According to the Illinois Association of Teachers of English, Simone Elkeles is the Illinois author of the year. Congratulations Simone! It's unclear to me whether this means she beat Barack Obama, but regardless, she's clearly awesome. She'll be giving an address at the association's annual conference this fall. 400 English teachers aren't going to know what hit them.
(The best part of this is that Simone is so driven that I wouldn't put it past her to move to Wisconsin now so she can win there next year.)