Part 1
Logan County ready for
action if terrorist event occurs

[OCT. 4, 2001]  Even though the public may not have been aware of it, agencies all over the United States, including those in Logan County, were preparing for terrorist attacks well before the destruction of New York’s World Trade Center, and they are ready to take action if an event occurs.

"Logan County has been working on this," said Dan Fulscher, director of the Emergency Services and Disaster Agency for the county. "We recognized, and the state of Illinois recognized, that an attack was likely.

"We have been preparing very solidly for a year, with a task force that was formed in Logan County. Two weeks before the New York tragedy we had already made a request to the state of Illinois for specific equipment that would allow us to protect the citizens of Logan County better if there was a real terrorist event."

The six-year plan, which was submitted at the end of August, would provide more training and equipment for local agencies, including suits to protect fire and police personnel against chemical and biological agents, chemical detection kits, gas monitors, thermal imaging cameras, and decontamination equipment such as giant scrub brushes, cleaners and soaps to neutralize the chemicals.


The request also includes better equipment for the Logan County Health Department and for other government entities that could be involved in a terrorist attack, such as highway department personnel and emergency room workers, Fulscher said.

Terry Storer, assistant director of ESDA, said that area fire and police departments are well trained to respond to emergencies such as chemical leaks or spills, and that training would allow them to respond to a terrorist incident as well.



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"For us, it would be business as usual," Storer said. "If we had a terrorist attack using chemical or biological agents, it would be handled in much the same way that we would handle an industrial leak or spill.

"Emergency responders, members of the Fire Department, would be sent to the area of the attack. They would immediately treat any injuries and then would identify the chemical and make an action plan.

"Members of the Fire Department have been trained to identify chemicals and know what to do," he added. Also, they could get help from other agencies.

"The Health and Human Services Department has Metropolitan Medical Response Teams, primary response units that can move into any area that has been attacked. These teams have equipment caches with pharmaceuticals and other supplies that they can get very quickly.

"We are able to make one phone call to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and they can contact any state or federal agency that we may need, whether we have a terrorist attack or an ordinary emergency situation," Fulscher added.

(To be continued)

[Joan Crabb]

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Two politicians speak at LCCS banquet

[OCT. 4, 2001]  Lincoln Christian College and Seminary has just finished its 2001 Strauss Lectures, named for Dr. James Strauss, a former professor and living legend at the school. The speaker this year was Nancy Pearcey, a Christian author and intellectual historian. Part of the lectureship’s schedule was a Tuesday evening banquet in Taylor Hall on the LCCS campus. The banquet featured two prominent politicians.

Sen. Patrick O’Malley from Chicago, a Republican candidate for governor, spoke about his background and family, stating that he felt it was important for his audience to know something about him. He talked about his parents and how they raised 14 children. He talked about his wife and about their two children. He spent a long time talking about his daughter Brigid. Because of a brush with infant death syndrome, she is able to do very little for herself, but she can smile. With love in his voice, he spoke of how that smile has changed his life. He spent a little time talking about his political background and views, but he left that mainly to the flyers and mouse pads his campaign associates handed out.

[Click here for related article, "Patrick O’Malley runs for governor."]

Bill Redmond, Lincoln Christian Seminary alumnus and former congressman from the state of New Mexico, was the main speaker for the dinner. He gave a sermon on the response that Christians must take to the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks. During that sermon, he told the story of the "Star-Spangled Banner" in a way that had most of the audience truly hoping that "the flag was still there." He said that early in the history of America, the country was thought to be an experiment, unknown from day to day if it would fall. And today, it is up to God whether we rise or fall. He said, though, that we must follow the words of the Bible, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14). Redmond concluded the evening with a stirring reading of Isaiah 41.

[Gina Sennett]

Patrick O’Malley runs for governor

[OCT. 4, 2001] 

Campaign statement

By Patrick O’Malley,
candidate for Illinois governor

I come before you to share my candidacy for governor of Illinois. Today, I’m formally announcing my intention to seek that office in the March 2002 Republican Primary Election.

For almost a decade now, I’ve been honored to serve as state senator of the 18th District, in southwest Cook County. The 18th District is truly a microcosm of the state. As state senator, I regularly meet and listen to the people I represent. In recent months, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and listen to people from many other parts of the state. In the coming months, I intend to meet and listen to many more.


Patrick O'Malley

It’s hard, if not impossible, to describe the level of frustration I’ve encountered and continue to encounter. The citizens of Illinois are the true "shareholders" of state government, but these days one hears little, if any, pride of ownership.

Voters have lost confidence in both the integrity and credibility of those who seek and those who serve in public office. They look to their elected officials to say what they mean and do what they say. But, more often than not, they find that campaign promises and commitments end when terms of office begin.

To say more and more people are turning off and tuning out is an understatement. More accurately, they’re turned off and, for the most part, tuned out.

I’m running for governor because I believe I can change this. I believe I can get the citizens of Illinois to tune in and turn on. I believe that working together we can reshape the Republican Party and state government. Together, we can change politics in Illinois!

I believe I have a vision to share with those who feel their vote or their priorities no longer matter. I believe I have the ability to re-establish their confidence and engage people from all parts of Illinois to work with me for stronger families, better schools, more jobs with better wages, a healthier environment and safer neighborhoods.

I will provide leadership that all citizens of Illinois can count on. Working together, we can make things better, and in the process state government can begin to serve the many instead of the few.

In every office I’ve sought, I’ve received great support. I’d like to think this is because I’m one public official who says what I mean and consistently does what I say I’m going to.

As voters come to know me, they see this. My record as a public official and as a legislator is clear and consistent.


I’ve based my public service, as well as my professional and private life on the values learned and practiced in the homes, neighborhoods and communities of Illinois; the same values instilled in Ronald Reagan as a boy growing up in Illinois and the same values he employed to change the world. These are the values I will champion as governor of Illinois!

When I was growing up, there was a ballplayer who liked to say, "Baseball has been very good to me." My family and I would be the first to say this nation and this state have been very good to us. We have lived the "American dream." I look upon this campaign and subsequent service as governor as the greatest opportunity the people of Illinois can give to me "to give something back."

Make no mistake; I seek the office of governor to be governor. I’m not "maneuvering" to run for another office. And my candidacy does not hinge or rely on anybody else’s candidacy or non-candidacy. I’m in this for the long haul, and as my Irish ancestors would say, I fully intend "to play all the innings out and, in the end, to carry home the prize."

Today, we’re beginning a journey of more than 400 days. I’m inviting people from all parts of Illinois to join with me. It’s time for a new beginning. Working together, we can and will make a difference!

Patrick J. O’Malley biography


Born Oct. 22, 1950, in Evergreen Park; second-oldest of 14 children; graduated from St. Walter’s Grammar School and Marist High School; earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in finance from Purdue University, a juris doctor degree from The John Marshall Law School; married to Mary Judith (Stump); residence in Palos Park; two children, Brigid and Patrick Jr.; a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth; and a granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth

State Senate

Elected in 1992 to represent the 18th District; reelected in 1996 and 2000



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Legislative committees

Chairman of the Senate Financial Institutions Committee; vice chairman of the Senate Education Committee; member of the Senate Insurance and Pensions Committee; member of the Senate Judiciary Committee

Public service background

Served as a member of the board of trustees of the Palos Fire Protection District (1985-1994), serving as board president since 1987; served as elected member of the board of trustees and chairman of the Finance Committee for Moraine Valley Community College (1989-1992)

Community service

Loyola University Health System board of directors; Saint Xavier University board of trustees; United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago board of trustees; Veterans Outreach Program of Illinois (American GI Forum) board of directors; The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn board of directors; Metro Southwest Alliance board of directors (founding chairman); Illinois State Crime Commission; Misericordia; Pregnancy Aid South Suburbs; American Heart Association; American Cancer Society; Southwest Metropolitan Family Services

Honors and awards

Republican Legislator of the Year, Illinois State Crime Commission; Champion of the Southland, Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce; Putting Families First Award, Concerned Women for America of Illinois; Friend of Agriculture, Illinois Farm Bureau; Presidential Commendation (1999), Illinois State Bar Association; award from the American Association of Retired Persons’ Illinois office; Serving Illinois Families Award, Illinois Family Institute; Guardian of Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Business; Frederick Milton Thrasher Award, National Gang Crime Research Center; Legislator of Year (1996), Suburban Area Agency on Aging; Leadership Award, Illinois Environmental Council; Environmental Service Award, American Lung Association; Golden Apple Award, Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance; Service Award, Illinois Veterans Leadership Program; Beta Gamma Sigma honor society

Legislative achievements
listed by Sen. O’Malley 

Statewide hearings on tax reform — Led the charge for the 1993-94 statewide public hearings to comprehensively study the state’s revenue system to lay the groundwork for meaningful tax reform.

1995 Chicago school reform — Sponsored the nationally acclaimed school reform legislation restructuring the bureaucracy-bound Chicago school system, thereby restoring local control and accountability.

Child support enforcement — As a leading advocate for improving the collection and enforcement of child support to keep children out of poverty, championed the new law to hold parents criminally liable for their willful failure to meet their child support obligations.

Repeal of the retail rate law — Led the fight to repeal the state subsidy program for garbage incinerator developers, saving Illinois taxpayers as much as $13 billion.

Project Exile Illinois — Authored legislation encouraging the federal prosecution of all persons who use firearms in crimes against others. With its implementation, by requiring a minimum, mandatory five-year prison sentence in a federal penitentiary, Illinois will be the toughest state in the Union in the prosecution of criminals who commit crimes with guns.

Cook County assessment reform — Sponsored numerous laws reforming the Cook County property assessment system and giving property owners more rights in appealing their property taxes.

Circuit Breaker program — Sponsored the 2001 expansion of this program, which provides pharmaceutical assistance and property grants, to benefit an additional 500,000 senior and disabled citizens.


State energy policy (SJR 34 and 35) — These resolutions frame the debate concerning the development of Illinois’ coal resources to provide reliable and affordable electricity throughout Illinois.

Railroad crossing blockages and freight train gridlock — Efforts to hold railroad companies accountable for blocked railroad crossings and related safety issues have put the spotlight on a national issue: the need to address the freight train gridlock in northeastern Illinois.

Tax relief — Sponsored the largest tax refund program in the history of the state, returning more than $250 million to payers of Illinois income tax.

[Patrick O’Malley campaign news release]

Expert on Islam will speak at LCCS

[OCT. 4, 2001]  In light of the recent tragedy that has touched America, Lincoln Christian College and Seminary President Keith Ray will host an open forum and presentation, "Islam, Muslims, and America: A Christian Missionary’s Perspective," featuring Dr. Robert Douglas, professor of intercultural studies. This free event, open to the public, will be in the Earl C Hargrove Auditorium on the LCCS campus from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8.

The purpose of the forum is to promote understanding and provide factual, expert information about Islamic faith and culture. The featured speaker, Dr. Douglas, is a recognized authority on Islam, having served for many years as a missionary to Muslims in the Middle East. After completing his doctorate in religion from UCLA, he served as executive director of the Zwemer Institute of Muslim Studies in California for eight years and taught for six years in the Central Asia Study Center in central Asia. He also is recognized by the National Association of Religious Broadcasters as a national authority on Islam.

The program will include a question-and-answer time with Douglas, as well as an opportunity for prayer and support for all who have suffered from this national tragedy.

[News release]

ESDA and LEPC conduct successful hazardous materials exercise
at water treatment plant

[OCT. 3, 2001]  Shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday, smoke began to emerge from the Illinois American Water Company treatment plant at 1730 N. Jefferson St. in Lincoln. A Lincoln Police Department squad car appeared on the scene at 9:12, responding to what was believed to be a smoke problem. The first officer to the treatment plant door fell back gasping and coughing, calling to his partner to stay back. So began a Logan County ESDA and LEPC exercise testing emergency reaction to release of a hazardous material, in this case chlorine.

From the spectator viewing area, the unfolding scene seemed slow-moving and low key. White wisps substituted for the yellow-green plume of chlorine the scenario called for. Firefighters wearing standard response uniforms and masks pulled the victim to the street in front of the treatment plant and sat him up. The second police officer staggered from the squad car, and firefighters also assisted him. By 9:20 an ambulance had arrived and both victims were moved toward Feldman Drive by stretcher. Minutes passed as rescue workers checked chemical references and developed a plan of action.


Meanwhile, in the Crisis Management Center at the Public Safety Complex, the smoke was identified at 9:23 as possibly chlorine gas. Computer projections incorporating barometric pressure and wind speed and direction indicated that the plume of gas was moving at 10 mph and that those within half a mile were in imminent danger. Later the zone was enlarged to 1.7 miles.

A chlorine concentration of 40 parts per million can kill in 30 minutes, according to Logan County Health Department administrator Lloyd Evans. High concentrations can cause emphysema, permanent lung damage and cardiac arrest. Even 1 to 3 parts per million can mildly irritate mucous membranes and the upper respiratory tract, he said.

Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Coordinator Dan Fulscher assembled Local Emergency Planning Committee members to deal with the crisis. Fulscher and Lincoln Police Chief Rich Montcalm briefed Mayor Beth Davis and Logan County Board ESDA chairman Doug Dutz, acting for the board’s chairman, Dick Logan. The two elected officials decided to block all roads into the city, call in all sheriff’s deputies and issue a Shelter in Place order.


According to Patrick Keane of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, when there is inadequate time to move people before a contaminant reaches them, it is best for people to stay in their homes, closing all windows and doors, shutting off air conditioners, and not drinking water. The closer a person is to an immediately hazardous substance, the better it is to stay inside, Keane said. It is unwise to evacuate a person into a higher concentration than is present in the home.

The team decided to use all methods available to inform the public: broadcasting through Civil Defense speakers, interrupting radio programming, overriding cable to insert a line of instructions and activating weather alert radios. Davis said the decision-makers were concerned about people out in the downtown and west-side shopping areas and so decided to phone a number of stores and have the message broadcast at Wal-Mart. These activities, as well as others away from the Jefferson Street scene, were not actually carried out.


The danger zone included Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, and all three previously planned shelters not in the zone were in line with the moving chlorine. The team therefore decided to activate a shelter in New Holland and also to ask Lincoln Christian College for permission to set up a shelter and triage area. In addition to assessing the severity of injuries and beginning treatment, shelter personnel would help track victims for families who are looking for them.

Near the intersection of Jefferson and Feldman Drive a child’s swimming pool was set up for gross decontamination of victims. A spray of water can remove much chlorine from clothing, but that water is then contaminated and must be contained. Further decontamination would be conducted at shelters, to protect health-care workers as well as victims. The first two victims were decontaminated and in the ambulance by 9:28.


At 9:34 two firefighters crawled into the treatment plant and pulled out another victim, an Illinois American Water employee. At this point a miraculous glitch occurred. Planners expected the employee to be dead, since pure chlorine can kill in 7 to 10 seconds and he had been exposed to a heavy concentration for 25 minutes. Nevertheless, firefighters revived him. Speakers at the debriefing session after the exercise had a hard time explaining this.

Keane, who is Region 7 coordinator of the State Interagency Response Team, interjected several problems into the action. One was the change in wind direction that put ALMH in the danger zone. Another was a fire in the communications trailer. Members of the Macon County ESDA team then used ham radios to collect and distribute messages.

At 9:46 three firefighters returned to the plant to repair the chlorine leak, presumably caused by an operational accident in which one tank ruptured into another.


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The two who entered the building were wearing bright blue training suits simulating the Level A totally contained Tyvex suits needed in direct exposure to chlorine. Putting on the suits is a slow and cumbersome process because the firefighter must be careful not to damage the suit, according to Mark Miller, assistant chief of the Lincoln Fire Department. The suit is quite bulky because it must cover equipment such as the canister of purified air. In addition, all the firefighters moved deliberately so as not to waste air.

When the two entered the building, one reported that the smoke was so thick he couldn’t see his own hand. They then tried to enter through an attached shedlike structure but found that their key would not work. Finally by 10:10 they had entered the building and stopped the leak, shutting off the chlorine.


The Crisis Management Center resembles NASA Mission Control without the TV monitors. Seats are identified by title such as "CMC Assistant Manager" or "Coroner," and people are busy passing messages and conferring on issues. One question after the leak was fixed was how long to continue emergency procedures. Once the plume had passed and outside concentrations of chlorine were less than inside, people needed to open windows but still avoid basements because chlorine is heavier than air.

At 10:30 the Environmental Protection Agency found less than 1 part per million of chlorine in the air. By 10:52 water tested OK. At 11:07 roads were opened, and soon after, the Shelter in Place order was lifted. The scene was declared stable at 11:20, and city departments were finished and ready for other calls. Evacuees were released with written precautions from the Logan County Health Department for re-entering their homes. They were told to flush all faucets and clean all wet and damp surfaces before skin contact or ingestion. The boil order for water ended, and at 11:21 the exercise concluded.


In general, the approximately 40 participants who gathered for the wrap-up agreed that the hours of previous meetings had resulted in a successful operation. "I am very pleased with today’s exercise," Fulscher said, "and quite sure that in a real event everything will be done properly to ensure community safety." He said such exercises bring people together to discuss deficiencies and how to improve. Larry Adams, Montgomery County ESDA coordinator said also, "It is easier if you know the workings of other groups."

Fulscher emphasized the importance of having the mayor and county board chair participate. "It’s good that chief elected officials understand what a Crisis Management Center is," he said, because they play a pivotal role in decision-making.

One issue that came up repeatedly in the assessment was communication. One suggestion was to use common language such as saying the wind had shifted to the north-northwest instead of to 330 degrees. Warren Curry of the Logan County Sheriff’s Auxiliary said landmarks could also be used for directions. Another communication problem was cross-feeding of radio systems. Fulscher said communication would always be the biggest problem but that during several years of exercises it has been greatly improved.


Other recommendations included

—Setting up a central location for mapping information, such as ground elevations and locations of homebound people.

—Finding a few more ham radio operators.

—Purchasing compasses for fire engines and squad cars.

—Putting a warning diamond on the water plant fence to signal the chlorine danger.

—Using more field observers.

—Adding more volunteers to the disaster intelligence committee.

—Holding more "tabletop" exercises, limited to the Crisis Management Center. Evans said, "We know the firemen and police know how to do their job."

"Next year’s exercise will take off from the end of this one," Fulscher said. Keane elaborated that it could include such issues as directions to food handlers, verification that homes had been ventilated and long-term effects on victims. He praised the joint use of Logan and Macon County teams but said it would be good if the same work could be done simultaneously in both counties to prepare for a widespread disaster.

Keane was one of two exercise evaluators. Larry Adams, the LEPC observer, said his job was to ask, "Can Logan County implement their hazardous materials plan?" His answer was a strong yes.

[Lynn Shearer Spellman]

Middletown chosen as site for Smithsonian exhibits next summer

[OCT. 2, 2001]  The Illinois Humanities Council and the Smithsonian of Washington, D.C. have honored the Knapp/Chesnut/Becker Historical Society of Middletown by choosing the library-museum as one of the six sites in Illinois for the June 23 to July 28, 2002, exhibits of "Yesterday’s Tomorrows."

[Helen helps again! Helen Smith Staats (at left) presents a check for $2,000 to Shelly Dobey, chair of the Smithsonian exhibits committee, and to Bill Post, president of the Knapp/Chesnut/Becker Historical Society, hosts of the June-July 2002 exhibits at the library-museum in Middletown.]

Besides all of the pies, quilts and monetary gifts she has given in the past, Helen Staats has given a $2,000 check, which enables the K/C/B Historical Society to meet the requirement of matching the $2,000 grant awarded by the co-sponsors of the displays.

Plans so far include special events, focusing on themes suggested by the Smithsonian, to be at the Middletown Park pavilion on six Sundays. June 23 will be Transportation Sunday; June 30, Home and Country Sunday; July 7, Technology Sunday; July 14, Culture Sunday; July 21, Health Sunday; and July 28, Spiritual Sunday.

Shelly Dobey chairs the steering committee of Mayor Ken Davison, Jackie Sullivan, Kathy Sommers, Bill Post and Winnie Golden.

All-you-can-eat turkey supper

The annual "all-you-can-eat" turkey supper sponsored by the K/C/B Historical Society is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Middle School in Middletown. This benefit is known for excellent food and historical displays.

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Domestic abuse and violence awareness event Thursday evening

[OCT. 1, 2001]  Domestic violence hurts everyone. At a time when our country has been impacted by senseless violence and loss, we need to come together in a peaceful gathering and show of support for those in our own community being affected by violence every day.

In 2000 there were 147 reported incidents of domestic battery in Lincoln, according to a report compiled by the Lincoln Police Department. Sixty-three of these incidents occurred while children were present.

To increase community awareness of this problem, the Domestic Abuse and Violence Task Force of the Healthy Communities Partnership of Logan County is sponsoring its second annual candlelight procession and education event. The vigil and community gathering will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, on the sidewalk surrounding the Logan County Courthouse and will feature a candlelight walk around the courthouse.

In the courthouse rotunda Timothy Huyett, Logan County state’s attorney, will speak on the legal issues surrounding domestic violence and its impact on the Logan County community. Shelley Musser, Sojourn shelter and services specialist, will also give a presentation.




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The "Silent Witnesses" and "The Clothesline Project" will be displayed in the courthouse rotunda during the day of the event. The Silent Witnesses are silhouette figures of individuals who have died as a result of domestic violence. The victim’s story is displayed on a plaque on each silhouette. The Clothesline Project consists of shirts and sweatshirts designed by victims of domestic violence and their families. These shirts tell the victim’s story in her own words. Information on available community services will also be available in the courthouse rotunda.

Please join the Domestic Abuse and Violence Task Force for this event. For more information or to find out how you can join the task force, you may call Debby Cook, chairperson, at the Logan County Health Department, (217) 735-2317.

[News release]

Task force will seek solutions for nursing home funding problems

[SEPT. 29, 2001]  State Rep. Jonathan Wright, R-Hartsburg, will serve on the House Republican Long-Term Care Funding Task Force. Illinois House Republican Leader Lee A. Daniels announced the formation of a special task force last month. Their mission is to research possible solutions to a looming funding crisis in the state’s long-term care industry.

There are currently 85,000 seniors and disabled people living in Illinois nursing homes. Sixty-four percent of those rely on public assistance to help pay for their nursing home stays. Nursing homes are to be reimbursed by the state for the costs associated with providing care for these individuals. According to industry experts, in many cases, Illinois fails to provide adequate reimbursement for Medicaid residents. The reimbursement shortfall has forced numerous facilities to transfer the costs of doing business to their private-pay residents, or, increasingly, to file bankruptcy.

"I am looking forward to working on this important task force," Wright said, "Nursing home residents and their families deserve the very best we can provide. This industry is providing an invaluable service to thousands of Illinois families. State government must recognize that, and assure that the industry has the resources it needs to remain viable."

[News release]

Mock disaster exercise set for Saturday

[SEPT. 28, 2001]  Area emergency agencies will participate in a mock disaster exercise coordinated by Logan County ESDA and the Logan County LEPC on Saturday, Sept. 29. There will be a number of emergency agencies from throughout Logan County working together in response to a simulated hazardous materials leak at the Illinois American Water treatment plant.

Lincoln Police and Lincoln Fire Department will coordinate their response with the Logan County sheriff’s deputies and auxiliary, member departments of the Logan County Fire Protection Association, Logan County Paramedic Association, Logan County coroner’s office and the Logan County ESDA. The unified response will involve a simulated leak of chlorine gas from the water treatment facility at Jefferson Street and Lincoln Parkway.

The Logan County Crisis Management Center, located at the safety complex, will be fully staffed and operational. Strategic and policy decisions required for the event will be made by government officials and emergency services command staff located at the CMC.

Evaluators from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois State Emergency Response Commission will be at both sites to critique the operations.



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Citizens will be allowed to observe the exercise at a designated spectator area on North Jefferson Street. The exercise is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and to be completed by 11:30 a.m. Please join us as your emergency services responders deal with the simulated emergency.


8 a.m. — Participants begin to assemble at the North Jefferson Street site and the Crisis Management Center

8:15 a.m. — Optional press briefing at the Logan County CMC, 911 Pekin St., Lincoln

9 a.m. — Exercise begins at the Illinois American Water facility, 1730 N. Jefferson St., Lincoln

11:30 a.m. — Exercise finishes

Noon — Luncheon at the Logan County CMC for participants in the exercise

[News release]

West side box culvert repair addressed

Letter from Burwells to Lincoln Council

[SEPT. 28, 2001]  The following letter from the Burwells regarding the repair of the box culvert on the west side of Lincoln was received by the mayor and the Lincoln City Council and was released to LDN by the city of Lincoln for publication.

[Unedited copy of letter]

September 14, 2001

Dear Mayor Davis and Lincoln City Council Members:

We write to clarify the mischaracterization of the position of Burwell family members regarding the repair of the box culvert on the west side of Lincoln. These misrepresentations were made by Greene & Bradford, Inc. representatives at the Tuesday, September 11, 2001 city council meeting.

The box culvert at issue was designed by Greene & Bradford, Inc. and constructed by R.A. Cullinan & Sons at the direction of Eric Burwell and Curt Burwell, then owners and developers of adjacent North Heitmann Park Addition lots. To be clear, the development on the north side of Route 10 has no relationship with Burwell Oil Service, Inc.

Greene & Bradford, Inc. maintains that it had an agreement with the former city engineer where the City of Lincoln would assume responsibility for the maintenance of the box culvert after completion. We cannot comment on the exact terms of this agreement because no member of the Burwell family was personally involved with these discussions. Instead, we were told by our agent, Green & Bradford, Inc., that the City would in fact take responsibility of the box culvert after its completion. Of course, this alleged agreement was never considered or formalized by the mayor or the city council. In other words and by its own admission at the council meeting, Greene and Bradford, Inc. did not complete the project it was hired to do. We learned of this incompletion only after the box culvert was damaged and the question of who should pay for the repairs surfaced

We do not believe that the City of Lincoln should pay for the repair of the damaged box culvert. The proper construction of the box culvert is, primarily, our responsibility and we assure you it will be completed. We firmly maintain that the damage is a result of Greene and Bradford’s negligence, and we have communicated this position to them on numerous occasions.

No member of the Burwell family authorized Greene & Bradford, Inc. to request any funding from the City of Lincoln at the September 11, 2001 city council meeting. Instead, we expressly told Mr. Jessen that we wanted him only to present the issue of whether the City would maintain a properly constructed drainage device, and we expressly told both he and Mr. Greene (on numerous occasions and in no uncertain terms) that we strongly felt Greene and Bradford, Inc. should pay for the entire new drainage device. To the extent Mr. Greene asked the City of Lincoln for any money to repair the box culvert on September 11, 2001, Mr. Greene was acting on behalf of his firm and not as a representative or agent of any member of the Burwell family


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We have refused to pay for the damage insisting that Greene & Bradford, Inc. should pay for the repair. We have refused Mr. Greene’s invitation to file a lawsuit against his firm to activate his errors and omissions insurance coverage. Also and contrary to a previous misrepresentation by Greene & Bradford, Inc., we have never discussed or even considered legal action against the City of Lincoln. Quite simply: we don't think the City has any fault here.

Greene & Bradford, Inc. has consistently maintained that fault should be placed on R.A. Cullinan and Sons, however we’ve seen no credible evidence suggesting any fault on Cullinan’s part. From every indication we have, the box culvert was constructed according to specifications

We're embarrassed by the suggestion that the City of Lincoln should pay for the box culvert because of past development in the city, Mr. Greene’s statements regarding what Gene Burwell may or may not have done for the city or community are irrelevant to this situation.

We do encourage the City of Lincoln to strongly consider taking control of the box culvert after its proper construction. We firmly believe that the City should maintain this drainage device to ensure its proper operation for many years. Properties are bought and sold, individuals and firms move or dissolve, and we feel the City of Lincoln is the most reliable and consistent entity that will ensure proper maintenance and operation of this important drainage device for many years into the future

Needless to say, we’re seriously troubled by the representations made purportedly on our behalf at the September 11, 2001 meeting. Please be advised that Greene and Bradford, Inc. did not represent any member of the Burwell family in this matter at the September 11, 2001 meeting. Should anyone wish to discuss this matter further, we invite your comments and questions.

Finally, we will take immediate steps to resolve this matter and construct the proper drainage device.






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