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SPRINGFIELD, IL. May 20, 2003 – The State Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) today announced the recipients of its 2003 Awards Program.   ICED is chaired by the Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights, Rocco J. Claps, and the Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services, Carol L. Adams, Ph.D. 

The ICED Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held on May 21, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield.  Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn will present the awards and recognize the outstanding efforts of the honorees for their efforts on behalf of individuals with disabilities.

“This year’s recipients have demonstrated commitment to the committee’s mission of promoting equal employment opportunity and independence for people with disabilities throughout the state”, said Co-Chair Rocco J. Claps said.

This year’s honorees include:

  •  “Legislator of the Year”:  State Representative Julie Hamos
  • “Agency of the Year Awards” will be presented to three state agencies: 

The Illinois Department of Transportation, The State Toll Highway Authority and The Office of Banks and Real Estate

  • “Nonprofit of the Year”:  The Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois
  • “Employee of the Year” Awards: 

Gerald Covell, of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission and
          Audrey McCrimon, of the Department of Human Services.

  • “Media Awards”:  Randy Chapman (The Herald News) and
    Jane Boal (WGN News) were selected to receive.

    In addition, the ICED will also present certificates to Paul Peterson (Illinois Department of Transportation), Daily Mail, Daily Journal, The Rock Island Argus and Dispatch, Access Living, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Community Mental Health Center, Deborah’s Place, Habilitative Systems, the Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living, Parent’s Alliance, the Employment Project and the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago Infinitec Program.

    The Interagency Committee, created in 1974, serves state employees with disabilities through educational and promotional programs, including an annual conference for employees with disabilities, educational programming for equal employment opportunity officers, an annual awards program, and an internship program for college students with disabilities.  The Directors of Central Management Services and the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, the Chairperson of the Civil Service Commission, and four state employees with disabilities also serve on the ICED committee.

    Contact person

         Susan Allen
         Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities
         222 S. College, Room 101A
         Springfield, IL 62704.

    (217) 785-5119 (Voice); (217) 785-5125 (TTY); (217) 785-5106 (Fax) 

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