IDoA announces 2019 Senior Hall of Fame awards

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Nominations being accepted in multiple categories

information provided by the Illinois Department on Aging

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (February 19, 2019) – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is accepting nominations for the 2019 Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame Awards. These awards recognize adults 65 years and older, and highlight the meaningful contributions they have made in Illinois.

“It is a true honor to recognize older adults across the state that have made a significant impact on their community,” Jean Bohnhoff, Director of IDoA, said again. “I encourage everyone to nominate someone who should be recognized for notable service. Please help us honor those who help the principles of respecting yesterday, supporting today, and hoping for tomorrow.”

Award nominations are being accepted for the following categories:

  • Community Service: awarded to Illinois senior citizens who have shown support for the general public and community-based programs in their area or at large
  • Education: awarded to Illinois senior citizens who have shown a dedication to instruction and the world of academia
  • Labor Force: awarded to Illinois senior citizens who have a record of accomplishment in their employment or professional career
  • Performance/Graphic Arts: awarded to Illinois senior citizens who 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 age 65 and older for their personal achievements in four separate categories. Since then, 117 people have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 31, 2019. Nomination forms are available by calling the Senior HelpLine at 800-252-8966 or by visiting www.illinois.gov/aging.

For more information on how to nominate someone, email Purnell Borders at [email protected].