blog posts2017 Chicago Illini of the Year AwardsMar 16, 2017 9:30 am2 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 pm3 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?Alejandra Carrillo-Estrada: Interweaving technology and traditionJun 19, 2019 9:45 am1 views 'I am especially captivated by the fretwork designs of the archaeological site of Mitla, Oaxaca,' the author writes. She uses 3D modeling to recreate the designs, then uses the models to cast them in silver.Alum Ed Jackson, Jr.: Chief architect, MLK National MemorialJan 19, 2019 4:45 pm5 views Ed Jackson, Jr. shares insights into how he and his team brought the memorial from the original vision to its permanent place on the National MallAlum Elias Waddington: Using skills to help police SWAT teamApr 9, 2019 1:00 pm18 views Elias Waddington designs, tests, and flies the world’s longest-flying production electric quadrotor.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. Alumnus Larry Gies to deliver commencement addressMar 4, 2019 10:15 am6 views Gies will encourage each graduating student to 'find your why' at the May 11 ceremony. 'It’s about being able to connect the dots from what you are doing each and every day to a higher purpose.' Alumnus Nate Azark: Drawn to the CityJan 14, 2019 11:15 am3 views Nate Azark owns of 12 Line Studio, which does design work for national brands and local startups. His distinctive style has also been featured on concert posters and album coversAlumnus Richard Cahan on writing 'Un-American'Feb 7, 2018 6:45 am3 views Cahan's latest book is Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II. Cahan is a journalist, author, photo historian, and co-founder of CityFiles Press in Chicago.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 am3 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. Chicago Illini of the Year Awards to Rich Sieracki, Jill Wine-BanksJun 3, 2019 10:15 am11 views Chicago Illini of the Year Awards recognize outstanding alumni who live and work in the Chicago metropolitan area. College of Business receives $150 million naming giftOct 26, 2017 8:30 am23 views The College of Business at Illinois will be known as the Gies College of Business after an unprecedented investment from a distinguished alumnus. Couldn't get to Illini Fest? Check out the videoAug 8, 2019 9:00 am0 views We painted Chicago orange and blue, with drinks, live music, notable Illini, and more! Enjoy watching a celebration of Illini pride in downtown Chicago at Illini Fest!Dave Eggers and the Secret Agent Supply Co.Nov 12, 2018 3:30 pm0 views Dave Eggers talks about 826CHI, the Chicago chapter of his nonprofit that provides tutoring support for young writers and aims to illuminate children’s voices around the worldDesigning the iconic Chicago TheatreMar 11, 2019 11:45 am2 views Illinois graduates played center stage in designing this State Street landmark in 1921...and in rescuing it sixty years later.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 am26 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. Education alumna creating a buzz in Chicago Public SchoolFeb 28, 2018 9:30 am11 views First year CPS teacher and Illinois alumna Amanda Fagenson is drawing an audience and admiration for her teaching skillsEntrepreneur, UI grad Max Levchin to deliver commencement addressMar 15, 2018 10:00 am0 views Levchin is co-founder of PayPal, former chairman of the board of Yelp, and currently the CEO, founder of the consumer-financing platform Affirm. He graduated from the U. of I. in 1997Film 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 am42 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 Charles David Keeling: The man who tied human actions to climate changeApr 30, 2018 8:45 am0 views Keeling was the first scientist to develop an accurate technique for measuring the air concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) — a greenhouse gas that traps atmospheric heatIllinois alumni help keep ABC7 Eyewitness News No. 1 in ChicagoApr 24, 2018 8:30 am2 views Stop by the plate glass window on State Street in Chicago to watch the ABC7 Eyewitness News and you’re likely watching an Illinois graduateIllinois 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 grads who care for Brookfield Zoo's menagerieJun 5, 2019 10:15 am1 views The work of Drs. Michael Adkesson and Jennifer Langan helps keep the more than 3,000 animals at Brookfield Zoo healthy and helps ensure the survival of their cousins in the wild.Illinois 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 am3 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.