Lincoln honors for Mellody Hobson, Dick Butkus
September 22nd, 2017
Chicago businesswoman Mellody Hobson, former Chicago Bear Dick Butkus, and YouTube co-founder Steven Shih Chen are among those to be honored next year with the Order of Lincoln honors.
The gala reception honoring them (which isn’t until May) raises scholarship funds for one student from each of the state’s 57 four-year colleges and universities.
Hobson is president of of Ariel Investments and the current board chair of DreamWorks Animation (her husband is movie mogul George Lucas); Butkus was a Bears linebacker in the 1960s and ’70s; and Chen graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before becoming a tech star.
Other honorees: pianist Emily Bear, former Loyola University President Rev. Michael Garanzini, Purina Mills CEO Edward McMillan and diabetes researcher Dr. Louis Philipson.