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Top citizens often ordinary people doing extraordinary things

December 19, 2018 GMT

A “citizen” is defined as “an inhabitant of a city or town.’’

The very definition confirms that there are no special qualifications to be considered, thus, a citizen can be most anybody from any background. But regardless of background, it takes a bit more to be considered a Citizen of the Year.

To say it a different way, a Citizen of the Year often can be an ordinary person doing extraordinary things. That’s the exact type of people the Daily Journal are seeking as the newspaper solicits nominations for its 2018 Citizen of the Year awards, which will be bestowed next month.

For the 17th consecutive year, the newspaper will honor outstanding people in four categories: Citizen of the Year, Sports Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Do you know someone worthy of these honors? It should again be made clear, nominees do not have to be public figures or local celebrities. They only need to be someone who has made a profound difference in their community and the lives of others. Their fellow citizens are the people best suited to identify them, and that means you.

Nominations are being accepted through Friday. Mailings can be addressed to Citizen of the Year, c/o Mike Frey, Editor at Large, Daily Journal, 8 Dearborn Square, Kankakee, IL 60901. They also can be emailed to mfrey@daily-journal.com or sent by fax to 815-937-3876.