NEWS HIGHLIGHTS FROM lwv AND lwvil
WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLANNING FOR JO DAVIESS COUNTY - WATERSHED MANAGEMENT EFFORTS
INDEPENDENT MAP AMMENDMENT
1. Natural Resources (Water Resources): Continuation of action focus to protect and preserve ground and surface waters in Jo Daviess County and other areas of Illinois.
a. Continue local water quality projects spearheaded by the LWV JDC -sponsored Water Protection Partnership, a broad-based coalition coordinating water shed planning in Jo Daviess County.
b. Continue the role of local LWV members in developing and promoting an Upper Mississippi River Region Inter League organization.
LWV-JDC position: The League supports a wide range of measures to control potential sources of groundwater contamination in Jo Daviess County. Both existing and futur county and city ordinances which influence groundwater quality should be consistently enforced. The League supports efforts to educate residents of Jo Daviess County about groundwater contamination and methods to reduce potential sources of contamination. The League opposes local control of landfill operations. (1991)
2. Social Policy (State Fiscal Policies): Continuation of action focus on efforts in support of tax reform in Illinois.
a. Engage in local and regional education efforts on the realities of Illinois' fiscal situation and how it impacts local property tax burden, education funding, and state services.
b. Continue to participate in LWV-IL's efforts to amend the Illinois Constitution to allow for a graduated rate income tax and/or other tax reform measures to improve Illinois fiscal situation by educating local voters on LWVIL position and lobbying our elected officials.
Program Position Basis: LWV-IL Where We Stand, 2011-2013, p. 72: The LWV-IL supports a progressive income tax with a graduated rate schedule . Until the Illinois Constitution is amended to allow graduated rates, the flat rate income tax should be made more progressive.
3. Gun Violence Prevention: To continue investigating gun violence prevention as a public health and mental health services issue.
Engage local, state, regional and national public health, mental health, education, law enforcement and other community leaders in discussing gun violence prevention as public health and mental health issues.
Program Position Basis:
LWV-JDC position: The League supports legislation, funding, and administration of a wide range of prevention and early intervention mental health services in order to meet the needs of the residents of Jo Daviess County. These services should be provided by qualified personnel working for private and governmental agencies and organizations, as well as individual health care providers. The League supports the use of all possible funding sources, but favors a base of continuous local funding. (Late 80's)