Edgar loses another
For the third time in three months, a member of Gov. Jim Edgar's cabinet has resigned. Stephen F. Selcke resigned as director of the Illinois Department of Insurance on February 1 to accept a job with Ameritech-Illinois Corp., formerly known as Illinois Bell.
In his 16 years in state government, Selcke was the assistant director of the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs and director of the Department of Professional Regulation under former Gov. James R. Thompson and was legislative director for both Thompson and Edgar.
Edgar filled two vacancies in his administration in October — John Mitchell as director of the Emergency Management Agency and Thomas Ortciger as director of the Department of Nuclear Safety (see Illinois Issues, December 1993, page 26). In November, the directors of the departments of Employment Security and Mines and Minerals, Loleta Didrickson and Ronald Morse, respectively, resigned (see Illinois Issues, December 1993, page 27). The directorship of the Department of Public Aid has been vacant since last spring (see Illinois Issues, June 1993, page35).
Paula Raschke-Lind appointed
to House, serving remainder
of Giorgi's term
Paula Raschke-Lind, a legislative assistant for four years to the late state Rep. E.J. "Zeke" Giorgi, was appointed to replace the longtime lawmaker who died at age 72 in October. Thirteen Democrats from the 67th legislative district had applied to serve the remainder of Giorgi's term. He had represented Rockford for nearly 30 years in the state legislature.
Lind was appointed by a three-member panel, which included her mother-in-law, Gloria Lind, the Winnebago County clerk.
Bramlet poised to take over
operations of Taxpayers' Federation
Tim Bramlet, 35, of Springfield, vice president of the Illinois Retail Merchants' Association (IRMA), has been named vice president of the Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois. Jim Nowlan, president of the federation, says that Bramlet is handling daily operations and is expected to be named president of the Taxpayers' Federation in March. Nowlan will move within the organization to its research and education arm, the Illinois Tax Foundation, as the executive director.
Bramlet earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, and completed graduate work at Sangamon State University in Springfield. Prior to joining IRMA, he was director of
Hofer new chairman of
citizens committee to improve juvenile justice
Roy E. Hofer, 58, Burr Ridge, was appointed in December by Cook County Chief Judge Harry G. Comerford to head the Citizens' Committee on the Juvenile Court, a 35-member watchdog group formed in 1963 charged with improving Illinois' troubled juvenile justice system. Hofer, an attorney with William Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione of Chicago, served as president of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) in 1988-89, during which time the CBA issued a report with recommendations to improve the juvenile court system.
Last October Hofer co-authored a report that criticized the court's handling of the case involving the death
Hofer says that because of the two reports and Judge Comerford's commitment to reform, there is an "impetus for change" and
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an environment in which short-term and long-term changes in the juvenile justice system can be realized. "But it will take more than lawyers and judges to solve the problems," says Hofer. "We need the help of the legislative and executive branches." On January 10 Gov. Edgar and legislative leaders met with Judge Comerford in Chicago.
Edgar names Dailey
replacement at Illinois Health
Jeff Holden, 41, of Glen Ellyn is the new chairman of the seven-member Illinois Health Facilities Authority, which sells tax-exempt bonds on behalf of not-for-profit hospitals and other health providers. Holden is chief operating officer of the Chicago-based Illinois State Medical Society.
Holden succeeds John Dailey, who stayed on as chairman after his term ended in June 1993 until Gov. Edgar appointed a successor. Edgar was forced to defend this inaction in early January when Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls reminded everyone that Dailey still held a state post six months after being forced to resign as president and CEO of Community Bank of Greater Peoria in East Peoria for irregularities in the bank's lending practices. The bank was owned by Dailey and his former father-in-law, G. Raymond Becker, who also held a state post. At the end of his term in January, Becker was replaced on the Illinois Capital Development Board by Roland C. Harris, 57, of Hoffman Estates. Harris is president of Pace Contracting Corp., Schaumburg. Both the authority and the board pay members' expenses only.
Fucik new chief of
legislative affairs at
Department of Agriculture
Illinois Department of Agriculture director Becky Doyle named Patrick Fucik, 30, of Springfield to be chief of the agency's Office of Legislative Affairs on December 22.
As chief liaison, Fucik will help draft legislative proposals for the department, along with providing information about the agency and the agricultural industry to Illinois lawmakers and other state agencies.
Fucik was a legislative analyst with the House Republican staff before joining the Department of Agriculture in 1992 as a legislative liaison. He earned a bachelor's degree from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.
New lobby group emerges
from investor-owned utilities
Seven investor-owned utilities that conduct business in Illinois have formed the Illinois Energy Association to lobby the General Assembly and the Illinois Commerce Commission on their behalf.
The six firms involved are Commonwealth Edison Company of Chicago, Illinois Power of Decatur, Central Illinois Public Service Company of Springfield, Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company of Davenport, Iowa, Mount Carmel Public Utility Company of Mount Carmel, Union Electric Company of St. Louis, Mo. and the Interstate Power Company of Dubuque, Iowa. According to utility officials, the new office based in Springfield will have a $500,000 annual budget, and a public action committee (PAC) for distributing campaign contributions will be formed.
James Monk of Springfield is the president and chief executive officer of the new association. Prior to his appointment, he was the chairman of Indiana's state Utility Regulatory Commission. A native of Indiana, Monk earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Indiana, Bloomington, and his law degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He represented the Indiana 39th State Senate District and was a county prosecutor.
Johnson new member of
Job Training Council;
Gov. Jim Edgar appointed Donald Johnson, 59, of Springfield, president of Illinois AFL-CIO, as a new member of the 50-mem-ber Job Training Coordinating Council effective November 30, 1993. Johnson replaced Bonnie Heraty for a term ending July 1, 1995.
The council, funded through the federal Job Training Partnership Act and administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, guides policy for distributing federal money to programs that meet employers' needs for a well-trained work force and workers' needs for quality jobs. Johnson says he is responsible for setting policy to implement the increased funding for dislocated workers expected from defense conversions and NAFTA.
Reappointed to the council with terms ending July 1 were: Glenda Arnett, 46, of Godfrey, AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison for the River Bend United Way in Alton; Shirley Brussell, 73, of Chicago, executive director of Operation ABLE; John Hudson, 45, of Springfield, financial secretary for Operating Engineers Local 965; Mary Koenig, 57, of Chicago, assistant to the mayor, Office of Employment and Training; Ronald Morehead, 54, of Normal, training coordinator of the Illinois AFL-CIO Manpower Assistance program; Charles Porter, 72, of Chicago, project director of the Employment and Training Technical Assistance Project; Pamela Schwartz, 42, of Olney, director of Women's Center Programs at Olney Central College; and Jan Staggs, 53, of Springfield, executive director of the Illinois Occupational Information Coordinating Committee.
Reappointed with terms ending July 1, 1995, were: Joseph Angleton, 47, of Pinckneyville. District 12 president of United Mine Workers of America in Springfield; Samuel Bernstein, 84, of Chicago, consultant/director of policy and planning at Kane, McKenna and Associates Inc., Chicago; Mary Virginia "Ginnie" Hartman, 68, of Mounds, owner/operator of Hartman Farms; Anne Ladky, 45, of Chicago, executive director of Women Employed Institute, Chicago; Barry MacLean, 55, of Libertyville, president and CEO of MacLean-Fogg Company in Mundelein; Janet Payne, 49, of Westville, director of personnel at United Samaritans Medical Center; Frank Rausa, 51, of Sterling, manager of training and development at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company; and William Smith, 55, of Moline, president of
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