The League offers a wide variety of activities and all members are invited to get involved!
JOIN A COMMITTEE
VOTER SERVICES: train to become a Voter Registrar; organize and/or work at candidate forums
COMMUNICATIONS: work on press releases, flyers, Facebook page, newsletter, and website
PROGRAMS: develop and/or work at informative programs
EVENTS: organize and/or work at programs
MEMBERSHIP: meet with new members and organize member orientation
CIVICS CORPS: create and present civic education programs to community organizations and schools
FUNDRAISING: plan fundraising events
Want to join a Committee? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
BECOME AN OBSERVER
Observers attend local board and commissions meetings; meet monthly to share what you have learned.
Want to become an observer? Contact us at email@example.com
ANNUAL MEETING: once-a-year organizational meeting
BOOK GROUPS: join discussions about timely books
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS on League-related issues
FRIENDRAISER DINNER: League potluck
HOLIDAY: annual holiday party
LEADER COFFEES: with local government leaders
LEAGUE LUNCHES: periodic lunches with guest speakers
LEGISLATIVE INTERVIEWS: with elected state and federal representatives
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATIONS: meetings to introduce new members to the League
PROGRAM PLANNING: meeting to determine our focus for the upcoming year
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH LUNCHEON: North Shore Leagues luncheon with community speakers
BECOME AN ISSUES SPECIALIST
Issue Specialists focus on subjects such as gun control, redistricting, and consolidation of taxing bodies. They keep the League informed, lobby elected officials and serve as a local expert to speak with the press and community organizations.
Want to become an Issues Specialist? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
TAKE ACTION: SUBMIT A WITNESS SLIP
As a member of the League, from time to time, you’ll be asked to submit a Witness Slip related to a key piece of legislation in Springfield.
Witness slips are a vital piece of the legislative process. The only time that public opinion is incorporated into the Illinois Senate or House’s decision-making is during committee hearings. when public testimony on a particular piece of legislation is allowed. Testimony can be submitted by citizens via the internet through Witness Slips. These are considered official state documentation.
During the hearing, the committee chairman reads the list of witnesses who have filed slips for or against a proposal. This helps inform legislators as to where Illinoisans and organizations stand.
A Witness Slip can be filed for any bill scheduled for a hearing in an Illinois Senate or House Committee, during the week prior to the hearing taking place.
Here’s a video that talks about Witness Slips and how to submit one. The actual process for filling out a Witness Slip starts at 1:00 on the video. Note: The League will send you the link to the Witness Slip for the specific piece of legislation.
TAKE ACTION: CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS
You may be asked to contact your elected officials and ask for their support or opposition to legislation. Make your voice heard; it just takes a minute.
Call or email your elected officials.