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Lansing Star (Newspaper) - December 9, 1999, Lansing, Illinois 1901 -1999 20 newspapers serving 54 communities 78 pages a 7 sections vol. 13 a no. 26 thursday december 9, 1999 an edition of the Star a 50 emits pm copy Lansing a Lynwood Scully pushes ahead on school funding by Diane Ross statehouse news service Springfield a voters first must give legislators a a mathematical mandate requiring the state to provide at least 50 percent of school funding. # then legislators must reach agreement on exactly How much Money that is exactly where they can get it and exactly How they must spend it to meet the mandate. Only then can Illinois increase state funding for schools and correspondingly decrease Reliance on local property taxes. State rep. George Scully a Flossmoor said tuesday that a the strategy behind the proposed state constitutional amendment on education he introduced last week. A this amendment would add a mandate to the Constitution but it would not take decision making Power away from the legislature because All the details still would be left to the legislature to work out a Scully said. A still this is a giant step the mandate in the Constitution would be a Broad general Agenda while the language in the resulting Laws would be narrow specific instructions he said. A it would be inappropriate to put language in the Constitution that is precise and confining a said Scully a lawyer. A a it a important to understand the difference Between a see Scully Page a-4 All in the name of science getting into the Comino sunday what a new to designers reveal decorating trends for 2000. Home guide business Section d classified sections de editorials a-10 movies firs look obituaries b-2 police beat a-5 sports Section c web watch b-1 our numbers main number 708 802-8800 circulation__708 802-8000 classified 708 802-8888 display 708 802-8001 editorial 708 802-8080 Star photos by Warren Skalsky seventh and eighth graders competed saturday in an annual science fair at St. Ann school in Lansing. Eighth grader Nicotie Bartels top photo left shows her project to judge Rich rads an electrical Engineer and Amber Moyer a student at Marian Catholic High school in Chicago Heights. Judge Mike Bartels above listens to seventh grader Gina Galullo present her results from water pollution tests. Judges John Pyle of Frankfort and Dan Lemon of Lansing determine who will Advance to the next level of Competition and the finals at Illinois Institute of technology in Chicago. St. Victor school choir sings Holiday music Friday at the annual Calumet City tree lighting ceremony at City Hall. The festivities included entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus. Judy Fidkowski special to the Star inside today development wins nod amid flood concerns by of Rietsma South Holland officials this week approved a plan for development of one of the last remaining properties in the Village zoned residential but not without objections from a trustee who thinks the action will Lead to a flooding problem in the Vicinity. By a 5-1 vote trustees approved development of Carrington Cove a 52-unit development to be built on a 25-acre parcel at the Southeast end of the Village. The area in question is on the North Side of 170th Street near Paxton Avenue. Trustee Art Bennett cast the dissenting vote predicting water Runoff from the subdivision could potentially flood portions of a residential development to the East. A a we be had three 25-year floods in the past two years. I stood by Thom Creek sunday and it was one foot away from flooding the area where this development would occur a Bennett said. A i can to approve one project that will put another in Bennett suggested a vote on the project be delayed until its Developer and the villages engineering department staff figure out a Way to divert water somewhere else. Fellow trustees agreed that potential flooding should not be ignored but they Are satisfied with the Steps being taken to prevent flooding in the immediate and surrounding areas. Trustee Larry Deyoung chairman of the villages Community development committee said plans related to flood control and prevention As Well As water management All have been adequately addressed and exceed the applicable Village ordinances. A i think we be been very cautious. The engineers have done extra work at the expense of the Developer to make sure flood control is done right a Deyoung said. After mondays meeting he said two retention Ponds will be developed to accommodate water Runoff from the Carrington Cove development. Two 24-Inch-wide pipes will direct water to the Ponds and a third pipe a 18 inches in Width a will direct Runoff water to the Little Calumet River. A see concerns Page a-4 Dolton baseball officials ready to air their gripes open meeting scheduled on plan to convert Fields world Wido web sit wow newsroom email Sta news @ 57544n00003 Urban View local artist Michael Cheney offers impressions of Chicago through his paintings. Dimensions Page finder around town a-2 screen gems reviews of highly acclaimed films toy Story 2" and the Green firs look Burnham woman pleads guilty in death of infant a 29-year-old Burnham woman charged with the death of her infant child in 1995 surprised prosecutors last week when she entered a plea of guilty to first degree murder. Michelle Tate on trial for the child abuse slaying of her 9-month-old daughter Diamond Shaw made the plea to associate judge George Morrissey just after jurors began their deliberation in Cook county circuit court at Markham according to assistant states attorney Cathy Bankhead. Tate faces up to 25 years in prison at her Jan. To sentencing. Melvin Hammond 30, taters Boyfriend at the time of the murder was convicted for his part in the infants death during an earlier trial. He was sentenced to natural life in prison Bankhead said. According to court records the baby a abuse began in april 1995, shortly after Tate moved into Hammond a Burnham apartment. A see guilty Page a-4 by Sean d. Hamill special to the Star Dolton boys baseball league members and supporters were angered in August to hear that the Dolton Park District was planning on turning their four baseball Fields into part of a 9-Hole Golf course. That was when they thought the move would take place in a couple of years and there was the possibility the Ball Fields in Needles Park located Between Ellis and Avalon avenues along 142nd Street would not have to move. They got even angrier last month when they were told they would have to move before the next baseball season begins because the Park districts plans have changed and they want to build an 18-Hole course. A we just find it totally unacceptable for them to shut the door on the kids a said Glen Hoyd vice president of the baseball league which has about 500 kids Between 5 and 15 years old playing on More than 30 teams. Park officials say they Arentt shutting the door on anyone a and they a be particularly foolish to do it to an organization As established As the baseball league. A a there a no Way wed end a league that has been around this Long 35 years Auld has this Many people involved a said Park commissioner Allen Sheard who used to be a vice president of the baseball league. A a they re just afraid of baseball officials tried to air their concerns tuesday night at a regular administrative Park Board meeting but were told there was no open discussion at such meetings. Park officials said they have scheduled an open meeting with baseball officials to discuss their plans at 6 30 . Dec. 20 at Park Headquarters 721 Engle St. That meeting comes a Day before the regular Park Board meeting dec. 21, also at the Headquarters which baseball officials say they will show up at in Force to show their opposition. The Park District argues that its plans will actually Benefit the baseball league a see gripes Page a-4 simply a stuff is Christmas an orgy of consumer consumption web watch %

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