U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, second left, welcomes former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, at a U.N. meeting to kick off events for the International Women's Day-8 March, Friday, March 7, 2014 at United Nations headquarters.
Gov. Pat Quinn is set to present Hillary Rodham Clinton with an Order of Lincoln medallion, the state's highest honor, on Saturday.
Clinton, a Chicago native, grew up in northwest suburban Park Ridge and will be one of several people receiving the award, including Chicago native and Duke University basketball coach Michael Krzyzewski.
The awards are given out each year to those who "have brought honor to their state."
"Hillary Clinton was born right here in Illinois and has traveled to more than 80 countries representing the United States," Quinn said in a statement. "She’s earned worldwide respect as a champion of human rights, democracy, civil society and opportunity for women. She has shaped and changed the world we live in and serves as an inspiration for the people of Illinois, as well as millions of people around the globe."
The award will be presented Saturday night at the Field Museum in Chicago as part of the 50th Annual Convocation of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.