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Serving the people of Evanston & Skokie, Illinois, since 1922.

The LWVE is a 501(c)3 organization. Memberships and donations are tax deductible, and support our local activities and programs.
The LWVE is a 501(c)3 organization. Memberships and donations are tax deductible, and support our local activities and programs.
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Issues and Positions

League Program consists of the governmental issues selected by the League members for study and– after consensus is reached– action. League study and action is basic to League work. The League supports or opposes legislation based on positions that are studied extensively and approved by the members.

The League must have a position before it takes action. We never advocate or lobby in opposition to a League position.

League members must study and come to agreement on an issue before a position is reached. Studies echo League nonpartisan philosophy by examining all sides of an issue without prejudice. 

We are a grassroots organization. LWV boards at all three levels develop position statements and program planning reports to reflect member agreement. Local studies focus on issues that can be addressed by local government. Local Positions are used to lobby at the local level. Applicable state and national positions may be used to lobby at the local level without clearance from the state or national level.

Impact on Issues  is the LWVUS guide to public policy positions.

Where We Stand  is the LWV of Illinois guide to positions.

LWVE Local Positions are the positions of the Evanston League.

The LWVE takes action at the local level based on LWVUS, LWVIL and LWVCC positions, as well as its own local positions, in the following public policy areas:

  • Representative Government
  • Natural Resources​
  • Social Policy

Local Program Planning 
Each year members are encouraged to attend a Program Planning Meeting at which time current local positions are reviewed and our program for the coming year is planned. Recommendations are made for a new study and/or new action focus items. 

A new study is only necessary if there is not League position on the issue. An action focus recommendation is appropriate if there is an existing local, national or state position. It can combine citizen education and advocacy. A local action focus implies concerted effort to develop an action plan to influence local public policy.

Local Program must be approved by the board of directors and adopted by the membership at its annual business meeting.

Click hereto learn about the areas of focus for LWVE's 2023-2024 Local Program