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Oak Park World (Newspaper) - October 23, 1977, Oak Park, Illinois Inside: Bulletin Board...........p g . 2, Sec. I Want Ads............Pgs. 8-11, Sec. II Business News Pgs. 5-7, Sec. II People....................p g . 11, Sec. I Dimensions..............pg. 5, Sec. I Real Estate ..... Pgs. 5-7, Sec. II Sports..................Pg. 1-2, Sec. II Worship..................Pg. 12, Sec. I Weekend Ì WORLD RESULTS OF A POLL of Oak Park village trustees' views on the latest proposal for the Lake Street and Forest Avenue site, the "Stan-kus hole," are on pages 6 and 7 of this section. The two-page spread includes photos of the project backers and trustee^a^ the village board mfeeting last Monday. SAM SANSONE, a short and wiry man of 87 years,! made a fortune in the crash; of 1929 and set out to make* another. His success story and the art work of a RiverJ Grove artist are featured to-j day in Dimensions, page 5,1 this section. ' j WORLD OF OAK PARK columnist Jean Guaeino! tells her views on Christmas-in October through Decern-' ber on the editorial page to-j dav. Turn to page 4. 1 THE FIRST PRESBYTE- 1 RIAN CHURCH of Riverj Forest housewalk scheduled! for Thursday, Oct. 27, is I mapped out on page 9, this section. | Wednesday | WORLD SIXTH GRADE HATCH j school teacher Laura Ger-j ber was awarded the teach-j er-of-the-year award by the! Illinois Office of Education! and the State Board of Edu-| cation Friday in Chicago.! For a feature story on her] personality and teaching' techniques, read OUT and^ ABOUT in the Wednesday WORLD. Around the WORLD FENWICK AND OAK PARK-RIVER FOREST high schools celebrate homecoming this weekendj on the field and the dance floor. "HEAR THAT LONESOME WHISTLE BLOW," a book by Dee Brown, will be reviewed at 4 p.m. Sunday,; Oct. 23, at Fair Oaks Pres-f byterian Church, 744 Fairi Oaks Ave., Oak Park, by Herbert H. Duenow. The oc-| casion will mark the begin-s ning of the 36th season of reviews by Duenow. The re- s views are sponsored by the Women's Society of Fair Oaks. There is no admission charge. __ M • t • uuu OAK PARK ■ RIVER FOREST news journal world newspapers Wk M JJIS II '«Br VOL. » NO. 68 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2:). 1977 Single Copy 25« I One more chance Stankus towers still possible "Harry* 1 the scarecrow and friends Susanne Hardy (the witch) and (■«»flintf Liz Cu,,en ( the c,own ) are In the mood for the Halloween Party at the * « Rjver Forest community Center on Monday, Oct. 31. The fun between ready 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. includes going through the spook house and getting mystified by the magician who can read the future. Carnival for spooks games wiil include bobbing for apples, and, of course, a costume judging contest. Hot dogs, cider and other tricks and treats will be featured. Triton cop pact ratified, cops lose right to picket By MARGE GOCKEL Compromises on both sides characterized the agreement reached between the Triton College board' and its campus police force. The agreement was ratified at the Oct. 19 board meeting. Restoration of seniority benefits and maintaining a police force were two key police demands. The college has agreed to maintain a nine-man police force, and to replace a maximum of' two police officers with security guards only upon attrition. In event of layoffs, full-tjme security guards will be laid off before full-time police officers, and both groups would be laid off in order of seniority. The police force gave up its right to picket as well as strike, and agreed that grievances would be negotiated by full-time police employes. Informational picketing occurred this summer between Aug. 22 and Sept. 29, after the board refused to negotiate with the Teamsters Union. Talks resumed recently without Teamsters representatives at the table. According to Terry Fuller, police spokesman, the police continued to consult with the Teamsters in reaching the agreement even though the Teamsters were not officially part of the negotiations, and he said they will continue membership in the Teamsters. The two-year contract pre.Ides a 1.9 per cent salary raise this year and one equal to those granted to full- time faculty next year Salary was not a primary issue in the dispute Other fringe benefits offered police were three personal leave days per year and education benefits including tuition reimbursement or reduction, compensatory time for professional training and 50 per cent off Triton tuition for their families Judge continues Vanda case until Monday The trial of an ex-mental patient accused of raping and murdering an Oak Park woman in her apartment last April has been continued until tomorrow by a Cook County Circuit Court judge. The case against Thomas Vanda, 25, was to have gone before Judge Frank Barbaro last Wednesday, but was continued until Monday because of Barbaro's workload involving another case. Barbaro is hearing the case against the accused driver In the 1 57 murders, an assistant state's attorney as signed to the Vanda case -.aid last week. An indictment for rape was returned against Vanda last month by a Cook County Grand Jury following laboratory analysis of physical evi dence taken from the body of Mar guerite Bowers, 25, when she was found dead in her Wisconsin Avenue apartment April 29. Gregory Ginex, an assistant state's attorney assigned to the Vanda case, has said he will seek consolidation of the rape and murder charges against Vanda in order that he may be tried n both charges at the same time. By DAN VL'KELICH Members of the Oak Park Village Board of Trustees are nearing the end of their patience with Oak Towers developer Jonas Stankus, but appear willing to allow him one last chance to obtain financing for the $18,396,000 project. Stankus last Monday reported to the board on his progress in obtaining financial backing for his long-delayed twin 19-story development at Lake Street and Forest Avenue, lie also introduced a group of investors who said they were ready to commit themselves to the project. They included representatives of the Leader Mortgage Co. of Cleveland and a Cleveland financier. Robert Hoffman. The trustees questioned Stankus' attorney. Paul Stack, and the Leader representatives for more than two hours Monday night, seeking a commitment which would assure them the project would eventually be built The Leader representatives repeat edly assured the trustees they were behind the protect, but said they cot.ld not guarantee that lending institutions would invest in it until the mortgage is insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and I'rban Development (HUD) "I've tried to tell von everything, but it's just not possible to get a pen-sion fund to commit itself to buy something that doesn't yet exist," said Art Amster, of the Leader Mortgage Co The trustees did obtain a promise from Amster for a letter listing those persons willing to finance the project. The investment team expects to receive a conditional commitment for mortgage insurance from HL'D in a little more than a month. Stack told the trustees that a HUD director in Chicago has promised to expedite the application in view of the consequences of further delays. Stack also estimated that a final commitment for mortgage insurance from III'D would take three months, due mostly to the time Stankus' ar chitect. Hay Schlaustus, will need to complete mechanical and structural working drawings for the project. Under questioning by the trustees, Schlaustus admitted that he has yet to receive $inn,00n in fees from Stankus tor work already done. He said he could not start on the final drawings, which are needed by HUD for the final mortgage commitment, until he is paid. Following the final commitment from HUI), Leader's Amster said, it would take about two weeks to obtain mortgage money from such lending institutions as pension funds and savings and loans. Under that timetable, financing would be completed by late Febru KOBKRT HOFFMAN ary. 197N. "When the environmental study process was over, we had a regular FHA project on our hands. We just can't get financing as quick as you want us," said an exasperated Slack "We're moving as quickly as w> can. There's nothing more we can do " Slack was trying to convince the board to extend a special use permit for the ( (instruction site until the con ditionai commitment is in hand s. metlrne in early November Hut the board had set Nov. ! as the date for a special use permit on the single 3i; story proposal to expire. Stack apparently wanted to keep the special use permit alive in order that 'he project would not have to be debated b\ the Oak Park Plan Com mission in a puli!'« hearing But the board is losing pain m -with the Stankus project Several board members have s.n<i they want "si .met him. I go it-. ' spot at Lake Street and i oresl nue, known as the Stankus ';, ,c, but said, also, that they are no longt. sure they want Stankus to be ihe man behind the project. The project was originally proposed by Stankus in 1971. Repealed delays by Stankus in obtaining adequate fi nancing to start the project have nearly used up the trustees' patience Stankus received a special use per mit to build two 5fi-story towers in 1971, cleared the land, but never got the financing to start construction. Recently, hopes for federal financing for a 37-story tower fell through. To date, the series of delays and missed financing opportunities have led to his being more than $i,N7(),ooti in debt as a result of the project. For individual trustees' reactions to the latest proposal by the Stankus team, see a related stor\ on pages (i and 7 Inspectors say Beye needs work By JULIANN R. NEURAUTER Cook County officials and Oak Park fire inspectors said a lot of work remains to be done on Beye School before it is safe for children during an inspection of the school Wednesday. They declined, however, to comment on whether the school will be ready for classes Nov. 7, the target date set by the District 97 Board of Education and administrators at last Monday's board theeting. Cook County Supt. Ricjtard Mart wick, two Educational Service Region inspectors and an Oak Park fire prevention team headed by acting Fire Chief Walter R. Kelly, took a prelimi nary tour of Beye School Wednesday to review the life-safety construction work progress. Beye School was closed by Supt. Martwick last month. Martwick ruled that the extent of unfinished rehabilitation work at the school made the building unsafe for children and teachers. Beye students have been attending classes at four other educational facilities in Oak Park. Before the building opens for the first time during the 1977-78 school year, it must pass an inspection by Cook. County, Oak Park fire department and health department officials. The inspectors are expected to return Monday, Oct. 31, for the final inspection. "I can't say the building won't be ready." Fire Capt. Dwight Elliot said during the tour, "but we can see a lot of work that needs to be done." The county inspectors said they could not comment about whether they thought the school would pass the final inspection. Supt. Martwick said he was impressed with the amount of work that had been done since the Sept. 6 inspection when the building was closed. District 97 Supt. Martin Mc-Cullough, Business Manager Jerry Mejdrich, and architect Marvin Wor-lery followed the inspectors through the building as the Cook County and fire officials pointed out hazards that still needed correcting. According to ESR building director Robert Hayes, before the building is opened the northwest stairwell window, which is a major concern of the Beye PTO ad hoc life ^a'ety committee, must be installed or the plywood covering must be leiiilorced with dr\ wall. Other steps, such as the isolation of the school's south entrance currently used by construction workers, and ex tra precautions with the adjoining playground area, must be taken before the children return, Haves told McCullough. Also present on the tour were three members of the Beye PTO ad hoc life-safety committee, Alice Lemme, Diana Wienke^and Rimea Schultz and Beye Principal Tom O'Loughlin The mothers listened as the inspectors echoed the concerns that they have been voicing to the District 97 super intendent and school board. After the inspection the mothers said they were grateful to Supt. Mart wick, his assistants from the ESR office and the fire and health depart ments for their assistance in the life safety inspections and the guidelines they helped set up. "The Cook County officials are only outsiders from an Oak Park point of viewpoint," Mrs. Schultz said. "But we are also taxpayers in the county and the state. They are here to help, and as citizens we have a right to go to them." PTO LEADERS Diane Winke (left) and Alice Lemme wait in Beye School for other parents and county and village officials who toured Beye School Wednesday in a preliminary evaluation of how the construction work at the school has progressed since District 97 classes began in September.
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