dedicates ‘Reflections’ mural, which honors financial
18, 2002] It
was with great pleasure that Oasis director Dominic Dalpoas unveiled
the newly developed "Reflections" mural at the annual
meeting of the Senior Citizens of Logan County, Inc. The mural,
mounted on the south wall of the activity and dining area at the
Oasis Senior Center, was dedicated last evening, Thursday, Jan. 17.
new mural is a means to recognize individuals and organizations that
have contributed financially to the senior citizens organization.
Contributors are honored with a nameplate on the mural so that the
Oasis membership and others can reflect on the contributions, which
make a difference in the lives of the seniors of today and those who
[Photo by Bob Frank]
colored plaques mounted on the mural display the name of the
individual or organization and the year the contribution was
received. A coding key mounted next to the mural indicates the five
levels of contributors honored: $500-$999.99, black;
$1,000-$4,999.99, green; $5,000-$9,999.99, blue; $10,000-$24,999.99,
red; $25,000 and above, brass.
mural represents financial contributions since Jan. 1, 2000.
meeting also reviewed the accomplishments of the center in 2001, set
goals for the 2002 calendar year and selected this year’s board of
directors and officers.
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members re-elected for a second three-year term were Harold Boyer,
Betty Burger, Alice Davis, Darlene Freeman, John Hart, Bob Shanle
and LaVeta Zurkammer.
Rich Bumba and Marcia Howen were selected to replace Weldon B.
Frantz and Phyllis Koehler on the board. Koehler was not eligible
for re-election, as she had completed her second term at the end of
elected were David LaForge, president; LaVeta Zurkhammer, vice
president; Alice Davis, secretary; and Barbara Raycraft, treasurer.
[Photo by Bob Frank]
were given to the exiting board members, Weldon Frantz and Phyllis
Koehler, and to Dean Baker for his service as president from 1998 to
and refreshments followed the business meeting.
tells stand on issues
18, 2002] State
Rep. Gwenn Klingler, R-Springfield, spent Thursday morning at
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, getting to know the health care
issues in what she hopes will be part of her new district after the
next general election. She also let board members, employees and
other community leaders know where she stands on a number of issues
that concern Logan County residents.
who represents the 100th District, will run against Rich
Brauer in the March primary. The recent redistricting has changed
the map so that about 60 percent of Klingler’s current district in
southern Sangamon County will be in the new 100th
District, along with the southwest quarter of Logan County,
including Lincoln. The new 100th District includes
two-thirds of Logan County voters — about 19,000 people
no Democratic candidate has yet announced, if she wins the primary
she expects to have opposition in the general election in November.
a subject of immediate interest to many in Logan County, Klingler
said she favors keeping Lincoln Developmental Center open and is
talking with other elected officials about support for the
100-year-old institution. She has also written to Gov. George Ryan
to let him know where she stands on the issue. "The governor
knows my feelings," she said.
think it is important to have options for people with disabilities.
It is important to keep institutionalized care. Group homes may work
for some, but I don’t think one solution fits everybody."
also addressed the recent budget cuts that affect health care
institutions statewide, in particular the $125 million cut in
Medicaid payments. Hospitals now receive only 75 percent
reimbursement for the cost of treatment for Medicaid patients and
will lose even more funds because state Medicaid payments are
matched dollar-for-dollar by the federal government.
we are going to make cuts, they should be throughout the entire
spectrum of government, not just human services," she said.
"I felt the cuts were aimed at human services and social
services for people in need, and especially for health care."
governor’s decision to restore $24 million to hospitals and
substitute a 2 percent reduction in reimbursement to health care
providers isn’t a solution, she said. "It doesn’t help the
system to cut doctors 2 percent and give the money back to the
Hester, CEO at ALMH, said the governor’s first cuts in Medicaid
reimbursement took $172,000 out of the $600,000 operating margin at
the hospital. The $24 million will restore only $12,000, so that
ALMH’s final cut will be $160,000. He said the hospital
"might have to discontinue some programs," although there
has not yet been time to determine exactly what those might be.
solution, Klingler said, is that "budget cuts have to be spread
everywhere. We in the legislature have to look at all areas."
The present cuts affect only areas over which the governor has
control and do not affect expenses of the judiciary or the
legislature. She said the legislature has a duty to make some of the
cuts and not leave it all up to the governor, and she expects the
next session at the Statehouse to be "pretty contentious."
[Klingler put on scrubs to visit ALMH’s surgical center. Here
surgical nurse manager Debi Morrow shows her the video machine in
the endoscopy department.
All photos by Joan Crabb.]
[Klingler talks to Woody Hester, CEO at ALMH,
after a tour of the
new maternity wing.]
[Dayle Eldredge, head of Healthy Communities Partnership, gives
Klingler a tour of the rural health van.]
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the possibility of massive layoffs announced this week by the
governor’s office, Klingler said she hoped that might just be a
"scare tactic." Instead of layoffs, she is pushing an
early retirement bill to encourage those near retirement —
anywhere from 4,000 to 10,000 employees — to leave. "This
removes from the payroll those with the highest incomes, while job
cuts remove mostly those with the lowest incomes," she said.
also said this is not the time for the legislature to consider new
programs, because there are already too many unfunded mandates in
place. "We can’t have ‘feel-good programs’ and not fund
them," she said.
was first elected to the House in 1994, and this year is seeking her
fifth term. She has a special interest in health care and has been
on the health care committee for eight years. Her husband and two
children are physicians.
issue of interest to Klingler is education, and she said she worked
hard to get the former Sangamon State University to become the
University of Illinois at Springfield and to establish a four-year
said she would also like to see the school construction grant
program continued. This program provides funds to school districts
that need new buildings and is presently one of the funding sources
for the construction of District 27’s new Central and junior high
is an attorney and has worked for the attorney general’s office
and as a state’s attorney appellate prosecutor. She also served on
a Springfield school board and on the Springfield City Council.
has been visiting communities in what will be the new 100th
District to get to know their concerns. "I’ve been to four
village board meetings in eight days," she said.
ALHM, she donned green scrubs and visited the new surgical facility.
She also toured the new maternity ward and other areas of the
hospital, then went outside and climbed aboard the rural health van.
The van makes weekly visits to Logan County communities to provide
on-site health care.
delightful to see a state representative who takes her
responsibilities so seriously that she wants to learn as much as she’s
learning here," Hester said during the tour.
introduced her as a state representative with a good track record in
the General Assembly on health care issues. "I do have a lot of
respect for a representative who has earned the respect of her peers
and who influences the votes of others in the House without selling
her soul," he added.
said in the past Lincoln was very fortunate in having both a state
representative, John Turner, and a state senator, Robert Madigan.
"We could see them in the barber shop."
a lot of anger about the redistricting," Klingler replied.
"If I’m re-elected, I’ll be up here a lot. I didn’t draw
the map, but I’ll try to do my best."
[Klingler inside rural health van.]
by Dave Francis
18th day of the year
makes men good Christians makes them good citizens." — Daniel
wide o’ the Widow at Windsor,
’alf o’ Creation she owns:
’ave bought ’er the same with the sword an’ the flame,
we’ve salted it down with our bones." — Rudyard Kipling
— Peter Roget, of thesaurus fame and inventor of slide rule and
— Daniel Webster, Salisbury, N.H., orator, politician, lawyer
— Thomas A. Watson, needed by Bell, inventor’s assistant
1856 — Daniel Nathan Hale Williams, surgeon (first open heart
— Alan Alexander Milne, English author ("Winnie the
— Oliver Hardy, Harlem, Ga., comedy team member (Laurel and Hardy)
1904 — Cary Grant, England, actor ("Arsenic and Old
Lace," "North by Northwest")
— Ray Dolby, sound expert and inventor (Dolby noise limiting
1478 — Grand Duke Ivan II of Moscow occupies Novgorod
1486 — King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth, daughter of
1535 — Francisco Pizarro founds Lima, Peru
1644 — First UFO sighting in America, by perplexed pilgrims in
1671 — Pirate Henry Morgan defeats Spanish defenders, captures
1730 — Peter II, czar of Russia (1727-30), dies at 14
1778 — Capt. James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian
1854 — Filibuster William Walker proclaims Republic of Sonora in
1862 — John Tyler, 10th U.S. president (1841-45), dies in Richmond,
Va., at 71
1911 — First shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park on USS
1919 — World War I Peace Congress opens in Versailles, France
1936 — Rudyard Kipling, author ("Gunga Din," Nobel 1907), dies at 70
1943 — Jews in Warsaw Ghetto begin resistance of Nazis
1943 — Pre-sliced bread sale banned to reduce bakery demand for
1943 — Soviets announce they broke long Nazi siege of Leningrad
1973 — John Cleese’s final episode on "Monty Python’s Flying
Circus," on BBC
1996 — Minnesota Fats [Rudolf Wanderone Jr.], billiard hustler, dies
construction on schedule
The Building Times
17, 2002] The
first phase of construction of the new Central School is complete,
and the project remains on schedule. Work performed in the first
phase included dismantling and moving the playground equipment,
demolition of the tennis courts, and removal of the old fence and
installation of a construction fence.
of the storm sewer is under way, and the sewer for the new school
has been connected to the sewer of the existing building. Large
earth-moving equipment has been leveling and grading the land, and
the new building has been staked out and marked by surveyors.
new building will fill most of the area behind the existing building
and will come within feet of existing structures on the property.
there have been many changes and considerable activity, all in
keeping with the district’s construction schedule.
II of construction begins
II of construction began Monday, Jan. 7, with the arrival of pier
drilling machines on the site. The machines are drilling cement
piers into the ground to make the base for the beams that will
become the foundation of the new building. The cement piers will be
drilled deeply to rest on firm earth because the new building is
being erected on the site of the original 1867 Central School. That
building was demolished and buried after construction of the present
Central School was complete. The type of foundation chosen will
provide a very stable support for the new building.
in the money!
Capital Development Board has issued District 27 the first of many
checks to fund the construction of two new schools. The district has
met all the criteria established by the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency to qualify for funding. Most recently, the
district completed a project to develop an architecture curriculum
to assist teachers in instructing students about various new and old
architectural styles. A compact disc containing the curriculum and
photographs of many architectural styles was delivered to the IHPA
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building — new spaces — new versatility
new Central School building will have an exciting new
multi-functional space called a cafetorium. This room will be the
eating area for students — the cafeteria — and will also serve
as a fully functional auditorium, complete with stage — thus, the
will eat lunch at round tables instead of the long
institutional-type tables long associated with school lunches. The
tables can be moved to a nearby storage area and chairs arranged in
rows when the cafetorium is needed for performances and assemblies.
floor of the cafetorium will be graduated in the "stadium
seating" style for optimal viewing of the stage when in use for
performances. A set of steps running across the front of the stage
will serve as risers for choral performances.
stage is strategically located between the cafetorium and the
gymnasium. To accommodate larger audiences, the stage can also be
opened and used on the gymnasium side — still fully functional, of
Central faculty is very excited about the many ways that this
innovative and versatile area can be used.
27 Lincoln Elementary Schools]
gets requests, reports from Main Street
and police committees
17, 2002] Jan
Schumacher, vice-president of Main Street Lincoln, said that
organization is looking for a new director after the resignation of
Wendy Bell. Bell left to work with the state of Illinois Main Street
said Main Street Lincoln has already received several resumes and
hopes to have a new director by March or at the latest, April. She
said the new director would be required to live in Lincoln.
asked if the city would help pay for a part-time office worker until
a new director is hired, as well as help with other expenses. Bates
said the city will want to see some actual figures for these
expenses at the next meeting, Jan. 22. The city has paid $15,000
toward the salary of the Main Street Lincoln director.
Pat Madigan reported that an inspection of the floor of the
firehouse where two trucks are parked shows "some design
deficiencies but nothing to the point where we have to worry about
tracks falling through the floor." There is a basement under
Bays 1 and 2 in the firehouse.
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said engineers recommended regular inspections to check on the floor
for any unusual stress. Fire Chief Bucky Washam said the department’s
new truck, which weighs 43,000 pounds — 5,000 pounds more than the
old trucks — will not be parked in Bays 1 or 2, even though a big
hose nozzle cannot be installed on the top of the truck when it is
parked in Bays 3 or 4, because the door are not high enough. He said
the hose will have to be stored in a compartment in the truck.
police committee recommended the purchase of a new squad car, which
will cost about $23,000. There is only $15,973 in the budget for a
new vehicle, Alderman Verl Prather said, but the extra $7,000 could
come from the appropriations item in the budget. The committee
recommended keeping an old squad car instead of trading it in for
about $3,000. This car can be used as a backup and also can be
driven home by various officers and parked in neighborhoods as a
deterrent to crime. The item was put on the agenda for the next
Fire Department’s newest pride and joy
17, 2002] Citizens
of Lincoln may have seen a fancy new truck streaking through town in
the past few weeks. The Fire Department has recently obtained a
brand new firetruck, which, according to Chief Bucky Washam, has
many more "bells and whistles" than the older ones.
truck can hold up to 500 gallons of water and can pump 1,500 gallons
per minute. It also has deep compartments that hold emergency rescue
equipment and medical supplies.
of this extra storage causes the truck to be much heavier than the
standard trucks in Lincoln. This has caused a problem at the
department because they cannot house it in Bay 1, which would allow
the loading of more equipment than any other. There are questions as
to Bay 1’s floor strength. Because of this, the truck must
currently make its home in Bay 4.
by Dave Francis
Thursday, Jan. 17
17th day of the year
must — indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all
hang separately." Benjamin Franklin
American system of ours ... call it Americanism, call it capitalism,
call it what you like, gives to each and every one of us a great
opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of
it." — Al Capone
— Benjamin Franklin, Boston, kite flyer, statesman, wit, inventor
— Stanislaw II August Poniatowski, last king of Poland (1764-95)
1820 — Anne Bronte, English novelist and poet ("The Tenant of
— Mack Sennett, movie creator ("Keystone Kops")
— Al Capone, Italy, gangster (Chicago bootlegging)
— Rock Hudson, Winnetka, Ill., actor ("McMillan and
— James Earl Jones, Miss., actor ("Darth Vader,"
"Exorcist II," "Soul Man")
— L. Douglas Wilder, governor, D-Va.
— Aga Khan, religious leader (Muslims)
— Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], heavyweight champ boxer
— Jim Carrey, Ontario, Canada, actor ("In Living Color,"
"Dumb and Dumber," "The Mask")
— Albert, bishop of Riga and founder of Sword Knights, dies at
— Edict of St. Germain recognizes Huguenots in France
— Capt. James Cook becomes first to cross Antarctic Circle
— Nine old women burnt as witches for causing bad harvests, Kalisk,
— Mexico permits Austin and 300 U.S. families to settle in Texas
— Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th U.S. president (1877-81), dies in
Fremont, Ohio, at 70
— Gary Gilmore executed in Utah; first U.S. execution since 1967
— Operation Desert Storm begins; United States leads allies vs.
— Los Angeles Rams announce that they are moving to St. Louis
hears details of new handicapped parking laws
16, 2002] Illinois
drivers who cheat and use handicapped-parking spaces illegally will
now have a harder time avoiding getting caught, the Lincoln City
Council learned at its committee of the whole meeting Tuesday
A. Bogdan, disability liaison with the department of senior and
community services of the Illinois secretary of state’s office,
explained the new legislation that went into effect on Jan. 1 of
this year. Key to cutting down abuse of the program are new parking
placards that will be harder for unauthorized drivers to use and
easier for police to spot.
showed a brief video of a recent "sting" operation in
Chicago, set up to find out how prevalent cheating was. The seven
stings caught 150 people, most of whom kept handicapped parking
spaces tied up all day, he said. Four of those caught were using
placards they had made themselves. Bogdan also said placards have
been for sale on e-Bay for anywhere from $2 to $30.
stop this abuse, permanent placards are redesigned with a punch card
expiration date corresponding to the holder’s birth month, and the
holder will also be identified by gender. This will make it easier
for police to check whether the driver is actually the authorized
cardholder, Bogdan said. Officers can see if the birth month on the
placard corresponds with the birth month on the driver’s license.
police can now seize a placard being used illegally as well as write
a $100 ticket. This will make it more difficult for "a teen
using grandma’s placard," Bogdan added. If the placard is
seized, the authorized cardholder will have to go to court to get it
placards will also be identified by gender and show the card’s
expiration date. There is also a new category, organization
placards, that will be issued to groups that transport those with
disabilities. A hologram image of the wheelchair symbol appears on
these placards, making it more difficult to copy.
addressed the question of proper display of the placard, an issue
that has caused some controversy in Lincoln. Last year there were a
series of complaints that tickets were issued to vehicles that had
handicapped placards. Owners of some of the vehicles said they did
have placards displayed, but the volunteers doing the ticketing said
the placards were not visible. The city has authorized several
handicapped volunteers to issue tickets.
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told the council that if the card is not hanging where police can
see it, it is not properly displayed.
the job of the person with a disability to see that the placard is
properly displayed," he said. If the card is hanging from the
rearview mirror, its view should not be obstructed by baby shoes or
other decorations. "It needs to be in clear view," he
said police officers have the discretion whether to write a ticket
or not when there is doubt about the proper display of a placard.
Chief Rich Montcalm said from eight to 10 tickets are given each
month for handicapped parking violations, half of them first
offenses. He said the present city policy is for first offenses to
be dismissed. Second offenses go before a committee of three, City
Attorney Bill Bates, Mayor Beth Davis and Montcalm, and are decided
on a case-by-case basis.
also said that as of Jan. 1 it is illegal to park in an access isle,
the striped space next to a handicapped parking space, even if the
driver has a handicapped placard and cannot find another parking
space. The access isle must be left clear to allow those in
wheelchairs to enter and leave a vehicle.
said there are now about 700,000 drivers with handicapped license
plates or placards in Illinois. He is traveling throughout the state
to educate the public on the new parking legislation, House Bill
846. He said a manual will be sent to police departments explaining
the new program.
Fredericks, owner of Pete’s Hardware, asked why he has to
designate a handicapped parking area for his store, which has only a
few parking spots. "Why can’t mine go out on the
street?" he said. "A person who owns property should have
Davis said that people with disabilities "only want a level
playing field." City Attorney Bates said Fredericks was
questioning a state law, not one the city passed. Later Davis said
later the city would try to work with Fredericks on the handicapped
homes rezoning petition narrowly passes
16, 2002] By
the thinnest of margins the Logan County Board voted Tuesday night
to rezone three acres near Chester from agricultural to country
homes use. In another matter that had previously been disputed,
board members were unanimous in extending the employment of Animal
Control Warden Sheila Farmer for 11 months.ext
the zoning matter a narrow 7-6 majority voted to allow Alan Roos to
carve three one-acre home sites from his 120-acre farm in Aetna
Township. Zoning officer Bud Miller said the petition meets all
zoning requirements, and State’s Attorney Tim Huyett said the
project does not fall under the subdivision act since it does not
involve building a street or sewer. Board member Dale Voyles called
the petition "a very clear-cut opportunity for limited growth
in the county." Both the Regional Planning Commission and the
Zoning Board of Appeals had previously approved the project.
board member Rod White said he voted against the petition because he
objects in general to "spot zoning." The zoning ordinance
does not require country home plots to have services such as water,
electricity or sewer and therefore "may open up the county to
situations detrimental to buyer and seller," White warned. He
said there are areas in the county where a well will not hit water.
A lot buyer might sue after discovering that the ground was not
suitable for building a home, thus causing trouble for the seller
also. White also objected to rezoning a plot before there is a
member Gloria Luster said that Roos’ property avoids many of the
potential pitfalls in the zoning ordinance. The land is located very
close to Chestnut and has city water and natural gas as well as a
buried phone line. A power line runs on the other side of the road.
vote to rezone the three acres passed 7-6, with Roger Bock, Paul
Gleason, Lloyd Hellman, Dave Hepler, Dick Logan and White voting
committee to review the zoning ordinance is already being formed by
Regional Planning Commissioner Phil Mahler. Its members so far
include himself, Miller, County Engineer Tom Hickman, Director of
Economic Development Mark Smith, county board members Hepler and
Terry Werth, Health Department Director of Environmental Health
Kathy Waldo, Lincoln City Safety Inspector Les Last, Atlanta Mayor
Bill Martin, farmer Kent Paulus, Jim Drew of the Logan County Farm
Bureau and Delmar Veech, a 30-year member of the planning
commission. Mahler said he intends to add a township road
commissioner and that any county resident interested in joining the
committee can call him at 732-8835 or 737-9765.
said review of the zoning ordinance may take a year. "I want
orderly growth and a growth that makes sense," he added. The
final decision on any changes will be made by the county board.
board reappointed Dean Toohey of Mount Pulaski to the Zoning Board
of Appeals. Doug Dutz cast the only dissenting vote.
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the animal control warden, all members of the board voted to hire
Sheila Farmer for the remainder of the fiscal year. Jim Griffin, a
member of the Animal Control Committee, said he changed his earlier
vote on Farmer’s employment because the committee is addressing
problems and complaints. As one example, committee chairman Cliff
"Sonny" Sullivan said phone calls are now being forwarded
to the warden’s cell phone, so a human being now answers the
county board also voted unanimously in favor of funding two bridge
$40,000 to correct a scour problem on the Kickapoo Creek bridge on
the Waynesville blacktop. County Engineer Tom Hickman explained that
the strength of the bridge is based on the piling’s being in
contact with dirt, and there is a 3- or 4-foot section of exposed
piling. Heavy rock will be laid to stop the wash and divert the
channel away from the piling. Additional funding for the project
will come from the federal government and state motor fuel taxes.
$18,400 as the county’s share of bridge construction in Sheridan
Township. A double box culvert will be replaced with a pre-cast,
pre-stressed concrete deck beam bridge. Funding for the project is
shared, with the state picking up 80 percent, the county 10 percent
and the township 10 percent.
other business Finance Committee chair Rod White said a 50 percent
advance on tax funds is being given to the three agencies that
receive money from the senior citizens tax — The Oasis, CIEDC and
Rural Health Partnership. Last year the board gave a 100 percent
advance, and it plans not to give any next year. The advance,
including about $300 in interest which the agencies will not return,
is paid from the county general fund.
board approved resolutions honoring three people who have benefited
Wendy Bell, for her creative service as program manager of Main
Charles M. Ott, for 30 years of acting as an ambassador to the
public through his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln.
Roger Dennison and Turris Coal Co., for their "vital role in
bringing large-scale industry to Logan County." Dennison is
president of Turris Coal, which has been a major employer in the
county for 20 years.
by Dave Francis
16th day of the year
culture is ill-equipped to assert the bourgeois values which would
be the salvation of the underclass, because we have lost those
values ourselves." — Norman Podhoretz
... is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies
and misfortunes of mankind." — Edward Gibbon
— Richard Savage, poet
— Harry Carey Sr., Bronx, N.Y., actor ("Aces Wild,"
"Border Cafe," "Air Force")
— Lloyd Bacon, San Jose, Calif., actor (Charlie Chaplin)
— Fulgencio Batista, president and dictator of Cuba (1933-44,
— Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, Hall of Fall baseball pitcher
(St. Louis Cardinals)
— Norman Podhoretz, Brooklyn, N.Y., author and editor (N.Y. Post)
— Susan Sonntag, writer
— A.J. Foyt, Houston, auto race driver (Indy 500 winner in 1961,
’64, ’67, ’77)
— Columbus returns to Spain on his first trip
— Ivan IV the Terrible (17) crowns himself first tsar of Moscow
— Edward Gibbon, historian ("The Decline and Fall of the
Roman Empire"), dies in
London at 56
— Writer Maksim Gorki returns to Russia
— Prohibition ratified by three-fourths of states; Nebraska is
— Leon Trotsky dismissed as CEO of Russian Revolution Military
— Robert R "Bob" Jones, founder of Bob Jones University,
dies at 84
— Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball’s
— NBC presents 440th and final showing of "Bonanza"
— Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi of Iran flees Iran for Egypt
— Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged; his assailants even take his gold
Use a scalpel, not an ax
15, 2002] SPRINGFIELD
— Rep. Gwenn Klingler, R-District 100, said Monday that she voted
no on a bill authorizing Gov. Ryan across-the-board cuts of up to 5
percent because the bill included built-in cuts that were made with
an ax rather than a scalpel.
absolutely no question in anyone’s mind that the budget must be
cut," Klingler said. "The budget shortfall ranges anywhere
from $100 million to $250 million greater than previous estimates.
But the cuts should be made with a scalpel instead of an ax. It is
our duty as legislators to go over the budget, line-item by
line-item — not leave all the decision-making up to the
objects to cuts in education and fears that our most vulnerable
citizens and our children will bear the brunt of the cuts.
residents of nursing homes are an example," Klingler said.
"Hearings last summer and fall showed clearly that nursing
homes, especially those in rural areas, are literally on the brink
of failure because the state isn’t doing what it should to help
them. Further budget cuts will certainly push these nursing homes
over the edge, and some will have to close. That will move nursing
home residents far away from the loved ones in search of a new
said some areas of the state’s budget, such as education, should
be off-limits for cuts, but the state’s elementary and secondary
schools are also being hit because funds for special education and
other mandated special programs are being cut, and the money for
them must come from their regular budget.
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who reads the front page of any paper in the state knows that
schools everywhere are in financial trouble," Klingler said.
"Hardly a day goes by when there isn’t some story about a
school sliding into even deeper financial trouble."
said she strongly felt the state’s promise to give people who work
with the developmentally disabled a 2 percent cost of living
increase should be honored.
are some of the lowest-paid health care workers in the state, and
they have one of the most responsible jobs in the state, Klingler
said. "Refusing to help them is a slap in the face of all the
said the situation facing schools, nursing homes and health care
workers for the disabled was like that of a family which needs a
minimum $200 a month every month to pay their heating bill. "If
their paychecks are cut by $200 a month, what are they going to do?
Turn off the heat? That’s the question facing the state’s
schools, the state’s nursing homes and the state’s most
helpless. They’re being left out in the cold," Klingler said.
"I just had to vote no."
release from Rep. Gwenn Klingler]
by Dave Francis
day of the year
a sentimental people. We like a few kind words better than millions
of dollars given in a humiliating way." — Gamel Abdel Nasser
is a powerful and just weapon…. which cuts without wounding and
ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." —
M.L. King Jr.
— Johann Oporinus [Herbster], Swiss book publisher (Koran)
— Lord Frederick Stanley, presenter of hockey’s Stanley Cup
— Aristotle Onassis, Greece, rich shipping magnate
— Gamal Abdel Nasser, president of Egypt (1954-1971)
— John J. "Cardinal" O’Connor, Philadelphia, Roman
Catholic Archbishop of New York
— Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta, civil rights leader (Nobel
— Charo, Murcia Spain, actress and singer ("Chico and the
Man," "Love Boat")
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— First top hat worn (John Etherington of London)
— First U.S. railroad honeymoon trip, Mr. and Mrs. Pierson,
— Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis
— Donkey first used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper’s
— Tchaikovsky’s ballet "Swan Lake" premieres, St.
— Two million gallons of molasses flood Boston, Mass., drowning 21
— World’s largest office building, Pentagon, completed
— Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
— Meyer Lansky, reputed mobster, dies in Miami Beach, Fla., at 80
and state-level support
expressed at packed LDC rally
14, 2002] At
times the high school rocked Saturday morning. No, it wasn’t a
basketball game or a pep rally for another sport. The LCHS auditorium was
nearly filled with LDC supporters for a two-hour rally
that ran the gamut of standing ovations and cheers to quiet moments
of empathy for the remarks from a parent of a resident at the
here to see pictures of the rally]
speakers took the podium amidst a wave of red "We Support LDC"
signs. Throughout the morning, the speakers’ remarks were met with
cheers and, on many occasions, standing ovations.
speakers encompassed union officials, business leaders and a large
group of political leaders that rarely can be seen together at any
function in Logan County.
Sen. Larry Bomke was joined on the dais with state Reps. Gwenn Klingler,
Dan Brady, Jonathan Wright and Bill Mitchell. Lincoln Mayor Beth Davis as well as
Logan County Board Chairman Dick Logan also stated their support for
keeping Lincoln’s largest employer open. To make the political
representation complete, Democratic candidate for governor Paul
Vallas, former superintendent of Chicago Public Schools, threw his
support behind LDC by saying that if elected governor he would solve
the problems at LDC and keep the institution open.
31 Director Henry Bayer advised the audience that over 9,000
signatures were already on petitions, with more petitions still to
[to top of second
column in this article]
the rally was mostly a great deal of rhetoric, some important
information was relayed to the crowd. Among those informational
moments was Sen. Bomke’s statement that there is a growing support
for LDC among members of the Illinois Assembly who do not have a
voter base in this area.
Council 31 Deputy Director Roberta Lynch also advised the gathering
that studies of other institutions in a 50-mile radius of LDC showed
numerous and far more egregious citations of abuse and neglect than
anything reportedly occurring at the Lincoln Developmental Center.
Rep. Jonathan Wright also explained to the crowd that over 96
percent of the reportable observations by state-requested overseers
were positive in their conclusions.
recurring theme in many of the comments was Gov. Ryan’s
insensitivity to the wishes of the residents and their guardians to
keep LDC open. Another was the unanswered question of whether there
is a hidden agenda in the singling out of this institution over
by Dave Francis
day of the year
“Example is not the main thing in influencing
others. It is the only thing.” — Albert Schweitzer
“First they came for the Jews. I was silent.
I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists. I was silent. I
was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists. I was
silent. I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me. There was
no one left to speak for me.” — Martin Niemoller, on resistance
1615 — John Biddle, English minister
1730 — William Whipple, merchant and judge
(Declaration of Independence signer)
1741 — Benedict Arnold, U.S.
traitor (Revolutionary War)
1875 — Albert Schweitzer, doctor,
humanitarian and organist (Nobel 1954)
1892 — Martin Niemoller, clergyman (German
Protestant); imprisoned by Hitler
1919 — Andy Rooney, Albany, N.Y., CBS news
correspondent (“60 Minutes”)
1941 — [Dorothy] Faye Dunaway, Bascom, Fla.,
actress (“Chinatown,” “Bonnie and Clyde”)
Rodger Ludlow publishes "Fundamental Orders of
Edmund Halley, genius eclipsed by Newton, dies at 85
Congress ratifies peace treaty between United States and England
Eli Whitney receives government contract for 10,000 muskets
General Sherman begins his march to the South
U.S. Supreme Court rules race separation on trains
Lewis Carroll, writer (“Alice in Wonderland”), dies at 65
Henry Ford introduces assembly line, for T-Fords
Horse racing legend Eddie Arcaro won his first race
FDR and Winston Churchill confer in Casablanca concerning World
New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio marries actress Marilyn Monroe
Humphrey Bogart, actor (“Casablanca,” “Caine Mutiny”),
dies at 57
George C. Wallace sworn in as governor of Alabama
Sergei Korolev, Russian space station constructor, dies
Raymond Kroc, founder of McDonalds and owner of San Diego Padres,
dies at 81
to be downsized or closed
12, 2002] Gov.
Ryan announced on Friday that, “Either the Lincoln Developmental
Center will close, or it will be downsized to a point where LDC
could pass a federal inspection.” Ryan has asked the
Illinois Department of Human Services to develop both plans. If
reduced, the facility would cut back employees and residents. The
plans to close or downsize are being prepared by DHS director Linda
Renee Baker and will be on the governor’s desk on Jan. 31.
brought strong reactions from parties on both sides of the issue.
Advocates for deinstitutionalization, lobbying for
community-integrated living arrangements for developmentally
disabled residents, are growing impatient with the delays. As
executive director of ARC of Illinois, Toby Paulauski said, “I
really think the guy has got only one choice. It’s time to
make that decision and move on.”
LDC employees and the
family members of residents remain hopeful that the facility that is
home to more than 200 disabled residents will remain open
Still stinging from the moves of over 100 residents that have been
sent to other facilities, they fear the future disruption, whether
it be shuttering or cutbacks. As Lincoln Parents Association
co-president Linda Brown sees it, “At least he didn’t come out
and close it.”
Still saying that he
wants what is best for the care and safety of the residents, the
governor emphasized, “I have not lost sight of that mission or of
my responsibility to their welfare.”
12, 2002] A
rally in support of Lincoln Developmental Center was held this
morning in the auditorium of Lincoln Community High School.
LDC employees are members of AFSCME Local 425.
[All photos by Bob
here to see more pictures]
[From left: Bobbi Abbott, Mayor Beth Davis,
and Senator Larry Bomke]
[The room was a blaze of red]
[AFSCME was not the only union represented.]
[Don Todd, president of AFSCME Local 425]
tops legislature’s 2002 agenda
12, 2002] SPRINGFIELD
to Senator Claude “Bud” Stone, job No. 1 for the General
Assembly in 2002 is crafting a new state budget, one that is
balanced, addresses priorities and is also realistic given the
current financial climate.
"We have a
difficult task ahead of us," said Stone (R-Morton). "We
must find the right balance between the needs of the citizens and
State government is
still operating under the fiscal year 2002 budget that was approved
during the 2001 spring session. The state’s budget year runs from
July 1 of one year through June 30 of the next year. The Illinois
economy has continued to slow over the past year and because of that
the state is receiving less tax revenue than was anticipated. This
prompted budget cuts by the governor during December and calls for
budget belt tightening as the new legislative session gets underway.
"The Bureau of the Budget is still predicting
positive revenue growth in the current fiscal year," said
Stone. "However, the estimate of $500 million is about half
what was expected when the current budget was approved last spring.
As we begin work on the fiscal year 2003 budget, we must be
cautious. It’s difficult to predict, economically, what this year
will bring "
[to top of second column in this
For many legislators,
such as Stone, this year’s budget crisis has a familiar ring to
wasn’t the state senator then, I do remember the financial
problems plaguing Illinois in the early nineties," said Stone.
"There were difficult decisions made, state spending was
curtailed and Illinois came out of that decade fiscally strong.”
Stone believes state
government should conduct its business in much the same way as a
small business owner or family. When there is a reduction in income,
spending is reduced and you make do with less.
government must live within its means. That means we pay our bills
on time and don’t spend more tax dollars than we take in,"
said Stone. "I’ve heard talk about fee increases or tax hikes
as a way of increasing revenues to pay for programs. I’m opposed
to that option. Taxpayers should not be further burdened, especially
in times of an economic downtown."
Lawmakers returned to Springfield on Wednesday to begin
the 2002 spring session. The session is scheduled to end May 17.
release from Illinois Senator Claude Stone]
by Dave Francis
day of the year
“Mr. Gandhi, what do you think of Western civilization?”
“I think it would be a very good idea.”
man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30
years of his life.” — Muhammad Ali
— HAL 9,000th birthday (from "2001: A Space Odyssey")
— John Winthrop, first governor (Massachusetts Bay Colony)
— Jose Ribera [Lo Spagnoletto], Spanish painter
— Pierre de Fermat, French lawyer and mathematician
— Edmund Burke, British author (Philosophy & Inquiry)
— John Hancock, patriot (first to sign Declaration of
— John Singer Sargent, U.S., portrait painter (“Wyndham
— Jack London, writer and socialist (“Call of the Wild”)
— Hermann Goering, Nazi Reichsmarshall
— Rex Ingram, Ireland, actor and director (“Elmer Gantry,”
“God’s Little Acre”)
— Igor V. Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist (first Russian
— Henny Youngman, England, comedian (“Take my wife please...”)
— "Amazing" Kreskin, Montclair, N.J., mentalist and
— Joe Frazier, Beaufort, S.C., heavyweight boxer (gold medal, 1964
Olympics), champion (1968-73)
— Rush Limbaugh, Cape Girardeau, Mo., radio personality
— Last day for all Jews to leave Sicily
— Maximilian I of Hapsburg, German Kaiser, dies
— Holland begins use of Gregorian calendar (yesterday was
— French king Louis XVI marries Madame Maintenon
— Tsarina Elisabeth establishes first Russian University
— First U.S. public museum established (Charleston, S.C.)
— France decrees Bonaparte family excluded from the country
— Friedrich von Schlegel, German cultural philosopher and poet,
dies at 56
— Harry Houdini performs at Rembrandt Theater, Amsterdam
— First time Dow Jones closes above 100 (100.26)
— Football rules committee legalizes forward pass
— Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes first commissioner of baseball
— NFL champion Cleveland Rams given permission to move to Los
— Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast
— Porcupine in Washington, D.C., zoo dies at 27; oldest known
— “Batman,” with Adam West and Burt Ward, premieres on ABC-TV
— Louisville, Ky., draft board refuses exemption for boxer
— Agatha Christie, mystery writer (“10 Little Indians”), dies
day of the year
mouth is full of decayed teeth and my soul of decayed ambitions.”
— James Joyce
are those who say to you — We are rushing this issue of civil
rights. I say we are 172 years late.” — Hubert Humphrey
— Charles Perrault, France, lawyer and writer (Mother Goose)
— Horatio Alger Jr., Revere, Mass., author (“Lost at Sea,”
“Work and Win”)
— Alfred Fuller, CEO (Fuller Brush Man)
— Sam Woolworth
— Robert Stack, Los Angeles, Calif., actor (Eliot Ness in “The
— Charles III, the Fat One, King of Franconia and Roman emperor,
— Frederick (III), the Handsome, duke of Austria and German
— Elizabeth I crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey
— Patent to Plymouth Colony issued
— Jonathan Swift ordained an Anglican priest in Ireland
— James Oglethorpe and 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston,
— Thomas Crapper pioneers one-piece pedestal flushing toilet
— Stephen Foster, composer (“My Old Kentucky Home”), dies at 37
in New York
— National Geographic Society founded (Washington, D.C.)
— Oscar Wilde’s “Ideal Husband” premieres in London
— New York Times editorial reports rockets can never fly
— Wyatt Earp, U.S. marshal (O.K. Corral), dies at 80
— James Joyce, novelist (“Ulysses”), dies in Zurich,
Switzerland, at 58
— Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies
— Wham-O Company produces the first Frisbee
— Beginning of Tet offensive in Vietnam
— Hubert Humphrey, senator, D-Minn., and vice president, dies at 66
in Waverly, Minn.
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.
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 email@example.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
here for names available now.]
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we prepared for terrorism
in Logan County?
on the radio, TV, in all the media. You hear it in the office, on
the street and maybe at home — threats of terrorism. America is on
high alert. Here in central Illinois, away from any supposed
practical target areas, perhaps we feel a little less threatened,
but we are still concerned. So how concerned should we be, and how
prepared are we for the types of situations that could occur?
the threat is domestic or foreign, violent, biological or chemical,
our public health and rescue agencies have been preparing to respond
to the situations. Lincoln Daily News has been at meetings where all
the agencies gather together as the Logan County Emergency Planning
Committee to strategize for just such a time. Our reports have not
even provided every detail that every agency has reported; i.e., a
number of representatives from differing agencies such as the health
and fire departments, CILCO and ESDA went to a bioterrorism and
hazmat (hazardous materials) seminar this past August.
are some of the articles that LDN has posted pre- and post-Tuesday,
Sept. 11. Hopefully you will see in them that WE ARE WELL PREPARED.
At least as much as any area can be. Every agency has been planning,
training, submitting for grants to buy equipment long before Sept.
11. We can be thankful for all of the dedicated, insightful leaders
we have in this community.
[to top of second column in
day after ‘Attack on America’
Area leaders respond to national tragedy
and LEPC conduct successful hazardous materials exercise at water
County ready for action if terrorist event occurs - Part 1
County ready for action if terrorist event occurs – Part 2
nuclear power plant safety measures in place
County agencies meet to discuss protocol for suspicious mail
promised, the United States led an attack on Afghanistan. The attack
began Sunday, Oct. 7. American and British military forces made 30 hits on
air defenses, military airfields and terrorist training camps,
destroying aircraft and radar systems. The strike was made targeting
than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East have
pledged their cooperation and support the U.S. initiative.
[to top of second column in
(serving the U.S.
registration for disabled
19 general primary election notice to the elderly and people with
15, 2002] Citizens
who are not registered to vote and cannot leave their home,
hospital, nursing home or other institution because of a permanent
physical disability can arrange for voter registration by contacting
a deputy registrar or the county clerk’s office.
registration will close on Feb. 19 for the March 19 general primary
you are physically able, you may register to vote by going to the
county clerk’s office, Room 20 in the Logan County Courthouse, 601
Broadway in Lincoln. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through
Friday. You will need to show two forms of identification, one with
your current address on it.
people with physical disabilities and the elderly, election judges
will be available at the polling place on election day to assist
voters when a friend or relative is unable to help.
Handicapped-voter booths will be available for your convenience.
Physically impaired or elderly persons may be eligible to vote
absentee. Please contact the Logan County clerk’s office for
any information concerning voter registration or voting for the
elderly or disabled, please call the Logan County clerk’s office
at (217) 732-4148.
J. Litterly, Logan County clerk]
to register to vote
3, 2002] Are
you registered to vote?
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.
you have questions about your voting eligibility, please contact
our office at (217) 732-4148.
J. Litterly, Logan County clerk]
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