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Chicago Heights Star (Newspaper) - December 5, 1999, Chicago Heights, Illinois Airport continued from Page a-1 regional consensus is needed before the Federal aviation administration will move Forward with the plan. A a we re going to need the support of the City of Chicago to get this done a he said. Fitzgerald said he will look into anti Trust issues regarding the system of regional monopolies among airlines. Cities Are dominated by one or two major carriers such As United and american airlines in Chicago and other airlines done to try to compete. A a there a kind of a club atmosphere among these airlines a he said. Fitzgerald said he also will examine whether Chicago received proper congressional approval to give a portion of the passenger fees collected at Olare and Midway airports to the Gary Chicago regional Airport. A the third Airport is a big Issue to tackle. Its definitely a Long term and epic Battle to get a South suburban Airport a Fitzgerald said. Rotarians also listened to Fitzgerald a account As a freshman senator. A during my first year in the Senate i have come to Admire the stamina of my colleagues especially during the impeachment trial a Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald said that the Day after he was sworn in to office he spent the next 38 Days listening to testimony in the impeachment trial of president Clinton. A it was an Odd Way to spend my first 38 Days in the Senate a he said. Fitzgerald said he spent Many hours reviewing the budget during his first year. He said the National debt increased $109 billion in fiscal year 1999. A every time Money is taken from surpluses such As the social Security Trust fund that a another Dollar added to the National debt a Fitzgerald said. He also discussed Why he broke with the Republican party to vote for a health care Reform Bill allowing patients to sue their health Star photo by Phil faso sen. Peter Fitzgerald gets fitted for a name tag by Dick Smith at a recent rotary luncheon at the Holiday inn in Matteson. His conversation companion at right is Katharian May a German Exchange student. Maintenance organizations. Fitzgerald also broke ranks to support background checks of people who buy guns at gun shows. A i think its a sensible regulation which will prevent criminals and convicted felons from buying guns a he said adding a gun stores require background checks for gun during the town meeting one rotarian asked Fitzgerald Why he did no to support the confirmation of Carol Moseley Braun for an ambassador ship. A i had several concerns about her secret trips to the country of Nigeria. I looked at All the records provided to the Senate and find any reason Why a senator would take three trips to Nigeria. I could not in Good conscience support the nomination a Fitzgerald said. Another rotarian asked Fitzgerald about the Quality of education in the nation. A i support parents and local school boards retaining control of schools because they know what is Best a he said. Fitzgerald co sponsored the de flex Bill passed in april that gives schools More flexibility to spend Federal education dollars and tailor Federal education programs to meet specific needs. The rotarians also presented Fitzgerald with an honorary ambassadorial scholar certificate. Before starting Law school Fitzgerald pursued graduate studies at the aristotelian University in Salonica Greece on a rotary foundation scholarship. The program was organized by Park Forest rotary club member Dick Smith. A i think we need our leaders to visit us and Exchange information with their constituents a Smith said adding a a we re trying to provide an honest platform for legislators to talk about the problems they re working on and for constituents to ask the rotarians next speaker will be . Rep. Jesse Jackson jr., a Chicago in january. The theme of his speech will be a experiences representing Illinois the past As Dobbins backs plan to convert Thea Terby Lynd Hemmer ing Glenwood Village president Sam Dobbins supports a plan to convert Glenwood theater into a Multi screen Complex possibly including subordinate commercial ventures. But legally some parking variance concerns Are hanging in the balance. The concerns were discussed again at thursdays zoning Board of Appeal meeting. A a in a still committed to getting this done a Dobbins said during a Telephone interview Friday. A and in my opinion the Village Board thinks this should go in the meantime the theater remains open after a two Day closure. Bill flooding one of the theater owners closed the theater nov. 24, after he first heard about the parking concerns. However he reopened it two Days later after he was reassured that Glenwood officials were interested in the commercial development. At that time he said he was a pleasantly surprised that the Village is trying to rectify the situation. The problem that is slowing up the process is a zoning Board of Appeal parking space ordinance. According to the size of Rood Inge a $1.5 million proposed development 329 parking spaces Are required by ordinance. Flooding said however that he will have room for Only about 150 spaces after the expansion is Complete. He said the almost 150 spaces should be sufficient because he has permission to use parking lots owned by surrounding businesses. The zoning Board of Appeal is willing to work on the difference but legally can give Only a to percent variance or reduce the number of required spaces to 296, said Bill Bramanti Glenwood a building inspector. The five members of the Aba who were at thursdays meeting voted unanimously to give flooding the allowable to percent variance. On tuesday the variance will be up for a vote by the Village Board. Trustees also will begin to study options for changing the ordinance to allow for another variance for Roo Diogu a property or consider other parking alternatives. A we would like to see the commercial development a Bramanti said. A we Hope that in agreement can be according to initial drafts hooding plans to convert Glenwood a single screen theater into a 10-screen Complex with digital sound systems and stadium seating. Additionally some complementary businesses such As a Coffee shop and video rental store might be part of the facility. Dobbins said he is very interested in the proposed development in Glenwood. A this sounds like an excellent place for families which is very important to Glenwood a he said. A it would be a Nice medium size theater Complex that would not overwhelm families. They would feel right at Home continued from Page a-1 of the firehouse alarm can turn boredom into sheer panic in just seconds. Appointed Steger fire chief in 1974 after working As a paid on Call firefighter Joyce recalled his Early Days of fire fighting when fire departments identified Homes in distress by the names of the people who lived there and not the address. Firefighters relied on ambulance companies to provide emergency medical needs. A honest to god that a the Way it was when i started a he said. Technology has adva rifled the business of fire departments a Long Way from those Days. Emergency dealing service or 911, among other improvements has made the Days of familiarity a Distant memory bringing paramedics into the firehouse was a move Joyce said he initially opposed. However that opposition has Long since passed and he has come to understand and respect that paramedics should share Many of the same resources As firefighters including space in the firehouse. Making a Home and a family with a Man who has devoted his life to a fire department has had its challenges said Sandra Joyce the chiefs wife of 30 years. A the told me a Long time ago to either go along or you will have a miserable time Quot she said. A this is his life. The fire department is his whole the Joyces have a blended family of eight children 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Their Home is Busy with the activity of grandchildren and great grandchildren and if truth be known Elmer Joyce a most recent passion is spending time with them. Sandra Joyce arranged a sur prise party to celebrate the chiefs 50th year in firefighting. About 20q guests attended including colleagues from neighbouring departments. One guest South Chicago Heights fire chief Angelo Petrarca said a to be a Boss sometimes you Are not always liked. But As chief you have to keep doing your Job. A chief Joyce has been there for the people of Steger and that a House Leader suggests Rockford for third Chicago area Airport by Patricia Richardson special to the Star plans for a third Chicago area Airport a Are probably not doable and the state should look at Rockford a Airport As an alternative the chairman of the . House transportation committee said Friday. . Rep. Bud Shuster r-pa., offered a Well received boost for the greater Rockford Airport during a tour at the facility arranged by area rep. Donald Manzullo r-ill., Shuster listened As officials from around Northwest Illinois pitched their favorite regional transportation projects from the expansion of . 20 Between Freeport and Galena to an Inte Nodal cargo Hub in Rochelle. Shusters strongest comments focused on his belief that the nation does not need any new major airports and such plans Are unlikely to overcome financial and political hurdles. He said he a expressed those views to gov. George Ryan a administration. Ryan supports plans for construction of a third Airport near Peotone. A i just done to see it in the cards for a third Airport and to the extent that the state focuses on something that a probably not doable then they re not focusing on other things that might be doable a Shuster said prompting applause from More than two dozen area officials. Third Airport supporters who did not attend the Rockford event said they were surprised by Shusters comments. A a it a surprising because its not consistent with eight years of Illinois Republican policy and Leader ship a said third Airport supporter . Rep. Jesse Jackson jr., a Chicago through his spokesman Rick Bryant. A it sounds like the republicans Are sending mixed de Paesel director of the third Airport Clearinghouse said he disagrees with Shuster. A improving Rockford does no to do anything to truly improve capacity for the Chicago Region and especially for the 2.5 million people that live in the South part of it a Paesel said. The Rockford Airport like the Gary Chicago regional Airport will be Able to accommodate some additional passenger flights in the future but neither Airport can Ever truly serve As the regions third Airport because studies have shown they can to be economically be expanded to that size he said. Tile Rockford airports boosters have been trying for some time to take advantage of the Strong opposition to a third Chicago Airport by positioning their site As an alternative even As they struggle to build passenger service. The Rockford Airport is a major cargo Hub for United parcel service but Only has one passenger Carrier with limited service to Detroit and Minneapolis. The state transportation department has said the Rockford Airport is too far away and too Small to offer real Relief for congestion at Olare International and Midway airports in Chicago. The Illinois department of transportation initially studied Rockford a Airport As a potential site of a third Airport but concluded that it could not be sufficiently expanded to serve As a major Airport i Dot spokeswoman Martha Schiebel said. A River and nearby development curtail the Airport s ability to be expanded she said. A we agree we need to continue improving existing airports but that is not a solution to meeting the Long term needs for the Chicago metropolitan area a she said. A a it a not feasible to look at it Rockford a Airport As an Airport that would meet the future needs of the Schiebel said Shusters comments pose a Challenge for the third Airport project. A a it a a Challenge but the facts keep speaking for a third Airport and that a something that wont go Ryan recently proposed a scaled Back one runway Airport instead of the original two runway facility in Peotone South of Chicago. But the Federal aviation administration has determined that project is not eligible for Federal support. A Ryan spokesman did not immediately return a Telephone Call Friday seeking comment on Shusters remarks. Shuster cited Rockford As a classic example of an a a underutilized regional Airport. A a we re not talking about coming in Here to spend a billion dollars to put in a 10,000-foot runway and to provide the infrastructure that would be necessary a Shuster said. A the enormous plus is you be got it Shuster said the air transportation Bill pending in Congress would potentially triple Rockford a share of Federal Airport Money to $ 1.5 million to help fund expansion and promote passenger growth. City police investigating shooting Chicago Heights police Are continuing their investigation into a shooting incident that landed two people in the Hospital Friday night. Police said two people were shot about 7 . Friday in the 1500 Block of Wentworth Avenue. Because the matter remains under investigation police offered Little information. The age and sex of the two victims were not released saturday morning. Police said a detective from the department was on his Way to St. James Hospital late saturday morning to interview the two victims. Police said no suspects were in custody As of noon saturday. Case continued from Page a-1 a Bartolomei said they thought the River looked like a suspect in a rime reported earlier that night in Chicago Heights and tried to Stop he trans am which led them on a High Speed Chase before crashing Ito a planter Miller said. The Cook county court convicted Iderson of Possession of a stolen motor vehicle and sentenced him As class x offender to six years in Rison but the first District Appel Ite court overturned that decision filler said. The High court upheld in circuit court he said. A Cardinal continued from Page a-1 Kevin Kelly Public relations coordinator for Marian agreed that the cardinals homily should prove inspirational. A i have a feeling that the Stu dents will appreciate this be on the Edge of their seats a bit More with the Cardinal As speaker Quot Kelly said. The students already Are exited about the cardinals visit Kelly noted. A it reinforces what we re teaching Here a Kelly said. A we incorporate Christian values and theology into what we do. This reinforces that with an exclamation As 1999 draws to a close it should be especially memorable to have Cardinal George visit the school. A this gets us off to a great Start for next year Quot Kelly said. 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