Illinois Rock Hall of Fame Inductions Announced; Ceremony at Rialto in Joliet in October

Richard Marx, Smashing Pumpkins, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and Bo Diddley headline the newest class of the Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! The five artists will be inducted in the Artist/Performer category during the fourth annual ceremony on October 20th at the Rialto Square Theater in downtown Joliet.

Vee-Jay Records will join the Hall of Fame in the Record Label category as well as Steve Goodman and Willie Dixon as Songwriters. Bob Stroud, a hometown Classic Rock favorite, will be inducted for his decades of on air work as a Radio Personality, and the legendary Big 10 WCFL enters the Hall of Fame in the Radio Station category. This year’s Founder’s Choice Award recipient is country artist Suzy Boggus.

“The Class of ‘24 continues to show our commitment to honoring all genres of music as well as the amazing talent whose roots can be traced to Illinois,” said Ron Romero, the museum’s Executive Director and Chairman of the Board. Hall of Fame votes are cast by the Illinois Rock and Roll Museum on Route 66’s charter members.

WGN Radio’s Bob Sirott will return as Master of Ceremonies. Additional Hall of Fame events and live appearances from Illinois artists, broadcasters and journalists are being finalized and will be announced soon.

In past years, legends of rock and roll from the Land of Lincoln have performed during the ceremony, including REO Speedwagon, the Ides of March, Styx, and many more esteemed Illinois-based artists!

Ticket prices are $65.00, $55.00 and $45.00 each and are available now on the museum’s website at as well as and at TicketMaster.

A variety of Charter Membership levels are open to the public by visiting the museum’s web-site at Charter Membership includes voting rights for the annual Hall of Fame as well as free admission to the museum during regular hours, a 10% discount on all Gift Shop items, Members Only Events for special events and exhibits, as well as pre-sale notices for special events.

The Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. EIN 82-2293229. Contributions are tax-deductible for income, gift, and estate taxes.