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Hillary Clinton recognized by heritage group with new ‘milestone’ in hometown of Park Ridge

The Park Ridge Heritage Committee recently completed its wall of local, historic milestones with an inscription recognizing Hillary Clinton. The milestones surround the Campfire Girls Fountain at Park Ridge’s Hodges Park. (Jennifer Johnson/Pioneer Press)

Jennifer Johnson

With the addition of an inscription recognizing the local roots of former senator, secretary of state, presidential candidate and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Park Ridge Heritage Committee has completed its wall of local, historic milestones.

The Heritage Committee announced on Jan. 25 that it had completed its Milestones of History project at Hodges Park with the addition of a block noting Park Ridge native Clinton’s 2016 candidacy for president.

The inscription on the granite stone, which is one of 34 surrounding the park’s Campfire Girls Fountain, also identifies Clinton as U.S. secretary of state, U.S. senator, first lady of the United States and a 1965 graduate of Maine South High School.

It is the last stone in the series to be inscribed.

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On September 26,  Hillary was with her family closing the Clinton Global Initiative 2013in New York but in her home town of Park Ridge, Illinois, she was among the charter inductees at her high school’s wall of honor.

10-11-13-Z-05

Maine South wall of honor inductees include Clinton

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Maine South High School recently inducted three of its most distinguished graduates, a group that included former first lady and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, into a newly dedicated wall of honor.

The festivities celebrating the Park Ridge school’s 50th year, which kicked off on homecoming week, were highlighted by the wall of fame inductees being honored late last month at a dinner at the Park Ridge County Club.

While Clinton couldn’t appear, fellow inductees Patricia Callahan and Nathan Hultman attended the dinner, which was hosted by Maine South High School and Maine Township District 207’s Educational Foundation.

Clinton, who sent a video greeting. was represented at the event by Betsy Ebeling, her longtime friend and an Arlington Heights resident.

A member of Maine South’s first graduating class of 1965 and also a former presidential candidate, Clinton was honored for “her long and considerable service to the country and her work protecting children and women’s rights,” according to a District 207 release.

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