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Community Support Advisory Councils 


The Illinois Department of Corrections has actively engaged the community in the reentry process by developing Community Support Advisory Councils (CSACs) in the high-impact areas of the state where most parolees return. CSACs are community-based partnerships designed to work collaboratively with parole and other existing community resources to develop wraparound services for parolees, while assisting other groups with building community capacity to develop their own resources. 

Each Community Support Advisory Council consists of a fifteen member body formed using the criteria determinded by the Illinois Department of Corrections; council members are volunteers and represent various sectors within the community.  Each CSAC employs staff to carry out the goals and objectives of the council.  Parole and individuals from within the community also actively participate in monthly meetings.

What is the purpose of CSAC?



  • The purpose of CSAC is to help offenders to become productive members of their communities and to lead crime-free, drug-free lives and, thus, keep them from re-offending
  • The establishment of the CSACs helps create a linkage to the community for the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  • The CSAC serves in an advisory capacity to the department.
  • CSACs serve as community organizers and advocates to bring together area partners to ensure a successful transition of offenders released from the correctional centers into the community.
  • The overall goal is to reduce crime, reduce recidivism and improve the quality of life in these communities.

Monthly CSAC Meetings



CSAC Springfield
Tower of Refuge
1209 South Fourth, Springfield, IL 62703
First Tuesday at 1 PM

CSAC Metro East
First Assembly of God Church
1105 Belt Line Road
Collinsville, IL 62234
First Wednesday at 11:30AM

CSAC North
Willye B. White Community Center
7637 N. Paulina, Chicago IL 60626
Second Wednesday at 12:30PM 

CSAC Marion
Zion United Church of Christ
930 W Cherry Street, Marion, IL 62959
First Friday at 12 noon

15th District Chicago Police Station, Community Room
5701 W. Madison, Chicago, IL 60651
Third Thursday at 12 noon

CSAC South
AFC World Outreach Center
7859 S. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60620
Fourth Wednesday at 1PM


CSAC Offices


Office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 5:00PM.  It is recommended to call the CSAC office before walking-in.

Westside Health Authority
5816 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 786-0226          

CSAC South
Target Area Development Corp.
1542 West 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60620
(773) 651-6470                                                      

CSAC North
Howard Area Community Center
1623 West Howard Street
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 262-3515              

CSAC Springfield
Tower of Refuge
1209 South Fourth
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 241-9911

CSAC Marion
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
1616 West Main Street
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-9196, ext. 852

CSAC Metro East
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
1798 Summit St.
East St. Louis, IL 62205
(618) 604-3459                                                                                



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