On November 8th, the monthly League general meeting topic was the issue of water quality control in Illinois, with a specific focus on the Prairie Rivers Network organization here in Champaign. Established in 1967 by Bruce and Patricia Hannon, this non for-profit organization has worked throughout the decades to ensure how national laws, such as the Clean Water Act, are enforced correctly to protect our local rivers and environment. The PRN, though based in Champaign, has a statewide focus on water issues concerning the efficient implementation of effective water health policies.
Traci Barkley was the PRN speaker at the meeting and she discussed the Clean Water Act of 1970 and how that has subsequently resulted in the PRN's creation of the Healthy Stream Flow an Habitat Protection Program as well as the River Stewardship and Awareness Program. Ms. Barkley also touched upon the water pollution issues, specifically coal pollution of our natural streams.
For more information please go to http://prairierivers.org/
On November 1st, League members of Champaign County got to see their months of hard work come to fruition. After months of work, the WILL-TV studio and WCIA-TV hosted a debate by the Illinois Public Media sponsored by the League of Women voters of Illinois to bring together the 3 candidates for Illinois’ newly redistricted 13th District. The position for the 13th District opened up after long term representative Tim Johnson gave up the position earlier this year. The 3 candidates were Republican Rodney Davis of Taylorville, Democrat David Gill of Bloomington, and Independent John Hartman of Edwardsville. The debate was moderated before a live studio audience starting at 7 PM. It was mediated by WILL-TV newsperson Jim Meadow. Additional questions came from Dave Benton, WCIA-TV 3 news anchor; Tom Kacich, Champaign New-Gazette columnist; Robert Lowe, University of Illinois broadcast journalism student, and Amanda Vinicky, Statehouse Bureau chief. Questions ranged from the candidates’ stance on the economy, health care, educational reform, and the role of the government in state politics.
The League of Women Voters of Champaign County is very pleased to unveil it's new, interactive website! Now, as part of our communication and outreach efforts, we're inviting league members to use this blogspace to discuss issues, voter tips, and important events related to the local and national league. We hope you'll join us as we embark on a new journey for the League of Women Voters of Champaign County.
Members of the League of Women Voters of Champaign County co-author this blog.