CHAMPAIGN – To colder adult3 070920ommemorate the achievements and contributions of older adults, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is encouraging residents to nominate an older friend, family member or neighbor to the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame.

“Older adults deserve recognition for the impact they’ve made in our communities,” Bennett said. “Nominating an older adult for their contributions to better our community is a great way to spread encouragement and positivity.”

The Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame celebrates outstanding accomplishments in community service, education, the labor force and the arts. Each year, four candidates—one from each category—are inducted.

Eligibility is based on an individual’s past and present accomplishments, and the candidate must be a current Illinois citizen or a former citizen for most of their life. Posthumous nominees are also considered.

Since its creation in 1994, 121 people have been inducted into the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame.

“The members of the Illinois Senior Hall of Fame stand as examples to all of us,” Bennett said. “Nominate an older adult now and ensure they get the recognition they deserve.”

The Illinois Department on Aging has extended the submission deadline through Monday, Aug. 31. Nominations may be submitted online or by calling the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966.

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