Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 15, 1996, Alton, Illinois
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Hoffman, Shimkus lead fund-raising race
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By DENNIS MCMURRAY
Telegraph staff writer SPRINGFIELD - StatTS^. Jay Hoffman, D-Collinsville, has a commanding fund-raising lead over opponent Sam Cahnman
heading into next week’s Democratic primary election for the 20th Congressional District In the seven-way race for the Republican nomination, the most recent reports to the Fed
eral Election Commission for January and February indicated Madison County Treasurer John Shimkus raised the most Hoffman reported an additional $50,736 in contributions to
his campaign in January and February, with $83,976 in spending and a balance of $42,237 at the end of February.
He received several large contributions from union groups. The AFL-CIO COPE, National Education Association Political Action Committee and the UAW PAC each gave $5,000; $2,500 contributions came from the political action committees of AFSCME and the Carpenters, Seafarers and Ironworkers unions.
Cahnman, a Springfield attorney, reported $8,767 in contributions for January and February, with $10,459 in spending and a balance of $1,334.
Most of his itemized contributions were from relatives or friends, although he did report
$1,000 from the Commodity Futures Traders PAC.
The national PAC for the Association of Trial Lawyers contributed to both candidates — $5,000 to Hoffman’s campaign and $1,000 to Cahnman’s.
On the GOP side, Shimkus reported $44,938 in contributions the past two months, with spending of $52,001 and a balance of $34,739. The largest itemized contribution was $3,000 from the Ameritech PAC; contributions of $1,000 each were received from two other corporate PACS, Caterpillar and Glaxo.
Shimkus’ largest itemized individual contribution was $1,000 from James Covert, director of vehicle services for the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. Secretary of State George Ryan and several staffers have been assisting Shimkus’ campaign.
The latest influx of contributions pushed Shimkus ahead of Rick Angel, who had been the fund-raising leader at the end of December, primarily as a result of personal loans.
During January and February, Angel reported an additional $7,031 in contributions, spending of $16,867 and a balance of $24,346.
He reported his personal loans to his campaign have reached $80,564, plus an additional $2,100 owed his business, Angel Investigations.
GOP contender Bill Owens, a Springfield construction worker who was the party’s nominee in 1994, reported $6,926 in contributions, $5,719 in spending and a $1,336 balance during January and February. He also reported a contribution of $1,000 from Jack Roeser, a conservative suburban Chicago factory owner who ran against Gov. Jim Edgar
in the 1994 Republican primary.
Other GOP contenders filing reports for January and February included:
■ Sangamon County Circuit Court Clerk Carl Oblinger, who reported taking in $22,865. Oblinger received $200 from Paul Findley of Jacksonville, the last Republican to hold the 20th District congressional seat, from 1971 to 1983
■ Patrick Baikauskas, legislative liaison for the Illinois Department of Mental Health, who reported contributions $8,725.
■ Springfield attorney James Zerkle, who reported $8,860 in contributions, with three Springfield businessmen contributing $1,000 each.
The seventh candidate, college student David Green of Springfield, has not reported any campaign contributions.
Not so beautiful
East Alton police Investigated a two-vehlcle accident about noon Thursday at St. Louis and Niagara avenues, landing a pickup truck in a village flower bed and knocking down a sign. Billy Hamlin, 54, of Moro, was ticketed for falling to yield while turning left, police said. Hamlin, who was driving west on West St. Louis Avenue, apparently turned left toward Niagara In the path of an eastbound vehicle driven by Christian Greer, 22, of Wood River, police said. No one was hurt, police said.
Park owner donates land for children’s camp
PEORIA (AP) - Sick children will get a place to play and heal and study nature — maybe even with Paul Newman’s stamp of approval — thanks to the donation of 200 acres for the creation of a children’s camp, organizers said Thursday.
Conservationist William Rutherford has been trying to give away his 2,000-acre Wildlife Prairie Park near Peoria. He is still looking for a cooperative government agency, but the search put him in touch with a group trying to create a summer camp for children with life
He decided to donate land adjacent to his wildlife park for the project Children at the camp will be able to enjoy the nature programs, train and plethora of wildlife just across the road.
“They’ll have free use of the park,” said Rutherford, who will charge just $1 a year in rent “This sounds like one of the most pleasant (projects) I’ve ever had.”
The Buffalo Prairie Gang Camp will be modeled after the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp that
actor Paul Newman founded foi sick children, said Jon Dellaria Jr., who is organizing the project
The Illinois camp eventual!) may join the association of five children’s camps affiliated with Newman’s charities, Dellaria said in a telephone interview Even if the project meets criteria for admission, it would nol necessarily bring any additional money from the actor.
“We can use their name. We can use their products. We just can't expect any money,” Dellaria said.
Carjacking results in death for two sisters
• CENTREVILLE (AP) - Two sisters arriving home from church were forced back into their car by an armed teen-ager who took them on a wild ride that ended in their death when he slammed the car into a tree.
The suspected carjacker, 17, suffered only minor injuries and was in custody along with a 16-year-old, St Clair County Sheriff Mearl Justus said.
The victims were identified as Pauline Chatman, 74, and Mae Byrd, 59.
“They were women you could depend on, two lovely people who would never reftise anything that was asked of them,” said the Rev. Thomas McMath, their pastor at the Full Gospel Church of God in Christ Many in the poor, tight-knit community next to East St Louis knew the women. Mrs. Byrd’s husband, Thomas, ran a trash collection business in the city for many years.
McMath said the two women had been members of his church for more than 20 years. Mrs. Byrd was the denomination’s assistant state supervisor and the district missionary, while Mrs. Chatman was president of the church’s “rescue squad.” “It’s a real tragedy, and it’s just devastated our community. Everbody is calling and talking about it,” said the Rev. Ralph Smith of the Centreville Church of Christ.
The victims, Smith said, had just $20 between them when they were robbed.
“We’re shocked; we’re wondering when it’s all going to end,” said Centreville Mayor Riley Owens. “It wasn’t like it was outsiders who came in and did this; it was somebody from the neighborhood.”
I The two elderly Centreville women were killed after an armed teen-ager slammed their car Into a tree
Police said they believed the two teen-agers were part of a gang of about six youths who earlier that night robbed and beat a man at gunpoint as he got off a bus in Centreville.
The sisters were accosted a short time later as they were getting out of their car, Justus said. The women were returning from a conference at the Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ in Washington Park.
“We believe that they robbed the two ladies as they came home from church, most probably in their driveway, and took command of the car at that time,” the sheriff said.
The women were forced into the front seat of their 1988 Lincoln Continental while the 17-year-old took the wheel.
About four blocks later, he lost control and hit a parked car and a fence post, then drove through two yards before finally slamming into a tree just outside the city limits.
At first, sheriff’s deputies treated the crash as a simple accident but after investigating, arrested the teen-ager.
State’s Attorney Robert Haida said he planned to file charges today that could include murder, aggravated vehicular highjacking, kidnapping and armed robbery.
The Telegraph/RUSS SMITHThe beat goes on
Brent Boyd, 12, practices his drumming Thursday on a bridge post along Brown Street on his way home from East Middle School In Alton. Brent is the son of John Talbert and Sandra Stegall.
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