The Austin Weekly News has done it again at the Illinois Press Association Awards this year, winning several first place reporting awards and placing among the best newspapers in the state. The paper also won honors in the design, photo and column categories. Longtime AWN freelancer La Risa Lynch and Chloe Riley, a reporter for AustinTalks.org, won the top awards in the business reporting and single-news story categories, respectfully. AWN was also named third best pub in the state; parent pub Wednesday Journal was No. 1. Sales rep Dawn Ferencak was named Salesperson of the Year. The IPA awards took place June 15 in Springfield. AWN’s entire winning roster is below:

General Excellence

Third Place: Austin Weekly News, Chicago.

News Reporting – Single Story

First Place: Austin Weekly News, Chicago, Chloe Riley. What’s on their money menu?

Honorable Mention: Austin Weekly News, Chicago, Ellyn Fortino. Nursing home cited for health safety violations.

Business / Economic Reporting

First Place: Austin Weekly News, Chicago, La Risa Lynch. Expanding the food desert

Feature Writing

First Place: Austin Weekly News, Chicago, Megan Dooley. Wrongly jailed, seeking solace.

News Reporting – Series

Third Place: Austin Weekly News, Chicago, Megan Dooley, Devin Rose, Marty Stempniak. Murder of Chervon Alexander, 29

Original Column

Honorable Mention: Austin Weekly News, Chicago, China Hill.

Spot News Photo

Second Place: Austin Weekly News, Chicago, J. Geil. Warehouse Fire

Informational Graphic

Honorable Mention: Austin Weekly News, Chicago, Alaina Buzas. Chicago Alderwomen

Newspaper Design

Austin Weekly News, Chicago, Alaina Buzas