We are truly a grassroots organization…

Action Issues The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement — the statement resulting from the consensus questions — that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.


League of Women Voters of the Palos-Orland Area – Current Program

The LWVPOA will retain the following Interest Issues:
Pre-Cycling / Recycling
Child Welfare / Juvenlie Justice
Assault Weapon and Large Clip Magazine Ban
The LWVPOA will continue the following Interest Issues:
Observer Corps
Know Your Local Government
Funding Education


Pensions are still a big issue for Illinois. Presentations here are very informative.

Documents from the Palos Heights Pension Panel on October 13, 2012.

Power Point on Pension Issue from Illinois TRS

TRS Overview by Dick Ingram, Executive Director, TRS

TRS Overview

Power Point from Scott Uhler, Klein, Thorpe Jenkins

Framework for Public Pension Reform – Navigating the Hurdles, Scott Uhler, Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins

Framework for Public Pension Reform


Going Green

What can you do to save your planet?


Where to bring Hazardous Waste?

-Aerosol Cans, Antifreeze, Brake Fluid, Transmission Fluid, Heating Oil, Oil-based Paint, Smoke Detectors, Thermostats, Thermometers, and Household Batteries can be delivered to the Hazardous Waste sites listed on the South Suburban Mayors and Managers’ web site: http://www.ssmma.org.

-Flourescent Bulbs can be put into plastic bags and taken to Ace Hardware or Home Depot.

-Car Batteries, contact Interstate Batteries.
– Computers, contact Give A Computer, Inc.
-Motor Oil can be taken to Jiffy Lube, Oil & Go, Pep Boys, or Oil Express.
-Propane Tanks, contact Ace Hardware


Don’t create waste in the first place and encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.

Tips for Precycling:

-Use Canvas shopping bags
-Buy loose fruits and vegetables
-Buy recyclable milk and jiuce containers, not cartons
-Rather than buying books, videos and CDs, borrow from your library
-Buy scoops of ice cream in a cone, not a cup
-Shop thrift stores
-Buy rechargeable batteries
-Compost lawn and kitchen waste
-Buy cleaning products in bulk
-Use refillable razors instead of disposables
-Buy juice concentrate instead of juice boxes
-Use cloth napkins and dish towels
-Take hangers back to the cleaners
-Carry a plastic food container to restaurants to use as your own “doggie bag”
-When buying clothes, ask the clerk not to wrap in tissue
-Remove your name from unsolicited mailing lists
-Buy refurbished printer and toner cartridges
-use email and other electronic files