Saturday, February 28, 1976

La Grange Suburban Life

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La Grange Suburban Life (Newspaper) - February 28, 1976, La Grange, Illinois ews The development of plans for a multimillion dollar deep tunnel project for flood control In the Chicago area is underway by the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Chicago It has been estimated that the project will take 20 years to com plete at a cost of approximately When it will affect Chicago and the entire First of 9 series suburban county area with regard to the flooding of homes from storms and the amount of pollution in local While the plan has been accepted in many solution to the problems of flooding and water it has met with the disapproval of at least one noted scientific Alfred naturalist at the Morton Arboretum in ETTER presented a statement of his beliefs concerning the deep tunnel project to the Army Corps of The Suburban in a special will examine the MSD Elters position against the project and more Etters views of the impact of the plan on the village of The sanitary district has been planning ins tunnel underflow project since The general plan for the series of tunnels in the suburbs is to have them follow the Des Plalnes River from Park Ridge to Riverside and for a branch to be dug along Salt While funding for the project is still not the federal government may carry the cost for much of the expense with local matching funds probably coming from the A MAJOR source of water pollution in the area is the series of interceptor sewers that feed the MSD treatment In dry these sewers collect sewage and transport it to the various sanitary district treatment Since the plants can only handle about IA times lie dry weather flow from the special overflow provisions were made so that flows above this level are diverted into local rivers and This means that raw sewage is poured into the streams during rainy making these waterways unsafe for use by people and fatal for THE PRESENT interceptor system also backs up into the basements of residents during high volume The deep tunnel system would serve both as a holding1 area for excess water and a transportation system to get it to the districts treatment Rock tunnels would be drilled approximately 200 feet below When the interceptor sewers are the water would be diverted into drop shafts to that The would then be tran sported to the treatment plants which would the waste when the rain DISTRICT officials have pointed that the project would end the villages responsibility for They must still get the water to the new tunnels and this should result in major upgrading projects for many village sewer systems which back up during storms of about one to two year Federal and state grants are available for this work and the services of district engineers in preparing grant applications have The first part of the tunnel opened in 1974 to serve Hillside and La It is almost 14 in 200 below ground and stretches from East in La Grange to pumping The inside story Busy and happy A world of activity keeps area senior citizens happy as reporter Valerie Kunz finds in her three part series which begins today on page 3 of this sec The Illinois High Sqhool Association will crown the state swimming and wrestling champions To find out who is leading after last nights see part page more LA GRANGE e LA GRANGE PARK WESTERN SPRINGS PARTONE SoWeHear 2 ThatsLife 3 Along the Street 3 Political Scene 5 Men in Uniform 5 obituaries 6 SocialScene 89 Brite Spots 1113 PARTTWO Suburban Sports 13 Campus Life 4 Personally Speaking 5 Classified 513 27th 26 FEBRUARY C28 PAGES 2 o News Notes Monday is the deadline for filing petitions of candidacy for trustee with the La Grange Park Library Seven a full are t6 be elected April Necessary forms for the candidates and instructions are available from the districts Janet at The districts boundaries coincide with that of the Caucus endorsed candidates for the posts include in cumbent N Edward incumbents Virginia Proctor and Glenn Voss and Mae Chris along with Alice Ridftard Sosnowski and John More donors are being sought for La Grange Parks Save a Life blood donor slated for March from 9 to 3 at the Forest Road Elemental y School on Camsdalc in the Advance registration is being accepted at the village 44 It will be the second in the current series of four such days in the villages attempt to secure approximately 740 pints as its obligation in the annual blood assurance program being conducted in conjunction with the American Red according to village manager Charles Lively and Donald of the Were hoping approximately 250 will sign up as donors for March Lively A similar donor day is planned for the final one in the series set for September he Domesticating a movie describing the building of the transcontinental the migration of the Mormons to Utah and the Indians struggles erupting in the Custer Massacre and the Battle of Wounded will be shown Tuesday in the Western Springs Historical Societys series of bicentennial It will be shown at in the First Methodist 4300 and is an episode in Alistair Cooke s America The bicentennial films are shown on the first Tuesday of each month and there is no admission a spokesman saidv Freedom talk slated The State of Health of Our Bill of Rights is the topic Wednesday by a constitutional law specialist who will address a cosponsored luncheon meeting of the League of Women Voters and the Western Springs Bicentennial The event will be held at at The 500 x Speaker will be Thomas a partner in the law firm of Kirkland and and who specializes in the First Amendment to the which guarantees therights of free free press and reservations are being handled through James Lambert at 2461163 or Hugh Bogardus at 246 Bee keeping is topic A talk on beekeeping will be an added feature when the Western Springs Historical Society holds its annual meeting and election of of ficers Monday Open to the the event is slated for in the Bicentennial Room of the village Wolf and Speaker will by beekeeper and long time resident of the He lives at 5005 Karen 6505 wanted to be sure she was first in line Wed nesday to file for membership on the La Grange South School District 105 board p so she camped out at the door of the district 1001 Spring starting at 4 She was able to wait inside until the last custodian went home at mid then took up her vigil in sleeping bags and Temperatures Tuesday night varied from 32 to 38 I was only chilly around my head because I had forgotten to brtog a Dolgner Friends and neighbors kept her com pany through the dark and the police checked she After the dawns early light she was back in the building and the first to hand her petition to board secretary Jeanne I was but the night went surprisingly she Proposals for sidewalks leadingto Highlands 1750 Plainfield hit another snag Wednesday when Allyri attorney for School District ad vised Paul Jung that the district cannot legally con struct walks more than one half mile from the Even though the district has received a federal grant of for approximately two miles Of Franke said construction and main tenance of the pathways is a municipal and state statutes limit school district responsibility to within one half mile of a The district now has until June 30 to find a govern mental body to administer the which will come through the Cook County board THE COUNTY has agreed to pay costs of preparing specifications for the but will not take responsibility for clearing or maintaining the Wednesday night the District 108 board of education decided to seek help from the Lyons Township board of auditors at its next meeting March The boards resolution expressed con tinued support of the need for and the hope that the township would accept the The township office had conducted a survey Willow Springs residents last asking if they would be willing to be assessed for The majority said A RECENT joint conducted by the La Grange Highlands Civic Association and the Coun tryside city indicates a majority of residents along Willow Springs Plainfield and Wolf would favor a taxfree sidewalk The survey was conducted by Countryside Donald Conrad and Highland residents Pat Elaine Betty Tonipkins and Carl The Countryside city council has agreed to install walks on the north side of Plainfield between Brainard and Willow Springs and possibly on the east side of Willow Springs from Plain field to55th No tax will be imposed on residents for the the council has Conrad said all Plainfield except for four who were not at favored the Of the 103 Highlands residents con 66 were in 22 opposed and 14 gave no an 256 children use to reach ttie and 190 use Willow Springs For April 10 election m Filing of petitions for school board positions for the April 10 elections got off to an early start Wednesday in La Grange South School District 105 when board secretary Jeanne Meyer found Karne Dolgner see picture above waiting outside her office at 830 Dolgners petition is the only one filed so far with the district The terms of board president Louis Vieceli and board member Judy Stolte will expire in 650 Sixtyfirst was appointed to the board in and Was elected to a one year term last He has been selected as a candidate by the District 105 caucus for a three year The caucus also selected Allan 510 La as candidate for Stoltes Stolte was not seeking Dolgner said she could not attend her interview with the district caucus because of illness and decided to run She Has been on the board of the Hodgkins PTO for three years and is treasurer for the Ladies Aid Society of Emmanuel Lutheran PETITIONS were also filed early in Western Springs School District 101 for fout board Incumbents Darrell Ballard Old Town Northeast and Glenn Richars at large were renominated by the District 101 The caucus ateb nominated Murl Maupin Old Town Northwest and Nancyx But Jerworth Forest Maupin was nominated for a three year term for the seat held by retiring board president Theodore Krum Butterworth was nominated for a one year to fill the vacancy created when Daniel Toner resigned last Former board president Richard Kricbel replaced Toner in the interim but is not seeking IN HIGHLANDS School District 106 three incumbents have filed for They Frances Blackstone William and Charles 5979 Stehman and Thuma have hadone year term each Urban was appointed to theboard last summer to fill the unexpired term of John No one has filed for positions on the Pleasantdale School 107 board of The terms of board president Edward Mayes and board member Jack Schaus District 107 has no com munity THE DISTRICT 208 caucus has nominated two candidates for election to the Riverside Brookfield Township High School board of Incumbent Richard North has been George of has been nominated for the seat held by retiring board president Charles Richard Olson has com pleted one term on the Joseph of was the first to file petitions with board secretary Marion Baumrucker for a position on the school Kubik and Richard Olson are the only ones to have filed IN DISTRICT where two vacancies are to be petitions for James 222 La and James 118 also of La were filed Wed Both are endorsed by the Delegate a Each seeks a full three year Expiring are the terms of La Grange residents Elizabeth board and Richard both of whom are completing their third The district is comprised of most of La Grange and La Grange Park and the Congress Park section of water Representatives from Lyons and La Grange Park com plained Wednesday that the method of financing proposed improvements to the Brook fieldNorth Riverside Water Commissions facilities deal unfairly with their The two are customers of the purchasing lake from Chicago through Trustee Howard Gault and village attorney Karl both of and Charles village and Martin village both of La Grange told the three member commission that many of the im provements being considered not benefit them the villages should riot be forced to pay for the THE COMMISSION has planned a million program to increase water storage capacity at its Brooklield headquarters and to provide transmission lilies to the parent The project has been under consideration since 1967 and was delayed for fouryears by a lawsuit brought by North Riverside against paying for a transmission line totally contained within Brookfield The suit went to the Illinois Supreme Court before it was decided that the commission acted Lyons and La Grange Park are searching for an exemption from payment for the improvements on a similar LA GRANGE which has over million gallons of Storage says that the eight million gallon reservoir proposed for the commission Will be of no use to LFE STAFF REPORT For the most hospitals in l he Suburban LIFE area are having little trouble coping with Daniel Walkers recent decision to trim state payments for Medicaid patients by 20 per Many hospitals within the Chicago city limits are turning Medicaid patients away because of the loss in and the Illinois Hospital based in Oak leveled severe criticism at Walker for his According to the hospitals most deeply affected are having trouble coining Up with the cash to operate and have one of two Either they can raise rates for regular patients or they can turn down the Medicaid Westlake Melrose business manager William Herring said that his hospital is experiencing cutbacks and delayed payment in accounts because of the cash he pointed out that Westlake is hot in any danger cutting back on Medicaid patients themselves because there are so few in the hospital Peter of Loyola Universitys McGaw said that Loyolas Medicaid program is continuing as but because of payments in the cash the hospital has had to borrow heavily to meet WERE OPERATING at maximum capclty right now with 95 to 97 per cent of our beds filled all of the time and sometimes 100 per Trotter said Because of the cash slowdowns weve had to borrow money and pay interest on way things are going the state will owe us to by About 13 percent of our patients are Medicaid Trotter but where were really get ting hurt is in emergency patient We get a lot of emergency cases which we are required by law to Our procedure has been to treat these although they are not all Medicaid and try to get them eligible for the state aid plan afterwards so they can pay their But with the stricter requirements issued by only 15 per cent of these patients are being The other 85 per cent cannot pay their and we are caught holding the so to In the past we could get half of these patients Trotter said that the end result may be a denial of out of area nonr emergency Medicaid patients in the near plan is really hurting the poeple who need the care but who are not classified as emergency he It may force Loyola to review admission procedures and possibly deny public aid patients that are not emergency cases and live out of the The situation is not too bad Trotter but the hospitals really getting hurt are those in the middle of the city Who have a 50 per cent medicaide patient Were keeping an eye on patients coming from overcrowded city hospitals out to the suburbs just in case theres a rash of such nothing like that has happened If it we may be forced to revise our admissions Trotter said that medicaid never really paid the true cost of medical care at Loyola and because the payments are now so non medicaid payment costs have had to be raised to keep the hospital run ning WALKER CLAIMS that hes getting rid of the Trotter but those people who really need the care are finding it harder to get the treatment they Theyre the ones who are suffering the The public relations man from Loyola said that Medicaid patient costs for hospital rooms are still at the 1975 rates of per day despite Please turn to page 5 THIS is Fe rudry Unseasonably warm weather which sent tha mercury nearly into the 70s during this week sent suburbanites flocking to the forest preserves and brought out youngsters in shirtsleeves with kites instead of sleds or ice Marty with Danny Niles as backup man sends a kite aloft from the Forest Road School La Grange LIFE photo