Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair may have ruffled some feathers in the banking industry over issues like loan modifications and special assessments, but in other circles she has become something of a superhero.Last week the nonprofit Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago Inc. gave Bair the Gale Cincotta Neighborhood Partnership Award for her efforts to prevent foreclosures.

And the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation said it would present its annual Profile in Courage Award to both Bair and Brooksley Born, the former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, in May.

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