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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 10:00 pm

For Frankophiles

Celebration planned for former alderman

Untitled Document When you have a career as remarkable as the one Frank McNeil has had in his 20 years on the City Council — from his participation in the voting-rights lawsuit that established Springfield’s aldermanic system of government to creating a police-review board and being the city’s conscience — somebody’s bound to throw you a party. On Tuesday, May 29, friends will honor McNeil, who stepped aside as the alderman of Ward 2 earlier this month, with a reception at Secret Recipes Reception Center, 3086 Normandy Rd. “Frank is one of Springfield’s finest who’s come out in the forefront to make a difference,” says Angela Harris, one of the event’s organizers. Harris says a group of grassroots community members just wanted to show McNeil their appreciation for his lifetime of public service. A 5:30 cocktail reception, open to the public, will be followed by a dinner program. Tickets for the dinner cost $20 and must be purchased in advance; no jeans are allowed. Several civic, social, and Greek-letter organizations from around the state, as well as local churches and elected leaders, have been invited to participate. For tickets or more information, contact Angela at 494-5290 or Alleen at 899-9598.

Contact R.L. Nave@illinoistimes.com


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