O'Neal resigns as lieutenant governor
Lt. Gov. Dave O'Neal, Belleville, has resigned from office effective August 1. O'Neal, who was first elected lieutenant governor in 1976 and reelected in 1978, said his decision was prompted by the nature of the office and by the wishes of his family. "I feel that I have met the challenges the office of Lieutenant Governor now offers," O'Neal said. "It is a confining job. . . . Rather than accepting a salary for a job that needs to be restructured in order to be viable and because of family preference, I have decided to resign as Lieutenant Governor."
The lieutenant governor has no constitutional duties, but by statute, as lieutenant governor, O'Neal, was chairman of the Illionis Council on Coal Development and the Illinois Abandoned Mines Reclamation Council. O'Neal lost to Democrat Alan J. Dixon for U.S. Senate; he was sheriff of St. Clair County for six years prior to his election.
Because the Illinois Constitution contains no provision for replacing a lieutenant governor in mid-term, the office will remain vacant until the 1982 elections.
Gilbert new chairman of State Board of Elections
J. Phil Gilbert, Carbondale, and Michael J, Hamblett, Willmette, were elected chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the State Board of Elections, by the board effective July 1. Gilbert, an attorney, succeeds Hamblett in the chairman's position. He has been a member of the board since 1978. Hamblett, also a board member since 1978, succeeds John W. Countryman, DeKalb, as vice-chairman. By statute, both offices alternate every two years between Republicans and Democrats. Terms end July 1983.
Reagan names Shuman to head FmHA
Charles Wilson Shuman, Decatur, as top administrator of the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA), by President Ronald Reagan in June. Shuman, who has been associated with the Decatur firm of Blunt, Ellis and Loewi Inc. since 1977, was director of the state FmHA from 1971 to 1977, a delegate to the Illinois Constitutional Convention and a private farmer near Sullivan. Confirmation of the appointment by the U.S. Senate is required.
The Supreme Court made the following appointments in June:
James T. Londrigan, Springfield, to the appellate court of the 4th Judicial District, effective June 1, 1981 to December 6, 1982. Londrigan was circuit judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit before filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of James C. Craven.
John M. Telleen, Rock Island, to the 14th Judicial Circuit effective July 1, filling a vacancy caused by the death of Henry McNeal.
Victor N. Cardosi, Kankakee, judicial officer since 1960 until retirement in 1976, assigned to the 12th Judicial Circuit from April to October 1981.
The circuit judges selected the following circuit judges as chief judges effective July 1:
Robert S. Hill, Benton, to the 2nd Judicial Circuit, succeeding Robert Whitmer; Paul M. Hickman, Hillsboro, to the 4th Judicial Circuit, succeeding Bill Slater; and Joseph J. Barr, Edwardsville, to the 3rd Judicial Circuit. He has been a judicial officer since 1950, and succeeds Horace Calvo.
The following attorneys were selected by the circuit judges as associate judges in June.
Edmund P. Bart, Hanover Park, assistant attorney general, to the 18th Judicial Circuit; Patrick M. Coolahan, Wheaton, assistant public defender, to the 18th Circuit; Charles A. Hayton, Carol Stream, to the 18th Circuit; Charles E. Ruth, assistant state's attorney, to the 18th Circuit; and Edward T. Lang, Waukegan, to the 19th Judicial Circuit.
Charles L. Quindry, associate judge of the 2nd Judicial Circuit, resigned in May. Quindry had been a judicial officer for more than 10 years and was a participant in the associate judge programs sponsored by the Judicial Conference.
O'Connor appointed counsel to Thompson
William O'Connor, Springfield, has been appointed counsel to the governor for Springfield legal operations, by Gov. James R. Thompson effective June 10. O'Connor has served as counsel to the governor and as his assistant on public safety since 1979. From October 1980 to January 1981 O'Connor also served as acting director of the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety. In a news release announcing the appointment the governor said, "I expect Bill O'Connor to be my principal legal advisor in Springfield, . . . I am sure [he] will exhibit the same creativity and dedication to this job which he has brought to my Administration in the past." O'Connor replaces Julian C. d'Esposito, who returned to private law practice in February.
Carlson resigns from state lottery
Richard W. Carlson, Springfield, has resigned as superintendent of the Illinois State Lottery, effective July 30. Carlson, who has served as lottery chief since 1977, has asked to be assigned to another position in the Thompson administration. Carlson succeeded Ralph Batch in the post, and is only the second person to head the lottery since it began in 1974. Previously, Carlson had worked on the Senate Republican staff and as an administrative assistant on the staff of former Sen. W. Russell Arrington. Carlson was instrumental in changing the lottery law to allow the DAILY GAME, which resulted in a projected doubling of lottery sales in 1981, from $98,365,471 last year to $214,000,000 this year.
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Scriven and Bresnahan to Toll Highway Authority
Charles W. Scriven, Dixon, and Timothy J. Bresnahan, Glenview, as directors of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority, by the governor effective in June. Scriven, advertising director of the Dixon Evening Telegraph, replaces Bob Hultgren, Rochelle; Bresnahan, business manager of Local 134 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, replaces Thomas Meagher, Hinsdale. The governor also reappointed Myron F. Weil, Chicago, as chairman of the authority, and Daniel R. Fusco, Willmette, and Dennis F. Voss, Northbrook, as directors. Weil is a special representative and member of the board of directors of the Crown Cork and Seal Company; Fusco is an attorney with Rock, Fusco, Reynolds and Heneghan; and Voss is chairman of the board of Parkway Bank and Trust of Harwood Heights. All terms end in May 1985; the appointments require Senate approval.
Gib Fricke, Petersburg, as executive director of the Illinois Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, by U.S. Agriculture Secretary John Block effective July 1. Fricke, superintendent of the division of markets for the Illinois Department of Agriculture since 1977, is past president of the Illinois Pork Producers Association and was a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau board from 1964 to 1976.
David Fields, Springfield, as assistant press secretary to the governor, by the governor effective July 13. Previously, Fields had been a reporter and editor for United Press International in Washington and Chicago, and, most recently, UPI's bureau manager in Springfield.
John Rowley, Springfield, as assistant director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, by the governor effective July 6. For the past seven years Rowley has been executive director of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in Whiteside County. He replaces Raymond Lett, New Berlin, who resigned to become chief of staff under U.S. Agriculture Secretary John Block. Senate approval is required for the appointment.
Randy Blankhorn, Springfield, as an administrative assistant in the personnel department of the Secretary of State's Office, by department director Christopher Mariades effective in May. The newly created job will pay $1,347 per month.
William Gillespie, Springfield, as administrator of the Department of Children and Family Services' central Illinois division, by department director Gregory Coler effective in June. Previously Gillespie was an assistant director of the juvenile division of the Department of Corrections.
Elected to one-year terms of office at the annual convention of the Illinois Community Colleges Trustees Association June 13 were: president, Francis T. Cole, Wheaton, College of DuPage; vice president, Sheilah A. Dye, Macomb, Spoon River College; treasurer, Robert W. Anderson, Markham, Thornton Community College; secretary, Richard J. Doyle, Danville, Danville Area Community College. In addition, the association named Sen. Forest D. Etheredge (R., Aurora) an honorary member for his commitment to education and the community college system. Etheredge is former president of Waubonsee Community College.
Kathy A. Lydon, Chicago, as press secretary in the Washington office of Sen. Charles H. Percy, effective in June. Formerly a public affairs specialist for Baxter Travenol Laboratories in Deerfield, Lydon was assistant press secretary for Percy during his 1978 reelection campaign.
Carol A. Dart, Springfield, as legislative liaison for the Chemical Industries Council of the Midwest, by council president Paul Hoffman, effective in June. Dart is also executive director of the Illinois Society of Association Executives and a member of the American Society of Association Executives.
Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander and Robert B. Hawkins Jr., Loomis, Calif., to the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, by President Ronald Reagan effective in June. Gov. Alexander will serve as vice chairman of the commission, and Hawkins, president of Sequoia Institute, a Sacramento-based nonprofit research corporation, will fill one of
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three private slots. The 26-member commission monitors federal, state and local government relations and makes recommendations for improvements.
Steve Culen, Chicago, was elected vice president of the state AFL-CIO at a meeting of the organization's executive board June 2. Culen is executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employee's (AFSCME) Council 31, which encompasses all of Illinois. He is also an international vice president of AFSCME.
Maryo Ewell, Chicago, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the National Assembly of Community Arts Agencies. Ewell, community arts development director of the Illinois Arts Council, has served on various community development boards in Connecticut, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Illinois, and is the author of several articles on grassroots arts development.
Trade & Investment
Judy King, Chicago, is Sen. Alan J. Dixon's appointee as a member of the Committee on Trade and Investment Missions. King, who served as mayor of DeKalb from 1977 to 1981, is special assistant to Dixon in his Chicago office. The committee's purpose is to arrange and host foreign trade and investment delegations interested in making contacts with Illinois companies.
Senate President Philip J. Rock (D., Chicago) was named legislator of the year by the Child Care Association of Illinois at its quarterly meeting June 10 in Springfield. Rock was named because he has "consistantly sponsored and worked for adequate funding for child welfare programs. . ." during his 10 years in the Senate, according to Joe Jenkins, president of the association.
A coalition of not-for-profit child welfare agencies and concerned citizens, the association is devoted to improving the quality of social services for Illinois children.
Jack A. Simon, Urbana, was awarded an honorary degree of doctor of science by Northwestern University at its 123rd commencement exercises June 13. Simon, who is chief of the Illinois State Geological Survey, is also a professor in the department of metallurgy and mining engineering and the department of geology at the University of Illinois. He has served on numerous advisory committees on coal, energy and geology, and is the author of some 25 publications on coal resources and energy.
Lydia Falconnier of Belleville, Georgie Boge of Bloomington, Katie Coleman Sherrard and Michael Buckley, of Sterling were awarded parchment certificates and $50 cash prizes as "Illinois Student Historians of the Year" at the 33rd annual award day of the Illinois State Historical Society held May 20 at Sangamon State University. Vincent F. Torigian, Belleville, a teacher at Belleville High School, also won a cash award and a silver tray for service to the Historical Society's school program over the past nine years. The awards were based on articles written by the students and published in Illinois History A magazine for young people, during the 1980-1981 school year.
A chemical waste exchange program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale won second place and a cash prize of $7,591 in the sixth annual Cost Reduction Incentive Awards Program, sponsored jointly by the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the U.S. Steel Foundation. The chemical waste program, which involves the exchange of a wide variety of chemicals from one campus department to another, saved the school $6,000 in 1980. It was begun in 1977 as part of the school's development of a comprehensive hazardous waste program.