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The League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford is a dynamic, inclusive organization dedicated to empowering voters and defending democracy. Founded in 1920, the LWVGR has been at the forefront of advancing civic engagement and promoting informed, active citizenship. Our mission is to ensure that every eligible person has the knowledge and opportunity to participate in our democracy.

Why join us? If you believe in the power of informed, engaged citizens, the League is the place for you. As a member, you’ll be part of a passionate community working to strengthen democracy, protect voting rights, and advocate for important issues. Plus, you’ll have access to valuable resources and opportunities for civic education and action. Join us in shaping a more just and equitable future for all of Winnebago and Boone Counties, Illinois!


LWVGR in the News

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  • LWVGR Summer Gathering Party August 3

    LWVGR Summer Gathering Party August 3

    Join us for our next all-member party for a day of swimming, relaxing in the hot tub (or the cool indoors) enjoying light snacks, drinks, and wonderful fellowship at the League Summer Gathering Party, August 3, 1–4 p.m. at the home of Carol Bailey at 2425 Rock Terrace, Rockford. This is a perfect opportunity to…

  • The Voters Speak!

    The Voters Speak!

    At the League’s candidate meet and greets in March, we partnered with NPR/WNIJ to engage the audience.   The WNIJ journalists asked:  What issue is most important to you in the upcoming elections? Where do you get your election news and information? How do you think reporters can cover elections better? Here’s what the meet and greet attendees…

  • Voter Services Committee reaches 1,000 voter registrant milestone!

    Voter Services Committee reaches 1,000 voter registrant milestone!

    Carol Bailey, League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford (LWVGR) Voter Services Chair said it was an incredible day at Guilford High School in Rockford. The May 9, 2024 press conference went well and was covered by TV Channel 23. The 1000th registered voter was registered by Wanda Hoover. Mike Djukic (Mee-lay Joo-vick) is the child of…

  • How can we recognize mis/disinformation in the media?

    How can we recognize mis/disinformation in the media?

    Join us on Zoom to discuss the struggle to distinguish fact from fiction with Professor Michael Spikes, an expert in media literacy education. 

  • Understanding Mental Health Resources: A Call to Action from the League of Women Voters

    Understanding Mental Health Resources: A Call to Action from the League of Women Voters

    In the wake of recent community tragedies, there has been a profound awakening to the importance of mental health resources and education. These events have underscored the critical need for accessible support systems and proactive measures to prevent similar tragedies in the future. At the forefront of this movement is the League of Women Voters,…

  • One-Stop Voting Info with the Illinois Voter Guide:  Your Voting status and 2024 Primary Candidates

    One-Stop Voting Info with the Illinois Voter Guide: Your Voting status and 2024 Primary Candidates

    Even though some local elections are uncontested, it’s important to know where all the candidates stand on issues of importance to you, which is why the Illinois League is offering voters the chance to learn about candidates and issues, check their voting registration status, and find their polling place. Questions?   Visit the Illinois Voter Guide.…

  • Become an essential election judge today!

    Become an essential election judge today!

    Election judges are the foot soldiers are free and fair elections. You can do this!

  • LWVGR President Sue Theden Explains the Importance of Being an Informed Voter

    LWVGR President Sue Theden Explains the Importance of Being an Informed Voter

    As more presidential candidates pop up, the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford shares how to get informed. An interview with Annamarie Shute on WIFR-TV23.

  • Learn How School Vouchers Damage Public School Systems

    Learn How School Vouchers Damage Public School Systems

    Private and public schools struggle to get their share of state funding. A LWVIL program Tuesday April 25, 7pm, plus many sources present the facts of government-funded school voucher programs.

  • State of Illinois ends book bans

    State of Illinois ends book bans

    The Illinois Senate voted to end book bans in state-supported libraries in cities and public schools.

  • League Position on Reproductive Choice

    League Position on Reproductive Choice

    The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that public policy in a pluralistic society must affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.

  • Rockford Mayor McNamara announced City Endorsement of Go Vote 815

    Rockford Mayor McNamara announced City Endorsement of Go Vote 815

    The Northern Illinois voter encouragement program, Go Vote 815, has over 20 local coalition members, many of whom had representatives voice their endorsement of great voter activity and the Go Vote 815 initiative at the Mayor’s Press Conference. The League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford, Illinois is also a coalition member.

  • Voter Services Video Instructs the Public on Voter Registration and Election Sources

    Voter Services Video Instructs the Public on Voter Registration and Election Sources

    Carol Davies, LWVGR Voter Services Chair, narrates a training video on myriad ways for voters, voter registrars, election judges, etc. to find everything they need to know about elections in Illinois. Since a 2017 state re-write of Photo registration and election laws, many people are registered and don’t even know it. Here’s how to become…