Review honored by Illinois Press Association

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The annual Illinois Press Association awards took place June 13 in Springfield and Forest Park Review won several awards. 

Editor Jean Lotus won first and second prize for feature writing. A story about Forest Park's dive bars "elegantly describes a not-so-elegant topic," judges said.

"This writer has a flair for crisp, makes-you-feel-like-you're there description," said judges about "Goddesses of Light," a story about local photographer Geoff Binns-Calvey's boudoir photo studio. The competition's 3,500 entries were judged by members of the North Carolina Press Association. Lotus won second place in the Knight Investigative award competition for stories about Forest Park Commissioner Tom Mannix's connection to an anonymous "dirty laundry" political blog. 

"The kind of reporting that needs to be done in the digital world," judges said.

The Review's original columnists also won awards: First place was Sharon Daly, with judges saying her work was, "willing to take on local issues with a strong voice." Columnist Tom Holmes won second place and John Rice won honorable mention.

The Review also won first prize awards in the categories of Best Website, Best Special Section and Best Newspaper Design.

Chicago journalists from newspapers across the state were honored. The Illinois Press Association, located in Springfield, represents 460 daily and weekly newspapers.

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Posted: June 24th, 2014 8:08 AM

There is an update about Com. Tom Mannix on the Forest Park Forums. Thanks BD:

Clown-o-Rama from FP  

Posted: June 24th, 2014 2:08 AM

There's Billy the clown Lombardo Dwyer acting his tuff guy stuff again and again and again. He fits in with the the rest of the no nose guys.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 1:09 PM

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 10:02 AM

Careful with those 10:30 pm rants, Clown-o-boy. Bill W. may diagnose you with a drinking problem. Me, I just see you having a thinking problem. Congratulations again to the FPR. Just ignore those furtive little scurrying sounds from all the anonymous little mousey types, mouthing all their little mousey opinions from the shadows. Why, it's almost like the Forest Park Truth Squad and the cowards that ran it never really went away.

Clown-o-rama from FP  

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 10:31 PM

Billy D the clown Lombardo is at it again, can't help himself, fits right in with the rest of the thugs.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 6:34 PM

"Mick"? Oh, c'mon, Bill W. Try harder, if you're capable of the effort. If you believe I'm just a arm chair warrior with a load on, what exactly do you make of the two anonymous mopes below? Please, Bill W, tell us all what you think they've ingested that explains their tripe.

Bill W  

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 5:19 PM

Drinking again Mick, because you are a real hard A** armchair warrior when you Get a few pops in ya. Maybe you get some help before this is a determent to your life, oh I'm sorry never mind

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: June 21st, 2014 10:10 PM

Two D209 grads- or one grad, never know- heard from. C'mon, boys- or girls- to my face. You pathetic clowns.

Clown-o-rama from FP  

Posted: June 21st, 2014 10:01 PM

@Billy the clown Lombardo Dwyer, nope no sour grapes here don't know enough about the nonesence you write about but only read enough to surmise that you're in the same class as Lombardo, yep yep you're right Billy you're right


Posted: June 21st, 2014 9:33 PM

@Bill D -- come on, be a sport and submit an example of the sour-grapes pattern.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: June 21st, 2014 9:07 PM

Someone sounds rather bitter. Maybe one of the a** wipes embarrassed or otherwise inconvenienced by the FPR reporting? Yeah, I'd say that's about right? clown. Choke on it.


Posted: June 21st, 2014 8:28 PM

Hahaha "these [journalism] awards are given by an association of press people. Outcomes might be different if judged by regular folk." This the so-called sour-grapes theorem. For (journalism, press) you can substitute just about anything, for example: "these [Field Medal] awards are given by an association of mathematics people. Outcomes might be different if judged by regular folk." Clowning commenters are hereby invited to offer their own versions to say congratulations the winners.

Clown-o-rama from FP  

Posted: June 21st, 2014 5:15 PM

To be comprehensive and even clearer, these awards are given by an association of press people. Outcomes might be different if judged by regular folk. Clowns are abundant here and especially Bill who most likely has the largest amount of writings on this site, he is by far the biggest clown of all. Clowns generally are funny but occasionally a misfit finds his way into the mix.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: June 21st, 2014 12:41 PM

To be clear and comprehensive, the parent Wednesday Journal was named the best large weekly newspaper in the state for the second straight year, and the WJ, Inc. organization won seventy- 70- awards. The clowns who control this village can mock that quality and success all they want. The rest of society recognizes and appreciates quality.

jerry from forest park  

Posted: June 21st, 2014 12:36 PM

Guys, lets hold down the praise, haven't we been told that the Review was fit for a bird gage by local officals, that the Post was a better news source? That being said, I believe Mr . Haley has a solid staff that does a remarkable job. You keep up the great work.

Steven Backman  

Posted: June 18th, 2014 8:47 AM

Way to go Sharon and Jean, well deserved. Forest Park is very fortunate to have these courageous Women telling it like it is.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: June 17th, 2014 11:49 PM

So. Of the few local columnists in the local 'media filter' that the FPR has been called, Sharon Daly won first, Tom Holmes was second and John Rice was, effectively fourth of four finalists in class. Makes me wonder why the ever-so-fearful PTBs feel such a compelling need to avoid any filter. Except for the fact that they so obviously fear such an uncontrolled filter. Whatever, way to go Ms. Lotus, et al. Keep it up, naysayers be damned. Major kudos.

Gary from Forest Park  

Posted: June 17th, 2014 10:17 PM

Kudos to the Review for well-deserved honors.

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