Independent Voters of Illinois - Independent Precinct Organization

IVI-IPO Elections are Here

IVI-IPO is recruiting candidates for election to the State Board of Directors! Directors are elected in July and serve a one-year term beginning August 28th. The Board of Directors meets 10-12 times each year and members are required to attend at least half of the meetings, as well as work on fundraising/ projects throughout the year.

To be eligible to be elected to the Board, Candidates' membership dues and nomination form must be received no later than July 26, 2024. Candidates may submit a biography/platform statement which will be included with the ballots, but brevity is encouraged. No editing will be done. Candidates may not run for more than one position on the Board.

Any member in good standing may nominate themselves or another member for any of the following offices:

State Chairperson – Presides at all meetings of the Board of Directors and at all general membership meetings and performs the usual duties of a chairperson.  The State Chairperson is the public spokesperson for IVI-IPO.


Administrative Vice‑Chair – Develops new chapters and works with chapter officers to implement IVI‑IPO policy at the chapter level.  In the absence or incapacity of the Chairperson, the duties of the office are performed by the Administrative Vice‑Chairperson


Program Vice‑Chair – Develops programs, coordinates public issues forums, and implements action proposals adopted by the Board of Directors.


Secretary – Takes minutes at the Board and Steering Committee meetings.


Treasurer – Prepares the annual operating budget, reports to the Board monthly on the state of the Organization's finances, authorizes disbursements of funds and prepares or reviews and approves tax returns and contracts.


Political Action Chair – Chairs the Political Action Committee which writes candidate questionnaires, schedules and organizes endorsement sessions.  S/he also chairs all endorsement sessions other than those held within one or more chapters.


Membership Chair – Chairs the Membership Committee which is responsible for new membership recruitment and membership retention.


Legislative Action Chair – Chairs the Legislative Action Committee which recommends actions to the Board on state legislation.  The Chair also directs lobbying activities and may represent IVI-IPO in coalitions working on statewide issues.


Community Action/Municipal Affairs (CAMA) Chair – Chairs the CAMA Committee which recommends actions to the Board on local legislation.  The Chair also directs lobbying activities and may represent IVI-IPO in coalitions working on local issues.


National Affairs Chair – Chairs the National Affairs Committee which recommends actions to the Board on federal legislation.  The Chair may represent IVI-IPO in coalitions working on national or international issues.


Board Delegates:

Three delegates and three alternates are elected at-large by the general membership.  The express goal is that an attempt shall be made to enable representation of otherwise unrepresented constituencies through these positions.


Chapter Chair(s) and Vice-Chair(s):

Each chapter elects a Chair and Vice-Chair.  Depending upon the number of chapter members, the chapter may be entitled to one or more delegates, as well as an alternate for each delegate. Please contact your chapter chair to run for a chapter position. 

Members outside of chapters elect one or more delegates, depending upon number of members in the unorganized areas.  One alternate is also elected for each delegate. 

 Fill out the nomination form HEREThank you for your participation and good luck!


Endorsement Results!

We are so grateful to all the candidates who applied for our endorsement, and their desire to keep our democracy strong.  We had many races in which we liked more than one candidate, and it was genuinely a difficult decision.  But in the end, we can only endorse one candidate per race.  Please Remember: We only endorse in contested races, and only for candidates who have submitted a questionnaire.  Here are our picks in the 2024 Primary

US House of Representatives

Mahnoor Ahmad - 6th Dist. 

Danny Davis - 7th Dist. 

Qasim Rashid - 11th Dist. 

Illinois House 

Kim Neely Du Buclet - 5th Dist. 

Amy "Murri" Briel - 76th Dist. 

Arad Boxenbaum - 83rd Dist. 

Illinois Senate 

Graciela Guzman - 20th Dist. 

Cook County

Chicago Ward Committeeperson

45th Ward - Michael Rabbitt 

Clerk of the Court

Mariyana Spyropoulos

MWRD Commissioner

Marcelino Garcia (D) (6yr)

Kari Steele (D) (6yr)

Sharon Waller (D) (6yr)


IL Supreme Court

Joy Cunningham - (Burke vacancy)

IL Appellate Court

1st Dist. - Celia Louise Gamrath (Delort Vacancy)

1st Dist. - Cynthia Cobbs (Cunningham Vacancy)

3rd Dist. - John Anderson

Cook County Circuit Court

Countywide:  Pablo deCastro (Flannery Vacancy) 

7th Subcircuit:  Owens J. Shelby 

11th Subcircuit: Audrey Cosgrove (Deleo Vacancy) 

15th Subcircuit: Allen Price Walker (Demacopoulous Vacancy) 

18th Subcircuit: Sunil Bhave (Edidin Vacancy) 

18th Subcircuit: John Hock (Linn Vacancy)

19th Subcircuit: Dave Heilmann

20th Subcircuit:  Michael Zink 

Pictures from IVI-IPO's AMAZING 2023 Independents' Day Dinner

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