Milton Shadur, Chicago, was nominated as U.S. district court judge for the Northern District of Illinois by President Jimmy Carter and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June. Shadur had been general counsel to the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board since 1975. Also nominated for the Northern District court bench were: Charles Kocoras, Oak Lawn, and Susan Getzendanner, Chicago. Kocoras resigned in 1979 as chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission to work in a private law firm. Getzendanner, is an attorney with Mayer, Brown and Platt and was chief trial attorney for Continental Bank of Chicago. As of July 19, their appointments were still awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation.
Arthur F. Powers Jr., Sullivan, was appointed associate judge of the 6th Judicial Circuit of Illinois by the circuit judges of the 6th Circuit effective June 1, Powers had been state's attorney of Moultrie County.
Human Rights Commission
Randall C. Raynolds, Springfield, as member of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, by the governor effective in June for a term ending in January 1981. The appointment requires Senate confirmation. Raynolds, a realtor, is chairman of the National Association of Realtors Equal Opportunity Committee. He was appointed after Gov. Thompson withdrew the nomination of Ruth K. Kretschmer, Medinah. Kretschmer's name was withdrawn when Sen. John E. Friedland (R., South Elgin) objected to her remaining a member of the DuPage County Board while serving on the commission (see June Illinois Issues, p. 28, for list of other commission members).
Albert Somit, Carbondale, was named president of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale effective June 12, and Earl Lazerson, Edwardsville, was named president of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville effective July 10. Both appointments were made by SIU chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw with approval by the SIU Board of Trustees. Somit was previously executive vice president of the State University of New York at Buffalo. He replaces acting SIU-C president, Hiram H. Lesar, who resigned to become chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Lazerson, who had been acting SIU-E president since last September when he replaced Shaw, joined the mathematics faculty in 1969. He was chosen over a host of applicants from outside the state.
B. Smith Hopkins, Urbana, as executive secretary of the statewide Health Coordinating Council, by the governor effective in July. The appointment requires Senate
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confirmation. Hopkins is a retired physician who specialized in internal medicine at Carle Clinic, Urbana, from 1944 to 1978. He replaces Roy W. Armstrong Jr. who resigned to return to work at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) — formerly the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
Kenneth A. Padgham Jr., Chicago, as general counsel of the Department of Registration and Education, by the department's acting director James D. Nowlan effective in July. Padgham was assistant Illinois attorney general in the inheritance tax division of the Attorney General's Office. He replaces Jacob M. Shapiro, Chicago, who retired. Shapiro, the department's first general counsel, was named to the post in 1974.
Norval Hickman Jr., East St. Louis, as deputy director of the bureau of disability adjudication services, Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) by department director James S. Jeffers in March. The bureau determines medical eligibility of persons filing claims for Social Security Continued on back cover
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Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Hickman was previously DORS rehabilitation services supervisor in the East St. Louis and Greenville area district office. He replaces Joy Hill who resigned.
Charles E. Jones, Lockport, as affirmative action officer for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, by department director John W. Castle effective in August. This is a new office within the department. Jones was director of personnel services at Chicago State University.
Ernest F. Melkush, Springfield, as chief of field services, Illinois Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA), effective June 30. Melkush had been with the agency for 16 years and was responsible for all field activity and coordination in ESDA's nine regions.
Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, was one of 11 public colleges to be honored for innovative academic excellence in ceremonies held May 30 in Washington, D.C. The institutions were finalists for the G. Theodore Mitau Award for Innovation and Change in Higher Education. Winner of the award was State University College at Brockport, N.Y.
House Minority Leader George H. Ryan (R., Kankakee), received the third American Pharmaceutical Association Hubert H. Humphery Award in Washington, D.C, in April. Ryan was nominated for the honor by the Illinois Pharmacists Association. The award recognizes one pharmacist yearly for contributions and accomplishments in public service.
Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt was commissioned by the Capital Development Board to create an $80,000 sculpture for the University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine Basic Science Building in Urbana. Hunt was selected by the board's Fine Arts Committee as the first artist to take part in the state's "Art in Architecture" program, Under the program, 1/2 of one percent of the total cost of construction or remodeling of certain state buildings is set aside to purchase and install original art work.
Cook County Treasurer Edward J. Rosewell, Chicago, received the 1980 Outstanding Treasurer's Award in April. The award was presented at the 93rd Annual Spring Conference and Seminar for the Illinois Association of County Officials. Rosewell is also president of the Illinois County Officials Association and is the first Cook County Democrat to hold that office in the association's 92-year history.
Martin B. Lohmann, 98, in Pekin on May 29. He was a state representative (D., Pekin) from 1923 until his election to the Senate in 1932 where he served until 1953. Lohmann's major legislative achievements were in the field of transportation. The Interstate 474 Illinois River Bridge, dedicated in August 1978, was named the Shade-Lohmann bridge in honor of Lohmann and J. Norman Shade, a longtime mayor of Pekin. A week after Lohmann's death, the Martin B. Lohmann Memoir was published by the Illinois General Assembly Oral History Program.
Pete Pappas, 52, in Rock Island on May 5. A Rock Island businessman, Pappas (R., Rock Island) served in the Illinois House from 1966 to 1974; he was a member of the Rock Island County Board and was active in Republican politics for 20 years. Pappas is best known for his role as unindicted coconspirator and the government's star witness in the so-called "cement bribery trial" in 1976 (see Illinois Issues, December 1976). In 1977 he testified at another federal trial in which legislators were charged with extorting money from the car rental industry.
George E. Schuppe, 70, Springfield, on May 17. His career as a newspaperman with the Springfield bureau of United Press and later as a press aide, first to Gov. John Stelle and later with the state highway agency, spanned more than 40 years until his retirement in 1972.