NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — Actor, singer, and Illinois native Jane Lynch was inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame Tuesday morning at the Normal Marriot Hotel and Convention Center.

Lynch is from Dolton, IL, and is a graduate of Thornridge High School and ISU. Throughout her career, she has received five Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“I really am proud to be from this state and this makes it even sweeter,” Lynch said of her induction.

Lynch graduated from Illinois State University’s theater program in 1982.

“Normal has changed a lot and yet there’s a lot of it that is still the same; the quad is the same and a lot of the buildings that surround the quad are the same, but Uptown is brand new to me,” Lynch said.

From television, viewers know Lynch from her roles on Glee, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and The Weakest Link; from the stage, Lynch has performed as Miss Hannigan in Annie, Mrs. Brice in Funny Girl, and more.

“It was never on my bucket list and its one of the most rewarding things I do,” Lynch said of hosting The Weakest Link.

“Knowing my name will be added to the prestigious list of broadcast giants with Illinois ties who have preceded me in entering the Illinois Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame; names like Joan Rivers, Jack Benny, Steve Allen, Bill Murray, Mike Wallace, and Oprah…. well, it’s quite an honor indeed!” Lynch said of her induction.

The ceremony took place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Bloomington-Normal Marriot Hotel.

Watch her full interview here: