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Main Street Lincoln to receive
Illinois FIRST funds

[AUG. 11, 2001]  Main Street Lincoln will receive a financial boost for some specific projects, thanks to a state grant facilitated by former Sen. Bob Madigan. The grant from the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs totals $37,000.

More than half that amount, $20,000, will be used for an incentive plan for new downtown businesses. Main Street’s Economic Restructuring Committee is charged with providing the details.

"We are extremely excited about the possibilities," said Wendy Bell, Main Street program manager. "Currently, if a new business comes to us and asks for financial help, we have nothing to offer them. This can help fill a gap for smaller owner-operated businesses."

The Economic Restructuring Committee is currently gathering information from other programs, including the Seminary Street plan in Galesburg and a survey compiled by Illinois Main Street. These will provide the data about what works in other communities and what doesn’t, so Main Street Lincoln will know what is best to offer locally. It is estimated it will take several months to put the plan in place, with incentives being available early in 2002.

Another $2,000 will be used to help identify the recently debuted downtown historic walking tour, "Walking on the Path of Abraham Lincoln." A brochure funded by the city of Lincoln currently takes you to the christening site; the State Bank of Lincoln display of Lincoln-related work by artists Lloyd Ostendorf and Leonard Volk; the Lincoln House Hotel, Robert Latham home and Lincoln lot sites; the Rustic Inn; Logan County Courthouse; and the Depot. Other local historical sites are indicated as well, including the Lincoln College Museum and Postville Courthouse.

"Brochures are available at the Main Street office, the college museum and other locations, but the sites themselves are not marked. These funds will be used for an identification system, such as plaques, so visitors will be able to follow the route easily," said Bell.

The grant will also help complete the Indian maiden statue, scheduled to return in early October this year. The community has been contributing funds through personal donations, with names being memorialized on bricks, a permanent plaque or bench. These items are still available until Sept. 1, but the grant funds will enhance the project.


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When it returns, the statue will move to the southeast side of the courthouse as part of a garden area with benches and landscaping. A brick walkway will connect to the current sidewalk. Gene Baker Masonry is assisting in the design and donating his services as well.

Children who visit Scully Park will reap the rewards of the remaining $10,000. The funds will be used for playground equipment being planned by a subcommittee headed by Michelle Schick and Logan County Board Chairman Dick Logan. Main Street Lincoln restored the park’s fountain and added picnic tables, trash receptacles, historic lighting and a wrought-iron entryway last year.

"The number of people who use the park has dramatically increased, and the play equipment is antiquated," said Logan. "However, new equipment is expensive; these funds will give us a good start."

"We are ecstatic," said Bell, when asked about the grant. "This will move projects off the drawing board that would suffer due to lack of funds and move them to the top of our work plan. However, it’s important to remember this grant will be used specifically for projects, not operational funds. We couldn’t keep the door open to do the work if it weren’t for the businesses and individuals who support us financially and as volunteers."

Main Street Lincoln was designated in 1994 and is dedicated to revitalizing the downtown area. It is one of more than 50 Illinois communities participating in the national Main Street program initiated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980 to help communities revitalize their historic or traditional commercial areas.

[News release]


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The Chamber Report

Chamber calendar of events for August

Through Aug. 5 — Logan County Fair

Aug. 2 — Chamber board meeting, Chamber office, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

Aug. 3 — Grand opening ribbon-cutting, Logan Lanes, 1700 Fifth St., noon

Aug. 6 — Economic Development Council, Chamber office, 5 p.m.

Aug. 9 — Government/Education Committee, Al’s Main Event, 7:30 a.m.

Aug. 10-19 — Illinois State Fair

Aug. 14 — Marketing Committee, Grapes and Grounds, 8:30 a.m.

Aug. 17 — Membership Committee, Restaurant at the Depot, 4 p.m.

Aug. 23 — Chamber mixer and festival kickoff party, Maple Ridge Care Centre

Aug. 24-26 — Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival

Aug. 28 — Tourism board meeting, 5 p.m.

Aug. 29 — Economic Development Council, City Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Aug. 30 — Executive Committee, Blue Dog Inn, noon-1 p.m.

The Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for community progress, bringing business and professional people together to work for the common good of Lincoln and Logan County.

Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce

303 S. Kickapoo St., Lincoln

(217) 735-2385

Fax (217) 735-9205



Honors & Awards

LC president to be inducted into Hall of Fame

[AUG. 17, 2001]  Lincoln College President Jack Nutt will be inducted into the Highland Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in Highland, Kan., on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Dr. Nutt was president of Highland Community College from 1975 to 1982, before joining Lincoln College. During his tenure at Highland Community College, he was successful in expanding the various academic programs and was able to offer HCC students a better collegiate experience.

Highland Community College athletic director Thomas Smith said he was happy to nominate Dr. Nutt: "We are indebted to Dr. Jack Nutt and applaud his efforts in making Highland Community College a better place. He’s a very caring individual who is truly concerned about the students’ well-being. We recognize him as being one of the outstanding administrators in the history of the college."

The induction will be in Hall of Fame ceremonies at 3 p.m. during the annual HCC alumni games.

[Lincoln College news release]

Main Street Corner News

August calendar for Main Street Lincoln

Tuesday, Aug. 7 — Executive meeting, 4:30 p.m., Main Street Lincoln office

Wednesday, Aug. 8 — Main Street Lincoln board meeting, 5:30 p.m. Union Planters conference room

Wednesday, Aug. 15 — Mornings on Main, 7:30 a.m., Union Planters conference room

Wednesday, Aug. 15 — Looking for Lincoln, 7 p.m., Union Planters conference room

Thursday, Aug. 23 — Festival of Trees committee meeting

Friday, Aug. 24 — Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival begins

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26 — Main Street’s Adventure Zone at the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival will include a cardboard maze, children’s art tent, community puzzle, giant Jelly Belly, Whopper Hopper, face painting, snow cones, story time and lots of fun for everyone.

Monday, Aug. 27 — Economic Restructuring Committee meeting, 5:30 p.m., library

Main Street Lincoln

303 S. Kickapoo

Lincoln, IL 62656

Phone: (217) 732-2929

Fax: (217) 735-9205

E-mail: manager@mainstreetlincoln.com

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