Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization
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.
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.
- 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."
In July 2004 IVI-IPO celebrated its 60th anniversary. Members of the event committee included;
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
The organisation endorsed Obama during his 2004 U.S. Senate race