Pat Hughes named Illinois Sportscaster of the Year

Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes has been named the 2014 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

"I'd like to dedicate this award to my wonderful broadcast partner, Ron Coomer, and to the Chicago Cubs fans, the best listening audience in the world," said Hughes.

This is Hughes' ninth Sportscaster of the Year honor and his sixth in Illinois, having previously won the award in 1996, 1999, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Hughes was honored as Wisconsin's Sportscaster of the Year in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

Hughes is entering his 33rd campaign of broadcasting big league baseball, his 20th season with the Cubs, and his second year teaming with Coomer on the Cubs Radio Network. Hughes and Coomer join their new broadcast home, WBBM Newsradio 780, in 2015.

The award will be presented June 9, 2015 in Salisbury, N.C.