Citizen Action / Illinois



Citizen Action/Illinois is the state’s largest public interest organization and a progressive political coalition committed to creating social change both in Illinois and across the nation.

The organization is based on several core values: a belief that every human life has equal worth, that the purpose of our society is to allow all its members to live meaningful and fulfilling lives, and that there is a collective good beyond our individual interests. It seeks to promote and win public policies that reflect these values and embody social justice, but recognizes that winning justice requires political power. It exists to create that power by being a values-based, issue-oriented political center in Illinois.


Citizen Action/Illinois is both an organizational coalition and an individual membership organization. Individual members are recruited through the organization’s door-to-door canvass and through a phone program. Members are asked both to financially support the organization and to take action on issues such as contacting key members of Congress or writing lawmakers. Individual members are also frequently contacted through public education efforts before elections.

These affiliate organizations are represented on the 89-member Policy Council which also includes leaders serving as individuals, among them Members of Congress, state legislators, and local government officials. The Policy Council meets quarterly to determine the organization’s public policy positions, its legislative agenda, and any endorsements of candidates for public office.

The Policy Council is a standing committee of the organization’s thirteen-member Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is the formal corporate board of the organization, a 501(c)(4); it meets monthly and is responsible for its financial and administrative affairs as well as overseeing its day-to-day program work. Board members include a mix of affiliate representatives and individual leaders, and all serve on the Policy Council as well.

The Public Action Foundation is a 501(c)(3) affiliated with Citizen Action/Illinois. Its board includes prominent leaders of the organizations in the coalition. The Public Action Foundation conducts research and public education on pressing issues that have important implications for consumers, families, and Illinois residents.



Contact Name: Lynda DeLaforgue, Co-Director
Phone: 312-427-2114
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HQ Address
State: IL
City: Chicago
  27 E. Monroe St., 11th Floor,
Zipcode: 60603