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    News Journal {Newspaper} - 1973-08-12,Chicago, Illinois                                 By MARTIN FISCHEK  Before taking elevators to an eighth floor suite of offices for fheir meeting with banking officials, members of local community groups, including Oak  Viewpoint  Park Citizens Action Program (CAP) and National Peoples Action on Housing (NPAH), gathered quietly in the plaza-level lobby of the glass-enclosed skyscraper at 111 E. Wacker at 10 a m,, Wednesday, Aug. 8, lo get last-minute instructions from their leaders.  “Don’t let them sit opposite one another Lets not flank them,” said one leader who hoped to prevent direct eye contact among the financial executives dunng the meeting Seven or eight persons, about half the group, packed themselves into an already-crowded elevator. On seeing that no one else would fit, a quick decision was made to have the rest of the group take the empty e’evator on the opposite side of the hallway After whisking up the elevator shafts, the doors opened and the group spilled out into the yellow-carpeted, wood-paneled reception area of “suite 800,” the offices of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.  “I couldn't believe this place when I first saw it," one person told another in the group An attractive receptionist sat calmly behind a large mahogany desk. On the opposite side of the room was an antique couch and two chairs, well-stuffed and upholstered with soft yellow materia)  Straight ahead, a somber-looking,  RiverForest to enforce bike rules  The River Forest police are beginning to crack down on delinquent bicyclists who ignore traffic laws as they ride through the village.  Within the next week, local police will be issuing traffic tickets to those cyclists over 16 years old who do not observe the rules of the road, including riding against traffic, coasting through stop signs or violating one way signs. Infractions including lack of proper equipment, failure to signal or carrying more riders than the bike should hold will also make the cyclist liable for fines from $5 to $500.  Pciice have already b^un stopping youngstevit under 16 for violations, warning (hem of the Possible hazarite and then sending a letter to their parents advising them of the rules their children have broken. So far 195 letters hiive been sent out.  MEWSPAI.ERnBCmVE®.^^  spectacled Benjamin Franklin peered at the group from an old oil painting, well-lit from above and enshrined over some small plastic greenery Gale Cincotta, executive director of NPAH, and Perry Hamilton of Oak Park CAP were personally greeted by a smiling, smoky-haired Albion Fender-son, general counsel of FHLB-Chicago.  “We agreed on twenty people. How many are there in your group‘d” Fen-derson asked “About twenty," Ms. Cincotta said. There were fewer than twenty, but the small reception area gave the impression of a larger number  CONTINUED ON PAGE 8  Abductor  poses as cop  A man in his mid-twenties posing as a River Forest police officer stopped two Oak Park teens, forced the younger boy into his car and then took indecent liberties with him, shortly after midnight, Wednesday  According to the Oak Park police, the man pulled up in a green car as the 13-and 18-year-old boys sat in their vehicle stopped for a traffic light at Chicago and Marlon, Oak Park. I'he man told the boys to pull over, displayed a badge and said he was going to take the younger boy to the River Forest station for violating curfew.  The man then drove around Oak Park with the boy for a while, parked the car and forced him to take part in various sexual activities The man released the boy about an hour later and left him wandering around near Erie and Maple, where Oak Parjc police found the boy.  Debate residency rules  prompted by a memo from Village Manager Lee Ellis, the Oak Park board of trustees is considering revising the residency requirements for its fire and police department members.  Ellis has proposed two changes in the residency requirements, which will be discussed by a committ^ Including the manager, Trustee Gene Callahan, the village attorney and the two department chiefs before the board acts upon them  Under Ellis’ proposals, new members both departments would be required to move into Oak Park within one year of their appointments and present members would have to take up residency in the village to be eligible for promotions.  Currently, applicants for the Oak Park police and fire departments come from a five county-wide area.Most of the df^nnrtment members live outside  of Oak Park and some travel about one hour to get to work  In his memo presented to the board Aug. 6, Ellis said, “The advantage most commonly advanced (in support of such residency requirements) relates to an assumption that employes who live in the community they serve will bring a greater dedication to the' work than if they live elsewhere.”  Ellis also cited the need to have public safety personnel available for call back duty in emergencies Ellis currently requires other department heads and members of the management staff to live in the village.  Although Fire Chief J. P. Quillinan said that a comment on Uie proposed changes would be “premature" since the study committee has not yet met, PcMra Chief Wilbur Reicheit indicated he personally favored both rule changes.  While Reichert said he saw no problem with the residency requirement for recruits, he foresees some difficulty, mostly legal, In attempting to tie residency to promotion.  Reichert said that besides obtaining answers to legal questions about the proposals, he would like to get some feedback from the men in the department on the issue An informal survey among police officers indicates they agree with asking new men to move into the village, as long as they are made aware of the requirement when they apply, but many feel making promotions contigent upon residency infringes on their rights. Feeling against the recommendation runs highest among married officers who own homes outside of the village.  Chief Reichert said he would especially like his supervisory officers to live in Oak Park so they would be  available immediately for conferences or special duty Having the patrolmen live in the village as well would help tiie members of the department become more aware of the community and promote better relations among the police and citizens who would come to know each other personally Reichert pointed out that nei^boring communities including Chicago, Forest Park, Berwyn, Cicero, Melrose Park and Elmwood Park require police to live within their boundaries and some require up to five year's residency before applying. Both Chicago and Detroit teve won court battles over residency requirements in the last year, headded To change the residency requirements, the Oak Park trustees can enact an ordinance revising the rules which the Police and Fire commission must enforce.                       OAK PARK    <7    ---,          L            RIVER FOREST      VOL. 4 NO. 11        SUNDAY, AUGUST 12,1973    Single copy 15c     Oak Park grants liquor license to church  Summer thrills  Nothing can quite be compared to the thrill of the ferris wheel downswing, as local residents can experience for themselves Aug. 15-20 at the first-ever carnival sponsored in Oak Park by the Boys Hockey Assn. The Great American Carnival company is moving its many rides and concessions into the Hotiy court parking lot at Marion and Ontario and proceeds will benefit the hockey program for local youths.  Confrontation tactics take a fine hand  While no one has been turning water into wine, the Oak Park board of trustees performed a miracle of sorts for Ascension Catholic church, 815 S, East ave, when they issued the village’s firsts liquor license to the parish at their Aug. 6 board meeting  The Class F liquor license allows the parish to conduct four functions for its members and four functions for nonmembers at which liquor may be sold. The group will have to pay a $15 permit fee for each “wet” event to be held during the next year.  A benefit Aug. 16 for the Sequin school for handicapped childdren, 6219 Ogden, Berwyn, Aug. 2t» will be the first event at Ascension which will include liquor sale and service.  Since the liquor sales orctìnance was passed by the previous board of trustees March 5, a number of local businesses have shown an interest in obtaining a one of the six ^T)es of licenses available for clubs, restaurants, hotels, catering halls and special events. Fees range from $1,500 to $3,000 per year for business licenses to ?15 per day for each event sponsored by a club or organization. Tavertis and packaged goods stores are not permitted.  Applicants must fill out detailed forms which include information on the business and criminal records of the partners, managers and corporation members involved. After an interview before the six-member Liquor Control Review board and its preliminary approval, the application is turned over to the local police who conduct an intensive investigahon of the business and its owners.  Depending on the findings of the police who look into local, state and federal records, the review board may recommend that the board issue a license. In the case of Ascension , however, the police spoke with representatives about the church’s liability for the liquor sale and necessary security measures, rather than conduct a background Investigation  While no other churches or or^nizations have applied for licenses, the review board is awaiting the results of the police Investigation of owners of the Acorn Banquet hall, 246 Chicago and Mar-Lac House, 408 S. Oak Park ave. before givit^ final approval to their applications.  The review board has rejected applications submitted by Mr. Anthony’s restaurant, 6831 North ave. and Royal Oak restaurant, 6421 North ave.  Interesting reading  The Liebner sisters (from left) Mary Ann, 8; Jean, 7; and Ellen, 6, of 1107 Jackson, River Forest, compare the progress they’ve made in the local library’s summer reading club. The program’s theme “the Big Giraffe” is named after the friendly beast who decorates the  cards on which the children record the names of the books they’ve read this summer. Certificates are awarded to those who fill in every spot on the giraffe’s coat with a book title.  Superintenden t describes school building program  Propose new vehicle fees  Oak Parli toffibials are studying the feasibility of adopting a revised schedule of vehicle license fees proposed at the Aug. 6 village board meeting by Village Clerk Virginia Cassin.  The suggested ascending rate schedule, based on one used in Oak Lawn, would penalize vehicle owners who wait until police issue citations, forcing them into paying the vehicle license tax.  “The present system is inequitable," said Mrs. Cassm. “There are conscientious citizens who purchase their vehicle stickers at the beginning of each year, and there are others who gamble that they can get by without them. The conscientious vehicle owners feel as if they’re being penalizi'd by paying fees for those who don’t.”  Currently, police issue tickets to those who do not display village identification tags on their vehicles, but the tickets are voided after the owners purchase the necessary sticker.  There also is evidence that the local judges do not impose the fines already set up in village ordinances to penalize late comers when it is necessary for them to go to court for not having stickers.  Under Mrs. Cassin’s plan anyone who has owned a vehicle from Jan 1 and fails to secure the vehicle license by March 1 would be required to pay $2 in addition to the regular annual fee. After April 1 the penalty would be $5; after July 1 the penalty would be $10; and after Oct.l,$12.  Village Attorney Arthur Thorpe indicated to the board that the proposed schedule may exceed the maximum fees specified by state statute. He said the matter requires further legal research before the board takes any action  Thorpe also pointed out that while a system of discounts may be more effective, the village will have to consider the possible toss of revenues  At Monddy night’s Board of Education meeting, Dist. 97 Supt. Kenton E. Stephens made several recommendations on how the district can get the most for their schools with the funds available  Stephens submitted a report on the building program for Oak Park’s elementary schools in which he tried to outline priorities for future construction.  While Stephens told the board that there will be about $1,200,000 available for school improvements, he warned that oftentimes there are hidden costs and that It is Important “that we not over-commit ourselves accidentally into something more than we can handle.”  On Stephens’ list of priorities were additions of about 6,000 to 8,000 square feet for Beye, Irving and Whittier schools. He added that at Beye, the present media center should be used for a multi-purpose room. Stephens said that at Irving, he would prefer to leave the proposed remodeling of the library to a faculty lounge in abeyance for the present.  The proposed addition for Whittier should be reduced from the originally recommended 13,000 square feet to the lesser 6,000-8,000 estimate, according to Stephens. He said that this could be accomplished by making a two-story addition rather than three stories . He also recommended that the planned administrative, pupil personnel and special service features not be built Into the Whittier addition at this time. Furthermore, he suggested that the present media center be used as a multi-purpose room.  His recommendations for Emerson school were; pupil personnel and  special service center be provided in space now occupied by teachers’ lounge and learning disabilities center; conference room and testing area be provided in space occupied by counselor and psychologist; learning disabilities center and teachers’ lounge be relocated to space now used by reading skills programmer and speech therapist.  The two proposals for Hatch school were: incorporate existing first floor west corridor between administrative center and auditorium into administrative center and to redesign the space to provide office space for pupil personnel and special service staff; provide new east-west corridor on second floor so that the existing corridor can be incorporated Into the present library.  Stephens said that some special education money could be used for these space additions at Hatch.  His recommendations for Longfellow were: the redesigning of the the existing Related Arts area; placing both science labs in the southeast comer of the third floor and expansion of the present corridor, with a new corridor provided west of the existing one by enclosing the presetn open space above the second floor corridor in that wing.  Stephens said that through his recommendations he is seeking a mixture of improvements for the schools. He admitted that they do not at present include new Improved media centers for all schools and “pretty much downgrade the emphasis on science programs. Whereas I am a firm believer m good science facilities, what I am doing here is  suggesting some priorities,” his report said.  Outside of the normal sources of funding the building program, Stephens said that if the school board wished to consider a more extensive program, they could go for a bond issue. However, Stephens also admitted that public sentiment is “not at all sympathetic to school district referenda for any purpose.”  Set meeting on transit  The first public hearing on the proposed Northeastern Illinois Regional Transportation Authority will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15at the CSA hall, 6164 W. Cermak rd., Cicero.  The hearing is one of nine ordered by Gov Dan Walker as a result of controversy over legislation to create and finance the RTA In the six northeastern Illinois counties.  Langhome Bond, secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation, said public officials and all other interested parties are invited to express their views on the RTA at the hearing.  Other hearings in Cook county will bo held at Dolton, Park Ridge and Chicago. Hearings will also be held m DuPage, Lake, Kane, Will ant) McHenry counties.  Bond said a transcript of the hearing would be forwarded to Gov Walker and legislative leaders to inform them of public attitudes on the RTA.  .... K  FWSPAPFR  ARCHIVE®   

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