In 2016, News-Gazette Media helped the University of Illinois celebrate
turning the big 1-5-0 with an all-star tribute.
Now, welcome to the after-party — brought to you by Gies College of
On our new-look 150 Years & Beyond site, which Editor Jeff D’Alessio will
be adding to year-round, you’ll find 2,120 memories of favorite people and
places, as told by accomplished alumni and faculty now scattered across
all 50 states and six continents.
We caught up with astronauts and authors, color barrier breakers and
history makers, Olympians and Paralympians, those who’ve been honored with
prestigious prizes — Nobels, Pulitzers, Oscars, Emmys — and many more.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we have putting it together. If there’s
someone you’d like us to spotlight — or you’d like to share a story
yourself — we take requests. Just send an email to