What We’ve Done Recently

What We’ve Done Recently

Highlights – June 2022 through June 2023

Goal: Promote non–partisan voter education and encourage all eligible citizens to vote

Used the VOTE411 Candidate Guide, a unique LWV offering, to increase communication with potential voters
    • Worked with other leagues to implement the newly designed VOTE411 website with updated features
    • Provided support to Leagues adopting VOTE411 for the first time, including Wheaton, Roselle/Bloomingdale, McClean County, and Downers Grove/ Lisle/Woodridge
    • Coordinated with the Illinois Voter Guide to share voter information and avoid duplication
    • Used social media, posters, and yard signs to promote VOTE411 with the community
    • Increased VOTE411 participation and continued to gather statistics on VOTE411 engagement
    Led and supported candidate forums for the November 2022 General Election and the April 2023 Consolidated Election
    • Organized and led a total of seven candidate forums and a question-and-answer discussion during two election cycles, reaching voters through Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube
    • Assisted with candidate forums and candidate meet & greets led by other local Leagues, such as Aurora Area/Central Kane and the DuPage County Leagues as a group
    • Continued to gather statistics on attendance and social media views for candidate forums
    Expanded voter registration and voter education efforts
    • Increased the number of LWV-sponsored voter registrars for DuPage and Will Counties
    • Applied and received another youth voter registration grant from LWVUS Education Fund to continue the Remember to Vote postcards and the birthday box program
    • Participated in National Voter Registration Day at five local high schools
    • Held spring registration drives at all District 203 and District 204 high schools
    • Significantly increased the number and types of venues for voter education and registration events. Held voter education/voter registration events at West Suburban Food Pantry, Warrenville Horizon Senior Center, Tabor Hills, Storypoint, a naturalization event at Cantigny, Monarch Landing, Cars.com, North Central College, Ulta Beauty HQ, Phoenix Closures HQ, and the Naperville Riverwalk.  Held a CAWA (Chinese-American Women in Action) event, a Plainfield Pride event, and a Naper Pride event   
    • Delivered close to 1000 (954) redesigned birthday boxes with updated voter registration information to students at area high schools
    • Held a youth outreach event with the local Girl Scouts of America
    • Mailed ‘Get Out the Vote’ postcards prior to the November election
    • Tracked statistics for participation in registration events, reminder postcard participation, and birthday box distribution
    Advocated for voter access and supported election integrity
    • Trained poll watchers in Will and DuPage counties to promote secure elections
    • Attended voting machine testing for both Will and DuPage Counties for the November 2022 General and the April 2023 Consolidated Elections 
    • Monitored a DuPage County election lawsuit
    • Monitored a Will County lawsuit alleging voter fraud in the County Clerk race
    • Monitored the Will County process of procuring new voting equipment  

    Goal: Increase advocacy for issues important to Naperville

    • Placed greater priority on issues and advocacy by electing an Issues and Advocacy Director and organizing an Issues and Advocacy Committee
    • Conducted legislative interviews with state and local legislators to explore issues of importance to the League  
    • Helped organize and execute the very successful ‘Rapid Response Rally’ to protest the SCOTUS decision on reproductive rights and helped mentor students to produce a second rally
    • Published letters to the editor, spoke at city council meetings and spoke at NCTV-17  on issues important to the League of Women Voters of Naperville
    • Engaged with local government officials to advocate for an end to coal power in Naperville and to support open meetings for all of Napervile’s public and private entities
    • Produced a series of impactful social media videos to publicize Naperville’s reliance on coal power
    • Advocated for passage of referendums supporting 708 mental health boards
    • Collaborated with LWV Highland Park Highwood to best support the Naperville assault weapons sales ban, which included remarks before the City Council and letters to editors of local papers
    • Monitored the status of criminal justice legislation in Illinois 
    • Conducted a study and two consensus meetings on the municipal boards and commissions appointment process, leading to the adoption of a position on Naperville’s process for making nominations and appointments to municipal board and commissions 
    • Initiated and advanced a process to bring diversity to the DuPage Heritage Gallery
    • Produced weekly social media updates on local government meeting schedules on Facebook
    • Organized a lobbying event at the state capitol in conjunction with other local Leagues

      Goal: Raise the League’s public profile

      • Continued work with a coalition including Naperville AAUW, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), and Illinois N.O.W. to partner on issues of local importance
      • Expanded topics for community forums in partnership with outside organizations, such as the Naperville Public Library, the Islamic Center of Naperville, and the Naperville Women’s Club
      • Reached out to CAWA (Chinese-American Women in Action) to identify shared concerns
      • Participated in local rallies and vigils supporting positions on legislative issues
      • Regularly participated in community events, such as the Labor Day Parade, St Patrick’s Day Parade, the Municipal Bake Sale/cannon fest, Naper Pride 2023 Health and Resource Fair, and Earth Day, and reintroduced ‘Billy the Ballot Box’
      • Honored the LWV’s 103rd anniversary on February 14 with a ceremony at the Naperville Cemetery for the local suffragists buried there
      • Added new videos to our YouTube channel, including recorded events and candidate forums
      • Built a larger social media presence over the past year, including the launch of selective paid Facebook posts to increase awareness of voting issues and Naperville’s reliance on coal power
      • Launched a newly designed, functional website to improve ease of use and streamlined the process for refreshing its content
      • Continued to hold monthly idea forums open to the public as well as to the membership

      Goal: Build greater influence with the state and national Leagues

      • Sent delegates to the 2022 Annual Meeting of the LWVUS 
      • Gained greater access to LWVIL with regular attendance at LWVIL Issues meetings and the appointment of the LWV Naperville Voter Service Director to the LWVIL Voter Service team
      • Continued Inter-League dialogs among Illinois local League presidents to share information and plan joint actions

      Goal: Build a purpose-driven organization by attracting and engaging members

      • Reaffirmed goals and priorities for the LWV Naperville with input from the membership
      • Increased the number of members in the Naperville League by an average of 6% over the last three years, with a total membership in the top 5 statewide
      • Expanded member outreach and membership renewal efforts to retain members and have retained over 80% of our membership year after year
      • Established a reserve fund through member increases and a sustaining member program to support critical and important League initiatives
      • Encouraged greater member engagement with purpose-driven events
      • Registered with GivingDuPage to be able to use them as a source of volunteers, if needed