Illinois Auditor General William Holland will be a featured speaker at the Samuel K. Gove Legislative Internship Hall of Fame induction Monday, November 16, 2009 at the Executive Mansion in Springfield. Holland’s remarks will be part of the induction ceremony to induct five individuals into the Samuel K. Gove Legislative Internship Program Hall of Fame: John Day, formerly of Rochester and now of Mill Creek, Wash.; Claire Eberle of Springfield; Stephen J. Pacey of Paxton; the late Lee Schwartz of Chicago; and Gretchen Winter of Chicago.
Joining Holland on the program will be Kent Redfield, retired director of the Institute for Legislative Studies and political science professor emeritus at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS). Other state dignitaries on hand to provide introductory remarks for the inductees will include former Governor Jim Edgar, former U.S. Rep. Terry Bruce, retired Secretary of the Senate Linda Hawker, U.S. District Court Judge Wayne Andersen and David Epstein, attorney and retired Court of Claims judge.
The event is sponsored by Illinois Issues magazine, the state’s leading public policy magazine. The hall of fame is named for Samuel Gove, one of the magazine’s founders and a longtime director of the internship program. Both the magazine and the Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program are part of UIS’ Center for State Policy and Leadership. The hall was established in 1990, and new inductees are named every two years. Those newly named bring the number honored as hall-of-famers to 49. Inductees are chosen by a selection committee for their contributions to Illinois and its citizens, and in recognition of the important role public service internships play in developing public sector leadership. Other hall of fame members include Holland, Edgar, former U.S. Attorney Rodger Heaton, Sen. Kirk Dillard and the late Sen. Prescott Bloom.
The November 16 event at the Executive Mansion will include a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person. Reservations and payment can be made online at http://illinoisissues.uis.edu/ or by calling (217) 206-6084 no later than Monday, November 9.