Contents February 1993
February 1993/Illinois Issues/5
Published by Sangamon State University/ cosponsored by the University of Illinois
How good it was to be at the banquet when the United Neighborhood Organization of Chicago honored a member of the Board of Illinois Issues, Elzie Higginbottom of Chicago, with its Economic Development Award.
UNO recognized him in December "for his groundbreaking work in housing rehabilitation combining for-profit and non-profit partners. He has demonstrated that profit and conscience can pull in the same direction."
Higginbottom is president and CEO of the East Lake Management and Development Corporation and a developer of low-to moderate-income housing in Chicago.
It was not the first time Higginbottom had received such significant recognition. In 1984, he received the first Minority Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
I add my congratulations to Higginbottom. We are very pleased he serves on Illinois Issues' Board, whose distinguished members (listed on the mast below) are influential in helping our staff identify the cutting edge of trends in Illinois.
It is also worth noting that Nina Shepherd, the former president of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and civic leader from Winnetka, joined our board last month. She is the only woman ever to have served as U of I Board of Trustees' president. So her experience in government and civic affairs add a new dimension to our board.
In this issue we continue to focus on this important time of transition in government. Included are sketches of new members of the Illinois House of Representatives — all 44 of them.
The face of state government is changing dramatically. More and more women are in positions of leadership in the executive branch, the legislature and now on the Supreme Court with the first woman justice, Mary Ann McMorrow, sworn in December 7. In our cover story, Statehouse Bureau Chief Jennifer Halperin examines the significance of the growing influence of women in state government.
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