Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy Background & Mission

The Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy was formed to enhance the global understanding and practice of democracy. It was founded in 2008 by former Illinois Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III and other civic leaders and honors Adlai E. Stevenson II, the former Governor of Illinois. The goal of the non-profit organization is to address challenges to democratic systems of government and conceive practical ways of addressing them.

Through lively presentations and discussion of major issues in the country and the world, the Stevenson Center aims to engage people in the democratic dialogue so that they can be participants in the solutions. Our programs feature "practitioners" with real world, on the ground experience.

The Center is located at the one time home of Governor Stevenson near Libertyville, Illinois. It was restored with a grant from the State of Illinois and is now a property of the Lake County Forest Preserve District. The Center actively fosters relationships with local schools, universities and other agencies for specific projects, as well as with international organizations and institutions.

Non-partisan and non-ideological, the Center strives to affect the political process through public education, the media and other means. Its integrity enables it to challenge conventional wisdom with inconvenient truths when necessary, in keeping with the legacy of Governor Stevenson.

"Trust the people with the truth, all the truth."

Adlai Stevenson II