Franzen new RTA chairman
Calling him "an unparalleled candidate" for the post. Gov. James R. Thompson tapped long-time ally Gayle M. Franzen as chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in February. Franzen, who has held several posts in the Thompson administration, replaced Samuel Skinner, the new U.S. secretary of transportation.
Since 1984 Franzen has worked in the private sector, first as managing director of L.F. Rothschild & Company Inc. In I987 he moved to his current post of senior vice president at Donaldson. Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation where he handles the company's midwestern municipal finance business.
In the Thompson administration, Franzen served a stint as director of the Department of Corrections from 1978-81. Then, from 1981-84, he held the executive director's post with the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.
His appointment as RTA chairman requires confirmation by the Senate. The term ends July 1, when the power to select the chairman will be assumed by the 12-member board of directors. A Wheaton resident, Franzen will earn $25,000 annually for the part-time post.
Marlin moves into top spot at Pollution Control Board
John Marlin of Urbana is the new chairman of the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB). The appointment, made by Gov. James R. Thompson in mid-November, does not require Senate confirmation.
Marlin, a member of the IPCB since 1983, replaces Jacob Dumelle, who resigned after serving 15 years as chairman. Dumelle of Oak Park is the last original member of the IPCB board, which was created in 1970.
Marlin has a doctorate degree in entomology and served as executive director of the Central States Resource Center (formerly the Coalition on American Rivers) from 1972 to 1983. He has also been a researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Illinois.
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New task force and center highlight high-tech development in Illinois
In attempt to build on momentum gained during Illinois' efforts to win the superconducting super collider (SSC), Gov. Thompson formed a new task force of key leaders in science, business and education to help attract other technology-related economic development to the state.
Task force members selected to carry out the ambitious goal of bringing in more jobs at a faster rate and lower cost than would have been generated by the SSC include Karl D. Bays, chairman and chief executive officer of IC Industries Inc.; Leon Lederman, director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; Robert H. Malott, board chairman and CEO of FMC Corporation; Walter E. Massey, vice president for research at the University of Chicago and vice president of Argonne National Laboratory; Richard M. Morrow, chairman and CEO of Amoco Corporation; Donald S. Perkins, former chairman of Jewel Companies Inc. and chairman of SSC for Illinois; and Arnold R. Weber, president of Northwestern University. Jeffrey C. Miller, the governors chief of staff, will serve as liaison to the task force.
The task force's job was made slightly easier by the December 5 announcement by the National Science Foundation that Illinois had been chosen as the site of the nation's only Science and Technology Center for High Temperature Superconductivity. A federal grant of from $20 million to $25 million is expected to fund the center, which will be located at the Universtiy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A consortium of talent from the University of Illinois, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory will conduct research at the center.
The National Science Foundation also selected Northwestern University as the site for new research into cement-based materials. Basic properties and design principles will be studied with an eye toward developing new materials. Northwestern accepted a five-year cooperative agreement with a provision for up to $1.75 million in funding during the first year.
Boards and commissions
A series of appointments and reappointments to Illinois boards and commissions were announced by Gov. Thompson in December. Unless otherwise noted, the appointments require Senate confirmation and pay expenses only.
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The Illinois Supreme Court recently announced the following appointments, assignments and resignations.
Illinois Judicial Conference
Illinois Appellate Court
• Reappointed to the Illinois Courts Commission by the Appellate Court: Francis S. Lorenz (1st District) and Allan Stouder (3rd District) as members; Frederick S. Green (4th District) and David Linn (1st District) as alternate members. Established by the Illinois Constitution, the five-member Illinois Courts Commission disciplines judges. The Supreme Court appoints the other three members: the chairman from its membership (Justice Ben Miller is the chair) and two members from the circuit court.
1st District Appellate Court
2nd District Appellate Court
3rd District Appellate Court
4th District Appellate Court
Cook County Circuit Court
6th Judicial Circuit
7th Judicial Circuit
11th Judicial Circuit
12th Judicial Circuit
16th Judicial Circuit
20th Judicial Circuit
21st Judicial Circuit
Schulze reelected IMA board chairman
Erwin E. Schulze, president and CEO of Ceco Corp. in Oak Brook, was reelected chairman of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA) at the group's annual meeting. A member since 1982, he was first elected chairman in 1987. The statewide industrial organization is the oldest and largest of its kind in the country.
Other reelected board officers include Barry L. MacLean, president of MacLean-Fogg Co. in Mundelein, as vice chairman, and Clifford W. Berglund, chairman and CEO of Plainfield Stamping-Illinois in Plainfield, as treasurer.
The IMA membership also chose 16 manufacturing executives to serve on the 36-member board of directors. Eight were incumbents and eight are new to the board. Directors serve staggered terms. Six additional board members were appointed by Schulze to serve one-year terms.
Illinois Farm Bureau elects leaders, backs tax increase at annual meeting
The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) renewed its call for an increase in the state income tax and reelected its top leaders during its 74th annual meeting in December.
Calling for less future reliance on property taxes to fund public schools, the bureau's 420 delegates reaffirmed their commitment to the IFB coalition building effort that began in February 1988. Known as "CHIEF," or Changing How Illinois Education is Financed, the coalition has grown to include more than 430 local organizations in 71 counties.
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A specific legislative platform for the coalition was approved by IFB's 18-member board last June. It calls for an increase in the individual income tax from 2.5 to 3.5 percent and in the corporate rate from 4 to 5.6 percent. Of the new revenue generated by such an increase, the bureau proposes that $560 million be used to reduce property tax rates for education. Supporters of the plan estimate that it could mean $840 million in new funding for education.
Reelected to their sixth one-year terms were IFB president John White Jr. of Elburn and vice president Kendall Cole of Virden. New IFB board members include Eugene Barkley of Paris, Ralph Freebairn of Ottawa and William Klein of Flora. Reelected to the board were William Kelch of Clifton, Rollie Moore of Oneida, Howard Mueller of Millstadt, Darell Sarff of Chandlerville and Ronald Sluiter of Freeport. Also elected to the board was Allan McCabe of Creal Springs, who had served since November as an appointed member.
Four journalists honored for AIDS reporting
Four Illinois journalists received awards for excellence in reporting on acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The winners, named by the Illinois Department of Public Health and Abbott Laboratories, received $1,000, donated by Abbott.
Reporter Pat Harvey and producer Peter Treistman of WGN-TV in Chicago were recognized for a program and three news packages that provided a comprehensive exploration of the disease. Harvey and Triestman were complimented by the award program's judges (faculty members from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism) for humanizing the disease and its victims through a wide range of well-informed sources.
Chicago Tribune West Coast correspondent John Crewdson won for his series on the history of AIDS, and Amy Ragsdale, a reporter with the Decatur Herald and Review, was honored for an ongoing journal kept by "Jacob," a local man with AIDS.
Reporters receiving honorable mentions were Charlotte Bercaw of the Aurora Beacon-News, Eduardo Arruza with Chicago's WCIU-TV and independent television producer Pamela Marshall.
Teutopolis teen wins Parents Too Soon competition
As winner of the Parents Too Soon (PTS) "Rock 'n Romance Songwriting Contest Volume III" competition, a song written by Connie Myers, 16, of Teutopolis was professionally recorded and will be distributed to more than 100 Illinois radio stations that supported the project.
Myers' entry. "You Said You'd Love Me Forever," was judged the best over 11 other finalists from throughout the state. In all, PTS received 275 entries. The contest asks Illinois teens to write lyrics to a song or rap that will get their peers thinking about the consequences of engaging in sexual activity to early. "I wanted to reach other teenagers without sounding like I was preaching." Myers said. "Teen pregnancy is a real problem and teens have to be reminded that it is okay to wait.
Ashbys runners-up in U.S. tree farmer competition
Pope County tree farmers Lee and Joyce Ashby have been named runners-up in the American Forest Council's (AFC) 1988 Outstanding Tree Farmer of America competition, the first time an Illinois tree farm operator has progressed to that level of the contest. The Ashbys' 350-acre Pine Meadow Farm is about three miles north and one and one-half miles east of Dixon Springs. To move into contention for national honors, the Ashbys in 1987 earned the Illinois title of "Outstanding Tree Farmers" in a field of 825 competitors and last May won the 12-state North Central Region competition. The regional win was the first for an Illinois tree farmer, according to Department of Conservation forester Dan Schmoker, who is administrator of the agency's Forest Management Program.
• Susan Mogerman took over as deputy director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in February. She will serve as the agency's legislative liaison; work will both public and private professional organizations in interpreting agency programs and objectives; and assume responsibility for policy planning, direction, supervision and evaluation of major programs. Mogerman, who was Gov. Thompson's media coordinator during his 1982 gubernatorial campaign, most recently served as his assistant press secretary
• Dan Williams was named deputy director of the Office of the State Fire Marshall, effective December 1. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency's five divisions: arson investigation; boiler and pressure vessel safety; fire prevention; personnel standards and education; and petroleum and chemical safety.
Since 1975, Williams has worked closely with fire services and managed various state and federal programs while serving in both the executive and legislative branches of state government. Most recently, he was program manager of the Illinois Department of Transportation's hazardous materials section. He currently serves as emergency response liaison to the
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U.S. Department of Transportation's Cooperative Hazardous Materials Enforcement Development organization.
• Wayne Carroll is the new information systems administrator for the Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. He oversees the agency's systems development, computer operations and data control. Carroll previously was an information systems executive at the Department of Corrections for eight years. From 1974-1980 he was a data processing analyst for the Department of Revenue.
• Recently appointed to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (formerly called the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago) was Thomas J. Walsh of LaGrange Park. A public relations director at Binks Manufacturing Company, he replaced Aurelia Pucinski, who was elected Cook County clerk last November. A government separate from the city and county, the 100-year-old district is run by an elected board. Walsh's term ends December 4, 1990.
• DeKalb County Clerk Terry Desmond was elected president of the Illinois County Officials' Association (ICOA) at the annual convention in Chicago. An ICOA board member for the past five years, he has been DeKalb county clerk since 1978. The 2,000-member state association is made up of the elected and appointed officials in Illinois' 102 counties. It was created in 1936 to promote uniform procedures and ethical standards in county government.
• The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) named Paul Booth, Illinois' international union area director since 1982, to head its field services department, effective January 1. Booth joined AFSCME in 1974 and worked on union organization of state employees. He later served as associate director of Illinois Council 31.
• The Rockford Institute board of directors has elected Clyde Sluhan as chairman and William Nelson as vice chairman. Sluhan, president of the Master Chemical Corporation in Perrysburg, Ohio, joined the board in 1980 and became vice chairman in 1986. Nelson, former board chairman at CLARCOR in Rockford, was Rockford Magazine's choice for "Businessman of the Year" in 1987. The Rockford Institute, founded in 1976, works to influence the moral and political forces that shape cultural trends and public issues through research, publications and conferences.
Cortes, Willard in U.S. Senate Youth Program
Illinois' high school student delegates to the 1989 U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C., were Steven Cortes of Park Forest, junior class president at Marion Catholic High School, and Terri Willard of Lake Zurich, a member of the inaugural class at the Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy and student council treasurer. The delegates were selected by state education Supt. Ted Sanders and officially appointed by U.S. Sens. Alan J. Dixon and Paul Simon.
Cortes and Willard spent January 28 through February 4 in the nation's capital along with the other high school delegates closely observing federal government operations, particularly the workings of the U.S. Senate. Each delegate was awarded a $2,000 college scholarship to study American government and related subjects. The scholarships and delegate program were made possible through grants from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.
UI historian honored by Spanish government
King Juan Carlos of Spain reached deep into the heartland of America for the recipient of one of his country's highest honors. N. Geoffrey Parker, a University of Illinois historian of 16th- and 17th-century Spain, was invested in January as Comendador (Commander) of the Order of Isabella the Catholic. Parker, a British subject, is recognized as the foremost authority on the Spanish Armada, the ill-fated fleet that sailed to defeat and destruction in 1588 against an English force half its size. The investment ceremony occurred at Spain's embassy in London, England. Established in 1815, the award recognizes outstanding work in expanding the Spanish culture.
Parker is the author of eight books, including The Spanish Armada and The Military Revolution.
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He is the Charles E. Nowell Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Illinois and a fellow of the British Academy and the Spanish Royal Academy of History.
• Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills and its new Center for Contemporary Technology received a special award from the Association of Energy Engineers at the annual Energy Awards Banquet at the college on October 27. The award, which is given to people and institutions who make a positive contribution to energy conservation, recognized the new facility for its energy efficient design.
• Whiteside County farmer Tim Keller, his wife Carolyn and their daughters Kirsten and Laura are the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts Governor's Conservation Farm Family for 1988. Selected for their ongoing commitment to farm conservation measures and community service, the family from Sterling was chosen from 11 families across the state. The Kellers also received the National Endowment of Soil and Water Conservation-Illinois award from the association.
Sargent to leave Illinois Municipal League after 35 years
Steven Sargent, executive director of the Illinois Municipal League since February 1954, will retire in December 1989. As the major accomplishment of his tenure, Sargent cites the league's role in helping municipal governments become effective and powerful entities during a period of rapid growth in that form of government. The outgoing executive has made no definite post-retirement plans.
Springfield attorney censured by high court
Springfield attorney George Kenney was censured in August 1988 by the Illinois Supreme Court for his alleged simulation of a sex act with a nude woman at an American Business Club meeting. The court's action stems from an incident that occurred on June 4, 1987, in a Springfield restaurant. The woman was hired by the attorney's friends to perform for his 50th birthday, according to a nine-page stipulation submitted to a disciplinary commission hearing board by the administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and Kenney.
Censure is the mildest discipline the court may impose and creates no restrictions on the attorney's law license. But any further acts of misconduct may cause the court to consider the censuring in the disciplinary process.□
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