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Taking the time to educate yourself about candidates, social issues, and other ballot measures is a crucial step in becoming civically engaged. Use these resources to help you get started.

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Play Constitution & Citizenship Day Virtual BINGO on Monday, September 18th!

Learn 75 fascinating facts about the Constitution and delve into the concept of citizenship in America. Whether you’re a history buff or just curious about the foundation of our nation, this event promises an enjoyable way to deepen your understanding of these vital topics.

Click the links to register and play on Monday, September 18, 2023 at 11am and/or 7pm!

This day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution.

Stay Informed! Learn Your Voting Rights!

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Check out these non-partisan sites to find out more about what you will be voting on. There are also plenty of organizations that put out detailed voter guides aligned with their values. Find one that speaks to you and review their stances.
  • BallotReady

    BallotReady aggregates content from candidates’ websites, social media, press, endorsers and board of elections for comprehensive, nonpartisan information about the candidates and referendums on your ballot. They link everything back to its original source so voters can verify any piece of information, and they make every effort to confirm details with the candidates themselves, giving them the opportunity to share even more information.

  • Vote Smart

    Vote Smart’s mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans. Vote Smart compiles voting records, biographical and contact information, issue positions, interest group ratings, public statements, and campaign finances about political candidates. You enter your address or the particular candidate’s name at the top of the page to search.

  • Vote for Judges

    The website reports the results of 13 bar groups, which receive information about and evaluate candidates’ performances and recommend whether they are qualified to be, or remain, a judge. The Alliance of Bar Associations (Alliance) includes 12 bar associations which work collaboratively, but publish independent results. The site also includes the judicial evaluation results of the Chicago Bar Association, and the judicial endorsements of the Chicago Tribune.

  • League of Women Voters

    With the Illinois Voter Guide, provided by the League of Women Voters of Illinois (LWVIL), which is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, you can explore the background and opinions of every candidate on your actual ballot, and save your choices as you go so you can then bring your saved ballot to the polls. Enter your address into the guide to learn more about what will be on your ballot.

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Student Leadership and Civic Engagement understands the importance of access to reliable voter information. Each election, we host a Party to the Polls for students to explore the people and issues on their ballot in an inviting, collaborative space. In the past, we have hosted these events with the Honors College, Richard J. Daley Library, Campus Recreation, and the Latino Cultural Center in order to spread our reach. Students have the opportunity to create a mock ballot, which they can then take with them as a reference at the polling place. Don’t forget, it’s a party after all – so music and food is always provided!

Questions? Contact us at

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Watch the debates between Democratic incumbent JB Pritzker and Republican challenger Darren Bailey.

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Student Leadership and Civic Engagement offers virtual workshop series in collaboration with campus and community partners, on topics around civic engagement.  Check back often or subscribe to the SLCE newsletter to see when our next workshop will be offered!

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Ignite the Conversation

Using a ball-pit as the framework behind this civic-dialogue series, we explore controversial topics and issues in a fun way. Students have the opportunity to jump in and spark up a conversation with a peer on issues that interest them, their points of views on political matters, and their desires to provoke change where they find it necessary.

*This program will not be offered during the Fall 2022 semester, due to health and safety concerns from COVID-19.*

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“As the start of the fall 2018 semester approached, we decided that the best day to roll out this new initiative would be the first day of classes. Although risky, we decided to add an element of surprise in the middle of our campus’ quad and watched the reactions unfold organically. Our risk was a success! The process of constructing the ball-pit was enough to stir attention. However, once assembled, the interest grew stronger and the conversations did not stop.” – NASPA LEAD Initiative

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