Agree with Archibald.
What's the point of your thread if you just started it to argue with people who disagreed with you? You asked our opinions. Consensus is Wisconsin is great but not stellar enough to be among the most elite of the public schools.
Employers only know what your program is ranked in specific situations and highly-technical degrees. The average person (and the average employer) will only have their concepts of school rankings, and to most people there cannot be 30 "elite" public schools without losing the definition of elite. Wisconsin is just not a UVA, Berkeley, or even a Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, etc.