Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
4:15pm
Meg's on Alpine Road
1141 Alpine Road
Rockford, IL 61108
Education Committee. Chair: Glenda Shaver
Sunday, February 25, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
4848 Turner Street
Rockford, IL 61114
State House Candidates Meet & Greet for 67th, 68th, and 69th State House Districts. State House candidates will be available for a Meet & Greet event. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsors for the event are the League of Women Voters Greater Rockford and the American Association of University Women.

Free.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
1:00pm
Katie's Cup
502 7th Street
Rockford, IL 61104
Environmental Issues Committee. Chair: Shawn Choinard
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Noon
Culver's
236 Phelps Avnue
Rockford, IL
Health Care Committee Meeting. Chair: Elaine Pfluger
Thursday, March 1, 2018
9:30am
Stockholm Inn at Rockford Plaza
2420 Charles Street
Rockford, IL
Voter Service Committee Meeting. Chair: Susan Janson
Thursday, March 1, 2018
5:15pm
Meg's on Alpine Road
1141 Alpine Road
Rockford, IL 61108
Immigration Committee. Chair: Jo Minor
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
5pm
Rockford University, Regents Hall
5050 E State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
Home Rule Information Forums. When Illinois adopted a new Constitution in 1970, it provided home rule powers to any city of 25,000 population or more. These communities can exercise any local powers not expressly prohibited by the State. Effectively, it shifts decision making from the State to the local level, allowing residents to develop local solutions to local problems. These can include initiatives and ordinances in a wide range of areas such as building, zoning, sanitation, public health, civil disturbances, quality of life, safety and welfare.

Cities can rescind home rule by voter referendum and Rockford residents did that in 1983, joining Villa Park, Lombard and Lisle, as the only four cities in Illinois to reject home rule authority once they had it. Once they reach 25,000 in population, cities automatically are granted home rule authority. Loves Park and Machesney Park are both expected to top 25,000 following the next census in 2020.

With home rule, nothing happens automatically. In Rockford's case, the Mayor and City Council still must develop and vote on ordinances, budget proposals and new legislation. Home rule is merely an important tool allowing local leaders to make local decisions to develop local solutions to local problems. Our elected officials remain ultimately accountable to the voters.

A YES vote on March 20 will give that tool to leaders we know and trust.

This is a League-moderated forum.

Saturday, March 10, 2018
10 am
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2821 N Bell School Rd
Rockford, IL 61107
Home Rule Information Forum. When Illinois adopted a new Constitution in 1970, it provided home rule powers to any city of 25,000 population or more. These communities can exercise any local powers not expressly prohibited by the State. Effectively, it shifts decision making from the State to the local level, allowing residents to develop local solutions to local problems. These can include initiatives and ordinances in a wide range of areas such as building, zoning, sanitation, public health, civil disturbances, quality of life, safety and welfare.

Cities can rescind home rule by voter referendum and Rockford residents did that in 1983, joining Villa Park, Lombard and Lisle, as the only four cities in Illinois to reject home rule authority once they had it. Once they reach 25,000 in population, cities automatically are granted home rule authority. Loves Park and Machesney Park are both expected to top 25,000 following the next census in 2020.

With home rule, nothing happens automatically. In Rockford's case, the Mayor and City Council still must develop and vote on ordinances, budget proposals and new legislation. Home rule is merely an important tool allowing local leaders to make local decisions to develop local solutions to local problems. Our elected officials remain ultimately accountable to the voters.

A YES vote on March 20 will give that tool to leaders we know and trust.

This is a League-moderated forum.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
4:15pm
Meg's on Alpine Road
1141 Alpine Road
Rockford, IL 61108
Education Committee. Chair: Glenda Shaver
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
6-8 PM
North Suburban Library
6340 North Second Street
Loves Park, IL
Improving the Environment RIght Here At Home. Discussion presented by the Environmental Issues Committee.

Presentations by:

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful
City of Rockford, Neighborhood Standards Department
ComEd

Presentations to be followed by questions from the audience.

Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
6am-7pm
Polling Places everywhere. Illinois Primary Election Day. The LWVGR endorses reinstatement of Home Rule for Rockford.

Voting is your right and your privilege.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
1:00pm
Katie's Cup
502 7th Street
Rockford, IL 61104
Environmental Issues Committee. Chair: Shawn Choinard
Thursday, April 5, 2018
9:30am
Stockholm Inn at Rockford Plaza
2420 Charles Street
Rockford, IL
Voter Service Committee Meeting. Chair: Susan Janson
Thursday, April 5, 2018
5:15pm
Meg's on Alpine Road
1141 Alpine Road
Rockford, IL 61108
Immigration Committee. Chair: Jo Minor
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
4:15pm
Meg's on Alpine Road
1141 Alpine Road
Rockford, IL 61108
Education Committee. Chair: Glenda Shaver
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Noon
Culver's
236 Phelps Avnue
Rockford, IL
Health Care Committee Meeting. Chair: Elaine Pfluger
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
6-8 PM
North Suburban Library
6340 North Second Street
Loves Park, IL
League Cmte. presents: "Monthly Meeting/Forum". The speaker will be an expert in their field. TBA.

Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
1:00pm
Katie's Cup
502 7th Street
Rockford, IL 61104
Environmental Issues Committee. Chair: Shawn Choinard
Thursday, May 3, 2018
9:30am
Stockholm Inn at Rockford Plaza
2420 Charles Street
Rockford, IL
Voter Service Committee Meeting. Chair: Susan Janson
Thursday, May 3, 2018
5:15pm
Meg's on Alpine Road
1141 Alpine Road
Rockford, IL 61108
Immigration Committee. Chair: Jo Minor
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Noon
Culver's
236 Phelps Avnue
Rockford, IL
Health Care Committee Meeting. Chair: Elaine Pfluger
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
4:15pm
Meg's on Alpine Road
1141 Alpine Road
Rockford, IL 61108
Education Committee. Chair: Glenda Shaver
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
6-8 PM
North Suburban Library
6340 North Second Street
Loves Park, IL
League Cmte. presents: "Monthly Meeting/Forum". The speaker will be an expert in their field. TBA.

Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
1:00pm
Katie's Cup
502 7th Street
Rockford, IL 61104
Environmental Issues Committee. Chair: Shawn Choinard
Saturday, June 2, 2018
9-11am
Forest Hills Country Club
5135 Forest Hills Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
Annual Meeting. All League members and their guests are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting. Remember to print and bring your Annual Report from the PDF emailed to you.

We will enjoy a delicious breakfast and commence with the annual meeting agenda. See you there!

$25.00 payable by check sent with your yearly dues or on-line on the Join Form page on this website.

Questions? please contact Chris Hiltrop.

Thursday, June 7, 2018
9:30am
Stockholm Inn at Rockford Plaza
2420 Charles Street
Rockford, IL
Voter Service Committee Meeting. Chair: Susan Janson
Thursday, June 7, 2018
5:15pm
Meg's on Alpine Road
1141 Alpine Road
Rockford, IL 61108
Immigration Committee. Chair: Jo Minor
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
4:15pm
Meg's on Alpine Road
1141 Alpine Road
Rockford, IL 61108
Education Committee. Chair: Glenda Shaver
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Noon
Culver's
236 Phelps Avnue
Rockford, IL
Health Care Committee Meeting. Chair: Elaine Pfluger
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
1:00pm
Katie's Cup
502 7th Street
Rockford, IL 61104
Environmental Issues Committee. Chair: Shawn Choinard
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
4:15pm
Meg's on Alpine Road
1141 Alpine Road
Rockford, IL 61108
Education Committee. Chair: Glenda Shaver
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
6-8 PM
North Suburban Library
6340 North Second Street
Loves Park, IL
League Cmte. presents: "Monthly Meeting/Forum". The speaker will be an expert in their field. TBA.

Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Noon
Culver's
236 N. Phelps Avenue
Rockford, IL
Health Care Committee Meeting. Chair: Elaine Pfluger