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Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005 03:20 pm

Poskin joins SHA board

Mayor Tim Davlin has handpicked a veteran community activist and social worker to join the five-member Springfield Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

Polly Poskin, 58, will complete the remaining two-year term left by outgoing SHA board chairman Robert Schaaf, who tendered his resignation last month.

"It's hard to live in Springfield and not know Polly Poskin," says Ernie Slottag, the mayor's spokesman. "Her record of service to the community is strong."

Poskin has served as executive director of Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault for 23 years. She is also president of the Oak Ridge Cemetery Board, where she and Davlin once served together.

"Housing issues are central to the health and vitality of a city," says Poskin, adding that she plans to stress the importance of home-ownership programs.

Poskin's appointment to the SHA board awaits City Council approval early next month.

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