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Upcoming Drinks & Dialogue

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
A. Renée
306 N. Center St., Bloomington

How easy do you think it is to find affordable housing in Bloomington and Normal? What's it like to live in our area as an undocumented immigrant?

To get answers to those questions join us for an informational and lively discussion at Drinks and Dialogue. Laura Furlong, CEO of Marcfirst, will facilitate this Drinks and Dialogue discussion on affordable housing. Laura Furlong and Karen Major, of the Baby Fold, co-chair the housing study committee.

Links to pre-reading for discussion:

The New Face of Homelessness
Mclean County Housing Dashboard Sample

Our Next Meeting
January 29, 2015

Government, Taxes, & Economic Development: Are we getting our money’s worth?

7:00 p.m.

Community Room, Normal Public Library
206 West College Avenue, Normal
Please click here for directions.

Want to know more about government’s role in economic development? Come to this informative program. Panelists include:

Glen Ludwig will chair.

Bring a friend and join us as we explore government’s role in promoting economic development and assess the strengths and weaknesses of its efforts.

Take Action

Tell the FEC What to Do About Citizens United

Another election has come and gone and millions of Americans went to the polls to vote at the local, state and federal levels on the issues and candidates that mattered most to them. While they were working as citizens to make those important decisions, millions of dollars of secret money poured into the 2014 elections from dark money groups which hide the identity of their donors, seeking to buy our elected officials and distort our elections. And we won’t ever know who paid for all of the ads that bombarded voters throughout the election.

This was fueled by the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, which unleashed secret contributions and unlimited spending by special interest groups seeking to buy our elected officials and distort our elections. But, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has authority under existing law to put a stop to these abuses.

Super PACs raised and spent more than $600 million dollars in 2014 to elect candidates who will do their bidding and defeat those who might resist. Super PACs and other outside groups can raise and spend unlimited amounts because they are supposedly “independent” from the candidates. Yet, in reality, there are many ways to coordinate that are not blocked by the FEC’s weak regulations.

The FEC can do something to stop the Super PACs from coordinating with candidates, which would put a lid on much of the outside spending from special interests. Tell the FEC to stop the coordinated spending that is poisoning our elections!

Links to Events of Interest

Save the Date

Water Study Update
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Water shortages and the fear of "water wars" certainly rank high on the list of international environmental concerns, as well as in the American Southwest and even in parts of Illinois as urban areas continue to grow and climate change accelerates.

Several decades ago, the McLean County League did a water conservation study, prompted by the serious drought that afflicted this region in the late 1980s.  However, the focus of that study was rather narrow and recently the League reasoned that it was time to examine the broader questions related to the adequacy of regional water supplies, as well as to water quality issues.

With all this in mind, our League study committee (Becky Anderson, Roger Elm, Gretchen Monti, Anne Nadakavukaren and Meredith and Juergen Schroeer) set out to learn as much as they could about the existing situation regarding water resources in our county and the readiness of our municipalities to meet the challenges that lie ahead. The results of their conversations, observations, and investigations will be presented at League’s February unit meeting on February 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Normal Public Library.

Please click here for the full report.