Beloved former Indiana University President Herman Wells is credited with transforming IU from a small local school into the world-class research institution it is today. In his 1940 speech to the state convention of the League of Women Voters [PDF], Wells praised the League's education efforts, and cited their commitment to a healthy democracy as one he shared on behalf of the University.
The goal of education, he said, is to be "a leading force in the development of an informed citizenry," a crucial component in "strengthening the democratic way of life." For Wells, "Democracy must be able to meet the social, economic, and political problems" of the day—so the aims of formal education must be intertwined with producing an active and knowledgeable voting population. Read more about Herman B Wells Says Be a Voter
We know the decisions made at the Statehouse in Indianapolis are important—often affecting our everyday lives even more directly than those made by the US Congress—but how much do we know about what actually goes on in our state legislature? Read more about De-Mystifying the State Legislation Process
This past tax season, you may have wondered about the total amount of money Hoosiers send the State of Indiana each year. Informed voters need to know how much is collected in state taxes—and where it comes from. Read more about Who Pays Indiana State Taxes?
With Congress making the news nearly every day, it's easy to get lost in all the talk of resolutions, committees, and who's who among the nation's 535 elected federal representatives. They work for us—but how do we keep track of how our Congresspeople in the House and Senate vote, or even what they're voting on? Read more about Keeping Up with Congress—the Easy Way
How often are you on the same guest list as an Indiana legislator?
At the Legislative Updates presented by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington & Monroe County, lawmakers representing our community at the State level are invited to meet with the public to share what's up ahead at the Statehouse. You're invited hear what they have to say, ask them questions, and tell them what's on your mind.