24, 2001] “We
are the threads of the blanket of freedom. As Americans, we don’t
have a choice; we have to do something." And so, with her words
and through her devotion, Carrie Granito continues to weave her own
thread of patriotism. Implementing and at the helm of the community
relief efforts for the "Attack on America," Granito is
busy rounding up manpower for a relief auction set for Sunday, Sept.
30. The auction will be at 2 p.m. in the Lincoln Rec Center, with
all proceeds going to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
was on hand pitching in at the donation center, located at 616
Broadway St., to help add final details to the auction she will be
guest hosting. Although almost 30 volunteers have already donated
time and goods to be auctioned; more help is needed. Lincoln Land
Communications lent a hand by donating a contact phone, 737-8868,
which you can call for information on how to make a contribution. Or
you can reach Mrs. Granito at 732-5659. She will remind you that
"It's not about how much or how little you can give, it’s
about each of us doing our part, and the time to do that is
Sunday, Sept. 30
Lincoln Rec. Center, 1400 Primm Road
Items for the auction
center: 616 Broadway, Lincoln
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
call donation center for items that need to be picked up.
Granito, head coordinator, 732-5659
Shaffer, entertainment, 735-2527
Ramlow, baked goods for bake sale, 735-3290
Lamothe, local business donations, 735-4677
Bush delivers a
message of American strength
21, 2001] President
Bush addressed a joint session of Congress Thursday evening.
Speaking to the nation, he denounced recent acts of terrorism and
demanded that the Taliban militia surrender suspected terrorists,
saying, “They will hand over the terrorists or they will share in
their fate.” Continuing his speech in absolutes, the
president called for nations to side with the United States or they would be
considered with the terrorists. He also revealed a new cabinet
position, the Office of Homeland Security, to be headed by
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.
PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. President Pro Tempore, members of
Congress, and fellow Americans:
the normal course of events, Presidents come to this chamber to
report on the state of the Union. Tonight, no such report is
needed. It has already been delivered by the American
have seen it in the courage of passengers, who rushed terrorists to
save others on the ground -- passengers like an exceptional man
named Todd Beamer. And would you please help me to welcome his
wife, Lisa Beamer, here tonight.
have seen the state of our Union in the endurance of rescuers,
working past exhaustion. We have seen the unfurling of flags,
the lighting of candles, the giving of blood, the saying of prayers
-- in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. We have seen the decency of
a loving and giving people who have made the grief of strangers
fellow citizens, for the last nine days, the entire world has seen
for itself the state of our Union -- and it is strong.
we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom.
Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution.
Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our
enemies, justice will be done.
thank the Congress for its leadership at such an important time.
All of America was touched on the evening of the tragedy to see
Republicans and Democrats joined together on the steps of this
Capitol, singing "God Bless America." And you did
more than sing; you acted, by delivering $40 billion to rebuild our
communities and meet the needs of our military.
Hastert, Minority Leader Gephardt, Majority Leader Daschle and
Senator Lott, I thank you for your friendship, for your leadership
and for your service to our country.
on behalf of the American people, I thank the world for its
outpouring of support. America will never forget the sounds of
our National Anthem playing at Buckingham Palace, on the streets of
Paris, and at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.
will not forget South Korean children gathering to pray outside our
embassy in Seoul, or the prayers of sympathy offered at a mosque in
Cairo. We will not forget moments of silence and days of
mourning in Australia and Africa and Latin America.
will we forget the citizens of 80 other nations who died with our
own: dozens of Pakistanis; more than 130 Israelis; more than
250 citizens of India; men and women from El Salvador, Iran, Mexico
and Japan; and hundreds of British citizens. America has no
truer friend than Great Britain. Once again, we are
joined together in a great cause -- so honored the British Prime
Minister has crossed an ocean to show his unity of purpose with
America. Thank you for coming, friend.
September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war
against our country. Americans have known wars -- but for the
past 136 years, they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one
Sunday in 1941. Americans have known the casualties of war --
but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning.
Americans have known surprise attacks -- but never before on
thousands of civilians. All of this was brought upon us in a
single day -- and night fell on a different world, a world where
freedom itself is under attack.
have many questions tonight. Americans are asking: Who
attacked our country? The evidence we have gathered all points
to a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known
as al Qaeda. They are the same murderers indicted for bombing
American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, and responsible for
bombing the USS Cole.
Qaeda is to terror what the mafia is to crime. But its goal is
not making money; its goal is remaking the world -- and imposing its
radical beliefs on people everywhere.
terrorists practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism that has been
rejected by Muslim scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clerics
-- a fringe movement that perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam.
The terrorists' directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews,
to kill all Americans, and make no distinction among military and
civilians, including women and children.
group and its leader -- a person named Osama bin Laden -- are linked
to many other organizations in different countries, including the
Egyptian Islamic Jihad and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
There are thousands of these terrorists in more than 60 countries.
They are recruited from their own nations and neighborhoods and
brought to camps in places like Afghanistan, where they are trained
in the tactics of terror. They are sent back to their homes or
sent to hide in countries around the world to plot evil and
leadership of al Qaeda has great influence in Afghanistan and
supports the Taliban regime in controlling most of that country.
In Afghanistan, we see al Qaeda's vision for the world.
people have been brutalized -- many are starving and many have fled.
Women are not allowed to attend school. You can be jailed for
owning a television. Religion can be practiced only as their
leaders dictate. A man can be jailed in Afghanistan if his
beard is not long enough.
United States respects the people of Afghanistan -- after all, we
are currently its largest source of humanitarian aid -- but we
condemn the Taliban regime. It is not only repressing its own
people, it is threatening people everywhere by sponsoring and
sheltering and supplying terrorists. By aiding and abetting
murder, the Taliban regime is committing murder.
tonight, the United States of America makes the following demands on
the Taliban: Deliver to United States authorities all the
leaders of al Qaeda who hide in your land. Release all foreign
nationals, including American citizens, you have unjustly
imprisoned. Protect foreign journalists, diplomats and aid
workers in your country. Close immediately and permanently
every terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, and hand over every
terrorist, and every person in their support structure, to
appropriate authorities. Give the United States full access to
terrorist training camps, so we can make sure they are no longer
demands are not open to negotiation or discussion. The Taliban
must act, and act immediately. They will hand over the
terrorists, or they will share in their fate.
also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world.
We respect your faith. It's practiced freely by many millions
of Americans, and by millions more in countries that America counts
as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who
commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah.
The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect,
to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many
Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is
a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports
war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there.
It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been
found, stopped and defeated.
are asking, why do they hate us? They hate what we see right
here in this chamber -- a democratically elected government.
Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms --
our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote
and assemble and disagree with each other.
want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries,
such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. They want to drive
Israel out of the Middle East. They want to drive Christians
and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa.
terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a
way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows
fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends.
They stand against us, because we stand in their way.
are not deceived by their pretenses to piety. We have seen
their kind before. They are the heirs of all the murderous
ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to
serve their radical visions -- by abandoning every value except the
will to power -- they follow in the path of fascism, and Nazism, and
totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way,
to where it ends: in history's unmarked grave of discarded
are asking: How will we fight and win this war? We
will direct every resource at our command -- every means of
diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law
enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon
of war -- to the disruption and to the defeat of the global terror
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war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, with a
decisive liberation of territory and a swift conclusion. It
will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no
ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in
response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated
strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy
campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include
dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even
in success. We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them
one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is
no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide
aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region,
now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with
the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that
continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the
United States as a hostile regime.
nation has been put on notice: We are not immune from attack.
We will take defensive measures against terrorism to protect
Americans. Today, dozens of federal departments and agencies,
as well as state and local governments, have responsibilities
affecting homeland security. These efforts must be coordinated
at the highest level. So tonight I announce the creation of a
Cabinet-level position reporting directly to me -- the Office of
tonight I also announce a distinguished American to lead this
effort, to strengthen American security: a military veteran, an
effective governor, a true patriot, a trusted friend --
Pennsylvania's Tom Ridge. He will lead, oversee and coordinate
a comprehensive national strategy to safeguard our country against
terrorism, and respond to any attacks that may come.
measures are essential. But the only way to defeat terrorism
as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it, and
destroy it where it grows.
will be involved in this effort, from FBI agents to intelligence
operatives to the reservists we have called to active duty.
All deserve our thanks, and all have our prayers. And tonight,
a few miles from the damaged Pentagon, I have a message for our
military: Be ready. I've called the Armed Forces to
alert, and there is a reason. The hour is coming when America
will act, and you will make us proud.
is not, however, just America's fight. And what is at stake is
not just America's freedom. This is the world's fight.
This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who
believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom.
ask every nation to join us. We will ask, and we will need,
the help of police forces, intelligence services, and banking
systems around the world. The United States is grateful that
many nations and many international organizations have already
responded -- with sympathy and with support. Nations from
Latin America, to Asia, to Africa, to Europe, to the Islamic world.
Perhaps the NATO Charter reflects best the attitude of the world:
An attack on one is an attack on all.
civilized world is rallying to America's side. They understand
that if this terror goes unpunished, their own cities, their own
citizens may be next. Terror, unanswered, can not only bring
down buildings, it can threaten the stability of legitimate
governments. And you know what -- we're not going to allow
are asking: What is expected of us? I ask you to live
your lives, and hug your children. I know many citizens have
fears tonight, and I ask you to be calm and resolute, even in the
face of a continuing threat.
ask you to uphold the values of America, and remember why so many
have come here. We are in a fight for our principles, and our
first responsibility is to live by them. No one should be
singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their
ethnic background or religious faith.
ask you to continue to support the victims of this tragedy with your
contributions. Those who want to give can go to a central
source of information, libertyunites.org, to find the names of
groups providing direct help in New York, Pennsylvania, and
thousands of FBI agents who are now at work in this investigation
may need your cooperation, and I ask you to give it.
ask for your patience, with the delays and inconveniences that may
accompany tighter security; and for your patience in what will be a
ask your continued participation and confidence in the American
economy. Terrorists attacked a symbol of American prosperity.
They did not touch its source. America is successful because
of the hard work, and creativity, and enterprise of our people.
These were the true strengths of our economy before September 11th,
and they are our strengths today.
finally, please continue praying for the victims of terror and their
families, for those in uniform, and for our great country.
Prayer has comforted us in sorrow, and will help strengthen us for
the journey ahead.
I thank my fellow Americans for what you have already done and for
what you will do. And ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, I
thank you, their representatives, for what you have already done and
for what we will do together.
we face new and sudden national challenges. We will come
together to improve air safety, to dramatically expand the number of
air marshals on domestic flights, and take new measures to prevent
hijacking. We will come together to promote stability and keep
our airlines flying, with direct assistance during this
will come together to give law enforcement the additional tools it
needs to track down terror here at home. We will come together
to strengthen our intelligence capabilities to know the plans of
terrorists before they act, and find them before they strike.
will come together to take active steps that strengthen America's
economy, and put our people back to work.
we welcome two leaders who embody the extraordinary spirit of all
New Yorkers: Governor George Pataki, and Mayor Rudolph
Giuliani. As a symbol of America's resolve, my administration
will work with Congress, and these two leaders, to show the world
that we will rebuild New York City.
all that has just passed -- all the lives taken, and all the
possibilities and hopes that died with them -- it is natural to
wonder if America's future is one of fear. Some speak of an
age of terror. I know there are struggles ahead, and dangers
to face. But this country will define our times, not be
defined by them. As long as the United States of America is
determined and strong, this will not be an age of terror; this will
be an age of liberty, here and across the world.
harm has been done to us. We have suffered great loss.
And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment.
Freedom and fear are at war. The advance of human freedom --
the great achievement of our time, and the great hope of every time
-- now depends on us. Our nation -- this generation -- will
lift a dark threat of violence from our people and our future.
We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our
courage. We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not
is my hope that in the months and years ahead, life will return
almost to normal. We'll go back to our lives and routines, and
that is good. Even grief recedes with time and grace.
But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what
happened that day, and to whom it happened. We'll remember the
moment the news came -- where we were and what we were doing.
Some will remember an image of a fire, or a story of rescue.
Some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone forever.
I will carry this: It is the police shield of a man named
George Howard, who died at the World Trade Center trying to save
others. It was given to me by his mom, Arlene, as a proud
memorial to her son. This is my reminder of lives that ended,
and a task that does not end.
will not forget this wound to our country or those who inflicted it.
I will not yield; I will not rest; I will not relent in waging this
struggle for freedom and security for the American people.
course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain.
Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and
we know that God is not neutral between them.
citizens, we'll meet violence with patient justice -- assured of the
rightness of our cause, and confident of the victories to come.
In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom, and may He
watch over the United States of America.
of the Press Secretary,
The White House]
report building projects
and student programs
21, 2001] Representatives
of Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, Lincoln College, and
Heartland Community College described new student programs and major
building projects either planned, completed or in progress. They
spoke at a breakfast meeting on Sept. 29 sponsored by the
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce Government/Education
Committee at Al’s Main Event in Lincoln.
Edwards, vice president of stewardship development at LCC, said his
campus has $5 million in new construction, including a new
maintenance center, renovated dormitories and classrooms, and a new
gymnasium scheduled for completion in December. The school has
allocated $500,000 to return a teacher education program to the
campus and has 80 students currently enrolled in its weekend cohort
Schilling, executive vice president at LC, said that three residence
halls have been built in Lincoln in the last three years and four in
Normal, and a 48,000-square-foot field house and museum is planned,
with construction possibly starting in the spring. The school’s
bachelor of arts program in liberal arts began in Normal this fall,
with the bachelor of science in business management scheduled to
start in the spring.
Astroth, president of Heartland, announced plans for an
80,000-square-foot building to be constructed in three to four years
to move vocational-technical and industry training courses onto the
permanent campus. Both the Normal and Lincoln enrollments have
increased this fall, with the Lincoln growth in online courses.
said Lincoln Christian College and Seminary enrollment is relatively
unchanged at about 1,200 students, 80 percent of whom are full-time.
There are currently four cohorts of 20 students each in the weekend
cohort program for degree completion, and the program has a waiting
list. Education majors now enroll in a 3-plus-2 program, three years
at LCC and two at another institution. Returning a teacher education
program to campus would reduce these students’ college load from
five to four years.
on the LCC campus have been gutted and renovated, with new ceilings,
computer access in each room and modular, stackable furniture. The
flat roofs have been transformed into hip roofs, and the two oldest
dorms have new windows. Married student housing has also been
remodeled. Edwards said dormitories are full, with some students
living in apartments in town as well.
yellow-brick buildings at LCC have been stained to a sand color.
Many classrooms, including those in Restoration Hall, have also been
renovated. A new maintenance facility has been constructed on the
edge of campus, and the centrally located former maintenance
building has been turned into a student center, dubbed "The
Warehouse." The center offers a 54-inch television and a stage
that can be rolled outside for outdoor as well as indoor concerts.
courses and business and industry training are currently conducted
at Towanda Plaza in Bloomington. Astroth said a building on the
permanent campus to house these programs is planned for three to
four years from now. He said Heartland worked with 55 businesses
during the past year to design and offer classes customized for
their employees. Some of these classes are offered at the firm’s
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LCC gymnasium is expected to be completed the first part of
December, despite the fact that more and deeper pylons were needed
than originally planned. Edwards said proposals are also being made
to potential donors for a new library costing $5 million to $7
reported a Lincoln College enrollment slightly over 1,100 on the
three campuses, including Lincoln, Normal and the Midwest College of
Cosmetology. He said full-time enrollment is up but part-time is
down. Sixty are enrolled in the new 2-plus-2 program in Normal,
which offers two-year-college graduates the opportunity to complete
their baccalaureate degree. The current students are working toward
a bachelor of arts in liberal arts. Applications are also being
taken for a bachelor of science program in business management,
tentatively scheduled to begin in the spring 2002 semester.
said the business management program will require six credit hours
of internship in a business or industry, with most or all being
located in Bloomington-Normal. In addition, the Lincoln campus
places a number of teacher assistants in local schools.
Lincoln and Normal campuses of Lincoln College have multiple new
residence halls. Heritage North, West and South dorms in Lincoln
have been built in the last three years, and one previous dormitory
was razed. Rooms are laid out in pairs, with each two student
bedrooms joined by a common bathroom. In Normal four dormitories
have been built since 1998, laid out in four-bedroom apartments with
two full baths and kitchens, since there is no dining hall. A
3,000-square-foot activity building is complete or virtually so, and
a fifth 48-bed dormitory will be begun in the spring.
said that, in addition to a larger gymnasium, the planned Lincoln
Center has 7,000 square feet allotted for a museum, 3,000 for a
physical fitness center and 4,000 for a wrestling room. The fund
drive for the Lincoln Center is not yet in its public phase but has
already received several significant donations.
said Heartland Community College has 4,233 credit students this
fall, representing an 8 percent increase. Additional students are
enrolled in workshops and corporate-specific courses. The Lincoln
extension has 200 students, with 50 in online courses. Kristi Kasper
is site supervisor at the Lincoln extension. Astroth said it is
Heartland’s philosophy to offer most general education
requirements at its Lincoln and Pontiac sites as well as in Normal,
with more specialized classes concentrated at the permanent campus
payable to NYC Disaster Funds
20, 2001] Firefighters
and others throughout Logan County will participate in the fund
drive to help the families of the New York City fire, rescue and
police personnel who died trying to save the lives of others in the
World Trade Center disaster.
fire stations in the county, even two outside Logan County that
serve only parts of the county, will be open so that those who want
to contribute can bring checks or cash and give them to local fire,
police or emergency service personnel, according to Dan Fulscher,
director of the Logan County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency.
have 100 percent participation," Fulscher said. "And even
though the drive is being held at the fire stations, other emergency
personnel, police and emergency services will be working with the
Lincoln, two collection sites will be set up: the Safety Complex at
911 Pekin St. and Wal-Mart.
Friday, Sept. 21, the Safety Complex will be manned by Lincoln City
Fire and Police personnel and the Logan County Paramedics from noon
to 8 p.m. Contributors who do not want to get out of their cars may
drop off donations by driving by the south door and handing their
cash or checks out the car window to fire or police personnel who
will be waiting.
Wal-Mart, also from noon to 8 p.m., Lincoln Rural Fire Department
members, the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and Auxiliary
members and also Logan County Paramedics will be on hand to take
Saturday, Sept. 22, the two Lincoln posts will be manned by the same
groups from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mount Pulaski, emergency service personnel from the fire, rescue and
police departments will be taking contributions Friday at the Fire
Department from noon to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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other Logan County locations, contributions on Friday will be taken
from 5 to 8 p.m. at local fire departments. These communities
are Armington (which serves part of Logan County), Atlanta, Beason,
Broadwell, Chestnut, Cornland, Elkhart, Emden, Hartsburg, Latham,
Middletown, New Holland, San Jose and Williamsville (which also
serves part of Logan County).
Saturday the following communities will be taking contributions,
again at their local fire departments, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
Armington, Atlanta, Beason, Broadwell, Chestnut, Elkhart, Emden,
Hartsburg, Latham, Middletown, Mount Pulaski, New Holland, San Jose
who can’t get to a fire department and wants to mail in a
contribution may send it to Logan County ESDA, 911 Pekin St.,
Lincoln, IL 62656. All checks should be
made payable to NYC Disaster Funds.
am amazed at the response from the community for these fire and
police department members," Fulscher said. He said
contributions have been coming in even before the fund drive
first major contribution, $868, came from the Abraham Lincoln
Quarter Midget Club, which has a membership of 75 to 80 boys ages 5
to 16 and holds races every Saturday night April through early
October at their track west of Broadwell.
Pozsgai, president of the local club and also regional director over
five tracks, said the club decided they wanted to do something to
help firefighters "who risk their lives every day."
instead of choosing to cancel, we went ahead to race at our
track," he said. "All of the sign-in money and money from
the concession stand was donated to the fund. Those families are
going to need the money."
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family fun Saturday at Latham Park
20, 2001] The
Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drug Task Force of the Health
Communities Partnership will host its second annual Family Fun Day
at Latham Park in Lincoln on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 3 to 8 p.m.
250 to 300 people attended the cost-free and substance-free event
Lincoln Area YMCA is coordinating Wacky Olympics. The Lincoln City
Police Department is providing hot dogs and brats. The Lincoln City
Fire Department will have its "Stay Alive House." The
Lincoln Public Library and Lincoln Parent Center will have craft
activities. A dunk tank (with Mayor Davis in it the first hour),
face painting, a "bouncy" spaceship and other activities
will round out the activities. Rock Us will provide music from 5 to
will be collected for the relief efforts in New York City and
Washington, D.C. The money collected will be given to the Lincoln
City Fire Department, Lincoln Police Department and Logan County
ESDA to accompany the donations they receive.
anyone would like more information about the ATOD Task Force or the
Healthy Communities Partnership, contact Dayle Eldredge at (217)
732-2161, Ext. 409, or Kristi Simpson at 735-2272.
receive $3,500 grant
for online encyclopedia
20, 2001] Four
area libraries — the Jessie C. Eury Library of Lincoln Christian
College and Seminary, in conjunction with the McKinstry Memorial
Library of Lincoln College, Lincoln Community High School Library
and Lincoln Public Library District — have been awarded a
$3,506.74 grant from the Rolling Prairie Library System. The grant
will be used to purchase a two-year group subscription to Britannica
library collaboration, called "Lighting the Fire in
Lincoln," will use the group subscription to provide all
patrons of these libraries access to the online encyclopedia. This
will be the first shared online database among these four libraries.
This group subscription will serve thousands of community patrons,
high school and college students.
Online offers the full text of the world-renowned Encyclopaedia
Britannica in addition to color graphics, sound and multi-media
illustrations. This quality online encyclopedia will be useful to
any community member with a question to answer, regardless of the
topic. For over 230 years, Britannica’s mission statement has been
that nothing can "be more useful to the cause of civilization
than a determination to serve mankind’s need to know."
the Fire in Lincoln" members include June Burke, library
director for Lincoln College; Marilyn Maffett, Instructional
Materials Center director for Lincoln Community High School; Nancy
Olson, library director for Lincoln Christian College and Seminary;
and Richard Sumrall, library director for Lincoln Public Library
official start date for the subscription is Sept. 1.
back on council agenda
19, 2001] Brainard
Landing, a 56-unit apartment complex to be developed on property at
21st and State streets, will be on the agenda at the next Lincoln
City Council work session, on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
E. Koontz, senior vice president, and Kitty Campbell, development
assistant, of Pedcor Investments of Indianapolis, Ind., will appear
before the council to give an update on plans for the project.
special use permit to build the apartment complex was approved 7-3
by the previous city council on March 6, 2000, after being approved
earlier 5-3 by the planning commission.
told the Lincoln Daily News that Pedcor has no definite date
yet to start construction, but the firm hopes to break ground at the
beginning of next year. She said the planning commission and the
council must still approve building plans for the complex. The site
is a 7.85 acre tract of land between North Monroe and North State
streets, just north of 21st Street.
56-unit apartment complex will offer median income housing within
strict income limits, Campbell said, but it is not public housing.
to a handout presented at Monday’s council meeting, Pedcor will
finance the apartment community with tax credits issued though the
Illinois Housing Development Authority. The Federal Income Reform
Tax Act of 1986-87 established income tax credits for building
affordable housing projects, and Pedcor has specialized in taking
advantage of these credits to build apartments that can be rented
below market rates.
said the tax credits allow for financing at a lower interest rate,
which makes it possible to build affordable housing. The proposed
development is also within an enterprise zone, but she said Pedcor
was not seeking a tax abatement and will pay its fair share of
one-bedroom, one-bath apartment with 574 to 676 square feet of space
will rent for $350 to $395, according to the handout. A two-bedroom,
one-bath unit, with 817-839 square feet, will rent for $445-$450. A
three-bedroom, two-bath unit, with 1066-1115 square feet, will rent
for $500 to $505.
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guidelines are $18,550 to $22,260 for one occupant, $21,200 to
$25,440 for two people; $23,850 to $28,620 for three, $26,500 to
$31,800, family of four; $28,600 to $34,320, family of 5; and
$30,750 to $36,900, family of six. All 56 units will be targeted to
the above income groups.
eight-unit development will also have a clubhouse with fitness
facilities, a computer center, a playground and an on-site laundry
facility. Units themselves will have washer-dryer hookups, storage,
window blinds, gas heat, central air conditioning, carpeting, stove,
dishwasher, disposal and refrigerator.
will make it possible for a divorced mother with a couple of kids to
live in a quality community and not pay as much as the going market
rate in the area," Campbell said.
expects the apartments to be rented by young professionals and
families, service and blue-collar workers, senior citizens on fixed
incomes, and beginning wage earners. She said the company saw a need
for this type of housing in Lincoln.
has on-site management at all units and does not turn the management
over to outside agents. The company manages at least 6,000 units in
the Midwest, in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and
Nebraska, Campbell said.
approved by the planning commission and council, the proposed
development has been controversial. Opponents cite increased traffic
flow, the lowering of property values of homes in the neighborhood,
increased competition for local apartment owners, possible
deterioration of the units and in general negative impact for the
in favor cite the need for more affordable rental units, the
opportunity to develop land that has been idle for many years,
attractive housing to bring more people to the community, temporary
construction jobs as well as permanent jobs managing and providing
services for the development, and long-term growth and economic
Prior to the
committee-as-a-whole meeting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, there will be a
public hearing at 7 p.m. on the community development loan of
$100,000 requested by Integrity Data of Lincoln.
County debates policy on
restaurant health inspections
19, 2001] Rejecting
a proposal to offer translators as an option, the Logan County Board
voted 9-4 Tuesday night to require restaurants to have someone who
can communicate in English present when inspections are made. Since
inspections are not announced, this amendment to the food service
policy of the county’s health board appears to require employment
of an English-speaking person at all times.
Committee chair David Hepler moved to add this provision to the food
service policy amendment under discussion: "If the Logan County
Health Department Inspector has reason to believe bilateral
communication does not exist, the LCHD shall have the right to make
such an inspection with an appropriate translator, whose fees for
professional services shall be paid to the LCHD by the food
member Terry Werth said that Lincoln Christian College has people
able to translate in many languages, and Clifford Sullivan added
that two potential translators told him the fee would be low or
nothing. Paul Gleason said the Health Department should pay for
translators since it is responsible for making inspections. Hepler’s
amendment failed 3-10, with Hepler, Sullivan and Werth voting in
Department administrator Lloyd Evans stated, "The question is
the timeliness." He said translators could be employed for
regular inspections, which are primarily educational, but would be
more difficult to find in time to respond to a complaint of
food-borne illness or a product recall. Both emergencies have
occurred during the past year at a restaurant where language
differences make communication between inspector and employees
impossible, according to Evans.
Sullivan, Werth and Jim Griffin voted against the four-part
amendment to Health Department food service policy, which passed
9-4. Besides the requirement for an English-speaking person, it
specifies that inspections must occur at least as often as state law
requires; the department can issue a temporary operating license;
and the Board of Health has 10 working days to hold a requested
hearing regarding a suspension.
other business the board voted 12-1 to add the mayor of Elkhart to
the ex officio members of the Regional Planning Commission. Other ex
officio members include the chairman of the Logan County Board, the
superintendent of highways, and the mayors of Lincoln, Atlanta and
Mount Pulaski. In addition there are 10 appointed members, making 16
voting members. Rod White, the sole dissenter, asked whether there
would be a vote to amend the ordinance every time a new community
decided to participate. Dale Voyles said such future votes are
possible because the ordinance must be amended every time the board
chooses to add a voting member to the commission.
read a resolution, written by Paul Gleason, condemning the attacks
on the World Trade Center and Pentagon as threats to the basic
freedoms America stands for and supporting President Bush and
Congress in their efforts to retaliate. The board unanimously
adopted the resolution. All 13 members also voted to send $1,000 to
the American Red Cross to aid in disaster relief.
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unanimous was the decision to expand the Board of Appeals from five
to six members, effective in December. At that time two appointments
will be needed, one for the new member and one to fill an expired
term. The goal is to coordinate the appeals board with the new
county districts, so that each district will have one representative
on the appeals body. To reach this goal, the new appointments will
be from districts not represented by current appeals board members,
and as terms expire or members retire, the board will eventually
come to represent the six districts.
Committee chair Rod White distributed a list of departmental budget
requests for fiscal year 2002 showing an increase of $220,200 over
this year’s allotments. Some of the budget requests have been
adjusted by the board committees that oversee them, and all may be
further modified. White said revenue projections following the first
nine months of this year show a potential $21,000 shortfall in sales
tax receipts. He anticipated that the $70,000 currently in the
contingency fund will be transferred to Building and Grounds.
"We do have healthy balances," White said. "We hope
we don’t have to go into them too deep."
board let bids to Stewart’s Carpet Center in Mount Pulaski for
replacement carpet in the county clerk’s and Judge Coogan’s
offices at a cost of $8,320 and to R. L. High for bird repellent for
the courthouse at $8,900. Four bids were let for the Dr. John Logan
Building: to Gossett’s Decorator Studio, $2,937 for vertical
blinds and $5,460 for carpet and installation; to Lincoln Office
Products, $2,982 for 10 tables and 24 chairs; and to Ushman
Communications, $6,350 for a telephone system. The votes for
courthouse items were unanimous; those for the Logan Building were
12-1, with Jim Griffin dissenting.
a vote of 12-1 the board authorized $29,400 to employ Hanson
Engineering for continued work on the right of way of the
westernmost five miles of Fifth Street Road. Jim Griffin dissented.
board chairman, announced that all county fire departments will
participate in a drive on Sept. 21-22 to collect money for New York
City firefighters and possibly for police as well.
members unanimously reappointed Cynthia Bowns and Dr. Malou Laya to
new terms on the Logan County Board of Health.
Enforcement Committee chair Doug Dutz said negotiations for deputies’
salaries and benefits will begin Oct. 17.
sponsors patriotic assembly
19, 2001] The
Hartsburg-Emden FFA chapter will sponsor a patriotic assembly this
Friday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Rep.
Jonathan Wright and ESDA Director Dan Fulscher will participate,
plus the color guards from the Hartsburg and Emden American Legion,
as well as the fire and rescue units from Hartsburg and Emden. The
public is invited and encouraged to attend.
attending is asked to bring pictures of family members or friends
who are veterans or currently serving in the military. If a picture
is not available, names of these people may be written on a
donations will be accepted to aid the victims in this time of
questions may be directed to Betsy Pech at Hartsburg-Emden High
homes of the past
to promote town’s future
19, 2001] The
mayor’s office was full of inspiring ideas during the Lincoln
Historical Homes and Buildings Committee meeting on Monday, Sept.
17. The focus was on networking current goals.
Davis served as a valuable voice of leadership in directing
attention to Lincoln’s many historical homes as a source of future
like a treasure hunt exploring these homes — an actual gold mine
for the city," said Betty York, the committee chairperson.
this, just the third meeting of the committee, a workshop and a
website were already in the works for the coming months.
next meeting will be in the mayor’s office at 5 p.m. on Oct. 15.
Fire, Police Department members volunteer to help New York
18, 2001] Members
of Lincoln’s fire and police departments have volunteered to go to
New York City to help rescue workers with the task of cleanup and
recovery, Alderman Verl Prather told the council Tuesday night.
far, Police Chief Rich Montcalm said, there is not a need for more
help at the site of World Trade Center, but there might be in a week
that fire or police personnel would continue to get their salaries
and have help with expenses, the council passed a resolution to
provide these funds if the need arises.
Chief Bucky Washam said he has six volunteers willing to go and
could send two of them if needed.
going to stay in touch and do whatever we can to help," he
said he could spare one officer if there is a need but also noted
that another officer is in the military reserves and might be called
to active duty.
said it is possible a member of each Lincoln department might attend
a Sept. 23 memorial service in New York City’s Central Park to
honor the fire and police personnel who died in the collapse of the
second World Trade Center building.
other business concerning the fire and police departments, City
Treasurer Les Plotner gave the council a long look ahead at the fire
and police pension funds.
financial services firm of Larry F. Mosier of Chicago has made a
study of the funds, projecting them for the next 30 years, until
2030, and showing revenue expectations versus expenditures.
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there is not enough interest on the money, revenue will drop as
expenditures are going up, and we will be dipping into the
principal," he said.
rates are miserable," he told the council, and the pension
funds need a 7 percent return to keep up with projected expenses. He
quoted current rates on CDs at under 4 percent.
this time, the policy for investing pension funds allows investments
only in treasury bills and notes. The pension boards may have to
look for some other types of investments, such as carefully chosen
equities or bonds, he said.
suggestion would be the state-run Illinois Public Treasurer’s
Investment Pool, which invests funds for municipalities in the
emphasized that the funds are not in any immediate trouble, with
almost $8 million in each one.
noted that other sources of funds for the city are lower as well,
including sales tax receipts. At the end of June 2000, receipts were
$835,119, but at the end of June this year they had dropped to
$781,394, a loss factor of 6.3 percent. Projected income tax revenue
also shows a decrease from last year.
"It’s not a bright
picture, and when you look at the stock market, it’s not bright at
all." he said.
from local military
man serving overseas
Sgt. Brad Boss
Army in Macedonia
18, 2001] Before
going out to do preflight on his assigned aircraft this morning,
Sgt. Boss took a few moments to answer the following questions for Lincoln
How are the troops dealing with this (the attack on America) there?
Are they worried, saddened, feeling strong?
All the people I work with are saddened, but I think it gave us a
new resolve to try and do our jobs better. I think that it has
strengthened not only our unit, but our military as a whole, as the
whole country rallies in support.
Is there a chance you will be sent elsewhere?
There is always a chance we could be sent, but we (my unit) will be
redeploying home prior to going anywhere else.
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looking at the pictures from Friday afternoon’s expression of
patriotism on the square, Sgt. Boss wrote home saying how much he
appreciated seeing his community’s support: "It's so great to
see the community gather together in support of our nation. It
really gives me a sense of pride to sit here and show my friends and
co-workers those pictures, and be able to point out people I know,
and to know that we have their support, as we get ready for whatever
the future brings."
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