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Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Justice & Legal


182 N YORK STELMHURST, IL 60126 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Citizen Advocacy Center is dedicated to building democracy for the 21st century by strengthening the citizenry's capacities, resources, and institutions for self-governance. We are committed to: Make government more accountable to the people by increasing democratic protocols and by developing and empowering the voice of citizens; Further the citizen's understanding of civic tools and public skill in using these tools for societal problem solving; Promote individual and community efforts to resolve contemporary societal problems involving the rights and responsibilities of citizens, workers, shareholders, taxpayers, and consumers and the health, safety, and welfare of the communities we serve; Stimulate citizen awareness of and action on issues of public significance; Improve access to government-held information, access to the airwaves, access to the ballot, access to the courts; Advance justice.


The Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC) is an award winning, non-profit, non-partisan free community legal organization. Founded in 1994, CAC's mission is to build democracy for the 21st Century by strengthening the citizenry's capacities, resources, and institutions for self-governance.

CAC operates through the use of community lawyers who protect the public’s assets and promote meaningful participation in the democratic process. As an institution comprised of community lawyers, CAC engages in a holistic approach to building democracy through community organizing, coalition building, legal advocacy, civic education, and litigation to make government more accountable, accessible, and transparent.

CAC seeks to increase democratic protocols at every level of government and develop the voice of the public. Efforts that start at the local level often result in statewide initiatives to address anti-democratic barriers rooted in state law.

CAC is located in downtown Elmhurst, Illinois and is open for the public to:

  • obtain free civic resource materials;
  • ask questions of our community lawyers on matters of public concern;
  • engage in civic discussion, learn about local issues;
  • attend training workshops; and
  • develop skills for participating in civic affairs.


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