- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is honoring more than a dozen young Asian-American leaders for their community service.

The 14 honorees were nominated by Topinka’s Asian-American Advisory Council. The awards were given out Monday and are part of the Riverside Republican’s office celebration of Asian-American Heritage Month. They include students and young professionals who Topinka says have distinguished themselves through service and leadership.

Their accomplishments include overseas mission work; tutoring younger students; volunteering at soup kitchens and working with the developmentally disabled.

Topinka also gave a leadership award to the nonprofit Asian-Americans Advancing Justice. The organization is dedicated to empowering the Asian-American community through advocacy, research and education.

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