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B2 The Pantagraph Friday, November 27, 2004 www.pantagraph.com ARENA FROM Bl Nelson said Hamilton asked him a few weeks ago if there was an internal agreement. "This happened very fast," he added. "We were moving things forward and we're disappointed we weren't given enough time." Kemp said he received an e-mail from Hamilton Nov. 15 asking about the status of an apparent rift among the members of Bloomington Partners and if there was a timeline to resolve those issues. Hundman sent a letter Nov. 16 to the city offering to take over arena management. Kemp said he and Hamilton spent the next couple of days trying to reach each other but had not talked by the time of the council meeting one week ' after Kemp received the e-mail. "I had no idea this was happening," Kemp said. In its contract with the city, Bloomington Partners offered a $7.5 million investment to the project by providing an East Coast Hockey League team, an arena football team, someone to buy the naming rights and other in-kind investments such "What's frustrating is this perception that we were not delivering on our contract with the city. We have nearly $2 million invested in the project and Mike and John are there every day working." Barry Kemp investor in Bloomington Partners as concession equipment that would be brought in by food and beverage vendors. Kemp said the group is potentially out the $1.6 million for the hockey team and the more than $300,000 in legal fees and hockey franchise fees. Kemp owns the ECHL team from Ontario, Calif., which had received the league's approval to move to Bloomington. Kemp said he does not know the future of the team, adding it could be moved someplace else or simply eliminated when the ECHL meets in January. "What's frustrating is this perception that we were not delivering on our contract with the city," Kemp said. "We have nearly $2 million invested in the project and Mike and John are there every day working." For Nelson and Butler, their side contract with the city remains intact. Butler and Nelson are currently operating as Central Illinois Arena Management. Their work involves selling the suites and promoting the arena before it o'pens. "We still need to sit down and talk with Tom (Hamilton) about where we go from here, but we are still on-board as Central Illinois Arena Management," Nelson said. In his proposal, Hundman said his group will hire at least two day-to-day on-site managers who will have experience and dedication to the project. "Well, that sure sounds like John and I, but we have not had any contact with Hundman or BNAM," Nelson said. "John and I are from here and believe strongly in this project." CLOTHES FROM Bl The clothing challenges were caught on secretly taped footage. Producers worked with the Bloomington women on a scheme to get Matesevac to Chicago, where a crew filmed the colorful dresser for a phony BBC show about Americans. Matesevac was let in on the plan to improve his wardrobe when the film crew returned to Illinois a second time and told him he had been selected for an episode that will air sometime before March. Friends and family will be treated to "a reveal party" when Matesevac returns home. "I can't wait to see my wife's face when she sees the new me. I call it Ed Version 2.0," said Matesevac. Most of the clothing filmed at Matesevac's home was packed up and shipped to New York for the show. That includes 40 long-sleeved dress shirts, more than 30 pairs of slacks, 20 ties, 20 pairs of socks and 10 of his 28 pairs of shoes. Unlike many people featured on the show who make mis matched or drab clothing choices, Matesevac's dilemma is the opposite. "My husband needs a make-under not a makeover," said Gail Matesevac. Matesevac's wild wardrobe will be replaced with $5,000 in new clothing he will choose with the help of "What Not To Wear" experts. Matesevac's wife said her husband has been a good sport about the effort to tone down his wardrobe. "He will be one of their best customers. I just hope he comes home with one regular pair of jeans," she said. . FLU FPOM Bl I Some Marc Center clients with developmental disabilities who are elderly, have respiratory problems and live in group homes. I Patients of area doctors and of the Community Health Care Clinic who have not yet been vaccinated and who have severe medical conditions. For example, a person with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema or an organ transplant recipient can get seriously ill quickly if he or she gets influenza, Keller said. "This process of screening and scrutiny is a heavy-duty, labor-intensive process," Keller said. 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At the Harms household in rural Flanagan, the lack of power brought the potential for basement flooding. Joel Harms, 18, said the sump pump backup generator required gas refueling every two hours. He and a friend, Greg Lloyd of Cornell, stayed up all night and headed to the Twin Cities for shopping as dawn neared Friday. "Thanksgiving's ruined," Harms said. "I thought I'd come down." By late Friday afternoon, Corn Belt had snagged extra crews from electric cooperatives in southern Illinois. Concentrated outages were reported in El Paso, Sector, Kappa, Minier, Carlock and Danvers. Scattered outages were reported in Hartsburg, Hopedale, Atlanta, McLean, Stanford and near Lawndale. Workers on Friday restored power to parts of the Maplewood subdivision in Normal, where blowing trees and galloping lines met Wednesday night along a backyard fence between Crescent Lane and Belt Avenue. Fox said 200 Ameren crews some from Missouri were working to fix wide-spread damage. Hawkinson pleaded with homeowners and others to let professionals deal with power lines and nearby trees. Trying to knock snow off a line or tall tree is a bad idea that can have grave consequences, he said. Hawkinson tipped his hat to the hundreds of utility line workers, support staff and emergency personnel through- 4 f S f if V. - - ' f p I i - V-" , r", -""" ill l ' l!T yj N f J r ? im Kls" urr. -:("' , Si 4 - The PantaqraphDAVID PROEBER Catlin Slinker, an employee of Reigning Color tattoo shop, 129 E. " Beufort St., Normal, dug out from Wednesday's storm Friday morning. out Central Illinois who have worked throughout the holiday period to restore power and answer calls for help. "It's been a team effort," he said. "It made for a bad holiday for a lot of people not just for the crews but for the people without STANFORD FROM Bl One room at his home was 49 degrees. Relatives from Iowa came to the Fitch home, but no Thanksgiving dinner was cooked there. "We ended up going to Cracker Barrel," he said. His family and the company stayed in the home Wednesday because there still was some residual heat. They used extra blankets and huddled around the fireplace. But on Thanksgiving it got so cold, they went to a motel. There are no cots or showers at the church. "We've got pews and pads," he said. Even the warming weather had a down side. Food left on the back porch Wednesday was safe until the temperatures rose. It spoiled and had to be thrown out. "It's been a wicked Thanksgiving," he said. power," Fox said. "We appreciate everyone's patience during this as we work to get everyone's power restored as soon as possible." Reporter Steve Arney and Editor Terry - Creenberg contributed information for ' this story. Setting it right The Pantagraph values accuracy. If you see something that is inaccurate, please report it to the editor listed on the top left-hand corner of this section. If you 1 are not sure whom to call, contact Editor Terry Greenberg at (309) 820-3230 or tgreenberg(Spantagraph.com or Associate Editor Mark Pickering at (309) 820 3252 or mpickering9pantagraph.com ' Location! Location! Location! Location is everything. When you're buying or selling a house talk to your REALTORabout advertising your house in Home Finder and Home Market. THE- PANTAGRAPH PANTAGRAPH.COM For Home Finder call 829-9000' or 800-747-7323, ext. 367. For Home Market call 829-9000 or 800-747-7323, ext. 359.

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