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Craig Virgin

1975 NCAA Cross-Country champion

Illinois Athletics Hall of Famer

Don Edwards

Flexpoint Ford CEO

Chair, UI board of trustees

Jack Trudeau

10-year NFL quarterback

llini career-best 8,725 passing yards

Brian Cook

5th on UI scoring list (1,748 points)

2,312 points in nine NBA seasons

Bill Self

3 seasons, 3 NCAA tournaments

78-24 as Illini basketball coach (2000-03)

Ron Turner

Football coach, 1997-2004

Took ’01 Illini to Sugar Bowl

Candisse Williamson

VP/legal, business

Madison Square Garden

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An education that proves your purpose

Graeme McGufficke

3-time Big Ten champ

N.C. political operative

Paul Kivela


American College of Emergency Physicians

Tim Simpson

4-year football starter

1992 Dike Eddleman Award

Rajeev Ram

ATP Tour pro

On ’03 national title team

Kurt Kittner

Managing director

JLL of Chicago

Laura Bush

1990 Dike Eddleman Award

2 Final Fours at UI

Allison Buckley

Manager, Learfield

Client relations, nat’l sales

Chris Lung

All-American gymnast

Department of Defense

Bobby True

2000 Liberian Olympian

8-time Big Ten champ

Collinus Newsome

6-time Big Ten champ

The Denver Foundation

Mark Johnson

Winningest wrestling coach

Ex-Champaign Co. YMCA CEO

Dave Downey

Big Ten Medal of Honor

Scored 53 vs. Indiana

Beverly Washington


Image Factor

Adam Tirapelle

2001 NCAA wrestling champ

Fresno financial consultant

Deron Williams

No. 3 pick, 2005 NBA draft

2005 NCAA runner-up

Bruce Douglas

No. 1 in assists, steals

All-Century Team member

Yoshi Hayasaki

USA Gymnastics HOF

Won ’89 NCAA title

Leticia Beverly

11 Big Ten track titles

Now coaching in Atlanta