The Citizen Advocacy Center (Center) is an award winning, non-profit, non-partisan free community legal organization.
Founded in 1994, the Center’s mission is to build democracy for the 21st Century by strengthening the public’s capacities, resources, and institutions for self-governance.
The Center operates through the use of community lawyers who protect the public’s assets and promotes meaningful participation in the democratic process.
As an institution comprised of community lawyers, the Center engages in a multifaceted approach to building democracy through community organizing, coalition building, legal advocacy, civic education, and litigation to make government more accountable, accessible, and transparent. We seek 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.
The Center is located at 182 N. York Street in downtown Elmhurst 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.
"In the national and state-wide debates, the importance of transparency is best told by stories that exemplify what is at stake for all members of the public, and from the public’s perspective..."
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