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Lansing Star (Newspaper) - March 11, 1990, Lansing, Illinois Sports Field for state a tournament Narrows h. W. Home guide building a House from scratch what to look for in an architect election More endorsements on today a editorial Page t tithe Star your Community newspaper Lansing a Lynwood edition 44 pages�?6 sections sunday March la 1990 25 cents per copy vol. 3�?no. 59 a politics of school Board races noted Loyola Survey triggers reaction by Mary Paleologos Many area school Board members concur with findings of a recent superintendents Survey showing the increasing dominance of politics in school Board elections. But Many were sharply divided Over another opinion expressed by superintendents in the poll a that the Quality of school Board candidates has declined drastically in recent years. Those conclusions were part of a Survey conducted by Edward t. Ran Cic a professor of education at Loyola University and former superintendent of Palos Heights school District 128. Rancick a 10-question Survey was distributed to 250 superintendents at the Northern Illinois superintendents round table late last year. Of the 250 officials 66 completed the Anonymous questionnaire. Carl King a school Board member in Dolton school District 149 serving portions of Dolton South Holland Calumet City and Burnha Magreed that voter apathy the infiltration of politics in school elections and a decline in Quality Board members Are intertwined. Voter apathy offers a Golden Opportunity King said for politicians to enhance their Power base by Fielding their own slates. A a politicians Are not concerned about the Quality of school Board members a said King. A they Are concerned about having their Way. A their main criteria is to run candidates they can sell and who will respond when they ask them King a Board member since 1985, said politics gained a firm foothold in his District during the school boards last election. Four Board candidates were backed by South suburban College president Frank Zucca Relli. Holly Sadowski who won her Board seat last november firmly disagrees. She maintains that the Quality of school Board members has risen. A your people have a committed interest and they Are not running because it is a stepping Stone or for personal gain a Sadowski said. She said her own political backing by Zuccarelli was not a Down and dirty Chicago politics style a but merely an endorsement. A i am devoting time to the school Board because i am concerned about the Quality of education and about the stability of the school system and the Sadowski said the four Zuccarelli backed candidates work Well with Veteran Board members. A during the last few meetings we agreed on 99 percent of the decisions that came up a she said. Lynden Beckham of Thornton township High school District 205, believes rampant voter apathy is the Root cause of school election woes. At a candidates night last year for example candidates were the Only ones who showed up said Beckham a nine year Board Veteran. Apathy fuels political opportunism Beckham believes because it tempts politicians to Field candidates whom they will be Able to influence. Because school elections Are con ducted simultaneously with other elections it is More difficult for voters to familiarize themselves with Board of education candidates Beckham said. A people just punch in a name Quot she said. Katherine Cerone who serves on Homewood Flossmoor High school District 233�?Ts Board of education agrees. When school elections and general elections were combined under the 1980 consolidated election Law Cerone said the change resulted in unwanted Side effects voter overload and confusion. Cerone believes school elections Are held at times when other issues take precedence. A very often Only a Small group is informed on school issues a she said. A the fact that school Board members please turn to Page a-2 a monster stalks today a families by Carmen Greco or. In our Safe suburban neighbourhoods where children Clatter by on bicycles and the Guy next door putters contentedly in his Garden a monster lurks. Every so often he cracks the surface and serves As a chilling reminder that the family the Center of the american dream is fragile and susceptible to ruin. When Bennie Wilson broke into his Mother in Laws Park Forst Home recently and put two bullets in his wife a head the monster Rose in All its terrible fury. When Evergreen Parks Sarah Calderone said to have been brutalized repeatedly throughout her 10-year marriage pulled an my Rifle from the bedroom closet and shot her husband dead we saw the creature Loose again. These Are the most disturbing cases of Domestic violence the ones that grab the headlines and make it to the top of the six of clock news a the final desperate Wanton acts in a marriage gone terribly wrong. Taken separately however they misrepresent the everyday horrors of Domestic violence in America where death is just the most tragic outcome of a violent Home. For others it exacts a different toll a shattering families inflicting permanent physical and emotional scars and perpetuating the vicious Cycle of spousal and child abuse. And for some women and children Domestic violence Isnit the exception its the Rule an everyday occurrence As common a happening As the Sunrise. Please turn to the dimensions Section Airport Alliance seeks to counter Daley plans by Phil Rockrohr a coalition of area business education and government leaders announced thursday they will join with others to press Chicago mayor Richard m Daley to add his Airport plan to a study of four other Sites. Ten area organizations have joined the third Airport Alliance in an Effort to counter Daley a Rush to gain Federal funding for a study of his Lake Calumet Airport proposal said Don coff chairman of the coalition. The Alliance supports building a third Airport in the South suburban area but believes selection of the proper site must be handled through a single study Goff said. We think its in everybody a interest to have the Job done properly a Goff said at a press conference in Chicago. A we feel it will save taxpayers considerable Money and save the process considerable four Sites Are being studied by a committee consisting of representatives of Illinois Indiana and Wisconsin the airline Industry the City of Chicago and the Federal aviation administration the Faa has agreed to fund 90 percent of the study Daley is seeking $5 million in Federal funds to study his plan to build a 9,400-acre Airport spanning parts of Chicago a Southeast Side Calumet City and Burnham. Goff said thursday the Alliance will support Daley a plan if it is chosen by the current study committee. A we have no favored site yet a Goff said. A a we re taking the stance that we can live with any of them including Daley a. We just want an Airport in the South among the business and labor organizations joining the Alliance thursday Are the chamber of Commerce of the Southern suburbs Chicago Southland convention and visitors Bureau contractors association of will and Grundy counties South suburban area labor management committee and South suburban regional economic development coordinating Council. Education groups supporting the coalition include governors state University Prairie state College and South suburban College. The South suburban mayors and managers association and caring a concerned citizens group from Peotone added their names to the and hoc Alliance. Goff said the Alliance will a probably grow to include groups from Northwest Indiana to Joliet and Down to Kankakee and will he would not name the additional organizations who have pledged support. However Goff said several local government leaders and congressmen will join the push in the coming weeks. The coalitions primary goal will be getting publicity to fight Daley a High profile Campaign for the Lake Calumet proposal Goff said. A with All the City news releases and press conferences for the third Airport site we have to get in there and say there is a Large advocacy group pushing for this a he said. With the support of Summa the Alliance contains representatives from 38 communities Goff said. If officials from Northwest i Diance and Joliet join the coalition will represent Between two and three million people he said. A we have to make ourselves visible a Goff said. A we have to make Chicago realize that we re committed to gov. James Thompson supports the alliances position a based on comments he made to reporters a Goff said. The Summa opposes funding for the study of Daley a plan unless it is added to the current study. Daley a proposal would require razing thousands of Homes and businesses in the Hegewisch and South Deering neighbourhoods of Chicago As Well As some in Calumet City and virtually wiping out the Village of Burnham. Goff said there Are a serious problems with the Lake Calumet plan a we need an Airport that can handle International travel of the future not just planes of today Quot Goff said. Quot not to mention our feeling is that this plan will be tied up in court for monday forum to outline Lake Cal proposal by Anita Pfeifer Calumet City and Burnham residents who face the loss of their Homes if a third Chicago Airport is approved will have the Opportunity to View plans for the development at a Public forum monday. The meeting on Chicago mayor Richard m. Daley a proposed Lake Calumet Airport is scheduled for 7 p m at Thornton fractional North High school 755 Pulaski Road Calumet City. Sponsored by Calumet City mayor Robert Stefaniak and state rep. Frank Giglio a Calumet City the meeting is the first one in the suburbs where representatives of the City of Chicago department of aviation will be on hand. They will explain the proposed Airport slated for Chicago a Southeast Side which will also extend into the Village of Burnham and part of Calumet City. Edward Paesel director of the third regional Airport information Clearinghouse will also be at the meeting to explain the status of that project. A you will have an Opportunity to ask any questions that you want a Stefaniak promised residents. An earlier meeting in Chicago a Hegewisch neighbourhood with Chi Cago officials Drew hundreds of people opposing the Airport and the loss of their Homes to make room for it. If the Airport should get approval from the Federal aviation administration phase i of the construction will claim some 3,400 single and Multi family housing units and 560 Mobile Homes in Chicago a Hegewisch and South Deering neighbourhoods. Hegewisch As it is now will be eliminated though developers have offered to build Quot new Hegewisch a in another part of the City. The Village of Burnham would be lost in phase ii of the plan scheduled for completion in 2020, and along with it one third of the houses in Calumet City. A total of 2,110 single and multifamily housing units and to Mobile Homes would have to be acquired for phase ii of the project. Additionally another 3,030 single and Multi family residences and 250 Mobile Homes surrounding the Airport could be taken As part of a noise acquisition and Community Buffer program. The Airport boundaries Are Lake Calumet on the West Indiana tollway on the East 103rd Street on the North and Pulaski Road in Calumet City on the South. Both the Calumet City City Council and Burnham Village Board have passed resolutions against the Airport. Opposition to the plan is also coming from the South suburban mayors and managers association As Well As other civic and business groups and elected officials. Some groups say if Chicago insists on keeping the plan alive it should not be an Independent proposal but combined with a site selection study already under Way for a third regional Airport. Others maintain the Chicago plan should be abandoned altogether in favor of the existing please turn to Page a-2 Star photo by Carol Dorsett Laura Whitehead 16, and Mike Biola 17, conduct chapter formed recently at Thornton fractional South a meeting of the new students against drunk driving High school in Lansing. No a Saddy stories here9 and they aim to keep it that Way by Kimberly link Mike Opiola does t have a sad Story to Tell. None of his friends have died in drunk driving accidents. This ambitious Thornton fractional South High school Junior just wants to make sure it stays that Way. Mike has single hand edly formed a students against drunk driving Sadd chapter at the Lansing High school. He granted that everyone wants to know if a tragedy sparked his decision to form the Sadd chapter. A a that a the biggest question everyone asks me. I done to think you need that. I done to want to see my friends die or myself. I done to want them to be a risk to themselves or anyone else a said Mike the son of a police officer. The Lansing resident transferred to of South from Thor Ridge High school in Dolton where he had sporadically attended Sadd meetings. A we were talking one Day and the kids did no to know if there was one Here or not a Mike explained adding that he then approached principal James Spivey with the idea. A the was very receptive. He oked any ideas a Mike continued noting that he conducted his first Sadd meeting at the school in december named himself president and appointed officers. A a they re not just my friends. A lot of people have said a let me Quot the biggest message is adds motto friends done to let friends drive drunk. But we re not just saying a lets hit the drunk Drivers and arrange designated Drivers. In a not promoting that. I done to believe in drinking alcohol under the age of 21. I done to think parents should let their kids drink either. Its like setting off a bomb and leaving it Quot Mike said. He said he hears stories of weekend drinking sprees but insists that these incidents Are not isolated to of South. A a it a like this at every school. There Are kids that you know get drunk. The prettiest girls with the nicest cars do it Mike pointed out in a newsletter that 26,000 deaths each year Are alcohol related. Drinking and driving is the top killer of Young people Between the Ages of 16 and 24. According to the of South student newspaper rebel rouser a last year 50 people who attend South were involved in alcohol related since forming the of South chapter Mike has been in Contact with the National organization based in Marlboro mass. Sadd was founded in 1981 by a High school teacher and coach who lost two hockey players in one weekend in separate drunk driving accidents. Mike said the organization came to be with the realization that a the time to help that student was the night of the party when he drove Home according to Mike Sadd has four goals to Eli i please turn to Page a-2

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