Thompson, Hartigan join Chicago law firms
Illinois' longest serving governor, Republican James R. Thompson, and the Democrat who sought to succeed him, former Atty. Gen. Neil F. Hartigan, joined Chicago law firms in January.
Thompson is a partner and executive committee chairman at Winston & Strawn, where he worked a year before becoming governor in 1977. Now, his efforts will be aimed at expanding both the firm's domestic and international practice. Two of Thompson's assistants while he was governor also joined Winston & Strawn: Barbara Bond, Thompson's executive assistant in Chicago, and Thomas V. Skinner, his special assistant for economic development. A number of former colleagues are at the firm, including a deputy governor (James Fletcher) and an Illinois Commerce Commission chairman (Michael Hasten). Another Thompson protege, former U.S. Atty. Dan K. Webb, is also with the firm.
Thompson, governor from 1977-91, was U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois (1971-75), first assistant for the district (1970-72) and a former assistant Illinois attorney general (1969-70). He is currently chairman of the President's Oversight Board, which investigates allegations of illegal activity by U.S. intelligence groups.
Hartigan is a partner with Gardner, Carton & Douglas where he will chair its public law practice group. The group will focus on public policy issues that affect the environment, health care, tax policy, corporate transactions and financial institutions.
Leaving state government to join the firm with Hartigan was Deputy Atty. Gen. Michael Hayes, who had served under three attorneys general over the past 16 years. He is vice chairman of the public law practice group.
Hartigan, Illinois attorney general for two terms (1983-91), also served as lieutenant governor under Gov. Dan Walker (1973-77). From 1976-82 Hartigan was senior vice president of the First National Bank of Chicago where he was in charge of international banking in the western hemisphere.
Martin, Madigan tapped for Bush cabinet
President George Bush's cabinet has taken on a distinctly Illinois cast. The number of Illinoisans serving as top presidential advisers rose to four in late January when President Bush nominated former U.S. Rep. Lynn Martin
(R-16, Loves Park, Ill.) to serve as his labor secretary and U.S. Rep. Edward Madigan (R-15, Lincoln, Ill.) as his secretary of agriculture. Already in the president's cabinet are fellow Illinoisans Sam Skinner, secretary of transportation, and Ed Derwinski, secretary of veterans affairs.
Martin, who lost the 1990 U.S. Senate race in Illinois to incumbent Sen. Paul Simon, was confirmed in the Senate by a 94-0 vote. She replaced Elizabeth Dole, who now heads the American Red Cross.
A member of the U.S. House since 1981, Martin was on the Armed Services and Budget committees (1981-86) and on the House Rules Committee (1989-90). The first Republican woman elected to a leadership position in the House, Martin was vice chairperson of the House Republican Conference for four years (1984-88).
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D, Mass.), chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, reportedly credited Martin with being "the first and only secretary of labor ever to be nominated by a president after having voted in Congress to override the president's veto on a critical labor issue." That issue was the family leave bill, which Martin supported. Martin also supported the 1990 Civil Rights Act, which President Bush vetoed.
Martin served briefly in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly: from 1977-79 in the House and from 1979-81 in the Senate.
Madigan, who was confirmed by a 99-0 vote in the Senate March 7, had served in the U.S. House since 1973. A member of the House Agriculture Committee for 16 of those 18 years, Madigan played an important role in shaping both the 1985 and 1990 farm bills. He is a strong advocate of free trade policy. He had served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee since 1973. A former taxi company owner, Madigan was a member of the Illinois House from 1966-72. As U.S. agriculture secretary, he will replace former Chicagoan Clayton Yeutter, who is now chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Madigan's appointment means Republicans can avoid a primary confrontation between Madigan and House Minority Leader Bob H. Michel (R-18, Peoria) whose districts may
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be combined during reapportionment. Illinois will lose two congressional seats before the 1992 election.
The Illinois Supreme Court has announced the following appointments, assignments and retirements/resignations:
Illinois Judicial Conference
• Appointed to the executive committee: as chairman, Alexander T. Bower of Ottawa, chief judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit; as vice chairman, Circuit Judge James C. Murray of Chicago, currently assigned to the 1st District Appellate Court; and as members, 5th District Appellate Judge Philip J. Rarick of Fairview Heights, 6th Judicial Circuit Judge John L. Davis of Decatur and Cook County Judicial Circuit Judge Charles J. Durham of Chicago. The 12-member committee is responsible for conducting the judicial conference, which studies the administration of justice in Illinois and recommends improvements.
Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board
• Appointed member: Cook County Judicial Circuit Judge Edward G. Finnegan of Niles to a term ending November 26, 1994. Finnegan is one of two circuit judges on the nine-member board that receives or initiates complaints against members of the judiciary, conducts investigations and files complaints with the Illinois Courts Commission.
Illinois Courts Commission
• Reappointed by the Illinois Appellate Court: 1st District Appellate Judge Francis S. Lorenz of Chicago and 3rd District Appellate Judge Allan Stouder of Kankakee as members. 1st District Appellate Judge David Linn of Chicago and 4th District Appellate Judge Frederick Green of Urbana were reappointed alternate members.
6th Judicial Circuit
• Appointed by circuit judges as associate judge: Ann A. Einhorn of Champaign, Champaign County public defender.
9th Judicial Circuit
• Appointed circuit judge: attorney William E. Holdridge of Farmington, effective January 3. He filled the vacancy created by the election of Kent Slater to the 3rd District Appellate Court.
10th Judicial Circuit
• Appointed circuit judge: Associate Judge Robert A. Barnes Jr. of Lacon, effective January 3. He filled the vacancy created by the election of Michael McCuskey to the 3rd District Appellate Court.
13th Judicial Circuit
• Resigned: Donald E. Norton of Ottawa, effective December 31, 1990. He had been a judicial officer since 1981.
14th Judicial Circuit
• Appointed by circuit judges as associate judge: Vicki R. Wright of Morrison, a former assistant state's attorney for Whiteside County.
16th Judicial Circuit
• Appointed by circuit judges as associate judge: Judith M. Brawka of Aurora, a former Kane County public defender, and attorney Wiley W. Edmondson of Elgin.
19th Judicial Circuit
• Resigned: Alvin I. Singer of Waukegan, effective December 16, 1990. He was a judicial officer from 1961-65 and since 1972.
Coffee joins SBE, leaves SSU
Richard J.Coffee, Sangamon State University's legal counsel since July 1989, moved to the State Board of Education (SBE) on December 3 to become chief legal adviser. "I'll be advising the superintendent and the board on legal issues," says Coffee, "and supervising a staff of 10 attorneys — four in Chicago, five in Springfield and one in Mount Vernon."
From 1984-89, Coffee served as legal counsel to the chancellor of the Board of Regents. Prior to that he was legal counsel to the Illinois State Employees Association and a staff attorney for the Illinois Department of Insurance.
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Illinois Farm Bureau discusses policy, elects officers
Soviet trade and the environment were the top issues discussed at the Illinois Farm Bureau's (IFB) 76th annual meeting in December. Delegates also elected top officers and 10 district directors.
Serving his eighth one-year term as IFB president is John White Jr. of Elburn. Enid Schlipf of Gridley was elected to a second term as vice president.
Reelected to two-year terms as directors were, in District 2, Ronald Sluiter of Freeport; in District 4, Ralph Freebairn of Ottawa; in District 6, William Kelch of Clifton; in District 8, Rollie Moore of Oneida; in District 10, Darell Sarff of Chandlerville; in District 12, Eugene Barkley of Paris; in District 14, William Klein Sr. of Flora; in District 16, Howard L. Mueller of Millstadt; and, in District 18, Allan McCabe of Creal Springs. Elected to fill a vacancy in District 3 caused by the retirement of Kyle Wagenecht was Roger Kiddoo of Joy.
On the issue of trade with the Soviet Union, the group sent a telegram to President George Bush asking that the U.S. extend credit to the U.S.S.R. to facilitate grain sales. Delegates also approved a policy resolution calling for "most favored nation" status for the Soviet Union.
On environmental issues, the IFB reiterated its support of new federal rules requiring farmers to keep records on ag chemical use and urged compliance by its members. Delegates also urged a greater reliance on incineration rather than landfilling for waste disposal, and they called for a one-year moratorium on the siting of new landfills. Under the new federal wetlands policy, the IPB promised to seek greater protection of land owners' private property rights. Delegates approved a new food safety policy and called for improved communication between agriculture and environmental groups and the nonfarm public.
On specific state issues, the IFB reaffirmed its stand on Illinois funding of public schools. It remains committed to CHIEF (Changing How Illinois Education is Financed), a proposal that calls for the state to fund public education more fully and to shift education financing from reliance on local property taxes to the state income tax.
School officials target student assessment, taxing authority
More than 10,000 people came together in mid-November in Chicago to discuss student assessment, taxing authority, the Open Meetings Act and other issues at the Joint Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Association of School Business Officials.
IASB delegates also reelected Nancy Elson of Canton to her second one-year term as president. Secretary of Canton's District 66 board of education in Fulton County, Elson served as the association's vice president from 1983-89. Reelected to a second term as vice president was Robert D. Reich of Bourbonnais, a member of the District 53 board of education in Kankakee County. Elected as directors-at-large were Jane Grahlmann of Rock Island District 41, Geraldine Long of Lombard District 44, Jeanelle Norman of Decatur District 61 and Rudy Wilson of Edwardsville Community District 7.
The IASB also presented awards. Receiving honorary lifetime memberships to the IASB for their outstanding service to local school boards were Stuart Andersen, professor emeritus of educational administration at Sangamon State University in Springfield and author of Successful School Board Meetings; Dorothy Groh of Marissa Community Unit District 40; and
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former state Rep. Gene Hoffman (R-40, Elmhurst), who served as public education's champion for 23 years in the Illinois General Assembly.
Receiving Golden Apple awards, the IASB biennial honor to legislators who have pressed the cause of education in the General Assembly, were Rep. Mary Lou Cowlishaw (R-41, Naperville), Sen. Forest D. Etheredge (R-21, Aurora), Sen. John W. Maitland Jr. (R-44, Bloomington), Rep. Helen F. Satterthwaite (D-103, Champaign) and Rep. Grace Mary Stern (D-58, Highland Park).
The association's Distinguished Service Award for 1990 went to the Chicago Tribune for its sponsorship of the All-State Academic Team, an annual event that recognizes outstanding Illinois high school scholars.
State chamber forms service center to assist small businesses
Citing small business's need for survival resources during strained economic times, Lester W. Brann Jr., president of the 6,000-member Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, announced the creation of the Small Business Service Center in December. At the same time, Brann announced the chamber is asking that Gov. Jim Edgar adopt pro-small business strategies, such as appointing small business ombudsmen in key state agencies.
"... [S]mall business enterprises . . . create more than 90 percent of the new jobs statewide," according to Brann, who believes that their contribution to the state's economic health should put them at the top of the Edgar administration's priority list. Brann says, "We will also be issuing special alerts on pending legislation and regulations which will impact on small business in 1991."
Meanwhile, the chamber's new small business center will offer cost-saving programs and services tailored to small business, including workshops on management and a telephone helpline to chamber staff who can provide quick responses to problems involving government.
The new center has a Small Business Advisory Council, made up of business people from around the state. More information on the center is available from James H. Beaumont at the chamber's Springfield office: 215 E. Adams, 62701; telephone (217) 522-5512.
Chicago Fed names officers, new directors
New chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is Charles S. McNeer, chairman and chief executive officer of Wisconsin Energy Corporation in Milwaukee. New deputy chairman is Richard G. Cline, chairman, president and chief executive officer of NICOR Inc. of Naperville. New board directors and officers were announced in December and January for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which serves the 7th Federal Reserve District encompassing most of Illinois and all or parts of Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin. The 12 federal regional reserve banks supervise and provide financial services to member banks and bank holding companies, monitor district economic conditions and participate in formulating national monetary policy.
McNeer, a Chicago Fed board member since 1986, served as deputy chairman last year. McNeer has been in the electric utilities industry since 1950, when he joined Wisconsin Electric. He was named chairman and chief executive officer of the utility in 1982 and retained the positions at its successor utility, Wisconsin Energy Corporation, which was created in 1987 by combining several utilities and nonutility subsidiaries.
Before joining NICOR in 1985, Cline was chairman, president and chief executive officer of Jewel Companies, where he spent 22 years.
New directors at the Chicago Fed, serving three-year terms, include David W. Fox, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Northern Trust Corp. of Chicago; Robert M. Healey, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor and Industrial Union Council; and A. Charlene Sullivan, associate professor of management at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Healey is one of three Class C directors appointed by the reserve system's board. Fox was elected by member banks as one of three Class A directors; Sullivan was elected by banks as one of three Class B directors. Both McNeer and Cline are Class C nonbanker directors.
The nine-member Chicago Fed board is structured so that the interests of both the public and the banking industry are represented. Class A directors (usually bankers) represent member commercial banks; Class B and Class C directors (nonbankers) represent such public interests as commerce, agriculture, industry, services, labor and consumers. Class A and Class B directors are elected by the district's member banks; Class C directors are appointed by the Federal Reserve System's board.
The Chicago Fed board also announced reappointment, effective January 1, of B. Kenneth West to the reserve system's Federal Advisory Council. With Harris Bankcorp Inc. and Harris Trust and Savings Bank since 1975, West has been chairman and chief executive of ficer since 1984. This is Harris' third one-year term on the 12-member council, which meets at least quarterly to discuss business and financial conditions and make recommendations to the system's Board of Governors.