With our monthly guest speakers covering topics ranging from the current COVID-19 pandemic, facts in journalism, and dark money in politics, ACE strives to bring accurate, thought-provoking information to the forefront of a not-so-easily-trusted political climate.

“A Referendum on Mental Health” was the topic on September 19, 2021. Guest speakers were Geri Kerger, Executive Director of DuPage NAMI and Lisa Devivo, Executive Director of the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township. Together they presented the benefits of and process for getting a referendum for Lisle and Naperville Townships on the ballot in November 2022.

Greg Hubert of the Naperville Environment and Sustainability Task Force offered some things we can do today to make Naperville a greener city in the future during his presentation at ACE’s April 2021 meeting on Earth Day and the Environment.

Meet the Down-Ballot Dems featured candidates running for local DuPage County offices in October 2020.

A panel discussion of COVID-19: The Current State of the Pandemic  in September 2020 included Patricia George, M.D., pulmonologist and critical care physician at National Jewish Health, Denver; Jeanne Dul, Ph.D., former writer of FDA drug trial protocols; and Chris Hoff, director of community resources at the DuPage County Health Department.

ACE discussed the potential Illinois Fair Tax during our May 2020 meeting.

Joyce Williams, League of Women Voters-LaGrange area, on why we should abolish the Electoral College at our February 2020 meeting.

One Year in Office: A Report  featured five leaders that were ushered into office by 2018’s Blue Wave gave ACE members accounts of their first years in office at our meeting on January 19, 2020, including Judge Linda Davenport, DuPage County Board Members Julie Renehan and Dawn DeSart, DuPage County Forest Preserve President Daniel Hebreard, and Lisle Township Supervisor Mary Jo Mullen.

Professor Michael Seng, of the John Marshall Law School, discussed impeachment at our November 2019 meeting.

Census 2020 and its Importance for Illinois featured Illinois State Senator Laura Ellman, along with Dionne Roberts-Emegha, partnership coordinator for the Chicago Regional Census Bureau office, Sadia Covert, chair of the DuPage County Complete Count Committee, Yoselyn Ovalle, associate manager of the Democracy Initiative at Forefront, and Mark Rice, volunteer liaison of the Complete Count Committee of the City of Naperville at ACE’s October 2019 meeting.

Renewable Energy: Developing a Plan Now for the Future  featured Vera Miller, Downers Grove Clean Energy Task Force and DuPage Clean Energy Coalition; Jim Truesdale, Clean Wheaton; Greg Hubert, Naperville Environmental and Sustainability Task Force, LWV-Naperville, and Citizens Climate Lobby; Daniel Hebreard, president, DuPage County Forest Preserve District; and Dr. George Crabtree, director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, Argonne National Laboratory at our September 2019 meeting.

Members of Youth Outlook and Naper Pride celebrated Pride Month with ACE members at our meeting on June 2, 2019.

Journalism professionals and academics joined ACE for a discussion, “Journalism: The Fourth Estate—Does Social Media Threaten the Integrity, Function, and Role of Established News Sources?” for our April, 2019 meeting.  Speakers included Craig Dellimore, political editor at WBBM-AM; Bernie Tafoya, news reporter at WBBM-AM; Steve Macek, chair of the communications and media studies department at North Central College; and Jim Slusher, op-ed editor at the Daily Herald.

Neringa Zymancius and Sri Rao from Stop Sterigenics! shared their battle to get the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook closed to stop toxic emissions in their neighborhood at our March 2019 meeting.

John Perryman, M.D., discussed the plausibility of Medicare for All at our November 2018 meeting.

Stephanie Schweitzer Garza, director of strategic partnerships at the Texas Civil Rights Project, Hunter Wiggins, attorney and former U.S. prosecutor, and Karen Peck, local activist, spoke to ACE members at our October 2018 meeting to update us on Immigration and the Reunification of Families at the Texas-Mexico border.

Ed Yohnka, director of communications and public policy at the ACLU of Illinois, spoke to ACE members at our April 2018 meeting about the chaos in the White House, our judicial system, and how Donald Trump is a threat to our democracy.

Dan Coy, of American Promise, discussed the possible 28th Amendment that would overturn the Citizens United ruling and dark money in American politics at our January 2018 meeting.

Emma Vosicky, representing Youth Outlook, spoke to us at our October 2017 meeting. She shared some insights into supporting the youth LGBTQ+ community.

Cristobal Cavazos, of Immigrant Solidarity DuPage, discussed several issues that affect immigrants in DuPage County with ACE-Naperville members on July 16, 2017, including wage theft, raising the minimum wage, and ICE.

Rahul Nayak, graduate of Naperville North High School and Duke University, former Fellow On-Call at NIH, and now a 3rd year medical student at Harvard Medical School, spoke with ACE members at our June 2017 meeting on the GOP plans to repeal and replace the ACA.

Dale Brysonformer senior manager of the US Environmental Protection Agency, in charge of all water programs including water pollution control, water protection, safe drinking water, and wetland protection spoke at our May 2017 meeting.

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