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utting yourself on autopilot can be both good and bad. There are lots of ways we drift through life on autopilot that don’t serve us or anyone else very well, and those things seem to be on the increase—due, in large part, to technological advances. I mean really, we can buy cars that park themselves. We can regulate the temperature in our homes and make the lights go on and off to a pre-programmed schedule. There are many things we just don’t have to pay attention to anymore, with the proposed benefit that we have more time to pay attention to things that are most important. I believe figuring out how to prioritize the most important things in your life, and then also figuring out how to automate the regular activities that get you to those goals, is truly the key to success. Think about it—there are lots of ways to automate a goal so that it’s easy to get done. If you prioritize family time, for example, and you set aside time to be with family on purpose regularly, your goal will be met. Plan your family date nights together, fleshing out the details to suit your needs and imaginations, then put the dates on your calendar, show up, and have fun! Having a calendar you use regularly is one easy way to automate your priorities. There are many, many options available from traditional paper and pencil books of practically any size, to a more sophisticated Franklin planner, or electronic calendars for your computer and cell phone that actually give you a nudge before your event. Setting routines and then following them is another way to put yourself on autopilot so that follow-through becomes a breeze. Let’s say you want to go to the gym each morning, work out before the day begins, and get on with your life. How do you automate that one? Easy—get your clothes out the night before, set your trusty alarm, get up when it rings, put on your clothes, and head out the door. Key—don’t think! As soon as you allow yourself to digress from autopilot mode, you may self-destruct. So while I am generally a huge fan of thinking things through, this is one place where you want to hit autopilot and just go! Again—DO NOT allow yourself to think! Some people say they feel stifled when they have routines in their lives. They balk at the idea of self-discipline, preferring to be free and easy and go with the flow. I used to feel that way sometimes, but now I notice that the things for which I have automatic plans in place have much higher chances of happening. Funny how that works.

Julie Andrews has this to say about the topic:

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What things are on your wish list that, if done regularly on autopilot, would free you up to live your ideal life? What is your right balance of trusted routine and freedom to choose in the moment? We have many days, weeks, and months in this glorious year, 2012. Get creative with your autopilot and see what you can make happen with ease!

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he automobiles spewed white smoke as their exhaust hit the cold air. In single file, the drivers awaited their turn at an automated teller machine on a recent Wednesday morning. It’s a sight that would not attract attention at most ATMs, except this cash machine sits outside a union hall at the edge of East Peoria, hardly a place you’d think could generate a considerable number of transactions. But bear in mind this union hall isn’t just for labor leaders. It’s a gathering place for people from all walks of life, union and otherwise. The lined-up cars are indicative of a renewed strength at United Auto Workers Local 974. Although the Local at one time had higher membership, today’s leadership contends that was a different time, that they have changed focus in several ways in hopes of strengthening the area’s largest

labor union. Local 974 has broadened its ranks so it no longer represents just Caterpillar employees. It is the negotiating unit for three smaller manufacturing concerns in central Illinois: LTD Industries in Lewistown, Tazewell Machine Works in Pekin, and Norforge and Machining in Bushnell. The Local also represents some city employees in Delavan and Mason City as well as employees at Henderson Advertising in Springfield. Local 974 President Dave Chapman

said some of these units had been smaller independent UAW Locals, while other workers previously hadn’t been represented by a labor union. The expanded representation has not added huge numbers to the current 5,000 members, but Chapman believes in diversification in several different ways. He refers to the union as a movement that is involved in politics and the community. “The social movement is just as important as representation.�

To that end, Chapman has been on the board at the West Central Illinois Building Trades Council, Peoria Area Labor Management, and Workforce Development. While he strives to create partnerships with other organizations, he finds the most satisfaction in what his union members have done for the community, most notably the scholarship program. Begun in 2000, the union handed out two $400 scholarships that year. After many fundraising events, the award amount today has reached $13,000 annually for relatives of union members. It’s one of many ways the union reaches out to membership, including the annual Labor Day picnic at the union hall and the Easter egg hunt, when children search for more than 400 dozen eggs. Reaching outside the union, members coordinate fundraisers for the March of Dimes, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Heart of Illinois United Way. And retirees conduct blood drives for the American Red Cross and make Christmas baskets for residents at Peoria County’s Bel-Wood Nursing Home. Local 974 Executive Vice President Randy Smith firmly believes the union “couldn’t do what we do if the retirees didn’t help.” There are plenty of them to do so, currently numbering 13,000.

The union has served active and retired members since 1942, although the first six years workers were represented by the United Farm Equipment and Metal Workers of America. Six years later, the United Auto Workers began representing workers on June 28, 1948. Local 974 has represented its workers from four locations. The first union hall was on Southwest Washington Street in Peoria, then three buildings in East Peoria: Caterpillar Trail, Globe Street and since 1989 on Springfield Road. Chapman adds that the locations are not important. It’s the people. “The 23-member executive board is the driving force behind everything at (Local) 974.”

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Local 974 has found occasion to collaborate with Caterpillar. After consulting company leaders, the union recently lobbied state legislators on both sides of the political aisle to vote in favor of a bill that will give tax breaks to companies that invest in research and development in Illinois. Smith looks at it pragmatically. “We’re interested in keeping jobs in the Peoria area and if that means talking to legislators to do it, that’s what we’ll do.” Chapman adds, “We need to be out there to do things for the company without compromising our position as union reps.”

Photographs in Chapman’s office are reminders of less-cooperative days between the company and union. Lining the walls are pictures of past union leaders of the International UAW. There’s Douglas Fraser, president from 1977 to 1983 during which time two strikes occurred against Caterpillar. There was an 80-day strike in 1979, and a longer walkout in 1982 that didn’t end for 207 days. There’s also a photo of Owen Bieber, who led the International following Fraser, from 1983 to 1995. His leadership also saw a major strike at Caterpillar, spanning two calendar years, and not ending until December 1995, after a work stoppage of 17 months. Despite progress in labor relations since those strikes, the union today faces several problems. Some members complain about the two-tier pay scale, where newer hires are paid less than more senior employees. The pay difference averages about six dollars an hour, depending on the job.

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That is a concern for many workers as about 80% of Caterpillar employees represented by Local 974 have been hired since 2000. Another issue, one that faces everybody, is the rising cost for medical coverage. Smith says wage increases are not covering the increase in premiums. But Chapman says the top problem for the union is one brought on by some members themselves – excessive absenteeism, especially with younger workers. The company has an orientation to establish expectations for new employees, and the union reinforces that effort by conducting its own voluntary orientation. Both Chapman and Smith shake their heads when asked how to deal with the problem. The current union contract with Caterpillar expires in March 2017, but Dave Chapman won’t be around for the next round of negotiations. He said this is his last term as union president, which means he will have led United Auto Workers Local 974 for a decade and a half when he retires. 

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A non-descript brown brick building tucked in a quiet residential neighborhood on Peoria’s near north side is home to an interesting set of clientele. Welcome to the Peoria County Coroner’s office—it’s a busy place. In 2011, 2,241 deaths were reported to the Coroner—107 more than in 2010. In 432 of these deaths (19 percent), the Coroner’s office worked with police agencies to investigate the death. The remaining 1,809 deaths (81 percent) were medical related and the coroner’s office worked with the medical community. The Coroner’s Office is multijurisdictional with the investigation of deaths reaching far beyond Peoria County. Across the river in Tazewell County, the Coroner’s office is housed on the second floor of the McKenzie Building next to the Courthouse. In 2011, the Tazewell County Coroner’s Office handled 1,059 deaths, working with police agencies on 150 of those cases.

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In both counties, some of those deaths require an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death; at other times, an autopsy is mandated by state statute:  A death that is suspicious, obscure, mysterious, or otherwise unexplained  A death that occurs while being pursued, apprehended, or taken into custody by, or while in custody of, law enforcement  Death of an infant under 2 years of age who dies suddenly and unexpectedly and the circumstances of the death are unexplained In Peoria County, an autopsy is performed on all deaths having some criminal element.

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In 2011, 271 autopsies were performed in Peoria County (12 percent of the deaths) with 58 autopsies done in Tazewell County. The Coroner’s office location in Peoria has its own autopsy room with a recently expanded body storage area (from five to twelve), while Tazewell County autopsies are conducted at either Pekin Hospital or Central Illinois Mortuary Service. Johnna Ingersoll has served as Peoria County Coroner since 2004. She started in the office in 1988, working her way from Deputy Coroner to Chief Deputy before being elected Coroner. Carl Powell was appointed Tazewell County Coroner in late 2011, having worked in the office since 2009 after retiring from the Pekin Police Department. Both have limited staff resources considering the volume of work. Autopsies are usually done within a day of the person’s death, two days at the most with each autopsy lasting about two hours. Time is particularly of the essence when organ donation is taking place. In Peoria County last year, 61 organs were procured from 18 donors.

“That is an inspiring opportunity within the work of the Coroner’s office to help save other’s lives,” says Ingersoll. Forensic pathologists and pathologists are contracted by both counties to conduct the autopsies,

with both Ingersoll and Powell attending as many as possible. “I attend quite a number of autopsies, and if I can’t, my Chief Deputy does,” says Carl Powell. “I always attend if it’s a baby. If I am not there, I don’t feel as if I am as well informed.” “The buck stops here,” says Johnna Ingersoll. “The family needs to be able to work through their grief and my job is to help as much as possible. But there are times when I have to take a moment and pause and, sometimes, cry.” “When I was with the police department, we were the bad guys. In the coroner’s office, we’re seen more as humans,” says Powell. “Death changes everything.” For people of a certain age, the old TV show Quincy, M.E. was what you pictured an autopsy to be like. Nowadays it’s the CSI-genre. Both Ingersoll and Powell agree there are limited similarities between what you see on television and real life—yes, they do make that “Y” incision in the body—the first being the time frame. Depending on the additional tests that need to be run such as toxicity screenings for drugs or other substances, it can take upwards of six weeks to have the autopsy report back and final death certificate signed, and that can be tough on a family. “If we have to do a DNA test, a ‘rush’ would take four to five days, no rush is three to six weeks,” says Powell. “I watch those shows and think ‘Man, I wish we had that!’”

real pleasant,” says Powell. “The smell is horrendous during autopsies on decomposing people. It is something I will remember for the rest of my life. You have to go home and wash all of your clothes right away because the smell permeates your clothing.” One of the things that does ring true between TV and real life is the ability to follow the evidence. “Being able to visualize the disease process, the wound path, or the injury sustained—you can readily see that,” says Ingersoll. “It helps us connect the dots between the information given to us initially so we can either confirm or dispute what we were told. We follow the evidence—bodies don’t lie. Those who are deceased speak to us.”

“We don’t do it as quickly as on TV, nor do we have the same technology, and that can be confusing to the public— families don’t always understand,” explains Ingersoll. “We do one body at a time, which means less chance of error.” The autopsy room in Peoria is actually a very basic space with a separate, small, viewing area, a sink, and space for a gurney with the body. There is enough room to navigate the space freely, but not a lot. The other thing you don’t get a sense of from television is the smell. “There’s no ‘smellavision’ and it’s not

“There have been a select few deaths (during my time as Coroner) where what was said (at the scene), what the record reflected, and what was observed didn’t match. That can be frustrating to family members and others who get upset when I ask questions. I am not in the (Coroner’s) position to be popular, I am in the position to investigate and speak for those who are deceased.” Both Peoria and Tazewell work hard to take care of the dead and the living. “In our office we go by facts, our opinions are based on facts,” says Powell. “I call the family after the autopsy with a preliminary report because those losses can be traumatic, especially in unexpected deaths and when you don’t know the procedure. It’s nice when you can help people.”

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he delicious feeling of total liberation with the exception of the occasional curfew, you relished the fact that you could now rely upon yourself to get where you wanted to go. The world was your oyster in youth and you were prepared to seize any and every opportunity for enjoyment, however, you were now graced with more adult responsibilities, which in turn taught you valuable lessons. A few locals share their thoughts and humorous memories of their first cars.

“Oh I’ve got some good stories for you. My first car was a black 1963 Volkswagon Beetle, I acquired it in 1969 before I got my license. Of course I wasn’t allowed to drive it, whenever my parents would go somewhere they would take the keys with them. So naturally I learned to hot wire it and joy ride the hours away, but I always made sure to have it back in the driveway before they returned. It only cost $3 to fill the tank. One year we put new chrome reverse tires—they were so large, they stuck out like bumpers. As fortune would have it, I was driving and got hit by a train, but the tires took the brunt of the force and bounced me out of the away. Those tires saved my life! In the winter my friends pushed it down a boat ramp into the middle of a frozen lake as a joke. Thankfully the ice held, but I had to drive around the ice until I could find a low enough ramp to drive up out of the lake. I drove the Bug for three years before passing it on to my sisters Kathy and Julie, by then the muffler was so loud you could always hear the Kunski girls coming.”

~John Kunski, Peoria

“The first car I ever owned was a 1973 Hornet Hatchback, it was really sporty back then. My daughter and I went shopping one day for some special socks that she needed for school. I gave her a twenty dollar bill and told her to run into the store to get them. Well, on her way in it was really windy and the bill was swept up in the wind. She came back in tears, and I gave her five more dollars, which was all I had left to get the socks. We were both so upset on the ride back that we weren't paying close attention and got into a minor accident before we made it home. We were thankfully okay, but the side of the car was smashed. This was right before I was supposed to go on vacation with my husband. After I returned from vacation, I saw the car and it was good as new! My elder children, who were on their own at the time, had taken it to the mechanic while I was gone and had it repaired!”


“Borrowed wheels were okay for me until age 22. It was the summer of ’75. That year I returned from two college semesters out of the country. It was time to come home, get a job and get my own transportation. At the end of my parent’s block, I saw a for sale sign on a shiny two-door. I knew next to nothing about cars—then and now. But the moment I got inside of it and slid into the bucket seat, I was entranced. This was a 1968 Ford Mustang. It was beige and it was beautiful. I was so excited. I can remember writing the check, giving that to Mrs. Risen who was selling it and the feel of the keys in my hand when she handed them to me. Not long after, I rented an apartment in a turn of the century house on California Street near the hospital. I proudly parked the Mustang on the street in front. One night, it was rear-ended by a neighbor kid. It was ‘totalled’ by my insurance company, but drivable. There was a distinctive crease in the back. I was so in love with that car, I had no intention of parting with it. It was also collateral on the loan I was taking out to buy Gregg Florist. I drove it another year, and then I finally had to give it up. You couldn't put many flowers in a Mustang, especially one with a compromised trunk.” ~ Dan Callahan Gregg Florist, Peoria Heights

“My boyfriend, (who I later married) was the first to have one, his was yellow, then he spotted another for me for $800. It was a cherry red Dodge Charger. I have memories of taking it to Myrtle Beach for a short trip and working at A&W in town and getting stuck in a foot of snow at night. It was a sharp looking car—white top, white vinyl interior and a 383 engine with a lot of pickup. My sisters and friends used to take turns driving it around on the weekends; we felt so important. I never wrecked it, eventually the universal joints went out and had to get something else. I really wish I could have kept it. They say red cars get pulled over a lot, I only got one ticket while racing my baby sister to work who was running late. I didn’t try to go as fast my boyfriend!” ~ KATHY B, BRIMFIELD

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“You never forget your first car, mine was a 1969 Dodge Charger. It had belonged to the wife of a local farmer, I paid $900 for it and basically drained my account. Then my dad asked ‘how are you going to pay for insurance?’ I had barely enough left to make the first payment! My friends didn’t think the color was very manly, but I liked yellow. I took my first road trip with my girlfriend in that car, and took it up to watch the drag races with my friends. Everyone could hear me coming with my dual exhaust, cherry bomb mufflers. It had factory air, but we loved to drive around with all the windows down; that’s how it was back then. Every Sunday we would go cruising around town with a car load of our friends, we could squeeze about six people max. This was before seat belts and my girlfriend, now wife, made a pillow for the console so she could sit right next to me. It was a terrible car to drive in the winter and I had to fetch a tractor to pull it out of a ditch. The most fun we had in the winter with it was when we would do donuts in front of the church in the snow. The fastest I ever drove in that car was 125mpr—we blew the cobwebs out about once a week.” ~ GARY B, BRIMFIELD



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ver since man has put chisel to stone, and pen to paper, the presence and importance of personal writing styles has emerged. Our autographs bind contracts, affirm love letters, and if we happen to obtain celebrity status they are often collected. Whether it is the way we loop our y or dot our i, our handwriting can speak volumes about our character and perhaps even our state of mind when we jotted that long forgotten note or most recent journal entry. The controversial art of handwriting analysis, also known as graphology, is no new psychological evaluation technique, as Aristotle was known to employ it as early as 330 BCE. However, many people question the validity of its basis, citing its inconsistent findings in the scientific community, but one cannot deny that the way we write says something about us. Writing is both an act of the mind and the coordination of the central nervous system and its linked appendages, causing there to be a great many factors that affect how we produce the forms that carry our very thoughts. One such local aficionado and practitioner of both handwriting analysis and questioned document examination is Gary W. Fyke, seasoned law enforcement investigator and military intelligence veteran.



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N: Given your past career experience, what incurred your transition into document investigation? G: I became interested in handwriting analysis first, as a young teen, back in the days of black and white TV. At the time I did not know about document examination. I saw a short segment on television when I was about 14 where a graphologist analyzed handwriting of a person. The person listened to the graphologist and was amazed at how accurately he described the personality traits of the guest. My mother quickly agreed that personality could be shown in handwriting. She had never studied it in a formal way, but explained what she had observed connections between handwriting and the way people she knew behaved. It was difficult to obtain literature on the problem; every now and then there would be a short newspaper write up on graphology—that’s what it was called then and some still use that term, depending on how they became acquainted with the study of personality assessment of personality traits through handwriting. Unknown to me, many people out in the world were studying the subject and creating academies, schools, and home-based businesses that provided the opportunity to learn and apply the art. Unfortunately, some practitioners who learned only the very basics of the subject began recklessly spewing misinformation and in very poor quality about the real capabilities of graphology. Scientists quickly slammed the study as something akin to voodoo and palmistry. Physical scientists still slam handwriting analysis as having no legitimate scientific base—it’s partly true. It does not have the ability to predict a consistent outcome the way physical science does.

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I maintained my interest in the subject throughout my adult life, and after becoming a police officer in 1968 I continued to look for educational sources on the subject. In 1976, I worked for the Chillicothe Police Department during the summer. A dispatcher there, Larry Latta, had studied graphology much like I had; we compared notes and jointly studied from limited information that we could find on the study. We didn’t make much progress in organized training. During my police career, I learned about the area of document examination and tried to get involved from that approach. It was a very close-knit group and tightly guarded to let in only a few select people who simply had to be tutored for two years before they were allowed to do any document examination under the eye and supervision of the senior officer. It hasn’t changed much over the past 30 years. N: What skills from past positions aid you in your analysis? G: Investigative skills I learned while a police officer, my training as an intelligence analyst while I served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, and civil investigative methods I learned in insurance claim investigation schools aid me day to day. The skills of observation of behavior and the type and style of handwriting of people who have been victims, witnesses, or claimants have been a great help in understanding the way personality traits can be revealed in handwriting. Of course, much more access to others who have developed the entire discipline of handwriting analysis and document examination has come a long way. Lots of study and practice has improved my skill and accuracy in my analysis and formal training as a document examiner has broadened my area of study.

The Personality Side of Analysis N: To what end is handwriting analysis employed? In other words, who uses this technique? G: Handwriting analysis (HA) has many applications. It is used as a tool to match people to specific work tasks by businesses. It is used by about 80 percent of businesses in Europe to screen applicants to management positions, to match personalities to specific tasks and suitability for promotion within companies. About 30 percent of US corporations use it, corporations frequently use HA specialists to assist in internal investigations of employee theft, often allowing them to resolve embarrassing situations without having to involve police. N: What visual cues do you look for in a sample of writing to determine information or insights about the writer at the time the document was made? G: There are many strokes in the formation of the letters in a handwriting sample. The analysis begins with an initial look at the entire writing (a page at a time) to get an overall impression of the writer’s organizational skills. Is there anything that is very obvious about the sample? Traits are not patently good or bad. That initial impression may give the analyst numerous traits of the author that can guide them to look for corroboration of those traits elsewhere in the sample. Many traits are readily seen in most handwriting, whether the sample is just a signature or a full page of cursive writing. From that point the analyst will look for as many traits they can find and add it to the total assessment of the personality of the author.

Clues used are many. The size of the writing and spacing between letters and words have similar but different meanings. Where the person chose to put pen to paper can be revealing as well. Probably the most significant letter that reveals the most number of personality traits is the lower case t. N: Do your methods and findings tend to the more intuitive approach, or do you tend toward a more studious, experiencedriven style when analyzing? G: Intuition in making an analysis is not used, even though intuition can be seen in handwriting. A properly trained and legitimate analyst only identifies traits that can be pointed out in the strokes of letters, spacing or the absence of spacing, or the efficient or poor use of space, as well as other factors to arrive at an assessment. Intuition of the analyst does not enter into the analysis. You report what you see in the writing, and guessing has no value. If done properly, the analyst will base their analysis on well-established trained methods. N: Are people at times skeptical of your findings, given the controversial history of handwriting analysis? G: Yes, people are very often quick to reject the practice of handwriting analysis as a frivolous undertaking that has no scientific basis and is on the par with astrology or palmistry. I encounter this quite often. However, I have had great success in demonstrating that it is a legitimate process by doing an analysis of the skeptic. On several occasions, I have been pooh-poohed by men with collegiate degrees in engineering. They were willing to

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provide a cursive sample on the spot, I analyzed it and identified as many traits as I could. They were still reluctantly skeptical and used the same challenges that most people try to use to put down the accuracy of my findings by saying first, “Oh that’s just statistical averages you memorized;” second, “You know me and therefore you are just describing what traits you have observed in me;” third, they pick a trait and ask where I saw that trait in their handwriting. What really confounds them is whenever I do their analysis in front of their spouse or other person who knows them and they say “Man he’s got you pegged!” Some won’t accept the analysis even then, but most grudgingly accept it. I like doing analysis with spouses and or boyfriends/girlfriends at the table with me. Those are fun.

On the other side of the coin of handwriting analysis lies questioned document examination, a field that holds more credence in the courtroom and in legal affairs. Throughout our lives, the truth resides in what we sign our name to—our parents and doctors usher us into the world with a signed birth certificate and we are ushered out of this world with a last will and testament and signed death certificate. But there are also those who lie in wait to forge our intentions and swindle us by replicating our hand, an act that Fyke strives to expose through tried and true methods. N: Describe the steps you take in determining the authenticity of a person’s handwriting or signature. G: The steps in determining authenticity of a signature are part of a standardized process. Identify the questioned signature and known signature samples and make a copy to work on—never touching the actual documents with anything. I use a computer and scan each known and suspected sample and sometimes use a microscope to determine which pen stroke was made first, where strokes overlap, where there may be hesitations, a pen lift or interruption of pen flow.

Next, I examine and compare each letter of the known and questioned signature. I measure each letter for vertical and horizontal size, the space between letters and the names. I calculate the relative size of the first, middle, and last names. We all establish patterns of how we size and space our names. A forger generally does not know how the authentic author composes their name and is attempting to make the signature appear the same. I compare the slant of the letters, the slant of the letters of the names from the baseline as well as the slant of the entire signature with reference to the baseline. There are two different baselines—one for the formation of the letters and the other line similar to the signature line on a check or the blue line on a sheet of a notepad. The objective is to secure as many samples of the known author’s signature in order to determine their habitual patterns of writing their signature. It is important to determine how the known author wrote their signature; the more the samples the better. I look for patterns and try to isolate significant similarities or differences between the known and questioned signatures.

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Please be sure to note that when doing a forensic document examination or signature verification, the techniques of handwriting analysis for psychological evaluation are not utilized. There are two separate, distinct methods. The only similarity of the two disciplines is that they both start with handwriting samples. From there their goals are entirely different and accomplished using different methods. N: How has that onset of digital media helped or hindered your field? G: The onset of digital media has been very helpful to the document examiner. The quality of scanners and the many components of photo editing programs have greatly benefited examiners to be more accurate in their examinations. The ability to enlarge, highlight, overlay suspected and known significant similarities and differences in compared samples, print those results or project those elements in the courtroom has made an examiner much easier to understand. A court is a place where information and findings become facts, or not. N: What are the most common requests for the need of a document examiner? What are some of the more unusual requests? G: The most common requests come from challenges to signatures on contracts, wills, and checks. I had a case where a businesswoman wanted me to prove an insurance company had altered an insurance policy that she claimed denied her of additional coverage on a building she owned. It was a simple process of looking at her policy and what the one that the insurance company had submitted to

the court in the suit she had filed. She submitted a CD setting out a timeline of all her dealings with the company and the payments they had made to her and numerous papers for me to study. After I went through all of what she submitted, I was able to find she had been paid over $50,000 in actual coverage and then an additional $20,000 for damage repairs she claimed had been done by contractors and her husband on repairs they had done themselves. She had also paid money to the City Inspector to change his report after he filed his official inspection report. The inspector then, on City letterhead, sent her a proposal to re-inspect the property as a private inspector for a specific fee. He did the inspection and it presented a large increase over the damage amount he reported while acting as a City Code Enforcement inspector. She included a copy of the check she had paid the inspector to change his inspection report. The entire package of materials she had generated and sent was riddled with larcenous acts by her and her husband, as they conned the insurance company out of a very large sum of money. The statute of limitations had expired, since the case had been in court for over four years and was still being argued. I returned her materials and told her I could not find any instance of altered documents, as she had alleged. I did not bill her for the work I did, because the papers she had sent showed she had not paid two contractors for their work either and I didn’t want to add to the deceptive practice list of her service providers. This case was certainly the most unusual one I’ve dealt with as a document examiner.

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N: What are some of the most common circumstances in which people feel impelled to forge documents? G: By far, the most common reason people seek the services of a document examiner is when they are involved in the settlement of an estate and suspect that the deceased person did not sign the will, or someone has altered the will by having pages or sentences removed, altered, or added—that a codicil has been written, added to the will, and the signature forged. Agreements and contracts of all kinds frequently are challenged for the same reasons, mostly because the challenger is not receiving what they believed they would be getting, such as personal property, business ownerships, or parcels of land. The reason people feel they need to forge documents is almost always predicated upon selfish motives. Generally, selfishness is viewed in a negative light, but sometimes may involve an individual who takes action in the interest of fairness and justice not only themselves, but for others as well. However, the vast majority of the time it rests with one individual wanting the benefits or property of someone else without the owner being aware they have been victimized. It amounts to stealing in a nonviolent and secretive manner. I have seen many times where a person accused of forging a check or other document wants to get a professional opinion that may prove they are not guilty of forgery and employ a document examiner.

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Lakeview Museum:

Dingledine Music Center, 1417 W Barker Avenue, Peoria. Free. Students free. 309.677.2650 or

1125 W Lake Ave, Peoria. Gallery hours: 10a5p Tue–Sat; 10-8 Thur, 12-5p Sun. $6 adults; $5 age 60+, $4 ages 3–17. 309.686.7000 or

Chillicothe Park District: Shore Acres Park Clubhouse, 100 Park Blvd, Chillicothe, IL 61523. 309.274.3409 or

Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre: Goodfield, IL. 309.965.2545 Contemporary Art Center: 305 SW Water St, Peoria. Tue–Sat 11a–5p. 309.674.6822 or

Morton Park District: 349 W Birchwood St, Morton, IL. 309.263.7429 or

Pekin Park District: 1701 Court St, Pekin, IL 61554. 309.347.7275 or

Peoria Art Guild: Foster Art Center, 203 Harrison, Peoria. Hours: Mon–Fri 9a-5p. 309.637.2787 or

Corn Stock Theatre Center: Upper Bradley Park. 309.676.2196 or

East Peoria/Fon du Lac Park District: Fon du Lac Administration Center, 201 Veterans Dr, East Peoria, IL 61611. 309.699.3923, info@fondulacpark. com or

Peoria Ballet: 809 W Detweiller Peoria Civic Center:

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Eastlight Theatre: 1401 E Washington, East Peoria. Ticket prices: 309.699.7469 or

Forest Park Nature Center: 5809 Forest Park Drive, Peoria Heights. 309.686.3360, 309.681.2838 or

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Peoria Players Theatre: 4300 N University, Peoria. 309.688.4473 or

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events in march 2012 Through 3/2 Peoria Art Guild present Michael Wille & Tim Roby, Peoria Art Guild at the Foster Art Center. 9a–5p. 309.637.2787, Through 3/11 Wildlife Photography Competition and Show, hosted by the Fulton and Mason County Arts Councils, in partnership with Dickson Mounds Museum. 309.547.3721 or TDD 217.782.9175, dickson/, Through 3/13 The Art of Mary Ellen Carver, lower level atrium gallery at Graham Hospital, hosted by the Fulton County Arts Council.

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Through 5/21 River Valley Cloggers, Lakeview YWCA, Peoria Area Square Dance Association. 6:30–8:30p

Through 12/21 Salsa at CAC, Contemporary Art Center. 1st & 3rd Fridays, dance lessons 8:30–9:30p, open dancing 9:30p–12:30a to DJ Ed Caballero. $3/members, $6/nonmembers. 671.5555,

Through 12/7 Fridays at 309. First Fri of the month, live music, drinks, complimentary light buffet 5–8p, entertainment 9p–1a. Presented by Absolut Vodka-Cocktails Perfected.

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3/1–4/7 The Foreigner, Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield. Thurs–Sat doors open 6p, buffet 6:30–7:30p, show 8p; Sun doors open 12p, buffet 12–1p, show 1:30p. $33–$39. 965.2545, 3/2 David Finch, author of “The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband,” Cerf Center at Eureka College. Book signing. 1p. Free. 467.6301,

Who’s in the mood for a musical? Through 12/28 German Dinners at the Lindenhof, 7601 N. Harker Drive, Peoria. Fri 5–8p. Weekly entertainment, cash bar, meals $12/adults, $6/ children, desserts $2. Free. 691.7484, Through 3/31 Karaoke Night every Monday at Granite City from 9p-12a. Mondays our 20z beers are $3 all day. Through 03/31 Wines 'N More, Morton. Free wine tastings on Thursdays from 5-7 pm. 3/8 Wine Education Class at 6pm: $25 per person. 3/15 Girls Night Out: Free. 3/22 Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting: Free. Cooking Classes every Friday night $20.00 per person. 291-0899. www.

*** 3/1 “What’s So Funny? Teaching Humor in Creative Writing,” by Eureka College professor of creative writing Zeke Jarvis. Cerf Center at Eureka College. 7:30p. Free. 467.6301, 3/1–4 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), by the Bradley University Theatre Department, Hartmann Performing Arts Center, Bradley University. $14/ adults, $12/seniors/staff/faculty, $7/students. Thurs–Sat 8p, Sun 2:30p. 309.677.2650, http:// 3/1–4 Garish Garden Show, Luthy Botanical Garden. 10a–5p. 3/1–4 Shorty’s 7th Annual Bluegrass Festival, Stoney Creek Inn, East Peoria. Special weekend discount at hotel (309.694.1300; mention “Bluegrass”). 309.671.0175,

3/2 Central Illinois Artists Organization (CIAO) First Fridays Artists Tour, downtown Peoria. 5–9p. View artist demonstrations and purchase pieces. 3/2 The 2nd Annual Eureka College Student and Faculty Talent Show, Cerf Center at Eureka College. 7p. $5. 467.6301, 3/2 Rivermen vs. Oklahoma, Civic Center Arena. 7p. $12.50–$27.50. 309.673.8900, 800.745.3000,, 3/2–4 CI Recreational Vehicle Show, Civic Center Exhibit Hall, Fri 3–8p, Sat 10a–8p, Sun 11a–5p. $8/adults and $2/ages 6–12, $5/seniors Fri only. 3/2–3 Grigorovich Ballet, Civic Center Theater. 8p. Fri Legends of the Russian Ballet, Sat Spartacus. $45–$110. 309.673.8900, 800.745.3000,, 3/2–4 The Haunting of Hill House, ICC Theatre Department, ICC Performing Arts Center. Fri– Sat 7:30p, Sun 2:30p. $7/adults, $5/students & seniors. 309.694.5136, 3/3 Rivermen vs. Rockford, Civic Center Arena. 7p. $12.50–$27.50. 309.673.8900, 800.745.3000,, 3/3–4 2012 TEAMDance Illinois State Championship, Peoria Civic Center. 3/6 The Peoria Symphony Chamber Players present “Ancient Voices: Korean Traditional Music and Literature,” Cerf Center at Eureka College. 7:30p. $10, $5/students. 467.6301, 3/6–7 The Tempest, Bradley University Theatre Department, Hartmann Center of Performing Arts. 8p. $14/adults, $12/seniors/staff/faculty, $7/students. 677.2650,

numéro | 3/7 Rivermen vs. Oklahoma, Civic Center Arena. 7p. $12.50–$27.50. 309.673.8900, 800.745.3000,, 3/7 Mayor Emanuel Event, Civic Center Ballroom. 11:45a. 3/8 Dr. Martin Abegg, Jr. presents “The Dead Sea Scrolls: Still Relevant Today?” Lakeview Museum. 9:25a coffee, 10a lecture. Adults/$10, students/$5, free/Society members. 3/8–10 March Madness Experience, Civic Center Exhibit Hall. Thurs 6–9p, Fri 10a–9p, Sat 10a– 6:30p. $2. Free admission with IHSA game ticket. 3/8 Ralphie May, Civic Center Theater. 7:30p. $32.50. 309.673.8900, 800.745.3000, www., 3/8 B’n’B, Creve Coeur Community Center. Square Dance with Jim Rader calling the dance. 7–9:30p. 3/9–10 2012 IHSA Class 1A & 2A State Basketball Finals, Peoria Civic Center, Carver Arena. Friday’s first game starts @11a; four games for each Class. 309.663.6377, 3/9 Junior League hosts ladies-only “Mad Hatter Tea Party,” Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom. 6–10p. $25 (includes hors d’oeuvres, a signature drink, and more). 309.685.9312, 3/9 Rickey Smiley, Peoria Civic Center Theater. 8p. $26.50–$46.50. 309.673.8900, 800.745.3000,, 3/10 Junior League hosts 4th Annual “Frolic With The Fairies,” Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom. Tea times 9a, 12:30p, or 4p. $30 (includes light meal, ballerinas, music); tables of 10 $250. 309.685.9312, 3/10 Keystone, St. Johns Lutheran Church, Bartonville. 7:30–10p. Square dance with Curt Braffet calling the dance.

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3/13–5/8 Digital Art Show by Fulton County Arts Council. Entries may include anything digitally created or manipulated by camera or computer. Check-in 3/13 6–6:30p in the Graham Hospital gallery. Student memberships $4, individuals $10, family $15, Business/Organization $20, Patron $25, Sponsor $50 or more. 309-645-7109, www. 3/13 Classics V: Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Civic Center. Celebrating cultural diversity with the music of Lebanese, Chinese, Indian, and African-American composers. 8p. $32–$70. 309.671.1096, 3/16–17 2012 IHSA Class 3A & 4A State Basketball Finals, Peoria Civic Center, Carver Arena. Friday’s first game starts @11a; four games for each Class. 309.663.6377, 3/16–25 Big River, Peoria Players Theatre. Based on the Mark Twain novel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Wed–Sun 7:30–10p. $18/ adults, $12/18 & under. 309.688.4473,

Everyone’s a little Irish! 3/10 Remarkable Reptiles Event, Peoria Zoo. 11–2p (snake feeding @1p). 309.686.3365, 3/10 Trace Adkins, Civic Center Theater. 8p. $35–$65. 309.673.8900, 800.745.3000, www., 3/11 Riverdance, Civic Center Theater. 7p. $39–$59. 309.673.8900, 800.745.3000, www.,

3/16–4/8 Lily Show, Luthy Botanical Gardens. 10a–5p. 309.686.3362, 3/17 Caterpillar square dance w/Jay Whisler calling, Fondulac Adminstration Building, East Peoria. 7:30–10p. 3/17 Photography Seminar, Illinois Central College, Performing Arts Center, East Peoria. 9a–4p. $75, $85 after 3/10, students w/ID $35. 309.266.5890 or 309.692.1552,

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3/17 St. Patrick’s Day Patio Party, Granite City. Karaoke. 1–6p.

3/24 George Jones, Peoria Civic Center Theater. 8p. $35–$65. 800.745.3000,

3/19 The Peoria Symphony Chamber Players present “Contemporary Latin American Music,” Cerf Center at Eureka College. 7:30p. $10, $5/students. 467.6301,

3/25 Giant Flea Market, Expo Gardens. 8:30a–4:30p. $1.50, free 12 & under w/adult. 217.529.6939,

3/20–24 2012 NJCAA National Women’s Basketball Tournament, Illinois Central College, Lorene Ramsey Gymnasium, East Peoria. Games begin @ 9a Tues. $10/adult daily pass, $5/seniors & students, free/6 years & under; Tournament Pass (all games) $40/adults, $20/ seniors & students. 309.694.5429,

3/26 PASDA square dance with Jay Whisler calling, Good Shepherd Lutheran School, Pekin. 7:30–10p. 3/27 Jack Lengyel, who became coach of the Marshall University football team after the airplane crash that claimed the lives of nearly the entire team in 1970, will speak about rebuilding the football program and the community, Cerf Center at Eureka College. 7:30p. $5. 467.6301,

3/22 57th Annual Easter Seals Auxiliary Fashion Show, Par-a-Dice Hotel. 12p luncheon $30, 6:30p dinner $40; tables seat 10 guests; reservations by 3/16/2012. 309.693.6497,

3/29–31 5th Annual Sports Communication Summit hosted by Bradley University, Embassy Suites, East Peoria. Featuring speakers Charley Steiner, Jane Leavy and Dave Kindred. $179, $199 after 2/29. 309.677.2354,

3/22 B’n’B, Creve Coeur Community Center. Square dance with Don McConnell calling the dance, Famous Hat Man, Annual Clothing Sale. 7–9:30p.

3/30–4/1 Beehive: The 60s Musical, Peoria Players Theatre. 7:30–10p. $18/adults, $12/18 & under. 309.688.4473,

Spring is here! 3/22 George Thorogood and The Destroyers, Peoria Civic Center Theater. 7:30p. $25–$38. 800.745.3000,,, 3/23 Jim Gaffigan, Peoria Civic Center Theater. 9:30p. $39.75–$49.75. 800.745.3000, 3/23–25 2012 Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic, Peoria Civic Center. Over 380 exhibit booths, over 40 seminars, trophy deer, state turkey calling and outdoor photo contest, shooting range exhibit, bow tryout area. Adult 1 day $13, 2 day $21; Military 1 day $12 (w/proof of duty), 2 day $19; age 12–18 $13; age 6–11 $4; 5 & younger free. Fri 2–9p, Sat 9a–7p, Sun 9a–4p. 262.242.3990, 3/24 Home Party Bazaar, RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center. All your home parties under one roof. 9a–2p. Free. 309.282.1508, 3/24 Keystone square dance with Dale McRoberts calling, St. Johns Lutheran Church, Bartonville. 7:30–10p. 3/24–25 Sauk Trail Gun Show, Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton. 309.689.1934,

3/30–4/1 Central Illinois Auto Show, Peoria Civic Center, Exhibit Hall. Fri 12–8p, Sat 11a–8p, Sun 11a–5p. 309.673.3200, 3/31 4th Annual Easter Bonnet Parade, Peoria Heights. 11a. 309.685.4812, 3/31 Easter Egg Hunt, Peoria Zoo. 10:30a ages 0-3 years, 10:50a ages 4-6 years, 11:10a ages 7-9 years. $5.75/non-member child, $3/member child, $8.50/non-member adult. 309.686.3365,

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4th Annual The Easter Bunny will lead the parade with egg-ceptional music to follow! Parade route on Prospect sidewalk from Samuel to Kelley and back


March 31 at 11 a.m. Stepping off at Leaves‘n Beans Decorate a Bonnet and join the parade!

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4/1 Laughter is the Best Medicine, Nashville comedian Rik Roberts will perform beginning at 5 pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center (located at 100 Conference Center Drive in East Peoria) presented by the Proctor Health Care Foundation. Tickets are $100 per person or $30 for children 12 and under. Presentation of the Henry Allovio Jr. Leadership Award and special recognition of the Foundation's 1882 Society Members will also take place. For more information visit www. or call 309-693-0414. 4/1 The Central Illinois Auto Show will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Friday - Sunday from Noon - 8 pm on Friday, from 11a - 8p on Saturday and from 11a - 5p on Sunday. Ticket prices are TBA. 4/1 The Luthy Botanical Garden Lily Show. See hundreds of these beautiful white flowers, contrasting with the green foliage surrounding them, and experience the world of Willy Wonka, which is this year's theme. Admission is $2.50 for ages 12 & up, free to kids aged 11 & under and Garden members. Garden is open 10a - 5p on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from Noon - 5p on Sundays. 4/1 Larry Shue's The Foreigner, Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield from March - April 7. On Thurs through Sat, doors open at 6p, buffet is at 6:30p, show is at 8p. On Sun, doors open & buffet at noon, and the show is at 1:30p. Prices are $32 for Thurs, $34 for Fri and Sun brunch and $36 for Sat. Call 309-965-2545 or go to

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Live music directory

Basta O’Neill’s, 661 N Cummings Lane, Washington, 309.444.5500

Bernardi's Restaurant North Lake of the Woods Plaza 1220 North Brentfield, Dunlap, 309.243.8888,

Gracie's Sports Grille, 1021 N Cummings Ln, Washington 309.444.7313

Jim’s Steakhouse, 110 SW Jefferson, Peoria, 309.673.5300

Live at the Five Spot, CAC at 305 SW Water St, 309.674.6822

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, East of Mackinaw, $5 adm, 309.359.WINE

Martini’s on Water Street, 212 SW Water St, Peoria, 309.655.5003

Peoria Jazz Society, 309.692.5330, 691.3259,

Peoria Pizza Works, 3921 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights, 309.682.5446

The Publik House, Peoria Heights Red Barn, 621 W Glen Ave, Peoria, 309.692.3792 Rhythm Kitchen, 305 SW Water St, Peoria, 309.676.9668,

Sky Harbor Steakhouse, 1321 N Park Rd, Peoria, 309.674.5532

WeaverRidge Golf Club, 5100 WeaverRidge Blvd, Peoria, 309.691.3344

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live music in march Sundays Ed Kaizer, Weaver Ridge, 10:30a–1:30p Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band and David Hoffman and Friends, Starting Gate Banquet Room, Landmark Recreation Center, 3/18, 6p & 7:15p, $5/members, $7/nonmembers


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Mike & Carrie, Martini’s on Water Street, 10p–2a

Tuesdays Eddie & Judy Howard, Jim’s Steakhouse, 8p–12a Open Stage with Joe Piccoli, Rhythm Kitchen, 6–8p

Wednesdays Jimmy Binkley, Sky Harbor Steakhouse, 7–11p Gene Farris, Jim’s Steakhouse, 8p–12a Live Jazz, Rhythm Kitchen, 6:30–8:30p

Thursdays Gene Farris, Jim’s Steakhouse, 7:30p–1a Larry Harms Trio, Basta O’Neill’s Washington, 6–9p Steve Degenford, 2Chez, 6:30–8:30p David Berchtold or Melinda (Mindy) Brown, Rhythm Kitchen, 7–9p John Miller & the Romaniacs, Gracie’s Washington, 3/8, 7–11p

Fridays The Dirty Gentlemen, EP's Timeout, East Peoria every 4th Friday 8:30p Gene Farris, Jim’s Steakhouse, 7:30p–1a Greg Williams, Hotel Pere Marquette/Rendevous, 5–7p Mike Cheesman, Fox Pub & Café, 8–10:30p Live at the Five Spot, Contemporary Art Center, $7/ members, $10/nonmembers, 5:30p Dave Hoffman & Friends, Two25, Mark Twain Hotel, 5–7p Kickback Friday w/Jammsammich, Kickapoo Creek Winery, $25 (gourmet buffet), 3/2, 6–11p

Saturdays Jimmy Binkley, Sky Harbor Steakhouse, 7p–12 Eddie & Judy Howard, Jim’s Steakhouse, 8p–12a Paul Adams and Dave Hoffman: A World of Dreams and Jazz, Universalist Unitarian Church, 3/10, 7p, offering received, 688.5608

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things by bobby hambrick founder of autonomoustuff allowing vehicles to travel autonomously photos by dennis slape

1. A night out with my wife and friends & dinner at Alexander’s Steakhouse. Don’t forget to order a Long Island!

2. Sunday morning service with the family at Elevate Church in Morton.

6. Brunch and coffee at Leaves’N’Beans in the Heights. 7. My monthly subscriptions to Automotive Engineering, AUVSI, MONEY, & Popular Mechanic publications.

3. Spending as much time with my precious 8. Listening to the Jimmy Buffet and Coffee House channel on XM 6 week old baby boy as possible. Satellite Radio while working. Eventually he will be my fishing buddy in the local waters.

4. A nice workout at Five Points in Washington. 5. Books from Jim Collins, John Maxwell, and Steven Covey. Find them at Barnes and Noble.

9. Traveling anywhere warm, one of my personal favorites is Clearwater Beach, FL. You can’t beat a direct flight from PIA (Peoria) to TPA (Tampa, FL).

10. Enjoying the waterfront activities with friends in the Summer.

10 things I crave

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A magazine from Peoria IL.