59th ANNUAL CONVOCATION AND INVESTITURE
of the 2023 Lincoln Laureates
Saturday, April 29, 2023 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
House Chambers, Illinois State Capitol
and Governor’s Reception and Celebratory Dinner
Immediately following ceremony
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The Laureates Honored
His Eminence Wilton Cardinal Gregory
John W. Rogers Jr.
Thomas E. Skilling III
Jayne Carr Thompson
Honoring the Great Citizens of Today
The Order of Lincoln, Illinois’ highest civilian award, honors professional achievements and contributions to the betterment of humanity by those who have brought honor to the state because of their achievements and their identity with Illinois, whether by birth or residence.
The Lincoln Academy of Illinois is an independent non-partisan organization, established in 1964 to administer the program and to choose the annual honorees. The Governor of Illinois is president of the Academy and presents the Order of Lincoln at the Convocation and Investiture Ceremony.
Celebrating the Great Citizens for Tomorrow
The Academy also includes a Student Laureate program honoring over fifty students each year – one from each four-year college and university in Illinois and one student representing our state’s community colleges – chosen by their college presidents on the basis of demonstrated exemplary leadership and service in pursuit of the betterment of humanity and excellence in curricular and co-curricular programs. Over 2,000 graduating seniors have been honored.
Funds raised at the Order of Lincoln ceremony assist the Academy in implementing this program, including a monetary Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement award and the ‘Lincoln Medallion’ presented by the Governor.
Thus, by honoring the Great Citizens of Today we also celebrate the Great Citizens for Tomorrow.
A. Lincoln Signature: $50,000
President: $25,000 (table of ten)
Congressman: $10,000 (table of 8)
Railroad Lawyer: $5,000 (6 tickets)
Circuit Rider: $2,500 (4 tickets)
Railsplitter: $1,000 (2 tickets)