State Rep. Darren Bailey is joining with the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) to promote the 2020 Senior Hall of Fame program to honor senior citizens in the community who have made a positive impact. The deadline for nominations for the awards has been extended until Monday, August 31.

“We all know people who volunteer their time and resources to make our communities better places for our children and families through service organizations, church groups, or just as an individual, helping with a food pantry or tutoring students,” commented Rep. Bailey. “Many times the people who have the biggest impact are the seniors we know. These awards are to recognize them.”

These awards recognize the people of Illinois who are 65 years and older who have made and continue to make meaningful contributions to communities. Award nominations are being accepted for the following categories:

-Community Service: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have shown support for the general public and community-based programs in their area or at large

-Education: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have shown a dedication to instruction and the world of academia

-Labor Force: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have a record of accomplishment in their employment or professional career

-Performance/Graphic Arts: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have a commitment to health and the promotion of well-being or a record of accomplishment in artistic expression

The Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame, created by the Illinois General Assembly in 1994, has honored 121 people to date. Eligibility is based on the nominee's past and present accomplishments. The candidate must be a current Illinois citizen, or a former Illinois citizen for most of their life. Posthumous nominees are also considered.

Nomination forms can be found online at For more information, please call the Senior HelpLine at (800) 252-8966.