CHICAGO – The Governor’s Muslim American Advisory Council submitted its first-ever Semiannual Report to the governor, and called for “partnership and positive engagement.” The panel – the first of its kind in the nation – offered a dozen recommendations concerning community and economic development, education and public safety.
First Semiannual Report
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn joined dozens of Illinois Muslim American leaders to celebrate Ramadan with a traditional “Iftar” meal at the Executive Mansion, marking the first time an Illinois Governor has ever hosted such an event. President Thomas Jefferson is credited with being the first to celebrate Ramadan in the White House with a sunset dinner for a Tunisian envoy. President Barack Obama has continued that tradition.
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.