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Illinois Policy

Welcome to the Illinois Policy section of RIN! Here you will find links to general policy and government sites for the state of Illinois.

See also Chicago Policy and United States Policy.


Illinois Voter Guides
Illinois Voting Records
Illinois Voter Communities Online
Illinois Organizations
Illinois Legislative Sites

Illinois Voter Guides

In this section are voting guides, plus sites where you can find out who is running, who occupies which office, and how to contact them. (Note: Only counties that offer this information online are included.)

Government Sites

Illinois State Board of Elections
Information about elections and current candidates, as well as instructions on registering to vote and filing to run for public office. The site also offers downloadable election information documents in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format. (NOTE: You will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat to be able to view these documents.)

Cook County Commissioners & other elected officials
Biographies and contact information.

Kane County
Offices to be elected at the General Election in November 2000. Links to a voter information page.

Lake County

Non-Government Sites
League of Women Voters of Illinois
The web page for the Illinois Chapter of the National League of Women Voters offers some publications for sale from their website, and also provides a list of links to local Illinois county and city chapters.

Project Vote-Smart
Provides information on Illinois state senators and representatives. Information on the governor is also available. Find out more about Project Vote-Smart at

Women's Voting Guide
"Our non-partisan, personalized voting guide allows you to compare your positions on issues important to you with your current U.S. Senators and Representatives." Find out more about the Women's Voting Guide at

Illinois Voting Records

Library of Congress
Senate & House Roll Call Votes and Member Voting Records

Illinois Voter Communities Online

Government Sites

Census Bureau: Demographics of Illinois Congressional Districts
Demographic information from the U.S. Census Bureau for each Illinois congressional district; data can be used to create customizable reports, including by gender.

Non-Government Sites

"At Votenet, you'll find the Internet's richest political information and most sophisticated professional technology available. Whether you're a campaign manager, association director, journalist, or political buff, Votenet is your one-stop shop for all things political." Sections include "Political Moneyline," "Minority Politics," "Your Legislators," and "Poll of the Week."

Links to Illinois Municipalities
Alphabetical list of links to websites for cities and towns in Illinois from the Municipal Code Corporation. Some municipal websites offer demographic information on their websites, plus information about local governance and links to municipal libraries.

Illinois Organizations

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a bi-partisan, individual membership association of state legislators. ALEC's national task force provides a forum for legislators and the private sector to discuss issues, develop policies and write model legislation. ALEC's Legislative Network enables like-minded legislators to meet counterparts in other state and exchange ideas on policies and legislation. Focus group topics range from Commerce and Economic Development to Trade and Transportation to Health and Human Services; Policy areas range from Agriculture to Environment to Health Care to Welfare reform and social services. Alec's operational strategy is to promote the principles of federalism by developing and promoting policies that reflect the Jeffersonian principles that the powers of government are derived from, and assigned to, first the People, then the States, and finally the National Government. Good links to state and federal agencies.

Center for American Women and Politics
The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) covers both state (IL) and national level politics. CAWP provides a list of all women candidates, posts election results and provides the latest information about women in elected office. Facts on Illinois policy can be found in the state-by-state section. Data on gender gap, voting patterns, PAC's and donors can be found. CAWP reports on term limits, representing women, and young women and politics are available. The site includes links to major parties and campaign news from major news outlets.

Cook County Homepage
· Demographics
· Agencies
· County Board Meetings
· Commissioners and Elected Officials
· Bureau of Finance
· Health and Human Services
· Sheriff's Office
· Employment

FedStats is a comprehensive list of national and state government agencies that publish statistics. Topics are organized A to Z (Agriculture, AIDs/HIV, Banking; Children, etc.) Visitors can search for over 70 federal agnecies. The FedStats Briefing rooms contain fast facts on the latest social and economic indicators. Regional statistics for Illinois are also available on Agriculture, Population and Demographics, Labor Force, Business and Banking, Crime, Education, Energy and Enviroment, National Accounts, and Miscellaneous.

Illinois League of Women Voters
Telephone 312-939-5935 for referral to local chapters in Illinois.

Illinois State Board of Elections
1020 S. Spring Street
P.O. Box 4187
Springfield, Illinois 62708
Telephone: 217/782-4141
Fax: 217/782-5959

Illinois State Board of Elections
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph, Suite 14-100
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Telephone: 312/814-6440
Fax: 312/814-6485

State Net delivers vital data, legislative intelligence and in-depth reporting for people who care about the actions of government. Based in Sacramento, CA, the company was created by legislative experts who invented a computerized tracking system that has evolved into the nation's leading source of legislative and regulatory information. State Net monitors 100% of all pending bills and regulations in the 50 states and Congress. State Net publishes a variety of online and print publications from the highly acclaimed California Journal to the nationally popular State Net Capitol Journal. You must subscribe to get this service.

Illinois Legislative Sites

Illinois State Government Information on the Internet
This website by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign links homepages for Illinois government and representatives including the Governor, federal and state senators and representatives, and other state officials such as the treasurer, comptroller, and secretary of state. Judicial and legal links are also available.

Municipal Codes for Illinois Cities
Online municipal codes are available for a limited number of Illinois cities, including Aurora, Niles, Peoria, and Springfield.

Chicago and Illinois Women Leaders in Government Data
Source: Web sites of the Chicago City Clerk and the Illinois General Assembly.

date last updated: 5/06/02

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