Tuesday, October 25, 2016

League Helps Round Lake High School Students Experience a “Real-World” Election Process

With the election just two weeks away, classes began today at Round Lake High School with juniors and seniors gearing up to cast their vote in a mock election, organized by the League of Women Voters. Students in Government, U.S. History and Economics lined the hallways waiting for their ballot in what appeared to be a true polling place. As part of the curriculum, students have learned about the voting process and all the rules that go along with it. Students stood in line, some holding posters supporting their preferred presidential
candidate, but knew that there would be no electioneering once they passed the blue line.

At one point, you could hear a group of students chanting their candidate’s name!
This experience was made possible through the coordination of League of Women Voters members, Judy Armstrong and Jeanne Kearby along with Round Lake High School representatives Christina Cacciatore, Sarah Fontana and Doug Barnshaw. Armstrong and Kearby played a part in the overall experience today by checking voters in and distributing ballots. “Voting is a fundamental of the American experience and the League of Women Voters has promoted educated voting since its formation in 1908. Educating our youth by providing such a “real” voting experience is essential to their growth,” said Armstrong.
Kearby commented, “Round Lake High School did a great job organizing this event and have really made the layout look like a true polling place. I applaud the staff for doing such an amazing job in making this experience available to students at Round Lake.”
If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact Heather Bennett, Public Relations Officer, at hbennett@rlas-116.org or 847-270-9007.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

CMAP On To 2050 - Waukegan Session

     A full house of over 40 Lake County residents gathered on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Park Place Senior Center in Waukegan to provide input for the regional plan being developed by Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).

     Members of the community, including members the sponsoring organizations, the League of Women Voters - Lake County, Clean Power Lake County, Sierra Club, AAUW Waukegan Area Branch, Christ Episcopal Church, NAACP, Most Blessed Trinity, Waukegan Main Street and Greater Waukegan Development Coalition were led by CMAP staff through a series of questions and small group discussions to weigh in with their thoughts about transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues for Lake County and the Northeastern Illinois region.
   
     CMAP's goal is to develop, within the next two years, a new comprehensive regional plan, called ON TO 2050.  CMAP is the planning organization for the seven counties of northeastern Illinois and helps coordinate strategies for the region's 284 communities to address housing, economic development, transportation, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues. CMAP is gathering input from residents via community meetings throughout the area and also in the following ways:
     E-mail  at onto2050@cmap.illinois.gov
     Follow  on Twitter @cmap.illinois.gov, #2050BigIdeas
     Like  on Facebook facebook.com/1CMap, #2050BigIdeas
     Visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/onto2050 and click "Get Involved" to learn more and subscribe to CMAP's Weekly Update.




Friday, June 24, 2016

ON TO 2050: 40 Lake County Residents Share Vision for 2050 at CMAP Workshop

     Forty Lake County residents gathered on Thursday evening, June 23, 2016, at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake to weigh in with their thoughts about transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment,  and other quality-of-life issues for Lake County and the Northeastern Illinois region.
     Led by staff from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the workshop was sponsored by the Liberty Prairie Foundation, the League of Women Voters - Lake County, and Livable Lake County.
     CMAP's goal is to develop, within the next two years, a new comprehensive regional plan, called ON TO 2050.  CMAP is the planning organization for the seven counties of northeastern Illinois and helps coordinate strategies for the region's 284 communities to address housing, economic development, transportation, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues. CMAP is gathering input from residents via community meetings throughout the area and also in the following ways:
     E-mail  at onto2050@cmap.illinois.gov
     Follow  on Twitter @cmap.illinois.gov, #2050BigIdeas
     Like  on Facebook facebook.com/1CMap, #2050BigIdeas
     Visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/onto2050 and click "Get Involved" to learn more and subscribe to CMAP's Weekly Update.
     Another community program sponsored by the League of Women Voters-Lake County and numerous other community groups will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Park Place Senior Center at 414 S. Lewis Ave., Waukegan.



Sunday, June 19, 2016

LWV-LAKE COUNTY CO-SPONSORS: CMAP - ON TO 2050

What are your big ideas for the region's future? The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and its partners are developing a new comprehensive regional plan - called ON TO 2050 - and we need your perspective on how our region should look in 2050. Join us at one of these workshops co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Lake County.  CMAP is the planning organization for the seven counties of northeastern Illinois and helps coordinate strategies for the region's 284 communities to address housing, economic development, transportation, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.  It is supposed to be very interactive; they really want to hear from you!
Click on this link to register:  https://docs.google.com/…/1y3xp_RbLZdppTYHpISionbe…/viewform




Tuesday, March 1, 2016

LWV - Lake County members attend LWV - Illinois annual Issues Briefing

Members of the League of Women Voters - Lake County spent the day downtown Chicago on Saturday, February 27, at the state League's annual Issues Briefing.  This is an opportunity for League members from all over the state to learn more about issues about which the League has positions and concerns.  Positions on issues are determined by grassroots study and consensus and are used as the basis for our advocacy and outreach activities.  At this year's Issues Briefing there were sessions and workshops on gun violence prevention, public education, re-districting reform, the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, criminal justice reform, healthy waters, mental health problems among prisoners, and consolidation of governmental units. We welcomed numerous expert speakers, including State Representative Elaine Nekritz (57th), State Senator Daniel Biss (9th), and U. S. Representative Robin Kelly (IL 2nd).  Although the League of Women Voters is most known for its work in helping people register and vote and for presenting candidate debates, we are also proud of our advocacy on issues of importance to the public.  
Jeanne Kearby and Linda Bartmes 

Jane Partridge
Connie Wesley