Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Vi Daley, Virginia Rugai, Helen Shiller and Mary Ann Smith

Vi Daley, Virginia RugaiHelen Shiller and Mary Ann Smith all retired from their public service positions as Chicago alderwomen in the Spring 2011. All four were honored for their commitment to public service as leaders of quality and character.

Vi Daley, led the 43rd Ward since 1999 and promoted advocacy for Chicago citizens in zoning and historical preservation of landmark buildings and residential communities.

Virginia Rugai, led the 19th Ward and chaired the city council committee on Energy, Environmental Protection and Public Utilities and was Vice Chair of the Committee on Police and Fire.

Helen Shiller, led the 46th Ward since 1987 and was a tireless advocate for human rights, public safety and health, recycling and educational reform.

Mary Ann Smith, led the 48th Ward since 1989 and chaired the city council committee on Chicago Parks and represented Chicago on the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives.