em space, Where They Stand,
How We Stack Up, What's
Up With That?
quick look at Lincoln
and Logan County issues
12, 2001] Forgive
me the pun, but it looks like the question of who should pay for the
future sewerage system upgrades is nothing more than money down the
drain. Potential expenditures of upward of $10 million tell all of
us that what we send down the drain or flush is nothing to take
the city’s general fund is flush at the moment, the costs of
refurbishing our system will mean borrowing funds from an agency such
as the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to cover this huge
expense. With the need to maintain standards for waste removal as well
as having future capacity to lure new business, it looks like the
upgrade is something we need to do before the costs rise still higher.
found it amazing that a flow study showed our two prisons responsible
for 40 percent of the solid waste sent through our plant, but that
statistic should help in negotiations between the city and the
Department of Corrections regarding how much of the bill prisons
should foot. If the prisons use 40 percent of the system, they should
pay 40 percent of the monthly cost of operating the plant
seems there is an attempt to bring the old well on Fifth Street across
from the Postville Courthouse back into use. The well, now in front of
the VFW Hall, was once part of the landscape known to courthouse
visitors as Deskin’s Tavern. In the mid-1800s, many a hot summer
afternoon found participants in the legal system taking a break to go
across the street and draw a cool drink of water from the well.
you figured it out. That means the city could have a tourist
attraction such as "Have a drink of water from the same well Old
Abe used." I can just see us bottling the water as well and
selling it to tourists to take home. I will leave a name for such a
product up to others, but Abe-aid comes to mind in a hurry.
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column in this commentary]
not sure if any issue, save perhaps the Central School referendum,
caused more debate than the talk three years ago of consolidating our
grammar schools. In Chicago, where I grew up, neighborhood schools
were as much a part of the landscape as corner penny-candy stores. The
candy stores are now only memories, and in many parts of the country,
including Illinois, so too are the small schools. The principal reason
for consolidation was stated to be a reduction in administrative
costs. The chief reason for maintaining smaller schools was to keep
local control over a child’s educational process. Both points have
validity; both points may soon be moot if the state Legislature
creates new laws requiring further cutbacks to small schools. Is the
concept good or bad? Let me know
what you think.
for the county board to rescind their vote on maintaining the at-large
system of deciding representatives. That is only the first move in a
process that will take some time and thought. Districting or
redistricting voter areas are never an easy process, but it appears to
be certain to occur in Logan County.
we will have to wait and see if county residents who have been stating
they have been left out of the county process do anything with their
newfound representation. Changing to districts will only benefit the
community if residents run for office.
forewarned, if the next election shows several seats having only one
candidate, I will scream. In the event we have good solid choices
throughout the county, I will sing the praises of the referendum.
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6, 2001] With
the old Mutual Bank building currently undergoing remodeling to
handle county business, the question of whether it should be renamed
is coming up. Board member Terry Werth doesn’t think a structure
which houses county offices and thus handles county business should
have the nomenclature "The Old Mutual Bank Building." I
is preparing to propose to the county board that the building be
renamed the John A. Logan Building. His thinking is that
something in a county called Logan named after John A. should
have a least one structure named in his honor. His idea makes sense to
me, but of course, I am only the messenger. Tell
me what you think of the idea. By the way, did you know Abraham
Lincoln christened Logan County in honor of John A. Logan? Abe really
left his mark on this community, didn’t he?
has been a great deal of press regarding the Shady Grove Mobile Home
Court on the north side of Lincoln. Residents are being sued by a
landlord due to the fact they have discontinued paying lot fees
because of living conditions in the court. The landlord is facing
penalties from the state’s attorney’s office because the Illinois
Department of Public Health has refused to issue a license to the
owners, making their continuing operation against the law. And through
all of this the mobile home court is an eyesore to the community.
is to blame? Who is at fault? Personally, I believe there is enough
guilt to go around to everyone.
the owners of the court have not kept the grounds up at all. A drive
by shows that considerable trash litters the park even after the city
paid to have four yard dumpsters placed in the court. The area is
better than it was in February, but it is a long drive from being a
bed of roses. It doesn’t take much observation for an outsider to
notice that the landlord doesn’t seem interested in maintaining the
grounds in accordance with the rental agreements or the state rules
governing the ownership of a mobile home court.
what about the residents of the park? In America, people are allowed
the right to own. They also carry the responsibility of taking care of
what they own, and believe it or not, trash is something that all of
us own and have a responsibility to get rid of in a responsible
manner. The fact that the landlord isn’t keeping his end of the
bargain doesn’t mean that residents can simply throw their garbage
out the door and tell the world it isn’t their problem. It is.
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column in this commentary]
since residents are not paying lot rent, they can use those monies to
rent "carry-all" dumpsters from a disposal company and clean
up the neighborhood. They can use the mobile home court just three
blocks away as an example of how well maintained a trailer court can
we are on the topic, the state’s attorney’s office having to deal
with this issue is a hard ride for Tim Huyett and his staff. The law
is clear. No license, shut the court down. It is also clear that
displacing three dozen families is not a public relations coup for any
politician. My only advice to Mr. Huyett is that the trailer court
needs to be right or it needs to be gone. Perhaps Huyett can do
something about the abandoned pigeon coop, formerly a restaurant,
across from the Tropics while he is at it. Travelers from the north
entering Lincoln don’t need to judge this community by either of
these two views.
voters have spoken. Well, at least a few of us have. By a 3-1 margin,
the 18 percent of people interested enough in exercising their rights
have stated that the county board should be apportioned into districts
and members voted in accordingly. While 18 percent of the total
eligible voters in our county is far removed from being considered a
mandate, the 3,500 votes and the margin toward redistricting must be
considered a solid sampling of the area residents’ wishes and needs
to be looked at by the current county board.
the referendum is nonbinding, the board will be gauged during the next
election by their decision to consider the referendum as valid or not.
Then again, with only 3,000 residents interested enough to vote, maybe
a board member having a large family over the age of majority doesn’t
need to worry about what the few of us who will vote really think.
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to the em space, a staff writer's commentary section with observations about life experiences in Logan County and
beyond. Enjoy your visit.
The missing ‘s’
looked at an Internet site with links to sets of daily devotions, I
noticed there was a typo in the link to one series. The title was singular
instead of plural. It still made sense, because a collection includes
individual elements, but from a lifetime of having the printed version of
the publication around the house, I knew there should be an "s"
at the end of the name. One day I scrolled down far enough to see an
address to contact and decided to report the missing letter.
was an interesting one. Instead of the more common "webmaster,"
it said "webservant."
I sent a
note to the "webservant" and received a fast response:
"Thanks for the heads up." The message indicated that her
official title was Website Administrator. I don't know if she had anything
to do with choosing the webservant identification on her mail, but I liked
making an argument against the term "webmaster." The word
follows the pattern of other job descriptions, such as a ringmaster, who
keeps things under control, or a concertmaster, with a high level of
expertise in another area.
wouldn't take the webservant term too literally, as though what's on a
screen should take charge of a person instead of the other way around.
That would be like the tail wagging the dog or people becoming enslaved to
what they do.
unexpected switch from master to servant does match what happens when
people take the concept of servanthood seriously. It turns their
priorities upside down. A well-known preacher who learned about that
firsthand wrote a book called "Improving Your Serve" (it's not
isn't just a theological topic. Serving is also found in the successful
a major purchase from a local business, I received a complimentary gift; a
tin of cookies arrived in the mail. A printed message just under the lid
said in part: "You are the most important person in our business. You
are not dependent on us, we are dependent on you. You are not an
interruption of our work, you are the purpose for it. You do us a favor
when you use us. We are not doing you a favor by serving you. You come to
us with your needs, it is our job to fulfill them."
whom and what we serve can be complicated. As people serve their
customers, their managers, their families, their sense of right and wrong,
conflicts arise. The major conflict, of course, is that we'd rather serve
ourselves and our own interests.
"webservant" instead of "webmaster," examples of
servanthood sometimes take us by surprise. A pastor notices that the
candles haven't been lit and does it himself. A client receives technical
advice without charge. A seminary professor visits a small church and
holds the door open for everyone else. A person selling parts at the
counter of an auto supply store installs the wiper refills and puts the
blades back on without any special request from the customer.
disciples of Jesus were also surprised when he washed their feet before a
final supper together. He asked if they understood and explained that he
had given them an example.
The next day
his servant role culminated in his death for all humanity. His coming back
to life gives his followers an ultimate master to serve.
observing those events of Holy Week, some people put its lessons into
practice with special service projects during the time around Easter.
Ideally, all of life is a
servant event, wherever we are, and if phrases like the currently popular
"servant leadership" and the webservant address help to get the
point across, they will serve their purpose well.
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vs. at large
April 3 ballot proposition:
"Shall Logan County be divided into districts equal in
population for the purpose of electing County Board members to serve
on the Logan County Board commencing in the year 2002?"
January of this year, citizens throughout Logan County circulated
petitions to place this issue on the ballot. That effort was
successful with more than 10% of registered voters signing within a
two-week period (2569 total/2000 needed). The referendum has been
certified by the Logan County Clerk and will be on the April 3rd
ballot throughout the county. The citizens were successful and will
be able to voice their opinion on this matter for the first time in
law states that every ten years each county in Illinois with a
township form of government shall determine whether board members
shall be elected "at large" from the county or by county
"YES" vote on this issue will indicate that residents of
Logan County want to have their County Board members representing
all areas of the county. Each district must be divided equally in
population and will guarantee that all areas are represented! The
present "at large" system allows for all 13 County Board
members to be elected from one area, while the remainder of the
county could end up with no one. In fact, the east side of our
county (from Mt. Pulaski to Atlanta) does not have representation at
the present time! All of the counties surrounding Logan are in
districts. Menard recently changed from "at large" to
"districts" with an overwhelming vote. The greater
majority of counties in Illinois are in districts and have been for
several years. We are not the only county with this issue on the
ballot. Bureau County recently passed a referendum to go to single
member districts. Champaign County has a similar question, as does
that this question asks how the make-up of the County Board should
be for the next ten years. Under a district system the voter is more
likely to know the person they are voting for. This is your
opportunity to voice your opinion and let your county governing body
know how you feel. If the referendum produces a result in FAVOR
of district representation, then measures will be introduced on the
floor of the Logan County Board to accomplish that goal.
White is a member of the Logan County Board.)
rather interesting and enlightening to note the places of residence
of people appointed to the Logan County Board to fill terms of
members who have died, moved away, or resigned.
Robert "Bud" Behrends was appointed to the Logan County
Board March 18, 1975, to finish out the term of Robert E. Downing,
and Lloyd Hellman was appointed November 15, 1994, to finish out
Robert "Bud" Behrends term on the board. Mr. Behrends grew
up in the Hartsburg area, and spent most of his life in Lincoln, and
Mr. Hellman, who replaced "Bud" has spent most of his life
in the rural Emden area. Mr. Downing was a rural Beason farmer.
emphasis on appointments was the type of person needed to
effectively function on the board; not where they resided. A Beason
resident (Mr. Downing) was replaced by a Hartsburg/Lincoln resident
(Mr. Behrends), who was replaced by Mr. Hellman, an Emden resident.
above appointments don’t look like "district"
representation. It looks like desire on the part of the replacements
and their ability to effectively function on the Logan County Board.
H. Werth resigned from the board December 31, 1988. L. Buckles was
appointed to replace Mr. Werth, February 20, 1989. Both were from
rural areas -- Mr. Werth, rural area north of Mt. Pulaski, and Mr.
Buckles, rural area south of Mt. Pulaski.
Earl Madigan, who lived southeast of Lincoln, was replaced by Dwight
Zimmerman, who farmed for years just east of San Jose and later
lived in Lincoln. That certainly wasn’t a "district"
appointment. That was an appointment based on the desire of the
person to serve and his ability to serve.
Edward L. Spellman, resigned from the board March 18, 1976, and Mr.
Don Smith was appointed to take his place. both came from Lincoln,
Both were successful business people and served well on the board.
Robert Welch died in office November 18, 1998. He was a resident of
rural Beason. Mr. Roger Bock of rural Williamsville was appointed to
replace him. Again, not a "district" appointment, but one
based on desire and ability.
my knowledge, no proponent of the district plan for electing members
of the Logan County Board has ever submitted a plan, so my question
is: If the at large system of electing county board members is not
flawed, why fix it?
the system is working well and the members are getting the work of
county government done, why change?
a district election plan, which apparently is only floating around
in the minds of a few people and has not been committed to paper,
better serve all the people of all the county?? I think not!!!
Hurley is a former member of the Logan County Board.)
fuel taxes paid in August 2000
figures are as follows:
County = $44,078.23
receive an allocation on the basis of motor vehicle registration fees, with the
exception of Cook County, which has a percentage allocation set by law.)
and road districts = $90,973.85
and road districts are allocated an amount computed on the basis of mileage in
of Lincoln = $38,003.84
receive an allocation based on population.)
Economic Development report]
estimates in Logan County
||Rural population -
||Urban population -
||Persons below poverty
level - 11.8 %
||Average marriages per
||Average deaths per
County high schools: 1960-2000
High School consolidated with New Holland
High School became part of Olympia School District
High School consolidated with Mount Pulaski
Jose High School consolidated with Illini Central (Mason City)
High School became Warrensburg-Latham
High School consolidated with Lincoln Community High School
High School consolidated with Lincoln Community High School
Lincoln High School history
School buildings in
school" in 1859
High school teacher,
Mr. January, in 1859
Central School opened
High school building
High school dedicated,
Cost of new high
community high school District #404
Dedication of new
Lincoln Community High School, 1000 Primm Road, in auditorium, on
in Logan County
in Lincoln City Police Department
in Logan County Police Department
in the Lincoln City Fire Department
Fire Departments in County
of Logan County Board
of Lincoln City Council
in Lincoln Public Library
in Lincoln College Library
in Lincoln Christian College Library
We Stack Up
This feature of the
Daily News compares Lincoln and Logan County to similar cities
and counties on a variety of issues in a succinct manner, using
charts and graphs for illustration.
makeup of selected Illinois counties
Up With That?
you look around, you will probably find something interesting to look at
here in Logan County.
For instance, sitting just north of Lincoln near
I-55, this trailer home looks a little odd up on stilts.
But if you look closely, it makes perfect sense, as it stands above
the expanding waters of the nearby barrow-pit pond.
is alive and well here in Logan County.
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