Created by the Executive Ethics Commission in 2006, The Abraham Lincoln Ethics Award is given each year to a State employee or entity that has a demonstrated record of exemplary adherence to the principles of integrity, fairness and service to the People of the State of Illinois.
This year the award is presented to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. In 2009, that office spearheaded an overhaul of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act that raised ethical standards for State officers and employees and significantly increased transparency in State government. As a result of its successful legislative efforts, information about serious ethical lapses in State government is being made available to the public for the first time.
"The Office of the Illinois Attorney General has demonstrated both leadership and commitment to the cause of ethics reform in Illinois. That, coupled with the high ethical standards that the Office has continually demonstrated earned it the Commission's unanimous endorsement," said Commission Chair James Faught. "We believe that the consistency and professionalism with which the Office has conducted its work, particularly in the area of ethics, makes a profound difference in the ethical climate in this State."