* Other candidates for the 2015 Mark Beaubien Lifetime Service Award for the Illinois House received more nominations, but this one jumped out at me…
Few legislators would make the decision that Esther Golar made. She knew her life was on the line and she made the untenable commute via car to Springfield because she cared so deeply for the constituents of this state. I can think of no greater person to honor with a lifetime achievement award than someone who was willing to give their life to this job.
* The 2015 John Millner Lifetime Service Award for the Illinois Senate…
I have known of Sen. Dave Luechtefeld since the mid 60’s when he was coaching at a rival high school and got to know him much better when I moved back to the district he was appointed to represent. I recall the first time we had a chance to talk. It was probably very obvious to him that I did not accept some of his strongly held conservative principles yet before I left he made certain that I had his personal cell number and told me to use it any time. I have tried never to abuse that privilege, yet he always returns my calls, once even after 9 pm on a Sunday.
He was always accessible and willing to listen. He, on occasion vented some of his frustrations to me as I was doing with him. We could honestly disagree but we always shook hands and left as friends. He understood my concerns and my “hot button” issues, yet he was never disrespectful.
Sen Dave represented his constituents well. His demeanor, commitments and principles (even when we might disagree) will be missed in the next GA
* Today’s categories…
* Best State Agency Director
* Best Legislative Liaison
Don’t forget to explain your nominations please. Thanks!