About the award
As an annual event in observance of Women’s History Month, Cook County presents the Unsung Heroine Award to 18 women, one from each district of Cook County and one county-wide, whose contributions to their communities, families and professional endeavors have been so vital, but seldom recognized. This award, consistent with the purpose of Women's History Month, is designed to recover and tell the story of the powerful impact women have had throughout history on the development of our social, cultural, economic and political institutions. In this spirit, the County honors these remarkable women as a way to bring their stories to light, to thank them and to celebrate the achievements of the many women through the history of Cook County whom they represent.
 

About the award name
Peggy A. Montes served as Chairperson of the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues. An educator, fundraiser, leader, and champion of women’s issues and rights, Montes was the driving force behind the very first Unsung Heroine Award for the women of Cook County. On March 16, 2010, the Cook County Board of Commissioners and members of the Commission on Women’s Issues renamed the award in Montes’s honor as a way of recognizing her remarkable achievements on behalf of women and girls. 
 

2020 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines of Cook County

Diara Brooks, At-large
 

Trò chơi bắn cáPhyllis M. Logan, 1st District

Trò chơi bắn cáDr. Carrol Collum, 2nd District

Trò chơi bắn cáLa Shawn Stanton, 3rd District

Trò chơi bắn cáLanette Warbington, 4th District

Lorena Varela, 5th District

Mia Carter, 6th District

Sandra Mendez, 7th District

Janece Ortiz, 8th District

Trò chơi bắn cáDr. Carolyn V. Kirschner, 9th District

Colleen Martin, 10th District

Trò chơi bắn cáGerri Neylon, 11th District

Trò chơi bắn cáCarolina Brueck, 12th District

Kathy Tate-Bradish, 13th District

Agnes I. Wojnarski,M.D., 14th District

Sherrine Peyton, 15th District

Nadine Boyle, 16th District

Nancy Mott, 17th District

 

2019 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines of Cook County

Nazneen Hashmi, At-large

Trò chơi bắn cáBobbie Jean Ward, 1st District

Anne Gordon, 2nd District

Erin Toole Williams, 3rd District

Julia A. Hunter, 4th District

Lori J. Wilcox, 5th District

Dannen Rose, 6th District

Trò chơi bắn cáIlda Hernandez, 7th District

Ashley Novoa, 8th District

Dorothy Malachowski, 9th District

Joyce Dugan, 10th District

Trò chơi bắn cáAmy McNicholas, 11th District

Janet Giangrasse, 12th District

Karen Chavers, 13th District

Trò chơi bắn cáStephanie Zwilling, 14th District

Trò chơi bắn cáJoane McLeod, 15th District

Judith De La Mora-Macias, 16th District

 

 

2018 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines of Cook County

Esther Wong, At-large

Charmaine V. Rickette, 1st District

Clemente "Tina" Hardaway, 2nd District

Robin Pratts, 3rd District

Trò chơi bắn cáNyota T. Figgs, 4th District

Kelley D. Nichols-Brown, 5th District

Karen O'Dea, 6th District

Maria R. Raygoza, 7th District

Kate Maehr, 8th District

Kara Blomquist, 9th District

Trò chơi bắn cáLeni Manaa-Hoppenworth, 10th District

Trò chơi bắn cáModie Lavin, 11th District

Linda P. Mellis, 12th District

Emily Williams Guthrie, 13th District

Trò chơi bắn cáPeggy Babcock, 14th District

Trò chơi bắn cáLaTasha Unseld, 15th District

ShaunTe Raines, 16th District

 

 

2017 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines of Cook County

Joyce A. Chapman, At-large

Savonya L. Rogers, 1st District

Gretchen Slusser, 2nd District

Vanessa L. McNorton, 3rd District

Trò chơi bắn cáAngela Hurlock, 4th District

Tina Sanders, 5th District

Trò chơi bắn cáStella Hernandez, 6th District

Idalia Flores Guzmán, 7th District

Trò chơi bắn cáCarmen Medina, 8th District

Trò chơi bắn cáMary Ann Miller, 9th District

Patrice Quehl, 10th District

Pamela Munizzi, 11th District

Trò chơi bắn cáCari A. Meyers, 12th District

Josefina Alvarez, 13th District

Mary Beth Beiersdorf, 14th District

Laurie Stone, 15th District

Kathy Donahue-Coia, 16th District

Rebecca Lerfelt, 17th District

 

2016 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines of Cook County

Sabrina Herrell, At-large

Trò chơi bắn cáAnnie Marie Ford, 1st District

Fran Bell, 2nd District

Paula Anglin, 3rd District

Christel D. Ward, 4th District

Lorez Davis, 5th District

Maurice Fitts Page, 6th District

Linda Coronado, 7th District

Beti Guevara, 8th District

Trò chơi bắn cáMaureen Perez, 9th District

Trò chơi bắn cáJackie Taylor, 10th District

Rita Ryan, 11th District

Alexis Mansfield, 12th District

Gloria Iverson, 13th District

Trò chơi bắn cáHenrietta Saunders, 14th District

Victoria Poklop, 15th District

Elizabeth Cabral-Arreola, 16th District

Maureen Reilly, 17th District

 

2015 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines of Cook County

Trò chơi bắn cáAisha Chaudry, At-large

Cherita Logan, 1st District

Trò chơi bắn cáApostle Carolyn Vessel, 2nd District

Trò chơi bắn cáCassandra Melton, 3rd District

Rev. Lillie M. Cullar, 4th District

Angelia Smith, 5th District

Trò chơi bắn cáJean Bernstein, 6th District

Gina Gamboa Pacheco, 7th District

Trò chơi bắn cáLaurie Jo Reynolds, 8th District

Trò chơi bắn cáKristy Capoccia-Caeti, 9th District

Mary Zeien, 10th District

Trò chơi bắn cáKerry Lynch, 11th District

Trò chơi bắn cáBeth Valukas, 12th District

Lydia Vivas, 13th District

Pat Peterson, 14th District

VersAnnette Blackman, 15th District

Carrie Zalewski, 16th District

Trò chơi bắn cáCynthia Frymark, 17th District

 

2014 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines of Cook County

Trò chơi bắn cáAnnamaria Joyce V. Leon, At-large

Trò chơi bắn cáDawn Ferencak, 1st District

Elizabeth Okey, 2nd District

Trò chơi bắn cáFelicia Stanton, 3rd District

Trò chơi bắn cáKatherine Wallace, 4th District

Jamell Meeks, 5th District

Beverly Beaty, 6th District

Dolores Castañeda, 7th District

Trò chơi bắn cáMaria Teresa Roman, 8th District

Teresa Giannini, 9th District

Trò chơi bắn cáAmanda Malsch, 10th District

Trò chơi bắn cáMaureen Shields, 11th District

Elizabeth Mills, 12th District

Trò chơi bắn cáTricia Edwards, 13th District

Courtney Renwick, 14th District

Michelle Pilafas, 15th District

Tracey Rouso, 16th District

Terri O'Neill Borders, 17th District