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Suburbanite Economist (Newspaper) - March 22, 1973, Chicago, Illinois Cardinals baseball season underway Sports back page, this section Blue Island VOL. 97 Published in Blue Island by the Southtown Economist, Inc. THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 1973 OUIVfRED TO YOUR DOOR EVfRY THURSDAY AND SUNDAY MORNING C O J month Newsstand Copy 15 OBCUVMION DtPtfMMtNT fHONt 422-1212 NO. 23 Seek federal help against RR tie-ups Congressman Robert P. Hanrahan (R-IU.) discusses the railroad situation in Blue Island with Mayor Richard Withers (right) during the mayor's visit to Washington to testify before the Transportation subcommittee last week. (See pages 4 and 5 for details.) 'Hojka case9 is closed by district 130 board BY RENEE SCHWARTZ The board of education of district 130 decided to settle the pending "Hojka case" for after an executive session which intervened the board's regular meeting Thursday. The board's legal advisor Franklin Klein, and his associate Robert Peck, were present to offer the district two alternatives provided by the pre-trial judge. The school board could: (1) accept the proposed settlement at or (2) pursue the lawsuit. The "Hojka case" refers to a disagreement of the ownership of property that started, officiallly, in 1970. A condemned parcel of land, located at 5400 W. 135th, Crestwood, became the school district's property when they paid for the property for a school site. According to Arthur' Kent, business manager, the school brought a suit against a man living there, who would not move off of what was considered "district property." The man also collected rent from a tenant also living on the property. The state Supreme court upheld the lower courts when the matter of the district property ownership was taken to that level. When Hojka did move out, the suit was brought against him by the school to pay the district back rent, it was reported. Klein advised the board to drop further legal proceedings and president Norman Zibel suggested to the board members that the case should rest. This proposal was approved and carried. After 31 years of professional service as a teacher of the 4th grade level, Mrs. Mary Alice Bundy has asked for approval of her submitted resignation so that she may retire. Mrs. Marguerite Ferguson, also a 4th grade teacher at Paul Revere, asked in her written resignation to the school board, for a release "to enjoy an early retirement." Mrs. Ferguson has been employed with the district for 15 years, it was noted. A third resignation was accepted from Susan Manrodt, kindergarten teacher at Nathan Hale school. Mrs. Manrodt intends to move to Maryland. All three teachers, whose terms "Hall of Fame' sports banquet Wednesday A limited number of tickets are still on sale for the Blue Island Area Sports Hall of Fame banquet to be held Wednesday evening, March 28, at the Rosewood Inn in Blue Island. Sixteen local athletes who have made their mark in the world of sports and who have been spotlighted in the Sun-Stadard for the past year and in a display lobby of County bank will be honored at the banquet. They include Don Kolloway, Bob Mosel, Jim Brunette, Phil (Fox) Marti gnetti, Bill Broukal, Carlos Medrano and Pete Lovrich in the baseball category. Receiving recognition for their achievements in the sport of boxing will be Tony Musto, Rocky Casillo and Alan Moody. Tennis Pro Dave Muir will be honored for his outstanding feats and ex-Notre Dame football great Dick Frasor will also be on band. All-American basketball star Bob Frasor of Wisconsin fame will also be cited and the sport of track and field will be represented by Olympic stars Willie May and Jesse Martinez. The lone member in the category of bowling being recognized that night will be Blue Island's all-time great professional kegler, the late Jimmie Blouin. Engraved plaques will be presented to the honored athletes by Don Rizzs, sports editor of the Sun-Standard. Athletes, their wives and children, and guests will be welcomed by the Hall of Fame co-sponsors, the Sun-Standard and County bank. The geneial public is also invited to attend the Hall of Fame banquet but tickets are limited. The program for the evening will include cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m. after which a fuil-course dinner will be served. Tickets are available from Jerry Jarema at the County bank, 12015 S. Western ave., Blue Island, phone 385-2900, or at the Sun-Standard office, 12814 S. Western ave., phone 388-2020. will expire June 15 wrote in their letters that they enjoyed working with the district. A recent fire at the Red School House in Crestwood necessitates the removal of the remains to prevent a position of liability for the district, Mrs. Arthur Schultz reported. The building, near Nathan Hale campus, had been used as a library. Since the fire, the premises were inspected by business manager Kent Howard Edwards, and the Building and Grounds committee. Mayor Chester Strancek of Crestwood suggested the fire department burn the structure as it no longer has any value, reported Mrs. Schultz. The board agreed An intramural program, totaling was authorized by the board. The program is an exploratory project, sated Zibel, and will be a part of the integrated program that will amplify the efforts of equal education opportunity. A contract was awarded for for a construction Co. to remodel the central office. The Buildings and Ground committee received plans for re-arrangement of the facilities to better utilize the space. The second contract was awarded in parts on an individual basis for an assortment of audio-visual equipment needed by the schools. "This district is one of the first in the state of Illinois to negotiate stated superintendent John Wroblewski in reference to the Blue Island Education association. The BIEA began meeting'with the district in November of last year, according to Zibel, the teacher contract is now settlpd. The total number of students enrolled in the Blue Island Public schools, district 130, as of February 28, 1973, was reported at "There is no increase from the January stated Dr. Wroblewski. Lilian O'Grady, one of two school social workers for the district gave a report on the functions of a school social worker. Mr. O'Grady has been employed in the district since 1954. Gordon Hill, director of the bi-Hngual Latin-American program being considered by the board, reported that the Latin-American committee would be ready to begin April 2 of this year. Palmer 'pushing' bills to curtail rail blockades A state legislator's promise to "keep pushing" bills designed to reduce the problem of blocked railroad crossings "no matter how long it takes" is being fulfilled in Springfield. Rep. Romie Palmer (R-8th) has introduced a package of seven rail related bills in the 78th General Assembly. The effort takes Palmer into his fifth year of combat with the mighty railroad lobby. His previous bills, aimed at diminishing the. right of railroad trains to snarl traffic, have been debated, delayed and routed into dead ends, but after every defeat they gather new strength and rise again. "The people of this state can't be hemmed in forever. The breaking point will Palmer maintains. Target: railroad crossings see editorial on page 4 The leading bill co-sponsored by Palmer and 28 other legislators in this session is HB 486. It would prohibit the obstruction of traffic at railroad-highway grade crossings for more than 10 minutes and also calls for crossings to be cleared for the passage of, motorists and pedestrians for five minute intervals between trains. The six other bills introduced by Palmer and 27 to 29 other legislators are as follows: HB 487 would authorize the Illinois Commerce commission (ICC) to restrict the use of railroad-highway crossings for switching, making up, connecting or disconnecting freight trains or distributing freight from frieght cars. HB 488 defines railroad-highway grade crossings. HB 489 would provide for the creation of a schedule of priority needs in the selection of crossings to be separated. HB 490 directs the Department of Transportation to study and plan for the relocation or removal of railroad yards and tracks from high density population areas. The department would report its findings to the General Assembly before March 15, 1974. HB 491 would provide for the licensing of railroad tower operators by the ICC after Dec. HB 492 would require railroads to file with the ICC by July 1, 1974, a time schedule of all train movements which cross a railroad-highway crossing and to adhere to such a schedule. The key bill in the package is HB 486, which calls for a 10 minute limit on the obstruction of traffic at grade crossings and allows at least five minutes for drivers and walkers to make it across the tracks between trains. A similar bill introduced by Palmer was defeated in the House of Representatives public utilities STATE REP. PALMER committee last May, despite supporting testimony from Palmer, six other state representatives from the Chicago area, a police chief and a representative of the Illinois Municipal league. May cost Special election sought to disband Worth twp. BY RICHARD WRONSKI State Rep. Harry "Bus" Yourell, Democratic committeeman for Worth township, said Tuesday that he wfll seek to get the question of the abolition of the township government settled in a special election now that a Circuit court judge has ruled it off the ballot in the April 3 election. Yourell said he was undaunted by Judge Harry Comerford's decision last Friday which ruled he had an insufficient number of signatures on his petition to put the question of the need for township government to the voters and that he would not appeal that decision. "I'm not going to appeal it, I'm just going to go out and get more Yourell said. Yourell said he would need signatures of registered voters to have the special referendum held which, he added, would cost Worth township in election costs. "That referendum can be called any time I get the required number of signatures and present them to the town clerk and then he has to, within 78 days, call an election." he said. "I'm positive that if I get it on the ballot, I'll pass it." "I've got a thousand people who are anxious for me to get that on the ballot and they'll go out and work." Judge Comerford's decision stated that Yourell needed petitions with the signatures of ten per cent of the voters in the township in the Nov. 7 general election to get the Worth township question on the April 3 ballot, rather than 10 per cent of the number of voters in the last township election, which he submitted. The difference amounted to approximately signatures, and Yourell said the state election law which provides that the number of voters in "the last election" is therefore "vague." Yourell cited a recent decision by Circuit court Judge Helen McGillicuddy in which a similar petition submitted in Chicago Ridge was allowed on the ballot, although it only had the percentage of the voters in the last township election. Yourell aid Judge Comerford's decision was therefore "ridiculous to even think about." "It's a matter of judicial interpretation the statute is rather he said. See related stories on page 2: Palmer applauds judge's decision on referendum. Larson calls township government valuable. Yourell said that the Worth township Citizen's party did not even comply with Judge Comerford's order themselves when they filed their nominating petitions. The Citizens party is headed by Worth township Republican leader Ronald R. Larson, who, with township attorney Romie J. Palmer fought Yourell's petitions in couit. "The thing that disturbs me of course is the fact that the township people did not comply with the number of signatures gathered by them using the same arguments they used with me. They filed 1500 signatures. "If they used the same criterion with me, they would have at least three per cent of the which would be about signatures, and they didn't have that many. Yourell said it was too late to challenge the Citizen's party petitions, but that he was optimistic that once he got the abolishment question on a ballot it would succeed. "Being that (the signatures) the only thing (Judge Comerford) said was wrong with the referendum petitions, is the number of signatures, then I'm going to go out and get them. He added he would attempt to double the he needed. "And then I'm going to place it on the ballot again and dissolve the he said. "You know, the township officials are not thinking in the best interest of the voters when they did not allow me on the ballot and take their chances with the electorate. It will cost them about of taxpayers money to have a special election." Yourell said he warned the township officials he would do this before they decided to fight his petitions in court, and that they "gerrymandered" election districts in reducing the number of election precincts from 138 to 54 and "other things" which he said he "beat down" at their town meetings. "Now the only alternative left to me is to go ahead, because when 5000 people sign petitions, that means that 5000 people are anxious to have that question put on the Yourell said. The Worth Democrats did not put up a slate of candidates against the Citizens party because they felt at the time it would be contradictory to Yourell's intention to dissolve the township. Thus, the voters will now have no choice of candidates when they go to vote in the township election April 3. City News Notes Due to the inclement weather last Saturday, DDE's National Honor Society club had to postpone its fund raising car wash to Saturday, Mar. 25. Students will be washing cars all day at the Clark gas station, 121st and Western at a cost of per car. Green cars will still get the belated St. Patrick's day special a clean car for 50c. "Born a movie for the entire family will be shown at St. Benedict church Sunday. March 25. Movies are sponsored by the St. Benedict Athletic club. Doors open at p.m. and film starts at 2 p.m. A full concession line will be available. This will be the last movie shown until after Easter. 75 cents for adults and 50 cents for children. Boy Scout Troop 782 is holding a paper drive Saturday, March 24, at Hart Park from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For pick-up call Mark Johnson at 389-5150 or Russ Gabriel at 388-7539.
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