Extension Council

University of Illinois Extension's mission is to enable people to improve their lives through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work. Key partners in this effort are the local citizens who advise us on issues of significance.

The Extension Council is authorized by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, in accordance with state law, to be actively involved in the operation of University of Illinois Extension.  Extension Councils serve in an advisory role cooperating with Extension staff in planning, promoting, developing, implementing, evaluating, and financing an Extension program designed to meet the needs, interests, and resources of the local communities served.

If you are interested in attending an Extension Council meeting, please contact Michael Neil at mneil@illinois.edu.

Cook County Extension Council


  • Mary F. Harkenrider
  • Monique James
  • Richard Juarez Sr.
  • Eric Meredith
  • Chera Parham
  • Geri Redd
  • Dedra Ries
  • Desmona Strahan
  • Reginald Summerrise

Meeting Dates and Times

  • June 20, 2024              10 to 11 AM
  • March 21, 2024           10 to 11 AM
  • September 8, 2023   10 to 11 AM
  • June 15, 2023             10 to 11 AM
  • April 3, 2023                1:30 to 2:30 PM
  • May 13, 2022              Noon to 2 PM
  • March 11, 2022          Noon to 2 PM
  • January 14, 2022     Noon to 2 PM

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes

Extension State Advisory Council Meeting Agendas