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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Good as gold? Yes they are

It just seems right to see the awards for volunteer service so connected to UIS. The Good as Gold ceremony filled the Sangamon Auditorium lobby this evening and has become a significant Springfield event. More than 50 volunteers and businesses were honored, including Glenn Allison, a lifelong resident of Sherman, who earned the 2014 Distinguished Volunteer AwardI was especially proud of Mallory Beck (below), whose career I have followed and who won the Star Student Award for her volunteer efforts, and the other nominated UIS students. Read more about them here by scrolling down just a bit.
Matt Dobill, Jill Gossett and Mallory Beck.

Monday, March 17, 2014

When 3 candidates won by 1 vote the same day

One year when I was the newspaper editor in Monmouth, Illinois, three races were decided by one vote. I found that incredible and I wrote about it.

All were local races in western Illinois, where I worked. Here are two who won and one who lost by one vote:

Patrick McCleary won the highway commissioner's job in Point Pleasant Township in Warren County by a 77-76 vote .

In the village of Joy in Mercer County, Gail Tucker became village president by a 69-68 margin.

In Swan Township in Warren County, the top four vote-getters won seats as township trustees. The fourth-place finisher had 92 votes, and James Anderson came in fifth place with 91 votes. He lost by one.


Those votes all occurred within a few miles of each other on April 7, 1981--thirty-three years ago. I remember that day every time an election rolls around.

So I will vote tomorrow. I know it matters.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Good advice from a great alum

Illinois State Senator Kimberly Lightford has become known for her passion and integrity. The featured speaker at this week's UIS Alumni in Government breakfast in Springfield, she told her own personal story and then had this advice:
Know your truth.
Speak your truth.
Stand in your truth.
That's what she does. It's the opposite of being wishy washy and that's why hers was an inspiring, challenging message.
See more photos from the breakfast here.
Sen. Kim Lightford speaks at UIS alumni breakfast.
UIS alumni Dalitso Sulamoyo and Carolyn Berning