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The 18th Annual Motorola Foundation Excellence in Public Service Award Breakfast

Honoring Judy Erwin, Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 6:00am

The Palmer House Hilton Grand Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL

The Motorola Foundation and the Civic Federation honored the outstanding public service of Judy Erwin, Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, with the Motorola Foundation Excellence in Public Service Award. The award recognizes a non-elected state or local government employee who has had a positive impact on the quality of government services through extraordinary leadership, teamwork, and innovation. Chicago's business, civic, and government leaders joined event Co-Chairmen and past Motorola honorees Lori Healey, William Holland, Pam McDonough, and Sister Sheila Lyne to celebrate Ms. Erwin’s achievements in improving education in Illinois. Craig Dellimore, Political Editor for WBBM Radio, gave the welcome address.

(L to R) Matthew Blakely of the Motorola Foundation; Darcy Davidsmeyer, Director of Government Affairs at Motorola, Inc.; Lori Healey, 2006 Motorola Award Honoree; Judy Erwin; Pam McDonough, President and CEO of Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing and 2002 Motorola Award Honoree; and Laurence Msall, President of the Civic Federation.

Judy Erwin accepts the Motorola Foundation Excellence in Public Service Award.

Darcy Davidsmeyer presents the Excellence in Public Service Award to Judy Erwin.

(L to R) Civic Federation Board member and former Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education Ron Gidwitz chats with Craig Dellimore, Political Editor for WBBM Radio, before the event.

Breakfast attendees at the reception.

(L to R) Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, Craig Dellimore, and Judy Erwin.

The 2009 Motorola Foundation Excellence in Public Service Award is an original print from 1856 of the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois.