ACLU of Central Illinois, as part of the American Civil Liberties Union, dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.
Defending the rights & civil liberties of all central Illinoisans.
The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.
In its first year, the ACLU challenged the Palmer Raids, protecting immigrants & trade union members.
The ACLU stood almost alone in denouncing the federal government’s internment of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps.
The ACLU represented an interracial couple in the landmark Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia. The court ruled that state bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional.
The ACLU took a controversial stand for free speech by defending a Nazi group that wanted to march through the Chicago suburb of Skokie—where many Holocaust survivors lived.
The ACLU won a landmark Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, affirming the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry.
The Supreme Court ruled in an ACLU case, Carpenter v. United States, that people’s sensitive cell phone location data is protected by the Fourth Amendment, requiring the government get a warrant to access it.
The ACLU has 1,700+ staffers in every state, D.C., and Puerto Rico fighting for people’s constitutional rights.
Did you know central Illinois had its own chapter of the ACLU?
Our local steering committee is led by President Karla Bailey-Smith, Vice President Ravi Duvvuri, Secretary Bruce Lang and Treasurer Dave Bentlin. Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm.
Real change starts with you and every one of us can help make a difference. ACLU activists help turn America’s most cherished principles into reality. The ACLU is the foremost civil rights & liberties organization — a movement of people fighting together for justice, freedom, fairness, and equality for all. Check out these opportunities to join us in our important work.