President calls for an immediate
political settlement in Mideast

[APRIL 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 children’s lives

He clearly stated, "Terrorism must be stopped. There is no way to make peace with those whose only goal is death."

In Israel’s defense he said, "Israel has the right to exist." Israel has recognized the right of a Palestinian state.

Addressing the nations, the president reiterated that every one must choose to side with civilization or terrorists. "Middle East authorities must also choose."

President Bush said Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat must choose. He has missed his opportunities. Attacks are only a temporary measure.

To 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."

"To all who oppose peace process and seek the destruction Israel: Israel has the right to exist! Accept them as a nation."

Palestinian 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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Israel 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.

"America 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.

He declared that Syria must decide which side of the conflict it is on.

And finally he announced that he is sending U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to the area next week to implement an immediate ceasefire.

He concluded by saying, "The Middle East could have free trade, economic development and democracy. This will only come in an atmosphere of peace."

[Jan Youngquist]

Lincoln named Tree City USA

[APRIL 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.

The 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 in Springfield.

Attending 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.


[Photos by Joan Crabb]

[Donnie 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.]

The 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.

The 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.



"Trees help clean our air and water, moderate heat and cold, and bring warmth and grace to our homes," the letter said.

Alderman 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.

To 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.

The 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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Armbrust 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.



Mayor Davis said the biggest "thank you" should go to Donnie Osborne and his staff.

"Don 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."

Osborne, 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

"An urban forest is a valuable and beautiful asset," Osborne said. "We all take it for granted, but maintaining it is a never-ending job."

Keeping 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.

Osborne 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 Lincoln.]

[Joan Crabb]


For more information on Tree City USA, see

Legislators urge Gov. Ryan
to stop LDC moves

[APRIL 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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 situation."


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Other 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 residents.

A 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.

The complete letter appears below.

[Joan Crabb]



April 1, 2002

The Honorable George Ryan

Governor – State of Illinois

Room 207 – State Capitol

Springfield, IL 62706

Dear Governor Ryan:

As 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.

Our 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.

You 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.


Larry K. Bomke

Walter Dudycz

Adeline J. Geo-Karis

State Senator

State Senator

State Senator

50th District

7th District

31st District

John Maitland

Judy Myers

Duane Noland

State Senator

State Senator

State Senator

44th District

53rd District

51st District

Patrick J. O’Malley

Claude U. Stone

Thomas J, Walsh

State Senator

State Senator

State Senator

18th District

45th District

22nd District

Annazette Collins

Maggie Crotty

Mary Flowers

State Representative

State Representative

State Representative

10th District

35th District

21st District

Gwenn Klingler

Lou Lang

Bill Mitchell

State Representative

State Representative

State Representative

100th District

16th District

102nd District

Mary K. O’Brien

Bob Ryan

Jonathan Wright

State Representative

State Representative

State Representative

75th District

79th District

90th District

Know where you are

Emergency cell phone use

[APRIL 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."

In 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 been achieved.

To 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."

Cell 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.

It 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.

It 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.

OK, so what is the problem today?

"E911 is what America thinks is available nationwide. It is not," Fulscher says.

Callers 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.

The dilemma

The 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 location.

(For those who may be wondering, cordless phones are considered land-based.)

When 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.

What we are about to tell you could simply save your life or aid someone in an emergency

Tips for calling 911 from a cell phone:

1.  When using cell 911, look at your surroundings as you are traveling; periodically check road coordinates, route signs and towns just passed.


[Photos by Bob Frank]

2.  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.

3.  Leave your cell phone on after making a call.

4.  Do not make other calls, in case dispatch needs to call you back for more information or clarification.


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Please 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.

Many 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."


Keep 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.

Tips from the driving pros

James 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:

1.  Major highway arteries: i.e., I-55 and Route 136.

2.  Mile marker numbers

3.  Exit numbers

4.  Proximity to towns: north, south, east or west

5.  Direction of travel

6.  Landmarks

7.  Other tangible information


Giving directions

Use 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.

Example: 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 the tracks.

The future of cell phone E911

While 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 systems.

At 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.

At 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 future.

While 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 system.

"It 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 emergency calls."

[Jan Youngquist]

City budget cut will raise water bills

[APRIL 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Three 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.

Now, 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.

"We looked everywhere possible for dollars before we decided we had to do this," Fuhrer said.

Other 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.

Even 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.

In 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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Mayor 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.

Two members of the city’s historic preservation commission, chair Betty York and member Georgia Vinson, attended the council meeting.

The 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.    

[Joan Crabb]

Sixteen-year-old loses life in accident

[APRIL 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 121-Limit Street.

The 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.

The 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.

Daniel Logan is the son of the local county board chairman, Dick Logan.

[Gina Sennett]

[See obituary]

Truck theft

[APRIL 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.

Johnson 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.

Though 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 their vehicles.

If anyone has any information concerning the recent vehicle thefts, please contact Detective John Bunner at the Lincoln City Police Department, 732-2151. 

[Gina Sennett]


Corrections officials claim
system can handle budget cuts

[APRIL 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.

Corrections 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.

"Our 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.

"Cell 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.

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 conditions.

Closing 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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Earlier, 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 was 1-to-4.43.

"We 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.

Corrections 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.

"In 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.

[Illinois Department of Corrections news release]

Labor board issues complaint against governor over AFSCME negotiation

[MARCH 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 unions contract. "Were very pleased that in every single instance in which weve 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 unions 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," said Newman.

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 states budget crisis and has helped develop, and has advocated for, a range of alternatives to furloughs and layoffs.

The governors 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 preserve jobs.

[AFSCME Council 31]

Former Lincoln Tomb manager’s collection donated to Illinois
State Historical Library

[MARCH 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.

"This 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 complete.

Fay 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 Lincoln items.

Fay was also an accomplished and well-traveled photographer, and his images feature many one-of-a-kind views of historic buildings and events.

Fay’s 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.

The 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.

The 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 Tomb.


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Fay 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 1929.

Fay also took a series of photos while traveling in the West, and the collection includes views of the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Political 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.

The 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 businessmen.

The 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 clippings.

The 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.

[Illinois Government News Network press release]

Miss Heart of Illinois pageant coming up

[MARCH 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. 

The 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 duties.]

Last year’s pageant, with the theme "Celebrate America," won the "Best Production" award from the Miss Illinois scholarship program.

The Miss HOI program is also a two-time award winner for "Outstanding Pageant of the Year" among Illinois’ Miss America preliminaries. 


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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.

For more information on becoming a volunteer or sponsor for Miss HOI, go to

Central 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.

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LEPC, always preparing
for the inevitable

[MARCH 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.

The 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.

ERG training

The 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.


Take, 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.

For 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.

For unknown spills, the 111 entry gives general safety instructions, including an initial evacuation of one-half mile.

After the training, members were brought up-to-date on LEPC’s many activities.

Shortly, 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.

LEPC will be setting up a household hazardous waste collection center in the spring. More details on this will come.

The 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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LEPC 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.

Planning has begun for this year’s annual emergency response training. One possible topic is an overturned vehicle.

On April 10 there will be a gas burn, showing the community how emergency officials will handle such a crisis.

ESDA 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.

Hazmat responses are now online. Logan County has 19 recorded in the National Response Center from Oct. 19, 1990, to Feb. 21, 2002.

Local 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 security levels.

A 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.

The 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 number.

There 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 fairgrounds.

Finally, elections for all offices, voting delegates, committees and their chairs took place at the meeting.

Preparations for potential flooding presented last quarter

At 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.

The 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.

Next quarter’s training will be a tabletop training exercise presented by Pat Keane, Region 7 coordinator for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

For anyone interested in LEPC and its background, there is a videotape available for borrowing.

[Gina Sennett]

Zoning ordinance review committee begins to define terms

[MARCH 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.

The 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.

In 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.

Mahler 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.

One 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 dwelling.

Miller 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 included.

Henry 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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Whereas 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.

Spellman 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 metal roofs.

Besides 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.

Mahler 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.

Other 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.

[Lynn Shearer Spellman]

Military addresses sought

It 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.

Lincoln Daily News is seeking the names and addresses, including e-mail addresses, of friends and relatives who are serving in the armed forces. They need not be from here in Logan County. If you know someone serving, please send the information to A complete list will be made available and kept updated through the site so we might all hold them in our thoughts, prayers and well wishes.

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Are we prepared for terrorism
in Logan County?

It’s on the radio, TV, in all the media. You hear it in the office, on the street and maybe at home — threats of terrorism. America is on high alert. Here in central Illinois, away from any supposed practical target areas, perhaps we feel a little less threatened, but we are still concerned. So how concerned should we be, and how prepared are we for the types of situations that could occur?

Whether 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.

Here 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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America strikes back

As 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 only terrorists.

More than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East have pledged their cooperation and support the U.S. initiative.

Online news links

Other countries









Saudi Arabia 


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United States


New York

Stars and Stripes
(serving the U.S. military community) 

Washington, D.C.


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