Gov. Edgar president of
Council of State Governments
Gov. Jim Edgar became president of the Council of State Governments on December 5 and emphasized the need for state officials to make the most effective use of limited resources.
The council is a joint agency of all state governments, created, supported and directed by them. It conducts research on state programs and problems; maintains information on services available to state officials and legislators; issues a variety of publications and assists as a state-federal liaison. It also promotes regional as well as state-local cooperation and provides staff for affiliated organizations.
Edgar, elected a year ago to head the council during the next 12 months, stressed the need for "setting priorities so that our limited tax dollars are used as wisely as possible in supporting the worthiest of programs." He said it is crucial that the federal government allow state leaders more flexibility in addressing the challenges they face, and he hopes President Clinton will be able to "convince the Congress to give states the flexibility we need to best serve our residents."
Among the major challenges faced by state leaders, Edgar said, is making sure workers have the education, skills and training to allow American business to compete in an increasingly competitive global economy.
Montana new top
lawyer for governor
Replacing Burkhardt as Daniels' counsel is Deanna Seward, a former associate with an Indiana law firm. "Seward started as a backup in June," Burkhardt said, "and has effectively been full-time since then."
Hogan chief public information
officer for agriculture
Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Becky Doyle named Patrick Hogan, 29, of Springfield, as chief of the office of public information, effective November 16. He had been a public information officer at the Illinois Department of Public Aid for the last four years. A 1985 graduate of Illinois College in Jacksonville, he replaced Ellen Grant at the Department of Agriculture. His annual salary is $32,500.
SURS names Freveletti
Anthony T. Freveletti, former research analyst for the Illinois House Democrats, was named governmental relations officer by the State Universities Retirement System (SURS), effective December 7. He replaced David T. Wiant, who has retired. SURS provides annuities to faculty and nonacademic employees of state universities and colleges and other related education or research agencies.
Freveletti spent a year in the Toronto Blue Jays organization and was a three-year letterman in varsity baseball at the University of Illinois, where he received his B.S. degree.
The Illinois Supreme Court named 17th Circuit Chief Judge Harris H. Agnew of Rockford as chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinating Committee and Cook County Circuit Judge Anton J. Valukas of Chicago as vice chair, effective December 10. Agnew succeeded Cook County Circuit Judge Jerome Lerner of Chicago as chair, Valukas succeeded Agnew as vice chair.
Other changes in Judiciary
The Illinois Supreme court announced other appointments and changes among judges in December.
Cook County Circuit
Circuit Judge James H. Williams of Chicago was "recalled and assigned" to duty nunc pro tunc December 3,1990, until May 31,1993.
Circuit Judge Monica D. Reynolds of Chicago resigned effective December 31. She had been a judge since 1976.
Associate Judge Philip M. Sheridan of Chicago resigned, effective December 16. He had been a judicial officer since 1979.
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Ward S. Arnold of Union and John T. Phillips of Antioch were appointed by the circuit judges as associate judges. Phillips was an attorney in private practice. Arnold had been an associate judge; he was appointed a circuit judge for a term ending December 7, 1992, and also ran but lost in the primary election. Effective December 11, he became an associate judge again.
Brenda Edgar spokesperson
As spokesperson, Brenda Edgar is urging people to volunteer to deliver meals, and she is seeking more support from businesses in contributions or sponsorship of fundraisers. For information, call Senior Helpline, 1 (800) 252-8966 (voice and TDD).
Nottelmann new chair, Executive
Services Corps of Chicago
Malcolm Bush heads
Malcolm Bush, 48, of Chicago was named president of the Woodstock Institute on September 21 by the institute's board of directors. Located in Chicago, the Woodstock Institute does applied research and provides technical assistance to increase reinvestment in low- and moderate- income communities. "Currently, we're looking at increasing the number of community development banks, community credit unions and loan funds that support reinvestment," Bush said. He succeeded Jean Pogge. Previously, Bush was senior vice president at Voices for Illinois Children, a post he held for five years.
Pollution prevention winners
The sixth annual Governor's Pollution Prevention Awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra in December. Award applicants were judged on innovative strategies and use of alternative technologies to reduce, recycle and reuse industrial waste. The applicants were reviewed by the Hazardous Waste Research and Information Center, a division of the Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
The awards winners, by category, were:
As a trade organization, the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois Inc. of Rosemont, whose goals are to educate and introduce good science and sound economics in dealing with chemicals.
As a vendor, Chicagoland Processing Corporation (CPC) of Mount Prospect, which was founded in 1975 as a paper recycling business. It has a system that separates the silver from the back of film by using enzymes, hot water and heat. This process eliminated the need for using cyanide to remove the silver.
Two firms won as small businesses (1-150 employees). Justrite Mfg. of Mattoon and Hevi-Duty Electric of Mount Vernon. Founded in 1906, Justrite company manufactures containment systems for flammable and other hazardous materials. The company replaced its solvent-based spray paint line with powder coating. This reduced its paint-associated waste and virtually eliminated volatile organic compound emissions. Hevi-Duty manufactures adhesives and caulk and previously generated quantities of waste from a mixer cleaning between batches. Now the firm cleans the mixer by using water, toluene or chlorinated solvent, which is reusable.
Two awards went to medium-sized facil-
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ides (151-500 employees): Nichols-Homeshield Inc. of Chatsworth and The Intel-lakes Companies Inc. of Pontiac. Two firms also won as large facilities (over 500 employees): Navistar International Transportation of Melrose Park and Chrysler Corporation of Belvidere.
Honors to Department of
Public Health, Judge Montelione
for anti-DUI efforts
Anthony Montelione, presiding Judge of the 5th Municipal District in Cook County, and the Illinois Department of Public Health received awards from the National Commission Against Drunk Driving. The commission presented its adjudication award to Judge Montelione of Bridgeville at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on December 7.
Gov. Edgar, who serves on the commission's board of directors, nominated Judge Montelione, citing his leadership and guidance in establishing and implementing a special training program relating to DUI for judges in Illinois.
The Illinois Department of Public Health received a certificate of commendation for its training program for sellers and servers of alcohol. Training includes identifying possible problem drinkers and delaying or refusing to serve them alcohol.
Cosponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Milken Family Foundation of Santa Monica, Calif, the 1992 Illinois Distinguished Educator Awards were presented November 18 in Chicago. The winners, who will each receive $25,000 from the Milken foundation in March, are listed below.
Ronald W. Anderson of Elbum, principal at Harrison Street School in Geneva, won for leadership and reading programs. Kathleen M. Horvath of Orland Park, a special education teacher at Diekman Elementary School in Dolton, was recognized for tutoring and reading to younger children by special ed students.
Anna B. Jackson of Carbondale, a ninth grade English teacher at Carbondale High School, was recognized for her literary classics, community involvement and commitment to multiculturalism. Donald J. Moran of Glen Ellyn, principal at Ulysses S. Grant School in Chicago, was honored for a policy of involving students, teachers, parents, the Local School Council and the community in decisionmaking.
Sheryl Nakonechny of DeKalb, a sixth-grade teacher at Clinton Rossette Middle School in DeKalb, was recognized for her classroom where learning is a "dynamic, kinetic experience." Judi Sloan of Morton Grove, physical education teacher at Niles West High School in Skokie and the 1992-93 Illinois Teacher of the Year, won the award for her physical management class, helping students with weight and other problems.
Nina Shepherd joins
Illinois Issues board
Nina T. Shepherd, 59, of Winnetka, the only woman to be elected president of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, is the newest member of the Illinois Issues board. Jointly appointed by University of Illinois President Stan-
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ley O. Ikenberry and Sangamon State University President Naomi B. Lynn in November, Shepherd retired from the UI board in January after serving 18 years.
She has served as a self-employed consultant to business, government and independent public policy organizations, with emphasis on the development of high technology, telecommunications, computer software and job creation.
A three-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention, she co-founded the Illinois Democratic Women's Caucus and chaired former Gov. James R. Thompson's Women's Talent Bank of Illinois. In December Gov. Jim Edgar appointed Shepherd to the Illinois Humanities Council.
Her recent appointments are unsalaried as was her service as an elected UI trustee.
William A. Redmond dies
He was first elected to the Illinois House on the issues of restoring the mass transit lost when the intersuburban lines were eliminated. He helped create the South Suburban Transit Authority, which was the first in the state, and the Regional Transportation Authority. He was elected speaker on January 21, 1975, for the 79th General Assembly. Redmond, who was the first Democrat to be elected to three consecutive terms as speaker, retired in 1982 from the legislature. He then served as a member of Prisoner Review Board by appointment of then-Gov. James R. Thompson.
Surviving are his daughters, Mary and Colleen; son, William; and three grandchildren.
Staff contributors include James Pollock
and Charles Swearingen.
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