Understanding Illinois: Executive Mansion–Home or Political Tool?

NowlanJanuary 21, 2015

by Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

Gov. Bruce Rauner promises to renovate the leaky Illinois Executive Mansion with his seemingly limitless wealth—and to live there as well.
Better to utilize the mansion extensively for social events for the political class, especially when the lawmakers are in town, but continue to live in Chicago, where the action is.
The undistinguished Italianate, brick, 16-room mansion was built in 1855 during the governorship of Joel Matteson (who apparently tampered with a jury to avoid prison for cashing in $300,000 in state script that had already earlier been redeemed).
Entry into the building is from under a low-ceilinged portico, which darkens the entry way. A spiral staircase leads up to airy, sunny public rooms that are furnished tastefully in 19th Century style of the era of its construction.
There is a large, long dining room that can serve 30 or so, I am recalling, for formal dinners but is used more frequently as a buffet table. Beyond the dining room is a modest ballroom with small stage that would be perfect for musicales, but is rarely used in that way. Read More

SCED Announces 2014 Award Recipients

January 21, 2015

Submitted by the SCED

The Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 annual awards which will be presented at the SCED Annual Dinner this Saturday.
Larry Stenger will be recognized as the 2014 Citizen of the Year.
Stenger is the Regional Community Bank President for First Mid Illinois Bank & Trust and is an individual who displays a passion for service and for the community of Sullivan. Stenger has used his extensive financial knowledge and creativity to help many projects in Sullivan become reality. Larry’s quiet dedication to community and economic development and his behind the scenes willingness to give back to the community exemplify the criteria for the SCED Citizen of the Year
Ron White will be honored with a lifetime achievement award. Read More

Sullivan PD Warns of Unlocked Vehicle Thefts

January 21, 2015

Recent string has police urging public for help

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After several instances where items were taken from unlocked vehicles this past week, Sullivan police chief John Love is asking the community to be alert and to call his office for any information related to the thefts.
Love, who declined to comment on the number of actual thefts or their exact location within Sullivan said that it appears at least one individual is targeting vehicles that are unlocked and then stealing items, though so far the value of such items remains minor. Read More

Three 20-point Plus Performances Aid Sullivan Victory

SullivanGirls2January 21, 2015

St. T unable to stop Lady Red trio

by Aaron Dyer
Sullivan Reporter

Last Thursday night, Sullivan Lady Redskins jumped forward in the Central Illinois Conference at 4-0 after taking on the St. Teresa Lady Bulldogs and winning 80-32.
With a combination of Brittin Boyer, Emily Neuhauser, and Elissa Stewart, it has become clear the SHS Lady Redskins are a tough team to beat.
And though St. Teresa fought to keep up with Sullivan, the first quarter was all anybody had to see to know the game would be a blow out.
Boyer won the jump, and Sullivan took off scoring six points in the first 30 seconds of the game forcing St. T to call a time out. Read More

Cardinals Flex in Dominant Win Over Sullivan

Photo by R.R. Best Sullivan’s Zach Hrvol drives to the open basket last Friday.

Photo by R.R. Best
Sullivan’s Zach Hrvol drives to the open basket last Friday.

January 21, 2015

No. 5 ranked Warrensburg demonstrates abilities in win

by Aaron Dyer
Sullivan Reporter

While last week against Tuscola may have been a close contest, Sullivan couldn’t manage to pull it together on Friday against Warrensburg-Latham’s boys’ basketball team–a group that for the second week in a row in January was ranked no. 5 in class 2A.
Despite the 62-37 loss, Sullivan did earn a bit of experience and things to practice for when they approach their next competitor on the court.
“We ran into a really good team, and they took advantage of our mistakes,” said head coach Chester Reeder.
When the game began, Warrensburg-Latham Cardinals took off to an early lead, managing to steal the ball and shut down Sullivan before they could even get an attempt.
During the first quarter, Layne McMahon and Alec Ballinger both acquired a foul against Sullivan, though the Cardinals would convert on only one of their free throws.
After the fouls, Reeder called a time out in hopes of reforming his team and getting them back on the board, and that’s exactly what he did.
With the pep talk during the time out, the Redskins scored in a neck-and-neck pattern as both teams attacked the paint and ended the first with the Cardinals narrowly ahead 12-17.
But the second quarter was a change for the worse as the Redskins seemed to hesitate more.
“We weren’t attacking the paint throughout the whole game like we usually do,” said Reeder. “We started to in the first quarter, but the second and third quarter, we got away from it.” Read More

Lady Timberwolves Win First Conference Matchup

January 21, 2015

Enter LOVC tournament as no. 1 seed Monday

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Okaw Valley started their conference schedule Thursday night with a dominant 51-39 win over Argenta. Amanda McClain tallied another double double scoring 15 points with 15 rebounds, and Jessica Robinson turned in a performance to remember scoring the first 10 points of the game. Whatever pre game meal Robinson had before Thursday night’s game should definitely be on the menu Monday as she was on fire early in the game propelling Okaw Valley to a 9-2 lead with four minutes to go in the first period. Robinson would then add a free throw to score the first 10 for the Lady Timberwolves, a feat that did not go unnoticed by head coach Don Gardener.
“Jess had a phenomenal game tonight,” he said. “This is what we expect of her. She is solid on offense. She is solid on defense, and only being a sophomore her confidence is growing and growing.” Robinson ended the night with 13 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Read More

Knights Impress in 51-26 Victory over Tri-County

January 21, 2015

Suffocating defense key in win

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

A deliberate looking Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond boys’ squad overwhelmed the Tri-County Titans Friday night by a 25-point margin. Tyler Schuring shredded the nylon early knocking four 3-pointers in the first half. Tanner Brewer added 15 points to go with four rebounds in one of the big man’s best games so far this season.
Tri-County entered the contest 15-3 on the season and promptly jumped out to a 6-0 lead on back to back threes. But Jeremy Plank responded for the Knights with a deep trey, and Brewer added a layup to take back the lead 7-6 with three minutes remaining in the first. Tyler Schuring caught fire, and it was contagious as the Knights outscored Tri-County 27-5 to close out the half. ALAH was also spectacular defensively showcasing a suffocating man defense that held Tri-County to one point in the second quarter. Read More

Obituaries 1-14-2015: Modena Barnes

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Funeral services for Modena Henderson Barnes, 84, of Sullivan were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in Jonathan Creek Cemetery in Sullivan.

She passed away at 5:04 a.m. Saturday, January 10, 2015 in Eastview Terrace in Sullivan.

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