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Cook County Commissioner receives PAL Ezzard Charles Award

Cook County Commissioner Jeff Tobolski was awarded the Police Athletic League Ezzard Charles Award for his service as mayor of McCook. 

The Illinois State Crime Commission presented the award to Tobolski at the Illinois State Crime Commission/ Police Athletic League of Illinois' annual Salute to This Who Make a Difference awards dinner at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace on June 18. 

Tobolski was recognized for his efforts at attracting new business through the expansion of two business parks and for his creation of over 2,500 jobs during his time as mayor. 

He also oversaw the creation of the McCook Athletic and Exposition Center in McCook. The center helps children in the western suburbs stay off the streets through playing in various athletic leagues.

“I am humbled to receive the PAL Ezzard Charles Award," Tobolski said in a news release. "Ezzard Charles exemplified courage, character and a dedication to public service."

The award is named after Ezzard Mack Charles, the former World Heavyweight Championship boxer, jazz musician and World War II veteran. PAL aims to change the lives of inner-city kids through athletic activities, donation drives and mentoring groups, according to the release. 

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