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PROGRAM MEETING -- Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 pm at the Elmhurst Public Library: Join us as we show the film Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA. The post film audience participation session will focus on ways to make our voices heard in our local communities and at the State and Federal level.
Members have received additional information about the program via email.
To curb the proliferation of the private ownership of handguns and their irresponsible use, the League supports a ban on the further manufacture, sale, transportation and importation of handguns and their parts.
The League advocates restricting access to automatic and semi-automatic assault type weapons. These weapons present a clear and unequivocal danger to public safety. The League believes that it is essential to restrict or prohibit the possession and sale, manufacture, importation and transportation of semi-automatic assault type weapons for private ownership. Additionally, the sale of ammunition for these weapons should be restricted or prohibited.
The League favors restrictive legislation at both the state and federal levels.
This program is open to the public and not an Elmhurst Public Library program.
What else are we up to?
To learn about our recent and future activities, view our newsletter, The Voter at http://www.lwvelmhurst.org/Voter_September_2016.pdf
Get Ready for the Upcoming Election!
Go to our Voting and Elections Page for information about voting in the upcoming November 8, 2016 General Election, including information about the "Safe Roads Amendment" ballot question.
NOT YET REGISTERED TO VOTE? Visit https://ova.elections.il.gov/ to register to vote or to change your address online by Sunday, October 23, 2016. Or visit the DuPage Election Commission office in Wheaton. This is the only way to change your information before election day.
Want to become an Election Judge? DON'T FORGET -- High Schoolers and College Students can become Election Judges, too!
Are you a college student, or are you a High School junior or senior or know one who would like to serve as a PAID election judge in the upcoming elections? Check out the College Student and High School Election Judge programs run by the DuPage Election Commission. College Students and High School juniors or seniors can become election judges and earn money for doing the training and serving as judges. To find out more about this unique opportunity, including the requirements, duties and applications, go to the DuPage Election Commission's website at https://www.dupageco.org/Election/Get_Involved/37078/.
ATTENTION MEMBERS: Volunteers needed for our Observer Corps
Monitoring our local governments by attending their meetings in order to provide our members -- and the public -- with reports of the meetings is an invaluable service provided by the League. We are building up our Observer Corps, but we need your help! There are still many government meetings for which we have no observer.
If you are interested in attending and observing our local government meetings as a member of the Observer Corps, please do the following:
You may also email Becky with any questions you might have.
- Click here for the spreadsheet listing meetings through November of 2016.
- Add your name to the meeting for which you are able attend, observe and provide a report.
- Send an email to our Observer Director, Becky Lipton, at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know which meetings you will be able to attend.
Thank you for your consideration!
What's going on with other Local Leagues?
To view 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 September 2016 edition of The Voter, can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/cs4s4ngpypiirby/current_voter.pdf?dl=0
Wheaton League's link to its September/October 2016 issue of The Voter, can be found athttp://www.wheatonlwvil.org/files/voter-09-12-2015.pdf
Naperville League's link to its September 2016 newsletter, The Naperville Voter, can be found at http://www.lwvnaperville.org/files/september_2016_voter.pdf
Miss our December 3, 2015 Program Meeting?
On Thursday, December 3, our Regular Program Meeting, entitled Train Transporting Hazardous Substances, featured a discussion about hazardous materials being transported via rail through our yards, schools and playgrounds. Gerri Songer, a member of the Sierra Club Woods and Wetlands Group and contact for Energy Transport and Infrastructure, outlined the need for better regulations and more safety measures.
In May of 2014, Ms. Songer began attending Village meetings after seeing an increased presence of trains at all hours of the day and questioned what they were carrying. Through public records, she learned these trains were transporting toxic, hazardous, and explosive substances, and her research showed that many trains have met with accident and created hazardous runoff.
For those who missed the presentation, or for those who are otherwise interested, the program included a slide presentation, which can be found at the students4democracy.net website, and here. Ms. Songer also presented information on the Stop Fukushima Freeways campaign. You can learn more about the campaign and find a link to the full slide presentation by clicking here.
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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.