The Council works collaboratively with local, state, and federal officials in coordination with the Muslim community to improve the lives of Muslims through advocacy and program sustainability. CIOGC seeks sustainable impact on policy and decision-making through a comprehensive approach, listed below:
- Developing and maintaining relationships with elected officials, policy makers, community leaders, social service providers, and advocacy groups;
- Identifying issues and their potential impact on the community that can be modified through the legislative process;
- Developing and communicating a consistent, focused message to policymakers on community positions and legislative priorities at the local, state and federal level;
- Tracking key legislation, providing strategic assistance and grassroots training; collaborating with program managers in developing applications for government funding
- Working with elected officials on community projects of interest to their constituents and sharing with them information about community programs in their district.
- Working with local and state agencies to place Muslim American community leaders on commissions, committees and task forces to ensure the Muslim community voice is heard and that we fully contribute to our city and state.
Over the past twenty years, the Council has built alliances and collaborates regularly with various community and like-minded organizations to promote causes for the common good. Together with our partners, the Council has successfully advocated for various initiatives including the Green Ramadan resolution, the Charity without Fear Act, the DREAM Act, and issues such as immigrant and refugee services, violence prevention, employment for youth, assistance for food deserts, the environment, and Arabic education in public schools.
Our partners and coalitions are listed below. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list:
- United Power for Action and Justice (UPAJ)
- Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
- Department of Homeland Security
- Campaign for Better Health Care
- Center for Faith and Community Heath
- Illinois Partners for Human Services
- Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago (CRLMC)