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League Program

2022-2023 Local League Program

Program Adopted for 2022-2023 (download PDF)

2022-23 Adopted Program Action foci are listed below. They are intentionally broad so as not to be overly restrictive or comprehensive and to allow for a change of direction as needed over the course of the year due to unexpected events or circumstances.


RETAIN existing Glenview and Glencoe positions per the yearbook


VOTER SERVICE (Responsibility: Voter Service Committee)

  • Enhance LWVGG presence in our respective communities as the definitive source of voting education and information.

  • Encourage increased voter participation in all aspects of the electoral process via:

    • Education

    • Collaboration and partnership with mutual interest organizations

    • Leverage of technology

  • Solidify Voter Service committee for broader reach and impact

  • Create methods for measuring impact in order to focus resources for maximum effect.

  • Advocate for voting reforms that address suppression and protection of election outcomes.


GOOD GOVERNMENT: Understanding, Transparency, Accountability & Access (Responsibility: Committee to be formed)

  • Understand and evaluate available channels for citizen interaction with elected officials for all government units in our respective communities and advocate for process change where needed.

  • Observer Corps

    • Ongoing expansion until full coverage of all governing bodies in respective communities.

  • Continue to raise awareness of important topics identified by observers at meetings that require member and/or community attention and engagement.


CIVIC ENGAGEMENT; Education & Encouragement of Participation in the Governing Process (Responsibility: Committee to be formed; members identified)

  • Encourage citizen engagement in local government. LWV of Glenview-Glencoe 2022-23 Program (adopted 5/19/22)

  • Establish a voter life-cycle framework for prioritizing and designing initiatives and tools for education, awareness, and engagement across all community demographics, including non-voter age groups (i.e., school-age residents.)

  • Evaluate need for and methods to promote civil discourse for purposes of assisting community members to respectfully engage despite differences, where they exist, via a.) community education/workshops; b.) active partnership with local boards; and 3.) collaboration with elected officials


DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION (Responsibility: Board and/or committee to be formed)

  • Internal

    • Define DEI in terms of useful LWVGG demographic reach, e.g., age, ethnicity, career background, political leanings, etc.

    • Develop criteria and processes for evaluating LWVGG consideration of DEI, as defined, in its ongoing work and new initiatives

    • Consider broadening LWVGG reach so that membership is attractive to and reflects respective communities at large

    • Continue to assess when and how to advocate for social justice issues in manner that has impact, e.g., women’s rights, antiracism, LGBTQ+, immigration, religious persecution, etc.

  • External – Social Justice (Committee: to be formed)

    • Educate the community to foster deeper understanding of inclusivity.

    • Advocate for local government bodies to establish policies for great inclusivity and monitor efforts to abide by them.

      • Glenview housing affordability and diversity (HADA committee)

      • Northbrook ADU’s (HADA committee?)


SPECIAL INTERESTS (Committees: Individuals affiliate with LWVIL advocacy Groups)

  • Gun Violence Prevention

  • Criminal & Juvenile Justice Reform

  • Environment & Sustainability

    • Lend support to policy change efforts led by LWVIL issues and interests specialists

      • Educate members and the community on issues and need for change

      • Assist with awareness and influence tactics as requested by specialists.




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



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.



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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