This item was adapted from a News-Gazette article by Jeff D'Alessio on January 31, 2023. See the full article for further details.
The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation Awards for 2023 will recognize 6 honorees at the Foundation's April 14 annual awards gala on April 14 at the I Hotel & Conference Center. The News-Gazette gives a quick introduction (and photos) for the six honorees and, leading up to the gala, will feature more in-depth stories on each person.
One of the honorees, who will receive a "Local Hero Award" is a member of the LWVCC Board of Directors, Kanittha Fay. Below is a photo of Kanittha and the quick introduction of her in the News-Gazette article.
Adapted from January 23, 2023 email from Jim McGrath, Gun Violence Prevention Issues Specialist, League of Women Voters of Illinois, to LWVIL chapters.
I'm sending this to make sure you are aware that the restraining order the Effingham judge issued applies ONLY to Effingham County.
Judge issues restraining order in downstate challenge to ban on high-powered rifles
A downstate judge has issued a temporary restraining order to block the state's new ban on high-powered weapons and large-capacity magazines from being enforced against the plaintiffs in an Effingham County lawsuit. The restraining order does not apply statewide.
With guidance from the League’s Fundraising team, we’ll soon begin approaching individuals, local organizations, and businesses who share our commitment to civic engagement to request their financial support for this initiative. If you have contacts who might be interested in getting involved in this effort, please let us know by emailing VoterReady.LWVCC@gmail.com.
Thank you to everyone who has already contributed! And, if you have not yet done so, you can still send a check with Voter Services Fund in the memo line to:
This item was adapted from a "News You Can Use" email sent to members on January 18, 2023.
Criminal Justice: Pretrial Fairness Act
As it turns out, despite the governor signing the Pretrial Fairness Act into law, the end of Illinois cash bail system did not go into effect on January 1, 2023 as planned.
The constitutionality of the PFA was challenged by state’s attorney’s in 65 of Illinois’ 102 counties, and a Kankakee judge agreed with them, ruling the law unconstitutional. The ruling meant that those counties could keep their current cash bail system in place.
The Illinois state’s attorney’s office appealed the decision to the Illinois Supreme Court, which then halted the PFA statewide in the final hours before it was to go into effect on January 1. This ensures the integrity of the state’s justice system, by preventing a situation where people in some counties would be subject to different laws than those in other counties.
The Illinois Supreme Court has said it will hear the case quickly, but has not set a date. Read more from the ACLU about the end of money bond in Illinois.
This item is summarized from an email by the Illinois League of Women Voters on December 2 to League members.
On Wednesday, December 7, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutional validity of the independent state legislature doctrine.
The League is closely watching this crucial election-related case, which will determine whether state legislatures have the power and authority to set their own rules for federal elections without any checks and balances from their state Supreme Courts.
Listen to this historic Supreme Court hearing
This item is adapted from a November 30 article in the News-Gazette by Debra Pressey. See this link for the full article.
Final results for the 2022 Midterm General Election were posted on the Clerk's website at this link as of November 22, 2022. Click the images below to see how local media reported results
This item is adapted from a News-Gazette article by Jeff D'Alessio on Friday, November 11, 2022. See the article for more details.
Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons said that the tabulating of mail ballots will resume Monday because of Veterans’ Day. Only the race for the 6th Circuit judgeship remains too close to call. The number of mail ballots yet to be counted could grow if more are postmarked by election day arrive by Nov. 22.
This item was adapted from a News-Gazette article by Jeff D'Alessio on November 10, 2022. For full details, see the News-Gazette story.
The Champaign County Clerk and Recorder’s office urged patience as “connectivity issues and server performance” slowed down voting at some polling locations on election day. The Clerk attributed the problems to cyber attacks on the network and servers.
Champaign County is one of three out of 108 election jurisdictions in the state where voters can vote at any polling place. A “custom ballot” is printed out on the spot for each voter, which might also have been a factor in the delays at some locations.
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