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South Holland Star (Newspaper) - March 4, 1990, South Holland, Illinois The St Cir your Community newspaper Calumet City a Burnham edition be 50 pages�?4 sections thursday january 4, 1990 25 cents per copy vol. 3�?no. 40some problems linger As City looks Forward to new decade by Anita Pfeifer this week Marks the Start of a new decade a new beginning a Chance to do it right once and for All. But with the new often comes some of the old. And in Calumet City that Means while the future May be Bright the City enters 1990 with some lingering problems As Well As new ones still ahead. Spilling Over into the new year will be decisions on How the City will handle a flood Relief program the continuing struggle to balance the budget and decrease the deficit contract negotiations with several bargaining units and the question of hiring a private contractor to handle its trash and or recycling pick up. But old problems moving ahead into the new year Are not unique to this year. Some of the problems now facing the current mayor and City Council have been around for years in one form or another. City services taxes employee relations flooding and at times a warring City Council were problems faced by Stefaniaka a Grandfather Paul m. Kamradt who was mayor of Calumet City from May 1915, when the City was known As West Hammond to april 1925. Recently records kept by Kamradt were found in the recesses of City Hall. And those records Stefaniak said show his Grandfather had much the same Day to Day concerns on a smaller scale As the grandson has had As mayor of Calumet City for the last 17 years. In reviewing the events of 1989, Stefaniak said he was satisfied with the Progress the City made particularly with a new City Council elected in april that is Able to get along. A i think the changing of the City Council had a lot to do with the ability to get a lot of things accomplished a Stefaniak said. A a in a Well satisfied with this Council. There a not an Alderman i can to communicate while members May not always agree on every Issue before them Stefaniak said there is a new spirit of willingness to put the Best interest of the City first and put political differences aside. A i see a great Deal of Mutual respect for each other and communication. This in turn blends Down in the work Force a the mayor said. In the past one never knew what was in store when going to a City Council meeting Stefaniak said. A every Council meeting was an adventure. You done to have the headhunting sessions like in the past to see who would Embarrass who a the mayor said. A even when members disagree its done constructively. We done to see any ongoing issues. When its done its in store for residents of Calumet City in 1990 and the coming years will be a flood Relief improvement program particularly aimed at the 2nd and 6th wards in the City where residents now watch storm Clouds with a sense of dread. Stefaniak said flood control is a major concern because it is stifling growth in the City a 2nd Ward. A flood control is synonymous with growth in a Community a Stefaniak said. But How the project will be financed is yet to be decided. The City received $500,000 from the state in Grant Money but where the rest will come for the Multi million Dollar project is still in the air Stefaniak said. He said rather than looking at a tax increase or a please turn to Page a-2 mayor Robert Stefaniak examines City records from Ward to a new decade in municipal government they 1922 kept by his Grandfather who was mayor of realize a need to resolve some old issues still pending Calumet City at that time. As City officials look for before the City Council. Proposition 2 tax Campaign continues Here Leininger faces momentous education reforms pressure coming from taxpayers9 business by Diane Ross Springfield the first time Robert Leininger ran into resistance to change he said he was blindsided and Happy to Back Down. It was the mid-1960s, he was the new superintendent of the then dual Lyndon school districts in Whiteside county. The basketball coach asked him if he could find some other escorts for the girls on the Homecoming court because his players needed to keep their minds on the game and not the dance. He readily agreed. A fall hell broke Loose a Leininger recalled with amusement. A i did no to know it had been a tradition in Lyndon for years and years that the players escorted the girls into the gym at he said that was one of Only two decisions he made in 15 years As a local school superintendent that produced hate mail and enough parents and others to pack a gym in protest. The second time Leininger ran into resistance he was ready. That came a couple of years later when he was superintendent of the nearby Fulton unit District. He won in theory Only to lose in practice. Business people on the school Board liked his idea of sending All second and third graders to one outlying country school As Cost efficient but refused to of it for fear parents would object and no longer shop at their stores. A a that a the Only vote i Ever lost a Leininger said. This time however the changes at Issue May be the most momentous Illinois has seen in the 30 years since Leininger began his career in elementary and secondary education. This time Leininger is state school superintendent. This time he has a three year contract with the Illinois state Board of education and the Illinois office of education to oversee a system that involves 1.8 million students 105,000 teachers and 187,000 administrators and staff a system that includes 965 local Grade school High school and unit districts 57 education service regions 50 special education cooperatives and 30 area vocational Al centers a system that costs eight billion Federal state and local dollars a year to operate. The pressure from taxpayers to Reform the Way Illinois finances elementary and secondary education a and from business and others to Reform the Way standards Are set for student and teacher performance a has been building in the 15 years Leininger has worked for legislative Liaison to three other superintendents. He said he expects the pressure to Peak by late 1990 and the inevitable explosion to follow in Early 1991. Switching the Burden for paying the Cost of education from local sources to the state May mean switching from the local property tax to the state income tax. That May mean the first permanent increase in the 20-year-old state income tax which has been temporarily increased twice in the last decade. Equalizing the property tax disparity that generates As much As $8,500 for students in some districts but As Little As $2,500 for students in others May mean rewriting the formula for distributing state Aid to schools. That May mean pitting Chicago suburban and downstate districts As Well As Urban and Rural districts against each other since the current formula favors downstate. Illinois financial problems Are a solvable a Leininger said. The general Assembly squeezed Between Supply and demand eventually will act a but probably not until forced to do so by the kind of lawsuit that recently resulted in Kentucky and Texas legislators overhauling their school systems he said. Illinois already reformed the Way standards Are set for student and teacher performance Back in 1985, although the state still is struggling to fully fund those reforms. The states and the feds now Hope to set goals in 1990 to crack Down on truancy dropouts illiteracy and drug addiction. They Hope from now on to Stop the Cycle before it starts by investing heavily in Early childhood education please turn to Page As Star photo by Bill radar memorial Hospital in Harvey. At right Diane Mathews shows off Kate Elizabeth born at South suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest. A Story about the areas first babies is on Page a-2. By Arnold Reed Lynwood resident Marilyn Windsor decided it was time to mobilize to oppose a More than 26 percent tax Levy increase approved by the Lynwood Village trustees. About seven months ago Windsor and 12 other Lynwood residents upset Over the villages action joined to form citizens of Lynwood operating to unite taxpayers. Windsor said that the increase approved in August is the highest in All of Cook county. A it is time for the people to realize that they can fight Village Hall a she said. The organization clout formed primarily to curb future tillage tax increases presented petitions to the Village clerk to allow the question of proportion 2-tax Reform to be placed on the ballot for March 20, 1990. Windsor said the idea to press for tax Reform in Lynwood came from a broader Effort to adopt such a proposal that was spearheaded by Patrick Quinn now a candidate in the democratic primary for state treasurer. Recently Quinn stopped off in Calumet City to promote his proportion 2, where some 50 people showed up to hear his speech. While those numbers were Low Quinn speculated that More people would turn out at reassessment time. A the people in Calumet City have done an amazing Job in spreading the word. A a we be done a Hundred tax meetings and its Clear that the people in Calumet City have an interest in what we re doing a Quinn said. The proposal is actually an advisory referendum seeking to limit taxing Powers of local units of government to keep increases in line with the Cost of living. It also seeks to expand the Homestead exemption program. The concept behind proposition 2 is to unite efforts across the state to change the Structure of the real estate tax system. Windsor indicated that the Village of Lynwood a proportion 2 is a Carbon copy of the statewide proposal and will be placed on the March 20 primary ballot. Windsor and members of clout however have taken measures to in please turn to Page a-2 among the first babies born in the new year at area hospitals Are these new residents of Riverdale and Lynwood. At left Alecia Crittenden of Riverdale introduces Lionel Iii who was born at Ingalls 4tm Johi first babies of the decade

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