Simon–Edgar Statesmanship Award

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Illinois has been blessed with statesmen and stateswomen over the decades: governors who risked their careers to solve critical problems and prepare the state for the future; mayors who have crafted bold and imaginative plans for their cities and taken political gambles to bring their dreams to fruition; city council members who prepared creative and constructive long-term strategies for their communities; and state legislators and constitutional officers who have been willing to break from party orthodoxy and political comfort zones to advance solutions to improve the lives of fellow Illinoisans.

The annual Simon-Edgar Statesmanship Award will be presented to an elected state or local government official in Illinois who has demonstrated a pattern of public service characterized by vision, courage, compassion, effectiveness, civility, and bipartisanship.

It is our hope that the Simon-Edgar Statesmanship Award will shine a spotlight on remarkable leadership that is taking place in our state and our communities. We believe this award will inspire current and future public servants to act in the best traditions of Illinois.

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Nomination Process

Please nominate an Illinois statesman or stateswoman in a brief letter summarizing their career along with specific examples of their exemplary leadership. Nominations will be accepted until June 15, 2021.

An advisory committee will review the nominations and recommend finalists for our consideration. The award will be announced at the August meeting of the Edgar Fellows Program. The recipient will be recognized and invited to give remarks there as well as at an event hosted later in the year by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Nomination Form