“There is so much wisdom that can be gained from the older folks in our lives, and their accomplishments deserve recognition,” said Reitz. “Many of us have the privilege of knowing a senior that inspires us and goes above and beyond to make our community a better place, and their influences deserve recognition.”
Reitz is encouraging area residents to nominate a senior, they know for the 2020 Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame Awards. Nominations are accepted in the following categories: community service, education, labor force and performance/graphic arts. The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 31 and can be submitted by visiting the Illinois Department on Aging’s website at www.illinois.gov/aging or by calling the Senior HelpLine at 800-252-8966.
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.
“While our community continues to fight against the COVID-19 crisis, now is a great time to spread positivity and look for the good in life by uplifting and honoring the seniors that make Southern Illinois special,” said Reitz. “I encourage residents to nominate a senior they know for the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame Awards to honor and celebrate their legacy.”
For more information, contact Rep. Reitz’s constituent service office at 618-282-7284 or RepNReitz@gmail.com.