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Pat Hughes, Rick Telander win Illinois sports media awards

Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes was named the Illinois sportscaster of the year, and the Chicago Sun-Times’ Rick Telander was named sportswriter of the year, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association announced Monday.

Hughes is entering his 33rd season of broadcasting Major League Baseball, and his 20th season with the Cubs. He has won the sportscaster of the year award nine times — six coming in Illinois.

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Telander has been a sportswriter at the Sun-Times since 1995. He previously won the NSSA’s Illinois sportswriter of the year award every year from 2003-07.

Hughes and Telander will be presented with their awards at a ceremony this summer in Salisbury, N.C.