Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and seven other people received the Order of Lincoln Saturday evening, the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service.
Governor Pat Quinn said the honorees personified the best that Illinois and the United State of America can offer.
Clinton, who was born in Chicago and raised in Park Ridge, said she was honored to receive the award. She told those gathered at the Field Museum attending the Lincoln Academy of Illinois and Convocation and Investiture of Laureates, that those who support student scholarships that come from the work of the academy, is the most important investment that can be made. Clinton said those students will hopefully be moved by the example of President Abraham Lincoln and continue all that needs to be done to unify the U-S on behalf of the values Lincoln gave his life for.
Others receiving the Order of Lincoln were John Canning, Jr., of Madison Dearborn Partners, Michael Krzyzewski, a Chicago native and Head Coach of Duke University’s men’s basketball team, Newton Minow, one of the nation’s foremost attorneys and former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Bernard Rands and Augusta Read Thomas, husband and wife who are internationally celebrated composers, Reverent Donald Senior, President of the Catholic Theological Union, and Glenn Tilton, Midwest Chairman of J.P. Morgan Chase and former Chairman and CEO of United Airlines.