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Posted on: January 14, 2020

League of Women Voters Honored and to Host Candidate Forums

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Honored by the City of Batavia at the January 6 City Council Meeting, the League of Women Voters received a proclamation stating the organization’s national history and its continuation as, "a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy." 

The league today is composed of members in over 200 local, county, and state leagues in all 50 states plus the District of Colombia, the Virgin Islands, and Hong Kong. Among those state leagues is the League of Women Voters of Illinois that was incorporated on March 22, 1920, and in turn is composed of over 40 local leagues with almost 4,000 members. The proclamation was received by members of the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County. 

Jeffrey D Schielke, Mayor of Batavia, proclaimed Friday, February 14, 2020 as "League of Women Voters Day." This will celebrate The League of Women Voters 100th year anniversary.

The organization sent out the following information regards to upcoming candidate forums:

"The Aurora Area, Central Kane County, and Naperville chapters of the League of Women Voters (LWV), along with the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, will sponsor candidate forums in winter 2020 for select contested primary elections. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Seating is limited so the audience members should arrive early.

The forums will be recorded by Batavia Access TV (BATV) and available online afterwards. Please visit the LWV Aurora Area, Central Kane County, or Naperville chapter websites to view the forums and/or to join one of these chapters. All women and men aged 16 and older are welcome to become members of the League of Women Voters.

The first Candidate Forum is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. It takes place at Batavia City Hall, 100 N. Island Avenue, Batavia. The forum for the 14th Congressional District will begin at 7:00 p.m. This will be followed by a combined forum for state legislators.

14th Congressional District forum. Candidates invited are: Jim Oberweis, Catalina Lauf, James T. "Jim" Marter, Ted Gradel, Sue Rezin, Jerry Evans, and Anthony Catella.

Those invited for the combined forum includes:

25th Illinois Senate - Jeanette Ward, Beth Goncher

49th Illinois Representative - Laura Curtis, Douglas Warlick

65th Illinois Representative - Martha Paschke, Mohammad "Mo" Iqbal

Only candidates in contested races have been invited to participate in these forums.

The League of Women Voters, founded in 1920, envisions a democracy where every individual has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. The League believes in the power of citizens to create a more perfect democracy and has been conducting forums as part of its mission of voter education for decades. The LWV is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to its members and the public."

The League of Women Voters of Central Kane County and the Aurora Area will also be holding a forum on February 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Batavia City Hall in regards to the contested races in Kane County for the Kane County Board Districts 10 and 14 as well as the Kane County State’s Attorney and the Kane County Board Chair.

For more information please visit: 

Or contact Patti Lackman at: 630-336-0531 or

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