Edgar appoints six to cabinet
Gov. Jim Edgar filled the last of his major cabinet posts in late March with five men and one woman. The six, who must be confirmed by the Senate, include:
At the Office of the Commissioner of Banks & Trust Companies: State Rep. Robert J. Piel (R-79, South Holland) replaced William Harris, who retired in December, as commissioner. Piel, a former executive with the First National Bank in Harvey (1968-77), had served in the Illinois House since 1979. He was the ranking Republican on the House Financial Institutions Committee. He resigned his House seat on April 1.
Edgar announced that Scott Miller of Springfield will be Piel's first deputy commissioner. Miller has been with the office since 1988.
At the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs: Jan M. Grayson of Chicago will direct this agency, which has been the target of criticism. Performance audits by the state's auditor general (in July 1989 and March 1991) charged that the agency and its programs have been mismanaged and misdirected.
Grayson, a former teacher, has 20 years of private sector management experience. He spent 16 years (1970-86) with Deloitte-Touche, a major accounting and business consulting firm based in Chicago, the final three as partner-in-charge of its small business consulting practice in Chicago. From 1986-88 he was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Charles A. Stevens & Co. Most recently he was a partner in the consulting firm Coopers & Lybrand.
At the Department of Conservation: Envinronmental biologist G. Brent Manning took over for Mark Frech. The McHenry resident comes to state government from Ducks Unlimited, one of the leading nonprofit private organizations in conservation, where he served most recently as director of field operations. Prior to that he was an environmental chemist for IC Industries in charge of the company's environmental wastewater testing laboratory and 11 field facilities.
Edgar also announced that John Comerio of Springfield would be the agency's deputy director. Comerio had previously directed the department's planning division.
At the Department of Corrections: According to Edgar administration estimates, the state's prison population will begin fiscal year 1992 at 147 percent of the system's capacity; by the end of the fiscal year, capacity is projected at 161 percent. New director under Edgar is Howard A. Peters III, the former warden at the Pontiac Correctional Center. In the corrections field for more than two decades, Peters' last 12 years have been with the agency he now heads. Beginning as superintendent of the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles in 1979, Peters has served as warden at three of the state's correctional centers: Sheridan, Centralia and Pontiac. He is the first African American to head this agency.
Peters' deputy director is Larry Mizell. A former warden of the Vienna Correctional Center, Mizell most recently had served as assistant to the department's deputy director of the adult division.
At the Emergency Services and Disaster Agency: Former state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-110, Collinsville), who was defeated last November in his bid for a fourth term in the General Assembly, took over the top spot at the state's emergency response agency. The co-owner of four pharmacies in southwestern Illinois, Stephens served on a number of House committees, including appropriations, human services, insurance, and registration and regulation.
At the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS): Audrey L. McCrimon of Chicago took over the post vacated by the former director, Phil Bradley, who was Edgar's choice to head the state's Department of Public Aid. McCrimon had been associate director of DORS since February 1990. Prior to that she was a deputy commissioner on disability for Chicago's Department on Aging and Disability.
More Edgar staff
Edgar's late February round of staff appointments included Mary Mills Dunea of Chicago, a former assistant to Edgar in the secretary of state's office, as assistant for special projects and liaison to the 42 consulates based in Chicago; Mary Ann Louderback of Gary, director of Gov. James R. Thompson's planning office since 1987 and wife of state Sen. Jack Schaffer (R-32, Crystal Lake), as executive assistant for education; Patricia Michalski, a former ethnic affairs adviser to Edgar when he was secretary of state and to Chicago Mayors Harold Washington and Eugene Sawyer, and Christine I. Takada, a former research planner with the Department of Financial Institutions and executive assistant for Japan Air Lines Co., both of Chicago, as assistants for ethnic affairs; and Terry Scrogum of Astoria, a senior aide to Edgar when he was secretary of state and a former external affairs manager for the Illinois Commerce Commission, as special assistant for public safety, historic preservation and the arts.
Gonet new executive director, Illinois Commerce Commission
Phillip M. Gonet of Springfield was the Illinois Commerce Commission's (I1CC) choice for executive director. He began his duties February 25. Gonet had most recently served three years as Gov. Thompson's deputy chief of staff.
Gonet has been in state government since 1975 when he went to work as an analyst in the governor's Bureau of the Budget. In 1978 he moved to the Illinois House where he directed GOP staff for the Appropriations Committee for five years. From 1983-87 he was director of fiscal affairs for the Board of Regents.
The I1CC regulates investor-owned utilities and intrastate transportation in Illinois.
Sweet goes to Capital Development Board
Roger D. Sweet of Springfield is the new executive director of the Capital Development Board (CDB). Sweet, Department of Revenue director under Gov. Thompson since 1987, was selected by the seven-member CDB board in February. Prior to serving as revenue director, he had worked for the Senate Republican staff since 1974. Sweet was Minority Leader James
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"Pate" Philip's (R-23, Wood Dale) chief of staff from 1981-87.
The CDB is a state agency that is responsible for overseeing all state-funded, nonroad construction and renovation.
Other boards and commissions
Edgar also made several appointments to various boards and commissions in February and March. Unless otherwise noted, all appointments require Senate confirmation.
• At the Illinois Industrial Commission: Robert Malooly of Morton Grove continues as chairman, a post he has held since March 1990. Prior to this Malooly spent more than 20 years with the Department of Employment Security (formerly a division within the Department of Labor). While there he suggested legislation to Congress that resulted in the enactment of the Small Business Unemployment Tax Act in 1984. As commission chairman, Malooly also serves as chairman of the Illinois Self-Insurance Advisory Board. He will serve a four-year term on the seven-member commission that administers the state's workers' compensation laws. As chairman, Malooly receives an annual salary of $65,835.
• At the State Labor Relations Board: Claire Manning of Williamsville was reappointed to a four-year term on the three-member board. A board member since 1984, Manning spent four years (1980-84) with the Department of Central Management Services, the last two years as the agency's chief labor relations counsel. An attorney, Manning has served two years on the board of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies and is currently the board's vice president. The State Labor Relations Board has jurisdiction over collective bargaining matters between employee organizations and the state, local units of government, school districts (with populations of less than one million) and the Regional Transportation Authority. Manning's annual salary is $54,862.
• At the Prisoner Review Board: Succeeding Paul J. Klincar was James K. Williams of Springfield. A former journalist with newspapers in Rockford and Danville, Williams has been involved in state government since 1973 when he served as press secretary to Illinois' first comptroller, George W. Lindberg. Williams joined the Thompson administration in 1977 as assistant press secretary, and in 1981 became one of Thompson's advisers. Williams will serve a six-year appointment on the 12-member board that reviews parole and executive clemency requests. His annual salary is $50,400.
• At the Illinois Racing Board: Richard Balog of St. Charles replaced Parrel Griffin on the nine-member board that regulates the state's thoroughbred and standardbred racing industry. An attorney, Balog has been a horse owner/trainer for 35 years. He is a past chairman of the Illinois Harness Horseman's Association's negotiating committee and a former member of the Governor's Joint Medication Race Horse Committee. Balog will serve a six-year term and receive per diem plus expenses.
Top education boards top spots to Quern and Mervis
Illinois' top two education boards — the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) — have new chairmen. The IBHE oversees post-secondary education in Illinois; the SBE governs elementary and secondary education.
On February 20 Gov.Edgar named Arthur F. Quern chairman of the IBHE. Quern has spent nearly eight years with Rollins Burdick Hunter Company, a multinational insurance firm based in Chicago, and is currently the company's chairman, president and chief executive officer. Prior to that he spent four years as Gov. Thompson's
chief of staff and director of government operations (1979-83). Quern also served as Thompson's first public aid director (1977-79). Prior to coming to Illinois, Quern spent two years (1975-77) as President Gerald Ford's deputy assistant for domestic affairs. He came to the White House after having spent more than five years as assistant to New York Gov. Nelson D. Rockefeller. At the IBHE Quern replaced William Browder, formerly of Wilmette, who retired in January after serving 16 years on the board, the last 12 as chairman. Quern's appointment to the six-year term requires Senate confirmation.
A day later (February 21) the SBE elected Danville business owner Louis Mervis as its chairman. He has been a member of the board since 1981 and currently chairs its legislative and finance committee. Mervis is a former member (1964-67) and president (1967-70) of the Danville School District 118 Board of Education. He is currently chairman of the Danville High School Advisory Committee. Mervis was also a member of Gov. Edgar's transition team where he served as chairman of its education subcommittee. Mervis owns a scrap metal processing business with operations in six Illinois cities and in Kokomo, Ind. He fills the remainder of Thomas Lay Burroughs' term which expires July 31. Burroughs died on January 21.
New Board of Regents members seated
The two newest members of the Board of Regents (BOR), which oversees Illinois State University in Normal, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and Sangamon State University in Springfield, are Joe B. Ebbesen of DeKalb and Carl E. Hasten of Carlinville. Ebbesen, a retired optometrist, was a Republican state representative from DeKalb from 1973-85. The NIU alumnus also served as mayor of DeKalb from 1965-69. Kasten, an alumnus of ISU, is a partner in the Carlinville law firm Phelps, Carmody, Kasten, Verticchio & Ruyle.
The men, who will serve six-year terms, were sworn in at the BOR's January 24 meeting. The appointments came as a result of legislation passed by the General Assembly last spring expanding membership on the board to include alumni representation from ISU and NIU. (An alumnus from SSU will be appointed when a vacancy occurs, or before January 1993, whichever comes first.) Ebbesen and Kasten were confirmed by the Senate in January; they bring the board's membership to 11.
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The Illinois Supreme Court recently announced the following appointments, assignments and resignations/retirements:
Illinois Courts Commission
• Named chairman: Supreme Court Justice Horace L. Calvo of Edwardsville succeeded Chief Justice Ben Miller.
Illinois Judicial Conference
• Appointed member of executive committee: Cook County Judicial Circuit Judge Aubrey F. Kaplan of Chicago.
Illinois Appellate Court
• Elected chairperson by the state's appellate judges: 1st District Appellate Judge Mary Ann G. McMorrow of Chicago. McMorrow also serves as chairperson of the 1st District's executive committee.
• Assigned as alternate members of the Industrial Commission Division: 1st District Appellate Judge Allen Hartman of Chicago and 3rd District Appellate Judge Allan L. Stouder of Kankakee.
1st District Appellate Court
• Appointed appellate judge: Michel A. Coccia of Chicago, effective January 23, to fill the vacancy created by the election of Appellate Judge Michael A. Bilandic to the Illinois Supreme Court. Coccia had planned to resign last December but was assigned by the high court to serve until June 30.
• Assigned to duty: Cook County Judicial Circuit Judge Alan J. Greiman of Chicago, effective January 23 to December 7, 1992. Greiman is a former Democratic state representative from Skokie (1973-87).
3rd District Appellate Court
• Assigned to duty: 12th Circuit Chief Judge Herman S. Haase of Joliet, effective January 24 to December 7, 1992.
Cook County Judicial Circuit
• Appointed circuit judge: Private attorneys James B. Klein of Glencoe and Richard R. Rochester of Northbrook, both effective February 14. Klein filled the vacancy created by the expiration of P.A. Sorrentino's term; Rochester fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Robert Sklodowski.
• Appointed by the circuit judges as associate judges: George M. Morrissey of Oak Lawn, an assistant Cook County public defender; Chicago attorney Paul J. Nealis; Joan M. Pucillo of Chicago, an attorney with the U.S. Merit System Protection Board; James J. Ryan of Chicago, assistant corporation counsel for the city of Chicago; and LaBrenda E. White of Chicago, an assistant Cook County state's attorney.
• Resigned: Circuit Judge Kenneth L. Gillis of Glencoe, effective March 5. A former officer and active member of the Illinois Judges Association, he had been a judicial officer since 1978.
7th Judicial Circuit
• Appointed by the circuit judges as associate judges: Robert J. Eggers and Theodis P. Lewis, both of Springfield. Eggers had been an assistant U.S. attorney for the central district of Illinois; Lewis was in private practice.
8th Judicial Circuit
• Appointed by the circuit judges as associate judge: Quincy attorney Loren E. Schnack. Schnack was an Adams County judge in the 1950s.
10th Judicial Circuit
• Selected chief judge by fellow circuit judges: Donald C. Courson of Peoria succeeded Robert Manning.
• Appointed by the circuit judges as associate judge: Stark County State's Atty. Stuart P Borden of Wyoming.
llth Judicial Circuit
• Selected chief judge by fellow circuit judges: Charles E. Glennon of Pontiac succeeded William Caisley.
12th Judicial Circuit
• Selected chief judge by fellow circuit judges: Edward F. Masters of Joliet succeeded Herman Haase.
13th Judicial Circuit
• Appointed by the circuit judges as associate judge: private attorney Cynthia M. Raccuglia of LaSalle.
16th Judicial Circuit
• Appointed by the circuit judges as associate judge: private attorney Richard J. Larson of Aurora.
• Resigned: Peter K. Wilson Jr. of Geneva, effective April 1. He had been a judicial officer since 1988.
17th Judicial Circuit
• Selected chief judge by fellow circuit judges: Harris H. Agnew of Rockford was reelected.
18th Judicial Circuit
• Appointed by the circuit judges as associate judge: Assistant DuPage County State's Atty. John T. Elsner of Lombard.
• Resigned: Kevin P. Connelly and Brian F. Telander, both of Wheaton. Connelly, whose resignation will be effective July 1, has been a judicial officer since 1976. Telander, a judicial officer since 1988, resigned March 31.
19th Judicial Circuit
• Appointed by the circuit judges as associate judge: Assistant Lake County State's Atty. James K. Booras of Waukegan.
20th Judicial Circuit
• Appointed by the circuit judges as associate judge: private attorney Annette A. Eckert of Belleville.
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Illinois Issues board
New members of the Illinois Issues board were announced in February. Michael Bruton, Bob Dixson and Roberta Lynch were jointly appointed to three-year terms on the board by University of Illinois President Stanley O. Ikenberry and Sangamon State University Acting President Wayne Penn. The three were recommended by a nominating committee comprised of current board members.
Bruton is secretary/treasurer of the Chicago Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, a post he has held since February 1987. Prior to that he served seven years as vice president of Local 134 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He served on the executive board of Local 134 from 1974-80. Bruton was appointed to a six-year term on the State Board of Education in 1985. He has been secretary since 1987 and is currently vice chairman of the board's Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. He is a lifelong resident of Chicago.
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• Former Cook County Assistant State's Atty. Ed McManus was tapped in March by Sue Suter, director of the Department of Children and Family Services, to serve as chief of the agency's Chicago communication office. The former Chicago Tribune reporter and editor had served the dual role of assistant state's attorney and press secretary for the Cook County state's attorney's office since August 1989.
McManus spent 15 years with the Tribune and served in a variety of posts, including Springfield correspondent, urban affairs editor, assistant metropolitan editor and assistant financial editor. While urban affairs editor, he wrote a series of articles exposing corruption at the Cook County Board of (tax) Appeals that led to the conviction on federal charges of 26 board officials, attorneys, accountants and others.
A contributing editor and columnist for Illinois Issues for 11 years, McManus received the Chicago Headline Club's Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism in 1988 for his magazine column.
• Dennis D. Spice was chosen by the 11-member board of trustees of the $3.9 billion State Universities Retirement System of Illinois (SURS) to serve as executive director, effective February 1. Spice has been with SURS for 11 years and has been associate executive director since 1987. He replaced Donald E. Hoffmeister who retired after 12 years.
• Barbara Hanson Dennis of Evanston is the new resource development specialist for the University of Illinois Cook County Cooperative Extension service (CES). She is in charge of fundraising for the extension's family health/well-being and youth development programs.
Dennis would like to show that the extension service can be as important to a metropolitan area as it has traditionally been in smaller and rural communities. "I'm looking forward to helping CES develop linkages with community groups and businesses," Dennis said. "It's a great opportunity to bring the problem solving skills of the university [of Illinois] right down to the neighborhood level and into the everyday lives of people in business or at home."
Dennis had been a legislative aide to state Sen. Arthur Berman (D-2, Chicago) since 1983 and vice president of D.C. Associates Inc., a family-owned consulting firm, since 1978. She was special projects manager for The Art Institute of Chicago from 1980-83, where she conducted employee training programs. Dennis is currently a part-time faculty member at Loyola's Institute of Industrial Relations.
The extension service in Cook County runs a number of programs aimed at young people and families, including an urban gardening program, 4H clubs, in-school science enhancement programs and nutrition classes for low-income families.
• Susan Masaracchia of Buffalo Grove was named public relations director for the 18,000-member Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) in February. She came to the ISMS from Highland Park Hospital where she served as a marketing communications/public relations specialist from 1986-91. Prior to 1986, she was a free-lance writer and a high school teacher.
1991 Golden Apple Awards go to 10 Chicago-area teachers
Some of Chicago's best teachers will be honored at an awards ceremony to be telecast on WTTW/Channel 11 May 23. The 10 prekindergarten through fifth-grade teachers selected for the awards rose to the top of an initial pool of more than 1,100 contenders. This is the sixth year for the awards.
The 1991 winners include Geraldine Banks of Palos Heights, who teaches deaf and hearing children in grades 1-8 at Chicago's Kinzie Elementary School; Karen Bauder of Mount Prospect, a third-grade teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School in Palatine; Patricia Bearden of Chicago, a third-grade teacher at Chicago's Metcaife Magnet School; Ana Bensinger of Chicago, a bilingual pre-kindergarten teacher at the Inter-American Elementary School in Chicago; Tom Clark of Kenosha, Wis., a kindergarten teacher at Zion's Shiloh Park Elementary School; Betsy D'Angelo of Chicago, a third-grade teacher at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Elementary School in Chicago; Brigid Gerace of Chicago, a third-grade teacher at the Franklin Fine Arts Center in Chicago; Elsa Gonzalez of Chicago, a bilingual fourth-and fifth-grade teacher at Chicago's John J. Audubon School; Susan Stoehrmann of Northbrook, a third-grade teacher at Wescott Elementary School in Northbrook; and Cheryl Watkins of Chicago, who teaches autistic children in the upper elementary grades at Agassiz Elementary School in Chicago.
Winners of Golden Apple Awards receive a $2,500 stipend, a paid fall-term sabbatical to study tuition-free at Northwestern University and the personal use of an Apple Macintosh computer. They also become members of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, a "think tank" comprised of former awards winners. The academy meets quarterly to develop programs that renew teachers' professional interest and enthusiasm.
The Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching was established in 1985 as the Foundation for Excellence in Teaching. Its main mission has been to develop programs that enhance the image of teaching and thereby attract bright new talent to the profession. In 1986 and 1987, the foundation honored high school teachers; in 1988 and 1989, the awards went to exemplary teachers in grades six through eight. Pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade teachers have been honored the last two years. The foundation will begin the cycle again with high school teachers in 1992 but the awards will rotate among the groups annually, rather than biennally.
To be eligible for the awards, a teacher must be employed full time in any public or non-public school in Cook, DuPage or Lake counties. Teachers can be nominated by parents, students, principals or other teachers.
DORS wins another national award
Lisa Wolfe, a public information officer for the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), will be presented with a 1991 Media Award from the President's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities on May 23 in Dallas, Tex. Wolfe's award, the only one to go to an Illinoisan, was for a radio public service announcement she produced. This is the second consecutive year that DORS has won one of the committee's awards. Last year the agency won in the print category.
A former public affairs reporting intern at Sangamon State University, Wolfe has been with DORS for three years.
Rock 'n' Romance songwriters record winning numbers
The pain and loneliness of teenage parenting are echoed in both the first and second place winners of this year's "Rock 'n' Romance" songwriting contest. First place winner was Traci Todd of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Her song is entitled 'The Strength Within." Second place went to Eleni Wright of Sandwich for her song, "Too Soon."
This is the fifth year for the contest, which is sponsored by the state's Parents Too Soon program. This year the contest drew more than 200 entries; these were pared down to 14 finalists who performed for a panel of celebrity judges in December at Chicago's Second City. The top two songwriters recorded their songs in January at Seagrape Studios in Chicago.
The Parents Too Soon program was launched in 1983 to deter teenage pregnancies and to counter the negative consequences of adolescent childbearing and parenting. The program operates more than 125 community-based health and social service agencies around the state and has a toll-free hotline (1-800-4-CALL-US).