Independent Voters of Illinois - Independent Precinct Organization
We worked tirelessly, gave it our all, and in the end, had one of the most successful elections for IVI in a long time, with our endorsed candidates including:
Chicago's incoming mayor, Brandon Johnson
Fourteen of Chicago's alderpersons;
Nineteen Police District Council members;
Two Suburban mayors;
Six suburban school board members; and
Four suburban library board members!
Now we get to catch our breath and celebrate our endorsed candidates who won their elections!
It's time for the
Independents' Day Dinner!
Come celebrate the work of IVI-IPO, and our civic leaders! But first, tell us who we should recognize. Fill out the form HERE and tell us who should be honored with the following awards:
Barack Obama Young Leadership Award - First awarded in 2008, the Young Leadership Award recognizes a public official or political activist who, through their example, inspires young people to participate in the political arena. In 2021, this award was renamed in honor of former President Barack Obama.
Barbara Merrill-Rudy Lozano Labor Award - Barbara Merrill and Rudy Lozano selflessly devoted their lives to the struggle for unity of all workers. Through the example of their lives, they demonstrated that the unity of all workers can, in fact, be a reality. This award is given to trade unionists who demonstrate Barbara’s and Rudy’s selfless devotion to the cause of workers’ unity, who display the foresight and leadership to integrate the trade union movement with community struggle, and who, through their inspiring examples, lead trade unionists and community activists into the political arena.
Harold Washington Award - In 1988, IVI-IPO established the Harold Washington Award, which honors those community activists and civic leaders who stand in the late Mayor’s tradition of fairness. The award is presented to those who have worked over a long period of time to bring diverse communities together toward a common goal.
Kit Pfau Voting Rights Award - This award, first given in 1993, to honor the memory of IVI-IPO activist Kit Pfau, is bestowed upon those who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in supporting legislative policy on expanded voter registration opportunities and rights, and for advocating democratic reforms in the electoral process to expand citizen participation and education.
Congratulations to our endorsed
Ward 4: Lamont Robinson
Ward 5: Desmon Yancy
Ward 21: Ronnie Mosley
Ward 22: Michael Rodriguez
Ward 26: Jessica "Jessie" Fuentes
Ward 29: Chris Taliaferro
Ward 30: Ruth Cruz
Ward 33: Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez
Ward 35: Carlos Ramirez-Rosa
Ward 40: Andre Vazquez
Ward 44: Bennett Lawson
Ward 46: Angela Clay
Ward 48: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth
Ward 49: Maria Hadden
Legal Eagle - The Legal Eagle Award is presented to a lawyer or an organization of lawyers that has made a particularly significant contribution to opening the political or governmental process or worked to the benefit of the general public.
Leon Despres Award - In 1975 IVI established the Leon M. Despres Award, which honors those elected officials who stand in the Despres tradition of independence, dedication to constituent democracy, and leadership in the struggle for progressive politics.
Saul Mendelson Social Justice Award - To be awarded annually in memory of former State Chair Saul Mendelson, this award is given to a person or group that, like Saul, has consistently fought for social justice in the political, union, or legislative arena.
Make sure to submit your nominations soon! Just click HERE!
Congratulations to our incoming IVI-endorsed Chicago Police District Council Members!
Congratulations to our IVI-Endorsed Suburban Mayors!
Forest Park Mayor: Rory Hoskins
University Park Mayor: Joseph Roudez III
Congratulations to our IVI-Endorsed School Board Members!
Congratulations to the IVI-Endorsed Lincolnwood Library Board!
Thank you for protecting our right to read books! We look forward to working with all of you in that noble endeavor!