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2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

The inductees are:

  • Community Service: Linda Coronado, 71, Chicago - Back of the Yards Neighborhood

  • Education: Timuel Black Jr., 101, Chicago - Kenwood Neighborhood

  • Labor Force: Louis Butler, 65, Oak Park

  • Performance/Graphic Arts: Susan Young, 78, Schaumburg

Community Service - Linda Coronado

A proud daughter of immigrants from Mexico, Linda has been a staple of the Back of the Yards neighborhood her entire life. From starting the first Little League in Little Village in 1989, to founding the Cook County 7th District Health Task Force in 2010, Linda has consistently worked to make her community a better place. Her efforts extend to the community at-large as not only did she play a vital role in passing the Language Assistance Services Act in Illinois, but she was also the Director of the Interpreter Department at Cook County - a program which became the model for the nation in interpretation services. Her humble dedication to empowering her neighbors and making sure that everyone has access to vital services, has driven her lifetime of community service.

Education - Timuel Black Jr.

Renowned American historian, author, civil rights activist, and expert in Chicago African American history, Timuel has spent his life dedicated to the world of academia and social justice. As a longtime educator in the Chicago Public School system as well as the City Colleges of Chicago, Timuel has worked tirelessly to teach young adults about righteousness and impartiality. Over the years, Timuel has worked alongside activists such as Paul Robeson, W.E.B. DuBois, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to fight for fairness for the African American community at large, and is recognized as a pioneer in the independent black political movement in Chicago. 

Labor Force - Louis Butler

Louis has been a committed public servant and supportive community member for the entirety of his adult life. Serving in various professional roles in the federal government, State of Illinois, and municipalities, primarily as a public sector attorney, he has worked tirelessly to better the lives of those individuals most in need. In addition, Louis has devoted his personal time to the improvement of his local community. He is an active volunteer in many organizations like the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, St. Giles Catholic Church, and YMCA; and additionally, serves on several boards such as the Village of Oak Park Housing Authority.

Performance / Graphic Arts - Susan Young

Susan is the founder and conductor of the Northbrook Community Choir, formerly known as the "Y'All Come Choir," which has performed two world premieres at Carnegie Hall in New York and one at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Sue retired in 2003 from a very successful 30-year music teaching career at School District #28 in Northbrook. She is a graduate of Northwestern, the American Conservatory of Music, and National Louis University. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, and the Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration and Supervision. Receiving many awards for her years of teaching and dedication to music, Sue continues to be an advocate for music and encourages others to recognize the importance of song in any stage of life.