La Grange Suburban Life, February 28, 1976

La Grange Suburban Life

February 28, 1976

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La Grange Suburban Life (Newspaper) - February 28, 1976, La Grange, Illinois Views differ on deep tunnel The development of plans for a multi-million dollar deep tunnel project for flood control in the Chicago area is underway by the Metropolitan Sanitary District of -Greater Chicago (MSD) It has been estimated that the project will take 20 years to complete at a cost of approximately $6.4 billion. When completed, it' will affect Chicago and the entire First of a series suburban county area with regard to the flooding of homes from storms and the amount of pollution in local st ream sand livers While the plan ha? been accepted in many quarters as the logical solution to the problems of local flooding and water pollution, it has met with the disapproval of at least one noted scientific expert, Dr. Alfred Etter, naturalist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. DE. ETTER presented a statement of his beliefs concerning the deep tunnel project to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Suburban LIFE, in a special series, will examine the MSD project, Dr. Ettier’s position against the project and more specifically, Etter’s views of the impact of the plan on the village of Riverside. The sanitary district has been planning the tunnel underflow project since 1968. The general plan for the series of tunnels in the suburbs is to have them follow the Des Plaines River from Park Ridge to Riverside and for a branch to be dug along Salt Creek. While funding for the project is still not definite, the federal government may carry the cost for much of the expense with local matching funds probably coming from the MSD. A MAJOR source of water pollution In the area is the series of interceptor sewers that feed the MSD treatment plants. In dry weather,: these sewers collect sewage and transport it to the various sanitary district treatment plants. Since the plants can only handle about VA times the dry weather flow from the interceptor sewers, special overflow provisions were made so that flows above this level are diverted into local rivers and streams. This means that raw sewage is poured into the streams during rainy periods, making these waterways unsafe for use by people and fatal for fish. THE PRESENT interceptor system also backs up into the* basements of residents during high volumeflows Hie deep tunnel system would serve both as a holding area for excess water and a transportation system to get it to the district’s treatment plants. Rock tunnels would be* drilled approximately 200 feet below ground. When the interceptor sewers are full, the water would be diverted into drop shafts to that level. The sewage would then be transported to the treatment plants which would treat the waste when the rain stops. DISTRICT officials have pointed out, however, that the project would not end the villages’ responsibility for overflows. 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 intensity. Federal and state grants are available for this work and the services of district engineers in preparing grant applications have been offered. The first part of the tunnel opened in 1974 to serve Brookfield, Lyons, McCook, Hillside and La Grange. It Is almost 14 feet in diameter, 200 feet below ground and stretches from East ave. bi La Grange to a McCook pumping station. US UK Si AN LA GRANGE • LA GRANGE PARK • WESTERN SPRINGS • COl"“o 27th YEAR - NO. 26 SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 28. 1976 News Notes Petition filing deadline nears Monday is the deadline for filing petitions of candidacy for trustee with the La Grange Park Library District. Seven members, a full slate, are to be elected Tuesday, April 13. Necessary forms for the candidates and instructions are available from the district’s secretary, Janet Kandl, at 352-7639. . The district’s boundaries coincide with that of the village. . Caucus endorsed candidates for the posts include incumbent president. N Edward Landahl, incumbents Virginia Proctor and Glenn Voss and Mae (Chris) Alcorn, along with Alice James, Richard L. Sosnowski and John M. Thompson. Blood donors needed More donors are being sought for La Grange Park’s “Save a Life” blood donor day, slated for Saturday, March 6, from 9 a m. to 3 p.m. at the Forest Road Elementary School on Barnsdale in the village Advance registration is being accepted at the village hall, 447 N Catherine, 354-0225 It will be the second iii the current series of four such days in the village’s attempt to secure approximately 740 pints as its obligation in the annual blood assurance program being conducted in conjunction with the American Red Cross, according to village manager Charles Lively and Donald Baumgart, chairman of the project. “We’re hoping approximately 250 will sign up as donors for March 6, ” Lively said. A similar donor day is planned for June, with the final one in the series set for September 18, he added Film showing listed “Domesticating a Wilderness,” a movie describing the building of the transcontinental railroad, the migration of the Mormons to Utah and the Indians’ struggles erupting in the Custer Massacre and the Battle of Wounded Knee, will be shown Tuesday in the Western Springs Historical Society’s series of bicentennial films. It will be shown at 7:30 p m. in the First Methodist Church, 4300 Howard, and is an episode in Alistair Cooke’s “America” series. The bicentennial films are shown on the first Tuesday of each month and there is no admission charge, a spokesman said '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 co-sponsored luncheon meeting of the League of Women Voters and the Western Springs Bicentennial Commission. The event will be held at 1:15 p m at The Cypress, 500 E. Ogden, Hinsdale.    V Speaker will be Thomas Ging, a partner in the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis, Chicago, and who specializes in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the rights of free speech, free press and privacy Luncheon reservations are being handled through Mrs. James Lambert at 246-1163 or Mrs. Hugh Bogardus at 246-2448 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 officers Monday night. Open to the public, the event is slated for 7: 30 p.m. in the Bicentennial Room of the village hall, Wolf and HiUgrove. Speaker will by H C. Achtenhagen, beekeeper and longtime resident of the village He lives at 5005 Woodland. 15C per copy The inside story Busy and happy A world of activity keeps area senior citizens busy and happy as reporter Valerie Kunz finds in her three part series which begins today on page 3 of this section. IHSA preliminaries The illinois High School Association will crown the state swimming and wrestling champions today. To find out who is leading after last night's preliminaries, see sports, part 2, page I. And there’s more PART ONE So We Hear 2 That’s Life 3 Along the Street 3 Political Scene 5 Men in Uniform 5 Church, obituaries 6 Social Scene 8-9 Brite Spots 11-13 PART TWO Suburban Spoils    1-3 Campus Life    4 Personally Speaking    5 Classified    5-13 Sidewalk plan snags again Karen Dolgner, 6506 Kane, Hodgkins, wanted to be sure she was first in line Wednesday to file for membership on the La Grange (South) School District 106 board of education, so she camped out at the door of the district office, 1001 S. Spring ave., starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday . She was able to wait Inside until the last custodian went home at midnight, then took up her vigil in sleeping bags and blankets. Temperatures Tuesday night varied from 32 to 38 degrees. “I was only MMP chilly around my head because I had forgotten to bring a scarf,” Mrs. Dolgner said. Friends and neighbors kept her company through the dark hours, and the police checked periodically, she said. After the dawn’s early light die was back in the building and the first to hand her petition to board secretary Jeanne Meyer. “I was tired, but the night went surprisingly fast,” she remarked. Proposals for sidewalks leading to Highlands School, 1750 W. Plainfield rd., hit another snag Wednesday when Allyn Franke, attorney for School District 106, advised Supt. Paul Jung that the district cannot legally construct walks more than one-half mile from the school. ' Even though the district has received a federal grant of $60,000 for approximately two miles of sidewalks, Franke said construction and maintenance of the pathways is a municipal function, and state statutes limit school district responsibility to within one-half mile of a school. The district now has until June 30 to find a "governmental body” to administer the grant, which will come through the Cook County board. THE COUNTY has agreed to pay costs of preparing specifications for the project, but will not take responsibility for clearing or maintaining the walks. Wednesday night the District 106 board of education decided to seek help from the Lyons Township board of auditors at its next meeting March 9. The board’s resolution expressed continued support of the need for sidewalks, and the hope that the township would accept the responsibility. The township office had conducted a survey of Willow Springs rd. residents last year, asking if they would be willing to be assessed for sidewalks. The majority said no. ' A RECENT joint survey, however, conducted by the La Grange Highlands Civic Association and the Countryside city council, indicates a majority of residents along Willow Springs rd., Plainfield rd. and Wolf rd. would favor a tax-free sidewalk project. The survey was conducted by Countryside Aid. Donald Conrad and Highland residents Pat Miller, Elaine Connors, Betty Tompkins and Carl Stehman. The Countryside city council has agreed to install walks on the north side of Plainfield rd. between Brainard ave., and Willow Springs rd., and possibly on the east side of Willow Springs from Plainfield to 55th st. No tax will be imposed on residents for the sidewalks, the council has said. Conrad said ail Plainfield rd. residents, except for four who were not at home, favored the project. Of the 102 Highlands residents contacted, 66 were in favor, 22 opposed and 14 gave no answer. Meanwhile, 256 children use Plainfield rd. to reach the school, and 190 use Willow Springsrd. protest water rate For April J O election School filings start Filing of petitions for school board positions for the April IO elections got off to an early start Wednesday in La Grange (South) School District 105 when board secretary Jeanne Meyer found Kame Dolgner (see picture above) waiting outside her office at 8:30 a.m. Mrs. Dolgner’s petition is the only one filed so far with the district office. The terms of board president Louis Vieeeli and board member Judy Stolte will expire in April. Vieeeli, 650 Sixty-first pl., Countryside, was appointed to the board in December, 1974, and was elected to a one year term last April. He has been selected as a candidate by the District 105 caucus for a three year term The caucus also selected Allan E. Thompson, 510 S. Ashland, La Grange, as candidate for Mrs. Stolte’s seat. Mrs. Stoke was not seeking reelection Mrs Dolgner said she could not attend her interview with the district caucus because of illness and decided to run independently. She has been on the board of the Hodgkins PTO for three years and is treasurer for the Ladies Aid Society of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. PETITIONS were also filed early in Western Springs School District 101 for four board positions. Incumbents Darrell Ballard (Old Town Northeast) and Glenn Richars Jr. Cat large) were renominated by the District IGI caucus. The caucus also nominated Murl Maupin (Old Town Northwest) and Nancy Butterwort!! (Forest Hills). Maupin was nominated for a three year term for the seat held by retiring board president Theodore Krum-wiede. Mrs. Butterwort!! was nominated for a one year term, to fill the vacancy created when Daniel Toner resigned last summer. Former board president Richard Kriebei replaced Toner in the interim but is not seeking reelection . IN HIGHLANDS School District 106 three incumbents nave filed for reelection. They are, Frances Stehman, 5757 Blackstone; William Thuma, 1925 Fifty-fifth pl., and Charles Urban, 5979 Howard. Mrs. Stehman and Thuma have had one three-year term each; Urban was appointed to the board last summer to fill the unexpired term of John Long. No one has filed for positions on the Pleasantdale School District 107 board of education. The terms of board president Edward Mayes and board member Jack Schaus are expiring. District 107 has no community caucus. THE DISTRICT 208 caucus has nominated two candidates for election to the Riverside-Brookfield Township High School board of education. Incumbent Richard Olson, of North Riverside, has been renominated. George Olson, of Riverside, has been nominated for the seat held by retiring board president Charles Bruggen. Richard Olson has com pleted one term on the board. Joseph J. Kubik, of Riverside, was the first to file petitions with board secretary Marion Baumrucker for a position on the school board. Kubik and Richard Olson are the only ones to have filed so far. IN DISTRICT 102, where two vacancies are to be filled, petitions for James W. Williams, 222 Blackstone, La Grange, and James LaRocca, 118 N. Kensington, also of La Grange, were filed Wednesday. Both are endorsed by the Delegate Assembly, a caucus organizastion. Each seeks a full three year term. Expiring are the terms of La Grange residents Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis, board president, and Dr. Richard Allen, both of whom are completing their third terms. The district is comprised of most of La Grange and La Grange Park and the Congress Park section of Brookfield. Representatives from Lyons and La Grange Park complained Wednesday that the method of financing proposed improvements to the Brookfield-North Riverside Water Commission’s facilities deal unfairly with their villages. The two are customers of the commission, purchasing lake water from Chicago through it. Trustee Howard Gault and village attorney Karl Klomann, both of Lyons, and Charles Lively, village manager, and W. B. Martin Gross, village attorney, both of La Grange Park, told the three member commission that many of the improvements being considered will not benefit them and. therefore, the villages should not be forced to pay for the project. THE COMMISSION has planned a $4 million program J to increase water storage capacity at its Brookfield headquarters and to provide transmission lines to the two parent communities. The project has been under consideration since 1967 and was delayed for four years 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 legally. Now, Lyons and La Grange Park are searching for an exemption from payment for the improvements on a similar basis. LA GRANGE PARK, which has over 2^ million gallons of storage itself, says that the eight million gallon reservoir proposed for the commission will be of no use to it. Hospitals live with cutbacks LIFE STAFF REPORT For the most part, hospitals in The Suburban LIFE area are having little trouble coping with Gov. Daniel Walker’s recent decision to trim state payments for Medicaid patients by 20 per cent. Many hospitals within the Chicago city limits are turning Medicaid patients away because of the loss in revenue, and the Illinois Hospital Association, based in Oak Brook, has leveled severe criticism at Walker for his decision. According to reports, the hospitals most deeply affected are having trouble coming up with the cash to operate and have one of two decisions. Either they can raise rates for regular patients or they can turn down the Medicaid patients. Westlake Hospital/Melrose Park, business manager William Herring said that his hospital is experiencing cutbacks and delayed payment in accounts because of the cash slowdown. However, he pointed out that Westlake is hot in any danger .of cutting back on Medicaid patients themselves because there are so few in the hospital program. Peter Trotter, of Loyola University’s McGaw Hospital, said that Loyola’s Medicaid program is continuing as normal, but because of delayed payments in the cash slowdown, the hospital has had to borrow heavily to meet costs. “WE’RE OPERATING at maximum capcity right now with 95 to 97 per cent of our beds filled all of the time and sometimes IOO per cent,” Trotter said. “Because of the cash slowdowns we’ve had to borrow money and pay interest on it. The way things are going now, the state will owe us $350,000 to $500,000 by June 30.” “About 13 per cent of our patients are Medicaid patients,” Trotter said, “but where we’re really getting hurt is in emergency patient care. We get a lot of emergency cases which we are required by law to accept. “Our procedure has been to treat these patents, although they are not all Medicaid patients, and try to get them eligible for the state aid plan afterwards so they can pay their bills. But with the stricter requirements issued by Gov. Walker, only 15 per cent of these patients are being approved. The other 85 per cent cannot pay their bills, and we are caught holding the bag, so to speak. In the past We could get half of these patients approved. ” Trotter said that the end result may be a denial of out of area nonemergency Medicaid patients in the near future. “Walker’s plan is really hurting the poeple who need the care but who are not classified as emergency cases,” he said. “It may force Loyola to review admission procedures and possibly deny public aid patients that are not emergency cases and live out of the area. “The situation is not too bad yet,” Trotter said, “but the hospitals really getting hurt are those in the middle of the city who have a 50 per cent medicaide patient ratio. We’re keeping an eye on patients coming from overcrowded city hospitals out to the suburbs just in case there’s a rash of such happenings. However, nothing like that has happened so far. If it does, we may be forced to revise our admissions standards. ” Trotter said that medicaid never really paid the true cost of medical care at Loyola and because the payments are now so low, nonmedicaid payment costs have had to be raised to keep the hospital running! “WALKER CLAIMS that he’s getting rid of the cheaters,” Trotter said, “‘but those people who really need the care are finding it harder to get the treatment they need. They’re the ones who are suffering the most.” The public relations man from Loyola said that Medicaid patient costs for hospital rooms are still at the 1975 rates of $180 per day despite —    (Please    turn    to    page    5) THIS is February? Unseasonably warm weather which sent the 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 skates. Above, Marty Tully, with Danny Niles as “backup man” sends a kite aloft from the Forest Road School playground, La Grange Park.    (LIFE    photo) ;

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