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It's back to school time and while our League never took a summer vacation from Empowering Voters and Defending Democracy, we are definitely more energized than ever before to do the work we do so well.

While our intention is to get you complete information, we are volunteers and occasionally overlook something.  Please make sure you are subscribing to our Social Media outlets where we can react more quickly to news and events and have our calendar bookmarked for easy access.  We almost always have something going on!  And when you miss something? Be sure to check out our Facebook Page where we often have a live-streamed video available for view.  Did you miss Audra Wilson, our Executive Director at our picnic? Or our own Eryn Nelken, speak on the importance of feminism? Or our Carbon Pricing program? Or the Viator House of Hospitality event? Not on Facebook? These videos will be added to our YouTube Channel!  Our goal is to be accessible to our community.  
  • Tonight, September 3, the Arlington Heights Committee of the Whole will meet at 7 pm to discuss Affordable Housing.  This item will also be on the agenda for the Board Meeting at 8 pm. Our President, Heidi Graham, will be addressing this issue on behalf of our League but any resident is welcome to make comments and be a part of the dialogue.  What is the League position?
    • “Affordable housing for families and individuals is an around the Country issue. Accompanying services easily accessed are of great importance to the stability of the children, youth employment, parental employment and generally healthy living. Housing, whether Public Housing or private housing, is much needed around the Country and in Illinois. Cities and other communities struggle with how to meet the housing for all. Senior citizens living on fixed incomes which are often very low is a growing issue everywhere.”

          - LWVIL 2017 Issues Briefing: Housing, by Jan Kay, Issue Specialist

  • Thursday, September 5, 7 pm at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library: Clean Energy Town Hall with Sen. Ann Gillespie and Rep. Mark Walker
  • Friday, September 6, 7 pm at Heidi Graham's home, 1219 E. Woodford Place in Arlington Heights (all are welcome!) Book Club:  A Line Becomes A River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú. SignUp Genius
  • Friday, September 13, 7pm at Heidi Graham's home at 1219 E. Woodford Place in Arlington Heights: Meet the League. Come meet and mingle with fellow League members, elected officials, and allies and explore how we can be examples in civil discourse. SignUp Genius
  • If you are looking for a Voter Registrar Training, the North and Northwest Suburban NOW is hosting a training on September 18 from 7-8:30 pm at the Northbrook Public Library.  If you attend, we ask our members to let us know their registrar number for our membership records.
  • Thursday, September 19, Doors Open 6:30, program 7:30-8:30 at the Arlington Ale House 11 West Campbell St in Arlington Heights (Metropolis Building, 3rd floor): Drinks and Democracy: Get Counted! What do we need to know about the Census?
  • Fall Voter Registration Drives SignUp Genius
  • Mark your calendars for our first ever GALA celebrating 100 years of League.  Friday, February 14, 2020.  Interested in helping us with this event? Please contact Heidi Graham at
We have so many opportunities to be engaged and involved as we head into our 100th election cycle!  If you are interested in finding the best way to have League positively impact your life and community, President Heidi Graham is always willing to grab a coffee and chat!

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Arlington Heights Village Board Contact Information from the Village website (special thanks to Keith Moens for making this information readily available):

President Hayes (312) 558-3961 (o) (847) 259-6337 (website)
Trustee Greg Padovani (847) 392-9113
Trustee Bert Rosenberg (847) 577-1333
Trustee Richard Baldino (847) 494-2685
Trustee Tom Schwingbeck Jr. (847) 749-0518
Trustee Mary Beth Canty  (847) 656-6062
Trustee Robin LaBedz  (847) 392-6195
Trustee John Scaletta   (847) 545-0259
Trustee Jim Tinagalia   (847) 253-0002
Village Manager,   (847) 368-5122
Randy Recklaus
Village Finance Director,  (847) 368-5510
Tom Kuehne
Village Housing Planner,    (847) 368-5214
Nora Boyer
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Interested in being our delegate to the  LWV Lake Michigan Region Annual Meeting & Conference? This year's meeting will be held October 25-26 at Lakeside Inn in Lakeside, Michigan. All are welcome. 
Less than 1.5 hours from Chicago, this inn is a national and State of Michigan registered Historical Site. The building, dating back as early as the 1880s, includes a 100-foot porch looking out onto Lake Michigan. 
Our program will include a keynote speaker from For Love of Water (FLOW)on the sixth Great Lake - the groundwater that provides drinking water for many of us and connects all of the Great Lakes.

Please let us know if you can represent our League at the conference!

New Mental Health Bill Now Law 
By Lorri Grainawi, Mental Health Specialist

The Mussman-backed House Bill 3404, which was recently signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, is an initiative to promote awareness of all mental health and suicide prevention services offered on campus readily accessible to students.

“Mental health is just as important as physical health,” state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, said. “College can be a difficult transition period for young adults, and without clear places to turn to for mental health wellness resources, students might not seek the help that they need.”

“Unchecked mental health problems are one of the biggest threats to students,” Mussman said. “This legislation will ensure that colleges and universities are actively promoting the mental health and wellness resources available on campus. Any measure that we can take to prevent the loss of even one life to suicide will make this bill worth it.”

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a new law last week requiring a parent or designated advocate be present when a student is questioned in connection with a crime on school grounds. This law was passed after the death of a 16-year-old boy, Corey Walgreen, after being questioned by police at school. 

John Duffy, a clinical psychologist, also lost his brother his to suicide. “They (kids) don’t have the ability to say, ‘I’ve gotten past so many things, I know I’ll get past this too,’” Duffy said. “Experience is the only thing that really teaches you that. Even if you hear other people’s stories. Knowing 16-year-olds? They don’t really buy other people’s stories. They feel like, ‘Yeah, that’s your story. But mine’s different. I’m doomed.’ They only know this moment, and this moment feels horrible.”

So what's the next step? One possibility is a requirement for mental health education in schools. NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Health, already has a program in place in which volunteers give free classes to students in junior high and high school. These classes give students basic information about symptoms, treatment options, but most importantly let students know that it's ok not to be ok. Seek help if you need it; talk about it. Stigma is the biggest obstacle in getting help, so the more we talk about mental health, the easier it will get. 


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Viator House of Hospitality:

Saturday, October 5, 2019 
6pm - Reception
7pm - Dinner and Program
You're invited to join us for the second annual Taste of Viator House. You'll enjoy a night of fun and fundraising in support of young men seeking asylum, with dinner inspired by the home countries of our participants, basket raffles, and more.

Tickets are $75 each.

$1000 Table Sponsorship includes table of 8, 
reserved seating and program recognition.

St. Viator High School
1213 E Oakton Street, Arlington Heights, 60004
Hello From Viator House of Hospitality

He was quiet, shy and reserved. He spoke no English. At times he looked quite overwhelmed. That was Ilyas when he joined our program about two years ago after having won asylum while in detention. If not for us, he likely would have been a lost 18-year-old on Chicago's streets - with asylum but nothing else.

But earlier this month he moved out of Viator House into his first apartment, a confident U.S. permanent resident with a steady job, driver's license, bank savings and strong English skills. That's largely because of volunteers from faith and civic community partners like you. 

Ilyas is a smart, hardworking young man with great personal integrity who always jumps to help others when asked. And Viator House helped him refine and direct those many gifts through the commitment of our wonderful staff and the incredible volunteers who have tutored him in English, taught him the Rules of the Road and mentored him in confusing life situations. 

So congrats to you, Ilyas. You once again show us the gifts immigrant youth bring to our nation. And congrats to you, for being part of the Viator House Community. You once again have helped a talented young man refine and unleash those gifts. 

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