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South Holland Star (Newspaper) - March 4, 1990, South Holland, Illinois The Star your Community newspaper South Holland a Dolton a Riverdale a Thornton 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 Illinois 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. Inclusion of the Daley proposal in the regional study probably would be possible according to state sen. Aldo Deangelis a Olympia Fields. Personally Deangelis said he would support inclusion of the Chicago site in the regional study process a provided their site can be brought into play without holding up the Deangelis a member of the existing study committee said gov. James Thompson expressed similar sentiments to him during a meeting thursday. Continued from Page Al parking crackdown irks handicapped resident by Thom Gibbons a proposal to curtail supposed abuses of handicapped parking in Riverdale Drew Quick criticism from a handicapped resident As being insensitive at tuesday nights Village Board meeting. Trustee Frank Hoevel presented a six Point program to eliminate supposed abuses of handicapped parking signs. He described a recent a a rash of applications but is not sure How Many signs have been erected in town. If adopted As policy in its present form applicants for handicapped signs must live in Riverdale and own a car with a valid vehicle sticker. The car also must have a handicapped License plate. No handicapped parking signs would be allowed at apartment buildings. The disability must be permanent and the application will be renewed annually on july i. After Reading the proposal he recommended turning Down an application for a Handi added parking sign from Bonnie Norton 14222 Union ave because the woman does not own a car. On her application Norton said she uses oxygen and sometimes is forced to walk 200 feet for a ride. A for Riverdale to establish More stringent regulations than the state of Illinois is insensitive a said Linda Jones who is Blind. She said that under state regulations she can have a handicapped License plate for a car a but i done town a like Norton Jones depends on rides. She also does not have a handicapped parking sign in front of her House. A getting a ride is difficult enough without expecting them to look for a place to Park a Jones said. She described coming Home recently and not being Able to get out of the car in front of her House because an unlicensed car was parked blocking both Carriage walks. Jones contrasted the boards proposal with two earlier resolutions supporting National vision week the first week of March and the regional Organ donor Bank of Illinois april 22 to 28. The Village also sponsors a monthly blood drive and during the meeting mayor Edward Ripley appealed for More blood donors. Jones criticized discussions leading up to the proposed policy changes. A you should have had some handicapped people in on the discussions a she said. Afterwards Hoevel talked with her and others about the proposal. He called it a working document and open to discussion and change. But Hoevel said the Section that would not allow the handicapped parking zones in front of apartment buildings would not change. A apartment buildings Are where they need it the most a Jones said. A we must address the needs of the people and still prevent abuse a Hoevel said. A there Are a lot of serious ill citizens and we re going after the others that abuse a handicapped parking he added. Superintendents claim candidates lacking Quality 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 interested 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 involvement in school Board elections now a Rancic said. A before the Law we ran our own please turn to Page a-2 Thor Ridge wins regional see sports Page a list. 149 hails in Cunneen by Kim link James Cunneen sat in the superintendents seat for his first school District 149 Board of education meeting thursday. Cunneen officially took Ove the reins As superintendent earlier that Day. His salary $58,000, was announced last summer when it was first Learned that superintendent James Medlock planned to retire at the end of february. Cunneen has been employed in the District for la years. He served As principal of Diekman school in Dolton for the last five. District 149 has four schools in Dolton Burnham Calumet City and South Holland. Prior to thursdays Board session a committee of the whole meeting was staged to discuss a proposed policy regarding smoking on school property. Under the plan one area would be open to smokers in each building. That plan still must be formally approved by the school Board. During the committee session Board members also discussed methods of building stronger ties with the business Community. From that topic the Board voted in regular session to work with the Eagle food store on utilizing Cash Register receipts for the Purchase of computer software. In other matters thursday the 8tar photo by Mary Compton James Cunneen superintendent of Dolton school meeting last week. Cunneen former principal of Diek District 149, confers with Holly Sadowski Board of Man Middle school attended his first Board meeting education president during the boards regular As the districts new superintendent thursday. Board approved a Pilot newsletter to be distributed to All 20,000 residents within the districts boundaries. A this is the first time we be Ever tried to do something like this a Cuneen said pointing out that Berger Vandenberg school principal Ken Jandes will spearhead the project. Cunneen said he has targeted an april release Date and that he Hopes to inform All District residents of various school events. He also Hopes that the Cost comes in at less than to cents per copy. A we will try to do this As economically As possible a he said. The superintendent did Point out that the individual schools do routinely distribute newsletters but that they Are often sent Home with students instead of being mailed out. A that delivery system is sometimes faulty a he granted. In still other business the Board approved the second Reading of a gang and gang related activity policy. A that policy says that District 149 will not tolerate any gang symbols or gang clothing or gang Active please turn to Page a-2 it i Star photo by Phil food holy grower Leslie Wilson 14, South Holland demonstrates the Power of horticulture project was titled holy ghost is located at 170th Street and during the science fair at holy ghost school last month. Wilson a science cottage Grove Avenue in South Holland

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