Illinois is home to over 400,000 Muslims and over 300 mosques (or masjids), representing various races and ethnicities, including but not limited to African Americans, Africans, South Asians, Arabs, Latinos and Caucasians.
To help ensure Muslim American participation in State government, Governor Pat Quinn announced the creation of MAAC on April 30, 2011, during Eid al-Fitr, a celebration marking the end of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
MAAC advises the Governor on ways to advance the role and civic participation of Muslim Americans in Illinois as well as ways in which Illinois can enhance trade and cooperation with Muslim-majority countries. Additionally, MAAC helps the State build relationships with and disseminate information to Muslim American communities across Illinois.
MAAC is comprised of three (3) committees:
- Communications Committee
- Economic Development Committee
- Legislative Affairs Committee