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Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government
The Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government was established in 1992 as part of the celebration of the senator's 100th birthday and in recognition of his outstanding service to the people of Illinois and the nation. Paul Douglas was 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 creators of the award determined that it should be given annually to an elected or career government official or former government official, at any level of government and regardless of party, or in some circumstances to a private citizen whose public actions or writings have made a significant contribution to the practice and understanding of ethical behavior in government. It should be a person whose career demonstrates or promotes respect for high standards of public service.
Recipients of the award are selected by a committee of nationally known figures from the public and private sectors as well as academe. Committee membership changes from year to year, and past awardees will be asked to serve in the future. Nominations are sought from across the country, by letter and through personal calls.
Each recipient of the award will be encouraged to give a major lecture at the University of Illinois on either the Chicago or the Urbana-Champaign campus. The lecture will be published by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, which will administer the award as well as an accompanying ethics in government education program. The Douglas education program, supported by the Douglas Award Endowment Fund, consists of lectures, symposia, and conferences on the subject of ethics in government.
It is clear that the U.S. needs to make a renewed effort to attract the best talent available to public service. It is also critical that we promote the highest standards for performance in government. The goal of the Douglas award and education program is to serve to promote these goals and the legacy of a great leader from the state of Illinois.