Each municipality has local issues that our League addresses.
Business and Infrastructure
The Village should encourage the maintenance of a viable business district to both increase property and sales tax revenue and provide a convenient shopping area for residents. The League supports property tax relief legislation to ameliorate the burden for populations such as the disabled, the poor and the elderly. The Village should make information publicly available regarding tentative budgets and the relationship of sizable expenditures to property taxes. (1975, Revised 1997, 2010)
Caucus System in Glencoe
The League supports a caucus method of selecting candidates for elected public offices in Glencoe. Nominating committees should actively seek a pool of qualified candidates and should give equal consideration to incumbents and other candidates. (Revised 1997)
Housing for Special Populations
There should be a range of housing options for special populations (the mentally ill and developmentally disabled) in New Trier Township, including Glencoe, that is responsive to their needs. We support a continued role for New Trier Township in public education and coordination of township-wide efforts at housing solutions. (New Trier Township Leagues 1988, Revised 2010)
Housing Options for Glencoe
There is a need for affordable housing in Glencoe, particularly for senior citizens, single-parent families and young households. The League supports establishment of a Housing Commission, which would study and make recommendations regarding housing needs, administer a Housing Assistance program and provide assistance regarding affordable housing. (2003)
The governing boards in the Village of Glencoe should have as a general purpose the protection and promotion of civil and human rights and liberties of all Glencoe citizens, employees and visitors. Each board should regularly re-examine, update and revise its human relations policy and along with their administrative staffs should continually acquaint themselves with community concerns. The League recognizes the importance of a Human Relations Forum in Glencoe and supports its mission to promote the lawful preservation of human rights of all citizens. (1977, Revised 2010)
Public Safety Officer in Schools
There is no need to have a dedicated armed officer stationed in any of the District 35 schools and it is not good public policy to privately fund school district or village staff. (2015)
Solid waste management policies should promote environmentally sound methods of source reduction, waste reduction, and recycling, with a goal of zero waste to landfill. Waste management policies should identify solid waste as potential resources. Local and regional units of government should design long range plans to achieve these goals and conduct periodic assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of their waste diversion programs.
We support inter-governmental cooperation in the management of solid waste and encourages citizen participation and input in the form of citizen advisory committees. The League suggests that solid waste agencies evaluate operations using both direct (dollar) and indirect (land use and environmental impact) costs. (2012)
Criteria for Evaluation of School Funding Referenda
To have a basis to determine whether to support or not support school funding referenda the New Trier Townships Leagues developed criteria to be used in evaluating those referenda. (New Trier Township Leagues, 1998, Revised Criteria 2014)
New Trier Township High School Board and Caucus
The caucus system is a satisfactory means of nominating candidates for the New Trier High School Board. Action should be taken to achieve more uniform representation based on total population of elementary school districts, staggered two-year terms for all delegates, more publicity in recruitment of school board candidates, and equal consideration of incumbents and other candidates. (1976) Note: Wilmette has dropped this position.
New Trier Township Government
New Trier Township Government is the best level of government to provide General Assistance and health and human services. The office of the Assessor should continue to be cost effective. (New Trier Township Leagues, 1985, Revised 1998)
New Trier Township Government Selection of Officials
The New Trier Township Leagues support a nonpartisan process for the selection of New Trier Township officials, committees and advisory boards. The New Trier Citizens League, a caucus that slates candidates to serve as Township officials, should increase its visibility by publicizing its activities to provide for new representation and broader participation. (New Trier Township Leagues, 1978)