Paolino gets ibt pensions money and spends it on biotech – dangerous stuff


Like IMM in laguna

And place in KC


Argyll bio actually based in UK – mod links – see also garfield at lincoln group – MOD links – note lincoln group includes wilkinson – linked to rove/gwb – NSA – WH natsec



Note that Argyll was next to ubc banner in lajolla – “harris”


Erection stimulant developed while working at a plant making cell phone battery covers –

Worked there a month or two – in a large building watching conveyor belt with hot chunks of plastic on belt – couldn’t figure out why erections when no one was around – only one in my part of the building – didn’t think much of it at the time - manufacturing job in north san diego county – I remember it happening at mulvaney’s and being dosed with something while I was working on the utc lajolla banner – erection on way home from banner job and lasted for several hours – very intense – unnaturally intense - first used in public place at mulvaney’s in el cajon when with harris – bunn has property in el cajon




harm to grandmother in Virginia – and grandfather – grandma in coma – multiple stroke in grandfather

often relied upon when couldn’t pay rent – after grandparents death, things got much worse for me





Giganti - franczyk



Giganti law firm hosts local bar association lecture by franczyk firm, HEBF



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, September 25, 2003

Page: 19

* Immigration seminar

A free seminar reviewing immigration law will be given Oct. 2 with a special focus on the rights and responsibilities of employers hiring non-citizens.

The session will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

The Springfield law firm of Stratton,

Giganti , Stone & Kopec is co-hosting the seminar with



the Chicago law firm of Hussain, Egan, Bendersky &


Topics will include temporary employment, an overview of the H-1B non-immigrant visa and the green card application. There also will be an opportunity to discuss specific issues with the presenters after the program.

For reservations, contact Justin Reichert or Bruce Stratton at 528-2183 or e-mail jreichert@stratton-law.com or bstratton@stratton-law.com.




IBT/franczyk funds paolino/Argyll


(Madcowprod.com – Daniel Hopsicker)


Hopes for ash dashed.

We learned of Louis Paolino's involvement in Art Nadel's hedge funds in a Sarasota Herald-Tribune story announcing that Paolino has filed suit against two of Nadel fund managers. Paolino, said the Herald-Tribune, (allegedly) lost his entire investment of (allegedly) $5.6 million.

Only the Herald-Tribune didn't put allegedly in front of Paolino's claims, although given the information about his history of lawsuits, which we will take up shortly, they undoubtedly should have.

Nor did the Sarasota Herald-Tribune story bother to trouble their readers with any information, all easily available, about Paolino's highly-colorful background.

A brief description of what the Herald-Tribune omitted:

Without a doubt the one event in Lou Paolino's checkered career for which he will be remembered for his entire life was the infamous Khian Sea garbage barge, which spent almost two years in the news as it sailed around the world looking for someone to take its load of toxic waste.

The man who owned the barge was Louis D. Paolino. He received funding from  Argyll Equities LLC, which also invested in the Kovar Crime family of business fraudsters at St. Petersburg FL's  SkyWay Aircraft, owners of a DC9 they kept at the Clearwater-St. Pete Airport which would be busted carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine.

"The cursed cargo of the Khian Sea," as it became known, was so toxic that even New Jersey refused to accept it.

Garbage King can't shake 'stench of dead fish'

Paolino's huge freighter was packed to the gills with 14,000 tons of waste from a Philadelphia dump site.

The ship left the territorial waters of the United States, went to the Bahamas, to the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Bermuda, Guinea Bissau, the Netherlands Antilles...

Some ports even turned the ship away at gunpoint.

Eventually the crew mutinied, and two executives of the shipping company went to prison for ordering the crew to dump the ash over the side in the middle of the ocean.  

No one would take it...that is, until it got to Haiti.

There, U.S.-backed dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier  issued a permit for the "fertilizer," and 4,000 tons was dumped onto the beach in the town of Gonalves, where it rotted for 12 years.

Baby Doc today lives in the South of France.

"Billionaire Trashman Cant Shake Stench of Garbage"

When Paolino tired of all the fun to be had in the garbage business, he sold his company to billionaire trashman Wayne Huizenga—himself no stranger to accusations of Mob influence—for more than $1 billion.

Waste Management runs, news accounts have demurely reported, “much of New York's extremely lucrative garbage industry.” 

When the Huizenga-owned Miami Dolphins played an NFL exhibition game in London several years ago, British tabloids had a vicious field day. "Is Mafia Boss Sitting Next to You On the Bus?" asked one headline.

"Former Garbage King Wayne Can't Shake Stench of Dead Fish,” sang another.

Curiously the other recent owner of Huffman Aviation who has known criminal associates, Wallace J Hilliard, is also in tight with Wayne Huizenga.

Hilliard’s chief aviation mechanic (while Mohamed Atta was  attending his flight school) was Dave Montgomery, who told us of witnessing a meeting Hilliard had with Huizenga on the Dolphins owner’s helicopter, which bore the Dolphins logo.

“Hilliard came out and got into the helicopter, and the two men held a meeting that lasted almost an hour, right on the apron,” Montgomery stated, “before Hilliard exited the helicopter and Huizenga took off.”

Garbage King of Jersey? Fuggedaboutit!

As we began to examine Nadel’s business associates, we immediately came upon a name we knew from what we had thought was another story altogether...

We first heard the name Louis Paolino in connection with the American-registered DC9 from St. Petersburg FL busted in Mexico’s Yucatan while carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine, on April 11, 2006.

Several years ago Louis Paolino became the grateful recipient of a $6 million loan from a mysterious private equity firm called Argyll Equities LLC, in Boerne, TX, and La Jolla, CA. 

It was  one of only three loans the secretive company is known to have made. Another was infamous SkyWay Aircraft.

SkyWay Aircraft was a complete fraud which existed primarily to facilitate a pump & dump stock play. SkyWay had no product, no market, and no prospects.

But that didn't stop the avalanche of self-congratulatory press releases touting deals that never happened with companies and individuals who did not, in fact, exist. 

Eventually SkyWay was “busted out”—had its assets looted—in 2003 and 2004.

Although Argyll’s investment in SkyWay diminished daily, the company still might have proved attractive in other ways








Giganti represents def’s don jett at county court


Bartolomucci – alderman – SCRP – IBT

Minder – Borski/minder – dvm

*Note don jett – Leroy jett – SPD - APL

Note eggemeyer at mmc – psych – bruner/cellini




Adam giganti – SCSA/Schmidt campaign



fromDennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com>



dateWed, Feb 7, 2007 at 6:32 PM



jett - bartolomucci - eggemeyers - adam giganti




hide details 2/7/07



Minder-Eggemeyer Kimberly Dawn Eggemeyer and Dr. Gary Paul Minder, both of Springfield, were married at 4 p.m. Aug. 27 at Central Baptist Church by Dr. Roger Compton.


Parents of the bride are Donald and Carlene Eggemeyer of Springfield. Parents of the groom are Frank and Arlene Minder of Rochester.


Serving as matron of honor was Angela Antonacci. Maid of honor was Whitney Eggemeyer. Bridesmaids were Dona Eggemeyer, Debbie Hall, Tara Bartolomucci, Kathy Minder, Gina Maggio and Jennifer Minder.


Best man was Jeff Antonacci. Groomsmen were Terry Minder, Mickey Minder, Adam Giganti, Jeff Eggemeyer, Brian Eggemeyer, Tony Hord and Jeff Hord.


Ushers were Joe Bartolomucci, Nick Bartolomucci, William Hall and Donald Jett. Ringbearer was Dominic Antonacci.







Adam giganti at pubdefs –


note also SCSA/Schmidt campaign




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, February 17, 2000

Page: 5













Springfield attorney ADAM GIGANTI

is giving up his part-time role as an assistant public defender in Sangamon County at the end of the month in part because of the large amount of time it takes. But his leaving will also avoid a situation in which he has had to disclose to indigent defendants he represents that


he is also campaign manager for Sangamon County State's Attorney JOHN SCHMIDT.

Giganti said that when he considered working for Schmidt's campaign, he checked with some others and determined "it was not a per se (automatic) conflict, but it was a conflict that could be waived if everyone knew about it."

"I've been notifying every public defender client I've been appointed to," he said, and at some stages makes the same disclosure in court.

As of a recent interview, Giganti said only two of his clients had declined to let him represent them.

As one may recall, the state's attorney is supposed to try and punish folks accused of bad things. Public defenders oppose the state's attorney's office in court, trying to get charges dismissed or sanctions lessened.

Anyway, Giganti is out of the half-time job, which pays $24,769, as of the end of February.

"I think it would be a problem if it were to continue," said BRIAN OTWELL, Sangamon County's chief public defender, because the situation could have "at least the appearance of impropriety."

Still, Otwell is sad to lose Giganti , 37, from his team because he is "an excellent trial attorney" with several years' experience as an assistant public defender.

"Our county has been spoiled, really, because of the quality of attorneys we've been able to maintain as part-time public defenders," Otwell said.

Among others part-timers in the office who work on felony cases are JAY ELMORE, MATTHEW MAURER, JOSEPH MILLER and, a recent addition, RALPH WILLIAMS.

Otwell has a full-time first assistant, ROB SCOTT, and said he also plans to go before the County Board soon to seek funding for a full-time, entry-level defender to handle misdemeanor, traffic, juvenile and other cases.

Meanwhile, Giganti and his cousin, FRANK GIGANTI , both left their former law firm, Huntley & Giganti , and in January joined the newly named Stratton, Giganti , Stone and Kopec. Stratton is BRUCE STRATTON, secretary of the Sangamon county Republican Party. ED HUNTLEY now has his own law office.

A partner is the Stratton firm is AMY SCHMIDT, ex-wife of Schmidt, but still a campaign supporter. She donated $700 to her ex-husband's campaign in October.

"I think he's the best candidate, and you're going to see more checks like that," she said.

Schmidt said there was "no conflict" between Giganti 's role in his campaign and his public defender status because "everyone involved is fully informed."

BILL ROBERTS, the former U.S. attorney, state's attorney and top lawyer for then-Gov. JIM EDGAR, is campaign chairman for Schmidt. Schmidt's campaign fund showed that from late September through the end of 1999, he raised $16,400, spent $6,800, and had $9,600 on hand.

The Democratic candidate for state's attorney, TOM LONDRIGAN JR., said Giganti 's dual role "has the appearance of conflict, but I haven not examined it closely."

Londrigan said he raised about $10,000 at a recent fund-raiser at Norb Andy's, a restaurant and tavern downtown Springfield.

Meanwhile, Londrigan's campaign treasurer is JIM LANGFELDER, a member of the Sangamon County Board. His campaign chairman is GENE CALLAHAN, the one-time newspaper columnist who went on to be chief of staff to then-U.S. Sen. ALAN DIXON, and later director of governmental relations for Major League Baseball.





SCSA wife Schmidt at giganti firm


Schmidt to lead bar association

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, January 5, 2002

Section: LOCAL
Page: 8

The Sangamon County Bar Association has elected Amy Schmidt president of the organization for 2002.

Schmidt, a partner with the Springfield firm of Stratton, Giganti , Stone & Kopec since 1995, is the second woman president of the local bar, which is the fifth largest bar association in Illinois.

Schmidt is a native of Tulsa, Okla., and has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Oral Roberts University and a law degree from the University of Tulsa Law School.

She was admitted to the Illinois State Bar and to federal practice in the U.S. Central District of Illinois in 1990. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Lincoln-Douglas Inn of Court, as well as the Sangamon County Bar.

Prior to her partnership at Stratton, Giganti , Stone & Kopec, Schmidt was an associate with Sgro & LaMarca.

She concentrates her practice in family law and has lectured in that area. She serves on the Sangamon County standing committee of family law and is a certified child's representative.

Other Sangamon County Bar officers for 2002 are:

Adam Giganti of Stratton, Giganti , Stone & Kopec, vice president; Scott Hanken of Rabin, Myers & Hanken PC, second vice president; Scott Sabin of Metnick, Cherry & Frazier, secretary; Roma Larson, state of Illinois, treasurer; Presiding Circuit Judge Leo Zappa, immediate past-president; and James Borland of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson & Pretorius, young lawyers division president.










































SCB – giganti


County planning board elects officers

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, July 25, 2000

Section: LOCAL
Page: 15

The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission recently elected Claudio Pecori as chairman for the 2000-01 planning year.

Frank Giganti was elected vice chairman and Bradley Jones secretary.

The 17-member commission provides planning services for land use, housing, recreation, transportation, environment and public projects in Springfield and Sangamon County.










This guy wrote the

4th app opinion


Note app judge Appleton recently bails – wrote opinion at 4th app



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, December 6, 1988

Edition: M1,M2,S1
Section: LOCAL
Page: 20

Thomas Appleton has been installed as president of the Sangamon County Bar Association.

A partner in the law firm of Morse, Giganti & Appleton, Appleton had been vice president of the association.

Others installed were John Keith of Holley, Keith and Huntley, director; Associate Circuit Judge Roger Holmes, vice president; first assistant United States attorney Byron Cudmore, director; and Esteban Sanchez, secretary-treasurer.





Giganti at sallenger wedding –


Note moore’s new wife and freesen – UCM= Cellini - bruner

Sallenger is regional mgr for freesen/UCM – Cellini – moore



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, March 15, 1998

Sallenger-Sidles Cathryn Anne Sidles of Springfield and William Joseph Sallenger of Glenarm exchanged wedding vows at 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Rev. Dan LaCount performed the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Bonnie Sidles of Springfield and the late Jim Sidles.

The groom is the son of Barb and Larry Sallenger of Glenarm.

Serving as maid of honor was Victoria Hendricks. Tandi Turner, Angie Heer and Chris Giordano were bridesmaids. Flower girl was Carmyn Giganti .

Best man was Shawn Jordan. Scott Clark, Chris Gregurich and Joe Dowson were groomsmen. Ushers were Jeremiah Sidles, Carl Giganti , Mike Heer and Mike Warrington.

A reception was held at the Northfield Center.

The bride is employed as a customer service representative with S&K Pontiac-GMC. The groom is a graduate of Parkland Community College.

He is employed as a regional manager for Freesen Inc.

The couple will reside in Chatham.














Giganti –

dan Dhabalt/

rick, ken dhabalt=SPD –

gary minder – joe hardy -



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 20, 1994

Giganti -Gumble Rebecca Gumble and Adam Giganti , both of Springfield, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Rev. John Ossola.

The bride is the daughter of R. Dean and Jane Gumble of Springfield. The groom is the son of Paul and Toby Giganti of Springfield.

Serving as maid of honor was Laura Gumble, with Mary Gumble-Levy serving as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Lorrie Brown, Lori Gumble, Karol Planck, Gwen Giganti and Gretchen Pence. Flower girl was Casey Pence.

Best man was Frank Giganti . Groomsmen were Carl and Jim Giganti , Tom Forge, Scott Hanken,

Dan Dhabalt and Jeff Antonacci. Ushers were

Gary Minder,

Kevin Halligan, Joe Hardy, Vince Keady and Steve Victor. Ringbearer was Paul Giganti .

A reception was held at the Springfield Hilton.

The bride is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She is employed by Garrett Aviation. The groom is a graduate of the University of Illinois and St. Louis University School of Law. He is a partner at Huntley, Giganti and Otwell, Attorneys At Law.

The couple will live in Springfield.














Dyer – dhabalt – hayes – sex abuse cases



Dyer and dhabalt – sex offenders




Dave dyer and rick dhabalt do sex offender investigation




And see spd – ken dhabalt – I’ve seen this guy before, I’ve talked to him









Dhabalt is shg coach - SPD



And – buraskistierenmulcahy


on same SHG golf team


*(see mulcahy at NGAOI, SHG – social network)














Police check on sex offenders on Halloween

By RHYS SAUNDERS (rhys.saunders@sj-r.com)


Posted Nov 01, 2009 @ 12:14 AM

Last update Nov 01, 2009 @ 07:54 AM

Parents inevitably worry about their children’s safety when they go trick-or-treating on Halloween.

There’s the danger of inattentive drivers after sunset and those homemade treats from a stranger’s house.

But what about sex offenders on Halloween night?

There are 229 registered sex offenders within the city limits, 190 of whom are child sex offenders, according to statistics provided by the Springfield Police Department.

Springfield police, like departments throughout the nation, conduct patrols to ensure those registered offenders are not using Halloween as an opportunity to have contact with children.

There are a few things police check for when driving by the house of someone who is a registered sex offender convicted of crimes involving children, according to Springfield Police Sgt. Dave Dyer.

*       Offenders are not allowed to have their porch lights on because children typically trick-or-treat at lit houses.

*       Offenders can’t decorate their homes with Halloween decorations.

Saturday night, Dyer and detectives Amy Strawn and Rick Dhabalt made nearly 15 stops throughout the city to check on registered sex offenders. The visits resulted in no arrests.

During the Saturday night detail some offenders were home, and all of those who were home and answered the door appeared to be complying with the law.

At each stop, the officers reminded those offenders who were home that they could not hand out candy. The officers also checked licenses and the offenders’ place of employment.

In cases where a sex offender was not at home, the officers left paperwork indicating the offender must check in with the department by Monday.

In cases in which the offender wasn’t at the residence and someone else claimed to live there, police asked the current tenant to fill out a report testifying the registered offender does not live there.

Rhys Saunders can be reached at 788-1521.

In Springfield

*       Sex offenders: 229

*       Child sex offenders: 190














Sheriff's office initially mum about recent sex assault

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, June 20, 2009

Section: homepage

Sangamon County sheriff's detectives are continuing to investigate the early morning sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl by a stranger in her home last week.

The assault happened around daybreak June 12 at an apartment in the 1300 block of Denison Drive.

The scene of the crime is in the city of Springfield's jurisdiction; however, the Child Advocacy Center assigns investigations to various local police agencies on a rotating on-call basis.

The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office was assigned this case and is overseeing the investigation.

Sheriff's officials released no details about the assault until Wednesday afternoon, after The State Journal-Register pressed for information.

After consulting with the state's attorney's office, the county released a brief statement that did not identify the victim as a youth, did not specify which neighborhood it happened in and did not say what time it happened. It indicated only that an assault happened "in the southwest portion of Springfield during the early morning hours of June 12th."

Chief deputy Jack Campbell on Friday said investigators did not put out any information right away because they initially did not believe it was a random attack.

"There was information provided to us by the victim and her family that we needed to verify," he said. "We continue to look for a person of interest in this case."

Police would not discuss whether there have been additional reports of random assaults in the same area or elsewhere. The State Journal-Register has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the sheriff's office, seeking additional information.

The attacker is described as a dark-skinned black male between 18 and 30 years old and about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a medium build. His hair was braided on one side. He wore dark clothing, and his face was covered with a mask or piece of cloth during the assault.

Anyone who believes they can identify the man or has information about the incident is urged to call Sangamon County detectives Joe Roesch or John Hayes at 753-6840.

Tips also can be called in anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 788-8427 or submitted online at www.cashfortips.us. Tips can also be sent by text by typing TIP672 and a message and sending it to CRIMES.

Jayette Bolinski can be reached at 788-1530.



New Springfield police officers sworn in

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, September 1, 2000

Section: LOCAL
Page: 17

Three people, including one woman and a Hispanic man, were sworn in as new Springfield police officers Thursday as part of the department's most diverse class of rookies ever.

The recruitment class lost one black man and one woman, both of whom resigned after starting at the academy. Eight of the 25 candidates originally accepted into the training program have either resigned or failed a physical test since last weekend, officials said.

Two others, both white men, resigned, and four white men failed physical testing procedures that included a 1 1/2 mile run, sit-ups, weight-lifting and a flexibility test. The requirements are set by the state.

Even with those losses, it's a di verse class, said Police Chief John Harris.

"We're very excited about this group," he said. "There's two reasons. One, we've had a large number of retirements, and it's important to get this class in. Secondly, we did some heavy recruitment, and this class is reflective of that."

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sued the city in May claiming that unfair and discriminatory testing procedures accounted for low minority numbers in both the police and fire departments.

The most recent police recruitment list and the large number of minority candidates hired recently - two black men, one black woman, a Hispanic man and four other women - may sway the organization to drop the suit entirely, the NAACP said earlier this month.

The three new officers sworn in Thursday do not have to attend the state police academy because they had already done police work elsewhere:

* William Orengo, 31, who is Hispanic, had been a West Virginia state trooper before moving to Illinois and working at the Department of Corrections for the past two years. He is originally from New York City.

* John Hayes , 29, is a Springfield native who worked for the


Leland Grove and

Bloomington police departments.

* Kim Roberson, 25, is a Benton native who worked as a Rochester police officer.

Orengo said he had no idea the Springfield department was working so hard to recruit minorities. In the original testing process, he scored third out of the 189 candidates on the list. In West Virginia, he was one of 27 officers hired out of more than 2,000 potential candidates.

He moved here to be closer to his fiancee, Swan King, who is originally from Springfield, and his daughter. The couple met while they were in the military.

"What brought me here was my daughter and my daughter's mother. There came a point in my life where I had to decide if I wanted to be with my family, and I did," he said.

"I wasn't aware of the minority emphasis. My goal from day one, when I made my decision to come here, was to get on at the police department. Now, everything is just beginning for me. The hard part is over. You don't just get hired at a police department. The process is intense, competitive and tough."

Roberson said she's most interested in the opportunities presented by the Springfield Police Department. Having worked in Rochester, she said she feels she has a solid foundation.

"I'm very excited about this," she said. "There's so many opportunities here to do so many different things. This has really expanded my options."

Roberson said the department's emphasis on recruiting women was very apparent.

Hayes, who graduated in 1989 from Ursuline Academy, said he's glad to be home again.

"I feel pretty fortunate to be able to come back," he said. "I was only in Bloomington for six months, and I wanted to come back home. I was born and raised here and have made a lot of friends here."

All three will begin a 15-week field-training program Sunday, working side by side with other officers.



Guard members report for duty / Springfield police , sheriff's office may lose officers

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, September 29, 2001

Section: NEWS
Page: 1

More than 130 members of Illinois National Guard military police units reported for duty Friday in preparation for assignment as additional security at state airports.

The call-up could cost the Springfield Police Department eight officers, including two who currently work on the street, and remove three deputies from the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office.

The local officers are among the 76 members of the 233rd Military Police Company in Springfield called to duty along with 56 members of the 933rd Military Police Company in Chicago.

The soldiers will get training in airport security measures next week, but even National Guard officials do not know for sure what their troops will be doing.

"We really don't know what the mission will be," said Brig. Gen. Chuck Fleming, assistant adjutant general. "That depends on the regional coordinator of the Federal Aviation Administration. This thing is being put together as we sit here."

On Thursday, Major Gen. David Harris, head of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs, said a unit based in Freeport also would be called to duty. But Friday, Fleming said, "After further mission analysis, we decided to go with just those two companies" in Chicago and Springfield.

"They will go home on Sunday to get additional clothing and personal items they need for a 31- to 45-day period," Fleming said. "They will report back on Monday."

All of the soldiers will report to Bloomington to undergo training under the supervision of the FAA. They could be on duty at airports by the end of next week, Fleming said.

The military police officers will be assigned to 12 airports throughout the state, including Capital Airport in Springfield, the Greater Peoria Regional Airport and airports in Bloomington, Quincy, Decatur, Champaign and Moline.

Although the security mission of the National Guard is initially scheduled to last six months, Fleming said officers hope they can rotate personnel out after a month or 45 days.

Technically, the guard units were not called to active duty in the state, but rather for the federal government. The distinction means the soldiers are guaranteed their civilian jobs when their service is concluded.

In Springfield, Keen said the police department did not know as of Friday if all eight officers in the 233rd will have to report immediately.

But a plan is in place to keep just as many police officers on the street as before the call-up, he said.

"Of the eight, only two are in operations, and they will be replaced by within," Keen said. "The motoring public won't see any differences in the way the streets are patrolled."

Capt. Gary Stone of the sheriff's department said the agency could stand to lose two deputies from the second shift and one off the midnight shift if they all end up being called away.

"On Sept. 12, we sat around and discussed this, once we realized the implications of what happened the day before and based on what we saw in Desert Storm. We thought the mobility of the guard and reserves might be a real possibility and made a game plan," he said.

He said the department will be reorganized and personnel will be pulled from other units to cover those street officers' positions.

Springfield officers who are members of the 233rd are: Jeff Royer, Naythan Stewart, Bobby Dorsey, Kevin Donaldson, Jeramie Mayes and three police recruits due to start Monday: James Kollins, Ed Higginson and Jennifer Batterson. Stewart and Dorsey are street officers.

Sheriff's deputies who may be called away include Adrian Guerrero, John Hayes and John Gillette.

"We're not sure when they'll know, but they've been called to their units. They're not sure when they're going or where, but they have been told to prepare," Keen said.

Caption: Pfc. Theresa Carwile of Pesotum says goodbye to her mother, Cathy Ring of Pesotum, before reporting for duty at Camp Lincoln in Springfield. Carwile is among the National Guard members called to duty for airport security.





(gleason – lgpd, bruner – ucm/Cellini)

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, August 2, 1998

Edwards-Sandberg Jennifer Ann Sandberg and Richard Leroy Edwards, both of Springfield, were united in marriage at 2 p.m. June 20 at Williamsville Christian Church by the Rev. Bob Anderson.

The bride is the daughter of Charles and Jean Sandberg of East Alton. The groom is the son of Ron and Liz Edwards of Springfield.

Maid of honor was Kerry Sandberg. Bridesmaids were Terri
Gleason, Jeannine Arduini, Kristie Nix, Robin Bruner and Shauna Hopkins. Flower girl was Muriah Bauer.

Best man was Ron Edwards. Groomsmen were John Hayes , John Yarko, Christopher Kohlrus, Dave Moore and Ron Edwards. Ushers were Eric Sandberg and Dave Dodson. Ringbearer was Mark Yarko.

A reception was held at St. John's Vianney in Sherman.

The bride is a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia. She is employed with Norwest Mortgage Inc. The groom is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Charleston, S.C. He also is employed with Norwest Mortgage Inc.

The couple will reside in Springfield.







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 20, 2005


Rebecca Arlene Rambach and Richard Joshua Wilderson, both of Springfield, were married at 6 p.m. June 18, 2005, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Monsignor John Ossola.

The bride is the daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Rambach of Springfield. The groom is the son of Richard and Nancy Wilderson of Springfield.

Serving as maid of honor was Colleen Horgan. Bridesmaids were Erin Wilderson, Valerie Kamhi, Debi Mitra, Jessica Kolb, Carrie Harbour, Katie O'Fallon, Danielle LeBlang and Michelle Johnson. Flower girls were Becky and Katie Donnelly. Singers were Rachel Friedman and Linda Younkin.

Best man was Richard Wilderson. Groomsmen were Stephen Rambach, Zach Rambach, Rob Rambach, Roger Taylor, Bryan Forister, Andrew Heckenkamp, Phil Maggio and Jeff Schukai. Ushers were John Bohan, Jake Bohan, John Hayes and Jeff Hayes.

A reception was held at the Crowne Plaza.

The bride is a graduate of Springfield High School and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is employed by Hazelwood School District in St. Louis. The groom is a graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School and Western Illinois University. He is employed by the St. Louis Police Department.

The couple resides in St. Louis.



















Dhabalt is shg coach - SPD



And – buraski – stieren – mulcahy


on same SHG golf team





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, October 14, 1992

Edition: M1,M2
Section: SPORTS
Page: 17

CHARLESTON -- Senior Kourtney Mulcahy led a strong team effort Tuesday as Sacred Heart-Griffin High School won the nine-team Charleston Sectional to

advance to the girls state golf tournament.

Mulcahy recorded an 83 to tie for third in individual competition. Petersburg Porta junior Jamie Smith finished sixth with an 84 to qualify for state individual competition, as well.

"Kourtney played about the way she always does," SHG Coach Dan Dhabalt said. "I know she finished first for us every time out. She's just so consistent."

In addition to Mulcahy, senior Jen Gronewold shot a 91 at Pleasant Grove Greens. Freshman Heather Buraski added a 99, and Laura Smith and Lisa Stieren tied for fourth on the team with 108s.

"Jen and Heather shooting that well were somewhat surprising," Dhabalt said. "We showed a lot of consistency and played well up and down."

The Blazers shot seven strokes better than second-place Alton, winning the sectional 381-388. SHG, Alton and Carbondale all advance to next week's state finals at Bloomington. o At Dunlap, senior Jason Pope shot a 9-over-par 81 at Arrowhead Country Club to lead Petersburg Porta High School to the Class A State Tournament in boys golf.

Pope's score was good for seventh overall and advanced him to the finals in the individual competition. Rochester's Cory Wells was the top area finisher, totaling a 79 at Arrowhead and finishing in a tie for third, good enough for a state berth.

Porta tied Fieldcrest High School for third in the team competition with a 346. Rochester sophomore Bret Borota, who finished eighth at 84, also advanced to the state finals next week.

Caption: Mulcahy

























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Ron Riggle – 

(AD @ LLCC – libri – mike Houston/jaycees – Borski)




Riggle – libri

Pol campaigns

Llcc AD

Jeff Borski

Riggle - chamber

Riggle - jaycees


Riggle jr




After Ryan, public ready for Blagojevich's optimism

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, January 12, 2003

Riggle leads Libri bid

The chairman of TONY LIBRI's mayoral campaign is RON RIGGLE ,


59, a transportation consultant and president of a firm called Mack and Riggle. Back in 1979, Riggle was chairman of the campaign of MIKE HOUSTON, who was a surprise winner that year.

Riggle said he thinks Libri is the best choice now, as someone who has been active in government for the past decade, wrestling with tight budgets and saving money through lower headcount. Libri says he has fewer employees in the circuit clerk's office than when he took over the job from CARL OBLINGER.


BRIAN SCHACKMANN, a Capital Township trustee, is campaign manager for Libri,



a spokesman for the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs who was a campaign spokesman in 1998 for Lt. Gov. CORINNE WOOD,

is Libri's press secretary.






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Borski – riggle – llcc AD






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 22, 1992

Riggle-Myers Elizabeth Jane Myers and


Ronald Lee Riggle Jr.,


both of Springfield, exchanged wedding vows at 4 p.m. Oct. 24. The Rev. John Hamilton performed the ceremony at Laurel United Methodist Church.

Parents of the bride are Don and Louise Myers of Springfield.


Parents of the groom are Sue and Ron Riggle Sr. of Springfield.

Serving as maid of honor was Lori Myers. Bridesmaids were Shelly Riggle, Kathy Brown, Kim Collins and Kris Lancaster.

Best man was Pat McGuire Jr.

Groomsmen were Loren White,

Jeff Borski,

Chad Wanless and

Matt Riggle. Ushers were

Mike Vorreyer and

John Vorreyer. Ringbearer was Colton White.

A reception was held at the


VFW Post 755.


The bride is a graduate of Springfield High School and Eastern Illinois University. She is employed as a fourth-grade teacher at Hay Edwards. The groom is a graduate of Springfield High School and Coastal Carolina College.


He is employed by Mack and Riggle.

The couple will reside in Springfield.







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, March 7, 1993

Borski-Reavis Lisa Marie Reavis and

Jeffrey Allen Borski,

both of Springfield, were married at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at St. Aloysius Church by the Rev. Barry Harmon.

The bride is the daughter of Steven J. and Helen R. Reavis of Springfield. The groom is the son of Art and Carol Borski of Springfield.

Serving as maid of honor was Lara Cawley. Bridesmaids were Jenni Reavis, Shantel Reavis, Kris Bline and Lisa Santoro. Flower girls were Tara Bline and Chelsea Bline.

Best man was Ron Riggle .

Groomsmen were J.J. Borski, Pat McGuire, Chris Bax and Todd Bibb. Ushers were Jason Tolley, Jarret Tolley, Ron Borski and Mike Borski. Ringbearers were Ryan Waters and Patrick Maher.

A reception was held the American Center.

The bride is a graduate of Southeast High School and Lincoln Land Community College. She is employed by the U.S. Postal Service. The groom is a graduate of Griffin High School and Lincoln Land Community College. He attended the University of South Carolina-Aiken and is employed by the Seattle Mariners professional baseball club.

The couple will reside in Springfield.







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Mr. and Mrs. Norman Mack of Springfield will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Paris, France, this summer and a family trip to Hawaii next year.

Mack and the former Mary Lou Thomas were married Aug. 17, 1957, at St. Joseph's Church by the Rev. Charles Olshefsky.

Mr. Mack was employed as president with American Central Express for 23 years and was CEO for


Mack and Riggle Transportation Consultants


for 46 years. Mrs. Mack was a schoolteacher at St. Aloysius School for two years and is now a homemaker.

They are parents of three children, Steve (wife, Karen) of Staunton, Greg (wife, Allyson) of Springfield and Jeff of Greenview.

There is one grandchild, Elizabeth.









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Carpenter placed on leave: 10/15/05


Detective placed on administrative leave

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, October 14, 2005


Section: LOCAL

Page: 11

A veteran Springfield police detective has been placed on administrative leave.


Paul Carpenter was placed on leave earlier this month and is the subject of an internal affairs investigation, sources said. Department officials declined to comment, saying it is a personnel matter.


Police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Keen did confirm Thursday that Carpenter was transferred out of the detective bureau and his cases are being taken over by detective


Rick Dhabalt.


Among the cases Carpenter worked were the murders of Barron "Mr. Fresh" Rice, 34, and his fiance LaKisha M. Criss, 27. They were shot in their home in the 2600 block of East Lawrence Avenue the morning of May 25. Police have said several drawers were ransacked and Criss's purse had been rifled.

Carpenter reportedly asked to be transferred out of the major case unit during the summer, but he was urged to return to the unit because of a mounting caseload.


Springfield attorney Bruce Locher in April accused Carpenter and detectives Jim Graham and Stephen Welsh of misconduct while investigating three 1999 drug cases involving his clients. He made his allegations a few weeks after the weekly newspaper Illinois Times reported that private investigator Bill Clutter had filed a complaint against Carpenter and Graham in connection with their investigation of the murder of Tonia Smith on New Year's Day 1994.

A Springfield man was tried for the crime last year, but acquitted. Clutter accused the detectives of withholding interview reports and intimidating a witness.

Locher originally questioned the detectives' conduct in a May 2001 letter to then-Mayor Karen Hasara and urged her office to investigate, though he never received a reply.

The department's internal affairs division was handling the complaints, Police Chief Don Kliment said at the time.

Illlinois Times first reported Thursday that Carpenter had been place on leave.

 It is unclear if the leave of absence has anything to do with the complaints.

Various police officers have said privately that infighting within the major case unit is distracting its detectives. Until Carpenter went on leave this month, the unit had seven detectives

 assigned to investigate murders, any other suspicious deaths, shootings and stabbings and all armed robberies and bona fide kidnappings.

The unit focused on murders and high-profile crimes until January 2004, when officials decided major case detectives should handle investigations of all serious crimes for the sake of "investigative continuity."

The State Journal-Register reported in September that the department was dealing with numerous unsolved murders. Recent ones include the murders of Rice and Criss; the drive-by shooting of Antwain E. Cross, 21, on May 22 at Taylor Avenue and Stevenson Drive; the attempted carjacking and murder of 69-year-old Leonard J. Lindner in the 2100 block of Taylor Avenue March 27; the shooting of Andre Ayers, 22, at 13th and Cedar streets on Dec. 5; and the murders of Jared A. Womack, 22, and Shameka S. Wright, 23, inside a house in the 1300 block of East Cook Street on Aug. 1, 2003.

Carpenter has been with the police department since July 1993.




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Llcc – athletics – athletes/students

Dhabalt – noonan -


The end of an era at Lincoln Land / Program assistant retires after 30 years with college

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, May 29, 2004


Section: SPORTS

Page: 29

Lincoln Land Community College athletic director and baseball coach Ron Riggle was 5 years old in 1974 when Marlene Delattre began her career at LLCC. That was also the year Cass Gymnasium was built, after the school moved from South Sixth Street to Shepherd Road.


The LLCC athletic department office is housed in the Cass Gymnasium building, and the gym is in the process of having its floor replaced for the first time since it opened.


"I came with this gym floor, and I'm leaving with it," joked Delattre, who retired Friday after 30 years as a program assistant in the athletic department. "Our office is full of kids all the time, and I enjoyed the student athletes. I've been here so long I see the kids of kids I talked to when I first started."


Delattre performed a myriad of duties that included answering the phone, speaking daily with athletes, sending out contracts to officials and schools, handling game-day details and helping with fund-raising in the department.


"Marlene was invaluable to the athletic department because of the knowledge she had," said Riggle, who is in his fifth year as athletic director. "She made it easy for me to learn how the department is run when I first came here. She was the stable force that was here for the support of coaches, athletes and everybody else."


LLCC has had soccer, basketball and baseball for men and volleyball, basketball and softball for women athletes since 1989.


"Dick Dhabalt (who retired in 1993) was the athletic director when I started,"


 Delattre said. "We offered more sports, and Dick started all of the programs."


The athletic program offered tennis, track, cross country and golf in addition to soccer, basketball, baseball and softball. The physical education and athletic departments were combined until 1988, when P.E. was placed under student services.


"I worked with Marlene 14 years, and she was an integral part of the program," Dhabalt said. "I never had an assistant athletic director. I had a lot of control, and everything went through Marlene's desk. We had a lot of laughs and got the work done."


Claude Kracik followed Dhabalt as athletic director and held the post until 1992. Kracik also was baseball coach until 2002, when he retired.


"Marlene and I worked together about 30 years," Kracik said. "She was just like a mother to some of those kids out there, especially the girls away from home."


Both Kracik and Dhabalt were full-time teachers, and Delattre was more invaluable than ever due to the additional demands on their time, according to Kracik.


"Marlene made it easier for everybody to do their job," Kracik said. "She helped out every one of the coaches. She was one of the most loyal and dependable people, and her quality of work was high. She's going to be missed by the institution."


Delattre said she has no regrets about her time at LLCC and will miss the daily contact with Riggle, the coaches and students. Especially the students.


"If the coach wasn't there, I talked with the athletes because it was important for somebody to listen to them," Delattre said. "It was mostly the girls that came in, and usually they were having a problem with a boyfriend or their parents. I hope I helped a kid stay in school."


Delattre and her husband, Arnold, who celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary in December, have three grandchildren - Christina Delattre (age 18), Willie (16) and Anna (15) Urish. Her retirement plans including visiting son Tom and his family in Florida and spending more time with her daughter, D'Ann, who is married to Williamsville High School assistant girls basketball coach Dave Urish, and her family.


"My kids were in high school when I started here, and I was supposed to go to work for a couple of years," Delattre said. "Now it's 30 years later and I'm retiring. I'm kind of sad I'm leaving."

Caption: Marlene Delattre, center, is retiring after more than 30 years as a program assistant for Lincoln Land Community College's athletic department. With her is

Ron Riggle , left, current athletic director, and

Dick Dhabalt, right, retired athletic director.

Delattre said she was only supposed to work at LLCC for a couple of years while her children were in high school.







Ron riggle sr – t&c – hawrelak – gravens – dunbar - SAHBA









State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, February 25, 1993



TOWN & COUNTRY Bancorp Inc.subsidiaries have elected new members to their boards of directors. Ronald Riggle Sr., president of Mack and Riggle Inc. a Springfield-based transportation consulting firm, has been elected to the board of Town & Country Bank of Springfield.









Giganti – county bar



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, November 21, 1996

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 10

The Sangamon County Bar Association, which will hold its annual meeting at Illini Country Club tonight, may have to obtain a change of venue -- to a

larger hall -- if current trends continue.

The association has gained 160 new members this year, increasing the roster to nearly 580. President Don Tracy thinks a conscious push for new members and increasing involvement both by, and within, the association are responsible. He predicts the SCBA will have 600 members by year's end -- 60 percent of Sangamon County's approximately 1,000 licensed attorneys.

"I think it is primarily because we campaigned for new members and expanded our activities," said Tracy, an attorney with Brown, Hay and Stephens in Springfield.

He said the organization has added more continuing legal education programs; held a memorial service to honor deceased members for the first time in several years; sponsored a successful Law Week celebration that included mock trials at city and county high schools; and for the first time, established a regular monthly newsletter.

Membership in the SCBA, which was incorporated in 1907, is open to any licensed lawyer, although almost all current members work in Sangamon County. Many of the new members are attorneys involved in government or corporate work.

"We have a higher percentage of members who are trial attorneys," Tracy said. "We went out of our way to recruit government lawyers and corporate counsels."

Membership chairwoman Amy Schmidt said there wasn't any magic involved in increasing membership.

"We just had a renewed effort to include new lawyers and reactivate lawyers who had dropped off the rolls," she said. There also was a limited opportunity for reduced dues for attorneys who rejoined the group.

One of the major changes in the association occurred last fall, when the membership increased the size of the board from six to 19 attorneys. The change effectively elevated committee chairmen and chairwomen to director status.

The changes have generated more interest in the association, and also have stirred things up a little.

"There is always resistance to change," Tracy said. "But I think the majority of our members do like the increased activities."


Partially as a result of the new approach, the SCBA had its first contested election in 13 years, when

 Frank Giganti ran against current association secretary Cheryl Neal for the post of second vice president.

Second vice president is a "moving" office that automatically leads to the presidency of the association in 1998.

Giganti won the election, 180 to 162,

with an unusually high voter turnout.

"Frank ( Giganti ) has been around for a long time," Tracy said. "I think this was more of a vote for Frank rather than a vote against Cheryl Neal or the larger board."






Attorney consents to being disbarred / Frank Giganti admits charges of misconduct


State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, April 14, 2007

Page: 7

A longtime Springfield attorney has filed a motion with the state Supreme Court consenting to disbarment and admitting to charges made against him by the attorney regulatory commission.

Francis J. "Frank" Giganti , 56, a sole practitioner, will have his name removed from the list of attorneys licensed to practice in Illinois. An affidavit filed with the motion agrees that evidence described by the state Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission would "clearly and convincingly establish the facts and conclusions of misconduct set forth in the statement of charges."

The charges against Giganti , filed with the court April 2, allege that he engaged in three instances of misconduct involving three separate clients, including two instances of converting client funds for his own use.

The charges say he was hired by William H. Bailey on May 18, 2004, to handle payment of a consent judgment that had been entered against Bailey in federal court in Missouri.

The consent judgment allowed Bailey to satisfy a $500,000 judgment by paying $200,000 during an 18-month period. If he failed to pay within 18 months, he would owe the entire $500,000.

Giganti allegedly deposited $189,000 provided to him on behalf of Bailey into his client trust account to make the payments.

The ARDC charges say that Giganti made payments of $56,948 on Bailey's behalf, but stopped after about eight months. The charges allege that Giganti used at least $132,155 of the money for his own personal and business purposes.

As a result of the payments not being made, Bailey was sued in Macoupin County Circuit Court for the balance of the $500,000 judgment.

The ARDC also alleges that in May 2001, Giganti agreed to represent Ruth Marie Butler in a personal injury claim but failed to file a complaint before the statute of limitations expired.

Giganti told Butler this and advised her to seek separate counsel. After attorneys representing Butler contacted Giganti about the claim, he agreed in February 2006 to settle Butler's professional negligence claim for $20,000.

However, a check drafted on Giganti 's business account and sent to Butler and her attorneys in August 2006 was returned for insufficient funds, the ARDC charges.

The third allegation says that in May 2005, Giganti agreed to represent Kurt Kemmerling in a matter involving the sale of timber on real estate owned by Kemmerling. The property was the subject of a mortgage foreclosure, and the mortgagee claimed an interest in the proceeds from the timber sale.

Kemmerling gave a check for $36,556, representing the proceeds from the timber sale, to Giganti on Sept. 20, 2005, and Giganti deposited it into his client trust account.

Rather than use the money to satisfy, in part, the mortgage obligations, Giganti used the money for his own personal and business purposes, the charges say.

Giganti , who was licensed to practice law in 1976, is a past president of the Sangamon County Bar Association and is a member of the Springfield Planning and Zoning Commission.

The Supreme Court has not ruled on Giganti 's motion, but routinely approves such motions for disbarment on consent. The court isn't in session again until early next month.

If his motion is approved, Giganti would have to petition the court should he want to be reinstated, and he couldn't do so for at least three years.



























Giganti – zito



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, January 25, 2003

Joseph R. Giganti

SPRINGFIELD - Joseph R. Giganti , 85, of Springfield died Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, at St. John's Hospital.

He was born Aug. 23, 1917, in Springfield, the son of Ignazio and Pietra Zito Giganti . He married Bernice M. Kunzweiler in 1950; she died in 2000.

Mr. Giganti worked for the state of Illinois, retiring in 1983. He was a member of St. Agnes Church, Holy Name Society,

Knights of Columbus Council 364

and was a lifetime member of Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was a former member of Springfield Kiwanis Golden K, Commercial Travelers and St. John's Samaritans.

Survivors: a daughter, Patricia A. Giganti of Springfield; a son, Edward J. Giganti of St. Louis; a sister, Catherine Sgro of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.










Giganti – campo - saladino

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, June 30, 1990

Sam Giganti Sam Giganti , 96, of Springfield died at 3:40 a.m. Friday at Dirksen House Nursing Home.

He was born Aug. 23, 1893, in Montevago, Sicily, Italy, the son of Calogero and Josephine Campo Giganti . Preceding him in death were three brothers, James, Joe and Dominic Giganti ; and four sisters, Josephine LaRocca, Clara Giordano, Frances Saladino and Mary Giganti .

A resident of Springfield for many years, Mr. Giganti was a coal miner for Panther Creek for many years, retiring in 1955. Surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins












Giganti – SCSA – and see adam as Schmidt campaign chair



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, June 10, 1999

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 8

John Belz, a nine-year attorney who has handled felony cases from both the prosecution and defense perspectives, was introduced Wednesday as first

assistant state's attorney for Sangamon County.

Belz, 34, will assume his new duties July 1, said State's Attorney John Schmidt, who was appointed to the office two weeks ago.

Schmidt said Belz, with whom he formerly worked in the traffic division of the state's attorney's office, will serve as his "closest adviser" and assist him in running and managing the state's attorney's office and its 51 employees. "His experience will certainly serve the people of Sangamon County well," Schmidt said.

Belz, a lifelong Springfield resident and graduate of Griffin High School, was an assistant state's attorney from 1991 to 1994


and prosecuted felony cases the last two years of his tenure.


He has been in private practice the past five years as a partner in the Springfield law firm of Huntley & Giganti .


He also has served as an assistant felony public defender, a part-time position, the past five years.

Belz said he represented four murder defendants last year and has handled about 12 such cases over the past four years. He previously has tried cases both with Schmidt, his new boss, and against him. When the two have met in the courtroom, each has won one case. "We started together here as traffic assistants, and we tried every case we could together," Belz said.

However, Belz and his wife, Lisa, had started a family, and it became apparent to Belz that finances would force him to leave the state's attorney's office. "John (Schmidt) told me that he would be state's attorney some day, and that he would ask me to come back and I would do it," Belz said. "Seven years later, I got the phone call." "I'm here because of John Schmidt," Belz continued. "No one else could have convinced me." He said he and Schmidt have similar philosophies in that both believe prosecutors should be in the courtroom. "We have some of the finest defense attorneys in the state," Belz said. "My trial partner, Jay Elmore, I think is the finest. So it will be challenging to go from the defense side to being a prosecutor, but it is not something I fear." Belz has handled most of the juvenile appeals in Sangamon County for the past 18 months, and he said it is his hope to "stop crimes before they start." "The pattern of crime starts in juvenile court," he said. "Once you get to the violent criminal level, some people just have to be locked up." Schmidt previously announced his desire to start a program of educating juveniles within the schools about the consequences of criminal actions.

He said Belz has the experience of dealing with the juvenile court system and will be invaluable in the education effort.

Belz is a graduate of the University of Illinois and St. Louis University School of Law. He will make $58,000 annually in his new job.

Belz and his wife have three children: Katie, 6; John Michael, 4; and James Patrick, 2. Sangamon County public defender Brian Otwell said he hoped to have Belz's assistant felony public defender spot filled by July.














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Secty of SCRP


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Stratton Represents


Sangamon county

Metro san board

Spfld Parks

State chamber




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city parks guys – ie. chuck smith, drivers

garbage truck drivers –

chamber/gray – jaycees

county employees – pubworks, SCSO etc





BRUCE STRATTON is a member of the Illinois Bar and is admitted to the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Mr. Stratton is a graduate of Knox College and IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law. He has served and still serves on many public bodies including:

Springfield Housing Authority

Select Joint Committee on Regulatory Agency Reform (Member & Chairman 1980-1984)

Sangamon County Housing Authority (Member & Chairman 1981-)

Sangamon County Sheriff’s Merit Commission (Member & Chairman 1981-1984)

Legislative Redistricting Commission (Member 1983-1986)

Shelter Institute (Member & Chairman 1998 - )

Belize Community Service Alliance (Member & Chairman 1998- )

Representative clients include:

Illinois State Chamber of Commerce,

Illinois Health Care Association,

Springfield Metro Sanitary District,

Springfield Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority,

Management Resource Group,

Springfield Park District and

Sangamon County.

He also serves or has served on the Boards of Directors of several corporations.

Mr. Stratton is a member of the Sangamon County and Illinois State Bar Associations. He concentrates his practice to the areas of Labor, Employment, Trade Association and Administrative Law.








Practice, politics intertwine for Stratton / Works for several government boards

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 30, 2003

Section: NEWS
Page: 1

Bruce Stratton, a Springfield lawyer and


secretary of the Sangamon County Republican Party,


has contracts that pay him and a partner more than $125,000 annually from local government agencies dominated by fellow Republicans.

Over more than 15 years, Stratton has made more than $1 million from taxpayer-supported boards and commissions. In addition, one of his sons has contracts with two of the same government units, another son has a full-time county job and Stratton's wife, Nicky, recently left a long career running the city of Springfield's tourism efforts.

Stratton has been secretary of the Sangamon County Republican Party for more than 20 years. That connection, Stratton concedes, hasn't hurt his opportunities to win governmental work. He knows a lot of people because of his political work, he said, and that makes him "a known quantity to them."

But he said he does a good job and earns his pay.

"I don't think anybody would have said ... 'We don't care whether he knows what he's doing or not. Just give it to him,'" Stratton said of obtaining government contracts.

He and his associate, Justin Reichert, "have, I think, demonstrated to all these public bodies that our services are well worth what they're paying for them," he said.

Indeed, some of the elected officials he reports to - both Republican and Democratic - praise Stratton's work. But some Democrats are skeptical.

The total paid to Stratton and Reichert by local governments amounts to $128,400 a year, but several of his contracts are longstanding - his agreement with Sangamon County began in late 1993, and his Springfield Park Board deal originated in early 1994. He has advised the board overseeing the Prairie Capital Convention Center since 1982 and the Sangamon County Central Dispatch System since April 2001.

"I do a lot of other stuff, too," said Stratton, noting his private law practice. "Most lawyers that I know who are busy have hundreds of clients."

Stratton, 65, was named secretary of the Sangamon County GOP in 1980, and his ties to the GOP have been noted before in connection with his government work. In 1982, The State Journal-Register reported several convention center board members protested that the choice of Stratton to be its legal counsel "appeared to be the result of partisan politics."

His politics still come under scrutiny.

"We're paying him to give us legal advice, and from my perspective, he gives us political advice," said Billy Earl, a member of the convention center board - which, though officially nonpartisan, has six Republican members and five Democrats. Earl is a Democrat.

Stratton advised two Republican convention center board members who moved out of the districts from which they were elected that they could remain on the board, Earl notes. Earl also believes Stratton oversaw the creation of "a very political map" when new district boundaries were crafted last year.

State law clearly allows members of the board to stay in their seats, Stratton said, as long as they continue to live in the metropolitan area served by the full board.

Patricia Hayes, another Democratic board member and a lawyer, disagrees.

"If that's the case, then we wouldn't have the districts," she said.

As for the map, Stratton said, in Illinois, "people tend to draw maps which are most advantageous to the people that they represent, you know, or that are part of their party."

"I can see clearly why somebody would look at that map and say it's very political," Stratton added. "However, the election results don't necessarily support that contention."

Under the new map, voters in District 5 on April 1 chose two Democrats, Earl and Colleen Redpath, along with Republican incumbent Dick Schofield. Incumbent Chip Smith, a Republican and the son of Sangamon County GOP Chairman Irv Smith, lost his bid for another term.

The board's new map had to be drawn after a court expanded the taxing district's boundaries nearly two years ago. Stratton thought the boundaries had been expanding with Springfield's growth, but newspaper stories showed the boundaries had been frozen since 1973.

Asked if he should have figured out that the boundaries weren't expanding - which meant the convention center failed to capture tax revenue it was entitled to - Stratton said, "not necessarily, because I'm not in charge of the budget. I'm not in charge of the tax levies. I'm in charge of doing whatever it is I'm asked to do."

Earl, who said Stratton's $1,250 monthly retainer "seems like a lot of money," said he's not sure an outside lawyer needs to be at every meeting. He also believes the board might need "a more independent legal counsel."

Board chairman Mike Coffey Jr., one of the members who recently moved from his old district, said Stratton has been responsive.

"I've called him several times on several different issues, and he's met with me," Coffey said.

Stratton said he was placed on retainer in 1983 or 1984, instead of being paid by the hour, so board members wouldn't hesitate to call with questions. A retainer allows the convention center to know what it will spend on legal advice, he said. His lowest hourly fee for other clients is $150, Stratton said.

A partner of Stratton's in the law firm of Stratton, Giganti , Stone and Kopec, Dave White, is a member of the convention center board. White said he votes to pay bills that include the monthly payments to Stratton because the contract predates his time on the board. But he said he would not vote if the board were to consider a pay raise for Stratton, or "any action with respect to his representation."

Convention center checks to Stratton are not mixed with other funds at the Stratton, Giganti law firm, both White and Stratton said. Reichert is not a partner in Stratton, Giganti , but Stratton said he and Reichert are partners in the labor and employment practice.

Stratton also was the lawyer advising the Springfield Metro Sanitary District when it was that group's practice to sell bonds to its own members and their families.

An outside bond lawyer told the board in 1990 that such sales violated a conflict-of-interest law. As the board's lawyer, however, Stratton found no such problem. Because the special assessment bonds were to be paid off by property owners, not with tax money, the board's passage of the bond issues didn't constitute a contract under state law, he said. The board nonetheless decided in 1991 to end the practice.

Stratton and Reichert still get $18,000 annually from the sanitary district board, which has a 3-2 Republican majority.

Andy Van Meter, chairman of the Sangamon County Board, said the county employs Stratton to handle employee negotiations, grievances, arbitration and general legal work on personnel issues. Stratton also helped set up an employee board to oversee an insurance fund and developed the employee handbook.

Previously, the county used a Chicago law firm for those duties, sometimes at high cost. In one 18-month period in the early 1990s, the services of a labor negotiator cost the county more than $146,000, Van Meter said.

Relationships with some county unions were strained before Stratton was brought on, Van Meter said. Since then, they have been "very good."

"That's not to say there aren't disagreements," Van Meter said. "But at least it's conversational and not shouting at each other."

"What is it worth to be able to have a constructive, nonconfrontational relationship with the unions that represent your workers?" Stratton asked. "I think one of the things that I've done, and now Justin and I both do, is, we have worked very hard to try to produce that kind of relationship."

Stratton said he and Reichert have intervened in "I don't even know how many - dozens and dozens and dozens of incidents over the years" to resolve employee problems before they wound up in the court system.

Terry Reed, field service director with the Illinois Federation of Teachers, which has a local in the county recorder's office, said he has no complaints about Stratton.

"He's been a fair and judicial hearing officer," Reed said. "We may not always agree, but there's a rational reason in his decision."

Doris Turner, Democratic floor leader of the county board, said she's heard that politics enters into some of Stratton's decisions, but in a case she was involved in - a conflict over whether sheriff's employees were to be given shoes or boots - Stratton handled the issue "in a very expeditious and professional manner." The employees eventually were allowed to buy one pair of footwear of their choice.

Van Meter was asked if politics had anything to do with Stratton's work for the county, because the Sangamon County Board is dominated, 24-5, by the GOP.

"This being Springfield, there's always politics," Van Meter said. "But I really don't know who else we would go to on these personnel labor issues."

One of Stratton's sons, 35-year-old Mike Stratton, also has become involved in employee relations work for local governments.

For example, his company, Management Resource Group, got a $500-per-month contract with the convention center board in August 1993, just after the younger Stratton received his master's degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield. In May 1994, the pay was increased to $1,000 a month.

Mike Stratton ended the contract this summer, saying he no longer had time for the work.

The younger Stratton, who is not a lawyer, continues to have contracts with two other government bodies - the park board and sanitary district - to provide human resources and labor relations services.

He is paid $5,000 per month by the park district, which also provides office space at the district headquarters in Bunn Park. In a letter to the park board in 2000, Mike Stratton wrote that, with expanded duties then proposed, "the demand on my time may increase to well over 40 hours in any given week, and my primary designation will be with the Springfield Park District."

But he also is paid $18,000 per year by the sanitary district, where Andy Alvey, the agency's director/engineer, said he "does a very good job."

"Whenever we have any difficulties, he's usually at (our) beck and call," Alvey said.

Leslie Sgro, president of the park board, gives both Mike and Bruce Stratton high marks.

"I think we get an excellent value for our dollar, the taxpayer's dollar," said Sgro, the only Democrat on the seven-member, nonpartisan board.

"When I first got on the board, we had significant labor issues. ... With the help of both of them, we have most of those issues smoothed over, and we have an excellent working relationship with our unions," Sgro said.

She said the cost of a personnel director before Mike Stratton came on board "was at least as much if not more," than he is paid.

Charles Stratton, 39, became Sangamon County's human resources coordinator in 2001, moving back to Springfield after being program director for a variety of senior services for Champaign County. A key part of his job is administering a merit-pay system. He is paid about $39,000 annually.

Nicky Stratton, 63, retired from her $89,277 city job as executive director of the convention and tourism bureau in August and now works for the nonprofit Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition. The idea is to help communities with ties to Lincoln take advantage of increased tourism created by the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

"I'm loving it," Nicky Stratton said of the coalition position. "It's great."

Caption: Bruce Stratton has been Sangamon County GOP secretary for 23 years.
















Giganti – smeaa


SMEAA member hopes to strengthen marketing

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Section: LOCAL
Page: 13

Dave White, a member of the board overseeing the Prairie Capital Convention Center since 1997, wants to help direct the center's activities as the nearby Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum draws more people to Springfield.

"I've encouraged the center's sales staff to focus on identifying and marketing our facility for trade shows and conventions of American historical heritage and cultural organizations," White said in a campaign statement. "Conventions and reunions for veterans groups or educationally-oriented trade shows present other strong marketing targets."

White, 40, a lawyer and partner with the firm Stratton, Giganti , Stone and Kopec, is one of two incumbents seeking re-election in the convention center's District 4, where the third seat is vacant.

The board is officially nonpartisan, but in District 4, local Republicans generally are supporting White, board chairman Mike Coffey Jr. and Mary Frances Squires. Democrats are backing Todd Faulkner, Neil Calderon and Brooke Harmony for those three seats.

White says the center is "probably quite a bit more active than most of our city's residents realize, with many college and high school sporting events, as well as trade shows and conventions.

"It seems like many people, including some of the candidates, think the board's job is to book our shows and events. Frankly, that's not the case," White said. "Our job is to make sure that we have the right policies and a good, professional staff in place."

He said he thinks it's important for Springfield to continue to "be a tour stop for top-flight acts, family entertainment events and children's shows, and our staff is also getting the job done in having larger national promoters consider and put Springfield on their tour calendars.

White called "honoring and keeping the public trust" his most important job on the board, saying that during his tenure, "we've run a fiscally responsible ship."

While he is a law partner of Bruce Stratton, who is Sangamon County GOP secretary and the convention center's lawyer, White said Stratton's contract with the center does not come through the law firm, so it does not affect White's income. White said he would vote "present" on any move to change Stratton's pay or status with the board. Trustees, including White, are not paid.

White, a Springfield native, is active in the Boy Scouts and is fund-raising chair for Sangamon County American Youth Football. He was listed by Springfield Business Journal as one of "Forty under Forty" young leaders. He and his wife, Mary, have two children.








Prairie Capital Convention Center board

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, April 1, 2001

Page: 13

Candidates vying for the Prairie Capital Convention Center board say a more diverse range of shows should be pursued, including educational events that could coincide with activities at the planned Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

A total of seven people are running for four seats on the board, which is formally known as the Springfield Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority.

Three of the seats are in District 1, where incumbents Dave White and Mike Coffey Jr. are running against challengers William "Billy" Anders, Patricia Hayes and Floyd A. Bee. The remaining open seat is in District 2, where incumbent William "Billy" Bishop III is running against challenger Jeanette H. Goza.

The board has a total of 11 members.

White, 36, a partner in the Springfield law firm of



Giganti ,

Stone & Kopec,


is a Springfield native who is running for his second term.

"During my tenure on the board, our convention center has achieved an operating profit, and as a board member I have supported our efforts to seek alternative funding sources for the center," White said.

White added that recent shows at the center have enjoyed success, and there have been a variety of events. Until the convention center achieves full utilization, however, there is always room for improvement, he said.

"The addition of the Lincoln Presidential Library to downtown Springfield presents the opportunity for us to further diversify these offerings," White said.

Anders, 35, works for the State Journal-Register. He is a lifelong resident of Springfield and has served on the Sangamon County Rescue Squad for eight years.

Anders pledges to keep the convention center's budget in the black, bring quality, profitable shows to the center, and work with promoters and the media to inform people of center events.

Coffey, who has served five years on the board, also grew up in Springfield. He is the general manager of Saputo's Italian restaurant, which is a block from the convention center.

"This is a very exciting time for the city of Springfield, particularly the downtown," he said. "The recent groundbreaking for the Abraham presidential library is a huge step toward revitalizing downtown. The (convention center) will be a key component and partner in attracting visitors to Springfield."

Coffey also said it would be easier to compete with other central Illinois convention facilities if there was additional seating at the center.

Hayes, 42, a native of Bloomington, has had her own law practice in Springfield since 1992. She said there is "an enormous lack of initiative from the board and the convention center staff."

Because of her law background, she said, she will be able to advise the board on legal matters while reducing money spent on outside legal advice.

"Last year, the convention center board ... budgeted more money in 'retainer' attorney fees than it authorized for advertising or promotional expenses for events at the convention center," Hayes said.

Bee was a wrestling coach at Lincoln High School for 30 years until his retirement last year.

He said he thinks the convention center is being used properly, but he also encouraged the center's staff to bring in even more events.

"When the new Lincoln library has been completed, I would like to encourage our center's personnel to work with their staff for possible educational activities sponsored by unifying the library's resources with the Prairie Capital Convention Center."

Bishop, 29, who was appointed to the board a year ago, is employed by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services.

At more than 25 years old, Bishop said, the convention center is in need of repairs and could compete better if it was larger.

"The biggest complaint that I hear from citizens is that there needs to be more entertainment at the center," he said. "The community needs to realize that we need a better facility to attract more special events and entertainment."

Goza is a public service administrator with the Illinois Office of the Comptroller.

Goza said she would try to diversify the center's entertainment offerings and would improve communication regarding the accessibility of the center for community use.

"I see (the convention center) as a resource that is not typically considered when events are being planned in Springfield," Goza said. "Residents are taxed for the PCCC; therefore, they should know it is available for their use."





















This guy reps PBPA5 –

the local spd union


note dennis karhliker at ilfop



RONALD J. STONE was born in Springfield, Illinois, in 1952. He was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1977; the U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois in 1979; and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit in 1988. Mr. Stone attended Bowling Green State University receiving his B.A. in Business in 1974, and he received his Juris Doctorate in law in 1977 from Southern Illinois University.

Mr. Stone worked at the Sangamon County State's Attorneys Office from 1977 - 1983 prior to joining the firm in September of 1986.

He has also acted as Associate Chief Counsel for the Illinois Department of Public Health.

 Mr. Stone is a member of the Courthouse Committee, Lincoln-Douglas Inn of Court, and Illinois State Bar Association. In the past several years and currently,

Mr. Stone has acted in the capacity of an Administrative Law Judge for the

Illinois State Police Merit Board,

Illinois Department of Public Health, and

Illinois Secretary of State.


Mr. Stone concentrates his practice to the areas of Civil and Criminal Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, Administrative Law, and Industrial/Commercial Property Tax Appeals.

Litigation Experience includes conducting negotiations and jury trial in complex cases, both Civil and Criminal, State and Federal. Labor Employment experience includes dealing with employment issues from both management and labor side; including: negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, unfair labor practice proceedings, arbitration proceedings and other disciplinary proceedings.






Note recent Gekas problems at IDFPR –

and see esp dominic Greco as IT guy –

note – able/cravens – vala – runs guys off the books –

covert ops – paying guys as “guards”





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dateWed, Aug 20, 2008 at 3:30 PM

subjectscso - background - demarco - obit - evening republicans - pbpa - caths - noonan



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Former county sheriff DeMarco dies at 65

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - June 4, 2001

Former Sangamon County Sheriff J. William DeMarco , 65, died Saturday at his Springfield home.


A lifelong resident of Springfield and the son of a police officer, DeMarco rose through the ranks of the Springfield Police Department for more than 20 years before being appointed sheriff by county Republicans in 1985. He was elected sheriff in 1986 and 1990.


In the Springfield department, he was chief detective on a number of high-profile murder cases. He rose to become assistant chief, deputy chief of investigations and was tapped to serve as acting chief of police from 1982-83. In recent years,


DeMarco had served as inspector general and administrator with the state treasurer's office


and as deputy director for the state Department of Financial Institutions.


Sheriff Neil Williamson, who succeeded DeMarco as sheriff, said the well-liked former sheriff was "like a legend in law enforcement."


"He was loved by everybody,'' Williamson said. "The guy had a huge sense of humor, a quick wit and he devoted his whole life to this community and to law enforcement."


In a 1994 interview with The State Journal-Register in his last year as sheriff, DeMarco admitted his ability to talk to anyone came in handy in some tough situations.


"It was easier to get along with people than to fight them," he recalled.


DeMarco suffered a heart attack that made headlines in 1983 and became active in the American Heart Association. He ran unsuccessfully for state legislature in 1992 and pulled out of a re-election bid for sheriff in 1994 to work for the state.


At the time, he said, he realized another campaign would mean a lot of chicken dinners and weekends "that I would otherwise have with my children and grandchildren."


In addition, DeMarco said he ultimately came to see himself as a "as a professional police officer who ran for a political office, rather than a politician who ran for the highest police position in the county."


DeMarco earned a bachelor of science from Eastern Illinois University in 1981 with a specialization in police administration and had been involved in numerous law enforcement organizations as well as civic groups.


He was a member of St. Agnes Church, where funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.


He won the 1975 William Herndon Award for excellence in police work for solving the 1973 murder of cab driver Abraham Phillips.


Among the long-lasting accomplishments DeMarco helped work on, according to former Sangamon County Board Chairman Patrick Noonan, was the new Sangamon County Jail.


"He was not only a great law enforcement officer,'' Noonan said. "But he became a good friend and an advocate of an improved jail.


"He was a great gentleman and very much a people person,'' Noonan added. "His wake could be the biggest Springfield has ever seen."


Fellow Springfield police officers described DeMarco as a "cop's cop," as well as loyal, compassionate and gracious in a 1985 State Journal-Register article when he left to become sheriff.


Retired officer Don Young was quoted as saying DeMarco "could tell people to go to hell, and they'd thank him for the directions. He's the kind of cop other cops appreciate."


DeMarco 's community involvement was extensive, including serving on the boards of directors for Air Rendezvous, Goodwill Industries, the Illinois Correctional Association, the American Heart Association and Gateway Foundation, often in leadership positions. He also had been active in

Griffin Booster Club,

Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association,

Sangamon County Evening Republicans, Lion's Club, Eagle's Club, Elk's Club and the American Cancer Society.



He was past president of

Policemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and

past first vice president of Illinois Sheriff's Association



DeMarco is survived by his wife, Nancy; a daughter, Deann French of Springfield; three sons, Steve, Jeff and Tom DeMarco , all of Springfield, and a sister, Betty Farrelly of Phoenix. He had six grandchildren.


A Bill DeMarco Memorial Scholarship Fund is being established in his memory.


Staab Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Complete obituary information is on pages 8 and 16.

































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dateTue, Jun 5, 2007 at 4:45 PM

subjectmisinformation on addiction



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I'm not an alcoholic. I'm not seeking treatment; in fact, I'm trying to drink more often. My dad is an alcoholic and my mom thinks she is an alcoholic, but she just hangs out with them for social support. Because my mom and dad's divorce related to drinking, I'm not sure how much, I suspect not much in actual fact, It is not surprising that this topic would would have personal relevance to me. This, combined with the very public nature of my dad's drinking, would seem to make it an ideal focus point of a campaign to turn my friends against me. this is defamation, but with a different purpose. I don't know if this is one the reasons the stalking and poisoning is happening to me. If it is then fuck you and I will drink anytime want to. Again, how can I be more clear?

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I think people have said I'm an alcoholic and/or a drug addict. This is consistent with the complaint offered on 11/06 and is part of a larger scheme to alienate friends and intimidate those that would otherwise offer me assistance. It is no secret that my dad is an alcoholic and has been since I was born. This played a primary role in the divorce from mom and, as such, I take the topic seriously. I believe that this insinuation was chosen to maximize the amount of personal anxiety for me. It's not true, I'm not an alcoholic or addict, nor have I ever considered that possibility. The principal tension created here is that: if I don't drink then it's suggeted to me that I'm trying to quit because I realize I'm an alcoholic. If I drink, then that's because I'm an alcoholic. There are different ways of suggesting these things, some involve pain and images, etc. and usually involve combinations of indirect things/messages. I believe that this subject area was chosen to reduce my self esteem and self image and that lying about me in this way is not accidental or haphazard. In addition, because of my dad's problem, this accusation regarding me seems to receive some kind of traction with people that know my dad. Particularly disturbing is the fact that my dad may have a role in this and could be easily recruited because of his inability to confront his own problem and project his alcohol problem onto me. Jaime hall could similary be talked into something like this also. Hall also has an addictive personality, mostly alcohol but also marajuana and other drugs. I have reason to believe that hall has said that I have done cocaine. This is not true. I have never done cocaine. I saw him do a lot when I had to stay at his house and he was going with a skinny girl that worked at bianco's on jefferson. she supposedly arranged for ability to aquire that drug, I hadn't seen him do it before and was surprised, but I was a guest at his house and would be homeless if I left. hard to believe jaime would say something like that, might not be true, but, he hangs out with ingrum and some others, and used to work telemarketing for pbpa 5.























Local police unions


*Caldwell – SPD – davlin






Caldwell’s brother in law is auburn FD chief

Note link to boesdorfer – eric hall - MRT – ISP



Auburn Fire Chief Bob Burton .



Ralph A. Caldwell, Sr.

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, June 8, 2008

Section: LOCAL
Page: 19

Ralph A. Caldwell, Sr.

NEW BERLIN – Ralph A. Caldwell Sr., 74, of New Berlin passed away Friday, June 6, 2008, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Pontiac, Mich., the son of Orman and Doris B. Cook Caldwell. He married Jane M. Hansberry on June 23, 1956, in St. Patrick's Church in Nashua, N.H.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Matthew G. and Richard J. Caldwell; and a brother, Donald Caldwell.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Mary Jane (husband, Russell S.) Ledbetter, Patti (husband, Greg) Irwin and Kathy (husband, Bob) Burton , all of Springfield;


a son, Ralph A. (wife, Luann) Caldwell Jr. of Springfield;


11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Ralph was a resident of New Berlin since 1976.

 He was the director of foods and nutrition at Memorial Medical Center, retiring after 18 years.

He was a member of St. Mary's Church in New Berlin. He graduated from Michigan State University. Ralph was in the U.S. Army in Korea where he was in the

 Army Security Agency. He was formerly employed by the Interstate United Food Service Corp. in Buffalo, N.Y. He was a certified chef and enjoyed entertaining his family and friends. He taught at Western Illinois University and served on the New Berlin emergency medical squad. Ralph was a member of the VFW and the American Motorcycle Club. In his retirement years he toured the U.S. on his Gold Wing with his good friend, Gene Hoffman.

A memorial gathering will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at Staab Funeral Home. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2008, with Father Donald Meehling officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery where Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, January 7, 1995

Edition: M1.
Section: LOCAL
Page: 7

o A rural Auburn man escaped his burning home unharmed early Friday. The house, however, was severely damaged.

Firefighters from Auburn, Virden and Chatham were called to William Peterman's home about 3 a.m. and fought the blaze for about two hours, said

Auburn Fire Chief Bob Burton .







Auburn PD – and see



eric hall info at:












ISP - Eric hall – ISP dep c/s



*Eric hall started as auburn PD – (boesdorfer)


Auburn – fd – pd= loren boesdorfer – mayor of auburn/shriners


This is the ISP link – boesdorfer – auburn – dinardo et al.



ISP – trame – chief of staff – hall from taylorville - GOP



*Note that kent gray was christian county republican nominee


 for state’s atty



Note Taylorville/Christian county = jurkanin - narup

Jurkanin= ILFOP secty/trsr – ILETSB exec dir

Narup is his brother in law and is an ALJ for ISP



*Note also relationship of ISP MRT to SCSO DIRT SACCO




Drug dealer frame= harassment from Walgreens employees and walmart employees


MRT – eric hall – statewide dir – gets promotion to ISP dep C/S


And see scso - dirt



Possible link to dan Rutherford


Romney – servicemaster/terminix – IBT guy


Christian county= Kincaid power plant


Hall= Farm bureau






Posted Mar 25, 2010 @ 12:03 AM

Last update Mar 25, 2010 @ 06:51 AM

Trame’s pay explained
Meanwhile, Monken has reasons why a higher salary was necessary for state police chief of staff JESSICA TRAME.
Trame, who has been with the state since 1993, is now paid $105,000, up from $87,108.

Monken said Trame just came off a four-year term appointment as deputy chief of staff, but had been in an acting capacity as chief of staff. The deputy position could well become unionized, he said, but having Trame in the union would be unworkable as the staff chief oversees labor relations.

And if she were in the union, he added, she could charge two hours of overtime for “every time she picks up the phone outside of normal work hours,” which he said is an everyday occurrence. Her new pay is an average of those of similar chief of staff jobs in the state, he said.

Monken also said Trame doesn’t have a deputy chief of staff.

I asked Capt. SCOTT COMPTON, agency spokesman, about this, because


Master Sgt. ERIC HALL,


who served a stint as

GOP county chairman of Christian County,


was named a deputy chief of staff in February.


Compton said Hall is now back in the division of operations.


Compton also said that, with layoffs and attrition, Trame is “assuming additional responsibilities with this promotion with less staff.”

I’ve reported that Trame’s mother and brother work elsewhere in the state for the Illinois State Police. Her husband also is on state police staff in Springfield. He is BOYD BUTLER, who has been with the state since 1998 and works in information technology. He’s paid $68,952 annually.

Trame also said she is not — as some have whispered — the niece of longtime Springfield Republican leader BILL CELLINI. She said she is a distant relative.




Note Taylorville/Christian county = jurkanin - narup

Jurkanin= ILFOP secty/trsr – ILETSB exec dir

Narup is his brother in law and is an ALJ for ISP











Craig sim


Police association announces officers

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Section: LOCAL
Page: 21

Carl Sprinkel has been elected chairman of the Midstate Division of the Illinois Police Association.

Other officers are David Dyer , vice chairman; Francis Sprinkel, second vice chairman; Craig Sim, secretary/treasurer; and Ernest Dodson, Craig Law, Charles Palazzolo, Joseph Pisarek and Amy Strawn, sergeants-at-arms. Immediate past chairman is Craig Kennedy.

The association's lifesaving award was presented to Sangamon County sheriff's deputy John Diefenbach for his actions at a fiery car crash, saving the driver's life.

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the FOP Lodge No. 55 on West Lake Shore Drive. The event will feature a special dinner, and spouses or significant others are invited. The cost is $7 per person or $10 per couple.

For reservations, contact Carl Sprinkel or Harold Bryant by Monday.










Pbpa5 – Caldwell – later spd police chief – apptd by davlin




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dateSun, Jul 6, 2008 at 7:18 PM

subjectRe: caldwell new chief at spd - was dhs guy at spd - K9 - PBPA 5 - BRETT CALDWELL AT IBT 916



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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - September 15, 1988

Edition: M1,M2,S1

Section: LOCAL

Page: 21

Dave Hypke has been elected president of Unit 5 of the Policemen Benevolent and Protective Association of the Springfield Police Department.


Other officers elected are officer Charles Kean, vice-president; detective Frank Kress, secretary; K-9 Officer J.R. Hauversburk, financial secretary; officer Noel Dalbey, treasurer; and Detective Stephen Pellegrini, sergeant at arms.


Trustees elected were detective Don Kolar and

 K-9 officer Ralph Caldwell .




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - June 3, 1988

Author/Byline: Polly Sears

Edition: M1,M2,S1

Section: LOCAL

Page: 15

The Springfield Police Department received two new weapons Thursday. Their names are Gus and Luke and they are just as valuable as guns to the police




"We use them every day," says Don Schluter, assistant deputy chief of police. "We use them for tracking criminals and crowd control."


Gus and Luke are German shepherds. They were graduated Thursday from the Springfield Police Academy on Old Waterworks Road after an intense 14-week training period. The dogs learned obedience, tracking, building searching and handler protection skills in the training.


Throughout the training period, the dogs were evaluated by Daniel Crowe, head trainer of the St. Louis Metro Police Department. Crowe, who said the Springfield department has two dogs in addition to the new graduates, said dogs can do things not possible with man or machine.


"You have an advantage with a dog that you don't have with a gun," said J.R. Hauversburk, a dog trainer assigned to the canine unit. "Once you pull that trigger, you can't take it back. Using a dog gives you a chance to assess the situation."


Crowe said that dogs also can go into a crime scene and find the freshest scents, not only giving police valuable information, but also keeping police out of danger by keeping them farther from the scene.


Hauversburk said another advantage of the canine unit is the bond the trainer develops with his weapon.


"Having a dog that will work for you gives you a competitive edge," he said. "That bond you have after working with a dog, you are able to read indications from the dog."


Crowe said when dogs pick up a scent, they respond in different ways. One dog will wag his tail, and another might bark.


Springfield police are training two more German shepherds. Police like to use German shepherds between ages 1 and 4 for police duty because they adapt well to changing climates and they have good temperaments, Crowe said.

Caption: Police officers Ralph Caldwell , left, and his canine partner Luke, and Donald Loftus and his partner Gus are the new canine teams for the Springfield Police Department.




On 6/4/07, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:

New police chief named

Kliment retiring; Caldwell moving up from assistant chief



Published Saturday, June 02, 2007

Ralph Caldwell admits he loves to talk and shake hands.


Police Chief Don Kliment on Thursday submitted his letter of retirement, and Caldwell, the city's assistant police chief and homeland security director, is the mayor's choice to replace Kliment.

"I'm a people person. I love to talk. I love to meet and greet. So you're probably going to see me in front of a camera or in front of a microphone a lot more than you did Chief Kliment," Caldwell said Friday.

"He was more behind the scenes. He felt comfortable that way, and he wanted other people out front to talk about the police department. But that's my goal - to get those positive things (about the police department) out there that you don't see every day."

Kliment's retirement letter ends months of speculation that he would leave the department this year, given that he is eligible to retire and has led the police force through four tumultuous years of discrimination lawsuits and a scandal in the major-case unit. He inherited some of the problems from the previous administration.

One lingering problem has been an Illinois State Police investigation of the department sought by Kliment after allegations of misconduct were made against two major-case detectives, Paul Carpenter and Jim Graham, who since have been fired.

Mayor Tim Davlin and city attorneys have kept a 2,300-page report detailing the probe's findings under wraps, saying it cannot be made public because it is an internal affairs document. Several aldermen have said they want to see the report, with at least one former alderman filing a Freedom of Information Act request for it.

A summary of the report, which also is critical of some of the police department's supervisors, has been made public.

Davlin, at a news conference Friday, continued to refuse to say anything about what's in the report.

"But I will say this about Ralph Caldwell and the 2,300-page report: I, too, had a concern and went back and refreshed my memory ... and looked at every page where Ralph's name is there, and I will say unequivocally there is nothing in there that would prevent Ralph from being ... the chief of police of the city of Springfield," Davlin said.

Later in the news conference, Caldwell was asked whether he had any oversight of Carpenter and Graham and whether there was anything in the report he wouldn't want people to read.

"I feel very confident that if you ... looked at that, there would be no discipline whatsoever in regards to Ralph Caldwell and you would still say, 'Hey, Ralph's a pretty good guy and he should be chief of police,'" Caldwell said.

"It's unfortunate, the more you move up the chain, the more people you have under you," he added, explaining that it's impossible to know what every single officer is up to.

"It's the nature of the beast - you move up, you're probably going to be named because of your rank in some kind of internal investigation," Caldwell said.

Kliment's retirement is effective June 21. He has been on the force for more than 26 years. He will be at city hall rarely during the next three weeks, as he uses up vacation and comp time. He was not present at the mayor's news conference Friday morning.

Caldwell will serve as acting police chief during that time.

Caldwell, 48, has been with the department since Jan. 7, 1980. He said being assistant chief and homeland security director for the past four years helped groom him for the role of police chief. Davlin said Caldwell was a finalist for the chief's job four years ago.

Caldwell did not discuss possible restructuring and personnel changes, including who will be the new homeland security director; however, police chiefs historically have made such changes in the weeks following their confirmation by the city council.

Among his immediate goals for the department:

Address an increase in gun violence in the city. The department has been working on putting together a multi-jurisdictional team to address the problem.

"We are aware that's one of the major issues facing the police department, and that's what I want to try to tackle as soon as possible," he said.

Get Springfield's portion of the new integrated 911 computer system online. The system is designed to streamline local law enforcement, including the city, Sangamon County, 911 dispatchers and the jail. The county is online, but the city has lagged behind.

Caldwell said he expects the city to be online within about a month. Patrol officers will be able to pull up photos of individuals they come in contact with on the street, as well as fingerprinting information and maps to help them quickly get from one location to the next.

Evaluate murder investigations and cold-case detectives' progress. The department has several lingering unsolved murder cases that have frustrated investigators and victims' families.

"If you look at the federal statistics, we're actually above the average of solving homicides and so forth. That's not good enough. If it was any of our family members, we'd want it solved and we'd want it solved as quickly as possible," he said.

"We certainly want to look at that whole program ... to see if we can't do a better job for the victims."

Address budget concerns. The department has a $31 million budget, of which about $28 million is personnel. "We don't have a lot of wiggle room, but with high gas prices and overtime issues, we want to make sure we get a good grasp on the budget," Caldwell said.

Improve customer service. "We do a good job day in and day out, but we could probably do a better job. We have a great police department. I want to build on that," he said.

Sgt. Al Jones, president of the Police Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 5, which represents Springfield's police officers and sergeants, said he has known Caldwell for 13 years. He said Caldwell is approachable, has always been an excellent administrator and is dedicated to the job.

"I'm optimistic. I hope that we can work together and get some more things accomplished. We've got a lot of issues, especially going into our contract negotiations, that we're going to have to address," Jones said.





















Mueller - stone



Mueller is Albanese – Mueller dist – trucks – BCT -


Now at IA


He replaces craig sim – Christian county – dowdy – sarver – Taylorville prison warden – doc


See sarver site -


Note timeline when sim bails – nov of 07’




Springfield Police promote three

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Section: LOCAL
Page: 16

Three Springfield police officers were promoted Monday to fill vacancies created by retirements and a possible medical leave.

Sgt. Chris Mueller

was promoted to lieutenant, and officers Sarah Iaiennaro and Richard Von Behren were promoted to sergeant.

Mueller, who started with the department in July 1991, will replace Lt. Craig Sim, who is retiring.


Iaiennaro will fill Mueller's sergeant's position.

Von Behren is moving up due to the possible departure of a sergeant who has been on an extended medical leave and may not return to the force, Police Chief Ralph Caldwell said. Even if the sergeant returns, Caldwell still will need to promote someone in the coming weeks to replace Lt. Dave Dodson, who is retiring in January but whose last day at work will be in December.


Mueller has been president of the Police Benevolent and Protective Association No. 5,


the bargaining unit that represents Springfield police officers.

Because the union does not include lieutenants, Mueller will step down from the union post. Officer Bob Davidsmeyer, who had been vice president under Mueller, will move up to president .

Iaiennaro, a former teacher and a military veteran, has been on the force since April 1998. She has been the Crime Stoppers coordinator and a school resource officer. Most recently she was a second-watch patrol officer. She has a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and served in the U.S. Army and the Illinois Army National Guard.

Von Behren joined the Springfield force in July 1993 and has been a patrol officer, field training officer, firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor and a driving instructor.

Mueller worked in the Criminal Investigations Division from August 2001 until he was promoted to sergeant in August 2003. He has a bachelor's degree in legal studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield.




UIS – don Mitchell – pbpa5 prez



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, June 30, 1997

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 7

Don Mitchell missed out on being an Illinois state trooper by an inch.

No, really -- a literal inch. Just home from a tour in Vietnam in 1968, the

Springfield native applied to take the state police exam.

At the time, state police officers had to be at least five feet, nine inches tall, Mitchell said last week.

"Well, I was five-eight. They said, `You better wait for the city's test.' Mitchell, now 49, passed the Springfield police exam and joined the force in November 1970. Almost 27 years and half a dozen job assignments later, Mitchell's last day on the force is Wednesday.

"I wish everyone could have a career like I've had," he said.

But in order to have a career just like Mitchell's, one would have to do the following: o Get the windshield shot out of one's car (while sitting in it) by an unknown gunman in 1974; o Capture an armed robber and talk a vengeful wife into dropping the .357 Magnum she used to shoot at her cheating husband, both in 1978; o Win the police union's highest award for valor in 1979; o Help found the department's Emergency Response Team in 1985; o And serve as a sergeant, a police union president , a field commander, chief of detectives,

director of evidence handling and

auto-fleet maintenance,


and acting chief of police.

Mitchell came to the force from Army duty in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968 -- a period of his life he still declines to talk about. "What's done is done," he said.

He was the first cop in his family, but not the last.


His brother Amos is a police arson investigator;


brother Jim is a detective with the Sangamon County sheriff's office.

Mitchell's first beat was in downtown Springfield -- an area he remembers as far different from what it is today, with massage parlors, go-go dance clubs and backstreet gambling the norm. The police force had 93 officers; today it's 257 and growing.

The Lanphier High School graduate was promoted to sergeant in 1978 and elected


president of the Police Benevolent and Protective Association the same year.


He became a shift commander in 1983 and investigations chief in 1987. He headed the detective bureau during some memorable cases, including the murder of Springfield physician Henry Dickerman.

His years in management led him to some difficult moments. When Police Chief Mike Walton was suspended by city commissioners in 1990 after a sex-and-blackmail scandal, Mitchell was appointed to fill in until Daryle Williamson was named the new chief.

And when almost $80,000 in cash and hundreds of guns and drug samples were found missing from the police evidence room in 1995, Mitchell -- whose job of deputy chief of technical services included evidence-room oversight -- caught much of the heat.

Mitchell supervised the transfer of evidence facilities from the longtime police station at 617 E. Jefferson St. to the new station at 800 E. Monroe St., and evidence tags now include a bar code system he implemented.

Mitchell has remained technical services director, although the present police chief, John Harris, shifted Mitchell's title from deputy chief to commander.

Harris said last week the technical services division may be melded with the administrative section of the police department. Who will fill Mitchell's position isn't known, Harris said.

"We are going to hold it vacant for some time," he said. "I'm not going to appoint it to the commander level."

For Mitchell, who turns 50 Tuesday, retirement means more time to hunt and enjoy outdoor pursuits. He and his wife Patsy have been married for 28 years; they have one son, Brian, 13. But Mitchell hopes to keep taking care of business as well -- he expressed interest in a job with the state or federal government, in any field.

And he expressed amazement at the number of years he's been in uniform.

"You've got these young policemen coming in now, and some of them weren't even born 27 years ago. You think, `Wait a minute, I haven't been here that long.' "





Ron stone is pbpa5 atty – paid by case – not contract


Head of police union voted out / Disagreement with board apparently leads to ouster

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Page: 9

Springfield police Sgt. Al Jones has been ousted as president of the union that represents the city's police officers, he confirmed Tuesday.

The ouster came during a Monday morning vote of the executive board of the Police Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 5.

Jones said he had not yet been formally notified of the results of the vote, but he had heard about it through the department grapevine.

"We had a board more with one mind, and here I came in fresh," he said. "We were like oil and vinegar, as they say."

Jones had been president of the union since Sept. 1 and was set to serve a customary two-year term. On Monday, he was given the choice of resigning or being kicked out of the union, he said. He didn't resign, he said, so he believes he is no longer a member of the union.

The board's dissatisfaction with Jones apparently stemmed from his recent interest in having the union explore the possibility of getting legal representation from the Police Benevolent Labor Committee, which is the legal arm of the PBPA.

He said another union member initiated a petition for a vote on the matter, and state PBPA officials came to Springfield May 10-11 to conduct the poll. The proposal failed - 149 members voted to keep PBPA Unit 5 for legal representation, contract negotiations and social events; while 86 members voted to go with PBLC for legal representation.

Springfield attorney Ron Stone is PBPA Unit 5's attorney and provides legal assistance to union officers undergoing disciplinary procedures.


He also coordinates the union's contract negotiations with the city.

PBPA Unit 5 board member Mark Houston confirmed Tuesday evening that Jones is no longer president of the union. Springfield police Sgt. Chris Mueller , who was vice president, now is acting president.

"We wish this didn't have to go that way," Houston said. "Yes, we did kick him out of our union. He's no longer our president, and we have already moved forward. We have already started contract negotiations, and that's more than he's done since he's been here."

Jones said that during his tenure as president he worked on such issues as the changeover to a new integrated computer system, contract negotiations, the high-profile firings of embattled detectives Paul Carpenter and Jim Graham, and schedule changes for officers.

He said he is disappointed with how things turned out.

"We've got to look at this from a professional standpoint. It's a business. That's what I was trying to accomplish," he said. "It just didn't work, and I don't think I was afforded a fair opportunity."

Houston said the board also is disappointed.

"This is not what we wanted, either, but he left us no other choice," Houston said. "We don't want him out of the union, but this is the only way to accomplish and move forward."






























Mueller from Albanese site





Albanese – sherrock – polistina – Mueller dist.


Ronnie lee sherrock works at Mueller dist with nick Albanese - Bob sherrock – apl vet britt sherrock -- and see sherrock – polistina


Mueller dist does candy, also Mueller guy= trade assoc dir. See also burke dist. In spk – candy dist= cig smuggling on Indian reservations


*Mueller does tobacco




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, October 21, 1990

 Sherrock-Britt Heidi Michele Britt and Ronald Lee Sherrock, both of Williamsville, were married at 4 p.m. Sept. 1 at Williamsville United Methodist Church. The Reverends Dan and Kelligay Crede officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Wanda Britt of rural Williamsville and the late Stormy Britt. The groom is the son of Bob and Carol Sherrock of Williamsville.

Maids of honor were Nannettee Trotter and Kristi Britt. Bridesmaids were Julie Anderson, Jo Britt and Maureen Wehrle. Flower girl was Erin Ollo.

Best man was Bryan Thomas. Groomsmen were Bart Henderson, Kevin McGrath, Dan Harbin and Bobby Sherrock. Ushers were Bruce Constant, Rick Dolack, Kevin Slifer and Jon Haferman.

A reception was held at Athens Community Center.

The bride is a graduate of Williamsville High School, Lincoln Land Community College and University of Illinois. She is attending University of Illinois Veterinary School. The groom is a graduate of Williamsville High School and Lincoln Tech of Indianapolis. He is employed by George A. Mueller Distributing .



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, April 2, 1989

 Honors GRANT MUELLER of George A. Mueller Distributing Co. in Spring- field has been selected Candy Dis- tributor of the Year by the Illinois As- sociation of Tobacco and Candy Distributors.

The award is presented each year to an outstanding Illinois distributor who has promoted the candy indus- try. Mueller is a past president and secretary of the state association.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, December 14, 1988

Stevie's Original L.V. Dressing is available in retail-size bottles in Springfield after all.

The salad dressing/marinade, made popular at the old Stevie's Latin Village restaurant on Ninth Street, is available in the cheese shop at Kent's Finest Liquors on Wabash Avenue, according to a spokesman for George A. Mueller Distributing . Mueller has been distributing the dressing in larger-size containers to about 10 local restaurants, as well as Finest Liquors.

Grocery stores will be next to carry the product, made in North Carolina by the Crifasi family.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, July 27, 1986


of Springfield has joined


Ortho Pharmaceutical

Corporation as a sales representa tive in the Gateway Division. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and previously was with

Mueller Distributing

Company and Famous-Barr Company.



















stokes from chase bank and spd,


fuiten, cwlp sec.


Mueller dist – wine/alcohol dist, hires trucks – nick albanese= sales rep


Mueller dist sponsors chamber event and llcc classes


Noll – burton/auburn fd – burton/Ralph Caldwell/spd – motorcycles – davlin -


State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, October 20, 1996

Burton-Noll Tina Jo Noll of Springfield, formerly of Thayer, and Brian Robert Burton of Springfield, formerly of Ocala, Fla., were united in marriage at 2 p.m.

Sept. 14 at Chatham Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Joe Eby.

The bride is the daughter of Tom and Irene Noll of Thayer. The groom is the son of Connie Hicks of Umatilla, Fla.

Serving as maid of honor was JoAnn Stokes. Bridesmaids were

Shannon Fuiten, Tracie Sharp and Teresa Noll. Flower girls were Abby Jennings and Alexandra McCready.

Best man was Ben Klien. Groomsmen were Dave Harmon , Chris White and Bryan Womack. Ushers were Mathew Nix and Clint Hughes. Ringbearers were Daniel Gyorkos and Mitchell Noll.

A reception was held at the Lake Press Club.

The bride is a graduate of Virden High School. She is employed by Lowe's.

The groom is a graduate of Southeast High School. He is employed by Mueller Distributing Co. Inc. and Schnucks.

The couple will reside in Springfield.



Ralph A. Caldwell, Sr.

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, June 8, 2008

Section: LOCAL
Page: 19

Ralph A. Caldwell, Sr.

NEW BERLIN – Ralph A. Caldwell Sr., 74, of New Berlin passed away Friday, June 6, 2008, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Pontiac, Mich., the son of Orman and Doris B. Cook Caldwell. He married Jane M. Hansberry on June 23, 1956, in St. Patrick's Church in Nashua, N.H.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Matthew G. and Richard J. Caldwell; and a brother, Donald Caldwell.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Mary Jane (husband, Russell S.) Ledbetter, Patti (husband, Greg) Irwin and Kathy (husband, Bob) Burton , all of Springfield;


a son, Ralph A. (wife, Luann) Caldwell Jr. of Springfield;


11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Ralph was a resident of New Berlin since 1976.

 He was the director of foods and nutrition at Memorial Medical Center, retiring after 18 years.

He was a member of St. Mary's Church in New Berlin. He graduated from Michigan State University. Ralph was in the U.S. Army in Korea where he was in the

 Army Security Agency. He was formerly employed by the Interstate United Food Service Corp. in Buffalo, N.Y. He was a certified chef and enjoyed entertaining his family and friends. He taught at Western Illinois University and served on the New Berlin emergency medical squad. Ralph was a member of the VFW and the American Motorcycle Club. In his retirement years he toured the U.S. on his Gold Wing with his good friend, Gene Hoffman.

A memorial gathering will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at Staab Funeral Home. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2008, with Father Donald Meehling officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery where Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, January 7, 1995

Edition: M1.
Section: LOCAL
Page: 7

o A rural Auburn man escaped his burning home unharmed early Friday. The house, however, was severely damaged.

Firefighters from Auburn, Virden and Chatham were called to William Peterman's home about 3 a.m. and fought the blaze for about two hours, said

Auburn Fire Chief Bob Burton .



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, August 23, 1987

Edition: M1,M2,S1
Section: LOCAL
Page: 30

Caldwell-Shures Therese Kay Shures of Springfield and Richard Joseph Caldwell of New

Berlin exchanged marriage vows at noon on July 11. The ceremony was officiated at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Springfield.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Shures Sr. of Springfield. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Caldwell Sr. of New Berlin.

Maid of honor was Lynnette Lyons, with Mary Jane Feher, Cheri Allen, Tammy McTageret, Kathy Burton and Patty Irwin serving as bridesmaids. Flower girls were Jenny Lyons and Brandi Shures.

Best man was Mathew Caldwell, and Ralph Caldwell, Jim Shures, Wayne Shures, Bob Burton and Greg Irwin served as groomsmen. Ushers were Bob Lavin, Mike Ritter and Brian Hagele.

A reception was held immediately following the ceremony at the Sherman Athletic Club.

The bride, a graduate of Lanphier High School, is employed by St. John's Hospital. The bridegroom, a graduate of New Berlin High School, is employed by Memorial Medical Center.

The couple will reside in Springfield.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, February 14, 1999

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 15

A Scotch and Cigar Night to benefit the Sangamon and Menard County CrimeStoppers is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Spot, in

Vinegar Hill Mall, 107 W. Cook St.

The event, sponsored by the Springfield Jaycees, Mueller Distributing and the Tobacco Corner, includes five single-malt scotches, including an 18-year-old Glenmorangie; four premium Dominican Republic-imported, all-tobacco cigars; and hors d'oeuvres.

Guest speakers will present short informational presentations and answer questions on the evening's selections.

Tickets are $25 for choice of either the five scotches or four cigars, or $40 for both. Tickets are available at the Tobacco Corner, MacArthur and Jefferson, or from the Springfield Jaycees by calling 585-1938.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, March 29, 1993

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 1

Soft music, a little red wine and good food -- say, shrimp sauteed in butter with herbs, mushrooms, onion and ground pepper, prepared in front of

you by cooks in tuxedo shirts and ties . . . sounds like the perfect romantic evening for two, doesn't it? However, the atmosphere was festive for about 600 people Sunday evening at the American Heart Association's 11th annual Taste of Springfield in the Illinois Building at the state fairgrounds.

Island Bay Yacht Club's shrimp offering was one of the meals prepared by the 32 restaurants and distributors that participated this year.

"This is a bigger turnout than I expected," said an overwhelmed Richard Hopkins, manager of MCL restaurant in White Oaks Mall. A steady stream of visitors kept Hopkins and his helpers busy dishing out 500 servings of strawberry shortcake.

About 45 minutes into the evening, Judy Heidinder and daughter Heather, 6, of Pawnee were on their way to making it around to all the booths. At that point, they already had helped themselves to a chili dog, barbecue sandwiches, chocolate strawberries, chocolate cheesecake and Heather's favorite, Pizza Hut pizza.

John Chaney, owner of the Calorie Shop Weight Loss Center, 2488 W. Wabash Ave., insisted he was not fighting a losing battle.

"We've had a lot of interest," Chaney said. "We sell (low) calorie gourmet foods. It's the freshest thing to hit weight loss in 25 years."

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 3335 Veterans Parkway, offered samplings of chicken stir fry.

Applebee's district manager, Judy Rilay, who was participating in her first Taste of Springfield, said she enjoys the competition among the seemingly endless number of restaurants popping up on Veterans Parkway.

As for rubbing shoulders with the competition Sunday, Rilay said, "This gives you mutual grounds to meet your neighbors."

One of those neighbors, Fuddruckers Restaurant, 2800 Southwest Plaza Drive, won first place in the food display competition.

Fuddruckers bartender Terry Castlemen created a combination of baked cookies highlighted with a floral arrangement and centerpiece of goldfish in a tank.

Second- and third-place finishers were Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. and the Brass Rail, respectively.

Standing behind two pigs on a platter, the Rail Golf Club's Vince Alfonso said his pulled pork topped with Tennessee coleslaw was definitely in contradiction to the American Heart Association's usual theme.

"It's all a matter of balance and moderation," he said. "A little pork, a little beef, chicken, fish."

Nick Albanese, a sales representative from


George A. Mueller Distributing Co., was quick to point out that some tests indicate red wine breaks down cholesterol.

As evidenced by the 100 to 130 bottles of wine Albanese had dispensed in small servings, the crowd seemed to take his words to heart (no pun intended). Tickets for the event were $15 each, and all proceeds, believed to be in excess of $9,000, will go to the American Heart Association.

Caption: Julie Leavy, center, gets a taste of the Brass Rail's beef kabobs while making the rounds at the 11th annual Taste of Springfield at the state fairgrounds Sunday night. The event, sponsored by area restaurants and distributors to benefit the American Heart Association, offered sample-size portions of food and drink specialties.
































Karhliker – ILFOP prez

see jurkanin as ILFOP secty –

fop lodge 41/ISP and 55/SCSO


fromDennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com>



dateMon, Aug 18, 2008 at 8:58 AM

subjectkarhliker was FOP prez - moonlighting



hide details 8/18/08



Moonlighting revisited The contract standoff between Sangamon County Police FOP Lodge 55 and the sheriff's office continues while the two sides await appointment of an arbitrator. But, the FOP says, a long-standing dispute over off-duty deputies moonlighting as security guards/bouncers at liquor establishments has not been a stumbling block in negotiations.


In countering a statement by the administration last month, relating to Sheriff BILL DeMARCO's order prohibiting off-duty deputies from parking their squad cars at the Quorum Lounge while working security jobs there,


says the organization repeatedly has opposed deputies working part-time at such establishments.


"We do not believe these officers should work details in uniform where alcohol is the principal business," Karhliker says. "We particularly don't want deputies working there (Quorum Lounge). We've had nothing but problems there."


Although the administration contends it is bound by contract to permit deputies to wear county-issue uniforms and accessories while working part-time jobs, Karhliker says the sheriff has total control in such matters.


"The sheriff has final say on whether uniforms and squad cars can be used," said Karhliker.


Chief Deputy CHRIS KRATZER says the department must have cause to interfere with deputies' part-time jobs or the FOP can file a grievance, therefore the sheriff does not have full authority.


The FOP prefers deputies limit their part-time services to social and civic functions, such as festivals, fairs, parades and sporting events, when, Karhliker says, "it is in everyone's interest to have adequate security."
























More karhliker links – SCSO/dirt links –



Karhliker – shg coaches, leonard, killday

(note ken leonard – otto zeman link)



Karhliker – clatfelter

Karhliker – senger – JC’s - gray



see esp. boesdorfer – aimee gray –

and others at “boesdorfer” site










“Rick Killday” works at homeway


Note shg coaches “Jason killday”= karhliker link


(Shg JASON killday – homeway killday)


And note Derek leonard plays at IC with eric karhliker – ken k. of scso – fired 2006



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, October 14, 2007

 Killday -Clotfelter

Lisa Michelle Clotfelter of Chatham and Jason Andrew Killday of Winchester were married at 2 p.m. June 9, 2007, at St. Aloysius Church by Father Charles T. Nelson.

The bride is the daughter of Ray and Christine Clotfelter of Springfield. The groom is the son of Terry and Carol Killday of Winchester.

Serving as matron of honor was Mindy Hopkins. Bridesmaids were Lindsey Leonard, Lindsay Page, Lorie Allison and Kimberly Killday . Flower girls were Kaitlin Hopkins, Hanna Helms and Joyce Killday .

Best man was Derek Leonard.


Groomsmen were John Allison, Doug Martin, Jared Hoots and B.J. Harvey. Ushers were Luke Vortman, Adams Crews and Mike Hopkins.

A reception was held at Northfield Inn and Suites.

The bride is a graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School and Illinois College. She is employed as director of operations at Realtor Association of Southwester Illinois. The groom is a graduate of Winchester High School and Illinois College. He is employed as a teacher and football coach at Edwardsville High School.

The couple resides in Maryville.







Shg coaches - Jason Killday karhliker link





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, February 12, 2006


Lindsey Renee Hendrickson and Derek Claude Leonard, both of Springfield, were married at 2 p.m. July 9, 2005, at St. Agnes Church by the Rev. Peter Harman.

The bride is the daughter of Jim and Debbie Hendrickson of Springfield. The groom is the son of Ken and Liz Leonard of Springfield.

Serving as maid of honor was Lisa Clotfelter. Bridesmaids were Liz Hill, Sara Kleinschmidt and Becky Metz.

Best man was Brad Leonard. Groomsmen were Christian Gripper, Jason Killday and Craig Hendrickson. Ushers were John Allison and Manish Oza.

A reception was held at the Firefighters Lake Club.

The bride is a 1999 graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School and a 2003 graduate of Illinois College. She is employed as a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Commercial-Devonshire Realty. The groom is a 1998 graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School and a 2003 graduate of Illinois College. He is employed as head football coach and teacher at Rochester High School.

The couple resides in Springfield.


I.C.'s Smith comes through in Nic of time

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, September 15, 2002

Edition: M1
Section: SPORTS
Page: 62

JACKSONVILLE - Nic Smith immediately thought about where he was one year ago after he played the hero's role Saturday afternoon in Illinois College's come-from-behind 21-17 Midwest Conference victory over Lawrence University.

"Last year, I was sitting up on that hill (north of the I.C. field) and eating my heart out,'' said Smith. "I sat on my tail for a year, and it just ate me alive.''

Smith's patience, after playing behind school record-holder Derek Leonard for two seasons, sitting out last fall to keep an extra year of eligibility and starting this season as a backup to starter Jason Killday , was repaid in full Saturday.

The senior quarterback from Bethalto Civic Memorial was inserted into the lineup in the fourth quarter with the Blueboys trailing 17-14. After one wasted possession, he went to work to direct a near-miraculous comeback that has been an I.C. trademark in the past two seasons.

Smith took over on the Blueboys' 19 after a defensive stand with 1:38 to play. He was set back by a penalty, and then facing fourth and long yardage, he hooked up with Dan Holden on a desperation heave good for 35 yards and a first down with 1:01 left.

Smith found Dustin Devening for a first down to the Lawrence 45, then hooked up with Dan Klendworth for nine yards, Devening for 11 and Klendworth for 23 to the Lawrence 2-yard line with 28 seconds left. Freshman Bob Nakielny busted in from there with :20 remaining.

I.C. offensive coordinator Mike Brooks said the winning drive was set up by work on similar situations.

"We spend 15 minutes at practice every day on the two-minute drill, and we love doing this,'' said Brooks. "I don't know how many games we have won with that drill. Jason missed a couple of open receivers down the middle and it just wasn't his day. Sometimes you just need a change.''

Killday, a junior from Winchester, connected on 13 of 25 passes for 192 yards, including a 66-yard TD to Dan Holden.

Smith said confidence in his receivers and offensive line made him believe the Blueboys could pull it out.

"We just tried to rely on our confidence when it got down to fourth down,'' said Smith. "There is a lot of heart on this team. I've never been involved in this kind of situation, and this is the first significant playing time I've had here.

"I decided last year that if I was going to be here, to see what I could do by sitting out the year and getting the extra year of eligibility (this year and next). I was behind Derek for two years and just tried to wait for my chance.''

Freshman Tyler Beals gave I.C. the early lead with a pair of field goals, and in the fourth quarter he twice pinned Lawrence inside its own 10 with key punts.


Lawrence University (0-2, 0-1) 0 7 2 7 - 17

Illinois College (2-0, 1-0) 6 0 8 7 - 21

I - Tyler Beals 22 field goal

I - Tyler Beals 36 field goal

L - Zach Michael 20 pass from R.J. Rosenthal (Jon Dykman kick)

I - Dan Holden 66 pass from Jason Killday (Chris Weller pass)

L - Jon Dykman 35 field goal

L - Chris McGinley 8 pass from R.J. Rosenthal (Jon Dykman kick)

I - Bob Nakielny 2 run (Tyler Beals kick)


RUSHING: Lawrence (39-156) - Justin Berrens 28-169, Nick Korn 9-36, R.J. Rosenthal 1-minus 15, Robert Campagna 1-minus 34. Illinois College (35-67) - Bob Nakielny 22-90, Doug Klendworth 1-1, Dustin Devening 1-0, Jason Killday 10-minus 12, NIC Smith 1-minus 12.

PASSING: Lawrence (13-26-3-199) - R.J. Rosenthal 13-26-3-199. Illinois College (21-38-0-297) - Jason Killday 13-25-0-191, Nic Smith 8-13-0-105.

RECEIVING: Lawrence (13-199) - Zach Michael 7-135, Chris McGinley 4-52, Chad Zutter 1-9, Craig Garvey 1-3. Illinois College ( 21-297) - Dustin Devening 11-104, Dan Holden 5-124, Dan Klendworth 4-59, Thom Hilligoss 1-10.

PUNTING: Lawrence - Robert Campagna 4-35.5. Illinois College - Tyler Beals 5-39.4.

PENALTIES: Lawrence 4-34. Illinois College 8-50.

I.C. coach Tom Rowland, who said Brooks called the plays on the game-winning drive, said he has had considerable confidence in Smith's abilities since he came on the scene.

"I have said before that if Derek had not been here, Nic would have had comparable stats,'' Rowland said. "I have that much confidence in that kid. We had our moments on offense today, but we just have to hope to get better each week.

"Our worst three games offensively the past three years have been against Lawrence. Derek's worst three games were against Lawrence, so either they are doing something right or we aren't doing something.''

Freshman Tyler Beals gave I.C. the early lead with a pair of field goals, and in the fourth quarter he twice pinned Lawrence inside its own 10 with key punts.

Lawrence came back to lead on Zach Michael's 20-yard TD pass from R.J. Rosenthal, who passed for 199 yards.

I.C.'s B.J. Harvey came up with a key interception and knocked down a potential TD pass, and Quinn Morrow and Jim Cowgill picked off Rosenthal. Willie Thompson led the I.C. defense with 10 stops, including four for losses totaling 28 yards.

NOTES: Top I.C. receiver




 a sophomore from Sacred Heart-Griffin, will miss the remainder of the season due to an ACL injury in his left knee suffered during the opening game against Blackburn. . . . Rowland said prized freshman quarterback MIKE CUZZONE is no longer on the squad. "He's still in school and will stay the rest of the semester,'' said Rowland of the Downers Grove South graduate. "I just wish he would have given us more than one week. This (Saturday's game) was a situation where he might have had the chance. We thought by the middle of the year he would have as good a chance (to play) as anyone.''

Buford Green can be reached at 245-6023 or buford.green@sj-r.com.


Lawrence University (0-2, 0-1) 0 7 2 7 - 17

Illinois College (2-0, 1-0) 6 0 8 7 - 21

I - Tyler Beals 22 field goal

I - Tyler Beals 36 field goal

L - Zach Michael 20 pass from R.J. Rosenthal (Jon Dykman kick)

I - Dan Holden 66 pass from Jason Killday (Chris Weller pass)

L - Jon Dykman 35 field goal

L - Chris McGinley 8 pass from R.J. Rosenthal (Jon Dykman kick)

I - Bob Nakielny 2 run (Tyler Beals kick)


RUSHING: Lawrence (39-156) - Justin Berrens 28-169, Nick Korn 9-36, R.J. Rosenthal 1-minus 15, Robert Campagna 1-minus 34. Illinois College (35-67) - Bob Nakielny 22-90, Doug Klendworth 1-1, Dustin Devening 1-0, Jason Killday 10-minus 12, NIC Smith 1-minus 12.

PASSING: Lawrence (13-26-3-199) - R.J. Rosenthal 13-26-3-199. Illinois College (21-38-0-297) - Jason Killday 13-25-0-191, Nic Smith 8-13-0-105.

RECEIVING: Lawrence (13-199) - Zach Michael 7-135, Chris McGinley 4-52, Chad Zutter 1-9, Craig Garvey 1-3. Illinois College ( 21-297) - Dustin Devening 11-104, Dan Holden 5-124, Dan Klendworth 4-59, Thom Hilligoss 1-10.

PUNTING: Lawrence - Robert Campagna 4-35.5. Illinois College - Tyler Beals 5-39.4.

PENALTIES: Lawrence 4-34. Illinois College 8-50.





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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, August 27, 1989

 Dudley--Karhliker Lisa Joann Karhliker of Springfield and Todd Owen Dudley of Auburn were married at 4 p.m. July 22 at West Side Christian Church in Springfield, with the Rev. Charles Lee officiating.

The bride is the daughter of

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Karhliker of Auburn.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Dudley of Auburn.

Maid of honor was Beth Hidlebaugh, with Laura Carter, Annette Schneider, Karen Buck,

Nikki Karhliker serving as bridesmaids. Flower girl was

Meghan Karhliker.

Best man was Jared Dudley, with Richard Barnhill, Bob Carrigan and Harry Buck serving as groomsmen. Ushers were

Kenny Karhliker , David Carter and Mark Gardner. Ringbearer was

Erik Karhliker.

A reception was held after the ceremony at the Knights of Columbus hall in Springfield.

The bride and groom are graduates of Auburn High School. She is employed by CWLP. He is employed by Sky Harbor Inn.

The couple will live in Springfield.












Team capsules

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, November 23, 2000


New coach TY LAUX, the fourth Winchester has had in four years, will be without the top two scorers from a 10-16 team in JOSH GREGORY and JASON KILLDAY .

Laux has TANNER HURRELBRINK at point guard, 6-3 senior LUKE VORTMAN and senior GREG BLEVINS as returning veterans. Sophomores KYLE DEEDER and RYAN LITTLE will be at guard. Seniors BRIAN DEEDER and COLTON MAYNARD also will play.

"They are very competitive and they all want to win," Laux says. "I come in with the attitude that I want to win this year. I don't want to wait around. We have a very scrappy bunch that will get after you. We will try to pressure teams and get out and run.''









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bails with sacco in 2008



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Sangamon County Sheriff Williamson may run for fifth full term

Says he'd be excited about chance to bring in 'new blood'






Posted Aug 17, 2008 @ 11:51 PM




Sangamon County Sheriff Neil Williamson, who has said for several months that he planned to retire at the end of his fourth full term in 2010, now intends to run for one more four-year stint as the county's top law enforcement officer.


The key reason is that the Sangamon County Board is considering an early retirement incentive for county employees. The measure is slated to be voted on Sept. 9.


If the early retirement plan passes, Williamson said, 10 deputies, many of them in leadership positions, would be eligible to leave. That would allow Williamson to change the face of his staff, he said.


"To me, it's exciting and a chance to infuse some new blood and new energy and fresh ideas into the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office," he said. "It would be a morale booster to see a break in the logjam and provide a chance at some upward mobility."


Although not all 10 may take it, those eligible are:


Chief Deputy Tony Sacco;


Capt. Tom Hendrickson, head of the investigations division;


Lt. Bob Vose of the investigations division;


Lt. Dennis Karhliker,

third shift lieutenant;


Lt. Deb Brown, first shift supervisor;


Sgt. Joe Rath, day shift sergeant;


Sgt. Brenda House, second shift sergeant; and deputies J.P. McNamara, known for the large number of drunken driving arrests he makes, Carl Szabo and Cliff Jones, both day shift deputies.

Williamson, who will turn 58 in October, did not say whom he'd name to fill any of those positions.



However, if Sacco retires, a likely candidate to take his place could be Capt. Jack Campbell,

currently third in command at the department.


The retirements of Hendrickson and Vose, cousins who together have more than 60 years of law enforcement experience, would leave a large gap in an important division. But Williamson said there may be a natural fit there.


Joe Roesch, a 14-year veteran of the department, not only has experience in the detective bureau, but also is a lawyer and can investigate cases while understanding what, in the end, they will take to prosecute.


Williamson said he's proud of the work the 10 potential retirees have done.


"You can't read that kind of experience in a book or learn it in a class — it comes from the day-to-day working," he said.


But Williamson said he's also looking forward to seeing some "new fresh faces" come into leadership roles.


The next sheriff's election will be in 2010. That gives Williamson a year to make a final decision on whether to run again. However, he said, unlike in recent months, he's considering continuing in the role.


"Everyone has some dark days," he said referring to problems he's had in the last year. Three people have died while in custody at the Sangamon County Jail, and his staff has faced questions about allegations of sexual harassment.


"As the chief executive of any big business, you think sometimes: 'Is this all worth it?' You feel things are caving in, but then time passes. I've never been a person to give up."

He said he's received great support from the community.


"I've been encouraged so much by people," Williamson said. "Strangers would come up to me when word got out that I might not run again and people said: 'You can't do that!' People have been so encouraging and supportive, it makes it all worthwhile."


Sarah Antonacci can be reached at 788-1529.






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3 Sangamon sheriff's deputies promoted

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - July 9, 2005

Three Sangamon County sheriff's deputies have been promoted, Sheriff Neil Williamson said Friday.


Sgt. Bill Cearlock, a 10-year veteran of the department, was promoted to lieutenant to fill a vacancy left when Lt. Gary Stone retired last month. Cearlock is assigned to command the midnight shift in the operations section.


Lt. Dennis Karhliker , who had been on midnights, was moved to the second shift, which is the shift Stone commanded prior to his retirement.


Two deputies were promoted to sergeant. Brenda Campbell, who has been with the department more than 20 years and has 16 years of experience in the investigations section, is assigned to supervise investigations during the midnight shift. Eric Knowski, who has been with the department since 1998, is assigned to supervise the evidence and property section.


The promotions were effective June 23.


In addition, the sheriff will swear in three new deputies during a ceremony at 10 a.m. July 25.









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Senger – rita= spi jcs 2000 prez


2004 – mike= ways and means dir, 2000 mbr of the year


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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - November 22, 1998


Cowan-Karhliker Elizabeth N. Karhliker and Ryan R. Cowan, both of Springfield, exchanged wedding vows at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at First Church of the Nazarene. Tim Gateo performed the ceremony.


The bride is the daughter of

Dennis Karhliker of Auburn and the late

Debbie Senger.

The groom is the son of Bob Cowan of Springfield and Penny Bale of Chatham.


Serving as maid of honor was Elisabeth Welch, with Kristin Schneider, Vanessa Ross and Betsy Johnson as bridesmaids. Flower girl was Taylor Dodd.


Serving as best man was Chris Williams, with Floyd Kindred,

 Jeff Clatfelter and Eric Cowan as groomsmen. Ushers were

Trent Karhliker and Ryan Woods. Ringbearer was Brady Dodd.


A reception was held at the VFW Hall.


The bride is a graduate of Auburn High School. She is employed by

Brewer Animal Hospital. The groom is a graduate of Williamsville High School.

He is employed by Coca-Cola.


The couple will reside in Springfield.













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City, county police-dog teams win awards

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, June 12, 2003

Section: LOCAL
Page: 10

Canine officers from the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office and the Springfield Police Department received numerous individual and team awards last weekend at the U.S. Police Canine Association regional certification in Rantoul.

Local officers competed against 44 other teams from a region including Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Indiana. Teams were evaluated in a variety of events including obedience, agility, evidence searching, suspect search and criminal apprehension with and without gunfire.

The three-member police dog team from the sheriff's office received second place in the overall competition.

Deputies and their canine partners were Dan Parrish and Bubba,

Jeff VanHoos and Bruno, and

Ken Karhliker and Rocky.

All three handlers were certified by the organization and qualified for the national field trials.

In the individual awards, Parrish and Bubba received second place in agility, fifth in total search, third in total apprehension and third overall; VanHoos and Bruno placed 16th overall; and Karhliker and Rocky received first for total apprehension, second for total search and seventh overall.

Six Springfield police dog teams also competed in the event, all of which were certified by the association.

Springfield police officer J.R. Hauversburk and canine partner Rolf were recognized as the top dog team, scoring 670.32 points out of a possible 700. Hauversburk is a four-time champion with three different dogs, including Boss in 1988 and 1989, and Cen in 1993.

Officer Heather Schuler and canine partner Cox received first place in agility.

Also certified from the Springfield Police Department were Bob Markovic and Maverick, Tim Ealey and Damon, Jeff Barr and Egor, and Steve Termine and Caesar.

The U.S. Police Canine Association is a nonprofit organization that, according to its Web site, strives to establish minimum standards for police dogs through proper training.

It notes that police dogs can search buildings for intruders; track criminals; search for lost children; find evidence dropped by criminals; search for hidden explosives, drugs, chemicals, cadavers and illegally taken game; and pursue and catch fleeing criminals.





Williamson appointed, first thing he does is promote sacco and karhliker and hire another karhliker



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, October 20, 1995

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 11


Six Sangamon County sheriff's deputies will move up in rank Oct. 30 -- while one moves down -- as part of continuing reorganization of the

sheriff's department.

"These are people I know I can depend on to get the job done, with a vision of the sheriff's office I share," said Sheriff Neil Williamson, who was appointed sheriff in July 1994 and elected to a four-year term in November.

Capt. Tony Sacco, 46, who has been chief detective for 10 months, will become chief deputy, Williamson's right-hand man.

Sacco is a 22-year department veteran and a graduate of the FBI Academy.

His new job will pay $53,000 a year, Williamson said.

Sacco will take the place of Steve Wieland, who will move down to the third tier of management as the department's support services commander.

The previous support services commander, Capt. John Pyle, will retire Nov. 30, Williamson said.

Williamson called Pyle, a 27-year veteran, an "unsung hero" of the department who has done a good job "day in and day out."

Williamson stressed that Wieland's move, although it means a $2,000 pay decrease to $51,000 a year, should not be seen as a demotion.

Wieland's strength is the type of detail work required in his new position, Williamson said, and Wieland's knowledge of computers will help the department update technology, such as putting vehicle locators in squad cars, the sheriff said.

Taking Sacco's place as chief detective will be Lt. BarryBrown, who has 24 years with the department. Brown, who will ini- tially make $45,595 annually, also held the post about a dozen years ago.

The new assistant chief detective will be Lt. Tom Hendrickson, a 19-year department veteran who will make $41,852 a year. Along with running the detective bureau, Brown and Hendrickson will oversee the Fugitive Apprehension Program and Crimestoppers.

Other promotions include Debbie Brown, who will become the director of community services at a salary of $37,675. She will oversee crime prevention, Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education (DARE), community policing, field training and the citizens police academy.

Dennis Karhliker and Ron Yanor will become sergeants in the patrol division. Karhliker will be paid $37,675, while Yanor will make $35,031. The patrol division will get three new deputies: Tom Tatum,


Ken Karhliker and Rodney Vose. Williamson said he'll wait until his department's budget becomes more clear before filling a final deputy opening created by Pyle's retirement.

The county board finance committee voted this week to give the department a budget target of $6.5 million next year, $700,000 less than this year.

That will force the department to leave 22 non-deputized positions unfilled.

Thursday's announcement marked the third phase of restructuring under Williamson.

In the nine-year tenure of Williamson's predecessor, Bill DeMarco, there were few changes in top management positions. However, Williamson said an "unprecedented" number of retirements left the department ripe for promotions.

"It's opened the floodgates for upward mobility," he said.

Caption: Tony Sacco / Barry Brown / Steve Wieland / Tom Hendrickson









































Giganti Family background







Giganti – randazzo



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, March 11, 1998

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 28

Paul J. Giganti Paul J. Giganti , 61, of Springfield died Tuesday at Memorial Medical


He was born March 14, 1936, in Springfield, the son of Carl Z. and Rose D. Randazzo Giganti . He married Toby C. Segehette on Sept. 24, 1960, in Springfield.

Mr. Giganti was owner and operator of Giganti and Giganti Jewelers.

Survivors: wife, Toby; four sons, Carl, Adam and Jim Giganti , all of Springfield and Frank Giganti of Los Angeles; six grandchildren; mother, Rose D. Giganti of Springfield; two brothers, Dr. James Giganti of St.

Louis and Anthony "Nino" Giganti of Riverton; a sister, Pietra Giganti of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, October 17, 2000

Rose Giganti

SPRINGFIELD - Rose Giganti , 86, of Springfield died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at her home.

She was born May 30, 1914, in Springfield, the daughter of Antonio and

Teresa Gambino Randazzo.

She married

Carl Zito Giganti in 1931; he preceded her in death in 1992. Two sons, Nicholas and Paul J. Giganti , also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Giganti was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph's Church.

Survivors: a daughter, Pietra Giganti of Springfield; two sons, Dr. I. James (wife, Hilda) Giganti of St. Louis and Anthony "Nino" (wife, JoAnn) Giganti of Riverton; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Randazzo (husband, Sam) Vicari of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins














State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, December 28, 1992

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 8

Carl Z. Giganti Carl Zito Giganti , 85, of Springfield died at 2:56 p.m. Sunday at Memorial

Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 8, 1907, in Springfield, the son of Ignazio "James" and Pietra Zito Giganti . He married Rose Randazzo in 1931. Preceding him in death were a son, Nick Giganti , and two sisters, Mamie Giganti and Frances Giganti .

Mr. Giganti had been a lifelong resident of Springfield and was a member of St. Joseph Church. He was employed as a real estate broker for the state Real Estate Appraiser for 30 years, retiring in 1991. Surviving are his wife, Rose; a daughter, Pietra Giganti of Springfield; three sons, Dr. James Giganti , DDS of St. Louis, Mo., Nino Giganti of Riverton and Paul Giganti of Springfield; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Giganti and Catherine Sgro, both of Springfield; two brothers, Paul of San Carlos, Calif., and Joseph R. of Springfield; several nieces, nephews and cousins.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, November 29, 1989

Edition: M1,M2,S1
Section: LOCAL
Page: 10

Nicholas F. Giganti Nicholas F. Giganti , 48, of Springfield died at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday at the

home of his parents.

Born in Springfield on July 19, 1941, Mr. Giganti was the son of Carl Z. and Rose Randazzo Giganti Sr. A lifelong resident of Springfield, Mr.

Giganti was employed for 23 years by the Illinois Department on Aging.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Church.

Surviving are one son, Carl Giganti of Springfield; parents, Mr. and Mrs.

Carl Z. Giganti Sr. of Springfield; one sister, Miss Pietra Giganti of Springfield; three brothers, Dr. James Giganti of St. Louis, Mo., Nino Giganti of Riverton and Paul Giganti of Springfield; several aunts and uncles; several nieces and nephews and several cousins.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, February 12, 1993

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 33

Sam Giganti Sam Giganti , 78, of Springfield died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Davenport,


He was born May 15, 1914, in Springfield, the son of Giuseppe and Eufrasia Giganti Giganti . He married Genevieve Zock in 1942 in Springfield. Preceding him in death were a brother, James, and a sister, Josephine Rettke.

Mr. Giganti owned and operated a chain of neighborhood grocery stores. He was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Postal Service, retiring 20 years ago. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church.

Surviving are his wife, Genevieve; two daughters, Patricia Susan Lamsargis of Springfield and Sandrat Lee Giganti of Chicago; two sons, Francis J. of Springfield and Samuel George of Davenport, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; a brother, Carl of Springfield; two nieces; and a nephew.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, April 12, 2004

Section: LOCAL
Page: 26

Today's notices: GIGANTI , Carl; GRAHAM, Katherine B.; GREEN, Loretta M.; IRVINE, Dr. John E.; REICHERT, Viola M.; SNELL Jr., Walter F.; WANDS, Loretta F.

Carl Giganti

SPRINGFIELD - Carl Giganti , 91, of Springfield died Friday, April 9, 2004, at Lincoln Memorial Christian Village.

He was born March 6, 1913, in Springfield, the son of Joseph and Euphrasia Giganti Giganti .

Mr. Giganti graduated from Springfield High School. He worked as a librarian for the state of Illinois.

Survivors: several nieces, nephews and cousins.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, December 13, 1990

Frances C. Giganti Frances C. Giganti , 82, of Springfield died at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at St.

John's Hospital.

She was born Oct. 4, 1908, in Springfield, the daughter of Ignazio (James) and Pietra Zito Giganti . She was preceded in death by one sister, Mamie Giganti .

A lifelong Springfield resident, she was a member of St. Agnes Church and the Altar and Rosary Society.

Surviving are two sisters, Mary Giganti and Catherine Sgro, both of Springfield; three brothers, Carl Z. and Joseph R. Giganti , both of Springfield, and Paul Giganti of San Carlos, Calif.; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


“Springfield Mental Health Association” ?




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, March 11, 2001

Genevieve M. Giganti

SPRINGFIELD - Genevieve M. Giganti , 82, of Springfield died Saturday, March 10, 2001, at St. John's Hospice.

She was born July 28, 1918, in Springfield, the daughter of George and Josephine Howard Zock. She married Sam Giganti ; he preceded her in death in 1993.

Mrs. Giganti was an engineering clerk for Bell Telephone, retiring after 35 years of service. She was a member of St. Katherine Drexel Parish at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Senior Citizens Club, Altar and Rosary Society, Legion of Mary, Telephone Pioneers of America and Jackson Club.

She was past vice president of Communication Workers of America Local 5009 and Springfield Trades and Labor Council.


She was past secretary of Springfield Mental Health Association, Jackson Club and


Sangamon County Democratic Committee.


She was a past Democratic precinct committeeman in 1962


and past president of TKE Mother's Club at the University of Iowa.

Survivors: two sons, Francis Joseph (wife, Karen) Giganti of Springfield and Samuel George (wife, Debra) Giganti of Davenport, Iowa; two daughters, Patricia Susan Giganti of Springfield and Sandra Lee Giganti of Chicago; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Mary Schnepp of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 10, 1996

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 46

Joseph J. Giordano Joseph J. Giordano, 83, of Springfield died Saturday at Villa West in


He was born March 14, 1913, in Springfield, the son of Carlo and Clara Giganti Giordano. He married Melba Eldred in 1930; she died in 1970. A lifelong Springfield resident, Mr. Giordano worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1973. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of St. Frances Cabrini Church, K of C Devereaux Heights Council 4175 and National Association of Letter Carriers.

Survivors: two daughters, Mrs. George (Joy) Micheletti of Springfield and Patricia Benton of Louisville, Texas; two sons, Joseph J. Giordano Jr. of California and JohnGiordano of Springfield; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; three sisters, Bessie C. Pumilia of Springfield, Lena Dickerson of Chicago and Mrs. Walter (Angeline) Ferguson of Bloomington; two brothers, Carl J. and Sam A. Giordano both of Springfield; several nieces, nephews and cousins.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, March 5, 1989

Dominica A. Giganti Dominica (Mamie) A. Giganti , 86, of Springfield, died at 5:55 p.m. Friday at her residence.

She was born Dec. 23, 1902, in Montevago, Italy, the daughter of the late Ignazio James and Pietra Sito Giganti .

A resident of Springfield most of her life, she was a seamstress for many years prior to retiring in 1980. She was a member of St. Agnes Church.

Surviving are three sisters, Frances and Mary Giganti , and Mrs. Peter (Catherine) Sgro, all of Springfield; three brothers, Carl Z. and Joseph R. Giganti , both of Springfield, and Paul Giganti of San Carlos, Calif.; several nieces and nephews; several great-nephews; one uncle and several cousins.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, October 16, 1996

 Mary T. Giganti Mary T. Giganti , 84, of Springfield died Monday at home.

She was born Sept. 29, 1912, in Springfield, the daughter of Ignazio "James" and Pietra Zito Giganti .

A lifelong Springfield resident, she worked for Stern's Furniture Co. and Memorial Medical Center and as a bookkeeper for Dr. Kenneth Schnepp. She was a member of St. Agnes Church, Altar and Rosary Society and Legion of Mary.

Survivors: a sister, Catherine L. Sgro of Springfield; two brothers, Joseph R. Giganti of Springfield and Paul Giganti of San Carlos, Calif.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, September 20, 1987

 Sara E. Giganti Sara Elizabeth Giganti , infant daughter of Samuel and Debra Brown Giganti of 1005 S. Race St., Urbana, died at 5:34 a.m. Friday at Mercy Hospital, Champaign.

She was born Sept. 19, 1987, in Champaign, a daughter of Samuel and Debra Brown Giganti .

Besides her parents, she is survived by one sister, Andrea, and one brother, Timothy, at home; grandparents, Kathryn Brown and Genevieve and Sam Giganti ; and great-grandmother, Anna Pohl, all of Springfield; several aunts, uncles and cousins





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 14, 1999


Shirley Maria Leonard of Chatham and Benjamin Tyler Green of New Berlin were married at 2 p.m. June 12 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church by Dr. Wayne Hoffman.

The bride is the daughter of Paul and Andrea Leonard of Chatham. The groom is the son of Dave Green of Springfield and Etta Mae Krotz of Spaulding.

Serving as maid of honor was Jenifer Shepard. Bridesmaids were Theresa Clancy, Jennifer Jones, Pam Giganti and Jodi Baker. Junior bridesmaids were Amber Elizabeth Leonard and Abigail Sisk. Flower girl was Carmen Giganti .

Best man was Jim Green. Groomsmen were Scott Mazzini, Jonathan Leonard, Carl Giganti and Dr. Bob Glatz. Ushers were Jacob Meseke and Josh Theilen. Ringbearer was Nino Giganti .

A reception was held at Troopers Lodge No. 41.

The bride is a graduate of Southeast High School and Lincoln Land Community College. The groom is a graduate of Southeast High School. He is owner/operator of Ben Green Construction.

The couple will live in New Berlin.













State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, May 7, 1991

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 9

Giganti -60th Mr. and Mrs. Carl Z. Giganti of Springfield recently observed their 60th

wedding anniversary with a reception at the Hilton.

Giganti and the former Rose Randazzo were married April 26, 1931, at St.

Vincent De Paul Church.

Mr. Giganti is a real estate broker and has been employed by the state of Illinois as a leasing representative for 29 years. Mrs. Giganti is a homemaker.

They are the parents of five children, Dr. James of St. Louis, Antonino "Nino" of Riverton, Paul and Pietra, both of Springfield, and Nicholas, deceased. There are 13 grandchildren and six great-granchildren.


State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, August 30, 1991

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 34

Dominic LaRocca Dominic "Mike" LaRocca, 76, of Springfield died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at

St. John's Hospice.

He was born May 23, 1915, in Springfield, the son of Joseph and Josephine Giganti LaRocca. He married Genevieve C. Bellica in 1942. One sister, Genevieve Segretto, and one brother, Carl, preceded him in death.

Mr. LaRocca was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement in 1974. He was a member of St. Agnes Church and the National Association of Letter Carriers and was a veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife, Genevieve C.; one daughter, Mrs. Richard A. (Josephine) McKinney of South Bend, Ind.; two grandsons; one brother, James D. of Springfield; five sisters, Josephine and Marie LaRocca and Rose Schieve, all of Springfield; Clara Kuznik of Quincy and Frances Relzda of Bradenton, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 11, 2003

Section: LOCAL
Page: 26

Giganti -Runyan

Tiffany Dyan Runyan and Robert Giganti , both of Bloomington, were married at 2 p.m. Feb. 8, 2003, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Hutchinson, Kan., by the Rev. Joseph Eckberg.

The bride is the daughter of Steve and Twila Runyan of Hutchinson. The groom is the son of Larry and Angela Lichtenberger of Springfield and the late Nicholas Giganti .

Serving as matron of honor was Carrie Wellman. Serving as maids of honor were Traci Runyan and Christina Runyan.

Best men were Larry Lichtenberger and Erich Lichtenberger. Groomsman was Lacey Goldsby. Usher was Brian Yocam.

A reception was held at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.

The bride is a 1998 graduate of Kansas State University. She is employed as a financial services communications coordinator at State Farm Insurance Cos. The groom is a 1996 graduate of Illinois State University. He is employed as a claims adjuster at Country Insurance and Financial Services.

The couple lives in Bloomington.

































Giganti at roman cultural


Mobster's son owns group's name / Roman Cultural Society failed to reregister as a corporation

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, February 8, 2007

Section: NEWS
Page: 1

The new owner of the name "Roman Cultural Society" is a Chicagoan whose father once headed the organized-crime syndicate there.

Labor lawyer Jack P. Cerone, who filed paperwork with the secretary of state's office last month to take control of the society's name, is the son of the late Jackie "The Lackey" Cerone, a reputed mob hit man who briefly ran the Chicago crime family in the 1960s.

Several members of Springfield's former Roman Cultural Society, a 50-year-old group of Italian-Americans, told The State Journal-Register Wednesday that they didn't know until this week that their incorporation paperwork had expired in 2002 and that Cerone - a friend of at least one of the founders of the newly formed Italian American Society of Springfield - had obtained the name.

"We found out Monday that our agent did not renew our annual report (in 2002)," said Greg Vespa, president of the organization formerly known as the Roman Cultural Society. "At that point, we felt slapped in the face. We presumed the person who had taken care of it for years did it."

Many members of the former society became irate when they read a story in Wednesday's newspaper that the Roman Cultural Society had simply changed its name to the Italian American Society. That information was based on statements by two other former members of the Roman Cultural Society, Jack "Picco" Fyans and Claudio Pecori, and local attorney Francis Giganti .

The anti-Pecori/Fyans group also applied for a new name. After filling out paperwork and paying $295, they created the Roman Cultural Society of Central Illinois.

"We don't want to get into any bantering," Vespa said.

Vince Salvo, first vice president of the Roman Cultural Society of Central Illinois, said a public dispute would belittle the foundations of the old Roman Cultural Society - building good faith and supporting charitable causes.

"We want to continue to do good for charitable organizations and hold charitable events. It's not in our character to be bickering," Salvo said.

However, proceeds from one of the organization's biggest fundraisers - its annual golf outing - have become a center of controversy, according to several people who called The State Journal-Register to say that Fyans and Pecori had not told the full story about the Roman Cultural Society shakeup.

People associated with the Roman Cultural Society of Central Illinois wouldn't discuss the dispute.

"There were a handful of individuals who didn't agree with the current officers and board members. There were questions asked, and they refused to answer them," Vespa said, without giving details.

Over the years, some members of the Roman Cultural Society became politically active, helping form the Evening Republican Club. But there's been a falling-out in that group, too, most visibly between Pecori and Tony Libri, who is Sangamon County circuit clerk and county Republican chairman.

Pecori, who was president of the Evening Republicans for years, stepped down in January 2006.

"The changes come in the wake of public exasperation on the part of ... Libri about the fact that Pecori, despite his GOP credentials, has made campaign contributions in recent years to some Democrats, including Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Secretary of State Jesse White and Mayor Tim Davlin," The State Journal-Register reported at the time.

Fyans didn't return several messages left for him.

Pecori, however, bristled at suggestions that when interviewed for Wednesday's story, he had not fully explained the circumstances behind the formation of the new Italian American Society.

"When things like this are mentioned, it's very delicate," he said. "That's a legal question, and I'm not trying to be smart with you. I can tell you that you should call Mr. Giganti . He's our legal representative."

Giganti was once the charter agent for the old Roman Cultural Society. He was responsible for annually updating its incorporation papers with the secretary of state.

Vespa said board members of the old society thought until Monday that Giganti was still doing that work, but Giganti said he hadn't filed the paperwork for years.

"(I) never even attended a meeting for the last five years until (last fall), when they asked me to review their bylaws," Giganti said. "I told them in 2002 that I no longer wanted to serve as their registered agent. I'm not their baby sitter."

Giganti said he had told Joe Inendino, who was society president in 2001, that he wanted to step down as the society's agent. He said he gave the incorporation paperwork to Inendino.

"It sounds like a lot of officers and directors at Roman Cultural Society in the past few years haven't done their job," Giganti said.

Inendino remembers things a bit differently.

"I went to Frank Giganti 's office, and I signed that paperwork, and he was supposed to mail it in. The last year I was president, it was done," said Inendino.

Paperwork obtained from the secretary of state's office Wednesday showed that Giganti was notified in 2002 that the Roman Cultural Society had been dissolved.

Pecori referred all questions about money from the golf outing to accountant Mario Perrino, who said all the money from the fundraiser has been accounted for.

"There's been rumors" for a long time about what happens with golf outing money," he said.

"I said anyone who wanted to ask about it could call me, and no one has called me directly or come to my office to look at what we do with the money," Perrino said.

Vespa and Salvo said at least one person has tried to contact Perrino but had no luck seeing the books.

Perrino said $5,000 to $6,000 of outing proceeds goes toward scholarships. Another $2,000 is paid toward a $10,000, five-year pledge to support the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago. Pecori and Cerone serve on the hall of fame's board of directors.

A quick calculation of figures provided by Perrino indicates that the golf outing and a related banquet raise about $38,000 a year, not counting sponsorship money. He estimated that costs include about $19,000 for the banquet hotel and golf course expenses. Subtracting other expenses indicates the outing should net about $11,000 a year.

"The dollars all work out," Pecori said.

Beyond their roles on the Italian American Society Sports Hall of Fame, the relationship between Cerone and Pecori is unclear.

According to the most recent tax filings listed on the Web site Guidestar, the Sports Hall of Fame was worth about $14 million in 2004.

Cerone, who was interviewed by telephone from Chicago on Wednesday, denied that Pecori, or anyone else, had tipped him off that the Roman Cultural Society had lost the right to its name.

"No one told me the name would be up for grabs," he said. "I knew the (society's) name was available because we checked the records and saw that (the Springfield) organization was dissolved."

Cerone initially said he had applied for the name because he intended to start his own chapter of the organization in the Chicago area. However, he later acknowledged that he knew the Springfield organization had been dissolved, and he also said Pecori is his friend.

"I have a lot of friends in Springfield because I go to the golf outing every year," Cerone said.

Jackie "The Lackey" Cerone died in 1996, shortly after being released from prison, where he had been sent for helping to skim $2 million from Las Vegas casinos.

Asked whether he was the son of Jackie Cerone, Jack Cerone said, "That's none of your business. I think our conversation is over."

He then hung up the phone.








Giganti – tax evasion




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, December 2, 1997

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 9

One of the owners of a Springfield jewelry store pleaded not guilty to several income tax-related offenses in federal court Monday.

Toby Giganti , 59, was indicted by a grand jury last month on seven tax-related counts. Her son, Carl Giganti , 36, also pleaded not guilty Monday to a single tax charge.

Toby Giganti 's husband, Paul Giganti , 61, who was indicted on six tax charges, was unable to attend the arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron Cudmore. Paul Giganti 's attorney, Rocco deGrasse of Chicago, said his client suffered internal bleeding the day after the indictment and underwent major surgery.

Giganti 's condition has deteriorated and doctors expect him to be hospitalized several weeks, deGrasse said.

He called the charges "yet another example of IRS overreaching" and said the family will be vindicated after a jury hears the facts.

Toby Giganti was represented by attorney David Reid of Springfield.

Cudmore set a trial date of Jan. 6 for both Toby and Carl Giganti and rescheduled Paul Giganti 's arraignment for the same week.

All three Gigantis are charged with conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. Paul and Toby Giganti are additionally charged with tax evasion and filing a false tax return, and Toby Giganti is accused of impeding the IRS. "The Giganti family regrets that after years of lengthy investigation and expense, the government has elected to press charges on these matters, some of which date back to 1986," deGrasse said. "However, the family's main concern at this time is Paul Giganti 's health."

Paul and Toby Giganti have owned an operated Giganti and Giganti Jewelers in Springfield since 1987. Carl Giganti began working full time at the jewelry store in 1989. The charges are the result of an investigation by the criminal investigation division of the IRS. Assistant U.S. attorney Patrick Hansen is prosecuting the case.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, May 8, 1998

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 16

PEORIA -- A Springfield man pleaded guilty Thursday to helping submit a false statement to the Internal Revenue Service and was sentenced to


Carl Giganti , 36, entered a negotiated plea of guilty before U.S. Judge Joe Billy McDade. He was sentenced to six months probation and fined $5,000. Giganti was indicted in November by a federal grand jury in Springfield on a charge of conspiracy to defraud the IRS. The conspiracy charge was dismissed by the government Thursday as part of the plea agreement.

Giganti admitted that he assisted his parents, Springfield jewelry store owners Paul and Toby Giganti , in making false statements to the IRS in connection with the sale of property at 309 W. Washington St. and the purchase of property in the 3100 block of LaConner Drive, both in Springfield.

Giganti also was ordered to pay restitution to the IRS of $20,577, for which he is jointly liable with his mother.

Toby Giganti , 59, pleaded guilty in March to one count of willful tax evasion and is scheduled to be sentenced by McDade on July 10. As part of the plea agreement in Toby Giganti 's case, the government has promised that any prison sentence will be served as home confinement. Six other tax-related charges against her will be dismissed at sentencing.

She agreed to provide the government with a truthful financial statement and to cooperate with the IRS in determining her tax liability for the years 1986 through 1990. During the period in question, Giganti and her husband, Paul, who is now deceased, operated the Springfield retail and wholesale jewelry store, Giganti and Giganti Jewelers.

Paul J. Giganti , 61, was indicted by the same federal grand jury on several income tax charges in November. He had been unable to attend his arraignment in December because of his failing health, and died March 10. The charges resulted from an investigation by the Examination and Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS in Springfield.

Assistant U.S. attorneys Patrick Hansen and Patrick Chesley handled the case for the government.





Giganti – SHG sports 1989



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, November 28, 1989

Author/Byline: Jim Wildrick
Edition: M1,M2,S1
Page: 12A

Interesting situation this new basketball combination at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School.

The new coach is a guy whose career head coaching record for 14 seasons is 232-122; the program he inherits has produced just 23 victories and 74 losses the past four seasons. What happens when consistent success meets an average of fewer than six victories per season? Mike Kaczmarz isn't making any predictions. In fact, he talks like a man who isn't that concerned with wins and losses -- for the time being, at least.

"Wins and losses aren't the only measuring stick," he said. "and I don't think that's the proper measuring stick to use. You have to instill in kids' minds that they'll be measured by how much they improve in what they do.

"One team can win 25 ballgames and not be a success; another can win 10 and be a great success story."

With just two starters back from last year's 5-19 team and with just two seniors on the entire squad, SH-G isn't going to be shooting for the 25-win mark. Frankly, Kaczmarz says he has no pre-conceived notion of what his team's record might be.

"As far as our record, I don't really have a clue of what it might be," said Kaczmarz, whose Eric Anderson-led Chicago St. Francis de Sales club finished second in the Class AA State Tournament two years ago.

"I never really sit down at the beginning of the season and say we'll win so many games. You go into it looking at what you can do to improve and how you can better yourself. You look at the weaknesses and try to eliminate them. You look at what you can do well and do those things well.

"The main thing is for all of our players to play within their limitations and understand the game. If they do that, I think the won-loss record will take care of itself."

Although there is a lack of experience and a lack of size, Kaczmarz is optimistic about this young team. Just several days before the season opener, he still wasn't certain who would start.

"We're looking at eight or nine kids who have played well in practice. There's some depth there," he assessed.

Included in the select group are 6-foot-2 John Casey, 5-10 Jarrod Davsko and Jeff Fleischli, 6-2 Robert Giganti , 6-1 Tim Rottinghouse, Josh Somerset and Corey Wilson, 6-3 Mike Workman and 5-7 Mike Chestnut. Casey (10.3 average last year) and Chestnut are the only seniors, and Workman is a sophomore. The rest are juniors. Only Fleischli (5.4) saw considerable varsity action last year.

Davsko, Fleischli and Chestnut have worked at point guard, said Kaczmarz. Somerset, Wilson and Fleischli could fill the "scoring" guard position, Workman and Giganti have been working in the post with Casey a power forward type.

A lot of coaches preach senior leadership, but Kaczmarz is convinced the youth here is a plus.

"I see it as a positive situation," he said. "This group is very enthusiastic, they work hard, work well together and want to learn. That's positive."

Strong suits? Kaczmarz looks for last year's abysmal 36.6 percent team field goal shooting mark to improve dramatically. He also sees quickness as a plus.

"We can shoot it," Kaczmarz said. "Davsko can light it. Wilson is gonna be a great shooter. He doesn't know yet how good he can be. Somerset can shoot, but he's more of a scorer, go-to-the-basket type. Fleischli can shoot, and our post guys, Casey and Workman can shoot the 12-foot J." It is conceivable Casey and Workman could be the only senior and sophomore starters, respectively.

"Workman is really a hard-nosed type kid," said his coach. "We brought him up from the sophomores, and I think he'll respond to the challenge. Casey has done what I've asked of him, but he needs to learn to be a worker. He has a nose for the basketball and he can score, so he can be a big help to this team."

However, if you want to play offense for Kaczmarz, you better be prepared to play defense.

"John's playing time -- and this is true for everybody -- will be determined by what he does on defense," said Kaczmarz. "I think defense is the toughest thing to coach and to play. You can bury two, maybe three, guys on offense. Let's face it, offense is basically a two-man show -- screen and roll, pass and cut. At the most it's three-man, pass, cut, open the guy for the shot.

"Defense takes five guys all the time. You can always stop a great shooter with a team effort; I've never seen an offense yet that can stop a great defense. And it feeds on itself. You get a great defensive effort from somebody, and all of a sudden the next guy believes he can play.

"Basketball boils down to four things: 1) shot selection; 2) blocking out on defense; 3) not making turnovers and 4) pressuring the basketball. You don't have to be a tremendous talent to do any of them."

SH-G CYCLONES Head coach: Mike Kaczmarz Assistants: Al Klunick, Bill Jankowski, Jim Ketchum Last year's record: 5-19 Conference: Independent Seniors: John Casey X, 6-2; Mike Chestnut X, 5-7. Juniors: Jeff Fleischli X, 5-10; John Atterberry, 6-0; Jeff Call, 6-2; Jarrod Davsko, 5-10; Robert Giganti , 6-2; Brad Humphrey, 6-4; Josh Larson, 5-11; Tim Rottinghouse, 6-1; Josh Somerset, 6-1; Corey Wilson, 6-1. Sophomore: Mike Workman, 6-3. X -- Lettermen.

Caption: New Sacred Heart-Griffin Coach Mike Kaczmarz, center, with lettermen, from left, Mike Chestnut, Robert Giganti , John Casey and Jeff Fleischli.






Giganti & Giganti Jewelers



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, August 29, 1993

Edition: M1,M2
Page: 61

Giganti & Giganti Jewelers LOCATION: 1601 W. Wabash Ave. Branch locations are in Chicago and Clayton,

Mo. STARTED OPERATING: Paul Giganti , owner and founder, started the business in 1961 at 711 E. Enos Ave. The business then moved to 2724 S. MacArthur Blvd. before moving to its present location in 1987. NATURE OF BUSINESS: A family-operated business dealing mostly in large-diamond jewelry. "We do an exceptionally large business in engagement rings," Paul Giganti said. Giganti & Giganti specializes in designer jewelry (gold necklaces and wrist chains), vintage watches from the 1940s to 1970s and also has one the largest selection of vintage Rolex and Patek watches.

PRINCIPALS: Owners Paul Giganti and his son Carl operate the Springfield shop.

Another son, Frank, operates the Chicago business and nephew Al Giganti operates the Clayton, Mo., business.

EMPLOYEES: 8 UPDATE: "Mostly, people are buying investment jewelry (large diamonds)," Paul Giganti said. "They use that investment as a savings account because, in my opinion, the interest at the bank is zero. You used to get 18 to 20 percent at one time. Now it's down to 5 percent. So they're putting their money into diamonds at our place."

In anticipation of the holiday season, Frank Giganti will travel to Israel next month to buy diamonds and to Brazil in October to buy designer jewelry, Paul Giganti said.

SUCCESS STORY: "We have been in business this long (32 years) because of a fair price and a money-back guarantee," Giganti said. "The day of a jewelry store getting 300 to 500 percent profit is past."

Giganti also believes the business longevity can be attributed to one-on-one service and knowing the customer by name.

Paul Giganti also can boast of having made a name for himself by having in his possession the signatures of every U.S. president. Giganti first opened an antique business in 1957 in a Victorian house on Enos Street before branching out into the jewelry business.

OUTLOOK: Giganti is anticipating a strong December, producing a record year in sales.

"Within the past month, we've just had exceptionally heavy sales, which indicates we will possibly have a heavy December."








State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, July 9, 1995

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 15

Paul Giganti of Springfield sits behind his desk holding a gold mechanical pencil with engravings on the case, saying he remembers finding it in a

stack of old plastic pens six months ago. He paid $25 for it.

Originally sold by Tiffany, the pen could bring more than $1,000 at a luxury pen auction, he says.

"I've collected pens for 15 years and it's fun, but young collectors have it rough because pen collecting is in its heyday -- it is for the very wealthy," says Giganti , co-owner of Giganti & Giganti Jewelers, 1601 W. Wabash Ave.

His collection includes 37 pens, but Giganti protests that he is not really a collector. He says he has no desire to sell his pens that include a green and black marbleized pen and pencil set manufactured by Sheaffer in 1917; a black Parker fountain pen with a sterling silver spider web inlay; and a ball point pen shaped like a dirgible.

The pen Giganti uses the most is his classic black Mont Blanc, which he says writes as well as any of the collectible designer pens.

"Many more people are becoming aware of the value of pens," he says.

Attendance at fountain pen shows is up, says Michael Fultz, organizer of the Chicago Fountain Pen Show for 15 years.

"Our shows began with just a few people meeting in someone's home," Fultz says. "Attendance has grown steadily and it is now the largest show in the world with over 700 in attendance this spring."

For the collector, Parker, Waterman, Conklin, Wahl-Eversharp, Omas and Mont Blanc are desirable pens, he says.

"The right old Waterman or Parker is worth $40,000." Age, however, is not the only factor in determining a pen's value.

The most desirable luxury pens were made between 1900 and 1930. Designs on collectible pen casings included snakes, aztec symbols and swastikas.

Gold and sterling silver pens from the era remain valuable but wood, rubber and Celluloid cases also are collectible, says Fultz, whose business Chicago Gold is one of the largest pen dealers in the country.

Filigree pens, those with a silver or gold swirling pattern that overlay the case are valuable as well.

In addition to the expensive metals and hand-craftsmanship, fountain pens are sought after because they improve the writing of the user, Fultz says.

"The reason I started collecting fountain pens is because it adds style to my writing and allows me to move lighter and faster across the paper."

The pens offer more variety in a person's penmanship, says Glen Bowen, publisher of Pen World magazine.

"The pen writes smoother, and interchangeable tips allow anyone to change the appearance of their writing," he says.

More flexible golden nibs allow the writer to vary the thickness of each stroke, says Bowen.

Giganti says the nibs are used to identify the year, make and model of the fountain pen.

The fountain pen is the modern day descendant of the feather quill and ink bottle. Manufacturing of the first commercial pens began in the early 1880s with experimentation by several companies. By the 1890s, gold and silver was beginning to replace the traditional rubber casings and the luxury pen was born, writes Jonathan Steinburg in his book "Fountain Pens."

Collectors say rare and sought after pens include the Montblanc's Spider Web, Parker's Aztec Indian pen and its Orange Duofold pen from the '20s.

Jerry Lee Queary of Highwood says he started buying antique pens when he lived in Decatur because of their uniqueness.

"I began looking in antique shops, flea markets and house sales for pens. They're beautiful, functional, have a past and I like to write with them," says Queary, owner of Jerry Lee Antiques in Highwood.

Thomas McGary, a Springfield attorney, says he began using fountain pens before they were a fad.

"I bought my Montblanc several years ago while in law school as a treat to myself," says McGary. "I continue to use it because it is more comfortable and writes better than other pens."

He has four Mont Blancs, a Parker and a couple of Cross pens in his collection.

Giganti 's advice to new pen collectors is to buy pens from garage or estate sales because few people can afford to pay the bidding price at a pen auction.

"You have to search for them in hidden places. I've found most of my treasures in old cigar boxes."





















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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, December 13, 1998


Hanken-Bentley Ruth Ellen Helton Bentley and W. Scott Hanken, both of Springfield, were married at 11 a.m. Sept. 19 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church by the Rev. John Burnett.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Helton of Oil City, La. The groom is the son of Patricia Hanken of Springfield and the late Walter A. Hanken.

Serving as maid of honor was Jonna Kelley, with Becky Giganti and Denise Klaves as bridesmaids.

Serving as best man was Christopher Hanken, with Adam Giganti and Frederic Schlosser as groomsmen. Ushers were William Donath, David Baptist, Kevin Halligan Jr. and Patrick Elchlepp. Ringbearer was Matthew Bentley.

Receptions were held at Panther Creek Country Club and the Artisans Building.

The bride is a graduate of North Caddo High School and attended Northeast Louisiana University. She is employed as buyer's assistant with Central Mangagement Services. The groom is a graduate of Griffin High School, Marquette University and Creighton University School of Law. He is an attorney/shareholder with Rabin, Myers and Hanken, P.C., Attorneys and Counselors at Law.

The couple will reside in Springfield












Giganti – Sangamon county dems



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, April 30, 1986

Author/Byline: Pete Ellertsen
Edition: M1,M2,E1
Section: LOCAL
Page: 12


Sangamon County Democrats

say a floor fight is shaping up Thursday over election of officers to the county central committee.

Up for election at Thursday's committee call are the first and second vice presidents and the treasurer of the organization.

The controversy emerged when county chairman Tom Pape, after being elected to a two-year term March 31, appointed interim officers to serve until Thursday.

Pape says he thinks he appointed the best people for each of the jobs, and they'll have his support if they run. But he said the choice of party officers for the next two years is up to the central committee.

"I can't tell you who will be nominated Thursday night," he said.

The interim officers are Pete Dixon, first vice president; Bill Houlihan, second vice president; and

Genevieve Giganti , secretary.

All are from west of Chatham Road.

However, candidates from other parts of town have emerged for second vice president and secretary.

Both Ann Laurence, precinct committeeman from downtown Precinct 89, and Herb Earl, from Precinct 30 in the northeast, have sent out letters seeking support.

Laurence is asking precinct committeemen to support her for second vice chairman and Adrian Dotts of eastside Precinct 3 for secretary. Earl is running for secretary.

Laurence said electing officers from parts of town other than the west side would give geographical balance to the party's leadership.

"I am running because I agree with our chairman, Tom Pape, about the importance of unifying the party and making it stronger," she said. "It seems to me that the way to begin this process is to have an executive committee that represents as wide a cross-section of the party membership as possible."

She said Dixon, Houlihan and Giganti -- along with treasurer Nick Bussone, elected March 31 -- all live on the west side.

"I don't mean to discredit these individuals -- they are good Democrats," she said. "But I do believe that the leadership of our organization should and could better represent the diverse economic, gender, racial and geographical characteristics of the Democratic Party."

If elected, she said she would use the leadership position to promote a comprehensive precinct organization plan similar to what she's done in her center-city precinct.

"I feel that meticulous voter registration activity in the precincts is a key factor in broadening the base of the party, which is so desperately needed if Democrats are going to start winning more elections," she said.

Laurence said she supports Dotts for party secretary "for the same reasons I am running for second vice chair." "Adrian has a solid bloc of support within the organization, and his views and ideas would play a very important part in the reconstruction of the Sangamon County Democratic Party."

Earl said he believes Pape's interim appointments show a continued need to open up the party's leadership.

"I think there's a lack of full involvement from the full (central) committee," he said.

But his letter stresses his own work in the North End Democrat Club, as well as other organizations, and the need for party unity.

"We should nominate and vote for individuals who are capable and are aggressively willing to do the job of the office which they seek," he said. "Once the officers are elected, we should again unite and help to elect Democrats."

Pape said geographic representation is important, but he isn't sure that electing the central committee's five officers from different areas is necessarily the best way to attain it.

"I think you have to look at what's happening throughout the organization," he said. "If you're implying that other geographical areas (than the west side) are somehow being neglected, if you look at the overall efforts of the organization, that's not true."

Pape said the party's committees, including the 11-member executive committee, are open to anyone who wants to work without regard to race, gender or residence.

"The people serving on these committees represent different areas, races and sexes," he said. "These people are the movers and the shakers in the organization, and I think everyone would agree."

When he named the interim officers to serve until Thursday's election, Pape said he was looking for the people who would do the best jobs.

"I wouldn't appoint them on an interim basis if they didn't have my support on a permanent basis," he said. "If they choose to serve in that capacity, they would have my support, that being 80 (weighted) votes."











Giganti defends child porn case


Riverton resident gets probation in pornography case

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, November 21, 2000

Section: LOCAL
Page: 13

A 45-year-old Riverton man was sentenced Monday to two years' probation for possessing child pornography in the form of 28 computer photographs and a sexually explicit videotape.

David E. Thorpe of the 100 block of Lucky Horseshoe earlier had pleaded guilty to the charge, which resulted from an Internet-related investigation.

Sangamon County assistant state's attorney Steve Weinhoeft recommended a prison sentence in the middle of the two- to five-year range Thorpe could have received for the Class 3 felony.

Weinhoeft said he recommended prison in part "because of my outrage and disgust at what these children (in the pictures and on the videotape) had to go through."

Weinhoeft said it is tempting to lay all the blame on the filmmakers and the photographers, except that the child pornography industry is driven by a profit motive. "It exists because people like this pay to watch it," he said.

Springfield attorney Adam Giganti told Circuit Judge Dennis Schwartz that Thorpe had no prior contact with the law and had a steady work history, despite losing his $15-an-hour job when he was charged with possessing child pornography.

"Other than this situation, this person has done nothing but lead the kind of life you would want someone to lead," Giganti said, adding that Thorpe would be "an excellent candidate for probation" and that his client welcomed the chance to undergo counseling.

In addition to the probation with the standard conditions for sex offenders, Schwartz ordered Thorpe to complete counseling for sex offenders as determined by the Sangamon County Adult Probation Department. He also was fined $1,000, the minimum required by the statute.

Thorpe was charged after federal officials took over a pornography distribution Web site and told previous customers via e-mail they could order more. Thorpe ordered a videotape, which was delivered as law enforcement officials observed.



Defends – Grandview police chief – pedophile




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, January 30, 1996

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 6

The former Grandview police chief pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of criminal sexual abuse of a minor in Sangamon County circuit court on


Robert L. Adams, 38, could get up to 364 days in jail and two years probation.

He was charged in August with sexually abusing a then-15-year-old girl he met while on his route as a vending company employee. Investigators said he knew the family and the victim from his route. The incidents, which occurred in June of last year, did not include the use of force, according to police.

Felony charges initially filed by prosecutors were reduced to a misdemeanor charge after Adams agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge.

"We're going to recommend that he get probation without any jail time," said defense attorney Adam Giganti of Springfield.

Adams was police administrator in Grandview, a village subdivision within Springfield's boundaries, from 1986 to 1994. The case was prosecuted by Sangamon County assistant state's attorney Sheryl Essenburg.

Associate Circuit Judge Roger Holmes set sentencing for April 15.





Link to caths



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, August 6, 1989

 EDWARD GIGANTI has been appointed graphics manager for The Catholic Health Association of the United States in St. Louis. Giganti , a native of Springfield, had been director of community relations for Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mass. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.





Exposure - kulavics/SSCC



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, October 8, 1989

Giganti --Kell Gwen D. Kell and Carl Giganti , both of Springfield, were married at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at Blessed Sacrament Church, with the Rev. Hugh Cassidy officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Ellie and Bob Unterbrink, 2216 Trowbridge Road. The groom is the son of Toby and Paul Giganti , 15 Linden Lane.

Maid of honor was

Debbie Kulavic. Bridesmaids were Kim Giganti , Colleen Buckley, Nancy Daugherty, Taffy Williams and Lori Ressler. Flower girl was Sara Daugherty.

Best man was Adam Giganti . Groomsmen were Jim and Frank Giganti , Kevin Daugherty, Tim Antonacci and Marty Daugherty. Ushers were Kristopher Kell, David Olshefsky, Craig Pergs and Benny Harmony. Ringbearer was Joseph Giganti .

A reception was held at the Hilton of Springfield.

The bride is employed by SSU Foundation. The groom is employed at City Water, Light and Power.

The couple will live in Springfield.