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Calumet City Star (Newspaper) - March 4, 1990, Calumet City, Illinois Your Community newspaper Lansing a Lynwood edition 50 pages�?4 sections thursday january 4, 1990 25 cents per copy vol. 3�?no. 40 tax Reform drive begins in Lynwood first babies of the decade among the first babies born in the new year at area hospitals Are these new residents of Riverdale and Lynwood. At left Atolia Crittenden of Riverdale introduces Lionel ill who was born at Ingalls memorial Hospital in Harvey at 7 10 . New years Day. At right Diane Mathews of Lynwood shows off Kate Elizabeth born at South suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest at 7 28 . Monday. New arrivals Surprise their mothers by Anita Pfeifer arriving Early must have been the height of fashion for the first babies born in the South suburbs in 1990. The first babies of the new year born at Ingalls memorial Hospital in Harvey surprised their moms by coming weeks earlier than they were expected. Lionel Carl Crittenden Iii of Riverdale and Cameron Hunter of Markham the second and third babies respectively to be born at Ingalls both apparently were anxious to get a jump on their new lives at the Start of the new year and the new decade when they made their appearances Well ahead of their mothers due dates. The title of first new years baby at Ingalls went to Sean Leverson who was born at 2 32 . He is the son of Marilyn and Ralph Leverson of Chicago rate Elizabeth Mathews of Lynwood also surprised mom Diane and dad Norman by showing up ahead of schedule at South suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest. A i was surprised. I figured she would be late being my first baby a said Diane Mathews. Rate who was due on Jan. 7, arrived six Days Early on Jan. I at 7 28 ., weighing in at 8 pounds 5 ounces and measuring 20 inches. Diane and Norman Mathews chose the name rate Elizabeth for their daughter because Diane always liked the name rate and Elizabeth is the name of her aunt. Mom and daughter were expected to go Home on wednesday where rate will get the first View of a Nursery that has been waiting for her for a month. Diane Mathews expects her daughter to be spoiled within just a few Days after going Home. Already a number of visitors have stopped by the Hospital to visit mom and baby and Diane a father lives near their Lynwood Home. A there s no doubt about it. She a going to be spoiled especially please turn to Page a-2 by Arnold Reed Lynwood resident Marilyn Windsor decided it was time to mobilize to oppose a More than 26 percent tax Levy increase approved by the Lynwood Village trustees. About seven months ago Windsor and 12 other Lynwood residents upset Over the Village a action joined to form citizens of Lynwood operating to unite taxpayers. Windsor said that the increase approved in August is the highest in All of Cook county. A it is time for the people to realize that they can fight Village Hall a she said. The organization clout formed primarily to curb future Village tax increases presented petitions to the Village clerk to allow the question of proportion 2-tax Reform to be placed on the ballot for March 20, 1990. Windsor said the idea to press for tax Reform in Lynwood came from a broader Effort to adopt such a proposal that was spearheaded by Patrick Quinn now a candidate in the democratic primary for state treasurer. Recently Quinn stopped off in Calumet City to promote his proportion 2, where some 50 people showed up to hear his speech. While those numbers were Low Quinn speculated that More people would turn out at reassessment time. A the people in Calumet City have done an amazing Job in spreading the word. A a we be done a Hundred tax meetings and its Clear that the people in Calumet City have an interest in what we re doing a Quinn said. The proposal is actually an advisory referendum seeking to limit taxing Powers of local units of government to keep increases in line with the Cost of living. It also seeks to expand the Homestead exemption program. A the concept behind proposition 2 is to unite efforts across the state to change the Structure of the real estate tax system. Windsor indicated that the Village of Lynwood a proportion 2 is a Carbon copy of the statewide proposal and will be placed on the March 20 primary ballot. Windsor and members of clout however have taken measures to ensure that a separate referendum relating Only to the Village of Lynwood will be on the ballot. This Means that even if proportion 2 does not appear on the ballot statewide or if it is included and Defeated Lynwood residents still would have an Opportunity to voice their opinion. Much like the statewide proposal Lynwood a proportion seeks in an advisory fashion to increase Homeowner and Homestead exemptions Cut 1990 Village expenditures by 5 percent limit future tax increases to the Rise in consumer Price Index and protect people from excessive tax increases due to Market value reassessments. A Lynwood is ignored by Cook county. We done to have a Public transportation system we re paying for garbage removal and our Public employees Are the lowest paid in the area. A Windsor said. A you pay for what you get but our residents Are talking about Selling their Homes because they can to keep up with the Janet Wheeler another member of clout upset Over the Levy hike said a we done to have a Post office Here. We have to use Chicago Heights zip she added a when the time comes to build these necessities Well be maxed out on Lynwood mayor Barclay a a buds Fleming said the higher Levy was necessary to provide Money for the police pension fund. The state Fleming explained requires the Village to contribute to the fund. Fleming also said that there was a Public hearing on the Levy that lasted More than an hour. Prior to the hearing he acknowledged that some people were upset but when they found out a the tax did no to apply to their entire Bill Only to the line please turn to Page a-2 mayor ready to implement police department study by Dan Culloton nearly too percent of the suggestions made in a recent study of the Lansing police department will be implemented within two years mayor Bill Balthis said tuesday. The $15,000 study conducted by the International association of chiefs of police made More than too recommendations aimed at transforming the department into a More effective entity. A the 109-Page report was compiled Between May and october 1989 and suggested among other things that the department increase its staffing from 58 employees to 63. This includes raising the number of patrol officers or Blue shirts from 25 to 29. The Village also should hire a dispatcher and an extra patrol officer to act As a crime scene specialist and to handle property seized As evidence the study said. The extra officer also could be responsible for maintenance. The study also said the department was slightly top heavy. It suggested that two management or White shirt positions be eliminated. Balthis said 95 to 99 percent of the recommendations will be implemented within two years. The management positions will be taken care of by retirements Over the next two years while other problems will be solved when department moves in february to the new police fire and courthouse building being constructed at 170th Street and Oakwood Avenue Balthis said. A once you walk through that building it will explain to you what we will be Able to do with the modernization and the computerization in that facility that we cannot do right now a Balthis said. Village officials were not surprised by the report Balthis said. A i think it was an excellent report a he said. A it was critical in the areas where we need to make a it has taken a Good department and attempted to make it better a Balthis said. However Balthis said the Village May not need to hire an extra dispatcher or a patrolman to handle evidence. Computer systems that will be installed in Lansing police cars and in the new building should lighten the work Load for current dispatchers and the extra patrol officer should remain where the Village needs him or her a on the Street Balthis said. A i done to think that is something that we can afford to do right now a Balthis said. The report also found that Lansing crime rate was growing a faster than would be expected from the population data and knowledge of the Community. These data suggest need for More effective patrol and investigation services and especially focused crime Between 1982 and 1989 there were 13.7 percent More serious crimes reported in Lansing. There were 20 percent More robberies and 46 percent More Larcenie. Serious crime decreased 5.9 percent in 1988, the report said. However the number of crimes committed in 1987 was the highest in recent years. There were 1,446 serious crimes reported in 1988 a 275, or 23 percent higher than the number reported in 1986. Less serious crime was almost 4 percent higher in 1988 than in 1987. But crime rates did decrease in please turn to Page a-2 Leininger faces momentous education reforms by Diane Ross Springfield the first time Robert Leininger ran into resistance to change he said he was blindsided and Happy to Back Down. It was the mid-1960s, he was the new superintendent of the then dual Lyndon school districts in Whiteside county. The basketball coach asked him if he could find some other escorts for the girls on the Homecoming court because his players needed to keep their minds on the game and not the dance. He readily agreed. A fall hell broke Loose a Leininger recalled with amusement. A i did no to know it had been a tradition in Lyndon for years and years that the players escorted the girls into the gym at he said that was one of Only two decisions he made in 15 years As a pressure coming fro business local school superintendent that produced hate mail and enough parents and others to pack a gym in protest. The second time Leininger ran into resistance he was ready. That came a couple of years later when he was superintendent of the nearby Fulton unit District. He won in theory Only to lose in practice. Business people on the school Board liked his idea of sending All second and third graders to one outlying country school As Cost efficient but refused to of it for fear parents would object and no longer shop at their stores. A a that a the Only vote i Ever lost Quot Leininger said. This time however the changes at Issue May be the most momentous Illinois has seen in the 30 years since Leininger began his career in elementary and secondary education. This time Leininger is state school superintendent. This time he has a three year contract with the Illinois state Board of education and the Illinois office of education to oversee a system that involves 1.8 million students 105,000 teachers and 187,000 administrators and staff a system that includes 965 local Grade school High school and unit districts 57 education service regions 50 special education cooperatives and 30 area vocational centers a system that costs eight billion Federal state and local dollars a year to operate. The pressure from taxpayers to Reform the Way Illinois finances elementary and secondary education a and from business and others to Reform the Way standards Are set for student and teacher performance a has been building in the 15 years Leininger has worked for legislative Liaison to three other superintendents. He said he expects the pressure to Peak by late 1990 and the inevitable explosion to follow in Early 1991. Switching the Burden for paying the Cost of education from local sources to the state May mean switching from the local property tax to the state income tax. That May mean the first permanent increase in the 20-year-old state income tax which has been temporarily increased twice in the last decade. Equalizing the property tax disparity that generates As much As $8,500 for students in some districts but As Little As $2,500 for students in others May mean rewriting the formula for distributing state Aid to schools. That May mean pitting Chicago suburban and downstate districts As Well As Urban and Rural districts against each other since the current formula favors downstate. Illinois financial problems Are a solvable a Leininger said. The general Assembly squeezed Between Supply and demand eventually will act a but probably not until forced to do so by the kind of lawsuit that recently resulted in Kentucky and Texas legislators overhauling their school systems he said. Illinois already reformed the Way standards Are set for student and teacher performance Back in 1985, although the state still is struggling to fully fund those reforms. The states and the feds now Hope to set goals in 1990 to crack Down on truancy dropouts illiteracy and drug addiction. They Hope from now on to Stop the Cycle before it starts by investing heavily in Early childhood education. Please turn to Page a-3

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