“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. ”

Governor Pat Quinn (D-IL)


“CAIR-Chicago’s efforts to ensure justice to ensure justice and equality demonstrate that working for greater civil liberties of one community advances the civil liberties of all communities.”

Richard J. Durbin, U.S. Senator

“This year’s theme, “#HateFree”, is one that can reach all demographics and age groups. I commend CAIR for being an organization of understanding and knowledge that can teach our great nation to work towards a better future.”

Bill Brady, U.S. Senator


“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 of Chicago

“CAIR-Chicago works to present a balanced and accurate media portrayal of Islam and Muslims and makes our city a better place to live, work and raise families.”

Mayor Richard Daley, City of Chicago

“I salute CAIR-Chicago for their ongoing efforts to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and building coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding…let us continue to do good works, collaborate for justice, and work for stronger understanding in our community and our nation.”

Congressman Bobby L. Rush, (D-IL)


“I would like to extend my gratitude to all CAIR-Chicago members for working together to support a new generation of leaders who will continue our mutual goal of guaranteeing equality and respect for all people.”

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D- IL)


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

Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL)

“CAIR-Chicago has established an outstanding reputation for its high quality services that convey a proactive response to intolerance and bigotry.  CAIR-Chicago’s support for civil rights has helped make our community a stronger, more vibrant, and more welcoming place.”

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)


“America, I believe, is entering a new period of tolerance where we as a nation embrace our diversity rather than fear it…CAIR-Chicago will play a critical role in enhancing American-Muslim relations and enabling your members to reclaim their rightful place in the fabric of our great nation.”

Congressman Jesse L. Jackson (D-IL)


“…the security and strength of our nation lies in our diversity and our unity…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.”

Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL)

“CAIR’s advocacy on behalf of our community is unparalleled, and its dedication to promoting equal justice while encouraging understanding and dialogue among all faiths is crucial. I am grateful that CAIR positively showcases American Muslim contributions to our great country.”

Congressman Andre Carson (D-IN)

“[CAIR-Chicago has] remained committed to empowering Muslims here in Illinois while fostering education throughout the surrounding communities. I would like to offer my thanks to your loyal members and supporters. Your combined efforts have helped to build better lives and a stronger Illinois.”

Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State


“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

“We are fortunate to live in an exceptionally diverse nation. The diversity is a great strength of America, yet it also poses challenges. We are blessed that groups such as CAIR are devoted to building mutual understanding and trust among the many creeds, colors, religions, and backgrounds that make up our community and our country. ”

Michael Madigan, Illinois Speaker of the House


“From expanding legal aid services, to providing diversity training, to speaking about the Muslim religion and Muslim cultures at churches, synagogues, and universities, CAIR-Chicago has served its faith community and wider society admirably.”

John Cullerton, President of Illinois Senate

“The theme for this year’s gala, “#HateFree”, is one that instills a message of hope and promise that generations to come will eradicate bigotry inequality. Your work to ensure justice and promote trust regardless of different backgrounds is admirable and sets an example unlike any other.”

Dan Rutherford, Illinois State Treasurer

“…CAIR-Chicago has a record of achievement in teaching Muslims to stay politically active and [positively engaged in government…[CAIR-Chicago] should serve as a model for the rest of the world to learn how to live together in peace and harmony.”

State Senator Carole Pankau

“I want to extend congratulations as you celebrate another successful year as the nation’s fastest-growing chapter of an extraordinary Muslim civil rights organization.”

State Senator Iris. Y. Martinez


“CAIR-Chicago’s ongoing effort to engage Muslim Americans in the political process, while fighting against persecution and injustice, is deserving of the most sincere respect and accolades.”

State Senator Christine Radogno

“Throughout the years, CAIR-Chicago has proved to be one of the largest advocates of promoting community understanding and opening lines of dialogue to the many civil rights obstacles that Muslims face. The work of CAIR-Chicago has truly made a positive impact on the lives of many Illinois residents, and I hope will continue promoting equality in years to come.”

State Senator Michael Frerichs


“The struggle against bigotry dispels the fear and mistrust that too often create divisions among people of different races, creeds and birthplaces. And tolerance allows us to work side-by-side, acknowledging diversity but seeking common ground.”

State Senator Kwame Raoul


“Your commitment to serving the needs of the Chicago’s Muslim population is outstanding. CAIR-Chicago has fought and battled against intolerance to create a greater understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims.”

State Senator Dan Kotowski

“CAIR-Chicago’s renowned impact on society generated by the Muslim community in Chicago and nationwide is one that should be respected…your organization is committed to the challenge of further emphasizing and promoting the goodwill of our Muslim neighbors in Chicago and Muslim communities worldwide.”

State Representative Mary E. Flowers


“The event themed #HateFree is aptly termed to bring about a new consciousness of unity throughout the community and with this sentiment expressed throughout the year, I am sure it will turn out to be very productive and effective.”

State Representative Monique D. Davis


“Your commitment to the community is admirable and is evident by your 8 years of success. As we all strive for a ‘#HateFree’ State of Illinois and United States of America, I wish you all the best as you embark on your 9th year.”

State Representative Jim Durkin

“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.”

State Representative Louis I. Lang


“Your organization stands out as a beacon of leadership in helping bring communities together and building mutual trust among people from different walks of life.”

State Representative Emmanuel Welch


“Congratulations to CAIR-Chicago on another great year of pursuing justice and equality for the Muslim community of Chicago and for Muslims everywhere. I offer my support and thanks to those who continue to fight for the protection of rights for all members of our society.”

State Representative Ann M. Williams

“CAIR-Chicago has shown itself to be a strong partner in our community.”

Philip J. Cline, Superintendent of Police, City of Chicago


”[CAIR-Chicago’s] commitment to maintaining a dialogue leading to the frank and honest exchange of ideas, concerns and recommendations on issues affecting the communities we mutually serve is laudable.”

Weysan Dunn, Special Agent in Charge, Springfield, Illinois Office of the FBI


“I wish to commend [CAIR-Chicago] for the vital work you continue to do in assisting the Muslim-American community in areas such as civil rights defense and advocacy, media outreach, public relations and voter registration. Through this service you help empower the Muslim-American community, and contribute to its vibrancy [and for] the deep sense of mission you bring to your efforts, which results in myriad achievements on behalf of many of the residents of Cook County.”

Todd Stroger, Cook County President


“I applaud [CAIR-Chicago’s] efforts to involve the Muslim community in the social, cultural and economic life of Chicagoland. I offer my congratulations and best wishes to CAIR and its mission.”

Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer


“Each year, I welcome the opportunity to commend CAIR-Chicago for its commitment to ending practices of defamation and discrimination in our communities, and its efforts to unite individuals from various backgrounds in support of its mission to ensure justice for all. For its dedication to inclusiveness, civic responsibility, human rights and public safety, I extend best wishes for continued success to the Chicago Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.”

Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County


“I commend CAIR-Chicago for its exceptional work to educate the community and encourage civic engagement and participation. CAIR-Chicago’s success in providing outstanding service to one of the largest Muslim populations in the Unites States is remarkable. As City Clerk of Chicago, I strongly support CAIR-Chicago.”

Miguel del Valle, City Clerk of Chicago


“Working for common goals is [one effort] that CAIR-Chicago continues to work towards through its educational and mobilization programs for Chicago’s Muslim communities. We are proud to include CAIR-Chicago among those partnerships in the community that cooperate with police and other City agencies in pro-actively addressing chronic crime and disorder problems across Chicago. Once more, I offer my sincere esteem and best wishes to the leadership and members of CAIR-Chicago for even more success in the future.”

Vance T. Henry, CAPS Director


“Over the past five years, CAIR-Chicago has accomplished an outstanding record of service in educating and communicating the values and cultures of the American Muslim community. Your efforts to engage and become part of the political process, has resulted in greater understanding and recognition by many political leaders in the Metropolitan Chicago Area.”

Mayor Gerald Bennett, City of Palos Hills


“In protecting constitutional and human rights, CAIR-Chicago promotes tolerance and inspires all of us to form a strong and safe community bond.”

Village President Margaret Fuller, Village of Harwood Heights


“I support most whole-heartedly the effort that CAIR-Chicago does to promote peace, opportunity, and the inclusion of all people.”

Mayor Thomas Mazaika, City of Oakbrook Terrace


“I applaud CAIR-Chicago for its work encouraging Arab and Muslim American to be proactive and to participate in the daily life of their communities while standing up for their rights and projecting a positive picture of their faith and heritage.”

Mayor Steven Landek, Village of Bridgeview


“Congratulations on your courage and tenacity as you seek to enlighten both the Muslim community here and the general American public through education and the nurturing of understanding.”

Mayor Bradley Stephens, Village of Rosemont


“CAIR-Chicago continues to work tirelessly to promote a fair and humane society, striving for the goals of peace, justice, and equality.   The achievement of these goals benefits all residents in our communities and helps to re-enforce a strong and free democratic society.”

– Mayor Thomas S. Mazaika, City of Oakbrook Terrace


“CAIR-Chicago also helps those who face discrimination on the job and in everyday life.  In doing so, CAIR-Chicago joins a long list of honorable and well regarded organizations that have worked hard to safeguard the rights of disadvantaged Americans throughout our history.”
– Mayor Steven M. Landek, Village of Bridgeview


“This new CAIR-Chicago has contacted more communities than have ever been contacted before. People are talking about them. I can’t think of a more important professional arm of activism than CAIR-Chicago has been… Being a voice of Muslims who are voiceless.””

– Aminah McCloud, Professor of Islamic Studies, DePaul University

“Because they have grown up in American society they understand what American diversity is. They understand the political process.”

– M. Cherif Bassiouni, Distinguished Research Professor of Law, DePaul University- College of Law


“The CAIR, Chicago chapter, is doing something that is very interesting. It is a group of young, I guess you call it the one and a half generation, Muslims. Often born abroad, but raised here and who respect the elders of their community or connect, and yet are interested, and willing, to engage in political debate in this nation, on the terms that this nation does political debate.”

– Josh Hoyt, Executive Director, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)

“They are willing to get their hands dirty in politics. They’re willing to stand up in the media and speak truth to power.”

– Josh Hoyt, Executive Director, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)

“Continue to do as you are doing, and the truth will prevail.”

– (anonymous message from Dan on CAIR- Chicago voice mail)