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  2002 Press Releases  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jan Costello
Phone: 217-785-9020, TTY: 1-800-252-8966

March 4, 2002

Hall of Fame Applications Ready

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department on Aging Director Margo E. Schreiber today announced that the Department is seeking nominations for the 2002 Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame.

"The Hall of Fame commemorates the achievements of some very special older individuals in our state," Schreiber said. "They epitomize what it means to use their talent, time and energy to make a positive impact on the world around them."

The Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame was established by the Illinois General Assembly in 1994 to honor older adults who excel in one of four separate areas of endeavor:

  • Community Service
  • Education
  • Performance and/or Graphic Arts, and the
  • Labor Force.

Thus far, forty-seven individuals have been inducted.

The Department on Aging will accept nomination forms through May 1, 2002. A team of judges will select one candidate in each of the four categories.

Candidates will be inducted into the 2002 Hall of Fame on Senior Day at the Illinois State Fair on August 12, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. in the Illinois Building Auditorium.

Eligibility is based on the nominee’s past and present accomplishments in the category of choice. The candidate must be age 65 or older and a current Illinois citizen or former citizen who has lived in Illinois the majority of his or her life. Posthumous nominees will also be considered.

Nomination forms are available from the Department on Aging and the state’s Area Agencies on Aging. They must be completed and postmarked or faxed to the Department by May 1, 2002, to be considered.

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