The Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty (later known as the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty) was founded in 1976 as an association of non-profit organizations that lobbied against laws that allowed for capital punishment to be imposed in Illinois and against its use in specific cases, as well as educating the public about problems with the death penalty. Mary Alice Rankin was founder and first director of the coalition. As of 2011, the coalition remained active.
From the description of Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty records, 1963-1986 (bulk 1976-1980). (Chicago History Museum). WorldCat record id: 718738157