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Illinoisans have learned during the pandemic that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. What they have in common is making a difference in the lives of other people during an unprecedented time of change and struggle.

We often think of first responders and essential workers when we celebrate the heroes of COVID-19, but many in the Illinois community have stepped up in extraordinary ways and any good deed is worth celebrating.

So shine a light on COVID-19 heroes you know by nominating them for the governor’s award. Learn more about the selection criteria and complete the application by July 25.