Illinois Primary Health Care Association

Community Health Center Champion

Simon Wiesenthal Center

Woman of Valor Award

National Association of Social Workers – Illinois Chapter

Legislator of the Year Award

Planned Parenthood of Illinois 

Richard J Phelan Profile of Courage Award

Illinois Farm Bureau
Friend of Agriculture Award

The Family Defense Center

Community Champion Award

Small Business Advisory Council 

Small Business Champion Award


American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Legislative Award for House Bill 40

Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing
Lifetime Honorary member

Illinois Psychological Association
Legislative Award

Chicago Chapter National Organization for Women
Woman Who Dared Award

Consul General to the Midwest
Friend of Israel Award



Illinois Farm Bureau
Friend of Agriculture Award

LeadingAge Illinois
Partners in Quality Award

Lakeview Pantry
Champion Advocate Award

Illinois Office of Tourism and Illinois Convetion and Visitors Bureaus
Friend of Tourism Award



Hero Award

Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans
Legislator of the Year Award

Executive Board of the Women’s Legislative Network of NCSL
Midwestern Democrat Representative

Center for Law and Social Work
Family Matters Spirit Award

National Alliance on Mental Health
Community Service of the Year Award

Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center
Forever Family Angel Award



National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
29th Annual Gift of Life Award

Illinois Farm Bureau
Friend of Agriculture

Illinois Poison Center 
Livesaver Award

Temple Sholom/ Am Keshet
Chaverah Keshet, For Helping the LGBT Community Achieve Marriage Equality

Child Care Association of Illinois
For Her Commitment to the Children and Families of Illinois

Child Link
In Recognition of Her Advocacy for Human Services and Adoption Reform in Illinois



Campaign for Better Health Care 
Legislator of the Year

AARP Illinois
Legislator of the Year

Life Services Network
Legislator of the Year

Community Hero Award

Alliance for Living
Champion for the Mentally Ill

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
For Restoring Funds for Homeless Services

Humane Society of the United States
Legislator of the Year Awards

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Moxie Award

Northwestern University and Northwestern Memorial Healthcare
Northwestern Medicine Campus Fellows Program

Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Honor Society
Certificate of Appreciation for 35 Years of Public Service as a Member

Trilogy Inc, Behavioral Healthcare – Chicago
Partner in Recovery Award



Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness
Partner in Change

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
For Restoring Funds for Homeless Services

Citizen Action/Illinois
“Excellent” Cumulative Rating, General Assembly Legislative Scorecard

Expanded Mental Health Services
For Championing Chicago’s Mentally Ill

Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
Achievement Award

Illinois Environmental Council
100% Environmental Scorecard

Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force
Legislative Advocate of the Year

Hero Award



Illinois Public Health Association
Legislator of the Year

Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association
For Work on Illinois Civil Unions Law



Illinois Alcoholism & Drug Dependence Association (IADDA)
Legislative Leadership Award

Illinois Eye Institute
Visionary Award

Inter-Agency Committee on Employees with Disabilities
Special Recognition Award for Advocacy on Behalf of People with Disabilities

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Amicus Certus

PINK Magazine
for Generous Commitment of Time, Support and Inspiration to the LGBT Community

Sunny Ridge Family Center
Friend of Adoption

for Her Work with Institutions for Mental Diseases



Adoption Information Center of Illinois
Friend of Adoption

Center On Halsted
Human First Award

Lakeview Action Coalition
Gregory Dell Award

Lakeview Pantry
Donor of the Month

The Chicago Jewish News
Chicagoan of the Year



Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Org.
Best Legislative Voting Record

NAMI Illinois (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Legislator of the Year

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago
Lung Health Champion Award

The Arc of Illinois
Legislator of the Year



Community Leadership Award

American Cancer Society
In Recognition of Leadership in Passing the Smoke-Free Illinois Act

Illinois Association of Community Care Program Homecare Providers
Josephine Oblinger Award

Illinois Environmental Council
100% Pro-environmental Voting Record

Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition
Legislator of the Year

Jane Addams Senior Caucus
In Recognition of Exceptional Leadership and Service Toward Improving the Community Care Program

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Komen Champion for the Cure

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
Women with Vision Award



American Legion, 6th District Council
Certificate of Appreciation for Support and Promotion of the Legion

Applied Research Center
“A” Grade for Votes on Legislative Issues that Promote Racial Equality

Chicago Free Press
Best Local Politician

Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois
Outstanding Leadership and Advocacy

Families and Children’s AIDS Network
Advocacy Award

Gay Games VII
100 Champions

Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Org.
2006 Best Legislative Voting Record Awards, Honorable Mention

Junior League of Chicago
Recognition of Support

Supportive Housing Providers Association
Three-Legged Stool Award for Commitment to Funding Supportive Housing



About Face Theatre
Leppen Leadership Award

Illinois Committee For Honest Government
Distinguished Service Award

Illinois Environmental Council
100% Environmental Voting Record Awards

Illinois Primary Health Care Association
2005 Legislative Recognition Award

Jane Addams Senior Caucus
Certificate of Recognition

Lakeview Pantry
Certificate of Appreciation for Her Ongoing Commitment to the Work of the Lakeview Pantry

NAMES Project Foundation, AIDS Memorial Quilt
Hopeful Spirit Award

Northeastern IL University Scholarship
Named in Honor of Rep. Feigenholtz

Planned Parenthood Illinois
Richard J. Phelan Profile in Courage Award

Progress Center for Independent Living
2005 Legislative Award

The Youth Committee of Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
In Recognition of Outstanding Commitment and Leadership in Addressing Youth Homelessness



Chicago Association of Retarded Citizens
Senate President Emil Jones, Jr. Leadership Award

Chicago Free Press
Favorite Local Politician

Children’s Place
Children’s Hero Award

Equality Illinois
Distinguished Legislature Award

Guild for the Blind
William F. Lynch Service Award

Illinois Department on Aging
Governor’s Award for Excellence

Illinois Environmental Council Award
100% Environmental Voting Record Award

Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization
Best Legislative Voting Record Award

Prevent Blindness
Women of Vision



AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Leadership and Vision in the Fight Against AIDS

AIDS Legal Council
Advocate of the Year

Champaign County Health Care Consumers
Legislative Leadership Award

Community Behavioral Health Care Association of Illinois
Legislator of the Year Award

Friend of Consumer Award
The Illinois Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications

Howard Brown
Friend for Life Award

Illinois Envrionmental Council
100% Envrionmental Voting Record Award

Palliative Care Center & Hospice of the North Shore
2003 Legislative Service Award

The Children’s Place Association
Children’s Hero Award

Thresholds Special Recognition Award
Service to the Mental Health Community

Vital Bridges
Food for Life Award



Congregation or Chadash Congregation
Legislator of the Year

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
Angels in Adoption

Hearts Foundation
Biggest Heart Award

Mitzvah Award
Jewish Council for Youth Services

Phenomenal Friend of the Community



Campaign for Better Health Care
Legislator of the Year

Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame
Inductee as Friend of the Community

Chicago House
Public Service Award

Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois
Sen. Penny Severn’s Memorial Award

D.A.W.G. (Dog Advisory Work Group)
Extraordinary Community Service

Equality Illinois
Distinguished Legislator Award

Illinois Coaliition Against Tobacco
In Recognition of efforts to protect Illinois residents from the dangers of tobacco

Illinois Psychological Association
Outstanding Legislator

Illinois Public Health Association
Legislative Award of Appreciation

Lakeview Action Coalition
In Recognition of Outstanding Leadership for Family Care in Illinois

Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce
Distinguished Elected Official

Midwest Democracy Center
Advocate of Democracy Award

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International
In Appreciation of Devoted and Valuable Services

The Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
Public Policy Award



AIDS Foundation of Chicago
In Recognition of leadership and vision in the fight against AIDS.

Chicago Teachers Union
Lead 2000 Award

It’s Time, Illinois
For Commitment to inclusion of all members of the LBGT community within the scope of the Illinois Gender Violence Act

Illinois Primary Health Care Association
Legislator of the Year

The Jewish United Fund / Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
In Recognition of supporting our agency services and facilities as essential community resources for the people of Illinois



Chicago Teachers Union
Certificate of Commendation

Children Remembered, Inc.
In Recognition of Your Tireless and Courageous Dedication to the Advancement of Adoptees and Their Families

Jane Addams Senior Caucus / Lakeview Action Coalition / Interfaith Housing Development Corporation
for Invaluable Support and Assistance in Creating 83 Units of Affordable Housing for Seniors

Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems Association
Outstanding Legislator

Methodist Youth Services
Torchbearer of Excellence

NAMI Illinois
In Recognition of Dedication and Commitment to Mental Health Public Policy

Native American Foster Parents Association
For Your Contribution and Commitment to The Native American Foster Parents Association

Southside Health Consortium
Certificate of Appreciation

Test Positive Aware Network
TPAN Visionary Award

Wrightwood Neighbors Conservation Association
In Recognition and Appreciation for Her Support and Dedication to the Wrightwood Community



Chicago Teachers Union
Certificate of Commendation

JUF Uptown Cafe
Inducted as Hero of JUF Uptown Cafe

Lead Elimination Action Drive
Leadership Award

University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
Certificate of Appreciation for completing the Institute’s Fellowship Program for Public Health Leaders



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / National Conference of of State Legislatures
Certificate of Merit

Chicago Teachers Union
Certificate of Commendation

Counseling Center of Lakeview
In Recognition of Legislative Leadership in Support of Persons in Need of Mental Health Services

Illinois Coalition of Women Against Rape / Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Certificate of Appreciation

Human Rights Hero Award

SSI Coalition for A Responsible Safety Net / Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund / Latino Institute / Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago / Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Protection / American Jewish Committee
Certificate of Appreciation for Supporting a Safety Net for Immigrants and Refugees



Chicago Teachers Union
Certificate of Commendation



American Jewish Congress
Certificate of Appreciation

Chicago Teachers Union
Certificate of Commendation

Illinois Healthcare Association
Outstanding Freshman Legislator of the Year

Illinois Hospital and Health Systems Association
Outstanding Freshman Legislator Award

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Certificate of Appreciation