Officers of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois

The officers of the Academy serve four-year terms. They are: the principal executive officer, known as the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, the Secretary, the Treasurer and the Executive Director. The incumbent Governor of Illinois always serves as President of the Academy.

President

Chancellor

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    The Honorable Ron Spears

    OfficerChancellor

    Home City and StateTaylorville, IL

    Brief BiographyMediation and arbitration practice since 2016.  Clerked for United States District Court before serving as a member of a Taylorville law firm with emphasis in litigation in state and federal courts.  Circuit Court Judge 1993-2015.  Graduate of University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University Law. Member of Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.

Vice Chancellor

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    Todd Shapiro

    OfficerVice Chancellor

    TitlePresident and CEO, Illinois CPA Society

    Home City and StateLa Grange Park, IL

    Brief BiographyIllinois CPA Foundation, and CPAs for the Public Interest, and an ex-officio board member of the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois. 2021 Accounting Today’s “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting” list. Twenty years of financial and managerial experience for Unilever as well as Continental Bank, Helene Curtis, Quaker Oats, and Zenith Electronics. Bachelor’s degree in finance from University of Illinois, MBA from DePaul University.

Secretary

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    Ethel Holladay

    OfficerSecretary

    Home City and StateDuQuoin IL

    Brief BiographyLifelong resident and community leader in southern Illinois. Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Education Association.

Treasurer

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    Graham Grady

    OfficerTreasurer

    TitlePartner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyFocus on city of Chicago and Cook County, helps clients obtain government entitlements and solve problems with local governments. Also serves as legal counsel to one of the five annuity and benefit funds of the City of Chicago, advising in a broad range of areas including compliance with the Illinois Pension Code and investment management agreements.

Executive Director

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    Leanne Barnhart

    OfficerExecutive Director

    TitleExecutive Director

    Home City and StateMahomet, IL

    Brief BiographyThirty-year career in higher education advancement. Officer and board member of several community nonprofits.

Regents for Life of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois

 Regents for Life are all former living Illinois Governors who serve on the Board of Regents.


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    The Honorable Pat Quinn

    Office HolderRegent for Life

    TitleThe 41st Governor of Illinois

    Home City and StateChicago, IL



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    The Honorable Jim Edgar

    Office HolderRegent for Life

    TitleThe 38th Governor of Illinois

    Home City and StateCharleston, IL


Regents of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois

Regents of The Lincoln Academy elect the officers of the Academy, who serve four-year terms. The Regents set Academy policies to be implemented by the Chancellor.

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    Margaret "Meg" A. Cline, CFA, CFP

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleVice President for Gift Planning & Trust Services, University of Illinois Foundation

    Home City and StateChampaign, IL

    Brief BiographyFormer Associate Dean of Advancement, College of ACES Advancement Team”; former Director of Principal Gifts and Gift Planning Advisor with University of Illinois Foundation; B.S. College Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) & MBA from UIUC.


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    The Reverend Stanley L. Davis, Jr.

    TitleCo-Executive Director

    Home City and StateOak Park, IL

    Brief BiographyCo-Executive Director of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago (CRLMC), Executive Director Emeritus of the Chicago and Northern Illinois Region of the National Conference of Community and Justice, (now Chicago Center for Cultural Connections).


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    Jane Denes

    Office HolderRegent

    TitlePartner, Posegate & Denes, P.C.

    Home City and StateSpringfield, IL

    Brief BiographyPartner, Posegate & Denes, P.C.| Member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Sangamon County Bar Association, among others


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    George J. Dohrmann, MD, PhD

    Office HolderRegent

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyEmeritus faculty and neurosurgeon at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Represents the United States on several committees of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (the neurosurgical equivalent of the United Nations). 2001 Bucy Award given annually to one neurosurgeon in the world for “outstanding contributions to neurosurgical education.” 2012 Career Achievement Award from the Chicago Neurological Society for “exceptional expertise, knowledge, dedication and recognition in the field of neurosurgery and neurological research.” 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Neuro Spinal Surgeons Association, when the international organization held its meeting in New Delhi, India.


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    Andrea "Andy" Hasten

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleSenior Vice President, Northern Trust

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyStudent Laureate (MacMurray College) in the first year the award was presented in 1974. Sr VP at Northern Trust Company and manages the Estate Settlement division in Wealth Management.


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    Robert J. Lenz

    Office HolderMember Emeritus

    Home City and StateEl Paso, IL

    Brief BiographyBob Lenz graduated from Freeport High School in 1954, worked his way through college and law school at the University of Illinois and has been actively engaged in the practice of law and community activities in Bloomington-Normal since 1963. In 1965, he was a co-founder of Heartland Head Start in Bloomington-Normal. He is a past president of the Abraham Lincoln Association and the David Davis Mansion Foundation, member of the Advisory Board of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, the Advisory Board of the Lincoln Forum in Gettysburg, and founding Chairman, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of McLean County, among other historical boards and committees. He is past President, McLean County Bar Association. Bob and Peggy live on a horse farm in McLean County, Illinois.


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    Dennis Lyle

    Office HolderRegent

    TitlePresident and CEO, Illinois Broadcasters Association

    Home City and StateCarterville, IL

    Brief BiographyB.S. and Masters Degrees from Southern Illinois University and was honored by the college in 2011 with its Alumni Achievement Award; currently serves on the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts Dean’s National Industry Council; U.S. Department of Justice 2010 ‘Media Person of the Year’


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    Stephanie Pace Marshall, PhD

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleNext Generation Leadership Co-chair, Founding President and President Emerita, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

    Home City and StateBurr Ridge, IL

    Brief BiographyFounding president of the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, International; a director on numerous boards including: the FRY Foundation (Chicago); the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education; The Society for Science and the Public (D.C.), and Ubiquity University; earned Ph.D from Loyola University of Chicago. Received the Order of Lincoln and became a Lincoln Laureate in 2005. In 2016, Dr. Marshall was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission.


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    Lester H. McKeever, Jr.

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleManaging Principal, Washington, Mitchell Titus

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyChairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; licensed CPA in IL, WI, IN and MI and licensed attorney, IL, U.S. District Courts and U.S. Tax Court


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    Alexandra "Zan" Ransburg

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleCivic Leader

    Home City and StatePeoria, IL

    Brief BiographyCommunity leader with extensive volunteer experience. A graduate of Butler University.


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    Courtney C. Shea

    Office HolderMember Emeritus

    TitleCivic Leader

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyHolds degrees with high honors from Notre Dame, Loyola, and University of Chicago. An extensive career working in state and private banking and finance to foster creative financing solutions.


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    Donald R. Tracy

    Office HolderRegent

    TitlePartner, Brown Hay & Stephens

    Home City and StateSpringfield, IL

    Brief BiographyActive in the Illinois State Bar Association, past president Sangamon County Bar Association, and past chair Illinois Institute of Business Law.


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    Eric R. Trimble

    Office HolderRegent

    TitlePresident, Trimble Funeral and Cremation Centers

    Home City and StateMoline, IL

    Brief BiographyPresident of 141-yr old, family-owned Trimble Inc. in Moline. The firm operates Trimble Funeral Homes & Crematory, Veterans Funeral Care, Trimble Funeral Planning, a registered insurance agency, CityView Celebrations at Trimble Pointe, a reception and event venue, and WaterMark Corners and Stationers. Has served on the Funeral Directors Licensing Board for the State of Illinois, and is a past president of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, a 33rd Degree Mason, a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, and is active in the Quad City community. Graduate of Cornell College and the University of Minnesota.


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    Dia S. Weil

    Office HolderRegent

    Home City and StateWinnetka, IL

    Brief BiographyRetired CEO of an e-commerce software company. One of the founders of GTE Airfone and Founder and General Manager of two of its joint ventures. Current board member of Eltek ASA, a publicly traded international Power Company based in Norway. Served as Chairman of the Board of Notre Dame High School for Girls on Chicago’s northwest side, where she was honored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur with their “Educating for Life Award” and by the City Council of Chicago for her work in education.

General Trustees of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois

The General Trustees, whose duties are to nominate and elect the Laureates, are also responsible for electing from their own ranks the working board of directors of the Academy known as the Board of Regents.

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    Joy Boruff

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    Home City and StateMoline, IL

    Brief BiographyBoruff was among the first group of women to be employed in WOC-TV’s newsroom in 1976. The next year, she became the first female host of a call-in radio public affairs show on WOC-AM. Now she is executive director of the Moline Foundation.



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    Maria del Socorro Pesqueira

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePresident, Healthy Communities Foundation

    Brief BiographyCareer has centered on working with and lifting voices in marginalized communities. She serves on numerous boards and commissions including the Forest Preserves of Cook County Board and the Census 2020 Advisory Panel.


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    Marlene Dietz

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    Home City and StateBloomington, Illinois


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    Robert A. Easter, PhD

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePresident Emeritus, Dean Emeritus College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Professor Emeritus, Department of Animal Sciences University of Illinois

    Brief BiographyGeneral Trustee, Development and Endowment Chair President Emeritus, Dean Emeritus College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Professor Emeritus, Department of Animal Sciences University of Illinois.


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    John Freitag

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleExecutive Director, Geothermal Alliance of IL


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    Graham Grady

    OfficerTreasurer

    TitlePartner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyFocus on city of Chicago and Cook County, helps clients obtain government entitlements and solve problems with local governments. Also serves as legal counsel to one of the five annuity and benefit funds of the City of Chicago, advising in a broad range of areas including compliance with the Illinois Pension Code and investment management agreements.


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    J'Tia Hart, PhD

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleProgram Lead, Security Sciences Division

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyDr. Hart is a nuclear engineer currently serving as the Program Lead in the Security Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory where she directs analysis covering international affairs, nuclear energy and safety, energy security and cybersecurity to inform executive cabinet decisions.


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    Roger D. Herrin, MD

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleSIU Board of Trustees Member

    Home City and StateHarrisburg, IL

    Brief BiographyCommunity leader, business person, and doctor. Attended University of Illinois College of Medicine and Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree and received the highest and last Dr. L. R. McCain Award for outstanding proficiency in surgical anatomy and surgery; past president of the American College of Foot Surgeons.


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    Larry R. Jones, MD

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    Home City and StateHarrisburg, IL

    Brief BiographyRetired family physician and medical educator. Founder of Primary Care Group and the Bridge Free Medical Clinic in Harrisburg. 2002 Distinguished Alumnus award, SIU School of Medicine. 2012 Family Physician of the Year, State of Illinois. Mentor of the Year, 2012 and 2015, SIU School of Medicine.


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    Julie A. Kellner

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleTrustee

    Home City and StateSpringfield, IL

    Brief BiographyShe was the Executive Director of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois 2010-2021. She is involved in several community efforts, including the University of Illinois at Springfield and the United Way of Central Illinois. Graduate of University of Illinois at Springfield.


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    Howard A. Learner

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePresident and Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyAdjunct Professor at the University of Michigan Law School and Northwestern University School of Law, teaching advanced seminars on energy law and climate change policy, environmental constitutionalism, and sustainable development law.


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    Shirley R. Madigan

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleChairman, Illinois Arts Council

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyChairman of Illinois Arts Council Agency; Life Trustee at Loyola University of Chicago; Advisory Board Member at After School Matters, Inc; Trustee at Erikson Institute.


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    Jessica Malkin

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleExecutive Vice President, Cresset Capital

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyFounder of Chicago Ideas, overseeing the creation of the annual program and the development of the organization’s long-term strategy.


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    Claire Manning

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePartner, Brown Hay & Stephens

    Brief BiographyFocuses her practice primarily in the fields of environment, energy, agriculture, natural resources, administrative and regulatory law, having had key legal roles in government prior to entering private practice, including Chairman of the Illinois Pollution Control Board, 1993-2000. Original member of the Illinois Public Labor Board, 1984-1993.


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    Lucyna Migala

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleArtistic Director & General Manager, The Lira Ensemble

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyNational board member of the Polish Women’s Alliance of America; officer of the Polish Arts Club of Chicago; co-founder and vice president of the Chicago Chapter of the Kosciusko Foundation; founding member of the Ethnic and Folk Arts Panel of the Illinois Arts Council.


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    Delmer R. Mitchell

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePartner, Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell, LLP

    Home City and StateQuincy, IL

    Brief BiographyA highly respected attorney and community leader in the Quincy area.


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    Lucy Moog

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    Title43rd Ward Democratic Committeeman

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyBorn in Chicago’s North Side. After college, she had a staff job in Washington, D.C., working for Congressman Alcee Hastings. She later returned to Chicago, where she resides with her husband.


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    Harold Oakley

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleChairman, Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP

    Home City and StateQuincy, IL

    Brief BiographyHe focuses his practice on corporate and other business law (including transactional health care law), mergers and acquisitions. Extensively involved in the community, particularly in organizations committed to the social, educational, and cultural betterment of society.


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    Joseph A. Power, Jr.

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePartner, Power Rogers & Smith, PC

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyFounding partner of law firm Power, Rogers & Smith, P.C.; past president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and Public Justice; fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; member of the Inner Circle of Advocates.



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    Darryl Rodgers

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleExecutive Director, Finanacial Advisor & Assistant Market Head

    Home City and StateOak Park, IL

    Brief BiographyVice President and Financial Advisor in the Chicago office of Bernstein. He works with high-net-worth families and individuals, charitable groups and small businesses and, together with their other professional advisors and Bernstein’s portfolio and wealth management specialists, helps clients make investment decisions optimized to meet their goals.


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    Linda Schielke

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleNext Generation Leadership Co-chair

    Home City and StateBatavia, IL

    Brief BiographyA recognized educator and educational leader in Illinois for over three decades. Linda gives presentations and provides leadership to several not-for-profit organizations focused on the preservation of historic figures and their achievements. Linda currently serves as Batavia’s First Lady. (Her husband, Jeff Schielke, has held the role of Batavia Mayor for almost 40 years.)


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    Marc S. Schulman

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePresident, Eli's Cheesecake

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyPartners with schools and organizations such as Wilbur Wright College, the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Vaughn Occupational High School, among others.



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    Mark Slaby

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    Home City and StateClarendon Hills, IL

    Brief BiographyExecutive and Business Owner. Affiliated with Juno Payments – Global Ecommerce and Mobile Software Enterprise Payment Solutions. Global software payment solutions for: ecommerce, mobile, and merchant services.



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    Scott C. Sullivan

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitleHistoric Illinoisans Chair, Partner, Williams McCarthy LLP

    Home City and StateRockford, IL


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    Dana Withers

    Office HolderGeneral Trustee

    TitlePresident, Withers Broadcasting

    Home City and StateMt. Vernon, IL

    Brief BiographyFounder and President of Dana Communications. Trustee for the National Association of Broadcasters Political Action Committee.

Rectors of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois

The Rectors nominate potential Laureates from their respective fields of endeavor.

Arts & The Performing Arts

Agriculture

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    Dan Kelley

    RectorRector of Agriculture

    Home City and StateNormal, IL

Business, Industry & Communication

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    Michelle Collins

    RectorRector of Business Industry and Communication

    TitlePresident, Cambium LLC

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

Education

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    Larry H. Dietz, PhD

    RectorRector of Education

    TitlePresident Emeritus, Illinois State University

    Home City and StateBloomington, Illinois

Government & Law

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    The Honorable Anne M. Burke

    RectorRector of Government and Law

    TitleIllinois Supreme Court Justice, 1st Dist.

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

Labor

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    Jorge Ramirez

    RectorRector of Labor

    TitleManaging Director & Labor Strategies, GCM Grosvenor

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

Medicine & Science

Religion

Social Services

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    Ricardo Estrada

    RectorRector of Social Services

    TitlePresident & CEO, Metropolitan Family Services

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

Sports

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    Ryne Sandberg

    RectorRector of Sports

    Home City and StateLake Bluff, IL

Members Emeritus of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois


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    The Honorable Peter B. Bensinger

    Office HolderMember Emeritus

    TitlePresident & CEO

    Home City and StateLake Forest, IL

    Brief BiographyFormer Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); president and CEO of Bensinger, DuPont & Associates.



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    James G. Gidwitz

    Office HolderMember Emeritus

    TitleChairman and CEO, Continental Materials Corp.

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyChairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Continental Materials Corporation and serves as a trustee of the Hotchkiss School


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    Robert J. Lenz

    Office HolderMember Emeritus

    Home City and StateEl Paso, IL

    Brief BiographyBob Lenz graduated from Freeport High School in 1954, worked his way through college and law school at the University of Illinois and has been actively engaged in the practice of law and community activities in Bloomington-Normal since 1963. In 1965, he was a co-founder of Heartland Head Start in Bloomington-Normal. He is a past president of the Abraham Lincoln Association and the David Davis Mansion Foundation, member of the Advisory Board of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, the Advisory Board of the Lincoln Forum in Gettysburg, and founding Chairman, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of McLean County, among other historical boards and committees. He is past President, McLean County Bar Association. Bob and Peggy live on a horse farm in McLean County, Illinois.


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    Office HolderMember Emeritus

    TitleVice President/Director, Wirtz Realty

    Home City and StateChicago, IL


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    The Honorable Richard Mills

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleUnited States District Judge, U.S. District Court

    Home City and StateSpringfield, IL

    Brief BiographyU.S. District Judge for the Central District of Illinois; B.A. Illinois College; J.D. Mercer University, served on editorial board of the Mercer Law Review; LL.M. from University of Virginia.


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    James O'Connor

    Office HolderMember Emeritus

    RectorEmeritus Rector for Life

    TitleChairman & CEO Unicom Corporation & Commonwealth Edison, retired

    Home City and StateChicago, IL


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    Gayl Pyatt

    Office HolderMember Emeritus

    Home City and StatePinckneyville, IL


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    William E. Shaw

    Office HolderMember Emeritus

    Home City and StateDixon, IL

    Brief BiographyRetired, 5th generation member of Shaw Newspaper family publishing in Dixon. Illinois Journalist of the year in 1997 and former Chairman of the Board, AAA-Chicago Motor Club.


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    The Honorable John B. Simon

    OfficerChancellor Emeritus

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleJustice (Retired), Appellate Court, First District

    Home City and StateChicago, IL

    Brief BiographyPast president of Chicago Bar Association; Chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee and the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission; B.S. University of Wisconsin and J.D. DePaul University, served on the Law Review.



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    The Honorable Ernest "Ernie" R. Wish

    Office HolderMember Emeritus

    Home City and StateLake Forest, IL

    Brief BiographyNamed a Laureate of the Lincoln Academy in 2004. Retired CPA who was in management of a large CPA firm and large city governments. He is now involved in many civic organizations.