Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization

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Template:TOCnestleft Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization is a statewide independent progressive organization in Illinois. It was founded more than 50 years ago.


Through its National Affairs, Legislative Action and Community Action committees, the organization drafts legislative proposals and lobbies for progressive legislation in Congress, the Illinois General Assembly, the Chicago City Council, and other governmental bodies.[1]

Radical history

Independent Voters of Illinois was set up to campaign for endorsed candidates-especially "progressive" candidates.

The government took an interest in IVI as far back as 1944, over quite justified allegations of communist infiltration[2].

In 1944 the FBI prepared a more extensive intelligence report on an active political group, the Independent Voters of Illinois, apparently because it was the target of Communist "infiltration." The Independent Voters group was reported to have been formed;
"...for the purpose of developing neighborhood political units to help in the re-election of President Roosevelt and the election of progressive congressmen. Apparently, IVI endorsed or aided Democrats for the most part, although it was stated to be "independent."

Prominent IVI and later IVI-IPO activists included Communist Party USA member Milton Cohen, and Socialist Party USA members Timuel Black Saul Mendelson.

In July 2004 IVI-IPO celebrated its 60th anniversary. Members of the event committee included[3];

Democratic Socialists of America and Committees of Correspondence member Timuel Black, Socialist Party USA veteran Leon Despres DSA and Progressives for Obama member Betty Willhoite, David Orr, Carol Moseley Braun, one time Communist Party USA member David Canter and Barack Obama.

IVI-IPO and the Obamas

In 2003, both Michelle Obama and Barack Obama were members of Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization[4];

The organisation endorsed Obama during his 2004 U.S. Senate race

IVI-IPO 60th Anniversary


IVI-IPO's 2004, 60th Anniversary Independents’ Day Dinner Committee;[5]


Host Committee


Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization 60th Anniversary Dinner was held Monday, July 19, 2004 6 pm—8 pm The Hot House 31 E. Balbo Chicago;[6]


Invited Raconteurs:

Studs Terkel, Leon Despres, Timuel Black, Abner Mikva, Dick Simpson and Elizabeth Brackett.[7]

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