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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

LaGrange League Hosts Program on Immigration

On October 29th, the LaGrange League of Women Voters hosted a program on immigration presented by Craig Mousin. Mousin, who also co-founded DePaul University's Asylum and Refugee Legal Clinic and serves as university ombudsman, detailed how strong opposing viewpoints make action difficult.

Rather than offering specific solutions, Mousin painted broad brushstrokes for change.

"We're putting so much more money into the apprehension and detention, rather than processing requests," he said. "We could instead do more by spending money on processing, providing enough judges and streamlining forms. There's an 18-month backlog, once someone is detained."

Read much more about the issues at this article in The Doings.

Interested In Running In A Local Election?

Date: Saturday, November 15th, 1PM

Where: Westchester Public Library

On Saturday, November 15th at 1pm at the Westchester Public Library, 10700 Canterbury, Westchester, Jason A. Guisinger & Gregory T. Smith of Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins LTD will tell you everything you need to do to get on the ballot for the April 2015 local elections.

Are you interested in running or do you know someone who wants to run in next April's local elections? Want to know what needs to be done to get on the ballot for the April 2019 election? If so, you must file your application and nominating petitions by December 22nd.

November Meeting: Charter Schools

Date: Wednesday, November 19th, 7-9PM

Where: LaGrange Public Library

At the last LWVIL Convention in 2013 the convention delegates voted to update the LWVIL Charter School position. On Wednesday, November 19 at the La Grange Library, the La Grange Area League will have a membership meeting to review and discuss the information compiled by the LWVVIL Charter School Study Committee. This will be preparation for a later consensus meeting on the questions from LWVIL. Since the LWVIL Committee has compiled lots of information you might want to check out some of the information prior to the November meeting. You can find articles and a video of a panel discussion at:

And to get you started thinking about all the issues with charter schools you will find the current LWVIL position on Charter Schools as well as the nine Consensus Questions included in this newsletter. Any questions contact Kathi Graffam at

Interested in Foreign US Foreign Policy?

Are you interested in learning about US foreign policy and discussing it with others? Every year the LaGrange League sponsors a discussion group that uses materials from the Great Decisions Program prepared by the Foreign Policy Association. The group meets monthly here in LaGrange, starting in January.

Interested? Check out the program here, and email us at so we can sign you up!

Our October Newsletter

You can access our October Newsletter here.