Carol Ammons is serving her first 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.
In 2007, Ammons was appointed to the Champaign County Board, where she chaired the Policy, Personnel, and Appointments Committee and served on the Environmental Land Use Committee, the Highway Transportation Committee, and the Justice and Social Services Committee. While on the county board, she worked for the creation of the first wind farm ordinance in Champaign County. As state representative, she will continue to promote renewable energy throughout the state and work to strengthen regulations to protect the environment and our natural resources.
At the end of her county board term in 2012, she successfully ran for Urbana City Council and served from spring of 2013 until early 2015. As an alderwoman, Ammons collaborated with the public works department to address crumbling infrastructure throughout the city. Ammons also worked with council members to establish strategic plans around issues such as public safety, transportation and connectivity, environmental sustainability and effective city government.
While serving on the Urbana City Council, she supported budgets that protected services and held the line on taxes. During this time, the city continued to make its full payments to the police and fire pensions, ensuring that current and future retirees receive all the benefits they deserve. Ammons will work to make sure Illinois makes its full pension payment each year, ensuring that the promises made to teachers, state employees and university employees are kept.
Representative Ammons has consistently been an advocate for our institutions of higher learning, fighting to ensure the University of Illinois and Parkland College receive the funding they need to hire a highly-qualified and diverse faculty and provide students with an education that is second to none. She will oppose efforts to cut critical funding for the UI and Parkland and advocate for measures that will ensure both institutions are accessible and affordable to all students.
Ammons believes the state must do a better job of providing needed resources to our schools to help put our children on a path to success, whether they choose to attend college or enter immediately into the workforce. She supports reforms to how the state delivers assistance to schools, favoring a plan that directs more state assistance to schools with a smaller tax base so children and teachers have equal and equitable educational resources.
Ammons has been involved in a wide variety of community organizations, including volunteering at Courage Connections (A Woman's Fund) and her previous employment at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army Food Pantry, and University YMCA.
Ammons resides in Urbana with her husband and family.
University of Illinois Edgar Fellow
Cuperstar 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