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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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