under terrorist attack
How is Logan County affected?
11, 2001] The
terrorist attacks that have destroyed New York’s World Trade
Center buildings and part of the Pentagon, shut down air traffic in
the United States and Canada, closed trading on Wall Street, and
brought military bases throughout the country on high alert are
being monitored closely here in Logan County.
are no reports in central Illinois of any terrorist acts," Dan
Fulscher, Emergency Services and Disaster Agency director, told the Lincoln
Daily News at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Fulscher had just been in contact
with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Operations Center in
ESDA’s Crisis Management Center in the Safety Complex was open,
and the staff, along with fire and police officials, was in "a
heightened state of awareness," according to ESDA’s Assistant
Director Terry Storer.
agencies are aware of what is going on right now, and we are keeping
our eyes wide open," Fulscher said. He said the IEMA would be
keeping the Logan County agency posted on any new developments.
the Illinois Statehouse was closed and legislators sent home as a
precautionary measure, public buildings in Lincoln, City Hall and
the Logan County Courthouse, remained open.
obvious that we are very vulnerable to terrorism," Fulscher
said. "This event today may change the perception of the man on
the street, but agencies like ESDA, fire and police departments,
EMS, the health department, and others have been working very hard
to prepare for such an emergency.
when we talk about being prepared for terrorist attacks, people will
understand better what we’ve been working toward," he added
said the local ESDA has put in requests for state funding for
specialized terrorism equipment and training for the next three
years, and that he now intends to ask for funding for the next six
Logan County ESDA has been working hard for the past year,
especially the past summer, to prepare an emergency terrorism task
force. "Most task forces in the state of Illinois have been
working hard to prepare for such an event," he added.
"People here in Logan
County want to send their deepest sympathies to victims, their
families and the emergency workers involved in this terrible
event," he said.
of Commerce Week
organization has contributed to community since 1913
10, 2001] Gov.
George Ryan has proclaimed Sept. 9-15 as Chamber of Commerce Week in
Illinois. The Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce has joined
the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce in celebrating this special
recognition of the contributions chambers of commerce make to
American civic and economic life.
of commerce have contributed to the civic and economic life in
Illinois for 163 years. The chamber in Lincoln was incorporated in
1913 as The Lincoln Commercial Club. The purpose of the club was
"to procure factories and manufacturers, public improvement,
celebrations, and benefit."
1922, the name of the organization was changed to Chamber of
Commerce of Lincoln Illinois, under the presidency of William
Hodnett. In 1970, the name was changed to Greater Lincoln Area
Chamber of Commerce, with Jack Hodgson as president of the board and
Charles Isley as executive director.
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current name of the local chamber, Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of
Commerce, was approved in 1987, when Dave Hawkinson was executive
director. The name change reflected the mission to represent the
total business community in Logan County, and that mission remains
in effect today.
board of directors represents small and mid-size private business,
manufacturing, agriculture, education, finance, tourism,
not-for-profit and real estate. And we have representation from the
two larger commerce communities of Mount Pulaski and Atlanta,"
reports Bobbi Abbott, executive director. "We are proud of the
diversity of our board and the chamber’s many positive
contributions to this community."
donates rare handkerchief
to American Legion museum
6, 2001] A
silk handkerchief given as a souvenir of the Paris caucus that
created the American Legion in 1919 is finding its way home to the
Legion headquarters museum, thanks to C. Wayne Schrader of Lincoln.
memento is so rare that Joe Hobish, librarian and museum curator for
the American Legion national headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., did
not know until last year that such an item ever existed. At last
year’s convention, Schrader mentioned he had one, and Hobish said
he had never heard of it. Later, after checking with another
convention attendee, he returned to say, "You’re right."
portion of the handkerchief that survives has eight flags or
pennants embroidered on a piece of white silk about 5 inches square.
The flags, including American, French and British, are deeply
notched on the right border. Only one edge of the handkerchief
remains, but all the embroidery is intact. The words "Souvenir
de Paris" appear below the flags.
understanding," Schrader said, based on Hobish’s source,
"is that it was only handed to people who asked for one."
Schrader, who is finance officer of Post 263 in Lincoln, received
the handkerchief from Thomas Kerrick at a birthday party given for
him at the Legion building on Aug. 13, 1982. Kerrick, the owner of a
monument company in Lincoln at that time, presented the handkerchief
in a simple envelope. Schrader covered and framed it to protect the
mounted with the handkerchief read: "The American Legion was
born March 15-17, 1919, at a caucus of the First American
Expeditionary Force in Paris, France. This silk handkerchief was a
souvenir of this Paris caucus in which the American Legion received
its name." Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Gen. Pershing were among
the 2,500 who attended the caucus in the Cirque de Paris, according
to "The American Legion: An Official History, 1919-1989,"
by Thomas A. Rumer. Roosevelt also opened a second caucus in St.
Louis six weeks later that continued the process of organizing.
said of the souvenir, "That is the oldest thing you could have
from the American Legion. You couldn’t have anything older."
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does not know how Kerrick obtained the handkerchief. Since 1982 it
has had an honored place in Schrader’s extensive personal museum
of American Legion artifacts. He plans to give it away now so it can
reach a larger audience. "I think it belongs to the Legion as a
whole more than to me," he said. "I want to let other
people see part of American Legion history. It seems as though (up
to) now almost nobody even knows it existed."
and his wife, Marlene, 4th Division president of the American Legion
Auxiliary, left Aug. 21 for the annual Legion convention, held in
San Antonio this year. Following through on a promise made last
year, Schrader planned to present the handkerchief to Hobish, who
would probably give it to the national adjutant. Whether an official
announcement would be made at the convention he did not know.
Schraders planned to arrive early for the meeting of the National
Resolution Committee. Wayne Schrader is vice chairman of the
committee but was to conduct the meeting because of a serious
accident to the wife of the chairman, retired Judge Whit Lafon,
uncle of Al Gore. The committee was to assign approximately 200
resolutions to other committees that immediately consider them for
possible presentation to the convention.
Schraders have been attending national Legion conventions since the
one in Cincinnati in 1986. They said delegates usually number 3,000
to 4,000, and total attendance may exceed 5,000. At the six-day
convention, three organizations — the American Legion, the
American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion —
come together under the theme "We are family."
Wayne Schrader actually wrote this theme. He has a pocket protector
on which it was printed in 1985, but he says his authorship is not
widely known because he did not publicly take credit for it.
receives safety award
6, 2001] Grant
Eaton from Environmental Management Corporation announced that the
city of Lincoln has been bestowed with the honor of the George W.
Burke Safety Award in regard to its water treatment program and
procedures. "It is truly an honor, as there is only one city in
the state of Illinois selected to receive this award each
year," said Eaton.
award comes after a lengthy process that started with an
application. Then came inspections. Three people inspected the
entire plant. The Illinois Water Environment Association inspects
all the EMC plants operated Illinois and Indiana yearly.
following letter was read at the city council meeting Tuesday
behalf of the Illinois Water Environment Association and as the
Chair of the I.W.E.A. Safety Committee, I wish to thank you for your
application for the George W. Burke Safety Award.
gives me great pleasure to inform you that your facility has been
selected as this year’s recipient of the George W. Burke Award.
The committee congratulates the collective efforts of all
individuals involved in your safety programs. Your current safety
manuals and operating procedures are comprehensive and consolidated
to meet the specific needs of your facility.
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Burke Award will be presented to your representatives at the award
banquet of the Illinois Water Environment Association Annual
Conference in March of 2002. The George W. Burke Award is presented
to publicly acknowledge and recognize facilities that demonstrate
continued efforts to a safe working environment. We congratulate you
and wish that your safety goals continue upward.
Safety Committee Co-Chair
the above letter was read, Mayor Beth Davis offered her
congratulation to Eaton. Eaton responded that this wasn’t really
his award, but that it belonged to the city of Lincoln.
approves zoning change
5, 2001] Citing
that "the City Council of the City of Lincoln has determined
that it is in the best interest of the City of Lincoln and the
citizens of Lincoln," the council voted to change the zoning of
the property that sits at 314 S. Jefferson St. from R-2 to C-2. The
zoning request was initiated by Casey’s Marketing Company on July
1. The council’s vote was 8-2, with Aldermen Glenn Shelton and
Michael Montcalm submitting the two "no" votes. The tally,
meeting the required total of two-thirds or more of the full
council, overturns the negative 6-3 recommendation made by the
Lincoln Planning Commission on Aug. 16.
following letter was received from the Coalition of Citizens with
Disabilities in Illinois:
the Logan County Chapter of Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities
in Illinois, express our appreciation of Mayor Beth Davis; Alderman
Glenn Shelton; Grant Eaton, plant manager of the sewer plant; and
Donnie Osborne, superintendent of street department; for going on the
wheelchair tour of the downtown area.
it was rather hot that day, we didn’t get the whole downtown area
covered, but hope to in the near future. There are so many places we
cannot get into, and it would take so little to make them
accessible. We are very grateful to all those that are accessible.
we do say a heartfelt thank you to those that walked or rode in
wheelchairs with us.
Felton, Logan County Chapter secretary of CCDI
Pinkley, Logan County Chapter president of CCDI
request for right of way or easement has been granted, with
unanimous vote, to the county for their installation of a new fiber
optics system. The right of way allows for the fiber optic line
installation, maintenance, operation, renewal, and repairs in and
under city streets.
parking was unanimously approved for Larry Steffens at 121-131 S.
Sangamon St. The back one-third of the old Lincoln Hotel lot will be
used for tenant and out-of-town guest parking.
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Curry, owner of K&W Construction and a member of the Abraham
Lincoln Statue Committee, brought a brief update to the council. He
everything is on schedule at this time and the committee is pleased
with the progress being made. They anticipate meeting with
interested parties on either the West Coast or the East Coast soon
and expect to have something to present in a month or two. If all
follows as scheduled, the hope at this time is to have a spring
stated that he hopes that the businesses and people of Lincoln will
be ready to support this project and reap the potential benefits it
will bring the community.
the recommendation of Bill Bates, city attorney, the council
approved a newly written ordinance that moderates appeals of Lincoln
Liquor Control Commission rulings. An appeal made to the Illinois
State Liquor Commission will now be based solely on the transcript
of the hearing in Lincoln rather than retrying the entire case.
Should an appeal be made to the state, this will save the city time
and costs of a retrial.
Steve Fuhrer requested and it was granted that there be some money
spent to conduct a UCC search before purchasing the leaf vac for the
city. He said he would like to make sure it is free of any liens
before paying for it. He said they’re pushing to sell it quickly,
and "anytime that happens it makes me a little nervous."
public hearing was set for Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. concerning a request
made by Integrity Data. The downtown business is soliciting the city’s
support in applying for a $100,000 community development loan.
board adjourned to executive session to discuss possible
disciplinary measures against a city police officer, Mike Buchanan.
Chief Richard Montcalm was asked to participate.
death under investigation
5, 2001] Atlanta
police, state police forensic investigators and Logan County State’s
Attorney Tim Huyett are investigating the death of Steven D.
Petersen, age 37, of Atlanta.
was found in Atlanta yesterday morning, Sept. 4. He was pronounced
dead by Logan County Coroner Chuck Fricke at 9:39 a.m. His death was
determined to have been from a gunshot wound that appeared to be
self-inflicted. Time of death was given as between 8 and 8:30 a.m.
autopsy and toxicology tests are being performed, and reports will be
finished in about two weeks.
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