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Monday, April 20, 2015

Liberty Bell Award....Congrats to all of you!!!

ok, I've known about this for over a month and been told repeatedly to share with you.  I am accepting this on behalf of all of you!  I've said repeatedly, I could never do this alone and I am honored to be amongst you!  Thank you for what you do.  Quite an honor for "us" and if you'd like to attend, you are more than welcome!

Chief Judge John T. Phillips is pleased to announce that the 2015 Liberty Bell Awards will be presented to Rita Pennington (individual award) and to the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County (organization award).
This year’s Liberty Bell Individual Award will be bestowed by the 19th Judicial Circuit upon Mrs. Rita Pennington, who started the Land of Lincoln Quilts of Valor [QOV] program in 2004. Mrs. Pennington through her work with QOV has graciously presented over 20 quilts to 19th Judicial Circuit Veterans Treatment and Assistance Court graduates and guests. In addition, she has tirelessly donated her time and has organized monthly sew-ins and Quilts of Valor presentations for veterans statewide, including the gift of numerous quilts to returning military personnel at Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago. Rita Pennington has passionately devoted herself to honoring returning veterans and to the enhancement of the court’s Veterans Treatment and Assistance Court since its beginning. The presentation of the quilts during the graduation ceremony is always a poignant moment for the vets and all who witness it. Mrs. Pennington’s commitment demonstrates her outstanding sense of civic responsibility and her generous dedication to our veterans and our community...........
  Originated in Michigan in the ‘60’s, the Liberty Bell Award is given to individuals and/or organizations for their outstanding service and for their dedication to further the administration of justice. The criteria is broad but generally recognizes those who have promoted a better understanding of the rule of law; encouraged a greater respect for law and the courts; stimulated a sense of civic responsibility; and contributed to good government in the community. These awards have been presented by the Circuit Court of Lake County since 1996. The recipients of the award are selected by a vote of the sitting circuit judges of Lake County.
The 2015 Liberty Bell Awards will be presented at the Lake County Bar Association meeting at Waukegan City Hall at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.