League of Women Voters
League of Women Voters of the United States
Since 1920, the League of Women Voters of the US (LWVUS) has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that people should play a critical role in democracy. Throughout the years, the League has continued its dual purposes of education and advocacy by engaging in studies on representative government, international relations, natural resources, and social policy.
In April 2023, the LWVUS released its guide to public policy positions for 2022-2024. The guide, Impact on Issues, is designed to help League members use LWVUS public policy positions effectively at the national, state, local, and regional levels. The intention is to inspire Leagues to use national positions to act in their own communities. A short summary of major themes are provided here; all League members are encouraged to review the Impact on Issues in its entirety.
League of Women Voters of Illinois
Like the League of Women Voters of the US, the Illinois' League develops a set of policy positions. The League of Women Voters of Illinois' (LWVIL) policy platform was developed at its 2023 Convention and is outlined in a document entitled Where We Stand. It is a companion to the Impact on Issues, the League of Women Voters of the United States’ program book, and may be found on the LWVIL website in a comprehensive full version or a convenient abridged version. The LWVUS' Impact on Issues and the LWVIL's Where We Stand form the basis for all action taken by Illinois' Leagues on state and national issues.
In addition to its policy platform, the LWVIL has adopted three program pillars as the focus of its advocacy efforts for the 2021-2023 biennium: voting rights and election processes, the environment and climate crisis, and equitably meeting basic human needs.
Voting Rights and Election Processes
The LWV of Illinois works to ensure free, fair and accessible elections, promote equitable voter access, protect voting by mail, voter registration, election security, and to standardize best practices and processes across election authorities. The LWV of Illinois supports initiatives which conform to our positions regarding campaign finance and ethics reform, redistricting, and abolishing the electoral college.
The LWV of Illinois advocates for policies to mitigate climate change and support the equitable and sustainable adaptation to the impacts of climate change, including: promoting renewable energy sources, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and reducing waste. The LWV of Illinois works for environmental justice and policies that ensure an equitable distribution of environmental risks and benefits across all communities. In addition, we advocate for the protection of the air, land, and water, to promote healthy ecosystems, biodiversity and a clean and healthful environment.
Equitably Meeting Basic Human Needs
The LWV of Illinois advocates for policies that equitably meet basic human needs for all residents, to include: health care, including reproductive health and behavioral health, economic support, housing, education, safety, freedom from violence, and justice. To support these initiatives, the LWV of Illinois advocates for a state revenue system that is equitable, progressive, stable, responsive, and simple.