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Community Support Advisory Councils

​The Illinois Department of Corrections has actively engaged the community in the reentry process by developing Community Support Advisory Councils (CSACs) in the high-impact areas of the state where most parolees return. CSACs are community-based partnerships designed to work collaboratively with parole and other existing community resources to develop wraparound services for parolees, while assisting other groups with building community capacity to develop their own resources.

Each Community Support Advisory Council consists of a fifteen member body formed using the criteria determined by the Illinois Department of ​Corrections; council members are volunteers and represent various sectors within the community. Each CSAC employs staff to carry out the goals and objectives of the council. Parole and individuals from within the community also actively participate in monthly meetings.

What is the purpose of CSAC?

  • The purpose of CSAC is to help individuals to become productive members of their communities and to lead crime-free, drug-free lives, and prevent recidivism.
  • The establishment of the CSACs helps create a linkage to the community for the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  • The CSAC serves in an advisory capacity to the department.
  • CSACs serve as community organizers and advocates to bring together area partners to ensure a successful transition of individuals released from the correctional centers into the community.
  • The overall goal is to reduce crime, reduce recidivism and improve the quality of life in these communities.

Monthly CSAC Meetings

  • CSAC North
    Willye B. White Park
    1610 Howard St, Chicago IL 60626
    Second Wednesday at 12:30PM

  • CSAC West
    Above & Beyond Family Recovery Center
    2942 W. Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60612
    Third Thursday at 12 noon

  • CSAC South
    AFC World Outreach Center
    7859 S. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60620
    Fourth Wednesday at 1PM

CSAC Offices

Office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 5:00PM. It is recommended to call the CSAC office before walking-in.

  • CSAC West
    Westside Health Authority
    5816 West Division Street
    Chicago, IL 60651
    (773) 786-0226

  • CSAC South​
    Target Area Development Corp.
    1542 West 79th Street
    Chicago, IL 60620
    (773) 651-6470

  • CSAC North
    Howard Area Community Center
    7648 N. Paulina Street
    Chicago, IL 60626
    (773) 262-6622

  • CSAC Marion
    Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
    102 East DeYoung Street
    Marion, IL 62959
    (618) 997-9196, ext. 852

  • CSAC Metro East
    Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
    1798 Summit St.
    East St. Louis, IL 62205
    (618) 604-3459

Services and Referrals Available

(Vary by Location)

  • Food Pantry
  • Employment Assistance
  • Transportation
  • Family Reunification
  • Mentorship
  • Housing
  • Identification
  • Legal Assistance
  • Overcomers' Support
  • Group Meetings
  • Healthcare
  • GED / ESL
  • Clothing
  • Substance Abuse
  • Treatment