40 Leaders Alumnus of the Year

Each summer, iBi hosts a social at Dozer Park for 40 Leaders Under Forty alumni, presenting the 40 Leaders Alumnus of the Year award to a previous award winner who has continued to make an impact on the community. 

Congratulations to Peoria City Councilman Sid Ruckriegel, our 2017 40 Leaders Alumnus of the Year!

Sid Ruckriegel with family2017 Alumnus of the Year: Councilman Sid Ruckriegel

Since being named to the 40 Leaders Under Forty Class of 2003, Sid Ruckriegel’s dedication to Peoria has only grown deeper. A well-respected businessman and entrepreneur, his strong work ethic and affable personality have long been among the community’s greatest assets.

Having built a career in the real estate and restaurant industry, Ruckriegel is owner of SERVUS, Inc., whose operations encompass over 150 stores across four states.

His servant leadership is exemplified in a resume that runs for miles. A strong neighborhood advocate, he has served in numerous roles for the Moss-Bradley Residential Association, and his passion for historic preservation led him to serve on the City of Peoria Historic Commission and as a longtime trustee and past president of the Peoria Historical Society.

He is president of the Peoria Riverfront Museum Board, having served as a director since its inception, and director of APPSCo, mentoring youth through real-world entrepreneurial activities. His board service also includes Alignment Peoria, the Heart of Illinois United Way and many other organizations.

This extensive record of civic leadership made Ruckriegel an obvious choice for appointment to the Peoria City Council in 2015. Earlier this year, he was elected outright by city residents, finishing first in a strong field of candidates. As an At-Large Council member, he serves as city liaison to the Peoria Public Library, Downtown Development Corporation and Peoria Civic Center Authority.

Peoria Magazines is proud to name Sid Ruckriegel as the 2017 40 Leaders Under Forty Alumnus of the Year. Read our interview with Councilman Ruckriegel in the November 2017 issue of iBi!


40 Leaders Alumni Social

40 Leaders Alumnus of the Year

2017:  Councilman Sid Ruckriegel
2016:  Judge James E. Shadid
2015:  Diane Cullinan Oberhelman
2014:  Dan Daly


Judge James E. Shadid2016 Alumnus of the Year: Judge James E. Shadid

A member of the 1995 class of 40 Leaders Under Forty, the Honorable James E. Shadid’s leadership and influence in Greater Peoria and beyond has grown steadily ever since.

An All-American athlete at Bradley University, Shadid earned his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. As a private attorney and part-time public defender, he compiled an impressive record of “against-the-odds” victories in the courtroom. He also served on the Illinois Court of Claims and as Illinois’ assistant attorney general prior to his appointment to the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois in 2001.

In 2011, he was nominated by President Obama for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, where he has served with distinction as chief judge since 2012.

Shadid’s extensive record of community involvement encompasses service on the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria, PARC, the Pediatric Resource Center and Bradley University, among others. Peoria Magazines is proud to name the Honorable James E. Shadid as the 2016 40 Leaders Under Forty Alumnus of the Year. Read our interview with Judge Shadid in the November 2016 issue of iBi!


Diane Cullinan Oberhelman2015 Alumnus of the Year: Diane Cullinan Oberhelman

A member of the first class of 40 Leaders in 1994, Diane Cullinan Oberhelman has a lifelong passion for civic involvement, sitting on a range of economic development, healthcare and charitable boards. From being inducted into Junior Achievement’s Central Illinois Business Hall of Fame, to being named Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Boy Scouts, to receiving the Central Illinois Volunteer of the Year Award, her leadership in the community is unparalleled.

Her successful battle with cancer inspired her continued mission to support research, education and awareness through the Illinois CancerCare Foundation and Kids Konnected.

Cullinan Properties, the business she founded in 1988, is a regional powerhouse, responsible for more than $1 billion of projects across the country, including many pivotal developments in the Peoria area, from The Levee District to WeaverRidge to The Shoppes at Grand Prairie. Peoria Magazines is proud to name Diane Cullinan Oberhelman as the 2015 40 Leaders Under Forty Alumnus of the Year. Read our interview with her in the November 2015 issue of iBi!


Dan Daly2014 Alumnus of the Year: Dan Daly

Dan Daly, market president for Busey Bank, was a member of the 1996 class of 40 Leaders Under Forty, recognized for his outstanding achievements at First Capital Bank and as a volunteer with a myriad of community organizations. In the 18 years since this recognition, his commitment to the Peoria region has only grown.

From receiving the Outstanding Young Graduate Award from Bradley University to chairing the 1999 Heart of Illinois United Way Campaign to his 15 years of service on the Peoria Civic Center Authority, Dan Daly’s leadership in Peoria has been steady and unyielding.

He has played an essential role on the board of the Peoria Riverfront Museum and with the Human Service Center, CEO Council, Focus Forward CI and the Illinois Bankers Association, among many others. Nominated by his peers, Daly was named the first-ever 40 Leaders Under Forty Alumnus of the Year in 2014. Read our interview with Dan Daly in the November 2014 issue of iBi!