Rich Miller, Publisher of Capitol Fax, Receives 2014 Amicus Certus Award from LSSI
On Oct. 25, 2014, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) presented Rich Miller, publisher of Capitol Fax and columnist for Crain’s Chicago Business, with the organization’s 2014 Amicus Certus (“True Friend”) Award at its 33rd Amicus Certus Celebration. Held at the European Crystal in Arlington Heights, the event’s theme was “Celebrating the Land of Lincoln” and raised more than $113,000 for programs serving people in need offered by LSSI.
The Amicus Certus celebration is sponsored by the Women’s Network of LSSI, and the “True Friend” award is given annually to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the human community. Miller has been writing about Illinois politics since 1990, and began publishing the Capitol Fax, a daily political newsletter, in 1993. He is recognized as a leading authority on Illinois campaigns and government. He joined Crain’s Chicago Business in early 2014 as a contributing columnist.
“Rich Miller is more than a journalist and publisher, he is a strong supporter and advocate of the work of LSSI,” said Mark Stutrud, LSSI Chief Executive Officer. “He has written in support of LSSI and social service providers when the financial crisis in Illinois threatened our stability.”
Miller dedicated his award to his late sister-in-law, Lynn Greenholdt, who worked for LSSI at one of its group homes. “The general atmosphere of that home was love. She was on the front line and had the greatest heart in the world. She was an inspiration to me,” Miller said when accepting the award. “The reason I’ve been a champion of LSSI is because of Lynn.”
In addition to the award presentation, the evening, in keeping with the event’s theme, featured an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, a silent auction, and dancing to the music of the Jodi Beach Trio.
Corporate sponsors helped make this year’s event possible, which included: Ziegler & Company; G.J. Aigner Foundation; Garen, LLC; Johnson and Colmar; Wintrust Financial; Advocate Health Care; Arthur J. Rogers & Co.; Baker Tilley Virchow Krause; Blue Cross Blue Shield; ComEd; Insight; and Mutual of America, as well as the Central DuPage, Central Kane, Northeast DuPage, South Cook, and West Cook County chapters of Thrivent.
Founded in 1867, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) is a statewide, not-for-profit social service agency of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). LSSI is the largest social service provider in the state, and last year served 73,000 people through 190 programs at 85 sites across Illinois. Services include counseling, mental health, alcohol and drug treatment, residential treatment for children and adolescents, Head Start, child care services, services for at-risk families, residential programs for adults and children with developmental disabilities, foster care and adoption, pregnancy counseling, housing and services for older adults and individuals with disabilities, and programs for people who are incarcerated and their families.