Stephen Bardo in Rockford for Big Ten Basketball Tip-Off

Stephen Bardo
Stephen Bardo

Staff Report

Big Ten (B1G) fans are invited to a “Big Ten Basketball Tip-Off Dinner,” featuring Stephen Bardo, Big Ten Network college basketball analyst and former Flying Illini guard, Monday, Oct. 13, at Rockford Country Club, 2500 Oxford St.

Hosted by the Rockford Area Illini Club (RAIC), all B1G club members and basketball fans are invited.

Bardo’s speech will cover all B1G teams and will include a Q & A session. A book-signing session for Bardo’s book, The Flying Illini: The Untold Story of One of College Basketball’s Elite Teams, will also be held. The book will be available for purchase. A B1G item raffle will be held.

The event, which starts at 5:30 p.m., will include a buffet dinner and a cash bar. Cost is $38 per person, with checks payable to the RAIC, which can be sent to Connie Gritton Winter, 14392 W. Blair Road, Winslow, IL 61089 (phone: 815-745-2049; e-mail: One can also register at Reservation deadline is Oct. 3.

For more about the event, contact Babs Erickson, RAIC publicity chairman, at (815) 332-5919 or

From the Sept. 24-30, 2014, issue

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