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8, 2001] The
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce kicked off a special
one-week membership drive yesterday with a breakfast session at the
chamber offices. The goal of the campaign is to add 30 new members
to the chamber’s roster, an additional 10 percent of the current
picked up packets of material, chose the five prospects they would
call on, and treated themselves to homemade donuts or scrambled eggs
before starting out on the 2001 "Proud to be a Member"
Director Bobbi Abbott said this is the first organized membership
drive the chamber has had for about four years. "We thought
this was a good time to touch base with businesses that are not
members and let them know we’d like to have them come on
board," she said.
important reason for becoming a member of the chamber is the
opportunity to network with other business people in the community,
Abbott said. The chamber offers many activities, such as the 3rd
Wednesday Morning Mixers at Al’s Main Event, which feature
different speakers each month addressing a timely topic in the
get-together opportunity is provided by the After Hours Mixers
sponsored by individual chamber members. This gives a particular
business the chance to host a gathering and show other chamber
members new products and new services available.
activity brings people into a business that might not normally come
in," Abbott said.
annual golf outing and the office professionals luncheon are among
many other networking opportunities.
reason for chamber membership is that the chamber advocates for
business-friendly local, state, national and global legislation;
assists with small business startups; initiates and participates in
work force development ventures; and works to attract new businesses
and retain existing ones, Abbott said.
example, the chamber recently initiated a letter-writing campaign to
Illinois Gov. George Ryan on behalf of the Lincoln Developmental
Center, urging the governor to keep the facility open. From 75 to
100 letters were sent to Springfield during this campaign, Abbott
the chamber also worked with the city of Lincoln on an ordinance to
govern bed-and-breakfast businesses in the city. In addition, Abbott
said, the local chamber has the opportunity to become active on the
state level, promoting legislation friendly to small businesses,
because the state chamber is now bringing local groups on board as
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of the programs many businesses particularly like is the Chamber
Bucks gift certificate program, Abbott said. As a gift on Christmas,
a birthday or any other occasion, Chamber Bucks give the recipient
the chance to shop in more than 60 chamber member businesses. The
gift certificates are purchased at the chamber and redeemed at the
participating businesses, which then bring the certificates back to
the chamber for reimbursement.
is no guessing, because all participating businesses are listed on
the back of each certificate. Certificates can be purchased in
denominations of $5, $10, $25 or in any combination.
"one size fits all" gift program is so popular that the
chamber is issuing between $60,000 and $75,000 in gift certificates
each year, Abbott said. She emphasized that there are no
"hidden costs" to these gift certificates, as the chamber
does not charge an administration fee but absorbs all costs as a
service to its members.
chamber also serves as an information center for the community, she
said. Business guides, maps, brochures, phone books, restaurant
guides, information about special events such as the Lincoln Art
& Balloon Festival, and information about tourism are all
available in the chamber office.
will have about any information anybody could want," Abbott
the end of the membership drive, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, between 4:30
and 6:30 p.m., chamber members will reconvene for a more formal
reception — wine and cheese and hors d'oeuvres made by members —
to celebrate their campaign.
who would like more information may call the chamber office at
your investment adviser carefully
8, 2001] Illinois
Secretary of State Jesse White has announced that a former
stockbroker was sentenced to nine years in prison for defrauding
three Illinois residents of over $1 million.
Illinois investors from fraud is one of my top priorities,"
White said. "This sentencing sends a clear message that
stockbrokers who prey on our senior citizens will go to jail."
investigation by White’s Securities Department and a prosecution
by the U.S. attorney’s office resulted in the sentencing of John
R. Whitlow, 51, as well as an order to pay restitution of $628,654.
He pleaded guilty to mail fraud, money laundering, engaging in
monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity,
and making and filing a false income tax return.
owned and operated an insurance and securities business known as
Central Illinois Financial Services, located in Bloomington. He
defrauded three senior citizen clients of over $1 million dollars by
having two clients grant him financial powers of attorney and having
another client appoint him as the trustee of her life insurance
trust. After receiving these financial powers, Whitlow proceeded to
withdraw money from each of the client’s accounts and spend the
money for personal or business use. Two of the victims are now
1996, the Illinois Securities Department audited Central Illinois
Financial Services and Whitlow. Based upon that audit and an
investigation, the department revoked Whitlow’s securities
salesperson registration in Illinois.
case was investigated and prosecuted by the cooperative effort of
the secretary of state’s Securities Department, the U.S. attorney’s
office, the Criminal Investigative Division of the IRS, the Postal
Inspection Service and the Illinois State Police.
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Tips on how to protect your investments
picking a stockbroker or making any investment, Secretary of State
Jesse White urges investors to consider the following:
Is the stockbroker or the person selling the investment registered
with the Illinois Securities Department? Call the Illinois
Securities Department at 1 (800) 628-7937 and 1 (888) 231-1175
(Spanish-speaking assistance) to find out. If they are not, they may
be operating illegally.
Has the stockbroker given you written information that fully
explains the investment? Make sure you get proper written
information, such as a prospectus or offering circular, before you
buy. The documentation should contain enough clear and accurate
information to allow you or your financial adviser to evaluate and
verify the particulars of the investment.
Before granting a power of attorney to your stockbroker or
investment adviser or appointing them your trustee, have the
documents reviewed by your attorney and ensure that you completely
understand all the power and authority you are granting by signing a
power of attorney or appointing a trustee. You may want to consider
possible alternatives to a stockbroker, such as a relative or family
of State White’s Securities Department regulates the offer and
sale of securities in Illinois, providing for the protection of
investors and the maintenance of a fair and orderly securities
marketplace. Illinois requires that all securities dealers,
salespersons and investment advisers and their securities offerings
be registered with the department unless exempt by law. The
department enforces standards of conduct among those registered to
conduct securities business in Illinois as well as dealing with
consumer allegations of fraud or improper practices in the
securities marketplace. Anyone who believes he or she has been a
victim of securities fraud should contact the department at 1 (800)
628-7937 and 1 (888) 231-1175 (Spanish-speaking assistance).
and Logan County memorabilia available for Christmas
7, 2001] Main
Street Lincoln and the city of Lincoln have unveiled the design of
this year’s official Christmas ornament. As announced during
Historic Preservation Week, the 2001 ornament will feature the
Lincoln Public Library. Library director Richard Sumrall said,
"We’re happy to be part of the Lincoln City Ornament series
and celebrate one of Lincoln’s most historic architectural
the series, the ornament is 24 karat gold over brass and will be
enclosed in a blue velvet presentation case with the city seal
embossed in gold on the cover. The limited edition ornaments
will have a numbered certificate of authenticity including
information on the history of the building and a miniature version
of the proclamation naming it the official city ornament. Their
cost is $15.
may be reserved now through Nov. 15 at a 10 percent discount when
paid in advance. To reserve ornaments, stop by the Main Street
Lincoln office on the second floor of Union Planters Bank, 303 S.
Kickapoo, or the Lincoln Public Library, 725 Pekin St., to pick up a
form. Forms with checks can be mailed to the Main
Street Lincoln office. Purchasers of last year’s ornaments
received a preregistration form in the mail and will have the first
option on continuing their numbered series.
will be available for pickup around Thanksgiving and also for retail
purchase at selected locations downtown.
limited number of last year’s ornaments, the second in the series,
featuring Lincoln City Hall, are available for $20 each.
available for holiday giving is a full-color tapestry pillow
featuring an aerial view of the Logan County Courthouse. The
back of the pillow will be dark green fabric. The pillow
is being made in the United States by Riddle and Cockrell, the same
company that made the woven afghans previously available.
Currently, a picture of the pillow can be seen in the Main
Street Lincoln office, and an actual sample will be
available soon. Pillows are $29.95 each.
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popular Logan County Christmas tree will grace the front of
Christmas cards this year. A color photograph of the giant
Christmas tree and the stained glass dome of the historic Logan
County Courthouse will be on the front of the cards. The
inside sentiment is, "A wish for a warm, wonderful holiday
season and a bright New Year."
Roos took the picture at the 2000 Festival of Trees. Jan
Schumacher, Festival of Trees chairman, commented, "The
photograph was so picture perfect, it was a natural for a Christmas
card." Cards will be sold in packages of 10 for $7 and
will benefit the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation and Main
Street Lincoln. They are currently available at the Main Street
office and will also be available at the Festival of Trees in the
Logan County Courthouse from Nov. 23 through Dec. 2.
further information on any of these items, call Main Street Lincoln
at (217) 732-2929.
customer-oriented office supply company
Brunk Stationers plans
to open a store in Lincoln
30, 2001] An
office supply store that allows you to buy in bulk, stores excess
products for you and delivers as you need them? That store is Glenn
Brunk Stationers of Springfield, and it is coming to Lincoln.
president Edward D. Stanfield says, "The customer drives the
bus." One example of what he means is free delivery of even a
single item and placement of products wherever the customer wants,
even if that means each box of paper goes to a different room. Other
services include installation of office furnishings, 24-hour-a-day
ordering from the Internet site and service by sales
said he hopes to open a Lincoln store by the first of the year. His
son Ed Stanfield Jr. has begun looking at Lincoln locations. The
senior Stanfield said he is seeking a downtown site: "We are
more of a traditional company, and I want to be in a traditional
said Lincoln struck him as a "small but independent town"
with much good-sized business for its size. The first step, taken in
July, was to join the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce and
to contact Mark Smith, director of economic development. Since then
Glenn Brunk sales representatives have secured a number of accounts
expects to hire one to three employees here, beginning with someone
to operate the store. "In Lincoln I envision more products and
more depth" in the retail store than in Springfield, he said.
first deliveries will be made from Springfield, and bulky products
bought by Lincoln customers may have to be stored in the Springfield
warehouse. Eventually Stanfield hopes for on-site storage and a
driver based in Lincoln. "The intent is to be a local company
in Lincoln," he said.
Brunk Stationers’ motto is "Providing the best customer
service for 42 years." One aspect of this is knowing products
and their relative differences. For example, Stanfield asked, why
sell three different staplers? "Each has a particular
niche," he said, and Glenn Brunk salespeople have to be able to
explain what they are. "We’re not the grocery store," he
explained. "We survive because of service."
who worked as an adult rehabilitation counselor for 10 years, is
proud of being the only retail agent in Springfield for replacement
toner cartridges remanufactured by United Cerebral Palsy. Both
disabled and non-disabled people participate in rebuilding the
cartridges, which are fully guaranteed; the cartridge will be
replaced or money refunded if it fails while it still contains
said there is a huge difference between remanufactured cartridges
and older ones that were refilled and then leaked or did not work.
United Cerebral Palsy has a cartridge analyzer that tells what
components need to be replaced. The rebuilt cartridge is then
reanalyzed to make sure it passes before it is boxed. Stanfield said
the analyzer can even predict future failure so a component can be
replaced before it fails. "There is no down side to it,"
he said. Prices are one-half to one-third off retail; the cartridge
is "as good as or better than" new; and proceeds go to
programs for disabled children and adults.
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Glenn Brunk store at 2222 S. Sixth St. in Springfield is
surprisingly small for a company that sells office furniture as well
as supplies. Stanfield said he furnishes individual offices or whole
buildings but "most of the work is done in our customer’s
office" using catalogs and computer modeling. Furniture brands
offered include HON, Creative, Indiana Desk, National (a division of
Kimball Industries), LUI and DMI. Some ready-to-assemble furniture
from Bush, O’Sullivan and Sauder is available, but Glenn Brunk
delivers it assembled.
business also offers repaired scratch-and-dent office furniture.
Stanfield buys it from wholesalers sight unseen, refurbishes it and
sells it at 40 percent of the retail price. Just now, he said, he is
long on lateral files.
business was founded in 1955 by Glenn and Mary Brunk. Mr. Brunk was
a former combat medic who landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day. The Brunks
began business from their garage, offered only one product —
billing machine ribbons — and installed them free. Stanfield said
the installation was a major factor because the ribbons went
"deep in the bowels of the monster machines." The business
moved first to Fifth Street and then to its current location on
Sixth Street, next door to Gallagher’s steakhouse.
Glenn died in 1972, Mary Brunk ran the business. In 1988 she hired
Malinda Stanfield as bookkeeper, then office manager, and in 1997
the Stanfields bought the business with the provision that the name
not change. Ed Stanfield, who had managed copier dealerships, made
the shift from the hardware to the supplies that go in it. He said
it has been "an absolute howl ever since."
three Stanfield sons work in the business. Ed Jr. is a sales
representative, Joe is a delivery driver, and Bill, a Champaign
resident, works on his day off. Glenn Brunk Stationers also employs
two other sales representatives, another driver and a bookkeeper. Ed
Stanfield Sr. is president, and Malinda Stanfield is
company stocks a larger variety of paper rolls for such machines as
cash registers and credit card machines than anyone else in
Springfield, Ed Stanfield said. As with other bulky products, Glenn
Brunk will store excess rolls for the customer. Each customer has a
separate skid in the warehouse, and employees can easily see when
one is running low. Among products in the warehouse are Willamette
Industries boxes made in Lincoln and Sphinx paper for a business
that requires paper made in a union mill.
company sells in quantities ranging from individual envelopes and
notepads to reams and skids of paper. Orders are placed twice daily,
delivered at 2 a.m., opened and repackaged for customers, with
drivers on the road by 9 a.m. Stanfield said he envisions a similar
procedure for the Lincoln store.
prepares for Christmas parade
2, 2001] Lincoln’s
annual Christmas parade will be in downtown Lincoln on Thursday,
Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. "May Your Days Be Merry and Bright" is
the theme for this year’s parade, co-sponsored by the
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Lincoln.
chamber is accepting entries from businesses, industry, governmental
agencies, schools, civic and not-for-profit groups, and religious,
youth and charitable organizations. There is no charge to enter, and
cash prizes will be awarded.
evening parade features marching bands, lighted floats and vehicles,
and military marching units. Groups are encouraged to use motorized
vehicles in an attempt to reduce the number of walking entries.
"We’re also looking for a business or a group to sponsor the
Santa Claus float," says chamber director Bobbi Abbott.
"The parade’s final entry is the Santa float, and it needs to
participants may call the chamber of commerce at 735-2385 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
for an entry form or further information.
Edwards offers tax reform seminar
29, 2001] The
Lincoln branch of A.G. Edwards & Sons will host a seminar
entitled "Tax Reform and Your Investment Strategies"
seminar on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 10, at
10 a.m. The program will be at Heartland Community College, 620
Broadway St. in Lincoln.
consultant Tom Kissel will speak on the new tax measures and how
they affect individual investors. His discussion will address
changes in the tax code pertaining to income taxes, education
savings, retirement savings, and gift and estate taxes.
seminar is free for anyone to attend; however, seating is limited.
more information on the seminar or to make reservations, please
contact Brittney Van Fossan, financial associate, at A.G. Edwards.
The phone number is 732-3877, or call toll free (800) 596-0014.
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calendar of events for November
All meetings are in the chamber of commerce conference rooms at 303
S. Kickapoo St. unless noted otherwise
Thursday, Nov. 1 — Chamber board meeting, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2 — Retailer’s Roundtable, 7:30 a.m. at Eckert’s
Saturday, Nov. 3 — Beta Sigma Phi holiday craft fair, 7 a.m.-2
p.m. at Lincoln Park District; Casino Night, 7-10 p.m. at Lincoln
Sunday, Nov. 4 — Zonta turkey dinner, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at LCHS
Monday, Nov. 5 — Economic Development Council, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6 — Chamber Ag Committee, 7 a.m. at Al’s Main
Wednesday, Nov. 7 — Membership drive kickoff breakfast, 7:30-9
Thursday, Nov. 8 — Government/Education Committee, 7:30 a.m. at Al’s
Main Event; Healthcare Committee at noon in ALMH Conference Room A
Saturday, Nov. 10 — Lincoln Day at ISU football, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day parade and program, noon at Logan
Tuesday, Nov. 13 — Membership drive celebration reception,
Wednesday, Nov. 14 — Chamber Morning Mixer, with the industrial
park proposal as the topic; 7:30 a.m. at the Tropics
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Friday, Nov. 16 — Membership/Mixer Committee meeting, 4 p.m. at
the Depot; After-Hours Mixer, 5-7 p.m. at Sugar Creek Orthodontics
Friday, Nov. 23-Sunday, Dec. 2 — Festival of Trees, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
weekdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays at Logan County Courthouse
Saturday, Nov. 24 — Festival of Trees Gala
Tuesday, Nov. 27 — Festival of Trees candlelight event at the
courthouse, 6-8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29 — Technology Committee, 8 a.m.; Executive
Committee, noon at Blue Dog Inn; Lincoln Christmas parade, downtown
at 7 p.m.; theme: "May Your Days Be Merry and Bright"
Thursday, Nov. 29-Sunday, Dec. 2 — "Christmas in the
Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for community progress, bringing
business and professional people together to work for the common
good of Lincoln and Logan County.
Abbott, Executive Director
County Chamber of Commerce
S. Kickapoo St.
receives state media award
9, 2001] At
Lincoln Daily News, we don’t like to toot our own horn. We
are dedicated to the task of telling the story of Logan County and
its citizens without embellishment, because those stories are worth
dedication to task was recently given recognition by the health care
agencies of Logan County, who submitted our name to the Illinois
Public Health Association. After careful investigation, the
association accepted the nomination and on Oct. 1 awarded Lincoln
Daily News their 2001 Media Award for excellence in public
health reporting on the Internet.
Logan County Health Department is a member of the Illinois Public
Health Association, and once a year we have an annual meeting,"
said Debby Cook, director of nursing. "Before the meeting, the
association asks people to nominate groups that are exemplary in
promoting public health.
Daily News has always reported health issues for the Health
Department with complete accuracy. They have always worked with us
to present important health-related issues to the community, so we
nominated them for the media award.
review committee for the state Public Health Association looked at
some of the archived articles on public health and determined that Lincoln
Daily News deserved the award."
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we are excited and grateful for this recognition, we want to tell
the whole story. The health care workers and agencies of this county
labor long and hard to advance the cause of quality health care for
the citizens of Logan County. Lloyd Evans and the staff of Logan
County Health Department, Woody Hester with the staff of ALMH, Dayle
Eldredge with the people of Healthy Communities, along with numerous
other health care agencies and people, are working on your behalf,
struggling with the health care issues that confront them on a daily
are real heroes of Logan County! Lincoln Daily News merely
tries hard to provide the coverage they need and deserve, to let the
citizens of this fair county know of their programs and their
so we say thanks. Thank you for the recognition, and thank you for
laboring hard on behalf of the citizens of Logan County.
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