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Read the latest reports from the League's Observers, including reports of meetings of the College of DuPage Board of Trustees.

100 Years of Women's Vote in Illinois

Get to Know
Katie Marsico

Katie Marsico
The Voter Editor

Katie joined the Elmhurst League of Women Voters in the winter of 2016. She is the proud mother of six children, ranging in age from one to eleven, three of whom attend District 205 schools. Katie received her Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, where she met her husband. They have been married since 2002.

When not working on the next edition of The Voter, Katie serves as one of the co-administrators of the Parents' Advocacy Group of Elmhurst (PAGE), which provides opportunities for Elmhurst parents to discuss and address issues that impact their children. She also writes children's and young-adult reference books and has authored more than 200 titles, including a book for Marshall Cavendish on the U.S. Suffrage Movement. Katie is excited to be involved in the LWV--Elmhurst, and is grateful for all that the organization brings to her community.

Become a Member of the Elmhurst League!
Join Online Now Membership is open to women and men 18 years or older. We have The following membership levels!
Patron: $250
Benefactor: $200
Advocate: $150
Sponsor: $100
Two-Member Household Membership: $100
Individual Membership: $70
Full-time Student Membership: $35

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Mark Your Calendar!

* Thursday, January 26, 7 pm at the Elmhurst Public Library -- Regular General Meeting: Our program will be a discussion with Dr. Jennifer Aldred of American Institutes for Research (AIR), addressing topics such as all-day kindergarten, and other early childhood education issues.

* Sunday, February 12, 1 pm - 5 pm at the Elmhurst City Council Chambers -- The LWV Elmhurst will be hosting our Candidate Forum, featuring candidates for the April consolidated elections. Check back to see a list of races covered and candidates participating. We will also have a Voters Guide available.

* Thursday, March 23, 7 pm at the Elmhurst Public Library -- Regular General Meeting: Watch this space for more information about program to be presented.


* Thursday, April 27, 7 pm at the Elmhurst Public Library -- Celebration of the ten-year anniversary of the Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition.

* Tuesday, May 2, Annual Meeting at Manny's Ale House -- Social Hour begins at 6:30 pm. Business meeting begins at 7 pm.

** To learn about our recent and future activities, view our newsletter, The Voter at http://lwvelmhurst.org/Voter_Holiday_Edition_2016.pdf

Women's March on Washington

January 21, 2107, 10 am, beginning at Independence Avenue and Third Street SW in Washington, D.C. The Women's March on Washington is a grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level. The effort is helmed by four national co-chairs and a national coordinating committee who are working around the clock to pull it all together. For more information, or to find local marches, go to the Women's March on Washington website at https://www.womensmarch.com/event-details.

** On January 10, 2017, the LWVUS Board of Directors voted unanimously for the League to participate officially in the DC March. For League members who were planning to travel to Washington for the event, this means that the LWVUS will coordinate a meeting location in DC and look to march as one unit with signs and buttons. More information will be forthcoming for those interested in marching with the League in Washington.

The Board decision also pertains to state and local leagues interested in participating in sister marches. The Board strongly recommends that any state or local League check its liability with the organizers of the local marches to make sure your League is covered.

Sisters Across the Straits

Registration is now open until February 22, 2017 to join this delegation May 22-28 to visit and experience Cuba. Organized by the LWV Florida beginning in 2011, LWV members will travel with to Cuba to meet Cuba's community leaders, entrepreneurs, university faculty, artists, and others. Delegation members will also meet with counterparts and participate in honest dialogue in order to learn about the role of Cuban men and women in society and explore differences as well as similarities. The aim is to end decades of isolation by building trust and improving relations among people. For more information about this unique opportunity, visit the LWV Florida's website at http://thefloridavoter.org/trips-events-listing/travel-to-cuba/.

Community Events

Holiday Tree Lights Recycling Collection (FROM THE CITY OF ELMHURST WEBSITE) The City of Elmhurst and Elmhurst Park District are partnering with SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) for the seventh annual holiday lights recycling program from Monday, November 14 to Friday, January 20. Look for the bins with the "Holiday Lights" stickers at these locations:

* City Hall, 209 N. York Street: M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
* Courts Plus, 186 S. West Avenue: M-F, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat/Sun 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
* Park District Administrative Building, 375 W. First Street: M-F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
* The Abbey, 407 W. St. Charles Road: M-Th, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; F, 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Acceptable items include Italian mini-lights, traditional lights, extension cords, rope lights, and LED lights in both working and non-working condition. Lawn ornaments or other holiday decorations will not be accepted. Call Anne Scheppele at (630) 993-8941 or email ascheppele@epd.org with any questions. Additional information about recycling is available from SCARCE at www.scarceecoed.org or from Elgin Recycling at www.elginrecycling.com.


To view the election results of races of concern to DuPage County citizens, go to the DuPage County Election Commission's website at http://www.dupageco.org/ElectionResults/

ATTENTION MEMBERS: Volunteers needed for our Observer Corps

Monitoring our local governments by attending their meetings in order to provide our members -- and the public -- with reports of the meetings is an invaluable service provided by the League. We are building up our Observer Corps, but we need your help! There are still many government meetings for which we have no observer.

If you are interested in attending and observing our local government meetings as a member of the Observer Corps, please do the following:

  • Click here for the spreadsheet listing meetings through November of 2016.
  • Add your name to the meeting for which you are able attend, observe and provide a report.
  • Send an email to our Observer Director, Becky Lipton, at observerreports@lwvelmhurst.org to let her know which meetings you will be able to attend.
You may also email Becky with any questions you might have.

Thank you for your consideration!

What's going on with other Local Leagues?

Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30 pm, Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane Street in Glen Ellyn: The LWV Glen Ellyn presents: An Evening with Dr. Ann Rondeau, President, College of DuPage. Learn more about the new COD President and her ideas about the future of the College. Doors open at 7 pm.

To view news from the Glen Ellyn League, the Naperville League, and the Wheaton League, go to their recent issues of their newsletters:

Glen Ellyn League's November 2016 edition of The Voter, can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/cs4s4ngpypiirby/current_voter.pdf?dl=0

Wheaton League's link to its October 2016 issue of The Voter, can be found athttp://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a3201292146ef49428132b05f&id=1a98d3322c&e=ed874e8451

Naperville League's link to its December 2016 newsletter, The Naperville Voter, can be found at http://www.lwvnaperville.org/files/11-1216voter_draft_3.pdf

Car Pool/Ride Share

Do you need a ride or want to carpool to a League event? Send an email to secretary@lwvelmhurst.org

The Observer Reports now include December 2016 meetings of the School Board, City Council, Library Board, Park Board and the College of DuPage Board of Trustees.

To view pictures of highlights from our government meetings taken by members of our Observer Corps, including the recognition of individuals/groups, go to our "A Peek from the Observer's Seat" page.

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