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It's been a few weeks since we have gotten out a newsletter--as a 100% volunteer organization we do what we can when we can, and I am grateful for all of the people willing and able to work to better our democracy both locally and beyond.  If you can help us in any small way, please contact our President, Heidi Graham; she is always willing to sit down and discuss how League can best serve you. 

What have we accomplished?
  • We actively lobbied against Resolutions 1 and 3 of the Illinois School Board Association's annual meeting which would have provided for either arming teachers or resource staff. The efforts of League and other gun violence prevention organizations were successful.   Of all of our area school districts, Only District 57 and 23 responded to our query on how they would vote.  Please let your District 57 and 23 school board members know you appreciate their vote to stand against firearms in schools.  
  • Our environmental committee hosted a movie viewing of "Chasing Coral."
  • We co-hosted a program on Asylum Seekers with Viator House of Hospitality and other like-minded organizations.
  • Members of the leadership team had a fun outing to LIPS for a drag show because all work and no play make League a drag.  
  • Congratulations to our own Gilda Karu of LWV Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Buffalo Grove and Vicki Martin of LWV Palatine for submitting the winning theme for the LWVIL 100th Anniversary Commemorative Luncheon. 
    Honoring our Past, Envisioning our Future 
    ...We're Not Done Yet
What do we have to look forward to?
  • Our League continues to reach thousands of high school students to encourage our youngest voters to participate in their democracy.  On December 3, we will be working with 8th-grade students as part of this initiative.  Check out our sign up genius to see how you can help us engage the next generation of voters.  
  • We will have our annual holiday party on Friday, December 6 to celebrate all of our hard work, kick off our membership drive and renewal season, hear from Mario Perez of High School District 214's Newcomer Center and support the students by collecting $25 gift cards for the NewComer students.  Check out our SignUp Genius to RSVP.
  • We will have another League Training on January 12 at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  From 2-2:45 we will cover League 101 and from 2:45-4 pm we will have a Google Docs training.  
  • We will be showing "The BlackkKlansman"  for our annual MLK movie night at the Mount Prospect Memorial library on January 20.  The doors will open at 6 pm and the movie will begin at 6:30.  Join us as we explore hate groups in our own back yard and discus what we can do about them.
  • Our Observer Corp Training, which was scheduled for November 23, has been rescheduled for a date TBD. Stay tuned.
  • And book clubs, podcast clubs, advocacy, education, and more!
But wait, aren't you forgetting something really important?
That's right!  On Friday, February 14 we will be celebrating 100 years of League!  It's time to get dressed up (yes!  a fancy event!) and celebrate at the Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights.  Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite and the first 100 guests will receive a complimentary Susan B. Anthony Commemorative Dollar Coin.  The evening includes dinner and entertainment and we will be honoring member and Environmental Committee Chair Regina de Leon Gomez with the inaugural "Pat Lindner Award" for her incredible work educating and advocating on behalf of the environment and Dan Petro, President of High School District 214's School Board will be accepting our "Ally Award." Our partnership with High School District 214 helps us reach thousands of voters each year.  

But there is more!  Purchase a table of 8 for added value!  

Platinum - ONE priority table, seating for 8 - $2500

  • Presenting sponsor logo placement at Gala
  • High-visibility speaking opportunity at Gala for company representative
  • Full-page prominent ad in Gala program book
  • Priority name/logo recognition in all Gala printed materials and LWVAH website
  • Inclusion in traditional media promotion
  • Customized social media recognition

Gold – ONE prime table, seating for 8 - $2000

  • Full page ad in gala program book
  • Prime name and logo recognition in all gala printed materials and on LWVAH website
  • Inclusion in traditional media promotion
  • Customized social media recognition.

Silver - Preferred table, seating for 8 -$1500

  • Half-page advertisement in Gala program book
  • Name recognition in all Gala printed material and on LWVAH website
  • Customized social media recognition

Bronze- Reserved table, seating for 8 - $1250

  • Name and logo recognition in all GALA printed materials.

*single tickets are $150 per person for members; 175 per person non-members (all non-members receive a 2020 LWVAH membership with their ticket!)

Or purchase a stand-alone ad:

  • Platinum -      Full page - $500
  • Gold -         ½ page - $300
  • Silver -      ¼ page - $150
Contact Committee Chair and League President Heidi Graham at for sponsorship opportunities.  

Pat Linder: A Master's Degree in League

Pat Linder, League member since 1958, describes her membership with League of Women Voters as being her “graduate degree.”  High praise from someone like Pat who has lived an interesting and colorful life. 

Many of Pat’s family ended up in South America because her grandfather was sent to Uruguay at the turn of the century to set up a meatpacking facility.  Because her father spoke Spanish and Portuguese, he too was transferred to Brazil with Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, and Pat spent her formative years in South America.  When she was 15, her family returned to The States and they lived in New York.  Pat enjoyed school and was an excellent student.  She attended Duke University and earned a degree in Sociology and planned to pursue a career in Social Welfare.  While at Duke, Pat had her first brush with The League; one of her favorite Political Science professors was a League member and participated in the Raleigh, NC League activities.  Though Pat did not join The League while an undergraduate, the seeds of interest were planted.

After graduation, the CIA recruited Pat because she could speak Portuguese and appointed her an editor for Latin American Affairs.  It was while living in Washington, DC working for the CIA that Pat first joined  League.  In DC, she also met her first husband and embarked on another adventure:  wife and mother.  But being a wife and mother did not mean Pat was no longer interested in politics or social welfare.  Pat sees League as a “post-graduate” course in issues near and far.  In fact, Pat has always been an active League member, through all phases of her life:  early career, motherhood, single parenthood, and retirement. 

Pat describes herself as someone “not interested in being an agitator, but interested in being informed.”  In fact, she noted that many of the issues League studied in the earliest years of her membership, the need for townships, electing versus appointing judges, and equality in education to name a few, are still issues we face and study today.  Pat encourages anyone interested in learning about issues in a non-partisan environment and meeting intelligent, enjoyable people, who want to keep their minds active to join League of Women Voters.  

**Join us at our 100th Anniversary Gala to celebrate Pat's legacy; we are thrilled to have Pat as our featured guest of honor.

Please bring a $25 gift card to Wal Mart or Target for the students of the NewComer's Center

We are a 100% volunteer organization.  Current members, PLEASE fill out our membership form and pay your dues!  

It's not too late to donate to Rep. Mark Walker's Warm Clothing Drive!

Bookmark our calendar!
PMP:  Per Member Payment
Did you know your membership in your local League includes your membership in the County, State, and National Leagues as well as the Lake Michigan and Upper Mississipi River Region Leagues?  Our League pays out the majority of dues we collect to these Leagues and retain only about $10 per member.  Which is why we need to fundraise for all of our amazing programs that are brought to the community without a single paid employee.  Current Members, please fill out a renewal form and pay dues.  Not a member,  join today!  
Order your copy of LWV's Issues and Advocacy

See your favorite Broadway shows at a discount and support our Local League.  

I call that a win/win!

(More shows and dates coming soon)
This From the D25 School Board Meeting, by Miel Johnson (Observer Corp Chair)

District 25 Report Card 
  • Testing results from the previous year were presented.  The district report card is available at  
  • This report card shows a number of statistics for the district including performance on standardized tests for the district relative to the state, per-pupil expenditure by school, average class size, student demographics, pupil: teacher ratio, summary designations for each school in the district, etc.  
2019 Tax Levy
  • The School Board plans a public hearing at the December 12th Board Meeting to discuss the 2019 tax levy.  
  • The meeting will be held at 7:30PM at the Dunton Administration Building at 1200 South Dunton Avenue.  
  • The School Board plans to adopt the tax levy proposal at this meeting.  
  • Citizens are invited to attend and are able to make public comment during the meeting; comment cards are provided and time is allowed at the beginning of the meeting for these comments.

Thursday, December 5, 2019     9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Affordable housing was identified as the top issue local Leagues wanted to focus on in 2020.  LWVIL is fortunate to have a number of members who have extensive experience in this arena--from the policy and legislative perspective to fair housing enforcement, local housing commissions, and in the development of affordable housing.   
Please join us in the first of a series of workshops designed to support your local efforts to bring affordable housing to your communities.  At this meeting you will:
--Learn from each other:  the status of affordable housing in our communities, obstacles we face, and what some Illinois Leagues have been doing to raise the profile on this issue.
--Be updated on the status of legislative initiatives to strengthen Illinois' affordable housing law.
--Receive a toolkit with background materials and resources on affordable housing, and training on a blueprint for approaching this issue in your community. 
This workshop will be held at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, 67 E. Madison St., #2000, Chicago 60603.
RSVP is required.   If you have questions, contact Sheri Latash (LWV Glenview-Glencoe) at 847-309-3905.  RSVP to no later than December 1, 2019.  Please let us know you will be attending at 

LWVIL is participating in the LWVUS People-Powered Fair Maps campaign and will concentrate its work on having the Illinois General Assembly pass the Fair Maps Amendment. The Fair Maps Amendment provides for an Independent Commission to draw legislative districts instead of state legislators as defined in the Illinois Constitution. The Constitutional Amendment needs to pass both the Illinois House and Senate by May 3, 2020 to be placed on the November 2020 General Election Ballot.
LWVIL will kick off the campaign with a training session for local League representatives on December 9 from 9:30-11:30 at the LWVIL office (332 S. Michigan, Chicago).  Participants will get basic information and will be asked to give input on our campaign plan to pass the Fair Maps Amendment.
Right now we are trying to anticipate how large a room we need for the training.
If you will be able to attend the meeting please email Paula Lawson at as soon as possible and let us know you will be attending at 

Thank you for your interest in redistricting.  This is the year to get the Fair Maps Amendment placed on the Ballot.


News from the Cook County League 

Find Out What Happens in the Budget Meetings: Cook County President Preckwinkle presented a proposed $6.18 billion budget for 2020 to the Board on October 10. No new taxes or fees are proposed. The Finance Committee will begin meeting with all department heads on October 28.  As a result of those meetings, the Board will consider amendments and is expected to finalize the 2020 budget by mid-November. Cook County League members will be at these meetings, and you can read what happens in the Observer Reports on

Report from the Housing Affordability and Residential Desegregation (HARD) Interest Group:  After researching the question “What can Cook County government do to promote affordable rental housing for families with children while reducing segregation?”, HARD presented its report to the League Board. One of the findings was that Cook County’s jurisdiction is narrow and has very little power over housing. Instead, it is the State and municipal governments which can play the main roles in promoting affordable housing. Accordingly, the County League will be sending the Report to the Chicago and the other local Leagues, as well as the LWVIL, so they can utilize the information and resources to consider what further study and action they may wish to do. We’ll let you know when the report has been posted on the LWVCC website.

  New Voting Equipment:  Members of the League’s Voter Service Committee met with the Cook County Deputy Clerk for Elections, who discussed security efforts and showed the new voting equipment. One of the main take-aways from the visit: election judges in suburban Cook County will no longer have to move and set up heavy voting equipment! Instead, to set up the touch screens and ballot scanners, the judges will simply be opening up doors on the newly configured “big blue box” that contains all the equipment and supplies. If you use the touch screen, it will print out your ballot, which will then be put through the scanner along with all paper ballots that are hand-marked. The new equipment will be utilized throughout Cook County for the March 17 Illinois Primary.

Read the Observer Reports:  You can read what is happening at the Cook County, Forest Preserves, Metropolitan Water Reclamation, and Cook County Health boards by going to the League web site and clicking on Observer Reports. Check them out! 
LWV Upper Mississippi River Region (UMRR) Educational Program - December 2 
North Suburban Library District Public Library, 
6340 N 2nd St,  Loves Park, IL 61111

On Monday, December 2, the LWV UMRR Board will meet at the North Suburban Library District Public Library in Loves Park, just outside Rockford, Illinois.   

The public is invited to join us at the library for an educational program that begins at 1pm, featuring Nadine Miller and Jamie Rott from the Rockford Water Department talking about water and climate change in Rockford.  Beth Baransky and Bonnie Cox from LWV Jo Daviess (Galena, IL) will be on hand to talk about their local water project in Galena, which is sure to be an exciting and engaging talk!  

How about purchasing reuseable straws as stocking stuffers? 
identify, identity:  Terms often used when describing gender or gender expression. They can help convey personal connections to gender while capturing the nuance that a person’s identity may contradict expectations.  James identifies as female.
Deborah’s family accepted her gender identity.
The leadership team proving being in League is anything but a drag.

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