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Appointed Auditor Question on Ballot in Upcoming Election

McLean County

"Shall the elected Office of Auditor of McLean County be eliminated and the functions of said office be performed by an officer appointed by the County Board?

This is the question appearing on the ballot in the November 4 election. The League of Women Voters of McLean County is recommending a "YES" vote on this question. The League's opinion is based on a long-held position that offices with only administrative functions should not be elected because there is no way for the voting public to judge the performance of such an office. The League's observations of county government over the years has reinforced this long-standing position. Please vote Yes on November 4.

Illinois State Bar Association
Judicial Evaluations and Polls for the 2014 General Election

Voters will be asked on the November 4 ballot about the retention or election of judges in their area. All candidates for Illinois judicial offices have been rated by Illinois State Bar Association evaluations committees, or in a poll of lawyers conducted by the Illinois State Bar Association. Results are available at www.isba.org/judicialevaluations.

Wine Tasting & Social

Tuesday, December 2

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Mark Your Calendar!!
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Candidate Forum
13th Congressional District Candidates

6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center
Illinois State University, Normal
Please click here for directions.

This is an opportunity to get to know the candidates for the Illinois 13th Congressional District. This district includes parts of Champaign, Bloomington and Springfield, all of Decatur, and extends as far south as the Illinois Metro St. Louis area. The candidates vying for this congressional seat are U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and his Democratic challenger, Judge Ann Callis of Edwardsville.

Davis, 44, has lived in Taylorville since the age of seven and graduated from Millikin University in 1992. After graduating from college, Davis worked for then Secretary of State George Ryan. In 2000, he took a position on the staff of former Congressman John Shimkus. He served with Shimkus until winning his seat in Congress in 2012.

Callis, 50, was born in Granite City, Illinois and received her bachelor's degree and law degree from St. Louis University. She served as a prosecutor in the Madison County and St. Clair County state's attorney offices prior to becoming an associate judge in the Illinois Third Judicial Circuit in 1995. She was named a circuit judge in 1999, and chief judge in 2006.

The event is being co-sponsored with the American Democracy Project of ISU and Pi Sigma Alpha. Ample parking is available in the Bone Student Center Parking Lot. Click here for more information.

November 4, 2014 Election
Illinois Constitutional Amendments & Advisory Referenda Ballot Questions

There are several constitutional amendments and advisory referenda which will be on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Illinois. The LWVIL Issues Committee has prepared several documents to provide background information on these and other election items. Link on the following links to give you the information on these amendments and referenda.

  • One-page discussion of each amendment or referendum telling how the issue relates to League positions. (If one does not relate to an existing position, information is provided on both sides of the issue.)

    Constitutional Amendment Adding Section 8, Voter Discrimination, to Article III, Suffrage and Elections.  (Link)

    Constitutional Amendment of Section 8.1 - Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights - to Article I of the Constitution of Illinois.  (Link)

    Advisory Referendum: "Shall the Minimum Wage in Illinois for adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by January 1, 2015?  (Link)

    Advisory Referendum on Women’s Health: "Shall any health insurance plan in Illinois that provides prescription drug coverage be required to include prescription birth control as part of that coverage?"  (Link)

    Advisory Referendum: The Tax for Education Referendum, also known as the Millionaires Tax: "Should the Illinois Constitution be amended to require that each school district receive additional revenue, based on their number of students, from an additional 3% tax on income greater than one million dollars?"   (Link)

  • Brochure which summarizes the information from the one-page discussions (Link)

Links to Events of Interest

Keeping the Conversation Going on Mental Health

The Mental Health Study Committee is now in Action Plan mode and is developing steps to keep the conversation going with regard to community mental health services. Click here for the latest report on their activities.

Opportunity to Serve as a Pollwatcher

Pollwatchers, or Polling Place Observers, are assigned by the League to observe polling places in McLean County and the City of Bloomington and determine how polling place procedures are being followed by the Election Authorities on the scene. Our job is not to be critical or adversarial but rather to be "Guardian Angels" of the voting process in a positive and supportive way.

Pollwatching is interesting, it serves a very vital need, and it's EASY to do--it takes as little as 30 minutes of your time on Election Day to visit a polling place and observe and report how the voting is going. Click here to get more information and to sign up for the training class being held on October 28. You do not need to be a member of the League to participate.

Voters Guide 2014 Now Online

Click here to read the guide.

Judge Freitag Speaks to League

Circuit Court Judge Robert Freitag spoke at our meeting on September 30. This meeting on Criminal Law, held at the Normal Public Library, was co-sponsored with the local chapter of the ACLU.

Click here for an account of some of the topics that were covered.