CHICAGO - Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, the state's point person on education reform, will be honored at the 2013 College Changes Everything conference on Thursday in Tinley Park.

The conference, coordinated by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, brings together educators, students, legislators and other advocates to work towards the state's college completion goal. To keep pace with employer needs, the state wants 60 percent of working-age adults to hold a college degree or credential by 2025.

Following her keynote address, Simon will be presented with the College Changes Everything Champion Award. The award is presented annually to a recipient who has made significant contributions to help the state improve college access and completion efforts for Illinois students. Simon has led efforts to reform remediation, improve transparency and promote affordability as she conducted site visits to the state's 60 public community colleges and universities. Former State Sen. Ed Maloney was the inaugural recipient of the award last year.

TIME: 3:15 p.m.

DATE: Thursday, July 11

PLACE: Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park

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