New CILAs proposed
to house LDC residents

[MARCH 5, 2002]  A privately operated company is proposing to build eight living units, eight beds each, in Lincoln to house 64 of the residents who, according to Gov. George Ryan’s plan, are to be moved out of the Lincoln Developmental Center by the end of June.

Dave Krchak, attorney for the Alan G. Ryle companies of Champaign and the Charleston Transition Facilities of Charleston, appeared before the Lincoln City Council Monday evening to ask for a change in the city ordinance that would pave the way for the two Community Integrated Living Arrangements, or CILAs, that the firms want to have built and operating by July.

Krchak also told the council that the city’s zoning ordinance, which prohibits group homes in R-1 areas, is no longer legal, because of the recent passage of the federal Fair Housing Amendments Act.

"I believe that your zoning ordinance is illegal," he told the council. "The federal act clearly establishes that you must allow these facilities in an R-1 district."

At present, the city does not allow group homes in R-1 districts even under special or conditional use permits.

Krchak said the city "could not have foreseen this back when you passed your ordinance," in the early 1900s. City Attorney Bill Bates agreed that the city may be in violation of the federal law, although he is still researching the question.

Krchak said one site for a CILA is in "a developing subdivision within the city limits with plenty of lots for sale." The firms he represents are considering at least one site in an area presently zoned R-1, he added.


Krchak and other company representatives met with Mayor Beth Davis and City Attorney Bill Bates last Friday to discuss building new CILAs here.

Asked by Alderman Verl Prather if the new group homes were part of the governor’s plan for downsizing LDC, Krchak replied they were not directly part of his plan but "part of the response to what we think is going to happen."

He said the funding to build the homes would come from the private sector, but funding to operate the homes would come from the state. The two firms, Alan G. Ryle, a for-profit company, and Charleston Transition Facilities, a not-for-profit company, presently operate other CILAs in Lincoln.

He also said this plan has nothing to do with the proposal announced by Gov. Ryan to build 10 new group homes housing 10 residents each on the present LDC campus.

Davis said Lincoln was given the first chance at getting the eight group homes, which would cost about $275,000 each to build.

"If we don’t accept them, some other community will," she added.


She said the group homes might offer jobs to some of the LDC employees who are scheduled to be laid off under the governor’s plan and asked if the employees would be earning "prevailing wages" for care of the developmentally disabled.

"It would be nice if they could get prevailing wages, and it would be nice if we could use local contractors," Davis said.

Krchak said he did not have a wage structure, but it was "unlikely" that wages would be the same as those the state employees are being paid at LDC.

Alderman Steve Fuhrer noted that though new jobs might be created, they would not be the same kind of jobs presently held by LDC employees, who are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. "We’ve been told it’s not going to be $15 or $16 an hour," he said. Many jobs in community group homes are paid at the rate of $7, $8 or $9 an hour.



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Alderman George Mitchell asked if the firms would use local contractors to build the new group homes.

"If the prices seem reasonable, it makes sense to go with that," Krchak answered. He said he did not believe there had been discussion with any but local contractors. Bates, however, said he understood there had been some discussion with contractors from Springfield.

Bates will draft an ordinance amending the zoning code so that it can be discussed at the next council meeting, a committee-of-the-whole meeting March 12. He noted that group homes are already permitted in the city in all areas except those zoned R-1, so if the zoning ordinance is changed, group homes will be permitted anywhere in the city.

Davis said she would ask for the vote on the ordinance on March 18. The CILA firms want to begin construction by April 1, she said.

Alderman Bill Melton urged the council to consider the issue carefully. "Don’t get in a real big hurry. Make sure what we do is correct. The people in the neighborhoods also have rights," he said.

Bates reminded the council that they were not voting on whether they wanted the group homes in Lincoln but on changing an ordinance that might be illegal.

"If the city attorney gets the rest of the information [about the federal law] and we are not in compliance, we don’t have much choice," Fuhrer said.

Krchak said the homes would be one-story, built on a slab, with 15-foot-high garage doors to accommodate vans needed to transport the residents. He said the houses needed to be built on flat terrain.

The group homes will be built to look like other homes in the neighborhood whenever possible. "To the extent possible we will make it look compatible," he said.


Early in February Gov. Ryan announced his plan to downsize LDC from its former nearly 375 residents to 100, who would live in group homes to be built on the present campus, and to cut the number of employees from a high of 700 to about 210.

Ryan has already moved about 130 LDC residents to other facilities, most of them other state institutions. His latest plan calls for moving another 159 out by June 30, the end of the state’s fiscal year.

The Department of Human Services has announced that about 70 of these residents are eligible for placement in groups homes such as those proposed at Monday’s city council meeting, and directed DHS to work with the private sector to build new CILAs in Logan and perhaps Mason counties.

AFSCME and other plaintiffs, including some parents of LDC residents and Illinois Sen. Larry Bomke of Springfield have filed a lawsuit to prevent Ryan from moving any more residents from LDC at least until the end of the fiscal year. That suit is being heard in Logan County Circuit Court before Judge Don Behle. No date for the next hearing has yet been set.

Gov. Ryan’s announced that he would either close or downsize LDC came after months of charges and countercharges about abuse and neglect at the 124-year-old facility. Ryan has said he is moving residents out of LDC only because of concern for their safety and general welfare. Opponents of the plan, including AFSCME, say they believe the downsizing of LDC is a cost-cutting move to help balance the state budget.

[Joan Crabb]



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Teen drinking and smoking
Who’s gonna stop ’em?

[MARCH 4, 2002]  Well, the Lincoln Police and area businesses have something to say to that. They are saying, "We are doing our part." Businesses selling alcohol and tobacco products voluntarily came to an annual "We Card" training program hosted by Lincoln Police Department Community Policing. Thirty-eight owners and managers, mostly from Lincoln, representing nearly all of the vendors selling these products, were in attendance at the optional meeting.

Participants were reminded of Illinois laws and updated on changes, as well as picking up a bit more information pertaining to tobacco and alcohol sales. According to Illinois state law, one must be 18 years old to purchase tobacco products and 21 years of age to purchase or consume alcohol. Members of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission and secretary of state officials spoke and handed out oodles of materials provided by the We Card program.

Opening the evening was Special Agent David Copeland, Illinois Liquor Control Commission, Investigative Division, speaking on alcohol laws and regulations. Addressing the vendors about how they can regulate tobacco sales was Tobacco Compliance Specialist Jim Blackburn of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. Each of the speakers not only reviewed rules, regulations and penalties, but also encouraged practical procedures including the display of signage and checking IDs.


Investigator Randy L. Railey, Secretary of State Police, took the podium to talk about how to regulate sales to minors. Now the real fun began. Investigator Railey quizzed the audience on checking for false identifications. Besides the obvious, looking at the picture, checking the birth date, then using your super brain for some quick math calculations, did you know that there are sometimes quicker and easier ways to spot a false ID?

Did you know that there are codes on a drivers license or ID card that indicate that the holder is:

•  Male or female?

•  Over or under 21?

•  That there is a certain series of numbers on a card that if too high instantly determines a card to be false?

There certainly are, and there are a number of other details on those cards that Investigator Railey trained the vendors to spot.

Illico/Apollo Mart manager Sandy Weakly later said that she has enjoyed training her employees to look for these anomalies.

Lincoln Community Policing Officer Tim Butterfield credits the Apollo Mart manager for helping develop a number of its programs. "Sandy is great to work with. She’s often a guinea pig for new ideas."


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Officer Tim Butterfield says that they are promoting zero tolerance. The "no bending these rules" attitude in our community is promoted by performing regular stings on businesses that sell alcohol and tobacco products and if needed and by arresting minors for possession.

"We are trying as a whole to take care of our youth. We’re also supporting this by providing businesses with classes such as this and literature," he stated. Each of the businesses at the meeting received piles of literature and posters for use in their establishments.

Officer Butterfield thinks the stings are beneficial. It provides a little motivation and keeps businesses on their toes. It becomes a collaborative participation in protecting our youth. He has enjoyed working with one particular business in town. He cites the manager of Illico/Apollo Mart, Sandy Weakly, as especially good to work with on this sort of thing.


Apollo Mart is known for rewarding its employees after successfully passing an alcohol or tobacco sting. Illico District Supervisor George Mullen instituted a rather nice perk for the employee on duty passing a sting. They are rewarded $100. If they fail an alcohol sting, they are immediately terminated. Failing a tobacco sting warrants a reprimand the first time and termination the second time.

It is under consideration by the community policing task force to require local bartenders to be certified annually. The measure is intended to undergird responsible alcohol sales. Bartenders would need a license, and classes would be offered monthly to attain that license.

Businesses participating in this years meeting were the Alley-Bi Saloon, Blue Dog Inn, Eagles Lodge, Eckerts, Capones, Flounders, Glass House, Idle Hour, OK Tavern, Ya-Ya’z, Aftershock, Apollo, Ayerco, Bruns, Burwells, Clark, Qik-N-EZ, Quickway Foods and JC’s Pour House.

[Jan Youngquist]

Illinois Senate week in review

[MARCH 2, 2002]  SPRINGFIELD — A proposed constitutional amendment to automatically review all death penalty appeals and legislation to retain the state’s fair share of tobacco money topped legislation action this week, according to state Sen. Claude Stone, R-Morton.

SJRCA 18, should address concerns over the integrity of Illinois’ death penalty process by ensuring experienced judges and attorneys are involved in the capital litigation process. Specifically, the constitutional amendment asks voters to approve the creation of a State Supreme Court of Criminal Appeals to automatically review all death penalty cases and all criminal cases appealed from the state Appellate Court level.

SJRCA 18 must be read in full once more before a vote is taken in the Senate. If approved by both chambers of the General Assembly, SJRCA18 would appear on the statewide ballot in 2002 and would take effect on the first Monday in December if approved by a majority of voters.

The Senate Executive Committee approved legislation to retain a larger portion of the state’s share of the Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement. Private attorneys representing the state in the lawsuit were awarded $121 million from the fund. These attorneys contend they are entitled to $910 million of the state’s share of the tobacco moneys.

Senate Bill 2303 asserts the state’s right to the funds, nullifying the lien the attorneys have declared against the receipt of future tobacco money. With this legislation, Illinois would be able to use the $910 million for critical state programs.

In other committee action, the Senate Executive Committee again approved legislation (SB 1634) requiring public high schools to set aside time to say the pledge of allegiance each school day. This legislation would require high schools to set aside time but would not require students to participate.

In Illinois, elementary school students are already required to say the pledge, but high schools are not. Of the 20 states with this requirement, Illinois is the only one to distinguish between elementary and high schools.

The Senate Insurance and Pensions Committee passed Senate Bill 1840, making the "30 and out" retirement provision permanent for the State University Retirement System. Previous law gradually lowered the service requirements to retire at any age from 35 years in 1997 to 30 years in 2002. Without this legislation, the service requirement will again become 35 years in 2003, possibly prompting a mass exodus this year.


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Next week is the deadline for Senate bills to gain approval in committee. The following bills were among the legislation approved in Senate committees this week:

Elections (SB 1733) — Calls for election of precinct committeeman in Cook County.

Special education (SB 1777) — Creates seven new designations for certified special education teachers.

Body piercing (SB 1658) — Requires parental consent forms for oral piercing to state that the piercing will be oral and to describe the health risks involved.

Alcohol and teens (SB 1527) — Increases penalties for selling or providing alcohol to minors in exchange for money.

MAP grants (SB 406) — Increases the maximum Monetary Award Program grants for undergraduate students to $5,166 for full-time students and to $2,583 for part-time students.

Police powers (SB 1704) — Expands the questioning and arrest powers of a police officer outside his or her jurisdiction, if law enforcement officials request the officer’s assistance.

Teens and tobacco (SB 1926) — Requires distinct drivers’ licenses for those younger than 21 and 18 years old, specifically stating the date they may legally purchase alcohol or tobacco.

Drinking water (SB 2072) — Requires public notification within 60 days of drinking water contamination.

Senior tax deferral (SB 1606) — Increases the annual income limit for the Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Act from $25,000 to $40,000.

Private detectives (SB 1951) — Allows police officers to work as private detectives without meeting the licensing standards, as their law enforcement training is sufficient.

Tobacco (SB 2017) — Prohibits the sale of cigarettes if the manufacturer has failed to participate in the master settlement agreement and creates an escrow account as required by the settlement and state law.

[News release]

Weather watch

Alerts posted for central Illinois

Winter storm slows as it takes aim on the northern half of Illinois

Updated information: 4:25 p.m. Friday, March 1

[MARCH 1, 2002]  A potent winter storm continues to move across the plains into the mid- and upper-Mississippi valleys. Snow will push eastward ahead of the system and reach western and central Illinois this evening. Snow will become heavy at times, especially late tonight and Saturday. In addition to the heavy snow, strong north winds late Saturday through Sunday will produce considerable blowing and drifting snow.

The storm will push east of the area late Saturday night, leaving a few flurries in its wake on Sunday. Cold air moving south behind the storm system will push temperatures into the single digits over many areas Sunday night.

A winter storm warning is issued when severe winter weather is expected to occur. Heavy snow or snow and ice are forecast to accumulate in the affected areas, causing hazardous driving conditions. People with travel plans in the warning area are advised to choose an alternate route or should use extreme caution if travel is unavoidable.

Winter storm watch for Saturday afternoon and Saturday night

For Cass, Christian, DeWitt, Logan, Macon, Mason, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon, Scott and Shelby counties, including the cities of Beardstown, Bloomington, Clinton, Decatur, Havana, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Mason City, Shelbyville, Springfield, Taylorville, Virginia and Winchester:

A mixture of rain and snow tonight will change to all snow Saturday afternoon. An inch or so of snow will be possible tonight before the snow changes to rain. Once the rain changes back to snow Saturday afternoon, an additional 2 or 3 inches will be possible by Saturday night. Strong north winds of 20 to 30 mph will cause blowing and drifting snow Saturday night and Sunday.



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Winter storm warning tonight through Saturday night

For Fulton, Knox, Marshall, Peoria, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford counties, including the cities of Canton, Eureka, Galesburg and Lacon:

Snow will develop early this evening and become heavy at times. Snow accumulations by daybreak will range from around 6 inches near Galesburg to around 4 inches near Peoria. The snow may briefly mix with sleet or freezing rain near the Illinois River tonight. The snow will continue through Saturday evening, with storm total accumulations from 6 inches to around a foot in some areas. Strong north winds Saturday afternoon through Sunday will cause considerable blowing and drifting snow.

Winter storm watch for Saturday night

For Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie Piatt, and Vermilion counties, including the cities of Champaign, Charleston, Danville, Marshall, Mattoon, Monticello, Paris, Rantoul, Sullivan, Toledo and Tuscola:

A mixture of rain and snow tonight will change to all snow late Saturday. An inch or so of snow will be possible tonight before the snow changes to rain. Once the rain changes back to snow late Saturday, an additional 2 or 3 inches will be possible by Saturday night. Strong north winds of 20 to 30 mph will cause blowing and drifting snow Saturday night and Sunday.

[News release
forwarded by Logan County ESDA]

Lincoln gearing up for
2003 sesquicentennial

[FEB. 28, 2002]  In one year Lincoln will begin celebrating 150 years. Plans are well under way to make it a big celebration.

The sesquicentennial committee and subcommittees invite you to participate in preparations. You can contact Thressia Usherwood, executive director of Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County, for more information about how to get involved. Call (217) 732-8687.

You have one more day to submit sesquicentennial logo designs and slogans for Lincoln’s 2003 celebration. Submissions are due Friday, March 1, and can be dropped off at Mayor Beth Davis’ office in City Hall. Winning entries will be used on promotional materials.

The city was christened with the juice of a watermelon by Abraham Lincoln on Aug. 27, 1853. (For information about the christening, see 


DNA database expansion will
assist law enforcement

[FEB. 28, 2002]  SPRINGFIELD — Local police and prosecutors throughout Illinois may soon have more information at their disposal to help them identify suspects and prosecute offenders, state Rep. Jonathan Wright announced. Wright helped pass legislation in the House earlier this month to expand and improve Illinois’ DNA database for convicted criminals.

"For our police and prosecutors to do their jobs protecting our families, they need to have access to as much information as possible about potential suspects in criminal cases. Expanding our DNA database will provide them more complete and accurate information about those who have been convicted of serious crimes in our state," Wright said.

House Bill 3717, initiated by DuPage County State’s Attorney Joseph Birkett, expands the pool of convicted criminals who are required to submit DNA samples for the state’s database to all individuals convicted of any felony or given supervision for a felony under the Juvenile Court Act. Current law requires samples only from those specifically convicted of violent or sexual felony offenses.

The legislation also, for the first time, allows samples for the database to be extracted from sources other than blood, including saliva or tissue, which is much less intrusive for the offender and more cost-effective for the state.


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The DNA database expansion is based on a successful program in the state of Virginia, where expansion of their database has led to a positive identification of suspects in hundreds of cases.

"Expansion of the DNA database in Virginia has been a tremendous success," Wright said. "Hundreds of new criminal cases and several older cases have now been solved and those responsible have been brought to justice because their DNA was added to the database. I fully expect that our law enforcement here in Illinois will have equal success," he said.

Having passed the House, the measure progressed to the Senate for further consideration.

[News release]

Judge gives go-ahead to union lawsuit

[FEB. 27, 2002]  Judge Donald A. Behle ruled today that the lawsuit filed to prevent closure of Lincoln Developmental Center can proceed based on the states failure to obtain a permit through the State Health Facilities Planning Board. The boards process requires public hearings where the effects of the changes in services can be explored.

"We are pleased that the judge has recognized the validity of our case," said Henry Bayer, executive director of AFSCME Council 31. "We intend to pursue this matter to prevent any further precipitous movement of residents from Lincoln Developmental Center.

"If the state thought it could justify its downsizing plan, it wouldnt be attempting to circumvent the law and avoid the spotlight of public hearings," Bayer added. "We will continue to work with the parents and other concerned community members to advance the well-being of Lincoln residents and employees."

The judge ruled that immediate court action is warranted because "to wait until after the parties are laid off or the alleged failure to comply with the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act occurs could create irreparable harm."


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AFSCME Council 31 initially filed the suit in Logan County Circuit Court on Jan. 7. The plaintiffs, in addition to the union, are Sen. Larry Bomke, R-Springfield, and Eleanor and Norlan Newmister, parents of a resident of LDC.

Council 31 will next file a motion for preliminary injunction asking the judge to stop any further downsizing or patient transfers until a permit is obtained.

[News release]


Sewer bill delinquents face disconnection

[FEB. 27, 2002]  The city of Lincoln is $37,000 in the hole because of people who aren’t paying their sewer bills, and it’s digging in its heels to do something about it.

City Clerk Juanita Josserand reported at the city council’s work session Tuesday that 30 certified letters had gone out to property owners behind on sewer bills, but 28 of them came back because the owners refused to sign for them. She noted that it cost the city $4 to send each letter.

"The best thing to do is dig them up," she said.

None of these delinquents are on combined sewers, she added. In a few cases, where delinquents are on a double hookup and the other person on the hookup has paid the bills, digging up may not be an option.

Sewer plant manager Grant Eaton said the next step is to give these delinquents one more notice, then dig up the sewer line and disconnect them. The procedure is to send a team to the home of the property owners, knock on the door and show them what they owe. They then have three days to pay or be disconnected.

Once the sewer connection is broken, building inspector Les Last will condemn the home as unfit to live in, and anyone still in the house will have to move out, Josserand said. The city bills the property owners directly for sewer use, not renters who might live in the house, she said.

To reconnect after being dug up, the owner will have to pay all costs, which could be as much as $5,000, Eaton said.

Foreclosing on the home is usually not a good option, according to City Attorney Bill Bates, because mortgage holders get priority over the city as creditors, and the city will probably never collect the overdue fees.

Eaton said the city has been owed as much as $100,000 in the past in overdue sewer bills but has been able to collect most of it, as most property owners do pay when threatened with immediate disconnection.

In other business, Alderman Verl Prather, chair of the police committee, announced that his committee has begun contract negotiations with the Police Department. "We did meet tonight and we have their wants," he said.

Alderman Glenn Shelton, insurance committee chairman, announced a meeting on March 4 to go over plans with insurance provider Roger Garrett. He also announced a meeting March 7 with union representatives to go over insurance proposals.

City Attorney Bill Bates asked why union representatives were involved, as the city is paying all expenses for insurance. Bates also noted that some city employees have clauses in their contracts that say they must be given 60 days notice of any changes in health insurance.

Phil Mahler, regional planner, announced that he has a client looking for a site for a communication tower in Lincoln, a contract which could bring the city as much as $267,700 over a 30-year period.

"I think we could have a contract within a month," he told the council.


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The client, Insite Wireless, wants one site in Lincoln, one in Atlanta and one in Elkhart, Mahler said. Mahler said this would be a good source of revenue for the city —$500 a month for the first five years, with a 15 percent increase in revenue every five years after that. He noted that there are already preapproved sites for communication towers in Lincoln.

Bates noted that these communication companies usually have contracts they can terminate whenever they wish or contracts that are assignable to other firms. Mahler replied that Insite builds towers for Sprint and would probably assign the towers to that company.

Alderman Pat Madigan told Mahler he would like to have the client come to a city council meeting, possibly on March 12, and give a presentation on the tower they want to build.

Steve Fuhrer said the Economic Development Council would also be attending the meeting on March 12 to make a presentation. The EDC is recommending the city establish an industrial-commercial park on about 60 acres north of the city at Interstate 55 and Kruger Road.

Fuhrer also reported that the city’s revenues so far this fiscal year are $300,000 less than projected. "People are not spending money. Sales taxes are down," he said. The city’s fiscal year ends April 30.

The city is also having trouble collecting the final costs of façade renovations made with a grant from Illinois Department of Transportation. The IDOT grant, awarded more than four years ago, paid 80 percent of the costs for participating property owners, with the other 20 percent to be paid by the owners. Work was completed in the summer of 2000.

Bates reported that he has been in touch with some of the property owners downtown who say that all the improvements that have been promised have not been completed to their satisfaction.

Eaton, who did some of the engineering on the project, said he walked through the buildings with the IDOT representative when the final inspection was made. All work was approved by the state at that time, he said.

Bates said some property owners complained that work is not satisfactory. Complaints included thermopane windows that sweat inside, lighting that starts fires and doors that do not fit. Some property owners have also complained that costs were considerably higher than first quoted.

"I didn’t talk to anybody who told me they weren’t going to pay. But there has been no follow-up since March of 2001," Bates said.

Eaton and Bates will meet to discuss further action.

[Joan Crabb]

Military addresses sought

It is a year like no other. Since Sept. 11 we are a changed nation. Individually, our daily sensitivity toward whom and what we have in our lives has been heightened. We are more conscious and appreciative, first about those we love and see everyday. Next, we have a newfound appreciation for those who risk their lives every day as rescue workers and protectors of life and property in our communities. We also now think more about our military men and women who are committed to serve and protect our country. Many are away engaged in battle, some are in waiting to go, all are ready to lay their lives on the line in defense of our freedom.

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

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Are we prepared for terrorism
in Logan County?

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

Whether the threat is domestic or foreign, violent, biological or chemical, our public health and rescue agencies have been preparing to respond to the situations. Lincoln Daily News has been at meetings where all the agencies gather together as the Logan County Emergency Planning Committee to strategize for just such a time. Our reports have not even provided every detail that every agency has reported; i.e., a number of representatives from differing agencies such as the health and fire departments, CILCO and ESDA went to a bioterrorism and hazmat (hazardous materials) seminar this past August.

Here are some of the articles that LDN has posted pre- and post-Tuesday, Sept. 11. Hopefully you will see in them that WE ARE WELL PREPARED. At least as much as any area can be. Every agency has been planning, training, submitting for grants to buy equipment long before Sept. 11. We can be thankful for all of the dedicated, insightful leaders we have in this community.


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America strikes back

As promised, the United States led an attack on Afghanistan. The attack began Sunday, Oct. 7. American and British military forces made 30 hits on air defenses, military airfields and terrorist training camps, destroying aircraft and radar systems. The strike was made targeting only terrorists.

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

Online news links

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Saudi Arabia 


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United States


New York

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

Washington, D.C.


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