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LWVE Program for 2023–2024

At the
May, 2023 League of Women Voters of Evanston Annual Meeting, members in attendance approved areas of focus for the 2023-2024 local program. The League of Women Voters of Evanston will take appropriate action or collaborate with and support like-minded organizations and coalitions in Evanston and other northern suburban communities, to advocate for issues consistent with League positions.

Leaders in each area will be taking steps in the coming weeks to define plans for the year, and they need your involvement!  Please contact us to get involved in any of these areas.

Fair Housing Enforcement

Consistent with the LWVE’s local position to support strong and effective enforcement of Federal, State, County, and City fair housing laws, and the City’s Tenant/Landlord Ordinance and Condominium Regulations, form a working group to review and evaluate Evanston’s fair housing enforcement practices and outcomes. The working group will advocate for changes as appropriate and educate members.

​​Civics Education

Examine the content and teaching strategies for civics education in high school and middle schools in Evanston. The Illinois State Legislature has passed laws requiring civics education in both high school and middle schools in Illinois, and the purpose of this program is to learn how this mandate has been implemented in local schools. The working group will review the literature and talk to faculty and students about content and teaching approaches including what is taught about local government. The group will educate the membership and share ideas with the schools about how to incorporate learning experiences relevant to local government and issues in Evanston.

Climate Change

Support climate change priorities in Evanston. A working group will support the City of Evanston in implementing the 2023 and 2024 goals of the Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP). LWVE’s actions will focus on advocacy with the Evanston City Council and its committees and commissions, and education of our members and the community at large.

Economic Development in Evanston Downtown and Neighborhood Areas

Review and update the LWVE position on economic development in the downtown and neighborhood areas to bring the position in line with current needs which have changed as a result of pandemic closures and a changed economic environment. Like commercial and business districts across the nation, Evanston has lost commuters and other consumers, leading to drops in sales, retail closures, and vacant office spaces.

​On August 25, 2022,  Kristin Meyer, Community Health Specialist at the Evanston Health Department, presented the 2022 EPLAN to LWVE members via zoom. Click here to watch the video recording of this presentation.  Click here to read the Health Equity working group findings and recommendations summarized in its April 2022 report.