Local Extension Councils serve either a single county office or a multi-county unit. The University of Illinois Board of Trustees, in accordance with state law, authorizes local councils to be actively involved in the operation of 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.
Local Extension councils are made up of 15-20 volunteers representing the county or counties served. Nominees are identified locally and include a diverse group of individuals who respect the Extension organization and who are interested in its programs in their communities. The Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Services reviews the nominations and makes the appointments.