Governor & MAAC

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

The Council has maintained a relationship with Illinois' current Governor, Pat Quinn, through the Muslim American Advisory Council (MAAC). The MAAC is the first, and currently, the only Muslim Advisory Council to any Governor in the United States.

Governor Quinn has taken part in CIOGC events including speaking at the 5th Annual Illinois Muslim ACTION! Day (IMAD) and at the Council's 21st Annual CommUnity Dinner. The Governor also spoke at the 12th Annual MAS-ICNA Convention, in coordination with the Council. On July 28, 2013, Governor Quinn hosted the the state's first-ever Iftar at the Governor's Mansion in Springfield, Illinois. 

Muslim American Advisory Council (MAAC)

The Muslim American Advisory Council (MAAC) was founded in 2011 in to advise the Governor on ways to enhance civic participation and trade and cooperation with the Muslim American community in Illinois, and strategies to integrate Muslims in Illinois socially, educationally, culturally and economically.

Read MAAC's reports to the Governor:

The MAAC enables Muslim leadership to directly engage with the state, bring faith-based issues to the Governor’s attention, and propose appropriate solutions. In addition, the MAAC recommends strategies on how Illinois can advance trade and cooperation with Muslim-majority countries, and keeps Muslim communities informed on state programs and service.

They have provided recommendations for the Governor in areas such as:

  • Public safety
  • Economic development
  • Government services
  • Human services
  • Healthcare
  • Education


  • Kareem M. Irfan, Esq., Co-Chair: Former President, Council of Religous Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Sohair Omar, Co-Chair: Deputy Director, Illinois Financial Authority
  • Dr. Bambade Shakoor-Abdullah: Founder and Director, Leadership Development Institute and CMECCA School
  • Dr. Irfan Ahmad: Executive Director, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, University of Illinois Research Faculty, Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois
  • Murad Moosa Bhaidani: President, Ismaili Council for the Midwestern United States
  • Mumtaz Champsi: Founder, Enviro Capital
  • Clyde El-Amin: Former President, Olive-Harvey College
  • Tariq El-Amin: Founder and Executive Director, Bridging the Gap
  • Inamul Haq: Adjunct Professor, Elmhurst College
  • S. Jafer Hasnain: Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Lifeline Assets 
  • Dr. Mohammed Kaiseruddin, Ex-Officio: Co-Founder and Chairman, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
  • Dzafer Kulenovic: President, J. Kulenovic & Associates 
  • Dr. Sevil Kutay: President, Turkish American Chamber of Commerce & Industry Midwest
  • Tariq Malhance: Former Chief Financial Officer, Cook County
  • Laila Muhammad: President, Alshamseyya Social Service Organization
  • Najjar Abdul-Musawwir: Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Southern Illinois University
  • Rami Nashashibi: Executive Director, Inner-City Muslim Action Network
  • Salim Al Nurridin: Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare Consortium of Illinois
  • Eboo Patel: Executive Director, Interfaith Youth Care
  • Aisha Qadeem: Member, Islamic Society of Greater Springfield
  • Imad Rahman: Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer, Avicenna Community Health Center, Former President, Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center
  • Ahmed Rehab: Executive Director, Council on American Islamic Relations - Chicago
  • Dr. Mohammed Zaher Sahloul: Chairman, Syrian American Medical Society
  • Anas Osman: Director, Sales Strategy and Operations, Americas, Google
  • Safaa Zarzour, Esq.: General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer, Zakat Foundation
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