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Katie Marsico

Katie Marsico
The Voter Editor

Katie joined the Elmhurst League of Women Voters in the winter of 2016. She is the proud mother of six children, ranging in age from one to eleven, three of whom attend District 205 schools. Katie received her Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, where she met her husband. They have been married since 2002.

When not working on the next edition of The Voter, Katie serves as one of the co-administrators of the Parents' Advocacy Group of Elmhurst (PAGE), which provides opportunities for Elmhurst parents to discuss and address issues that impact their children. She also writes children's and young-adult reference books and has authored more than 200 titles, including a book for Marshall Cavendish on the U.S. Suffrage Movement. Katie is excited to be involved in the LWV--Elmhurst, and is grateful for all that the organization brings to her community.

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Individual Membership: $70
Full-time Student Membership: $35

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Thursday, September 22, 7 pm at the Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect, Elmhurst COMMUNITY UPDATE: The League of Women Voters of Elmhurst is starting the League year off with Elmhurst City Manager Jim Grabowski, Elmhurst Park District Executive Director Jim Rogers, and Elmhurst Public Library Director Mary Beth Harper. Panelists will be given time to discuss their government entity, including any triumphs and/or challenges. A moderator will ask a few League-formulated questions, and audience members will be able to ask questions of the panelists. The doors open at 6:30 pm for a meet and greet, and the program begins at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, September 27: NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY -- LWV Elmhurst will be registering voters at the Elmhurst Public Library. Hundreds of other registration events are being planned across the nation. Go to http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/ for a directory of all planned events.

Thursday, October 6: HIGH SCHOOL MOCK ELECTIONS. LWV ELmhurst will participate in Mock Elections at Addison Trail, Glenbard East, and York High Schools. Volunteers will be needed to assist.

Sunday, October 16, 12 pm - 5 pm: CANDIDATE FORUM, Glen Ellyn. Partnered by several local Leagues: LWV of Naperville, LWV of Wheaton, LWV of Palatine, LWV of Elmhurst, LWV of Downers Grove, Woodridge and Lisle, LWV of McHenry County, LWV of Central Kane County, and LWV of Glen Ellyn. Candidates for the following races will participate:
  • United States Congress, 6th Congressional District
    Candidates: Amanda Howland and Peter J. Roskam
  • Illinois State Senate, 23rd District
    Candidates: Thomas E. Cullerton and Seth Lewis
  • Illinois State Representative, 48th District
    Candidates: Peter Breen and Steve Swanson
  • Illinois State Representative, 46th District
    Candidates: Deb Conroy and Heidi Holan
  • DuPage County Recorder
    Candidates: Fred Bucholz and Moon Khan
WATCH THIS SPACE for the date of our next Drinks and Dialogue Social. Come meet and join other League members to discuss community issues!

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

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:

  • 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 observerreports@lwvelmhurst.org to let her know which meetings you will be able to attend.
You may also email Becky with any questions you might have.

Thank you for your consideration!

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/.

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.

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 September 2016 meetings of the School Board, and the Park District Board.

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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