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Homewood Flossmoor Star (Newspaper) - November 21, 1982, Homewood, Illinois Mahome Wood Flossmoor star66 pages�?6 sections sunday november 21, 1982 35 cents per copy vol. 42�?no. 52 Wes Mason reminisces former Bloom High school basketball coach Wes Mason stands on the Brink of the first Cage season in decades that he has not been a coach. He looks Back Over his successful and sometimes controversial career and reminisces about some of his greatest players and games. Sports editor John Meyers hot Corner Page 39. Phichai a Monic new Home the Illinois philharmonic orchestra Bas a new name and will soon begin its new season at a new performance site the Bloom High school auditorium. The orchestra is the subject of the cover Story in today a inside Magazine. A Quot John Denver a i. Sportswriter Dave Richards once a duplicate for Singer John Denver Isnit any More. The reason Why is revealed in Star sides Page 12. T no what is the effect of television on children today s dimensions Section talks about a unplugging Quot that set and seeing if theres a difference in your child. Page la. Page books. Magazine classified advertising business directory. .19-28 dimensions. .11-18 dining. Magazine editorials. .8 the hot Corner. .39 movies. Magazine obituaries. .6 sports. .39-43 to listings. Magazine Lionberg Schmal Case couples killer avoids a chair a faces retrial. By Michael Walsh one Day after he was supposed to die in Stateville s electric chair the convicted murderer of a Young South suburban couple Learned he has a new Chance at Freedom a because of his attorneys incompetence. The Illinois supreme court thursday ordered Dennis Williams 25, to face a new trial for the May 1978, murders of Larry p. Lionberg 28, of Harvey and his Fiance Carol j. Schmal 24. Of Glenwood. The court reversing Williams conviction by a Cook county circuit court jury cited a unique circumstances for its decision a specifically the disbarment last month of Williams attorney Archie Benjamin Weston of Chicago. The High court noted it had been a a unaware of information about Weston a conduct in earlier appeals by Williams which both the state supreme court and the Illinois appellate court had denied. That information included charges that Weston in a separate Case neglected his responsibilities As the administrator of an estate commingled and converted estate assets and failed to follow orders of the probate of the newly acquired information concerning Williams counsel which we have concluded May Well have had an effect on counsels ability to represent his client in the trial of this capital Case we can no longer say with any degree of Assurance that Williams received the effective assistance of counsel guaranteed by the Constitution a Justice Robert Underwood wrote. The couple was abducted from a Clark Gas station in an unincorporated area near Homewood where Lionberg was working his first Day As an attendant sometime after 2 30 a m. May la 1978. Their bodies were found the next Day in East Chicago Heights. Is. Schmalls body was found on the second floor of an abandoned apartment building. She had been shot twice in the head with a 38-caliber handgun and tests indicated she repeatedly had been raped. Lionberg a body was found near a Creek behind the building. Like his Fiance he had been shot twice in the head with the same handgun. Williams of East Chicago Heights who in 1975 pleaded guilty to arson charges and who served 21 months in jail and three other defendants eventually were tried for the Lionberg Schmal murders and All were found guilty by a Cook county circuit court jury but Only Williams faced the electric chair winning a reprieve last month. Willie Rainge and Kenneth Adams both 24 and both from East Chicago Heights were Given sentences of life imprisonment and 50 years respectively. Paula Gray who recanted her testimony about one month after giving it to a county grand jury confessed to holding a cigarette lighter while Wil continued on Page 4 As family friends face pain and terror by Michael Walsh ghosts of Long buried pain and terror surfaced last week among family and friends of a Young South suburban couple who were murdered in 1978 As the Illinois supreme court ordered a new trial for the Man convicted of their slayings. The High court thursday ordered a new trial for Dennis Williams 28, the Man convicted of slaying Larry p. Lionberg 28, of Harvey and Carol Schmal 24, of Glenwood in May 1978. The court cited the incompetence of Williams attorney Archie b Weston As the basis for its decision. A i done to want that Man set free. I done to want him to have a new trial. I want that Man dead i want him dead Quot said George Schmal 54, carols father whose life he said fell apart after his daughters murder. A if they were going to give Williams the electric chair i d like to be close enough to make sure he a dead a said Schmal who said he suffered a nervous breakdown in the aftermath of the murder and who can no longer hold a Job. A my daughter was dedicated to helping people kids. Williams took this girl away from these people who needed help. This girl my daughter. Schmal said Lionberg his daughters Fiance a had a heart. He treated Carol Well and she was Happy with him. He would be made us a very Good should Williams eventually find Freedom Schmal said a a he a Start All Over again in East Chicago Heights. Head laugh at us and say we pulled that one he can to be freed. He can to be Given a new trial. He just Lionberg a parents or and mrs. William Lionberg of Dolton expressed a Shock and disappointment at the courts decision and questioned the courts rationale. A there is no Justice a said William Lionberg the victims father. A if Williams is freed somebody else will die. A person like that does no to Lionberg said life has been emotionally and physically hard since his son s murder. A it s been rough Ever since emotionally. There s always somebody missing at the table and i done to know if i can take another trial. In be been he said the elder Lionberg said the Days following the murder and trial Are seared into his memory and he questions if he has the emotional or physical strength to undergo another trial a i had to go to the morgue to identify his body. That was enough. Then on the witness stand looking at the pictures of him and Carol As they were found. It s hard on a person to go through All that. It s taken me All this time to get where i am Lionberg said he can no longer work the Mother of Lionberg a closest Friend who claims she a was like a Foster Mother to he victim reacted with apparent fear upon learning the news of a possible retrial. A ooh lord please done to let that Man go out on the Street. Hell murder us. Ill be afraid myself. Well probably have to move if he a let out a she said continued on Page 4 senators cautious after House passes multiplier elimination by Franklin Shuftan elimination of the state equalization Factor which passed the Illinois House thursday without a vote to spare is being reviewed cautiously by area members of the state Senate Only one of four South suburban state senators a Aldo Deangelis a Olympia Fields a is on record As supporting gov. James Thompsons action to squelch the Impact of the a a multiplier in computing property tax Bills Sens. Frank Ozinga a Evergreen Par William Maharr Homewood and George Sangmeister a Mokena All were noncommittal on the Issue when polled Friday the multiplier is a figure assigned by the state department of Revenue whose ostensible purpose is to equalize assessments Between counties it is used to multiply assessed valuations on property tax Bills yielding an equalized assessed valuation to which the tax rates of local governments Are then applied when democrats last Spring sought to use the multiplier As an election year Issue against Thompson the governor used his amendatory veto Powers to gut the provisions of a Bill already passed by the legislature substituting instead his proposal to effectively neutralize the equalization Factor Deangelis assistant Republican Leader in the Senate said a key Issue involved in the multiplier dispute is a removing the inequities of the present currently Deangelis said. The multiplier severely penalizes property owners who Are assessed properly by substantially increasing their tax Bills. In Cook county he noted the multiplier causes special problems because of the classification system should a Home be properly assessed at 16 per cent As mandated under the classification system the multiplier could still raise its tax Bill 85 per cent. For an Industrial Plant a class assessed at 40 per cent of Market value the inequities Are even greater Deangelis acknowledged that the governors proposal is the subject of an intense lobbying Campaign by school District and local government officials who fear the proposals approval will severely Cut their revenues but he added a if the assessors did their assessing properly then school districts would not lose any Money a i am very upset with some of the stuff that a coming out of the educational Community a concern for local governments however was voiced by sen Mahar a former Homewood Village official. However Mahar emphasized his feeling that the state should find a Way to remove itself from the process of determining local property taxes. Quot there ought to be proper assessments and proper levies a he said. Still the Opportunity to eliminate the multiplier remains appealing Mahar admitted Quot if it is retained then property taxes will still be horrendous a he said All portions of his new senatorial District a suburban Cook county Homer township in will county and in Dupage county a have been adversely affected by the multiplier Mahar noted Sangmeister the sole Democrat among the areas senators also remained uncommitted saying he would defer any final decision until a party caucus next month generally democrats have favored freezing not eliminating the multiplier until the entire Issue of property taxes can be studied Sangmeister cautioned that elimination of the state multiplier would not completely solve the property tax problems in counties such As will that assign township multipliers. A most people who favor this proposal done to realize that the governor is simply shifting the responsibility Back to local governments a he said a we re still not going to get rid of township multipliers and a lot of people would be even if the governors plan is rejected Sangmeister said the state should upgrade the data it uses in set continued on Page 4 clergy and laity of the jewish Eastern orthodox roman Catholic and protestant faiths will give thanks together this Holiday season in a service organized by the Homewood Flossmoor ministerial association. Preparing for the service Are representatives of each Faith from left the Rev. Hal Mysliwiec of St. Joseph Catholic Church Homewood rabbi Donald Gluckman of Temple Ashe Sholom in Olympia Fields the Rev. H. D. Mitchell of St. Andrew United methodist Church Homewood and the Rev. Dean Dimas of Assumption greek orthodox Church Olympia Fields. The interfaith service will begin at 7 30 . Wednesday in St. Joseph Church 17959 Dixie Highway. The Homewood Flossmoor High school Viking choir will sing and a collection of funds and food will be taken for respond now. Leases controversial report schedules discussion by Michele Horaney both the controversial a cosand report a and a commentary on it by the president of Prairie state College were released thursday by trustees at the Chicago Heights institution. The move to release the cosand came with a 6 to i vote after an hour s heated discussion at the end of a regular monthly meeting. Trustees argued the merits of withholding the report which deals with re organization of the administration for additional study. They also debated whether the report might be misinterpreted by the Public. Trustee Charles Mason voted against the motion because he said he was afraid individuals and personalities would be implicated by the controversial report. The commentary by president Richard Creal was released with a 4 to 2 vote with one abstention. Voting against that motion were trustees Mason and Board chairman Joseph Hawkins. Abstaining was trustee David Amadio. A special meeting to discuss the $2,500 study will be at 7 30 . Tuesday in the College s Board room. On november la the Board decided to withhold the report pending further examination. Board members said the document written by Joseph cosand professor emeritus in education and the University of Michigan need not be released at that time but agreed that it could eventually be made Public. A Challenge by the Star and the presence of 25 persons concerned with the status of the report on thursday led trustees to discuss the matter. Quot the Legal opinion i received is that its clearly a Public document for which the Public has paid Money a said trustee Michael Monteleone. A i found nothing negative in it. It was making recommendations that a what the consultant was charged with doing. Everyone in administration and the Board have had time to absorb it. The Only people who done to know about it is the the report was addressed to Creal and dated october 26. Since that Date rumours have run through the College that up to six persons will lose their jobs if the recommendations Are accepted. Faculty representative Raymond Stark charged that continued secrecy of the study would Only compound the rumours. Trustee Alma Martin who was not present at the workshop session on november la because she was hospitalized said last thursday she did t see the need for either report. A a we re just re inventing the wheel Over and Over again a she said she made the motion to release the. Cosand report after trustee Thomas Gardiner made the motion to release Crealus report. The studies were made available to the press and Public immediately after the meeting cosand noted in the report that the College has a reputation among Community colleges for internal conflict among the Board administration and faculty. He also focused on the recent elimination of department chairmen in favor of division coordinators and said that it was the consensus of people he interviewed that the action robs coordinators of administrative assistance and status and places an unfair Burden on the directors of career education and arts and sciences. Among his recommendations were a elimination of the vice president of administrative services and the director of counselling under the change the vice president for finance and business services would become vice president for administration finance and business services reporting to him or the College president would be the supervisor of personnel and director of the data Center the comprehensive employment and training act coordinator would report to the vice president for student services and director of research planning and development would report to the president. Vice president for student services would also take on the Job of director of counselling. A appointment of division chairmen continued on Page 4

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