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Arlington Heights Daily Herald (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Arlington Heights, Illinois Page 4/section Northwest suburbs More local news on pages 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and in neighbor daily Herald saturday december 18,1999 first Snow Falls softly hits hard train hits car stuck at tracks causing delay by Bill of Brien daily Herald staff writer there were no injuries in an Early morning crash Friday Between a Metra train and a car in Barrington. But commuters along the Union Pacific Northwest line extending All the Way to Harvard were forced to Deal with massive delays. About 11,000 commuters were delayed Between a half hour and two hours after the eastbound Metra 606 struck a 1995 Bow at Hart Road at 6 01 ., according to Metra. There were no injuries because Driver nout Herman 37, of Elgin was Able to get out of her car in plenty of time said Deputy police chief John Edwards of the bar ringtone inv mess police department. A a it a very unfortunate a said Metra spokeswoman Audrey Renteria. A this did cause delays for Many of our Herman was trying to Cross the tracks on Hart Road. But because the Road was Snow packed she misjudged where the Edge was and wedged part of her car Between the tracks Edwards said. A she tried to get her car off the tracks and several motorists even got out of their cars to help her but they a he said. When they saw the train approaching they got out of the Way and could Only watch As the train which tried to slow Down . Mui of Barrington sweeps off his car Friday. Daily Herald photo Bob Chwedyk crashed into the car dragging it 150 Yards before coming to a Stop. The cards twisted and mangled wreckage was pinned underneath the train making it difficult for workers to remove the debris. Because the wreckage obstructed both eastbound tracks to other trains coming from the West were forced to wait along the line Between Barrington and Harvard Renteria said. It Wasny to until 7 42 That the wreckage was cleared and Metra 606 and the rest of the trains along the system behind it could proceed. Meanwhile Metra notified local radio and television stations shortly after the crash urging them to ask commuters to take alternate transportation. Exacerbating the situation was that snowy Days such As Friday usually increase ridership by to percent along the Metra lines Renteria said. A but because it happened Early we Hope some commuters were Able to find alternate forms of transportation a she said. Police Are considering the crash an Accident and have decided not to Issue Herman a to handle Winter weather on the Road even though most motorists know How to drive in Winter weather first snows traditionally bring the need for a refresher course. For More Winter driving tips log onto . A state Law requires headlights to be on whenever Windshield wipers Are running. A Road conditions vary depending on the Sun Shade pavement condition and surface. Watch for Slick spots especially on Bridges and overpasses. A be More prepared to react physically and mentally. Brake earlier and allow More distance Between cars. A of you Start to slide ease off Gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction. Re straighten car. A give Snow plows ample distance. Pass Only when you can see Road ahead of the plow. Sources Illinois department of transportation aaa Chicago motor club Snow web site offers hundreds of tips on Winter driving continued from Page i was nov. 27,1994. But the first Snow of the season also proved to be tame. Accumulation amounted to one tenth of Inch. The real hit came this week As Snow began falling wednesday. Thursday morning brought the first sizable accumulation. A a there a no question. The first Snow or two of the year Are among the most difficult a Dot spokesman Roy Olson said. A we had a wonderful fall so it seems almost inconsistent we would be having Snow Friday mornings commute May have seemed rough but aaa Chicago motor club spokeswoman Norma Cooper recalled it being no worse than other years on area roadways. A the truth of the matter is any time you be gone with several months of dry pavements and decent temperatures you really have a tendency to get adjusted to them a Cooper said. A i done to think fridays reaction is any worse than had it been in offers hundreds of tips to motorists about Winter driving. And lest one think its a message that can be ignored state police say 142 people died on state roads last december. A the holidays can be magic or they can be tragic a said state police director Sam w. Nolen. As for people travelling Over the weekend Snow Isire to expected to delay their plans. However the White stuff is expected to return sunday night and possibly continue through tuesday. Daily Herald staff writer Bill of Brien contributed to this report. North Barrington trustee joins race for Lake Board by Bill of Brien daily Herald staff writer North Barrington trustee John Schnure filed petitions Friday to seek election to the Lake county Board District 17 seat occupied by Stevenson Mountsier. A i think i can better represent the District a Schnure said. A i think we have a lot of dollars going to Lake county and they Arentt coming Back to this area because people assume there Are no Schnure 49, has lived in North Barrington for seven years and in the greater Barrington area for More than 20. He works in real estate and banking. District 17 serves All of Cuba township and parts of Wauconda and Ela townships including much John Schnure of the Barrington area. Schnure said More needs to be done for the District especially in terms of walking and Bike paths soccer Fields organized teen activities and traffic. Schnure said he would work toward freezing county property taxes adding a enough is and he favors a controversial Extension of route 53. A a in Man advocate of open space and slow growth a he said. A but we can to Stop growth completely so we have to provide for people to get into and through the Schnure criticized Mountsier for missing numerous county meetings a charge Mountsier a Campaign chairman Dick Kosner did not totally deny. Still Kosner said Mountsier is retired and thus has been Able to devote much time during the Days to his District including serving on several county committees. Reject Kun would take guns off streets some say continued from Page i firearm owners identification card. The offender would plead guilty to a felony but be sentenced to Between six months and a year of probation. If the offender kept a clean record for another year both the conviction and the arrest record could be expunged As if they never existed. It was backed by republicans Ryan and attorney general Jim Ryan democrats Chicago mayor Richard Daley and Cook county states attorney Richard Devine and various Law enforcement and gun control groups. Proponents said they made several concessions to Senate republicans in an Effort to win their support. The House Bill limits the time in which prior Misdemeanour or juvenile convictions can be considered in denying probation. It allows a probationary period As Short As six months half of what was in an initial proposal. It cuts from two years to one year the period in which a participant must keep a clean record after completing probation. And it requires that a first time Law breaker receive probation unless a prosecutor objects and convinces a judge. But it ran into opposition from downstate lawmakers of both parties even As it cleared the House on a vote of 92-20. Senators voted 29-19 for the measure but it needed 36 favourable votes to Advance to the governors desk. Seven senators voted suburban representatives of both political parties uniformly supported the Compromise. But downstate Rural lawmakers objected that otherwise Law abiding citizens who simply make a mistake should not face a felony at All. They and the influential gun How they voted the Illinois Senate on Friday rejected an anti crime package that would largely re enact the Safe neighbourhoods act struck Down by the state supreme court. The vote was 29-18, seven votes Short of the 36 needed for passage. Here a a breakdown of How suburban legislators voted republicans voting yes Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale Kathleen Parker of Northbrook republicans voting no Jay Bradley Burzynski of Sycamore Adeline Geo Karis of Zion Wendell Jones of Palatine Dick Klemm of Crystal Lake James a a Patel Philip of Wood Dale republicans voting present Beverly Fawell of Glen Ellyn Doris Karpiel of Carol Stream William Peterson of Long Grove Steven Rau Schenberger of Elgin republicans not voting Dan Cronin of Elmhurst Chris Lauzen of Aurora lobby contend the penalty should revert to a Misdemeanour As it was before the supreme courts action. A for 60 years it was a Misdemeanour and it worked Well a said Todd Vandermyde a lobbyist for the National Rifle association. But proponents said the automatic felony has helped sweep guns off the streets of Chicago and Cut firearm crimes during the last four years and should be reinstated. A we know it works a said democratic state rep. Lauren Beth Gash of Highland Park who is running for Congress in the 10th District. A a it a a Law. That has absolutely proven its Gash said passage of the gun Law and the underlying Safe neighbourhoods act is particularly crucial in the Wake of the Columbine and other school shootings. Even As they voted for the Bill some minority lawmakers objected that the Compromise still lets prosecutors ask a judge to Block the felony expungement which they worried will Lead to unequal prosecution. A we Are not All gang bangers and drug dealers a said state rep. Sonia Silva a Democrat from Chicago. But she and other minority lawmakers said their concerns were overridden by the need to reinstate a Tough gun Law As part of the Overall crime package. Minority lawmakers in the Senate also have concerns said democratic state sen. Donne Trotter of Chicago who Heads the legislative Black caucus a this is not a color Blind society never has been and the statistics Bear that out. A packing while Blacks comes to several suburban lawmakers said they were torn on the Issue even As they voted for the Bill. Rep. Patricia Lindner a Republican from Aurora said every police chief in her District supported the Compromise. But she also has received numerous Calls from Hunters in her District who worry they could still face a felony if they inadvertently transport their weapons. The associated press contributed to this report. 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The Deal also gives District 211 a Small strip of land near Palatine High school and Virginia Lake elementary school. Was the $3.2 million Price a steal or did District 15 pay too much for the site it depends whom you ask. Board members from both school districts believe they got a Good or at least a fair Deal. A we did no to gouge them a said District 211 Board member Anne roller who has lived in Inverness since 1950. A we thought we got a fair District 15 Board president Louis Sands is also Happy with the Purchase. A it seems fair to me. That a Why we approved it a he said. Local realtors say land in Inverness typically averages about $125,000 per acre if not More a not the $80,000-an-acre Price District 15 paid. A had it gone on the open Market it might have sold for More a said Palatine township assessor John Glazbrook. A you have to think in terms of its school District land. It was school District land and its going to stay school District but the property has some unattractive characteristics. It has no roads and no Utility water or sewer hookups. A 2-acre wetlands stands in the Northwest Corner of the lot. The property was appraised by District 211 this year for slightly less than $3.2 million officials said. A the Price was competitive a said John g. Conyers District 15 superintendent. A it was what we thought we should have to still coldwell banker realtor Hubert Flack says the fact the parcel is so Large should make the land More costly. A there is no More land and that a what makes it kind of dear a he said. A i think its a real steal Baird amp Warner realtor Barbara Schatzman disagrees. She says purchasing More than i acre should Snag a per acre discount. A when you buy 40 acres you should pay less than the Price per acre a she said. By that Token she estimates District 15 actually May have paid More than it had to. A i would say District 211 is making out Weil a she said. Brian properties realtor Jack Whisler however Calls the Price both decent and competitive citing the fact the parcel is raw land. Realtors caution that the average Price per acre is merely an estimate a based on Only a handful of properties available in Inverness now. District 211 bought the lot in 1965 for $120,000 with the intent of building a High school there one Day. Now believing 40 acres is too Small for a modern High school the District was open to Selling the lot when District 15 officials inquired about the property. Conyers said the two districts have worked on the Deal off and on for about a year. Under the agreement District 15 will pay to percent of the Selling Price and take Possession in january. make 5 percent annual interest payments on the balance of the Price until the final closing in july 2005. District 211, which is running a $7.6 million deficit in its education fund this year has not yet decided where the revenues from its land Sale will go. A the Board of education is free to Deposit that Money in any District fund it needs to a associate superintendent Robert Rozycki said. A i believe the Board will wish to Deposit the Money in the education fund but there Are no specific District 15 officials say the timing of the land acquisition which came on the heals of the their proposed $13.8 million building project aimed at adding classrooms and parking lots is coincidental. Further they say the Purchase will not affect the building project because the District currently has no plans for the land except to keep it As a safeguard for future boards that May be confronted with daunting space issues. A this acquisition is really a Lon term thing and we have no specific plans for it a Sands said. $30.00 off per window on any vertical blinds excluding Basic i w aug feature. 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