Chief Illiniwek Coming To Rockford

ROCKFORD-Former Chief Illiniwek Steve Raquel from the University of Illinois will be the featured guest at the Rockford Area Illini Club's annual Spring Dinner. It will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at Forest Hills Country Club. Raquel, President of IOV Media, will talk about the traditions surrounding the Chief, his time as the Chief, the Council of Chiefs and the Honor the Chief Society and what is planned going forward.

The RAIC's annual Bill Branom Illini Spirit Award will also be presented at the event. The dinner is $30/person for a buffet dinner that includes: salad, grilled herb chicken, tilapia or salmon, vegetables, potatoes, pasta & rolls. There will also be a cash bar. Cocktails will start at 5:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:15 p.m., and the program at 6:45 p.m.

All alumni and friends of the University of Illinois are invited (one need not be a member of the RAIC or an alum) to attend this event which will kick off a great program of events for 2014. Reservations may be made by calling Jim Waddell, RAIC President, at (815) 621-5424 by May 14, or call Babs Erickson, Publicity Chair, for further information at (815) 332-5919 or (815) 494-5332.     

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