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Illinois Coaches Caravan Coming to Rockford


The Fighting Illini Caravan continues to move around the state of Illinois with a stop in Rockford on Wednesday, May 15. Fighting Illini men's basketball coach John Groce, women's basketball coach Matt Bollant, men's gymnastics coach Justin Spring, soccer coach Janet Rayfield and women's golf coach Renee Slone are the featured speakers for a reception at Franchesco's (7128 Spring Creek Road, Rockford) from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Illini fans can register for the reception, which is $25 per person, online at or by calling the I FUND office at 217-333-6277. The evening will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, an autograph session and a chance to chat with the Illini coaches. Following the autograph session, the evening's program will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The Fighting Illini coaches will be available for media between 4:45-5:30 pm at Franchesco's. Contact Kent Brown to help coordinate media requests.

 Remaining 2013 Fighting Illini Caravan Receptions

May 6 - Springfield

May 8: Howells & Hood, Chicago, 7-9 p.m.

May 15 - Rockford

May 22 - Danville

May 28 - Peoria

May 29 - Decatur

May 30 - Bloomington

May 31 - St. Louis

For further information, please contact Babs Erickson, Rockford Area Illini Club, (815) 332-5919 (815) 494-5332 or

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