Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series
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Fact Sheet

The mission of the Illinois Lincoln Series is “to increase the number of Illinois Republican women in elected and appointed governmental and political positions at the local, state and federal levels.”

What:  Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series is an education and training program which recruits and provides the tools for women to become more involved in the political arena and encourages them to seek positions in politics, public policy and government.  

Who:  Since 1994, the Illinois Lincoln Series has awarded a maximum of 15 fellowships each year. Fellows pledge to seek a policy-making position in government or in the Republican Party within five years and to help other women achieve like positions.

          Fellowship winners are selected from a statewide field of applicants who have demonstrated leadership skills in their chosen fields of work or in service to their community. All must display a commitment to achieving the full participation of women in politics and government and must be a registered Republican.

When & Where:   Beginning in January and ending in early October, one- to two-day seminars are held across the state. These seminars are taught by leading experts, elected and party officials volunteering their time on topics including: public speaking and communication techniques, campaign planning and fund development, media relations, county, state and federal government, ethics in leadership and the structure of the Republican Party. 

          Each May a National Convention of Excellence Programs from 17 states is held in Washington, D.C. and includes meetings with members of Congress, administration officials, foreign policy experts and Republican Party officials.