are high following terrorist attacks and threats
we prepared in
Lincoln and Logan County?
31, 2001] It’s
on the radio, TV, in all the media. You hear it in the office, on
the street and maybe at home — threats of terrorism. America is on
high alert. Here in central Illinois, away from any supposed
practical target areas, perhaps we feel a little less threatened,
but we are still concerned. So how concerned should we be, and how
prepared are we for the types of situations that could occur?
the threat is domestic or foreign, violent, biological or chemical,
our public health and rescue agencies have been preparing to respond
to the situations. Lincoln Daily News has been at meetings where all
the agencies gather together as the Logan County Emergency Planning
Committee to strategize for just such a time. Our reports have not
even provided every detail that every agency has reported; i.e., a
number of representatives from differing agencies such as the health
and fire departments, CILCO and ESDA went to a bioterrorism and
hazmat (hazardous materials) seminar this past August.
are some of the articles that LDN has posted pre- and post-Tuesday,
Sept. 11. Hopefully you will see in them that WE ARE WELL PREPARED.
At least as much as any area can be. Every agency has been planning,
training, submitting for grants to buy equipment long before Sept.
11. We can be thankful for all of the dedicated, insightful leaders
we have in this community.
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day after ‘Attack on America’
Area leaders respond to national tragedy
and LEPC conduct successful hazardous materials exercise at water
County ready for action if terrorist event occurs - Part 1
County ready for action if terrorist event occurs – Part 2
nuclear power plant safety measures in place
County agencies meet to discuss protocol for suspicious mail
by Dave Francis
Wednesday, Oct. 31
day of the year
I stand; I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen!" — Martin
be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience.
Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success." — John Keats
— John Keats, London, England, romantic poet ("Ode to a
— J.F.W Adolf Ritter von Baeyer, German chemist (Nobel, 1905)
— Chiang Kai-shek, Chekiang Province, China, president of
— Dale Evans, Uvalde, Texas, cowgirl ("The Roy Rogers
— Dick Francis, Wales, jockey and novelist ("Whip Hand,"
— Barbara Bel Geddes, New York City, actress ("Vertigo,"
Miss Ellie in "Dallas," "Caught")
— Dan Rather, Wharton, Texas, news anchor ("CBS Evening
News," "60 Minutes")
— First All Hallows Eve (Halloween) observed to honor the saints
— Luther posts 95 theses on Wittenberg church door; beginning of
— Michelangelo Buonarroti paints "Last Judgment" in
— Donner party, unable to cross the Donner Pass, constructs a
— Erich Weiss, better known as magician Harry Houdini, dies in
— Mount Rushmore sculpture is completed
— George Halas, NFLer, dies at 88
— Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India, assassinated by two of
her Sikh bodyguards
by Dave Francis
Tuesday, Oct. 30
day of the year
is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up.
Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!" —
is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write
history. It matters little who wins. To make a people great it is
necessary to send them to battle even if you have to kick them in
the pants. That is what I shall do." — Mussolini
— Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski, Russian novelist and writer of
— William "Bull" F. Halsey, U.S. vice admiral (World War
— Charles Atlas, body builder
— Ted Williams, Red Sox hitter (AL MVP 1946, ’49; Triple Crown ’42, ’47)
— Charles Bronson, actor ("The Magnificent Seven,"
"The Dirty Dozen," "Death Wish")
— Michael S. Dukakis, Massachusetts governor, presidential
candidate (Democrat, 1988)
— Larry Holmes, boxer, heavyweight champ (1978-85)
— Jesse James gang robs bank in Lexington, Mo. ($2,000)
— In London, Jack the Ripper murders his last victim
— First ballpoint pen patented
— "October Manifesto"; Russian Tsar Nicholas II grants
— Mussolini forms government in Italy
— Orson Welles panics a nation with broadcast of "The War of
— Anne Frank (of diary fame) is deported from Auschwitz to Belsen
— U.S. government announces end of shoe rationing
a friend about
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lot was the same as 95 years ago
29, 2001] It
was same date, Oct. 26; same place, Logan County Courthouse lawn;
same names; same clubs; and probably the same attitude,
accomplished; as it was 95 years ago for the unveiling of the Indian
maiden fountain. Perhaps the only difference was that the weather
may have been a little warmer that day on Friday, Oct., 26, 1906,
when Lincoln Woman’s Club, Judge McCormick and Lincoln High School
Glee Club spoke and sang before a large crowd. This time the
40-degree temps with the brisk wind were a sure reminder that winter
is just around the corner.
here to see more pictures]
Bell, director of Main Street Lincoln, announced that the dedication
was going to follow much of the same format as it was for the
sculpture’s first unveiling.
introduced Burnetta "Bernie" DePuy from the Lincoln Woman’s
Club, who pioneered much of the fund-raising for the statue
restoration. The efforts began in 1995 to raise the needed funds to
restore and refurbish the beloved statue. It was the Lincoln Woman’s
Club that initialized the original statue. DePuy recalled the
original requirements of a public property sculpture: "Any
sculpture was not only to be a piece of art, but it had to be
functional and useful, as well as educational." The Indian
maiden filled all requirements. It was functional and useful as a
fountain to provide refreshment for people and additionally so with
a lower trough for pets. It was educational, as the Indian maiden
was intended to remind us we are a nation of many people, including
the Indians who were here first.
who is credited with bringing this project to fruition, thanked the
many who have contributed to the restoration, including sculptor
David Seagram, former Sen. Robert Madigan, Dick Logan from Logan
County Board, the former and present members of the Main Street
board, including Kate Orr and the many citizens who have contributed
to cover the costs of restoration. DePuy included in her remarks
that this has "truly been a community affair."
the delight of the audience, DePuy was recognized with a gift for
her tireless efforts on the project — a custom-made, artist-signed
clay cast of the formerly missing hand from the statue. With some
chuckles she accepted her gift charmingly, saying, "Thank
words, song and attitude
at the first dedication was Judge McCormick. To read his very same
words in his stead on this day was his great-great-nephew Tim
McCormick. McCormick read the following from an original newspaper
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McCormick made a very appropriate speech of acceptance. He said in
is all together fitting that this useful and ornamental piece of
statuary should be built, donated and dedicated to the public
service as a companion piece to this handsome and magnificent
building we here behold outlined against the sky. In accepting this
most generous gift on behalf of Logan County let me express to its
generous givers the thanks and appreciation of all our people. May
no vandal dare with wantoned hand ever marr its sacred beauty or
polute its crystal base. May the virtues, lives and motives of its
givers and of those whose pleasure it is to receive and care
heretofore be ever as pure as the limpid waters that issue forth
from its fount to quench the thirst of the weary pilgrim within our
original sculptor was Charles Mulligan. His great-nephew John and
wife Sharon Mulligan were also present for the ceremony. They
videotaped the event to send to the sculptor’s great-niece who was
the model for the papoose. She now lives in Florida.
Indian maiden now sits facing the Arcade on Pulaski Street rather
than on the Kickapoo Street side. As the refurbished statue was
unveiled, the Lincoln Community High School chorale sang
"America" just as the Glee Club did 95 years ago.
you go inside the Logan County Courthouse, you will find an
abundance of assorted marble lining the walls of the corridors. Some
of the trim has a pinkish marbled appearance. It is this same stone
the Indian maiden is carved from. The marble comes from Tennessee.
The original statue cost $800.
annual Trick or Canning event
College student groups help local food bank
29, 2001] Lincoln
College student groups will help the Lincoln/Logan County food bank
by donating items they receive from their second annual Trick or
College students will go "trick or canning" on
Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in and around the Mayfair
subdivision in Lincoln. They are not in search of candy, but canned
goods and non-perishable items. All items will be donated to the
Lincoln/Logan County food bank.
groups helping with the event include Student Activities, Operation
Big Help Workers (LC’s student volunteer program) and Student
Whiteman, director of student activities, is helping organize the
event and says she expects to collect over 100 pounds of food.
"Last year we canvassed the area around campus and collected
about 50 pounds of food. This year we’ve set our goal at 100, and
hopefully with the help of the people of Lincoln we can meet that
goal," she said.
by Dave Francis
Monday, Oct. 29
day of the year
enter parliament in order to supply ourselves, in the arsenal of
democracy, with its own weapons.... If democracy is so stupid as to
give us free tickets and salaries for this bear’s work, that is
its affair.... We do not come as friends, nor even as neutrals. We
come as enemies. As the wolf bursts into the flock, so we
come." — Joseph Goebbels
it is hard to know them from friends, they are so obsequious and
full of protestations; for a wolf resembles a dog, so doth a
flatterer a friend." — Sir Walter Raleigh
— Edmund Halley, astronomer (Halley’s comet)
— Bela Lugosi, horror actor ("Dracula," "Body
— Paul Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propagandist
— John Gotti, Mafia head
— Richard Dreyfuss, Brooklyn, N.Y., actor ("Jaws,"
— Kate Jackson, Birmingham, Ala., actress ("Rookies,"
— Babylon falls to Cyrus the Great of Persia
— Walter Raleigh, English scholar, poet and historian, beheaded
— Joseph Pulitzer, American newspaperman, dies in Charleston, S.C.
— "Black Tuesday" stock market crash triggers Great
— Alaska Highway completed
— National Organization of Women founded
27, 2001] Melanie
Riggs, Lincoln’s deputy city clerk, has received the 2001
Presidential Award from the Central Illinois Municipal Clerks
Organization for her "effort, time and level of participation
... beyond the norm."
is the third time Riggs has received the award from the 78-member
organization, composed of clerks and deputy clerks from
municipalities in central Illinois. The region extends as far north
as Peru, as far south as Taylorville, west to Galesburg and east to
received the Presidential Award in 1997 and 1998, when she was
serving as treasurer for CIMCO. In fiscal year 2001, she served as
has been in existence since 1988, coincidentally the same year Riggs
came to work at City Hall, although she did not join CIMCO until
several years later. CIMCO provides members friendship and support
and promotes personal growth and professionalism.
City Hall, Riggs oversees all accounting and bookkeeping,
coordinating financial accounts from all departments and making sure
they are in balance. She has an A.A. degree in computer programming
to Lois Mauney, city payroll and accounts payable clerk, Riggs is
the office "troubleshooter," who can help when others are
having trouble with accounting problems. Her knowledge of the
computer is also very valuable, Mauney says. "She works well
when there is a challenge and is always willing to help."
my right hand," says Juanita Josserand, longtime city clerk.
"She is the type of person everybody would want in their office
when it comes to knowledge, expertise and willingness to help
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lives in Lincoln with her 6-year-old daughter, Chelsey.
Below is the letter from
Sue McMillan, CIMCO president, announcing Riggs’ award. McMillan
is city clerk of Pekin.
of the best responsibilities of being president is to be
able to give recognition to a member for their distinguished
service during the past year.
Presidential Award goes to a member whose effort, time, and
level of participation have clearly extended beyond the
has had the initiative to be chair of the Audit Committee,
the graciousness to serve as Treasurer for three years and
the wisdom (or lack of!) to continue her untiring commitment
to the organization by serving as Secretary this past year.
is truly a value to our organization, dependable and prompt
with her officer reports and more than anything has always
been there for me.
present the 2001 Presidential Award to Melanie
27, 2001] The
following letter was received by the Lincoln Police Department
commending the performance of city officers in regard to an unusual
situation and its eventual resolution.
Special Education Association
Lincoln, IL 62656
Chief Rich Montcalm
Police Chief Montcalm,
recently contacted the Department of Children and Family
Services regarding a homeless boy and was told that there
was little they could do. DCFS then suggested I call the
police department because there had been an arrest in the
case during the last weekend. Although I was uncertain that
this was the appropriate agency for this situation, I called
anyway. The dispatcher informed me that he would be sending
an officer over to talk to me. Officer Jackson and Officer
Kitner arrived shortly and listened thoroughly to my
concerns about this adolescent. They took my statement and
said that they would follow up on this case and inform me of
next day Officer Jackson called to let me know of the action
taken. They had tracked down several of this boy’s family
members and friends in town to ensure that he had a place to
stay. They had also contacted the boy’s father in Chicago,
who may be taking custody of him. I felt as though they had
real compassion for this young man in need. The performance
of the two officers I worked with convinced me that the
professionalism in the Lincoln Police Department is
by Dave Francis
day of the year
can be no 50-50 Americanism in this country. There is room here for
only 100 percent Americanism, only for those who are Americans and
nothing else." — Theodore Roosevelt
are my principles, and if you don’t like them... well, I have
others." — Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
— James Cook, Scotland, captain and explorer, discovered Sandwich
— Theodore Roosevelt, (Republican) 26th president (1901-09),
— Emily Post, authority on social behavior, writer (Etiquette)
— Fritz Sauckel, German Nazi general of labor
— Marlene Dietrich, German actress and entertainer
— John Cleese, comedian and actor ("Monty Python,"
— Lee Greenwood, country singer ("God Bless the USA")
— Marcus Brutus, assassinated Julius Caesar, dies in Rome
— Honorius I begins his reign as Catholic pope
— U.S. Navy established
— U.S. Congress passes Volstead Act
— DuPont announces its new synthetic fiber will be called
— Chicago Daily Tribune editorializes there will not be war with
— "You Bet Your Life," with Groucho Marx, premieres on
— Begin and Sadat win Nobel Peace Prize
— U.S. releases a redesigned $50 bill
day of the year
feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do
more." — Dr. Jonas Salk
The Truth" — Instruction sent by telegram from Grover
Cleveland to his campaign committee, which had been asked to comment
on his fathering an illegitimate child.
— Brig. Gen. Adley H. Gladden, Louisiana, killed at Shiloh
— Dr. Jonas Salk, New York City, medical researcher, made polio a
fear of the past
— Bowie Kuhn, baseball commissioner (1969-1984)
— Charlie Daniels, country music star ("The Devil Went Down
— Bruce Jenner, U.S. decathalete (Olympic gold-medal winner, 1976)
— Bill Gates, billionaire CEO (Microsoft)
— Christopher Columbus discovers Cuba
— Harvard University (Boston) established
— John Locke, English philosopher ("Two Treatises of
Government"), dies at 72
— Battle of White Plains; Washington retreats to New Jersey
— Eli Whitney applies for a patent on the cotton gin
— Statue of Liberty dedicated by President Grover Cleveland and
celebrated with the first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York
— St. Louis police try a new investigation method: fingerprints
— Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba, ending
— Gateway Arch (630 feet high) completed in St Louis, Mo.
for Lincoln youngsters
26, 2001] Official
trick or treat time for Lincoln youngsters is 5 to 8 p.m. on
Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, according to Alderman Verl Prather,
chairman of the city’s police committee.
usual, the Police Department will be handing out treats in the back
parking lot of the safety complex from 6 to 8 p.m., said Police
Chief Rich Montcalm. Squad cars with lights will help youngsters
find the way, and McGruff the Crime Dog will be on hand to welcome
are activities scheduled earlier in the week, as well. On Monday,
Oct. 29, about 800 youngsters in kindergarten through third grade
from all Lincoln schools will gather at Lincoln Community High
School to see a Halloween safety play put on by the Thespians and
the Lincoln Police Department.
Tuesday, Oct 30, children through sixth grade will be entertained at
the Recreation Center on Primm Road from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Before
coming to the Recreation Center, children are invited to put on
their costumes and visit the Maple Ridge Care Centre, 2202 N.
Kickapoo, where they will trick or treat and visit the residents
between 4 and 6 p.m.
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at the Recreation Center include a costume contest, carved pumpkin
judging, games, information booths and tons of treats, said Roy
Logan, program coordinator.
are invited to stay with their children and make the Recreation
Center program a "family night," he said.
family night is free of charge because "We get a lot of support
from the community, with donations from businesses and the
sponsorship of Maple Ridge," Logan said. "The Lincoln
businesses have been very generous this year," he added.
Logan expects at least 500
youngsters to attend the Rec Center program.
comes early in Elkhart
26, 2001] The
children of the village of Elkhart will be treated to a "Scare
Day in the Park" from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Costume judging and prizes awarded in age
groups from infant through high school.
Pumpkin carving contests.
Gifts for all participants.
Hot dogs, chips and drink.
to support the event are provided by the village and by the Needs
and Goals Club of Elkhart.
all-town trick-or-treating will be Wednesday, Halloween evening,
from 4 to 8. Participants are urged to visit homes displaying their
porch lights during those hours.
Village trustee Charlie
Matthews stated, "Children are our most precious resource. We
urge everyone to cooperate and ensure that our young people have a
safe and happy Halloween experience. We also appreciate the generous
support of the community in hosting events for our youth."
sends deficit budget to the printer
26, 2001] After
numerous revisions, the Logan County Board voted 12-1 Thursday night
to approve a 2002 budget with a $313,238 deficit in the general
fund. The final vote to adopt this budget will come at the November
board meeting, but Finance Committee Chairman Rod White cautioned
that any changes after the budget is reprinted would be
prohibitively expensive. "I would ask that this vote hold"
in November, White said.
lone no vote was cast by Jim Griffin, who said, "I will not
vote for a deficit budget." Board member Clifford Sullivan made
the motion to approve the budget, and Tom Cash seconded it. County
auditor Gary Hetherington figured in the impact of each motion
passed during the budget session.
largest addition to the budget made Thursday night was approximately
$23,333 for a 3.4 percent cost-of-living salary adjustment for all
county employees whose pay is neither set by statute nor separately
adjusted in the budget. These increases, calculated on the total
eligible salaries in each department, are to be allotted to each
officeholder and department head; officeholders will then direct the
funds to their employees. The vote to approve was unanimous.
large item was not added. No one moved to include any funds for an
industrial park. At a presentation at Lincoln College on Wednesday,
Economic Development Director Mark Smith presented plans for a new
industrial park and asked the Logan County Board as well as the
Lincoln City Council for a monetary commitment within two to three
weeks. He suggested $500,000 to $600,000 from the county’s board.
largest decrease from the county’s fiscal year 2002 preliminary
budget was $147,500 for building and grounds. Cuts in provisions for
dome repair, sidewalks and curbs, a new elevator, and park lighting
made up this sum. However, the board also voted to transfer $70,000
to the current building and grounds budget from the 2001 contingency
fund to meet unpaid bills. These include fiber optics and carpentry
at the Dr. John Logan County Building. In fact, nearly $400,000 for
capital improvements has been spent in 2001.
first action of the evening was a unanimous vote to add $10,500 to
the levy for groups aiding senior citizens, increasing the total to
$80,000. By law the maximum levy is $93,750. Dayle Eldredge, Dom
Dalpoas and Jane Poertner, executive directors of the three groups
receiving funding, had prepared a joint proposal which earmarked
$10,125 for a health van operated by Rural Health Partnership,
$37,173 to Oasis and $32,702 to CIEDC for senior nutrition and
senior transportation programs. The Oasis and CIEDC numbers are 70
percent of original requests, whereas Rural Health Partnership
received its full request, which was the same as last year’s.
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County Supervisor of Assessments Rosanne Brosamer said farmland
values are down 10 percent this year and are expected to be down an
additional 10 percent in 2002 and again in 2003 and 2004. Despite
this, she said she projects the "2001 budget year a wash"
with 2000. White said of property tax income, "I want everyone
to be aware that it’s flattening out, starting to turn down."
revenue from fines and fees will at best be flat in the projected
future, he said. And sales tax receipts have dropped as a result of
the Turris Coal mine being annexed into the town of Elkhart.
for two offices were accomplished without adding to the budget,
thanks to a balance of about $8,000 in the County Farm fund. The
board voted 10-3 to spend $5,000 of this money to increase economic
development funding. Griffin, Lloyd Hellman and David Hepler
dissented. Another $5,000 from the County Farm fund went toward
consideration of a golf course on airport property. A feasibility
study has already been funded, but Airport Committee Chairman Roger
Bock asked for the $5,000 in case of additional needs. Griffin,
Hellman, Dick Logan, Dale Voyles and Terry Werth disagreed.
back into the County Farm fund were $1,500 previously earmarked for
chamber of commerce memberships for all county employees and $1,000
for a Spoon River tourism program. As a result of the four votes,
only $500 in the fund remains undesignated.
other items listed at the beginning of the session as possible
deletions from the 2002 budget were reinstated. One was a full
$15,000 for a vehicle for Emergency Services and Disaster Agency
Coordinator Dan Fulscher. The 9-1-1 board has voted to provide
another $15,000 toward the vehicle, a half-ton pickup with
heavy-duty suspension to pull trailers. Law Enforcement Committee
Chairman Doug Dutz explained that the vehicle will be bid out and
that Fulscher plans to pay a third of each year’s vehicle cost for
personal use. Negative votes were cast by board members Griffin,
Hellman and White.
Also reinstated were
$7,000 for trial costs and $18,000 for indigent defendant costs.
Both State’s Attorney Tim Huyett and Circuit Judge Dave Coogan
explained that the upcoming trial of two people accused of infant
murder will require these funds, especially since one defendant will
use the public defender. "A public defender on a murder case
costs a ton of money," Coogan said.
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force is necessary, there it must be applied boldly, decisively and
completely." — Leon Trotsky
the 1980s, we did hear too much about individual gain and the ethos
of selfishness and greed. We did not hear enough about how to be a
good member of a community, to define the common good and to repair
the social contract." — Hillary Clinton
— Charles Post of breakfast cereal fame
— Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary (president of first Soviet)
— Francois Mitterand, Jarnac, France, president of France
— Felix the Cat, cartoon character
— Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Aryamehr, shah of Iran (1941-79)
— Pat Sajak, Chicago, TV host ("Wheel of Fortune,"
"Pat Sajak Show")
— Jaclyn Smith, Houston, Texas, actress ("Charlie’s
— Hillary Rodham Clinton, first lady (1993-2001)
— Lead pencils first used
— First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia
— Minute Men organized in colonies
— "Federalist Papers" published, calls for ratification
— Erie Canal between Hudson River and Lake Erie opened
— Worldwide Red Cross organized in Geneva
— President Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75
— Rolling Stones appear on the Ed Sullivan Show
— "Doonesbury" comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers
— Igor Sikorsky, Russian-U.S. helicopter builder, dies
— On a poor call in sixth game, umpire Don Deckinger starts a
string of events costing Cardinals the 82nd World Series
proposes north-side industrial park, seeks community support
25, 2001] Development
of a proposed 63-acre industrial park north of town could bring the
Lincoln/Logan County area many financial benefits, but first the
community must commit to supporting the project, Mark Smith,
economic development director, told a group of local officials and
businessmen Wednesday evening.
of the Lincoln/Logan County Economic Development Council, the EDC,
have been seeking a site for an industrial park for the past 18
months, he said. The EDC now has an option to purchase 63.5 acres at
Business 55 and Kruger Road, between the north Interstate 55
interchange and the Logan County Airport, for $678,000, he told the
group assembled at the Lincoln College Library lecture room.
addition, a developer is ready to put up a building on speculation
if the land can be acquired and improved, Smith said. The developer,
Tamkin of Los Angeles, Calif., has done other construction in the
city and is currently the developer for the addition to Willamette
creation of the industrial park hinges on getting community support
to finance the project, which will add up to a total investment of
$3.1 to $3.3 million. This includes cost of the land, cost of
running utilities to the site and cost of extending them to the
various industries within the site, Smith said.
fully developed park could bring in a total of $321 million in wages
to employees living in the county in 10 years, Smith said, and as
much as $561,000 in property tax revenue yearly. He projected a
total of 455 employees earning from $8 to $20 per hour when the
facility is completed.
said he was not asking for a commitment from Lincoln City Council or
Logan County Board members immediately but would like to have one
soon, within two or three weeks. However, county board and city
council members present wanted to know specifics of the financial
commitment the EDC would expect.
White, finance chairman of the county board, asked Smith what he
thought the commitment from the board should be. Smith suggested
$500,000 to $600,000.
have a half million dollar deficit now," White replied.
Alderman Pat Madigan asked what kind of figures Smith was looking
for from the city. Smith suggested the city look at running the
utilities out to the park, a cost of $1.3 million.
asked why the council and the county board had not been told more
about the project sooner, if it has been in the planning stages for
didn’t know about this meeting until last night," he said.
Lohman, a member of the EDC, said the group didn’t have the land
option until mid-September. "We didn’t think we could come to
anyone until the land was locked up," he said.
we as the city council and can the county board meet your commitment
in two weeks?" Alderman Steve Fuhrer asked.
have offered to sit down with you and show you how to do it,"
those experts, Joe Somerset, formerly of the Illinois Department of
Commerce and Community Affairs, who spoke earlier to the group, said
there were many options to finance the project. "The object
tonight is to commit in theory, not in quantity. It takes time to
work out the options."
of the options listed in the handout compiled by EDC were municipal
bonds, local financial institutions, private foundations, Illinois
FIRST and other state and federal grants, local taxes, and private
investors and developers. However, Smith said, the community must
make a commitment before other potential investors will come on
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asked Smith why the EDC chose land north of the city instead of a
site to the west, where there is already development.
said of the nine prospects who visited the Lincoln area in the past
year, eight of them preferred the north site because of immediate
interstate access and a limited number of conflicting land uses,
such as housing and schools.
pointed out that the population of Logan County is static, and job
growth and earnings growth are both negative. High-paying jobs have
been lost and replaced with low-paying service jobs, and the median
age in the county is going up because young people must leave the
area to find good jobs. Community surveys show that residents want
more and higher-paying jobs that will enable young people to stay in
the community and will expand and broaden the tax base.
said the community needs the industrial park if it is to attract new
industry and get those higher-paying jobs. Most business prospects
today are demanding sites with utilities already present, and many
want an existing building. Logan County cannot compete with other
towns and cities, many of them smaller, which have already developed
Johnson of Atlanta, a member of EDC, said the reason Atlanta got the
Holland trucking company was because "We had a piece of ground
and they wanted it.
is hard to find commercial ground around Lincoln that’s got a set
price on it. I think it has hurt Lincoln and Logan County big
speakers urged officials to take advantage of the opportunity to
support the industrial park. Dave Hawkinson, a Lincoln resident and
formerly director of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, named
other community projects that have been successful, particularly the
95 percent of the projects that have taken place in Lincoln since
the enterprise zone was established took place in the enterprise
zone," he said.
was evident when I came here it would be difficult to get most
industrial prospects because we don’t have a site," he added.
"When a prospect comes shopping and you don’t have what they
want, they can go someplace else. You’ve got new opportunities in
front of you. Don’t let them pass you by."
Rogers, who oversees 18 counties for DCCA, said companies are
leaving the Chicago and suburban area because of the high cost of
sell dirt by the square foot, not the acre," he said. Many
firms are starting to move to places like Dwight, Pontiac and
Ottawa. Lincoln, because it is on the I-55 corridor, has good
prospects, but to compete must have some type of industrial park.
your time. Let’s stop talking about it and do it," Somerset
told the group.
Both Logan County Board
Chairman Dick Logan and Lincoln Mayor Beth Davis have asked Smith to
present the EDC plan to the local governing bodies soon.
speaks up on insurance issues for state employees and retired
25, 2001] On
Oct. 23, Rep. Jonathan Wright, R-Hartsburg, attended a briefing by
the Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission. "Although I am not
a member of the commission, I attended the briefing because the
state is facing difficult financial times, and I want to be informed
as possible," Wright said.
Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission revised their estimate for
fiscal year 2002 to reflect a $329 million decrease in total federal
and state revenue sources. The commission was informed that we are
in a recession. At this time, no one can guarantee how long this
recession will last.
addition, Central Management Services also updated the status of two
critical programs. During the briefing, CMS indicated that
preliminary figures indicate that the funding for the state
employees’ group insurance is short $100 million to $110 million
for fiscal year 2002. CMS further warned that if the Legislature did
not take any remedial action, the state would be forced to hold
payment of claims for 100 days.
is unacceptable. The Legislature must take corrective action during
the November veto session. No state employee should be forced to
wait 100 days to receive reimbursement for a legitimate claim,"
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addition, CMS informed the commission that TRIP, the insurance
program for retired teachers, is short $28.8 million for fiscal year
2002. If no action is taken in this regard, CMS would have to raise
premiums for retired teachers by 80 percent early next calendar
retired teachers already were forced to accept a 21 percent premium
increase early this year," Wright said. "We must make this
a priority in November to properly fund this program without adding
any increased premiums to retired teachers. These are people who
have dedicated their lives to educating our children, and I will
make every effort to see that this fund is properly funded without
any additional cost to the retired teachers."
commission will have another meeting in December of 2001 to further
assess the stability of the economy.
by Dave Francis
day of the year
like to live as a poor man with lots of money." — Pablo
of us learn to write by the second grade; then most of us go on to
other things." — Bob Knight, basketball coach, critiquing a
— Johann Baptist Strauss, (the younger), Austria, composer (known
as "The Waltz King")
— Georges (Alexandre Cesar Leopold) Bizet, France, composer
— John Heisman, pioneering football coach and trophy namesake
— Pablo Picasso, Malaga, Spain, artist ("Single Dancer,"
"Two Dancers," "Guernica")
— Richard E. Byrd, Virginia, admiral and polar explorer (1926)
— Jack Kent Cooke, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins)
— Minnie Pearl [Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon], Tennessee,
("Grand Ole Opry," "Hee Haw")
— Bob Knight, college basketball coach (Indiana; Olympic
gold-medal team, 1984)
— Julia Roberts, Smyrna, Ga., actress ("Mystic Pizza,"
— Boniface V ends his reign as Catholic pope
— Geoffrey Chaucer, author, dies in London
— George III ascends the British throne
— John Adams marries Abigail Smith (marriage lasts 54 years)
— The Light Brigade charges (Battle of Balaklava in Crimean War)
— Pimlico Race Course opens in Baltimore
— Postcards first used in US
— Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Clanton engage in "Shootout at
— In Russia, Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin seize power
— First appearance of Little Orphan Annie comic strip
— Hurricane-produced floods kill 2,000 in Jeremie and Jacmel,
— Japanese navy defeated at battle of Leyte Gulf
— Viking Jim Marshall runs 66 yards in the wrong direction for a
— U.S. invades Grenada
— Roger Miller, country singer ("King of the Road"),
dies at 56
— Vincent Price, actor ("Raven," "Fly"), dies
of lung cancer at 82
— Bobby Riggs, tennis star, dies of prostate cancer at 77
— Payne Stewart, golfer, airplane accident
promised, the United States led an attack on Afghanistan. The attack
began Sunday, Oct. 7. American and British military forces made 30 hits on
air defenses, military airfields and terrorist training camps,
destroying aircraft and radar systems. The strike was made targeting
than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East have
pledged their cooperation and support the U.S. initiative.
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(serving the U.S.
set for street closings
for railroad crossing repair
29, 2001] The
schedule for railroad crossing closings in downtown Lincoln to allow
Union Pacific to install new crossings has been set, according to
Donnie Osborne, street superintendent. In order for five crossings
to be repaired yet this year, two will be closed at one time, but
they will not be adjacent, he said. Each closing will be for one
week only, unless weather conditions delay the work.
and Clinton streets —
Closed week of Oct. 29
and Pulaski streets —
Closed week of Nov. 5
Closed week of Nov. 12
Osborne said repairs will
include new concrete panels and new approaches, which should
eliminate the bumpy crossings motorists have been experiencing
lately. The Tremont Street crossing has already been completed.
to be open seven days a week for leaf and brush disposal
12, 2001] The
city landfill on Broadwell Drive will be open seven days a week from
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for leaf and brush disposal, beginning on Oct. 15,
according to Donnie Osborne, street superintendent. Plans are to
keep the new schedule in place until Dec. 15, he said.
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