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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!


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  • Unraveling the Texas Chartered Flight Mystery at the Rockford International Airport: A Public Informational Presentation

    Unraveling the Texas Chartered Flight Mystery at the Rockford International Airport: A Public Informational Presentation

    In the early morning hours of December 31, 2023, a Texas-chartered flight carrying 355 migrants landed at Rockford Airport, sparking a myriad of questions and misinformation. The community is eager to understand who these individuals are, why they were here, where they went, and the role Winnebago County played in this event. This blog post…

  • Join LWVGR: Meet & Greet: 2024 Primary Candidates

    Join LWVGR: Meet & Greet: 2024 Primary Candidates

    We’re providing two ways for the public to get to know the candidates: 1.    All local candidates were sent a questionnaire on January 22. Their answers will be published verbatim by February 16, in the www.IllinoisVoterGuide.org. 2.     LWVGR, along with AAUW, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Women’s March Rockford, and the Rockford Public Library, is hosting…

  • LWVGR registers 40 new voters at massive Citizen Naturalization Ceremony

    LWVGR registers 40 new voters at massive Citizen Naturalization Ceremony

    The League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford Voter Services Committee deputy registrars registered 40 new voters from the over 100 new citizens created in a United States Naturalization Ceremony held at the Rockford Public Library Nordlof Center on Monday, January 22, 2024.

  • Voter Registration at Auburn High School Wed., January 25

    Voter Registration at Auburn High School Wed., January 25

    The League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford registered nine new voters and distributed QR code cards linking to the Illinois Voter Guide, a non-partisan one-stop shop for voter and candidate information, Wednesday, October 25, 2024, 1 PM – 4:30 PM at Auburn High School in Rockford.

  • The City of Rockford’s Housing Survey for Residents is now available!!!

    The City of Rockford’s Housing Survey for Residents is now available!!!

    The City of Rockford wants to focus on developing housing goals that will have a significant impact on improving housing opportunities for the residents of Rockford.  The City recognize that safe, well-maintained housing is hard to come by. In order to ensure they are developing the most appropriate and effective goals, The City really needs…

  • 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…

  • Primary Elections are important!

    WTVO/WQRF TV reporter, Taylor Castro, discusses the importance of primary elections with LWVGR Voter Service chair Carol Bailey. https://www.mystateline.com/news/local-news/league-of-women-voters-to-host-meet-and-greet-with-illinois-primary-candidates