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David Adeleye

Policy specialist

Obama White House

Sameena Aghi

Senior VP of managed care

Illinois Primary Health Care Assn.

John Aravosis

AMERICAblog founder

Democratic consultant

Todd Atkinson

Ex-external affairs director

USDA Farm Service Agency

Steve Austin

Asst. Chief/Army Reserve

The Pentagon

Jennifer Gover Bannon

Assistant city attorney

City of Champaign

Kurt Kittner

Managing director

JLL of Chicago

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Jason Barickman

State senator, R-Bloomington

Meyer Capel attorney

Carol Ross Barney

Pioneering architect

Thomas Jefferson Award

Tony Baylis

Director, diversity/inclusion

Livermore National Lab

Norman Beamer

Administrative patent judge

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Kanya Bennett

Legislative counsel


Debra Berg

Author, speaker

CEO, NICE Network

Linda Birnbaum

NIEHS director

Distinguished Alumni Award

Peride Blind

United Nations

Former human rights officer

Robert Blons

Special agent


Drew Bohan

Executive director

California Energy Commission

Chuck Bowsher

U.S. comptroller general

Reagan appointee (1981-96)

Lisa Brown

Former majority leader

Washington state Senate

Kelly Burke

State representative

D-Oak Lawn

Deb Busey

40 years in local government

Champaign County administrator, 1998-2016

Kesha Butler

Operations officer

Administration for Children and Families

Colleen Callahan

Director, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Distinguished Service Award recipient

Kevin Campbell

Fleet services manager

City of Chicago

Dorothy Capers

Senior VP, general counsel

National Express LLC