NPR host Scott Simon, futures pioneer Leo Melamed among Order of Lincoln award winners

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A National Public Radio host, a pioneering Chicago futures trader, a former U.S. transportation secretary and the founder of a breast-cancer charity are recipients of this year’s Order of Lincoln Awards.

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday announced the six people receiving the state’s highest honor this year for professional achievement and public service.

This year’s winners include NPR “Weekend Edition Saturday” host Scott Simon, CME Group chairman emeritus Leo Melamed, Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Nancy Goodman Brinker, former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Illinois poet laureate Kevin Stein and retired Caterpillar president Robert Gilmore.

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Leo Melamed. | Sun-Times file photo

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NPR host Scott Simon

The awards will be presented May 7 in Peoria.

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