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Homer Star (Newspaper) - May 6, 1990, Homer, Illinois Your Community newspaper Homer township edition 48 pages�?6 sections sunday May 6, 1990 35 cents per copy vol. 3�?no. 85 intervention fails in Flap Over toy firm by Myra Guindon . Rep. George Sangmeister a Mokena has failed in his attempt to schedule a second meeting Between Union picketers and executives of toys r us. Sangmeister tried unsuccessfully Friday to arrange another session Between will Grundy building trades officials and executives of the toy company Christopher Ganschow spokesman for the congressman said. Sangmeister a is still hoping the conflict will be solved a Ganschow said. Earlier in the Day Sangmeister said he is not optimistic about an immediate solution. A was i talk to each Side i done to see much movement a he said. A if both parties Are going to have feet in Concrete a Sangmeister said Progress will continue to be hampered. A few weeks ago the two parties met briefly at Sangmeister surging but were unable to make headway. The dispute started last month when Union workers began picketing a toys r us distribution Center construction site in West Joliet. Union officials took the action because the toy company hired a nonunion Mchenry county contractor a j. Pease construction a to begin site work on the $22 million project. Both will county and the City of Joliet granted tax abatement to toys r us. The county however has threatened to rescind its agreement if legally feasible and if toys r us does not hire local Union workers. A toys r us spokesman meanwhile said the company a hiring policy provides for an open shop and contract awards based on a competitive bidding system. The j. Pease bid was 15 to 20 percent lower than local Union bids she said. A toys r us will be Happy to meet with Union representatives but the Union line is hard a she said. A they want Pease knocked off the toys r us she added intends to Honor its agreement with the contractor. While toy company officials Are Balking at the unions stance local Union members said they will picket the site until toys r us makes an acceptable move. Members of the will Grundy building trades cannot work Side by Side with non Union employees said Mike Quigley president of building trades. A take a look Down South and see what open shop has done to construction workers a Quigley said. A it has stripped workers of health benefits Good wages and the ability please turn to Page a-2 rain what rain Star photo by Marron Skalak celebrating Reading As part of a Reading program at Hadley school students decorated the Walls with posters and pictures from their favorite books. Courtney Stumpe took time out from Reading to look Over some of the artwork. Truancy program showing results 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 please turn to Page a-2 motivating students weep goal by Myra Guindon teen age life is never easy. But for some Young people the rugged years Between childhood and adulthood become directionless spans of Days weeks and months leading nowhere. Weep a work experience and career exploration program a for 14 and 15-year-Olds at Lockport township High school is attempting to meet the Challenge of helping academically disadvantaged students. The program helps students explore career options develop a positive attitude toward work gain entry level skills and continue in school after the age of 16, said Larry Thompson laths teacher and coordinator of the program. Some of the Young people begin to lose their motivation in Junior High and they often wind up getting behind their classmates Thompson said. Quot we want to motivate them a convince them to stay in school a he said. A if a kid does no to show up for class i Call and find out Thompson has 33 teens involved in the weep program. While most of the students Are mainstreamed in that they attend regular classes they also meet with him an hour a Day in related class where the topics include academic performance difficulties interpersonal relationships and the need to attend school. A a lot of these kids have problems at Home and at school with teachers and Peers a Thompson said. Self image also is a problem for Many of the youths in weep and when they get behind in classes peer pressure mounts. If they Are not getting support from parents classmates or teachers difficulties just escalate Thompson said. Weep also focuses on Job skills a from filling out employment applications and writing letters to prospective employers to holding a Job and on the Job safety. If students show some Success in weep they Are placed in jobs outside of school. Not everyone is immediately successful. Thompson pointed out. Some please turn to Page a-2 Park office closes coordinator quits by Myra Guindon Lockport township Park districts outreach coordinator for Homer township has resigned maintaining she is at Odds with administrative goals and procedures. Sheila Christiansen submitted her letter of resignation to the Park District prior to her office in the Homer township Library being closed. She had been outreach coordinator since summer 1988. Max Woods the Park districts director of Parks and recreation said the one room office was shut Down when the Library Board raised the rent. He said the Library Board terminated its lease with the Park District. New space is being sought possibly in Reed school where Homer township offices Are located. Woods said the Park District is continuing its Homer outreach program. He stated Christiansen a resignation was a her decision a Christiansen said the rent increase was Only $25 a month. Further she said she was not advised of the Park districts decision to move out of the building until approached by the head librarian and questioned about the change. A things became Clear to me regarding the direction the Park District was going in Homer township said Christiansen who added that she was upset that Park officials had not consulted her or informed her of their decision to vacate the Homer Library office. Also distressing she said is the fact that Park District officials have indicated they would like Homer residents to Annex into their District. An annexation would require approval in a referendum vote by residents of both Homer and Lockport townships. So far Homer officials have not moved on the Issue and have refused to take a stand on Park annexation. Many Homer residents Are opposing an imminent annexation of 675 acres of Southwest Homer into the please turn to Page a-2 Shock Relief Greet Dowaliby verdict we Veall heard about april showers and May Flowers. But what about May showers Tracy Hansen did her Best to Cope with the rain late in the week near the Meadowview subdivision in Homer township. By Phil Rockrohr relatives were shocked but police and local officials expressed Relief last week Over a Cook county criminal court jury a decision to convict David Dowaliby of murdering his 7-year-old daughter Jaclyn. After deliberating 13 hours the six Man six woman jury found Dowaliby 33, guilty thursday of murder and concealing a murder just two Days after his wife Cynthia 28, was acquitted of the same crimes. Meanwhile in the swirl of Post trial developments defense attorneys speculated on the prospects of an Appeal of the verdict and juvenile court officials said Cynthia Dowaliby May retain custody of the family a two other children. Family members could not believe the jury a decision. Ann Dowaliby David smother accused the Media of distorting the facts in the Case causing jurors to be biased against her son. A you did your Job and your Job was spreading lies a Ann shouted As sailing reporters at the criminal court building in Chicago after the decision thursday. Friday other relatives declined comment on the Case but said the family was a a devastated by the decision. A the family is talking through its attorneys a said a woman who answered the Telephone at the Tinley Park Home of Mary and Thomas Malia Cynthia a parents. A we done to mean to offend any of the Media. The family is local police and Village officials were relieved to learn of the conviction. Midlothian police described the verdict As an affirmation of their investigation. A a we re elated. I think the jury concluded exactly what our investigation showed a that a burglar murderer did not break in and murder Jaclyn a said Midlothian police chief William Fischer. Fischer expressed Relief both on behalf of investigators who devoted please turn to Page a-2 Star photo by Todd Panagopoulou

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