CHICAGO | Cook County Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy, D-Crestwood, is collecting the honors for her work in area government.
Murphy, who represents a county district that includes much of the area along the Illinois/Indiana border, received honors last month from the National Association of Counties as their Woman of the Year for 2013.
That fact caused the Cook County Board on Wednesday to adopt a resolution of its own, praising the south suburban commissioner for that honor, and her work overall.
Commissioner Earlean Collins, D-Chicago, said she considers Murphy to be a hard-working member of the County Board.
“She is a true public servant,” Collins said of Murphy. “She does not do things because of politics. She does things because she believes in them.”
While Commissioner Deborah Sims, D-Chicago, whose district includes portions of the south suburbs such as South Holland, Riverdale and Harvey, said, “It is truly an honor to be able to say something good about,” Murphy.
The County Board’s resolution goes beyond praising her work as a commissioner.
It points out that she was the first woman to serve as clerk of Crestwood village government, and later the first woman to serve as clerk, and then supervisor, for Worth Township in the southwest suburbs.
Murphy said she was honored both by the Woman of the Year designation and the praise she received from her County Board colleagues on Wednesday. She has been a County Board member since 2002, and will be up for re-election in the 2014 election cycle.
Also praising Murphy was Commissioner Jerry Butler, D-Chicago, who said that Murphy, along with Sims, have been longtime supporters of his work.
“You and Sims have become my own personal fan club,” Butler said. “Wherever I go, you two are always there to support me.”