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Call for Nominations: The 18th Annual Excellence in Public Service Award, Sponsored by the Motorola Foundation

Nominations Due August 31, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009 - 5:00am

The Motorola Foundation and the Civic Federation are pleased to announce a call for nominations for the 18th Annual Motorola Excellence in Public Service Awards, Sponsored by the Motorola Foundation.

The Excellence in Public Service Award recognizes a non-elected government employee who has made an extraordinary impact on the quality of government services in the City of Chicago, Cook County, and State of Illinois. The award seeks to honor individuals who show dedication to a vision of quality management, leadership, and innovation that leads to lasting achievements and more effective government in Illinois.

Individuals eligible for nomination are non-elected state or local government officials, including department heads and chiefs of staff. Nominees must be currently serving in a non-elected position for the State of Illinois or an Illinois local government.

Immediate past recipients of the Motorola Award include current United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, past Chicago Transit Authority President Ron Huberman, and Illinois Arts Council Chairman Shirley Madigan. Other notable past recipients include Paul Vallas, formerly with the Chicago Public Schools, and Illinois Auditor General William Holland.

To nominate candidates, email the nominee’s name, title, government, and email address, along with a few sentences describing the nominee’s achievements, to [email protected]. Nominations can also be sent via U.S. Mail to:

Attention: Outstanding Public Servant

The Civic Federation

177 N. State Street, Suite 400

Chicago, IL 60601

If requested, nominations can be confidential. The deadline for nominations is August 31, 2009, and the awards breakfast will take place in fall 2009.


The Motorola Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola. With employees located around the globe, Motorola seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, fostering innovation and engaging stakeholders. The Motorola Foundation focuses its funding on education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Corporate and Foundation giving, visit

The Civic Federation is an independent, non-partisan government research organization founded in 1894. The Federation's membership includes business and professional leaders from a wide range of Chicago area corporations, professional service firms and institutions.