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Little City Recognizes State Senator Matt Murphy with Prestigious Award for Leadership and Support to People with Disabilities

Board of Directors presents Senator Murphy with President’s Cabinet Award, its highest honor

Citing his outstanding leadership and support of people with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Board of Directors of Little City Foundation honored State Senator Matt Murphy on Monday (July 18) with its highest honor – the President’s Cabinet Award.

The award was presented to Senator Murphy (R-27th) by Ed Hockfield, Executive Vice President of the Board, and Shawn E. Jeffers, Executive Director of Little City Foundation, during the board’s regular meeting at the Northern Trust Building in Chicago.

“Senator Murphy has been a strong supporter of people with disabilities in many ways, but what truly shows his heart is the legislation he sponsored earlier this year that helped remove the words ‘retarded’ and ‘crippled’ from all the state’s statutes,” Hockfield said. “He showed his leadership and sensitivity to our population by moving forward legislation that removes outdated words which are now offensive to many.”

The legislation, Senate Bill 1833, was introduced by Senator Murphy in February and eventually was passed unanimously by the Senate, merged with the House version and sent in June to the Governor for signing.

Hockfield also noted how Senator Murphy provided funding in the state’s capital bill that grants $150,000 to Little City to launch a document destruction business. The new business will provide several new jobs for people with disabilities at the organization’s Palatine campus.

“This is an honor for me to be recognized by Little City Foundation,” Murphy said. “I am extremely humbled by this award. It is always gratifying to achieve progress that meaningfully benefits our state’s developmentally disabled population.”

Little City’s Board of Directors periodically presents awards to outstanding individuals, groups or businesses who have made a significant impact to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There are three levels of awards given by the Board of Directors, based upon the impact the individual or group makes to the community as a whole and to Little City. Since the awards’ inception in 2007, the President’s Cabinet Award has been given only one other time. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart was the other recipient in 2008.

About Little City
Being a leader for 60 years, Little City continues to be inspirational and transformational in developing its 56-acre therapeutic community in Palatine. From a modest beginning of three homes and 16 residents primarily with Down syndrome, Little City has grown into a recognized leader offering a wide array of innovative services to more than 1,000 clients weekly. In addition to the Palatine location, Little City has a Community Services Office in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, adult service centers in Palatine and Waukegan, and 15 adult community homes and one children’s group home located throughout suburban Cook and DuPage Counties.

Today, Little City’s comprehensive program portfolio includes vocational training and employment placement, foster care and adoption, home-based family support, health and wellness, recreation and therapeutic activities, disability awareness and community education, a day school and an award-winning arts program. Visit www.littlecity.org.

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