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(From left) Jon Whitney, Jerry Taylor, Don Craven and John Lampinen received awards for their careers of excellence in Illinois journalism during this year's IPA/IPF annual convention in Springfield.
(Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)
By ERIN HENKEL
For Illinois Press Association
SPRINGFIELD – Tears and laughter filled the room as the legacies of five men who have had a significant impact on Illinois journalism were recognized during a celebration dinner Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Illinois Press Association/Foundation annual convention.
Jon Whitney, Jerry Taylor and Don Craven were honored as Distinguished Service Award winners, recognition that each received in 2020 before that year’s convention and the 2021 event were forced to be held virtually due to the pandemic.
John Lampinen was named the 2022 recipient of the James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award, and the late Mike Kramer was honored as the first person to receive the Mike Kramer Legislative Award.
They were all honored during a dinner at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel.
Jon and Nancy Whitney embrace during the Illinois Press Association's Celebration Dinner on Aug. 11 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield during the IPA/IPF convention. Jon Whitney, who owns and operates the Carroll County Review weekly newspaper in Thomson along with Nancy, was honored as a winner of an IPA Distinguished Service Award. Introducing Whitney was Illinois Press Foundaiton Board President Jerry Reppert (right). (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association.)
Whitney and his wife, Nancy, have operated the Carroll County Review weekly newspaper together for more than 55 years. So it was fitting that the first thing Jon did after receiving his award was to ask Nancy to join him on the platform.
Nancy, Jon said, has been his partner in every aspect of life.
“We’ve been married for almost 57 and a half years,” he said. “Fifty-five years and two months of that time we’ve run a newspaper. We worked side by side. …She deserves this award as much as I do. She’s the person who made it possible.”
In addition to being a newspaper owner and publisher, Whitney served as president of the Illinois Press Association Board in 1985 and is a longtime member of the Illinois Press Foundation Board.
Whitney is still serving his local community, working 70 to 80 hours a week to put out a weekly paper.
“Jon is the true spirit of a newspaper publisher” said Jerry Reppert, president of the IPF Board who introduced Whitney.
Whitney appreciates the camaraderie he has found while attending the Illinois Press Association conventions.
“You can’t walk next door in a small town and talk shop. We can come down here and talk shop. So, thank you. My deepest appreciation for this award,” Whitney said.
Dinner attendees also took the opportunity to sing “Happy Birthday” to Whitney, whose birthday was Aug. 12, the following day.
Jerry Taylor (center), surrounded by friends and family members, receives a Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Press Association on Aug. 11 in Springfield. Taylor was editor and publisher of The Dispatch in Moline and The Rock Island Argus for many years. He also served on the IPA Board from 1997 to 2005 and as its president in 2004. Taylor was introduced by Roger Ruthhart (left), former editor ofThe Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)
Jerry Taylor has contributed a lifetime of service to the Illinois Press Association and local journalism in the Quad Cities. Taylor served on the Illinois Press Association Board from 1997 to 2005 and as president in 2004.
“In my 24 years as executive director, I can easily say Jerry was the most outstanding board member and board president I knew” former IPA President Dave Bennett said in a comment that was read to the audience by Roger Ruthhart in his introduction of Taylor.
During Taylor’s time as editor and publisher of The Dispatch in Moline, and The Rock Island Argus, he advocated for statewide changes, including advocating for verbatim records of closed meetings and access for cameras in courtrooms.
“Jerry wasn’t afraid to use the power of his own newspaper to help make statewide changes” said Ruthhart, former editor of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus.
Taylor also focused his career on the importance of journalism that served local needs.
“Under Jerry we never had a feeling that a story was too big for us,” Ruthhart said. “I can’t remember that he ever spiked a story. When we got into a dicey one, he’d just say call [IPA attorney Don] Craven.”
Taylor’s devotion to serving others was evident in how former colleagues described him:
“Jerry is fiercely intelligent, focused, and driven and yet he is open to new ideas and other people’s opinions,” said Mike Romkey, who managed the newspapers’ editing hub, in quotes read by Ruthhart.
“Jerry is a fierce partisan for the Illinois Quad Cities, the newspapers he ran, and his staff, yet he is aways gracious and fair. Jerry is a demanding boss with high standards, yet he is willing to forgive the indiscretions of youth and inexperience. I think it was Jerry’s formation as a Catholic and Christian man that added to his God-given intelligence and talents that made him easily the best boss with whom I ever worked. Managing skills and business expertise are all balanced on values and Jerry’s values are rock solid.”
Taylor was joined in attendance by a number of family members who filled two tables in the room.
(From left) Don Craven, his wife, Denise, and his mother-in-law, Judith Sholtis, listen as Jim Slonoff, co-owner and publisher of The Hinsdalean newspaper in Hinsdale, introduces Don as a recipient of an Illinois Press Association Distinguished Service Award. Craven, a longtime legal counsel for IPA member newspapers and current IPA president and CEO, was honored during a celebration dinner at the IPA/IPF convention Aug. 11 in Springfield. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)
Craven was honored for the many years of legal service and leadership he’s provided to the Illinois Press Association and its member newspapers across the state.
“It would be nearly impossible to find a newspaper that hadn’t received the counsel of Don Craven,” said Jim Slonoff, co-owner and publisher of The Hinsdalean newspaper in Hinsdale. “He has helped guide reporters, editors and publishers. From the intricacies of libel law to navigating the Open Meetings Act. From working with politicians to building trust with local officials. From testifying before committees of the Illinois General Assembly to representing newspapers in courtrooms across the state. He trained to be a lawyer but he seems to have the heart and soul of a newspaper man.”
Craven became president and CEO of the IPA last year after having served as interim president during two different periods in the previous two decades. Craven got his law degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1981, and soon set up shop in Springfield with his father, Jim. Today, Craven and his son, Joe, are partners in the Craven & Craven Law Office in Springfield.
For decades, Craven has been provided legal counsel to the hundreds of newspapers that are IPA members.
“Teddy Roosevelt once said ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick.’ Craven has been that big stick at the side of Illinois newspapers in his almost four decades of service,” Slonoff said. “For the folks that would go on the record, the message was crystal clear: Don Craven has been and will always be a source of wisdom, guidance and friendship. He is the lighthouse that always brightens the path during the darkest hours of the storm.”
Craven, much like his own father did, encourages his sons to help create positive change in their communities.
Craven would ask his sons “What’s tomorrow’s headline going to be?”
Slonoff told the audience that Craven’s sons, Joe and David, explained that this was to get across a few different messages but mainly one challenge: Going about your average day isn’t going to get you on the front page. To be the headline you either have to do something incredibly stupid or do something incredibly special. It was a simple phrase — don’t do anything stupid today, but more importantly go do something meaningful. Make a change in your community [and] have an impact on something you care about.”
John Lampinen (left) and Dennis Anderson of Shaw Media share a laugh during the Illinois Press Association Celebration Dinner on Aug. 11 in Springfield. Lampinen, who served as editor of the Daily Herald for 48 years before retiring at the end of 2021, received the James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award during the dinner. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)
The James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award was created to honor a lifelong commitment to a free and open press.
“[The] cornerstone of democracy is an educated electorate. If you don’t have an educated electorate they don’t know how to make decisions and you need a free and open press to serve that purpose,” Don Craven said.
The 2022 Craven Freedom of the Press Award was presented to John Lampinen, who served as editor of the Daily Herald for 48 years before retiring at the end of 2021.
“Those of us who became editors …never would have felt the absolute joy in watching a protégé grow unless we had [become editors],” Lampinen said. “It’s the most wonderous thing. People work hard and they seem stuck, and they work hard and they seem stuck, and they work hard and one day the blossom. Suddenly it just happens. Their promise emerges like a flower that has opened overnight. It brings tears to your eyes sometimes to see it,” Lampinen said.
While serving as editor of the Daily Hereld, Lampinen dedicated his time to promoting ethical and responsible journalism. Lampinen started a campaign called Facts Matter. Although he is retired now, Lampinen is still dedicated to promoting factual information.
“Facts matter,” he said. “They are the most important element in a democratic republic. In order for the people to make good decisions in how we are to be governed they must be informed decisions, so the campaign has to continue. There is no alternative but for it to continue.
“We are all swimming in a sea of misinformation. Some of this misinformation is simply a failure of wrecking social media and improperly vetted information. Some of it is simply a failure to recognize bias and vested interests. Much of it is cynical, purposeful misinformation. Particularly given the country’s deep polarization, many of us tend to be too eager to accept anything that agrees with our point of view. We accept propaganda. We accept lies. We accept manipulation. As citizens we have obligations to be much more educated. We are obliged to develop healthy skepticism that trains us how and when to challenge even those assertions that we wish to be true.”
Lampinen said that in retirement he is spending time with family, and after 48 years in a newsroom he enjoys not feeling like he is in a hurry.
“I just want to thank the Association and Don. This is such a thoughtful award and such a surprising one and I am deeply touched by it,” Lampinen said. “It is a reflection not of my career but of the Daily Hereld and all of the people I’ve worked with over the years, dedicated journalists and dedicated newspaper people. I am particularly touched that it is named for Judge Craven, the Craven family, and certainly Don, one of the people I’ve looked up to for so many years. [He’s]so dedicated to the First Amendment and public access. [He] does such important work and I am so grateful for this. Thank you so much.”
Ann Kramer (center) receives the Mike Kramer Legislative Award which was given to her husband, the late Mike Kramer, from Peter Mierzwa (left), president of Law Bulletin Media, and Don Craven, president and CEO of the Illinois Press Association. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)
The first Mike Kramer Legislative Award was presented during the celebration dinner. The award was created in 2021 to honor Mike Kramer, former president of Law Bulletin Media. Kramer passed away in December 2020 after spending a lifetime promoting an open and transparent government.
So it was fitting that the first award honors Kramer.
“The Chicago Daily Law bulletin has been around since 1854, 168 years, and throughout all that time we have been advocating tirelessly as well for legislation and positions that support newspapers. I can’t think of anyone who has devoted more of their time, more of their talent than Mike Kramer to that cause” said Peter Mierzwa, current president of Law Bulletin Media
Kramer was charismatic and passionate about public policy that benefited newspapers and a free press. Kramer took a personal approach to promoting legislative interests.
“He loved associating with the legislators. …One of the other things he enjoyed doing as (Law Bulletin Media Co-Chairman and CEO) Sandy (Macfarland) liked to highlight was ‘working the rail’ at the state Capitol, coming in to meet all the new legislators,” Mierzwa said. “It was important that people understood that he had a balanced opinion and that built that sense of trust which is the currency you need to do well in that kind of environment.”
The annual award recognizes individuals or organizations whose legislative efforts have ensured access to an open and transparent government.
Don Craven recalled how Kramer would attend events for political candidates and lawmakers, and “work the room” better than the candidate.
“He would be talking to everybody. He would be listening to everybody,” Craven said. “He would be making jokes with everybody. He was just so damned effective. And he had fun doing it.”
Kramer spent his life in the news publishing business and joined the Daily Law Bulletin in 1997, rising to publisher of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer magazine in 2007 and as company president in 2015.
Kramer’s spouse, Ann, and his daughter, Megan, accepted the award.
“Thank you so much for this honor,” Ann said. “Mike would have been so grateful and happy to be here with you.”
(From left) Peter Mierzwa, president of Law Bulletin Media, Illinois Press Association President and CEO Don Craven and Ann Kramer share a laugh after Kramer's husband, the late Mike Kramer, was honored as the recipient of the first Mike Kramer Legislative Award during the IPA Celebration Dinner on Aug. 11 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)
Jerry Taylor (right) and Roger Ruthhart pose for a photo after Taylor was honored as a Distinguished Service Award recipient by the Illinois Press Association on Aug. 11. Ruthhart introduced Taylor, who was an editor and publisher for many years at The Dispatch in Moline and The Rock Island Argus. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)
Don Craven, president and CEO of the Illinois Press Association, congratulates Lucy Lampinen after her husband, John Lampinen, was honored as the 2022 recipient of the James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award during the IPA Celebration Dinner at the annual convention Aug. 11. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)
Denise Craven and Jim Slonoff share a hug during the Celebration Dinner Aug. 11. Denise's husband, Don, received a Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Press Association during its convention at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. Slonoff, the co-owner and publisher of The Hinsdalean newspaper in Hinsdale, introduced Craven. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)
Jason Hegna, vice president of sales for Shaw Media, enjoys a drink and laughs with other convention-goers during the Celebration Dinner Aug. 11. (Photo by Erin Henkel for Illinois Press Association)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2024
Caroline Krizman, media liaison
Tyler Enterprises, Turf Division of Masterblend International,
hires Travis Williams to its sales team
MORRIS, Illinois – Tyler Enterprises, the turf care products division of Masterblend International, is proud to announce the addition of Travis Williams to its turf and ornamental products sales team. He will be responsible for business development and sales of all nutrient and protection products to the golf course, grounds care, and sports turf markets in Central Illinois.
After earning a B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Illinois, Travis served as a director of golf and agronomy for Illinois State University’s Golf Course and their many athletic fields. Additionally he served as director of golf operations for ISU’s Golf Club and achieved the designation of Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Most recently, Travis was responsible for fertilizer procurement at Growmark, an Illinois agricultural cooperative.
These decades of combined hands-on turf agronomics and operations experience will provide Tyler customers with unique and practical insight to turf management best practices. Travis notes:
“I was interested in joining a well-respected company committed to providing quality products and excellent service. The position at Tyler/Masterblend allows me to utilize my combination of experiences to find collaborative solutions for agronomists throughout Illinois.”
Travis is committed to continued involvement and support of the turf management industry. He has provided leadership to industry associations by serving on the Board of Directors and as the past president of the Central Illinois Golf Course Superintendents Association. His firsthand experience and involvement provide credibility with today’s golf course superintendents and athletic field managers.
Scott Kuebel, vice president and general manager at Tyler Enterprises shares, “I am pleased to add such a quality sales representative to our team. Travis brings a wealth of experience in both the golf course and athletic field turf care fields. He is certain to provide exceptional insight and service to turf management professionals in the Central Illinois region.”
Masterblend International is a leading U.S. manufacturer and supplier of the highest quality fertilizer products and blending services for professional growers and turf care professionals. Our Masterblend and Tyler brands serve our clients worldwide and provide complete line of water-soluble fertilizers, control-release fertilizers, granular fertilizers, grass seed, micronutrients and chemicals.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2024
K. Eric Larson
Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestras to host open house on Sunday, February 18
Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestras (EYSO) is hosting an open house from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Dr., Bldg. H, Elgin, IL 60123.
Music students and their families are invited to get a behind-the-scenes look at EYSO rehearsals and learn more about the EYSO audition process. Pre-registration is NOT required, but individuals planning to attend can RSVP at eyso.org/openhouse to receive suggestions and guidance to make your visit as useful as possible. Attendees are welcome to drop in to any ensemble rehearsal to hear the current repertoire and experience how each conductor works with students. This is the perfect opportunity for area music students and their families to learn more.
In its 48th season, EYSO serves student musicians from 70 communities and is one of Chicagoland’s oldest and most respected performing arts education organizations. EYSO has been recognized multiple times by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, including for Youth Orchestra of the Year, Programming of the Year, and Conductor of the Year.
EYSO has a national reputation for providing not only an engaging musical experience for its students, but also a comprehensive learning environment which promotes curiosity, imagination, critical thinking, and collaboration. With five large ensembles, three small ensembles, and a thriving Chamber Music Institute, EYSO auditions new students each year in addition to the hundreds of musicians who already enjoy its rigorous methods of inquiry and "expert noticing."
Students of EYSO explore a comprehensive curriculum each season—one which aims not only to help these students develop artistically and technically, but also to prepare them for a future of complex ideas, creative risk-taking, and leadership as global citizens. The dynamic and engaging rehearsals foster musical and personal growth as students develop into well-rounded and thoughtful communicators, and leaders in their sections, ensembles, schools, and communities.
The mission of EYSO is to create a community of young musicians, enriching their lives and the lives of their families, schools, communities and beyond, through the study and performance of excellent music. To learn more about EYSO, visit www.eyso.org or call (847) 841-7700.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 9, 2024
Schaeffer Manufacturing Co. completes asset acquisition deal with Hicks Oils' lubricant business, guarantees jobs to all employees
ST. LOUIS, MO. (Feb. 9, 2024): St. Louis-based Schaeffer Manufacturing Co. today announced the acquisition of Hicks Oils’ Du Quoin, Illinois, lubricant manufacturing and packaging facility. As part of the deal, Schaeffer has offered employment and benefits to all 40 of Hicks Oils’ existing staff, effective immediately.
“We’ve spent the last few days working with their people to hire them as Schaeffer associates, explain our employment package and reassure them they have a future with Schaeffer,” said Jim Carroll, executive vice president of strategic expansion and product technology for Schaeffer. “They have valuable manufacturing skills and experience to ensure quality and reliable production.”
Schaeffer is a sixth-generation, family-owned company that’s been in operation since 1839. Many of Schaeffer’s St. Louis associates are second-generation associates with family members working with the company.
“When people join Schaeffer, they often stay with us, and we hope our new Du Quoin associates will have that same experience,” Carroll said. “Schaeffer has steadily grown over the last 25 years, and we have strong customer relationships. The Du Quoin plant will offer us more opportunities for decades, and that means long-term employment for the people working there.”
The Du Quoin plant and associates will continue operating as before, with Schaeffer supporting its customer base. “We’re ready to serve those customers who have depended on Hicks Oils, and we welcome them to Schaeffer,” Carroll said.
Aside from increasing manufacturing staff, the deal allows Schaeffer to add redundancy to its manufacturing operation.
“Having a plant located in another city ensures we can avoid production disruptions, and buying a plant already fitted for lubricant manufacturing gives us an immediate boost to the number of pounds we can produce,” Carroll said.
About Schaeffer Manufacturing Co.
Founded in 1839, Schaeffer Manufacturing Co. is a sixth-generation, family-owned company that delivers the right solution to every lubrication challenge. Schaeffer’s products provide strong equipment durability and fuel economy benefits, allowing customers to maximize their equipment’s efficiency and expand profit margins.
Schaeffer’s engine oils, greases, hydraulic fluids, gear lubes and other specialty lubricants are manufactured in the United States under the brand name Schaeffer’s ® Specialized Lubricants.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2024
Telligen Community Initiative awards 18 grants
Grants to support nonprofits strengthening families and communities in Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma and Colorado
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Jan. 31, 2024) – Tellligen Community Initiative (TCI) announced today it has awarded Strengthening Families and Communities – Social Determinants of Health grants to 18 nonprofit organizations totaling $1,017,252. The grantee organizations are located across Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma and Colorado.
Since 2014, TCI has funded more than $15.9 million in community-based support to nearly 400 projects in Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma and Colorado, which are among the states served by Telligen.
“In this cycle of the grant program, TCI focused on supporting nonprofits who are working to decrease health disparities and create innovative solutions to increase physical, mental and social health and well-being for families as well as youth,” said Matt McGarvey, executive director of Telligen Community Initiative. “We are proud to fund these important and timely projects addressing significant challenges, and are hopeful they will result in long-term, positive outcomes.”
The grants will support a wide variety of projects, including addressing maternal and infant health, unique issues facing older youth, children’s mental health, parent education and more, particularly among historically marginalized communities. The Strengthening Families and Communities – Social Determinants of Health grant allocations include:
Child Advocates – Denver CASA | $50,000
Address the gap in individual services for older youth preparing to age out of the child welfare system by providing a CASA volunteer/mentor to youth in the Older Youth Program.
Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative | $74,568
Support the collaborative’s Family Integration to ReStore Trust (FIRST) program that strives to address root causes of material mortality and increase access to culturally relevant, safe and equitable care.
Envision: You | $69,875
Provide workshops encouraging adult caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth to create affirming environments and advocate for their safety and inclusion, which are critical to mental health, suicide prevention, well-being and healthy relationships.
The Gyedi Project | $75,000
Address the growing inequity in maternal health outcomes through community and individualized education of Black women through use of an interdisciplinary team of Black professionals and community leaders.
Brightpoint (formerly Children’s Home and Aid) | $75,000
Through its Doula Program, provide support to high-risk young women before, during and after pregnancy to reduce child abuse/neglect and develop strong parent-child attachments and healthy futures for families.
Elyssa’s Mission | $51,215
Help prevent youth suicide and unify Illinois schools in support by expanding its Hope Squad program, which organizes peer-nominated, advisor-trained support teams to identify and reach out to youth showing warning signs.
Shawnee Health Service and Development Corporation | $75,000
By expanding its OBGYN clinic doula services, provide education and support to 200 expectant mothers, positively affecting maternal and infant health outcomes.
SIHF Healthcare | $50,000
Establish sustainable medical and mental health services at schools in low-income areas where children struggle due to a lack of medical access created by low social determinants of health.
Youth Crossroads, Inc. | $30,000
Through its workforce development program, provide community health work and youth mental health services training - to first- and second-generation Latina/o/x high school students and young adults.
Catherine McAuley Center | $28,810
Provide refugee children and families with programming to support physical, social and mental health, including prenatal classes for Afghan women, parent ed classes and middle/high school youth supports.
FAMILY, Inc. | $75,000
Through its Healthy Pregnancy Program, provide education and support to low-income pregnant individuals to ensure healthy babies and reduce maternal mortality in the maternity care desert.
Iowa Black Doula Collective | $63,200
Improve Black maternal/child health outcomes through doula support for prenatal care, birth, breastfeeding and postpartum; and culturally responsive parenting group support.
Lutheran Services in Iowa | $25,000
Through its Early Childhood Home Visitation program, provide family support and parent education for at-risk pregnant women and families with children ages 0-5 to promote positive development and safe, healthy families.
Visiting Nurse Association of Pottawattamie County | $20,505
Through its home- and shelter-based Parenting Support programs, which strengthen children and families through a multigenerational focus on maternal and child health, prevention of abuse and neglect, child development and school readiness, parenting skills and family self-sufficiency.
Community Action Project of Tulsa County | $75,000
Through its home visit program, train parent educators who meet one-on-one with parents and children. Home visits focus on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being.
Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Inc. | $75,000
Establish Caring Dads program for fathers who have perpetrated violence in their families. This will change its current counseling practices to more effectively include fathers and increase children's safety and well-being.
HopeHouse OKC | $30,000
Support families facing homelessness with housing, case management and family-centered programs. Through its hopeKIDS program, offer after-school activities, parent-child classes, mentoring, group counseling and trauma-informed training.
United Keetoowah Band (UKB) of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma | $74,079
Through its PACE Advocate Initiative, serve approximately 150 tribal members within the 14-county tribal jurisdictional boundaries, coordinating tribal and external services to address adverse childhood experiences among UKB children and families.
About Telligen Community Initiative
Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) is the charitable foundation of Telligen, Inc., a private, nonprofit health care intelligence company. TCI’s mission is to initiate and support innovative and forward-looking health-related projects aimed at improving health, social well-being, and educational attainment. TCI’s funding focuses on project support in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and Oklahoma within the areas of health workforce development and strengthening families and communities. For more information about TCI, please visit www.telligenci.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 29, 2024
Stange Law Firm, PC attorneys recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2024
Stange Law Firm is proud to announce that attorneys Laura Voegeli, Zoe Arthurson-McColl, Drew Dossett, and Chuk Okereke have been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers for family law in 2024. Founded in 1991, Super Lawyers recognizes the top attorneys nationwide, across a variety of practice areas and firm sizes.
Team Leader Attorney Laura Voegeli has been named a 2024 Rising Stars Honoree. This is Ms. Voegeli’s second year earning this honor, having been named a Rising Stars Honoree in 2023. The Madison County family lawyer has been with Stange Law Firm since February 2021, starting as an associate attorney before being promoted to senior associate attorney and then Team Leader Attorney in our Maryville, Illinois, family law office in Madison County.
Associate Attorney Zoe Arthurson-McColl has been named a 2024 Rising Stars Honoree. This is Ms. Arthurson-McColl’s first year receiving this honor. The Bloomington, Illinois family law attorney has been with Stange Law Firm since March 2023 as an associate attorney in our Bloomington, Illinois, office in McLean County.
Associate Attorney Drew Dossett has been named a 2024 Rising Stars Honoree. This is Mr. Dossett’s first year receiving this recognition. The Belleville, Illinois divorce lawyer joined Stange Law Firm in January 2021 as a junior associate attorney before being promoted to associate attorney in our Belleville, Illinois, family law office in St. Clair County.
Associate Attorney Chuk Okereke has been named a 2024 Rising Stars Honoree. This is Mr. Okereke’s first year earning this recognition. The McLean County divorce attorney has been with Stange Law Firm since June 2022, starting as a law clerk before obtaining his bar license. Mr. Okereke was then promoted to junior associate attorney and then to associate attorney in our Bloomington, Illinois, family law office in McLean County.
Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are utilized along with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of outstanding lawyers that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal representation.
Stange Law Firm is a multi-state divorce and family law firm with 25 offices across Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Indiana, and Iowa. The firm was founded in 2007 to provide clients with the compassionate, diligent, and caring representation they deserve when facing difficult family law matters. To schedule a consultation, call 855-805-0595 or email email@example.com. No matter the family law issue, Stange Law Firm is Here to Help You Rebuild Your Life.
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