Thursday, August 5, 2010

Two Chicago Women honored by Obama with Civilian Award

Two Chicago area women were among 13 people honored Wednesday by President Barack Obama with the 2010 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation's second-highest civilian honor. Daisy Brooks and Lisa Nigro were among 13 nationwide winners of the Presidential Citizens Medal. The award was started four decades ago to recognize Americans who have provided outstanding service to their country. They were among 13 winners selected from 6,000 people whose names were submitted by the public for the award.

Brooks runs Daisy's Resource and Developmental Center in North Chicago. It's a place for young mothers and their infants to live and get their lives on track with school.

Lisa Nigro, 49, a former Chicago Police officer, is the founder of the Inspiration Corp., which offers a package of services to assist the homeless, including the Inspiration Cafe at 4554 N. Broadway and the Living Room Cafe at 63rd and Woodlawn.

Daisy Brooks, 72, is the founder of Daisy's Resource and Developmental Center in North Chicago, which delivers a variety of educational and social services to people who need extra help.

The medals were bestowed on 11 women and two men; an imbalance that Obama observed "tells you something about who really gets stuff done in the neighborhoods." Honorees included a Sept. 11 widow who helps Afghan widows and children impacted by war and terrorism; a paralyzed woman who feeds poor children in Michigan; and an ex-Marine from Minnesota, a veteran of World War II who began a memorial rifle squad that has performed final military honors for 55,000 veterans.