Illinoisans to receive the Order of Lincoln on May 18, 2019 in Springfield

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Each fall, an outstanding senior from each of the four-year degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is awarded the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award and thereby becomes a Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. In the spirit of Lincoln, Student Laureates are honored for their leadership and service in the pursuit of the betterment of humanity and for overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.

Proceeds from the Annual Convocation Celebration are used toward the Student Laureate Program.

Since the program’s inception in 1975, over 2,000 students have been so honored.

Friends of Laureate Sergeant Robert James Miller.
Major General John Borling, Chancellor Tom Johnson,
Springfield 2012

Robert Lane,
Rock Island 2013

Governor Pat Quinn
and Senator Hillary Clinton,
Chicago 2014

Chicago 2014

Springfield 2015

Douglas Oberhelman
for Laureate Robert Gilmore,
Peoria 2016

Procession, Peoria 2016

Shirley Madigan, Ethel Holladay, Jane Denes, Gayl Pyatt

Frank Clark, Chicago 2017

Emeritus Member Peter Alexander
and Regent Eric Trimble

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previous Laureates

Edward L. McMillan

Nancy Goodman Brinker

Chad Pregracke

The 2019 Convocation will feature the World Premier Piano Performance of “Shall Long Endure” Written and Composed by Rockford Symphony Orchestra Music Director Steve Larsen as a gift to The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

2020 LAUREATE CONVOCATION

Saturday, April 18, 2020 in Normal on the campus of Illinois State University – Civic Committee Chairs Mrs. Marlene & President Larry Dietz

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois

MISSION STATEMENT

To honor individuals whose outstanding contributions to the betterment of mankind have been accomplished in or on behalf of the State of Illinois, or whose achievements have brought honor to the State because of their identity with it, whether by birth or residence, or by their dedication to those principles of democracy and humanity as exemplified by the great Illinoisan whose name we bear. These individuals, reflective of the diverse populace of the State of Illinois, are named Laureates of the Academy and receive the “Order of Lincoln,” the State of Illinois’ highest award, at an annual Convocation.

To honor one outstanding senior from each of the four year not-for-profit degree granting institutions and one outstanding senior from among all of the community college students who, in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln, demonstrated leadership and service in his or her campus or community and excellence in curricular and co-curricular programs, to be named Student Laureates and receive the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award and the Lincoln Medallion.

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TICKETS AVAILABLE for the Convocation and Gala May 18th: TheLincolnAcademyofIllinois.org

CONGRATULATIONS to Jerry Colangelo who is one of our 2019 Laureates to be inducted! Colangelo is a Chicago Heights native who had a stellar basketball career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, played professional basketball for the Chicago Bulls, and in 1968 at age 29 became the first general manager of the Phoenix Suns, the youngest general manager in professional sports.

Colangelo was a driving force in bringing professional sports to Arizona and is the former owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team, the Phoenix Mercury women’s NBA team, Arizona Rattlers indoor football, and Arizona Sandsharks indoor soccer. Colangelo was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the University of Illinois Sports Hall of Fame.
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TICKETS AVAILABLE for the Convocation and Gala May 18th: TheLincolnAcademyofIllinois.org

CONGRATULATIONS to Jerry Colangelo who is one of our 2019 Laureates to be inducted! Colangelo is a Chicago Heights native who had a stellar basketball career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, played professional basketball for the Chicago Bulls, and in 1968 at age 29 became the first general manager of the Phoenix Suns, the youngest general manager in professional sports. 

Colangelo was a driving force in bringing professional sports to Arizona and is the former owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team, the Phoenix Mercury women’s NBA team, Arizona Rattlers indoor football, and Arizona Sandsharks indoor soccer. Colangelo was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the University of Illinois Sports Hall of Fame.

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Sweet home Chicago!

I live in Aroma Park IL! Nice little town on the Kankakee River

Rockford, Illinois!

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