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The State Government Administration Committee is scheduled to consider a bill on Wednesday, October 25, that would endorse the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program. 

Illinois House Resolution 602, sponsored by Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, endorses the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Program and supports its efforts to promote responsible dog ownership.

Illinois residents are strongly encouraged to contact members of the State Government Administration Committee prior to the hearing on Wednesday, October 25. Let them know that you support the AKC and its Canine Good Citizen Program, and encourage the committee members to approve House Resolution 602.  If you are a CGC evaluator, or have dogs that have CGC certification, be sure to mention that when contacting the committee. (Scroll down for contact information)


Started in 1989, AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.

Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. AKC registration is not necessary for certifying a dog as an AKC Canine Good Citizen. However, the CGC program also lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. As owners work with their dogs to teach CGC skills, they discover the many benefits and joys of training their dog. Training enhances the bond between owner and dog. Dogs that have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with—they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high-quality life.

What You Can Do:

Attend the October 25 Hearing:

We encourage you to attend the State Government Administration Committee Hearing on October 25 2017 at 9:30AM in the Capitol Building Room 115 in Springfield, IL. If you would like to testify at this hearing, please fill out a witness slip here prior to the meeting.

Contact Members of the State Government Administration Committee:
Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez – – (217) 782-0044 (*She is also the sponsor of the bill, so please thank her for introducing this resolution)

Representative Al Riley – – (217) 558-1007
Representative Sam Yingling – – (217) 782-7320
Representative Robert W. Pritchard – – (217) 782-0425
Representative David McSweeney – – (217) 782-1517
Representative Christian L. Mitchell – – (217) 782-2023
Representative Kathleen Willis – – (217) 782-3374

For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email