Rail Splitter Public Service Award
The Central Illinois Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration has established the Public Service Award to pay tribute to public servants (government and nonprofit) whose careers exhibit the highest standard of excellence, dedication, and accomplishment.
This award is presented annually to individuals who have spent a primary part of their careers working in public service; made outstanding contributions on a sustained basis rather than having performed a
single exceptional deed; and accomplished or caused to be accomplished significant programs or projects within their areas of responsibility to the ultimate benefit of the general public.
2015 Recipient: Kathryn Harris
Kathryn Harris has spent her entire career in public service. Her interest surfaced at a young age, when growing up in Carbondale she dreamed of being an interpreter for the U.N. Her interest ultimately turned to library science, and she has worked in one or another library in the Springfield area over the past 40 years, building an exemplary career. Most recently, and prior to her retirement, Kathryn Harris served as Director of Library Service for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and the Illinois State Historical Library, becoming known as “Illinois’ First Lady of History.”