Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Dick Locher was selected to create a new trophy for the annual rivalry football game between Northwestern and Illinois. The schools previously battled for the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk Trophy, but that prize was retired out of respect for Native Americans. Dick’s trophy, the Land of Lincoln Trophy, was modeled after President Abraham Lincoln’s signature stove-top hat. Dick had researched Lincoln’s hats and the stove-top that was worn during the Gettysburg Address in particular and then he worked with a sculptor to bring it to life.
The big game will be held this Saturday with the winner receiving the trophy.