Recognizing great citizens
Eleven "First Citizens" of Springfield -- named over the years by the Springfield State Journal-Register, gathered at UIS on December 14, 2013, to reminisce and celebrate our city. They also enjoyed a couple of UIS basketball games in The Recreation and Athletic Center.
From left are five who helped with the day: Kim Pate, UIS Director of Athletics; Bob Heisse, SJR editor; Michael Houston, mayor; Susan Koch, UIS chancellor; and President Abraham Lincoln.
First Citizens on hand were, to Lincoln's left, Wes Barr, Guerry Suggs, Barb Dickerman, Ann Dondanville, Wally Henderson (this year's winner), Mary Loken, Bill Schnirring, Paul O’Shea, Butch Elzea, Bob Gray, and Rudy Davenport with his wife.
Chancellor Koch was on the selection committee this year for the designation that is recognized as one of the highest honors in the city of Springfield.