About the League
The League of Women Voters is a community based organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact our lives. The League is nonpartisan, which means we don’t endorse candidates or political parties. Community volunteers operate at national, state and local levels through more than 800 state and local Leagues, in all 50 states as well in DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong.
Formed from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the centerpiece of the League’s activities remain to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. We do this starting right here in our area, by engaging in educational efforts and forums on issues our community cares about (such as the Elgin Area’s study of the potential for gravel mining in forest preserves). Many Leagues also provide information on elections about the candidates running for office or the issues on the ballots.
What we do
We often bring different perspectives together to share information and we operate from the belief that even controversal topics can be discussed in a civil, fair and respectful fashion. We undertake this because we believe deeply that the public should hear different views on the issues facing our communities and our nation. An honest and respectful sharing of ideas is vital to the functioning of our democracy and so as a citizen, you can make your own best decisions on issues or candidates.
We also involve people in advocating to improve things in our communities. Our issues are grounded in our respected history of making democracy work for all citizens. Members are volunteers who work in our communities to help the realities of the America system of government live up to its ideals.