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This article is about the classic autistic disorder; some writers use the word autism when referring to the range of disorders on the autism spectrum or to the various pervasive developmental disorders.[1]
Autism
Classification and external resources
Young red-haired boy facing away from camera, stacking a seventh can atop a column of six food cans on the kitchen floor. An open pantry contains many more cans.
Repetitively stacking or lining up objects is a behavior occasionally associated with individuals with autism.
ICD-10 F84.0
ICD-9 299.00
OMIM 209850
DiseasesDB 1142
MedlinePlus 001526
eMedicine med/3202 ped/180
MeSH D001321
GeneReviews Autism overview

Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. These signs all begin before a child is three years old.[2] Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood.[3] It is one of three recognized disorders in the autism spectrum (ASDs), the other two being Asperger syndrome, which lacks delays in cognitive development and language, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (commonly abbreviated as PDD-NOS), which is diagnosed when the full set of criteria for autism or Asperger syndrome are not met.[4]

Autism has a strong genetic basis, although the genetics of autism are complex and it is unclear whether ASD is explained more by rare mutations, or by rare combinations of common genetic variants.[5] In rare cases, autism is strongly associated with agents that cause birth defects.[6] Controversies surround other proposed environmental causes, such as heavy metals, pesticides or childhood vaccines;[7] the vaccine hypotheses are biologically implausible and lack convincing scientific evidence. The prevalence of autism is about 1–2 per 1,000 people worldwide; however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports an approximate of 9 per 1,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with ASD.[8][9] The number of people diagnosed with autism has increased dramatically since the 1980s, partly due to changes in diagnostic practice; the question of whether actual prevalence has increased is unresolved.[10]

Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child's life.[11] The signs usually develop gradually, but some autistic children first develop more normally and then regress.[12] Although there is no known cure, early behavioral or cognitive intervention can help autistic children gain self-care, social, and communication skills.[11] Not many children with autism live independently after reaching adulthood, though some become successful.[13] An autistic culture has developed, with some individuals seeking a cure and others believing autism should be accepted as a difference and not treated as a disorder.[14]

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      • 2 Classification
      • 3 Causes
      • 4 Mechanism
              • 5 Screening
              • 6 Diagnosis
              • 7 Management
              • 8 Prognosis
              • 9 Epidemiology
              • 10 History
              • 11 References
              • 12 External links
                • [edit] Characteristics

                  Autism is a highly variable neurodevelopmental disorder[15] that first appears during infancy or childhood, and generally follows a steady course without remission.[16] Overt symptoms gradually begin after the age of six months, become established by age two or three years,[17] and tend to continue through adulthood, although often in more muted form.[18] It is distinguished not by a single symptom, but by a characteristic triad of symptoms: impairments in social interaction; impairments in communication; and restricted interests and repetitive behavior. Other aspects, such as atypical eating, are also common but are not essential for diagnosis.[19] Autism's individual symptoms occur in the general population and appear not to associate highly, without a sharp line separating pathologically severe from common traits.[20]

                  [edit] Social development

                  Social deficits distinguish autism and the related autism spectrum disorders (ASD; see Classification) from other developmental disorders.[18] People with autism have social impairments and often lack the intuition about others that many people take for granted. Noted autistic Temple Grandin described her inability to understand the social communication of neurotypicals, or people with normal neural development, as leaving her feeling "like an anthropologist on Mars".[21]

                  Unusual social development becomes apparent early in childhood. Autistic infants show less attention to social stimuli, smile and look at others less often, and respond less to their own name. Autistic toddlers differ more strikingly from social norms; for example, they have less eye contact and turn taking, and do not have the ability to use simple movements to express oneself, such as the deficiency to point at things.[22] Three- to five-year-old autistic children are less likely to exhibit social understanding, approach others spontaneously, imitate and respond to emotions, communicate nonverbally, and take turns with others. However, they do form attachments to their primary caregivers.[23] Most autistic children display moderately less attachment security than non-autistic children, although this difference disappears in children with higher mental development or less severe ASD.[24] Older children and adults with ASD perform worse on tests of face and emotion recognition.[25]

                  Children with high-functioning autism suffer from more intense and frequent loneliness compared to non-autistic peers, despite the common belief that children with autism prefer to be alone. Making and maintaining friendships often proves to be difficult for those with autism. For them, the quality of friendships, not the number of friends, predicts how lonely they feel. Functional friendships, such as those resulting in invitations to parties, may affect the quality of life more deeply.[26]

                  There are many anecdotal reports, but few systematic studies, of aggression and violence in individuals with ASD. The limited data suggest that, in children with mental retardation, autism is associated with aggression, destruction of property, and tantrums. A 2007 study interviewed parents of 67 children with ASD and reported that about two-thirds of the children had periods of severe tantrums and about one-third had a history of aggression, with tantrums significantly more common than in non-autistic children with language impairments.[27] A 2008 Swedish study found that, of individuals aged 15 or older discharged from hospital with a diagnosis of ASD, those who committed violent crimes were significantly more likely to have other psychopathological conditions such as psychosis.[28]

                  [edit] Communication

                  About a third to a half of individuals with autism do not develop enough natural speech to meet their daily communication needs.[29] Differences in communication may be present from the first year of life, and may include delayed onset of babbling, unusual gestures, diminished responsiveness, and vocal patterns that are not synchronized with the caregiver. In the second and third years, autistic children have less frequent and less diverse babbling, consonants, words, and word combinations; their gestures are less often integrated with words. Autistic children are less likely to make requests or share experiences, and are more likely to simply repeat others' words (echolalia)[30][31] or reverse pronouns.[32] Joint attention seems to be necessary for functional speech, and deficits in joint attention seem to distinguish infants with ASD:[4] for example, they may look at a pointing hand instead of the pointed-at object,[22][31] and they consistently fail to point at objects in order to comment on or share an experience.[4] Autistic children may have difficulty with imaginative play and with developing symbols into language.[30][31]

                  In a pair of studies, high-functioning autistic children aged 8–15 performed equally well as, and adults better than, individually matched controls at basic language tasks involving vocabulary and spelling. Both autistic groups performed worse than controls at complex language tasks such as figurative language, comprehension and inference. As people are often sized up initially from their basic language skills, these studies suggest that people speaking to autistic individuals are more likely to overestimate what their audience comprehends.[33]

                  [edit] Repetitive behavior

                  Autistic individuals display many forms of repetitive or restricted behavior, which the Repetitive Behavior Scale-Revised (RBS-R)[34] categorizes as follows.

                  Young boy asleep on a bed, facing the camera, with only the head visible and the body off-camera. On the bed behind the boy's head is a dozen or so toys carefully arranged in a line, ordered by size.
                  A young boy with autism, and the precise line of toys he made
                  • Stereotypy is repetitive movement, such as hand flapping, making sounds, head rolling, or body rocking.
                  • Compulsive behavior is intended and appears to follow rules, such as arranging objects in stacks or lines.
                  • Sameness is resistance to change; for example, insisting that the furniture not be moved or refusing to be interrupted.
                  • Ritualistic behavior involves an unvarying pattern of daily activities, such as an unchanging menu or a dressing ritual. This is closely associated with sameness and an independent validation has suggested combining the two factors.[34]
                  • Restricted behavior is limited in focus, interest, or activity, such as preoccupation with a single television program, toy, or game.
                  • Self-injury includes movements that injure or can injure the person, such as eye poking, skin picking, hand biting, and head banging.[4] A 2007 study reported that self-injury at some point affected about 30% of children with ASD.[27]

                  No single repetitive or self-injurious behavior seems to be specific to autism, but only autism appears to have an elevated pattern of occurrence and severity of these behaviors.[35]

                  [edit] Other symptoms

                  Autistic individuals may have symptoms that are independent of the diagnosis, but that can affect the individual or the family.[19] An estimated 0.5% to 10% of individuals with ASD show unusual abilities, ranging from splinter skills such as the memorization of trivia to the extraordinarily rare talents of prodigious autistic savants.[36] Many individuals with ASD show superior skills in perception and attention, relative to the general population.[37] Sensory abnormalities are found in over 90% of those with autism, and are considered core features by some,[38] although there is no good evidence that sensory symptoms differentiate autism from other developmental disorders.[39] Differences are greater for under-responsivity (for example, walking into things) than for over-responsivity (for example, distress from loud noises) or for sensation seeking (for example, rhythmic movements).[40] An estimated 60%–80% of autistic people have motor signs that include poor muscle tone, poor motor planning, and toe walking;[38] deficits in motor coordination are pervasive across ASD and are greater in autism proper.[41]

                  Unusual eating behavior occurs in about three-quarters of children with ASD, to the extent that it was formerly a diagnostic indicator. Selectivity is the most common problem, although eating rituals and food refusal also occur;[27] this does not appear to result in malnutrition. Although some children with autism also have gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, there is a lack of published rigorous data to support the theory that autistic children have more or different GI symptoms than usual;[42] studies report conflicting results, and the relationship between GI problems and ASD is unclear.[43]

                  Parents of children with ASD have higher levels of stress.[44] Siblings of children with ASD report greater admiration of and less conflict with the affected sibling than siblings of unaffected children or those with Down syndrome; siblings of individuals with ASD have greater risk of negative well-being and poorer sibling relationships as adults.[45]

                  [edit] Classification

                  Autism is one of the five pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), which are characterized by widespread abnormalities of social interactions and communication, and severely restricted interests and highly repetitive behavior.[16] These symptoms do not imply sickness, fragility, or emotional disturbance.[18]

                  Of the five PDD forms, Asperger syndrome is closest to autism in signs and likely causes; Rett syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder share several signs with autism, but may have unrelated causes; PDD not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS; also called atypical autism) is diagnosed when the criteria are not met for a more specific disorder.[46] Unlike with autism, people with Asperger syndrome have no substantial delay in language development.[2] The terminology of autism can be bewildering, with autism, Asperger syndrome and PDD-NOS often called the autism spectrum disorders (ASD)[11] or sometimes the autistic disorders,[47] whereas autism itself is often called autistic disorder, childhood autism, or infantile autism. In this article, autism refers to the classic autistic disorder; in clinical practice, though, autism, ASD, and PDD are often used interchangeably.[1] ASD, in turn, is a subset of the broader autism phenotype, which describes individuals who may not have ASD but do have autistic-like traits, such as avoiding eye contact.[48]

                  The manifestations of autism cover a wide spectrum, ranging from individuals with severe impairments—who may be silent, mentally disabled, and locked into hand flapping and rocking—to high functioning individuals who may have active but distinctly odd social approaches, narrowly focused interests, and verbose, pedantic communication.[49] Because the behavior spectrum is continuous, boundaries between diagnostic categories are necessarily somewhat arbitrary.[38] Sometimes the syndrome is divided into low-, medium- or high-functioning autism (LFA, MFA, and HFA), based on IQ thresholds,[50] or on how much support the individual requires in daily life; these subdivisions are not standardized and are controversial. Autism can also be divided into syndromal and non-syndromal autism; the syndromal autism is associated with severe or profound mental retardation or a congenital syndrome with physical symptoms, such as tuberous sclerosis.[51] Although individuals with Asperger syndrome tend to perform better cognitively than those with autism, the extent of the overlap between Asperger syndrome, HFA, and non-syndromal autism is unclear.[52]

                  Some studies have reported diagnoses of autism in children due to a loss of language or social skills, as opposed to a failure to make progress, typically from 15 to 30 months of age. The validity of this distinction remains controversial; it is possible that regressive autism is a specific subtype,[12][22][30][53] or that there is a continuum of behaviors between autism with and without regression.[54]

                  Research into causes has been hampered by the inability to identify biologically meaningful subpopulations[55] and by the traditional boundaries between the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, neurology and pediatrics.[56] Newer technologies such as fMRI and diffusion tensor imaging can help identify biologically relevant phenotypes (observable traits) that can be viewed on brain scans, to help further neurogenetic studies of autism;[57] one example is lowered activity in the fusiform face area of the brain, which is associated with impaired perception of people versus objects.[3] It has been proposed to classify autism using genetics as well as behavior.[58]

                  [edit] Causes

                  Main article: Causes of autism

                  It has long been presumed that there is a common cause at the genetic, cognitive, and neural levels for autism's characteristic triad of symptoms.[59] However, there is increasing suspicion that autism is instead a complex disorder whose core aspects have distinct causes that often co-occur.[59][60]

                  Three diagrams of chromosome pairs A, B that are nearly identical. 1: B is missing a segment of A. 2: B has two adjacent copies of a segment of A. 3: B's copy of A's segment is in reverse order.
                  Deletion (1), duplication (2) and inversion (3) are all chromosome abnormalities that have been implicated in autism.[61]

                  Autism has a strong genetic basis, although the genetics of autism are complex and it is unclear whether ASD is explained more by rare mutations with major effects, or by rare multigene interactions of common genetic variants.[5][62] Complexity arises due to interactions among multiple genes, the environment, and epigenetic factors which do not change DNA but are heritable and influence gene expression.[18] Studies of twins suggest that heritability is 0.7 for autism and as high as 0.9 for ASD, and siblings of those with autism are about 25 times more likely to be autistic than the general population.[38] However, most of the mutations that increase autism risk have not been identified. Typically, autism cannot be traced to a Mendelian (single-gene) mutation or to a single chromosome abnormality like fragile X syndrome, and none of the genetic syndromes associated with ASDs have been shown to selectively cause ASD.[5] Numerous candidate genes have been located, with only small effects attributable to any particular gene.[5] The large number of autistic individuals with unaffected family members may result from copy number variations—spontaneous deletions or duplications in genetic material during meiosis.[63] Hence, a substantial fraction of autism cases may be traceable to genetic causes that are highly heritable but not inherited: that is, the mutation that causes the autism is not present in the parental genome.[61]

                  Several lines of evidence point to synaptic dysfunction as a cause of autism.[3] Some rare mutations may lead to autism by disrupting some synaptic pathways, such as those involved with cell adhesion.[64] Gene replacement studies in mice suggest that autistic symptoms are closely related to later developmental steps that depend on activity in synapses and on activity-dependent changes.[65] All known teratogens (agents that cause birth defects) related to the risk of autism appear to act during the first eight weeks from conception, and though this does not exclude the possibility that autism can be initiated or affected later, it is strong evidence that autism arises very early in development.[6] Although evidence for other environmental causes is anecdotal and has not been confirmed by reliable studies,[7] extensive searches are underway.[66] Environmental factors that have been claimed to contribute to or exacerbate autism, or may be important in future research, include certain foods, infectious disease, heavy metals, solvents, diesel exhaust, PCBs, phthalates and phenols used in plastic products, pesticides, brominated flame retardants, alcohol, smoking, illicit drugs, vaccines,[10] and prenatal stress,[67] although no links have been found, and some have been completely dis-proven. Parents may first become aware of autistic symptoms in their child around the time of a routine vaccination, and this has given rise to theories that vaccines or their preservatives cause autism, which was fueled by a scientific study which has since been proven to have been falsified. Although these theories lack convincing scientific evidence and are biologically implausible, parental concern about autism has led to lower rates of childhood immunizations and higher likelihood of measles outbreaks in some areas.[9]

                  [edit] Mechanism

                  Autism's symptoms result from maturation-related changes in various systems of the brain. How autism occurs is not well understood. Its mechanism can be divided into two areas: the pathophysiology of brain structures and processes associated with autism, and the neuropsychological linkages between brain structures and behaviors.[68] The behaviors appear to have multiple pathophysiologies.[20]

                  [edit] Pathophysiology

                  Two diagrams of major brain structures implicated in autism. The upper diagram shows the cerebral cortex near the top and the basal ganglia in the center, just above the amygdala and hippocampus. The lower diagram shows the corpus callosum near the center, the cerebellum in the lower rear, and the brain stem in the lower center.
                  Autism affects the amygdala, cerebellum, and many other parts of the brain.[69]

                  Unlike many other brain disorders such as Parkinson's, autism does not have a clear unifying mechanism at either the molecular, cellular, or systems level; it is not known whether autism is a few disorders caused by mutations converging on a few common molecular pathways, or is (like intellectual disability) a large set of disorders with diverse mechanisms.[15] Autism appears to result from developmental factors that affect many or all functional brain systems,[70] and to disturb the timing of brain development more than the final product.[69] Neuroanatomical studies and the associations with teratogens strongly suggest that autism's mechanism includes alteration of brain development soon after conception.[6] This anomaly appears to start a cascade of pathological events in the brain that are significantly influenced by environmental factors.[71] Just after birth, the brains of autistic children tend to grow faster than usual, followed by normal or relatively slower growth in childhood. It is not known whether early overgrowth occurs in all autistic children. It seems to be most prominent in brain areas underlying the development of higher cognitive specialization.[38] Hypotheses for the cellular and molecular bases of pathological early overgrowth include the following:

                  Interactions between the immune system and the nervous system begin early during the embryonic stage of life, and successful neurodevelopment depends on a balanced immune response. It is possible that aberrant immune activity during critical periods of neurodevelopment is part of the mechanism of some forms of ASD.[78] Although some abnormalities in the immune system have been found in specific subgroups of autistic individuals, it is not known whether these abnormalities are relevant to or secondary to autism's disease processes.[79] As autoantibodies are found in conditions other than ASD, and are not always present in ASD,[80] the relationship between immune disturbances and autism remains unclear and controversial.[73]

                  The relationship of neurochemicals to autism is not well understood; several have been investigated, with the most evidence for the role of serotonin and of genetic differences in its transport.[3] Some data suggest an increase in several growth hormones; other data argue for diminished growth factors.[81] Also, some inborn errors of metabolism are associated with autism but probably account for less than 5% of cases.[82]

                  The mirror neuron system (MNS) theory of autism hypothesizes that distortion in the development of the MNS interferes with imitation and leads to autism's core features of social impairment and communication difficulties. The MNS operates when an animal performs an action or observes another animal perform the same action. The MNS may contribute to an individual's understanding of other people by enabling the modeling of their behavior via embodied simulation of their actions, intentions, and emotions.[83] Several studies have tested this hypothesis by demonstrating structural abnormalities in MNS regions of individuals with ASD, delay in the activation in the core circuit for imitation in individuals with Asperger syndrome, and a correlation between reduced MNS activity and severity of the syndrome in children with ASD.[84] However, individuals with autism also have abnormal brain activation in many circuits outside the MNS[85] and the MNS theory does not explain the normal performance of autistic children on imitation tasks that involve a goal or object.[86]

                  A human brain viewed from above. About 10% is highlighted in yellow and 10% in blue. There is only a tiny (perhaps 0.5%) green region where they overlap.
                  Autistic individuals tend to use different areas of the brain (yellow) for a movement task compared to a control group (blue).[87]

                  ASD-related patterns of low function and aberrant activation in the brain differ depending on whether the brain is doing social or nonsocial tasks.[88] In autism there is evidence for reduced functional connectivity of the default network, a large-scale brain network involved in social and emotional processing, with intact connectivity of the task-positive network, used in sustained attention and goal-directed thinking. In people with autism the two networks are not negatively correlated in time, suggesting an imbalance in toggling between the two networks, possibly reflecting a disturbance of self-referential thought.[89] A 2008 brain-imaging study found a specific pattern of signals in the cingulate cortex which differs in individuals with ASD.[90]

                  The underconnectivity theory of autism hypothesizes that autism is marked by underfunctioning high-level neural connections and synchronization, along with an excess of low-level processes.[91] Evidence for this theory has been found in functional neuroimaging studies on autistic individuals[33] and by a brainwave study that suggested that adults with ASD have local overconnectivity in the cortex and weak functional connections between the frontal lobe and the rest of the cortex.[92] Other evidence suggests the underconnectivity is mainly within each hemisphere of the cortex and that autism is a disorder of the association cortex.[93]

                  From studies based on event-related potentials, transient changes to the brain's electrical activity in response to stimuli, there is considerable evidence for differences in autistic individuals with respect to attention, orientiation to auditory and visual stimuli, novelty detection, language and face processing, and information storage; several studies have found a preference for non-social stimuli.[94] For example, magnetoencephalography studies have found evidence in autistic children of delayed responses in the brain's processing of auditory signals.[95]

                  In the genetic area, relations have been found between autism and schizophrenia based on duplications and deletions of chromosomes; research showed that schizophrenia and autism are significantly more common in combination with 1q21.1 deletion syndrome. Research on autism/schizophrenia relations for chromosome 15 (15q13.3), chromosome 16 (16p13.1) and chromosome 17 (17p12) are inconclusive.[96]

                  [edit] Neuropsychology

                  Two major categories of cognitive theories have been proposed about the links between autistic brains and behavior.

                  The first category focuses on deficits in social cognition. The empathizing–systemizing theory postulates that autistic individuals can systemize—that is, they can develop internal rules of operation to handle events inside the brain—but are less effective at empathizing by handling events generated by other agents. An extension, the extreme male brain theory, hypothesizes that autism is an extreme case of the male brain, defined psychometrically as individuals in whom systemizing is better than empathizing;[97] this extension is controversial, as many studies contradict the idea that baby boys and girls respond differently to people and objects.[98]

                  These theories are somewhat related to the earlier theory of mind approach, which hypothesizes that autistic behavior arises from an inability to ascribe mental states to oneself and others. The theory of mind hypothesis is supported by autistic children's atypical responses to the Sally–Anne test for reasoning about others' motivations,[97] and the mirror neuron system theory of autism described in Pathophysiology maps well to the hypothesis.[84] However, most studies have found no evidence of impairment in autistic individuals' ability to understand other people's basic intentions or goals; instead, data suggests that impairments are found in understanding more complex social emotions or in considering others' viewpoints.[99]

                  The second category focuses on nonsocial or general processing. Executive dysfunction hypothesizes that autistic behavior results in part from deficits in working memory, planning, inhibition, and other forms of executive function.[100] Tests of core executive processes such as eye movement tasks indicate improvement from late childhood to adolescence, but performance never reaches typical adult levels.[101] A strength of the theory is predicting stereotyped behavior and narrow interests;[102] two weaknesses are that executive function is hard to measure[100] and that executive function deficits have not been found in young autistic children.[25]

                  Weak central coherence theory hypothesizes that a limited ability to see the big picture underlies the central disturbance in autism. One strength of this theory is predicting special talents and peaks in performance in autistic people.[103] A related theory—enhanced perceptual functioning—focuses more on the superiority of locally oriented and perceptual operations in autistic individuals.[104] These theories map well from the underconnectivity theory of autism.

                  Neither category is satisfactory on its own; social cognition theories poorly address autism's rigid and repetitive behaviors, while the nonsocial theories have difficulty explaining social impairment and communication difficulties.[60] A combined theory based on multiple deficits may prove to be more useful.[105]

                  [edit] Screening

                  About half of parents of children with ASD notice their child's unusual behaviors by age 18 months, and about four-fifths notice by age 24 months.[53] As postponing treatment may affect long-term outcome, any of the following signs is reason to have a child evaluated by a specialist without delay:

                  • "No babbling by 12 months.
                  • No gesturing (pointing, waving goodbye, etc.) by 12 months.
                  • No single words by 16 months.
                  • No two-word spontaneous phrases (other than instances of echolalia) by 24 months.
                  • Any loss of any language or social skills, at any age."[19]

                  US and Japanese practice is to screen all children for ASD at 18 and 24 months, using autism-specific formal screening tests. In contrast, in the UK, children whose families or doctors recognize possible signs of autism are screened. It is not known which approach is more effective.[3] Screening tools include the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT), the Early Screening of Autistic Traits Questionnaire, and the First Year Inventory; initial data on M-CHAT and its predecessor CHAT on children aged 18–30 months suggests that it is best used in a clinical setting and that it has low sensitivity (many false-negatives) but good specificity (few false-positives).[53] It may be more accurate to precede these tests with a broadband screener that does not distinguish ASD from other developmental disorders.[106] Screening tools designed for one culture's norms for behaviors like eye contact may be inappropriate for a different culture.[107] Although genetic screening for autism is generally still impractical, it can be considered in some cases, such as children with neurological symptoms and dysmorphic features.[108]

                  [edit] Diagnosis

                  Diagnosis is based on behavior, not cause or mechanism.[20][109] Autism is defined in the DSM-IV-TR as exhibiting at least six symptoms total, including at least two symptoms of qualitative impairment in social interaction, at least one symptom of qualitative impairment in communication, and at least one symptom of restricted and repetitive behavior. Sample symptoms include lack of social or emotional reciprocity, stereotyped and repetitive use of language or idiosyncratic language, and persistent preoccupation with parts of objects. Onset must be prior to age three years, with delays or abnormal functioning in either social interaction, language as used in social communication, or symbolic or imaginative play. The disturbance must not be better accounted for by Rett syndrome or childhood disintegrative disorder.[2] ICD-10 uses essentially the same definition.[16]

                  Several diagnostic instruments are available. Two are commonly used in autism research: the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) is a semistructured parent interview, and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) uses observation and interaction with the child. The Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) is used widely in clinical environments to assess severity of autism based on observation of children.[22]

                  A pediatrician commonly performs a preliminary investigation by taking developmental history and physically examining the child. If warranted, diagnosis and evaluations are conducted with help from ASD specialists, observing and assessing cognitive, communication, family, and other factors using standardized tools, and taking into account any associated medical conditions.[110] A pediatric neuropsychologist is often asked to assess behavior and cognitive skills, both to aid diagnosis and to help recommend educational interventions.[111] A differential diagnosis for ASD at this stage might also consider mental retardation, hearing impairment, and a specific language impairment[110] such as Landau–Kleffner syndrome.[112] The presence of autism can make it harder to diagnose coexisting psychiatric disorders such as depression.[113]

                  Clinical genetics evaluations are often done once ASD is diagnosed, particularly when other symptoms already suggest a genetic cause.[1] Although genetic technology allows clinical geneticists to link an estimated 40% of cases to genetic causes,[114] consensus guidelines in the US and UK are limited to high-resolution chromosome and fragile X testing.[1] A genotype-first model of diagnosis has been proposed, which would routinely assess the genome's copy number variations.[115] As new genetic tests are developed several ethical, legal, and social issues will emerge. Commercial availability of tests may precede adequate understanding of how to use test results, given the complexity of autism's genetics.[116] Metabolic and neuroimaging tests are sometimes helpful, but are not routine.[1]

                  ASD can sometimes be diagnosed by age 14 months, although diagnosis becomes increasingly stable over the first three years of life: for example, a one-year-old who meets diagnostic criteria for ASD is less likely than a three-year-old to continue to do so a few years later.[53] In the UK the National Autism Plan for Children recommends at most 30 weeks from first concern to completed diagnosis and assessment, though few cases are handled that quickly in practice.[110] A 2009 US study found the average age of formal ASD diagnosis was 5.7 years, far above recommendations, and that 27% of children remained undiagnosed at age 8 years.[117] Although the symptoms of autism and ASD begin early in childhood, they are sometimes missed; years later, adults may seek diagnoses to help them or their friends and family understand themselves, to help their employers make adjustments, or in some locations to claim disability living allowances or other benefits.[118]

                  Underdiagnosis and overdiagnosis are problems in marginal cases, and much of the recent increase in the number of reported ASD cases is likely due to changes in diagnostic practices. The increasing popularity of drug treatment options and the expansion of benefits has given providers incentives to diagnose ASD, resulting in some overdiagnosis of children with uncertain symptoms. Conversely, the cost of screening and diagnosis and the challenge of obtaining payment can inhibit or delay diagnosis.[119] It is particularly hard to diagnose autism among the visually impaired, partly because some of its diagnostic criteria depend on vision, and partly because autistic symptoms overlap with those of common blindness syndromes or blindisms.[120]

                  [edit] Management

                  Main article: Autism therapies
                  A young child points, in front of a woman who smiles and points in the same direction.
                  A three-year-old with autism points to fish in an aquarium, as part of an experiment on the effect of intensive shared-attention training on language development.[87]

                  The main goals when treating children with autism are to lessen associated deficits and family distress, and to increase quality of life and functional independence. No single treatment is best and treatment is typically tailored to the child's needs.[11] Families and the educational system are the main resources for treatment.[3] Studies of interventions have methodological problems that prevent definitive conclusions about efficacy.[121] Although many psychosocial interventions have some positive evidence, suggesting that some form of treatment is preferable to no treatment, the methodological quality of systematic reviews of these studies has generally been poor, their clinical results are mostly tentative, and there is little evidence for the relative effectiveness of treatment options.[122] Intensive, sustained special education programs and behavior therapy early in life can help children acquire self-care, social, and job skills,[11] and often improve functioning and decrease symptom severity and maladaptive behaviors;[123] claims that intervention by around age three years is crucial are not substantiated.[124] Available approaches include applied behavior analysis (ABA), developmental models, structured teaching, speech and language therapy, social skills therapy, and occupational therapy.[11]

                  Educational interventions have some effectiveness in children: intensive ABA treatment has demonstrated effectiveness in enhancing global functioning in preschool children[125] and is well-established for improving intellectual performance of young children.[123] Neuropsychological reports are often poorly communicated to educators, resulting in a gap between what a report recommends and what education is provided.[111] It is not known whether treatment programs for children lead to significant improvements after the children grow up,[123] and the limited research on the effectiveness of adult residential programs shows mixed results.[126] The appropriateness of including children with varying severity of autism spectrum disorders in the general education population is a subject of current debate among educators and researchers.[127]

                  Many medications are used to treat ASD symptoms that interfere with integrating a child into home or school when behavioral treatment fails.[18][128] More than half of US children diagnosed with ASD are prescribed psychoactive drugs or anticonvulsants, with the most common drug classes being antidepressants, stimulants, and antipsychotics.[129] Aside from antipsychotics,[130] there is scant reliable research about the effectiveness or safety of drug treatments for adolescents and adults with ASD.[131] A person with ASD may respond atypically to medications, the medications can have adverse effects,[11] and no known medication relieves autism's core symptoms of social and communication impairments.[132] Experiments in mice have reversed or reduced some symptoms related to autism by replacing or modulating gene function after birth,[65] suggesting the possibility of targeting therapies to specific rare mutations known to cause autism.[64]

                  Although many alternative therapies and interventions are available, few are supported by scientific studies.[25][133] Treatment approaches have little empirical support in quality-of-life contexts, and many programs focus on success measures that lack predictive validity and real-world relevance.[26] Scientific evidence appears to matter less to service providers than program marketing, training availability, and parent requests.[134] Some alternative treatments may place the child at risk. A 2008 study found that compared to their peers, autistic boys have significantly thinner bones if on casein-free diets;[135] in 2005, botched chelation therapy killed a five-year-old child with autism.[136]

                  Treatment is expensive; indirect costs are more so. For someone born in 2000, a US study estimated an average lifetime cost of $3.77 million (net present value in 2011 dollars, inflation-adjusted from 2003 estimate),[137] with about 10% medical care, 30% extra education and other care, and 60% lost economic productivity.[138] Publicly supported programs are often inadequate or inappropriate for a given child, and unreimbursed out-of-pocket medical or therapy expenses are associated with likelihood of family financial problems;[139] one 2008 US study found a 14% average loss of annual income in families of children with ASD,[140] and a related study found that ASD is associated with higher probability that child care problems will greatly affect parental employment.[141] US states increasingly require private health insurance to cover autism services, shifting costs from publicly funded education programs to privately funded health insurance.[142] After childhood, key treatment issues include residential care, job training and placement, sexuality, social skills, and estate planning.[143]

                  [edit] Prognosis

                  No cure is known.[3][11] Children recover occasionally, so that they lose their diagnosis of ASD;[144] this occurs sometimes after intensive treatment and sometimes not. It is not known how often recovery happens;[123] reported rates in unselected samples of children with ASD have ranged from 3% to 25%.[144] Most autistic children can acquire language by age 5 or younger, though a few have developed communication skills in later years.[145] Most children with autism lack social support, meaningful relationships, future employment opportunities or self-determination.[26] Although core difficulties tend to persist, symptoms often become less severe with age.[18] Few high-quality studies address long-term prognosis. Some adults show modest improvement in communication skills, but a few decline; no study has focused on autism after midlife.[146] Acquiring language before age six, having an IQ above 50, and having a marketable skill all predict better outcomes; independent living is unlikely with severe autism.[147] A 2004 British study of 68 adults who were diagnosed before 1980 as autistic children with IQ above 50 found that 12% achieved a high level of independence as adults, 10% had some friends and were generally in work but required some support, 19% had some independence but were generally living at home and needed considerable support and supervision in daily living, 46% needed specialist residential provision from facilities specializing in ASD with a high level of support and very limited autonomy, and 12% needed high-level hospital care.[13] A 2005 Swedish study of 78 adults that did not exclude low IQ found worse prognosis; for example, only 4% achieved independence.[148] A 2008 Canadian study of 48 young adults diagnosed with ASD as preschoolers found outcomes ranging through poor (46%), fair (32%), good (17%), and very good (4%); 56% of these young adults had been employed at some point during their lives, mostly in volunteer, sheltered or part-time work.[149] Changes in diagnostic practice and increased availability of effective early intervention make it unclear whether these findings can be generalized to recently diagnosed children.[10]

                  [edit] Epidemiology

                  Bar chart versus time. The graph rises steadily from 1996 to 2007, from about 0.7 to about 5.3. The trend curves slightly upward.
                  Reports of autism cases per 1,000 children grew dramatically in the US from 1996 to 2007. It is unknown how much, if any, growth came from changes in autism's prevalence.

                  Most recent reviews tend to estimate a prevalence of 1–2 per 1,000 for autism and close to 6 per 1,000 for ASD;[10] because of inadequate data, these numbers may underestimate ASD's true prevalence.[1] PDD-NOS's prevalence has been estimated at 3.7 per 1,000, Asperger syndrome at roughly 0.6 per 1,000, and childhood disintegrative disorder at 0.02 per 1,000.[150] The number of reported cases of autism increased dramatically in the 1990s and early 2000s. This increase is largely attributable to changes in diagnostic practices, referral patterns, availability of services, age at diagnosis, and public awareness,[150][151] though unidentified environmental risk factors cannot be ruled out.[7] The available evidence does not rule out the possibility that autism's true prevalence has increased;[150] a real increase would suggest directing more attention and funding toward changing environmental factors instead of continuing to focus on genetics.[66]

                  Boys are at higher risk for ASD than girls. The sex ratio averages 4.3:1 and is greatly modified by cognitive impairment: it may be close to 2:1 with mental retardation and more than 5.5:1 without.[10] Although the evidence does not implicate any single pregnancy-related risk factor as a cause of autism, the risk of autism is associated with advanced age in either parent, and with diabetes, bleeding, and use of psychiatric drugs in the mother during pregnancy.[152] The risk is greater with older fathers than with older mothers; two potential explanations are the known increase in mutation burden in older sperm, and the hypothesis that men marry later if they carry genetic liability and show some signs of autism.[38] Most professionals believe that race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background do not affect the occurrence of autism.[153]

                  Several other conditions are common in children with autism.[3] They include:

                  • Genetic disorders. About 10–15% of autism cases have an identifiable Mendelian (single-gene) condition, chromosome abnormality, or other genetic syndrome,[154] and ASD is associated with several genetic disorders.[155]
                  • Mental retardation. The fraction of autistic individuals who also meet criteria for mental retardation has been reported as anywhere from 25% to 70%, a wide variation illustrating the difficulty of assessing autistic intelligence.[156] For ASD other than autism, the association with mental retardation is much weaker.[157]
                  • Anxiety disorders are common among children with ASD; there are no firm data, but studies have reported prevalences ranging from 11% to 84%. Many anxiety disorders have symptoms that are better explained by ASD itself, or are hard to distinguish from ASD's symptoms.[158]
                  • Epilepsy, with variations in risk of epilepsy due to age, cognitive level, and type of language disorder.[159]
                  • Several metabolic defects, such as phenylketonuria, are associated with autistic symptoms.[82]
                  • Minor physical anomalies are significantly increased in the autistic population.[160]
                  • Preempted diagnoses. Although the DSM-IV rules out concurrent diagnosis of many other conditions along with autism, the full criteria for ADHD, Tourette syndrome, and other of these conditions are often present and these comorbid diagnoses are increasingly accepted.[161]
                  • Sleep problems affect about two-thirds of individuals with ASD at some point in childhood. These most commonly include symptoms of insomnia such as difficulty in falling asleep, frequent nocturnal awakenings, and early morning awakenings. Sleep problems are associated with difficult behaviors and family stress, and are often a focus of clinical attention over and above the primary ASD diagnosis.[162]

                  [edit] History

                  Head and shoulders of a man in his early 60s in coat and tie, facing slightly to his right. He is balding and has a serious but slightly smiling expression.
                  Leo Kanner introduced the label early infantile autism in 1943.

                  A few examples of autistic symptoms and treatments were described long before autism was named. The Table Talk of Martin Luther, compiled by his notetaker, Mathesius, contains the story of a 12-year-old boy who may have been severely autistic.[163] Luther reportedly thought the boy was a soulless mass of flesh possessed by the devil, and suggested that he be suffocated, although a later critic has cast doubt on the veracity of this report.[164] The earliest well-documented case of autism is that of Hugh Blair of Borgue, as detailed in a 1747 court case in which his brother successfully petitioned to annul Blair's marriage to gain Blair's inheritance.[165] The Wild Boy of Aveyron, a feral child caught in 1798, showed several signs of autism; the medical student Jean Itard treated him with a behavioral program designed to help him form social attachments and to induce speech via imitation.[166]

                  The New Latin word autismus (English translation autism) was coined by the Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler in 1910 as he was defining symptoms of schizophrenia. He derived it from the Greek word autós (αὐτός, meaning self), and used it to mean morbid self-admiration, referring to "autistic withdrawal of the patient to his fantasies, against which any influence from outside becomes an intolerable disturbance".[167]

                  The word autism first took its modern sense in 1938 when Hans Asperger of the Vienna University Hospital adopted Bleuler's terminology autistic psychopaths in a lecture in German about child psychology.[168] Asperger was investigating an ASD now known as Asperger syndrome, though for various reasons it was not widely recognized as a separate diagnosis until 1981.[166] Leo Kanner of the Johns Hopkins Hospital first used autism in its modern sense in English when he introduced the label early infantile autism in a 1943 report of 11 children with striking behavioral similarities.[32] Almost all the characteristics described in Kanner's first paper on the subject, notably "autistic aloneness" and "insistence on sameness", are still regarded as typical of the autistic spectrum of disorders.[60] It is not known whether Kanner derived the term independently of Asperger.[169]

                  Kanner's reuse of autism led to decades of confused terminology like infantile schizophrenia, and child psychiatry's focus on maternal deprivation led to misconceptions of autism as an infant's response to "refrigerator mothers". Starting in the late 1960s autism was established as a separate syndrome by demonstrating that it is lifelong, distinguishing it from mental retardation and schizophrenia and from other developmental disorders, and demonstrating the benefits of involving parents in active programs of therapy.[170] As late as the mid-1970s there was little evidence of a genetic role in autism; now it is thought to be one of the most heritable of all psychiatric conditions.[171] Although the rise of parent organizations and the destigmatization of childhood ASD have deeply affected how we view ASD,[166] parents continue to feel social stigma in situations where their autistic children's behaviors are perceived negatively by others,[172] and many primary care physicians and medical specialists still express some beliefs consistent with outdated autism research.[173]

                  The Internet has helped autistic individuals bypass nonverbal cues and emotional sharing that they find so hard to deal with, and has given them a way to form online communities and work remotely.[174] Sociological and cultural aspects of autism have developed: some in the community seek a cure, while others believe that autism is simply another way of being.[14][175]

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                                                          I’m not a doctor, but I took a few psychology courses in college: I’m pretty sure I’m not autistic. I’m not asperger’s either. I’ve had people cause me pain when in public situations to make it look like I have problems interacting socially. I’ve had a team of psychologists that were paid to drive me crazy. How many people can say that. That’s what the shumate group and Mitchell jessen were doing in spk, with the cold and the chemicals, and the video, and the isolation and the pain and the rumors. I’ve had video from neighbors in spfld from as early as 93, in ftl from the apt above from 2000 to 2002, in sd from neighbors at Maryland hotel and Pennell apt in ob and IB. It sounds like I’m paranoid, but the video exists and is itself the source of some controversy probably at this point. In addition, the types of socializing I would feel most comfortable with have been purposely and intentionally foreclosed to me. I’ve been forced to work day labor construction jobs, almost exclusively guys, with different jobs from day to day, with jobsite pain. In addition, my phone calls have been intercepted and used to track me in order to deliver pain on a constant basis. Emails have also been intercepted and any attempts at meeting women at bars has been met with individuals following me into the bars and spraying me with or exposing me to pain inducing chemicals. Rumors have been spread about me being gay, that I’m a rapist, that I’m a pedophile, a drug addict, a terrorist, an arsonist. That’s just the stuff I’ve heard about. I can’t imagine what all’s been said about me. This has been done in sd, Spk, Hou, Galv, spfld, ftl. Every place I’ve tried has had the same problems. The same tactics. The same substances. And I’m autistic?

                                                          Presumably they found a hack with a phd, that was willing to screw me with some bogus diagnosis. Not difficult to do: compared to other things I’ve seen. Probably a legal decision at ILCD usattys or scsa and that was all they needed, just crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

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                                                          FARMER TACKLES THE HEN BUSINESS

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, April 10, 1988

                                                          Author/Byline: Charlyn Fargo
                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: FARM
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                                                          Sherman farmer Raymond Poe isn't sure agricultural diversification is necessarily the best way for a farmer to earn extra income.

                                                          "I went to all these meetings, and they told me to diversify," says Poe , 44. "But I kept asking myself, `Why expand into livestock or vegetables and go into competition with other farmers?' That would only drive my neighbor's hog price down."

                                                          Instead, Poe found another side business to go along with the family's 2,400-acre farm. A month ago, he and his wife, Carol, bought the franchise rights to the White Hen Pantry, 1244 Sangamon Ave. It's less than 10 minutes from the farm.

                                                          Besides providing summer jobs for their children, Cherrilyn and Lance, the Poes hope the venture will fund college educations and allow Lance, now 16, to return to the family farm if he chooses.

                                                          "I'm not convinced agriculture will turn around," says Poe . "This is my safeguard."

                                                          Carol considered working off the farm, but the couple decided owning a second business offered more options and the potential for greater income.

                                                          "This is a business where Carol can still keep a two-way radio and keep in touch, or do phone calling for fertilizer or parts," said Poe .

                                                          Meanwhile, it allows Poe to swing between both businesses. The two have attended White Hen schools on crime prevention, running a deli and selling lottery tickets.

                                                          This day, Poe is at the store by 6 a.m. and off to pick up a part by 8 a.m. At noon, he's back to help during the lunch rush. At 2 p.m., he heads for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office to clear up a detail. His two full-time hired men have come by the store to check with Poe on the farm work.

                                                          When it's time to plant corn, Poe can leave the store to Carol and nine employees and keep in touch by radio.

                                                          He's already incorporating many of the skills honed on the farm in the new venture. Plastered across one wall of the storeroom is a huge flow chart outlining the week's work and task assignments.

                                                          "I'm an organizer," he says. "We're probably the only White Hen with a weekly flow chart."

                                                          When one of the compressors went out the second weekend the Poes were in charge, Raymond fixed it, saving hundreds of dollars by not having to call a repairman on a weekend.

                                                          "We'll try to do most of the maintenance if we can," he says. "I figure between myself and the farm labor, we can handle most things."

                                                          Ordering is also second nature to Poe , who is used to shopping for seed and chemicals and buying in quantity.

                                                          And Carol's experience at keeping the farm books helped with all of the store records.

                                                          The business will allow Poe to keep hired farm help year-round. In slow winter months, they'll work at the store.

                                                          "This is a family business," says Carol, adding that their oldest daughter, Collette, a school teacher, is looking forward to filling in when she visits this summer.

                                                          It's also a hedge against Mother Nature.

                                                          "It costs so much to put a crop in," says Poe . "And the return on investment is so low. One good drought can wipe you out. This is added security for us.

                                                          "This big thing is, we're looking to the future. This will make it easier if my son wants to farm."

                                                          A year ago, the couple applied for the White Hen franchise along with several dozen others. But someone else was chosen. This year, when the franchise was available again, the Poes made the final cut.

                                                          "We've pursued other avenues," said Raymond. "This is the first one that worked out. It's the old story -- you don't want all your eggs in one basket."

                                                          Poe says agriculture is still his first love, but he's found aspects of the business he enjoys.

                                                          "I love to run the register and talk to people," he says.

                                                          Learning the various tax rates (soda is taxed differently than food, which is taxed differently than soap) has been challenging.

                                                          "The 24-hour operation scared us," he says. "But it seemed better than farrowing sows at 2 a.m. or wading mud to feed hogs."

                                                          He expects the venture to curtail some of his community involvement. Poe is president of the Sangamon County Farm Bureau, an 18-year veteran of the Williamsville School Board and on the board of the local Farm Supply Services.

                                                          He's also hired a marketing consultant for the farm operation.

                                                          "We don't want to overlook something," he said. "I think farmers are great producers, but we've fallen short in marketing. I saw this as an opportunity to do something about that."

                                                          Poe is bullish on agriculture over the long term, but he believes times could get tough again between now and the mid-1990s.

                                                          "We've still got a big mountain to climb," says Poe . "Maybe this venture will put us over the top. In the meantime, we want to be ready. Last time, farmers were caught off guard."

                                                          Caption: Raymond and Carol Poe farm near Sherman. But they have diversified by buying franchise rights to this White Hen Pantry at Sangamon Avenue and Peoria Road.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          *Burge in Sherman is related to Chicago burge – police – ISP

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          poe - white hen - ingrum

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          burge argues implied consent

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          through husband at same church

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          in jr HS

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          burge - tavine - noonan - poe

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Poe – burge – randy burge is poe campaign mgr – and poe wife works for gray at ioicc

                                                           

                                                          And see burge at LLCC trucks – curry – ibt - clatfelter

                                                           

                                                          Burge fam claims implied consent because her husband used to go to the same church as me in junior high school

                                                           

                                                          Key is burge at ISP – and note esp that burge is related to Chicago police dept burge – the guy that tortured suspects in custody in order to obtain statements

                                                           

                                                          Also imp here is burge link to SIUM – and esp henkle students – see plunkett gauwitz – burge goes to Louisville – and note Lexington for chelation guy – they’ve been pulling this stuff on me – that why I have to take a piss every hour or so every night – contributes to sleep deprivation – which creates fibromyalgia pain and hypersensitivity

                                                           

                                                          Will add chelation documentation tomorrow – note pronounciation – “shell” ation

                                                           

                                                          And note esp that chelation is designed to address lead poisoning – see mercury PR – mad hatter – Jackson –

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Poe fam = polistina – carpenter – Sherman – clatfelter - contri

                                                          http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneysherrockpolistina

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          burge – poe - Sherman FD – clatfelter – and note wavering and spfld pubworks trucks

                                                          http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneyburge

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          note generally that railroad includes mental illness frame – judicial finding of competence – fitness

                                                           

                                                          Ironically it is my ability to communicate that the defendants are most fearful of. As the truth comes they look bad. They know I’m not autistic, they’ve been reading all my emails. They react to them, that’s why Shannon Pennell at ilroa left town days before the scso summons for the county complaint. They knew I wasn’t autistic.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          fromDennis Delaney dwdelaney@gmail.com

                                                           

                                                          todwdelaney@gmail.com

                                                           

                                                          dateWed, Sep 17, 2008 at 12:27 PM

                                                           

                                                          subjectsiu med - meredith burge is new defendant

                                                           

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                                                          * Dr. Meredith Burge will begin a pathology residency at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington. She is the daughter of Harry and Carol Burge of Springfield. Burge graduated from Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield (2000) and Augustana College in Rock Island (2004).

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          fromDennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com>

                                                          todwdelaney@gmail.com

                                                           

                                                          dateWed, Sep 17, 2008 at 12:36 PM

                                                          subjectRe: harry burge - isp - internal affairs

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                                                          burge at IA - that's important

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                                                          On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 1:26 PM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:

                                                           

                                                          note william pennell at ISP et al

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          On Thu, Aug 7, 2008 at 12:33 PM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:

                                                           

                                                          note limey at clocktower, property owned by stuart and hardy, see burge and fam; poe/sherman, sherman vfd,  

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          On Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 11:53 AM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:

                                                           

                                                          3 TOP STATE POLICE SUPERVISORS REPLACED

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - November 19, 1987

                                                          Author: Doug Pokorski

                                                           

                                                          Three top supervisors in the Illinois State Police have been replaced in what the department calls a normal reorganization following a change in

                                                           

                                                          directors.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Laimutis Nargelenas,

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Harry Burge

                                                           

                                                          and Alex Ferguson were replaced this week as the superintendents of three of the department's five divisions. The other two division superintendents will retain their jobs.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Nargelenas headed the division of state troopers;

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Burge was in charge

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          of the division of internal investigation;

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          and Ferguson was superintendent of the division of administration. Nargelenas will take over as deputy superintendent of the division of criminal investigation. Ferguson will leave the department for the private sector, and Burge is retiring after 32 years in law enforcement.

                                                           

                                                          Replacing Nargelenas is William O'Sullivan, a 23-year lawman who currently is deputy superintendent of the division.

                                                           

                                                          Gene Marlin, a 24-year state police veteran, will become the new superintendent of the division of administration and David Williams will succeed Burge as head of the division of internal investigation.

                                                           

                                                          Marlin was deputy superintendent at DCI while Williams was serving as chief of enforcement and investigations for the transportation division of the Illinois Commerce Commission.

                                                           

                                                          ISP Director Jeremy Margolis said the announcements were made with "a blend of pleasure and regret. The three previous superintendents each set an exemplary record for the state police."

                                                           

                                                          ISP spokesman Robert Fletcher said Margolis wanted to install his own management team.

                                                           

                                                          "Each director picks his own backfield," Fletcher said.

                                                           

                                                          ISP's previous director, James Zagel, replaced all five division superintendents, Fletcher said, but not all at once. Margolis assumed control of the department in April after Zagel left to become a federal judge.

                                                           

                                                          O'Sullivan began his law enforcement career in 1964 as a Chicago police officer. He returned from a tour in Vietnam to join the old Illinois Bureau of Investigation. He has served as director of the Northeast Metropolitan Enforcement Group, director of the division of criminal investigation and deputy superintendent of the division of administration.

                                                           

                                                          Marlin has held a number of police management positions, including chief of the state police personnel system.

                                                           

                                                          Williams served 17 years in DCI before he was "loaned" to the Commerce Commission. He has also been a unit commander for the gang crimes unit for the northern area. His experience includes investigations of terrorist activities, organized crime, homicides and major felony cases.

                                                           

                                                          Each of the positions carries the rank of colonel and a salary of $57,200. Sam Nolen, who heads the forensic services division, and William Doster, who is head of DCI, will remain in their positions.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          fromDennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com>

                                                          todwdelaney@gmail.com

                                                           

                                                          dateThu, Apr 2, 2009 at 1:53 PM

                                                          subjectRe: RANDY BURGE RAN THE POE CAMPAIGN - sounds like gray M.O. - I should have looked here before

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                                                          eric smith runs sherman pd, and on county 911 board,

                                                          related to ucm exec; vp engr concrete

                                                          burge runs fd on sherman where clatfelter is mayor

                                                          mayor clatfelter's father is ldrshp and employee at ibt 916

                                                          mayor clatfelter also is employed at cogfa,

                                                          which is ran by long time friend of bob gray, dan long

                                                          burge ran the poe campaign

                                                          bob gray pays poe's wife's paycheck, ioicc

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          CHANGES LOOM IN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, April 9, 1995

                                                           

                                                          New GOP officers New officers of the North Sangamon County Republican Club, based in Sherman, are DAVE VOEPEL, president;

                                                           

                                                          TONY YANNONE,

                                                           

                                                          vice president; WANDA SCHMIDGALL, secretary, and

                                                           

                                                          SUE BURGE , treasurer.

                                                          The club's meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Williamsville Community Center. They being at 7 p.m.

                                                           

                                                           

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                                                          HOUSE GOP STAFF MEMBER'S MEMO RAISES QUESTIONS

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, March 27, 1997

                                                           

                                                          …GOP officers The North Sangamon Republican Club recently elected

                                                           

                                                           officers to one-year terms. They include RUSTY EDWARDS of

                                                           

                                                          Williamsville, president; BENNETT CROUSE, vice president; SUE BURGE

                                                           

                                                           , treasurer; and PATTY NOYSE, secretary.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Burge – tavine

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          PAT TAVINE= SMEAA - coffey - idph - security guard job -

                                                           

                                                          employee connections to ISP admin

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          dunbar link -

                                                           

                                                          and note tavine - arson link -

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          TAVINE APPOINTED TO SMEAA BOARD

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, February 27, 1990

                                                          Author/Byline: Jacqueline Price
                                                          Edition: M1,M2
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 6

                                                          Springfield Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority board members voted unanimously Monday night to appoint former board member Pat Tavine to

                                                          fill the vacancy left by the death of Patrick Flannigan.

                                                          Flannigan was elected to the SMEAA board in 1980. He died Jan. 3. Tavine, 39, said he is glad to be working in the community again.

                                                          "I haven't done much since the 1987 aldermanic elections," Tavine said. "I have a lot to contribute to the board."

                                                          Tavine was on the SMEAA board for eight years and served as board secretary and vice chairman of the finance committee. Tavine did not seek re-election in 1987. Tavine is a Springfield native and graduate of Griffin High School. He ran for alderman in Ward 10, but lost to Ald. Allan Woodson.

                                                          "I always did enjoy the SMEAA board," Tavine said. "I was always full of good ideas. I was always in touch with the younger people. It seemed like the board in the past turned to me for ideas. Now I'd be glad to get back into community service."

                                                          Board member Jerry Owens, who nominated Tavine for the vacancy, said Tavine would be an asset to the board because of his prior experience with the budget and promotions.

                                                          "I think Pat Tavine will be an outstanding member," Owens said.

                                                          Board members Phillip Burnett, Tom England and Larry Ellis were absent from the meeting.

                                                          In other matters, finance committee chairman Bill Fleiscli was voted vice chairman of the board. The position was previously held by Flannigan. Steve Hall was elected board treasurer, a position held by Fleischli.

                                                          Fleischli also announced the finance committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. March 19 to review the audit for the last fiscal year. Each board member received a copy of the report at Monday's meeting and will have a chance to ask the auditors questions about it at the committee meeting.

                                                          Prairie Capital Convention Center manager Fred Uhlig said the auditors did not find any discrepancies or irregularities. The Center ended the fiscal year in July 1989 with an operating budget balance of $30,000. "We checked our midyear statistics and our revenues are up a little bit this year," Uhlig said. "Compared to last year at this time, we're a little bit below in expenditures."

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          TAVINE CITES COMMUNITY ROLE, BUSINESS BACKGROUND IN RACE

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, September 3, 1987

                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 12

                                                          Correction: PAT TAVINE IS NOT AN SCI GRADUATE AS REPORTED IN ARTICLE

                                                          Pat Tavine says his business background and active community role qualify him as alderman in Springfield's new Ward 10.

                                                          "I'll run my campaign just as I'll represent the 10th Ward -- listening to what the citizens want and seeing that it gets done," Tavine said.

                                                          "My experience in state government, the Springfield Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority board and as a businessman gives me first-hand knowledge in balancing tight budgets with the needs and priorities of the community," he said.

                                                          "The city doesn't need more taxes, just better management of the way we spend the taxpayers' money," Tavine said. "If we listen to the homeowner, the working parents and our senior citizens, we'll find practical solutions to many of our pressing problems."

                                                          If elected, Tavine said, he will try to set up a ward advisory committee -- five people from each of the 13 precincts in Ward 10 -- to continue to receive guidance from voters. He said he would encourage other alder men to do the same.

                                                          Tavine, 37, 90 Crusaders Road, is a Springfield native who has lived in Ward 10 for 13 years.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          He is division chief of general services for the state Department of

                                                           

                                                          Public Health.

                                                           



                                                          Tavine is a graduate of Griffin High School and Springfield College in Illinois.

                                                           

                                                          He has been a member of SMEAA since 1980 and secretary of the

                                                           

                                                          board since 1983.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Tavine is Republican committeeman in Precinct 100

                                                           

                                                          and chairman of the southern district of Springfield for the county

                                                           

                                                          Republican organization.


                                                          Other candidates in Ward 10, far southwest Springfield, are Terry Fairclough, Harold "H.B." Hollis, Allan Woodson, and Bruce Strom.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          TAVINE OWNS “ON BROADWAY” LETS MICHELLE BURGE MANAGE IT –

                                                           

                                                          NOTE SIEBERT LINK – AND SEE BEDROCK’S

                                                           

                                                          NOTE ESP. DUNBAR WORKS AT GILLIGAN’S AND EXCESSIVE FORCE

                                                           

                                                          GILLIGAN'S OPENING IN PLACE OF BOMBAY

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, January 18, 2001

                                                          Author/Byline: NATALIE MORRIS STAFF WRITER
                                                          Section: MARKETPLACE
                                                          Page: 21

                                                          Gilligan's opens Saturday in the former Bombay Bicycle Club as the newest addition to Springfield's nightlife. Co-owner Pat Tavine 's career in the bar business, however, goes back much further.

                                                          Tavine, who owns the new bar with Benny Harmony

                                                           

                                                          ,

                                                          has been associated with On Broadway

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          and The Spot. He also is an investor in the newest Jake and Elwood's at 1701 J. David Jones Parkway.

                                                          Tavine calls his latest venture a blend of a neighborhood tavern, a sports bar and a dance club.

                                                          "I've done this for 30 years," he said Wednesday. "Springfield is ready for an upscale bar."

                                                          Gilligan's will offer a 2,000-square- foot dance floor, a game room with billiards and video games and several televisions tuned to sporting events.

                                                          Tavine and Harmony also purchased Bombay's holding company, Associated Hosts of Illinois, which passes along rights to Bombay's rare class F liquor license.

                                                          A class F license allows establishments to serve liquor until 3 a.m. nightly. There are only three class F licenses in Springfield - those held by Gilligan's, Chantilly Lace and Rockin Robin. Ten other businesses have liquor licenses that allow alcohol to be served until 3 a.m. two to three nights a week.

                                                          Gilligan's will put its extended hours to use, considering that the menu, at least initially, will be limited to drinks. A food menu could be added later. Hours are 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

                                                          Gilligan's is an independent island surrounded by franchise restaurants that have developed south of the Crowne Plaza. Neighbors include Hooters, '20s Hideout, Outback Steakhouse, Cheddar's Casual Cafe and Red Lobster.

                                                          Bombay Bicycle Club and Red Lobster have greeted Interstate 55 traffic for more than a decade, compared to the newer chains that opened within the last five years. Bombay closed before Christmas.

                                                          A Gilligan's sign was posted at the 2690 S. Dirksen Parkway address last week. But neither Tavine nor Harmony's names were listed on paperwork filed with the city.

                                                          Tavine also has been involved in Springfield politics. He served on the Springfield Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority, which oversees the Prairie Capital Convention Center, and ran unsuccessfully for Ward 10 alderman in 1987.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Gilligan's: Bouncers hit no one / Co-owner says it's not 'a rough joint'

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, April 13, 2001

                                                          Author/Byline: JASON PISCIA STAFF WRITER
                                                          Section: NEWS
                                                          Page: 1

                                                          The owner of Springfield's newest nightclub says reports of his bouncers beating a patron last weekend were "blown out of proportion," and his employees did the best they could to keep others safe.

                                                          Pat Tavine , co-owner of Gilligan's, 2690 S. Dirksen Parkway, said he believes two employees arrested Saturday morning will be exonerated after the facts come out.

                                                          Tod Dunbar, 32, and Greg Fraase,

                                                           

                                                          37, both of Springfield, could face charges of aggravated battery and mob action because of an incident that occurred about 3:10 a.m. Saturday. First assistant Sangamon County state's attorney John Belz said Thursday that because there are conflicting stories about the incident, more investigation is needed before a decision is made whether to pursue charges.

                                                          The arrests stem from the complaints of a 26-year-old man who went to Gilligan's with some friends. He said he had approached a woman who didn't want to talk to him. She complained to security, who asked the man to leave.

                                                          The man said he argued that he had done nothing wrong, prompting the bouncers to take him outside and beat him.

                                                          Witnesses told police they saw the employees holding, kicking and hitting the man as he tried to cover his head. He suffered cuts and scrapes to his face, head, back and arms. The witnesses said they felt the force was excessive.

                                                          Tavine the bouncers never hit the man, he said. Instead, the man hit one of the bouncers, a statement that isn't in any of the police reports.

                                                          "He turned around and cold-cocked (the employee) right in the nose," Tavine said. "Then they tackled him. That's how he got his face scraped. Those guys never hit him once."

                                                          Tavine added that after the man was tackled, he got up and began spitting blood at people around him, prompting the employees to take him down again.

                                                          Given the volatile situation, Tavine said his workers handled it properly.

                                                          "There's not one thing that I would change in what my staff did," he said. "They did it right. They were protecting our people."

                                                          Springfield police say the incident is one of 18 contacts they've had at the tavern since Jan. 28, which is roughly when Gilligan's opened. The building formerly housed the Bombay Bicycle Club restaurant.

                                                          Half of the contacts were calls to investigate trouble or fights, said police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Keen.

                                                          Another such report was logged Feb. 25, when officers visited a man in the hospital. He said he was at Gilligan's about 1 or 1:30 a.m. He remembered leaving the bar, but the next thing he recalled was being helped off the ground by bouncers.

                                                          The man suffered a deep cut in his chin, a broken nose, chipped teeth and cuts to his face. According to the police report, the bouncers said they thought the man fell.

                                                          Keen said eight of the nine reports of trouble or fighting were logged after 1:30 a.m.

                                                          Gilligan's is one of only three establishments in Springfield whose liquor licenses allow them to sell alcohol until 3 a.m. daily. Most others must close at 1 a.m.

                                                          The other police contacts included two calls for suspicious behavior, three for police-initiated tavern checks and four for liquor control violations.

                                                          Gilligan's already has a $150 fine pending for one of the liquor code violations - having patrons in the bar after hours.

                                                          The three other possible violations stem from last weekend. All are still under investigation, said Tom Brownlow, a division manager for the Springfield Office of Community Services, which oversees the city liquor commission.

                                                          One allegation is that Gilligan's did not report the Saturday morning incident to authorities, a claim Tavine disputes. Management did call police in order to press charges against the man for allegedly punching the security employee, Tavine said, and he plans to get proof of that call from the phone company.

                                                          In a second case, the city is looking into claims that underage patrons may have been at the bar that night.

                                                          And, finally, officials are investigating allegations from that night that a woman bared her breasts on the dance floor. That incident was brought to light this week by a letter to the editor published in The State Journal-Register

                                                          Keen said it's difficult to judge whether Gilligan's causes more police problems than most bars, since liquor establishments in general draw more law enforcement contact.

                                                          "We're not going to say this is a high number or something that is alarming to us," he said. "But the occurrences are noted. We have a system in place where we can make periodic tavern checks, as we have at Gilligan's, as well as many other drinking establishments in town," he said.

                                                          Despite the complaints, Tavine said he believes he's running a clean operation.

                                                          "It's a great crowd," he said. "It's a clean, wholesome, fun-loving crowd. The issue that it's a rough joint is ridiculous."

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          fromDennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com>

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                                                          dateThu, Apr 2, 2009 at 12:35 PM

                                                          subjectRe: burge at sherman fire - recruitment - also emt's - see llcc and sjh - career path

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                                                          burge - poe - farm bureau burge - gray - sherman - clatfelter

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                                                          On Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 12:17 PM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:

                                                           

                                                          so much going on, not sure where to start

                                                           

                                                          clatfelter clan in this big, ibt rico hammer coming down hard

                                                           

                                                          note esp A/B influnence at 916, clatfelter and reynolds, E&F=egizii, stl LCN,

                                                          egizii - see massive aquisitions, development/zoning, kickbacks, contracts, permits, real estate

                                                           

                                                          and see IBT and police, rochester, riverton, uis

                                                           

                                                          note clatfelter at svpd, where gray is city atty, and see dunbar at svpd and lgpd where gray wife is secty

                                                           

                                                          note also pennell/heminghous at lgpd and influential lg residents, cellini, zito, vala,

                                                           

                                                          and see bangert at sherman pd, lg board, airport board/ingrum/pennel-fd, and labor council

                                                           

                                                          note also clatfelter at cogfa/long, where poe has a seat, and poe's wife paid by gray at ioicc

                                                           

                                                          poe at farm bureau and burge at farm bureau, see also jax; rebbe/hurellbrink

                                                           

                                                          chem link to scb also strong, mendenhall chem and fert, extension; mendenhall/jaycees/gray

                                                          and mendenhall trucking

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 1:34 PM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:

                                                           

                                                          lots going on in sherman.

                                                           

                                                          heres the fd link. burge on fd

                                                           

                                                          see also poe campaign mgr

                                                           

                                                          clatfelter mayor

                                                           

                                                          clatfelter ibt

                                                           

                                                          clatfelter at cogfa/long

                                                           

                                                          clatfelter at svpd

                                                           

                                                          *see also bangert at sherman pd and leland grove bangert and airport

                                                           

                                                          rep poe from area

                                                           

                                                          poe wife works for gray

                                                           

                                                          poe on cogfa

                                                           

                                                          poe at fs

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          On Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 12:48 PM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:

                                                           

                                                          see also burge at poe - cogfa - ioicc -

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          On Sun, Apr 22, 2007 at 6:37 PM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:

                                                           

                                                          Sherman firefighters promoted

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL)

                                                          October 20, 2003

                                                           

                                                          Estimated printed pages: 1

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          SHERMAN - Capt. Randy Burge has been appointed to deputy chief

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          and Ed Kileen has been appointed to the rank of captain by the Sherman Fire Protection District.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Burge will be responsible for grant writing, recruitment and other

                                                           

                                                          administrative duties in addition to his operational command and

                                                           

                                                          leadership responsibilities.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Kileen will be responsible for emergency response command and leadership duties.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Kileen also serves as secretary of the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department

                                                           

                                                           and the chief's staff and is senior adviser for Explorer Post 1070 which is

                                                           

                                                          sponsored by the Sherman Fire Protection District.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Burge and Kileen have been firefighter/EMTs since 1988 and 1993,

                                                           

                                                          respectively.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          fromDennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com>

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                                                          dateWed, Mar 4, 2009 at 4:34 PM

                                                          subjectmoore and davlin and wright at county jail

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                                                          ARNOLD FAMILY FILES WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT AGAINST COUNTY

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, July 9, 1985

                                                          Author/Byline: Sandy Hoefler

                                                          Edition: M1,M2,E1

                                                          Section: LOCAL

                                                          Page: 9

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          The family of Dellina Arnold, who died in the Sangamon County Jail in December, filed suit against the county Monday in federal court.

                                                           

                                                          The 114-page document names Sheriff James Purdon,

                                                          jail warden Capt. Bob Moore

                                                          , 12 other sheriff's department employees and the county itself as defendants and specifies the role each allegedly played in contributing to Arnold's death.

                                                           

                                                          The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by attorney Michael Metnick on behalf of Arnold's father, Richard Arnold, and Vicki Niccolls, Arnold's sister.

                                                           

                                                          The lawsuit seeks a total of $30 million in damages. Each defendant is being sued individually and in their official capacity for $2 million for

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          "recklessness and callous indifference," according to the suit.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Arnold, 25, was brought to the county jail after being involved in an accident in the 2700 block of South Fourth Street on Dec. 11.

                                                           

                                                          Deputy Michael Davlin

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          arrived at the scene and arrested Arnold for driving under the influence.

                                                           

                                                          When Arnold was handcuffed, Davlin noted sutures on Arnold's left wrist and should have asked about them, the suit says. Arnold attempted suicide about a week before the accident and allegedly told Davlin she sought psychiatric help in the past.

                                                           

                                                          While in the county parking lot, Arnold twice attempted to jump from the squad car, falling each time, the suit says.

                                                           

                                                          At the county building, the suit says, Arnold was examined by jail nurse Jana Stewart "in a grossly negligent manner and with deliberate indifference to her medical needs." The suit says Stewart should have sought to find out why Arnold's wrist was sutured, should have known that Arnold was not competent to refuse medical treatment and should have sought information on the drugs Arnold was taking.

                                                           

                                                          Stewart should have had Arnold hospitalized, the suit says.

                                                           

                                                          When Davlin then attempted to take Arnold to the jail, however, she could not walk and laid down on the floor, the suit says. As a result, Davlin and correctional officer Sue Suppan had to help Arnold from the first-floor booking room to the jail, the suit says.

                                                           

                                                          Arnold allegedly was "deposited" on a wooden bench outside the jail's control room. She was unconscious and slumped over on the bench, the suit says.

                                                           

                                                          Correctional officer Sam Houston ordered Arnold placed in Room 304, known as the "holding cell," without being searched and without regard to the fact that "she was in a seriously ill or unconscious condition," the suit says.

                                                           

                                                          Correctional officer Randy Rhodes tried to arouse Arnold to take her to the holding room, the suit says, but she took only about three steps and collapsed on the floor. At that point, the suit says, Rhodes dragged Arnold by her feet down a corridor to the holding cell.

                                                           

                                                          Correctional officers

                                                           

                                                          Don Schroeder, Ron Beckner, Al Koenes, Greg Clemmons,

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Gary Burge

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          and Claude Wright checked on Arnold four times between 2:30 p.m. and 1 a.m., the suit says. Each time, Arnold was "slumped over, unconscious and lying on the floor."

                                                           

                                                          In some cases, correctional officers merely looked through a window in the holding room door, the suit says.

                                                           

                                                          Even four telephone calls from acquaintances of Arnold -- including one in which the caller allegedly asked if officers had found drugs on Arnold -- did not lead officers to properly check on her, the suit says.

                                                           

                                                          Correctional officers switching shifts at 11:30 p.m. also failed to notify the new shift coordinator, Karen Urban, that Arnold was in the holding cell, the suit says.

                                                           

                                                          Arnold was found dead about 1:20 a.m. on Dec. 12. Memorial Medical Center pathologist Grant Johnson found an empty pill bottle in Arnold's sock and a small amount of marijuana and three Xanax tablets in her bra during an autopsy. Her blood alcohol level was .162 -- .10 is considered legally intoxicated -- and also indicated that Arnold had taken Xanax, which is commonly used to treat anxiety or depression.

                                                           

                                                          The combination apparently was the cause of death, the suit says.

                                                           

                                                          In addition to Purdon and Moore, the suit names Davlin, Stewart, Suppan, Houston, Rhodes, Schroeder, Beckner, Koenes, Clemmons, Burge , Wright and Urban.

                                                           

                                                          The suit alleges that the deputy and correctional officers were "grossly negligent" in bringing Arnold to the jail, in searching and booking her, in placing her in the holding cell and in checking on her once there. Each step was in violation of several state and county jail standards, the suit says.

                                                           

                                                          Purdon is accused of improper administration of the department. The suit says correctional officers had not been trained in prisoner care and were not disciplined after the incident occurred. Moore faces similar accusations.

                                                           

                                                          Sangamon County itself is accused of poor oversight of the sheriff's department and the jail, including allowing the jail to be understaffed. The suit says that led to jailers cutting corners in the Arnold case.

                                                           

                                                          Arnold's death resulted in a grand jury investigation in February. The grand jurors released a report highly critical of Purdon and of conditions at the jail.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Moore collision – spfld clin - chin

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          fromDennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com>

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                                                          dateMon, May 7, 2007 at 12:58 PM

                                                          subjectspringfield clinic - burge and bisiedia

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                                                          burge was rn and bisiedia was intake. possible burge into to jet

                                                           

                                                          see also springfield clinic and small towns in central il.

                                                           

                                                          xa randy burge, sherman fd and poe camp mgr

                                                           

                                                           

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                                                          note burge as rn for spfld clin. see also siu med - van meter on board and eggemeyer -

                                                           

                                                          note new spfld clin/ mmc/v paul smith/SIU partnership in med dist. - spfld group

                                                           

                                                          also related to rossi group and liuna ramage, CDB - med dist.

                                                           

                                                          see also IHFPB, IHA, IPHA/nelson

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Richard burge at llcc trucks – very important

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          fromDennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com>

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                                                          dateThu, Sep 7, 2006 at 3:03 PM

                                                          subjectpeople to talk to at llcc

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                                                          Burge, Richard R7862443Truck Driving Train. Spec. Truck Driving

                                                           

                                                          SchoolTDTC TDTC richard.burge@llcc.edu

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          karhliker - ILFOP

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Groups – karhliker, senger – clatfelter

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          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.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          burge - poe

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Burge - Poe – county farm bureau – brauer – pork producers – Kaitschuk (shg – Lutheran bishop)

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          About SCFB: Directors and CommitteesBoard of Directors


                                                          The leadership of the organization is attained by a 25-member board of directors represented by six districts. They are:

                                                          o    District 1: Robert Johnson, Wayne Benanti, Jason Komnick and Tim Kinner

                                                          o    District 2: Allen Entwistle, Kathy Lascelles, Jim Underwood and Lance Poe

                                                          o    District 3: Dan Henebry, Thadd Peters, Rodney Koonce and Mike Thompson

                                                          o    District 4: Bryon Muench, Ted Mies, Paul Rice, and David Ray

                                                          o    District 5: Dan Boston, Rich Ramsey, Larry Beaty, Kevin Coultas, and Bob Young

                                                          o    District 6: Tony Dobson, Craig Hall, Tim Seifert and Mark Reichert

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Muench – cravens – wilkerson’s – (LRS)

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Ray from kcs – landlord English

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Underwood from – cdb and ici

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Poe is ray poe brother

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          WEDDINGS

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, June 24, 2001

                                                          Kroeschel-Yeck

                                                          Tanya Sue Yeck and Gary Franklin Kroeschel Jr., both of Chatham, were married at 4:30 p.m. May 12 at the Washington Park Gazebo by Patricia Meeter, spiritual leader.

                                                          The bride is the daughter of Doris Yeck of Mount Pulaski. The groom is the son of Cheryl Betty of Chatham and Gary F. Kroeschel of Springfield.

                                                          Serving as matron of honor was Jackie Day. Bridesmaids were Kelly Kruger and Dianne Bishop.

                                                          Best man was Mike Crumly. Groomsmen were Bryon Muench and Jim Kuchar.

                                                          A reception was held at the Washington Park Pavilion.

                                                          The bride is a graduate of Mount Pulaski High School. She is employed by the state Department of Insurance. The groom is a graduate of Chatham High School. He is employed by the state Department of Central Management Services.

                                                          The couple will reside in Chatham.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Brauer used to be a dir.@  il pork producers

                                                           

                                                          TITLE: FARM ILLINOIS

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 10, 1996

                                                          Edition: M1,M2
                                                          Section: BUSINESS
                                                          Page: 47

                                                          From the field. Rich Brauer, partner in Oasis Farms, a 1,500-sow pork facility near Oakford, Menard County, and at-large director Illinois Pork

                                                          Producers Association.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          IPPA Staff


                                                          Jim Kaitschuk

                                                           
                                                          Executive Director

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          TITLE: WEDDINGS

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 17, 1998

                                                           

                                                          Klint-Fletcher Allison Elizabeth Fletcher and John Erik Klint, both of St. Louis, were married at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Grace Lutheran Church by the Rev. Thomas Christell.

                                                          The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Susan Fletcher of Oakwood. The groom is the son of John A. and Toni Klint of Springfield.

                                                          Serving as maid of honor was Jennifer Guebert, with Anne Woodley serving as matron of honor. Ann Chapple, Angela Morrow, Sherri Madonia and Sherrie Sosnowski were bridesmaids.

                                                          Best man was Jim Kaitschuk . Jerad Klint, Ken Hammell, Kevin French, Tim Topscik and Derek Bell were groomsmen. Ushers were Eric Ernst and Randall and Darrin Fletcher. Ringbearers were Trevor Topscik and Casey Fletcher.

                                                          A reception was held at the Springfield Hilton.

                                                          The bride is a graduate of Oakwood High School and the University of Illinois. She is employed by Hopkins and Howard P.C., St. Louis. The groom is a graduate of Springfield High School and Western Illinois University. He is employed by OGR Service Corp., St. Louis.

                                                          The couple will reside in St. Louis.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          TITLE: OBITUARIES

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, April 2, 1994

                                                          Edition: M1,M2
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 7

                                                          Rev. Dr. John P. Kaitschuk

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           The Rev. Dr. John P. Kaitschuk, 56,

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          bishop of the Central/Southern Illinois


                                                          Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, of

                                                           

                                                          Springfield,

                                                          formerly of Olney, Indianapolis and Madison, Ind.,

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          died at 4 a.m. Friday at his residence.

                                                          He was born Dec. 31, 1937 in Red Bud, the son of the Rev. Dr. Walter E. and Bine Nielsen Kaitschuk. He married Janet A. Nay in 1965. He was preceded in death by his father.

                                                          The bishop had been a resident of Springfield since 1987. He attended Cathage College, Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, Minn.; and Drew University in Madison, N.J. He did his graduate studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Following ordination in May 1962, he served as: board missionary, Madison, Ind.; pastor, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Madison, Ind.; pastor, Salem Lutheran Church, Indianapolis; pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Olney; and bishop.

                                                          He served on various boards and committees including: Executive Committee/Board of Directors, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois; Board of Directors, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; Board of Directors, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center, Oregon, Ill.; Illinois Conference of Churches; and Council of Judicatory Executives. He previously served: dean, Kaskaskia District, Illinois Synod, LCA; ELCA Death Penalty Task Force; Board of Directors, Augustana College, East Richland Board of Education, Olney; Region 5 Center for Mission and Steering Committee; Illinois Synod Town and Country Task Force; Board of Directors and vice chair; Opportunity Center of Southeastern, Illinois; Board of Directors Lutheran Campus Ministries of Illinois; Executive Board of Indiana-Kentucky Synod, LCA; dean of Indianapolis District; Greater Indianapolis Lutheran Parish and former president; Mayor's Commission of Youth Advisory Committee and president, Madison, Ind.; and Stewardship Committee, Indiana-Kentucky Synod.

                                                          Surviving are his wife, Janet A.; a daughter, Jennifer L. Kaitschuk of Champaign,

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          a son, James M. "Jim" Kaitschuk of Collinsville;

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          mother, Mrs.

                                                          Bine Kaitschuk of Steeleville; two sisters, Carole and Janice Kaitschuk, both of Steeleville; two aunts; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

                                                          Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Presiding will be the Rev. Dr. Lowell G. Almen and Bishop Herbert W. Chilstrom officiating, assisted by Bishop Ronald K. Hasley.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          CYCLONES PACE ALL-CITY TENNIS SQUAD

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, June 17, 1989

                                                          Author/Byline: Robert Burns
                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: SPORTS
                                                          Page: 14

                                                          Sacred Heart-Griffin High School and the city's senior class dominate the State Journal-Register All-City boys tennis team, with five of the six

                                                          selected having recently finished their prep careers.

                                                          The Cyclones placed three on the first team, including top vote-getter John Becker. A junior, Becker was the only underclassman.

                                                          He was joined by doubles partner Pete Graham, who finished third, and Lawrence Gotanco, who was fourth.

                                                          Springfield, which claimed the city and sectional titles, had its only senior, Jim Kaitschuk , finish second, with Lanphier's Kevin High (fifth in the voting) and Southeast's David Moore (sixth) rounding out the squad.

                                                          Voting was done by the four city coaches -- Springfield's Josh Ebener, Sacred Heart-Griffin's Dave McCain, Southeast's Lori Smith and Lanphier's Richard Priller.

                                                          Each coach voted for 12 players, rating them in order, with the top player receiving 12 points, the second 11, etc. Coaches could not vote for their own players.

                                                          Becker, a three-sport athlete (football, basketball, tennis), received all the first-place points he was eligible for -- 36 -- with Kaitschuk getting the other No. 1 vote, a second and a third to finish with 33. Graham got two second-place nods and a third for 32. Gotanco had 27, followed by High (25) and Moore (24). Becker and Graham won city singles titles at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, while pairing to win the national doubles title. They split four matches at the state meet.

                                                          Kaitschuk lost to Becker for the city title, but rebounded to win the sectional championship. Playing doubles at state with Jesse Taylor, the duo lost two straight matches in the double-elimination affair.

                                                          Gotanco finished second at No. 3 singles in the city meet and was third at sectional. High finished third at No. 1 singles in the city meet and was beaten by Gotanco in the quarterfinals of the sectional singles competition.

                                                          Moore was third at No. 1 singles in the city. He and Jon Hester were beaten in second-round sectional play by Springfield's Pete Hammond and Jack Brown.

                                                          Springfield dominated the runner-up team, placing four on the seven-man squad. Jim Hockenyos led the voting with 23 points, followed by Taylor (22) and Hammond (15). SH-G's Mike Morris was next with 14, followed by the Senators' Doug White with 13. Southeast's Jon Hester and Tim Bliss tied with 11 apiece.

                                                          Caption: John Becker SH-G; Jim Kaitschuk , Springfield;

                                                           

                                                          Pete Graham

                                                           

                                                          Sh-G; Lawrence Gotanco SH-G; Kevin High Lanphier; David Moore Southeast.
                                                          Memo: photo box head The State Journal-Register All-City boys tennis team; stats list head ALL-CITY TEAM.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Tavine – baise – bingo – Greco - vala

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          BAISE – NAM – VALA - BINGO

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          GOP'S ROLE NON-PARTISAN: LEONE

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, November 6, 1987

                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: EDITORIAL
                                                          Page: 11

                                                          ALTHOUGH THEY lost big, Republicans in the Sangamon County organization profess not to be too unhappy with the outcome of Tuesday's city election.

                                                          At first blush, they wouldn't appear to have much to be happy about. Low, rumbling noises, in fact, have been heard among defeated candidates and rank-and-file Republicans.

                                                          For one thing, only two Republicans were elected to the new aldermanic city council -- County Chairman Irv Smith in Ward 8 and Bob Vose in Ward 5. At the same time, GOP candidates went down to defeat in four aldermanic races, despite considerable political experience behind them.

                                                          Tom Madonia's and Pat Tavine 's defeats in particular raised eyebrows, since Madonia led the ticket for Springfield Park Board as recently as April

                                                           

                                                          and Tavine had for his campaign manager Greg Baise, former campaign

                                                           

                                                          manager for Gov. Jim Thompson.



                                                          THE DEFEAT OF Norm Weiskopf, who lost by only 12 votes after conducting a savvy campaign in a heavily Democratic ward, was perhaps the most bitter pill of all.

                                                          In any event, the Democrats won big. Mayor-elect Ossie Langfelder is a Democrat, and seven members of the board of aldermen are Democrats of one factional persuasion or another.

                                                          But all that, according to Republican activist Tony Leone, misses the point.

                                                          The point, Leone says, is that the GOP role in Springfield's first election under the new form of government was as non-partisan as ever.

                                                          "I think that the whole Republicrat issue is dead," he said.

                                                          To Leone's way of looking at things, the issue is dead because the Sangamon County GOP organization stopped short of formal endorsements this year and got behind candidates of both parties.

                                                          "IT WAS NOT A clear Democrat victory, and Republicans and Democrats were working together," he said. "The Republicans did the responsible thing. We supported the people we thought would best serve the city."

                                                          In several wards, the GOP organization wasn't able to recruit candidates of its own and recommended Democrats who had already gotten in the race. In others, party activists ran themselves.

                                                          But Leone said the understanding was clear in most races that precinct committeemen were free to pass literature for Democrats or leave it out of their packets.

                                                          Nor did the party organization spend much money on most candidates of either party, he said.

                                                          LEONE SAID IN only a couple or three races did the organization make all-out efforts to elect candidates. Those efforts, as he described them, were pre-emptive in nature.

                                                          "In any races where there was clearly a radical, the radical lost," he said. "I can even say radical conservative -- look at (former Finance Com.

                                                          Jim) Dunham (who ran citywide against Utilities Com. Frank Madonia for utility director)." The upshot of the election, Leone said, will be a mayor and board of aldermen made up of reasonable people who will be able to work together for the city's best interest. And the GOP played a pivotal role in ensuring that outcome, he said.

                                                          "We tried to back off on that `endorsement' word, but everybody uses it," he said. "So the Republicans endorsed, the Democrats didn't. We took the responsible approach."

                                                          Footnote 1: My usual post-election analysis of the calls I missed in Tuesday's prediction column will not appear in this space today for a simple reason: I predicted them all correctly.

                                                          Footnote 2: But in all candor, I have to add that I second-guessed myself in a couple of races and lost in the office pool. It was won, by the way, by city hall reporter Jay Fitzgerald.

                                                          Modest proposal As the veto session went into its final days this week, the League of Women Voters of Illinois decided the time was ripe to urge the legislature to vote a modest tax increase.

                                                          According to state league president Mary Ellen Barry, the end-of-month balance in the general revenue fund tells the story. She said it's been below the accepted level of $200 million for the past 14 months and dipped to $17 million in August.

                                                          "This amount is much too low to ensure that the state's bills are paid in a timely fashion," she said. "That such low balances exist in relatively good times is even more troubling."

                                                          Barry said the legislature should have passed a tax increase in the spring, and that obligation hasn't gone away.

                                                          "By refusing to enact a modest state income tax increase during the spring session of the General Assembly, legislators in effect voted for a shaky fiscal situation and against better schools, against programs to meet basic human needs and against other services that would reduce depen dency, family disintegration and crime," she said.

                                                          She also said an income tax hike would enhance the state's economic development potential.

                                                          "Poor state services do not attract business development. Nor do they contribute to Illinois' quality of life," she said. "The legislature's refusal to increase revenues is penny-wise and pound-foolish."

                                                          A couple of short-term factors suggest the league's modest proposal will go unheeded, however.

                                                          For one thing, the General Assembly is expected to wind up the veto session this week.

                                                          For another, the filing period for primary candidates for seats in the General Assembly begins a month from Saturday. In brief Gary Clayton, director of the Department of Registration and Education, will leave state government next month to take a post as executive vice president of the Illinois Association of Realtors. . . . Celebrating his 50th birthday Sunday is state Sen. Denny Jacobs, D-East Moline, son of former Rep. Oral "Jake" Jacobs.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          TAVINE = ARSON

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          FIRE CAN'T DESTROY MEMORIES OF THE ONCE-GREAT LAKE CLUB

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, August 17, 1992

                                                          Author/Byline: SEAN NOBLE STAFF WRITER
                                                          Edition: M1,M2
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 1

                                                          Springfield's old Lake Club was the stuff of post-World War II legend.

                                                          The clinking of wine glasses once filled the nightclub complex at 2840 Fox

                                                          Bridge Road as patrons took in such acts as Guy Lombardo and Ella Fitzgerald. Hidden behind a steel door that, in turn, was hidden behind paneling in the club's office, gamblers shot billiards and threw dice -- and were raided by area police.

                                                          In the Lake Club's heyday, applause for big band acts brought the house down almost nightly.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          A raging fire brought the vacant club down, perhaps permanently, early

                                                           

                                                          Sunday Arson investigators were probing the remnants of club's two main,

                                                           

                                                          wood frame buildings and a nearby block warehouse throughout the day.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           



                                                          "It's a little tragic, really," said Robert Babiak, a 65-year-old Springfield resident who grew up near the famed nightclub, as he watched brownish-gray smoke billow from its ruins.

                                                          "I remember Lawrence Welk's orchestra when he played here. There were some big-time bands out here." "This was really the place to go when you were courting and sparking and wining and dining," added Steve Morrison, the property's most recent owner. Morrison recently repaired the dilapidated complex's roof and was hoping to reopen the buildings as another club or restaurant someday.

                                                          At 40, Morrison's not quite old enough to remember the club in its glory, but he is old enough to know all the vintage stories. "It was one of the hottest spots between Chicago and St. Louis," he said.

                                                          When firefighters arrived at 6:28 a.m., they found the north and east sides of the complex engulfed in flames.

                                                          Two crews of men ran inside the building to try to battle the fire, said Cliff Garst, fire safety division chief for the Springfield Fire Department. "They were driven out rather quickly (by smoke and flames)," he said.

                                                          Firefighters, who were joined by a second battalion within 15 minutes, fought to keep the flames from spreading to nearby trees.

                                                          "If this was downtown, we'd have had a hell of a mess," said Battalion Chief Dave Kervin, who said he was grateful the structures were in a relatively isolated area.

                                                          Too-small water mains in the area slowed firefighters' progress somewhat, Kervin said.

                                                          "This one (the Lake Club complex) we've been afraid of for a while," he added, indicating its age and deteriorating condition made it a prime candidate for a difficult-to-extinguish fire.

                                                          Fire Chief Russell Steil Jr. said his department had conducted a "preplan" of the complex not long after it closed for good about four years ago. The plan mapped out structural instabilities and other unsafe conditions, Steil said, that would have to be corrected if the club was ever to reopen.

                                                          Steil said the plan helped firefighters "pinpoint problem areas" Sunday morning.

                                                          No utilities or electricity were hooked up in the building, Steil said. The only injury reported was a firefighter who fell and hurt his tailbone.

                                                          Firefighters had most of the blaze knocked down by 8:15 a.m., and estimated the loss of the buildings -- one was leveled -- at about $150,000. Morrison, a rural Springfield resident who also owns area rental properties, said he bought the Lake Club property from the estate of the late Hugo Giovagnoli about a year ago.

                                                          It was unclear Sunday exactly when the original structure was built. However, newspaper clippings indicate Giovagnoli and his longtime partner, Harold Henderson, bought the place in 1940 or 1941. About a decade later, in the height of its popularity, the club hosted WMAY's "Little Room" call-in show. The litany of celebrities who graced the club seems endless: Pearl Bailey, Frank Sinatra Jr., Bob Hope . . . Equally endless are the news stories of legal wrangling the club owners encountered. The partners survived dram shop, mortgage foreclosure and delinquent tax payment lawsuits.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          The peak of their problems came on Dec. 14, 1958, when two

                                                           

                                                          undercover state troopers were unwittingly invited into the club's

                                                           

                                                          "secret" gambling room.



                                                          A newspaper clipping says police confiscated several pairs of dice, boxes of IOUs and a 750-pound billiards table that had to be dismantled to be taken away. The room was so well hidden, the clipping states, patrons continued sipping their drinks during the raid, unaware the long arm of the law had reached into the club.

                                                          Giovagnoli blamed the crackdown on popular Lake Club gambling, in part, for the collapse of his business in the late 1960s.

                                                          Henderson died in 1977. Giovagnoli reopened for periods in the 1970s with help from various operators.

                                                          The business gained notoriety again in 1980 when a trio of Catholic priests blessed the property in hopes that reported ghost sightings at the club would end. It was apparently "a very restless soul" that, unseen, knocked over glasses and played the club's piano until the priest's efforts, one of the clerics said at the time.

                                                          Springfield resident Pat Tavine helped Giovagnoli reopen the club again in 1980. It hosted mainly rock 'n' roll acts before Giovagnoli died in 1988 and Tavine closed up shop.

                                                          Tavine and Morrison said the Lake Club II on Toronto Road is not directly related to the old Lake Club.

                                                          Caption: A Springfield firefighter signals to the operator of a boom truck that it is spraying water on the Lake Club, 2840 Fox Bridge Road.Fire destroyed the former nightclub Sunday morning and investigators are still searching for the cause. A Springfield firefighter pulls apart an outside wall of the Lake Club while battling the fire Sunday morning.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Rusciolelli – tavine link

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          TITLE: WEDDINGS

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, June 8, 1986

                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 36

                                                          Grubbs-Stewart Sheryl Elizabeth Stewart and Timothy Wayne Grubbs, both of Springfield,

                                                          exchanged wedding vows at 11 a.m. May 10. The Rev. Frank Lewis conducted the ceremony at Riverton Christian Church.

                                                          The bride's parents are Gary and Marion Stewart of Riverton . The bridegroom is the son of Wayne and Henny Grubbs of Danville.

                                                          Maid of honor was Jewel Stewart. Leah Tavine, Kim Miller and Julie Rusciolelli served as bridesmaids.

                                                          Best man was Pat Tavine. Groomsmen were Roger Mauk, John Grubbs and Seth Tavine. Ushers were Mike McDonald and Artie Pepeali.

                                                          A reception was held at the Blue Pelican reception hall.

                                                          The bride, a graduate of Riverton High School, is employed by the Illinois Association of Realtors. The bridegroom, a graduate of Southern Illinois University, is employed by the secretary of state.

                                                          They will reside in Springfield.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           
                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Mental illness frame

                                                           

                                                          How it happened

                                                           

                                                          SCSA – Schmidt – legal cover – irv - scrp

                                                           

                                                          *Bob gray is asst to dir - dept mental health

                                                           

                                                          ILCD – usattys – miller – heaton – timeline – legal cover

                                                           

                                                          Coffey – argues implied consent from dad at restaurant

                                                          note listed names – coffey backers -

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          noonan – llcc soccer – kc’s – capranica – cable – sahba – Carlyle – yannone – burge – pambianco – illini bank - gingrich 95, 96 – gardner peckham – BKSH

                                                           

                                                          Fickes – GWB - aviation Exploring Post 731, sternstein – pedophile frame

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          SCSA=SCRP

                                                           

                                                          Lots of links from SCSA to SCRP – and see proportion of judges – repubs – SCB

                                                           

                                                          Currently see noll links to SCSA – triathletes – sharmin -

                                                           

                                                          Scsa – Schmidt – campaign dir – giganti

                                                           

                                                          Schmidt at sers – blago – sharmin – pisano - levine

                                                           

                                                          Schmidt is swimmer – triathlete – sharmin - irv

                                                           

                                                          Irv was supt schools – gets schmidt job at 186 – LHS

                                                           

                                                          And see mendenhall at 186 – jobsite pain at spfld schools as sub

                                                           

                                                          Xa Borski at LHS baseball – scso – Petersburg PD – mendenhall at 186 hires coaches – Wharton – security guards - maint

                                                           

                                                          Schmidt wife also at giganti firm

                                                           

                                                          Schmidt and SC cac endorsement – partisan – noonan founds cac – goulet – xa goulet at SPD

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

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                                                          Who is Bob Gray ?

                                                           

                                                          1.)         (a)Former R' house staffer,

                                                                 (b)Thompson downstate campaign coord,

                                                                     (c)asst dir DMH,

                                                                     (d)leg liaison for ed

                                                           

                                                          June 1977 / Illinois Issues / 29

                                                           

                                                          Robert Gray, 36, Springfield, as

                                                           

                                                          assistant to the director of the

                                                          department of Mental Health,

                                                           

                                                          effective March 7. Gray's job includes legislative liaison work, especially in the area of education. He was previously on the Republican House staff and was the governor's downstate campaign coordinator.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

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                                                          Local U.S. attorney to leave post / Jan Paul Miller will join a law firm in St. Louis

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

                                                          Author/Byline: SARAH ANTONACCI STAFF WRITER

                                                          Section: LOCAL

                                                          Page: 10

                                                           

                                                          The U.S. attorney based in Springfield said Tuesday he's resigning at the end of the month to join a private law practice in St. Louis.

                                                           

                                                          Jan Paul Miller has been U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois since January 2002.

                                                           

                                                          "It has been my honor to serve the citizens of central Illinois and my privilege to work with the outstanding men and women of the U.S. attorney's office, whose professionalism and dedication are exemplary," he said in a press release.

                                                           

                                                          "From the moment we moved here, my family and I have been made to feel welcome, and for that we will always be thankful."

                                                           

                                                          During his tenure, Miller concentrated heavily on white-collar crimes, including overseeing the first conviction in the nation for kickbacks relating to government contracts issued to support the war effort in Iraq.

                                                           

                                                          Also in the past three years, Miller's office has prosecuted several cases of mortgage, investment and bankruptcy fraud, as well as fraud targeting the elderly. His office prosecuted several people for using their official positions to defraud state and local government as well.

                                                           

                                                          Miller helped create and expand the Central Illinois Cybercrime Unit to investigate online crime and child exploitation. Dozens of child pornographers have been prosecuted, and the unit has helped local police agencies recover four missing children.

                                                           

                                                          In civil cases, the U.S. attorney's office, under Miller's direction, helped to recover Medicare and Medicaid money from hospitals overcharging the programs, worked to better handicap accessibility laws, and helped to protect the Mississippi River from dangerous pollutants.

                                                           

                                                          In addition, Miller helped establish the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

                                                           

                                                          Prior to his appointment as U.S. attorney, Miller, a graduate of Harvard Law School, was an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Maryland where he had worked since April 1989. He was recommended for the Illinois post by then-U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald.

                                                           

                                                          A short-term replacement will be chosen by the U.S. attorney general, said Miller spokeswoman Sharon Paul.

                                                           

                                                          Miller's permanent replacement is likely to be chosen by U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., in consultation with the state's senior senator, Democrat Dick Durbin. Then the name of their recommendation would be sent to the president for a formal nomination.

                                                          Caption: Miller

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          On Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 5:21 PM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:

                                                           

                                                          started posting notes on email

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          On Tue, Nov 8, 2005 at 12:39 PM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:

                                                           

                                                          pages of first memo book scanned

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

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                                                          first pro se complaint written for sangamon county on october 12, 2005 and posted/saved to email.

                                                           

                                                          - scsa/spd/scso/isp/dhs/doj etc. maybe checking my email

                                                           

                                                           

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                                                          and scsa link

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 4:14 PM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:

                                                           

                                                          note timeline

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          On Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 5:21 PM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:

                                                           

                                                          started posting notes on email

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          On Tue, Nov 8, 2005 at 12:39 PM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:

                                                           

                                                          pages of first memo book scanned

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

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                                                          Bernard Schoenburg Column

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Published Thursday, August 24, 2006

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Redpath waffling on pledge to support Cahnman

                                                           

                                                          Springfield Ward 4 Ald. CHUCK REDPATH may have just lost a chance at

                                                          getting the Sangamon County Democratic Party's good sport award - if

                                                          there were such a thing.

                                                           

                                                          Redpath gave up his $71,300 state job with the Department of Natural

                                                          Resources to run for state representative in the 99th House District,

                                                          only to lose the Democratic primary in March to Sangamon County Board

                                                          member SAM CAHNMAN. Cahnman now faces Rep. RAYMOND POE, R-Springfield,

                                                          in the November election.

                                                           

                                                          "There's a lot of my family that's for Poe," Redpath told me. "I'm

                                                          personally staying out of it. They asked me if they could do what they

                                                          want. I said, 'Do what you want.'"

                                                           

                                                          "I'm not opposed to Sam," Redpath added. "I'm just not getting involved."

                                                           

                                                          Asked if he would vote for Cahnman, Redpath said, "I don't know what's

                                                          going to happen when I walk in the booth."

                                                           

                                                          But shouldn't a party candidate endorse the winner of the primary?

                                                           

                                                          "I guess that would probably be the right stance," Redpath said, "but

                                                          I just prefer to stay out of it."

                                                           

                                                          Redpath did make it known he's for the re-election of Gov. ROD

                                                          BLAGOJEVICH, saying he'd volunteer for "whatever they want."

                                                           

                                                          On election night, Redpath was singing a different tune about Cahnman.

                                                           

                                                          "He's going to be the party's candidate, and I'll support him,"

                                                          Redpath said then.

                                                           

                                                          "I took him at his word then, and I hope to have the support of all

                                                          Democrats, independents and a significant number of Republicans on

                                                          Nov. 7," Cahnman said when told of Redpath's comments.

                                                           

                                                          TIM TIMONEY, chairman of Sangamon County Democrats, said he's for Cahnman.

                                                           

                                                          "He has my support, and I expect he'll have the full support of the

                                                          Democratic Party," Timoney said.

                                                           

                                                          Poe said that "eight years ago or so," Redpath opened his house for a

                                                          meet-and-greet coffee for Poe. But he said he has not talked with

                                                          Redpath since the primary.

                                                           

                                                          Meanwhile, the AFL-CIO recently decided to endorse Cahnman in the race.

                                                           

                                                          BETH SPENCER of the umbrella labor group said Poe had a 26 percent

                                                          voting record with the AFL-CIO in 2005. He voted with the group's

                                                          position eight of 18 times, but different issues carry different

                                                          weights in the endorsement process. Poe's lifetime legislative voting

                                                          record with the AFL-CIO, Spencer said, is 34 percent.

                                                           

                                                          On another issue, an election sign for Cahnman is on the wall of

                                                          Prisms, a bar just across Sangamon Avenue from the Main Gate of the

                                                          Illinois State Fairgrounds. Cahnman paid $50 to have it posted there,

                                                          and didn't think a city law banning display of temporary political

                                                          signs until 60 days before an election - or Sept. 8 this year -

                                                          applied in this case.

                                                           

                                                          But JOE GOODEN, zoning administrator for the city of Springfield, said

                                                          he does not think posting of the sign at this time is legal for a

                                                          couple of reasons - that the 60-day rule applies, and that the

                                                          business is in a residentially zoned area, and commercial signs for

                                                          anything other than the business itself aren't allowed.

                                                           

                                                          "I thought it was legal because it is affixed to the building, not a

                                                          yard sign stuck in the ground," Cahnman said. "But it's not worth

                                                          arguing about, and if Mr. Gooden honestly believes it violates the

                                                          letter or the spirit of the law, which he does, I'll take it down and

                                                          have it put back up within 60 days of the election."

                                                           

                                                          Poe said he has about 25 locations where he could have had signs put

                                                          up near the fairgrounds during the fair, but "we chose to abide by the

                                                          law and not put our signs up." He also said that it "seemed like most

                                                          of the candidates respected that this year - a lot more than usual."

                                                           

                                                          Kulek not a political type

                                                           

                                                          JOHN KULEK, named by Springfield Mayor TIM DAVLIN to be the city's

                                                          next fire chief, says he's "never been political," and that appears to

                                                          be the case.

                                                           

                                                          But he did grow up on a block where a political bug must have been in

                                                          the water supply. His mother still lives on 22nd Street, a two-block

                                                          stretch where family names included Redpath, Selinger, McAnarney and

                                                          Aiello.

                                                           

                                                          Kulek said he's younger than some of the people in those families,

                                                          though he is good friends with MIKE AIELLO, older brother of Sangamon

                                                          County Clerk JOE AIELLO.

                                                           

                                                          And Ald. Redpath, in a strong endorsement of the mayor's choice of

                                                          Kulek, said they grew up on the same street and played football

                                                          together at St. Aloysius grade school.

                                                           

                                                          Mayor Davlin, Kulek said, "was not a personal friend or anything like

                                                          that," though they both went to the old Griffin High School,

                                                          graduating in different years.

                                                           

                                                          He also said he had moved up the ranks of the department to battalion

                                                          chief "long before Tim ever thought about running for mayor."

                                                           

                                                          If people "want to make a political thing out of this, they can try to

                                                          stretch it." But, he said, "My interest is in the fire department."

                                                           

                                                          Kulek changed his voter registration to Menard County in the fall of

                                                          2002, after he and his family moved to a cabin he owns near Salisbury

                                                          once a new residency rule allowed him to move out of the city. He

                                                          voted in the November 2002 election, but he has not voted since,

                                                          records show.

                                                           

                                                          In Sangamon County in previous years, he was a consistent general

                                                          election voter, but election office records show the last partisan

                                                          primary in which he participated was in 1992, and the records don't

                                                          show which party ballot he chose. He said Wednesday he thinks the

                                                          ballot might have been Republican, possibly because he wanted to vote

                                                          for a particular candidate.

                                                           

                                                          As for his new appointment, he said, "I'd like to think I got there

                                                          somewhat on ability and work performance."

                                                           

                                                          Heaton update

                                                           

                                                          U.S. Senate confirmation of President GEORGE W. BUSH's nomination of

                                                          RODGER HEATON for U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois

                                                          could come this fall.

                                                           

                                                          The State Journal-Register reported in April that Heaton was the

                                                          president's choice.

                                                           

                                                          On July 27, the Senate received official word from

                                                          the White House that Heaton was nominated by the president.

                                                           

                                                          Heaton said Wednesday no big announcement of the nomination was made locally

                                                          "out of respect for the Senate's deliberative process." He said

                                                          confirmation proceedings could move forward in the Senate "in

                                                          September or after the election."

                                                           

                                                          Heaton, 47, was appointed interim U.S. attorney for the 46-county

                                                          region on Dec. 1 by Attorney General ALBERTO GONZALES.

                                                           

                                                          Heaton replaced

                                                          former U.S. Attorney JAN PAUL MILLER, who took a job with a St. Louis

                                                          law firm.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

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                                                          Reader Comments

                                                           

                                                          Only one party in Springfield. wrote at 8/24/2006 10:19:49 AM

                                                           

                                                          Redpath's attitude is not surprising. Timoney will go through the

                                                          motions for Cahnman but he won't do much and isn't even helping some

                                                          of his own county board candidates. Its no secret that there is a

                                                          group of Republicans and Democrats in the Redpath/Aiello/Timoney

                                                          circle that would prefer to support eachother across party lines over

                                                          the liberals and conservatives in their own parties.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

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                                                          Heaton appointment made official

                                                          Last Updated 10/6/2006 11:27:36 AM

                                                          It's finally official: Rodger Heaton is the U.S. attorney for the central district of Illinois.

                                                           

                                                          Heaton, a long-time prosecutor who works in the Springfield federal prosecutor's office, was named interim U.S. attorney as of Dec. 1 by U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Heaton at that time took the place of Jan Paul Miller, who went into the private practice of law.

                                                           

                                                          President George Bush nominated Heaton as the permanent prosecutor in the 46-county region this summer, and the Senate approved the nomination by voice vote on Friday. On Wednesday, Bush signed Heaton's commission, placing the final stamp of approval on the new job, said Sharon Paul, spokeswoman for the Illinois office.

                                                           

                                                          Heaton began his career as a federal prosecutor in Indianapolis in 1989 before transferring to the U.S. attorney's office in central Illinois. He was an assistant U.S. attorney from July 1990 to December 2000. From January 2001 to April 2003, he was a litigation partner with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. He returned to the federal prosecutor's office in May 2003 as chief of the civil division.

                                                           

                                                          From September 1997 to July 1998, he was assigned to help independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the Whitewater investigation. In that capacity, he handled the tax-evasion prosecution of former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, who resigned his office.

                                                           

                                                          Also in 1997, Heaton was a prosecutor in the case of Management Services of Illinois, in which a jury in Springfield found the company, a co-owner and a former state Department of Public Aid administrator guilty of mail fraud and bribery.

                                                           

                                                          Heaton has been an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he taught courses in white-collar crime. He was on the Rochester School Board from 1995 to 1999.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          todwdelaney@gmail.com

                                                           

                                                          dateWed, Nov 12, 2008 at 7:25 PM

                                                          subjectletter to DOJ atty general mukasey - timing on late 2006 doj reorg - heaton - state complaint - long/cdil/civil usattys - ovp - jan paul miller

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                                                          usattys/civil - eric long at cdil - rosemarie long - ioicc/hickox/peper

                                                           

                                                          cdil usatty miller - timeline - left at first posting of notes/plates

                                                           

                                                          civil complaint to cdil usatty near oct/nov of 2005

                                                           

                                                          *see also elston/mcnulty, rockford, dod MI, state farm

                                                           

                                                          san diego usatty lamm: cunningham, lahood, hpsci, black budgets, contractors, abramoff, ftl, cifa/burtt/hefferon, black/ctc/cia, fbi field noms spi, goss/cia

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          It has come to my attention that the former us atty general alberto gonzalez may be aware of a sustained course of misconduct on the part of one of the doj employees, (usatty cdil jan paul miller). I am currently litigating this question and would welcome any information on this matter that you could provide. Consider this letter a formal invitation to share any knowledge you or your leadership staff might have regarding the activities of the former usag and cdil usatty as they regard myself, Dennis W. Delaney. Of particular interest is the period of time surrounding the reorganization of doj nsb on or about, oct/nov, 2006, and the role of the ovp during this process. Activities of usatty miller and ausa eric long, as they relate to their employment by the DOJ and their impact upon myself, are relevant to my inquiry because I have reason to believe that the former attorney general may have purposely misled investigators regarding illegal activity which has been directed toward me. The nature of the misconduct relates to issues of excessive force, battery, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to conduct these activities.

                                                           

                                                          Please contact me if you have any questions, respectfully, Dennis W. Delaney

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          (from 50p complaint - doj)

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          This administration has not allowed proper oversight of intelligence and the

                                                          "reorganization" of intelligence within the DOJ, that took place in May of 2006, was

                                                          designed and intended to quiet dissent in the department regarding the increasingly

                                                          partisan decision making process.

                                                          4. As a result of the "reorganization", those within the department without strong partisan

                                                          and personal affiliation to the current administration were moved out of that department.

                                                          5. The decision in May of 2006, to allow the Office of the Vice President, complete access

                                                          to all current and pending case files at DOJ, raises serious questions regarding the

                                                          objectivity and independence of the US DOJ.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          todwdelaney@gmail.com

                                                           

                                                          dateWed, Feb 21, 2007 at 2:18 PM

                                                          subjectkass - heaton mcnally - doj gonzales

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                                                          John Kass

                                                          `Pink rhinoceros' not that hard to see

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Published February 21, 2007

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Seeking to overturn former Gov. George Ryan's corruption convictions, lawyer Gene Schaerr on Tuesday told a federal appellate court panel that "a pink rhinoceros" hung over the trial, making a fair jury verdict impossible, perhaps because the lone pro-Ryan holdout juror was bounced for failing to disclose her criminal record.

                                                           

                                                          I thought that was why there were alternate jurors--if one or two are excused for cause, you've got a few on the B Team.

                                                           

                                                          But the pink rhinoceros bit is so nice, I'll steal it and remind you of another pink rhinoceros.

                                                           

                                                          Ed McNally is the pink rhinoceros of the U.S. Department of Justice.

                                                           

                                                          He continues to work in the criminal division--though he had a whopping conflict of interest in the Ryan case--even as the Bush Department of Justice fires other prosecutors who actually hunt down political corruption.

                                                           

                                                          "I'm aware of the allegations [against McNally]," Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales told me when he appeared before the Tribune's editorial board a while ago.

                                                           

                                                          "They're very serious allegations," Gonzales said. "And the matter is being reviewed internally. I can say that."

                                                           

                                                          That was six months ago, on Aug. 14, 2006.

                                                           

                                                          Recently, seven U.S. attorneys of other districts were forced to resign, even though most received positive Justice Department job evaluations prior to their dismissals. Included among those let go are Carol Lam, the U.S. attorney in San Diego who successfully prosecuted the phenomenally corrupt and vulgar Republican U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

                                                           

                                                          So they're gone. And Republican McNally is still very much employed.

                                                           

                                                          Last year, McNally was the acting United States attorney for the Southern District of Illinois when he testified as a sympathetic defense witness for Ryan. Jurors were told that McNally left private practice to become a federal prosecutor after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

                                                           

                                                          Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, McNally was a lawyer and partner with the firm Altheimer & Gray. That firm later went bankrupt, costing partners hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece.

                                                           

                                                          And before the bankruptcy, one of McNally's clients was Gov. Ryan. During the Ryan trial, McNally took the stand and testified that the FBI and federal prosecutors from Chicago treated Ryan unfairly.

                                                           

                                                          I've always wondered just how Ryan's former lawyer got himself named acting U.S. attorney in time to rip into the prosecution's case. Perhaps it was merely a coincidence. Or perhaps it involves Illinois Combine magic.

                                                           

                                                          Unfortunately, or fortunately, McNally forgot to mention something. As a partner in Altheimer & Gray, he owed money to the firm's creditors. The law firm that handled the bankruptcy was Winston & Strawn.

                                                           

                                                          That's the same Winston & Strawn that was run by former Gov. Jim Thompson, the same firm that handled George Ryan's free legal defense, which is estimated to have been worth about $20 million.

                                                           

                                                          Altheimer & Gray partners who did not pay up in the bankruptcy deal risked being sued by Winston & Strawn. Five former Altheimer partners did not participate in the bankruptcy plan by the firm. Four of these were sued by Winston & Strawn. Only one partner wasn't sued: Ed McNally.

                                                           

                                                          When the conflict was revealed, federal prosecutors got angry and Winston & Strawn defense attorneys howled that they knew nothing about it. All the lawyers took great umbrage, as lawyers often do.

                                                           

                                                          The whole thing was allowed to slide, almost like snails off a rock in the garden at midnight, leaving a slimy trail, the kind that nobody wants to follow, except this was bigger, with pink rhinoceros droppings steaming on the ground.

                                                           

                                                          In the seven months since Gonzales said the allegations against McNally were serious, consider:

                                                           

                                                          Chicago U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald--no friend of the bi-partisan political combine of insiders who run things in this state--got stuck spending his time on the Scooter Libby-CIA leak case in Washington, rather than spending it hunting Republican and Democratic public corruption in Illinois.

                                                           

                                                          Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown revealed in a fine column that Rodger Heaton, the new U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois, had dinner in Springfield with two of the combine's cleanup hitters: Republicans Big Bill Cellini and Big Bob Kjellander, who haven't been indicted but are listed as Individual A and Individual K in the state pension fund scandal case.

                                                           

                                                          That's just what a pink rhinoceros would do--publicly feed with Cellini and Kjellander, tell a few jokes and everybody in town gets the message.

                                                           

                                                          Such creatures might be rare in other states, but in Illinois, we've got a surplus of rare wild things, of political weasels and pink rhinoceroses.

                                                           

                                                          And for all the bleating and wailing you'll hear and read by Ryan mouthpieces about justice and fairness, remember the one they won't mention, the pink rhinoceros named Ed McNally.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          dwdelaney@gmail.com

                                                           

                                                          dateFri, Jul 10, 2009 at 1:25 PM

                                                          subjectRe:

                                                          USATTYS - LAM - KBR - HPSCI - high profile government corruption

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                                                          good questions

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                                                          On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 3:52 PM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:

                                                           

                                                          usattys

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          On Wed, May 2, 2007 at 2:03 PM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:

                                                           

                                                          Lam

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          San diego - see FBI chief comments on firing "I guarantee it was political" 

                                                          and the fact he had his next job lined up in anticipation of being fired or more probably, quietly re-assigned.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Pattern: If you take down a big name, associated with the president's party, that

                                                           

                                                          might lead to other higher-ups in the administration, you had better already have another job.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Halliburton-KBR at RIA

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          1. Central illinois - why did jan paul miller leave?

                                                           

                                                          2. How did spfld almost get gray or lahood?

                                                           

                                                          3. What about heaton's KBR kickback cases at rock island arsenal in 2006

                                                           

                                                          4. Did miller start kbr cases and forced out?

                                                           

                                                          5. KBR graft hurts Delay, Cheney, Rove, GWB

                                                           

                                                          6. Delay picks Hastert, to conceal Rock Island , in Hastert's backyard?

                                                           

                                                          7. Cover-up gave Halliburton enough time conceal and move to Dubai

                                                           

                                                          8. Did Delay choose hastert primarily to put a lid on RIA?

                                                           

                                                          9. Fitzgerald's (R), USATTY choice botched total concealment, see rove reaction

                                                           

                                                          10. National law enforcement agencies outsourced and/or complicit - cia, fbi; what about weysan dun, (spfld fbi) being re-assigned? what about Goss, burtt and hefferon resignations?

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Cunningham - Lahood and HPSCI

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          If cunningham gets MZM does lahood get pennel, dunbar, vala, cravens etc. ?

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          1. He chairs or chaired the subcomte on human intelligence and is ranking member on hpsci

                                                           

                                                          2. He voted with cunningham, what did he get?

                                                           

                                                          3. he gets to help people that help him - smith

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Smith - scrp - libri

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          1. smith promotes steil to sfd chief because he is a hardcore partisan despite problems with firefighters

                                                           

                                                          2. when forced out, smith promotes him to iema, where he distributes homeland security money and anti-terrorism money - also cifa - force protection

                                                           

                                                          3. smith gets williamson elected despite dui, puts him on tv and gas pumps

                                                           

                                                          4. smith gets schmidt elected despite mediocre quals and experience, knows phil schmidt

                                                           

                                                          5. they both do what irv wants

                                                           

                                                          6. isp is cellini's domain - gambling - see trent and brueggeman background

                                                           

                                                          7. sgt. robert steil was 3rd shift scso supervisory sgt. (10:30p - 7:30a) replaced by mazrim

                                                          on 5-2-07 days after listing on my email as potential participant in criminal conspracy.(I'm frequently harassed during late night and early morning, when I'm most vulnerable)

                                                           

                                                          8. Whisper campaign against me regarding an arson or fire at a building I worked at in springfield would involve steil at sfd, scso, iema

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Coffey – backers

                                                           

                                                          Saputo’s – coffey - arguing implied consent because dad eat’s at saputo’s –

                                                           

                                                          Dennis p moore – car collision site: “dennispmoore”

                                                          Police report – documents – medical reports:

                                                          http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneydennispmoore

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Note also fleischli is smeaa and coffey is smeaa

                                                           

                                                          Note giganti – pecori – cerone –

                                                          Roman cultural -

                                                           

                                                          Greco – baise – vala -

                                                          http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneybingo

                                                           

                                                          Greco – Thompson patronage – IGB -

                                                          http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneygreco

                                                           

                                                          vala – able detective – Copeland – kc’s

                                                          http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneyvalacopeland

                                                           

                                                          giganti – Schmidt – police unions – roman cultural -

                                                          http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneygiganti

                                                           

                                                          giganti – paolino – chi – franczyk – ibt - huizenga

                                                          http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneypaolino

                                                           

                                                          Huizenga – waste management – chi gop – ftl gop - tobin

                                                          http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneygarbage

                                                           

                                                          scrp – roman cultural – libri – pecori – IERC – hanson – civeng - elston

                                                          http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneypecori

                                                           

                                                          Giordano – kjellander – implied consent – Hostetler – addiction - tasc

                                                          http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneynewfrontier

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Scrp - Coffey wing –

                                                           

                                                          Denzler - ima

                                                          Baise – ima – see baise/Greco/vala @ http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneybingo

                                                          Ed peck – brady and peck – lobbyists – uis peck – itla peck

                                                          Megan stieren – community bankers – stieren kc’s – van meter – INB - cellini

                                                          Joseph ciaccio – il railroad assoc – sacco/scso

                                                          Louis Giordano – Giordano consulting - kjell

                                                          Bill fleischli – il petro mktrs

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Bernard Schoenburg: Hosts for Coffey fundraiser were 14 lobbyists

                                                          By Anonymous

                                                          THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER

                                                          Posted Dec 09, 2010 @ 12:03 AM

                                                           

                                                          The invitation to a recent fundraiser for mayoral candidate MIKE COFFEY JR. would make some state lawmakers jealous. The host committee was made up of 14 people who lobby state government, including top officials of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

                                                          The amount raised at the Nov. 30 event, which was held at Saputo’s, the Coffey family restaurant, wasn’t bad either. Coffey said it’s at least in the high $30,000s, and as checks come in, the take “potentially could be close” to $50,000.

                                                          But the wide range of interests represented by those lobbyists is not the reason for the backing, Coffey stressed.

                                                          “Those people on that list are personal friends of mine,” he said. “They’re friends of my father’s. We’ve played golf with them for years.”

                                                          Well, that doesn’t exactly include everybody, but he did mention a golf connection to several. And the friendship explanation was echoed by others.

                                                          Both Coffey and

                                                          MARK DENZLER,

                                                          vice president of government affairs for the manufacturers’ group, said the two are friends and have often played golf.

                                                          “He (Denzler) said, ‘I’ll throw together a quick fundraiser for you,’” Coffey said. And so he did.
                                                          “The majority of folks on that list (of hosts) live in Springfield, and most of them have a pretty close tie with Mike or his family,” Denzler said. “These are friends that support Mike Coffey.”

                                                          GREG BAISE,

                                                          president of the IMA, is on the list, as is DAVID VITE, president of the retail merchants. Both are “personal friends of my father’s,” Coffey said, referring to MIKE COFFEY SR.

                                                          Others on the list include

                                                          MARK STRAWN of Bowmark Consulting,

                                                          ED PECK of Brady & Peck,

                                                          MEGAN STIEREN of Community Bankers Association of Illinois,

                                                          JOSEPH CIACCIO of the Illinois Railroad Association,

                                                          MIKE McCLAIN of Awerkamp & McClain,

                                                          ROB KARR of the retail merchants, BORO RELJIC of Abbott Laboratories,

                                                          DAVID MANNING of Manning Consulting Group,

                                                          LOUIS GIORDANO of Giordano Consulting Services,

                                                          KEVIN MARTIN of the Illinois Insurance Association and

                                                          BILL FLEISCHLI of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association.

                                                          “Bill Fleischli and my dad have been friends for years,” Coffey said. “I was the water boy for Bill when he coached basketball at Griffin High School.”


                                                          Denzler said the manufacturers’ group doesn’t get involved in local races, and both he and Baise were representing themselves.

                                                          “I wrote a personal check,” Denzler said.

                                                          “I don’t lobby the city of Springfield, and I have no intention of lobbying the city of Springfield,” said Manning, whose clients include the Community Bankers of Illinois, Easter Seals of Illinois, Sprint Corp. and Titlemax Inc. He also said his contribution to Coffey was personal. Coffey says he plays golf with Manning, and Manning has “come in for years” to the restaurant.

                                                          “Everybody’s excited that there’s somebody new and fresh running for mayor of Springfield,” Coffey said. “They’re doing it to help me as friends, not really as lobbyists.”

                                                          He also said the help of lobbyists wouldn’t sway his judgment on issues.

                                                          “Anybody that knows me knows I’m going to do what’s right for Springfield,” Coffey said.

                                                          Coffey, the elected chairman of the board that oversees the Prairie Capital Convention Center, is one of eight candidates for Springfield mayor. He also is one of two apparently still being considered by the local Republican Party for backing.

                                                          Sangamon County Circuit Clerk TONY LIBRI, who also is Sangamon County GOP chairman, said the organization’s screening committee will hear Monday from Coffey and Sangamon County Auditor PAUL PALAZZOLO, as each seeks to be named the best qualified by the organization.

                                                          Libri said the party hasn’t done any polling, and it’s not certain that a choice will be made Monday.

                                                          “We will meet with those two candidates, and it will help us get closer to a decision,” Libri said.
                                                          The mayoral primary is Feb. 22 and the top four candidates will face off in the April 5 general election.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Van meter - stieren

                                                          Stieren –

                                                           

                                                          kc downtown –

                                                          immac –

                                                           

                                                          2005 shg football

                                                           

                                                          Buraski – stieren – mulcahy – golf team

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          TITLE: OBITUARIES

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, April 29, 1990

                                                          Edition: M1,M2
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 26

                                                          Esther V. Stieren Mrs. Esther V. Van Meter Stieren, 81, of Springfield died at 9:27 a.m.

                                                          Saturday at St. John's Hospital.

                                                          She was born in Shelbytown on July 2, 1908 the daughter of Ovyl Maurice and Ellen Marcella Nellie Dougherty Walstrom. She married John Carl Stieren in 1930 and he preceded her in death in 1978. She also was preceded by a brother, Leroy Van Meter A residence of Springfield since 1918, Mrs. Stieren was employed by Illinois Bell Telephone Co. for 38 years and retired as a supervisor in 1973. She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul's Church, Telephone Pioneers of America and Ss. Peter and Paul's 50 and Over Club.

                                                          Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. James (Carol Lee) McEvoy of Athens; one son, John M. Stieren of Springfield; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Marcella Schneller of Springfield; three brothers, Maurice VanMeter of Sherman, Harvey Van Meter of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Eugene Van Meter of Oak Park.; several nieces and nephews and cousins.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          MULCAHY LEADS BLAZERS TO SECTIONAL GOLF TITLE

                                                          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

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Denzler state farm

                                                           

                                                          state farm -

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Baise - Denzler

                                                           

                                                          Mark denzler – lobbyist for baise group

                                                           

                                                          State farm lobbyist – rust/trosino

                                                           

                                                          Active in SCRP – possible cand for city council

                                                           

                                                          Runs for and loses SCB 26 – panther creek – piper glen - lincolnshire

                                                           

                                                          Davlin coy about running again / Says he will announce his decision within a week

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, December 6, 2006

                                                          Author/Byline: CHRIS WETTERICH STAFF WRITER
                                                          Section: CITY/STATE
                                                          Page: 9

                                                          As the first day to file as a candidate for citywide office approaches, Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin said Tuesday he expects to announce within a week whether he will run for a second term.

                                                          Responding to questions from reporters, Davlin said he has not yet started to circulate petitions, although "somebody" was passing them out at a meeting "unbeknownst to me."

                                                          Asked if he had already made up his mind about seeking re-election, Davlin would say only that an announcement is forthcoming.

                                                          Davlin, a Democrat, is expected to run again. No one has yet announced their intention to oppose him, although Ward 10 Ald. Bruce Strom, a Republican who is prevented by term limits from running for a fourth term as alderman, is weighing a mayoral bid.

                                                          City offices are officially nonpartisan, although the political parties usually are heavily involved in citywide and aldermanic races.

                                                          City Clerk Cecilia Tumulty, a Democrat, also is expected to announce she will run again. Tumulty, a Democrat, is in her first term and previously served a term as Ward 5 alderman. No one has yet announced that they will oppose her.

                                                          Springfield Treasurer Jim Langfelder, a Democrat and the only other citywide elected official, has already announced his bid for a second term. He, too, currently has no opponent.

                                                          In the aldermanic races:

                                                          * Ward 1 Ald. Frank Edwards, a Republican, has said he intends to run for a second term. He does not have an announced opponent. Ward 1 takes in the areas around Lake Springfield and the University of Illinois at Springfield.

                                                          * Ward 2 Ald. Frank McNeil, a Democrat, cannot run again because of term limits. He has been on the city council since 1987, the first year aldermanic government resumed.

                                                          Former Democratic county board member Darryl Harris and Charles Starks, a Democratic precinct committeeman, are eyeing the race. Ward 2 mostly takes in the near east side.

                                                          * Ward 3 Ald. Frank Kunz, a Democrat, is circulating petitions to run for a third term. No one has announced a run against him.

                                                          Kunz, who said he voted for Green Party candidate Rich Whitney for governor, has also talked about running for mayor in 2011. Ward 3 is mostly composed of Springfield's far east side and a sliver of the north end.

                                                          * Ward 4 Ald. Chuck Redpath, a Democrat, cannot run again because of term limits. Former City Water, Light and Power worker Dave Danner, Springfield Park Board member Frank Lesko and Mike Buscher, president and managing broker of Aspen Real Estate, are in the race.

                                                          Danner is a Democrat, and Lesko is a Republican. Buscher has not discussed his party affiliation in detail, although he said he supports Davlin's re-election. Ward 4 includes most of the north end.

                                                          * Ward 5 Ald. Joe Bartolomucci,a Republican, has announced a run for a second term. Former Springfield Fire Chief Bob Bartnick, a Democrat, is also running. Others eyeing the race are retiring Sangamon County Board member Sam Cahnman, a Democrat, and Clint Sabin, a Republican dissatisfied with Bartolomucci.

                                                          Ward 5 takes in part of the north end and most of downtown.

                                                          * Ward 6 Ald. Mark Mahoney, a Democrat, is circulating petitions and definitely is running. No one else has made the race. Ward 6's alderman represents part of downtown and the south side.

                                                          * Ward 7 Ald. Judy Yeager, a Republican, will also be forced into retirement by term limits. Joe Rock, a Democrat who lost to Yeager in 2003, is running.

                                                          Three others are eyeing the race: Mike Coffey Jr., who is on the Springfield Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority, Sangamon County Board member Debbie Cimarossa and state trooper Mark Beagles. Coffey and Cimarossa are Republicans, while Beagles is running as an independent, although he has voted in GOP primaries for 20 years.

                                                          Ward 7 takes in areas around Leland Grove and Jerome and parts of the near southwest side.

                                                          * Ward 8 Ald. Irv Smith, a Republican, is term-limited. George Petrilli, legislative liaison for the state Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, is seeking to succeed him. Petrilli said he is not running as a Democrat or a Republican, but he voted in Democratic primaries in 2004 and 2006.

                                                          Brian Weatherford, a customer service representative for Cingular Wireless and a waiter at the Sangamo Club, also has taken out petitions in Ward 8. Weatherford said he has always leaned toward Democratic positions but is running a grassroots campaign.

                                                          Ward 8 is a winding district including part of the west side, mostly east of Veterans Parkway.

                                                          * Ward 9 Ald. Tom Selinger, a Democrat, has not announced whether he will run for a third term, but de did have a fundraiser recently. No one else has announced a run in that ward. Ward 9 includes the northwest side, including the area south of Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.

                                                          * Ward 10 Ald. Bruce Strom, a Republican who has served since 1995, is term-limited. Possible candidates in the ward are Mark Denzler , vice president of government affairs and membership for the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, and Republican county board member Tim Griffin, who works for the state Teachers' Retirement System.

                                                          Ward 10 takes in the west and southwest sides, mostly west of Veterans Parkway.

                                                          The top two finishers in the Feb. 27 primary will advance to the general election April 18. If there are two candidates or less in a race, there will be no primary.

                                                          Candidates can begin filing their petitions with the city clerk's office Monday. The last day to do so is Dec. 18. For more information on the election, go to the city clerk's Web site at www.springfield.il.us/CityClerk/2007%20Elections.htm.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          O'Neill defeats Denzler for county seat

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, March 17, 2004

                                                          Author/Byline: JOHN REYNOLDS STAFF WRITER
                                                          Section: ILLINOIS PRIMARY / SPECIAL
                                                          Page: 7

                                                          Incumbent Republican Sangamon County Board member John O'Neill defeated primary opponent Mark Denzler during Tuesday's election.

                                                          O'Neill beat Denzler by 439 votes to 195 or a margin of 69.2 percent to 30.8 percent.

                                                          The 26th Sangamon County Board District includes Panther Creek, Lincolnshire, Piper Glen, Irongate, the southeast portion of Westchester and a small part of Chatham Township.

                                                          The two candidates had positive things to say about each other after the results were tabulated.

                                                          "I offer (O'Neill) my best wishes and support," Denzler said. "This race was never personal."

                                                          O'Neill, first elected to the board in 2002, had similar thoughts even though he had never met Denzler face to face.

                                                          "I'm sure he's a very intelligent young man who has a lot of experience. I wish him the best," O'Neill said.

                                                          O'Neill said one of the most important county issues in the near future is holding the line on spending and not cutting services to county residents.

                                                          "Most people I've talked to are pretty conservative about property taxes," O'Neill said.

                                                          Denzler said it is possible that he might attempt another run for public office.

                                                          O'Neill, 58, is retired from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and volunteers as assistant state legislative director for the VFW in Illinois. Denzler, 32, is a former House GOP staff member who works as a government affairs specialist for State Farm Insurance.

                                                          No Democratic candidate was on the ballot in the 26th.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Kolaz governor's new deputy chief for operations

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, January 19, 2006

                                                          Reljic joins Abbott

                                                          BORO RELJIC, who has been a lobbyist for the Illinois Manufacturers' Association for 20 years, has taken a new job as the multi-state regional director of government affairs for Abbott Laboratories.

                                                          The company is based near North Chicago in Abbott Park, but Reljic, 44, will continue to live in Springfield. He was vice president of government affairs at IMA.

                                                          A Chicago native with a political science degree from the former Sangamon State University, Reljic said he's excited about the new job, which begins next week. While the new post involves other Midwestern states, he'll still be lobbying at the Statehouse - where he just might run into his wife, KATY LAWRENCE, who runs her own lobbying firm, KML Consulting.

                                                          Meanwhile, MARK DENZLER , 34, a Decatur native living in Springfield, is moving from being government affairs specialist with State Farm Insurance Companies to vice president of government affairs with the manufacturers' group.

                                                          Denzler earlier worked on the House Republican staff for six years and was with IMA for four years. In 2004, he took on an incumbent member of the Sangamon County Board, JOHN O'NEILL, in the GOP primary, but lost. He said he might, at some point, consider another run for office.

                                                          Denzler, a 1993 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, said he helped produce a bit of history there because as senior class president, he helped pick a graduation speaker. Back then, he said, nobody knew much about DONALD RUMSFELD, but they do now. The current secretary of defense was by 1993 a former congressman and a heavy hitter in the business world.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

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                                                          Baise link to vala - greco

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          *Bingo

                                                           

                                                          VICTORY HALL POLICIES HAVE LOCAL BINGO OPERATORS SCRAMBLING

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, March 22, 1993

                                                          Author/Byline: DOUG POKORSKI STAFF WRITER
                                                          Edition: M1,M2
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 1

                                                          Correction: THE SPRINGFIELD POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION REGULARLY OFFERS A SPECIAL PRIZE OF $1,000 AT ITS MONDAY BINGO GAME AT VICTORY HALL, 19TH AND CARPENTER STREETS. THE AMOUNT OF THE PRIZE WAS REPORTED INCORRECTLY IN THIS ARTICLE. NEWSPAPER REGRETS THE ERROR.

                                                          A clash between capitalism and charity is causing a stir in the bingo parlors of Springfield.

                                                          Several local charities say they are losing their leases at a bingo hall where they have had a contract for years. They suspect the reason is that they are not bringing in large enough crowds -- and large enough profits -- to the hall's proprietors.

                                                          And some involved in the local bingo scene say they believe the bingo parlor, Victory Hall, is trying to force out the competition, both in terms of local charities as well as rival bingo hall operators.

                                                          A co-owner of Victory Hall said his operation isn't out to "get" anyone, but is just following sensible business procedures.

                                                          "Everyone is looking for an edge," said Al "Sonny" Greco . "We want to do as well as we can, and I think they (charities and other halls) want to do as well as they can."

                                                          Greco , a consultant and a former top administrator with the Illinois Department of Transportation, is co-owner of Victory Hall, along with Springfield businessman Frank Vala and Greg Baise, president of the Illinois Manufacturers Association and a former top member of Gov. Jim Thompson's administration.

                                                          Frictions in the local bingo community began to surface a few weeks ago, when Victory's manager, Delores Overman, notified the Springfield Jaycees, United Cerebral Palsy of Springfield and the Association for Retarded Citizens that their leases would not be renewed when they expired this spring.

                                                          "We were kind of shocked," said Jaycees president Bob Jones.

                                                          The Jaycees had leased the hall for its games for 13 years. Jones said the only reason given for terminating the lease was "the need for a change."

                                                          No clear reason was given to UCP either, according to executive director Walt Freeman. UCP had also leased Victory Hall since it opened as a bingo hall more than a decade ago. In recent years, UCP shared a lease with ARC, and the lease for both organizations was terminated, Freeman said.

                                                          Losing their leases means the three organizations will have to find somewhere else to hold their games. Jones said the Jaycees will be going to the American Center, 1501 E. Griffiths Ave. UCP is still looking, Freeman said.

                                                          Having to move probably means losing the audience the groups have developed over the years. Because bingo players are more attached to a particular hall on a particular night than they are to the charity that runs the game, it's not likely that old "customers" will follow the charities to new locations.

                                                          If, as is likely, the move causes a drop in revenues, the organizations may have to cut back on services, Jones said. The Jaycees make $25,000 to $30,000 a year on bingo; all proceeds go into community services, such as programs for senior citizens and a project to buy warm coats for underprivileged children.

                                                          Freeman and Jones said they suspect they were booted from Victory Hall because they would not participate in promotional activities the hall's management favored.

                                                          For example, Freeman and Jones said UCP/ARC and the Jaycees don't advertise their games very often.

                                                          "We heard the hall was upset that we don't advertise that much," Freeman said. "We've never found that advertising brings people to bingo. The hall thinks it does."

                                                          Said Jones: "When you've been established for some time, how much good does it do to advertise?" Another factor contributing to termination of the leases may be the size of the prizes offered by the ousted charities. The maximum amount of prize money a charity can offer per night for regular bingo is limited by state law to $2,250. But many charities also obtain a county license to play games with names like "Fireplug" and "Security."

                                                          Those games -- which are considered raffles but are played in a similar fashion to bingo -- offer essentially unlimited prizes in addition to the standard bingo pot, according to Bob Stork, owner of the American Center.

                                                          While some charities offer a modest special game prize of $500, and some don't play the special games at all, others have offered as much as$2,000 to boost attendance. Freeman said he thinks UCP's failure to offer a large special prize may have contributed to termination of its lease.

                                                          Bingo proceeds make up only about 15 percent of UCP's annual revenues, but that $25,000 a year is a steady source of income for the organization.

                                                          UCP doesn't offer a large special prize, Freeman said, because bad weather or some other circumstance could cut attendance to the point where the proceeds wouldn't cover the cost.

                                                          The Rev. Stanley Milewski, pastor of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, said the big prizes are forcing smaller charities out of business. Milewski thinks that's intentional.

                                                          "I believe Victory wants to put everybody out of commission so they can be top banana," Milewski said.

                                                          For example, Milewski said, the bingo game operated by Sacred Heart Senior Citizens used to make about $1,100 a night every Monday -- until the Police Benevolent Association, a Victory Hall client, began offering a $1,500 special prize in addition to its regular bingo pot on Mondays.

                                                          Now, Sacred Heart's Monday take is down to $300 to $400, Milewski said.

                                                          Milewski is also concerned because he has heard that Victory Hall is going to start offering bingo at noon on Wednesdays. Sacred Heart began noon-Wednesday bingo with considerable success at American in January.

                                                          Victory manager Overman confirmed the hall is considering daytime bingo, but would not say whether it would be on Wednesdays.

                                                          It is up to individual charities to decide the size of the prizes they will offer, she said, although the current Victory Hall contract does require at least a $500 special game prize in addition to the standard bingo prize.

                                                          However, Overman also conceded that "a $2,000 (special game prize) is going to increase our business."

                                                          The city's three major bingo halls, Victory, American and Caritas, make part of their money just by renting the use of their halls, either on a flat fee basis or by using some kind of sliding scale. Licensed hall owners also sell bingo cards and other supplies to charities that are licensed by the state to operate the games.

                                                          But a hall's major profit comes from concessions, according to American Center's Stork. The halls sell everything from snacks and soft drinks to lottery tickets to the steady crowds who come to play bingo.

                                                          That means the bigger the crowd, the bigger the profit for the hall.

                                                          Stork also thinks Victory Hall is trying to force out the competition by encouraging its clients to offer larger prizes.

                                                          "They want to run Caritas (Hall) and me out of business," he said. "It's a big giveaway."

                                                          The Rev. Peter Mascari, who runs Caritas for a charitable group, declined to be interviewed.

                                                          Caritas, 920 North Grand Ave. E., is the only major bingo hall in Springfield run by a not-for-profit organization, although there are smaller not-for-profit bingo operations in town.

                                                          Victory Hall co-owner Greco said it is "unfortunate" that business decisions made by the hall's management may have caused problems for local charities, but he called Springfield "a limited market." "We're not out to alienate any group, but we have to look at these (charitable organizations) as business entities, and we have to look for the best groups," Greco said. "We're trying to make money off concessions, and the bigger the nucleus we have to draw from (the better)." Hall management looks at which organizations are doing the best marketing of their games with advertising or special prizes, Greco said. Only a portion of the population is interested in bingo, Greco said, and Victory Hall wants to attract as many of that group as it can.

                                                          When an organization's lease is up, he said, Victory Hall has to use business criteria for deciding whether the lease is continued, he said. In making that decision, there's no room to consider how valuable a group might be to the community, he said.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          TITLE: OBITUARIES

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, July 2, 1993

                                                          Edition: M1,M2
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 31

                                                          Al Greco Al "Sonny" Greco , 46, of Springat St. John's Hospital.

                                                          He was born Feb. 5, 1947, in Springfield, the son of Sam L. and Helen Mason Greco . He married Peggy Schwartz in 1972. Preceding him in death were his father in 1986, and a brother, Dominic Michael.

                                                          Mr. Greco had been the owner and operator of Greco Consulting Group since 1988. From 1984-1989, he was the director of finance and administration for the state Department of Transportation.

                                                           

                                                          He was assistant director of personnel under

                                                          Gov. James Thompson in 1984

                                                           

                                                          and served as downstate coordinator for President

                                                          Ronald Reagan's 1984 campaign.

                                                           

                                                          Mr. Greco was assistant director for the state Department of Conservation from 1982-83. He was formerly a contractor for Community Construction and had been an insurance agent and district manager for Combined Insurance.

                                                          He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church. Mr. Greco was an Army staff sergeant, serving from 1966-68 in the Vietnam War. He was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a 1972 honors graduate of Eastern Illinois University.

                                                          Surviving are his wife, Peggy; two sons, Michael Dominic and Andrew John "Andy," both of Springfield; his mother, Mrs. Helen Greco of Springfield; a sister, Mrs. Al (Rosalena "Rose") Tribuzzi of Springfield; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

                                                          Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Church, with the Rev. Hugh Cassidy officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Staab Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          *( yes it’s the same jim nelson on fairview, and ipha)

                                                           

                                                          NO-BID CONTRACT IS A LOSING PLAY FOR GAMING BOARD SPRINGFIELD FIRM GIVEN $40,000

                                                          COMPUTER JOB

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, January 5, 1991

                                                          Author/Byline: MATT KRASNOWSKI COPLEY NEWS SERVICE
                                                          Edition: M1,M2
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 1

                                                           

                                                          A $40,000 no-bid contract for the Illinois Gaming Board is being called into question, and board officials acknowledge it "may leave the wrong

                                                          perception."

                                                          Data Definitions Inc.,

                                                           

                                                          a Springfield firm run by Al Greco , a former

                                                          state Department of Transportation official

                                                          with strong Republican Party ties,

                                                           

                                                          was awarded the contract to study the computer automation needs of the Gaming Board, a newly created state entity that oversees riverboat gambling.

                                                          The contract was paid by the state Department of Revenue, which is the parent agency of the Gaming Board, not from the board's budget.

                                                          The local firm is designing two data-processing systems for the board.

                                                           

                                                          *One will be used to track the cash flow from the

                                                          boats to units of government.

                                                           

                                                          *The other will be used to compile the backgrounds

                                                          of owners, suppliers and employees

                                                           

                                                          of the riverboats.

                                                          It was the no-bid nature of the contract that some lawmakers found irksome.

                                                          Sen. Denny Jacobs, D-East Moline, one of the main backers of riverboat gambling, said the contract should have gone out for bids because the board needs to present itself as an entity where all business is done "above the board." "I just wish they wouldn't have done it without asking for bids," Jacobs said. "They should be taking bids on every (contract). I really don't think it proper . . . or in the board's best interest."

                                                           

                                                          Gaming Board spokesman Jim Nelson said board

                                                           

                                                          administrators "realize it may leave

                                                           

                                                          the wrong perception" and will work in the future to

                                                          make sure that contracts are bid.

                                                          "We know we are demanding a lot of credibility from applicants," Nelson said.

                                                          Revenue spokesman Kevin Johnson said the contract was awarded without bids because the work needed to be performed quickly.

                                                          "If we opened it up for bids, it might have taken too long," he said.

                                                          The contract fell under the state's "artistic and professional" work specifications, which do not require bids, Johnson said.

                                                          Some lawmakers said the board's actions were dictated by pressure to issue gambling licenses quickly.

                                                          "A no-bid contract may be OK, providing the individual is competent and they ask for a fair price," said Sen. Thomas Dunn, D-Joliet.

                                                          But he said the board should be "extremely careful" when handing out such contracts.

                                                          Others suggested that the information that Data Definitions is providing could have obtained within state government through the Illinois State Lottery or the Illinois Racing Board.

                                                          For example, Iowa's Racing and Gaming Board uses the same automation system for both pari-mutuel wagering and riverboat gambling, said Chuck Patton, the director of riverboat gambling in Iowa.

                                                          However, Nelson said the information Illinois' board will be receiving comes from a wider variety of sources than data for any other state government entity.

                                                           

                                                          Information from the computers of the FBI, the

                                                           

                                                          Internal Revenue Service, the National

                                                           

                                                          Crime Information Center and others will have to be

                                                          translated so it can be used by the

                                                          Gaming Board's computer.


                                                          The Department of Revenue will program the board's computers, Nelson said.

                                                          Attempts to contact Greco Friday afternoon were unsuccessful.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

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                                                          TAVINE LINK – BURGE – BAISE WAS TAVINE CAMPAIGN MGR

                                                           

                                                          1985 thompson campaign MGR

                                                           

                                                          DOT = Cellini – isea – stout – IBT – madonia – and see schnapp/dot/uis/forklift

                                                           

                                                          Thompson campaign – gray – and see Gregg durham – lee daniels – and see gonet – long et al

                                                           

                                                          Fleischli from petro was at Thompson admin w/ durham

                                                           

                                                          Fleischli – worked for baise (fleischli- ihpa/ dana Thomas and new salem)

                                                           

                                                          1988 - Mike Baise, 35, = assistant director of  agriculture cousin to greg baise

                                                           

                                                          George Christofilakos - Arena foods – Jim’s steak house owned by baise/vala/Greco D.

                                                           

                                                          O. and partner at arena – madonia - yannone

                                                           

                                                          Baise – stl casino - money

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          VOTER TURNOUT, CONFUSION SWUNG VICTORY TO THOMPSON

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, November 6, 1986

                                                          Author/Byline: Jeff Brody
                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 3

                                                          As expected, the Illinois governor's race Tuesday was determined by voter turnout and voter confusion on the Democratic side of the ballot.

                                                          Gov. James Thompson, who won his fourth term, claimed the results showed rejection of challenger Adlai Stevenson and the negative tone of his campaign.

                                                          But Stevenson's camp claimed the numbers showed significant voter confusion over the three-punch strategy the candidate was forced to employ because of the adherents of Lyndon LaRouche on the Democratic ticket.

                                                          With 99 percent of the state's precincts counted, Thompson had 53 percent of the gubernatorial vote, 1,643,058, to Stevenson's 1,232,688, or 40 percent. "No Candidate," the spot on the top of the Democratic ticket, received 201,431 votes, about 6 percent of the total.

                                                          Official turnout figures won't be available for at least a week.

                                                          Early indications are that turnout in Chicago was about 58 percent of 1.4 million registered voters, compared with 68 percent of 1.5 million in 1982, damaging Stevenson's bid. mTurnout in the suburban and downstate areas was thought to be the same or a little higher than four years ago, a trend that worked for Republican Thompson.

                                                          Stevenson said the race would have been close, like the 1982 matchup between the same candidates, had there been an opportunity for him to win straight Democratic ballots.

                                                          But Stevenson could not count on straight Democratic ballots this year, as he did in 1982, because of the LaRouche victories in March.

                                                          There is no doubt the nomination of LaRouche supporter Mark Fairchild as the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor took Stevenson out of the race.

                                                          To disassociate himself from the LaRouchie, Stevenson withdrew from the party and lost the benefit of straight party ballots despite the attempts to publicize a three-punch ballot strategy.

                                                          The total vote for Jane Spirgel, Stevenson's Solidarity running mate for secretary of state -- 16 percent of the ballots cast -- is perhaps the best measure of the number of three-punch votes cast. Straight Democratic ballots normally amount to about 20 percent of the statewide vote.

                                                          At the same time, there were reports statewide of a higher percentage of straight Republican votes, indicating the success of GOP efforts to convince voters that the "safe" way to avoid voting for a LaRouchie was to vote straight Republican.

                                                          But the LaRouche victories meant more than just the loss of straight party voters for Stevenson.

                                                          The primary debacle gave Thompson the most powerful campaign issue he had against Stevenson, one he used daily in the last month of the race. If Stevenson did not have the leadership ability to get his own choice nominated as his running mate, Thompson asked, how will he have the ability to lead the state? The LaRouche victories contributed to the lackluster public perception of Stevenson, and never allowed the challenger to fully focus public attention on chinks in Thompson's record.

                                                          But titular party leader Alan Dixon said Wednesday that Stevenson "demonstrated his manhood" in a "long, hard year," and helped the party survive intact the "tragic circumstances" of the primary.

                                                          Before leaving for a vacation Wednesday, Thompson said his victory came about because "I've been a good governor and I've run a good campaign."

                                                          Thompson promised to "take nothing for granted" going into his fourth term, and said he would establish a transition team to review personnel in his administration and its policies.

                                                          There could be changes in Thompson's cabinet, and the governor will be looking to find

                                                           

                                                          a new place in his administration for

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Greg Baise ,

                                                           

                                                          his former patronage chief and

                                                           

                                                          secretary of transportation,

                                                           

                                                          who ran his campaign this year.

                                                          Despite the higher turnout in the Republican areas and an opponent dogged by the LaRouche factor, Thompson received about 200,000 fewer votes than he did in 1982. Now 50, Thompson is probably starting his final term as governor. He said during the campaign that he almost did not run again this year because of his concern for his family's financial security.

                                                          A number of potential successors are already in statewide office.

                                                          With near final results, here's how the other state races looked: Alan Dixon, 59, the state's senior U.S. senator, again proved enormously popular, outpolling Republican state Rep. Judy Koehler 1,999,919 votes to 1,047,503. Secretary of State Jim Edgar, 40, easily beat LaRouche Democrat Janice Hart and Solidarity nominee Jane Spirgel. Edgar, priming for a run for governor in four years, was the state's top vote-getter Tuesday, with 2,077,497 to Spirgel's 509,552 and Hart's 469,500. Attorney General Neil Hartigan, 47, won a second term, beating Republican Bernard Carey 1,893,356 votes to 1,121,211. Comptroller Roland Burris, 49, beat Republican state Sen. Adeline Geo-Karis 1,847,363 to 1,066,735. Nearly complete returns showed Democratic candidates for the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, Nina Shepherd, Charles Wolff and Judy Calder, won election to the board.

                                                           

                                                          THOMPSON TEAM GETTING NEW LOOK

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, November 27, 1986

                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: EDITORIAL
                                                          Page: 17

                                                          WITHOUT SAYING so directly, Gov. James Thompson has promised a new look for his administration when it begins its fourth term Jan. 12.

                                                          The publicized "transition team" effort to identify new directions for the administration is just one part of the new look. The other will be in an expected turnover in cabinet-level positions that will rival any overall change since Thompson first took office 10 years ago.

                                                          Already, cabinet members Tom Johnson of Revenue, Michael Witte of Conservation and David Hardwick of Veterans Affairs said they won't seek reappointment.

                                                          Others are rumored to be reviewing employment opportunities in private business, and rumors also abound that some agency directors will not be asked to return. While some of these rumors are undoubtedly without foundation, there is already enough potential turnover to project a new cast on the Thompson government.

                                                          THOMPSON MUST also find spots for some key administration loyalists who left their government jobs to serve in his re-election campaign. Two that come immediately to mind are former Transportation Secretary Greg Baise , who ran Thompson's campaign, and Mark Frech, like Baise a former patronage chief in Thompson's office, who was deputy campaign manager.

                                                          Transportation Secretary Harry Hanley is due to retire from state government after a long career in the Department of Transportation, capped when Thompson tabbed him to head the department when Baise left. Baise could return to his old job.

                                                          James Zagel, director of the Department of State Police and a Thompson protege -- he served under Thompson when Thompson was U.S. attorney in Chicago -- has been a member of Thompson's cabinet almost from the beginning. However, Zagel, 45, is being considered for a federal judgeship in Chicago; another former Thompson assistant, Jeremy Margolis who is now the state's inspector general, could be Zagel's replacement.

                                                          ANOTHER DIRECTOR who may be looking elsewhere is Richard Carlson of the state Environmental Protection Agency. Carlson, 42, has filled upper-level management positions in the administration since 1977. Johnson, 40, the most recent cabinet member to announce he will leave the administration, served under Thompson for 10 years, first in the Department of Local Government Affairs, then in Revenue. Generally acknowledged in state government as a true professional, Johnson headed the state's tax collection agency longer than any of his predecessors.

                                                          Johnson will move to a partnership in one of the nation's major accounting and consulting firms, Grant Thornton.

                                                          Despite the department's role in implementing many major tax changes during his tenure, in administering the successful tax amnesty program in 1984 and in stepping up enforcement efforts against tax cheats, Johnson chose the formation of a customer service bureau as his proudest accomplishment.

                                                          THAT CHANGE, he said, made the state tax bureaucracy more sensitive and accessible to taxpayers. Many would think that typical of Johnson's commonsense management approach.

                                                          "That one will hurt," said one Thompson administration official of Johnson's resignation. "It's good to have a really experienced professional in that job."

                                                          The resignation of Witte, 35, also for a position in the private sector, has prompted a raft of editorial comment. The Department of Conservation was considered a leaky ship in troubled waters when Witte took the helm two years ago.

                                                          He brought with him eight years of experience in management positions in natural resource agencies of the Thompson administration and a sense that the agency could progress. Witte worked hard to improve the reputation of the department, which has more conflicting interest groups than any other in state government. Seldom in recent years has a director of Conservation been so successful in winning support from so many of those groups.

                                                          BUT WITTE grew frustrated at times with the state patronage system, and some of his supporters learned this summer that he was considering leaving government. Witte tried to turn patronage demands to his own benefit, agreeing to hire a "referral" only if he could hire his choice for a more important job.

                                                          In the end, Witte attributed his move to a desire to enter private sector employment at a time when his youth gave him the widest options: "The prospect of staying with the governor for another four years was very attractive, but the prospect of making the transition to the private sector at 40 is not as attractive."

                                                          Hardwick, also a veteran of the Thompson administration, cited only "personal considerations" in announcing his resignation from Veterans Affairs.

                                                          Those three resignations, and the likely exodus of other agency directors, open large holes to be filled by Thompson and his transition team.

                                                          The departments of Transportation, Revenue, Conservation, State Police and Veterans Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency together employ about 17,900 people, almost one-quarter of the total state employees outside the educational institutions.

                                                          THERE WEREN'T many new faces on the transition team Thompson appointed to help him set a new direction for the administration. But there apparently will be some new faces when some of these vacancies are filled.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          TAVINE LINK – BURGE –

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          WHAT QUALITIES MAKE A GOOD ALDERMAN IS A BIG ISSUE IN WOODSON-TAVINE RACE

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, October 29, 1987

                                                          Author/Byline: Jacqueline Price
                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: SPECIAL: ELECTION 1987
                                                          Page: 9A

                                                          Ward 10 residents will choose Tuesday between two very different candidates who nonetheless agree on many issues.

                                                          But on the issue of what makes a good alderman, Allan Woodson and Pat Tavine are on opposite sides.

                                                          Woodson says an alderman should be well-educated, have leadership ability, have fiscal management skills and have a good community service record. "My record shows that I have all those qualifications."

                                                          Tavine describes a good alderman as someone willing to listen to the concerns of the people in his ward. "I'm a common-sense person who can get things done. The people in general know they can talk to Pat Tavine," he said.

                                                          As a negotiator for the Illinois Association of School Boards, Woodson says he has learned to interact with people in sometimes confrontational atmospheres. "I have mastered the talent of being able to agreeably disagree, which will be beneficial as alderman."

                                                          Tavine said his experiences enable him to relate to both white-collar and blue-collar workers. He has unloaded trucks as a retail clerk at National Food Stores as well as owned a business. He used to own a Springfield tavern. "That's the toughest business to run."


                                                          Tavine, a Republican, has some political heavyweights in his camp –

                                                          including Greg Baise , who has been Gov. Jim Thompson's campaign manager

                                                          and has directed Republican presidential races in Illinios.

                                                           

                                                          Finance reports also indicate he has the edge over Woodson in campaign funding.

                                                          On the other hand, Woodson -- who describes himself as an independent -- ran strongly in the Sept. 22 primary election. He led the five-candidate Ward 10 field with 1,271 votes to Tavine's 996. Ward 10 is on the leading edge of south and west side expansion. Issues such as traffic, zoning, public safety and commercial development concern both candidates.

                                                          City residents said in a recent survey that they support a traffic "channelizer" to reduce traffic in neighborhoods north of White Oaks Mall, and they want an east-west thoroughfare, Woodson says. "We support the channelizer, and we went before the city council to lobby in favor of that."

                                                          Tavine agrees that the channelizer is a good idea. But he admonishes Woodson for what he says was an attempt to take credit for it. An unsuccessful aldermanic candidate, Bruce Strom, initiated the channelizer project, Tavine said.

                                                          Tavine lists the channelizer and traffic problems on Wabash Avenue as the foremost issues in the Ward 10 race. He circulated a paper on the subject last week.

                                                          He said he intends to seek a seat on city council committees dealing with traffic and pledged to work closely with the director of public works on east-west flow of traffic near White Oaks Mall.

                                                          Woodson says zoning is a bigger issue with most Springfield and Ward 10 residents. He proposes that the new council create long-term zoning plans to avoid future problems. "Any new housing should conform to existing housing patterns," he says.

                                                          Tavine said he also would monitor the growth of the ward and make sure that future development follows current patterns.

                                                          In his paper, Tavine said he will speak out against zoning changes that affect property values in Ward 10 neighborhoods.

                                                          Woodson said widening of the underpass at Chatham Road is also a big issue. The road is narrow, with no margins for pedestrians or bicyclists, he said.

                                                          Woodson and Tavine both favor relocating the railroad tracks -- probably possible only with federal aid. Otherwise, the underpass should be widened, Woodson says. "But that would also be a major undertaking similar to what's being done to Cook Street," he said.

                                                          Tavine said the issue needs to be resolved. "Delays can only lead to an increased financial burden."

                                                          The candidates also agree on the need for more traffic lights are on Wabash Avenue. Woodson said his poll illustrated the need for traffic lights in the Kirkley Lane and Wabash Avenue intersection.

                                                          Tavine favors a detailed study of the problem.

                                                          Both candidates also say legal fees for the voting rights suit should be settled immediately.

                                                          Tavine said he hopes aldermen will vote unanimously on what to do about the $1.9 million bill.

                                                          Woodson said the issue should be handled without going to court, to avoid even more costs.

                                                          Alderman, Ward 10 Allan Woodson Age: 42. Occupation: Director of field services for Illinois Association of School Boards.

                                                          Home: 3216 Ellendale Drive.

                                                          Family: Married (Janet), two children.

                                                          Education: Graduate, Feitshans High School; bachelor's degree, Illinois State University; master's degree, University of Illinois; doctorate in education, University of Illinois.

                                                          Previous public offices: None.

                                                          Pat Tavine Age: 37. Occupation: Division chief with Illinois Department of Public Health.

                                                          Home: 90 Crusaders Road.

                                                          Family: Married (Jamie), three children.

                                                          Education: Griffin High School, attended Springfield College in Illinois.

                                                          Previous public offices: Convention center board member since 1980.

                                                           

                                                          GOP'S ROLE NON-PARTISAN: LEONE

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, November 6, 1987

                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: EDITORIAL
                                                          Page: 11

                                                          ALTHOUGH THEY lost big, Republicans in the Sangamon County organization profess not to be too unhappy with the outcome of Tuesday's city election.

                                                          At first blush, they wouldn't appear to have much to be happy about. Low, rumbling noises, in fact, have been heard among defeated candidates and rank-and-file Republicans.

                                                          For one thing, only two Republicans were elected to the new aldermanic city council -- County Chairman Irv Smith in Ward 8 and Bob Vose in Ward 5. At the same time, GOP candidates went down to defeat in four aldermanic races, despite considerable political experience behind them.

                                                          Tom Madonia's and Pat Tavine's defeats in particular raised eyebrows, since Madonia led the ticket for Springfield Park Board as recently as April and

                                                           

                                                          Tavine had for his campaign manager Greg Baise ,

                                                           

                                                          former campaign manager for Gov. Jim Thompson.

                                                          THE DEFEAT OF Norm Weiskopf, who lost by only 12 votes after conducting a savvy campaign in a heavily Democratic ward, was perhaps the most bitter pill of all.

                                                          In any event, the Democrats won big. Mayor-elect Ossie Langfelder is a Democrat, and seven members of the board of aldermen are Democrats of one factional persuasion or another.

                                                          But all that, according to Republican activist Tony Leone, misses the point.

                                                          The point, Leone says, is that the GOP role in Springfield's first election under the new form of government was as non-partisan as ever.

                                                          "I think that the whole Republicrat issue is dead," he said.

                                                          To Leone's way of looking at things, the issue is dead because the Sangamon County GOP organization stopped short of formal endorsements this year and got behind candidates of both parties.

                                                          "IT WAS NOT A clear Democrat victory, and Republicans and Democrats were working together," he said. "The Republicans did the responsible thing. We supported the people we thought would best serve the city."

                                                          In several wards, the GOP organization wasn't able to recruit candidates of its own and recommended Democrats who had already gotten in the race. In others, party activists ran themselves.

                                                          But Leone said the understanding was clear in most races that precinct committeemen were free to pass literature for Democrats or leave it out of their packets.

                                                          Nor did the party organization spend much money on most candidates of either party, he said.

                                                          LEONE SAID IN only a couple or three races did the organization make all-out efforts to elect candidates. Those efforts, as he described them, were pre-emptive in nature.

                                                          "In any races where there was clearly a radical, the radical lost," he said. "I can even say radical conservative -- look at (former Finance Com.

                                                          Jim) Dunham (who ran citywide against Utilities Com. Frank Madonia for utility director)." The upshot of the election, Leone said, will be a mayor and board of aldermen made up of reasonable people who will be able to work together for the city's best interest. And the GOP played a pivotal role in ensuring that outcome, he said.

                                                          "We tried to back off on that `endorsement' word, but everybody uses it," he said. "So the Republicans endorsed, the Democrats didn't. We took the responsible approach."

                                                          Footnote 1: My usual post-election analysis of the calls I missed in Tuesday's prediction column will not appear in this space today for a simple reason: I predicted them all correctly.

                                                          Footnote 2: But in all candor, I have to add that I second-guessed myself in a couple of races and lost in the office pool. It was won, by the way, by city hall reporter Jay Fitzgerald.

                                                          Modest proposal As the veto session went into its final days this week, the League of Women Voters of Illinois decided the time was ripe to urge the legislature to vote a modest tax increase.

                                                          According to state league president Mary Ellen Barry, the end-of-month balance in the general revenue fund tells the story. She said it's been below the accepted level of $200 million for the past 14 months and dipped to $17 million in August.

                                                          "This amount is much too low to ensure that the state's bills are paid in a timely fashion," she said. "That such low balances exist in relatively good times is even more troubling."

                                                          Barry said the legislature should have passed a tax increase in the spring, and that obligation hasn't gone away.

                                                          "By refusing to enact a modest state income tax increase during the spring session of the General Assembly, legislators in effect voted for a shaky fiscal situation and against better schools, against programs to meet basic human needs and against other services that would reduce depen dency, family disintegration and crime," she said.

                                                          She also said an income tax hike would enhance the state's economic development potential.

                                                          "Poor state services do not attract business development. Nor do they contribute to Illinois' quality of life," she said. "The legislature's refusal to increase revenues is penny-wise and pound-foolish."

                                                          A couple of short-term factors suggest the league's modest proposal will go unheeded, however.

                                                          For one thing, the General Assembly is expected to wind up the veto session this week.

                                                          For another, the filing period for primary candidates for seats in the General Assembly begins a month from Saturday. In brief Gary Clayton, director of the Department of Registration and Education, will leave state government next month to take a post as executive vice president of the Illinois Association of Realtors. . . . Celebrating his 50th birthday Sunday is state Sen. Denny Jacobs, D-East Moline, son of former Rep. Oral "Jake" Jacobs.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          BILL FLEISCHLI, MOGERMAN GET NEW STATE POSTS

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, December 30, 1988

                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: EDITORIAL
                                                          Page: 9

                                                          A FORMER PATRONAGE chief for Gov. James Thompson is moving to a top spot in the state Department of Transportation, and an assistant press secretary to

                                                          Thompson is taking his place as deputy director of the state Historic Preservation Agency.

                                                          Bill Fleischli, who joins the Transportation Department next month as director of its office of intergovernmental affairs, says the move isn't political.

                                                          "I'm going over there to do the (department's) state and federal legislation," Fleischli said. "That's what I'm hired for."

                                                          The intergovernmental affairs office deals with state and federal legislation and policy. Fleischli's salary will be $63,000 a year.

                                                          In the meantime, assistant press secretary Susan Mogerman will become deputy director of Historic Preservation at a salary of $52,000 a year. She said she looks forward to making the move from the governor's press office.

                                                          "IT'S HARD LEAVING here," Mogerman said. "It's hard leaving the center of things, but it's a job I'll look forward to going to in the morning."

                                                          Mogerman joined the governor's press office in 1983, after a stint as media coordinator of his 1982 re-election campaign. A Springfield resident, she is a journalism graduate of the University of Missouri.

                                                          At Historic Preservation, Mogerman will be responsible for policy planning and program supervision. She'll be the agency's legislative liaison and work with its office of public affairs and development.

                                                          "I'm going over at a real interesting time and building on a strong base," she said. "Bill Fleischli really laid some wonderful groundwork over there."



                                                          FLEISCHLI, A longtime member of the Springfield Metropolitan Exposition and

                                                           

                                                          Auditorium Authority,

                                                           

                                                          was a teacher and coach at Griffin High School before joining state government in 1981.

                                                           

                                                          In addition to setting up the Historic Preservation Agency's public affairs office, he said

                                                           

                                                          he's proudest of its contribution to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and of working with

                                                           

                                                          the General Assembly to get funding for the Dana-Thomas House and an educational

                                                           

                                                          center at New Salem State Park.

                                                          "We also created the Heritage Preservation Fund that allows us a check-off on state income taxes," he said. "It will be used to supplement our educational programs and assist in site preservation and the historical library."

                                                          HE WORKED FOR the Conservation, Transportation and Rehabilitation Services

                                                           

                                                          departments before joining the governor's personnel office in 1984. From 1984 to 1987,

                                                           

                                                          he was Thompson's patronage chief.

                                                          Fleischli said he isn't ruling anything out regarding plans to help further secretary Greg

                                                           

                                                          Baise 's political ambitions.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Those include a possible run for statewide office in 1990. "He is my boss as secretary of transportation," Fleischli said. "I'm interested in doing anything he wants to do as secretary of transportation."

                                                          Fleischli starts next week at the Transportation Department. Mogerman goes over to Historic Preservation at the end of January.

                                                          Lake II talk Springfield 2nd Ward Ald. Frank McNeil will speak next week on the Lake Springfield II project, unanimously approved earlier this month by the city council, before the League of Women Voters of the Springfield Area.

                                                          His topic is the "Next Step for Lake Springfield II." He'll speak at noon Wednesday in the Carnegie Room of Lincoln Library in downtown Springfield.

                                                          Judge lauded Federal Appellate Judge Harlington Wood Jr. is profiled in a recent issue of Sullivan's Review, a legal periodical in the Chicago area.

                                                          The 28-page story reviews the life and career of the Sangamon County native who acted as a private Springfield lawyer, U.S. attorney, assistant U.S. attorney general and U.S. district judge before joining the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1976. Friends and associates praise Wood in the article, including 7th Circuit Chief Judge William Bauer, who is quoted as saying, "Nobody doesn't like the guy."

                                                          Sullivan's Review is published by Sullivan's Law Directory Inc. of Barrington.

                                                          Area lawmaker State Rep. Tom Homer, D-Canton, recently got an honorable mention for legislative leadership and a 1989 calendar from the Illinois Environmental Council.

                                                          The award was for his sponsorship of H3064, legislation requiring a countywide referendum for landfill site annexation approval. The calendar features photographs by nature photographer Willard Clay.

                                                          Caption: Fleischli / Mogerman

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          RIVERBOAT FEES FACE PANEL INVESTIGATION

                                                          Chicago Tribune - Wednesday, December 3, 1997

                                                          Author/Byline: Ted Gregory, Tribune Staff Writer.
                                                          Edition: DU PAGE SPORTS FINAL
                                                          Section: METRO DU PAGE
                                                          Page: 2

                                                          A retired U.S. District judge, the dean of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a retired attorney will begin reviewing the propriety of fees totaling more than $1 million that a Downstate riverboat operator paid to a former high-ranking state official and his business partner.

                                                          Nicholas Bua, retired from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and a former Illinois Circuit Court and Appellate Court judge, will preside over the three-person panel, appointed by the Illinois Gaming Board.

                                                          Bua and the two other members will examine whether Greg Baise , former Illinois Department of Transportation secretary, and Lawrence Lucas, owner of a communications company,

                                                           

                                                          collected an excessive fee from the Casino Queen, an East St. Louis riverboat.

                                                           

                                                          Baise and Lucas "assisted in the formative stages of the company" in 1991 and 1992,

                                                           

                                                          said Michael Belletire, Illinois Gaming Board administrator, and the panel is expected to discern whether that work was worth $1 million.

                                                          The panel is expected to have its first meeting this month, although members have not set a date, Belletire said. The panel will conduct what amounts to a trial to determine whether Baise and Lucas were paid fair market value for the work, Belletire added.

                                                          Although a preliminary review of the documents showed nothing illegal, Belletire said the panel will determine if the Casino Queen's contracts with Baise and Lucas violate Illinois Gaming Board rules.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Dot= airports

                                                           

                                                          CAPITAL AIRPORT PROJECTS IN STATE PROGRAM

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, June 18, 1988

                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 15

                                                          The state airport improvement program for fiscal year 1989 includes $2.25 million for five projects at Springfield's Capital Airport.

                                                          The state Department of Transportation is proposing to spend $97.3 million on airport work statewide during the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. Logan County Airport at Lincoln will get two projects estimated to cost $565,000. The Litchfield Airport will have one project costing $114,000. Capital Airport projects funded with 90 percent federal funds, 5 percent state funds, and 5 percent local funds include: $1.1 million to repave and mark the north-south runway. $215,000 to replace an emergency vehicle. $129,000 to acquire land for clear zones. $761,000 to construct general aviation aprons and T-hangar taxiways in the south section of the airport.

                                                          A fifth project, construction of a parking lot to serve the general aviation area, would cost $40,000, 80 percent covered by the state and 20 percent from local funds.

                                                          The Logan County Airport will repave and mark its northeast-southwest runway at a cost of $513,000, with 90 percent federal financing, and install a perimeter fence and security gate at a cost of $54,000, funded with 80 percent state and 20 percent local funds.

                                                          The Litchfield Airport will replace its runway lighting system and install pilot controls for the system at a cost of $114,000, with 90 percent federal funding.

                                                          This year's program is up 90 percent over last year's $50 million program, Transportation Secretary Greg Baise said. About $60 million of the 1989 program will go for projects at large commercial airports, including Springfield.

                                                          Baise also released the state's proposed five-year airport improvement program, which outlines $500 million in projects, including another $8.25 million in proposed projects at Capital Airport and $1.18 million to construct a new taxiway at the Litchfield Airport.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          THOMPSON SHUFFLES CABINET

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, January 24, 1987

                                                          Author/Byline: Jeff Brody
                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 1

                                                          Gov. James Thompson shuffled his Cabinet Friday, appointing two new agency directors and firing two others.

                                                          Thompson nominated his former deputy campaign manager, Mark Frech, to head the Illinois Department of Conservation.

                                                          Gwen Martin, a leader in the state AFL-CIO, was named to direct the Department of Labor.

                                                          Thompson did not reappoint Brad Evilsizer as head of the Department of Mines and Minerals or Mervin Bachman as chairman of the Illinois Industrial Commission, which hears workers compensation cases.

                                                          The governor also announced the reappointments of 22 current members of the Cabinet.

                                                          Thompson spokesman Jim Bray said the governor believes Evilsizer and Bachman "have done a good job, but it's time for a change in both departments."

                                                          Both agencies have been under fire in recent months.

                                                          The Department of Mines and Minerals is being stripped of its power to enforce some oil and gas drilling regulations. The federal Environmental Protection Agency says the state has not properly enforced the regulations.

                                                          EPA audits of the department's oil and gas division showed permit applications were approved without vital information, and reports were missing from department files. The audits also found a lack of on-site inspections.

                                                          The oil and gas division is being investigated by the Illinois State Police after its head, George Lane, resigned amid allegations he accepted gifts from companies the department regulates.

                                                          The industrial commission has been under fire for an inability to reduce the backlog of pending workers compensation cases.

                                                          The workers compensation system is supposed to give workers relatively quick compensation for work-related injuries, but cases often take more than two years to be resolved.

                                                          Despite legislation expanding the commission and allowing it to meet in concurrent panels, Bachman's agency has not put a significant dent in the backlog.

                                                          Improving the workers compensation system is one of the major goals Thompson cited in his Jan. 12 inaugural speech.

                                                          Frech, 36, of Springfield, replaces Michael Witte, who resigned as director of conservation to accept a job inthe private sector.

                                                          Frech served as director of personnel for the governor -- patronage chief -- from December 1983 to November 1985, when he left the administration to serve on the governor's re-election committee. He was deputy campaign manager of Citizens for Thompson.

                                                          He previously was assistant personnel director in Thompson's office.

                                                          Frech also has served on Thompson's Conservation Advisory Board. His appointment won support from environmental and sportsmen's groups.

                                                          "We appreciate Mark Frech's longstanding interest in Illinois habitat and wildlife issues," said Virginia Scott of the Illinois Environmental Council. "We hope that he will maintain high standards of professionalism with his staff and that he will work to bring sportsmen and environmentalist groups closer together with a common conservation agenda."

                                                          Fred Kirkpatrick, president of the Illinois Sportsmen's Legislative Coalition, said, "We are impressed with Mark Frech's credentials and his knowledge of conservation. He is concerned about the environment and the condition of our wildlife habitat in Illinois."

                                                          Martin, vice president of the Illinois State AFL-CIO since 1978, has been employed by the Communications Workers of America since 1972. She has recently served as CWA representative for a five-state Midwest region.

                                                          She replaces Al Bernardi of Springfield, who is retiring from state government.

                                                          Bob Gibson of the AFL-CIO and Robert Healey of the Illinois Federation of Teachers praised Martin's appointment and said she would be an asset to the Cabinet.

                                                          Frech will be paid $65,835 annually; Martin $60,349. Thompson also reappointed the following directors: Janet Otwell of Aging; Larry Werries of Agriculture; William Atkins of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse; Michael Tristano of Central Management Services; Gordon Johnson of Children and Family Services; Jay Hedges of Commerce and Community Affairs; Michael Lane of Corrections; Sally Ward of Employment Security; Don Etchison of Energy and Natural Resources; Richard Carlson of EPA; Michael Fryzel of Financial Institutions; Tom Bestudik, the state fire marshal; Joyce Tucker of Human Rights; John Washburn of Insurance; Rebecca Paul of the Lottery; Ann Kiley of Mental Health; Gen. Harold Holesinger of the Military and Naval Department; Terry Lash of Nuclear Safety; Bernard Turnock of Public Health; Gary Clayton of Registration and Education; Susan Suter of Rehabilitation Services; and

                                                          Greg Baise of Transportation.

                                                          Thompson still must find nominees for Revenue, Veterans Affairs, Public Aid and the Illinois State Police, where Director James Zagel has been nominated for a federal appointment, as well as for Mines and Minerals and the Industrial Commission.

                                                          All Cabinet appointments require Senate confirmation.

                                                           

                                                          NEW COMMERCIAL BUILDING HAS DIFFERENT LOOK

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, August 12, 1988

                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: BUSINESS
                                                          Page: 17

                                                          A recently completed west side commercial building with a "different look" will begin receiving tenants next month.

                                                          The 8,200-square-foot, one-story building at 993 Clock Tower Drive is owned by Pat Newman and Mike Suhadolnik and was built by their construction firm, Construx of Illinois.

                                                          Mattoon-based Consolidated Communications Co. will occupy about 4,800 square feet on the west end of the building, which backs up to Veterans Parkway. Another 2,400 square feet will be leased by the Illinois Beef Council, which currently has its offices in the Westgate office complex on West Monroe Street.

                                                          Newman said the all-brick building "is a different look for Springfield," with its purple-colored brick, gray trim and gray-tinted, solar-reflective windows. The building also has a 40-space parking lot, a premium in the Clock Tower area.

                                                          Consolidated Communications, a telecommunications company whose subsidiaries include Central Communications Co. and Illinois Consolidated Telephone Co., will open its demonstration and showroom for business telephone systems in the building around the middle of September, according to Mel Brunink, division manager for Springfield.

                                                          The space also will house sales personnel as well as installation and maintenance people for the phone systems, he said.

                                                          Central Communications, currently at 300 E. Monroe St., will operate under its parent-company name at the expanded facility.

                                                          The Illinois Beef Council, the statewide trade association for beef producers, plans to move into its offices on the east end of the building by Sept. 6. About 1,200 square feet of the building remains to be leased, Newman said.

                                                          Around town Springfield Recycling Co., the recycler formerly at 3301 Terminal Ave., has been sold and relocated.

                                                          New owners

                                                          Greg Baise ,

                                                          Sonny Greco and

                                                          Frank Vala

                                                          have moved the business, which takes in aluminum, glass and paper for recycling, to 1900 E. Moffat St. on the north side of

                                                          Victory Hall bingo parlor.

                                                          The trio also owns Victory Hall.

                                                          Hours and staff will remain the same for Springfield Recycling, which was purchased from Harry Alton.

                                                          Woody Smith of Remax Professionals real estate handled both ends of the business sale and purchase. . . .

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          NEW STATE NATURAL RESOURCES DIRECTOR NAMED

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, August 26, 1988

                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 11

                                                          Karen Witter, an assistant to the governor for natural resources issues, was appointed Thursday to replace Don Etchison as the director of the state

                                                          Department of Energy and Natural Resources.

                                                          Gov. James Thompson, Witter's boss since March 1985, said Witter "has a deep commitment to both the development and protection of our state's abundant natural resources." "She brings with her a thorough understanding of state government and the critical issues that face ENR. Her skills will be put to good use as ENR leads the state's efforts to become the site of the superconducting super collider," Thompson said.

                                                          "Working within government as an active supporter of environmental causes, Karen has been instrumental in mediating conflicts that have arisen between competing interests on environmental issues and helped develop legislative initiatives, including the Illinois Groundwater Protection Act."

                                                          Etchison will leave the post in mid-October to become president of a consulting group specializing in U.S.-Canadian business and government affairs.

                                                          Witter has served as Thompson's liaison with eight state agencies, including ENR, has assisted in developing policies and agency budgets, and has advised Thompson on legislation affecting natural resource issues.

                                                          Witter, 34, of Springfield, was director of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission from 1982-85, and served as a resource planner with the Department of Conservation from 1978-82. She has a master's degree in ecology from the University of Wales and a bachelor's degree in zoology from Iowa State University.

                                                          Witter's appointment, subject to Senate confirmation, brings with it a $57,057 annual salary.

                                                          Also Thursday, a state Department of Agriculture official was appointed to fill the department's number two spot.

                                                          Thompson appointed Mike Baise, 35, as assistant director of the agriculture department,

                                                          replacing Mike Williams, who resigned earlier this week.

                                                          Baise, of Jacksonville, has served as the department's superintendent of the marketing

                                                          division since 1986.

                                                           

                                                          He was Agriculture Director Larry Werries' executive assistant from 1983 to 1986.

                                                           

                                                          Baise is the cousin of Greg Baise , the state Department of Transportation

                                                           

                                                          secretary and manager of Thompson's 1986 re-election campaign.

                                                          Werries said earlier this week that replacing Williams was "going to be my toughest challenge to date." "It was a tough decision," Werries said Thursday. "I had many candidates for the position. But I decided to stay in house."

                                                          Baise will move into the job on Oct. 1 at an annual salary of $54,862. He was raised on a Morgan County livestock and grain farm. He graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville in 1975 and received a master's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois in 1982. He worked with the federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare for the Chicago region.

                                                          Baise is on a state advisory committee for the Department of Agriculture and Economics at the University of Illinois

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          MACMURRAY TO HONOR BUNN

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, May 14, 1987

                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 16

                                                          JACKSONVILLE -- MacMurray College will confer honorarydegrees Sunday on Springfield industrialist George Bunn, Jacksonville Mayor Helen Foreman,

                                                          and Dr. B.G. Stephens, a former MacMurray president who will deliver the commencement address.

                                                          Kingman Brewster, former president of Yale University, will be the Illinois College commencement speaker May 24. Stephens was the MacMurray president from 1980 to 1986 and introduced several programs for gifted children.

                                                          He is director of institutional advancement at Wofford College in his native Spartanburg, S.C. Stephens' son, Todd, will be among the MacMurray graduates.

                                                          An honorary doctor of laws degree will be given to Bunn, who was a member of the MacMurray College Board of Trustees from 1965 to 1973. Foreman will receive an honorary doctor of public administration degree. Stephens will be conferred an honorary doctor of humane letters.

                                                          MacMurray will confer 17 bachelor of science in nursing degrees in pinning ceremonies Saturday. Featured speaker will be Dr. Philip Kalisch, professor of history, politics and economics of nursing at the University of Michigan. Kalisch is an author and authority on the image of nursing.

                                                          Brewster, currently an attorney in London, was president of Yale from 1964 to 1977 when the university increased the number of public school graduates, black students and admitted undergraduate women.

                                                          In 1977, Brewster was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to be ambassador to Great Britain. He served until 1981 at which time he returned to practicing law, first in New York and since 1984 in London.

                                                          Illinois College was founded by a group of Yale graduates in 1826. The Illinois College Alumni Association will award its Young Alumnus of the Year citation to Greg Baise , Illinois secretary of transportation. Baise graduated from I.C. in 1974 and began his political career as an aide to Gov. James Thompson in 1977.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          ECONOMY KEY PART OF BAISE 'S STRATEGY IN BID FOR TREASURER

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, August 29, 1989

                                                          Author/Byline: Pete Ellertsen
                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 6

                                                          JACKSONVILLE -- State Transportation Secretary Greg Baise recalled his Morgan County roots Monday as he announced his candidacy for state

                                                          treasurer on the Republican ticket.

                                                          Most of Baise 's campaign pledges had to do with economic development, a statewide issue that the treasurer's office deals with through its linked deposit program.

                                                          But Baise departed from his prepared text to speak to the 200 family members, friends and political supporters who gathered in the Central Park Plaza amphitheater to hear his announcement.

                                                          "I promise you one thing," he vowed, "I'll try never to let you down."

                                                          With that, the red-white-and-blue balloons were released over the town square, and Baise 's candidacy was official. It was a moment for which he spent 10 years preparing, he said.

                                                          The announcement ceremony was well scripted, and Baise 's formal statement dealt with such matters as linked deposits and the contribution the entire GOP ticket can make to Illinois.

                                                          But he said his remarks about his home town, and the debt he owes to his parents and early mentors in the Triopia school system and Jacksonville's Illinois College, were heartfelt.

                                                          "I was an alderman here, and when you're a local official like that, you're on the firing line," he said. "You get to know a lot of people and their problems."

                                                          Baise said his platform has the statewide goal of furthering economic development in concert with other Republican elected officials.

                                                          "It will be my goal to maximize the interest earned on funds invested while continuing to improve the economy throughout the state, through such programs as the linked deposit program which aided Chrysler Corp.," he said.

                                                          And with a background in rural Morgan County, Baise said, he will be especially interested in the treasurer's agricultural production loan program.

                                                          Baise said he decided to run for treasurer, after considering a bid for secretary of state, because he believes the treasurer's office can make a real contribution to the state's economic well-being.

                                                          He said he intends to do more than previous treasurers -- Democrats in recent years -- because he will work with GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Edgar and other statewide GOP officials if elected.

                                                          "Illinois is strong today because of the proven Republican leadership of the past decade," he said. "The Republican Party has consistently provided common-sense solutions to everyday problems. We have worked to create an environment for economic growth for the '90s and beyond."

                                                          Baise said he will run with the support of Gov. James Thompson and Edgar. But he said he'll raise his own money -- about $1 million -- and do his own campaigning.

                                                          "It is not as high a visibility office as governor or secretary of state," he said. "So you have to go out and get your name known. I'm not a household name."

                                                          Baise recently abandoned his nearly yearlong plans to run against Lt. Gov.

                                                          George Ryan for the GOP nomination for secretary of state. But he said he intends to go all-out for the treasurer's office.

                                                          "Any job that handles $2.6 billion a day is not a consolation prize by any means," he said.

                                                          Several Democrats have been mentioned as general election opponents. State Rep. Thomas Homer, D-Canton, announced his candidacy last month, and state Rep. Peg McDonnell Breslin, D-Ottawa, is considering a bid. Also mentioned are Chicago lawyer Michael Howlett Jr. and state Sen. Howard Carroll, D-Chicago.

                                                          Treasurer Jerry Cosentino announced in July that he would seek the Democratic nomination for secretary of state.

                                                          Baise has served as transportation secretary since 1984, with time off to manage Thompson's 1986 re-election bid. He says he will step down this fall in order to run for treasurer.

                                                          A Thompson protege, Baise worked in Thompson's first campaign in 1976 and joined

                                                           

                                                          the administration the following year. He was a member of the Jacksonville City Council

                                                           

                                                          from 1975 to 1977.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Caption: State Transportation Secretary Greg Baise announces his candidacy for state treasurer Monday on the Jacksonville town square.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          TOP GOP OFFICE HOLDERS AMONG SECOND-DAY FILERS

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, December 11, 1985

                                                          Edition: M1,M2,E1
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 13

                                                          Petitions nominating Gov. James Thompson and his running mate Lt. Gov.

                                                          George Ryan for re-election to their posts were filed Tuesday at the State

                                                          Board of Elections.

                                                          The top state Republican office holders led the list of second-day filers in the period for candidates to declare their intent to seek party primary endorsements for public office.

                                                          Ryan, and

                                                          Thompson's campaign director Greg Baise ,

                                                          filed petitions containing 8,400 signatures to put the two candidates on the March 18 Republican primary ballot.

                                                          Other candidates filing Tuesday in statewide and central Illinois races were: Republican Michael Tate of Decatur in the 102nd Illinois House District; and Democrat Michael Brown, candidate for regional school superintendent of the Brown, Cass and Schuyler Educational Service Region.

                                                          Two candidates who filed Monday seeking the Republican nomination for the 45th Illinois Senate District seat were Ralph Klopfenstein of Gridley and Robert Madigan of Lincoln. Their names were inadvertently left out of a list naming the area candidates in Tuesday's editions of the State Journal-Register.

                                                          In local races, one additional candidate for Sangamon County sheriff also filed petitions Tuesday with the county clerk's office.

                                                          Carl Greenwood, of R.R. 7, Springfield, filed to run in the Republican primary. He will face Sheriff Bill DeMarco, the Republican who was appointed to replace former Sheriff Jim Purdon.

                                                          Two Democrats also have filed to run for sheriff. They are former Greene County Sheriff Ben Picou and Chatham police officer Mark Gleason.

                                                          The period for filing petitions for next spring's primary election runs through Monday.

                                                           

                                                          GUBERNATORIAL REMATCH HAS CLASSIC RING

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, December 22, 1985

                                                          Author/Byline: Jeff Brody
                                                          Edition: M1,M2,E1
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 1

                                                          The 1986 Illinois gubernatorial contest will have the traditional feel of a race matching an incumbent and a challenger if it follows the scenario

                                                          mapped out by campaign officials.

                                                          The main theme will be leadership: Which candidate has the leadership qualities to move the state toward the 1990s? Three-term incumbent Republican James Thompson will try to show that his record is a prologue to what can be done in the future, says Citizens for Thompson campaign manager Greg Baise .

                                                          On the other hand, the campaign of Adlai Stevenson will attempt to magnify the holes in the Thompson record and paint Stevenson as the kind of visionary the state needs, campaign spokesman Bob Benjamin says.

                                                          Independent candidate James Nowlan will be a dark horse. His only hope of becoming a major factor in the election is if the voters, by next fall, become disgusted with the tactics of the other two.

                                                          Nowlan's campaign approach has been to portray himself as a literate man with governmental experience who refuses to simplify his message to fit into 30-second campaign commercials.

                                                          Since the Thompson-Stevenson contest is a rematch from 1982, one would expect the candidates will have honed to a fine edge their campaign strategies and rhetoric.

                                                          By its very nature, Stevenson's campaign will be negative. He must be critical of the Thompson record to show why voters should turn their backs on a leader they have already elected three times.

                                                          However, Benjamin says the Stevenson campaign will only have to highlight the underlying concern that the state of the state has not improved during the last decade.

                                                          "We are going to assist in the process of pinning this tail on the governor. Anyone who can remember 10 years back, when Illinois was a healthy state, is certainly going to say, `This guy has been in office since then, and we're not in as good a shape. It's time for a change. Jim Thompson's had his chance, and he blew it.' " Baise says the Thompson campaign in 1986 will be "more aggressive in pointing out the differences in their records." "We want to show that Thompson will lead us better than the alternative. Adlai Stevenson has a record. Can anyone point to oneparticular thing he did that had a positive impact on the state of Illinois? He has to answer to that; that sets a tone, from our standpoint."

                                                          But Baise said the general tenor of the re-election effort will be more self-centered.

                                                          "The governor is better served by pointing to his own record and his beliefs about where the state can go. I don't think you will see us trying to decry Adlai Stevenson's record or abilities. He has shown he can appeal to a large segment of the state -- we won't try to deny that."

                                                          The 1982 gubernatorial campaign, which was expected to be a clash of titans, was full of surprises.

                                                          Stevenson, a veteran of several statewide campaigns and generally regarded as a thoughtful political leader, was disorganized and inept. He was unable to communicate his positions and ideas and unable to avoid foot-in-mouth disease.

                                                          His low point came when he managed to call himself a "wimp" while complaining that Thompson had used that characterization. Thompson never had -- and, thanks to Stevenson, never had to thereafter -- but the wimp label stuck.

                                                          Thompson, on the other hand, went into high gear as the 1982 campaign neared election day. His rhetoric was fiery; his campaign ads masterful. But the country was in the depths of recession, and the enthusiasm for incumbents was not there.

                                                          A lackluster campaign rally on the Capitol steps the day before the election signaled that the polls, which showed Thompson leading by 20 percentage points, could be wrong. The final margin was one-tenth of 1 percent, 5,074 votes out of 3.67 million cast in the race.

                                                          The two candidates draw different conclusions from the results three years ago.

                                                          Baise claims vote fraud in Chicago added as many as 100,000 votes to Stevenson's 1982 totals, although the well-publicized convictions of election officials stemming from the 1982 race involved a relatively small number of votes.

                                                          But Baise also acknowledges that Republicans were not prepared in 1982 to turn out the vote.

                                                          "I don't think the polls were that far off in 1982. But our turnout was lower. The polls hurt us. People believed the election was won.

                                                          "Historically, there has been a tre mendous off-year dropoff in Republican areas. Our job will be to make sure our voters turn out. We want to assure that the Thompson households come out to vote.

                                                          "We proved in 1984 (Baise organized the Reagan campaign apparatus in Illinois) that we could turn out our voters."

                                                          Baise says Citizens for Thompson will use their experience from the presidential campaign to help organize a "labor-intensive," precinct-level effort for 1986. "On our side, you will have a better organized effort to deliver the governor's vote."

                                                          On the other side, Benjamin admits that there were major organizational problems in the 1982 campaign. "Adlai Stevenson did not exploit the enthusiasm there was for his campaign in 1982." This time, Stevenson will start with one of the best political organizers in Illinois on his payroll. Gary LaPaille, chief of staff for House Speaker Michael Madigan, will officially join the Stevenson campaign in January to organize a statewide network of "Stevenson clubs" in Illinois communities.

                                                          Those clubs, in turn, will organize coffees and community fund-raisers.

                                                          But Benjamin says there is another important difference in the rematch.

                                                          "Thompson had the personal credibility to offset the Stevenson challenge in 1982. But too much has happened since then. He prevailed by telling people Stevenson was wrong to say the state was in bad shape. The people believed him. But two weeks later, Thompson declared a state of emergency and then asked for a $2 billion tax increase.

                                                          "He hopes people have short memories, but they don't."

                                                          There has been much speculation about the impact of the longevity issue on the upcoming race.

                                                          Stevenson is counting on some people feeling that three terms is enough for any governor to show what he can do. Thompson, Benjamin says, refuses to take responsibility for the negative things that have happened in Illinois during the past 10 years, even though other states weathered the same national recession and now are in better shape.

                                                          And there has been a lot of political water under the bridge since Thompson first ran for governor as a crusading "white knight" who was above politics.

                                                          Baise admits that, after signing or vetoing more than 1,000 bills every year for 10 years, the governor has disappointed his share of voters.

                                                          But Baise also sees polling data showing that Thompson's approval rating remains relatively high, especially for a three-term incumbent.

                                                          "The natural inclination of people would be to say maybe we should have someone else. But Stevenson must make a strong case that he is a good alternative. Thompson is still basically a well-liked individual. People think he's honest and that he does a good job."

                                                          Baise and Citizens for Thompson expect to have $6 million to make their case to the voters. The Stevenson campaign is hoping to raise $3 million. Nowlan probably will have no more than $100,000 to fund his effort.

                                                          Thompson is unopposed in the GOP primary; Stevenson has token primary opposition from Peter Bowen, a follower of Lyndon LaRouche, and Larry Burgess, both of Chicago.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          HAY HOMES RESIDENTS, STATE OFFICIALS TO TALK ABOUT MADISON STREET

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, September 10, 1985

                                                          Author/Byline: Doug Finke
                                                          Edition: M1,M2,E1
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 9

                                                          State highway officials Monday promised to talk further with John Hay Homes residents to see if they can lessen the impact of the Madison Street

                                                          extension on the housing project's residents.

                                                          The Springfield City Council may also be hearing from the residents who apparently will try to have the city formally oppose construction of the street.

                                                          After a series of three meetings with John Hay Homes representatives Monday, transportation officials said they will meet further to see if residents' concerns can be accommodated in the project. James Slifer, District 6 highway engineer, said meetings will be scheduled with Hay Homes representatives to see what can be done.

                                                          "Some changes can be accommodated," Slifer told about two dozen residents Monday night. "The project was developed through normal channels. We felt we had (citizen) input."

                                                          But some residents, like Dwyane Readus, said the state never listened before to the residents' complaints.

                                                          "You asked for our input, but you didn't want to hear what we said," Readus said.

                                                          Hay Homes residents have been complaining about the Madison Street extension at least since 1979 saying the four-lane street will isolate the housing project. They were especially concerned that the road would be located between the Hay Homes and the Neighborhood Facilities Center, which is heavily used by Hay Homes residents.

                                                          Public complaints about the extension had largely died down until recently when construction machinery moved into the area to build the Clear Lake Avenue overpass and some related street work. The overpass is part of the plan eventually linking Clear Lake with Madison and Jefferson streets.

                                                          Slifer told the residents that plans have not been completed for the portion of Madison Street between 11th and 16th streets. He said district planners will work with Hay Homes residents to try to minimize the road's impact on the area. "We will consider changes," Slifer said. "We will have to take a look and see what can be done. One objective we have, of course, is to not do any more damage to the area than is necessary."

                                                          Most residents said they did not want the road in their neighborhood at all.

                                                          "How would you feel if we put this road through your front yard?" asked Jacqueline Readus.

                                                          James Craven, an attorney representing some of the residents, said the extension probably never would have been considered if the east side had a representative on the city council. Craven is also the attorney for three east side community leaders who are suing the city to stop at-large elections to the city council.

                                                          "If you had a voice on the city council it wouldn't have ever gotten off of the drawing board," Craven said. "There have always been people who said there should be an east/west street and South Grand Avenue should be extended west. Do you think South Grand Avenue will ever go through the Illini Country Club or Washington Park? The Madison Street corridor is just a symbol of the problem."

                                                          Craven noted that work on the Central Illinois Expressway was held up for several years because of concerns it would disrupt bald eagle nesting areas.

                                                          "If you can stop a project because of bald eagles, you can reexamine one that will affect 2,000 people," Craven said.

                                                          Craven and several Hay Homes representatives met Monday morning with state transportation director Greg Baise . Craven said he was encouraged by the meeting.

                                                          "He said that even if it cannot be stopped, he would be willing to have input into the design," Craven said.

                                                          State Rep. Mike Curran attended one of the Monday night meetings and said he will make sure transportation officials follow through on their promise to meet with Hay Homes representatives.

                                                          "I will let (Baise) know I am concerned about this," Curran said. He added that his support for the project in the General Assembly "depends on how reasonable the department is. I don't want to have a couple of meetings and then have them forget about it."

                                                          Curran said he was not aware of the Hay Homes residents' complaints about the project, but "now that I am aware, I'm not surprised they are upset."

                                                          Just how much the Hay Homes residents will be able to change the project remains in question. The Clear Lake overpass will be completed by the end of next year. Bids will be let this month on construction of Madison Street from the Hay Homes to Martin Luther King Drive, another part of the overall project. Slifer acknowledged that with those sections completed, there will be limits to changing the alignment of the remaining portion of Madison Street from 11th Street to 16th Street.

                                                          Final plans for the Madison Street extension should be completed in January, Slifer said.

                                                          In addition to the street itself, residents complained about a proposed pedestrian overpass that they contend would be dangerous. Plans for the overpass are not completed and also will be discussed by transportation officials with Hay Homes residents

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          LAWSUIT FILED CHALLENGING STATE GOP PATRONAGE SYSTEM

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, July 2, 1985

                                                          Author/Byline: Sandy Hoefler
                                                          Edition: M1,M2,E1
                                                          Section: NEWS
                                                          Page: 5

                                                          A class-action lawsuit challenging the patronage system used by Gov. Jim Thompson and the Republican Party was filed Monday in federal court in

                                                          Springfield.

                                                          Among other things, the suit says the system discriminates against people who do not politically or financially support the Republican Party. Not only are applicants for jobs, promotions and other patronage appointments evaluated for their loyalty to the GOP, but so are their relatives, the suit claims.

                                                          "The system is totally outside procedures and practices of the Personnel Code of the state of Illinois," the suit says. It allows the governor "to coerce and enlist and reward" political supporters, although the Democratic Party in Cook County is under a federal court order banning similar practices, the suit says.

                                                          More than $2 million in tax money has been spent to support the patronage system, and more than $500 million has been channeled to those politically hired, the suit alleges.

                                                          The suit was filed by Springfield attorney and Democratic activist Mary Lee Leahy specifically on behalf of five people. The suit says the number of people affected statewide is so large that it would be difficult to list everyone who has been denied promotions or transfers, who have been laid off and not rehired, and who have not been hired because they are not Republicans or active Republicans.

                                                          The five plaintiffs listed in the suit are: Cynthia Rutan, an employee of the Department of Rehabilitative Services who says she has been denied a promotion since May 1974 because she is not active in the Republican Party; Franklin Taylor, who says he was passed up for a promotion with the Department of Transportation in favor of a person with less seniority and qualifications because the other person received approval from the Fulton County Republican Party. Taylor also is seeking a transfer from Fulton County to Schuyler County, but has been denied one because the party chairmen in those counties oppose the transfer, the suit says; Ricky Standefer, who says he was laid off from a temporary position with the state garage in November; the suit says others also laid off have been rehired because of support from the Republican Party; Dan O'Brien, laid off from the Lincoln Developmental Center in April 1983 after working there for 12 years; he says he was hired by the Department of Corrections in February -- with the help of the Logan County Republican Party chairman -- but at a lower salary and at the cost of his seniority; James Moore, who has sought a state position since 1978 but was told he needed signatures from two top Republicans in Pope County, where he lives. In the meantime, the suit says, three family members of Victor English, the Pope County GOP chairman, have been hired.

                                                          Defendants are: Thompson; Don Adams, chairman of the Republican State Central Committee; Irv Smith, Sangamon County Republican Central Committee; Jim Reilly,

                                                           the governor's chief of staff; Greg Baise ,

                                                          the governor's former personnel office director, who now is Thompson's secretary of transportation; and Mark Frech, William Fleischli, Randy Hawkins, and Kevin Wright, all assistant directors in Thompson's personnel office.

                                                          "These defendants have and do spend a substantial part of their time in pursuit of this venture, and their salaries and the expenses of running the governor's office of personnel are paid for by tax dollars," the suit says.

                                                          On Nov. 12, 1980, Thompson issued an executive order requiring his approval of potential employees and promotions, the suit says. The governor's office of personnel oversees all aspects of employment. Employees of that office, the suit says, "are substantially motivated by political considerations." "Such political considerations include whether the individual under consideration is Republican or a relative or friend of a Republican, (or) is sponsored by an influential Republican," the suit says.

                                                          Those considered for positions are reviewed to see if they have supported Thompson or if a legislator supporting them has supported Thompson, the suit says.

                                                          The personnel office checks voting records of the applicant and the applicant's relatives in considering a person for employment, as well as the person's financial support of the Republican Party, the suit alleges.

                                                          Department employees bearing the titles of administrative assistant and assistant to the director act as liaisons with the governor's office, letting the governor's office know when positions become open, the suit says.

                                                          The system limits state employment and benefits by those who are not politically favored and forces people to contribute to the campaigns of Thompson and other Republicans, the suit says.

                                                          "This system thereby creates a significant political effort in favor of the `ins,' Thompson and his political allies and against the `outs,' those who may wish to challenge in elections," the suit says.

                                                          The suit seeks more than $500 million in compensatory damages and $500 million in punitive damages to be shared among the plaintiffs, and $2 million in damages to be paid to the state treasury as compensation for spending public funds to operate the patronage system.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          BAISE TAKES FIRST STEP IN STATEWIDE OFFICE BID

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, December 9, 1988

                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: EDITORIAL
                                                          Page: 9

                                                          STATE TRANSPORTATION Secretary Greg Baise says he won't let his politicking for statewide office interfere with his governmental duties.

                                                          Baise, of Springfield, has formed a campaign finance committee and says the time is right for him to make a bid for the Republican nomination to statewide office -- preferably secretary of state, although that remains to be determined.

                                                          But he says he's been balancing the demands of politics and government right along.

                                                          "I've been obviously viewed as one of the more political members of the Thompson administration," Baise said. "But I have certainly tried to draw the line. The demands of this office are heavy."

                                                          Baise filed papers last week with the State Board of Elections naming Republican ward committeeman Ron Gidwitz of Chicago, a Helene Curtis Corp. executive, as his chairman. Baise said it's a timely first step toward a statewide bid in 1990. "I FELT THAT in all my years of politics and counseling people, I've been saying that guys who come in and start talking two weeks before the filing period doom their candidacy to failure," he said. "I did not want to be in that position."

                                                          Baise, 36, has been in politics since he was elected an alderman in Jacksonville in 1975. He stepped down from that post in 1978 to join Republican Gov. James Thompson. He since has managed campaigns for politicians ranging from President-elect George Bush to unsuccessful Springfield aldermanic candidate Pat Tavine.

                                                          A high-ranking Thompson protege and ally for 10 years, Baise thinks the time is right now for him to seek office for himself.

                                                          "I think 1990 has the potential to be a real watershed year in politics for the Republican Party, one way or the other," he said.

                                                          Like everyone else in Illinois politics, Baise is waiting to see whether Thompson runs for a fifth term in 1990. He insists he has no inside knowledge.

                                                          "Well, I don't want to speculate on that," he said.

                                                          IF HE HAD his pick of offices, Baise would prefer the secretary of state's office. In addition to its sizable payroll, the post would involve him with some of the same interests he's worked with as transportation secretary.

                                                          "It's a high-profile office, of the secondary offices, and it's a challenging job," he said. "I think my background fits."

                                                          But he isn't limiting himself to the one office or specifying which office for which he's likely to run. That comes later, certainly after Thompson and Secretary of State Jim Edgar make their decisions at the top of the GOP ticket.

                                                          At least for the moment, Baise's interest in statewide office is best described as exploratory. The hard-and-fast decisions come later.

                                                          "If I decide to make a run, probably I would leave the office in about a year," he said. "I don't think I could do justice to the job here and also do the things I would need to do in order to run statewide."

                                                          SINCE HE STILL has the transportation department to administer, he said he'll lean over backward to avoid conflicts of interest.

                                                          "I'm in a bit of a unique position, being a sitting cabinet officer," he said. "Therefore, I will not accept contributions from highway contractors or others who do business with the department. My chairman is with Helene Curtis, and I'm not sure there's anything I can do for him as DOT secretary."

                                                          Job on hold The planned appointment of Gary Tinervan, 37, of Springfield, to a top job in the Veterans Affairs Department has been placed on hold, according to a spokesman for the governor's office.

                                                          Thompson in mid-November named Tinervan, an assistant personnel director in the governor's personnel office, to the $47,182-a-year post of assistant director of Veterans Affairs. The post is subject to Senate confirmation.

                                                          But a few days before the General Assembly returned for the second week of the veto session, a published report alleged that Tinervan had written a DuPage County judge urging bond reduction for a relative awaiting trial on charges of sexual assault. Tinervan reportedly enclosed his business card in the communication.

                                                          Rumblings in the Senate were that if Tinervan's appointment were presented to the Executive Appointments Committee, which met Nov. 30, it wouldn't be called. But it didn't get that far.

                                                          Before proceeding with the appointment, according to a spokesman for the governor's office, Thompson asked counsel Bill Ghesquiere to determine the accuracy of the newspaper account and assess what improprieties, if any, Tinervan may have committed. His report is still pending.

                                                          Coming up A year-end wrapup of this year's state elections and next year's legislative issues in Illinois -- not to mention Missouri, where a state tax increase proposal is expected -- will be broadcast at 9:30 tonight on the CONVOCOM cable television network (cable channel 23 in Springfield). Appearing on the program are CONVOCOM's Scott Mulford, Kay Norton of the Macomb Journal, John Webber of the Quincy Herald-Whig and this reporter. . . . Craig Findley, aide to U.S. Rep. Bob Michel, R-Peoria, is running for mayor of Jacksonville in the spring elections. He'll have an announcement party at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sherwood Eddy Memorial YMCA. . . . U.S. Sens. Paul Simon, D-Ill.; Robert Kasten, R-Wis.; and Richard Lugar, R-Ind., among others, appear on a "Great Lakes Watch on Washington" program on the outlook for federal action on the national trade and budget deficits, as well as regional economic issues, aired on WJPT-TV (Springfield cable channel 23) at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. . . . Springfield Mayor Ossie Langfelder will speak to the League of Women Voters of the Springfield Area at their annual holiday party at 7:30 p.m. Monday at 1630 Wiggins Ave.

                                                           

                                                          CHRISTOFILAKOS IS MANAGING PARTNER OF JIM'S STEAKHOUSE

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, May 10, 1989

                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: BUSINESS
                                                          Page: 24

                                                          George Christofilakos, a face familiar to the Springfield restaurant business, has surfaced at Jim's Steakhouse, 2242 S. Sixth St., these days.

                                                          Christofilakos, who operated the Top of the Arch restaurant for nine years and owned it for another 11, has become managing partner of Jim's.

                                                          Christofilakos, who has been behind the scenes in the food business for the past three years as director of operations and partner in

                                                           

                                                          Arena Food Service,

                                                           

                                                          said no changes are planned for the popular steak and seafood house, whose trademark is its dry-aged beef.

                                                          "I'm coming into a successful operation," he said. "To change anything would be foolish. I'm just going to stand at the door and shake hands with a lot of old friends."

                                                          The building housed the Black Angus Steak House for many years until Peorian Jim Comfort began operating Jim's Steak House there in July 1987.

                                                           

                                                          The restaurant was purchased by Sonny Greco, Greg Baise , and Frank Vala late last year.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          ATTENTION TURNS TO THE BELLWETHER - DELEGATES COULD PUT DOLE OVER THE TOP

                                                          Chicago Tribune - Wednesday, March 13, 1996

                                                          Author/Byline: Thomas Hardy, Tribune political writer.
                                                          Edition: NORTH SPORTS FINAL
                                                          Section: NEWS
                                                          Page: 10
                                                          Column: ELECTION '96.

                                                          With the presidential nominations virtually sewn up by the Super Tuesday results, Sen. Bob Dole embarks on a weeklong primary campaign in the bellwether Midwest region that promises to be more interesting as a preview for the general election than as a test of his now-solid GOP standing.

                                                          Three of the four states holding primaries next Tuesday, including Illinois, will be pivotal in the November contest, and issues that have arisen during the nominating season will be vital in the Rust Belt come fall

                                                          "These states could well decide the outcome of the general election," Democratic National Committee co-chairman Don Fowler said Tuesday. "And the candidates themselves will spend a lot of time here battling it out."

                                                          The four Midwestern states holding primaries next Tuesday are Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, representing a cache of 229 convention delegates that will come close to putting Dole over the top for the GOP nomination. Fowler said Democratic primaries on the same day will clinch a renomination for President Clinton.

                                                          Moreover, the four states' combined 72 electoral votes account for a quarter of the total needed for a general election victory, and the big three--Illinois, Ohio and Michigan--are political prizes that don't fall reliably into either party's presidential column.

                                                          Illinois has carried every presidential winner except two during this century and has provided Democratic nominees with biggest Midwestern margins.

                                                          Ohio's presidential vote usually mirrors the national average to the exact percentage point, and no Republican has ever been elected without carrying it. (Ohio got more 1992 campaign visits by members of the national tickets than any other state.)

                                                          Michigan has gone with the presidential winner for three elections in a row.

                                                          "This is the start of Bob Dole's quest for putting together the 290 electoral votes needed to win. . . . Those three big states are absolutely critical for a Republican presidential candidate," said

                                                           

                                                          Greg Baise , who managed President Reagan's Illinois re-election campaign in 1984.

                                                          Republicans voiced different opinions about themes Dole should emphasize during the coming week.

                                                          In a campaign year dominated by discussions of economically anxious voters--and in a region where the unemployment rate is lower than the national average--most recommended an upbeat economic theme.

                                                          Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar said Dole should spend the next six days stressing the importance of free trade in an area where agriculture and manufacturing remain dominant.

                                                          State Comptroller Loleta Didrickson recommended that Dole emphasize his foreign-relations experience and strategies for balancing the budget and reducing the deficit.

                                                          "Jobs and the economy are on Illinoisans' minds," offered Baise, president of the Illinois Manufacturers Association. "And character is where you start to define the real differences between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole."

                                                          Democratic Party chief Fowler said the presidential election in the Midwest will turn on partisan differences over "the standard issues" such as health care, education, environmental protection, tax policy and leadership.

                                                          "Polls indicate that the people are on (Clinton's) side," Fowler said. But he cautioned that, "Politics are uncertain, and other things could happen."

                                                          Fowler acknowledged that the Clinton-Dole race will tighten before November, but he predicted that the traditional post-convention "bump" from the Democratic nominating extravaganza staged in Chicago--immediately before the Labor Day kickoff of the fall campaign--will be especially effective for the president's Midwestern campaign.

                                                          Beginning Thursday, Dole will begin six days of campaigning in all four primary states.

                                                          Clinton, however, has decided not to make the kind of high-profile campaign trips that stole the Republican candidates' thunder in Iowa and New Hampshire last month. The president traveled to Michigan last week and is scheduled for a trip to Ohio later in the month.

                                                          Given those circumstances, Edgar said, "We can talk a lot more about Bill Clinton and kind of zero in on the president, rather than worry or have to dwell on what Sen. Dole's Republican opponents are saying."

                                                          Nevertheless, Dole's two main Republican primary foes, Pat Buchanan and Steve Forbes, indicated no willingness to abandon their campaigns and rally behind the eventual nominee, despite the defeat he handed both in the Super Tuesday primaries.

                                                          "Even though some people say there's a certain candidate who has it all wrapped up, it's my belief that it's important to get the issues before the voters," Forbes told a Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce audience Tuesday.

                                                          "The Republican Party itself, I don't think, yet recognizes the importance of having something to say to the American people. When they say `unify,' my answer is `unify for what?' "

                                                          Buchanan promised again to "battle for the party" all the way to the GOP convention in San Diego in August.

                                                          DePaul University political scientist Michael Mezey said the size of the Buchanan vote remains the only issue for Dole to confront for the remainder of the primary season.

                                                          "Because Dole already has the nomination in the bag, the size of that vote is an index of the trouble Dole will have when he gets to the convention and the power that Buchanan and his folks will have over the platform," Mezey said.

                                                          In his 1992 Republican primary challenge to President George Bush, Buchanan received 22 percent of the vote in Illinois; 25 percent in Michigan and 17 percent in Ohio and Wisconsin. All four states have popular, moderate governors who have rallied behind Dole

                                                          Caption: PHOTO GRAPHIC
                                                          PHOTO: Steve Forbes and his wife, Sabina, greet well-wishers Tuesday morning after speaking at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Tribune photo by Carl Wagner. GRAPHIC: Great Lakes Primaries. Wisconsin. Primaries in the industrial states of the Midwest take center stage March 19, with races in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Sources: World Almanac, U.S. Census Bureau, University of Wisconsin--extension Wisconsin Survey Research Laboratory. Chicago Tribune

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Joseph ciaccio

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Sacco – campo

                                                           

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                                                          Sacco – fam – campo - background

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          TITLE: OBITUARIES

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, November 13, 1987

                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 12

                                                          Nicholas D. Ciaccio Nicholas D. Ciaccio, 63, of Springfield died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at St.

                                                          John's Hospital.

                                                          He was born on Dec. 7, 1923, in Springfield, the son of Leonard and Maria Sacco Ciaccio. A resident of Springfield all his life, he married Jean Bardi in 1945. Preceding him in death were his parents and four brothers, Vito and Ignatius Ciaccio and

                                                           

                                                          Dominic and

                                                           

                                                          Peter Campo.



                                                          Mr. Ciaccio practiced law in Springfield until he retired due to illness.

                                                          He was a member of Christ the King Church. He was a graduate of Springfield College in Illinois and Lincoln College of Law. Mr. Ciaccio was executive secretary of the Motor Vehicle Laws Commission; a member of Illinois State Bar Association; and was past president of the Roman Cultural Society.

                                                          He was assistant secretary of state under four different secretaries of state.

                                                          Surviving are his wife, Genevieve "Jean"; one daughter, Mrs. David (Therese) Florey of Springfield; one son, Nicholas Peter Ciaccio of Springfield; one sister, Mrs. Rose Reynolds of Peoria; and one brother, Joseph Ciaccio of Springfield.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          TITLE: OBITUARIES

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, May 23, 1997



                                                          Joseph J. Ciaccio

                                                          Joseph J. Ciaccio, 74, of Springfield died Wednesday at St. John's Hospital.

                                                          He was born Dec. 21, 1922, in Springfield, the son of Leonard and Maria Sacco Ciaccio. He married Angela R. Sodaro in 1947. Mr. Ciaccio, a lifelong resident of Springfield, was a graduate of Cathedral Boys High School, Springfield College in Illinois, Lincoln College of Law, and admitted to the Bar in 1951. He was an attorney for 35 years for the state Department of Financial Institutions and Office of Commissioner of Banks and Trust Companies.

                                                          He was an Army veteran of World War II serving in the European Theater of Operations. He was a member of Christ the King Church, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, Sangamo Club, Illinois and Sangamon County Bar Association, Eagles Club and was past president of Roman Cultural Society. He served as first Deputy Commissioner of Banks and Trust Co. by appointment of Governor Richard B. Ogilvie and was reappointed by every governor until retirement in 1979. He also engaged in private practice of law in the firm Ciaccio and Ciaccio.

                                                          Survivors: wife, Angela R. Ciaccio; three daughters, Mary Alsup, Angela Foley and Mrs. Jay (Natalie) Bales, all of Springfield; two sons, Joseph and Nicholas Ciaccio, both of Springfield; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          TITLE: OBITUARIES

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, December 18, 1992



                                                          Leo Sacco Leo Sacco , 75, of Osage Beach, Mo., died at 6 a.m. Wednesday at Lake of the Ozarks General Hospital in Osage Beach, Mo.

                                                          He was born May 20, 1917, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Anthony and Virginia Stallone Sacco . He married Alpha Wall in 1945 in St. Louis, Mo.

                                                          Mr. Sacco retired from the St. Louis Municipal Water Department and attended St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Camdenton, Mo.

                                                          Surviving are his wife, Alpha; two daughters,

                                                          Mrs. Richard (Tina) Mueller of St. Louis, Mo., and

                                                          Ginny Mueller of Huntington Beach, Calif.; a son,

                                                          Nick of Kansas City, Mo.;

                                                          nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Joseph of Fountain Valley, Calif., and

                                                           

                                                          Fano of Springfield;

                                                           

                                                          several nieces and nephews.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Josephine

                                                           

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                                                          TITLE: OBITUARIES

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, November 9, 1996

                                                          Edition: M1,M2
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 10

                                                           

                                                          Fano Sacco

                                                          Fano Sacco , 81, of Springfield died Thursday at Oak Terrace.

                                                          He was born April 25, 1915, in St. Louis, the son of Anthony and Virginia Stallone Sacco . He married Josephine Giordano and she preceded him in death in 1975.

                                                           

                                                          Mr. Sacco , a resident of Springfield since 1945, was a carpenter/supervisor of construction for Reilly Construction.



                                                          He was a former member of

                                                           

                                                          St. Aloysius Church and

                                                           

                                                          Carpenter's Local 16.

                                                           

                                                          He was a veteran of World War II where he was a staff sergeant. He was awarded three bronze stars for Philippines and New Guinea campaigns.

                                                          Survivors: a daughter,

                                                          JoAnn Sacco Edwards of Springfield;

                                                          two sons, James and

                                                          Tony Sacco ,

                                                          both of Springfield; nine grandchildren;

                                                          10 great-grandchildren; a brother,

                                                          Joe Sacco of Fountain Valley, Calif.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Campo – saladino

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Campo – dinora - saladino

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Terry campo has 2 sisters in springfield,

                                                          rose saladino and carrie dinora

                                                           

                                                          Campo – dinora - saladino

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          OBITUARIES

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, January 22, 2005

                                                          Dominic A. Campo

                                                           

                                                          PLEASANT PLAINS - Dominic A. Campo, 82, of Pleasant Plains died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, at Memorial Medical Center.

                                                           

                                                          He was born Jan. 17, 1923, in Springfield, the son of Carlo C. and Myrtle Beck Evans Campo.

                                                           

                                                          Mr. Campo was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a retired cement contractor. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks Club and Knights of Columbus.

                                                           

                                                          Survivors: two sons, Carl (wife, Cynthia) Campo of Branson, Mo.,

                                                          and Terry Campo of Arlington, Va.;

                                                          three sisters,

                                                          Rose Saladino and

                                                          Carrie Dinora, both of Springfield, and Mary Merritt of Kokomo, Ind.; brother, Frank Campo of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

                                                           

                                                          Services: 1 p.m. Monday, Staab Funeral Home, the Rev. Richard Chiola officiating. Burial: Calvary Cemetery.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Burkhardt

                                                           

                                                          is the republican lawyer prez – that was in ftl w/ irv in 2000 –

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Jackson at uis English dept – burkhardt link –

                                                           

                                                          'Old and new' politics play role in summer Ag hires

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 25, 2003


                                                          Burkhardt to D.C.

                                                          CRAIG BURKHARDT , a lawyer and lobbyist who has called Springfield home for nearly two decades, is taking a job in Washington, D.C., as chief counsel for the United States Technology Administration.

                                                          Burkhardt said the administration is one of four principal divisions of the federal Department of Commerce.

                                                          "It's going to be quite a life change for me," Burkhardt said.

                                                          Burkhardt, 45, is a partner with Sorling, Northrup, Hanna, Cullen and Cochran, Ltd. In 19 years with the firm, he has been

                                                          general counsel of the Illinois Republican Party,

                                                          counsel to the Illinois House GOP leader, and

                                                          general counsel of the Illinois Republican County Chairmen's Association.

                                                          He is now president of the Republican National Lawyers Association,

                                                          a position he expects to leave as he takes his federal job.

                                                          Burkhardt, a native of Homewood, was a sophomore at the University of Illinois in Champaign when he was hired by BOB KJELLANDER in 1978 to run then-Gov. JIM THOMPSON's campaign on college campuses.

                                                           

                                                          Kjellander, of Springfield, is now on the Republican National Committee and played a critical role in helping Burkhardt get the new job, Burkhardt said.



                                                          Burkhardt is a former president of the Sangamo Club and developed the periodic programs that bring ambassadors from other countries to speak at the club.



                                                          His wife, BARBARA, an assistant professor of English at UIS, and will also be moving to Washington.

                                                          Burkhardt also worked in Broward County, Fla., for President GEORGE W. BUSH's campaign during the recount in 2000.

                                                          "I think this presidency is going to be particularly important," he said. "It comes at a time of fundamental change in national and international politics."

                                                          Burkhardt, who has lobbied for companies including CIGNA, Ameren, CitiGroup and Sprint, will be paid about $135,000 annually.

                                                          "I really have enjoyed 20 years of being involved in law, politics and public affairs in Springfield, Burkhardt said.

                                                          Best of luck to him and his wife.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Cellini atty

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          MARTIN: WAS TOLD PROBE COULD BE HALTED

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, December 24, 1997

                                                          Author/Byline: BILL BUSH STAFF WRITER
                                                          Edition: M1,M2
                                                          Section: NEWS
                                                          Page: 1

                                                          A consultant for Management Services of Illinois Inc. told company co-founder Michael Martin that he could influence the governor's office to

                                                          make a state police investigation of MSI "go away," Martin testified in federal court Tuesday.

                                                          A spokesman for Gov. Jim Edgar called the allegation "absurd."

                                                          Edgar may be called New Year's Eve to testify in the MSI-related mail fraud trial of Department of Public Aid deputy director James Berger, according to a defense attorney in the case. Berger, who is on unpaid leave, is charged with mail fraud and misapplication of government funds in connection with an MSI contract that prosecutors say cheated the state out of $7 million.

                                                          Martin said Tuesday that in late summer of 1995, he met at a Chicago restaurant with Terry Bedgood, a politically connected consultant and friend of Edgar whom MSI hired to help it obtain state contracts. The meeting, Martin said, was to discuss resolving a lawsuit in which Bedgood claimed MSI owed him money.

                                                          Martin testified that he felt MSI's problems, including a state police probe of the company's dealings, were initiated by Bedgood and fellow consultant Terry Logsdon.

                                                          According to Martin, Bedgood told him at the meeting that he could use his close ties to Edgar's personnel director, Janis Cellini, to get state police off the firm's back if MSI settled the suit.

                                                          "He (Bedgood) indicated he could exact some influence on this with Ms.

                                                          Cellini, and we need to resolve our outstanding legal issues with him, and it possibly could go away," Martin said.

                                                          Weeks later, in November 1995, MSI did settle its lawsuit with Bedgood and fellow consultant Terry Logsdon for $2.5 million.

                                                          Mark McDonald, spokesman for the Illinois State Police, attended part of Martin's testimony Tuesday. He had no comment.

                                                          Bedgood's attorney, James Potter, said his client plans to pursue a slander suit against Martin.

                                                          "No, my client would not have done that," Potter said. "Mike Martin is a proven liar, a convicted felon who did not get up in his own trial to speak on his behalf."


                                                          Cellini's attorney, Craig Burkhardt ,

                                                           

                                                          said he would stand by a written statement he made about Martin last week. In that statement, he labeled Martin "a convicted felon" who "gave untruthful testimony, blaming others in an attempt to reduce his jail time."

                                                          Edgar's spokesman, Thomas Hardy, also said Martin is lying.

                                                          "Janis Cellini is a law-abiding public servant who would not have the will or the wherewithal to interfere with an investigation," Hardy said. "Today marks the second time that this convicted felon has attempted to impugn the Illinois State Police."

                                                          Hardy noted that the U.S. attorney's office had already expressed confidence in the integrity of state police officials.

                                                          Hardy characterized Bedgood's relationship with Edgar as being "friends, acquaintances and colleagues" who both were once staffers under Gov. James Thompson.

                                                          Also Tuesday, Berger's former wife, Jill Berger, testified that her ex-husband was friends with Janis Cellini and contacted her from time to time for help with his career. Berger's goal was to become a director, and he wouldn't hesitate to contact "people of political prowess" for help, his ex-wife said.

                                                          Those people included Cellini's brother, Springfield developer and GOP fund-raiser Bill Cellini, Jill Berger said.

                                                          William Ladd, another co-founder of MSI who was found guilty of bank fraud and money laundering and is awaiting sentencing, testified Tuesday that Martin once told him "that Bedgood owns Berger."

                                                          Berger's attorney, Ronald Stone, described the comment as yet another example of someone using Martin as the source of statements supposedly made by someone else.

                                                          Ladd, MSI's current owner, also testified that on the day the company's contract with Public Aid was renegotiated, Logsdon was "jumping around, saying, `We're going to be millionaires.' " "Did you indeed become millionaires?" asked assistant U.S. attorney Patrick Hansen.

                                                          "Yes, we did," responded Ladd.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          POLITICAL PATRONAGE COURT RULING SWINGS TWO WAYS

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, November 23, 1996

                                                          Author/Byline: JEFFERSON ROBBINS STAFF WRITER
                                                          Edition: M1,M2
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 10

                                                          A federal appellate court ruling issued Friday on political patronage seems to hold something for everyone -- political party officials and opponents

                                                          of patronage alike.

                                                          The case was Vickery v. Saline County Republican Central Committee. Gary Vickery claimed that even though he is a Republican, he was not reappointed after completing a six-month stint as a state highway maintainer because the Saline County GOP chairman, William Roberts, recommended someone else for the job.

                                                          The ruling by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a federal court decision handed down in July 1994 that found that temporary workers for the state of Illinois cannot be hired on the basis of their political affiliation.

                                                          That's one point for patronage foes.

                                                          However, the decision also holds that when political parties and bosses make recommendations to state agencies about who should be hired, "these entities and individuals are . . . entitled to engage in political expression and association."

                                                          That's a point for the political operators. It takes the weight off the shoulders of party chairmen and other politicos, who had worried that the 1990 Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois decision by the U.S. Supreme Court would leave them open to lawsuits if they recommended politically connected candidates for state jobs.

                                                          Craig Burkhardt , a Springfield lawyer who represented the Saline County Republicans, said the appellate decision preserves the right to free expression for all political party officers.

                                                          "Political party officials and volunteers may once again expressly advocate the hiring of individuals with government offices," Burkhardt said. "Political party officials have the same rights as any other person to make these recommendations."

                                                          But another section of the decision was pleasing to Springfield attorney Mary Lee Leahy, who won the Supreme Court's 1990 Rutan decision and who filed Vickery's original lawsuit. The Rutan ruling outlawed politically based hiring by state agencies.

                                                          In the federal district court ruling in 1994, Judge James Foreman extended Rutan to cover temporary employees as well as permanent hires. The federal appellate court said Friday "we are not required to address the correctness of the district court's conclusion" -- leaving Foreman's decision untouched.

                                                          Leahy contended that means "thousands and thousands" of temporary state jobs may no longer be filled on a political basis -- from highway maintainers like Vickery, to temp workers brought in by the Illinois Department of Revenue during tax season, to state interns.

                                                          "If the state follows now both Rutan and this decision, patronage should be over in this state," said Leahy. "I can't imagine what base isn't covered."

                                                          Leahy said she had not seen the ruling, but listened as a reporter read sections to her by phone Friday

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          From “Lincoln”

                                                          DEPUTY BUDGET DIRECTOR GETS TOP STREETS POST IN CHICAGO

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, May 9, 1989

                                                          Author/Byline: Pete Ellertsen and Mike Matulis
                                                          Edition: M1,M2,S1
                                                          Section: LOCAL
                                                          Page: 9

                                                          Springfield's deputy municipal budget director has been named commissioner of the Streets and Sanitation Department in Chicago.

                                                          Raymond Cachares was named to the $70,000-a-year post effective Monday, according to a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

                                                          Springfield Mayor Ossie Langfelder said Cachares told him last week he had been offered the Chicago post.

                                                          "He's a nice young man, and we'll miss him," Langfelder said. "It's Chicago's gain."

                                                          Langfelder said the timing of Monday's appointment caught him by surprise, as it did other officials in Springfield.

                                                          "But that's the way Chicago operates, there's nothing straight up there," he said. "I don't know Mayor Daley, but I think I'll call him and tell him he owes me one."

                                                          Originally from Chicago, Cachares worked for Streets and Sanitation as a research analyst and administrator under former Mayor Michael Bilandic.

                                                          Cachares could not be reached for comment Monday, but friends say his longtime ambition has been to return to the city. He worked in Daley's unsuccessful 1983 campaign for the Democratic mayoral nomination.

                                                          In fact, he was docked three days' pay for making 13 telephone calls from Springfield city hall to Chicago on Daley's behalf between October 1982 and February 1983. He repaid the cost of the phone calls, which came to $12.94. Cachares joined Springfield city government in 1980 and held several administrative posts in the Community Development Department. Late last year, he was appointed to the $47,000-a-year No. 2 position in the Office of Budget and Management.

                                                          In 1985, Cachares managed then-Community Development Director Willis Logan's unsuccessful campaign for finance commissioner. He has run unsuccessfully for Democratic precinct committeeman and for Sangamon County Board.

                                                          Craig Burkhardt , a longtime friend, said Cachares is no stranger to Chicago politics.

                                                          "He's always been an admirer of the Democratic political machine not so much for the power of it, but because it does get things done when it works properly," Burkhardt said.

                                                          Burkhardt, an attorney with Sorling Northrup Hanna Cullen & Cochran Ltd., said the appointment is the fulfillment of a long-held dream.

                                                          "I've known him for 10 years, and for years he has been talking about going back to run the Streets and Sanitation Department," he said. "He talked about going back and painting the garbage trucks an unusual color."

                                                          Burkhardt said Cachares proved his political savvy at age 18, when in 1974 he won the position of National Explorer vice president, a high youth position in the Boy Scouts of America.

                                                          Cachares had to run a full-blown political campaign to attain the post, which allowed him to jet across the country for a year and work out of the Oval Office in the White House.

                                                          "He became a legend in that position," said Burkhardt.

                                                          One of several politically motivated scouts who used Cachares as a guru to wage their own campaigns for the national vice presidency, Burkhardt won the premier Boy Scout position in 1977 and has remained a friend of Cachares ever since.

                                                          "There are still stories about how Ray almost took over the entire Boy Scout program," he said. "I mean he had 50-year-old guys hustling for him out there (in Washington, D.C.)." A graduate of Loyola University with a masters' degree in speech communication, Cachares is credited with numerous civic achievements during his time in Springfield.

                                                          He was instrumental in making the St. Patrick's Day Parade a popular downtown event, and helped originate many of the games and family activities at LincolnFest. He also has served as president of the Lincoln Land United Cerebral Palsy Association and as a regional vice president of its national affiliate.

                                                          "You could say he's almost got a personality cult around him," said Burkhardt. "People want to be his friend. He can seize on an idea and excite people about that idea."

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Link to CHI –

                                                          Metro streets/san

                                                           

                                                          Ghost payroll

                                                           

                                                          CITY SAYS PAYROLL SCAM IS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT

                                                          Chicago Tribune - Friday, May 24, 1991

                                                          Author/Byline: Robert Davis. Tribune reporters John Kass and Terry Wilson contributed to this article.
                                                          Edition: NORTH SPORTS FINAL
                                                          Section: CHICAGOLAND
                                                          Page: 1

                                                          The city`s Streets and Sanitation commissioner fretted at a press

                                                          conference Thursday that the public would get a ``negative perception`` of

                                                          city workers after disclosures that 37 employees in the department`s 1st Ward office were only working an average of 2 hours a day.

                                                          ``That`s a gross generalization,`` said Commissioner Raymond Cachares

                                                          when asked during a combative City Hall news conference if the stunning

                                                          announcement by city Inspector General Alexander Vroustouris of widespread

                                                          malingering in the downtown ward office did not cement a longstanding legend

                                                          of city worker malfeasance.

                                                          ``That reinforces that negative perception, which I hate, because I know

                                                          we have an awful lot of people who do an awful lot of good work,`` said

                                                          Cachares. ``We always highlight and showcase the small few, the one person on the golf course, or in this case, it`s a larger group, which really makes it

                                                          disturbing.``

                                                          Cachares` vow that he would get an honest day`s work out of city

                                                          employees is a cry that`s been issued repeatedly by city bureaucrats after

                                                          innumerable similar scandals in Chicago. He acknowledged later that taxpayers had heard the same thing before.

                                                          With Vroustouris on Thursday saying only that his investigation into the

                                                          Streets and Sanitation Department is continuing, and with Mayor Richard Daley in Los Angeles on a mission to woo the World Cup soccer matches to Chicago in 1994, Cachares was left on his own to answer questions about the scandal,

                                                          immense even by Chicago standards.

                                                          Cachares joined in the description of one of his top deputies, Michael

                                                          Schivarelli, that the 1st Ward situation uncovered by Vroustouris was

                                                          ``unique`` and an isolated incident.

                                                          Although both men have a combined 25 years` experience in the department, neither wished to answer questions about the relationship between the union,

                                                          dominated by 1st Warders with alleged ties to organized crime bosses, and the scandal. They sidestepped repeated questions, talking instead about their hope to improve service.

                                                          Both Cachares and Schivarelli have known the union bosses for years and

                                                          have an expert understanding of local politics. Both said they had no idea

                                                          such a scam as the one Vroustouris disclosed was taking place.

                                                          At any one time, Cachares said, from 30 to 40 workers were assigned to

                                                          the 1st Ward as ``hand sweepers,`` who use brooms and shovels to walk through the downtown area and clean up debris.

                                                          Cachares said the 32 workers slated for dismissal as the result of the

                                                          probe were involved in a ``charade`` with the cooperation of their five

                                                          supervisors, who will also be fired, by showing up for work only to sign in

                                                          and sign out each day.

                                                          Vroustouris said Wednesday his investigation showed that some of the

                                                          workers, on city time at about $14 an hour, engaged in ``secondary

                                                          employment,`` such as running a hot dog stand, a floral shop and an insurance business.

                                                          One employee, Charles Miller, has been charged with felony theft for

                                                          allegedly traveling on city time April 4, 1990, to Fond du Lac, Wis., and

                                                          robbing a jewelry salesman of $188,000 in diamonds.

                                                          Miller, who was released on $5,000 bond, is fighting extradition to

                                                          Wisconsin. On Thursday, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Robert Bastone ordered him to turn himself in in Chicago or Fond du Lac by Tuesday.

                                                          Although Cachares said he shared the outrage expressed by Vroustouris, he said he believes the scandal is an isolated instance in his department of

                                                          nearly 6,000 employees.

                                                          ``I`m not aware of any other trouble spots like this,`` Cachares said.

                                                          Schivarelli, who occasionally stepped up to the microphones to amplify

                                                          Cachares` comments, said the ``hand sweeping`` section of the office operated without supervision from the Streets and Sanitation Department and served

                                                          almost like a ``51st Ward.``

                                                          Vroustouris estimated this week that the scheme cost the city up to

                                                          $500,000 in salaries for a four-month period. The scam is believed to have

                                                          been going on for years. And that figure was increased, he said, because some workers involved filed for overtime pay in addition to the wages they received for work they did not do on their regular shifts.

                                                          Cachares said he will call together his top administrators as early as

                                                          Friday to develop a new system of monitoring the work activities of employees in all of the city`s other 49 wards.

                                                          One idea being actively considered by the Daley administration is the

                                                          elimination of the longtime practice of having 50 separate Streets and

                                                          Sanitation ward offices. Under this plan, offices would be combined into five or six district offices, eliminating the bureaucracy of having, in effect, 50 streets and sanitation departments.

                                                          Also, the long-simmering department power struggle between Schivarelli

                                                          and John Malatesta Jr., the first deputy commissioner, may be settled.

                                                          Schivarelli played a major role in Cachares` news conference Thursday;

                                                          Malatesta was not there.

                                                          One of the first changes, Cachares said, will be the takeover of the 1st

                                                          Ward ``hand sweeping`` division by sanitation officials in his City Hall

                                                          office. Also, he said, the work supposedly being done by the 32 laborers and

                                                          their 5 supervisors would be carried out by only 6 employees at first to see

                                                          if that number is adequate.

                                                          Cachares said that although he was unaware of the massive malingering in

                                                          the 1st Ward office, located along the south bank of the Chicago River at 50

                                                          E. Wacker Drive, he took responsibility for it.

                                                          ``I accept the responsibility to clean it up and correct it,`` said

                                                          Cachares, who has been the subject of City Hall rumors as one of the

                                                          department heads Daley may remove in an administration shakeup early in his

                                                          second term in office.

                                                          ``But most of the (department`s) employees put in a full day`s work for a full day`s pay,`` Cachares said.

                                                          Schivarelli said most of the remaining workers in the 1st Ward office

                                                          will be responsible only for work in the ward`s west side, just west of the

                                                          Loop and consisting of Greektown and portions of the Near North Side.

                                                          Asked how the inspector general`s findings would reflect on his 20-month

                                                          service as department head, Cachares said, ``It`s where we go from here.``

                                                          To guard against future instances of payroll padding, Cachares said, he

                                                          will institute a program of ``performance indicators,`` in which regular

                                                          reports are filed with his office to show the amount of work done by

                                                          employees.

                                                          When reminded that the laborers suspended in the 1st Ward probe all had

                                                          filed the proper paper work, Cachares said the scheme worked only because the five supervisors also allegedly were involved.

                                                          BLUE BAG

                                                          McPIER

                                                          Mcpier/cerone

                                                           

                                                          CITY`S NEW SANITATION BOSS NAMED

                                                          Chicago Tribune - Friday, September 18, 1992

                                                          Author/Byline: Robert Davis.
                                                          Edition: FINAL
                                                          Section: NEWS
                                                          Page: 7

                                                          The response was immediate from Mayor Richard Daley`s newly named boss of the nearly 3,000 people who pick up the city`s garbage and repair the city`s

                                                          potholes.

                                                          She kissed Daley on the cheek.

                                                          Eileen J. Carey, 45, was named Thursday as Daley`s choice to be

                                                          commissioner of the city`s sprawling Department of Streets and Sanitation. She replaces Raymond Cachares , an early Daley administration appointee who was

                                                          transferred to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority to watch over

                                                          development of the Navy Pier renovation.

                                                          Although there are other high-level women in Daley`s Cabinet, none will

                                                          have the everyday authority of Carey, who will oversee the city`s third-

                                                          largest department with an annual budget of more than $300 million. Only

                                                          the Police and Fire Departments are larger or more expensive.

                                                          And only the Department of Streets and Sanitation has more daily contact

                                                          with the city`s nearly 3 million residents, being responsible for garbage

                                                          collection, snow removal, street repairs, street lights and signs and rodent

                                                          control.

                                                          It also has dominated much of the media scrutiny over the years. Reports

                                                          have included malingering, ghost payrollers,

                                                          implications of organized crime infestation

                                                          and foulups in providing city services, most dramatically during

                                                          the legendary Blizzard of 1979 when snow removal operations collapsed under

                                                          then-Mayor Michael Bilandic.


                                                          Carey`s former position as director of the Mayor`s Office of Information

                                                          and Inquiry will be filled by Genevieve Brown, 52, who formerly served as

                                                          director of the outreach unit of that office. With a smiling Carey at his

                                                          side, Daley brushed off the inquiries of reporters at his City Hall press

                                                          conference who wanted to know why he chose a woman experienced in

                                                          informational work to head a city department known for its ``macho`` image.

                                                          The mayor said the job called for a strong administrator and praised

                                                          Carey for her work in the Office of Information and Inquiry and for her

                                                          earlier work as a member of his staff when he served as Cook County state`s

                                                          attorney.

                                                          ``It doesn`t have anything to do with male and female,`` said Daley.

                                                          He also refused to get into discussions about any shortcomings of

                                                          Cachares, the ousted Streets and Sanitation commissioner who had had run-ins

                                                          with various aldermen over the years. Cachares also had received criticism for his championing of a yard waste program which some claimed was ineffective and the controversial ``blue bag`` recycling program, which is scheduled to start next year over the objections of environmental critics who say it won`t work
                                                          .

                                                           

                                                          ``This is not `Let`s trash somebody,` `` said Daley. ``This is not

                                                          trashing of Ray Cachares or Streets and Sanitation.``



                                                          Daley said Cachares is being transferred from his high-profile city services job to a relatively obscure overseer`s job at the so-called McPier
                                                          board.


                                                          The mayor said Cachares had asked for a change as a career move, adding,

                                                          ``People do get burned out in government.

                                                          ``Ray wanted a new endeavor in his career,`` Daley said.

                                                          The mayor also was quick to deny that the removal of Cachares and the

                                                          dumping earlier this week of Jay Franke as city aviation commissioner, who was replaced by Chief of Staff David Mosena, was part of a shakeup in his top

                                                          administrative staff.

                                                          ``No shakeup. No!`` Daley said.

                                                          But more than a dozen of the department heads Daley named shortly after

                                                          his election in 1989 have left City Hall or been demoted in the last year, as Daley has charted the policy directions of his administration.

                                                          Carey, who will be paid $95,448 in her new position, said she has no

                                                          immediate plans to shake up the bureaucracy of the Department of Streets and

                                                          Sanitation, which is composed of several big bureaus headed by longtime city

                                                          employees who have developed virtual dynasties over the years.

                                                          She also said that she supports the controversial ``blue bag`` program,

                                                          under which recyclable refuse is placed in plastic bags and collected along

                                                          with all other garbage in city trucks and hauled to central processing sites

                                                          run by private contractors.


                                                          Coincidentally, Carey`s Morgan Park neighborhood is in the city`s Far

                                                          South Side 19th Ward, where a successful voluntary recycling program has been in operation for years and community organizations have balked at the city`s

                                                          ``blue bag`` plan.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          8 bidders vie for Chicago's recycling pact

                                                          Chicago Sun-Times - Wednesday, March 20, 1991

                                                          Author/Byline: Fran Spielman
                                                          Edition: FIVE STAR SPORTS FINAL
                                                          Section: NEWS
                                                          Page: 5

                                                          Eight bidders, including the giants of the waste disposal industry, have entered the competition for a $105 million contract to operate Chicago's controversial blue-bag recycling program.

                                                          Purchasing agent Alexander Grzyb said Monday's bid opening attracted competing proposals from such industry leaders as

                                                           

                                                          Waste Management

                                                          of North America Inc.,

                                                           

                                                          X-L Disposal and Land & Lakes in a joint-venture with Stony Island Reclamation.

                                                          Also competing for the largest single contract ever awarded by the city's Department of Streets and Sanitation are Ogden Projects Inc.; Loop Recycling Inc.; Consolidated Processing Inc.; Rail-It Limited Partnership, and

                                                           

                                                          Fred R. Barbara

                                                          Trucking Inc., a

                                                          company owned by a

                                                          relative of Ald. Fred

                                                          B. Roti (1st).



                                                          Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Raymond Cachares said the healthy competition is proof that the city's controversial plan to collect recyclable trash in blue bags instead of plastic containers is a workable idea.

                                                          The eight bidders are vying for the right to build and operate four or five so-called "material recycling recovery facilities" in which recyclable trash will be separated from other waste and processed. The contract is valued at up to $15 million a year, or $105 million over a seven-year period.

                                                          Cachares said he was surprised by the eight bids. "It shows a lot of interest in the program in terms of its potential. A lot of people were saying that the program is unworkable. But, if you have eight firms bidding on the contract, it obviously means it has a lot of potential to be successful. Otherwise, they wouldn't waste their time."

                                                          In an effort to avoid problems encountered recently in Omaha, Neb., Cachares said the Daley administration has hired two consulting firms to evaluate the competing bids.

                                                          Resource Integration Systems Ltd. of Granby, Conn., and Omaha-based HDR Engineering Inc. will work with a selection committee of city department heads to rank the bidders in categories not limited to price, Cachares said. The contract is expected to be awarded this year.

                                                          Omaha, one of a handful of cities experimenting with the blue-bag system, was forced to suspend its program after a month of collections because a private contractor grossly underestimated his costs.

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Louis

                                                          giordano

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          from “newfrontier”

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          New frontier – 

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          New frontier  -

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Louis Giordano lobbies for kjell at SCG

                                                           

                                                          Addiction frame – mental illness frame – TASC

                                                           

                                                          Madonia – Cellini – hart – gray – caths – blessac – kjell at blessac – hart is Cellini atty

                                                           

                                                          Nf guys – zoning appls – somers – deaner – scb – rico – const racket – note also big box follows mrt to get zoning -  zoning rico – intim – pay to play

                                                           

                                                          Cellini - madonia

                                                           

                                                          Keith moore bldrs – sahba –

                                                           

                                                          Gnutek – isp – trent – Cellini gets isp – blago – note rezko at SCG

                                                           

                                                          new frontier casino – LV – Wikipedia background - stl

                                                           

                                                          Giordano – sauer – spd aux police

                                                           

                                                          Giordano – sauer – donley –

                                                           

                                                          donley site –

                                                           

                                                          animal chemicals – milburn –

                                                           

                                                          furman milburn

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Gray/kjell and hart make request to Cellini – Cellini has discretion, has “mission tasking authority”, in military lingo, he then delegates

                                                          Cellini is compelled to comply in order to maintain political cover

                                                           

                                                          – LIUNA et al - caths – blessac – Madonia  - shg – Caruso – saladino – campo – reinhart – Henderson – nudo - used tasc – people,to promote operational cover – also used Carlyle companies – insight/capranica – garrett/landmark – crowne plaza – usis – and telcos – ie. ATT – and see stic – BW – carnduff – eck – Aiello – at troxel –

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           

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                                                          OBITUARIES

                                                          State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, August 30, 2000



                                                          Carl J. Giordano

                                                          SPRINGFIELD –

                                                           

                                                          Carl

                                                          John

                                                          Giordano , 85, of Springfield died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at St. John's Hospital.

                                                          He was born Sept. 28, 1914, in Springfield,

                                                           

                                                          the son of Carlo and

                                                          Clara Giganti Giordano.

                                                           

                                                          He married Louise F. Gentile in 1940.

                                                          Mr. Giordano was

                                                          employed as superintendent of collection and delivery for the U.S. Postal Service.

                                                          He was a World War II and Korean War veteran of the U.S. Navy.

                                                           

                                                          He also retired from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine after 10 years of service.

                                                          He was a member of Ss Peter and Paul Church; former member of Holy Name Society; president of Illinois Chapter of March of Dimes; president, secretary and treasurer of the Junior Rec. Bowling League;

                                                          president of the Illinois Association of Letter Carriers; and

                                                          vice president of the International Postal Supervisors Association.

                                                           

                                                          He was a charter member of the Roman Cultural Society of Springfield as well as past president.

                                                           

                                                          He also was a member of Knights of Columbus 4175.


                                                          Survivors: wife, Louise;

                                                          three daughters,

                                                          Clara Marie Krumwiede,

                                                          Paula Marie (husband, Keith) Moore and

                                                          Nancy Louise (husband, Thomas) Curry, all of Springfield;

                                                           

                                                          three sons,

                                                          Carl Lee (wife, Martha) Giordano of O'Fallon,

                                                          Louis J. and

                                                          Patrick (wife, Anita) Giordano, both of Springfield;

                                                          19 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren;

                                                          a brother, Sam Giordano of Springfield;

                                                          two sisters, Angeline Ferguson of Bloomington and Lena Dickerson of Justice; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.