LDC update: hearings continue

[JAN. 10, 2002]  More than a hundred miles apart, hearings concerning the fate of Lincoln Developmental Center are being held today.

Michael Bradley, an administrative law judge for the Department of Public Aid, will continue to hear testimony concerning the complaints of misconduct by LDC employees.  These hearings are taking place in the Department’s Chicago office.

Also, the Disabled Community and the Mental Health and Patient Abuse committees of the State House of Representatives heard testimony at 8:30 this morning concerning the “Quality Care of the Developmentally Disabled of Illinois: Lincoln Developmental Center.”

A support rally for LDC hosted by AFSCME Local 425 will be held this Saturday at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of Lincoln Community High School.

[Gina Sennett]

(See press release below for Lincoln rally information.)

Bomke testifies for LDC

[JAN. 10, 2002]  Springfield – Senator Larry Bomke and a crowd of Lincoln Developmental Center (LDC) supporters addressed a joint meeting of the House Disabled Community and Mental Health and Patient Abuse committees. Bomke (R-Springfield) spoke about the need to keep LDC open, citing not only the economic benefits to Lincoln, but also the requests from parents and families to keep the facility open. According to Bomke, the families of LDC residents who contacted him have positive experiences with the facility and want it to remain open so their loved ones will continue to receive quality care.

[News release]

Rally in Support of Lincoln Developmental Center

[JAN. 10, 2002]  We all know how important Lincoln Developmental Center is to the Lincoln community. It is a facility that provides quality care for people with developmental disabilities. Over the years, many people in the community have dedicated their work lives to this important care, while those receiving the care have become part of the Lincoln community.

Now this facility is being threatened with closure and those who live there are threatened with being moved to other facilities that their families have much less confidence in. This closure would also have a devastating impact on our community, causing widespread unemployment. We ask you to join us in a rally to express support for Lincoln Developmental Center. Gov. Ryan and other state officials need to understand just how valued LDC is by the Lincoln community. Come help us make that clear.

The rally will be at 10 a.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.) on Saturday, Jan. 12 in the auditorium at Lincoln Community High School.


[AFSCME Local 425 and LDC employees news release]

Governor Ryan restores $24 million in Medicaid funding for safety net hospitals

[JAN. 9, 2002]  SPRINGFIELD – Governor George H. Ryan today restored more than $24 million dollars in Medicaid funding for the state’s safety net hospitals that serve high volumes of Medicaid patients or for the critical rural hospitals providing Medicaid services in their community.

“These hospitals are important because of the medical services they provide to a large number of low income and disabled persons in Illinois,” Gov. Ryan said. “We have heard and understand their concerns and are providing them with some relief in fiscal year 2002 from the budget cuts announced in late November.

"My administration always had this as a priority. Unfortunately, we were faced with unprecedented and unexpected shortfalls due to the events of September 11 and a national economic downturn. We realized these hospitals serve a vital need to these communities and that is why we've worked hard to restore these funds."

Over the past three years, increases in social services have included doubling the funding for the CHIP program, providing health care coverage for those unable to buy private coverage; providing a five-fold increase to nearly $10 million for Healthy Families Illinois, a network of community based programs to assist at-risk new parents and prevent child abuse and neglect; and increasing medical assistance to the poor by 30 percent, providing $300 million in additional Medicaid services for 93,000 elderly, blind or disabled citizens.

During a meeting in Springfield, Ryan told hospital executives from the state’s safety net hospitals that he would restore a total of $24 million in Medicaid payments, including all of the Critical Hospital Adjustment Payments for rural hospitals.  



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Woody Hester, president and CEO of ALMH when asked for a statement commented, "We are delighted to hear the news and applaud the governor's actions, but we have not heard all the details."

The Governor will also restore between 55 percent and 66 percent of the total rate cuts for 39 inner city hospitals across the state.

“The budget problem in this state is real,” Ryan said. “Today’s action to restore significant funding to these hospitals should not be taken as a sign that we can somehow balance the state budget without making difficult and painful cuts. We must now move on to the fiscal year 2003 budget."

Ryan reminded the hospital executives that, during the fall veto session, he asked the General Assembly to pass the legislation necessary to spread the nearly $500 million in budget cuts more fairly. Because legislators adjourned without taking action, the governor announced $485 million in cuts that could be made administratively, including $114 million in cuts to hospitals providing Medicaid services. “My administration has maintained a strong commitment to provide healthcare for poor and disabled citizens in our state,” Ryan said. “That commitment has not wavered, despite the need to balance the budget.“  

Central Illinois hospitals will have vastly varying sums restored. Eureka Community hospital operated by Bromenn Healthcare will only see a check for $127 while OSF Saint James Hospital in Pontiac will receive $92,224. Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is slated to receive $12,190 of the restored funds.

The bottom line locally is still a hard-hitting loss. With the original proposal by Governor Ryan, ALMH's share of Medicaid reimbursements was cut by $172,000 per year. With the restoration, ALMH will still be losing $160,000 per year in reimbursements from Medicaid. For every dollar they spend to treat a Medicaid patient, ALMH will only receive 7.9 cents back in reimbursement.

[News release]

Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Thursday, Jan. 10

10th day of the year


“These are the times that try men’s souls.” — Thomas Paine

“Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.” — Sinclair Lewis

“Anybody who has any doubt about the ingenuity or the resourcefulness of a plumber never got a bill from one.” — George Meany


18-- — Frank James, outlaw, brother of Jesse

1864 — George Washington Carver, agricultural scientist

1883 — Aleksei Tolstoi, Russian poet and writer (“Pjotr Peroyj”)

1898 — Sergei M. Eisenstein, Russian director (“Alexandr Nevski”)

1938 — Willie "Stretch" McCovey, first baseman (San Francisco Giant #44)

1942 — Jim Croce, Philadelphia, rock vocalist (“Time in a Bottle”)

1949 — George Foreman, Houston, Texas, world heavyweight boxing champ


B.C. — Julius Caesar crosses Rubicon, invades Italy

1429 — Order of Golden Fleece established in Austria-Hungary and Spain

1776 — “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine published

1810 — French church annuls marriage of Napoleon I and Josephine

1862 — Samuel Colt, inventor of six-shot revolver, dies at 47

1863 — First underground railway opens in London

1901 — Oil discovered in Texas

1917 — Buffalo Bill Cody, Army scout and Indian fighter, dies at 65

1920 — League of Nations established

1928 — Soviet Union orders exile of Leon Trotsky

1943 — Russian offensive against German 6th and 4th Armies near Stalingrad

1946 — U.N. General Assembly meets for first time (London)

1951 — First passenger jet trip made

1951 — Harry Sinclair Lewis, U.S. writer (Nobel Prize, 1930), dies at 65

1961 — Dashiell Hammett, U.S. detective writer (“Thin Man”), dies at 66

1978 — John D. Rockefeller III, U.S. billionaire philanthropist, dies at 71

1980 — George Meany, labor leader, dies at 86


In Chicago, Public Aid administrative law judge hears LDC problems

[JAN. 9, 2002]  Tuesday saw the first of a series of hearings led by the Departments of Public Aid and Public Health concerning the Lincoln Developmental Center. The hearings are being conducted in the Public Aid Chicago office, and are to consider the allegations of inappropriate behavior by certain LDC employees and to determine the center’s responsibility and fate.

Martin Feldman is the attorney for the Department of Public Aid. His case is based on two accounts of LDC patients requiring surgery after their disabilities led them to swallow inedible objects and another report of one employee who attempted to choke a patient with a sheet. He says that the center did not adequately care for and protect these patients. The employee had not declared previous work experience with the Department of Mental Health because he had signed a covenant saying he would never again work for that department.

Michael Scotti represents LDC and the Department of Human Services. He says that since the employee lied on his application, it was not the fault of the center. Concerning the swallowed objects, he again claimed that misconduct by “rogue” employees is not the fault of LDC.

The hearings are expected to continue over the next few weeks. Public Aid administrative law judge Michael Bradley said he does not expect to make a ruling until sometime next month.

[Gina Sennett]

Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Wednesday, Jan. 9

9th day of the year


“Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.” — Richard M. Nixon

“Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.” — Gen. Douglas MacArthur


 1728 — Thomas Warton, poet laureate of England

1870 — Joseph B. Strauss, civil engineer and builder (Golden Gate Bridge)

1901 — Chic Young, cartoonist (Blondie)

1913 — Richard Milhous Nixon, (R) 37th president (1968-74)

1915 — Les Paul, guitarist and inventor (Les Paul)

1934 — Bart Starr, NFL quarterback and coach (Green Bay)

1941 — Joan Baez, Staten Island, folk singer and human rights advocate

1944 — Jimmy Page, London, rock guitarist (Led Zeppelin, “Stairway to Heaven”)


1570 — Tsar Ivan the Terrible kills 1,000-2,000 residents of Novgorod

1861 — First hostile act of Civil War, Star of West fired on Sumter, S.C.

1878 — Victor Emmanuel II, king of Sard (1849-61) and Italy (1861-78), dies at 57

1903 — Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchase American League Baltimore franchise

for $18,000 and move it to New York City (Yankees)

1905 — Bloody Sunday; demonstrators fired on by tsarist troops

1939 — Johann Strauss, Austrian conductor and Royal ball director, dies at 72

1945 — U.S. soldiers led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur invade Philippines

1956 — Abigail Van Buren’s “Dear Abby” column first appears in newspapers

Union lawsuit seeks to stop LDC closure

[JAN. 8, 2002]  Monday saw a new step in the fight against Lincoln Developmental Center’s closing.  The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) filed a lawsuit in the Logan County Circuit Court in Lincoln to keep Gov. George Ryan from closing LDC.

The suit filed by AFSCME Council 31, which represents the nearly 700 LDC employees, gives two reasons why Gov. Ryan cannot legally close the center.  The first part of the suit asserts that, since the Illinois General Assembly appropriated funding for LDC for the entire fiscal year, then the center cannot be closed until June 30, when the budget officially expires.  The second part of the suit asserts that no health care facility can be closed without a permit from the State Health Facilities Planning Board because the closing would mean a change in state-provided health care.


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“The purpose of our lawsuit,” states AFSCME Regional Director Kent Beauchamp, “is to block the unilateral action that the Governor is threatening to take to close this facility, an action which we believe to be illegal.  It is also intended to give the General Assembly time to reaffirm its commitment to LDC by once again adopting a budget—this time for the upcoming fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2002—that includes full funding for this facility.”

A press conference was held by the plaintiffs to announce their suit.  Plaintiffs consist of AFSCME (represented by Kent Beauchamp and local president Don Todd), Sen. Larry Bomke (R-Springfield) and Eleanor and Norlan Newmister (parents of an LDC resident).



City council report

[JAN. 8, 2002]  At Monday night’s largely routine Lincoln City Council meeting, the announcements overshadowed the votes.

First, Mayor Beth Davis announced a rally in support of Lincoln Developmental Center at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12. AFCSME is sponsoring the rally at the Lincoln Community High School auditorium. Davis also noted that two hearings on LDC are scheduled for this week, one in Chicago on Tuesday, Jan. 8 and an Illinois Senate hearing on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Second, the Lincoln Sewage Treatment Plant has been chosen to receive the 2001 George W. Burke Safety Award. Plant Manager Grant Eaton said this is an unusual honor, awarded to only one person or group in the state of Illinois per year. Presentation of the Burke Safety Award will be made in the spring.

Mayor Davis announced two free workshops to guide participants in researching the history of homes and other buildings. The workshops, sponsored by the Lincoln Historic Preservation of Homes and Structures Commission, will be conducted Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Public Library.

Also at the city council meeting, the mayor and her department heads submitted their six-month reports. In Davis’s case, it was actually a nine-month report. She claimed three commissions established during her nine-month tenure: the Lincoln Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities, Minorities, Seniors, Veterans and Youth; the historic preservation commission and the Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission to plan the Aug. 27, 2003 celebration of the city’s 150th anniversary.

Receipt of a $28,900 grant to be used for a youth violence prevention program conducted through the schools was a key point in Police Chief Rich Montcalm’s police department report. He also emphasized formation of the 16-member emergency response team equipped with infrared rifles and protective gear. Montcalm said the team was implemented in a couple of drug busts where the situations were judged to be dangerous. After police obtain a warrant, the procedure calls for the emergency response team to secure the building before the arresting officers enter.


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Fire Department Chief Bucky Washam reported work on systematizing the training program and the procedures manual. He said the six firefighters who toured Ground Zero in New York and attended ceremonies there paid their own expenses for the four-day trip. City Engineer Mark Mathon said he is pursuing grants for the sewage treatment plant upgrade. Work on Union Street is finished. The Primm Road and Wyatt Avenue project is done except for some black dirt to be added, leveled and landscaped in the spring. Bids for resurfacing North Kickapoo from Keokuk to Lincoln Parkway will be let in April for work to be done in the summer of 2002.

Zoning Officer Les Last said that he is trying to speed follow-up on reports of nuisances and building violations. Two volunteers help to report the property violations.

The street department is planning to upgrade downtown sidewalks, ramps and business entrances. Mayor Beth Davis is seeking disabilities funding for part of the project.

City Attorney Bill Bates said that, at the direction of the Streets and Alleys and Finance committees, he is modifying the Illinois Municipal League policy on employee drug and alcohol testing to create a zero tolerance policy. That is, employees may be fired after one positive drug test. Samples taken are split, however, and an employee can ask for a second test using the other part of the sample. If the second test does not support the first, the positive test is cancelled, and the employee does not have to pay for the re-test. The council has not yet voted on the policy.

Union contracts for city fire, police and streets and alleys employees expire May 1. Bates asked committee members to prepare recommended contract changes to take to the bargaining table.

Votes taken during the meeting were routine acceptance of reports and bills.


[Lynn Shearer Spellman]

Police release sketch of bank robbery suspect 

[JAN. 8, 2002]   



Police have released a sketch of the bank robbery suspect (shown here, left). 


No further details have been released about the brazen daytime robber who hit the Sangamon Street branch of the State Bank of Lincoln on Friday, Dec. 28.

Part 6

A year in review

World and national events hit home big in 2001 as
everyday challenges and victories unfolded and prevailed

[JAN. 8, 2002]  For the people in Logan County, like those everywhere else in the nation, the defining event of the year 2001 was Sept. 11. Logan County’s response to the tragedy was not one of hate and fear, but instead a message of hope and healing. Many gathered on the courthouse lawn on Sept. 14 to honor the New York rescue workers who gave their lives to save the lives of others as well as to honor their own police officers, firefighters and rescue workers. Many also contributed to the fund-raising effort by county emergency workers to help the families of the New York fire, police and rescue personnel who died at the World Trade Center. And many found a new definition of hero — not an entertainer with a multimillion-dollar salary, but a man or woman, maybe one who lives next door, doing a job that needs to be done to help others.

However, other news also happened in Logan County throughout this unforgettable year. Here is our roundup of some of the more important and interesting local matters.

[Click here for a review of local events in January and February 2001]

[Click here for March and April events]

[Click here for May and June events]

[Click here for July events]

[Click here for August and September events]

[Click here for October and November events]


With an average temperature of 46.5 F, the Midwest experienced its warmest November on the climate record, which dates back to 1895, shattering the 1931 record by 1.5 degrees, according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center located at the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign. Four states set records for highest monthly average temperatures: Iowa (47.3), Michigan (43.7), Wisconsin (42.9), and Minnesota (40.8).

It was also the third warmest November in Illinois (49.4), Indiana (49.0), and Ohio (47.8); fourth warmest in Missouri (50.7); and fifth warmest in Kentucky (51.5).

Three-year Main Street Lincoln Director Wendy Bell announced that she will leave the Lincoln program in January, 2002, to accept a position with the state of Illinois Main Street program as program associate. Some of the highlights of her leadership have included the restoration of Scully Park, the completed mural on the back of the Neal Tire building, the restoration of the sculpture of the Indian Maiden and the first official City of Lincoln Christmas Ornaments, now in its third year as a collectible series.

Jonathan Wright, R-Hartsburg, announced that he would not run for a seat in the Illinois House of Representative next term. Wright could have run in either the 87th or the 100th District. He lives in what will be the 87th District, but because the 100th District in the new Democratic-drawn legislative map contains part of the current 90th District, he was eligible to run there as well. Wright said his conservative philosophy will be represented in the 87th district by incumbent Bill Mitchell, R-Forsythe, and in the 100th District by Rich Brauer, a newcomer from Petersburg. Brauer challenges incumbent Gwenn Klingler in the March 19 Republican primary election. Wright was appointed last summer to fill the unexpired term of John Turner of Atlanta, who accepted a seat on the Illinois Appellate Court.

All but one of the six new Logan County Board districts will have contests in the March 19 Republican primary. Four Republicans vie for the opportunity to challenge incumbent Sheriff Tony Solomon. The close of filing on Dec. 17 also showed two Republican candidates in both the regional superintendent of schools and District 100 General Assembly races.

Republicans James J. Pinney, Henry Bartman, Robert J. Brandt and Steven G. Nichols will oppose Sheriff Tony Solomon, a Democrat, in November. In the new General Assembly District 100, which includes Lincoln and southwestern Logan County, Gwenn Klingler of Springfield and Rich Brauer are the two Republican candidates. Vying for regional superintendent of schools in Logan, Mason and Menard counties are Jean R. Anderson of Lincoln and Robert P. Turk of Topeka. Incumbent George Janet has announced his retirement.

In countywide races, County Clerk Sally Litterly and Treasurer Mary Bruns, both Republicans, face no opposition in either party. Neither does Bill Mitchell, a Republican from Forsyth, running in General Assembly District 87, which includes the majority of Logan County. 


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For the county board, which will elect representatives by districts rather than at-large, six districts of approximately equal population have been created. Each will elect two board members. Candidates include 20 Republicans and one Democrat. In District 5, the four candidates include three current board members: Jim Griffin, Clifford "Sonny" Sullivan and Dale A. Voyles. Opposing them for the GOP slots is Patrick L. O’Neill. In District 6, there are three candidates for the two seats, all Republicans: incumbent Paul E. Gleason plus William "Mitch" Brown and Veronica Board Hasprey. In District 3, incumbents Tom Cash and Gloria Luster, both appointed in 2001 to fill vacancies, will compete with John L. Stewart for the two Republican slots. Democrat Harold G. Dingman will be the Democratic opponent in the November general election. The District 4 field of Republican candidates includes incumbents Terry "TW" Werth and David R. Hepler and challengers Stephan A. Mesner and Julia Pegram Gerardot. In District 2, incumbents Richard E. "Dick" Logan and Roger W. Bock face Scott E. Doerr and Robert D. Farmer in the Republican primary. District 1 has no contest, with only Republicans Charles E. Ruben and incumbent Lloyd Hellman filing. Two of the current 13 Logan County Board members are retiring at the end of their current term, Finance Committee Chairman Rod White and Law Enforcement and ESDA Chairman Doug Dutz.

The Lincoln City Council passed an ordinance that will put new sewer rates into effect as of Jan. 1, 2002. The two-step plan will raise rates for city residents from $11 a month to $14 a month for the first 18 months. After 18 months, unless the city gets additional money for the $9.8 million sewer plant upgrade, fees will go up to $16.39 a month. Commercial, industrial and institutional rates will also rise under a complicated formula that will increase fees considerably for many.

Both the City Council and the Logan County Board agreed to extend the present enterprise zone along I-55 to Elkhart, to the new power plant that will be built by Corn Belt energy. Corn Belt officials said that not only will the plant bring new jobs to the area, it may also open new possibilities for using Illinois coal. The environmentally friendly concept plant will use a new low-emission boiler system to reduce nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming, and scrubbers to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions. If the plant succeeds in reducing emissions as expected, it will give utilities a new way to burn Illinois coal and still meet strict clean-air standards, and Illinois may once again begin using its huge coal reserves, Corn Belt officials said.

Among the heartwarming Christmas stories, for the second year in a row Erv Guyett, owner of Collision Concepts, gave a car to a local person who truly needed one. Susan Cotton, who had been walking to her new job every day, got a 1990 Buick Century. The car had been repaired with about $1,000 worth of parts donated by Graue Motors.  Carroll Catholic School won the $5,000 in the Ho Ho Dough drawing, thanks to parents and friends who donated tickets. Principal Mrs. Mahler held the winning ticket.

In a daring daylight robbery at State Bank of Lincoln’s Sangamon Street location, a lone felon advised a bank teller that he had a gun in his pocket and demanded she empty her cash drawer just before closing time. The man, described only as tall and thin, never produced a weapon during the brief robbery. The bank employee was able to trigger a silent alarm, but the man had fled before Lincoln Police could get there.

By the end of the year, the threatened closure of Lincoln Developmental Center had not yet occurred, with Gov. Ryan saying he would make up his mind sometime in January. Parents of the residents continued to meet and to urge Ryan to keep the facility open, saying it is a good home for their loved ones. State Rep. Jonathan Wright, U. S. Rep. Ray LaHood, other politicians and area business and civic leaders have supported keeping LDC open. Signs saying “We support LDC” have sprung up in many Lincoln yards. Ryan has moved more than 100 residents to other facilities to increase the staff-resident ratio and sent a 27-man team of inspectors to assess whether LDC is meeting state and federal health and safety guidelines. Although state officials said LDC is still out of compliance in some areas, the $17 million federal funding was restored at the end of December, giving some hope to those in the area that the more than 100-year-old institution still has a future in Lincoln.


[Joan Crabb]

Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Tuesday, Jan. 8

8th day of the year


"If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason — for then we would know the mind of God." — Stephen Hawking

"Israel is still the only country in the world against which there is a written document to the effect that it must disappear." — Menachem Begin


1862 — Frank Nelson Doubleday, publisher, founder of Doubleday & Co.

1891 — Bronislava Nijinska, ballet choreographer

19-- — Fernand Petiot, bartender at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, created the Bloody Mary

19-- — Hans Von Bulow, murder suspect (Sunny Von Bulow)

1902 — Georgy M. Malenkov, Stalin’s successor as head of CPSU, prime minister (1953-55)

1933 — Charles Osgood, New York City, news anchor ("CBS Weekend News")

1935 — Elvis Aaron Presley, Tupelo, Miss., singer

1941 — Graham Chapman, England, comedian ("Monty Python’s Flying Circus")

1942 — Stephen Hawking, English physicist ("Black Holes and Baby Universes")

1947 — David Bowie [Jones], London, singer and actor



1324 — Marco Polo, Venetian explorer and governor of Nanking, dies

1499 — Louis XII of France after papal divorce marries Anne

1675 — First American commercial corporation chartered (N.Y. Fishing Co.)

1838 — First telegraph message sent using dots and dashes (New Jersey)

1889 — First computer patented

1926 — Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa’ud becomes king of Hejaz; renames it Saudi Arabia

1954 — Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio and records his first two songs

1962 — Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, first pro appearance; came in 50th

1976 — Chou En-lai, China’s prime minister (1949-76), dies of cancer in Beijing at 78

1992 — Menachim Begin, Israeli prime minister, dies at 78 of a heart attack

1994 — Harvey Haddix, pitcher (pitched game of 12 perfect innings), dies at 68

1996 — Francois Mitterrand, president of France (1981-95), dies of cancer at 79

Part 5

A year in review

World and national events hit home big in 2001 as
everyday challenges and victories unfolded and prevailed

[JAN. 7, 2002]  For the people in Logan County, like those everywhere else in the nation, the defining event of the year 2001 was Sept. 11. Logan County’s response to the tragedy was not one of hate and fear, but instead a message of hope and healing. Many gathered on the courthouse lawn on Sept. 14 to honor the New York rescue workers who gave their lives to save the lives of others as well as to honor their own police officers, firefighters and rescue workers. Many also contributed to the fund-raising effort by county emergency workers to help the families of the New York fire, police and rescue personnel who died at the World Trade Center. And many found a new definition of hero — not an entertainer with a multimillion-dollar salary, but a man or woman, maybe one who lives next door, doing a job that needs to be done to help others.

However, other news also happened in Logan County throughout this unforgettable year. Here is our roundup of some of the more important and interesting local matters.

[Click here for a review of local events in January and February 2001]

[Click here for March and April events]

[Click here for May and June events]

[Click here for July events]

[Click here for August and September events]


In October, it was a local story that shocked Logan County residents, when the news came to light that a federal inspection of the Lincoln Developmental Center put the facility in danger of losing its certification and 700 workers in danger of losing jobs if LDC closed. The $17 million in federal money LDC would lose is half its $35 million budget. Inspectors cited a shortage of workers, a lack of training for those workers and three incidents in which patients’ health was endangered. 

Gov. George Ryan ordered a series of reforms, including moving 90 residents from the 370-bed facility to other state facilities for the developmentally disabled and beginning a series of 30-day assessments of LDC. Administrative changes were also made, with Gwen Thornton, a former state prison warden, replaced as LDC director by Peggy Davidsmeyer, who has had 30 years experience working with the developmentally disabled.

Members of AFSCME and a group of parents of LDC residents protested moving residents for whom LDC has been home for a number of years. State lawmakers, local groups and individuals expressed their desire to keep LDC open and many, like the Lincoln-Logan Chamber of Commerce, began letter-writing campaigns. The parents group pleaded with Gov. Ryan not to close the institution, saying LDC has not recently had the staff and the leadership needed to operate at its best and suggesting that the state wants to close LDC basically for financial reasons. Gov. Ryan said he was thinking only of the welfare of the residents.

In other news in October, the Lincoln City Council learned that construction of Phase 1 of Brainard Landing, an affordable apartment complex to be developed at 21st and State streets, may begin as early as March of next year. Phase 1 will include four of the eight planned housing units and cost about $45 million. The entire 56 units in the finished development will be rented to those at or below median income — in the $18,000 to $36,000 range, depending on family size.

Logan County ESDA and LEPC successfully completed an exercise that tested emergency reaction to release of a hazardous material, in this case chlorine, from the Illinois American Water Company treatment plant at 1730 North Jefferson Street. Firefighters and police officers turned out to protect the community from the potentially lethal gas and stop the leak. State observers from Illinois Emergency Management Agency agreed that the county was capable of implementing their hazardous materials plan. 

Facing a deficit of approximately half a million dollars in its fiscal year 2002 budget, the county board voted to ask all officeholders and department heads to review their budgets for possible cuts in the approximately $5 million budget. Budget chairman Rodney White pointed out that the tentative budget contains no money for extra security or for new economic development initiatives. A memo read at the meeting announced formation of a Homeland Security Committee consisting of Sheriff Tony Soloman, board Chairman Dick Logan, Law Enforcement Committee Chairman Doug Dutz and Insurance Committee Chairman Dale Voyles. The committee is charged with improving security in the seven county buildings. 

On the heels of a sellout of its first classic film offering, the Logan County Arts Association planned its next event, a classical Spanish guitar performance by Christian Culleton at Trinity Episcopal Church. Association President Marshall Jacobs reported a meeting at which a "workable framework" for transfer of the Lincoln Cinema’s theater to the Lincoln/Logan Chamber of Commerce was devised. He said plans are for the arts association to restore the interior of the building with office space on the second floor. Work would start after GKC has completed a new theater complex, probably in the fall of 2002.

A check for $32,540 for the families of firefighters, paramedics and police officers who died in the World Trade Center terrorist attack was unveiled at a candlelight ceremony at the Logan County courthouse. The funds were raised by county firefighters, paramedics and police officers, who held fund drives at their local fire stations.

Development of a proposed 63-acre industrial park north of town could bring the Lincoln/Logan County area many financial benefits, but first the community must commit to supporting the project, according to Mark Smith, economic development director. Members of the Lincoln/Logan County Economic Development Council have been seeking a site for an industrial park for the past 18 months and now have an option to purchase 63.5 acres at Business 55 and Kruger Road, between the north Interstate 55 interchange and the Logan County Airport, for $678,000, he told a group assembled in the Lincoln College Library lecture room. The creation of the industrial park hinges on getting community support to finance the project, which will add up to a total investment of $3.1 to $3.3 million. Smith said he was looking for some future commitment from the city and the county board.

The Indian Maiden statue, now repaired, was returned to the lawn of the Logan County courthouse, this time on the south side, in a ceremony much like the first dedication ceremony 95 years ago, when the statue was first presented to the town by the Lincoln Women’s Club. Club member Burnetta “Bernie” DePuy was commended for her work in the fundraising effort to repair the marble statue.

In sports news, the Lady Railers volleyball team advanced to the sectional championship match by beating Effngham two games to one, after losing the first game 12-15.



The on-again, off-again status of Casey’s General Store coming to a Fifth Street location in Lincoln is now on for good. By a vote of 8-2, the Lincoln City Council agreed to vacate an unused alley so the firm can build a facility at 314 South Jefferson Street, across from the Postville Courthouse. A title search showed that the alley belonged to the city but had not been used or maintained. Casey’s will begin building in the spring.

The city council also learned that what was planned as one of the city’s chief tourist attractions, a drink from the Lincoln Well across from the historic Postville Courthouse on Fifth Street, may not be possible because the well has serious contamination problems. County Board member Terry Werth said the well has been pumped out three times, and each time it fills up the water is found to be contaminated with bacteria from human or animal waste. Werth said one solution might be to drill the well deeper in the existing hole, then line the well with a metal shield to prevent groundwater from seeping in.


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Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital has opened a new area for patients receiving outpatient care. The new same-day care area features private patient rooms in a newly refurbished area. ALMH has also joined the Regional TeleBurn Network being launched by Memorial Medical Center and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, both in Springfield. The network will make possible improved early treatment of burn victims at ALMH by establishing a real-time, visual link between Memorial and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

The county board heard the report of a feasibility study for a golf course at Logan County Airport and tentatively voted to approve the concept of an industrial park. Daniel Conway of THK Associates in Denver gave the results of his firm’s market feasibility study for an airport golf course. Based on demographics and number of existing courses, he said the area could support one more 18-hole course.

Before signaling that they would approve the industrial park concept, board members assured themselves that they were committing no funds. Economic Development Director Mark Smith said the Logan County Development Foundation would fund the feasibility study for the project and he was only asking for endorsement of the concept at this time. He added that if the board and the Lincoln City Council indicated they thought it was a bad idea, the Economic Development Council would reconsider. 

The Lincoln City Council also heard Smith’s request for support but did not put the matter to a vote. Several spoke in favor of the idea but others said it was not the right time for such a major project. Smith said he was satisfied with the fact that there were “no strong objections” to the industrial park proposal from the city council. An e-mail poll conducted by the Lincoln Daily News showed that 91 percent of those voting were in favor of the industrial park and only 9 percent against it.

The county board passed a 2002 budget with $8.94 million total expenditures and a $314,000 deficit in the general fund, the first time it has passed a deficit budget in seven years. Projected general fund revenues were $3.76 million and expenditures were $4.07 million. Levies designed to raise almost $2.6 million were also passed.

Lincoln College professor and museum supervisor Ron Keller told the Looking for Lincoln committee that tourism revenue sales are up after September 11, saying tourism has not slowed at all. Postville Courthouse representative Shirley Bartelmay also said Postville has had visitors recently from New York, Iowa, Texas and Florida. Bartelmay was recently credited by the state of Illinois for coordinating volunteers and was rewarded with a plaque for overall dedication.

On the last day of November, a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 47,000-square-foot Central School was held. The school will be built on the Seventh Street side of the grounds of the present Central School. Board members and state representatives took the shovels first, then Central School students were given spoons and plastic bags so scoop up a bit of dirt for a souvenir. After the new school is built, students at Lincoln Junior High will move to the present Central School, the junior high will be razed and a new one built, then the present Central School will be taken down.

In the ongoing story of LDC’s threatened closing, the 100-year-old facility survived another round of budget cuts at the state level, but is still facing decertification and loss of $17 million in federal funds. Gov. George Ryan gave the facility another 30-day extension to correct problems, but has continued the transfer of residents to other state institutions to improve the resident-staff ratio. The parents group continued to rally and urge Gov. Ryan to keep LDC open.

There was good news on the business front in November. It seems that Lincoln will once again have a retail business supply store. Glenn Brunk Stationers of Springfield has announced that they plan to open a Lincoln store somewhere downtown, perhaps by the first of the year. The firm is already serving customers in Lincoln. 

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for a new warehouse at Willamette Industries, Inc., at the intersection of Lincoln Parkway and Fifth Street Road. The 70,000-square-foot warehouse is expected to be completed in April. The plant has already added six new employees and expects to add an additional four later. Willamette employs about 100 people in Lincoln.

Terry J. Brown, president and chief executive officer of State Bank of Lincoln, will retire the first of January. Chosen to be the new chief executive is Steve Aughenbaugh, currently department head for commercial and installment loans. Brown said his most significant achievement is the growth the bank has experienced during his 17-year tenure. 

Construction has begun on a Russell Stover Candies store on Lincoln’s west side, and the company expects to open it around Feb. 1. The site is at 901 Heitmann Drive, along Route 10 between GB Oil Travel Plaza and Holiday Inn Express. The company intends to employ 10 to 15 people locally and will hold a job fair for prospective employees. The store will carry the company’s full line of first-quality boxed chocolates as well as intermediates and seconds, both to be sold at discounted prices.

In sports, the LCHS Lady Railers volleyball team had a super season, even though they lost the super-sectional to Normal Community. Their season record of 29-8-1 is among the best in central Illinois. They were the winners of two regular season tournaments in Champaign and East Peoria. They lost only one Central State Eight Conference match and took second place in the conference. They repeated as IHSA Regional champions. They made the LCHS history books by being the first volleyball team to repeat as IHSA Sectional champions. Coach Charissa Howe reached her 100th win early in the season. Christina Xamis tied a school service record with eight aces in one game — the sectional semifinal. Senior team members Tina Cook, Kelli Gleason and Darcy White have all been recruited and will play college volleyball. 

Coach Kevin Crawford and his Lincoln Christian College Angels advanced to the Elite Eight at nationals, then once again made it to the Final Four and brought home a third-place place trophy. That makes six trips to the national tournament, including a national title, two third-place finishes, one fourth and two Elite Eights. Crawford was named NCCAA National Coach of the Year for the second time.

In Class A volleyball, Mount Pulaski took third place at the state tournament. They lost their semifinal game against Quincy Notre Dame on Saturday, 8-15, 15-9, 15-8. They then played Augusta Southeastern, who lost to Breese Mater Dei 15-12, 15-6. Mount Pulaski defeated Augusta Southeastern 15-6, 15-1. Breese Mater Dei defeated Quincy Notre Dame for the championship 15-8, 15-7. 


(To be continued)

[Joan Crabb]

Warmer December 2001 means lower heating bills

[JAN. 7, 2002]  "Below normal temperatures after Christmas Eve led to December 2001 dropping from 4th to 14th warmest December since 1895. Even so, temperatures were 5.6 degrees above average for the month," says State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign. The coldest December on record occurred in 1983 with temperatures 12.1 degrees below average.

"A bonus of these warmer-than-average temperatures will be lower heating bills for Illinois consumers than in December 2000, the second coldest December on record with temperatures 11.6 degrees below average. December 2001 heating-degree totals were 16 percent below the long-term average and two-thirds of December 2000 totals," says Angel.

In addition to warm temperatures, there has been a lack of snowfall compared to last December, which will be remembered as one of the snowiest. December snowfall normally ranges from two inches (south) to four to five inches (central) to eight inches (north), but December 2001 totals of one to four inches were confined to the northern half of Illinois. The snowiest station, Chatsworth (near Springfield,) reported five inches (21 inches in December 2000); Springfield, 3.3 inches (ten inches in December 2000); Chicago at O'Hare, 1.6 inches (30.9 inches in December 2000); Rockford, 0.5 inches (30.1 inches in December 2000); and Peoria, 0.4 inches (21.2 inches in December 2000).


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Soil temperatures at the 4-inch level also have dropped below freezing across the northern half of the state due to the recent cold without the protection of insulating snow cover. "Cooler soil temperatures may help kill off overwintering pests, but the lack of snow cover may leave some crops and landscape plants more vulnerable to cold temperatures.

"While precipitation has been below average in the northern half of the state due to a lack of snow, above average rainfall in southern Illinois resulted in some reports of damage to winter wheat due to saturated fields," says Angel.

For example, Anna reported 7.11 inches of rain in December.

[Illinois State Water Survey news release]



Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Monday, Jan. 7

7th day of the year


"Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers for the observers of the Law. The people assembled; Mahomet called the hill to come to him again and again; and when the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, ‘If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill.’" — Francis Bacon, on boldness

"And yet ... it moves." — Galileo


1800 — Millard Fillmore, Locke, N.Y., (Whig) 13th president (1850-53)

1822 — Lucius C.M. Bakker, Frisian physician and author (Goethe)

1910 — Alain de Rothschild, France, banker and baron

1928 — William Peter Blatty, New York City, author and director ("The Exorcist")

1942 — Vasili Alexeyev, U.S.S.R, weightlifter (Olympic gold, ’72, ’76)

1946 — Jann S. Wenner, publisher (Rolling Stone)

1957 — Katie [Katherine] Couric, Arlington, Va., TV news host ("Today")


1285 — Charles I of Anjou, king of Naples and brother of King Louis IX, dies at 58

1536 — Catherine of Aragon, first wife of England’s King Henry VIII, dies

1584 — Last day of the Julian calendar in Bohemia and Holy Roman Empire

1598 — Boris Godunov seizes Russian throne on death of Feodore I

1601 — Robert, Earl of Essex, leads revolt in London against Queen Elizabeth

1608 — Fire destroys Jamestown, Va.

1610 — Galileo discovers first three Jupiter satellites: Io, Europa and Ganymede

1618 — Francis Bacon becomes English lord chancellor

1695 — Mary II Stuart, queen of England, dies at 32

1714 — Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later)

1782 — First U.S. commercial bank, Bank of North America, opens in Philadelphia

1890 — W.B. Purvis patents fountain pen

1914 — First steamboat passes through Panama Canal

1927 — Harlem Globetrotters play first game (Hinckley, Ill.)

1929 — "Buck Rogers," first sci-fi comic strip, premieres

1929 — "Tarzan," one of the first adventure comic strips, first appears

1943 — Nikola Tesla, Yugoslavian physicist (Tesla motor), dies at 86

Part 4

A year in review

World and national events hit home big in 2001 as
everyday challenges and victories unfolded and prevailed

[JAN. 5, 2002]  For the people in Logan County, like those everywhere else in the nation, the defining event of the year 2001 was Sept. 11. Logan County’s response to the tragedy was not one of hate and fear, but instead a message of hope and healing. Many gathered on the courthouse lawn on Sept. 14 to honor the New York rescue workers who gave their lives to save the lives of others as well as to honor their own police officers, firefighters and rescue workers. Many also contributed to the fund-raising effort by county emergency workers to help the families of the New York fire, police and rescue personnel who died at the World Trade Center. And many found a new definition of hero — not an entertainer with a multimillion-dollar salary, but a man or woman, maybe one who lives next door, doing a job that needs to be done to help others.

However, other news also happened in Logan County throughout this unforgettable year. Here is our roundup of some of the more important and interesting local matters.

[Click here for a review of local events in January and February 2001]

[Click here for March and April events]

[Click here for May and June events]

[Click here for July events]


On the day she celebrated her 20th birthday, July 31, Nicole Fink was chosen Miss Logan County Fair of 2001. Daughter of Mike and Brenda Fink of Beason, Nicole, a Lincoln Community High School graduate, is now a sophomore at St. Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Ind. Nicole was chosen from a field of six. Other contestants were Katheryne Stoll of Chestnut, Erin Wind of Lincoln, Mary Wood of Lincoln, Anna Schmidt of Lincoln and Ginnifer Sparks of Emden.

There was plenty of talent at the fair on Aug. 1. Winning in the senior talent contest were two Lincoln girls, Brandi Montgomery and Kirsten Gandenberger, who clogged their way to first place to the tune of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Winning first in the junior contest was 9-year-old Kayla Kubinski, who sang "I Believe" in a surprisingly mature voice.

Among the old favorites at the fair — exhibits of livestock and cooking, harness races and horse shows, rides and cotton candy — the children’s scrambles remained a popular event. Bleachers filled up as fairgoers watched 4-H members of various ages "scramble" to catch chickens, goats, greased pigs and stubborn young calves.

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital celebrated the opening of its newest addition, the Women’s Health Unit and Family Maternity Suites, with an open house on Sunday, Aug. 12. The Women’s Health Unit is designed to promote the lifelong good health of women in any stage in their lives and will focus on women’s inpatient gynecological surgical procedures. It includes five private rooms. Labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care are now possible in a spacious single room, with no need for the mother to move to another room after delivery.

Bill Bates was named Lincoln city attorney to replace Jonathan Wright, who resigned after accepting the appointment to the seat in the state House of Representatives vacated by John Turner. Bates, a Lincoln native, has been practicing law here since 1979.

Controversy over handicapped-parking tickets became so heated it even reached news media outside the area, giving Lincoln some bad press. Handicapped citizens, both from Lincoln and from other cities, contended they were ticketed when parked in a handicapped area even though they had placards properly displayed on their windshields. Those who ticketed the handicapped, some of whom are handicapped themselves, said these placards were not placed where they could be seen from outside the vehicle and thus were not within the law.

Lincoln Mayor Beth Davis supported the ticketing program and said the city has lost considerable money in fines by tossing out tickets given to the handicapped. Others said the tickets would be thrown out of court and the city was wasting its time issuing them. A consensus was reached that in cases where a ticket clearly ought to be dropped, the mayor, the city attorney or the police chief could nullify it.

Two of the city’s goals, historic preservation and economic development, went head-to-head in August when representatives of the Casey’s General Store asked for a zoning change so the firm could put in a facility at 314 Jefferson St., across from the historic Postville Courthouse. Mayor Beth Davis had already said she would like the area from the Postville Courthouse west to Postville Road to be designated a historic preservation district, which would include the property Casey’s wanted to buy. Mayor Davis had presented the council with a proposed historic preservation ordinance, but aldermen found problems with the ordinance, especially with the power it gave to the 11 members to be appointed to the historic preservation committee. The city council decided the ordinance needed work and put it on hold, clearing the way for Casey’s to go in.

The Lincoln Planning Commission, however, turned down Casey’s request for rezoning the property from residential to commercial. In spite of protests from neighbors and businessmen in the Fifth Street area, the city council overrode the planning commission’s recommendation and voted to rezone the property. However, a rear setback requirement still kept the property from meeting city codes until it could be determined who owns the alley behind the proposed Casey site.

Main Street Lincoln received a state grant, facilitated by former Sen. Bob Madigan and totaling $37,000, from the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. More than half the amount, $20,000, will be used for an incentive plan for new downtown businesses. Some money will also be used to pay for restoration of the statue of the Indian woman and for playground equipment for newly renovated Scully Park.

Good crowds turned out for one of Lincoln’s most popular summer events, the Art Fair and Balloon Fest. Eighty-one artists showed all kinds of work at the 28th annual Art Fair in Latham Park on Aug. 25 and 26. Thirty-five artists from previous years were there, along with 46 new ones.


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At the Logan County Fairgrounds, 47 hot-air balloons ascended on Friday evening and again on Saturday morning, although threatening weather kept them on the ground Saturday evening and also prevented the traditional balloon glow. Fireworks, craft sales, rides, games and plenty of food were all on hand at the fairgrounds. Other weekend events included a soapbox derby, an Oasis flea market, a display of19th century trades and artwork at the Postville Courthouse, a Porsche car show, and the Children’s Adventure Zone, with special events for children across the street from the Art Fair.

The Logan County Board voted to spend up to $9,500 to determine the economic feasibility of a golf course at the airport. THK Associates was hired to investigate whether the community can support a nine-hole public golf course built on the grounds of Logan County Airport. Roger Bock, chairman of the airport committee, said the study could be completed in 30 to 45 days. If the projection is favorable, a developer would have to be found and a layout planned. Bock acknowledged that some holes might have to be short to work around airport facilities.


On Sept. 11, 2001, the people of Logan County, along with those in the rest of the world, learned of the terrorist attack that destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and took thousands of lives. Community leaders expressed their shock and sympathy, and many prayer vigils, masses and patriotic assemblies were scheduled in Lincoln and the rest of the county.

On Friday, Sept. 14, at least 1,500 people gathered on the Logan County Courthouse lawn to take part in a ceremony to show they were a community that cared. Firefighters from all over Logan County, and a few from beyond, lined the walkway on the Broadway side of the courthouse during the ceremony. Some had tears running down their cheeks, as did many in the audience.

Recently appointed state Rep. Jonathan Wright put the community’s sentiments into words: "The enemy expected us to respond selfishly. Instead Americans are giving their lives to try to save others. They expected us to respond with fear, but we responded with courage. They expected us to respond with regionalism, saying ‘That’s New York City’s problem.’ Instead citizens have stepped forward, saying ‘How can I help?’ Freedom never shines so brightly as in the darkest hour. I have always been proud to be an American citizen, but I have never been so proud as I am today."

Dan Fulscher of the Emergency Services and Disaster Agency announced a fund drive for families of the firefighters and rescue workers who died trying to save the lives of others, and Lincoln Fire and Police Department members volunteered to go to New York to help if needed.

Fulscher said: "It is obvious we are very vulnerable to terrorism. This event may change the perception of the man on the street, but agencies like ESDA, fire and police departments, EMS, the Health Department and others have been working very hard to prepare for such an emergency."

Three Missouri railsplitters and one from Illinois walked away from the Logan County Fairgrounds with the honors and the prize money at the 31st annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest on Sept. 15 and 16. Marty Yount of Hiram, Mo., was once again the national railsplitting champion, taking home a cash prize of $1,000. Taking second place was another Missouri contestant, Ryan Evans, only 21 years old, of Silva. At the other end of the age range, Oliver Friedlein, 63, of Hull, Ill., took third. Roy Usery of Des Arc, Mo., placed fourth. Visitors to the fairgrounds could see demonstrations of early American crafts, a frontier farm, historic displays from all over Logan County, a quilt show, a display of steam-powered machines, the Fred Hoppin memorial watermelon contest and many other contests.

Lincoln Public Library head Richard Sumrall reviewed "One Hour ’til Dawn," the book recently published by Mike Fak of Lincoln, a free-lance journalist for both the Courier and Lincoln Daily News, a member of the LincOn-TV community television station, and co-host of the weekly talk show "The Fak’s Machine." Sumrall noted that the essays and stories cover a variety of topics: political commentary, hilarious happenings in the Fak home and sensitive writing about his son, handicapped by cerebral palsy. Sumrall said, "‘One Hour ’til Dawn’ is a very entertaining book that will find an appreciative audience. Many of the articles are intended to spark debate and discussion on a wide range of topics. Readers will also enjoy the down-home philosophy that serves as the inspiration for the more humorous entries. Other will find encouragement and hope in the stories about life in the Fak household." The book is still available at Lincoln Daily News, 601 Keokuk St., or from Mike Fak.

Making business news, MKS Jewelers celebrated its 20th anniversary on the square in Lincoln on Sept. 7-15. The store’s present location at 614 Broadway is its third, a disastrous fire being the reason for one of the moves. Melody Kay Shew, owner, said her philosophy is customer-centered. "We try to carry what people are asking for. I’m selling products that I would be proud to wear myself."

(To be continued)

[Joan Crabb]

Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Saturday, Jan. 5

5th day of the year


"The unexamined life is not worth living for man." — Socrates

"Only the stupidest calves choose their own butcher." — Konrad Adenauer


B.C. — Socrates, Greek philosopher, son of Sophroniscus and Phaenarette

1787 — John Burke, Irish genealogist ("Burke’s Peerage")

1837 — Algernon Charles Swinburne, writer [or April 5]

1876 — Konrad Adenauer, Cologne, Germany, chancellor of Germany

1914 — George Reeves [George Lescher Bessolo], actor ("Superman")

1918 — Jeane Dixon, psychic ("A Gift of Prophecy")

1931 — Robert Duvall, San Diego Calif, actor ("Great Santini," "Taxi Driver")

1932 — Chuck Noll, Cleveland, NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers)

1942 — Charlie Rose, Henderson NC, newscaster ("CBS Night Watch")

1969 — Marilyn Manson, singer and musician


1531 — Pope Clemens VII forbids English king Henry VIII to remarry

1589 — Catherine de’ Medici, queen mother of France, dies at 69

1836 — Davy Crockett arrives Texas, just in time for the Alamo

1895 — French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, publicly stripped

1896 — German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovers X-rays

1919 — National Socialist Party (Nazi) forms as German Farmers Party

1925 — Nellie Taylor Ross became governor of Wyoming; first woman governor in the United States

1933 — Calvin Coolidge, 30th president (1923-29), dies in Massachusetts at 60

1943 — George Washington Carver, famous black scientist, dies at 81

1956 — Elvis Presley records "Heartbreak Hotel"

1959 — "Bozo the Clown," live children’s show, premieres on TV

1959 — Buddy Holly releases his last record, "It Doesn’t Matter"

1963 — Rogers Hornsby, baseball player, dies of a heart ailment at 66

1971 — Sonny Liston, world champion heavyweight boxer (1962-64), found dead at 36

1987 — Surrogate Baby M case begins in Hackensack, N.J.

1988 — "Pistol Pete" Mavarich, NBAer (Atlanta), dies of a heart attack at 40

1994 — Thomas P. "Tip" O’Neill, D-Mass., speaker of House (1977-86), dies at 81


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Sunday, Jan. 6

6th day of the year


"If you want to get along, go along." — Sam Rayburn

"Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work." — Carl Sandburg

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." — Sherlock Holmes


1412 — Joan of Arc, Domremy, martyr

1826 — Herman Grimm, Germany, writer and novelist (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

1854 — Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft, fictional detective (via Arthur Conan Doyle)

1878 — Carl Sandburg, American poet and biographer of Lincoln ("The People, Yes")

1880 — Tom Mix, Mix Run, Penn., silent screen cowboy actor ("Dick Turpin")

1882 — Samuel Rayburn, Tennessee, representative, D-Texas, speaker of the House (1940-57)

1914 — Danny Thomas, Deerfield, Mich., comedian ("Danny Thomas Show")

1920 — Sun Myung Moon, evangelist (Unification Church, Moonies)

1925 — John Z. DeLorean, former automaker (DeLorean)

1961 — Howie Long, former NFL tackle, actor and broadcaster ("Broken Arrow")


1088 — Berengarius of Tours, French theologian, dies

1496 — Moorish fortress Alhambra, near Grenada, surrenders to the Christians

1535 — City of Lima, Peru, founded by Francisco Pizarro

1540 — King Henry VIII of England married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves

1702 — Thomas Franklin, English smith, uncle of Benjamin Franklin, dies

1759 — George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Curtis

1838 — Samuel Morse made first public demonstration of telegraph

1884 — Gregor Mendel, Augustine monk and heredity pioneer, dies at 61

1914 — Stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch founded

1919 — Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president (1901-09), dies in New York at 60

1963 — "Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom" with Marl Perkins begins on NBC

1976 — Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million

1985 — Robert H.W. Welch Jr., founder and leader of John Birch Society, dies at 85

1989 — Hirohito, Japan`s emperor (1922-89), dies at 87 after 62-year reign

1993 — John B. "Dizzy" Gillespe, blues trumpeter, dies of cancer at 75

1993 — Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer (Kirov), dies of AIDS at 54

1994 — Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by Tonya Harding’s bodyguard

Flames engulf American Legion
in early morning fire

[JAN. 4, 2002]  Flames consumed the Lincoln American Legion building at 1740 Fifth St. early this morning.

 A cleaning person was in the building when he heard a loud pop in the kitchen. Lincoln Fire Department received the call and responded at approximately 6:30 a.m. Unofficial early reports suspect it to be a grease fire.

The fire was reported under control at about 10 a.m., though damage appears to be extensive. Local fire inspectors are on the scene investigating the incident.

The building was formerly a restaurant next to the Ramada Inn before the American Legion bought and remodeled it. It appears to be a total loss.

As of noon, the hoses were being rolled up as firefighters prepared to return to their firehouses. Investigators will remain on the scene this afternoon.


[Click here for pictures]

Part 3

A year in review

World and national events hit home big in 2001 as
everyday challenges and victories unfolded and prevailed

[JAN. 4, 2002]  For the people in Logan County, like those everywhere else in the nation, the defining event of the year 2001 was Sept. 11. Logan County’s response to the tragedy was not one of hate and fear, but instead a message of hope and healing. Many gathered on the courthouse lawn on Sept. 14 to honor the New York rescue workers who gave their lives to save the lives of others as well as to honor their own police officers, firefighters and rescue workers. Many also contributed to the fund-raising effort by county emergency workers to help the families of the New York fire, police and rescue personnel who died at the World Trade Center. And many found a new definition of hero — not an entertainer with a multimillion-dollar salary, but a man or woman, maybe one who lives next door, doing a job that needs to be done to help others.

However, other news also happened in Logan County throughout this unforgettable year. Here is our roundup of some of the more important and interesting local matters.

[Click here for a review of local events in January and February 2001]


In March the ground was shaking with some major groundbreaking activities. The biggest took place at Lincoln Christian College as they stepped forward with their plans to build a $3 million, 30,000-square-foot athletic facility to replace their outdated gymnasium. The new gym will seat 1,000 spectators, and the building will also provide office space, training rooms, locker rooms, a weight room, a lobby and concessions.

Across town at Lincoln College, a new dormitory was going up and an old one, Spatz Hall, was coming down.

CCA Online, Lincoln’s major Internet provider, broke ground to set the footing for a tower that will supply high-speed wireless Internet service to the city of Lincoln. The tower is on the CCA site at Logan and Woodlawn streets.

In Mount Pulaski, in the midst of swirling snowflakes on an empty lot, ground was broken for Logan County’s newest Habitat for Humanity home. The house will go to Cheryl Mittelsteadt and her two sons, J.T. and Austin, who are all grateful for the opportunity to have a home of their own. This is the first Habitat house to be built in Mount Pulaski.

An open house at the Lincoln’s Public Library celebrated administrator Richard Sumrall’s 10th anniversary as head of the library. During his term, circulation has increased from 72,000 to 112,000 books a year and many non-print formats have been added, such as books on tape, videos, CD-ROMs, electronic and online databases. Also during this time the annex was added across the alley from the main building and the original building was renovated, with new carpeting and ceramic tile and cleaning and lighting of the stained glass dome.

Postman Steve Jones noticed that for several days the mail was not collected and newspapers remained in the yard at the home of a woman on his route. He called the police, who found the woman had fallen and was not able to get up. Jones later visited her while she was recovering at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Emergency Services and Disaster Agency and the Local Emergency Planning Committee discussed the threat of terrorism, especially bioterrorism, and the plans being put into place to combat it. LEPC is a state-mandated group that will spearhead a community response during any incident involving hazardous materials.

Volunteers are making it possible for the Postville Courthouse to be open five days a week instead of only two, according to Richard Schachtsiek, site manager. Volunteers, under the management of Shirley Bartelmay, will keep the historic site open Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The 2000 census figures show that while Logan County and Lincoln haven’t lost population, they haven’t gained much, either. Actually, Lincoln is down by 49, while the total number of folks in Logan County is up by 385, from 30,798 in 1990 to 31,183 in 2000.

Businesses making news included the Pink Shutter Thrift Shop, which relocated to 114 N. McLean St. and had a grand opening in mid-March. The shop has been owned and operated by ALMH Auxiliary sine 1962. The new location offers more room and is more convenient.

Team Express, a subsidiary of Team Electronics Super Store in Decatur, had the grand opening of its new store at 411 Pulaski St. The business offers cellular services and accessories. Manager is Leigh Horner and assistant manger is Mandy Cook, both of Lincoln

The big news in sports was that Illinois won the Big Ten championship. In a late surge, the Illini overcame the Minnesota Gophers to win 67-59. Frank Williams scored eight of his team-high 15 points in the last three minutes, and Lincoln’s Brian Cook added five points during this stretch, including a 3-point play.

By beating the Kansas Jayhawks 80-64, the Illini made it to the Elite Eight, only one win away from making it to the Final Four.

Girls volleyball was in good shape in Logan County, especially in Hartsburg-Emden and Mount Pulaski schools. In the 7A competition, Hartem’s Lady Stags claimed third and Mount Pulaski’s Honeybears second at the state tournament in Pawnee.

In the 8A competition they did even better. Mount Pulaski, with an undefeated 29-0 season, beat its rival Hartem in two games to win the state title. Hartem had to settle for second best in the state.


The April 3 general election decided four Logan County mayoral contests. Republican Beth Davis won handily over Democrat Kenneth S. Gray (1,458-130) to become mayor of Lincoln. In Mount Pulaski, alderman William C. Glaze, polling 330 votes, won out over Delmar L. Stewart, a former mayor but not an incumbent, polling 240, and Robert W. Letterle, who brought in 41 votes.

In Atlanta, incumbent Republican Bill Martin beat challenger Taplia "Jack" Renfrow 262-208. In San Jose, Citizens Party candidate Duane Worlaw, with 159 votes, won easily over Independent candidate Ida M. McWilliam, who polled only 21 votes.

Logan County voters spoke loud and clear about their preference for a districtwide election for county board members instead of the present at-large method. The advisory referendum passed by a more than 3-1 margin. The board later rescinded their former vote to keep the membership elected at large and voted to choose members by district.

The Lincoln City Council passed the city’s first bed-and-breakfast ordinance, to give prospective B & B owners guidelines to follow. Owners must get permits from the city code enforcement office and have food operations certified by the Logan County Health Department. Off-street parking requirements were waived, and B & Bs will be permitted in residential districts.

This month the new radio station, WMNW, 96.3 FM, headquartered in Atlanta near Lazy Row, went on the air, with Jim Ash as general manager. The station broadcasts classic rock of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s to listeners in Logan, McLean and Sangamon counties and will keep its listeners informed of important breaking news. Ash was with WPRC radio in Lincoln and later with WUIS in Springfield.

The Illinois State Police and the Logan County Sheriff’s Department confiscated more than 240 pounds of cocaine April 24, in one of the largest drug seizures in downstate Illinois. A Texas man, Victor Caballero, was charged with substance trafficking and intent to deliver a controlled substance and could serve from 30 to 120 years in prison.

Plans for District 27’s new Central School are almost complete, said Superintendent Robert Kidd. The brick building will face south on Seventh Street and will have double gables over either side of the entrance. It will have 14 classrooms, a kitchen and cafeteria, a 6,860-square-foot gymnasium, a stage, a music room, a media center, a library, rooms for special education, and office space and a conference room for teachers and administrators.


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Lincoln College President Jack Nutt announced that at its Normal campus the college will begin offering courses that will lead to a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. Nutt said this has been in the planning stages for several years and meets the needs of both two-year graduates and working adults.

In business news, the Tropics Steak and Pasta House at 1007 Hickory Drive, on historic Route 66, opened under the management of Tim Dalipi, serving a menu of Italian and American dishes. Five members of the Dalipi family are involved in the restaurant operation. The former coffee shop is now the dining room for smokers, and the two dining rooms have been redecorated. The menu offers a variety of items.

In sports, Lincoln had a new state champion in April — Dart Man. Brian Dutz captured two state titles in the 2001 State Dart Championships at the Civic Center in Peoria, winning in both Open Singles and Open Singles Cricket, the first person ever to take both titles.

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Judy Dopp, Lincoln Community High School National Honor Society sponsor, announced at the city’s council meeting on Monday that Lincoln had won a Governor’s Home Town Award for 2000 for the plantings done by the National Honor Society and the biochemistry classes taught by Jim Vipond. The Plant the Tree program for 2000 included extensive plantings at the Logan County Fairgrounds and in the Don Shay parking lot across from Scully Park in downtown Lincoln, as well as plantings at Memorial Park and at two nursing homes. The program has been going on for the past five years.

Community members, friends, family and workers — all gathered for dedication services July 4 at the newest Habitat House in Mount Pulaski. Keys for the sixth completed Habitat for Humanity of Logan County home were turned over to the Cheryl Mittlesteadt family. Cheryl and her sons, James T. and Austin M. Berger, planned to move into their new home at 317 Vine St., Mount Pulaski, on Saturday.

The climax of the Healthy Communities Partnership report to the community on Thursday was the presentation of the National Outstanding Rural Health Practice Award to Dayle Eldredge, director of the Rural Health Partnership Task Force and of the overall partnership. Among the projects of the RHP are the mobile health unit which provides health care throughout Logan County, educational seminars including one on prostate and testicular cancer conducted June 27, farm safety programs offered in conjunction with the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service, and assistance to farm families with a disabled member. Later in the month HCP also received the Outstanding Rural Health Practice Award of the National Rural Health Association, which represents providers of health-care services, agricultural associations, government and industry.

The Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society has been awarded a $10,000 state grant, according to an announcement by Sen. Bob Madigan before he left his legislative position. The money will be used to help purchase the building that is currently home to the society. The organization recently moved from Arcade Court to 114 N. Chicago in Lincoln. Society member Dorothy Gleason said the new location gives them much-needed breathing room.

Rod White’s East Park subdivision, which was stalled last month when the Lincoln City Council requested that he pay the entire cost of upgrading North Sherman Street in front of the new development, is back on again. The council took another look at the wording of the ordinance that says a development must bring all streets in the subdivison up to city code. However, they decided, that is mandatory only for new streets, and Sherman is an existing street. White will pay for curbs and gutters and said he would begin work on the new subdivision immediately.

A report from economic development director Mark Smith notes that in late April, the U.S. Census Bureau began releasing all kinds of information collected during the 2000 census. Some of it tells us something about Logan County. Our official population is 31,183, only 385 more people than in 1990. Our growth rate was 1.3 percent. Our median age is 37.0 years, almost three years higher than the state figure. The percentage of our population below 18 is 5 percent less than the state average. There are 11,872 total housing units in the county. Of those units, 11,113 were occupied at census time. Of the vacant units, 20.2 percent were for sale, 26.7 percent were for rent and 3.7 percent were used seasonally or for recreational purposes.

From a "textbook" perspective, Logan County could be viewed as holding its own — barely. Over the past decade, population and new housing developments have been flat. Our population is aging faster than average. Based on these preliminary statistics, and if the trend does not improve, there may be cause for concern as the next decade unfolds, Smith’s report said.

Claude "Bud" Stone, Morton, Tazewell County Republican Party chairman, has been chosen to fill the unexpired term of former Sen. Robert Madigan of Lincoln. Madigan resigned at the end of June to take a post with the Illinois Industrial Commission. The choice was made at a meeting of the seven GOP county chairmen whose counties are all or in part in 45th Senatorial District. Stone will serve until Madigan’s term expires in January of 2003.

The first meeting of Lincoln’s Historic Homes and Buildings Committee was on July 16 in the office of Mayor Beth Davis. Its mission is "to promote and preserve historic homes and buildings within Lincoln, Illinois, for the purpose of recognizing and preserving their historic value." The committee will be chaired by Lincoln resident Betty York.

On a hot 31st of July, the 65th Logan County Fair was officially opened when Lincoln Mayor Beth Davis and Fair 2000 Queen Elizabeth Stoll, along with members of Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce, cut the ribbon.

In business news, the local branch of APAC Customer Services announced it would hire at least 30 full-time and 30 part-time telephone sales representatives at its Lincoln customer interaction center, 2500 Woodlawn, before the end of July. The additional employees will serve expanding business volume from a major financial services client that was assigned to Lincoln recently.

Lincoln Dairy Queen, under new ownership, celebrated a grand opening in July. New owners Mitzie Welsh and Scott Werner plan to operate the business on an extended season, March 1 to Oct. 31 each year.

A downtown Lincoln business, Camel’s Hair’em, has changed owners and has a new name. Paula Landess, a Lincoln native, has purchased the hair-styling business and changed the name to Cape Landing Salon. The telephone number, 735-4247, remains the same.

(To be continued)

[Joan Crabb]


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Robbery at State Bank still under investigation

[JAN. 4, 2002]  Investigators looking into last Friday’s robbery at the Sangamon State branch of the State Bank of Lincoln are still not releasing any information. Lincoln Police Department Detectives Mike Harberts and John Bunner have been working in collaboration with the FBI since the early evening robbery on Dec. 28.

The robbery suspect is said to have been a man and is described only as tall and thin. He entered the bank just before 5 p.m., advised a bank teller that he had a gun in his pocket and demanded she empty her cash drawer. He never produced a weapon and fled the scene on foot. A triggered silent alarm brought police to the scene within minutes.


Drug trafficking investigation nets five suspects

[JAN. 4, 2002]  Five felony arrests of local people are the result of a long-term investigation made by Central Illinois Enforcement Group working with the Lincoln City Police Department. The suspects — John Buckner, 35, Paul Mount, 43, Mark Mount, 19, Delwyn Trout, 37, and Michelle Quisenberry, 31 — were all arrested on drug charges. The five are charged with counts of possession with intent to deliver cannabis, 30-500 grams; possession of drug paraphernalia; and criminal drug conspiracy.

Armed with search warrants, officers raided three residences — 114 Lincoln Country Inn, 929 Lake St. and 1399 1950th St. — at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday evening. The officers confiscated approximately $2,000 cash, 336 grams cannabis and numerous items of drug paraphernalia including scales, baggies and smoking pipes.


Today’s history

Compiled by Dave Francis

Friday, Jan. 4

4th day of the year


"If I have seen further [than certain other men] it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." — Isaac Newton

"To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace." — George Washington


1643 — Isaac Newton, scientist

1785 — Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm, Germany, librarian (fairy tale collector)

1809 — Louis Braille, Coupvray, France, developer of reading system for blind

1813 — Isaac Pitman, Britain, inventor of stenographic shorthand

1813 — Louis L. Bonaparte, English and French linguist and senator

1890 — Alfred G. Jodl, German Wehrmacht general and chief of staff

1896 — Everett McKinley Dirkson, senator, R-Ill.

1914 — Jane Wyman, St. Joseph, Mo., first Mrs. Ron Reagan, actress ("Magnificent Obsession")

1914 — Mohammed Sahir, shah (Afghanistan)

1930 — Don Shula, winningest NFL coach (Miami Dolphins)

1935 — Floyd Patterson, heavyweight champ (1956-59, 1960-62) (gold medal, 1952 Olympics)




1493 — Columbus left New World on return from first voyage

1642 — King Charles I with 400 soldiers attacks the English Parliament

1786 — Mozes Mendelssohn, Jewish and German philosopher (Haksalah), dies at 56

1790 — President Washington delivers first "State of the Union" address

1821 — Elizabeth Ann Seton, first native-born American saint, dies in Maryland

1863 — Four-wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton of New York

1877 — Cornelius Vanderbilt, U.S. robber baron, dies at 82

1965 — T.S. Eliot, poet ("Washed Country"), dies in London at 76

1970 — Beatles last recording session at EMI studios

1974 — Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by Watergate Committee

1995 — Newt Gingrich (R) becomes speaker of the House

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 ldneditor@lincolndailynews.com. 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.

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Saudi Arabia



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Stars and Stripes
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Washington, D.C.





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Time to register to vote

[JAN. 3, 2002]  Are you registered to vote?

The March 19 primary is rapidly approaching. The close of registration is Feb. 19. If you have moved, or if you have married and changed your name, it is necessary that you change your voter registration with our office in order to cast your vote in the election.

If you have questions about your voting eligibility, please contact our office at (217) 732-4148.

Sally J. Litterly

Logan County Clerk

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