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3 Illinoisans named to state's Outdoor Hall of Fame

August 23, 2020 - 6:27 AM

CHICAGO - Three more people are being inducted into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame for boosting conservation efforts and outdoor recreation opportunities, according to the Illinois Conservation Foundation.

The individuals — Mike Conlin of Auburn, Jim Smith of Morris and Bob Wilkins of Shorewood — will be honoured at a Chicago gala in April 2021.

The trio has "helped set the pace on conservation leadership for years,” said Colleen Callahan, chair of the foundation's board and director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Conlin retired from the Illinois Department of Conservation and IDNR in 2009 after nearly 40 years. Working as fisheries division chief, he's credited with initiating an expansion of the state fish hatcheries.

Smith and Wilkins are avid sportsman and volunteer IDNR instructors. They're credited with sponsoring events including fishing derbies and waterfowl education seminars.

The Outdoor Hall of Fame has recognized Illinois residents for their contributions to preservation and support of the outdoors since 2002.

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