Senate confirms Carrigan’s appointment to Illinois Commerce Commission

DECATUR — The Illinois State Senate officially confirmed the appointment of Michael T. Carrigan as a commissioner of the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker appointed Carrigan, a former Decatur city council member and mayor, to a five-year term on Jan. 31, 2020.

Before joining the ICC, Carrigan served as an Illinois American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations officer for more than 19 years, serving as the IL AFL-CIO president from February 2007 to December 2019, and secretary-treasurer for seven years before his term as president.

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In 1978, he began his career as an apprentice electrician at the Decatur-based IBEW Local 146. He was employed as a journeyman wireman, business agent, and as the business manager and financial secretary.

Along with serving on several other labor councils and and committees, Carrigan also served as chairman of the South-Central Illinois Telecommunication Council of the IBEW and as president of the Decatur Building Trades Council. He was elected to the Decatur City Council in 1995, serving nearly four terms before being appointed Decatur mayor in July of 2008 to serve out the remaining term of the retiring mayor.

How Decatur helped shape what became known as Memorial Day

Bachrach building

1892: Bachrach store with YMCA rooms on the second floor. D. H. Heilman grocery and Freeman Bros. shoe store and second floor was LeForgee & Sons real estate office. Building was erected in 1877.

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Bronze plaque

1948: G.A.R. women’s relief corps placed a plaque on the Linxweiler Building, 259 S. Park St.

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Collins and Birch

1938: C.H. Collins, left and M.K. Birch, Sullivan, were the only two G.A.R. veterans attending the banquet on the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the organization in Decatur.

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Cumberland march

108: Dunham Post 41 marched to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for memorial services. They were followed by Decatur Cadets, Womens Relief Corps and Sons of veterans. 

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G.A.R. gavel

1942: Loren Hodge presents gavel to Mrs. Hodge. The gavel was eventually sent to the headquarters national museum in Chicago. 

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Remaining members

1936: Union veterans participated in the Memorial Day program include, left to right, C.H. Collins, 91; Daniel Garver, 92; F.F. Kemp, 91, August Glatz, 94 and R.T. Baldwin, 86. 

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Gettysburg reunion

1938: Veterans returning from Gettysburg Blue and Gray reunion from left are William Cussins, W.N. Hodge, C.H. Collins and F.B. Kemp. Standing between Hodge and Collins is Orval Mullis, Lincoln impersonator. 

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1937: Greenwood Cemetery memorial erected by the Womens’ Relief Corps. 

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1908: GAR "Way to Church" parade. 

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Roy Gordenson

1937: C.H. Collins, 92, of Decatur and J.H. Campbell, 92, of Streator, chide Roy Gordenson, 10, of Chicago, who appeared at the convention wearing his great-grandfather’s uniform, medals and hat. 

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1937: G.A.R. members attending services include left to right at Greenwood are C.H. Collins, R.T. Baldwin, F.B. Kemp and former commander W.N. Hodge.

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Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR

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September 16, 2021 at 05:32PM

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