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BGA 2012 Annual Luncheon

The Better Government Association's 2012 Annual Luncheon was a rousing success, highlighted by a dynamic keynote speech from 60 Minutes and CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan, who spoke before a gathering of more than 1,000 guests—the largest single fundraiser in BGA history.

Lara Logan shared her insights into the troubled U.S. anti-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan, which was also the subject of her 60 Minutes story two days earlier. She was introduced by Jim Kirk, editor-in-chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, the BGA’s main print partner.  

BGA CEO and President Andy Shaw recapped the BGA’s recent major investigations, civic engagement outreach efforts and policy accomplishments, including the BGA’s role in eliminating the much abused and misused Illinois Legislative Scholarship program.

"In the three-plus years that it’s been my honor to run the BGA, we have expanded our scope and impact considerably," said Shaw. "This luncheon showcased our watchdog progress and looked ahead at where the BGA intends to go from here. What’s more, to share this momentous event with news, public service and civic leaders like Lara Logan, Judge James Zagel, Jimmie R. Alford and so many of our supporters was deeply gratifying," Shaw added. "We thank everyone who joined us in shining a light on government."

At the luncheon the BGA honored Judge James Zagel with its Civic Achievement Award for his public service career, and awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to Jimmie R. Alford for his 50-year career and a consultant to and mentor of non-profit organizations, including the BGA.

Judge Zagel thanked the men and women who investigate and prosecute the cases that come before him, calling them the real heroes of the judicial system. The judge was introduced by former NYC and LA police chief Bill Bratton, who now runs Kroll Solutions. 
   
Jimmie Alford talked about the satisfaction of a life that balances work, family, faith and giving back to the community. He was introduced by business, civic and philanthropic leaders Ron Gidwitz and Renee Crown, who are also major BGA supporters.

 

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2012 Luncheon Sponsors

 

PLATINUM SPONSORS

Ron Gidwitz/GCG Partners

Louise H. Landau Foundation

 

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CBS News

 

The Seigle Family Foundation

 

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E. David Coolidge III

 

 

J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation

 

 

 

BRONZE SPONSORS

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Kovler Family Foundation

 

Paul Levy

 

James W. Mabie

 

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Dennis B. Black

 

McShane Family Foundation

 

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BGA SPONSORS

 

 

 

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Bartlit Beck Herman 
    Palenchar & Scott LLP

Bessemer Trust 2

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Chicago Magazine

 

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Merle & Seymour A. Cohen

 

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Frank Beilder

 

Mary Lee Leahy

 

NBC 5 Chicago

 

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Juliet Sorensen
   Center for International Human Rights, 
   Northwestern University School of Law

 

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David S. Kinnear

 

Robin M. Steans and Leonard A. Gail

 

Sue Leonis and Terry Teele

 

 

 

William E. Lowry, Jr.

 

 

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American Eagle

 

 

Steve Miller

 

SILVER SPONSORS

Jimme R. Alford and Maree G. Bullock

Beidler Family Foundation

The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation

 

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BGA SPONSORS

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Chicago Deferred Exchange

 

William S. Donnell

 

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Host Committee

 

Jimmie R. Alford and 

     Maree G. Bullock

Howard Alper

Brenda Asare

Tamara Askew

Peter V. Baugher

Eric Berlin

Dennis Black

Robert Carson

Jac Charlier

Brandon Clark

Phil Clement

Seymour A. Cohen

Patrick Collins

E. David Coolidge III

Jerome F. Crotty

Margaret Daley

Pedro DeJesus

Samuel Fifer

Laurie Glenn

Paula Goedert

Kenneth M. Gorenberg

Graham Grady

Jan Grayson

Marj Halperin

Hill Hammock

H. Roderic Heard

Angela Heuer

Scott Hodes

Ryan Holst

Jenny Johnson

Melvin Katten

Dr. Mona Khanna

Gary Kleinrichert

Ludwig Kolman

Gina LaMonica

Mary Lee Leahy

Matt Luzadder

Christina Martini

Craig McCrohon

Steve Miller

José Padilla

James M. Ratcliffe

Heidi Rudolph

Carrie C. Ruzicka

Jack Schwager

Harry Seigle

Rowe W. Snider

G. Scott Solomon

Juliet Sorensen

Robin Steans

Mike St. Martin

Eric H. Sussman

Kristofer Swanson

Jim Terman

     
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2012 Luncheon Photos

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