Updated August 30, 2017
As we work to empower every voice in our community and share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park's aspirations, we often get questions about being an involved citizen.
Here are a few recently asked questions related to civic resources, including voter information. Have a question not answered here? Contact us now >
Prepare for upcoming elections
- Next elections in suburban Cook County as reported by the Cook County Clerk:
- Gubernatorial Primary Election: March 20, 2018
- Gubernatorial General Election: November 6, 2018
Am I registered to vote?
- Check your current voter registration through the Cook County Clerk.
Where can I register to vote?
At the library, register to vote during open library hours.
More about registering to vote
At the library, eligible voters who reside anywhere within the state of Illinois can register. You must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old by the general election
- A resident of your precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day
Bring two pieces of identification. Neither needs to be a photo ID, but one must include your current address. Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Illinois driver's license
- Illinois state ID
- Employee or student ID
- Credit card
- Social security card
- Birth certificate
- Utility bill in applicant's name
- Mail postmarked to the applicant
- Valid U.S. passport
- Public aid ID card
- Lease or rental contract
Registration with deputy registrars at the library is closed during the 27 days prior to an election and the two days after an election. If you miss the deadline, you can register at the office of the election authority through grace period registration and voting. Locations and hours vary for each election. You can also register to vote online, by downloading and mailing in a voter registration card.
Find and contact your elected officials
- Find your U.S. representative by ZIP code, then street address (source: U.S. House of Representatives)
- Find who represents you in the U.S. Congress (source: whoismyrepresentative.com)
- Find your federal and state legislators (source: Common Cause)
- See a list of Illinois state representatives and senators (source: League of Women Voters of Oak Park and River Forest)
- Find more elected officials (source: USA.gov)
- When contacting your representative, it's best to call them directly.
- According to former congressional staffer Emily Ellsworth, staffers have to pick up the phone, and it's their job to pass your concerns along to the representative. Tell them your address when they pick up the phone so they know you are a constituent.
Find more resources from Oak Park taxing bodies
- Oak Park Elementary School District 97 (view calendar, sign up for emails)
- Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 (view calendar, sign up for emails)
- Oak Park Public Library (view calendar, sign up for emails)
- Oak Park Township (view calendar, read news)
- Park District of Oak Park (view calendar, sign up for emails)
- Village of Oak Park (view calendar, sign up for emails)
- Find out more about serving on an Oak Park citizen board, commission or committee.
Meet local elected officials
Get a referendum on a future ballot
Illinois is one of 24 states that allow a form of direct democracy called ballot initiatives. A ballot initiative can be officially created when a petition to initiate a public vote on a proposed statute or constitutional amendment is signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters. Learn more about ballot initiatives and signature requirements in Illinois.
Evaluate sources of news and information
Teaching people how to be better consumers of information is the fundamental task at the heart of our profession. Check out these resources and stay informed:
- American Press Institute: Six questions that will tell you what media to trust >
- PolitiFact: Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website
- Factcheck.org: A project from the Annenberg Public Policy Center
- Snopes.com: The long-standing debunking website