Issues of importance
October 25, 2016 the League hosted an important event for the Greater Rockford area. Cook County Sheriff and Chicago Mayoral candidate Tom Dart spoke on a subject close to his heart: The consequences for the mentally ill in the incarceration systems of Illinois. Please download the event Program Book to view our sponsors and speaker information. Soon there will be a link to our YouTube Channel with a video of the speech. Thank you to our sponsors, speakers and the 185+ attendees to our fundraiser.
The League Fundraiser received great coverage from the media. We appreciate the interest in Sheriff Dart's message concerning incarceration of the mentally ill.
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Judge Janet Holmgren currently is the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile and Problem-solving Courts Divisions of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court, which includes Winnebago and Boone Counties. Judge Holmgren's court assignment includes presiding over the Adult Drug Court, the Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP) Mental Health Court, Veteran's Court, Family Drug Court, which is a program for substance abusing parents in abuse and neglect court, Youth Recovery Court, which is the only juvenile mental health court in Illinois, and all juvenile court proceedings in Boone County.
The League business meeting included the election of officers and committee reports were presented. Slated officers for 2015-2016 elected were: Claire McInytre, President, Christine Hilltrop, Vice President, Martha Pippitt, Treasurer, Jo Minor, Secretary.
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Amanda is in the National Honor Society, holds a 4.1 G.P.A. from Auburn High School, is in the Creative and Performing Arts Program (CAPA), and a volunteer with Restore Habitat for the Humanity and Greenwich Art Fair.
Very active at her church, Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, she is also a Certified Nurse Assistant, with clinical hours at Rockford Memorial Hospital and Wesley Willows Nursing Home. Amanda also works on the serving staff at Rockford Country Club. Living with her grandparents, Amanda dedicates her success to the memory of her parents.
Amanda is the persistent, hard-working, intelligent young woman that exemplifies the perfect League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford Scholarship recipient.
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The League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford and the Rockford YWCA held an informational forum on Illinois' concealed gun carry law Monday, Nov. 18, at the Rockford YWCA , 4990 East State St. Rockford. The program was free and open to the public. It was well attended by many interested in hearing how concealed carry legislation is being implemented.
The program speakers were Joe Bruscato, Winnebago County State's Attorney; Mark Walsh, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and Paul Cain, Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the Juvenile Justice Clinic at the College of Law at Northern Illinois University. The moderator was Judge Dan Doyle.
Corrina Curry of the Rockford Register Star wrote of the forum in her blog
The League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford and the North Suburban Library District co-sponsored a debate on the need for tax reform in Illinois Monday, September 30, 2013. Dr. Bob Evans, professor of Political Science at Rockford University, discussed the difference between the current flat tax and the proposed graduated rate income tax, giving the audience a primer on different tax structures.
State Senator Dave Syverson took the con side of the discussion, explaining as he has said many times, that Illinois does not have a revenue problem but a spending problem. He believes the flat tax to be fair and that, if anything, should be reduced.
Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, argued for a graduated income tax as better meeting the criteria of a strong revenue system- fair (ensures that low and moderate income families do not pay more as a percentage of income than the wealthy), responsive (generates income from the growing part of the economy), stable ( provides a secure source of income during economic downturns), and is efficient (does not distort business decisions and consumer behavior). Mr. Martire stated that Illnois' flat tax system does not meet those criteria but that a graduated income tax would not only meet the defined criteria of a good revenue system but will, in the long term, help to solve Illinois' fiscal difficulties.
Senior WNIU reporter and League member, Sue Stephens, moderated.
There is currently legislation (Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 40 (SJRCA40) and, in the House, HJRCA33) that proposes to amend the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. It provides that there may be one tax on the income of individuals and corporations, that this may be a fair tax where lower rates apply to lower income levels and higher rates apply to higher income levels.
Legislators must pass this legislation by May, 2014 in order for Illinois voters to have an opportunity to vote on the referendum in the Nov. 2014 elections. Support is building both in the General Assembly and in the state for this referendum.
The League of Women Voters' fiscal policy position in 'Where We Stand' supports a graduated income tax and is currently working with the A Better Illinois coalition to get it passed. For more information or to help, please contact email@example.com with GRIT in the subject line.
The court made the ruling by a vote of 5-4.
The court also upheld Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, but it is unclear whether that section is inoperable without Section 4. The court left it to Congress to come up with a Section 4 replacement.
Click here to read the opinion on the case.
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