helenhawkinsSPRINGFIELD—Each year, the Illinois Department of Aging recognizes a few select seniors for their outstanding dedication and service to the community by inducting them into the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame. This year, thanks to a nomination submitted by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton), longtime Madison County resident Helen Hawkins will be one of the inductees.

“Helen Hawkins has always been an outstanding citizen and consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty,” Haine said. “While she has been committed to our area for several decades, her work serving the communities in the American Bottoms during the chronic flooding has been especially exemplary and we will forever be thankful for her service.”

Hawkins has served the Madison County area for four decades in a variety of roles, including township clerk, the Metro East Sanitary and Levy District and currently as a member of the Madison County Board.

Among her most notable achievements was opposing the profit-seeking, irresponsible developers who placed lives and properties at risk with ill-advised developments in the American Bottoms area.

Hawkins will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at an awards ceremony at 9 a.m. Feb. 7 in the county board room at the Madison County Administrative Building, 157 N. Main Street, Edwardsville.


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