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Rep. Kelly announces photo contest to highlight beauty of Illinois' 2nd District

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Congresswoman Robin Kelly is proud of the natural beauty of the Illinois' 2nd Congressional District (IL-2), so much so, that she is inviting residents and visitors to take part in an online photo contest, asking those that participate in the contest to use their photography skills to capture the beauty and uniqueness of the district. The IL-2 stretches an expanse of land from the south suburbs of Chicago, the district includes southern Cook county, eastern Will county, and Kankakee county, as well as the city of Chicago's far southeast side.

Rep. Kelly's main priorities for IL-2 is "constituent services." Rep. Kelly is also deeply committed to enhancing an already beautiful district, and that is the reason for the contest. Now Rep. Kelly wants the rest of the world to know, what her constituents already know: the beauty and uniqueness of IL-2.

Rep. Kelly invites those participating or thinking of participating in the contest to visit her government Facebook page and to "like" her page in order to keep up on the contest and get the latest updates from a "constituent-oriented Congresswoman.

One of the many features on Rep. Kelly's government page and government Facebook page is a feature titled "Constituent Spotlight." This popular feature spotlights a constituent in the district that makes a difference in the lives of people. For example, the first to be featured was Calumet City resident, Brayden Banske, who was appointed by Rep. Kelly to the West Point Military Academy as a freshman cadet on July 1, 2013. Banske is also a story about his family. His older sister Courtney is a 2012 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and currently serves as an officer aboard the USS DeWert.

Entries may be sent to by 5 p.m., July 21. An entry email must include a contestant’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and social media username. Photos should include the location, date taken, and a brief photo caption. If individuals are captured in the photo, contestants must obtain the consent and names of all those pictured.

Everyone is welcome to vote for his or her favorite picture from July 21 through July 25. Photos may be viewed on Rep. Kelly’s Instagram and Facebook sites using the hashtag #02ByYou.

Any resident or visitor to the Second Congressional District of Illinois may submit up to two photos. All photos must be original and taken in the Second Congressional District (for a map, please visit If the photo contains an image of a person, you must obtain that person’s permission to have the photo published. By entering this contest, you also agree that the photo may be published royalty free in any communication by my office. My office reserves the right to reject entries that are offensive, in poor taste, inappropriate for public display or do not meet eligibility criteria.

Higher-quality photos are strongly preferred. Ideal dimensions for Facebook cover photos: 851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall.

Send entries to by July 21st, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Your entry email must include a contestant’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and social media username. In addition, contestants must obtain the consent and name of all individuals captured in the photograph and include a location, date taken and photo caption.

For more information, call (202) 225-0773. Contest entry rules can be accessed at