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Illinois Park & Recreation Magazine Award Winners

All published articles in the magazine are judged in the annual Illinois Parks & Recreation Magazine Awards Program, sponsored by the IAPD/IPRA Joint Editorial Committee. Winners are announced at the IAPD/IPRA Annual Conference in January. Awards are presented at the local level at an agency board meeting or awards ceremony following the conference. A panel of judges from Illinois' leading universities determines the "Best" articles (content, writing style, benefit to readers).

Best Environment Article
"SRAs Gone Green"
John Liuzzi
Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association

Best Legal/Legislative Article
"Legislative Breakfasts Offer Opportunities with Legislators"
by Greg Petry

Waukegan Park District

Best Facilities and Marketing Article
"Breathe New Life Into Your Pools and Water Parks"
by Arnie Biondo
Carol Stream Park District

Best Feature Article (tie)
"The Seed that Became Special Olympics Was Planed in Illinois by a Recreation Pioneer"
by Barbara DiGuido
Special Olympics Illinois
Jane Hodgkinson
Western DuPage Special Recreation Association

Best Feature Article (tie)
"A Partnership for Park Revitalization: East St. Louis and the University of Illinois"
by Bruce Wicks, Joseph Altshuler, Mari Gordon, Dee Kaiser and Wendy Kniepp
University of Illinois

Best Programming Article
"Future Influences and Trends Offer New Opportunities for Parks and Recreation"
by Stacy Turner
GreenPlay, LLC