League Program (sometimes referred to as "capital-P program") is not the same as "programs" in the sense of forums, panel discussions, and other events the League holds during the year. Program is the collection of positions, studies, and action items selected for the year. Below is our Program for 2018-2019.
Nominating Systems and Procedures The League believes that nonpartisan nominating systems (caucuses) have been shown to be valid in the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area but they must not preclude having independent candidates.
Principles to which local government nominating systems (caucuses, parties, all candidates including independents) for elective offices are to be held accountable are these:
- Openness is the most essential requisite for systems/candidates. It is the responsibility of the systems/candidates to build and sustain the trust required for positive public perception.
- Ongoing communication between systems/candidates and the electorate is a necessary adjunct to openness of operation.
- Selection of candidates should be based on qualifications for office.
- It is the responsibility of systems/candidates to be aware of and adhere to all state, county, and local legal requirements.
- All campaigns undertaken by systems/candidates are to be based on issues and qualifications, with campaign conduct based on civility and honesty.
- The role of municipal governments is to provide information, without bias, on procedures and requirements for candidacy to elected office.
The role of the League is one of liaison in overseeing these principles, in communicating to the electorate information on sources to contact for candidacy, and in discussing potential improvements with systems/candidates. (2003)
Solid Waste The LWV-LF/LB supports federal and state policies to reduce the quantities of waste, to reclaim useful materials, and to safely restore the residue to the environment. The League encourages its municipalities to expand local programs, to combine efforts to solve waste problems regionally, and to report to residents on disposition of recycled items.
Comprehensive Plan The LWV-LF/LB supports effective comprehensive plans for Lake Bluff and Lake Forest that encompass potential and existing land use in incorporated and surrounding unincorporated areas, as well as capital improvements, including the infrastructure.
Conservation The LWV-LF/LB supports these measures to preserve the natural resources of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Area: protection and preservation of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff shoreline and bluff; preservation of ravines and other open areas; preservation, through restricted use, of the flood plain lands along the Skokie River; establishment of walkways and bicycle paths.
Gun Violence Prevention Action based on LWVIL/LWVUS priorities.
LWVIL Priority: Supports legislative controls to stop the proliferation of handgun ownership and irresponsible use; and restricted access to automatic and semiautomatic assault-type weapons.
LWVUS Priority: Protect the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons. Support regulation of firearms for consumer safety.
Health Care Defense Action based on LWVUS priority.
LWVUS Priority: "Promote a health care system for the United States that provides access to a basic level of quality care for all U.S. residents, including behavioral health, and controls health care costs."
Fiscal Policy and Tax Reform Must include funding of public education and social services: action based on LWVIL priorities.
LWVIL Priority - State Fiscal Policy: "The Illinois League supports a diversified revenue system that principally relies on a combination of broad-based taxes and user fees, and is equitable, progressive, stable, responsive, and simple. ... The League will work to ensure that tax, fiscal, and spending policies are fair; promote economic growth; and provide adequate and consistent funding for public schools and other programs the League supports." The League supports a constitutional amendment for a graduated rate income tax for Illinois.
Climate Change/Clean Air and Water Action based on LWVIL/LWVUS priorities.
LWVIL Priority: Extensive action on climate change.
LWVUS Priorities: Several positions on natural resources, including air and water.
The Campaign for Making Democracy Work® Action based on LWVUS priorities.
Money in Politics: "Elections should be about the voters, not big money interests. It’s time to limit SuperPACs and secret donors to protect representative democracy."
Fighting Voter Suppression: "We challenge all efforts and tactics that threaten our democracy and limit the ability of voters to exercise their right to vote."
Redistricting: "Congressional districts and government legislative bodies should be apportioned substantially on population. We oppose partisan and racial gerrymandering that strips rights away from voters."
SECOND TIER: ISSUES TO BE MONITORED AND ACTED UPON IF WARRANTED