Best of Central Illinois Preps

Monday, June 24th, 2019at 6:00pm
Located in the peoria civic center exhibit halls

Join the Peoria Journal Star in celebrating the accomplishments of the 2018-2019 high school student athletes at the annual Best of Central Illinois Preps awards banquet on Monday, June 24 at the Peoria Civic Center. The Best of Central Illinois Preps banquet is the Journal Star's way of saying thank you to the thousands of outstanding high school athletes, coaches, and fans who allow us to share their stories and passions. The banquet honors all the Best of Central Illinois Preps honorees in each sport and recognizes the overall players of the year, including male and female athlete of the year. Best of Central Illinois Preps athletes are invited to attend for free and the event is open to family, friends and the general public.

We are proud to welcome National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee, Jim Thome, as our featured special guest. Jim will be back in his hometown in Peoria for a question and answer session about lessons he's learned and memories he's made during his career.

Doors open at 6:00pm. Event starts at 6:30pm. General admission tickets may be purchased for $50. General admission ticket includes dinner, awards ceremony, and presentation by guest speaker. General admission seating is first come, first served in proximity to speaker. For more information and tickets, visit the official event site at:

Best of Central Illinois Preps is presented by the Journal Star in partnership with Citizens Equity First Credit Union (CEFCU), Mike Murphy Ford, Ray Dennison Chevrolet Powerhouse, Joseph Health Group and Mascot Sponsor Illinois Pork Producer. Thank you sponsors for allowing us to bring this event to our community.