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Briefing Materials

Social Policy/Housing

AFFIRMATIVELY FURTHERING FAIR HOUSING & CHA'S TEN YEAR PLAN FOR TRANSFORMATION

The Social Policy/Housing Committee of the League of Women Voters of Chicago presents an open meeting and briefing on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and CHA's 10-Year Plan for the Transformation of Public Housing.

Presenting are:

  • Patricia Fron, Executive Director, Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance
  • Bob Palmer, Director of Policy, Housing Action of Illinois
  • Leah Levinger, Executive Director Chicago Housing Initiative

Ms. Fron and Mr. Palmer will address the status of the Federal Fair Housing Act provision requiring recipients of Federal assistance to affirmatively further fair housing and Ms. Levinger will provide an update of the Chicago Housing Authority's 10-Year Plan for the Transformation of Public Housing.

Please RSVP by Thursday, April 6 to League@LWVChicago.org or phone 312-939-5949 to be placed on the Building Security List.

You may download the flyer for this briefing/open meeting.

Education

League of Women Voters of Chicago Education Funding Briefing/Open Meeting March 11, 2017

1. Presentation: Evidence-Based Model by Ralph Martire, Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

2. Newspaper articles about Chicago Public Schools lawsuits related to state funding:

A. The Illinois State Board of Education settled a longstanding lawsuit brought by the Urban League that charged the state school aid formula discriminated against minority children. The settlement will force the state to stop "prorating" state aid dollars to schools when money is short. The practice, pervasive during the state's budget crisis, cut state aid to districts by a certain percentage across the board, hurting disadvantaged districts more than affluent ones and creating disparities considered discriminatory, according to the terms of the settlement. chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-school-finance-lawsuit-settlement-met-20170217-story

B. The Chicago Board of Education has sued the governor and the Illinois State Board of Education, alleging that the state maintains "two separate and demonstrably unequal systems" for funding public education, violating the civil rights of its predominantly African-American and Hispanic student body. The suit applies to both state aid and pension systems and was brought on behalf of five minority CPS families. Chicago.suntimes.com/news/cps-sues-state-over-funding-says-it-violates-students-rights

3. Finding your elected officials and their contact information.

4. Witness Slip Instructions

Recent Action Items

From LWVChicago Oppose: HB443 "SCH CD-TUITION VOUCHERS" There are strong LWV positions opposing vouchers.

Support HB 40 House Bill 40 repeals a dangerous "trigger" provision in the Illinois abortion law and affirms that Illinois has no intention of ever going back to the pre-Roe days of illegal abortion.

From LWVIL Please call your State Senator and State Representative and insist that they vote to pass a budget for FY 2017 and to make whole schools and social service providers which did not receive appropriations in FY 2016. For further information see: lwvil.org/tfa-time-for-action

Chicago City Budget

Chicago City Budget Briefing/Open Meeting, February 11, 2017

1. Presentations by

Alexandra Holt, Budget Director
Molly Poppe, Office of Budget and Management
Presentation in pdf form

2. Background/Reference Materials

A. *LWVChicago Positions
(General positions deal with council budgeting procedures including advance notice, privatization, public hearings, pension funds)

B. *Selections from the Tax Maze
Link to Tax Maze on LWVChicago web site:
lwvchicago.org/Guide_Through_Tax_Maze.html

C. *Summary of incidental taxes in the City of Chicago

3. Online sources of information on Chicago City Council Budget:

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm.html

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/fin/supp_info/comprehensive_annualfinancialstatements.html

Recent Action Items

From LWVChicago

Oppose: HB213, "The School Choice Act" and HB443 "SCH CD-TUITION VOUCHERS"

Support HB 40 House Bill 40 repeals a dangerous "trigger" provision in the Illinois abortion law and affirms that Illinois has no intention of ever going back to the pre-Roe days of illegal abortion.

From LWVIL

Please call your State Senator and State Representative and insist that they vote to pass a budget for FY 2017 and to make whole schools and social service providers which did not receive appropriations in FY 2016. For further information see: http://www.lwvil.org/tfa-time-for-action.html

Program Planning/Action Briefing

Program Planning/Action Briefing, January 14, 2017

Resource Materials in pdf form:

Online references: http://www.lwvchicago.org/Where_We_Stand.html; http://www.lwvil.org/uploads/1/5/9/8/15985276/where_we_stand_long_version.pdf; http://lwv.org/files/Impact%20on%20Issues%202014-2016%20Full%20PDF.pdf

For unit presenters: Unit responses for LWVIL program planning will be compiled and presented to LWVChicago Board for approval to submit to LWVIL at its February meeting. Unit responses must be in the office by February 6.

LWVChicago's board must present the proposed program to our members in the notice of the annual meeting. The deadline for unit responses for LWVChicago program planning is March 6.

Program Planning Instructions:

Review the existing positions (summaries are provided) and indicate your unit's consensus on Retain, Restudy/Update, Drop for each item.

Recommending a new study or an action focus requires careful consideration of the resources at both local and state level to develop the study that will culminate in the position or to organize a lobbying effort. Consider these key questions:

Does LWVChicago have a strong and broad member interest in the issue?
Is the issue of city-wide or statewide interest?
Will timing and political realities permit effective league action?
Is League involvement likely to make a difference?
Is there an existing city, state or national position that can be used for action? If yes, an action focus is needed; if no, a new study is needed.

Natural Resources/Chicago Water Briefing

The following material was presented at the November 12, 2016, briefing on Natural Resources/Chicago Water.

Power point on the state of Lake Michigan

Natural Resources Position of LWVUS

Materials from the Department of Water Management City of Chicago

Information from the US Environmental Protection Agency

Lake Michigan Lakewide Action and Management Plan

Link to a large amount and variety of information about the Great Lakes may be found at:

https://www.epa.gov/greatlakes

September 10, 2016 Briefing on City of Chicago