Paul H. Douglas Award, Washington DC, April 29, 2014
The Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government was established at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs in 1992 as part of the celebration of the late senator's 100th birthday and in recognition of his outstanding service to the people of Illinois and the nation.
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is the 2014 recipient of the Douglas Award. An Illinois native, Justice Stevens was appointed to the court in 1975 and retired in 2010.
In his remarks, U of I President Robert Easter said Justice Stevens has joined his former college professor as a role model, setting a standard of excellence to which we should all aspire.
Justice Stevens (second from left) was joined by IGPA director Chris Mooney, President Easter, and U of I Vice President for Academic Affairs Christophe Pierre.
Douglas represented Illinois in the Senate from 1949-67 and became known as the “conscience of the Senate” because of his deep commitment to high ethical standards. He died in 1976 at age 84. He is widely regarded as a man of extraordinary integrity and vision, who brought the very best to government and set an example of what others should strive for in public service.
The Douglas Award is given annually to individuals whose careers promote the highest standards of ethics and public service. It can be awarded to elected or career government officials, or to a private citizen whose public actions or writings have made a significant contribution to the practice and understanding of ethical behavior in government. Recipients of the award are selected by a committee of nationally known figures from the public and private sectors as well as academe.
Photo courtesy of IGPA and Steven Halperson - Tisara Photography