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Chicago Alderman Edward M. Burke to receive Shield of Saint Xavier

Honor to be presented at President’s Scholarship Ball, April 21

Chicago (Feb. 7, 2007) – Saint Xavier University will host its 22nd annual President’s Scholarship Ball at the Field Museum on Saturday, April 21. This year, Edward M. Burke, longtime Chicago alderman, will be honored with the Shield of Saint Xavier for his commitment to service and generosity to Chicago’s Catholic institutions.

“The Shield of Saint Xavier represents the University’s highest distinction,” said Saint Xavier University President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D., in her letter of invitation to Burke. “It is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and service to the greater Chicago community. We believe that by your generosity to so many institutions, including this University, your life and achievements exemplify the ideals of Saint Francis Xavier, Mother Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy.”

Burke, 63, has served Chicago’s 14th Ward for more than 35 years. A recognized expert on city budget matters, Burke is the chairman of the City Council Finance Committee and is responsible for all legislative matters pertaining to the city’s finances, including municipal bonds, taxes and revenue matters. Known as the “Dean of the City Council,” Burke became 14th Ward Democratic Committeeman in 1968 and alderman in 1969. He also served as a Chicago police officer from 1965 to 1968. He is married to Anne Burke, the newest member of the Illinois Supreme Court and a former Saint Xavier trustee.  

Past Shield of Saint Xavier honorees include Richard H. Driehaus (2006), Joanne and Arthur Velasquez (2005), James and Ellen O’Connor (2004), Sister Rosemary Connelly, R.S.M., (1999) and Mayor Richard M. and Maggie Daley (1990).

The President’s Scholarship Ball will be the capstone event to a yearlong series of activities marking Saint Xavier’s 160th year as the “First in Chicago” serving the educational needs of the community. The ball has raised millions of dollars for the President’s Scholarship Program, which provides financial support to Saint Xavier’s most deserving students.

Ball guests will enjoy a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing to the Ron Bedal Orchestra. The black-tie event is open to the public, and reservations are $160 per person. Anyone interested in making reservations should call (773) 298-3311 or e-mail specialevents@sxu.edu with “President’s Scholarship Ball” in the subject line.

For the fourth consecutive year, LaSalle Bank N.A. is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the President’s Scholarship Ball. Other major underwriters to date include American Airlines, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, McDonough and Associates, and Henry Bros. Co. Tables are available for corporate sponsorship by contacting Sara Miller-Acosta, director of development, at (773) 298-3322. 

For media inquiries, please contact Joe Moore, director of media relations, at (773) 298-3937 or jmoore@sxu.edu. 


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.