Lake County Suburban Life took home several awards June 13 from the annual Illinois Press Association luncheon in Springfield.
The IPA contest is open to newspapers throughout the state and issues awards in six divisions. Lake County Suburban Life competed in the division for weekly newspapers with a circulation of more than 3,000 and less than 10,000.
Included in the paper’s haul were a pair of first-place awards, one for best special section and another for enterprise/feature writing.
“We work hard every day to provide the best local news coverage possible to our readers in Lake County, and it’s exciting to be recognized for those efforts,” Managing Editor Dave Lemery said. “What’s great about these awards in particular is that they were for telling the stories of some of the most fascinating people in our area.”
The contest was judged by journalists from the North Carolina Press Association.
The award for best special section was in recognition of the annual Forefronts section, which includes features on local residents who make a difference in their communities.
In the enterprise/feature writing category, former News Editor Cassandra Dowell earned first place for her story, “Once homeless, now in apartment of her own.” The article chronicled the story of a woman who was evicted from her Fox Lake home and how she survived homelessness to gain an apartment in Waukegan.
“Great reporting, coupled with flawless writing, made this a winner in an incredibly tough category,” the judges wrote.
Dowell also picked up a second place in the same category for her story “Coal today, coal tomorrow?”
Current News Editor David Giuliani picked up several awards for his work in his previous position at Sauk Valley Media. Giuliani was awarded first place in categories for promoting the public’s right to know and for government beat reporting, plus a third place in right-to-know coverage and an honorable mention for best web project.