"Century of Struggle: The Woman's Rights Movement in the United States" by Eleanor Flexner
"Women, Race & Class" by Angela Davis
"Eleanor Roosevelt" vols 1, 2, and 3 by Blanche Wiesen Cook
"Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol" by Nell Irvin Painter
"Personal History" by Katherine Graham
Abigail Adams" by Woody Holton
"When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present" by Gail Godwin
"Hard Choices" by Hillary Rodham Clinton
"Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years that Changed American Women's Lives at Work" by Gillian Thomas
"The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women's Quest for the American Presidency" by Ellen Fitzpatrick
--Local Responsible Authority: Village; Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), Northfield Woods Sanitary District
--Actions Taken: Village stormwater management plan with 18 components, funded with federal/state/regional/local monies (e.g. upgraded sewers, homeowner buyouts, additional stormwater detention, two lift stations, rain garden & tree planting programs); building footprint requirements
--Ongoing/Future Steps: Homeowner site-specific control measures--redirecting downspouts away from sewers; rain gardens; rain barrels; planting native plants
--Local Responsible Authority: MWRD; Northfield Woods Sanitary District --Issues:
-Nutrient (phosphorus,nitrogen) Management -Medication Disposal
-Gray Water Reuse
--Actions Taken: MWRD removal & (pilot program) recovery/reuse of phosphorus; Village monthly drug take-back program; Cook County ordinance (eff. June 2018) requiring medication take-back programs Note: home/garden centers don't carry lawn fertilizer with phosphorus except for newly seeded areas
--Future Steps: Ordinance restricting commercial/residential use of lawn fertilizers with phosphorus (exception for seed starting); investigate possible use & costs of gray water for lawn watering
--Local Responsible Authority: Village; School Districts
--Actions Taken: Village annual testing for range of contaminants + written report sent to all residents; Village cross- connection control program; new state law requiring schools to test for lead
--Local Responsible Authority: Village; Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC)
--Actions Taken: Groot contract for residences (individuals/duplexes/multi-unit owners where association requests it) negotiated by Village; owners of other multi-unit residences & commercial enterprises make own arrangements --Future Steps: Ordinance to mandate basic recycling services (aluminum, plastics, paper) for all residences and businesses; evaluate possible food scrap composting pilot program
--Actions Taken: ~100 plots available at Wagner Farm --Future Steps: Add plots at other locations if need arises
●Natural Areas/Pollinator Habitat
--Local Responsible Authority: Park District; Village (Natural Resources Commission); University of Illinois; MWRD; Forest Preserve District of Cook County
--Actions Taken: Preserving/restoring assets--The Grove, Air Station Prairie, Lake Glenview & Gallery Park, West Fork Corridor, Techny Basin, Woodworth Prairie, forest preserves, golf courses; tree planting and Heritage Tree programs; river clean-up, invasive species removal, seed collection workdays; rain garden cost-sharing
--Future Steps: Permit bee hives on Park District property; incorporation of natural areas in future redevelopment of large tracts that become available; promote homeowners' obtaining National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat certification
--Actions Taken: Bike paths; bike tours (Village and Cook County Forest Preserve); local biking paths map
--Future Steps: incorporation of bike/walking paths in future redevelopment of large tracts that become available (see Village Comprehensive Plan?); provide input on Park District comprehensive plan
--Local Responsible Authority: Village; Cook County --Actions Taken: Illinois statutes address unattended vehicles, and idling diesel motor vehicles, as does the Cook County Environmental Control Ordinance; Park District and school districts display signs requesting cars be turned off; Park District vehicle running on propane
--Future Steps: Measure air quality at locations where idling is concentrated; conduct a driver awareness program on idling; enact a local ordinance
●Coal Tar Sealants
--Actions Taken: Both the Village and Park District ban the use of coal tar sealants and bid specs so state. Note: home improvement stores/hardware stores no longer carry this product.
--Future Steps: Assess use of coal tar sealants by other units of local government (e.g. township highway commissioners, schools); education program for homeowners/businesses about alternatives; ordinance banning coal tar use on driveways/parking lots/roads
--Local Responsible Authority: Park District; School Districts; Mosquito Abatement Districts (North Shore, Northwest, Cook County Health Department)
--Actions Taken: Integrated pest management plans
--Future Steps: Gather information from school districts
--Local Responsible Authority: Village; Park District; School Districts; Townships; MWRD
--Actions Taken: Improvements in facilities' energy efficiency; Park District use of alternative energy (green roof, geothermal at two locations); Village & MWRD tree planting programs; rain garden programs
Prepared by the League of Women Voters of Glenview/Glencoe
An educated electorate is essential to democracy. Effective with the 2016-2017 school year, a new Illinois law mandates a semester of civics education in high school. We anticipate that acquiring the skills of civil discourse and understanding the structures of our democracy will increase interest and participation in governance and voting processes. In the end, we trust that students will internalize a fundamental truth--EVERY vote counts.
On November 8, more than 400 5th-8th grade students at Glencoe's Central School had the opportunity to participate in mock elections. This Election Day event capped off a year of extraordinary volunteer efforts by our many members interested in Voter Service issues. Thank you to the eight Glencoe members for their efforts managing this event.
FOR THE PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTION SEASONS OF 2016, we offered services in multiple venues, sometimes at our suggestion, sometimes invited by facilities.
1. Offered voter registration at 15 venues
In all, we registered 305 new voters, including one proud new citizen from Hungary.
Our fantastic team of 21 deputy registrars volunteered dozens and dozens of hours toward voter registration. We also provided valuable information to current voters, and spread terrific publicity about the League.
2. Sponsored mock elections at the high schools
3. Co-sponsored 2 candidate forums
9th Congressional (2 Congressional candidates, 2 State Rep candidates)
10th Congressional (2 Congressional candidates, 2 State Senate and 2 State Rep)
4 volunteers answered the call by LWV Wisconsin to serve as Election Day observers in Racine and Kenosha, as Wisconsin implemented a new Voter ID law widely viewed as a measure to suppress the vote.
Distributed Bookmarks to the Glencoe & Glenview Public Libraries, area book stores & local businesses, showing key dates and information resources on judicial and political candidates.
Several members had an opportunity in November to witness an acknowledgement of community organizing at its finest. LWVGG member Roxanne Junge was thanked by a grateful Glenview Park District as she retired as the Farmers' Market manager.
As the loving tribute explained, Roxanne had taken Glenview's small, faltering Farmers' Market, and through diligent work and unbridled enthusiasm, turned it into the robust, vibrant jewel it is today. Roxanne established a system which allows those who receive state assistance to purchase food to do so at the market, ensuring that healthy food is available to everyone in our community.
Though Roxanne brought many skills to this job, this was the first time she had ever managed a large farmers' market. She saw a need, had an interest, and jumped in to make things better for our whole community. Thank you for your service, Roxanne!
In the last few weeks, we have all been aware of a heightened urgency and energy to do more in our communities. Many of us have thought more about League positions and how important they are to us than we ever have before. We are thinking about how to enhance community organizing and participation.
We have never been gladder than we are right now that we are part of an organization with a longstanding tradition of sober, fair thought, study and action. As the country discusses elections, the Electoral College, voter suppression and a host of other vital topics, the League of Women Voters should be participating in and leading some of those conversations. There is a lot to be done.
Illinois DOT, Wisconsin DOT, and the Federal Railroad Administration have proposed expanding commuter rail service between Milwaukee and Chicago. A doubling of service would entail more delays for freight traffic using the same tracks. Thus, the three government agencies have proposed constructing a 2-mile holding track in Northbrook and Glenview adjacent to the existing freight rail line, to accommodate additional freight delays. A consultant to the agencies prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) on the proposal.
On Nov 15, 2016 we filed comments on the EA, rejecting their conclusion that no significant environmental impact would occur. The EA, a less rigorous environmental evaluation than an Environmental Impact Study (EIS), was not based on any actual measurements, monitoring, or sampling of existing, localized conditions. Rather, their conclusion was based on county-wide data. We recommended that a full EIS be conducted on the proposal.
In response to LWV Wisconsin's urgent request for assistance, Henrietta Saunders & Richard Day and Judy Beck & Sheri Latash went to Racine and Kenosha, respectively, to serve as election observers on November 8. Wisconsin's voter ID law created a complex process for exercising the right to vote, beginning with the obstacles for obtaining a state ID card and continuing with proving residency. That process, combined with the practice of dropping voters from the rolls if they hadn't voted in recent elections, required those voters to re-register on election day.
Due to new registration requirements, particularly related to acceptable proof of residency, a number of voters could not re-register and thus could not vote. Some of them returned later with one of the accepted forms proving residency, and were able to exercise their franchise.
Watch a video of NPR Reporter Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Vote, explaining recent government of Wisconsin efforts at voter suppression. Witnessing firsthand the disenfranchisement of voters is something that will not be forgotten.