More than 900 individuals gathered April 17 at the Hilton Chicago to honor Barbara Flynn Currie as a longtime champion of human rights.
Currie, the first woman ever to serve as the Majority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, received the Roger Baldwin Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition for her contributions throughout nearly three decades in the General Assembly.
Currie represents the 25th legislative district in Hyde Park, a position she has held since her first election in 1978. Among her many accomplishments, Currie is remembered for having sponsored the first Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
Regular Rolling Stone contributor Matt Taibbi was the keynote speaker for the event.