drug smuggler didn’t and
isn’t getting by in this county
3, 2001] Victor
Caballero is probably wishing he had gone some other way on April
was driving a semitrailer on Interstate 55 near Elkhart when he was
pulled over near Elkhart on a routine mileage and cargo log check by
State Trooper J.P.Driscoll. When it was suspected that he had
altered his logbook, he was ordered to take a mandatory rest stop at
the next truckers stop, which was Burwell Truck Plaza at Route 10
and I-55. During the stop Caballero’s name had turned up in a
nationwide drug trafficking database. He was out on bond, accused of
hauling 1,200 pounds marijuana in Oklahoma.
County’s drug unit was called to help. Deputy Jerry Melton and
drug dog She-Bear met state Trooper Driscoll and state police Sgt.
Craig Rios at the truck stop. She-Bear was able to hit on the
presence of drugs, and officers began making arrangements for the
unloading of the truck. While temporarily out of sight of the
officers, Caballero was witnessed to quickly go around to the back
of the truck and roll two boxes out the back door. He then ran
around, jumped back in the truck and followed Trooper Driscoll to a
place where the truck could be unloaded to another truck when it
arrived. Luckily there was another trucker right there who witnessed
the whole thing and reported it.
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[She-Bear demonstrates her talent for the press. With
quick deliberation she sniffs up and down the car, stopping abruptly
and pawing at the car wheel well where drugs had been stashed for
[Logan County Deputy Jerry Melton and She-Bear pose.
Though Deputy Melton doubted she would sit for a picture, She-Bear
loved the press.]
those boxes were over 100 bags, 246 pounds of what is believed to be
the purest cocaine. Test results are expected to take weeks on that
many bags, but if they are as pure as thought to be, it will have a
value well over $11 million and up to $55 million and may qualify as
the largest downstate drug confiscation to date.
is accused of controlled-substance trafficking and possession of a
controlled substance with intent to deliver. Tuesday, May 1, the
29-year-old El Paso, Texas, man pleaded innocent to both Class X
drug charges before Logan County Judge David Coogan during a
probable-cause hearing. He is currently being held without bond. He
will come before a jury for trial in June. If convicted of both
counts, he could face up to 45 years prison time, plus court costs
and fines, in addition to any sentencing he receives in Oklahoma.
mayor, city treasurer
and aldermen sworn in
2, 2001] In
a special Lincoln City Council meeting last night, Tuesday, May 1,
City Attorney Jonathan Wright swore in the newly elected officials.
First in line and taking up the gavel as the new head of the council
was Mayor Elizabeth Davis. Mayor Davis was positioned, and Lester
Plotner was then sworn in as veteran city treasurer. Juanita
Josserand was not present for the evening. She will be sworn in as
city clerk at the next meeting.
those office placements, the aldermen were sworn in as a group. All
of the aldermen are returning, re-elected to their positions: Benny
Huskins Sr., Ward 1 alderman; Verl A. Prather, Ward 2; David R.
Armbrust, Ward 3; Glenn Shelton, Ward 4; and Michael Montcalm, Ward
motion was passed to waive the aldermen’s pay for this special
meeting, with only one "no" vote voiced, by Alderman
Joseph Stone. He said he thought they
should be paid and that he would give his pay to a charity of
Alderman Montcalm’s choice.
council adjourned to a closed executive session to discuss
department head proposals.
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prepares for Chautauqua guests
2, 2001] Step
back in time Saturday when you step into Elkhart. The time will be
1830 and Abraham Lincoln will usher in the day, leading the Illinois
7th Cavalry. Fun and educational historical re-enactments,
entertainment and activities will take place all day long.
Chautauqua on historic Elkhart Hill begins at 10 a.m.
there for the rousing start
grand parade at 10:05 a.m. will feature 10 pipers and drummers from
St. Andrews Society. (This same group is featured at the Highland
games at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on May 19.) A stirring sight
will be Abraham Lincoln riding in with the parade, escorted by the
Illinois 7th Cavalry.
team of the always-showy black Percheron draft horses will pull a
large wagon loaded with "personalities" such as past Gov.
Richard Oglesby. In additional horse-drawn vehicles, there will be
historic people like Miss Jessie Gillett, Princess White Blossom and
her Indian paint horse, sidesaddle experts Kathy and Caroyln Firch,
and many more.
could want for anything more?
will be a tasty feature during the day, with the American Legion
selling rib-eye steak and pork-chop sandwiches. The high school
alumni will be offering ice cream, a bake sale, muffins and scones
in the morning, and milk and cookies in the afternoon. Additional
food will be offered by the Firehouse 1 concession stand.
interactive, fun events all day
will be lots of ongoing demonstrations and historical
interpretations, children’s games and programs, a petting zoo and
more. Click here for the day’s program.
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What if it
of a gully-washer, everyone should be able to stay relatively dry.
Many of the activities are sheltered. There will be lots of shelters
and places to step in out of the rain.
nominal admission fee will be charged for this fund-raising event.
Fees are as follows: $3 for adults; $2 for youth 12-18, senior
citizens and students; $1 for children 5 to 12 years old; and free
if under 5. A special family rate of $5 encourages families to come.
Admission is free for anyone who comes dressed in 1800s style and
for any musicians.
Chautauqua benefits not only the Elkhart Historical Society but also
the St. John the Baptist Chapel, as well as the American Legion.
event is handicapped accessible. Trams will carry people from the
parking area to the footpath which leads to the 1800s and a
spectacular day to spend with the family.
Chautauqua program and participants
— Grand parade and welcome
— Possum Hollow Pickers and Elkhart Christian Church youth group
perform the Virginia reel
— Historical portraits (five minutes each): Capt. Bogardus, Miss
Jessie Gillett, Martin Gehr and Princess White Blossom
— Sheep/milking goats
— Elkhart Grade School presents "Peek into the Past"
— What children did in Lincoln's day, presented by Nancy Torgerson
— Duck herding
— "Abraham Lincoln My Friend and Mentor," by Gov.
— Sidesaddle demonstration
— Looking for Lincoln look-alike contest
— Historic Morgan horse demonstration
— Abraham Lincoln telling stories, presented by Fritz Klein
— Cavalry demonstration
— Farmers Daughter bluegrass music
— Jam session with Farmers Daughter, fiddlers and Possum Hollow
— Taps, with bugler John Sutton, Joyce Anderson and American
Legion Honor Guard
quilt show and tours of St. John The Baptist Chapel are at 11 a.m.,
noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. In addition there’s a special opportunity
to stump the organist with your favorite old hymn; if she knows your
hymn, you owe her $1.
John The Baptist Chapel
John The Baptist Chapel was built in 1890 in memory of John Dean
Gillett by his wife, Lemira. The original cost was $10,000. Each of
the children donated $1,000, and Lemira donated the balance. The
Culver Stone Company constructed the chapel using Whitney marble and
largest event ever held at the chapel was the funeral of Gov.
Richard Oglesby, in 1899. Over 4,000 people attended, including many
government officials, both past and current governors, as well as
Robert Todd Lincoln.
chapel is still privately owned by Gillett family descendents and is
available for weddings, funerals and baptisms upon request.
chapel participates in two annual events with The Elkhart Historical
Society: the Chautauqua and the Christmas candlelight concert,
scheduled for Dec. 8 this year. Both events benefit the Elkhart
Historical Society and the St. John The Baptist Chapel.
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Bobbin lace —
Nathan's Apiary (bee keeping)
Guild of Logan County
cross-stitch — Evelyn Begolka
Phineas Fairhead — R. L. Slider
Wool, duck and sheep dog demonstration —
and Jackie Curts
Jessie Gillett — Jorie Latham
White Blossom — Lynn Bock on Dancing Mist
Wright — David Preston
Gehr — Roger Dennison
A.H. Bogardus — Robert McCue
7th Cavalry, Major Karl Luthin
and Kathy Firch — sidesaddle demonstration
Historic Morgan —
Corral Percherons — Dean Lars and Pat Sawyer
Dioramas and posters —
zoo and milking goats — Rhonda Daniels and the Rochester 4-H
Lincoln — Fritz Klein
Richard Oglesby — Richard Torgerson*
Gillett Oglesby — Linda Arends*
Jessie Gillett — Jorie Latham
Gillett — Susan Keays Green
Gehr — Roger Dennison, with site assistant Leighann Dennison
A.H. Bogardus — Robert McCue, with site assistant Charles McCue
Andrews Pipes & Drums (also appearing on May 19 at the Highland
Games at the state fairgrounds)
Wright — David Preston
— Illinois 7th Cavalry
Phineas Fairhead, phrenologist — R.L. Slider
and wagon — Feed Corral Percherons
carriage — provided by John Gehlbach
*Courtesy of Oglesby's
Elkhart Historical Society thanks the many volunteers without whose
help the Chautauqua would be impossible.
Street Lincoln announces plans
for Historic Preservation Week
1, 2001] Citizens
in Lincoln will join thousands of individuals around the country as
part of the National Trust’s Historic Preservation Week
celebration. Local events are sponsored by Main Street Lincoln, The
Blue Dog Inn, Beans and Such, and Mayor-elect Beth Davis.
"Restore, Renew, Rediscover" is the theme of the week,
with events scheduled May 13-19.
will be dressed for the week in its best historical finery, with
many businesses including a historical display in their windows.
Residents will have the opportunity to learn about the diversity in
our community. Groups represented include Lincoln Developmental
Center, Heritage in Flight Museum, Railsplitters, Lincoln Christian
College, Elkhart Historical Society, Lincoln Woman’s Club, Logan
County Genealogical and Historical Society, and Lincoln College.
public is invited to attend a special presentation in the Pegram
Room of Lincoln Public Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. David
Blanchette, public information officer for the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency, will give a presentation on plans for the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The presidential
library is scheduled to open in October 2002, and the museum is to
be completed in late 2003. At a cost of $115 million and an
estimated annual attendance of half a million people, the complex is
sure to have an impact on our community.
this year is the Main Street
Antiques Roadshow, a takeoff on the popular public television
production. The Roadshow will be from 5:30 to 8:30 on Thursday, May
17, at 616 Broadway, the former antique mall. Appraisals are
available for $5 per item or set in a number of divisions including
toys and dolls, fine antiques, jewelry, clocks and watches, crystal
and china, coins, cards and other collectibles, books, and general
antiques. Residents are encouraged to not only open their china
cabinets but also scour their attics and bring their most unusual
items to the Roadshow.
"This is everyone’s chance to learn
more about their personal treasures," said Main Street Program
Manager Wendy Bell, "and who knows, they may find out they’re
sitting on a gold mine."
special events will also take place at 7:30 during the Roadshow.
First, is the dedication of Gov. Richard Oglesby’s Bible, given to
the Logan County Board by the Larry Steffens family. After the
dedication, the Mayor’s Annual Awards for Historic Preservation
will be announced. A punch-and-cookie reception served by ladies in
historical costume and featuring musical entertainment by Melane
Coulter will follow.
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are available in both residential and nonresidential categories for
preservation, exterior rehabilitation and sympathetic addition.
Twenty-three buildings have been recognized since the awards were
first given in 1993 and are permanently recorded in photographs that
hang in the Lincoln City Council Chambers. Property owners also
receive a framed photograph with inscribed brass plate. For more
information or to make a nomination, call the Main Street Lincoln
2001 Historic Preservation Week poster features one of the 1994
winners, the Lincoln Public Library. The library will also grace
this year’s City of Lincoln’s official Christmas ornament. The
ornament is the third in the series, following the Logan County
Courthouse in 1999 and Lincoln City Hall in 2000.
is an appropriate time to recognize the library building," said
Bell, "as the Carnegie grant was given to the city 100 years
ago this year." The $25,000 grant combined with property
donations from Stephen Foley and Isabel Nash built the current
Lincoln Public Library in 1902.
neoclassic building, designed by architect W.A. Otis of Chicago, is
made of red mottled brick with stone ornament trim and a light red
tile roof. Other than routine maintenance and the addition of a
basement in 1974, the library retains its original structure and a
number of original furnishings. Recent restorations include the
interior stained-glass dome and the mosaic tiled entry. The library
has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since
more information on Historic Preservation Week activities, contact
Main Street Lincoln at (217) 732-2929. The Main Street program was
developed in 1980 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to
redevelop and revitalize America’s downtowns. Lincoln has been a
designated Main Street community since 1994.
Main Street Lincoln program manager]
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1, 2001] State
police are investigating an accident that resulted in injuries to a
26-year-old Lincoln police officer. Officer Paul T. Adams had gone
to the scene of a fuel spill on Route 10 under Interstate 55 at 1:19
a.m. Saturday. As he was leaving the scene, his vehicle was
broadsided by a Logan County Paramedic Association ambulance on its
way to another situation.
the ambulance driver, Danny J. Dean of New Holland, nor his partner,
Penny M. Thomas of Lincoln, was injured. They assisted with rescuing
had to extricate Adams from his vehicle. Once out, he was taken to
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. From there he was transported to
St. John’s in Springfield, where he was listed in serious
condition. He was moved from intensive care Sunday to a private room
where he continues his recovery today.
vehicles were heavily damaged and deemed a total loss.
Week in Review
issues budget ‘reality check,’ approves zero-tolerance drug
30, 2001] A
state budget "reality check" and a strong message to
prison guards that illegal drug use will not be tolerated were among
the measures considered by the Illinois Senate this week, according
to state Sen. Bob Madigan (R-Peoria).
continued to act on legislation that originated in the House of
Representatives and is currently pending in Senate committees.
Senate took an important step April 26 toward finalizing a new state
budget by passing on to the House of Representatives five measures
dealing with a variety of state programs and services. The session
was also an opportunity for a budgetary reality check, to let
lawmakers and taxpayers know about the difficult financial issues
facing Illinois. In the wake of revelations about a slowing economy,
lower-than-expected revenue estimates, and previous legislative
commitments to education, Medicaid, senior citizens, and mental
health and disability programs, the budget proposals passed by the
Senate on April 26 reflect the recommendations made by the governor
in February. To date, a total of nine budget bills have been
approved by the Senate. So far, the Illinois House has approved
additional spending of nearly $2 billion above and beyond the
governor’s requested $50-billion budget.
prison guards and state police officers who test positive for drugs
will be fired, under legislation agreed to by the employee labor
unions and unanimously approved by the Senate on April 26. Senate
Bill 1032 requires the Illinois Department of Corrections and the
Illinois State Police to have a zero-tolerance policy for drug
abuse. Both agencies currently have policies in effect. The measure
simply codifies the current standard. Senate Bill 1032 now moves to
the House of Representatives for further consideration.
other business, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a measure
that would allow stalking victims and witnesses of violent crimes to
receive compensation from a special state program for counseling or
other such expenses related to the crimes. House Bill 2865 adds
stalking and aggravated stalking to the list of crimes for which
victims can receive compensation under the Crime Victims
Compensation Act. It also allows a person who personally witnessed a
violent crime to receive compensation under the act. That bill now
moves to the full Senate for further consideration.
Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee also sent to the Senate a
measure that would help working women without health insurance
receive treatment for breast or cervical cancer. House Bill 25
expands Medicaid coverage, subject to federal approval, for breast
and cervical cancer screening and treatment to women who have been
screened by the program administered by the Illinois Department of
Public Health and women whose screenings were paid at least in part
by the Department of Public Health.
House bills approved by Senate committees and sent to the full
Senate for further consideration include:
haven (HB 632) —
Allows parents of a newborn
infant to anonymously leave their child with personnel at a fire
station, emergency medical facility or hospital without fear of
civil or criminal liability for abandoning the infant. This is
nearly the same as Senate Bill 216, which has been approved by the
Senate and is moving through the House of Representatives.
cards (HB 1901) —
Helps reduce the time
patients spend in the waiting room while doctors and nurses verify
the coverage, co-payment amount and other necessary information.
Requires health insurance providers to issue standardized health
care benefit cards to its customers with the following information:
processor control number (if required for claims adjudication),
group number, card issuer identifier, cardholder ID number and
Paws (HB 41) —
Creates a program allowing
Department of Corrections inmates to train dogs to assist
individuals with physical disabilities.
scholarships (HB 2436) —
Addresses the impending nurse
shortage by removing the limitation on the number of nursing
scholarships awarded each year from the Illinois Nursing Education
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soil (HB 605) —
Designates drummer silty clay
loam as the official state soil. Drummer silty clay loam is found on
1.5 million acres of Illinois land and in 42 of Illinois’ 102
ban (HB 171) —
Bans the sale and production
of the environmentally harmful fuel additive MTBE.
that have been previously approved by the Senate and were passed by
the House this week include:
battery (SB 50) —
Sets a minimum fine for
persons convicted of battering a sports official at or near an
athletic facility where the sports official was officiating. The
fine for the first violation is $1,000, and $2,000 for a second or
care grants (SB 149) —
Expands health-care options
to improve access in medically under-served areas through a
community health center expansion program.
information (SB 168) —
Requires state universities
to educate freshmen, transfer students and parents about meningitis.
Also, makes vaccines available through university health services.
battery (SB 175) —
Triggers aggravated battery
penalties (Class 3 felony) for battery near a domestic violence
protection (SB 187) —
Notifies day-care facilities
and schools, including colleges, within 24 hours if an order of
protection is issued for any student.
centers (SB 330) —
Allows area vocational
centers to apply for certain State Board of Education grants.
students (SB 376) —
Requires expelled or
suspended students to complete their suspension before being
admitted into another school district. Provides for enrollment in
exemption (SB 464) —
Gives senior citizens their
day in court even if they are incapable of testifying by allowing
hearsay testimony if the elderly crime victim is mentally or
physically incapable of testifying.
(SB 523) —
Allows municipalities to
prohibit the sale and use of sparklers on public property.
retention (SB 603) —
Establishes an administrative
policy of recouping state aid for job creation when the businesses
receiving those grants leave Illinois.
(SB 683) —
Requires public utilities to
inform homeowners when they work on equipment containing mercury on
grants (SB 816) —
Creates a grant program to help seniors and disabled individuals
live at home.
honors funerals (SB 876) —
Allows the Illinois National
Guard to perform military honors ceremonies at funerals when the
federal government cannot.
attendance (SB 1026) —
Charges anyone who threatens,
menaces or intimidates nonpublic school students from attending
school with a Class A misdemeanor (up to one year behind bars).
Public school students already have this protection.
testing for attackers (SB 1049) —
Provides victims of sexual
assault with information about their attackers’ HIV and STD
videotaping (SB 1297) —
Prohibits the use of a
concealed camera to videotape or record a person for purposes of
viewing the body or undergarments of the person.
city officials honored
27, 2001] At
Thursday night’s council meeting, Lincoln Mayor Joan Ritter and
two outgoing aldermen were honored for their service to the city.
The meeting was the last at which Ritter will preside before the
newly elected mayor, Elizabeth Davis, is sworn in May 1.
William Melton presented the plaque to Ritter, Lincoln’s 39th
mayor, citing her "dedication, diligence, integrity and
enthusiasm" during the 20 years she has been a city official.
has served as an alderman since 1981. In 1997 she was elected mayor,
defeating incumbent John Guzzardo.
[Lincoln Mayor Joan Ritter]
noted that both he and Ritter have served the city for 20 years and
said Ritter had contributed to the betterment and growth of the
community. "A lot of positive things are happening in the city,
and you should be proud," he told her as he presented her with
commended her for seeing beyond political parties and looking at a
person’s personal merit, not a party affiliation. Melton is the
only Democrat on the council, and Ritter appointed him mayor pro
tem, to serve when she was unable to be present, for the past year.
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were also awarded to Stephen Mesner and Judge Gerald Dehner,
retiring aldermen. Mesner has been an alderman from Ward 2 for eight
years. He ran for mayor this year but was defeated in the February
primary. Dehner was appointed in December of 1998 to fill an
unexpired term as Ward 3 alderman but did not choose to run for a
full term. Mesner and Dehner were not present to receive their
said she had hoped Davis would be at the meeting so she could
present her with the gavel, symbol of the mayor’s office. However,
Davis did not attend Thursday’s meeting.
Ritter said she plans to
remain active in the community. She did not announce any specific
future plans other than a possible vacation trip but said she was
"not going to disappear from the scene."
approves ‘bare-bones budget’
27, 2001] A
"bare-bones budget" for the fiscal year from May 1, 2001,
to April 30, 2002, got final approval from the Lincoln City Council
at a special adjourned meeting Thursday evening. That description
came from Alderman Joseph Stone, chairman of the council’s finance
$9,450,865 after transfers, the budget is down from last year’s
figure of $9,703,624 because of a projected $300,000 to $400,000
decrease in revenues, according to Mayor Joan Ritter. Drops are
predicted in funds from state sales taxes, state income taxes, motor
fuel tax funds and interest on investments. "The whole gamut is
down," she said.
year we shouldn’t have any unnecessary capital expenditures. We
will be lucky to make the payroll with this budget," added
Juanita Josserand, city clerk.
city will start the fiscal year with a balance of $900,000 in the
general fund and is projected to end with a balance of $363,686.
Cuts in the budget included the street rehabilitation project on Elm
Street between Fifth and Kickapoo, about $330,000, and the west-side
fire station, $50,000.
other business, the council accepted a bid from Graue Motors,
Lincoln, for a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck for the streets
and alleys department. The $33,362 bid was $3,100 higher than the
state bid from a dealer in Taylorville for a 2001 Dodge truck. The
council had originally set aside $35,000 for the purchase of the
Graue, who attended the meeting, told the council that the 2001
Chevy model was no longer available, but the 2002 model had higher
towing and weight ratings and more horsepower and torque. Graue also
noted that the city would have the advantage of local maintenance
and equipment installation, and he pointed out that Graue Motors
contributes $133,000 in state sales taxes to the city and to Logan
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George Mitchell, chairman of the streets and alleys committee, said
he had always believed in buying locally whenever possible. However,
he said since the city was not going to take the low state bid, he
thought it would be fair to let the other two auto dealers in the
city have another chance to bid on the truck.
Ritter pointed out that when the original bid was let the two other
dealers did not submit bids, and she thought there would be nothing
unfair about accepting the Graue bid. The council agreed to accept
Graue’s bid and will formally ratify it at the next regular
meeting May 7.
The council will hold a
special meeting on Tuesday, May 1, to swear in the new mayor,
Elizabeth "Beth" Davis, along with City Clerk Juanita
Josserand, City Treasurer Lester D. Plotner and the five aldermen
elected April 3: Benny Huskins Sr., Ward 1; Verl A. Prather, Ward 2;
David R. Armbrust, Ward 3; Glenn Shelton, Ward 4; and Michael
Montcalm, Ward 5. Armbrust is new to the council; Prather was
formerly an alderman from another ward but has since moved to Ward
and curbs, and fiscal year budget discussed at council meeting
26, 2001] Rodney
White stood before the Lincoln City Council to discuss more about
his plans for developing an east-side subdivision. The subdivision
has the potential to develop into 57 units eventually and will be
located east of Keokuk Street on Sherman. White is planning to
develop only about one-third of the area, 16 lots, at this time.
reviewing White’s proposal, which was presented to the council
last month, City Attorney Jonathan Wright said the city had four
stipulations. They need to know White’s intentions for the
remainder of the expansion. There are concerns for sewer overload.
They need to see a letter of credit from White to be sure he can
follow through with his plans before the city commits the necessary
funds and time for their portion of the development. And lastly, the
city’s committee on streets and alleys will need to meet to
evaluate needs and costs for street and curb upgrades.
responded saying that he only intends to focus on getting the 16
lots prepared right now, adding that he does not intend to be the
builder on any of these lots unless it becomes necessary. He said
Lincoln Christian College and Seminary has approached him about
running their soon-to-be-needed additional sewer line through his
easement area. He has committed to them that they may, and he will
absorb the costs for running that portion of sewer line for them,
thereby reducing their costs significantly.
was some discussion indicating that it is believed that the current
retention pond may be large enough to allow for this addition.
Concern for adequate sewer line capacity remains a concern, and
further investigation will be made by the city.
streets and alleys committee will assess the streets and curbs on
this section of Sherman Street and consider the improvement requests
made by White for widening and adding curbs in the next three to
other petitioners came before the council at Tuesday night’s
planning meeting. Roger Michalsen, vice president of the St. John
church council, came seeking approval for the development of a
parking lot. The neighborhood received letters about the proposed
change and replied with acceptance, with only one letter not
returned. No one objected at the scheduled public hearing at which
the city planning committee approved the request. The Eighth Street
property is the first house past Central School and sits adjacent to
another church lot. The church has received first bid rights from
the current owner.
other petitioner was Dr. Karen Dzekunskas, requesting special use of
property at 105 Peoria St. Dzekunskas, who currently has her
practice at the Professional Park, would like to relocate her office
with two treatment rooms to the Peoria Street location, where they
will also have their family residency. Parking was the only concern
for the request and should not be a problem, as she sees patients
during normal working hours only 28 hours per week.
petitions from both Dzekunskas and St. John church met with approval
from the council and will come to a vote May 7.
council heard numerous written petitions presented by Alderman
George Mitchell for sidewalks, curbs and decorative-functional
request was made for a new walkway with a brick look replacing the
walk on Sangamon between Broadway and Pulaski streets. Donnie
Osborne stated that most of the streets downtown have been there
since the ’70s. A complete replacement was not approved as the
costs would be excessive. It was pointed out that there has been a
budget of only $18,000 for all of the downtown area sidewalks and
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curb at 109 Pulaski St. will be viewed and assessed by the streets
superintendent. It was recommended to fill the walk area with dirt
and seed it.
request was formally made to place decorative as well as functional
(to assist elderly) hitching posts at 121, 131 Sangamon St. The
request has been placed on the next agenda with intent to ratify at
the next meeting.
letter of appreciation to the city and the streets and alleys
committee was read. The message from Zion Lutheran School
first-grade teacher Joanne Stamm was accompanied by 18 letters from
her first-grade class about their recent tree planting and
letter was received from the West Lincoln road commissioner asking
for $18,000 to help with repairs needed on Connolley Road. Traffic
in one direction was rerouted off Illinois Route 10 near Wal-Mart
when a force-main break necessitated digging all along the route.
Illinois Department of Transportation made the decision sending all
traffic coming into the city down the weight-posted road at winter’s
end. The city will look into the situation, including checking for
insurance coverage. Roger Eaton is handling the matter.
up the evening, Alderman Joe Stone gave the finance committee policy
and procedure report. He said that after much effort the committee
has figures that they were satisfied to deliver the council as a
worked to cut a budget that will show a positive balance of $33,000
for the year 2003. This was achieved by making the difficult
decision to entirely cut the already halved Elm Street project
($330,000) and the west-side fire station ($50,000).
bare-bones budget permits the city to end the fiscal year with a
positive balance and allows a $363,000 bank balance for the end of
next fiscal year. Going into this new fiscal year, there will be a
total of $900,000.
"With lots of sewer work and road rehab," Stone
went on to say, they
looked at costs, benefits, and salaries closely.
"[It was a] diligent effort and it wasn’t an easy job,"
Joan Ritter interjected the information that revenues for the city
are down by $379,380. "This is not just happening to Lincoln.
It is happening to other communities like us also," she pointed
was $243,169. The premium went up by 26 percent overall. Workman’s
comp, which is factored into that figure, went up by 47 percent.
This figure is $20,000 lower than the 1998 figure.
wanted: Abe Lincoln
26, 2001] The
Looking for Lincoln of Logan County Committee is literally looking
for Lincoln to play the part in a video currently in the planning
stages. The "tryouts" will be through a look-alike contest
at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, during the Elkhart Chautauqua 1800s
festival. Elkhart, located eight miles south of Lincoln off
Interstate 55, was the home of Lincoln’s good friend John D.
you seen either of these men?
6-foot-4, 175-180 pounds, dark brown or black hair, 45-55 years
Ambrotype by P. Butler, Springfield, IL
by Alexander Gardner,
Abraham Lincoln did not grow a beard until he left for Washington,
D.C., the committee is looking for a beardless Abe to play the part
in the video, as well as a bearded Abe for other events. Contest
participants will be judged based on similarity in looks, as well as
a portrayal of up to 60 seconds, including speech and mannerisms.
Those wishing to participate may sign in beginning at 10 a.m. and
should gather near the main stage by 12:30 p.m. Winners in both
beardless and bearded categories will be announced the same
afternoon and given $100 cash, a "Lincoln" prize package,
and the opportunity to participate in the video or other future
video will be produced as part of the Looking for Lincoln regional
tourism project, which promotes the area’s unique historical ties
to Abraham Lincoln.
a young lawyer and surveyor, Lincoln spent many hours in Logan
County, and the county seat was named in his honor long before he
became famous. Lincoln was present when the first city lots were
sold on Aug. 27, 1853, and was requested by promoters of the event
to christen the city. Though protesting that "nothing with the
name of Lincoln ever amounted to anything," he took a
watermelon from a nearby pile, broke it open, squeezed some of the
juice into a tin cup and poured it on the ground. Thus Lincoln,
Ill., became the first city to be named for and by Abraham Lincoln.
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Elkhart Chautauqua is an 1800s festival coordinated by the Elkhart
Historical Society. It’s a chance to step back in time with
numerous demonstrations including blacksmithing, quilting,
horsemanship, spinning, goat milking, duck herding and the calvary.
Historical portraits of key figures as well as special musical
groups will be featured on the main stage.
of the St. John the Baptist Chapel will be on the hour beginning at
11 a.m. and continuing through 2 p.m. The chapel was built in memory
of John Dean Gillett in 1890 at a cost of $10,000. The largest event
at the chapel was the funeral of Gov. Richard Oglesby in 1899, when
over 4,000 people attended. Both Oglesby and Gillett are buried in
the adjacent cemetery.
further information, including special room rates for re-enactors,
contact Wendy Bell at Main Street Lincoln at (217) 732-2929,
Thressia Usherwood of Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau at (217)
732-8687 or Gillette Ransom for the Elkhart Historical Society at
you have a good recycling program, a local agency may have a grant
26, 2001] The
Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency has recently announced a
monetary grant award program to encourage the creation and
continuation of recycling programs within Logan County. Individuals,
school groups, clubs, churches and civic organizations are eligible
will be awarded based on the merits of the proposed recycling
programs. The amount of the awards will be determined by the agency
board of directors, who will review the scope of the proposals, the
need for funding, and quantity of materials to be recycled or
hope the recycling grant program will assist and reward those groups
who recycle municipal waste currently or who are interested in
starting a program," said Kenneth Schwab, agency coordinator.
Municipal waste is defined as material generated by households, such
as newspapers, magazines, plastic containers, cardboard, glass
containers, batteries and landscape waste.
Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency consists of representatives
from each of the municipalities in Logan County as well as a Logan
County Board member who represents the unincorporated areas.
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Jim Struebing said, "The Solid Waste Agency encourages people
from throughout the county to divert material from the waste stream
by reducing the creation of waste, reusing items that would
ordinarily be discarded and recycling products which can be
remanufactured into other products. We think there is additional
potential for recycling in Logan County and want to help those
groups who develop a good program."
for the grant awards may be obtained from Kenneth Schwab at the
agency office in the courthouse, by calling the office at (217)
732-9636 or by writing to LCJSWA, P.O. Box 428, Lincoln, IL 62656.
The grant program is ongoing, and applications can be submitted at
any time throughout the year.
County Joint Solid Waste Agency
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