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Shaw Media Illinois honored 49 times in Illinois APME contest

Shaw Media Illinois won 49 honors and took 14 first-place finishes in the annual Illinois Associated Press Managing Editors competition, announced Tuesday.

The awards for General Excellence and Photo and Editorial Sweepstakes, as well as News Innovator of the Year -- will be announced during the annual convention of the Illinois Press Association, on Thursday, Oct. 22, in Springfield.

The Daily Chronicle in DeKalb earned six first-place honors and 19 total awards.

Division II/Mid-Sized

Breaking News: Third, The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald, "Brought to Justice."

Spot News Photo: First, Matthew Apgar, The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald, "Bark Park Protest"

Sports Breaking News: First, Sean Hammond, The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald, "Police Reports Allege Pattern of Abuse"; Third, Sean Hammond, The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald, "Priester 'Fired Up' After Being Selected in MLB Draft."

Feature Photo: Second, Matthew Apgar, The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald, "Inside the Cornbox"; Third, Alex Paschal, Sauk Valley Newspapers, "Bored."

Sports Feature: Second, Sean Hammond, The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald, "Inside the Mental Hurdles of Lengthy ACL Recovery"; Third, Joe Stevenson, The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald, "MLB Scouts Show Keen Interest in Priester."

Sports Feature Photo: Second, Eric Ginnard, The (Joliet) Herald-News, "Mud Warrior"; Third, Sauk Valley Newspapers, "Taking Flight."

Column or Blog: First, Joseph Hosey, The (Joliet) Herald-News; Second, Bob Okon, The (Joliet) Herald- News; Third, Tom Collins, LaSalle News-Tribune.

Sports Column or Blog: Second, Brian Hoxsey, The (Ottawa) Times, "Full-Court Press"; Third, J.T. Pedelty, The (Ottawa) Times, "The Pedelty Box."

Portrait/Personality: First, Eric Ginnard, The (Joliet) Herald-News, "Marcellus Moore Portrait"; Third, Eric Ginnard, The (Joliet) Herald-News, "Remembering Aaron."

Business Reporting: First, Brent Bader, The (Ottawa) Times, "Doing Big Things in Small Towns"

Editorial Writing: Third, Scott T. Holland, The (Ottawa) Times.

Headlines: Second, Joseph Hosey, The (Joliet) Herald-News.

General News Photo: Second, Eric Ginnard, The (Joliet) Herald-News, "Compassion and Comfort"

Best Use of Social Media by an Individual: Second, Sean Hammond, The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald

Best Use of Social Media by an Institutional Account: Second, Kyle Nabors, Sean Hammond and Joe Stevenson, The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald, "McHenry County Sports."

Digital Storytelling: Second, Brent Bader and Tom Collins, The (Ottawa) Times, "The People v. Kenneth Cusick."

Picture Story: First, Matthew Apgar, The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald, "AJ Freund's Disappearance and Murder"

Investigative Reporting: Third, Katie Smith, The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald, "AJ Freund Coverage."

Public Service: First, Drew Zimmerman, The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald, "McHenry County Coroner's Office Performance"; Third, Drew Zimmerman, The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald, "Who Paid Joe Tirio's Legal Fees?"

Division I/Smallest

Breaking News: Second, Eric Olson and Aimee Barrows, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, "Blaze at Apartment Complex Rages for Hours."

Spot News Photo: First, Eric Olson, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, "Apartment Building Fire."

Sports Breaking News: Second, Eddie Carifio, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, "Sycamore-Montini Football"; Third, Kaleb Carter, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, "Volley for a Cure."

Sports Action Photo: Second, Mark Busch, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, "Goal!"

Feature: First, Kelsey Rettke, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, "DeKalb Blogger's Tweet About Self-Acceptance Goes Viral "

Feature Photo: Second, Mark Busch, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, "Camp Power"; Third, Mark Busch, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, "Snowy Halloween."

Sports Feature: Third, Eddie Carifio, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, "Sycamore Coach."

Sports Feature Photo: First, Mark Busch, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, "Wrestler of the Year"; Third, Mark Busch, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, "State Champions."

Column or Blog: Third, Kevin Solari, DeKalb Daily Chronicle.

Sports Column or Blog: First, Eddie Carifio, DeKalb Daily Chronicle.

Portrait/Personality: Second, Mark Busch, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, "Young Love"

Editorial Writing: Third, Eric Olson, DeKalb Daily Chronicle.

General News Photo: Third, Mark Busch, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, "Controlled Burn."

Best Use of Social Media by an Individual: First, Eddie Carifio, DeKalb Daily Chronicle; Second, Kaleb Carter, DeKalb Daily Chronicle.

Best Use of Social Media by an Institutional Account: First, Eddie Carifio and Kaleb Carter, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, "DC Preps."