Gov. Pat Quinn recognized several volunteer groups in the Northwest suburbs with Hometown Awards for their work in improving their communities.
"These awards celebrate the spirit of volunteerism in Illinois," Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Adam Pollet said. "They show the connection between grass-roots activism and community improvement. When people unite behind a cause, they make a huge difference in the lives of their neighbors,"
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In Hoffman Estates, the Fitness for America Sports Festival was honored. The multiday festival encouraged healthy family lifestyles and helped local organizations raise funds for other activities, according to the release.
A Schaumburg recycling event that key 126,000 pounds of out Illinois landfills was also honored.
The Elgin summer reading program, "Reading is So Delicious," which was completed by more than 3,700 children also received a Hometown Award, according to the release.