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   Blue Island Sun-Standard (Newspaper) - February 6, 1977, Blue Island, Illinois                               ;i ti It Cronin's school integration By KEN MILLER If a "dream" of Stall- Supt. of Edu- cation Joseph M. Cronin comes true, a busing plan to integrate Chicago's schools with several nearby suburban townships will be in effect in 1980. The "dream" did not specifically name white suburban communities that might be part of the desegrega- tion plan. It did, however, call for a township plan with one superintendent for each township and from 10.000 to students in each of the restructured suburban school districts. Cronin detailed his enti- tled "How the Chicago Metropolitan Area in remarks to the South Cook County School Admi- nistrators association Wednesday night at Ihe Cherry Hills Country club, Flossmoor. Cronin's "dream" is, in effecl, his vision of a totally desegregated met- ropolitan school system which be implemented in In the Cronin envisions a federal judge ruling in 1978 on a de- segregation case not only affecting Chicago schools but also finding the county and Ihe slate "guilty" of al- lowing schools to perpetuate racial segregation. Cronin's "drearn" was met with po- lite applause but no other response from the approximately 100 suburban school board members and superin- tendents in attendance. "Seven of Ihe new township dis- tricts were paired with the seven Chi- cago school districts with the most segregated housing and said Cronin. According to Cronin, "a federal judge had ruled in 1978 on a desegre- gation case not only affecting Chicago but also finding Cook county and the state of Illinois guilty of allowing schools to perpetuate racial segrega- tion. "At first people thought only Chica go would be found guilty. Hundreds of their schools were virtually all-black with several dozens of while schools. "Clearly the city could not achieve all the racial desegregation needed in the schools. It would need help, the judge reasoned." Thidhelp" Cronin speaks of would amount lo "mergers or consolida- tions" with suburban school districls. The judge in Ihe dream found Chi- cago guilty of segregation in many specific instances. One was thai allhough several "magnel" schools were begun in Ihe 1970's, segregation continued to in- crease in the cily because of Ihe lack of a comprehensive tolal plan. Magnel schools, such as Walt Dis- ney Elementary school and Whitney Young High school, are intended lo reflecl Ihe racial make-up of a dis- Irict The "judge" also found thai the Chicago board of'education in the had erected hundreds of tempo- rary classrooms on the playgrounds of all black schools rather than find ways lo desegregate the city. Also, Chicago had established a se- ries of schools within racially segre- gated housing projects. The Chicago board was also found to have failed to implement the 1967 plan which would have achieved a certain measure of desegregation. The judge indicated lhal lhal omis- sion was in itself a violation of Ihe Ci- vil Righls acl of 1964, Cronin said. "Subsequently, the Chicago board had adopted a plan to close down two dozen schools, but in so doing, man- aged to transfer most of the black children from one set of all-black buildings to others of similar racial Cronin said. The superintendenl's dream notes two precedents ol implemented de- segregation plans Une was in Wilmington, Del., where the judge had told city and suburbs to get together in developing a compre- hensive plan. The other, in St. Louis county. Mo., the judge decreed that two all-white suburbs and one all-black suburb join to form one racially integrated school district. "The judge in the Chicago case considered other alternatives such as splilting Ihe Chicago schools into sev- en pie-shaped wedges reaching out as far as 20 or 25 miles each wedge containing 25 per cent minority and 75 per cent Cronin said. However, Ihe judge decided on Ihe lownship plan. "The Chicago city plan by itself was bold and creative" and included Ihe closing of more lhan 800 racially segregated temporary classrooms; the abandonment of 70 substandard buildings housing mainly minorities or whites; and the opening of 15 new "magnet" high schools. 11 (if them with advanced vocational and techni- cal specialties. It also included the opening of new or rehabilitated elementary schools each of them sen ing black and white populations 20 of them with basic skills orientation. 20 with a special focus on science and industry and 20 with other specialty services. Finally, it called for the building of mixed income and multi-ethnic hous- ing and new schools first in the Chi- cago 21 area and later in the "born again" South Side with a massive in- fusion of U. S. Department of Hous- ing and Urban Development funds The "judge" in Cronin's dream, it turned out, was James Meredith, who in 19C2 was the first black student ever enrolled in the University of Mississippi. Blue Island Sun-Standard Published by the Southtown Economist Sunday, February 6, 1977 65 cents Monthly By Carrier Phones News or Ads 388-2O20 Circulation 422-1212 Court weighs outcome of Old Main shooting Hard choice Roger Lundquist of Calumet Paris gets ready to sample some of the good- ies" being prepared for the St. Valentine Ice Cream Social. The Ladies Guild of Community Covenant Church, 125th and Loomis, will sponsor the event on Friday, Feb. 11, from 7 to p.m. and again on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 5 p m. Ticket price includes ice cream and cake plus entertainment by the Ro- semary McMahon dancers and the Praising Pupeteers and sing-a-krags be- tween shows. There will also be a bake sale so you can take a treat home to the family. Bring your "Valentine" and join in the fun. The juvenile who shot his class- mate Jan. 13 al Old Main Eisenhower High school will undergo a psychiat- ric examination before his final dispo- sition by the juvenile court Feb. 15. At a hearing Monday, Judge Joseph Mooney of Cook county Circuit Court's juvenile division ordered a clinical services examination for the 15-year-old boy, still in custody at the Audey Home. The juvenile admitted to the shoot- ing in open court at a hearing Mon- day. The trial, which had been sched- uled for Monday, was not held be- cause of the boy's admission. Maurice Dore, assistant state's attorney, said the judge could recom- mend a probationary sentence or commitment to the juvenile division of the Cook county department of cor- rections, among other alternatives, for the boy. After Monday's hearing, Blue Is- land police reported the youth had confessed to the charge of aggravated battery against him, while charges of attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon were dropped. But Dore said the legal charge against the youth is delinquency and the seriousness of the individual charges did not matter. "Once he is found delinquent, the judge may recommend whatever is permitted within the limits of the ju- venile court Dore said. A juve- nile delinquent can not be punished for more than one charge in a single incident. The most the judge can recommend for the youth is commitment to the department of corrections, Dore said. "Juvenile court differs from crimi- nal court. Its purpose is to protect and rehabilitate the juvenile and 'pro- tect the public. "Its function is rehabilitation, not Dore said. The boy's hearings, as all juvenile hearings, have been closed to the general public. Mrs. Joanne Dombrowski, the mother of Steve Labus, 15, shot by the juvenile, said Thursday she feels "left out in the cold" by the closed hearings. She said she has gotten no satis- faction from Ihe proceedings and has had to find out what has happended by reading newspapers. She was not told about Monday's hearing and although she attended Thursday's she was not allowed in- side. George Triezenberg, Eisenhower principal, also showed up for Thurs- day's hearing but was not allowed in- side. Dr. William Webb, School district 218 superintendent, said he sent Triezenberg as his representalive to provide input at the hearing. Dore said that although he told Webb he may show up for the hear- ing, it was up to the discretion of the judge as to whom he would allow in- side. Triezenberg said he was "most dis- tressed" by Ihe closed hearings and blamed Ihe secrecy of juvenile pro- ceedings with being a catalyst for crime in schools. "How can I administer discipline and protect staff and students if somebody can pull out a gun and shoot someone in my school" without having the opportunily lo speak at the hearing, he said. limit set for brochure The Blue Island planning commis- sion set an cost limit on the de- sign of a new informational city broc- hure. Jack Sinise, commission member, recommended that the brochure not exceed 28 pages, at a cost of a page. The cost "includes everything" to bring the brochure "camera-ready" to the printer, Sinise said. The city council, upon recommendation by the planning commission, has contracted Rowe Associates, Alsip, to do the work. Sinise recommended that the page limit be set in order to "stop talk" about the possible costs of the broc- hure. "Now we know what it will he said. Looking at the city's last brochure. a 36-page booklet, Sinise said he did not believe the new brochure needed to be as large. The new brochure will be printed on by 11 inch paper, like the last one. The brochure will emphasize Blue Island's central business district. The booklet's artwork and theme may be used as a city "logo" or symbol, Sin- ise said. The commission unanimously ap- proved Sinise's motion on the 28-page limit. Sinise indicated the cost was less than what the commission had estimated previously in discuss- ing possible cost. The commission also decided to contact several companies about doing a traffic survey on east-west streels in Ihe downlown area. Bids will be taken for the project. The sur- vey is intended lo indicate whether the streets, such as New and Prairie, should retain their one-way or two- way status for best possible traffic flow. The commission also discussed pos- sible sites for off-street parking along Western avenue between 119th and 127th streels. There will be no on- slreel parking there when Ihe Wesl- ern avenue project is complete. Sinise recommended that the com- pany chosen to make the traffic sur- vey also study possible off-streel parking sites. Because mosl sites along Westefn avenue would require the acquisition of business properties in order lo pro- vide a parking lot, commission mem- bers suggested that lots in back of businesses fronting on Western also be considered as parking lol sites. In other discussion. Ihe commission voted to change its regular meeling dates from the first Tuesday of each month to the first Monday. Ill" SvltTti lo. oliVJII OT .it" llliu i UCIlto 11 niv, M m f __I should relain their one-way or two- month to the first Monday. Eisenhower students aid RQC center revs up chamber's shopping study Tru-puch machine A group of Eisenhower campus stu- dents have completed a practical ex- ercise in market research which will aid the Blue Island Chamber of Com- merce in determining shopping pat- terns in the community. Under the direction of instructor Ken Muir. 20 students enrolled in dis- tributive education classes assisted the Blue Island Chamber of Com- merce in a market research project. Students stationed throughout the Blue Island shopping district during the holiday season asked passerby to complete a market research survey prepared by tlie Chamber of Com- merce. Over 300 completed surveys were turned over to the Chamber of Commerce for its use at the conclu-' .sion of the project. Under Jhc guidance of Iheir instruc- tor, students also used the survey as a basis for their own market research project at Eisenhower campus. News Note The paper drhe at Community Covenant church, 329Ui and js. Calumet Park, has been emend- ed due 1o the weather. Papers may- be deposited in the bin behind Ihe church al an> time through Thurs- day, Feb. 10. The drive is spon- sored by the youth  recently Delected as DEC! ambassadors. Virginia Slellman of Alsip was se Icded from among members of ihe- Blue (senior) chapter, while Saudi Zingelmann of Blue Island was selcd- ed from among members 
                            

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