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Jill Carlson loves her job as the noon sports anchor and sports reporter at FOX News Chicago. And who can blame her? The avid sports fan gets a chance to cover the teams she loved growing up in the Chicago suburb of Lombard. Carlson is a graduate of Glenbard East High School and went on to receive a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. It was at U of I that Jill realized her love for sports reporting, getting a chance to cover the Fighting Illini men's basketball team when it went to the final four in 1989.

Carlson began her career at WTMJ (NBC) in Milwaukee, first as a news videotape editor and then as the first female sports reporter in Milwaukee. Then it was on to the Fox affiliate in Evansville, Indiana as a sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor. Her first sports anchor position was in El Paso, Texas. The long road back to Chicago then took Jill to Lexington, Kentucky where she became the first female main sports anchor in the state. In 1996, Jill returned home as a CLTV sports anchor and host of the call-in show, "Sportspage." In 1999 Jill got the call she'd been waiting for: a chance to work at a network owned and operated station in Chicago. It wasn't long before Jill logged another first. She became the first female weekday sports anchor in Chicago when she signed on with "FOX News at Noon."

In her spare time Jill is an avid golfer. She's won numerous long drive competitions, but says she has yet to crack 90 because of her poor putting! Jill also tries to play softball and volleyball, her first loves, as often as possible.

Information courtesy of FOX WFLD Chicago website


The Cook County Clerk serves as the chief election authority for the entire county, the third largest election jurisdiction in the nation. Along with administering elections in suburban Cook County, the Clerk's office maintains birth, marriage and death records, assists property owners in redeeming delinquent taxes, and records the activity of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Orr is a graduate of Glenbard East High School.

Cook County Clerk David Orr was recently elected first vice-president of the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC), the nation's largest organization of county elected officials.

Orr, who serves as chief election authority for Cook County, the third largest jurisdiction in the country, had previously served as second vice president and as chairman of NACRC's election committee, which helped develop national election reform initiatives.

"Serving as an officer on NACRC provides a great opportunity to help improve how county government operates locally and on a national level," said Orr, who has been a member of NACRC since becoming clerk in 1990. Orr had previously served as co-chairman of NACRC's elections committee

Information courtesy of Cook County Clerk's Office website


Born February 1, 1961 in Ridley Park Pennsylvania, but considers Lombard Illinois, to be his hometown. Married to the former Jane Egan from Cork, Ireland. He enjoys golf, flying, running, tennis, music, cooking.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Glenbard East High School, Lombard, Illinois, in 1979; received a bachelor and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1984 and 1988, respectively.

ORGANIZATIONS: Member, Japanese American Citizens League, Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

AWARDS: Orbital Sciences Corporation Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, 1993.

EXPERIENCE: After Tani received his bachelor's degree from MIT, he worked at Hughes Aircraft Corporation in El Segundo, California as a design engineer in the Space and Communications group. In 1986, he returned to MIT and received his master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1988, specializing in human factors and group decision making. After graduation, Tani worked for Bolt Beranek and Newman in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the experimental psychology department. In 1988, Tani joined Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) in Dulles Virginia, initially as a senior structures engineer, and then as the mission operations manager for the Transfer Orbit Stage (TOS). In that role, he served as the TOS flight operations lead, working with NASA/JSC mission control in support of the deployment of the ACTS/TOS payload during the STS-51 mission in September 1993. Tani then moved to the Pegasus program at OSC as the launch operations manager. In that capacity, he served as lead for the development of procedures and constraints for the launching of the air launched Pegasus unmanned rocket. Tani also was responsible for defining, training, and leading the team of engineers who worked in the launch and control room.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in April 1996, Tani reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. Having completed two years of training and evaluation, he qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist in 1998. He held technical duties in the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch, and EVA Branch and has served as a Crew Support Astronaut (CSA) for Expedition-2. Tani flew on STS-108 in 2001, and has logged over 11 days in space, including over 4 EVA hours in one space walk. He is currently assigned as the Expedition-11 backup flight engineer.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-108 Endeavour (December 5-17, 2001) was the 12th shuttle flight to visit the International Space Station. During the mission Tani served as MS-2. Endeavour's crew delivered the Expedition-4 crew and returned the Expedition-3 crew. The crew unloaded over 3 tons of supplies, logistics and science experiments from the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module. Tani performed a space walk to wrap thermal blankets around ISS Solar Array Gimbals. STS-108 was accomplished in 185 Earth orbits, traveling 4.8 million miles in 283 hours and 36 minutes, including an EVA of 4 hours and 12 minutes.

Information courtesy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Born to Bill Corgan and Martha Corgan on March 17, 1967, St. Patricks Day. He was born in Chicago, his father being a blues musician and his mother a flight attendant. Billy grew to be a "four-track-cassette making geek" who played guitar in his spare time while working at an old record store and then at a pizza place as a delivery boy. He played guitar up in his bedroom, learning scales and progressions. The basics.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Glenbard North High School, Carol Stream, Illinois, in 1985.

AWARDS: Nominated for "Best Rock Entertainer of the Year" and "Best Spoken Word Artist" by Chicago Music Awards.

BAND EXPERIENCE: In 1985, Billy formed a band called Hexen. A video tape exists of them playing, but nothing other than a small clip shown by VH-1 has actually been seen. Then, in around 1986 he formed a band called the Marked. They moved to Florida because Chicago already had enough goth bands. The band had little success, so they broke up and Billy moved back to Chicago and lived with his father. In Chicago, he met James Iha, which started the basis for the Smashing Pumpkins. The two played at a Polish bar in 1988, just two guitarists and a drum machine to keep the beat. James and Billy played together for a few months, when Billy met D'arcy outside a nightclub. She joined as the bassist. Billy wrote all of the songs. Then, later that year (1988), Billy hired Jimmy Chamberlin to play drums for the opening slot for Jane's Addiction. The band was complete.

WRITING EXPERIENCE: Billy Corgan's highly acclaimed poetry book, "Blinking With Fists," debuted at No 24 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers List on October 31, 2004. According to Nielsen BookScan (the retail sales monitoring service for the U.S. book industry), "Blinking With Fists" was also the No 1 best-selling poetry book in the United States in its first week of release and has occupied the top spot for three out of the five weeks for which it has been on sale.

Information courtesy of Smashing Pumpkins Fan Club website


With his Sharp Delivery, quick wit, and unique style, Mike Toomey has been a favorite at comedy clubs and special events since 1982. Mike has appeared in concert with such names as Wayne Newton, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Reba McIntyre. He has performed on numerous television programs including; HBO's U.S. comedy Arts Festival in Aspen Colorado; MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour; and A&E's Comedy on the Road.

The Chicago Tribune calls Mike, "One of the funniest and most talented performers to ever work in Chicago." For an evening of uncontrollable laughs, Mike Toomey is a sure choice!

EDUCATION: Graduated from Glenbard North High School, Carol Stream, Illinois.

Information courtesy of Mike Toomey website

Personal Data: McPartlin graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Speech/Communication where he also played football. After graduation, he spent six months in Australia and New Zealand. Upon returning to the United States, he decided to move to California and pursue an acting career. Once there, he enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Pasedena) summer program and later gained acceptance into their three-year program. To hone his craft even further, he then studied under famed acting coach Janet Alhanti.

Acting Experience:

Most recently, McPartlin just finished shooting Living with Fran, a sit-com starring Fran Drescher which began playing on Fridays on the WB network in the Spring of 2005. He's had guest appearances on "North Shore", "Still Standing" and "According to Jim." He also had a longstanding role as Officer Hank Bennett on the daytime drama "Passions" (2001-2004).


   * Glenbard South High School (1993)
   * University of Illinois (1997)


Personal Data: Having mastered a variety of mediums, Mondero began his own studio in 1995, Mondero Studios, Inc. His knowledge of historical elements and his wide range of artistic skills to design and create while using a variety of art mediums separate him from other artists. His successful major client commissions include McDonald's, Warner Brothers, Vicorp, and Disney. Specializing in both commercial and residential art, he was featured in the Chicago Tribune's "Home DÈcor" for a mural he completed for singer, R. Kelly. Mondero's illustrations have been published in magazine ads and he's created murals for high-end restaurants like Sullivan's Steakhouse. Locally, the mural he painted on the outside of the Sullivan's Steakhouse building in downtown Naperville has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, The Sun-Times and Daily Herald. Mondero also has experience in graphic design with image branding as a design consultant through

Before launching his own successful studio, Mondero spent ten years working for Artifax International Design in Lombard where he supervised all projects, ranging from preliminary drawings to final art work and client presentations. Challenged to create dozens of original works including large scale murals, as well as, conceptual interior and exterior architectural renderings he mastered techniques in all media and styles.

Before launching his own successful studio, Mondero spent ten years working for Artifax International Design in Lombard where he supervised all projects, ranging from preliminary drawings to final art work and client presentations. Challenged to create dozens of original works including large scale murals, as well as, conceptual interior and exterior architectural renderings he mastered techniques in all media and styles.

Born in Manila, Philippines, Rodolfo and Pilar Mondero, two loving elementary teachers, adopted him. His interest in art ignited after witnessing a student in his father's Industrial Arts class draw a movie ad by hand. At thirteen, he arrived in the U.S. and continued his interest in art. He credits Dr. Fran Languth, his art teacher at Glenbard South with mentoring him in his first two years at Glenbard South before her retirement. Winning numerous awards in high school, his artwork remains on display in the Glenbard South Library.


   * Glenbard South High School (1984)
   * Illinois State University - Fine Arts,
   * Art Institute of Chicago - Fine Arts, Art History
   * College of Dupage - Commercial Art - Advertising and Marketing


DR. EBOO PATEL is the Founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit organization that brings young people from diverse religious communities together in programs that build understanding between religious communities and encourage cooperative service to others.

Dr. Patel serves on the Board of Directors of the International Interfaith Centre and the Interfaith Initiative of the Points of Light Foundation and is President of the Board of CrossCurrents Magazine.

Dr. Patel taught students at Oxford about the spirituality in Rumi's poetry and also presented a poetry workshop to young inmates in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. He has given talks at venues all over the world, including UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, World Trade Center in Barcelona, University of Capetown, Harvard University and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, where he appeared with President Jimmy Carter.

Profiled by the Sunday Chicago Tribune, Conscious Choice Magazine and Utne Magazine, which named Dr. Patel as one of thirty social visionaries under thirty changing the world. Also named an Ashoka Fellow, he was selected as part of an elite international network of social entrepreneurs implementing ideas with the potential to change the pattern of our society.

   * Glenbard South High School
   * University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
   * PhD Sociology of Religion; Oxford University, England

   * Rhodes Scholar
   * Ashoka: Innovators for the Public (2004)
   * Utne Readers 30 Visionaries Under 30 (2002)

Published Works:
   * On Nurturing a Modern Muslim Identity published in Cross Currents Magazine
   * Of Visions, Methodologies and Movements: Interfaith Youth Work in the 21st Century -March 11, 2004, Harvard University
   * Nobel Peace Prize Forum-Plenary Address
   * Notes for a New American Song
   * Currently co-editing a forthcoming book from Alta Mira press; Building the Interfaith Youth Movement


Laurie Anderson's "O Superman" launched her recording career, rising to number two on the British pop charts and subsequently appearing on Big Science, the first of seven albums for Warner Bros., including Mister Heartbreak, United States live, Strange Angels, Bright Red, and the soundtrack to the feature film Home of the Brave. Ms. Anderson is currently recording her first release for Nonesuch Records, Songs and Stories from Moby Dick, while her award-winning CD-ROM Puppet Motel has just been re-released by Voyager.

Ms. Anderson has toured the world numerous times with shows ranging from simple spoken word performances to elaborate multimedia events. Her stage production of Songs and Stories from Moby Dick opens the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in October 1999, and will subsequently tour major cities in the US and Europe. Previously, Ms. Anderson toured the world with both her one person show The Speed of Darkness and her major multimedia stage production The Nerve Bible.

Ms. Anderson's work as a visual artists was most recently on view in June 1998 in her major installation Dal Vivo at the Prada Gallery in Milan. her work has also been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in Soho as well as in Europe. Her newest work will be unveiled at the reopening of the Centre Georges Pompidou in paris in January 2000. The Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, represents Ms. Anderson's visual artwork

Ms. Anderson has created numerous videos and films, and she has contributed music to films by Wim Wenders and Jonathan Demme and dance pieces by Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, Melissa Fenley and others. She has created pieces for National Public Radio, BBC, and Expo 92 in Seville. In 1997, she curated the two-week Meltdown festival at Royal Festival Hall in London. The American Composers Orchestra has commissioned Ms. Anderson to write an original musical work for Orchestra. The piece, which is based on the life of Amelia Earhart, will have its world premiere at Carnegie Hall on February 27, 2000.

Recognized worldwide as a leader in the pathbreaking use of technology in the arts, Ms. Anderson is currently devising new creative tools (including the Talking Stick) with Interval Research Corporation, a research and development laboratory founded by Paul Allen and David Liddle.

Abrams will publish the first major career retrospective of Ms. Anderson's work in a volume that will be released in April 2000.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Glenbard West High School, Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Information courtesy of Laurie Anderson website


Samuel W. Bodman is the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Commerce. A financier and executive by trade, he is well suited to his role of managing the day-to-day operations of the cabinet agency with 40,000 employees and a $5 billion budget.

An engineer by training, he is well qualified for his specific oversight focus on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Patent and Trademark Office, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

With 31 years of experience in the private sector, Deputy Secretary Bodman is a firm believer in the American free enterprise system. His work in the finance industry began when he was professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and started consulting with the venture capital sector. He and his partners and associates provided financial and managerial support to scores of new business enterprises located throughout the United States. Virtually all of these companies had strong dependence on technology and innovation. Many of these achieved great financial success and established public markets for their securities.

Born in 1938 in Chicago, he graduated in 1961 with a B.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University. In 1965, he completed his ScD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the next six years he served as an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT and as Technical Director of the American Research and Development Corporation, a pioneer venture capital firm. Graduated from Glenbard West, Glen Ellyn, IL in 1956.

From there, Deputy Secretary Bodman went to Fidelity Venture Associates, a division of the Fidelity Investments. In 1983 he was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Fidelity Investments and a Director of the Fidelity Group of Mutual Funds. In 1987, he joined Cabot Corporation, a Boston-based Fortune 300 company with global business activities in specialty chemicals and materials, where he served as Chairman, CEO, and a Director. Over the years, he has been a Director of many other publicly owned corporations.

Deputy Secretary Bodman has also been active in public service. He is a former Director of M.I.T.'s School of Engineering Practice and a former member of the M.I.T. Commission on Education. He also served as a member of the Executive and Investment Committees at M.I.T., a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a Trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the New England Aquarium.

Deputy Secretary Bodman is married to M. Diane Bodman. He has three children, two stepchildren, and eight grandchildren. He and his wife reside in Washington, D.C.

Information courtesy of U.S. Department of Commerce Web Site


Born June 26, 1970 in Chicago, IL, Hayes now makes his residence in Los Angeles.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Glenbard West High School, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, in 1988. A talented musician, he supported himself as a classical pianist and performed in a pop band while attending Illinois State University, where he majored in performance and conducting. He also appeared in the university's productions of "Burn This" and "Love for Love."

AWARDS: Hayes, who won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2000 for “Will & Grace†-- and has been nominated every year since -- was raised in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

ACTING EXPERIENCE: After his college experience, Hayes began working in the Chicago theater community, serving as the music director at the Pheasant Run Theatre for a few years, where he appeared in several of their productions. He composed original music for a production of “Antigone†at the Steppenwolf Theatre and appeared in the original production of “Role Play†at the Organic Theater.

An alumnus of the famed Second City improvisational comedy group, Hayes also had gigs as a standup comic, performing at the Comedy Club in Los Angeles.

While still in Chicago, Hayes won guest-starring roles in television shows including "Missing Persons," "Silk Stalkings" and "Tough Target." He also starred in the television movie "A&P," based on the short story by John Updike. Most recently, Hayes starred as Jerry Lewis in the television movie "The Martin & Lewis Story."

On the big screen, Hayes recently completed work on the independent feature "Pieces of April" for writer/director Peter Hedges, due in theaters next year. He played the title role in the art-house hit "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss," which won critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival, and lent his voice to the character of the diabolical Mr. Tinkles in the box-office hit "Cats and Dogs." Hayes has also been honored with two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a TV Guide Award, an American Comedy Award and three Golden Globe nominations.

Information courtesy of Ropes of Silicon website.


Born in Glen Ellyn; married (wife, Elizabeth), has four children.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Glenbard West High School, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, in 1979; Chicago-Kent College of Law - 1989; University of Illinois, BA -1983.

AWARDS: Illinois Family Institute - Leadership Award; Illinois State Crime Commission - Legislator of the Year.

EXPERIENCE: Partner, Salvi & Roskam; Executive Director, Educational Assistance Ltd. 1987-1993. Represented Chicago's western suburbs in both the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate

Information courtesy of Illinois General Assembly website.

Born in Indiana. Married. Has two daughters.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Glenbard North in 1977. Earned a bachelor of arts degree at Roosevelt University,, masterís degree in public policy from the University of Chicago, and law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

EXPERIENCE: Quigley was elected to Congress – 5th CD – April 7, 2009. Prior – Cook County Commissioner (10th District)– 1998-2009. Quigley serves on House Appropriations Committee, where he is ranking member on the Subcommittee on Financial Services and a member of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. He also serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Additional leadership roles in Congress include vice chair of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition; vice chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus; co-chair of the Congressional Hockey Caucus; co-chair of the Congressional International Basic Education Caucus; and co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus.

He served as an adjunct professor of political science at Loyola University Chicago and Roosevelt University and was a practicing lawyer for more than a decade.

Information courtesy of Quigley's office.