Joan calls Hopedale her hometown. She has been living in Lincoln
for about seven years now.
Hopedale High School (which no longer exists due to
consolidation), Roosevelt University of Chicago and Loyola
University of Chicago. She earned a master of arts degree in
Joan has four
daughters, four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
She says of herself
that she reads a lot
— everything from Shakespeare to detective
stories. She enjoys opera, Mozart, folk and bluegrass music. She
is a “bird nut” and feeds all the birds in her yard. She
seldom goes walking without her binoculars.
There are four
generations of her family living
— all female.
Fak, a well-known commentator in Lincoln, also works as a
restorationist and as a producer for Channel 15.
is definitely a favorite activity for him. "I have boxes of
stuff under the desk," he says. His book, "One Hour ’Til
Dawn," was published this year. His commentaries, and other
articles as well, have appeared in Lincoln Daily News since
graduated from Gordon Tech High School in Chicago and received
associate degrees in business and English from Chicago City
of Sharon and father of Timothy, he has lived in Logan County for
comments that he has "such a big mouth everyone who knows me
knows everything about me," but one of the lesser-known facts
may be that he paints landscapes as a hobby. He says he hates
being on TV but loves to talk to large groups in person. He also
likes bragging about and having debates with his son, "who at
16 is getting much better at winning."
Frank, a 10-year resident of Logan County, is working as a
photographer for Lincoln Daily News and assisting in the
graduated from high school in North Chicago and has attended
Pensacola Junior College, University of West Florida and Lincoln
started taking pictures for the school paper in high school and
has had several photos win awards, including best of show.
worked 10 years as a television news photographer and got to meet
"a lot of very interesting people." He indicates that
the highlight was being able to go to both the Republican and
Democratic conventions in 1988. He says, "At the Democratic
convention, we were able to interview a little-known governor from
Arkansas, Bill Clinton, and his wife."
and his wife, Cheryl, have five children and three grandchildren
photography, his interests include ’60s music, playing on the
computer and a collection of ceramic bears. Also, he has two
retired greyhounds and enjoys taking them to "meet-and-greets to let people know and meet the dogs and find out
what a wonderful dog they are to have as pets."
Fulton has worked in Logan County for 18 years. He is currently
the unit leader with the University of Illinois Extension. Prior
to that he was the agriculture adviser for Logan County with the
University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service.
and his wife, Sherry, have three sons, Andrew, David and Daniel 9.
graduated from high school in St. Charles, received his
bachelor’s degree in ag science from Western Illinois University
in 1979 and his master’s degree in agronomy from the University
of Illinois in 1986.
favorite pastimes are working around the family’s small-scale
farm, hunting and fishing.
was born in Oceanside, Calif. He grew up in nearby Escondido
before moving up the coast to Sunnyvale. He graduated from high
school far from the West Coast, in Mount Vernon, Mo. He has been
living for the last 14-plus years in Logan County.
is married to Melinda (Byers) and currently is employed as
director of partnership at Lincoln Christian College and Seminary.
attended college at both Lincoln Christian College and Southwest
Missouri State University. He has also done graduate work at
Lincoln Christian Seminary and the University of Illinois.
enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife. His passions are
evangelism and preaching. He also reads, watches movies, drives a
few golf balls and is known to attend as many major sporting
events as humanly possible. But if the truth were known, the pride
of his life is his young son, Payne.
Sam grew up in
Towanda and currently lives with his wife, Jane, in
Lincoln. Jane is a teacher at Washington-Monroe school. Together
they have four children and three grandchildren.
Sam is a graduate
of Normal Community High School and earned his B.S. in history,
his M.S. in psychology and his Ed.D in educational administration
from ISU. He also earned an M.A. in English from U.I.S.
He is the executive
director of Academic Development Institute in Lincoln and in his
spare time is an avid reader, playing a little golf. He dabbles in
Seggelke is a pre-press designer for Key Printing.
Ryan was born and raised here in Lincoln, where he currently
resides. He is quoted as having no spouse or children, but shares
his home with a pet canary named Peep.
graduated from Lincoln Community High School and later received a
degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois.
plays guitar, reads and is interested in shopping and traveling.
His favorite food is "Chunky Monkey" ice cream. He is,
curiously, both a night person and a morning person, requiring
occasional daytime naps.
Seggelke, founder, sports
Seggelke, an LDN partner, was born in Lincoln on July 25, 1948. He
graduated from LCHS in 1966 and from Lincoln Christian College in
1970. He is married to Rita, who is a supervisor in the
Springfield office of Department of Children and Family Services.
They have four children.
is the owner of Key Printing in Lincoln. He and Rita attend
Lincoln Christian Church.
claim to fame is that, although he was very young at the time, he
once shook hands with President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Sennett, technician, writer
Sennett is assisting at LDN while she completes work toward a
bachelor’s degree in English at Illinois State University in
Normal. Her minors are in Spanish and religion.
began her college studies at McNeese State University in Lake
Charles, La., and moved to Lincoln in July 2001 with her parents,
James and Tara Sennett. Her parents work at
Lincoln Christian College.
is engaged to Matthew Mevis, who works for the city wastewater
department in Lake Charles, La.
favorite activities include reading, singing, dancing, playing the
guitar, surfing the Web, writing poetry, hanging out in coffee
shops and eating sushi.
is also highly involved in Amtgard, a live action role-playing
organization based in Texas.
favorite authors right now are Chuck Palhaniuk and Barbara
Kingsolver. Her favorite poets are her friend Mary from Lake
Charles, and Andy and Bakeem from Las Vegas.
she loves “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
has a site at www.livejournal.com
under username “geenerswh.” She says, “You can sometimes
read my poetry there when I am inspired to share it.”
Shearer Spellman, writer
Shearer Spellman currently writes articles on assignment for Lincoln
Daily News. She is retired from Lincoln College and
occasionally edits books for local authors.
graduated from Toulon Community High School and received her
bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the field of English from
the University of Illinois in Urbana. She has lived in Lincoln for
is married to Henry A. (Hank) Spellman and has two sons, Ed and
Charlie. Ed and his family live in Bedford, Ind., and Charlie in
Phoenix, Ariz. Both sons and the daughter-in-law are engineers.
Spellmans have a cat, Ivan.
enjoys reading, attending plays and being a grandma. She also
likes traveling and once celebrated a birthday in the Republic of
Taylor, sports writer
Taylor, assistant director of admissions at Lincoln Christian
College, likes to watch the Cubs and the Illini. His reports on
Illini games are posted for LDN readers.
graduated from Champaign Centennial High School, earned a bachelor’s
degree from LCC, and is currently working on a master’s degree
at Lincoln Christian Seminary.
enjoys spending family time with his wife, Marla, and their two
children: Jordan and Peyton. They have a golden retriever
watching sports, Greg likes to read and also spends about eight to
10 days each year fishing in Canada.
Youngquist, managing editor
moved to Lincoln 18 years ago and currently serves as managing
editor for Lincoln Daily News, RMA manager for Computer
Consulting Associates and as a tutor at Lincoln College.
her husband, Jim, have a daughter, Trisha, in college in Missouri. The
Younquists share their home with Bob, the cat.
graduated from Streator Township High School and has studied at
Joliet Junior College (horticulture), Lincoln Christian College,
Lincoln College (pre-nursing), and Millikin University (nursing).
likes variety in life and a sense of adventure. She enjoys playing
with the cat, gardening, reading (novels and gardening
stuff), movies, listening to books on tape while driving or
floating in the pool, traveling in the U.S., walking through parks
and wilderness, and camping. She also lists worship on Sundays
not as a pastime, but a necessary time.
far as dislikes are concerned, there’s coconut. And she takes
mice caught on sticky traps and sets them free in the country.
Youngquist, founder, CEO
Jim Youngquist grew
up in Joliet and moved to Lincoln in 1984 with his
family to attend Lincoln Christian College. He attended Joliet
West High School and Joliet Junior College, where he majored in
horticulture. Jim was a preaching major at LCC.
He lives quietly in
Lincoln with his wife, Jan, and Bob, the cat. Jim and Jan have a
daughter, Trisha, who is currently a junior in college.
Jim says that his
hobbies are computers, collecting clocks and tropical fish, but
his favorite pastime is actually teaching Sunday School at
Eastview Christian Church in Bloomington.
Youngquist of Lincoln is a student and, during breaks from school, an LDN
office assistant and substitute for others on the staff.
graduated from the Illinois Math and Science Academy in 1998,
studied for two years at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in
Virginia and graduated from
Truman State University in Missouri in 2002 with a double major in
Russian and physics.
She enjoys swimming, embroidery, reading,
watching movies, biking, traveling and sitting around drinking
coffee. In addition, she does a great Animal (from the Muppets)