Evanston Community Development Corporation presented its 2009 Outstanding Citizen Award to Leon “Sonny” Robinson Jr. at the organization’s annual awards dinner at the Unitarian Church on May 9.

A third-generation Evanstonian, Mr. Robinson spent the majority of his life in Evanston. He attended Evanston elementary and high schools. After attending West Virginia State University, he joined the Army and then returned to his hometown to make the first of the many investments that would be his life’s work.

Proud of his town and its residents, Mr. Robinson has contributed a great deal to the community over the years. Through Robinson Enterprise he was able to provide many Evanstonians with services and jobs. ECDC honored Mr. Robinson for his lifelong commitment to the Evanston community.

The Evanston-based investment firm of Romano Brothers & Co. is pleased to announce that Joseph R.V. Romano, President, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the FINRA District 8 (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Wisconsin) Committee. FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) is the largest non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States.

FINRA was created in July 2007 through the consolidation of the NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers) and the member regulation, enforcement and arbitration functions of the New York Stock Exchange. The organization is dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation, complementary compliance and technology-based services.

“The local FINRA Districts serve an important role in the self regulatory process of the financial industry,” said Mr. Romano.Among the District Committee responsibilities are alerting FINRA to industry trends that could present regulatory concerns; consulting with FINRA on proposed policies and rule changes; and serving on disciplinary panels in accordance with FINRA rules.

DePaul University Associate Professor of Accounting Sandra Shelton was presented with the Educator of the Year award on May 18 by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). IIA is honoring Ms. Shelton for creating Chicago’s first university course in internal auditing. The class prepares accounting students for future roles as auditors who work on the staffs of companies to verify the reliability of financial reporting, promote operational efficacy, maintain compliance, deter fraud and safeguard assets.

A resident of Evanston, Professor Shelton has taught at DePaul’s accounting school for 15 years, and her research interests focus on judgment and decision-making issues involving financial information.