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Bill Brady announces five-point Medicaid reform plan

[MARCH 18, 2002]  Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, a candidate for state Senate in the 44th District, has a five-point plan for dealing with Medicaid reimbursement.

"Illinois can no longer cut budgets by reducing funding for human services," said Brady. "That is why I have developed a five-point plan that I call ‘Reform with Accountability.’ It is time to set our priorities, and we should not fund any new programs until we can pay for the commitments we have made," he continued. 




Brady’s plan calls for real reform in the Medicaid reimbursement methodology, implementation of the use of personal care assistants to help reduce staffing shortages, promotion of the high quality of care provided by Illinois’ nursing homes, elimination of a bed tax paid by long-term care facilities, and an increase in the personal allowance provided to Medicaid residents in long-term care facilities. 

[News release for Bill Brady]

Klingler: Governor’s budget message
not all ‘doom and gloom’

[MARCH 18, 2002]  SPRINGFIELD — State Rep. Gwenn Klingler, R-100 District, reiterated her opposition to state employee layoffs to help balance the state’s budget but applauded Gov. Ryan for his recommendations to save the state money through attrition and an early retirement plan.

"Through an early retirement plan and attrition, the state could save money and not be forced to lay off hardworking state employees," said Klingler, "I was pleased to hear the governor was open to these suggestions. I was also pleased to hear that he didn’t support raising taxes on our families or small business to supplement the budget."

Klingler stated that the budget continues to put many of the House Republican’s priorities at the forefront. Gov. Ryan’s budget proposal continues to push for more money for education, to expand prescription drug coverage for seniors, and to provide health coverage for low-income families.


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"These are areas we have fought very hard for over the past several years — helping seniors afford costly prescriptions, improving our children’s education and keeping our families healthy. I am glad Governor Ryan is equally committed to these areas and expect needed services in these areas to continue," said Klingler.

Klingler stated that the governor’s plan gives lawmakers a good start in crafting a final budget that will not hurt our families, the poor or seniors.

"A lot of work needs to be done on the budget before we adjourn in May. The governor’s plan gives a starting point for negotiations, and I expect that the final version will look much different than the proposal heard [February 20]," said Klingler.

[News release for Gwenn Klingler]

Former Illinois governor endorses Bill Brady

[MARCH 16, 2002]  BLOOMINGTON — Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar has announced his endorsement of Bill Brady for the 44th Senate District.

Brady served in the Illinois House six of the eight years that Jim Edgar was governor. Edgar complimented Brady for his work ethic and the leadership he displayed while serving in the General Assembly. The former governor stated that this experience means Bill will be able to effectively deal with issues important to the people of the district. "Bill knows the people in Springfield, and he knows the process. He won’t need on-the-job training," Edgar said.


"I am confident Bill’s background in state government and business make him uniquely qualified to serve the 44th Senate District," Edgar said. "His fiscal discipline and business experience will allow him to work toward balancing the state’s budget and improving education."

Edgar also complimented Brady for his work on behalf of retired teachers in sponsoring and passing a bill for their continued health insurance benefits.

[News release for Bill Brady]

Peoria Journal Star endorses Kinzinger

[MARCH 13, 2002]  The Peoria Journal Star has announced its endorsement of Rus Kinzinger for the Illinois State Senate in the 44th District. The newspaper is the largest daily newspaper in Tazewell County, much of which lies in the 44th Senate District.

The Peoria Journal Star said, "Rus Kinzinger has outworked and outargued Bill Brady (his opponent). That is something of a surprise, since Kinzinger has never held public office and Brady had eight years of experience before giving up his State House seat two years ago to run for Congress. …

"Kinzinger enters a room equipped with ideas. One of the more intriguing is to use the state funding carrot to encourage schools to become community centers, open at night and on weekends.

"He proposes creating multi-county consortiums to examine applications to establish industry-sized animal farms, something that merits exploration.

"He’s the only candidate in memory who’s suggested that the state might think about regulating who can tap into aquifers and under what circumstances in order to prevent water shortages.

"For a newcomer, his understanding of the state’s problems is impressive."

The newspaper concludes that Bill Brady "just hasn’t sold himself this time around. Kinzinger has, and gets our endorsement."

[News release for Rus Kinzinger]

IEA recommends Bill Brady

[MARCH 8, 2002]  SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Political Action Committee for Education, the independent political action arm of the Illinois Education Association, is recommending Bill Brady for the 44th Illinois Senate District.

According to John DiMascio, Region 14 chair, Brady has a record of excellent performance in support of education, including school construction grants, increased funding, school safety initiatives, early childhood and reading programs, and class- size reduction.

"We respect Brady’s experience in the Illinois House," said Lou Ann Jacobs, GPA for Region 14. "His influence will be crucial to education in the coming months and years to ensure that education of our children remains the top priority in the state."

"Brady hopes to replace retiring Senator John Maitland and carry on Maitland’s enviable record of assuring that adequate funds are earmarked for education," John DiMascio said.

The IEA committee has also recommended Rep. Bill Mitchell, Illinois House District 87, and Rep. Dan Brady in House District 88 based on their records of support for education.

[News release for Bill Brady]

Tremont, Warrensburg mayors and
Tazewell County coroner endorse Kinzinger

[MARCH 2, 2002]  Three area officeholders have announced their support of Rus Kinzinger, Republican candidate for state Senate from the 44th District. They are Mike Dunlap, mayor of Tremont; Leland Heckl, mayor of Warrensburg; and Joe Dubois, coroner in Tazewell County.

Mayor Dunlap called Kinzinger "the best man for the job." "Rus has shown that he’s in this race, not for himself, but to represent the people of the 44th District," Dunlap said. "Rus has spent a lifetime helping those less fortunate. As chief executive of the Home Sweet Home Mission, which serves the poor and the homeless, he has firsthand knowledge of the relationship between health care, education, employment and tax issues that impact our citizens."

Coroner Dubois said that the citizens of Tazewell County who are in the 44th District are "fortunate to have a candidate as distinctively qualified as Rus Kinzinger."

"In addition to devoting his life to helping the needy, he understands the needs of the rural communities, having lived 30 years of his life associated with the type of small, rural communities that compose 95 percent of the 44th Senate District." Dubois added that Rus has shown he is a man of courage and integrity by announcing that he will not accept campaign contributions from casino or liquor-related organizations.


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Mayor Heckl of Warrensburg, near Decatur, said he endorses Rus because he will "truly represent the interests of the citizens of the 44th District, not the politicians."

"He is a strong advocate of education, with his wife teaching in the public school system in Bloomington and a daughter who teaches at the college level. Rus has been tireless in visiting the part of the 44th District around Decatur — a good indication of how he plans to represent us when elected."

Other prominent residents of the 40 Senate District who have endorsed Kinzinger include Rep. Jonathan Wright, R-Hartsburg, and Mike Stokke, chief of staff to Dennis Hastert, who is speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and 15th District Republican state central committeeman.

[News release for Rus Kinzinger]

Illinois Right to Life endorses Kinzinger

[MARCH 2, 2002]  The Illinois Federation for Right to Life Political Action Committee has announced its endorsement of Rus Kinzinger, Republican candidate for state Senate in the 44th District.

Dawn Behnke, chairperson of the IFRL said, "Rus has expressed a desire to protect the unborn children ... in addition to those who are disabled and in need of protection at the end of their lives. … If we do not restore and maintain the protection of that right for the weakest and most helpless members of our society, we become weaker and more helpless."

The IFRL-PAC is connected with the Illinois Federation for Right to Life, Inc., which represents the state on the board of the National Right to Life Committee in Washington, D.C.

[News release for Russ Kinzinger]

Kinzinger endorsed by Chicago Tribune

[MARCH 1, 2002]  Rus Kinzinger, Republican candidate for Senate in the 44th District, today received the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune. Kinzinger is currently chief executive of the Home Sweet Home Mission, which serves the poor and homeless.

The Tribune stated in the editorial page endorsement: "At a time when plenty of experienced legislators are leaving the General Assembly in droves, one might be tempted to support former state Rep. Bill Brady’s bid to return to the legislature. But many people in Springfield describe Brady as a camera-ready politician who doesn’t pay much attention to the hard work of legislating.

"Brady has an impressive challenger in Rus Kinzinger, a former local coordinator for Peter Fitzgerald’s U.S. Senate campaign, who for 13 years has overseen a network of central Illinois homeless and transitional shelters. Kinzinger has neither the money nor the legislative experience of Brady, but his understanding of state issues and his creative ideas for cutting waste suggest he wouldn’t need much time to get up to speed. He would be a principled legislator. Kinzinger is endorsed."


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Kinzinger said he was elated at the Chicago Tribune endorsement. He has also received endorsements from Mike Stokke, Republican state central committeeman for the 15th District and chief of staff to Dennis Hastert, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Rep. Jonathan Wright, R-Hartsburg; Mayor Mike Dunlap, Tremont; Mayor Leland Heckl, Warrensburg; and Joe Dubois, coroner for Tazewell County.

[News release for Rus Kinziger]

Noland endorses Brady for Senate

[FEB. 27, 2002]  DECATUR — Bill Brady, candidate for state Senate, earned high praise from the area’s current senator, Duane Noland, who is retiring this year. Sen. Noland officially endorsed former Rep. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, for the 44th District. Noland, R-Blue Mound, says Brady will be an excellent voice for the area where he now serves.

"I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of serving this area for the past 12 years," said Noland. "I’ve also had the opportunity to work with Bill Brady, and I am confident that central Illinois will flourish under his leadership."

Bill Brady served as state representative for the 88th District before running for Congress in 2000. Brady led the charge on making taxes more reasonable, schools safer, insurance more accessible, and expanding agricultural markets and uses. He will continue to fight for education, an improved economy, tort reform and tougher crime laws.

"Bill Brady is a proven leader who understands the needs of communities like Bloomington and Decatur," said Noland. "His time in the House has well prepared him for the challenges of the Senate and the privilege of serving this area."

The new 44th District includes all of DeWitt County and portions of Christian, Logan, McLean, Macon, Sangamon and Tazewell counties.

[News release for Bill Brady]

Ewing endorses Bill Brady in 44th District Senate race

[FEB. 21, 2002]  BLOOMINGTON — Former state Rep. Bill Brady received a boost to his campaign for the state Senate today with the endorsement of former U.S. Rep. Tom Ewing and his son, Sam Ewing.

"I have known Bill Brady for many years and worked with him when he served in the Illinois General Assembly," explained Ewing. "He has the experience and knowledge, which will be required for the next senator from the 44th District. I am pleased to enthusiastically endorse Bill Brady in the March 19 primary."

Ewing’s son, Sam Ewing, joined his father in supporting Bill Brady. "I wholeheartedly endorse Bill Brady’s candidacy for the Illinois State Senate. Central Illinoisans will be well served by having Bill Brady back in Springfield representing our values and providing solid leadership for the citizens of the 44th District."



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Tom Ewing served in the U.S. Congress for 10 years.  Before that, he served in the Illinois House of Representatives for 17 years, both as assistant Republican leader and deputy minority leader. He also worked as assistant state’s attorney of Livingston County.  Sam Ewing works in claims at State Farm Insurance.

The new mapping of the 44th District includes areas where Tom and Sam are very well known, and both have been introducing Brady to local voters. "They have been tremendous," said Brady.  "I am honored to have their support and look forward to a continued working relationship with them both."

Bill Brady lives in Bloomington with his wife, Nancy, and their three children, Katie, William and Duncan.

[News release for Bill Brady]

Brauer campaigning in new 100th District

[FEB. 19, 2002]  SPRINGFIELD — Conservative Republican Rich Brauer of Petersburg kicked off his campaign for the 100th District Illinois House seat, saying that voters in this newly drawn district have a new choice that better reflects their priorities.

"As I walk through the communities now included in the 100th District, people repeatedly tell me that they want to see stable and equitable school funding, help for small businesses, and a strong public safety system," Brauer said. "Through my work with the PORTA school district, as a volunteer fireman and as a small-business owner, I have the experience, the vision and the leadership to make a difference for Sangamon, Menard and Logan counties."

Brauer said he is the only conservative choice for the new 100th District. He supports the protections and responsibilities of the Second Amendment, tough penalties for tough crimes and property tax relief.

"I have been on the front lines fighting for much needed money for our kids, and I know the current school funding system just doesn’t work," Brauer added. "The income tax is a more equitable way to fund education, so I will fight for a dollar-for-dollar swap from the property tax to the income tax to support education."



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Brauer said he is a proven community leader. He is co-owner, with his eight brothers and sisters, of Oasis Family Farms in rural Menard County and is former owner of George Warburton’s Restaurant near Petersburg. He has served on the National Pork Producers board of directors, Sangamon/Menard County Crimestoppers, the Menard County and Illinois Water Quality Associations, the Oakford Volunteer Fire Department, and the Menard Service Company. He chaired the PORTA Community School District Citizen Advisory Board, which was successful in passing a referendum to fund the new PORTA Middle School. He also has coached girls softball and was a local 4-H leader.

Brauer is a 1972 graduate of PORTA High School and attended Southern Illinois University and Western Illinois University. He is married to Nesa Brauer, a 26-year teacher at Havana High School. He has two daughters, Ashleigh, a senior at PORTA High School and Whitney, a seventh-grader at PORTA Junior High.

[News release for  Brauer]

Klingler: Long-term care recommendations
protect our elderly and sick

[FEB. 16, 2002]  SPRINGFIELD — State Rep. Gwenn Klingler, R-100th District, said that the recommendations by the House Republican Long Term Care Funding Task Force offer reasonable solutions to the long-term care crisis that threatens the well-being of our loved ones. The report was released at a press conference in Springfield. The findings are the result of 15 hearings held by the task force statewide in the fall.

"We owe our moms and dads, grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts and uncles, a safe and caring place to live when they can no longer live on their own or with us," said Rep. Klingler. "Long-term care is expensive, and the state’s failure to adequately reimburse the facilities that care for our loved ones contributes to that cost. As a result, many residents deplete a lifetime’s worth of savings in just a few years and are forced to rely on Medicaid."

According to Klingler, nearly two-thirds of nursing home residents rely on public assistance.

The goal of the task force was to find a solution to the disparity in reimbursement rates among regions of the state. The report released by the task force recognizes the state’s current fiscal condition and offers a solution to the inequity in the reimbursement rate — at no additional cost to the taxpayers,



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"A bill has already been filed that addresses the inequity problem by changing the way the state reimburses nursing homes. Under House Bill 4319 nursing homes would be reimbursed based upon the medical needs of each patient in their care, rather than the location of the facility," said Klingler. "It makes sense that patients with more ailments are more expensive to treat and ought to be reimbursed for their actual cost."

The task force made several other recommendations, encouraging the state to establish uniform standards for inspections, pursue increased federal funding, create a working group to address the nursing shortage in the long-term care profession and formulate reasonable procedures for converting nursing home space into assisted living apartments.

"'This issue is too important to our families to ignore. I am hopeful that the General Assembly will act on the recommendations of this task force," said Klingler.

[News release for Gwenn Klingler]

Brady introduces ‘Teaching for Tomorrow’
education platform

[FEB. 16, 2002]  BLOOMINGTON — Bill Brady, former state representative and now a Republican candidate for the 44th District state Senate seat, has released his "Teaching for Tomorrow" education plan that addresses several key issues, including funding, school construction grants, standardized testing, teacher retention, local control and ways to streamline education at the state level.

"Education has been and will continue to be the single issue that matters most to citizens," Brady commented. "My plan recognizes the fact we need to find a means to provide adequate funding while not raising income taxes. It also will provide a higher degree of accountability for results at the state level, while giving local school districts the flexibility they need to carry out the job of educating our children."

While serving in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1993-2001, Brady was regarded as a strong advocate of primary and secondary education, supporting measures to provide a foundation level of funding and authoring legislation that guaranteed health insurance benefits to all retired teachers across the state.

Brady’s "Teaching for Tomorrow" education platform

Primary and secondary education funding

•  Brady supports policy that 51 percent of all new revenue growth be earmarked for education.

•  Brady strongly supports continuing the practice of providing a foundation level for funding that will ensure that all school districts, regardless of local tax base, will have the necessary resources to provide for a quality education.

School construction grants

•  As a state representative, Brady worked to obtain funding for school construction grants that enabled hundreds of projects statewide to occur while minimizing local property tax exposure.

•  Brady advocates the use of retiring Build Illinois bonds to be utilized for financing capital projects throughout the state. In order for schools to qualify, they must submit written applications and substantiate the need so that the available resources are distributed based upon actual need, not political ties.

Measuring our schools’ success

•  ISAT and Prairie State Achievement Tests address the need for a standardized means of benchmarking achievement and learning in core curricula areas of reading, mathematics, writing and sciences.



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•  "Longitudinal data" will provide conclusive results for us to measure the development of individual students from second grade through high school as well as provide a fair and consistent way to evaluate our schools.

•  Assessment must be consistent and utilized to identify deficiencies, but not be used to punish those schools that are under-performing.

Rewarding and retaining our teachers

•  Brady will introduce legislation that will provide for teacher scholarships to attract and retain the best public school teachers.

•  Brady successfully negotiated and passed legislation that guaranteed health insurance benefits for retired teachers across the state.

Local control

•  Decisions that relate to curricula, staffing and prioritization of resources are best left to local school boards, administrators and teachers, Brady believes. He has a consistent history of fighting unfunded federal mandates and legislation that restrict local school districts’ ability to operate their schools as they deem necessary.

•  School districts that demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in managing their finances at a local level should not be penalized with less funding.

Streamlining processes at the state level

•  Brady supports the elimination of the State Board of Education in favor of a cabinet-level director of education appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

•  Brady believes that under the structure now in place, there are too many entities establishing policy — the governor, the General Assembly and the State Board of Education — with little accountability for results. We need a clear and coherent direction for primary and secondary education that is established and followed through on, he says.

[News release for Bill Brady]

Bill Brady earns endorsement of
past McLean County GOP chairmen

[FEB. 13, 2002]  BLOOMINGTON — Four former McLean County Republican Party chairmen are among the most recent GOP leaders to support Bill Brady’s candidacy for the 44th District Senate seat.

In endorsing Brady for the Senate, past chairmen Roger Joslin (1966-76), Tom Jacob (1976-80), Joe Warner (1990-99) and Bill Shepherd (1999-2000) cited Brady’s experience, constituent service and leadership during his four terms in the Illinois House of Representatives.

"I’m honored by their support," Brady said. "I think it speaks to what we were able to accomplish while serving central Illinois as a state representative and demonstrates their confidence that we’ll be productive in representing the people of the 44th district."

These recommendations follow January endorsements by GOP County Chairmen J.C. Pearce (Christian), Irv Smith (Sangamon) and Jerry Stocks (Macon).


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Additional endorsements of Brady’s campaign by 44th District leaders and citizens can be found at

Brady served as the state representative from 1993-2001. As a legislator, Brady worked to successfully reform workers compensation and tort law. He championed insurance and financial reform legislation that later was used as a national model, and created and passed efforts to guarantee health insurance and reform the judicial review process.

[News release for Bill Brady]

Stokke endorses Rus Kinzinger for state Senate

[FEB. 13, 2002]  Mike Stokke, Republican state central committeeman for the 15th Congressional District, has endorsed Rus Kinzinger, Republican candidate for Illinois Senate in the 44"' District. The endorsement was made Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27, at a press conference outside the Home Sweet Home Mission in Bloomington, where Kinzinger has served as chief executive for the past 12 years.

"Rus Kinzinger is a man of compassion, intellect and integrity," Stokke said. "He has lived a life of service. As chief executive of the Mission, Rus has dealt with the many facets of the state and federal and local governments and understands their interrelationships: from health care to education to employment to business interests. Having grown up on a farm in Iroquois County in which he continues to hold an interest, Rus is well prepared to represent both the agricultural and urban issues facing the citizens of the 44th District."


In accepting the endorsement, Rus Kinzinger said: "I appreciate the confidence that Mike Stokke has shown in me and my campaign. This is the second endorsement in less than a week — Rep. Jonathan Wright (R-Hartsburg) publicly endorsed my candidacy on Thursday, Jan. 24. I am also encouraged by the progress that my campaign has made in reaching citizens throughout the 40th District to let them know that my candidacy is about them. I will be responsive to all interests in the District, not just the privileged few."

[News release for Rus Kinzinger]

Mummert earns Illinois AFL-CIO endorsement

[FEB. 13, 2002]  Jon Mummert, candidate for state representative in the 94th Illinois Legislative District, earned the endorsement of the Illinois AFL-CIO.

"I am honored by this endorsement," Mummert said. "The issues of the AFL-CIO reflect the concerns of the working women and men in our district. Their concerns reflect the core values of my campaign."

The Illinois AFL-CIO represents 1,500 local unions and more than a million working women and men in Illinois. They typically endorse candidates who pledge to work hard for the rights of working people.

Among other issues, Mummert said that he is concerned with workplace safety rules, worker compensation programs, opposing privatization of prisons and the extension of unemployment benefits. "Based on my opponent’s anti-labor record, my opponent and I significantly disagree on these issues."


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Mummert, a lifelong resident of Western Illinois, lives on his farm near Astoria and has worked as a carpenter for over 20 years.

The Illinois 94th District includes all of Henderson, Mason, McDonough and Warren counties, most of Hancock County, west and south Fulton County, and three townships in Mercer County.

[News release for Jon Mummert]

Astoria man, Jon Mummert, announces candidacy
for Illinois state representative of the 94th District

[FEB. 13, 2002]  Jon Mummert announced at a luncheon on Friday, Jan. 4, in Havana that he will run for the Democratic Party nomination for Illinois state representative of the 94th District.

"From my days as a child on my parents’ farm to my days on my own farm — as a teacher, a carpenter and a family man — I have learned what it means to be a working person," Mummert said. "You can rest assured that when you help send me to Springfield, these experiences and values will continue to guide my actions."

At the luncheon, Mummert, a lifelong resident of western Illinois, expressed some of his hopes and goals. He mentioned area issues including equity in school funding, highway construction, prescription drug benefits for all seniors and expanding the farm market.

Jon and his wife, Cindy, have three children and five grandchildren.

At age 20 Mummert bought a farm, near his hometown of Astoria, which he has expanded to 600 acres over the past 35 years.

Mummert worked his way through Spoon River College and Western Illinois University as a coal miner and earned a business degree from WIU. He taught at Porta High School for two years and was chair of the business department during his second year.

While maintaining his farm, Mummert has worked for 26 years as a carpenter. As a trustee of his carpenters union pension fund, he helped build a small pension fund into a large one, significantly increasing benefits for retired carpenters.


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Mummert said, "I believe in helping those who came before me and protecting the futures of all western Illinoisans."

Mummert is an active leader in his community. He currently serves as president of the Astoria Library Board and was a director for the Farmers State Bank of Astoria from 1980-2000.

Mummert recently resigned his presidency of the Astoria Fire Protection District. "I resigned to commit more time to run for state representative, but I vow that I will work hard to make sure that all firefighters have the right equipment to protect us and themselves," he said.

Besides his volunteer work in his community, Mummert is also an active member of the Astoria Christian Church, serving on the board of elders and deacons for the last four years, the final three as the board’s co-chair.

Mason County officeholders and area supporters were in attendance when Mummert announced his candidacy.

"I am grateful for this opportunity to announce to my candidacy," he said. "I believe my work and life experience will help me run a successful campaign and become an effective legislator."

[News release for Jon Mummert]

Kinzinger supports enterprise zone extension
for coal-fired energy plant near Elkhart

[FEB. 13, 2002]  Rus Kinzinger, a Bloomington Republican running for Illinois’ 44th Senate District, announced his support for the extension of the enterprise zone from Lincoln to Elkhart to assist Corn Belt Energy Corporation in its plan to build a $140 million coal-fired plant just east of Elkhart.

Kinzinger said, "It is clear that the construction of this plant will benefit consumers in our growing district, of which Bloomington-Normal is the largest city. Corn Belt Electric, based in Bloomington, employs 84 people. This plant, the first generating plant for Corn Belt, will clearly benefit the 44th District in providing energy for our future needs. When fully operational, it will be capable of producing 82 megawatts of electricity per hour."

Corn Belt will be a 51 percent owner of the plant, which was planned in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy.

The proposed coal plant would also benefit our state in several ways, Kinzinger said:

1.  Use of Illinois coal and payment of approximately $2,500 in monthly coal taxes.


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2.  Creation of an average of 100 construction jobs over the 2.3-year construction period and an estimated $16.3 million in construction-related revenue.

3.  Payment of approximately $325,000 in property taxes.

4.  Once operational, the plant should employ 25 full-time workers. Turris Coal near Elkhart will need to expand its work force by about 20 in order to produce the estimated 380,000 tons of coal needed annually.

"I support Corn Belt Energy Corporation as it grows its business and works to meet future energy needs of our community and region," Kinzinger said. "I commend the city of Lincoln for voting to extend the enterprise zone to assist Corn Belt in constructing the coal plant in Elkhart."

[Kinzinger for Senate press release]

Voting Information

Polling places

[MARCH 1, 2002]  The following are polling places in Logan County:



Polling place

Lake Fork No. 1

Lake Fork Township Hall, 260 200th Ave., Mount Pulaski

Laenna No. 1

Latham Firehouse, Latham

Aetna No. 1

Chestnut Firehouse, Chestnut

Oran No. 1

Beason Firehouse, Beason

Atlanta No. 1

Atlanta Firehouse, 205 South East Vine St., Atlanta

Atlanta No. 2

Atlanta Township Office, 301 Arch St., Atlanta

Atlanta No. 3

Atlanta City Hall, 107 North East First St., Atlanta

Mount Pulaski No. 1

American Legion Home, 104 Scroggin Ave., Mount Pulaski

Mount Pulaski No. 2

American Legion Home, 104 Scroggin Ave., Mount Pulaski

Mount Pulaski No. 3

Lake Fork Community Center, Lake Fork

Mount Pulaski No. 4

American Legion Home, 104 Scroggin Ave., Mount Pulaski

Chester No. 1

Chester Township Hall, 1197 1450th Ave., Lincoln

East Lincoln No. 1

Senior Citizens Center, 501 Pulaski St., Lincoln

East Lincoln No. 2

First United Presbyterian Church, 301 Pekin St., Lincoln

East Lincoln No. 3

*Faith Assembly of God Church, 1225 Nicholson Road, Lincoln

East Lincoln No. 4

Elkins Garage, 211 N. Main, Lawndale

East Lincoln No. 5

Masonic Temple, 2022 N. Kickapoo St., Lincoln

East Lincoln No. 6

*Lincoln Christian Fellowship Center, 211 N. Hamilton, Lincoln

East Lincoln No. 7

Lincoln Christian Fellowship Center, 211 N. Hamilton, Lincoln

East Lincoln No. 8

*Friendship Manor, 925 Primm Road, Lincoln

East Lincoln No. 9

Lincoln Christian College Chapel, 100 Campus View, Lincoln

East Lincoln No. 10

*Faith Assembly of God Church, 1225 Nicholson Road, Lincoln

East Lincoln No. 11

New Wine Fellowship, 1500 N. McLean, Lincoln

East Lincoln No. 12

Faith Lutheran Church, 2320 N. Kickapoo St., Lincoln

Eminence No. 1

Eminence Township Hall, 1450 2400th St., Atlanta

Elkhart No. 1

Elkhart Town Hall, 109 N. Bogardus, Elkhart

Elkhart No. 2

Cornland Firehouse, Cornland

Broadwell No. 1

Broadwell Town Hall, Broadwell

West Lincoln No. 1

Carroll Catholic School, 111 Fourth St., Lincoln

West Lincoln No. 2

Carroll Catholic School, 111 Fourth St., Lincoln

West Lincoln No. 3

Northwest School Gym, 506-11th St., Lincoln

West Lincoln No. 4

*Jefferson Street Christian Church, 1700 N. Jefferson, Lincoln

West Lincoln No. 5

Northwest School Gym, 506-11th St., Lincoln

West Lincoln No. 6

*West Lincoln Township Shed, 651 Stringer, Lincoln

West Lincoln No. 7

West Lincoln-Broadwell School, 2695 Woodlawn Road, Lincoln

West Lincoln No. 8

St. John United Church of Christ, 204 Seventh St., Lincoln

West Lincoln No. 9

Logan County Housing Authority, 1028 N. College, Lincoln

West Lincoln No. 10

*Jefferson Street Christian Church, 1700 N. Jefferson, Lincoln

Orvil No. 1

Emden Village Hall, Emden

Orvil No. 2

Hartsburg Firehouse, Hartsburg

Hurlbut No. 1

Hurlbut Township Shed, Elkhart

Corwin No. 1

Corwin Township Hall, 100 N. Monroe, Middletown

Sheridan No. 1

New Holland Village Hall, New Holland

Prairie Creek No. 1

Blair Hoerbert’s Garage, 2506 100th Ave., San Jose

*Denotes polling place change

[Sally J. Litterly, Logan County clerk]

Meet the Candidates

Note:  Position papers have customarily been published in LDN as received — unedited. For smoother reading, we corrected a few misspellings in the current set of documents. Words inserted for clarity are in brackets [like this]. We also added some punctuation in the process of transcribing handwritten materials. The basic content of the papers has not been edited. This is an opportunity for the candidates themselves to tell us "Where They Stand."

Regional superintendent of schools candidate positions

Jean Anderson

My name is Jean Anderson, and I am a candidate for the office of Regional Superintendent of Schools for Logan, Mason, and Menard Counties. With the upcoming primary just a few short days away, I would like to share with LDN readers my thoughts regarding three issues I am dedicated to promoting, should I be elected: Visibility, Accessibility, and Representation.

I have a teaching background and am currently completing my eighteenth year in the classroom. However, I also have an administrative background with both a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and administrative experience. Through my participation on my district’s recertification and communications committees, as chief negotiator and bargaining committee chairperson, and as my school’s Discipline/Attendance Officer, I am actively involved in policy making and implementation. My opponent is also involved at this level. However, where I believe I have the advantage over him is through my role as a teacher. From the vantage point of my classroom, I am a direct recipient of policy decisions and can assess them first-hand. Many current educational decisions and policies are being made by individuals who have either been away from the classroom for a long time, or who have never been in the classroom at all. As Regional Superintendent, I would bring my first-hand knowledge to the office. Then, in order to maintain that perspective, I will make regular visits to schools, not just for Life/Safety inspections, but to meet and talk with staff members about their ideas and concerns, so that my efforts can best reflect staff and student needs. This, in my opinion, is the only way to make appropriate decisions for all of us.

I would also like to implement additional opportunities for professional development at the local level. My opponent has mentioned Logan, Mason, and Menard counties’ affiliation with the Mid-Illini Educational Cooperative, which provides resources and workshops for our educators, and for educators from Fulton, Schuyler, and Tazewell counties. According to the Fall 2001-Spring 2002 edition of The Reporter, Mid-Illini’s published list of workshop offerings, only one workshop was scheduled to be held in Logan County (in Lincoln) and just three were scheduled for Mason County locations (one each in Havana, Manito, and Mason City.) No locations in Menard County were scheduled at all. As Regional Superintendent, I believe it is extremely important for our local educators to have the fairness and accessibility of attending many events in Logan, Mason, or Menard Counties, rather than being the ones asked to travel to sites in the other three areas. Therefore, I will work to schedule more training sessions in our three counties. I also will encourage and facilitate districts who wish to become Providers, a designation allowing them to bring to their schools meaningful training that addresses the state standards for teacher recertification. It is much more efficient and cost-effective to bring staff development opportunities into a district for all to partake of, than it is to underwrite sending individuals away for similar training a few at a time. Saving districts money in this area frees up local dollars for local needs.


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Highest on my list of concerns is representation. I understand the need to improve our relationships with parents, increase positive community support, and gain additional resources. I am extremely interested in pursuing areas of cooperation between our school districts. Purchasing cooperatives for the smaller schools and shared technology grants are two such examples. In my current situation, I am comfortable communicating with school administration in order to address staff and student concerns and do so on a regular basis. As Regional Superintendent, I will maintain that type of direct representation and would look for additional ways in which to support faculty, staff, and administration as we work to keep our students in school, positively engage disruptive or underachieving students, keep our physical plants secure, and continue to provide the highest quality of education possible.

If I am elected Regional Superintendent, these issues will be first on my agenda. As a lifetime resident of Lincoln and Logan County, I will work hard for you. My family and I continue to support LDC and other area businesses, and we maintain our hope that our community will remain strong. I would appreciate your vote on March 19.

Thank you very much.


Jean R. Anderson

Republican Candidate for Regional Superintendent of Schools for Logan, Mason, Menard Counties  

1705 N. Kankakee Street

Lincoln, Illinois 62656


Robert Turk

My wife, Camille and I reside on a farm in rural Mason County. We have two sons, Michael age 31 and Greg age 28. I am a member of the Havana First United Methodist church and currently serve the church as treasurer. I am serving my local community as a member of the Mason District Hospital Foundation Board.

My career in education spans better than 30 years. During that time I have been a classroom teacher at the junior high school, high school and college level. I have been a junior high school principal, and I served as District Superintendent for the Easton and Greenview School Districts. For the past eight years I have served as the Assistant Regional Superintendent for the Logan Mason, Menard Region. During that time I have assisted in the administration of the varied responsibilities of the office including teacher certificate application and registration, bus driver training, the regional media materials center and GED registration. Our responsibility to conduct health/life-safety inspections and full compliance reviews has afforded me the opportunity to know the educators and gain first hand knowledge about the educational programs in each district and the facilities in which they are offered.

During the past eight years our office has taken on new responsibilities and initiatives. We received a new truancy grant that provides for two caseworkers to work with students experiencing attendance problems in grades k-8. We worked with all 13 school districts in the Region to develop a cooperative agreement to operate our Regional Safe School called Salt Creek Academy. We formed the Mid-Illini Cooperative with Regional Offices in Tazewell County and Fulton/Schuyler Counties to meet our responsibilities to provide gifted education services, technology services, and professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators. Along with the provision of workshops and administrator academies, the cooperative has been successful in providing assistance to districts in school improvement activities, teacher leadership activities, teacher certificate renewal activities and helping to make technology a reality in the schools of the region.


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In my capacity as Assistant Regional Superintendent, I have had the opportunity to work with educators and administrators throughout the Region as Chairman of the Lincolnland Regional Delivery System for vocational education, secretary for the Board of Directors for the Salt Creek Academy, and designated chairman of the local professional development committee for private school teachers and teachers in state operated programs. I am also a member of the Illnois State Board of Education Pupil Transportation Advisory Committee and the Lincoln Land Workforce Investment Board.

I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with educators and citizens in the Logan, Mason, and Menard Region in their efforts to provide excellent educational opportunities. The increased recognition of the importance of education at the State and Federal level, the State’s shrinking budget and the reorganization of the State Board of Education will provide challenges and new opportunities for the Regional Office. I believe my experience and the success of past initiative provides with me with necessary background and skills to meet the new challenges and provide continued improvement of educational opportunities for students in the Logan, Mason, Menard Region.


Sheriff candidate questions

Sheriff candidates were invited to address the following domestic violence questions as they chose:

  1. What role do you see the Sheriff’s Office having to reduce violence in our County?

  2. Where does domestic violence fall in your priorities?

  3. What guidelines do you recommend to your deputies (or would you recommend) when making domestic violence arrests, as well as determining the primary aggressor at the scene of an incident?

  4. Do you currently have (or would you have) a protocol for this?

  5. What steps will you take to ensure victim sensitivity with the Sheriff’s Office and ensure that they are not re-victimized in order that they will want to call law enforcement again?

  6. What is your policy on arrest, evidence gathering and reporting of domestic violence calls/incidents?

Sheriff candidate Steven Nichols

1.  The Sheriff’s Office will take a full time role in attending the meetings of the Domestic Abuse and Violence Task Force, not because of an election year. The Sheriff’s Office will track all domestic abuse and violence in the county and report these incidents to the task force. This way we can monitor the type of incidents and causes behind them, alcohol or drug abuse, poverty and so on.

2.  Domestic violence is a high priority, especially since I have been involved with over 1,500 reported cases of abuse and neglect. Domestic violence has a direct impact on the well being of our children. Children observe this violence and will pattern their ability to cope with life situations in the same manner. This leads to more violence in our communities and other forms of problems, such as school truancy, alcohol and drug abuse, theft and burglary. This is where I hope my proposal for a senior high school task force of kids from all over the county can help. Where we let the kids talk with each other and communicate what problems they face and ways of solving these issues. We must stop this vicious cycle.

3.  My first concern in domestic disputes will be if children are present in the home. I want their safety secured first and foremost. As previously stated, this affects them more than anyone.
If the aggressor is clearly identified, arrests will be made; if both subjects are responsible, arrests will be made and the State’s Attorney can weigh the evidence after reading the reports and decide if charges are still warranted.


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If we have a mom and dad involved in a dispute, we will make our priority providing a safe environment for the child; then the arrest will follow.

4.  We will work with the Sojourn Center for the proper guidance in protecting the victims. Too many times we are insensitive to the female victims; we think they can just get up and leave abusive situations. It is not that easy. We want to make referrals to our mental health facility where they have excellent staff to help victims deal with their emotional needs. This goes hand in hand with reporting to the task force for support also.

5.  This is a crime that is taken too lightly at times, primarily with child involvement. Interviews will be conducted, physical evidence gathered and inventoried, and pictures taken of injuries will be required. We will back this up with a medical opinion if treatment is needed. All incidents, again, will be documented, tracked, and reported to the task force.


County Board candidates questions

County Board candidates were invited to address the following questions as they chose:

  1. What issues likely to come before the County most interest you? How would you respond to them?

  2. What unique background/abilities/philosophy can you bring to this office?

  3. This year the County Board budget projects lower income than expenditures. Have you any ideas for conserving resources?

  4. Where do you stand on the proposed commercial/industrial park?

  5. How can the county promote economic development?

Candidate for county board, District 3, Tom Cash

Tom Cash

P.O. Box 112

230 S. Main

Latham, IL 62543

Home Phone 217 674 3423

Married: Patricia 43 years

Children: Lynda, Thomas Jr.

Grandchildren: Jessica, Devin, Samantha

Party affiliation: Republican

Organizations: Latham Fire and Rescue--29 years

Church affiliation: Latham Baptist Church

Current Occupation: Retired from Army National Guard since July 1,1999

Aviation Life Support Equipment Technician
13 years

Education: 12 years; high school

Illinois Military Academy Teaching Certificate

Nuclear Biological and Chemical Warfare Instructor 18 years

I wish to continue to serve the people of District Three and Logan County.

I differ from the other candidates seeking the same seat because of my prior service in Logan County. For 19 years I have served as the Zoning Officer of the Village of Latham. I have also represented the Latham area on the Logan County Planning and Zoning Commission since 1995. 1 was appointed to the Logan County Board in August of 2001. I feel this gives me more experience and knowledge of the problems facing the people of my district and Logan County.

I was appointed to the Logan County Board in August 2001 to fill a vacancy left by Phil Mahler’s selection as Logan County Planning and Zoning Officer. I was appointed to this position because of my working knowledge with the County Board and prior public service to the community.

Being a member of the Logan County Board for the past 6 months has made me aware of just how much time, effort and thoughts are needed to become a good representative for all the people of the county.



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I am a member of the animal control committee, Logan County Planning and Zoning Committee and the General Assembly Liaison. Being a board member does not mean attending two board meetings a month and committee meetings only. It also means you must make contact with everyone who has a concern about a decision made or being considered by the board. Some of these decisions are very controversial. Listening to both sides of every issue is time consuming, but very important. Sometimes decisions that are made do not satisfy everyone, but I believe we must follow the rules and ordinances set for us.. If these rules do not represent the majority of the people then proper procedure needs to be followed to change them.

I have only been a board member for 6 months. The first meetings were spent observing, listening and absorbing the workings of the board as a whole. In my short time on the board I have been able to support the passage of the Enterprise Zone in Elkhart as well as other things that benefit the county. I have worked for clean up of junk cars and etc. in Logan County for the past 7 years on the Planning Commission and now as a county board member, that is one of my goals.

As I visit with the people in my district and the county, I have asked what their concerns are. Voters major concerns are keeping taxes and spending under control, seeing all communities not only regain lost business but attract new business and cleanup in the county.

Keeping the areas of the county cleaned up and the overall appearance of all communities is one of my main goals as well as keeping spending and taxes under control.

I am proud to have been able to make people more aware of Logan County as a whole As a representative of one of 6 new districts, I feel not only my district (district 3) but all areas in the farthest corners of the county will receive more representation.

Since becoming a Logan County Board member I have made many important contacts on the board and throughout not only the county but also the state. I have attended many meeting with our State Representatives and Senators to increase their awareness of the needs of the people of Logan County.

As a resident of the outermost region of the county, I understand why all areas of the county need to be properly represented. I intend to represent not only the people of my district, but also all the citizens of the county. My decisions as a member of the county board will be based on what’s best for our county as a whole.

Candidate for county board, District 5, Patrick O’Neill

My name is Patrick O’Neill, 46 years of age.

Married to Juanita for 8 yrs; have 4 stepchildren Spring 23, Wendy 22, D.J. 20, Steve 18.

Worked at Krogers going on 26 years with the past 2 as frozen food manager. I’m also union steward and have worked with Mayor Davis the past year on a committee for disabilities, senior citizens, youth, which I enjoy doing.

My platform is simple. Senior citizens, jobs, promoting Logan County as a place to call home.

Issues that interest me [are] the golf course [and] industrial park! Since the 9-11 and the recession, towns like Peoria, Decatur, Clinton etc. have been hit hard — many because they’re dependent on industries. I don’t see the county with a pending debt looming spending taxpayers money to build the park and realistically I don’t see industry coming to Logan County in near future as downsizing and closing continued even though we seem to be coming out of recession! I feel we have other opportunities for industry to choose from, such as the old PPG plant, and with the uncertain future of LDC, that too may be an option to choose from in [the] future. So I don’t see investing money at this time, where we can use it for other pending needs now.

I’m for expanding but not at the expense of good farming land or at the expense of farmers who at this time are having hard times and are being forced to sell their land to make ends meet! We need to do everything we can for the farmers in Logan County. They’re the backbone of the community and were here long before any industry arrived! The pending power, ethanol plant should be a boost for local farmers as well as jobs and revenue for the county. So I’d do anything possible to see that this is a done project!

My background consists of 26 yrs in retail. Being in constant contact with people on a daily basis put me in touch with their needs and troubles. I’m a hard worker who [is] not afraid of promoting the many new ideas I have!

We’re facing a budget crunch in the year to come. We need to cut back expenses. The money for a study plan on a golf course is a waste, and I’m not for the industrial park but am in favor of updating our airport!

I feel the county as a whole is facing a crisis itself with senior citizens. We’re an aging county, and I feel affordable housing, lack of transportation facilities, home care help is lacking in Logan County, and with the budget cuts of Medicaid, nursing homes may be forced to close. So what’s going to happen when our senior citizens are unable to keep up the present house or need some assistance to maintain their quality of life and there’s no place to go or no more vacancies in the high-rises we have now! We can use some of the money we’re investing in the industrial park to maybe make land available for retirement like homes!


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To promote economic development, first off we need to update all of our city, county code ordinances to comply with the new world. Second we have Lincoln College, LCC and even Heartland, all of which are expressing interest in adding courses, expanding and investing money. We need to work side by side with them to promote expansion, which means more jobs, more students, more sales tax money. With larger universities increasing tuitions, smaller schools become more affordable and appealing to families looking for an education for their children!

With the Lincoln Library and Museum taking shape in Springfield there will be an estimated 5 million people (tourists) coming through here yearly. We need to jump at this. Promote Lincoln as a town to visit and live [in]. We’re right between Springfield Lake and Clinton Lake which has an estimated 1.5 million visitors a year. Most come through or by Lincoln! I’d like to see us accommodate these people by maybe adding a racetrack, creating more campground spaces!

Two things going for us are our history and the people. I’d like to see a strip mall-type venture that would feature souvenir-type stores promoting Lincoln mementos, crafts, etc., all appealing to tourists, which will bring revenue to the county.

But to attract tourists and getting get some to stay we need to clean up eyesores in the communities, which I think a strong city and county code enforcer can get done. And anybody not complying, seize their property, auction it off and maybe [the] new owner will fix up these eyesores in the areas as well as bringing revenue to the county. When you have people owning property and it’s abandoned and unlivable or unusable, then it should be seized!! That is why I’m in favor of a property tax break of 2 yrs for people investing $10,000 to $20,000 to make improvements or expand on their properties. Then the third year start paying the new tax rate! This I believe will support itself in the long run with the money spent to improve properties, and the hiring of people to work means more sales tax, and with the improvements made come higher property tax the third year on, which will also bring in more revenue.

You never know until you try these ideas. I’m willing to put my knowledge and effort into making Lincoln and Logan County a place to live and call home, but I need your help. Please vote for me March 19th!

Pat O’Neill


Candidate for county board, District 6, Paul Gleason


Paul E. Gleason is a lifelong resident of Logan County and has lived in his current precinct, East Lincoln 10 nearly, all of the period. He was educated in the Lincoln school system and became a teacher after graduation from Illinois State University in 1960. He retired after teaching American History and American Constitutional Government for thirty-seven years. After retirement Gleason authored and co-authored two books on the History of Lincoln and the History of Logan County. In the fall of 2000 he joined the Lincoln College Staff as Assistant Director of the Lincoln College Museum and currently serves in that position as well as serves as a member of the teaching staff. Gleason has attained a total of 187 years of professional member in fourteen organizations which are affiliated with history and county government. In addition to that he serves as the county historian for the Logan County Board. He is a member of the Elkhart Christian Church and serves on its Council and has a son Bert.


a) Fiscal responsibility and restraint is a concern — not only this year but each year. In 2002 we are facing an economic slowdown and thus revenues are down. Thus there is a need to cut expenses and yet not endanger the quality of life of our citizens. The goal is to have a balanced budget. During this past two year period the County has spent money to prepare county governmental operations for the 21st Century. That cost money but most of all of the goals of the past four years have been met in terms of the modernization of our county government in order to better serve the people.

b) Promotion of economic development is not an overnight experience. You continue to work on it and develop those factors which encourage businesses and industry to come into Logan County. However one must work as diligently to protect and encourage our existing businesses, industries and jobs.

c) The development of an industrial park has been considered over several years. It will help the economy. Keep in mind we also need those positions which pay the workers more than minimum wage and provide benefits. There are two areas where such a proposal can occur. However to get persons to agree to one of them is another issue.



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d) One of the greatest economic development features which Logan County has to offer and to develop further is tourism. Most board members let it slip past. People who come to Logan County spend money. Over the past decade one has witnessed the growth in revenue from the motel industry [in] the County.

e) Agriculture is the greatest industry which the County has. Its greatest resource is the soil. Thus there needs to be continual vigil to protect that asset and yet to find means for the growth and development of our cities and towns. Thus a well-thought and planned land-use program is vital.

f) Promote Logan County. A favorable economic atmosphere can be maintained if persons can be convinced that the County is an ideal place to live, work, worship, and spend leisure time. Its educational facilities are second to none. People need to realize the value of their money when it is spent within the borders of the County. It has a rippling effect upon our economy and we all benefit.

g) Continue to work for the enhancement of the senior citizen services throughout the County whether it be in the realm of senior transportation, nutrition, utilities or entertainment.


Throughout this campaign just I like those of years of the past there will be candidates that will make promises of what "I am going to do if elected." Little do they remember that as individuals we have little power out of the courthouse. However as a group of county board members in the courthouse much can be accomplished during the debates and voting on behalf of the citizens in our district and throughout the County. Thus my goal or promise today as it was "yesterdays ago" is to work with my fellow board members to serve our citizens so that they can enjoy the greatest quality of life to which they are entitles with the most efficient use of the taxpayers money.



Links to candidate information on the Web


Circuit judge

Scott Drazewski (R) for Circuit Judge:

Charles Reynard (R) for Circuit Judge:


State Senate, District 50

Larry Bomke (R):

Don Tracy:


State Senate, District 44

Bill Brady (R):

Rus Kinzinger (R):

Gerald A. Bradley (D):



Pat O'Malley (R):

Jim Ryan (R):

Corinne Wood (R):

Rod Blagojevich (D):

Roland Burris (D):

Paul Vallas (D):


Lieutenant governor

Carl Hawkinson (R):

William O'Connor (R):

Michael Kelleher (D):

Pat Quinn (D):

Joyce Washington (D):


Attorney general

Joe Birkett (R):

Bob Coleman (R):

Lisa Madigan (D):

John Schmidt (D):



Judy Baar Topinka (R):

Thomas Dart (D):



Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell (R):

Daniel Hynes (D):


Secretary of state

Kris Cohn (R):

Jesse White (D):


Supreme Court

Rita Garman (R):

Robert Steigmann (R):

Sue Myerscough (D):

Letters of Endorsement

The Lincoln Daily News publishes letters to the editor as they are received.
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Vote Democratic in primary


To the editor:

The Democratic primary is vitally important. The reason there are few local races is because of the long-held, firm belief that the Republican Party will reward or punish you by your vote.

Will the county board race cost Logan County 500 jobs? Tony Soloman has done a fine job as sheriff — a stable budget, more patrols and no more fighting with the county board. Will the county go to pot depending on who wins that primary race?

Has there ever been a time when the governor’s race has been more important to the people of Illinois and, particularly, those of Logan County? One-party rule for 20 years was destructive to the secretary of state’s office. One-party rule in the governor’s office has been harmful as well to the professionalism expected of agencies such as the Department of Human Services.


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Would LDC be in this predicament if politics didn’t overrule professionalism?

Adlai Stevenson lost a governor’s race by one-half a vote per precinct. The Democratic primary for governor promises to be just as exciting.

Vote Democratic to select the best candidate.


Jane Ryan






Endorses Robert Steigmann


To the editor:

Justice Robert J. Steigmann is a candidate for the Supreme Court in the March 19 Republican primary. We urge you to vote for him.

Bob has been a judge for 25 years, the last 12 on the Appellate Court. He was a prosecutor for 7½ years before that. When he became a judge in 1976, he had tried more felony cases that any prosecutor in the history of Champaign County.

Throughout his career, Bob has recognized when there was a problem in our justice system and appropriately worked to make the system better. He changed the detention center in Champaign County from a country club to a kid’s prison. He eliminated the double standard in rape appeals. He increased enforcement of child support. He got money for your county from people who used the public defender. He sped up child custody hearings. He worked on changes that allow a jury to hear what witnesses said to the police earlier if the witnesses change their stories at trial.

On the Supreme Court, Bob will be able to have even more impact because the Supreme Court has absolute administrative authority over every court the state. Unlike other candidates, Bob is running on the issue that our courts need improvement: an end to delays in child custody cases, an end to secrecy about judicial backlogs, an end to lack of enforcement of child support.


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Bob is willing to say what he stands for because he thinks the voters should know whom they are voting for. He has the support of real people — including teachers and cops and hunters — and not political power brokers.

The Supreme Court has for 20 years asked Bob to teach other judges how to do their jobs. His integrity has never been questioned, and he has a national reputation as an authority on criminal evidence, death-penalty procedures and Appellate Court practice.

The public can learn more about Justice Steigmann at his website:

If you, too, believe that our courts need improvement, please join us in voting for Robert J. Steigmann for Supreme Court on March 19.

Karen and Michael Halvorsen




Former fellow teacher supports Jean Anderson


I encourage voters to vote for Jean Anderson to be our next regional superintendent for Logan, Mason and Menard counties.

As an advocate for exceptional children and parents, I feel Jean Anderson will provide an open door policy and give her full interest, understanding, and assistance to public schools and parents.

From 1990-1995 I had the pleasure of teaching at LJHS as the LD resource teacher. My room was next to Jean Anderson’s language arts class. She was always eager to work with my students, and they always succeeded in her class.


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During my 25 years of teaching "exceptional" learners, I’ve worked with many regular education teachers. Jean Anderson would be in the top three of good educators, in my opinion.

I am confident that if elected, she will bring all of those good qualities to the office of regional superintendent.

Lynne Neal




Lincoln Elementary Education Organization endorses
Jean Anderson for regional superintendent of schools


Dear Editor:

The Lincoln Elementary Education Organization is proud to endorse Jean R. Anderson for the office of regional superintendent of schools, Logan, Mason and Menard counties.

Jean’s nearly two decades of teaching at Lincoln Junior High School have given her firsthand understanding of the issues that face students and teachers every day. She knows schools from the inside. She has both the knowledge and the experience to guide our schools in preparing young students for citizenship in the 21st century.



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Jean Anderson is a hard-working educator, determined to provide our young people with first-class learning opportunities. Her community and classroom service demonstrate a strong dedication to the needs of youth. She will bring this same dedication and determination to the office of regional superintendent.

LEEO encourages the citizens of Logan, Mason and Menard counties to join us in electing an experienced educator, Jean R. Anderson, as regional superintendent of schools.

Lincoln Elementary Education Organization 

Rosemary Erickson and Mandy Camp, co-presidents

Elaine Knight, secretary

Wesley Rush endorses Judge Rita Garman


Voters of the Fourth Judicial District, I am writing in support of the candidacy of Justice Rita Garman for election to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Justice Garman is the most experienced of the two candidates in the Republican primary and the only candidate with extensive civil law experience. She has served as a judge since 1974 at every level of the judiciary, from associate circuit judge to justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. She is only the second woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court and the first woman from downstate Illinois

Judicial experience is an important reason why Justice Garman should be elected, and in my opinion there is another more important and overriding consideration that is difficult to describe, but it is called judicial character. I urge you to examine the backgrounds, records and characters of the two candidates and then ask yourself who you want to sit as your elected representative on the Illinois Supreme Court. I am convinced that Rita Garman has repeatedly demonstrated the strength of her character, and as a justice of the Supreme Court, such strength is a most important asset, and I urge you to support her candidacy.



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Justice Garman was appointed to the Supreme Court by the unanimous vote of the other Supreme Court justices. Since being named to the court, she has received endorsements from a number of political leaders throughout the district, including former Gov. Jim Edgar, as well as most of the congressmen and legislators who represent parts of the 4th Judicial District. When she announced her candidacy to remain on the court, former Gov. Edgar said, "Rita Garman’s experience and high level of integrity make her the best and most qualified candidate. ... She has earned the trust of the people of the 4th District."

Since 1984, the people in the 4th District of Illinois have had an opportunity to vote for president of the United States five times and congressmen 10 times. They have only had an opportunity to elect an Illinois Supreme Court justice once; therefore, it is very important that the right individual be elected. The job is simply too important to elect someone without the proper judicial character. Since the election of a justice to the Supreme Court is such an important matter and it is done so infrequently, I think it is vital that you, the voters, closely examine the qualifications of the candidates. If you examine those qualifications, I am certain you will come to the conclusion that the most qualified candidate is Justice Rita Garman. I ask that you enthusiastically join me in supporting her in her bid to remain on the Illinois Supreme Court at the primary election on March 19, 2002.

For more information about Justice Garman’s qualifications, visit her website at

Wesley M. Rush


Charles Glennon endorses Rita Garman and Scott Drazewski


To the editor:

Republican voters in the upcoming primary election have the opportunity to vote for two outstanding judicial candidates. I have known both of them for many years and each enjoys an outstanding reputation in the legal community.

Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman was unanimously selected to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court when Justice Ben Miller retired. Justice Garman enjoys an outstanding reputation in the legal community, not only for her legal ability and integrity, but for her temperament as a sitting Supreme Court justice. She has no self-proclaimed "agenda." She can be trusted to enforce the laws of Illinois fairly and firmly and not engage in "legislating" from the bench. In a poll of lawyers and judges in the 30 counties in which she is running, her overall score was 95.69 — one of the highest of all judicial candidates running in primaries this year. Her opponent’s score was 37.35 — "not recommended." Lawyers rarely agree on anything. They strongly agree she is the best-qualified candidate for the office of Supreme Court justice.


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Circuit Judge Scott D. Drazewski from Bloomington will also appear on your ballot. Judge Drazewski was selected several years ago as an associate judge from many applicants by the judges of the 11th Judicial Circuit. In December 2001 he was appointed as a circuit judge by the Supreme Court. He has clearly demonstrated, while sitting as a judge, his legal ability, integrity and temperament to do the job. As with Justice Garman, Judge Drazewski received a very high bar poll score from judges and lawyers with a "recommended" rating for the position. His opponent was "not recommended."

Voters generally know very little about candidates for judicial office. They rely on recommendations from friends, advertising and media recommendations. They should also be aware of how the candidate’s qualifications are viewed by the legal community. Two outstanding judges to vote for. Garman and Drazewski.


Charles E. Glennon


Teens urged to get involved in the political process


Dear Editor:

In these difficult times we find ourselves faced with some of the greatest threats in our nation’s history. Yet, we have continued to stand unified behind our president as he moves to counter those forces of destruction that pervade every dark recess on the face of the earth.

While our troops face life-threatening encounters with those who seek to harm Americans at home and abroad, it becomes ever present that the nation faces an even greater challenge here on the home front — that against the increasing apathy towards the American political process.

With polls reflecting progressively dwindling numbers and the lowest turnout in our history, it is clear that something must be done to reverse this devastating downward spiral.

I firmly hold the tragic lack of interest can only be effectively combated and overcome through individual interaction with the system at an earlier age, perhaps the most important being the teen years.


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The Illinois State Federation of Teenage Republicans (ISFTARS) has taken up the challenge of reversing this detrimental decline in voter interest and is holding throughout the state a new club drive, through this month until May, that is designed to bring more and more young people into the American political process and renew interest in political activism.

Teens in Lincoln or the surrounding area who are concerned and want to get involved should write to me at 1500 W. Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506 or e-mail at

Thank you for your support in this endeavor to include more and more young Americans into our political process.


Mr. Jady Hsin

Chairman, ISFTARS



Endorses Dr. Robert Turk


To the editor:

Citizens of Logan, Mason and Menard counties:

On Tuesday, March 19, the citizens of Logan-Mason-Menard counties will have the opportunity to nominate the Republican candidate for the office of regional superintendent of schools. For the past 20 years I have had the honor to serve as regional superintendent of schools for Logan, Mason and Menard counties.

Throughout the past seven years I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Robert Turk, who has served as my assistant. Dr. Turk is now seeking the office of regional superintendent of schools for the Logan-Mason-Menard region. He is highly qualified for the position. Prior to coming to the office he served as a district superintendent in two different school districts. He has also held the positions of principal and teacher.


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Robert Turk has played an integral role in developing many of the programs within the regional office. He is highly involved with all aspects of the office and fully understands the concerns of the local school districts. He is a gentleman of the highest integrity and is well-respected for his leadership by his colleagues and members of the communities which the office serves. He possesses the intelligence, enthusiasm, compassion for students and the credibility to serve as regional superintendent of schools.

I urge the citizens of Logan, Mason and Menard counties to support Dr. Robert Turk in the upcoming election. It is without reservation that I recommend and endorse him for the position of regional superintendent of schools for Logan-Mason-Menard counties.

George D. Janet

Regional superintendent of schools

Logan, Mason and Menard counties

Support for Steigmann, not for bar association poll


To the editor:

The recent poll conducted by the special interest Illinois State Bar Association of its members threatens a grave injustice to the Republican voters of central Illinois. Any conclusion that Robert Steigmann is not fit to serve as a justice on the Illinois Supreme Court defies common sense. After all, how credible is a "poll" that questions the qualification of a man who has worn judicial robes for 25 years?

As chairman of the Macon County Republican Party, with experience managing two campaigns for judicial office and as a practicing attorney, I have seen the judicial-political process up close. Not all attorneys are members of this special interest group. These particular poll results are predominated by Springfield lawyers with an agenda to preserve power. Conservative justices evoke the wrath of this particular interest group, and its conclusions should be viewed with great skepticism.


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Justice Steigmann has approached his campaign with refreshing candor. He tells you what he believes. In both his rich history of published legal opinion and in his words on the campaign trail, Justice Steigmann steadfastly resists succumbing to the whims of political correctness. He recognizes that the law-abiding, tax-paying, family-oriented citizen is the foundation of our communities.

Our party has the minority voice on our Supreme Court. A reticent judge inevitably will surrender our ideas to the offenses of liberalism. Justice Steigmann will serve as an articulate and unapologetic voice for judicial conservatism. Justice Steigmann promises to be to our state court what Justice Scalia is to our U.S. Supreme Court. For our party and our ideas, please cast your ballot for Justice Steigmann and assure that the only "poll" that counts is the tally of Republican voters.

Jerry Stocks

Mount Zion

Support for O’Malley


To the editor:

The primaries are coming up soon, and we have a new player in the Republican race for governor.

He is Patrick O’Malley, elected to the state Senate in 1992 to represent the 18th District and re-elected in 1996 and 2000.

Patrick was born in Evergreen Park, the second oldest of 14 children. He graduated from Marist High School, then worked his way through Purdue University and the John Marshall Law School. He was pro-life before it was politically expedient to take that position. He has stood for free enterprise, lower taxes and constitutional law.

Pat O’Malley has been committed to the cause of working families and is concerned with the economic future of this state. He sponsored the 2001 expansion of the Illinois Circuit Breaker program, which has provided prescription drug assistance and property grants to an additional 500,000 seniors and disabled citizens. He co-sponsored the largest tax refund program in state history, returning more than $250 million to taxpayers, and sponsored new laws reforming Illinois’ complex property assessment system.


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He has also sponsored education reforms that have assisted in turning around Chicago’s school system, restoring local control and accountability. The Illinois Crime Commission named him Legislator of the Year for working to make Illinois a safe place for families. He favors the repeal of Gov. Ryan’s moratorium on capital punishment.

Patrick O’Malley offers us the opportunity to have a candidate for governor who will be faithful to his conservative, pro-family principles and can lead us out of the valley of disappointment with corrupt politicians who renege on their promises to the voters — one who won’t betray us after he gets elected. This is our opportunity to have new blood in the governor’s mansion. Vote for O’Malley.

Janet Schultz



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