2012 Officials: What They Say About Us

“I want to commend CAIR-Chicago for your ongoing commitment to serving the needs of Chicago’s Muslim population and for working toward ensuring justice and civil rights for all the communities you serve.”


– Pat Quinn
Governor, State of Illinois
February 3, 2012

“CAIR-Chicago has provided a comprehensive array of invaluable services to the Muslim-American community and has facilitated important partnerships and civil rights advocacy opportunities for Muslim-Americans throughout the Chicagoland area.”


– Rahm Emanuel
Mayor, City of Chicago
January 25, 2012

“CAIR-Chicago facilitates open lines of communication between different cultures and religions. Their efforts encouraging equality, enhancing cultural knowledge, and promoting justice are both admirable and necessary.”


– Mike Quigley
Congressman, 5th Congressional District of Illinois
February 3, 2012

“I salute CAIR-Chicago for their commitment to justice and equality for Muslim-Americans and all Americans. CAIR-Chicago understands that in defending Muslim-Americans against employment discrimination, prison abuse, hate crimes and citizenship delays they are also defending our American values for every American.”

– Danny K. Davis
Congressman, 7th Congressional District of Illinois
January 31, 2012

“I applaud CAIR-Chicago on another successful year of serving the needs of the Muslim population in Illinois, and for working toward ensuring justice and civil rights for all the communities you serve. Your commitment to education, justice, outreach, and empowerment not only serves to better the Islamic community, but the community as a whole.”

– Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Congressman, 2nd Congressional District of Illinois
February 9, 2012

“On this special occasion, I’d like to thank CAIR-Chicago for helping to foster significant growth and prosperity in our communities through its successful training, education and community development programs. The theme of this year’s event ‘A Future without Bigotry’, is a powerful reminder of the work that CAIR-Chicago does every day to educate the public at large and improve relationships within our diverse communities.”

– Bobby Rush
Congressman, 1st Congressional District of Illinois
January 26, 2012

“It is important for us to view ‘A Future Without Bigotry’ as not just the theme for this year’s banquet, but as a call to action. The leaders of today will shape the leaders of tomorrow. It is incumbent upon all of us to strive for a society free of hate to help ensure we are leaving a better state, country, and world for future generations.”

– Michael Madigan
Illinois Speaker of the House
February 9, 2012

“Over the years, your organization has remained dedicated to defending civil rights, promoting tolerance and finding systematic solutions to barriers that have plagued the community. It is great to see that you continue to inspire the community and improve the lives of those living in it.”

– Jesse White
Illinois Secretary of State
February 1, 2012

“Your theme this year, ‘A Future Without Bigotry’, should remind us all that the strength of our nation grows from our mutual tolerance and the appreciation of our different cultures, religions and creeds. Only through understanding and valuing our diversity can we truly achieve our nation’s full potential.”

– Lisa Madigan
Illinois Attorney General
February 7, 2012

“The chosen theme for this event, ‘A Future Without Bigotry’, is one all people of moral character should strive to pursue. Through its advocacy, outreach and education efforts, CAIR-Chicago has helped set the bar for civil rights organizations and helps serve as a model for those who seek to eradicate bigotry from all levels of society.”

– Dan Rutherford
Illinois State Treasurer
February 3, 2012

“I send my warmest congratulations on the continued efforts of CAIR-Chicago to foster and promote understanding of important political, social and economic issues that transcend cultural lines in our very diversified state.”

– Tom Cross
House Republican Leader, 84th District of Illinois
February 1, 2012

“This year’s theme, ‘A Future Without Bigotry’, is further evidence of your commitment to educate the public and foster understanding of diversity within our communities. Your work has held a positive impact on the lives of many Illinois residents. I believe it could serve as a model for others looking to join the effort to promote equality for everyone.”

– Christine Radogno
Senate Republican Leader, 41st District of Illinois

February 8, 2012

“Your theme, ‘A Future Without Bigotry’, encourages all of us to better understand and respect one another. We must continue our fight for true equality for everyone. Thank you for your efforts in promoting all of our freedoms.”

– Ron Sandack
Senator, 21st District of Illinois
January 26, 2012

“Your work to advance the civil rights of Muslims is a shining example for all of us, no matter our religious beliefs or our race or background. Indeed, CAIR-Chicago’s commitment to engage all communities in building mutual understanding and trust is helping to improve human relations throughout the land.”

– Carole Pankau
Senator, 23rd District of Illinois

February 7, 2012

“CAIR-Chicago’s work in protecting the civil rights of Muslim-Americans along with your efforts to promote greater understanding between communities benefit us all as citizens of Illinois and of this nation.”

– David Orr
Clerk, Cook County
February 1, 2012

“Through CAIR-Chicago’s dedicated service in the areas of civil rights defense and advocacy, media outreach, public relations and voter registration, it is truly transforming and empowering Cook County’s Muslim-American community.”

– Toni Preckwinkle
President, Cook County Board of Commissioners
January 31, 2012

“CAIR-Chicago works tirelessly to promote understanding across racial, religious and cultural lines, and thereby serves to enhance the quality of life of all Americans.”

– Dorothy Brown
Clerk, Circuit Court of Cook County
February 3, 2012

CAIR-Chicago also received 27 other positive commendations from mayors, aldermen, and other local officials.