The Motor Cycle Helmet Fight of the Mid-1970’s that Brought ABATE to Maturity

I see that the mandatory motorcycle helmet folks are back. The Chicago Sun-Times editorialized about passage last November and I saved the piece to remind me to write this article. Back in 1975, James “Bud” Washburn of Morris was Republican … Continue reading

Lawrence County Voters Approve County School Sales Tax Hike

In Southeastern Illinois lies the County of Lawrence. I subscribe to the Sumner Press and saw the ad you see below: The required referendum passed 1,557 to 1,385, according to Daily Record. Money collected from the new tax will be … Continue reading

The Wiring of Pete Pappas

“Do you know that guy Sam Skinner?” That’s what the Democrat across the aisle asked me one day shortly after our 1973 swearing in. “No, never met him,” was my answer. “That’s good, because he’s getting close to some of … Continue reading