Chief Illiniwek In Rockford

A man who used to play the Chief was a special guest Wednesday.
ROCKFORD-For years chief Illiniwek was a fixture at Fighting Illini sports events. That's until the university retired him under pressure in 2007.

Wednesday night one of the many people who played the chief over the years was in Rockford. Steve Raquel was the featured guest at the Rockford Area Illini Club's spring dinner at the Forest Hills Country Club. He talked about the traditions surrounding the chief the Club's annual Illini Spirit Award was also presented.
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