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See Daily Herald images that were selected for awards from the Illinois Press Association. Among winners were first-place awards for photographers Rick West, in the spot-news photo category; Paul Valade, in the feature photo category; and John Starks, in the sports photo category.

IPA sports first place: Jockey William Buick seems to jump off his horse Permian at the finish line of the Secretariat Stakes as the horse breaks its left front leg at the Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, Illinois on August 12, 2017. Because of the severity of the break, the champion race horse was euthanized on the track minutes later, while the jockey was taken away by ambulance with a broken back.
  IPA sports first place: Jockey William Buick seems to jump off his horse Permian at the finish line of the Secretariat Stakes as the horse breaks its left front leg at the Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, Illinois on August 12, 2017. Because of the severity of the break, the champion race horse was euthanized on the track minutes later, while the jockey was taken away by ambulance with a broken back.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
IPA feature photo first place: Chicago stilt walker Richie Schiraldi relaxes on his car before participating in a  Fourth of July parade in Elgin.
  IPA feature photo first place: Chicago stilt walker Richie Schiraldi relaxes on his car before participating in a Fourth of July parade in Elgin.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Ruth Matthias, 100, of Buffalo Grove stares at the Chicago Cubs World Series trophy at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. Matthias said she thought she would never see this day. "I'm enjoying it" and "It means everything."
  Ruth Matthias, 100, of Buffalo Grove stares at the Chicago Cubs World Series trophy at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. Matthias said she thought she would never see this day. "I'm enjoying it" and "It means everything."
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
A racer soars during Woodstock MX Motocross Racing at the grandstand Thursday night at the McHenry County Fair in Woodstock. The fair continues through Sunday.
  A racer soars during Woodstock MX Motocross Racing at the grandstand Thursday night at the McHenry County Fair in Woodstock. The fair continues through Sunday.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Maria Rodriguez of Hoffman Estates prays in front of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the annual feast day celebrations in Des Plaines.
  Maria Rodriguez of Hoffman Estates prays in front of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the annual feast day celebrations in Des Plaines.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Corey Dixon reacts after he was sworn in as the newest member of the Elgin City Council after his win in the April 4 election.
Corey Dixon reacts after he was sworn in as the newest member of the Elgin City Council after his win in the April 4 election.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Max Gross, who turned 21 about two weeks ago, is a U.S. Army sergeant who was completely paralyzed after a car crash a year ago. He is living at home with his dad, stepmom, siblings and grandpa. The U.S. Department of Defense informed the family it will only pay for three hours of nursing care per day starting April 1, as opposed to 16 hours, which is what he's been getting since he was discharged from rehab in February.
  Max Gross, who turned 21 about two weeks ago, is a U.S. Army sergeant who was completely paralyzed after a car crash a year ago. He is living at home with his dad, stepmom, siblings and grandpa. The U.S. Department of Defense informed the family it will only pay for three hours of nursing care per day starting April 1, as opposed to 16 hours, which is what he's been getting since he was discharged from rehab in February.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Fire and rescue  personnel responded to a fire at Barrington Lakes Apartments in Hoffman Estates. Resident Malgorzata Rostecka, soot smeared on her face after entering a burning apartment to pull a man to safety,  watches firefighters work.
  Fire and rescue personnel responded to a fire at Barrington Lakes Apartments in Hoffman Estates. Resident Malgorzata Rostecka, soot smeared on her face after entering a burning apartment to pull a man to safety, watches firefighters work.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Gina Aragones, a Crystal Lake resident talks about the Home of the Sparrow program that helped her get back on her feet. Aragones also looks after her niece's three-year-old son JC during the work day.
  Gina Aragones, a Crystal Lake resident talks about the Home of the Sparrow program that helped her get back on her feet. Aragones also looks after her niece's three-year-old son JC during the work day.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Illuminated by emergency and flood lights, a Benchmark Construction employee reacts to the death of a coworker after firefighters pulled 22-year-old Brett Morrow from a collapsed sewer line on S. Park Blvd. in Streamwood on October 25, 2017. Morrow had been trapped in the pipe for four hours as firefighters and Benchmark employees worked to rescue him.
  Illuminated by emergency and flood lights, a Benchmark Construction employee reacts to the death of a coworker after firefighters pulled 22-year-old Brett Morrow from a collapsed sewer line on S. Park Blvd. in Streamwood on October 25, 2017. Morrow had been trapped in the pipe for four hours as firefighters and Benchmark employees worked to rescue him.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
IPA spot news first place: Sophia Licher, 17, right, gets a hug from friend Emma Vitallo, 17, near the memorial for murdered St. Charles twins Tiffany and Brittney Coffland on March 13, 2017. The girls attended St. Charles East with the twins. The twins were each shot in the head by their father, who also shot their mother in the leg before killing himself.
  IPA spot news first place: Sophia Licher, 17, right, gets a hug from friend Emma Vitallo, 17, near the memorial for murdered St. Charles twins Tiffany and Brittney Coffland on March 13, 2017. The girls attended St. Charles East with the twins. The twins were each shot in the head by their father, who also shot their mother in the leg before killing himself.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
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