FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      Date: April 29, 2002

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

Panel examines terrorism prevention and response


SPRINGFIELD – “Terrorism Prevention and Response in Illinois” will be the topic of discussion at the annual awards dinner and program of the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, set for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the Public Affairs Center Restaurant at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The event is sponsored by ASPA and UIS’ Institute for Public Affairs.

Panelists will discuss threats posed by bioterrorism, response capabilities of the state of Illinois and city of Springfield, and steps that citizens can take to prevent acts of terrorism and to protect themselves. Speakers will be Thomas Zimmerman, policy adviser, Illinois Emergency Management Agency; Dr. John Lumpkin, director, Illinois Department of Public Health; and Jim Cimarossa, hometown security coordinator, Springfield.

Preceding the panel discussion, the chapter’s Public Service Award will be presented to Charles Wheeler, director of UIS’ Public Affairs Reporting program, and the Chapter Merit Award will be presented to Brian McCloskey from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The chapter’s annual scholarship will be presented to Lori Beth Meadows, a master’s student in UIS’ Public Administration program.

Reservations are required and must be made by Wednesday, May 1. Cost is $17 for ASPA members and $19 for non-members. To register, contact Lynn Kirchoff at 782-7295.