Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday that former U.S. first lady and secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton will be honored with the "The Order of Lincoln." The award is considered the state's highest honor.
"Through her decades of service, Hillary Clinton has helped shape and improve the world more than almost any person in our nation’s history," Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement announcing the award. "From working on women’s and children’s issues, to her time as First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State, she personifies the best that Illinois and the United States of America can offer."
Clinton, a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School, was raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge.
She is to receive the award May 3 at Chicago's Field Museum during the 50th Annual Convocation of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
Previous recipients include poet Gwendolyn Brooks and President Ronald Reagan.