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Illinois awardees among those honored by East-West Gateway at 50th annual luncheon


From Illinois Business Journal news services

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments presented its annual Outstanding Local Government Achievement Awards Wednesday to six recipients during its 50th annual meeting, recognizing area governments and officials for their achievement in the areas of public service, leadership, and productive collaboration among local governments.

The presentations were made at the luncheon at the St. Louis Union Station.

Gateway Lifetime Public Service Awards went to Stephen Michael Murray, a bicycle and pedestrian advocate, and James Pennekamp, recently retired former executive with the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District, and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

An Exemplary Accomplishment by a Local Government Jurisdiction, Agency or Individual Award went to the city of Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department for its Youth Enrichment Skills/Recreation Camp.

An Exemplary Intergovernmental Collaboration Award went to the city St. Louis, and Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, St. Charles, St. Clair and St. Louis counties for completing the St. Louis Regional Digital Microwave Network.

An Exemplary Public / Private Collaboration Award was presented to the Scott Air Force Base & Southwestern Illinois Defense Assets Task Force for its work toward protecting Scott Air Force Base from closure. The task force consists of representatives of St. Clair County, Madison County and the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois.

A Leadership in Planning and Design Innovation was given to Madison County, the city of Edwardsville and the village of Glen Carbon for their work to develop the I-55 Development Code.

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