The Illinois Office of Tourism is launching the "Lincoln Awards" to honor those who work behind the scenes to promote tourism throughout the state. Nominated locally are Brad Winn from the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site in Hartford, and Ann Badasch, owner of My Just Desserts in Alton.
Piggybacking on the movie "Lincoln"'s Oscar nomination, the two were nominated in the state's Best Supporting Actor and Best Actress categories. Winn says he is honored to be nominated.
Badasch could not be reached for this story. Both are described as passionate about bringing visitors to the area, showing a dedication to the tourism industry. The awards will be handed out during a special program at the upcoming Excellence in Tourism Awards in Rosemont on February 27.
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