quick takes 12-9-04
FORMOSA CUTS CONTINUE
Formosa Plastics Corp. laid off another 24 employees last week, cutting the workforce at what had been Illiopolis' biggest employer to less than 50.
The latest round of layoffs at Formosa is in addition to the 58 workers released in May, several weeks after an explosion at the plant killed five and injured a dozen more [Todd Spivak, "A search for answers," Nov. 4].
Formosa once employed 136 workers at its plant located 25 miles east of Springfield. The site has sat idle since the April 23 fire.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is currently investigating the cause of the explosion. Formosa, which plans to rebuild on the site, has appealed the results of an investigation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA levied fines totaling $361,500 on the company for safety violations.
BACK ON PLANET SNOOZE
If you wanted to contact Renatta Frazier -- the former Springfield cop now famous for being tarnished by false reports that she had failed to prevent a rape -- you could go to her Web site and click on a link that would send an e-mail to her. The same site, www.renattafrazier.com, provides a phone number where you can leave a message.
But if you work for the State Journal-Register -- which just happens to be the newspaper that tarnished the former cop in the first place -- you instead publish a story quoting extensively from Frazier's Web site and end with the statement that Frazier herself "could not be reached for comment."
We tried -- honestly, via phone and e-mail --to contact reporter Jayette Bolinski, who wrote the Nov. 17 article, but she could not be reached for comment.