Rod Ross, at-large board member, for most years in the past two decades served as Historian. Born in Chicago (1943), raised in Batavia, educated at Knox College and the University of Chicago (PhD, 1975), during the 94th Congress he served as legislative assistant to Illinois Congressman Tim L. Hall. He retired from the National Archives in April 2016. With graphics designer Janice Sterling, he created the Hall of Heroes posters on display at the 2017 inaugural gala as well as the 2000 Illinois Heritage Map of Illinois-related sites in Washington, still distributed by Congressional offices. Never really the historian of the Society – that would be Mark Q. Rhoads, author of Land of Lincoln: Thy Wondrous Story – through the eyes of the Illinois State Society (2013) – over the years Rod helped put together numerous ISS programs with a historical focus, including receptions at the Lithuanian Embassy in 1999, 2012, and 2016. For Black History Month 2018 he hopes to arrange a reception at the Haitian Embassy in celebration of the life and career of Chicago’s founder Jean-Baptiste Du Sable.