blog posts2017 Chicago Illini of the Year AwardsMar 16, 2017 9:30 am0 views Co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association and the Chicago Illini Club, this award recognizes the accomplishments of Chicago-area graduates of the University.Actor, producer, restauranteur: Alum Billy Dec is unstoppableDec 22, 2017 12:00 pm0 views He's been on TV shows like Empire and Criminal Minds, owns restaurants, does a podcast with NBA stars, hosts charity events... How does alumnus Billy Dec do it all?Alumna Temple Grandin elected to the American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 21, 2016 10:00 am0 views Grandin is well known for her contributions to animal welfare in agriculture, and for her work as a spokesperson for people with autism. A rich trove: Roger Ebert at the University of IllinoisApr 21, 2017 10:30 am0 views Roger Ebert was not a typical University of Illinois student. His time here laid a foundation for his future, as they do for most students. But, unlike most students, they also shaped the university.Chemistry alumna recognized for groundbreaking career in biotechJul 5, 2016 11:00 am2 views “It was an opportunity to ask questions to which we didn’t know the answers yet,” said Chilton, recipient of the 2016 U of I Alumni Association Achievement Award. College of Business receives $150 million naming giftOct 26, 2017 8:30 am2 views The College of Business at Illinois will be known as the Gies College of Business after an unprecedented investment from a distinguished alumnus. ECE's Phil Krein named a fellow of the National Academy of InventorsJan 8, 2018 10:15 am0 views Krein made significant strides in optimizing the use of solar power as a feasible energy resource, and wrote the first undergrad text to provide an engineering framework for power electronicsEducational entrepreneur, postdoc researcher make Forbes '30 under 30' listJan 10, 2017 9:45 am9 views Illinois' Ryan Hoch, alumnus and co-founder of Overgrad, and current postdoctoral researcher Lydia Kisley, were named to the 2017 Forbes "30 Under 30" ranking for Education and Healthcare, respectively. Film industry heavyweights descend on Champaign to pay tribute to Ebert’s lasting legacyApr 20, 2017 11:30 am1 views Norman Lear: 'It’s one thing to criticize, another to criticize out of love. To know his work is to know how much he cared for film and for filmmakers.'Find your local Illini clubMay 17, 2016 11:00 am30 views Illini clubs, affinity groups and college groups are a great way to stay connected to the University and your fellow alumni. They offer a variety of social, cultural, educational, community service and networking events. Illini Baseball star Casey Fletcher: Going to bat for a dreamSep 6, 2016 1:00 pm0 views Casey Fletcher’s father, Darrin, played for the Illini prior to leaving for a 14-year career in the major leagues, and his grandfather, Tom, an alumnus, played for the Illini in the 60s before signing with the Detroit TigersIllinois alum wins Columbia's John Chancellor Award for journalismSep 19, 2017 10:45 am3 views '(Dan) Balz is the chief correspondent of The Washington Post and one of the country’s most trusted political reporters.'Illinois grads' invention may just be the cast of the futureOct 27, 2016 10:45 am2 views “We decided to design a cast that was waterproof, but also had a more open structure so it wouldn’t trap any debris against the skin.” Alumni Jason TroutnerIllinois Homecoming Week 2017Oct 12, 2017 10:30 am2 views Return to your campus, explore the University's 150 year history, and share your photos, memories and stories via social mediaIllinois names inaugural class to its Athletics Hall Of FameFeb 23, 2017 10:45 am2 views The 28-person Class of 2017, dates back to the first Illini football team in 1890, through the addition of women's varsity teams in the early 1970s, and up to coaches and athletes from the current century.Illinois' Tatyana McFadden is on Forbes '30 Under 30' listJan 5, 2017 11:30 am12 views McFadden solidified her legacy as the top Paralympic marathoner in the world as she completed her fourth straight sweep of the marathon majors, and dominated the track at the Rio 2016 Paralympic GamesIllinois' Tatyana McFadden won her fourth straight New York City Marathon SundayNov 7, 2016 11:30 am0 views the 27-year-old U.S. Paralympian won her fifth overall New York title, earning her a fourth straight sweep of all four major marathons – not done by anyone else in the history of wheelchair racing or elite running.Illinois: The early yearsJun 22, 2017 8:00 am3 views From the muddy prairie rose a school—and a student body—rooted in manual labor and religious worship, in addition to cultural activities that left sports in the dustIllinois to honor its only Medal of Honor awardeeOct 25, 2017 8:00 am1 views Maj. Kenneth Bailey of Danville, a 1935 graduate, was awarded the medal posthumously for leading his company in defending an airfield during the Guadalcanal Campaign in September 1942In WWII, alumna found herself behind enemy linesFeb 8, 2017 9:00 am4 views Jill Pitts Knappenberger drove a modified Red Cross bus that delivered coffee, doughnuts and goodwill to Allied troops - until she found herself surrounded by German soldiers in the Battle of the BulgeJennifer Neubauer named president of UI Alumni AssociationMay 18, 2017 9:30 am11 views Champaign native and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumna Jennifer Lewis Neubauer has been named president of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.Join us in Chicago the week of November 13Nov 2, 2016 7:30 am0 views Paint Chicago orange this November at a variety of events including alumni gatherings, networking receptions, and the annual Illinois Luncheon at the historic Chicago Cultural Center.Journalism alumnus lands Edward R. Murrow AwardJul 4, 2016 1:45 pm2 views Charlie Meyerson has won a 2016 national Edward R. Murrow Award for audio investigative reporting from the Radio Television Digital News Association.Journalism grad receives Pulitzer PrizeApr 22, 2016 2:30 pm10 views Leonora LaPeter Anton ’86, of the Tampa Bay Times was awarded a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. The reporting was a joint project between the Times and the Herald-Tribune into Florida’s state-funded mental hospitals.Looking back on dorm life at the University of IllinoisNov 22, 2016 10:15 am1 views Residence halls act as a home away from home for college students as they navigate their campus lives. Here’s a look at Illinois’ dormitories over the years, from bedrooms to lounge areas to on-site eateries.Meet the 2016 Chicago Illini of the Year honoreesMar 8, 2016 2:15 pm14 views Co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association and the Chicago Illini Club, this award recognizes the accomplishments of Chicago-area graduates of the University. Meet the alumna doing forensics research for the Las Vegas police departmentOct 14, 2016 12:15 pm1 views "The best part of the job...is that we in the Chemistry Detail are also members of the Clandestine Laboratory Team, which means that we are the only section in the laboratory that responds to crime scenes."Q&A: Chris Silcox, former Illini gymnast and Spider-Man stunt doubleAug 11, 2017 8:30 am5 views If you saw Spider-Man: Homecoming, you saw Chris Silcox. You just didn’t realize it.Rich Nye: From Cubs pitcher to exotic vet pioneerMar 1, 2017 9:30 am1 views After his pitching career, Nye became a nationally renowned authority on avian medicine and 1989 president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians.Tatyana McFadden wins eighth Chicago Marathon, breaking her own course recordOct 9, 2017 2:15 pm1 views The victory this year was special for the Illinois alumna after missing the London Marathon and finishing fourth at Boston. She had been undefeated since 2013.