The League of Women Voters of Chicago is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. We influence public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.
Chicago is a very proud League with a rich history. The League of Women Voters of the United States was founded here in Chicago on February 14, 1920.
The Illinois League, followed by its local chapters, was formed shortly after the national organization. Membership is open to all persons, men and women, ages 16 and older.
The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles
- Voter Service & Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.
- Action & Advocacy: we are nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.
To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of Chicago Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, or a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.
The League of Women Voters is organized by bodies of government, starting with local entities and rolling up to state and national level.
Members of LWV Chicago are also automatically members of:
- League of Women Voters of Cook County
- League of Women Voters of Illinois
- League of Women Voters of the US
Members are encouraged to participate in one of the LWV Chicago units which meet regularly throughout the city.
Inter-League Organizations (ILO) are formed by local and state Leagues within a metropolitan area or region to act on issues that are beyond one local League's scope.