Ilene Gordon and PNC Honored at 2017 Civic Federation Awards Luncheon

June 28, 2017

The Civic Federation’s Annual Civic Awards Luncheon, now in its 35th year, recognizes civic leadership in Chicago. Named for the Federation’s founding members, the Lyman J. Gage Award and the Addams-Palmer Award recognize the outstanding civic contributions of Chicago individuals and institutions.

The 2017 Civic Awards Luncheon honored Ilene S. Gordon, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ingredion Incorporated, with the Lyman J. Gage Award for Outstanding Civic Contribution by an Individual. Ms. Gordon’s trailblazing leadership was recognized as a critical part of the region’s business, civic and charitable fabric and is paving the way for our next generation of corporate and philanthropic leaders. In addition to her many accomplishments, she remains committed to encouraging diversity in the workplace and to empowering young women through opportunities in STEM education.

PNC received the Addams-Palmer Award for Exemplary Civic Involvement by a Chicago Institution for its focus on long-term investments, charitable giving and volunteerism in the areas of early childhood education, support for women and girls and economic development, among others. Scott C. Swanson, President, PNC Bank, Illinois, accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

On Monday, June 26, Illinois’ business, civic and government leaders gathered at the Hilton Chicago to celebrate the civic achievements of both honorees. Civic Federation Trustee, luncheon co-chair and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois President Maurice Smith opened the program and welcomed guests with the annual salutation address, followed by presentation of the awards and screenings of the videos below.

The Civic Federation greatly appreciates the leadership of event co-chairs John A. Canning, David R. Casper, Lester Crown, Andrew J. McKenna, Michael J. Sacks and Maurice Smith, as well as the generous support of all who attended.

To learn more about the outstanding civic contributions Ms. Gordon and PNC have made to the City of Chicago, please watch the videos below.


The Civic Federation of Chicago: A Tribute to Ilene S. Gordon from Civic Federation on Vimeo.


The Civic Federation of Chicago: A Tribute to PNC from Civic Federation on Vimeo.


*Awards lunceheon photos by Mike Kelly