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New Lenox Star (Newspaper) - December 12, 1999, New Lenox, Illinois My. Elision on your future it Quot fun we Star photo by Robert Mlekowski Tinley Park Village clerk Frank German kneels next to the Banner inside the Village Hall promoting the year 2000. Census continued from Page a-1 will have a poster contest emphasizing the importance of the census. The Point is that a the children can get the message to the parents a she said. Cooper also plans to flood the Community with printed material and buttons. She a still looking for a corporate sponsor for the buttons. Another census official agrees that communication prior to the count is crucial. A the absolute important thing is making people aware of the importance of participating in the census a said Carl Crozier Hazel Crest census office manager. A the amount of Federal Money that comes Back to the Community is determined by population a repairing and building roads health services and disaster Blue Island officials also plan to work closely with children to get to their parents. City clerk Frasor has met with High school and elementary school representatives and they re contemplating a contest among classes. The class that returns the most receipts stating that their parents filled out the census forms wins a pizza party. A people done to understand that population directly affects How much Money the Community gets a Frasor said. Blue Island has about a 20 percent hispanic population up about 3 percent since 1990. The census office plans to neutralize any language barriers with signs in English and Spanish at places that provide language assistance. Other communities such As Olympia Fields and Harvey will Post census information on Cable to channels. A people done to fill out the census forms because they think their taxes will go up the forms Are too intrusive and because they just done to take the time to do it a Harvey mayor Nickolas Graves said. Harvey like the other eight communities listed by census officials As under counted got shortchanged in 1990, Graves said. Harvey was counted at 29,875 people a 2,000 to 3,000 under its actual population he said. Besides working with Community leaders the census will rely on elected officials to spread the word. Another impediment to an accurate count is hiring enough people to work for the census beginning in january. Census officials Are concerned that they will not have the manpower they need. Crozier said that the Hazel Crest office has to fill about 800 temporary jobs after the new year. The census will pay a the prevailing wage in the area a census officials said which will be Between $11 and $13 an hour. Workers will be needed All Over including some Rural areas and sections of Public housing where census workers May have to go door to door. Beverly Moore of the Tinley Park census office said she sees no problems with getting an accurate count in the Rural areas of Homer township. The Lockport Post office has been updating addresses in Homer township and census workers will track certain areas of Homer township on foot Moore said. In nearby Mokena Frankfort and new Lenox Ken Moses of the Chicago census office will help coordinate a partnership program with Community leaders to get the new and old residents counted. A a we re All going to work together a said Angela Edwards of the Chicago census office. A we All have something at a and we really need to focus on the communities with less than 40 percent written return response last Click on our paces challenges continued from Page a-1 there will be More new construction a said Beverly Moore of the Tinley Park census office. A we have a a local knowledge updated where our contacts and the Post office Alert us to any new but what about the Many people who have Homes under contract and will move in after april i 2000? where will they be counted in their old or new suburb the official census answer in their old suburb or City. Moore said that the determining Factor in where someone is counted in the 2000 census is where he or she has lived for three quarters of the tax year 1999-2000. And though the census office will record head counters through August 2000, that part of the Effort will be primarily follow up counts for those who did not mail Back the forms sent in april. A a it a like a picture a Moore said. A on april i is when we re snapping the picture. 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A we know some of our workers Are getting sick from beryllium and we now have in place the toughest and most comprehensive protections in the world to prevent future cases of this terrible disease a Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said in a statement. The measures expand the Pool of people whose health the . Department of Energy will Monitor to ensure Early detection of chronic beryllium disease. The medical surveillance program will include two new groups Energy department employees who still work with beryllium and current workers who were exposed or potentially exposed to beryllium in the past. Four people at Argonne still work with beryllium and at least 415 current employees were exposed in the past said Brian Quirke spokesman for the Energy departments Chicago office. Nationwide about 1,600 workers Are exposed to beryllium in their daily activities. Breathing Fine particles of beryllium a Light Metal widely used at nuclear weapons facilities can cause nodules to form in lungs and reduce the amount of oxygen delivered through the body. Chronic beryllium disease can develop up to 40 years after exposure. Hundreds of Manhattan pro1 Jet staff inhaled beryllium More than 50 years ago while helping develop the atomic bomb at a University of Chicago lab. That lab later became Argonne a National Energy Laboratory near Lemont. Ten of those workers were diagnosed with chronic beryllium disease. In july Richardson admitted that the government waged a decades Long Campaign to prevent sickened weapons program workers from that Era from collecting workers compensation or suing for damages. Last month a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation that would compensate hundreds of workers sickened by beryllium. Current or former workers would be entitled to fed eral style workers compensation benefits or Lump sum payments of $100,000. Nationwide screening tests have identified 146 people with the disease and another 250 people with beryllium sensitivity meaning they Are Likely to develop the disease. There is no cure but steroid treatments can reduce lung inflammation in some patients. The disease is fatal in one third of cases. Argonne spokeswoman Catherine Foster said no workers handle beryllium on a daily basis anymore. The lab stopped activities that produced Large amounts of beryllium dust in the Early 1970s. But Argonne does have some beryllium supplies and items coated with beryllium she said. Foster said lab officials will review the safety standards to see what Steps Argonne must take. Argonne goes beyond Federal safety requirements in limiting workers exposure to beryllium and already has Many of the new requirements in place Quirke said. The new standards a the first substantial change since 1949 a take effect Jan. 7. All Energy department Sites must submit plans to meet the guidelines within 90 Days and must be in compliance within two years. A from this Day Forward hopefully Well have no More cases of disease from exposures a said Rick Jones director of the Energy departments office of worker Protection programs and hazards management. The standards set a new exposure level that triggers mandatory worker Protection measures such As use of respirators restricted Access to areas with beryllium and enhanced training counselling and support. The exposure level a 0.2 micrograms of beryllium per cubic meter of air a is stricter than the current exposure level of 2 micrograms and the 0.5 micrograms level that was initially proposed. Health problems relating to beryllium exposure differ for each person. Some people can work with beryllium daily and not be affected while others suffer health problems from even Brief exposure. 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