Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters of Cook County (LWVCC) is an inter-league organization made up of the 14 local leagues within Cook County, Illinois. Anyone who is a member of one of these Leagues or who is a member-at-large residing in Cook County is a member. The LWVCC has been in existence since January, 1923, and is an integral part of both the League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters of Illinois. The Board of Directors consists of an executive board of five members and six board members, all of whom are elected by the general membership at the Annual Meeting. In addition each local league is entitled to one voting representative on the board.

The LWVCC focuses on public policies, decisions and election processes impacting Cook County as a whole or a significant portion of Cook County. Interest Groups focusing on Cook County Budget and Structure, the Health and Hospitals System, and Criminal Justice allow members to become better educated on these aspects of Cook County government.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. LWV influences public policy through education and advocacy, while never supporting or opposing any political party or candidate.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: The League presents unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: The League is nonpartisan, but, after study, uses its positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct voter service and citizen education activities,the League uses funds from the LWVIL Education Fund, a nonprofit education organization that operates as a 501(c)(3) corporation. The League of Women Voters is a membership organization which operates as a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

History of the League of Women Voters