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Lansing Star (Newspaper) - March 4, 1990, Lansing, Illinois The Star your Community newspaper Lansing a Lynwood edition 44 pages�?6 sections sunday March 4, 1990 25 cents per copy vol. 3�?no. 57 mayors no funding for Airport study by Darren Hillock a group of South suburban municipal leaders say they object to the funding of a third Chicago Airport study unless it is included As part of a regional Airport review already under Way. A a Chicago a study process is pointless a said Bill Balthis Lansing mayor and president of the South suburban mayors and managers association. A a site similar to Lake Calumet was already evaluated and rejected through the first study. A there is no reason for the City of Chicago to be Given additional funds to do what is already being done As part of the regional study a he said at a press conference Friday at the associations Homewood Headquarters. But ultimately if a study of the Lake Calumet site is to be funded Balthis suggested that it be included As part of the process examining three Rural Illinois Sites and an existing Indiana Airport As possible third Airport locations. Such a move would at least save some of the $5 million in Federal funds Chicago is requesting for its Independent study according to Balthis. Plans for an Airport encompassing some 9,000-plus acres and located in Southeast Chicago were presented two weeks ago by Chicago mayor Richard m. Daley. The plan would necessitate demolition of thousands of Homes in the Chicago neighbourhoods of Hegewisch and South Deering almost All the Homes in suburban Burnham and some Homes in Calumet City. The regional study committee made up of representatives from three states Chicago the Federal aviation administration and the airline Industry is considering four Sites a one in Northern Kankakee county one near Peotone one East of Beecher straddling the Indiana i Sinois state line and an expansion of the Gary regional Airport. The committee expects to pick a single site for development of a detailed master plan by next summer. Please turn to Page a-2 Wiepa to seek Extension on waste decision by Anita Pfeifer Illinois environmental Protection Agency is expected to seek an Extension on a thursday deadline to Rule on whether waste management can build a hazardous waste treatment facility at its Cid Landfill. The area slated for the treatment facility is in Calumet City. It already has a level of Wiepa approval for and has been accepting hazardous waste materials for disposal. If the Wiepa agrees to modify the company a part b permit those wastes will undergo a physical and chemical process on site to immobilize their hazardous contents. Currently the wastes must be treated at other locations before they can be brought to Cid for disposal. Wiepa was to make its decision by thursday on the permit modification request said Keri Luly spokesman for the department. However because of questions about the buildings foundation the Agency May seek to extend the deadline. Luly said the Agency a permit reviewer needed some technical data from waste management about the building and the soil it was to be placed on before he could make a recommendation on the permit. The decision on whether Wiepa will seek an Extension will be made by tuesday Luly said. Rime lines in the Law entitle waste management to a decision by thursday so if the Wiepa needs extra time it will have to make its Appeal to the company for an Extension Luly said. A the company is entitled to a decision by March 8,�?� Luly said. The Law also requires a 60-Day Public comment period on the permit modification and a Public meeting. The meeting was conducted last dec. 27. During the comment period some 300 letters most against waste management a request were filed with the Wiepa Luly said. Calumet City Alderman Irene Donahue Ward 3 is one of those opposed to the permit. She and City resident Joan Van Haren Are spearheading a citywide petition drive against the request. But rather than take the petitions to the Wiepa Donahue said she plans to submit them to the City Council. If Wiepa approves the permit modification waste management will have to apply to Calumet City for a building permit to erect the Structure. A history has shown me that whatever waste management wants waste management gets from the state Epa a Donahue said. Donahue Hopes that aldermen will listen to the sentiments of the Community and not Issue the youths death linked to infection by Dan Culloton the death of Scott Stephens was not As sudden and mysterious As it appeared. Friends relatives teachers and coaches were shocked oct. 30 when the 13-year-old Thornton fractional South High school student slipped into a full cardiac arrest while performing 25 sit in gym class. Even the the Lake county Coroner found it difficult to explain How Stephens an athlete and Honor student could die in the midst of a fitness test completed by Many less athletic students. But the Coroner shed some Light on the tragic subject last week by revealing that Stephens death was the result of a rare fungal infection that for weeks had ravaged his lungs liver and spleen. The infection known As histoplasmosis is usually easily treated with Antifungal drugs if detected in its Early stages said Ahmed Quraishi of the infectious disease department of Olympia Fields osteopathic medical Center. However if left untreated for a Long period of time the disease can cause severe complications and death Quraishi said. Histoplasmosis normally enters the body through the respiratory or digestive system and spreads through the blood Stream Quraishi said. The infections symptoms include weight loss fatigue fever and sores in the lungs Quraishi said. Stephens parents have said their son never complained of any of the symptoms. The coroners office did not know How Stephens contracted the infection. Stephens who had won the presidential academic fitness award in grades four and eight was finishing a set of sit for the . Marine corps youth physical fitness test when he collapsed stopped breathing and lost his pulse police said. Craig Ruks one of the marines administering the test and William Beckwith attempted to revive Stephens with car until paramedics arrived. Stephens was transported to Community Hospital in Munster ind., where he was pronounced dead police said. Stephens had participated in the Lansing Little league since he was 8 years old. Shortly after his death Thorton fractional South High school established a memorial to raise funds for a new softball scoreboard in his name. Histoplasmosis is usually found in people who live in undeveloped Rural areas with a lot of animals because the fungus flourishes in dust and dirt Quraishi said. The disease settles in the body a organs a particularly the lungs liver kidneys and spleen a and causes lesions to form Quraishi says school Board candidates lacking by Dan Culloton lagging interest in school elections has helped Foster a decline in the Quality of school Board candidates according to a Survey of suburban school superintendents. At the same time politics and single Issue campaigns have infiltrated local school Board elections in the Wake of the consolidated election Law the Survey shows. Since then politics has played a More dominant role while the Public has grown largely apathetic Over school Board elections. A the Only time people Are inter ested in school Board elections is when a hot Issue is up a said Edward t. Rancic who conducted the Survey. Rancic a professor of education at Loyola University formerly served As superintendent of Palos Heights school District 128. Rancic distributed the 10-question Survey to 250 superintendents gathered at the Northern Illinois superintendents round table late last year. Of the 250 school officials 66 completed the questionnaire. Many of those polled also said the Quality of Board members has declined. The results showed that 38 of the superintendents thought politics played a larger role in school Board elections since the Law went into effect. Only 13 District Heads noted less political involvement in their districts than they had prior to the consolidated election Laws passage in 1980 that Law transferred responsibly for conducting school Board elections from superintendents to the Cook county clerk. A the overwhelming finding was that there was More political in it evolvement in school Board elections now a Rancic said. A before the Law we ran our own some superintendents surveyed said that the Law has helped local mayors Field slates of candidates for school Board posts. The candidates when elected Are then compelled to repay favors for successful Campaign strategies the superintendents claim. During last november a school elections Many incumbents faced challenges from single Issue candidates some of whom vowed to hold the line on property taxes. The Rise in politics in the elections May have been a result of having More members up for re election and by having them on the same ballot As other governmental agencies Rancic noted. Since the Law was enacted at least four Board members have had to run for office again every other election. Spaces left vacant by resignations and retirements add to the Field so that some boards have five or six open seats at election time. A based on what in be seen every time we be had an election we have had at least five seats open a Rancic said. This encourages political activity by creating opportunities for special interest groups to capture a in one election a a majority of seats on a Board Rancic said. Superintendents cannot prevent political activity but they can discourage it Rancic said. Quot the Best Way is for the superintendent to stay out of the politics of the election a he said. A the superintendent get involved in taking some superintendents said their boards need a mechanism to assure please ten to Page a-2 j Star photo by Phil Faao Twenty month old Kevin Mccollum checks on the Trees in individuals names for donations of $125. Tree his Grandfather James Mccollum right ded the names of the people or groups Are engraved Ica Ted to him. The Lan Oak Park District plants on a plaque at the Eisenhower fitness District memorials keep Lansing Beautiful by Dan Culloton for a Small donation the Lan Oak Park District will erect a living memorial of leaves and bark to you or to a Friend or relative. Lansing residents who want to remember a Friend or loved one can donate $125 to the Lan Oak Park District and have a tree planted in that persons name. The names of the people or groups Are engraved on a plaque at the Eisenhower fitness Center in Lansing. The Park District began the program in october of 1988 to enhance the environment of the districts open lands at no Cost to its taxpayers. A people wanted to Plant things in the Park a said Ray Moeller who served briefly As interim Parks director earlier this year. A the Park Board thought it would be a Good idea to remember people and Plant a tree in a Park a he added. The Park District accepts donations smaller than $25, but it will not buy a tree until it collects at least $125, which is what it costs the District to buy one tree. Consequently one tree May be planted in Honor of More than one person or group. Nevertheless every name is engraved on the plaque no matter How big or Small the donation. The Park District plants Trees at 17 locations in the Community. When the tree is bought and planted a card revealing its location is sent to the people who made donations. A most prefer a Park near their Home where they can watch the tree grow a Moeller said. To Date the District has received 57 donations totalling $3,000, said Marge winterhoff office manager and Secretary for the Park Board. Thirty five Trees have been planted since the program began. The Silver and Black two-feet-by-20-Inch plaque in the Eisenhower Center Only has two or three spaces left on it winterhoff said. The names on the plaque Are arranged around the engraving of a thick knotted tree with Lush foliage a a sight officials Hope to see in Many of the districts Parks soon. A a the program seems to have taken hold pretty Good a Moeller said. If a tree Dies soon after it is planted the Park will replace it free of charge. The District will Plant any Type of tree the Benefactor desires Moeller said. A if they give us the name of the tree we will go out and get it for them a he added. The Trees Are usually about a year old and an Inch and a half to please turn to Page a-2

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