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Cook County Chief of Staff Lanetta Haynes Turner to Receive Motorola Solutions Foundation Excellence in Public Service Award Presented by the Civic Federation

Event on December 08, 2023

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The Civic Federation was pleased to announce LANETTA HAYNES TURNER, chief of staff in the Office of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, as the recipient of the 32nd Annual Motorola Solutions Foundation Excellence in Public Service Award, presented and administered by the Civic Federation. Thank you to our members, partners and friends who joined us on Dec. 8, 2023 for an award breakfast featuring our honoree.

The Excellence in Public Service Award is an annual recognition of a non-elected government official who has had an extraordinary impact on the quality of state or local government services in Illinois. The award seeks to recognize individuals who show dedication to a vision of quality management, leadership and innovation that leads to lasting achievements and more effective government. 









Hilton Chicago Continental Ballroom

720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605



  • Opening remarks - Civic Federation Vice Chair Jill Wolowitz
  • Welcome remarks - Cook County Board of Commissioners President Toni Preckwinkle
  • Acknowledgments - Civic Federation Acting President Sarah Wetmore
  • Presentation of Excellence in Public Service Award - Motorola Solutions Senior Vice President Cynthia Yazdi
  • Video tribute to Cook County Chief of Staff Lanetta Haynes Turner, followed by remarks
  • Closing remarks - Civic Federation Vice Chair Jill Wolowitz



Lanetta Haynes Turner assumed the role of chief of staff for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in October 2018. Beyond her day-to-day work, she is responsible for creating and spearheading the County’s historic Equity Fund and Taskforce, a unique initiative in the world of government that boldly addresses historic and continued disinvestment and inequities that negatively affect Black, Latino and other marginalized residents. She also led the establishment of the Intergovernmental Partnership (IGP), a collaboration between the City, County and State in 2021 that, among other items, represents an unprecedented effort between local governments to work with each other to strategically allocate hundreds of millions in federal funding to reduce gun violence and increase community safety in communities and municipalities hardest hit by violence.

Prior to this role, Haynes Turner served as deputy chief of staff, focusing on building the president’s policy agenda and leading the development of the office’s first comprehensive strategic plan. She also served as the executive director of the Cook County Justice Advisory Council, an office charged with advancing the president’s criminal and juvenile justice reform agenda.

Haynes Turner is a graduate of Northwestern University and Loyola University School of Law. A longtime advocate for youth due to her own childhood experiences growing up in foster care, she is committed to public service and working to improve the lives of those most marginalized. She began her career as an attorney with the City of Chicago and then as an attorney with Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy, going on to serve as executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County, which advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. She later served as the inaugural executive director for Cook County Justice for Children. Haynes Turner is a 2016 Civic Leadership Academy Fellow through the University of Chicago, a 2012 Leadership Greater Chicago Alumni, recipient of the Athena International Young Professional Award and was named one of 100 Women to Watch by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine in 2012. Haynes Turner holds memberships with the Black Women Lawyers’ Association, Chicago Bar Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

























Past Honorees

2022   Annette Nance-Holt, Chicago Fire Commissioner

2021   Grace B. Hou, Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services

2020   Ngozi Ezike, M.D., Director, Illinois Department of Public Health                   
           Allison Arwady, M.D., Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health

2019   Dorval Carter, President, Chicago Transit Authority

2018   Jamie Rhee, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation

2017   Arnold Randall, General Superintendent, Cook County Forest Preserve District

2016   Karin M. Norington-Reaves, CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

2015   Karen Tamley, Commissioner, Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

2014   Rocco Claps, Director, Illinois Department of Human Rights

2013   Rosemarie S. Andolino, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation

2012   Julie Hamos, Director, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

2011   Margaret C. Daley, Former First Lady, City of Chicago (recognized as Chicago Public Schools CEO)

2010   James R. Reilly, Trustee, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority

2009   Judy Erwin, Executive Director, Illinois Board of Higher Education

2008   Arne Duncan, CEO, Chicago Public Schools

2007   Ron Huberman, President, Chicago Transit Authority

2006   Lori Healey, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Planning and Development

2005   Shirley Madigan, Chair, Illinois Arts Council

2004   Terry Peterson, CEO, Chicago Housing Authority

2003   James Joyce, Commissioner, Chicago Fire Department

2002   Pam McDonough, Director, Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs

2001   William Holland, Auditor General, State of Illinois

2000   Mary Dempsey, Commissioner, Chicago Public Library                   
           Audrey McCrimon, Assistant to Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services

1999   Lois Weisberg, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

1998   Paul Vallas, CEO, Chicago Public Schools

1997   Jess McDonald, Director, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

1996   Richard Wagner, Director, Illinois Board of Higher Education

1995   Robert Belcaster, Chairman, Chicago Transit Authority

1994   Ruth Rothstein, Director, Cook County Hospital

1993   Mary Decker Laraia, Director, Cook County Capital Planning

1992   Sister Sheila Lyne, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Health