LWV Elmhurst Gun Violence Prevention
We host programs for the general public, special events for League members, and regular meetings for our board. Details for upcoming events are provided below; click on the links in red for further information. Please check back often for updates! (You can view our complete calendar, which you can download to your phone or handheld device, by clicking here.
UPCOMING PROGRAM: October 2019 (What You Need to Know about the 2020 U.S. Census)
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “Partners are critical to the success of a complete and accurate count in 2020.”  Please join the LWV Elmhurst on Thursday, October 24, at 7:00 PM at the Elmhurst Public Library for an informational presentation on why your participation in the upcoming census matters. Speakers will include Siobhan Greene, LWVIL issue specialist; Erin Jason, business development coordinator for the city of Elmhurst and chair of the Elmhurst Complete Count Committee (CCC); and Kelsey Fawell, associate planner of the Bensenville CCC. We are cohosting this program with Progressives for Change
PAST PROGRAM: September 2019 (The Firearm Restraining Order [FRO] Law)
The impact of gun violence is undeniable--and often overwhelming. On Thursday, September 26, our monthly program focused on the Firearm Restraining Order (FRO) law. Presenters included representatives from the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and Moms Demand Action.

Those in attendance learned that FROs are at the center of many “red flag" or "extreme risk" laws that have already been passed in 17 states and the District of Columbia. These laws allow family/household members or members of law enforcement to petition the courts to temporarily remove firearms from an individual exhibiting dangerous behavior.  

FROs have gained attention following increased rates of suicide, domestic violence homicides, and mass shootings around the country.Governor Bruce Rauner signed Illinois's FRO legislation in the summer of 2018. Like most laws, however, its impact will have more meaning in communities that are aware of the facts.
Thanks to those who joined us and those who gave their time to share their knowledge as presenters! Photos of this well-attended LWV Elmhurst event can be viewed here.


OTHER EVENTS (LWVLMR 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference "Groundwater and the Great Lakes")
All League members, guests, friends, and interested persons are invited to join us for this year's LWV Lake Michigan Region Annual Meeting and Conference. It will be held October 25–26 at Lakeside Inn in Lakeside, Michigan. Less than 1.5 hours from Chicago, the Inn is a national and State of Michigan registered historical site. The building, dating back as early as the 1880s, includes a 100-foot porch looking out onto Lake Michigan. 
This year's keynote speaker is Liz Kirkwood, Executive Director of For Love of Water (FLOW). She will talk about the sixth Great Lake, the groundwater that provides drinking water for many of us and connects all of the Great Lakes.
Enjoy a field trip, stimulating speakers, networking and fellowship. See our website for details. Register here by October 10. Lodging must be booked by individuals on their own. Book by September 24 for the special conference rate for the League of Women Voters. Call Lakeside Inn at 269/469-0600.