This issue includes: Election dates and candidate forum info + upcoming League events.
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President's letter

"The most reliable indication of public purpose in this country is derived through our popular elections." --- A. Lincoln

    Scattered throughout our newsletter are notices about upcoming candidate forums and information about early voting. Finally!  After a year or more of numerous candidacy announcements, jockeying for position, polling and analysis, and discrediting opponents, we are getting around to the actual voting!

    Historically, the goal of the American political process has been the election, not the campaign. In recent years, the relationship has been reversed.  Now we experience two years of political entertainment and theatre followed by an almost anticlimactic Election Day.

     Under the name of democracy, we have what seems the longest election cycle in the world! Ironically,  in the age of the internet and a 24 hour news cycle, candidates spend more time raising more money and introducing themselves.  Yet, we continue to have the lowest voter participation rate ever!

     What does this new reality mean to League? For years, we have held candidate forums and reminded citizens about the importance of voting. More recently, we’ve encouraged voter registration and early voting.  In this day and age, we need to be heard above the chatter as we fulfill our responsibility of informing the public about the voting process. Our forums should feature questions that draw distinctions between candidates and come from a wide range of voters – those in the room and those participating through electronic devices. We need to think about ways to utilize modern media to inform the public about our events that educate all of us as voters.

   Our challenge is great. Yet, for 100 years, this is what League has done --  help identify our public purpose. 

--Barbara Wysocki, League of Women Voters of Champaign County President

Upcoming Events

We hope to see you there!

EARLY VOTING begins!  PLEASE CHECK THE COUNTY CLERK'S WEBSITE: Date could be anywhere between February 4-17. 



LWVCC Monthly Mtg. -- Tuesday 2/16/16 @UFL @11:30
                  Hot Topic #2 from Natural Resources Study Group
Candidate Forum 2/17/16 @ Champaign City Building @6:45
102 Illinois House Race (R), Champaign County Recorder (R),
County Board Dst. 9 (D), County Board Dst. 11 (D)
LWVCC Board Mtg. 2/23/16@UFL @ 11:00


LWVCC Monthly Mtg. -- Tuesday 3/8/16 @UFL @ 11:30
                  Hot Topic #3 from Human Resources Study Group
LWVCC Board Mtg 3/29/16 @ UFL @11:00
LWVCC Monthly Mtg  -- Tuesday 4/19/16 @UFL @11:30
                  Observer Corps Reports
6/16 – 6/19 LWV National Convention Washington, D.C.

To stay updated on these events and more, connect with us on FaceBook or Twitter.   


February General Meeting

Hot Topic: Climate Change

When: @11:30 on February 16th

Where: Lewis Auditorium @the Urbana Free Library

Program: Coal: Its Impact on Illinois – the 2nd Hot Topic in our Spring Series

Speaker: Tyler Rotche   


Tyler is a graduate from the University of Illinois in Environmental Science and Political Science. He has been at Prairie Rivers Network since 2013 with a focus on coal pollution. He will offer us some insights into the process of opening a coal mine, dealing with the IEPA  and the coal company.

Parking Options: besides the official library parking lot, parking is available: on Elm St, in the Urbana Parking Garage, in Lincoln Sq. (but only near the Food Co-op.)

LWVCC Leadership

President                                           Barbara Wysocki (2016)*
Vice-President                                   Kat Bork (2016)*
Secretary                                           Holly Wilper (2017)
Treasurer                                           Sandy Volk (2017)
Director                                              Theresa Michelson (2016)*
Director                                              Antje Kolodziej (2017)
Director                                              Carolyn Trimble (2017)
Voter Service                                     Carole Rebeiz
Observer Corp                                   Sue Phillips
Student Intern                                    Katherine Mertens (2016)
Communications Dr.                          Kelsey Bourgeois (2016)
Nominating Committee                      Mary Kay Pleck, Chair (2016)*
                                                          Clare Barkley (2016)*
                                                          Naomi Jakobsson (2016)*
*Note: the Nominating Committee will soon be activated to search for these officers and leaders.  Please consider serving by offering your services and time. Both will be greatly appreciated.

Early Voting Schedule

Spring Primary, 2016

Early Voting begins at a date yet to be determined. PLEASE CHECK THE COUNTY CLERK'S WEBSITE.
The only voting site will be at the Office of the County Clerk
Brookens Administative Center – 1776 E. Washington, Urbana
March 7 – 12th --  Additional Early Voting will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following sites:
-- Illini Union Federal room (basement)
-- Church of the Living God, 1109 N. Fourth St., Champaign
-- Meadowbrook Community Church, 1902 S. Duncan Rd.,  Champaign
-- Leonhard Center, 2307 Sangamon Dr., Champaign
-- Lake of the Woods Pavilion, Lake of the Woods Rd., Mahomet
-- The Gathering Place,  200 S. Century Blvd, Rantoul
-- Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 802 E. Douglas St., St. Joseph
-- Tolono Public Library, 111 E. Main St.

How alive is representative government in Champaign County? 

Some Observations about the 2016 Illinois Primary in Champaign County to Consider:

* the only county-wide office with a primary is the RECORDER OF DEEDS. Other county-wide offices on the ballot will be the Auditor, Coroner, the State’s Attorney, and the Circuit Clerk.

* of eleven county board districts, only two have a primary – DISTRICT 9 and DISTRICT 11

The 102nd ILLINOIS HOUSE DISTRICT includes a part of Champaign County. The Primary candidates, however, come from Paris, Ogden, and Shelbyville.

In the U.S. HOUSE 13th DISTRICT, which includes virtually all of Champaign County, the Primary candidates come from Decatur, Taylorville, and Carrollton.  The U.S. HOUSE 15TH DISTRICT, which includes the part of Champaign County not in the 13th, has Primary candidates who come from Collinsville and Lebanon.

March General Meeting

Hot Topic: The Future of Libraries

Note:  Because of the Primary on Tuesday – March 15th – our monthly League meeting will be moved to Tuesday – March 8th.

 When:  @11:30

Where: Lewis Auditorium @ the Urbana Free Library

Program: The Future of Libraries – the 3rd Hot Topic in our Spring Series

Parking Options:  besides the official parking lot, parking is available: on Elm St., in the Urbana Parking Garage, in Lincoln Sq. (but only near the Food Co-op).

Also Note: Because of Spring Break, the LWVCC Board Meeting will be moved to Tuesday, March 29th

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The LWCC influences public policy through education and advocacy, working on various issues at local and national levels. League members come from all walks of life – united by our shared understanding of the importance of political literacy, we celebrate being non-partisan and diverse in our identities, affiliations, and experiences.

Copyright © 2016 League of Women Voters of Champaign County, All rights reserved.

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