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Frankfort Star (Newspaper) - May 27, 1990, Frankfort, Illinois Your Community newspaper Frankfort a Mokena a new Lenox Orland Days special Section highlights people and festival events edition 144 pages�?7 sections sunday May 27, 1990 35 cents per copy vol. 15�?no. 40 Airport study rapped Mokena plan draws fire Star tops class _ tipi. If a Ato suburbs Best the Star has been named finest in its class among major suburban newspapers in the . And Canada. This newspaper won suburban newspapers of americans first place award for general excellence a the most coveted award in the suburban newspaper Industry. The Star led All suburban newspapers with circulation Between 50,000 and 100,000. Presentation of the award will take place june 14 at snaps summer management conference in san Antonio Texas. San is an organization of More than 200 newspaper and newspaper related companies in North America. Total circulation of the member newspapers is approximately 18 million. A we at the Star take a great Deal of Pride in this Honor a Norman Kosinski president and publisher of Star publications said. A we Are particularly pleased that it recognizes the contribution of virtually All facets of newspaper production a editorial Content advertising effectiveness and typography. A it reflects the work everyone Here has put into making an already Fine newspaper better. A of course that Effort will continue. We have a number of further improvements in process a Rosinski said. According to san the contests goal is to provide recognition for the suburban newspapers judged to be the Best in the Industry and a to stimulate higher standards of excellence. As Well As to focus National attention on suburban newspapers. This is the third year for the general excellence Competition conducted by san the Star has previously won a number of first place awards in the organizations separate contests measuring various facets of editorial and advertising Quality. Ron by the Star went to the is Texas and third to the grand prs Downers Grove 111. Reporter. Also the Wilmette 111. Life published by Pioneer newspapers won first place for suburban papers of More than 100,000 circulation both Star publications and Pioneer Are members of the Chicago Sun times company a family of publications. Man principal Dennis Nielsen sits atop Chelsea school keeping a Promise made to students at the Frankfort k-3 facility. Nielsen said he would spend a Day on the Star photo by Phil Faao roof of the school if students filled 10 pages of a Book with words and stories As part of a program called the a write stuff a geared to encourage writing. Union Bosses want toys r us Boycott stalemate continues Between building trades and toy firm Over site work by Myra Guindon in the Wake of a continuing stalemate Between toys r us and the will county building trades Union officials Are urging their presidents to Call for a National Boycott of the toy firm. A we have contacted the building trades in Washington d.c., and Are asking National Headquarters to Sanction a National Boycott a said Mike Quigley president of the will Grundy building trades which represents some 30,000 Union workers throughout the two county Region. A Federal negotiator met thursday for nearly three hours with Union officials and toy company executives trying to Hammer out an agreement but no headway was made according to members from both sides. A we went in there with Hopes that toys r us would be willing to look at different options a Quigley said. By Karen Haave Mokena bricklayer Jim Vander Laan who is fighting the will county Forest preserve districts efforts to acquire his property Hasni to said much about it publicly but he a gone through a lot to own the 25 acres of heavily wooded land he Hopes to develop with 38 upscale custom built Homes. For starters he had to sell his handsome Kluth drive Home a one he says is a the prettiest House in the Village a to finance his 1986, $425,000 investment in twin Woods which he named for his twin toddlers Julie and Joanie. It took he says a every Penny he has to do it. He said he has been harassed and threatened and has police reports to prove it. He receives obscene phone Calls regularly he says because he will not willingly give up his land. He has been embarrassed and made to look like a bad Guy he says. He has spent Large sums of Money on Legal fees and will spend even More when the Forest preserve districts condemnation suit goes to court. A the land is not for Sale a he says. The local building trades and toys r us have been at loggerheads for weeks Over the hiring of a non Union out of county contractor a j Pease construction of Mchenry a for site preparation of a $22 million toy distribution Center on the West Side of Joliet. Quigley said the first item on the list is to get Pease off the site. A let Pease finish what he can and them remove him a Quigley said. A then we local unions will work with every Union contractor and submit bids As competitive As possible within Union agreements. A we have contractors willing to bid if the work is done on a too percent Union basis a he said. Union workers he maintained cannot work Side by Side with nonunion employees even with the Vander Laan has said that before. He is serious. The property thick with huge old White Oaks said to be too fragile to withstand disruption of the surrounding eco system is South of Laporte Road adjacent to what commonly is known As unincorporated Kohl Wood estates. Kohl Wood built about 30 years ago has 13 Homes with lots a half acre or less. The largest owned by Michael and Barbara Stavola is approximately one acre and the Only one of that size. The Kohl Wood homeowners association favors preservation of twin Woods. Stavola president of the Kha and double Gate system suggested by toys r us. A they toy company officials still seem to think that we can Union and non Union employees work harmoniously but that never has been and never will be a Quigley said. Unions have been picketing the toys r us site since Pease came on Board and Quigley said members Are bound by the National labor relations Board to continue the protest a because we have filed a petition for an election to represent Pease a a i have authorization cards signed by six of Pease a equipment operators who Are willing to have the Union represent. A More wanted to sign but did no to Quigley added noting that 30 percent of on site workers must sign author a Homeowner there since 1975, argues that removal of even a few Trees to Clear 38 lots for construction in twin Woods will destroy Many More. Ironically longtime residents of the Village remember that some Trees had to be removed along Laporte Road to build houses in Kohl Wood. Moreover Vander Laanes proposal Calls for lots easily larger than one half acre easily larger than the Home Sites existing in Kohl Wood. But Vander Laan is not Apt to have the Opportunity to begin construction any time soon. The Forest preserve District has condemned the land to Force Vander Laan to sell it. The District plans to Iza Tion cards in order for the Norb to Call for a vote. That election will determine whether or not a Union will be the bargaining agent for those workers. Quigley said no Date has been set for the vote. In the meantime toys r us is holding fast to company policy of open bidding and open shop and in spite of continuous on site picketing in Joliet the company maintains it will Honor the agreement with Pease. And while no other contracts have been awarded construction will continue a company spokeswoman said Friday. A was Long As they insist on All Union or nothing it is totally impossible to negotiate with the unions a she said. For Sale leave the land in its natural state without hiking paths or picnic tables. The Forest Board has offered Vander Laan $520,000 for the acreage a 20 percent profit or $95,000 Vander Laan says he will make $2 million or More Over a 10-year period if he is allowed to develop twin Woods. He says the residents of Kohl Wood have succeeded in convincing the Forest preserve District to acquire the land because they have a political party it is a charge Kohl Wood homeowners deny but Vander Laan is Adamant. A when you sit Back and look at this there is no logical reason for the Forest preserve District to buy my land a he said. A the Forest preserve District already has 1,340 acres of Woods in will county and they re looking at other parcels. A How much Forest preserve do we need in the Village of Mokena and take a look at your tax Bill at the Forest preserve District allotment. Where it said $100 last year its going please turn to Page a-4 a they have been totally meanwhile the will county Board three weeks ago agreed unanimously not to Honor a tax abatement agreement approved in december for the toys r us project. Toy company officials last week filed suit against county executive Charles Adelman and the will county Board and Are asking the court to determine the recent county action null and void. Union officials however Are praising the county Board and Are directing their efforts to the City of Joliet which also has an abatement agreement with the toy company. A we want the City of Joliet to cancel its abatement also a Quigley said. So far City officials have maintained the Resolution to give toys r us a tax break is binding. By Karen Haave a Mokena woman with an Eye on government spending told the economic development commission thursday that the Village needs to resolve its water sewer rate Issue before it considers buying an Airport. Laverne Michalek who spearheaded a drive for reduced sewer and water rates last fall asked the commission to explain its interest in a study that could Lead to Purchase of Howell Airport in new Lenox. The Airport now is privately owned by Bill Howell and is for Sale for $10.5 million. Four municipalities a Mokena Tinley Park Monee and Ford Heights a have expressed interest in the 160-acre facility according to state aviation officials. A subcommittee of the Mokena economic development commission is looking at the possibility of a study to determine whether Purchase of the Airport would Benefit Mokena. But Michalek accompanied by several supporters questioned spending taxpayers dollars on either a study or Purchase. A we Are More confused than Ever a she said. A for the past seven months our mayor Ron Grotovsky has denied the residents a fair and reasonable sewer rate reduction due to a Lack of funds. A a we a like to know with whose authority or direction a the mayors or Village boards a is the economic development commission looking into purchasing Howell Airport a a we a like to know what funds Are available to you to even consider a study or the Purchase of Howell Airport a yes we do know the state has slated a 95 percent funding but still the remaining 5 percent would be a sizeable amount. A it is apparent to us that you can to spend Money you done to have. With your ongoing interest in the Airport we feel you must have some figure or amount of Money that is available to you to even consider a study not to mention the Purchase. A where is the Money coming from9 Quot we feel Mokena has to clean its own House first and Settle the sewer rate Issue with its unhappy residents before they can even attempt to spend one Penny of our tax dollars please turn to Page a-5 suspect arrested in Bank robbery by Myra Guindon Federal agents operating out of Hammond ind., arrested a Man wednesday night in connection with a new Lenox Bank robbery last weekend. The suspect also has been linked to an unsolved heist late last year in Dyer ind Colier Alan Young 41, of Laporte was taken into custody by Fri agents following leads based on information from a witness in the parking lot of the Bank located at 360 w. Maple st., which is the motor Bank Branch of new Lenox state Bank. Bank video tapes also appear to implicate Young according to agent John p. Johnson supervisor of the Orland Park Fri office. The suspect who also has gone by the name Clair Young waived a detention and probable cause hearing Friday in Hammond Federal court and was taken to the metropolitan correction Center Chicago. He was charged thursday for both the new Lenox state Bank heist last saturday and the Dyer robbery last dec. 8, Johnson said. A tentative court Date is set for june 14, Back in Hammond. If convicted of Bank robbery he could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison and or $10,000 on each charge. A Law enforcement official who declined to be identified indicated Young could be the Man responsible for recent Bank heists in Lafayette fort Wayne and Elkhart ind., As Well As a number of robberies in Illinois. Young has previously served time for Bank robbery and is Well known to Indiana police the official said. Information supplied by the parking lot witness was a key fac please turn to Page a-4 Vander Laan a land is not when you sit Back and look at this there is no logical reason for the Forest preserve District to buy my land a would be Developer Jim Vander Laan a

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