Lt. Gov. O'Neal seeks U. S. Senate nomination
Lt. Gov. Dave O'Neal November 25 became the third Republican to seek the U. S. Senate seat held by Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson III.
O'Neal said the national government needs definite priorities and effective leadership as well as a positive commitment from the people. He favors a tax break for middle-class college students and a privately run national health insurance program.
The 1975 Outstanding Young Republican of the United States, he joins Attorney General William J. Scott and Peoria Mayor Richard E. Carver in the race for the Republican nomination to be decided in the March 18 primary.
Kempiners named public health director
William L. Kempiners, Joliet, resigned as a state representative (R., Joliet) to accept appointment as acting director of the Department of Public Health (DPH) by Gov. James R. Thompson, effective November 13. The post requires Senate confirmation, but Kempiners cannot be confirmed as DPH director unless legislation is passed to remove the current requirement that the director be an M.D. This spring, legislation will be introduced to change the requirement, and possibly to create an advisory board of doctors for the DPH director.
A state legislator for four terms, Kempiners was the minority spokesman on the House Human Resources Committee, served on the House Appropriations II Committee, the State Government Reorganization Committee and the Intergovernmental Cooperation Commission. He has worked on committees involving health data systems and health statistics, and was legislative liaison for the Illinois State Medical Association from 1970 to 1972. He also served on the staff of U. S. Rep. John N. Erlenborn (R., 14th District) and as administrative assistant to the chairman of the Will County Republican party.
Sid Hutchcraft, Springfield, as Illinois State Fair superintendent, by Director of Agriculture John Block, effective January 1, 1980. The position is a new one, created as a result of placing the State Fair in the Department of Agriculture. The State Fair Agency was formerly an independent agency. Hutchcraft was executive vice president of the Illinois Pork Producers.
Miller heads state police
Major Ronald J. Miller, Pawnee, as acting superintendent of the State Police Division of the Department of Law Enforcement by the governor effective October 29. Miller, whose position needs Senate confirmation, was previously deputy director of the Department of Law Enforcement's Division of Administration. He replaced Lynn E. Baird, Springfield, who became chief of security for the First National Bank of Chicago.
Institute of Natural Resources
David Loos, Springfield, as manager of the Solar Energy Program in the Illinois Institute of Natural Resources (IINR) by director Frank Beal effective July 1. Loos, who was previously manager of the Residential Conservation Program in IINR, replaced David Pogeny, Springfield, who took a position as a solar architect in Minneapolis, Minn.
Steve Barnes, Chatham, resigned as a solar architect in IINR to join an architectural firm in Butler Park, Penn., where he will continue working as a solar architect. A replacement for Barnes has not yet been found.
Wallace I. Kargman, Chicago, as judge of the Cook County Circuit Court by the Supreme Court effective September 20, 1979. He replaced Marvin Aspen, who resigned. Kargman was formerly an associate judge.
The following judges have been selected as chief judges by their fellow circuit judges:
William V. Hopf, Wheaton, as cheif judge of the 18th Circuit, effective October 1, 1979, to succeed George W. Unverzagt.
Paul W. Schnake, Aurora, as chief judge of the 16th Circuit, effective December 3, 1979, to succeed Ernest Akeman.
The following judges have been assigned to appellate court duties, while remaining circuit judges:
George W. Unverzagt, Villa Park, from the 18th Circuit to the 2nd District Appellate Court, effective November 1,1979;
Lloyd A. VanDeusen, Waukegan, from the 19th Circuit to the 2nd District Appellate Court, effective January 1, 1980;
Albert G. Webber III, Decatur, from the 6th Circuit to the 4th District Appellate Court, effective December 1, 1979.
Dorothy W. Spomer, Cairo, assigned from retirement to the 5th District Appellate Court, effective October 15, 1979. She was retired from the 1st Circuit Court, where she was succeeded by her son, Stephen L. Spomer. Judges Spomer and Helen McGillicuddy of the 1st District Appellate Court are the only women serving on the Illinois Appellate Courts.
The following circuit judges have resigned:
Thomas R. Clydesdale, Oglesby, as judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit, effective November 30, 1979. He had been a judge for 21 years.
George R. Kelly, Vandalia, as judge of the 4th Judicial Circuit, effective December 21, 1979. Kelly had been a judge since 1954.
Peyton H. Kunce, Murphysboro, a judge for 27 years, as judge of the 1st Judicial Circuit, effective October 1, 1979. He had been serving by assignment in the 5th District Appellate Court.
Garland W. Watt, Chicago, a judge since 1975, as judge of the Cook County Circuit Court, effective November 1, 1979.
Guy R. Williams, Havana, as judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit, effective November 1, 1979. He had been a judge since 1968.
William J. Payne, Danville, as a member of the Illinois Community College Board by the governor effective October 26. Payne is chairman of the Danville Area Community College Board and also part owner and general manager of Howell Playground Equipment Company. He replaced Sharon Sharp, Chicago, who was named special assistant to the governor.
George Kangas, Lincolnshire, as a member of the Illinois State Toll Highway
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Authority Board of Directors, by the governor effective in October. Kangas, whose position needs Senate confirmation, is president of George Kangas and Associates, Inc. He replaced Ed Moore, Oak Park, who became secretary of the authority.
James D. Jackson, Chicago, was reappointed as a member of the Illinois Lottery Control Board by the governor effective July 1. Jackson, who has been a member of the board since 1976, is assistant to the president of the Atchison, Topeka and Sanla Fe Railway Company. Senate confirmation is needed for the three-year term.
Sylvia Dennen, Park Forest, as executive director of the Governor's Council on Jobs and the Economy, by the governor, effective November 7. Dennen previously served as the governor's assistant for intergovernmental relations and economic development and will continue to serve as his senior staff assistant for economic and community development.
Mathilda A. Jakubowski, Chicago, as special assistant to the governor for ethnic affairs, by the governor effective November 13, Jakubowski, who was previously a board member of the Chicago Transit Authority, will serve as a liaison between ethnic communities in Illinois and the governor.
J. Gregory Langan, Champaign, as director of Region 3-B of the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities by department director Robert deVito effective November 1. Langan was previously superintendent of the Adler Mental Health Center, Champaign. He replaced Dale Kenton, Springfield, who resigned.
Dr. Ronald Biddle, Anna, was appointed Region 5 administrator for southern Illinois' 27 counties by deVito effective October 1. Formerly a psychologist in the department's behavioral research lab, he replaced Dr. R. C. Steck who retired after over 29 years of service.
Louis Giordano, Springfield, as assistant director of the Department of Personnel by the governor effective October 22. Giordano, whose position needs Senate confirmation, was previously the Title XX coordinator in the Department of Children and Family Services. He replaced David Hardwick, Rochester, who became director of Veteran's Affairs.
John Ryan, Springfield, as deputy director of the newly formed Guardianship and Advocacy Commission by director Sandra effective October 16, Ryan was deputy director of the Department of Children and Family Services and also worked as legislative liaison for the Department of Mental Health. Ryan will direct the commission's Springfield office.
Maria Media Swanson, Mount Prospect, as manager of the Bilingual Education Section of the Illinois State Board of Education by Superintendent Joseph M. Cronin effective in October. Swanson was previously the director of the Bilingual Education Service Center in Arlington Heights. She replaced Mario Aranda, Elgin, who took a post as director of the Latino Institute in Chicago.
Sen. Kenneth V. Buzbee (D., Carbondale) was elected chairman of the Illinois Energy Resources Commission by commission members at the November 6 commission meeting. Buzbee replaced Rep. Daniel M. Pierce (D., Highland Park). The chairmanship alternates every two years between the House and the Senate.
Rep. James A. Von Boeckman (D., Pekin) was elected executive chairman of the Motor Vehicle Laws Commission by the members of the commission in August. Von Boeckman, who will serve a two-year term, has been a member of the commission since 1976. He replaced Frank Giglio, Calumet City, who is no longer a state representative.
Jim Roberts, Fairbury, was elected president of the Illinois Press Association at the annual fall convention in Springfield November 1. Roberts, who will serve a one-year term, is the publisher of the Fairbury Blade and also directs the National Newspaper Association. He replaced Bruce Sagan, Chicago, of the Economist.
Lynn Krause, Joliet, has been named chairman of the Midwest 208 Committee by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The five-state committee will act as a liaison to government agencies implementing areawide clean water management plans. Krause is president of Link Construction Company and a member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC). Also serving as Illinois delegates to the committee are Richard Harwood, Northbrook, president of the Northern Illinois Construction Company, and Paul Ball, Bloomington, of Heart of America Realty.
Robert C. Bates, Arlington Heights, was elected president of the American Land Title Association by the association, effective October 17. Bates is executive vice president of the Chicago Title Insurance Co.
William Capie, Springfield, as personnel management specialist for Comptroller Roland Burris' office effective November 12. Capie resigned his position to become director of the city of Springfield's new Department of Personnel.
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