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These web pages, maintained by the Champaign County ACLU, were last updated on 30jun18 by bi

Above is a screenshot of the graphics used in our original website, designed by Steering Committee member Stuart Laird in 2002. Stuart has also generated much of the content of the site. In 2013, the pages were converted to HTML5 and the original graphics were replaced with a left-side menu bar that could easily include new menu items.

Contact information for the Champaign County ACLU Chapter

If you believe your civil liberties have been violated and you need assistance, contact the ACLU office for the state in which you live. In Illinois, contact the Illinois Division in Chicago at 1-800-572-1092.

If you are interested in joining the ACLU or want more information, send email to

The local ACLU Steering Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Champaign Public Library. The September 6 meeting will be in Robison Pavillion B. The rest of the meetings will be in the Busey Bank Conference Room on the second floor. Meeting dates:

2018: September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6
2019: February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6

   President       Carol Spindel     cspindel7     (at)
   Vice-President  Carol Leff        Carolleff1947 (at)
   Secretary       Amani Ayad        amani.ayad    (at)
                   Richard Schnuer   rschnuer      (at)
   Treasurer       Esther Patt       estherpatt    (at)

Steering Committee

  • Tony Allegretti
  • Amani Ayad
  • Bill Brown
  • Bob Illyes
  • Bob Kugel
  • Carol Leff
  • John Palen
  • Esther Patt
  • Leslie Reagan
  • Melissa Schoeplein
  • Richard Schnuer
  • Carol Spindel
  • Shirley Stillinger
  • Karl Weingartner
  • Marsha Woodbury
  • Ruth Wyman


  • Susan Cohen
  • Harry Hilton
  • Stuart Laird


  • James S. Ayars was elected chair at our first meeting on November 28, 1961. He was an activist for civil liberties, human rights and peace, an author of books for young people, and a technical editor at the Illinois Natural History Survey. Details are available from the UI Library Archives.

  • Victor J. Stone was elected to our first executive committee and remained involved for almost 50 years. He was described by Colleen Connell, Executive Director of the Illinois ACLU, as "a giant of constitutional jurisprudence." Details may be found at the AAUP and the UI College of Law.