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Applications for a Vote By Mail Ballot Now Available On-line
Governor JB Pritzker recently signed legislation that makes sweeping changes to the way voters may cast their ballots in the upcoming General Election on November 3, 2020. Voters are urged to take advantage of these reforms-vote by mail or vote early!
The first step? All registered voters in Chicago and suburban Cook County can now fill out and submit an application for a Vote By Mail ballot. Chicago voters can apply onlinehere for a Vote By Mail ballot. Suburban Cook County voters can apply online here for a Vote By Mail ballot.
LWV Cook County July 31, 2020 "Food for Thought" Wrap up Recipe for Success Even without a Meal
Combine three new, dynamic young female Chicago County Board commissioners as speakers with the League of Women Voters of Cook County’s (LWVCC) annual “Food for Thought” program, stir in an eagerly-waiting audience and a pinch of sobriety and humor, and you have the makings of a hugely successful event–even without the salad and sandwiches.
Broadcast live via Zoom mid-morning on July 31, the much-anticipated event was moderated by League board member Pris Mims. A crowd of 60 plus League members and guests heard Cook County Board Commissioners Alma Anaya, Bridget Degnen, and Donna Miller share their county board knowledge and experiences, as well as their hopes for the next two years of their four-year terms.
The Commissioners shared their individual and collective goals to improve county healthcare and health services, create safer neighborhoods, support juvenile justice reform, and combat climate change while strengthening the vitally important area of environmental justice.
They also covered the importance of good stewardship of the Cook County’s departments, programs and budgets, as well as fairness and transparency of government operations. They hope more women of any age will run for public office. The Commissioners noted the County Board’s commitment to achieving a complete and accurate census count The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.
The Cook County league’s "Food for Thought" programs are one way the league carries out its mission to educate its members and the public. We are so grateful that Commissioners Anaya, Degnen, and Miller agreed to participate and hope they whetted people's appetites to learn more about Cook County and the two other county-wide governments that the League follows: the Cook County Forest Preserve and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
A great way to learn more is to become involved with the Cook County League. Contactthe LWVCC at email@example.com. Chris Ruys, LWVCC Board Member
If you would like to view the Zoom video of the event go here.
Cook County League Newsletter June 2020 Edition
Check out the June issue of LWVCC’s The Observer newsletter for President Cynthia Schilsky’s message to members, an update on significant changes to the state’s election law, everything you ever wanted to know about how to prevent flooding and waste from entering our lakes and rivers, and TV programs celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. For all that and more, click here..
2020 Annual Meeting Information You can still read all the reports from the May 18, 2020 Annual Meeting here.