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Arlington Heights Daily Herald (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Arlington Heights, Illinois Daily Herald saturday december 18,1999 Northwest Simms Section 1/page 5 leaders seek Federal funds for runway at pal Waukee by Shamus Toomey daily Herald staff writer Illinois two . Senators and a pair of congressmen have come to the Aid of pal Waukee municipal Airport in Hopes of getting millions in Federal dollars to rebuild the airfields main runway and construct a parallel taxiway. Sens. Dick Durbin and Peter Fitzgerald and . Reps. John Porter and William Lipinski sent a letter to the Federal aviation administration last week asking for funds for the project which Airport officials said could Cost As much As $20 million. Palau keep a main runway a the Only runway there that can accommodate corporate jets a needs to be overhauled in two to five years because of cracks in the Concrete Airport manager Fred e. Stewartjr. Said. A we have been urgently and religiously Patching and repairing and sealing the runway every year to keep it going a Stewart said. A but we re reaching the Point where there Are More cracks than there is but before the runway repair work is launched the Airport wants to build a taxiway parallel to the runway to be used As a temporary Landing and Takeoff strip during the estimated six month rebuilding of the main 5,000-foot runway. A without an alternative runway the majority of the More than 180,000 pal Waukee annual landings and takeoffs will be diverted to of Hare International or Midway airports according to the letter sent by the Illinois delegation. These diversions could Cost the local Economy $390,000 each Day the runway is closed according to the letter which was written after pal Waukee officials flew to Washington to meet with Durbin. After receiving the letter the Faa has since promised to meet with pal Waukee officials to discuss the situation said Pat Souders Durbin a projects director. By sending the letter to Faa administrator Jane f. Garvey the Illinois delegation said it Hopes to make Clear that the pal Waukee project is a priority and possibly work out a funding schedule for the next several years he said. The Money needs to come from the Federal governments Airport improvement program. The Faass authorization to Dole out funds from the program however has lapsed and pal Waukee and All other airports must wait until it is reauthorized Souders said. Forest District to pay $8 million for 431 acres by Cal Waller _ daily Herald staff writer a gravel driveway framed by Leafy Trees Scenic vistas overlooking wetlands and open Farmland. Slides depicting just what the Lake county Forest preserve District will obtain for $8 million were shown to commissioners on Friday after they voted to buy 431 acres in Fremont township. The Purchase approved by the 18 Board members present at the meeting in Waukegan is the single largest expenditure by the Board since voters approved an april 1997 referendum. About $7 million is being spent to buy a 403-acre preserve formerly known As the Ray Lake farm and $1 million is being used to buy 28 acres known As the Wolff property near Wauconda. A a it a a really historic Day a said Board president Carol Calabresa. She pointed out it is unusual for the District to be Able to buy a parcel As Large As Ray Lake farm without dealing with several owners. The former cattle farm bounded by Erhart Gilmer and Fremont Center roads contains 120 acres of wetlands 75 acres of Woodlands 188 acres of Farmland and 20 acres around four houses. The 403-acre site is the largest acreage bought since the District bought 539 acres of singing Hills farm near Wauconda and Volo two years ago. Meanwhile the Wolff property creates room for a future Trail connection and allows the District to own a Complete 2.5-acre wetland. Getting the word out District 211 to Market tech classes to girls by Jamie Sotonoff daily Herald staff writer suburbs close door on reopening talks to expand of Hare by Ames Boykin daily Herald staff writer Elk Grove Village Des Plaines and Park Ridge officials slammed the door Friday on reopening discussion of expanding o Hare International Airport. In separate letters sent to gov. George Ryan officials affiliated with the suburban of Hare commission urged Ryan to Block Chicago a plans to expand of Hare. The request comes in the Wake of published reports that leaders of communities near of Hare Are willing to negotiate expansion with Chicago officials in Exchange for concessions to build a proposed third regional Airport. Other reports said the leaders should Call in a mediator to oversee such talks. A a we re always willing to talk but something that a never on the table Are expansion and additional runways a said Elk Grove Village president Craig b. Johnson. Elmhurst Wood Dale Itasca and Addison Are expected to join Elk Grove Village Des Plaines and Park Ridge in calling for action from Ryan Johnson said. Ryan supports the construction of a third regional Airport in the South suburbs As a Way to alleviate air traffic congestion at of Hare. The debate also stretches to Bensenville where Village president John Geils said Friday that Village officials Are considering withdrawing from the Dupage mayors and managers conference Over a dispute on of Hare expansion. The conference has supported a meeting where Chicago state and suburban officials would negotiate a master plan for air traffic at o Hare Midway Airport and a proposed third Airport. Geils said he supports the move by Elk Grove Village. Des Plaines and Park Ridge to try to Force action from Ryan. A the discussion stops and starts at the governor of Illinois a he said. Bensenville has withheld its dues from the conference Over concerns they were wavering on their opposition to any forms of of Hare expansion. The conference needs to represent the interests of All its members. Not just the municipalities farther away from of Hare Geils said. At an International aviation conference earlier this month Chicago mayor Richard m. Daley said the City wanted to spend $3.7 billion to add two terminals and new customs facilities. Gas leak closes High school Early by Bob Susnjara daily Herald staff writer about 1,800 Libertyville High school students and 200 staff members got to Start their weekend Early Friday thanks to a natural Gas leak in the building. The Libertyville fire department was called to the Butler Lake Campus at 9 05 a m. After a school employee smelled natural Gas. Deputy fire chief Rich Carani said initially fire officials wanted students teachers and other workers to gather in the schools gymnasium and auditorium until the Gas leak was pinpointed. But Carani said the fire department quickly decided it would be Best for everyone to leave the school. A it Wasny to really an Carani said. A it was schools out and go a about 18 firefighters from Libertyville and the Knollwood fire departments responded to the Call it took them about three hours to find and repair the leak. Fire and school officials said the leak was related to unspecified construction work that had occurred at the Butler Lake building Early this year. Not enough girls Are taking elective technical classes like Auto shop or computer graphics Palatine Schaumburg township High school District 211 Board members believe. So one of the first initiatives the new All female school Board has proposed is to Market these stereotypically male electives More aggressively toward female students. They would do the same thing for boys with cooking and sewing classes. Board member Dora Wolf who is spearheading the idea said the intent is to open girls minds to career opportunities in booming Fields such As computer technology construction and Auto repair. Only 2 percent of the students in these technical classes Are girls Wolf said. Peer pressure scheduling conflicts or Lack of interest May be partially to blame for the Low female enrolment. But Board members believe it also might be that girls Are not aware these classes exist or do not understand what activities they involve. A since we have this at the High school level we should Market it to girls a said Wolf who in the Early 1970s was one of Only five female accountants working at peat Marwick in new York City. A we really have to go and recruit and show them How much Opportunity there is. It wont change by itself. We have to make a concerted that Effort might include special career nights for girls More publicity and recognition for certain class projects or special mailings or guest speakers such As female Auto mechanics. Board members also want the merits of these electives better explained to parents. District 211 trustees Are considering marketing technical classes to girls. Here students take part in an architectural studies class at Conant High school in Hoffman estates. Daily Herald photo Bob Chwedyk a part of the problem is the so called College prep track a Board member Lynn Davis added. A parents will discourage their children from taking certain classes. And if you state to a Counselor that you want to go to College they re never going to recommend something like Wood Anne roller is the Only school Board member who questions whether such a push would influence girls class choices. A sure a girl could do it if she wanted to but i envision it. I done to know that tool and die making would interest a female a roller said. A i have no objection whatsoever to marketing it More associate superintendent Robert Rozycki said the District can do More to increase awareness of All the elective classes to All students but ultimately it must be the student who decides. A fall we can do is make sure girls understand the options that Are available and open to them a he said. A we want to avoid trying to sell one curriculum or District 211 students Are introduced to various High school electives when they Are eighth graders. They also learn about the classes during curriculum nights meeting with their guid Ance Counselor and at in school presentations. A we try to steer students toward their interests a said Conant High school director of student services Joyce Meyers. A if they done to know what they want we try to give them a variety but Meyers and other school officials said the efforts would not encourage one gender or another to take a certain class. While girls May not be lining up to take Auto shop or applied technology a growing number of females in District 211 have been enrolling in upper level math and science courses such As calculus physics and computer science. A and then they go on to study engineering at the University of Illinois a Meyers said. Roger Basrak an Auto shop teacher at Palatine High school said the few girls who take his class every semester Are usually his top students. A the students i have that Are female do work harder and do better on tests. I done to know if they re trying to prove something or they re just better students a he said. A a it a be great if More girls enrolled. But we done to want to Force anyone to take a class if they Don t want does the room make inc to or the to make the room.7 who cares All Mitsubishi big screens come with no Down payment no monthly payments and no interest for 12 months. Now How does your current to measure up Model vs7070s Hwd 6? 3/4x57 l/48x28 3/4 Chic a to Orland Park Deerfield it. Prospect Naperville life Din amp i rung put i by i Iii i Iran Houk. 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