to report. Numerous units of government have few, if any, community members observing. This training will empower you to be the eyes and ears in the room!

To register or express interest in the program, please send an email to


Items of Note:

  • AH Village Board approved use of Eligo Energy ( for village's Renewable Energy Electric Aggregation Program for 100% renewable energy credits from wind power generators in Midwest (came from Committee Report) and heard complaint from two residents of the 100-200 Chestnut neighborhood about multiple teardowns of existing housing to make room for much larger (square-foot-wise) houses (came from Public Comment)

  • AH Library Board discussed tuition reimbursement for employees as many are getting Masters of Library Science, and Committee wants to ensure adequate funding (came from Committee Report); reported Library staff met with Census Department to form partnership (came from Committee Report); confirmed architectural firm chosen for Makers' Space (came from Committee Report)

Items to Monitor: 

  • Lisa Slankard is gathering additional information about the proposed partnership between the AH Library and Census.  Will report back with additional details and proposed action if necessary

ILO: Inter League Organization.  For example, All Leagues surrounding Lake Michigan form an ILO to work on issues which impact Lake Michigan.  Check out their website (and let us know if you would like to attend the Annual Meeting October 25 & 26).  We are also a member of the LWV Upper Mississippi River Region (think our water shed and Leagues working together to protect our environment. (Another organization working on this area is 1Mississippi.  Check 'em out.) 
Consider joining our partner in the Sierra Club in working to get the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) passed.  Check out their SignUp Genius.  Further, LWVIL will be Lobbying in Springfield for the Clean Energy Jobs Act on Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Reserve space for a free bus ride to Springfield on Tuesday, October 29 to participate in a Veto Session Lobby Day for the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA)sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Council. Buses will be provided - free of charge - to Springfield leaving from locations across the state. Sign up now!

We've added a new section to help break down terms around gender.  

The Associated Press compiled a list of essential words, phrases and definitions for coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, a major catalyst for the LGBTQ rights movement. Most terms are from the AP Stylebook. Others are in common usage in AP coverage or may be encountered during coverage of the anniversary.


Not synonymous with sexGender refers to a person’s social identity, while sex refers to biological characteristics. Not all people fall under one of two categories for sex or gender, according to leading medical organizations, so avoid references to botheither or opposite sexes or genders as a way to encompass all people. When needed for clarity or in certain stories about scientific studies, alternatives include men and women, boys and girls, males and females

Language around gender is evolving. Newsrooms and organizations outside AP may need to make decisions, based on necessity and audience, on terms that differ from or are not covered by the AP’s specific recommendations. For instance, the AP recommends the terms sex reassignment or gender confirmation for the medical procedures used for gender transition, while some groups use other terms, such as gender affirmation or sex realignment.

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