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Frankfort Star (Newspaper) - May 6, 1990, Frankfort, Illinois Tax cuts Senate Revenue committee sinks Deangelis legislation by Diane Ross Springfield Republican sen. Aldo Deangelise property tax decrease legislation failed in the democratic controlled Senate Revenue committee on a partisan vote last week. The committee voted 7-4 to consign the Bill to a subcommittee for further study rather than Send it to the full Senate for immediate consideration. Voting to Send the Bill to subcommittee were sen. Richard Kelly a Oak Forest and sen. Thomas Dunn a Joliet. The committee chairwoman sen. Dawn Clark Netsch a Chicago said Deangelise Bill was aimed in the a right directions but was fatally flawed because it did not Call for Reform of the formula for distributing state Aid to schools. A i really resent the fact that this is a political group a Deangelis said closing debate before the Roll Call. A when this years property tax Bills come out some people Are going to have trouble getting re elected. Deangelise 40th District seat is not up for election this year but he is running for the presidency of the Cook county Board. A i had a wonderful hearing for one of my Bills in one subcommittee once a it lasted for about 30 seconds a he said dismissing Netschi a comments that the Bill would be studied further. A this is far too important to be condemned to eternal damnation in joining Deangelis in denouncing the Bill a failure was sen. Robert Kustra a Des Plaines who is the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in november. A this is fakery of the highest. In a amazed at your definition of this Bill As lacking Reform a Kustra said referring to Netschi a comments on the state Aid formula. A this is the first step in the Long March from the property tax to the income tax to finance elementary and secondary education. A sen. Deangelis has introduced the one Bill which could very Well seriously be called Reform a Kustra said. Deangelise plan did win a few words of Praise from democrats. A this Bill has a lot of potential a said Wen. William of Daniel . A i really mean it when i say you be started in the right direction a Netsch told Deangelis Early in debate. A but the problem i have is that there Are too Many things that Are not quite Clear. An absolutely major concern is that you done to Call for a revision of the state Aid interstate news service Bill would have been first step in tax Reform sponsor by Diane Ross Springfield sen. Aldo Deangelis said his failed income tax Extension property tax reduction legislation would have been the first step toward switching from the income tax to the property tax to finance education. The Senate Revenue committee last week consigned the Bill to a subcommittee for further study rather than Send it to the full Senate for immediate consideration. A in a five year period we would have moved from a local property tax driven system to a state income tax driven system for financing elementary and secondary education in Illinois a Deangelis a Olympia Fields told the committee. In the Short run however the legislation was designed to reduce property taxes he said. A this is a True property tax reduction Bill a Deangelis said. A the recent economic and fiscal commissions report on property taxes states that there Are three elements necessary a he said referring the general Assembly a Revenue forecasting Agency. Deangelis said the commission said the three elements Are a reduction in the property tax rate an alternative source of Revenue to replace that lost by reducing the rate and an adequate amount of time for the change. The legislation would have extended the temporary income tax increase that was enacted last summer making permanent the 3 percent individual rate and 4.8 percent corporate rate Deangelis said. The two year increase took effect july 1,1989, and will expire june 30, 1991. The Revenue from the two year income tax hike is split Between schools and local governments. The legislation would eliminate any share for local governments he said. Under the new arrangement All of the Revenue from the income tax hike would have been set aside in a special bookkeeping fund and sent to schools automatically Deangelis said. The Money would not have been subject to appropriation by the legislature each year he said. Local school districts then would have permanently rolled Back their property tax rates by an amount equal to their additional share of the income tax increase Revenue Deangelis said. Unit school districts would have rolled Back their rates .5 percent and dual Grade school and High school districts would have rolled Back their rates .25 percent he said. The rollbacks would have represented about 40 percent of current property tax levies Deangelis said. There could have been further rollbacks in later years Deangelis said. Units could have rolled Back another .1 percent and dual districts another .05 percent he said. Interstate news service Sangmeister to Field student questions on Cable to show . Rep. George Sangmeister a Mokena will Host a live television show. A your voice in Washington a featuring 4th congressional District students discussing their views on education and other issues on May la from 9 . To to . The show will originate from the studios of Continental Cablevision of will county in Romeoville and will be shown on Channel 15 of that network. Snappy perfect separates. For mom make for easy dressing for that Busy lady in / your life. F3eau to Londe Fer Beautiful Jor j r221 w. College dr., Palos Heights Southwick commons 361-1643 hours Mon. 10-6 tues. 10-6 wed. 10-6 thurs. 10-8 Fri. 10-6 sat. 9-5 Sun. Closed truant students Back in school county a Tough new program beginning to yield results it will be shown simultaneously on Continental Cablevision in Calumet City and All Jones inter Cable systems in the 4th District. Sangmeister will discuss education Bills he is sponsoring and issues in the news. He also will Field questions from students who will be Able to talk with him via Telephone hookups Between the studio and the High schools. By Myra Guindon they re Back a in school that is. Ten youngsters who last month appeared in will county juvenile court for incorrigible truancy have returned to classes according Edward Matesevic the will county truancy officer. A a in a excited a Matesevic said of the new program that involves juvenile court the parents and guardians local school officials and the students themselves. A we Are getting people involved and we have come together on this basically the plan is simple. The most serious truants Are referred to Matesevic. Those who do not respond positively after truancy hearings in his office Are then put on the list to appear before the juvenile judge. At a tuesday meeting in will county judge Robert Lorz who presided at the first set of juvenile truancy hearings in the county in nearly 20 years told some 25 educators he was pleased with the visible results of this approach to an escalating problem. Only two of the students who came before Lorz have not returned to school a youth from Crete Monee High school who wants the state to prove its Case against him and a teen age girl with a substance abuse problem. The other cases that came before Lorz had baffled local school authorities from social workers and principals to District superintendents. In each situation the full Range of District resources had been utilized unsuccessfully to coax encourage and even demand that the child return to school. A a in be pulled blankets off kids and told them a you re coming with me we Are getting people involved and we have come together on this Issue a Edward Matesevic county truancy officer or in a police car a a Matesevic said. A you do that once or twice and usually that however not always. But Lorzy a kindness and soft spoken works of empathy combined with gentle warnings of the consequences of continued non attendance a fines of $5 to $100 a Day Community service work and a grim adult life a appear to have triggered the hoped for responses in situations where All other methods have failed. A maybe at its crudest level people saw there is some residual respect for the Law a Lorz said in a recent phone interview. A when confronted people realized what they were told about consequences of truancy is True and can happen to them and kids and parents got the message a he said. Lorz said the response to his involvement has been very positive at All Levels and he will continue seeing hard Core truancy cases next fall As Well As follow up on the youngsters who already appeared in his courtroom. A we have an effective situation in which the judge took his time to let the kids know they were not in compliance a Matesevic said. A from age 7 to 16, All the state asks is that you go to school a he said and Lorz made it Clear that Law is to be obeyed. Matesevic said that not Only Are the previously truant youngsters going to class but at least one took the responsibility of getting to school on his own after missing the bus by minutes. The Crete Monee Junior High student dashed across Hill and Dale so he would not be counted among the absent. Upon arriving at school three minutes late and completely breathless the assistant principal who had appeared in court with the boy just weeks earlier smiled and told him not to worry about being a Tad tardy Matesevic related. That is the Good news. There is another Side however to the truancy problem. There Are a lot More youngsters out on the streets who should be in school Matesevic said. Many of the alternate education programs for troubled youngsters meet Only from 2 to 4 . Every Day leaving the rest of the time open. A and some kids Are deliberately acting out to get into part time programs a Lorz said. A truancy is symptomatic of the vast majority of delinquency cases probably 95 percent a he stated. A kids who most need discipline Structure and an alternative to what is not a Happy Prospect for an adult life Are Loose most of the a tax accountability alive Springfield a the statewide Public petition drive to put a state constitutional a tax accountability amendment on the november ballot will succeed sen. Aldo Deangelis predicted last week. Deangelis a Olympia Fields said he supports the amendment which would require that any tax increase in the general Assembly be approved by three fifths majorities of 71 in the House and 36 in the Senate. Tax in creases now must be approved by majority votes of 60 in the House and 30 in the Senate. The deadline for submitting petitions to the Secretary of state was saturday but verification that the petitions include the required number of signatures was not expected immediately. Amendments to the state Constitution can be proposed either by the legislature or by petition of registered voters. An amendment successfully proposed by the May 5 deadline would place it on the nov. 6 general election ballot. The Senate last week failed to approve the constitutional a tax accountability amendment. The House did not consider it because the amendment did not pass the Senate and must pass both Chambers to be please turn to Page a-10 mothers Day 14k Blue Topaz ring Reg. $340�� now $8995 14k i it. 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