Edgar announces top spots on his transition team
Saying that "it will have a major bearing on the success of [his] administration," Gov.-elect Jim Edgar announced key members of his transition team in late November. The team, which comprises 47 members representing the state's professional, ethnic and regional diversity, is helping Edgar develop his governing agenda and is recommending individuals for top management spots in executive agencies.
Paula Wolff is directing Edgar's transition efforts. Wolff went from heading a 1976 panel on state government reorganization set up by gubernatorial candidates James R. Thompson and Michael J. Hewlett Sr. to directing program and policy development for the new Gov. Thompson, a post she held throughout Thompson's administration. The former teacher joined state government in 1969 as a member of Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie's budget bureau. She served as the governor's liaison at the Constitutional Convention in 1970 and later worked on reorganizing his staff. She left government for four years at the end of Ogilvie's term to complete her doctorate and teach. (An in-depth profile of Wolff appeared in Illinois Issues, June 1990, pp. 11-13.)
Edgar's honorary chairman is former Gov. William G. Stratton. Cochairpersons include Stanley O. Ikenberry, president of the University of Illinois; Nancy B. Jefferson, a community activist from Chicago's west side and chief executive officer of the Midwest Community Council; Lt. Gov.-elect Bob Kustra; and William L. Weiss, chairman and chief executive officer of Ameritech. Arnold Kanter,a partner in Chicago's Altheimer & Gray law firm, is the team's legal counsel. Edgar's other team members are listed in the box on this page.
Edgar's first staff appointment was Mike Lawrence on November 19. Lawrence will be the new governor's press secretary. He had served Edgar in the same capacity in the secretary of state's office since September 1987. Lawrence had been on leave for the last seven months to work on Edgar's campaign. Prior to going to work for Edgar, Lawrence spent a year as Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times. For the previous two decades he was associated with Lee Enterprises, first with one of its newspapers — the Quad-City Times — and later as its Statehouse bureau chief.
Boards and commissions
Outgoing Gov. James R. Thompson made some of his final appointments and reappointments to boards and commissions in October. All of the following were effective immediately, require Senate confirmation and pay expenses only, unless otherwise indicated.
Coal Development Board: New appointee Carolyn Ehler of Milan, a government affairs representative with Moline's Deere and Co., replaced Wilbur Dodge. Ehler's term on the
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11-member board expires July 1, 1993. The board develops an annual research agenda aimed at increasing the use of the state's high-sulfur coal resources.
Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission: New members include 11th Judicial Circuit Associate Judge Ronald C. Dozier of Bloomington, replacing Bruce Hansen, and Darrell McGibany of Alton, associate director of the Madison County Probation and Court Services Department in Edwardsville, replacing Velma Wilson. Michael J. Mahoney of Chicago, executive director of the John Howard Association, was reappointed. All three terms expire February 1, 1993. Senate confirmation is not required. The 25-member commission develops the state's juvenile justice plan in accordance with the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, determines spending priorities for federal funds received pursuant to the act and advises the governor and the General Assembly concerning juvenile justice matters in Illinois.
Bakalis leaves Loyola for Triton
The board of trustees at River Forest's Triton College named a new president in late October whom they hope will end the contentiousness that has been a hallmark of governance at the two-year public college. Educator/politician Michael J. Bakalis took over the top post at Triton, one of the nation's largest community colleges, on December 1. He replaced James Catanzaro, who resigned last June after the school's accreditation with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was placed on probation because of continuing disputes between the trustees and Catanzaro's administration.
Bakalis came to Triton from Loyola University where he was a professor of education. He had served as dean of the university's School of Education from 1985-1988. His prior political and educational posts include serving as the state's last elected superintendent of public instruction (1971-75) and as state comptroller (1977-79). In 1978 Bakalis unsuccessfully challenged Gov. James R. Thompson for the state's top executive spot. President Carter tapped Bakalis to serve as deputy under-secretary in the U.S. Department of Education in 1980.
Best known for its vocational training programs, Triton College serves nearly two dozen western suburbs and has an enrollment of 20,000 students. Its fifth president, Bakalis will be paid $103,000 annually.
DePaul law school launches human rights institute
"The time has come to begin to put international human rights law on the map in the Midwest,'' according to John C. Roberts of DePaul University's College of Law. The law school announced in late October that it was establishing the International Human Rights Law Institute, with funding from the Patrick and Anna M. Cudahy Foundation.
Under the leadership of its chairman, U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard D. Cudahy, and its president, DePaul law professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, the institute intends to blend practical technical assistance and training with academic research and educational programs "to build an informed constituency for international human rights in America's heartland." Douglass W. Cassel Jr., general counsel for Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, is initially serving part-time as the institute's executive director.
The institute's board is comprised of Depaul law faculty and representatives from the public and private sectors. Members include George Burditt, senior partner in the Chicago-based Burditt Bowles & Radzius Chartered law firm; Leonard L. Cavise, a DePaul law professor specializing in criminal law and deputy secertary general of the International Association of Penal Law; Debra M. Evenson, DePaul law professor, president of the National Lawyers Guild and a leading scholar on Cuban law and human rights issues in that country; Joan Hall, a partner with Chicago's Jenner & Block; Barry Kellnian. a DePaul law professor specializing in international security, military accountability and environmental law; Philip Klutznick, former U.S. commerce secretary and prominent Chicago businessman; Marlene Arnold Nicholson, DePaul law professor and a leading scholar in campaign finance regulation and the legal aspects of democratic elections; Bruce Ottley, associate law dean and expert on Asian and comparative law; Raymond Romero, an attorney with George Munoz & Associates and former regional counsel for the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund; Jeffrey Shaman, DePaul law professor and president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois: and Timothy W. Wright III, of
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counsel to Chicago's Sachnoff & Weaver Ltd. and former economic development commissioner for the city of Chicago. Cassel and Roberts are ex officio members of the institute. If you would like more information about the institute and its activities, contact Cassel at (312) 641-5570.
Woods names new trustee
Sydney D. Beane of Lincoln, Neb., was elected to the six member board of trustees of the Woods Charitable Fund, a private grantmaking foundation operating in Lincoln and in Chicago, in late October. The execitive director of Indian Center Inc. since 1983, Beane filled the vacancy created by the death of Thomas C. Woods Jr, in December 1989. Members may serve a minium of five one-year terms on the board.
Beane has been active in a number of local, state and national organizations, including, in Chicago, the Ford Foundation-funded American Indians United and the Robert and Kay Levin Family Foundation and, in Arizona, Southwestern Development Inc. and the Phoenix Indian Center. He is president of the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition and past president of the National American Indian Council. A board member of the Center for Community in Washington, D.C., Beane also serves on the U.S. Department of Labor's Native American Advisory Committee. He is member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe of South Dakota.
It is expected that Beane's election will expand the foundation's perspective in distributing grant money, according to the fund's president, Lucia Woods Lindley. During 1989, the fund contibuted $2.3 million to a number of non-profit organizations.
Established in 1941, the Woods Charitable Fund supports the arts and humanities and a range of service and educational programs. In Lincoln, the grant program concentrates on programs serving children, youth and families, education and the arts. In Chicago, the fund's focus is on community organizing and diverse public policy, civic and advocacy projects.
• Kurt Freedlund was appointed chief transportation counsel for the Illinois Commerce Commission (IICC), effective October 16, by the commission's executive director, Steven E.. Wermcrantz. Freedlund had been a hearing examiner in the division since 1989.
Before joining the IICC, Freedlund spent three years practicing real estate law with Gottlieb & Schwartz and four years as an associate with Greenberg, Keele, Lunn and Aronberg. Both firms are in Chicago.
• Illinois' new state agriculture statistician is Gerald "Jerry" L. Clampet. He took over the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) post from Fred Barrett on November 19. Clampet now administers Illinois' federal-state cooperative ag statistics program, which collects data from thousands of farmers and a number of agricultural firms around the state. The data are used to prepare national, state and county estimates of crops, livestock, prices and other information related to agriculture.
An Illinois native, Clampet has been with USDA for 27 years. Most recently director of the agency's program support staff in Washington, D.C., he is a past officer of the Agricultural Statistics Board.
Barrett is now director of the USDA's state statistical division in Washington, D.C. He had been Illinois' ag statistician since June 1982, when he came here from Texas. A native of North Carolina, he has been with the federal ag agency for nearly 28 years.
• Joel M. Asprooth of Evanston is the new vice president for business and finance at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. The appointment was made by IIT president Lewis Collens in October, effective November 19. Asprooth replaced Jack J. Kelly, who had resigned to pursue other business interests.
Asprooth had been Evanston city manager since 1982. In that position he was responsible for a $77 million operating budget, a $117 million five-year capital program and 850 employees. At IIT he will oversee a budget of more than $200 million and 3,500 employees.
Toll authority chairman dies
Myron F. Weil, chairman of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority since 1977, died November 7 in Chicago. He was 85. Weil spent nearly his entire life in the bottling business and at the time of his death was chairman and chief executive officer of the Royal Crown Bottling Co. Gov. Thompson called him "the father of the modern toll road in Illinois" and "the man for whom the word 'gentleman' was invented. He was a gentle man full of kindness, humor, hard work and a zest for life and people."
Frank Gesualdo of Northfield, a member of the authority since 1982, is serving as acting chairman.
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First inductees to legislative internship hall of fame
Eleven former legislative interns — including Gov.-elect Jim Edgar — were inducted into the newly created Samuel K. Gove Illinois Legislative Internship Hall of Fame on November 14 in Springfield.
Conceived by Illinois Issues' board in May 1989, the hall of fame awards have a multiple purpose, according to board chairman Michael H. Hudson. They recognize exemplary public service, underscore the strong cooperation between Sangamon State University and the University of Illinois and, finally, honor Sam Gove, a central figure in the internship program's history. "Sam Gove was a leading force both in the founding of the magazine and during the formative years of the internship program," Illinois Issues publisher J. Michael Lennon said. "It is most appropriate that he be honored in this way."
The Illinois Legislative Internship Program was created in 1961 in response to the General Assembly's need for talented staff. Until then, the legislature operated without staff support. The new program would allow graduate students to pursue their studies and to conduct research while providing staff support to the General Assembly. Funding came from state appropriations to the Legislative Council (forerunner of today's Legislative Research Unit) and a Ford Foundation grant to the University of Illinois. UI coordinated the program until 1972 when Sangamon State University assumed that role.
Present to receive their awards were Wayne R. Anderson (Class of 1970-71), supervising judge of the Cook County Circuit Court's traffic court and a former deputy secretary of state under Jim Edgar (1981-84); 19th District U.S. Rep. Terry L. Bruce (Class of 1969-70) and a former state senator (D-54. Oiney. 1970-84); Richard J. Carlson (Class of 1966-67), president of Carlson. Knight, Kudrna Inc. in Chicago and former director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. (1981-88); Richard W. Carlson (Class of 1969-70). executive director of the Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan and former assistant director of the Department of Insurance (1981-89): James L. Fletcher (Class of 1968-69), capital partner of Winston & Strawn in Chicago and former deputy governor to Gov. James R. Thompson (1977-79); William G. Holland (Class of 1974-75), chief of the Illinois Senate's Democratic staff and a former director of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Commission's Washington, D.C., office (1980-83): Douglas N. Kane (Class of 1964-65), vice president of Environmental Planning and Economics in Springfield and a former state representative (D-50, Springfield, 1975-82); M. Veronica Lynch (Class of 1976-77), manager of government affairs for Waste Management Inc. of Oak Park and former director of research and appropriations for the speaker of the Illinois House
Photos by Roger McCredie
Sam Gove (third from left, back row) poses with inductees to the Internship Hall of Fame named in his honor. Hall of famers include, from right, in back row. Rep. Paul L. Williams, Richard W. Carlson, U.S. Rep. Terry L. Bruce, James L. Fletcher and Richard J. Carlson. In front, from right, are Alan D. Grosboll (accepting for Gov.-elect Jim Edgar), William G. Holland, M. Veronica Lynch, Sylvia Davis Thompson, Douglas N. Kane and Wayne R. Anderson.
Gov. Thompson and Sam Gove
(1982-90); Sylvia Davis Thompson (Class of 1969-70), legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon (D, 111.) in Washington, D.C., and a former legislative staff assistant for the Illinois Senate (1971-77); and state Rep. Paul L. Williams (D-24. Chicago) (Class of 1975-76), an attorney with Vaughn and Williams. Gov.-elect Edgar (Class of 1968-69). secretary of state since 1981 and a former state representative (R-53, Charleston, 1977-81), was unable to attend the awards luncheon. His award was accepted by Alan D. Grosboll (Class of 1973-74), deputy secretary of state.
The honorees were chosen by a 10-member selection committee from among the 260 interns who went through the program between 1961 and 1981. To be considered for the hall of fame. interns must have completed the program at least 10 years before and exhibited exemplary public service.
The selection committee included former state Rep. Eugenia S. Chapman (D-3, Chicago, 1965-83); William L. Day, former director of the Legislative Council and editor emeritus of Illinois Issues: Caroline Gherardini, editor of Illinois Issues; William C. Harris, recently retired commissioner of banks and trust companies and former GOP state representative (1955-61) and senator (1961-77); Illinois Issues board chairman Hudson, vice president of public affairs for Illinois Tool Works Inc.; Illinois Issues publisher Lennon, director of Sangamon State University's Institute for Public Affairs: Patrick D. O'Grady, executive director of the Legislative Research Unit, which sponsors the internship program; Kent Redfield, director of the internship program at Sangamon State: Robert F. Rich, director of the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs;
and Charles N. Wheeler III, legislative correspondent for. the Chicago Sun-Times. Patricia J. Burtle-McCredie
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