Celebrate your Illini pride at the
2014 Chicago Illini of the Year Awards
You’re invited to join fellow alumni at the 18th annual Chicago Illini of the Year reception and dinner honoring the best of Chicago and the University of Illinois.
Monday, Feb. 10
University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe St.
- 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner
- R.S.V.P. by Feb 3
- Cost: $125 per person; $850 for table of eight
Please join us at this all-alumni reception and dinner at the University Club of Chicago as we honor the Chicago Illini of the Year. This event is open to all alumni and provides a great opportunity to enhance Illini ties and celebrate Orange & Blue pride! For more information, contact the Alumni Service Center at email@example.com or 800/355-2586.
Sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association and the Chicago Illini Club
Stephen D. Bardo ’90 LAS (communication)
College Basketball Analyst, ESPN and Big Ten Network
During his standout basketball career at the University of Illinois, Stephen D. Bardo co-captained the iconic “Flyin’ Illini” Final Four team. He was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 1989 and was a two-time member of the All-Big Ten Team. Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 1990, he went on to have a 10-year career as a professional player in the U.S. and overseas. After retiring as a player in 2000, Bardo worked in broadcasting, serving as a color analyst for the Illini Sports Network, a sports reporter for WBBM-TV in Chicago and an analyst and reporter for CBS Sports. He has been a color analyst for college basketball on ESPN since 2005, and joined the Big Ten Network as a college basketball analyst in 2013. Bardo is a frequent contributor to ESPN First Take and won a Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy Award in 2005 for his coverage of the Chicago Marathon. He is also a motivational speaker and the author of two books, How To Make The League Without Picking Up The Rock: The Ultimate Teenage Success Guide and The Flyin’ Illini.
Carrie J. Hightman ’79 LAS (finance)
Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, NiSource Inc.
As a member of the senior management team at NiSource, a Fortune 500 energy delivery company, Carrie J. Hightman oversees all legal functions, ethics, compliance, and environmental health and safety. Previously, Hightman served as president of AT&T Illinois (formerly SBC), which she led through a series of public policy initiatives that helped AT&T evolve from a traditional telephone company into a provider of diversified communications and entertainment services. She also practiced telecommunications and energy law for more than 17 years and was a partner in the Chicago law firm of Schiff Hardin. Hightman is a former chair of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois State Universities Retirement System. She currently serves as vice chair of the Telecommunications Committee of the Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section of the American Bar Association and is a past chair of the Public Utility Law Section of the Chicago Bar Association. She also serves on the boards of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Urban League, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and the Chicago Area Foundation for Legal Services.