day after ‘Attack on America’
leaders respond to national tragedy
12, 2001] Sympathy
for the victims and their families and a sense that America has
reached a turning point were among the reactions that Logan County
officials had to Tuesday’s acts of terrorism that destroyed the
World Trade Center and part of the Pentagon.
Mayor Beth Davis expressed the sympathy that so many are feeling for
the victims and their families.
feel really bad for people who died or were injured. I look at this
as a significant turning point, worse than Pearl Harbor, because of
all the civilians who were killed."
a sad day for America," County Board President Dick Logan said.
He also sees it as a turning point.
think the terrorists have proven a point, that point being that they
can get you when they want to.
take a lot of things for granted in this country, one of them being
freedom. We think we’re secure and we’re not. I think you’ll
see a heightened security nationwide. It will probably take away a
little of our freedom, but I think it is necessary."
can occur anywhere, even in Logan County, and it may be necessary to
increase security right here at home, he said.
come into the courthouse and complain because they have to go
through the metal detector. But judges are dealing with possible
violent situations every day. Every time people go into a courtroom,
somebody wins and somebody loses. We were discussing just last week
putting X-ray machines at the entrance to the courthouse."
County Sheriff Tony Soloman also cited the need for extra security
around the courthouse.
a shame we have to live this way, but I’m hoping we can tighten up
security there. I’m requesting an X-ray machine, which I’ve
thought we’ve needed for a long time. Disgruntled people may want
to take it out on the courthouse because that’s where something
said that on Tuesday he had put extra security at the courthouse and
a patrol at the Logan County Airport. Patrol units were also on the
lookout for anything suspicious and checking out electrical and
natural gas substations around the county, he said.
country thought we were prepared for something like this, but what
happened Tuesday goes to show us that we were not," he said.
a tragedy. And on top of that, I perceive it as an act of war,"
said Jonathan Wright, Lincoln attorney who was recently appointed to
the 90th District Illinois House seat.
priority has to be finding out who or what organization or,
potentially, what country, is responsible.
I believe the United States has to strike back militarily and do so
in a very severe manner. If we do anything less than that, I
believe, the kind of event we’ve seen Tuesday will become more
president has already commented on this, and I agree with him that
the federal government should provide all resources necessary to
help and assist the people and the families caught in this tragedy.
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act of war should cause us to re-evaluate our security at every
level, whether it be federal, state or local. Certainly at the
national level we need to re-evaluate our intelligence agencies and
how we gather information."
heart goes out to my fellow medical professionals who are, I’m
sure, working around the clock under circumstances extremely
challenging, frustrating and disappointing," said Woody Hester,
CEO of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
need to support those working so hard to help those who are injured.
They may want to be at home with their families and to know what’s
going on in the world, but they have to go on doing the work that
only they can do."
said some ALMH staff members had friends in downtown Manhattan or
family members in the military, but they continued to do their jobs
at the local hospital. A meeting was held late yesterday morning to
inform workers what was going on. He also said some caregivers at
ALMH had volunteered to go to New York if they were needed.
expressed sympathy for the victims and their families, and in
particular for the many paramedics, firemen and other professionals
trying to help others who were killed when the second tower of the
World Trade Center collapsed.
nothing good comes out of something like this, but we must, when it
is over, take advantage of any lessons we in the health-care field
can learn from it," he said.
was notified Tuesday morning by the Illinois Department of Public
Health and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency that if an
emergency occurred in Illinois, they might be called on to support
the large hospitals in Peoria and Springfield, either by sending
staff or by accepting patients. That alert ended at 10 p.m. Tuesday,
and the hospital is back to normal now but still prepared to help if
at ALMH, this is the first time we have been asked to consider
sending any of our clinical staff to another hospital." He said
hospital officials had to consider how they could do that and still
take care of patients and staff the emergency room here.
was also asked to keep a running inventory of its blood supply in
case blood was needed. Hester said no more blood is needed now, but
new donors may be needed within two to four weeks.
Chief Rich Montcalm and Fire Chief Bucky Washam said Tuesday night
both departments were on the alert and ready to respond to any
In a prayer offered before
the Lincoln City Council meeting Tuesday evening, the Rev. Glenn
Shelton, who is also an alderman, asked that Americans "grow
closer and closer together as a result of this tragedy."
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says ‘no’ again to taking
over problem culvert
12, 2001] A
proposal that the city of Lincoln take over and repair a
deteriorating box culvert north of the Cracker Barrel Restaurant
near Allison Lake got the same answer it got last November —
a resounding "no."
what was almost a replay of a request made late last year, the
Springfield engineering firm of Greene and Bradford, representing
Gene Burwell as developer of the North Heitmann Park subdivision,
addressed the work session of the council Tuesday evening, asking
that the city take over the problem culvert.
Jessen of the engineering firm estimated it would take at least
$20,000 to repair the culvert, while Joe Greene of the same firm
thought the figure would be more like $25,000.
of the sewer and drainage committee, headed by Bill Melton, once
again declined to accept the eroding culvert. Once again, Jessen
maintained that only an oversight in completing paperwork back in
1997 when the subdivision was completed had kept the city from
accepting the culvert and the easement where it is.
once again, Jessen pointed the finger at former city engineer Dennis
Hartman, even bringing in photocopies of a letter Hartman sent to
Gene Burwell in 1997, listing items that required correction before
acceptance of the subdivision.
the end of that construction season I sent Hartman the easement. I
didn’t check to see Dennis got it. I didn’t follow up and see
that it got done. Had Hartman done his thing I wouldn’t be
here," Jessen told the council.
Grant Eaton, sewer plant manager, said he had talked to Hartman, and
Hartman told him there was never any plan for the city to take over
the box culvert.
Benny Huskins also confirmed that Hartman had never presented
anything to the council about the city accepting the culvert.
of the sandy soil in the area, the soil is washing out underneath
the culvert and it is pulling apart, according to Melton.
also addressed the council, pointing out that the culvert was
"all along" considered part of the subdivision.
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said Bob Orr, who granted the easement to Burwell, wants the culvert
repaired so he can have access to the Lake Allison area. He also
quoted Burwell as saying, "I think I’ve paid all I need to
pay," regarding the problem culvert.
also noted that Burwell has "done a lot for this community,
bringing in new business here."
said the council was aware of Burwell’s contribution, but the city
does not take care of culverts for any other business. "Right
now I see no benefits, just costs to the city, just future
problems," he said.
Osborne, street superintendent, also said he didn’t believe it was
in the best interests of the city to take over the culvert.
three years I can’t believe the damage that’s gone on out
there," he said. "If the ground is sandy, why wasn’t
that looked at when this was designed? It should have been looked at
at the time of construction."
Attorney Bill Bates said the culvert was not shown as dedicated to
the city on the plat and that there was no liability on the city’s
Joe Stone summed up the committee’s position. "I think we
made our position clear. I don’t see any reason to change
also reported that he is still seeking to get a clear title to the
used leaf vacuum the city is considering purchasing. He said the
city has already spent $300 for title searches with the wrong
companies, because the firm selling the leaf vac gave him incorrect
information. If the city cannot get a clear title, they will not
purchase the machine, he said.
Eaton reported that the
final design for the sewer treatment plant upgrade has been sent to
the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for approval. He said
he still plans to go out for bids on the work in November.
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.
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