Celebrate your Illini pride at the 2013 Chicago Illini of the Year Awards

You’re invited to join fellow alumni at the 17th annual Chicago Illini of the Year reception and dinner honoring the best of Chicago and the University of Illinois.

Tuesday, March 12
University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe St.

  • 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner
  • R.S.V.P. by March 5
  • 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 alumni@uillinois.edu or 800/355-2586.

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

2013 Recipients

The Hon. Ryan Baker ’91 MEDIA
Sports Anchor/Director, WBBM-TV/CBS 2 Chicago

Ryan BakerEmmy-nominated sports anchor and reporter Ryan Baker is well known for donating his time and talent to numerous Chicago-area community organizations, particularly the American Diabetes Association. Highlights of his career include his live reports from the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory; the University of Illinois race to the Final Four and the historic White Sox World Series win, both in 2005; and the 2004 Olympics in Athens.







Celene Peurye-Hissong’74 LAS, MSW ’76
Focused Philanthropy

Celene Peurye-Hissong A philanthropic consultant with extensive experience in corporate social responsibility and community relations, Celene Peurye-Hissong recently was executive director of The Baxter International Foundation, where she led efforts to increase community access to healthcare in more than 30 countries and 15 states. A founding board member of the Chicago Abused Women Coalition, Peurye-Hissong has also served as vice president of the United Airlines Foundation and executive director of the Fel-Pro/Mecklenburger Foundation.





Jesse H. Ruiz
’88 LAS
Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Jesse H. Ru In 2011, distinguished attorney Jesse Ruiz was appointed vice president of the Chicago Board of Education by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, and to the U.S. Department of Education’s Excellence and Equity Commission by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The former chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, Ruiz has received numerous prestigious awards for promoting equal opportunity in both the legal profession and public education.

Read more: http://www.uiaa.org/illinois/honors/ciy_program.html

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