Virginia page –

cheney – xa Halliburton – carroll – jax –



Dorcoffe is how they were able to do this to me –


Virginia – poison – ruby -




note links from tx – jax – spi











see generally - grandpacarincident



and impactgrandparents



and see warner



From plunkett site: gauwitz – caths – bertolino



note gauwitz at shg – IT – caths – generally in spi – kc’s



and note shg football and coaches and links from spi to spk



note esp virginia il link -



see esp zeman/leonard – and zeman/costello – young ak - delay





bertolino also  texas – galv – “texas” site – important –

xa – galv – port security – longies – carroll – halliburton - cheney




Gauwitz – bertolino –

see sites – “plunkett” – and note riggle at “ronriggle”

And gauwitz as liuna in Peoria – see also liuna ed smith in jax at pensions – “liuna” site and see blago links to liuna at “blagoliuna” note esp bertolino at “texas” site – and bertolino in Sangamon county – see esp bertolino in nursing home – arson -


Bonansinga – beardstown mayor – cwlp – fam links




Osmer – cass sheriff – kid gets hired by scso – father links to il chiefs – pecoraro is lobbyist –

Pecoraro kid at sfd gets OT from steil and others to harass me and recruit others to harass me – modified exhaust – parked running upwind – directing exhaust toward me – xa arson frame – see “English” site and note harassment from llcc pd – nargalenas – gray is llcc chair of bd – see also ramage at llcc and liuna – and cdb -



Big pic – Virginia – link up bonansinga - bommarito – beardstown –

See “Blankenship” site and “bommarito” and “bommaritodelay”

To havanna water – berberet - bartolomucci - bonansinga – campo –

And note zito – cellnet – spk – and nudo – and brahler – and steil – Caruso fam is zito/nudo/steil –

See sites at: “Spkattys” “spkgop” and “steil”



Note esp – misinfo – rape frame – vono – and spi tea party – hart – dragoo – roth – Charles robbins – w/ brahler – lippa – domestic violence org – misinfo – rape frame - brahler emps – and xa nudo emps claim consent re addiction frame – 24/7 –

See sites: “teaparty”  “ilfopngaoi”  “vigilantism”



Note also – isp – bonansinga – fyans – fermon – picco – zito – trame – trent – brueggemann – granata -

Xa – gnutek – blago



And note generally – spi pubworks – wavering poe – manuele – irv smith – reinhart – bommarito –

Xa bommarito and bonansinga – and stl bommarito – campo – scso –

Xa osmer in Virginia – and note other vehicles – jax prison – Bartlett at cwlp


Note Pennell in jax – fd – liuna Midwest – links to bomke – neff – bomke as scb – veteran – related to brandt – farm chemicals -


Point out legal cover – extortion – cocaine – dui – weinhoeft – got him out of town – scsa – and note Schmidt – and irv –


Note generally –

Big pic – dewey clarridge – Escondido – eclipse – eagle talon – Pennell – water – Escondido –

And note tx frame – arson – homicidal – speak to specifics – esp re serial killer – comment – and Charlie Pennell links to spd mcu and see polistina links to ftl – swimming hof – irv as swim coach – sharmin – swimmers –


– monty Pennell in tx – delay –


Extend clatfelter – egizii – note polistina – poe – burge – clatfelter –

And note poe – wavering  - pubworks -





add bonansinga as beardstown mayor – dnr police at panther creek – redpath at dnr police –

also point out osmer links – kid hired by scso -

timeline on bail -



-          Svpd - LGPD link dunbar – Pennell/heminghous – lgpd – heminghous –

Bob dunbar lgpd – svpd – ilroa links – spd – 183 fd – redpath – isfm – 183fw – afa 133


Xa Jennings – agr – isp – vondebur – Aiello

Dunbar – svpd – montalbano – 5th/6th st – pubworks – henkle – gray –

Sites – “Pennell” “heminghous” and see pfs – milburn – “furmanmilnurn”




And note brahler – jax – links to spi – brahler emps – ie lippa domestic violence – nudo – mccann – tea party – xa zito link in spk – cellnet – hou – sangamo meters – schlumberger – xa Halliburton – cheney – blount – carroll – and see galv/tamug/Halliburton







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Gauwitz –


Bertolino –







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and impactgrandparents





From plunkett site:




Plunketts – SIUM – graham – springfield clinic




Plunkett – gauwitz – Peoria


Gauwitz – springfield diocese


SIU-M – O’reilly/plunketts – don graham


Springfield clinic – don graham


Don graham – kienzler


Kienzler - Buraski – pohlman/dems/kingstech –


Kienzler  – Greco – goetz/liuna –


Gauwitz fam – bertolino/arson –


Gauwitz fam – alice sweatman – Virginia IL. On S. East St.


Grandma/grandpa literally across st. from sweatman’s


























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Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - Sunday, August 3, 2008

Edition: All
Section: Features
Page: F5


Nicole Ann Gauwitz and Christopher Richard Lamer, both of 7121 N. Terra Vista, No. 5-202, will be married at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Luthy Botanical Garden. The Rev. Deborah Spencer will perform the ceremony. Her parents are Sharon Chism of 15809 N. McCabe Drive, Chillicothe, and Daniel Gauwitz of 14723 Galena Road, Chillicothe. His parents are Michael and Rosemary Lamer of 1612 Nighthawk Court, Pekin.





Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - Sunday, October 19, 2008

Edition: All
Section: Features
Page: F5

Gauwitz anniversary

Daniel and Polly Gauwitz of Greenview celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a gathering of close family and friends. Daniel Gauwitz and Polly Bertolino were married Oct. 8, 1983, in Lowpoint, on Daniel's parents' lake in Woodford County.

They have one daughter: Corrie Marie (and Philip) Pirtle.

They also have one granddaughter.

Daniel is the IT director at the Diocese of Springfield


. Polly is a real estate professional.




Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - Sunday, January 20, 2008

Edition: All
Section: Features
Page: F5


Kelly Ann Thompson of Chillicothe and Timothy Alan Reddy of Catlin were married at 2 p.m. Oct. 27, 2007, at United Presbyterian Church in Peoria. The Rev. Dr. Kenn Shedenhelm performed the ceremony.

Her parents are Richard and Peggy Thompson of 14712 Grandview Drive, Chillicothe. His parents are Fred and Diane Reddy of 311 Sandusky St., P.O. Box 92, Catlin.

Maid of honor was

Nicole Gauwitz of Peoria

and matron of honor was Michele Schueffner of Dunlap. Bridesmaids were Christy Eckhoff of Chillicothe and Melissa Guthrie of Fairmount. Junior bridesmaid was Ceciley Eckhoff of Chillicothe.

Best man was Todd Reddy of St. Joseph. Groomsmen were Robert Schueffner of Dunlap, Charlie Godby of Metamora and Brett Guthrie of Fairmount. Junior groomsman was Andrew Schueffner of Dunlap.

Ushers were Christopher Lamer and Bob Clauson.

Ringbearer was Jonah Eckhoff. Honorary ringbearers were Camden Eckhoff and Ben Schueffner. Flower girl was Madison Guthrie.

A reception for 200 guests was held at Packard Plaza's ballroom.

The bride wore an ivory Mori Lee strapless gown with crystal beading and silver embroidery that cascaded down the back to the cathedral-length train. The empire waist and hemline were trimmed with Duchess satin.

The bride carried a cascade of black magic roses, leonidas roses and mango calla lilies accented with cream roses, bear grass, seeded eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, brown berries and wax flowers.

The bridesmaids wore European satin strapless gowns by Bill Levkoff. The sable dresses had a wide champagne-colored sash tied in the back forming long tails, and a ball gown skirt with crinoline and a slight train.

The bridesmaids carried hand-tied, round bouquets of black magic roses, leonidas roses, mango calla lilies accented with cream roses, bear grass, seeded eucalyptus and brown berries.

The couple took a honeymoon trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico.

The bride is a business assistant at Maple Shade Dental in Dunlap. The bridegroom is a senior IT analyst at Caterpillar Inc.

They live at 1605 Sycamore, Washington






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, September 11, 1995

 Thomas Bertolino MIDDLETOWN -- Thomas Bertolino, 72, of Middletown, formerly of Lincoln, died Sunday at Doctors Hospital.

Survivors: a daughter,

Polly Gauwitz of Greenview;

a son, Shawn Bertolino of Lincoln;

a granddaughter;

and a sister, Marie Burrus of Arenzville.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, October 5, 1985

A BEASON MAN was arrested on a variety of charges including unlawful use of weapons, unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, no valid firearm identification card, and possession of cannabis, following a routine traffic stop early Friday in Lincoln.

Daniel J. Gauwitz , 30, was stopped at the corner of Woodlawn and Elm streets for having an expired license sticker, Lincoln police reports said. During the stop, police discovered a loaded .22-caliber handgun, extra ammunition and the cannabis in Gauwitz 's car. He was also ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol.






O’reilly runs plunkett


Man says he was fired for weight problem, files suit - Claims Disability Act should protect the obese

Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities - Sunday, June 19, 1994

Author/Byline: Margaret Zack; Staff Writer
Section: NEWS
Page: 01B

Richard Balzum readily admits that at 5 feet 9 and about 280 pounds, he's overweight.

But he didn't think his weight would be the reason he was fired in February from the job he had for 17 years with Plunkett's Pest Control in Minneapolis.

That's what Balzum, 47, of Coon Rapids, alleges in a lawsuit filed recently in federal court in Minneapolis. He claims his weight is a disability and thus he is protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

His lawsuit alleges that John O'Reilly, president and owner of Plunkett's, singled him out for "a calculated campaign of harassment and discrimination" for four years.


It included mocking Balzum about his weight, making hostile references to his girth


and holding an "intervention," at which family members, coworkers and O'Reilly asked him to get treatment, the suit said.

Balzum, who worked as a service technician, said he was forced into a diet program to get his weight down to 229 pounds and had to report his weight to O'Reilly weekly.

"I did not discriminate against him. There is some question whether he was fired or quit," O'Reilly said.

Balzum said last week that he was told he could have his job back if he lost weight.

"The question of whether obesity is a disability is a hot topic," said Ellen Sampson, an employment law specialist with the Minneapolis law firm Leonard, Street and Deinard.

The disabilities act describes a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activities.

Balzum's attorney, Peter Hill, said disability has been broadly defined.

"The idea is to find ways to make people successful in their jobs, not boot them out the door," he said. "It's not to exclude disabled people from the workplace but to put them into the work force and make them productive members of society."

If a disability affects someone's job, an employer should make reasonable efforts to accommodate it, Hill said.

"If people were going to be fired when weight was an issue, 30 percent of the state could be fired," he said. "It's a dangerous precedent."

Sampson said the leading decision to date is a 1993 case in which a Rhode Island woman, Bonnie Cook, who at 5 feet 3 and 329 pounds, was denied a job with the state's Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals. She wasn't hired on the grounds that her weight would prevent her from responding quickly to emergencies.

The First Circuit Court of Appeals in Rhode Island ruled that obesity is a disability. It rejected the argument that morbid obesity - weighing more than twice one's optimal weight - was not a disability because it is a changeable condition within the person's control.

The U.S. Supreme Court, Minnesota Supreme Court and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Minnesota, have not ruled on the issue.

Sampson said a person 20 to 40 pounds overweight probably could not make a successful claim under the disabilities act. Also, if a person's weight is such that he or she can't perform the job, it probably would not be a disability.

"For example, if a 300-pound person who wants to be a jockey brought a claim, he would not qualify as a disabled person," she said.

Balzum said he doesn't believe his weight affected his work. His job involved going into businesses and houses to rid them of pests and included climbing ladders, bending and stooping, getting under sinks and counters.

"I never once called into the office and said I couldn't do a job," Balzum said.

He said O'Reilly told him, "If you can't bend over to tie your shoes, you can't do the job."

Balzum said he has been large throughout his adult life and put on more weight eight years ago when he stopped smoking. He said he participated for a while in the Jenny Craig weight loss program, at O'Reilly's request. Balzum said he knows he should lose weight, but stopped the program because he wanted to lose weight on his own terms.

He said he has no health problems, such as heart trouble.

Caption: PHOTO






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, December 16, 2007


Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Graham of Springfield and Dr. Ryan Matthew Majcina of Goodfield were married at 2 p.m. Oct. 27, 2007, at Blessed Sacrament Church by Father Peter Witchousky.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. Donald and Patricia Graham of Springfield. The groom is the son of Arthur and Jane Majcina of Goodfield.

Serving as matron of honor was Maureen Graham Giraldo. Bridesmaids were Edie Graham, Jennifer Majcina, Rebecca Abu-Saba, Elizabeth Steffen, Valerie Jurgens and Whitney
. Flower girl was Abby Johnson.

Best man was Bill Lafferty. Groomsmen were Michael Majcina, Louis Graham, Erich Struckmeyer, Irish Thompson, Michael Lutes and

John O'Reilly .

Ring bearer was Austin Majcina.

A reception was held at Illini Country Club.

The bride is a 1997 graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School. She graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 2007. She is a pediatric resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The groom is a 1998 graduate of Morton High School and a 2002 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with Bachelor of Science in biology. He is a 2006 graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He is a pediatric resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The couple resides in Baltimore.




Personnel file

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, May 16, 2009

DR. DONALD GRAHAM of Springfield has been elected vice speaker of the Illinois State Medical Society.

Practicing with the Springfield Clinic, where he is chief of the division of infectious diseases, Graham is a board-certified internist specializing in infectious disease. He is an active staff member at Memorial Medical Center and St. John's Hospital.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, August 10, 1998

Edition: M1,M2
Section: LOCAL
Page: 7

Dr. Donald Graham was meeting with a medical group that volunteers in Haiti when Springfield Mayor Karen Hasara called nearly two weeks ago.

"Would Graham consider acting as a special medical advisor to the city?" Hasara asked.

Graham knew why the mayor had called. Springfield is in the grip of an outbreak of a rare disease called leptospirosis.

Chief of the infectious diseases division at Springfield Clinic, Graham knew how to track an infection to its sources. He used to do it for a living. He said yes immediately.

Graham's job, said Hasara, would be to advise the city health and water departments, coordinate Springfield's response to the outbreak and help plan the city's future actions with respect to leptospirosis.

"Dr. Graham is one of the nation's leading experts on infectious diseases," Hasara said in a July 30 statement announcing his appointment.

"We are very fortunate that he is right here in our own backyard," she said.

"Dr. Graham is the perfect person to guide and assist the city as we move into a more aggressive investigatory phase, work to put the pieces of the puzzle together and look for long-term direction."

A Springfield native, Graham graduated from Griffin High School, then earned a degree from the University of Notre Dame. Later, he got his medical degree from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis.

During his residency training after medical school, Graham, inspired by an older physician who became a sort of mentor, decided on specializing in infectious diseases. " I liked the possibility of curing people," he said.

After training, Graham worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta investigating hospital infection outbreaks.

He joined Springfield Clinic in 1980. Aside from his medical qualifications, Graham had one other important quality for the mayor -- his Springfield roots.

"Having been born and raised here, he is keenly aware of the importance of Lake Springfield to our community," Hasara said.

By the time of Graham's appointment, 84 people had come down with the headache, muscle aches, high fever, chills and vomiting that made doctors suspect leptospirosis.

Of those, 36 had gotten sick a couple of weeks after a 1.5-mile swim in Lake Springfield during a June 21 athletic event.

Another 48 not connected to the event came down with suspicious symptoms after swimming, water skiing or jet skiing in the lake.

Graham knew leptospirosis is usually found in animals. When people do contract the disease, it usually follows exposure to infected urine or to water contaminated with urine.

What's more, it's rare for a body of water the size of the lake to be a source of leptospira, the corkscrew-shaped bacterium that causes leptospirosis.

"We usually see leptospirosis associated with rivers," Graham told reporters.

Trying to contain the outbreak, the city placed the lake under an advisory, warning people not to swim, water ski or jet ski in its waters.

IDPH officials closed the beaches that dot the lake as well. Even the one chlorinated beach -- city-operated Lake Springfield Beach -- that wasn't shuttered because of the disease eventually closed nearly two weeks early because no one was using it.

Much of Graham's time as Springfield's special medical advisor has been spent in meetings with city officials and responding to press questions.

It has meant more early mornings and late nights then he expected, he said.

An old hand at tracking infections, Graham knows you can't hunt them down from an office.

So, a few nights last week found him plying the waters of Sugar Creek, looking for hints to the source of the infection that has sickened so many.

His conclusion: "We're going to need more samples from that part of the lake."

Caption: Graham




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, March 29, 1995

DR. DONALD GRAHAM has been elected chairman of the department of infectious diseases at Springfield Clinic for a one-year term.

In 1980, Graham founded the department of infectious diseases at Springfield Clinic and has served as its chairman since then.

Graham holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Washington University School of Medicine.






Slottag said he had been under the impression that any business in Springfield that asked to have a link to the city's site could get one.

As for a political group such as the local GOP, he said, "The feeling is that since this is such a political town, it's part of the fabric of the community."

But Hasara, informed later of the situation, disagreed.

"I told him to take it (the GOP site) off immediately," she said.

The Republican site, by the way, is apparently not a high priority to some top GOP officials. Sangamon County GOP Chairman IRV SMITH, who is also Ward 8 alderman, said he didn't even know his organization had a Web site.

The GOP site apparently got put on the city site by King Technology Inc., a Springfield data-processing and consulting firm that originally worked on setting up the city's site. JOHN POHLMAN, King's general manager, said he thinks the GOP site, also worked on by his firm, was put on as a test of such links in the early going.

The city site -- http://www.springfield.il.us -- features a variety of information, links and pictures that include Hasara and ABE LINCOLN. An update of the site that's in the works will give people more access to newly available information about Lincoln, who, of course, is a big tourist draw.

Hasara said that learning of the GOP site being linked to the city site has made her realize the city needs to develop a policy overseeing the use of the site and what links should be made available. An existing internal telecommunications committee will get the task, she said, and the city council may be asked to review policy recommendations.

"All of this is new territory," she said

























This is the link from don graham to kienzler



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, November 29, 2003

Theresa M. Kienzler


 Theresa M. Kienzler,

87, of Springfield died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at St. Joseph's Home.

She was born Sept. 9, 1916, in Jud, N.D., the daughter of John and Elizabeth Becker Tebrugge. She married Louis J. Kienzler in 1946; he died in 1999.

Mrs. Kienzler, a homemaker, was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church and St. Louis De Marilac Guild.

Survivors: three daughters, Mary Beth (husband, Raymond) Roland,

Pat (husband, Dr. Donald) Graham

and Nancy (husband, Ronald) Kotowski, all of Springfield; two sons, Gregory L. (wife, Carleen) Kienzler of Springfield and Lawrence R. (wife, Jody) Kienzler of Savoy; 13 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and cousins..








From “buraski” site:



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, October 22, 2006


Elizabeth Katherine Kienzler


and Michael Timothy Johnson, both of Springfield, were married at 2 p.m. June 10, 2006, at Blessed Sacrament Church by the Rev. David Hoefler.

The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Rita Kienzler of Springfield.


The groom is the son of Michael and Colleen Johnson of Springfield.

Serving as maid of honor was

Mary Kienzler.

Bridesmaids were Whitney Cahoy, Shannon Johnson, Jesse Lambe, Kristen Martin, Erin Willenborg and Sarah Wright.

Best man was Michael Johnson. Groomsmen were Bill Condon, Ryan Jerome,

Jack Kienzler,

Rick Kienzler,

George Petrilli, Bill Pollard and Mike Willenborg. Ring bearer was Rory Fitzgerald. Ushers were

Jason Buraski ,

Brett Jones, Ryan Lazerri, Brian Lucas and Mark Lucas.

A reception was held at the Hilton Springfield.

The bride is a graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School and Indiana University. She is employed by Heidrick and Struggles International Inc. in Chicago. The groom is a graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School and Marquette University. He is employed by Civil Group Engineering, LLC in Chicago.

The couple resides in Chicago.








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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - January 6, 2008




Sarah Corrine Stutler of Springfield and Eric Von Danner of Riverton were married at 2 p.m. May 26, 2007, at St. Joseph Church by Monsignor Tom Holinga.


The bride is the daughter of Patricia Wright and Gregory Stutler, both of Springfield. The groom is the son of Lawrence and Karen Danner of Riverton.


Serving as maid of honor was Melanie Stutler. Serving as matron of honor was Carrie Chapman. Bridesmaids were AuBree Wagner,

Kate Pohlman,

Stacy Goetz(liuna/IFA),

Kate Anderson-Holthaus and Stephanie Lightfoot. Flower girl was

Isabella Madonia(fam).

Special attendant was Brooke Weatherford. Greeters were (john clough)Lucas Clough, Cali Clough and Anna McMakin.


Best men were Matthew Wilkin and David Vieira. Groomsmen were Sean Stutler, Christopher Wilkin,

Fonso Greco,

Caleb Miller and

Brian Kienzler.

Junior groomsman was Austin Chapman. Ushers were Edward Kurth, Kevin Danner Jr.,


Griffin Goetz (liuna/IFA)

and Jeff Amerson.


A reception was held at Route 66 Hotel.


The bride is a 1997 graduate of Springfield High School, attended Lincoln Land Community College and graduated from Illinois State University. She is a special education teacher at McClernand Elementary School. The groom is a 1998 graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School and attended Springfield College in Illinois and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is employed by Southern Wine and Spirits.


The couple resides in Springfield.






Goetz is organizer for liuna – INTL –


out of ed smith’s office – old state capitol – next to kingtech/bucks


and see Greco again




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, August 1, 2004


Stacy Marie Richardson and

Griffin Patrick Goetz,

both of Springfield, were married at 2 p.m. May 8, 2004, at St. Aloysius Church by the Rev. Tom Liebler.

The bride is the daughter of Mike and Melissa Richardson of Springfield.

The groom is the son of Mike and Sue Goetz of Springfield.

Serving as maid of honor was Gabie Richardson. Bridesmaids were AuBree Williamson, Sarah Stutler, Melanie Stutler, Ann Hohimer and Brook Burroughs. Flower girl was Maggie Ambrose.

Best man was

Kris Goetz.

Groomsmen were

Fonso Greco,

Jeff Amerson, Casey Ryan, Drew Richardson and

Brian Kienzler .

Ring bearer was Riley Sharpe. Ushers were Phillip Midiri and Joel Midiri.

A reception was held at the Knights of Columbus Council 364.

The bride is a graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School and received her bachelor of science degree from Illinois State University. She is employed by the state Department of Transportation. The groom is a graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School and received his bachelor of arts from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.


He is employed by Laborers International Union of North America.

The couple lives in Springfield.



Governor, family had a productive trip to Springfield

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, April 1, 2004

Page: 9

More than nicely colored eggs were collected last weekend, when Gov. ROD BLAGOJEVICH and his family traveled to Springfield to host an Easter egg hunt at the Executive Mansion.

Saturday night in rural Sherman, Blagojevich's campaign fund collected about $75,000 at a $1,000-per-couple fund-raiser.

The fund-raiser was at the farm of JILL and FRED NESSLER.

Jill Nessler said she had hoped to have a party anyway to show off the Nessler home after some work, and gubernatorial fund-raiser CHRIS KELLY of Frankfort asked if the house could be used for the campaign event.

Fred Nessler is a Springfield lawyer who was appointed by Blagojevich to the nonpaying State Fair Advisory Board. The Nesslers keep a pony at their farm for use by the governor's eldest daughter.

Jill Nessler said she was "kind of killing two birds with one stone" by also having her husband's office staff at the event - and they didn't have to pay. The paying guests included many Republicans, she said.

REBECCA RAUSCH, spokeswoman for the governor, said the campaign will pay $3,931 for the family's state plane flights from their home in Chicago to Springfield and back. The Blagojevich family returned to Chicago late Saturday night, she said.

The camera-ready Easter Egg hunt made the TV news, including a shot of the governor being interviewed by a Boy Scout from Decatur who was seeking his communications merit badge. There was also a nice newspaper picture of egg hunters from the Boys & Girls Club of Springfield.

Last year, a similar event was held one day before Easter. This year, it was 15 days before Easter.

"That day just fit into everybody's schedule," Rausch said of the Saturday event.

Timoney re-elected

Sangamon County Democratic Chairman TIM TIMONEY was elected to a second two-year term Monday with a lot less suspense than when he first got the office two years ago.

Back then, after BOB WESLEY decided not to seek another term, Timoney and BERNIE COADY each got the votes of 66 committeemen, and Timoney won by just 17 weighted votes out of more than 8,800 cast.

This time, Timoney and three members of his leadership team were unopposed, and they got a standing ovation after the voice vote that elected them. Two other officers on a slate put together by Timoney, former county chairmen, labor leaders and his first vice chairman, CECIL TURNER, were also elected overwhelmingly.

"He's worked hard," former chairman BILL HOULIHAN said in a nominating speech for Timoney and the slate. "He brought us together. He included everybody." Among those seconding the nomination were former county chairmen TODD RENFROW, WESLEY and SUSAN SHEA - who once defeated Timoney's late father for the chairman's post.

The new leadership team, in addition to Timoney, includes Turner; second vice chairman GARY BUDD;

new third vice chairman J.J. POHLMAN;

new secretary BILLY EARL; and new treasurer CAROLYN TONEY.

Pohlman, 55, has worked since last May at the state Department of Natural Resources, where he is director of administration.

"John Pohlman knows more about computers than anybody in this room," Timoney said to the standing-room-only crowd at Laborers Local 477.

Pohlman replaced JIM SARGENT in the position, which Timoney said is reserved for the person in charge of computer technology.

Sargent, who has been slowed by the effects of a stroke, didn't seek to stay in leadership, but remains a committeeman. Houlihan said Pohlman will have "big shoes to fill."

"Every one of us should work as hard as Jim Sargent," he said. Sargent got a long ovation.

Earl, Timoney's choice, was elected over incumbent PAT GRADY, a member of the Springfield School Board. In weighted votes, Earl won 8,075 to 1,160.

Toney, also the choice of Timoney, was elected by a vote of 7,901 to 1,152 for DAVID WAYMAN.

Houlihan noted recent wins by Democrats at the state and city of Springfield levels, but said the task ahead for the party is to win more Sangamon County positions, where Republicans dominate.

"For us to be a local, strong, effective party, we've got to win county offices," Houlihan said.

Sangamon County Republicans will be meeting April 14, where it is expected that IRV SMITH will be re-elected chairman.








King tech aka – king technologies inc.




Springfield – hasara - City





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, February 5, 1998

Edition: M1,M2
Page: 7

Springfield Mayor KAREN HASARA Wednesday ordered that a computer link from the city's computer home page to the Sangamon County Republican Central

Committee's Web site be severed.

"I did not know it was on there," Hasara said of the link.

An out-of-town observer had noticed that under a part of the Springfield page called "Businesses in Springfield," the Sangamon County GOP's site was available via the click of a computer mouse.

ERNIE SLOTTAG, the city's director of communications, knew the Republican site was there, along with other businesses. In fact, he said he had intended to create a link as well to the Sangamon County Democratic Party's site. He said he received a request to do so from the Democrats, though he admitted misplacing it and not finding it until asked about the GOP site on Wednesday. The Democratic request came in Oct. 2, said Slottag, a Democrat serving a Republican mayor in her officially nonpartisan office.

He said the misplacement was an accident, and added that, technically, adding links to the city's Web site is "not as simple as I wish it were."
























Gauwitz – bertolino – burrus –  alice sweatman – Virginia neighbor









New names

Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL) - Sunday, April 7, 2002


 Steve and Angi Bobsin of Heyworth have chosen the name Steven Trey Bobsin, for their new arrival. The 8-pound, 5-ounce baby, named for his father, was born April 1, 2002. He has a sister, Alyssa Grace, 1. Grandparents are Ron and LouAnn Sweatman of Virginia, Ill.; Linda Kellum of Hollister, Mo., and Gene and Natalie Bobsin of Blue Eye, Mo. Great-grandparents are Loren and Marie Burrus of Jacksonville; Dorothy Sweatman of Virginia, Ill., and Betty Barcus of Dover, Dela.




Alice sweatman lived literally across the street from grandma and grandpa on s. east st. she lived west of grandma and grandpa.








Relatives of alice sweatman from intelius:


Ronald E Sweatman
William F Sweatman
Angela R Sweatman
Gina M Sweatman
Lou A Sweatman
Charlotte I Sweatman




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, August 24, 2000

Kirsten and Bruce Wright, Springfield, a son, Logan Michael Wright, Aug. 21. Grandparents are Larry and Laura Sweatman and Eddie and Brenda Wright, all of Jacksonville. Great-grandparents are Ina Mueller of Jacksonville and Alice Sweatman of Virginia.



Gauwitz fam – bertolino – arson – nursing home



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, September 11, 1995

 Thomas Bertolino MIDDLETOWN -- Thomas Bertolino, 72, of Middletown, formerly of Lincoln, died Sunday at Doctors Hospital.

Survivors: a daughter, Polly
Gauwitz of Greenview; a son, Shawn Bertolino of Lincoln; a granddaughter; and a sister, Marie Burrus of Arenzville.



- Records/ Macon County non-prison sentences

Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) - Wednesday, September 5, 1990

Section: News
Page: A4

(In felony cases. Sentencing judges’ names are in parentheses. Reduced charges

are all felonies unless listed as misdemeanors.)

Shawn Bertolino , 26 of Lincoln: attempted aggravated arson; arson. Pleaded

guilty to arson; other more serious charge dismissed. Accused of setting a

fire March 21 at McKinley Terrace, 2530 N. Monroe St., a nursing home where he

was employed as a certified nurse’s aide. Police reports said Bertolino set a

paper towel on front burner of a pantry stove, turned stove on and left the

room unattended. Sentenced July 31 to probation for two years; ordered to make

restitution of $338; ordered to continue counseling. (Scott)





Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) - Monday, June 18, 1990

Shawn Bertolino , 26, of Lincoln: aggravated arson and arson involving a coffee pot, microwave oven and food at McKinley Terrace nursing home, 2530 N. Monroe St. Accused of putting a paper towel on a pantry stove burner and starting a fire that damaged nursing home property. Bertolino was identified in police reports as a certified nurse’s aide at the nursing home at the time of March 21 fire.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, June 4, 1993


Sweatman infant JACKSONVILLE -- Alexander Dale Sweatman, infant son of Todd A. and Sandra DeFrates Sweatman of Jacksonville, died at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday at St.

John's Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Westfair Baptist Church, Jacksonville, with burial in Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville.

Cody and Son Memorial Home, Jacksonville, is in charge of arrangements.

In addition to parents, surviving are grandparents, Jeanette DeFrates and Larry and Laura Sweatman, all of Jacksonville; great-grandparents, Warren Joy of Chapin, Paul and Lucille DeFrates and Harvey and Ina Marie Mueller, all of Jacksonville, and Robert and
Alice Sweatman of Virginia; a brother, Zachary Thomas at home; six aunts; four uncles; and 12 cousins.























Riggle is libri campaign chair – mayoral

Schackman is mgr –


(… I would guess they know each other)





From ronriggle


Bertolino – ING



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

Ishmael-Bertolino Jenelle Joy Bertolino of Witt and Steven Daniel Ishamel of Springfield exchanged wedding vows at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at St. Louis Catholic Church, Nokomis. The Rev. John Burnett performed the ceremony.

James and Mary Lou Bertolino of Witt are parents of the bride. Linda Ishmael of Taylorville and the late Steven Ishmael are parents of the groom.

Serving as maid of honor was Jill Fasig. Bridesmaids were Joan Ruppert,

Jane Bertolino and Julie Quintin. Flower girl was Emma Quintin.

Best man was Chuck Jones. Groomsmen were Steve Williams, Skip Cassidy and Craig Pavolka. Ushers were Chad Ruppert,

Mark Bertolino and Joe Ishmael. Ringbearer was

Austin Bertolino.

A reception was held at St. Louis Parish Center.

The bride is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and is employed by Pro Rehab Inc. The groom is employed by Illinois Air National Guard.

The couple will reside in Springfield.









Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - Sunday, October 19, 2008

Edition: All
Section: Features
Page: F5

Gauwitz anniversary

Daniel and Polly Gauwitz of Greenview celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a gathering of close family and friends. Daniel Gauwitz and

Polly Bertolino


were married Oct. 8, 1983, in Lowpoint, on Daniel's parents' lake in Woodford County.

They have one daughter: Corrie Marie (and Philip) Pirtle.

They also have one granddaughter.

Daniel is the IT director at the Diocese of Springfield


. Polly is a real estate professional.




Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - Sunday, January 20, 2008

Edition: All
Section: Features
Page: F5


Kelly Ann Thompson of Chillicothe and Timothy Alan Reddy of Catlin were married at 2 p.m. Oct. 27, 2007, at United Presbyterian Church in Peoria. The Rev. Dr. Kenn Shedenhelm performed the ceremony.

Her parents are Richard and Peggy Thompson of 14712 Grandview Drive, Chillicothe. His parents are Fred and Diane Reddy of 311 Sandusky St., P.O. Box 92, Catlin.

Maid of honor was

Nicole Gauwitz of Peoria

and matron of honor was Michele Schueffner of Dunlap. Bridesmaids were Christy Eckhoff of Chillicothe and Melissa Guthrie of Fairmount. Junior bridesmaid was Ceciley Eckhoff of Chillicothe.

Best man was Todd Reddy of St. Joseph. Groomsmen were Robert Schueffner of Dunlap, Charlie Godby of Metamora and Brett Guthrie of Fairmount. Junior groomsman was Andrew Schueffner of Dunlap.

Ushers were Christopher Lamer and Bob Clauson.

Ringbearer was Jonah Eckhoff. Honorary ringbearers were Camden Eckhoff and Ben Schueffner. Flower girl was Madison Guthrie.


 The bridegroom is a senior IT analyst at Caterpillar Inc.















































State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, February 9, 2002

Paul R. Bonansinga

SPRINGFIELD - Paul Robert Bonansinga , 55, of Springfield died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002 at St. John's Hospital.

He was born March 14, 1946, in Springfield, the son of Joseph and Josephine Laffey Bonansinga . He married Barbara Grimes in 1986.

Mr. Bonansinga graduated from Griffin High School. He attended Springfield College in Illinois and Iowa State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1969. He was employed by the Ford Motor Co. Racing Division and was involved in automotive engineering development. He was an automated systems consultant for Central Illinois Community Blood Bank for 23 years, and he owned and operated Comtec Engineering, specializing in European automotive restoration and turn-key computer systems. He also served as commissioner of public utilities for the city of Springfield. He also had been active with the YMCA.

Survivors: wife,


a daughter, Carrie (husband, Pete) Beard of Springfield;

a son,


(wife, Amy) Bonansinga of Springfield;

four grandchildren; mother, Josephine (husband, Peter) Frantz of Lincoln;

two brothers, Tim (wife, Julie) Bonansinga of Quincy and


Sam (wife, Rae)

Bonansinga of Springfield;

two sisters, Mary Ann (husband, Bill) Prillaman and

Susie Bonansinga , both of Springfield; and eight nieces and nephews




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, September 14, 2002

Patrick Bonansinga

ST. CLAIR, Mich. - Patrick Bonansinga , 67, of St. Clair died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.

He was born Sept. 29, 1934, in Springfield, the son of Nicholas and Celia Boyle Bonansinga . He married Helen Swart in 1966 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Mr. Bonansinga retired in 1999 as a director of claims from Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. after 36 years. He was a member of Port Huron Elks Lodge for 22 years and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors: a daughter, Christine (husband, Bob) Calleja of Ferndale, Mich.; and two sisters, Mary Carole Crain of Indian Wells, Calif., and Julie (husband, Wayne) Drake of Helendale, Calif.







Bonansinga is


beardstown mayor –


excel – Oscar mayer - beardstown llcc




Bomb threats anger Beardstown district

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, February 10, 2001

Section: LOCAL
Page: 7

BEARDSTOWN - Students and parents here have grown angry and apprehensive due to a string of school bomb threats, officials said Friday.

Though no arrests have been made, School Superintendent Jim Lewis and Mayor Mike Bonansinga said authorities know the threatening calls have been made from local pay telephones by at least two different callers. Earlier threats were made by one or more males, while the most recent caller was a female.

The first bomb threat was received last school year, on May 5. Three more calls have come during this school year, including the most recent Feb. 1.

Another bomb threat was made Nov. 29 to Beardstown's CBS Alternative School for high-risk students. An arrest was made in that case, but authorities said there is no connection to the threats made to the other schools.

Though all of the calls have been traced, Bonansinga said delays in completing the traces have made it impossible for police to reach the phones before the callers fled. He did say police have several suspects but have not yet been able to tie them to the calls.

Lewis believes as many as six current or former students are involved. While they have maintained a "code of silence" to this point, Lewis said the fact that several are involved will make it more difficult for them to keep their activities secret.

Both Lewis and Bonansinga said they are now considering offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved.

"This is very disruptive for everyone," Bonansinga said.

Calling the bomb threats "a black eye on the good people who are here," Lewis added, "When they get caught, and they will, the penalties will be severe."

The superintendent said the maximum penalty for conviction of a single bomb threat is one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. And he said he wants everyone involved in the bomb threats to be prosecuted, including those who know the identity of the callers but have not provided authorities with information.




Bartolomucci link &*Kid is the mayor



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, May 21, 2005

Bianca P. Bonansinga

BEARDSTOWN - Bianca P. Bonansinga , 91, of Beardstown died Thursday, May 19, 2005, at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.

She was born Oct. 15, 1913, in Springfield, the daughter of Anthony and Assunta "Susie" Ursini Bartolomucci.


She married Sam M. Bonansinga in 1937; he died _in 1988.

Mrs. Bonansinga was a homemaker.

Survivors: son,


*Michael (wife, Sue) Bonansinga


of Beardstown;


sister, Rosalee (husband, Joe) Ballog of Irvine, Calif.; brother,


Nicholas (wife, Mary Agnes)

Bartolomucci of Springfield;


and several nieces, nephews and cousins.





Bonansinga leaves office 2001


Cass county



Cass County

Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - Wednesday, April 4, 2001

Edition: 01
Section: State
Page: B02

BEARDSTOWN - Robert Walters defeated incumbent Michael Bonansinga and Wilbur ''Bill'' Sapp to take over as the mayor of Beardstown.

Walters, who captured 1,087 votes, served as mayor of the town from 1985 to 1989, resigning early in his second term to take an administrative position.

Bonansinga, who got 506 votes, was serving his second term as Ward 4 alderman when named to replace former Mayor Robert Summey in 1996. He was elected to his first four-year mayoral term in 1997.

































Osmer is


cass county sheriff


-  SCSO  - hires osmer


Osmer – nargalenas

= llcc – chiefs - ISP











Osmer – chiefs – pecoraro –


Chiefs – nargalenas – llcc – gray – riggle - burge


Chiefs – pecoraro – sos PD –


Osmer – beardstown – bonansinga –


Osmer – bonansinga - Cwlp – shg - kingtech







13-year veteran appointed Sangamon County sheriff 's chief deputy

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Capt. Jack Campbell, a 13-year veteran of the Sangamon County sheriff 's department, Monday was promoted to chief deputy to replace Tony Sacco, who has retired.

Sheriff Neil Williamson, in announcing the appointment, said Campbell will have all the responsibilities of the sheriff in Williamson's absence and will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the department.

Lt. Deb Brown, most recently first shift supervisor in the patrol division, was promoted to captain, making her the highest-ranking woman in the 185-year history of the sheriff 's department.

Sgt. Wes Barr and Sgt. Robert Steil were promoted to lieutenant.

John Osmer, most recently a deputy sheriff in Cass County, was introduced by Williamson as Sangamon County's newest deputy.

Campbell, a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a member of the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force, has worked in almost every division of the department, Williamson said. He most recently was head of the operations division.

Brown has been with the department since 1978 and has been a deputy since 1983. She was the department's DARE officer for six years and later was a sergeant in the crime prevention division.

Steil was hired as a county corrections officer in 1992 and as a deputy in 1995.

He was named Deputy of the Year in 1999 for quickly finding the body of Lori Hayes, a young Auburn mother who was raped and killed after being targeted at random by Dale Lash. Lash is serving life in prison without parole for her murder.

Barr started as a corrections officer in 1985 and was a Chatham police officer from 1988-1991 before being hired as a deputy.

He has headed the crime prevention division since 2006. He is involved in many community activities, including the Toys for Tots Christmas program, and was named The State Journal-Register First Citizen in 2007.

Osmer, 26, is a graduate of Western Illinois University.






His father, Dave Osmer,

is serving his sixth term as

sheriff of Cass County.







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, January 23, 1988

Author/Byline: Judy Miller
Edition: M1,M2,S1
Section: LOCAL
Page: 5

VIRGINIA -- Melanie Crews allegedly asked three other people to kill her husband before threatening to harm the children of a co-worker if he didn't

commit the murder.

Crews, 27, of Beardstown first approached co-worker David Shoemaker, 32, of rural Virginia about six months ago, Cass County Sheriff David Osmer said Friday. Crews promised to give Shoemaker her husband's three-wheel vehicle and gun collection if he would kill her husband, Osmer said.

Shoemaker thought she was joking, Osmer said.

But Crews persisted, Osmer said, hounding Shoemaker about killing Mark Crews, a 29-year-old farmer who weighed about 440 pounds.

Mark Crews was found dead Tuesday in a storage shed near his home in rural Beardstown.

Shoemaker, a custodian, and Melanie Crews, a licensed practical nurse, work at the Walker Nursing Home in Virginia. Crews and Shoemaker were just friends, Osmer said.

"This is not a love triangle," he said.

Shoemaker refused her request until Crews threatened to harm his 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son, Osmer said.

"He (Shoemaker) was being hounded by Melanie on a constant basis," Osmer said. "She threatened to do harm to his kids. She said (to Shoemaker), `The next time you see your children, if it's not done, will be when you're putting them in the ground,' " Osmer said.

"He has admitted . . . that he pulled the trigger," Osmer said of Shoemaker. "He said when it got to the point where his children were being threatened, he just couldn't take that anymore."

Melanie Crews gave Shoemaker her husband's .357-caliber Magnum in December, Osmer said. He used it Tuesday to shoot Mark Crews in the back of the head in a four-room storage shed on Crews' farm near Beardstown, Osmer said. "(Mark Crews) never knew what hit him," Osmer said. "He was walking from one room into another when the shot was fired."

The shot was fired from about 4 feet away, Osmer said.

Shoemaker told Osmer the story about the offer, the threats and the murder a few hours after he was picked up for questioning early Thursday, Osmer said.

Crews told police the last time she saw her husband alive was when he got into a dark car with tinted windows Tuesday evening. She did not report him missing to police Wednesday, but she did tell her parents he hadn't come home the night before, Osmer said.

Mark Crews' father, Bud Crews, went looking for his son after Melanie's parents told him his son had not returned home. He found the body about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Osmer said.

The Crews were married about nine years; they separated about six months ago, then got back together, sources said. They were living together when Mark Crews was killed, Osmer said.

There is no police record of recent family fights or other disturbances at the Crews residence, Osmer said.

"If she was ever abused, she didn't report it to our agency," he said.

It's not known why Melanie Crews wanted her husband dead, Osmer said.

"She wanted out of the marriage," Osmer said. "That's the only motive I could come up with."

Some of the people Crews solicited to murder her husband live in Cass County, he said.

Osmer wouldn't elaborate about how police were led to question Shoemaker, except to say a tip was called to state police, who called Beardstown police. Beardstown police then called Osmer .

Asked if he thought Melanie Crews was present when her husband was killed, Osmer said, "If she wasn't there, she was very close by."

Crews has been charged with first-degree murder and with solicitation with the intent to commit murder. She was being held in the Schuyler County Jail in Rushville until she posted $100,000, or 10 percent of $1 million bond.

Shoemaker has been charged with first-degree murder. He is being held in the Morgan County Jail in Jacksonville in lieu of $1 million bond.

If convicted, both could be eligible for the death sentence.

Both made court appearances in Cass County Friday. Crews, wearing a blue shirt, black turtleneck and blue jeans, appeared before Judge Richard Welch as the charges were read.

Her attorney, Don Boggs of Havana, asked Welch to reduce the bond, but Welch refused, citing the alleged threats and multiple solicitations.

On the witness stand, Melanie Crews said she has lived in Cass County all of her life and has no criminal record. Her 5- year-old son is staying with relatives, she said. She has worked at the nursing home for seven years, earning about $200 a week.

Asked if she was angry about being arrested, she replied, "I just feel helpless."

Shoemaker, wearing a dark green jail uniform, also appeared before Welch for the formal reading of the murder charge. He told Welch he has hired attorney John Alvarez of Petersburg.

A preliminary hearing for Crews and Shoemaker was set for Feb. 4. Mark Crews' murder was the second infour days in Cass County, but the murders are not related, Osmer said.

Osmer Friday also provided infor mation regarding the murder of Elmer G. Smith, 28, of East St. Louis.

Smith's nude and badly decomposed body was found Jan. 16 in a cornfield about 3 1/2 miles south of Beardstown. An autopsy revealed stab wounds to the back and chest, each one puncturing a lung, Osmer said.

Osmer said police believe Smith was killed at or near where his body was found.

Osmer said it's possible that the murder is drug-related, but no motive has been determined.

Smith left home on Nov. 10 to take a friend to Jacksonville, Osmer said. The victim's vehicle was found burned and in a lake near Collinsville on Nov. 12. Smith's family reported him missing Nov. 14. "(The friend) is definitely under investigation, along with several other people from the Collinsville-East St. Louis area," Osmer said.

Evidence suggests Smith might have crawled from the creek bed to the field, Osmer said.

A sweater and a pair of socks were found with cockleburs on them. Cockleburs are found only in a ditch near the creek bed where a knife, billfold and credit cards were found, about 150 feet southwest of the body. Smith's shoes, pants, underwear, jacket and a razor-knife were found about 240 feet from the body in the same creek bed, Osmer said.

"At this time, it appears that the knife with the billfold might be the murder weapon," Osmer said.

The knife was found with the blade open and bent, Osmer said.

Smith had been arrested on several charges but never convicted, but Osmer said he could not remember what the charges were.

Caption: Left, David Shoemaker is escorted to court in Virginia Friday. Right, Cass County Sheriff David Osmer leads Melanie Crews from the courtroom. Shoemaker and Crews were both charged in the shooting death of Crews' husband.




*Chiefs – pecoraro – et al –



Cass County sheriff running for sixth term

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

Section: LOCAL
Page: 13

BEARDSTOWN - Cass County Sheriff David Osmer announced Tuesday that he is seeking a sixth four-year term in office on the Democratic ticket in 2006.

Osmer was first elected sheriff in November 1986 and has 32 years of law enforcement experience in Cass County.

"It has been a privilege to serve the citizens of Cass County as their sheriff for the last 19 years. If elected, I will continue to administer the quality of law enforcement that has positively impacted our communities while achieving fiscal responsibility," Osmer said in a press release.

A 1970 graduate of Beardstown High School, Osmer attended Lincoln Land Community College, majoring in law enforcement administration. He graduated from the Police Training Institute in Champaign.

He became a deputy in January 1974 and was appointed to the chief deputy position in 1986.

Through his experience with the sheriff's department, Osmer has extensive training in juvenile law, criminal and civil law, courtroom security, administrative procedures and department liability, according to his release.

During the last four years, Osmer said he has applied for and obtained various grants that have provided about $160,000 for officers' equipment and communication system enhancement.

Other recent accomplishments Osmer cited include increasing visibility and manpower within the department, maintaining a balanced budget, and integrating computers and technology.

Osmer has served as a member of the Mobile Training Unit, E-911 Board, National Sheriffs' Association and

Illinois Chiefs of Police.

He is currently vice president of the Illinois Sheriffs' Association.

His community involvement includes Beardstown Lions Club, Elks Club, TAC Club, St. Alexius Catholic Church and

Knights of Columbus.

Osmer , a father of three, lives in Beardstown with his wife, Georgeanne.






Beardstown – bonansinga – mayor




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 24, 1996

Betty M. Osmer BEARDSTOWN -- Betty M. Osmer , 76, of Beardstown died Friday at St. John's Hospital.

Survivors: four sons, David, Brian and Joe Osmer , all of Beardstown, and Tom Osmer of Virginia; four daughters, Mrs. Chuck (Martha) Clayton of Camden, Mrs. Ron (Lauralee) Smith of Olney, Mrs. Doug (Susan) Swisher of Herndon, Va., and Mrs. Steve
Robert B. Osmer BEARDSTOWN -- Robert B. Osmer , 28, of Beardstown died Monday at Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Alexius Catholic Church, Beardstown. Burial will be in St. Alexius Cemetery. Cline Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are his wife, Laura; two sons, Bruce and Nicholas, both of Beardstown; one daughter, Molly of Beardstown; parents, Howard and Betty Osmer of Beardstown; four brothers, David and Joe, both of Beardstown, Tom of Virginia and Brian of Pontiac; four sisters, Laura Lee Smith of Olney, Susan Swisher of Herndon, Va., Martha Clayton, Camden and Jane Ford of Beardstown; and several nieces and nephews.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, April 9, 1991

Howard J. Osmer BEARDSTOWN -- Howard John Osmer , 68, of Beardstown died Sunday at St.

John's Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Alexius Catholic Church, Beardstown. Burial in St. Alexius Catholic Cemetery, Beardstown. Cline Funeral Home, Beardstown, is in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are his wife, Betty; four sons, David and Joe, both of Beardstown, Tom of Virginia, and Brian of Pontiac; four daughters, Martha Clayton of Camden, Lauralee Smith of Olney, Susan Swisher of Herndon, Va., and Jan Ford of Beardstown; and 22 grandchildren.







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, July 25, 1990

Robert B. Osmer BEARDSTOWN -- Robert B. Osmer , 28, of Beardstown died Monday at Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Alexius Catholic Church, Beardstown. Burial will be in St. Alexius Cemetery. Cline Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are his wife, Laura; two sons, Bruce and Nicholas, both of Beardstown; one daughter, Molly of Beardstown; parents, Howard and Betty Osmer of Beardstown; four brothers, David and Joe, both of Beardstown, Tom of Virginia and Brian of Pontiac; four sisters, Laura Lee Smith of Olney, Susan Swisher of Herndon, Va., Martha Clayton, Camden and Jane Ford of Beardstown; and several nieces and nephews.






What happened to Patrick Burns?

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, February 28, 2010

Section: local

No one knows why Patrick Burns snapped.

An accountant for the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, Burns lost consciousness and died after Sangamon County sheriff's deputies arrested him, with the help of Taser shocks, on Jan. 23. Burns, 50, had no criminal record. His funeral earlier this month was packed.

"He was a dear friend, a close friend," says Sangamon County Clerk Joe Aiello, who played football with Burns at the old Griffin High School more than 30 years ago. "The one thing he always said whenever you saw him: "Who's your buddy? Who's your pal?' He was a good man."

After a fight with his girlfriend, Burns, wearing only underwear, stepped out into the cold on the morning of Jan. 23. Hours later, he was in a coma. Police say he was on drugs; a woman who witnessed his last minutes of consciousness as Burns struggled with deputies says he was screaming that people were trying to kill him and that he only wanted to do the right thing.

Burns had a history of bipolar disorder and a life steeped in tragedy. Those who knew him say he was unforgettable, in the best of ways.

'No better kid'

"I defy you to find someone who would say a bad word about him, and not just because he's gone," says Larry Selinger, director of Springfield city government's human resources department, who taught and coached Burns at Griffin. "Everybody loved him. You couldn't ask for a better kid than Pat Burns."

On the outside, at least, Burns had it all while playing receiver at SHG in the late 1970s.

Good looking. Smart. Laid back. Dry wit. And tough to defend in the secondary.

Burns played in the state championship game for the Cyclones in 1975 and made the all-city team the following year as a senior. Burnsy post, Burnsy flag -- those were standard plays on third-and-long, Selinger said, and Burns almost always delivered.

Selinger, who also taught English and physical education, was teaching public speech the day Burns walked into class with a fishbowl. Burns was scheduled to give a three-minute speech.

"I told him, "You're not eating goldfish,'" Selinger recalls.

Burns protested that he had nothing else prepared. A school administrator called Burns' mother, who gave the OK, saying she couldn't get her son to eat fish at home. So Burns talked about fraternity pranks, then popped a pair of goldfish into his mouth and swallowed.

"Everybody's screaming," Selinger recalls. "Two periods later, someone in the faculty lounge asked: Did Burns really eat two goldfish? Yeah -- he sure did, I said. They said, "What did you do?'

"I said, "Hell, I gave him an A.'"

Always willing to help

The guestbook for Burns' online obituary consumes 10 pages, with friends, co-workers and neighbors talking of his smile, his spirit, his kindness and sense of humor.

Selinger recalls a person always willing to help. When Jim Venturini, his best friend and teammate on the football squad, was too nervous to ask a girl to a homecoming dance, Burns pretended to be her while his friend practiced the phone call. It took nearly a week. Venturini got the date.

But sadness already was beginning to surround Burns. In 1974, his older brother Mike had vanished in Mexico. He'd gone there with a friend and run out of money. Mike had planned to sell his car to raise cash and met someone in Mazatlan who had promised to help. He disappeared after dropping the friend off.

Less than two years after graduating from Griffin, Venturini killed himself with a shotgun blast.

"Pat disappeared for two days," recalls Richard Burns, Patrick Burns' younger brother. "Finally, he shows back up. We said, "Where were you?' He said, "I've just been driving around.' "

Tragedy kept coming. Not long after Venturini killed himself, another of Patrick's friends committed suicide, Richard Burns says. Then a former classmate died of cancer.

"There's just death in his life," Richard Burns says.

Through it all, Patrick Burns graduated from Illinois State University, earning an accounting degree. He went to work for the state in 1991 and remained a state CPA until the day he died.

More than a decade ago, Richard Burns says, he helped convince his brother to see a doctor who diagnosed bipolar disorder and put him on medication.

"It was more of a depression sort of thing, not a hyperactive, out-of-control aggressive thing," Richard Burns says. "He was a mild-mannered guy."

Cracks develop

After going to work for the state, Patrick Burns bought a house on West Canedy Avenue. In 1994, he fathered a daughter. In 2002, he married; his second daughter was born eight months later.

By then, however, cracks were starting to develop, court records indicate.

Three months before his younger daughter was born, Burns filed for bankruptcy. He separated from his wife two years after marrying and won custody of the child. (His ex-wife is now incarcerated in Florida, serving two years for grand theft and a cocaine offense.)

Jodi Perko, the mother of Burns' oldest daughter, says Burns had a problem with alcohol dating to at least the mid-1990s. She said she moved out shortly after their daughter was born.

"He wouldn't quit coming home drunk," Perko says.

Burns entered treatment about the same time his youngest daughter was born, his younger brother says. Besides alcohol, he was using cocaine, Richard Burns says.

Perko, who sometimes cared for Burns' youngest daughter for days at a time, suspects that he used drugs off-and-on for the past half-dozen years.

"Patrick always denied it," Perko says. "The signs were all there."

Being bi-polar didn't help.

"He didn't want to be labeled as having a mental health problem," Richard Burns says. "We had to encourage him to be on medication, and at times, he would self-medicate."

In 2007, Burns was arrested on suspicion of DUI. He refused a breath test and received supervision. By 2008, Burns had lost his home to foreclosure. A credit card company won a judgment of more than $15,000, and his paycheck was garnished. He moved to a rental home on Converse Avenue that he shared with a girlfriend.

In the months before he died, Burns had good times and not-so-good times, his brother says. About six months ago, Richard Burns says, his brother didn't sound good during a phone call.

"Everything was just down in his life," Richard Burns says. "I asked, "Are you still taking your meds?' He said no. I said, "Maybe you ought to go see a doctor again.' "

After a few months, Richard Burns says his brother was back on medication and things seemed better. He wanted to ask his girlfriend to marry him, and Richard Burns suggested proposing in a love letter and presenting it with a bouquet of roses on Valentine's Day. Like a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac, Richard Burns told his brother what to write.

"Word for word, he'd copy down what I was suggesting," Richard Burns says. "It was the happiest I'd ever seen him."

Not violent sort

Richard Burns got the call about 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 23. It was his brother's girlfriend. Patrick was unconscious at Memorial Medical Center.

The couple had argued, and Burns had left the house that morning clad only in underwear. The temperature was in the 30s.

Richard Burns says his brother wasn't the violent sort.

"His way of arguing was silence and being moody."

This time was different. It's not clear what started the argument. The girlfriend since has moved out of the Converse Avenue home and could not be reached for an interview.

"Something happened in Pat's mind to make him - I use the word "flip-out' - to make him not be himself," Richard Burns says. "He starts thinking that she's trying to kill him. He leaves, she locks the door."

On Wesley Avenue, one street south of the Converse Avenue home, Sherry Konneker was sleeping in her bedroom. Her 16-year-old son and a friend who had stayed the night were asleep in the living room. The home is just a few houses away from the house where Burns lived. It's the same shade of gray.

"I think he gets disoriented," Richard Burns says. "The house that he broke into looks exactly like his house."

Weeks later, Konneker sobs in her kitchen as she recalls that morning. A crash brought her son running into her bedroom. He thought a car had hit the house.

Konneker rushed to the living room and heard someone pounding on the front door.

"Someone's outside, screaming, "Help me! Help me! They're killing me!' " Konneker recalls.

Konneker opened the door. There stood Pat Burns.

Konneker had gone to grade school at St. Aloysius with Burns. She had seen him once in a while sinceBut she'd never seen him like this.

"My first thought was, it's Pat," Konneker says. "He has blood on him. He's crying, "Help me, help me.'"

Konneker says she quickly concluded this was a case of mistaken identity. This man was not acting like Patrick Burns.

Screaming attack

Burns forced his way into the house. He grabbed Konneker by both shoulders and began kicking and kneeing her in her legs and mid-section, drawing her torso into each blow, the kicks pushing her backward across her living room. All the while he was screaming.

"They're killing me! They're killing me! I'm trying to do the right thing!"

Her son ran to the basement to call 911.

Burns started dragging Konneker toward the open front door, but she broke free and slammed and locked the door, with Burns outside. She ran to the kitchen for a cell phone to call police and a frying pan to defend herself. Burns started breaking out the picture window in her living room. Then he started on the front door, which is half window.

"The next thing I know, the glass from the door came flying into the living room and he's crawling into my house," Konneker says.

Weeks after the fact, Konneker says it was a stupid thing to do, but she put down the phone and the frying pan and walked over to Burns.

"I went over to the door and put my hands on his shoulders and said, "If you are trying to do the right thing, the police are on their way, and they'll help you,'" she says.

The words worked well enough that she got Burns outside, where his encounter with sheriff's deputies unfolded.


The words in a report filed by paramedics who took Burns to Memorial Medical Center are the essence of dry.

"Combative and resistant." "Alert but not aware of person, place or time."

"He hit the cops," Konneker says. "They were trying to do everything they could to get him to calm down so they wouldn't hurt him."

The two-person paramedic crew reported that deputies had shocked Burns before their arrival and that he was lying face down in a pool of mud. He had fought hard enough that cuffs left lacerations on both his wrists and ankles.

Burns weighed 160 pounds, according to the paramedics' report. Deputies shocked him four times while he was in cuffs, the crew said, but he still wouldn't calm down. He was talking about the rapture and fighting so hard that the crew gave up on soft restraints and took him to the hospital still in cuffs.

The ambulance crew said police told them Burns was on drugs, possibly methamphetamine or crack. It's not clear why officers thought that.

Richard Burns says his brother's front teeth were knocked out when he saw him at the hospital.

"Pat had unbelievably serious physical injuries," Richard Burns says. "I saw him in a neck brace. I saw bruises."

Just what deputies did to subdue Patrick Burns and how many times he was shocked remain a mystery. Sheriff's officials have confirmed that Burns was shocked several times, but they have refused to release reports in the case, citing a pending investigation by Illinois State Police. Sheriff Neil Williamson has backed the deputies who handled the call. All remain on regular duty.

Konneker also believes deputies did no wrong.

She says she told Richard Burns, "I'm sorry, but if you file a lawsuit, I'll testify for the police and you'll lose.'

"They did everything they could to not hurt Pat. He was out of control."

Sense of foreboding

Perko says she feared for Burns.

"I've just had this sense of foreboding, the last several months especially," Perko says. "I was keeping (his youngest daughter) all the time. I would keep her all weekend and take her to school on Monday. I would have her the whole week and he wouldn't call to say hi to her."

Perko said the girl, who now lives with her half-sister and Perko, told her that Burns and his girlfriend often slept, leaving her to watch television.

"That other house was tiny - sparse and dingy," Perko says. "She's thrilled to be with me. She's got a beautiful bedroom, yellow and pink and all butterflies. We do fun things. We go to concerts and plays. We go to art fairs."

Konneker says her son told her two days after the attack that it really had been Pat Burns, not a stranger.

"That's when I fell apart," Konneker says.

With his brother on life support, Richard Burns called Konneker, then paid a visit with another relative to apologize for what Patrick had done.

On Jan. 28, four days after his encounter with deputies, Patrick Burns was removed from life support and died.

"I just hugged them all and told them how bad I felt about what happened," Konneker says.

"I'll always remember him as the best-looking kid in fifth grade, the one all the girls at St. Al's chased around the playground."

Bruce Rushton can be reached at 788-1542.

Sheriff's office releasing little information

Aside from naming deputies who responded to a report of Patrick Burns breaking into a home on Jan. 23, the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is releasing little information about how Burns died.

Citing a pending investigation by Illinois State police, sheriff's officials have refused to release reports on the case to The State Journal-Register. Officials have said Burns was shocked several times, but have released no other details.

Deputies involved in the apprehension of Burns include Andrew Brashear, Michael Harth, John Osmer and Terry Roderick, the department says. Sheriff Neil Williamson has said none did anything wrong, and the deputies all are on regular duty.

Among them, the four deputies have deployed Tasers nine times since 2005, according to the sheriff's office. None have had any internal-affairs complaints within the past four years, sheriff's officials say.

According to a report filed by paramedics, deputies shocked Burns before an ambulance arrived and four times after he was cuffed and medical aid had arrived. The report shows that Burns had lacerations on his wrists and ankles from cuffs.

Chief Deputy Jack Campbell said he couldn't provide details, including the number of times Burns was shocked and the manner in which he was cuffed, because the investigation is pending and he hasn't read reports.

In addition to an autopsy ordered by the Sangamon County coroner's office, Burns' family has hired its own pathologist to review the death. Richard Burns, Patrick Burns' younger brother, says he is concerned about the way deputies dealt with his brother, but will wait for autopsy results before drawing conclusions.








Effects of a Taser shocking not fully understood



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The Sangamon County Sheriff's office held a presentation and demonstration of the TASER gun used by its' deputies at the Office of Emergency Management on Friday February 5, 2010. Sangamon County Board member Jim Good grimaces in pain as he is shot in the back with the Taser by Sangamon County Sheriff's deputy Travis Dalby. Supporting Good are deputies Jeff Berkler, left, and Jack Campbell. Good volunteered for the demonstration.

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Springfield resident Eric Nein shows off a mark on his chest he says was the result of being shot with a Taser by a Springfield police officer. Nein was photographed outside his home on Feb. 28, 2010.

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The company that makes them and the law enforcement agencies that use them say Taser stun guns are safe and effective.

The U.S. Department of Justice isn’t willing to go that far, though, noting in a recent report that “studies examining the effects of extended exposure in humans are very limited.”

Eric Nein has first-hand knowledge of what it feels like to have 50,000 volts surge through his body. It’s a painful experience, he says.

The 24-year-old Springfield man has been shot with a Taser at least twice since Aug. 16.

“I was drinking a little bit, so that had something to do with it,” he admitted.

While police accounts suggest the Taser worked in subduing Nein on both occasions — and Nein himself readily accepts he was in the wrong — he also thinks being shocked has had lasting effects.

“It’s hard to describe,” he said. “You have muscle spasms after it happens.”

He also said the Taser left burn marks and scars on his side, chest and head.

The State Journal-Register began investigating Taser use by local law enforcement in the wake of the death in January of Patrick Burns, who Sangamon County sheriff’s deputies shocked 21 times while subduing him.

Although the Sangamon County coroner’s pathologist has called the death a “textbook case” of cocaine-fueled excited delirium — a syndrome characterized by psychosis and agitation most frequently associated with combativeness and elevated body temperature — the coroner’s jury that heard testimony in the case deemed Burns’ cause of death “undetermined.”

Two deaths in 2 1/2 years locally have called into question whether Tasers truly are non-lethal.

In June 2008, the Department of Justice issued findings from a study of deaths after people were exposed to electro muscular disruption, which is what happens when someone is shot with a Taser. The study was based on statistics showing that, from 2003 until 2005, 47 states and the District of Columbia reported 1,095 arrest-related deaths linked to the use of force, including Tasers, at the hands of police.

Effects unknown

Although studies undertaken by law enforcement also showed reduced injuries to officers and suspects by agencies that used Tasers, Justice noted “a significant number of individuals have died after exposure to a (conducted energy device). Some were healthy adults; others were chemically dependent or had heart disease or mental illness.”

Ultimately, the department determined that, while there was no conclusive medical evidence indicating a high risk of serious injury or death from the direct effects of Taser exposure — and that the potential for moderate or severe injury related to the same exposure was low — the effects of extended exposure could not be determined.

“The medical risks of repeated or continuous (conducted energy devices) exposure are unknown and the role of (conducted energy devices) in causing death is unclear in these cases,” the report states. “The repeated or continuous exposure of (conducted energy devices) to an actively resisting individual may not achieve compliance, especially when the individual may be under drug intoxication or in a state of excited delirium.”

Deputy Chief Clay Dowis of the Springfield Police Department said death due to excited delirium is not directly connected to the physical effects of being shot with a Taser.

“You always have the problem of the excited delirium where it doesn’t take much to put them in some type of cardiac arrest,” he said. “Before we had Tasers, they would go into the cardiac arrest just based on the physical confrontation with the officers. I think it’s more of the state they’re in.

“When they fight with us … if they’re going to go into that excited delirium and have that heart attack, they’re going to do it. I don’t think it matters what you use.”

‘Vast concerns’

But the lack of conclusive evidence related to long-term exposure or consecutive shocks by a Taser has caused both local and international calls for a moratorium on use of the weapon.

In October 2005, state Rep. Monique Davis, D-Chicago, introduced House Bill 4142, which was to prohibit the sale, manufacture, purchase, possession or use of stun guns and Tasers, even for police officers. She tabled the bill in January 2006, she says, because it didn’t gain enough support.

“To my knowledge, I still don’t think they’re safe, and I still have vast concerns with the use of Tasers. I don’t think they have been proven medically sound,” she said.

“I think if there’s indiscriminate use, we run the risk of killing someone who’s committed a minor infraction.”


Limey Nargelenas, a lobbyist with the


Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police


who was part of a group that reviewed and conducted studies at the time Davis proposed the legislation, said he believes Tasers are a safe alternative to lethal force.

“We met with the representative and had the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board conduct a study, and we also looked at studies that had already been done by the state police,” he said. “We still believe that (Tasers) have a viable use … for our police officers as long as they’ve received the proper training.”

Nargelenas acknowledged that no weapon is 100 percent safe, not even Tasers. Yet situations in which officers are justified in using Tasers also often allow for them to use lethal force.

Given the option, Tasers are less deadly, he said.

“In most of these cases if the subject doesn’t surrender, the officer is justified in using deadly force, where the likelihood of injury there would be much greater,” he said. “The statistics showed about 1 or 2 percent of the time there is a fatality (with Tasers). With a firearm, there is about 95 percent.

“We have had fatalities with pepper spray, so there is no device out there that is 100 percent where death would not be involved.”

Rhys Saunders can be reached at 788-1521.

Amnesty wants restrictions

The human rights organization Amnesty International has called for restrictions on Tasers, deeming them dangerous based on more than 300 Taser-related deaths reported nationally from June 2001 through August 2008.

“Many experts believe there is an increased risk of adverse medical effects from multiple or prolonged shocks,” said Amnesty International’s Angela Wright. “This seems borne out by cases.”

Of 334 Taser-related deaths recorded by Amnesty, a cause of death was reported in 250 cases. Thirty-three percent — or 111 cases — listed the cause of death as being solely due to cocaine, methamphetamine or PHC intoxication or a combination of drug intoxication and excited delirium. One hundred and sixty-three of the 250 reported deaths mentioned illicit drugs in the deceased person’s body, even if they were not a cause or sole cause, Wright said.

Autopsy results were not available for all cases.

Of the 98 autopsy reports examined by Amnesty, 21 involved toxicology reports that were negative for both drugs and alcohol, Wright said. Seventy-five cases with autopsy reports had some presence of illicit drugs, although not always at fatal or high levels.

Nationwide Taser-related deaths from June 2001 through August 2008

* 334 Taser-related deaths recorded

* 250 cases where a cause of death was reported

* 111 cases listed cause of death solely due to cocaine, methamphetamine or PHC intoxication, or a combination of drug intoxication and excited delirium

* 163 mentioned illicit drugs in the deceased’s body

* 98 autopsy reports available

* 21 toxicology reports that were negative for both drugs and alcohol

* 75 cases with autopsy reports that had some presence of illicit drugs in their system

* 13 occurred in Illinois

Source: Amnesty International

‘It was a shock to the heart’

On Aug. 15, Eric Nein, 24, and his 21-year-old girlfriend were arguing at The Cove, 1616 N. Dirksen Parkway.

The woman began walking to their home in the 1100 block of North Milton Avenue, but Nein followed her in his car, eventually pulling in front of her.

“Nein then grabbed her by her hair and began dragging her to the car,” a police report said.

When they got home, the argument turned more violent. Nein punched the woman.

“I got into a little argument, and (the cops) showed up at my house,” he said in a recent interview. “I told them I was going back inside, they told me I wasn’t. I turned around and walked in my house, and they Maced me.”

The police report, however, does not state pepper spray was used. Instead, it says Nein was handcuffed and taken to a squad car, where he began banging his head against a window.

Officer Royce Shamart opened the car door and told Nein to stop. Nein instead banged his head against the shield separating the car’s front and rear compartments three or four more times.

Nein claimed the pepper spray used to subdue him made him feel felt like he couldn’t breath. He also blamed his night of drinking.

“I was just being mad about getting Maced,” Nein said.

When Nein, still handcuffed and halfway inside the vehicle, lunged at the officer, Shamart pulled out his Taser and delivered a five-second stun to Nein’s upper shoulder.

“It took me probably three or four days to recover after that,” he said. “It was a shock to the heart. … If you’re not expecting to get it, it is even worse because it catches you off guard.”

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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, October 14, 2001


Kara Jean Merkley of Rochester and Joseph Vincent Pecoraro of Springfield were married at 6 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by the Rev. David Lantz.

The bride is the daughter of Jack and Marilyn Merkley of Rochester. The groom is the son of Giacomo Sr. and Linda Pecoraro of Springfield.

Serving as matrons of honor were Jill Merkley and Mollie Poynton. Bridesmaids were Susan Ritter, Gina Pecoraro, Rosalie Pecoraro, Kerry Thon, Marti Graham and Jennifer Pecoraro. Junior bridesmaids were Mary Pecoraro and Rebecca Pettyjohn.

Best man was Giacomo Pecoraro Jr. Groomsmen were Todd MacDonald, Chris Staudt, Jay Rakers, Sam Seiz, John Mikels and John Poynton. Junior groomsman was Anthony Pecoraro. Ringbearer was Nicholas Pecoraro. Ushers were Craig Young, Scott Dirken and Rich Bird.

A reception was held at the Springfield Hilton.

The bride is a graduate of Rochester High School and Illinois State University, where she earned a B.A. in education. She is employed by Springfield Public School District 186. The groom is a graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School and Eastern Illinois University, where he received his BS and MS in technology. He is employed by the Springfield Fire Department.

The couple will reside in Springfield.

















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Limey was llcc police dir under gray and before, problems on campus; mandatory unemp classes nec for foodstamps, and see 24 hrs


*And, he was isp dir of crim inv. At same time pennel did gambling investigations, (with burge at isp IA)


Xa – cellini runs isp, trent at argosy, cellini backs blago b/c ryan won’t let him skate on hotel; combine


See esp. gnutek complaint and IGB – dor, and see tamayo article


cellini cashes in on clout, argosy, boyd, capri, harrahs





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, May 8, 1990


Nargelenas -Hart Stacey Lynette Hart of Girard and Laimutis Algirdas Nargelenas of Pawnee exchanged wedding vows at 11 a.m. April 21 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Rev. Douglas Lichtenberger performed the ceremony.


The bride is the daughter of George and Lorraine Hart of Girard. The groom is the son of the late Antanas and Jadvyga Nargelenas .


Serving as matron of honor was Jodi Stanley. Bridesmaids were Kristin Schuldt and Teresa Nargelenas . Flower girl was Jessica Jones.


Best man was Paul Nargelenas . Groomsmen were Romas Nargelenas and Bill Hart. Ushers were Bob Carnduff, Andre Parker, Bill Ritter and Greg Voyles. Ringbearer was Michael Nargelenas .


A reception was held at Knights of Columbus Hall in Virden.


The bride is a graduate of Girard High School and will graduate from Millikin University. The groom is a graduate of Georgetown High School and Sangamon State University. He is currently employed as assistant deputy director of the Division of Criminal Investigation for the Illinois State Police.


The couple will reside in Pawnee.


(See also limey as lobbyist for il. Police chiefs – pecoraro et al.)



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, August 27, 2000


LAMUTIS "LIMEY" NARGELENAS , Lincoln Land Community College director of the Department of Police, Security and Safety, has been elected president of the Illinois Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.


Nargelenas also was elected second vice president of the Illinois Retired State Police Officers Association. He served with the Illinois State Police from 1969 to 1994.


(gray is lone vote to continue uis service, limey argues for 3x8hr shifts= 24 hrs)



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, April 29, 1999




Deciding whether to turn members of Lincoln Land Community College's security staff into full-fledged police officers will have to wait at least another month.


College administrators Wednesday night presented a plan to the board of trustees that would have authorized that some of the now-unarmed guards have full police power. But board members held off on a vote, saying they wanted a good estimate for how much the change would cost. "I'm not going to be satisfied until I see something that goes out three years, as far as cost," board chairman Jim Berger said during the trustees' monthly meeting.


Lincoln Land currently relies on police officers from the University of Illinois at Springfield to provide services such as criminal investigations and assistance during serious incidents.


But LLCC security director Limey Nargelenas has said having sworn officers would make for quicker response times for those serious incidents.


Under the proposal, Lincoln Land would have terminated its contract with UIS for police protection and proceed to enlist up to five police officers by July 2000. That group would be complemented with four security guards to perform less-critical tasks such as walking through buildings and locking doors.


Part of the presentation to board members included the statement that the budget impact of the proposal would be minimal because the college would be eliminating the UIS contract.


But Berger and others say they want proof of that, especially since police officers would likely be paid more and would operate under a different pension structure.


Berger also said he has yet to be fully convinced that the need for full-fledged police officers is necessary.


A member of the college's academic senate also voiced concern that armed officers may cause some reservations across campus. "People are just nervous with the changes and the thought of armed police officers around," said Hugh McNiece, chairman of the math and engineering department.


The proposal was tabled until next month's meeting.




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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, October 28, 1993

Edition: M1,M2

Section: LOCAL

Page: 22

Roy E. Kennedy Roy E. Kennedy, 70, of Springfield died at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday at St.


John's Hospital.


He was born Dec. 17, 1922, in Springfield, the son of Roy and Anna Roach Kennedy. He married Edna M. Black in 1946.


Mr. Kennedy retired in 1984 from CWLP after 17 years as a meter reader.


He was also employed as a barber and by the C&IM Railroad for 15 years. He was a member of St. Aloysius Church, Knights of Columbus Council 364, Holy Name Society, Elks Lodge 158, Electricians Union 193 and past president of Greater Springfield Bowling Association. He graduated from Cathedral High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Surviving are his wife, Edna; five daughters, Mrs. Bob (Frances M.) Wyeth of West Seneca, N.Y., Patricia A. Sacco , Mrs. Bill (Mary Kay) Berberet, Mrs. Jerry (Theresa F.) Seiz and Mrs. Kevin (Sally M.) Boyle, all of Springfield; 11 grandchildren; seven sisters, Mrs. Tom (Rita) Sorquist of Des Plains, Mrs. Nick (Mary Agnes) Bartolomucci of Springfield, Mrs. Jim (Sara) Kerber of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Bob (Anna Mae) Martin of Spaulding, Mrs. Jim (Gertrude) Johnson of Springfield, Mrs. Theresa Merano of Muskegon, Mich., and Mrs. Dave (Johanna) Brost of Iowa; brother, Myles Kennedy of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.








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May 13, 2005


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Dozens of Springfield police officers were recognized Thursday for their crime-fighting and lifesaving efforts, including a detective who helped capture a bank robber after he recalled seeing a sweater at a local department store like the one the robber was wearing.


Also recognized during the event at the Hilton Springfield were 16 citizens who assisted police last year by providing tips, reporting crime and assisting victims.

Officer Gerry Castles, a 10-year veteran of the department, received the Porter Williams Award for a distinguished act of bravery or heroism. Castles was among the first to arrive at a Nov. 27 house fire on South 24th Street and found a man down on the floor inside. The victim had an amputated arm, making it difficult for Castles to get a firm grasp and move him. Castles, nearly overcome by smoke, re-entered the home several times before carrying the victim to safety.


Two detectives, Paul Carpenter and Jim Graham, received the William Herndon Award for solving the March 4, 2004, robbery of Prairie State Bank and Trust, 1001 S. Durkin Drive.


After watching a video surveillance tape of the crime, Carpenter noticed the robber was wearing the same expensive, uniquely patterned sweater he'd seen for sale at Famous Barr. Graham went to the department store and spoke with an employee who remembered a man matching the robber's description spending hundreds of dollars on such a sweater two hours earlier.


The detectives went back to the store the next day and learned the man returned the sweater for cash and that the store obtained personal information about the man to complete the transaction. The robber and an accomplice later were arrested at a motel and confessed to several other bank robberies.


The Silver Suarez Award went to Shane Overby, a neighborhood police officer in the northeast part of the city. Overby developed leads and possible suspects in a series of vehicle burglaries in the Northgate and Indian Hills subdivisions in September. He eventually was able to tie the suspects to 15 burglaries and thefts, and they were arrested.


Mike Geiger, deputy chief of the field operations division, received the Abraham Lincoln Award for being the driving force behind creation of the Crisis Intervention Team.


Two officers, David Berberet and Keith Ushman, were given commendation medals for their role locating and apprehending Chad King, who allegedly murdered his father in Menard County on Dec. 15 and led authorities into Sangamon, where he shot himself. King, driving his truck, struck Berberet while trying to flee, authorities said. Ushman responded to Berbert's call for help, and the two pursued King, who later allegedly opened fire with a rifle in the officers' direction.










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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL)

February 16, 2003


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FOUR EMPLOYEES at Hanson Professional Services Inc. have marked service anniversaries.


Those marking 36 years are: Rodney Huffman, manager/designer, transportation department; and Richard Neu, supervisor, laboratory testing.

Those marking 29 years are: Paul Cragoe, land acquisition specialist, transportation department; and Sergio "Satch" Pecori, president and CEO of the firm.


BENMAR SUNROOMS AND SPAS has received an award for outstanding customer service from its spa and hot tub supplier, Coleman Spas. The award was presented during Coleman Spas' National Dealer Conference, which was held at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.


V. PAUL SMITH has joined the Springfield branch of AXA Advisors LLC. Smith has over 30 years experience in the field of financial management, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Memorial Health Systems.


NANCY RHOADS NIXON, marketing administrator for the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, is the new president of the Illinois Society of Association Executives.


Other officers are Stanley Zielinski, Illinois Manufacturers' Association, president-elect; and Mark Biel, Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, secretary-treasurer. Gary Davis, Illinois Community College Trustees Association, is past president.


DAVID ISRAEL has attained the AIE (Accredited Insurance Examiner) designation from the Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society in Olathe, Kan.


Israel is employed as a performance examiner in the market conduct section for the Illinois Department of Insurance in Springfield.


FOUR ST. JOHN'S HOSPITAL employees celebrated service anniversaries.


Connie Chilton, unit clerk, pediatrics, marked 30 years.


Bill Berberet,



unit facilitator, business office, marked 26 years.


Those marking 25 years are: Mike Cadwell, home health hospice supervisor and Pat Kmett, RN, neonatal ICU.










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Display images belowRepublican Precinct Committeeman Candidates

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL)

December 22, 2003


Estimated printed pages: 5

Auburn 1: Michael Heren


Auburn 2: Mark Kessler

Auburn 3: No candidate


Auburn 4: Terry Beard


Auburn 5: Ralph "Mick" Clarke


Ball 1: Tommy Bryden


Ball 2: Debbie Sanner


Ball 3: Tim Mate


Ball 4: Connie Bostick


Ball 5: Pam Deppe


Buffalo Hart: No candidate


Capital 10: Paul Truax





Capital 11: Jim Berberet


Capital 12: Joe Bartolomucci


Capital 13: Greg Stumpf


Capital 14: Frank Edwards











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Display images belowLaid-back Strom won't wrestle mayor's job from Davlin

Bernard Schoenburg


Published Sunday, April 15, 2007

I've known BRUCE STROM as an alderman for a dozen years, and I never would have guessed at part of his background - he was a really good scholastic wrestler.



Turns out that the outgoing Ward 10 alderman wrestled at 133 pounds as a senior at York Community High School in Elmhurst, where he graduated in 1960. Strom made it through the district and sectional tournaments to the state tournament in Champaign, where he won a match before being eliminated.

He went on to Eastern Illinois University, where he was a varsity wrestler for four years. As a senior there, he was not only captain and conference champion, but placed third in his weight division among NCAA Class II competitors. Among Strom's EIU teammates were JIM GARDNER, JACK GARDNER and FLOYD BEE, who all became central Illinois high school coaches. And Strom was a high school wrestling official for six or seven years after college.

"Wrestling is not a sport that you do for glory," Strom said, "because there isn't much glory to it other than the personal satisfaction of doing the job well."

In his race for mayor this year, Strom has showed some intensity. But his soft-spoken, non-egotistical style doesn't fit the picture of someone who has the kind of drive to nearly win a national championship. There have been hints - like his successful push to make Springfield smoke-free, against what seemed like steep odds at the beginning. But being self-deprecating goes only so far in the political world. A little self-promotion, even about something as remote as a great wrestling career, might have made a big difference.

Springfield Mayor TIM DAVLIN has no such problem. After all, we've learned from the TV ad he aired during the Super Bowl and thereafter that the aftermath of tornadoes in Springfield showed his leadership skills.

"In moments of crisis, character counts," the narrator told us. "In those moments, we need leaders who truly lead."

While Strom has harped on the foibles of the Davlin administration, Davlin responded in a radio ad in which the mayor told us he's not a "sky-is-falling" complainer. Instead, he said, he is among those who "look for the rainbow."

"Let's keep searching for those rainbows," Davlin says. "With hard work, we can make our dreams come true."

Well, Davlin will get his dream of a second term Tuesday. I say that as part of my pre-election predictions (which are NOT endorsements). Among other races of note Tuesday:

City Clerk CECILIA TUMULTY gets another term over challenger JERRY GOLDBLATT.

In Ward 2, GAIL SIMPSON's quiet exterior makes her strong statements - for example, about the need for better police-community relations - a little surprising. She's backed by outgoing Ald. FRANK MCNEIL, but LEVON RICHMOND is supported by the Sangamon County Democrats' minority caucus. Richmond edges out a win.

In Ward 3, outspoken incumbent Ald. FRANK KUNZ wins another term over operating engineer JOHN YOUNG, a Marine Corps veteran.

In Ward 4, Ald CHUCK REDPATH's backing helps real estate executive MIKE BUSCHER defeat park board member





manager of operations for the

Sangamon County Highway Department.


Lesko's backers include his


brother-in-law, Sangamon County Board member




and state Sen. LARRY BOMKE.








State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 24, 1987

Lesko-Weiskopf Kimberly Alane Weiskopf and Frank Joseph Lesko, both of Springfield, exchanged wedding vows on April 24. The Rev. Victor Kaltenbach officiated the ceremony at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church.

The bride is the daughter of Diana Weiskopf and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Weiskopf. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lesko of 1608 N. 19th St.

Serving as maid of honor was Tammy Weiskopf, and matron of honor was Janet Hankins. Bridesmaids were Sheri Weiskopf and Lisa Hall. Flower girl was Nicole Weiskopf.

Best man was John Lesko, and groomsmen were Roger Stickel, Norman Weiskopf and Larry Snell. Ushers were Michael and Jason Lesko, and Greg Stumpf . Michael Flexsenhar III served as ringbearer.

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

The bride, a graduate of Lincoln Land Community College, is employed by LLCC Child Care Center. The bridegroom, a graduate of LLCC, is a self-employed auctioneer and also works for the Department of Corrections.

The couple will reside in Springfield.





'Full-blown Republican' donates to Democrat boss

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

On the way to raising more than $84,500 in campaign money during the final six months of 2005, Springfield Mayor TIM DAVLIN got a little help from a Republican member of the Sangamon County Board.

GREG STUMPF , who has represented District 16 for more than a decade, moved from a state job to a city job in 2004. He said his $250 donation to the mayor July 18 - credited as coming from both Stumpf and his wife - is easy to explain.

"It's just simply a matter of he is the boss that I work for," Stumpf said. "I'm still a full-blown Republican."

Indeed, Stumpf is a GOP precinct committeeman and vice president of the Springfield Township Northenders Republican Club.

Stumpf works for City Water, Light and Power doing plumbing and working on heating and air conditioning systems in more than 30 buildings. He said he makes about $66,000 a year. He also said he gives thousands each year to GOP causes and to charity.

But because the mayor is a Democrat in the officially nonpartisan city position, Stumpf said he will step down from his committeeman post as the 2007 mayoral election approaches. He said he will be neutral in that race, while working hard for Republicans in other races. That includes, he said, whichever Republican seeks to be alderman in his home ward - Ward 4. The incumbent there, Ald. CHUCK REDPATH, a Democrat, is running for state representative in the 99th House District and can't run for alderman in 2007 because of a term limit.

Stumpf is also running for re-election to the county board this year. He is being challenged by Democrat DAVID GURNSEY.

Sangamon County GOP Chairman TONY LIBRI, who generally doesn't look favorably on Republicans donating to Democrats, said he understands Stumpf 's situation.

"I fully expect him to be loyal to whoever his boss is," Libri said. But he added that he encouraged the idea that Stumpf not remain in the precinct committeeman's spot during a contested election.

"He is going to step aside as a precinct committeeman for this next election, and I'm going to work his area extra hard," Libri said.








State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, June 1, 2005

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY School of Medicine has honored two civil service employees for exemplary work.

Lynne Cleverdon has been named supervisor of the year. Cleverdon is business manager for the school's Pearson Museum and assistant to the chair and an adjunct instructor in the medical humanities department.

Anne Barnett has been named civil service employee of the year. Barnett was selected from the 12 employees of the month named during 2004. She is a secretary in the education and curriculum office.

CHERYL PETERSON of Jacksonville received the "Champion of Children" award during a recent ceremony at the annual directors meeting of the Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois. The award honors a person who makes an exceptional effort to serve children in the state of Illinois.

Peterson, a 21-year veteran with the Department of Children and Family Services, has promoted the development of children's advocacy centers since the 1989 passage of the Children's Advocacy Center Act and was able to secure grant funding for the state's seven initial advocacy centers.

DANIEL STUMPF of Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Inc., consulting engineers has been named an associate of the firm.

Stumpf is a senior engineer assigned to CMT's Springfield water and wastewater group. He has been with CMT since 1991 and he provides design and construction management services for a wide variety of water service and transportation projects.





Stumpf has personal business billing medicare – from doctor side


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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, October 4, 1992

DENISE STUMPF , who has worked in physicians' offices for 12 years, has started a home-based business to process medical insurance claims for individuals.

The business, PRIORITY MEDICAL CLAIMS, will contact physician offices


for itemization, file insurance claims, call insurance companies to follow up on claim delays, review explanations of benefits for accuracy and educate Medicare clients on their benefits.

In addition to removing a burden from someone who is already sick, Stumpf said her business "allows friends or relatives to spend time with someone who is sick, instead of trying to pay bills."

She said pharmacies have been particularly receptive to her service.

Stumpf , who will come to a client's home for appointments, can be reached at 525-1919







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, September 28, 1993


A sunny day, drinkable water and a big win for the football team on Friday night.

Little things mean a lot in Calhoun County these days. But it is getting more and more difficult to see the silver lining of the dark cloud that has hung over this flood-ravaged county since mid-July.

Residents of Calhoun County, bordered on the west by the Mississippi River and the east by the Illinois River, have been isolated from the rest of the state since July 18 when a levee broke. That sent the Illinois River over 11,000 acres of prime farmland and closed the county's only bridge.

More than two months later, the bridge is still out. Nerves are frayed, many families are split and people are loudly complaining that federal officials are not doing enough to fix the problem.

"When it starts raining, you can feel the gloom move in," said Cindy Wolff, a high school special education teacher. "It's the same kind of gloom as when the levee broke."

A $3.5 million plan now awaits approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But even with quick approval, Calhoun County residents won't have a speedy or cheap solution. The best-case scenario carries a completion date of early December and a local/state price tag of $300,000. The flood has touched just about everyone's life. In a survey conducted recently at Calhoun High School, only 18 out of the 178 students said they were not affected by the flood.

Twenty students had lost their homes to the flood, 59 had seen their parents become unemployed, 55 have either one or both parents living outside the county to be closer to jobs, and 120 said their parents have been forced to either drive hours out of their way or boat across the Illinois River to get to work.

Boats are a familiar mode of transportation for schoolteachers, too. Nineteen out of 45 teachers in the Calhoun school district are forced to either boat to school, drive several hours out of the way or, in one case, actually live at the school.

"I think they are becoming more and more stressed," said Terry Strauch, superintendent of Calhoun County schools. "I am becoming more and more concerned abut the welfare of our county and our school district."

The school district lost three more students over the weekend. Their families could no longer face the daily struggle of getting into and out of Calhoun County, so they moved to communities on the other side of the river. One official said the district has lost a total of 40 students so far this fall.

Gene Stumpf , a state Department of Conservation police officer, along with his colleagues, have been ferrying people across the Illinois River in 20-foot boats since mid-July. Between 45 and 70 people a day use the Conservation boats, and Stumpf said he knows of at least 35 personal boats in use.

"We've been working from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily," said Stumpf , adding that the county's isolation is beginning to grind on people's already raw nerves. "Most people are doing real good, but anytime you need to get out it's either take an extra two-hour drive or take a boat trip. And this morning it was a really cold boat trip."

The trip across the muddy waters also can be hazardous. Recently, Jeff Lorton and Mark Cummings were boating down flooded Illinois 16 to inspect Lorton's flooded house in rural East Hardin. The boat's propeller caught on a line in the water, and Lorton and the other man were catapulted out.

Lorton, whose nearly new $100,000 home and pig farm were destroyed by the floodwaters, required two pins in his broken ankle. Cummings escaped with a dislocated shoulder.

So far no Conservation boats have been in accidents. But a safe ride isn't necessarily a fun ride.

"You just dread Monday morning because you know you're going to be getting on the boat," said Kathy Plough, a first-grade teacher at Calhoun Elementary in Hardin.

Plough, who lives across the Illinois River in Jerseyville, rides the boat with three other teachers most mornings. She hates the idea of the river separating her from her two teenage sons, but a boat ride is herbest option. With the bridge in service, the drive to Jerseyville is 18 miles. Without the bridge, the drive is a minimum of 85 miles.

Her first-graders are "more nervous and antsy" than usual, said Plough. And there are fewer of them.

"I have 16 students this year, and the last several years I've had 23 or 24," Plough said.

The isolation comes on top of the frustration of having lost the battle against the river. The town of Hardin alone packed nearly a million sandbags against its riverfront to hold the Illinois back. For weeks people went to work, came home and sandbagged, grabbed a couple hours sleep and then started the cycle all over again.

"Then to make things worse, a major storm passed through the area on July 30," wrote Wolff in a letter documenting the county's flood-fighting efforts. "This storm knocked out the electricity and the communities lost their fight with the river. Without electricity, the pumps would not run . . . a month of fighting failed in a few hours."

Residents, desperate for a return to normal conditions, savor the little victories.

Just last week, Hardin residents got the all clear to drink their tap water once again without boiling it. The boil order had been in effect since July 10. Likewise, just about everyone mentions the forecast, which calls for sunny days all this week.

The Calhoun Warriors, defending state football champions in Class 1A, are ranked and off to an impressive 3-1 start, including a 50-0 shellacking of Jacksonville Routt last Friday.

The fear remains, however, that things could get worse before they get better. The river was less than 3 inches from spilling back over Illinois 100 this week, wiping out the county's best access road to the north.

Cold temperatures are probably the biggest concern now.

"Water starts freezing around here in December and that water over there (covering the bridge access) is standing still," said Wolff. "It'll freeze a lot faster than the river. If that freezes what are they going to do?"








State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, October 9, 1992

Knights of Columbus Council 4175 has announced its 1992-1993 state essay contest, focusing on the topic, "What Would Columbus Think of America

Today?" Essays up to 500 words will be accepted from students in seventh through ninth grades. Essays up to 1,000 words will be accepted from 10th- through 12th-graders.

Essays must be submitted by Oct. 31. Winning first, second and third place essays in each division at the first level of competition will be announced in December.

State winners will be announced in March.

Sons and daughters of Knights of Columbus are eligible to participate in the essay contest even if their school is not promoting the competition.

For more information, call Ron Suter at 789-2113 (office) or 528-6397 (home) or Greg Stumpf at 525-2419 (home).




Kcnorthend -


Past Grand Knights




Greg Stumpf

2004 – 2007















Picking through petitions looking for clues to future

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, December 22, 2002

There are tea leaves, and there are nominating petitions. Both can be read by those looking for hints to reality. Those hints may or may not lead one in the right direction.

But it's fun, anyway, so here goes.

TONY LIBRI, the Sangamon County Circuit Clerk in the process of buying a house in Springfield so he can become its mayor, turned in 216 pages of petitions (with 10 lines on each) when he filed for the office last week. But he did not circulate any of those petitions himself. That makes him the only one of the six candidates who filed petitions who didn't seek a single signature on his own.

"That says something about having an organization of people that believe in you and being willing to work for you," Libri said.

Libri, as a GOP elected county official and a precinct committeeman, is considered the candidate who will get the support of the Sangamon County Republican Party for the officially nonpartisan mayor's post.

Among his circulators: Capital Township Board member BRIAN SCHACKMANN; county board member


BRAD CARLSON of the county clerk's office, FRANK LESKO of the city Public Works department; CLAUDIO PECORI, president of the Evening Republican Club; ADRIAN DOTTS, a former Democratic county board member who became a Republican; MICHAEL A. JOHNSON, who ran as a Republican for county board; CLYDE BUNCH, a longtime Democrat on the county board; and WYNNE COPLEA, president of Capital City Republican Women and the city's recycling director.








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J.R. stands for just right / Boudouris' style is perfect fit at Carrollon

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, February 23, 2004


CARROLLTON - J.R. Boudouris and his team leader can now admit that, early on, there was some doubt that this would be a good fit - a new coach with new ideas taking over a veteran team with tons of tradition in doing things pretty much the same way.

The results say the arrangement has worked remarkably well, as Carrollton High School heads into today's 7:30 p.m. game against Freeburg in the Edwardsville Class A Supersectional at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

The Hawks will bring a 30-3 mark against Freeburg's 25-2 record for a spot in Friday's Class A State tournament. Carrollton was rated No. 3 in the final Associated Press Class A poll and owns a 22-game winning streak after Thursday's convincing 45-29 decision over No. 5 Pana in the Carlinville Sectional.

Boudouris was hired in late June to replace Jeff Schmitz, who guided the Hawks to a 19-12 record a year ago before resigning to take over the same job at Taylorville. Schmitz had taken the controls from legendary coach Lori Blade, who posted a 233-27 record and back-to-back state championships before moving on to become head coach at Class AA Edwardsville High School.

It is the first head coaching job for Boudouris, a 1996 graduate of Hillsboro High School who later taught for two years at Greenville and last year at Mason City Illini Central where he was an assistant boys basketball coach.

He saw the Carrollton girls play in an open gym setting when he was hired as coach and English teacher at Carrollton. A few days later, the team played in a camp at Illinois College and Boudouris began to give a preview of what was to come.

"I recently talked to (senior guard and team leader) Molly Reed and asked her when was the point where the team saw that this relationship might be successful," Boudouris recalled. "At the I.C. camp, I told them that they are used to running (offensive) sets, and that we are going to run more motion.

"She said there was some thought that this might not work. We played four games that day and won them all. She said the team thought, 'We can do this.'

"Some skepticism is natural at the start. Under Coach Blade, they had a set way of doing things, and someone says you are going to do it a little differently, there is naturally a question. But they have really taken to it. My only regret is that I will get to coach only one year with these seniors.''

Reed admits there truly was some skepticism when Boudouris came on board with a new offense and more of an emphasis on a pressing, man-to-man defense.

"It took awhile before we were on the same page,'' she said. "We had to learn a lot of new things, and in the beginning, there were, of course, some doubts. But I guess it has worked out for the best because we feel real good right now.''

Reed said there was rolling of eyes when Boudouris began going down the list of what he envisioned.

"We had pretty much just met him that day, and he was talking about changes, but we went about doing that. He is very enthusiastic and really gets into it.''

Reed and seniors Krisse Peters and Hannah Cunningham were sophomores on the 2002 team that beat Augusta Southeastern 24-20 in the Class A title game. Then-freshmen Lauren Brannan, Tracy and Terra Stumpf and Jena Staples also were on the roster. Reed played the most of the then-sophomores and averaged 3.0 points a game.

Reed said the team is on something of a mission this season.

"We set out to prove some things. We kind of wanted to make up for last year and get ourselves on the map again, as well as prove some things to ourselves. I think we have done that, but we have a little ways to go. We won't be satisfied until get to the state tournament.''

Boudouris admits this has been a dream ride for a new coach.

"It has been a little chaotic around here today (Friday), with calls from the media and for tickets,'' he said. "Every round and every game that you move on, there is a huge jump in excitement, with the stakes much higher.

"Coach Dyke Buerkett (long-time boys coach at Hillsboro), one of my mentors, took his team to the supersectional with a 30-0 record in 1999 (before losing 49-42 to Carmi White County), and I drove from Columbia (Mo.) to see the games. He told me that you should always remember this (supersectional). It won't happen every year.

"There were over 400 teams that started, and now there are only 16. Right now, the girls really feel confident in themselves. A good illustration was in last night's game (against Pana) when five different players scored in the third quarter.''

Carrollton has traditionally been a team that doesn't rely on flashy individual statistics and the same is true this year, Boudouris said.

"I focus so much on our defense and our offensive balance, that I couldn't tell you how many points someone scores each night. Someone who doesn't score may make so many other big plays. Consistency and balance are a big plus for us.

"We sat down at the start of the year and made goals, including winning 20 games before the regular season ends. And, everyone wants to make the state tournament. If we do fall short, it will still be a great season. It absolutely has been a dream ride for us.

"I have to hand it to the girls. I can't think of a better analogy than if you think of a coach as being a cook preparing food. My job is just not to burn it.

"I didn't know the level of excitement this could take on. Last month I saw Rochester at Pana and my wife went with me. As I left the gym, I told her that I thought we were better than both of those teams, but that it didn't matter if we didn't prove it.''




Rochester fills hoops openings





SHG's head coach John Angelo shouts at the Cyclones during the City Boys Basketball Tournament at the Prairie Capital Convention Center Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011.




By TODD ENGLE (todd.engle@sj-r.com)


Posted Apr 18, 2011 @ 11:00 PM

Last update Apr 19, 2011 @ 08:16 AM

Rochester High School filled three openings in its athletic department with two people Monday night when the Rochester Board of Education approved J.R. Boudouris as director of activities and girls basketball coach and John Angelo as the boys basketball coach.

Boudouris comes to Rochester from Pana,

 where he guided the Panthers girls’ basketball program to a record of 129-52 and three regional titles during the past six years. Pana was 26-3 this season, losing the 2A Vandalia Regional title game to Teutopolis.

Boudouris replaces Andrew Ford, who resigned in March, as activities director.

Rochester’s previous girls basketball coach was Troy Piper, who resigned following the season after 15 years with the program.

“I know that some people are going to look at this as a surprise move from a basketball standpoint, given the talent we had and talent we had coming back (to Pana),” Boudouris said. “If it boiled down to just basketball, I wouldn’t consider leaving Pana.

“I finished up my administrative degree a year and a half ago. My tentative plan was to coach at Pana another handful of year and test the waters of administration.

“I always thought that once I got into administration, it would be the end of my coaching career. The opportunity to continue one passion while at same time getting to administration, especially in athletics, was too good to pass up.”

New math teacher

Angelo’s hire comes less than two weeks after Josh Heberling resigned from the head coaching position on April 7 after two seasons at the helm.

Angelo will also be teaching mathematics at Rochester.

“Ultimately, it came down to a personal decision that’s best for my family, and that’s basically it,” Angelo said.

Angelo has been a head coach in the Central State Eight for five of the previous six seasons. He spent one year as an assistant at Sacred Heart-Griffin before taking over as head coach the past two seasons.

Angelo was head coach at Lanphier for three seasons prior to that.

The Cyclones finished 19-8 this season, including 12-4 in the CS8. SHG set a school record for CS8 victories, and it swept Lincoln for the first time in conference history. Angelo said it wasn’t easy leaving behind the program he was beginning to build at SHG.

“That’s one of the things that made it an agonizing decision for me,” he said. “It was a very rewarding three years at SHG. It’s a first-class school in every respect, and I’m blessed I was able to teach and coach there.”

Angelo is 72-66 in his five seasons as a head coach, including 42-30 in the CS8.

Rochester finished 10-19, including a 3-13 mark in its first season of CS8 play.

“It’s a pretty similar school to SHG,” Angelo said. “There are some pretty good athletes here, and this is where I live. It’s a chance to be a part of my community and try to raise the level of the program.”

Rochester Director of Education Services Laurie McWard was happy to have both Boudouris and Angelo safely in the fold.

“I think Rochester Schools is very excited to have the coaches who were approved (Monday) night and we look forward to having them,” McWard said. “I think we’re very fortunate to have the experience of J.R. and John and look forward to having John as an outstanding math teacher at Rochester Schools and J.R. as an outstanding professional for director of activities.”







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, August 29, 1999

New officers The Greater Springfield Township Northenders Republican Club's new officers include: ROSEMARIE LONG, president; GREG STUMPF , first vice president; DAN SAUSAMAN, second vice president; RON NYBERG, third vice president; DAVID LEHMAN, fourth vice president; DRINDA O'CONNOR, fifth vice president; JOYCE RODGERS, recording secretary; JUDY HUGHES, corresponding secretary; LOUIE FLAMINIO, treasurer; and JEFF BALL, in charge of the newsletter.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, September 28, 1997

Ball-Hale Kristen Louise Hale and Gary Leigh Ball Jr., both of Springfield, were married at 4 p.m. Aug. 30 at Woodside United Methodist Church by the Rev.

Thomas Wilber.

The bride is the daughter of Donald and Barbara Hale of Springfield. The groom is the son of Gary Ball Sr. and Jim and Jeanie Stumpf , all of Springfield.

Serving as maid of honor was Julie Burnett, with Jenny Brookhart as bridesmaid.

Serving as best man was Curt Sapp, with Jim Carani as groomsman. Ushers were Sean Newton and Mike Edwards.

A reception was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The bride is a graduate of Pleasant Plains High School and the University of Illinois. She is employed as director of communications for the Illinois Nurseymen's Association. The groom is a graduate of Williamsville High School and Eastern Illinois University. He is employed as a technician with CDS Office Technologies.















Brahler –


Nudo – zito – steil – liuna/Caruso


Xa gray – ed smith – Midwest pensions - jax





Brahler in jax – in spi – also in Virginia area – 912 links – Caruso fam links – zito – nudo – Caruso - steil -




Jacksonville extensions – 912 group – springfield links –


Note also rick rutter – landmark ford –


Brahler – links to nudo and mccann – 912 group –


Lippa is a brahler mgr – wife is ldrshp for a local non profit org - violence against women group –


Xa Rape frame used to recruit emps at brahler – and see nudo emps on 24/7 shifts – exposure to modified exhaust – using addiction frame – tangential link to employee, same HS  – when confronted, confirms addiction frame fabricated –


And see staybridge hotel at prairie crossing and Hampton inn/mcgraw – both involved in harassment – late night – security – off duty police – and see emps – another reason police pushed me out to southwest side of town – see also landmark ford – and off duty ISP esp beagles link and see skube and wavering and rutter as landmark emps – note also noll ink to landmark and see scsa legal cover – note links to current scsa milhiser/noll














Brahler Tire & Auto Center

Sixth Street & Laurel
Springfield, Il.


Store Manager
Jeff Lippa

Service Manager
Rick Rutter











State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, May 9, 1989

Edward W. McCann Edward W. McCann, 62, of Spring-field died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday at St.

John's Hospital.

He was born in Springfield June 22, 1926, the son of Edward W. and Josephine Halbrook McCann. He married Marilyn Aarup in Springfield in 1956. A sister, Mary Kelly, preceded him in death.

From 1960 and until his retirement, he was employed as a gardener at the Executive Mansion, serving under the administrations of Govs. Otto Kerner, Samuel Shapiro, Richard Ogilvie and Dan Walker.

Mr. McCann served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He received a presidential citation and a meritorious citation from the Atlantic Perimeter and a meritorious citation and a presidential citation from the Pacific Perimeter. He participated in the invasion of Normandy and the invasion of Okinawa and was assigned to LCM operations.

He was a member of American Association of Retired Persons.

Surviving are his wife, Marilyn; three sons, Martin, Mark and Matt, all of Springfield;


four brothers,




David and

Jim McCann ,

all of Springfield;

three sisters, Rozanne Money, Bea Meadows and JoAnne Lupparel, all of Springfield; two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.





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912 group – brahler

– nudo



Jim mccann – shackmann link


Young repubs –


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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, July 17, 1994

McCann-Savoy Christine Laura Savoy and Michael D. McCann, both of Springfield, were married at 2 p.m. June 18. The Rev. Dan LaCount performed the ceremony at Church of the Little Flower.

The bride is the daughter of John and Janice Garbin of Chatham and Jeff and Cyndi Savoy of Girard. The groom is the son of John and Cathy McCann of Springfield.

Maid of honor was Tammy Stevens. Bridesmaids were Stacey Savoy, Debbie Savoy and Shay Moore. Flower girl was Lacey Maulding.

Best man was Carl Fryman. Groomsmen were Todd Rushing, John Paoli and Erv Guyett. Ushers were Mike Cordier, Jim McCann , John McCann and

Brian Shackmann.

Ringbearers were Ryan Guyett and Jan McCann.

A reception was at the Prop Club.

The bride is a graduate of Girard High School. The groom is a graduate of Southeast High School. They both attended Lincoln Land Community College and are employed by the secretary of state's office.

The couple will live in Springfield.






















Polen is a slumlord –

offers housing for ops –

has people do things -


Lincoln bank forecloses on 153 J.S.P. homes



04202011stanton.jpg Robert Stanton's home on S. Pasfield is one of over a hundred in the Springfield area being foreclosed on with the bankruptcy JSP Investments. Stanton was photographed April 19, 2011. Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register I/untoned/0420


By BRUCE RUSHTON (bruce.rushton@sj-r.com)


Posted Apr 20, 2011 @ 11:00 PM

Last update Apr 21, 2011 @ 05:53 AM

At a glance

State Bank of Lincoln is foreclosing on scores of residential properties owned by J.S.P. Investments. Besides renting property, the company sells homes to tenants via contracts for deed and leases with purchase options, which allows people with poor credit or little cash to purchase homes. The bank in court documents says that mortgages it holds on the properties take precedence over purchase contracts between tenants and J.S.P.

* Number of parcels owned by J.S.P. Investments and affiliated companies in Sangamon County: 182

* Number of Sangamon County properties in foreclosure: 153

* Number of properties occupied by tenants with purchase contracts: 84

* Total J.S.P. owes to State Bank of Lincoln: $6,764,682.45


A Lincoln bank has foreclosed on more than 150 residential properties, most in Springfield, and all owned by J.S.P. Investments or affiliates of the company owned by Jeffrey Polen of Taylorville.

The number of properties involved and the more than $6.7 million owed to the bank isn’t typical for Sangamon County.

“It’s a large foreclosure action. I have never done a single mortgage foreclosure involving this many separate parcels at one time,” said Phillip Montalvo, attorney for State Bank of Lincoln.

More than 80 of the homes are occupied by people who hold contracts-for-deed or leases with options to buy, according to Sangamon County court records. At least some of the contract holders who thought they were on a path to home ownership say they were caught by surprise.

“We had no idea he (Polen) had a mortgage against the house — as far as we knew, he owned the home, and it was free and clear,” said Linda Stephenson, who moved into her home on North Ninth Street with her fiance almost four years ago. “He took the money from us. I don’t understand why he didn’t pay the mortgage. ... He keeps telling people things are OK. They’re not OK.”

Polen acknowledges not making mortgage payments on properties for several months, but he blames his lender, State Bank of Lincoln. Things went wrong, he said, when the $6.7 million note came due and the bank refused to renew the loan. He didn’t have the cash to pay the note, he said, and he eventually stopped paying on mortgages held by the bank.

“We, as far as J.S.P. and J.S.P. customers, we have to band together and fight against this monster bank,” Polen said. “It’s very important that they don’t panic. That’s what the bank wants. ... They just don’t want investors with investment property.”

But Montalvo said his client tried for more than a year to make things work short of going to court.

“The bank had been working with Mr. Polen before we got to this point,” Montalvo said. “Efforts were being made.”

Papers served

Many of the loans on the properties were originally made by Clinton-based John Warner Bank, an institution taken over in July 2009 by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. John Warner’s assets were transferred by the FDIC to State Bank as part of a loss-share agreement, a deal that Polen blames for the financial problems.

Under loss-share agreements, the FDIC typically absorbs 80 percent of losses. The agreements are intended to increase returns on assets by keeping them in private hands. In the case of John Warner Bank and State Bank, the FDIC established loss-share agreements on as much as $31 million of the failed bank’s assets.

Absent the loss-share agreement, Polen said State Bank would have renewed his loan and folks who thought they had secure homes wouldn’t be in peril.

“If loans go bad, they (banks) get reimbursed (by the FDIC),” Polen said. “Once that (loss-share agreement) happened, immediately, the bank would not work with J.S.P.”

But State Bank’s lawyer flatly rejected any link between the foreclosure action and the FDIC.

“The loss-share agreement with the FDIC has absolutely nothing to do with this litigation,” Montalvo said.

Robert Stanton said he found out his home on Pasfield Street was in foreclosure last Saturday, shortly after receiving a call from his brother-in-law in Riverton, who also lives in a J.S.P. home.

“He called me and asked if I’d gotten served papers yet,” Stanton said. “Right after he hung up the phone, there was a knock on the door.”

It was a sheriff’s deputy with a stack of papers, recalled Stanton, who has lived in his home for eight years. Stanton, a former J.S.P. employee who performed maintenance work, said he knew that Polen was trying to re-finance. He said he also knew that J.S.P. had mortgaged the house.

“I knew it (the house) was financed, I didn’t know the extent,” Stanton said. “I don’t know what to do. The only thing I can do is contact a lawyer. I can’t really afford one.”

‘Why pay him?’

Besides not making mortgage payments, J.S.P. has failed to pay taxes on property now in foreclosure, State Bank says in court documents. The bank also says that J.S.P. has failed to maintain properties and allowed them to fall into disrepair. The bank is asking a judge to appoint a receiver to maintain the homes in foreclosure and collect rents.

There are nearly 60 J.S.P. properties in foreclosure that are not occupied by people with purchase contracts, according to court documents. Polen said those homes are occupied by renters who do not have contracts-for-deed or purchase options. All told, J.S.P. owns more than 180 parcels of real estate in Sangamon County, according to county property records.

Montalvo said State Bank doesn’t want to force people out of their homes.

“The bank is not trying to put anybody out at all,” Montalvo said. “Our situation is simply to foreclose on our collateral and then try to work with everybody to make the thing work.”

Daniela Moore, who lives in a J.S.P. home on North 17th Street with her boyfriend, said a court summons arrived two weeks ago. That same day, she said, she and her boyfriend got a letter from J.S.P. assuring them that everything was fine.

Nonetheless, Moore said, a lawyer has advised her and her boyfriend to stop making payments to J.S.P. and instead put the money aside.

“Why pay him if he’s going to lose everything?” Moore said.

Polen said he needs the money.

“I’m using that cash flow to fight against this giant,” said Polen, who has personally guaranteed outstanding loans with State Bank, according to court documents. “I want all of my tenants to know that I am going to adamantly fight this foreclosure with every last dying breath I have in my body. I’m not going to quit. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure none of my clients lose their homes.”

Meanwhile, folks in J.S.P. homes say they’re not sure what lies ahead.

“I know it’s serious,” Stephenson said. “I don’t know to what extent.

“We’re not in a position to just pack up and move.”




















Schackmann is YR’s –


libri campaign mgr


Link to schaive at liuna


Director - house gop staffgray – paprocki etc.




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On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 4:17 PM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:


sang cty code inspector, esp liquor lic's, libri cmpn mgr, possible cand for scrp chair


also at township, see community resources



On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 1:57 PM, Dennis Delaney <dwdelaney@gmail.com> wrote:


Member of township board resigns

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - January 16, 2008

Brian Schackmann has resigned from the Capital Township Board, and the remaining members of the panel voted unanimously to replace him with Rich Berning.


Schackmann works as Sangamon County's code inspector, mainly overseeing liquor licenses. He said personal obligations lately have been taking more time. He resigned in December, and Berning was named on Monday.


Trustees are paid $60 per meeting.


Under state law, Schackmann, a Republican, had to be replaced by a member of his own party.


Berning is a former Springfield city engineer and public works director. He is now with Crawford, Bunte, Brammeier Traffic and Transportation Engineers.



Also new at the center is JENNIFER SCHACKMANN, 23, who is assistant box office manager. Margedant said Schackmann has experience working in the box office at Truman State University and was among 12 or 15 applicants for the job, which pays about $24,000.


Schackmann is the daughter of BRIAN SCHACKMANN , a GOP member of the Capital Township Board.


"The name sounded familiar, but I didn't connect it with anybody," Margedant said.



At Sangamon County, WULFGAR BOMKE, son of state Sen. LARRY BOMKE, R-Springfield; is making $8.25 per hour working with the highway department; JULIA LINDLEY, daughter of Supervisor of Assessments JOE LINDLEY, is making $7 per hour in the circuit clerk's office; JENNIFER SCHACKMANN, daughter of Capital Township Board member BRIAN SCHACKMANN , is making $11 per hour in the election office of the county clerk's office; and NICHOLAS ZAPPA, brother of Circuit Judge LEO ZAPPA, is making $7.25 per hour in the county highway department.


Obviously, stories differ about how various people got the jobs. Bill Houlihan said he had his triplets fill out various applications. Brauer said his daughter, whose older sister worked at the fair in the past, brought home an application before the family had discussed it. And Brian Schackmann said his daughter, a recent college grad, is in her seventh summer working at the election office.


Schwartz new chairman of U.S. rail retirement board

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - July 24, 2003

Among the seven finalists is BRIAN SCHACKMANN , 42, who was dismissed from his $87,684 job as manager of external audits with the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in March by the Blagojevich administration. He is appealing his dismissal to the state Civil Service Commission.


Schackmann's managerial experience includes directing the House GOP policy staff,

being assistant executive director of the old Springfield Election Commission, and administering downstate customer service field representatives in the secretary of state's office.


He was campaign manager this year for Tony Libri's run for Springfield mayor.



Mayoral fund raising


If you think that Sangamon County Republican Party leaders have raised a lot of money in a hurry in the past, it looks like the push to get TONY LIBRI elected mayor may rival anything seen locally.


In a March 4 letter from Libri, local party powerhouse BILL CELLINI, Libri's campaign chairman RON RIGGLE, campaign manager BRIAN SCHACKMANN , and IRV SMITH, the Sangamon County GOP chairman, seek members for Libri's finance committee.



Meanwhile, in Capital Township, which is roughly the same area as the city of Springfield, results from all 145 precincts showed that the four Republican incumbent trustees were re-elected. Winners were Bill Cavanagh with 8,339 votes, Brian Schackmann with 6,521, Enos Tolan with 7,000 and Dave Robisch with 7,649.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - January 16, 2000

BRIAN SCHACKMANN , 38, of Springfield is the newest member of the Capital Township board of trustees.


Other members of the board, who are all Republicans, unanimously appointed Schackmann, who is a GOP committeeman, last week to fill the vacancy left when Associate Judge CHARLES GRAMLICH was named to the bench last summer.


Schackmann will be paid $60 for each weekly meeting he attends.


He also is paid $66,240 as deputy director for community development at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. Schackmann oversees a number of loan programs.


Schackmann has a treasure of political experience, having walked a precinct at age 15 for RONALD REAGAN in 1976. His jobs have included being assistant executive director of the old Springfield Election Commission and member and one-time director of the Illinois House GOP's policy staff. He worked in the secretary of state's office under Gov. GEORGE RYAN and was paid by Ryan's campaign in 1998 to do part-time computer work. He's helped many candidates in many contests, including 1999 races for Springfield City Council.


With the secretary of state, he oversaw some traffic safety programs, including a speaker's bureau that at the time featured DAVE ROBISCH, one of the township trustees who voted to make Schackmann a member of the board last week. Schackmann also was assistant director of driver services and oversaw the downstate customer services field staff.


Schackmann worked for a year as chief deputy clerk for Sangamon County Clerk JOE AIELLO.


Add to all that the fact that his mother, LOIS SCHACKMANN, is executive secretary at the Sangamon County GOP office, and one can see that the new trustee has some connections.


This has led to Schackmann being among those mentioned when there is speculation about an eventual successor for IRV SMITH, if he ever steps down as Sangamon County Republican chairman.


"Right now, in my mind, that's not even a consideration," Schackmann said. "I couldn't imagine stepping into his shoes. ... I hope he stays as long as he wants to, because I think he has done a wonderful job."


Smith, 70, has said he plans to seek another two-year term as chairman after the March 21 GOP primary.


Besides Schackmann and Robisch, others on the township board are ENOS TOLAN (husband of Sangamon County Regional Superintendent of Schools HELEN TOLAN), and BILL CAVANAGH (the brother of Sangamon County Auditor TOM CAVANAGH). Sangamon County Treasurer JOE BONEFESTE also has a vote on the board. The trustees run programs that help poorer residents of the township. The township covers virtually the same territory as the city of Springfield.



Aiello's No. 2 A 34-year-old Springfield man who used to be the top Republican in the city campaign office, BRIAN SCHACKMANN, began work Friday as deputy clerk and director of special projects for Sangamon County Clerk JOE AIELLO. Schackmann, a precinct committeeman and former president of the Sangamon County Young Republicans who volunteered on Aiello's campaign this fall, will be making $48,000 -- second in the office only to Aiello, who makes $49,000. It's a new position, and Aiello said $25,000 comes from Capital Township, and $23,000 comes through an unfilled $30,000 vacancy in the county's election office.


Aiello is enthusiastic about Schackman and the work he will tackle. He comes from a $44,100 job in the traffic safety division of the secretaty of state's office, where he has been manager of special events.


He also directed the House GOP policy staff from 1990 to '91; was with the city election commission in 1988 and 1989 and also worked for the state Republican Party.


Aiello said he pursued Schackmann for the job because of his ability and will give him a "full plate" of projects, including developing specific goals for each employee, working to enhance training, helping in the election office and working to preserve vital records.


"He's got good experience in customer service," Aiello said. "We want to make this office as customer friendly as possible."


It just so happens that Schackmann is also son of LOIS SCHACKMANN, the nice person who is secretary at Sangamon County GOP headquarters. Hey, it's a small town.







Yum brands is a san diego company – jack in the box –


And see pepsi co stores –


Nantucket Grill closes - for now

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, July 10, 2005

A&W ROOT BEER is joining up with LONG JOHN SILVER'S at a second location in Springfield.

The former seafood-only outlet at 1726 Sangamon Ave. will have its grand reopening under the dual brands at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The first 100 customers will receive coupons good for a free meal each month for a year.

Hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Both chains are owned by YUM! BRANDS, which also operates under the names KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN, PIZZA HUT and TACO BELL.

This is the second Long John Silver's conversion for the Springfield market. The outlet at 1030 Clock Tower Drive opened in February. The lot size at the remaining Long John Silver's at 2929 S. Dirksen Parkway, however, makes a similar conversion there unlikely.

"We don't know about South Dirksen because the lot is so cramped,"


said Jim McCann ,

who owns the local franchise.


"We're ready to do it as soon as we can figure out a way."



Long John Silver's reopening with floats

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, February 6, 2005

Treasure Isles Inc. - Springfield's LONG JOHN SILVER'S franchise operator - is betting customers really want a two-for-one option.

When the Long John Silver's at 1030 Clock Tower Drive reopens Monday, customers also will be able to order root beer floats and Coney dogs with the A&W ALL AMERICAN FOOD brand.

The multibrand store will carry the full menu from both chains, which are owned by Yum! Brands Inc.

Treasure Isles has no intention of stopping there.

In March, Treasure Isles will begin converting its Long John Silver's outlet at 1726 E. Sangamon Ave. to also include the A&W brand.

Treasure Isles is one of Yum! Brands' biggest multibrand operators, with five outlets combining the two names. Yum! also owns PIZZA HUT, TACO BELL and KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN.

"Multibranding is the biggest innovation in the quick service restaurant industry since the drive-through window, because it gives consumers greater choice, convenience and value," Treasure Isles owner Jim McCann said.

Long-term plans include a similar conversion for the Long John Silver's at 2929 S. Dirksen Parkway.

The Clock Tower outlet reopens at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The first 100 people served will get a year's worth of gift certificates good for one free meal a month.



Lippa - Mccann link –


“Donelan” sp



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, August 31, 1986

McCann-Farrow Kelly Ann Farrow of Springfield and Kenneth Gerard McCann of Lombard were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Aug. 9. Dr. Roger E. Compton conducted the ceremony at Central Baptist Church in Springfield.

Parents of the bride are Donald and Sharon Farrow of 3012 Interlacken Road. The bridegroom is the son of Vincent and Catherine McCann of Lombard.

Serving as maid of honor was Denise Lippa , with Christina Hillestad, Patricia McCann, Sandra and Heather Farrow serving as bridesmaids. Flower girl was Kimberly McCann.

Best man was Mike Riggs. Serving as groomsmen were Tom Donlan, Joe Maher, David and James McCann.

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

The bride attended Eastern Illinois University, and the bridegroom is a graduate of Eastern.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, July 28, 1992


Joyce Pruitt on Monday was trying to see a positive side to massive state funding cuts for her private agency, the Illinois Coalition Against

Domestic Violence.

The Springfield-based coalition had 24 staff members about a year ago, cut back to 17 positions, and is being forced by state cuts to reduce to 10 or 11 workers by the end of August.

Springfield's Sojourn Women's Center, a domestic violence shelter, is one of 51 services statewide that are represented by the coalition.

"I hope that good can come out of this crisis and that we can perhaps shift directions," Pruitt said.

Illinois Department of Public Aid officials say they wanted to maintain funding to the individual providers at last year's level. So, to save money, they decided to administer the grants from within the department instead of through the coalition.

"We needed to pull back and run this program in-house in a tight budget year," said Dean Schott, Public Aid spokesman.

The advocacy group, created to fight violence against women, may be able to become more vocal if it doesn't have to rely on Department of Public Aid funding, Pruitt said.

With most bills paid for by the state, she said, "We had to tread very carefully. This, in a sense, will free us."

The coalition's 26-member board met Friday to plan for reorganization and to consider the most important roles of the coalition. Many decisions have yet to be made, and it's not yet certain who will stay and who will go, Pruitt said.

In fiscal 1991, the Public Aid department provided the coalition with $867,553, said agency spokesman Karl Piepenburg. In the fiscal year that ended June 30, the amount was $584,328. In fiscal 1993, which began July 1, the amount provided was $94,000 -- enough to ease out of the business of administration of public aid grants to local agencies.

Piepenburg said Public Aid did not add staff members to take over the coalition's former role.

The amount Public Aid will give providers of shelter and other help for domestic violence victims will remain constant at about $9 million, said Liz Lippa ,

who was assistant director of the coalition until last week –

when her job became a casualty of the latest budget cut.

"We're looking to bring in a fundraiser, a fund developer, and try to replace (lost state) funding," Lippa said.

Lippa and Pruitt said the coalition has done much more than pass money on to other agencies. It works with other state agencies, police departments, local courts and medical officials to provide for training of people who come in contact with domestic violence victims, and lets victims know where they can get help. The coalition last year distributed more than 575,000 pieces of literature, Pruitt said.

The coalition this year is also administering about $1 million of federal Victims of Crime Act funds, Pruitt said, which comes through the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. The money is used for services including hiring of legal advocates to accompany battered women to court and direct help for children of families where violence has occurred. But the federal dollars are "strictly a flow-through," she said, and do not pay for any coalition salaries.

Private funding already collected by the coalition will be used to keep it going, for now, Lippa said.

The coalition joined in pushing for the state's new anti-stalking law.

"We hope that the coalition will continue to be an advocate for domestic violence programs and consult with local domestic violence shelters," Schott said, even though they are losing Public Aid funding. "We would like to see them continue to be a part of the process."


Canavan at county DHS – social worker –

Xa ushman -



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, December 28, 2001

Friday, Dec. 28, 2001



Maureen and Pat O'Connor, Springfield, a son, Andrew Patrick O'Connor, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001. Grandparents are Chuck and Carolyn Lippa , Patsy and Joseph Canavan and Tom and Joanne O'Connor.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, December 19, 1993

INVESTIGATORS who are union members in Attorney General ROLAND BURRIS' office are not happy that Burris has hired ART STONE to head the division

after he was pushed out of the top job in a statewide police union group.

The labor committee of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 235, which represents the group of about 30 investigators, issued a statement that the lodge is "amazed and embarrassed, but not surprised by the attorney general's appointment" of Stone to be director of investigations.

When Stone was dismissed as executive director of the FOP's Labor Council, which handles negotiations for groups including Lodge 235, Lodge President DOUG IVINS said his group had ill feelings toward Stone during earlier contract talks.

The new statement from the lodge reiterates that conflict.

"There is no denying that the lodge has had ill feelings toward Mr. Stone while he was director of the FOP Labor Council. Perceptions of his relationship with the Attorney General caused mistrust between the Lodge and Mr. Stone.

"That history of animosities between the parties make for a precarious situation but one which we as professionals will make the best of," the statement goes on. "After all, the attorney general has chosen him to be our director and we shall afford him every opportunity to succeed."

ERNIE SLOTTAG, spokesman for Burris, said Stone was chosen for the $58,248 job "because of his demonstrated management abilities and background." Slottag said he doesn't foresee a problem in having the investigators work with Stone.

Stone is a former Sangamon County undersheriff who quit in 1990 when he refused an order from Sheriff BILL DeMARCO to return to work. He had been on a leave of absence doing labor council work.

Among sticking points during times when negotiations were going on was that


Stone's wife, NANCY McCANN-STONE,


got a $22,460 job as a senior advocate with the office in 1992. She said she was well-qualified, and has done graduate work in gerontology.

Stone fought his dismissal from the FOP Labor Council, but under a consent award following arbitration, he resigned from the council Oct. 16. His stepson, JOHN McCANN , also resigned from the council that day.

The consent award document shows that Stone said the allegations against him -- including mismanagement and improper reporting of the council's financial affairs, non-compliance with policies regarding the use of benefits and privileges, and lack of cooperation with the investigation -- were unwarranted. He also said he had been denied due process





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, March 20, 1986

Here are the results of Tuesday's precinct committeeman elections in Sangamon County outside of Springfield.


Woodside 5: John McCann , 34; Gerald Meredith,




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 3, 1996

Canavan-Cronin Donna Marie Cronin and Michael Kevin Canavan, both of Springfield, were married at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by the Rev. Tom Dennis.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cronin of Carrollton. The groom is the son of Carolyn Lippa and Joseph Canavan, both of Springfield.

Maid of honor was Sharon Thompson, with Lisa Condon, Kelly Honzel and Jill Stringer as bridesmaids. Flower girl was Samantha O'Connor.

Serving as best man was John Garrison, with Pat Norris, Dave Lewis and Glenn Cunningham as groomsmen. Ushers were Mike and John Cronin. Ringbearers were Erich O'Connor and Neil Juranek.

A reception was held at the Springfield Hilton.

The bride is a graduate of Carrollton High School and the University of Illinois. She is employed by SIU School of Medicine. The groom is a graduate of Southeast High School and Lincoln Land Community College. He is employed by CWLP. The couple will live in Springfield.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, April 27, 1990


Illinois Power Co. stock took a dive Thursday following a recommendation that its electric rate should be raised only 2.8 percent this year.

"This company's financial health is critical to all of us in the region -- customers, shareholders and employees alike," said Illinois Power President Larry Haab, after announcement of a hearing officer's recommendation that the utility should get a substantially lower rate hike than it has requested.

The Illinois Commerce Commission hearing officer said Illinois Power needs only $27.7 million in new revenue. The Decatur-based utility has asked for a $215 million increase, or 23 percent. The full ICC board will make a final decision on the proposal by June 10. A 2.8 percent rate hike would cost the average residential customer about $22.65 a year, officials said. Illinois Power's requested rate hike would cost a typical customer about $186 a year.

Illinois Power, which says it's in dire financial shape after getting a lower-than-expected rate increase last year, serves Jacksonville, Carlinville, Decatur, Bloomington, Champaign and other downstate communities.

After news of the recommendation became public, Illinois Power saw its stock on the New York Stock Exchange drop from about $18 a share at the opening bell Thursday morning to $16 a share by noon, where it stabilized at closing after heavy trading.

"The impact (of the recommended rate hike) is obvious to the financial community, as evidenced by the reaction of the stock market," said Haab, adding the utility may take legal action if the suggested rate plan is approved. The company also would be likely to immediately file for another rate hike.

Haab noted that Illinois Power has eliminated its dividend to common shareholders and posted losses in four of the last five years.

But a number of critics Thursday expressed little sympathy for Illinois Power. The rate hike was largely designed to help pay for the Clinton nuclear power station, and those critics noted that hearing examiner Charles Lippa described Clinton's performance in 1989 as "woefully lacking." "Evidence has shown that the Clinton power plant was not needed," said state Sen. Vince Demuzio, D-Carlinville, whose district is served by Illinois Power. "The Clinton facility has a very poor record of performance. Yet Illinois Power is continually requesting that consumers pick up the tab for this boondoggle that does little (for the consumer) except increase their rates."

Demuzio and state Sen. Penny Severns,D-Decatur, whose district also is served by Illinois Power, urged that Illinois Power get no rate increase at all.

Pat Clark, a spokeswoman for the Citizens Utility Board, said the hearing examiner's report is a "step in the right direction." But she said the recommended rate hike is still unnecessary.

Clark also questioned whether Illinois Power is in as severe a financial bind as it claims.

"It's clearly not true," she said, asserting the utility has more than $100 million in extra earnings that it hasn't made available to stockholders.

Illinois Power counters that it cut its work force by $30 million as a result of last year's 6.8 percent rate increase.

Scott Peterson, an Illinois Power spokesman, added that the hearing examiner was simply wrong in saying that the Illinois Power needs to run Clinton at only 41.6 percent capacity, which was a factor in the recommended rate increase.

"The 41 percent figure by all accounts is simply low," said Peterson.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, April 14, 1989

Ann Blakley has been re-elected president of the Family Service Center of Sangamon County.

Other officers elected were Thomas Kienzler and Dr. Victoria Nichols-Johnson, vice presidents; Irene Nordine, secretary; and Gerald Gardner, treasurer.

Elected to the 30-member board were Eugene Bilotti, Bobby Hall, Shelley Hoffman, Diana Israel, Liz Lippa , Steve Schrieber, Charles Scott, Deanna Todd, Martin Vandiver, and Lowell Walley.

Linda Miller is executive director of Family Service Center, a social service agency providing services to individuals and families in Sangamon County. The center at 1308 S. Seventh St. operates a day care center, provides family counseling, adoption, and young parent support services.

The center recently received a Certificate of Accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 18, 1990

Call- Lippa Laura Jean Lippa and Patrick Joseph Call, both of Springfield, were married at 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Washington Park Gazebo. Judge Sue Myerscough officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Liz Lippa , 1707 S. Seventh St., and Charles Lippa , 4 Glen Eagle. The groom is the son of Helen F. Call, 56 Sutton Place, and the late James D. Call.

Serving as maid of honor was Denise Lippa . Best man was Michael Call.

A reception was held at Franson's Banquet Hall.

The bride is a graduate of Springfield High School and is a corporation specialist assistant in the division of business services for the secretary of state. The groom is a graduate of Griffin High School and is employed as an engineer technician for the city Department of Public Works.

The couple will live in Springfield.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, April 1, 1990


If there was a battle plan for Saturday's Women's Legislative Conference, it might have been called, "How to take the offensive on often ignored


Held at Sangamon State University, the conference tried to steer away from mainstream issues facing women, such as pay equity and abortion rights.

Instead organizers sought to tackle issues affecting elderly women, mothers with drug addictions, and younger women trying to get an education and job-training.

The title of the conference was, "Achieving Health and Economic Justice." "We're trying to be more proactive, rather than reactive to issues already discussed," said Vanessa Jackson of the Black Women's Health Project, a co-sponsor of the day-long conference.

About 100 people, almost all of them women, turned out for a number of workshops ranging from long-term health care to welfare reform. The conference was sponsored by a variety of local women's groups and individuals.

Lillie Allen, of the Lillie Allen Institute in Atlanta, gave the key-note speech in the morning. Allen's basic message: There is little point in a woman trying to transfer her personal idealism to a cause if she doesn't feel good about herself first.

To make her point, Allen read a poem entitled "The Negro Woman," which told the tale of a woman seized in Africa, placed on a slave ship and then sold into bondage.

"It was inspiring," said Sangamon County Circuit Clerk Candy Trees, a conference sponsor and candidate for state legislator. "We think we have it bad today. Just look at that poor woman (in the poem)." Jamillah Muhammad, of Operation PUSH, warned the audience that legislation now before the Illinois General Assembly would make it a felony for a woman to give birth to a child addicted to cocaine.

Muhammad said the bill is a "classic example" of portraying a woman as a villain, rather than a victim. "Men who have an addiction are given treatment. Women are made criminals. We seem to have a double standard as far as (drug) addiction treatment for men and women."

Other speakers at the forum included: Pam Sutherland, of Illinois Planned Parenthood, who talked about teen access to reproductive choices; Loretta Maldaner, of the Illinois Department of Aging, who talked about healthcare issues confronting elderly women; Julie Dillon, of Jobs for Youth, on access to education and job-training; Barbara Stockton, of the Chicago Welfare Rights Organization, who talked on welfare reforms; and Pat Taylor, of the Older Women's League, who spoke about spousal impoverishment.

Workshops also were held on how women can lobby legislators (feature speaker was Pam Sutherland), coalition building (Luellen Laurenti, Illinois National Organization for Women), media relations (Joan Fuller, WICS-Channel 20) and grassroots fundraising (Bonnie Rubenstein, a political fundraiser). "We don't want to be standing on the outside holding placards and hoping someone notices us," said Liz Lippa , an organizer of the conference. "We not only want to be on the agenda, we want to be (setting) the agenda."



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, January 15, 1986

Brian A. Lippa Brian Andrew Lippa of Washington died Monday in Peoria at the age of 18 months.

Surviving are his mother, Cherrie Ann Lippa of Washington; grandmother, Liz Lippa of Springfield; grandfather, Charles S. Lippa of Springfield; great-grandfather, David Lippa of Skokie; five aunts and uncles.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bisch Memorial Home, with Rabbi Stephen Moch officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Sister Ignatius Leutenmeyer Sister Ignatius Leutenmeyer, OSU, 88, of Alton died at 3:40 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Ursuline Convent in Alton after a long illness.

She was born in Springfield, the daughter of the late Charles and Barbara Kruger Leutenmeyer.

She entered the Ursuline Order in 1916, professing her vows in 1919 and her final vows in 1922. She celebrated her golden jubilee in 1969 and diamond jubilee in 1979. She taught French, math and science from January 1919 until her retirement in 1969. She taught at the elementary and secondary levels in the Springfield Diocese, St. Patrick's School at Alton, St. Bernard's School in Wood River, St. Michael's School at Staunton, St. Teresa High School in Decatur and Marquette High School in Alton. She was one of the founders of St. Michael's School in Staunton.

Surviving are one sister, Rose McAdams of Springfield; several nieces and enphews.



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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, March 17, 2002

Caption: 1. At the front desk of Brahler Tire and Auto Center, Sixth and Laurel streets, personnel include: Bob Heady, Larry Keister, Craig Hohl, Jeff Lippa , Jim Brahler and Ron Litterst. / 2. The newest Brahler Lube Center stands at 1950 N. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield.

Two men allegedly solicit prostitute

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, March 14, 2010


Two men were arrested Friday for allegedly soliciting a prostitute.

Arrested were Robert L. Downs, 56, and Matthew S. Lippa , 22, according to police.

The men allegedly solicited a prostitute at Staybridge Suites-Springfield, 4231 Schooner Drive, police said.

They were arrested about 7:30 p.m.

Three arrested after marijuana reportedly found

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, December 20, 2008


Three people were arrested Thursday evening after Springfield police allegedly found several baggies of marijuana in their car.

Arrested were: Jacqueline A. Graves, 19, of the 3400 block of J. David Jones Parkway; Dax T. McCauley, 19, of Silver Rod; and Lindsay M. Lippa , 19, of the 3900 block of Brandonshire.

Police said they saw a black sport utility vehicle leave the Quest Inn on Dirksen Parkway about 5:30 p.m. and pull into the outer lane instead of staying in the proper lane. Officers followed the SUV and pulled it over for a traffic violation.

They determined Graves was wanted for failing to appear in court for dangerous drugs, so she was arrested. Officers then allegedly spotted a pipe bowl commonly used to smoke marijuana in the rear pocket of the passenger-side front seat. Upon further searching, they also found a Play-doh container in McCauley's pocket that contained marijuana, police said.

They also allegedly found four baggies of marijuana in the glove box of the SUV.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, September 1, 1996

JEFF LIPPA won the $1,000 bill displayed at the grand opening of the brand new HPR Automotive SuperStore-West on West Wabash Avenue.

The money was donated by Giganti & Giganti Fine Jewelers. Customers and visitors to HPR's SuperStore-West registered for the drawing which took place Aug. 21 in the HPR showroom





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Two men allegedly solicit prostitute

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Posted Mar 14, 2010 @ 07:02 AM

Two men were arrested Friday for allegedly soliciting a prostitute.

Arrested were Robert L. Downs, 56, and Matthew S. Lippa, 22, according to police.

The men allegedly solicited a prostitute at Staybridge Suites-Springfield, 4231 Schooner Drive, police said.

They were arrested about 7:30 p.m.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, April 14, 1989

Edition: M1,M2,S1
Section: LOCAL
Page: 38

Ann Blakley has been re-elected president of the Family Service Center of Sangamon County.

Other officers elected were Thomas Kienzler and Dr. Victoria Nichols-Johnson, vice presidents; Irene Nordine, secretary; and Gerald Gardner, treasurer.

Elected to the 30-member board were Eugene Bilotti, Bobby Hall, Shelley Hoffman, Diana Israel, Liz Lippa , Steve Schrieber, Charles Scott, Deanna Todd, Martin Vandiver, and Lowell Walley.

Linda Miller is executive director of Family Service Center, a social service agency providing services to individuals and families in Sangamon County. The center at 1308 S. Seventh St. operates a day care center, provides family counseling, adoption, and young parent support services.

The center recently received a Certificate of Accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, January 1, 2001

Two groups get a note of appreciation

Dear Editor,

I owe two letters of appreciation.

First, the staff of the 2000 Illinois State Fair Grandstand's Def Leppard Show. Being a new breastfeeding mother, I tried to cover all the bases and had made previous arrangements by phone with the workers of the first-aid station to use their facilities for breast pumping so I could attend the concert. Upon arrival at the Grandstand, I noticed that the first-aid station was not located next to the Grandstand as it had been in previous years.

A Grandstand staff member allowed me to occupy the employee-only restroom, for which I am very appreciative. I was anxious about attending the show and her assistance made the experience very pleasant for me.

Second, Rick Rutter and his service technicians at Landmark Ford. On Thursday, Dec. 28, in Springfield, the back window of my Ford Bronco would not roll up. I live in New Berlin and do not have access to a garage so it would have been a cold trip home as well as a wet one as it was snowing.

The Landmark service department was very busy but they got my truck in and rewired the back window. I appreciate their willingness to even look at the window, let alone fix it.

They are fine young men, and I feel they went out of their way to see that I had a warm trip home.

To both of these groups of people, I say, "Thank you and best wishes for the Year 2001."

Dawn R. Brackett

New Berlin





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


Lynn Marie Frensko of Benld and Michael Lewis Otto of Springfield were married at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22, 2001, at First Christian Church by the Rev. Arthur Roemer.

The bride is the daughter of Larry and Patty Frensko of Benld. The groom is the son of Charles and Alice Gantt and Gerald and Lurah Otto, all of Springfield.

Serving as matron of honor was Andrea Butcher. Bridesmaids were Kerri Frensko, Gina Frensko and Kathy Otto. Junior bridesmaid was Breanna Frensko. Flower girls were Kaily and Kylie Frensko and Alison Otto.

Best man was Mike Stone. Groomsmen were Eric Kornack, Rick Rutter and Chris Gleeson. Ringbearer was Dylan Frensko. Ushers were Brad Butcher, Kent Frensko and Brian Frensko.

A reception was held at the Gillespie Knights of Columbus Hall.

The bride is a graduate of Gillespie High School. She is employed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. The groom attended Springfield High School and Lincoln Land Community College. He is employed Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.

The couple will reside in Springfield.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, September 15, 1991

Modglin-Foster Peggy K. Foster and James H. Modglin, both of Normal, wer married at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10 in Woodside United Methodist Church. The Rev. George Loveland performed the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Gretchen Redden of Bayside, N.Y., and Jim and Patty Foster of Colorado Springs, Colo. The bridegroom is the son of Harold and Mary Lou Modglin of Springfield.

Maid of honor was Molly Foster. Bridesmaids were Janice Finerty, Nora Farris, Bonnie Duncan, and Krissy Darm.

Best man was John Farris. Groomsmen were Dale Ushman, Rick Rutter , Jeff Lantz and Jeremy Gorrell. Ushers were Marcus Randall and Scott Foster.

A reception was held at 6:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus 364 Hall.

The bride is a graduate of Illinois State University in elementary education and is working for her master's degree there in speech language pathology. The bridegroom is a sales supervisor at Sears Roebuck.

They will reside in Normal.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, July 10, 1986

The Khoury League senior division expanded to seven teams this season, and one of the newcomers was Lincoln Cab.

And in its first Khoury contest, Lincoln Cab scored 17 runs in the first inning en route to a 24-2 victory.

Subsequent games weren't nearly as lopsided, says Joe O'Brien, who manages the team that also competes in the Springfield Recreation Department's Senior League and boasts an ambitious 54-game schedule.

But as the season heads toward its finale, Lincoln Cab has a 14-2 record and a firm grip on first place. Photo Factory (11-5) and Ray's Redbirds (10-8) are its closest competitors.

"WHY DID WE join this league?" O'Brien repeated the question. "Simple. We play everybody in the league four times. That's 24 regular-season games without having to travel."

And O'Brien believes the league has a more-than-adequate facility in the lighted diamond at Hobbs Park.

"It doesn't have a grass infield, so you can't compare it to Lanphier or Chamberlain," O'Brien said, "but it's still a nice facility. The lights are excellent. Several of the managers in the league put in a lot of hours seeing to it that the league goes. I know Ralph Richno spends an awful lot of time working on the field and Ray Lancaster kind of oversees the operation of the league and does the paper work. Jack Downs also was involved in getting the league started about three years ago. Without those three, there wouldn't be lights or a league.

"We've played a lot of places -- Kansas City, Mo. and Kans., Milwaukee -- and I think maybe we're a little spoiled here with diamonds like Lanphier, Chamberlain, Lincoln Land and Riverton. You just don't see facilities as nice as that when you travel, even in the bigger cities."

The key to the success of O'Brien's team? Maybe there is none.

"I can't really say that our pitching has dominated over our hitting or vice versa," he said. "Some games we hit a lot, but we've played several low-scoring games, too."

O'Brien's pitching staff reads like Quincy College East as Hawks Mike Hartman, Brien O'Brien, Mike Sanders and Ed Wiessing are mainstays, along with Dave Seiders and Jim Sullivan.

"Mike Hartman has pitched well, but he doesn't have the innings that some of the others have because of playing basketball," O'Brien noted. "And Ed Wiessing has been a real pleasant surprise. He's 7-2. For not having pitched that much at school, he's done an excellent job."

Seiders or O'Brien plays third base, depending on who's pitching, and O'Brien and Bill Bird share shortstop. Pat Antonacci is at second with Joe Oller or Mike Wolosick at first. Mike Antonacci is the catcher, backed up by Oller.

Mike Robbins (27 and a recent arrival from Cedar Rapids), Eric Shea and Kevin Lutes patrol the outfield. Tom Fitch is the designated hitter and a back-up at first.

"The problem you get into at this age level (most players are 19, though there is no age limit and several players still have Connie Mack eligibility) is that almost everybody works," O'Brien said. "We have a basic roster of 15, but on a given night it's not unusual for only 11 to show up. We have a couple of guys taking some summer courses at night, so we have to be versatile."

O'BRIEN SAID BIRD has provided the bulk of the power (six homers, four in Khoury League, none in Senior League and two in other games). Brien O'Brien is the runs-batted-in leader with 31. "And Mike Antonacci has been hitting real well," added the manager. "He's hitting .446 in the Senior League. It's kind of funny because we have a few people like that who are just stinging the ball in the Senior League and aren't hitting as well in the Khoury League, where the pitching isn't as good."

And just how good is the Khoury senior division? "This is our first year in it, and I know it's had that stigma of the Khoury League being for little kids," O'Brien said, "but it's getting better little by little. There are definitely some kids in this league who could play in the Senior League but choose not to for some reason."

Such as? "Photo Factory is made up almost exclusively of kids who went to Southeast High School," O'Brien said. "They've got some good players like Bob and Rick Rutter and John Montalbano. And Sankey Brothers has a lot of players from Rochester. They're a young team. They've got a lot of kids just out of high school, but they'll be a force if they stay together. And then there are people like the Krohes (John and R.G.), so there are some quality players here."

Other leagues The Mickey Mantle League is into its last two weeks, and everybody -- especially the National Division -- is braced for a wild finish.

Through Tuesday, National standing were: Illini Technology 11-4; Lincoln Cab and ITT 9-3; Springfield Optimists and Rocky Rococo 6-8. American Division: A.J.'s Clocks 10-4; Industrial Chemical 8-6; Riverton Athletic Club 4-9; Executone 2-10; Bank Of Springfield 1-11. Since the Mantle State Tournament comes to Chamberlain Park July 24-27, three teams from the local league will qualify -- the winner of each division, plus the team in either division with the next best record. Five teams still have at least an outside shot for the three spots. . . . Standings in other SRD leagues, through Tuesday, were: Connie Mack -- Sutton Siding 8-1; Friendly Chevrolet 6-4; Fishman's 4-6; Rocky Rococo 1-8. Senior League -- Bud Light 7-3; Miller Lite 7-4; Lincoln Cab 5-5; Springfield Firefighters 4-5; Springfield Merchants 2-8. . . . Southwest Sandy Koufax League division winners Shaw Insurance Cubs and Knights of Columbus #364 Royals meet at 8 Friday night at Schlitt Park in the final regular-season game.

Shaw wrapped up its title in a 7-6 victory over the Illini Braves recently as Eric Kunkel notched his seventh victory in a 13-strikeout performance. The Royals earned their title with an 11-2 triumph over Century 21 in which Mike Chestnut had four hits for the winners.


State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 16, 1997

HPR AUTOMOTIVE Group announces four promotions and two new appointments.

Mike Koltun has been promoted to general manager and Cindy Park-Denby and John Shumaker to sales managers at HPR Automotive Superstore Lincoln-Mercury, Springfield. Steve Oldfield has been promoted to general manager of the HPR Automotive Superstore, Champaign.

In addition, Rick Rutter and Gina Cagle have joined HPR Automotive Superstore Lincoln-Mercury, Springfield, as sales associate and credit counselor, respectively.


State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, June 25, 2003





Tracy and Rick Rutter , Riverton, a son, Kaleb Robert Rutter, Friday, May 30, 2003. Grandparents are William and Mary Remmers of Riverton, Imogene Rutter of Springfield and the late Richard Rutter.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, July 17, 2005





Tracy and Rick Rutter , Riverton, a daughter, Sydney Elizabeth Rutter, Friday, July 1, 2005. Grandparents are William and Mary Remmers of Riverton, Imogene Rutter of Springfield and the late Richard Rutter.

Local scout leaders react to ruling

Antioch Review (IL) - Thursday, August 12, 1999



Local Boy Scout leaders say a New Jersey ruling that a scout troop there must reinstate a homosexual assistant scoutmaster who had been dismissed will have no effect on their stance toward gay scout leaders.

Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously rejected the Boy Scouts of America's contention that their group is a private organization, ordering it to reinstate assistant scoutmaster James Dale.

Dale, 29, had been an Eagle Scout during his youth and was serving as an assistant scoutmaster of a troop in Matawan, N.J. in 1990 when a picture ran in a local newspaper, identifying him as co-president of the Gay/Lesbian Alliance at Rutgers University.

Soon afterward, the Boy Scouts sent him a letter, informing him of his expulsion from the group and saying that the Scouts' standards for leadership forbade membership to homosexuals.

One Antioch-area Scoutmaster said that while he would not feel comfortable leaving young boys in an unsupervised situation with a homosexual scout leader, he would allow a gay man to help out in a troop in some other, supervised role.

Rick Rutter is Scoutmaster of Troop 180, which meets at Grass Lake School. Rutter said he tries to stay out of the gays-and-Scouting issue as much as possible, and is thankful that he has never had to deal with the issue personally.

But as a matter of safety for the boys in his troop, Rutter said he agrees with the Scouts' policy.

"How can you put that type of person by themselves with young boys?" Rutter asked. "That can really create some difficulty."

Rutter said he has been "fanatic" in teaching tolerance to his own sons: tolerance of people with different religious views, ethnic backgrounds, and even sexual orientation.

"But that doesn't mean you have to agree with it," Rutter said.

It's a matter of not creating a disruption for the boys in the troop, Rutter said. "The boys have to be the first concern."

A gay scout leader, however, could be permitted to help out with troop activities, albeit in a supervised atmosphere, Rutter suggested.

The Northern Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts of America, meanwhile, says it will be business as usual in terms of enforcing the national policy banning homosexuals from becoming Scout leaders.

Outgoing District Director Wayne Pancoast said the New Jersey ruling wil have "no impact" on local units.

The local district has not had any cases of a gay scout leader coming to its attention, Pancoast said. Scouting officials do not actively investigate leaders, but if they were to discover that a leader was a homosexual, it would be looked into.

In some aspects, this is similar to the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays serving in the armed forces.

Jeff Kuehl, communications director for the Northern Illinois Council, said Scouting officials will take a wait-and-see approach to the New Jersey ruling. They expect that it will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which may be asked to make, once and for all, a final decision on whether the Boy Scouts are a public or private organization.

So far, the New Jersey court is the second state supreme court to rule on the issue. Last year, the California Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts were a private organization, and therefore not covered by that state's civil rights law. The court, in that case, ruled that the Boy Scouts' constitutional rights of freedom of association and freedom of expression gave them the right to expel homosexuals.

Court fights are nothing new to the Boy Scouts, who in recent years have had to fend off challenges from atheists seeking to become members, as well as from girls trying to join the all-boy organization.

For the Boy Scouts, homosexuality is a matter of interpreting the Scout Law, which requires Scouts to "keep themselves morally straight."

That, Kuehl said, subjects adult leaders to close scrutiny.

"Families place their children in the care of the adult leaders, so they can expect to be looked at closely," Kuehl said.



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Weinhoeft extortion gives carpenter and graham a free hand in spi – Charlie Pennell – as supervisor – and see Caldwell –


Xa weinhoeft background here – and see replacement milhiser – perrin links and noll links -


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Dui used as extortion – and see cocaine - maurer


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Leverage over scsa – and see Irv and Schmidt generally



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How is that not lying



Prosecutor denies allegations in report
Weinhoeft says he knew nothing of falsities in warrant


Published Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Sangamon County’s first assistant state’s attorney denied “emphatically and unequivocally as possible” Monday that he knew about false information contained in a 1999 search warrant that eventually helped lead to the conviction, and subsequent release from prison, of a defendant.

The allegation regarding first assistant Steve Weinhoeft is one of several mentions of the prosecutor, who appears to have been dragged into an Illinois State Police investigation of the Springfield Police Department’s former major case unit by virtue of his office’s working relationship with it.

The summary of the state police investigation says Springfield detective Paul Carpenter alleged that Weinhoeft knew of and approved of Carpenter trying to disguise the identity of a drug informant by switching the informant’s gender in an affidavit.

“Steve Weinhoeft absolutely and unequivocally knew that I switched the gender of that person,” Carpenter told state police investigators.

The informant apparently was a friend of Carpenter’s who had provided information to him about one of the informant’s relatives. Carpenter said he had told Weinhoeft that he wanted to change the person’s gender so the relative wouldn’t know who had informed on him.

When the change came to light, charges were dropped against the two men involved in the drug case, which had netted police a 20-pound stash of marijuana. One of the two men had already been sentenced to prison and was released as a result of the revelation.

Weinhoeft said he did not know Carpenter had changed the gender of the informant until a defense attorney pointed out to Weinhoeft inconsistencies in the case later in 1999.

When Weinhoeft questioned Carpenter, Weinhoeft said, Carpenter was apologetic and said he wanted to guarantee his source was protected.

“At the time, I found his responses to be contrite, and he apologized,” Weinhoeft said.

He said the state’s attorney’s office wanted to send a clear message to the police department that similar incidents would not be tolerated, so prosecutors dropped the criminal cases.

Weinhoeft said Carpenter’s statements about the prosecutor knowing Carpenter was going to falsify the affidavit information were not true.

“Never in my entire career have I, or would I, advise a police officer to make a false statement of fact in a search warrant. Period,” Weinhoeft said.

State police asked Carpenter to undergo a lie detector test on the issue, but Ron Stone, the lawyer for the city police union, declined to let Carpenter take the test, according to the state police summary.

Knowingly falsifying an affidavit would have serious consequences for an attorney.

However, James Grogan, spokesman for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, said Monday there were no pending disciplinary proceedings regarding Weinhoeft.

The fact that Weinhoeft is repeatedly mentioned in the summary also could help explain why Circuit Judge Leo Zappa recused himself from a drug case last week, in the process suggesting that the case be heard by a judge from outside Sangamon County.

The state police summary mentions several other instances involving Weinhoeft’s relations with the now-disbanded major case unit, some regarding personal situations.

Weinhoeft called those circumstances “unfortunate.”

“Never ever have I been in a situation where my personal and professional ethics were in conflict,” he said.

The other situations in the summary involving Weinhoeft are:

·  Allegations by Carpenter that Weinhoeft knew another of the detectives in question, Jim Graham, purchased stolen television sets from an informant.

Weinhoeft said Monday that Graham had said he bought a television as a favor to the informant, who was trying to sell off his personal belongings before going to prison.

“I found it unusual or odd,” Weinhoeft said. “It’s a fairly common trap for police officers to get too close with confidential informants.”

Graham denied buying the televisions, according to the summary

·  Carpenter’s statement to state police investigators that he believed Graham had “something on Weinhoeft, possibly a Driving Under the Influence” allegation.

Carpenter explained that Weinhoeft initially was thought to have been an occupant in his girlfriend’s car when it was involved in a hit-and-run crash, the state police report says. The report adds that Carpenter’s remarks appeared to be speculation.

The crash occurred Dec. 28, 2003. Initial police reports indicated a man matching Weinhoeft’s description ran from the scene after driver Kellie Hamende crashed into a utility pole at Glenwood and South Grand avenues, about three blocks from Weinhoeft’s residence at the time. Hamende drove to Weinhoeft’s house after the crash.

On Monday, Weinhoeft provided phone records indicating Hamende repeatedly called him at home throughout the night, as well as a polygraph report that Hamende passed, during which she denied Weinhoeft was with her the night of the crash.

“This is absolutely ridiculous. It did not happen,” Weinhoeft said of his alleged involvement. Hamende later pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

·  A question about why Weinhoeft pursued a warrant in the case of Thomas Munoz, who was accused of burglarizing a Rochester church in December 2004, around the time the Rev. Eugene Costa was battered in Douglas Park. Munoz was initially considered a suspect in the Costa beating. Two teens were later convicted of the crime.

Munoz was initially sent to prison because the arrest was considered a violation of his parole, but was released when the Rochester burglary case fizzled. He’s since filed a federal suit alleging that Graham violated his civil rights.

Weinhoeft said he pursued the warrant based on information he had at the time and based on Munoz’s history of church burglary and aggravated battery in the Chicago area.

“He was an individual who had to be investigated,” Weinhoeft said. “Different detectives like to do things in different ways. Some like to have a suspect in custody. It provides a home-field advantage.”















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Prosecutor denies allegations in report

Weinhoeft says he knew nothing of falsities in warrant



Published Tuesday, October 17, 2006


·  Carpenter's statement to state police investigators that he believed Graham had "something on Weinhoeft, possibly a Driving Under the Influence" allegation.

Carpenter explained that Weinhoeft initially was thought to have been an occupant in his girlfriend's car when it was involved in a hit-and-run crash, the state police report says. The report adds that Carpenter's remarks appeared to be speculation.

The crash occurred Dec. 28, 2003. Initial police reports indicated a man matching Weinhoeft's description ran from the scene after driver Kellie Hamende crashed into a utility pole at Glenwood and South Grand avenues, about three blocks from Weinhoeft's residence at the time. Hamende drove to Weinhoeft's house after the crash.

On Monday, Weinhoeft provided phone records indicating Hamende repeatedly called him at home throughout the night, as well as a polygraph report that Hamende passed, during which she denied Weinhoeft was with her the night of the crash.

"This is absolutely ridiculous. It did not happen," Weinhoeft said of his alleged involvement. Hamende later pleaded guilty to drunken driving.










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Evidence problems sink case

Detectives in drug raid have since been fired



Published Saturday, January 27, 2007

Problems with evidence obtained by two police detectives who have since been fired led prosecutors Friday to drop cocaine charges against a Springfield man.


Larry "Hollywood" Washington was arrested in March 2005 after authorities raided his house and allegedly found a half-kilo of cocaine.

Neither prosecutors nor the city could say whether there will be any investigation into the actions of the former Springfield detectives, Jim Graham and Paul Carpenter, but Washington's lawyer, Jon Gray Noll, said he might pursue a civil rights complaint.

Noll on Jan. 2 asked for a court hearing to determine whether Graham and Carpenter were truthful when they sought a search warrant for Washington's residence.

In the affidavit for the warrant, Graham and Carpenter said they had conducted a "trash rip" at Washington's home in the 1400 block of Guemes Court and found several receipts and handwritten notes from him, including one showing the breakdown of $30,000 cash, plus several plastic bags that the two detectives said contained cocaine residue.

In the affidavit, Graham said Carpenter had field-tested the substance in the bags and that it tested positive for cocaine.

However, testing last summer on the bags retrieved from the trash showed no sign that cocaine had ever been in them. Noll also presented information from Washington's garbage company that no trash was put out the day Carpenter and Graham allegedly took it from Washington's home.

Sangamon County State's Attorney John Schmidt said he dropped the charges against Washington, rather than taking the case to a hearing before a judge, because "I have to."

"After extensive review, the physical evidence did not support the search warrant application," Schmidt said. "I have to go on what the evidence shows. This ends the case, and this means our judicial system worked. Our system of justice provides numerous checks and balances that protect all of us."

Schmidt said the decision not to prosecute Washington should not have an impact on other cases Graham said Carpenter handled.

"Every case is individual. You're asking me to speculate, and I'm not going to speculate," he said. "We have always and continue to do our job."

The Illinois State Police crime lab tested evidence collected during the raid on Washington's home nearly two years ago. However, first assistant state's attorney Steve Weinhoeft said Friday that testing is rarely done on evidence used to obtain search warrants. Results from portable tests kits are not saved as part of the evidence in a case, he said.

In this case, though, there was good reason to review the evidence used to obtain the warrant, he said.

"When there was a legitimate concern, we looked at it and made the decision we thought was right," Weinhoeft said.

Noll said much of the evidence used to cast doubt on the search warrant information was obtained by his investigator, Bill Clutter.

"The state's attorney's office, on its own initiative, completely reviewed all outstanding issues in the case and made decisions which were difficult but correct," Noll said.

Schmidt said it isn't up to him to decide whether there will be an investigation into anything Carpenter and Graham did. He said that is a decision for special prosecutor Charles Zalar, who filed charges of official misconduct and wire fraud against Carpenter in October. He and Graham were fired that same month for violating Springfield Police Department rules.

But Zalar said Friday it's not up to him to review the former detectives' conduct in the Washington case, either.

"I don't believe this aspect of the Washington case was really involved in the allegations that were originally investigated, so this office has not been appointed to look into these allegations," he said.

Jenifer Johnson, city attorney, said she couldn't comment on whether there might be an internal investigation. The police department will need time to determine if any other agency would be called in, she said.

"That's a call for the chief to make, not me," she said.

A call to deputy chief Ralph Caldwell was not returned Friday

The $120,000 cash that Washington posted as bail will be returned to him, minus some court costs and attorney's fees. The money confiscated from his house the day of the raid - $4,800 cash - is still in litigation, Noll said.

Also allegedly recovered in the raid were a scale, a gray cloth bag with suspected cocaine residue, Ziploc bags, the cocaine, paperwork, an open box of rubber gloves, a bag of playing cards and weights for a scale and a handwritten note with the name of a federal prisoner.

Washington had no visible means of income and told authorities he was not working at the time of the raid. A tax return found at the time indicated his total reported income in 2003 was $8,262.

Charges against Washington's co-defendant, Jennifer Jenkins, also were dropped. Her attorney, Jeff Page, said he was pleased.

"There's been a cloud of suspicion over this case for quite some time. The manner in which the search warrant was obtained was extremely suspect," he said. "I respect the state's attorney's office for exercising their discretion before there were any further hearings."









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Published Sunday, February 18, 2007

Larry Washington collected a little more than $167,000 in insurance money for a fire that happened at his home less than two years ago.


Now, investigators are revisiting the case, which was ruled an aggravated arson.

The fire is one of three suspicious blazes that involve Washington or women he was involved with during the past 31/2 years.

In July 2003, a fire started at his estranged girlfriend's apartment, shortly after he allegedly threatened to kill her and their child.

In July 2005, Washington's own home on Guemes Court exploded. Investigators determined the fire was arson, but no one was ever charged.

And in May 2005, a former girlfriend of Washington and her father called police after the father and daughter awoke to find that someone had slashed the tires on their vehicles and tried, but failed, to set fire to the father's truck. She named Washington as the suspect.

Washington said last week he knows nothing about any of the fires.

He has never been charged with a crime in connection with them. No one has.

Last month, the Sangamon County state's attorney dropped drug charges that were filed against Washington after a March 2005 raid on the Guemes Court house turned up a half-kilo of cocaine.

As it turned out, two Springfield police detectives said they had searched through the garbage at Washington's house and found two plastic bags that tested positive for cocaine residue. Using that information, they obtained a warrant for the raid.

However, testing on the bags last summer showed no sign that cocaine was ever in them. State's Attorney John Schmidt said that made the case impossible to prosecute.

Washington's name also came up last week in connection with disciplinary charges filed against a Springfield defense attorney. The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission accused lawyer John A. Maurer of selling police reports to an admitted cocaine dealer, Danny J. Sidener Jr. According to the ARDC, Sidener wanted to prove to Washington that Sidener hadn't turned state's evidence against Washington in connection with drug trafficking.

Washington, who goes by the nickname "Hollywood," has been arrested several times in Sangamon County and where he formerly lived in Chicago, but his only convictions are for drugs and attempted murder.

Washington moved to Springfield more than a decade ago, and he insists he's been clean ever since. The cocaine found in his house in March 2005 was planted there, he says.

However, authorities are reviewing evidence from the fire at Washington's home in July 2005.

"The police are actively investigating it, and once they're finished accumulating all the information, we will review it," said Steve Weinhoeft, first assistant state's attorney.

There is no statute of limitations on arson.




A neighbor of Washington's called 911 at 3:11 p.m. on July 15, 2005, to report that Washington's house at 1429 Guemes Court, near St. Agnes Church and School, had exploded.

According to a police report and a fire investigation report obtained by The State Journal-Register, authorities arrived to find that no one was home and that gasoline had been poured throughout the basement.

Firefighters found a one-gallon plastic container partially filled with gasoline in the living room, and another was in the kitchen. A paper sack containing fireworks was next to one of the gas cans, the fire report said, and a single black glove that smelled of gas was on the kitchen floor.

In addition, according to the fire report, a plastic container was on the floor next to a bed in a basement bedroom, and another small, clear plastic container was left next to an L-shaped couch.

Firefighters reportedly found the insurance papers for the house on the kitchen counter and a table.

Paper towels also were found in the hall bathroom sink, on the bathroom floor and outside, on a wood deck outside the sliding glass door that Washington said he jumped through to escape the house, according to the fire investigation report.

There was a pry mark on the outside of that door, a police officer said in the police report.

The basement "revealed heavy fire damage throughout all the rooms along with their contents," according to the fire investigation report. "A distinct burn pattern to the carpet was visible starting at the bottom of the stairway and leading through all the rooms eventually ending in the north bedroom and utility room."

Fire damage was on the stairs leading up to the main floor.

According to police and fire reports, Washington's account of what happened generally corresponds with what neighbors have said they saw, except for estimates of the length of time he was in the house before it blew up.

A neighbor told a State Journal-Register reporter Washington arrived home at 2:45 p.m. and remained there for 25 minutes before the explosion.

Washington said he was home only briefly before a friend, with whom he'd been speaking by cell phone while en route to his house, showed up and the house exploded. According to the police report, Washington identified the friend only as "Dwayne." Washington said he didn't know Dwayne's last name or how officers could contact him.

When he walked inside, Washington told police, he found "an unknown number of gas cans in the kitchen area," and the house smelled strongly of gasoline. Dwayne then arrived and told Washington to get out of the house, he said.

As he was walking through the house, Washington said, he felt heat and a sucking sensation, so he quickly ran out, saw smoke, went back around to the garage and fled in his vehicle, knocking down his mailbox in the process. He said he saw no fire and heard no explosion, according to the police report.

Washington said he drove to Third and Washington streets, but then turned around and came home. He arrived about 30 minutes after authorities did, the police reports indicate.

Police questioned Washington at the home, and Washington then drove himself to the police station to give a videotaped version of what happened.

The detectives also asked Washington for a DNA sample to match with blood found on the side door of the garage. Records indicate he eventually gave the sample, but materials the newspaper was able to obtain do not indicate whether the blood was Washington's.

The neighbors are wrong about how long he was at home before the fire, Washington said in an interview last week.

"That's incorrect," he said. "Half those neighbors are prejudiced. I don't care nothing about their comments, or what they say. No black man ever stayed in that community, and that's the end of our conversation."

One neighbor also told police he happened to be up in the middle of the night several days before the fire and saw Washington and a friend "backing vehicles into the garage and loading items from the house into them."

"They did this numerous times on both nights," the neighbor said, according to the police report.

Washington said last week he was helping remove someone else's belongings from the home.

"Not my stuff," he said. "That was someone else's stuff, nothing but miscellaneous stuff."

The fire investigator's report said the fire started in the north bedroom and utility room of the basement.

Several possible sources could have started the fire, the report said, "including but not limited to a person or persons intentionally pouring a flammable liquid in the lower levels and intentionally igniting it in some manner, or after pouring the flammable liquid, the vapors coming into contact with an unknown source such as the water heater or sparks in an electrical device."

The investigator found that the fire was started to intentionally destroy the structure and that the "ignition of the liquids vapor could have come into contact with an unintentional source prior to the planned ignition by person/persons unknown."

The fire was officially labeled aggravated arson.

An Illinois State Police crime lab report dated Aug. 15, 2005, that cataloged the number of items submitted for testing indicated the offense was arson and identified the suspect as Larry M. Washington.

"Quite naturally, I was listed as a suspect," Washington said. "I think my attorney told me I would be the number one suspect.

"I had nothing to do with it, though, so I don't care. They investigate me for a lot of things."

The report also indicates fire investigators determined the gas cans recovered in the house and gloves found at the home and at a neighbor's were both purchased at Noonan's True Value Hardware on North Grand Avenue by someone who paid cash about 4:30 p.m. the day before the blast.

The report said firefighters requested surveillance video from a gas station to see if the gasoline was purchased there. But it does not say what, if anything, investigators found as a result.

According to the reports, Washington initially did not name a suspect. Later, he reportedly said a former girlfriend, Glenna Sprinkle, might have been responsible.

Washington said he'd been to court the morning of the fire in a failed attempt to get an order of protection against Sprinkle because of threats she'd made against him.

Sprinkle, however, told a reporter in December that police never asked to question her about the fire. She said she found out that Washington had identified her as a suspect in the arson only after she went to police to complain that Washington had been following her and calling her cell phone.

"They never asked for fingerprints or DNA, but I'd be more than happy to give it to them," she said. "That's funny that he said it was me. He's benefiting from it."




In the July 21, 2003, fire, it was Sprinkle's home that was set ablaze. Sprinkle was living with her son, then 7, and her 9-month-old daughter in an apartment at 2619 S. Park St.

She had taken Washington to court to obtain child support for the infant, and Washington was ordered to pay, according to court documents.

The fire happened early on July 21. In the December interview, Sprinkle said she had the baby in bed with her, and her son was sleeping on the floor nearby.

She heard a popping sound. Thinking her son was trying to turn on the bathroom light, she got up to check, but the noise wasn't him. A few minutes later, an alarm started to sound. It took a minute, but she realized it was the smoke alarm rather than her alarm clock, she said. Someone had set garbage on fire in a can outside the children's bedroom, Sprinkle said.

She got the kids out of the apartment. The fire was quickly extinguished, but smoke from it filled the kids' room, causing some damage, and also damaged the wall where it was set.

At the same time, a State Journal-Register employee was in the area working when he saw two men dart across the street, one wearing a hockey mask, and jump into a car in front of him, according to a police report and to an interview with that employee.

The newspaper employee had a pen in his hand for work. Suspecting the two men were up to no good, he wrote down the license plate number. Firefighters arrived a few minutes later, he said.

The Journal-Register employee said in an interview that he eventually was asked to identify someone in a photo lineup. He said he is confident he identified the right person, but no arrest has ever been made.

Police reports also indicate investigators found gas containers in the area, and a shoe print was documented as evidence.

Capt. Tom Hendrickson of the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office, which handled the investigation, wouldn't discuss specifics of the case.

"I can certainly say we spoke to the owner of the car and others who had permission to drive the car," he said. "We did talk to Washington, and we interviewed numerous people in the case. We just haven't been able to put enough evidence together for an indictment. It's an open case."

Washington confirmed that officials questioned him about that fire, too.

"She (Sprinkle) tried to make it out to be me, but nothing ever happened," he said. "She filed about 100 different complaints against me. That lady's crazy."

After the fire, Sprinkle obtained an order of protection against Washington.

"In the past, he has threatened myself and my children and he has stated that he can pay someone $5,000 to kill me," Sprinkle alleged in her O.P. application. "He said my kid (by him) should be dead. He's come to my house several times saying he would do things to me and my children - states she's not his daughter and he will hurt me if I tell people she's his daughter."

She's not the only woman who has had disputes with Washington.

At least three others have sought orders of protection against Washington, including a woman who is currently expecting a child by him. All say he has harassed them and that he either has harmed them or threatened to do so.

Stephanie Peters filed an application for an order of protection on May 1, 2005, the day she and her father woke to find someone had damaged their vehicles in her father's driveway.

"All four of my tires were slashed and on my dad's car, all four tires were slashed," she wrote. "And someone tried to light it on fire. We are not positive (Washington is) responsible, but due to his previous 'threats' it leads us to believe that he would do something like that."

Peters also wrote that Washington was able to call her on her cell phone 10 minutes after she'd had her number changed. And he was able to get her passwords to listen to her voice mail, according to the application.

The day of the attempt to set her father's truck on fire - someone stuffed rags into the gas tank and tried to light them, a police report said - Peters wrote in the application that she had 65 missed calls on her cell phone.

Washington denied any knowledge of that incident, which apparently is no longer under investigation





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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.

Tony Barr re-elected president of Teamsters Local 916

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - September 5, 2001



Page: 27

Teamsters Local 916 president Tony Barr was re-elected in an uncontested race Labor Day weekend.


No other candidates stepped up to oppose Barr at the nomination meeting Saturday, ensuring him another three-year term in the statewide office.


Bennett Krause, the local's legislative liaison, said that's the same as a vote of confidence.


"Tony took over a local union that had problems. By not having nominated an opposing candidate, they're telling us they trust us," Krause said.


During Barr's first term, the Teamsters secured an improved pension plan for highway maintenance workers, a big wage increase for union members at the secretary of state's office and eliminated inequities in the merit-based salary system at the Illinois Department of Transportation.


Viewed as just as impressive, however, was the success of Barr's staff in


convincing union members to more aggressively fund Local 916's political action committee. Voluntary payroll deductions increased more than 1,000 percent


since the 2000 campaign kicked off, union officials said.


"With 76 percent of the 916 members working for a government body, we have to have a presence in the state capital. We have to have a presence in that arena," Krause said. "When we explained that, the members got on board."


Barr ran unopposed three years ago as well.


He will be working with the same office-holders - all of whom were also re-elected - except recording secretary Mike Worthey, who chose to step down. Leo Carroll, a member of Barr's staff, was elected to fill the vacancy.


Other officers include vice president Lou Menendez, secretary/treasurer Steve Lindsey and trustees


 Tom Clatfelter,



Jim Franklin and Dave Shafer.


Local 916 represents 4,000 members throughout Illinois, including nearly 2,000 state employees in the Springfield area. Roughly three-fourths of the local membership work for a government office.




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

Edition: M1,M2

Section: LOCAL

Page: 11

Tony Barr has been elected president of the executive board of Teamsters Local 916.


Other officers are Lou Menendez, vice president; Steve Lindsey, secretary-treasurer; and Mike Worthey, recording secretary. Jim Franklin, Tom Clatfelter and Dave Shafer are trustees.


Officers and trustees will each serve a three-year term, effective Jan. 1.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - September 27, 1987

Author/Byline: Michael Murphy

Edition: M1,M2,S1


Page: 61

If he learned anything from his days at the brewery, Jack Howard learned how to cut up a pie. If the pie's getting bigger, you go for slivers; if


it's not, you scrape for crumbs.


Complacency is the cardinal sin at Anheuser-Busch, says Howard, who spent 10 years there as a brewery marketing executive. The idea is to go from number one in the market to bigger still.


That's why Bud Light, after its acclaimed series of "Gimme a light" commercials, needed a spokeshound like party animal Spuds McKenzie. And that's why E.L. Schafer & Sons, a sluggish wholesaler in Anheuser's own back yard, needed a marketing hound like Howard.


In the 18 months since the brewery matched him up with Schafer's, Howard is being credited with turning a management-poor Springfield distributorship into a hungry lion in a hungry market. While he likes to share the credit, Howard again has central Illinois' most popular beers being sold as if they were brands scratching and scraping for cooler space.


"I don't know what they've done," says Jim Weinhoeft, the operator of a small Springfield tavern. "In here, I just know that Anheuser products blow everybody else away."


Even in a growth market, E.L. Schafer's numbers would warrant some attention. Given that total beer sales are flat or on the decline, the results are more impressive still: a 9 percent increase in sales in 1986 and an 11 percent bump so far this year.


"If you consider the 50 percent share of market we have, it's not that easy to come by," says Howard. "What it means is that we're hurting some people."


It comes, of course, as Anheuser-Busch and E.L. Schafer spend big money to keep their products' names before the public. And E.L. Schafer -- Howard has joined Joe Schafer in a partnership in the process of buying the 54-year-old distributorship -- has a new regime with a new attitude about how to sell beer.


"The products have done well because, after all, this is Anheuser-Busch's back yard," says Howard. "However, there was a void in management before Joe and I came in."


Joe Schafer's older relatives had lost interest, insiders and customers agree. Bulbs in the beer signs got changed, but little else, they say, before Joe Schafer returned to the family business three years ago and Howard arrived 18 months later.


"The fact that they were Budweiser was the only thing that kept them in business," says the owner of a popular downtown tavern.


Even with some of the market's top products, in fact, a few tavern owners were so disgusted that they refused to stock any Anheuser labels.


"We've had the products, but we had to overcome an image problem, an image of non-participation," Howard says. "The last thing a retailer wants to hear is that he needs your beer, but that's the way it was getting."


Word also got back to the tightly run St. Louis brewery. As the 150th largest wholesaler in Anheuser's $8 billion-a-year system, E.L. Schafer's problems were the brewery's problems. Howard, who had been marketing vice president at a Fort Lauderdale distributorship, became the proposed solution.


He was the brewery-trained beer hustler E.L. Schafer needed. The Springfield distributorship, in turn, offered Howard what he wanted: a shot at getting into ownership.


With the match made, Howard, as the firm's president, and Joe Schafer, as its general manager, set about mending fences. Instead of dictating policy, they listened. And they took a few chances.


Springfield bar owner and music promoter Steve Morrison suggested, for instance, that they book local bands for the Budweiser beer tent at the Illinois State Fair. So Howard signed Cats on Holiday and A Flock of Tooters.


"That was a nice gesture," says Morrison, "and I understand it worked out well for them, too."


Howard and Schafer also have made themselves more visible. When another Anheuser distributor or a brewery executive comes to town, they make it a point to show the visitors a few spots around Springfield. They meet the proprietors and spend some money acrossthe bar.


Small-time as it sounds, that's not the way retailers remember E.L. Schafer from bygone days.


Formed as a post-prohibition spinoff of Schafer-Gainer Hatcheries, a grocery and milling business in Springfield, the firm continued to succeed, several retailers say, "because the product was selling itself."


Then, just as Howard and Joe Schafer moved in, so did another social phenomenon, something the trade euphemistically calls "moderation." While there's some argument about whether local beer sales are slumping, no one says the pie's getting any bigger.


Morrison, who remembers how he once had to chase out drinkers at closing time, says, "Moderation is the watchword."


Dave Brown, owner of D.H. Brown's at Third and Monroe streets, says 21- to 35-year-olds, the target group for most beer marketing, "are just not having those last two or three."


And Joe Hobbick, whose Chantilly Lace bar on South Fifth Street has become one of the hottest in Spring field, says business may get worse before better.


"With the DUI laws and all, the moderation trend hasn't shown any signs of the pendulum swinging back," says Hobbick. "It all means you just have to work harder in the business."


So how did Anheuser-Busch sell 72 million barrels last year -- and register nearly an 8 percent volume increase in the first quarter of 1987? For the same two reasons -- market share and marketing acumen -- that Howard cites as growth factors in E.L. Schafer's favor.


Anheuser has 38 percent of the domestic beer market, and its sales of a single product -- Budweiser -- top those of any other brewer in the world. E.L. Schafer, by the same token, claims that its Busch brand commanded a 22 percent share of the local market last year, with Budweiser ringing in at 10.4 percent, followed by Natural Light at 9 percent and Bud Light at 5 percent and growing.


Market share, in turn, means marketing strength. It means more draft beer spigots -- or "knobs," as they're called -- and more cooler and shelf space for beer sold in the package.


With tavern patronage declining, the latter segment now represents 60 percent of Schafer's sales. Joe Schafer says the so-called "off-premise" sales "tend to get overlooked a lot," but they represent the future battleground of the beers.


"If anything, chain (supermarket and convenience store) business is awfully important any more," says Tom Colby, Howard's counterpart at E&F Distributing, which markets Miller Brewing Co. products locally. "The brewery recognizes that, and we do too."


Howard's approach, like Anheuser's itself, aims to leave no market segment unattended.


Co-sponsoring this year's big Secretaries' Party at the Prairie Capital Convention Center gave Anheuser products exposure among singles. Other bases are covered by Blocktoberfest, an upcoming block party, and by events like Bud Light Fright Night and a citywide Nerf basketball tournament Schafer sponsored.


And whatever they missed was probably covered by Michelob's (and E.L. Schafer's) high visibility at the Rail Charity Classic.


"We already had a high presence with Busch, so we used LincolnFest, the county fair and the state fair to reinforce the presence of Budweiser and Bud Light," Howard says of his summer promotions.


Meanwhile, Howard and Schafer, along with their hats, mugs and other artifacts, will continue to turn up in familiar places.


"You spend a lot of money with them, so you appreciate it when they take care of you," says Hobbick of Chantilly Lace.


The revival at E.L. Schafer also has created a promotional tit-for-tat climate that has retailers and competitors alike thinking about how to better market their sudsy products.


"The Spuds McKenzie thing is the one of the cutest things I've ever seen. It's terrific," says Hobbick, who recently co-sponsored with E.L. Schafer a Bud Light promotion/benefit. The proceeds, a quarter per beer, went to I-Search.


"They gave me a break on the price, so half of that quarter comes out of my profits, the other half from them," Hobbick explains. "I get some people in the door, and they get people to try their beer."


E.L. Schafer's about-face has yet to be seen in some of the area's smaller taverns and package outlets. Larger taverns, especially in downtown Springfield, "seem like they've got a lot of promotional things we never got," says Weinhoeft, who runs the bar at J.W.'s Tavern on South Sixth Street.


But when Weinhoeft asked, Schafer's sponsored a Michelob Night at J.W.'s, furnishing hats, T-shirts, cups and beer for 75 cents a bottle.


"It seemed like we'd been selling a lot of Michelob bottles, so when we asked for it, they came through," he says. "We got a lot of people in here we hadn't seen before."


While they've often sold harder than Schafer's -- if not better -- competitors like E&F (Miller, Miller Lite, Old Style, etc.) and Orlandini Inc. (Coors and imported beers), have taken up the challenge.


"If they are better, it's only made us better," says E&F's Colby. "We thank them for that."


Colby says Miller Light, his company's top seller and the market's number two beer, has not been hurt by Spuds or the Bud Light rise. E&F's new premium beer, Miller's Genuine Draft, also has made gains since being test-marketed in Springfield last fall.


"High Life has been losing, but Genuine Draft has more than made up for that loss with us," says Colby.


For the fourth straight year, E&F also came out on top with beer tent sales and the state fair, says Tom Clatfelter , who lines up retail tap outlets for E&F. If E&F hasn't done anything radical to counter E.L. Schafer's blitzkreig, it made sure Miller Lite sponsored eight to 10 parties when the Chicago Bears debuted on "Monday Night Football." "In this busines, if you snooze, you lose," Clatfelter says.


Back at the Jack Howard-Joe Schafer trial, the jury will be out until the baseball playoffs and World Series come and go. Better for them, Dave Brown says, that the Anheuser-owned St. Louis Cardinals don't make it.


"They've only got something like 30 tickets coming, and everybody they know thinks they're getting some," Brown says with a laugh. "If they can survive that, they can survive anything."







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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.



State's attorney names first assistant

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



When John Milhiser changes jobs, it never has much effect on his parking situation.


Milhiser, 37, a former Sangamon County assistant state's attorney, Wednesday was named first assistant state's attorney.


Milhiser, who left the state's attorney's office to join the firm of Barber, Segatto, Hoffee and Hines in May 2003, will replace Steve Weinhoeft, who has been named a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of Illinois, based in Fairview Heights. Milhiser will begin his new position Feb. 1.


Barber, Segatto is just across Ninth Street from the Sangamon County Complex, so Milhiser has worked in the same general area since graduating from law school.


"I'm very happy John has decided to return to the office," said Sangamon County State's Attorney John Schmidt. "I have every confidence he'll be an excellent first assistant."


Milhiser grew up in a military family and lived mostly in Virginia before law school. He graduated from James Madison University and has his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law.


"It is a great opportunity to come back to the office, and I look forward to working with John Schmidt again," Milhiser said. "Being a prosecutor is what I love to do."


Milhiser worked in three divisions - juvenile, civil and criminal felony - during his first stint with the state's attorney's office. He is qualified as a first chair in death penalty cases.


Along with Weinhoeft, he successfully prosecuted Meyuntoe Davis for the first-degree murder of 18-year-old Angela Davis in 1999, securing a 35-year prison sentence.


He also was a prosecutor in the trials of Mark Burmeister, convicted of second-degree murder in 2001; Timothy Day, convicted of two counts of reckless homicide after an auto accident on Old Rochester Road in 2000; and Mark S. Allen, convicted of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated unlawful restraint in 2000 after forcing a 14-year-old girl into his truck.


While with the private firm, Milhiser practiced general law, including some criminal defense work and complex civil litigation.


He also is host of "Prairie Lawyer," a legal-affairs program on local cable channel Access 4, and is adjunct professor of public speaking and state and local government at Springfield College in Illinois/Benedictine University.


Milhiser and his wife, Gail Noll, a law clerk for the U.S. District Court in Springfield, have two daughters - Abby, 7, and Katie Mae, 5.


Milhiser is a competitive golfer and won the Round the Town championship in 2001, although he said he doesn't play as much golf as he did previously.


He'll make $92,000 annually in his new job.


John Milhiser


Age: 37




General law attorney at Barber, Segatto, Hoffee and HInes; also hosts "Prairie Lawyer" on cable channel Access 4


Experience: Previously worked for the state's attorney's office


Education: James Madison University, University of Illinois College of Law

Caption: John Milhiser



Veteran prosecutors leave county

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - May 27, 2003



When Marlene Frey, a nine-year veteran of the Sangamon County state's attorney's office, leaves the office next month, she'll be the second felony assistant - the people who prosecute the most serious crimes - to resign this spring.


Turnover isn't unusual, but the departure of Frey, who is leaving to plan her wedding and contemplate her future career, and John Milhiser , who resigned to practice with a Springfield civil law firm, leaves the county prosecutor's office searching for experience.


"It's a constant struggle retaining experienced prosecutors in the economic marketplace," said Sangamon County State's Attorney John Schmidt.


"I went to the county board and sought a raise for our felony assistants a couple of years ago and the board approved it, and I thank them for that," he said. "It's not the county board's fault. We have to live within our means."


Pay for felony assistants starts at about $38,000 a year, but many young prosecutors also have young families to support and hefty student law school loans to repay.


The office, which handles approximately 1,500 felonies annually, has 10 assistants to prosecute those cases. Schmidt does some cases himself, but doesn't prosecute a full load.


Two of the positions get funding from federal and state grants to fight drug and gun crime, respectively.


Felony assistants John "Mo" Madonia, who had five years experience, and Pete Cavanagh, with three years, left the office to start their own private practice in September. Their spots were filled by Megan Morgan from the traffic and misdemeanor division and Chad Turner, a former felony assistant who returned after working for the Illinois attorney general's office.


"I'm honored that Chad came back, because he didn't have to," Schmidt said. "I think that says something about the organization."


Milhiser, who had been with the office since August 1997, started his new job with Barber, Segatto, Hoffee & Hines last week, opening up a felony spot filled by Jeff Hoecker from traffic and misdemeanor.


"Jeff distinguished himself in traffic and misdemeanor and did a good job in the cases he tried," Schmidt said.


But Frey's departure will present a different problem.


"Her cases were primarily first-degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault and home invasion," Schmidt said. "You don't just start right in with those."


"You hate to see any of your friends leave," Schmidt said, "but it will be particularly bittersweet to have her leave. That's a going-away party I'm not looking forward to."


Schmidt said Frey is the last of his contemporaries who started in the state's attorney's office at about the same time, although two of those - assistant Scott Kains and first assistant John Belz - left and later returned to the office.


Schmidt and Frey together prosecuted the Leanne Childs double-murder case as well as the Thomas Umphrey capital murder case.


"She is a talented trial partner and an incredibly talented attorney," he said.


Frey said she doesn't know what her long-term career plans are yet. She has a wedding date in September and is hoping to start a family.


"It has been a very rewarding position, but for now, I need a change," she said.


Schmidt said he's looking for someone with experience to replace her.


"We're actively pursuing people now," he said.


Milhiser said he enjoyed working under state's attorneys Patrick Kelley, now a circuit judge, and Schmidt, but knew he couldn't work for the state's attorney's office forever.


"I was approached by a firm and attorneys I respect and felt it was the right time to make a move," Milhiser said. He'll be doing some criminal work, but the majority of his work will be in civil practice such as estates, real estate, trusts, family law and small-business related litigation.


Schmidt called Milhiser "one of the best-grounded people I've ever met."


When Milhiser attended a week-long trial advocacy school a few years ago, a Cook County judge approached Schmidt, who also was teaching at the school, and told him that one of his assistants, Milhiser, perhaps wasn't taking the course seriously. He was always smiling, the judge told Schmidt.


"That judge could not have been more wrong," Schmidt said. "Yes, he's always smiling, but along with that smile comes a dedicated attorney who never backed down from any assignment or task."


Chatham Fire Department roster (scott moore jr.)

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - November 17, 2003

Full-time members of the Chatham Fire Department are:


Chief Bruce Osborne, Capt. Phil Schumer, Capt. Bill Rose, and firefighter and EMT 1 Brian Gorbett, firefighter and EMT pending James A. Gerberding, firefighter and EMT 1 Kenneth Kissell, firefighter and EMT pending Terry Rogers, firefighter and EMT pending Chuck Baker, and firefighter and EMT 1 Joseph Bolletta.


Volunteers are Jerry Hughes, Gary Mueller, Robert Bose, Don Butler, Ryan Cunningham, Alexis Osborne, James G. Gerberding, Brian McClean, Scott Moore , Rodney Wood, Jeremy Jacobs, Douglas Hawk, James Hawkinson, Kevin Bell, Jamie Higdon, David Volkert, Danny DeLong, Kraig Peecher, Terry Jones, James Hoskinson, Nate Osborne, Mark Cunningham, Michael Branham and Walter Novak.

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Becky Ruebling and Aaron Barker , Springfield, a son, Devon Michael Ruebling, Thursday, March 18, 2004. Grandparents are Mary and Cahrles Ruebling of Springfield. Great-grandparents are Carol Reese of Jacksonville, John and Virginia Bowling of Springfield and John and Marge Ruebling of Riverton










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Title: Oceanside to clean bacteria from creek, beach,  By: Sterrett, David, North County Times (Escondido, CA), Nov 30, 2006

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Oceanside to clean bacteria from creek, beach


David Sterrett

Nov. 30--OCEANSIDE -- City officials said Wednesday that a $5 million state grant will allow them to build a system to remove bacteria from Loma Alta Creek before the water flows into the ocean at popular Buccaneer Beach.

"This is going to allow us to maintain safe and healthy conditions at the beach during the summer months,"

Guss Pennell,

the city's project director,


said Wednesday.

Pennell will present the project to the Planning Commission on Monday for approval, and the California Water Resources Control Board is expected to approve the grant at its Dec. 13 meeting.

The project calls for building a facility that will use ultraviolet light to filter bacteria from the creek that runs roughly six miles along Oceanside Boulevard through the heart of the city.

Most of the water in creek is runoff from businesses and homes in a 6,400-acre area of central Oceanside.

Because many pollutants run into the creek, water draining into the ocean at Buccaneer Beach has extremely high bacteria levels and can cause health problems for people who swim in a 1.1-mile stretch of the Southern Oceanside beach, according to city and state officials.

Due to the bacteria, the city posts signs warning beachgoers about the water during the winter, and blocks the creek from flowing into the ocean during the busy summer months at the beach.

With the bacteria filter system, the city says it can allow the creek to run into the ocean during the summer without creating a safety hazard for residents or visitors.

"This really benefits everyone because it makes our beaches safer and cleaner," Mayor Jim Wood said Wednesday. "This is a very big grant and I give the credit to (exiting Councilwoman) Shari Mackin and the city staffers for putting this together."

Mackin said Wednesday that she and city staff members met with state officials in the fall of 2005 to discuss the project.

The project received strong support from state representatives because they were pleased that the city was working with the Oceanside Unified School District on a clean-water educational program, Mackin said.

"I thank the state of California for giving us the funding mechanism to keep Buccaneer Beach open," she said. "I believe they realize how important this project (clean water) is to our health and economy. Now, all we have to do as a city is make sure we are doing our best to keep polluters from locating on and polluting the Loma Alta Creek."

Most of the bacteria in the creek comes from soaps and pesticides that residents and businesses use to clean cars or fertilize plants, said Hawkeye Sheene, an environmental specialist with the city.

While the new filter system will take bacteria out of the water, Sheen encouraged all residents to help solve the problem.

"If everyone did a little to reduce (pollutants), it would make a huge difference," said Sheene.

She said Oceanside plans to increase the number of times it inspects what businesses discharge into the creek.

Nadine Scott, a community activist from the Loma Alta neighborhood in central Oceanside, said the city needs to do a better job of enforcing its rules.

"They need to pay more attention to the contaminants coming from businesses upstream," Scott said. "But I think the (filter system) is a wonderful project and support it 100 percent."

The filter system will be built at the La Salina Wastewater Treatment Facility on the north side of the creek just east of Buccaneer Beach.

Most of the filter will be contained in the building and residents will not notice any noise or light from the facility, said Pennell, the project manager.

He said Oceanside will pay about $80,000 a year to operate the filtering system, which is expected to be up and running by the fall 2007.

All of the construction costs will be paid for with the grant from the state's clean beach initiative. In the last two years, the state has awarded about $44 million to 44 different beach cleanup projects, and the $5 million earmarked for Oceanside is the largest grant given to any city, according to Chris Davis, a state water spokesman.

He said Oceanside received such a large grant because of the cost of the project.

"They received a nice chunk because it will help reduce bacteria on the beach," Davis said.

The new system will operate 24 hours a day and will be able to filter about 400 gallons to 700 gallons a minute, or roughly a million gallons a day, Sheene said.

She said the system will not be able to handle the large volumes of water that flow down the creek in the winter, though, and that beachgoers will need to be aware of high bacteria levels during the rainy season.

The new system will help the city deal with bacteria in the summer, Sheene said.

During the summer, Oceanside currently pumps the creek water 1.6 miles out to sea, and this system is overburden with water from Oceanside, Camp Pendleton and Fallbrook, she said.

With the pumping system running at capacity, Sheene said the city decided to go after the grant money.

"Money is always an issue for these projects," Sheene said. "When a grant is available, we jump on it."

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Michael D. Furlong arranged Mr. Clarridge's military contract.

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January 22, 2011

Former Spy With Agenda Operates a Private C.I.A.





Paul Hosefros/The New York Times

Duane R. Clarridge in 1991. He still runs a private spy agency, after the military ended his contract.


WASHINGTON — Duane R. Clarridge parted company with the Central Intelligence Agency more than two decades ago, but from poolside at his home near San Diego, he still runs a network of spies.

Over the past two years, he has fielded operatives in the mountains of Pakistan and the desert badlands of Afghanistan. Since the United States military cut off his funding in May, he has relied on like-minded private donors to pay his agents to continue gathering information about militant fighters, Taliban leaders and the secrets of Kabul’s ruling class.

Hatching schemes that are something of a cross between a Graham Greene novel and Mad Magazine’s “Spy vs. Spy,” Mr. Clarridge has sought to discredit Ahmed Wali Karzai, the Kandahar power broker who has long been on the C.I.A. payroll, and planned to set spies on his half brother, the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, in hopes of collecting beard trimmings or other DNA samples that might prove Mr. Clarridge’s suspicions that the Afghan leader was a heroin addict, associates say.

Mr. Clarridge, 78, who was indicted on charges of lying to Congress in the Iran-contra scandal and later pardoned, is described by those who have worked with him as driven by the conviction that Washington is bloated with bureaucrats and lawyers who impede American troops in fighting adversaries and that leaders are overly reliant on mercurial allies.

His dispatches — an amalgam of fact, rumor, analysis and uncorroborated reports — have been sent to military officials who, until last spring at least, found some credible enough to be used in planning strikes against militants in Afghanistan. They are also fed to conservative commentators, including Oliver L. North, a compatriot from the Iran-contra days and now a Fox News analyst, and Brad Thor, an author of military thrillers and a frequent guest of Glenn Beck.

For all of the can-you-top-this qualities to Mr. Clarridge’s operation, it is a startling demonstration of how private citizens can exploit the chaos of combat zones and rivalries inside the American government to carry out their own agenda.

It also shows how the outsourcing of military and intelligence operations has spawned legally murky clandestine operations that can be at cross-purposes with America’s foreign policy goals. Despite Mr. Clarridge’s keen interest in undermining Afghanistan’s ruling family, President Obama’s administration appears resigned to working with President Karzai and his half brother, who is widely suspected of having ties to drug traffickers.

Charles E. Allen, a former top intelligence official at the Department of Homeland Security who worked with Mr. Clarridge at the C.I.A., termed him an “extraordinary” case officer who had operated on “the edge of his skis” in missions abroad years ago.

But he warned against Mr. Clarridge’s recent activities, saying that private spies operating in war zones “can get both nations in trouble and themselves in trouble.” He added, “We don’t need privateers.”

The private spying operation, which The New York Times disclosed last year, was tapped by a military desperate for information about its enemies and frustrated with the quality of intelligence from the C.I.A., an agency that colleagues say Mr. Clarridge now views largely with contempt. The effort was among a number of secret activities undertaken by the American government in a shadow war around the globe to combat militants and root out terrorists.

The Pentagon official who arranged a contract for Mr. Clarridge in 2009 is under investigation for allegations of violating Defense Department rules in awarding that contract. Because of the continuing inquiry, most of the dozen current and former government officials, private contractors and associates of Mr. Clarridge who were interviewed for this article would speak only on the condition of anonymity.

Mr. Clarridge declined to be interviewed, but issued a statement that likened his operation, called the Eclipse Group, to the Office of Strategic Services, the C.I.A.’s World War II precursor.

“O.S.S. was a success of the past,” he wrote. “Eclipse may possibly be an effective model for the future, providing information to officers and officials of the United States government who have the sole responsibility of acting on it or not.”

A Pentagon spokesman, Col. David Lapan, declined to comment on Mr. Clarridge’s network, but said the Defense Department “believes that reliance on unvetted and uncorroborated information from private sources may endanger the force and taint information collected during legitimate intelligence operations.”

Whether military officials still listen to Mr. Clarridge or support his efforts to dig up dirt on the Karzai family is unclear. But it is evident that Mr. Clarridge — bespectacled and doughy, with a shock of white hair — is determined to remain a player.

On May 15, according to a classified Pentagon report on the private spying operation, he sent an encrypted e-mail to military officers in Kabul announcing that his network was being shut down because the Pentagon had just terminated his contract. He wrote that he had to “prepare approximately 200 local personnel to cease work.”

In fact, he had no intention of closing his operation. The very next day, he set up a password-protected Web site, afpakfp.com, that would allow officers to continue viewing his dispatches.

A Staunch Interventionist

From his days running secret wars for the C.I.A. in Central America to his consulting work in the 1990s on a plan to insert Special Operations troops in Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein, Mr. Clarridge has been an unflinching cheerleader for American intervention overseas.

Typical of his pugnacious style are his comments, provided in a 2008 interview for a documentary now on YouTube, defending many of the C.I.A.’s most notorious operations, including undermining the Chilean president Salvador Allende, before a coup ousted him 1973.

“Sometimes, unfortunately, things have to be changed in a rather ugly way,” said Mr. Clarridge, his New England accent becoming more pronounced the angrier he became. “We’ll intervene whenever we decide it’s in our national security interests to intervene.”

“Get used to it, world,” he said. “We’re not going to put up with nonsense.”

He is also stirred by the belief that the C.I.A. has failed to protect American troops in Afghanistan, and that the Obama administration has struck a Faustian bargain with President Karzai, according to four current and former associates. They say Mr. Clarridge thinks that the Afghan president will end up cutting deals with Pakistan or Iran and selling out the United States, making American troops the pawns in the Great Game of power politics in the region.

Mr. Clarridge — known to virtually everyone by his childhood nickname, Dewey — was born into a staunchly Republican family in New Hampshire, attended Brown University and joined the spy agency during its freewheeling early years. He eventually became head of the agency’s Latin America division in 1981 and helped found the C.I.A.’s Counterterrorism Center five years later.

In postings in India, Turkey, Italy and elsewhere, Mr. Clarridge, using pseudonyms that included Dewey Marone and Dax Preston LeBaron, made a career of testing boundaries in the dark space of American foreign policy. In his 1997 memoir, he wrote about trying to engineer pro-American governments in Italy in the late 1970s (the former American ambassador to Rome, Richard N. Gardner, called him “shallow and devious”), and helping run the Reagan administration’s covert wars against Marxist guerrillas in Central America during the 1980s.

He was indicted in 1991 on charges of lying to Congress about his role in the Iran-contra scandal; he had testified that he was unaware of arms shipments to Iran. But he was pardoned the next year by the first President George Bush.

Now, more than two decades after Mr. Clarridge was forced to resign from the intelligence agency, he tries to run his group of spies as a C.I.A. in miniature. Working from his house in a San Diego suburb, he uses e-mail to stay in contact with his “agents” — their code names include Willi and Waco — in Afghanistan and Pakistan, writing up intelligence summaries based on their reports, according to associates.

Mr. Clarridge assembled a team of Westerners, Afghans and Pakistanis not long after a security consulting firm working for The Times subcontracted with him in December 2008 to assist in the release of a reporter, David Rohde, who had been kidnapped by the Taliban. Mr. Rohde escaped on his own seven months later, but Mr. Clarridge used his role in the episode to promote his group to military officials in Afghanistan.

In July 2009, according to the Pentagon report, he set out to prove his worth to the Pentagon by directing his team to gather information in Pakistan’s tribal areas to help find a young American soldier who had been captured by Taliban militants. (The soldier, Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, remains in Taliban hands.)

Four months later, the security firm that Mr. Clarridge was affiliated with, the American International Security Corporation, won a Pentagon contract ultimately worth about $6 million. American officials said the contract was arranged by Michael D. Furlong, a senior Defense Department civilian with a military “information warfare” command in San Antonio.

To get around a Pentagon ban on hiring contractors as spies, the report said, Mr. Furlong’s team simply rebranded their activities as “atmospheric information” rather than “intelligence.”

Mr. Furlong, now the subject of a criminal investigation by the Pentagon’s inspector general, was accused in the internal Pentagon report of carrying out “unauthorized” intelligence gathering, and misleading senior military officers about it. He has said that he became a scapegoat for top commanders in Afghanistan who had blessed his activities.

As for Mr. Clarridge, American law prohibits private citizens from actively undermining a foreign government, but prosecutions under the so-called Neutrality Act have historically been limited to people raising private armies against foreign powers. Legal experts said Mr. Clarridge’s plans against the Afghan president fell in a gray area, but would probably not violate the law.

Intelligence of Varying Quality

It is difficult to assess the merits of Mr. Clarridge’s secret intelligence dispatches; a review of some of the documents by The Times shows that some appear to be based on rumors from talk at village bazaars or rehashes of press reports.

Others, though, contain specific details about militant plans to attack American troops, and about Taliban leadership meetings in Pakistan. Mr. Clarridge gave the military an in-depth report about a militant group, the Haqqani Network, in August 2009, a document that officials said helped the military track Haqqani fighters. According to the Pentagon report, Mr. Clarridge told Marine commanders in Afghanistan in June 2010 that his group produced 500 intelligence dispatches before its contract was terminated.

When the military would not listen to him, Mr. Clarridge found other ways to peddle his information. For instance, his private spies in April and May were reporting that Mullah Muhammad Omar, the reclusive cleric who leads the Afghan Taliban, had been captured by Pakistani officials and placed under house arrest. Associates said Mr. Clarridge believed that Pakistan’s spy service was playing a game: keeping Mullah Omar confined but continuing to support the Afghan Taliban.

Both military and intelligence officials said the information could not be corroborated, but Mr. Clarridge used back channels to pass it on to senior Obama administration officials, including Dennis C. Blair, then the director of national intelligence.

And associates said that Mr. Clarridge, determined to make the information public, arranged for it to get to Mr. Thor, a square-jawed writer of thrillers, a blogger and a regular guest on Mr. Beck’s program on Fox News.

Most of Mr. Thor’s books are yarns about the heroic exploits of Special Operations troops. In interviews, he said he was once embedded with a “black special ops team” and helped expose “a Taliban pornography/murder ring.”

On May 10, biggovernment.com — a Web site run by the conservative commentator Andrew Breitbartpublished an “exclusive” by Mr. Thor, who declined to comment for this article.

“Through key intelligence sources in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Mr. Thor wrote, “I have just learned that reclusive Taliban leader and top Osama bin Laden ally, Mullah Omar, has been taken into custody.”

Just last week, he blogged about another report — unconfirmed by American officials — from Mr. Clarridge’s group: that Mullah Omar had suffered a heart attack and was rushed to a hospital by Pakistan’s spy agency, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence.

“America is being played,” he wrote.

Taking on Afghan Leaders

Mr. Clarridge and his spy network also took sides in an internecine government battle over Ahmed Wali Karzai, head of the Khandahar Provincial Council.

For years, the American military has believed that public anger over government-linked corruption has helped swell the Taliban’s ranks, and that Ahmed Wali Karzai plays a central role in that corruption. He has repeatedly denied any links to the Afghan drug trafficking.

According to three American military officials, in April 2009 Gen. David D. McKiernan, then the top American commander in Afghanistan, told subordinates that he wanted them to gather any evidence that might tie the president’s half brother to the drug trade. “He put the word out that he wanted to ‘burn’ Ahmed Wali Karzai,” said one of the military officials.

In early 2010, after General McKiernan left Afghanistan and Mr. Clarridge was under contract to the military, the former spy helped produce a dossier for commanders detailing allegations about Mr. Karzai’s drug connections, land grabs and even murders in southern Afghanistan. The document, provided to The Times, speculates that Mr. Karzai’s ties to the C.I.A. — which has paid him an undetermined amount of money since 2001 — may be the reason the agency “is the only member of the country team in Kabul not to advocate taking a more active stance against AWK.”

Ultimately, though, the military could not amass enough hard proof to convince other American officials of Mr. Karzai’s supposed crimes, and backed off efforts to remove him from power.

Mr. Clarridge would soon set his sights higher: on President Hamid Karzai himself. Over the summer, after the Pentagon canceled his contract, Mr. Clarridge decided that the United States needed leverage over the Afghan president. So the former spy, running his network with money from unidentified donors, came up with an outlandish scheme that seems to come straight from the C.I.A.’s past playbook of covert operations.

There have long been rumors that Hamid Karzai uses drugs, in part because of his often erratic behavior, but the accusation was aired publicly last year by Peter W. Galbraith, a former United Nations representative in Afghanistan. American officials have said publicly that there is no evidence to support the allegation of drug use.

Mr. Clarridge pushed a plan to prove that the president was a heroin addict, and then confront him with the evidence to ensure that he became a more pliable ally. Mr. Clarridge proposed various ideas, according to several associates, from using his team to track couriers between the presidential palace in Kabul and Ahmed Wali Karzai’s home in Kandahar, to even finding a way to collect Hamid Karzai’s beard clippings and run DNA tests. He eventually dropped his ideas when the Obama administration signaled it was committed to bolstering the Karzai government.

Still, associates said, Mr. Clarridge maneuvered against the Karzais last summer by helping promote videos, available on YouTube, purporting to represent the “Voice of Afghan Youth.” The slick videos disparage the president as the “king of Kabul” who regularly takes money from the Iranians, and Ahmed Wali Karzai as the “prince of Kandahar” who “takes the monthly gold from the American intelligence boss” and makes the Americans “his puppet.”

The videos received almost no attention when they were posted on the Internet, but were featured in July on the Fox News Web site in a column by Mr. North, who declined to comment for this article. Writing that he had “stumbled” on the videos on the Internet, he called them a “treasure trove.”

Mr. Clarridge, his associates say, continues to dream up other operations against the Afghan president and his inner circle. When he was an official spy, Mr. Clarridge recalled in his memoir, he bristled at the C.I.A.’s bureaucracy for thwarting his plans to do maximum harm to America’s enemies. “It’s not like I’m running my own private C.I.A.,” he wrote, “and can do what I want.”
















Contractors Tied to Effort to Track and Kill Militants


From Left: United States Air Force; Robert Young Pelton; Mike Wintroath/Associated Press; Adam Berry/Bloomberg News

From left: Michael D. Furlong, the official who was said to have hired private contractors to track militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan; Robert Young Pelton, an author; Duane Clarridge, a former C.I.A. official; and Eason Jordan, a former television news executive.



March 14, 2010

Contractors Tied to Effort to Track and Kill Militants


KABUL, Afghanistan — Under the cover of a benign government information-gathering program, a Defense Department official set up a network of private contractors in Afghanistan and Pakistan to help track and kill suspected militants, according to military officials and businessmen in Afghanistan and the United States.

The official, Michael D. Furlong, hired contractors from private security companies that employed former C.I.A. and Special Forces operatives. The contractors, in turn, gathered intelligence on the whereabouts of suspected militants and the location of insurgent camps, and the information was then sent to military units and intelligence officials for possible lethal action in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the officials said.

While it has been widely reported that the C.I.A. and the military are attacking operatives of Al Qaeda and others through unmanned, remote-controlled drone strikes, some American officials say they became troubled that Mr. Furlong seemed to be running an off-the-books spy operation. The officials say they are not sure who condoned and supervised his work.

It is generally considered illegal for the military to hire contractors to act as covert spies. Officials said Mr. Furlong’s secret network might have been improperly financed by diverting money from a program designed to merely gather information about the region.

Moreover, in Pakistan, where Qaeda and Taliban leaders are believed to be hiding, the secret use of private contractors may be seen as an attempt to get around the Pakistani government’s prohibition of American military personnel’s operating in the country.

Officials say Mr. Furlong’s operation seems to have been shut down, and he is now is the subject of a criminal investigation by the Defense Department for a number of possible offenses, including contract fraud.

Even in a region of the world known for intrigue, Mr. Furlong’s story stands out. At times, his operation featured a mysterious American company run by retired Special Operations officers and an iconic C.I.A. figure who had a role in some of the agency’s most famous episodes, including the Iran-Contra affair.

The allegations that he ran this network come as the American intelligence community confronts other instances in which private contractors may have been improperly used on delicate and questionable operations, including secret raids in Iraq and an assassinations program that was halted before it got off the ground.

“While no legitimate intelligence operations got screwed up, it’s generally a bad idea to have freelancers running around a war zone pretending to be James Bond,” one American government official said. But it is still murky whether Mr. Furlong had approval from top commanders or whether he might have been running a rogue operation.

This account of his activities is based on interviews with American military and intelligence officials and businessmen in the region. They insisted on anonymity in discussing a delicate case that is under investigation.

Col. Kathleen Cook, a spokeswoman for United States Strategic Command, which oversees Mr. Furlong’s work, declined to make him available for an interview. Military officials said Mr. Furlong, a retired Army officer, is now a senior civilian employee in the military, a full-time Defense Department employee based at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Network of Informants

Mr. Furlong has extensive experience in “psychological operations” — the military term for the use of information in warfare — and he plied his trade in a number of places, including Iraq and the Balkans. It is unclear exactly when Mr. Furlong’s operations began. But officials said they seemed to accelerate in the summer of 2009, and by the time they ended, he and his colleagues had established a network of informants in Afghanistan and Pakistan whose job it was to help locate people believed to be insurgents.

Government officials said they believed that Mr. Furlong might have channeled money away from a program intended to provide American commanders with information about Afghanistan’s social and tribal landscape, and toward secret efforts to hunt militants on both sides of the country’s porous border with Pakistan.

Some officials said it was unclear whether these operations actually resulted in the deaths of militants, though others involved in the operation said that they did.

Military officials said that Mr. Furlong would often boast about his network of informants in Afghanistan and Pakistan to senior military officers, and in one instance said a group of suspected militants carrying rockets by mule over the border had been singled out and killed as a result of his efforts.

In addition, at least one person who worked with Mr. Furlong in Afghanistan last year maintains that he saw evidence that the information was used for attacking militants.

That person, Robert Young Pelton, an author who writes extensively about war zones, said that the government hired him to gather information about Afghanistan and that Mr. Furlong improperly used his work. “We were providing information so they could better understand the situation in Afghanistan, and it was being used to kill people,” Mr. Pelton said.

He said that he and Eason Jordan, a former television news executive, had been hired by the military to run a public Web site to help the government gain a better understanding of a region that bedeviled them. Recently, the top military intelligence official in Afghanistan publicly said that intelligence collection was skewed too heavily toward hunting terrorists, at the expense of gaining a deeper understanding of the country.

Instead, Mr. Pelton said, millions of dollars that were supposed to go to the Web site were redirected by Mr. Furlong toward intelligence gathering for the purpose of attacking militants.

In one example, Mr. Pelton said he had been told by Afghan colleagues that video images that he posted on the Web site had been used for an American strike in the South Waziristan region of Pakistan.

Among the contractors Mr. Furlong appears to have used to conduct intelligence gathering was International Media Ventures, a private “strategic communication” firm run by several former Special Operations officers. Another was American International Security Corporation, a Boston-based company run by Mike Taylor, a former Green Beret. In a phone interview, Mr. Taylor said that at one point he had employed Duane Clarridge, known as Dewey, a former top C.I.A. official who has been linked to a generation of C.I.A. adventures, including the Iran-Contra scandal.

In an interview, Mr. Clarridge denied that he had worked with Mr. Furlong in any operation in Afghanistan or Pakistan. “I don’t know anything about that,” he said.

Mr. Taylor, who is chief executive of A.I.S.C., said his company gathered information on both sides of the border to give military officials information about possible threats to American forces. He said his company was not specifically hired to provide information to kill insurgents.

Some American officials contend that Mr. Furlong’s efforts amounted to little. Nevertheless, they provoked the ire of the C.I.A.

Last fall, the spy agency’s station chief in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, wrote a memorandum to the Defense Department’s top intelligence official detailing what officials said were serious offenses by Mr. Furlong. The officials would not specify the offenses, but the officer’s cable helped set off the Pentagon investigation.

Afghan Intelligence

In mid-2008, the military put Mr. Furlong in charge of a program to use private companies to gather information about the political and tribal culture of Afghanistan. Some of the approximately $22 million in government money allotted to this effort went to International Media Ventures, with offices in St. Petersburg, Fla., San Antonio and elsewhere. On its Web site, the company describes itself as a public relations company, “an industry leader in creating potent messaging content and interactive communications.”

The Web site also shows that several of its senior executives are former members of the military’s Special Operations forces, including former commandos from Delta Force, which has been used extensively since the Sept. 11 attacks to track and kill suspected terrorists.

Until recently, one of the members of International Media’s board of directors was Gen. Dell L. Dailey, former head of Joint Special Operations Command, which oversees the military’s covert units.

In an e-mail message, General Dailey said that he had resigned his post on the company’s board, but he did not say when. He did not give details about the company’s work with the American military, and other company executives declined to comment.

In an interview, Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, the top military spokesman in Afghanistan, said that the United States military was currently employing nine International Media Ventures civilian employees on routine jobs in administration, information processing and analysis. Whatever else other International Media employees might be doing in Afghanistan, he said, he did not know and had no responsibility for their actions.

By Mr. Pelton’s account, Mr. Furlong, in conversations with him and his colleagues, referred to his stable of contractors as “my Jason Bournes,” a reference to the fictional American assassin created by the novelist Robert Ludlum and played in movies by Matt Damon.

Military officials said that Mr. Furlong would occasionally brag to his superiors about having Mr. Clarridge’s services at his disposal. Last summer, Mr. Furlong told colleagues that he was working with Mr. Clarridge to secure the release of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, a kidnapped soldier who American officials believe is being held by militants in Pakistan.

From December 2008 to mid-June 2009, both Mr. Taylor and Mr. Clarridge were hired to assist The New York Times in the case of David Rohde, the Times reporter who was kidnapped by militants in Afghanistan and held for seven months in Pakistan’s tribal areas. The reporter ultimately escaped on his own.

The idea for the government information program was thought up sometime in 2008 by Mr. Jordan, a former CNN news chief, and his partner Mr. Pelton, whose books include “The World’s Most Dangerous Places” and “Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror.”

Top General Approached

They approached Gen. David D. McKiernan, soon to become the top American commander in Afghanistan. Their proposal was to set up a reporting and research network in Afghanistan and Pakistan for the American military and private clients who were trying to understand a complex region that had become vital to Western interests. They already had a similar operation in Iraq — called “Iraq Slogger,” which employed local Iraqis to report and write news stories for their Web site. Mr. Jordan proposed setting up a similar Web site in Afghanistan and Pakistan — except that the operation would be largely financed by the American military. The name of the Web site was Afpax.

Mr. Jordan said that he had gone to the United States military because the business in Iraq was not profitable relying solely on private clients. He described his proposal as essentially a news gathering operation, involving only unclassified materials gathered openly by his employees. “It was all open-source,” he said.

When Mr. Jordan made the pitch to General McKiernan, Mr. Furlong was also present, according to Mr. Jordan. General McKiernan endorsed the proposal, and Mr. Furlong said that he could find financing for Afpax, both Mr. Jordan and Mr. Pelton said. “On that day, they told us to get to work,” Mr. Pelton said.

But Mr. Jordan said that the help from Mr. Furlong ended up being extremely limited. He said he was paid twice — once to help the company with start-up costs and another time for a report his group had written. Mr. Jordan declined to talk about exact figures, but said the amount of money was a “small fraction” of what he had proposed — and what it took to run his news gathering operation.

Whenever he asked for financing, Mr. Jordan said, Mr. Furlong told him that the money was being used for other things, and that the appetite for Mr. Jordan’s services was diminishing.

“He told us that there was less and less money for what we were doing, and less of an appreciation for what we were doing,” he said.

Admiral Smith, the military’s director for strategic communications in Afghanistan, said that when he arrived in Kabul a year later, in June 2009, he opposed financing Afpax. He said that he did not need what Mr. Pelton and Mr. Jordan were offering and that the service seemed uncomfortably close to crossing into intelligence gathering — which could have meant making targets of individuals.

“I took the air out of the balloon,” he said.

Admiral Smith said that the C.I.A. was against the proposal for the same reasons. Mr. Furlong persisted in pushing the project, he said.

“I finally had to tell him, ‘Read my lips,’ we’re not interested,’ ” Admiral Smith said.

What happened next is unclear.

Admiral Smith said that when he turned down the Afpax proposal, Mr. Furlong wanted to spend the leftover money elsewhere. That is when Mr. Furlong agreed to provide some of International Media Ventures’ employees to Admiral Smith’s strategic communications office.

But that still left roughly $15 million unaccounted for, he said.

“I have no idea where the rest of the money is going,” Admiral Smith said.

Dexter Filkins reported from Kabul, and Mark Mazzetti from Washington.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: March 16, 2010

An article on Monday about a spy network, according to military and business officials, composed of private contractors in Afghanistan and Pakistan established by Michael D. Furlong, a Defense Department official based at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, misidentified the branch of the military in which Mr. Furlong had once served as an officer. It is the Army, not the Air Force.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: May 25, 2010

An earlier version of this story and an accompanying picture caption misstated the occupation of Robert Young Pelton. He is a writer, not a government contractor.








Duane Clarridge

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Duane Ramsdell "Dewey" Clarridge, (born 1932) was an operations officer for the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and supervisor for more than 30 years, who became known in the mid-1980s for his role in the Contra end of the Iran-Contra Affair. He is the reputed planner of the clandestine mining of Nicaragua's harbors during the Nicaraguan Revolution.[1][2] Clarridge was the founding director of the CIA Counterterrorist Center.[3]



[edit] CIA Career

Clarridge was born into a "staunchly Republican family"[4] in Nashua, New Hampshire on April 16, 1932. His father was Duane Herbert Clarridge and his mother was Alice Scott Ramsdale. Duane Herbert Clarridge worked as a dentist.

Duane Ramsdell Clarridge went to the private college preparatory Peddie School for high school, and then went to the Ivy League Brown University. For graduate school he went to Columbia's Graduate School of International Affairs and joined the CIA in 1955. He then rose through the ranks of the CIA in "a normal career pattern up to the late 70s", (as quoted in an interview he gave to CNN's Cold War Episodes program), being chief of the CIA station in Istanbul, where he maintained close contacts with the Counter-Guerrilla, the Turkish stay-behind anti-communist organization. He transferred to Rome before becoming chief of the Latin America division in 1981. According to the New York Times, "[f]rom his days running secret wars for the C.I.A. in Central America to his consulting work in the 1990s on a plan to insert Special Operations troops in Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein, Mr. Clarridge has been an unflinching cheerleader for American intervention overseas."[4]

During his three year tenure, he directed several of the CIA's more notorious operations in Latin America, including the 1984 mining of Nicaraguan harbors, an act for which the United States was convicted in the 1986 World Court at the Hague. When asked about his role in the mining, Clarridge was open about his involvement but downplayed the severity of the covert operation: "So we decided to go big time for the economics alright... So I was sitting at home one night, frankly having a glass of gin, and I said you know the mines has gotta be the solution. I knew we had 'em, we'd made 'em outta sewer pipe and we had the good fusing system on them and we were ready. And you know they wouldn't really hurt anybody because they just weren't that big a mine, alright? Yeah, with luck, bad luck we might hurt somebody, but pretty hard you know?"

Clarridge was also instrumental in organizing and recruiting Contra forces to overthrow Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista government. He described the early Contra force as "about 500... some of them were former members of the Nicaraguan National Guard (whose leader Anastasio Somoza Debayle had been overthrown by the Sandinistas in 1979), or a lot of them were just you know peasants from the mountainous areas between Honduras and Nicaragua who had been at war with somebody, forever. And in many respects they were like a bunch of cattle rustlers. Bandits. Not bandits, they weren't robbing people but they were doing the things they do in that area." But, Clarridge maintained, by the end of the conflict, the Contras numbered more than 20,000 peasants due less to the CIA's efforts than to the Sandinistas' attempts at reeducation and land redistribution.

In 1984 he became chief of the European Division of the CIA, where he ran a successful "counterterrorist" operation. Later, with the support of CIA director William Casey, he set up a Counterterrorist Center that operated out of Langley, Virginia.

[edit] Iran-Contra

He has claimed that he had no involvement in the later illegal diversion of funds to the Contras or the subsequent cover-up. Clarridge was indicted in November 1991 on seven counts of perjury and false statements. On Christmas Eve 1992 in the waning hours of his presidency, George H. W. Bush pardoned Clarridge before his trial could finish. At the same time, Bush pardoned five of Clarridge's associates in the Iran-Contra Affair including former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, Elliott Abrams, a former assistant secretary of state for Inter-American affairs; former National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane; and former CIA employees Alan Fiers and Clair George.

[edit] Post-CIA career

Clarridge currently runs a "private spying operation . . . from poolside at his home near San Diego.[4] According to the New York Times, "he has fielded operatives in the mountains of Pakistan and the desert badlands of Afghanistan."[4] Specifically, he "has sought to discredit Ahmed Wali Karzai, the Kandahar power broker who has long been on the C.I.A. payroll, and planned to set spies on his half brother, the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, in hopes of collecting beard trimmings or other DNA samples that might prove Mr. Clarridge’s suspicions that the Afghan leader was a heroin addict."[4] In addition to these efforts, Clarridge's "dispatches — an amalgam of fact, rumor, analysis and uncorroborated reports — have been sent to military officials who, until last spring at least, found some credible enough to be used in planning strikes against militants in Afghanistan. They are also fed to conservative commentators, including Oliver L. North, a compatriot from the Iran-contra days and now a Fox News analyst, and Brad Thor, an author of military thrillers and a frequent guest of Glenn Beck.[4]

Colleagues say that Clarridge now views the CIA "largely with contempt."[4] He has "likened his operation, called the Eclipse Group, to the Office of Strategic Services, the C.I.A.’s World War II precursor."[4]

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ Fonzi, Gaeton. "The Troublemaker". The Pennsylvania Gazette (November 1994).
  2. ^ Historical Encyclopedia of U.S. Independent Counsel Investigations, Gerald S. Greenberg, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000, p. 57
  3. ^ Dickey, Christopher. Securing the city: inside America's best counterterror force : the NYPD. Simon and Schuster, 2009. p.25
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Mazzetti, Mark (2011-01-22) Former Spy With Agenda Operates a Private C.I.A., New York Times

[edit] Further reading

  • Baer, Robert. See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002.
  • Clarridge, Duane. A Spy for All Seasons (1997 memoirs)
  • Kornbluh, Peter and Malcolm Byrne, eds. The Iran-Contra Affair: The Making of a Scandal, 1983-1988 (Document collection). Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey; Washington, D.C.: National Security Archive, 1990.
  • Kornbluh, Peter and Malcolm Byrne, eds. The Iran-Contra Scandal: The Declassified History. New York: New Press, Distributed by W.W. Norton, 1993.
  • Walsh, Lawrence E. Firewall: The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-up. New York: Norton, 1997.

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·         SPY NETWORK REPORTEDLY BASED IN ESCONDIDO New York Times says former CIA veteran is managing agents in Pakistan, Afghanistan from his home

·         San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Tuesday, January 25, 2011

·         Author/Byline: UNION-TRIBUNE
Edition: First Edition
Section: Local
Page: B-1

·         An Escondido man with a résumé that includes a CIA career and a presidential pardon is still running a stable of spies from his home, according to a report Sunday in The New York Times.

Duane R. Clarridge, 78, didn't return a request for comment Monday. But The Times reported that he has operated a network of field agents in Pakistan and Afghanistan for the past two years.

Cut off from U.S. military funding in May, he continues to finance his work through donors who believe in his mission of gathering information about militant fighters, Taliban leaders and Afghanistan's ruling elite, the newspaper said.

One of his chief aims is to discredit Ahmed Wali Karzai, half brother of the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai.

The Times disclosed the private spying operation last year, depicting the U.S. military as desperate for good-quality information about its enemies.

The Pentagon official who arranged a contract for Clarridge in 2009 is under investigation for possibly violating Defense Department rules, the newspaper said. Its story relies on a dozen current and former government officials, private contractors and associates of Clarridge who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

They describe him as driven by the conviction that Washington is bloated with bureaucrats and lawyers who impede U.S. troops and that leaders are overly reliant on mercurial allies, the newspaper said.

Clarridge also declined to be interviewed by The Times. But he gave a statement to the newspaper that compared his operation, called the Eclipse Group, with the Office of Strategic Services, an early version of the CIA.

"OSS was a success of the past," Clarridge wrote. "Eclipse may possibly be an effective model for the future, providing information to officers and officials of the United States government who have the sole responsibility of acting on it or not."

A Pentagon spokesman told The Times that the Defense Department "believes that reliance on unvetted and uncorroborated information from private sources may endanger the force and taint information collected during legitimate intelligence operations."

Footage from a 2008 interview, now on YouTube, shows Clarridge defending a hands-on international policy for the United States.

"We'll intervene whenever we decide it's in our national security interests to intervene," he said.

"Get used to it, world. We're not going to put up with nonsense."

Clarridge joined the CIA in its early days, eventually becoming the head of the agency's Latin America division in 1981 and helping to found the CIA's Counterterrorism Center in 1986.

He wrote a 1997 memoir that describes attempts to engineer pro-American governments in Italy in the 1970s and the Reagan administration's clandestine wars in Central America during the 1980s.

In 1991, he was indicted on charges of lying to Congress about his role in the Iran-Contra scandal, after testifying that he was unaware of arms shipments to Iran. He was pardoned the next year by President George H.W. Bush.

Now, more than two decades after Clarridge resigned from the intelligence agency, he runs his group of spies as a mini-CIA, The Times report said.

Clarridge communicates with his agents in Afghanistan and Pakistan via e-mail. He writes intelligence summaries based on their reports, providing them on the password-protected website afpakfp.com, the newspaper said.

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Duane Clarridge , seen leaving federal court in 1991, reportedly finances his intelligence operation through donors who believe in his mission. NYT News Service






Walsh leaves doubts probe got answers to all the questions

San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Wednesday, January 19, 1994

Author/Byline: DAN FREEDMAN, Hearst News Service
Edition: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Section: NEWS
Page: A-15

Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh closed his books on the Iran-Contra controversy yesterday, complaining that his seven-year investigation was thwarted by Reagan administration stonewalling and President Bush's 11th-hour pardons of key participants.

"Despite these obstacles, indictments were returned, cases were brought to court, convictions were obtained," Walsh said in a stiff-upper-lip performance just hours after release of his office's mammoth three-volume report on the affair.

"The office of independent counsel did everything it reasonably could to see that the rule of law was administered fairly," Walsh said in carefully chosen lawyer-speak.

Although the $37 million investigative effort was "an often imperfect process," Walsh said, it was "difficult to see how corners might have been cut."

Walsh was appointed in December 1986 to plumb the depths of the Reagan White House's twin pet projects: sending arms to extremists in Iran in exchange for releases of American hostages held in the Middle East, and providing weapons to Nicaragua's Contra rebels at a time when Congress had banned lethal aid.

In the end, Walsh gave ample reason to wonder whether the investigation provided all the answers.

Did Walsh succeed in getting to the bottom of Iran-Contra?

Walsh's stoic response: "Justice was done to the extent that it could be reasonably done."

Do the written overview of Iran-Contra and Walsh's prosecutorial record -- 14 indictments, 11 convictions, two reversals on appeal and one slim jail sentence -- represent the last word on Iran-Contra?

Not really, Walsh responded. Rather, "It adds some new facts to the historic record."

He called President Bush's pardon of six defendants, including former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, an "unjustifiable act." And he said that although President Reagan "disregarded certain laws" he committed no indictable offense.

Walsh reserved some of his harshest words for Weinberger, accusing him of lying to Congress and to prosecutors about whether he had kept notes of official meetings dealing with two controversial 1985 missile shipments.

In his written response, included in the Walsh report, Weinberger said he "had no motive to lie about the Iran-Contra matter or his notes." Weinberger accused Walsh of "a gross abuse of prosecutorial power."

In the end, Walsh said, three factors stymied the investigation.

[] The congressional Iran-Contra hearings of 1987 gave immunity to chief prosecution targets such as former Lt. Col. Oliver North, the White House aide who masterminded the diversion of Iranian arms-sale proceeds to the Contras, and Vice Adm. John Poindexter, Reagan's national security adviser.

This meant that testimony from the hearings could not be used against them. North and Poindexter won reversal of their convictions when appellate judges ruled that their trials had been tainted by immunized testimony.

Yesterday, North said of the Walsh report: "Walsh fired his last shot and it was a blank."

[] Key documents such as the Weinberger notes were withheld until late in the process. Normally secretive agencies such as the CIA bitterly fought Walsh over declassifying documents that prosecutors could use as evidence.

[] Bush's pardons of Weinberger, former National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane, former State Department official Elliott Abrams and former CIA officers Alan Fiers and Duane Clarridge on Dec. 24, 1992, took much of the wind out of the last round of prosecutions.

Walsh acknowledged that he, too, had made some questionable decisions, and even some outright mistakes.

He built his staff too slowly. He had a shot at indicting North and Poindexter on charges of obstructing congressional inquires on their secret operations before they received immunity for their congressional testimony.

But Walsh delayed -- and perhaps doomed -- the cases until he received key banking records from Switzerland in November 1987. By that time, Poindexter and North had already won immunity from prosecution.

Still, Walsh may have exacted a political price from those he accused of violating the law.

Weinberger's handwritten notes of a January 1986 Oval Office meeting on arms sales to Iran via Israel undercut then-Vice President Bush's contention that he was "out of the loop" on the arms-for-hostages deal.

Under Walsh's direction, a grand jury released the notes Oct. 30, 1992. The next week, Bush lost his presidential re-election bid.

Walsh expressed pride over one achievement: He laid the blame for Iran-Contra at the doors of the powers that were.

In a 1987 report, a joint congressional committee concluded that Iran-Contra was a "rouge operation" of which the higher-ups had little knowledge.

On a single note of triumph, Walsh wryly concluded that idea "proved to be an unsound thesis."






San Jose Mercury News (CA) - Friday, October 9, 1998

Author/Byline: PETE CAREY, Mercury News Staff Writer
Edition: Morning Final
Section: Front
Page: 4A

The Central Intelligence Agency failed to alert Congress or law enforcement about allegations of drug dealing by some of its hired hands during the 1980s secret war against the Marxist government of Nicaragua, the agency disclosed in a report released Thursday.

The report, by the CIA's Office of the Inspector General, adds weight to long-held suspicions that the agency sometimes looked the other way when it learned of drug-dealing by some of the people it used on a contract basis in the Contra war.

Some of the material has come out before in a U.S. Senate investigation and in various press accounts during and since the 1980s, including recent leaks about this report.

During the 1980s, the CIA received allegations of drug-trafficking on the part of several dozen Contra-related individuals and one Contra organization, the inspector general's report states. Sometimes the agency investigated the allegations of drug-running, broke off ties with the individuals and alerted other law enforcement agencies. In other cases, it did not, the report shows.

However, investigators found no information that the CIA or its employees ''conspired with or assisted Contra-related organizations or individuals in drug trafficking to raise funds for the Contras or for any other purpose.''

The report did not try to verify the allegations, which range from unverified accusations in Sandinista publications to cables to CIA headquarters from worried CIA officers working with the Contras in Central America.

Details of the report

The inspector general reported that:

(box) ''The CIA acted inconsistently'' in handling allegations of drug trafficking. ''In six cases, CIA knowledge of allegations or information indicating that organizations or individuals had been involved in drug trafficking did not deter their use or employment by the CIA.''

(box) The agency also failed to notify Congress about eight of 10 Contra-related individuals about whom the CIA had received drug-trafficking allegations or information, the inspector general reported.

(box) The CIA notified U.S. law enforcement of allegations of drug-trafficking by 25 Contra-related people, but did not pass on information about 11 other Contra-related people and ''assets.''

Agency was suspicious

The report describes the agency's suspicions about a variety of operatives and contractors who assisted it in some way during the Contra war. Among them was Eden Pastora, commander of a tiny anti-Sandinista army operating out of Costa Rica.

The agency broke off relations with Pastora and reported him to U.S. law enforcement after receiving numerous allegations of drug-trafficking by members of his group, but continued dealing with some of the people around him, the report says.

A Central American CIA chief of station recalled that there was a group of ''ne'er-do-well'' people with criminal histories around Pastora. ''Some were scoundrels,'' the CIA official said, but ''we were going to play with these guys. That was made clear by (CIA Chief William) Casey and (then-L.A. Division Chief Duane) Clarridge .''

The inspector general's investigation followed publication of a series in the San Jose Mercury News. The series, ''Dark Alliance,'' described a California drug ring run by two Nicaraguan Contra sympathizers and strongly suggested that the drug dealers were protected from prosecution by the CIA or other government agencies.

A previous report by the CIA inspector general found that the drug ring had no connection with the CIA. The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, which also conducted an investigation, found no substantiation for the key claims in the series. Jerry Ceppos, executive editor of the Mercury News, later wrote a column saying the series did not meet the paper's standards in some respects.

The inspector general's report is available online at www.cia.gov/cia/publications/cocaine2









How Congress Fueled the Rise of Private Spies

Congress, for instance, played a bigger role than you’d think in the rise of intelligence contractors. Think using contractors for intelligence work is a bad thing? The easy solution is for Congress to allow intelligence agencies to hire actual employees. That’s not how the game works, though. Contractors are convenient and cost-effective if you know you can cut off their heads at a moments notice when the money runs out or the mission ends; but, of course, the money never runs out because missions never end. It’s a very tasty, if expensive, self-licking ice cream cone.

As the first installment of the series points out, there’s also a lot of redundancy in the system. But that’s not due to a flood of post-9/11 money, at least not directly. The root cause of redundancy is parochialism. You find me the agency in the U.S. intelligence community that is entirely unique and duplicates the work of no one else: I’ll be over here holding my breath. Consider:

* The whole point of creating the Defense Intelligence Agency was to take certain responsibilities out of the hands of armed services’ intelligence activities, which would assess foreign military intelligence problems in a way that would guarantee them resources and authorities. Of course they didn’t simply stop doing what they were doing, they gave their work a new name, alleged some level of uniqueness that a big-bad national-level agency couldn’t do properly, and kept doing what they always did.

* Speaking of DIA, it is supposed to be the nation’s premiere source of military intelligence; so then why are there people at CIA doing the same thing? Why are there offices at National Security Agency trying to perform “fusion analysis,” which is simply bureaucracy-code for “all source” analysis, which is what CIA and DIA do?

Former Director of National Intelligence Blair (as interviewed by the Post) doesn’t call this sort of nonsense “redundancy,” he calls it “tailoring.” That’s another bit of bureaucratic code often used to protect bureaucratic fiefdoms. As Dana Priest of the Post effectively points out, the people who need intelligence the most don’t have a redundancy problem: they have a volume and value problem. This has always been an issue to some extent, but the problem was exacerbated post-Iraqi Freedom when repackaging the work of others became the norm since it made you look busy but minimized the risk that you would do something foolish like, say, think that country X had weapons of mass destruction, or country Y was going to test a nuclear weapon. Far better to do the minimum and get caught by surprise and then argue for more resources, than to actually go out on a limb to try to do a better job. So easy to dismiss shortcomings when you trump card is “we can’t talk about our successes.”

The blame for this situation cannot be placed solely on the shoulders of intelligence management: they are simply working the system they’ve been given as effectively as they can. Congress — which won’t pass a real intelligence authorization bill, won’t stand firm on Government Accountability Office involvement in oversight affairs, and will use intelligence as a political football when it’s convenient — may be the real evil mastermind here. You see, contracting companies can do a lot of things federal agencies and their heads cannot; lobby lawmakers (MZM-Foggo-Wilkes-Cunningham style, not simply schmoozing in Hill hearing rooms), fund and operate PACs, build facilities and hire legions of people in strategic legislative districts. I know, I know, you’re shocked, shocked to find gambling going on here . . .

Off the top of my head there are a couple of things that could be done to stop the madness:

* Extend and strengthen revolving-door policies so that intelligence executives cannot simply retire on a Friday and be back lobbying their old offices for work the next Monday. A year isn’t nearly long enough to negatively impact this common practice. Besides, if you were all that and a bag of chips, wouldn’t you have had better luck improving things when you had budget and signature authority? We shouldn’t expect change if we just keep recycling the same old people and their same old thinking.

* While we’re on the topic of contractors, make sure they’re used for the right reasons. The IC should be using contractors for research and development, for deep expertise, for niche skills, to support efforts to solve the hardest problems; not as a way to get around size limitations or hiring freezes. If you really need that many employees, you should be fighting for that many employees. Use intelligence-as-football to your advantage.

* Stop deluding yourselves with bureaucratic reindeer games. Most “intentional redundancy” exists because people are afraid to say “no” to clearly wasteful practices and “yes” to a 90% solution to their problem because it wasn’t invented here. Competitive analysis is only an argument if you believe that analysts don’t care about the work and are simply mouthpieces for their agencies. This actually leads us down a path to a reform strategy of narrowing down agency expertise to realize efficiencies and reduce redundancy, which will have to wait for another time.

* Stop pretending having a policy means practices have changed. There are indeed policies that address most if not all of the issues this series will bring up, but if they’re not acted upon at the functional level, what is the point? No one ever got in trouble toeing the agency-line in the face of someone else’s policy. In fact, such behavior is more likely to result in promotion and other rewards. And we wonder why great ideas, bright minds and fresh blood flee so quickly.

* Stop doing things simply for the sake of doing them. The Post points out that there are dozens of military and intelligence organizations performing terrorism follow-the-money analysis. Why? Only a handful of those organizations can actually do something about that particular problem; everyone else is tracking it because it is tangentially helpful to their primary missions, or it’s just something you are expected to do if you have a counterterrorism shop. If you don’t need to do it: stop. If it’s a tertiary concern and someone does it better than you do, work out a deal and use their information so you can repurpose your people to work on something that matters to you.

* Measure intelligence program success with new metrics. It shouldn’t be about the size of the budget or office head-count. How many new consumers of your work did you pick up in the last year? How large and active is your intel-social network? How substantive is your sharing and positive is your feedback from the field? How did you enhance collection or analysis without requiring an infusion of cash? What efficiencies did you realize? These are all indicative of strong, forward-thinking, smart-risk-taking intelligence management that is looking out for intel consumers.

* If you’re a citizen who cares about these issues, read the entire series and act accordingly. That means reaching out to your elected representatives – especially if they’re in intel or defense committees or represent districts or states with an intel-industrial presence – and sounding off. The biggest service the Post provides is making these issues accessible to those who don’t have the requisite backgrounds to opine intelligently. Intelligence isn’t free. That money comes from somewhere. That’s money that – if being spent wastefully – could go to fund something else like healthcare or improved critical infrastructure or – just sayin’ – could not be appropriated in the first place and simply left in your pocket.

The idea that this is going to be the spark that lights a fire under the back-sides of intelligence agencies or what passes for intelligence oversight entities, is fanciful. These are not new or misunderstood issues: everyone knows exactly what everyone else is doing. None of this is a problem until Congress wants to make it a problem. As long as there are incentives to maintain the status quo, or at least slow-roll changes, don’t think this report is going to have any impact on the business of intelligence.




CIA Snitches Are Pakistan Drone-Spotters

How the CIA managed to expand its drone war so far and so fast has been a bit of a mystery. Now we have part of the answer: a network of Pashtun snitches, operating out of eastern Afghanistan, that infiltrate militant networks across the border. The information they collect helps direct the drones. Sometimes the targets are U.S. citizens.

Those Afghans aren’t the same as the ones who comprise its paramilitary Counterterrorist Pursuit Teams, the fighting units that Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book Obama’s Wars first disclosed. “These are really two separate efforts,” a U.S. official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss ongoing intelligence operations, tells Danger Room. “If information from one helps feed the other, all the better. But one is primarily focused on security and stability in Afghanistan while the other is directed at terrorists across the border.”

Since 2001, the CIA has cultivated and managed a large web of Afghan proxy forces, Pakistan-focused informants and allies of convenience, as a richly-detailed Washington Post piece reports today. Some of the CIA’s Afghans are more brutal and incompetent than the agency portrays, according to people with direct experience with them. And some are the missing piece behind America’s unacknowledged war in Pakistan, a CIA-driven effort that the agency considers one its proudest achievements.

While the end result of the drone strikes is visible for anyone to see — the New America Foundation keeps a running tally of the missile attacks — their origins are far more opaque. The only possible explanation for how the drones have so far launched 71 strikes in 2010 compared to 34 in 2008 is that the intelligence network supporting them in the Pakistani tribal areas has grown more robust. After all, someone needs to provide usable intelligence about militant activity for the drones to target. But while CIA Director Leon Panetta has bragged that the drone program is “the most aggressive operation that CIA has been involved in in our history,” he and other agency officials have (understandably) said practically nothing about the informant network upon which the drones depend.

That’s led al-Qaeda and its allies to take lethal countermeasures against anyone and anything they suspect to be tied to the drones. They kill local Pakistanis in the tribal areas suspected of being informants. They claim online that the CIA’s moles plant infrared homing beacons in militant areas to flash signals to the drones. And in December, they managed to sneak a Jordanian double agent, Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, onto a base called Chapman in eastern Afghanistan. Brought to Chapman on the promise that he could learn the whereabouts of top al-Qaeda operatives in Pakistan, Balawi blew himself up, killing seven CIA operatives and Blackwater contractors.

According to the Post piece, which draws heavily on the recent WikiLeaks archive of 77,000 frontline military reports from Afghanistan, Chapman, in Khost Province, is only one of a network of CIA bases, mostly in eastern Afghanistan, for training both its Counterterrorist Pursuit Teams and its Pashtun spy network. Firebases Lilly and Orgun-E in Paktika Province — facilities that the CIA shares with Special Operations Forces — are two more launching pads for the Afghan teams. The CIA backstops them with some serious firepower: a 2008-era WikiLeaked report that the Post unearths describes the CIA dropping 500-pound bombs on extremists who launched rockets at Lilly. (So apparently the CIA has air support as well.)

While U.S. officials describe the CIA’s Afghans as “one of the best Afghan fighting forces,” others aren’t so convinced. Author and Afghanistan traveler Robert Young Pelton crossed paths with them. “I did some advising on local militias (called Arbakai) and the Agency big footed us with their version, which is essentially to hire the least trustworthy, least liked and most brutal groups,” Pelton says in an email. “I think CIA paramilitary Billy Waugh described them to me as ‘No good cheating shitheads’ in my book.”

Indeed, some of the Afghans on the CIA payroll include the private militia of Kandahar jefe Ahmed Wali Karzai, the president’s brother, who’s long been tied to the Afghan opium trade. The Post provides another example. In 2007, during a home invasion conducted by a CIA-trained Afghan team, a team member severed the fingers of a 30-year old Afghan, who received medical treatment from American troops.

But these Afghans are better paid than their countrymen who join the U.S.-sponsored Afghan military, according to the Post — which means the CIA and the Taliban both offer better wages than the Afghan National Army. That raises the prospect that the CIA is essentially competing with the U.S. military for qualified recruits to the U.S.’s exit strategy. (Without the bothersome first-grade-level reading requirement.)

That cash apparently pays for the seeds of the drone attacks — which, in at least one case that Woodward discovers, killed people holding U.S. passports in a militant training camp. What it buys in Afghanistan is questionable. The CIA’s Afghans were “known more for the their sunglasses and low budget rambo outfits than actually doing anything,” Pelton says. “I am sure they have a lot more gear now and better sunglasses.”

Photo: Noah Shachtman






Off-the-Books ‘Jason Bournes’ in Afghanistan?


Did a Pentagon official set up his own rogue intelligence operation in Afghanistan? And did he divert cash from an open-source cultural research program to do it? The top national security story of the day in today’s New York Times raises more questions than it answers.

Here’s the short version: Dexter Filkins and Mark Mazzetti of the Times tell the story of Michael Furlong, a defense official reporting to U.S. Strategic Command who may have hired private security contractors to serve as his own personal “Jason Bournes” to collect targeting intelligence in Afghanistan and Pakistan. And in a particularly interesting twist, he may have used money intended for a military-funded newsgathering operation as his own slush fund.

The whole scheme, apparently, irritated the CIA — and may have crossed the line into contract fraud, if the Times account is correct. But it also sheds light on some lesser-known players like International Media Ventures, a “strategic communications” firm that seems to straddle the line between public relations, propaganda work and private security contracting.

“Strategic communications” firms have flourished in the strange new post-9/11 media environment. Unlike traditional military public affairs, which are supposed to serve as a simple conduit for releasing information to the public, strategic communications is about shaping the message, both at home and abroad. Why is that problematic? As Danger Room’s Sharon Weinberger pointed out, “When a newspaper calls up a public affairs officer to find out the number of casualties in an IED attack, the answer should be a number (preferably accurate), not a carefully crafted statement about how well the war is going.”

Afghanistan, in fact, has been a longtime laboratory for strategic communications. Back in 2005, Joshua Kucera wrote a fascinating feature in Jane’s Defence Weekly about how one of the top U.S. military spokesmen in Afghanistan was also an “information operations” officer, who reported to an office responsible for psychological operations and military deception. That kind of dual-hatting continues today: Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, the top military spokesman in Afghanistan, is also director for strategic communications in Afghanistan.

And then there’s the military’s interest in newsgathering-type intelligence on Afghanistan’s social and cultural scene. As we’ve reported here before, the top U.S. intelligence officer in Afghanistan complained in a damning report that newspapers often have a better sense of “ground truth” in Afghanistan (and suggested that military intelligence needs to mimic newspaper reporting, or even hire a few downsized reporters, to get the job done). Furlong’s scheme — and again, the Times account is a bit muddled here — may have shifted funds away from AfPax Insider, a news venture run by former CNN executive Eason Jordan and author/adventurer Robert Young Pelton. (Pelton has contributed commentary to Danger Room.)

Jordan’s previous venture, IraqSlogger, didn’t capture the private client base hoped for in Iraq. AfPax provided a similar kind of open source, news and information product, sold primarily to the military. Adm. Smith apparently put the kibosh on the funding the project, however.

And then it gets weirder. Furlong’s intel-collection scheme also apparently involves a couple of security consultants who at one point were hired by the Times to help out in locating David Rohde, the Times reporter who was kidnapped in Afghanistan and later escaped, on his own, in Pakistan. It’s not unusual for major news organizations to hire security consultants in hostile places, but it’s also rarely mentioned. This story may provoke a bit more scrutiny of that practice.

Photo: U.S. Department of Defense





When U.S. Said No, Private Spy Ring Fed Bloggers Instead

Last May, author Brad Thor published a shocking report on Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government website claiming that Pakistani authorities had
captured Taliban leader Mullah Omar. Other reporters didn’t bite on the story, which Thor attributed to “key intelligence sources in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Those sources, if a New York Times piece is correct, are the remnants of an off-the-books spy operation that the Pentagon shut down last year, now funded by entirely private cash.

Its activities are “something of a cross between a Graham Greene novel and Mad Magazine’s ‘Spy vs. Spy,‘” writes the Times‘ Mark Mazzetti. Run by former CIA operative Duane R. “Dewey” Clarridge, a team of Afghan, Pakistani and western private spies have tried to get Hamid Karzai’s beard trimmings to prove that the Afghan president is a drug addict. They’ve set up videos discrediting Karzai and his CIA-connected brother, the Kandahar-based quasi-warlord Ahmed Wali Karzai. And when they can’t sell U.S. military or intelligence officials on their product, they slip their intel to writers like Thor. Welcome to the new world of private intelligence, where spying, military operations, journalism, profit and hidden agendas intersect.

Through a mutual contact, Clarridge declined to comment for this post. But his case is fascinating. Like a lot of  ex-CIA operatives, he considers his former agency a hidebound, bureaucratic mess that strikes Faustian bargains with untrustworthy proxies like the Karzai brothers. Judging from the Times piece, Clarridge — a pardoned Iran-Contra figure — believes the corrupt Karzais are ultimately going to sell the U.S. out to the Iranians and Pakistanis, and his private intel ring, the Eclipse Group, aims to do something about it.

“Get used to it, world,” Clarridge told a documentary, in a line practically destined for a Hollywood adaptation of the former spy’s career. “We’re not going to put up with nonsense.”

Enter the Pentagon. Defense Department official Michael Furlong hired Clarridge’s people to gather “atmospheric” information on Afghanistan in what became an off-the-books spy operation. Furlong denies that his hires ever got involved in operations to track or kill insurgents, and instead gathered information about political and security scuttlebutt in Afghanistan — a legitimate need, according to former top U.S. military intelligence officials. But the Pentagon shut down the effort last year and put Clarridge under criminal investigation for “unauthorized” intel collection.

The Pentagon contract was worth an estimated $6 million to Clarridge. He promptly got private backers, unnamed in the Times piece, to stake him and kept his intelligence business running. (His password-protected website is here, but it timed out for me.) A spokesman for his business, Eclipse, told Mazzetti, “Eclipse may possibly be an effective model for the future, providing information to officers and officials of the United States government who have the sole responsibility of acting on it or not.”

Mazzetti reports that Clarridge’s anti-Karzai activities probably aren’t illegal. There’s also nothing illegal — or even untoward — about Eclipse passing information to journalists. Karzai has backed off on a plan to crack down on contractors, but judging from the Clarridge-produced video below, he might make an exception:

The military doesn’t seem so hot on private spying anymore. A Pentagon spokesman told Mazzetti, “reliance on unvetted and uncorroborated information from private sources may endanger the force and taint information collected during legitimate intelligence operations.”

Maybe. But there’s no denying that there’s a market for any kind of information from confusing warzones like Afghanistan — among the public, among journalists, among diplomats and certainly among spies. Whether or not the government buys what Clarridge is selling, the San Diego-based ex-spy evidently understands that others will. If anything, his private spycraft is a complement to the privatized clandestine operations performed by companies like Blackwater. The difference between private intelligence rings like Clarridge’s and security consulting/analysis groups like Stratfor — which have their own networks of sources — is that Clarridge is trying to undermine the U.S.-Karzai relationship.

So is Clarridge’s group a kind of privatized effort to influence policy? Or is it an information-gathering troupe with a particular slant? Either way, if it’s successful, it’s going to inspire imitators. Whether its info is true or merely useful — where’s Mullah Omar? Is Karzai shooting up?– is something the market will have to sort out.

Photo: U.S. Army Special Operations Command











IPI has been behind harassment –


note “investigator”

Xa frames – and see state farm “investigators”, guards etc.


campo – bommarito – see esp 96 – sd – rnc conv – cohen – see site re video frame/creative editing – at “salsa” site – xa – hade – sipe – spfld afl/cio – note esp bonansinga was spi afl/cio prez – also statewide office – and see generally cellini hires afl/cio osborne for CRA –


IPI= tobacco – beer distributors – xa thompson at winston and strawn -


Xa colin brown hitt – iclj – jeff guy – todd guy


Durr – polen link – villa rose – also link b/t durr county jail superintendent and scso todd guy


Campo – scso –


Bommarito – caths – stl –


Gray – bommarito in spi – Animal control – pubworks - licenses


And note lee williams – “everette williams”






Il tea party - baulich














Bernard Schoenburg: Guns, religion, genocide a volatile mix

By Anonymous


Posted Apr 21, 2011 @ 12:08 AM

Emotions can run high over the issue of guns, but mixing in religion and genocide might be adding unnecessary fuel to the fire.

The April edition of a free newspaper offered on a stand in the Statehouse rotunda, GunNews, features on its front page a replica of the Jewish star-shaped patch, with the word “Jude” in the center, that some Jews in Nazi-dominated Europe were forced to wear on their clothes.

The article illustrated with this symbol is about a recent opinion from the public access counselor’s office of Attorney General LISA MADIGAN, based on a request from The Associated Press, that under current law, names of people with Illinois firearm owner identification cards should be made public, as should expiration dates of their FOID cards. Addresses and telephone numbers should be kept private, under that opinion. State police had earlier denied a request to make the names public.

A lawsuit brought in Peoria County by some gun owners opposed to disclosure has led a judge there to block release of FOID cardholder names as that case progresses. Lawmakers also are considering legislation to keep the names private.

Among those who have weighed in on the controversy is




of Springfield, whose job title is investigative reporter with the Illinois Policy Institute, a think tank. He wrote about Madigan’s “edict,” which he called “bad policy that could put guns into the hands of criminals, and give them a handy database of unarmed victims.”

Enter GunNews, published monthly by Guns Save Life, an organization whose president is JOHN BOCH of Savoy in Champaign County. It ran Williams’ opinion piece on its front page, but used the headline “Madigan’s List,” which Boch said is a reference to “Schindler’s List,” a film about a businessman who worked to save Jews in the Holocaust, but we get the point.  The headline on the policy institute’s website had been “FOID Card Lunacy.” The caption under the Jewish star in GunNews was “Only harassment and persecution of gun owners will follow public release of FOID card records.”

Being Jewish and the son of a refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria, I considered use of the star jarring, so I called the Anti-Defamation League in Chicago. LONNIE NASATIR, director of the ADL’s six-state Midwest region, called the use of the star inappropriate as a way to show frustration with the attorney general’s stand.

“It’s an analogy that … potentially trivializes the history of six million Jews and others who perished in the Holocaust,” Nasatir said.

As it turns out, the Illinois Policy Institute basically agreed. The organization, said Springfield-based executive vice president KRISTINA RASMUSSEN, gave GunNews permission to reprint Williams’ article, but “had zero involvement in the design of the piece, and nowhere in the article did Williams liken FOID cardholders to Jews during World War II. We find this imagery offensive and distracting from the issue at hand. We have asked Gun News to remove the PDF from their website.”

Boch didn’t criticize “the friendly people at the Illinois Policy Institute,” but thinks the ADL is on the wrong side of the gun rights issue. He said release of names of FOID cardholders would harass and demonize them, just as Jews were in World War II.

“I don’t believe … that people of the Jewish faith have a monopoly on the symbols of the religion,” said Boch, a Christian.

“Given the opinions of those on the political left in our society,” he added, “frankly, I think a lot of people in our society would like to see gun owners either imprisoned or exterminated.”

He also referred me to one of his affiliated groups I hadn’t heard of — Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. A message of that group, according to its website, is how some governments historically have deprived people of firearms and then “wiped them from the face of the earth.”

BOB MEIER, interim executive director, who splits time between Chicago and DeKalb, said he’s Lutheran and was national director of the Libertarian Party in the 1970s. He said he left the National Rifle Association to join the JPFO, which he estimated has 4,700 or more members nationally, because it is truer to the cause, and “embodies none of the compromise that typified groups like the NRA.”

Meier also said he often has seen Jewish stars displayed by gun owners — a display he believes involves no malice.

NATALIE BAUER, spokeswoman for Madigan, said that for her office, “This isn’t really an issue over gun control or gun rights. This is an open government issue.” She said the attorney general’s job was to interpret current applicable law about what constitutes proper transparency.

“It’s up to the General Assembly to weigh in on the larger public policy issues that are raised as a result of that analysis,” Bauer said.





Lilburn Williams

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, April 26, 2008

Lilburn Williams

MURRAYVILLE – Lilburn "Lee" Williams, 93, of the Murrayville-Manchester area, died Friday morning, April 25, 2008, at Barton W. Stone Home in Jacksonville.

He was born Jan. 20, 1915, in Monticello, Ky., the son of John Wesley and Visie Jane Frogge Williams. He married Thelma Irene Dietz on Aug. 22, 1934; she preceded him in death in 1992.

He is survived by four daughters, Melba Ruth (husband, Bill) Krueger and Mary Williams Fullerton, both of Springfield, Minnie Irene (husband, Jerry) Haynes of Mesa, Ariz., and Peggy Sue (husband, Les) Marshall of Woodson; four sons, Everette Lee (wife, Pat) Williams of Jacksonville, Samuel Blaine Williams (companion, Helen Lutz) of Apache Junction, Ariz., John Wesley (wife, Linda) Williams of Franklin and H.R. "Rick" (wife, Vicky) Williams of Macomb; 17 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lorene Presgrove of Columbia, Tenn., Lela Head of Waterford, Mich., and Leva Lael of Jacksonville; and a brother, Lloyd Williams of Belleville.

Two sisters and six brothers preceded him in death.

Mr. Williams owned and operated Lee Williams Trucking in Alexander for almost 20 years before becoming a farmer just north of Manchester.








State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Elberta E. Tebow

JACKSONVILLE - Elberta E. Tebow, 81, of Jacksonville died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at her home.

She was born June 24, 1921, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Theodore and Gertrude "Gertie" Luttrell Forwood. She married George C. Tebow in 1967 in Jacksonville.

Mrs. Tebow graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1939. She was a clerical worker at Jacksonville Developmental Center for 21 years, retiring in 1981.

Survivors: husband, George C.; a son, Joe (wife, Delinda) Wilkerson of Jacksonville; two stepdaughters, Patricia Ann (husband,


Everette) Williams of Jacksonville


and Betty Jane (husband, Richard) Wade of Waverly; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Theodora Nadine Fry of Florissant, Mo.; and two nephews



Lee Williams daughter marries – elmer renfro’s son

Sfd 5 link – renfro – rebbe -



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, February 18, 1990

Renfro-Williams Announcement has been made of the engagement of Becky Lynn Williams to Gerald Charles Renfro, both of Springfield.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everette Williams of Jacksonville


and her fiance is the son of June Renfro and Elmer Renfro, both of Springfield.

A summer 1991 wedding is being planned.








State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, December 5, 1995

June Renfro June Renfro, 54, of Springfield died Saturday at Memorial Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 22, 1941, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Lee and Nellie Merrifield Taylor.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she was on the usher board, was a communion steward and a member of Women of the Word.

Survivors: a son, Gerald Charles Renfro of Springfield; a daughter, Nickie Renfro Womack of Springfield; four grandchildren; three brothers, William Taylor of Birmingham, Ala., Leonard Smith of Tulare, Calif., and Robert Smith of Florissant, Mo.; two sisters, Alice Krushall of Springfield and Paulette Chapman of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.








State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Gerald C. Renfro

JACKSONVILLE - Gerald C. "Jerry" Renfro, 39, of Jacksonville, formerly of Springfield, died Sunday, May 25, 2003, at Memorial Medical Center.

He was born July 18, 1963, in Springfield, the son of Elmer and June Taylor Renfro.

Mr. Renfro was a laborer and truck driver for N.R. Renfro Trucking in Springfield. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

Survivors: fiancee, Tracey Helm of Jacksonville; father and stepmother, Elmer and Linda Renfro of Springfield; a brother, Nicholas Renfro of Springfield; six sisters, Nicki Nelson, Nannie Hernandez, Ericka (husband, Kyle) Travis, and Bianca, Kristin and Ashleigh Renfro, all of Springfield; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, June 7, 1996

Nicholas R. Renfro Nicholas R. "Nick" Renfro, 88, of Springfield died Tuesday at home.

He was born Jan. 9, 1908, in Springfield, the son of Charles and Ida Evans Renfro. He married Lois M. Watson in 1937; she died in 1993. Mr. Renfro was owner of N.R. Renfro Trucking for more than 50 years.


He was also an organizer for minorities in

construction labor and all trades

and was a member of



Local 916.


He was a life member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.



four sons, Elmer,


Ronald (Ron), Maurice and Nolan (Butch) Renfro, all of Springfield; a daughter, Mrs. Jacqueline (Jackie) Renfro-Pryor of Springfield; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, July 21, 1991


The Springfield Fire Department is divided into three divisions, all subordinate to the fire chief. Division chiefs and deputy division chiefs

-- the "white shirts" in the department -- oversee each area.

Division 1, the operations division, involves fire suppression and rescue work -- the things that come immediately to mind when people think of firefighters. Also under operations are hydrant inspections, pre-fire planning, pump and ladder testing, vehicle maintenance and a range of other duties.

Division 2, fire safety, includes the fire marshal's office and is involved in, among other things, compliance with city building codes.

Division 3 oversees training and education.

The "white shirts" generally work day shifts. Division 1 chief is


Elmer Renfro .



Deputies are Ray Ciuffetelli, Mike Flynn and Steve Melton.

Division 2 chief is Cliff Garst and his deputy is Charles Koke.

Division 3 chief is J.D. Knox and his deputy is Russ Steil.

All of the positions are considered policy-making and so are exempt from civil service. As a result, some people consider them political appointments.

Under those positions are battalion chiefs -- the top civil service rank that is acquired by testing.

Each fire station is divided into two battalions, each commanded by a battalion chief. The chief generallyhas control of fire scenes and other incidents and goes to scenes in a car.

Captains are the next civil service rank. They generally are in charge of a fire apparatus -- a truck or other vehicle -- which will have a total of three or four people on board.

Next come driver-engineers, who have passed a test to show they can handle the equipment and perform related functions.

Firefighters are the privates of the military-style organization.

A fully staffed fire engine generally will have a captain, driver-engineer and two firefighters.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, August 28, 1991


Mayor Ossie Langfelder said Tuesday he will offer to interview Elmer Renfro for Springfield fire chief, although the mayor said last week Renfro was

out of the running.

The mayor's statement followed a memorandum from three aldermen last week urging that Renfro be considered. The Springfield branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also has pushed for Renfro.

After the city council last week rejected David Newbrough, Langfelder's first choice to replace outgoing Chief Tom Oseland, the mayor said he would not consider Renfro. The next day, he said he would choose the next nominee from those who have attained the civil service rank of battalion chief.

Renfro currently runs the department's operations division and holds the rank of division chief, an appointed post that ranks above battalion chief. However, his civil service rank is captain, below battalion chief.

"Because of many requests for Elmer Renfro to be interviewed, I will interview him as (a) courtesy," Langfelder said Tuesday.

He said he will ask all 11 firefighters who rank as battalion chiefs if they want to be interviewed.

Asked if Renfro had a chance for the appointment, Langfelder was non-committal.

"Nothing's ever definite around city hall," he said.

"I don't know which of the 11 (battalion chiefs) want to be fire chief. If none of them want to be fire chief, than he (Renfro) has an excellent chance."

Renfro didn't want to comment until hearing from the mayor.

The NAACP branch said it "strongly urges" Langfelder to give "full consideration to (Renfro's) experience and qualifications." "The Springfield Branch NAACP is asking the mayor to appoint those black officers who serve and protect citizens in this community to serve in positions of authority and administration," according to the statement. "It is time to stop using them as stopgaps for explosive neighborhood situations and utilize their talents and abilities to serve each and every citizen of Springfield."










Note rebbe link – jax FS – hurrelbrink –


*note cwlp maint

super is renfro


And rebbe as emp – w/ me – and mumaw –


Elmer renfro – dan rebbe – sfd 5 –





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, February 24, 1989


The family who sold land to the city for a new Springfield firehouse in 1898 never knew the repercussions it would have for the next 60 years.

George and Georgina Garth sold the land to the city. Legend has it that they put one condition on the sale. That condition was easily recognizable. The Garths were said to have insisted that the members of Firehouse Five, at 1310 E. Adams St., be black.

So, it became known as "the colored firehouse." And it remained so until the late 1950s.

When Firehouse Five opened in 1901, fire wagons were horse-drawn. The building had a stable and a hay loft. The firefighters slept upstairs and kept the horses downstairs.

The Springfield Fire Department routinely gave Five the worst of the equipment -- material the other houses had used and cast off. Firehouse Five firefighters were always ordered to stay and clean up after the fire was out. An old fire department directory doesn't even recognize that Firehouse Five existed. It skips from Firehouse Four to Firehouse Six.

"See," says Charles Lockhart, "things were a little different back then, as far as prejudice goes. They had two lists in those days -- a white fire department and a black fire department. Back then, there were restaurants we couldn't eat in. But when they had a fire, they were glad to see us."

Lockhart, 85, joined the fire department in 1928. Since he was black, he was automatically sent to Firehouse Five.

Lockhart had been working in the Woodside Coal Mine at Ninth and Ash.

He was 24 when he got the job at the fire department. He worked the summer of 1928, then was laid off and went back to the mine. On Jan. 1, 1929, he started working at Firehouse Five full time. It had a crew of eight men who worked two shifts. Their captain was Henry Alexander, the descendant of a famous pioneer preacher.

"We were responsible for everything east of 10th Street," remembers Lockhart. "And, if there was a second alarm at a fire downtown, we'd be called in. When Lake Springfield was built, we were responsible for that, too."

Most of the fires Five fought were either grass fires, since most of their area was undeveloped, or roof fires. In the 1930s, there were many wooden shingle roofs in Springfield. They caught fire with alarming regularity.

Through the 1930s, the horses were phased out. The firefighters at Five used their hay loft to train boxers.

"See," Lockhart says, "it was separate there, too. The black kids didn't have any place to train. Me and Alvin Kirk got permission from the chief and fixed up the hay loft and trained boxers up there. We had some good ones."

Boxers trained at the firehouse until World War II. Then, many of the young boxers went to fight in the war. After the war ended, boxing never returned to Five. Instead, there were checker games, especially on Saturdays, and horseshoe throwing.

Robert Shields joined Firehouse Five in 1940. "That was sort of during a depression and that was a good job to have," Shields says. Before joining the department, Shields was shining shoes at Andy's Shining Parlor on East Monroe.

Shields remembers the firefighters at Five being sent on outhouse duty in the 1940s. The city had passed an ordinance banning outdoor bathrooms. The fire department assigned Firehouse Five the job of tipping over illegal outhouses.

But, according to Shields, there wasn't as much discrimination as it might appear.

"The blacks had harassment among themselves," he says. "They didn't get along with each other. They made a lot of those things up."

In 1954, Firehouse Five moved from its old location at 1310 E. Adams St. to a new building at 18th and Clay. That bolstered the morale of the firehouse crew. The new building was a signal that things were beginning to change -- slowly.

The first attempt to integrate the fire department occurred in 1956. That year, Charles Huston was promoted from Firehouse Five to be a driver at Firehouse Two. He was the first black firefighter to be stationed anywhere in Springfield other than Firehouse Five. The experiment lasted just over a year, then Huston returned to Five.

Huston says he didn't have any racial problems at Two. Rather, he returned to Five because he missed his friends.

"I requested a transfer back to Five," Huston says. "I was more familiar with it. That's where I worked. I had fellas there I had worked with and was more used to. I wasn't forced to leave (Two). It was of my own will."

Others tell a different story.

"They gave him a hard way to go," says Isaac Robison, currently a deputy chief in the fire department. Robison started at Five the year Huston was transferred.

Robison says white firefighters wouldn't sleep or eat with Huston. There were stories of Huston having to eat and drink from separate utensils. Some say the cook at Two wouldn't prepare any food for Huston. Robison says Huston was treated so badly, he finally decided to go back to Five.

Though the moving of Charles Huston signaled changes were in the wind, it still took 20 years for Firehouse Five's racial balance to even out.

"When I came on," says Robison, "the transition had started. They started realizing that blacks are people, too. They were accepting us as firefighters. When the old traditions started dying out, that's when things started changing."

Robison says that when the fire department went to a 56-hour work week, also in 1956, some of the older, more conservative firefighters retired. The younger ones who took their place had a more open attitude about race.

In 1958, Five got its first white employee. Henry Hanselman was named captain of Five in February, replacing Charles Lockhart. The next month, Jack Rotherham became the first white to work at Five in a non-supervisory role.

"It was all right with me," says Rotherham, who still lives in Springfield. "I enjoyed being there. I was working with a good bunch of guys. If you wanted action, it was the place to be. There was more firefighting done out of that house than any other in town."

Rotherham worked at Five off and on for the next nine years. He resigned from the department in 1967. "I don't feel there was any prejudice toward me by those guys at number Five," he says. "We got along fine."

The door to integration had been opened, but Five was still not accepted by the rest of the department. More whites were sent to Five in the 1960s, but it wasn't for integration purposes.

"It was the punishment house," says Elmer Renfro . "When a non-black got in trouble, that's where he was sent."

Renfro joined Five in 1966 and was stationed there for 19 years, eventually becoming captain of Five. He is now a division chief.

"You'd get second-hand equipment," says Renfro of his early years at Five. "But I stopped that. I refused a lawn mower they brought out from another house. I said, `We ordered a new lawn mower, and that's what we want.' They took it back and brought us a new one."

Public Safety Director Pat Ward says he saw a lot of changes at Firehouse Five after he became health and safety commissioner in 1975. Though Firehouse Five had been long regarded as a second-class firehouse, its firefighters hadn't spent all their time playing checkers and tipping over outhouses.

"What had happened was," Ward says, "that Five, by that time, had developed into a red-hot fire company. A couple of shifts there fought fires as well, or better, than anyone in the city. As the blacks started being moved into the other houses, they found that the other houses didn't fight fire as well, so they asked to go back to Five."

Rotherham agrees with Ward's assessment. He says that, though Five was regarded as a second-class firehouse by some, its firefighters had become first-class at their job.

"Then," says Isaac Robison, "they started realizing that blacks were people, too. They were accepting us as firefighters. The white firefighters got quite an education when they went out there. They found out that all that other stuff was a crock. If we were at a fire, fighting side by side, they never knew when they might need one of us to help them out of trouble."

Still, in the mid-1970s, most of the firefighters at Five were black. But Ward had decided he would make a point of changing Five's racial balance.

By the time Dan Rebbe came to Firehouse Five in 1980, the situation was drastically different. Rebbe spent over eight years at Five. He said he was aware that Five had once been an all-black firehouse, but hadn't heard any of the stories about the old house.

"It wasn't a factor," he says.

Rebbe was stationed at Five until three weeks ago,


when he was promoted to captain of Firehouse Eight.

The new captain of Firehouse Five is Jim Wanless.

Of the 12 firefighters Wanless has at Five, 10 are white -- only two are black.

Caption: Left: The present-day Firehouse Five at 18th and Clay. Below left: Charles Lockhart, 85, joined the fire department in 1928. Since he was black, he was automatically sent to Five. Below right: Elmer Renfro joined Five in 1966 and was stationed there for 19 years, eventually becoming captain. He is now a division chief. Far left: Firehouse Five received its first enclosed-cab fire truck in the 1930s. From left are Fire Chief James J. Delaney, Samuel Hanger, Charles Lockhart, Harry Neal, J.C. Allen and Larue Willis. Right: The firehouse originally was built to accommodate horses and horse-drawn equipment. The old firehouse is now a Masonic Lodge. Below: Charles Lockhart joined the Firehouse Five crew in 1928. In 1958 he was promoted to deputy chief and moved downtown to the administrative offices. Photographs courtesy Charles Lockhart.
Memo: Cover headline Firehouse Five / The history of Springfield's all-black fire station




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 22, 2005




Shamara Louise Poole and Joseph Lee Collins, Springfield, a daughter, June Nyomi Collins, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004. Grandparents are Mattie Taylor and Nicki Renfro, both of Springfield, and George Poole of Arlington, Tenn. Great-grandparents are Bertha Taylor and Elmer Renfro , both of Springfield.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, July 13, 1991


Rank-and-file Springfield firefighters reacted with surprise and at least some skepticism Friday to new fire chief David Newbrough's immediate

shake-up of department commanders.

"I think it kind of took most of us by surprise considering some of the other names mentioned," firefighter Denny Pope of Firehouse No. 3 said of the naming of Newbrough. "He's not a 20-year man."

Newbrough, an 18-year department veteran and former president of Firefighters Local 37, was named chief of the Springfield Fire Department, three days after Chief Tom Oseland announced his retirement to pursue another career.

"It's bull - - - -," was the immediate reaction of another firefighter, who wished not to be named, after hearing word of a likely reorganization of the hierarchy at the fire department.

Several firefighters said other high-ranking officers deserved a shot at the chief's post.

A firefighter at Firehouse No. 8 who wished not to be named said, "We did have a qualified black chief who was next in line." He was speaking of Division Chief Elmer Renfro , who often served as acting chief in Oseland's absence.

"Ray Ciuffetelli (deputy division chief) was another" qualified applicant. "Just what are the qualifications? Who pounds the most (campaign) signs?" Firefighter Tom Faulkner at Firehouse No. 8 said, "I don't know how you can do it (name a chief) that fast."

A firefighter at Firehouse No. 6, who also wished to remain anonymous, echoed the same sentiment: "What happened to the screening process? It was just here it is. Take it and like it. I think there's a lot of inexperience going in that office.

"There are guys with more time in and education. We got guys here with fire science degrees," the firefighter said. "This ain't no volunteer department. He's responsible for the welfare of 200 (firefighters') families -- and the whole city.

"We all worked hard to get this Class 1 rating, but it's not Class 1 with what went on today." "Most of the guys are a little iffy about it right now," firefighter Clarence Bailey of Firehouse No. 5 said, citing Newbrough's age (44) and relative lack of experience.

Capt. Tom Cunningham, a firefighter at Firehouse No. 8 said: "We're still going to support the public. We'll give him a fair shake. He's the new chief, and we're going to work for him."

Cunningham, who has served under five chiefs, said, "I'm going to be here after he's gone."

Faulkner added, "It isn't going to affect us that much. I saw (retiring chief Oseland) maybe once in three years."



















Ryan won't take the stand / Prosecutors haven't made their case, defense lawyer says

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, February 23, 2006


CHICAGO - George Ryan's decision not to testify at his federal corruption trial ignited sparks in the courtroom Wednesday when the former governor's defense attorney criticized the prosecution's performance.

"I do not believe the government has proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt," Ryan lawyer Dan Webb told U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer after jurors were sent away for a break. "He has accepted my final recommendation, and he will not be testifying in this case, and that's his final decision."

Webb said Ryan's decision not to take the stand came after his co-defendant, Larry Warner, made the same choice. Their separate defense teams were obligated to announce their plans as they called their final witnesses in the marathon trial, which began Sept. 28.

Ryan, 71, is accused of steering contracts and leases to Warner, a 67-year-old businessman, during the 1991-99 period when the Kankakee Republican was secretary of state. Warner allegedly gave Ryan cash, gifts and other compensation. Both are charged with racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud and other offenses.

Webb's unfavorable assessment of prosecutors drew return fire from assistant U.S. attorney Patrick Collins, who said Ryan's testimony would actually have done "more harm" to the former governor than good.

An indignant grumbling erupted among Ryan family members who attended Wednesday's proceedings, including his wife, Lura Lynn, and their adult children.

Pallmeyer interjected from the bench: "Whatever (Ryan's) reason, it's none of my business." She asked Ryan and Warner about their decisions not to take the stand.

"The decision is that I will not testify," Ryan agreed. He declined to answer reporters' questions later, and Webb would not elaborate about the decision, other than to say it wasn't "fair" for Ryan to testify, considering the prosecution's failings.

He told Pallmeyer he had consulted "extensively" with Ryan.

Webb had previously said Ryan would take the stand to profess his innocence but stressed the strategy could change. Having Ryan testify was risky, considering that the retired politician - known for his temper - would have undergone a brutal cross-examination, most likely by Collins.

The prosecutor has led the investigation of Ryan and won the racketeering conviction of Ryan's former chief of staff, Scott Fawell, in 2003.

The Ryan trial now enters its final phases: rebuttal witnesses called by prosecutors, closing arguments from both sides and the drafting of voluminous jury instructions. Those steps are expected to take several days before the seven-woman, five-man jury would begin deliberations on the 22-count indictment at the heart of the trial.

The indictment was the subject of debate Wednesday as Pallmeyer renewed her order that prosecutors redact portions of the document so that it is less inflammatory. The indictment, originally 90 pages, will be sent back to the jury room, but Warner attorney Ed Genson said it's the equivalent of a closing argument that gives prosecutors an unfair edge.

"They're sitting back there with the government's novel," Genson complained.

"This is the indictment of the case - it's not a storyboard," Collins countered. He said prosecutors have snipped about 20 pages so far and asked Pallmeyer for additional guidance.

Not everything went against prosecutors. The judge denied defense attempts to bar some rebuttal witnesses from appearing and rejected Webb's request to tell jurors about statements prosecutors made in the Fawell trial that characterized the ex-aide as the chief architect of corruption under Ryan. Webb argued prosecutors are telling a different story in the Ryan trial, but Collins disagreed.

"He wants to put us on trial, judge, because he can't win this case fair and square," the prosecutor said.

Also Wednesday, jurors heard from the final two defense witnesses, Paul Charnetzki and Lee Williams . Both are forensic accountants who analyzed the finances of Ryan and Warner, respectively. The defense teams were expected to formally rest today.

Ryan, who was governor from 1999 to 2003, is the most significant defendant in the federal "Operation Safe Road" probe that originally targeted the sale of commercial driver's licenses for bribes in the Ryan-era secretary of state's office. The 1998 investigation broadened to snare higher-level officials, including Fawell. Ryan's campaign fund, the now-defunct Citizens for Ryan, was convicted of racketeering.

Warner's defense attorneys have said the state deals in which Warner was involved did not hurt taxpayers. Ryan's lawyers deny that Ryan took kickbacks.

Caption: 1. Former Gov. George Ryan arrives for Wednesday's court session. / 2. Larry Warner, George Ryan's co-defendant, arrives for Wednesday's court session. He, too, will not testify.




Ryan's defense short but packed

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, February 28, 2006


CHICAGO - A state janitor who gladly gave George Ryan cash for Christmas.

A hired "forensic accountant" who studied the former governor's bank records.

A past Cook County state's attorney who doesn't remember Ryan making an incriminating statement.

All were among the nearly 30 defense witnesses called this month to testify on behalf of former Gov. Ryan at his federal corruption trial. Over the course of 11 days, jurors in the racketeering and fraud case heard from a broad array of individuals in response to a 22-count indictment against Ryan and his co-defendant, Chicago businessman Larry Warner.

"They brought a lot of people in a short amount of time," DePaul University law professor Len Cavise, a Ryan supporter who is monitoring the trial, said last week. "That's a positive."

The separate defense teams for Ryan and Warner rested Thursday after both defendants elected not to take the stand themselves. Ryan's lead defense attorney, Dan Webb, told U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer he had advised his 72-year-old client to avoid the stand because he didn't think prosecutors had proved their case.

Others aren't sure Ryan would have helped his cause, particularly under intense grilling from lead prosecutor Patrick Collins.

"Either Ryan wouldn't have satisfactory answers to questions or he wouldn't remember, and I don't think that going on for days would look good," said Alan Raphael, an associate law professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Ryan, a Kankakee Republican who served as governor from 1999 to 2003, is charged with conspiracy, mail and tax fraud and other offenses. He allegedly steered state contracts and leases to Warner and other friends, mostly during his 1991-99 tenure as secretary of state, in exchange for cash, gifts and other compensation.

Even without Ryan and Warner testifying, the jury will have a full plate of material to consider from the defense witnesses, including the responses they gave as tenacious prosecutors cross-examined them. Assistant U.S. attorneys called 77 of their own witnesses earlier in the trial.

Defense testimony began Feb. 2 with Alexander Lerner, the chief executive officer of the Illinois State Medical Society, who was meant to cast doubt on allegations that Ryan intentionally lied to federal authorities. Lerner said he told the then-governor in 1999 to appoint "somebody like Mr. Warner" to the Chicago board that oversees Navy Pier and McCormick Place.

Ryan is accused of making a false statement to the FBI when he said exiting board member James Kenny had made the Warner recommendation. Webb has said he'll argue to jurors that Ryan simply mixed Lerner up with Kenny.

One by one, prosecutors attempted to whack away at the credibility of the defense witnesses. In the case of Lerner, assistant U.S. attorney Zachary Fardon noted that his medical lobbying group once employed Donald Udstuen, a longtime Ryan friend who has since pleaded guilty to tax fraud. Udstuen told jurors earlier that Warner and another insider told him they would "take care of George" - a reference to bribery.

Plowing ahead, defense attorneys worked in photographs of Ryan's Kankakee home - a seemingly modest residence, by appearances. Presumably, the intent was to humanize Ryan and show he lives modestly for a man accused of taking kickbacks.

They also called former janitor Donald Skoda of Springfield, who said he was not forced to contribute when government employees presented Ryan with cash-filled Christmas cards. Instead, he said he was being good to a nice boss when he typically chipped in $15.

But prosecutor Joel Levin confronted Skoda with copies of $50 Christmastime checks he had received from Ryan's political campaign fund. The implication: Ryan received some of the same money he was giving to Skoda.

"Did you ever give George Ryan a Christmas gift because you received any of these checks?" Ryan attorney Tim McCaffrey later asked Skoda.

"No," he answered.

The topic of Ryan's yuletide windfalls was introduced by his defense as a way to help explain the suspicious "wads of cash" he was known to carry. But some observers have said the image of Ryan taking thousands of dollars from his underlings may overshadow the defense's intentions.

Jurors also heard from nearly a dozen character witnesses, including "Dead Man Walking" author Sister Helen Prejean and "M*A*S*H" co-star Mike Farrell. Neither was allowed to praise Ryan's stand against capital punishment under a ruling that the issue is unrelated to the trial.

Instead, Farrell said he and Ryan had discussed public policy issues and that "I'm inspired by his honesty and integrity." The actor conceded that he did not know how Ryan conducted state business.

Citing persistent flaws and biases in the capital justice system, Ryan moved the state's death row inmates to life sentences shortly before he left office in January 2003.

Last week, the defense mounted a detailed presentation about Ryan's finances. Forensic accountant Paul Charnetzki , who charged $50,000 for his services, said his review indicated that Ryan and his wife, Lura Lynn, were spending money equivalent to their earnings.

He also suggested that the Ryans, who made few bank withdrawals, had access to legitimate sources of cash. He said they may have even gotten cash back when writing checks for more than $100 at the grocery store.

Prosecutor Joel Levin confronted Charnetzki with copies of grocery checks. On the back of each were computerized notations showing no cash was received.

"It's still possible they got cash back?" Levin asked.

"Yes, sir," Charnetzki insisted.























Ipi – links –


And see Hamlin potentially used as


implied consent re addiction frame


see also methodists – leach/mendenhall alco frame



guy fam –


Loftus links






Illinois Civil Justice League – chamber - IPI





Edward D. Murnane

Ed Murnane was named President of the Illinois Civil Justice League early in 1993 after serving for four years in the Reagan and Bush Administrations, including three years as the Midwest Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration. He also served in the White House as an Assistant to President Bush and Director of Presidential Advance.

He managed the successful Bush campaign in Illinois in 1988 and served in senior management positions in the Reagan campaigns in 1976, 1980 and 1984.

Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Murnane was the Public Affairs Director for the Regional Transportation Authority and was responsible for the public affairs and government relations programs for the RTA, the second largest transportation system in the United States. He directed the RTA’s legislative programs in both Springfield and Washington, D.C.

Murnane is a former award-winning journalist and was the political editor of The Daily Herald in Chicago’s suburbs. In 1970, he was honored by the American Political Science Association for “Distinguished Reporting of Public Affairs” for his coverage of the Illinois Constitutional Convention.

He later served as a Congressional aide in Washington, D.C. and operated a public affairs consulting firm in Illinois in the late 1970s which specialized in government and political affairs, including lobbying in the Illinois General Assembly.

He has served on the board of directors of the American Tort Reform Association since 1997 and currently sits on ATRA’s executive committee.

Murnane is a native of Chicago and lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

E-mail Ed Murnane.

Allen Adomite
Director of Government Relations

Al Adomite joined the Illinois Civil Justice League early in 2004. Prior to joining ICJL, he served as Executive Director of Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch and worked in grassroots management for the American Cancer Society - Illinois Division.

He also worked for more than three years with the Illinois General Assembly as a press secretary and policy analyst for the House Republican Leader.

Adomite earned his Bachelors of Journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has a Master’s in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

A Madison County native, he and his wife reside in his hometown of Troy, IL, where he serves on the City Council.

E-mail Allen Adomite.

Chris Guy

Government Relations Manager

Chris Guy joined the Illinois Civil Justice League in late 2006. Prior to joining ICJL, he worked on

issues development for the Illinois Senate Republican Leader and on

policy staff for the Illinois House Republican leader.

Guy also played a key role in the campaigns of Illinois Appellate Court Judge Steve McGlynn,

Bill Brady for Governor and the successful

campaign for Justice Karmeier of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Chris earned his Bachelors of Political Science and Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is a native of Decatur and

resides in Springfield, IL.







This is the “guy” link – todd guy/jeff guy




Veterans group names new officers

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - December 12, 2005

Section: LOCAL

Page: 12


Michael Palazzolo has been installed as commander of the Italian American War Veterans, Post 15.


Other officers are

Anthony Caruso,

senior vice commander; James Sodaro, junior vice commander; Dominic Vespa, adjutant and quartermaster;

Daniel Wavering, sergeant-at-arms;

and Samuel Montalbano, chaplain.


Charles Palazzolo is the immediate past commander.










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Note esp – todd guy – jeff guy – IPI CJL – chamber -


Durr and polen – villa rose –


Maurer – scsa – cocaine – attys -






































Attys in carlock suit



Note esp – ramage at hinshaw – cdb – liuna – llcc –


xa heaton at hinshaw –

hardy –


and see long at cdil – note long as prez of repub club -


and note esp – ron stone – giganti – police unions






I hereby certify that on October 6, 2010, I caused to be electronically filed Plaintiff’s Brief in

Support of Sanctions for DefendantsSpoliation of Evidence with the Clerk of Court using

the CM/ECF system that will send notification of such filing(s) to the following:

D. Bradley Blodgett bblodgett@hinshawlaw.com

Andrew M. Ramage aramage@hinshawlaw.com

Geri Lynn Arrindell garrindell@hinshawlaw.com

Ronald J. Stone rstone@stratton-law.com

Christian D. Biswell biswell@dnmpc.com

Matthew Maddox mmaddox@qjhpc.com

Eric I Long eric.long@usdoj.gov

Peter R. Jennetten pjennetten@qjhp.com

and I hereby certify that on October 6, 2010, I mailed by United States Postal Service, the

document(s) to the following non-registered participants:







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.




















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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







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Christian county sheriff

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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, 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.






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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.







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.










Guy is best man to Scott loftus – scso –




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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= scotts father - brother




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 www.sj-r.com/bakke.



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











Illinois tea party








Steve Balich


has been active for many years as a Conservative activist and organizer in the SW suburbs of Chicago. He has supported many local candidates in their attempt to champion smaller, less intrusive government. In 2006 he formed the "alliance", an independent Conservative group that was able to win every local seat they ran for. Steve has been a Trustee and has recently become the Clerk in his hometown where he continues to fight for lower taxes and responsible government.


As President of the


Homer Founders Club,


Steve has spearheaded many volunteer and fundraising projects for the local community. He is responsible for partnering to create the Homer-Lockport Tea Party and the Will County Tea Party Alliance which hosted a series of  rallies, Gubernatorial, Senate, and Congressional Forums. Steve has also taken the lead roll in advancing state projects such as The Illinois Tax Day Tea Party and The Conservative Committeeman Project.





President - Steve Balich
Vice Pres. - Jim Daley
Treasurer - Paul Anderson
Secretary - Cathe Byers
- Gerry Sramek
Secretary/Events - Fred Senne
Events - Gary Yambor
Recruiting Director - Mike Costa
Web Master - Frank DeGrassi
Directors - Joe Malacina, Chris Locacius, Jim LaMotta, Ted Kagianas, Sean Audi, Henry Mockus, Vince Colabelli






Couple years later –

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President - Steve Balich
Vice Pres. - Jim Daley
Exec. Director - Mike Costa
Dev. Director - Frank DeGrassi
Treasurer - Paul Anderson
Secretary - Cathe Byers
- Gerry Sramek
Events - Fred Senne
Events - Gary Yambor
Directors - Ted Kagianas, Joe Malacina, Chris Locacius, Jim LaMotta, Sean Audy, Henry Mockus, Vince Colabelli