The Record Newspapers earned five awards, including first-place awards for Reporter Mark Foster and former Reporter/Photographer Shea Lazansky from the Illinois Press Association for work completed in 2021.

The Record Newspapers were among 12 Shaw Local News Network publications that earned a combined 73 awards from the IPA for 2021 reporting and photojournalism in the association’s annual Best of the Press contest, according to an announcement Friday, June 3. Newspapers from throughout Illinois competed for awards in the contest.