In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Cook County Stateâ€™s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently recognized two individuals who have made significant contributions to the Hispanic community through their professional and personal lives.
The Honorable Jorge Luis Alonso, U.S. District Court Judge, Northern District of Illinois and Sylvia Puente, Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum received the officeâ€™s El Humanitario Award for their professional excellence and community involvement.
Judge Alonso currently presides as a Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois after being nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United Sates Senate in December of 2014. Judge Alonso began his legal career as an attorney in the Cook County Public Defenderâ€™s Office, where he worked for 12 years before being appointed to the bench as an Associate Judge in Cook County. A highly respected jurist, Judge Alonso has been recognized for his professional leadership and community advocacy.
Sylvia Puente, a long-time advocate, policy analyst and activist for the Latino community, currently serves as the Executive Director for the Latino Policy Forum, a public policy and advocacy organization which serves the Latino community in Chicago. For over 25 years, Ms. Puente has tirelessly worked to empower the lives of others through her staunch activism, outreach and organizational leadership. A well regarded expert on Latino issues, her significant efforts have been widely recognized in Chicago and across the country.
The awards were presented at a ceremony held on Oct. 13th at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.