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I was right about Geiger – npo – less oversight, takes orders from chief Caldwell – mental health frame


Carlock was whistleblower – sd= LAM – pedophile frame like me – tipped off by elston at doj – note elston from Rockford, connection between Rockford and spfld= zito – and see sommer – bank  - http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneyorganizedcrime



Toni davis knows cohen in sd – see davis/Albanese


Tom delay – background – pesticides – behind the effort to destroy my life from early on


Note matt Gordon at loft and chi – and see “harris” pizza ovens in chi – Blodgett – Thompson at Winston – see Winston hist


Mcgraw and Albanese are partners in a lot of hotels – see also Albanese dev – note zito related to Albanese – mcgraw= mcd’s – see milburn and madonia at mcd’s – and see Pennell and milburn pfs bowling –


Mcgraw – mcd’s – karcher – hardees – oc linc’s – malta – and note mcgraw = mcgraw hill – construction intel – and BRT – with rust et al


Mcgraw Albanese hotels and biz = off duty cops, security – harassment – money to police


Pubworks Norris – same guy harassing me at SSCC when I parked there. See also kulavics and bella Milano, only place police allowed me to be, harassed when Norris putting up bldg west of sscc – truck drove by at night after work day – see also reinhart at city pubworks and snowplows esp.


Pursely at IMM – rummy and cheney – tech diffusion – lethal material –


See also iepa – Rockford mayor – friend of blago – overnight guards – saladino – new frontier bldg – see also sangamo in san fran – lanphier fam – zfp


Houston pd sent me to homicide dept when I complained about people following me and spraying me with pain causing chemicals. This was because I was framed for threatening to kill the governor and other people. This was done by delay and Pennell in texas. Just like Pennell homicidal threats in spfld. This also furthered the effort to portray me as incompetent/insane – and needing mental health “intervention” – see also Geiger mental health frame – and fam serv lady – see esp. suicide frame


Note esp. Galveston deps and recruiter in galv – and see lamarque work – KBH – big influence here is delay see TX22 – bommarito delay site


See also frame for metal by ING celletti – Bloomington MI set me up for pedophile by computer

And see earlier 95/96 computer frame for pedophile specifically “infants” note time and similarity –


Celletti was chem. Brigade before getting promotion and see son at NGAOI Jason – and note Pennell at ILROA – left town within days after mentioned in deposition questions –


See also trame at ilfop – for community groups – and links to Cellini – ie ISP – trent – argosy – Jensen – narup/jurkanin –


Here, law enf – jobs for ops – see jett at apl – spd – and see Kevin Pennell at 183 fd and spd


Generally, vigilantism – beahringer at fam serv and larkin at caci – for city hiring – see also selinger



Groups in child abuse biz’

See coy – Hastert junket, and links to mudra – pesticides

And note Quinn wants to move juvenile just to dcfs, note doc is getting busted hard – ici trucks 0 pana – bartolomucci – underwood from cdb – rossi – and see doc jax prison rossi and polk – (jax IA guy dead) – running smuggling from prison – done through cath priest at times – note dcfs gonet


Galv longies – portwatch – vigilantism – police – bertolino – related to spi bertolino – nursing home arson – intimidation – extortion – gauwitz – caths – Peoria ibt – jc65 – clatfelter – chi org crime – and see liuna gauwitz – ed smith – sweatmann in viginia – burrus – gauwitz – see plunkett site


Grandfather was killed – atherosclerosis from arsenic – stroke – weakened endothelial tissue in vascular system, given Coumadin


Cleat – bertolino hires rove – Austin based consultant


And see generally, rove – Wilkinson – “the Lincoln group”, TLG, iraquex, fake news, bc 04’ – kjellander – blessing, swift, chi gop – ilgop – see PR’ site – rove - Ralston – delay – Abramoff


(Note campo – rove – Abramoff – prez – YR’s )


Tx problems at worksites – labor ready jobs – tx city – ed smith liuna – tx= jurisdiction – see springfield ties – jax –


Outfit ties to san diego= Rincon, bunn, buraski, saathoff


Henderson at cib – suhadolnik related to Henderson duraneb – san diego – and Henderson on city council – IMP Henderson support from senturia – senturia link to ubc 1506 – that’s where cohen suggested I work between elections, bad idea, senturia considers ubc 1505a funder of building projects – *and see saathoff endorses Henderson in opposition to CLC


CIB statements by suhadolnik are correct and others have verified similar statements


Alison fitzgerald at uis athletics – (womens) resigns and goes to barry – like mom’s first job in ftl – note andreas is big donor – biz school named after him – female athletes recruited to harass me like giacomini at uis tennis and eck at soccer – see also leonard at shg football and noonan at llcc – see ronriggle – and note mabie kid killed by dunbar – because soccer ties – no joke – they ran him over – note dunbar timeline at svpd – gray at sv atty – and see dunbar at LGP


Worked a LR job at havanna plant – with eagle services – harassment – pain had to leave – eagle is LIUNA – Decatur



Outfit – outlaws link see chi – video gambling – see esp tv guy


palazzolo – stl LCN – and see delay and Kiwanis – and note foz death – boone’s guy -



also see chi grandfather also killed – 1989 – because ties to family in dc – harassment done by political influentials – cover – professionals – plausible deniability – whisper campaigns – “adams family” – didn’t want me to establish relationship with family that could help prevent harassment – sounds bizarre – actually true – see also mom and ftl relocation – note ibt influence Miami – south beach –



big picture – lam was all over Cunningham and partisan contractors at mzm – cia ctc, Doolittle et al – carlock was link from sd – spi – drugs – killed – and see burns killed because someone found out he was talking –


they are trying to clamp down anyone that might tell the truth, made to many enemies now, all over but the shouting, big link is bunn – in spfld – in sd – in oc – gauwitz – see house on pch and loft people and note nursing home bunn in el cajon – see also carwashes and bunn –  car washes as dead drop – exchanging information – other things


bunn is dangerous because the money and one is natsec personnel dir – now he’s logistics for dod – dod have been moving drugs – Pakistan – Afghanistan -


I was framed for drugs – not involved – big money – political cover – cia – routes – dangerous people – new tech – biotech -



elston at doj – suncruz – casinos – Cellini – Abramoff – delay – org crime – moscatiello - genovese




grandpa in Virginia – geyston in Ashland car accident – contri – clatfelter – gauwitz/burrus/sweatmann



grandma in Virginia – nursing home – glennon paul – Cellini – sauer – Giordano





































Geyston - contri




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Contri – geyston –

polistina - henderson



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, October 5, 1986

Vignali- Contri Lynn Marie Contri and Damon Anthony Vignali, both of Sherman, exchanged wedding vows at 4 p.m. Sept. 13. Performing the ceremony was the Rev. John Corredato at St. John Vianney Church in Sherman.

Parents of the bride are Val and Mary Contri of Sherman. The bridegroom is the son of Richard and Cathy Vignali of Sherman.

Serving as maid of honor was Toni Camille, with Cindy Naumovich, Colleen Langer,

Valerie Henderson and

Leanne Contri serving as bridesmaids. Flower girl was

Molly Henderson.

Best man was

Terry Polistina. Serving as groomsmen were

Ted Contri , Steve Hall,

John Geyston and

Mark Polistina.


Ushers were Mark and Kevin Johnson, and Bob Whalen. Hunter Whalen was ringbearer.

A reception was held at the St. John Vianney Activity Center immediately after the ceremony.

The bride, a graduate of Williamsville High School, is employed by Horace Mann Insurance Co. The bridegroom, a graduate of Williamsville High School, is employed by the state Department of Insurance.

They will live in Springfield.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 4, 1990

Johnson-Rogers Brenda Kathryn Rogers of Springfield and Mark S. Johnson of Sherman were married at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church by the Rev.

Kenneth Yarno.

The bride is the daughter of Donald and Mary Ann Rogers of Pleasant Plains. The groom is the son of Jack and Wanda Johnson of Sherman.

Serving as maid of honor was Brenda Bracco. Bridesmaids were Susan Schrodt, Barbara Beck, Regina Tucker, Laura Rogers, Courtney Bracco and Jennifer Isom. Flower girls were Erika Carey and Melisa Carey.

Best man was John Geyston . Groomsmen were Kevin Johnson, Damon Vignali, Greg Goin and Ted Contri . Ushers were Tom Tobias, Mark Polistina and Gregg Lowis.

A reception was held at the IBEW Hall.

The bride is a graduate of Pleasant Plains High School and is employed by GTech Corp. The groom is a graduate of Williamsville High School and is employed by the state
Department of Corrections.

The couple will reside in Springfield.






 Contri – Henderson


CIB is real – IBT 916


Clatfelter – jc65 – peoria - gauwitz



For the Record: Feb. 27

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, February 27, 2010

Molly N. and Chad A. Ishmael, Sherman, a son, Cole Thomas Ishmael, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010.

Grandparents are

Thomas and Valerie Henderson of Sherman and

Sam and Janice Ishmael of Athens.

Great-grandparents are

Mary Contri of Sherman,

Joe and Rose Marie Henderson of Springfield,

Wilma Davison of Greenview and

Cloyd Ishmael of Lewistown.







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, June 14, 1995

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 10

Val Contri Val Contri, 61, of Sherman died Monday at St. John's Hospital.

He was born July 28, 1933, in Taylorville, the son of Peter and Cerbina Ballerina Contri. He married Mary Gaio in 1955.

Mr. Contri was a builder-developer.

He was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Sherman,

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

and Servants of the Eucharist. He was a Korean War Army veteran and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal. As a surveyor, he aided in the construction of runways at Beale Air Force base in California.

Survivors: wife, Mary; two sons, Ted Contri of Sherman and Steve Contri of Springfield; five daughters, Mrs. Tom ( Valerie) Henderson and Mrs. Damon (Lynn) Vignali, both of Sherman, Mrs. Lenny (Cindy) Naumovich and Mrs. Mike (Leanne) Gallagher, both of Springfield, and Mrs. Rich (Colleen) Langer of Waukesha, Wis.; several grandchildren; a brother, Dante Contri of Springfield; three sisters, Clara Morris of Springfield, Mary Touhy of Chicago and Louise Decknadel of Bloomington, Minn; several nieces, nephews and cousins.










Geyston – long - clatfelter




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - April 5, 1989

Edition: M2.S1.

Section: LOCAL

Page: 13

Local Republicans once again showed their political muscle with impressive wins Tuesday in


Springfield and

Woodside townships.





In Capital Township, which shares boundaries with the city of Springfield, GOP incumbents swept the four township trustee posts up for grabs.


Bill Cavanagh netted 17.2 percent of the vote,

Dwight "Cap" O'Keefe 16.6 percent,

Enos Tolan 14.2 percent and

Robert Jasmon 14 percent.


Among Democrats, Mary Jane Forney received 10.6 percent of the vote, Phil Reed 9.6 percent, Robert "Jerry" Rittenhouse 9.2 percent and Philip Marcy Sr. 8.2 percent.


Capital Township Republicans were clearly helped by highly disciplined voting.


Nearly 40 percent of those who cast their ballots in Capital Township voted a straight Republican ticket, compared to about 20 percent for Democrats.


In Springfield and Woodside townships, full rosters of town officials -- including township supervisor, town clerk and road commissioner -- were elected Tuesday.


The apparent election winners and losers in

Springfield Township

with 80 of 98 precincts reporting in Sangamon County are:


Republican Marty Ushman for supervisor over Democrat Lillian Weyant Kunz.


Republican Jimmy Bonefeste for township clerk over Democrat Robert Lee Remack.


Republican Martin Stuper won the highway commissioner race against Democrat Larry Budd and Independent John Sisti.


Janine Stroble, a Republican, defeated Marlene Peake, a Democrat, for tax collector.


Republican Roger Cheek won the assessor's race over Mary Lee Standridge, a Democrat.


Trustees (four were elected): Republicans


*John Long,


Ray Rowden,


Donald Williams and


John Geyston.




In Woodside Township, Republican Don Casper was unopposed as supervisor.


Republican Carol "Tarr" Dewing trounced Sherry Harris, a Democrat, for township clerk. For highway commissioner, Republican Don Duffy easily defeated Democrat Joseph DelGiorno.


Republican Walter Gross won unopposed as township collector, while unopposed GOP candidate William Ridley won the assessor election.


Republicans Hadley Pfeiffer, Geraldine Sprouse, James Edwards Sr. and

Kenneth Ushman were far ahead of their Democratic rivals in the Woodside Township trustees elections.








“bruce beard” = “bruce beard” – related to connie beard – lady that hit me with car


Long-Selby Lori Ann Selby of Sherman and Brian John Long of Springfield were married at 1:30 p.m. May 21. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Charles Olshefsky at St. Cabrini Church in Springfield.


The bride is the daughter of Andy and Barb Selby of Sherman. Parents of the bridegroom are Jack and Rosemarie Long, 8 Monica Court.


Serving as maid of honor was Tina Selby, and bridesmaids were Dawn McCall, Brenda Stuemke, Tracy Fox, Julie Spradlin and Denise Petrilli. Angela Parkhurst served as flower girl.


Best man was Bill Paries, and Dave Schneller,


Burce Beard,


Terry Fox,

Mark Feleccia and

Brad Long served as groomsmen. Ushers were Troy Blasko, Bob Patarozzi, Steve Selby and

Jay Timm, with

Nicki Clatfelter serving as ringbearer.


A reception was held at Prairie Capitol Convention Center immediately after the ceremony.


The bride, a graduate of Williamsville High School, is employed by

Prairie Capitol Convention Center. The bridegroom, a graduate of Griffin High School,

is employed by the state of Illinois.


The couple will live in Springfield.



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Clatfelter -Putnam


Michelle Katherine Putnam of Peoria and Trevor James Clatfelter of Sherman were married at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 2007, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Peoria by Monsignor William Watson.


The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Harrison C. Putnam III of Peoria. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas K. Clatfelter of Sherman.


Serving as maid of honor was Antonina Knell. Bridesmaids were Rachel Bradford, Jennifer Barnato, Amy Sims, Katherine Johnson, Lindsay Rehme and Katherine Wilson.


Best man was Andrew Manar. Groomsmen were Jeffrey Clatfelter , Nicholas Clatfelter, Troy Bryant,

Stephen Geyston,

Steven Fickas and Christopher Putman. Ushers were Bret Hahn, Scott Newman, Anthony Menendez, Doug Lascody, Philip Zinn, William Howard and 2nd Lt. James Comfort.


A reception was held at the Country Club of Peoria.


The bride is a 2000 graduate of Peoria Notre Dame High School and a 2004 graduate of St. Louis University and is attending St. Louis University School of Law.


The groom is a 1993 graduate of Williamsville High School and a 1998 graduate of the University of Illinois. He is employed as deputy director of the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability for the Illinois General Assembly and also is the mayor of Sherman.






Master John Geyston

Master John Geyston known to his students simply as Hanshi is currently an 8th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo-Jitsu, a 6 time Hall of Fame inductee. He is the active Chief Master Instructor and founder of the JGPMA. He is considered a pioneer in the modern day martial arts industry. Hanshi has enjoyed over thirty years as a martial artist, an athlete and a award winning martial arts instructor. He is a former top-ranked competitor in forms, kickboxing, fighting and weapons. He has hosted and produced over 15 instructional DVD's, has been featured in various books and magazines and worked in the film industry as action stunt fighter and actor. His instructional series has sold internationally and he is one of the nations most sought out leading seminar instructors. He is an active instructor teaching at his JGPMA academy and continues to train and learn a variety of arts to add to our Multi-Style training system.

Master John Geyston is a martial art icon. After years of competition and earning multiple black belts he could not imagine a greater contribute than to give back to others the life empowering gift the martial art has given to him. So he committed himself to a life of developing and perfecting a teaching method and a martial art system that can help others to achieve great results, reach their full potential in life and in the martial arts.

That is the martial arts system that defines the extraordinary and award winning service at John Geyston's Premier Martial Arts. Drawn by his outstanding skill and reputation for excellence students come from throughout Central Illinois some drive over an hour away to attend his classes weekly, year after year were now that number is close to 450 active and he has now taught over 5,000 families in the Springfield and Central Illinois area. His high standard has defined what is referred to often as the "Premier Difference" in Springfield.

"Hello I am Hanshi John and I want thank you for visiting my academies website, my life long passion and career choice is the martial arts and sharing my art with others. It changed my life in ways that I can not express in words. My staff knows my the high standard I demand of our service and myself. My goal is simply to make sure your experience is positive each and every night you are here that you have a great workout, training session, smile and laugh at least once and have a higher feeling of achievement and self value you when you leave our studio at the end of the class. We are here to share the art in a positive way and hope you will join us.











































Henderson is link between spfld – sd - ftl




Henderson= cib – reinhart – coll dems – doc –


Henderson= sd = bunn – vala – loft – city council – saathoff – senturia – ccdc – ubc 1506 –


Henderson= spfld – shg – dura neb – henkle – suim – students – burge – graham – majcina – ALA – hart –


Henderson – contri – polistina in ftl – irv smith –


Henderson – contri - polistina and carpenter – spd – mcu –


Henderson – contri – clatfelter – ibt – robinson - cwlp - schluter - fuiten


Henderson – contri – clatfelter – timm – scso – lopian – ing fuel specialists –


Henderson - contri - clatfelter - poe - burge - llcc trucks -







































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partisan politics –

tea party –




sites –















chris guy at ICLJ –


todd guy at SCSO –


dragoo, roth – charles robbins – ilfop – trame - tea party


rusciolelli – Riverton – riv kc’s – riv pd – fd -


weavers manufacturing – union rep - IAM


security bank – mangalavite – madonia - welcher











Chris guy – ICJL – (jeff guy’s bro)


ICJL guy is jeff guy’s brother – (I vaguely know jeff guy,)


Brother todd= scso honor guard – jail staff





Here’s your tea party link – dragoo – ilfop – roth – uis CR’s –



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, June 2, 2002

Section: LOCAL


Jayne Ann Roth of Sherman and Nolan David Nosari of Springfield were married at 2 p.m. April 27, 2002, at St. Aloysius Church by the Rev. John Titus.

The bride is the daughter of Bill and Sandy Dragoo of Sherman and


Robert and Faye Roth of Springfield.


The groom is the son of David and Evelyn Schumacher of Springfield and John Nosari of Chatham.

Serving as matron of honor was Sandy Dragoo.


Bride's attendants were

Nick Roth,

Tim Roth,

Terry Roth and

 Jason Roth. Flower girl was

Kylie Roth.

Best man was Nathan Nosari. Groomsman were

Todd Guy , Dave Campbell and Ed Dowllar. Ringbearer was

A.J. Roth.

Additional attendants were Cynthia Parmenter, Susan Bond and Randy Riggs.

A reception was held at the Springfield Motor Boat Club.

The bride is employed by the state

Department of Public Health, division of food, drugs and dairies.

The groom is employed by the state

Department of Public Health, division of health policy.

The couple will reside in Springfield.




Big Creek hayride brings back old-time fun - SHEILA SMITH

Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) - Sunday, October 18, 2009

Author/Byline: H&R Staff Writer ; DECATUR - Becky Pierce grew up in the country and was used to riding in wagons filled with hay.
Section: News
Page: B4

"We use to take church rides in the wagons filled with straw through the countryside. There would be a lot of people, and the kids would jump off the wagons," said Pierce, who is from Louisville, 25 miles south of Effingham.

She compares that time to the more relaxing and quieter hayride she took at Big Creek Riding Stables on Friday evening.

Pierce and a few others cuddled in blankets, sat on bales of hay on the back of a wagon hooked to a tractor that toted them around the grounds at Big Creek.

They even stopped to watch some deer that wandered onto the pastures jump over the high white fence and back into the woods surrounding the property.

Rebecca Lloyd, manager at Big Creek, who drove the tractor, brought it to a halt in front of a campfire for the group to roast marshmallows.

Lloyd said it was the first time the Decatur Park District organized a hayride at Big Creek and was hoping for more people.

"The hayrides are just a casual and fun way for people to get together. And there’s something about being in the cold in the back of a hay wagon," she said as the campfire helped warm everyone up.

Last weekend, rain prevented the first hayrides that ended up being rescheduled for Friday and today. Lloyd is expecting a larger crowd for today’s hayride because it will start a little earlier.

Hayrides are just as popular in farming communities of Illinois as they are in the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina, where it’s a big part of fall, pumpkins and Halloween.

As a matter of fact, Lloyd said, they will have a Halloween-themed horse show at Big Creek on Oct. 25 that will be open to the public. She also hopes to begin horse riding lessons in the spring.

Those braving the chilly weather with Pierce included her friend, Rick Williams and his family; daughter, Hannah Medley, and her sons, Joss, 2, and 6-month-old Dexter; another daughter, Holly Williams, and her boyfriend, Chris Guy .

The young Joss seemed more obsessed with the tractor than riding on the back of the wagon.

"It was really fun and something you would do with your family," Holly Williams said.

Guy added while trying to stay warm in front of the fire after the ride, "It’s not every day you get to ride on a wagon with hay pulled by a tractor."

sheilas@herald-review.com 421-7963

If you go

What: hayrides

When: from 3:30 to 6 p.m., today

Where: Big City Riding Stables, 4961 E. Lost Bridge Road




Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) - Friday, March 30, 2007


FORSYTH — Harold L. Wingfield, 84, of Forsyth died Tuesday, March 27, 2007 in Decatur Memorial Hospital. Funeral liturgy will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2007, at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Graceland/ Fairlawn Funeral Home, with Father Rick Weltin presiding, where visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening where a reciting of prayers will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. Burial with the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home’s FLIGHT HOME CEREMONY and Military Rites will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to be given to Cancer Care Specialist of Central Illinois or Homeward Bound Pet Shelter of Decatur. The family of Mr. Wingfield is being served by the staff of Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, located at 2091 North Oakland Avenue in Decatur. You may view the online obituary and send condolences to the family: www.gracelandfairlawn.com Harold was born on December 10, 1922, in Moberly, Missouri, a son of Ernest James Sr. of Sheffield, England and Hildagarade (Wegs) Wingfield of Moberly, Missouri. He married Pauline Pier on July 12, 1943. Harold was a U.S. Navy Veteran of two wars, World War II and Korean Conflict. He was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad where he had been a railroad official for several decades moving all over the country in various positions. After retiring from the railroad, he and his wife, Pauline moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where they lived for nineteen years before moving back to Decatur. Besides Decatur, Harold lived in many communities throughout the country, Detroit, Michigan, Roanoke, Virginia, Sandusky, Ohio, Owosso, Michigan, Moberly, Missouri, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Pensacola, Florida.

He survived by his wife of 64 years, Pauline of Forsyth and his son, H.L. “Butch” Wingfield and his wife, Jan of Novi, Michigan,

and his daughter, Gloria Guy of Decatur and

five grandchildren: Jeff Guy and his wife Laura of South Bend, Indiana,

Sean Guy and his wife Melissa of Springfield,

Chris Guy of Springfield, and

Lauren and Matt Wingfield of Novi, Michigan.


He is preceded in death by his son-in-law, Richard Guy and his brother, Ernest James Wingfield, Jr. The family would like to thank Dr. Guaglianone and DMH Hospice particularly, Pam, Gale and Angie for all of their wonderful care. Obituary written by family members. Online guest book at www.legacy.com/herald-review/ Obituaries.asp







Student gov w/ sims – doc

Christian county sheriff

– sarver – dowdy -




Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) - Sunday, November 19, 2000

Section: Life
Page: G2


Officers named

Student Senate officers at Richland Community College are Matthew Lappin, president; Matt Dougherty, vice president; Chris Guy , treasurer; and Sarah Baker and

Jeremy Sims, senators







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 27, 2001


Melissa Kaye Blaise and
Todd Edward Guy
, both of Springfield, were married at 2 p.m. April 28 at the Brinkerhoff Home by Judge John Mehlick.

The bride is the daughter of Patricia and Jerry Daniels of Springfield and Delbert and Denise McCann of Rochester.

The groom is the son of John Guy of Springfield and Jeannie Tomasino of Florida.

Serving as matron of honor was Kathy Williams.

Best man was Jeff Guy .

A reception was held at the Brinkerhoff Home.

The bride is employed as office supervisor at Stanley Steemer.

The groom is an officer with the Sangamon County Sheriff's Department.

The couple will reside in Springfield.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, January 18, 1998


Ebersohl-Horrigh Angela Marie Horrigh of Virden and David Keith Ebersohl of Chatham

exchanged wedding vows at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Springfield Beach House. The Rev. Tony Tomasino performed the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Robert and Beverly Horrigh of Virden. The groom is the son of John and Linda Ebersohl of Chatham.

Serving as maid of honor was Amber Horrigh, with Kirsten Ebersohl as bridesmaid.

Serving as best man was Brent Iven, with Jeff Guy as groomsman. Usher was Russell Horrigh.

A reception was held at the Springfield Beach House.

The couple will reside in San Jose, Calif.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, February 21, 1988

PVT. TODD GUY , son of John and Jean Guy of Rochester, has graduated as a reconnaissance scout from the U.S. Army Armor School, Fort Knox, Ky.

He is a 1987 graduate of Rochester High School.








State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 30, 1997

 Loftus-Schroeder Richelle Renee Schroeder and

Scott Keith Loftus,

both of Springfield, exchanged wedding vows at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at Church of the Little Flower by the Rev. Al Kemme.

The bride is the daughter of Margaret Schroeder and Richard Schroeder, both of Springfield. The groom is the son of Patricia Loftus of Riverton and Jack Loftus Sr. of Jacksonville.

Serving as maid of honor was Beth Westholm, with Jennifer Hensen, Angie Daugherty and Carol Hammer as bridesmaids.

Serving as best man was Todd Guy , with Jack Loftus Jr., Jason Loftus and John Kirby as groomsmen. Ushers were Steve Scattergood and Brad Szoke.

A reception was held at the IBEW Hall.

The bride is employed as a nurse for the state Department of Rehabilitation.

The groom is employed by the Sangamon County Sherriff's Department.

The couple will reside in Springfield.







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 13, 2001

THE SANGAMON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE recently presented awards to the public and department personnel for the year 2000.

Gary Ambuehl received a Citizens award for his assistance to emergency personnel at a crash scene. Ambuehl assisted emergency personnel by using a snowplow attached to his truck to stabilize a vehicle in which two crash victims were trapped.

A Citizens award also was given to ABATE, an organization that promotes motorcycle safety.

Medals of Merit were awarded to Deputies William Cearlock and John Diefenback for their accomplishments on traffic-related projects. Medals of Valor were awarded to

Correctional Officer Cpl.

Todd Guy

and Correctional Officer Vincent Fox for removing a crash victim from a vehicle that was hanging over the side of a 70-foot drop-off.

Deputies Terry Roderick and Jeff VanHoos received Medals of Valor for saving the life of a suicidal man. Roderick received a second Medal of Valor for his actions to protect the life of another deputy.

Janice Miller received the Civilian Employee of the Year award. The Correctional Officer of the Year award was given to Correctional Officer Lt. Karen Wahl. Deputy James Tapscott was named Deputy of the Year.





The spirit of competition / Police, firefighters head to the 2001 World Police and Fire Games

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, June 11, 2001

Page: 17

Springfield police officer Mark Houston has wrestled competitively since his high school years but never imagined he would get a chance to wrestle against officers from all over the world, let alone become friends with them.

Houston is one of 18 local police officers and firefighters who will go head to head with 8,700 of their national and international counterparts this week when they compete in the 2001 World Police and Fire Games in Indianapolis. The competition is said to be one of the largest sporting events in the world, coming in second to the Olympics.

"It's just really phenomenal to talk to guys from all over the world," Houston said, recalling some of the friendships he created when he wrestled in the 1997 games in Calgary, Canada.

The games include 70 events ranging from traditional Olympic-style contests, such as running, swimming, archery, basketball and cycling, to police and fire-oriented events, such as bucket brigade, pistol and rifle shoots and police service dog and honor guard competitions.

"Staying healthy is the hard part. Hopefully nobody gets hurt between now and then," Houston said. He worked out two to three times a day last week to prepare for the competitions. "I got hurt two months ago wrestling. That set me back," he said. "I feel 100 percent now. I'm just trying to get my endurance up."

Houston, who patrols the Lake Springfield area, ended up with respectable fourth- and fifth-place finishes at the 1997 games. This year, he will compete in Greco-Roman and free-style wrestling. He said he hopes to avoid injury and do the best he can.

"I just want to stay healthy and wrestle well. If I do that, I know I can compete. That's the best you can hope for," he said. "This year it's in our back yard, so that makes it pretty nice. Two years from now it's in Spain. We're very fortunate to have it this close."

Houston, who coaches wrestling at Chatham High School in addition to policing Lake Springfield, said the best part of the games is meeting law enforcement officers from so many different cultures.

"It's amazing, absolutely amazing," Houston said. "I got to wrestle guys that I would never have gotten the chance to wrestle - guys from Bulgaria, Canada, India and all over the United States. That kind of competition, it's just neat as hell."

Other Springfield police officers who will compete are detective Kelly Urbas, who is entering Toughest Competitor Alive and mountain bike contests; Sgt. Dennis Arnold, who also will try for Toughest Competitor Alive; and downtown officer Carl Crawford, who will enter the mountain bike contest and combat pistol shoot.

The Toughest Competitor Alive competition is an all-day event in which athletes do a 5-k run, shot put, 110-yard dash, 110-yard swim, 20-foot rope climb, bench press, pull ups and an obstacle course.

Urbas, who used to do bike patrol and has competed in triathlons before, said the Toughest Competitor Alive event seemed like a good fit for him. He said he and the other Springfield officers who are going are part of the department's tactical team, and they often encourage each other to enter athletic events.

"It's a way to stay in shape and challenge each other," he said. "We're pretty excited about going. They say it's supposed to be second only to the Olympics. You get to meet a lot of other police from all over the world. It's a good way to meet people and have fun at the same time."

Six Springfield firefighters will compete in the games. Capt. Greg Stephens and Capt. Joe Serra will enter a golf competition, Bob Marfell and Bill Carmean will compete in motorcross, Tom Bohrer will compete in archery and John Forbes will enter the Toughest Competitor Alive and table tennis events.

In addition, Bohrer, Marfell, Carmean and Forbes will participate in the opening ceremony, and Firefighters Local 37 donated money for the men to buy special outfits to wear during the event, Forbes said.

Forbes, who describes himself as a naturally competitive person, said he is eager to do his best and, he hopes, bring home a medal.

"Mostly I decided to do it because I thought it would be interesting to meet people from all over the world who are police and firefighters," he said. "But I'm also doing it because I'm competitive, and I wanted to see how I can do against people from all over the world."

In addition, the Sangamon County Sheriff's Department honor guard unit will compete in an honor guard event. Members of the unit include Lt. Dave Johnson, Sgt. Brian Carey, Sgt. Greg Stratton, Cpl. Todd Guy , deputies Terry Roderick, Cheryl Williams and Tim Mazrim, and correctional officer Charles Ealey.

Johnson said the unit spent about $2,000 on new equipment and entry fees, though none of that money came from the county budget. He said the unit received numerous donations that allowed them to purchase $1,500 worth of rifles that were chrome-plated especially for the games.

This is the first time any of the county officers will compete in the world games. Johnson said the group has been practicing once a week since Thanksgiving.

"As far as the United States goes, I think we're as good as any unit. The European countries, usually their police forces are more military than we are, and I think that might be an edge for them. I go over with the attitude that we're going to win, and we'll take it from there," he said.

"No matter how we come out, we won't have anything to be ashamed of. We'll keep our heads high, and we'll have a good showing."

Other Central Illinois agencies scheduled to compete in the games include Champaign Police Department, Danville Police Department, Macon County Sheriff's Department, Peoria Police Department, Quincy Police Department, Rantoul Police Department and the University of Illinois Police Department.

Some of the 53 countries represented at this year's games are: Australia, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and the United Kingdom. For more information about the 2001 World Police and Fire Games, competitors and events, go to www.2001wpfg.org.

Caption: Members of the Sangamon County honor guard unit, from left, Deputy Cheryllynn Williams, Sgt. Greg Stratton, Deputy Terry Roderick and Cpl. Todd Guy practice folding the American flag Sunday before heading off to the 2001 World Police and Fire Games in Indianapolis this week.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, December 2, 2001


Tammy Irene Horner and Jeffrey Jacob Guy, both of Springfield, were married at 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at South Side Christian Church by the Rev. Jon Morrissette.

The bride is the daughter of Gary and Sharla Horner of Havana. The groom is the son of John Guy of Springfield and Jeannie Tomasino of Clearwater, Fla.

Serving as matron of honor was Jody Specketer. Serving as maid of honor was Joey Johnston. Bridesmaids were Jill Briggs, Kelly Boedecker and Stephanie Johnson. Flower girl was Madalyn Guy.

Serving as best man was Todd Guy . Groomsmen were Damon Soper, Todd Horner, Joe Calandrino and Ron Holliday. Ushers were Tracey Horner and Ira Hendricks. Ringbearer was Brandon Horner.

A reception was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Chatham.

The bride is a 1992 graduate of Havana High School and a 1996 graduate of Western Illinois University. She is employed by North American Mortgage Co. The groom is a 1988 graduate of Rochester High School and a 1995 graduate of Illinois State University. He is employed as a geologist by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The couple will reside in Springfield.




County sheriff's office honors officers, citizens

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Author/Byline: Staff Report, THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
Section: homepage

More than two dozen people were honored at the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office awards dinner Tuesday.

Two citizens were recognized for assisting the sheriff's office. Tracy Dees was given an award for helping deputies in an incident that involved an intoxicated person and several young children. Troy Hogarth was recognized for helping deputies with a young girl who was left by her parents at a liquor store.

Medals of Merit were awarded to court security officer Kenny Downs, superintendent Terry Durr and correctional officer Amber Green. They were also given to correctional officers Lt. Candice Cain, Lt. William Smith, Sgt. Todd Guy , Rob Berola, Amy Sommer, Kevin Furlong, Mike Sauer, Tracy Snider, Rob Redpath, Cathy Hagstrom, Brad Martin, and nurse Lucy Ramsey for lifesaving efforts during a suicide attempt in the jail.

Unit citations were awarded to the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard and third shift correctional officers for thwarting a suicide attempt.

A Medal of Valor was awarded to civil process officer Bob Meacham for unarming a woman with a knife. Medals of Valor also were awarded to Lt. Brian Bressan, Sgt. Joe Rath, Deputy Andy Danes, Deputy Nancy Ealey, Deputy Derek Guernsey, Deputy Jeff VanHoos, Deputy Cliff Jones, civil process server Cole Powell and civil process server Gary Dougherty for their actions dealing with a mentally ill person who was wielding two spears and two butcher knives.

The civilian employee of the year is Lynn Evans, the correctional officer of the year is Officer Brad Clark and court security officer of the Year is Officer Michelle Bartolazzi. Deputy of the year is Deputy Nancy Ealey and Capt. Debra Brown was awarded the Sgt. James Campbell Award.










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Charges against former county jail worker dropped

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Author/Byline: SARAH ANTONACCI STAFF WRITER sarah.antonacci@sj-r.com
Section: LOCAL
Page: 22

Charges were dropped Tuesday against a former Sangamon County Jail correctional officer who had been accused of abusing an inmate.

Scott K. Moore Sr., 47, was charged in July 2006 with kneeing an inmate in the groin and stomach and slapping him in the face while both were in the booking area of the jail. Moore had been charged with official misconduct and battery.

"We believe our client was acting within the scope of his authority, and we've always believed that," said Dan Fultz, Moore's attorney. "It was our position going to trial that Mr. Moore was just doing his job. The exercise of police power is not always pretty."

Moore was fired as a result of the charges, but Fultz said Moore is asking the correctional officers union to help him regain his job.

John Milhiser, first assistant state's attorney, said that as the case progressed, it became clear the "evidence that would be presented to the jury would be insufficient to proceed to trial."

The alleged victim, Aaron Barker, 21, failed to show up despite having been subpoenaed to appear in court on Tuesday, Milhiser said. The state's attorney's office's investigator had been trying for weeks to find Barker, but has been unable to locate him, Milhiser said.

"Ryan Cadagin (assistant state's attorney) was ready, willing and able to try the case, but simply could not go forward without an essential witness, Barker, and they made extensive efforts to locate him," Fultz said. "They couldn't go forward without his testimony."

Barker filed a personal injury lawsuit in Sangamon County Circuit Court in June 2007 against Moore, Sheriff Neil Williamson, the county and other unknown correctional officers.

In October 2006, a shift lieutenant with the sheriff's office testified at a preliminary hearing that Barker had been unruly, but that two officers had him under control.

The lieutenant, Scott Loftus , said he saw Moore, who had been leaning against the booking counter, step in front of Barker, put his hand around the back of Barker's neck and knee him in the stomach and groin area "three to four times."

Loftus also testified that Moore then followed the other officers and Barker into the hallway leading to the security cell, where he slapped Barker in the face several times, saying, "How do you like that?"

Loftus testified that there were videotapes of the incident.



Sheriff honors several employees, citizens

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Section: LOCAL
Page: 10

Sangamon County Sheriff Neil Williamson honored several employees and citizens during the sheriff's department's annual awards dinner last week.

A citizen award was presented to Steve Hoff, who heads the ministry program in the Sangamon County Jail, according to a news release.

Medals of Merit were awarded to deputy Joe Agans-Dominguez for the safe resolution of a dangerous situation with a suicidal woman and to deputy Andrew Brashear for his work in apprehending vending-machine burglars.

Medals of Valor were given to deputies Travis Koester and Jeff Smith for apprehending an armed robber. The award also was given to correctional officers Sgt. William Smith, Robert Bierman, Tom Ansell, Aaron Conard and Brad Martin for their lifesaving work in dealing with a dangerous, suicidal inmate in jail.

Correctional Lt. Scott Loftus was awarded the Medal of Honor with Valor for his actions at a house fire when he was on his way to work.

Rhonda Taylor was named Civilian Employee of the Year, and the Court Security Officer of the Year is Tom Goacher, honored for his dedication to duty in the county courthouse.

Correctional Officer of the Year is Joanne Burke, and Deputy of the Year is Sgt. Mike Creighton.

The Sgt. James Campbell Award was presented to Capt. Tom Hendrickson for his 31 years of service in investigations.



Officer says he saw abuse of inmate

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, October 13, 2006

Page: 8

The Sangamon County Jail inmate allegedly kneed and slapped by a correctional officer in the jail's booking area on June 22 was under the control of two other officers and was being walked to a secure area at the time, according to testimony at a court hearing Thursday.

Scott Loftus , a shift lieutenant for the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office, testified at a preliminary hearing on charges of official misconduct and battery against Scott K. Moore Sr., 45, a jail correctional officer until he was fired July 10.

Loftus, who also teaches the proper use of force to other law officers, said he was called between 2 and 3 a.m. to the booking area, where two officers were moving inmate Aaron Barker, 20, from his cell to the jail's security cell.

He said Barker had been unruly, calling the officers names and being "verbally loud," but that the two officers had him controlled with a "gooseneck grip lock" - one officer on either side, gripping an arm.

Under questioning by defense attorney Jon Gray Noll, Loftus said he couldn't recall what Barker was yelling.

He said in response to a question by assistant state's attorney Randy Blue that he saw Moore, who had been leaning against the booking counter, step in front of Barker, put his hand around the back of Barker's neck and knee him in the stomach and groin area "three or four times."

Loftus said Moore then followed the other officers and Barker into the hallway leading to the security cell, where he slapped Barker in the face several times, saying, "How do you like that?"

Loftus said there are videotapes of the incident.

Loftus also told Noll he had no knowledge of whether or not officers used a Taser twice on Barker once he got into the security cell. He also denied that he didn't get along with Moore, who had been a correctional officer since 2000.

Moore pleaded not guilty to both charges.

The case was assigned to Chief Circuit Judge Robert Eggers, and a Jan. 29 trial date was set.

Barker, who listed a Chatham address, was in jail after having been arrested several days earlier on suspicion of criminal damage to property, although he was never formally charged.

Official misconduct is a Class 3 felony punishable by up to two to five years in prison. Battery is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, March 3, 2002

Section: LOCAL
Page: 12

Police Beat is compiled from the most serious and unusual reports of crimes, fires and accidents released to the media by area law enforcement agencies.

* A candle is being blamed for starting a fire that destroyed a mobile home on Ridgely Avenue Saturday, leaving a family of four homeless.

The fire at 3501 Ridgely Ave., lot 6, started about 4:30 p.m. when a candle set a couch on fire. Scott Loftus , who lived in the house with his wife and two young children, tried unsuccessfully to put the fire out, said Battalion Chief Bernie Coady of the Springfield Fire Department.

All of the family members, as well as two dogs, made it safely out of the house. Scott Loftus suffered what appeared to be minor smoke inhalation, and was taken to Memorial Medical Center by ambulance as a precaution, Coady said.

The hospital reported that Loftus was treated and released.

Firefighters were on the scene about an hour. Damage to the home was estimated at $60,000, and the destroyed contents were valued at $25,000.

Coady said the family is staying with friends and relatives in the area.



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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 30, 1997

Loftus-Schroeder Richelle Renee Schroeder and Scott Keith Loftus, both of Springfield, exchanged wedding vows at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at Church of the Little Flower by the Rev. Al Kemme.

The bride is the daughter of Margaret Schroeder and Richard Schroeder, both of Springfield. The groom is the son of Patricia Loftus of Riverton and Jack Loftus Sr. of Jacksonville.

Serving as maid of honor was Beth Westholm, with Jennifer Hensen, Angie Daugherty and Carol Hammer as bridesmaids.

Serving as best man was Todd Guy, with Jack Loftus Jr., Jason Loftus and John Kirby as groomsmen. Ushers were Steve Scattergood and Brad Szoke.

A reception was held at the IBEW Hall.

The bride is employed as a nurse for the state Department of Rehabilitation. The groom is employed by the Sangamon County Sherriff's Department.

The couple will reside in Springfield.


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El Schafer – beer dist.


Rusciolelli – riverton – riv kc’s – fanale - vala


Ruby elec – james watts



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

Watts-Roberts Robin Michelle Roberts and James Russell Watts, both of Springfield, were married at 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at Elliott Avenue Baptist Church by Dr. Gary H. Rhodes.

The bride is the daughter of Ed Roberts of Springfield and Mary Ann Roberts of Sherman. The groom is the son of Jim and Karen Watts of Riverton.

Serving as matron of honor was Angela Brooks. Dena Micheletti, Suzanne Phillips and Tish Peavy were bridesmaids.

Best man was Mike Hughes. Jack Loftus Jr.,

Joe Rusciolelli and

Jeff Jordan were groomsmen. Ushers were Jay Watts and Wes Heckman.

A reception was held at the VFW Hall, Northenders Post 10302. The bride is a graduate of Ursuline Academy.

She is employed by E.L. Schafer and Sons.

The groom is a graduate of Riverton High School. He is employed by Ruby Electric.

The couple will live in Springfield.




Jeff Jordan link to mangalavite


State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 16, 1993



Michelle Louise McGuire


and Earl Albert Julian, both of Springfield, were married at 4 p.m. April 24 at West Side Christian Church by the Rev.

Charles Lee.

The bride is the daughter of Joe and Janet Mangalavite of Cantrall


and Ronald and Sue McGuire of Springfield. The groom is the son of Jerry and Doranne Julian of Riverton.

Serving as maid of honor was Kathy Ray. Bridesmaids were Tanya Adams, Sandy Sommerfeld, Maureen McGuire and Missy Ostermeier. Flower girl was Gretchen Shewmaker.

Best man was Tom Ray. Groomsmen were Brian Cuffle, Charlie Ealey,

Jeff Jordan and Rick Simpson. Ushers were Bill Smock,


Paul Carpenter


and Rusty Kennedy. Ringbearer was Nicholas McGuire.

A reception was held at the Riverton Knights of Columbus.

The bride is a graduate of Athens High School and is employed by the state Department of Public Aid. The groom is a graduate of Riverton High School and Lincoln Land Community College. He is employed by Budget Rent-A-Car.

The couple will reside in Springfield.



Dave Bakke: Ex-Weaver Manufacturing employees due insurance policies

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, February 5, 2010

Section: bakke

If someone had a $1,000 life insurance policy, paid in full and ready to be paid to their survivors upon their death, that person would expect the policy to be paid.

In a weird turn of events, there may be people living in Springfield, or people who used to live here, who are in that situation. But their survivors might never see that $1,000. Some of them don't even know they have it coming.

They are all former employees of Weaver Manufacturing, which used to be at 2171 S. Ninth St. There might be 20 of them, there might be 100 - nobody knows for sure how many ex-employees are still living. But every one of them has a $1,000 life insurance policy.

Weaver was founded in 1910 by brothers Ira and Gailard Weaver. For the first half of the 20th century, it produced equipment for garages, from the smallest mechanics' tools to giant lifts and cranes. The Springfield company kept expanding until, by the 1930s, it employed 400 people.

The company didn't offer a pension to its employees, but the union negotiated that life insurance policy for workers.

In 1959, Ira Weaver (his brother, Gailard, had died in 1942) sold the factory to the Dura Corp. out of Detroit. In 1973, Dura closed the Springfield plant and moved its operations to Paris, Ky.

But even though the company was no longer in Springfield, those insurance policies were still in force.

Don Loftus was the union manager at Weaver's for nearly 20 years.


He stayed in Springfield and was responsible for distributing those insurance policies. Whenever he got word that a former Weaver employee died, Don contacted the family and made sure they got that $1,000.

Don died about 10 years ago. Unfortunately, he took all the information about the policies with him.

His son, Jack Loftus of Jacksonville,

says many of the ex-Weaver employees, including his uncle, are reaching their 70s and 80s, and a number of them are in bad health.

He would be happy to carry on his father's legacy and get their survivors that $1,000, but he doesn't know how his father got it done or which insurance company held the policies. Jack has a paralegal trying to run down some information for him.

"The insurance company has to honor that," says Jack. "Some of these guys worked 30 years for that. They paid for those life insurance policies through a payroll deduction. I think the money is in an insurance company somewhere, waiting to be paid out."

Dura Automotive Systems, the company that bought Weaver's, is still in existence - sort of. In 2006, Dura became the third-largest company to file for bankruptcy that year with assets of more than $2 billion. Last summer, the company emerged from Chapter 11 reorganization and is taking steps to become a privately held company.

I tried calling Dura's headquarters in Michigan. Nobody answered any of the phones. I was bounced around an electronic phone menu for about 10 minutes. No human answered, though it seems the company is still in operation in some form. It's not certain anyone there would have known what this is all about anyway.

I also called and e-mailed Anjali Julka, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Insurance. She says the state doesn't have any specific information on the Weaver policies. But, she said, if someone could provide the department with the name of the insurance company, contact information might be available. She invited Jack to call the department to see if it can help.

Jack hopes there is an ex-Weaver employee out there somewhere who has that life insurance policy stuck away in a lock box or cedar chest or sock drawer. They might read this and be able to lay their hands on the policy, which would supply Jack with the name of the insurance company.

"My dad negotiated it," Jack says. "My dad took care of it. We've lost track of the paperwork."

He needs help. If any of the ex-employees finds one of those life insurance policies, call Jack at (217) 741-0288 and let him know which insurance company held them.

Everybody has a story. The problem is that some of them are boring. If yours is not, contact Dave Bakke at 788-1541 or dave.bakke@sj-r.com. His column appears Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. To read more, visit



Dave Bakke: Weaver column brings response

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, February 19, 2010

Section: bakke

Jack Loftus says the phone calls started coming in soon after my column appeared regarding Weaver Manufacturing and its "phantom" $1,000 life insurance policy for former Weaver employees. It ends up that the insurance policy is real.

Let's review. Weaver was a Springfield company that began in 1910, when brothers Ira and Gailard Weaver founded it. The company was eventually sold to a Michigan company that moved Weaver's out of Springfield to Kentucky in 1973.

However, before Weaver went away, its union leadership negotiated a $1,000 life insurance policy for employees. Union leader Don Loftus administered those insurance payouts to survivors of former employees until Don's death about 10 years ago.

Jack, who is Don's son, wanted to know if those policies were still in force so he could take over his dad's work. Unfortunately, his father didn't leave any information that would help. After I wrote about it, however, people started calling Jack.

"I had over 25 calls," he says. "It was a very good response. I heard from guys as old as 92. I think he's the oldest guy still alive who worked there."

The result is that Jack has it figured out. That's good news for some of the ex-Weaver employees. Turns out there are some conditions, however.

But to backtrack again, many of the people who called Jack gave him valuable information. Patty Sommer's father, Walter, worked at Weaver's for over 30 years.

"He always told me about the $1,000 life insurance policy," she wrote in an e-mail. "When he passed away 18 years ago, I did find it with his paperwork."

Patty kept it. Her father's policy was from Met Life.

Other survivors of Weaver's employees who have died contacted Jack. Former employees contacted him, too. Some had never heard of the insurance policy. Others told him it was a policy with Aetna, not Met Life.

Jack eventually discovered that the policy has been handled by five different insurance companies over the years. And there was another company involved, too. It bought what used to be Weaver from the Michigan company that originally bought it.

The Weaver policy ended up with Met Life.

"It's Met Life group universal," Jack says. He found the right people and the right phone number. Met Life's employees know all about it. But survivors of former Weaver employees have to provide the former employee's Social Security number, a certificate of death and policy beneficiary information.

The catch is the employee had to work at Weaver's for a minimum of 25 years.

The way Jack understands it, when Weaver left Springfield there was $114,000 in the union's pension fund. The union decided to buy 114 life insurance policies worth $1,000 each for 114 employees who had 25 years or more.

I got the impression Jack enjoyed talking to so many people who knew his father. Former Weaver employees called him from Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan.

"It's amazing how many of them are still alive," Jack says. "They said they even might want to have a little reunion. If they want to, they can call me and get the names of the guys who are still alive."

So this might turn into something more than getting that life insurance information. Jack is at (217) 741-0288. Just do me one favor. If you have a reunion in Springfield, invite me.

Everybody has a story. The problem is that some of them are boring. If yours is not, contact Dave Bakke at 788-1541 or dave.bakke@sj-r.com. His column appears Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. To read more, visit www.sj-r.com/bakke.









Top bankers say regulatory fallout has just begun

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, October 10, 2009

Section: business

The worst of the financial crisis that hit the nation hard a year ago has eased, but the regulatory fallout has only just begun, say two area bankers recently named to lead their respective state associations.

Tom Hough, chairman and CEO of Carrollton Bank, was elected chairman of the Illinois Bankers Association in July.

Robin Loftus ,

executive vice president and

chief operating officer of Security Bank in Springfield,

was elected to the same post last month for the Community Bankers Association of Illinois.

"It was good and bad," Loftus said of the mood at the CBAI annual conference in Schaumburg last month.

"I know a couple of bankers whose banks have closed, and it was nothing they had done. That was kind of sad, but I think we know overall community banks continue to do what they have done. We're here for our local customers," said Loftus .

Only one other state, Georgia, has seen more bank failures since the meltdown hit. The casualties in central Illinois have included six family-owned banks. Some had been in the same ownership group for more than 100 years.

All reopened with new owners, and no insured deposits were lost.

New regulations proposed

Even though small and mid-sized banks mostly stayed away from risky investments that helped sink some of the nation's largest institutions, Loftus and Hough said, all banks and consumers have been affected by the stricter mortgage standards that resulted.

"The last few years, credit was pretty easy, maybe too easy, but it's certainly eased up since the financial panic of last fall," said Hough.

Bigger changes are in the works, including a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. proposal that would require banks to prepay three years' worth of contributions to help shore up the insurance fund. The FDIC estimated the prepayments would raise about $45 billion.

And more reforms yet are floating around in Congress, including creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency, new regulations on fees charged by banks and possibly creation of a "super agency" to oversee all aspects of the industry.

Hough said reform is not necessarily bad.

"If they take on "too big to fail' that could be good. I think banks in general are a little more careful, but it's something small banks have been doing all along," Hough said.

More bank failures?

Most of the bank failures in Illinois have been in the Chicago market, including three in September. There have been no failures in central Illinois since July.

But Hough pointed out the FDIC has cautioned that bank closings probably will continue into 2010 and even 2011.

Loftus , too, said industry troubles are hardly over. But she said one of the most frustrating results of the meltdown was that community banks were often lumped in with the big banks that caused most of the problems.

"It's kind of like in grade school when someone threw a spit ball, and we all had to stay in from recess," said Loftus .

Tim Landis can be reached at 788-1536.

States with the most bank failures 2008-2009

Georgia: 24

Illinois: 19

California: 14

Florida: 8

Nevada: 8

Central Illinois bank failures

Corn Belt Bank & Trust, Pittsfield; closed February 2009. Acquired by Carlinville National Bank.

Citizens National Bank of Macomb; May 2009 Acquired by Morton Community Bank. Macoupin County operations later sold to United Community Bank of Chatham.

Strategic National Bank, Champaign; closed May 2009. Acquired by Midland States Bank, Effingham.

John Warner Bank of Clinton; closed July 2009; Acquired by State Bank of Lincoln.

First State Bank of Winchester; closed July 2009; Acquired by the First National Bank of Beardstown.

First National Bank of Danville; closed July 2009. Acquired by First Financial Bank, National Association, of Terre Haute, Ind.

Source: Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

About the associations

Illinois Bankers Association, founded 1891. Does not release membership numbers.

Community Bankers Association of Illinois, founded 1974. Represents 480 financial institutions and 150 associate members




Field commander / Jones always on patrol for Prairie Stars

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, September 20, 2007

Section: SPORTS
Page: 23

It's only natural that University of Illinois at Springfield's Mr. Versatile, Zach Jones, wants to be a Springfield police officer. He performs the role of the policeman so well for the Prairie Stars.

"He does," said his coach, Joe Eck. "He's definitely a leader, and he's such a commanding force on the field.

"Zach has good size, he's strong, and for somebody with his size, he has good foot skills. If the game turns rough and tumble, he can mix it up with the best of them. He won't let other teams walk over us."

Jones graduated from Sacred Heart-Griffin in 2003 and was a member of the Cyclones' title-winning '02 team with Sean Flynn and Andy Lantz. He tallied the first two SHG goals in the Cyclones' 6-1 win over New Lenox Providence in the championship game.

He and Lantz went to Springfield College in Illinois and led the Bulldogs to the national tournament as freshmen and both, along with Flynn, transferred to UIS for their junior years in 2005.

After his sophomore season at SCI, Jones, with an associate's degree in biology, thought of attending the University of Illinois or Illinois State and not playing soccer. He was disillusioned with his sophomore season, where SCI was loaded with talent that didn't mesh.

"I talked to Sean and Chris Loftus (SHG teammates)


and they said I'd regret not playing," said Jones. "I didn't want to wonder 10 or 20 years from now what might have been. They were right."

Jones got a taste of life without soccer last year when he tore his right posterior cruciate ligament in the fourth game of the season against Robert Morris and sat out the remainder of the schedule as a medical red-shirt.

"I knew it was serious as soon as the collision," Jones said. "At first I thought it was the shin. I took a step, looked down and it was like my leg was here and my shin was there.

"The ultimate hurt was watching Sean and Andy getting ready for the games and I couldn't be there with them. I wanted to finish the season with them."

Jones turned his attention to rehabbing his knee and working toward his degree in criminal justice, a major he discovered his junior year while rooming with Flynn. He served a spring semester internship with the Springfield Police Department, and, though carrying 13 hours this fall, only needs seven hours to graduate.

"I was involved in all aspects of policing during the internship," Jones said. "I worked in the field, did some crime scene investigations, learned the administrative part of the job. I had a hands-on look at what the police do. It's not just chasing bad guys non-stop."

Jones said he has taken the police exam and passed the written and physical tests and the oral _interview.

"What would be ideal would be to graduate in _December and join the police force in January," Jones said.

Jones still has nine regular-season games left, and the intense workouts last fall and winter with then-UIS trainer Brad Krieg were worth the sweat and pain he endured to eliminate what might have been had he given up.

"When I found out I had a year left, I had to come back," Jones said. "I wished I could have finished with Sean and Andy. I wish they were on this year's team, especially if Sean was playing in the middle instead of up top as he had to last year."

Jones scored his first two goals of the season in the last game of last weekend's trip to Arkansas, where he returned to striker after starting up top the first couple of games this season.

"So far we've played to the level of our competition," Jones said. "We beat a good Eastern Illinois team and then we tie Robert Morris in a game we didn't seem to be into. It took us a while to get going against Williams Baptist (Saturday), but finally we did in the second half. We played like we were capable of playing.

"Overall we're pretty good. I think since I've been here at UIS, this is the best chance we have (for post-season success). We've won four of our last five games, and we're learning to finish while not allowing goals."

Caption: University of Illinois at Springfield's Zach Jones served a spring internship with the Springfield Police Department




















Recruiting kids for ops


*Like Harassing me


Springfield schools


LHS – Borski


LHS basketball - angelo


SHS – flamini – gray – Wharton –


Shg – leonard – et al


Llcc – noonan – riggle


Uis – eck – giacomini

Sci – krohe – Wharton















From “Borski” site





Jeff Borski


Borski/minder= (minder – lanzotti – steil) (see lanzotti/furkin)


And see minder – dvm – jett – rebbe – nudo/britt – milburn – rossoff - organophosphates


Borski – moore – (dennis moore = car collision)


See also moore – gateway - addiction


LHS coach – fired 2006

LHS security – fired 2006

Pertersburg PD – fired 2006

Green Toyota - Borski goes to green Toyota after Police work – *note beams



Green auto –

Note esp. jeff borski and darrin degroot at west side store http://greenfamilystores.com


Degroot taken off W. Wabash store/Toyota site, borski still on, jan/10:  http://www.greentoyota.com



Borski – minder – (shg baseball) Minder - lanzotti – furkin

-        see furkin – lanzotti at:




note also minder - lanzotti – steil –

(russ steil at sfd/iema, chris steil/spd, Robert steil/scso)













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Lanphier's head baseball coach is on leave

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL)

November 22, 2005


Estimated printed pages: 1


Lanphier High School's

head baseball coach is on administrative leave from his job there, as well as his job as a part-time

Petersburg police officer and

security guard at Lanphier, for reasons officials declined to disclose Monday.


Jeff Borski, 36, is still an employee of the Springfield School District, but is on leave, Roberta Hendee, director of human resources for District 186, confirmed. She declined to say when he was placed on leave and did not call back with information about his hire date and salary.

District 186 spokeswoman Carol Votsmier was not available for comment Monday. No phone number was available for Borski.


Borski was named head Lanphier baseball coach in July 2002. He was an assistant coach at the high school before that,


and he was an assistant at Sacred Heart-Griffin from 1996 to 1998.


He played minor league baseball for the Seattle Mariners organization, and was a pitching coach for the Springfield Capitals.


He was hired March 18 as a part-time officer for the Petersburg Police Department. The Petersburg City Council voted Oct. 18 to place him on unpaid administrative leave, effective immediately.


Mayor Diane Kube on Monday said she could not discuss why he was put on leave.


"It's a personnel issue, so I am unable to comment," she said.

Section:  LOCAL

Page:  10




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borski=petersburg pd, LHS coach/schmidt/dist 186, cover-up, see coaches ie. Wharton


note: timeline, unexpected resignation, shg baseball w/ minder dvm


borski=shg baseball 1986 with rich minder, also football





Diana Lynn Constantino and James Richard Minder, both of Chatham, were united in marriage at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at Christ the King Church by the Rev. David Lantz.


The bride is the daughter of David Constantino of Nashville, Tenn., and Carol Shelton of Bethalto. The groom is the son of James and Sandra Minder of Springfield.


Serving as matron of honor was Deana McDonough. Bridesmaids were Michelle Lohr, Jennifer Fanter and Andrea Minder. Junior bridesmaid was Kayla McDonough.


Serving as best man was Jeff Torricelli. Groomsmen were

Chris Steil ,


Vic Lanzotti and Myron McDonough. Ushers were


Jason and Jeremy Minder. Ringbearer was Keith McDonough.


A reception was held at the Knights of Columbus.


The bride is a graduate of Alton High School and Sangamon State University. The groom is a graduate of Griffin High School and Greenville College. Both are employed at Franklin Life Insurance Company.


The couple will reside in Chatham.





School board looks at half days, resignation of Lanphier official

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, February 7, 2006


Edition: M1

Section: LOCAL

Page: 12


The Springfield School District might try to cut down on the number of half days instituted during the school year because district officials believe they disrupt student learning, according to a school board discussion Monday night.


Also, Lanphier High School head baseball coach and security guard Jeff Borski formally resigned from his jobs Jan. 26, it was announced.


Last fall, Borski was placed on administrative leave by the district for undisclosed reasons. Around the same time, he was similarly placed on leave from his job as part-time Petersburg police officer by the Petersburg City Council.


District officials would neither comment on Borski's leave nor his resignation.


A message left at a phone number listed as Borski's on the Illinois High School Association Web site was not returned.


The district averages about a half day off every month. Absentee rates tend to be higher on half days and, for obvious reasons, much less teaching gets done. But half days are held to provide state-mandated time for teachers to work on school-improvement issues.


Figuring out how to build that time into the school year without half-days requires changing the school calendar in a way that satisfies Illinois school code and teachers.


"We're looking for another way," said School Superintendent Diane Rutledge. She said one solution could be doubling the half days into less frequent whole days off.



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Petersburg police chief leaves post for new job

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL)

December 15, 2005


Estimated printed pages: 2


PETERSBURG - John Jones, chief of the Petersburg Police Department, resigned Wednesday to become a deputy with the Menard County Sheriff's Office.


Jones, who has served as chief for 12 years, said his resignation is effective Friday, and he could be on the road as a deputy by Friday night.

"I've been with the city for 221/2 years," Jones said. "I decided it was time to get a job with a decent retirement program."


Menard County Sheriff Larry Smith said Wednesday that Deputy Mark Oller recently accepted a job with the Illinois Secretary of State Police, creating a vacancy.


"I've worked the street with John for many years, and he is a very capable and talented police officer," Smith said. "I couldn't be happier with his decision to accept this position."


Jones is the second police chief this year to join the sheriff's office. Athens' former chief, Matt Duncheon, took a job as a deputy in March, citing "job security" as his reason for the switch.


Mayor Diane Kube said Jones "has always been a good employee and very dedicated," and his resignation came as a surprise.


"It's going to be a big loss for the city and the community as a whole," she said. "I'm hoping his training of the officers in the department will help us during the transition."


Jones said he's enjoyed working for the residents of Petersburg; however, he noted that the police department's budget has been cut so much in recent years that "I think I can better serve the community by working for the sheriff's office."


"I believe we've made a lot of strides," Jones said of the Petersburg department. "But I think we've made as much progress as we can, unless the city council backs it up with more money."


He added that he's helped "train and develop many fine officers who went on to bigger and better jobs."


Kube acknowledged that former officers have cited Petersburg's benefit package as their reason for leaving.


"I would like for the city to be able to compete with the county's and other police departments' retirement programs, but we can't. We just don't have the money," she said.


With Jones' resignation, the Petersburg department will be short two full-time officers, according to Kube, with four full-time and three part-time officers still employed by the city.


Part-time officer Jeff Borski was put on unpaid administrative leave in October.


Kube has said she could not discuss the reason why Borski was put on leave because "it's a personnel issue."


The mayor will ask the city council Tuesday for permission to advertise for a new chief.


"That doesn't mean we won't hire within," she said.


Officer Dan Martin Jr. has been serving as acting police chief while Jones was on medical leave, and Martin will remain in that position until a new chief is hired.


"Dan has been doing a very good job," Kube said.


Although the mayor has the authority to appoint a new chief, Kube said she "would like the full council's input on this."

Section:  LOCAL

Page:  30


Index Terms: LOCAL

All content is (c) Copyright 2005 The State Journal-Register, a division of Copley Press, Inc. All rights reserved. No material may be reproduced electronically or in print without written permission.

Record Number:  0000671478




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, May 23, 1986

Author/Byline: Jim Wildrick

Edition: M2,S1

Section: SPORTS

Page: 16


Watching Southeast High School's John Montalbano lose a perfect game and no-hit bid on a one-out hit in the seventh inning, it probably never


occurred to Jeff Borski that he would be in the same situation two hours later Thursday.


But Griffin's junior right-hander found himself working on a no-hitter when Jody Carter came to bat for Jacksonville leading off the seventh inning of Game Two in the Class AA Springfield Regional at Chamberlain Park. And when Carter sliced a double to right and subsequently scored, gone were the perfect game, no-hitter and shutout.


Nonetheless, Borski's one-hitter was just what the doctor ordered on a night when the Cyclones' bats seemed to be on sick leave. Griffin claimed a 3-1 decision by scoring a pair of unearned runs -- without a hit -- in the sixth inning.


The triumph, Griffin's 24th in 31 games, puts the second-seeded Cyclones in Saturday's second semifinal game at Chamberlain against third-seeded Southeast. The two split a pair of games in City Series play.


Borski put a 3-2 fastball on the outside part of the plate to Carter in the seventh, and right fielder Chris Bax made a diving attempt to get to the ball as it sliced away from him.


"When it was first hit, I thought Chris was going to get it," said Borski, 8-2. "I didn't think it would drop. I wasn't really nervous in the seventh. I was just kind of hoping."


Carter's hit and a fly to right by Dave Turner were the only balls hit out of the infield against Borski, who struck out nine. He had a perfect game until he issued his only walk, which came with one out in the fifth.


"My arm hurt a little yesterday when we were taking infield, but it felt real good today," said Borski, who said he threw two no-hitters in Mickey Mantle League last year and has had "about five others" at other levels. "I was using my knuckleball as my offspeed pitch, and they were hitting down on it, just catching the top of the ball. That's why there were so many ground balls."


For the statistically minded, Borski threw only 87 pitches, and 60 were either hit or strikes. And he retired 10 Crimsons on ground balls.


"He pitched a heck of a game," said Griffin coach Ron Wojcicki. "I think Jeff felt comfortable throwing everything tonight, and his knuckleball was working well. He set them up with the knuckleball, and his fastball (clocked recently at 82-83 mph by a college scout, Borski said) had a lot of movement on it.


"I thought Chris might get to the ball that was hit in the seventh, but it had to be scored a hit. The ball was tailing away from him. I guess if somebody has to get a hit, you'd rather have it be that way than on a chinker."


If Borski was excellent, Jacksonville starter Matt Wessels was very good. So good that it was hard to believe the loss left him with a 2-10 record. In fact, had it not been a crucial sixth-inning error, the issue would have been settled in extra innings.


Griffin got the lead in the second, when Dave Manfredo led off with a double, moved up on a ground-out and scored on a wild pitch.


And the Crimsons made it easy for Griffin in the sixth. After Rich Minder walked and was sacrificed to second by pinch hitter Tim Hull, Kent Robinson was awarded first base on catcher's interference.


Donnie Hurrelbrink moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt, and Robbie Fix followed with a routine grounder to short that looked like it would end the inning. But the ball sailed under the glove of Bill Strubbe, and Griffin's second and third runs scored.


"I'll be the first to admit we were very lucky," said Wojcicki, who saw him team collect just three hits and strand seven runners. "I thought their pitcher did a great job. I'm amazed that he has that kind of record.


"I don't want to sound like I'm rubbing it in, but the difference was when they had a man on second (in the fifth) and the ball was hit to our shortstop, he made the play. When it was hit to their shortstop in a crucial situation, it managed to get under his glove."


But is the lack of offense -- Fix had a third-inning triple and Chris Steil a fourth-inning single to go with Manfredo's double -- a concern? "I would say yes, but it's not the first time that's happened to us," Wojcicki said. "So many times this year we've had chances to go way up on people, but we don't capitalize on them."


Still, the Cyclones are 24-7. "Somehow we manage to get the job done," Wojcicki said with a laugh. "We do play the good defense, and like tonight, we do execute the bunt and run well."


Junior right-hander Tim Hull, 3-3, will start Saturday against Southeast senior right-hander Jim Brand, 4-3. Hull, though he allowed only two earned runs, was the loser in Southeast's 3-1 triumph over Griffin in City Series play. Brand has not faced the Cyclones.

Caption: Jeff Borski









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subjectoutline additions - child abuse frame - legal excuse for taps and fishing - oppo -



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(Moore sis at IB)


Moore-50th Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Joseph Moore , 1817 W. Iles, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by taking an Alaskan Cruise tour in August.


Moore and the former Rose Marie Majewski were married June 29, 1940, at St.


Barbara's Church by the Rev. John Brockmeier.


Mr. Moore had been employed by Allis-Chalmers.


They are the parents of four children, Mrs. Nicholas (Maureen) Derchak of Doylestown, Pa., Mrs. William (Kathleen) Farling of Imperial Beach, Calif., Terrence of Chatham and Dennis of Springfield. There are three grandchildren.



coy child sexual abuse frame, see also iema/steil/dirty tricks


note telco taps and "OPPO", selective prosecution/enforcement, political retaliation, intimidation, extortion


non-profit agency/shell can run ops for www filters and dragnets, and phones, paid by "charities" and dcfs


see bunn writes checks, and smarjesse at caci, and penell/larkin, larkin hasara admin, caths, KC’s


and see united way and excellent art in feb/mar IT. On new ed heavy funding and “discretion”




87-928 allows "info sharing" & 325 ilcs 15/6; ch 23, par 2086 allows funding from "voluntary, philanthropic, or other sources"


 see abuse reporting act;


For implementing such intergovernmental cooperation and involvement, units of local government and public and private agencies may apply for and receive federal or State funds from the Department under this Act or seek and receive gifts from local philanthropic or other private local sources in order to augment any State funds appropriated for the purposes of this Act.


and see abuse prevention act; 325 ilcs 15



(325 ILCS 15/6) (from Ch. 23, par. 2086)

    Sec. 6. The centers may seek, receive, and make use of any funds which may be made available from federal, voluntary, philanthropic, or other sources in order to augment any state funds appropriated for the purposes of this Act.

(Source: P.A. 82712.)



info sharing= echo chamber, anonymity, excuse for fishing trip, info unrelated to child sexual abuse used to target opponents, see retal/intim


see also straight up frame in my case, ie. login name, x-ray photography and chemicals, etc. - sophisticated stuff



(recent spfld biz J shows pic w/ reavis and dave sarver together at harrison lane pawn shop, reavis/borki/michael moore)

Borski at petersburg pd and LHS coach, bails, see borski/minder and SHG athletics


State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, October 22, 1995

Edition: M1,M2

Section: LOCAL

Page: 25

Moore-Reavis Jennifer Marie Reavis of Springfield and Michael Sean Moore of


Ingleside exchanged wedding vows at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Rev. Barry Harmon performed the ceremony.


The bride is the daughter of Steven J. and Helen R. Reavis of Springfield.

The groom is the son of Thomas E. and Carolyn Moore of Rockford.


Serving as maid of honor was Jo Barrington, with Shantel Ruebling and Lisa Borski as bridesmaids. Flower girls were Tara and Chelsea Bline.


Serving as best man was Jamie Krell, with Chris Cunningham and Jeff Borski as groomsmen. Ushers were Kevin and Patrick Moore and Frank and Brian Santoro. Ringbearer was

Alex Moore.


A reception was held at the American Center.


The bride is a graduate of Southeast High School. She is employed by Springfield Clinic. The groom is a graduate of Rockford Guilford High School. He is employed by Gateway in Lake Villa.


The couple will reside in Ingleside.






Jeff Borski –


note shg baseball –


matt noonan of kc lake –


and scb chair noonan –


see also yannone and noonan at bank –


and see yannone/madonia arena –


see also capranica at kc lake w/ noonan – cable company and trucks were Carlyle –


and see pambianco was jobs guy for noonan – west side rotary –


note also hart was atty for scb during noonan chair 








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Carol A. Borski and Matthew A. Noonan III, both of Springfield, were married at 6 p.m. June 15 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church by the Rev. John Titus.


The bride is the daughter of Marguerite Padget of Springfield and the late Dale R. Padget.

The groom is the son of Matthew A. Noonan Jr. and Audrey E. Noonan, both deceased.


Serving as matron of honor was Sharon Dickerson.


Best man was David Titone. Ushers were

Jeff Borski,

James Borski,

Matthew A. Noonan IV and

Sean Noonan.


A reception was held at the

Knights of Columbus Hall 364.


The bride is a secretary at

Sacred Heart-Griffin High School.


The groom is president of Noonan True Value Hardware.


The couple will reside in Springfield.

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Borski – minder – shg baseball

and see chris steil





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, June 7, 1986

Author/Byline: Jim Wildrick
Edition: M1,M2,S1
Section: SPORTS
Page: 27

City champion Springfield High School has placed five players -- four unanimously -- on the State Journal-Register All-City baseball team.

Griffin has four, Southeast two and Lanphier none. The squad consists of 11 because of picking two pitchers and because of a tie in the voting for the last infield spot.

Unanimous selections were pitcher Ron Riggle, catcher Mike Mathiot, infielder Vic Lanzotti and outfielder Brad Settles, while infielder Steve Torricelli was the fifth Senator selected.

Named from Griffin were pitcher Jeff Borski , infielders Rich Minder and Chris Steil and outfielder Dave Manfredo, while Southeast's representatives were outfielder Troy Halvorsen and infielder Brad Squibb.

The voting was done by the four city coaches -- John Lawson of Springfield, Ron Wojcicki of Griffin, Larry Chaney of Southeast and Bob Ruff of Lanphier -- and myself. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

Voters were instructed to, in effect, vote for a first team and a runner-up squad by voting for twice as many players as would make the first team. For instance, voters were asked to rate four pitchers in order, with the first being awarded four points, the next three points, the next two, etc.

Consequently, 16 points were the maximum possible for a pitcher. Maximums at other positions were: catcher, eight; infield 24, and outfield 32. Eight of the 11 selected are seniors, the exceptions being Borski , Manfredo and Mathiot, all of whom are juniors. There also are three repeat selections -- Mathiot, Squibb and Lanzotti.

The nine non-pitchers selected combined for a .388 batting average, 29 homers and 257 runs batted in. Pitchers Riggle and Borski combined for a 21-6 record and a 1.42 earned run average. They allowed just 123 hits in 168 innings, striking out 156 and walking 83.




























LHS basketball –

angelo – shg - axa


Shanklin named interim Lanphier coach

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday,


June 17, 2008


Author/Byline: ROBERT BURNS STAFF WRITER / robert.burns@sj-r.com
Section: SPORTS
Page: 23

Former Southeast High School assistant boys basketball coach Chuck Shanklin was approved Monday night by the Springfield School Board to be the interim head coach at Lanphier.

The board voted 6-0 to approve Shanklin with Art Moore voting present. Moore, an Illinois High School Association official in basketball and football, said he wanted to avoid any conflict of interest.

Shanklin replaces


John Angelo,


who resigned last month to accept a position with

AXA Financial Inc.

"He came with the recommendation of (new Lanphier principal) Shelia Boozer ," district superintendent Dr. Walter Milton said of Shanklin. "We went with her recommendation."

District human resources director Dr. Alexander Ikejiaku said the appointment was on an interim basis, noting that Angelo's late resignation put the district in a position to get the vacancy filled as soon as possible.

Ikejiaku said making the position interim circumvented the need to post the position through the normal channels - in school, in district, then out of district - until the 2009-10 school year. Shanklin was hired as a permanent substitute teacher at Lanphier.

"The kids needed to get started right away, so with the consent of the superintendent we converted it to a one-year only position while we arrange to have a district-wide or even a national search, if necessary," Ikejiaku said.

Ikejiaku said Shanklin would be able to apply for the position on a permanent basis following the 2008-09 season.

"He knows it's for one year only and he knows he has no guarantee to get it," Ikejiaku said. "But he is welcome to try along with everybody else. This is a temporary measure."

Shanklin, a 1986 graduate of Southeast, served as an assistant coach at Normal West the last four seasons. For eight seasons prior to that, he was at Southeast under former coach Rick Montooth.

"All this came out of the blue; I didn't seek it," the 40-year-old Shanklin said. "I had a few conversations with District 186, but I didn't know how serious it was. Then the board is approving me."

Shanklin, who said he preferred not to reveal who contacted him from the district, said he took the job partly because of Lanphier's tradition while wanting to take advantage of the opportunity to be a head coach.

"I always wanted to see what it would be like to have my own program," he said.

"I never thought it would be Lanphier, a historically rich program. I'm going to try to build upon that."

Shanklin and his wife Chandra have a 9-month old son Gavin. Chuck Shanklin has a degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Springfield and said he is making progress toward a teaching certificate, a requirement in the past for District 186 head coaches in football and boys basketball.

He said he would decide in the near future about assistant coaches and plans to move back to Springfield.

Shanklin will be the second black head boys basketball coach in city public school history. Southeast's Tony Johnson was the first, overseeing the Spartans for 10 seasons from the 1982-83 campaign to 1991-92.

Lanphier will have one of the top guards downstate returning next season in junior Karl Madison, who was fifth in scoring in the CS8 last season at 13.9 points per game.

The Lions finished 18-11 overall and 9-5 in the Central State Eight Conference, good for a tie for third with Springfield High.

Angelo, who took an assistant coaching position at

Sacred Heart-Griffin

last week,

had a three-year head coaching run and an overall mark of 40-44 at Lanphier.



































And see flamini at SHS -


Flamini –


(Works county, then shs, then uis)





shs prin – gray -


Uis adj faculty


SCI – caths - wharton


TOLAN/county - irv





Flamini= SEA prez



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, October 23, 1985

Edition: M1,M2,E1
Section: LOCAL
Page: 11

The political action arm of the Springfield Education Association has endorsed two incumbents and two challengers in the Nov. 5 election for the

Springfield School Board.

SEA President Chuck Flamini

said Tuesday that the association's political action committee will support the campaigns of incumbents Bob Goldman and Jean Sherrick and challengers James Nighswander and Gwendolyn Klingler.

The endorsements came after a 12-member committee evaluated all seven candidates for the four school board vacancies.

Committee chairman Floyd Horath, a teacher at Lanphier High School, said the committee feels the endorsed candidates "will give our community the skilled leadership necessary for the process of implementing education reform."

Flamini said the endorsements are based on several factors, including the candidate's "electability" and "acceptability on issues. We at least want someone who is amenable to listening to our position." "The most important factor is knowledge of the issues," Flamini said. "There are a number of candidates doing well in that area. It's a pretty good group. For the first time since I've been involved in (the endorsement process), we're looking at seven good candidates."

In the last school board election, in 1983, the SEA endorsed four candidates but only two, Sherrick and James Joyce, were elected. Joyce is not up for re-election this year.

Goldman, an investigator for the state Labor Relations Board, has served a total of five terms and 16 years on the school board since he was first elected in 1959. He has consistently received strong support from the SEA and is viewed as being strongly pro-teacher. Even prior to the endorsement, Goldman received financial support for his campaign from the SEA. He is the former president of Central Office Equipment Co.

Sherrick is ending her first two-year term on the school board. She was endorsed by the SEA in 1983, and was the top vote-getter that election.

A former high school math teacher, Sherrick has been a member of the school district curriculum committee for the past nine years, and has been involved in a variety of groups affiliated with the city's public schools for 22 years.

Nighswander is an associate professor of educational administration at Sangamon State University and a former administrator in the Springfield School District.

He served as principal of Springfield High School from 1974-78, was director of instruction for the district, and chaired the committee that developed the district's discipline policy.

Klingler is an appellate prosecutor for the State's Attorneys Appellate Service Commission. She has a law degree from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., a master's degree in biology from the University of Michigan, and a teaching certificate and undergraduate degrees in science and education from Ohio Wesleyan University.

The three candidates not endorsed by the SEA are incumbent Bill Maslauski, a Springfield architect, and challengers Bette Ladd, a teacher in the Porta school district, and Joyce Lanham Rodgers, co-owner of Lanham's True Value Hardware.

A fund-raiser for the SEA-endorsed candidates will be held from 6-10 p.m.

Sunday at the Green Turtle Restaurant.



Addiction frame



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, June 19, 1994


Lisa Deanne McCarty

and Gary Robert Flammini, both of Springfield, were married at 4 p.m. May 21 at Northfield Center. Larry Rose performed the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Adrian and Judy McCarty of Springfield. The groom is the son of the late Oswald and Fern Flamini .

Serving as matron of honor was Shari Kozar. Bridesmaids were Jeanine Schlecht and Laurie Bruce. Flower girls were Amanda and Alexandra Kozar.

Best man was Chuck Flamini . Groomsmen were Shane Flammini and Jim Patterson. Ushers were Jeff Smith and Dale Schlecht. Mitchell Ryan was ringbearer.

A reception was held at the Northfield Center.

The bride is a graduate of Sangamon State University and is

employed by Stillmeadow Counseling Center.

The groom is a graduate of Southeast High School and is employed by

HPR Automobile Superstore.

The couple will reside in in Tucson, Ariz.







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, March 23, 1998

Albert W. Pehlman


Albert William Pehlman, 81, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Springfield, died Friday at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

He was born Aug. 10, 1916, in Springfield, the son of William and Lucy Mayberry Pehlman.


He married Flora Flamini on Jan. 15, 1938, in Springfield.

Mr. Pehlman retired as owner and operator of

Fire and Safety Equipment Company.


He was appointed to the fire department on Aug. 1, 1944, where he served until the late 1980s


when he retired as


Chief of the Springfield Fire Department.


He lived in Springfield most of his life and was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Sarasota, Fla., and a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors: wife, Flora; two daughters, Christine P. Starker of Sarasota, Fla., and Marcia Ramsey of Dallas; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, February 2, 1998

Gloria M. Groesch


Gloria M. Groesch, 72, of Springfield died Saturday at St. John's Hospice.

She was born Jan. 5, 1926, in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Arthur and Marie Crouse Gray. She married Robert B. Groesch.

Mrs. Groesch was a secretary with Sangamo Electric from 1963 until it closed, and retired in 1986 from Mutual of Omaha where she was a secretary. She was a resident of Springfield for many years.

Survivors: husband, Robert; two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Cathie Keirle) Young of Dallas and Carole Flamini of Springfield; a granddaughter; two great-grandsons; a brother, Larry Gray; two sisters, Mrs. Carl (Sally) Mayerhofer of Springfield and Patricia; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.




Buescher link – derm –

Fam service



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, May 4, 1999

Edition: M1,M2
Section: SPORTS
Page: 29

Eric Buescher was named Monday as the boys basketball coach at Springfield High School, replacing Clark Barnes who resigned at the end of last season.

The 27-year-old Buescher comes to SHS after a two-year stint at Dixon, where he had a 19-34 mark. Dixon finished 12-13 last season, the program's best record in 12 years.

Buescher was approved at the District 186 Board of Education meeting Monday. "I think it's a great opportunity for me," Buescher said. "Springfield has a great tradition, and I think coach Barnes has done a great job with the program and put it in a spot where it is now competitive with all the great teams in the state." Buescher, who started his head coaching career at Table Grove VIT after an assistant coaching job at Galesburg, is well aware of the tradition and expectations in being the head coach at Springfield. "It's just totally opposite of the last job I had," he said. "At Dixon, there was no pressure from the standpoint of wins and losses, everything that you did was basically a bonus. "This one is totally opposite. The pressure is there from the standpoint of wanting to keep things going, but I think that's the fun part of it. I think you want to come and put your own niche in the program as much as possible." Buescher was selected from a final field of four candidates who made the cut from a group of 30 applicants.

The other finalists were former SHS and Northern Iowa University assistant Jon Cox, Salem coach Rick Kestner and Effingham St. Anthony coach Chris Kusnerick.

Ten applicants were granted interviews with a five-person committee consisting of Wisher, SHS principal Harvey Chiles, District 186 support leader of curriculum and instruction Chuck Flamini , graduating basketball player Tony Hammons and a representative of the SHS Booster Club. "Everybody that I talked to said that he can flat out coach," Wisher said. "He's young and enthusiastic, and I think that's going to be a plus for our program. We had some outstanding choices. I think we got the best of the best." A native of Washington, Buescher is familiar with Springfield and the Central State Eight Conference. His coaching philosophy is a hybrid of his own experience and of his father's. Chuck Buescher is the veteran coach at Peoria Central High School. "I want to coach to my strengths and have the players play to their strengths," Buescher said. "And get up and down the floor and have some fun." Buescher is the second son of a veteran coach to be named to a head coaching job in the CS8. The first was Jeff Wallace, who was head coach at Chatham Glenwood and Sacred Heart-Griffin before returning to Quincy, where his father, Loren, coaches. "To be the best coach that you can be, you have to coach to your strengths," Buescher said. "I'm defensive oriented, but at a place like Springfield, you're going to have the opportunity to push the ball up and down the floor every night." Buescher said his age is not going to be a determining factor in his ability to coach and communicate with his players. "I've been around basketball my whole life and I've been around good basketball my whole life," Buescher said. "I think that if you can coach, you can coach when you're young and you can coach when you're old. "I'd like to think that with the experience that I've had that I've got a feel for the game. I think that the biggest thing that you need to do is deal with a work ethic. We're going to ask the players to come and work their tails off every night."

Memo: FACT BOX HEAD: Buescher file





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, March 26, 2004

Page: 30

Business names registered with the Sangamon County clerk's office March 18-24.


HF Educational Services, 1909 Waterford Drive. Owners are Charles Flamini and Michael Holinga, 529-0199.





Analysis: Davlin got support from all areas of city

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, April 3, 2003


New job for Flamini

CHUCK FLAMINI , 56, has been named assistant regional superintendent of schools by HELEN TOLAN, Sangamon County's elected regional superintendent.

Flamini has 34 years' experience in District 186, including more than six years as principal of Lanphier High School - when Tolan was dean of students there - and two years as principal of Springfield High School.

Flamini takes the place of JIM BERBERET, 53, who took early retirement from the $79,686 job as of Monday. Flamini will be paid at about the same annual rate as Berberet had been, Tolan said.

Berberet began as a special education teacher in Springfield in 1973, ending up at Southeast High by 1985, when he went to the regional office. He ran anti-truancy programs for three years, and was then appointed in 1988 as assistant regional superintendent - first to HAROLD VOSE, then to Tolan.

Berberet, who was able to take state early retirement because his salary comes through the State Board of Education, said he has no immediate plans, but his co-workers did give him a season golf pass, and he plans to use it well.

He said he told the co-workers he has been blessed with family and with the people he has known over his career. He said he'd like to "somehow keep my hand in it if I can be of assistance to somebody."


State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Mabel I. Sillman

LINCOLN - Mabel I. Sillman, 90, of Lincoln died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002, at Pekin Manor.

She was born April 25, 1912, in Burr, Neb., the daughter of William and Emma Sillman.

Miss Sillman worked for the Department of Public Health.

She was a member of Third Presbyterian Church.

Survivors: a niece, Lois (husband, Roy) McQuern of Springfield; and two nephews, Charles and Gary Flamini , both of Springfield.

Graveside services: 10 a.m. today, Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.

Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln is in charge of arrangements.




Tonya Macbeth Krepel of Springfield and Scott Michael Dorrity of New Hartford, N.Y., were married at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 4 at Monte Carlo Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev., by the Rev. Richard Lee Conrad.

The bride is the daughter of Charles and Mary Flamini and Dennis Krepel, all of Springfield. The groom is the son of Terry and Ann Dorrity of New Hartford, N.Y.

Serving as maid of honor was Kim Krepel. Flower girl was Kelsey Dorrity.

Best man was Terry Dorrity.

A reception was held at the Monte Carlo.

The bride is a graduate of Lanphier High School and is a student at SIU-Edwardsville. The groom is a graduate of Hamilton College and Logan Chiropractic. He is employed by Dorrity Chiropractic Center of Belleville.

The couple will reside in Belleville.



Tolan decides to retire

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, May 1, 2003

Page: 9

Helen Tolan, re-elected in November as Sangamon County regional superintendent of schools, took early retirement from that job Wednesday.

She said the looming retirement deadline, a state budget that could eliminate funding for her position, and her ill husband all played roles in her decision.

However, because her new four-year term wouldn't begin until July 1, Tolan held out the possibility, depending on her husband's health and changes in the state budget, that she will reclaim the job then.

"My 10 years as regional superintendent have been the most professionally satisfying of my life," said Tolan, 50. "I want to thank the citizens for their support for me and for all the programs of my office that have helped the students of Sangamon County."

Tolan's husband, Enos Tolan, 66, an elected Capital Township trustee, has been battling cancer for two years and was told recently he shouldn't drive.

After Gov. Rod Blagojevich in his April 9 budget speech called for elimination of more than $20 million the state provides to regional offices of education, Tolan said she told her husband maybe she should just stay home to care for him.

"He got a twinkle in his eye and told me how much he loved me," she said. "I'm doing the right thing. He needs me."

Tolan said she might still have tried to stay in office "if not for the turmoil and uncertainty" caused by the governor's proposal.

Tolan, who has 29 years as an educator, was on the Sangamon County Board when she was appointed regional superintendent in 1993. A Republican, Tolan makes about $88,000, which is paid by the state. She said former Springfield High School principal Chuck Flamini , whom she recently hired as her assistant, will take over her duties in the short term.

Sangamon County Board Chairman Andy Van Meter is supposed to appoint a replacement within 60 days. But Tolan said her new term would start just days beyond that, so Van Meter will hold off on the appointment until then.

Though Blagojevich has proposed cutting the state contribution to regional offices of education, Tom Schafer, a spokesman for the governor, said other sources of funding could keep them operating. Schafer said the governor weighed administrative costs vs. bolstering classroom education in making the decision.

The State Board of Education on Wednesday voted to back restoration of the proposed cuts because the regional offices operate needed programs, said Lee Milner, state board spokesman.

Ultimately, the legislature will decide the final numbers in the budget.

Tolan said her office, with about 30 employees, spends about $2.5 million annually. The office runs alternative schooling programs and oversees teacher certification renewal, staff development, bus driver education, anti-truancy programs, background checks for teachers and school compliance and safety audits.

In addition, the office administers high school equivalence exams, including holding contracts to oversee such tests for students in Cook County and some other counties and for the Illinois Department of Corrections.







Hoots appointed principal of Springfield High School / School board also makes other appointments

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday,


May 7, 2002


Edition: M2
Section: NEWS
Page: 1

One good Chuck deserves another.

That was the apparent belief of the Springfield School Board Monday night in approving Chuck Hoots, principal of Chatham's Glenwood High School, to succeed


Chuck Flamini, a 34-year veteran of District 186 who is retiring at the end of June as principal of Springfield High School.

"To me, Springfield High has always been the plum job in central Illinois," Hoots said after the announcement of his appointment.

"It has a great academic excellence reputation, a lot of opportunities. It's my opportunity to work in a diverse high school, and I'm just looking forward to that challenge and opportunity."

Springfield High has 1,400 students.

Hoots, 48, was chosen a week ago by a school search committee over two other finalists for the job: Lanphier High School assistant principal Marica Cullen and Pleasant Hill Elementary School principal Deborah Hapli.

Flamini delayed his retirement for two years, agreeing to step in as SHS principal after Harvey Chiles was abruptly reassigned in summer 2000.

The committee's choice was kept secret until the announcement Monday, at which time Hoot's appointment was formally approved by the board. There was no opposition.

Hoots was named principal of Glenwood High in 1995 after serving the school as assistant principal. Prior to going to the Chatham district, he was a principal at New Berlin High School.

The search committee made its decision after the high school's parents had their turn with the three candidates April 29, questioning them on such things as eliminating the "zero hour" thanks to budget cuts and whether the new principal would be around for a while.

According to one parent, Hoots made the best impression, especially regarding the district's financial crisis.

Other appointments made Monday include: Shelia Boozer , assistant principal at Graham Elementary, to principal at Fairview Elementary; Tracy Gage, assistant principal at Butler Elementary, to principal at Laketown Elementary; Jennifer Gill, assistant principal at Harvard Park Elementary, to principal at Lindsay Elementary; Kathi Lee-Deassuncao, assistant principal at Ridgely Elementary, to principal at Butler Elementary; Robert Mitchell, assistant principal at Wilcox Elementary, to principal at Black Hawk Elementary; and Kerry Purcell, principal at McClernand Elementary, to principal at Harvard Park Elementary.

Also, Harvard Park principal Roberta Hendee was named LEAD project director, coordinating the district's Leadership for Educational Achievement in District grant.

The appointments take effect for the 2002-03 school year.

Caption: 1. Chuck Hoots / 2. Relatives of Tracy Gage applaud her promotion to principal of Laketown Elementary School at Monday night's school board meeting. Gage's father, Ted Curtis, takes a picture. Gage's two-year-old son, Wynton, sits on the lap of Gage's mother, Audrey Curtis.







Flamini takes larger UIS role / Resigns posts at Ursuline Academy, SCI


State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Page: 9

Chuck Flamini has resigned from his leadership positions at Ursuline Academy and Springfield College in Illinois/Benedictine University, less than one year after taking the jobs.

Flamini last fall became the high school academy's part-time director, Ursuline's version of a principal. During his short tenure, he proposed freezing tuition, bringing back school uniforms and allowing Ursuline students to earn college credit by taking classes at SCI.

SCI also hired Flamini last fall as its curriculum coordinator. Among his initiatives there, Flamini launched SCI's new bachelor's degree program in education.

According to SCI and Ursuline spokeswoman Susan Doddek, Flamini resigned from both positions last week to teach at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Flamini has been an adjunct professor at UIS since 2003, teaching an education class on diversity.


According to the university, he recently agreed to add another class on collective bargaining. Flamini was unavailable for comment.

Flamini joined Ursuline and SCI after 34 years in public education, mostly in the Springfield School District, where he retired as principal of Springfield High School in 2002.

 He also worked for the Ball-Chatham School District and the Sangamon County Regional Office of Education.

There will be some reshuffling of duties to compensate for Flamini 's departure, Doddek said.

Flamini 's part-time job heading Ursuline allowed him to focus exclusively on faculty issues. Flamini recently had hired two other administrators, Dan Manfredo and John Stimler, who took on student, parent and spiritual formation concerns. An executive from Benedictine University, which entered into a partnership with SCI in 2003, will visit with Manfredo and Stimler this week to plot strategy in the wake of Flamini 's resignation.

Doddek said the vacant positions pose no serious threat to Ursuline or SCI.

"The (bachelor's level) education program is very well in place," Doddek said. "Lots of students are enrolled.

"With respect to Ursuline, we exceeded our enrollment goal for our budget. Everything is progressing."





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, November 23, 2004


Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. McQuern of Springfield will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception at 4 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Hall on Stockyard Road. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

McQuern and the former Lois J. Flamini were married Nov. 27, 1954, in Springfield.

Mr. McQuern retired from Pillsbury Mills after 44 years.

Mrs. McQuern retired from the state Department of Public Health after 25 years.

They are parents of four children,

Debra McKeown of Pekin,

Richard McQuern of Plano, Texas,

Douglas McQuern of Quincy and

Donald McQuern of Wheaton.

There are eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.






County names new assistant superintendent

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Section: LOCAL
Page: 21

Greg Gardner has been named assistant superintendent of schools for the Sangamon County Regional Office of Education.

Gardner, 36, will oversee special and alternative education programs for all districts in the county as well as at the Capital Area Career Center.

For the past year,


the assistant superintendent position has been a part-time job, held the first six months by Chuck Flamini


 and the past six months by Bob Hays. Both Flamini and Hays were retired local school administrators who served as temporary replacements for Jim Berberet, who retired as assistant superintendent this time last year.

Gardner, a standout wrestler during the 1980s at Southeast High School and a former wrestling coach, teacher and dean at SEHS, was most recently an administrator for the Sangamon Area Special Education District, which oversees special education programs for 18 districts in central Illinois.

After Berberet retired, Gardner approached Helen Tolan, Sangamon County regional superintendent, about the job. Gardner said he had known Tolan for years through his involvement in countywide education programs.

Gardner, who will be paid about $80,000 a year, received a bachelor's degree in special education from Illinois State University and a master's in administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield

Who else should run for mayor?

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, December 12, 2002

Page: 10

Sure, you're feeling it too: We've got too many qualified candidates for mayor of Springfield, and picking one is just getting more confusing by the day.

Just the same, is it possible to attract too many excellent candidates to such a critical and prestigious job? After all, the Springfield mayor gets to eat a horseshoe with every foreign dignitary who comes to rub the Lincoln beak and gets to have his/her name dragged through the mud of talk radio every time somebody's cable TV bill goes up.

But there are some other people out there who might make terrific mayoral candidates. Maybe all they need is a gentle nudge and the thrill of seeing their names on yard signs. With all due respect to the formally announced field, here are some people I'd like to see run for mayor:

* KAREN LYNNE DEAL, conductor and music director, Illinois Symphony Orchestra. If you have watched Deal lead the ISO, you know she has charisma and a commanding, warm presence. She also has a sonorous speaking voice, which could be an, um, change, from previous mayors. Further, Karen the Second has one undeniable attribute: She has demonstrated that she can bring people together, in unison and in harmony.

Deal says she is political in only a personal way. But, she says, "If I were mayor of Springfield, I would put music back in the schools," and she wouldn't raise taxes to do it.

"I would ask Santa Claus to give all the kids in Springfield brand-new instruments," she says. "Music makes a difference in people's lives. It helps our spirits stay happy. It brings us joy in a world where there is often a lot of confusion."

* TIM SCHWEIZER, spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources. Another authoritative voice, one that could get the attention of balky aldermen. Schweizer would be a good mayor for one simple reason: He knows everything about Springfield. He reported for local radio for 20-some years. He knows politics and sports and storm-damage history and which directions every street in town runs. He knows why some things get done and some don't. He's comfortable with kings and paupers, coaches and high school athletes.

Schweizer's reaction: "Ridiculous. I have no interest, no political skill, no patience. Those are three reasons. No. 4, there are plenty of viable individuals who will do a terrific job." See, he's decisive, too.

* DONALD MIEDEMA, Springfield school superintendent for 14 years before retiring in 1991. By most accounts, he did an excellent job. He oversaw the passage of one bond referendum, in '84, and he kept his composure during two teachers' strikes. He is cool and collected and analytical. He won't get excited when people start complaining about their neighbors' crabgrass or the lights from Deja Vu. Maybe best yet, Miedema moved here from tony Rockville, Md., but adopted Springfield as his home and has lived here now for 24 years.

His reaction: "Ha! I would be complimented, but I am enjoying retirement."


longtime school administrator,


coach and

union leader.

Flamini is known as an energetic, good-humored coalition builder with the moxie to buck any system. His name has surfaced in connection with a possible run for the school board.

Of a chase for mayor, he says, "I think I'd be good. And I think it would be fun. As far as the big political arena, where they play for keeps, I have thought about it. But I've been too busy."

What would he do as mayor?

"First of all, there are some really divisive issues, more than anything the race issue. Right behind it, and equally compelling, something needs to be done about the budget, to rein in the spending. Leadership at the city level has to be caring about the entire community.

"Probably the fun part," he says, "would be trying to get people to sit in the same room and solve the problems. I wouldn't have much more hair to pull out, so there would be no visible sign of a struggle."

* JOHN MAYER, pop singer. All right, as with Tony Libri, there would be residency issues. But wouldn't it be fun to be able to say "Mayor Mayer?" If you don't know him, Mayer has a distinctively throaty singing voice, a beatific face and black, curly hair. The young female demographic could get Mayer elected on its own.

So do you, the reader, have people in mind you'd like to see run for mayor? If so, let me know, and above all, tell me why.




State farm – jean ann crain – flamini



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, October 9, 1994

Nesch-Crain Jean Ann Crain and Roger Lee Nesch Jr., both of Columbia, were married at 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at South Side Christian Church in Springfield by the Rev. Milt Crain.

The bride is the daughter of June Phares of Springfield and Milt and Linda Crain of Decatur. The groom is the son of Roger L. and Linda S. Nesch Sr. of Springfield.

Serving as maids of honor were Mary Green and Mary Flamini . Bridesmaids were Jennifer Smith, Cris Craven, Patsy Spaeth, Thithi Tun and Brittney Crain. Flower girls were Abigail Boyleston, Kellee Shearer and Breanna Monk.

Best man was Todd Herter. Groomsmen were Eric Laughlin, Jeff Nesch, Brian McWilliams, Robert Dekorsi, Chad Crain and Steve Clemonds. Ushers were James Crain, Russell Reynolds, Terry Nesch, Bruce Clemonds and Tom Smith. Ringbearer was Keith Robertson.

A reception was held at the American Center.

The bride is a graduate of Lanphier High School and Sangamon State University. She is employed as office manager at State Farm Insurance. The groom is a graduate of Glenwood High and SSU. He is employed as senior claims representative for Farmers Insurance and as a Realtor with Camilot Realty.

The couple will reside in Columbia.







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, June 13, 1994

Edition: M1,M2
Section: SPORTS
Page: 28

Last season, Lanphier High School became the first Springfield public high school to reach the state football playoffs.

It was a season that included a Central State Eight Conference title and a victory over crosstown rival Sacred Heart-Griffin in the process.

That produced more than the recent ration of northside pride. Suddenly, the Lions went from pretender to contender.

What, you ask, has this got to do with Chuck Flamini and the difference he has made? Everything.

The 47-year-old Lanphier graduate came into the principal's job three years ago with a list of priorities, among them to make the LHS athletic program better than -- or at worst on a par with -- the rest of its competition.

Improving a football program Flamini saw as being in disarray and in need of guidance was on the top of that list.

Flamini hired John Oaks, at the time the principal of


Auburn High School.


Oaks, a former coach at


Springfield High,


Pekin and


Urbana, was


itching for another opportunity on the sidelines.

"The principal can usually go one of three ways with athletics," Oaks said. "He can be pro-athletics, which few of them are; he can be middle of the road, saying he's there for you but usually isn't; or he can throw some roadblocks.

"I knew that Chuck would help to turn it around. There's no doubt that he was a big reason for me coming back into coaching."

After a rough 2-7 inaugural season, the magic was there this past season with a perfect 7-0 league mark and 9-2 overall.

"By and large, we had become the doormats and I wanted that to change," Flamini said. "It was first for me to go after that program and try to improve it.

"It's a real simple formula. You have to get good people to work with good kids. And I'm not sure that the kids always have to be good."

But despite the deflection of success by the boss, there are many who have pointed to Flamini 's determination, use of his experience as both athletic director and coach, and overall support.

"He's 110 percent behind sports," said Lanphier assistant principal Elbert Betts, who becomes principal at Southeast later this month. "When the kids see you there all the time supporting them, it tells them something.

"He is always helping the kids. He has never, never turned a kid down that has needed help."

Flamini , who played the largest role in hiring boys basketball Coach Craig Patton, admitted feeling the pressure when the much-heralded team stumbled out of the gate last season.

"Basketball is in transition," Flamini said. "We had some talks when (Patton) was starting to hear the northside boo-birds. But they were beginning to get pretty good by the end of the year. And next year, they should be where people thought they were going to be this year."

Not one to let anything get past him, Flamini has the 1994-95 sights set on the girls program, in particular volleyball and track.

"This year is going to be my push to improve girls sports here," Flamini said. "In volleyball, you had a team that finished fourth in the conference (Lincoln) and wound up going to state. This conference is tough, so I'm going to have to push hard."

Caption: One of Chuck Flamini 's goals as Lanphier High School principal is to help the Lions' athletic program reach its full potential.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, August 28, 1993

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 11

An 18-year-old Springfield man died Friday at St. John's Hospital and doctors there suspect the cause may be meningitis.

However, until laboratory results are received, the cause of Mark Galloway's death cannot be confirmed, said Brian Letourneau, director of the Springfield Department of Public Health.

The report is expected to be available this afternoon.

"There's no greater risk to the general public today than there was yesterday," Letourneau said Friday.

Meningitis, an inflammation of the membrane surrounding the brain or spinal cord, is caused by viruses or bacteria. Although the disease is not considered highly contagious, it is spread through close personal contact, such as by coughing, sneezing, kissing, or sharing a glass, cup, straw, cigarette or eating utensils.

Because Galloway died at 12:15 p.m. Friday, within 24 hours of admittance to St. John's, and because he was not previously under a doctor's care, the hospital was required to notify the Sangamon County coroner's office, said hospital spokeswoman Aggie Hayner.

Deputy Coroner Susan Boone said she ordered an autopsy on Galloway, which is standard procedure. An inquest also will be scheduled.

Letourneau said his department will await the lab reports before taking any kind of preventive action. Galloway reportedly did not live with his family, but he did have a roommate.

"We're talking about a very small circle of people (who may have been exposed)," Letourneau said.

Family members have been told they may need to take an antibiotic, Letourneau said. If the death is due to meningitis, the roommate and others who may have had close contact with Galloway will be contacted by the health department.

The incubation period for bacterial meningitis, the more serious of the disease's two forms, is two to 10 days. Incubation for the viral type varies widely. There is no preventive measure for viral meningitis, other than avoiding exposure, Letourneau said.

Galloway had attended Lanphier High School, principal Chuck Flamini said, but was not enrolled there this year.

Joe Kihn, supervisor of diagnostic and referral services for the Springfield School District, said he sent a team of psychologists and social workers to Lanphier on Friday to talk to students affected by Galloway's death.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, January 11, 1993

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 6

For the past decade, Lanphier High School students have made the nearby McDonald's restaurant their home away from home.

Pupils file down North Grand Avenue at lunch time every school day, headed for their temporary reprieve from classes. They swap gossip over french fries and trade after-school plans before heading back to the books.

Sometimes, they don't even wait for lunch.

"I'm here in the mornings before school and back in the afternoons after school," said freshman Kent Cull, who sipped a soft drink at his favorite hangout on a recent lunch hour.

Recently, McDonald's proprietors made the establishment even more of a Lanphier refuge by replacing the restaurant's previous coal mining motif with LHS memorabilia.

Mining helmets gave way to Lanphier sports trophies, and pictures of ruddy miners to photos of successful LHS graduates.

"It's a way, I suppose, of trying to get some of the Lanphier kids . . . to see what came before them," said Dona McGraw, restaurant co-owner, of the pictures and old yearbook clippings that line the walls of the restaurant at Ninth Street and North Grand Avenue.

The school souvenirs, she said, are meant to both encourage pride in Lanphier's history and prompt students to think about their own futures.

"They do make the place look better," said Cull, scanning the walls. His friend, sophomore Angie Bruss, said she was proud that out-of-towners, drawn to Springfield's Lincoln sites and Capitol, might learn about Lanphier simply by stopping for lunch at McDonald's.

From its opening in 1982 until last November, McGraw said, the Ninth Street McDonald's interior featured the coal mining theme, which she believed stemmed from the Mack family, who previously owned the restaurant.

The Lanphier makeover was one of several possibilities discussed when Dona and her husband, Rick McGraw, began talking about changing the decor.

"We even toyed with the idea of a state fair theme," she said, but they eventually decided to use the opportunity to thank the Lanphier contingent for its patronage.

The McGraws began their project by contacting the high school's educators and graduates for all things Lanphier. Dona McGraw said varsity basketball coach Bob Nika was a natural source.

"It was incredible -- he pulled all these boxes up from his basement," she said -- a treasure trove of sports trophies and pictures.

For other sports items, the McGraws went straight to the athletes.

"Kevin Gamble gave me his scrapbook from when he was a kid" to peruse, McGraw said. A large photo of the Boston Celtics' Gamble, a 1983 alumnus, now hangs near the restaurant's counter. It's near a picture of the Ed Horton, who graduated in 1985, and played a season for the Washington Bullets.

Other athletic additions to the restaurant include LHS jerseys and a cheerleader's uniform. They're tacked to the wall in an area heralded as the "Lions Locker Room."

While the sports artifacts dominate the new look, they're not all that's new.

"We wanted the thing to be more than a tribute to our athletics," said principal Chuck Flamini , a 1964 grad of the school who also taught and served as athletic director at Lanphier before assuming his current spot.

Accordingly, pictures were collected of other LHS successes, among them Springfield Mayor Ossie Langfelder and William Huddleston, a 1960 alumnus who went on to manage science payload missions for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

"The McDonald's people have done a lot of things to help our kids," such as funding scholarships, said Flamini .

Flamini 's photo, as well as that of former LHS principal Phil Schmidt, now assistant superintendent of personnel for District 186, will be among the last additions to the new look, McGraw said.

The world of high school hangouts was a little different in Flamini 's day, he said, when the McDonald's site was part of the old Sangamo Electric Co. property.

"Lanphier was a closed campus then," he said. "You brought your lunch to school."

Nevertheless, he and his friends frequented now-defunct burger joints such as The Broiler, across Ninth Street and slightly north of the McDonald's.

Despite the scores of kids who swell McDonald's clientele almost daily, manager Jeff Mitchell said things rarely get out of control -- anymore.

"They tend to police themselves," said Mitchell, who joined the McDonald's a year ago and let it be known he'd tolerate no unruliness. McGraw affectionately refers to Mitchell as "the bouncer," and credits his no-nonsense approach with turning the sometimes frenetic atmosphere around.

McGraw asked for help in locating the former owners of the coal mining mementos so she can return them.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, February 6, 1992

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 7

A Springfield police sergeant has resigned, Chief Daryle Williamson said Wednesday. But Williamson and other city officials refused discuss the

circumstances of the resignation.

Sgt. Ron Pickford, a 15-year veteran of the department, resigned on Monday, Williamson said. Several people in the department said Pickford, 42, was the subject of an internal investigation, but Williamson refused to say if the resignation stemmed from an investigation.

"I decline to comment because it's a personnel matter," Williamson said.

Mayor Ossie Langfelder said he was notified of the resignation, but said he doesn't discuss personnel matters.

Pickford also resigned his position as a security guard at Lanphier High School, Principal Chuck Flamini said. Pickford resigned "more than a week ago," Flamini said.

Pickford told another officer who heads the security team at Lanphier that he was resigning, but provided no reason, Flamini said. Pickford had worked security there on and off for several years, Flamini said.

Pickford couldn't be reached for comment.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, December 13, 1991

Edition: M1,M2
Section: SPORTS
Page: 21

Bob Ruff, Lanphier High School's athletic director for the past four years, has applied for a leave of absence from District 186 effective at the end

of classes Dec. 19 so he can take a position with the Department of Conservation in the "Kids For Conservation" program.

Ruff, 40, will begin his new job Jan. 2. Although his specific duties haven't been spelled out, part of the work will involve dealing with regional school superintendents and making them aware of what programs Conservation has to offer for school-aged children, most on the elementary school level.

"I can still use my educational experience as a background," Ruff said about his position. "I wanted an opportunity to try something else."

Ruff graduated from Griffin in 1968 and accepted a baseball scholarship to Miami (Ohio). He graduated from Miami in 1972, and in October of that year he was hired by District 186 as a roving physical education instructor at DuBois, Sand Hill and Piper grade schools.

For five years he taught P.E. at Franklin Middle School, and during that time he also served as an assistant football and baseball coach at Springfield High.

He taught P.E. and driver's education at SHS for a year and a half before moving to Lanphier to teach the same subjects and serve as head baseball coach.

He was the Lanphier coach for six seasons, winning the City Series in 1984. In 1987, he was named Lanphier athletic director.

"I'll miss the kids, being around these young people," said Ruff. "I like them. But I'm looking forward to the new job."

A replacement for Ruff has not been named, and Principal Chuck Flamini was out of the office Thursday.



Mendenhall link



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, September 20, 1990

Author/Byline: DOUG POKORSKI
Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 31

With the new school year well under way, there are a number of new faces in administrative posts in the Springfield School District. The school board

has made more than a score of administrative appointments over the past few months, and district officials say all administrative openings now have been filled.

New administrative appointments this year are: o Principals: Elbert Betts, Washington Middle School; A.C. "Bud" Rudin, Grant Middle School; Dennis Beetzel, Feitshans Elementary School; Nancy Peterson, Laketown Elementary School; Dick Rakers, Special Education Developmental Center. o Assistant principals: Willie Brooks, Franklin Middle School; Gary Courtwright, Washington Middle School; Pat Deloney, Springfield High School. o Principal's assistants: Luke Gleason, Dubois Elementary School; Gene Huston, Special Education Developmental Center; Melinda LaBarre, Harvard Park Elementary School; Judy Meinders, Feitshans; Carol Thomas, Iles Elementary School; Doug Wendler, Jefferson Elementary School. o Guidance deans: Kay Dimon and Sherry Erickson, Washington. o

Central office administrators:

Chuck Flamini , assistant director of personnel services;

Wayne Mendenhall, coordinator of social studies, drivers education and athletics;

Nancy Peterson, assessment coordinator; Luke Gleason, administrative assistant to the deputy school superintendent; Judy Walsh, coordinator of physical education; Don Davis; coordinator of visual art instruction; Grace Curry, teacher instructional leader for reform programs, inservice and staff development.



Flamini – schweska



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

Ernest J. David Ernest J. David, 72, of Springfield died at 5:25 p.m. Friday at St. John's Hospital.

A lifelong resident of Springfield, he was born on June 24, 1917 the son of Adam and Amelia Frenz David. He married Ila Mae Kluthe in 1949. Before his retirement in 1976, he was employed at Fiatallis Manufacturing Co. for 30 years.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Eddie and Billy F. David.

In addition to his wife, surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Gloria) Schweska and Mary Lou Stremmel, both of Springfield; three grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Vincent (Lillian) Flamini of Springfield and Mrs. Stuart (Eileen) Hott of Riverton; two brothers, Henry David of Bergenfield, N.J. and Walter David of Springfield; several nieces and nephews.



Flamini – Peoria



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, March 5, 1990

Joseph L. Armato Joseph L. Armato, 77, of Peoria, formerly of Springfield, died at 8:50 p.m.

Saturday at Methodist Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 5, 1912, in Springfield, the son of Michael and Olivia Pendola Armato. He married Alma Flamini in 1933 in Springfield. He was preceded in death by two sisters.

He formerly was employed by the the state of Illinois


and later was the founder of Armato's Pizza in Peoria in 1959.

In addition to his wife, surviving are two sons, Michael and Patrick of Peoria;


two daughters, two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Olivia) Roe of Chicago and Mrs. Bernard (Dianna) Pilon of Spring Hill, Fla.; one sister, Mary Armato of Chicago; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
















LCN – caths –

kc’s - shriners








Caths - timeline

Greco – sicilianmafia – infiltration of civic organizations – ie. Masonic

Paprocki – partisan/coalition - matt in spi at ilga repubs – legislative analyst – spfld gentlemans assoc

Paprocki - Ed peck – ITLA -

Paprocki blames abuse lawsuits on satan

Paprocki installed in spfld dio – background

Schnapp site - doc spksmn – peck leaves uis spksmn /schnapp goes to uis/forklift /waste mgmt

Shriners – mendenhall as prez – trucking and farm chemicals – mendenhall link to jaycees/gray

Mendenhall – ifpe – 4408 – revenue – hardy/pisano -  (from hade site) –

wayne mendenhall at spfld schools – coaches – guards – (note Schmidt and pisano at SERS)

Sal pisano is sheriff in Peoria – east Peoria dep sheriff – gauwitz – liuna – and note pisano= kc’s

Reinhart at Peoria PD  – multi county drug squad  - see also dirt/mrt – link to “reinhart” site























vann - http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneyspringfieldjaycees

and suprenant at: http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneyjaycees















Specifically: spfld caths


caths – malta – Orange county CA



and see smarjesse at Peoria caths – ihpa – Cellini –



Cellini=ift – hade – ihpa=ift – and see isea/ifpe generally



and note bommarito is stl cath – animal control - city http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneybommaritodelay















“Caths timeline”:





Timeline – cath reaction

This information also at “timeline” site


Costa – county complaint

Costa excommunicated days after cdil filing and mention in complaint

Spitzer at GU resigns days after email links him to Cellini at SLU

*Note also Christine z at Costello office, and Belleville caths bishop gets spot at usccb after skylstadt



Note also zeman links delay – caths – spi – cwlp – Ameren/bunn – waste mgmt – landfills - iepa – spk caths – harassment – recruits – Costello – Belleville -



Caths get me to spk with GU -


And note spk – 12th sfg out of Peoria/chi in spk –


Note timeline on Mitchell/jessen in spk – blindside – fractured nose

Guy punched me in nose, fractured nose, hit twice, out of nowhere, car drove up, parked in middle of street, guy walked up got in and left, found out later, site was about 2 blocks from where Mitchell jessen had office in spk. Walking home from downtown bar on NYE. Problems with physical trauma and sensitization.


Note also bob cepeda as GU security – paramilitary – see also pedophilia frame – drug frame – involvement of students, esp. janssen, zeman, gugino. Nowhere safe, apt on boone, campus, law school classrooms, library, gym, locker room, in town, in hotels, apts, houses, cars also= exposure


91 Explorer tampered with in spk – fuel pump went out, while parked for several days in parking lot, vehicle tampered with to facilitate exposure to harmful chemicals



Note also USCCB location and leadership – and note my bad luck to be in towns w/ usccb leadership


Internship= sd

Only law school I got into= spk

Had to leave spk, jan 04’, bad exposure, school not allow leave of absence

Travelled south, spk cold in winter, staying in car, headed for mardi gras, erratic mileage= stuck in hou/galv


Bellevile link= bomaritto – stl –


Francis George= chi – note esp. springfield is in chi archdiocese


See also dinardo in hou/galv and Kevin vann goes from riverton/spi to ft worth bishop

And see esp. vann= riv kc’s, and jaycees in gray era, when he was local and state prez

Note also Cellini was in jc’s in early period with gray



See generally links from kc to jc


Note dinardo and political coalition for repubs and see local spi jc leadership devore and catholic laity group for abuse apologists


Xa – gauwitz and other names from blessac and kc sites, in particular see smarjesse at Peoria caths and bomaritto in spi – animal control – biz licenses -



And note shriners links too kc’s – here note shriners hosps and links to harassment within communities. (Esp spk and Galveston) this functions with the pedophilia frame


and see staying in car and exposure at walmarts in tx on road from spk to hou/galv – terry nelson – crosslink – walmart -










“Caths” site




[Generally - usccb – knights of Columbus – and see cath charities bunn – caci – coy etc. and see smarjesse at Peoria caths and works for Cellini at IHPA – smarjesse old school LCN – ie. Louis at sportsmans – “limited hangout” – next to jaycees hall – note mendenhall at jaycees prez  and shriners and trucks/farm chem and see kirk at sfd and Rochester optimists club prez, most important is wayne mendenhall= spfld schools dir of athl and maint – see spi coaches – Wharton, rico, Stoddard, Borski, et al. and see Wharton link to caths/sci and krohe]


Costa – wright – spitzer – (think someone’s reading my email)


costa excommunicated days after fed complaint filed naming him as defendant, note SPD MCU influenced by caths – suspect in beating – gets shakedown regarding robbery while on probation

caldwell runs mcu, despite carp/graham busted still promoted to chief – (fair notice for lawsuit) note MCU is UCM backwards


sacco runs dirt and warrant teams – note previous discussion of dirt and warrant teams – selective enforcement/prosecution


Spitzer resigns from GU, days after linking him to Cellini while at SLU


Wright in spi linked to roommate at Gonzaga – bad chem. exposure



Dinardo/riverton – kc’s – vala – bartolomucci – rusciolelli - fanale


Kc 364 – Copeland - davlin – pisano – madonia – armstead – celletti – coffey -






Rough location timeline 2000-2009


Exposure – sleep deprivation starts fall 2000, law school, pol campaign - SD

had to leave spi sept 2001 b/c bad exposure

accepted to law school, spk fall 2002,

bad exposure while at spk – and dorms – boone st very bad, and anywhere on campus and in town and anywhere at law school, gym, etc

had to leave spk – dec/jan 2004 – very bad exposure – left school – cold – drove south – started sleeping in car – fixed residence= no sleep

car problems meant couldn’t make it to new Orleans stuck in tx – hou/galv – worked LR jobs

left tx july/aug of 2004, got student loan for a couple classes in spi

spi from aug 2004 – oct 2009, sleeping in car, started south east side parking lots and places, then east, north east, far west, west, now southwest side. Moved by police and landowners, people leave notes. Been on southwest side for the longest time. I think around 2 or 3 years



chi –  George - spfld (spi  bishop is under chi diocese) – note bernardin – outfit – daley -


spk – Gonzaga – spitzer – Cellini - SLU


*galv/hou=delay – pesticides etc. – usarec dep’s – esp galv. – note riv link to hou caths - dinardo


Belleville=Costello – delay – zeman – and see MO pols – and esp. argosy – casinos stl riverfront - alton











Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza, Bishop of Galveston-Houston (1998-2001, last NCCB/USCC President/first USCCB President)

Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, Bishop of Belleville (2001-2004) (scott afb)

Bishop William S. Skylstad, Bishop of Spokane (2004-2007)

Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago (2007-present), incumbent, elected November 2007.



Zeman links – Alaska/young/delay – Costello/Belleville/iepa/cwlp/giffin/landfills – usccb prez – stl caths –



Stl caths= bomaritto, slu/spitzer, Cellini, Costello=pro-life dem, AND SEE ALSO BURKE


Delay, usrep blunt – and see, governor blunt bails at strange time



Note zeman works for Costello, Costello represents Belleville, while bishop of Belleville is prez of usccb, zeman relative goes to spk to harass me and recruit others to harass me.  Attended GU, fall 2002 – dec 2003.


(Bellevile probably in stl jx, practically speaking – bomaritto, burke et al) and note local bomaritto link to caths stl – and link from bomaritto to gray – see also gray attends law school at SLU. Note generally Cellini largest donor to 2 schools in region, IC and SLU, notable influence over scholarships and financial aid and admissions


See also bomaritto crime family in stl history and family is currently prominent in the auto dealership business in stl AND SEE LOCALLY BOMARITTO, CATHS – UNIONS – UFCW -






Riv kc’s – fanale - timm -



link to timm: http://sites.google.com/site/dwdelaneyfuelspecialist/





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, June 29, 1986

Edition: M1,M2,S1
Section: LOCAL
Page: 41

Fanale-Boyce Karen Jane Boyce and Phillip Andrew Fanale, both of Rockford, were united

in marriage at 3 p.m. May 24. The ceremony was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Boyce of Gibson City. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Fanale of Riverton.

Serving as maid of honor was Angie Dollar, with Becky Brucker,


Lori Timm,


Lisa and Susan Fanale serving as bridesmaids. Flower girl was Staci Bell.

Best man was Tim Luetger. Groomsmen were Greg and Steve Fanale, Brian Kerber and Doug Boyce. Serving as ushers were Dan Boyce and John Kaylor. Christopher Bogle served as ringbearer.

A reception was held at the Elliott Community Center.

The bride, a graduate of Gibson City High School, is employed as a secretary by City National Bank of Rockford. The bridegroom, a graduate of Southern Illinois University, is employed as a consumer credit manager by First Community National Bank of Rockford.

The couple will reside in Rockford.





























Salvatore "Ciaschiteddu" Greco (January 13, 1923 – March 7, 1978) was a powerful mafioso and boss of the Mafia Family in Ciaculli, an outlying suburb of Palermo famous for its citrus fruit groves, where he was born. His nickname was "Ciaschiteddu" or "Chichiteddu", translated from the Sicilian alternatively as "little bird" or as "wine jug". "Ciaschiteddu" Greco was the first "secretary" of the first Sicilian Mafia Commission that was formed somewhere in 1958. That position came to him almost naturally because he headed one of the most influential Mafia clans at the time, which went back to the late 19th century. He was the son of Giuseppe Greco who was killed during a bloody internal feud between the factions of the Greco Mafia family in Ciaculli and Croceverde Giardini in 1946-47. The peace between the two rival factions of the Greco clan was settled by giving the rights of the Giardini estate to Salvatore "Ciaschiteddu" Greco and his cousin Salvatore Greco, also known as "l'ingegnere" or "Totò il lungo". Although descendants of the old, established rural Mafia, the Greco cousins quickly learned to profit from the post-war economic boom and became involved in cigarette smuggling and heroin trafficking.






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The Greco Mafia clan is a historic and one of the most influential Mafia clans in Sicily, going back to the late 19th century. The extended family ruled both in Ciaculli and Croceverde Giardini, two south-eastern outskirts of Palermo in the citrus growing area. Members of the family were important figures in the Sicilian Cosa Nostra. Salvatore Greco "Ciaschiteddu" was the first ‘secretary’ of the Sicilian Mafia Commission, while Michele Greco, also known as The Pope, was one of his successors.

According to the pentito Antonio Calderonethe Greco’s effectively exercised power in the whole of Sicily.” According to Giovanni Brusca the Greco family was very important and the ones who tipped the balance in every internal Mafia war.[1]



[edit] Early history

Mafia boss Giuseppe Greco, also known as "Piddu u tinenti" (Piddu the lieutenant)

Both family groups probably had a common ancestor in Salvatore Greco who was mentioned in the Sangiorgi report at the turn of the 20th century as the capomafia of Ciaculli.[2][3][4]

The Greco’s were typical representatives of the rural Mafia. In 1921, a Greco who had suffered a sgarro (a personal affront) killed two shepherds along with their flock of sheep. In 1929, a Greco fired twenty bullets into an enemy’s great casks of wine and then sat down amid the foaming splinters to smoke his pipe.[5]

The boss of the Croceverde Giardini, Giuseppe Greco, also known as "Piddu u tinenti" (Piddu the lieutenant), was gabelloto of I Giardini, an estate of about 300 hectares of citrus orchards, in particular the tangerines that make the area of Croceverde and Ciaculli famous.[6]

[edit] The Greco war: Interfamily feud

In 1939 a bloody vendetta between both clans started during a brawl about a question of honour among youngsters of the two clans. The son of Giuseppe Greco, also known as "Piddu u tinenti" (Piddu the lieutenant), the boss of Croceverde Giardini cosca was killed. In 1946-47, the bloody internal feud between the factions in Ciaculli and Croceverde Giardini reached a climax. On August 26, 1946, Giuseppe Greco, the boss of the Ciaculli clan and a brother-in-law of "Piddu u tinenti", and his brother Pietro Greco were killed with machine guns and grenades. The Ciaculli faction reacted a few months later when two of Piddu the lieutenant’s men where shot with a lupara, the typical Sicilian short-barrelled shotgun. In revenge the Giardini cosca kidnapped two members of the rival faction who were never seen again, a so-called lupara bianca.

The struggle between the clans came to a peak with a full-scale gunfight in the main square of Ciaculli on September 17, 1947. First, an important member of the Giardini cosca was shot down by a machine gun. When it became clear he was not dead yet, two women of the Ciaculli clan, Antonina (51) and Rosalia (19) the widow and daughter of one of the bosses killed the year before, went down into the street and finished the victim off with kitchen knives. In return, the brother and sister of the victim shot the women; Antonina was wounded and her daughter killed. Their attacker was then shot and killed by Antonina’s 18-year-old son.[4][6]

In total, eleven members of the two clans died and several others were wounded in the feud, before other Palermo Mafia bosses started to put pressure on Piddu the lieutenant to end the bloody feud, which drew too much attention. Moreover, Piddu was expected to take care for both factions of the feuding clans, after the killing of the bosses of the rival faction. His status depended on how he would manage the situation.

[edit] Mediation

Piddu the lieutenant asked for mediation from Antonio Cottone, the boss of the Mafia family of Villabate, a town close to Ciaculli and Croceverde. Cottone, who had been deported from the US, was an influential mafioso both in Palermo as in his native village Villabate, and still had good connections in the US, in particular with Joe Profaci, who came from the same village. At the time, Profaci was in Sicily and it seems he played an important role in the peace negotiations.[4][6][7]

The peace between the two rival factions of the Greco clan was settled by giving the rights of the Giardini estate to Salvatore Greco "Ciaschiteddu" (the son of Giuseppe Greco of Ciaculli) and his cousin Salvatore Greco, also known as "l'ingegnere" (The Engineer) or "Totò il lungo" (Totò the tall) (the son of Pietro Greco of Ciaculli). They became co-owners of a citrus fruit export business and partners in a bus company.

Historians are sceptical about the blood feud theory of the struggle. At stake was the control of the fruit business and control of the wholesale markets. Six of the victims in the war did not bear the Greco name. The blood feud legend was probably spread around to hide the real motives behind the struggle.[4][6]

[edit] Descendants of the Ciaculli faction

Giuseppe Greco and Pietro Greco, of the Ciaculli faction, both had a son that became important mafiosi:

  • Salvatore Greco "Ciaschiteddu" (the son of Giuseppe Greco and Santa Greco, the sister of Piddu the lieutenant)
  • Salvatore Greco, (the son of Pietro Greco), also known as "l'ingegnere" (the engineer) or "Totò il lungo" (Totò the tall).

[edit] Descendants of the Croceverde Giardini faction

Giuseppe Greco, also known as "Piddu u tinenti", the boss of Croceverde Giardini faction, had two sons that rose to prominence in Cosa Nostra:

[edit] Consolidation

Piddu the lieutenant withdrew from active life as a mafioso and settled in a modern house in Palermo, where he consolidated and expanded his friendships among the ‘accepted’ section of society, protecting his younger relations when they got into trouble with the law.[6][8] His influence in the higher circles of Palermo was considerable. Cardinal Ernesto Ruffini accepted an invitation of Piddu Greco to bless the new church of Croceverde-Giardini and a dinner afterwards.[9]

The Greco’s were protagonist in the violent conflict about the Palermo fruit and vegetable wholesale market that was moved from the Zisa area to Acquasanta near the port in January 1955, disturbing the delicate power balances within Cosa Nostra. The Acquasanta Mafia clan tried to muscle in on the protection racket that traditionally belonged the "Mafia of the Gardens" — such as the Greco’s and Cottone — because it now fell under their territory. The bosses of the Acquasanta Mafia clan, Gaetano Galatolo and Nicola D’Alessandro, as well as Francesco Greco from the Ciaculli clan, a major wholesaler of fruit and vegetables, were killed in a dispute over the protection rackets.[10][11]

Some villages just outside Palermo, like Bagheria and Villabate, flared up with the same kind of violence for the control of irrigation, transport, and wholesale markets. On August 22, 1956, Nino Cottone was killed as well. In the end the Acquasanta had to split the profits of the wholesale market racket with the Greco Mafia clan of Ciaculli, who traditionally controlled fruit and vegetable supply to Palermo wholesale market.[6][11][12]

[edit] On the Commission

Although descendants of the old, established rural Mafia, the cousins Salvatore Greco "Ciaschiteddu" and Salvatore Greco "The Engineer" quickly learned to profit from the post-war economic boom and became involved in cigarette smuggling and heroin trafficking. They both participated at the Grand Hotel des Palmes Mafia meeting in October 1957 between prominent American and Sicilian mafiosi. Heroin trafficking between these two might groups might have been discussed, but there certainly was not a general agreement on the heroin trade between the Sicilian Mafia and the American Cosa Nostra, as is often suggested.

At one of the meetings American Mafia boss Joe Bonanno suggested the Sicilians to form a Sicilian Mafia Commission to avoid violent disputes, following the example of the American Mafia that had formed their Commission in the 1930s. The Sicilians agreed and Tommaso Buscetta, Gaetano Badalamenti and Salvatore Greco "Ciaschiteddu" set the ground rules. Somewhere in 1958 the Sicilian Mafia composed its first Mafia Commission. "Ciaschiteddu" Greco was appointed as its first segretario (secretary), essentially a "primus inter pares" – the first among equals.[13] That position came to him almost naturally because he headed one of the most influential Mafia clans at the time. The Commission, however, was not able to prevent the outbreak of a violent Mafia War in 1962.

[edit] First Mafia War

The cousins Salvatore Greco "Ciaschiteddu" and Salvatore Greco "The Engineer" of the Ciaculli family were also protagonists in the First Mafia War between rival clans in Palermo in the early 1960s for the control of the profitable opportunities brought about by rapid urban growth and the illicit heroin trade to North America. The conflict was sparked by a quarrel over an underweight shipment of heroin and the murder of Calcedonio Di Pisa – an ally of the Greco's – in December 1962. The Greco’s suspected the brothers Salvatore and Angelo La Barbera of the attack.

On June 30, 1963 a car bomb exploded near Greco’s house in Ciaculli, killing seven police and military officers sent to defuse it after an anonymous phone call. The outrage over the Ciaculli Massacre changed the Mafia war into a war against the Mafia. It prompted the first concerted anti-mafia efforts by the state in post-war Italy. The Sicilian Mafia Commission was dissolved and of those mafiosi who had escaped arrest many went abroad. Even the old Piddu Greco was arrested in October 1965, and send into internal banishment from Sicily in May 1966.[9]

The repression caused by the Ciaculli Massacre disarranged the Sicilian heroin trade to the United States. Mafiosi were banned, arrested and incarcerated. Control over the trade fell into the hands of a few fugitives: the Greco cousins, Pietro Davì, Tommaso Buscetta and Gaetano Badalamenti.[14]

Salvatore "The Engineer" and "Ciaschiteddu" Greco were sentenced in absentia to respectively 10 and 4 years in prison at the Trial of the 114 in 1968 that was initiated as the result of the First Mafia War, but as they had been on the run since 1963, they did not serve a day. "Ciaschiteddu" Greco had moved to Venezuela, and the whereabouts of "The Engineer" were completely unknown. In 1973 they were both given the maximum period of five years of internal banishment at the remote island of Asinara, but they were nowhere to be found.[15]

[edit] Re-emergence

Michele Greco

In the 1970s the Mafia recuperated. This time it were the Greco’s from Croceverde who rose to prominence.

The brothers Michele Greco and Salvatore Greco operated low profile and were able to enter into relationships with businessmen, politicians, magistrates and law enforcement officials through their membership of

Masonic lodges.[16]

Salvatore Greco’s nick name was "The Senator" for his political connections. He was the kingmaker of Christian Democrat politicians such as Giovanni Gioia, Vito Ciancimino and Giuseppe Insalaco.[17]

Bankers and other notables were invited to wine and dine and take part in hunting parties at Michele Greco’s estate La Favarella. The estate was also used as a refuge for mafiosi on the run and to set up a heroin laboratory.

In 1974 the Sicilian Mafia Commission was restored under the leadership of Gaetano Badalamenti. Michele Greco was a member and in 1978 he was appointed as the head of the Sicilian Mafia Commission (Cupola), after its previous leader Gaetano Badalamenti was expelled in the run up to the Second Mafia War between the Corleonesi headed by Totò Riina, and the faction lead by Stefano Bontade and Salvatore Inzerillo. In January 1978, the ailing "Ciaschiteddu" Greco came all the way from Venezuela to try to stop Gaetano Badalamenti, Giuseppe Di Cristina and Salvatore Inzerillo from retaliating against the growing power of the Corleonesi. His efforts were in vain.

[edit] Second Mafia War

Gradually, Michele Greco sided with the Corleonesi and according to some, was no more than a "puppet" for Corleonesi boss Totò Riina. The Corleonesi’s decimated their adversaries when the simmering conflict escalated into an all-out war after the killing of Stefano Bontade in 1981. According to Tommaso Buscetta Michele Greco would just nod his head and agree with virtually everything Riina said during meetings between the heads of various Mafia families.

During the Second Mafia War another offspring of the Greco clan rose to prominence: Giuseppe Greco, a distant relative of Salvatore and Michele Greco. Giuseppe Pino Greco was one of Totò Riina preferred hit man and became a member of the Sicilian Mafia Commission as well. Although Michele Greco nominally was his boss and head of the Commission, he was treated by Pino Greco as an irrelevant old man, making clear Pino Greco held the real power, according to pentito Francesco Marino Mannoia. Greco’s contempt for Cosa Nostra’s leadership was such that he no longer attended the meetings of the Commission, sending his deputy Vincenzo Puccio instead.[18]

[edit] Decline

Towards the end of 1985, Giuseppe Greco vanished. He was murdered on the orders of Riina, who thought Greco was getting a bit too ambitious. Riina was apparently threatened by the way a significant following of younger mobsters looked up to Greco and saw him as a potential future boss. Michele Greco was arrested on February 20, 1986, and joined the hundreds of defendants at the Maxi Trial. Greco gave testimony at the trial and to illustrate his standing as a supposedly honest citizen, he boasted of all the illustrious people he had entertained at his large estate, including a former chief prosecutor and police chiefs.

The Greco clan lost its grip on the mandamento of Ciaculli, which was merged with Brancaccio and the leadership eventually was taken over by Giuseppe Graviano and his brother Filippo from the Brancaccio Mafia family. Salvatore Greco surrendered on January 25, 1991, while in hospital for a heart attack. By than he was considered not more than a museum piece – the Greco’s were no longer part of the power structures of Cosa Nostra.[17]

[edit] References

  1. ^ Lodato, Ho ucciso Giovanni Falcone, p. 53
  2. ^ (Italian) Lupo, Storia della mafia, p. 81
  3. ^ (Italian) Caruso, Da cosa nasce cosa, p. 84-86
  4. ^ a b c d Dickie, Cosa Nostra, p. 254-59. Ermanno Sangiorgi, Questore (chief of police) of Palermo from 1898-1900 wrote a series of very comprehensive reports on Palermo's and the province's Mafia, formed by various groups, coordinated by a "conference among bosses" and headed by a "supreme boss", with details of criminal family structures, individual profiles, Mafia initiation rituals, codes of behaviour as well as it business methods and operations.
  5. ^ Sterling, Octopus, p. 97-98.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Servadio, Mafioso, p. 178-79.
  7. ^ (Italian) Lupo, Storia della mafia, p. 169
  8. ^ (Italian) Onesti, onestissimi praticamenti mafiosi, I Siciliani, April 1984
  9. ^ a b (Italian) L'organizzazione giudiziaria antimafia: una lunga battaglia, Gioacchino Natoli, February 19, 2005
  10. ^ Lupo, Storia della mafia, p. 198
  11. ^ a b Schneider & Schneider, Reversible Destiny, p. 62
  12. ^ Sicilian Blood, Time, September 3, 1956
  13. ^ Gambetta, The Sicilian Mafia, p. 112
  14. ^ The Rothschilds of the Mafia on Aruba, by Tom Blickman, Transnational Organized Crime, Vol. 3, No. 2, Summer 1997
  15. ^ Servadio, Mafioso, p. 181.
  16. ^ Schneider & Schneider, Reversible Destiny, p. 77-78
  17. ^ a b Caruso, Da cosa nasce cosa, p. 487
  18. ^ Stille, Excellent Cadavers, p. 306
  • (Italian) Caruso, Alfio (2000). Da cosa nasce cosa. Storia della mafia dal 1943 a oggi, Milan: Longanesi ISBN 88-304-1620-7
  • Dickie, John (2004). Cosa Nostra. A history of the Sicilian Mafia, London: Coronet ISBN 0-340-82435-2
  • Gambetta, Diego (1993).The Sicilian Mafia: The Business of Private Protection, London: Harvard University Press, ISBN 0-674-80742-1
  • (Italian) Lodato, Saverio (1999). Ho ucciso Giovanni Falcone. La confessione di Giovanni Brusca, Milan: Mondadori ISBN 88-04-55842-3
  • (Italian) Lupo, Salvatore (1993). Storia della mafia. Dalle origini ai giorni nostri, Rome: Donzelli editore ISBN 88-7989-020-4
  • Schneider, Jane T. & Peter T. Schneider (2003). Reversible Destiny: Mafia, Antimafia, and the Struggle for Palermo, Berkeley: University of California Press ISBN 0-520-23609-2
  • Servadio, Gaia (1976). Mafioso. A history of the Mafia from its origins to the present day, London: Secker & Warburg ISBN 436-44700-2
  • Sterling, Claire (1990), Octopus. How the long reach of the Sicilian Mafia controls the global narcotics trade, New York: Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0-671-73402-4
  • Stille, Alexander (1995). Excellent Cadavers. The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic, New York: Vintage ISBN 0-09-959491-9

[edit] External links

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Lawrence Thomas Paprocki/HEAD>

Beacon News, The (Aurora, IL) - Monday, November 18, 2002

Section: NEWS

Lawrence Thomas Paprocki, 48 years, of Oswego, IL died Friday, November 15, 2002 at his residence. He was born June 12, 1954 in Milwaukee, WI, the son of the late Donald and Yvonne nee Peters Paprocki Trawczynski.

Mr. Paprocki had graduated from Marmion Military Academy in 1972 and from Waubonsee Community College in 1975.

Prior to his retirement due to illness in April of 2002, he was employed as an Air Traffic Controller for the FAA for 25 years in Farmington, MN, Wausau, WI, Onalaska, WI and Green Bay, WI. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed computer repair and programming and was a skilled woodworker. Larry's unstoppable sense of humor helped him endure 3-1/2 years of cancer with dignity. He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Oswego, IL.

He is survived by his wife, Karen nee Peck, whom he married on September 6, 1975 in Aurora, IL; a daughter, Ann Paprocki; two sons, Jeff and Matthew Paprocki ; a sister, Debra Torrance of Oswego, IL; two brothers, Don Paprocki of Aurora, IL, Mark Trawczynski of Aurora, IL; parents by marriage Stanley and Barbara Peck of Montgomery, IL; six sisters in-law; 11 brothers in-law; 21 nieces and nephews and several aunts and uncles.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents and his step-father, Richard Trawczynski.





Bernard Schoenburg: Big crowd of tax hike supporters hopes for the best

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, April 22, 2010


It's not often that a big crowd of people calls for higher taxes, and it's not at all certain the one that did so in Springfield Wednesday will get its way.

But you can't say they didn't try.

Among those at the Statehouse Wednesday was the Rev. GLEN VANDERKLOOT of Faith Lutheran Church in Springfield. He joined thousands of other people in the amalgamation dubbed the "Responsible Budget Coalition" to help highlight the needs of Lutheran Social Services.

That Lutheran network contracts with the state to provide child care, home health care for seniors, preschool for children of poor working mothers, and the like, Vanderkloot said.

"And the state is behind months and months and months," he said. "We have to take out a line of credit and borrow to pay our workers to keep the services going."

Well, what about the anti-tax fever reportedly sweeping the nation?

"I think that's a lot narrower than people realize," Vanderkloot said, adding that he considers Wednesday's coalition of schools, labor and social service agencies to be a rare show of broad support.

He said Lutheran Social Services, which employs thousands of people, had to sell a building last year to make payroll.

"So this year, now we're borrowing," Vanderkloot said. "You can only sell off so many assets."

Wednesday's crowd was big, but very orderly, although some of the rhetoric was borderline harsh.

"Act like leaders, not like fools," was one preplanned chant printed on guides some in the crowd in a Rotunda gathering carried. "Save our services. Save our schools!"

"Show some guts, stop the cuts!" was another.

Organizers of such events, of course, want to jar lawmakers into action. But is this the best way?

HENRY BAYER, executive director of Council 31 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, thinks the language was reasonable.

"I think they are acting rather foolish over there," he said after Wednesday's rally, indicating the Statehouse. "I mean, if they don't act, there are going to be lots of people that are going to be hurt, and they don't seem to care. It doesn't seem to motivate them that there are going to be teachers laid off and classroom size is going to grow. They don't seem to care that disabled individuals who get cared for in their homes might lose their services.

"When legislators say, well, nothing's going to happen," he added, "they act as though they're passive participants. And they're not."

Former state Rep. JOHN DUNN, D-Decatur, was at the Statehouse with a sign as part of his push for a tax increase.

"Former legislator voted for income tax increase and was elected several times more!" his sign read.

Dunn served in the House from 1975 to 1995, though he did lose races for judge and state Senate. He was referring to a tax vote he cast in the 1980s, after which he won re-election several more times.

"You can vote for a tax increase and get re-elected if it's the correct thing to do," he said.

SHELLY MARKS, president of the Homewood School District near Chicago, where all 400 employees have agreed to a pay freeze for a year, had a similar message.

"I believe that what's right will get them re-elected, but they don't get that," she said of lawmakers. "Let's raise the income tax. Let's fund schools properly."

Good luck.

Comparing crowds

The secretary of state's office agreed with rally organizers that about 15,000 people were at Wednesday's event.

Well, OK. Perhaps it was the location of the gathering, but I think a previous rally - on June 2, 1981 - was bigger. In that rally, the largest I had ever seen, just about the entire east lawn of the Statehouse was a sea of people. Folks were even in the trees. The State Journal-Register estimated that crowd at 5,000 to 15,000.

In 1981, the AFL-CIO was trying to block anti-labor initiatives, including the threat of legislation to make Illinois a right-to-work state. In such states, workers can't be forced to join or financially support a union.

Republican GEORGE RYAN, then speaker of the House, was not a favorite of labor at the time. Republican JIM THOMPSON was governor.

Thompson spoke to the group. But what began as a chorus of boos turned to cheers when he said he would continue a pledge "not to let one single anti-labor bill escape from my desk with my signature." And then he famously invited everybody on the lawn over to the Executive Mansion grounds for a beer. More than 80 kegs met the need.

It was a classic Thompson play - and Illinois never became right-to-work. But then, it's easier to block something from happening than to make it happen.

COWL event is Wednesday

There's always something special about seeing legislators in a different light, and once again the Conference of Women Legislators is providing such a platform.

The group's annual Springfield fundraiser this year is similar to one done four years ago. It's dubbed "Dancing with the Capitol Stars."

The $150-per-person event is at the Hilton Springfield, E. Adams St., from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

It's basically a fun show, with legislators showing off their dancing skills - some with other lawmakers.

COWL's fundraising chair, Rep. ELAINE NEKRITZ, D-Northbrook, for example, is doing a "'70s disco" number with Rep. BOB FLIDER, D-Mount Zion.

"I've got to figure out what I was wearing in the '70s," Nekritz said.

Rep. TONI BERRIOS, D-Chicago, will dance with MATT PAPROCKI , a House GOP legislative analyst from Chicago.

Other lawmakers expected to do some showing off include Sen. TOI HUTCHINSON, D-Olympia Fields, and Reps. SUZIE BASSI, R-Palatine, and MIKE FORTNER, R-West Chicago.

The money raised goes to pay for scholarships for older women returning to college and also for leadership training for women who are juniors and seniors in college.

The co-chairs of COWL are Sen. HEATHER STEANS, D-Chicago, and Rep. SANDRA PIHOS, R-Glen Ellyn.

To reserve tickets, people can contact COWL via e-mail at cowl.ilga@yahoo.com.

Lewis Cass speaker

ROBIN KELLY of Matteson, the Democratic candidate for Illinois state treasurer, is keynote speaker Saturday at the 17th annual Lewis Cass Dinner in Beardstown.

The $35-per-person event is a fundraiser for the Cass County Democratic Party. It is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Beardstown Elks Lodge. Tickets can be obtained by calling DAVE PARISH, the Cass County Board chairman and a member of the Lewis Cass Society, at 323-4568; or H.W. DEVLIN, new Cass County Democratic chairman, at 452-3625.

Also expected to speak are 18th Congressional District Democratic candidate DEIRDRE "DK" HIRNER of Springfield and state Sen. JOHN SULLIVAN, D-Rushville.

Devlin, a Virginia resident, is bureau chief for marketing promotion in the Illinois Department of Agriculture, where he makes $86,208 annually. He oversees farmers markets, food-related activities such as an annual exposition at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, and food buyer missions to other countries.

In the party post, Devlin took the place of longtime county Chairman MIKE BARNETT, who did not seek another term.


The granddaughter of a 19th-century governor of Illinois is now buried at Elkhart - as is her ancestor, Gov. RICHARD OGLESBY.

CHARLOTTE OGLESBY, a longtime resident of Springfield who had recently moved to Madison, Wis., to be with family, died in her sleep March 3. A memorial service was held Tuesday in Elkhart.

Charlotte Oglesby was also the grandmother of STEPHANIE DILLARD, the wife of state Sen. KIRK DILLARD, R-Hinsdale.

"Charlotte Oglesby was a quintessential, beautiful grandmother," Dillard said. She worked for years for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency as an interpreter at Lincoln's Tomb and the Old State Capitol, he said.

"She will be sorely missed by her family and visitors to the Lincoln sites around central Illinois, because she was a great teacher of history and brought it to life for school kids and foreign visitors alike," Dillard said.

Gov. Oglesby, a Republican, served three separate terms in the 1800s, beginning in 1865 and ending in 1889.

Bernard Schoenburg is political columnist for The State Journal-Register. He can be reached at 788-1540 or bernard.schoenburg@sj-r.com.



Roadrunners end spring with state title

Sun, The: Wheaton (IL) - Friday, July 10, 2009

The Downers Grove Roadrunners 92/93 U-16 boys soccer team recently completed a very successful spring season of soccer by winning the U. S. Club State Cup Soccer Championship for Illinois.

The Roadrunners won their opening pool games by defeating Orland Park 5-1, Fox Valley Premier 2-1 and Oak Park River Forest 7-0 to advance to the double-elimination bracket play.

The Roadrunners then defeated WISL 3-0, the Chicago Blast 6-0 and Grove United by 4-3 in an overtime penalty kick victory highlighted by two great saves by goalie Matt Paprocki .

That set the stage for the finals. Grove United came out of the losers' bracket and exacted some revenge to beat the Roadrunners 3-2.

In that game, Evan Trychta scored first for the Roadrunners on an assist from Conor Kelch after some skillful play. Paul Hogan scored the Roadrunners' second goal by coming from the back, dribbling by three defenders, rocketing a shot off the post which ricocheted back to him for his header past a diving goalie. All of this happening on a run at full speed by Hogan.

With both finalists now having one loss in the double-elimination tourney, the Roadrunners and Grove United squared off again for the state title.

The Roadrunners left no doubt in a 3-0 victory. Tim Herlihy first, on a crossing pass from Mike Pyle, leaped after a sprint to direct the ball into the back of the net. Herlihy then made another highlight video play by alluding defenders to pass to Trychta for the second goal.

Mike Pyle, after an amazing trap of a sizzling pass, iced the game on an assist from Trychta.

Goalkeeper Paprocki and defenders Hogan, Alex Vogler, Jake Mousel, Thomas Budnik, and Azmi Sharif played solid during the entire tournament.

Midfielders Kelch, Joey McLean, David Pyle, Brian Morefield, Herlihy and Mike Pyle also were strong.

Forwards Evan Trychta, Alec Kubica, Nick Henry, Sam Dennis and Mike Leahy paced a high-scoring offense.

Earlier in the spring, the Roadrunners won three prestigious tournaments in the highest divisions - Chicago Magic Best of the Midwest, Chicago Sockers Nike Classic and Sockers Nike College Showcase.

The Roadrunners were 25-4-2 in the spring against the top teams in the Midwest. Most of the boys attend Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South High Schools with some players from Benet, Lake Park, Hinsdale South, Glenbard North, Glenbard South and Naperville North.

The Roadrunners are coached by Elmhurst College men's coach David Di Tomasso and Scott Mousel.


Good Deeds: May 23

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, May 23, 2009

Section: letters

Six months ago, with a group of legislative staffers from the Statehouse, the

Springfield Gentleman's Association

was formed - an organization that is committed to the principals of good manners, style and fundraising for cancer research. During the infancy stages of the association, we were told that, "with the recession, people don't have the means to donate" and that we "shouldn't bother growing mustaches because they aren't super awesome."

Needless to say, people were wrong on both accounts. With the assistance of the members of the Illinois House of Representatives and local Springfield businesses, such as Floyd's Thirst Parlor, the Springfield Gentlemen's Association has raised thousands of dollars, which will all be donated to the American Cancer Society to help finance much-need cancer research, education, advocacy and service efforts.

I'd like to publicly thank those who attended our May 19 fundraiser at Floyd's Thirst Parlor, particularly Mark Polk, the owner of Floyd's; Mo, the bartender; and

Andrew Bodewes of Leinenweber and Baroni Consulting LLC. Your participation, generosity and support made this event possible.

Continuing with our philanthropic drive to raise money for cancer research, we developed our final big push for this legislative session, May Mustache Mania. We are dedicated to growing mustaches during the month of May while seeking pledges for each week we successfully resist the razor. If you would like to contribute to the mission of the American Cancer Society, you can make your own donation by e-mailing mtpaprocki@gmail.com.

Matt Paprocki

Springfield Gentlemen's Association



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Packing in the dogs

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Section: homepage

Tuesday was a night of firsts for the Springfield Gentlemen's Association and the Cozy Dog Drive In, as 12 men competed to eat 12 dogs in just as many minutes.

Members of the Springfield Gentlemen's Association , an organization that's been around for only about three months, recently decided they wanted to find creative ways to support the fight against cancer.

Enter Cozy Dog Drive In, 12 hungry contestants and a whole lot of manners. Each participant paid $15 to enter the contest. Cozy Dog donated the food, so all proceeds benefited the American Cancer Society.

The idea was brought to life by Matt Paprocki, who works for Illinois House Republicans and is one of the founding members of the Springfield Gentlemen's Association . The group was created by House staff members of both parties when the legislative session began.

"We work insane hours, and this gives us a break during the week," Paprocki said. "Both my parents passed away from (cancer), so certainly it's something that's been close to all of us."

The group raised about $300, he said.

The 12 men lined an elongated table at the Cozy Dog Drive In, 2935 S. Sixth St., as steaming plates were brought out to them about 7:30 p.m.

Twelve minutes later, Jeff "Scooter" Scott emerged victorious after having eaten 71/2 Cozy Dogs. Travis Shea took a close second with seven, and Mike Mahoney squeaked in at third with 63/4.

"I drank water as I did it, so I think that helped out a lot," Scott said. "I was glad to help out fighting cancer any way I can."

The eating contest was the first of its kind at Cozy Dog.

"I thought it was a great idea," said owner Sue Waldmire. "I've thought about doing it over the years, but never knew how to go about it. This was like a trial run."

Organizers hope the event leads to more fundraising efforts to combat cancer, Paprocki said.

The Gentlemen's Association meets every Tuesday night at Cozy Dog Drive In or other area restaurants. Members must adhere to strict guidelines dictating proper manners, based on author John Bridges' book, "How to Be a Gentleman: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy."

"We actually mandate that our members abide by all of (the rules)," Paprocki said. "Some are strange, like "a gentleman doesn't use a ballpoint pen.' It doesn't make much sense, but if the book says it, we abide by it."

The goal is for members to try to better themselves throughout day-to-day activities.

"Basically it's holding higher social values," Paprocki added.

Current members include Paprocki, Scott, Mahoney, Jason Rudis, and Shawn McGady, plus Donovan Griffith, who was officially accepted into the association following Tuesday's contest.

As for table manners, however, Tuesday left much to be desired - remnants of half-consumed Cozy Dogs lined the sidewalk outside the restaurant following the conclusion of Tuesday's contest.

The Gentlemen's Association plans to have a mustache-growing contest in April.

Rhys Saunders can be reached at 788-1521.

The rules

The winner is the first person to eat 12 Cozy Dogs in 12 minutes or the person who eats the most Cozy Dogs in 12 minutes.

Each participant must keep one hand on the Cozy Dog stick at all times.

Participants are not allowed to pull the Cozy Dog off the stick.

If the Cozy Dog falls off the stick, a participant may pick it up. If it happens excessively, the participant will be disqualified.

If a participant vomits, he will be disqualified.

Would you be a gentleman?

How to be a member of the Springfield Gentlemen's Association :

Read "How to Be a Gentleman: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy," by John Bridges

Attend two consecutive Tuesday meetings in the process of becoming a member.

Do something "awesome," the nature of which is left to the discretion of the members.




Obituaries for Dec 12, 2008

Beacon News, The (Aurora, IL) - Friday, December 12, 2008

Karen S. Paprocki

Karen S. Paprocki, age 54 of Oswego, IL died Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at her residence surrounded by her loving and prayerful family. She was born August 9, 1954 in Aurora, IL. She was a graduate of St Peter's Catholic School and also Rosary High School Class of 1972 both in Aurora, IL. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Oswego, IL. For many years she was a volunteer for Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice and the Girl Scouts of America as a troop leader and office worker. Most recently she was employed as a youth program co-ordinator at Waubonsee Community College. Karen is survived by her daughter, Annie Paprocki of Champaign, IL; two sons, Jeffrey (Natalie) Paprocki of Green Bay, WI, Matthew Paprocki of Chicago, IL; grandchildren, Dade, Ally and soon to be "3" all at home; her loving parents, Stanley M. and Barbara A. (nee Mosley) Peck of Montgomery, IL; four sisters Lynn Walder of Earlville, IL, Nan (Paul Haas) Peck of Springfield, VA, Mary (Marcel) Beretta of Montgomery, IL, Joann (Vincent) Spaeth of Elmhurst, IL; eight brothers, Rev. David A. Peck of Rochelle, IL, Kenneth Peck of Aurora, IL, Tom Peck of Yorkville, IL, Andrew (Julie) Peck of Plano, IL, Dan Peck of Montgomery, IL, Ed Peck of Springfield, IL, Jerry Peck of Oswego, IL, John (Kim) Peck of Elmhurst, IL; and by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Paprocki on November 15, 2002. Family and friends will gather to remember the 54 years of Karen's life on Friday, December 12, 2008 at the McKEOWN-DUNN FUNERAL HOME, LTD & CREMATION SERVICES at 210 S. Madison St. in Oswego, IL from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Celebrants Fr. George Glover, OSB and Fr. David Peck on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 10:00 AM at St. Peter Catholic Church, 925 Sard Ave. in Aurora, IL. Cremation will be accorded the wish of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Peter Catholic School, 925 Sard Ave., Aurora, IL 60506. For additional information 630/554-3888.


Backyard RIVALRY / Wiffle Ball is semi-serious business at this tournament

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, July 28, 2002

Page: 17

As she stepped to the plate July 13, Beth Bear didn't know she was making Springfield Wiffle Ball history.

With one mighty swing of the bat, Bear sent the ball sailing about 65 feet over the left field fence. Bear is the first woman to hit a home run during competition at the sixth annual Backyard Wiffle Ball Classic.

But that wasn't enough for Bear. She finished her inning by hitting for the cycle - a single, double, triple and home run - in her team's first game.

"That's certainly a record," tournament co-host Sean Stott said.

The tournament is co-hosted each year by Sean Stott and Lisa Clemmons Stott and Mike and Rachael Thomson. The Stotts have a fenced-in back yard and have drawn base lines and built a mound. Behind the plate sits "Acu-Ump," a 22-by-36-inch piece of plywood.

"We bought this house (in 1997) and said, 'This is a Wiffle Ball back yard,'" Lisa said. They started the Backyard Wiffle Ball Classic that summer.

Wiffle Ball is played with plastic bats and a ball covered with holes that allow a pitcher to throw a variety of curving pitches.

There are no set rules. Wiffleball is left up to those playing the game.

Some run bases, other don't. People change the rules for the circumstances.

Although the Stotts and Thomsons realize that Wiffle Ball is largely a child's sport, Lisa said that when they moved into the house they got addicted to the sport. Eventually they invited friends over for a game, and the competition was born.

This year there were 16 teams in the tournament. Participation fluctuates. Some years there are 20 or more teams; other years, attendance drops off.

First, the house rules:

* A batter gets a strike if he or she swings and misses, or if the batter doesn't swing and the pitch hits the plywood.

* A ball passing the first infield line is a single; past the second line counts as a double; off the wall is a triple; and over the wall is a home run.

* If the pitcher keeps the ball from crossing the single line, it is an out.

* There are three innings, but if a team is ahead by eight runs after two innings, the "slaughter rule" stops the game.

The four co-hosts of the tournament make the rules for the Backyard Wiffle Ball Classic. If there is a dispute, any of the co-hosts who saw the play confer and make a ruling.

Bear learned about the tournament through Ed Peck , who has played in it every year. Peck has had a different partner in the two-person-per-team, co-ed tournament each year. "(It's) usually different girls over the years I've dated," he said.

But this year


Peck, a lobbyist with the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association,


heard about a woman who was working with his company who could give him an advantage in the 16-team tournament.

Bear, a two-time letter winner for the Northwestern University Wildcat softball team, didn't disappoint.

Peck and Bear took home the championship - the first team other than the tournament's co-hosts to win the tournament in its six-year history.

Sean and Rachael are three-time champions and have won the last two tournaments. Lisa and Mike won the other two. The two couples split up for the tournament "for the sake of the marriages," Lisa said.

"There's no question," Sean said at the beginning of the tournament. "If we lose, it would be a tremendous upset."

And it was.

Both co-host teams made early departures in the tournament, even though Sean had predicted that his "dominant pitching" aided by his "tremendous curveball" and slider would bring home another championship.

Bear managed two singles off Sean as she and Peck downed the defending champs.

In the championship game, Bear and Peck faced even tougher pitching against Harry and Beth Haupt.

"In the two previous games, (Harry) had thrown no-hitters," Peck said. "He might have been the best pitcher of the tournament."

Peck was the only offense his team needed in the championship game as his solo home run won the game 1-0.

Peck's pitching was also a major factor in the game. Peck said he pitched a perfect game, not allowing a single runner to reach base.

"They're a great team and it was a battle," Peck said. "This year the breaks went our way."

Bear was modest about her accomplishments and said she got more than she expected when she agreed to enter the tournament.

"When I signed up for this, I thought it was just a nice little tournament," she said. "But it turns out they take it pretty seriously."

That's true, said Mike Thomson. "There are some people like ourselves who take it a bit too seriously," he said.

Lisa Clemmons Stott said that sometimes by the end of the day, the co-hosts aren't speaking. "But we've been getting better," she said.

The other teams exhibit varying degrees of competitiveness. When they're not playing, teams stay in the yard, sometimes teasing other teams and psyching out opponents. Others wander in and out of the Stott house, where there are sandwiches, meatballs, potato salad and coleslaw. Participants brought covered dishes Saturday, and the co-hosts provided the drinks and pizza Sunday.

Many of the people know each other from work or from past tournaments, so little groups of people gathered around the field and chatted with each other. Most of the people at the games were waiting to play later, but a few others just stopped by to watch a few games and catch up with friends.

If passers-by didn't realize there was fierce competition going on in the back yard, they might think there was just a big barbecue going on at the Stotts' house.

Last year the Stotts rented lights for the field and hosted the entire tournament in one day. This year, they planned on the tournament lasting two days and did away with the lights.

"It's a great tournament every year," Peck said. "It's a good opportunity to get out and have some fun."

Since this is the first year a team other than the co-hosts has won the tournament, Lisa said it was hard to let the traveling trophy - two bricks with two gold-painted Wiffle Balls on them - go to another home.

Before the tournament's outcome, Sean felt confident that the trophy would not go very far. "It hasn't traveled very far, mind you," he said. "Until you bring home the hardware, you're just another team."

Peck and Bear proved, however, that they are more than "just another team." And the trophy may travel farther than Sean thought.

Peck is planning a trip to Washington soon and said he may take the trophy with him. He said he would take pictures of it at different sites in the capital and bring the pictures back to show Sean, Lisa, Mike and Rachael - so he can revel in his championship.

Caption: 1. Sixteen two-person teams played in the sixth annual Backyard Wiffle Ball Classic. / 2. From left, Beth Haupt, Amy Clemmons and Jeremy Smith cheer for players while keeping score on a painted board. / 3. Tiffani Baum of Decatur lets out a yell after a good hit. / 4. For the first time, the treasured traveling trophy was not won by one of the co-host teams.

























New Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki Once Blamed Devil For Sex Abuse Lawsuits

CHRISTOPHER WILLS | 04/20/10 07:05 PM |



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A Chicago bishop who once blamed the devil for sexual abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church and proposed shielding the church from legal damages has been named to lead an Illinois diocese.

Thomas Paprocki, an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Chicago, was announced Tuesday as the church's ninth bishop of Springfield.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said it was disappointed with Paprocki's promotion.

"It says to us that the Vatican is more interested in doctrinal purity than child safety – or at least that child safety isn't the No. 1 priority," said David Clohessy, SNAP's executive director.

Paprocki, 57, said three years ago that the principal force behind the waves of abuse lawsuits was "none other than the devil."

He said the cost of litigation was making it more difficult for the church to perform charitable works. An attorney himself, Paprocki proposed that the courts revive an old policy of shielding nonprofit organizations from lawsuits over negligence and abuse.

"The settlement or award of civil damages is punishing the wrong people, namely the average parishioner or donor whose financial contributions support the church but who have no role in the supervision of clergy," Paprocki said in October 2007 during a special Mass for judges and attorneys.

Paprocki didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday afternoon. A message seeking comment also was left Tuesday afternoon with the papal nuncio's office in Washington.

In a news conference earlier in the day, Paprocki said the church must address sexual abuse to help restore trust. "I know what a painful and what a troubling issue that this sin and this crime is that confronts us in the church," he said, according to The (Springfield) State Journal-Register.

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Paprocki was ordained in 1978. He co-founded the South Chicago Legal Clinic to offer legal services to the poor and later became a top aide in the Chicago archdiocese.

He succeeds Archbishop George Lucas, who was named to lead the Omaha archdiocese last June.



























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Paprocki named Springfield bishop


Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Chicago was introduced as the new bishop of Springfield's Catholic Diocese during a press conference at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception


Tuesday, April 20, 2010.


Accompanying Paprocki are, from left, Msgr. Carl Kemme, diocesan administrator, Fr. Kevin House and Fr. Peter Harmon of the Cathedral parish. Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register

Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Chicago was introduced as the new bishop of Springfield's Catholic Diocese during a press conference at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register

Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Chicago was introduced as the new bishop of Springfield's Catholic Diocese during a press conference at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register

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Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Chicago was introduced as the new bishop of Springfield's Catholic Diocese during a press conference at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Accompanying Paprocki are, from left, Msgr. Carl Kemme, diocesan administrator, Fr. Kevin House and Fr. Peter Harmon of the Cathedral parish. Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register

Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Chicago was introduced as the new bishop of Springfield's Catholic Diocese during a press conference at the Cathedral of the Immaculate


Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Chicago was introduced as the new bishop of Springfield's Catholic Diocese during a press conference at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Accompanying Paprocki are, from left, Msgr. Carl Kemme, diocesan administrator, Fr. Kevin House and Fr. Peter Harmon of the Cathedral parish. Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register

Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Chicago was introduced as the new bishop of Springfield's Catholic Diocese during a press conference at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register

Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Chicago was introduced as the new bishop of Springfield's Catholic Diocese during a press conference at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Tuesday,


Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Chicago has been appointed bishop of Springfield's Catholic Diocese.

Pope Benedict XVI made the appointment, which was announced at 5 a.m. in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Peitro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Paprocki was introduced to the community during a news conference at 10 a.m. today in the atrium of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

Paprocki, 57, is a Chicago native and was ordained as a priest in 1978 in Mundelein. He earned a bachelor's degree from Niles College of Loyola University, attended St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, earned a law degree from DePaul University College of Law and attended Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

He was associate pastor at St. Michael Church in Chicago, administrator at St. Joseph Parish in Chicago, president of the (South) Chicago Legal Clinic, vice-chancellor and chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago and pastor at St. Constance Parish in Chicago. From 2003 until now he was auxiliary bishop of Chicago, and he has been an adjunct professor of law at Loyola University since 1999.

He speaks Polish, Spanish and Italian, and he reads Latin. He enjoys reading, running and playing hockey, and he has run 16 marathons.

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois takes in 146,000 Catholics in 131 parishes in central Illinois. The diocese has been without a bishop since July, when former Springfield Bishop George Lucas became archbishop of the Omaha, Neb., diocese.







New Springfield bishop called extremist on abuse



By Anonymous

The Associated Press

Posted Apr 20, 2010 @ 11:00 AM

A group representing people who were sexually abused by priests is criticizing the Vatican's choice to become the new bishop for the Springfield diocese.

Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Archdiocese of Chicago will serve as the ninth bishop in Springfield.

But the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests called Paprocki an extremist Tuesday.

It notes that Paprocki once said the devil was behind the sexual abuse lawsuits against the Catholic church.

Paprocki was ordained in 1978. He succeeds Archbishop George Lucas, who was named archbishop of Omaha last June.





April 20, 2010

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SPRINGFIELD — Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of the Archdiocese of Chicago to be the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. He succeeds Archbishop George J. Lucas, who was named archbishop of Omaha last June.

The appointment was announced at 5 a.m. April 20 in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

“We are grateful to God, to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and to Francis Cardinal George for choosing such a gifted and dedicated priest and bishop to serve us,” said Msgr. Carl Kemme, diocesan administrator, who introduced Bishop-designate Paprocki to the community during a news conference later that morning at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

“We are most grateful to Bishop Paprocki for accepting this appointment. Together, we pledge our prayers, support and loving cooperation to him in the ongoing work of proclaiming the Gospel,” Msgr. Kemme said.

Although he has been an occasional visitor to Springfield, Bishop-designate Paprocki said he sees his new ministry as bishop of the diocese and a “blessing” and looks forward to learning more about the Catholic community of central Illinois.

“I am deeply grateful for the confidence shown by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, in appointing me to serve as the ninth Bishop of Springfield in Illinois,” Bishop Paprocki said. “I look forward to working with the priests, deacons, men and women religious, the lay Christian faithful and all people of good will here in our State Capital to carry out the mission entrusted to us by Jesus Christ to proclaim the Gospel. I pledge to do my best with the help of God’s grace to build on the fundamental blessings established through the dedicated ministry of the previous bishops of Springfield, especially my immediate predecessor, the Most Reverend George Lucas, now Archbishop of Omaha.”

Bishop-designate Paprocki is a native of Chicago, born Aug. 5, 1952. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 10, 1978 in Chicago. He is a canon lawyer, with a doctoral degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome (1991), and is also a graduate of DePaul University College of Law in Chicago (1981).

In addition to his parish assignments, he served the Archdiocese of Chicago as vice-chancellor (1985-2000) and chancellor (1992-2000). He was ordained auxiliary bishop for the Chicago Archdiocese on March 19, 2003. He serves Chicago Cardinal Francis George as vicar for Vicariate IV; the cardinal’s liaison to Polonia (the Chicago Polish community); the cardinal’s liaison for Health and Hospital Affairs.

An installation liturgy and Mass of Welcome will be held Tuesday, June 22, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. More information on the installation and related events will be announced later.

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois comprises approximately 146,000 Catholics in 131 parishes in central Illinois. The diocese includes the following counties: Adams, Bond, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jasper, Jersey, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike, Sangamon, Scott and Shelby.









Statement from Bishop Paprocki



Download Bishop Paprocki's Statement

President Abraham Lincoln has been a hero of mine since my first visit to Springfield when I was in eighth grade. In a speech given in Springfield on January 27, 1838, Abraham Lincoln said, “We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducting more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us. We, when mounting the stage of existence, found ourselves the legal inheritors of these fundamental blessings.”

It is indeed a “fundamental blessing” which I am profoundly privileged to inherit as the new shepherd of the flock that comprises the Catholic community of central Illinois. I am deeply grateful for the confidence shown by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, in appointing me to serve as the ninth Bishop of Springfield in Illinois. I look forward to working with the priests, deacons, men and women religious, the lay Christian faithful and all people of good will here in our State Capital to carry out the mission entrusted to us by Jesus Christ to proclaim the Gospel. I pledge to do my best with the help of God’s grace to build on the “fundamental blessings” established through the dedicated ministry of the previous bishops of Springfield, especially my immediate predecessor, the Most Reverend George Lucas, now Archbishop of Omaha.

I also wish to express my sincere appreciation to my fellow priests and bishops of the Archdiocese of Chicago with whom I have been fortunate to work for the past thirty-two years. Most of all, I thank His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I, Archbishop of Chicago, for being a true mentor over the past thirteen years during which I was privileged to serve as his Chancellor, as a parish Pastor and as his Auxiliary Bishop. I am pleased that we will continue to be co-workers in the vineyard of the State of Illinois that comprises the Province of Chicago. May God who has begun this good work bring it to completion.






Statement from Monsignor Kemme



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On behalf of the priests, deacons, seminarians, consecrated religious and lay men and women in all our parishes and institutions, I joyfully welcome Bishop Thomas Paprocki as the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. It has been my pleasure to serve as Diocesan Administrator during these last several months and to assist the Diocese in preparing for our next bishop. We are grateful to God, to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and to Francis Cardinal George for choosing such a gifted and dedicated priest and bishop to serve us. We are most grateful to Bishop Paprocki for accepting this appointment. Together, we pledge our prayers, support and loving cooperation to him in the ongoing work of proclaiming the Gospel. Welcome Bishop Paprocki and may your service here in our Diocese bear much fruit and bring you great joy.




About Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki



Date and Place of Birth: August 5, 1952; Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Academic Background (Degree; date of Graduation)

  • St. Casimir School (Cermak Rd. & Albany Ave.) (June, 1966)
  • Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, Chicago (May, 1970)
  • Niles College of Loyola University, Chicago (B.A.; May, 1974)
  • St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois (S.T.B., 1976; M.Div., 1978; S.T.L., 1979)
  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago (J.D., June, 1981)
  • Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (J.C.L., June, 1989)
  • Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (J.C.D., March, 1991)

Date and Place of Priesthood Ordination: May 10, 1978, Mundelein, Illinois.

Date and Place of Episcopal Ordination: March 19, 2003, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago.

Professional experience

  • Associate Pastor, St. Michael Church, Chicago (1978-83)
  • Administrator, St. Joseph Parish, Chicago (1983-86)
  • President, (South) Chicago Legal Clinic (1981-86; 1991- )
  • Vice-Chancellor, Archdiocese of Chicago (1985-92)
  • Chancellor, Archdiocese of Chicago (1992-2000)
  • Pastor, St. Constance Parish, Chicago (2001-2003)
  • Episcopal Vicar, Vicariate IV; Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago (2003- )
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (1999- )


Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1978. After ordination, he studied law at DePaul University College of Law and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1981. Working as a parish priest at St. Michael Church in South Chicago, a neighborhood with high unemployment due to shutdowns of the local steel mills, Fr. Paprocki co-founded the South Chicago Legal Clinic to help answer the need for legal services for the poor. He still serves in a volunteer capacity as President of the organization, which is now known as the Chicago Legal Clinic.

In November, 1985, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin appointed Fr. Paprocki Vice-Chancellor to assist in the administration of the Archdiocese of Chicago. To further prepare for handling these responsibilities, in 1987 the Cardinal sent Fr. Paprocki to do post-graduate studies in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He completed his doctoral degree in 1991. Father Paprocki then returned to his previous position in Chicago as Vice-Chancellor and was appointed Chancellor in March, 1992. Francis Cardinal George retained Father Paprocki in his position as Chancellor when Cardinal George became the Archbishop of Chicago in 1997, following Cardinal Bernardin’s death in 1996.

Concluding his service as Chancellor after two terms in office in June, 2000, Father Paprocki spent six weeks studying Polish language and culture at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. In January 2001, he was appointed Pastor of St. Constance Parish, serving primarily a large immigrant community from Poland on the northwest side of Chicago. Pope John Paul II appointed him to serve as Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago on January 24, 2003.


Cardinal George named him Liaison for


Health and Hospital Affairs in the


Archdiocese of Chicago. Bishop Paprocki


was elected Vice-President of the Illinois


Catholic Health Association



and serves on the Board of Directors of the Polish American Association. In January 2008, Bishop Paprocki was elected Vice-Chairman of the John Paul II Foundation in Rome. In 2009 Bishop Paprocki became the Executive Director of the Catholic League for Religious Assistance to Poland. Bishop Paprocki is Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and

Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance.

In addition to English, he speaks Polish, Spanish and Italian, and he reads Latin.

Bishop Paprocki's hobbies are reading, running and playing hockey. He has run sixteen marathons: Chicago (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2005), Columbus, Ohio (1998), Boston (1998), Rome (2000) Athens (2000), Washington, D.C. (2004 & 2007), Dayton, Ohio (2006), Dublin, Ireland (2008), and Minneapolis-St. Paul (2009), in the process raising over $265,000 for charity.






What Is A Bishop?



Catholic bishops are the chief pastors of the Diocesan Church; they are the spiritual and administrative leaders of the Catholic people in a given area. Bishops are seen as the signs of unity within the Diocesan Church, as their link with each other through the Pope is a sign of the universal unity of the Church. The Second Vatican Council of the early 1960s reiterated that bishops are successors of the apostles and are ordained into the apostle's mission:

TO TEACH: "Bishops should proclaim the gospel of Christ to everyone. This is one of the principal duties of bishops. Fortified by the Spirit, they should call on people to believe or should strengthen them when they already have a living faith.... They should present the doctrine of Christ in a manner suited to the needs of the times; that is, so it may be relevant to those difficulties and questions which people find especially worrying and intimidating. They should also safeguard this doctrine, teaching the faithful themselves to defend it and propagate it....
Bishops should endeavor to use the various methods available nowadays for proclaiming Christian doctrine." (Section 12 and 13 of the Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church, 1965)

TO SANCTIFY: "Bishops should see to it that the faithful know and live the pascal mystery more deeply through the Eucharist, forming one closely-knit body, united by the charity of Christ; 'devoting themselves to prayer and the ministry of the word' (Acts 6:4) .... As spiritual guides of their flocks, bishops should be zealous in promoting the sanctity of their clergy, their religious and their laity according to the vocation of each individual, remembering that they are under an obligation to give an example of sanctity in charity, humility, and simplicity of life." (Section 15 of the Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church, 1965)

TO LEAD: "In exercising his office of father and pastor, the bishop should be with his people as one who serves, as a good shepherd who knows his sheep and whose sheep know him, as a true father who excels in his love and solicitude for all, to whose divinely conferred authority all readily submit.... The various forms of the apostolate should be encouraged. Close collaboration and coordination of all the apostolic works under the direction of the bishop should be promoted in the diocese." (Section 16 and 17 of the Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church, 1965)

The Church's canon law of 1983, describes Diocesan Bishops as being entrusted with the care of all Catholics in their diocese. They should show special concern for those who "are not sufficiently able to benefit from ordinary pastoral care, and to those who have lapsed from religious practice" (section 383.1). They should "act with humanity and charity to those who are not in full communion with the Catholic Church (and) foster ecumenism as it is understood by the Church" (383.2). A bishop is to have "a special concern for priests, to whom he is to listen as his helpers and counsellors" (384), and he is to "foster vocations to the various ministries and to consecrated life" (385). The code adds that Diocesan Bishops are "bound to teach and illustrate to the faithful the truths of faith which are to be believed and applied to behavior" (386), and "frequently to preside at the Eucharistic celebration in the Cathedral Church or in some other church in his diocese" (389). Administratively, the code states that the bishop governs "with legislative, executive, and judicial power, in accordance with the law" (391.1). "Since the Bishop must defend the unity of the universal Church, he is bound to foster the discipline which is common to the whole Church" (392.1).

Information for this page was gathered from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website.







Appointing Bishops



The ultimate decision in appointing bishops rests with the pope, and he is free to select anyone he chooses. But how does he know whom to select?

The process for selecting candidates for the episcopacy normally begins at the diocesan level and works its way through a series of consultations until it reaches Rome. It is a process bound by strict confidentiality and involves a number of important players – the most influential being the apostolic nuncio, the Congregation for Bishops, and the pope. It can be a time consuming process, often taking eight months or more to complete. While there are distinctions between the first appointment of a priest as a bishop and a bishop's later transfer to another diocese or his promotion to archbishop, the basic outlines of the process remain the same.

Key Terms

Apostolic nuncio

The pope's representative to both the government and to the hierarchy of a given nation; a key person in deciding what names are recommended to the Congregation for Bishops for possible episcopal appointment.

Auxiliary Bishop

A bishop appointed to assist a diocesan bishop. Whether in a diocese or archdiocese, his title is bishop.


A bishop appointed to a Catholic diocese or archdiocese to assist the diocesan bishop. Unlike an auxiliary bishop, he has the right of succession, meaning that he automatically becomes the new bishop when the diocesan bishop retires or dies. By canon law, he is also vicar general of the diocese. If the diocese is an archdiocese, he is called coadjutor archbishop instead of coadjutor bishop. In recent years, a growing number of U.S. bishops in larger dioceses or archdioceses have requested and received a coadjutor in their final year or two before their retirement, in order to familiarize their successor with the workings of the (arch)diocese before he has to take over the reins. This minimizes the learning curve of a new bishop and eliminates completely the possibility of the diocese being vacant following the old bishop’s retirement.

Congregation for Bishops

A department of the Roman Curia, headed by a Cardinal. The head of the Congregation, called the "prefect," is presently Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re of Italy. Among the congregation's responsibilities are moderating all aspects of episcopal appointments; assisting bishops in the correct exercise of their pastoral functions; handling ad limina visits (regular visits to Rome by bishops every five years); and establishing episcopal conferences and reviewing their decrees as required by canon law. Its membership consists of approximately 35 cardinals and archbishops from around the world. U.S. Cardinals on the Congregation are Justin Rigali, William Levada, Bernard Law and Francis Stafford.

Diocesan Bishop

Pastoral and legal head and representative of a diocese.


A territory comprising one archdiocese, called the metropolitan see, and one or more dioceses, called suffragan sees. The Code of Canon Law spells out certain limited obligations and authority that the metropolitan archbishop has with respect to the dioceses within his province. The United States is divided into 33 ecclesiastical provinces.


A list of three candidates for a vacant office, including the office of bishop.

Stage 1: Bishops' Recommendations

Every bishop may submit to the archbishop of his province the names of priests he thinks would make good bishops. Prior to the regular province meeting (usually annually), the archbishop distributes to all the bishops of the province the names and curricula vitae of priests which have been submitted to him. Following a discussion among the bishops at the province meeting, a vote is taken on which names to recommend. The number of names on this provincial list may vary. The vote tally, together with the minutes of the meeting, is then forwarded by the archbishop to the apostolic nuncio in Washington. The list is also submitted to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Stage 2: The Apostolic Nuncio

By overseeing the final list of names forwarded to Rome, the apostolic nuncio plays a decisive role in the selection process. He not only gathers facts and information about potential candidates, but also interprets that information for the Congregation. Great weight is given to the nuncio's recommendations, but it is important to remember that his "gatekeeper" role, however, does not mean that his recommendations are always followed.

For Diocesan Bishops

After receiving the list of candidates forwarded by a province, the apostolic nuncio conducts his own investigation into the suitability of the candidates.

A report is requested from the current bishop or the administrator of a diocese on the conditions and needs of the diocese. If the appointment is a replacement for a diocesan bishop or archbishop about to retire, consideration will be given to the incumbent's recommendations. Broad consultation within the diocese is encouraged with regard to the needs of the diocese, but not the names of candidates.

·         The report is to include the names of individuals in the diocese with whom the Nuncio might consult and how to contact them.

·         Previous bishops of the diocese are consulted.

·         Bishops of the province are consulted

·         The president and vice president of the USCCB are consulted.

·         If the vacancy to be filled is an archdiocese, other archbishops in the United States may be consulted.

At this point, the nuncio narrows his list and a questionnaire is sent to 20 or 30 people who know each of the candidates for their input.

All material is collected and reviewed by the nuncio, and a report (approximately 20 pages) is prepared. Three candidates are listed alphabetically – the terna – with the nuncio's preference noted. All materials are the n forwarded to the Congregation for Bishops in Rome.

For Auxiliary Bishops

A diocesan bishop must justify to the apostolic nuncio his need for an auxiliary bishop. This is easier if he is requesting a replacement for a retired or deceased auxiliary.

The diocesan bishop prepares the terna, or list of three candidates, for his requested auxiliary and forwards it to the apostolic nuncio.

The nuncio then conducts his own investigation of the priests on the diocesan bishop's terna, sending the names to Rome with a report and his own recommendations.

On average, this part of the process may take two to six months.

Stage 3: Congregation for Bishops

Once all the documentation from the nuncio is complete and in order, and the prefect approves, the process moves forward. If the appointment involves a bishop who is being promoted or transferred, the matter may be handled by the prefect and the staff. If, however, the appointment is of a priest to the episcopacy, the full congregation is ordinarily involved.

A cardinal relator is chosen to summarize the documentation and make a report to the full congregation, which generally meets twice a month on Thursdays. After hearing the cardinal relator's report, the congregation discusses the appointment and then votes. The Congregation

may follow the recommendation of the nuncio, chose another of the candidates on the terna, or even ask that another terna be prepared.

Stage 4: The Pope Decides

At a private audience with the pope, usually on a Saturday, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops presents the recommendations of the Congregation to the Holy Father. A few days later, the pope informs the Congregation of his decision. The Congregation then notifies the nuncio, who in turn contacts the candidate and asks if he will accept. If the answer is "yes," the Vatican is notified and a date is set for the announcement.

It often takes six to eight months—and sometimes longer—from the time a diocese becomes vacant until a new bishop is appointed.

Information for this page was gathered from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Media Relations website.











Symbols of the Bishop



The Cathedral Church
The cathedral church is the church that is the site of the bishop’s cathedra or chair. Generally, the bishop presides at the more solemn liturgies in this church.

The diocesan cathedral in the majesty of its building is a symbol of the spiritual temple that is built up in souls and is resplendent with the glory of divine grace.

As St. Paul says: “We are the temple of the living God” (II Corinthians 6:16). “The cathedral, furthermore, should be regarded as the express image of Christ’s visible Church, praying, singing, worshiping on earth. The cathedral should be regarded as the image of Christ’s Mystical Body, whose members are joined together in an organism of charity that is sustained by the outpouring of God’s gifts” (Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI, Mirificus Eventus, 1966).

The Cathedra or Bishop’s Chair
In the Diocese of Ogdensburg, as in every diocese, there is only one cathedral – “the bishop’s church,” in the words of the American church architect, Robert Rambusch. The bishop’s chair, or
cathedra, is installed here and is placed prominently near the main altar. It represents the seat of diocesan authority that is vested in the bishop, our chief priest, teacher and pastor, the one to whom all the people of the diocese look for guidance.

Originally the miter was a simple cap made of soft material, terminating in a peak with a string on each side to fasten it to the wearer’s head when traveling about. By the 10th century, it took the form known to us today and its use was limited to liturgical ceremonies.

At first the miter was used exclusively by the pope as a mark of distinction, but by the 12th century its use was extended to all bishops as a mark of their office and a symbol of their authority. Today, bishops are invested with a miter during their ordination ceremony. It is used by popes, bishops, cardinals and sometimes by abbots when officiating at liturgical ceremonies.

The crosier or pastoral staff takes it shape from the crook used by shepherds. In the 5th century it became customary for the pope to carry a wooden staff in processions. By the 6th century, all bishops acquired the custom of carrying a staff as an outward sign of their ministry as shepherds of God’s people.

In later centuries, pastoral staffs were crafted from precious metals and decorated with jewels. Today, the bishop is presented with a crosier to be used at liturgical services. It is carried by the bishop of the diocese only as a sign of his jurisdiction, a sign that is indeed his flock.

Originally worn by the pope and known as the “Fisherman’s Ring,” its purpose was to link the ministry of the pope with ministry of St. Peter the Apostle. By the 11th century, all bishops adopted the custom as a reminder of their participation in the ministry of the Apostles.

The ring is a sign of the bishop’s fidelity to and nuptial bond with the Church, his spouse. The material and style of the ring is the choice of the individual bishop. It is presented to him at his ordination to be worn at all time as a visible sign of this apostolic ministry.

Pectoral Cross
The pectoral cross is worn by the pope, cardinals, bishops and abbots. It is worn over the breast (
pectus) of the wearer. The pectoral cross reflects the order of dignity of the office of bishop or abbot. It served originally as a reliquary of the True Cross, which encouraged the custom of wearing this cross close to the breast. The bishop assumes the cross upon his ordination and wears this cross either suspended from a ceremonial cord at liturgical services or on a chain with his clerical suit.

The zucchetto, or skullcap as it is sometimes called, is part of the liturgical and choir cress of the pop, cardinals, bishops, abbots and priests. It was developed to cover the tonsure (part of the back of the head that is shaved as a man entered into the clerical state.)

In recent times, although permitted to all the clergy, only the pope, cardinals, bishops and some abbots have made use of it. It is worn during liturgical and some non-liturgical function and it is removed during the liturgy at the Holy, Holy, Holy, so that the head might not be covered in the presence of The Blessed Sacrament.

















Demographic Profile of the Diocese



The following are facts & figures for the year ending 2009 about the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

Catholic Population

  • 146,692
  • Catholic Population as percentage of total population of all 28 counties: 13%

Racial/Ethnic Composition of Catholic Population of Archdiocese

  • Caucasian: 144,416 – 98.4%
  • Hispanic: 1,583 – 1.1%
  • African American: 286 - .2%
  • Asian: 247 - .2%
  • Other: 160 – 0.1%


  • Number of Parishes: 131*
  • Baptisms: 2,508
  • First Communions: 2,056
  • Confirmations: 2,290
  • Weddings: 744
  • Funerals: 1,555

* Current

Scheduled Masses

  • Weekend Masses Scheduled in Parishes: 294
  • English: 287
  • Spanish: 7

Catholic Schools

  • Elementary schools: 43
  • Secondary schools: 6
  • Elementary school enrollment: 9,213
  • Secondary school enrollment: 2,110

Seminary System

  • Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Enrollment: 3
  • Mundelein Seminary, Enrollment: 4
  • Conception Seminary, Enrollment: 4
  • Sacred Heart School of Theology, Enrollment: 1
  • Saint Meinad School of Theology, Enrollment: 1

Catholic Colleges and Universities

  • 2 Catholic colleges and universities serving 1,850 students

Catholic Hospitals

  • 6 Catholic hospitals
  • 7 Campuses
  • 697,500 people assisted annually

Diocesan Priests, Deacons, Women and Men Religious in the Diocese

  • Diocesan Priests (including active and retired) 110
  • Religious Priests: 54
  • Religious Brothers: 28
  • Women Religious: 540
  • Permanent Deacons: 34

Diocesan Overview

Established as a diocese in 1853, the Diocese of Springfield serves more than 145,000 Catholics in 28 counties in Central Illinois, a geographic area of 15,139 square miles. The diocese is divided into seven deaneries. This local church is pastored by Monsignor Carl A. Kemme.

Year for Priests - June 19, 2009 – June 19, 2010

On June 19, 2009, the feast of the Sacred Heart, Pope Benedict XVI opened the Year for Priests. In a letter to the world’s priests marking the occasion, the pope said he hoped priests would use the year to deepen their commitment to their vocation and become a "forceful and incisive witness to the Gospel in today’s world."

He said the special year should be an effort to foster the priest’s yearning "for spiritual perfection, upon which the effectiveness of the ministry principally depends." The Year for Priests is also an opportunity to thank the many priests who selflessly and courageously give their lives to the service of others. The Year for Priests coincides with the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney, whom the pope has proclaimed patron saint of all priests. Widely known to Catholics as the Curé of Ars, this 19th-century saint won the hearts of his villagers in France by visiting with them, teaching them about God and reconciling them to God through the confessional.

Pope Benedict asked priests to look to St. John Vianney as "a true example of a priest at the service of the flock of Christ."

"Ours is an indispensable mission for the church and for the world, which demands full fidelity to Christ and unceasing union with him. It demands, therefore, that we tend constantly to sanctity, as St. John Vianney did," he said.



















History of the Diocese of Springfield



Evangelized for more than 100 years by missionaries under the authority of the bishop of Quebec, the territory of this diocese was absorbed in 1789 by the newly-established Diocese of Baltimore.

The Diocese of Quincy

July 29, 1853 is the birthday of the present Springfield diocese. It was on that date the state of Illinois was divided into two separate dioceses. The see was established at Quincy and was comprised of the counties which now constitute the diocese of Springfield and the diocese of Belleville.

Rt. Rev. Joseph Melcher, the vicar general of St. Louis, was named the first bishop of Quincy. Father Melcher declined the appointment, and the vacant see was placed under the administration of Archbishop Kenrick of St. Louis until the see of Chicago, also vacant at the time, was filled by the appointment of Bishop Anthony O'Regan in 1854. Bishop O'Regan administered the affairs of the new diocese until 1857.

At the close of 1853 there were 47 churches, 34 missions, 24 priests and about 42,000 Catholics living in the entire southern half of Illinois that comprised the new diocese.

The Diocese of Alton and Bishop Henry D. Juncker

Quincy, which never had a resident bishop, was some distance from the center of the diocese. Thus, geography was one of the reasons the Holy See transferred the see of the new diocese to Alton on Jan. 9, 1857.

The first bishop of the Alton diocese, the Rt. Rev. Henry Damian Juncker, a native of Lorraine and a priest of the Diocese of Cincinnati, was consecrated on April 16, 1857. When he arrived in Alton he found the diocese with 58 parish churches, 30 missions, 28 priests and a Catholic population that had grown to 50,000.

The gothic church of Ss. Peter and Paul in Alton, built in 1855, became the first cathedral of the diocese. Bishop Juncker built the 52-room episcopal residence with the intention of devoting a part of the house to seminarians. However, he abandoned that plan and the early diocesan seminarians were trained at St. Joseph Seminary in Teutopolis, and at St. Patrick's College near Ruma.

The first religious order of men and the first religious order of women to establish permanent residence in the diocese were the Franciscan Fathers in 1856 and the Ursuline Nuns in 1857. The Franciscan Brothers, the Brothers of the Holy Cross, together with the Ursulines, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Loretto taught in the elementary schools in the diocese in 1868.

The Franciscan Fathers conducted a high school for boys in Quincy, while the Ursulines, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sisters of Loretto, and Sisters of St. Joseph sponsored six girls' academies.
The Daughters of Charity, who operated a military hospital in Alton during the Civil War, and the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor administered general hospitals in Alton and Quincy.

Bishop Juncker led the diocese until his death on Oct. 2, 1868. He was buried in the crypt of the Alton Cathedral. At his death the diocese included 77 parish churches, 63 mission churches, 82 diocesan priests and a Catholic population of 80,000. By this time there were 45 elementary schools, two colleges for young men, one boys' high school, six girls' academies, two hospitals and one orphanage.

Bishop Peter J. Baltes

Rt. Rev. Peter Joseph Baltes, a native of Bavaria who was ordained in 1853, became the second bishop of Alton on Sept. 24, 1869. A former vicar general and later administrator of the diocese, he was the first bishop to be consecrated in Illinois. The ceremony took place on Jan. 23, 1870 in St. Peter's Church in Belleville.

The diocese enjoyed rapid growth during the episcopacy of Bishop Baltes. For example, Quincy College was incorporated in 1873. The Sisters of the Precious Blood, the Springfield Dominicans, the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate, the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, the Poor Handmaids and the Kentucky Dominicans, began their work among the students, the orphans, the aged and the sick of the diocese.

In 1880, with the creation of Chicago as an archdiocese, the Alton Diocese became a suffragan of Chicago.

Bishop Baltes died on Feb. 15, 1886, and was buried beside his predecessor in the Cathedral crypt at Alton. When Bishop Baltes died, he left 126 parish churches, 77 mission churches, 138 diocesan priests and a Catholic population of about 109,000 in the entire southern half of Illinois.

On Jan. 7, 1887, the 28 southernmost counties in Illinois were formed into a new diocese with the see in Belleville. The remaining 28 central Illinois counties constituting the Diocese of Alton continues today as the territory of the present diocese. Rt. Rev. John Janssen, former vicar general of the Diocese of Alton, was named the first bishop of Belleville.

Bishop James Ryan

Rt. Rev. James Ryan, a native of Ireland and a priest of the Diocese of Peoria, was named the third bishop of our diocese on Feb. 28, 1988, and was consecrated on May 1, 1888.

During the 35 years of Bishop Ryan's episcopacy, eight new religious orders of women came to the diocese establishing permanent missions. They included the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, the School Sisters of St. Francis, the Precious Blood Sisters, the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, the Sisters of Misericorde, the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of Divine Providence.

Bishop Ryan died July 2, 1923, and was buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Alton. At his death the diocese numbered 120 parish churches, 42 mission churches, 172 diocesan priests, and a Catholic population of 87,000.

Bishop James A. Griffin

Bishop James A. Griffin, born in Chicago and pastor of St. Mary's Church in Joliet, was named by Pope Pius XI as the fourth bishop of the diocese on Nov. 10, 1923. Just two weeks before, on Oct. 26, 1923, the see of the diocese had been changed from Alton, to the state capital, Springfield. Bishop Griffin was consecrated on Feb. 25, 1924.

One of Bishop Griffin's first projects was the construction of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which was dedicated on Oct. 14, 1927. Under his administration, houses were opened in the diocese by the Priests of the Sacred Heart, the Clerics of St. Viator, the Jesuits, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and the Franciscan Brothers of the Holy Cross.

The Franciscan Sisters of the Martyr St. George and the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help added their labors to those of the other religious women during Bishop Griffin's episcopacy.
Bishop Griffin died Aug. 5, 1948, and was buried beneath the Cathedral sanctuary in Springfield. In 1948 the diocese numbered 133 parish churches, 43 mission churches, 217 diocesan priests, and a Catholic population of 105,173. There were 15,820 students enrolled in the two colleges, six schools of nursing, 15 high schools and 61 elementary schools of the diocese.

After Bishop Griffin's death, Msgr. John B. Franz was appointed administrator of the diocese until a new bishop was named. A native of Springfield, he was rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Msgr. Franz was later named the first bishop of Dodge City, Kan., and in 1959 he was appointed bishop of Peoria. He retired in 1971 and died on July 3, 1992.

Bishop William A. O'Connor

Bishop William A. O'Connor was appointed fifth bishop of the diocese and the second of Springfield, on Dec. 28, 1948. He was consecrated at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago on March 7, 1949, and installed in the cathedral in Springfield on March 17, 1949.

Bishop O'Connor was born in Chicago on Dec. 27, 1903, and ordained Sept. 24, 1927. In 1953, the diocese observed its 100th anniversary, and Bishop O'Connor chose to join the celebration of his silver sacramental jubilee with the centenary celebration.

Bishop O'Connor observed his silver episcopal jubilee on St. Patrick's Day in 1974. He served 16 more months as Bishop of Springfield before he resigned July 22, 1975 for reasons of age. At the time of his retirement there was a Catholic population of 181,504. There were 197 diocesan and 103 religious order priests, 34 religious brothers and 999 sisters in the diocese. They were serving in 143 parishes, 38 missions, 63 Catholic grade schools, 10 Catholic high schools, two colleges and 10 hospitals in the diocese.

The only retired bishop in the first 130 years of the diocese, Bishop O'Connor died Nov. 14, 1983 at the age of 79.

Bishop Joseph A. McNicholas

Bishop Joseph A. McNicholas was appointed July 22, 1975, to succeed the retiring Bishop O'Connor. An auxiliary bishop of St. Louis, he was installed as the sixth bishop of the Springfield diocese on Sept. 3, 1975.

Bishop McNicholas was born Jan. 13, 1923, a native of St. Louis. He was ordained to the priesthood June 7, 1949. He served several parishes in St. Louis and as chaplain of St. Louis Home for Boys before being appointed to serve as an auxiliary bishop. He was consecrated to the episcopacy by Cardinal John Carberry on March 25, 1969, and four months later was named to serve as pastor of the historic Old Cathedral on the St. Louis Riverfront.

After his installation as bishop of Springfield, Bishop McNicholas spent nine months visiting the 204 parishes, missions and institutions of the diocese. Because he had a great concern for young people, Bishop McNicholas spent one school day each year in each of the nine Catholic high schools then in the diocese. He also provided fundraising efforts for all levels of Catholic education.

Spanning his concerns to include people of all ages, Bishop McNicholas secured federal funds for construction of Pope John Paul I Apartments in Springfield and Marian Heights Apartments in Alton. He also launched a successful "Come on Home for Christmas" program directed to Catholics who had become careless in practicing their faith.

Bishop McNicholas suffered a massive coronary and died suddenly on April 17, 1983. He was buried in a crypt of the Cathedral. His predecessor, Bishop O'Connor died less than seven months later and was also buried in the Cathedral.

Bishop Daniel L. Ryan

Bishop Daniel L. Ryan of Joliet was named the seventh bishop of the Springfield diocese on Nov. 22, 1983 by Pope John Paul II. He was installed by Cardinal Joseph A. Bernardin of Chicago in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on Jan. 18, 1984.

The Springfield diocese was greatly changed and took some giant steps forward during Bishop Ryan's tenure as leader. It also struggled through some parish closings as the number of priests dwindled.
A great believer in assisting others, Bishop Ryan opened the first diocesan Office for Social Concerns. That office made strides in ministry to African American Catholics, the Hispanic Catholic community, the deaf Catholic community and those Catholics with special needs. Bishop Ryan showed great empathy by providing diocesan assistance during the devastating "Great Flood" of 1993, and by launching an interest-free loan program for struggling farmers. He centralized and expanded the services of Catholic Charities and volunteered at St. John's Breadline. A supporter of the pro-life movement, he annually attended the prayer vigil rosary walk to Hope Clinic in Granite City. He met regularly with area bishops of several denominations. Bishop Ryan also established the lay ministry formation program in the diocese.

After leading the Springfield diocese for nearly 16 years, Bishop Ryan retired on Oct. 19, 1999. He began another phase in his own ministry by assisting parish priests around the diocese.

Bishop George J. Lucas

On Oct. 19, 1999, Pope John Paul II named Msgr. George J. Lucas the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. At the time of his appointment, Msgr. Lucas was president-rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. He will be installed as bishop by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago on Dec. 14, 1999 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
















Thomas J. Paprocki

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Thomas John Joseph Paprocki (born August 5, 1952) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He currently serves as Bishop-elect of Springfield in Illinois since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 20 April 2010.[1]. From 2003 until his appointment he served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago.



[edit] Early life and education

The third of nine children, Thomas Paprocki was born in Chicago, Illinois; he has six brothers and two sisters.[2]
A lifelong fan of hockey, he began playing at a young age in the basement of his father's drugstore and supports the Chicago Blackhawks.[2] He graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary South in 1970, and then entered Niles College, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974.[3]

From 1974 to 1979, he studied at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, where he earned a Bachelor's in Sacred Theology (1976), Master's in Divinity (1978), and Licentiate in Sacred Theology (1979).[3]

[edit] Priesthood

Paprocki was ordained to the priesthood by John Cardinal Cody on May 10, 1978,[4] and then served as associate pastor at St. Michael's Church until 1983. In 1981, he earned his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law and founded the Chicago Legal Clinic to assist the working poor and disadvantaged.[5] [6]

Paprocki served as administrator of St. Joseph Church from 1983 to 1986, and as vice-chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago from 1985 to 1987.[3] He then furthered his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he obtained a Licentiate in Canon Law (1989) and Doctorate in Canon Law (1991). Upon his return to the United States, he was named chancellor of the Archdiocese in 1992, and later pastor of St. Constance Church in 2000.[5]

[edit] Episcopal career

On January 24, 2003, Paprocki was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and Titular Bishop of Vulturaria by Pope John Paul II.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on the following March 19 from Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., with Bishops Raymond Goedert and Ricardo Watty Urquidi, M.Sp.S., serving as co-consecrators.[4] As an auxiliary, he serves as Episcopal Vicar for Vicariate IV, and as the Cardinal's liaison for Polonia and for Health and Hospital Affairs.[3] He is also a member of the Boards of Directors of the Polish American Association and the Polish American Leadership Initiative.[3]

When Governor Rod Blagojevich issued an executive order in 2005 requiring all pharmacists in the state to dispense prescription contraceptives,[7] Paprocki condemned the order in Blagojevich's presence, saying, "I am dismayed that our secular society has reached the point that individuals are being required by law to violate their personal religious beliefs in order to accommodate the selfish demands of special interest groups."[8]

In November 2008, Paprocki spoke out against the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), saying, "It could mean discontinuing obstetrics in our hospitals, and we may need to consider taking the drastic step of closing our Catholic hospitals entirely. It would not be sufficient to withdraw our sponsorship or to sell them to someone who would perform abortions. That would be a morally unacceptable cooperation in evil."[9] In a subsequent interview with The Chicago Tribune, he reaffirmed his position, saying, "If Catholic hospitals were required by federal law to perform abortions, we'd have to close our hospitals."[10]

On 20 April 2010 he was appointed as the bishop of Springfield in Illinois by Pope Benedict.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Press Office of the Holy See]
  2. ^ a b "Holy Goalie". USA Hockey Magazine. http://www.usahockeymagazine.com/story.php?left_nav=1205&article=holyGoalie&right_nav=normal. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Biographical Summary". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. http://www.archdiocese-chgo.org/thearchdiocese/bishop_thomas_paprocki.shtm. 
  4. ^ a b c "Bishop Thomas John Joseph Paprocki". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bpapr.html. 
  5. ^ a b "Pope Accepts Resignations of Chicago Auxiliaries, Names Three Others". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2003-01-24. http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2003/03-019.shtml. 
  6. ^ "Thomas Paprocki is named Advocates Man of the Year". Illinois Bar. http://www.illinoisbar.org/Association/8-2c.htm. 
  7. ^ "Gov. Blagojevich takes emergency action to protect women’s access to contraceptives". Office of the Governor. http://www.illinois.gov/pressreleases/ShowPressRelease.cfm?SubjectID=1&RecNum=3805. 
  8. ^ "Bishop Thomas Paprocki - Diocese of Chicago". Episcopal Spine Alert. 2005-04-16. http://episcopalspinealert.blogspot.com/2005/04/bishop-thomas-paprocki-diocese-of.html. 
  9. ^ Ertelt, Steven (2008-11-11). "Catholic Bishops Urge Huge Anti-FOCA Campaign to Stop Abortion Expansion". LifeNews.com. http://www.lifenews.com/nat4568.html. 
  10. ^ Brachear, Manya (2008-11-11). "Catholic bishops plan to forcefully confront Obama". The Chicago Tribune. http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2008/nov/11/health/chi-081111bishops. 







Chicago native Thomas J. Paprocki named new bishop of Springfield archdiocese


By Patricia Rice, Special to the Beacon   

Posted 10:07 a.m. Tues., 04.20.10 - Catholics in Springfield, Ill., have a new bishop -- Chicago native Thomas J. Paprocki. Until this morning's 5 a.m. appointment by Pope Benedict, Paprocki was an auxiliary bishop in the Chicago archdiocese. He has been a Chicago bishop since 2003.

The Chicago native is 57 years old and was ordained a priest 32 years ago this spring. He's a civil lawyer, a canon lawyer, a huge ice hockey fan and sometimes goalie in an over-30 league. Like a series of excellent bishops, including Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, formerly of Belleville, Paprocki was first chosen for leadership posts by the late Chicago archbishop Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.

Despite its name, the most densely Catholic areas of the Springfield diocese's 28 counties are in the St. Louis area: Madison, Jersey, Calhoun and Bond counties. The diocese has 131 parishes The 146,692 Catholics across the diocese's 15,139 square miles comprise just 13 percent of the entire population. Its cathedral and offices were in Alton until the 1920s.

Paprocki (right) is in Springfield this morning and will meet its leadership teams, many students and lay people. He succeeds Bishop George J. Lucas, who left in July to become archbishop of the Omaha archdiocese. Lucas, a St. Louis native, had been president and rector of Kenrick Seminary in Shrewsbury in 1999 when Pope John Paul II named him Springfield's bishop.

On June 22, on the feast of the famous Catholic lawyer St. Thomas More, Paprocki will be installed as Springfield's new bishop in a Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, according to Rocco Palmo, author of the daily church blog "Whispers in the Loggia ." Lucas restored and rededicated the cathedral last December.

The Associated Press is reporting that SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has criticized Paprocki's appointment. According to the AP, SNAP claims that Paprocki once said the lawsuits charging sexual abuse in the Catholic church were the work of the devil.

Paprocki, like Lucas, eventually may move to a larger archdiocese. He's considered a 24/7 energetic shepherd and a brilliant administrator with a big heart for the poor. Last week, Paproki celebrated a Memorial Mass in his family's ancestral tongue of Polish at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral for the Polish leaders killed in the airplane crash in Russia. Until today, he served the diocese as the vicar for Polish-Americans, the largest community of Poles outside of Poland.

Much of Paprocki's priestly career has been in administration and civil and church law work. In his three decades in the priesthood he has served just two years as a pastor -- at St. Constance Parish in Chicago.

In Chicago he was a right-hand man to Cardinal Francis George. Among his assignments, he was the cardinal's liaison for health and hospital affairs. He served as the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's Chicago archdiocesan chancellor for eight years and as vice chancellor in the seven prior years.

Paprocki currently is serving his second term as the unpaid president of the non-sectarian, Chicago Legal Clinic South, which he helped found to provide community-based, direct legal services and legal educational seminars to "underserved and disadvantaged" Chicagoans.

As a civil lawyer, he spoke out against Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 2005 emergency regulation requiring that all Illinois pharmacies and pharmacists had to fill prescriptions for morning-after contraceptives without delay.

"As a lawyer myself, I believe that this executive order violates the First Amendment religious rights of the pharmacist under the United States Constitution and the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act. As a bishop, I am dismayed that our secular society has reached the point that individuals are being required by law to violate their personal religious beliefs in order to accommodate the selfish demands of special interest groups," he told the governor.
Perhaps there's another reason for this strong statement.
Springfield's new bishop was born in Chicago to what he has
described in 2005 as "a family of pharmacists."


"My grandfather and his brother were pharmacists. My
father and his brother were pharmacists with their own
drug stores.


Two of my brothers currently work in pharmacies, and I
have a niece just beginning pharmacy school -- four
generations of pharmacists in the Paprocki family.
In fact, if I had not become a priest, I probably would have
become a pharmacist myself."
While still at his parish grade school, Paprocki decided to become a priest. He enrolled in the archdiocese's high school seminary, Quigley Preparatory Seminary South. His college years at Niles College of Loyola University in Chicago began his marathon academic career. He has two theology degrees from the Chicago archdiocesan seminary St. Mary of the Lake, in Mundelein, Ill. The double "ticketed" lawyer -- with a civil law "ticket," or degree, from DePaul University College of Law, and canon (church) law degree from Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University. He also has a theological doctorate from the Gregorian.

He won recognition for his solid legal cred from fellow American bishops. In 2007 as a young bishop and relatively new member of the

U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops, Paprocki beat in a vote of 138-95

Archbishop Raymond Burke, then of St. Louis, for the bishops' top canon lawyer job -- chairman of the conference's busy Canonical Affairs Committee.

That defeat reminded many of the earlier 1997 conference


when another of Bernardin's proteges, Wilton Gregory,


outdistanced the other candidate, St. Louis Archbishop
Justin F. Rigali., in what was dubbed "a Mississippi River
boat race" for conference vice president.


In Gregory's case, as in all but once in conference history,
the vice president later was elected conference president.


Until Paprocki's June installation, Monsignor Carl A. Kemme will continue as the diocesan administrator.

In other news, the pope announced that another Polish-American bishop, Thomas G. Wenski, is the Miami archdiocese's new archbishop. Wenski is another linguist, speaking Polish, Spanish and Haitian Creole as well as English.

Also, Cardinal Justin Rigali's letter of resignation is required by canon law to be on the pope's desk. The former St. Louis archbishop, now Philadelphia's archbishop, turned 75 yesterday. This pope has been taking his time replacing healthy cardinals. Rigali is widely expected to retire, when the day comes, in his beloved Rome.










































































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Breaking News

Coroner IDs man killed at waste facility

By JAYETTE BOLINSKI (jayette.bolinski@sj-r.com)


Posted Nov 12, 2009 @ 12:53 AM

Last update Nov 12, 2009 @ 11:55 AM

A 66-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning when he became pinned between his truck and the front end of a piece of heavy equipment at the Waste Management facility at 3000 E. Ash St.

Robert Schnapp from Pleasant Plains died of blunt force injuries to his body, according to a news release Thursday morning from Sangamon County Coroner Susan Boone's office.

The accident happened about 9:40 a.m. According to Sheriff Neil Williamson, Schnapp had gone to the fa­cility to drop off some waste material. He got out of his truck and began to walk to­ward the back of it.

“They’re not sure exactly what he was going to do back there, but when he was out, he was struck by the front end of an end-loader and pinned between the loader and his truck,” Williamson said.

Someone called 911, and emergency workers began performing CPR at the scene. Schnapp was rushed to St. John’s, where he was pronounced dead.

Bill Plunkett, a spokesman for Waste Management, said the company is work­ing with to the Sangamon County Sheri­ff’s Office, which is conducting an inves­tigation.

“We are extremely saddened a visitor to our Springfield facility was fatally in­jured in an accident (Wednesday). We offer our deepest sympathies to the individual’s family,” he said.







Bernard Schoenburg: Quinn belittles lawmakers with 'adults' comments

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, July 2, 2009

Section: opinions

He didn't exactly call them drunken sailors, as his predecessor did, but Gov. PAT QUINN surely rubbed some members of the General Assembly the wrong way this week when, in a hastily arranged speech to a joint session, he told them more than once to act like adults.

Quinn said later he was just channeling something President BARACK OBAMA said at his inauguration. But the way Quinn put his words together could easily have been interpreted as sending a less lofty message.

The entire Quinn speech was unique, at least in recent history, for the last day of a fiscal year. The Democratic governor for weeks had expressed his displeasure that the full legislature hadn't raised the income tax. He had warned of doomsday consequences by this week, as the new fiscal year began Wednesday.

Such warnings are not unlike crises at the end of nearly every annual session, though state debt is far deeper than in past years. It's not unusual for frenzied negotiations to be taking place behind closed doors, with a solution to come, if not by the deadline, perhaps within days.

But the negotiation route wasn't working, so Quinn went public with the speech.

The reality is, rhetoric on the floors of the House or Senate very rarely change votes or minds. Contacts lawmakers have with constituents, each other or lobbyists often are where decisions are made.

So by giving a speech instead of negotiating with members one-on-one or in small groups Tuesday afternoon, it looked like Quinn was merely playing to the TV cameras.

While Quinn is held in much higher regard than ousted Gov. ROD BLAGOJEVICH, one hit on Blagojevich was that he tried to govern by press release and bashed lawmakers, including saying early in his tenure that they were spending like "drunken sailors."

"We must not put off decisions till later in the summer, or the fall, or next winter," Quinn said during his speech. "That's not what adults do. They confront tough challenges."

After promising to veto a budget he said would do harm, he spelled out consequences of underfunding, such as telling "the frail elderly that their community care worker will not be at their house tomorrow."

"That's why we have to be adults," he said.

"Several members commented" on the "adult" statements, said state Sen. JOHN SULLIVAN, D-Rushville. He added that he wasn't offended, and House Speaker MICHAEL MADIGAN, D-Chicago, said later he was not offended either - though he criticized Quinn for flip-flops on other matters.

"I spend a lot of time listening to Governor Quinn, so I'm pretty well prepared for his approach," Madigan said. He also said he considers Quinn "a sincere, honest, thinking person."

Quinn, asked about the "adults" comments Thursday - after vetoing part of the budget sent to him - said he was actually recalling Obama's inauguration.

"I thought he (Obama) basically told all Americans to put away childish things, that we needed to square up to some tough realities in the world we live in," Quinn said. "And I took those words to heart. I think they apply to all the states of the union, including Illinois. And so I think that it is a very important, adult thing to do, to deal with the harsh reality that we have a very serious budget deficit."

Obama, in his Jan. 20 speech, had said: "On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.

"We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."

Clearly, Obama spent more time working on his inaugural than Quinn gave to the 10-minute quick reminder to lawmakers that they should do it his way.

Unlike pre-planned speeches to joint legislative sessions, there was no ring of statewide elected dignitaries sitting near the podium. Quinn walked in quickly, started speaking about a minute after arriving in the chamber, and got only polite applause on the way in and out. During the speech, somebody on the Democratic side started clapping at one point and quickly stopped.

State Sen. MATT MURPHY, R-Palatine, who says he's running for governor, called Quinn's timing "absurd."

"To be here with half a day until the fiscal year (ends), and finally make yourself clear that you're going to veto the budget that was passed back in May is a little late in the game," he said.

Quinn doesn't get many style points this time around.

Peck retires

The University of Illinois at Springfield is getting a new voice.

CHERYL PECK, 66, retired this week as director of public relations, and
DEREK SCHNAPP , 40, formerly of WICS-TV and for three years a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections, is taking over as of July 20.

"Being on the PR frontlines of this university for nearly 17 years has been a wonderful experience," Peck said. "I have seen UIS grow and change and take its place alongside the other two U of I campuses as a full partner."

Peck - who I always found professional and helpful - said retirement from the $74,700-a-year job means she'll be able to pursue interests such as animal welfare, travel and writing. She said she loves to do journal writing and produce fiction and poetry.

Schnapp, a Petersburg resident, is a 1990 communications graduate of Illinois State University. Most of his work life has been at WICS, including being chief photographer and, for a time, a sports reporter and anchor. Peck said he was among 140 applicants for the UIS job.

"We're thrilled to get him," said ED WOJCICKI, associate chancellor for constituent relations at UIS. "He knows the media in this area and statewide, and I just think he'll be a huge asset to UIS."

Schnapp was paid $57,408 annually in his Corrections spokesman job. Wojcicki said Schnapp will get $64,000 annually in his new post.

"I'm excited to go to the university setting and just thought it was a great opportunity," Schnapp said.

Eilers joins Andrzejewski

LIZ EILERS, 46, of Riverton has been hired as central Illinois field director for the gubernatorial campaign of Republican ADAM ANDRZEJEW-SKI of Hinsdale.

"I'm in line with him politically pretty much right on," said Eilers, who describes herself as conservative and has worked for JIM OBERWEIS and PAT O'MALLEY for governor and JOHN COX for U.S. Senate. She's also on the board of Springfield Right to Life and is a steering committee member of the Illinois Center Right Coalition.

Eilers is a Litchfield native, and the Henry Eilers Shoal Creek Conservation Area on Lake Lou Yaeger is named for her father, a botanist. Liz Eilers just came off a short stint selling cars after she was let go due to budget cuts from the Illinois Channel, where she was development director for a couple of years. She also has been underwriting director for WIBI, a Christian radio station based in Carlinville.

Andrzejewski (pronounced And-G-F-ski) is a 39-year-old political novice who sold his shares in a successful phone directory business when he was 37. He has said that gave him the freedom to "spend the rest of my life giving back."

Some keys to his platform are to put government spending - check by check - online for public viewing via computer and to have "forensic audits" of state agencies.

As part of his emphasis on transparency, Andrzejewski put his 2008 tax returns online last week at www.adamforillinois.com. They include state returns for Wisconsin as well as Illinois. Campaign policy director BRUNO BEHREND said the Wisconsin return was needed because Andrzejewski's name was on the title of a piece of business property sold in that state.

The tax returns have gotten some notice because he had pre-paid so much in estimated taxes that his returns show he qualified for refunds of $632,110 from the federal government and $51,579 from the state of Illinois. His federal adjusted gross income for 2008 was $289,034.

Bernard Schoenburg is political columnist for The State Journal-Register. He can be reached at 788-1540 or bernard.schoenburg@sj-r.com.








State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, May 25, 2004


Mr. and Mrs. Bob Schnapp of Pleasant Plains will celebrate their 40th anniversary on Saturday.

Schnapp and the former Judy Paisley were married May 29, 1964.

Mr. and Mrs. Schnapp are both retired from the Pleasant Plains School District.

They are parents of two children, Suzy Jorns of Tallula and Mindy Bushman, deceased. There are three grandchildren.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 7, 1995

 Mindy Bushman GENEVA -- Mindy Bushman, 30, of Geneva died Friday at Rush Presbyterian St.

Luke Medical Center in Chicago.

Survivors: husband, Bill; her parents, Judy and Bob Schnapp of Tallula; grandmother, Mary Parsley of Mattoon; and a sister, Suzy Schnapp of Houston, Texas.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, August 9, 1994

 George H. Schnapp MATTOON -- George Homer Schnapp, 58, of Mattoon died Saturday at his residence.

Survivors: his wife, Beverly Frede Schnapp; two daughters, Susan O'Brien of Mattoon and Angela Schnapp of Bettendorf, Iowa; a granddaughter; three sisters, Ruby Krueger and Carol Hyde, both of Springfield, and Peggy Leskovisek of Pawnee; four brothers, Robert Schnapp of Tallula, Loren and Kenneth Schnapp, both of Springfield, and Richard Schnapp of Pawnee; and an aunt.









Modular mobile home business – spradlin – hart –


see also – ICI – underwood – pana – doc –


springfield doc campus – cravens – new frontier – Cellini


and see kwik wall – hart


see also arson – insurance money – and see – “petit (sp) brothers set fires for money”






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, April 20, 1994

Edition: M2.
Section: LOCAL
Page: 10

PLEASANT PLAINS -- Fire destroyed two downtown apartments Tuesday night, while smoke heavily damaged two other Main Street buildings, including the

village hall.

No one was injured.

Firefighters believe the fire started in the electrical system of an apartment owned by Bob Schnapp . Schnapp just last weekend moved his


modular mobile home business


to Springfield from the Main Street building.

Damage to Schnapp's building, at 204 W. Main St., was estimated at $70,000. There was no estimate immediately available for Pankey's Custom Silk Screening, 208 W. Main, which sustained heavy smoke damage.

Gary Jarrard, who lives just around the corner, said he smelled smoke when he passed the building at 10:10 p.m. He stepped into the village hall to tell police officer Mike Forsythe, who was completing a report. The village board had met there until 8:30 p.m.

"It smelled electrical when we opened it," fire Capt. Dennis McCombs said of the building where the fire is believed to have started. "The southeast apartment is gutted. It was full of fire when we got here."

Village and police records should be OK, Mayor Shelly Heideman said. But she was unsure about the town's computer.

"It's just smoky," Heideman said. "I think we're all right. There's a brick wall between the two buildings and the roofs aren't connected."

The village board just asked contractors to bid on a $150,000 replacement the town hopes to occupy by October, Heideman said. The new village hall would be just south of the park.

No one was at home when the blaze started. Occupant Scott Miller was on his way to his midnight security shift at the Springfield Hilton when he learned of the fire.

"It ain't been a very good two weeks," said occupant Troy Brierton, a Teamster who has been on strike.

The building, occupied until the 1970s by the Hartman and later Freitag grocery stores, had been home for four years to Schnapp Enterprises, until last weekend.

"There's many stories, many stories in there," Schnapp said. The space next door, 206 W. Main, he opened to the "Boar's Nest," the card-playing seniors of the town, after the filling station where they used to play closed.

Pleasant Plains and New Berlin fire departments responded to the fire call, as did the Sangamon County Rescue Squad.




204 w main st – pleasant plains - masons/shriners









State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, January 30, 1994

Edition: M1,M2
Page: 36

The Petersburg IDEAL INDUSTRIES plant, which has been unoccupied since 1988, has been sold and the new owners have leased out a portion of the


The 60,000-square-foot facility was sold to PETERSBURG INDUSTRIES INC., owned by


Ray Toland of Petersburg,


Bob Schnapp of Tallula and


Mike Howard of Toledo. Petersburg Industries was the name of the original entity formed to build the factory and attract industry to Petersburg.



Menard County Health Department


will lease 3,000 square feet of the building, and the owners have talked with small manufacturers and warehouse operations about leasing other portions of the building.

The structure includes about 6,000 square feet of office space and a 54,000-square-foot factory. Storage space is available for cars, boats, etc.

Ideal Industries, which manufactured electrical connectors, also handled wire forming, injection and compression plastic molding, plating and packaging at the Petersburg plant. The company started operating in Petersburg in 1947 and enlarged the facility three times before closing the plant April 1, 1988. It employed 64 people when it closed.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, September 11, 1994

A new 16-lot subdivision, VINEYARD HILLS II, is being developed at the north edge of Petersburg.

The subdivision, located on 13 1/2 acres, will have lots ranging from one-half acre to 1 1/3 acre and from $11,900 to $15,900. The area is adjacent to the south and west boundaries of the existing Vineyard Hills subdivision.

The area has been annexed to Petersburg and will have city services, Central Illinois Public Service Co. gas and electricity, and cable TV. There is no sewer system in the development, so septic systems will be used.

Developers are


Ray Toland,


Robert Schnapp and


Kevin Fry.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, June 23, 1994

 Fire officials are investigating a suspicious garage fire Wednesday at 1629 E. Cook St.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 9:37 a.m. The unattached garage, in the rear of an apartment house at that address, sustained an estimated $4,000 damage. The property is owned by Robert Schnapp of Springfield.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, November 25, 1988

 …Robert Schnapp , 1629-31 E. Cook, siding replace garage door, $1,500




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, September 5, 1985

Edition: M1,M2,E1
Section: NEWS
Page: 30

PETERSBURG -- Tana Elder, a rural Petersburg housewife, will be the first of seven candidates listed on the Nov. 5 Porta school board ballot.

Three board seats will be filled in the election.

Six candidates filed petitions at 8 a.m. Aug. 19, the first day for petitions to be submitted. Superintendent Dean Broughton broke the logjam in a lottery in his office Wednesday.

Others in the order of ballot placement are: Albert Garver of Tallula, grant administrator for the state Environmental Protection Agency; Alan Riley of Atterberry, Illinois Power electrician; Steve Smith of Tallula, farmer; John Standish of Petersburg, chemical salesman; Allen Fore of Petersburg, Eureka College student; and John Grosboll of Petersburg, farmer.

Grosboll did not participate in the lottery since his petitions were filed later.

The three elected in November will serve four-year terms. They will replace Robert Pickerell, Robert Schnapp and Russ Severns, all of whom decided not to seek re-election.

























State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, March 19, 1995

 Robert N. Schnapp Robert N. Schnapp, 73, of Tallula died Friday at St. John's Hospital North.

He was born Dec. 11, 1921, in Sangamon County, the son of Paul and Josephine Irwin Schnapp.

Mr. Schnapp was a retired employee of the Pleasant Plains School District 8, retiring in 1986. Survivors: wife, Jo Kathryn; a son, Robert W. Schnapp of Tallula; a daughter, Mary Ann Harper of Arrowsmith; two stepsons, Robert A. Schnapp of Pleasant Plains and


Wayne J. Schnapp of Springfield;

three stepdaughters, Sue Stock of Ahrensville, Martha Anderson of Pleasant Plains and Nita Swagert of Allenhurst, Ga.;



three brothers, Loren and Kenneth Schnapp, both of Springfield


and Richard Schnapp of Pawnee;


three sisters, Ruby Krueger and Carol Hyde, both of Springfield,


and Peg Leskovisek of Pawnee;

17grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.







Charles F. Lukesch

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, June 14, 2007

Section: LOCAL
Page: 11

Charles F. Lukesch

QUINCY – Charles F. "Luke" Lukesch, 76, of Springfield, died Tuesday, June 12, 2007, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

He was born Jan. 25, 1931, in Springfield, the son of Frederick and Virginia Lukesch. He married Mary Elaine King on Oct. 20, 1951.

Charles was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. He received the UN Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with two bronze service stars and National Defense Service Medal.


He retired from Laborers Union Local 477


in 1993. He enjoyed fishing, boating and hunting and was an avid sports fan.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Elaine, and a son, Charles, both of Springfield; three daughters, Debbie ( Wayne) Schnapp of Pleasant Plains, Patti (Jim) Hayden of Hammond, Ind., and Lynn (Joe) Richardson of Springfield; two sisters, Shirley (Kenneth) Adams and Carolyn (Teddy) Fritz, both of Springfield; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a great-granddaughter,


*Heather Gonet.


Memorial services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2007, at First Church of God, 2800 Stevenson Drive, with the Rev. Jonathan Grubbs officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded by Bisch and Son Funeral Home. Military rites will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2007, in Camp Butler National Cemetery.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, October 16, 2001


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lukesch of Springfield will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception in their honor at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lake Springfield Beach House hosted by their children. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Lukesch and the former Mary "Elaine" King were married Oct. 20, 1951, at Third Presbyterian Church by the Rev. H. M. Hildebrandt.

Mr. Lukesch retired from Local 477 after 25 years of service. Mrs. Lukesch retired from the Secretary of State office after 30 years of service. They are parents of four children, Debbie (husband, Wayne) Schnapp of Pleasant Plains, Patti (husband, Jim) Hayden of Hammond, Ind., Charles D. Lukesch and Lynn (husband, Joe) Richardson, both of Springfield. There are five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, June 30, 2004

 Kenneth L. Sanders

PAWNEE - Kenneth L. Sanders, 83, of Pawnee died Monday, June 28, 2004, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village.

He was born March 20, 1921, in Lowder, the son of Ralph and Laura Clanney Sanders. He married Kathryn Seiz in 1946 in Chatham; she died in 2003. A son, Kent Sanders, preceded him in death.

Mr. Sanders worked at Sangamo Electric Co. and Hobbs Manufacturing Co. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Chatham.

Survivors: two daughters, Karen (husband, Dick) Schnapp and Karla (husband, John) Enrietto, both of Pawnee; three grandchildren; sister, Leanore Dunn of Springfield; brother, Chester (wife, Fern) Sanders of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, November 8, 2003

 Kathryn A. Sanders

PAWNEE - Kathryn A. Sanders, 80, of Pawnee died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, at Oak Terrace HealthCare Center.

She was born Nov. 28, 1922, in Curran, the daughter of Frank and Rebecca Bale Seiz. She married Kenneth Sanders in 1946 in Chatham. A son, Kent Sanders, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Sanders was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Chatham.

Survivors: husband, Kenneth; two daughters, Karen (husband, Dick) Schnapp and Karla (husband, John) Enrietto, both of Pawnee; three grandchildren; a sister, Frances (husband, Carl) Booth of Pawnee; and several nieces and nephews.



























It's not a mistake, gas really is $2.54 per gallon

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Page: 10

Springfield drivers have been paying some of the highest, oops, make that lowest, gasoline prices in the state.

Local motorists accustomed to believing the former have enjoyed the latter for at least a few days this week with pump prices falling to as low as $2.54 per gallon Tuesday for regular, self-served unleaded.

"I nearly fell out of bed. It's the cheapest it's been in a long time," is how rural Springfield resident Albert Hock described his reaction to a steady decline in local gasoline prices that began late last week.

Hock said he also is certain a return to $3 per gallon is never far away.

"They'll go up eventually. It's going to be like a seesaw," he said.

Gas-tracking Web sites from AAA Motor Club to gasbuddy.com put Springfield prices among the lowest in the state Tuesday. In fact, Springfield and Decatur took up 11 of the 16 cheapest markets on the gasbuddy.com site.

Cheaper is also relative. According to AAA, self-serve, regular unleaded in Springfield averaged $2.12 per gallon a year ago. Even the experts have been a little baffled by the local drop in prices.

"I don't know what's driving it, and it can't last," said Bill Fleischli, executive director of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association. The Springfield-based association represents service stations and convenience stores statewide.

"My guess is it would be the big-box guys driving it ... that's usually the way it is," Fleischli said, referring to Wal-Mart and Meijer. Both chains have convenience-store partnerships in Springfield.

Illinois Petroleum Council executive director Dave Sykuta said fall refinery capacity also has caught up with demand.

"Supplies look good. Demand is still strong, but it's not what it was. That'll push prices down every time," he said.

Small-business owner Mike Monseur of Springfield also welcomed lower prices, though he, too, questioned how long they'll last. "We can always tell when gas prices go up. Overall, the business just slows down,"


said Monseur, who co-owns with John Leskovisek eight Godfather's Pizza outlets in Springfield, Decatur, Chatham and Auburn.


Monseur said, not only do delivery costs go up, suppliers to the business often tack on fuel surcharges. He also said it's a sign of the times that $2.56 per gallon is considered a break from high prices.

"It wasn't that long ago, it was $1.99 a gallon. The fuel industry has really gotten us used to thinking $2.60 is easier," he said.





New Godfather's Pizza planned

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, February 11, 2007

Page: 23

Springfield's newest GODFATHER'S PIZZA is going into the old RED COACH INN building and is slated to open around the end of February or beginning of March.

"Remember how dark it was inside?" asked Mike Monseur, who bought the property at 301 North Grand Ave. W. with business partner John Leskovisek in November. "We're putting two big windows in the dining room to let the natural light in."

The owners also are adding a second entrance on the parking lot side, installing a buffet area, increasing lighting and resurfacing the parking lot. The bar (with mural) will be retained, and there will be party and banquet areas.

"We bought the house behind it, and we're dolling that up as a rental. We'll take down that dilapidated red fence that separates the house and restaurant," he said.

Monseur and Leskovisek own seven other Godfather's: 1549 S. Dirksen Parkway and 2700 W. Lawrence Ave., two newly acquired properties in Decatur, and one each in Chatham, Auburn and Girard. They expect to open another Springfield location in April. About 200 workers are employed at the restaurants.

The former Red Coach location will have an expanded menu. Besides pizza, it will offer Red Coach-style horseshoes, burgers, sandwiches and walleye on Fridays and a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.


The manager will be Jim Renfro, who now runs the Dirksen Parkway Godfather's.


Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The 4,500-square-foot building is on the northern edge of Springfield's new medical district, and Monseur is hoping the district will flourish.

"We drove past the location many times," he said. "It's been such a landmark. We were afraid someone would tear it down. It has become part of Springfield. And it's in a really neat part of town."

He added that the statue of a cow drinking a martini, visible from North Grand Avenue, would be retained.

The Red Coach served horseshoes, steaks and other fare from the early 1970s to 2002. Under new ownership, the restaurant reopened in 2003 as the Red Coach Cattle Co. It closed in July 2006.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 9, 1986

 Pierceall-Rodier Paula Elizabeth Rodier of Sherman and John Franklin Pierceall of Springfield were united in marriage at 2 p.m. Oct. 11. The Rev. John Bretz officiated the ceremony at Christ The King Church in Springfield.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman W. Rodier of Sherman. Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Hardy F. Pierceall of 9 Ridge Court.

Serving as matron of honor was Julie Seck, with Kara Krofchick, Tracie Pierceall and Kim Nichols serving as bridesmaids. Flower girl was Tiffany Rodems.

Best man was Bob McKinnon. Serving as groomsmen were Jim Renfro , Ray Castleman and Eddie Strode. Jeffrey Rodier and
Larry Nichols served as ushers. Ringbearer was Bobby Nichols.

A reception was held at the Disabled American Veterans Club.

The bride, a graduate of Williamsville High School, is employed by Franklin Life Insurance Co. The bridegroom, a graduate of Southeast High School, is employed by Austin Periodicals.

They will reside in Springfield.






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



Ward-Oldridge Angela Helen Oldridge and Scot Alan Ward, both of Athens, were married at 5 p.m. Jan. 17 at West Side Christian Church by the Rev. Vaughn Beeman.


The bride is the daughter of Marie McGrew and Tom Oldridge, both of Springfield. The groom is the son of Marcia and Jim Cass and Niles and Wanda Ward, all of Springfield.


Serving as maid of honor was Cindy Wooden. Courtney Oldridge, Penny Sommer, Mandy Wooden, Heather Kadyk, Jenae Hampton, Jenny Minor, Amy Weder, Amy Drone and Kelly Holdman were bridesmaids. Flower girls were Mykensie Ward and Faydra Sommer.


Best man was Jeff Kadyk. Trevor Oldridge, Scott Cox,

Dale Patterson, Tony Fodor,

Don Strode, Brian Sommer,

Jim Coffey,

Tony Campo and Ed Kunz were groomsmen. Ringbearer was Pete Campo.


A reception was held at Sherman Activity Center.


The bride is a graduate of Lanphier High School. She is self-employed in the house cleaning business. The groom is also a graduate of Lanphier High School.

He is employed as a correctional officer in Logan County.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - February 6, 2008

Pair of pit bulls destroyed


Two dogs who attacked their owner's girlfriend after she died from a drug overdose Jan. 27 were destroyed late last week.


The pets - described as resembling American Staffordshire terriers, a breed commonly known as pit bulls - were euthanized Thursday after their owner signed them over to Sangamon County Animal Control , Jim Stone, director of the county health department, said Tuesday.


"If it's by the request of the owner, then it's done as soon as we have the staff available," he said.


Animal Controltook custody of the pit bulls after 22-year-old


Amber Strode


was found dead inside the home she shared with her boyfriend in the 100 block of South Wheeler Avenue. Police said the two dogs had mauled Strode, creating a "gruesome" scene.


However, toxicology results released Monday indicated Strode was already dead from a drug overdose, according to Sangamon County Coroner Susan Boone.






Neighbors question developer on truck stop

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Section: NEWS
Page: 1

Too much traffic, environmental dangers and increased crime were among the concerns expressed Tuesday by residents opposed to a truck stop that may be built at Interstate 55 and Toronto Road.

"Just from a crime standpoint, you are going to have prostitution, drugs, and you are going to have thefts," said Tom Sedlacek of Ridgeview Drive. "People are going to be breaking into the rigs themselves and stealing the truckers' loads. Just from that standpoint alone, the (truck stop) is a bad idea."

Sedlacek was one of more than 100 people who attended a public meeting at the home of Mike Monseur, 35 Fairview Lane, aimed at educating residents on the proposal. The meeting gave them a chance to ask questions of local developer Doug Kent.

Kent, who spoke and answered questions for about 45 minutes, said no deal has been finalized with truck-stop operator Pilot Travel Centers. The potential site for the development, on the southwest corner of I-55 and Toronto Road, is occupied by a vacant building that was home to Lake Club II and later the Total Eclipse Night Club.

Prior to the meeting, Kent said he does not want to pursue a project that would harm the neighborhood, which includes his home just south of the site on Fairview Lane.

"If I feel like it's going to be a detriment to the neighborhood, I'm not going to do it," Kent said. "I live closer than any of these people do. ... I will not sign a contract until I know exactly what they are going to do."

Mark Hazelwood, senior vice president for Pilot Travel Centers, said in a statement released prior to the meeting that the company is committed to the Toronto Road site and to being "good neighbors."

"We are a travel center, not a truck stop. We cater to the traveling public, local community and professional drivers. We serve four times as many cars as trucks. We have no drivers' lounges or sit-down restaurants," Hazelwood said.

He said residents concerned about drug trafficking and prostitution should check with police departments in Bloomington and Troy, where Pilot Travel Centers has locations.

Pilot Travel Centers, based in Knoxville, Tenn., has 260 stores in 39 states.

Despite Kent's assurances, no one at Tuesday's meeting spoke in favor of the development.

Sedlacek said he worked as a truck driver for a short time, prompting him to have some environmental concerns as well. Spilled fuel or oil could wash off the parking lot and find its way into nearby Lake Springfield, he said.

"It's going to contaminate the water, and it's going to kill the land. We just can't have that," Sedlacek said.

Kent said the Environmental Protection Agency would be better qualified to answer such concerns. He did note, however, that trucks routinely travel up and down Interstate 55.

Monseur said he was pleased with Tuesday's turnout. He and other neighbors are in the process of gathering signatures on a petition opposing the Pilot Travel Centers proposal. He added that the neighborhood would like to work with Kent on finding an alternative business for the site.

"(The site) is going to be developed at some time. We want the developers to put in something that will complement the neighborhood. We are asking Doug Kent to really rethink what he is doing," Monseur said.

Pat Thornton, a resident of the area for 29 years, had some suggestions for alternatives.

"A restaurant, day care center, church, bank or business organization would be good," Thornton said. "I don't have a problem with a strip mall as long as it has a controlled traffic flow and is more local (traffic) than interstate."

The property is in the county, so its development would need approval of the Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission. Kent has said he plans to seek annexation of the land to the city of Springfield if the project goes forward.

The interim director of the commission said this week that while there have been discussions with representatives of Pilot, no construction plans have been filed.




John Leskovisek speaks to a group of neighbors who gathered Tuesday to discuss a proposal to build a truck stop at Toronto Road and Interstate 55.







J ohn Leskovisek helps prepare pizzas at

the Girard Godfather’s at the start of the

cruise 11:00 AM Sunday morning.

Rt 66 cruise – bomaritto – waldmire –







Godfathers take-out from ice chateau, see arena/madonia/yannone


Fall opening planned for Safe Harbor Cafe

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, August 29, 2004

 Would-be GODFATHER'S PIZZA customers have been asking for west-side delivery service since the pizza chain reopened on North Dirksen Parkway.

Only problem, the right full-service site hasn't been found yet.

So the owners decided to compromise with a temporary, take-out and delivery operation opening at 2700 W. Lawrence Ave. next month. The facility,


located in the former DOMINOS address at Soccer World,


will offer the same services as other Godfather's facilities, except indoor seating.

"We get a lot of calls for the Dirksen Parkway store to go to the west side. But we couldn't find the right site," co-owner Mike Monseure said. "So we said, go ahead. Get a presence."

An early September opening is expected, although Monseure said the company would continue to search for a west-side site for a full-service pizza parlor.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The phone number is 726-2000.

This will be the third store opening for the pizza chain that had all but left Springfield when Monseure and partner John Leskovisek took over the local franchise last winter. Besides the store at 1549 S. Dirksen Parkway, the two men also own parlors in Auburn, Chatham and Girard.












Davlin's fund raising continues at an active pace

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, February 29, 2004

 Monseur joins WTAX

MIKE MONSEUR, 44, of Springfield, who worked for a cable TV station in the Chicago area before joining the Illinois Department of Transportation as a spokesman more than three years ago, is now a part-time news broadcaster on WTAX-AM.


Monseur left IDOT earlier this year and signed on as director of communications for the JIM OBERWEIS for U.S. Senate campaign.


He said the need to concentrate on his restaurant business and some employment-related differences with Oberweis led him to leave the campaign. He and partner JOHN LESKOVISEK own Godfather's pizza locations in Springfield, Chatham and Auburn. They were also opening a Girard location.

Monseur, who was in radio or television for 24 years, said he's working 20 to 30 hours a week at WTAX, as a news reporter and anchor.

"The broadcasting bug - it's hard to get it out of your system," he said.

Both he and MICHELLE ECCLES, news director of the station, say they trust Monseur to be objective on political stories. Eccles said, though, that it's early for him to cover the U.S. Senate race.

And best of luck to Eccles, who will soon have her third child. Monseur will help cover assignments during her leave.




Redpath heads down different job path after 21 years

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, September 21, 2003

 Monseur moves on

MIKE MONSEUR says he recently got a message from a supervisor at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

"I was told that there was some concern that I had too good of a relationship with reporters," Monseur said he was told by "a high-ranking official within the department." He did not name that official.

Considering that Monseur has been chief spokesman for IDOT, he said, "That took me by surprise."

"It's my job as a spokesman to have a good relationship with reporters," he said. "When you get told something like that, I think your job becomes more difficult."

ABBY OTTENHOFF, spokeswoman for Gov. ROD BLAGOJEVICH, said she had no knowledge of anyone making such a statement to Monseur.

"An important part of being an effective press secretary is having and maintaining good relationships with reporters," Ottenhoff said. "It's something that we value in every press office in the administration."

Well, Monseur has resigned from his $70,848 job, where he said he never compromised the department and is proud of helping with programs such as highway worker safety.

"I did the best job I could do," Monseur said, "and I'm walking away from the department knowing I did a good job."

He also says he hopes the safety campaign continues.

Monseur, who has been with IDOT almost three years, said he's taking an opportunity to work on a campaign - something that has always intrigued him. He said he chooses candidates to vote for based on the individual and not the party, but he was impressed with Republican U.S. Senate candidate JIM OBERWEIS of Aurora and will become campaign press secretary.

Monseur, who has experience with television, also is co-owner with JOHN LESKOVISEK of Godfather's Pizza in Chatham, and "we're getting ready to open up a couple more restaurants." He recently narrated an independently produced television show and he's active in raising money to fight Alzheimer's, the disease that claimed his father's life 19 years ago.

Monseur has been cooperative, helped find information when he could and let you know when he couldn't. Best of luck to him.




Pawnee Community Education Foundation elects officers

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Section: LOCAL
Page: 21

PAWNEE - Randy Williams has been elected president of the Pawnee Community Education Foundation.

Other officers are Sharon Leskovisek , secretary; and Kevin Wolfe, treasurer.

The Pawnee Community Education Foundation is dedicated to supporting the Pawnee school district in providing quality educational opportunities for students in the district.

Scholarships are given each year to graduating, college-bound students.

Last year, the foundation awarded more than 24 scholarships ranging from $200 to $1,500.

The foundation welcomes donations to help expand services and support the advancement of education.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, December 8, 1991

 Easley-Cook Evelyn Kathryn Cook and Scott Alan Easley, both of Springfield, were married at 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at First Christian Church by Dr. Donald Clingan.

The bride is the daughter of the late Rose Redding. The groom is the son of Jerry and Lola Easley of Quincy.

Serving as maid of honor was Theresa Sparks. Bridesmaids were Lori Leskovisek , Janet Cook, Joy Schmidt and Dana Easley. Flower girl was Shana Easley.

Best man was Shon Easley. Groomsmen were Tab Leskovisek ,


Kevin Sullivan,


Steve Schmidt and Jerry Easley. Ringbearer was Dominic Sparks.

A reception was held at Fransons Banquet Hall.

The bride is a graduate of Lanphier High School and is employed by Roberts Foods Inc. The groom is a graduate of Western Illinois University and is employed by Community Care Systems Inc.

The couple will reside in Springfield.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, April 3, 1990

 Meyers-Blissett Shawn Marie Blissett and Joey Dean Meyers, both of Sherman, were married at 2 p.m. March 10 at St. James Catholic Church, Riverton.

The bride is the daughter of Gerald W. and Constance J. Blissett of Riverton. The groom is the son of Franklin D. and Judith L. Meyers of Sherman.

Serving as matron of honor was Jill Duknoski. Bridesmaids were Lori Leskovisek , Carla Burkett, Sherri Ellis, Kellie Salvo, Vangi Taylor and Jennifer Jerome.

Best man was Leo Dixon. Groomsmen were

Kevin Long, Ed Santarelli, Ron Clark, Vince Salvo, Jeff Meyers,


Jason Blankenship, Michael Jerome, and


Brandon Blankenship. Ushers were Skip Meyers, Jody Blissett and Jim Blissett. Ringbearer was Eric Jerome.

A reception was held at


Riverton Knights of Columbus Hall.

The bride is a graduate of Riverton High School and Lincoln Land Community College. She is employed by Blunt Ellis and Loewi Inc. The groom is a graduate of Williamsville High School and Illinois College.


He is employed by Meyers Paving.

The couple will reside in Sherman.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 26, 1989

 Leskovisek --McConnell Lori Denise McConnell of Tallula and Tab F. Leskovisek of Chatham were married at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Calvary Temple Church in Springfield. The Rev. James Darrin Hughes officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Denny and Sandra McConnell of Tallula. The groom is the son of
Frank and Peggy Leskovisek of Pawnee.

Maids of honor were Kristen McConnell and Shawn Blissett. Bridesmaids were Tammy LeSeure, Susan Delaney, Kay Cook, Nancy Wavering, Carolyn Brashears and Sarah Brashears. Flower girls were Ashley Mason and Stephanie Leskovisek .

Best men were Rick and Von Leskovisek . Groomsmen were Craig Mason, David Pinaire, Jim Riggins and Bob Dowson. Ushers were Mark Morton, Mike Warrington and Tom Beatty. Ringbearer was Sean Pinaire.

A reception was held at the Elks Club, Lake Springfield.

The bride is a graduate of Lanphier High School. The groom is a graduate of Pawnee High School and Wyoming Technical Institute. Both are employed by Capitol Machinery Co.

They will reside in Chatham.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, September 6, 1987

 Turner-Hamblin Lisa Kae Hamblin of Lake St. Louis, Mo., and Andrew Shane Turner of Williamsburg, Iowa, were married at 4 p.m. Aug. 8. The Rev. George E. Nelis officiated the ceremony at St. Mary's Church in Pawnee.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Hamblin of Pawnee. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Turner of Williamsburg, Iowa.

Matron of honor was Lora Leskovisek , with Mia Jazo, Julie Canull and Marsha Kissell serving as bridesmaids. Flower girls were Jennifer and Stephanie Leskovisek .

Best man was Chris Turner, with Mike Witkofski, Ross Hemsley and J.C. Holz serving as groomsmen. Ushers were Scott Sattovia and Steve Riley. Marc Sattovia and Devon James served as ringbearers.

A reception was held at Franson's Banquet Hall in Springfield.

The bride, a graduate of Northeast Missouri State University, is employed as a math teacher and coach by the Wentzville schools in Wentzville, Mo.

The bridegroom, also a graduate of Northeast Missouri State University, is employed as a science teacher and coach by the Wentzville schools.

The couple will reside in Lake St. Louis, Mo.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, October 20, 1985

 Young-Janes Sherry Lynne Janes of Springfield and Ronald Dean Young of Pawnee exchanged marriage vows at 6 p.m. Sept. 28. Performing the ceremony was the Rev. Vaughn Beeman at the West Side Christian Church in Springfield.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Leona Janes, 345 N. Lincoln and the late Cortez Janes. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Young of Pawnee.

Serving as maid of honor was Karen Cantrall, and Elaine Burke, Polly Hill and Pam Spoor served as bridesmaids.

Best man was Kelly Neisler, and Rick Leskovisek , David Nelson and Bob Young served as groomsmen. Serving as ushers were Greg Perchbacher, Steve Rhodes and Kent Janes.

The reception was held at the Elks Lodge.

The bride, a graduate of Springfield High School, is employed by Merle Norman Cosmetics. The bridegroom, a graduate of Pawnee High School, is employed by K's Merchandise Mart.

The couple will reside in Pawnee
























Joe wiegand is oberweis capaign mgr –


uis harassment – YR’s – and see llcc Yr’s




(from wiegand site) – *he’s a big rotary supporter



Created: Thursday, April 14, 2005 12:00 a.m. CDT


Joe Wiegand to manage Oberweis run for governor

By Chris Rickert - City Editor

NORTH AURORA - Republican Joe Wiegand, a former member of the DeKalb County Board and sometime critic of his party's state establishment, has signed on to manage dairyman Jim Oberweis' campaign for governor.

Oberweis was scheduled to announce his candidacy this morning at the Greater Rockford Airport. He would be the first Republican to enter the race to unseat Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is expected to seek a second term. The 58-year-old chairman of the Oberweis Dairy has run for office twice before, losing GOP primaries for U.S. Senate in 2002 and 2004.

Wiegand, who will turn 40 on Friday, had been the executive director of the Family Taxpayers Network, the conservative advocacy group headed by businessman Jack Roeser. He also has volunteered for former U.S. Senate hopefuls Jack Ryan and Alan Keyes and was the DeKalb County coordinator for Pat O'Malley's 2002 run for the GOP nomination for governor. His only previous experience as a campaign manager came in the 1992 election, when he orchestrated Chris Lauzen's winning campaign for a state Senate seat from an Aurora-area district. He said he was recruited by Oberweis himself to run his campaign. "The people of Illinois deserve a state government that they can be proud of and they know is run efficiently," Wiegand said, describing the message he hopes will stick in the minds of voters when they think of Oberweis.

In his own last run for elective office, Wiegand garnered 44 percent of the primary vote in a 2004 bid for the state representative seat from the 70th District. He lost to Bob Pritchard, a former colleague on the county board who had the backing - and a good deal of logistical support - of the State House Republican Organization. Wiegand's firm no-tax-increase stance and belief in the need to reform not only state government but his own party match some of Oberweis' leanings, he said. Wiegand said Oberweis has pledged that he would not raise taxes if elected and would work to roll back tax and fee increases implemented in recent years.

An Oberweis campaign logo printed on campaign materials reads "OBERWEIS reFORm ILLINOIS," and Wiegand does not shy away from questions about his candidate's lack of experience holding any elective office. "I do believe that experience in Illinois politics may actually be a greater detriment than a benefit" when running for a position like governor, he said. "I think the people of Illinois are happy for someone with a solid record of achievement." Oberweis may be best known among voters because of his North Aurora-based milk and ice cream business. His 2004 campaign for Senate featured a logo with his name and the image of an ice cream cone.

This time around, one of his campaign slogans is "Got guv?" - a play off the popular milk promotion "Got milk?" Wiegand said Oberweis himself came up with the "Got guv?" tagline. Oberweis also garnered some negative attention after he ran a campaign ad in 2004 that featured him in a helicopter flying over Soldier Field in Chicago and warning viewers that illegal immigrants are taking American jobs and getting free health care. Wiegand said Wednesday that Oberweis admits the commercial was a mistake. "Jim is on the public record as acknowledging that that ... commercial did not convey his message well," he said. Wiegand also said that "DeKalb County is a very important county to the Oberweis strategy." Oberweis won the county in the 2002 and 2004 primaries. He promised that "you'll see a lot of Jim in DeKalb County" as the campaign gets under way. Chris Rickert can be reached at crickert@pulitzer.net.





In 1964, Jenny Cook was born into a world of possibilities in Baltimore, Maryland.  Knowing that this red-headed creation would need a mate with a good sense of humor, God created Joe Wiegand, who was born nine months later in Oak Park, Illinois.

     Meeting twenty years later at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, the pair began a partnership that now spans half a lifetime.  Welcome to the story of Jenny and Joe and Wiegand’s Victory Enterprises. 

     Jenny was born the youngest of six children to the Reverend Halsey Moon Cook, a product of Long Island, New York and his bride from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Marcia Mary Healy.  The two met on summer studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.  When Jenny was born, her father was Rector of Old St. Paul’s Parish in downtown Baltimore.  The Rev. Cook’s duties included the Board Presidency at the local Episcopal boys’ school, St. Paul’s, and nearby St. Paul’s School for Girls.   

     Jenny thrived at the girls’ school as an honor roll student and as a dominant field hockey, basketball and lacrosse player.  Spending her summers in the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River, Jenny’s athleticism benefited from water-skiing and swimming in the river and playing tennis on nearby Grenadier Island.  With partial scholarship in hand, Jenny joined her older brother Halsey at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. 

     Meanwhile, Joe Wiegand was born the youngest of three brothers in suburban Chicago to Jim Wiegand, a young heating and air conditioning contractor and his wife Joan Prager, mother and artist.    In the early seventies, Jim Wiegand launched a career as a comedian.  Soon the family moved to Hollywood, California, where Jim performed comedy while writing for the likes of George Carlin, Chuck Barris and David Letterman.  A younger brother and sister joined the family. 

     In California, Joe met Mr. Crathorne, a high school counselor and graduate of The University of the South.  Joe decided to follow Mr. Crathorne’s advice to get good grades and apply for college scholarships.

     In California, Joe became involved in politics, volunteering for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign in 1980.  Joe excelled at school, attending the Hugh O’Brien Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar and winning several titles in the Optimist Club Oratorical Contest. 

     In 1981, the Wiegand family launched “Walkin’ Proud, Talkin’ Loud for America” a twenty-two state, one hundred and sixty-city cross-country tour of America, stepping off from Los Angeles on July 4 and arriving at the White House on September 17, Citizenship Day.  Emphasizing the duties of citizenship and the virtue of patriotism, the family collected thousands of hand written postcards from ordinary citizens to President Ronald Reagan.  At the age of sixteen, Joe served as the advance man and press secretary for the effort.  A typical day included meeting with a mayor at city hall or a governor at the state capitol, and the effort was featured in papers throughout the country and on NBC's "Today Show." 

     Returning to Illinois, Joe finished at Palatine High School where he was elected student council president.  Joe attended the American Legion Boys State program, where his 1,500 compatriots elected him governor.  Later in that summer of 1982, Joe was elected the president of American Legion Boys Nation, where Joe met and was inspired by leaders like Vice-President George H.W. Bush, Congressman Phil Crane and the Leadership Institute’s Morton Blackwell.  

     Returning to D.C. for a Leadership Institute Youth Campaign School, Wiegand joined the head of the British Youth for Thatcher campaign, training as youth campaign organizers.  Soon thereafter, Joe was employed by Congressman Crane’s suburban Chicago re-election campaigns. 

     When Joe graduated from Palatine High School, he was named a Century III Leader, one of America’s top 100 high school students, by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Shell Oil Corporation.  Joe was a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist and a winner of the Citizenship Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution.  

     With scholarships in hand, Joe attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.  During his sophomore year, Joe earned a Wilkins Scholarship for academic achievement and leadership and was elected as the first underclassman and first Northerner to head the Student Assembly at the prestigious Southern institution.  Joe received national recognition in the form of a Harry S Truman Scholarship for leadership and promise for a career in public service.   

     During college, Joe was a varsity cross country runner and used his talent to raise money for the United Way/Crusade of Mercy with a 182 mile, seven day run across Illinois titled “Marathon a Day for the United Way.”  Other Sewanee runners joined Joe on sixty mile, one day and one hundred mile, two day runs for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Tennessee.

      Joe completed a TONYA public affairs internship with Congressman Crane in Washington, D.C., serving as a legislative assistant on foreign affairs issues. 

     Meanwhile, Jenny steeped herself in Sewanee’s rich English heritage, while captaining the field hockey squad and founding the lacrosse club, now a varsity sport at the school.  Her prowess in field hockey earned her All-American honorable mention and three years on the Southern Region Division I and III All Star Team. 

     During Jenny’s senior year and Joe’s junior year, they began to date and travel.  Joe was re-elected to head the student government and was named by TIME Magazine as one of America’s Top 100 College students.  While Jenny taught high school English and coached field hockey at  The Harrisburg Academy in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Joe completed his college work, winning a Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Fellowship, a legacy established by the family of the late founder of IBM. 

      In 1987, Joe and Jenny married at Old St. Paul’s in Baltimore.  Two worlds came together, as most of the local wedding guests thought Joe’s headband and blue jean clad hippie father was crashing the ceremony. 

     For his Watson Fellowship, Joe chose to travel to Costa Rica and South Africa to interview members of their respective national legislatures.  After completing her teaching assignment, Jenny joined Joe as he completed legislative interviews in Italy, the Philippines and South Korea.  After nearly a year abroad, the Wiegands settled in DeKalb, Illinois, where Joe enrolled in the political science graduate school at Northern Illinois University. 

     While Jenny managed the local JoAnn Fabrics store, Joe excelled in courses in American Government and Public Policy and soon became a graduate assistant at the Center for Governmental Studies’ Public Opinion Lab.  After his first year of graduate school, Joe was awarded a Michael Curry Public Affairs Internship with the Illinois Department of Public Aid and its Project Chance welfare to work program.  While Joe and Jenny were in the college town environment, Joe ran while he and Jenny played competitive field hockey and softball. 

     In 1989, Joe signed on with the Illinois Republican State Senate Campaign and the DeKalb County-based candidacy of Nancy Beasley (R. – Sycamore).  After the end of the campaign and two plus years of study, Joe left the graduate school program to pursue opportunities in the private sector.   

     In 1990, Joe and Jenny purchased the circa 1895 Fairdale Methodist Church, a wood frame building on Highway 72 in northwestern DeKalb County.  With the help of family and friends, the Wiegands have created a beautiful residence and have launched their family business in an old farm implement dealership next door. 

      Joe started Precision Polling, a professional public opinion polling firm, with partner Phil Kaim.  After polling for state senate candidate Chris Lauzen (R. – Aurora), Joe was offered his first opportunity to manage a campaign.  Wiegand and Lauzen, a CPA with an MBA from Harvard, teamed up to beat Pate Philip’s hand-chosen candidate, Bob Schillerstrom, and two others in a four way 1992 primary. 

     After Lauzen’s election, Wiegand returned to private sector sales, launching successful new products in new markets for a DeKalb manufacturer.  In 1994, Joe ran for the Republican nomination in the 68th State House District covering northern DeKalb, eastern Winnebago and all of Boone Counties.  Winning the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune and others, Joe won 33% of the vote and endorsed the winner, former State Representative Ron Wait (R.- Belvidere). 

     Jenny, meanwhile, had transferred from retail management to serving as a Deputy Circuit Clerk in the DeKalb County Courthouse.  After four years, Jenny left the public sector post to begin her career as a mortgage loan officer, first with a Rockford-based mortgage company and later with Castle Bank, previously known as First National Bank of DeKalb/Sycamore.  Jenny enjoyed helping individuals and young families with the purchase of a new home.  Meanwhile, Jenny rekindled her youthful fondness for the game of golf while entertaining realtors and others in her business regimen. 

     In 1995, Joe Wiegand competed in the Rockford Tough Man Kick Boxing Competition.  Nick-named the “Taxcutter” by fight promoters, crowd-favorite Wiegand eventually succumbed to a boxing lesson delivered by a fighter sponsored by the local boxing gym. 

     In 1996, Joe was elected to the DeKalb County Board.  , where he demonstrated superior abilities in grassroots organization & earned media.    

     On Memorial Day, 1998, Joe and Jenny welcomed Samantha to the family.  

     In 1999, Wiegand sponsored the successful tax cap referendum, saving millions of dollars annually for DeKalb County property owners and led successful efforts to defeat sales tax increases. 

     Inspired to follow a dream, Jenny left her mortgage banking career to become a semi-professional golfer, touring the country and playing in state opens and mini-tour events.         

      In 1999, Joe announced he would not seek re-election to the county board, opting instead to assist CSE and others in important state Supreme Court elections.  In 2000, Joe joined Jack Roeser’s Family Taxpayers Network, a statewide grassroots organization, as executive director.  At FTN, Wiegand led statewide efforts to recruit and train candidates and volunteers who favored FTN’s agenda for pro-family and pro-taxpayer policies. 

     In 2002, Wiegand was re-elected to the DeKalb County Board, where he quickly reclaimed his title as Taxpayers’ Champion.  In 2003, Wiegand announced his candidacy for the 70th District State House, encompassing eastern Ogle, northern LaSalle and central and southern DeKalb Counties .  Joe was motivated in great part by the incumbent’s votes in favor of tax increases introduced by Republican Governor George Ryan and Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich.  Sadly, the incumbent died.  After suspending his campaign, Wiegand re-engaged the primary against the appointed replacement. Joe lost the primary 55% to 45% and endorsed the winner, Bob Pritchard (R. – Hinckley ). 

     In 2005, Wiegand left FTN to accept the position of campaign manager for the Republican gubernatorial candidacy of businessman Jim Oberweis.  Wiegand is credited with assisting Oberweis to his strongest showing in three bids for statewide election, winning thirty of Illinois’ 102 counties and second place with 32% of the statewide vote in a four-way race.

      Jenny continues to hone her golf game in open and mini-tour events across the United States and Canada.  Joe is an occasional caddie. 

       Jenny is a member of the Sycamore Rotary Club and chairs the Rotary District 6420 World Community Service Project Golf Outing.  Jenny & Joe are volunteers with the Rich Harvest Farms-based Kids Golf Foundation and members of the Junior Golf Committee for the 2009 Solheim Cup.  Joe is a charter member of the Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club and a member of the Kirkland Lions Club, where he chairs the 4th of July queen contest.  Joe is the former senior warden of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Belvidere, where Joe and Jenny have served as lay Eucharistic ministers and lectors for many years.  Joe and Jenny enjoy playing  with Samantha and Faith, the ever present golden retriever. 

      Today, Joe and Jenny Wiegand are enjoying much success as partners in Wiegand’s Victory Enterprises, an entertainment and consulting business headquartered in Fairdale.   Long acknowledged as a gifted writer, quick-witted performer, and inspiring speaker, Joe is entertaining  audiences nationwide with his reprisal of our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt.  In 2008, the family will travel to 48 states in 250 days & will visit many of the places where Theodore Roosevelt left his mark.   Visit www.teddyrooseveltshow.com for more information on this historic tour.








FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 



Date: February 27, 2003

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716


UIS Forensics Team places third at Harper tournament


SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team took third place honors at the Harper College Speech and Debate Tournament held February 22 at Harper College in Palatine. UIS was among 16 teams to compete at the tournament.

One senior, Dusty McEwen, and eight Capital Scholars -- Nels Dale, Saira Malik, Alisabeth Manzoeillo, Nicole Overcash, Nick Roman, Nanette Turner,


Gabrielle Wiegand,


and Chris Wyant -- represented UIS.

In addition to the third place overall award as a team, UIS captured a number of individual honors. Wyant and Dale took first place in parliamentary debate. Wyant and Malik took second place in dramatic duo interpretation, while Turner and Wiegand took sixth place in that event. Wiegand and Manzoeillo took fourth and sixth place, respectively, in prose interpretation. In group discussion, first place went to Dale, third place to Malik, and Roman was named best team player.

The team is now preparing for national tournaments at Cameron University in Oklahoma and Morgan State University in Maryland.

The UIS forensics team is in only its second year of competition. Members can compete in a number of events including Dramatic Duo Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking,






Related to oberweis cmpn mgr=


Wiegand as uis student 







Peoria theater's got 'Milk' - and beer

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, February 21, 2009

Author/Byline: DANIELLE HATCH, GateHouse News Service
Section: business

PEORIA - Gabrielle Wiegand was driving in her car one day when she heard a radio report about a new art house movie theater opening in Peoria. And she was so excited, she said, that she nearly veered off the road.

"I'm a really big independent and foreign film buff, I guess you could say,"

said Wiegand, 26. The Peoria native recently moved back to central Illinois from Washington, D.C

., where it isn't hard to find screenings of little-known indie gems - or theaters that serve alcohol.

This city now has both in Peoria Theater, Independent Film and Event Center. The venue, two 120-seat theaters separated by a partition from the Reynolds Theatres-run complex at Landmark, is run by Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment. It opened Feb. 8.

Wiegand was among patrons who turned out for an 8:45 p.m. Wednesday screening of "Rachel Getting Married." The theater is also playing "Milk." Both films will be screened through Sunday.

Despite a robust bar menu that serves 10 varieties of wine, 15 domestic and premium brews and both well and top-shelf cocktails, Wiegand was happy with just a diet soda.

The theater's liquor license was granted by the City Council on Dec. 15 in a 10-0 vote. There was one abstention. Peoria Liquor Commission Chairman Frank McCabe said this is the only Peoria cinema in his memory to serve alcohol.

The theater also serves nachos, Butch's pizza, popcorn and other snacks. Luke McCann, the theater's general manager, said he is considering featuring food and drink specials to attract customers and also offer a six-month membership ($50 for individuals, $80 for couples) and a year membership ($90 for individuals and $150 for couples), which allows admission to any film.

McCann said he's heard encouraging words from customers who have visited the 21-and-older establishment.

"I think we left a really good impression on everyone coming in. They all say it's really great that there's something like this in town," McCann said.

Other films McCann is considering screening include "The Wrestler," starring Mickey Rourke, and "Waltz With Bashir," an animated documentary in which a former Israeli soldier who served in the 1982 Israeli-Lebanan war interviews his fellow soldiers 20 years later. Rolling Stone magazine called it "a potent and profound document of war and its aftermath done as a cartoon."

Wiegand said she hopes McCann brings in even lesser-known films and foreign offerings: "Anything to mix up the monotony of Nicolas Cage movies that we get in Peoria, I think, would be great."

Admission is $5 for students and seniors, and $6 for adults. Check PeoriaTheater.com for showtimes, or call (309) 202-2278.

Danielle Hatch can be reached at 686-3262 or dhatch@pjstar.com.







Ashley Walz, John Mark Murphy wed

Journal Gazette (Mattoon, IL) - Saturday, July 5, 2008

Section: Features
Page: d2

ILLIOPOLIS - Outdoor wedding vows were exchanged on a sunny spring day in May by Ashley Waltz and John Mark Murphy, both of Illiopolis.

Parents of the couple are Rick and Mary Ann Waltz of Lerna and Don and Frances Murphy of Charleston.

The groom's father performed the 4 p.m. double-ring ceremony on May 24, 2008, at the couple's home in Illiopolis. The ceremony was held under a white canopy built by the bride's father.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a white gown made by her mother. The gown was styled with an empire waist and lace overlay. She carried a bouquet of white daisies and purple lilacs.


Gabrielle Wiegand



of Peoria and Laura Coffey of Charleston were maids of honor.

Bridesmaids were Adrianne Erley of Springfield, Rebekah Murphy of Charleston, and Gabriela Murphy of LaFayette, Ind.

Jamie Murphy was the bridal attendant.

Travis Hilton of Olathe, Kan., was best man. Groomsmen, all brothers of the groom, were Stephen Murphy of Champaign, Nathanael Murphy of Charleston, Joshua Murphy of Charleston, and Adam Murphy of LaFayette, Ind.

Lee Brown of Springfield was the usher.

A casual reception was held under a tent on the lawn following the ceremony.

The bride earned a master's degree and is a


public relations director for Illinois AMVETS based in Springfield.



The groom earned a bachelor's degree and is an electrician for Bodine Electric of Decatur.

Following a honeymoon at Myrtle Beach, S.C.,



the couple reside in Illiopolis.




2 new television ads for Oberweis use made-up headlines

Chicago Tribune (IL) - Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Author/Byline: Ofelia Casillas and Rick Pearson, Tribune political reporters.
Edition: Near West Final
Section: Metro
Page: 2

Republican governor candidate Jim Oberweis is launching two TV ads that use made-up newspaper headlines to attack front-runner Judy Baar Topinka's integrity.

The words are displayed as if they appeared on the front pages of the Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the State Journal-Register of Springfield.


But Oberweis campaign manager Joe Wiegand



said, "those aren't headlines." Instead, he said, the "text is excerpted" from stories that appeared in those publications. A review of the stories did not find the exact words as they were presented in the ads, which are to begin airing Wednesday.

"We are not printing a newspaper," Wiegand said Tuesday. "We are doing a television advertisement."

Charles Wheeler, a journalism professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield, called the ads deceitful.

"It strikes me that you are trying to use the newspapers' good name for your own purposes and misrepresenting what the newspaper actually reported," said Wheeler, a former longtime Statehouse reporter for the Sun-Times.

One Oberweis ad displays the Post-Dispatch with the words "Ordered to Destroy Document" and cites a decade-old story about a former Topinka aide who alleged he had been ordered to shred a document listing investors in two state-backed hotel loan projects.

But the actual headline on the story was, "Illinois treasurer aide is accused; Loans, hotel investors' list are involved." The matter was referred to local prosecutors, but no further action was taken.

The ad also shows the words "Investigation Into Topinka" appearing below the Tribune masthead. But the actual headline for the 2003 story cited by Oberweis was "Campaign probe of Topinka launched; U.S. subpoenas workers' records."

Topinka has said it has been three years since her office has heard from federal prosecutors about allegations of state workers' doing political work.

A second ad criticizes Topinka for trying to settle a massive debt owed the state on the hotel loans a decade ago--a move blocked by then-Atty. Gen. Jim Ryan, who said he believed the settlement offer was too low.

The ad displays a Sun-Times with the words, "$30 Million Sweetheart Deal" and the Journal-Register with the words, "Attorney General Blocks Bad Deal." In actuality, the Sun-Times cited by the campaign was an editorial with the headline, "Sweetheart hotel deal should be jilted." The headline for the Journal-Register story actually read, "Hotels' debt deal blocked; Attorney general cites U of I study."

Ron Gidwitz, another GOP contender, has previously aired ads critical of Topinka, the three-term state treasurer.

A fourth major candidate, state Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), said his campaign won the endorsement of the Illinois State Rifle Association on Tuesday. Brady has proposed eliminating state Firearms Owner Identification Cards.

Meanwhile, the political action committee of U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is urging supporters to donate to Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth in her bid for the Democratic nomination against Christine Cegelis and Lindy Scott for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Hyde.

In an e-mail to be sent Wednesday to Keeping America's Promise contributors, Kerry said Duckworth "knows that it's time for veterans to speak up for a stronger America."




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Mendenhall – shriners prez – SCB – trucks – farm chemicals – (note esp leach cover re addiction community and link to korte)


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Viola Mendenhall

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Section: LOCAL

Page: 9

Viola Mendenhall


NEW BERLIN – Viola "Vi" Mendenhall , 71, of New Berlin, formerly of Springfield, passed away at 3:45 a.m. Monday, July 9, 2007, at Memorial Medical Center after an 11-month battle with cancer.


Vi was born March 9, 1936, in Springfield, the daughter of Thomas and Viola Moscardelli Wilson. She married Myron "Pete" Mendenhall on Dec. 17, 1954, in Springfield.


Vi was the matriarch of the family, raising seven children and being a role model for her many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


She enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking and traveling with her husband in their motor home.


She was vice president and co-owner of Pete Mendenhall & Sons Trucking and Fertilizer Inc. Earlier in life, she was a 4-H leader, a Brownie Girl Scout troop leader and a member of Abeba Temple 42 Daughters of the Nile.


She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Pete; her mother, Viola Wilson of Pleasant Plains; three daughters, Tish (husband, Roy) Hinds of Athens, Diana (husband, Larry) Beaty of Rochester and Becky (husband, Roger) Leach of Edinburg; four sons, Myron (wife, Michele) Mendenhall of Rochester, Russ (wife, Peggy) Mendenhall Sr. of Chatham, Kenny (wife, Joy) Mendenhall of Springfield and Kevin Mendenhall of New Berlin; 13 grandchildren, Kim Smith, Lee, Russ Jr. and Ryan Mendenhall , Rachel Tanner, Charissa Hunt, Katie Mendenhall , Jason Komnick, Shelly Bandelow, Josh and Caleb Leach and Justin and Jonathan Mendenhall ; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Elsie "Toots" (husband, Joe) McElyea of Niantic, Fran Wilson of Dover, Del., and Jenny (husband, Mike) McCarty of Lander, Wyo.; three brothers, Thomas "Sonny" (wife, Joy) Wilson of Niantic, Donald Wilson of Yuma, Ariz., and John Wilson of Pleasant Plains; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


She was preceded by her father, Thomas Wilson.


The family welcomes friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2007, at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL 62711. Funeral ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13, 2007, at Bisch Funeral Home West, with the Rev. Charles Lee and Father David Hoefler officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Plains Cemetery.


Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131.


Visit the online celebration of life at www.mem.com.

Mendenhall to run for county board

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, September 4, 2002


Section: LOCAL

Page: 25

Sangamon County Republicans have chosen David Mendenhall of rural Buffalo to run on the GOP ticket for the District 3 county board seat.


The Republican spot on the ticket was vacated Aug. 23 when incumbent board member Scott Crown removed himself from the ballot. That happened one week after Crown was arrested on charges that included driving under the influence of alcohol.


Crown said he was not drunk, and that he will be exonerated. He said he left the ballot because he may soon have a job paid for by federal funds, which would preclude him from holding a partisan political office.


Mendenhall , 47, said he has been interested in running for the county board for several years, but decided not to since he knew Crown and didn't want to make voters choose between them.


Mendenhall is a district sales manager for the Trisler Seed Co. He is an assistant fire chief in Mechanicsburg and is also the Emergency Services and Disaster Agency coordinator for the village of Mechanicsburg. "I've dedicated a lot of time to serving the community," Mendenhall said. "I would like to continue serving (on the board)."


Mendenhall and his wife, Susan, have five children ranging in age from 14 to 20.


The Democrat running for the District 3 county board seat is Keith Budd of Dawson.


State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 1, 1998

Edition: M1,M2

Section: LOCAL

Page: 25

ROCHESTER -- Kirk Mendenhall has been elected president of the Rochester Optimist Club.


Other officers are Michelle O'Neal and Perry Waters, vice presidents; Dean Beck, secretary; and Jeff Owens, treasurer.


Board members elected to two-year terms are Tom Bertrand, Ivan Wright and Ronda Ellenger. Brett Scroggins, Tom Green and Andy Lunt were elected to one-year terms. There are 30 charter members.


Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month in the Community Room, City Administration Building and Library. Residents and community leaders who are interested in joining should call any of the officers or attend the next meeting.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 21, 2000

Section: LOCAL

Page: 12

Firefighters are given the tools and the training to douse the biggest and most out-of-control blazes, but that doesn't mean they should ever forget the constant danger of fire.


That was the message Springfield Fire Chief J.D. Knox gave to the 13 men and one woman who make up the latest group to graduate from the city fire department's training program.


"We don't want you to lose this fear because it will keep you aware," Knox said during Saturday's ceremony in the Old State Capitol's Representative Hall.


Prior to the ceremony, the 14 recruits and fire officials marched from Fire Station No. 1 at Ninth Street and Capital Avenue to the Old State Capitol, which was teeming with visitors to the Old Capitol Art Fair.


The graduates, who began their training in February, are: Michael Abbott, Michael Bartletti, Timothy Graham, Paul House, Paul Kearney, Jason McMillan, Kirk Mendenhall , Heather Moore, Paul Moser, Joseph Pecoraro, Ryan Sabo, Andrew Sandhaas, Gary Self and Richard Weaver.


Saturday's ceremony comes five months after the department graduated an additional 31 recruits during a similar ceremony at the Capitol.



ANSAR MAN / Shrine potentate turns truck into rolling billboard

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Author/Byline: BRIAN EASON STAFF WRITER brian.eason@sj-r.com


Page: 15

Each year, as new potentates take over the local temples of Shriners of North America, they are faced with the task of selecting the year's theme.


Myron Mendenhall Jr., who became potentate - president - of Springfield's Ansar Shrine in January, took his theme verbatim from a high potentate in Florida.


Brazenly displaying the annual slogan on 18 wheels? That, Mendenhall came up with himself.


"My slogan this year is 'Shriners Do Make a Difference,'" said Mendenhall , of New Berlin. "When I heard that, I thought: Yes, we do. We do make a difference."


Mendenhall solicited the Shrine's advertising guru to make the design for his truck, and a Shriner from Petersburg created the lettering.


"That's a traveling billboard for Shriners Hospital right there," said Mendenhall , who uses the truck in his business, Pete Mendenhall and Son Trucking.


Shriners of North America is a philanthropic Freemasonry fraternity that works closely with and raises money for Shriners Hospitals for Children.


There are 22 Shriners Hospitals in the United States, all of which provide free health care for children. The nearest hospital is in St. Louis.


Mendenhall joined the organization in 1993, but his father, Pete, had been a Shriner since 1975.


"I just decided that this is the thing I wanted to do," Mendenhall said. "Put something back to the community as far as taking care of the kids."


The Shrine has held parades, car shows and barbeques, and even brings in an annual circus. The Ansar Shrine AG Corps unit puts on a tractor telethon each year, soliciting donations for the hospital while driving more than 20 antique tractors down the highway.


Ansar Shrine recently held its annual Potentate's Ball - only this year, it was called the Potentate's Bash. Mendenhall modified the Saturday event when many of the Shrine's newer members couldn't afford the typical black-tie affair.


The Ansar Shrine provides transportation to the nearby hospitals. The Cincinnati location specializes in burn treatment, while the St. Louis location provides orthopedic care to 13,000 children a year. Doctors for the hospitals are in short supply.


"There are approximately 10 pediatric orthopedic surgeons being graduated across the country a year," said Carroll Sutton of Springfield, a Shrine spokesman.


Ansar Shrine, 630 S. Sixth St., serves a 250-mile radius in central Illinois.

Caption: Myron Mendenhall Jr. attaches a U.S. flag to the cab of his truck after parking in front of the Ansar Shrine Center, 630 S. Sixth St. Mendenhall , the Shrine potentate, adorned his trailer with the slogan, "Shriners do make a difference." (06272008TRUCK_TIF.SMP)

Other board nominations

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Section: LOCAL

Page: 2

Other nominations that will be reviewed by the Sangamon County Board:


Land Use Advisory Board


* William Yoggerst (reappointment, term expires Nov. 2009)


* Bob Spencer (term expires Nov. 2009)


Springfield Mass Transit District


The Rev. Jerry Doss (reappointment, term expires Feb. 2013)


Q5 Advisory Board


Jim McDonough (term expires Dec. 2009)


Emergency Telephone Systems Board


* Joe Powell (reappointment, term expires Jan. 2010)


* Dave Mendenhall (term expires Jan. 2010)


Mid-Illinois Medical District


Dr. Elvin Zook (reappointment, term expires April 2011)


Zoning Board of Appeals


* Charlie Chimento (reappointment, term expires April 2011)


* Don Wulf (reappointment, term expires April 2012)


* John Lucchesi (term expires April 2012)


Historic Preservation Commission


* Chuck Pell (reappointment, term expires June 2009)


* Randle Schick (reappointment, term expires June 2010)


* Richard Benanti (reappointment, term expires Sept. 2010)


* Robert Sherman (term expires June 2010)


Animal Control Advisory Committee


* Frank Coble (reappointment, term expires June 2009)


* Sandra Douglas (reappointment, term expires June 2009)


* Christine Groves (reappointment, term expires June 2009)


* John Hawkins (reappointment, term expires June 2009)


* Kevin Hyatt (reappointment, term expires June 2009)


* Larry Marxman (term expires June 2009)


* Aaron McEvoy (term expires June 2009)


* Marvin Miller (reappointment, term expires June 2009)


* Sarah Musgrave (reappointment, term expires June 2009)


* Caroline Petefish (reappointment, term expires June 2009)


* Sam Snell (reappointment, term expires June 2009)


* Jerry White (reappointment, term expires June 2009)


Springfield Airport Authority


Eric Hansen (term expires Nov. 2011)


Building Code Board of Appeals


Cathy Scaife (term expires Nov. 2009)


Sangamon County Board of Health


* Andy Goleman (reappointment, term expires Dec. 2008)


* Gail Simpson (reappointment, term expires Feb. 2011)


* Kristofer Theilen (reappointment, term expires Feb. 2011)


* Jeffrey Bierman, D.M.D. (reappointment, term expires Feb. 2011)


* Annamarie Israel (reappointment, term expires Feb. 2011)


Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission


Kenneth Springs (term expires Feb. 2012)


A complete list of all who applied is at www.sj-r.com.

Here's who wants to be on a board

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 4, 2008

Section: LOCAL

Page: 4

Applicants for appointment to Sangamon County boards and commissions, as listed by the Sangamon County Board office. All are Springfield residents unless otherwise noted. Asterisk (*) indicates incumbent. List does not include fire district applicants.


Airport Authority


Bobbie Baker, Charles Boutcher, William Cowles, Eric Hansen, Keith Johnson (Chatham), David Miller (Buffalo), Scott Pillsbury, Peter Rotskoff, Sam Saladino, Stuart Shiffman, Kenneth Springs, Bill Taft, Ronny Wicherhauser, William Womack (Sherman)


Building Code Board of Appeals


Bobbie Baker, Richard Benanti, Harish Bhatt, Jon Edwards, Kevin Forden*, Earl Henderson, Richard Herndon, Mike Keafer* (Rochester), Jeremy Kirk, Keith Moore*, Tim Reiser, Anthony Salvatore, Cathy Scaife (New Berlin), Kenneth Springs


Citizens Advisory Committee


Bobbie Baker, Matthew Bilinskey, Palmer Blevins, Frank Coble*, Louis DeLaby, Sandra Douglas, Donald Eastep*, S.Craig Feger, Christine Groves*, Eric Hansen, John Hawkins* (Buffalo), Kevin Hyatt* (Rochester), Kyle Kirts (Chatham), John Kolaz, Judith Large, Larry Marxman (Dawson), Aaron McEvoy, Marvin Miller, Sam Montalbano, Gwen Montgomery, Sarah Musgrave* (Rochester), Caroline Petefish*, Scott Pillsbury, Douglas Purnell, Max Rowe, Sam Saladino, Thomas Shafer, Sam Snell* (Auburn), Bill Taft, Thomas Thornburg*, Jerry White*


Community Services Block Grant


Rosemarie Long*, Anthony Mares, Barbara McDonald (Chatham)


Deputy Merit Commission


Bobbie Baker, Matthew Bilinsky, Joseph Galassi, Joe Gooden, Eric Hansen, Anthony Mares, Michael McFadden, Robert Moore, Douglas Purnell, William Rouse, Dennis Sloman (Pleasant Plains), Bill Taft


Extension Board


David Mendenhall * (Buffalo), Scott Pillsbury


Board of Health


Bobbie Baker, Jeffrey Bierman* (Sherman), Andy Goleman* (Divernon), Richard Herndon, Annamarie Israel*, William Moredock, Ross Silverman, Gail Simpson*, Whitney Steele, Kris Theilen*