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General Motors Seeks to Reward Local Heroes Across Illinois

CHICAGO, Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors once again wants to honor, recognize and reward local heroes across Illinois who are driving positive change in their communities with the Our Town, Our Heroes program. Teachers, coaches, veterans, parents, friends and everyone in between who inspire others and drive positive change will be spotlighted by the Our Town, Our Heroes program in 2012.

Launched in February 2011, Our Town, Our Heroes is in its second year. Beginning January 30 and continuing through November, Illinois residents can visit and nominate someone who inspires them and is making a difference in their community. Finalists will be chosen once per month, and the public can log on and vote for their favorite hero. The hero with the most votes, and the person who nominated him or her, will each receive a one-week loan of an all-new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle and a special vehicle delivery with their family and friends. New to the program this year, the winning hero will also receive $500 in gift cards, and the second place hero and his or her nominator will each receive a one-week vehicle loan.

"We want to recognize the unsung heroes who inspire others and make a difference in the community," said Brian Goebel, General Motors North Central Region Communications Manager. "We were blown away by their stories last year and look forward to highlighting inspiring people across Illinois again this year."

For more information on the Our Town, Our Heroes program, to read about the 2011 hero winners, and to nominate heroes in your neighborhood, visit and follow on Twitter @DrivingMidwest.

About General Motors General Motors Company (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM), one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908.  With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 209,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries.  GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 31 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands:  Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling.  GM's largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Italy, Russia, Mexico, and Uzbekistan.  GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.  General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation.  More information on the new General Motors can be found at

For more information, contact:
Tony Macrito
General Motors

SOURCE General Motors

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