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Homewood Star (Newspaper) - December 12, 1999, Homewood, Illinois Coming thursday. Inside today the written word a Holiday guide to shopping at the Bookstore. Firs look no fear a South suburban girl s courageous Battle against cerebral palsy. Dimensions ottoman Empire no Laager Mere footstools they have Many looks and uses. Home Imide hoops galore prep basketball action featured Horn throughout the Region. Sports star20 newspapers serving 54 communities 96 pages a 8 sections vol. 59 a no. 46 sunday december 12, 1999 an edition of the Star a $1.00 per cop Homewood a Flossmoor bringing local news Home Down for the count communities banking on 2000 census by Dpi Folia a lot of Money is at stake for area communities in the 2000 census so officials Are targeting area suburbs that were under counted in 1990. In 1990, nine South suburbs had what the . Census Bureau called a less than 40 percent written return response to the census Effort. They were Harvey Riverdale Ford Heights Chicago Heights Blue Island Calumet Park Robbins Markham and Hazel Crest. During a follow up count by the census Bureau some of the no respondents were counted in 1990, but certainly not All of them. A a it a very important that the area is counted accurately a Tinley Park mayor de Zabrocki said. A a it a about time we compete with the other areas. For too Long the Southwest suburbs have been the Stepsons of the Chicago area. Its time to show people there a life South of 87th population and growth determine the amount of Federal dollars allocated to individual suburbs but geographic regions compete with other areas for Money too. Illinois lost two . Congressional seats after the 1990 census. The . Census Bureau is working with leaders in those flagged communities to improve accuracy this time around. One such person is Lorraine Cooper working in Ford Heights and Chicago Heights. A we need to make up for last time a said Cooper a Community builder with the . Department of housing and Urban development and a Volunteer with the census Effort. A we feel responsible for it a she says. A we want to put a neighbourhood face on the census this time Cooper said that african american and hispanic areas in Chicago Heights and Ford Heights were not fully counted. She said people viewed the census As government intrusion and did no to Trust How the information would be used. Cooper is now working with businesses churches and schools to get the word out about the importance of being counted in the census. Cooper believes the most effective Way to get people Active and counted is through their children. At her urging some area elementary schools a see census Page a-5 Laverne Schultz Deputy City clerk of Oak Forest verifies addresses for the 2000 census. Schultz is updating Star photo by Joseph p. Motor records to ensure an accurate count a and adequate funding a in the South and Southwest suburbs. Population of the imm states by census year Fps 1990 1980 1970 1960 1950 1940 1930 1920 1910 1900 1890 180 1870 ? 248,709,873 226,542,199 203,302,031 179,323,175 151,325,798 132,194,569 123,202,624 a -ote.jp. At Joe att wha 106,021.537 92,228,496 76.212,168 62,979,766 1850 1830 38,558,371 ,443,321 23,191,876 17,063,353 m2,860,702 7,239,881 _ i new construction offers challenges by de Pilolla source Bureau of the census she knew right away that the map from the Federal government needed updating. Without pay and on her own time Laverne Schultz walked the streets of the newly developed Indian Boundary and Jessica estates subdivisions in Oak Forest earlier this year. When she spotted a new Home not charted on the 1990 tract map a and there were Many a Schultz Drew it in and recorded the address. New Home construction is one of the biggest challenges to getting an accurate census count in 2000 for Many South and Southwest suburbs. An accurate count in growing communities is important because Federal funding hinges on population size and growth. A the tract maps they sent weren to really that bad a said Schultz who is also Oak forests Deputy City clerk. A but they also sent a 4-Inch-thick address Book that has to be verified and a letter a few weeks ago to write Down any More new Homes on the tract come april 2000, the census office seeks to hit every Home with a mailed written response form. Communities Are verifying addresses through Post offices and water Bills. At this Point the census office is still gathering information. For example census officials done to know yet that about 170 seniors live at the Breakers retirement Home in Olympia Fields which opened in june. They done to have All 48 addresses in the yet to be completed Park Center development in Park Forest nor do they have All 65 addresses of the unfinished Caledonia development in Tinley Park. But census officials plan to get that information. A even Between now and March a see challenges Page a-5 panel opposes school Survey by Sean d. Hamill special to the Star a recommendation against conducting a Dis Tri twide Survey on realigning schools is expected to be made at monday nights Homewood school District 153 meeting. The school Board is considering changing the current two elementary schools from neighbourhood schools to Grade centers. Opponents of the plan say they Are preparing to pack mondays meeting to protest the recent decision by a 15-member special committee that a Survey of District residents not be conducted. The committee a made up of administrators Board members parents and other District residents a was assigned two months ago to prepare a Survey but instead it voted nov. 30 to recommend to the school Board that one not be done. A we contacted several consulting firms who said that because of the Yard signs and yellow ribbons a see Survey Page a-4 Flossmoor Library hires space analyst by Barbara v. Dargis the Flossmoor Public Library May expand its role in the Community and a newly hired building consultant is taking that into consideration As part of an evaluation of future space needs. The Library Board hired consultant Anders Dahlgren of Madison to Analyse space needs according to Library administrator Dee Canfield. The study is to include the villages acquisition of the property adjacent to the Library. The analysis also is to focus on a recommendation from an advisory committee a that the Library become More important to the Community in terms of place a Canfield said. A we will continue with Book acquisition and other things that we do Here but the committee has a see Library Page a-4 of Park District Levy goes up by 4.6 percent by Danielle Hirsch the 4.6 percent tax Levy increase approved by the Homewood Flossmoor Park District Board of commissioners last week should Only Lead to a slight increase for residents according to Greg Meyer District director. Officials unanimously approved the 1999 tax Levy of $3,847,461, a $130,269 or 4.63 percent increase Over last years Levy. According to Meyer an abatement most Likely will occur in the Spring that will reduce the Levy by roughly $600,000. Cook county has informed officials to Levy higher than they anticipate to capture growth in the equalized assessed valuation or new property because of the Tri annual reassessment. Property owners will see the increase on their August 2000 tax Bills. Meyer said the Levy is similar to a a Cost of living increase. The 1999 tax Levy includes $1,482,398 for corporate $901,776 for Bond and interest $317,657 for recreation $169,417 for special recreation $105,886 for the museum $216,888 for liability insurance and $567,345 for the Illinois municipal retirement fund and fica. In other business last week the Board of commissioners approved a $9,980 bid from Mac environmental amp insulation corp., based in Highland ind., for the removal of Asbestos in floor tiles and Mastic at the former Hines lumber facility 18600 Harwood ave. Millennium environmental consulting corp. Conducted an Asbestos inspection of six buildings on the site. A the main showroom of the former Hines lumber property has Asbestos in the tile a see Levy Page a-4 Star photo by Robert Milf Cowsky sharing Holiday cheer Audrey Gonnella of Chicago Heights shows her appreciation tuesday at the american association of retired persons Holiday party at the Irwin Center in Homewood. 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