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Governor appoints eight trustees for
The Lincoln Academy of Illinois    
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[MAY 24, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich has appointed eight people to serve as general trustees of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, a not-for-profit organization established in 1965 to honor Illinois' most distinguished citizens for their achievements.

The trustees submit and review nominations for the Order of Lincoln, the state's highest honor for achievement, and elect the laureates who will receive the award each year.

The eight new general trustees are:

  • Peter C. Alexander, dean and professor of law at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale. His term expires in 2008.
  • Peter Bensinger, partner with Bensinger, DuPont and Associates of Chicago, as well as a laureate of the Lincoln Academy. His term expires in 2008.
  • Ethel Holladay, renowned southern Illinois educator and vocational coordinator, from DuQuoin. She is filling an unexpired term that ends in 2004.
  • Julie Agee Kellner, membership and program director of the prestigious Sangamo Club in Springfield. Her term expires in 2006.

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  • Osvaldo I. Lopez, M.D., one of the world's top ophthalmologists and senior partner in the Chicago Eye Institute, as well as a laureate of the Lincoln Academy. His term expires in 2008.
  • Ralph M. Oakley, vice president and chief operating officer of Quincy Newspapers, Quincy. His term expires in 2008.
  • Lee Maher Salzman, partner in the Chicago firm River Realty. Her term expires in 2008.
  • The Rev. Stanley L. Davis Jr., retired executive director of the National Association of Community and Justice, Chicago. His term expires in 2006.

The Lincoln Academy, unique among the 50 states, was established in 1965 to honor Illinois' most distinguished citizens who have brought honor to the state by their achievements. The people chosen may be Illinois citizens either by birth or residence. Past honorees have included John Chancellor, Paul Harvey, Walter Payton, Mike Royko, Ronald Reagan, Ann Landers, Studs Terkel, Gwendolyn Brooks and Roger Ebert.

[The Lincoln Academy of Illinois news release]

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