On Friday, October 2, 2009, the Union League Club of Chicago honored its newest recipients of the Union League Club’s Distinguished Writers Award, Carol Marin and Scott Turow. The evening was hosted by Peter Sagal, the host of NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t tell me! The event was attended by more than 200 guests at the Union League Club, including Chicago Civil Justice Attorney Robert Kreisman. Attorney Kreisman is also a member of the club’s Public Affairs Committee.
Carol Marin is an award winning journalist who is currently NBC 5’s Political Editor, a political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, and a contributor to “Chicago Tonight” on WTTW Chicago. She is also a member of the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame and has received the Ethics in Journalism Award from the Chicago Headline Club.
Scott Turow, also honored is an attorney and writer who authored seven best selling novels including, Presumed Innocent (1987), The Burden of Proof (1990), Pleading Guilty (1993), The Laws of Our Fathers (1996), Personal Injuries (1999), Reversible Errors (2002) and Ordinary Heroes (2005). Mr. Turow has won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize in 2003, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2004 and Time Magazine’s Best Work of Fiction in 1999.
The event not only honored the prestigious careers of Carol Marin and Scott Turow, but also was another example of the club’s devotion to the arts. Not only does the club have a significant collection of private art work, but it also supports the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation, a separate not-for-profit organization to promote the arts in Chicago. The evening banquet was enjoyed by all who attended.