The six individuals will become
laureates of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, the highest honor the
state can bestow for outstanding achievement by people who were born
in Illinois or have resided in the state. The 2005 laureates are:
Edward A. Brennan
Edward A. Brennan is retired
chairman, president and chief executive officer of Sears, Roebuck
and Co., based in Chicago. He started with Sears in 1956 selling
men's furnishings and rose through the ranks to become Sears' 11th
chairman in 1984, a position he held until retiring in 1995. During
Brennan's chairmanship, Sears was one of the country's largest
enterprises, including the Sears Merchandise Group, The Allstate
Insurance Co., Dean Witter Reynolds and Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Group. Brennan currently serves on the boards of The Allstate
Corporation, 3M, Exelon Corporation, McDonald's Corporation and AMR
Corporation, the parent of American Airlines. He has also had a
major influence on a number of social and civic organizations.
Chicago Heights native David Broder
has been called "the high priest of political journalism." The
Washington Post political correspondent received the 1973 Pulitzer
Prize for distinguished commentary and was named Best Newspaper
Political Reporter by the Washington Journalism Review. Broder's
list of journalism awards is long and distinguished, and he has
covered every national political campaign and convention since 1960.
He has written six books and is a regular commentator on CNN's
"Inside Politics" and NBC's "Meet the Press" and "Washington Week."
A native of Zeigler and currently
head of the University of Illinois' Micro and Nano Lab at the
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Nick Holonyak Jr.
is the father of the light-emitting diode, used in a myriad of
electronic applications worldwide. The holder of 33 patents for
numerous electronic devices and applications, Holonyak is known
throughout the world for his work with transistors, thyristors, LEDs
and lasers. Virtually every human being alive today has probably
seen or used a device that contains one of his inventions. He is the
recipient of the 2003 National Medal of Technology and the Global
Energy International Prize.
George E. Inglett
Peoria resident Dr. George E.
Inglett is the innovator and marketer of corn and soybean-based
weight loss and fat replacement products that have improved the
health of millions of people around the world. Inglett joined the
USDA's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in
Peoria in 1967 and as lead scientist oversaw research projects
leading to the creation of Trim Technologies, including the products
Oatrim, Z-Trim, Nutrim and Soytrim. He is a world-renowned expert on
food production science and technology and has been interviewed on
the subject by every major U.S. television network, wire services
and many major magazines.
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The Sports Illustrated Female
Athlete of the 20th Century, Jackie Joyner-Kersee is an East St.
Louis native whose center and foundation in her hometown provide
educational and recreational opportunities for thousands of youth in
the area. Joyner-Kersee won six Olympic medals, four of them gold,
while competing in track and field events in four consecutive
Olympic games. ESPN named her one of the 50 greatest athletes of all
time, and she was the first woman to receive back-to-back Jesse
Owens Memorial awards. Joyner-Kersee has been active for many years
in numerous organizations that promote opportunities for youth and
sports excellence. She is the author of "A Kind of Grace: The
Autobiography of the World's Greatest Female Athlete" and co-author
of "A Woman's Place is Everywhere."
Stephanie Pace Marshall
The founding president of the
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Dr. Stephanie
Pace Marshall is an international leader, speaker and writer on the
issues of educational innovation, schooling redesign, gifted
education, and mathematics and science education. Marshall was
chosen to lead the Mathematics and Science Academy when it was
formed in 1985, and the institution has since become a model for
similar educational institutions around the globe. She has garnered
many honors and recognitions, including these: one of the nation's
most innovative educational leaders as named by RJR Nabisco
Corporation; one of North America's 100 Top School Executives as
named by Executive Educator Magazine and the National School Boards
Association; one of the 10 most powerful women in education listed
by the Chicago Sun-Times; and an inaugural member of Chicago Women's
Today Hall of Fame, elected in 2002.
Lincoln Academy Chancellor John B.
Simon of Chicago will preside over the April 30 ceremony. The
traditional reception, banquet and ball will follow the ceremony.
The Lincoln Academy, unique among
the 50 states, was established in 1965 to honor Illinois' most
distinguished citizens, either by birth or residence, who have
brought honor to the state by their achievements. Past honorees have
included John Chancellor, Paul Harvey, Walter Payton, Mike Royko,
Ronald Reagan, Ann Landers, Lester Crown, Gwendolyn Brooks and Roger
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