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Eastern Illinois president to retire
Eastern Illinois University President David Jorns doesn't believe in giving two weeks notice. Try two years.

This summer, the 53-year-old chief executive of the Charleston based university announced his plans to retire effective July 1, 1999.

"I leave Eastern with great peace of mind," wrote Jorns in a letter announcing his decision. "The next administration will receive an institution in excellent working condition."

Jorns has been ElU's president since November 1992.

He plans to retire with his wife to Oakland, Ill.

But for the next two years, Jorns said he will focus on completing several projects, including launching renovation of the university's Booth Library and installing a new provost.

Terry Weidner, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced his own retirement plans earlier this year.

The Illinois Campaign Finance Project received a national award for citizen education from a government research association. The project's two-year study on this state's campaign finance laws included recommendations released earlier this year

Former Gov. William Stratton and former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon headed the project's task force, which called for greater disclosure of contributions and expenditures, a limit on the amount legislative leaders can donate to campaigns, and creation of a permanent commission to monitor political money. Illinois Issues publisher Ed Wojcicki directed the project in collaboration with the Institute for Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

The "Most Effective Citizen Education" award from the Alabamabased Governmental Research Association was given to Wojcicki in July at the GRA's national convention in Boston.

The late state Sen. Harry "Babe" Woodyard of Chrisman, remembered by many for his conservation efforts, now has a rural sanctuary named in his honor. This summer, Gov. Jim Edgar dedicated the Harry "Babe" Woodyard State Natural Area. A former farmer, Woodyard championed many agricultural and environmental initiatives throughout his 18-year tenure in the Illinois House and Senate.

"Babe Woodyard loved the outdoors," Edgar said. "He had a strong conviction that a healthy environment and outdoor recreation were important components of the quality of life of all Illinoisans."

The 1,044-acre site is located in southeastern Vermilion County and includes a segment of the Little Vermilion River that remains unchanged from the time Illinois was first settled. Sixteen state endangered or threatened species of plants and animals inhabit the site; its woodlands serve as a refuge for songbirds that require dense forest habitat to survive. The Department of Natural Resources acquired the property in September 1995, and much of it will remain in its natural state.

Woodyard died in January after suffering a stroke. He was appointed to Edgar's state House seat in 1979 when Edgar moved on to a position with then-Gov. James Thompson. The popular Woodyard won each of his re-election bids.

Avan Billimoria was recently appointed interim president of Chicago State University. Billimoria, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will serve until a new president is chosen to replace Dolores Cross. Cross, the first woman and only African American to head an Illinois public university, recently resigned to become president of the GE Fund, General Electric Co.'s international foundation.

John Hope Franklin, a former University of Chicago history department chair, will head a presidential advisory panel on race relations. Franklin taught at the university for 20 years and has written texts about U.S. black history.

Laird M. Ozmon of Joliet is the new president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Ozmon, a 1979 graduate of the Loyola University College of Law, succeeds Geoffrey L. Gifford of Chicago.

Kevin Martin is the new executive director of the Illinois Insurance Information Service, replacing retiring Norman Godden. Martin was director of government affairs for the organization. Prior to that, he served as Gov. Edgar's deputy director of government affairs. The Illinois Insurance Information Service, a not-for-profit organization, provides insurance information to consumers.

Mary McNeil, a longtime Statehouse reporter, will resign October 10 from WUIS/WIPA, the public radio station at the University of Illinois at Springfield. McNeil began by covering local government for the station in 1986. In 1992, she moved to the Statehouse. She will continue to free-lance for the station.

Niki Ziegler joined the Statehouse bureau of The Associated Press. Ziegler, a Rockford native, interned with the bureau last year while getting her Public Affairs Reporting master's degree through the University of Illinois at Springfield. She then spent a year working for AP in two Missouri bureaus before returning to Illinois June 23.

30 / September 1997 Illinois Issues

Shifts at the Top
Bill Roberts, chief counsel to Gov. Jim Edgar for the past two years, has returned to private practice. Roberts rejoins the multistate law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson as chief operating officer and managing partner. A former U. S. attorney for the Central District and former Sangamon County state's attorney, Roberts first joined Hinshaw in 1993.

Bishop Frank T. Griswold III of Chicago will become the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Griswold was elected to the post this summer. He will perform administrative and pastoral duties for the 2.4 million-member denomination. The appointment is effective January 1 when he begins a nine-year term based in New'York City.

Valeric Brooks, a Bureau of the Budget division chief, has been appointed senior adviser to Gov. Jim Edgar on human services and policy. She will take over many of the duties handled by Edgar's former Deputy Chief of Staff Howard Peters III, who is now secretary of Illinois' new Department of Human Services.

Otto Fafoglia has been appointed deputy director for operations at the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. He replaces John Plunk.

Maudlyne Ihejirika will head the Department of Children and Family Services' communications office in Chicago. Ihejirika was a reporter with the Chicago Sun Times. She replaces Martha Alien, who will handle media relations for the Department of Human Services.

Hannelore "Honey" Huisman was elected chair of the Illinois State Board of Elections. The Rock Island Republican succeeds downstate Democrat Wanda Rednour, who was reappointed, Huisman, former chair of the Black Hawk College Board of Trustees, was appointed to the board six years ago. Democrat Kenneth R. Boyle, a Springfield attorney, was elected vice chair.

Marjorie Sodemann is the new director of the secretary of state's index department. She succeeds Debra Detmers.

John Camper, longtime Chicago newsman, is Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's new deputy press secretary. Camper, who worked at the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune and the now-defunct Chicago Daily News, was director of communications for the University of Illinois at Chicago. Working with Daley and press secretary Jackie Heard, a former Tribune colleague, will be great, says Camper. But there's another perk: "When you handle PR for a university, you get used to begging the news media to cover you. It'll be nice having them come to me for a change."

Timothy Wright is the new chief of staff for Chicago Democratic U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush. Wright held several cabinet positions under late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington and handled economic development under former Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer. "I've known the congressman since his first election in 1983.1 helped him then. And since then, I've been sort of an unofficial adviser," says Wright. He replaces Maurice Daniel.

Reitz replaces Deering in the House
Steeleville Democrat Dan Reitz, a lobbyist for the United Mine Workers Union, has been appointed to serve the remainder of the late Rep. Terry Deering's term. Deering of DuBois was killed June 26 while driving home from a St. Louis Cardinals game. An autopsy showed he was driving drunk. He had served in the legislature since 1991. This past session, he was one of 11 Illinois House members to vote against lowering the blood alcohol level to .08. Ten days later he was arrested for drunk driving. Deering, like Reitz, was a coal miner.

Brown replaces Hughes in the House
Republicans have tapped former McHenry County board member Michael Brown to replace former state Rep. Ann Hughes of Woodstock. Brown, an independent real estate appraiser, stepped down from the board to take Hughes' post. Hughes resigned this summer. She suffered a death in the family, and an unexpected move put her outside her district. She was forced to step down early when she couldn't find a house in her district. Hughes was first elected to that rural northern Illinois district in 1992.

Schumann replaces Hoffman in DuPage
Herb Schumann of Palos Hills is the new Cook County Republican Party chairman. Schumann has been a Palos Township committeeman and a Cook County committeeman. He's also a member of the Cook County Board. Schumann succeeds Manny Hoffman, who resigned last month after 5 1/2 years. "I hadn't anticipated running in March 1998 for a fourth term and, by leaving now, the new chairman will have six months to put in a county slate," says Hoffman, chairman of the State and Local Labor Relations boards.

Illinois Issues September 1997 / 31

Edgar: "Time to move on."
On August 20, Gov. Jim Edgar announced he will not run for office, answering part of this summer's most pressing political question. Edgar did not say what he'll do next, but he ruled out a third term or a U. S. Senate bid. He had three speeches prepared and kept his plan secret until the last moment. Following are edited excerpts from a question and answer session with the media immediately following his announcement.

Q. What finally put you over the edge in choosing that speech?

When I went through the health problems in '94, I just thought I'd be lucky to be elected to a second term. Now my health is fine, hut I think it also made me realize there are a lot of things in life I'd like to do. And also, I always thought, "I want to go out on top."

Edgar has spent 30 years in public service, beginning as an aide to Illinois House and Senate leaders. In 1976, he won a House seat representing a district which includes Charleston, his hometown. Three years later, then-Gov. James Thompson appointed him director of legislative affairs. In 1981, he appointed Edgar secretary of state to fill a vacancy. Edgar then won two more terms in that office before being elected governor in 1990.

Q. What do you think history will remember most about your term?

I think, probably, first and foremost it is that we've restored fiscal stability in this state. Also the fact that most people found me to be very credible.

A stern fiscal overseer as governor, Edgar tackled a backlog of bills when he took office. Through budget cuts, he put the state on a sound fiscal footing.

And he fulfilled a campaign pledge to make permanent an income tax surcharge that would have expired.

Programmatically, Edgar was more comfortable with baby steps than with giant leaps. He was fond of pilot programs that planted seeds for social reform at nominal cost rather than Thompson's grandiose approach.

His most significant failure is undisputed: the inability to win passage of an education finance reform package last spring after staking his reputation on a plan to swap an income tax increase for property tax relief.

Q. In the 16 months that you have remaining, what can you do in terms of schoolfundmg reform?

I think we can get something done on school funding because the legislature needs to get something done. Most of them are up for re-election. And that issue didn't come from Jim Edgar. That came from the people of this state.

And in some ways by my not being a candidate that does remove some. of the partisan overtones. And I think that will make it easier to get something done.

Three guilty of fraud and bribery
Federal jurors returned guilty verdicts against three of four "defendants in the fraud and bribery trial of Management Services of Illinois Inc. MSI, former MSI coowner Michael Martin and former Illinois Department of Public Aid administrator Ronald Lowder were found guilty of using cash, campaign contributions, gifts and trips to win favorable renegotiation of a state contract that boosted payments $7.1 million for the same work. MSI's current owner, William Ladd, was acquitted.

"It's going to shut this town down," Martin's attorney Patrick Tuite was quoted by Springfield's State Journal-Register as saying after the verdict. The newspaper quoted Richard Cox, first assistant U.S. attorney, as saying, "We hope it turns business on its head."

32 / September 1997 Illinois Issues

Q & A Question & Answer

Liz Hollander

After spending 34 years in Chicago, most of that time working behind the scenes to make government better, Elizabeth "Liz" Hollander has moved on.

This summer she left Illinois for the East Coast to become executive, director of Campus Compact, a national organization of college presidents devoted to promoting volunteerism among their students.

Despite her busy schedule, this former Chicago city planner talked with Illinois Issues by phone about her memories of and predictions for her former hometown.

Q. What do you feel is the legacy you leave Chicago?

I think that one of the things I demonstrated in my work is that government can work really well when it works with other sectors, such as the nonprofit and business sectors. The homeless task force I ran for [the late Chicago Mayor] Harold Washington is an example. Instead of the people [who provide] the housing standing on the outside and yelling, "Give us more money," we had a dialogue. Together we asked, "What money do we have? How can we spend it well?"

Q. What about your role as Chicago's city planner during most of the '80s?

Well, I had a very clear vision as to what it took to enliven a downtown:
activity And something visual. I really hated dead spaces. I paid a lot of attention to what it was like being a pedestrian, which was easy. I'm a walker.

The second thing I'm really proud of is the boulevards running through the whole city. Focusing on them as a real amenity led to a lot of them being fixed up and a lot of neighborhood involvement. Ten years later, that's still going on. That's the sign of a good plan.

Q Any one specific building you are most proud of?

The Harold Washington Library Center. It was my idea to have a design competition, which had a wonderful response. And because of it, there was no controversy when the design was finally chosen. It also came in on time and on budget, which is very amazing.

Q. What challenges or issues do you foresee for urban centers, specifically Chicago?

The ongoing challenge for Chicago is what I call a "tale of two cities." Chicago is a phenomenal center. It's done a really good job bringing housing into the downtown. But a lot of the surrounding neighborhoods have emptied out. There really isn't any employment there.

So I see a need to increase employment and to rebuild its [public] housing stock. They're tearing down so much public housing. It wasn't good, yes. But I wonder where people are going to live. Of course, this is a national problem. The federal government has pulled back so much of the money [for public housing].

Q. What will you miss most about Chicago?

The extraordinary beauty of the city skyline from the lakefront. In all my years there, I never stopped being thrilled by it. Also, the immense diversity of people that I experienced being downtown. I also found Chicago to be a place of enormous opportunity for a professional woman. I never felt there were any barriers.

Hollander was president of the Government Assistance Program through the Egan Urban Center at DePaul University. She also served on the board of Illinois Issues.

Illinois Issues September 1997 / 33

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