SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Fair Museum
Foundation named its 10 winners of the Illinoisan of the Day award for 2013.
They will be honored at noon on the Farm Bureau stage under
the Commodities Pavilion or on the central stage in Ethnic Village each day of
the fair, which runs Aug. 9-18.
Each year, the museum foundation seeks nominations of
Prairie State residents who volunteer in their communities, work to brighten
lives of their neighbors and represent the best of Illinois citizenship.
Every Illinoisan of the Day will be a guest on their special
day at this year’s fair, where they will be publicly introduced and receive
gifts along with a personal proclamation from Gov. Pat Quinn.
Here are 2013’s Illinoisans of the Day, their hometowns and
the dates on which they will be honored at the state fair: Jean Ferris, Savanna,
Aug. 9; Mark and Cheryl Pence, Springfield, Aug. 10; Ron Kirts, Sainte Marie,
Aug. 11; Martha Jackson, Litchfield, Aug. 12; Orion Samuelson, Huntley, Aug. 13;
Lori Oldenettel, Jacksonville, Aug. 14; Russell and Richard Krause, East St.
Louis, Aug. 15; John W. Durbin, Lovington, Aug. 16; Ed Brozak, Streator, Aug.
17; and Robert Large, Jacksonville, Aug. 18.
The nonprofit State Fair Museum Foundation works to preserve
fair artifacts and memories. Its collection will be free and open to the public
under the north end of the grandstand all 10 days of the fair.