This year, the contest featured a People’s Choice Award and an overall Chili Contest Winner. The overall taste award was chosen by an independent panel of judges comprised of gracious volunteers from the Chicago Heights Knights of Columbus, the Lions Club and a local resident. The Chicago Heights Police Department was voted the overall Chili Contest Winner for the 2nd year in a row, receiving the 1st Place trophy, with the People’s Choice Award being garnered by the Chicago Heights Fire Department.
The contest raised over $1200 in support of the charities chosen by the departments. At the end of the day, the departments were all winners as proceeds from the event were donated to the first responder’s charities of choice, along with a contribution to each department’s charity from Mayor Gonzalez. Special thanks to the Chicago Heights Fire & Police Departments and the South Chicago Heights Fire & Police Departments for their support and participation!