League Program

2021-2022 Local League Program

Proposed Program for 2022-2023 to be adopted at the May 2022 annual meeting.

The 2021-22 Program of LWVGG, adopted at the May 2021 annual meeting, is as follows:

 

  • RETAIN existing Glenview and Glencoe positions per yearbook

 

  • UNDERSTANDING LOCAL GOVERNMENT

    • Expand outreach to the community regarding Glenview's "How-to Guide to Civic Engagement", including presentations to civic organizations, faith communities, Chamber of Commerce, & others

    • Develop comparable How-To Civic Guides for Northbrook and Glencoe

    • Develop Glencoe middle school Civics guide

    • Educate League members and community with presentations on relevant topics

 

  • GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY AND ACCESSIBILITY

    • Collaborate with Glenview/Glencoe/Northbrook Village boards on development of transparency processes; monitor and hold accountable for transparency and communication on key issues

    • Work with government units to establish permanent remote access to public meetings

    • Solidify and possibly expand Observers Corp in Northbrook

    • Work with Village government to establish additional commissions to encourage citizen participation, e.g., economic development, arts and culture

    • Consider Glencoe home rule study (on the ballot in 2022)

    • Educate League members and community with presentations on relevant topics

 

  • WELCOMING COMMUNITIES: HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

    • Advocate with Village for a professional housing study or community survey that could establish baseline and future housing needs for Glenview. Provide examples to the Glenview Board of Trustees

    • Build a toolbox of proven strategies that have led to Comprehensive Plan and Ordinance amendments supporting housing affordability

    • Educate our community regarding and advocate for related legislation under consideration in the IL General Assembly

    • Monitor Northbrook housing development for compliance with the affordable housing ordinance

 

  • ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

    • Coal Tar Sealants

      • Request amendment to Glenview's ordinance banning CTS by requiring contractor registration; seek additional public education efforts from village

    • Air & Noise Pollution Reduction

      • Seek a ban on leaf blowers

      • Monitor developments related to Glenview's proposed I-294 off-ramp

    • Monitor impact of Glenview Connect Downtown and Development blueprint results

    • Clean Energy

      • Examine ways to make Glenview a solar-friendly community

    • Understand Village of Glenview government units’ pesticide policies and use

 

  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM/POLICING

    • Follow ongoing developments in policing policies and reforms with a focus on training

    • Educate League members and community with presentations on relevant topics

 

GLENVIEW POSITIONS

Boundaries

Support the annexation of unincorporated areas into a municipality, and work for uniform services throughout the community to enhance a sense of community identity.

 

Education

Study and support of measures to provide the best possible education and facilities for the children of Glenview and the schools they attend:  (1) Study of selected school referenda. (2) Support evaluation of plans and proposals to consolidate Glenview area schools. (3) Support the concept of the use of citizens' advisory committees.

 

Housing Affordability

Support meaningful and measurable efforts to address issues of housing affordability in Glenview, including assessment of the housing needs of Glenview residents and workers.

 

Local Government

  • Evaluate plans and proposals affecting the village and its environs.

  • Support the concept of intergovernmental cooperation.

  • Monitor the boards and commissions of the Village of Glenview government with action as deemed appropriate.

  • Support changes in practices, procedures, and policies that apply to the Appearance         Commission, Plan Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Board of Trustees to ensure adequate notice of proposed actions, open meetings, and accessibility to public records.

  • Support the concept of the use of citizens' advisory committees.

 

 GLENCOE POSITIONS

Business and Infrastructure

The Village should encourage the maintenance of a viable business district to both increase property and sales tax revenue and provide a convenient shopping area for residents. The League supports property tax relief legislation to ameliorate the burden for populations such as the disabled, the poor, and the elderly. The Village should make information publicly available regarding tentative budgets and the relationship of sizable expenditures to property taxes.  (1975, Revised 1997, 2010)

 

Caucus System in Glencoe

The League supports a caucus method of selecting candidates for elected public offices in Glencoe. Nominating committees should actively seek a pool of qualified candidates and should give equal consideration to incumbents and other candidates. (Revised 1997)

 

Housing for Special Populations

There should be a range of housing options for special populations (the mentally ill and developmentally disabled) in New Trier Township, including Glencoe, that is responsive to their needs. We support a continued role for New Trier Township in public education and coordination of township-wide efforts at housing solutions.  (New Trier Township Leagues 1988, Revised 2010)

 

Housing Options for Glencoe

There is a need for affordable housing in Glencoe, particularly for senior citizens, single-parent families, and young households. The League supports the establishment of a Housing Commission, which would study and make recommendations regarding housing needs, administer a Housing Assistance program and provide assistance regarding affordable housing. (2003)

 

Human Relations

The governing boards in the Village of Glencoe should have as a general purpose the protection and promotion of civil and human rights and liberties of all Glencoe citizens, employees, and visitors.  Each board should regularly re-examine, update and revise its human relations policy and along with their administrative staff should continually acquaint themselves with community concerns. The League recognizes the importance of a Human Relations Forum in Glencoe and supports its mission to promote the lawful preservation of human rights of all citizens. (1977, Revised 2010)

 

Public Safety Officer in Schools

There is no need to have a dedicated armed officer stationed in any of the District 35 schools and it is not good public policy to privately fund school district or village staff. (2015)

 

Solid Waste

Solid waste management policies should promote environmentally sound methods of source reduction, waste reduction, and recycling, with a goal of zero waste to landfill.  Waste management policies should identify solid waste as a potential resource. Local and regional units of government should design long-range plans to achieve these goals and conduct periodic assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of their waste diversion programs.

 

We support intergovernmental cooperation in the management of solid waste and encourage citizen participation and input in the form of citizen advisory committees. The League suggests that solid waste agencies evaluate operations using both direct (dollar) and indirect (land use and environmental impact) costs. (2012)

 

Criteria for Evaluation of School Funding Referenda

To have a basis to determine whether to support or not support school funding referenda the New Trier Townships Leagues developed criteria to be used in evaluating those referenda. (New Trier Township Leagues, 1998, Revised Criteria 2014)

 

New Trier Township High School Board and Caucus

The caucus system is a satisfactory means of nominating candidates for the New Trier High School Board.  Action should be taken to achieve more uniform representation based on the total population of elementary school districts, staggered two-year terms for all delegates, more publicity in the recruitment of school board candidates, and equal consideration of incumbents and other candidates. (1976) Note: Wilmette has dropped this position.

 

New Trier Township Government

New Trier Township Government is the best level of government to provide General Assistance and health and human services. The office of the Assessor should continue to be cost-effective.  (New Trier Township Leagues, 1985, Revised 1998)

 

New Trier Township Government Selection of Officials

The New Trier Township Leagues support a nonpartisan process for the selection of New Trier Township officials, committees, and advisory boards. The New Trier Citizens League, a caucus that slates candidates to serve as Township officials, should increase its visibility by publicizing its activities to provide for new representation and broader participation. (New Trier Township Leagues, 1978)

League of Women Voters (National) Summary of Policy Issues (2020-2022)

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League of Women Voters (Illinois) Where We Stand: Positions in Brief (2021-2023)

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