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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.
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. It was founded in anticipation of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which grants women nationwide the right to vote.

The new organization's founders realized that the right by itself was not enough: it had to be exercised. When women cast their first votes, the League was there to provide accurate, unbiased election information. The League helped American women exercise their new political rights and responsibilities in a way that was "political...but not partisan."

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.


CHICAGO IN FOCUS: Health Care - A Right or a Responsibility?

  • Thursday, November 30
  • 5:30 - 7pm

Guest Speaker:M. Hill Hammock, Chair of the Cook County Health and Hospital System

A brief history of how our health care system got to where we are today, how the Affordable Care Act affects every person in our country, and how voters will play a critical role in determining the future and affordability of health care for all of us.

For more details, see Chicago in Focus

See our Calendar for all upcoming League activities.


four runners for pink hat run PINK HAT FUN RUN

The rain may have stopped the run but it didn't stop our members and volunteers from turning out! The LWV Chicago team raised over $500 for our membership scholarship fund, and you can still support the cause through the end of November! support.


On October 28, LWV Chicago volunteers were at on-hand at Chicago Housing Authority to help with voter registration and voter questions. Over 30 individuals submitted their registration forms, and our volunteers assisted others with online registration and mail-in applications. Reminder bookmarks for the March 20, 2018 primary were handed out with voter information resources as well.

Get involved with voter registration opportunities! Check out our Volunteer page and Voter Services committee.

Have our LWV members help your next voter registration drive! Contact for information.

rebecca glenberg in front of podium SANCTUARY CITIES

At our October Chicago in Focus event, ACLU Attorney Rebecca Glenberg discussed immigration policies and what it means to be a sanctuary city. You can watch her discussion on our facebook video.


September 6, 2017 The League of Women Voters of Chicago announces today that it will support efforts to change the name of Balbo Drive, the heavily traveled street on the lakefront, and proposes that the street bear the name of Ida B. Wells Barnett. The group is asking city residents to contact their aldermen and ask for the name change to honor the suffragist, civil rights activist and investigative journalist who was an early leader of the civil and women's rights movements, worked against segregation in Chicago's public schools and helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Read the full press release.

The League suggests that citizens who wish to join in this campaign contact their aldermen. Locate aldermen information at: Ward and Alderman Search