Who We Are
We are citizens, volunteers, and
The League of Women Voters of Cook County (LWVCC) encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. We do not support political parties or candidates; we are nonpartisan. We study selected issues about Cook County government, and then educate the public and advocate about them.
We welcome new members and volunteers!
To get involved, join a local League within Cook County and you will become a member of the LWV Cook County as well. Find your nearest League below and click through for membership info. If you need help with connecting with your local League, feel free to contact us.
Local Leagues in Cook County
We study, then advocate.
LWVCC advocates based on positions adopted after studying issues and reaching consensus. At times, we may act based on positions of the national or state League. The positions LWVCC has adopted for use in Cook County and history are published in Where We Stand - 2017.
Summary of LWVCC Positions
COUNTY GOVERNMENT - Supports measures that improve the structure and function of Cook County government, including retention of single-member districts, separation of powers, a timely budget process, government transparency, and inter-governmental cooperation.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE - Supports measures that improve adult corrections and the criminal courts, increase and improve diversion programs, and improve judicial sentencing and oversight of correctional facilities.
HEALTH CARE - Supports providing public health facilities that are accessible to those who need services, and provides for citizen input in planning for health care with emphasis on cost containment and consumer involvement.
JUVENILE JUSTICE - Supports a separate juvenile justice system that protects the rights of all without discrimination; has the necessary staffing, programs and community support to be effective; is accessible; and provides for the secure detention of juveniles when necessary.
TOWNSHIP SCHOOL SYSTEM - Supports abolishment of the township school treasurers and trustees system within Cook County.
2018-19 Board of Directors
Peggy Kell, Oak Park/River Forest
Nancy Marcus, Winnetka/Northfield/Kenilworth
Jan Goldberg, La Grange Area
Karin Hribar, Arlington Heights, Mt.Prospect and Buffalo Grove Area
Betty Hayford, Evanston
Amy Little, Chicago
Laura Davis, Palatine Area
Diane Edmundson, Park Ridge
Georgia Gebhardt, Wilmette
Beverly Graham, Oak Park/River Forest
Kelly Kleiman, Chicago
Sharon Welch, Chicago
Sarah Shirk, Oak Park/River Forest
Paula Lawson, Glencoe/Glenview
Sandra Slayton, Homewood-Flossmoor