CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Paul Faraci is encouraging residents to nominate an Illinoisan who has shown a fierce commitment to conservation efforts for the Illinois Conservation Foundation’s 2024 Outdoor Hall of Fame.

“Let’s celebrate a member of our community who goes above and beyond to protect our environment,” said Faraci (D-Champaign). “Just last year, we had a resident from Champaign awarded with the state’s highest outdoor honor.”

Each year, a select few outdoor sportsmen and women, as well as conservationists and preservationists, will have the state’s highest outdoor honor bestowed upon them. Only those individuals who truly have made significant contributions or exhibited unparalleled dedication in preserving, promoting, enhancing or supporting natural resources or outdoor recreational opportunities will be eligible for induction into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame. Previous Champaign-area inductees include David Monk and Glen Sanderson.

Some inductees impacted the lives of thousands of youths and adults by promoting fishing, hunting, conservation and safety education. Others spearheaded efforts to preserve or enhance fish and wildlife habitats and protect and restore Illinois’ lakes and rivers. Some inductees are national and international leaders in conservation or advocates for outdoor heritage traditions. All have led by personal example and serve as role models for future generations of conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts.

Nominees selected will be inducted into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame next spring at the annual Illinois Conservation Foundation Outdoor Hall of Fame Gala. Nominations must be submitted on the official Hall of Fame nomination form by July 15 to be considered.

For more information, contact the Illinois Conservation Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 217-785-2003. Additional information may be found online at https://ilconservation.org.