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Lair, Bill 

Bill Lair, a sports reporter for the Mattoon Journal-Gazette and Charleston Times Courier, first met Jim Edgar at his local church. Lair and Edgar had attended Eastern Illinois University at the same time, but Lair only knew of Edgar as the Student Body President. After Edgar's failed campaign for the state legislature in 1974, Bill and his wife, Marty, followed Edgar's political career closely.

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