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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Naperville City Council Candidate Forum

Big thanks to AAUW Naperville for co-sponsoring the City Council candidates' forum! Great questions from the audience. Thoughtful answers from the candidates. And Lori Miller from the Wheaton LWV did another outstanding job as our moderator.

Who should you vote for? You can start your research by watching the Naperville City Council candidate forum here Make informed choices when you cast your ballot on April 4th. Early voting has begun!

Judy Brodhead*

Michael Leland Isaac

John 'Johnny' Krummen*

Kevin Michael Coyne*

Julie Berkowicz

Kevin M. Gallaher*

Benny White

Michael G. Strick

  • denotes incumbent

District 203 School Board Candidate Forum

Monday, March 13, 7-8:30 pm, was the District 203 School Board candidates forum at the Naperville North High School Auditorium, 899 Mill St, Naperville, IL 60563.    Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Naperville and the District 203 Home and School.  

Who should you vote for ? You can watch the District 203 School Board candidate forum here to learn more about the candidates.

Candidates for Full 4-year term (vote for 4)

Charles Cush

Shirley DeCorte

Kristin W. Fitzgerald

Paul Leong

Donna E. Wandke

Candidates for 2-year unexpired term (vote for 1)

Kristine M. Gericke

Robert Fieseler, Sr. 

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, April 4!

School District 204 Candidate Forum

Our candidate forum was held on March 7. Where can you watch the school District 204 School Board candidate forum? You can watch it here

Laurie Donahue

Michael Raczak

Vasavi Chakka

Renata Sliva

Cathy Piehl

Susan Taylor-Demming

Marland Brazier

J. Randy Sidio


Lisle Township Supervisor

Richard J. Tarulis (Rep)

Mary Jo Mullen (Dem)

Lisle Township Clerk

Robert Klaeren II (Rep)

Gerald T. Galloway (Dem)

Lisle Township Assessor

John D. Trowbridge (Rep)

Lisle Township Highway Commissioner

Ed Young (Rep)

Lisle Township Trustee, vote for not more than four (4)

Michael A. Tams (Rep)

Michael E. Riedy (Rep)

Jerome "Jerry" Buch (Rep)

Kathleen Chatman (Rep)

Dave Melsbakas(Dem)

Mohammed Waheed (Dem)

Sean Allen (Dem)

Drew Bolda (Dem)

Naperville Township Candidates

Supervisor (vote for 1)

Rachel Ossyra (Rep) 

Eddie Bedford(Dem)

Township Clerk (vote for 1)

Barry Greenberg (Rep) 

Nathanael Sippel (Dem)

Township Trustee (vote for no more than 4)

Kerry Malm (Rep)

Paul Santucci (Rep)

Jim Ruhl (Rep)

Heather Bejda (Rep)

Loretta Burke (Dem) 

Julie Federico (Dem) 

John Waller (Dem)

Glenn Jones (Dem)

Township Highway Commissioner

Stan Wojtasiak (Rep)

Township Assessor

Warren Dixon III (Rep)

Naperville Park District Candidates

Vote for not more than four (4)

M. Michael "Mike" Reilly

Mike King

Robert "Bobby" Carlsen

William B. "Bill" Eagan III

Quiz Night at Quigley's

'The Winners' team won the Jeopardy Citizenship quiz - and Lady Liberty Linda took home the torch!

VOTE411 is back!

Confused about who to vote for? Or are you just amazed that it is already time to vote again? The League of Women Voters of Naperville nonpartisan Voter Guide is back for the election! Check it out here featuring the candidates running in the April 4 election.

The voter guide includes all candidates running for office on a Naperville ballot in the April 4 General Election. This includes Lisle and Naperville Township offices, D203 and D204 School Boards, Naperville City Council, and College of DuPage Board of Trustees. Candidates for Naperville Park District and DuPage County Regional Board of School Trustees are running uncontested races.

Vote411 is a one-stop site for all election information.

Register to vote,

find your polling place,

locate early voting sites,

view the voter guide customized to display your personalized ballot,

and find other important election-related information all in one place.

The League of Women Voters of Naperville is a non-partisan political organization whose mission is the informed participation of citizens in government.

BGA Citizen Watchdog Training

League of Women Voters Naperville is happy to announce that Better Government Association's legendary Citizen Watchdog Training is coming back to Naperville, so power up your laptops and get ready to FOIA!  The Open Meetings Act will also be covered.

Who: open to the public, so spread the word! Where: DuPage Unitarian Church, 1828 Old Naperville Road When: Monday, April 24, 7-9pm Why: Because LWV and BGA are making Democracy work! How: Free

For more information click here

LWV IL Issues Briefing

Five of us attended the LWVIL Annual Issues Briefing Saturday, March 4, at the University Center in Chicago. We heard from speakers on a range of issues from school funding to the impact of the Illinois budget impasse on Illinois and its residents to protecting Illinois against coal tar.

Policing in Naperville

February 22 LWVN hosted a panel discussion on Policing in Naperville.

Panelists, left to right, Holly Schroetlin of Moms Demand Action, Michael Childress President DuPage NAACP, Robert Marshall Naperville Chief of Police, Ed Yohnka ACLU Illinois, and Jeff Knezovich LWVN moderator.

Civility in Public and Personal Life

Civility in Public and Personal Life. LWVN and the Naperville Interfaith Leadership Alliance hosted a nonpartisan interactive discussion of civility in public and personal life presented by the Institute for Civility in Government. Are you burned out by the anger in public political conversation? Does compromise necessarily mean "defeat?" The Houston-based Institute for Civility in Government will presented an interactive discussion about how to engage in productive conversation without completely abandoning your own valid positions or attacking those who disagree with you. These questions are important both in our public decisions and our private relationships in school, home, and the workplace, and they are crucial to any commitment to a stronger, more inclusive democratic process.

12 Voter Registrars renew through 2018!

Saturday morning League of Women Voters Naperville had 12 voter registrars renew their oaths! We are ready to go register some more voters!


Let's March!

LWVIL was an official sponsor of the Women's March on Chicago! Saturday, January 21!!!, League of Women Voters Naperville was there to march, loud and proud with our banner and our flag! League of Women Voters Naperville members marched in Chicago, West Palm Beach FL, and in Washington DC!

These historic marches focused on issues we care about. As Chris Carson, President of LWVUS said: "We march to reform money in politics. We march for health care. We march for the environment. These are our core issues, and we want to ensure they are front and center."

Help us send the new administration a message that women and our supporters will CONNECT, PROTECT, and ACTIVATE for women's rights, civil liberties, and diverse issues. Women's March on Chicago amplifies and honors other women's marches also held January 21 around the world and across our nation.

10 Days/ 100 Actions

Are you wondering what to do next? Here it is!

Fake News: Weaponizing Misinformation in the Internet Age

Monday, January 9, LWV Naperville met at Quigley's Irish Pub to talk about the phenomenon of Fake News and to enjoy food and drinks! Marie Wilson from the DuPage Herald started us off with comments about fact checking in traditional journalism, and then we talked about how to identify Fake News, whether or not all news sources are equally reliable and nonpartisan, and whether or not FaceBook, et al, should police Fake News.

Marie Wilson of The Daily Herald

Democracy in Action: LWVN's Pocket Guide to being Activist!

What can you do right now, today, to be politically active and make Democracy work?


1. Register to vote!

DuPage County

Will County

Check the status of your registration at

DuPage County Board of Elections

Will County Board of Elections

2. Vote in all elections; yes, even the primaries! Our next election, a consolidated primary election, will be February 28, 2017.

3. Become an election judge. Info at

DuPage County Board of Elections and

Will County Board of Elections

4.Become a deputy voter registrar and register voters!

DuPage County

Will County


1. Know who your legislators and public officials are - from the park district to the White House, and everyone in between! Common Cause has a handy dandy list of all your elected officials, right here

2. Contact your legislators in an effective manner so you will have an impact! According to former congressional staffers, the most effective action hands down is a phone call, preferably to their district or state office. Second best is to write a letter. For both phone calls and letters, stick to your own elected officials. If you are not in their district, they are just not interested. If it is possible to meet an elected official or staffer in person, keep it short and civil and to the point. Tweets, FaceBook, and emails have negligible impact.

3.Know how your legislators and elected officials vote. What are they doing on your behalf? Are they allowing drilling for oil at the local grade school, or permitting a water buffalo refuge in the downtown business district? Naperville City Council and Planning Commission minutes are here You can look up state and federal elected officials on If you don't like they way your legislators voted, refer to #2 above and give them a phone call!

4. Keep on top of pending legislation and important court cases that affect issues important to you. Fair warning: this is a Byzantine art.

LWVUS will send you regular updates on important issues we cover.


SCOTUS tracker on USA Today

Supreme Court Review


1. Attend government meetings and sign up to receive City of Naperville meeting agendas here , and attend meetings that cover issues important to you. Many meetings are also broadcast on TV or available to stream later.

2. Sign up to speak at government meetings. Often there is a sign-up sheet for speakers.

3. Get educated on issues, pending legislation, and court cases. LWVUS actively works to improve our government. Another good resource is Common Cause Illinois and U.S. Common Cause

4. Volunteer to serve on a local board or commission. Naperville's Sister Cities Commission and the Advisory Commission on Disabilities are currently looking for new members. Apply here

5. Review your Civics education! Know how your government works! Go to My Civic Workout

6. If you are called to serve jury duty, do your duty and serve. It is really not that bad!


1. Go old school and write a letter to the editor.

2. Take part in a peaceful protest march, or organize a peaceful protest yourself.

Let's March! Join the Women's March on Chicago January 21, 2017, starting at the Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park at 10 a.m. Help us send the new administration a message that women and our supporters will CONNECT, PROTECT, and ACTIVATE for women's rights, civil liberties, and diverse issues. Women's March on Chicago amplifies and honors other women's marches also held January 21 around the world and across our nation.

3. Vote with your checkbook and boycott something.

4. Put a bumper sticker or car magnet on your car.

5. Stick a sign in your yard.

6. Wear a T-shirt or a button with a message.

7. Circulate a petition. Click here to sign the League of Women Voters petition against voter suppression.

8. Follow the Better Government Association and participate in one of their regular Citizen Watchdog training programs.


1. Volunteer to work for a campaign, a political party, or an organization.

2. Run for office!

DuPage County

Will County

3. Donate $$ or help raise $$.

4. Host a coffee or an event to support a candidate or an issue. A cup of coffee and a some cookies make for good conversation starters.

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Holidays & Politics

How can you handle political tension over the holidays? Holiday dinners might mean that family political arguments might be simmering away just like your sweet potatoes and gravy! So how do you remain nonpartisan?

Five best suggestions for defusing political tension and arguments over the holidays:

1.Have everyone agree to make the holiday table a politics free zone!
2. Put out some boxes of Trivial Pursuit questions on the dinner table and around the house where people get together. The questions are fun & non-political. If the conversation gets heated, just grab a card and start asking people questions. Play a big game of Monopoly
3. Change the topic. "Did you hear about the runaway sheep on the loose in downtown Miami?!"
4. If the discussion gets heated, politely excuse yourself and head to the kitchen to wash some dishes. If the argument follows you to the kitchen, take a bathroom break.
5. Listen to the other person. Hear what they say and use reflective listening skills if necessary. Do not raise your voice.

Community Unity Walk

Sunday, December 11, League of Women Voters took part in Moms Building Bridges Community Unity Walk!


LWV on Twitter

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November 2016 General Election Information

2016 Mock Elections!

On October 6, 2016, 19 area high schools participated in a mock election. 19,456 students voted! Leagues of Women Voters from Downers Grove/Lisle/Woodridge; Elmhurst; Glen Ellyn; Naperville; Roselle/Bloomington; and Wheaton worked together with the DuPage County Election Commission, high school students and teachers. The McCormick Foundation provided a grant to pay for printing of the ballots.

Here are the results: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TRANSPORTATION FUNDS Yes 10493 78.68%, No 2843 21.32%

PRES + VICE PRES Donald J. Trump 6402, 33.14%. Hillary Clinton 8983, 46.50%. Gary Johnson L 2083, 10.78%. Jill Stein G 986, 5.10%. Write-in Votes 865, 4.48%.

FEDERAL US SENATOR Mark Steven Kirk R 7265, 40.90%. Tammy Duckworth D 7919, 44.58%. Kenton McMillen L 1013, 5.70%. Scott Summers G 1223, 6.88%. Write-in Votes 345, 1.94%.

CON 05 DIST REP Vince Kolber R 580, 33.30%. Mike Quigley D 922, 52.93%. Rob Sherman GP 188, 10.79%. Write-in Votes 52, 2.99%.

CON 06 DIST REP Peter J Roskam R 5374, 56.63%. Amanda Howland D 4115, 43.37%.

CON 08 DIST Peter DiCianni R 1324, 44.21%. Raja Krishnamoorthi D 1671, 55.79%.

CON 11 DIST REP Tonia Khouri 1066, 32.51%. Bill Foster D 2213, 67.49%.

October General Meeting

Wednesday, Otober 12, three panelists gave us their perspectives on Voting Rights in America in 2016:Chris Wolak from Waubonsie Valley High School,Suzanne Chod from North Central College, and Robert Bruhl from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Voter Registration

This year LWV Naperville registered more than 400 new voters! Click here for Chicago Tribune's coverage of our voter registration drive.

Illinois Sunshine

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, launched a brand new disclosure database -- a wonderful tool for easy access to Illinois State Board of Elections data. Click the logo above check it out.

This new database provides candidate and incumbent fundraising and spending totals and offers a means by which candidates and incumbents can be evaluated along with voter guides and legislative roll call votes.

We thank the ICPR for making this tool available to Illinois voters.

Go here and try it out