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Open house held to honor former mayor Bob Logan

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 26th, 2013

Above, Logan is pictured with his four children Ruth, Rob, Rebekah and Rachel. (Photo submitted)

FRANKLIN GROVE —   The Franklin Grove Village Board sponsored an open house to honor former Mayor Bob Logan’s 22 years of service as a trustee and Village President. The event drew more than a 100 family members and friends from throughout the area Sunday afternoon.

Logan was first elected as a village trustee in 1991 after being encouraged by former librarian, Margery Cruse to run for the library board. Logan ran for the village board instead, believing the library could use a friend on the village board.

In 1993, two years into his term as trustee, Logan was elected to the office of Village President, alternately referred to as mayor. Logan was reelected four successive terms before losing this April 2013 bid for reelection to his longtime friend, David Atkinson, the current village President.

Jim Barnes of Oregon, Glen Kuhlemier of Rock Falls, and Jim Leather of Stillman Valley, former area mayors who participated with Logan in the Northern Illinois Mayor’s Association, attended to acknowledge the friendships that were enjoyed in the early years they served as mentors to the newly elected mayor of Franklin Grove.

The current village board was represented at the reception by trustee Keith Roop and village clerk Lori Smith who organized the event. Atkinson also attended to present Logan with a plaque on behalf of the board in recognition of Logan’s commitment to the village.

Logan was visibly moved at the time of presentation stating that it was the absence of his wife, who succumbed to cancer on June 6, that left a void in what was otherwise a very happy occasion.

Logan commended mayor Atkinson for his character and commitment to the community just prior to the award presentation.

Mayor Atkinson followed with a few comments including “Bob has been my biggest helper since I have been mayor.” He then presented the placque of appreciation.

Illinois State Senator Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, was present and reflected briefly on his professional association with Mayor Logan both as Lee County’s former Sheriff and as State Senator. He closed referring to Logan as “a class act.”

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