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Leslie Munger

Leslie Munger

Illinois deputy governor | 2015-16: State comptroller | Class of 1978

Over the years, it’s become something of a Munger family tradition: Attend the UI, spend a lot of quality time at Kam’s.

“As a relatively new alum, I met my husband, John, on homecoming weekend in the basement of Kam’s, when he and a buddy crashed my sorority’s alumni get-together,” says Leslie Munger, Bruce Rauner’s deputy governor since February 2017. “Decades later, our two sons are also U of I alums and former Kam’s employees.”

The other campus spot Munger remember vividly 39 years after earning her bachelor's degree in interior design: the second floor of the Illini Union, which housed the Panhellic/Interfraternity Council office.

“As Panhellenic Rush chairman, I practically lived on the second floor of the Union,” she says. “As both a business executive and the Illinois state comptroller, I’ve spoken to hundreds of groups of all sizes with relative ease. But the first big speech I ever gave was in Lincoln Hall to over 500 rushees — and I was terrified.”