03032020HAO1040GLENVIEW – To recognize older adults who have contributed to their communities through service, education, the workforce or the arts, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) invites residents to submit their nominations to the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame.

“Especially during this challenging time, it’s important to lift up those special individuals making a difference in our communities,” said Fine. “If you have an older friend, family member or neighbor who deserves recognition for their efforts, I encourage you to nominate them.”

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.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, many older adults have been stuck in their homes, but that hasn’t stopped them from making an impact on our lives,” said Fine. “Nominating a friend or loved one to the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame is a great way to show them you care.”

The Illinois Dept. 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.