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Hillary and Pat Quinn both spoke at the AdvaMed 2014  Conference in Chicago today.  She also appeared at a fundraiser for him and stopped off at a local Barnes & Noble to sign copies of Hard Choices.

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Hillary is scheduled to be in Chicago next week stumping for Pat Quinn.  The day of the fundraiser, she will deliver the keynote at the midday AdvaMed plenary session.  Quinn will introduce the morning plenary that day.

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Looking splendid in short-sleeved midnight navy satin brocade, Hillary Clinton received the Order of Lincoln Award from Governor Quinn at the Field Museum in Chicago last night.

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Congratulations, Mme. Secretary! 

 

The Order of Lincoln

The Order of Lincoln was established in 1964 by Proclamation of Illinois Governor Otto Kerner to honor individuals whose contributions to the betterment of humanity have been accomplished in Illinois, or, whose
achievements have brought honor to the state because of their identity with it, whether by birth or residence, or whose dedication to the principles of public service inspire all Illinoisans to respond to what Lincoln called
‘the better angels of our nature’.

To insure that no political connotation should surround the award, an independent, non-partisan entity was established to administer the program. Thus, the Order of Lincoln and the Lincoln Academy (based respectively upon the French Legion of Honor and the French Academy) were established, with Michael Butler, the Academy’s first chancellor, as its primary architect.

In 1989, as part of the Academy’s twenty-fifth anniversary, Governor James R. Thompson declared the Order of Lincoln to be ‘the state’s highest award’ and every Illinois Governor since then has so described it.

Each honoree receives a warrant signed by the Governor and bearing the Great Seal of the State of Illinois, certifying his or her investiture as a Laureate of the Order of Lincoln.

The insignia of the Order of Lincoln is a variant of the Maltese cross (with ten points rather than eight) — a white-enameled, red-bordered Maltese asterisk. The obverse displays the Arms of the State of Illinois encircled by the inscription ‘Palmam Qui Meruit, Ferat’ (‘Let him who merits bear the palm’ — words from Horatio Viscount Nelson). The center is supported by cross pieces of perforated gold, encircled by leaves of violet. The reverse central disc features the likeness of President Lincoln in gold and on a gold ground, encircled by the inscription ‘The Lincoln Academy MCMLXV’. The cross is suspended by an oval circlet of green and gold enameled oak leaves and is suspended from a ribbon in the colors of the state’s symbols: red
for the state bird, the cardinal; violet for the state flower; and green for the state tree, the oak.

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Our best compliments, Mme. Secretary, on being chosen for this prestigious and well-deserved honor!

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Office of the Governor
Pat Quinn

For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Governor Quinn Announces Hillary Rodham Clinton Will Receive State’s Highest Award

Clinton to Join Seven to Receive the Order of Lincoln on May 3 in Chicago

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will join seven distinguished Illinoisans to receive The Order of Lincoln, the State’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service.

“Through her decades of service, Hillary Clinton has helped shape and improve the world more than almost any person in our nation’s history,” Governor Quinn said. “From working on women’s and children’s issues, to her time as First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State, she personifies the best that Illinois and the United States of America can offer. We are grateful to be able to present her with the state’s highest award and thank her for the service she continues to provide to this day to the people across the world.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton, an Illinois native, was raised in Park Ridge, Illinois. She served as First Lady of Arkansas for more than a dozen years championing causes for women, children and families. She served as First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001, and advocated for health care reform and led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy, and provide health care to millions of children. She also traveled to more than 80 countries as a representative of our country, winning respect as a champion of human rights, democracy, civil society, and opportunities for women and girls around the world.

In 2000, Clinton made history as the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate. She worked across party lines to expand economic opportunity and access to quality, affordable health care, including for wounded service members, veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves. After September 11, 2001, she secured resources to rebuild New York and provide health coverage for the needs of first responders who became sick during rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero.

In 2007 and 2008, Clinton made her historic campaign for President, winning 18 million votes, and more primaries and delegates than any woman had before.

In her four years as Secretary of State, Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world and strengthening its global leadership.  Her “smart power” approach to foreign policy elevated American diplomacy and development and repositioned them for the 21st century — with new tools, technologies, and partners, including the private sector and civil society around the world.  As America’s chief diplomat and the President’s principal foreign policy adviser, Clinton spearheaded progress on many of our greatest national security challenges, from reasserting the United States as a Pacific power to imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea to responding to the challenges and opportunities of the Arab Awakening to negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East.  She pushed the frontiers of human rights and demonstrated that giving women the opportunity to participate fully is vital to security, stability, and prosperity.
Clinton is a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School.

Clinton will receive the award on Saturday evening, May 3, 2014, at the Field Museum in Chicago as part of the 50th Annual Convocation of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. The Lincoln Academy is a non-partisan, independent organization which administers the award and chooses each year’s honorees.

For more information about the Order of Lincoln or to view information about this year’s recipients, please visit www.thelincolnacademyofillinois.org.

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