Galena Gazette, Moline Dispatch win sweepstakes

DeKALB — The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association presented awards to regional newspapers Thursday at its annual banquet at Northern Illinois University.

The Moline Dispatch won the sweepstakes for the daily category, and the Galena Gazette won the sweepstakes for the nondaily category. Both newspapers won the sweepstakes in their respective division in 2015 as well. NINA awarded more than 125 other awards in more than 45 categories.

Roger Ruthhart (left) of the Moline Dispatch accepts the 2016 news competition sweepstakes trophy Thursday from the group's executive secretary Jason Akst. The award was presented at NINA'a annual banquet held at Northern Illinois University.
Roger Ruthhart (left) of the Moline Dispatch accepts the 2016 news competition sweepstakes trophy Thursday from the group’s executive secretary Jason Akst. The award was presented at NINA’a annual banquet held at Northern Illinois University.

The banquet featured keynote speaker Dann Gire, film critic for the Daily Herald.

NINA has been serving the journalists and educators in Northern Illinois, in conjunction with the Communication Department of Northern Illinois University for 54 years. See the complete list of 2016 NINA Contest Winners.