About Carol


Carol Ammons is serving her second term as the full-time state representative of the 103rd District, which includes Champaign-Urbana. Ammons looks to bring her experiences as a grassroots community organizer for equality in education, media and technology access and civil rights to her work as a public servant in the House of Representatives.

Bridging the gap between grassroots movements and elected representatives, Carol Ammons is an experienced, independent Democrat who is effectively working for the citizens of Champaign-Urbana. She has a combined twelve years of service in elected office, at the county, city and state level. Since she was elected as State Representative in 2014, Carol has worked to end the economic “race to the bottom” for Illinois families, reform the criminal justice system, defend union members and their right to bargain collectively, and protect our environment.
 
In the last three years, Carol has passed multiple pieces of legislation with bipartisan support including legislation to stop the dumping of toxic chemicals in the landfill above the Mahomet Aquifer, lowering the cost of phone calls from Illinois prisons to ensure families can stay connected, stronger police accountability measures, and implementing protections for temporary workers. During the budget crisis, Carol has fought to restore funding to our domestic violence shelters, voted for seven appropriations bills, and was a member of the budget negotiation team.
 
In this current session, Carol has passed several important pieces of legislation. The Responsible Jobs Creation Act provides new protections and opportunities for Illinois’ 800,000 temporary workers. HB 2378, limits the cost of video calling, as well as protects access to in-person visitation, in Illinois Department of Corrections facilities. She continues to express her support in proposed legislation around issues such as protections against digital surveillance, the environment, and diversity and equity in our education systems.
 
Carol is a wife to Aaron, mother to three children, and grandmother to two. Her family has resided in Urbana, Illinois for 18 years.

 

Awards: 

University of Illinois Edgar Fellow

CU Superstar Program Shining Star Award for Supporting Champaign Youth

IEA/NEA Region 9 Award for Supporting Higher Education Funding 

LeadingAge Illinois Partners in Quality Award for Supporting Services for Elderly individuals