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Nominations open for Illinois’ 2021 Senior Hall of Fame

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(WSIL) -- The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is accepting nominations for the 2021 Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame Awards. These awards recognize adults, 65 years of age and older, and highlight the meaningful contributions they have made in Illinois.

Award nominations are being accepted for the following categories:

• Community Service: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have shown support for the general public and community-based programs in their area or at large.
• Education: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have shown a dedication to instruction and the world of academia.
• Labor Force: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have a record of accomplishment in their employment or professional career.
• Performance / Graphic Arts: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have a commitment to health and the promotion of well-being or a record of accomplishment in artistic expression.

The Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame was created by the Illinois General Assembly in 1994 to honor Illinois residents ages 65 and older for their personal achievements in four separate categories. Since then, 125 people have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, June 1st, 2021. Eligibility is based on the nominee's past and present accomplishments. The candidate must be a current Illinois resident, or a former Illinois resident for most of their life. Posthumous nominees will also be considered. Nomination forms can be filled out online, calling the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966 (hearing impaired call 888-206-1327) or emailing aging.ilsenior@illinois.gov.

For more information on how to nominate someone, please visit our website www.illinois.gov/aging, or contact Purnell Borders at Purnell.Bordersiii@illinois.gov.

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