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Tinley Park Star (Newspaper) - May 6, 1990, Tinley Park, Illinois Fashioning collectibles from what some reject Home guide dining see our Spring restaurant guide wanted nurses dimensions reviews problem in health care delivery system the your Community newspaper the Palos area edition 48 pages�?6 sections sunday May 6, 1990 35 cents per copy vol. 2�?no. 73griffin favors inside probe on expenses by Dave Looby Moraine Valley College Board chairman John Griffin said he favors an internal investigation into a $7,200 per year undocumented expense account used in part by College president Fred Gaskin to make political contributions. The proposed investigation Griffin said should be conducted a by our College Law firm or an outside Law firm hired for that purpose. Griffin suggested the internal probe in an interview thursday after being quizzed about written state ments made by Gaskin asserting that some Board members had directed him to contribute funds from the account to politicians. Under Illinois Law the use of Public funds for political contributions is illegal. Griffin a suggestion of a probe comes on the heels of a series of articles published in the Star about the controversial expense account. Based on documents recently obtained under the Illinois Freedom of information act details about the account have emerged showing that some College trustees had in previous years exercised control of the undocumented expense account through Gaskin. In one document a confidential Board bulletin Gaskin explained the finances of the account and How some trustees directed funds to politicians. A when this provision the undocumented account was implemented a Gaskin wrote a first at $400 a month in 1982 and then at $600 a month a year or two later the Board specifically directed that i on a nonpartisan basis contribute to political Candi dates. I have done so both on my initiative and at the specific request of individual Board Gaskin made the admissions after College trustee Patrick of Malley a vocal critic of Gaskin demanded an explanation about the undocumented political donations after learning of them through local newspaper accounts. But Gaskin along with trustee Burton Odelson who was chairman of the College when the account was Given to Gaskin has defended the political contributions. Odelson and Gaskin have claimed the political gifts from the account Are not Public funds but represent private contributions. Gaskin previously has described the account As a personal salary Benefit from the College. He also claimed the funds from the expense account have been declared As income on his state and Federal tax returns. Of Malley however has argued the account and its use could still be a violation of Law because the Money a May have been appropriated by the College Board for the purposes of political contributions and then specifically donated to individual politicians at the direction of some trustees. A i think the real question is whether he Gaskin was using the funds in order to make political contributions at the direction of any Board members a of Malley said adding a if he was is that a violation of state Law a in response to Griffin a proposal for an internal probe of the account of Malley said a i am in favor of any please turn to Page a-2 tax abatement for arts facility put on Agenda by Dave Looby a crucial decision on whether or not to Abate $2.8 million in Moraine Valley Community College taxes is Likely to be made during a Public meeting later this month. For now the colleges Board of trustees remains evenly split on the volatile Issue with three trustees leading the charge for the abatement and three trustees fighting vigorously against it. The split Board leaves trustee John Griffin the boards chairman directly in the Middle having to possibly cast a tie breaking vote on the question. Griffin remains undecided on the question. But he promised a decision on the matter after a Public meeting May 15, which is scheduled to focus on the colleges proposed Fine and performing arts Center. A i truly have an open mind and i want to have the Public input a Griffin said. Proposed by trustee Patrick of Malley chairman of the colleges finance and investment committee the abatement seeks to use $2.8 million in accumulated interest on funds from a 1986 $13 million Bond Sale to pay interest and principal to Bond holders. The College issued the Bonds after a november 1986 referendum passed authorizing the College to Issue $15 million in Bonds to finance construction of the performing arts facility. In March of that year the College sold $13 million of those Bonds at lower municipal rates and then deposited the funds in High interest Bank accounts a process known As arbitrating. Another $1.5 million in Bonds were issued in 1989, but construction of the Center has never begun. Angered by the delay in construction and the ballooned Cost of the project now estimated Between $17 million and $21 million of Malley has called on the College to scale Back the project to the original $15 million amount authorized by voters or less. He also is demanding that the accumulated interest instead of tax dollars be used to pay interest and principal on the Bonds. A was i have said before a of Malley insisted a i have a firm conviction that As a matter of policy it is appropriate to Abate real estate taxes whenever so doing is necessary to maintain Public Confidence in our taxation if the College abates 1989 taxes on the Bonds the average taxpayer could save an estimated $15 per household. A similar abatement of 1990 taxes on the Bonds could save taxpayers an additional $8 per household. The College has until june to Abate the 1989 taxes. A a we re servants of the people a Griffin noted. A if they have Strong feelings on this in a going to respect those aligned with the of Malley proposal to Abate the taxes Are trustees Patricia Fleming and Mary Rose Hennessy. Pushing against the tax abatement is a faction Lead by trustee Burton Odelson which includes trustees Kohn Donahue and Mary Zawaski. Odelson has argued the tax abatement is insignificant and threatens to deprive the Southwest suburban area of an important cultural Center Tjie Public meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 . In the colleges Moraine rooms located on the Campus 10900 s. 88th ave., Palos Hills. Shock Relief after Dowaliby verdict sex Park Board chief resigned to his Fate by Phil Rockrohr relatives were shocked but police and local officials expressed Relief last week Over a Cook county criminal court jury a decision to convict David Dowaliby of murdering his 7-year-old daughter Jaclyn. After deliberating 13 hours the six Man six woman jury found Dowaliby 33, guilty thursday of murder and concealing a murder just two Days after his wife Cynthia 28, was acquitted of the same crimes. Probe was by Karin l. Meyer the Dowaliby Case was unusual from the Onset taking on Many twists and turns before Landing on the former Midlothian couple As prime suspects. What began As a missing child report soon focused on a possible Home invasion before arriving at its final conclusion a a murder probe. As the investigation polarized and turned Down various paths emotions became More highly charged. Rumours ran rampant. Meanwhile in the swirl of Post trial developments defense attorneys speculated on the prospects of an Appeal of the verdict and juvenile court officials said Cynthia Dowaliby May retain custody of the family a two other children. Family members could not believe the jury a decision. Ann Dowaliby David smother accused the Media of distorting the facts in the Case causing jurors to be biased against her son. While an outpouring of volunteers and investigators spent endless hours passing out fliers and searching for clues tensions Between police and the Dowaliby began to mount. The Dowaliby argued they were being used As scapegoats for a botched investigation while police countered that the couple was uncooperative in their search for the child a killer. Looking Back on those strained Days in the fall of 1988, Midlothian police chief William Fischer Friday a you did your Job and your Job was spreading lies a Ann shouted assailing reporters at the criminal court building in Chicago after the decision thursday. Friday other relatives declined comment on the Case but said the family was a a devastated by the decision. A the family is talking through its attorneys a said a woman who an swered the Telephone at the Tinley Park Home of Mary and Thomas contends the police work on the Case was a probably one of the most thorough investigators diligently pursued every Lead even the most Remote he maintains. Last week David 33, was convicted in Cook county criminal court of killing his step daughter Jaclyn. His wife Cynthia 28, was acquitted earlier in the week by judge Richard Neville. A the Bottom line was that the scenario purported to us by the defense and Dowaliby was not in fact Malia Cynthia a parents. A we done to mean to offend any of the Media. The family is local police and Village officials were relieved to learn of the conviction. Midlothian police described the verdict As an affirmation of their investigation. A a we re elated. I think the jury concluded exactly what our investigation showed a that a burglar murderer did not break in and Mur please turn to Page a-2 True a Fischer said. Fischer said he was one of the last to be convinced that the Dowaliby killed their 7-year-old daughter. Even with 25 years experience in Law enforcement backing him Fischer said he still bring himself to believe that parents could do such a thing. But once All the evidence was gathered and examined Fischer said he was certain that the Dowaliby had committed the crime. Please turn to Page a-2 by Barbara v. Dargis the ouster of longtime Worth Palos Park District chief Frank Homerding stunned his Loyal supporters last week. But observers say the change Means Little More than who will Wield the Gavel at future Park Board meetings. A it seems to be bothering my supporters More than me a said Homerding in a Telephone interview after the Board of commissioners ousted him from the presidency 3-2. Homerding who served 18 years As president said he wont mind relinquishing the Gavel to someone else. A sometimes a Little break in there Isnit All bad a he said. Homerding a 22-year Park Board Veteran remains a voting member on the five person panel. He characterized the presidents role As Little More than the authority to chair the boards semimonthly meetings. A a there a not much to the presidency ifs just prestige a Homerding said. His replacement is commissioner Bill Buckingham a relative newcomer to the Park District who has served half of his first term on the Park Board. Commissioners Larry Kozlow ski and Sharon Plahm joined Buckingham in voting to replace Homerding. The deposed president said his relationship with the three took a downturn after Homerding refused to fire recreation director Bob Mason who later resigned. A that was the beginning of the end a Homerding recalled. But the newly elected president said the rift runs deeper than the spat Over the recreation director. A the Homerding was just not going along with the current Board. We have different ideas a said Buckingham referring to please turn to Page a-2 painstaking Midlothian chief gets new fire term by Dave Looby the Palos township Board of trustees has reappointed Donald Jeanes of Palos Park to another 3-year term on the Board of the Palos fire Protection District. Although opposition to the appointment was expected the Effort to dump Jeanes fizzled when Republican activist Walter Bregan thursday withdrew himself from consideration for the Post. Bregan who is president of the Palos township regular Republican organization had the backing of Cook county commissioner Herbert Schumann who is also the townships Republican committeeman. Herbert Schumann or. Is the longtime township supervisor and reportedly the majority of the Republican controlled township Board was leaning toward supporting Bregan Over Jeanes. Trustee Donald Chapman though voted in protest for Bregan despite his withdrawal from consideration. A they keep calling it the team a Chapman angrily said of the boards move to reappoint Jeanes. A the team of what Walter Bregan is the smartest Guy i have seen in Bregan declined to comment on his withdrawal. Under state Law providing a fire Protection District Falls solely within the boundaries of a township the local township Board of trustees makes All appointments to the three member fire Protection governing boards. In Palos township two fire Protection districts Are located within the township a the Palos fire Protection District and the North Palos fire Protection District. Traditionally appointments to these districts have been controlled by republicans. The Flap Over the appointments according to insiders goes Back to the March primary election when please turn to Page a-2 litter pickup girl scouts Sara Riley 12, and Mary Franklin both of Palos Park join Sarah smother Mary Riley in picking Star photo by Jodilyn 8immons up litter along 119th Street from Kean Avenue to Lagrange Road in Palos Park for rid litter Day. Heights reviews ordinance changes a sign of the times by Barbara v. Dargis if you re a Palos Heights businessman seeking to add a Neon sign a or something equally As obvious a to outdoor advertising now May not be the Best time to approach the City Council for approval. New rules directly affecting business not Only related to signs May be on the horizon in Palos Heights say City officials. Of immediate concern is an ordinance regulating outdoor advertising which has been criticized by Alder men for its ambiguity. In the last two sign requests by private business owners aldermen have been powerless to reject what some consider inappropriate for Palos Heights. Fourth Ward Alderman Arthur Phillips won Council approval last week to impose a a a moratorium on new signs in the City until his licenses permits amp franchise committee revamps the 15-Page ordinance last amended in december 1988. The four aldermen who sit on that committee Are expected to make a recommendation on the number of signs a business is entitled to display in addition to the size height placement and wording of any sign. A i have a problem with signs because the More signs you put up the junkier your town looks a said 3rd Ward Alderman Henry a a Whitey Vanhenkelum. He favors one sign per business. The committees discussion scheduled to begin Early this week also will include real estate

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