senior illinoisans castro 011222ELGIN – To highlight older Illinoisans who excel in community service, education, the arts and the labor force, State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) is reminding residents to nominate an adult age 65 and over to the Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame.

“We all have an older person in our life that has made an impact on us, whether it be a teacher, neighbor or family member,” Castro said. “Nominating them for this award is a great way to show your appreciation and spotlight all the ways older residents enrich our lives.”

The Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame was established by the General Assembly in 1994 to honor older adults’ accomplishments and contributions to their communities. Each year, four Illinoisans age 65 or older are inducted into the hall of fame for their work in community service, education, arts or the labor force.

The Illinois Department on Aging, the agency that accepts the nominations for the hall of fame, helps older Illinoisans and their caregivers by administering quality and culturally appropriate programs that promote partnerships and encourage independence, dignity and quality of life.

“It’s been a difficult couple of years, especially for our state’s older residents,” Castro said. “Recognizing an important person in your life by nominating them for this recognition could be just what someone needs.”

Nominations for 2022 inductees must be submitted by June 1. For more information or to submit a nomination, please visit