As the leading civil rights and civil liberties organization in the Land of Lincoln, the ACLU of Illinois works constantly to keep the public informed about the state of their civil liberties. The work we do in the legislature, in the courts, and in our communities is important, but there is no better defender of civil rights than an informed and engaged public citizenry. Knowledge is power. 

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COVID - 19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic creates anxiety and hardship for millions of Americans, and raises a number of urgent issues for the most vulnerable in our state.

March 20, 2020

A Leader In Civil Liberties Steps Away

It was the summer of 1984 when Ben Wolf first laid his briefcase down on a desk in the ACLU’s Chicago office. He came from a large firm to start a new project at the ACLU of Illinois tasked with reforming state institutions.

February 12, 2020

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