Making Democracy Work

Making Democracy Work for All of Us!

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
1000 Attend the Children's March!
  Children’s March, June 30, 2018

The League held voter registration at the Children’s March, June 30, 2018.
Standing: Gretchen Ericson, Carole Perrin, Susan Janson, Barb Verni-Lau, Diane Cushing. Sitting: Teresa Wilmot

Strong Neighborhoods Block Parties are
Voter Registration Opportunities!

Neightborhood voter registration
League to register every eligible citizen to vote!

Visit the Great Neighborhoods website for all you need to know about city and county services, plus more!

Our Deputy Registrars will be out in the neighborhoods at the Strong Neighborhoods Block Parties this summer. They will be held on Wednesdays from 12 to 2 p.m. at the following locations:
July 11 | 2500 Green Street
July 18 | Summerdale School | 3320 Glenwood Avenue

We will be registering voters and handing out election information. To register you must have two forms of ID, one with your current name and address, and the other with just your current name.
A photo ID is NOT required.

We're hoping for good weather and lots of new voters!

Retiring League Treasurer, Martha Pippitt,
Receives Coveted Mildred Berry Award

Martha Pippitt received the Mildred Berry Award at the Annual Meeting June 2.
Mildred Berry Award winner, Martha Pippitt, center, with Presidents Claire McIntyre and Chris Hiltrop, Secretary Jo Minor, Membership Chair Diane Cushing and Bonnie Cox, President of The League of Women Voters, Illinois. Congratulations, Martha!

LWVGR Board of Directors Changes

The 2018-19 League Board of Directors
Catherine McIntire joins the Board as new Secretary with Vice-President Jo Minor, President Claire McIntyre. Chris Hiltrop moves to Treasurer

Download your May 2018 Newsletter

Equal Rights Amendment Passes in Illinois!

On May 30, 2018 Illinois ratified the ERA.

In March 2017, Nevada became the 36th state to ratify the ERA. Now that Illinois has ratified the ERA, it has become the 37th state with the need for just one more ratifying state to reach the required 38 states.

For those of you who have Rep. Wallace as your representative, please thank her for her support.

WHY IT MATTERS: The Illinois Constitution has an equal rights clause: "The equal protection of the laws shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex by the State or its units of local government and school districts." (Article I, Section 18)

That clause does not apply to the U.S. government or to other states as the ERA would if it were part of the U.S. Constitution.

LWVUS has known that the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment equal protection clause may not be interpreted to apply regardless of sex. Therefore, LWVUS has consistently supported ratification since 1972 by its position: "The LWVUS and The LWVGR supports equal rights for all regardless of sex."

League Members on the ballot in November 2018.

Sara Dady will run for the 16th Congressional House Seat.
Ann Dempsey will run to fill a vacancy on the 17th Judicial Circuit Court.

Your Congress Needs your Input!

Write to Congress