Looking to be a more engaged and informed Chicagoan?
Here’s your handy starter kit.
1. Get Engaged – VOTE!
- Register to Vote Online
- Find your polling place and your public officials
- Find out what’s on the ballot
- Upcoming Elections – Key Dates
2. Get Informed
Local News/Current Events
- DNA Info – Chicago’s leading neighborhood news source
- The Chicago Reader News & Politics
- The Chicago Reporter – In-Depth Investigative Reporting
- Rewire’s Illinois Legislative Tracker – Status of bills currently being discussed in Springfield (as well as full bill list by state and issue)
- WBEZ Chicago
- Chicago Tonight on WTTW
- The Ward Room blog on NBC Chicago – Holding Illinois’s top political officials accountable
- First Tuesdays at the Hideout with The Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke and Ben Joravski – Panel discussions featuring local representatives, journalists, organizational leaders
- Chi Hack Night every Tuesday – hear amazing speakers, learn from like-minded individuals, work on cool civic tech projects (non-techies welcome!)
- Check out the Chicago Progress political events calendar here and on Facebook
3. Get Ignited – Participate!
- Make quick a phone call using thesixtyfive.org’s weekly Call to Action – Senator/Representative lookup tools, weekly issues and key decision makers, and a call script right at your fingertips!
- Follow your representatives – sign up for their mailing list, follow them on social media, voice your opinions!
Find Your Alderman
Find your State Representatives
- Join the Reclaim Chicago movement to reclaim government from corporate interests
- Follow our Events page for everything from public hearings to political and socially conscious happenings in Chicago