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Diane Gutenkauf

Diane Gutenkauf
Voter Registration Chair

Diane has been a LWV member for only a few years but her League background is deep. When she was young, her mother was very active in her local LWV and she clearly remembers her attending League meetings. It certainly left an impression on her!

Diane believes an engaged citizenry strengthens our democracy and she believes in League's work to register, protect and engage voters. She is excited to be the ELWV's new Voter Registration Chair and to help run mock elections for students because these tasks connect so well with her beliefs.

The 2016 primary and general elections will be great opportunities to run voter registration drives to both engage young people in the democratic process and to help new Elmhurst residents ensure their voter registrations are up to date.Look for details on a winter drive in January. Diane is also looking forward to working with York High School to run a mock election next fall.

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LWV Illinois 2016 Issues Briefing

Saturday, February 27, 2016
University Center, 525 South State Street, Chicago

Gather with other League members from around the state to learn about critical issues impacting our communities. Topics addressing this year's theme, Justice for All of Illinois, include public education, gun violence prevention, the 2016 Redistricting Amendment, the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, Criminal Justice reform, healthy water, the effects of mental health on prisoners, and streamlining local government.

Click below for agenda, registration and parking:

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.

What's going on with other Local Leagues?

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 7:30 p.m. at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn: Join the League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn at their program meeting. The presentation, entitled "The Energy/Water Connection", will be a community meeting to explore the impact of energy production on our water supplies; specifically, which energy sources use the most water and how do they impact water quality and the water tables. This will include discussion of the impact and roles played by nuclear energy, our reliance on fossil fuels, fracking, energy efficiency, and the development of new energy sources. The pending Clean Jobs and utility-sponsored bills and the Clean Power Plan may have also impacts. Additionally, Illinois needs to understand what must be done to protect water quality in the face of climate change. A panel of engaging and knowledgeable presenters will help us discuss viable solutions. Invited presenters are:
* Kay McKeen, Founder and Executive Director, SCARCE
* Lawrence Kotewa, Chief Engineer, Elevate Energy
* David Kraft, Director, Nuclear Energy Information Service
* Jennifer Walling, Executive Director, Illinois Environmental Council
Program is free and open to the public

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 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

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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 January 2016 meetings of the City Council and School 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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