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Jimmy Dillon: A Good Government Guy
Nov 8, 2013 (updated on Nov 14, 2013)
On November 7, Peoria County Board Member Jimmy Dillon received the Charles C. Schlink Memorial Good Government Award at the Peoria Jaycees 73rd Annual Distinguished Service Awards Banquet, held at Weaver Ridge Golf Course. The Distinguished Service Awards Banquet is the Peoria Jaycees longest continuing annual event. Each year individuals are recognized for outstanding service in the areas of government, business, health care, education, law enforcement, religion, community service, and fire and rescue. Dillon joins County Board Members Andrew Rand, Phil Salzer, and Allen Mayer; former Board Chairman William Prather; former State Senator George Shadid; and Congressman Aaron Schock on a distinguished list of Good Government Award recipients.
Dillon received the Good Government Award for his leadership as a Peoria County Board Member, township official, and advocate for good government. In addition to serving on the County Board since 2006, Dillon has been Township Clerk for West Peoria Township for over a decade, following a one-year stint as a township trustee. A leader in local government, Dillon takes very seriously his role as representative and weighs carefully how policies will affect his constituents before making decisions. An avid supporter of the community, Dillon currently serves as Secretary for the Friends of Fatherless Boys and has participated as a runner in the St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Fundraiser for 12 consecutive years, among many other service activities.
The Good Government Award is named after one of Peoria Jaycees finest. In 1948-49, Schlink served as President of the Peoria Chapter, almost immediately following his term as President of the Illinois Jaycees in 1945-46. Schlink and the Peoria Jaycees were instrumental in establishing the Manager-Council form of municipal government that exists inPeoriatoday. After founding a local blindness center, Schlink died at the very young age of 37.
The Peoria Jaycees, formed in 1940, is a civic organization of men and women ages 21 - 40. For more information on the organization and the Distinguished Service Awards, please visit www.peoriajaycees.org.
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