INTRODUCTION of the 58th CONVOCATION:
Bill Plante and the Lincoln Laureates Podcast
by Matthew Lyle
It is with deep sadness that we share the news of legendary reporter Bill Plante’s passing. Plante spent 52 years as a correspondent for CBS News covering major historic events such as the arrival of U.S. troops in Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr.’s march across Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, and the administrations of four U.S. presidents starting with Ronald Reagan. He passed away Wednesday at the age of 84 from respiratory failure.
Plante was kind enough to lend his talents to the Lincoln Laureate podcast series, interviewing fellow journalists George Will and Bill Kurtis. Those episodes can be listened to at the below links:
Excellence. Service. Honor.
The Lincoln Academy of Illinois partners with donors, members, and regents to advance the values exhibited in the life of Abraham Lincoln: Excellence, service, and honor.
We are committed to programs that:
- Honor distinguished Illinoisans’ contributions to society;
- Encourage public service; and
- Invest in developing principled leadership for the future.
We can all play a role in encouraging leadership in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln through the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
Frank Clark, Chancellor, and The Honorable Jay Robert “J.B.” Pritzker, President of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois
The Lincoln Academy of Illinois
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.