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I grew up in the Peoria area and I have been a lifelong fan of the Braves.  I use to watch the Bradley Braves play basketball on T.V. with my father.  In fact, my favorite two players were our current coach, Coach Jim Les and retired NBA player, Hersey Hawkins.  I truly never dreamed that I would attend Bradley--it wasn't in the realm of possibilities.  When I met my husband, Norm--a BU grad from from a family of many BU grads--I began to seek out that dream.  After completing my Associates degree at the local community college, I was accepted to Bradley--a dream come true.  Soon after I started my first year there, in 1997, we unexpectedly started our family.

I put off finishing my degree so that I could stay home and raise our children.  We had four boys in five years, adding to our existing family of the two of us and his son from a previous marriage.  When our youngest son started kindergarten in 2007, I went back to Bradley to finish what I had started.  I am finding great success at Bradley due, in part, to the support and guidance of my Bradley Family--the faculty, staff and administrators.  Many of the opportunities I have been granted have been based on the reputation and relationships I have cultivated with these extended family members. 

Being a wife, mother, employee and student can be challenging, but the rewards far outweigh the struggles.  In addition to my courses at Bradley, I work part-time for the Assistant Vice President of Communications at Bradley University, Shelley Epstein as a communications specialist.  At this point, outside interests have ceased to exist, but I hope to one day resume my love for travel (outside of amusement parks).

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Friday, May, 22, 2015

Racing's Greatest Weekend!

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Wednesday, May, 20, 2015

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Friday, May, 15, 2015

A Rally and a Street Legal Racecar

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Thursday, May, 14, 2015

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Tuesday, May, 05, 2015

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Thursday, April, 23, 2015

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Wednesday, April, 22, 2015

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Wednesday, April, 15, 2015

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5/23/2015 10:05:00 AM

Did you know? The state of Illinois changed the way vehicle leases are taxed, allowing you to get more car for less money! Get all the details in 60 seconds here: http://bit.ly/1FF5nw5

5/22/2015 12:41:00 PM

It's the perfect weekend to check out community car shows and cruise nights! DriveChicago has the local lineup here: http://www.drivechicago.com/carshows

5/22/2015 10:44:05 AM

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5/21/2015 3:07:11 PM

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5/21/2015 11:11:33 AM

UPDATE: We've added an updated recalled model list (in the Takata recalls) to yesterday's blog post. Click here to see if your vehicle is listed & share with those you think may be affected: http://bit.ly/1R40z5B

5/20/2015 1:35:36 PM

We've compiled the facts on what you need to know about the Takata airbag recall and if or how you may be affected: http://bit.ly/1R40z5B

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5/18/2015 5:26:48 PM

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5/15/2015 4:08:18 PM

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5/24/2015 2:15:11 AM

RT @MazdaUSA: Can't wait to customize the 2016 #MX5 #Miata? Check out our #CAS15 design concept! #LongLiveTheRoadster http://t.co/nygE3vk3Xd

5/24/2015 12:40:55 AM

RT @FordMustang: Guess who's going to be at the @ChiAutoShow? The all-new Shelby® GT350! #Ford #Mustang #FordCAS http://t.co/xe0dpl4nQe

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RT @longotoyota: #ToyotaFT1 was voted Best Concept Vehicle at the @ChiAutoShow. RT if you agree. http://t.co/fxojB7FP4r

5/23/2015 9:46:36 PM

RT @longotoyota: #ToyotaFT1 was voted Best Concept Vehicle at the @ChiAutoShow. RT if you agree. http://t.co/fxojB7FP4r

5/23/2015 11:24:11 AM

Daily Motoring News is out! http://t.co/k091cYpRdn Stories via @ChiAutoShow

5/22/2015 10:48:48 AM

Racing's Greatest Weekend! http://t.co/jMrmCGqjtK Don't miss a moment of the racing action this weekend! Tweet us your picks.

5/22/2015 10:41:17 AM

#ToyotaFT1 was voted Best Concept Vehicle at the @ChiAutoShow. RT if you agree. http://t.co/fxojB7FP4r

5/22/2015 10:39:28 AM

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5/22/2015 12:34:47 AM

RT @jaimefennema: Few more pics from the @ChiAutoShow First Look event last night http://t.co/9nBzSSCM0C

5/21/2015 9:50:05 PM

@Toyota @ChiAutoShow Please tell me I will get to drive one of these one day! ?????? #LetsGoPlaces