Alumni to be honored at 15th Chicago Illini of the Year Awards

You’re invited to join fellow alumni at the 15th annual Chicago Illini of the Year reception and dinner honoring the best of Chicago and the University of Illinois.

Wednesday, Feb. 29
University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe St.

  • 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner
  • R.S.V.P. by Feb. 22
  • Cost: $125 per person; $850 for table of eight
Register Online

Please join us at this all-alumni reception and dinner at the University Club of Chicago as we honor the Chicago Illini of the Year. This event is open to all alumni and provides a great opportunity to enhance Illini ties and celebrate Orange & Blue pride! For more information, contact the Alumni Service Center at or 800/355-2586.

Sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association and the Chicago Illini Club

2012 Recipients

EvansThe Hon. Timothy C. Evans ’65 LAS
Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County

Timothy C. EvansThe first African-American to hold the position of chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Timothy C. Evans has made creative and compassionate reforms aimed at changing the culture of the court in response to the needs of a large and diverse urban community. These innovations include improving the bail-setting process and streamlining the time spent from arraignment to disposition of felony cases.



MendenhallSamuel Mendenhall ’88 CBA (UIC), JD ’91 LAW
Equity Partner
Winston & Strawn

Samuel MendenhallSamuel Mendenhall has combined his lifelong achievements with a commitment and sustained philosophy to help others. Following his distinguished service in the U.S. Army, Mendenhall completed business and law degrees at two campuses of the University of Illinois and joined the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn, where he is a litigation partner and director of the firm’s foundation.



SagersCarol Hillsman Sagers ’79 MEDIA
Founder and Consultant
CHS Marketing Consultants

Carol Hillsman SagersCarol Hillsman Sagers recently returned to her own consulting company after completing a seven-year stint as director of U.S. marketing for McDonald’s USA, leading the fast-food giant’s marketing management efforts for African-American and Pan-Asian consumers. Prior to joining McDonald’s, Sagers was the principal at CHS Marketing Consultants, a company she founded in 1996.




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