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Issues and Action

The League of Women Voters will only take action on issues we have studied and on which we have reached consensus, that is, general member agreement.

Let the President, your Congressmen, and your Illinois legislators know how you feel about today's issues. You can find contact information for your US Congressional representatives and Illinois State legislators on the Illinois State Board of Elections website.

Phone calls to the White House can be made to 202-456-1414. Phone calls to Members of Congress can be made through the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121.

IMMIGRATION: League Positions

Illinois League:

  • The League of Women Voters of Illinois believes that the State of Illinois should promote local community efforts to provide orientation and counseling services for immigrants regardless of documentation status. The State of Illinois should support funding efforts for these services by encouraging federal funding and by the use of funds from the state and local governments as well as from the private sector.

  • The League of Women Voters of Illinois believes the State of Illinois should promote and fund educational programs and materials that seek to inform all workers, including documented and undocumented immigrants, of their rights in the workplace.

  • The League of Women Voters of Illinois believes the State of Illinois should provide "driving certificates" or some other form of proof of driving validation to undocumented drivers, allowing those drivers to drive legally and ensuring that they would have passed a state driving test. The LWVIL also believes the State of Illinois should permit and encourage auto insurance providers to issue insurance coverage to holders of such driving certificates.

  • The League of Women Voters of Illinois opposes the deputization of state and local police to enforce immigration laws in Illinois.

  • The League of Women Voters of Illinois opposes legislation or ordinances at the state and local level that would penalize landlords for renting to undocumented immigrants.

  • The League of Women Voters of Illinois opposes legislation or ordinances at the state and local level that would prohibit the issuance of business permits to undocumented immigrants.

  • The League of Women Voters of Illinois does not support extending the right to vote to undocumented immigrants.

League of Women Voters of the U.S.:

The League of Women Voters believes that immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet the economic, business and employment needs of the United States; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises. Provision should also be made for qualified persons to enter the United States on student visas. All persons should receive fair treatment under the law.

Read the U.S. League's full policy on Immigration HERE.


Become a Grass Roots Advocate!

Would you like the Illinois State League to alert you when key decisions are pending on the issues you care about? Sign up to be a Grassroots Advocate here!

Resolve to Become a Cool Citizen!

The Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition is a volunteer coalition of local institutions, organizations, business leaders and citizens working to achieve the goals of the Sierra Club Cool Cities campaign and the U.S. Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement. In Elmhurst, the League of Women Voters has been instrumental in forming and leading the coalition, along with local Sierra Club members.

Global warming requires solutions at every level. Cool Cities not only brings real solutions at local levels, it also showcases solutions for others to model and builds leadership to ensure solutions are implemented at state levels and nation-wide. Hybrid cars, energy efficient buildings, and renewable energy are just a few of the many ways to make this real. To read more about the League's involvement with the Cool Cities Coalition, click here.

Read an overview of Elmhurst Cool Cities' history and activities, and the Elmhurst Cool Cities Pledge. You can help by taking the Cool Cities Pledge yourself and making a personal commitment to keep our environment at the forefront of your daily activities.

Previous Issues Adressed by LWV Elmhurst

The impact of Illinois' fiscal crisis on our own communities: How does the Illinois fiscal crisis affect you and your neighbors? The Elmhurst League, along with others across the state, surveyed a variety of local governmental entities, not for profit agencies, and private sector providers to find out where state shortfalls are and how these groups are coping with late and/or reduced funding. Please click here to review our summary of the survey results.

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