Son to serve father's unexpired term as state rep
Sworn in September 3, State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-74, Spring Valley) promised to continue his father's work. Mautino, 29, was elected by unanimous vote of the Democratic committee chairmen of the 74th District to serve his father's unexpired term. Rep. Richard Mautino, 53, died August 29 after suffering a heart attack at his home in Spring Valley. He had shown no signs of ill health. Richard Mautino had represented the 74th District since 1975 and was the founder and leader of the Downstate Democratic Caucus. Both Republican Gov. Jim Edgar and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan paid tribute to his abilities as a legislator and his commitment as an advocate for downstate Illinois. In 1986 Mautino, miffed at Madigan's treatment of downstate, was the only Democrat not to support his reelection as speaker. In 1989, however, Mautino worked with Madigan and Majority Leader Jim McPike (D-112, Alton) on bipartisan legislation that got $200 million in projects distributed around the state.
The younger Mautino graduated from Illinois State University in 1984 with a degree in marketing and business administration. Since then, he has worked at the family's beer distribution company but resigned September 4 to be a full-time legislator.
Palmer replaces Newhouse as state senator
Educator Alice Palmer of Chicago, state senator from the 13th District, calls her first months as a legislator "sobering" and "very challenging." Her priorities are education and economic development. She also cites health care as an important issue. Palmer believes that it is time for the state and the nation to reprioritize resources. "People are our most important resource," she says.
Palmer, 51, fills the vacancy left by Sen. Richard Newhouse, who retired May 30. Appointed by the ward committeemen from the 13th district, she was sworn in June 11 to serve the remainder of Newhouse's term. All legislative seats are up for election in 1992 due to reapportionment.
Executive director of Chicago Cities in Schools, a dropout intervention program that she helped found, Palmer is also a founding director of the Metropolitan YMCA's youth and government program. She has been an administrator at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Malcolm X Community College and Northwestern University. Since 1988 she has been 7th Ward committeeman.
Palmer will serve on the Senate's Higher Education, Appropriations II, Elementary and Secondary, Consumer Affairs and Commerce and Economic Development committees.
Selcke heads Department of Insurance
Stephen F. Selcke, 37, of Springfield is the new director of the Department of Insurance. Acknowledging that he takes over at a time when insurance company failures are in the news, Selcke said: "Part of our department's role will be to ensure that the financial solvency of Illinois insurance providers is maintained to the greatest degree possible. With problematic companies the department will have to step in and help — and take over insolvent companies in some cases." He said that Illinois continues to be a leader in the insurance industry and is recognized for the expertise of its Department of Insurance.
Selcke succeeded Zack Stamp as head of the Department of Insurance. During the interim James Schacht served as acting director Selcke's appointment by Gov. Jim Edgar, effective September 1, completed the governor's roster of top officials. The only Thompson appointee still holding the same cabinet post is Tom Ortciger, director of the Department of Nuclear Safety. According to the August 14 State Journal Register, Edgar has said that Ortciger will continue in his post and in ongoing efforts find a site to dispose of low-level radioactive waste.
Selcke, a holdover from the Thompson adimistration, had been director of the governor's office of legislative affairs since October 1989. Prior to that he was director of the Department of Profesional Regulation and assistant director of the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs.
Replacing Selcke as legislative affairs director is Mark Boozell, 36, of Chatham. He had been serving as an assistant to Selcke since the governor's inauguration in January. Previously he headed Edgar's department of legislative affairs in the secretary of state's office, a post he held since 1983.
Department of Financial Institutions
"Our primary responsibility is to protect the consumers," says Gilbert G. Ruiz, 46, of McHenry. Named director of the Department of Financial Institutions by the governor effective July 8, Ruiz emphasizes the need to continue to regulate Illinois' nonbank consumer institutions so that they are financially stable and solid. Besides regulating the state's currency exchanges, title-guaranteeing companies, foreign exchanges and credit unions, the department also collects unclaimed financial properties (stocks, bonds, paid up insurance policies, uncashed payroll checks, bank accounts, etc.) belonging to Illinois residents and returns them to their owners. "Fiscal 1991 was our best year ever, thanks to an outstanding staff," Ruiz saw "Collections were $37.5 million, up 39 percent from fiscal 1990, and claims paid [returned to owners] were $7.5 million — more than double last year's amount and an all-time record for the department. We'd like to continue that this year."
Most recently Ruiz was vice president and chief operations officer at Martha Washington Hospital in Chicago. He also helped develop HISPANOCARE, an independent physician association serving the Hispanic community of Chicago. The association is a joint venture between Mercy Hospital and Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
Gov. Edgar also appointed Halina Bielowicz,
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Ruiz replaced Financial Institution's former director, Shinae Chun; Bielowicz replaced Joanne Mitchell, who became deputy commissioner of banks and trusts. Ruiz's annual salary is $57,276; Bielowciz's is $49,258. Both appointments require Senate confirmation.
Governor's appointments to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority got a new executive director in February and a chairman and four new board members in June. All were appointed by Gov. Jim Edgar.
Robert L. Hickman, 53, of Chicago, was named executive director of the authority with the approval of the board of directors, effective February 1. He replaced Thomas H. Morsch Jr. of Chicago. Hickman says that he has four major highway projects on the agenda: the Elgin-O'Hare Loop, the extension of 53-North, the extension of 53-South, and the Fox Valley Expressway. At the end of the spring legislative session, Senate Joint Resolutions 85 and 88 authorizing these projects except for the Fox Valley Expressway, were awaiting further action in executive committee.
Meanwhile, major repairs on existing tollways are adding to jam-ups and slowdowns caused by a full road repair season in Chicago. "If it's summer in Chicago, it must the traffic jam from hell!" announced the cover caption on the August 18 Chicago Tribune Magazine. Tollway repairs include resurfacing the East-West Tollway between Aurora and Rock Falls, a $120 million job that began in August, plus resurfacing and adding a lane on each side of the Tri-State between 95th Street and O'Hare Airport, a $400 million project scheduled to start in October. Hickman said he has ordered an in-house cash flow study to determine whether the authority should pay more to finish the Tri-State job by October 1993 instead of a year later. One way to speed up repairs is to hike the basic toll for cars from 40 cents to 50 cents. This option, Hickman emphasized, would require citizen input via hearings and a favorable vote from the authority's board of directors.
Hickman served as assistant secretary of state from 1987-90, taking a leave of absence to work on Edgar's gubernatorial campaign. From 1984-87 he was Edgar's executive assistant; before that he was deputy director of the department of accounting and revenue in the secretary of state's office. As executive director of the Toll Highway Authority, Hickman receives an annual salary of $88,000.
Effective June 7, Edgar appointed John "Jack" Garrow, 62, of Wheaton to a third term on the authority's board of directors and named him chairman. As chairman, Garrow has a veto that can be overridden by a two-thirds vote of the other members. He will receive $18,000 per year. Garrow is chairman of the board of the Columbian Lithographing Co. in Franklin Park. He succeeded the late Myron Weil of Chicago. Serving as acting chairman until Garrow's appointment was Frank Gesualdo of Northfield (see Illinois Issues, January 1991, page 31).
Garrow's reappointment as board member was confirmed by the Senate on June 29, as were the June 7 appointments of the new members. All board members serve four-year terms; the chairman's annual stipend is $18,000; the four new members will each receive $16,459 per year. They are:
William Dugan, 57, of Mount Prospect, president and business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, in Countryside. He replaced Myron Weil.
Roger Claar, 45, mayor of Bolingbrook and director of the Wilco Area Career Center in Romeoville. He replaced David Gilbert of Glencoe.
Calvin Covert, 66, of Rockford, chairman and chief executive officer of Woodward Governor Company in Rockford. He replaced Nancy Lundstrom of Rockford.
Thomas Hanley, 32, of DesPlaines, president and international vice president of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees, Local 1, in Chicago. He replaced Frank Gesualdo.
Banks and Trusts
Joanne Mitchell, 53, of Chicago, was named deputy commissioner of Banks and Trusts by the governor, effective July 8. The Office of Commissioner of Banks and Trusts supervises and examines state-chartered banks, trust companies, foreign bank branches, electronic funds transfer networks, the data centers of financial institutions and the trust departments of state banks and state savings and loan associations. It also licenses foreign representative banking offices. Its workload reflects the shift to a global economy. As of June 30, 1991, there were 777 state-chartered banks with assets of $78.659 billion and 50 foreign banking offices with assets of $46.337 billion. Back in January 1, 1982, there were 849 state-chartered banks with $44.3 billion in assets and 37 foreign banking branches with $7.8 billion in assets.
Mitchell comes to Banks and Trusts from the Department of Financial Institutions where she held leadership posts since 1982, including acting director and assistant director. She replaced Scott Miller of Springfield, who became first deputy commissioner. Mitchell's post requires Senate confirmation and pays an annual salary of $57,750.
Civilian military aides to governor
Gov. Edgar named Lucien B. "Red" Johnson of Joliet and Robert Mitchler of Oswego as his civilian military aides. Their duties are to represent the governor with military and veterans organizations and to serve as advisers. Both positions are unsalaried. Johnson's appointment as military aide, effective April 11, has the rank of colonel. He began his military career in 1929 with the National Guard and was a combat infantry officer in World War II. Mitchler's appointment, as military and naval aide, effective August 27, carries the rank of captain. Mitchler entered the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1941 and saw active combat in World War II and the Korean War. He was a state senator (R-39, Oswego) from 1965-81 and later served as a legislative liaison for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Lt. Gov. Kustra names counsel
Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra named Kenneth K. McNeil, 34, of Chicago as his general counsel and assistant for education, effective May 6. McNeil is Kustra's legal adviser and liaison to the Chicago school community. He will work with the State Board of Education, the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Board of Higher Education and with Gary Laszewski, Kustra's Springfield-based assistant on education policy.
McNeil was most recently an associate attorney with Hubbard & Mahmoud. An advocate of school reform, he has directed education issue analysis for the Chicago Urban League and serves on one of the city's local school councils.
Department of Human Rights
Jacqueline Stanley Lustig of Chicago was named general counsel of the Illinois Department of Human Rights by department director Rose Mary Bombela, effective June 17. The department investigates charges of illegal discrimination and monitors equal employment and affirmative action programs of governmental agencies and public contractors. In her new post Lustig says her efforts will be to assure that complainant and respondent rights are adequately met. She replaces Shelvin Hall.
Lustig, 42, served as chief legal counsel and deputy director of the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services since 1985. She was also counsel to the governor for a year and executive director of a commission charged with
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investigating the role of women in the private sector in Illinois. A past president of the Women's Bar Association and a past director the Chicago Bar Association, she has been active in many bar and community associations.
Illinois State Museum
Illinois State Museum Director R. Bruce McMillan named Estie Karpman of Springfield as the museum's new director of development. The appointment was effective June 17. Karpman replaced Joan Gardner. She will work to build partnerships with corporation statewide. These partnerships are a source of funding for the museum. Karpman previously worked as assistant sales director at the Society for the Illinois Scientific Surveys and as sales coordinator for the Sangamon State University Auditorium.
SIU Chancellor Pettit resigns
Southern Illinois University Chancellor Lawrence Pettit resigned September 1 after serving as chancellor for five years. He has taken a year's leave to work on a fellowship with the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. A tenured professor in SlU's Department of Higher Education, Petit plans to return to the university as a faculty member next year. In an August 2 statement, cited increases in private fund-raising and capital improvement appropriations, better government relations and increased state and national awareness of SIU as achievemenments of his chancellorship.
The SIU Board of Trustees named retired administrator James Brown, 70, as interim chancellor. This will be the third time that Brown has served in that post; he was acting chancellor in 1979 and again in 1985. Brown came to SlU-Edwardsville in 1965 as an English professor and retired in 1989.
Ruiz chairs Board of Governors
Robert Ruiz of Chicago was elected chairman of the Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities July 18. He will complete the unexpired term of James Althoff of McHenry, which ends in June 1992. The board is the governing body for five Illinois universities: Chicago State, Eastern Illinois, Governors State, Northeastern Illinois and Western Illinois.
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First appointed to the board by Gov. James Thompson in 1983, Ruiz is its representative to the State Universities Retirement System and worked on programs for minority high school and college students. From 1988-91 he served as the state's solicitor general. He is presently a partner in the firm Moreno, Hemandez and Ruiz.
The Illinois Supreme Court announced the following appointments, assignments and resignations/retirements. Committees and associations
• Appointed to the Committee on Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases: Chicago attorney Sam Adam for a term effective July 16 and expiring October 1. He replaced Robert N. Hutchinson.
• Reappointed to the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Judges Retirement System: Supreme Court Justice Michael A. Bilandic of Chicago a term expiring September 16,1994.
Illinois Appellate Court
• Appointed to the appellate court's Industrial Commission Division: First District Appellate Judge Thomas R. Rakowski of Chicago as principal member from that district. He replaced Judge Daniel McNamara of Chicago, the last of the original five members assigned to the division. First District Appellate Court Judge Edward J. Egan of Chicago replaced Judge Allen Hartman as alternate member. Both appointments were effective August 1.
Cook County Circuit
• Appointed as circuit judges: Thomas F. Dwyer of Alsip and Gus P. Giannis of Chicago. Dwyer, a circuit judge, fills the vacancy created by the resignation of James E. Sullivan. Giannis, a Chicago attorney in private practice, fills an at-large vacancy.
• Retirements: Howard R. Kaufman of Oak Park, an associate judge since 1981, retired effective September 16. John R. Ryan of Chicago retired effective August 1; he had been an associate judge since 1980.
• Appointed associate judge by the circuit judges: James K. Borbely of Catlin. He was formerly in private practice.
• Resigned effective July 31. Circuit Judge Raymond L. Terrell of Springfield, a judge since 1983.
• Appointed associate judges by the circuit judges: Lawrence C. Gray and William G. McMenamin, both of Joliet. Both were formerly in private practice.
• Appointed as circuit judge: Eric S. DeMar of Galena to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Francis Mahoney. DeMar had been an associate judge.
South suburbs Judge Ronald Crane dies
Cook County Circuit Judge Ronald Crane of Flossmoor, presiding judge of the 6th Municipal District in Markham, died August 3. He had served as magistrate and associate judge beginning in 1963 and was appointed circuit court judge in 1979. He was noted for his efforts to turn youngsters away from a life of crime.
State Board of Elections
Langdon D. Neal of Chicago was elected chairman of the State Board of Elections for a two-year term by the other members, effective July 1. He succeeded John Lanigan. Neal, 34, is an attorney with Earl L. Neal and Associates, Chicago. He was first named to the Board of Elections in 1985 by Gov. James R. Thompson.
Boards and commissions
Gov. Jim Edgar made the following appointments to boards and commissions in August. All appointments were effective immediately, require Senate confirmation and pay expenses only, unless otherwise noted.
Board of Review: Bruce Barnes of Palos Park and John Cashman of Elmhurst were both reappointed to positions on the board. Jon Walker of Moro, a salesman with Walter Hale Realty, Ltd., replaced Robert Kartholl. Gary Sullivan of Springfield, president of Teamsters Local 916, replaced Peter J. Miller. Stanley Mucha of Burbank, president of Local 458-3M Graphic Communications International Union, replaced Patrick Duff.
Members of the Board of Review serve a two-year term and are paid a $15,000 annual stipend. The Board of Review hears appeals of Department of Employment Security decisions on claims for benefits under the Unemployment Insurance Act.
Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority: Fred Hagen Jr. of Oak Forest, general vice president of the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades, replaced Timothy Roche as a member.
Medical Center Commission: Kenneth Schmidt of Riverwoods, a radiologist at Holy Family Hospital, replaced Theodore Mazola.
State Sanitary District Observer: Connie Peters of Arlington Heights replaced Eleanor Watt. Peters serves as a volunteer with the Wheeling Township Republican Organization. The post of sanitary district observer pays a $17,183 stipend. Observers have oversight of the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago. They may attend business meetings, have access to all records and investigate operations and their effects on the rest of the state. They must report annually to the governor, the General Assembly, the Illinois Department of Conservation and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
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