WIU Student Claims Waukegan Hot Dog-Eating Title

Western Illinois University marketing student Richard Cline, of Libertyville, has a new claim to fame after winning a weekend hot dog-eating contest in Waukegan.

Big Ed’s Bar and Grill hosted the competition as part of the annual Waukegan Wine & Art Stroll. Seven men and one woman competed for this year’s title, with 20-year-old Cline taking home the title.

Cline was able to eat 12 hot dogs and buns in five minutes. He received a T-shirt from Red Hot Chicago and a gift certificate.

According to media accounts of the contest, after capturing the title of “hot dog-eating king,” Cline lifted his shirt to show off his stomach.
“My nickname is ‘Big Country,’ ” said Cline, a former high-school football player. “I guess I won because I came here hungry.”

WIU Alum Trading Up to Help Ill Child

Sam Annable

Western Illinois University alumnus Sam Annable is using his background in sports and marketing to jumpstart an innovative new program to help an ill child attend the Super Bowl.

Annable, an account executive for the Peoria Chiefs minor league baseball team, is a 2011 WIU graduate. He has undertaken a project to trade a pair of his own dice for 2013 Super Bowl tickets.

So far Annable has traded the dice for a 1994 Alex Rodriguez rookie baseball card. The card was then traded for an Ike Davis custom-made baseball glove.

Annable is writing a blog about the trading progress, which is available at twobluedice.blogspot.com. He also has a Twitter account @TwoBlueDice.

Annable will also be collecting donations to help with travel to the Super Bowl and with the child’s medical expenses.

“So far the support has been good,” he said. “It is pretty hard to get the word out all by myself while still working full time but I am putting a lot of effort into making sure this is going to happen. I am trying to reach out to people who I think can help by posting it on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.”

Donations can be mailed in care of Annable to Peoria Chiefs Community Baseball, 730 SW Jefferson St., Peoria, IL, 61605.

WIU Senior Theatre Major Crowned Tri-States Idol Over the Weekend

Western Illinois University theatre major Aaron Zetterlund

Western Illinois University theatre major Aaron Zetterlund, of Keokuk, Iowa, was guaranteed an American Idol audition with his Saturday, July 7, win of the Tri-State Idol contest in Quincy.

Western Illinois University theatre major Aaron Zetterlund, of Keokuk, Iowa was guaranteed an American Idol audition with his Saturday, July 7, win of the Tri-State Idol contest in Quincy.

Zetterlund will move on to his audition for the American Idol television show on Thursday, July 12, in Chicago.

“I’m most excited about the opportunity to really go to the next level and show my stuff there. I’ve done a lot of small area stuff, but I’m excited to broaden that out a little bit,” Zetterlund told WGEM news in Quincy.

To see a video of the interview, which includes a portion of Zetterlund’s performance, visit www.wgem.com/story/18972827/keokuk-singer-wins-tri-state-idol.