The League of Women Voters of Park Ridge was founded in 1953 and officially recognized by the LWVUS in 1955. The group's very first project was to research our own city's system of governance and publish a comprehensive guide to local civic affairs, This is Park Ridge. In the forward, former Governor of the State of Illinois, Adlai E. Stevenson, wrote:
"Our democracy is built on the idea that intelligent free citizens can run their own government. This in turn rests on another idea - that we have informed people who will assume their responsibility and participate in local and national affairs. By disseminating information, stimulating interest and fostering a sense of responsibility, the League of Women Voters plays a vital role in helping America fulfill her great promise."
And indeed, they have! Over the last 65+ years, the LWVPR has served the community of Park Ridge by hosting candidate forums, advocating for vital reforms and city services, and educating members and the broader community on important civic issues. Among our former members are the first woman to serve on Park Ridge City Council, a former State Representative, and a former Director of the LWVUS.
The LWV has long advocated for sensible gun control measures, with established gun violence positions at the national, state, and Cook County levels.
Locally, the League of Women Voters of Park Ridge launched pivotal community engagement and education efforts around gun safety in the 1990s, initiating the consideration of gun control ordinances in our city. Their efforts resulted in the passage of a safe storage ordinance which continues to be in effect today. Click below for interesting historical background and images from this period in our local League's history!