Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on October 3, 1995 · Page 121
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Tuesday, October 3, 1995
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1 INSIDE SECTION 2 Northwest overnight 2 Northwest watch 2 Northwest briefing 3 Metro & state roundup 8 Weather 9 Almanac 10 Obituaries 10,11 Arts watch 12 News from THE NORTHWEST SUBURBS along with reports from . around the region. . . Tuesday October 3, 1995 EricZorn rolcen 1$ INSIDE Luxury car-theft . ring b 9 rt- ' "ft 1 c'SW'a; - i I : This candidate is a -Cut the Taxes' above the rest he only way Oak Park and River Forest will ever settle this season's silliest political fight is through . surveillance. A listening device planted in a napkin ring would, for instance, reveal once and for all whether Les Golden's girlfriend , really calls him "Cut the Taxes" at times when other women would say "honey" or "sweetheart" A tap on his phone line would show if friends greet him with a hearty, "Yo, Cut the Taxes, how bout them Bears?" or something along those lines. And a snoop lurking on his porch could tell us how much of his mail actually is addressed to Les "Cut the Taxes" Goldea But barring such wholesale violations of the 4th Amendment, we will be stuck contrasting Golden's contention that he is commonly known by a nickname that sounds like a slogan on a bumper sticker and the recent conclusion of a local electoral board that his calling himself "Cut the Taxes" is little more than a political stunt Illinois election law allows candidates to use nicknames by which they are "commonly known," thus anticipating all the Woodys and Skips and Jimmys and Barbs out there, as well as those with more unusual but still This is strange. ggSST"" But Sometimes Commissioner Jerry vntorc lika "Iceman" Butler and voters line former Strange. candidate Wallace "Gator" Bradley. It would be an unusual man who really went by the name "Cut the Taxes," but Goldea 45, of Oak Park, is an unusual man. He is an actor and educational software developer with a Ph.D. in astronomy, he is a trumpet player, writer and physics professor who devotes much of his free time to taxpayers rights issues. He became active in community politics in the mid-1980s to push his idea that Oak Park's property taxes were harming the town. "I was a one-issue guy," he said. "Other people would talk about parking and diversity and things like that One meeting I got up and said, 'Cutting taxes is the only issue!' and I left My friends started joking about it" He became "Less Taxes" Golden or Les "Cut the Taxes" Golden, though he preferred the latter. He used that ballot name without difficulty in his unsuccessful primary run for the Illinois House in 1992 and thereby assured himself a spot alongside Elias "Non-incumbent" Zenkich, Robert "Save-A-Baby" Ellis and Lar "America First" Daly in the local political anecdote files. "Candidates generally get broad latitude," said state Board of Elections spokesman Dan White. "It'd be pretty hard to prove that a ballot nickname really isn't the person's nickname." But that's just what a challenger did recently in front of the Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 electoral board. Golden had submitted nominating petitions for November's school trustee election under Les "Cut the Taxes" Golden, and another one of the candidates, Kevin Peppard, filed a formal objection claiming it "is neither his real name nor a nickname by which he is commonly known; it is an electioneering slogan and is illegal." On a recent Thursday night the three-member election board held a formal hearing at which they heard six of Golden's associates testify that they know him as "Cut the Taxes," and it saw Golden produce news releases, award certificates, mail and, from his life in the theater, a playbill, all of which used the alleged nickname. But the board tossed him off the ballot anyway, leaving nine candidates for three open seats on the volunteer school board. The ruling noted that "Cut the Taxes" does not appear on Golden's driver's license or other legal documents (as though most nicknames do) and that he uses it mainly to bolster his political identity: "It is a name he assumes or uses in a political context only," said the ruling, which raised the specter of candidates adopting such ballot names as "Union Yes" and "Stop Welfare Cheats." This angered Golden and his girlfriend of one year, Lucy Evans, who insisted that she does sweetly call him "Cut the Taxes" and, indeed, knew him only as that for the first month she knew him. This is strange, I would submit But sometimes voters like strange, and for an election board to attempt to deny them this choice is a worse offense to democracy than ' the appearance of an unconventional nickname on a nominating petition. The best shot now for Cut, as I call him, seems to be a write-in campaign, which he is pursuing. If anyone tries something wise like writing in simply. "Les Golden," hell By Ben Grove Tribune Staff Writer Authorities from a half-dozen agencies announced the arrests Monday of a sophisticated group of international auto thieves responsible for stealing more than 100 luxury cars from all over the Chicago area for shipment overseas. Six alleged thieves, all undocumented immigrants, were arrest- 6 charged in sophisticated operation ed Monday by police who knocked on their doors at about 6 a.m. to tell them that their days of smuggling Mercedes-Benzes to Lithuania and Russia were over. "Basically, they utilized legitimate shipping channels set up for legitimate shipping com merce," said Lee Wattenbarger, spokesman for the U.S. Customs Service. Suspects charged with exportation of stolen vehicles were identified as Rimantas Zalagaitis, 28, a Lithuanian citizen who lives at 2443 N. Long Ave., Chicago; Arturas Kisielius, 26, a Lithuanian citizen, of 9702 Nottingham Ave., Chicago Ridge; Markek Ornacki, 32, a Polish citizen, of 887 Cross Creek Ct, Roselle; and Mariusz Grebelski, 26, a Polish citizen, of 4332 N. Kedvale Ave., Chicago. Charged with conspiracy to export stolen vehicles were Re-natas Federavicius, 23, who police believe is Lithuanian; and Marius Vosilius, 21, a Polish cit-See Car, Page 6 Hunting club bags cachet Quail, pheasant on menu of business 'power lunch' By Barb Church Special to the Tribune Forget the power lunches, or deals struck on the fairway. Some of today's business executives are forsaking pricey restaurants and exclusive golf courses for the great outdoors and the thrill of the hunt It's man and woman against nature or, in the case of the Richmond Hunting Club, birds. The club is one example of a new kind of corporate boardroom: a recently renovated lodge, surrounded by 800 acres of fields and woods, where up to 80 hunters at a time can roam in search of game and prime business opportunities. In business for more than 30 years, the club offers year-round hunting for a variety of upland birds, including pheasant, chukar, partridge, bobwhite quail, Hungarian partridge and wild turkey. In the fall, flighted mallard hunting can be arranged, and from April through September, fishing for trout, bass, northern pike, carp and panfish is also available. "We are a premier hunting club in the Midwest," said Mike Daniels, manager of the club for the last 17 years. "A majority of our clients use our facilities for corporate entertainment. We can offer the businesses a memorable event with residual value: They can take the birds home to eat." As at any business retreat the pleasures of the Richmond club don't come cheap: Corporate membership costs $4,800 a year and annual family mem- See Hunting, Page 6 " 1 J. . c ? 4 , ' 4 m V . "I, - , -V V ' j i" 1 . " I.' t 8,4 .ct., t., Sir t 'f ', fe - v - If Bullet the dog takes off to retrieve a downed quail that Bob Cox (above) of Carterville had just shot at the Richmond Hunting Club. At left, hunter Rich Ungaretti of Chicago follows guide Jim Paddock (right) through part of the 800-acre hunting grounds. Tribune photos by Jerry Tomaselll Bowie hits and misses in shortened show : David Bowie (above) ; scores with some lost Z' gems, but misses his target audience by a mile. ' ArtsWatch, Page 12 Gore swings at GOP The vice president calls the Republican Congress 'right-wing extremists,' but some aldermen are less . than enthused. Page 5 School honors 'Crank' Rev. Patrick "Crank" Cahill ' returns to Arlington Heights for a dedication in his honor. Page 2 Elk Grove cop faces gun charges By Larry Hartstein Tribune Staff Writer An Elk Grove Village police", officer faces criminal charges and could be fired because of an off-duty incident in Grand Haven, Mich., in which he alleg-. edly threatened and assaulted-three teenagers he believed had! hit his new car with a rock. , The most serious accusation is that the officer, Patrick! C. Hayes, 27, of Roselle, pointed his; loaded service revolver at C15--year-old's chest. , Hayes is charged with three counts of felony assault hu Ottawa County, Mich., and lias, been relieved of duty with pay; pending the outcome of an inter nal police investigatioa Elk Grove Police Chief Fred Engelbrecht said Monday he ex: pects to complete the investiga-; tion within a week and bring Hayes to a hearing before the village's Fire and Police Com.' mission. - The Grand Haven Department '. of Public Safety could not be reached for comment Monday: However, the department supplied two local news outlets with this account of the incident -: On Aug. 20, Hayes and his wife were hauling a pair of pert sonal watercraft on U.S. Highway 31 through Grand Haven when their 1995 Nissan 1 was struck by what he though to be a rock tossed from a car ahead, police said. ' ', One of the boys told police . See Suspend, Page Federal agency gives nod to Illinois' welfare plans probably forgive ther i By Carol Jouza'ttis and Rick Pearson Tribune Staff Writers The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Monday approved key elements of Illinois' effort to overhaul the state welfare system, banning extra cash to welfare mothers who have more chit dren and putting a two-year benefit limit on some recipients who don't seek work. Republican Gov. Jim Edgar and GOP legislators who enacted the reforms In the spring legislative session hailed the decision , saying it will foster welfare-to-work and end a "system of dependency that has not worked either for recipients or taxpayers." "These reforms are aimed at moving people to self-reliance and the governor believes the vast majority of welfare recipients want to be independent and they want to exercise family and personal responsibility," said Edgar spokesman Mike Lawrence. But welfare advocates said the changes were "frightening," and will drive already impoverished families further into despair. "The human misery index is going to go up . . . and there also will be an economic downturn in the country," said Sharron Matthews, executive director of the Public Welfare Coalition. Ironically, the required federal approval of Illinois' so-called family cap, which bans additional cash payments to welfare mothers who have additional children, is at the heart of a key disagreement between the U.S. House and Senate on how to proceed with federal welfare reform. The House version requires that all states enforce a family cap in the future, while a Senate proposal leaves that issue up to individual states. A conference committee is working to resolve differences between the two bills, and it remains to be seen whether the See WelfJie, Page 6 Bigger is better in Chicago-area tree competition XT Tribune photo by Jos4 Mart Phil Hodapp of Chicago stands in front of the Lombardy black poplar he . has nominated for the "Chicagoland's Treemendous Trees" contest, which is looking for the largest example of the tree species in this area. Page 8. -. u

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