Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois on March 17, 1977 · Page 1
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March 17, 1977

Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois · Page 1

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Tactical unit wiping out 22nd Dist. crime column 1 SERVING THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1893 south e EPORTER Vol 84 \u Thursday, March VI, 1977 No. 37 DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR EVERY THURSDAY C C c PER J J MONTH Newsstand Copy 20C coil ?M im i« wont nil Student display hails Youth Art month Art stadents at Bogan High school, TMh aid Pulastt, have set ap displays of their work IB the mail foyer of the school I* hoMr of Ymrth Art nwrth. Sta- deats Skanm Bailey ud Linda Versetto (right) skew priadpal William Scheid (left) aid art teacher Wesley Bochwald their creative stitebery. Other art projects m exhibit are paiittigs, drawings, collages tad cardboard relief sculptures. Tactical unit wiping out 22nd Dist. crime By TONY BARANEK Crime prevention in the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park area has reached its peak, according to 'Police Cmdr. Maurice Higgins, who reports 991 ar- rets have been made by the newly- formed 22nd district tactical unit In the period from Oct. l to March 2 at least six major crime patterns have been cleared by the 24-man squad, which is headed by Lt. Robert Hanley and Sgts. Pat McHegh, Ray Walker and Ken Freyer. The tactical unit was set up to meet the need for additional police help, explained Hanley. and the arrest record run up by the unit since then has turned the idea from experimental to permanent Hanley also cited the residents of Beverly Hills/Morgan Park for help- ing the tactical unit perform its duties, although he added that some improvements in relations could be made. "We get pretty good co-operation from the people in the area, especially in Beverly," he said. "They seem to appreciate it there because they've never had a unit like this before. Still, a lot of people could be more involved. "Actually, Beverly Hills/Morgan Park isn't half as bad as some people try to make it seem," continued Hanley. "There's a lot of exaggeration going on about how much crime there is." Whether or not there was a decrease in actual crime is unknown statistically, but according to police files, the percentage of solved cases is high. For the period starting Oct. 21, 1976, through March 2, there were. 67 arrests for robberyp 77 for burglary; 57 for auto theft, 95 for theft; five for homicide; three for rape and 72 for assualt. There were also 169 arress for other felonies; 157 for unlawful use of a weapon; 295 for vice; nine for sex offenses and 44 for liquor law violations. In^addition, the tactical unit recovered 33 autos that had been reported stolen and 158 guns The area 2 unit also averaged out as the ?ixth most efficient out of the 23 units in the Chicago area during the first recording period of 1977. Police recover guns, money, drugs fire arrests resulted when zznd Dist tactical «rit MtHce raided * feome to Morgn Park and recovered * M caliber a 3S1 mtgnmM lgnge slwtgw, «(stout- ed $MM, several bricks of marljuBa, a snanamomt of fcente, tl-stfcks art a bag omuhri«g S9M U silver. Four ·ales aid me female were arrested and com1ct*d. State official upsets parley ByTONYBARANbK A peaceful gathering was culminated by an angry confrontation Sunday at the Homeowners federation's second annual convention at St Xavier college, 3700 W. 103rd st The rhubarb began when Joan Anderson, newly-chosen director of the Illinois Department of Registration and Education, was unable to adequately answer some of the questions fired at her near the end of the three- and-a-half hour affair. Anderson, who assumed her duties Jan. 21, was at the convention along with Marion Valie, real estate commissioner, to respond to charges that the DRE failing to act promptly on alleged illegal practices by local real estate companies. When Anderson refused to respond to any specific cases brought to light by HF board member Jim Sweeney, a shouting match ensued In which she was charged with "not being candid with the audience." "If someone is sent to represent the department, shouldn't they have ail ' the answers?" asked Henry Graf, HF president. "As far as Fro concerned, she portrayed more interest in speaking about the overall operation of the DRE than in taking care of our community problems. "We didn't really expect her to come up with specific answers," added Sweeney, "but it didn't look like those people were doing their homework on the issues we've brought up in the past" Anderson spent most of her time at the podium assuring the HF members DRE is working on the individual cases of illegal solicitation, but that due to a backlog of work, results might not be available for at least 30 days. "I understand that it can be upsetting for a community that has been subjected to racial spearing,' 1 '' she said later. "And I can honestly say that the department is vigorously pursuing the companies where there have been alleged abuses.'" Cathy Connors, vice-president of the HF and secretary for the Wrightwood Improvement association, presented a list of demands to Anderson, winch called for an investigation of the alleged illegal real estate businesses by nolatcr than 30 days. Anderson replied by saying that it it is DRE's intention to complete some of the investigations within two to three weeks. In other business, Graf was unam monsly re-elected president Newly- elected were Jim O'Neill, first vice president; Connors, second vice prcsi dent and LaVerne Landon, third vice president Library expansion plan dim By TONY BARANEK "I would expect that during 1977, we'll be establishing what our priorities will be and the general pattern we'll be setting for 1978 and beyond." Whether or not Beverly Branch library, 2114 W. 95th St., will be a part of those priorities in the near future is still up in the air, according to Roberta^ Luther, district chief for District 3 Chicago library system. "As far as I know, there aren't any immediate hopes for expanding the library," she explained. "But right now, we're surveying all of our branches to find out which ones need help the most." Recent letters requesting that the public library take action in using a vacant store on the east side of the building for expansion were sent out by the Beverly Area Planning association president Sue Delves and Beverly Hills/Morgan Park residents. According to Delves, a shortage of space has developed at Beverly Branch, both for books and extra-curricular activities. The adjacent building has been vacant since early November. "All we would need to do is break through-tile wall in · small section of the building," said Mrs. Jule Conroy, head librarian at Beverly. '"That way we could use the other budding for children's activities." Presently, pre-school children meet occasionally in the outer part of the library, mixing with the adults that are also using the facilities. "It's disturbing," said Conroy, "but I guess it's not that bad. We could sure use the extra space though " Luther said that one of the main reasons it may be awhile before Beverly Branch receives funds for the expansion is that the Chicago Library system owns many of its 75 branches and has to give them prime consideration. The Beverly building is being rented by the system. "The buildings that we own are our responsibility," she expalined "Many of them need renovating and are in much worse condition than Beverly Branch is. Actually, Beverly is in relatively good shape physically. "But we'll have to find a way to fit the needs of Beverly in," she added. "It's in a good location, the response from the area residents has been excellent and we're happy about the site. "I just can't give any concrete answers for now." Conroy, who has been head librarian at Beverly Branch since its inception in May 1970, said that community response has been consistently active. "The neighborhood had been waiting for 20 years to get its own library," she added, "and at last they got it." "They" almost lost it six months after Beverly Branch opened, when a Christmas day fire wiped the building out "A lot of books were singed and we had to wipe off a lot of them," she said, "but firemen were able to save most of them." The same couldn't be said for the building, however, which was damaged to the extent that the library staff had to move down the street for ,two months white it was being renovated. "The staff really got emotionally involved when that fire occurred," said Conroy "It was amazing. Residents were actually standing on the street in front of the building in tears." The building was eventually returned to its original form though and today contains more than 44,000 Juvenile and adult books, which sometimes have to be kept in other places aside from shelves. "I wouldn't say that we have all that many books lying on the tables," mused Conroy. "Maybe during the holidays there was an overflow, but we've got things pretty much in control now. "What we really need are rooms to hold programs in" she stressed, "and that's one of the things we're placing the most emphasis on " Blind minister faces difficult problem By SUZANNE EBFURTH The Rev. H. L. Lalan has a problem. His problem is not that he has been blind since 1904, or that his income from odd-job piano-tuning is way below hardship level. It isn't that this income must also support his late wife's childhood friend Harriet Heiouth,~who has been blind since 1897. It isn't that he and Miss Heibuth must do everything for themselves in order to maintain their independent existence in the cramped, dark house at 11022 S Vincennes ave. They aren't cold or hungry, and the Rev. Mr. Lalan has no complaints about health services. The Rev. Mr. Lalan's problem is simply that through no fault of his he has become a threat to his neighbors because he is poor. The huge, spreading trees that used to lend some elegance to bis house have died of Dutch elm disease. A few weeks ago, most of one tree came crashing down in a thunderstorm It woke his next door neighbor as it scraped against her window, which for some reason didn't break. Now the branch lies across the Rev Mr. Lalan's front lawn, where he can be found most afternoons sawing away at it and carrying the pieces to the back alley. The rest of the tree win go any day now, and there's another standing next to it in the same condition Last year another one fell in the back yard, grazing the Rev. Mr Lalan's house and his Aeighbor's Disabled as he is, the Rev Mr Lalan docs not seem to feel especially vulnerable to the trees, although be acknowledges they could kill him It's SPAPLRI the neighbors he's worried about "Our neighbors have been very kind to us," be said. "We love them and they love us Those things will fall on someone." Tree experts have told the Rev. Mr Lalan it will cost $1,000 per tree to get these death traps removed. He has neither the money nor any prospect of getting it The city can't remove the trees because they aren't on city land Even if they wanted to do it as a public service, their insurance arrangements would forbid it Aid. Jeremiah Joyce (19th) contacted city hall, the superintendent of forestry's office and the commissioner of streets to see if anything could be done. "The city will only trim trees if they're interfering with the passage of «ty traffic or to save lives in an emergency," be reported. v Open Bilandic headquarters Saturday Acting Mayor Michael Bilandic wfll open his South Side headquarters in his campaign for mayor at 3 p m Saturday at 4018 W. 3rd st Morgan Fmlcy, Grant court clerk, win be in charge of the office. Bilandic will appear at the office dedication Saturday, to which the public is invited A television set will be given away and food will be served SPAPLRI

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