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Worth officials make an Ancel-ary decision

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  Worth Village officials did some housekeeping at Tuesday’s board meeting.
  Trustees approved ordinances eliminating the village’s youth and recreational facilities commissions, committees that have not met in several years.
  “We’re cleaning up the code book,” Mayor Mary Werner said.
  The board also approved a waiver of conflict of interest that will allow its law firm, Ancel Glink, to continue to represent both the village and the Worth Park District as the park district assumes control of Worth Days.

  The village decided last year that the park district was better suited to run the fest, which this year will serve as the village’s primary 100th anniversary celebration.

  Trustee Mary Rhein voted against the measure, saying that a conflict of interest exists if Ancel Glink represents both the village and the park district.
  “I’m definitely not comfortable voting for this,” Rhein said. “It’s just too big a conflict of interest.”
  Rhein added that Werner’s husband, Steve, is president of the park board. And, she said, different municipal attorneys might examine various issues in different ways.
  Village attorney Robert Bush said the two intergovernmental agreements between the village and the park district are fairly routine and his firm would recommend another law firm if needed. He added that sticking with one law firm will save the village time and money.
  In addition to the agreement transferring control of Worth Days to the park district, the two taxing bodies plan to sign an agreement authorizing the police department to patrol village parks—a duty the department already performs but which has never be formalized, Warner said.
  Trustee Colleen McElroy said the Worth Days agreement should already have been presented to the board. The timing is important because centennial plans are already underway.

  In other business, Werner’s appointments to the centennial committee were approved. Committee members are: Gene Sikora, Linda Dawson, Bahira Karim, James Plahm, Barb Dziedzic, Robert Burns, Kari Fickes, Georgia Prendergast and Jeanne Elder. The members will serve through the end of the year. The next meeting is Feb. 3.

  The centennial kickoff celebration will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Feb. 8 at the Chieftain Pub, 6906 W. 111th St. Admission is $10 and features food and live entertainment.

Man tries to lure EP girl into vehicle

  A man driving an SUV attempted Friday to lure an Evergreen Park girl into his vehicle, police said.
  Police said the girl was walking in the 2700 block of 98th Street to Central Junior High School.
  The man, described as white, mid 40s, average build, bald with a black and brown mustache and wearing a black jacket, slowed his Chevrolet Suburban alongside the girl and said: “Do you want a ride? Get in.”
  The student did not reply and the man drove away south on Washtenaw Avenue, police said.
—Regional News report

Stolen car leads to burglary charges

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  A stolen car was the key to Evergreen Park police arresting four individuals involved in several recent resident burglaries in the area, police said.
  Police on Oct. 20 spotted a car at the Shell station in the 2600 block of 87th Street. The car was reported stolen 30 minutes earlier from a residence in Evergreen Park.

  Police later learned that the car’s keys were taken during a Sept. 6 residential burglary and that the driver and three passengers were involved in several burglaries in the area.
  A subsequent search of an abandoned building in the 8200 block of Kedzie Avenue in Chicago revealed several items which were taken during the burglaries, police said.
  Christopher A. Sparks, 30, and Robin M. Fields-Tiner, 23, both of Chicago, were charged with retail theft. Ryan N. Fields-Tiner, 22, of Chicago was charged with unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, and Levert P. Wragg, 59, of Chicago, was charged with criminal trespass to motor vehicle.

  The investigation is ongoing and has revealed the offenders’ involvement in incidents in Chicago, police said.

Battering Rams

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Reavis treated roughly by inspired Bulldogs


  Evergreen Park certainly did Reavis no favor.
  By squeezing out a victory over Richards in the closing seconds of a Week 5 showdown between two unbeaten squads, the Mustangs no doubt put Bulldogs players in an ugly frame of mind. Richards coach Tony Sheehan didn’t deny it, but stated that his guys used the Evergreen “wake-up call” in a positive manner.
  “This was probably one of our best weeks of practice,” Sheehan said. “The kids were really focused. I think they realize what’s in front of them and what’s at stake, and we came ready to play Friday night.”
  Did they ever. While the visiting Rams threatened to make some early noise, the Bulldogs’ defense refused Reavis entry into the end zone. Richards’ offense, meanwhile, racked up four first-half touchdowns and eventually claimed a resounding 40-0 South Suburban Conference Red triumph at Korhonen Field.
  “I hope it will continue,” Sheehan said of his team’s solid exhibition,” and I think it will. You’ve got to play your best every week or you’re going to get beat because this conference is so balanced. We learned that last week.

Adult toys no longer ‘in your face’

  • Written by Bob Rakow

 

Adult toys will no longer be on display at a Spencer’s in Chicago Ridge Mall.
Trustees on Tuesday night unanimously approved an amendment to the village’s ordinance regarding adult book and video stores that would prohibit the practice.
The change to the ordinance will requires stores such as Spencer’s to place adult toys and videos in a section of the store restricted by doors or walls.
“It certainly should address the issue that’s been put before us,” Mayor Chuck Tokar said.
That issue was raised two weeks ago when a small group of residents told trustees that Spencer’s had a large number of sex toys displayed on a wall in the rear of the store.
“I was appalled,” resident Elaine Pecenka told trustees. “I don’t think this is funny. It’s there. It’s in your face.”
Pecenka complained that the display was not separated from the rest of the store, making it visible to underage shoppers.
She added that a store employee told her that there are no age restrictions on who can purchase the items. The employee said that girls as young as 12 purchase the adult toys.
Spencer’s appears harmless from the outside, Pecenka said, attracting teenagers with displays of gag gifts, costumes and games. Once in the store, however, children are bound to discover the adult merchandise, she said.
In other business at Tuesday’s meeting, trustees agreed to delay for two weeks a vote on a special-use permit for property at 103rd Street and Ridgeland Avenue.
Alsip mechanic Walter Lindish has proposed moving his shop from to a shuttered garage located at 10303 S. Ridgeland Ave. adjacent to Penny Lane School.
But while at least two trustees were willing to approve the special-use permit on Tuesday, Tokar asked the board to take additional time to consider the request.
 “I’m still a little bit concerned,” Tokar said, adding that the garage will require a significant amount of upkeep. “I don’t want to see the board rush into this.”
Tokar added that he wanted to visit Lindish’s Alsip shop and encouraged him to put together a detailed improvement plan for the Chicago Ridge location.
Lindish, whose current shop is in an industrial park, said the Chicago Ridge shop is ideally located and offers everything his business needs, including a secure storage lot.
Tokar favored an industrial park location for Lindish’s shop and said he was concerned about cars being parked in front of the business, along Ridgeland Avenue.
“I’m just not sure (the proposed location) is a good idea,” the mayor said, adding that a body shop located 103rd Street and Oxford Avenue frequently has cars stored in front of the business.
Trustee Jack Lind said he favored approving the special-use permit, which was unanimously approved by the planning and zoning commission.
“I don’t have to wait,” Lind said. “I don’t think we should hold it up. What else is going to go in there?”
Trustee Dan Badon also favored the plan but agreed to table the matter for until the next board meeting.