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Erika Ehmann
Elmhurst Park District

Erika Ehmann

Erika, a rising senior in Elmhurst College's Pre-Law Professional Program, is majoring in Political Science with minors in Criminal Justice and Urban Studies. Her activities include: Destinations Chair for the College's Event Programming Board; Vice President of Standards of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity; Student Representative on the Student Activity Fee Allocation Board; Building Manager of the Student Union; Student Worker in the Office of Student Activities; and Representative on the Student Union Council. Additionally, Erika is a member of Pi Gamma Mu, the College's Social Science Honors Society, an Intern at the 12th Judicial Circuit Court in Sarasota, Florida, and currently doing political movie research for a professor on sabbatical.

Erika's participation in these organizations has inspired her future aspirations. She will be going to law school and, with her interest in State and Local government, would like to become a State Prosecutor. Erika recognizes that local government gives the opportunity for its employees to connect, interact and, most importantly, represent the State and individuals in attempt to serve justice. Being a representative for her State's local government would be not only gratifying, but making a long-term aspiration a reality.

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  • Thursday, September 25, 2014. Program Meeting. 7 p.m. at the Elmhurst Public Library. Community Update with School District 205 Superintendent Dave Pruneau, Park District Executive Director Jim Rogers, and City Mayor Steve Morley). Questions from the League, as well as the public, will be submitted to the panelists.

Shop Talk

Interested in what else the League has been up to? Read our May 2014 Shop Talk Newsletter at http://lwvelmhurst.org/ST_May2014.PDF. For links to read our past Shop Talk editions, go to http://lwvelmhurst.org/memberspage.asp.

What's going on with other Local Leagues?

The League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Region is collaborating with the League of Women Voters of Illinois Education Fund to educate citizens about stormwater runoff. The project was partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Coastal Management Program under the funding categories of Nonpoint Source Pollution and Climate Change. A powerpoint presentation is one component of the project, covering the following topics:

  • More frequent heavy rains increase flooding and stormwater runoff
  • Environmental impacts of runoff on Lake Michigan, streams, and rivers
  • Choices residents may make to help our environment & prevent flooding
  • Green infrastructure options for homeowners to mitigate water pollution & flooding
All League members are invited to attend an upcoming program, and invite your friends and family to attend as well. The program particularly appeals to those that care about the environment, especially the Lake & our water resources, gardeners, and homeowners who have experienced flooding.

Upcoming dates and locations include:
  • July 31, 5:30 pm, at the Waukegan Library, located at 128 N. County Street in Waukegan, IL
  • August 7, 7 pm, at the Highland Park Public Library, located at 494 Laurel Avenue in Highland Park, IL
  • September 11, 1 pm, at the Glencoe Public Library, located at 320 Park Avenue in Glencoe, IL
  • September 14, 2 pm, at the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency, located at 200 Rockland Avenue in Lake Bluff, IL
  • Sept. 20, 10:30 am, at the Zion-Benton Public Library, located at 2400 Gabriel Avenue in Zion, IL CLOSE BY WISCONSINITES!
For additional programs, go to http://www.lwvlmr.org/.


  • Wednesday, September 17, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., at the Downers Grove Fire Station : LWV Downers Grove-Woodridge-Lisle is holding a Voter Education forum on the five ballot questions that will appear on the Downers Grove ballots, some binding and others advisory. Also, the program will address the changes in our voting laws. The panel will include Robert T. Saar, Director of the DuPage Election Commission, and Rey Lopez-Calderon, the Director of Common Cause Illinois, as well as the State League's Issues Specialist. The DG Fire Station is located at 5420 Main Street (parking off 55th just west of Main). For more information, go the League's website at http://www.dgwl.il.lwvnet.org/.

  • Thursday, September 18, at 7 p.m., at Edison Middle School, 1125 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton: The LWV Wheaton will be showing the "Rise Above the Mark". The film will be followed by an audience question and answer session, moderated by Jean Pierce, Co-Chair of the LWVIL Issues Committee and Co-Chair of the Charter School Position Update Committee. The public is welcome to attend.


To view upcoming events and other 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 The Voter
Wheaton League's The Voter
Naperville League's link to its newsletter, The Voter, can be found at http://naperville.il.lwv.org/newsletter.html

Cool Cities CoalitionNeeded: LWV Elmhurst Rep for Cool Cities Coalition

Are you interested in the environment? Would you like to work with Cool Cities members from the Library, College, City Centre, Bike Club, AAUW, Garden Club, churches, The City, and with other local interested businesses and "cool" citizens? LWV Elmhurst has been well-represented in the Cool Cities Coalition, but we currently need someone new to volunteer to attend the Coalition meetings. Please consider becoming the Elmhurst League's Cool Cities representative.

To read about the League's involvement with the Cool Cities Coalition, click here. For more information, please contact Sue Whitworh at president@lwvelmhurst.org.

LWV Elmhurst Members in Action!

Despite predictions of 8 - 10 inches of snow on February 1, eight Elmhurst Leaguers braved what was potentially the worst storm of the season to attend the LWVIL Issues Briefing in the Chicago Loop. The Briefing featured topics which will feature prominently in the current legislative session, including fracking, redistricting, a graduated rate income tax, and charter schools. Supporting materials from the event may be viewed by clicking here.

Issues Briefing 2014

LWV Elmhurst Board Members Sue Williams, Sue Whitworth and Jan Dorner
listen intently at the presentations.

Issues Briefing 2014

LWV Elmhurst Members Sue Williams, Laura Kratz and Marilyn Thompson
discuss the information presented at the Issues Briefing.

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 July and August 2014 meetings of the Park District, School Board and City Council.

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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