Lt. Gov. Simon to be recognized for work to end domestic violence

CHICAGO, IL (KFVS) - Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will be honored by Between Friends of Chicago for her years spent helping victims of domestic violence.

According to Simon's office, the organization will name Simon a "Friend of the Year" at its annual Bubble Ball on Saturday at the River East Arts Center.

"This week, President Obama signed an extension of the Violence Against Women Act, reinforcing the idea that all relationships should be healthy," Simon said. "I have been fortunate to have worked with organizations like Between Friends of Chicago to help the victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives, and we need to continue working to end domestic violence."

Simon is a former assistant state's attorney who worked with victims of domestic violence and prosecuted domestic violence cases. As a law professor, she helped launch the Southern Illinois School of Law's domestic violence clinic to serve clients and train law students.

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