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-Adha: “Eid al-Adha – the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ – is a holiday during which we share with those who are hungry, sick or in need. During this special time, we are reminded that sacrifice and compassion are two qualities necessary to make the world a better place and assure no one is left behind. In the spirit of humility and warmth, I wish Illinois’ 500,000 Muslim residents and Muslims around the world a blessed Eid.”
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.
Islamic Cultural Sensitivity Guide