Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois on March 24, 1977 · Page 1
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March 24, 1977

Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois · Page 1

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-^ If Historical markers dot Beverly area page 2 SERVING THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1893 south e EPORTER A« EroitomiM Piibliratinn Vol 84 Thursday, March 24, 1977 No 38 DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR EVERY THURSDAY C C c PER JJ MONTH Newsstand Copy 20* Coll 764 2173 lot Wont »di ELECT**" ; Bilandic announces area business studies Flanked by area elected officiate, Mayor Bilandic addressed a crowd that .caused traffic tie-ups at tfce opening of Us campaign office at 4*18 W. 63rd st. 1 Saturday, Bilandic announced the-city is studying ways to improve the shopping district along S3rd st. between Western and Homan and is considering expansion of industrial facilities between 47th and 63rd near Western ave. (Staff photo bj Don Weinzierl) , . ,,_ - , \ f Cops' hqnch pays off By DOROTHY PETROSKEY Two Chicago Lawn district police -officers thought something was fishy. ' They were suspicious of the identity given by a man they had arrested Friday for the theft of $305 worth of ; state lottery tickets. · Officers Robert W. Graeber and Le- ,onard Valderrama. suspected the man they arrested for the theft from the Shop-N-Save food store, 3307 W. 63rd st., had not given them Ms real name. Acting on their-nunch, the policemen contacted some of the companies for which the man had several credit cards in his possession. The officers learned the cards had been stolen and the suspect had as- sumed the name on the cards. Charged with felony theft was Eugene Jackson, 32,10150 S. Union. Police recovered 10 credit cards belonging to the person whose name Jackson had originally given police. According to police, Jackson has $7,000 in bond forfeiture theft charges pending. · Jackson was arrested by police for the lottery ticket theft after a Shop-N- Save employe apprehended Jackson after he allegedly took the tickets from the store. John Chris takes, the employe, chased Jackson, wrestled him to the ground in front of the store and subdued him while, fellow employes called police People 'afraid to try new route' \Harlem bus ride nice but lonely By JOHN HECTOR r A round-trip "nde on the new Har- *lem ave. bus route would lead one to I believe that few South Suburban resi: dents know about this latest transpor- -tation link between Chicago and the I suburbs. - Such a ride taken Thursday morn- ling found only two passengers on the ^Suburban Transit system bus -- this -reporter and a Chicago woman who rwas returning from her friend's house -in Palos Heights. Z According to Wayne Dunham, -spokesman for the Regional Trans- -po rtation authority, ridership on the 'bus during its first eight days of oper- -ation ranged from 114 to 179 riders. 1 However, Dunham said there has ·been a steady increase in ridership leach day. ; The bus: which travels on Harlem -ave. between Archer ave. and 127th 1st, and on 127th st to Rt 83, makes -34 different runs Monday through Fn- Iday from 5:10 am. until 8:40 p.m. "Some of these runs, however, do not -include the entire route, r "I average between 15 and 20 riders ·during an eight-and-a-half hour : shift," said bus driver Kevin Condon. -30. "Most of them are during the rush "-hour. ; "The trouble with the route is thai -nobody knows about it," he said. "It I should pick up by summertime, but 1 -haven't seen that much of an in- Icrease so far." - Another driver on the route, Harry Rodeo, 39, agreed the ridership is not lieavy, but said those who do use it are pleased. "Most people seem to like it," Rodeo said. "I haven't had many complaints yet One thing is for sure -this route is starting out better than the route to Moraine Valley did " The buses on the Harlem ave. route travel every half hour and will stop for passengers on any corner where it is possible. "For the first few weeks, if we see someone waiting for the bus in the middle of the block, we will pick him up but will remind him to wait on a comer the next time," Rodeo said. It costs 50 cents,for an adult to ride the bus. Children under 12 and senior citizens with an RTA identification card ride for half price. Transfers within the Suburban Transit system are free. A transfer to another transit company costs 10 cents The lone woman passenger on Thursday morning's run did not have the identification card, but Rodeo told her where she could get one. The woman, Florence Dearinger of Chicago, was taking her first trip on the Harlem ave. route. "I think I am going to like this." Mrs Dearinger said, "It is great that they have it It makes it so much easier." ;Uses toy gun in robbery - A man brandishing a sawed-off -shotgun, apparently a toy, robbed a camera store Monday afternoon of - cash and a camera. . Taken in Ihe robbery of Hie Anchor -Camera and Photo Supply Co. store, '6234 S. Western, were $168.35 in cash . and a sound camera. - Marsha Eret, a derk, told police 'she was alone in the front portion of the store at the time of the incident.--- Efct said the man, after viewing .several showcases of cameras, said be would have to consult with bis- wife before making a purchase. But then he walked to the front door. produced the toy gon and announced a stick-dp. After ordering the clerk to give him all the money from the register, he put the toy gun down and took a camera from the front window Erct fanning toward Ihe rear of the store, -shouted "Robbery," and fled out the back door with anntiier employe They called police from an other store Mrs. Dearinger was heading for 59th st. and California ave in the city. She would transfer at Archer ave. and take the CTA's "Archer route to California On California, she would take another CTA bus to 59th st The entire trip cost her 60 cents. If she had an indentification card, the trip would have been 35 cents. When Mrs. Dearinger got on the bus at 127th st and Menard ave, she was given a schedule by Rodeo Rodeo said schedules will be given to all riders until they "became familiar with the route. The schedules had to be changed shortly after the route started because the route was lengthened. At first the bus went onlv to Ridgeland ave. on 127Ui st Now it goes as far as Rt S3 and turns around in the Playfield Shopping center. Rodeo said the change was made to cause less confusion with another Pair assault, rob woman A 19-year-old woman was raped at knifepoint by a roan Friday in the of fice building where she works at 2255 W. 79tti st A second nan acted as a a lookwit the woman told police The men also robbed her of moncj she had in her purse. The woman said she was on her way lo lunch when the ttto men got in the elevator with her and one pulled out a knife. Forcing her lo a back siairw-aj. one man told her to Rive ihem her money or she would be raped Although she handrd over her parse and (they took Jhr money, the *oman said one man then raped her while holding a knife lo her throat Suburban Transit route that also travels down 127th st and ends in Playfield. The Suburban Transit schedules are made to have buses connect at major intersections with little inconvenience and wait for the passenger Because the schedules are designed for rush hour traffic, daytime runs tend to be slow moving. Rodeo was occasionally forced to pull off the road temporarily to remain on the half-hour schedule "It would make more sense to adjust the schedules during the day so we don't have to move so slow," Rodeo said. "Passengers do get aggravated if the bus is going loo slowly. "The reason we have to keep to the schedule is loo connect with the other routes," he added "The connections are beautiful most of the time, but sometimes one of the buses is late. If that makes people late for work, I can imagine the names thej arc calling us." However, on the Harlem ave. bus. this probably is not much of a prob lem because of the lack of passengers Condon had some thoughts and suggestions on the ridership problems and what can be done to increase ihc number of passengers. "In mv opinion, this is the best route we have out here," Condon said. "The problem is that people arc afraid to try it They arc afraid of change. "If I could nde the bus for SB cents instead of taking a car. I would," foe added. "Just the other daj, a man from Patos who looked like an excroJne got on the bus and said, T\e been ·waiting for 20 jears for you people *n put a bus out here." 11 Condon said Condon suggested the route should be changed to go Urnnich the indus trial complexes in Bndgfvicw. He also said stores and shopping centers along the route *hmild make shoppers aware that a bus dries serve the area. Candidates give views By SUZANNE ERFURTH "I'm not surprised that Mayor Bilandic didn't make it because he can't make anything," said mayoral candidate Edward V. Hanrahan regarding the mayor's absence from the Mt Greenwood Civic association's candidates' forum "He doesn't come out because there are questions he doesn't want to have to answer." Of the candidates invited to the meeting Monday night in Mt. Greenwood fieldhouse, 3711 W. lllth st., Hanrahan, Aid. Dennis Block (R- 48th), George Manning and Gerald M. Rose appeared and spoke on city issues Candidate Anthony Martin-Trigona was present but was forced to leave early becuase of a previous engagement. He agreed to speak for "one minute," but confined his remarks to blasting his opponent State Sen. Harold Washington (D-26th). Hanrahan said as mayor he would make the school board an elected body that would hold its meetings in different areas of the city each time. "It's unbelievable to me that fads graduate from eighth grade who can't read at sixth grade level," he said "That's the result of having a school board consisting of friends of the mayor." Hanrahan indicated he would oppose any busing program, "not just because there's a $100 million deficit in the board of education, but because I don't think it's worthwhile " Askei what he would do for senior citizens, he said he would begin by making the streets safer. "As you get older, you feel more physically helpless," he said. "I would also knock off the entire CTA fare for senior citizens," he said. "The 20 cents per person really doesn't amount to much, and if the service were free people might get out more " He called for repeal of the head tax, which he described as "a symbol of an antagonism toward business that has hurt Chicago." "I was opposed to it when it was rammed through City council, and Fm opposed to it now,'' he said 'Block, who is endorsed by the regular Republican organization, said he was running because, "the transfer of power going on in this city is not in the best interest of the people, wheth- er you liked Daley, hated him or loved him " He said that "a strong Chicago is strong community organizations," and promised to create an office of representatives elected by such groups. "This office would receive funds enabling it to get the same representation as the city planners," he said. He mentioned that he had worked with the Uptown Chicago commission, and that he had introduced an anti- pornography ordinance in the city council George Manning, an exterminator with a background in entomology, said he was running for mayor because"people don't feel right about the city." "People are apathetic," he said. J "Apathy is anger that you can't express." He said he would not introduce legislation to control pornography, though he joined Block in condemning it. "The public display of privacy is indecent," he said If elected, Manning would arrange- a five-year grace period for 'city em-' ployes found to be violating the law by living outside the city . "They should have tune-to find a place to live," he argued. "If they haven't done so in five years, they should be put on probation for a year and then fired." , Labor party candidate Gerald M.- Rose had been stricken with laryngitis, and looked on while his wife read' -a statement. Mrs. Rose contended that Bilandic "is preparing to win through massive vote fraud." She did not refer to specific city issues again, but urged voters to stop trying to conserve energy. "We must use up all existing resources to achieve a growth rate of 25 per cent per annum," she said In other business, association president Paula Derbak said she had been assured by deputy commissioner of streets Hugh Short that Mt Greenwood's city-subsidized street repair program would provide for replacement of any inadequate sewers."Anyone with questions should call Short's ' r "ywntown," she said. A representative from the county assessor's office, building appraiser Orlando Pellegnno, was asked about the effect street repair will have on property taxes i-* Summit Bediord B t i d g o · \ Map depicts tt»r route of the new Harlem ave bus servkf. Tbr bus win run on I27tti st frorn Rt JO to Harlem ane and m Harlem a\f. to Archer ate. 'SPAPERJ

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