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People 313 Award winners

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Tim McCarthy

Former Secret Service agent

Retired Orland Park; police chief

Bill Nack

Sports Illustrated legend

Died in April 2018

Dan Savage

Sex-advice columnist

Writes ‘Savage Love´

Jeff Johnson

President, Hearst newspaper division

Former San Francisco Chronicle publisher

Irl Engelhardt

Energy executive

Peabody CEO, 1990-2005

Tom Siebel

Software entrepreneur

Donated $157 million-plus

Rick Kaplan

TV executive

Ex-president, CNN, MSNBC

Don Wilmeth

Brown professor

Alumni Achievement Award

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Oscar nominee for 1986's 'The Color of Money'

Played Gina Montana in ‘Scarface’ in first movie role

Dan Balz

Chief correspondent

The Washington Post

Clifford Saper

Harvard professor

Groundbreaking neuroscientist

Ayala Donchin

New York restaurant owner

Founded Evelyn’s Kitchen

Betty Mohlenbrock

President, Reading Legacies

Alumni Humanitarian Award

Sheldon Siegel


2012 Illini Comeback Award

Bill Geist

Author, columnist, humorist

Won Emmys in 1992, 2005

Ang Lee

Movie maker

3 Oscar wins with 3 movies

Roxanne Decyk

Former oil industry executive

Held top posts at Shell, Amoco

Mary Doria Russell

Science fiction author

2-time Pulitzer nominee

Henry Petroski

Civil engineering professor

Distinguished Alumni Award

Jack Welch

Former CEO, General Electric

Died in 2020 at age 84

Paula Holderman

Former Chicago attorney

Past president, Illinois Bar

Sylvia Puente

Leads Latino Policy Forum

Alumni Achievement Award

Paul Ingrassia

Shared 1993 Pulitzer for beat reporting

Died in 2019 at age 69

Betsy Brandt


Marie on 'Breaking Bad'