In 1980, 15 mothers formed the provisional chapter of Western Cook County (Illinois). These women recognized that there was no Jack and Jill chapter in the area and no organization of its kind which met the cultural, civic, and social needs of African American families.
The Western Cook County Chapter (WCCC) worked as a provisional chapter from 1980 to 1983. In January, 1983, WCCC was installed into Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Cheryl Broussard was the first chapter president. The chapter membership is drawn from the West Cook County area of Illinois, which includes members residing in the suburbs of Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, LaGrange, Westchester, Maywood and the Galewood community of Chicago. The Western Cook County Chapter currently has 44 families and close to 80 children, ages 2 – 19. The chapter’s theme is a universal idea: “One childhood to every child: a time to love, to grow and to share.”