Voter Forum
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

voter forum

Madison County Candidate Forum

YWCA Southwestern Illinois recognizes the importance of civic engagement and how critical it is for voters to get educated and use their voices every day, and especially on election day. To educate voters, YWCA Southwestern Illinois Get Out the Vote Project will be hosting a Madison County Candidate Forum on Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00pm in our Gymnasium, located at 304 E. Third Street, in Alton. Masks aren’t mandatory but anyone who would like to do so is invited to wear a mask.

Candidates from the following races have been invited:   Illinois State Senate District 56, Illinois House of Representatives District 111, Madison County Clerk.

Event Format

There will be initial questions from the moderator for each group of candidates (e.g., candidates for County Clerk), and, if there is time, we will take questions from the audience as well. This is not a debate format.

We will start at 7 p.m. The program will be broken down into three segments based on the office being contested.  We will start with the two candidates for State Senate, followed by the candidates for State Representative, then the County Clerk candidates.

Each segment will last about 30 minutes so the Senate candidates will speak from approximately 7:10-7:40, the Representative candidates from 7:45-8:15, and the County Clerk candidates from 8:20-8:50.

Each segment of the agenda will begin with the two candidates being asked by the moderator to introduce themselves and make a brief opening statement.

How to Access Our Gym

You may access the gymnasium through our parking lot on George St (access George St from 4th St as it is one way) –preferred entry for those with mobility issues.

You are also able to park on 3rd Street and enter our facility through our front doors.  The gym is located on the second floor so you will need to be able to climb our stairs using this entrance.

Register for the Event
Please click here to register for this event.


Please contact YWCA if you have any questions or need special assistance accessing our facility at 618.465.7774 or

Trivia Night
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


YWCA is hosting a TRIVIA NIGHT on Saturday, November 5, 2022 with 10 rounds of Trivia plus a bonus question on each round. The in-person, live event will be held at the Best Western Premier, 3559 College Ave, Alton, IL.

Doors will open at 6 pm and Trivia will begin sharply at 7 pm.

Trivia tables consist of up to 8-10 people per table. Tables of 8 can be purchased for $200. Table of 10 is $250.  Singles are welcome!  Singles may purchase Trivia tickets for $25.00 and will be paired with others at the event. Ten mulligans will also be available for purchase the night of the event for $15.00.

A cash bar will be available the night of the event; all drinks, including sodas, must be purchased from the bar. No outside beverage is allowed but outside snacks are encouraged! We will have silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, Heads/Tails game and attendance prices.

Round Sponsorships are available for $100.00. Round Sponsors will be advertised through the evening and on YWCA social media. Please be sure to list the name of the Round Sponsor as you want it published.

Child Enrichment and Girls Circle/Boys Council Sponsorships are available for $250. These funds will go towards the cost of operating these programs. Funds can be used to purchase supplies and materials, food and snacks, and special activities for these groups etc. We will be running a slide show the night of the event so you can get up to date on these exciting programs.

Proceeds from the Trivia Night benefit YWCA programs including Women’s Health and Wellness,  Child Enrichment, Community Tutoring, Girls Circle, Women’s Empowerment and Racial/Social Justice events.