A new bill will make Illinois the first state in the United States to succumb to continued pressure for Islamic influence in state government.
A recent bill approved by the Illinois State Legislature will create a 21-member Illinois Muslim Advisory council, which would serve to advise the Governor and General Assembly on issues affecting Muslim-Americans and issues of immigration.
Members would serve as liaisons between state agencies and communities across Illinois and would hold monthly meetings and two public hearings per year, as reported by the Chicago Tribune..
The governor’s office said that Gov. Bruce Rauner is reviewing the bill, which is one of more than 400 bills awaiting the governor’s signature.
The bill was presented shortly before Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, reintroduced his call to ban Muslims entering the U.S. after the Orlando massacre, where a shooter of Islamic faith killed 49 people in a LGBT nightclub.
“So we’re not subject to the whims of each governor, it would be good to make this a lasting institutional body,” says Kareem Irfan. “Given all that is going on with the misinterpretation about Islam and the interests and concerns of the Muslim-American community, it’s almost obligatory on behalf of a governor of this state and all governors to have such a body.”
Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago, has co-sponsored the bill.