Press Release

Sente Urges Residents to Nominate Local Seniors for the Illinoisans Hall of Fame


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to give recognition to outstanding seniors, State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, is urging area organizations and residents to nominate outstanding seniors who have made noteworthy achievements both in our communities and across Illinois to the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame.

“We should be constantly reminded and actively recognizing the sacrifices and achievements that senior citizens have made to shape and improve our community,” said Sente. “Winning this award, or even just being nominated for their recent, or life’s, work would mean so much to these individuals.”

Every year, the Illinois Department of Aging releases inductees into the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame based on four categories: community service, education, the work force and graphic or performance arts. Founded in 1994, this program gives much deserved and often well over-due praise to seniors who have made an effort to enhance their communities. Once selected, the four chosen seniors are inducted during a special ceremony. Eligibility for the award is based on both past and present achievements, additionally, residents who have passed are also eligible for the award. Sente is promoting the program after meeting many seniors while walking door-to-door or visiting community events and hearing about the amazing work they are doing and achievements they have made to help our area in many ways.

Nomination forms for the 2016 Senior Illinois Hall of Fame are now available on the IDoA website at, or by calling the Department’s Senior Help line at 800-252-8966.

“As I walk door-to-door in my district, I meet seniors who continue to astound me with what they have experienced and accomplished,” said Sente. “So whether it’s your neighbor, your friend or a family member, take the time to give appreciation for all that they have done to make the world a better place for future generations.”