Niagara Foundation Peace & Dialogue Awards 2013

Each year, the Niagara Foundation recognizes individuals and organizations in the Chicago community who have demonstrated strong commitment to serving their community while maintaining a global mindset. Founded in 2006, the Peace & Dialogue Awards seek to encourage leaders in the Chicago community to continue to be forces for positive change, to inspire thoughtful dialogue about the issues facing our community and our world, and to bring together the best and the brightest in the city to work together towards a more peaceful future.

Niagara Commitment Award
Hon. Anne M. Burke
Illinois Supreme Court Justice

Niagara Community Service Award
The City Club of Chicago
Received by Paul Green Chairman
The City Club of Chicago

Niagara Fethullah Gülen Award
M. Cherif Bassiouni
Emeritus Professor of Law
Depaul University School of Law

Event Emcee
Rob Stafford
NBC 5 Chicago

Rob Stafford is the anchor of NBC5 News at 6P and 10P. He anchors with Allison Rosati on all three newscasts. Rob joined NBC5 News in Chicago as weekend anchor and reporter in September, 2007. He moved to the main anchor position in July, 2009.Prior to joining NBC 5, Rob was a correspondent for the award-winning NBC newsmagazine, Dateline NBC.

Honorary Chair,
M. Fethullah Gulen
Honorary President
Niagara Foundation

Mr. Fethullah Gulen was born in the small village of Korucuk, in Erzurum Province, Eastern Turkey, in November 1938. Known by his simple and austere life style, Mr. Gulen has been from his earliest years a gifted Islamic scholar and thinker, and a creative writer and poet. His father taught him Arabic, and initiated in him his profound love of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and his Companions. Later he continued his studies under the guidance of some of the most prominent Islamic scholars in Eastern Turkey. He received further training in the religious sciences.


Pat Quinn (Democrat) has served the people of Illinois — both as a citizen and a public official — for more than a quarter of a century. He has organized grassroots petition drives, signed by more than four million signatures from voters, in favor tax reform, tougher consumer protection laws, and giving citizens a stronger voice in government. As Governor, Quinn serves as an advocate for consumers, taxpayers, and military men and women and their families. He also spearheads countless initiatives that foster a cleaner environment and encourage economic development in historic business districts and rural communities.

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