How is the League involved?

Ida B. Wells campaign press conference

In the wake of the Charlottesville confrontation and ensuing demands for the removal of offensive monuments, a number of aldermen in Chicago began to call for the removal of tributes commemorating the fascist warlord Italo Balbo. Annie Logue, President of the League of Women Voters of Chicago, proposed that Balbo Drive be renamed after Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

In late 2017, LWV Chicago members reached out to members of Wells’ family for their input. With consent of the family, the LWV Chicago South Side unit formed a working group to take the campaign on.

The group then gained the support of Aldermen Sophia King and Brendan Reilly, whose wards each contain Balbo Drive, and more than 50 other civic organizations signed on with their support as the project progressed (see list below).

On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Aldermen King and Reilly proposed the ordinance to rename Balbo Drive to Ida B. Wells Drive, so the League is preparing for its passage out of the Transportation and Public Ways Committee to the City Council for a full vote. Find out how you can help here.

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We would like to thank the 50+ organizations who have joined LWV Chicago in our efforts to effect this change: 

  • Access Living – Chicago
  • Action for a Better Tomorrow
  • Action Now
  • American Association of University Women, Chicago Branch
  • Black Girls Break Bread
  • Black Metropolis Research Consortium
  • Cause the Effect – Chicago
  • Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Chicago Appleseed
  • Chicago Books to Women in Prison
  • Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers
  • Chicago Democracy Project
  • Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
  • Chicago Neighborhood Alliance
  • Chicago Urban League
  • Chicago Votes
  • Chicago Women Take Action
  • Chicago Women's History Center
  • Collaboraction
  • Community Renewal Society
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Crossroads Fund
  • Edgewater Action
  • Equal Pay Day Chicago
  • GAP Community Organization
  • Gary Comer Youth Center
  • Gather Activism
  • Her Story Theater
  • Ida's Legacy
  • Illinois Council against Handgun Violence
  • Illinois Council on Women and Girls
  • Indivisible Illinois
  • Instituto del Progreso Latino
  • Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
  • League of Women Voters of Chicago
  • March for Our Lives Chicago
  • Monumental Women Project
  • NAACP - Chicago Southside
  • New Founders
  • Planned Parenthood of Illinois
  • Sierra Club Chicago Group
  • Rainbow Push
  • United Sciences of Chicago
  • Unlock the Block
  • Vivian G. Harsh Society
  • Women and Children First Bookstore
  • Women Employed
  • Women’s March Chicago
  • Working Women’s History Project
  • Young Urban Progressives

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