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updated: 8/4/2014 6:15 AM

Applications open for Illinois 'Hometown Awards'

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SPRINGFIELD -- State officials say the deadline to submit applications for the "Governor's Hometown Awards" competition is approaching.

The contest is in its 32nd year. It recognizes volunteers who improve communities.

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The application deadline is Aug. 18. Community groups, local governments, youth groups or agencies can apply.

The award is given based on population and will be given out based on six categories. Those include are services and mentorship and beautification and sustainability.

Award winners will be recognized at the Governor's Mansion in Springfield.

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