Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
7pm
Park Forest Library
400 Lakewood Boulevard
Park Forest, IL 60466
Gerrymandering: Power through Manipulation. Member Doug Price, a political organizer with over 50 years experience, will explain the issues of gerrymandering and redistricting. He will explain:

  • How we got where we are now.
  • Previous efforts to reform.
  • Future possibilities.

For more information, contact Barbara Moore at 708 465-0884.

This issue is currently a priority with the League of Women Voters at both the state and national level. Join us for this important program -- and spread the word.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
7pm
Park Forest Library
400 Lakewood Boulevard
Park Forest, IL 60466
Firearems Restraining Orders. You may have been hearing recently about "Red Flag Laws." Illinois already has one! Come hear how an individual can arrange to have firearms removed from an individual who presents a threat.

Speak for Safety Illinois will be leading a community training & conversation on the recently-enacted Firearms Restraining Order law. This law allows family and household members to petition the courts for a civil order to temporarily remove firearms from someone exhibiting dangerous behaviors. We'll be discussing the law, the process of obtaining one of these orders, and ways to get involved in implementation of the new law. We will answer questions about the law, and address concerns about it as well.

Thursday, January 9, 2020
7pm
Tall Grass Arts Center
367 Artists Walk
Park Forest, IL 60466
Annual Social/Fundraiser. This popular annual event will again include a silent auction, wine (including champagne), soft drinks, and delicious snacks and desserts.

Items for the silent auction should be taken to Tall Grass Arts Center by 12/28/19. Check with Tall Grass to make sure it is open

Sunday, February 2, 2020
2-4pm
Park Forest Library
400 Lakewood Blvd
Park Forest, IL 60466
Program Planning. As 2020 is the year of a national convention program planning will focus on national as well as local issues. This meeting enhances the partnership between LWVUS and our local league and gives us an opportunity to review and influence national positions.

To prepare for this, visit lwv.org and click on League Management; Impact on Issues 2018-2020 to find the LWVUS program.

Go to "Local Programs" on THIS website to review LWVPFA positions on local issues. This meeting is also when our Bylaws (also available on this website) can be modified.

For more information on this meeting contact Barbara Moore at 708 465-0884.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
7pm
Park Forest Library
400 Lakewood Blvd
Park Forest, IL 60466
Higher Education Debt/Funding. Members Deborah Orr and Lucia Williams will help us explore this problematic situation.

The League of Women Voters of Illinois supports sustained allocation of state funds for public higher education that will provide quality postsecondary programs throughout the state at an affordable cost.

However, 61% of students in Illinois leave school with an average debt of $28,424. Illinois colleges and universities are losing students to other states. Is reduced tuition for Illinois schools the answer? Join us for a discussion of this issue and hear the real life experience of our millennial student member, Lucia Williams.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
7pm
TBA Fair Tax and Census Update. Member David Bonner will explain the importance of Illinois approving a graduated income tax.

We also will get an update on the 2020 Census from Park Forest Village Manager Tom Mick.

Saturday, March 28, 2020
10:30am-1:30pm
Richton Park Public Library
22310 Latonia Ln
Richton Park, IL 60471
LWV Observer Training. This training will enable participants to be the "eyes and ears" of the league at board meetings of governmental units, many of which currently have few, if any, community members observing. Come and learn what actions to take and what to report. LWVPFA needs observers at local school district and governmental board meetings. This training is required to be an observer.

It is free and co-sponsored by LWVHF. For more information and to register (required) contact Cynthia Butler at 708 638-9481.