University of Illinois Extension’s mission is to enable people
to improve their lives through learning partnerships that put knowledge
to work. Partnering with the people we serve—that’s what
Extension is all about. Key partners include local citizens who serve
on advisory councils. Advisory councils exist at all three levels of
the organization—local, regional and state. While there are council
issues specific to each level of the organization, there also are issues
that “feed up” from the local to state level or “filter
down” from the state to local level. Regular communication between
the various levels provides all council members with a better understanding
of their critical role in the large Extension organization—that
is, to ensure that Extension’s programs remain relevant and continue
to meet the needs of the people of Illinois.
For more information about Extension’s advisory councils, select from the following links:
The Extension Council Guide is a comprehensive resource for council members which provides an orientation to the Extension system, as well as detailed information about how the council is organized; its roles and responsibilities; Extension financing; programming and personnel; and legal provisions governing Extension and council operations.