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

    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.


  • Bruce Wirtz MacArthur

    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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    The Honorable John B. Simon

    OfficerChancellor Emeritus

    Office HolderRegent

    TitleJustice, 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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    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 Ernest R. "Ernie" 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.