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.