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Upper Mississippi River Region - Inter League Organization

Upper Mississippi River Region
Watershed area of the Upper Mississippi River Region

IL,WI, IA & MN are establishing an Inter League Organization to pursue protecting the Upper Mississippi River Basin. 

First, what is an ILO?  

Inter League Organizations are formal LWV organizations recognized by the League of Women Voters of the US.   They operate under the Natural Resources positions of the national LWV. ILOs are established because their members recognize the need to work together at the regional level to most effectively and responsibly solve problems that transcend political boundaries.   The natural resource issues facing us in the Upper Mississippi River Region definitely transcend such boundaries.  We believe the proposed ILO could increase the clout and effectiveness of the LWV’s work on natural resource issues by: 

* Developing educational programming to be shared among the ILO’s leagues to increase the public’s understanding of the natural resource issues in the region. 

* Coordinating our advocacy efforts across state lines and in numerous congressional districts to better promote the collective interests of the region before Congress and the federal agencies.  

* Monitoring local, state, regional, and federal proposals that affect the interests of the region and then distributing that information and making recommendations to the appropriate state or local LWVs for action.   

What is the history of the proposed LWV-Upper Mississippi River Region ILO?

Members of the LWVs in Jo Daviess County IL and Dubuque, IA, first met to discuss the idea of forming an ILO in June 2014 after collaborating to present the program Storm Water From the Ground Up, a project of the LWV-Lake Michigan Region ILO.  We formed a steering committee and began reaching out to local LWVs in our region.  Since then we have received the approval of the state LWV boards in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois to pursue the development of the ILO.  We are in the process of contacting the 78 local LWVs in these states, informing them of our plans to form an ILO, and asking for their support.  So far 33 local LWVs have indicated that they are interested in joining the LWV-UMRR ILO.

What will happen next?

The LWV-US suggests that to receive formal approval for the ILO, we must engage the support of 2/3s of the local LWVs representing at least 2/3s of the total League membership in the four-state region. With 33 of the 78 possible LWVs on board, we need to engage the support of another 20 LWVs to be able to go on to the next steps.  We also have to make sure that the total membership of the LWVs we have on board adds up to 2/3s of the total membership in the four state region.  We would have a problem with that if we get the support of many small LWVs but not the big ones.  

Once we have the requisite number of LWVs and members on board, we will begin planning the first annual meeting of the LWV-UMRR ILO.  At that meeting, we will elect officers and approve by laws.  Please note that we are proposing no per member payment for your LWV members to belong to the ILO.  We anticipate a per league payment of $25.00 annually.    

Officers and Board of Directors

  • Gretchen Sabel - ILO President


    • Illinois
    • Iowa
    • Minnesota
    • Wisconsin


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