Welcome to Chicago Votes

Chicago Votes is a non-partisan, non-profit organization building a more inclusive democracy by putting power in the hands of young Chicagoans. We’re engaging and developing a new generation of leaders by opening the doors of government and politics to young people from all corners of the city. We’re changing laws to make Chicago and Illinois a better place to be young, and in the process we’re making democracy FUN.

 

 

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Welcome to
Chicago Votes

Chicago Votes is a non-partisan, non-profit organization building a more inclusive democracy by putting power in the hands of young Chicagoans. We’re engaging and developing a new generation of leaders by opening the doors of government and politics to young people from all corners of the city. We’re changing laws to make Chicago and Illinois a better place to be young, and in the process we’re making democracy FUN.

 

 

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TAKE ACTION NOW!: Support SB 2090 TODAY!

SB2090 will ensure voters who are eligible and incarcerated have access to the ballot. The legislation will also provide voter education and voter registration form to people in the re-entry process. If passed, Cook County Jail will be the first jail in the country to become an official polling location. The bill has made it through the Illinois Senate and is in committee in the House. We need help showing our legislators that folks in Illinois support our bill! Fill out a witness slip as a “proponent” of the legislation and select “Record of Appearance Only” to show you support for SB 2090!
Fill out a witness slip HERE!

News & Updates

Policy: Cannabis Legalization

“Imagine Smokin Weed in the Streets Without Cops Harrassin”

May 6, 2019

By: Stevie Valles THE TIME HAS COME TO LEGALIZE CANNABIS IN ILLINOIS For decades black, brown, and poor people have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs. These ‘impacted communities’ have seen their freedoms stripped away because of racist, capitalistic drug policies that terrorize lives. When a person is swept up into the “criminal justice…
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Policy: Voting Rights

Transition Memo to Mayor-Elect Lightfoot

May 6, 2019

To: Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot From: Stevie Valles, Executive Director of Chicago Votes   Objective: A more open, representative and diverse government, free from conflicts of interest. Initiative: Create a City Government that reflects, respects and validates the voices of Chicago youth. (For the purposes of this memo, youth refers to people between the ages of…
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