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Arlington Heights Daily Herald (Newspaper) - December 5, 1999, Arlington Heights, Illinois Daily Herald Mai scientists Check i to see if Mars Craft survived Puki Depaul Falls Short at Duke loses in of paddock publications a 128th year no. 52 sunday december 5,1999 9 sections $1.50 sundays talk around town what people Are talking about in the Northwest suburbs Caribbean getaway a i saw so Many islands that i hardly knew to which i should go first a said Christopher Columbus. Find your place in the Sun with our capsule guide pinpointing each islands Best features a Section 7. Usa weekend unseen enemy chronic fatigue memory loss dizziness sound like Mold symptoms How about chronic sinus infections or asthma attacks. Half of All Homes contain problem holds they can be troublesome or deadly. Weather rather dismal expect Clouds wind and colder temperatures with a 70 percent Chance of rain. The High will be 40 to 45 in the morning then fall into the 30s by afternoon. Cloudy and Windy tonight with a Low of 30 Back Page. Index bridge/4 8 lottery/1-3 Chicago/1-11 movles/4-6 crossword/4-8 obltuaries/3-6 edltorlals/1-18 sports/2-1 horoscope/4-8 stocks/3-2 i Days until the and of Thimo crossing ii centuries com governor under pressure to Cut taxes in 2000 by Don Thompson daily Herald state government writer Springfield a legislative leaders have begun lobbying gov. George Ryan for an election year tax Cut to offset the tax increases they approved this year. They worry that voters already Are upset by liquor tax increases being blamed for exorbitant Price increases last summer and a new round of hikes anticipated next month. And the bulk of this years voters need Relief after years spending lawmakers say tax boosts kick in Jan. I when 73 vehicle and License fees increase less than three months before the March primary election. What a More legislators Are painfully aware that Illinois has been bucking a National trend by increasing taxes just when other states Are cutting theirs. A what we be been about so far Down Here since Ryan took office in january is spending a said state sen. Dan Cronin a Republican from Elmhurst. A you can argue the merits of it but for most people an increase is an increase a it does no to matter where it goes or How Well its with that in mind legislators Are eyeing options such As slicing the states income and sales taxes creating tax a a holidays for con Sumers and businesses increasing the personal exemption on state income taxes or doubling the real estate exemption on income tax forms. A a we be talked about everything there is to talk about but we Haven to come to any conclusion yet a said Senate president James a a Patel Philip a Republican from Wood Dale. A everybody thinks we ought to do it. The Economy a Good we have very Low unemployment less than 5 percent and the state s financially in the Best shape its Ever Philip has proposed chopping the states 3 percent individual income tax rate to 2.5 percent. But that coupled with a corresponding decrease in the corporate rate would Cost the state what even Philips allies say is an Una Ford see taxes mpage6 Hope lost As missing students by found in Chris Boyd says painting contractor Robert Regan took Money from her and never finished the Job. He Power washed the outside of her Home near Wheaton leaving streaks of old paint and then disappeared she said. Boyd filed a criminal complaint against him. Daily Herald photo Paui Michna unfinished business House Painter in jail after leaving Trail of empty promises by Erica Meltzer daily Herald staff writer first a trickle then a Stream the accusations flowed against Robert Regan. Jeff and Marsha Burkholder of Geneva sued the St. Charles contractor in Small claims court in april 1994, alleging that after they made a final payment he left their Home half painted and never returned. In 1996 Bruce and Henna Anderson of Wheaton sued. They said Regan asked for a Down payment of $2,500 before he refinished their Wood floors. They signed a contract and made an appointment but said All Regan did was Cash their Check. Similar cases cropped up in 1997 and 1998. In this same period the Illinois attorney general a office registered a sprinkling of complaints against Regan who used the business name Midwest Quality. Some alleged shoddy or unfinished work others said Regan had taken Money performed no work and refused a refund. Cheri Panasik who lives West of St. Charles won a Small claims suit against Regan for failing to paint her Home after she paid him. But getting the Money Back was a Challenge she said. Daily Herald photo Mary Beth Nolan then the dam broke. The attorney general a office registered 21 complaints this year most claiming that Regan never did any work and refused refunds. The complaints come from Arlington Heights Naperville Addison Roselle Sandwich see House on Page 9 associated press Eads Tenn. A Hope turned to despair for a Chicago family saturday when they Learned their daughters body was found in a Field about 25 Miles East of Memphis. The Shelby county. Tenn., medical examiners office positively identified the body As that of Hillary Johnson 24, a University of Memphis graduate student who has been missing since nov. 20, Memphis police it. Dave Martelle said. A there have been Many of you who reached out in kindness and in Hope to us and we wanted to thank you for helping us find her a Johnson smother Nancy Mcpike said at a news conference in Chicago saturday before a positive identification had been made. Mcpike dressed in a Black skirt and shirt was composed but her eyes reddened with emotion As she appeared with her husband and Johnson a Stepfather Charles Mcpike. Martelle said the medical examiner will not Rule on the cause of death until further tests have been conducted probably today or monday. He would not say what condition the body was in or whether it was concealed citing the ongoing investigation. He also could not say what led searchers to the area although Fri officials in Chicago said searchers who found the body had been following leads around the clock for two Days. The body was found about a mile off in s Highway 64, about 50 Miles from tip pah county miss., where Johnson a White Hyundai was found last week authorities said. Leonard j. Young an sex convict charged with fatally shooting his Boss is the prime suspect in the death of the woman found this morning authorities said. Young 54, admitted carjacking Johnson near a mid town Memphis supermarket but claimed he let her out on the Highway authorities said. Young has not been charged in connection with Johnson a disappearance and death but police Are not pursuing any other leads Debby Hall a spokeswoman for the Memphis police department said saturday. Nancy Mcpike with her husband Charles attended a news conference saturday in Chicago to thank volunteers who helped search for her daughter. Associated press photo its not too late to question 1998 property assessments by Allison Kaplan daily Herald staff writer if you have a nagging feeling that your last Cook county property assessment was too High or out of sync with your neighbors its not too late to Appeal. Even though property in the Northwest suburbs was not reassessed this year homeowners can still speak up about their 1998 assessed valuation. Sometimes assessors mistake the size or characteristics of a House and the value they place on your property determines How much you will pay in taxes next year. Now is the time to take up an assessment dispute with the Cook county Board of review an Independent county Agency which serves As a Check on the Cook county assessors office. The assessor reviews the value of each parcel of land every third year. The Board of review made up of three elected commissioners begins hearing complaints from homeowners in Barrington and Hanover townships on monday. Residents have one month to file an Appeal. Other townships in the Northwest suburbs will have their Chance sometime Between january and april. Specific dates have not yet been established a but Board of review commissioner Maureen Murphy says there a no reason to wait. Any Cook county property owner can Call the Board of review at 312 603-3644 to preregister for an Appeal. You la be asked for your name address and the identification number on your property tax Bill. When its your townships of turn Contact the Board of review Wil you. You can set up an in person meeting in Chicago or Complete the forms by mail. Ifs not necessary to file an Appeal with the assessors office before going to the Board of review. If appealing seems like a lot of work consider this of the 52,344 residential appeals processed by the Board of review in 1998, 58 percent got a reduced assessment. The average property tax savings As a result of a successful Appeal was $370, Board of review spokesman Dan Patlak said. Before you Appeal its a Good idea to do some Homework. Everything you la need is now available on the see assess on Page 6 Welcome to Wheeling Santa Santa and mrs. Claus ride Down Dundee Road in Wheeling saturday greeting residents from their mounted Sleigh. Their arrival Marks the Start of the Wheeling historical society a annual Lollipop Lane event. Children Are invited to visit St. Nick through dec. 12 at chamber Park on Wolf Road just North of Dundee Road. Lollipop Lane will be open on weekends from 2 to 5 . And during the week from 6 30 to 8 30 . Daily a Ald photo Joe Len air suburbs huskers champs Nebraska players douse coach Frank Solich after the no. 3 co huskers beat Texas 22-6 for the big 12 championship. Illinois state also won a Section 2. Going places belated Honor a 78-year-old rolling Meadows Man celebrates the arrival of four overdue service medals for his efforts in world War la. The Veteran who is battling cancer now shares his combat stories with us All a Page 4. Daday dear friends Elizabeth Bauers father John winds Down his correspondence with far Flung friends and family. For weeks the a Arlington Many be mails kept everyone abreast of his daughters condition following a car crash a Page 20. Sports

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