75 Public Officials Endorsed CAIR-Chicago in 2016!

Our 12th Annual Banquet is set to take place on Saturday, February 20th, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., at Drury Lane. 75 public officials have sent us letters of support! Time is running out. Purchase your ticket to hear Linda Sarsour and Hassan Shibly speak with a special performance by nationally honored Syrian violinist Mariela Shaker! You can also buy tickets by calling CAIR-Chicago at (312) 212-1520.

“For more than a decade, CAIR-Chicago has been working to preserve the civil rights of American Muslims, fight bigotry, and promote tolerance. By protecting and defending the constitutional rights of American Muslims, you support the rights of all Americans. At a time in our country where hateful rhetoric is all too common, this year’s theme, “Up for the Challenge” is particularly important. America is at its best when we embrace our diversity.”

– Dick Durbin
United States Senator

“Chicago’s vibrant and historic Muslim American community has long played an integral role in our city’s standing as a cultural hub. I commend the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Chicago for tis commitment to the Muslim American community, and to impacting community, culture, and change every day.”

– Rahm Emanuel
City of Chicago

“I would like to thank CAIR who has helped to foster significant growth and prosperity in the community through its successful training, education and community development programs.”

– Bobby L. Rush
Member of U.S. Congress

“I congratulate you on your work to ensure civil rights and to promote the awareness that diversity is what makes America strong. Now is the time when we must come together and let it be known that we as a region and as a nation stand for inclusion and tolerance in our communities.”

– Robin L. Kelly
Member of U.S. Congress

“Through such efforts as political empowerment, voter registration, and civil rights defense, CAIR-Chicago has exhibited what it really means to be for the people. By monitoring the media you have been at the front lines fighting bias and anti-Muslim rhetoric attacking your community.”

Luis Gutiérrez
Member of U.S. Congress

“The work that CAIR does for our city, state, and across the nation not only enriches the Muslim community but also expands productive dialogue between cultures.”

– Mike Quigley
Member of U.S. Congress

“I salute CAIR-Chicago for their commitment to justice and equality for Muslim Americans… and all Americans. CAIR 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
Member of U.S. Congress

“I want to thank CAIR-Chicago for your defense of equality, tolerance, and justice for all. Your organization serves as an inspiration to us all, and I hope you continue your efforts to bring understanding and harmony to our community.”

– Tammy Duckworth
Member of U.S. Congress


“In championing civil rights and advocating on behalf of victims of discrimination and hate crimes, CAIR-Chicago defends human dignity, promotes community empowerment, and fights against intolerance and bigotry. CAIR-Chicago’s support for civil rights has helped ensure that our community remains a vibrant and welcoming place.”

– Jan Schakowsky
Member of U.S. Congress

“The work of CAIR-Chicago has promoted principles of tolerance, religious freedom, trust and safety throughout the community. I applaud your efforts in the preservation of core American values, such as justice and equality.”

– Cheri Bustos
Member of U.S. Congress

“Through its mission of promoting justice, understanding, and acceptance of all faiths, CAIR has dedicated itself to the true meaning of Islam.”

– André Carson
Member of U.S. Congress

“During these trying times, it is crucial that we stand together – that we continue to lead conversations with kindness and moderation.”

– Keith Ellison
Member of U.S. Congress

“For many years, CAIR-Chicago has been dedicated to fostering political empowerment, cultural education and community-building for Muslim-Americans in this state and throughout the Midwest. It is imperative to have organizations such as this one to stand up in support and defend the civil rights of citizens in need.”
– Jesse White
Secretary of State, Illinois

“CAIR plays a vital role championing the need to build mutual understanding and trust among the many creeds, colors, religions and backgrounds that make up our community and our country. ”

– Lisa Madigan
Attorney General of Illinois

“I applaud your dedication to the betterment of Chicago and I wish you a successful & enjoyable dinner as you celebrate your efforts of the past year and continued success in your mission of spreading equality and justice for all in the upcoming year.”

– John J. Cullerton
Illinois State Senate

“I wish to commend everyone at CAIR, Chicago Chapter, for your deep sense of mission which informs the vital work you continue to do on behalf of the Muslim American community of Cook County.”

– Toni Preckwinkle
Cook County Board of Commissioners

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“Through the years, CAIR-Chicago has fought for the furtherance of civil rights, embraced community outreach to create greater understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims, and battled intolerance. This is critical in a world that is only becoming smaller, making us one global community. ”

– Michael Madigan
Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives


“At a time when we confront elements that promote fear and hatred, CAIR-Chicago labors to unite us and to celebrate that which makes us different.”

– Michael Frerichs
Illinois Treasurer

“I would like to congratulate the Council on American-Islamic Relations on another successful year dedicated to promoting justice and tolerance for our Muslim community throughout the Cook County region.”

– Michael Cabonargi
Commissioner, 2nd District
Cook County Board of Review

“The Council’s hard work in advancing mutual respect for differing ideas, beliefs, and experiences is greatly appreciated.”
– John P. Daley
Commissioner, 11th District
Cook County Board of Commissioners

“We all owe a debt of gratitude to CAIR for the amazing work they do advocating for justice and mutual understanding between the many different religions and cultures in our city.”
– John Fritchey
Commissioner, 12th District
Cook County Board of Commissioners

“In this climate, it is important to recognize and support the work of CAIR on civil rights, political empowerment, media relations and community outreach.”
– David Orr
Cook County Clerk

“CAIR-Chicago is to be commended for demonstrating a longstanding commitment to preserving and sharing the history and traditions of the Islamic culture. Advocating justice and respect through cultural awareness is important in today’s society where many communities, like Cook County, thrive in their cultural diversity.”

– Anita Alvarez
Cook County State’s Attorney

“The principles of tolerance, religious freedom, trust and safety are vital to the sense of community. Thank you for continuing to demonstrate the drive, dedication and passion to promote change and I commend your organization as we fight together.”

– Karen A. Yarbrough
Recorder of Deeds
Cook County

“It is commendable that the CAIR Organization works tirelessly to promote understanding across racial, religious and cultural lines, and thereby serves to enhance the quality of life for all Americans.”

– Dorothy Brown
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County


“I applaud your organizations mission of enhancing communication and understanding throughout Chicago.””

– Tom Dart
Cook County Sheriff


Brian Hopkins” I applaud CAIR-Chicago’s efforts, and trust they will be one of many that will meet the challenge of defending civil rights, fighting bigotry, and promoting tolerance.”

– Brian Hopkins
Alderman, 2nd Ward
Chicago City Council


“CAIR-Chicago is a valued resource that educates the masses on Muslim civil rights and experiences.”

– William D. Burns
Alderman, 4th Ward
Chicago City Council

toni foulkes“I want to take a moment to praise you for your dedication and perseverance, your efficient and quality service has contributed to the satisfaction of the people of the City of Chicago and we want to applaud you.”

– Toni Foulkes
Alderman, 16th Ward
Chicago City Council

“The 33rd Ward is home to one of the most diverse populations in Chicago. Part of celebrating our diversity is to address the unique needs of our residents. It will always be my privilege to join with organizations such as CAIR to continue this work.”

– Deborah Mell
Alderman, 33rd Ward
Chicago City Council

carrie austin“I applaud the efforts of all who continue to promote peace and justice for the Illinois Muslim community as well as advance a broader cultural awareness and understanding across this great city.”

– Carrie Austin
Alderman, 34th Ward
Chicago City Council

emma mitts“CAIR-Chicago has benefitted many community members, leaders and elected officials through dialogue, facts and empowerment. Working together in solidarity for everyone’s civil rights ensures we can guarantee equality and respect for all.”

– Emma Mitts
Alderman, 37th Ward
Chicago City Council

brenda reily“Your organizations dedication to protecting the civil liberties of Muslim-Americans in Chicago is an extraordinary example of what can be accomplished when we work together. I am so proud to have the headquarters of CAIR-Chicago located in the 42nd Ward.”

Brendan Reilly
Alderman, 42nd Ward
Chicago City Council

“ “Up to the Challenge”, the theme of this year’s banquet is very appropriate in light of the drastic rise in Islamophobia in not only political rhetoric but everyday instances. We must be proactive in fighting against this rise and striving for a more accepting and equal society.”

– James Cappleman
Alderman, 46th Ward
Chicago City Council


“Your commitment to your mission is to be commended. The best weapons against hate and bigotry are communication and education.”

– David J. Kaptain
City of Elgin

“Evanston is a diverse community that benefits from everything you do… Congratulations on a phenomenal past year and best wishes for the future.”

– Elizabeth Tisdahl
City of Evanston

“The Village of Morton Grove would like to congratulate the Council on American Islamic Relations, on their upcoming annual banquet and anniversary.”

– Daniel P. DiMaria
Village President
Village of Morton Grove

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“Congratulations to CAIR-Chicago and best wishes on the continued advancement of your mission to ensure justice for all members of the Muslim community as well as to further nurture and promote understanding.”

– Sandy Frum
Village President of Northbrook

“In the face of the alarming rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric and incidents, I applaud CAIR’s unwavering advocacy against bigotry and in support of tolerance and human rights.”

– Mike Howley
Mayor of Hickory Hills

EricKellogg“Your efforts to promote equality and defending the civil rights of Muslims are truly commendable. The City of Harvey appreciates the work of your organization as it advances the true meaning of community.”

– Eric Kellogg
Mayor of Harvey

“The fitting theme for this year’s event, “Up for the Challenge” begs the attention of everyone to protect our nation’s values by advocating, communicating, coming together to build mutual understanding, respect and trust throughout our communities.”

– Gopal G. Lalmalani, MD., MBA
Village President
Village of Oak Brook

“I commend CAIR-Chicago for fostering improved respect and understanding of the diversity of our communities and our region.”

– Daniel J. McLaughlin
Village of Orland Park

“CAIR-Chicago community activists deserve to be recognized for their continued outstanding work in promoting dignity and respect for all peoples.”

– William D. McLeod
Village of Hoffman Estates

“Thank you for your efforts to promote justice, dialogue, and respect. In light of recent events, your work is all the more necessary to dispel the climate of fear and hatred that has become altogether too prevalent.”

– Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend, Indiana

“Please accept my sincere congratulations on another productive year of accomplishment by CAIR Chicago and its never-ending efforts to encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, and building coalitions that promote justice for the Muslim community of Illinois.”

– Terry Link
Assistant Majority Leader,
Illinois State Senate

“Thank you for all you do to have a positive impact in communities and for all the advocacy work that you promote to make our neighborhoods stronger and more tolerant towards all who live there.”

– Don Harmon
President Pro Tempore,
Illinois State Senate

“This year’s theme “Up for the Challenge” is indicative of your willingness to confront major obstacles in order to ensure justice for the embattled in our communities and to foster understanding throughout greater Chicago land and Illinois.”

– Mattie Hunter
Majority Caucus Whip,
Illinois State Senate

“In a city as diverse as Chicago, your work is truly needed. You should be immensely proud of the role you have played in fighting discrimination and building bridges of understanding between Muslims and non-Muslim communities.”

– Iris Y. Martinez
Majority Caucus Whip,
Illinois State Senate

“The Council’s theme of “Up for the Challenge” demonstrates CAIR-Chicago’s desire to work together in the fight against hatred and injustice towards all citizens of this nation as well as the State of Illinois.”

– Jim Durkin
House Republican Leader

“Your tireless work on behalf of inclusion and civil rights are invaluable in a world with increasingly less barriers. As Americans, it is essential that we embrace our diversity as a strength that very few countries can match.”

– Louis Lang
Deputy Majority Leader

“The Chicago Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has impacted our area by acting against hatred and injustice, through your advocacy in the communities, schools, government, and other organizations. ”

– Ed Sullivan
Assistant Republican Leader


“CAIR-Chicago is a needed bulwark against those who peddle Islamophobia to divide us for their own personal gain. The advocacy, education, and media relations provided by CAIR-Chicago helps protect the civil rights of all people.”
– Daniel Biss
State Senator
9th District

“As you convene to celebrate this year’s theme “Up for the Challenge,” it is my honor to recognize the work that CAIR-Chicago does to defend civil rights, fight bigotry and promote tolerance.”
– Bill Brady
State Senator
44th District

“As diversity nourishes and strengthens us, you preserve an infinite hope that Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. voiced, “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
– Jacqueline Y. Collins
State Senator
16th District

“CAIR-Chicago’s commitment to continue to educate others regarding the Muslim community needs to be applauded, especially with the strife we are currently experiencing in certain segments of society.”

– Napoleon B. Harris III
State Senator
15th District


“The theme of “up for the Challenge” is important because we need to change the tone of harshness and violence against Muslim Americans.”
– Toi W. Hutchinson
State Senator
40th District

“We must continue to work hand-in-hand with all of our neighbors to guarantee that the blessings of liberty and freedom are shared equally by all Americans. The work done by CAIR clearly and fully demonstrates that desire for equality.”
– David Koehler
State Senator
46th District

“The Muslim community is an important part of the 43rd Senate District, particularly in Bolingbrook and Romeoville. Through religion, sports, culture, the professions, and business, Muslim Americans add much to the area I am honored to represent.”

– Pat McGuire
State Senator
43rd District


“The event’s theme “Up for the Challenge” speaks to the resilience of those involved with CAIR to help heal the relationships broken by fear and misunderstanding.”
– Julie A. Morrison
State Senator
29th District

“Since its inception in 2005, CAIR-Chicago has been a strong advocate for diversity, harmony and tolerance, using dialogue and facts as tools to rise above hatred, inequality and injustice.”
– Laura Murphy
State Senator
28th District

“I am honored to congratulate CAIR-Chicago and again offer my support to your good work in all of our communities being leading advocates for justice and mutual understanding.”
– Michael Noland
State Senator
22nd District


“I applaud CAIR-Chicago for taking the lead in challenging the bigotry and fear-mongering that ultimately threaten us all.”
– Kwame Raoul
State Senator
13th District


“At this time, it is particularly important for entire communities to pull together to protect, partner with and listen to the experiences of our Muslim neighbors. And it is essential that we support organizations like CAIR-Chicago that boldly lend a voice to those afraid to speak out.”
– Heather A. Steans
State Senator
7th District

“CAIR-Chicago has recorded 2015 as the worst year on record for Muslim Americans since 9/11. This year’s theme “Up for the Challenge” is very fitting for the great work you do in the name of advocacy, solidarity, and dialogue which are the very essential tools needed to combat violence and intimidation against all Americans.”
– Monique Davis
State Representative
27th District


“CAIR-Chicago has made great strides in engaging all communities to build mutual understanding and trust, and to encourage the creation of a nation that appreciates the ideas, voices, and experiences of all people both here and throughout the world especially after such a tumultuous year.”
– John C. D’Amico
State Representative
15th district


“By fostering teamwork with government, businesses, schools, public offices, and religious organizations, CAIR continues to positively impact the fight for civil and human rights and equality for all.”
– Ken Dunkin
State Representative
5th District

“CAIR plays a key role in ensuring justice and fostering understanding throughout Chicagoland and Illinois.”

– Robyn Gabel
State Representative
18th District


“The drastic rise in Islamophobia sets up this new year to break records again with more reports of intimidation and violence, coupled with growing anti-Muslim rhetoric. Your advocacy, solidarity, dialogue, and facts against hatred and injustice are essential tools for each person to meet this challenge.”
– Gregory S. Harris
State Representative
13th District


“This letter is to convey my continued support for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and what they stand for; equality and civil rights for all. Every resident of the community has something to gain from working to prevent future violence through education about diverse cultures and religions.”
– Jay C. Hoffman
State Representative
113th District

“I would like to congratulate you on your 12th anniversary of serving the Muslim Community in Chicago. Your work to fight for the equal treatment and protection of all citizens is both admirable and necessary.”

– Robert Martwick
State Representative
19th District

“Working together is an important aspect of protecting our nation’s values, upholding civil and human rights, fostering open dialogue and achieving cooperation among all who desire harmony and justice for all. CAIR-Chicago’s pledge to meet these challenges is truly commendable.”
– Margo McDermed
State Representative
37th District

“I appreciate and respect the work you do to protect the constitutional rights of American Muslims, thereby supporting the rights of all Americans.”

– Christian L. Mitchell
State Representative
26th District


“As we have seen in the past year, attacks on Paris and San Bernardino have brought unwarranted scrutiny on Muslim communities throughout the world. I believe this year’s theme, “Up for the Challenge,” is an appropriate and confident recognition of progress made, as well as, an acknowledgement of the inevitable hurdles ahead for our communities.”
– Michelle Mussman
State Representative
56th District