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Huckaby and Granzeier confirmed by Senate

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The appointments of Huck Huckaby, as assistant director of the Department of Mines and Minerals (DMM) and Robert W. Granzeier as director of the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) were confirmed April 28 by the Senate.

Huckaby, Springfield, had been appointed to the post in February by Gov. James R. Thompson. His job is to administer DMM's work with surface mines in Illinois. Senate confirmation was delayed, however, when the United Mine Workers (who have endorsed Adlai Stevenson III for governor) said Huckaby did not have the necessary experience for the job. Huckaby is president of Huckaby Energy and Land Company, a Springfield development firm. A Republican member of the Sangamon County Board, he is running for reelection in November.

Granzeier, also of Springfield, had been named director of DORS by the governor in March after serving as the department's acting director since the resignation of James S. Jeffers last June. Previously a rehabilitative services executive, Granzeier has been with DORS since 1967 and is credited with expanding the number of approved community-based facilities from about 20 to more than 30.

Department on Aging

Former state Rep. Ben Polk (R., Moline) was named assistant director of the Department on Aging (DOA) by Gov. James R. Thompson effective May 1. Polk resigned from the legislature in April to accept the post. His job is to assist DOA Director Peg Blaser in developing the agency's policies and regulations. Blaser named Scott Umbreit, Decatur, as DOA's deputy director, effective June 1. Umbreit was previously chief of the bureau of Title XX administration in the Department of Public Aid.

Department of Financial Institutions


Joanne Mitchell, Chicago, was appointed assistant director, Department of Financial Institutions by Gov. James R. Thompson in April, pending Senate confirmation. Mitchell was formerly executive director of the Illinois Commission on Delinquency Prevention.

Department director Michael E. Fryzel also made the following appointments: Adolphus Hall, Chicago, as legal counsel effective in May; Georgia Marsh, Chicago, as supervisor of the currency exchange division effective in March; Harry E. Stirmell, Schaumburg, as administrative assistant to Fryzel effective in April; William Wallis, Springfield, as assistant supervisor of the consumer credit division also effective in April. Hall was previously with the U.S. Civil Service Commission, U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare and theU.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. Marsh was employed by the Wisconsin Manpower Office, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Michigan Department of Commerce and the Chicago Department of Human Services. Since 1974, Stirmell has been employed in three of the department's divisions: consumer credit, unclaimed property and currency exchange. Wallis was regional coordinator for the Illinois Emergency Services and Disaster Agency.

Health Facilities Planning Board

Thomas W. Hestand, Marion, as member of the Health Facilities Planning Board, by the governor effective in April. Hestand, who is an insurance broker with Hestand Insurance Agency, replaces John F. Wayland as the board's insurance representative. The governor also reappointed James E. Mann, Chicago, as consumer representative to the board. Mann is an attorney with Isham, Lincoln & Beale. Both terms expire June 30, 1984; the appointments require Senate confirmation; the positions pay expenses plus $100 per diem.

Lottery Control Board

J. Gary Fencik, Chicago, as a member of the Illinois Lottery Control Board, by the governor effective in March. Fencik, a professional

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athlete with the Chicago Bears, replaces Peter B. Fox who was named director of the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. H. Gene Silverberg, Chicago, owner of Bigsby & Kruthers, Inc., was reappointed to the board. Their terms expire July 1, 1984. Board members receive expenses and $100 per diem; the appointments require Senate confirmation.

Other appointments

Tom Hutchinson, Springfield, as deputy director of the bureau of administrative services in the Department of Corrections, by department director Michael P. Lane effective in May. Hutchinson joined the department two years ago from the Bureau of the Budget; his most recent post was executive assistant to Lane. He succeeds Jerry Stepaniak who accepted a position in Wisconsin with Milwaukee County Institutions.

Cullom Davis, Springfield, as vice president for academic affairs at Sangamon State University, by the Illinois Board of Regents effective May 16. A charter member of the SSU faculty, Davis has been at the university since 1969. Until his appointment, he was professor of history and director of SSU's oral history program, which he founded. As vice president, Davis is responsible for faculy recruitment and development as well as curriculum development. Davis' appointment was the result of a nationwide search. Dennis Foss, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, had served as interim vice president since July 1981 when Sue Dezendolet resigned to accept a post in Georgia.

Joe Rockford, Springfield, as director of the Secretary of State's driver services department, and Jacqueline Walker, Chicago, as director of administrative hearings, by Secy. of State Jim Edgar in March. Rockford replaces William Logan who resigned;

Commission to study Illinois taxes

A 24-member tax study commission to be funded by a not-for-profit corporation was created by Gov. James R. Thompson in April. The commisson is to report to the governor and the General Assembly by the end of this year. In making his announcement, the governor said that an objective, non-partisan study of the way Illinois taxes are levied has not been made in 13 years. (The Illinois state income tax was the outgrowth of the last such study, made in 1968-69 by the Governor's Study Committee, chaired by Simeon Leland.)

James Furman, Chicago, former executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, was named by the governor to chair the new commission. Furman is executive vice president of the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, a philanthropic organization. Sylvia Dennen, Chicago, was appointed executive director of the commission. She is executive assistant to the director of the Department of Revenue.

Named as members of the commission by the governor were:

Joan Baralla, Bloomington, senior vice president of the Harris Trust and Savings Bank; Miles Berger, Chicago, chairman of the board of Berger Financial Services; Nelson Carlo, LaGrange Park, owner of Abbott Products, Inc.; Julian D'Esposito, Winnetka, attorney with Isham, Lincoln and Beale and former assistant to the governor; Bradley Glass, attorney with Littlejohn, Glass and Yowell and former state senator (R., Northfield); John Hirschfeld, an attorney and former state representative (R., Champaign); Mitchell Kobelinski, Chicago, banker at Parkway Bank and Trust Company; Robert Mandeville, Springfield, director of Bureau of the Budget; Gene Moats, Chicago, president of Local 25, Service Employees International Union; Donald Muirheid, Decatur, retired farmer and former chairman of State Board of Education; Cecil Partee, treasurer of the City of Chicago and former state senator (D., Chicago); Jane Hayes Rader, Cobden, member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education; Harvey Silets, Chicago, tax attorney with Silets and Martin; Justin Stanley, Chicago, attorney with Mayer, Brown, Platt; Betty McFadden, Barrington, chairwoman of the board and chief executive officer of a home shopping service cooperative with Jewel Companies, Inc.; Doug Whitley, Springfield, executive vice president of the Taxpayers Federation; Irvana Wilks, Mount Prospect, president-elect of the Cook County League of Women Voters; Rolland Tipsword, attorney with Coale, Taylor, Doyle and Fraley and former state representative (D., Taylorville); J. Thomas Johnson, Springfield, director of the Department of Revenue; Howard Veal, Springfield, executive director of the Springfield Urban League; William S. Badgley, Belleville, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, First National Bank; Douglas Y. Thorson, Peoria, chairman of the Department of Economics at Bradley University; William G. Sjostrom, Rockford, president of Sjostrom and Sons.

Walker's position had been vacant since the resignation of Evelyn Johnson in January. Rockford had been deputy director of driver services since September 1981. Walker was an associate with the Chicago law firm of McDermott, Will and Emery.

James Fyke, Peoria, was appointed U.S. marshal for the Central District of Illinois by President Reagan April 22, after his nomination was confirmed the day before by the U.S. Senate. He had been nominated for the post by Reagan on the recommendation of Sen. Charles H. Percy. Fyke was an associate professor of police science at Illinois Central Community College in East Peoria and director for the Peoria County Civil Defense Department. He succeeds the late Harry Marshall, Springfield.

Richard Blanton, Pawnee, associate director of the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, was appointed to the President's Committee on Mental Retardation by President Ronald Reagan in April. The committee advises the president on program and policy matters relating to the needs and activities of mentally retarded persons.

Former state Sen. David J. Regner (R., Mt. Prospect), as co-consultant for legislative affairs, by the Board of Directors of the Township Officials of Illinois effective in March. Regner is president of David J. Regner & Associates and served in the Illinois House from 1967-1973 and in the Senate from 1973-1981.


Ken Mitchell, Mason City, as executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council, by the council's board of directors effective March 1. He was previously salesman for the Scientific Supply Company of Chicago.



Robert W. Bergstrom, Glen view, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Association at its annual spring dinner in April. The award was made in recognition of Bergstrom's varied and successful achievements as an attorney. Bergstrom is editor of the Chicago Bar Record and author of books and articles on legal matters including a position paper that became the handbook for the campaign to call the 1970 Constitutional Convention in Illinois.

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