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Jeanne Davik
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Jeanne Davik

Jeanne Davik is a long-time member of the Elmhurst League, serving in various capacities on the Board, including president, webmaster, and newsletter editor. She also served on the Illinois League Board for four years as VP-Communications, focusing primarily on the redesign and enhancement of the LWVIL website.

While living in Elmhurst, she served on the boards of the Elmhurst Symphony, the ESO Endowment Trust, and the Elmhurst: College & Community group. In Oak Brook, where she currently resides, she served on the Oak Brook Community Caucus and on the board of the Oak Brook Civic Association.

After college at Valparaiso (BA) and Northwestern (MA), she taught high school English for seven years. Most of her work-life, however, was spent in professional sales with a legal publisher, CCH. Besides League, her volunteer work includes the preparation and e-filing of tax returns, and the development of websites and E-Newsletters for several non-profits.

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  • Monday, August 25, 7:00 p.m., at the Home of Jan Dorner, 585 S. Prospect Avenue. Charter School Study Group At the 2013 LWVIL State Convention in Bloomington, Illinois, delegates approved a study to update its position on charter schools during the 2013-2015 biennium. LWVIL's current position on charter schools dates to 2001. Local Leagues are now engaging in research on the topic as well as determining the steps to take to reach consensus on the study. All materials relevant to the study are on the State League's website at http://www.lwvil.org/charter-schools.html.

  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7 p.m., at the Elmhurst Public Library. Living Cooler and Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living Join us for a discussion with John Rogers, a senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists and co-author of the science-based guide "Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living." Based on an in-depth, two-year study by the UCS, Cooler Smarter shows you the most effective ways to cut your own global warming emissions by 20% or more, and explains why your individual contribution is so vital to addressing this global problem. The advice in "Cooler Smarter" can help save you money and live healthier. But its central purpose is to empower you, through low carbon-living, to confront one of society's greatest threats. Sponsored by the Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition. This is a free event, but space is limited. RSVP by calling 630/426-9789 or emailing ecoolcities@gmail.com.

  • Thursday, September 25, 2014. Program Meeting. 7 p.m. at the Elmhurst Public Library. 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. Come early! Before the program begins, beginning at 6:30 p.m., we will have a social/networking period, where you can mingle with other League members. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

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:
  • July 31, 5:30 pm, at the Waukegan Library, located at 128 N. County Street in Waukegan, IL
  • August 7, 7 pm, at the Highland Park Public Library, located at 494 Laurel Avenue in Highland Park, IL
  • September 11, 1 pm, at the Glencoe Public Library, located at 320 Park Avenue in Glencoe, IL
  • September 14, 2 pm, at the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency, located at 200 Rockland Avenue in Lake Bluff, IL
  • 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/.


The League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn -- is holding the annual Summer Wine & Cheese Event on Wednesday evening, August 27, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Village Links, 485 Winchell Way, in Glen Ellyn. Gail Kalinich, the featured speaker, will share her experiences as an international election observer. She most recently observed the election in Ukraine.


To view upcoming events and other news from the Glen Ellyn League and/or the Wheaton League, go to their recent issues of The Voter:
Glen Ellyn League's The Voter
Wheaton League's The Voter

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.

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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 June 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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