- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Sun-Times won sweepstakes awards for stories and photos in the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors annual news contest for a multimedia package about the aftermath of the slaying of a Chicago teenager.

Among medium-sized papers, The Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake won both editorial and photo sweepstakes awards, while The Register-Mail in Galesburg took editorial and photo sweepstakes awards in the small newspaper division.

The winners were announced Thursday at the IAPME and Illinois Press Association annual convention.

IAPME, a professional organization for newspaper members of The Associated Press cooperative, elected Sun-Times Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk president for 2014-15. Newly elected to the IAPME board were Angie Muhs, incoming executive editor of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, and Kate Schott, editor of The Herald-News in Joliet and Morris Daily Herald.

The sweepstakes winners cap the annual news contest - a single sweepstakes winner is chosen from among all first-place entries in each size division of the contest. Other winners were previously announced.

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Editorial sweepstakes:

Division A: Jessica Koscielniak, Peter Holderness, Chicago Sun-Times, “The Ripple Effect: Putting Ashley Hardmon to Rest.”

Division B: Staff, The Northwest Herald, Crystal Lake, “Strapped in Suburbia.

Division C: Tom Loewy, Ariel Cheung, Joe Ward, Register-Mail, Galesburg, for “Fatal Dog Attack.”

Photo sweepstakes:

Division A: Jessica Kocielniak, Chicago Sun-Times, “The Ripple Effect: Putting Ashley Hardmon to rest,” photo package.

Division B: H. Rick Bamman, The Northwest Herald, Crystal Lake, “Pure Joy.”

Division C: Steven Davis, Register-Mail, Galesburg, “Flying by the Seat of His Pants.”

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