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Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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DNR lets one executive go

March 17, 2010 at 03:02 PM

There is one less executive working for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Tom Flattery, long-time director for the Office of Realty and Environmental Planning who had survived numerous political changes in Springfield, was escorted out of DNR headquarters on Tuesday. Word is Flattery had 10 minutes to collect his personal items before leaving the office.

Todd Rettig will be handling Flattery’s duties in the interim.

I’ll miss Flattery, a duck and deer hunter who oversaw land acquisitions for the DNR. One scene I’ll never forget from his career is Flattery sitting calmly in a room of angry farmers in Canton when DNR purchased what is now the Double T Goose Management Area.

It will be interesting to see if any other members of the DNR executive hierarchy leave Springfield in the months to come.

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Tom Flattery is a great guy and a true conservationist.  He was also a conscientious State employee, not a political hack, who took his job very seriously.  As the long-time director for the Office of Realty and Environmental Planning, he had survived numerous political changes in Springfield, that is the tell-tale sign of an employee who kept his head down, did what he had to do, and kept the Department together.  The fact that a professional State employee like Tom was escorted out of DNR headquarters on Tuesday, and given 10 minutes to say his good-byes to his other fellow professional employees after a long career with the Department, says that this was nothing but another political incursion into the professional management of the IDNR by the political hacks from the Governor’s office.  Quinn doesn’t deserve your vote, and I’ll be damned if he ever gets mine.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/17 at 10:56 PM

During my DNR career I never met Tom Flattery but always heard good things about him, both personally and professionally.  I find it ironic that a well respected administrator would be the first DNR casuality, while the department is still saddled with blago’s political hacks.  There are deputy directors whose major qualifications are road signs and speed bumps in city parks.  Then there is another administrator whose main qualification was that he is the “Son of Sam.”
I was willing to give quinn and miller a shot at repairing the damage done to DNR by the previous administrations.  Not now.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/19 at 09:33 AM

riverrat47 must me speaking about the Alton Office “Sleeper”

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/26 at 03:10 PM

You got it Colonel.

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