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Reforms to systemic bias in policing and the courts is a prominent campaign issue in the race for DeKalb County State’s Attorney. 

Republican incumbent Rick Amato faces a challenge from Democratic candidate Anna Wilhelmi in this contest. The two spoke at a recent forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Amato’s opening statement touched on the importance of how cases are prioritized. 

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Mourners have been gathering at the U.S. Supreme Court since the death Friday of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, leaving flowers, candles, and messages to honor the women's rights icon.

Impromptu vigils are popping up across the nation as people grapple with the loss of a liberal hero and what this means politically.

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The DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder recently fielded questions about the general election at a virtual town hall. 

Dozens of people called in to the online event, which was jointly hosted by the League of Women Voters of DeKalb County and Northern Illinois University’s All In Democracy Challenge. Moderators directed audience questions to DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder Doug Johnson.

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A northern Illinois artist is partnering with a women’s voter organization to ensure that people are casting their ballots for the 2020 Election -- especially younger people.  

League Of Women Voters Recharges In DeKalb County

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The League of Women Voters is becoming more active in DeKalb County.

The DeKalb County branch of the League was founded about 100 years ago as a nonpartisan organization.

Dr. Linh Nguyen is the President of the local branch.

She says that with an upcoming election, it is more important than ever to vote.

“We want people to have the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate in local government.”

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Kishwaukee College in Malta has many students who have or will reach voting age.  But education instructor Cynthia de Seife said some of these students had misconceptions.

“A while back, I was doing voter registration here at the college and some students were saying how they don’t vote, they don’t ever vote, their vote doesn’t count," she said. " And I thought, 'No. This is a college. No no no. This is not okay. We can do better than that.'”

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Illinois’s League of Women Voters is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the state being the first to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.  

 

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It started with a system glitch in the summer of 2016.

Hackers found a flaw in the online voting registration process in Illinois and exploited it. Illinois State Board of Election’s spokesperson Matt Dietrich said the board’s servers were flooded with queries, which are lines of code.

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A bill in the Illinois legislature would help friends and family members take action when they see warning signs that could lead to gun violence.

The House could take up the Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act this week. It has already passed the Senate. It would allow courts to temporarily take away guns from people found to be a danger to themselves or others.

The League of Women Voters of Illinois supports the measure. League president Bonnie Cox says—as a therapist—she sees it as a tool that could save lives.

League Of Women Voters of Greater Rockford Turns 95

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The League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford celebrates its 95th Anniversary Friday.

A history of the League and its prominent suffragists will be on display at the Ethnic Heritage Museum in Rockford.  

Among the accomplishments highlighted will be the improvement of safety protocols at the Byron nuclear power plant in the 1980s and the travel of four league members to China when the country’s borders first opened in the 1970s.

The League of Women Voters is hosting two candidate forums for the upcoming election in DeKalb. 

The first takes place Thursday and features municipal offices, such as aldermen in the 2nd, 4th and 6th Wards, DeKalb mayor, city clerk, and Afton Township highway commissioner.  

All these candidates will be on the ballot for the Feb. 28 consolidated primary election.  

Another event on February 28 will feature DeKalb school board candidates. 

Both forums will take place in the DeKalb Municipal Building and begin at 6:30 PM.  

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The man in charge of the Cook County Jail says correctional facilities can do a much better job dealing with inmates who have mental health issues. Sheriff Tom Dart spoke to the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford last night about his decade of efforts to support people with mental illnesses who end up in his jail. 

Dart says budget cuts for mental health programs have made things more difficult.

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A force in Rockford politics and education has died. Former State Senator Vivian Hickey was 100 years old. 

The die-hard Democrat was appointed to fill the term of Rockford’s first female State Senator when Betty Ann Keegan died. Hickey was elected to what became known as The Woman’s Seat: a string of women from Rockford were elected to the 34th District State Senate seat. 

There’s a movement to balance the state’s budget by bringing in more revenue instead of cutting programs. Tuesday night, local school superintendents were joined by other community leaders at a forum at Rock Valley College to hear plans on how  to “break the budget gridlock.”