Gov. Edgar top staff changes
Gov. Jim Edgar has shifted Michael Belletire of Springfield to be his deputy chief of staff and named Eugene Reineke of Petersburg to fill the top executive assistant spot Belletire had held. The changes were effective December 14.
Belletire, 46, has been one of Edgar's senior advisers since 1989, handling public policy during the 1990 gubernatorial campaign. Previous to the Edgar administration, Belletire was director of the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, an assistant to the state superintendent of education and deputy director of the Department of Public Aid.
He fills a slot vacated by Sally Jackson last June when she was named president and chief executive officer of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce. Belletire will work with developing and implementing administrative policy. His annual salary is $86,000. He has a master's degree in management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Reineke, 36, was the executive director of the Illinois Republican State Central Committee and worked on Edgar's gubernatorial campaign. Reineke is a former director of the Department of Central Management Services, and he was director of Gov. James R. Thompson's Build Illinois plan. Reineke has a master's degree in political science from Boston College. His annual salary is $75,000.
Ryder named DCFS director
Sterling M. "Mac" Ryder, 53, of Spring field, acting director of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) since August, was appointed director by Gov. Jim Edgar, effective February 5. Serving as acting director since Sue Suter resigned last summer, Ryder previously was the department's executive deputy director and general counsel. Prior to joining DCFS in 1991, Ryder was general counsel in the Department of Public Aid, legal adviser to the Illinois State Board of Education and deputy director of the Illinois Legislative Reference Bureau. Ryder earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Omaha and his J.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His annual salary as director is $76,991.
Schaffer named state
savings and loan commissioner
Former state Sen. Jack Schaffer (R-32, Cary), 50, was appointed deputy commissioner of Illinois savings and residential finance by Gov. Edgar, effective February 1, and he will replace John D. Seymour as full commissioner upon Seymour's retirement, effective July 15. The commissioner oversees state-chartered savings banks and savings and loan institutions, as well as the residential mortgage banking industry.
Schaffer's new annual salary is $62,341; his appointment requires Senate confirmation. A state senator from 1973 to 1992, Schaffer served on the Senate Finance Committee and as assistant minority leader. He earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.
Speaker Madigan names
Mapes chief of staff
House Speaker Michael J. Madigan (D-22, Chicago) named Timothy D. Mapes, 38, of Springfield as his chief of staff, effective December 4, replacing Gary J. LaPaille who was elected state senator (D-11, Chicago). Mapes, who was special assistant to the speaker, has served on his research and issues staff since 1977. His new annual salary is $65,000. Mapes has a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb.
John F. "Jack" O'Brien, 64, of Springfield retired as House clerk at the end of January. O'Brien, a Democrat, served six House speakers and 12 General Assemblies, eight as chief clerk with the Democrats in the majority and four as assistant clerk, when the Republicans controlled the House. Serving 24 years as House clerk or assistant clerk, O'Brien oversaw the printing and distribution of legislation, setting the chamber's daily calendar and recording the legislators' votes. O'Brien plans to travel, specifically to visit a daughter in California.
deputy auditor general
John W. Kunzeman, 44, of Springfield was appointed deputy auditor general, effective January 1, by Auditor General William Holland. Kunzeman was formerly appropriations director for the Illinois Senate Republican staff. He has also served as deputy director of the General Assembly's Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission.
His new position of deputy auditor general is a legislative constitutional office with a 10-year term. His appointment was confirmed by the Legislative Audit Commission. His annual salary is $71,576. The last deputy auditor general, who served former Auditor General Robert G. Cronson, was Douglas Kane, a former Democratic state representative.
Illinois Task Force on
Global Climate Change
The Illinois Task Force on Global Climate Change is looking at the possibility of rapid climate change caused by the projected doubling in the 21st century of carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere. The task force was created by House Joint Resolution 81 to study Illinois' options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to future global changes. Its report is due to the governor by March 1994. Members include legislators, administration officials, business representatives and environmental advocates.
Task force chair is John S. "Jack" Moore, director of the Department of Energy and Natural Resources.
Nongovernmental members are David E. Baker, 49, of Chicago, president of The
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Illinois Coalition; Lee Botts, 64, of Chicago, an independent environmental consultant and board member for the Lake Michigan Federation; Larry Brodsky, 44, of Monticello, vice president for engineering, natural gas and electric supply, Illinois Power Company; Paul Dailey, 54, of Geneva, Illinois area manager for the National Weather Service and meteorologist in charge of its Chicago Forecast Office; Leonard Gardner, 58, of Bloomington, retired director of governmental affairs, Illinois Farm Bureau; Frank Kudrna, 47, of Clarendon Hills, president of the engineering firm, Kudrna and Associates; Jon Liebman, 57, of Urbana, professor of environmental engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Taylor Pensoneau, 52, of Springfield, vice president, Illinois Coal Association.
Others from the Edgar administration are Brent Manning, director. Department of Conservation; Jan M. Grayson, director, Department of Commerce and Community Affairs; Mary Glade, director, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency; Becky Doyle, director. Department of Agriculture; C. Kirk Brown, secretary, Department of Transportation.
Legislative members are Sens. Vince Demuzio (D-49, Carlinville), Stanley B. Weaver (R-52, Urbana) and Patrick D. Welch (D-38, Peru) and Reps. Vince A. Persico (R-39, Glen Ellyn) and Larry Woolard (D-117, Carterville). Former Rep. Helen Satterthwaite of Urbana, who introduced House Joint Resolution 81, also serves on the task force.
Climatologists and other scientists at the Illinois Water Survey, a division of the Department of Energy and Natural Resources, will serve as advisers.
New State Board of Health
to advise public health director
Members to the new State Board of Health, created by PA 87-633, were announced by the governor in October. The 15-member board will advise the Department of Public Health director on public health policy, emergencies and control of health hazards. Members are both experts and lay people in the health fields. Its powers include review of department rules and program proposals, and recommendations for solutions to public health issues. The board is required to report to the governor and General Assembly annually by February 1. Members are paid expenses plus $150 a day for meetings.
Initial appointments are for different terms, with three-year terms thereafter. Senate confirmation is required.
Members with terms expiring November 1, 1993, include: Naomi E. Ervin, 50, of Chicago, acting department head. College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago; Cara Lynne Kelly, 54, of Vandalia, registered nurse and administrator, Fayette County Health Department in Vandalia; Colin Laird McRae, 49, of Mundelein, a consultant with McRae and Associates, Mundelein; and Marsha Pruitt, 43, of Peoria Heights, operations manager of Redwood Associates Ltd., Peoria.
Those with terms expiring November 1, 1994: Dr. Karen L. Scott, 53, of Palatine, director of the Cook County Department of Public Health, Oak Park; Dr. Howard A.
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Stone, 63, of Decatur, a self-employed doctor of dental surgery; former state public health director, Dr. Benard J. Turnock, 45, of Chicago, acting dean and associatedean of the School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago. Michael J. Williams, 40, of Rockford, administrator for the Ogle County Health Department in Oregon; and Dr. Donald S. Ross, 43, of Springfield, department of surgery. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield.
Those with terms expiring November 1, 1997: Dr. Virendra S. Bisia, 45, of Flossmoor, physician with the Heart Care Center of South Chicago; James L. McGee, 43, of Peoria Heights, medical director of Radiation Oncology at Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria; Michael G. Murphy, 54, of Belleville, partner with Neurological Services, Belleville; Joseph E. Orthoefer, 61, of Rockford, public health director, Winnebago County Health Department in Rockford; and Vera A. Wilt, 40, of North Riverside, president and chief executive officer of CSA Fraternal Life in Berwyn.
Pequignot new state forester
The Illinois Judiciary
The Illinois Supreme Court announced the following appointments and assignments:
16th Circuit Judge James F. Quetsch of St. Charles was appointed apellate justice in the 2nd Appellate District, effective December 31, to fill the vacancy created by the election of John Nickels to the Supreme Court.
Michael J. Colwell of Geneva, chief circuit judge of the 16th circuit, was assigned to duty in the 2nd Appellate District, April 1 through December 5, 1994.
16th Circuit Judge Thomas E. Hoffman of Barrington Hills was assigned to duty in the 1st Appellate District, effective January 15 until further notice.
1st Appellate District Justice Thomas R. Rakowski of Chicago was appointed chairman of both the Illinois Appellate Court and the executive committee of the 1st district.
Apellate Justices Blanche Manning, Carl McCormick, John Tully, Mel Jiganti, Joseph Gordon and Daniel McNamara, all of Chicago, were appointed presiding judges for 1993 of the 1st through 6th divisions, respectively, of the 1st district.
Cook County Circuit
fice of the Supreme Court, was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Circuit Judge Charles Durham, effective January 20.
Retired Circuit Judge Kenneth L. Gillis, Glencoe, was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Circuit Judge Monica Reynolds, effective January 20.
Judges of the circuit appointed former Circuit Judge Richard J. Larson, Aurora, as associate judge, effective December 28, 1992.
Schiller elected NIPC president
Donna P. Schiller of Lake Bamngton was elected president of the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC), effective December 17 for a one-year term. Succeeding Shelia H. Schultz, Schiller has been a member of the commission since 1977, serving as treasurer from 1990 to 1992. She is also a past president of the League of Women Voters of Illinois. NIPC is the comprehensive planning agency for the six-county Chicago metropolitan area, which includes, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. It also provides technical and research assistance to local governments.
Schiller said her principal goal is implementation of the commission's Strategic Plan for Land Resources Management. The plan addresses the preservation of Lake Michigan's shoreline for public use, the maintenance of an extensive commuter rail system, steady improvements in stream water quality and increasing supplies of public open space.
IMRF elects Sharon Thompson to board
Thompson is a member of the Illinois Government Finance Officers' Association and former president of the Illinois Association of County Officials. She said her goals as IMRF trustee are for efficient operations and payment of benefits; she also wants to maximize investment earnings in order to keep contribution rates low for both employer and employee.
Lingle heads state chamber's
related question .... What we are doing right now is putting the pieces together for our Southern Regional Office. Traditionally and historically the chamber has been located in Chicago and Springfield. I believe this new branch is an indication of the chamber expanding to the rural areas of the state."
Lingle is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Evers-Alvarez to state chamber
Wheatley joins board
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ley earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati, his master's degree from Indiana University and his J.D. degree from Loyola University.
Sevener joins staff of
Donald Sevener, of Springfield joined the staff of Illinois Issues as associate editor on January 4. He replaced Margaret S. Knoepfle, of Auburn, who retired on December 23. Sevener was formerly employed as an editor and writer at Illinois Times in Springfield from 1985 until September of 1992. Prior to that he was a capital correspondent in Springfield for Lee Enterprises' daily newspapers and also wrote for the Lindsay-Schaub Newspapers based in Decatur and the Enquirer & News in Battle Creek, Mich. He also taught courses at Lincoln Land Community College and Sangamon State University, both in Springfield.
At Illinois Issues, Sevener will work half-time, allowing him to teach journalism at the Lincoln Correctional Center, composition at Lincoln Land Community College and continue his free-lance work. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in English and received his master's degree in journalism from Michigan State University.
IHDA's Laue president-elect of
of Government Communicators
Tom Laue, 44, of Evanston, manager of external affairs for the Illinois Housing Development Authority, was appointed vice president for administration and president-elect of the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC), effective January 1993. He will assume the presidency in January 1994 for a one-year term. NAGC is a not-for-profit professional association of nearly 850 active members established in 1976. Members are federal, state and local government employees who edit, write, broadcast, photograph and speak for their respective agencies.
"I have found NAGC to be both stimulating and rewarding," Laue said. "Stimulating, because the group ... is fighting to keep basic public information readily available, more accurate and free from momentary political manipulation." Laue was formerly with United Press International as state editor in Kentucky and bureau manager in Springfield. He is a 1970 graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Staff contributors include James Pollock, F. Mark Siebert and Charles Swearingen
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