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Suter replaces Duffy at Department of Public Aid; Bradley new head of DORS


Susan S. Suter returned to Illinois government on October 1 as Gov. James R. Thompson's choice as director of the state's Department of Public Aid. She left her post as director of the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) last March after President Reagan nominated her to serve as a commissioner with the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration. Before her departure for Washington, D.C., Suter had served as DORS director since September 1984. Prior to that she was the agency's assistant director for two and a half years. In 1987, Suter was the recipient of a National Governors' Association Distinguished Service Award and was also named one of 10 outstanding career women by Glamour magazine. Suter's annual salary is $71,321.

Suter replaced Edward T. Duffy who resigned August 8 after serving in the Thompson administration since 1982. Duffy, who now works for Arlington Park Ltd., operates four off-track betting parlors in Illinois.


Appointed by Thompson in late August to take over as DORS director was Phil Bradley. He had been serving as acting director since Suter's federal appointment. Prior to that he had been a deputy director since 1983, most recently heading the Bureau of Disability Determination Services. Before joining DORS Bradley was associate director of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association from 1977-83. Bradley's annual salary is $65,835.

Both Suter's and Bradley's appointments must be confirmed by the Senate.

New advisory council to assist vets

A new advisory council created to assist IIlinois veterans met for the first time in late August. The Atomic Radiation and Dioxin Poisoning Victims Advisory Council is to help Illinois vets from the 1940s and 1950s who are victims of atomic radiation and those from the Vietnam War who were exposed to Agent Orange.

The council will have 10 members, eight of whom have already been appointed by Gov. Thompson. Members include Larry Besson of Stonington, an electrician with Caterpillar Company; Dr. Frank Chamberlin of Quincy, medical director of the Illinois Veterans Home; Willie G. Collins of Kankakee; George Edwards of Sterling, first vice commander of the Disabled American Veterans; Benjamin Ferlage of Mount Vernon, an animal health technician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture; Bill Gomora of Lockport, a safety inspector with Unocal Oil Company; James A. Lahr of Lincoln; and Dr. Peter Orris of Chicago, a physician with Cook County Hospital. Besson and Edwards are serving as cochairmen of the council.

If you are an Illinois vet who has been affected by radiation or Agent Orange or you are the survivor or offspring of such a veteran and you need assistance, contact the new council through the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, 208 West Cook St.. P.O. Box 19432, Springfield 62794-9432; telephone (217) 782-6641.

The Judiciary

Appointments, assignments and retirements announced recently by the Illinois Supreme Court are reported below:

    Cook County Circuit Court
  • Appointed circuit judge: Richard J. Elrod of Lincolnwood, effective August 1, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Jacques Heilingoetter.
  • Resigned: Joseph K. Luby of Evanston, effective September 1. He had been a judge since last year.

    Effective December 1, Lawrence I. Genesen of Glenwood, a judicial officer since 1967.

  • 19th Judicial Circuit
  • Selected as chief judge by fellow circuit judges: Bernard E. Drew Jr. of Libertyville, effective December 1. He will succeed Fred Geiger.

  • 20th Judicial Circuit
  • Appointed to fill vacancy: Associate Judge Jerry D. Flynn of Red Bud, effective September 1. He fills the vacancy created by the death of Richard Hudlin.

McLean County judge suspended for six months

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Judge Keith E. Campbell began a six-month suspension without pay September 1. The suspension was imposed by the Illinois Courts Commission on August 17.

Campbell's problems began in November 1987 when he was charged by the Judicial Inquiry Board with improperly firing his legal secretary and with impaneling a jury in a criminal case with neither the defendant nor either counsel present. He also refused to answer any of the board's questions about the firing of his secretary.

The courts commission found that Campbell fired his secretary in retaliation for her desire to end their long-term romantic relationship. This and his refusal to answer questions regarding that job action violated Supreme Court Rules 61 and 62(A). Campbell's failure to allow counsel to challenge selection of jurors violated Supreme Court Rules 62(A), 63(A)(1) and 63(A)(4).

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Cleaning up the Ohio River

Forty years ago the casual observer along the Ohio River could see more than water rolling by. Dead animals, abandoned vehicles and sewage nearly choked this major east-west waterway. In 1948 the states that lie in the river's drainage basin banded together to form the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission. Today, in an era of declining water quality and increasingly short-range government planning, the commission is a contradiction: It has successfully coordinated the efforts of eight states over 40 years and cleaned up the Ohio River.

The 27-member commission is comprised of three representatives from each state participating in the compact plus three from the federal government. Of the members from Illinois, two are named by the governor, with the consent of the Senate. Recently reappointed to the commision was Richard S. Engelbrecht of Urbana, a professor of environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His new term expires January 3, 1994. He has been a commissioner since 1976. The other governor-appointed spot was occupied until recently by Cordell McGoy of Cairo, a Vienna Correctional Center officer. McGoy, who was elected to the Cairo City Council last April, is not seeking a second term on the commission. Serving as ex officio member is the director of the state's Environmental Protection Agency, currently Bernard Killian. Members receive expenses only.

States participating with Illinois on the commission, which is headquartered in Cincinnati, are Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

City Club of Chicago elects officers, board members

The City Club of Chicago elected new board members during its annual meeting in August and chose its 1988-89 officers in September.

Joining the 62-member Board of Governors were former four-term U.S. Congressman Tom Corcoran (R-14), currently an executive with Wallace Associates Corporation, a Chicago-and Washington, D.C.-based consulting/financial services firm; Peter Gallanis, a Rudnick & Wolfe partner, who is active in both the American and Chicago bar associations and in the Midwest Immigrants' Rights Center; Dietrich M. Gross, president of Mercury Stainless Corporation, who is heavily involved in charitable, cultural and political affairs in Chicago; Olympic Federal Savings and Loan chairman John J. Lanigan Jr., a member of the State Board of Elections and former Commissioner of Savings and Loan under former Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie; Robert R. Mazer, president of Mazer Chemicals, member of the regional American/Israeli Public Action Committee and a board member of the National Jewish Coalition; and Janet Malone Morrow, past executive director of TRUST (now the Chicago Council on Urban Affairs), an initial member of Mayor Harold Washington's board of ethics and a member of several boards including the Chicago Ethics Project and the Chicago Foundation for Women. Board members serve three-year terms.

Officers, who serve one-year terms, are Thomas F. Roeser, president; Alvin J. Robinson, board chairman; Donald Neltnor, executive vice president; Jared Kaplan, vice president/counsel; Kevin P. Orris, treasurer; and Constance Robison, secretary.

The club, founded in 1903, is Chicago's oldest continuously operated civic organization devoted to economic and social improvement.

Other appointments

John Kantanka became internal auditor for the Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA)

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on August 1, As DASA's chief auditor, he is responsible for the audit process and for recommending necessary changes. Kantanka came to DASA from the Department of Children and Family Services where he had been the agency's business administrator since 1985. He previously held positions as fiscal manager at Chicago Rehab Network, a not-for-profit organization, and as an auditor for the city of Chicago's housing department.

Dennis Lawler of Springfield was named deputy division manager for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's (IEPA) air pollution control division in September. Lawler, who has been with the IEPA since 1975, managed the agency's air quality planning section before the appointment and will continue to do so until this position is filled. A member of the National Air Pollution Control Association, Lawler is also certified by the American Meteorological Society as a consulting meteorologist. The certification follows completion of a six-year testing process.

John Peoples Jr. was appointed deputy director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory at Batavia, effective September 1. Peoples has been with Fermilab since 1973. He was instrumental in the construction of Fermilab's fixed target experimental areas and, in 1981, led the design, construction and commissioning of the Fermilab Antiproton Source, the second such facility to be built worldwide. Peoples had been on leave from Fermilab since October 1987, serving as head of the magnet division for the proposed superconducting super collider being developed by a central design group at California's Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He succeeds Philip Livdahl, who was deputy director from 1984 until his retirement in 1987. Livdahl is now project manager for the development of a medical accelerator for the Loma Linda Medical Center in California.

Mayor David McDowell of Murphysboro was elected president of the Southern Illinois Mayors Association at the spring general membership meeting in Murphysboro. McDowell, SIMA's fourteenth president, was its vice president last year and secretary-treasurer in 1986-87. Other newly elected officers include Pinckneyville Mayor Joe Holder, vice president, and Woodlawn Mayor Earl Spohr, secretary-treasurer. Mayors Neil Dillard of Carbondale and Ned Mitchell of Sesser are new SIM A board members.

The 18-member Illinois Soybean Operating Board, which allocates soybean checkoff contributions, elected officers during its August board meeting in Bloomington. Philip Bradshaw of Griggsville, was reelected chairman. Also reelected were Kevin Miller of Teutopolis as treasurer and Richard Borgsmiller of Murphysboro as secretary. Elected to the office of assistant secretary-treasurer was Bob Johnson of Waterman. Officers serve one-year terms.

State Department of Revenue director Roger D. Sweet was appointed to the board of directors of the Federation of Tax Administrators in August. He was also named vice president of the regional organization, the Midwestern States Association of Tax Administrators. The Washington, D.C.-based federation, which includes representatives from revenue agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, city of New York and the province of Ontario, serves as a clearinghouse of information for revenue agencies, conducts research and provides training to improve tax administration.

Joseph A. Morris became general counsel and chief executive officer of the Mid-America Legal Foundation on September 16. Morris previously served with the U.S. Department of Justice. In August he was awarded the department's highest honor, the Edmund J. Randolph Award. He was a practicing Chicago attorney before he joined the federal government in 1981. The Mid-America Legal Foundation, based in Chicago, was established in 1975 as a public interest law firm and legal studies center dedicated to the advancement of individual liberty, free enterprise and the rule of law.

Illinois Humanities Council announces awards

The Illinois Humanities Council will honor individual, corporate and educational efforts to support the humanities when members gather for the council's annual dinner November 11 at Chicago's South Shore Cultural Center.

Brena and Lee A. Freeman Sr. have been selected as co-recipients of the Public Humanities Award. In music, the Freemans have helped support the presentation of vocal soloists at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, scholarships for young artists at the Lyric Op-Center for Apprentice Artists, the Lyric Opera Composer-In-Residence project and the underwriting of several operatic productions nationwide.

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In 1981 they established a short story contest and prize in the memory of Nelson Algren. Their commitment to education and the University of Chicago led to the creation of a full professorship in antitrust law and, in 1987, endowment of the Law Faculty Research Fund.

A special corporate award will be presented to Ameritech and its principal subsidiary, Illinois Bell, in recognition of their generous contributions to the humanities, including their support of Chicago Metro History Fair, the provision of humanistic cultural experiences for high school students and their partnership in De Paul University's program on the impact of technological change in America.

CommUniversity of the Quad Cities has been chosen to receive the council's Towner Award for creative programming. Established in 1979, CommUniversity offers adults a curriculum in theology, humanities, science and the arts, personal growth and public affairs. Churches, colleges, medical and mental health institutions as well as business leaders, artists and other professionals in the Quad Cities serve as resources for CommUniversity. The Illinois Humanities Council, in partnership with its sister institution the Iowa Humanities Board, has provided funding for the multidisciplinary humanities courses at CommUniversity since its inception.

Four Illinoisans among newest group of MacArthur Foundation Fellows

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named 31 new MacArthur Fellows in July. Recipients, who come from a wide variety of fields, are free to use the awards —which range from $150,000 to $375,000 over five years — as they wish. Four of the MacArthur Fellows are from Illinois:

  • Helen T. Edwards of Batavia, a high energy physicist, has been at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory since 1970. In 1987 she was named head of its accelerator division. Edwards is a leader in the design and development of superconducting accelerators, including Fermi's Tevatron, the first superconducting proton accelerator ever built.
  • Community developer Hipolito (Paul) Roldan of Oak Park, is executive director of the Chicago-based Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, a leading force in low-income neighborhood revitalization.
  • Robert S. Shaw of Urbana, a theoretical and experimental physicist, is involved in research on information flow in chaotic and dynamical systems. He is also a fellow of the University of Illinois' Center for Complex Systems Research.
  • Science historian Noel M. Swerdlow of Chicago has fostered a greater understanding of the development of astronomy through his technical analyses of the works of Ptolemy and Copernicus. He holds a dual appointment as professor of astronomy/astrophysics and history at the University of Chicago.

Individuals are initially chosen by a group of anonymous nominators from around the country. These nominations are reviewed by a 15-member selection committee, with final approval coming from the foundation's board of directors. The only restrictions on candidates are that they be citizens/residents of the U.S. and that they not currently hold elected office. The program, begun in 1981, has named 254 fellows, ranging in age from 18-82; 172 are still active.

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SIU-C wins award for neutralizing hazardous waste

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale won first place honors and a $7,500 award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers for saving nearly $20,000 over the last year through the use of in-house programs for neutralizing hazardous wastes. The award was funded by USX (formerly U.S. Steel).

Most colleges and universities pay large sums of money to have by-products of chemistry experiments and other hazardous wastes packaged and transported to landfills approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. While some potentially explosive wastes generated at SIU-C are disposed of at an EPA-approved site, the university's pollution control department director John F. Meister and his students have been using some hazardous materials in a second chemical reaction. The result is a safe liquid or solid that can be poured down the drain or sent to a local landfill.

Four Take Pride in America winners from Illinois

Four of five Illinois finalists in the national Take Pride in America competition were honored as winners in ceremonies held July 26 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. President Reagan made the awards to 94 winners from 32 states and the District of Columbia. Over all, 540 entries were received in this year's competition. Last year two organizations from Illinois got top honors.

This year's winners include:

  • In the civic/citizen organizations division, Illinois Prairie Path of Wheaton. This 55-mile greenway has been built on an abandoned railroad right-of-way through a rapidly developing urban area. For the past 25 years, it has served area residents as a recreation/nature trail for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature study.
  • In the individual division, Gordon Graves of Kankakee. Nominated by the publisher of a local sportsmen's newsletter, Graves was recognized for his lifelong efforts to preserve and protect the Kankakee River as one of the nation's finest fishing, canoeing and aesthetically pleasing streams.
  • In the local government division, Olympia Fields' Irons Oaks Environmental Center. This outdoor education and adventure center, located in a 33-acre open space area in Chicago's south suburban communities of Flossmoor, Homewood and Olympia Fields, provides habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities for the 12,500 people who visit the site annually.
  • In the youth group division, Decatur's Woapink Lodge, Order of the Arrow 167. This Boy Scout group adopted the 16-mile IIlini Trail at Lake Shelbyville. It remarked the trail, reopened portions that could not be maintained by the U.S. Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Transportation because of budget cuts, and the group pledged to provide year-round maintenance and promotion of this educational and recreational route.

Take Pride in America recognizes individuals and groups for efforts that benefit the nation's natural and cultural resources. The program promotes cooperation between the private and public sectors in fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility for those lands.

Other honors

David Joerg, a junior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), was one of only 26 students nationwide to receive a perfect score of 240 on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. He's from Batavia. Sixty-four other IMSA juniors who scored 195 or better are semifinalists for National Merit scholarships. Nationwide, more than 15,000 high school juniors reached the semifinals. From this pool of students, 6,000 will be chosen to receive National Merit scholarships. Awards are based not only on test scores but on high school course load and difficulty, demonstrated leadership and recommendation of each student's principal.

Citing his "outstanding career" in the field of community development, the International Community Development Society gave Richard W. Poston its 1988 Achievement Award July 27. A professor emeritus of community development at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Poston came out of retirement in 1986 to lead Cairo's Operation Enterprise. The grass-roots hometown development pioneer has modeled his effort in Cairo after his "Bootstraps" campaigns of a quarter century ago. Poston served as the society's president in 1973 and 1974.

Bittle resigns from DMHDD

Ronald Bittle, deputy director for southern facilities operations for the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (DMHDD) for the last year, resigned his position effective September 30. He had been responsible for operations at 11 downstate mental institutions. He formerly was superintendent of the Clyde L. Choate Mental Health and Developmental center in Anna for 30 years. DMHDD associate director for policy and programs, Dr. Terry Brelie, has assumed Bittle's former responsibilities on an acting basis.□

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