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As our 2019-2020 program year is off and running, we are in need of help.  How do we need help?  
  • Stroll to the Polls--a program designed to utilize students and adults to go door to door in low voter turnout areas and get out the vote.  Planning meeting on Tuesday, 10/29 at 1219 E Woodford Pl, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 from 5-6 pm
  • Our 100th Anniversary Gala scheduled at the Metropolis for February 14
  • Our 2020 Annual Meeting scheduled for May 14, 2020
We also have learning and training opportunities available.
  • Observer Training on November 23 at the Mount Prospect Library 
  • League 101 Training on January 12 at the Arlington Heights Library
  • Google Docs TRaining on January 12 at the Arlington Heights Library
We also need help in the following ways:
  • Newsletter
  • Fundraising
  • Membership
  • Mock Elections
  • Issues Specialists: Gun Violence Prevention and Housing tops the list
  • Student Services: Clubs, Girl Scouts
  • Website content (we have a professional service donating their services for the programming of the site but they need guidance regarding the content)

All of these opportunities are on our SignUp genius.  In an effort to keep your inbox from being flooded, we have tried to combine sign-ups whenever possible.  Our leadership team and Board works hard to offer a variety of educational programs, advocacy efforts, and social events to keep our members engaged and empowered.  

How can you be engaged and empowered today?  

Donate Today!
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Climate change is so much more than an environmental issue. It is a human issue.

Coral Reef Fast Fact:

27% of the world’s live coral cover has been lost in the last 30 years because of climate change, pollution, and unsustainable fishing practices. People depend on coral reefs for their livelihood, food, and protection of their homes. 500 million people are negatively affected by this loss.  (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management, 8/2019)

We are on the road to a very significant further loss of coral cover if we do not take steps to mitigate global warming. (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 10/2018)

Human Displacement Fast Fact:

In 2017, there were 30.6 million newly displaced persons. 11.8 million were displaced because of conflicts and 18.8 million were displaced because of disasters. Of the 18.8 million people displaced because of disasters, 18 million were due to weather-related hazards - the majority due to flooding, storms, and droughts. (Global Report on Internal Displacement, 2018)

Disproportionate Effect on Children’s Health Fast Fact:

“Around 88% of the global disease burden of climate change falls on children under 5 years.”

“Over 2 million children who suffer from asthma live in areas of the United States with unhealthy ozone levels by the American Lung Association.” (American Public Health Association)


Not addressing climate change is an injustice to humanity.  Check out our upcoming programs!

Join fellow community members to watch the 2017 award-winning documentary, “Chasing Coral” at the St James School Library on Arlington Heights Road. This breathtakingly beautiful film is rated 100% on the Tomatometer! This is a perfect way to learn about climate change so bring a friend or neighbor and RSVP through Eventbrite to reserve your free ticket and seat. Common Sense rates this movie appropriate for age 9 and up so it is a great Sunday family event (all children must be accompanied by an adult, please.) Bring your 18 year olds to register to vote or update your own voter registration information in preparation for the upcoming elections. Become a Climate Voter! Learn about climate forward legislation and energy efficiency programs. This event will give you the tools to take real action and leave you feeling empowered.


Co-sponsors: St James Earth Shepherds Ministry in partnership with League of Women Voters Arlington Heights- Mount Prospect-Buffalo Grove, Citizens Utility Board, Openlands TreeKeepers

  • Learn why children flee their homes to find asylum in the U.S.

  • Understand the many challenges they face navigating the legal system

  • Hear a powerful personal testimony from a young man seeking asylum

  • Make YOUR voice heard in advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied children

Co-sponsors: Viator House of Hospitality, St. James Peace & Justice

SignUp Genius Link:

LWV has been a champion of government transparency since our founding in 1920. Decisions that determine, for example, how our tax dollars will be spent, how our schools will be run, at what level community safety programs will be funded, and how land in our towns will be used impact our lives and are vital to our well-being. These kinds of decisions need to be made with public input and oversight.

LWV Observers attend local government meetings to learn what their governments are doing, to monitor whether those meetings are conducted in an open and transparent way, and to report back to the local League and community, particularly on those issues LWV has identified as critical to our mission and to take action if necessary. Our efforts in this area reinforce our reputation of fairness, non-partisanship, and trust.

Being a LWV Observer requires a few hours a month as most government agencies meet monthly or bi-monthly.

Please join us for a book club discussion of Climate Justice by Mary Robinson. One of our Environmental Specialists will help lead the discussion of this pressing humanitarian issue. Also , since we will be having our discussion at Willow Yoga,  we will have a short meditation session led by member Susy Goelkel!

Signup Genius:

Mario Perez, Coordinator of  D214's Newcomer's Center will talk about the program and introduce a few former students.  Please bring a $25 gift card for WalMart (preferably) or Target to give current students this holiday season.
Our Calendar

America in One Room

by Madeline McCarren

Put 500+ random people together and get them talking about immigration, the economy and taxes, foreign policy, healthcare and climate change and what happens? Chaos and unpleasantness? NO. With balanced information and a deliberative process, reasonable discussion results. Participants feel privileged to have the experience. They change their thinking, generally moving toward the center. I observed this process at America in One Room.  See the full results here.

This process lives up to the hype. Everyone I spoke with valued the opportunity to participate, even when there were uncomfortable moments. Like when two delegates railed against Section 8 housing, assuming people are just taking advantage, and one of their small group uses a Section 8 voucher. That session ended with tears and hugs.

A1R was covered by CNN and the New York Times and there will be a documentary that we will share when it's available.
So maybe this is what democracy COULD look like. If we demand that decision-makers convene and consult deliberative groups comprising everyday people from all walks of life. And justify any decisions made that are contrary to what the group believes. 

Are you interested in learning more about how this type of community participation could make our Democracy better, get in touch!

PMP:  Per Member Payment.  
*We collect $80 per year as PMP or dues ($10 for students).  After we collect dues, we pay a PMP to State and National LWVs, and we pay a flat rate to the Cook County League (waived for 2020) and our two Inter-League Organizations that cover our local environment.  We are left with about $10 per person to cover our programs--thus why we rely on fundraising!

*PS--we will begin collecting dues at our Annual Holiday Party and dues are due by January 31, 2020.  Want to help us? Drop your check made to LWVAH to 9 South Elmhurst Rd. PO Box 318, Prospect Heights, IL, 60070 today!  Please include your name and DUES 2020 in the memo. (Members joining mid-way through 2019 will not owe any dues until 2021)

A follow up from the event we co-sponsored on Oil Trains: Are Profits Worth Our Risk?

"With oil trains, safety officials recommend evacuating everyone within a half mile of the tracks — an area known as a blast zone.  The potential scale of damage of an LNG accident could be far greater than an oil train. 

Nevertheless, PHMSA and the Federal Railroad Administration proposed no new safety regulations to ensure the lessons of oil trains are applied to LNG by rail — not limiting train length, not requiring modern electronically controlled pneumatic brakes, not instilling new speed limits in populated areas. But then again, the Federal Railroad Administration in the Trump era has specifically said its purpose is to remove regulations and let the railroads volunteer to improve safety."


(Ends on December 23, 2019)
To follow this issue more closely, our partners have set up a website.

There is a bus leaving from Schaumburg; E-mail with your name, phone number, and address to inquire.

Moderators provide an invaluable service to the community by presiding over forums whose overarching goals are to provide a fair, informative, respectful, and inclusive platform for candidates and others to present their views to the public. Moderating a candidates or issues forum is a unique and significant skill and a most rewarding community service. Moderators facilitate a fundamental of democracy – reasoned and respectful discourse. In anticipation of the 2020 election cycle and increased number of forums, trained moderators are needed.  We hope you will consider attending a training session. 
From the Indian Trails Library:
Community Conversation: How Does Change Happen? (registration opens Oct 15)
Film Screening: "Dark Money" (registration opens Oct 15)

From Kevin Morrison, Cook County Commissioner:
WHATPublic Hearing - Cook County 2020 Budget
WHEN: Monday, October 28, @ 6:30 PM
WHERE: Second District Courthouse
                5600 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077
PURPOSE: Gather public input on Executive Budget Recommendation of the President to the Cook County Board of Commissioners and submittal of the Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2020. FREE and open to all.
WHATBoard of Review Property Assessment Appeal Seminar – Barrington Township
WHEN: Monday, October 28, @ 6:00 PM
WHERE: Board Room @ South Barrington Village Hall
               30 S. Barrington Rd, South Barrington, IL 60010
PURPOSE: Learn how to appeal your property assessment with the Cook County Board of Review. Presentation by Commissioner Dan Patlak. Barrington Township is open until Tuesday, November 5th for appeals. FREE and open to all, focus on Barrington Township.
WHATPanel Discussion – Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault with State’s Attorney Kim Foxx
WHEN: Tuesday, October 29, @ 6:00 PM
WHERE: Wojcik Conference Center, Rm 214 @ Harper College
                1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067
PURPOSE: Join us for a panel discussion about domestic violence and sexual assault on campus and how lawmakers, prosecutors, and advocates can work together to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault and support survivors. FREE and open to all.
WHATSmall Business Resource Fair – Schaumburg Area
Friday, November 8, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
WHERE: Roosevelt University
                1440 N Roosevelt Blvd, Schaumburg, IL 60173
PURPOSE: Small business owners, Entrepreneurs, and start-ups can meet with representatives from Cook County, development-focused organizations, and local Chambers of Commerce as they learn what resources are available for them to grow their business. FREE and open to all.
WHATUtility Bill Clinic – Hoffman Estates Area
WHEN: Tuesday, November 12, @ 6:00 PM
WHERE: Hennessy Room @ Hoffman Estates Village Hall
                1900 Hassell Road, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
PURPOSE: Help residents learn ways to be more energy efficient in their home and save money on their utility bills. Partnering with Citizen’s Utility Board (CUB), Cook County Department of Environment & Sustainability, and Elevate Energy. A smart thermometer will be raffled off. FREE and open to all. Registration required to schedule appointment with CUB staff.
WHATUtility Bill Clinic – Streamwood Area
WHEN: Wednesday, November 20, @ 6:00 PM
WHERE: Meeting Room 1 @ Poplar Creek Main Library
                1405 South Park Avenue, Streamwood, IL 60107
PURPOSE: Help residents learn ways to be more energy efficient in their home and save money on their utility bills. Partnering with Citizen’s Utility Board (CUB), Cook County Department of Environment & Sustainability, and Elevate Energy. A smart thermometer will be raffled off. Free and open to all. Registration required to schedule appointment with CUB staff.
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