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Special Olympics Illinois Lottery Ticket

The Illinois Lottery and Special Olympics Illinois are proud to announce the first U.S. Lottery game to benefit Special Olympics.   Former Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 219 at the ...

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Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge

  What is the Polar Plunge? The Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge, presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a ...

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State Basketball

What is State Basketball? State Basketball is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in team and individual skills basketball.  State Basketball is held ...

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Weather Policy

Special Olympics Illinois Weather Policy Special Olympics Illinois has a very dedicated, hard-working staff, volunteers and Board, so when we say it is twice as much work to cancel an event as ...

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Transforming Lives

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Athletes from Effingham County Lightning Win Sportsmanship Awards

For any fan in the stand at the District H Basketball Tournament on Feb. 8 at  Wesclin High School in Trenton, the competition for Effingham County Lightning Special Olympics team ...

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Chicago's Lindblom Academy Sends Duo to Winter Games for Snowshoeing

Malik Daniel and Nathaniel Clark have participated in Special Olympics Illinois since they were in elementary school. Nearly 8 years later, Malik, a junior, and Nathaniel, a senior at Lindblom ...

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Scott Price

Scott Price a Fixture at Winter Games' Alpine Venue for About 20 Years

Photo by Nicki Kohl, Telegraph Herald By Thomas J. Barton Posted with Permission of Dubuque Telegraph Herald GALENA - For Jerry Tranel, nothing can hold a candle to the thrill of competition and ...

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Shelby Leeper a Comeback Kid on the Ice

Shelby Leeper, 14, of Pekin had quite an experience at her first Special Olympics Illinois Skating Championships last year. She won three gold medals in speed skating. But that wasn’t the ...

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Making a Difference on a Global Scale

Editor’s Note — Bob Reczek of Mokena, parent of athlete Matthew, was a finalist in the 2014 Share Your Story contest. He is in his 37th year as a basketball referee ...

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Chad Underwood

Chad's Run to the Plunge Leads the Way into Lake Springfield

Since 2007, Special Olympics athlete Chad Underwood has not only led the charge into the frigid waters of Lake Springfield, but has been the driving force  behind a 5K run ...

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