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Application for IWIL Class of 2018

Applications for IWIL’s Class of 2018 are now open!

The deadline for applications is Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10 pm CT.

If you have any questions, please contact

You must follow the steps below to apply. Only complete applications will be considered. If you are re-applying, you must provide a new application and resubmit letters of recommendation.

To apply, please complete the application form through the link below.

Click here to complete the application form.

The form will require you to submit the following materials:

  • A general application questionnaire
  • Three short answer questions
  • A current resume in PDF format and no longer than two pages
  • A recent high-resolution headshot or photograph of yourself in JPG or PNG format

Lastly, please secure two (2) signed letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a Democratic elected official, a Democratic Party official or a Labor leader. Letters must be sent directly to IWIL at the PO Box address provided below by the person making the recommendation. Letters may also be scanned and sent directly to the email address below. Emailed letters must be signed by and come directly from the personal or official email address of the person submitting the letter.


Applications must be submitted electronically by October 13, 2017 at 10:00 pm CT. Letters of recommendation must be postmarked or emailed by October 13, 2017. If emailed, they must be received by 10:00 pm CT.

IWIL Application Address:


The Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership

P.O. Box 641283

Chicago IL 60664

An agreement will be emailed after the application deadline to those who submit a complete application. This must be signed and returned for your application to be reviewed.

2018 Program Calendar

(Dates are tentative and will be confirmed during the selection process)

January 26th – 28th - Location TBD - Orientation

March 9th - 11th - Chicago - Getting Ready to Run and Fundraising Training

April 16-18 or 23-25 - Springfield - State Government Training

April 16 or 23 - Springfield - Annual Springfield Event

June 12-15 - Washington, DC - Federal Government Training

July 26th - 29th - Chicago - Media Training

August 23rd – 26th - Southern Illinois - Southern Illinois Training

October 18th - Chicago - Graduation and Annual Fundraiser