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Chicago Heights Star (Newspaper) - March 4, 1990, Chicago Heights, Illinois The Star your Community newspaper Chicago Heights area edition 64 pages�?6 sections sunday March 4, 1990 50 cents per copy 89th year no. 94 attorneys Tocco plotted murders us judge admonishes prosecutors by Pete Reynolds allegations surfaced in . District court Friday linking convicted South suburban crime Syndicate Boss Albert Tocco to a plot to murder witnesses against him As Well As a certain government personnel a including Fri agents and an a a unnamed assistant . Attorney. But rather than sentence Tocco 60, of Bloom township and co conspirator Clarence Crockett formerly of Chicago Heights . District court judge James Holderman on Friday continued the hearing after prosecutors dropped their Bombshell of new charges. Instead Holderman who presided Over Toccoa a trial last year in which the defendant was found guilty of 34 of 45 racketeering and conspiracy counts conducted a mini civics class for government prosecutors. The hearing was continued because the defendants attorneys had not been Given an Opportunity to prepare an answer to the new evidence school leaders say future Bleak if tax hike fails by Mary sue Penn time is up for Chicago Heights school District 170, its superintendent says. A we kept the District afloat for several years through some creative financing some borrowing a superintendent Richard Felicetti explained. A the time is Here where ifs kind of catching up with Felicetti and other administration faculty and staff representatives recently made a Case for passage of a March 20 referendum to increase the property tax rate that supports the districts education fund. They say the tax increase is needed to maintain the districts Standard of education. They warned of in slowed school parking lots burgeoning class sizes and frazzled teachers if voters fail to approve the referendum. The District seeks approval of two referendum questions. One would raise the education fund property tax rate to $2.32 per $100 assessed valuation from $1.32 per $100 assessed valuation. The tax rate increase is expected to bring in $1.4 million More in property taxes to the District said Anthony Leli assistant superintendent in charge of District finances. Approval of the second question would allow the District to create a against their client Holderman said. A in this country no matter How heinous you May believe a defendent to be he is still a citizen. And citizens Are entitled to certain rights a Holderman told acting . Attorney Ira h. Raphaelson and assistant . Attorney Dean Polales. Not masking his contempt for the governments actions Holderman further admonished prosecutors. A a that a what is required in this court or any court in the country. That is How we conduct business in this country and these courts a the judge said. He ordered the government to make a a full disclosure to Toccoa a defense attorney Patrick Tuite and Alan Brunell who represented co defendant Crockett. Crockett also was found guilty last year of 23 of 34 racketeering and conspiracy counts. Fund to pay for employee insurance benefits. Currently the District pays the benefits out of a tort immunity fund. But according to new state Law without voter approval of a new fund the $700,000 to $800,000 would have to come out of the education fund. The tax rate increase would boost the average property tax Bill by about $57 a year. That is based on a Home with a $50,000 Market value which would have an equalized assessed value of about $5,700, Leli said. For taxpayers in Homes with higher values such As in the North end Bills could increase about $100 a year. For some East Side property owners tax Bills could be expected to increase about $25 a year Leli said. The last referendum that passed dates Back to 1969. A 1972 attempt failed. If this one fails and District finances keep going the Way they have been a by the end of fiscal year 1994 we will be $9 to $12 million in the Hole a Felicetti said. A if the referendum fails we More than Likely will be on the states financial watch teachers tenured and non tenured alike would be let go. Including faculty and staff re Lecue turn to Page As spending in District 170 6.78% .42% 7.99% 50.82% 10.16% 7.62% 16.09% in teacher salaries is administrative salaries b employee benefits b supplies materials a outside services a miscellaneous 0 special education not shown capital outlay .11% Raphaelson and Polales were contrite. A if our timing was inappropriate i apologize a Raphaelson told the court. Under the judges orders Raphaelson disclosed that a Federal grand jury is hearing new evidence against Tocco. Prosecutors intended to use that evidence at fridays hearing in an Effort to persuade Holderman to sentence Tocco to 200 years behind bars. Much of what the government will please turn to Page a-2 Albert Tocco City Block Grant wishes outweigh available funds by Mary sue Penn a record number of Chicago Heights residents a nearly 200 a submitted applications for the City a residential rehabilitation program this year forcing the City to compile what now amounts to a five year waiting list said Phil Russo who runs the program. Consequently Cook county which administers the Community development Block Grants that pay for the program has told Russo not to accept any More applications he said. Chicago Heights receives about $500,000 a year for residential rehab through the county Block Grant program. The City also receives thousands of dollars that it uses primarily for capital improvement projects such As Street repairs. The City recently hosted meetings to get residents input on the types of projects they would like to see funded with the Block Grants. As a result of the neighbourhood meetings Russo said streets in the Beacon Hill Euclid and Jefferson neighbourhoods so far have made his list for possible inclusion in the application for Block Grant Money. Residents who attended the meetings filled out surveys to prioritize activities that Are eligible for Block Grant funding. After the results Are compiled Russo will hold a Public hearing april 16 on the City a application. Not Many residents took advantage of the Chance to communicate their wishes to the City administration during the recent hearings. A personally i was disappointed that there weren to a bigger share of citizens coming out a Russo said. The meetings Drew 27 Jefferson area residents 22 Beacon Hill and West Side residents 14 East Side and Hill residents and 14 Euclid downtown and country club residents Russo said. During the meeting for the Euclid downtown and country club neighbourhoods mayor Charles Panici talked about the limited amount of City funds available to pay for All the projects that need to be done. A if you had $100,000 and you could Only do one project what would you do a Panici asked the audience. A streets streets and sidewalks Quot came the reply. A now you be spent it a Panici said. Russo said he surveys City streets to see which should be included in the Block Grant program application. Objections Fly on Daley study by Darren Hillock a group of South suburban municipal leaders say they object to the funding of a third Chicago Airport study unless it is included As part of a regional Airport review already under Way. A a Chicago a study process is pointless a said Bill Balthis Lansing mayor and president of the South suburban mayors and managers association. A a site similar to Lake Calumet was already evaluated and rejected through the first study a there is no reason for the City of Chicago to be Given additional funds to do what is already being done As part of the regional study a he said at a press conference Friday at the associations Homewood Headquarters. But ultimately if a study of the Lake Calumet site is to be funded Balthis suggested that it be included As part of the process examining three Rural Illinois Sites and an existing Indiana Airport As possible third Airport locations. Such a move would at least save some of the $5 million in Federal funds Chicago is requesting for its Independent study according to Balthis. Plans for an Airport encompassing some 9,000-plus acres and located in Southeast Chicago were presented two weeks ago by Chicago mayor Richard m. Daley. The plan would necessitate demolition of thousands of Homes in the Chicago neighbourhoods of Hegewisch and South Deering almost All the Homes in suburban Burnham and some Homes in Calumet City. The regional study committee made up of representatives from three states Chicago the Federal aviation administration and the airline Industry is considering four Sites a one in Northern Kankakee county one near Peotone one East of Beecher straddling the Indiana Illinois state line and an expansion of the Gary regional Airport. The committee expects to pick a single site for development of a detailed master plan by next summer. Inclusion of the Daley proposal in the regional study probably would be possible according to state sen. Aldo Deangelis a Olympia Fields. Personally Deangelis said he would support inclusion of the Chicago site in the regional study process a provided their site can be brought into play without holding up the Deangelis a member of the existing study committee said gov. James Thompson expressed similar sentiments to him during a meeting thursday. A the governor is in sync with the idea that if Chicago is to entertain a site it has to submit to the process a Deangelis said. Federal funding for such a study would have to be approved by the state. Balthis said he has contacted Indiana . Sen. Dan Coats about that legislators efforts to Block Federal funding for study of the Chicago site. But Balthis said Illinois . Reps. Please turn to Page As another sort of French connection language pupils connect for Day a tar photo by to Swisher French chef Louis retail eau whips up some Choco students from area High schools at futons in Francais late mousse in a demonstration for advanced French lets celebrate French Day. By Myra Guindon Parley Vous Francais any beginning French student would know that Means a do you speak French a some area High school students had a Chance to use that phrase and Many others at futons in Francais or lets celebrate French Day held at Bloom Trail High school on a recent saturday. Advanced French students from Rich Central Rich East Rich South Bloom Trail and Crete Monee High schools took an oath to speak Only French except to a local reporter until the program concluded at 3 30 . The Days ethnic and language oriented activities involved games Folk dancing French conversations and video tapes. Co Prenez Vous students made glittery Mardi gras masks and played games in French. There were French speaking educators from Haiti Belgium and of course France. And what would French Day be without a mais oui French cooking Jsai Faim it was All there for some 44 students and the language teachers who ventured out that frigid icy and blustery saturday at the end of february. Ii fait Froid. Organizers a Les profess eurs a Jane Castle Madame chateau please turn to Page As

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