John’s legislative efforts and long history of community involvement has earned him a large number of awards and recognitions. Among them are the following:

2015 Animal Welfare Leadership Award – PAWS Chicago

2014 Kindness to Animals Award – Puppy Mill Project

2010 Bishop Sheil Award – Illinois State Crime Commission

2009 Humane Legislator Award – Humane PAC

2009 Outstanding Public Servant Award – Lakeview Chamber of Commerce

2007 100% Pro-Environment Voting Record – Illinois Environmental Council

2007 Leadership Award for passing the Smoke-Free Illinois Act – American Cancer Society

2006-2007 Partners in Quality Award: Recognizing personal commitment and dedication to advancing the quality of older adult services in Illinois – Life Services Network

2006 Friend of Agriculture Award – Illinois Farm Bureau

2005-06 Public Sector Community Builder Award for Outstanding Leadership as a Champion of Transit Reform – Neighborhood Capital Budget Group

2005 Distinguished Service Award – Illinois Committee for Honest Government

2005 Legislator of the Year – Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Women Educators

2005 Outstanding Public Servant – Lakeview Chamber of Commerce

2005 Leadership Award – Monsignor John Egan Campaign for Payday Loan Reform

2004 Human Dignity Award – Illinois Council Against Domestic Violence

100 Stars to Watch in the Nation in 2003 – Democratic Leadership Council

2001 Democratic Leader of the Year – Illinois State Crime Commission

Harold Blake Walker Award; presented to a person who demonstrates exemplary contributions in the areas of social reform and human service leadership in the community. – WGN Children’s Charities and Christopher House

100 Rising Stars to Watch in the nation in 2001 – Democratic Leadership Council

2000 Best Legislative Voting Record – IVI-IPO

Taxpayers Friend Award – Northwest Tax Watch

Superior Legislative Service – Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century

Senior Citizens Legislative Advocacy Award – St. Paul’s House

2000 Legislator of the Year Award – Anixter Center

For John’s efforts on behalf of public education – Chicago Teachers Union

In recognition of John’s advocacy for the preservation and safety of all children, families and communities – Uhlich Children’s Home

Boway Institute of Legislative Leadership Development Fellowship

For devoted service to the health of the residents of Illinois – Southside Health Consortium