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posted: 7/17/2011 8:03 AM

Illinois takes Home Town awards applications

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Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois is accepting nominations for the Governor's Home Town Awards that recognize volunteers statewide.

The application deadline is Aug. 15.

The state gives awards in six project categories based on six population divisions.

Local governments, schools, community organizations and chambers of commerce can submit applications, among other representatives.

A team of judges will evaluate the applications on need, use of resources and impact.

One project from each population division will receive the Governor's Cup, a traveling silver trophy.