calls for an immediate
political settlement in Mideast
4, 2002] President
George Bush spoke to the nation at 10 a.m. (CST) about the situation
in the Mideast. He opened by saying that he had been monitoring the
situation but lost hope of a peaceable ending when terrorists
attacked a group of innocent people. In another event an 18-year-old
Palestinian girl took the life of an 18-year-old Israeli girl in a
suicide attack. He condemned a nation where parents sacrifice their
clearly stated, "Terrorism must be stopped. There is no way to
make peace with those whose only goal is death."
Israel’s defense he said, "Israel has the right to
exist." Israel has recognized the right of a Palestinian state.
the nations, the president reiterated that every one must choose to
side with civilization or terrorists. "Middle East authorities
must also choose."
Bush said Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat must choose. He has
missed his opportunities. Attacks are only a temporary measure.
the Palestinian people and authority, he pronounced, "Blowing
yourself up does not help the Palestinian cause." To the
Palestinian authorities and all governments, he declared, "Stop
the terrorists. They are not martyrs. They are murderers."
all who oppose peace process and seek the destruction Israel: Israel
has the right to exist! Accept them as a nation."
people deserve peace and prosperity. They deserve to have Israel as
a neighbor. They should seek peace and economic development. They
can be politically and economically viable. Occupation must stop.
They have the right to secure and recognized boundaries. The same as
between Israel and Syria, and Israel and Lebanon.
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must show respect for Palestinians. They are and will be neighbors.
They should practice compassion at checkpoints. Israel should allow
people to go back to work.
recognizes Israel’s right to defend itself," he said.
However, the president commanded that they should halt incursions of
Palestinian areas and withdraw from the areas they occupy.
declared that Syria must decide which side of the conflict it is on.
finally he announced that he is sending U.S. Secretary of State
Colin Powell to the area next week to implement an immediate
concluded by saying, "The Middle East could have free trade,
economic development and democracy. This will only come in an
atmosphere of peace."
named Tree City USA
4, 2002] A
plaque and an official Tree City USA sign were presented to the
Lincoln City Council Monday evening, marking the first time the city
has won this national honor.
Tree City USA award is presented by the National Arbor Day
Association and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The
award was presented to city officials last week by Ms. Reinee
Hildebrandt of the State Forester’s Office, at an awards luncheon
the luncheon were Aldermen Dave Armbrust, George Mitchell and Glenn
Shelton, as well as Street Superintendent Donnie Osborne and the
sewer plant manager, Grant Eaton.
Osborne, Lincoln’s street superintendent (left), and Alderman Dave
Armbrust, chairman of the forestry committee, present to Mayor
Beth Davis an official
sign and a plaque naming Lincoln a certified Tree City USA.]
city learned in February that it had been named a 2001 Tree City. A
letter from the National Arbor Day Foundation congratulated the city
on receiving recognition for its tree-care program.
letter said, in part, that communities are recognized when they have
proven their commitment to "an effective, ongoing community
forestry program, one marked by renewal and improvement.
help clean our air and water, moderate heat and cold, and bring
warmth and grace to our homes," the letter said.
Dave Armbrust, chairman of the forestry committee, presented the
plaque to Mayor Beth Davis, and Donnie Osborne, superintendent of
the city’s streets department, presented the official sign.
win the award, Osborne explained, a city must have a forestry
commission and a forestry ordinance, both of which Lincoln has. The
commission must show a budget item of at least $2 per capita; with a
budget of $78,000, Lincoln well exceeds that mark. The city also has
to have an Arbor Day declaration and observe Arbor Day.
city has observed Arbor Day with tree plantings at nursing homes and
other locations in recent years. The Lincoln Community High School’s
National Honor Society tree planting has also become a valuable part
of Arbor Day, Osborne said. First- graders from area schools also
help with the planting.
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thanked the Lincoln Rotary Club, Environmental Management
Corporation, the Lincoln Park District and CILCO for donations of
trees. He also thanked the Logan County Parks and Trails Foundation
and John Sutton, the Lincoln Community High School National Honor
Society, all area grade schools, the Logan County Soil and Water
Conservation District, Lincoln area nursing homes, Eric Jenkins,
Melanie Riggs, Dennis Hartman, the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources, and former District 27 Superintendent Les Plotner for
their help and participation in planting trees throughout the city.
Davis said the biggest "thank you" should go to Donnie
Osborne and his staff.
has really been the arborist for the city. He has worked with the
schools, especially the high school Honor Society, to plant new
trees, and he has taken care of our trees, making sure the staff
keeps them trimmed and keeps our trees replenished. The plaque
really belongs to him."
however, maintains that the credit goes to many different people,
including LCHS teacher Judy Dopp and the National Honor Society,
which each year plants trees and involves first-graders from the
various schools in the activity. He also thanked city officials.
"Without the support of past and current mayors and administrations,
this couldn’t have been done," he added
urban forest is a valuable and beautiful asset," Osborne said.
"We all take it for granted, but maintaining it is a
up the tradition, Osborne and the National Honor Society will again
be planting trees on Arbor Day, which in Lincoln is always the third
Wednesday in April, and again on Earth Day, April 22.
said the city will eventually receive five official signs, which
will be posted at each major entrance to the city. And this year,
for the first time, a Tree City flag, a tree on a white background,
will fly at the Route 10 East gateway on Arbor Day.
[New Tree City USA signs will soon go up at all major entrances to
more information on Tree City USA, see http://arborday.org/programs/treecityusa.html.
urge Gov. Ryan
to stop LDC moves
3, 2002] Eighteen
Illinois legislators, most of whom were members of the committee
that heard testimony about closing or downsizing Lincoln
Developmental Center, have sent a letter to Gov. George Ryan asking
him not to downsize the institution until the "unanswered
questions" about the moves have been resolved.
letter, dated April 1, was signed by, among others, Sen. Larry K.
Bomke, R-Springfield; Sen. Claude U. Stone, R-Morton; Rep. Gwenn
Klingler, R-Springfield; Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsythe; and Rep.
Jonathan Wright, R-Hartsburg.
committee, headed by Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, had four sessions
during which it heard testimony from the Department of Human
Services, which oversees LDC and other facilities for the
developmentally disabled; the American Federation of State, County
and Municipal Employees, the union which represents workers at LDC;
members of the developmentally disabled community; and parents of
the residents of LDC.
letter sent to Gov. Ryan noted that family members of LDC residents
"remain firmly supportive of the facility and wish their loved
ones to stay there." Because of the family’s opposition to
closing LDC, the letter said, "We have real doubt as to whether
the DHS plan to downsize is in the best interests of residents"
and asked that DHS halt the movement of any further residents until
the General Assembly has an opportunity "fully review the
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moves to keep the 125-year-old facility open include an injunction
issued by Associate Judge Don Behle of the Circuit Court in Logan County to
cease moving residents until further notice. The injunction was a
result of a lawsuit filed by AFSCME, Sen. Bomke and parents of LDC
bill introduced into the House of Representatives by Reps. Wright
and Mitchell also seeks to keep LDC at 240 residents, with about 480
employees. Gov. Ryan’s plan has been to downsize LDC to 100
residents with about 210 employees.
complete letter appears below.
Honorable George Ryan
– State of Illinois
207 – State Capitol
participants in hearings held jointly by the Mental Health
and Patient Abuse and Disabled Community committees and
other interested legislators, we have serious concerns about
your announced plan to downsize the Lincoln Developmental
Center. We are writing to urge you to halt any movement of
residents from Lincoln at this time. There are many
unanswered questions about the downsizing and the best way
to protect the individuals who reside there. In fact, those
of us who submitted questions to the Department of Human
Services in conjunction with the hearings are still awaiting
responses, and we may well need to conduct further hearings
or investigations related to this matter once the
information is provided to us.
concerns arose from the testimony provided by several
parties including representatives of DHS. Of the most
immediate concerns is the plan to move 159 residents from
Lincoln in less than five months. Family members of Lincoln
residents remain firmly supportive of the facility, and wish
their loved ones to stay there. They are deeply concerned
about the lack of appropriate alternative placements that
would also be geographically accessible to them.
have repeatedly stated that your actions regarding LDC stem
from your concerns for the residents. Surely LDC family
members have the interests of their loved ones as their
primary concern. Given their opposition to this plan, we
have real doubt as to whether the DHS plan to downsize is in
the best interests of residents. Therefore, we believe you
should direct DHS to halt the movement of residents until
those of us in the General Assembly have an opportunity to
fully review the situation and express the legislature’s
will on this matter.
Patrick J. O’Malley
Mary K. O’Brien
where you are
cell phone use
3, 2002] There
is no doubt that technology has given us a better, easier, higher
quality of life. But if you’re working in a field that relies on
technology, the rapid rate of development can cause more than a few
headaches on an ordinary day. As director of the Emergency Services
Disaster Agency, Dan Fulscher takes advantage of all that modern
technology has to offer, including advanced communication systems.
He also oversees the E911 system. He will tell you, "As
technology has grown, problems have increased."
1993, when the 911 service began, there were 239 calls the first
month. That was thought to be a lot of calls. Now 1,600-1,800
land-based calls and 600-800 cell calls are received each month.
This constitutes an increase to12 times as many calls as in the beginning. This
increase is not due to an increase in crime or fire but rather
because people are more aware of how to call, and they use it like a
security blanket. The goal of a simple number to call for help has
illustrate his point, Fulscher said that a recent Police Magazine
article on domestic violence said that most victims used to say,
"I’m going to call the police." They now say, "I’m
going to call 911."
phone calls started showing up the first year 911 was in place and
are rapidly on the increase. Chicago’s 911 system now logs 35
percent cell calls. Logan County calls monitored over the last two
months indicate that 30.5 percent — nearly one-third — of the
911 calls are from cell phones.
used to be that a person could expect to make two to four emergency
phone calls in a lifetime. Now, that number has doubled, and a
person will make eight to 20 calls. Part of that is due to the
availability of a phone while traveling, in addition to increased
time spent in the car. At one time we traveled 15,000 miles per
year, including special trips as a family. Now the average on-the-go
working family drives twice that in everyday driving, plus special
trips and vacations.
is the good fortune of Logan County that, through vision and hard
work, we have a fully completed and operational enhanced 911 system,
E911. When you call from a land-based phone, your call shows
enhanced caller ID information, the e-mapping system instantly shows
where the call is coming from, the destination is mapped and
coordinated, and the information received is disseminated quickly to
all emergency services needed via a dispatcher.
so what is the problem today?
is what America thinks is available nationwide. It is not,"
need to be aware that there are 911 systems without enhanced
features and that those calls and cell phone calls will take a
little longer than a land-based call to an E911 system. The
dispatcher will need to know who the callers are, where they are and
possibly what services need to be called. Remember, it takes more
time to process a cell phone call since the automated features of
E911 are not enacted.
growth of cell phone use has reduced the efficiency of the E911
system. The E911 system is driven by the information provided by
their enhanced caller ID system. Cell phone calls do not provide any
usable caller ID information beyond the cell phone number that the
call is coming from. A cell phone call could be made from any
those who may be wondering, cordless phones are considered
you dial 911 on your cell phone, it connects you to the closest 911
dispatch in Illinois. If you are in Logan County, it connects to the
Lincoln dispatch center. Other than the phone number being displayed
on the caller ID, the E911 service provides no more benefit.
we are about to tell you could simply save your life or aid someone
in an emergency
for calling 911 from a cell phone:
When using cell 911, look at your surroundings as you are traveling;
periodically check road coordinates, route signs and towns just
[Photos by Bob Frank]
If you are carrying a cell phone, get used to looking at addresses
before going into a home or business. When at a social or
recreational event, note the town, a building name, an address if
possible, and note where you are specifically located in a building
or town. A constant check on your surroundings could speed up rescue
and make the difference in life-saving measures.
Leave your cell phone on after making a call.
Do not make other calls, in case dispatch needs to call you back for
more information or clarification.
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remember that terrorism and domestic violence is on the rise.
Although you may not be a target, you could happen upon an incident
as it occurs. Remember to speak clearly and slowly because the
dispatch will have to document information instead of simply typing
it into a computer. Since location information is not automated as
with a land-based call, be aware that gathering information could
take from one to two minutes. You can help speed this process by
being prepared to answer any other questions dispatch may ask.
calls are made when an accident is witnessed on an interstate
highway. If you can be specific about location, your call will be
most helpful. The following are some recent bad examples of calls
from highway drivers trying to report an accident: "I’m about
1˝ hours south of Chicago"; another driver reported, "I’m
on Route 136, between Havana and McLean."
in mind that in Logan County there is Interstate 55 (I-55) and there
is Interstate 155 (I-155). Be clear about which highway you are on.
The mile markers for the two interstates are slightly different,
with I-55 having the higher numbers. The problem of similar highway
numbers that are easily confused exists elsewhere as well.
from the driving pros
Courtwright of American Freightways in Lincoln said that most of
their drivers have been driving a long time and generally drive the
same daily routes. The drivers keep aware of the following
information as they travel:
Major highway arteries: i.e., I-55 and Route 136.
Mile marker numbers
Proximity to towns: north, south, east or west
Direction of travel
Other tangible information
right, left, straight; not north, south, east or west. You may start
out indicating a geographical direction, but the remainder of your
coordinates should be provided as "right,"
"left" or "straight" terminology.
Go north on Nicholson Road from Business 55, turn right
at Krueger Road, go straight about two miles and look for the
grain elevator on the left at the end of the road just over
future of cell phone E911
there are many cellular phone companies to choose from in Logan
County, there is only one land-based phone service. E911 services
must be coordinated with the phone system to provide enhanced
services. Cellular coordination will require not only development of
technologies, but also daily updating with all telecommunications
the Logan County E911 site, office manager Dianne Ruff communicates
with our only land-based phone provider, Verizon, keeping our
land-based phone information current. Weekly she manually processes
125 changes related to location moves and phone number changes.
present, surcharges added to telephone bills support our E911
system: 85 cents per month on land-based and 43 cents per month on
cell phone bills. These fees pay for technical improvements. The
Logan County 911 board is assessing the effects that increased cell
phone use is having and is monitoring finances while looking to the
enhanced cellular 911 is on its way, it will probably be many years
before it has the capacity of the current land-based enhanced 911
will take as many years as it did to develop from what we had at
first in 1993 to what it is in 2002," says Fulscher. "It
will be great when it gets here, but in the meantime we need to do
our part in being prepared to supply good directions when making
budget cut will raise water bills
2, 2002] In
its efforts to cut about $1 million from next year’s budget, the
Lincoln City Council has decided it must pass the fire hydrant
service fees back to water company customers.
move, passed unanimously by council members at the April 1 meeting,
will save the city about $212,000 annually and will add
approximately $5 to city residents’ bimonthly water bills.
change will not take effect until about the end of June, however,
because it must go through the Illinois Commerce Commission, so the
city will need to put some money in the 2002-2003 fiscal year budget
for the hydrant fees, finance chairman Steve Fuhrer said.
years ago the council decided to pay the annual fee to cover the
local water company’s charges on fire hydrants. Previously,
American Water added those costs to customers’ monthly bills.
however, with falling sales tax revenues and a historically low rate
of return on its investments keeping the city strapped for revenue,
the council has reluctantly decided it must pass the charge back to
the water customers.
looked everywhere possible for dollars before we decided we had to
do this," Fuhrer said.
cuts the city has made so far are wage freezes for department heads,
hiring freezes, elimination of new vehicles for the police and the
city zoning office, and cuts in funding for the Elm Street
improvement project between Fifth and West Kickapoo streets.
these cuts are not deep enough to balance the city’s budget for
the new fiscal year that begins May 1, Fuhrer said. Projections show
that the city can expect about $4 million in revenue next year, and
the original budget projections came to almost $5 million. To
balance the budget, he said recently, the finance committee must
whittle away at least another $200,000. He said he hopes to do that
without layoffs, but he cannot rule them out. Another meeting of the
committee is scheduled for April 8.
other business, the council tabled a motion to accept a small
building from West Lincoln Township. The building, at Fifth and
Adams streets, has been used as a polling place for many years.
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Beth Davis believes the building has "definite historic
value" and has said she would like to move it to the Postville
Courthouse historic site. She said local historian Paul Beaver is
having the building dated and believes it was constructed before
1888, the date for which the first title was found.
members of the city’s historic preservation commission, chair
Betty York and member Georgia Vinson, attended the council meeting.
council also voted to allow the sale of a vacant lot at 1305 Tremont
St. and to share the proceeds with Logan County. The city has a
demolition lien of $5,900 on the lot, as well as mowing costs, and
the county is owed back taxes of $15,000 on the property. The city
voted to accept one-third of the proceeds of the sale, giving the
rest to the county.
[Photo by Joan Crabb]
[Fire Chief Bucky Washam
(left) presents awards to two brothers who recently retired from the
Lincoln City Fire Department. Assistant Chief Don Fulk (center)
retired Feb. 15 after almost 33 years, and Assistant Chief Larry
Fulk retired in June of last year after 27 years of service.]
Two retired assistant
fire chiefs, brothers Don and Larry Fulk, received trophies from
Chief Bucky Washam commemorating their years of service to the
Lincoln City Fire Department. Don served the city for nearly 33
years, retiring in February. Larry served for 27 years and retired
in June of 2001.
loses life in accident
1, 2002] Daniel
J. Logan, 16, of Lincoln was pronounced dead at 9:44 p.m. Saturday
after the car he was driving failed to negotiate a curve on Route
car was traveling southbound when it moved into the northbound lane
and off the road into a ditch. The car overturned and the driver was
thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by
Logan County Deputy Coroner Warren Rogers. There were no other
passengers in the car.
accident occurred just south of Keokuk Street at 8:56 p.m. It is
under investigation by the Lincoln City Police and the coroner’s
office. An autopsy was performed this morning, but the report has
not yet been issued.
Logan is the son of the local county board chairman, Dick Logan.
1, 2002] Kevin
Johnson, 31, was arrested Thursday after he was spotted driving a
stolen pickup truck in the Big R parking lot. The owner of the truck
reported the vehicle stolen at 4:30 p.m. from the 300 block of
Keokuk. Officer Raymond spotted the vehicle in the Big R parking lot
at 5 p.m. Shortly after, Johnson exited the store and left the lot,
driving that vehicle. Police arrested him at a roadblock.
is charged with motor vehicle theft, trespass to a vehicle and
retail theft ($9 worth of merchandise from Big R). He is being held
for court appearance.
police do not suspect that this incident has any connection to
the recent rash of vehicle thefts, the Lincoln City Police
Department continues to urge citizens to never leave their keys in
anyone has any information concerning the recent vehicle thefts,
please contact Detective John Bunner at the Lincoln City Police
system can handle budget cuts
1, 2002] SPRINGFIELD
— Illinois Department of Corrections officials today released
information regarding the impact of cost-cutting measures proposed
by Gov. George Ryan’s administration. They are providing the
information in response to charges by AFSCME that the cuts will
create more dangerous conditions in state prisons.
Director Donald N. Snyder Jr. provided security staff-to-inmate
projections showing a minimal impact by moves to close correctional
facilities. Corrections administrators also stressed that reforming
the system from top to bottom for the last three years will have a
profound impact on the continued safety of state prisons.
prisons are safer today than they were three years ago because
correctional officers and prison managers now assign inmates to the
jobs, cell houses, visitation schedules and recreation times that
the administration determines. In previous years, gang leaders or
others with influence in the system could make these decisions, and
that was dangerous," said Snyder.
houses are easier to search and monitor because the property inmates
keep in their cells has been significantly reduced. Movement to work
assignments, meals and recreation yards now occurs in smaller
groups, with more supervision. Gang intelligence officers monitor
troublesome inmates and hold them to a higher standard of discipline
than before," said Snyder.
also noted disciplinary sanctions for misbehavior and assaults are
strictly enforced. Segregation space to house offenders under
punishment for rule violations has been increased. Assaults on
officers and inmates have dropped significantly under these new
Vienna Correctional Center, and possibly other prisons, can be
absorbed safely by Illinois Corrections for other reasons. The new
Lawrence Correctional Center has 1,600 beds open. These beds are
more than enough to hold the 1,200 inmates that will need to be
moved as a result of closing Vienna Correctional Center.
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Gov. Ryan asked corrections administrators to calculate any change
in security staff-to-inmate ratios as a result of facility closings.
A slight increase from the 1-4.12 ratio present in the system today
to one staff person to 4.32 inmates after the closing of the
facilities was calculated by the agency. Three years ago the ratio
need to remember that there are also about 2,600 fewer inmates in
the system today than a year ago," said Snyder. "With the
more efficient design at the Lawrence prison and the new Kewanee
youth center, we will replace 40-year-old, staff-intensive design
with state-of-the art buildings requiring fewer staff to operate
safely," he said.
officials added that closing an additional prison could still be
within the safety zone needed for the system. Depending on possible
increases in the prison population in the coming year, a capacity
window of more than 3,000 inmates is still open for consideration.
Filling all 3,000 beds with inmates from existing prisons would put
the system at the same level of crowding faced one year ago. Opening
the new reception and classification prison at Stateville
Correctional Center in Joliet is also planned in the last half of
the next fiscal year. This facility will also consist of
state-of-the art, efficient designs and will have a capacity of
1,800 beds. This addition increases the capacity window by an
additional 60 percent.
tough economic times, tough decisions must be made. But, we will
never jeopardize the safety and security of our prison system while
making those decisions. These numbers should shed some light into
the debate regarding the continued safety of the Illinois prison
system," Snyder added.
Department of Corrections news release]
Labor board issues
complaint against governor over AFSCME negotiation
30, 2002] CHICAGO
— For the eighth time in recent months, the union
representing state workers has prevailed in its legal battles with
Gov. George Ryan. The Illinois State Labor Relations Board has
issued a complaint against the Ryan administration in response to an
unfair labor practice charge filed by Council 31 of the American
Federation of State County and Municipal Employees.
"The Ryan administration has been trying to deflect blame for the
crisis it has created," said Mike Newman, associate director of
AFSCME Council 31. "But once again a tribunal has pointed the finger
back at him."
The union charges that Ryan has
repeatedly taken actions that violate state law or the union’s
contract. "We’re very pleased that in every single instance in which
we’ve sought to block his illegal actions in the courts or before
the labor board, our position has been affirmed," said Newman.
The complaint for hearing issued
today by the state labor board came in response to charges that
AFSCME filed after the Ryan administration abruptly broke off
negotiations over a proposed furlough program. The union’s contract
requires that any such program must first be negotiated.
In listing grounds for proceeding
with the hearing, the labor board said that the administration
"maintained an inflexible position on its bargaining proposal for a
statewide furlough program" during the negotiations and that it then
acted unilaterally to implement a furlough program.
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"Most significantly the complaint
states that the administration refused to bargain in good faith,"
AFSCME has consistently said that it
was willing to negotiate over how to structure an effective
voluntary furlough program and had called on Ryan to return to
negotiations over such a program. The union, however, has also
repeatedly stressed that a furlough program cannot address the state’s budget crisis and has helped develop, and has advocated for,
a range of alternatives to furloughs and layoffs.
The governor’s repeated contention
that a furlough program would avert layoffs was also addressed.
Included in the complaint is the charge that the administration was
unwilling to even discuss using the savings from a furlough to
Lincoln Tomb manager’s collection donated to Illinois
State Historical Library
30, 2002] SPRINGFIELD
— Gov. George Ryan has announced that a collection of rare
newspapers, political memorabilia, photographs and Lincoln-related
material, all amassed by former Lincoln Tomb manager Herbert Wells
Fay, has been donated to the Illinois State Historical Library. The
donation was made by Phillis Kelley, DeKalb County historian, who
acquired the material from the family of the late Paul Nehring, who
purchased the Fay collection in the 1950s.
unique collection will be a valuable supplement to many of the
Historical Library’s holdings," said Gov. Ryan. "These
items can also be showcased at the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum being built in downtown Springfield." The
State Historical Library and its collections will move to the Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum once construction is
was custodian of Lincoln Tomb from 1920 to 1948, where he had access
to the elite in both the political world and in Lincoln scholarship.
Fay was an avid Lincoln collector and constantly tried to find and
record Lincoln artifacts and images. He maintained correspondence
with anyone he felt could help him in his quest for new and unusual
was also an accomplished and well-traveled photographer, and his
images feature many one-of-a-kind views of historic buildings and
collection of images relating to Abraham Lincoln includes 14 images
of New Salem village shortly after its reconstruction in the 1930s;
a rare lithographic print of the Emancipation Proclamation, done in
1888; and a rare contemporary print of President Lincoln’s funeral
service at Columbus, Ohio, on April 29, 1865.
collection includes manuscript correspondence about Lincoln from
1880 to 1949 with such people as Illinois politician Paul Powell,
Lincoln scholar William Dodd Chenery and artist Wallace Nutting.
There are also letters from Mrs. Emma Weaver Hoge of Walnut, Ill.,
whose father, Perry A. Weaver, was present at Ford’s Theatre the
night Lincoln was assassinated.
collection also includes a near-complete run of Fay’s Springfield
newspaper column, "Lincoln Tomb Notes," a weekly
recounting of the events and people surrounding Lincoln
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was noted for his Illinois photographs — many of interest to
central Illinois and Springfield. They include a 1930s aerial view
of the Illinois State Fairgrounds, local celebrities of note and the
celebration of Mass at the new cathedral in Springfield in April
also took a series of photos while traveling in the West, and the
collection includes views of the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco
memorabilia from Illinois includes a rare 1912 statewide
presidential ballot and a broadside used by U.S. Sen. Shelby M.
Cullom for his 1912 primary race.
Fay collection includes rare newspaper imprints from the Illinois
State Chronicle, an African-American paper from Springfield; the Log
Cabin, an 1840 campaign paper for William Henry Harrison, published
by Horace Greeley; and the Chicago Evening Journal with its detailed
account of "‘About the Barb City,’ Largest Factory of its
size in the west," concerning DeKalb and its notable
donated collection includes more than 300 letters; 40 broadsides and
posters; 150 photographs and images, including some of Lincoln; more
than a dozen books and pamphlets; and more than 1,000 newspaper
Illinois State Historical Library is the state’s chief historical
and genealogical research facility. Its holdings include 175,531
books, 391,207 audiovisual materials, 86,572 reels of microfilm, and
10.4 million manuscript items contained in 6,200 collections. The
library’s 40,000-item Henry Horner Lincoln Collection features
more than 1,500 manuscripts written or signed by the 16th president.
The library is located beneath the Old State Capitol State Historic
Site in downtown Springfield.
Government News Network press release]
of Illinois pageant coming up
30, 2002] The
Miss Heart of Illinois scholarship program pageant is set for
Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts
Center in Morton.
show this year will feature Miss HOI 2001 Alyssa Gunderson
(pictured) and the Gina Kennedy Dance Company. Other performers are
Elite Force, Cathy Black and Bruce Colligan.
[Miss HOI ’01
Alyssa Gunderson is crowned by Miss HOI 2000 Bethany Von Behren of
Peoria. Jenny Powers, Miss Illinois, helps with crowning
Last year’s pageant, with the theme
"Celebrate America," won the "Best Production"
award from the Miss Illinois scholarship program.
Miss HOI program is also a two-time award winner for
"Outstanding Pageant of the Year" among Illinois’ Miss
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Miss HOI has awarded $27,900 in
scholarship dollars to area women in the past four years. It
was reborn in 1998 with a new local volunteer committee, but its
history in the greater-Peoria area dates back to the 1950s.
more information on becoming a volunteer or sponsor for Miss HOI, go
Illinois will also be home to two more Miss Illinois preliminaries,
Miss Central and Miss Prairie State. They will take place in Morton
on April 20, and contestant entries are still being accepted.
(309) 263-5950 for more information or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
HOI news release]
for the inevitable
29, 2002] Yes,
you read that right. The Logan County Local Emergency Planning
Committee, LEPC, is always preparing for the inevitable. As Director
Dan Fulscher is quick to point out, there will be natural and
man-made disasters that will occur here, and it is better to be
prepared for them.
Logan County Local Emergency Planning Committee, LEPC, had its
quarterly meeting at the Logan County Safety Complex on Wednesday,
March 20. Many decision- making members from the county, including
representatives of all local emergency services, were in attendance.
LEPC works directly with county agencies, ESDA and 911 and serves as
a collaborative agency between community leaders and rescue agencies
preparing for emergencies and disasters through regular
communications, planning and training.
meeting opened with the first in a series of training sessions on
handling emergency systems. This class, taught by Fire Chief Robert
Washam, was on how to use the
Emergency Response Guidebook.
Emergency Response Guidebook is a resource used by emergency
personnel for knowing what kind of immediate response must be taken
for any chemical spills. Five color-coded sections in the book are
cross-referenced for obtaining immediate information.
for example, if a truck overturns on the highway and is leaking some
substance. Trucks and train cars have signs telling what kind of
load they are carrying. If this sign can be read, it can be found in
the white section of the guidebook. There the sign is shown with a
number, which references the orange section. If there is no sign,
but the chemical ID number or name is known, those can be found in
the yellow and blue sections, respectively. In those sections, a
guide number is found to cross-reference to the orange section.
example, suppose the truck has a white sign reading "Poison
Gas." In the white section, this corresponds to 123. The orange
section gives instructions on how to handle the spill. The entry for
123 indicates that the substance may be fatal if inhaled or absorbed
through skin. Also, it may burn, but this is not likely.
Self-contained breathing apparatus is necessary when approaching the
spill. For evacuation, the guide says to refer to the green section
if the substance is highlighted in the yellow or blue sections. The
green section has specific evacuation instructions for small and
large spills, including an immediate evacuation radius and a
secondary evacuation distance for downwind.
unknown spills, the 111 entry gives general safety instructions,
including an initial evacuation of one-half mile.
the training, members were brought up-to-date on LEPC’s many
LEPC will begin a series of community awareness ad campaigns in the
news media. Ads will run in Lincoln Daily News, The Courier
and the Mount Pulaski weekly papers. These ads will inform the
community about LEPC and its activities. It was suggested that LEPC
do announcements and informational segments on Log-On, the local
cable station, as well.
will be setting up a household hazardous waste collection center in
the spring. More details on this will come.
Logan County Health Department announced that it has mercury spill
kits for small spills such as those from thermometers. Contact the
health office if you break a mercury thermometer.
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has begun plans for their booth at this year’s fair. Plans are
being made to share the tent with 911 and ESDA. The booth will
inform community members about the emergency response agencies.
has begun for this year’s annual emergency response training. One
possible topic is an overturned vehicle.
April 10 there will be a gas burn, showing the community how
emergency officials will handle such a crisis.
announced that it has a database allowing it to access the dispatch
records for all railroad and trucking companies that travel through
Logan County. In the event of an accident with one of these
vehicles, all information about cargo, origination and destination
can be obtained almost immediately.
responses are now online. Logan County has 19 recorded in the
National Response Center from Oct. 19, 1990, to Feb. 21, 2002.
authorities are receiving constant updates from the Homeland
Security Advisory System. E-mail updates have reported an
"elevated" level of security, which is third out of five
report was given on the most recent training in homeland security.
Two mock disasters were run in Bloomington-Normal, one which
involved the Bone Student Center at ISU being blown up, and one
which involved 17 high school students developing symptoms of a
biological terrorism attack.
state poison control center has gone to a national phone number that
transfers callers to the Illinois system. The old number still
works, but all advertising and announcements will have the new
are national stores of treatments for biological and chemical
terrorism. There are currently three local sites in the approval
stages of becoming shipping sites for these medications: Lincoln
Christian College, the Logan County Health Department and the
elections for all offices, voting delegates, committees and their chairs
took place at the meeting.
Preparations for potential flooding
presented last quarter
the December meeting, information was shared about disaster
preparations that were in place should the Clinton nuclear power
plant be attacked by terrorists. It was not the nuclear plants that
were of concern, but it was anticipated that terrorists would seek
to destroy the dams. The lake has just recently been reopened to the
public now that the threat is considered sufficiently reduced.
floodwaters released in the destruction of a dam would spread a long
way before losing their potential destructive force. Dan Fulscher
explained the pathway, timing and various degrees of magnitude
projected by experts should the Clinton dam be destroyed.
Floodwaters are always moving to lower ground, he explained. The
waters of Clinton Lake would head through Chestnut and then turn
toward Mount Pulaski and begin heading back northwest, following
Salt Creek into Logan County. Passing through the southern edge of
Lincoln the waters would have diminished damaging capacity as they
neared Middletown. The first course of action would be to save
Chestnut. All first rescue efforts would be concentrated there.
quarter’s training will be a tabletop training exercise presented
by Pat Keane, Region 7 coordinator for the Illinois Emergency
anyone interested in LEPC and its background, there is a videotape
available for borrowing.
ordinance review committee begins to define terms
29, 2002] In
its second meeting the Lincoln/Logan Regional Planning Commission
Ordinance Committee began considering a list of terms needing
definition in the county zoning ordinance. It also continued to
question the scope of its inquiry.
17-member committee was called together by regional planning
director Phil Mahler to re-examine the county zoning ordinance and
make recommendations to the county board. The ordinance went into
effect Jan. 1, 1971, and has had only two or three minor revisions.
the Feb. 28 committee meeting Mark Smith, director of economic
development, suggested that the county comprehensive land use plan,
dated December 1980, should be updated before considering zoning
changes. He said this order is logical since zoning should reflect
the comprehensive plan. In the March 28 meeting county engineer Tom
Hickman revived the issue.
said the plan is not too outdated because the county has not grown
much in the last 21 years, and the committee has no money to conduct
a review. Zoning officer Bud Miller said he thinks it is a good idea
to review the plan every five years, as was originally projected.
The question of whether to review the comprehensive land use plan
was not definitively resolved.
area of agreement, however, is that a number of terms have either
come into importance or shifted meaning since the zoning ordinance
was written and need to be defined. At the March 28 meeting in the
Logan County Highway Department building at 529 S. McLean, Miller
listed 11 terms in need of definition: "abutting
property," "adult entertainment" and "adult
entertainment facility," "animal hospital," "bed
and breakfast," "convenience store,"
"club," "manufactured home," "modular
home," "travel trailer" and "roadside
market." Lloyd Evans, administrator of the Logan County Health
Department, added three more: "boarding house,"
"nursing home" and "assisted living facility."
In addition, Miller said "dwelling" needs to be defined
more specifically, including subdivisions such as single-family
has collected zoning ordinances from a number of other counties, and
committee members plan to review the definition sections within the
next month as well as to identify other terms that need to be
Spellman, owner of Tremont Park in Lincoln, reviewed terms related
to manufactured housing. He said a "trailer" was built
before 1976, did not need to meet any building code and is probably
taxed as personal property. Manufactured housing falls into one of
two categories: A "modular home" is built to a locally
adopted code (CABO or BOCA) and when set up is normally taxed as
real estate. A "mobile home" is built to Housing and Urban
Development code standards set by federal law since 1975 and is
usually personal property but can be set up as real estate.
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a trailer rarely had more than two sections each with a maximum
floor size of 12 by 56 feet, a mobile home may have five or even
more sections, and they may be up to 16 by 76 feet. Some mobile and
modular homes look virtually identical, but modular homes are
designed to be set with their outside edge on the foundation and
mobile homes require foundation support of the undercarriage.
said zoning can legally forbid the bringing in of trailers, but the
ordinance probably must grandfather in existing trailers. He said
mobile homes probably cannot be zoned out of areas that allow
single-family residences because of federal law. They can, however,
be restricted if the same restrictions apply to site-built homes,
for example setting minimum width-to-length ratio or prohibiting
defining terms and setting policy regarding manufactured housing,
the Lincoln/Logan Regional Planning Commission Ordinance Committee
will consider other issues including the minimum size for a farm and
provisions regarding country homes. Currently, a farm must be at
least five acres, and a country home must be at least 1,300 square
feet and set on at least one acre with 100 feet of frontage.
said public hearings on proposed changes will be held as required
but probably not before Nov. 30, since no money is allotted for
hearings in the county budget for this fiscal year. The Logan County
Board must enact any changes to the zoning ordinance.
members of the committee include county board members Dave Hepler
and Terry Werth, Health Department environmental health director
Kathy Waldo, Lincoln city safety inspector Les Last, Atlanta Mayor
Bill Martin, Logan County Farm Bureau board president Kent Paulus,
Farm Bureau manager Jim Drew, East Lincoln Township road
commissioner Dale Steffens, 30-year planning commission member
Delmar Veech and Atlanta Realtor Gordon Johnson. Bill Dickerson,
district conservationist for the Natural Resource Conservation
Service, is an ex officio member.
is a year like no other. Since Sept. 11 we are a changed nation.
Individually, our daily sensitivity toward whom and what we have in
our lives has been heightened. We are more conscious and
appreciative, first about those we love and see everyday. Next, we
have a newfound appreciation for those who risk their lives every
day as rescue workers and protectors of life and property in our
communities. We also now think more about our military men and women
who are committed to serve and protect our country. Many are away
engaged in battle, some are in waiting to go, all are ready to lay
their lives on the line in defense of our freedom.
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please send the information to email@example.com.
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we prepared for terrorism
in Logan County?
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
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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