Tuesday, March 1, 2016

LWV - Lake County members attend LWV - Illinois annual Issues Briefing

Members of the League of Women Voters - Lake County spent the day downtown Chicago on Saturday, February 27, at the state League's annual Issues Briefing.  This is an opportunity for League members from all over the state to learn more about issues about which the League has positions and concerns.  Positions on issues are determined by grassroots study and consensus and are used as the basis for our advocacy and outreach activities.  At this year's Issues Briefing there were sessions and workshops on gun violence prevention, public education, re-districting reform, the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, criminal justice reform, healthy waters, mental health problems among prisoners, and consolidation of governmental units. We welcomed numerous expert speakers, including State Representative Elaine Nekritz (57th), State Senator Daniel Biss (9th), and U. S. Representative Robin Kelly (IL 2nd).  Although the League of Women Voters is most known for its work in helping people register and vote and for presenting candidate debates, we are also proud of our advocacy on issues of importance to the public.  
Jeanne Kearby and Linda Bartmes 

Jane Partridge
Connie Wesley

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Candidate Forum in Round Lake Beach February 21, 2016

This coming Sunday, Feb. 21, 1:30 p.m., 
League of Women Voters-Lake County
Candidate Forum. Democratic primary election 
candidates for 10th U.S. Congressional District
and Lake County State's Attorney. (The League 
only holds debates for contested elections. The 
Republicans in those two primary races are 
unopposed.) Village of Round Lake Beach 
Cultural and Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way, 
Round Lake, IL. https://www.facebook.com/RLBCulturalCenter/?pnref=story

LWV - Lake County Registers New Voters at four Lake County High Schools

This month, members of LWV-Lake County registered students at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan, Lake Zurich High School, and Warren Township High School, and returned to Carmel Catholic High School.  We are proud to be part of the LWV efforts to Make Democracy Work.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

League Visits Carmel Catholic High School to Register Students to Vote

Yesterday, November10, some members of the League of Women Voters - Lake County who are deputy registrars spent the lunch hours at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein,  registering 135 students to vote. Thank you to Sharon Smoger and the rest of the Carmel staff for doing such a good job of promoting the event and making sure the students were prepared with the proper documents.  And, thank you to these League members who registered the students:  Diane and Stan Sanderson, 
Susan Zingle and Rosemary Heilemann.  

Saturday, October 17, 2015

League of Women Voters-Lake County Sponsors Moderator Training at Deerfield's Patty Turner Center
Organizers and some of the participants in today's training, from left:
  Diane Sanderson, Rita Kirby, Judy Armstrong, Jeanne Kearby, and Mary Mathews.

LWV-Illinois state board member Irene Pritzger and Moderator Trainer Missey Wilhelm
The League of Women Voters is known for organizing Candidate Forums to give citizens the opportunity to ask questions of candidates for local, state, and national elections.  The importance of well-trained moderators for these events cannot be over-emphasized. Today, the League of Women Voters-Lake County hosted a moderator training session at Deerfield's Patty Turner Center.  They were assisted by the League of Women Voters-Deerfield Area and received the training from League of Women Voters-Illinois Moderator Trainer Missey Wilhelm.  Be sure to attend a candidate forum in your area as the primary and general elections get closer.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

LWV-Lake County Annual Meeting

Members and guests of the League of Women Voters-Lake County enjoyed food and friendship as they re-capped the past year, made plans for this year, and discussed many areas of interest.  

Friday, October 10, 2014

Daily Herald Coverage of State Representative District 62 Race at Candidate Forum Held on October 8

Bob Susnjara | Staff Photographer 
Lake County posted: 10/9/2014 5:30 AM
Bob Susnjara

62nd House hopefuls debate minimum wage
Rod Drobinski, left, and Sam Yingling, right, are candidates for the 62nd State House Seat in the 2014 general election.
Lake County state representative candidates Rod Drobinski and Sam Yingling separated themselves on the minimum wage issue at a Round Lake Beach forum Wednesday night.

Joining Drobinski and Yingling at the village's cultural and civic center were candidates for Lake County Board, clerk, treasurer and sheriff. The election is Nov. 4.

Drobinski, a Republican who works as Lake County gangs prosecutor, is challenging the Democratic Yingling in the 62nd House District that represents all or parts of Grayslake, Hainesville, the Round Lake communities, Lake Villa, Gurnee, Wildwood and Gages Lake.

Written questions were posed to the candidates by a League of Women Voters member at the forum, organized by the Round Lake Area Public Library, Mano a Mano and other local organizations.

One question was whether Yingling or Drobinski support the idea of raising Illinois' minimum wage from $8.25 an hour.

Yingling said the minimum wage should be boosted except for workers 18 years old or younger. He said anyone working 40 hours a week deserves enough money to live properly.

"I believe in a rising tide raises all boats," said Yingling, a Grayslake resident.

Drobinski, a Wauconda resident, said a higher minimum wage "would kill jobs." He also disputed what he claimed are attempts by opponents to portray him in favor of cutting the minimum wage from $8.25 an hour.

"That's absolutely false," Drobinski said.

Drobinski took aim at Yingling for voting for a state budget that he contends will result in more spending than revenue.

"I'm running because we don't have proper representation in the 62nd District," Drobinski said.

Yingling said he voted for a balanced state budget and that he's worked in an effort to provide relief to taxpayers.

As for the Lake County Board candidates at the forum, Republican Jeff Werfel and Democrat John Wylie are running for a District 6 seat. The district includes Grayslake and Hainesville, along with portions of Round Lake Park and Round Lake Beach.

Werfel and Wylie, who reside less than a half-mile from each other in the Prairie Crossing conservation community, are vying for the seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Pat Carey of Grayslake.

Both candidates responded to a question on what can be done to spur Lake County's economy.

Wylie, an attorney and former Prairie Crossing Charter School board member, said he'd push for creation of green energy and technology jobs.

He said promotion of Lake County-produced food also would lead to more jobs.

Werfel, a Grayslake trustee, said he would want an aggressive public-private partnership in an effort to attract and retain jobs.