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Monday, September 16, 2013

People in the historic picture identified

I asked not long ago for some help in identifying the people in this picture, taken  in June 1969 as Governor Richard Ogilvie signed the state law that created Sangamon State University in Springfield. The picture hangs in the Hatmaker Conference Room in the Public Affairs Center at UIS -- named after George Hatmaker, who chaired the Springfield Committee for Higher Education in the 1960s. He was president of Franklin Life Insurance, one of the city's prominent businesses. Helping significantly with the IDs here were the Legislative Research Unit; Steve Brown of Speaker Madigan's staff; and the reference desk at Lincoln Library (the Springfield city library). Thanks to all. The committee of 15 people, honored a few years later by a resolution, raised $1 million to buy land for SSU and Lincoln Land Community College. Pictured with Governor Ogilvie are, from left:

George Hoffman, co-chairman of the Springfield Committee for Higher Education;
Franklin Matsler, executive director of the Board of Regents;
G. William Horsley, state senator, 50th District;
Walter R. Lohman (receiving pen from Governor Ogilvie), vice chairman of the Committee for Higher Education in Central Illinois (and president of the First National Bank of Springfield);
George Hatmaker, chairman of the committee (and president of Franklin Life Insurance Co.);
Paul Evans, president of the Springfield Association of Commerce and Industry (also vice president of Illinois National Bank and former general manager at Pillsbury Mills);
James T. Londrigan, state representative;
J. David Jones (wearing eyeglasses), state representative; and
Chris H. Homeier, state representative.  

Barely visible and mostly obscured by  Representative Jones is Circuit Judge William Chamberlain, another co-chairman of the Springfield Committee for Higher Education.


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