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Erika Ehmann
Elmhurst Park District

Erika Ehmann

Erika, a rising senior in Elmhurst College's Pre-Law Professional Program, is majoring in Political Science with minors in Criminal Justice and Urban Studies. Her activities include: Destinations Chair for the College's Event Programming Board; Vice President of Standards of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity; Student Representative on the Student Activity Fee Allocation Board; Building Manager of the Student Union; Student Worker in the Office of Student Activities; and Representative on the Student Union Council. Additionally, Erika is a member of Pi Gamma Mu, the College's Social Science Honors Society, an Intern at the 12th Judicial Circuit Court in Sarasota, Florida, and currently doing political movie research for a professor on sabbatical.

Erika's participation in these organizations has inspired her future aspirations. She will be going to law school and, with her interest in State and Local government, would like to become a State Prosecutor. Erika recognizes that local government gives the opportunity for its employees to connect, interact and, most importantly, represent the State and individuals in attempt to serve justice. Being a representative for her State's local government would be not only gratifying, but making a long-term aspiration a reality.

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Join Online Now Membership is open to women and men 18 years or older. We have The following membership levels!
Patron: $250
Benefactor: $200
Advocate: $150
Sponsor: $100
Two-Member Household Membership: $90
Supporter: $75
Individual Membership: $65
Full-time Student Membership: $30

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Mark your Calendar!

  • In honor of National Voter Registration Day on September 23rd, we have scheduled the following Voter Registration opportunities:
    September 22nd - York High School, in English classes throughout the day
    September 23rd - Elmhurst Public Library 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 pm
    September 25th - Park Place 11:15 - 1:45 pm
    If you are a LWV Elmhurst registrar and can help register voters, please contact our Voter Registration Director at voterregistration@lwvelmhurst.org.

  • Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m., at the Elmhurst Public Library. Program Meeting: Community Update with School District 205 Superintendent Dave Pruneau, Park District Executive Director Jim Rogers, and City Mayor Steve Morley). Questions from the League, as well as the public, will be submitted to the panelists.

  • Saturday, October 18, 9 a.m., at the home of Jeanne Stuart. New Membership Breakfast.

Shop Talk

Interested in what else the League has been up to? Read our May 2014 Shop Talk Newsletter at http://lwvelmhurst.org/ST_May2014.PDF. For links to read our past Shop Talk editions, go to http://lwvelmhurst.org/memberspage.asp.

What's going on with other Local Leagues?

The League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Region is collaborating with the League of Women Voters of Illinois Education Fund to educate citizens about stormwater runoff. The project was partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Coastal Management Program under the funding categories of Nonpoint Source Pollution and Climate Change. A powerpoint presentation is one component of the project, covering the following topics:

  • More frequent heavy rains increase flooding and stormwater runoff
  • Environmental impacts of runoff on Lake Michigan, streams, and rivers
  • Choices residents may make to help our environment & prevent flooding
  • Green infrastructure options for homeowners to mitigate water pollution & flooding
All League members are invited to attend an upcoming program, and invite your friends and family to attend as well. The program particularly appeals to those that care about the environment, especially the Lake & our water resources, gardeners, and homeowners who have experienced flooding.

Upcoming dates and locations include:
  • Sept. 20, 10:30 am, at the Zion-Benton Public Library, located at 2400 Gabriel Avenue in Zion, IL CLOSE BY WISCONSINITES!
For additional programs, go to http://www.lwvlmr.org/.


Tuesday, September 30, at 7:30 p.m., at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 West Fremont Street, Arlington Heights: LWV Arlington Heights-Mount Prospect-Buffalo Grove Area is presenting a program on racial Profiling -- POLICING POLICIES: Racially Disparate Results, Militarization Madness. A recent ACLU of Illinois report finds racial disparity in traffic stops/consent search data in Illinois going back a decade. This past June, the national ACLU published a report, War Comes Home, Militarization of America's Police: "This investigation data corroborated a trend nationwide: American policing has become unnecessarily and dangerously militarized, in large part through federal programs . . . ." Doors open 7:00pm -- Light Refreshments. Parking available in lot across from museum. For the program flier, click here.


To view upcoming events and other 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 The Voter
Wheaton League's The Voter
Naperville League's link to its newsletter, The Voter, can be found at http://naperville.il.lwv.org/newsletter.html

Cool Cities CoalitionNeeded: LWV Elmhurst Rep for Cool Cities Coalition

Are you interested in the environment? Would you like to work with Cool Cities members from the Library, College, City Centre, Bike Club, AAUW, Garden Club, churches, The City, and with other local interested businesses and "cool" citizens? LWV Elmhurst has been well-represented in the Cool Cities Coalition, but we currently need someone new to volunteer to attend the Coalition meetings. Please consider becoming the Elmhurst League's Cool Cities representative.

To read about the League's involvement with the Cool Cities Coalition, click here. For more information, please contact Sue Whitworh at president@lwvelmhurst.org.

LWV Elmhurst Members in Action!

Despite predictions of 8 - 10 inches of snow on February 1, eight Elmhurst Leaguers braved what was potentially the worst storm of the season to attend the LWVIL Issues Briefing in the Chicago Loop. The Briefing featured topics which will feature prominently in the current legislative session, including fracking, redistricting, a graduated rate income tax, and charter schools. Supporting materials from the event may be viewed by clicking here.

Issues Briefing 2014

LWV Elmhurst Board Members Sue Williams, Sue Whitworth and Jan Dorner
listen intently at the presentations.

Issues Briefing 2014

LWV Elmhurst Members Sue Williams, Laura Kratz and Marilyn Thompson
discuss the information presented at the Issues Briefing.

Car Pool/Ride Share

Do you need a ride or want to carpool to a League event? Send an email to secretary@lwvelmhurst.org

The Observer Reports now include July and August 2014 meetings of the Park District, School Board and City Council.

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.

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