SPRINGFIELD – The Governor’s Muslim American Advisory Council submitted its third Semiannual Report to the governor, commending him for his strong support for the community while offering numerous recommendations concerning economic development, public health and safety, and education.
Third Semiannual Report
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn was joined by more than 100 Illinois Muslim American community leaders to observe Ramadan with a traditional “Iftar” meal at the Executive Mansion. Governor Quinn inaugurated the custom in 2013 as part of his agenda to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation. In 1805, Thomas Jefferson was the first U.S. President to observe Ramadan in the White House with a sunset dinner for Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, a Tunisian who was the first Muslim envoy to the United States. Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama have all hosted Iftar meals in the White House.
BRIDGEVIEW – Governor Pat Quinn joined the Muslim community to observe the completion of the Holy Month of Ramadan at the Eid al-Fitr [meaning “Festival of Breaking of the Fast”] prayer service in Bridgeview. “To the more than 400,000 Muslims across our state, ‘Eid Mubarak!’ [meaning “Blessed Eid”]” Governor Quinn said. “Ramadan is a time of fasting, sacrifice and self-reflection. We honor your commitment to your faith and will vigorously protect your right to practice it without fear of intimidation.”
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn noted the rich diversity of Illinois’ Muslim American community, which is reflected in the Governor’s Muslim American Advisory Council. Members represent many ethnicities and national origins, from African Americans and South Asians to Bosnia and Turkey. They speak many different languages, and represent a variety of professions, including lawyers, business owners, professors and community activists.