SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation has named its ten winners of the Illinoisan of the Day award for 2012. They will be honored at noon on the Farm Bureau stage under the Commodities Pavilion each day of the fair, which runs August 10-19.
Yearly the museum foundation seeks nominations of Prairie State residents who volunteer in their communities, work to brighten lives of their neighbors and represent the best of Illinois citizenship. Winners were announced at the foundation’s annual fund-raiser, the Corndog Kick-Off, held on the fairgrounds in Springfield.
Every Illinoisan of the Day will be a guest on their special day at this year’s fair, where they will be publicly introduced and receive gifts along with a personal proclamation from Governor Pat Quinn.
Here are 2012’s Illinoisans of the Day, their hometowns and the dates on which they will be honored at this year’s Illinois State Fair.
Bill Garver Virginia Friday, August 10
Mike Bigger Wyoming Saturday, August 11
Anthony Haislar Highland Sunday, August 12
Sister Rosemary Connelly Chicago Monday, August 13
Ken Getz Morton Tuesday, August 14
Marla Behrends Carlock Wednesday, August 15
Lynn Chard Rochester Thursday, August 16
Haley Jo Bosler Sandoval Friday, August 17
Pauline McDonald Bushnell Saturday, August 18
Vanessa Tyus Jacksonville Sunday, August 19
The nonprofit State Fair Museum Foundation works to preserve fair artifacts and memories. Its collection will be free and open to the public under the north end of the Grandstand during all ten days of the fair.