Making Democracy Work

Civics Awareness Series

We are very excited to announce that the League of Women Voters of Wheaton and Cantigny Park will be presenting a three part Civics Awareness program beginning in September. They will be held at 7 PM at the Cantigny Park Visitors Center. Program and parking are free. Registration will open soon. We can accommodate a maximum of 100 guests per program so please register as soon as registration opens.


September 21, 2017News Literacy - Fake or Not? - Register
October 19, 2017Yes! You Can Run for Office - Register.
November 16, 2017Money in Politics: How Much Is Too Much? - Register

News Literacy - Fake or Not?


This event begins at 6:15p.m. with a reception of wine and light appetizers. Wheaton League members will get two drink tickets and all other guests can visit the cash bar.

The speaker will began at 7 p.m. A breakout discussion with coffee and dessert will follow.


Today's information landscape is the largest and most complex in human history, with more pitfalls and opportunities for consumers than ever before. This session explores these challenges and opportunities by focusing on the proliferation and evolution of various forms of misinformation, and the tools available to combat it. It will also underscore some key questions related to the current state of public trust in the news media, and highlight some of the ways that news literacy can help reestablish trust while also helping consumers know what to believe.


Peter Adams is the News Literacy Project's senior vice president for educational programs and is based in Chicago. Peter began his career in education as a classroom teacher in the New York City schools. He has also taught in the Chicago public schools and at Roosevelt University and Chicago City Colleges' Wilbur Wright campus. In addition, he has worked with the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, with After School Matters and as an independent education consultant.

He is a graduate of Indiana University, where he majored in English and African-American studies and co-founded an independent monthly student newspaper, and has a master's degree in the humanities from the University of Chicago.

Yes! You Can Run for Office


7 pm, with a breakout discussion with coffee and dessert to follow.

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Bio: Melissa Mouritsen Zmuda is the co-author of "Twenty-First Century Chicago" and "The Election of Rahm Emanuel, in 'Local Politics and Mayoral Elections in 21st Century America: The Keys to City Hall'." with Dick Simpson. She is an associate professor of Political Science at College of DuPage.

Money in Politics


7 pm, with a breakout discussion with coffee and dessert to follow.


The cost of Illinois elections is officially on the rise. With a significant number of House and Senate races above $4 million last year, and the Gubernatorial election topping $100 million already, there's never been a more important time to talk about money in politics in our state. Through tools like, you can learn about who is giving this money, who is receiving it, and how campaign cash really works. This conversation will include practical tools for keeping up with the fast-paced world of political money in Illinois, and an extended audience question and answer period so that you can prepare yourself for what's to come in 2018.


Sarah Brune is the Executive Director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a nonpartisan 501(c)3 nonprofit organization advocating government transparency, ethics, and accountability in Illinois. Sarah joined the ICPR team in 2015 as the Deputy Director after serving as the Associate Director for the Uptown Chamber of Commerce on Chicago's north side, where she worked on community organizing and economic development. During her time with ICPR, Sarah has been integral in passing campaign finance reform legislation, hosting civic engagement events for voters, and running ICPR's Illinois Sunshine database. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Communication from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois.

ICPR is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization serving the voters of Illinois. ICPR's mission is to initiate reforms and promote public participation in government, address the role of money in politics, and encourage integrity, accountability, and transparency in government. ICPR advocates this mission through the use of educational forums, legislative reforms, and technology projects making government data available to the public.