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Chicago Tribune, Saturday, July 7, 1984 Section 1 5 Citysuburbs Council foe of lakefront Fair calls for talks By John McCarron and Carol Oppenheim ALD. BERNARD Stone 50th late Friday softened his earlier rejection of plans to locate the 1992 World's Fair at Burnham Harbor when he suggested a meeting of state and local officials to resolve the issue. On Thursday, Stone threatened to seek a resolution from the city council denouncing the Burnham Harbor site as too costly and utterly lacking in "residual" improvement to be left after the fair. But Friday he said he would not ask for the resolution and instead called on Gov. James Thompson to reopen the question of the fair's site at a meeting of principals in the matter.

Earlier Friday, the director of the agency that sanctions world's fairs repeated her organization's position that the site of Chicago's 1992 exposition cannot be changed without jeopardizing the event's official sta- tus. MARIE HELENE Defrene, secretary general of the Bureau of International Expositions in Paris, warned that member nations might lose patience with Chicago if it' reapplies for international approval of the event with a new site. "They voting member-nations of the bureau might decide that they already have an exposition in Seville Spain, so let's go ahead with that, Defrene said. "Members feel there are too many changes in ex positions now." She said some nations are still upset that Philadelphia, which was to have staged a fair in 1976, ended up canceling the event after win-, nine the bureau's approval. Defrene spoke early Friday in a interview conducted by David Rowe of WBBM-AM radio news.

Stone on Thursday asked the city council to go on record opposing the lakefront site if the Chicago World's Fair 1992 Authority did not abandon plans to hold the event at Burnham Harbor; the resolution also would have called for studies of alternative sites. STONE, CHAIRMAN of the council's Special Events and World's Fair Committee and a member of the majority bloc, threatened to introduce such a resolution at the first council meeting in August. He predicted that the measure would be supported by 45 of the 50 aldermen. "Burnham is dead, dead, dead if I have to stomp on its grave," Stone had said Thursday after a meeting of his committee to report on a three-day fact-finding tour of the financially troubled New Orleans World's Fair. Aid.

Perry Hutchinson 9th, vice chairman of the council's Committee on Intergovernmental Relations and an ally of the Washington administration, added: "There is bipartisan opposition in the city council. This is not soft opposition. This is cast-iron opposition." Lawmakers do flip-flop on pay for rail board lM'rx- 1 Dip" 'ifv-rrnli vra'n yh-k, Ave- ww for the bus board. David Gilbert, Thompson's press secretary, said he does not know whether Thompson will sign the bill. JEFFREY LADD, rail board chairman, said, "I believe that these board members deserve the salary.

They probably are logging 20 to 30 hours a week now and will continue to do that for the balance of the year, not including attendance at board meetings. I think the workload at the rail board will be as heavy as or heavier than at the RTA." Ladd said he believes that the RTA reform law was discriminatory because it provided no salaries for directors, of the rail board or suburban bus board, though directors of the RTA and the CTA receive pay. Under the reform law, RTA board members and the agency's part-time chairman will receive $25,000 each a year. CTA board members are paid $15,000 to $20,000 a year, with the full-time chairman at $80,000. IT IS UNCLEAR why the conference committee deleted Rock's proposal to pay the 12-member dus board.

"I guess somebody in the legislature is sending somebody a message," said Florence Boone, bus board chairman. "I'm just not sure to whom or from whom or what the message is." Boone said the bus board members, all of whom are suburban mayors, are angry about the pay issue. Boone said she believes that a token amount, perhaps $5,000 a year, would be appropriate for members of both the rail and bus boards to help make up for time away from regular jobs and for time spent traveling to meetings. "But there is a point where these salaries are no longer proper for policy boards," she asserted. "I don't think any of us believes in unlimited expense accounts," she added, referring to the proposed removal of the $5,000 expense ceiling for rail board members.

By Gary Washburn Transportation writer DIRECTORS OF the RTA's new commuter rail board would receive salaries totaling $115,000 a year under a measure approved in the waning hours of the recent legislative session. The measure provides for annual pay of $15,000 tor six directors of the seven-member rail board and $25,000 a year for the chairman. It also would remove a ceiling on reimbursable expenses. A reform law passed by the General Assembly late last year reorganizing the RTA called for creation of the rail board and a suburban bus board to oversee daily transit service. Directors of the two bodies were supposed to serve without pay.

Now, however, if Gov. James Thompson signs the measure granting the rail board salaries, the cost of RTA board salaries will be higher than before passage of the reform legislation. The old RTA board, dissolved by the legislation last fall, was paid a total of $372,000 annually. Members of the new RTA board and rail board would get a combined total of $440,000 a year. The provision for salaries for rail board members was tacked on to a bill making technical changes in the RTA reform law.

Senate President Philip Rock Oak Park sponsored an amendment calling for pay, but only at the rate of $7,500 for directors and $12,500 for the chairmen of both the rail and bus boards. JUDY ERWIN, a spokesman for Rock, said that "members of the rail board approached the two legislative leaders in the Senate" seeking the pay. After discussions with Senate Minority Leader James Pate Philip Elmhurst, Rock "felt that some reasonable compensation was due" members of both the bus and rail boards, Erwin said. In a House-Senate conference committee, the compensation provision was raised to the $15,000 and $25,000 figures for the rail board, but pay provisions were withdrawn Tribune photo by Waller Kale A notable moment If chairs had ears, they would keep time with Fritz Kaenzig's tuba. The practice for the evening concert at the Petrillo Band ShellThis Is the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra musician used Friday's solitude to 50th season of the free concerts, which run through Aug.

26. Motorcyclists club barred from house Judge issues preliminary injunction after neighbors complain I Woman, 18, found slain in North Side apartment ners violated the local zoning or-, dinance was brought in May by State's Atty. Fred Foreman. Brady said he was not "overly impressed" by the testimony of Thomas Messel, a Sojourner and one of the four owners of the house. Messel said he used the house as his home, that he did not know what was in the liquor bottles in the house, and that four kegs of beer there were for himself and his guests.

He said alcohol was never, sold on the premises. The clubhouse has been closed since May 22, when Brady issued a temporary restraining order' against club meetings in the house. The ruling Friday constituted a preliminary injunction that will remain in effect until a permanent injunction is issued or denied. By Robert Enstad A LAKE COUNTY judge Friday barred the Sojourners Motorcycle Club from using a home in rural Lake Villa Township as a clubhouse and for the sale of alcoholic In issuing a preliminary injunction, Circuit Judge Terrence Brady ruled that the Sojourners violated the residential zoning of the property by using it as a clubhouse. He also found that they sold alcohol without a violating Illinois law, and that noisy motorcycles coming and going around the house were a nuisance to neighbors.

He said his ruling was not based on prejudice against motorcylcists: "The fact that this is a motorycle club is no different from if it was a videotape taken in the house May 18 by sheriff's police showing an 18- to 24-foot bar, bar stools, a cash register, jukebox, pool table and pay telephone. Neighbors also said they felt harassed and intimidated by the Sojourners. Brady said there was no evidence of acts of harassment or intimidation, and asserted that the club is not "the outlaw or renegade type of motorcyle club." THE JUDGE also said he was impressed by the persistence of neighbors in seeking to have the Sojourners removed from the house. For several months the neighbors went to local officials and the news media and used political pressure to get relief. The suit charging that the Sojour tulip club of elderly ladies of America that liked to sell champagne in the afternoon and make a lot of noise." THE CLUBHOUSE was in a cement-block home along Fairfield Road a quarter mile south of Moneville Road in Lake Villa Township.

According to testimony in the 10-day hearing before Brady, the Sojourners had used the house as a meeting place since the spring of last year. Neighbors told of parties at all hours of the night on the property, of motorcyles roaring to and from the house and of occasionally seeing naked people and sexual acts performed outside the clubhouse. Jeffrey Jeep, an assistant state's attorney, introduced into evidence a By Mark Eissman AN 18-YEAR-OLD Rogers Park woman was found stabbed to death Friday in her second-floor apartment, police said. The victim was identified as Penny Krajeski, of 6758 N. Sheridan according to Belmont Area Cmdr.

Ed Wodnicki, who said the body was found naked on the living room floor with multiple stab wounds. i Wodnicki said there were no signs of forced entry and no weapon was found, but he said there were signs of a struggle and the apartment was in disarray. "The girl appeared to have been dead for some time because full rigor mortis had set in," Wodnicki said. Rigor mortis does not occur until several hours after death. Police said Krajeski's body was discovered at 3 p.m.

by Ajdar Pero-cevic, 37, janitor of the five-story apartment building. SZL Squads tie up Kennedy after fake chase report IK if- WARNING a n. -7t rViv. known by all members of the department. Because of the hoax, Schoenfeldt said, procedures will be instituted to verify the authenticity of such calls.

The flurry of excitement, which was carried over at least one radio station that monitors police calls, began when police re-' ceived a call from a pay phone from the man who identified himself as a sheriff's dispatcher, and said a sheriff's car was in pursuit of three men in a 1979 Chevrolet fleeing the scene of a robbery in Harwood Heights. As he briefed the Chicago dispatacher on the route of the 70-mile-an-hour "ghost chase," both inbound and outbound on the Kennedy and on adjoining streets, he sudden- ly shouted, "Oh, my God! They're shooting at car. One of our officers nas been hit!" Schoenfeldt said. POLICE BROADCAST that an officer had been shot, and squads from throughout the Near Northwest Side converged on the area as police closed off the Kennedy at Cicero Avenue and at Augusta Boulevard. The police dispatcher, meanwhile, asked the caller why he was not using normal police channels.

He answered, "My lieutenant tried to get through on the point-to-point radio and he couldn't get through, so lie told me to try the telephone." Other police by now had contacted the sheriff's office and learned that no sheriff's officer had been shot. "At this point we figured out that we were chasing our tails," Schoenfeldt said. By Philip Wattley POLICE PROCEDURES will be revised as the result of an eaiiy-morning hoax that caused mass confurirtf and temporarily closed the Kennedy Expressway Friday while authorities investigated a call that a sheriff's deputy had been snot in a chase, a top police official said. There was no chase, and no one was shot. Authorities were reviewing tape recordings of phone calls to the communications center at 1121 S.

State St. that sent several dozen squad cars in a futile search for a car with three gunmen who reportedly had shot a deputy: "The caller had us fooled. This man was so convincing. He knew all the police jargon," said Lt. Louis Schoenfeldt, commander of the communications section, in describing the person who telephoned police at 6:01 a.m.

and impersonated a Cook County sheriff's radio dispatcher. "He even called the radio dispatchers by the name police usually do," Schoenfeldt added. "He was on the phone with us for 40 minutes, and at one point he apparently was talking to two dispatchers simultaneously. He even had some type of background noise so it would sound like he was calling from a busy communications room." SCHOENFELDT SAID the caller circumvented the computer so the 911 emergency system could not trace the call by using a special unlisted number used by the depart-. ment.

He said it is a number that is not even Tribune pnoio Dy Wintam ncgan A new light on safety Aid. William F. Krystyniak, 23d left, and Mayor Harold where traffic mushroomed when a Jewel Food store opened. Washington applaud Fridav after switching on new traffic "When you crossed the street there, you took your life in your signals at 53d Street and Pulaski Road. Residents had been hands, a resident said.

The lights cost $110,000, with Jewel campaigning for 10 years to get signals at the intersection, contributing $60,000 and the city $50,000..

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