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.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn made the following statements on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan: “I honor the 500,000 Illinois Muslims and Muslims around the world celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the ‘festival of the breaking of the fast.’ Now, after the sacrifice and reflection of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr is a time for community. This is a day to focus on service to others and a time to act generously to those in need. To all who are celebrating, ‘Eid Mubarak!’”
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.