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Chicago Heights Star (Newspaper) - March 4, 1990, Chicago Heights, Illinois Will county Board hears tax panel candidates by Myra Guindon while executive committee recommendations will not be announced until next week the entire will county Board had the Chance tuesday to hear from two candidates for the Board of review. However in spite of the recent ruckus made Over the much beleaguered Board of review few county commissioners showed up to hear Board hopefuls Teresa Stinnett and Norman Beaton. Five months ago the Blue ribbon tax committee ripped the entire county assessment process blasting both the supervisor of assessments and the Board of review. But Only six county Board members were present to interview the Board of review appointees and to give their opinions about the selection process. Members present included executive committee chairman Gary drier a new Lenox Brent Hassert a Lemont Mary Ann Gearhart a Crete William Blatnik a Lockport and Angeline Dew and Ruth Kennedy. Both democrats from Joliet. Orler opened the meeting announcing that although a some people thought the questioning is politically motivated. I done to see it As however while three Republican commissioners grilled democratic hopeful Stinnett for nearly an hour Beaton a Republican was questioned for just minutes. A what appraisal experience have you had a Hassert asked Stinnett who acknowledged she has no direct experience but did pass a state administered qualifying exam and if appointed intends to work for her Ciao certified Illinois assessing officer credential. The Issue of Stinnett Slack of assessing experience came up frequently As Hassert Gearhart and Joanne Bettenhausen of the will county assessors association ripped into Stinnett a resume. A i question if your intelligence and experience in other areas Are going to overcome your Lack of background a Gearhart said adding that she viewed Stinnett a refusal to answer specific test Type questions about the assessment procedure As Orler who after the meeting said he found no reason to deny Stinnett the appointment nevertheless challenged her interest in the Board of review Slot when she told him she had not signed up for a Ciao course that begins this week. A would that not have been a Feather in your Cap a Orler asked. A would any of you have done it a Stinnett replied adding she was not in a position to take the week off from her current Job without the appointment locked in. Board members William Blatnik a Lockport and Ruth Kennedy a Joliet charged that impartiality and integrity not direct assessment experience Are what make a competent Board of review member. A there Are Many Good judges who never judged before their first Day on the Bench a Blatnik said. Blue ribbon panel member and retired Commonwealth Edison executive Robert Holyoak of Joliet apparently siding with Blatnik and Kennedy said the Volunteer tax committees Call for a higher standards meant a not lots of proper education but integrity and administrative ability and characteristics of that a that is what the Blue ribbon tax committee was driving at a Holyoak said. Three weeks ago county executive Charles Adelman announced he had selected Stinnett a Frankfort credit Union manager and Long time political ally and Beaton a Lockport real estate Salesman and manager to replace Democrat Carol Mackey and Republican Dave Sylvester on the three person Board of review. Republican Herman Olivos terms expires at the end of May and Adel Man has not yet announced who might fill the upcoming vacancy. Adelman had hoped the county Board would approve his appointments at the february meeting but commissioners deferred the final vote until March and agreed the candidates would be interviewed at the executive committee meeting. Tocco plotted continued from Page Al turn Over to the defense is sealed by the court and not available to the Public at this time. But Raphaelson apparently fearing that Holderman in his displeasure at the governments tactics would reveal Many More details and facts than prosecutors intended to make Public carefully spoke of the allegations. Tocco while in isolation at the metropolitan correctional Center allegedly told a fellow prisoner that he was plotting to have the prosecutor killed Raphaelson said. Raphaelson revealed that during january the prisoner lodged in the a suicide watch unit where Holderman had ordered Tocco to be isolated while awaiting sentencing secretly taped a conversation with Tocco. Prosecutors contend threats against witnesses agents and the a a unnamed prosecutor were allegedly made on the tape. After the hearing Tuite said he had listened a to a part of the governments tape recording. He said he received it at 5 . Thursday less than 24 hours before fridays sentencing hearing was to begin. And despite its a poor Quality a he said he heard no such threats. Tuite refused further comment. But in the packed courtroom amid very tight Security Raphaelson alleged that Tocco a a is continuing to make threats and plot the murders of witnesses Fri agents and an unnamed Polales and Raphaelson also refused comment nor would they confirm that the a unnamed prosecutor is former assistant . Attorney Lawrence Rosenthal who led the prosecution team against Tocco. Rosenthal has since left the office to assume duties for the Chicago corporation counsels office. A a we re not going to say a thing a Raphaelson said during a Quick elevator ride with reporters after the hearing ended. A you want us to end up in jail a but Rosenthal himself alleged on the last Day of trial in december that Tocco had threatened his life in a courthouse hallway the week before. Also included in the governments pre sentence report which remains under Seal Are allegations implicating Tocco in the murders of four additional persons Between 1971 and 1977 school leaders officials Issue solicitor warning Chicago Heights fire department officials Are cautioning residents about a fund raising organization claiming it has the support of Chicago Heights fire fighters Union local number 711. Officials have received at least two reports of an unnamed group Selling objections Fly continued from Page Al George Sangmeister a Mokena and Edward Madigan a Lincoln have not been contacted for their help since they support scrapping the regional study in favor of focusing solely on the Kankakee site. A we do not believe at this Point that they would support our position a Balthis said. Meanwhile another member of the commission it. Gov. George Ryan said during an interview with the Star last week that he views the Lake Calumet proposal with scepticism. A i think that site is a poor Choice based on factors such As safety pollution Cost and the displacement of Homes it would cause a Ryan said. The lieutenant governor who is the Republican candidate for Secretary of state in the november general election said he also questions whether Chicago should get a $5 million Grant to develop a master plan for the site while the commission study on four other Sites is ongoing. A so now they want $5 million. Suppose another City comes Forward advertising space allegedly on behalf of the local Union which holds Only one fund Raiser a year in november. People who have questions about groups soliciting Money for the Chicago Heights fire department May Telephone 756-5370. With its own Airport plan and it wants $5 million too a said Ryan who has been quoted As saying he favors the Kankakee site. He referred to the Lake Calumet proposal As a a a Bombshell and speculated that Daley a putting Forth the plan at this time might have some political implications. A Why would the City want to go in and displace thousands of Homes and businesses when better Sites Are available a Ryan asked. French continued from Page Al from Crete Monee and Robert lighten Tonton Bebert from Bloom Trail planned the activities to give students an outside of class overview of just How much they know and what the world has to offer those who can speak French. But the Day was not All just fun and games and great food. A live Learned that its hard to speak in French All Day a said Sara Dessecker Park Forest a Crete Monee 10th grader who has studied French since eight Grade at Deer Creek Junior High in University Park. A there s so much Slang in English that you just can to translate into French a the savvy Sophomore said. Others students a Les Eleves a agreed. Lori Geist a Rich East senior also from Park Forest commented that the Days events were great. A this really helps us too Quot she said. And As students and teachers prepared to leave for the Day Many waved and smiled a Revoir. Inside busmen.f-1 classified.f-2 to f-12 a business directory automotive guide c dining.c-10 editorials.a-12 food guide.d-7, d-8 Home d movies.c-10 news briefs.b-3 obituaries.a-4 e to Call news 755-6161 circulation 755-3344 classified and 755-3993 continued from Page Al gently let go through a process called a reduction in Force a 42 people would lose their jobs and 16 others would be transferred. The cuts would affect 18 non tenured teachers five tenured teachers and four secretaries. District 170, like Many area school districts routinely follows a practice of dismissing non tenured teachers each year. School districts Are required by school code to notify the teachers by a certain Date if they might not be hired Back the next year. Historically the District has hired Back most teachers discharged through this process. But this year much of the rehiring of both non tenured and tenured teachers who have been notified of their dismissal will hinge on the referendums Success Felicetti said. Nancy Berg Felicetti a Secretary said a we wont be Able to provide Quality education for our kids because Well be losing people in key positions. It will affect our regular classroom teachers would pick up music Art and physical education which before were taught by specialists. Large classes would go without teachers aides. Parent Paula Tosi spoke strongly in support of the referendum and what its failure could do to the District. A if class size is increased we re going to treat our kids like a number a she said. A my Job if this referendum does not pass is going to be horrendous a said Sharon Minster teachers Union president. Barbara Core assistant superintendent said staff cuts would dilute the effect of the myriad of Grant programs the District takes advantage of. 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Its going to come right Back to the the school Board has outlined $1.1 million in budget cuts should the referendum fail. Even if it passes the school District will have to Cut $200,000. A if our schools done to get this Money they re going to fall Way behind the Standard a said Lynne Laie cafeteria manager. A and who a going to want to move into the District a a All of them linked to the illegal business of stealing cars and chopping them for parts. The government intends to introduce evidence that Tocco ordered the murders of Robert Pronger of Blue Island Steve Ostrowski owner of South Chicago Auto parts Sam an Nerino of Oak Lawn and Richard Ferraro whose body has never been recovered. Prosecutors allege that Ferraro was killed chopped up and fed to hogs. The government further alleges that Tocco ordered the failed hit on mob Boss Alfred Pilotto at the Lincolnshire country club in 1981. Tuite denied his client had any involvement with any of the alleged acts. Holderman set March 22 for a hearing on the new allegations. Judge continues l hearing on lawsuit filed against Steger a lawsuit in which a former political rival of Steger mayor Louis Sherman charges the Village with violating the Illinois Freedom of information act has been continued to thursday. In the Case filed in will county circuit court Arthur Holecek who ran against Sherman in the last election contends that the Village has ignored his requests for information primarily about escalating Village engineering costs. The hearing was continued from feb. 26 to thursday to allow the Village to bring in witnesses the former Village clerk and the present Village clerk who had been out of town. Have you looked at your lampshades lately your favorite old lamp. Can be your favorite new lamp with a a new lamp Shade. Select from thousands of items a elegant to unusual. . 9-6 sat. 9-5 closed sunday. 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