Civic Education Resources
Illinois Student Vote
The League of Women Voters of Illinois Education Fund (LWVILEF) has a long history of community involvement and leadership, particularly in the area of nonpartisan election activities like sponsoring candidate debates and town hall meetings and running mock elections in elementary and high schools.
Illinois Student Vote, a project of the LWVILEF, gives students the chance to participate in a mock election which mirrors the real process. The Education Fund, with grants from the McCormick Foundation, has sponsored student mock elections for twenty years.
Coming Soon: Illinois Student Vote curriculum and student activities on political campaigning, voter registration and voting -- in anticipation of the November 2016 election.
View Video Voter Minutes by students from Curie High School of Chicago.
View the Video Mock Election run by students from Curie High School of Chicago.
2016 is an election year and your local League might be planning mock elections in local schools. You might find it helpful to contact your local election administrator. Some local jurisdictions have been known to supply voting booths and/or ballots. Others supply registrars and moral support. Some send out information to teachers.
LWVIL Endorses Civics Education Plan
The Illinois Civic Mission Coalition (ICMC) is a broad non-partisan consortium including educators, administrators, students, universities, funders, elected officials, policymakers and representatives from the private and nonprofit sectors. Formed in 2004, the Illinois Coalition is part of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, a national initiative to restore a core purpose of education to prepare America’s youngest citizens to be informed and active participants in our democracy.
Please visit the Educating for Democracy website for more information.