The LWVIL Board voted unanimously to support a Citizen Initiative on Redistricting: the Illinois Fair Map Amendment. This proposed constitutional amendment would take redistricting out of the hands of the General Assembly, allow for public participation and input, create transparency, and provide a process that would make the once-every-decade map drawing process just and equitable.
Local Leagues will collect signatures on petitions to get the proposed amendment on the November 2010 ballot, educate our communities on why it is important to support this initiative, and encourage others to support this effort as well. We are aiming for 500,000 signatures. We can do it!
Lake County Candidates Forums
10th Congressional District Candidates' Forum
Thursday, January 7, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
New Trier West High School, Bldg. C - Room 234
7 Happ Road, Northfield, IL
This forum is being held in cooperation with the several
Leagues of Women Voters in the 10th Congressional District of Illinois.
The Democratic and Republican candidates running in the
Feb. 2 Primary Election have been invited to participate.
8th Congressional District and 62nd
State Representative District
Sunday, January 10, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
Grayslake Central High School, 400 N. Lake St.
This forum is being co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lake County, the Grayslake Community
High School District #127, and the Daily Herald. For the
Congressional race, all 6 Republicans have agreed to attend. The Democratic write-in candidate,Jonathan Farnick, has
agreed to attend and we are waiting to hear from
Democratic incumbent, Melissa Bean.
For the 62nd state representative district race, Sandy Cole,
incumbent Republican and Paul Mitchell will participate. The Democratic primary race is not contested.
59th State Representative District, and
Appellate Court and 19th Circuit Court
Sunday, January 17, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
Laschen Community Center, Board Room
294 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills, IL
This forum is being co-sponsored by the League of Women
Voters of Lake County and the Daily Herald. Both the
Democratic and Republican candidates will be participating.
Judicial candidates for the Appellate Court and the
19th Circuit Court, 4th Sub-district have been invited. They will not debate, but each candidate may make a two minute presentation of his/her qualifications.
60th State Representative District and
the Lake County Sheriff
Sunday, January 24, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
Greenbelt Cultural Center
1215 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL
This forum is co-sponsored by the LWV-LC, the NAACP, and
the Waukegan Leadership Council. For the 60th State
Representative race, Eddie Washington, Democratic
incumbent, and Angelo Kyle will attend. For the Sheriff race, the Democrats John Krempotic and Douglas Roberts will
debate. The Republican side is not contested in the primary for either race.
2010 Census: Striving for a "Complete Count"
Census questionnaires will go out in March, 2010. Population figures compiled by the Census every 10 years help
determine the distribution of federal funds and the setting of political boundaries. It is especially important to get
the word out to Illinois' often undercounted poor and minority residents. In 2000, only 55 percent of Chicagoans
mailed in their forms — one of the worst return rates among the nation's major cities.
For every person in Illinois who does not send their Census questionnaire back, the state misses out on hundreds
of dollars per year. The Brookings Institution puts that figure at $12,000 per person over the next ten years.
LWVIL Selected as Lead Agency for IL Complete Count
The League of Women Voters of Illinois is pleased to announce that they have been selected by Governor Quinn
as the lead agency for Illinois’ Complete Count Committee: "Everybody In.. No One Left Out!" for Census 2010.
The League will collaborate with the Governor's office to help select Complete Count Committee members from
non-profit organizations, business community, faith-based organizations, and the media. Working with these
organizations and local Leagues from around the state, the LWVIL will help ensure that Illinois is fully counted.
The League of Women Voters of Lake County is pleased to be actively engaged in grass-roots activities that benefit our
communities, state, and nation. We also enjoy the comraderie of working with others on these projects and meeting for social
and educational purposes. Thank you for your interest in the League of Women Voters.