David O'Neal, sheriff of St. Clair County, announced July 29 that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. From Belleville, O'Neal is a graduate of St. Louis College of Pharmacy and is presently serving his second term as St. Clair County sheriff.


John Vitek, Chicago Democrat, as state representative of the 23rd district by the district's Democratic ward committeemen on August 5. He was sworn in August 6 and replaces John G. Fary who was elected to Congress in July. Vitek earlier served three terms in the House, 1961-1967, and presently is Chicago's director of real estate.

Henry Smallwood, to head the new South American office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, of the Illinois Department of Business and Economic Development by the director, Joseph Pisciotte, on August 1. Formerly director of marketing and sales for Pan-American Airlines in South America, Smallwood was to begin his duties in September.

Henry Green of Champaign as staff member of the Department of Business and Economic Development's International Trade Office in Hong Kong, by Pisciotte on August 1. A Republican who was rejected (June 20, 1974) by the Senate for a seat on the Illinois Board of Education, Green was a delegate to the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention. He has held top offices and directorships with two banks in Champaign-Urbana and was a leader in the development of the community college in Champaign-Urbana. Green also began his duties in September.

Frank Lunding, a Republican from Chicago, to succeed Michael LaVelle, a Democrat, as chairman of the state Board of Elections on July 19. The question of Lunding's membership on the board is currently before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Carlton Zucker of Chicago reelected July 14 as chairman of the Illinois State Lottery Control Board. He is an officer of a Chicago advertising firm.

Phyllis Schlafly of Alton and Ruth Bateman of Warrenville, as members of the Illinois Commission on the Status of Women by Senate minority leader William C Harris (D., Pontiac) August 28. Mrs. Schlafly is a national leader in opposition to passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Mrs. Bateman is in her second term on the DuPage County Board of Supervisors.

Vera B. Chatz of Evanston as consumer representative on the state Medical Examining Committee by Ronald E. Stackler, director of the Department of Registration and Education, on July 9. She is a free-lance writer and editor and is public relations consultant to the Commercial Law League of American and Brandeis University National Women's Committee, Greater Chicago Chapter.

Nancy Philippi, as assistant director of the Department of Personnel, by Gov. Dan Walker August 12, succeeding William Fitzgerald, who was appointed special assistant to the director of the Department of Public Aid. Mrs. Philippi headed the Governor's Task Force on Urban Flood Control and served as assistant director of the Department of Local Government Affairs until the Senate rejected her appointment (May 24, 1973).

Edyth Cole, as personnel director for the state Office of Education August 12, succeeding Angela D'Versa. Cole has been affirmative action officer and assistant to the president of Sangamon State University.

John L. Cain of Springfield as administrator of accounting revenue in fiscal control office of the secretary of state on August 12. A former Sangamon County treasurer, he resigned as internal auditor for the Department of Children and Family Services to take the new position.

Donald H. Riddle as chancellor of the University of Illinois Chicago Circle campus effective January 1, as approved by the U of I Board of Trustees July 16. Riddle is now president of John Jay College, New York City, and will replace Warren B. Cheston who has resigned as chancellor.

Ernest L. Duncan of Springfield, as chief internal auditor for the Department of Corrections by the director, Allyn R. Sielaff, on July 23. Employed by the state since 1962 and by corrections since 1964 Duncan has been supervisor of administrative services since January 1972.

Don Ramsell as director of public information for the Springfield office of the attorney general, effective July 21. Ramsell has 25 years of news reporting experience including eight years, 1964-1972, as reporter and news producer for CBS in Chicago (WBBM-TV).

Roger C. Beck as deputy director for compliance for the Illinois Department of Revenue by the department director, Robert H. Allphin, on August 1. Formerly director of the federal Internal Revenue Service's Chicago District. Beck will direct the compliance program from Springfield.

Joshua Johnson of Springfield, as assistant superintendent for community services by Superintendent of Education Joseph Cronin, effective in September. Johnson directed community relations for the Office of Education and will continue to coordinate publications and public information sections.

G. Robert Hillman as chief of the Sun-Times Springfield Bureau, effective October 1. He has been an investigative and general reporter for the Sun-Times since November 1972. Hillman will replace Burnell A. Heinecke, who has been reassigned to the Sun-Times' Chicago staff.

Steven N. Klein elected state chairman of the Independent Voters of Illinois (I VI) in late July. An unsuccessful candidate in 1974 in the Democratic primary for 12th district's state representative, Klein succeeds Lee J. Epstein.

David R. Gilbert, Chicago Tribune transportation editor, as press secretary to Republican gubernatorial candidate James R. Thompson on July 23.


James L. Oakey, Jr., was removed July 16 from his Cook County associate circuit judgeship by the Courts Commission for violations of Judicial rules regarding outside activity for compensation. He was charged with operating a private detective agency and receiving income from that business.

Theodore Isaacs, former director of the Illinois Department of Revenue, was paroled July 28 from the federal correctional institution at Lexington, Kentucky, where he was serving a three-year sentence for bribery.

Christian Homeier, Springfield, who served in the House of Representatives of the 76th General Assembly (1969-70) representing the 51st district, pleaded guilty August 12 in federal district court, Springfield, to a charge of mail fraud and conspiracy. He subsequently resigned as a member of the Sangamon County Board. 

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