About the League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The League of Women Voters of Elmhurst has been thriving since 1932. We study and act on issues at the national, state, county, and local levels. Several programs on issues that are of interest to the public are presented annually. These meetings are, of course, open to the public.
Locally, the Elmhurst LWV has focused on issues of education, downtown redevelopment, and the environment. Another perennial focus of the League is Voter Service. We register voters, sponsor candidate forums, and prepare nonpartisan voter guides before elections.
We have a very active Observer Corps that observes meetings of our governmental bodies, including City Council, School Board, Park Board, and Library Board. Monthly "Observer Reports" are made available on our website.
The LWV grew out of the women's suffrage movement. The national organization was founded in Chicago in 1920. For more on the history of the League, visit the HISTORY page on the national League's website. Currently any person of voting age, male or female, may become a League member.
The League of Women Voters is a political organization but it does not support or oppose any political party or candidate for elected or appointed office. Participation in political activities is an essential ingredient of citizen responsibility. The League urges its members as individuals to work for candidates in the party of their choice.