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Vol. XIII No. 8



Published by t he Cook County (HI.) Dep~rt m ent of H ighway.
Under au.pices of the Board of Co unty Commlulo ne rl
SEYMOUR SIMON , Pre-iden t

Fr,1nk Bobrytzke

Charles J . Grupp, Jr.

Charh!1 S. Bonk

Jerome Huppcl"\

Charlu F. Chaplin

LIllian P iot rowlk l

Gerald Doleza l

Ru by Ryan
Seymour Simon
Josephine B. Sneed
John J, T ouhy

George W. Dunne
William N. Erlck.o n
Floyd T. Fulle

Kenneth E. Wllaon
An drew V. Plummer
Superintendent of H ig hways
P ublished at Chlugo Civic Center, Randolph & Clari( Street., Chicago 60602 T elephone 321.7714



Boob 0/ the Month

Odd Shapes

the Chicago-Cook County exM
Keep America. Beautiful Inc. Reporting this month

presswnys are cited, but not with honor, by

on a nationwide roadside survey. KAB first menlioned a man in New Mexico who W88 arrested and
fined for ditching a dead horse, and then atated:
But a dead horse is nothing 8S litter oddities go:
"Among dead animals picked up along highways
have b~n dogs. ca1.8. monkeys, cattle and sheep.
Cleanup of Chicago's expressways in one month
yielded 50 dead animaJs, including a sack of kittens
and several crntes of chickens.
"National Park officials regularly de-litter the
thermal pools of Yellowstone. One batch of litter
collected from Morning Glory pool included Sl50
in coins.
, A Texas official listed the following oddities
picked up aJong roadside: a transistor rndio (playing) , a loaded r evolve r, a fuUy equipped doctor's
aatchel, a case of beer, a tombstone Ilnd an artificial leg."
The sllrvey also upset the belief that Uttering is
only a summertime nuisance. While more stuff is
t088ed [rom CB.r windows in that 8Cason, winter
tourists, going north to ski or 80uth to tan. a r e
marki ng their courses with increasing quantities of
scrops. Even 80, said Allen H. Seed Jr. KAB's
executive vice president, wayside disposal of local
garbage outweighs that cast by travelers.

courae, that new

CLIPPER IlDderatands, of
traffic laws arc pa.s&ed DOW


But he can't spare the time to look lhem up.

So be may learn the hard way. plus costa.

A Reader Spots Some Boobs

3) The man whose car sheds picees of retread

ing material on Dan Ryan Expressway to endanger
l>Caple behind.
Also, I wish YOll would frequently repeat warnings about the crimin&lly vicious drivers who crowd
behind you when YOIl a re already driving at the
maximum permitted rate and seem to think you
should exceed the speed limit or get out of the way.
especially in situations where it is dangerous to
change lanes.

To the Editor:
May I compliment you on the Informative and
interesting material in Oook COlmty lliglucaY8. I
nm sure it is doing much good.
I have some nominations for the "Boob of the
Month" department:
1 ) The man who drives along a busy. dangerous
highway with three or fOllr uncontrolled children
fighting on lhe back seat.
2) The man who tries to give an air of nonchalance by driving with his arm hanging out of
the window, snd

Dr. Frederic T. Jung

521 Ridge Avenue
EVanston, mlnois


Highway Deaths Down By 50

IFTY FEWER highway traffic deaths occurred
in 8uburbn..n Cook County lut
than in the
previoll. yeu
24 in 1965 and 29 in HH6.

having learned safety principles. traffic la~...s and

traffic courtesy in our bicycle tmining program.
"Traffic law enforcement in the suburbs Is steadily
impro,'lng. All or the polite authorities cooperate
with the Commiaelon, particularly by participating
In ollr e:lucational e1I'orts. IUld certainly lhey ahare
in VIe credlL 1n addition. there are local safely
councils in 'lOme lJe\'enty suburbs. all of wWeb we
COUIlt. as our alliel.
"The good showing mnde last year should have a
definite Impact on the public.. The saving of tifty
lives Is n ROlld demonstrntion of whal can be accomplish(!d. \ViLh good team work. we enn do even
better this year,"


While the Cook County Traltic Salety Commi...

alon. whleb ~Ord8 and studies the causes or Beetdents, did not cite any single [acLOr in the improvement, County Board President Seymour Simon. who
I, also president or the Commission, said he was
encouraged to believe that the varloua safety progrurns altogether were having etrecL
" Fifty people living today- whoever they mny be
would be dead if the 196-1 rate had continued,"
he 8Il1d. "Thnl mn.y be just their good Jllck. but
It also may be taken o.s proof 018L more drivers
am driving with mor'1): care. I believe thnt the
enIdy COllr&ell given by the Comml68ion in grade
schools. high achool. aod In special clnsscs for
adults RJ'C beginning to have resultil. Thousanda
of loony's YOllnger motorists are better drivers (or

The 2'18 dcaUls were cnused by 217 separnte ncc.ldcnb'l. lit addition. 14.]58 persons were InjUred
III .755 nccidenlll. The remainder of the 56.64.7
totlll of nccldents resulted In property damage only.

Tho 1965 aecldent records In the various suburbs

are tabulated under the headings TA (tolAl accidents) Jo' (fatnJIUes), nnd r (number of persons
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toUways and 101 In the

Traffic Counts Placed


CATS volunteered technical servicCB to aid in de-sign of the system.

With the recent addition of three suburbs wbo
have t.rallic counting programs. tile agencies represented on the Pol.icy Committee are:
U.S. Bureau of Public Roads.
lllinois Division or Highways- Bureau of Plan
ning. Springfield: the Bureaus of RcselU'Ch and
Planning of Districts 10 (Cook County) and 1
(eight. neighboring counties). and the Bureau of
Trame of District 10.
Cook County Highway Department- Trnffic En
gineering Division.
City ot Chicago-Bureau of Street Trnffic.
City of Evanston- Planning Department.
Village of Skoki
Engineering Department..
Village of Oak Park- Engineering Department.
The major counting agencies who .sel committee
policy are Cook County, Chicago and the Stale Dis
tricts 10 and 1. By bringing In District 1. the re-gion of operation was extended to include Boone.
DeKlllb. DuP age. Kane. Kendall. Lake, ]''lc.Henry and
Will Counties, which with Cook County comprise
the Chicago Metropolitan area from the viewpoint
of transportation study.
Five objecti\'es were stated by the major agencies
as steps toward achieving the best ovemll system
of traffic counts In the area:
1. Inventory of current counting practicell by
all agencies.
2. Setting standards to achieve reasonable ac
3. Establishing a network of master counting.
4. Standardh..ation of field metilods. processing
and report.ing data.
S. Establishing a central headquarters to process
and oversee all tounting activity.
"These objectives have nearly a ll been attained
or are well forward in their progrcss," the article
states. "Based on the inventory of counting pro-cedures, the technica l staff al CATS designed optical mark reader forms and 8 data system to
process them to results which would be useful and
acceptable to all agencies. A network of cootinu
ous count.ing lltatiOns on all roads has been proposed to the Illinois Division of Highways aod priorities of consU'Uction have been established. CATS
serves as the central hea.dqunrler8 for processing
and reporting data on a month ly basis."
On its own part. the County Highway Department
has lalUed traffic for more than 40 years ns a basic
factor in determining highway demands and set
ting improvement priorities to benefit the largest
oumbers of users. A countywide origindestination
study. including the City of Chicago. was made in
1924 8S n step in planning the extensive "hard rosdprogram of that time. The largest scale project
of the kind underl.nken anywhcre in that period.
It wns a model for other highway agencies, Other
OD surveys for special purposes have follOwed and
since 1939. the Department has conducted regular
lrallic counting In connection with its annual improvemenl program.

By John T. Nagel
Chid Traffic: Engineer,
Cook Count)' HlghwlI)' Oepanment

HAT LITTLE rubber tube lying across t.he paveT

ment has taken on a new importance.
is still
the means of actuating a traffic counling machine:

when a vehicle's wheels hit the tube, the counter

registers. But whereas In former years the County
mnde its own count for its own purposes. the tube's
impulses now contribute to a "bank" of traffic count
data. in which other highway agencies also partici
pate both as depositors and withdrawers.
The new mUlual system has been brought close

to final form by two years of research and development by the Chicago Area Transportation Study.
which is supported by the Slate, County and City
of Chicago with coope.rnlioll of the U. S. Bureau of
Public Roads. Greatly increased counting and improvement In the order of returns was report.ed last
year and the opemtion in 1966 is expected to be
Count. sheets delivcred to CATS tor computer
processing into readily use[ul [onns are not only
more numerous but are uniform, a quality lacking in
prcvious ycal'S. The history of the bank as "a re
gional data management system for vehicular traf
fic counts" togetller with an explanation of opera
tIon and purposes, WDS provided this month in sn
article I)repnred by two of the CATS staff, William
C. Habig, traflic engineer. and Hannclore Nolthenius.
engineering technician. In part. they said:
"As n trnllsl>ortation planning agency. CATS hItS
need of traffiic counts for calibrating traffic models,
measuring area growth and developing travel char
acteristics pertinent to 8uch work.
"Trnflic counts have always been collected by
CATS either through the Study's data collection di
vision or from the four major highway agencies in
the mctropolitan area. However. after com'erUng
the organization to a continuous planning agency.
resources for data collection were minimal. At the
time, t.wo years ago, CATS ~e i ved traffic count
data in a different. format from each agency. There
Wft& considerable du plication of efforts. there were
many gaps in overall coverage. and the data in the
agencies' files were nearly inaccessible.
"To remedy this situation and to impro\'e lhe
quality of traffic count data, the Traffic Count Bank
PoUcy Committee was organi7..ed in December 1963.
This group has come a long way toward Rchieving
the best overall dam system for vehicular traffic
counts. This is reflecled In the greatly Increased
covcrage and order in lhe 1965 traffic count data,"
The Policy Committee. consisting of reprC:lK'ntn
lives of each major lraffic counting agency, was
formed in December, 1963. Its first function was
"to discuss the feasibility of standardizing nil traffic cOlLnting procedures and to bring the adminlslration of snme under the control of a group of
policy makers who number traffic counling among
their daily responsibilities within their respective
sgencies." The project wss doomed feasible, and

All Highway Agencies Pool Data


County H ig llway De pa rtment T ra ffi c Counterl Have New, Conve nIent Trucks. Left to Right : Loui. Caltle, An.
d rew Mongenlen, William Burroughs and Far Right, Fran k WHflnger, Chief of the Field Trilffic Data Sec ti on.

all referenced to the Illinois State Plane Coordinate

System by a fi ve digit Y and a four digit X coordinate for the point or intersection which bas
been counted. Coordinates were scaled for all base
stations previously used for conuting . . . Any
counts made at points other than these r equire th al
the counting agency scale the Y-X coordinate of
the point. The coordinates were chosen for internal
filing ( because they describe each intersection as a
ullique point ) and for computer mapping purposes."
Location of the counting point by these coordinates is noted on the coding sheet, which a!so provides s pace for cntry of the counting agency, date,
weather conditions. route system designation, direction in which counted traffic was moving, and
specially designed blanks for tally by hours. An
optical mark reader converts the sheets to punched
cards for further processing. Data in all files are
sorted by seven control fields : 1 ) identifying number, 2) county-township code, 3) Y-X coordinate,
4) date, 5) location, 6) direction, 7 ) card sequence
" The Y -X conversion file consists of a tape record for each intersection which h as been coded to
the Slate Plane Coordinate System," the article explains. "This file can be updated (by adding or deleting records at any t ime. It serves as a D input
to other programs in the system.
"The multipurpose file is a record of data on road
inventory, seasona l correction factors, manual count
factors and extra axle fa ctors . . . The contingency
a nd linkage check program validates all codes:
furth enno re, it checks the multicard records for sequence. An output error list gives codes indicating
basis for rejection so that data can be corrected and
resubmitted immediately. "
The final purpose of the new central system is

Side 0 001'1 Facll!tate Maclline Handling.

The Department's counting activity was increased

last year with the purchase of three panel trucks
spec ially suited to transportation of the portable
counting mnchines. These are oneman jobs, the
driver setting out the counters and laying the tubes
as assigned by the Traffic Engineering Division.
When the count is completed at one location, he
picks up the machine and lakes It to another.
Last year the Division's field crews made 530 24bour traffic counts a nd 83 12hour cou nts a nd de.livered the results to the Chicago Area Traffie Bank,
using the uniform coding sheets. A l the Bank. the
County's figures, together with those r eported by
other agenCies, are organized electronically and
made available on short order t o nny of the
agencies requiring informalion of travel on any
As designed b)' CATS technicians, " Input data are

(COnunuel1 on p.. ~e


photo Map Locates New Expressway Line

Wen L. eg of the Oil" RYilin E lCpreliway a. Located on Aerial P ho t og raph., In Thl, Arn, Under County Con.
Itructll,ll1. the Expre .. way I. Depre ..ed, P iluing Bene;!th Tra ck. of the Pennlylv.. "'" RilHroad And 107th And
T hroop Street E J;caYatJon I, In Progre .. And Contract F or the I07th-ThrCKIp St. Structure. Hill Been Awarded.

Contracts Awarded

Drivers' Seminar Moved

IncrellSing attendance nt the Driver Rcf['(l8her
Seminar cla.sacs held in Morton Grove caused a
move on January 20 to more spacious quarters in
the Niles Park District recreation buUding, 1817
?>.Hlwaukee A venue.
The COUrBC is conducted by the Cook County
Traffic Safety Commission ror offenders who. in the
opinion of lrn.ffic COUIt. judges, can benclit from instruction. The sessions are al80 open to anyone
else who wishes to improve his driving.
Cltlsscs tit Niles are held Thursday nights from
7 to 10 and at the same hours at five other locations:
Court room. 16313 Kedzie Parkway. Markhnm.
Mondays: Worth Township Hall. Alsip. and Court
room. 1451 Elmwood Avenue. Evanston. Tuesdays ;
Elk Grove Township Hall, Wednesdays. and Oak
PArk Municipal Building. FridAYS.

Contracts were awarded by the Board of County

Commissioners this month on the following OIUl

Ryan Expressway Weal Leg jobs:

l07U. lind ThrOop Strlltll
HURh, SU)!H.9liO.

grade Jlep/l.rll\lon--.1amea:


119U. Street Crade 1Cpal'lltlon--Standan! Pa"ln, COmpany,

lZ7th Stroot srrade aeparat ion-Slllndard PI"ln. Clmpan)'.
Ikh' le 0"",. Calumel-sa, Channlll- BMlfhton Building and

Ma.JntenanCC', $1.s28.093.

Main dMlJn 119lh SlJ't'e1 to calumet-SSg Channel-Jamel

1'11,,111,111'1. $1.593,900,

Grlullng U7Ih Street to 1Trlh Streel-itoul Contractorl!.


Bids were received by the Board January 12 on

two other items:






DemollUon of bulJdlnltJ., lOw bidder Nardi Wnli'klnr Com

PHny. $16.255.

Bids will be taken February 9 on West Leg strue

tures at tile Rock Island and Illinois Central railroada.

William E. Sheridan

Anton Chabot

William E. Sheridan, 81. a retired accountant for

the Righway Department. died January 7.
started in the Department February 1, 1946, and re~ Dec. 31, 1962.

Anton Cbobot, 61. a road equipment operntor.

died January 15. He started with the Department
in April, 1924, worked for the City, from 1944. to
1952 and returned to tbe Department in 1953.

How A Road Was Named

Building Permits

LAlNl:i'IELD ROAD generally fo11oW8 the line of

a road established in 1831 by the Board of Cook
County Commissioners to run "from the town of

UILOING CONSTRUCTION estimated to cost

$5,168,508 was permitted in December by the
Department of Building and Zoning, wh ich has jur*

Chicago to the house

of B. Lawton, from
thence to the house of
James Walker, on the
DuPage Rh'cr. and so
on to the west line of
the County."
B. Lawton was Ber

isdictioll in the unfncor

porated area.
l ~
Included in the 135 fee
permits were two issued
to American Air Lines
for a training school and
: : 1'1 :
a dormitory to be buUt In
Elk Grove Township near
O'Hare lntemaUonaJ AirporL Cost of Ute two
buildings was estimated at $2,088,000,
A two-building apartment project with a total of
80 living unllS was pennitted for WheeJing Township, $925,920, and a building of three units and
one of two fo r Stickney Township at a cost for
the two of $68,000.
Fifty-nine permits were taken OUt [or single
family dwellings, estimated altogether at 51,'159,900,
1\velve different townships were rcl)resented in the

LaughLOn), wbo,


hiB brother, David, had

built a lavern in what
is now Riverside in
1827. From Chicago to Lawton's, the 1831 road
ran on proscntday Madison Street and Ogden Avenue. From Lawton's. southwesterly. the road was
virtually a straight line.
Walker had built a house in 1828 in a pleasant
sland of timber ncar the present Plainfield and for
a time that settlement was known as Wa.lker's
Gro,'c. Until 1836 it was within the boundaries of
Cook County: it is now in Will Plnlnfield Road in

In the no-fee classification, which Includes

churches, public and farm buildingB, a perm.it for
a parsonage was Issued to Trinity LuUtemn Church
in Lyons Township,

Cook County today runs [rom Ogden A venue in

Riverside to the Cook-DuPage County line at about

64th Street.
Lawton's was a station on the first stage coach
line west of Chicago. a pRsscnger and mall service
connecting with St. Louis, The firsl coach left
Chicago on January 1. 1834, and U1e honor of
driving it was given to J ohn D. Caton. a young
lawyer, who later was chief justice of the Dlinois
Supreme Court.

For types of construction other than residential ,

fee pennlts were issued as follows:
Rc.ldentllll Il.ddltlonl and fllterllUonl-35 permits. $90,337,
AeCi!uory bulh.llnlts----16 Jl<'rmllt. ~ 708,
BU!llnell buJtdlng~ p('nn115, 12-U,-4'll..
Bu.lnfllll' uddltlonll and alterlltlona-3 pennll" S34,OOO.
Tndunrlnl lIulhlln8_~O ~nnlu,.
IndulIIlrllll addition" IlDd allerauOla-2 J)(!mtlt.", &150,9(10.

Wela-2 vermH.... :$1.250.

'IIJ1('tlJanl!(luIJ-U pennlla,

Traffic Count Bank

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By lownabips, the fee penniLB were distributed

follo,",' s:

T II "'lI,..hlp

mapping, "The traffic count mllJJter file is UBed 8S

input to a plotter routine which maps average daily
trni1ic counts for any selected area within the mel
ro]>oII1.1\.n region."
Under Ule hending "Conclusions," the CATS paper
"The increased data communication brought about
as Il consequence of the formation of the Count
Bank Policy Committee hns proved very helpful to
CATS for transportation planning studies in connection with trnffic model calibration. and to Ute
participating agencies in the form of uniform. accurate and extensive data files.
" Relief from routine processing and fUing opera
tions hRS enabled the counting agencies to expand
their dala collection activity and improve the accuracy and scheduling of counts:,
" As a result of this work, CATS has been able
to assemble detailed information about each nctwork
link for calibration of the opportunity model to
1965 conditions, The infonnation now aVailable. and
the much improved data to come, will prove to be
crucial to the arterial highway planning process
now being initiated at CATS."



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The Front Cover

Trees and shrubs planted on expressway embankmenta b)' the Highway Department were selected
for pleasing appearance the year around. In summer. there are green leaves and blO8BOms: in winter. red berries on some bushes and reddened
branches. on others.




WI"ter Bring. Buut)' of IU Own to Cook Count)' Forest P,.. .. rve ..

Vol. XIII No. 9

fEBRUARY, 1966


PubUlhed by the Cook County (III.) Department of HlghwaYI
Under au.picel of the Board of County Commlulonerl
Frank Bobrybke
Chari .. S. Bonk
CharI .. F. Chaplin
Gerald Dolual
Georg e W . Dunne
William N. Erlcklon
Floyd T. Fulle
Andrew V. P lum me r
Supe rintendent of H lghwa,.1

CharI" J. Grupp, Jr.

Jerome Huppert
Lillian Plotrowlkl
Ruby RYI"
Seymour SImon
J Olephine B. Sneed
John J . To uh y
Kenneth E. wrrlO"

Pubilihed at Chicago C ivic Center, Randol ph,. ClilMc StreeU, Chicago 60602 Telephone 321.n14

Bo ob 01 the Month

January Accidents
WENTY -ONE persona were killed
traffic accidents in suburban Cook County
January. The loll
seven under December but

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four higher than in January of

Jut year.
The 21 fatalities resulted from
19 separate accidents, two of
which caused two deaths each ,
One of these two was a three-car
cmah on Eisenhower Expressway
between 1st A venue and Des
Plaines Avenue. Three cars were also involved in
three other accidents.
Twelve of the victims were killed in colLisions between automobiles and one in an auto-motorcycle
accident. Five were pedestrians. J." our were killed
when cars in which they were riding ran off the
road and struck wayside objects.
Ten of the January deaths occurred on roads in
the unincorporated area, two in Bellwood, two in
Blue Island, and one each in Burnham, Calumet
Park, Evanston, Harvey. Melrose Park, Oak Forest,
and Palos Park.
The total or accidents of a ll types in the month
WfUJ 5,668.
In 691 of them, 1.028 persons were injured. The others tc8ulted in property damage only.

---J::N'KERTOY TOOTS has a general grasp of the

of turn signal lights.
He has figured out how to flash for a right turn
and a left turn.
But he hasn't yet caught on to the idea that he
must be in a righthand lane to turn right and a
lefthand lane to turn left.

Buckl e Up for Every Trip

Beginning March 1. all 1961 and later model pas.
senger cars must be equipped with two sets of
81lfety belts in the front seat before they can be
legally operated in TIlinois.
A 1963 law mnde belts mandntory on all cars
sold after June 30, ]064., and prohibited the See
rctnry of State from issuing license plates fo r cars
without them. The new law goes farther. It not
only requires front Beat belts but prohibits opera
tion of 1961 and later cars not so equipped.
The Cook County Traffic Safety Commission has
long promoted the use of safety belts, and as a
March 1 message asserts that merely satisfying the
law by instnllating them is not enough. "Buckle up
for every trip" Is the watchword of the day.
"The purpose of seat belts is to save lives," said
John J. McCleverly, executive direetor of the Com


"This consideration should far outweigh

any such notions that a bell may mUM the clothing

or make It difficult to get a pack of clga.rets out of a

cont pocket.
.. Many people seem to think that bells may make
sense for a long trip but are not necessary for a
ride in the neighborhood. They need to be reminded
that three-fourths of all falaI accidents occur within
25 miles of the victim's home and nearly half of
them at speeds under 40."
All Commission staff members bave been under
orders to use belts [or some time past. From now
on, as a matter of record, inquiries into fatal accidents wi ll include investigation of whether o r not
the victims were using belts.

Expert Checks Drivers

Bids Taken on West Leg

RrvER !ollSTAK
downright illegal
appalling frequency,

Lhoughllcsa, reckless and

meet the lrained eye with
fiB A. g , Johnson. executive sec
r-etary of the American AMoclntion of State Highway Officials, demonalraled on a 3,lOO-mile trip
through 16 midweal. clUIlem and southern slatea.
On his return. he made a list of wrong actions observed more than once :
" Making exit turns from the wrong lane and
aerosa traffie.
" Evidence of direct ncce&8 from adjacent property
along the new Interstate higbways where no fencea
"Backing up at exit ramps on new Interstate highways.

"Going the wrong wayan rntclStnlc ramps.

"Culling across and passing on croBS-hatched gore
and trnnsltlon areas delineated on p:J.vements tor
lrn11ic control.
"Slopping on the paaaing lane of a new lntf"Mltale
highway. (tn one instance, a large moving VOID
avoided n collision with a atation wagon only Ly
pa88ing it on the median It.rlp. 'I11iB was po88ible
becauBe the ground wo.s frozen. )
"Making a rightband Ilgnal tum and then turnIng left on a conventional two-lane highway.
" Dilapidated vehicles traveling 20 miles an hour.
mninly on roral primary highways.
" Pedclltrlanl
(cncca nnd cr088ing high-speed trnJfic.
"Extremely slow. lellfurely driving on new lnlcrItate highways.
"Orunken drivi:-.g in four IlUItAnces. two women
a nd two men, and one o( the women was approximate:!y 70 years of age.
"Run!1ing stop lights and stop signs ( rather common) .
" [nadequnte renr lights.
"Darting around a car Rnd then abroptly slowing
down to make a turn ofT the highway.
"Stopping on Cl1trollce rnrnPII when the through
lane was open and crcll.Ung Il. serious situntion (or
(ollowlng cars.
" Tallgnting at high speed.
" Poor use ot storage lanes and blocking traffic.
" Driving in (reezing weather with only a small
area ot the windshield cleared.
" Trucks passing on hills a t slow speed and block
ing the ftow ot traffic.
"PR.8S1ng vehicles IIlowing down. and pacing the
IIlower vehicle. thereby obstructing (ollowing traffic.
"Reckless driving In shopping center parking lots
where many pedestrianll were walking.
"Too numerous to count were the instances of
flagrant recklesa driving. such RJJ cutting in and out
ot tramc. passing on billa and curves, and driving
beyond highway condltiollll."
All tor the rec.kleu driving. woet every instance
appeared to involve a driver who was under 30 yeai'll
ot a~, ~tr. Jobnson aald,
Several inltancea were observed where drivel'll
were throwing beer cana into the hJghway ditch,
There were 19 pluea indIcating where vehiclea
bad run orr ot new Interstate highways, and theae

West Leg Grilioe Sep.r.tllln at 112th StreeL

Bids (or construction ot three railroad grade separations on Dan Ryan Expressway West Leg were
received LhiB month by the Board of Count)' Comml8810nenl. The structures. with the low blddel'll :
Ulinois Central, Blue Island Branch , in Calumet
Park. A two-span (134 feet ( :Ill inches and 141 (eet
4 t~ Inches ) Lhrough piau girder bridge to carry
tho single track line over the expressway. Also
included sre railroad electric trolley line structul'ft.
abutments, pier and wing walls, grading. dnunage
and conlltruction ot D temporary runaround embankment tor trains ; W. E. O'NeU, $638.359.
Rock Island Railroad ILt 123rd Street. also in Calumel Pa rk. The project includes two bridges o\'er
Ule expressway. One, a deck plate girder bridge ot
four spans (the two outer lpans o( 4( teet 3 a '
inches and the two inner IIpans of 72 feet ~ ~ Inch )
will carry the railroad. An adjacent structure of
s!mtlnr IIllans will lake 123rd Street o\'er the de1)J'C&ae<i expressway. The highway bridge will have
a concrete deck 35 feel 6 Incbes in width . providing n 26-toot rolldwRY and sidewalks. Also included are ftradlng. drninage aod a temporary ruDaround: R, R. Anderson. 480,977.
Pennsylvania Railroad at about l07th and Throop
Streets. A continuous througb welded plate girde r
bridge ot three apaM (114 (eet I S;' inehes.. 56 feet
5 3', Inches. and 130 teet ) to carry two railroad
tracks over the expressway. together with pieri,
Ilbutments and wallll : R. R. Anderson. S900.962.

were in addition to the numerous pla ces where Lomup guardrails Rnd damaged delineatol'll indicated n ..
hlelet had gone off the outside ot Intel'lllate rampl.
"It may be that very soon we will have scanning
and warning devicet on 8 car. together with audioalgning. that will help the driver," the author con
cluded "but a properly trained and attentive driver
III hard to duplicate or to improve upon, tur the
human mind alone can anticipate, detect. evaluate,
lind make a deelalon regarding developing altua

Signs Protect and Guide Motorist

IGNS are erected on highways in the interest of
the motorist- for his protection and convenience.
road without signs would
an arena of

danger and confusion.

Signs are placed systematically
in accordance with traffic enginee ring principles, and it is to the
advantage of highway users to understand the system. They wiJJ

then appreciate its value to them

and espec.iallr will realize the hazard created when a sign is wantonly mutilated to distort Its meaning.

The first thing to lea rn is

V. Plummer
thal all signs fall into three
major cill2sifications- reJ.oulnto rr signs, which must
must be obeyed under pain of penalty. wllrnin,IC
signs, which alert. drivers to conditiOIlS advisedly
calling for speed reduction or other driving adjustments, and guide signs. which include route and
destination markers and plaques at points of interest.
Sign posting in Cook County and the rest of the
state as well is done in conformity with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices compiled by
the Illinois Division of Highws}'B. whleb, in turn
follows the manual adopted jOinUy by the American
Association of State Highway Officials. the lnstitute
of Traffic Engineers. the Nationsl Committee on
Uniform Trnllic Laws a nd Ordinances, the National
Association of County Officials, and the American
Municipal Association.
The signifi cant word is "uniform," which marks a
continuing trend in the State and throughout the
nation toward a system of signB that carry the same
meaning to the motorist wherever he may go. In
former years, especially in the early days of hard
roads and nlpidly IncreaSing motor traffic, local authorities put up signs of their own Rnd a confusing
variety N!SUlled. Eventually. it 18 Intended that
every sign shRlI carry the same mCIIsage in all parts
of the country.
The motorist who desires to be law-abiding should
first of all bceome fully familiar with the signs
classed as regulatory. The manual states:
" Regulatory signs shall be used to inform
highway uscrs of lrnffic laws that apply at given
places or on given highways. disregard of which is
punishable aJI an Infraction, violation, or misdemeanor. They a re essential to indicate lhe applicability of legal requirements that otherwise would not
be apparent."
There are three groups of regula lory signs. Righlof-way signs include slOp. yield, and speed limits.
Movement signs mark turns. alinement, traffic ex
elusion and one-way routes. Parking signs display
parking regulations in both ur ban and rural areas,
pedestrian W8)'B, and miscellaneous related matters,
such as "Road Closed," Penalty for Dumping," and
weight limits.
Regulatory signs are recognizable by shape and
color. With few exceptions, principally stop and
yield signs, they are rectangular, with the greater
/1.. .

dimension vertical. nnd Ute legend is in black on a

white background. The size varies 8S between minor
roads aDd expressways but in any case the objective
Is a sign large enough to be easily 8CC.1l. SlOp signs.
with white lellers on n red background. are oclagonal nnd yield signs, black on yelloW, are triangular.
In the fast growing suburban area of Cook Coun
t.y Il traffic regulatory problem of special importance
hilS been created by lhe large number of new school
houses. An act of the 1959 Legislature set the
speed limit at schools at 20 mph and the County
Highway Department posted signs of its own in advallce of the autumn school term, laLer changing
them to conform to State specifications when issued.
The Department, ns an extra safeguard. also devised
n RoUaway sign. similar to a hand truck. to be
placed in the center of Ute streel nt times when
pupils are coming and going. The County supplied
the signs to schools on County roads and the school
boy patrols undertook to roll them out and back.
Warning signs. which generally are black on yel\my and erected in a "d iamond" position, are Intend
ed to alert drivers to conditions requiring driving
adjustments. such 8S curves, hills, intel'8cclions. con
verging traffic lanes. control devices ahend, narrow
roadways. changes in highway design, unexpected
roadway surface, railroad crossings, truck entrances
and maintenance and construction work under way.
The manual states:
" Warning signs shall be used for the purpose of
warning lraffic of existing or potentially hazardous
conditions either on or adjacent to the road. Warning signs require caution on the port of the motorist
nnd may call for reduction of speed or other maneuvers in the interest of his own safety and thal of
pedestrians and other motorists. Adequate warnings are of great assistance to vehicle operators and
are valuable in safeguarding and expediting traffic."
Warning signs nol of diamond sbap, although of
the same color scheme, are the round sign al railroad grnde crossings and the rectangular board with
n large arrow to give warning of a sharp change in
road alinement.
Motorists frequently see speed signs in black on
yellow. These are advisory. as distinguished from
the absolute speeds posted on black and white signs.
TIle speed at which a curve or no expressway ramp
can be run with safely is detennined with s ball
bank indicator carried in a car for test nlDs. At
the approach to curves or other hazardous locations.
lhe advised speed Is marked on a small square plste
below the warning sign Itself.
On expressways. 8S near to the exit ramp entrance as eondiUons a llow, the black on yellow sign
ad\'ises motorists of the speed at which the ramp
can safely be negotiated. While this sign is only
advisory. it must be noted that the speed sign at
the end of the ramp, where the motorist moves into
a highway or street. musl be obeyed, being the legal
speed for that roadway.
The third main group--guide signs-includes route
markers, such as the distinctive shapes erected on
State and U. S. highways and, in recent yean, the

Spray Paint Vandals Create Peril


Highway Art of the Spray Paint School-Fun Fo r the Fooli,h May be Death for Cri ve,..,

red, white and blue lnterstate Highway shields placed

on the expressways. Guide signs, the manual states,
"arc essential to guide the motorist along established
routes, to infonD. him of intersecting routes, to direct bim to cities, villages or other important destinations, to identify nearby rivers and streams,
parks, forests and historical siLes, and generally to
give him such information as will help him along
his way in tbe most simple, direct method as possible."
Lest the foregoing summa.cy a ppea r to present
only a complication of signs of various sizes, shapes
and colors, it should be emphasized that each type
has been developed with engineering data, careful
study and experience.
A completely signed road. with the proper marker
at every point. affords full protection to a good
driver. But when signs are knocked down accidentally or defaced mischievously, the road becomes
a potential death trap.

Commenting on the danger and waste of money

resulting from sign damage, Andrew V. Plummer,
County Highway Superintendent. said:
" The Department places traffic signs on the County's 6OO-mile road system. 8,000 to 9,000 a year, includi.ng permanent installations and temporary markers at construction locations. The steel plates, with
steel posta, are ex.pected to last five years, but vandals with guns Or spray caDS of paint r uin about 15

per cent of them year after year, at a cost of about

$25 each for replacement.
"Signs attract boys with guns-and men, too-and bullet damage calls for repair. But more serious is defacement with paint, wbich seems to be a
current fad of increasing popularity. Using spray
cans, the vandals create hazards by obliterating a
sign or changing its message. In one recent instance, the arrow marking a curve was altered to
the opposite direction. A motorist following the
false arrow wound up in the ditch, seriously hurt.
" Sign damage has become so prevalent that the
Department keeps three sign banging cre","!; of twO
men each on the roads the year around. In addition to these specialists, the patrols of the fh'e
maintenance districts are constantly on the watch
for ruined signs. Wben one is found . the patrol
caUs the nearest aiga truck. aU Department trucks
being equipped with two,way radio. H the damaged
sign is vital, as at stop locations, one of the patrol
stands by to warn traffic until it can be replaced.
"There is at aJi times a stack of several bundred ruined signs at the sign shop. Some can be
reclaimed: others are a tota.! loss. Altogether, the
damage represents a sheer waste of highway money
that otherwise could go for road improvements.
But more serious, a sign 80 defaced as to alter its
meaning may lead even the Illost careful driver to
sudden death."

Brush Ends 40 Years

AM T. BRUSH, Highway Engineer V, ended
years of service in the Depanment
witll his retirement on pension February 16.


time he saw road building by the County develop

[rom an I S-fool, 6~..g~ -6". slab without reinforce-ment to the modern expressway.
He was one of 30 employes added to the Department's staff in ))(!ccmber, 1926, to work on an
extensive program of highway construclion finlUlced
with a $15,000.000 bond Issue, which the voters had
approved in the preceding month. This program
contained 838 miles of road planned on the basis
ot a countrywide lrnffie count made in 1924 by Maj.
George A. Quinlan, highway superintendent, and
W88 the largest endeavor by far that the Depart
ment had undertaken up to thal time.
Maj. Quinlan was prepared to act promptly. Two
weeks after the bonds were approved at the November 2 election be wrole to President A. J. Cennak of
the County Board that work Bhould be started at
once and completed in three years.
"Tho Count"y Highway Department is called on
immediately to prepare plans and specifications for
approximately three Umes the amount of work normally performed," he said. ''I therefore earnestly
re4:luest of you that authority be given for the employment of 20 ndditlonal draftsmen and 10 additional engineers.
At that time the Department was quartered in
remode1ed space formerly occupied by Juvenile Court
officers on the ninth fioor of the County Building.
There was scant room for 30 more workers, 80 the
County Board approved a move to the City Hall
Square Building, which stood on part of the aile
now occupied by the new Civic Center Bllilding,
where the Deparlment Is now housed.
Nine monOlls after joining the Department, Mr.
Brush was made a junior civil engineer and put on
road design. It W9.S then not uncommon for men
who designed a road to go into the field and supervise the constnlction. Up until World War II. he
worked in design, constnlction and maintenance.
During the war, be served overseas three years in
the Corps of Engineers. starting 8S a lieutenant and
coming out a major. Most of the time his unit built
railway bridges. including one at Mainz, Germany,
which Genemi George Patton dedicated by cutting
a ceremonial ribbon with a bayonet.
This was bis second military experience.
World War l. when sUU under enlisbnent age with
out parental consent. he falsifted his age-rul he
chooses to phrase it- and mannged to get past
the recruiting sergeant. But as SOOn as his father
heard of it, he was back in his high school civ
nies again.
He returned to the Department after the war and
for two years wu BfUllgned to maintenanc.e. In recent years he has been administrative engineer.
Mr. Brush was born in 8l Lows, but grew up in
Carbondale, minols, whose history runa with that
of his family. HI8 greatuncle, Daniel H . Bru8h,
purchased land for the townsite in advance of con~
8truction of the minoa Central He waa a general
omCi!r in the Civil War and a.1!Io aerved sa agent

81m Bruah (Seated), Quell of Ho nor lit the Farewell

Pillrty .. t Which J .. mes F. Kelly Acted ... Toutm ... ler.

of the raiJroad at Carbondale.

Sam and his (amlly moved to Chicago in 1919.
Betore joining the Highway Department he wns em
ployed by the Commonwealth Edison Co.. the old
South Park Commiuion, now Chicago Park District;
the Marland Refining Co. and Krenn and Dato, real
estate developers.
The high esteem in which he is held by his associates was reflected in two farewell parties. At one,
the toastmaster was James F. Kelly, assistant su~
perintendent. who is one of the few who were in
the Department when Sam came to work in 1926.

Conference For Beauty

Highway beautification will be the Uleme of the
51th annual meeting of the MiSSissippi Valley Conference of State Highway Departments to be held
In the Edgewater Beach Hotel Mareh 17, 18, and 19.
Spea.kera at lhe firat genemi session will be Rex
M. Whitton. Federal Highway Administrator, Bnd
A. E. J ohnson, EXE!Cuth'e Secretary, American Association of Slate Highway Officials. One section
of the second general meeting will be n workshop
on " Federal Beautification Legislation," with Frank
D. Lyons, director of the Oklahoma Department of
Highways, presiding.
As in pre\ious years. The Cook County Highway
Department l\;U register the! delegates, starting at
1 :30 p. m. March 16. The Department supplies
personnel to man the registration desk and to serve
helpfully in other wa)'I.
Members of the association are the principal officers and engineera of highway departmenls of un
nots. Indiana. Iowa. Kansas, Kentucky. Michigan,
Minnesota. Missouri. Nebraska. North Dakota, Ohio.
Oklahoma, South Dakota. and Wisconsin.
In addition to a general sess.lon each morning,
Ulere will be separate panel meetings of the following groupe: Administrative Officla.1!l, financial management, bridge engineers, construction engineers,
design engin~rs , maintenance and equipment engineers, materials and testing engineers, planning engineers, public relations, rlght-of.way, legal; 8ec~
ondary road engineers, traffic and safety, urban en~
gineers and roadside development engineers.

How A Road Was Named

January Building Permits

OF Arlington Height:. still call it

late Rond-that part of Arlington Heigbta

CONSTRUCTION eatimated to coat

12,100.9-15 wa.a permitted in Januat)' by the

Road within the vUlag&-and thus bring to mind a

route that connected
with a mall line to StLouis 130 yean ago.
The original State
Road .'U authorized
by the legislature in
1830 to run from Naperville through Babcock's Grove.

Cook County Department of BuUding and Zoning,

which baa jurladlctlon
in the unincorporated


: =


Grove and.
present day Arlington
HeighlA, inlO Elk Grove. At Naperville. It joined
the road (rom Chicago to Plainfield and on by way
of Ottawa to SL Loul.. In 183'1 the "southern"
stage conch road from Chicago to Gruena was
opened through Napervillo and the bamlet became
a bUJIY traffie eenter. with 811 many 8J!II 50 huge
"Pe.nnaylvnnla" wagona sLOpping over night..
A famous traveler over the old State Road'. CODnection with St. Louis Wrul Ollnlel Webeler. who In
1837 made a wetlLern lour to gel acquainted with
the country. In hia book "Chicago Hlgbwa)...-Old
and New", ilia W. Quairre tella of the famous orator's


of the 94 permila lsaued "'ere (or

aingle dWe1Unp. valued
at a toW $1,179,120,
and three were for
multiple bulldlnp with a LOlaJ of 13 living unlla
and a 10taJ valuation of $163,000. '!be apartment
hoUIICA are to be buill in Sliclmey Township.

Permill for coralnlction other than slngle dwelUngs and 8J)ft.rtment buildings were iBfJUed us Col
Ihlildenilill addlUOn. And alteraUons-13 pennlta, '70.47&
ACI,.'t'.flll')' buUdlnp-7 pennlta, 1S5.006..
flu'lnns bulldln,S-l penni!., 130.000.
0u1lllk!U .d,UlIon. and alteraOOns-:I permit., 111.000.

Indullrlal bulldln ......a permllt" f498.0XI.

Well. - l pmnll. f7lIoO.
11/fCeUanl!Ous-l0 pennltt, J198,S84.

Wheeling, with 24. permits and a total valuation

of S5OO.881. led the 16 townahlps; (or wbich one or
more permits were luued.

~pUon :

By townahiJ*, permit. were distributed

"The datalll of hll journey from SL Louis to

Chicago have unfortunately perished. but the travel
er can hardly have (aUed to pay a visit to his in
eipient ealale nf!Ar La Salle, whkh be named Salisbury in honor or bit Ntw Hampah.lre birthplace..
"He lett SL Louit June 1-1 and reached ChIcago at
the elose of the month. On bls approach. the joy(ul townsmen went out In a great cavalcade ten
mile8 to the Del Plalnee to escort blm Into Ute city.
Be(ore the l..oke !louse n grent crowd 8asembled to
n.ten to nn addrct18 on the IMues of the dBY. Although the speech haa not been preserved, It undoubtedly dealt largely with the financial panic
which hud bunt upon tbe country alnce Webster'.
depnrture from the east . . . On July 1. Webster leU
Cblcago by bout (rom Michigan City, where he took
up the lilait'! journey to Detroit,"
The 1830 rorul in Cook County bas been replaced
with teetlon line highway from Dundee Road to
jUJIl south of <Antral Road,
From there, to the
DuPage County boundary. It generally (ollows the
irregular line IK!lecled by the pioneers to avoid
8wamps; and trees, It 1.1 now marked (uli length 8JI
ArlingtOn Helghll Road, but In Arlington Heighla
the local UNge it atill Stile Road.

..-n~hl .



Elil Grove










(0110... :

~nnl ..









In lhe nofee c.1Al8lfication. which ineludea churcllttl. public and fnrm buildings, two permitl (or
public lIewers In SUckney Townahip were wued.
No elatement. of vnlue we.. required..

William J. Brady
William J . Brady, 64 . highway engineer in the
Bureau of Con.trueLlon, died J.~ebruary 2. Be .tarted
In lhe Department April 16, 194.9 as an ilUlpectorrodman. was promoted to Inspector-t:raDaitman
March I , 1955, and to hlgbwa.y engineer 1 April
16. 1959. His f"Midence was at 1647 North Talman Avenue, Chicago.

Edward Bowman
Edward Bowman. 68. muter mechanic in the
Maintenance. Olvielon. dll!d February 9. two weeks
alter retiring on pension. He had been employed
by the Department continuously since May 8. 1923.
HlB home wa. at 231 7 South 17th Avenue, North
Riverside. HI. widow. F'lorence. liurvlvea.

One Violation and Out

Reeldentl ot towa applying fol' a driver'lI Iittnse
lor the first Lime no",' rec~ve s one-year temporary
permit lIubject to immediate invalidation (or convic
Lion of a IIlngle moving violaLion.


Out on Fly'nll ..... 'lInment. the Highway Dep'lrlment'. Pho tog raph.,. Cillaht Till, Vllw of Ch lugo"

Vol. XIII No. 10

MARCH, 1966

Front Yard.


Publl,hed by t he Cook Count)' (III.) Department 0' H ighway,
Under aueplce. of the BO;1lrd of COl.lnty Comm l .. lon",

SEYMOUR SIMON , Pr... ldllnt

Ch,rle. J . Grupp, J r.
Jerome Huppert
Lll llll n P lo tnlwlloil
Ruby Ryan
Seymour S im o n
Joaephlne 8 . Sneed
Johfl J . T ouhy
Kenneth E. WIIN"

Frank Bobrytzh
Che rlel Bonk
Chari" F. ChIp""

Gerald Dolezal

alort' W. Du"ne
W Illiam N. Erick.on
Floyd T . Full.
Andre ..... V. Plumm.,
Superintendent of H igh ...... ),'

Publl,h.d I t Chicago Civic Center, Rilndolph &. CI,,,, 8t,..,t" ChlClgo IOe02 T ele phon, 321.nI 4


February Accidents

0/ the Month

WENTY PERSONS were killed In highway traffic

.Identa In Suburbnn Cook County in February,

10M. With the increase In January- 21


" ~

11 In January, 1965-lhe toU in

the new year is aix higher than in
the tame pe.rtod of (IUIt year.

Nine of the February vict.i.ms

were pedetilriJUUJ. all of them struck
by automobiles. lnc:Juded ".-ere two
eJderly women. one 66 and the
other, 71 . bolh of whom were
killed by the arne car.


ColIIslontl between automobiles took four lives and

8 eraah of two truw killt!d o ne. Four dealhs re.ulted when CArl lett the road and .t.rucll: wayside
objeeta. An ll-year-old boy W1UI faWly burt faJling from. private bus. A woman was killed when
the ear In whl~h she was riding W118 .truck by a traIn
at a grade c.l'088ing.
The total of DC(lldenta oC Ill! types was 80mewbnt
lower than In JanuDry-5,OSl as compared to 5.668.
There were fewcr aocldents re8ulling In personal Injune 663 In February and 601 In Janua ry- but the
number of persona hurt WK8 sllghUy hlgher- l,059
a. compnrcd to 1,028.

How Motorists May Help


FLLTER FAG would rather do almost anything lh81l Priteb

hu aafelY belts beca.l1M they came with the


A new Idea in tralfIe control ....th motorist parUc.ipallon la getLing tryout on EiRnbowu Expreuway_ The aponlOr 1.1 the Expreuway Surnillanee
ProjeeL 8Upported by the Stale. Cook County. and
the City or Chicago.

BUl h~ doean 'l buaJe up beca\l.lle be can't reach

the eiprtta In hla coat poe.keL
And be haa C1rTied hla Imokea In the .ame pocket
110 long hI" relUIIN to .witch.

A telephone .tand haa been Installed on the westbound exit rn.mp at Firat A" enue, and it Is hoped
that motori.t. will use It to report accidents or anything else requiring emug~ey action. It is not expected thl'll they will tab notice or mlnor mishaps,
but it I, hoped that lOme wttneu or other will report anything aeriouB. A quick roadllde report could
save valuable lime &lid potlIIibly life.

Division of HlghlA'aY.t where measages are reeeived

and acted on around the c.loc.k &even days a week.
No other eallJl ea.a be made.
1t mny lake time to train the public to beat 111M!
of the phone. In one 21-hour period, o f 90 motorW"- who made calla. lilty~ne neceded help and the
olhel'll were loal and wnnted directions.

The phone III conneeled directly with the Dllnois

Highway Officials Hear Federal Plans

RESIDENT JOHNSON'S projects to beautify the
roAdsides and to Improve traffic safety won the
applause of 500 highway commissioners and engineers attending the 57th annual meeting or the
Mississippi Valley Conference of Stale Higbway Dcpartments in the Edgewater Beach Hotel March 17,
18 and 19.
The new nalionwide progrruns of

beauty and

safety were discussed at lbe opening session by Rex

M_ Whitton. Federal Highway administrator, and A.
E. JohMan, executive secretary of the American
Association of State Highway Officials. Both of
them urged officials of the 14 slates represented to
support the programs. particularl)' to act promptly
to preserve fenll1res of naturn.1 beauty. When they

turned to discussion of progress


the Interstate

system of limited access highways, however, they

were somewhat apart.
This is the eleventh year of work on the


mile system, whicb still is aimed for completion

In 1972. Mr. Whitton. although admitting that the
target date " may have to be extended slighUy."
was optimistic. He said that last year 2,166 Interstnte miles were opened to travel, 21.185 mUes are
now in use and all but 7 per tenL of the total has
ndvnnced beyond the preliminary stage. He said a
delay could be attribuled mainly to financial matters.
Including the rising cost of construction.
Mr. Johnson said: "Some states could not finish
their mileage on time If Lhey had the money tomorrow."
A composite picture of difficulties other than lack
of money wns presented in the states' reports of
1965 work. Those bordering the Mississippi River
suffered flood damAge; others bad heavy autumn
ralna. These conditions not only slowed construction but increased the amount of maintenance work
Mr. Whitton said that the cost of highway beautification and the safety project planned by the
President would come mainly from an increased tax
on large tnlcks "lo bring them closer to paying
their share of highway costs," Ilnd would not be
tnken from construction (unds.
A federal safety program Is necessary because
the stales lack sufficient funds. Mr. Whitton said.
Federal funds will be Ill10cated to slates to enable
them to meet new nAtional sto.ndards now under
"This is an all-out coordinated effort against an
enemy that last year took 45,000 lives," he said.
Intcrstate routes, represented In Ule Chicago area
by the expressways Ilnd the DUnois Tolhvays. are
designed for utmost safety and Mr. Whitton said
that when the system is completed it will effect the
saving of 8,000 lives n. year. But also included in
the safety program are primary roads and he said
that by 1969 the Bureau of Public Roada intends
to have eliminated all potential road hv.nrtis {rom
the federal nid system. He urged the stale officials
to do Ule same on slate ronds.
"I know it is important for you to tell your
people that you bave constructed so many miles of
new ronds," be said.
"But it is also Important to

M. Whitton, Federal Highway Adminl.trllltor,

Find. Intereat In Oep;trtrnent'a Exprea.way Ol.pl;ty.


eliminate tile narrow bridges, narrow shoulders and

sharp curves that are accident locations on your
present roads."
lncluded In the safcty movement, he said, is a
study aimed to bring about the best use of aU roada,
to designate each type of road for the purpose il
can best ful.fi11. SpecificnJly, he advised more use
of arterial highways.
1-.'1r. Whitton recalled that a movement for highway beauty wu launched in the 1930's, "bul the
word didn't get over." Now, he believes, the public
is prepared to appreciste the esUletic touch.
Mr. Johnson remarked Ulat " highway ugliness has
reached the point where the White Bouse has
acted," and urged that "we now have a chance that
may nevcr come again."
Mr. Johnson declared Ulnt highway planning must
be done under "a balanced, integrated transportation policy at federal level." not separate from
other transportation {orms, fiS some have fidvised.
All transportation planning, he snld, must be "revolutionary" not "evolutionllry."
Nothing the projected high speed trains In the
Washington. D. C.-Boston corridor and "capsules in
tubes" talked of in California, he said: "The question is. what \ViI.! it take to lure paBSengers from
automobiles and planes?" The answer: "High speed,
comfort. convenience and a choice of modes of
traveL" But In the middle West, " You arc going to
depend on ground travel and personal tra.nsportation (or a long Ume to come."
He recommended upgrading of primary roads both
to relieve freewny congestion and to promote traffic
safety, Also for safety, he sa id , highways should
ha"e proper and adequate signs Rnd highway officials should put into practice safety principles
alr'endy known.
As at previous annual meetings of the Conference, the Cook County Highway Department provided personnel and facilities fOr registration and
also set up a d1.splay of color photograpbs of expressway scenes.

Suburbia Becomes Urbanized Area

By Andrew V. Plummer
Supel"lntendent of HIghway.
Cook County

ON THE Cook County Department
of Highways at the present lime arise mainly
[rom two situations-the rapid development of the
County's suburban area and Ute obsolescence of
pavements laid in early years of the "hard road"


Both of these problems have become urgent be

cause the Department for morc than two decades
hilS been engnged with the StAle of IJIinols and City
If Chicago in expressway conslrucLion. This joint
operation has completed 100.1 miles of expressways
radiating from the Central Business Dist.rict of Chicago into the suburban area, with I\n additional 21.8
miles In progress.
During the expressway period. the Department hRlJ
continued ils regular road maintenanee work and

A Country Road Not Long 11.110, Roselle Road H ila

Been Rebuilt A, Main Street of Hoffman E,tates.

has done a considerable amount of improvement.

However, the allotment of funda to expressways bas

limited the amount of work possible to do on non
expressway routes and at the same time the travel
requirements of suburbia have been expanding and
the old roads hnve become older.
Since World \Var II. Cook Counly throughout its
954.-srluare mile area has become defirutely urban in
its overn.l1 character. Besides Ute City of Chicago,
Ulcre arc 125 incorporated cltlcs and villages. 27 of
which hnve sprung up since the war. In the unin
corpornted territory, most of the 3,535 fanns, truck
gardens and nurseries in operation only 20 years ago
have been taken over by Industrial and residential
developments. Population of the County outside of
Chicago. which was 800.000 at the end of the war,
is growing at a rate Utat predicts two million by

urnes of traffic, especially trucks.

But they bave

also created demands for feeder roads connecting
them with nearby industrial and population centers.
Flousewives in the new suburbs nced better roads
fo r local trips- to shopping centers, schools and to
ride husbands to railroad stations. It is significant
that all of the villages established since tile war are
locllted off lhe rail lines, unlike Lbe older towns
which . before automobiles, had only commuter trains
to ride to the city.
Cook County was foresighted al Ute beginning of
the concrete road era. The dirt and gravel roads of
that lime were for the most part connectors between
villages and fann-la-market, good e.nough for lra\'el
with horses bul nol for the fast growing host of
motorists. The superintendent of highways, Maj.
George A. Quinlan. and the Bonrd of County Commi88ioners perceived that a coordinated system of
artificial roules affording through travel from any
point ill lhe suburbs to any other point and connecting with principal streets In Chicago was required to justify the cosLs of concrete. Following
an e"i.ensive traffic survey In 1924- tbe largest ever
undertaken anywhere up to that tim
270 improvement projects totaling 838 miles were planned in
1925 and 95 per cent of them were carried out in
the next. few years.

Rural Roads Become Village Streets

While Ute Counly does a proportionate share of
its motor fllel tnx road work In Chicago, the conthlUing problem of keeping highways up to demands
Is centered in the suburban arens. In numerous in
stances. a twolane black top road becomes. almost
overnight. the main street of a new village, and the
villagen. justifiably. request 1'eC01l8truction to four
lanes oC concrete with curbs and gutters and fre
quenlly with left turn channels. Or a new induslrial plnnt with severa] thousand employes is built
on an old road that satisfied the fanners of the
ncighhorhood but for the workers means strife and
slress twice daily.

Main Routes Well located

The ] 925 program was accurate in respect to location of mllin routes and still is today. The demnnd
at present. except in a few instances, is not [or new
routes but for improvement that frequently amounts
to reconstruction. The 9foot lanes that suited cars
of the 1920's must be widened, bases must be
strengthened to bear the heavy tnlcks of industries,
primitive pavement laid without reinforcemenl replaced and Intersections broadened and channe1ed.

The new expressways have rUrected the convenlionnt highways in two ways. They have been
helpful in relieving the surface roads of large vol-

Thi3 article wa3 prepared at the reqllut 01

thfl National A..!sociation 0/ Countie3, Wa3hington. D. C. Although directed primarily to local
highway officia13 throughol4t the co"ntrg, it
iI repntlted h,e re 03 0/ i"'erMt to rerideni3 0/
Cook County.

The ftnt program of rehabiUtation ot these earl)'

pavements consisted of laying a bituminous surface
on the detcrlomted concrete and in BOme instances

Roads Must Fit

Changing Scene
about 1.5 miles a year. All of the reconstruction
haa been done to widthB suitable to present-day
tn\ffic, gcne:rnlly 22 reet.
Another fairly recent innovation of the Department is th~ application of a 300-foot strip of
pebbled surface at approaches t o stop signs. The
Incrcaaing frequency of violaUons at slop signs
prompted the Department., Uum under Superintend
ent William J. Mortimer, to make 0. survey at 65 bad
record Ioc=ntions In 1953.
Performance of 58.732
driv('nI WAS recorded and disobedience in some degrte WlUJ noted 811 mnging from aD 3\'erage 20 per
cent to 62 IJer cent at BOrne Intersections.

Motorists Deserve Warning

It Boomed unrelUlOnablc to rate aU offenses as wiI
[ul : many, )lCl'haps most. of the offendcrs would
hD\'(' obeyed If lh~y had had sufficient warning or
tbe .Ign nhead. Thus tho Idea of rumble strip WB8

Work,,.. In the NumerOUI New, Indultl'l,. P tant, In

Suburbl. RequIre Good ROld, For Their O.lIy T rJlvel.

widening the l&nee at the same time. This method

fairly satisfactory for ordinary Ught traffic but
Inadequate to carry lh(' readymlx concrete machines
Dnd other hea\')' vehicles uaod by (lOIftWaT builders
Po r a time it wna poalble to maintain the wurfal!fJ
with patching; lhen it WllII a matter of patching lhe

A. Applied by lhe Department at some fifty localiolll ench year, n. nimble strip COI18i&ts of n binder
liquid sprend by a self-propelled pressure distributor.
followed \"ith a Inyer of aggregate distributed from
the taU gale or a truck moving In reverse to avoid
Ure nltting. The job Is finished with a roller. After
some e:xpuimenting. Ute Department haa settled on
a binder of petroleum aapbalt 100-120 penetration.
0.35 gnUon to the lI'luare yard, and as aggregnte
lire-coated blnat furnace Idag. 54 pounds per sqUllre
ineb_ tn arena wh~re ling- Is not readily available
cntshoo st ne would do lUI well.


pnlches, Rod finllily it became npparHt that the only

aolution was rt'eOnslrucUon. Some bltuminoWJ resurfacing Ilnd widening t. stUl being done on roads
with 8ublLoothti pavement and base but on those
of ad,'anoed deterioration and wbere t.taffic volumes
establiah priority conaideration, the project Is D
new road trom the ground up.

A rumble strip la put down the full widlb 01 the

approl\ch lAne and extending 300 foot from the sign.
When n vehicle rolls over It an audible nimble reBulta. alerting the driver. Surveys made at rumbled
sign locations have proved ita value as a safety
melUmrC:. TIle idea has attracted nationwide Inler
eal, liS evidenced by requ~ts for information from
slate and count)' hlgbway officials.

New Use Of Old Material

The DepartmenL experimented in 1959 with a
pou.olanic base coune and found it 80 BIltiatnctory
that. this oomparnUvely new form of an ancient. type
of material hruJ been used regulnrly e8cb year alnce.
A 1>01.7.oltm i8 d I1ned AS f\ siliceous materlnl UUl.t
will renct with calcium hydroxide (bydrated lime)
to rorm eemenUtious compounds. The po1.7.olan used
by the nnclent Romnnl wns volcanic tuft. or nsb;
In the commercial product used by the Department
It is power pl!lnt fly Mh. wblch is abundant and
economlcnl In this aren. The compound is delivered
to the job ready mixed.
The fint step In s por.zolanfc project is removal
01 the old road entirely, leaving s graded trench to
~ve " new 8-lnch btuJe course..
The pou.olan
compound is dlalributed with a Jersey spreader and
the b.'UIC I. compacted with a rubber-tired roller and
finished with 1\ slecl roller. Tested slre.nglh of the
base la 3.000 pounds per lQuare Inch.
In the beginning of this program It was bclleved
thnt the bnae alone WllJJ a suitable toadw8Y. and
lu rfacc WIUI applied only within the suburba. wbere
slghUlnrss WIUI a consideration. Thia Idea. however.
hns not worked out and present practice is to apply
bituminous binder and surface courses on all P01.1.oIan bn.acs.
In the seven yearH ot the pouolan program. 82
scctiona ot roade havQ l)een re.bullt at the rate

Money Problem Ever Present

'MU! e\'er-presenl. overall problem is money, which
mU8l be 8 8ubject fnm.\llar lo every highway departmenl The sll'.e of Ihis County's problem Is Indicated
by ItB available runds. which amount to approxlmlllely $17 million " ye:nr or nUnois motor fuel
trutetl, and Ita need for the present and Immediate
rutll~. whkh are e:allmated at more than MOO mJIlion.
The only possible practice in such a situation is
to seek the beat return on each year's expenditures
by giving priority to routcs that benefit the mOllt
people. And this must be done in the face of demands that greatly e:xceed funds on hand.
Aa one means of enslng the situation. the Board
of County Commluloners encourages Incorporated
8uburbs In shore. the coats of local improvcme:nt
which. though of high priority, would be beyond the
rt'.8Ourcea of the County. Thill bu been aocomp1isbed


(CoaUnUM on Ila 8)

1965 Accident Study

Awards For Safety


WARDS FOR achievements in highway traffic

safety last year were presented to 278 schools.
68 suburban police departments and 27 community
groups this month by County Board President Seymour Simon in his capacity as president of the Cook
County Trnffic Safety Commission.

EARLY A THIRD of the 253 highway traffic

N tatalities In suburban Cook County In 1965 occurred off the roadway. Sixty-eight deaths resulted
when vehicles left the pavement
and struck bridge abutments,
guard ralls, trees and posts or
wound up in a ditch. Three persons were killed in fI car that
broke th rough a bridge rail and
plunged into a river and two In
11 car thnt ran into a wayside
These and other illuminating
factB are contained in a summary r eport of 1965
falal accidents and the people involved published
this month by the Cook County Trnffic Safety Commi.esion.
Most important was improvement of the year's
toll over the year before---253 deaths as compared
to 299. The 1965 victimJI included 143 drivers, 67
pru!8C.ngers and 43 pedestrians. In 1964. the figures
were: 147 drivers, 95 passengers snd 51 pedestrians.
As Is the case every year, most of the fatalities
by faT occurred when the weather was fair and road
conditions were good. Clear weather preva iled when
195 persona were killed and the pavement was dry
when accidents occurred Ulat took 188 lives.
Friday, with 60 deaths. was the worst day of the
week. Other week-end days also had bad recorda :
Saturday 49 and Sunday, 37. Sixteen deaths occurred on Monday, 31 on Tuesday. 21 on Wednesday
and 39 on Thursday.
The most deadly hour of the day was 10 to II
p. m., 22 deaths. The mornillg n1sh period was
markedly less dangerous than the evening. Between
6 nnd 9 B. m .. the death tolal was 16; between 4. and
7 p. m. , 49.
The 143 drivers killed included 125 males and 18
fem ales. and 37 of the 67 passengers, were males.
Eight of the drivers were under 18 and U Ol'er 66.
The moat frequent type of fatal accident was collision between two automobiles. which caused 84
deaths. Auto-truck crashcs killed 26 and collisions
between trucks, three.. Trains kiUed 17 persona in
ca.rs. Bicycles and motore}'ctcs each figured in ai."(
fatalities and an ambulance, R bus, a fire truck and
a taxi were involved in accidents with automobiles
in each of which one was kiJIed.

The schools- 232 public and 46 privat

were retogni7.cd for the year's record of no traffic injuries
among pupils who had taken the Commission's bicycle safety training course. Altogether, 261 schools
pnrticipato in the progrrun. Each of the honored
schools received a plaque to hang on the school
house wall.
Similar plaques were given to police of the 68
suburbs In which lraffic fatalities were no higher
than in 1964. The 27 organizations receiving awards
included local safety counc.ils, Boy Scouts and communilY clubs.
Suburbs on the honor list included:
Barrington HIlII" Halton! Park, Berkeley, Berwyn, Blue
Islllnd... 8rldgeyl....... 81ookneld.. Hutfolo Cmye, COu ntry
Club " HI. Coul'llry.lde, Crffiwood. Dolton. EA. I ChtcalfO
llllighu. ~l HOlll;'l eru-I, EI~n. FloumOQr, Porut Pork,
Clem'lew, Goli'.
Also lIano\'er Park. 118.r\ey, Han.'ood nelghll. HaJ:eI ~l.
~lItkon' 11111" H111.lde-. Illnada.le, Hoffman EIIlal ..... 110m ....
lO....-n. IIllmewood , Indian Head Park. Kl"nUwOrtb. La Crang-e-.
I....>!. CronK'" Park. Lan5lnK. Lemont. MCCOOk lIlclro.e Park.
)Ierrtonelte Park. Alorton Gre\'\!", Nitti, Norrlde. :':orthbrook. Northlleld. "S(lrth Riverside
AI.o Ollk Lawn, Orland Park. PaiD. Hl"It:t8 I'alo. Hl!I'.
1'Il.10II Pnrk. I'nrk Rlde. Pown. Rh'u Fores Riveraldl". nob
biM. Siluk VIII811:<'. iWh.aUfD':~, $oulh
h:BgU Heights..
SUl'knev, Stone Park. Stl?lLID
. Summit Thornton Tinley
"""k\ \\~lInlt, Wllluw Sprtn'l"l. Wellcrn Sprmp, 'Vlnnetka
and ~orth_

The Chicago Police DepRrlment and the Cook

County detail of late Police were commended for
their cooperation with the Commission.

quirementa within view. even though some of them

nrc of the nature of ideals.
If it were possible financially, Cook County could
at once wisely spend $270 milUon on grade separalion structures at 350 highway-railway grade crossings and. as a temporary messure. an additional
82.500,000 to protect 109 crossings without gates,
42 of them without flasher lights, prior to being
grade separated. The 109 gate-flasher projects will
be placed on the Department's next three-year program and It is presently anticipated. that they can
be accomplished In that time.
The 6OO-mile County road system is In pnrt substandard. It would take $50 million to bring the
entire system up to the standards of design and construction set by the State. Outside of the system
under County jurisdiction. there are public desires
for improvements which the County Board recognizes 8S properly within its sphere If and when
money can be found. Projects in this category
already in sight would c"'llI [or an estimated $190

Suburbia Urbanized( Continued from page


in numerous major projects throughout the Buburban

area, and in Chicago. with the municipalities contribuUng their share of costa from their motor fuel
tM( allotments.
Naturally, there is a "8.8t difference between
what can be done IUId what ahould be done if money
were nt hand. Nevertheless. it is appropriate in
!l study of highway needs to estimate: the major re-

While the $500 million package is idealistic in the

sense. that it is at present out of financial reach.
it is !'enlistic enough from a viewpoint of the citizens, and certainly will figure largely in future
County highway plans.

Building Permits

How A Road Was Named

NE BUNDRED permit. tor building COllltruCUon valued altogether at $2,5U,I45 were la:sued
in February by the Cook County Department of
BuIlding and Zoning,
wbleh has jurisdiction

BRENNAN IIIghway. which runs on

the. south boundary of the tract ceded by the

allied Indian tribes In 1816 tor the L &: M. Canal.

bean the name of a
leader of Cook Count}'
~ocrac)' half a ceDtury ago.
George E. Brenn.an
wn.a a school teacher in
the coal mining tov.'I1
of Braidwood, DlinoiA.
o..nd among bIB pupils
WIUI Anton J . Ce.rmalc.
Both of them came to
Chicago and made ca
reers in politics. Bren-







Moat of the projecll

permitted were r-esideD,
tial-65 single dweUIngs valued al a toW
$1.200.800, and 10 apartme.nt buildings, with a total
of 52 living unh.. and 8Umated at a total $913.800.
Seventeen multiple buildinga.. with a total of 34
unit. Md & total OOI5t ot $774,000, are projected tor
Maino Townahlp. One of 16 \lnltl, $115,000, II to
be buill In Elk Grove Townllh ip and one of 12 units,
$201.800, in Stlekney,


insurnnee, became the

strategist of lhe DemocrnLic I)nrty in Ule second

decade of the century Rnd WiUI recognized lUI its
lender until hili death in 1928.
Under Brennan'. coaching, Cermak BOught public
olfiee. He WnJ; eleeled ..lderman. pn!8idenl of the
County Board and Mayor of Chicago. 1l was In hiB
IASL lI!nn na Board pre.lldenl. In 1932, when the
highway wu InJd out on the Indian boundary line
,md he clto-e to have It named for biA mentor.
The tirwt. ..ctiOD of Bn.nnan blghway was tonat.ntcled from Olxie Fngbway at 147th Street to
Cicero Avenue, running southwest along the boundItt')' line appro:<imnlely five miles. A shorter piece.
nJ80 on th~ indian line. oonnecu the 80uLh end of
Oak Park A\'l!nue with Harlem Avenue In Rich
The ORn RylUl Expreuway West Leg. now under
cofUllrueUon by the County. will t ollow the boundary Une (rom nbout Wood Street and Vincennes Aveflue 10 Cicero Avenue. And thUIJ will Cl'1l80 most of
tho George BrennRn Hlghwny. The expressway.
howc.ver, will .pnre a century-old pine tree that
slftndll a\ongllde the hlghwoy neRr Kedzie Avenue.
The ancient pine II till! 1IOie lurvlvor ot 60 trees
grown (rom seed brought from Ule Black F'orest of
Gcnunny nnd eel out In (\ row parallel and clolJe
lo the boundary line. The flr'llt exprcuway location
plan in that area doomed the tree. The Markham
Garden Club ftppealed. and the pavement plan wu
ahlfled slightly to lea\'e the old pine in the clear.


Penults (or other type:as of eoDstruclion were

lUlled IlIl


Ftt'tI'hmUa, addlWm. and Illt'ratl0.ru-.3 pen:nlla, .19.:100.

ACI:'bJOr)' IlIdldln._ 2 Pt'rmUa, 4UJK)O.
BU.lJnl'U bIlHdln.--.1 pt'rmll., flUol.,OOS.
811..lnen 11I1I11Inn. IiIlId IlIu.Uon_1 ~t.. 18O.00Q.
lnOUltrlll bIlUdln._No permlu.
Indl1.llrl.1 Iddltk.,.. and all('1'1l1MJM--3 pe.rm1la, 1l53.000.
W('1~2 Pt'rmlta. "18CJO.
MI_IIII1('OII. :I j)t'Tm11.L fl.1OO.

Pennlu Wtr-e dbltrlbuted among the tlIwnsbJps as

" "rmlb




In the no-tee claaslflcntlon, which includes

chu rches, publlu ond fann buildings. one permit WILB
I.sued (or public works In Stickney Townahlp. No
.tolemont ot valuu.lIon was required.

Advice 10 Slrewballs
How to motor through the .tale of Georgia and
Rvold n $1,000 tine I uggetted by Keep America
BetluUful, Inc. All the molorill need do ia to hang
" tmah bag in the car-and uae IL
Georgia h .... the hlght!llt ~ty for roadside lil.
lering, KAB polnu out. The mInimum fine, as In
nUno!.. is $50: the moat common is $100, In CallfornUa 250. In Kentucky $300.
Police are becoming more watchtul for .tre..... balla
and judge. atf, pnasing out .-uIrer sentences, sa)..
KAB. In IDOIt sLAtes, 30 eta).. In jail can be Im-

Engineering Grads Do Well

Students graduaUng trom the nation'a engineering

in 1!l6.'i experienced nO difficulty In obtaining

desinble jot. at the highest atarting aalarles to date.
accord:inl;' to a placement lurvey recently eompleted
by the Engineering Manpower Commission of EnginHra Joint Council. Only 1.1 percent ot the graduata rrported that they had no job otl'er'll or .peclfi
plana. and over 87 pe.rctnl had made definite commltmenu by the time or gT"llduation. The placement
lurvey Included data reported by 186 engineering
eollegea and unlversitie. and eo\'ere(l nearly 20,000


lUI w~lI lUI Il


The trash bag in the ear ta the solution. Almoet

(!,'erywhere cnns are plnced along the b.lgbwaya

where lhc bnga enn be emptied la ....ofully.


Vol. XIII No. 11

APRIL, 1966


Published by the Cook County (11 1.) Depart m e nt of Hig h way.
Under au.plet. of the Board of County Cornml .. ioners
SEYMOUR SIM ON, Presiden t

Charle. J, Grup p, J r.
J erome Huppert
LIllian Piot rowski
Ruby Ryan
Seymour Simon
Josephine B. Sneed
J ohn J. Touhy
Kenneth E. Wllion

Frank Bobrytz ke
C harln S. Bo n k
Charles F. Cha plin
Gera ld O ole ~ a l
George W. Dunne
Willia m N. Er ickson
Floyd T. Fu lle
Andrew V. Plum me r
Superintendent of H ighways

P u blished at Chicago Civic Center, Randolph & Clark Street., ChlcOigo 60602 T elephone 321 .7714

Boob 01 the Month

March Traffic Accidents

OR THE THIRD straight month, highway traffic
in suburban Cook Count.y were higher

in March than in the same month

of lasl year. The Mar'" loll, 20

b- ~
~ deaths. compared with 18 a year
~ ~ ' \ ago_ With 21 deaths in Janunry
~, ~!
r; and 20 in February, the 1966 ac~
~ 8
cumulated total stood at 61.
which compared with 53 in the
first quarter of 1965.
Five of the dead were pedestrians, four of them
struck by automobiles and one by a truck. Six were
killed when cars left the roadway and struck wnyside objects, in one instance a house. Collisions between automobiles resulted in three deaths and
crsshes involving automobiles and lrucks killed
Ulree. A. man and a woman were killed when the
car in which they were riding was hit by a train
at a crossing and n man of 18 was killed when a car
struck his motorcycle.
The total of accidents of all types~fatal. personal
injury and property damsge only~was lower last
month than in March , 1965, but the number of persons hurt was slightly higher. The comparative figures (TA, total accidents; lA, injury accidents; I ,
persons inju red) were:







One of the March victims, a pedestrian. was

killed on the Northwest. tollway; four were killed on
roads in the unincorporated area; four in Chicago
Heights, two in Harvey. two in Oak Lawn , and one
eacb in Des Plaines, Elk Grove, Franklin Park, Hillside, Kenilworth . Mt. Prospect, and Palos Park.

SLOUCH is (or comfort first of

When driving he assumes a semi-upright position,

with one hand on the wheel and the other arm
hanging out of the window.
In any emergency that may come a long, be'll have
to do what he can with his mind at ease and only
one hand ready to use.
have the capacity to run at 140 m, p. b " but, more
important, they bave rear end gearing designed for
quick acceleration. The idea is to overtake the
offendcr withi.n the length of a city block, or little

Beware O f Pursuit
Expressway drivers when tempted to e.'I(ceed
posted speeds or fracture any other traffic law should
find II. warning in the type of pursuit car developed
by the Chicago Police Department especially for
patrolling the super highwa ys.
The police aim to catch a speeder in quick time
to avoid a long, dangerous chase. The cars in use

Men assigned to the patrol teams are selected

from volunteers and also are given special training in "defensive driving--, according to Captain
Terence Doherty, the Department's Chief of Traffic.

Simon Boosts Bonds

Engineer Cover Girl

R1S YEAR's the twenty-flUb anniversnry of

the U. S.
bond campaign, and President
Seymour Simon at the County
hopes that





celebrate by signing up

(or more bondl.

In a letter addressed
to all JX'-rBOnnel. President Simon points out

that the bond Interest

rate baa been raised to
'1.1::; per cent, when
held to maturity In

seve.n years. One pamgraph also stales:

"When you Invest In


I 1~'

811vings bonds you con-

tribute direeLly to our

country's economic
strength. You help finance the high costs of
military defense and
thnt Is noninftstionary.

space progrurns In n WAy

" A t Ute aame time you protect another freedom.
This I. your inhi:'.M!.nl. personal freedom to save for
important family goaIa---educatioo. a home. retirement- with the !UUlurance that you will alao be Cree
to enjoy lbe fruita oJ your sDvlnga,"
During the month oC May, all employes will ~
given the opportunity to enroll in the eon\'enient,
automntic payroll .avlng:s plan. Superintendent Andrew V. Plummer joined \1.-tth President Simon in
urging employes to sign up.

HE CITY BUREA U of Engineering h8J!l produced

ftrst issue ot a periodical publication with an
engineer as the eover girl. Cover GmL! Right.
She is Elizabeth Jaek&on Mc.Lean. graduate civil
engineer. chief ot the Planning and P rogramming
Section of the Bureau's Administmth'e Division, and
as such eonc.erned with any number of mattei'll, including appropriately. the beautification of hlghwa)'B
and other public work8. She ia also the wife. of
Charlea McLean. traflic engineer for District 10 ot
the TIllnols Division of ffighwaya.
A " Profile" sketch in the new magazine saya in

Too Tranquil Drivers?

An Intensive study of the etrectJ! of tranqullizens
on driving Is bolng undertaken by tho Institute of
TmnsporlnUon and TraffiC Engtneering III cooperation with the University of CAlifornia Loa Angeles
School o( Medicine and the U. S. Veterans Administration ,
n Is believed thnt strong lronaqullizenl slow down
Ii driver's reactions and cause other potentially
hamrdolls chllnges In driving behavior. But fac18
to BuiJRtantiate these. beliefs fU'1!i lacking. with the
result that doctors and licensing officials are without a tIOlid baaia for saying whether and under what
condition. patlenll requiring lransqullizcrs Bhould be
allowed to drive,
Scheduled over a t.hree-year period. the Btudy
will uUI1ze the TTTE driving simulator (or accumulation of basic data. Subject:. wID be seleeted from
240 male pauenUl who are regulnrly given pottmt
tranqullb:el'll A8 part of their treatment for serioUB
psychiatric IIIncaa at the VA h08pltaJ in Sepulveda.


" Liz McLean certainlY is Lhe Bureau's moat

channing Dnd civil Ch'lI Engineer. One of her colleagues recently paid tribute to her remarkable abilIty to command cooperntive effort from many diverse agencies and Individuals wilh whom ahe works.
" It's a mnn'8ize job.' he said, 'bul no man eould
ncc.omJ>1hth more than Mrs. McLean. She'. a very
good e.ngineer. with the winning ways of an attractive young lady. Row can you beat a rombinalion like LhAt l' "
The new publicatioll Is a sliek paper job In color.
The rnA-In Article In the first Issue relates, W!Ul historical touches.. the Ilory of Stevenson Expresaway,
which the City i8 now completing between Dan Ryan
ExpretJ8wtty and Lake Sh"o="
gion Is unusually rich In violeta, with 25 recognized
spec.lCl. Bealdes the blue woodland vloleta with
heart-shaped leavca. the bulletin mentions the bird(oot. with mltc purple petals and a lea! resembling
the foot or a bird : Ule arrow-leaved violets, with
Intensely blUe flowens, the pnlmata and the lanceleaved. There are a lso ty,'o common kinds ot yellow vloletl and three white.
{ndlnn. In thla nrea used violetll to thicken soup,
the bulletin mentlOIlll. and in pioneer da}'B candied
violets were prized for their color and delicate flavor.

Region Rich in Violets

The violet. Jlllnol8' atate flower. will soon gladden
the eye of motorltst:. lro\'eling the back roads or
visiUng the County foreat preserves.
The current Nature Bulletin laued by the Forest
P reserve DI8trlct 18 8 reminder that the Chicago re-


County' 5 1966 Highway Program

construction and primary rond im

provements estimated at a lotal $83,550,000 are

Usted In the County's 1966 highway program as

approved April 21 by the Board of County Commis
On the West Leg of Dan Ryan Expressway, which
the County will eonstruct from the present end of
pavement at Halsted and 99th Streets to Cicero
A \'cnue IUld 167th Slreet. most of the work as far
south as 127th Street is already under contract
and In progress. Projects planned for this year,
at an estimated $48.060,000, include:
Eighteen slnlcture8 to carry the e.xpressway over
or under highways, railways. and waterways; three.
grading and five paving sections; five stann sewer
sections and a pumping slatlon; lighting and sign
insta.l lations between 99th and 127th Streets, acquisition of right-orway and demolition of buildings
wesL of Crawford Avenue. and various adjustments
of underground utillties_
Work estimated to cost $6,800,000 is progrnmmed
for the Harlem Avenue complex on Stevenson Expressway. Included are addillonal ramps to afford
four-way traffic interchange between the e..xpressway and Harlem A venue., a structure to carry Harlem over the G.M.&O_ railroad. and a second bllscule
bridge over the Sanitary Drainage and Ship Canal.

City To Participate
Non-expressway Improvements planned tor 1966
construction a re localed in Chicago. various suburbs
and the unincorporated area of the County. AI!
of the City jobs will be carried out cooperatively,
with the City acquiring needed right-of.way and
doing the design work_ The Federal government
will assist financially with three Chicago projects
and five outside lhe Clty_
Major projects programmed for Chicago, with estimated costa. include:
LAKE snORE DRIVE. FUllerton ParlC\o.al. to trvlnlll: Park
Road. 10 be wldenl!'d and retlurfa<'t'd ; $.1.500.000. with Fed
eral ald.
LAKE SHORE DRIVE. Irvlnlll: Park R()Ild to Ainalll!
S treet . to be widened and re.urfa~. with M!'COn.Jt.rucUon
o f bridget: u,:;oo,OOO: Federal aid
STOSY ISLAND AVEKliE. 67th to 79th Slrfttts. to ~
widened and channellJ:OO: $672.000: Fede...' aid
lO:'JrtO STREET, W".lern A\'enu" 10 crawford A\'enue, to
be Widened lind r(,IUrflleed: U .200.000.
87TH STREET. Damen Avenue to ClttrO Avenue. In be
widened, with mOOI"" .trlp and tum o:-hanneh: .'IIJM)O.ooo.

Also In Ute City, Ute County will continue its

program of relocating elevated railroad columns
from roadway to curb line on arterial streets where
existing columns a re both II. safety hazard and a
traffic obstrnction. Locations selecl:ed for Improve
ment this year are Irving Pa rk Road at Ravens
wood Avenue, $180.000: Ohio Street at F'ranklin
Street. S2OO,000, and Pulaski Road at Lake Street,

A major project outside the City is the extension of Central Avenue from the Stevenson Express
way overpass northward lo 39th Street, at an estl
mated $3,500,000, with Federal aid, It is anticipated

A TyplCilIl " L" Column Relocation Job Performed

By Tne County-A.hlillnd Avenue at Lake Street.

that the substructures will be contracted this year

and the remainder or the work next year.
Other sizeable suburban area projects Include:

De. Phllne. River to Odell Avenue,

3.40 miles, In 1)('. Plaine.. Nile . Park Ridge. And un lneor-

\lIlr&led llren. to be r!!OOnltruetcd to tour Inn~ with me< tan l trip: $2.700.000_
WESTER!II AVD'o"UE, LinCOln Highway to Floumoor Road.
1~ mlll!!ll. In Olympia Fields. no.smoor, Chlca .. o H!!lants.
and unlneorporall'ld a~_ to be widened 10 ndequate two
Innes and n!lurfA~. $300.000DUND~;~: ROAD MIIWlIllkl!l! Avenue u r l;and .... ~ Road,
2.66 mil!!'. In Wheeling. Northbl'l)()k nnd unJneorpOrOll!d Arell.
to be wid ened to four lane. with m~lnn _trip !lnd Inter&eclion chann('I.; $1.5(0.000.

Four County highway bridges over the Calumet

Sag Channel are to be reconstructed to conform to
the Federal project of widening and deepening the
waterway, The locations and estimated costs, in
which the government will assist. are: Crawford
Avenue. $382.000: 127th Street, $1.607,000; Fran
cifJCO A venue, $601,000; and Ridgeland A venue.

Structures On West l eg
On the Dan Ryan West Leg Expressway, grade
separation structures are programmed at the fol
lowing locations:
Pennsylvania Railroad, $1,180,000; Rock uland
Railroad and 123rd Street, $680.000; Illinois Central
Railroad: $640,000; 125th Street, $380,000 ; 127th
Street. $720.000: Vermont Street. $390.000; Calumet Sag Channel. $1.460,000; Baltimore & Ohio
Chicago Terminal Railroad, Roll Avenue, Little Calu met River and Broadway Avenue, stnicture and
frontage road, $4.520.000; Vincennes Avenue. south
reach Little Calumet River and Indiana Harbor Belt
railroad, $2,750,000: Grand Trunk Western RaJlroad.
B.&O.C_T. Railroad. Milwaukee Railroad, Spaulding
and Leavitt Avenues, structure and frontage road,
$2,860,000: Dixie Highway, $610,000; 147th Street.
strncture and approaches, 8890,000; H9th Street.
underpass. $0100,.000 : Tn-State Tollway, $1.250,000 :
Kedzie A venue, $1,000,000; 159th Street, structure
and approaches, $890,000; Crawford Avenuo, strue-

Work Is Listed

City and Suburbs

Atrl,1 Photo Loutn Wen Leg ", 11 CUI"VU SOllthwlr-d From Point West of HII,ted SlreeL

lure and (rontage roada, $740,000: 167tb Street.

The grading and paving eectiOIll lilted are:

Grading 117th Street to L'>7th Street.. $580,000 ;

paving aalsted Street to l05th Street, $1.84.0,000;
1~\Vlng l05th Street to 112th Street, $2.370.000:
paving 112th $t.rcel to 127Lh Street, $3.500,000 :
grodlng and paving TJi-State Tollway to Spaulding
Avenue, Including 141th Street rnm ... $1.990,000 ;
grading and paving l27th Street to Leavitt Street.

1RVISO PARi( ROAD at Sao LI,.. Railroad. Schill", Park.

rft'Oflllructlon ot relain Inf waU. ~OOO.
lasTl! STREET Tho", OfI-Blue 1.land Road to Chatham
~'.b 0.11) mile. billa Illand. to M wldefled and t1"lIrfaced.
STRI';T, WCJI 1.t;>1l ot Inlll!rset'tlon (It Chlt.roVtnrennu lload. ChI(.'1I1I<I I t ~llI h U and SOUth Chtc.a1lO
lIel.hl_. Inl"~Uon Impro"l!ml'n~ and lnU'tl" .I,na1 In''/In/lUlln 1-10,000.
K);OZIE ,.V..... II.: At )"losamC/Or ROnd. lnterM'Ction Improvl'mcnll lind If/HUt .tanal InU/ll1atlon. 190.000
28TH AVE.... UE, N(lrlh ",hrnlle to Grand Awnll., UIO
mUM, In MII!I~ Park. FMulkl1n Park and untncof,S....
a!'Vll, f'f"t'<Jlau'u('lIon tb t~ur lall" all4 rn'U1'ff::f
OAKTOS STREET. at oa Plaillft RJvu
oteorw<'tlnn l'ban~lIullon. DIll OW
OLD ORCHARD ROAD. It EdIl'M bpreu .....,.. til StolPe.
fIIme- It the

Sewers, l ights And Signs


Suburban area Improvement. other than those

already noted Include:



WOLF ROAD. al Al,onquln R~, Drs Plalnn. Inl~

Unn Im..-ovemellllll and I ... frlt' .Ipal I.nJ:lallaUOn.,
JolT PROSPECT ROAD. al AI~~lIla Road. or. PlaI_.
'~.&iOlion ItrlprOliemerllfl lind Ira nc .llInAl Inslallallan,



IncludIng the acquisition or

property and demoULIon of buildings, are estimated
at $6.360,000. The flve maJn drnin sections are eaUmated nt 8 total $4.040.000 Rnd the pumping sla
lion, to be buill near 127th Street, at $880.000.
Lighting InatallsUon between Halaled and 127th
St..reeta to be done under two conlracta. ia estimated
at $380,000. Sign. between Halllted and l21th Street
$200.000. and three sections of underground uUlilie. adju.tme.nt., at $] ,2-10.000.


"Vl'T"P'I~., ~OOO

Plalnl!tl IU\,er, f'qul'ltr1an

ItOWAttO STREET, 11\ C'lIld~t'1I Avenlle, Nile., Inlel""lC!Ctlfln Impronmenllll and 'nUlt' "RnaJ reJoeaUo". IU,OOO
1""","0 PAflK ROAD, east"' Des Plaines River, Schiller
P1Irtr. equettrtan und .,.... 8!5S.OOO
I"ALATlNt: ROAD. al kblMn,-"k Road. In'-llon modi.
1\t'.U(IM and pedetlrbn ov."..... IUo.OOO.
WII_LOW ROAD. at SulC.... Road, Inwl"Mf'Uon Imp"we-.
menU. D40.000.
rE:\'TRAL A\"ENI'f'~ n Slllny Creotk north or lOMh SII't!eI.
o.k Lawn. draln.,e ,11"\It'lu", n!ot'On.t1"\lrtton. IHJ(l.{)I)()
l.IfI(";U A\' O"UF., Elm 81r'fOt'1 10 CburchlU ~11W1. Mor-

Chicago project.. In addition to those mentioned

previously. are:

"'~II'I (VI()

KEnZIE AVE... !', al 1111 Slrl.'el ar.d i3rcl

wldenln ~50.000.

The program a.lso lilt. $438,000 tor raJJroad grade

eroulng protection at locaLloos to be sc.Jected lator,
$5 .000 tor center line Itrlplng In vanQul villages,










1(tJ1 G"we. ('I)I\"1"\I(.'Uon III

rour IanI'll ....,ttt river

,Oonllnutd on pap 6)



Pine To Live On

In The ViLlages

ONG LIFE (or the old pine tree that for more
than a hundred years has marked the Indian
Boundary Llne. aoon to be an expreaaway route, bu



Park Foreet vlUage trustees have under advisement a aerles of recommendatlorul by a Chicago
traffic e.ngineering finn caJllng Cor up to $2 million
ot street improvements in tlle next 15 to 20 years.


Garden Club or Markham.

The ancient tree Is

the IlUIl sur viving of
60 brought lUI seedJlngs

Broadview contracted th.iB month Cor street pav

ing nod atonn &ewers on 25th Avenue south oC Cu
mak Road. and 23rd Street and 23rd Place between
25th and 26th A venuCII. The project will be done
by tlpedal 8SSeMmenL Contractor is Seneca Petroleum Co.

from the Black Forest

oC Gennany In 1860
and set out along the

south Line of the tract

ceded by the allied IndiAn tribc8 for the nil

nols and AUchigan Cannl. When Ull'! Weat. Leg of Dllo Ryan Expressway
WIl8 fint locnted, the Lr-ee appeared to be doomed.
Then the Garden Club pleaded lhat It be spared for
Its historical and sentimental values, and the County
Rlghwll}' Department readiJy agTeed to awing the
pavement. awn)" from the

Schaumburg Is growing at such a rate that Police

Chief lr.1&rt.in J Conroy recently predicted that the
,tillage would need a force of 20 full lime men within th'e yean. Sdlaumburg pays patrolmen S7.200
a year plUIJ Sloo Cor clothing, bospltal Insurance. a
two-week Vlacnl!on and six holidaYB wiUt pay. The
prt'fK'.nt force con.lats or abc tuU time men, 15 volunleera In reserve, Il matron and a secretary.


While thl. change In locatJon plans will protect

the tree (rom bulldozers, the Garden Club decided
that It woulld be wise to assure against anything
that might. hnppen. So it. bas had cuttings taken
from the pine and grafted to II. parent tree in Morton Arboretum. These slips will be on hand to pre~ the tree's (Rmlly tree In ease the worst happens.
The tree IIIWdJI in what will be the north"'eet
quadrant of Ole Wesl Leg Interchange with Kedrio Avenue. When the e.'t]Jre:SSway Is completed. the
Garden Club plana to place a suitable plaque on ft
large glacial boulder lying near by.

The Inteneetlon oC Shermer and Techny Roads

haa been made a {our-W8}' stop to control traffic
genernted by the near-by Glenbrook North Higb
School and the Sherme.r Road IndWitrial Complex.

Hig hway Program(Ccln llnued hwn pale !U

West Leg Bids Received

nnd $50,000 fOr intersection and pedestrian improvementa Btill to be designated.

In addition to the work listed Cor this year. the
program also prop!('ti expr'C86way nnd primary road
projeclll for next year and 1968. Th e three-yenr
lotlll of estimated coel6 Is $193.1<19.000.
It la anticipated that expressway construction in
the Uu-ee years, totaling $130,293.000 will be 8nanced from the County's $245,000.00 expressway
bond Cund. motor Cuel ta:< funds and rei.mbunM!menta {rom the Federal go,'ernmenL For primary
rond improvement., estimMed at $62.856,000, motor
Cuel taxes amounting to $39.927,000 and Federal
L?2.929.000 are expected to be

Bids on three Dan Ryan Expressway, West Leg,

llemfl wcre received by the County Board on March
30 and submitted to the DUnois Division of High
ways. The jobe. with the low bidders, were :
Main drilin between the Grand Tronk Railroad and
the south reAch of the Little Ca1umct Rlver-ReUance Underground Construction Co. and Orr Construction Co.. $657.700.
Grade separation at Vermont Street- Thomas M.
Madden, 5276.535.
Grade separation at 125th Street-8tAndard Paving Co., S301.<400.


Truck Trips to Chicago

Eighty-nine per tent of trnck lripa into Chicago
sa of 1956 orlginated In llIinois. Indiana, Wisconsin
and Michigan, according to a recently completed
atudy. Six per cent atarted in the five atales immediately surrounding the Inner belt and 5 per cellt
from Carther awny. The study was made under 8J1
InternalionAI Fellowship In American Studies
awarded by the American Council of Learned
Studies to MAgno Helvig, a young Norwegian. who
u&Cd 1956 dnta collected by Ute Chicago Transit
Area Transportation Study to r his anal)~I,.

Highway And Vehicles

H1ghwR)' I!xpenditures arc a bil behind Increases
In "'orld motor '\'ehlcle population. according to
recent atudy of 145 countries by the International
Road Federation fol" the period 1960 to 1964. Motor
vehicles In 1964 Increased 30 per cent over 1060 and
highway expenditures Increased 29 per cent. The
United SIq,tea showCld 5-yeRr incre0..&e3 of 17 per
cent In motor vehi~lea and 16 per cent in highway

How A Road Was Named

TOWNSHIP and several roads in
the locality preserve the memories of Gennan


March Building Permits

p ER~llTS

FOR building construction estimated

to cost $15,693,270 were issued in March by the
Department of Building and Zoning, which has jurisdiction in the unin
corporated area.
One permit, issued to
the All-State Insurance
Company for a new
building in Northfield
Township, reflected a
valuation of $12,500,000.
Four permits were issued for apartment houses
with s total of 68 living units and a total valuation
of $540,800. One building of 40 units and estimated at $300,000, is to be built in Wheeling
Townsb.ip and three, with a total of 28 units, $240,800, in Stickney.
Of the 130 fee permits taken out, 86 were for
single dwellings valued altogether at $1,987,300.
Thirty-three homes are to be built in Wheeling
Toymship. which, with 37 permits and a total valuation of $1,098,500, led the 21 townships represented
by March permits_
For types of constnlction other than residential,
pennits were issued as follows:

left the

old country and came

to the new more than
a hundred years ago.


The genealogy of one

these families ex-






came to
America in 1847, Hein-

rich and Sophie Pfingsten. down through the

generations to 880 direct descendants. The

widespread family tree has recently been presented
in complete (orm by one of the present generation,
E lmer Pfingsten of Hinsda le. His compilation, n book

of 276 pages, is entitled ''Dear Cousin."

Heinrich and Sophie took up land along Meacham
Road. Their two-slory brick home is still standing.
The township had not then been organized and the
only place name in the locality was Sarah's Grove,
at Roselle and Schaumberg Roads, now included in
the suburb of Schaumburg Center. When the township was organized, in 1850. it was named for the
German prinCipality of Schaumburg-Lippe. from
whence a number of the first settlers had come.
Sarah's Grove beeame Schaumburg Centre, as the
spelling was at the time.
At the first township meeting. Heinrich Pfingsten
was elected oue of the three highway commissionel"'S.
Altbollgb the roads were only traces acrosa the
prairie, fixed up with hand labor. largely by volunteers. they were properly named, some for Pfingsten
relations-Biesterfield, Rohlwing, Nerge and Wise.
But Pfingsten Road. which runs north and south
in Northfield Township. was named for another family from the same locality in Germany, the author
of "Dear Cousin" believes.

Rl!.l.denlloJ atidlUon, and alt"rntlonl-7 permits, $34,750.

Aece8l;ory bulldlngl-12 pl!rmll" $18.120Dualneu bulldlng~ permits. $12.6.'12000.
Buslneu :ldtilUons ani! alleraUons--2 pl!rmIl1. $12,000.
lndu~trlal buUdlngs- 2 permll.8. $77.:100.
Industrial additions nnd oJternt\<ms--2 uennlLS. Slll.OOO.
Well5----3 permlUl, $1200.
rndivldual lIeptic BYBiem!r--1_~rmll, $800.
J',11.celilineous--7 pennlUl, $207.400.

By to''1'nships, the pennits were distributed as

Tllwn~hl l'

Elk Crove

New Trier

Norwood Park


Air Pollution By Autos


P ermll.






Elimination of all automotive effluents considered

noxious or a nuisance would be desirable, it is
slated in a report of the U. S. Department of
Health and Welfare. However. technology has not
advanced sufficiently to permit the complete control
of all sources of automotive emissions. Further study
is necessary to improve understanding of the causes
and effects of such pollution and to develop effective
means of preventing it. In general, the needed research is acknowledged to be the responsibility of
both industry snd government.

Three pennits were issued in the no-fee classification, which includes churches, public and farm buildings. One, with a $45,000 valuation, was taken out
by the Church of God of Prophecy. Stickney Township, and olle for remodeling a bltilding of the
Hinsdale Sanitary District. $25,000. The other was
for public sewer work in Stickney, for which no voluntion statement was required.

Turnpike Deaths Down

Frank J. Kriz

The fatality rate on turnpikes (expressways and

freeways ) in the United States during the first five
months of 1965 was down 11 per cent from the
comparable period of the year before-from 2.7
deaths per 100.000,000 miles of travel to 2.4-.

Frank J. Kriz. a County Commissioner from 1924.

to 1930 and in later years superintendent of Highway Department warehouses and shops. died April
4 in Bradenton. Florida, where he had lived since
retiring in 1955. He was 78.





Sprin gt ime Be.1vty Show 'n Count)' For..t Pre.. ,.... ...

Vol. XIII No. 12

MAY, 1966


Pubilihed by the Cook Coun t y (III.) Dep.rtment of Hlahway.
Undo, aUlple of the BOIIrd of County eomml ..lon'r,
SEYMOUR 81M ON, Pruldenl

Charles J. Grupp. Jr.

Frank BobryU ke
eh.,I.. S. Bonk

Jerome Huppert

eh,rlel F. Chaplin

LUlie" P lotrow.kl

Gerald Doleul

Ruby Ryan
Seymour Simon

George W . Dunne

JOlephlne B. Sneed
John J. TOllhy
Kenneth E. Wllion

William N. Erlcbon
Floyd T. Fulle
Andrew V . Plummer

Superint endent of Highway.

P ublished .t ChTeago Civic Center, Randolph &. Clark Street., Chlugo 60602 Telephone a21.n14

Bo ob 0/ the Month

April Traffic Accidents

RAEPIC FATALITIES on luburban ronda and
Ilreets conlinued lo rise in April over last year.
Tho ftgures were:
April, this year, 15 deaths:
Inc ",






The April toll,

iL wasCounty





over the 20 deaths in March. but




April. 1965, 10.

nevertheless lhe fourmonlh IIC'

cumulntlon wua sUlI higher than
for the same period last year-

76 agn.(Ult 63.
Six of the April victims were killed In collisions
between Automobiles, in one of whleb [our can were
involved. One death resulted from an aulo-lnIck
craah. Four of the dead were pedestri&ll8, a woman
of 76 and three )'Oung children. Four olbers were
riding in CArs lhlll left Ule pavement and struck
w8.)'1Ilde objects.
AIUlough fatalities were lower In March, Increaaes
were recorded In lhe total ot accidents of aU types,
in accidents resulting In personal injury and in the
number of persons Injured. Totals in these columna
were also higber Ulan in April of last year. The
8gures were eTA totnl aceldent.s: lA, Injury accident..! 1. number of persons injured) :

Apl1 l 1900
art':h. 196!I






Lrnah along the ros dalde, but not JUSl he(:auae
he's luy.

A 6-year old boy, on foot at lhe time, was killed

by an automobile on the Tri-stale Tollway o.nd 8
molorlal lravellng on Edens Expresswa y Wll8 killed
when ht. ear slnlck II gulU"d rail. Five deaths on
roads In the unincorporated area, three in Des
Plnln~. two In Oak Park and one each in Melroee
Park. Niles, and Riverdale.

Hospitals On Expressways

In facl , he wruUes with the car window to get

rid or an empty cJgaret pad!: when he could easier
drop Il in a Utter bag,
And f~uenUy he gives up a lale TV show to
take the kitchen garbage oul where a highway patrol crew can pick it up.
What Solly doesn' l understAnd III that hill trash.
plus everybody else' makes one awful mesa.

A study of the possible disturbance of hospital

patient. by noIse. from adjacent expressways was
made for lhe WIlI.hington Slate Higbwny Commill'
sian and Ute U. S. Bureau of Public Roads. II WM
found that while n high noise level annoyed patient..

their rate or recovery was not affected. Expressways have gencrn1ly proved beneficia] to hospitalll.
the report atated, in Lhal IlUld values have increased.

" 7ilh thi s IIIl1nh"r-Yol. A'l1l No. 12-COOK ('or~'1'Y llHn rWA rs COlllplptps thir4
t(,(,11 y(\ors of (luhlic-otioll. .\ 5 II lI1('sns of lrnn~lIIittin~ inrnfllilltion (If puhli(' intert>st
it hos hpJ'1I 1\ :-;n('('('s~rul d'lllollstrutioll. Il owt"('f. it ~(lt'lllS wiJ;(' lit this miJ('pc)st to
paU1W and snf"") Ihl! rutuft'. and then'fore I)ublicution i~ slhpt'ndt'(l with this is~Ut.
'rho tlrhis.uhiJily or fPliUlIllng will be ("onsidtr('fl. In Uw lIlt'antilill'. IH'WS of this D1'4
pnTtm('nt'~ ncliviti('s wiU he released to tht' nf'wl'- )lIl)X'rtol in whntt'Vf'T nUUllll'f h('sl
snits thf'ir ('ollYf'ni(,llt'('.

Ed itor to Retire

In The Villages

w. HUl\"1'. Director of Public Information.

will relire nt the end of July after 17 years of

INE SUBURBS will partjcipate with the Counly

this year In road Improvements in Ute villages.
Work on 1l1e roadwnys. conslsUng of base recc)l1'

service with Ole lIighway OepartmenL Since June,

1953, he haa edited the
monthly magazine
WA YS. With n circula
lion of a pproximately
12.000. information of
the Department's ac
tlvlties has been trans
lhroughout the country
and overseas.
Mr. Bunt's previous
experience in the news
field ably suited him for
the position. Reared in
Montana. he attended
the University of Mon
lana. After service in
Le ....l. W. Hunt
tbe Marine Corps in
World War I, he tame to Chicago in 1919 and
joined the Chicago Evening Posl Be went to
the Daily No...... In 19"24 and was city editor of that
paper from 1936 to 1942. During World War D he
was Chief' of News Section of the Ovenoea8 Broad
casUng Slation of the Office of War Information in
San Francisco. After the war he joined the Chicago
'rrlbunc and conllnued with that paper until 1946.
He performed public relations work on hia own unUl
his employment with the Highway Departmenl in

slrucllon. resurfacing and widening where present

widlhs are InadC<lunte, will be done by the Highway
Deparlment. The suburbs will pay for curbs nnd
The suburbs, the I'onds and appropriations for the
County's shares na approved by the County Board



c:roVI' ROlld. Dundee Hoad LO

R()fItl. 09 mil". 811111000

S01,JTlI IIOLLAND-Olttlle Crove Avenue, b@t"'H:n 162nd

Street to 170U\ Strt'Ol. 1 milt'., 'IXI.non.
OAK I.AWN-QIII,..l ""ellUl', W4ba1h Railroad 10 87th
8Uftt. I M milt'S. 'lf1'l,OOG.
SKOKIY-,""uN'h SU'ftt. 1.1lld", AvtnUI' lc\ GrOS. Point
Road. 015 milt. .$00000.
BELLWOOD-Rutter1ltld RNld M.nllhl'lm Un.d LO ~I
I!m A"nu". OlIO mill'. ""'.000
SROOKnF.t.D--Wuhlll-'flft A,,'nul', Pr:.lrle Avt'nul' In
GolC Road /" 111. , , limn. 1". tI&:5 mIll'. l38.tJOO,
HAR'-f:Y-ll16lh ~t.rwt. Dh;I" H1II:hway to Wood Strc'fot.
1 mIlt'. 100.000
PARK F'OREST -&lull. T'rllJI Central Park Avt:tllH' I Main
StratI In l"dl",._.1 9t"II..v"rd. 1 mile. $lXl.OOP
BLt"F. 1SLA~-l23rd S'n"t'l. D " 0 C T, Rallroad 10
M~Jlll' Slnot'l. 1\ 25 milt. .J."IO,OOO

The new baRil will be conStnlcted with pozzolanlc

binder and the new surfaces will be bituminoulJ.

Population In CookDuPage County suburbia la

growing aL n rule lwlce lhat of the previous decade,
it is estimntc<l by the ChicAgO Area Trnnsportatlon
SLudy. A survey just completed by CATS covered
124. communities in the two counties. The 1960
cenSIlS gn.ve these places a total Sl.568,OlA. The
CATS eatimnle tor 1965 Is 1.917,256, an increase of
22.3 per cenl In ftve years, which compares with
20.1 per cenl In the preceding ten years.

On r elirement he will relurn to Montana.. where he

and Mra. Hunt plan to spend summera. going to cali
(ornin tor the wintcrs.- Leo E. Mertka.

sanitary sewer. 2.500 feet of water mains and a

palnl job 011 the mlllion.gallon village water tank.

Regiatrntion of motorcycles and motor scooters

in Cook County outside of Chicago increased from
3.691 In 1962 to ]0,12] laat year, according to the
llUnola Secretary of State'a office.

Park fo~orest trustees have asked the village man
ager. Robert G. Pierce. to draft ordinances creating
a village board of public improvements. The board,
il ia expected. would deal flrat with a propoaal now
before the trust.ees to set up an assessment district
for widening Western Avenue.

The Village of Skokie haa requested pern1Isslon
to take ove.r maintenance and traffic regulation on
the west frontage road of Edens Expressway between Croaa Point Road and Jarlath Avenue. The
Counly Board has agreed to relinquish jurisdiction
and the propoeal has been submitted to the State
for approval.

South Holland village board has cailed a public

hea.ring, at a date to be set. on rezoning property
In the northwest corner of the intersection ot Calumel Expreasway and U. S. Route 6, partly fo r busl
nees and partly tor residential.

Arlington Helghta trultees have taken bids tor

con.tructlon ot three parking lots, 2,400 teet ot

Roadside Littering Ugly and Costly

By Andrew V. Plumme r
Superintendent of Highway.
Cook County

Y beautification is being stressed today

more than ever beiore. The Federal Govern-

ment has plans for a large scale project to make

sightly selling of the
new interstate routes
and to encourage local

governmen18 to preserve
the nalural beauty along
their roads. The eyepieaHing resuHB surely
will appeal to all beholders : that is, all but
the habitual litterbugs.
No matter bow much
money may be spent (or
beauty, the sLrewballs,
judging from experi.
ence, will continue to
use the right-of-way for
Nothing bas
been found thus far to

stop them neither

Andrew V. Plummer
threats of penalty. " No
Dumping" signs, nor the weight of public opinion.
Highway agencies capable of designing the most
advanced types of roadway haven't been able to do
anything more with the littcreJ1l than to pick up
niter them.

With the large sums of money planned for highWRY beRuty. it may be advisable to do some ac.riOU8
research in the field of litter. A clinicaJ study, conceivably. would expose littering as a progressive
disease, like alcoholism. and 80 Insidious in its onset
tha.t anyone may be infected. For instance, an upright citizen with an agerage civic conscience, finds
himself stuck with an empty match cover. as he
drives his new car. A new car Is no vlace for
trash, 80 he drops it out the window. permitting
himself the thought that just one little bit of paper
Isn't really litter. Actually, however, he may be
started on the downward path that a year later
leads him to take an old refrigerator out at night
and leave it along the road fo r the highway patrol
to collect.

l ittere rs Feel Gu ilty

If the newly planned roadside beauty is not to
be spoiled with cleaning tisaues featooned on the
shrubbery, beer cans and kitchen garbage strewn
all the greenswards, BOme fonnula must be developed
to instill Ii sense of responsibility In people who
think they can get away with littering in public
places. One hopeful sign may be thnt the litterers
themselves have some understanding of their wrong
doings. They go out at night. when they can't be
detected. to dump their junk and they throw the
stuff out of car windows when moving. not when
standing still and Hable to get caught.
The all around good. citizen wbo toqes one match

cover has a practical view of the mattel'-to a degree. One cover isn't serious littering. But if
everybody threw match covers, empty cigarct packs.
candy bar wrappings out of car windows the rigbtof.way would be one vast dump. As it is, Ule picking
up job Is measured by many, ma.ny truck loads.
Probably no single litterbug fills a truck all by himself, but he contributes, and the accumulation crea tes a serious and wasteful problem.
The great majority of people by far handle their
own lrn.sh, both on the highway and ut home, else
the job of cleaning up the roada would be lUI great
as the job o[ building them . For these wellbeha\'ed people. littering is deplornble because it
is ruinous to beauty. For the highway departments,
who also appreciate beauty nlong the roads they
build and maintain. there is the added factor of
cost. or rather the waste of money spent for

Picking Up Costly Job

The Cook County Highway Department. whicb
ma.intains 600 miles of roads In the suburban area,
Is put to a litter expense of approximately $70.000
a year. This figure. of course, is in additon to the
amounts spent by the TIlinois Division of Highways
on Its 1300 miles of road in the same area and by
the various suburbs on their village streets.
The County's road system Is divided for patrol
purposes into 26 secUons. Two men with a three-ton
dump tnlck patrol each section daily the year
around. mowing the grass, taking out weeks, cleaning culverts, inspecting signs and the like. with one
day eac.h week devoted to harvesting the trash. most
of which because of the nature of the sluff must
be picked up by hand. Occasionally a task force o[
a foreman and 10 men is required to handle a
specia.lIy heavy deposit.
Each of the 26 patrols costs $48 a day for wages
and truck operation. and thus the routine job rosls
run at a minimum $64,896 a year just for putting
the litter in lrucks and baullng It away. The matter
of disposal in commercial garbage dumps is a
separate Item. Based on disposal costs in the first
three months of this year, the 12-monlh total will
be $5,060.
The County's litter expense figures out to S116
a year for each mile of road. Another breakdown
(Conllnued on Pallt 7)

Hell Against Litter

Jn its searcll [or the unusual in liller prevention. Keep America Beautiful Jnc. hRS turned
up a new wrinkle in wedding presents.
From Hell Michigan. 8 town of 45 people.
eomes word that J ustice of the Peace Mel Reinhard mnrried 72 couples Inst year Rnd nIter lhe
ceremony gave each couple three litter bags
Inscribed "Don'L throw trash all over Hell."
" We want to prepare them for their life
nbead." said Justice Reinhard. who is aJ80 president of the Hell Chamber of Commerce. " They
always accept the litter bags and leave Hell
wilb a emile."

Expressway Beauty Raises Land Value

the airport. one of th e world's bUBieat, bas had a
definite influence on property values along the route.
Our investigation was concentmted in the multiple
dwelling areas along depressed sections ot the expressway, where the view is downward onto the
right-of-way. an entirely different aspect for study.
On Eisenhower, which cuta through 14.5 miles
of the west side of Chicago and western suburbs,
our attention was focused on the slum area just
west of the Loop and on the section through Maywood, where the expresaway was opened in 1954.
The urea in Maywood was chosen because of the
heavy. extensive plantings mnde there. which have
crea ted a more park-like landscape effect than on
any of the other e."I:pressway sites through a heavily
populated area. This particular section is also In
cut and its borders contain a mixture of single
family unita and small apartment buildings.
Tracing the changes In land values along aections
of these three expressways was done by referring
to Olcott's Land Value Blue Book of Chicago. This
publication is issued yearly and is in fact the
"Bible" of property values In Chicago and Cook
County. Since negotiations for right-of-way acquisitions were actually started in 1939, we used that
year and the following years ot 1945. 1950. 1955
and 1963 to gain a fair representation of the changes
along our routes.

By Morrie Cherner

Cook Count)"




fied in the

for highways as exempli-

tem bas in a

few years proved to be a


County expresswoy sysf actor of value measura ble in terms of money.

And this, of course, is
in addition to the eyepleasing qualities of
the broad sodded embankments and interchanges

plantings of ornamental trees and shnlbs.




Loop, the expressways

pass through every type
of zoned land conditions tha t exist In any
large city. A study of
what has happened to
property along the exMorrie Cherner
pressway indicates enhancement of value in all types at land use from
alum to North Shore suburbia.
Because the Landscape Division had Limited time
to spare from regular duties, the investigation was
restricted to Edens, Kennedy and Eisenhower Expresaways. Three avenues of a pproach were delineated to obtain ren&onabie data :

Some Gains 500 Per Cent

According to our charta. l8.nd values remained
donnant during the war years. doubled shortly after
the war and then increased a t a fa ntastic rate after
the a dvent of the expresswa y system. Tn some
instances. increases have been as high as 500 per
cent--due not only to the expressways but also to
prosperity and the population explosion.
Since this pattern. no doubt. has also occurred in
areas far distant from the expressways. the most
inleresting observation is that values have risen and
remained stable for property directly adjacent to
the expressways as compared t o two or three blocks
away. Thus. there is a direct Implication that landscaping must have 8. profound effect on these adjacent properties to hold them at par value to Iota
assumed to be more desirable several blocks away.
This is a.U the more surprising since the subdividcrs and builders along Edens A.lways priced homes
along Lbe expresswsy at several thousand dollars less
than for those a block away, and yet in a compamtively few years of very few resales. these close-in
homes have equRlized in value with adjOining homes.
Along Kennedy. although values have only
doubled since advent of the expressway, the fact
remains that adjacent properly has increased in
step with the more distant. more desimble prope rties. The same reaction may be seen in the slum
area of Eisenhower Expressway, where rehablllta
tion of undesirable properties has taken place due
to the openness and fresh greenness of the highway,
lUi well as Ule new transportallon facilities of road
and rapid tmnslt.
The 88me pattern ot increased values W88 found
In Investigation of resales by the County ot excess

T race lhe " ha nte"'" In vnlue of nrovcrty I!.dJolnlng

And w it hin Il halt mile rAnllt of the exprenwaYI to

note th o e rte..:: L. It n/l~. of Irv ln l o n lliC! h ighWAY' 11.1
JI,lIln,t a ('(l M 'enlerot IhoM. dlJlDnet:! Ilwllf '
2 ) t nVt-.lUkll t e t he rua]('. If IIny. 0 excess prnperty
by the O:Iu nty nlgh",.y DepnrUnenl for ehanges In
VAl ue..
3 ) CO nour t Il h ouac!-to house I UI"V Il Y o f t he tll!lUlI I

1l1l1ICrle net'l. reliction. a nd opinions o f JlI!(lpl e [l vln ll In

t he ,'klnlty Of theae road ...

The 14.7 miles of Edens. in use since 1951, was

our prime subject as having had the greatest changes
along its border of any of the expresaways. This
road has been a vital factor in a tremendous and
fantastic change in land development and construction of buildings. Most of Edens Is located in 0.
better class suburban area. What was formerly
open fannland or abandoned subdivisions, untouched
since depression yean, now cont8.ins thousands of
homes, large shopping centers. new schools and a
great number of fine commercial establishments.

Expressway Open To View

It should be borne In mind th8.t Edens for most
of its length is 8.t gmde with the surrounding terrain. 80 tha t reslde nta along Ita border look direcUy
across and Into the expressway. The landscaping.
therefore, should ddinitel)' have an influence on the
character nnd values of the lIurroundlng countryside.
Kennedy "Expressway, on the other h8.nd. runll
16.7 miles through old established Chicago neighborhoods and northwest suburban territory to ita terminus at O'Hare Field. It I.a logical to presume that

(COnUnueit OIl p a te 6)

Expressway Beauty

County Joins Parades

(Contlnul!d from Pqe 5)

COUNTY'S campaign fOr cleanliness

live community cele-

brations this year. As in previous years. the con
Unuous dort to slop littering is an activity of the
Cook County Civil Defense. of which County Board
President Seymour- Simon is president and Patrick
M . O'Block is director.
The County's entry in the neighborhood fesUvt
t:ies Is an eye-.eatehing float created by the Forest
Preserve District to exemplify the beauty of an un
littered landscape. The display, which has been
used In past yent"B. has been refurbished for this
season's showing.
The celebrations sehedule arranged by the Civil
Defense organization started Saturday, May 21,
with a pet parade in the area of 26th and Troy
Streets sponsored by Ule Little Village Community
Other events In which Ute Forest Preserve Hoat
will appenr are:
Memorinl Day Illlrade moving from 56th Street
and Narrnganset1 A venue at 9 a. m. under sponsor
.hlp of Rhine Post 2729, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Fourth of July pantde in RlvenJide sponsored by
American Legion Riverside Post 488; 9 :45 a. m.
Labor Day Parade in Tinley Park arranged by
Ule CommunJty Fall Festival Association; 2:45 p. m.
Sunduy. October 2. the fourth annual ''Hi Neigh
bor" Day sponsored by the Rogers Park Community
Council: ptlrode steps olr (rom Loyola University
parking lot a1 1 :3O p. m.

property that bad been purchased for Edens right

of""ny. Two typical examples were the resale of
8,100 square feet. purchased DB part of a unil for
$1,333.26 In 194.4 and resold in 1959 for $3,600.
and two triangular pieces originally purchased as
parts or full lots in 1943 for $796.73 and sol~ fOr
$3,150 in 1960 without any change in zoning to af
fect the vaJue. Here agaJn. the rise muat be based
somewhat on location adjacent to a landacaped highway rather than a highway on structure or a retaining waila,
The third phase of the investigation was a housetohouse survey conducted on a modest scale because the people Interviewed constituted a very
small percentage of those living along the expressways.

Following Is a list of Lhe questions Bsked of

people whose homos wcre adjacent to the exPl'esHway:


How tong hA\'C! YOU ",sided her-co?

Old you Uve hero prior to COII.trotHon Of


Why dlel you l'hoo~ to live ncllI' the exprchwll)'T

noes Ihe nollf' b!llher ,\Iou ?
DO )'01.1 thInk the exprelilwllY hp alI'edl!(! the





value'" your property?

R. Do you conslc1l!r lh. expreslwa), a \.hlng 01 beauty'
7. Due to landlcapln~!
8. On you think then' II a sufflclent number of lrees
and shrubs planted on the 6:preq:way In the v"",, from
your homeT
9, would ),ou like to _
u'",s and Ihrubl' planll!1i
1'0 u
10 block out the
or the expressway from
your hOmeT
10, Artt1' IIvlnR hef'P and knowing whllt It II' Ilk" to
live nelll' an expressway, would YDU conalder pun:hasln
"nother home near an II'lCprefl:lway'!'
11. tMulll'n!lldl!llce bulldlna)
0 . . the e.:"p",uw.Y
RIJH'ted I'1!nlal or you r IlparUnents'!'
12. DO tenllnu Itay lonau'
13. COmment.


Arter studying the opinions of the people inter

viewed, it is of Interest to note that 64 per cent
would purchase another home adjacent to the e.'!:.
pressway: that 74 per cent would Uke additional
planting In their area or the highway; thst 44 per
cent did nol think Utnt the highway would afTect
the value of their property in any way. Only 25
per cent wnnted screen planting to block their view
or tile road, Almost 100 per cent agreed that Ute
beauty of the expresswny was due to the land
In responae to the general comments question,
the consensus \VfI.S that on Edena people bought their
homes beca.UBe they wanted the parlicular building,
liked the neighborhood, wanted the convenience of
direct access to the highway and would rather look
Into the expressway planting and openness than look
across the street aL B. neighbor's house. The noise
problem \VfI.S minor and only affected those areas
where trucks gun their motors on a ramp,
On Kennedy. apartment dwellers and home owners
were most happy to exchange a crowded existing
bulltup street for the open cut area of greenery
which this expressway presented. This green belt,
In fact, drew people to Its borders for the beauty
as weU as tor the convenJence of the road.
On Eisenbower, the expressway was a definite
factor In the revitalizing of the slum area adjacent
to the highway, and certainly the plantings allowed
theae people to breathe again and stimulated the
rehaQUltat10n of the neighborhood, In the Maywood

section of Eisenhower, the residents have come to

regard Ute expressway as their park- to be enjoyed
visually. not phyalcally, Many of these people were
relocated from homes on the right.of.way. They
preferred to remain In the neighborhood and now
are bappy In their decision because of the beauty
of Ute expl'CSSway planting.
From data collected on portions of these three
expressways. It Is apparent that property values
adjacent to Utem ha.ve increased by 100 to 500 percent: people in these aress are cognizan1 of th e
landscnping and will increase their nppreclation of
It 3S the plants mature. We must recognize the
fact that the landscape designs were intended to
plesse the driving public and that the byproduet
of this work hl\.8 been enhancement of the areas
through which the expressways pass.
BecAuse of Our urban loenllon, which prevents
long sce.nle viewB, ofl'ering only mile after mile of
buillup background, our landscape developments
have achieved n value fa r in excess of the initial
cost of 11 ~ per cent of the total cost of expressway

Turnpike Deaths Down

Tbe fatality rate on turnpikes (expressways and
freewa.ys) In the UnIted States during the first five
months ot 1965 was down U per cent from the com
parable perlod of the year before--from 2.7 deaths
per 100,000.000 mUes of travel to 2.4.

How A Road Was Named

April Building Permits

OUNDRY ROAD. which ru.na from the Des Pla\netl

River Road west. to Douglas Avenue in Arlington Heights, W88 only a dirt t.raclc without a name

conatrucUon estimated to coat $6,197.

374 was permitted in April by the Department

or Building and ZonJng, which has jurisdiction in

the unincorporated area
or the County.
Included in the total
205 fee permits were
122 for single dwel
lings. valued at a total
$2,577,600 and Bix Cor
apartment buildlnp at
a total $1.420,200. One apartment boWIe, with 172
living unIts and estimated at $1.204.000. is to be
built In Elk Grove Townahlp and fi\'e, with a total
or 16 unIts and I). total valuation of $216,200 in
Tn tile nofce clll88lf1catioll, which includes
churches. (ann and public build.lngs, a permit was
Issued to the FOl'ut River Protection District for
a fire station in Wheeling Township estimated to
coat $65,270,
Wheeling led the 18 townships for which fee per
mits were taken ouL with 74 permits for projects
valued aL 2,277,450.
Fee pennilfl besides thoee
single dwellings
as foUows:


record until shorOy

atter an iron foundry
WDS started io 1876 at
the northeast corner of
the road's intersection
with Douglas Avenue.
Then 81ag from the
cupola wu
used to fill in the rota
and the prairie trail.
naturally enough. becnme known 8.B Foundry Road.
AIler 90 years, the name hna begun to disappear.

A !"Cal estate developer preferred Kensington Road.

and in 1004 the change was npproved by the Ml
Prospect villnge board for that paM: of the road
within its limits. Street signs, however, still carry Foundry Road beneath Kell8ington Road.
The old foundry was a unll of the Sigwall SewIng Machine Co. which lurned out machines at the
rate of .000 a year. Fire destroyed the factory in
1 M . Il W1l.8 rebuilt and operated by the J. H. Barris Foundry and Machine Co., until Mr. Harris died
in 100L Albert F. Vol%. who now lives in Arling
ton Heights. and George R. Peter purchased the
planL and under the name Peter & Volz Co. made
&ewing machine parta. lChool desks and seats for
auditoriums. This firm was liquidated in 1923. Mr.
Voll: then ran the plant u the Arlington Seating
Co. and after hia retirement in 1943 the operation
continued unUl It waa !tOld to Nicholas Latoff,
Arlington Helghtll automobile denier. in looL
The building WtL8 razed last year. and the old
foundl")' site is now n storage lot for automobiles.

pumlc... $SS.820.


Fee permits were di.trlbuted by townships






(COnllnued ' ro m Pain' 4 )




Na rU1n ~ ht


Sch n umhurK
l'II tl.'luUW

relates to beer cans, Picking up an empty can costs

more thAn tile can did when full of suds.
Considering Lbe variety ot castoffs found along
Lhe roada, the patrolman's job R.ft'ords a measure of
human interest. Kitchen wllSte. e8118, bottles, and
tree trimmings and the kind ot refuse people throw
out of car windows are common enough, but every
so often the men with the truck find beds. chairs,
sofR.B and refrigerators rejected by families th a t
oneo LreBBured them. In II thoughtful mood, the
patrolmen might speculate that these families are
moving up in class with new furniture, although
slill low down Iitlerhugw at heart.
From observations by the patrol crews, no part
of the suburban area ia much worse or better than
another. Some trouble spots exlat close to new
residential deveJopmentJI without garbage services;
residents are on their own. and too many of them
take the easy way of dlapoaa l.
It ia po88lble that some, if not aU. of the road
aide dumpers figure that the pickUp men are being
pn.ld nn)",'ay and being public Be.rvantJI serve the
t.a.xpayera, including the litterbugs. There is, bow
ever, another laxpayer viewpoint, which is that It
is taxpayers' money thal Is waaled In the unnecca











In addition to the Ore station, no-fee permits in

eluded one for public sewer work in Palatine Town

ship and thl'1!e tor the aame type of improvement in

Stickney. No statement of valuation was requjred.
881')' IiLter job. Keep America Beautiful Inc., the
nAtional Anti litter organization. estimates that $10
of the slate And local tax money paid yearly by the
a\'crage American fllmlly la spent to pick up utter
(rom streets, highWAYS, beaches and parks. The
total clefUlup bill niDI around $500 millIon a year.
At first thought, the solution of the litter problem
appears to be law ~n!oreemenL Dlinois, like every
other stAte. baa a statute providing ~ties. But
the litterbugs are stealthy by nature and hard to
catch .
More effective is Il campaign, BUpported by public
OI)lnlon, that will persuade cvcry st:rewball that he
haa a personal share of interest in beauty and
clennllnCSIJ. When be strews tmsh be fouls bls
own ncst- And aL his own expense.

Russian Roulette -

americQn Style

John J. McCleverty
Pavement on Demand

Henry Riedl

Harvey B. Chess N
Great Bridges
Andrew V. Plummer



Journal of the Department of Highways. Cook County, Illinois

Frank Bobrytzke
Volume I


Numbe r 1

Charles S. Bonk
Cha rl es F. Chap lin
Gerald Doleza l
George W . Dunne
W illiam N. Erickson
Floyd T. Fulle
Charles J. G rupp, Jr.
Jerome Huppert
lillian Piotrowsk i
Ruby Ryan
Seymour Simon
Josephine B. Sneed
John J. Touhy
Kenneth E. W ilson

Virginia Boyd
Director of Public Information
G raphic Arts Consultants
Edwin A. Beck
C. C. Higg ins
Photog raphy
Elmer J. Majewski

When most people think about highways, they visualize miles of concrete
poured into various patterns, occasionally interrupted by bridges, ramps
and other structures. This is only natural, but to those who work with
them, roads encompass far more than concrete-they involve people.
Our prime considerations in building roads are those of safety, convenience, .
comfort and beauty. Designing, engineering, constructing and maintaining over six hundred miles of roads and bridges is an enormous task, and
the Cook County Highway Department, with nearly twelve hundred
employees is, in itself, larger than many entire state departments. Since
our roadways are built by people lor people; they are under constant
scrutiny, and improvements and innovations are always being sought.
Robert Browning once said that "a man's reach should exceed his grasp,"
and many times the challenges we face cannot be solved or implemented
in practical terms . But we continue to aim, perhaps beyond our immediate grasp, for the finest roads possible. Our goal is to make life safer
and more pleasurable for all who travel our highways.
-Andrew V. Plummer

COVER: Part of the enormous expanse of one of the world's great cities
as seen looking Northeast along the Dan Ryan. Expressway. The first
sixteen lane expressway in the U . S., the Dan Ryan was accomplished
through the combined efforts of the State of Illinois, the Cook County
. Highway Dep<;lrtment and the City of Chicago. Photograph: Elmer J.
Majewski .

HIGHWAY HORIZONS is published quarterly by the Cook County Highway Department,

Civic Center, Randolph & Clark Sts., Room 2820, Chicago, Ill. 60602. Third Class
postage paid at Chicago, Ill. No photographs may be reproduced, but written material
may be used with the consent of HIGHWAY HORIZONS. Opinions expressed by authors
are their own. HIGHWAY HORIZONS is printed in Chicago, Illinois, and is set in Baskerville type.

To the Editor:

them as liberally as we had hoped to do. However, the

After an applicant is issued a driving permit and before

he takes his test to qualify for a driver's license, there is
an interim of practical experience which he is getting on
the roads. During this interim he is a novice operator and
it would seem that his status as such should be publicly
acknowledged so that all other drivers around him would
also know it. Wouldn't it be helpful for him to conspicuously display a sign on his vehicle stating either
"New Driver" or "Permit Driver"? This would certainly
clarify his road status, and might be a small source of
revenue for the State if it would require the purchase of
such a sign for a nominal fee at the time the permit is

library of your high school will automatically receive a

copy and that might be of some help. If we are able to
oblige in future issues, we will be happy to do so.


Enclosed please find a list of highways and roads. Could

you please send us the following information? 1) Who
owns these roads? 2) who built them? 3) who is responsible for their care? We would appreciate this
Elinor Brent Cottrell
Evanston, Ill.

issued. Both results would seem beneficial.

Arthur Samsell

Hope the answers you receive clarify the situation.

Oak Park, Ill.

This seems like a logical approach.

A copy of this

magazine is being sent to the Secretary of State with

Dept. oj Public Information:

I certainly want to thank you for all the trouble you went
to in my behalf.. . . I'll getin touch with you if I find

a special note attached to your idea.

out enough about Mrs. Bradwell to merit a biography.

. . . The Chicago Historical Society and the Chicago
Bar Association had something, as well as several


Thank you for your helpfulness recently in providing me

with a list of the roads in our area being built. It was a
help in keeping abreast of the latest road construction.
John S. Courtney
Chicago, Ill.


We have been informed that the Cook County Highway

Department is about to issue a new magazine. It would
be especially helpful if you could send us about a dozen

pictures of this dauntless lady. Thank you for your

good wishes.
Helen Tann Aschmann
I tasca Illinois

If any of our readers have information about Myra

Colby Bradwell, first woman to pass the bar examination
in Illinois in 1869, who lived in or around Shaumberg
Township, please contact Mrs. Aschmann directly at
901 East North Street, Itasca, Ill. 60143.

issues so that we might distribute them to our high

school students who could use them in their Journalism
Mary E. Haggerty
Chicago, Ill.
Thank you for your request. Due to many similar
requests for additional copies of HIGHWAY
HORIZONS, we find that ' we are unable to distribute

All correspondence should be sent to The Editor, HIGHWAY HORIZO NS magazine, Coole County Highway
Department, Civic Center, Randolph & Clark Sts., Room
2820, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Letters and opinions are
welcome and will be published as space permits. HIGHWAY
HORIZONS reserves the right to condense correspondence
where necessary.

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LTHOUGH automobile accidents kill someone on

c./1. the U. S. highways every fourteen minutes, these
gruesome statistics seem to have little effect on most
drivers who are certain that the odds will always be in
their favor. In spite of the massive compilation of
statistics predicting that fifty per cent of the driving
population will be involved in a serious accident at some
time, the latest soaring toll indicates that fatalities on the
road are still an abstract idea to most drivers who somehow believe that accidents only happ'e n to foreign people
living in some remote land.
What is needed to convince us that the deadliest
weapon in everyone's possession can be his car? What will
convince us that good driving is a skill, and that entrusting such a potentially dangerous weapon to an
irresponsible, incompetent or maladjusted motorist is
suicidal? How would we deal with such an enormous

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accident rate if it applied to other forms of transport?
If, for example, the railroads were responsible for over
40,000 deaths due to deterioration of their equipment or
the negligence of their engineers, would we sit by
quietly? Or if the airlines were responsible for the deaths
of thousands of men, women and children in one year,
would we ignore it? Could we really imagine any situation
involving the deaths of thousands of people where
immediate investigations would not be demanded?
Would we tolerate such castastrophe? Why then do we
shield ourselves from the shocking realism of our traffic

L'Oss -of .life Nuo/fed (rom speed and careleune.. when thi. car careelled frem 01111 side 'Of the hi.ghway te 1M other.

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overture to tra gedy, two people survived this sideswipe only to die weeks later.

{(\NE answer, of course, lies in the

~ fact that no driver believes that
the next fatality will involve him or
his family. Another reason is that automobile accidents and fatalities usually
involve relatively small numbers of
people, while public transportation
accidents frequently involve hundreds
of persons, making the tragedy seem
more appalling. No doubt part of the
attitude we have towards driving a
car stems from the belief that the
family auto is simply an extension of
the family home where, within broad

bounds, nearly "anything goes". It

then becomes an easy transition from
the living room to the car, as though
the latter were the natural carryover
from the former. However, unlike a
home which is useful only on private
property, an automobile which rests
on private property alone is pretty
useless. In other words, a car has no
utility until it is used on the public
domain, namely roads . If a fuse blows
in your house only your family will be
inconvenienced, but if the tire blows
on your car it may result in the injury

Chicago Police Dept.

of several innocent persons. Basically,

the car is private property, but
actually it is under public control, and
therefore must be treated as a public

make drivers come face to face

with the shocking accident toll ,
the Cook County Traffic Safety Commission, with support of the Cook
County Bo ard of Commissioners,
began its first Driver R etraining Seminar in 1961. Its purpose is to improve
the attitudes and driving skills of


A hea don collision with disastrous results.

drivers involved in moving violations

before they are permitted to return to
the roads. When the program first
began, Judges in the traffic courts
offered violators an option between
paying a fine or attending the Seminar. Much to their chagrin, they soon
discovered that most violators preferred paying the fine. As a result,
violators are now ordered to attend
the Seminar and a watchful eye is
kept on them .
The general procedure involves two
tests, one at the beginning to find out

what the driver knows, and one at the

end to find out what he has learned.
The score of his tests are then returned
to the Judge who, if satisfied, usually
takes no further action. If he is dissatisfied the Judge has the right to
either return the violator to another
Seminar, impose a fine, or consider
other action. Each Seminar consists of
two sessions, three hours each, one
week apart. They are given at seven
locations throughout the City and
suburbs. So far thousands of violators
'have seen the slides depicting rules of

Chica go Police Dept .

the road, common violations, information, traffic signs and regulations,

and a color and sound film produced
by the Ohio State Police Department
concerning the grim tragedies which
are the inevitable results of reckless
driving. The object is not to punish the
violators but rather to make them
cautious, alert, courteous and defensive drivers . Volunteers who wi~ to
attend the Seminar are also welcome,
and from the comments made by those
who attend, experienced drivers are
astounded at what they do not know

about driving. The Cook County

Driver Retraining Seminar has been
the pioneer in this field, and its
methods and lectures have been used
as a model for similar programs in
other states. Everyone agrees that the
carnage on the highways must end,
but finding the solutions are not so

so with driving, seat belts, head rest,

shoulder straps and perhaps even
helmets someday will be standard
driving equipment. It may sound
laughable today but this is what the
future holds. Driving requires

GJ.IRST of all, our attitudes towards

-d' driving must change. When a
driver sits behind a wheel he has a
public responsibility. Although driving should be a pleasure, the sheer
number of cars and the increase in our
population also makes it a hazard. A
driver can no longer relax in the front
seat as though he were reclining on his
living room sofa.

Third, attitudes must change towards

speed. There is no question that while
speed may not directly cause accidents
it compounds their seriousness. An
accident which occurs at 35 m. p. h.
will result in car damage; but the same
accident at SO m. p. h. becomes fataL
The impact of a collision between two
cars, each traveling at SO m. p. h.
equals 100 m. p. h., somewhat like
shoving the car off of a twenty story
building. Speed is deadly.

Second, we will have to learn to dress

the part. Every sport and every occupation demands its own specific
equipment-like tools for the carpenter, or a bat for the ball player-and

Fourth, we will have to demand a more

serious attitude towards drivingJrom others.
If a man decides to commit suicide, it
may well be a tragedy; but if he
decides to kill five innocent victims

along with himself the tragedy becomes a crime. It has been ironically
suggested that if accident statistics
remain grim, the term "driver retraining" may become "driver
restraining" instead.

T is not the intent here to write a

horror story, but the facts are frightening. Our Highway Department is
building . the finest and safest roads,
and the conscience of the automobile
industry is awakening to its greater
responsibility in designing vehicles
with increased protection for passengers. But the final trust remains with
the driver. A car is intended as a
vehicle for pleasurable transpol'tation
and not as a tank, bulldozer or
armored truck. It therefore has its
limitations. As one student of the
Seminar said, "Had I taken this
course earlier as a volunteer, I might
not be here now as a violator."
Driving is a serious business.

John J. McCleverty is the Director oj the Cook County Traffic SaJety Commission. For Jurther inJormation about the Driver
Retraining Program telephone 321-7744.

Wrapped around a pole and reduced to a shell, this car killed two persons when it skidded near a railroad crossing .

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Pavement On Demand
when the elements conspire against us, sometimes
roadbuilders look backwards to find better methods

by Henry Reidl

INCE the early recorded history of man, the building

of roads has always been an important indication of
the progress of a civilization. Over 2000 years ago the

pozzolanic material, which is largely responsible for the

quality of durability in the Roman roads. Pozzolanic
material derives its name from the latin word "poz-

Romans built what are still considered among the best

and most durable roads. As tourists know who have
visited Rome, the old Appian Way is still very much in
use and its ancient stone surface over a solid base still
affords the rider a road of comfort and stability. How is

zuolana" which refers to a volcanic ash found near

Pozzuoli, Italy. The term applies to any siliceous or
aluminous material which is in itself chemically inert,
but which reacts to form a gel when mixed with lime
and water. Such a gel also forms the basic bonding

it that many of these ancient roads are still in use while

those built in far more recent times have already
deteriora ted ?

characteristic of portland cement concrete. In other

words, pozzolanic pavement is one in which the main


Romans built roads with materials readily avail-

-~ able to them . The bottoms consisted of tamped,

well packed soil. Above that were laid stone chips, lime
and volcanic ash which they had in abundance. On top
of that came a mixture of gravel, sand, lime and volcanic
ash-base, and over it all they poured a layer of crushed
lava surface. The stone came last. Naturally, Italian
climate is not beset by the kind of extreme variations we
have in Illinois, which is a major factor in the distress of
our roads . But we have learned some valuable lessons
from ancient times, namely the use of what is called

load carrying component of the pavement is composed

of a hardened layer of lime-pozzolan-aggregate mixture .
Over this base is applied a wearing surface of bituminous
material. In the natural process of expansion and contraction, pozzolan roads are known to heal themselves
when they develop cracks, a process known as autogenous

most common pozzolan in use in the U. S. is

-~ fly ash, which is obtained out of the flue gases of

coal burning furnaces. About 80 to 120 pounds of fly ash
are obtained for each ton of powdered coal. Mixing

Left, typical northern Cook County rood utilizin.g native grovel. Right, southern Cook County rood core utilizing native limestone .
Use of local material decreases cost considerably.

pozzolan with lime and water results

in a hardened base material with
properties similar to concrete. The
strength of pozzolanic roads increases
as time goes on, and a realistic
appraisal of this material indicates
that it is less subject to damage by
repeated loading than other paving
materials of comparable cost. It is not
unusual for a pozzolanic road, having
a 1.5 safety factor at the time of loading, to develop sufficient strength after
90 days to have a safety factor as high

as 4.5 or 5. This is a significant

strength increase over a relatively
short period of time.

Cook County Highway De-~ partment builds such roads with

an 8" pozzolanic base and a 272" surface of asphalt. The procedure takes
five days to set. Because the roads are
laid without joints, some crack
patterns may eventually develop, but
by the time they appear the pozzolanic material will have increased

sufficiently in strength so that the

condition is not critical. The length of
curing time, sufficient mixing of materials, the type of lime used and the
proportions of water all combine to
create the final effectiveness of the pozzolan. All indications point to the fact
that in spi te of our unpredictable
climate and heavy traffic load, pozzolanic pavements do give better
service than crushed stone base pavements with two or three times the
In 1958 the Cook County Highway
Department built Bode Road (from
Springinguth Road to Barrington
Road) with pozzolanic materials. To
date,onlyvery minor repairs have been
made and the road seems to have a
long life ahead. The superior performance of this material seems largely due
to its high bonding property which
also makes it less susceptible to rutting.
According to the study made by
Harold L. Ahlberg and Ernest J.
Barenberg of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois (se~
Engineering Experiment Station Bulletin 473, February, 1965) pozzolanic
pavements "gain continuous strength,
effectively neutralize fatigue and can
be counted on to provide a smooth
load supporting layer over a longer
period of time."

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Greeks may have had a word

-~ for it, but the Romans had the
answer-at least where roads are concerned. In Cook County, 100 miles of
pozzolanic roads have been built since
the Department began its full scale
program in 1960. These roads are serving their function well. They seem to be
a satisfactory answer to pavement
demands in residential areas, primary
and industrial streets and parking
places. They give excellent performance under a wide range of conditions,
and considering our Illinois weather
and traffic, such qualities are essential
to both the economy and performance
of building and maintaining roads for
better public use.

Henry Riedl is the Chief Engineer, Bureau oj Secondary Roads and M aterials,jor the Cook County Highw ay Department.

Is this a caurtesy ar a menace?

N recent years there has been considerable discussion

concerning the use of streets and expressways by
funeral corteges. It has been stated that this practice
is a menace on the roads and that the "laws ought to
be changed." Curiously enough, no laws have ever
been enacted guaranteeing the safe passage of funeral
corteges. Many times, habits which begin as courtesies
eventually become laws, somewhat comparable to the
inclusion of colloquial phrases and slang in the dictionary after many years of widespread use. Not so in
this case.

Cf)A YING the last respects to the deceased is a custom

of every people and religion, and the earlier settlers
and immigrants simply continued their familiar Old
World practices when they came to the United States.
These included draping the doorways in shrouds of
mourning and following the funeral procession down
the main streets to the final resting place. To this day
most nations continue to halt traffic in order to safely
insure the completion of a man's last ride.

~HE right-of-way given to a funeral cortege is not

-l9 really a "right" at all, but rather a privilege given

out of respect for the dead. Many people erroneously be-

lieve that such caravans can pass through stop signs,

traffic signals and intersections without interference
from either the law or other vehicular traffic. Recently,
attention was drawn to the entire issue when an eastbound car traveling through a green light collided with
a southbound car crossing a red light as part of a
funeral cortege. The violation was given to the member of the cortege for having caused the accident by
going through a red light-which is exactly what he
did . As a member of such a caravan, the driver mistakenly believed himself immune to regulations. In
spite of the fact that his front windshield carried a
funeral sign and his headlights were clearly visible, he
was declared the guilty party.
C7\(OW the question is being asked: if s~ch a custom
J ~ is to be continued and honoreq, should it not be
enacted into a law thereby protecting both the cortege
members and other vehicles? Or, if the practice is
considered dangerous and medieval, as some have declared, should it be abandoned and made illegal? Some
kind of legislation is surely indicated . HIGHWAY
HORIZONS would appreciate your comments and



One of Elk Grove Village 's tree-line d streets, where 16,000 people make their homes in what is called a " New Town. "


One Solution to Urban Congestion

by Harvey B. Chess IV


FTER suburbia, where to? With population increasing and available land decreasing, the
Federal Department of Housing. and Urban Development has become interested in the concept of new towns.
The eighteenth century architect, Charles Pierre
L'Enfant, designed such a new town when he created
Washington, D. C. on his planning board and today new
towns such as Reston, Virginia and Elk Grove Village,
Illinois, to mention two, are attempting to relieve the
cities and suburbs of some of their burdens by offering
new areas for pleasant living.


Planning and building a new town is like planning and

building a small city, a ~ask of great magnitude and
challenge. Without a minimum of thirty million dollars
one couldn't begin to dream of such a transaction. If the
financial obligations can be met, then a carefully laid
advance plan concerned with pertinent data such as
zoning and construction of necessary public facilities
must be developed. This may take up to five years alone.
The end result is to be the establishment of a total
community of manageable size, where none existed
before, from which an inhabitant can meet all of his needs
from birth to death. Excellent shopping facilities and a
variety of housing units attractive to a large scale of
tastes and means will have to be constructed. And after
these qualifications for new township, if you will, are
met, provisions must be made to establish good educational, religious, cultural, social, and municipal
services for residents.


EW towns, built on previously unused sites, do

J '\.... not have to contend with problems of urban
renewal, although being brand new involves necessary
concern with growing pains. Elk Grove Village, located
some twenty miles northwest of Chicago and encompassing about 5100 acres, is a pleasant, tree lined
community where there are sidewalks in front of the
houses, well paved streets winding everywhere, and a
general aura of newness and cleanliness. Annual income
is estimated at $8,500, although according to Village
President Jack D. PaW, this is a conservative estimate.
Most homes in the area are in the $20,000 level with new

ones being built ranging up to $32,000. The Village is

continuously enlarging to accommodate an expected
population of 58,000 by 1980, and at tbe same time it
must cope with the day to day problems of its present
population of 16,000. Aside from its elected President,
Elk Grove Village boasts a City Manager, George L.
Majoros, whose ever-watchful eye channels the town's
resources in the most productive ways. According to
Mr. Majoros, the town now sells water from its wells to
3,600 homes, but at the rate of expansion he presently
sees, Mr. Majoros expects that within seven years the
Village may be buying water from Chicago, as do many
suburban areas now. Snow and garbage removal are
supplied by the Village and additional services will be
provided as needed to serve the increasing popUlation.
c:7.::?HREE areas of Elk Grove Village development
-l9 have pro~en outstanding. The first is the Police
Department. According to Police Chief Harry P .
Jenkins, there are 16 patrolmen, including 5 sergeants
and 2 cadets, 1 three wheeled motorcycle, and 5 squad
cars, 4 of which are marked. In referring to the squad
cars, Chief Jenkins jokingly said that he would have to
use the past tense. During the week of September 8, the
village had the kind of hectic time it will long remember.
Policemen foiled a planned hold up and apprehended
two men. but two squad cars at the scene where the
subjects were being questioned were smashed by a
passing car, reducing the Department squad car total to
three. In addition, police arrested three men charged
with burglary, foiled juveniles in their attempt at a
strong arm robbery, halted a fight between two sisters,
and charged a pedestrian with disorderly conduct. On
the whole, such happenings are rare because the Village
reflects a record of good behavior with few major
complaints. Unfortunately their traffic acciden.t an<;f
fqtality taU has risen along with that of the entire' 'nation.
This notwithstanding, President Pah:! states that. Chi~f
Jenkins has so raised the stature of the ~lk Grove
Village Police Department in recent years that it is now
considered one of the finest village police departments in
the state.

The second area of remarkable development is the

newly built Elk Grove Village High School. Architecturally outstanding, it has a ratio of one accredited
teacher to thirty students and employs the newest and
finest methods and devices for teaching. Its Principal,
Dr. Mario Donald Thomas, explained that the school is
initiating an unique program called Self-Imposed Daily
Schedule. A student who has stated his intention to

follow this program at the beginning of the school year

may elect not to attend a certain class 's hould he find
that other work is more pressing. The plan also provides
built-in safeguards to ensure use of these periods for no
other purpose than that declared by the student.
Dr. Thomas, in instituting this program, has stated that
the student who is concerned about another subject or
worried about a problem is not receptive to learning

Newly built Elk Grove Village High School provides its students with a line staff and th~ newest and best educational facilities.


SI. Alexius Hospilal was buill 01 a cos I of eighl and one-half million dollars.

under the ensuing stress, and that subsequently attending

class can be a waste of time. Another of Dr. Thomas'
innovations may make educational history. This involves on-going examination and evaluation of the school
by Mr. Lowell Simmer, whose task includes not only
assessing the SIDS program, but all other facets of the
school, including the faculty and staff, to the end of
providing continual improvement.
The third category of note is more general, involving
community-wide developments. St. Alexius hospital is
striking and equipped with the newest medical aids and
facilities. A newly created Park District is now functioning and plans are being made for greater and more
varied social recreation centers, including the Grant
Wood Youth Center. There are tentative plans for a
William Rainey Harper Junior College in the area
(a combined effort on the part of the surrounding
townships), a number of art fairs, chorales, and amateur
theatrical groups. The town also boasts a number of
good restaurants. At the present time, there are between '
75 and 80 plants in the expandable Centex Industrial
Park representing more than 250 national and international companies.

lis orthopedic deparlment is considered oulslanding.


CCORDING to President Pahl, about 90% of Elk

Grove Village's working force is employed outside
of the Village-primarily in Chicago. Relevant to this
fact is another of the Village's attractive features-its accessibility to Chicago and O ' Hare Airport. Developers
and residents alike agree that major contributions to the
Village's success and future expansion are the expressways and secondary roads leading in and out of it.
Without them, it is unanimously agreed that the area
would be virtually isolated. Someday the percentage of
residents who work outside of the Village may decrease,
but for now, and certainly within the forseeable future,
Elk Grove Village, as with any new town, must depend
on good roads and highways to make an important mark
on the map. The Village is accessible through various '
County Highways and roads, all directly feeding into
Chicago, and the residents realize that such accessibility
to and from the large mother city and her vibrancy is
indeed an integral part of their lifeline.


LK Grove Village, the new town, has its own particular problems to solve, but an alert President, City
Manager, and Board of Trustees seem well aware of
these and constantly strive to deal with them . A clear

manifestation of this spirit and awareness is seen insofar

as the residents of the Village have increased their own
taxes through referendums in order to build better
schools and facil ities to make Village life more satisfactory. Stimulated by this realistic introspection, the
growth of this area should be in teresting to observe.
According to M r . Pahl, the cooperation of both the
State and the Cook County Highway Department has
been "one of the largest contributing factors in our
abili ty to progress and plan for the fut ure." "We are
most pleased," he said, "with the way in which Commissioners Floyd T . Fulle and J erome H u ppert of the
Roads and Bridges Committee and Mr. Andrew V .
Plummer, Superintendent of Cook County H ighways,

have responded to our needs. This is one commu nity

where we can, by proper planning and coordination with
the County, prevent many transportation problems
before they actually become critical."
T has been estimated that in less than fifteen years the
popula tion of the U nited States will increase by fifty
million. With many subu rbs already swollen and
strained to capacity, new towns provide one solution to
the obviously critical problem of where some of this
burgeoning population will be located. Surely, however,
the efficacy of the solu tion provided by these new towns,
given capable administration as seen in Elk Grove
Village, will only be as good as the roads which highway
departments build to make the towns accessible.

H arvey B. Chess IV is a field representative in the Community Action Program oj the Office oj Economic Opportunity,
Great Lakes Region. As a candidate jor a degree in Sociology jrom Roosevelt University, he has specialized in community organi<.ation and urban problems, with emphasis on population distribution .

Over 250 national and international companies a re represented as property owners in the Elk Grove Vi/lage industrial area .


by Andrew V. Plummer








C). N inscription on an eleventh-century French bridge


explained that it had been built "in order to be

useful to posterity and consequently pleasing to God ."
I have never seen that bridge or a picture of it, but one
thing for certain: it is, or was, a real charmer!

It is probable that man in his early bridge making was

a mere imitator of nature, duplicating the fallen tree or
improvising on the inspirations presented by the hanging
vine. But when he invented the arch, one of the world's
great ideas and a discovery second only to that of the
wheel, he was strictly on his own and capable of 'putting
one over' where he couldn't have before. The true
masonry arch was first achieved in Mesopotamia around
4,000 B. C. It was known to the Egyptians (but they
preferred beams), and developed in turn by the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, and Romans .
The first bridges the Romans threw across the Tiber
were of wood, the earliest of record being none other
than Pons Sublicius, the bridge Horatius defended, which
was built in 621 B. C. Certain bridges were regarded in
those days as sacred, and this was one of them. The
repair and maintenance of it was charged to the most
important body of priests in Ancient Rome, the Collegium Pontifices, headed by the Pontifex Maximus.
The title of Pontiff is used by the Pope to this day with
allusion to its reputed etymological meaning-bridgemaker!


Romans built magnificent stone arch bridges

which have endured through the centuries, the
oldest still surviving was built in Spain about 219 B. C.
of hewn stone with a central arch of 121 feet . The Roman
arch was semi-circular, the only kind they knew, supported equally by each of its two piers, so that if one
arch were destroyed the others would remain standing,
a characteristic which also enabled them to be built in
a leisurely fashion, say a span each year at low-water
After Rome fell the accumulated knowledge of bridge
building, as of so much else, was preserved by religious
orders of the church; groups of churchmen formed
brotherhoods of bridgebuilders : Fratres Pontifices in
Italy; Freres Pontiffes in France; Brothers of the Bridge
in England. The beautiful arch bridge at Avignon was
built by such an order in 1178-88 and London Bridge by
a monk, Peter Colechurch.


IC\LD London Bridge, perhaps the most witlely known

~ of all bridges in the English speaking world, was
almost a way of life: people were born, lived and died
on it. Completed in 1209, it teemed with roisterous
living for over six-hundred years before it wasdismantled
in 1831. Some 900-feet long, it almost d'l-mmed the
Thames River with its 19 massive piers no two of which
were alike in span, spacing, shape or dim~sion. And
nowhere did it offord more than five feet of headroom for
Continued on page 19

Andrew V. Plummer is the Superintendent oj the Cook County Highway Department. He holds a B. S. in Civil Engineering
jrom the University oj Illinois and has worked jor the Highway Department jor over thirty years, during which his interest in
bridges developed.


The immortal, mortarless masonry 01 the Roman Pont du Gard at Nimes, France (14 A.OJ has
stones 01 lour leet cube, weighing six tons .

fad's serenely vigorous allsteel bridge at St . Louis 11868741 was the first of a long line of
engineering surprises America had in store lor the world.


Philip D . Gendreau

American Bridge Dlv.,

U . S . Steel

The bascules crossing the Chicago River at Wabash avenue and at Dearborn street were given
awards by the American Institute of Steel Construction .

Elmer J. Majewski


The magnificent and light-footed leap of O . H. Ammann 's Bayonne Bridge (1931) is the
world's longest steel arch.


Probably the greatest bridge builder of all time, john Roebling designed the Brooklyn Bridge
(1869-83), the first great modern suspension bridge in the world.

American Bridge Div., U. S . Steel

New York Dept. of Public Works

river traffic under its arches. By the end of the 14th

century, houses of both good and ill repute, a two-story
chapel, and shops of all kinds occupied both sides of its
roadway. In fact, because of the excellent sewage
possibilities and the abundant supply of water, amenities
rare to come by in the city proper, London Bridge
became a high rent district and gave rise to some of the
earliest rent control legislation! People were charged for
going over this bridge (extra on Sundays), and river
craft (such as dared) were charged for passing under it.
The combined incomes from rentals and tolls were
supposed to keep the bridge in repair but these funds
were, more frequently than not, allocated to other
pressing needs of the local Bridge Authority-the
Royal Family.
In 1580 a Dutchman wrangled a 500-year lease on one
of the arches and installed a set of water wheels by means
of which he furnished water to houses in the vicinity.
This enterprise flourished and expanded and was sold in
1703 for the sum of 38,000. Often the scene of pomp and
pageantry in the comings and goings of royalty, the
sterner stuff of .life was apt to be staged there too, such as
the more important hangings ; and it became an honored
custom, observed for some 300-years, to display on the
towers of London Bridge the decapitated heads of those
who had lost them for one reason or another : Willia m
Wallace, Cardinal Fisher, Sir Thomas More, to name a
few. And, fantastic as it may seem, the roadway once
served as a field of honor for two noblemen who had a
passage at arms on horseback with square cut spears.
(Three passes were made before one of the knights was
unhorsed and hospitalized. )
I(\NE returns to the old nursery rhyme with renewed
'--' respect . London Bridge was falling down or threatening to for almost all of its 600 years! Both ends of it
burned in the year 1212; five arches collapsed in 1281; a
bawdy house fell off the bridge into the river and
. drowned five men in the year 1481; the Great Fire of
~ 1666 would have completely gutted the bridge'had it not
been for a gap left from a previous fire in 1632! The fine
dwellings on it were eventually cut up into tenements
and the area became a slum. The old dowager herself,
with the building of other crossings into the city, was left
tottering in a state of senility and disrepair for the last 150
years of her life until she was finally retired in favor of a
thoroughly respectable five-arch New London Bridge
boasting a central span of 150 feet and providing thirty
feet of headroom.
A very different bridge is the great Ponte Vecchio at
Florence (1345), a truly civic work of art and a still
flourishing example of the bridge-builder become
engineer, scientist and artist all in one. Here for the first
time was introduced the segmented arch, the one the
Romans were incapable of or didn't dare . The Ponte
Vecchio is not only a bridge but also a two-story arcade

traditionally occupied by jewelers and metal workers and

was the only Florentine bridge to survive the destruction
of the Second World War.
G7) UT bridges have functions other than providing
p space for housing developments 'and shopping
centers. In this country you cross them when you come to
them! The National Society for the Preservation of
Covered Bridges states that there are 1,342 covered
bridges in the United States, eleven in Illinois. For anyone who ever wondered about the "why" of covered
bridges, they were usually built in wooded sections of the
country; they were not at all what they looked liked:
barns built over rivers. The roof and siding invariably
encased quite sophisticated and thorough-going timber
trussworks . The sheathing was in no way meant as a
stiffener but simply as a protection to the main members
from weather, both the dry and the wet. Covered bridges
were a comfort to edgy horses who might be chary of
venturing out on open-work over rushing water, and I'm
told they were a comfort and solace to courting couples
of the horse-and-buggy days as well! The siding was also
useful for outdoor advertising.
Not all of these Yankee bridges were "free-ways" as
witness a sign posted at the approaches to one of them :

Each foot passenger

Horse and rider
1 horse carriage
1 horse sleigh
Horse without man
6. Neat creatures
7. Swine



(Please note that swine could cross this bridge for the
same price as people--one cent each!)

C7 " )lTH the advent of the railroads, bridges had to

lV take on tremendous loads and to withstand unheard of stresses. During the 50-year period between 1840
and 1890 many patented iron trusses were designed to
carry this new kind of traffic and not all of them succeeded. An average of 25 bridge failures a year was being
experienced on U. S. railroads for the ten years following
1870. Steel was the answer, and mathematics ; by the end
of the 19th century, the unsightly railroad trusses made
way for new forms of strength and beauty, the modern
arch, cantilever, continuous truss, and suspension.
David Barnard Steinman designed the great Mackinac Bridge (1957). Few remember that he also designed
for Chicago what was to be the longest transporter bridge
ever constructed, the Sky Ride at the World's Fair
Exposition of 1933-34. This was a suspension bridge and
had a main span of 1,850 feet. It supported ten cars,
each carrying 36 passengers, 215 feet above ground. The
Sky Ride was designed and built in less than six months
Continued on page 22


Astronauts notwithstanding, the Ooklond.Bay Bridge 11936) and its spectacular neighbor, the
Golden Gate, ore stil/ two of man 's mosr. daring flights into space .

The double swing span of the George P. Coleman Bridge in Yorktown, Virginia, is a tribute


to American ingenuity.

American Bridge Div., U . S . Steel

American Bridge Dlv., U. S. Steel

In the wake of the Tay disaster, Beniamin Baker spun this cantilevered colossus across Scotland's
Firth of Forth out of tubes twelve feet in diameter.

D. B. Steinman built the Mackinac Straits Bridge 11954-1957) with a truss .,ilfener 38 feet deep .
" Big Mack" won't blow down!

Philip D. Gendreau

Mackinac Bridge Authority


and at a cost of under a million dollars. Transporters,

particularly of this type, must be regarded as true bridges.
They have great practical value in getting traffic and
.goods back and forth across busy waterways) for instance,
without the dead weight and obstruction of continuous
and permanent roadbeds. Rouen, France, has One of
466 feet. One across the harbor at Marseilles has a truss
span of 541 feet. England has a transporter bridge at
Newport; one crosses the Mersey and one the Manchester
Ship Canal, the latter two measuring 1000 feet each.
In 1960 a cableway transporter waS erected over Lake
Zurich, Switzerland, with the record span of 3300 feet.
Perhaps Paris has the loveliest and Venice the most
bridges, but no city has as many draw bridges as festoon
the Chicago River. Here, too, the longest single-leaf
bascule (260 feet) and the first vertical lift were built.
INCE the Second World War the highway has exhibited a greater appetite for bridges than even the
well-nigh insatiable railroads of the last century. The

automobile has brought forth upon this earth a greater

diversity of bridge design and construction than has ever
been seen before. In every country of importance, great
networks of new fast highways that stretch for hundreds
and thousands of miles are being built-all demanding
their quota of bridges, small ones especially. The overpass, because it occurs with such overwhelming
frequency, contributes more than any other single
factor to making or breaking the final scene in so far as
highway architecture or beautification is concerned.
As for the great bridges of the world- the Pont du
Gard, the Pont de Neuilly, Ead's steel crossing at
St. Louis, the Roeblings' Brooklyn Bridge, Ammann's
Verrazano-Narrows, and the other magnificent stretches
of man's imagination and energy and art-who can say
he is not stirred by them and who can name the stirrings?
Awe, admiration, gratitude, incredulity, affection, yes,
and even implications of a divine order move the beholder of man's works, of those who worked, and
who conceived.

Mightiest br.i dge of them all, Ammann 's VerrazanoNarrows 11965J has 145,000 miles of Wire ii, its cables and is a creation of super/at.ives.

Do you know these NEW Laws?

Used School Buses

Drag Racing

Requires used school buses to be repainted in some

other color before they are operated for other than
school purposes.

Amends the law prohibiting drag

racing by adding "or one or more
individuals competing in a race
against time on any street or highway in this State."
Provides that the Secretary of State must revoke the
operator's or chauffeur's license of any person upon
receiving a report of such person's conviction of the
offense of drag racing.

Licensing of Persons under 21 years of age

Raises minimum age from 18 to 21 years. Applications
for an operator's or chauffeur's license or permit which
are submitted by persons under 21 must be accompanied
by the written consent of the father of the applicant, if
the father is available and has custody. Persons who are
emancipated by marriage are exempted .

Operation of Motor Vehicle by Minors

Provides that an operator's license which is held by a
person less than 18 years of age is invalid for 'the operation of a motor vehicle during such time that the
licensee is prohibited from being upon any street or
highway by the Curfew Act of 1963. (12 :01 a. m . and
6 a. m. on Saturday and Sunday, between 11 p. m. and
6 a. m. on the following Monday to Thursday) unless
accompanied and supervised by a parent, legal guardian
or other responsible companion who is at least 21 years
of age and approved by a parent or guardian.

Dimming Headlights
Permits the City of Chicago to prohibit the operation
of motor vehicles with headlights set on the high intensi ty beam.

A copy of RULES OF THE ROAD may be obtained by writing to Paul Powell, Secretary of State,
Springfield, Il~inois 62706.

The Gallic Treatment

Not far from the city of Lyons, France, a tribunal has
been set up beside the Route Nationale 7 for the confiscation of licenses of dangerous drivers, and it has
succeeded in its shock value.
I t has been aptly called a "revolutionary tribunal" by
those who describe it, for the first victim grew pale when
led off of the road where he had just violated the law by
crossing the continuous yellow line. He was then confronted with four judges, all in full uniform, including
the Prefect of the Allier Department, a Colonel of the
Gendarmerie, a Highway Authority official and a
representative of the French Safety Organisation (akin
to the Cook County Traffic Safety Commission).
The Prefect then read the following message to the
victim: I'Last year lunatic drivers killed 12,500 people
on French roads and injured more than 300,000 . . .
When there is a n attempt at murder, one tries to disarm
the murderer .. . disarming the lunatic on the highway
means taking away his weapon-that is to say, withdrawing his drivers license to protect the innocent ."
During the first day in business, the tribunal confiscated six licenses, four of the victims be.ing forced to
leave their cars with the police and walk to the nearest
town. The section of road chosen for this experiment was
one where six fatalities had occurred and 40 people were
injured in less than a month.

Riding in a House Trailer

$500 Million Dollpr Crime Goes Unpunished!

Prohibits any person from occupying a house trailer

while it is being moved on a public highway.

That's what it costs the taxpay,ers annually to pick up

iUegally thrown litter, according to "Keep America
Beautiful, Inc. Littering is illegal in all States and
convicted violators face from $1 to $500 fines and sometimes even a jail sentence, although these are seldom
imposed. Even though a total of 9,4.88 arrest~ were
reported, the number of arrests is still negligible in
proportion to the violations. Does the punishment fit the

Fleeing From A Police Officer

Provides that the Secretary of State may suspend for a
period of not more than six months the operator's or
chauffeur's license of any person convicted of attempting
to flee or elude a police officer.

'. ,'

Lee Stree t, from Higgins Road & Mannheim Road

25th Avenue Grade Separation from North Avenue
to Armitage Avenue

Oakton Street from Des Plaines River to Odell


South Lake Shore Drive from 59th Street to 67th


Western Avenue from Flossmoor Road to 211 th


Dundee Road from West side of Elmhurst Road to

West Side of Milwaukee Avenue

Grade Separations are now being constructed over the

proposed Dan Ryan Expressway (West Leg) between
Halsted Street and the Little Calumet River at the
following streets:

Palatine Road at Milwaukee Avenue and Des Plaines

Forest Preserve Drive-Belmont Avenue to Irving
Park Road
Harlem Avenue Bascule Bridge over Chicago
Sanitary and Ship Canal from 51st Street to
49th Street
Harlem Avenue Interchange Complex from 54th
Street to 49th Street


Here are some explana tions of a few well known terms.
1. provide continuity with or serve as extensions of
Trunk, Major and area-service highways outside
of the urbanized area
2. provide service primarily for long vehicle trips
1. provide continuity with urban extensions of some
area-service highways and all collector highways
outside of the urbanized area
2. serve as intermediate highway network between
the expressway system and all other road systems
3. provide primarily for vehicle tri ps of intermediate
4. provide access to abutting property subject to
higher levels of service for through traffic
5. provide bus feeder service fo r the transit network

107th Street, Throop Street, 111 th Street, 112th

Place, 115th Street, 119th Street, 123rd Street,
125th Street and 127th Street.
Traffic is being maintained on 111 th Street, 115th
Street, 119th Street and 127th Street on temporary
by-passes around the construction area. The
Expressway is being constructed over Vermont
Street (which will remain open to traffic) and the
Cal-Sag Channel at this time.
1. serve as traffic collectors feeding into primary
2. provide access to abutting property equal
priority to the movement of through traffic



1. provide for local traffic movement and land

It is estimated that 57,000,000 persons in the U. S.
own bicycles. Last year alone bicycles were purchased by
nearly 6,000,000 enthusiasts. In Chicago and Cook
County only one fatality occurred in August involving a
bicycle, a good reflection of the success of the bicycle
training program conducted by the Traffic Safety Commission. But the story with motorcycles is something else
again. Nine motorcycle fatalities occurred in the City and
County during the same month. The public is fast becoming aware of a rapidly increasing problem involving
these vehicles.



The following projects are being constructed under

traffic with the exception of 25th Avenue and Oakton
Street, between Des Plaines River and Odell Avenue,
which will be closed during construction .












County and Township Lines

City of Chicago

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Chicago, Ill. 60602



Number 1

February, 1967

Economy And Efficiency

Must Go Hand In Hand


tenance of modern, safe r()ads

in Cook County is one of the most

impol1tant iU3fJjgnmenls delega.ted to

the members of the Boord of Comml&8loncrs by the five a.nd one-half
mllUon people who reaide within
ils boundaries. Responsibility for
preparation of adequate plans in
this area of governmental responsibility rests with the Cook County
Highway Department.
In addition, the Department is
responsible lor supervision of construction of new roads, as well as
the maintenance of existing facilities. In tbe past, the Cook County
Highway Department has enjoyed
a national reputation as a result
of ita competence and its dedication be public service.
T he Highway staff is under the
direction of Andrew V. Plummer
and his assistants, James F. Kelly
and Richard. H. Golterman. It is
responsible to the president and
the members of the County Board,
and ,the activities of this Department wlll receive my most careful
fllld serious a.t.tention.

Safety Is Important Factor

RIOHARD B. OGlLVLtJ, Preside nt,

Conk County Boa rd or Comml~!l.lo ne ~
In tb. early month. of bi. aclminl. tratIClo. Pr ... ident Ora v;e h .. .,mp ha.;lI:ed
hi. ioter n t in e'l'ery f.e.t o f tb. Count,.'. pro..... m for c: o lU u uclioo a nd m a int ...
.ance of it. 602 mi le .,..tam of Prim ...,. a nd s..;.ondu,. Road . OIl well E xpr.....

..... y..

upr... inr hi. eonlkleoc. in the .bilit, and dad icat ion of th. H i, b ,.

Departm ent .teff. O.i'., h no ted the importanee of tb. Highw a,. .,.tem to d
5.5 million people IIOW r .. idin. in the 956 .quar. mil.. wh ich ma le. "'P Cook
Co unty, inc hllli., l lo. Ci ty
Chic:. ..o.


The maintenance of the 602

miles of Cook County's Primary
and Secondary Roads, plus discharge or Ule County's obligation
in the development of the Expressway system, Is a mattor of prior
concern to me.
Good roads are imporlant to all
01 our people. They are vital to
the expanJJion of commerce and
Industry, as weH as to the increased convenience of our residents and visitors.
These roads must be of the fin(Contlnulltl on PIlRf! 6)




ISSUE of The News carries Ule first of a seriea
of feature articles prcsenLing lhe members of the

[B O:)(D ill [B Q)(!l [i) U\1

m00mWffiW m~W0
Published monthly by and for the members of the
Cook CouDty Higbway Department to serve as aD
organ for disseminating news and information on the
personnel and projects of the Department and the
Contributions for publication are invited and will be
given the oa.reful a.Uention of the Editors. However,
they will n.ot be responsible for unl!lOllcited malerial.

RI CHAR D B. OGILVIE , President

Cook County Board of Commissioners
The Soard of Commissioners
Ma.tlhew W. Bleszczat
Jerome Huppert
Charles S. Bonk
Lillian Piolrowaki
Charles F. Chaplin
Ruby Ryan
George W. Dunne
Harry H. Semrow
William N. Erickson
Joscphine B. Sneed
Floyd T. li'ulle
John J . Touhy
Charles J. Gruppe, Jr.
Kenneth E. Wil$(ln
Superilltendent of Highwaya
Andrew V. Plumme r

Cook County Highway News

f-AJ E. Deuss
Graphic Arts Conaultants
Edwin A . Reck
C. C. Higgins
Staff Photogra pher
E lmer J. lU ajewski


Starling Friday, February 2{ and continuing week
Iy thereafter, Richard B. Ogilvie, President of the
County Board of Commissioners, will initiate a aeries
of talks over Radio Station WGN.
Offered as a public service by WON, the Ogilvie
broadcasts wI\] be aired between 9:30 and 10 P. M.
Subjects of his talks will be the many interesting
and varied aspects of the County government, the
third. largest governing body in the State.
As President of the County Board. Ogilvie also
serves as prCBideot of the Forest Preserve District
and the County Safety Traffic Commission. In addition to scheduling talks on these phases of the
County's responsibilities and functions. be will discuss the operation of the County Higbway Depart
ment wb.lch is responsible for some 600 miles of
expre8swa~ and primary roada.

Department with n record of many yeara of conscientious service.

The feeling is that such service merits recognition.
Employecs engaged in the PJ,lblic service are too often
"unsung beroes" whose continuous and able work
over the years has contributed by tha.t much to the
day-in-and-day-out progress of their roopeclive Divisions and BureaW!.
The men presented herewith arc in their fourth dee
ade o f service and association wiUI Lhe Department.
To them we extend our Best Wishes and the cordial
congratula.tioliB or their associates and fellow staffers.
ALDEltT K SCIIAEFER is nearing 44 years of servo
ice with the Department, joining it May 17. 1923. As
a Road 8quipment Operator, Al has worked on many
(if not all) of the roads and highways including the
modem Expressways in lhe COllnty. He lives in
Dundee, lllinois, with his wi(e, .lean. 'fhcy have a
8On, Edward. When be is nol on the job for Ule
Cowlty Highway Department. AI is nslling and
UEN liINATEUI;:n , all Engineer Inspector, is COInpleting almost U years with the Department. Ben
joined the Department March 26, 1926, n.s a laborer.
lIe and his wife, J ulia, live 011 Chicago's NorUlwesl
side, n.nd have one SOIl, Robert. They enjoy theil'
Ulree grand-children and perhapa may enjoy (he com pany of a great-grand-child In the not too-distant
future! Bcn likes to hunt nnd IIsh, too.
l\UL1'ON U. S~U>SOX will, by next F'all, complete
41 years with lhe Dermrlmenl. huving joined it November 16, 1926. Milt is a Highway gnginccr rv.22,
and lives by himself on Chicago's South Side. He
has devoted himself to the structure o[ primary I'oads
and lhe study of the systems which contribute so
much 10 the movement of traffic in the metropolitan
\V, Ilighwny Engineer IT, is A
resident of Hinsdale with his wife, Edith. On March
1st, he will have COml)letcd "on enjoyable 40 years
wlUI the Highway DeIJar:tmellt", (IS he phrases it.
The Kenlay's have three children- Bonnie, Bl'lIce and
JOliN S~ IITII. Higbway J~ngineer 3, will observe his
40th year with Lhe Depaltment next June lOUI. John
has varied interests not the least. or which is swimming off Ilainbow Beach during the aenson, and
planting lind cultivating 350 rhnbllrb 1)lo.nts and 3n
equal IHlmOOI' of usparagus plants. among o Uler produce: J ohll hRS n cabin in IIpper Michig-an flnd when
he cau get away does a litUe deer hunting.
TII O~tAS ,I. Mc.II OGU, SU., Highway Engilleer V, is
R(>proaching his 40th year with tile Department, having joined It July 16. 1927. We regr6l to reflort. that
Tom Is on sick leave and we send him out' best wishes
[or a speedy recovery. He Is looking furward to
retirement when he can induinc in a litUe traveling.
one of hia (nvorite hobbies. with his wife, Genevieve.
His SOil Tom , is also n member of the Department ill
Henry Riedl's Bureau.







BOARD President
Ogilvie has announced the approval of three
major highway construction projects fur Bremen and Thornton

Engineer T. G. Cola, chief of the Construction Bureau ( left) reviews landscape

projects with Morrie Cherner, Engineer of the La n dscape and A rchitecture Div i
lion, on the Iched u le for this Spring. There are .ix of the.e project. along the
We.t LeI" of the Dan Ryan Expre.. way, which when completed lome time late in
'68, will represent an inveltment of almo.t $500,000.

PROJECTS, with the on-oomS

ing of Spring, are on the immediate assignment schedule of the

Division of Landscape and Architecture under the direction of

Morrie Cheroer.
These are along the new West
Leg of the Dan Ryall Expressway
and effect 10.91 miles running
from Halsted to Kilpatrick (south
of 167th). The seeding and sndding of the area is done under the
paving contract.
The landscaping design, selection
of trees and shruhs is the respollsibiHty of Cherner and his staff.
Also the responsibility of that Divisi-on is the inspection of the plant
material as it will be installed by
the ~Construction Bureau -of which
Engineer T. G. Cots is in charge.
Honey Locusts, Ash and Maple
trees will be the type largely used
in the area. Among the smaller
plants, Cheroer has specified using
flowing crabs. These in the parlance of the landscape divlsion are
varieties of small crab-apple trees.
Hawthornes, 'a nd related flowering
perennial shrubs wiIJ also be used.
Following are ,the 'locabion and
mileage of the six 'Projects:
Halsted to 105th
105th to 123rd
123rd t.o 138th
138th to 14.7th
U7th to 159th
159th to Kilpatrick
(south of 167th)

The trees and plants specified.

Cherner points out, increase in
value and grow in beauty in the
passing years.
These pl10jects
which will cost almost one-half
million dollars to complete, it is
expected will be finished toward
Lbe end of 1968.
In addition to these and otber
projects, is the continuing and
somewhat tragic wrorlc of cutting
down diseased Elms.
The onslaught of the Dutch Elm Disease
baa caused the removal of hundreds of ,trees along the County's
Primary and Secondary roads.
Cherner 'p aints olLl no cure except
by "sanitation" (the rcnwval of
the diseased ,tree and spraying)
has been found ,to stop the ravages
of .the disease. A diseased tree
can infect others to a distance of
several hundred feet.

Cherner, with 'a degree from ,the

College of li'ine Arts of the University of Illinois, was brought
inoo the Highway Department in
1941 to establish his Div,ision. He
has been engaged ill helping to
beautify the Counly's coads ever
since and is largely responsible for
the progress tha.t has been made
in thA.t ar~t.


The projects, which total more

than $3.8 million, include construchan (If an overpass, road oonstruction and construction of grade
separations on ,the Dan Ryan
Ogilvie said tbe projects would
receive financial SUPlx>rt from the
State and Federal governments.
The largest and most important
projcct is for construction of
a railroad overpass, located at
Spaulding nnd Leavitt and Harvey
Avenucs ill Dixmoor, on the west
leg of lhe Dan Ryan. The apparent low bidder for ,the project was
SupcriOI' Construction Company,
Chicago, with a bid of $1,922,839.
1'he project is scheduled for
compleliOll .Ju1le 15, 1968 and will
carry the Grand Trunk Western
R. It.; Chicngo 1lilwaul.ee & 8t.
Paul R. R.; Ballimore & Ohio Ter
minnl H.a.i1roads over .the expressway. The contract carries a $1,000
n day penallY clause for non-completion by the scheduled completion
A contract. for construction of 8
section of the west branch {)f the
Dan Ryan from 167th Street and

Cicero Avcnue to Dixie Highway

was awarded to Rossi OOllsttllction
Co .. NOI"thla.ke for an appanmt low
bid of $1.387,521. The project is
scheduled for a November 15, 1967
complelion and carries a $1,000 a
day pen1l.Jty clanse,





In the always grim and tragic
reality ot fntal .traffic accldenta,
one signifl.cant ray or hope tor
better Urnes ahead Is revealed by
the latest yearly statistical report
issued by the Cook County Traffic
Safety Commission, headed by
Richard B. Ogilvie, County Board
The number of driven in the J8
to 24 age classification who were
killed In auto accidents in Cook
County outeide of Chicago dropped
from 32 In 1965 to 18 in 1966, a
decrease or 44 per cent.
"We believe ,tilllt ,the decrease In
this once highly vulnerable age
group Is due, dn large part, to t he
driver education training tba.t morc
and more young pef'80na a.re reo
ceiving in high schools and elsewhere," declared John J. McCleverty, traffie safety director for the

''In fnct, we can trace driving

improvements among many of our
younger persons lO the bicycle
training program conducted by our
Commission in the elementary
schools or the county during the
past 14 years," McClevel1ly said.
The slogan or the bicycle progmm
is: "Tbe child behind the handle
bars wiU be an adult behind the

L ast year 52,838 children in

280 public 'and parochial schools
throughout Cook County were lec
tured by commission exper ts In
bicycle sa.rety. A Iso, the 15,71-1
of them who owned bicycles were
put through manun.] riding tesiJI
and their blcyeleB were rigidly
The commission, moreover, con
ducts supplemental auto driver
edueaUon claues in the suburban
high schools of the county, and
even a.t some schools within Chi
cago. Under this program 87,20]
atlldenta In l05 public a nd I)nrochinl schoola were given . in8trlle
lion last year.
In sWI another program, the
commiaslon, in conjunction with

the Circult Court judges, conducta

driver r efresher seminars for traffic
law violnton a.t seven Jocations in
the suburbs. During the past year
10.379 allrh violators were required

to take the course. In ndditlon,

1.021 volunteers, InciudJng mothera, fathers and other family members took and SUCCe88(uUy completed the course.
McCleverty emphasized, however.
that the commission can take only
a share of the credit for driving
Improvements. The high schools.
tbemselves, have their own driver
educational programs, and many
sarely agencil'!s sponsor various
safe-driving campaigns, he pointed
out. Driver education, he said,
cannot be "tressed too strongly.
The Chicago suburbs within
Cook County, including unincorporated areas, had a lotnl of 246
traffic (atalitles during 1966, a
sl1gbt reduction (rom the 253 for
L965, the report sbows.
Chicago, however, had 325 fatall
ties In 1066, an increase over the
302 Cor 1965.
Combined figures for a1l of Cook
County show 571 fatalities for
1966, compared with 555 for 1065.
Following is a portion of the
~mmiasion's complete statistical

(Cook County Outside or Olllcngtl)

Age of Drh'ers lUlled ill Aee!tleut.5
1965 1966
Under 18 yeary
18 to 24. years
25 to 35 years
36 to 45 years
46 to 55 years
56 to 65 years
G6 years and over ...

... ...


. ....

Age of Passellgel'lj
Under 18 years
18 to 24 years
25 to 35 years
36 to 45 years
4.6 to 55 years
56 to 65 years
66 yea.rs and over


Age of Pedestrians Killed

Under 18 yean
18 to 2-1 years
25 to 35 years
36 to 45 years
4.6 to 55 yeMs
56 bo 65 years
66 years and over












A uto-object
Auto-po&l .

Autopole .
Auto-guard rail


M)(ltor cycle-gunrd rail







Allto--traln .
Auto--fire truck
Auto-bus .. .









Two autoscab
Two autos . ..
Two lrueitS
Auto-truck .




(Cook County Outside of Ohicago)
(Types For 1966 Not Necessarily
Comparable With Those For 1965)






"'e11 from auto


Cyrllsls k.Hlro
r ("!lnlluu"I' (III

.. 253
lit til


FEB R UARY, 1967



HILE THE "Big Snow Blow"
was making headlines
through-out the country, .the Cook
County Highway Department was,
in the words of Superintendent
Andrew V. Plummer, "quietly going about getting its job done
Its job consisted of moving a
large portion of the 24 million tons
IOf snow from the more than 600
miles of County-maintained high
ways and roads 'that fell in the
Chicago area from Wednesday,
January 25 through Sunday, January 29.
How the men and ,the machines
labored to accomplish ,this Is in Ute
records of the Department's Bureau of Secondary Roads and Material under the direcUon of Engineer Henry Riedl.
Worldng closely with him was
his immediate assistant, Hugh
McAniff, and tile five Dist.rlct Engineers in charge of :the Maintenance Garages located sLrotegically
throughout the County. '1'he location of these Garages and the Engineers in charge of them arc:
District :1, Engineer Herbert
Walsh, Algonquin .(uld Meacham Roads, Palatine.
District 2, Thomas McHugh, Jr ..
Ballard Road east of Rand
Road, Des Plaines.
District 3, Carl Ward, 26th
Street and Beach Avenue, Lll
Grange Park.
District 4, Carl Steinweg, 135UI
Street and Wabash R.n.., Palos
District 5, '.L'om Flavin, 135th
Street and Rolls Avenue, Blue
By means of its modern two\vay radio communication Jlystem ,
the Bureau's men, machines and
materiel were coordina.ted into an
efficient and effective "snow fighting" unit.
During ,the 72-OOur period which
saw almost round~the dock action,
some 250 men maintained and
operated the machineij in the face

of sometimes paralyzing conditions.

The Bureau threw everything it
had into the fight, not the least of
which was the spirit which inspired the men in their unequal
baUle. For here they were in a
head-on confrontation with the
heaviest single snow storm ill the
history of the County.

Heaviest Snow In History

Fifty ,r egular and extra patrol
trucks, three large "snow fighter"
plows, three snow 'blowers, 10
power graders equipped with v
plows and side-wings compl"ised
a major portion of the fleet. The
tons of snow to be moved took
their toll of the machines and the
garage staffs were hard Pll.t to
keep them in action.
When a
machine broke down it usually
meant ,towing ,it back '00 ,the garage for rep..'1irs, costing valuable
lime. But this time lost was as
nothing compared to ,the hundreds
of man-honrs required to move
abandoned autos from the paths
of the Oounty machines. These
many hundreds of abandoned autos
formed a major obstacle to the
Bureau crews in their stupendolls
The storm started swirling ill
Wednesday -afternoon. The official
weather forecasters Murray and
Trettel, Inc., which serves uumerous agencies. and jndustrial nnd
commercial organizations, began
issuing storm warning alerts. III
the words of M. W. Newman of the
Daily News, "It came walloping
over ,the plains like a swollen fist."
The District Engineers and their
Supervisors had the big picture in
mind. The Iact that they turned
in such a creditable job was beeause they planned and they knew
what to plan for. They were constantly threatened with emergency
situations. They started running
out -of gasoline on Saturday morning. Salt supplies were down or
completely exhausted by Sunday
moming. Oxygen for welding almost ron out. Parts fur trucks
became unobtainable by the Mon
day that ijbarted the IH~w week ,

But as each situation arose,

ways and means were devised to
overcome them. This is to their
Initiative and energy
which drew inspiration from the
will to do carried them through,
th-ough some drivers, mechanics
and machinists stayed on top of
their work for five days and
nights. To leave and return without the help of a plow was impossible. These dedicated people
ncver faltered.

Issues Heavy Snow Warning

To continue with the storm story
itseU, on Wednesday that night
the U. S. Weather BlU'Cau issued
heavy storm warnings. But still
no Qne believed what was ,t o come.
But come it did, and for 29 hours
and 8 minutes millions of tons of
snow were hurled by 50-mile-anhour whipping winds. Thoy piled
up df1ifts eight, ten and 12 feet
All the resources of every
agency and all Ulat cOllld be borrowed, hired and put iato service
were nung into the fray. For lbe
72 hours of that long weekend it
was an unceasing and many times
a frustrating struggle.
Eating and sleeping for the
County crews was done in bits and
snatches. By Saturday night, however, Hank ruedl could report to
Supt. P.lummer tha.t all of the Department's roads, while not completely cleared, would be passable
on Sunday.
The toll in ,terms of .human energy is one thing. The cost of the
storm through over-time, renting
of equipment, and repairing its
own machines will cost ,t he Department tens of thousands of dollars
tbe totalling of which is now onl)'
/Jeing completed ,





( CUntinued trom paae 4)

tContlnued trom paae 1)


.......... . .9
T ruck-pedestrian ........... 3
Bulldozer-pedestrian ........ . 1
Six autos .............. .. 2
Four antos .. . ............ .
.... .
Three autos
Two autos ................ . 62
.... .
Two autos-truck
Two autos-bus .........
Two trucks .............. 1
Two aulOS-lr a.i.n ....... . .. . 2
Auto-train ................. . 8
Auto-truck ................. . 7
Auto-motorcycle- .... .
Two trucks-motorcycle- ..... . 2
Motorcycle-pole ............. . 1
Motorcycl~bject ........ ."
Auto-bicycle- .............. . 4
F our autos-gas pump ..... .. 1
Three nutos-light pole ....... . 2
Two autos-pole ............. . 1
Two autost.ree ........ .. .. 1
Auto-house-tree ............ 1
Auto-light pole ............. . 11
Auto-culvert ............... . 1
Auto-object ................ . 3
Auto-abutment ............
Auto-post .................. . 4
Auto-guard rail ............ .
Auto-ditch ................. . 3
Auto-viaduct ...... ," , .. ,' . 1
Auto-embankment ... ,.. . .. 1
Auto-bridge ..... .. .. .' , . 2
Auto-fence .......... ' .... , 1
Auto-house .......... , ..... . 1
Auto-tree , ... ,...... . ..... . 19
Fell out of auto .
. ..
F ell from bus .....
Jumped out of auto ..... ,. .. 1



Rodman, January 15. 1967

Rodman, January 6. 1967

Draftsman TI1,
December 31. 1966
Security OfflCer,
December 30. 1966

est construction. Our maintenance

8t.andards must be of the highest.
And It is my intention to utilize
the full powers Invested in the
County &n.rrl to improve the safety factor on every one of them.
I hnve already submitted to the
County Board a program [or rughway construction in 1967, as well
lUI Department recommenda.tions
for 1968-69. It Is my hope the
commlt.tees of the Boord will take
(L ~ong hard look at each and every
part of these programB. With the
financial crisis which faces Cook
County, It 1S imperative that we
exerelze t he g reatest pouible vigilance Qnd eXllct the highest degree
of economy in every contr act
awarded, not only in t.he highway
program, but In cvery other department of the County Governmenl
I am confident that in our program of austerity - dictated by
necessity - we can sun maintain
the high standa rds which have
been characteristic of the Cook
County Highway Department. I
know that the administration of
the County Government can count
on the support or the entiN! st.aJf
or Lhe Highway Department in this
County &nrd of Commissioners.

Total .. ........... 246


When Jack Mabley, Chicago's
American columnist. put out his
annual Christmas picas for "children who have no families, no
poBSeasion, and no visitors", Larry
Ebeling quietly paaaed the hat
around the Department.
He collected $81.89 and [orwarded it to Jack. Mabley acknowledged the contribution and
assured L arry thal. "every dollar
and (89 cenlS) will go directly to
the children". Be ended hia Jetter
with a "thank you all again for
you r thoughtfuine8lJ,"

Thic. ... i. by no mean. typiCA l of condit io ... that confro nt.d Coo k Co"nJy
H i.hway crew. in their terrific h. ttl . ... . h.. t lh. " Bi. Sno w Blo w" . Drift. fro m
8 , 1 0, 12 fee t and bi, her taxed men an d m ao;: hin", ( See . tory o n P.,e 5 )




dent of the County Board, submilted the Cook County Expressway and Highway Improvement
Program for 1967-1968-1969, caBing nor an expenditure of $150,629,000 to the Board on January
Provided for in the Program
were construction and improvement projects on the Stevenson,
Dan Ryan and Crosstown Expressways.
Also included was the
widening and paving of 77.55 miles
of Primary Roads.
The Program was comprised of
two sectio03--Primary Road and
Expressway Construction. Projects
for the former entailed expenditures totalling $86,279.000. Of this
amount $64.,512,000 are to be
financed with Motor Fuel Tax
Funds and reimbursements from
the Federal government of $21,767,000.
The cost of the Expressway program totals $64,350,000. This is
to be financed from the $245.000,-

000 Expressway and Bond Issues

Fund, Motor Tax Fuel Funds, and
reimbursements fl'::>m the Fe:leral
Diversified projeots are involved
Included are
in the Program.
widening of certain Primary Roads,
building, grading and paving of
approaches and separations, and
installing drainage and lighting
syslems, as well as landscaping.
All sections of the County including Chicago will be served.
Ogilvie pointed out, as the Program is developed. The demands
of industry, and the growth of
population, require careful consideration in planning. Factors involving traffic flow and safety are
being given top priority.
Ogilvie was given the Pr::>gram
by Highway Superintendent Andrew V. Plummer. It was referred
to the Finance and Roads and
Bridges Committees, of which
Commissioner George Dunne and
Commissioner Jerome Huppert, respectively, are chairmen.


Cook County Highway News

Re v erts to Former Form at
o ANSWER the many inquiries
expressing interest in the format of trus issue of The News,

should be slated the decision to

revert to the (ormer format was
made only after much consideration.
The design and layout of the
last issue of the publication entitled, "Highway Horizons", was
most cJStly. Its cost, in turn, dictated that it could be issued only
For less money than it would
take to publish four issues of the
"Highway Horizons" , the new Editors of The News can publish 12
issues. At the same time the purpose for which The News is published, as stated in the mast-head.
can be more effectively achieved.
The cooperation of all Department members is cordially invited.
The Editors cannot promise to
print all the material it receives,
but contributors are assured that
they will give their stories and
articles most careful attention.



Pictu red is a step in the condr u ction of the Grade Separation at the in teuec
tion of the Illinois Central R. R. (Blue 1.land Branch) and the W est Leg of the
Dan Ryan Expr.... way. The work called for in th .. contn.ct consisted of Fur n ish.
inr all materiall and t be complete conltruction except for the ballast a n d tracks
~f a t~o sp~n (134'4%"-141'4H") sinirle track thrOUJ"h plate gird er bridge
Includ,ng re,nforc .. d concr.. te abutmentl, pier and wingwalls, railroad electric
trolley and all appurtenance. and collateral work required. Completed Octoba r
16, 1966, the Grade Separation is 1,137 ft. lonll".

A colorful exhibit, installed by

the Cook County Highway Department in the main corridor of t he
County-City Hall building, is a
feature of the observance of NatiGoal Engineering Weeks - Feb.
Theme of this year's observance
is, "Engineering-for the Human
The exhibit, prepared under the
direction of Andrew V. Plummer,
County Highway Department Superintendent, consists of 16 framed
and enlarged color photos mounted
on four panels. The photos show
various phases of construction
projects of the expressways and
scenes of completed expressways
and interchanges.
The exhibit also will be displayed next month at the 57th
annual Mississippi Valley Conference of State Highway Departments. The Cook County Highways Department serves as Con
ference host.





With a population of well over 5 million p .....oo. retiding in .lightly Ie.. than
1.000 . quare mile Cook County take. on the asped of one of the .tate. of the
Union. Re.poo.ible for .erving this mod important .ector of the United Stat...
i. the County Board, headed by Pr... ident Richard B. Ogilvie.
The County Highway Department'. 'y.h,m of Primary and Secondary Road.
and E:o;prellway. total. 602 mile.. It. budget and re'pon.ibilitiu are g reater
than anyone of 38 lIate .
The fact that th e Highway Department i. hott to the Miuill ippi Valley Con
fereoce of State Highway Department. next month refled. the pre.tige and
.tandiog of the Department in the eyes of profeuionals in the highway field.






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Chicago Civic Center,
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Engineer ill, ,MAURICE A. PAUL,
Rodman X.
The Editors of The News extend
BeBt Wishes and express the hope
that all of you will enjoy your
as:lOciation wit t
De art e t



Building permits represenbing an

estima.ted construction cGSt of
$1,440,914. were issu'ed in January
by the Department of Building,
Zoning and P,lanning, which has
jurisdiction in the unincorporated
area of the County.
Seventeen townships were among
those in which these permits were
issued. Permits issued in B100m
Township totalled the J.argest estimated construction oost with
$523,200. The next three in the
over $100,000 classification were:
Wheeling with $329,200, Palatine,
$130,000 and Stickney, $128,670.
In the no-fee classific~tion,
which includes churches, public
and farm buildi.ngs, a permit was
issued for the construction of fl
parsonage at St. Peter United
Church of Christ in Northfield.
By Townships ,the fee permi,ts
were distributed as folll>ws:
Elk Grove



Number 2

Chicago, III. 60602

March, 1967


Shown at "Open House" of
College of Engin e e r ing
THE hundreds of exAMONG
hibits displayed at the "Open
House" of the College of Engineering of the University of illinois,
Urbana, one of the most interesting to the throngs attending was
a scale model loaned by the Cook
County Highway Department. This
annual event was presented March

The Model, constructed in 3dimension on the scale of 50 feet

to one inch, is an exact replica of
the Dan Ryan Expressway Interchange at the east and west legu
south of 95th Street.

Scale Model of Dan Rya n Eipre ... way Interehen.e, lO&ned by the Cook County
Hiabway Depa rtment for di.play at the "Open H ou..," of the Colle." of En.i
.eenn. of th. U. of I., Urbana, wu a major attraction at t hi. annual ."enl.
The "Op.m Hou .... , .mlwaein. the entire rIO n,e of the en,ineerin. prof...ion,
. .played .xhibit. in tom. 14 buildin on th e campu. A bove, Fae ul ty Advi.or
. J. Barenber., ...i,tOlnt profe ..or of Ci ... il En.ineering, p oint. out an intere.lin.
feature 10 Fred MaeMurdo, 01 .enior in the Collea:e of Civil E n.ineerin a:. H e,
with Don Mil ler, w.. cochairmen of the " H i.hwOIy En ..ineer;D.... ex hibit. (5atory in adjoinin .. col umn.)

"Open House" h Student P r oject

The "Open House", basically a
student project, was established a
number of years ago. Its purpose
is to give an insight into the tremendous facilities and resources of
the College. In the words of Prof.
W. L. Everitt, Dean of the College,
"The exhibits . . . are intended to
show what an interesting and exciting profession engineering has
come to be over our first century".
In addition to the hundreds of
campus visitors, including higb
school seniors from allover TIlinols, the "Open House" attracts
personnel of the lllinois Division of
Highways and illinois County and
Township highway Departments,
among othel'fJ.
Don Miller and Fred MacMurdo,
both seniors in the College of Civil
Engineering, served 38 co-chairmen
tor the College's display. The Department's scale model was exhibited in Room 309, Engineering
Hall on Green Street. The over-all
(Continued on page 4)

MARCH, 1967




0rDrDih 0rD(l)Uln\7

ITlOillITlW/j\J m@W0
Vol. XIV


NQ. 2

Published monthly by and for the memberfJ of the

Cook Coumy Highway Department to serve as an
organ for dil8eminating news and informaUon on the
penKInnel and projects of the Department and the
Contrlbu.tiOlls [or publication are invited and will be
givcn the c.Il.re[ul attention of the Editors. However,
they will n.ot be responsible for unsolicited material.


Cook County Board of Commissioners
T he Board of ConunTssToner8
Jerome Huppert
Matthew W. Bieszczat
Lillian Piotrowski
Charles S. Bonk
Ruby Ryan
Cbarles 1.0'. Chaplin
Harry H. Semrow
George W. Dunne
Wllli8J)1 N. Erickson
Josephine B. Sneed
J ohu J . Touhy
Floyd T. Fulle
Keno&h K Wilson
Charles J. Gruppe, Jr.
Superintendent of Highways
.\ ndrew V, Plummer

Cook County Highway News

t}d e. I>euss
Graphic Arts CollsuUants
l":dl\'Tn A, Heel,
C. O. Higgins
Staff Photographer
Elmer d, Majewski



This ig the second in the series of feature articles

presenting members of the Department whO&e record
of many years of conscientious service merits being
Too often employees engaged in the public service
are "unsung heroes". Their devotion to the work at
hand over the years has contributed by that much
to the progress ot their respective Divisions and
To them we extend our Best Wishes and the cordial
congratulations of their associates and fellow stafIen.
T IIQ3fAS J. nOC II "~, Highwuy Engineer V23, a real
dent of Glenview, will marl' hia 40tJI year with.. the
Dc.pal1tment 011 July 27lh. 'Vhell he is not writing
fur publication!:!, dancing tbe ChaCha and Samba,
Tom is serving as a membcr of the local zoning board,
the Glenview Plan Commission of wbich he has been
a member ror J3 years, and the Chicago-.Midwest
Section oC the Amedcnl1 Association of Ooet Engineers. A widower, Tom enjo}'1I Lile company of his
two children, David. Brother PillS, O.S.F. and Kathleen (lttra. James Cox).


C. 1l0Fnl i\ N, Highway Engineer m.

joined the DeJlart.mel~t on November 16, 1927. He
took a leave of absence during World War D. serving
as Lt.-Commander in lhe U.S.N.R., 888lgned to the
Consll'ucUon Naval Ammunition Depot, 8nrie, N.J.
He and his wife, Dorothy, have three HOns, Robert. B
pro[ee80r 00 the faculty of Montana SLAte University;
Richard, on the staff or Chicago's American. and
Phillip, on the faculty of the University o[ Chicago.
)UCIIAEL 1>. SEIl8LL", Highway Engineer IV, was
first employed. by the Department in the Summer of
1929 while a senior In the College of Engineering
working on his degree as a Civil Engineer at the U.
of I. He was reemployed in 1933 through 1936 and
again In 1949 to the present time. Mike was in
industry in the intervening years with cxtended aerv
ice in the agricultural and industrial fields. Today
he !'Caldcs at home with his wife Kalhleen in Oak
Pnrk. They have four children- Noreen, a teacher;
Cynthia. Forrest. an attorney, and Priac.llla. Mike is
an inveterate golfer and out of his favorite sport he
developed and patented. a golf club grip approved by
the United States Golf A88ociation.

Superviaor of Employment in the Highway Depart

ment for J8 years, and until recent ly City Clerk of
Blue 18lllnd, Earl P. Kiatner returned to his former
position last month.
Mr. Kistner started with the Department as a
Junior Civil Engineer In 1944 . Two years later he
was appointed a member of the County Civil Service
Comml88lon. He served there until March 1. 1947
when he returned to the Department ns Supervisor
of Employment. He was extended 8 hearty welcome
by his many friends both in the Department and
throughout the County organization. The Editot"'8 of
The Newl add their Best Wilhea!

O. WAnD, flrst employed 8S a Junior Civil

Engineer through his almost 40 years with the J)e..
partment haa seen service in prneticnlly every phase
of the Department's aclivities. J oining the Department on August 5, 1929, Carl is District Engineer
assigned to the La Grange Pnrk Warehouse. In this
capacity he is responsible for the maintenance of
some 90 miles of Primary and Secondary Roads, including Expressway fo~rontage Roads. He resides
with his wife, Ruth, and they both enjoy their five
grand-children whose mother is the Ward's daughter,
Patricio.. For some years Carl had a .ummer place
at Lake Geneva where he did a lot of Jiahing. But
now the grand-children take up that time!


MA RC H, 1967


Robert (Bob) Hoffm .. n (with pointer) in,b'u.,t. d .... in

proper techniq ue. of re ..din g t.. pet and r.l .. ted inform.. tion
to crew. ;n Survey .. nd R. O. W. Oivi.ion, ... Le,lie Day
.land. by. Refre. her coune uch ... th et. . .re held in
indement weather to help , h .. rp en up the m en for their
dema ndi n&" .... irnmenu.

In addition 10 the h,.,hnical asped. of th ...e cour .....

in.t ruc tion in fir.1 ai d i. offered. It i. felt that thi. knowled,e wo uld b. helpful in an "mer ren.,,. where on. of the
crew i. involved ... well "" in the pouibilit,. of a citi,.en
bein. injured.

Equipment from th .. field i, brourht into the "cia..

room" and the ;n.truc ton demon.irate the u.e a nd .,are of
trantit, level and t .. pe, in ",ddition to other pie.,.. COmmonly u led . The men look forw ",rd to the ... ;n.trudion ....
may he evide .. ced by the full auendance. M.unher. lakinr
the courae are divKled into te..... and placed under the
.upen,i.ion of .. Party Chiel. The men demonltrate their
"knowhow" under hi. watchful and e xperienced e1e.

Civinr their .eriou. .ttention to the in. lr udion are

( from left to rirht) Loui. D."id,on. Ben S",nov, Frank Oi
Varco, S idney Neiman, WiIIi .. m ( Boh ) White, Frank O a
Vid Tex Z. un er, Carl E. You ng, Fr.nk Tom ...:r.ew,ki,
Nate Bernberr, Saul S. Mark.. A .. ron Collin., Vincent
Se...b ..la, Joh n Platone, Ir ... Tucker , Mike Aluia, Robert
Hill and Bernard Gei.er. Standinr in rear .re: Bob H off_
man, Lu Day and frank K",pian. (5 tory on P aae 4,
Col. 1 )


MA RCH , 1967




In recent weeks, as part of a
regular, " In.Trainlng Program" ,
carried on for the past several
years by the Survey and R. O. W.
Division, "school" hlUt been con
ducted here In the Civic Center. A
meeting room of the Chicago
Health Department In the Lower
Concourse hlUt been the setting.
Under the direction of Frank L .
Kaplan, head of the Division, in
structions In the course were given
by Robert HotTman and Leslie Day,
supervised by Sam R. Potash. Sur
vey Party Chiefs were also part of
the instruction team.
The Program WIUt designed. to
provide basic a nd refresher knowledge for Transitmen and Rodmen.
Courses consisted of teaching t he
proper use and care of tapes and
practice in reading them.

Divide OIIlS8 into Teams

Members of the clase are divided
into teams with an exper ienced
Parly Chief in charge. H e has the
men demonstrate their techniques
and tben evaluates their capability,
helping where such help i8 required to increase tile skU! of each
man in the handling of the Trans
it, Level and other surveying instruments.
Errors commonly made and in
fftruction a8 to how to avoid them,
in combination with double check
ing resu lts a lso comprised part of
the courses.
Short COUrse8 in persona l safety
as well a8 instruction in Red Cr068
safety mea8ures were a dded to the
regularly scheduled program. It
was Celt that such knowledge
would not only be of help to the
men themselvetl, but it could come
in handy In Umes of emergency In
the public area.

Andrew V . Plumme~ (~i .. hl ) Superinlende.>! of Iho Cool.: Counl,. Hi..hwo,.

Oopartmeot. point. oul e" int.....ti" .. feature to County 8o...d pruideal., Rich ...d
B. O .. il.;.., in the Department'. exhibit at the 58th annual meetin .. of the
Mi..... ;ppi Valle,. Conf....enee or Stat. Hi .. h wa,. Oeperlme"lt.
Th e CoDierence, m-nn .. al the Ed"eweter Beech Hotel, Merch 16, 17 end 18,
We. under the eu.pic.. of the Cook Count,. Hi, hwe,. o.perlmenl.


(Contlnued from pa,:e 11

protC8!lional and academle theme

in whieh the Model WIUt displayed
was, "Highway Engineering". The
many exhibits were categorized
under the headings of, "Planning".
" DeBIgn", "Construction", nnd
i'-'aculty Advisor in thls cla88lf1.cation was E . J . Barenberg, Aulst
ant ProfeBSOr of Civil Engineering.
The scale model, which hlUt been
diaplayed from lime to time In
engineering and related profession.
a l shows. is a striking example of
how complicated expressway con
struclion problems may be vividly
sbown. As Hugo J . Stark. head of
the Department's DeSign Bureau
"Models are usually a necessity
at intricate interchanges in order
to clarify at a glance the traffic
flow, grading, drainage and light.

ing problems for the engineers."

Frequently. models serve a use
ful purpoee in court to clarify
right-of.way problems in portray.
ing access Bnd egreB8 movements
for adjoining property owwners.
They also demon8trate the park
like quality of an expressway in
enhancing value and liveability as
peets. it wa8 pointed out.
To prol>crly appreciate the comblnatJon ot engineering knowledge
and arti8try talent which is required to make a scale model. it
should be noted, that this type of
model is an exact, scaled representation of the final project. Every
thing shown on the model is in
scale, from the largest bridge to
the smalleat shrub. including light
ing and related ftxtUl'C8. It thus
producea a true and aceurate portrayal in the real eensc.


MARCH, 1967



great fluctuation from above
freezing to way below freezlngare the villains in committing ravages on County highways. This is
particularly true in the case of
secondary roads.

Bid. for thi. alb-acti"e facility were opened July 22, 1984. FiftHn month.
later on October J 2, J 965 the Bridle whid pan. the Cal.Sa. Channel at Hal"
lem A"el'lue w .... opel'led to traffic. It w . . el'ltere<! in th e Ameri can hutit"te of
Steel Con.truction competition for M6dium Size Brida:e with low dearal'lCtl by
the Cook County HighwllY Depllrtment.

The handsome structure pictured

above was the Department's 1966
entry in the Prize Bridge Competition spollsored by the American
Institute of Steel Construction.
Although it did not win an award.
nevertheless the Bridge which
spans the Calumet-Sag Channel at
Harlem Avenue is a most attractive and highly functional facility.
Bids for the Bridge were opened
July 22. 1964 and E. J . Albrecht
and Company, Chicago. with a low
bid of $997,032 was awarded the
contract. Strnctural steel for the
t russ, floor system, and approach
spans was fabricated by the Bethlehem Steel Company.

Channel. The substructure for the

c hannel truss consists of four corner piers supported by spread
foundations. Two 26 (t. roadways
separated by a four [to median and
flanked by 7 ft. sidewalks carry
vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Traffic was mainta1ned 00 Ha rlem Avenue during its construction
by a temporary run-around bridge.
The structure was opened lo traffic
on Ocl. 12, 1965 a.nd entered in
the A. I. S. C. competition [or
Medium Size Bridges with low

The structure provides a clear

channel of 225 ft. with a minimum

Through the years the Department has entered various projects,

winning awards of merit and honOI'able mentions from Lime to time.
Thought is now being given lo an

23 I l vertical clearance over the

entry in the 1967 competition.

Aiding and abetting the villainous action of the temperature yoyo waa the moisture combined with
the wear and tear of traffic. Local
Climatological Data provided by
the U. S. Weather Bureau for Chicago covering the month of February reveals the tOllowing: On
the 13th the thermometer varied
[rom a high of 44 to a low of It.
Two days later on the 15th, there
was 8. high of 47 and a low of 15.
On the 20th the variation wasn't
quite so bad, but bad enough. from
34 down to n. and on the next
day there was a high of '27 to a
low of 4. Finally, on the 26th the
temperature rose to 33 and
dropped to 7.
RaIses 113\""00 with Roads

The expansion and contraction

caused by this pattern of highs
and lows raiscs plain havoc with
the roads. The co-efficient of expansion between earth, gravel,
stone and asphalt (black-top) 1a
difl'erent in each. Then the addition of water created by the alternate melting and freezing of s now.
or complicated drainage, contributes by that much more to a lready
damaging conditions.
Thus briefly, it can be seen why
the crews of the Secondary Roads
and Materiel Bureau, responsible
for maintenance, will have thelr
hands full in the short weeks
ahead before pleasure and vacation
traffic builds up. Through their
efforts County roads and highways
wUl be put Inlo good shape. An
understanding of their problem and
a cheer fOr their efforts will be in



Reference to the "terrible traffic
jam" on Elmhurst Road caused by
the movement of traffic off of the
Northwest Tollway at that intersection was the subject of a recent
letter addressed to Andrew V.
Plummer, Superintendent of the
Cook County Highway Department.
The letter, written by Frank D.
Nicodem, an insurance executive,
suggested that thought be given to
alleviating this condition. He concluded by writing, "In closing, may
I add that we citizens of northwest
Cook County appreciate the commendable work that has been done
by the Department of Highways
and by you, Mr. Plummer, as Superintendent."
Sehetluled for 1967
In his reply Mr. Plummer
pointed out that plans for the
widening of Elmhurst Road from
the Northwest Tollway to Evanston-Elgin Road are included in the
1967 construction year.
"This widening, including intersection channelization," Mr. Plummer wrote, "and the latest in traffic signal control at Oakton Street
should eliminate back ups on the
off ramp and onto the Tollway."
Mr. Plummer went on to explain
to Mr. Nicodem that the Cook
County Highway Department has
no jurisdiction regarding the matter of constructing additional Toll-

way ramps at Arlington Heights

Road. Mr. Plummer stated this in
reference to the suggestlon in the
letter than an additional exit ramp
be constructed lit the
Heights Road,


MARCH, 1967



",:, -~~.... ,<







- //

ROBERT, KEEI\"-ER, Draftsman

I; JAMES GORNY, Engr. Tech.
I; STANLEY PLOSHI, Rd. Repairman; E'EN SERIO, Motor Vehicle Driver; DONALD KA.RL,
Tr. Accid. Invest. 1-13; ERVIN
PAWLAK, Engr. Tech. I; NElL
FRANCIS, Rd. Repairman; VINCENT INSOLlA, Rd. Equip. Oper. ;
JOE ~IUELLER, Motor Vh. Dr.;
JOHN MARTELLO, Engr. Tech. I ;
Tech. I; CHARLES CIlUA, Engr,
Accid. Invest. 1-13; ROY PANKOW, Rd. Repairman; GEORGE
KARBOWSKI, Tr. Accid. Invest.
1-13 ; JlE.L"'JRY SCm-DDT, Rd.
LIN, Engr. Tech. I; LAWRENCE
LOVERDE, Engr. Tech. I ; LEE
NELSON, Engr. Tech. I; 1\nCHAEL LOSEW, Tr. Accid. Invest.
1-13; HAROLD WILSON, Tr. Accid. Invest. 1-13; CHRIST PANAGKlS, Engr. Insp. ; Al\mROSE
BAVCO, Laborer I X; CARL
PARKER, Engr. Tech, I ; LEROY
~lEYER, Engr. Tech. I; LEROY
l\fEl.. IN, Draftsman; FREDERJOK
THOJ-tAS, Engr. Tech. I; FRED
BURRESS, Engr. Tech. I; SAlIUt::L OOLAIZZI, Traffic Safety Educator, GERALD STENSON, Engr.
Engr. Tech. I; DEAN ACKLEY,
Engl'. Tech. I: AN1'ONIO CABALLERO, Engr. Tech. I; WALTER
FUCUS, Sign Painter ; I\n CHAEL
TELLERINO, Rd. Maint. Supv.:
J-(;\URICE lUcDEl\IOTT, Tr. Accid.
Invest. 1-13; LWYD SANDERS,
Engr. Tech. I ; ELBRIGE CRANE,
Engr. Tech. I; MORIN HALL,
Bookkeeper TII-ll ; CHRIST BOULAIIANlS, Rd. Repairman; JOHN
LINSTER, Engr. Tech. I; AJ~
BERT BACCm, Records Adm. 114; THOMAS LANIGAN, Engr,
Tech, I,



N INVITATION to the general
driving public to avail itself
of Cook county's free auto driver
refresher courses was extended this
week by President Richard B.
Ogilvie of the Cook county board
of commissioners.
Conducted by the Cook County
Traffic Safety Commission, a division of the county highway department, the program has been given
to some 60,000 drivers during the
six years it has been in effect.
Most of those who take the
course are persons against whom
traffic law violation charges are
pending in the Circuit courts, their
attendance being required by the
judges before disposition of their
The classes, conducted during
evenings at seven suburban loeatios, are open, however, to all
members of the driving public, regardless of age.
John J. McCleverly, traffic safety director for the commission, explained that a refresher course
consists of two sessions, held a
week apart.
Following is the schedule showing nights when classes are conducted, location of halls, and the
next date on which a volunteer can
begin his course:
Monday, April 3
16313 Kedzie Parkway, Markham
Tuesday, April 11
5799 W . 115th St. , Alsip
1454 Elmwood Ave., Evanston
Wednesday, March 15
Elk Grove Twp. , 2400 S. Arlington Hts. Rd., Arlington Hts.
Thursday, April 13
8333 Lincoln Ave., Skokie
7877 Milwaukee Ave. , Niles
Friday, April 7
655 Lake St., Oak Park
Classes start at 7 p.m. and last
three hours. No one is permitted
to participate in the second session
a week later unless he has attended the first.
The prOgTams include the showins of slides that illustrate all
(Continued on !)alie



MARCH , 1961


Ogilvie To Discuss County

Hospital On WGN In April
County Board President Richard
B. Ogilvie will discuss the work of
some of the major departments of
County Hospital with department
heads iII the series of radio broadcasts scheduled for April over
WGN Radio.
The series, entitled, "Your County Report", began February 24,
and may be heard on Fridays from
9:50-10:00 p.m. Included in the
April schedule with whom President Ogilvie will discuse the work
of their respective Departments
are: Dr. Robert J. Freeark, Director of Surgery ; Dr. Rowine Hayes
Brown, Assistant Medical Superintendent in charge of Children's
Hospital; Dr. John A. Boswick, Jr.,
Director of the Burn Unit; Dr.
Samuel J. Hoffman, Director of
Laboratories and Director of Hektoen Institute, and William M.
McCoy, Cook County Hospital Administrator.

TRAFFIC SAFETY(Continued from page 6 )

types of traffic situations, explanations of traffic laws by lecturers,

question and answer periods and
written tests.
In 1966 a total of 1,021 volunteers successfully completed the
course, as did 10,379 traffic law
Recent federal law, McCleverty
pointed out, makes it mandatory
that states hereafter retest all
drivers every three years when
their driving licenses expire. In
addition, the Dlinois legislature recently enacted several traffic laws
with which the public still is little
scq uain ted.
In urging public attendance at
the refresher schools, President
Ogilvie said:
"It is absolutely vital that all
drivers keep abreast of changing
t raffic conditions and laws. Re
fresher training is good ' for all
drivers, not just violators. That
is why we hope even greater numbers of the public will voluntarily
attend these classes. By so doing
they not only will be making safer
drivers of themselves, but later on
will be able to pass with greater
ease the state driving tests."




Highway Engineer 11-17
Fcbruary 2, 1967
Assistant IJ-H
March 20, 1957


Incorporated last month as an
added project into the 1957 construction program of the Cook
County Highway Department was

a new sewer for Schiller Park.

Original plans for the site called
only for the construction of new
retaining walla at the viaduct under the Zoo Line on Irving Park
in the heart of the community.
The estimated cost is $125,000
and the work is being scheduled
for completion this year.
Following a meeting requested
by Mayor Edward E. Bluthardt of
Schiller Park, arranged by County
Commissioner Floyd T, Fulle, and
attended by County Board President Richard B. Ogilvie and Highway Superintendent Andrew V.
Plummer the decision was made to
include the sewer installation.
Up to the time of the meeting
the Village had planned to repair
the existing sewer. Careful inspection, however, indicated that this
would be inadequate. Supt. Plummer, in his announcement of the
project, stated that a general
sewer construction program extending out from the approaches
will have to be formulated.
This latter project will entail a
cooperative arrangement between
t he State, County and the Village.
In addition, the Zoo Line is involved as it plans to increase the
size of the pumps t o help assure
keeping the area water-free.

~ quickly as conditionl would p er mit Crews of the Secondary Road, and

Materie l Divi.ion were out repairing the ravages committed by the e",treme. o f
temperature during the past Winter. Men, equipment and materiel lire combined
to make road. lafe for traffic. Above a competent crew fill. a pot-hole. (See
sto ry on Palle 5, Col. 3)


MARCH, 1967


Named in honor o f Daniel Pope Cook (1794-1827), Cook County has a popu_
lation gre.ater than that of anyone of 40 .tate. in the U. S., a nd veater than
that o f anyone of 52 nationl among the members of the United Nationl.
Cook Cou n ty hiltory i. filled with the adven turoul account. of the early explorers-Louil Joliet, Father Marquette, Robert Sieur de la Salle-all searching
for the route to the "China .-".
Little did they realize that along the Indian paths they tnversed and tbe
water-ways they paddl ed and rowed would sprin g up an indultrial and COmme rcial empire that would s u rpa.. the "rich... of the Indie."! (Sourc_"Growth of
Cook County-Vol. I", by Charles B. Johnlon)




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that the first large-scale paving
program in the U. S., was programmed by Cook County under
the direction of the late Major
George A. Quinlan, first superintendent of the Department?
- that the Cook County Highway
Department advocated and constructed the first 18-ft. width road
- that the Department under Major Quinlan's guidance set up the
first "origin-destination traffic survey" in the U. S., in cooperation
with the federal Bureau of Public
(Contributions to this
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Maine Township with 19 permits
issued by the Department of Building, Zoning and Planning totalled
the highest of any township in the
County in estimated construction
costs. The dollar figure of $341,500 was mcluded in the February
report by Herbert C. Wenske

A 20-unit construction project in

Maine Township accounted for
$330,000 of the $341,000 total. By
Townships the fee permits were
distributed ag follows:



The Department issued a tota

of 34 permits representing esti
mated construction cost of $924
500. Second to Maine Township
was Elk Grove with 4 permits and
Wheeling with 5 but with only
estimated construction costs of
$106,600 as compared with the Elk
Grove figure of $176.500.

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Number 3


Convention Meets Under







Gathered for a 3-day meeting,
March 16, 17 and lB, members of
the Mississippi Valley Conference
of State Highway Department were
given intimations of good news at
the opening session of the Convention. The Conference, representing
highway departments of 14 states,
met at the Edgewater Beach Holel
under the auspices of the Cook
County Highway Department.
At the opening session, a roll
call of "Progress Reports" was
given by representatives of the
State Highway Departments. Following the roll call, Virden E.
Staff, president of the Conference
and Chief Highway Engineer, Illinois Division of Highways, introduced
Highway Administrator Francis C.
The "Progress Reports" included
statistics of projects accomplished
snd reports of many in the planning slages. There was an expression of unanimity that the status
of the Federal highway construction program was a handicap in
processing those in the "planning
stages". Until this situation was
clarified it was felt that a resulting slow-down could not be

Und.er th .. direction o f (t Beck (Ielt fore,round) this compelent ,roup o f

Cook County Hia:hw .. ,. De)M.rtment s iaffers handled th .. re,.trat;on chore. for
lII. 58tb Annual Mu linl o f the Mini ..ipp; Conference of St. t" Hi.hway Depart__ t..

Otber, in th.. picture from left to ri,ht an: C . C. Hi.,ilU, Held.

Stron,io, June GI ....o n, Edw ....d Dib. lk. and Jack Gallo.

The Conference h ..

_ t a t the Ed,ewater Beach Hotel for many yean a nd the Department h .. pro-

rid.cl th .. RqjllT.tion Staff a lmolt .. many.

Turner Addresses Conference

It was at this point and on the
conclusion of the reading of the
final report, that Turner began his
address. He spoke briefly of his
aasociaUon with the Bureau and
his sense of responsibility in being
named to follow in the foot-steps
(Continued. on paae 6)



APR IL , 1987

Superinlendent, Cook Co unty Highway De partment

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rnO[Brnw[j\1 m~W0
Vol. XIV


No. 3

Published monthly by and for the members of the

Cook County Highway Department to serve as an
organ for diaseminating news and information on the
personnel and projects of the Department and the
County and subjecta of related interest.
Contributions for publication are invited and will be
given the OIU"erul attention of the Editors. However,
they will oot be responsible for unsolicited material.


Cook County Board 01 Commissioners
The Boo rd of Comml!l8lon e~
Matthew W. Bleazczat
Jerome Huppert
Charles S. Bonk
Lillian Piotrowakl
Charles F . Chaplin
Ruby Ryan
George W. Dunne
Harry H. Semrow
William N. Erickaon
J osephine B. Sneed
Floyd T. Fulle
John J. Touhy
Charles J. Grupp, Jr.
Kenneth E. WlIson
Superintende.nt of Highways
Alldrew V. Plummer

Cook County Highway News

Ed E. Deu!J8
Grallhic Arts Consultants
"~ llwl ll A . Beck
O. O. JIlgglns
StafJ Photographer
Elme r J . Majc\l ski

Mega lopolis Unbound: Ideas O n

New Transportation Techniques
Although it is often efficient and comfortable.
American transportation is subject to disorgan ization
by the weather, accidents and congestion. The roads
and highways are not the entire &elution. America
,n eeds a balanced system of highways, modern railroads, and air travel to unsnarl the mounting congestion, particularly in the Northeaat corridor. Senator Pen makes a number of suggestions fo r the
solution of the problem.
(From Highway Research Abstract, March, 1967.
Claiborne Pell. Frederick A. Praeger (Ill Fourth
Ave" New York, N. Y. 10003) 1966. 233 pp, $5.95

A recent Issue of the national business publication

BUSINESS WEEK carried an editor ial entitled, "Second thoughts about bighway.". The editorial referred to "the number of protests and their mounting
urgency" against the interstate hJghway program.
It stated that the "basic trouble with the bighway
program is that it is planned and executed by
It was pointed out that " . . . the engineer is
primarily concerned with building a road", and that
he has "no mechanism for balancing lntan((ible..social
values against the transportation needs of metropolitan areas."
We in the professlon, responsible for the design,
planning, construction and maintenance of our highway systems are fully cognltant of the over-all
problems involved in road building. It should be
pointed out that engineers are completely dedicated
to finding 8OluLions to these problema-of providing
a need which the public demands be fulOned.
The editorial pointed out further that "more and
bigger highways are not the only answer-or necessarily the best answeI'-to urban traffic problema."
This, we of the Cook County H ighway Department
knew and r ecognized almost 20 year s ago when the
Kennedy and Eisenhower Expresswaya were in the
planning stagea.
Io'or at that time provision was made tor the installation of rapid transit lines in t he median of both
of these Expressways, which in the intervening years
were realized. Only in the past few week. construction was begun on the rapid transit line to be incorporated into the Dan Ryan Expressway. made possible initially by the programming of thia Expressway's right-of-way.

Even longer ago tha.n that this Department established what could be considered among the first, if
not the first, Division of Architecture and Landscap_
ing, of any highway department in the country. It
has been exclusively devoted to the project of beautifying the roadways of Cook County under t he jurisdiction of this Department. In this connection it
may be pointed out that many of our higbway e ngineers include in their background of training and
experience work as city planners.
In fact, the over-all highway planning process involves the techniques a nd skills of a team of sociologists, economiSts, geographers, statisticians, demographe,.., mathematicians, political scientlsls, physicists, and computer ex-perts.
While our profession is staffed by engineers and
may not have "mechanisms tor balancing Intangible
aocial values against the transportation needs of
metropolitan areas", the charge that we are not
aware of theee values and do not include them in
our plans Is completely without haais in facl

A PR IL, 1967



Supt. Plummer Announces Two Appointments


More than 107 permits were
issued by the Department of Building, Zoning and Planning in March.
These permits represent an estimate constnlction cost of $5,868,957.00 8.8 set forth in a report
released by Herbert C. Wenske,

Clen Fl'edel'ich., H. LV.

Wheeling Township wlth 26 permits comprised the greatest number of the 107 issued. Northfield
Township was second wIth 22, and
Palatine Township was third with
Apartment building construction,
sanitary sewers, and miscellaneous
additions in Wheeling Township accounted for an estimated $2,860,000
in construction cosls. Pennils for
four sanitary sewers serving residential areas were issued for construction in Northfield Township.
These four represented an estimated construction costs of $369,-

Of the indicated $5,868,957.00
construction costs, $1,364,000 are
accounted for by business and Industrial septic systems, sanitary
sewers, and additions and alterations.
By Townshlpa the fee permits
were distributed as follows:
$ 85.000
Elk Grove


Effective April 1, Glenn Frederichs, H . E. V., was appointed

Assistant Chief Engineer of the
Construction Division under Thomas C. Cots, Chief Engineer of
the Division. The appointment was
announced by Andrew V. PltlIIlmer,
Starting as a tracer, Mr. J!"'rederichs is a graduate of minois Institute of Tecbnology and has been
with the Department 20 years. He
and his wife, Joey, have two children, Diane and Mark, and live in
Prospect Heights.

Joha A . Po buda, H . E. V.

John A. Pobuda, H. E. V., was

appointed Assistant Chief Engineer
of the Design Bureau under Hugo
J. Stark, Chicf Engineer of the
Buteau. The appointment became
effective March 16 and announced
by Andrew V. Plummer, Superintendent.
A Chicagoan by birth, Mr. Pobuda is a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology. He became
associated with tbe Department
immediately on receiving his degree in 1949. He and his wife,
Marjorie, reside in Hinsdale. Recently their daughter, Judith (Mrs.
WUllam Golis) presented them with
a grand_daughter. Her name (you
guessed it) Marjorie!


T he H i,hway Depal'tme nt played an impo rtant I'o le in the ho loc:.& u.t thaI ra.
aled .eclion. in the loulhwelt area o.f the County on April 211t.
Late Friday afternoon, a call ea me thl'oul'h fl'om t he Palat ine Carale thai
lre... weI'.. d.o wb block in, I'oadwa,... Inltrudio ... weI'. liYe n to take .tePI immediatel,. to eUe thai .iluation. AI lhe U.me time Henl',. R~l, Chi.ef of the
Bureau of Secondal''' Roa,u and Maleri ..l , antieipatinlt catldtrophe, Wid in con tad
with the Department'. official weathe.. foreculel'l. Hi. fe" ... wel'e realized a. he
raced 10 lhe LaCnn,e Carage 10 Ol'.anize a I.a.k fol'ce, when wOl'd came Ihl'o u gh
Ihat th e tornado had to uched down in othel' are.. includinr Ihe ymare of Oak
Law n.

Headed up by Di.b-id Enlineen Carl Steinw~, Cal'l Wal'd. and Tom Flayi n,
t;uk unit con.i.tinll of 15 truck., 2 wl'ecke .... 2 .i.n Il'ud , and a .nOl'kel,
dr-ove to tbe limit. or Oak ~wn . The,. weI'. there, thi. unil o f a lmo.t 40 men.
at .even o'c1oek to plac. them"lvel at II.. di,po.a l of Ihe offid"l, in c h ....e of
o'1l'anir;inr the relCu. wOl'k. Th. Iruck. we ... loeded with 150 wood.n bani_
ead", in addition to 50 n..h.el'-typ. ba ....ie.d.
After .tanding b,. u.til midni,ht. the I'!!quesl came throulh to nturo at .e".n
o'clock Saturda,. mOl'ninl' na entil'. day w . . .pent in helpin. to I'emoye debri.
of all type.. Sunda,. the tuk force worke d from .oYen o'clock unlil .be. Mon.
da,. the men were on hand again. The .norkel wu u.ed to eIcellenl advantal.
in I'emoyin. brane.h.. a nd debri. tha t the wind bad blown 00.10 I'oof top
Tbe D.partment ma,. indeed be proud of the fin, 'fI'9rk p ....orm.d. by the
B\lI'aa'l ia thia trqie. _ ...... a e.,. Pal'iod.


A PR IL, 1967


County Board President Richard
B. Ogilvie has announced COQstruction plans representing $4,713,277.95 in contracts for tour projects in
Wheeling, Thornton, Bremen, and
Calumet Townshlpa and Chicago's
Norwood Park community.
The Cook County Board of Commissioners at its last. meeting approved the four ,projects. On one
contract the award Is subject to
the approval of the Federal Bureau
of Public Roads and the State of
Illinois Department. of Public
Works and Buildings, Division of
Highways. Two other's will require the approval of the State of
llIinois Department of Public
Works and Buildings, 8.Ild approval
on the fourth has been received
from both the Federal and State
The four projects are:
1. Pending approval from the
Federal and State agencies, a railroad and river over-pass on the
West Leg of the Dan Ryan Expressway in Thornton and Calumet
Townships. The cost of this improvement will be $2,573,090.00.
It will span the Baltimore and
Ohio Chicago Terminal tracks at
Roll A venue and the LltUe Calumet River and Broadway Avenue.
When approved 90 % of the cost
of the project will be financed with
County funds and reimbursed
through the State with Federal
funds. The remaining 10 % will
be financed through Motor Fuel
Tax Funds. The Thomas McQueen
Company will be awarded the cont ract upon receipt of approval
from the aforementioned agencies.
Construction may be expected to
start within the next 30 to 45 days.

2. Pending approval from the

State of Illinois Department of
Public Works and Buildings, Division of Highways, a Pedestrian
over-pass on Dundee Road in
Wheeling Township. Coat of the
project will be $65,641.50. Adjacent to the Jack London High
School the improvement will be
located slightly more than 200 teet.
west of Cedar Drive. From plans






Laborer I-X (Retired)
March 7, 1967
Security Officer I-X
April 15, 1967

prepared by the Cook County

Highway Department, the over.
paas will be seven feet wide with
a chain link fence on both aides.
Its construction will consist. of a
Single 81'-3" space processed into
a welded plate girder structure
with a reinforced concrete slab.
Also included in the plans are a
concrete foundation,
railing and other miscellaneous appurtenances. The over-all length
will be 116 feet. The contract
will be financed through Motor
Fuel Tax Funds, and when npproved will be done by Milburn
Bros., Inc., and started in the next
30-45 day period.
3. With approval received from
both the Federal and State agencies, a storm sewer serving drainage requirements of the OM Ryan
Expressway- West Leg- between
approximately 1518t Street to
142nd and Leavitt in Bremen and
Thornton Townships. The cost of
the contract is $1,596,554.00. The
improvement designed by the Cook
County Highway Department will
be appproximately a mile and onehalf long. It will consist ot 7,905
feet ot 120 inch diameter reInforced concrete storm sewer, and
approximately 896 feet of 10, 12,
18, and 21 inch diameter reinforced
concrete storm sewer. With construction scheduled to start in the
next 30-day period, the contract
will be handled by Joseph W,

With the help of a group of

insurance companies, James R.
Adams nnd E. Belvin Williams,
conducted a test entitled, " The
Association Between Smoking and
Accidents : Overdependency as an
InRueneing Variable" . Their findings. 8S published in the Traffic
Quarterly (Saugatuck, Conn.) Vol.
20, No.4. pp. 583-588, Oct. 1966,
analyzed from driving records of
1.025 men, 18 to 25, revealed there
were Lhree times as many heavy
smokers in the high record group
as there were in the low record
O'Brien and Thomas M. Madden
Co., Joint Venture.
4. Pending approval of the State
of llIinois Department of Public
Worka and Buildings, Division of
Highways, widening of Gunnison
Street from two lanes to four lanes
between Harlem and Nagle Avenues in Norwood Park. The cost
of thLs improvement will be 5467,991.55. Plans prepared by the
Cook County Highway Department
call for the proposed improvement
to cover 5Jl83 feet, or just a little
ahort of one mile. The existing
two-lane resurfaced concrete pavement will be widened with a porlland cement base course to four
lanes, Included in the construction will be concrete curbing and
gutters, 4.-ft. wide portland cement
and mountable medians, resurfacIng of the existing and proposed
pavement areas with a bituminous
concrete binder and surface course,
storm sewers, drainage structures,
traffic signals. and other related
incidentals. The entire cost will
be financed through Motor Fuel
Tax Funds. The contract, when
approved will be done by J . M.
Corbett & Co.. and start in the
next month or two.

The improvements a nd others in

the same area of construction work
are in Une with the Ogilvie program of continuing l$ervice to t.he
enUre County.


A PRI L., 1967

TtiIS ISSUE of The News carries another in the
I series of feature articles presenting the members
of the Department with a record of many years of
CQilBcientiotls service.
The feeling is that such service merits recognition.
Employees engaged in the public service are too often
"tmsung heroes" whose continuous and able work
over the years has contributed by that much to the
day-in-and-day-out progress of their respective Divisions and Bureaus.
The men presented herewith are in their third decade of service and association with the Department.
To them we extend our Best Wishes and the cordial
congratulations of their associates and fellow staffers.
F . J . NADZlEJA joined the Department August 14,

1929 as a draftsman fresh out of the lllinois Institute

of Technology which was then Lewis IllBtitute. Heading up the Pavement Design Division, Fred is a
Highway Engineer V. He and his wife Violet reside
with their SOilS. FIed. Jr.. Ronald and Richard, on
Chicago's northwest side. When not. absorbed ill the
calculations and progmmming of his Division's assign_
ments, Fred enjoys fishing in Wisconsin lakes.
WILLlS C. KRAUSE, Highway Engineer ill, this
month-on the 3rd to be exact-marked his 33rd
year with the Department. More than half of that
time he has been on the staff of the Estimating
Division. Willis lives in Skokie with his wife, Hazel,
and "commutes" to California on his vacations.
ERNEST G. P RES'f O, next month, will mark his
37th year with the Department. An Engineer IV,
Ernie lives on the Chicago's North side in the community known as Nortown. There he lives with his
sister and does t.he neighborhood proud with the fine
manner in which he maintains his home. He was
associated with the Bridge Design Division for 6
years up to 1936. He has been a Resident Engineer
on Construction since that time. When he isn't manicuring the lawn and hedges around his house, Ernie
is attending sporting events.
HARRY A. OIILI NG tJR , Highway Engineer IV, is
practically at the half-way mark of his 37th year
with the Department, having joined it as a Junior
Civil Engineer on Dec. 8, 1930. Now in the Structural Design Division, Harry has been an instructor
in Highway Engineering on the faculty of Illinois
tnstitute of Technology since 1957. Married to the
former Miss Catherine Donohue, the cou ple have
four children. Michael, the eldest, is a Lt. JG, in the
U. S. Navy. Another son, Christopher, is in his First.
Class at West Point. The two girls, Julie Kay, and
Mary, are at home with their parents on Chicago's
South Side. Harry is an accomplished pianist and
combines a love of Chopin with Irish folk songs.


Auto Driver Courses Continue In Moy:

Puillic Con/iolly Invited To Attend
The free auto driver refresher eourses are growing
in popularity. Conducted by the Cook County Traffic
Safety Commission, a division of the Cook County
Highway Department, the courses are being attended
by many persons other than those directed to do so
by the Circuit Court for driving violations.
Both Richard B. Ogilvie, ,president of the County
Board of Commissioners who also serves as president
of the Traffic Safety Commission, snd John J.
McCleverty, director for t he CommiSSion, urge motorists to avail themselves of these courses.
With the proposed passage of the Federal Law
which would make it mandatory for t.he States to
retest drivers every three years, many persons are
taking these refresher courses in anticipation of the
passage of this legislation. The courses are divided
into two sessions. No one is permitted to take the
second without having attended the first.
They are presented in seven different facilities
throughout the County. Starting at 7 o'clock in the
evening and continuing for three hours, the courses
consist of slides, explanation of traffie laws, and important related facts and practices for safe driving.
F ollowing is the schedule for May:
First Session
Second Session
Monday, May CI.
Monday, May 8
Monday, May 22
Monday, May 15
Monday, May 29
Monday, J une 5
Court Room-2nd Fl.. 16313 Kedzie Parkway,
Tuesday, May 9
Tuesday, May 16
Tuesday, May 23
Tuesday, June 6
Basement, Worth Township Hall, 5799 W. 11l5th St ..
Tuesday, May 9
Tuesday, May 16
Tuesday, May 23
Tuesday, June 6
Court Room, 1st Fl., 1454 Elmwood Ave., Evanston
Wednesday, May 10
Wednesday, May 17
Wednesday, May 31
Wednesday, May 24
Court Room, 1st Fl., Elk Gr ove Township Hall,
2400 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington H eights
Thursday, May 11
Thursday, May 18
Thursday, May 25
T h ursday, J une 1
Skokie Court Room, 8333 Lincoln Ave., Skokie
Thursday, May II
Thursday, May 18
Thursday, May 25
Thursday, June 1
N iles Park Recreat ion Center, 7877 Milwaukee Ave.,
F riday, May 12
F r iday, May 5
Friday, May 19
Friday, May 26
Cour t Room, 2nd Fl., Oak Park Municipal Bldg.,
655 Lake St., Oak Pa r k
(Note-There are no sessions scheduled for May 30
and July 4)



Secretary of Commerce John T.
Connor has designated Francis C.
Turner, Chief Engineer of the U. S.
Department of Commerce's Bureau
of Public Roads since 1957, as
Federal Highway Administrator,
following the retirement of Federal
Highway Administrator Rex M .
Whitton on Dccember 30.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Mr.
Turner joined the Bureau of Public
Roads in 1929 immediately after
his graduation from Texas A and
M with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He has
served the Bureau in various capacities, a nd from 1944-46 was detailed to the War Department as
advisor on maintenance for the
Alaska Highway. From 1949-50,
he was detailed to the Department
of State as coordinator of the entire Philippine rehabilitation program, and was awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor by that

APRIL, 1967

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(ConUnued from page 1 )

of his predecessor, Rex M. Whitton.

Incidentally, Mr. Whitton was in
the audience and acknowledged an
introduction from the chair.

$800,000 of highway construction

Since then another one
billion dollars of unspent highway
balances has been released.

Finally in his closing remarks,

TUrner warmed up to his theme
that "before the fiscal year (of the
Government) was ended", his listeners could expect some very good
news. H e urged that they begin
to think seriously of implementing
projects for practically immediate

At the conclusion of the Conference Marvin Snider, Chief Engineer

of the Missouri State Highway Department, was elected President,
and John W. Hossack, Chief Engineer of the Nebraska State Highway Department, was elected Secretary-Treasurer.

This was the 'word' and the new

Administrator, though obviously
pleased that he could transmit it
was not in a position to elaborate
on it. The following day, however,
a story datelined out of Washington and carried in Chicago dailies
told of the President's releasing

With a record-breaking attendance, the 7th Annual North American Snow Conference sponsored by
the American Public Works Association, covered a wide range of
pertinent activities at the 3-day
meeting in the Sheraton-Schroeder
Hotel in Milwaukee. The Conference met April 12-14.
Representing the Cook County
Highway Department were Hugh
P. McAniff, Highway Engineer V,
and Ye Ed. The large attendance,
it was believed, came as a result
of the past severe Winter combined
with the fact that this was the
first Conference to meet in the
Mid-West. Other meetings have
been in New York, Philadelphia
and Boston.
The Conference was divided into
four sessions, starting Wednesday
afternoon and continUing through
Friday. Each sessioIl,. was comprised of a number of subjects.
Each subject was presenteq by a
member of a panel.


Manning the Registration Section

from thc Cook County Highway
Deparbnent under the direction of
E. A. Beck, Chief of Maps and
Township Division, were June Gleason, Helda Strongin, Edward Dibelka, C. C. Higgins, and Jack

and It T'was A Great Day!

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On March 17th, the "Little People" ... i.ited a little corner of the Cook County
Hiwhway Department.

The,. left their mark of wood luck in the form of a cake

for a number of the bright ... d .unn,. .on. of ETin in the Liwh tin.. O i... i.ion.
About to partake of their piece of "Good Luck" are from tha u.ual left to right:
John W. Callah.... Enj'ineer 11j Mark O'Stubb., Dr..r~IP .. n III; De np.;, O'Coor,

Draftlmh II! ancl. Don OStr.....r. Praftaman III.



"Snow Conference"(contlnued from page 6)

A brief listing of the subject

headings will give an idea of the
general coverage of the Conference. Included among these were:
"Adverse Effects of Snow and Ice
Removal Chemicals", "Coping with
Major Snow Storms in Urban
Areas", "Snow Removal Equipment
Developments", "Adapting Regular
Equipment for Plowing", and
"Management of Snow and Ice
Control Programs".
Related aspects of these panel
discussion subjects were in turn
presented. For example, the panel
discussing, "Adverse Effects of
Snow and Ice Removal Chemicals",
explored these effects on vegetation
and streams, on pavements and
structures, and on motor vehicles.
One of the more spectacular presentations was that on, "Communi
cations". This was delivered by
the Director of Operations, Department of Sanitation of New York
City, Joseph T. Lennon. In his
talk, the Director pointed out that
due to the effects of the ocean in
combination with the varying altitudes of the New York metropolitan area, snow could be non-existent in a certain sector while in
another it could be falling to such
a degree that truck plows would
be needed to open roadways.
Communications Are Essential
For that reason the use of communication facilities and media was
essential, he explained. A UHFFM 2-way radio system was only
one of these systems. Another was
a teletype system. This was used
to provide explicit instructions and
to avoid misunderstandings which
unfortunately can occur .
The commercial TV and radio
channels and stations were likewise
utilized to keep the public informed
of steps being taken. With a snow
storm continuing for 24 to 48
hours and longer, newspapers were
called upon to further inform and
instruct the public. News bulletins
were released and direct lines with
the broadcasting media augmented
the informational activities.
The radio net-work, consisting of
123 mobile units, 11 base stations,
four executive dispatch points, and
a central control station, operates
on two separate channels. Each

uses its own relay. One of these

relay stations is located in the
northerly seetion of the City, the
other is centrally located. Both
operate on frequencies assigned by
the FCC in the range of 450 megacycles.
The panel discussing the effect
of chemicals on vegetation and
water-ways brought out the fact
that certain types of grasses and
trees were more resistant to the
effects of salt than others. This
subject was commented on by Dr.
Francis Homes, Shade Tree Laboratories, University of Massachu_
setts. The professor reeited the
results of various experiments
which were conclusive only to the
extent stated.
The banquet ,p rogram featured a
motion picture of the Chicago "Big

Snow" with a nmning commentary

by Commissioner James Fitzpatrick, Department of Streets and
Sanitation, City of Chicago.
It was the consensus of those
attending the Conference that the
subject matter had been well
selected and that the preparation
of the various papers presented
was outstanding. It was a highly
productive meeting and many came
away from it satisfied that their
time had been well spent.

The site for the 1968 Conference

will be acted upon this Fall. Cities
interested in hosting the Conference may extend invitations for
consideration to the offices of the
American Public Works Association, 1313 E. 60th Street, Chicago,
TIL 60637.

Contracts Being Prepared to Restore Facility



What tho wind taro down the Cook Co unty Highway Department hu to put
back in service!
The Radio Tower on t he grounds of the Department's Garage in P.latine
Township .t Algonquin and MlMlcham ro"d wu blown down lalt Summer in
one of tho.e high winds the area suffered I... t Summer. Contncls h ave b_n
prepared to reatore the facility which perfornu a vital communicatio n se rvice.
The Radio Tow ..... 250.Ft. in heig ht, when put into operation will be able to
with.tand wind velocity o f 105 mil.". per hour. One of the terms of the
con tract specifies that the Tower;' to be complete and ready for service within
three months of ill being awuded.


A P RIL, 1967

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With a b udget of well over $100 m ill ion, the government of Cook County ..
the th ird largeat in the S ta te of lIIino ia. U ndet" it. j uri.diction and respo nlible
for iu operatio n i, Cook Co unty H o.pita!, the larged charitable hoapital in the
United Stata. Within the geographical conlinu of Coo k Cou nty are a nu m be r
of the tineat i ... tihlli o n. of h ig her learni ng in the wor ld, a world.famo ua P lanetarium , and ..,ve r. 1 muaeo ma w h ic h a Unct hundrec:h of tho ua. nda of vi, itou
.n nu ally.

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Did You Know . . .

-tl),at Cook County was in opera.
tion :18 months before Chicago
as a Village was incorporated?

the County's population in

1833 was 350; the following year
it had jumped to 1,800?

- that Cook County has 38 townships, eight of which are in

- the first meeting of the present
form of the County Board was
on December 4, 1871?
(Contributions to this column will
be welcomed by The Editors

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Chicago Civic Center,
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Relurn R"quuted

Hugh P_ McAniff, (right), High

way Engineer V, of the Cook County Highway Department, chats
with Hugo G_ Erickson, president,
American Public Works Assn., be
fore the opening of the 7th Annual
North American Snow Conference
in Milwaukee on April 12.\
The Conference, attended by the
greatest number of ,public works
and highway officials in its 7-year
history, presented an instructive
and interesting number of panel
discussions. Last Winter's "Big
Snow" stimulated thinking of steps
taken and to be taken to offset
futUre attacks by 01' MalJ Winter.
(See story starting on Page 6)


Officials of tornado-struck Oak

Lawn and Hometown joined in expressing their appreciation of the
help given them by the Cook County Highway Department.
Mayor Francis E. hTobey" Anderson of Hometown summed it up
when he said,
"The Cook County Highway
people did a tremendous job in
helping us clean up in the days
roUowing the catastrophe we suffered.
These men with their
know-how, and the trucks, fogether
with the 'cherry- plcker ' (snorkel)
and crane gave us a great Utt out
of our difficulties.
''We want to thank President
Richard B. Ogilvie of the County
Board of Commissioners for this
hf!1p by the Highway Department,"
)layor Anderson stated.

Chicago, III. 60602


VOl. XIV Number 4

The April issue of the Cook

County Highway News reported a
last-minute special story of the
activities of the Department's Bureau of Secondary Roads and Materiel in the Oak Lawn area. With
the situation relieved to a large
extent as far as "Operation:
Clean-Up" was concerned, men
from the Bureau's Districts 3, 4
a nd 5 were moved into Hometown.
This was on April 25.
Hometown, a community of some
immediately adjoins Oak
Lawn and is bounded by 87th
Street on the north, 918t Street on
the south, Crawford A venue on the
east and Cicero A venue on the
west. Although no one miraculously, was killed, properly damage
was more extensive here than in

(Continued on paj"e S)


}<~orty Nine pennits isaued to

buHders in Northfield Township by
the Cook Counly Department of
Building, Zoning and Planning was
the largest number issued in any
townahip in April. These 49 permits represented an estimated valuation of $1,059,425 of the $5,373,644 total.
These figures, among others,
were in a report released by Herbert C. Wenske, Commissioner,
Wheeling Township in which the
largest number of permits was
issued in March, had the second
largest last month with 28. These
represented an estimated $543,350
in construction costs.
Of the 1165 permits issued, Stickney Township was third with 25,
indicating $412,225 in construction
contracts. The remaining 102 per_
mits were issued more or less
equally among another 20 townships, with the exception of Palatine with 15, and Elk Grove and
Leyden, each with 8.
Representing the single largest
construction cost for a structure
was a permit issued for a 28 unit
building in Stickney, for an estimated $248.250. Alao issued in
Stickney was a "No-fee" pennit to
the Community Church of God.
By Townships the pennits were
distributed as follows:

Elk Grove




(ConUnuerl on pqge 7)


M A Y. 1967



TllIS ISSUE of The News carries another in the
I series of feature articles presenting the members
of the Department with a record of many years of
conscientious servIce.

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rnO[BrnWffi\1 m~W0

May 1967

Vol. XIV

PubUabed monthly by and for the members of the

Cook County Highway Department to serve as an
organ for disseminating news and information on the
personnel and projeei:a of the Department and the
County and subjects of related interest.
Contribub1ons for publication are invited and will be
given the careful attention of the Edltors. However,
they will oot be responslble for unsolicited ma.terial.

R I CHA RD B. OG I LVI E, President

Cook County Board of Commissioners

The Board of Cornm1s8loncrtJ
Matthew W. Bleazcza.t
Jerome Huppert
Charles S. Bonk
Lillian Piotrowski
Charles F. Chaplin
Ruby Ryan
George W. Dunne
Harry H. Semrow
William N. Ericlt&on
Josephine B. Sneed
Floyd T. FuUe
John J. Touhy
Charles J. Grupp, Jr.
Kenneth E. WJlson
Superintendent of Highways
Andrew V. P lumm er

Cook County Highway News

Ed E. Deuss
Graphic Art.s ConsuUanta
Edwin A . Beck
G. G. Higgins
Staff Photographer
E lmer J . lUajewsld

County Board President Richard B. Ogilvie will
take part in the Pre-Vacation Mass Bicycle Instruction course In Morton Grove on June 17. The event
is being sponsored by the Cook County Safety Traffic
Commillllion In conjunction with Morton Grove
John J. McCle1ferty. Director of the Commission of
which Ogilvie is also president, is coordInating the
efl'orts of the community through the office of Morton
Grove Mayor Robert Schreiber.
Instruction activities will center in tbe American
Legion Post parking lot, 6140 Dempster, starting at
10:0() A.M. McClefferty estimates that BOme 10,000
youngsters will be instructed In proper bicycle haD(U~
ing and tra1Ilc rules applying to bicycling.

The feeling Is that such service merits recognition.

Employees engaged in the public service are too often
"unsung heroes" whose continuous and able work
over the years has contributed by that much to the
day-in-and-day-out progress of thelr respective Diviaiona and Bureaus.
The men presented herewith are in their third decade of service and association with the Department.
To them we extend our Best Wishes and the cordial
congratulations of their associates and fellow staffers.
Jl UGO J . STARK, H ighway Engineer VI, heads up
the Design Bureau, and marked his 38th year with
the Department last March 11. A retired colonel in
the United States Army Reservea, Hugo resides with
his wife Elizabeth in Oak Park. His long career in
the Department is highlighted with accomplishments
too many to list in this brief reaume. His chief enjoyment ls swinging a club on one of the many golf
courses In the area.

RICHARD J. RUTHE R FORD, with the CoIlBlruction

Bureau, is a Highway Engineer IV, and will mark his
36th year with the Department next January. He
and his wife, May, have three chUdren, Mrs. Ann
Karembelas, Rick, Jr., and Bob. Ann's three children,
Mark, Andrea and Christopher are a joy to the
Rutherford's. They also enjoy their apartment in
Keystone Point, Biscayne Bay, Fla. Botb the 80IlB
are in the Army, Rick serving in Vietnam. and Bob
in Germany. Rick, Sr., is an accomplished painter in
water colors of the scenic Forest Preserves near the
Des Plaines area where he lives.
FRANK W. SPEIDE L, Highway Engineer IV, will
mark his 3:5th year with the Department next October 5th. Frank joined the Department as a dratt:sman and hu been associated with the Construction
Bureau ror many years. He retilldes in Flossmoor
with bis wire, Dorothy, and their two sons, Richard
W., and Jeffery J. When he isn't envisionlng the
design of a prize-winning bridge, a8 be works on his
assignment, he spends his free time traveling. He
picks his spots where there is fishing and gold, d'you
blame him!
dOIlN S. SlffiV. who resides with his wife, Verna in
Skokie, joined the Department Marth 19, 1934. A
long-time member of the Construction Bureau staff,
John, a Highway Engineer IV, started with the Deparbnent as a Draftsman. The Shry's have two children, Carolyn and Roger. During his vacations, John
spends as much time aa be can ftsbing and traveling.


HOMETOWN(COntinue<!. from page 1)

Oak Lawn. It is estimated some

50 houses were totally destroyed
leaving 100 families homeless.
About 500 other houses were par
tiaUy damaged not to mention the
town's Fire House, and numerous
The reason no one was killed can
be attributed in part, Mayor An
derson believes, to the fine civil
defense education program carried
on in the community. He stated
that at least two intensive projects
in this field were carried out dur
ing the past year. Included in this
educational effort was the distribu
ting of literature entitled, "TOR
NADO Safety Rules". A reduced
reproduction of this is included in
this report.


MAY, 1967

tions SO they reported to Ron

Nevels, CD director of Hometown.

Garage. Bill Kane, Road Supervisor, was constantly available for

on-the-spot direction.
Under the direction of Clarence
E. (Chuck) Kenlay, a competent
force carried on in Hometown,
spelling other teams. H ere were
Ray Pankow, Albert Turner, lruck
operators; Glen Smith, Crane Operator, and Fred Moeller, Helper.
Norm Stewart, Foreman, was
working a crew composed of Chris
Boulahania, Truck Operator, and
John Sakanis, Charles Jamer, Am
brose Bauco, Tony Caballero, Bob
Fredenbur g, and Clarence Reed,
among others.

Among the Bureau's personnel

who were on the job in Oak Lawn
should be mentioned, John Kane,
Art Patzlaif. George Seleb, Steve
Klimek, Ray Conley, all of whom
are truck operators. Their helpers
included Ed Lucas, Howard Bush.
Anthony Durrant, and Lawrence
Joe Reicqert handled stock room
and gasoline supplies. Willie Ray
was on the job repairing tires. Incidentslly these suffered consider_
able damage due to the nails in the
wood-work which littered the
streets. Vic Forst and Paul Hanisko kept the equipment rolling.
Charlie Krusinowski helped back
up the team in the Blue Island

On t op of the day-by-day pressure and working with Mayor Anderson were: Morgan Lynch. Direc(COn tinued on page 6)

From April 25 when Operation:

CleanUp in Hometown started,
and continuing for the next two
weeks engineers, road equipment
supervisors, truck drivers, laborers
and backup personnel carried out
their respective assignments. The
crews were assigned specific duties.
These included hauling brush and
trees, hauling debris and trees, and
keeping the equipment operational.

Civil Defense Performs

The Cook County Civil Defense
Commission also participated in
the emergency. It had alerted its
network of municipal and town
ship civil defense units immediately
news of the tornado was received.
Coor dinated by Harry H. Magers,
Commission Director, and his deputy, Carl Freeberg, these units responded with light wagons and
generators. They provided illumination for the darkened community. They set up communication
systems to assist further in coordinating relief efforts. This work
was continued until the emergency
conditions to a large extent had
been eliminated.
On April 25, District Engineers
Carl Ward, Tom Flavin a.nd Carl
Steinweg continued their clean-up
work in Hometown. They had
started and carried through effectively in Oak Lawn. As they had
reported to the CD office of Oak
Lawn to Charles Reich for inatruc(COntinued on ne"t column)

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The di.tribution of the imtruction . heet reproduced above Wa. a n important

pha... of the. torn~~o.el-;~ cempai gna conducted by th e Villa,.e of Homewood.
Mayor :~anc .. E. Toby. A;nd .....on of Homewood credit. thi. to a Jar,e extent
for avo.d.DI' the 10. . of life In tl.e April cata. trophe.


MAY, 1967



1. Pausing for a moment ill their labors a crew has their picture taken.
From left to right: Foreman Norman Stewart, Ambrose Bauco, Truck
Dril'er Chris BOlllahanis, John Sakanis, Oharles Jamer, and Tony
Oaballero. Bob Fredenburg is at the controls of the end_loader.
2. Public Works Director :lUorgan Lynch conters briefly with Drh'er Joe
Shutay as the work progresses.
3. This bevy of volunteer workers assisted Civil Defense Director Ron
Nevels (center background) in staffing the emergency quarters in the
City Hall. Starting with JUrs. T. W. "Jerry" lUulbull (center fore-

ground) the group consists of

Lyman, Nevels, Gerry Doeslaen
4. Ald. Jack Quealy checks rfl(' "4
iug blaze consumes debris l
5. Bill Studtman 8t controls or e
Helper Frank Schirdl.
6. Ald. lUichael Bendlk and Poliel
up to date in their respecth-e
mood Hall.


MAY, 1967



to r.) ~lrs. Terry Ulatosky, George

Illd Jane Glaser.

.labor gang member as a roarundo

r - Icker' being given directions by

:'hief Don Buckley bring eoob other

IllS as they panse in front of Ham_

7. Another dramatic view of Bill Studtmnn at work as Frank Shlrdi

watches carefully in a particularly delicate lifting olleration.
8. Labor Gang Foreman Norm Stewart direct..o; Clarence Reed (in cab)
to his next assignment. The Cook County llighway Department's
men and equipment were on the job fo r three weeks in Oak Lawn and
9. Crane Operator Glen Smith picks up a load of debris during his daily
assignment as his helper, Fred Moeller watches Glen's delicate maneu.
vering of the equipment.


MAY, 1967


Construction and maintenance
projects on County highways have
necessitated closing sections of
roads and posting "conatruction
signing," which is a cautionary
signal for the motorist to proceed
The Cook County Highway Department has placed warning and
detour signs at the following
WEST BARTLETT ROAD (clOBed) from Gifford to Naperville due
to sewer construction.
Route: North on Glilford to Lake
Street, east on Lake to Naperville,
Naperville to West Bartlett.
GEORGE BRENNAN HIGHWAY (closed) Detour Route: West
on 14 7th Street to Kedzie. South
on Kedzie to George Brennan
from 93rd to 103rd Street. Detour
Route: East on 95th to Cicero.

South on Cicero to 103rd. West

on 103rd to Central.
25TH AVENUE (closed) at Indiana Harbor Belt line R.R. bridge
out. Detour Route: West on North
Avenue, to Mannheim Road, Mannheim to Grand, then east on Grand
to 25th.
VOLTZ ROAD (closed) Waukegan Road to Grant Road. Detour
Route: North on Waukegan to
Walters Avenue. East on Walters
to Lee Street, north on Lee to
Grant Road. South on Grant to
OAKTON STREET from Desplaines River Road to Greenwood.
Detour Route: North on River
Road to Dempster. East on Dempster to Greenwood.
South on
Greenwood to Oakton.
Road: West on 139th to Chatham.
North on Chatham to 136th.
Wn..LOW ROAD west of Wheeling Road. Flooded area.
(Continued on a dj oining column)


It look. like a long way down , but just turn thi. picture up.ide down and you
will lee it ian't down at all, il'. jull far oul horizontally I Photog Elmer Majew_
.ki w .. having a little [un when he look Ihi. view of the .lructuraI .Ieel for the
deck o[ Ibe bridge which will .p.n Ihe C.l-Sag Ch.nnel on the Wed Le" of
the Dan Ryan up,....w.y.


TORNADO(ConUnued from page


tor of Public Works; Emil Ghelfi,

Building Commissioner; and Police
Chief Thomas Buckley. In addition, Aldermen Jack Quealy and
Michael Bednik: were on hand to
implement necessary procedures a.a
new conditions developed.
A volunteer staff of Hometown
women worked in hastily set-up
facilities in the City Hall. They
anawered phones, helped people fill
out reports and requests for special assistance and insurance questionnaires. They directed them for
food supplies (Hammond Hall) for
clothing and bedding (Hometown
Christian Church) Building Permits (City Hall 7-9 P.M.) inIonnation on trailers (also the City
Hall) and answered a myriad other
questions involved in the business
of putting a community back
In commenting on the efforts of
all concerned, President Ogilvie
"Truly it was a great demonstration of 'Public-spirited cooperative
effort. The men and women of
Cook County Highway Department
well merit the praise expressed by
those in a position to know of
their outstanding performance."
The following roads are under
construction but passage is permitted using due caution :
PALATINE ROAD at Schoenbe,k
HARLEM AVENUE at Southwest Expressway
QUENTIN ROAD from Illinois
Street to Algonquin
GUNNISON STREET.from Harlem to Nagle
111th Street by-pass
to 119th
to 115th
GEORGE BRENNAN maHWAY from Crawford to 167th
CORNELL DRIVE and COLUMBIA DRIVE from 67th to 59th
47th to 53rd
69th to 77th
Sanders Road and Desplaines River
Road. Construction going on for
equestrian over-pass


MAY, 19&7



An expert in transportation came
up with a very simple and obvious
answer to the question of how to
get around.
He says, "Walk".
Tbe expert is Dr. Tbomas O.
Paine, director of defense program
operations for General Electric.
Dr. Paine spoke before some 500
people in FulJerton Hall of the Art
Institute atJ part of the "Bright
New City" seminar sponsored by
the University of Chicago.
His illustrated talk included a
look at modes of transportation Ii
century in the past and as many
years into the future. In a preBS
conference be said,
"I believe in a radical form of
transportation. 1 beHeve in legs.
There are certain visual deligbts
to be enjoyed by walking through
a city like Chicago."
At one point in his lecture a few
slides illustrated his point. He
cautioned engineers, city planners
and arcbltects to bear in mind that
"a city is Ii human enterprise."
Another specialist. this one in
the field of urban problems, out
lined a plan for an "experimental
city". Among his proposals was
the elimination of schools. Chi!
dred would be educated via elec
tronic devices at home. Another
was a system of moving belts to
funnel food and other consumer
items Into the home. Entire cities
would be covered by domes and
(COntinued 'rom pace

New Trie r
Norwood Park







Con.tr",ded over Palatine Road in the Forest Pr~ene, the eq",esb-ian o..er
pa piehued above i. an important linle in the De. Plaine. Eq",.b-ian Trail.
Dnillned by the Cook Co",n!y Hi,hway Departm .. nt, the improvement ia bein.
built by th .. Co"'nty in <:ooperlltion with the For..,t Pre.ene Di.triel. The ...b.
tlruet",re ha. been eompleted and the ,t,.,.1 ereeled. The de ck it in the proee..
of b ..in. (orm..d.


1. )



Work on th .. pi ..n i, pro.r....in. on thia Grade Separation o.... r nomton

Road, the Indiana Harbor Belt R. R., and Little Calumet R i..... r in the vm... of
D bmoor. This improYelDent i... portiOI\ 9f ttae ~0~~b-~~9n on the W .t
of the Dan Ryan uproqwa,.,



MAY, 1961




When you bear aomeone mention the word 'County' perhaps tb .. liut picture
that na.he. into your mind i. the .mall-town court house let in a va..y, elm
.haded aquare. How far removed from this nOltalgic Icene i. the gover nme ntal
seat of Cook County!
Tbe ll-.tory granite pile, which occupies the block bounded by La Salle.
Clark, Washington and Randolph, houle. the office. of Co unty Board Pr,uident,
Richard B. Ogilvie and thoMi of the County Commi .. ioneu. Any resemblance
between a "grany, elm-ahaded .quar e" and the physical environment of the
County Building is purely incidental. F10wer boxes re.t on the lint floor window
ledg.... A limited number of amall trees grace the sidewalks.


_.11 "


I(H.~."U . .



Ole ..

When Ye Ed dropped into the

spanking new Pumping Station
near the intersection of Vermont
and Ashland in Blue Island, he
was warmly greeted by Edward
"Buck" Riordan, Highway Engineer ill, in charge of the facility.
It is an important portion of the
drainage system of the West Leg
of the Dan Ryan Expressway.

Population 5,414,000
Area 956 Sq. Mile.

I , (

00 0 &

Did You Know . . .

- that Clybourn Avenue was named
after the first Treasurer of Cook
County, Archibald Clybourn?
- that the first public transportation franchise issued by the Coun
ty Commissioners was that to
Mark Beaubien to operate a ferry
across the Chicago River?
- Prior to Cook County being
created by an act of the Legislature on January 15, 1931 ita territory had been under 31 different
jurisdictions since the discovery of
America. Try and name ten!
When the first Commissioners
wanted to borrow $2,000 for one
year at 10% they oould find no
tak;e s,

lB lillill!! lB lill!l (j) n\J

UJ 0ilj[Il W/ill'l [l] ~ W0
Chicago Civic Center,
Chicago, Dlinois 60602
Return Reqlle.ted

Just last March, "Buck" marked

his 31st year with the Department.
He could consider himself almost a
specialist in the responsibilities of
operating a Pumping Station. He
has been in charge of the four
which the Department has CODstructed since 1958. Working with
"Buck" is Adolphe Grigas, Highway Engineer I , who has been associated with the Department for
19 years.

VOL XIV Number 5

JUNE, 1967


Chicago, III. 60602

The Cook County Highway DeI)artment will submit entries in the
Highway Beauty Awards Competition on the invitation of the Chicago Beauliful Committee, it was
announced by Andrew V. Plummer, Superintendent. Mrs. E. J.
McLean is Co-Chairman of the
In response to the invitation,
Plummer stated that it 'Was the
intention of the Department to
enter several subjects in the classifications Listed in the Rural and
Urban Highway section.

Will Make 14 Awards

Don Nel.an ( left). newlyin.ta lled pruiden t of the Greater Northwut Citizen.
Traffie S afety Council reeeive. but wi.h_ from Mr. Laurel Fehringer. o ut-Ioinl
pre.ident, and Frank Fliek, pre.ident of FliekReedy Corporation .. Tbe initallll_
tio n eeremon;u o n June 15, were in th e Fliek-Reedy plant and marked the
Council'. 1 Oth ann:;~.:.~
~.~_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __

Observing the 10th anniversary

of their organization, members of
the Greater Northwest Traflic
Safety Council installed officers for
the coming year at a dinner-meet_
ing on June 15. The affair, high.
lighted by an address of Gov.
Howard Pyle, president of the National Safety Council, was staged
in the auditorium of the Flick
Reedy Corporation in Bensenville.
Mrs. Laurel Fehringer, who has
served the Council for three years
as secretary and subsequently four
years as president, passed the gavel to Don Nelson. Mrs. Fehringer
will again serve the Council as
secretary. Alex Mackey WIl8 in
stalled as treasurer.

The competition, national in

scope, is being sponsored by the
Secretary of Transportation, Alan
S. Boyd. Agencies of State, County and local governments may submit entries. Fourteen awards will
be presented, 11 in the Rural and
Urban Highway category, and four
in a category set up for BOCial,
civic, and professional or other
organizations, and private industry. Presentations will be made
next January.

The following were installed as

vice-presidents f9r special assignments: Bernard Molay, Business
and Civic Groups; Joseph O. Pawlowski, Schools and Churches, and
Stephen O'Donnell, Industry and
The Board of Directors with
James McManus, serving as secretary. is comprised of the foUowing : Frank Flick, Ralph Hirschberg, Fonda Stewart, D. N., George
Logan. Frank Nichols, and William
H. Lerch. George W. Martin is
chairman of the Publicity Commit.
tee, and C. Stanley Blomgren,
heads the Education Committee.
The Council is one of the oldest

Awards to governmental agencies wlU be presented for entries

in such classifications as Excel
lence in Achieving Environmental
Hannony, ExceUence in Treatment
of Detail in Urban Highway Design, Development of Rest Areas
and Scenic Overlooks. Screening of
Junkyards, and Architectural Design of Bridges or Other Highway

(COntinued on pnie 4)

(COnUnued on paie 6)

JUNE, 1987


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Vol. XIV

No, 5

Published mon.thly by and for the members of the

Cook County Highway Department to serve as an
organ for disseminating .news and information on the
personnel and projects of the Department and the
County and subjects of related interest.
Contributions for publication are invited nnd will be
given the careful attention of the Editor13. However,
they will not be responsible for unsolicited ma.terial.


The Cook County Highway Department is installing

1 ,200 anti litter signs along its 602 miles of higbways
and secondary roads. This is an "AntiLitter" project. It costs money.
A simple " Lilter-Prevention" project 18 for people
to use the receptacles in their cars and in the picnic
and recreation areas designed for that purpose.
U that were done there would be instamatic action.
( 1) The penally for littering would be avoided,
(2) Twenty-eight Department trucks would be
freed [or the pur pose of repairing and improving County roads.

RICHARD 8 . OGILVIE , President

Cook County Board of Commissi oners
The Board of Commissioners
Ma.tthew W. Bleszczat
Jerome Huppert
Charles S. Bonk
Lillian Piotrowski
Charles Ii'. Chaplin
Ruby Ryan
Harry H . Semrow
George W. Dunne
Josephine B. Sneed
William N. Erickson
John J. Touhy
Floyd T. FuJle
Charies J . Grupp, Jr.
Kenneth E. Wilson
Superintendent of Highways
Andrew V. l' lulllmer

Cook County Higbway News

Ed E. Deuss
Graphic Arts Collsultants
Edwin A. Heck
C. C. lUggins
Staff Photographer
E lnter d. Majewski


The contract for making an aerial survey of Cook
County requested by the Department of Highways
was approved this monlh by the County Board. The
survey. covering 1,125 square miles, will include a
"onemile outside perimeter".
It is scheduled to be made in the Fall when a
minimum amount of folinge will permit maximum
visibilily of the terrain. The purpose of the survey
is to provide detailed visual views of the enUre County. These will prove mosl helpful to the Department
in evaluating problems thal may be encountered in
the development of plans for road widening and/ or
new roads, among other projects.

Sip.-Hnllgers Ron Cook (left) and Ted J[omosits

or the Sign Division of the Cook County Uigbway
DCI)llrt mc nt work Oil IJrogram of InstnJJillg 1,200
a nti-litte r signs on County roads.
Every Monday, one truck of each of 28 patrols
thal move out on the highways on various assignmenls, is delegated to pick up trash. If there weren't
any trash lo collect the trucks could lhen go about
lhe business for which highway taxes a re to be used.
One Highway Engineer stated, "To perform this
lruly unnecessary task costs tens of thousands of
dollars. Throwing trash into public areas by people
too lazy or inconsiderate to dispose of it the way it
should be is a luxury we can ill alford."
AntiLitter projects cost.
Litter-Prevention habits cost nothing.


Construction and maintenance
projeetll on County highways has
necessitated blocking roada and
posting "construction signing,"
which iB a cautionary signal for
the motorist to proceed carefully.
The Sign Shop or the Bureau or
Secondary Roads and Material has
erected and Installed warning and
detour signs at lhe following
toca tinna:

ed) from Gifford to NapervUle due

to sewer construction.
Route: North on Gifford to Lake
Street. eaat on Lake to Nal)erville.
Naperville to Weat Bartlett
WAY (closed) Detour Route: West
on 147th Street to Kedz.ie. South
on Kedzie to George Brennan
from 9~th to l03rd Street. Detour
Route: East on 9~th to Cicero.
South on Cicero to 103rd. West
on l03rd to Central

J UNE, 19(17



Maine Township with $1,966.736
of estimated valuation in terms of
building permits i88ued led the
townships in construction activity
in May. Thls. was revealed In the
monthly report released by Herbert C. Wenske, Commlasioner of
the Cook County Building, Zoning
and Planning Department.
E leven of the 216 perm it. 188ued
accounted for this dollar valuation.
The report show! Wheeling Township 8S the next highest in terma
of estimated valuation with 38
permits r eflecting $631,950 In construction contracts. Representing
the single lar gest construction contract waa the per mit for a Sl.750,000 shopping center at Dempster
and Greenwood in Maine Township.
By Townships the permit. and
their estimated valuation were dlatributed as follows:

To\\-ns hlp
Pe rmits
Elk Grove
New Trier
Norwood Pa r k
Pr ovilW


Valua tion









25TH AVENUE (c1oeed) at In

diana Harbor Belt line R.R.. bridge
out. Detou r Route: Weat on North
Avenue, to Mannheim Road, Mann
helm to Grand, thence east on
Grand to 25th.
STREET (closed) between Oak Par k a nd Central. De.
tou r Route: Central to 147th.
14 7th back to Oak Park.

102ND STREET (closed) between Roberta Road to Harlem.

Detour Route: Roberta Road to
11lth to Harlem.
87TH STREET (closed) between
Roberta Road and 88th Avenue.
Detour Roule: Roberta to 79th
Street to 88th Avenue.
SANDERS ROAD (closed) from
Techny to Waite",. Detour Route:
Techny to Landwehr to Walters_
from Harlem to Nagle. Suggested
Detour Roule: Nagle to Mont rose
to Harlem.
(CO nUnuel2 on pale 6)

A ft_ of 6-rnan cr _ cab tru el". w aa deliyered laat mon th to the M. in tena.nce
Di... ilion of th e Bur .. u of Sacond ...,. Road. . nd Ma t.riel. Slaodin. proud l,. in
front of th is
.quipm. nt are, fro m Id t to r i."t: Ma rio De Sant", Hi.h . a,.
En'-;nf!oU V , DiYi. io n ....d ; Carl Ward, Hi,hwa,. En.ine .... IV, in cL.r,e of the
4 Gran ... facility, and Erie Andf!non, War e" ou,. Supt. ne flf!et i. the 6 Ft!
of a . eri... of new pu rch. ... b,. Ibe Cook Count,. Hi. ".a,. De~rtment to up _
pad. itt .quipment. Ot"er ma chinu for wbieh COl'ttl'actlt are bein. dra.n
include Pow", Crader.. Snow-Fi'ht..... a nd Snow 810wen ,
(Shad... of 1.. 1
Wi nter I)



Free Driver Course

Enrollees Up 231%;
Violations Down 27%
The Cook County Traffic Safety
Commission announced last week
that the number of auto drivers
who voluntarily attend the county's free driver refresher schools
has more than trebled so far this
During the same period, it was
also pointed out, the number of
traffic law violators who are compelled by t he courts to attend the
classes has dropped perceptibly.
These facts were shown in a
report submitted by John J. McCleverty, director, which conducts
the schools at six locations throughout the county.
"The report indicates significantly that as drivers improve themselves, the number of traffic law
violations decreases," the report
"Persons who attend the classes
constantly are telling our traffic
safety experts how much they appreciate the things that are being
taught, but it is even more encouraging to see the results reBected in the figures, " it added.
During the first five months of
this year, 991 drivers voluntarily
took the course. This is 692, or
231 percent, over the 299 figure
for the corresponding period last
Drivers who were required to
attend the school while awaiting
dispo.ntion of the court cases numbered 3,136, a decrease of 1,189,
or 27 percent, from the 4,325 such
attendants for the first five months
of 1966.
The sharp rise in voluntary attendance was credited by McCleverty to repeated invitations for
public participation. The invitation again is being extended.
A refresher course conSists of
two sessions, held a week apart.
Classes start at 7 p.m. and last
three hours. No one is pennitted
to participate in the second session
unless he has attended the first.
Following is the schedule show( COntlnued on paae :5)


JUNE, 1967







StorekeeperLa Grange Park
June 1l, 1967



Gardening and spring planting

aren't exclusively chores of the
Engineers of the Cook County
Highway .D epartment are in the
process of landscaping a segment
of the West Leg of the Dan Ryan
Expressway which will be completed this month. A $51 ,000 contract provides for the planting of
shade trees and various flora and
shrubs from Halsted Street to
105th Street.
Almost 200 shade trees, 275 intennediate trees, and 2,080 shrubs
are being planted. The shade
trees consist of Silver Maples,
Green Ash, Blue , Ash, Hackberry,
and Thornless Honeylocust. The
intennediate trees are Flowering
Crabs, Cockspur Hawthorne, and
Amur Maple. Included among the
shrubs are Honeysuckle, Spirea,
and Glossy Buckthorne.
After 120 day "period of establishment", those plants which
didn't survive will be removed
after the first killing frost. At
that time the second landscape
contract will be implemented. This
will be for the 105th to 123rd
Street segment of the Expressway.
It is scheduled for completion next

A hazardous traffic condition on

Irving Park Road at the Ravenswood Branch of the CTA has been
eliminated with the removal this
month of the column structures of
the elevated by the Cook County
Highway Department. The announcement was made this week
by Andrew V. Plummer, Superintendent.
The removal of the columns
from the street clears traffic on
Irving P~ rk to the full four lanes
in both directions. It also permits freer movement of the CT A
buses operating on Irving Park.
Before the columns were removed
the buses had to maneuver between them and the curb to pick
up CTA riders transfering from
the "L" to the bus.
"This particular improvement is
part of a general program on
which the County Highway Department has been working for
several years," Plummer stated.
"We have improved three similar
situations on Western Avenue and
when the general clean-up of the
Irving Park 'Project has been completed we will move with another
job of the same type at Ohio and
Franklin in Chicago."
The cost of these two contracts
will be $264,739.50. The contracts,

paid from Motor Fuel Tax:. Funds,

were let to the .Kenny Construction Co. , and carried out under
the supervision of the Cook County Highway Department.

NORTHWEST TRAFFIC( OXIt1nue<l from tlrst page )

organizations in its field in the

Chicago area. It cooperates with
schools, churches, and industrial
organizations in promoting traffic
safety. One of its major projects
was making seat belts available
and arranging for their installation. On a single Saturday, under
the supervision of one of the Council members, Robert Grabowski,
they installed 150 of these driver
safety devices.




JUNE, 1967


County Board President Richard

port today of 15 projects involving
more than $21 million in contracts
on the West Leg of the Dan Ryan
Expressway. All of the improve
ments are being pushed for com
pletion this year.

Paving from Halsted to 105th

Street, Rock Road Construction Co.
Paving from 105th112th, Stand
ard Paving C<I., Kenny Constr. Co.,
Palumbo Constr. Co. (Joint Ven
ture) $2,4.97,114..49.
Paving from 119th127th, Robert
K. Anderson Co., $2,286,627.80.

Main Drain 117th-119th, John

Doherty Co., $994,344.00.
Main Drain 119th--Cal Channel
James McHugh Constr., $1,593"
Main Drain South of 127th, Orr
CanstI'. Co., Reliance Underground
(Joint Venture) , $657,790.15.
Main Drain Toll Rd. to Grand
Trunk & Western Railroad, J. W.
O'Brien Constr., Thomas Madden
Constr. (Joint Venture) , $1,596"
Thomas M. Madden Construction
Co., $276,535.20.
Brighten Bldg. and Maintenance
Co., $1,328,093.16.
B. & O.C.T. Roll Ave.,. Little
Calumet River and Broadway Ave.
Structure, Thomas McQueen Con.
struction, $2,753,090.09.

Vincennes Ave. So. Reach Little

Calumet River, Indiana Harbor
Belt Line Railroad OverPass, Mcole Midwest, Inc. , $1,570,583.71.
(ContinueCl on page 7)



B. Ogilvie was informed in are

The report, submitted by Cook

County Highway Superintendent
Andrew V. Plummer, cited im
provements including over passes,
paving, and main drains. These,
together with the cost, and the
contractor, are listed below:


Ohester A . Stark
Commissioner Herbert C. Wenske
has announced the appointment of
Chester A. Stark as chief arehitect
of the -Cook County Department of
Building, Zoning and Planning.
As chief architect, Stark will
serve in the Department with the
responsibility of examining snd
approving all plans for construc.
tion in the unincorporated areas
of the County.
"Mr. Stark is one of the most
distinguished architects in Illinois,"
Wenske stated. "We are fortunate
to obtain hia services and his valuable experience.
"His appointment marks another
step in our program to upgrade
the Department of Buildings, Zon
ing and Planning. The Department is engaged in a vigorous
effort to maintain zoning integrity
in the suburban aress.
"Much has been accomplished in
a short time, and we expect
further significant improvement in
the immediate future."
Stark was associated for many
years with Munde & Jensen, one
of the finest and most distinguished architectural firms in the
country. He has served as treasurer and recorder of the National
Association of Registered Architects for five years, as well as
treasurer of the Illinois council of
the Society of American Registered
Architects. He was the recipient
of the Gold Medal Award from the
national organization in 1962, and
was elected ilresident of the l11i~
nois chapter in 1967.

The County Board of Commissioners President has requested all

County employees and 'Particularly
those in the Highway Department
and Forest P1"68erve District to
cooperate with a new national antilitter campaign.
It is sponsored by Keep America
Beautiful, Inc. , with the U. S.
Forest Service as part of its broad
litter-prevention prOiI"am.
The new campaign features
Lassie, the nation's favorite dog.
The first 50,000 posters showing
Lassie putting a piece of litter
where it belongs-in a litter basket
marked, "Stash Trash Here", have
been made available for display in
camp and highway rest sites as
well as in other recreation areas.
The Board urged all employees
of the County, particularly people
in the Highway Department and
Forest Preserve District to cooperate in making this litter-preven.
tion campaign a success.
The Board emphasized that it is
most important to get the message
across to the public that littering
costs money- the taxpayer's money. By reminding the public to
clean up rest and recreational sites
it will be helping to reduce the
tremendous cost of ilicking up and
disposing of litter.

FREE DRIVER COURSES(COntinued Irom page 4)

ing location of halls in which

classes are conducted and the next
dates on which a volunteer can
begin his course:
July 10 and July 24, 16313
Kedzie Parkway, Markham
July 18 and August 1, 5799 W.
115th Street, Alsip
July 18 and August I, 1454 Elmwood Avenue, Evanston
July 5 and July 19, 2400 S.
Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights
July 6, July 14, July 20 and July
28, 8333 Lincoln Ave., Skokie
July 14 and July 28, 655 Lake
Street, Oak Park
The program includes the showing of slides that illustrate all
types of traffic situations, explanations of traffic laws by lecturers,
question and answer periods, ang
written tests,




The Commission would concern

itselt primarily with development
plans for the 250 square miles of
unincor porated land.a in the County
over which the County Board has
sole jurlBdlcUon. It would cooperate, however, with officials of the
126 incorporated cities and villages
within the County in working on
mutual problems shouJd the indio
vidual municipalities de8ire such
"Our tnat-growing County, with
an 88tounding population of some
five and one-half million, long bas
needed 8uch a commission to assist
in over-aU planning," Ogilvie said.
"It could assure an orderly and
healthful development, with emphasis on the rights of local communities to have a vital 8l\y In the
way tbey wish their surroundlng
areas developed," he added.
Creation of IUch a eonunil8ion,
Ogilvie poInted out, is poe.alble \Ul.
(ConUAutd on ~txt column)




trom Desplaines River Road to

Greenwood. Detour Route: North
on River Road to Dempater. East
on Dempster to Greenwood. South
on Greenwood to Oakton.
The following roads a re under
construction but passage is pel'~
mltled using due cnution:

HARLEM AVENUE at Southweat Expre:&8way

To be known 88 the Cook County Regional Planning CommiBalon.

the body would be comprised of
21 nonpald members appointed by
the board president, subject to
conflnnatlon by the County Board.

The Commission, Ogilvie, said,

a lso could qualify the County for
securing larger federal grant..a for
public projects than now is possible.

(COntinued Crom pege 3)

A propo8al for creation of a Regional Planning Commiuion for

Cook County is being studied by
members of the Public Service
Committee of the County Board.
The plan, in the form of a resolulion, was introduced by County
Board President Richard B, Ogilvie
at the June 6 board meeting.

It..s function would be that of

serving In &. general &.dvl.aory capacity to the County Board on
such wide-ranging matters as
proper land use in undeveloped
areas of the county. future location of public works, flood and air
pollution control, clean stream promotion, and forest preserve land


JUNE, 1967


QUENTIN ROAD (rom lllinois

Street to Algonquin

-or Harold ( that is Harold Greenberg) in Wonderland! Tony Berardi, Jr" one of the stenar photogs
of Chicago's American ahot this
mlnlsklrted miss in the environs
of the Civic Center,
On his lunch-hour, innocent by(or .hould we say sitting) stander
Greenberg of the Service and Files
Division was part of the scenery
when the lenses clicked.
From his expression we can't be
sure if Hllrold was plellsed with
what be aaw or wished he hadn't
looked at all!
del' a law passed by the state
legislature in 1929, He alao cited
the fnct that the Illinois Department of Business and Economic
Development recently recommended
that the Cook County Board establish such 8 commission. Similar
commissions now are functioning
in Lake and DuPage counties.
In addition to regular members,
the following elected or appointed
officials would serve 88 ex-officio
members of the planning Commis


HUh Street By-Pass
to 119th

to 115lh
GEORGE BRENNAN H1GHWA Y (rom Crawford to 167th


47th to 53rd
69lh to 77th
PALATINE ROAD Between Sanden Road and Desplaines River
Road , Construction going on for
equestrian over-pass



p.,e 1)

President of the County Board,

Superintendent ot the Cook County
Hlghway Department, general superintendent of the Cook County
Forest Preserve District, General
Superintendent of the Metropolitan
Sanitary District, and chairmen of
the Finance and Building ..nd Zoning Committees of the County

Beautification projects on all

highways will be eligible for consideration. Entries are to conaist
ot either color, or black and white
photos with supporting text. A
panel o( experts will ICreeD the
enules for Anal approval by the




J UNE, 1967



WEST LEG DAN RYAN(COnUnued from pace ~)

Uug h I'. ill cA.nltr

Carl H. Steinweg

Grand Trunk Western R.R., B. & O.C.T.

R.R., Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul &
Pacific Railroad, Spaulding, Leavitt
and Harvey Avenues OverPass
Superior Concrete Co............... 1,922,839.86
Structures at 147th and 149th Streets
Thomaa M. Madden Co. .. ........... 619,364.59
Grading (rom 167th to
North of Dixie Highway
R068i Contractors . .. . .. . .. . . ... . ... 1,387,521.22
Vennonl Street Over-Pass
Thomas 101.. Maddeo Co. . ............ 276,535.20
In addition to the foregoing there are six paving
and six construction contracts ready to be let. together with another for the construction of a main
drain. RightooOf.way acquisition activities are continuing on schedule.

structures to be bunt are:

Dixie Highway Over-Pass
Tollway Over-Pus
l59th Street Over-Pass
Kedzie Ave. Over-Pus
Crawford Ave. Over-Pasa
167th St. Over-Pass

The paving contracts are for a total of 7.064 miles

In the following sections:
T homns d. Fla"ln


Re llo

Changes in personnel Rnd D.88ignments, effective

May 19, were announced by Andrew V. Plummer,
Superintendent of the Cook County Highway DepartmeoL The cbanges made were in the Bureau of Sec
ondary Roads and Materiel.
n UGIl I'. i\l eANUW. Highway Engineer y, was
named Agistanl Chief of the Bureau. H ugh, a
graduate of the University of Michigan, resides with
his wife, Charlotte. in Arlington Heights.
McAniff's have three daught~rs, all married, Mrs.
Robert Gura, Mrs. Jon !o~ord, nnd Mrs. Robert Ternus.
Hugh served with the U. S. Corps of Engineers in
Africa snd Italy from 194.2-45.
CARL II . ST E lNWEG . Highway Engineer IV, succeeds McAnift' as Roadway Maintenance Engineer,
and will headquarter in the Department's Civic Cen
ter offices. Car l is a graduate of the lllinois Institute
of Technology and resides with hia wife, Helen, on
Chicago's far BOuth aide. The Steinweg's have one
daughter, Mrs. J oseph (June) Verdol, and two grandchildren, Dave aod Lori. Carl, who likes to bowl,
.fish and hunt, not neeeS8!1ri1y in that order, is a
member of the Society of Western Engineers.

T IIOllA S J . FLAVIN. Highway Engineer IV, is beIng tranaferred from District 5 to District 4. Tom
and hia wife. Gladys, have two sons and a daughter,
Pat and Tom, J r .. and Kathy. They live in Pruoe
Park where Tom exercises hla "green thumb" by
(COntinued on adjoining column)

127th Street to Leavitt

Spaulding Ave. to the Tri-State ToUway
Tri-Slate Tollway to 157th Street
157th Slreel to Crawford Avenue
Crawford Avenue to Kilpatrick
ACXC88 Roads at 147lh and 149th Streets
The original estimated cost of the West Leg was
between $65-70 millions. T.he cost of the wor k stUl
to be done is approximated at $30 millions.
A major factor In the constr uction time-table la
the Midlothian Cr eek Retention Basin grading con.
t ract. The contract la a joint venture by the Count y
Highway Department and the TIlinois Division of
Highways. A critica l portion of the contract provides for fill to be depoelted at embankment sites in
both the County's and the State's segments of the
Thla arrangement poses a problem in lOgistics.
Contingent upon the respective needs of the two
highway departments being filled will hinge to a
large degree the meeting of the time-table.
practicing gardening which ia a particular hobby of
FIl>\ i\o;-K RJ>::NO, Highway Engineer m, assumes the
dulies of District Engineer at District 5. Residents
of Chicago Heights, Frank and his wife. Catherine,
have four children, Francis, Glen, James and little
Cathy. A graduate of llIinoia Institute ot Technology, Frank's favorite hobbies are hunting a nd


JUNE, 1967




Fro", the burryin .. ten, 01 thou.anda .t the interseo;tion of Stat. and Madiaon
-'"The World'. Bu.ie.t Corn.r"-to the woodland tn.;!, of the Cook County
For.t P ....er" the "aried tempo. of ",an', di"ene and compl.x intUCIU beat
o ut their fa.cinati rhythm .
ne Bo.rd 01 Co",miMiooen i. confronted dail,. with problem. .R".ctin. the
heallh and welfare 01 more than Ii"e mill~n people. Not the I.eal of tb_ i.
t .... Sow ef t..aftic 00 th. "r6fIt .,..tem 01 txpreqwe,.., hi.lowe,.., a..od aec:ondary
roada und .. the ju.r;"dictioo 01 th. Count,. Hi,lowa,. D.parlmeot.


" .... ~

..... yl .


" ... OYI

") c::J:
"",, ..

I , I


Po p .-Iatic. 5,414,000
APe.. 956 Sq. MU ..

I (N

/ ....

Did You Know . . .

-that the total tax resulting from
the alUIes&ed valuation ot all taxable 'p roperty in Fulton County
(to whIch moat ot northern Illinois
was attached ) in 1823 amounted
to $1l.4.2?
-that a resolution addreued to
the Dlinoie Legislature in 1834
BOught 10 acres for the eite ot a
county courthouse?
- that the tint lavern licenses
were issued to Elijah Wentworth
for $7, and to a Samuel Mmer for
- that a tavern in thoee days
also included facilities tor lodging
and accommodations for horsee?
(Souree-"Growth of Cook County, Vol. 1", by Charles B. Johnaon)

Ohlcago Civic Center,

Chicago, nnnol!l 60602

Thomns J. McHugh, S r.
A month short of completing 40
years of association with the
Cook County Highway Department., Thomas J. McHugh, Sr., announced his retirement from hiB
poSition a8 Highway Engineer V-23.
M.r. McHugh, a graduate of the
Illinois Institute ot Technology,
joined the Department as an " In8trument Man", as the duties in
that work area were designated at
that time. Through the years he
progressed from Draftaman to Jr.
CivU Engineer to Senior Civil Engineer and up to hi8 rating at the
time of hi8 retirement.
Tom hopes to do a little traveling in company with Mrs. McHugh
and when not so oeeupied will enjoy his leisure time at his home
on Chicago's far northwest side.
The name - Tom McHugh - will
still be on the Department's per80nne1 rolls for Tom, Jr., Highway
Engineer 111-21, haa followed hie
Ond's footsteps and Is in charge
ot the Desplalnea Warehouse.

VOL. ,XIV Number 6

JULY, 1967


Chi",o, Ill. 60602

B'y Henry Uledl
Chief 0/ the Bureau 0/
Secondary Roods atld Material

Hundred. of young,ter. from the Villa,. of Morton Grove c h .... red the .tart
of the m ... Bicycle In.truction Cou..... apon,ored jointly by the Villa,e and the
Cook Count,. Traffic Safet,. Commi.. ion. In the fore ,.r o und (on the bik.) i,
Mayor R obert Sc:hreibeo-. Oth .. r Villa,. and Commi .. ion rep reltl nta ti va
a.re; Morria Sokol Vito Colucci, Police Chief Milton Sca.nlon, Villa,. Tr Ull
r... Roy Gun tn.r, ~nd Cheder KOl cielak.


01' Jupiter Pluvlus broke up the

party. Up to that time it was a
swinging affair!
The masa bicycle training course
sponsored jointly by the Village
of Morlon Grove and the Cook
County Traffic Safety Commisaiou
was presented Saturday morning,
June 24th. It was estimated 8001,000 youngsters were on hand to
take the instruction and test
course and view the Commission's
film on safe bicycle riding.
However, perhaps only a third
of them were given the tests and
saw the film before the heavy
down-pour driven In by gusty
winds ended the activities. But in
the few hours preceding the rain,

the setting of Harrer Park adjoining the Americat) Legion Hall on

Dempster at Moody, was a scene
of "organized confusion", as one
of the officials described il
Village officials and community
leaders. headed by Mayor Robert
Schreiber were in charge of the
event, the second such program in
the past three years. With Commission Director John J . McCleverty in the hospital. Chester
Kosclelak, assistant in charge, di
rected a six-man (and one woman)
team to conduct the testa and
show t he film . The distaff member was Mrs. Shirley Neuman, administrative assistant. Announce(Continued on pale 7)

The lllinois Highway Commission, in ita report to the legisla

ture, brings to Iighl lhe crisis facing the people of our state due to
the deterioration of our present
highway system. It high-lights
the lack of funds to increase both
the mileage and the q\lality of that
system. The rel>ort als9 summarizes the growth trends. Population of the Chicago metropolitan
area alone experienced over 76%
of the total popu lation increase,
all of which was in the suburbs
where paasenger CIU"8 are a necessity. Passenger car registrations
in 1965 were nearly 70% greater
than for 1950 ; more than four
times the percentage increase in
Commercial motor vehicle registrations are expected to increase
by 113 % by 1985. Travel on DliDais roads is expected to increase
80% by 1985. Considering the
growth trends and a basic highway system between 30 a nd 40
years old, we have the ingredients
for a highway crisis.
Cook County faced a junior
crisis in the late 50's. Its system
of secondary roads, most of which
were country lanes, adequately
served the relatively rural areas
of the County before World War
II. The rapid development of these
areas after the war-industry.
shopping centers, housing developments-changed rural into urban
regions. Il brought thousands of
p888enger vehicles flooding our
country lanes together with con(COnUnued on pIl,e 6 )



, 0 0 ..

rB (!) (!) ~ rB (!) (!) ill U\7


Considerably revised versions of the I!~edera l Highway aatety standards were made public at a Dews
conference late last month by Secretary of Transportation Alan S. Boyd,

No. 6

July-19 67

Vol. XIV

Published monthly by and for the members of the

Cook Couoty Highway Deparl:rnent to serve as an
organ f or die.seDlinating news and informaUon on the
personnel and projecte of the Dep&rtment and the
County and 8ubjecta of related interest.
ConlribuUons for publication are invited and will be
given the careful atten.tIon of ,the Editors. However,
they wHl not be responsible for unsolicited material.

R I C HA RD B. OG I LVI E, Presidenl

Cook County Board of Commissione rs

The BOllrd of Conunissloners
Ma.tthew W. Bleszcza.t
Jerome Huppert
Charlel S. Bonk
Lillian Piotrowski
Charles F. Chaplin
Ruby Ryan
George W. Dunne
Harry H. Semrow
William N. ErickaoD
Josephine B. Sneed
Floyd T. FuJle
J ohn J. Touhy
Charles J . Grupp, Jr.
KeDnetb E . Wilson
SuperinteDdent of Highways
A ndrew V. P l wrnner

'AGE 2

JU L. Y, 1967


Cook County Highway News

Ed E. Deu.9S
Gr aphic Arts Consultants
tJtlwln A. Heck
C. C. Jllgglns
SUUJ Photographer
E lm er I . Majews ki


The County Board of Commissioners last month
signified ita desire to cooperat.e with the U. S. Treasury in ita "Payroll Patriots" campaign. The Board
encouraged County employees to buy U. S. Savings
Bonda through payroll cijx)ucUons. A new U. S.
security called " Freedom Sha res," which pays 4.74 %
interest and matures in 4 1~ years, is also offered.
Employees may buy Series "E" bonds and "Freedom
Shares" in equal amounts up to a $1,350 face-value
The new plan offers an opportunity for those participating to help both their country and themselves
in a convenient and systematic way, the Board state.
ment pointed out.

The final 13 standards were expressed more as

generalized concepts than as rigid guidance. Accordingly compliance by the stat.ea will be that much
The whole tenor of the Secretary's remarks was
one of flexibility und accommodation or the states in
overcoming some of their problems. He said the
standllrds represent "gonia" the states f\re eventually
expocted to reach. The Depllrtment I, not establishing nny time-table for reaching them. however.
A total of $167 million , to be matched on a 5050
basis, win be made available by the Department
through 1968. Additiona lly. the NSHB is authorized
to disburse $30 million in non-matching research and
development grants.
Summaries of the 13 final standards a s prepared
by the Depar tment of Transportation itself, follow :
('tJItIODIC lUOTOR VEJUCLE INS PECTIONEach state shall have a program tor periodic inspection ot all registered vehicles or an experimental.
pilot, or demonstrat.lon program approved by the
Secretary of Transportation.
Every registered
vehJcle must be inspected at time of Initial registration and at least annually thereafter or at such intervalll all may be designated under the approved
experimental, pilot or demonstration program. The
Inspections must at least equal criteria of the National Highway Safety Bureau.
shall have a motor vehicle registration program and
record-keeping system to provide rapid identification
of each vehicle a nd owner, and shall make data available for accident research and safety program devel
Gross laden weight ot all commercial
vchlc1ea also must be registered.


Operators must be
licensed and examined specifically (or the operation
of motorcycles. Operators must wear approved helmet and eye protoction when operating cycles. Seats
and tootrests must be provided for motorcycle passengers. who must a lso wear a pproved safety helmets.
Each cycle must have a rear-view mirror.
(COntinued on




JULY, 1967





(ConUnuml from IIdJolning column)

deemed to have given his implied consent to an a lcohol content test. Recommends a lcohol content tests
on accident victims, and drivers Surviving fatal


Requires comprehensive
driver training programs, meeting standards set by
the state, be made available to all youths of licensing
age. Requires certification of instructors and licensing of commercial driving schools. Calls for research,
development, and procurement of practice dri"jng
faci lities such as simulators, and other tools for both
school and adult training programs. Also requires
training and retraining program for adults.

DRIVER LlOENSINGEach state shall have a

driver licensing program to insure that only persolls
physically and mentally qualified may drive, and to
prevent needless denial of the right to drive. Physi.
cal and eyesight examinations, knowledge of traffic
laws, ability to comprehend traffic signs and ability
to operate the vehicle for which licensed, will be required. Drivers shall be re-examined at least once
every four years for visual acuity and knowledge of
rules of the road. It calls, also, for a medical advisory board to advise the licensing agency on physical and vision standards. Requires keeping of continuing reeords of driver histories, and means for
quick retrieval of these data.
CODES ANI> LAWSEach stale shall develop and
implement a program to achieve unifonnity of traffic
codes and laws throughout the state, including rules
of the road for all public streets and highways. It
should a lso have a plan to make the rules of the road
consistent with those of ot.her states.

Requires that Traffic Courts

notify the state traffic records system of all convictions for moving traflic violations, Recommends individuals charged with moving hazardous traffic violaUons be required to appear In court. Recommends
unilonn accounting system for traffic fines and uniform court procedures for traffic cascs.
AJ~conOl. IN


Each state, in cooperation with local subdivisions, must develop a progrnm to reduce traffic
accidents resulting from persons driving under the
Influence of alcohol. States are required to establish
specific test procedures for detennlning blood alcohol
content, but the blood concentration level at which 8
driver may be deemed to be intoxicated shall not be
set higher than .10 per cent by weight. A person
placed under arrest for operating a motor veh icle
""hUe Intoxicated or under the intluenee of altQh91 is
(CO ntinued on next column)


ACOIDENT IA)CATJONSEach state, in cooperation
with county and other local governments, shall have
a program for identifying and investigating high
accident locations and maintaining surveillance of
locales with high accident rates. A systematic program for developing corrective methods a lso is req uired. Measures shall be taken to reduce accidents,
and to evaluate s.'li'ety improvements, at these locations.
TRA.FPIO RECORDSRequires a statewide system, and compatible local systems, to include a ll
traific data for the entire state. The system shall be
capable of providing summaries, tabulations, and
special analyses and shall include driver, vehicle,
accident, and road records that are compatible for
purposes of analysis and eorrection.

l\n~ Dl CA I.


Each state,
eooperating with local subdivisions, shall have a program to insure prompt emergency medical care for
accident victims.
Requires first-aid training for
emergency service personnel and criteria for lise of
two-way communications systems for dispatching a id.
Specifies that systems for operating and coordinating
ambula nces and other emergency care facilities be
established. Requires comprehensive state planning
of emergency medical services.
MA INTENANCERequires that existing streets and
highways be maintained in a condition that improves
s:Uety. Requires that modernization of existing roads
and new highways meet approved safety standards
issued or endorsed by the Federal Highway Adminis~
tra tor. Requires lighting of expressways and other
major arteries in urbani7.ed areas, high accident locat ions. and major intersections. Calla for clear roadsides, break-away signs, special guardrails and bridgerails, and signs at freeway interchanges directing
motorists to emergency care facilities.
TRAI<'FIO CONTROL DEVICI<JSEach state in cooperation with county and local governments shall
have a program fo r traffic control devices (signs,
signals, markings, etc.) wh ich will conform with
standards issued o r endorsed by the Federa l Highway
Administrator. Existing control devices a lso shall be
upgraded to conform to these standards. Preventive
maintenance, repair, and dayand.nlgbt inspection or
all traffic control devices shall be provided.


JULY. 19117



1. Discussi ng the various aspects of the exciting Ilrojeet before It got

undenl'UY were (left to right) 1\lorton Growl Village Mayor Robert
Schreiber, Coun ty Board Pre!jident Richa rd B. Ogih'ie, 8.nd MJlton
Scanlon, Village Police Chief.
2. EfUclent police operation provided sale escort for the youngsters from
two assembly points 10 the Village to the test course. at )larrer Park,
Dempster a nd lUoody.

4. Wheel.':! Ilnd more wlloolAI TI

t hem to go to the auditorium
person nel of the Gounty Trnfllc!
ful and Instructive film on sale
5. A serious young lady g
and carefuJ guidance of
a ttention was typical of the I!.nt

S. Pollee establlshed brief rond blocks in busy Dempster St reet u their

young charges wheeled their blkes aet'oss the avenue. It was .. heartwannlog and reassuring sight.

6. After viewing the film, tbe rl

Here (in foreground) Morris
to an attentive youngster.

JULY, 1967



owners of t.hese bikes had parked

n the American Legion Jlall where
lafety ColD.JllW,jloD presented & color~yc le riding.
course under the watch.ful eye
the. Commission's stllff. This
, operation.
formed to go through the test lanes.

Itl In starter's post

~vt:l ~tr\lOtlons

7. A long \Iew or tbe test course shows Dan lIealy out on the course
and lflorris Sokol (both or the Commission's staff) o\'erseeing the
activities ror the mass bicycle lostruction project.
8. Young Glenn lUagnus, glows with pride, nK Ohester Kosclelak. the
Commission's assistant In charge, affixes the Bicycle Safety Olub
emblem. The emblem WHS presented to everyone who registered and
passed the \'arion.\> examinations.
9. Sisters Leslie and Linda Kravets enjoy the hot dogs ana soft drlnk.!l
whic.h capped the program's varied and in!oi:ruetive activitle!l. The
refreshments were servect with the compUmentlf of the VUlage of
Morton Grove.


Reconstruction and enlargement
of the Stony Creek culvert in Central Avenue in Oak Lawn was
started this week, it was announced
by Andrew V. Plummer, Superintendent of the Cook County Department of Highways.
The concrete abutments on either
side of the culvert which was
built in ]922 are a hfU'.ard to present-day motorists.
plans provide Cor these being set
farther apart. The contract for
the Improvement was aW!lrdcd to
the Thomas McQueen Co., with a
bid of $122,515.59. The project is
scheduled for completion 120 days
from the date construction starts.
The 9 ft. high, 2711l fL wide
culvcrt will extend 98 feel across
Central Avenue and the over-all
length of the improvement along
Central will be 500 ft. according
to plans and specifications prepared by the Department of Highways.
A few blocks north on Central,
the Villnge of Oak Lawn and the
County Highw'lY Departmcnt are
engaged in a joint venture widening the roadway, installing curbing
and gutters, and laying a pozzolanie course with a bituminous
Thus Centra] Avenue from 87th
to past Stony Creek will be a
thoroughfare to be avoided for the
next few months. Motorists would
do wcll to bear this in mInd when
driving in the area.

The Cook County Traffic Safety
Commission in its midyear report
shows that 1.212 drivers voluntarily attended the County's free
driver refresher schools during the
first six months of this year. This
was an increase of 220 per cent
over the same period last year.
The .commission conducts schools
In sbc: locations throughout the
County and the public Is cordially
Invited to attend. A refresher
course conalats of two 8e88iODB,

on next



JULV, 1967



APPIAN WAY(COntinued from !>aile 1)


State Senator Albert E. Bennett

was appointed head of the Division
of Land Procurement on July 5.
This was announced by James F.
Kelly, Assistant Superintendent for
Administration and Legal.
Senator Bennett, who holds degrees in Law and Commerce from
De Paul and Northwestern Universities, respectively, resides on
Chicago's northwest side with his
wife. Evangeline Carlotta.
As a citizen of Chicago and an
elected official, Senator Bennett is
vitally interested in and concerned
with civic affairs and devotes a
great deal of his time in this area
of the public interest.
held a week apart. Classes start
7 p.m. and last three hours.
Following is the schcdule showing location of halls in which
classes are held and the August
dates on which a volunteer can
begin his course:
August 7- 16313 Kedzie Parkway, Markham.
August 1, 15, and 29- 5799 W.
115th Street, Alsip,
August 1, 15, and 29- 1454 Elmwood Avenue, Evanston.
Augsut 2. 16, and 30-2400 S.
Arlington Heights Road, Arlington
*August 3, 11, 17, 25, and 318333 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie.
August 11- 655 Lake Street,
Oak Park.
Claases for both the Skokie and
Niles diatricts now are beld in.


structlon equipment, and trucks

that literally destroyed our secondary pavements over-night.
After a few years of patching
the patches, the County wisely
decided to meet the crisis by developing a rebuilding program in
stead of attempting to maintain
roads with bases not designed to
carry the traffic loads to which
they were being subjected. The
answer was the elimination of
stone base roads and substituting
a stabilized base. Our searcb for
a relntively inexpensive stabilized
base led us to an nge-old material
but new in our country-Poz-OPac.
The material was uscd on the
Roman Appian Way in the 3rd
century B.C. It's s mixture of
lime, pozzolan (fly ash) and aggregate (stone, gravel, or slag) plus
water. It is plant-mixed and proportioned to assure a unifonD
product. Poz-O-Pac is delivered to
the job site in dump trucks and
spread and compacted with equipment nonnally used to build nonstabilized bases.
The first Poz-O-Pac road. a test
section, was constructed by the
Cook County Highway Department
in 1958. So pleased was the Department with its performance
that five more 'Pro.iects were constructed in 1959. We selected the
five sections from our system that
were giving us migrane maintenance headaches. Encouraged bv
our success, we scheduled for 1960
a 'Program including Bartlett Road,
at,...thRt time our biggest maintenance problem.
Bartlett Road, a farm-to-market
type road, had for many years.
served reasonably well, a very
Ii~ht traffic load.
AJmost overnight. our little country lane became the main drag of the newlyformed Village ot Streamwood.
Almost as quickly, an army of
construction and service trucks destroyed Bartlett Road.
The almost continuous holes in
the roadway became so deep that
traffic waa forced to use the shoulder. Examination of the sub-base
showed it to be unstable. lacking
the road-bearing qualities desirable
to support a pavement subjected
to the number a nd weight of
vehicles using Bartlett Road.
The normal procedure would
(CcnUnued on pare 8)






(COntinued ( rom pa ge 1)

menta had been sent to practically

every resident in the Village during the previous week. Additional
publicity in the local papers--The
Skokie News and the Life of Niles
Township-announcing the course
and urging that children take the
tests helped to bring out the record crowd.
Under Police Chief Milton Scanlon's command, police patrols
escorted the bicycle riders from
assembly points in the Village to
the test course site. There they
stacked their bicycles and were
instructed to go to the auditorium
on the second floor of the Hall.
Here the Commission's colorful
and instru ctive film wss shown.
This ran about 20 minutes. When
this portion of the program was
over they went to register at the
tables set up on one side of the
test course area.
Demonstrate Ability
Tnking the registration cards
which they fiUed out they went to
Koscielak's crew members and
demonstrated their riding techniques in gOing through the test
course. On completing this and
after having thei.r bicycles examined and recorded they were given
a Mem bership Card in the Commission's Bicycle Safety Club together with a Safety Sticker. (See
picture layout.)
Capping the schedule was the
enjoyment of hot dogs and soft
dl;inks provided by the Village.
Service tnbles had been set up and
when the rain came these were
moved into the American Legion
The tremendous turn-out and
enthusiasm prompted Commission
President Richard B. Ogilvie to
"This certainly reflects the interest that the citizens of Morton
Grove take in the welfare and
safety of their youngsteI'9. Our
Traffic Safety Commission knows
that boys and girls who are put
through its bicycle training program have far fewer accidents
than others."
Assisting Mayor Schreiber and
Chief Scanlon were Le Roy Gunt.
(Continued on next colUmn)


Draftsman m
Maps & Twps. Division
July 10, 1967
Engineer Inspector 12
July 17, 1967

(Co ntinued from nd Jol nlng column)

ner, a Village Trustee and chairman of the Traffic and Safety

Committee; Fred Huber, Village
Administrator; Lyle Archer, a
member of the Safety Committee:
Kurt Swanson, active in CIVIC
flffairs, and Edward Zondlo, pr esi.
dent of the Elmmor Community
Improvement Association of Mor
lon Grove. among others.
Assist Koscielak
The following comprised Koscielak's team : Jack Wendell, George
Williams. Dan Healy, Vito Colucci.
Morris Sokol, and David Smith.
All of these people coordinated
their elJorts with the Village cit izens in excellent fashion and had
it nol been (or the " de luge" would
have helped in registering all of
the youngsters.
Mayor Schreiber and his staff
were most appreciative of the Commission's cooperation and stated
that next year the plan would be
to stagger the courses over a
t hree-week period. By hand ling it
in this manner a more efficient and
effeetive system could be implemented.

A total of 187 permits representing an estimated dollar valuation of $4.,728,639 was issued in
suburban Cook County during
This was revealed in the month
Iy report released by the Cook
County Department of Building,
Zoning and P lanning and compares
with the May figures of 216 and
$6,093.283. The report covers construction activities in 24 townships
in Cook County outside of Chicago.
Northfield Township with 31 permits and a dollar vo..luation of
$1,688,100 led in the dollar vo..lualion category. However, 4.5 permits were issued for Wheeling
Townshjp. These represented $824.,084. in construction activities.
Stickney Township with 20, was
third in the number of permits
issued, a lthough Elk Grove Townshi.p with 10 permits was third in
the dollar valuation column with a
total of $875,380. The Stickney
Township valuation was $227.930.
By townships the permits and
their estimated valuations were
distributed as follows:
Elk Grove
New Trier
Norwood Park

$ 52,000


$4. 728 639





JULY, 1967



In tb.i., the pe.k of the Summer v .,ation period with len. of thousands of
vi,itors in th., City, it is fittina- to point up the fealurea of Stllte Street, "
th.t Graat Streel", an oUhtandin Ur .,tion of Cook County.
Gr.,.t department .tores, I.vi.h mo ... ie hou'e., 'peei.tty shops of all type.,
restauranu, a nd on., of th., world' ...enowned hotel. line the few shor!: block.
bounded on the no .. th by Lllke Street and On th., ,outh by Van Bu...,n. Encircled
by the Elev.ted "Loop", State Street i., "The World's Createst Ret.il ShoppinlJ
Cente"", One of the many fe.tur ... of Cook County', multi.f.cetted penon.lity!




I( . . . . UU

have been to stabilize the sub-base

before constructing a new pavement. However, this would necessitate closing the road to traffic
for a period of time and the activity was so great in that area that
it was deemed unwise to follow
the normal ,p rocedures. Our solution to the problem was the placing of Poz-O-Pac base on the undesirable sub-grade, keeping the
road open to local traffic and trusting the bridging action of Poz-OPac over the faulty suh-grade
would hold our problema to a minimum. The job far exceeded our
expectations and after seven years,
the road is still in good condition
with a minimum of maintenance
The Village of Streamwood appeara to be impressed with the
performance of the material inasmuch as they have put Poz-O-Pac
into their specifications.
Bartlett Road, the question was no
longer what the best base material
was, but how rapidly we could replace our inadequate system with

Population 5,414,000
A ..e. 956 Sq. Mil

I (M

Did You Know . . .

- that Daniel Cook, for whom
Cook County is named, was a lawyer, newspaper publisher, territorial auditor and clerk, and a U. S.
courier, congressman, and diplomat?
-that Archibald MacLeish, the
Pulitzer Prize winning poet, is a
native of Glencoe and has written
a poem called, "Cook County"?
-that in 1831 the maximum price
a Cook County tavernkeeper could
charge for a half-pint of wine,
rum, or brandy was $.18%, ?
-that free medical service was
given in the Fort Dearborn community before Cook County was
officially established?
(Source--"Growth of Cook County, Vol. 1", by Charles B. Johnson)

(Continued trom plla-e 6)

(B I!ll!llll (B I!l (IJ Iil il\1



Ohicago Oivic Center,

Ohlcago. Illinois 60602
RetU"D Requetted

To date more than 100 miles of

sub-standard roads have been replaced by Poz-O-Pac pavements.
Lightly traveled roads, such as
Bode and Mudhank that were impassible during rainy spring-times,
plus a section of Mudhank serving
a garbage dump subjected to hundreds of heavily loaded truck
movements daily, are today smoothriding maintenance-free pavements.

VOl. XIV Number 7


AUGUST, 1967


Chicago, III. 60602

They came to pay their last respects to Andy Plummer and to
wish him well on his final journey,
They were all there. His associates in the Cook County Department of Highways, men and women, many of whom had worked
with him for more than two decades, County Board Commissioners, business associates, neighbors,
friends- a ll joined with the family
In this fina] gesture of affection
and esteem.
Andrew V, Plummer, Superintendent of the Department for the
past four years and vital staff
member of the Department for the
last 24. years since his graduation
from the College of Engineering
of the University of Illinois, died
after a lingering illness Monday,
July 31st.
They stood in groups on the
evening at the visitation hours recalling his many thoughtful acts,
his great competence, his driving
spirit in guiding the Department
in performance of its many responsibilities, The spirit of man~
loving, thoughtful, cOIlBideratepervaded the atmoaphere. That
Andy Plummer should inspire such
emotions was the measure of the

October 1, 1913

July 31, 1967

The Department of Highways

during his 8B8OCiation, which began March 27, 1936 as a junior
civil engineer to his final responsibility as superintendent two decades later, spanned an era of highway engineering which raised the
(Continued on pIKe 7)


AUGUST, 1967


Superintendent, County Highway Department
(lfdll cw'. N ol_'1'Ju ed/lorlo' b.lotcI " .,.",lillicrt! /rom 1M
!aM' of M(I'l"CA, 1967. It .,..fleet. tA. ",AlklIOpAIc attUM" (1/
M.,.. PIM""'U,," Gild tA, flIP' 01 IA",lrillil' ",MeA cAGr-acteriHd
Ail GPJI'I"OGCA to IA. problem, IIIA,,-"1 III
ol/fe .. )

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Vol. XIV


No. 7

Publlabed monthly by and lot' the members of the

Cook County HIghway Department to serve aa an
organ for dlueminating new. and information on the
personnel and projects of the Department and the
County and 8ubjecta of related interest.
ContributiOI1JJ for publlca.tion are invited and will be
given the careful attention of the Editors. However,
they will not be rel!llponsible for unaollclted material.


Cook County Board of Commissioners
The Board or Oornmbllionen
Yatthew W. Bleneaa.t
Charla. S. Bonk
Charles F. Chaplin
George W. Dunne
WilUam N. Etickaon
Floyd T . Fulle
Charles J. Grupp, Jr.

Jerome Huppert
Lillian Piotrowski
Ruby Ryan
Harry H. Semrow
Joaephlne B. Sneed
John J . Touhy
Kenneth E. WilBon

Acting Superintendent or Highways

mChD.r d II. Golterma n

Cook County HJgbway New.

Ed E . Deus"
GraphJc Arts Con.lJUltanbl
Edwin A . Heck"
O. O. JIIgglns
Stair Photographer
Elmer I . Majewski

Richard n. Golte rmlln

Richard H. Colterman,
rormerly an usistant
BUperintendent or the
Cook County Department of Hlgbways, has
been named Acting Superintendent
Board of Commissioners. The appoinbnent
fiU. the vacancy created
by the death of Superintendent Andrew V.
Plummer on July 31.

A recent issue ot tbe national busine88 publication

BUSINESS WEEK carried an editoriaJ entitled, "Sec
ond thoughts about bighways". The editorial referred to "the number or protests and their mounting
urgency" against the intentate highway program.
It stated that the "basic trouble with the highway
program is that it i8 planned and executed by
It WR8 pointed out that " . . the engineer is
primarily concerned with building a. road", and that
he has "no mechanism tor balancing intangible social
values against the transportation needs of metropolitan areas."
We in the profession, responsible for the design,
planning, cOIUltrnction and maintenance of our highway SYSlem8 are fully cognizant ot the over-all
problems involved in road building. It 8houJd be
pointed out that engineers are completely dedicated
to finding 8OIutiol1JJ to these problema-of providing
a need whJch the public demands be fulfUled.
The edltoriaJ pointed out further that "more and
bigger highways are not the only answer--or necessarily the best answer- to urban traffic problems."
This, we of the Cook County Highway Department
knew and recognized almOJJt 20 years ago wben the
Kennedy and Ei.aenhower Expressways were in the
planning stages.
For at that time provision was made lor the installation ot rapid transit linea in the median of both
of these Expreasways, which In the intervening years
were realized. Only in the past few weeks construction was begun on the rapid transit line to be incorporated into the Dan Ryan Expreuway, made possible inlUally by the programming of thia Expressway'a rlght-ot.way.
Even longer ago than that this Department established what could be considered Among the first, if
not the firat, Division ot Architecture and Landscaping, of any highway department in the country. It
has been exclusively devoted to the project of beautifying the roadways of Cook County under the jurisdiction of this Department. In this connection it
may be pointed out that many ot ou r hJghway engineers Include in their background ot training and
experience work as city piannen.
In fact, the overall higbway planning process involves the techniques a nd skills or a team of sociologla18, economists, geographers, statisticians, demog~phers. mathematicians, political SCientists, physiCISts, and computer experts.
While our proteaaion is sta1l'ed by engineers and
may not have "mechanisma tor balancing intangible
social valuea against the transportation needs of
metropolitan areas". the charge that we are not
aware or these values and do not Include them in
our plana La completely without basiB in fact.





ANDRI:W V. l'1.UM Mtll; ,

JR .

CooIt County Superlmendent of H1gh_,. OUlft-.nding citizen and cNcucal_ p.ibUo offielet, . . . . lou Cook COW'Ity lind 1111 el.Uuna deeply

In hi. Nil thou;h tr.ojlcaUy Man Ufo ... _plitt..:! the hlgh. .l
type of cUlMnahlp and p.obUc -..vIce. He -.rwd hi, COW\try In har
and In prj_II and In publJc ll. be IUlnt8.lned tbe higheal
paraona.l standard. and constantly II'IlIrlifeMed OWatand1ng QUalities
Nrvtno the
lIIt_ste o f thl. CCIIftmunity II. II publlc oftlclal toe !ll4ny
yeon wUh fl ,UII'" Int llgrUy and dllUnqujlhed
HI. public work naned til II bWllbla cap6dty _
lifter r.<:elvtng
hi. deo;rroe In ClvU engl....mng from the UnlYIIirPty of lllJno1 Ha came
from collete to In. COd< C _ , HJ;h_l' Depanlllem and .pem: hi.
entire .wIt IIf. In that dlvt'IOll of our local \lI~ wbeno hl. deWlllon to dull' _ . _ _ nHlln. and hi. oepectUII' ~ cutrt..anding tb~
... p by ,top bIo rose 10 ~itfon. WIlhln Ihe MpIU't_ InYOlVlnq great ...
UUft and re'POI\aU:dllty wanh, of hi. IdNl nd .u.al!lMeC\U until he
t.c...lhe SUpertnt.nGent oftbe Cook Cowlly HJ;nW$)' o.penment p.IblJc office of boundJ... rupon.l.ibllUy and challenve, wl'Ilcl'l he
filled with ConlpiCllOUI cMVOlIon and _ked .. btUty.
o..pll e tM lnoe._ demand. In hil lCientific and proteulOf1al
world be ..... Ia06elt, \lentle, retirlll\land kind In.lI of lUI dM.J1nq1
with lUI . . aocIalfli. He _ . loved and rfI'PfI(;ted by ali who bad the
privilege to 111I00:I111. with 1UIII, &.rid _ . 111 common pubUc Hrvlc:a with
him, pedelly IJIOW'II h.l. 10.. .
TtlERtJ'Q!U;, BE IT RtSQLvtD, thet. the BomI of Con!II'IJ..lianerI. of Cook
County, In .... Ior. allJ<tlabled. ~lemn1y end with I"fIYl.r.ne apprad.1IlicWI
01 IhI.
.... lIa.1ned
;and br the PIOPI. of Cook CQunty. axpn".' 111 Hn&8




'[ rr IVJI11!DI JtS9b\t:D.

Andrew V,


tbot _ .xtend to tM barMoY&d f&II'IJ.ly of

Ir, our .Incera .ympathy In their hour of sorrow and

loneUn. . . ; .I'd
lit IT fUllTHtR RSQbVED, thllt copy of Ih.l. rflIJOMlon be II'f'Nd
upon the o f fici a l proooad.Ill\Il o1lbe IIo&rd of COIIIII'IJ.'a1O<*"I of Cook
County, lind a n I.'"'lImned. copy th."."",f ba lranlQllttad by th. Clerk of
the Bo&rd to the berollvttd. fam.lly


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p age 1)

sights of the profession to new,

high levels. The part he played
in his posts of responsibility
through the years are recorded in
the accomplishments of the Department.
Except for service during World
War II as commander of a hydrographic survey vessel in the Pacific Theater, Mr. Plummer was employed continuously by the Department.
Through progressive stages, he
moved from Junior Civil Engineer,
to Senior Engineer , Structural Designer, Highway Engineer, Assistant Chief Planning Engineer, Chief
Engineer of Administration, Assistant to the Superintendent, to his
final post as Superintendent.
County Board President Richard
B. Ogilvie expressed the sentiments
of many who worked closely with
Mr. Plummer when he said,
"During my four years as sheriff
I had numerous occasions to work

closely with Andy Plummer. I always found him most cooperative

and understanding.
His career
with the County Highway Department and his service as superintendent during the past four years
were characterized by a high sense
of dedication. We of the County
Board have a difficult task to fill
his post and I personally wish to
extend my deepest sympathy to
his family."
Besides his widow, Betsy Jane,
he is survived by his mother, two
sons, Andrew, Jr., and David; a
daughter, Candy, and six grandchildren.
Brief services were held in the
chapel of the Drake & Son Funeral Home in Park Ridge. The
men who served as pall bearers
were: Thomas G. Cots, Richard H.
Golterman, Carl Ward, John Pobuda, Angelo Fosco, all members
of the Department of Highways,
and William J. Mortimer, former
superintendent of the DepaTtment,
and Major-General Francis P.
Kane of the Illinois National
Mass was performed at the St.
Paul of the Cross Church, also in
Park Ridge, with interment at
Queen of Heaven Mausoleum, Hillside, lllinois.

Reprodu<:.ed from an e ....lier illue of the Cook County Hilfhway New. i. ooe
of the few picture. of the late Andrew V . P lummer, .uperinteodent of the Department of Highway., with County Board Pre.ident Richard B. Olfilvie. Mr.
Plummer wa. pointiog out an inlere.ting feature to Pr.,.ident Ogilvie in the
Department'. pictorial exhibit for the 58th annual meetinlf of tbe Mi.. illippi
Valley Conferenc:e. of State Hilfhway Department..


Meetina. of tbe Department'. Executive Staff on Monday morning. were typical of the keen attention paid to it. day-in-and-day_out opuation di.played by
the late Andrew V. Plummer (at the head of the table) .uperintendent. Here
be i bown with hi. bureau chief. (from left to right): Henry Riedl, Se<:.o ndary
Road. and Materiel; William Lynch, Do<:.umenll and Alfreement; Loui. Quinlan,
Planning and PrOlframming. James F. Kelly, A .. iltant Superintendent for Admini.tratioo and Lelfal; Mr. Plummer, Richard G. Colterman, Ani. tant Superin_
tendent for Operation. and Plannina; HUlfo J. Stark, De.ilfn, and Thom.. G.
Cot., Con.tru<:.tion.


AUGUST, 1967




From their headquarter. on the 27th and 28th fioo n of the Civie Center,
.ta er. of the Cook Co unty Department of Highw",y. ean now look down o n
the hu&,e .teel pl",n ... of the newly-unveiled atatu e created by P ablo Pica..o_
Wh"'t i. ill .igo ifieance? It ha. heen interpreted .. everythio g from Mr..
O'Leary and her eow to the spirit of the expr.... way .
Ther.. i. One comforting thought for those who don't dig the .tdue.


th .. Eifel Tower w .. erected in Pari., many people felt that it would di.figure
the City.

But today, who can picture P a ri. without itt




Pablo Picasso ' s
Official Presentation

Population 5,414,000
Area 956 Sq. Mile.
, A I 0 I

_ _ C.."lr ~T...."'I. U" ..

"'" f

Did You Know . . .

- that the first French explorers
of Cook County were looking for
a "northwest passage" leading to
the "China Sea"?
- that Cook County's first newspaper appeared in Chicago in 1833,
with a subscription price of $2.50
per year?
- that the first Cook County
courthouse, built in 1835; had a
stockade jail in the rear?
- that in 1914 tbere was less than
one mile of concrete pavement in
Cook County outside Chicago, and
less than 100 miles in sll the
United States?
(Source--"Growth of Cook County,
Vol. 1", by Charles B. Johnson)

Chicago Civic Center,

Chicago, Illinois 60602
Retur n Requeated


"The monumental sculpture por

trayed by the maquette pictured
above has been expressly created.
by me, Pablo Picasso, for installa
tion on the plaza of the Civic Center in the City of Chicago, State
of Illinois, United States of America. This sculpture was undertaken by me for the Public Building Commission of Chicago at the
request of William E. Hartmann,
acting on behalf of the Chicago
Civic Center architects. I hereby
give this work and the right to
reproduce it to the Public Building
Commission, and I give the rna
quette to the Art Institute of Chicago, desiring that these gifts
shall, through them, belong to the
people of Chicago.
21 August 1966
(signed) Picasso"


VOl. XIV Number 8

Palatine Calls "Flood Control Conference"

Chicago, III. 60602

(Bdilor's Note- There -is a sound,
relatj07lshi p
County and Township YOVeN1mellis. The relationship junction"
particularly in f.he area 0/ highway mainte'la,.ce and improve7/tCttt.
For this rca.'fotl a serie.!
0/ articles, 0/ w hich this 'is the
first, ha.! beell developed to help
itl/orm readers of the Cook COlinty lJ ighway NctIJli 0/ the make-up
and orgaJlization 0/ TowlIship
See Page ' 7 for
Towliship Officers Directory)

Di"'u ..inr al pec:b of the floodi n, problem j ust before the Confe rence was
called to order were thele intent people. From left to tirh t, Foted Niet.
IUsistant c.hief ",",ineer of the Me tropo litan Sanitary D istrid of Greater Chic:a.o:
Mrs. Marrar eth Riemen, a Palatine resident; l.e n Spye r, perm it e n gineer, lIIinoi.
D ivision o f Waterway., a nd J.c.k Ste rn , head o f t he Drain Di yision. Cook County
Deputment of H ighway

The Department of Highways of

Cook County was represented nt It
Conference of Flood Control spon
BOred by the Township of Palatine.
The Conference, open to the public,
was held in Fremd High School at
8 o'clock, Aug. 31, and presented
a panel comprised of representatives of n number of publie
Those agencies which were invited to participate in n discussion
on the besetting 'problem of flood
control included the Illinois Division of Watcrways, the ILlinois
Division of Highways, the Metropolitan Sanitary District. of Greater Chicago, and the Northeaatern
Dlinois Planning Commission, in
addition to the County Highway
The elected staLe

officials from the District also participated in the Conference.

Invited by Howard L. Olsen, the
agency represent,.tives and state
office-holders were introduced by
Township Attorney Roger A. Bjorvik, who served as moderator.
Acting Superintendent Richard H.
GoJterman had designated Highway Engineer J ack Stern, head of
the Drainage Division of the Design Bureau, and Ed E. Deuss,
director of the Deparbnent's public
rela tions. to represent the DepartmenL

In his brief opening remarks,

Olsen told the audience that the
Conference was called to serve as
a starting point for a discussion
that hopefully could lead to relief




This great nation of ours is

culled a democracy.
Our founding fathers set it up
that way. Through trials and
tribulations, the United States of
America has been preserved as a
We have fought wars for it, and
shed much blood for it. We have
always considered democracy to be
very much worthwhile fighting for.
During World War IT- and perhaps it has been revived againwe saw a famolls poster of an
individual speaking at a town
meeting. The 'poster said, in effect, "This is what we are fighting
Ye t , a pure vestige of democracy
existing in our governmental process is being threatened by the
ever-creeping power of centralized
The vestige of democracy at
sLnke is Township government.
This form of government remains as It purely democratic process because the people not only
eiect and pay their administrative
local offiCials, but also the people
(Co nlln u{'d on


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SE PT E MBER, 19&'




lB (i)(!) ill lB (!) QJ III frlJ

[]]O[B[]]Wffi\1 In ~W0
Vol. XIV

No. 8


Published monthly by and for the members of the

Cook County Highway Department to serve as an

organ for disseminating news and lntonnation on the

personnel and projects of the Department and the
County and subjects of related interest.
Contributions for pubUcation a re invited and will be
given the careful attention of the Editors. Hnwever.
they will not be responsibl~ for unsolicited material.

RI C H AR D B. O G ILV I E, Presidenl
Cook County Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners

Jerome Huppert
Matthew W. Bieszczat
Lillian Piotrowsk1
CharJes S. Bonk
Ruby Ryan
Charles F. Chaplin
Harry H . Semrow
George W. Dunne
Josephine B. Sneed
William N. Erickson
J ohn J. Touhy
Floyd T. Fulle
Kenneth E. Wilson
Charles J . Grupp, Jr.
Acting Superintendent of Highways
Rlehnrd H. Goltermnn

Cook County Highway News

Ed E. Deuss
Graphic Arts Consultants
Etlwin A. Beck
O. O. JUg-gins
Staff Photographer
Elmer J. Majewski


A copy of the June 1967 "Cook County Highway

News" was placed in the cornerstone of the 'lst

National Bank of Chicago building now under construction on Madison Street. It will be opened along
with other memorabilia of our age In July, 2067.
Accompanying the "News" in the contents of the
cornerstone were tape-recorded comments on the
coming century by Senator Everett M. Dirksen, Senator Charles H. Percy, Governor Otto J . Kerner,
Mayor Richard J . Daley and Homer J . Livingston,
Board Chairman of the Fil'St National. The cornerstone for the unique "AU shaped skyscraper, which
will rise 60 stories, was laid on July 13th.

County Board President Richard B. Ogilvie was

informed this week in a progress r eport on the west
leg of the Dan Ryan Expressway that the segment
from 99th and Halsted to 127th and Ashland would
be ready for opening the latter Ilart of October.
The report, submitted by Richard H. Golterman,
acting Superintendent of the Department of Highways, listed 37 improvements in the 4.087 miles section, at a cost of approximately $23 million.
Among these improvements are nine demolition
projects, three grading operations, four drainage installaLions, four paving contracts, 12 structures, two
landscape, one signing (Directional) and two lighting
Twelve ramps will lead on and off the expressway.
Entry ramps for northbmmd traffic have been located
at 127lh, 119th and Ulth Streets; Southbound entry
appr oaches are at Halsted, 112th Place and 119th and
the exit ramps for southbound motorists are at rllth,
119th and 127th Streets. The exit ramps for northbound motoriats are at 119th, 112th and Halsted
These ramps will be illuminated at the time of the
opening. However, delineators will line the express
way prior to the installation of the lighting system
on the main line. In addition to t.he actual construction of the expressway and the related improvements.
the utility companies performed major operations in
moving and relocating their lines.
Commenting on the anticipated opening of this
major section of the approximately 11 mile west leg.
Ogilvie stated.
"This opening of a segment of the expreS8way is
most gratifying. I am confident it will be a high ly
usefu l facility for a1l people residing in and travelling
by car to and from the southwest area of Cook
"A number of conditions and circumstances quite
beyond the control of the Highway Department, delayed the Department in making S8 much p r ogress
as had been originally programmed. The feeling now
is, however, that work in which weather plays such
an important part, can proceed on schedule to complete the remainder of the County's portion of the
expressway to 167th Street."
The following is a listing of the impr ovements by
location, type and cost in the section to be opened:
Halsted to 100th Street ......... $,
Demolition- 068-2222.2A
lOOth to l03rd Street .......... .
Demolition- 068-2121.lA
l03 rd to 107th S~t .......... .
Dcmolition-068-2121.2A C.F.
107th to HUh Street ....... " ..
Demolition- 068-2020.A C.F.
lllth to Hzth Place ........... .
Dcmolition-0681919.B C. F.
112th to 115th Street .......... .
(Con tinued o n paae 6)





SEPT E MBE R, 1967



(COntinued rrom page 1)

themselves may be active participants in the government, and can

constitute a citizens' "legislature"
to regulate their local affairs,
Township government exists in
85 DIinois counties, including Cook
County. It also exists in 21 other
states, from New England to East
Central and throughout the Midwest.
Township government has a heritage that truly was the creation
of the early Americans who sought
to right the wrongs of autocratic,
centralized governments in Europe
from which they Bed, It is a native institution of American government, having been originated
in the early 1600's.
In ita early years it was often
called town government, because a
town consisted of scattered homes
in a fairly large area. In fact ,
the usual size of a town or township governmental unit is six miles
During its 300-odd years of
existence, township government
has served its 'people well. In recent years, the growing concept
of centralized government has
brought the need for township
government into sharper focus.
Fundamentally, township government is a unit of state government
functioning at the local level. In
Illinois, it was established in the
State Constitution of 1848 for the
purpose of serving local areas
where such service seemed desirable or necessary. TIlinois counties
were given the option of adding
township government, and 85 of
the 102 counties elected to employ
it. Today, with more and more
federal, state and county governmental action affecting the people,
the need for a nearby, more receptive wing of state government
seems to provide the citizenry with
an increasingly important base for
individual political action.
Township government h.as a direct influence on local taxation. It
functions at local levels, where it
counts most, in the area of health
and welfare, as well as with youth
and delinquency problems, aid to
the aged, and on matters relating
to local improvements. It has stat\ltory powers to provide and regu.
(Continued on pa,l!


( Editor's Note: In v iew of the

fact that bIt. Prospect 1s observ i ng its 54th anniversary this
month, it was deemed appropriate
to describe this major Cook County Highway Department facility
which plays an important part in
th e life and burgeoning development of the Mt. Prospect area.)

One of the outstanding service

facilities in the Mt. Prospect area
is the Office-Warehouse-Garage of
the Cook County Highway Department at Meacham, Algonquin and
Central Roads in Palatine Township. Constructed at a cost of
about $250,000, the Palatine Warehouse services a total of 130 miles
of roadway throughout northwest
Cook County,
The need for an additional highway maintenance facility to service
the Palatine area was first recognized in 1950, when the Des
Plaines Warehouse alone maintained the entire northwest area.
The Highway -Department under
Commissioner William N. Erickson,
at that time President of the
County Board, acted to fill the gap.
In May, 1952, the buff-brick, onestory building, with its handsomely
landscaped grounds, Its hedges of
Japanese yew and honeysuckle,
was opened for business. Today,
under the Bureau of Secondary
Roads and Material- Bureau Chief
Henry Riedl, Assistant Chief Engineer Hugh P. McAniff, and District Maintenance Engineer Norbert Walsh- the Palatine Warehouse continues a 15-year tradition
of dependability in the rugged
business of year-round highway
maintenance. One of the high
points of that story is the outstanding job done by all Palatine
staff members before, during, and
after the Great Blizzard Qf January 1967,

For t he Palatine Warehouse,

like all branches of the Highway
Department, is above all people.
There are the engineers and technicians, highly skilled and experienced, who supervise operatiOns.
There are the mechanics, the old
pros who service the vehicles.
There are the maintenance crewmen who, in addition to road repair techniques, are also taught
the tactful art of .public relations.
Helping a distraught motorist who
has run out of gas can sometimes
be as greatly appreciated as filling
a pot-hole.
I'irst Road in 1850
Roads and highways today carry
traffic loads that might have surprised even the far-sighted Palatine city fathers when they laid
out their first road in May of 1850.
The modern road takes even more
vehicle punishment than its ancestors did from the wagons and carriages of the 19th Century. And
the weather, particularly the bruising winter weather, hasn't changed
much in northwest Cook county
since the last century, while the
storms of 1967 reached a record
peak of severity. To keep roads
open and in top condition a maintenance crew needs vehicles and
tools that are heavy, tough and
dependable. The Palatine Warehouse has 13 sturdy I:I1.icks, 2 fivetanners, 10 of two-and-a-half tons,
with cinder and salt spreaders and
detachable plows, plus a tow truck.
It has one Walters "Snowfighter"
with a big V-'Plow and wings for
snow dispersal- a first class weapon for winter combat. Then there
are 2 graders with V-plowa and
one wing. Engineer Walsh- like a
football coach with an eye to beefing up his line-says he could use
even heavier equipment.
(COntlnlle4 on pare






(Continued from page 3)

many tons of snow did the Big

Blizzard drop on County roads '!'
The Warehouse has complele
service facilities Rnd ample garage
and storage space for its trucks
and heavy equipment, and for
molor fuel of all tYI>e:s. Its yard
contains a large stock of cinders
and salt (or snow and Ice control.
It has (un radio (acllities to the
Highway Del)artmcnt's downtown
office and to mobile units In the
field. The radio tower is now being rebuilt, after being knocked
down by a reccnt tornado.
The Warehouse normally sends
out five patrols a day, with two
men to the patrol. In winter there
will be two trucks, each wilh a
two-man crew, palrOUing at all
times. Each patrol averages about
28 miles per run. Their job is
spotting and solving trouble of any
and all kInds. The gaaJess local
motorist, the lost out-of-state tourist, the pot-hole and the abraded
surface, the muddy road signthese are all In the day's work.
For weather information the
WarehoUBe relies on a commercial
forecasting company which has
served itB special needs (or three
years with a high degree of aceuracy. The outlook {or 1067-B'!'
The Palatine people are hOI>e:ful
but are not making a ny money
bets that the coming winter will
be milder than last.
McAniff remembers vividly the 11
straight days and nights he spent
at the Warehouse during the Big
Storm. Engineer Walsh and his
veterans don't think Lhey'll have
to join the Army akl trool)S to
learn about fighting In the snow.
They' ll be ready for a nything Lhls
time. Whatever happens, you can
be sure they'll be out on the ronds
doing their best---eome blue skies
or blizzards.

TOW NSHIPS( COntInued trom pille 3)

late educa tional services, such as

townsh ip Jibrurles. It may provide
public and mental health servIces
within ita area. In non-metropolitan areas it builds and maintains
loca l roads, a nd regulates the saIe
travel over these roada. It Is an
efficient governmental body to help
solve pr oblems such as air and
water pollution, control obnoxioul;t
(Conti nuM nut colu.mn)





Highway Engineer IV
September 5, 1967
Highway En gineer TIl
( Retired)
September 12, 1967

(It l00ldd appear only fitting

and proper that the brie/ biographical sketch on Mr. Serblin
originally published in the March
)61 i"lJue 0/ the Cook County

/lighway News 08 a "Vetero"

StaDer' IJhould be reprinted at
this time. Editors Note)
Michael D. Serblin. Highway Engineer IV, was first employed by
the Department in the Summer of
1929 while a sen ior in the College
of Engineering working on his degree as a Civil Engineer at the U.
of l. He WIlS reem ployed {rom 1933
through 1936 and again from 1949
to the present time. Mike Wll& in
industry in the intervening years
with extended service in the agricu ltural and industrial fields. Today he resides at home with his
wife Kathleen in Oak Park . They
have four child ren-Noreen, a
teacher ; Cynthia, Forreat. an attorney, and Priscilla. Mike is a.n
inveterat e golfer and out of hm
favo rite sport he develol>ed and
l)atented a golf club grip approved
by the United States Golf Association.
conditions, and regulate and improve refUBe disposal.
An extremely important considera tion is that Lhe doings of towns hip government are under the
control of the citizens. What it
does or does not do is subject to
publie approval or disapproval at
least once a year, at town meet~

It may seem li ke a (ar cry from

60.000 pounda of beads to highway
However, the Cook County Depa rtmen t of Highways uses glass
beads or spheres in the parlancc
o[ the highway engineer. in its
rand striping operation as a reflcctorizing agent. This heightens
visibility of the atrille both day
and night.
Although the County system of
roads totals 602 miles. actually
lhous:mds of road miles are striped
involving both edges of the highways, t he double yellow center
lines, pavement. with transitions.
channelizing lines, turn markings,
and stop lines.
The Department's Bureau of
Secondary Roads is responsible for
this annual seasonal project. Under the supervision ot veteran
highway employee, Larry Mariotti,
a crew based in the Department's
La Grange warehouse snd garage.
operates an especially designed
vehicle called a highway striper.
Among its many special features
Is a set of large-capacity paint
tan ks and an all' compressor.
There are two drivers, one [or
each of these vehicles. They are
able t o communicate with one another by inte rcom and 80 combine
their respective job aasignments
as n close-working team.
The striper is functional on the
expreB8wnys 8S well as on highways. By us ing outriggers it can
do nil the striping on 3_ Rnd 4-lane
expresswaya at one time. On con
ventional 4-lane highways the machine c!\n put down the double
yellow lines a nd one or both of
the white edging stripes when it
is poasible to close off the road.
It Is also poH8ible to paint the
center white line and simultaneously spread an even coating of Lhe
gla&8 beada on top. This work!
depending upon conditions, can be
done at speeds from eight to 1 ~
miles per hour. The crew of th!
striper. which is sometimes aug
mented by private contractors
consists of six men-the two dri
vera, one palnlf;r, ~ng t~








(Continued from page 1 )

of the flooding problem. As Bjorvik introduced the various representatives who comprised the panel, each described his agency's
operation in the area of flood
Stern pointed oul that the Department's funds, realized from
Motor Fuel Taxes, could be used
only on work directly involved
with highway maintenance and
construction. Drainage installations
designed as part of road construction would qualify in this respect.
The Department was not permitted
to finance flood control construction outside of this area. Stern
also pointed out that the De.p artment's technical and rprofessional
services were available for consultation and assistance when called
upon by township highway officials.
Deuss expressed the appreciation
of County Board President Richard
B. Ogilvie, the Board of Commissioners, and Acting Superintendent
Golterman for the opportunity extended by the township officials
to participate in the Conference.
He further assured the audience
that the Department was always
ready to be of service and to function, as far as it was possible to
do so, within the frame-work of its
aulhority and capabilities.
Experts Speak
Among those who spoke were:
James Takahashi, drainage engineer, minoia Division of Highways; Len Spyer, permit engineer,
Illinois Division of Waterways;
Fred Rowland, N ortheaslern Illinois Planning Commission; Forest
Nie!, assistant chief engineer, Sanitary District; Raymond F. Leland,
s ewer design engineer, Sanitary
District ; State Representatives
Eugenia S. Chapman, Eugene F.
Schlickman and David J. Regner;
Mayor J ack Moodie of Palatine;
Berton C. Braun, City Manager,
Palatine; Verne Bergman, Highway Commissioner, Pala tine Township; Clayton Brown. Trustee, Village of Palatine; James McFeggan,
Supt. of Public Works, Rolling
Meadows ; Russ Bramwell, Auditor,
Palatine Township ; Dan Vrabec, a
director of Lake Park Park District, and Mrs. Margareth Riemers,
a Palatine Village resident.
The meeting concluded with a
question and answer >period which
tended to bring Illany problems to
the surface.

Highway Department . taffen we re in atten d ance at the festive .. olf and fun
outing for County Board Pre.ident Richard B. Ogilvie on A\lgu.t 31. Ca\lght
in th e len.es of the staff photo.. of the Cook CO\lnty Highway New. Waf the
fort\lna!e foursome above:
(I. to r.) CO\lnty Commillioner Jerome Huppert,
chairman of th e Road and Bridge Committee; H enry Riedl, chief e ngineer of the
Department". B\lrea\l of Secondary Road.; Tom Cob, chief engineer of the Con.
, tr\lclion B\lrea\l, and Richard H . Golterman, acti ng '\lperintendent of the
Department of Highway .


In colorful ceremonietaged recently on the Civic Ce nter Plaza the Medinah

T emple offered Ihe .ervice. of ill Motor Corp. a. an officia l pllrt o f th e Cook
County Civil Defen.e Commi .. ion.
In accepting the Corp' ervice, CO \lnty Eoard Pruidcml Richard B. Ogilvi.
"The corp. i. a mobile, functional unit that can rUlh to di.after .ceDe., penetrating conge.ted areas where police and fire vehicle. mlly be \lnable to get
T he official tender of the unit, whi ch i. the motorized counterpart of the
famou. Medinah Black Hone Troop, wu made by Potentate G. William Sullivan
in company with Imperial Pote ntate Thoma. F. Seay. Pictured ahove President
Ogilvie pin. an official badge on the uniform of t!tc; unit', Commander , Ear!
Bf"lhn, a biah.light of the; impre.,ive pro .. ram.


S EPT E M BER , 1967


(Continued from page 2)

Demolition---068-1919.A C.F.
112th to 115th Street ......... .
Demolition---068-1921.5A C.F.
105th to !l9th Street ........ " ..
Demolition- 068-1718.A C.F.
!l9th to Roll Avenue .......... .
Grading-068-2122.1A C.F.
Halsted to 105tb Street .........
Grading-068-1921,4 C.F.
109th to 117th Street ..... .. . .. .
Grading---068-1819.2 C.F.
117th to 127th Street .......... .
Drainage-----068-2123 C.F.
103rd and Wentworth .......... .
Drainage--068-1821.5 C.F.
107th to 119th Street
Drainage-068-1718.4 C.F.
119th to Cal-Sag Channel ..
Drainage--068-1717.5 C.F.
Pumping Station at Vermont Street
Paving-0682122.1 C.F.
Halsted to 105th Street ...... .. .
Paving-068-2021.2 C.F.
105th to 112th Place ........... .
Paving- 068-1820.1 C.F.
112th Place to ll9th Street ..... .
Paving-068-1818.7 C.F.
119th to 127th Street .......... .
Structures-068-2222.3 C.F.
Genoa Avenue Over-Pass ....... .
Structures-068-2122 C.F.
103rd Street Over-Pass
Structures- 068-2121,4 C.F.
107th Street Over-Pass
Structures- 068-2121.3 C.F.
Pa. RR Grade Separation
Structures-068-2021.1 C.F.
l1lth Street Over-Pass
Structures-068-1920.1 C.F.
112th Place Over-Pass ....... ..
Structures-068-1919.2 C.F.
115th Street Over-Pass ....... ..
Structures-068-1819.1 C.F.
.119th Street Over-Fass ......... .
Structures--Q68-1818.6 C.F.
2 Structures--Chicago Rock Island
RR and 123rd Street Over-Pass
Structures-06S-1818.3 C.F.
125th Street Over-Pass .... ..... .
Structures-068-1818.5 C.F.
Illinois Central RR Bridge ...... .
Structures--Q68-1718.3 C.F.
127th Street Over-Pass ......... .
Landscaping- 068-2122.3 C.F.
Halsted to 105th Street
Landscaping- 068-1821.2 C.F.
105th to 123rd Street ..... .
Signing (Directions)-068:1822.1 C.F.
Halsted to 127th Street ..... .. . .
Llghtlng-068-2122.2 C.F.
Halsted to 105th Stroot
Llghting-068-1721.2 C.F.
lQ5t4 to 127th Street





An automatic traffic-surveillance and control project on Eisenhower Expressway has vroved so successful that its scope has been extended.
The Chicago Area Expressway Surveillance Project, a pioneer experiment in the study and control
of freeway traffic, was established in 1961. It has
been jOintly financed by the State of Illinois, Cook
County, the City of Chicago, and the U. S. Department of Transportation. A Technical Advisory Committee, composed of representatives of the four governmental units, and headed by Patrick Athol,
Project Supervisor, meets regularly.
The County Highway Department representatives
are Leo G. Wilkie, chief of the Bureau of Transportation and Research , and John T. Nagel, who holds the
same .p osition with the Traffic Engineering Division.
Representing the State of Illinois are Charles
McLean, Assistant District Engineer, and Richard
Stark, District E lectrical Engineer. For the City of
Chicago are Donald Pries, Administrative Assistant
to the Chief Engineer, Bureau of Engineering. and
William Bablitz, Traffic Engineer. 1. J. Ulak, Assistant Division Engineer, and K. B. Casey, Engineer of
Traffic, sit for the Bureau of Public Roads, U. S.
Department of Transportation. The growing importance of tbe Project"s work has been recognized by
the recent extension of its Research Program through
the next four fiscal years.
The Project, a "live traffic laboratory," has its
omees in Oak Park on Lake Street. It operates a
pilot freeway detector system along a six-mile outbound section of Eisenhower, between Cicero and
25th Avenue. This section or "corridor" was chosen
after long and careful study.
The aim of the Project is to pinpoint traffic bottlenecks on the Eisenhower corridor and help to eliminate them through automatic traffic control and information measures. Detectors are stationed every
haU-mile along this section and on all ramps. They
measure the traffic pattern and send this data back
to computers in the Oak Park office. The computerized data is then flashed onto a large .p icture-map of
the corridor where a system of colored lights gives
a second-to-second picture of the corridor's traffic
pattern. Project technicians, at a control panel
directly opposite the picture-map, watch for congestion spots.
The Project has found that two main factors lead
to congestion on the Expressway. The first is a
vehicle overload, too many cars at one time, particularly during the evening rush period from 4:30 to
6 :00. This always results in a traffic back-up each
rush period. The second factor is a "special event"
-an accident or any unusual situation which might
further clog the flow of traffic. Special events may
reduce Expressway capacity to some degree in three
out of ever y four rush periods.
When congestion threatens or occurs, the Project
technIcians can speed up the freeway traffic flow by
an automatic system of ramp mtlter ing. This system
contr ols entry to the ExpressWP-)' t hrough ramp signals and. lntQrmationa! !lip",



S EPT E MBER, 1967



Elk Crave

New T rie.

Norwood Park

O rland
Rive r Fore.1

Tho rnton



Frank O. Pedenon
Melvin E. Sinnett
Albert R. Lenk
A, above
Donald E. Arnell
Cilbert Lehne rt
J.me. W. Jetk
Ceorge H. Krei.
William C_ Fre),
l,yle W. Aulw .. nn
Ted J. Zaremba
Joteph S. Pertl
William Rohlwing
Ronald L. Bradley
John B. 1lapp
At above
How.,d C. Rahll.
Leroy C. Coll" . d
Lewi. N. Ruppert
Ray W. Conley
lohn Eo. Phillip.
Ray D. Petenon
Kathryn K. Maley
William StercnbC'rg
William C. Ziehn
Edward KoC'hler
W",ley Blom
Art hu. F. Siebel
Jo hn J. Nimrod
Michftel E. Leviton
Ma rk H. Clayton
J ohn Biede rer
Jo.ep h F. Janda
Patric k V. Palumbo
Andrew H. Wa tten
A. above
F red E. Yunker
Co .1 M. Bo.mel
Howard L. Ot.en
Vernon L Bergman
Lincoln D. Muneh
Elmer C. H"'a.
C"o.ge W. Jaap
John W. O'Brien
Dudley J. Healy
Elli, A. Flaw,
Loui, F. Mahoney
A, above
George W. Gl...e r
Jame. 1\1 , Morrow. J .
Sc:ou Mac:Each ron
Ralph E. Wilkening
Cr. Robert L Smith
Raymond W. Connon
Eve.t C. Schu ltz
Ch .. rl", Hen rie.h.
Alhert C. Pete n


Hw y. Comm r.
Supe rvi.or
Hwy. Comm r.
Hwy. Comm .
Hwy. Comm r.
Hwy. Commr.
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Commercial shippin&" and pl e;..ure bos tin g form anothe r facet of the multi.
varied activitiea of Cook County. Th e waters o f Lake Michi ga n into which it.
boundary .."tend , provide unlimited plelllure for the hundreds of skipp e rs who
g uide their lai l a nd power boats over its ocean-like e" p anse.
Almod seve n million tons of e"portl and import. paned through th e Port of
Chicago lut year. Truly, Coo k Co unty in the lut decade h .... added to ib fame
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Did You Know

that the frontier settlement of
Chicago was incorporated as a
town on August 10, 1833, one and
one-half years after Cook County
was created?
that a department store in 1839
offered "Lionskin jackets, for laboring men" and "Monkey jackets
of a ll kinds and quality," as well
as "superfine buckskin pantaloons" ?
that Cook County's total indebtedness between 1831 and i849 was
$25,OOO--and that an equivalent
sum for that period was owed to
the County in back taxes and
court fees?
that the first daily newspaper in
Illinois was the Chicago Ame rican,
whose first issue appeared in
April, 1839?
(Source-"Growtb of Cook County," by Charles Johnson

IBID lDilllB ID I!J mil\)



Chicago Civic Center,

Chicago, Ulinois 60602
Ret urn R eq u eJted

As a member of the "Little

Hoover Commission", appointed by
County Board President Richard
B. Ogilvie, Prentice Julian has
been assigned to the Department
of Highways to make a report on
its organization and operation. He
will be assisted for a brief period
by Vernon E. Croswell, C.P.A.,
and Sherman N. Conover, accountant consultant .
The official title of the " Little
Hoover Commission", is the Citizens Committee on Cook County
Julian was introduced to most of the bureau chiefs
and division heads early this
montO. His assignment involves
a study of the indiv;dual bureaus
with a view to contributing to
their further efficiency and effectiveness.
He brings to this project a background of 36 years of highway
engineering experience. Included
in his career is a long-time associ
ation with the United States Bureau of Public Roads. He has
prepared similar reports for, and
assisted with, the organization of
the highway departments of the
Phillipine Islands, Jordan, Turkey,
and the State of Alaska. Most
recently he spent eight months on
an assignment in Ireland.

VOl. XIV Number 9


Chicago, III. 60602

OCTO BER, 1967


By J ohn Byrne

Chief of th .. Oui,n Bureau H ugo J . Stark (seco n d from righ t ) revi e ws I ra n s,,";pl of the h ... rinr he co n ducted on th e prop ou, d Cen tral A yen u e Bridge with
h i, , t. ff me m ben. Fro m left to ri,h t , John Po hud., ..,i,tAnt to S tar k ; Anth ony
Dini, Utilit; ... En .. in ..!!r , who h" ndl ed corre.pondence and notifications, .. nd
Fran k K.pl" n, h_ d of th e S urvey a nd Rig ht -of- W ay Bureau.

The transcript of the official

hearing on the proposed location
of the $6,400,000 bridge on Central
Avenue over the Sanitary and Ship
Canal has been transmitted to the
TIlinois Division of Highways.
The hearing, conducted by the

Cook County Highway Department,

was in the Stickney Village Hall,
6533 \V. Pershing Road. Hugo J.
Stark, chief of the Design Bureau
of the Deparlmenl. presided at lbe
bearing whicb was altended by
some fifty (SO) officials and residents of area communities. He
was aided by his assistant. John
Pobuda, Frank Kaplan. head of the
Survey and Right-of-Way Bureau
and Ed E. Deuss, the Department's
public relations director.

Seated at the head table with

the Department representatives
were two engineers from the Illinois Division of Highways- Stanley Kumiega and Robert Crescio,
and Lloyd D. Barrett, Consoer,
Townsend and Associates. Among
those who expressed t heir views
and questioned Mr. Stark on various aspects of the proposed improvement were: George Rench,
President of the Village of Stickney, and Stickney Trustees. Stanley Stem pier, Frank Bailey and
Walter Kozak: George Fargo.
President of the Village of Forest
View. and Stanley Para, assessor
of the Town of Cicero.



(COntinued. on page 7)


( John Byrtw, an employee of

the Oook Oounty Department 0/
IIigluDays, stationed at the Palatine Warehou.'le, 18 a keen .'ltudent of the early hi3tory of the
Forc t Preserve in the extreme
northwest COTner of Oook Oounty.
In the following arhcle he descrioo" a visit with the late John
Dearlove, l4.'lt member of an Engli.'lh. family who settled the Des
Plaines River region in the Eighteen Thirties.
John was introduced to Mr. Dearlove by Bob
Kaulbach, alao a long-time employee of the Wareholl.se garage,
aml--- John says--a "character'~
hifM'll/. Bob Kaulbach accompanied John to the Dear love home in
tlte l<'ore8t Preserve and this article greto out of their talk with.
the great-grandson of the pioneer ing /amily.- Editor's Note)

Bob said he knew J ohn Dearlove

for many years. We drove into
the old far m home in the Forest
Preserve. The weather-worn buildings reached back to the 19th century. The housekeeper told us to
come In; that Mr. Dearlove would
be happy to see us.
He greeted us warmly. Said he
didn't get about much any more.
Said he was "born on this farm in
1876 and had never missed his
birthday or Christmas Day on the
home grounds since then." Then
he told me about the Dearloves.
His great grandfather, Richard
Dearlove (1780-1850) and his wife
Hannah (1782-1855) were born at
Harrigate. Yorkshire, England.
(Co ntinued. on page 7)






0lD lD III 0lD (!J IT} fi\1

rnOmrnWBYl m~W0
Vol. XIV

(Thi.' i3 the second in 1I series 01 articles on the

signifiool1ce, structure and IUHcti0tl8 01 tOWfl3hip
gover"ment. Here the early oockground 01 thi3 lorm
01 governmt:l11t i." expwred, to find out "Why it began

Oclober 1967

Published monthly by and for the members of the

Cook Coun.ty Highway Department to aerve as an
organ for dl.neminnting news and information on the
personnel and projects of thc Department and the
County and subjects of related intererst.
ContrIbutions for publication are invited and will 'be
given the cMerul attention of the Editors. However.
they wlll not be responslblp for unsolicited material.

RI C HA RD B. OGILV I E, Presid ent

Cook County Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners
Mathew W. Bieszczat
Jerome Huppert
Lillian Piotrowski
Charles S. Bonk
Charles F. ChapUn
Ruby Ryan
George W. Dunne
lIarry H. Semrow
William N. Erickson
Josephine B. Sneed
John J. Touhy
Floyd T. Fulle
Charles J. Grupp, Jr.
Kenneth E. Wilson
Acting Superintendent of Highways
Richa rd II. Golte.rmnll

Cook County Highway News

Ed E. De u~8
Graphic Arts Consultants
E dwiu A. Beel.
C. C. IlIgglns
Staff Photographer
E lmer J. ~l llj e\\"8 ki


Acting Supt. Richard H. Golterman has named
John Pobuda, assistant to the chief of lhe Design
Bureau, AS coordinator of the Department's 1967
Metropolitan Crusade of 104ercy. Pobuda has indi
cated that approximately 70 l>crcent of the Departments personnel has pledged or contributed to this
worthy caUBe. That still leaves 30 J>er<:ent to be
signed up if the Department is to have 100 percent
representation. To achieve this would be an out
standing accomplishment. But it is not nearly so
difficult or complicated as "Mission [mpo88ible"! If
you are not in biB records why not see Mr, Pobuda
today? (See Page 4.)

milt ho"W it expatlded Irom early Colotlial times to

it..' development today in the Stato 01 IUinoia.)

"Among nations, democracy has always been accounted the meanest and wont form of government"
Who said that?
Would you believe it- that this statement came
from n leader of ca rly American Colonists?
It is attributed to one John Winthrop. first gover
nor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, who held this
position in the early 1630's. Only a few years earlier,

the famous Pilgrims had set foot on American shores,

seeking freedom from oppreaaion and autocraey which
they had experienced in Europe.
Obviously. even in the beginnings of our country.
there were lhose, such as Governor Winthrop, who
advocated some governmental system olher than
It is a s imple fact that democracy has never come
ensy for the people who aeek and deserve it. The
s trugglc in the New World started in the early 1600's,
and It continues today. It will go on tomorrow.
Under Colony Governor Winthrop, the aUlocratic con
cept he fostered did not win out. It did not because
the populace of the colony rejected it. They replaced
it by establiShing what is known today as lownship
governmentThis truly is where a great innovation and a great
institution of democracy began.
The first step in the process of brea.king (he autocratic hold of Govcrnor Winthrop was to gain the
right to elect the members of the colony's a.llpower.
[ul General Court. The second step was to incor
porate newly settled areas into townahlp units, with
their own eleeted officials. Actually, In the 1600's,
these governmcntal units were called towns, instead
of townships. An important part of the town government consisted of lown meetings. where every
individua.l had the right of free discussion on every
public issue.
The search [or individual rights has long been
considered the primary reason why carly settlers of
America had come to the New World. Yet, even
with this resolve, these early settlers begot leaders
who thought otherwise- who reasoned that "rule by
the nppointed few" is superior to rule by the elected
representativcs of the people.
This Important point bears repetition : The creation o[ township government halted a determined
move toward aut.ocrntic government in the early
{Continued on pare '1



A swinging success. That was
the third annual Columbus Day Invitational Golf Tournament for
Highway Department employees
held on October 12 at Glenview
Naval Air Station Golf Club. Under smiling skies, the neatly-kept
greens became a combat area as
29 Staffers and visitors, all top
professionals (in highway work),
struggled for mastery. There were
moments of intense drama. All
the golfers played brilliantly, even
though their clubs and balls sometimes behsved in an erratic manner. In short, a good time was
had by all.
As a Naval reservist, Al Lutwak
of the Drainage Division obtained
access to the course. He also
acted as conductor and coordinator
of the meeting, and as official
scorekeeper, using the Callaway
Handicap System.
(AI himself
shot a respectable 82). The scorecard read:
Low low score: won by Jim
Takahashi and Florian Cerwin of
the lllinois State Highway Department.
H igh score:
won by John
Piechota, Cook County Highway
Handicap winners: Earl Kistner,
Cook County Highway Dept..
Richard Thompson, Armco Corp.,
Joe Gitti, Cook County Highway
Longest drive: E d J antho, Armco Cor p.
Closest to pin on drive from
tee: Robert Meek, Cook County
Highway Dept.
Crying Towel:
Robert Meek,
Cook CO\\pty Highway Dept.
All H ighway Dept. golfers are
invited to nex t year's meet.

OC T OBE R, 1967



Ro bert T. Carrier, Pre. ident of the County Divi.io n , Ameri can Ro ..d Build er.
A .. n ., t alk. abou t a new Lo. Angeles Co un ty lign to Leo G. W ilki e, Di rectur
of Tranlportatio n Research , Coo k County H ig hway Dep t., a t the recent ARBA
Confe rence in Delroit. C arr ier i. Su pt. of H ig hw"YI, Genetee Cou n ty, N.Y.
Wil kie a ttended the confere nce .. one of two H ig h way Dept. represe nta ti ve.,
th e ot her being Public Rela tio n. D irector Ed. E. Deu ...

A new school warning sign, light

purple, cut-out in the shape of a
school building, with black silhouettes of a boy and girl- a new
"Yield" sign in distinctive red and
white rather than stop-sign yellow
- greater use of symbols instead
of word messages on highway
signs-these were among the subjects discussed at tbe 15th Annual
National Highway Conference sponsored by county officials and engineers of the American Road Builders Association. The Confercnce
was neld in September at Detroit,
and reported to Acting Superintendent Richard H. Golterman by
the Highway Department's Conference representatives, Director of
Transportation Research Leo G.
Wilkie and Public Relations Director Ed E. Deuss.
County highway officials from all
over the nation gathered at the
four-day meeting to exchange ideas
and information, and pass along
news of their own highway programs for the benefit of alL For
example, in the Detroit area, Engineer Russell E. Harrison, of the
Board of Wayne County Road
Commissioners, said that in the
area of signing, Wayne's most
significant development in the past
decade was the overhead, illuminated C~e sign. This t;vpe of

sign, he continued, gets immediate

response to a "No Left Turn"
regulation, whereas driveJ;"s scem
to need three to ten days to get
acquainted with larger, ground
mount'ed "No Left Turn" signs.
Among other topics discussed by
speakers were future federal reyuirements for traffic control, the
place of counties in highway programs of the futUre, federal regulations affecting secondary roads,
and highway safety on secondary
Wilkie and Deuss felt that the
adoption of a National Route
Marker program by the National
Association of Counties could be
of particular interest to the Department. "It would appear," they
reported, "that this program warrants serious consideration." In
addition to attending the morning
and afternoon Conference sessions,
Willde and Denss talked with irving J. Rubin, Director of the Detroit Transportation \!lnd Land Use
Study (TALUS).
In addition to the National
Route Marker program, the Department's two-man team felt that
a paper entitled "Modern Management Techniques Applied to County Transportation Problems", merited the close scrutiny of Department plann~rs,




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OC T OB E R, 1967

TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENT(Continued from page 2)

1600s. This form of local rule by the people played

an immensely significant part in the development of
democracy in America.
It has withstood the test of history since Colonial
times. As the nation expanded westward, settlers
continued to establish township government units.
They set up township boundaries, then selected supervisors or "selectmen" to administrate localized
governmental affairs, from regulation of the town
"commons" to overseeing health conditions to constructing new roads. Following the American Revolhtion, the Congress of t he young country designated
the land extending to the Mississippi River as the
Northwest Territory. In 1787, an ordinance was
passed providing a pattern of government for the
expanding country, providing for territory governors,
along with county and township governmental units.
Conditions were different, however, in the expansion of the South and the Southwest territories. Here,
landowners controlled large plantations, sometimes
even larger than the size of a township as constituted in the North. This was, in a sense, a baronial
type of society, with landowners controlling the administration of the county as well as state governments. The county unit became the local governing
body, usually with three commissioners serving as
both administrative and legislative county officers.
During the early 1800's the great expansion of the
western territories continued, moving heavily into
areas which became states of Ohio, Michigan and
Indijl.na. In 1809, Illinois became a Territory, and in
1818 was brought into the Union as a State.
The early Illinois settlers came into the new state
along the Ohio River route, and most of them had
been accustomed to county-commission type local
government. Consequently, the first lllillois Constitution provided only for state snd county-commission
governmental units, without townships.
During the 1830's and 40's, the northern part of
Illinois grew rapidly. The settlers came from states
where the civil township was a very important unit
of local government. Thus, when the second Illinois
Constitution was adopted in 1848, it gave counties
an option to include townships as a part of the state
governmental organization, within the counties electing to do so. This also provided that the elected
township supervisors would become the governing
commission of the county.
In a general election of 1849, a majority of Illinois
counties chose the township system, and staffed these
units with a supervisor, clerk, tax officer, justices of
the ,peace and constables.
Practically the entire northern half of the counties
in lllinois established township governments. Eventually, this totaled 85 counties with township governmental bodies, and 17 with county commission systems. In 1893, Cook County, including the mushrooming city of Chicago, established a separate county board of commissioners, along with the 30 township governments within its county boundaries.
An interesting observation may be made in respect
to the development of township government in Illinois. Those 17 counties which have retained the non(Co I'l\lnuY4 lin nex.t column)



County Board President Richard B. Ogilvie has
ordered special emphasis on improvements to county
roads in suburban and unincorporated areas.
In a directive to Acting Highway Superintendent
Richard H. Goiterman, Ogilvie said many needed improvements to county roads had been sacrificed because of expresswsy work in recent years.
"Expressways playa most important part in metropolitan areas," Ogilvie stated. "But we cannot lose
sight of the need for maintaining and improving the
roadway system in suburban Cook County."
Golterman has reported to Ogilvie that work has
been completed or is underway at present on 18
specific improvements to roads in the suburban and
umncorporated areas of the county. The cost of
these projects totals $7,886,512. The cost of the
work is paid from the County's share of Motor Fuel
Tax revenue.
Ogilvie said Goiterman is also studying the entire
picture of county roads, so that further improvements can be scheduled where they are needed.
"Special attention must be concentrated on the
access roads because they lack the glamor appeal ot
the vast expressway system," Ogilvie declared.
"However, It is the county road which in most
cases provides the final link between the expressway
system and the school, industry, or shopping center,
which are the final destination of the motorist who
pays for construction and maintenance of illl our
"Hundreds of thousands of Cook County residents
depend primarily on conditions of these roads and
we cannot and will not neglect our obligation to
maintain and improve them."
Ogilvie has ordered regular reports on progress of
the highway program. Golterman submitted a list
of improvements with their location and cost in response to Ogilvie's request.
( Contlnued from adjoining column )

township system have apparently reflected the loss

of the people's close interest and participation in
their government. Four of these 18 have actually
declined in population since 1870, nearly 100 years
ago. Six others have remained about the same in
population count. Inside the cluster of the commission type of counties in the southernmost part of the
state stands Jackson County, a township type. Its
county seat is also the seat of a growing cultural
center, and the location of Southern Illinois
Whether it be s nation, state, county or township,
when the people feel themselves a part of their government, they will feel more strongly about their
own progresB, and the progress of their community.
This is one of the true values of the democratic way
of life, of which township government has played an
important part.
Why does lllinois need township government? What
does it do? Who runs it, and what part do the
people play in its operation? Answers to these quest~Q~ will follow in th~ p~~t !lfti,cle in thj.s ~ri~ ,


Cooperating with the Public Re
lations Commission of the Village
of Wheeling headed by Mrs. Lillian
Stiller, the Cook County Highway
Department participated in the
dedication ceremonies of the Pedes
trian Overpass on Dundee Road.
The program, presented on the
parking area of the Jack London
Junior High School Friday afternoon (Oct. 13th), opened with the
playing of the national anthem by
the school band directed by George
Village President Ted C, Scanlon
served as master-of-ceremonies, In
his opening remarks he complimented the local committees and
the Highway Department for their
cooperation:"J.h making the much
needed service facility possible.
With him on the speakers' platform were: Bryan Weiner, president of the School Board; Kenneth
Gill, superintendent of School Dis
trict No. 21; Village Trustees William McRae and John Koeppen.
and County Commissioner William
N. Erickson and Acting Superintendent of the Highway Department Richard H. Colterman.
Chris Krolack Talks
Stealing the show so to speak
from the school and village officials
who spoke, was young Chris Krolack, president of the Student
Council. Assisting in setting up
and decorating the Department's
mobile speaker's platform were:
Vito Colucci and James Battista
of the Traffic Safety Commission,
and Joseph Pelt, Robert Syczecinski, and Michael PhilbiR of the
Bureau of Secondary Roads.
Wheeling Police Chief M. O.
Horcher and hie men cooperated
in setting up the parking space
and rnembera of the Junior Women's
Club prepared and served refreshmenta at th~ (:Qnclusion ot th~





Thi. hand.ome anel highly ufeful atructure wu dedicated amid appropriate

ceremonie. in which repre.entativea of the Village of Wheeling, School Di.trict
No. 21, and Jack London Junior High School in conjunction "",ith tho.e from
the County Hil'h"",ay Department took part. Built at a co.t of $65,641.50, the
Pede.trian Overpa.. "",ill .erve the .tudent. and many othe r penon. who have
profu.ional and .oci"l dealing. with the .cbool.


Village Pre.ident Ted C. Scanlon of Wheeling cut. ribbon openinr the Pede.
trian Over-P... to the public. Witb him from left to right: County Commisaioner William N. Erick,on! Actin. Superintendent of the County Highway
Department Richard H. Go terman, Chrit Krolack, pre.ident of the Studont
C:'inlll~il. Al!,4 DryaR Weiner. pmident ~ \h. WA~,lin. School Board.




( Continued from adjoIning column)

(Continued from page 1)

Neighbors of theirs, the Allisons,

came to America and to Chicago
in 1833, and in a year or so settled
45000-Highway- J oe C
Gal 4
on the Des Plaines River in Northfield Township, 20 miles northwest
of Chicago. The Dearloves, ten of
them, six boys and two girls, followed them in 1836. The children
were William (1810-1889), Mary
(1813-1879), Peter (1816-1852),
Richard (
-1863), Thomas (1821-1839), George (1822-1907) , Hannah (1825-1885), and Joseph (18261857). Thomas, 18, was the first
to go, .f:Ie was buried in a tiny
graveyard in the woods, a quarter
mile north of Central Road east of
the Des Plaines River.
were 15 burials there in the early
days, but they were removed to
Oakwood years later. An ancient
cedar is all that is left of the
little burying ground.
Richard Dearlove acquired several hundred acres of land in the
southwest corner of Northfield
Township, paying a dollar and a
quarter an acre for his holdings.
Originally, it was an English settlement, infiltrated by Yankees
from New England and New York
State and by German immigrants
after 1848, although there were
itinerant Germans, single men, who
worked for hire in the area as
early as 1845. They were thrifty,
frugal people and brought their
families over a few years later.
The Dearloves were Anglican in
religion as were their English
neighbors. An Anglican clergyman from Chicago held services
at the home of Mr. Ballard on
Ballard and Potter Roads which
the Dearloves attended. La.ter, a
small chapel was erected on Milwaukee Avenue, which to their
German neighbors was known as
the "English Church" and the surrounding cemetery as the "English
Old school district num ber 7 was
organized in the early 184(}s. It
was located on Milwaukee Avenue
and Glenview Roads. Four generations of Dcarloves had been active in the organization and administration of the district since
its formation. Grandfather William, Father John and the last
John served as trustees and clerks.
(ContInued on next column)






Highway Engineer IV
October 18, 1967






County Board President Richard

B. Ogilvie ann{)unced the awarding
of $1,296,381.'14 contract for the
widening from 2 to 4. lanes and

improving of Lawrence Avenue

from Rose Street to Delphia in
Leyden Township.
The County Board approved the
contract at its meeting this week.
Approval from the Illinois Division
of Highways having been received,
it is anticipated work will begin
( OonUnued on ntlxt column )

( COntinued from adjoIning column)

Mr. John Dearlove lived out his

life on his beloved acres. He
passed away not too long ago,
alone, in the old homestead. Probably, as he wished it. He was
buried in the little "English Graveyard" on a beautiful morning.
Twenty Dearloves are all about
him. It was quiet and peacefuL
A cardinal whistled with great
abandon. A mourning dove cried
a requiem.
John adds the following note:
"After John Dearlove died the
Forest Preserve took over the
propcrty and tore down the house
which was back from Dearlove
Road about 300 yards; :I!J mile
south of Milwaukee on the west
side. Obviously named for the
Dearlove family."

late this month with completion

scheduled for October of next year.
In addition to the Lawrence
Avenue improvement, which will
run through Norridge and Schiller
Park, tbe contract provides for the
widening from two to four lanes
of Des Plaines River Road and
East River Road for several hundred feet north and south of
The Des Plaines River Road improvement will extend 856 feet
north and the same distance south
of Lawrence.
The East River
widening and paving will extend
1,056 feet north and south of Lawrence. Both will be designed for
intersection channelization to provide for left-hand turning.
The project which was designed
by and will be constructed under
the supervision of the County
Highway Department also includes
installation of drainage facilities,
drive-ways, side-walks, landscaping featurcs and traffic signals.

(ENTRAL AV(Cont i nued from page 1)"

worked out between the Department and the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago
relative to certain rights-of-way
affected by the proposed project.
This will include the acquisition of
air-rights for the structure, itself,
and other rights-of-way for piers
and retaining footings. It is anticipated that when an understanding is reached on this phase, the
Highway Department will be in a
position to secure the approval of
the State and Federal Bureaus.
As designed the improvement
will consist of an elevated structure and approaches extending
from just north of the Stevenson
Expressway to a point approximately 800 feet north of 39th
Street. It will be comprised {)f
two 24-ft. roadways, separated by
a four foot median, and include
two five foot sidewalks on either
side. It will be mercury vapclrlighted, and fully channelized with
a complete traffic signal system at
39th Street.
The hearing, as Stark explained,
was in accordance with requirements of Section 128, Title 23, of
the U. S. Codc for Federal-Aid
Highway projects.






Cook County Government exi'b for all the County'. people, rich and poor
alike. A 'pilOn did example i, Cook County HOlpital, world.famou. for it. .taff
and facilitiea, who-e ... rvic. "rIO open to all who need them.


A new facility wa. added to County Hospital with the dedication thi, month
of the Robin Dean H eliport, named for a zallant fiveyear old burn victim
broucht to the HOlpital by helicopter during the Great SHuard. Robin lo.t her
6zht for life, but the Heliport en.urel that many more children will win thein.






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Did You Know . . .

- that Daniel Cook, after whom
Cook County is named, was the
first political leader in the Illinois
territory to advocate statehood,
and was the driving force behind
the statehood movement?
- that the burgeoning growth of
the large lake shore area, now
Cook County, was an important influence in the growing sentiment
for statehood?
- that the unincorporated settle
ment at the mouth of the Chicago
river, with a .population between
50 and 60, was designated. as the
Cook County seat in January 1831,
when the County was created?
(Source-"Growth of Cook Coun
ty," by Charles Johnson)

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Northfield Township with 60 per

mits issued by the Department of
Building, Zoning and Planning totalled the highest of any township
in the County in estimated construction costs. The dollar figure
of $1,307,700 was included in the
September report by Herbert C.
Wenske, Commissioner.
The Department issued a total
of 185 permits representing an
estimated construction cost of $3,335,200.
Second to Northfield
Township was Wheeling with 44
permits totalling $818,300 and
third was Stickney wit1n:'51>Crmits
and a total of $236,550.
The installation of 49 sanitary
sewers in Northfield Township accounted for $1,253,000 of the $1,307,700 total. By Townships the
fee permits were distributed as
$ 30,400
Elk Grove
, 34,800

VOL. XIV Number 10



Cro.d. of .pe<tal.;U., indudin, F..te... J, Stale and Count, offieW" .tand ba r ...
h_ded roll' the pla,in, of the nationa l anthem by the D.i,ht D. Eilenho.er
Hi,h SchC>(lI aend of BI ... 1,lend at c ....moniu offic;'II, openin, a major M,ment
01 the t br.nch of the D.n R,an E"p r_,.a,. Picture . . . talcen from the
103rd Street o ..er-pe.. loolcin, north.

Imprell8lve and colorful ceremonies, arrnnged by the Cook County

Highway Department, marked the
official opening of a major segment
of the west branch of the Dan
Ryan Expressway on October 24..
This Initial segment extends from
99th and Aalsted to 127th and
Federal, State and County officials. as well 8S representatives of
the villages and townships in the
southwest section of the County
were among the hundreds of spectators who were on hand for this
memorable event. ConslrUcted at
a coat ot 523 million, this segment
involved the completion of 37 contract.. Among these were nine
demolition projects. three gradjng
operations, rour drainage instaJlationa. tour paving improvements,
12 structures, two landscape, one
signing (directional) and two
lighting contracts,

In his remarks from the S,>eakera' Platform, County Board Presi-

dent Richard lB. Ogilvie pointed

out that the Cook County Highway Department under the direction of the Board of Commissioners
has maintained leadership in road
construction for many decades. In
the first year of the County's incorporation in 1831. Ogilvie cited
that the County's Board of Commissioners then consisting of three
members. met In the ammunition
room of Fort Dearborn to layout
the County's first road-building
program_ Referring to the expressway system in the County, of
which the Dan Ryan is an important extension, Ogilvie pointed out
that the Highway Department haa
constructed 63 miles, or 54 percent
of the US miles of modern, toU(COntl nulHl on



Chicago, III. 60602

County Board President Richard
B. Ogilvie announced the appointment of Richard H. Golterman aa
Superintendent of the Department
of Highways, effective immediately,
following action by the Board on
November 7,
Gollerman was one of three
members of the staff of the Highway Department who took the
examination tor the top post last
month. His appointment by Ogilvie WRS based on the approval of
the minois Department of Public
Works and BUildings.
Golterman has been serving a.I
Acting Superintendent of the Department to fiJI the vacancy
created by the death of Superintendent Andrew V. Plummer on
July 31, 1967.
An Assistant Superintendent of
the DeJlartment since June, 1963,
when he came to the County, Gollerman served as District Engineer
with the Illinois Division of Highways.
He joined the division in 1946
and was placed in charge of eight
northern counties. responsible for
all research, design, construction
and maintena nce of the State and
County systems.
He also was in charge of construction of Interstate 90 from a
point near Elmhurst to the nlinol.a
Tollway at Palatine and its further
development north to Grays Lake
and up to the Wisconsin .atate line
near Lake Geneva.
Prior to his a.ppointment as District Engineer, Gollerma.n had
served as State construction super.
villor on the Eisenhower, Eden and
Kennedy Expressways.
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Newlyappointed Superintendent of Hlghwaya Rich

a rd H. Golter man has released deacrlptlon and costs
of road Improvements in suburban and unincorporated
areaa of the County.

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Vol. XIV

No, 10


Published monthly by and for the members of the

Cook Coullty Highway Department to serve 8JI an
organ for disseminating neW8 and information on the
peTlKlnnel and projects of the Department and the
County and subjects of related Inlere1!lt.
Contributions for publication are invited and will be
given the carefu l attention of the Editors, However,
they will not be responsibl,. for unaollclted material.




R I CHA R DB . OG I LVI E, Presidenl

Cook County Board of Commissioners
The Board of Oommissioners
Mathew W. Bieszcz.at
Jerome Huppert
Charle. S, Bonk
Lillian Piotrowski
Charles F . Chaplin
Ruby Ryan
George W. Dunne
Barry H. Semrow
William N. Erickson
Josephine B. Sneed
Floyd T . Fulle
J ohn J . Touhy
Charles J. Grupp, Jr.
Kenneth E. Wilson
S uperintendent of Highways
Uichnrd U . Golte rman

Cook County Highway News

Ed E. DeuM
Graphic Arts Consultants
l<Jihvlu A. Reck
C. O. lIlgglns
Staff Photographer
Elmer .J. Majewski

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to lfPace limitations, C01)erage of the ceremonies opening the 25th Avenue
Railroad Grade Separation at North Auetllte cannot
be pr68ented tn this &.!SM. Watch for i t nea:t month.!)


Ma rk Orlich, head of the Administrative and Files
Division, has been appointed the Department'a representative on the Cook County Employees Safety Program, for which William M. Doyle servea as the
The unit recently announced that any County employee who suffers accidental injury while at work
will receive medical aid at Cook County Hoapltal and
Oak Forest Hospital among others.

These projects have been or will be completed this

year, he stated. The list follows:



Mt. Proapect Road at Algonquin Road

and Wolf Road at Algonquin Road
Widening from two to four lanes with
median and intersection channelization $ 314,565.00
25th Avenue, North Avenue to Grand Avenue
Widening from two to four lanes with
intcracction channelization .......... 574,057.89
Central A venue at Stony Creek
Construction of culvert ........... 122,515.59
Dundee Road- Overpass
Construction of pedestrian walk ."
Palatine Road at Schoenbeck Road
Widcning from two to four lanes and
construction of offslip ramp ........ 169,641.70
Pa latine Road at Willow Road
Widening from two to fou r lanea with
mediaR and channelized lntersection .. 419.675.62
Oakton Street at Dea Plaines River Road
Widening from two to four lancs with
median and interseetion channelization 176,519.00
Gunnison Street. Harlem Avenue to
Nagle Avenue. Widening from two to
four lanes with median and intersection channelization .,.,., .. ,."., .. , 467,991.95
138lh Street, 400' West and East ot
C, & W,I. RR. Bridge ." .. , . . " .. ,.
Crawford Avenue Bridge
Over-Cal Sag Channel and
Widening Channel ................. 4.26,368.60
Western Avenue, Lincoln Highway to
FI088moor Road- Widening to two
adequate lanes ..... ,............... 672,989.23
Palatine near Sanders Road- Equcstrlan
Bridge tor Forest Preserve Trail ....
Lawrence Avenue, Prospect Avenue to
Harlem Avenue-Widening from two
to four lanes with median strips a nd
Intersections ...................... 431.762.26
Forest Preserve Avenue, Belmont Ave.
nue to Irving Park- Widening from
two to fou r lanea with medians ... ,. 902,731.97
136th Street, Chatham Street to
Calumet Slough- Widening to 30 feet
and reconstructing roadway from
Chatham Street to Calumet Slough


A review of reports by project
staffs was the main order of business at the rceent meeting of the
Illinois Highway Research Board
which convened on the Urbana
campus of the University of
George W. Guderley, head of the
Administration Bureau of the Cook
County Highway Department. was
reappointed for a two-year tenn to
represent the Department on the
Board. Established in 19'16, the
Board serves t o provide lhe Chief
Engineer of the Illinois Division of
Highways, Virden Staff, counsel
and assistance in the following
areas among others:
Stimulate Interest in highway
research, and foster and encourage use of engineering information gained through the
highway research program in
llIinois and the research programs of other agendes.
Recommend methods and procedures for the dissemination
of information.
The Council membership is composed of the following: Engineer
of Research and Development. Engineer of Dc!sign, and the District
Engineer of District 10, llJinois
Division of Highways; Head of the
Departments of Civil Engineering
of Northwestern University and
the University of Ulinols; the
Assistant Regional Engineer and
Assistant District Engineer. Bureau of Public Roads; Superintendent of Highways, Randolph County; Representative of the Cook
County Higbway Dept.; Director
of Public Works, City of Cham
paign; Chief Transportation Engineer, City of Chicago, and the
Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of
Streets, City of Chicago.
Through its activities with the
Research Council, the Department
receives copIes or all papers published in the Highway Research
Record. It also receives all special
reports developed by the National
Academy or Sciences. These publications are maintained tor refer.
once in the Computer Section.


NOV E MBE R, 1967




Announcement of the promotion
of Glenn Frederichs to the post of
chief of the Construction Bureau
and Philip T. Nelsen as his Assistant, effective November 7, was
made by Richard H. Golterma n,
Superintendent of the Cook County
Department of Highways.
Frederichs, H. E. V., a graduate
of the D1inois [nstitute of Technology, has been with the Department for 20 years. He was appointed as Assistant to the Bureau
Chief, Thomas G. Cots, last April
by the late Andrew V. Plummer.
Nelsen, H. E. V-23, received his
B.S. degree in Civil Engineering
from the University of minois. He
joined the Departm.e nt in 1953. His
most recent assignment was project engineer on the Dan Ryan
A resident of Hoffman Estates,
Nelsen lives with his wife. Dorothy.
and their t.hree children, Phil, Jr. ,
Gregory, and Debora.

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free expressways now completed

and in use throughout the cou nty.
"But lest oue gain t.he impression that Cook County is thinking
in terms of expressways onJy," he
continued, "let me hasten to say
that beginning immediately, our
Highway Department is going to
devote more efforts than ever be
fore in building, rebuilding and upgrading our network of arterialtype roads a nd streets that feed
traffic into and out of our expressway system,
"This upgrading of such routes
not only will improve the expressway system, as a whole, but will
make travel much faster and safer
for our many Cook County suburban residents who may only aceasionally use the expressways.
"Our county highway department engineers recently reported
to our County Board ," Ogilvie concluded, "that work now is under-way or is being completed in the
1967 program 15 specific road improvement projects in the suburban and unincorporated a reaB of
Cook county. These projec18 will
have cost nearly $5,000.000, all of
(Contlnued on page 7)


Work W&l .tarted I&lt ",o nth to replaca tha r adio tower to ppled in one ol
la.t yea r ' tor m.. Located on the pre mi.e. Qf the Palll! ine Cara,_ and W ara
h OUle, th e tower a nd ill related equipment will a,ai n be in .en-ice to help coo rdinate t b. effortl of t he fi eld rac il itie.. Main tenance En,ineer No rbert W alsh
ra porb that the lower has been erec ted ainu th is pho to was taken, Moto rola
tec:bniciap. (i n the back.round ) were as. em blint the t 9wtor ... foundatioPI for
tb. fooup,. of th. four Ie were bein, dUI'





Oounty Board I'resident Riehllrd B. Ogihrle (ieJt) bolds ribbon as

!Iedlnllh Temple Motor Corps cyclist, Jame.o; Sotern, breaks through
b) open a major segment of the Expressway. Others who IUlrtici.
pated in the ceremony were (from right.) Oounty Commissioner
Jerome Huppert, cbairmAII of the Road and Bridge Committee; Virden Staff, chief engineer of the Illinois Dh'lslon of Highways; County
Commissioner Ruby Ryao, aud Francis S. Lorenz, director or the
Deparbnent of Public Works, State of Illinois.
(2) HllDdreds of dlgnitaries, public works officials a nd motorists heard
President Ogilvie empbaslzo the County's leadership in highway con~



litruction. lie a lso told of ~

gram to build, lmllro\'e and up

(8) At the close of t he cere flOW

lead the officinl Cook Cc
from 99th to 127th Str
gleaming "ehicles, the colorf
in 1111 exciting llerfonnance IllII

(4) Hundrflds of spectators lined


adding their num







flighway Department's pr~

roads In the s uburbttn a~a.
iU edinah Temple Moto r Corps
e through the new ~gment
y_uniformed and mounted on
It aJso demOIl~;trllted du rlllK skill
pI the program.

Expressway and the lOSrd Street

the hundreds who drove t q the

program site. They IHl.rked 011 the roadway rese.rved for the occaContributing Importantly to the e ,'ent was the Dwight D.
Eisenhower Jligh School Bllnd of Blue Island. directed by Carter
(5) Howa.r d L. Willett, (at mike on S IH!akers' Platform) Board Chairman of the trucking comllUny benring his nllme, a nd Chairman of
the Traffic and Pllrklng Oommll1ee 01 the Chicago Association of
Commerce and Indus try. ~ n'ed ItdmlralJly as mas ter of ceremonies.
The impreStih'e af'Cair ~OOk; ,.luce 011 '(ullsdar morning, Octo~r 24th.







NOVEM SER , 1967



(Continued [rom I)age 3)

which win be paid from the County's share of the state motor fuel
Howard L. Willett, Chairman of
the Board of the Willett Company,
and Chairman of the Traffic and
Parking Committee of the Chicago
Association of Commerce and Industry, served 8.8 maater of ceremonies. He started the program
promptly at 10 o'clock under
threatening skies with the playing
of the national anthem by the
Dwight D. Eisenhower High School
Band of Blue Island, 'C arter Ness,
The Reverend George Reid, pastor of Arnett Methodist Church,
delivered the Invocation. Willett
then introduced the people on the
Speakers' Platform. Among these
were: County Commissioners William N, Erickson. Charles J,
GrupP. Jr. , Jerome Huppert, Lillian Piotrowski, Ruby Ryan, and
Josephine B. Sneed; Riehard H.
Golterman, acting superintendent
of the Cook County Department of
Highways; Mayor Richard J . Daley,
Francis Lorenz, director of Public
Works, State of 1Ilinois; Virden
Staff, chief engineer of the 1I1inois
Division of Highways; Gordon
Lindquist, Chicago Motor Club; G.
William Sullivan, Potentate, Medinah Temple ; Ald. Wilson Frost,
21st Ward (through which this
segment of the Expressway rUDs) :
and DavId M. Flynn, Supt. of
Transportation of the Chicago
Transit Authority.
Governor Otto Kerner, attending
the Governors' convention "a-float".
had wired his regrets at not being
able to attend. At the same time
he deSignated Public Works Director Lorenz as his representative.
Following a stirring musical
number by the Eisenhower band.
Ogilvie addressed the throngs, and
the fonnal portion of the program
was concluded with the delivery of
the Benediction by Father Emmet
Regan, St. Helena's Church.
Adding a linal fillip to the proceedings was the thrilling perfonnance by the Medinah Temple.Motor
Corps. The 25-unit cyclists executed a pattern of maneouvers
which drew the enthusiastic applause of the spectators, At the
conclusion of their presentation
they regrouped and lead the Ogilvie entourage up the Expressway
to 121th Street. Here they crossed
over and returned to the Loop.

(ConUnued rrom adjacent column)

Supt. Richard H. Colter m .. n

(Continued from page


Golterman is an air force veterR.n

of both World War n and the
Korean action. He received his
training at Ellington Air Force
Base and also at San Marcus Air
Base near Austin. He flew 30 missions over Europe while stationed
near London in 1944-45 as a member of the 8th Air Force. A navigator, he lead bomber (onnations
to designated targets.
Recalled to service in August
1950, Goltennan served in Korea
and Japan. He flew 26 night missions on photo reconnaissance and
also directed naval and air force
flights to thcir targets. Rising to
the rank of Major, he was placed
in charge of rehabilitating Kimpo
Air Base near Seoul which had
been largely destroyed, for use by
the U. S. Air Force,
A graduate civil engineer and a
registered professional engineer in
the State of Illinois, Goiterman is
an a lumnus of Northwestern University. He is a member of the
Policy Committee of the Chicago
Area Transportation Study, representing the Department.
Golterman resides with his wife,
Muriel, and thei r three daughters,
at 1800 Banbury, in inverneas. He
also is a Village Trustee In Inverneas.
The Resolution submitting Lhe
nominee's name was introduced by
Commissioner Jerome Huppert In
his capacity as Chairman of the
Road and Bridge Committee. Upon
the call for the question, Huppert
pointed out that Golterman had
been serving in the Highway De(Cont!nued on a djoin Ing column)

partment as an Assistant Superintendent for more than four years.

On the death of Andrew V. Plummer on July 31st, GoJterman had
been named acting superintendent
and had carried aD the duties and
responsibilities of the office most
Commissioner George W. Dunne,
Chairman of the Finance Commit
tee, complimented the President for
his action in promoting from the
staff of the Department. Dunne
stated that this policy Dot only
reflected favorably on the professional competence of the departmental staff, but also encouraged
interest in the Department among
people in the field of engineering
and public works. He then seconded the motion to pass the

Thorn G. Cots

Before casting his vote, Commiss ioner Charles S. Bonk, Chairman

of the Public Service Committee,
also commended the candidate's
qualifications and the policy as reIlected in this promotion from
\vithin the ranks.
In the call for the question the
vote was a unanimous one. The
appointment is for st.", years. Gollerman then spoke briefly, expressIng his appreciation for the confidence displayed by the Board.
The President also submitted the
name of Thomas G. Cots for the
vaca ted post of Assistant Superintendent. This action was likewise
endorsed unanimously and Cots
thanked the Board and hoped that
he would merit the confidence of
the Administration.


NOV E M BER , 1967




The roule of the Daa R,an ExpNu"a, " U kno"a ia pioaeer da" a. the
Viaeenn .. Trace. It eonn.cted Fort Deerbora wi t h Vincen ne Ind. Ma n, of
Cook Counl,', earl, nUle,. came O"er the Trace to find .. new home in Cook.


A major Hlmenl of th. Dan R,an , opened lut month. a. .noth ... link in
f .... e".' rout. from Cook Counl, 10 N.... Orle...,. Tha. aUe.t. to Cook Count,' .
import.... ". &II the Nation'. tran'portalion eente~akin& it more than ever ..
place to make a hom., a Lend of Opportunit" &II it "'U 10 the pion"" of th.
Vincenn.. Trac

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An effort to beat the onset of

Old Man Winter sparked a sharp

upaurge in the number of building

pennillJ iuued during October by
the Department ol Building, Zon-

Ing and Planning, according to the

October report released by Commissioner Herbert C. Wenske. The
270 October permits totaning $5,996.725 in estimated construction
coats topped the September mark
of 185 permits totalling $3,335,200.
By Townships the fee permits
were distributed U8 follows:

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is for Keynote, heed Ita call lor
the day.
is CommissioneMl. counsel. 80
ill for Order, and Law Is ita
is for Unity, fair compromil!l6;
is for Neighborly acres nnd

T is Titanie-(lur Si7.e and our
Y is our Youth, our best promifl'1
and hope.


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t11r brigqt
tqougqtl of t11r
i;olway ~ra!Ul11 br
yourl to rnjny t11rougqnut
tqr rntirr yrar. Qtqriltmal il
inbrrb a joyoua timr wqrn frirnb
grrda frirnb anb olb rnmitira arr
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with us: late and soon

geHing and spending we
lay waste our powers."


As the Sabbath that enables us to put aside the week's

... ~1,..-~.:t\.~_
core, so Christmas gives us time to loy aside the cores of the year. May
we all partake of this time to replenish our spirits with kind and generous thoughts,
rejoicing with one another in our ability to do so. In the words of Tiny Tim, " God Bless us everyone."
Tn. Stoff
Cook County Highway Deportment







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December, 1967

No J11

Published mont.hly by and for the membera of the

Cook County HIghway Department to serve aa an
organ for diaseminaUng newa and information on the
personnel and projects of the Department and the
County and subjectB of related interet!lt.
Contributions for publication Ill'e invited and will'be
given Lhe careful altention of the Editors. However.
they wlU not be retponslbr,. for unsolicited material.

RICHARD B. OG ILV IE , Presidenl

Cook Counly Board of Commissioners
The Board 01 Commissioners
Mathew W. Blc8Z.Czst
Jerome Huppert
Charlea S. Bonk
Lillian Piotrow.kl
Charles F. Chaplln
Ruby Ryan
George W. Dunne
Harry H, Semrow
Will1am N. Erickson
Josephine B. Sneed
Floyd T. Fulle
John J. Touhy
Charlel J. Grupp, Jr,
Kenneth K Wilson
Road and Bridge. Comnlittee
"erom~ lIuppert, Chairman
Superintendent of Highways, Richurd II . Gollerman

Graphic Arts Consultants
};dwln A . Beck
C. C. mg-gills
SlaIf Pbotographer
~Imer I. Majewski

In 11 statement to the national profeu!onaJ publica

tlon. Englnt>ering News-Record. S'lpt. Richard H.
Goltennan reporter.l that 22 projects all the West Leg
of tlte Dan Ryan Expre88way were COmlJ\eted by the
Cook County Highway Department as of October 1
1967_ These represented an expenditure of $17,856.

Concurrently, the continuing program of secondary

road improvements was carried forv.lard
in this schedule were 15 BI)(>('ific IlrojettB cCIting near
Iy '5 million. There is a earry--over In this program
into 1988 of three more imf)rovem~"t8 .... hich Will
bring the total expenditures to $7.886.512. These
may be considered as being in the 1967 schedule in
8smuch Il8 the contracts were awarded during this:
The statement was issued on the request of ita
Regional FAitor. J. Roland Carr In addition to re
queatlng the Information on typea of highway con
structlon and their cosls during the pilat year, earr
al80 naked tor data regarding J1rogrammlng for 1968.
The editor aIao wanted a description of some of the
maj(,r projects completed in '67 and tboee to be
started in '68.

III the former cat.egory, Golterman listed (in

chronologicnl order) the following; completion of the
Jack London Junior High School; opening a major
segment of the west branch of the Dan Ryan Ex
preae\\'l1Y, and the opening of the 25th Avenue Rail
road Grade Separation at North Avenue.

A major contrncl awarded lite lalter part of 1967,

was the $6,485,756 improvement on Lake Shore Drive
The contract provides for the widening of a J1~ mile
strctch from Irving Park to Carmen. The overpassea
at Irving Park, Montrose, Wilson and Lawrence will
_ _ _ _ _ be widened and a diamond ..lyle of Interchange iii
planned to replace the prcsent cloverleaf design.
This Improvement will not be completed until late
Summer of '69.


StafT members of the Department contributed a

total ot $893.00 to the 37th Annual Christm(l8 Party

Fund of the Veterans Administration Hoallitn1. The
annual festive occanion is presented under the nus
ricies 01 the Baseball League, J08('ph J . McOonough,
The Chairman conveyed his apprecintion of the
Contribullon to Supt. Richard H. Golterman.
"Through your contribution," he wrote, "Christmas
becomes something other than 'jult another day in
a h06pital' to lhe&t deserving hoepitali.zt.'d veternns."

A major project of the Department Cor 1968 la

scheduling construction on the West Leg of the Dan
Ryan from 127th to 161th Street. At 161th Street.
the County Highway Department eonnectB with the
work on the Expressway being done by the Illinois
Division of Highways.
Thel'c arc 1-1 projects in the Dellflrtmcnt's programming for which contracts will be awarded. These
represent an estimated cost 01 $13.230.000.
[n addition there are three bridge construction project. ICheduled over the CaH:'ag Channel. The total
COI!It tor theze improvements i8 estimated nt $1,200,000
Their locations sre at 127th St., Francisco. and Rid~.
land_ Work will start contingent on rlght--of.way
acquisition by and approval of the Corpi ot Engineera.


(Thu i.Y the third in a "erics


arUcle" on th.e significance, tftructllr6

and /unctiO'llll




A few years ago, Macon County,

Illinois held an interesting and
vital referendum. A group of Decatur citizens stirred up a controversy about township government
in their county, and put the question of township government verBUll county commission government
to a vote.
Township government. won by Ii
landslide. The preference for it
WM greater than 21;! t.o one.
In Illinois, 85 counties have
township government, and this includes Cook County. All have the
same set of officials. wbo nt"e
elected every four years. The chie!
administrator in the township is
the Supcrviaor, who directs affairs_
presides at meetings. and also
functions na treasurer, overseer of
health (Lnd welfnre, Rnd perform.!!
other duties.
Other offichls in the township
Include the clerk. who is the inilir_tor and custodian of t.ownship
reports nnd records. The township
:'\ssessor and collcctor handle all
proper ty tax matters as assigned
within their county. The highway
commissioner is responsible for all
to\\ITIshlp roads. Three township
auditors nn> elected. who8(! duties
nre to review and audit bill", as
woll as to approve 01' disapprove
the performance of tOWDship fldr:1inistrnUve officials.
Township officials in Cook County. have a board of county commissioners superimposed over its
30 tOWDships.
However, a varhltion in Cook
County relates to the township collector. In Cook. 8S well us in
MRdison. Peoria. Sangamon ond
Will Counties. this official is nn
active member of the township admInistration, responsible for local
collection of all real and pel'&Onal
property taxes.
The present functions of township government. and the operational arena in which it can work,
include a broad range of activities.
These include taxation, health, welfare and poor reUel, education,


DEC E MBER, 1967

local improvements, and control of

obnoxious conditions.
In recent years. the state legislature authorized townships to set
tIP youth commissions, and many
townships now have highly successful, low-cost senice programs
to help control juvenile delinquency.


It sometimes appe9rB that governmentuJ functions overlap from

onc governmental body to ,mother.
from township to village or city.
to county, ptate and federal gove.-nme~ts. Of courae. the big trend
has been for federal govemme!ll
agencies to move In. either vb.
direct a.ction or by financln l con
lrot. Yet, most every function you
might ns~ign to your government
relates loc:llly~and in m:my, many
C:lses. the township government h
best constituted to administrate
such local. inter.community affairs.
A prominent political scientist
r:ocenUy m!'lde a significant point
ubout this. He slUd, "As in so
mnny other phases of government.
citizens have been willing to let an
oP I>ort.unlty for self-gover nment go
by default. only to see transferred
to more distant and more impersonal units many functions that.
need not have been relInquished
loca.lly. "

A new approach t.o maSH transportation by a major municipal

lrnnsit authority may be nenr.

A "Sky Bus" tritIlsit system Involving driverless cars could be

running in the Pittsburgh municIpal arc~ by 1971, according to a
Ilews Hlory in a recent isslle of
The Wull Street Jouru!tl.
Allegheny County Porl Authority,
which provides rublic transportation for Pittsburgh n.nd other parts
of Allegheny county, has proposed
the bllilding of a fu ll-scsle commercial line using the new vehicles
developed by Westinghouse Corporation.
"Sky Busses" are drive.b3s cars
that run on rubber tires along
grooves in an elevated concrete
track. They nrc small and boxlike, with an aluminum nnd glass
exterior, nnd sent about 28 people,
!ContLnul'IJ un page S)



Oepartment . ta rtan, H erm an Sc: hu lu , H . E. III. and Theodore ( Ted )

Ma n.cblce, H . E. Il l. in_pect new Depar tment di, pla,.._ It Wat dey.loped
exhibition at the annual banq uet of t h. lII ino;. Ch a pter
Ih .. A m.,,;c:an Society
of C ivil n l' inee u . T he noral to uc: h W at not in t he la,..o ut p"epa red b,.. th.
O. p..-tlnen t', Diyia.ion of Archilect ur. and 4Dcbca pe l Th. exhibit pre, end,
aca th e rec eptio n area 9 n ~h. 2 7th ftoor.







Shown abo\'e are nine oubotanding highway projects. ~ntries ~ubmlttf!d

by the Cook County Highway Dt'partment In tbe Federal HIghway Beauty
Awards CompeUUon Hpoo!oOreti by the Office of the Seeretary of Trant;poTtatlon.
1. EdellS Expre.<;~way-lnterchanJl:e at Touhy Anoue look1ng north.
Edens runs from Kennedy EXp~8..~lVay north to Skokie Highway
(Routetl) at the Lake4Cook County line.
2. Edens ExpreJ,!tway-!olope treatJnent near Pl'lltt A,"enue Structure.
S. Calumet Expressway-."t~I'9hauge with Kingery Expressway at Thor"


Creek. Calumet runs south to ,

ea!lt,.w~t, from the TrHitate T
<I. Calumet Expressway-Intrr ".
of Dolton, south of OhlcaK'
6. Eisenhower Expresswlly-$trut'.
Village of Alaywood. in '\e1.tt'rn
downtown Chicago we<;t to tht' 1
G. .Eisenhower Expressway-$Irual


e ot



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D_E_C_EMBER, 1967

- - -



k Trail in Thornton. Kingery runs

to the 1lIlnols-lndlan3. line.
p - ' ge at 159tb Street in Village


looking west from 1st Avenue, In

k County. EI'ienhower runs frOID
tate Tollway.
looking west at 9th A n;nue In

1. Edens Expreswa.y-Struelure near Oakton Street. in "llIage of

Skokie, a Dorthern ~uburb of Cook County.
8. Edens Expresswo.y--Strueture at Pratt A venue In the Village of
Lincolnwood In nortbern Cook County.
9. Kennedy EXllres.<;way-vlew from Uarlem A\'enue west toward Oriole
Avenue structure. Kennedy run" DQrtlt,,'C"It from downtown Chicago
to o'Uare Field in Chicugo,






delivered the Invocation. The Bened1ct.ion WWI performed by the Rev

erend Fred M TOl'..er, pastor of the
}O~irtlt MethodisL Church of Franklin
A colorful feature of the program wall the posting of the colors
(See adjoining photo paye for
by the Drill TeRm of the Franklin
Residents and employees of buai
Park American Legion Post No.
ness organizations In the area hailed
974. Th18 wall arranged through
the opening of the 25th Avenue
the courtesy of Robert. Worth, POl:lt
railroad grade separation at North
Command~r. and Louis Leto. Post
Avenue on November 3. Designed
Adjutant. I<~wnrd Shnlk. Com
and constructed by the Cook Coun
Mander of the' First District. and
ty Highway Oellartment the im
Wnlter Jessen. Commander of the
provement cost $1,100,000, paid [or
Hjghway Enginrer I
9th District, w('re also on hand.
from the County'. share o[ MFT
November 14, 1967 _
I-_ t:epreeenlmg the American Legion.
Among tholl~ who braved the
The crossing had been clolled
elements were County Commission
since 191W on order of the Winola
ers, William F:rirkson, Jerome Hup
Commerce Commission. The ICC
pert, chSlirman of the Ro. .td and
slore II. route that was vltnl to the
bad i8Bued the order following 1\
Bridge Committee, and Lillian
'Csl.den18 of Melrose Park, Fmnk
trainauto crash thst took the Uvea
lin Park and adjoining communi
of three teen-agertl and injured
Sigmund SWllIlllOn, director of
tit'8. The Improvement conBiBts of
five othera. The clo.ing forced an
the Leyd['n Township High School
a four-lane roadway spanning the
average of 7,962 vehicle. a day to
band had made arrangements for
Ii ....e-track switching complex of the
seek other routefJ.
this fine organiUltion to piay the
lndillna Belt Line railroad,
A cold, wd windy day pro\'lded
National Anthem and a stirring
A pf'destrian walk also is part
the setling (or the program conmarch or two. However. the cold
of the bridge construction.
ducted by State Representative
~in prohibited their appearance.
.Lawre.ncc X. PusaterI.
Benj11mln Brzezinski nnd Chester
Slate, villngt' and township officials
CarBOn. pre:;.identa of the \'iIIa~c8
were on hand to participate in the
(If (o'ranklin Park and Melroo"
opening ceremonies.
Park. respt>ctively, Ill.o 'klive!\..J
IC'nli ,It
trom rage 3)
I!hort talka. Father Adam Torr~
County Board Prt'8ident Richard
eoml'nred with 80 (or a typical
IOn. PlUltor of Our Lady (If ).tount
B. Ogilvie in hia remarks pointed
rail cltr. \\'Htinghouse believes,
Cannel Church of M'Ir'QM Park,
out that the over-pess would roehow('ver. that lighter ellrs can em
IOn n. ,t ,.. ' um
IC"nllnu,,-'<l. n~1.t
]Iloy a lighter structure. It is also
believed that Ute Sky BU8 configur
ation will be readily adaptable to
the automatically controlled system
where sp<'cd and (relluency of servo
!ce are desirable.
The proposed system would be
th' first US" o( the Sky Bua in
m!l88 commuter trnnsit, although
the Allegheny Authority haa a
pilot Sky Bus system operating
at a county park BOuth of Pittaburgh. Another system ia bdng
built for the Tampa. Fla., internatiol]aJ airrort.
The Pitlsbargh project would in
elude a Sky Bua system running
from lIOuth Pltl8burgh to the
downtown business district with
eastwest conventional lines cross
ing the Sky Bus line. and passen
ger tranafer between the two sys.tems, The combined ayatems would
bring together "dift"ering technoloAbo... i. .n archilecl" Nlnci.rin. I'll Ih. Cook Count,. Hi.hwa,. Departmel'lt'.
gies in a total syatem ot higbly
1'1_ f.cilit,.. PI.n. Ii'll' thi, r ...-.tDr...l'lffice CDmplex ha... !;.en app"I'I .d
Interdependent ItChedules of move
b,. the CI'IUl'lt,. BI'I.ud, LoUIN in Pall'l' TDwn.hip, the num.t,d coot I'If Ih.
improvement he. Man ..t ,t $600,000. The ml'lundliklil ,h,pea ... the ri,hl Cn....
ment," to test the workability of
"Dund", .. ent Itl'l .., . i1" of ,alt 'I\d cinde... ,





Benjamin Brzezinski and

Chester Carson, presidents of the Villages of
Franklin Park and Melrose Park, respectively,
participated in the pro-gram wit.h County Board
President Richard B. Ogilvie.
Sheltering herseU
from the driving rain onto the Speakers' Platform,
was Commissioner Lillian
Piotrowski (beloW). Slate
Representative Lawrence
script) served as master
of ceremonies,

County, Slate, mUnICIpal and township officials

attended the opening of
the 25t.h A venue railroad
grade separation at North
Avenue on November 3rd,
The improvement costing
$],100,000, was paid for
with MFT funds. In addition to the over-pasa,
the County Higbway De-partment widened 25th
Avenue from two to tour
ianel! to Gr1lnd Avenue in
Franklin Park.


An inspiring feature of
the program was posting
of the colors by the Drill
Team or Franklin Park
Post No. 974, American
Legion. The stiff wind
forced the flags into an
impressive display. }t~rom
left to right; Joe Shedore,
James Harper, Ray Pofelski, Prank Line, Louis
Leta, Richard Feeney, and
Albert Ryndak.

Commissioner Jerome
Huppert, Chairman of the
Road and Bridge Committee, holds umbrella, as
President Ogilvie cuts the
traditional ribbon opening
the improvement to traffic.
Father Adam Torreaon,
Palltor of Our Lady of
Mount. Carmel Church,
Melrose Park, delivered
the Invocation, and the
Reverend Fred M. Tozer,
Pastor of lhe First Methodist. Church of Franklin
Park, spoke the Benediclion.

OECEMeEA, 1~61


r;>AGE 8



Ju Cook Counl,. _t Chri.lmutima pup.,... for Winler. ra:olloo:ctlon .h.rpa.n

of wi J.nu"..,.'. "8i, Storm". wilh it. Z4 million to ... of .II11W_ St.t;.t;u ra",",'.
how." ..., tb.t lba .Iorm wa .,.;ception.l--a ph._meDon th",1 m.,. not happeD
...in 00 lif.. time.
W.ather .,etidiu for the !att 30-,. r period .how th.t o.camb.er, not J.nua,.,., la norm.lI,. Iba month 01 hee .. ia" .now'.11 (10.1'" .,ai...t 8.5"). J " ".
it the cold .. t month wilb .n .......... minimum temper.lu,. of 19 cIa.ree
Z.ro .. comp.r.d with 22 d ....... for D.cambar. and 21 dev_ rIM" F.bru.r,..
Camp ...., to other u'diolU 0' the Mid_W I. Cook County'. winlera .... mod.r.t.
due I.r..el), 10 the inBueoca of Laka Michi ... n.


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Did You Know ...

- that the B~l meeting of the lirat
Cook County Board of Commiaaion
ers, in Marth 1831. was held In
the magazine (or ammunition
room) of Fort Dcarbom?
-that Cook County's Brst "public
building" wa.a an "eatray-pen." or
stray anlmnl pound, constructed In
1832 at a coal of $]2?
that local taxes al the Fort
Dearborn acttJemenl in 1825 were
only $1.00 (or each $100.00 or
8S8l"58ed value, but the taxpayers
received virtually no beneflt..a- no
public schools, streets or roads,
fire OT police protection, &ewers,
running water or health departmenta?
(Source- "Growth of Cook Coun
ty, Volume I," by Cha.rles !S,

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Cbleago Ch-ic Center.
Chicago, JUinois 60602
Return Requested


Urban "R('d" l....aller. 79, baseball

great and popular StaJfer, retired
recently from the Highway Departmenl.
Tbe long-time pilChjog ace of
the While Sox. wbo retired from
baseball In 1934 and devoted the
next. two decade. to aales work.
enjoyed a highly lJucceaaful career
In the Highway Deparlment. Joiniog the Department In 1954 as InslJeclor Rodman, he rose through
steady promotion to the position
of Engineer Technical II in 1966.
Like his pitching, Red's work for
the Highway Department was both
firstclll8l and consistent. At his
reUrement he sUll held the Department's highrst po8l!lible rating,
"Excellent." HospItalized l.a.at winter with arthritis, Red returned to




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VOL XV Number 1


Chicago, III. 60602


Will Mar k Its Own 137th
Anniversary at t he Same Time
The week of Janua ry 15th has
been proclaimed Cook County Week.
(Sec Page 6) To mark the occasion an exhibit has been set up in
the County Building-City Hall corridor on t he first floo r and also in
the east foyer on the first floor of
the Civic Center.
The exhibit by County depa.rtments porlrays many of the funcLions. services and responsibilities
of the County government. The
Cook County Sesquicentennial Committee will meet on that day to
hear an illustrated talk on the early history of Cook County and to
open officially Cook County Week.

Skill ed in th e ir work as member. of the Equipmen t Divi.ion are Machini.. t

Ed Gig uere (for .... round) a nd P au l H .ni.ko. Band at the L.. Gra n... Gan , ..,
they were bU IY inlt.mnll an "ngin e into the eh ..... of .. 3~' ton dump truck
... hen Ihi, picture w.u s na pp"d. Th .. ."ngine had be"" re mo""d from .. ,imil. ..
type .... hide which h.d be"n pr.ctically demoii. h"d in an a .. cida.. t . Thi. utili zati o n of p"rb i.

typical of the opera ti on of th" Di ... i. ;on whic h i.

under the

, upervi,io n of Mario DOl Sa n ti_, H . E . IV.

Men, machines and materia l-the

ingredients for highway maintenance and improvement in all seasonll~nre

bei ng assembled to meet

the onsla ughts of 01' Man Winler.

This is t he report (rom Richard
H. Goitennun, newly-appointed su-

I>c.rintcndent of the Cook County

Highwa y Department.
Under the direction of veleron
highway engineer, Henry Riedl, the
Oepartment's Bureau of Secondary
Roads is massing its forces . From
his command post on the 28th floor
of the Civic Center, he controls the

operation of four warehouse-garage

complexes and a storage yard.
These are located in the territory
where the winds blow cold and
s trong Ilnd the snow drifts highPalatine, Des Plaines, La Grange,
a nd Blue Island and the yard near
Orland Park. These outposts in
the heart of 01' Man Winter country serve the open spaces traversed
by county roads and highways.
A radio control board in his
office enables him to talk direclly
with each Maintenance Engineer in
c harge of the individual facility.
(Con tin u ed 01"1 pagl' 2 )

These are the first of many

events which t he County will sponsor and in which it will participate
during the coming months to observe the Sesquicentennial celebration of t he State of Illinois. The
events will have the flavor of a
double observance--that of the
State's 150lh anniversary a nd the
County's 137th,
It was named in honor of Daniel
Pope Cook. Be.fore his untimely
death at the age of 33, he had
been a lawyer, newspaper publisher, territorial a.uditor and clerk,
the first attorney gencral of the
State, a U_ S. Congressman (3
terms) and diplomat. He played
a leading role in bringing Illinois
into the Union as the 21st state.
slave free.
( Note- The biograp1lical material
all Datliel POPfJ Cook was gaitled

from ( Vol. 1) Growth 0/ Cook

COUJlty, by Chilries B, JohMon)






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January, 1968

Vol. XV

No. 1

Published monthly by and for the members of the

Cook County lligbway Departmen t to serve as an

organ for disseminating news and information on the

personnel and projects of the Department and the
County and subjects of related interest.
Contributions for publication are invited and will be
given the careful attention of the Editors. However.
they will not be responsiblp for unsolicited material.


Cook County Board of Commissioners
1'he BOllrtl of Commissioners
Jerome Huppert
Mathew W . Bieszczat
Charles S. Bonk
Lillian Piotr owski
Ruby Ryan
Charles F. Chaplin
Harry H. Semrow
George W. Dunne
J osephine B. Sneed
William N. Erickson
John J. Touhy
Floyd T. Fnlle
Kenneth E, Wilson
Charles J . Grupp, Jr.
Road and Bridges Committee

Jerome Huppert, Chairman

Superintendent of Highways, Ric hard II. Goltcr nmn

FA E. Dcuss

Graphic Arts Consultants

Edwin A. Beek
C. C. lIi;;gins
Staff PhDtographer
E lmer I. Majewski


A colorful feature during the annual convention of
the llIinois Nurseryman's Association at the La Salle
Hotel , J an. 14--17. is a series of color l)hot08 of the
Depa rtment's landscaping projects.
Thc ph otos nre being made available to the convention committee at the request o[ James E. Moorhead.
They illusLrate beaulification projects at the following
locations : Edens E.xpresswny near Pratt, Clllumet
Expressway Interchange with Kingery Interchange at
Thorn Creek, Eisenhower Expressway, west of 9th
Ave,: and Kennedy Expressway, view [rom Harlem.

County Board President Richard B. Ogilvie will

address the luncheon meeting of the Illinois Society
of Professional Engineers at the annual Professional
Engineers BORrd of Direction and Stale Committee
The Luncheon will be in the La Salle Hotel on
Saturday, January 27.
The "Illinois Engineer", official publication of the
LS.P.E ., in its December issue in announcing Ogilvie's
appearance as the guest speaker, said:
"Ogilvie, 44-, was elected President of the Board of
Cook County Commissioners in 1966. ill this jDb he
directs the activities and services of nearly 20,000
employees and has executive responsibility over A
budget of almost 5500 million a year.
"Described as soft spoken but forceful. Ogilvie be
gan the Republican revival in Cook County by cracking the Democratic grip on the office of Sheriff in
1962, During his four-year tcnn as Sheriff of Cook
County he revamped the Sheriff's offi ce, cracked down
on the crime syndicat e gamblers, drove their political
allies out of positions of power, and look a dis
credited County Police force and shook it up from
top tD bottom. He replaced Slloils politics with Civil
Scrvice and made the County Police an organization
which since has received national recognition for its
com(>etence and efficiency." the article continued.
"Ogilvie, whDse Ilame has been prominenUy men~
tioned many times of late as a possible candidate for
the Republican party in the 1968 Gubernatorial election. received more vDtes in Cook County when
elected President of the County Board in 1966 than
Any other candidate on the ballot, Republican or
Democrat. (Since the public:l.tion of this article
Ogilvie's candidacy has been announced-Editor's
note )
"In his role as Counly Board President he has used
the same formula he employed 8S sheriff-long hours
of work, attention to detail. and a dedication to gctUng results, Within 90 days of his inauguration, he
had appointed a committee of outstlUlding citizens to
evaluate county government and to recommend necessary reforms.
"Ogilvie is a graduate of Yale University and Chicsgo Kent College of Law." the story continued, "He
was admitted t o the Illinois Bar Asaociation in 1950.
He has served as a special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General. during which time he directed an investi
gation which led to the indictment and conviction of
crime syndicate leader Tony Accardo, Cook County's
No.1 hoodlum.
" He is a member of the law firm of Hackbert. Rooks,
Pitts, Fullagar & Poust in Chicago and is licensed to
practice in the U.S, 'District Court, Northern DisLrict
of minois. the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, the
U.S. Court. of Military Appeals and the United States
Supreme Court.
"Ogilvie, his wife, Dorotlly, a nd their daughter,
Elizabeth, live in Northfield," the article concluded.
( For re8ervatio"" for tlu; llHlcl/eon kimlly cull
Ema"U6~ Kuhn 3Bl-1847 )


MAINTENANCE(Conl1nued trom






He also can com municate on a l)Cr8On-lo-pcrson basis with ellch drive r of every truck on Imaol.
Riedl has been authoril.cd to
stock his warehouses and yard
with 10,000 lons of rock sail, 5.000
tOilS of screened cinders. 500 tons
of cnlcium chloride and he is requesting authority to purchsse
chemical storage tanks in which to
stow this muterisl.
With an eye to multiple use, the
Ch,j et's equipment specifications
llrovide ror anow rcmoval and rond
repair accessories. Onc contract,
for CXllm I)le, specifics lhat Lhe tail
gate spreaders will have hydraulic
controls in the cabs. These sflrellde~ will be adapwble for spreading
salt and cinders in Winter and seal
coal chipa tor road repaids in otlier
seasons. Also on Riedl's " Want
List" are 10 diesel-powered dump
trucks with 29,000 ton capacity,
inst.alled with snow plow, hitch and
other components.
Another order for five dieselpowered graders with fourspeed
tmnamissions include attachments
for snow plows. In othcr seasons.
the plows removed. they will be
used tor Lhe work for which they
were designed. Equipment maintenance crews, comprised of mechanics, machinists, a nd other crn ftsmen, nre part of the permanent
personnel of Lhe Department. They
arc responsible for keeping all
e(luipment in efficient running order.

Co nditioned for the Winter'l InO ... atorm . this Intler i. Uled to c: lear the
hi. h ....,... It pushe. th e Ino ... from the InRlc Illne. onto .nd then off the r~d
. houlden. Jim No l.n. Jr., (on blade) ... d Dick Bu" m.n thi. mon.ter formin,
p.rl o f team of ,orne 200 men who openle do ... to 15 piec:es of equipment.


The chemical storage tanks

which resemble silos have autumn
lic dUmping controls. These can
be operated by a truck d river from
his cab and eXllCdite the londing
procedure tremendously.
Another equally importan t fea
lure a r e the controls for blending
dcsired amounts of rock sail (sodium chloride) and calcium chlor
Ide. Depending on the tempcmlurc,
the proportlons rnnge from threE!
parts salt to one part caJcium to
as much as five parts salt and one
Ilnrt calcium. The crucium must
be sheltered from r a in and tluctuating temperatures. Exposed. It becomes a mountain of hard sub-stance requiring laborious man
hours to brenk up.
In temperatures of 15 degrees
and above, a mixture of rock salt
and cinders is used to melt anow
and provide a non-skid r oad surface,

Re. d,. to move t he c:h_.il of .... h.1 ... iII be the Count,.', p ....de fioat into
position for continuinl work are membe ... of Ih e mainten.n c:e ere... in the La
Cranae Warehouse and Car., e. F ro m left to ri, ht : Henry Mc:Co ... an, labo reri
lou;. De Paul, earpenter: Ric:hard Bo ba and H.rold Jen.en. weide ... ; Thom
C r Hnwood, hl,dt ,mitbw,ld,r: -.ad Riehard Bui., m_tu mec:h~ ic: .


J ANUAR Y , 1968







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Dall Rya

COntract Il SeWer
8 A.Warded


By the President of the

Board of Commissioners of Cook Cou nty

\VHEREAS, on September 5, 1967. Cook county created

a Sesquicentennial Committee, which committee was charged
with the responsibility o f planning. o rganizing. promoting and
conducting such Sesquicentennial events in cooperation with
the statewide celebration as it shall deem appropriate and

proper for the occasion; and

WHEREAS, on January 15. 1831. Cook cou nty was

created as a county by the state of Ill inois; and

\"HEREAS. Cook county has always held leadership

among the I 02 counties of IUinois in population. communica.
tion, transportation, education, recreation and the fine arts;

\VHEREAS. it is appropria le that Cook county should continue to extend leadership and cooperation with all other
counties and communities throughout the proud state of Illi.
nois in solving problems that are common to a ll ;

NOW THEREFORE. I, Rich.,d B. Ogilvie. as president of

the Board of Commissioners of Cook County, proclaim the

week of January 15. 1968. as Cook County Week and .,k

that all divisions of Cook county government cooperate in the
commemoration of this event.

Dated, January 10, 1968


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(Fourth hi (I "triCS o{ articlu ot!

the {DI/JI/latiorl. {'Hldion3 and lu
hm~ 01 lOWJI.Ship gOI't"l'mn r llt.)

At the last annual town meeting

in Bloom TOwn8hlp. lIIinols. nearly
400 people attended.
Normally. when a crowd appears
Rt a civic meellng, thcy seem to be
Ulcrc becausc they have a mass
complaint. This wila not lnle in
Bloom Township. People simply
atlendcd to register lheir IIpproval
or lheir tOWI18hl 11 government. and
lo okay Lhe annut\1 town budget.
Similar tumouUI occur In town
ships throughout the slate.
At one such meeting, a citizen
arose. addreaaed the chair. then
aaid, "rm hen! because I think it's
a great idea. Where else can a
voler feci 10 strongly t hat he i& a
part 011 and importollt to his go\-crnment!"
Throughout thc 85 counties in
llIino18 which have township government. the citb..enry is entiUed
by law to attend IlnnuRl town
meetings. These meetings are held
each year on thc first Tuesday of
A Ilnl.
In n sense, these town meeUngs
constitute II legis!l\lurc for the
10WI18hll). Every rcgistered voter
attending mny vote 011 spec.IRl pro1>06111a Rnd budgets presented by
the townahip admlniatrnlion.
They may present and discuss
plam lLnd proJecta. They may be-.
come membera or committees or
commlaalona set up to serve the
people of Lh'.lr townshlpe. Of
eourse. lhey may al.so volee any
diaapPI"O\'al they w!.sh to express.
It surpnSCI many people that
town meetingl stili exiat In America_ But they certainly do.
A rcpreaenl.Bt1ve of an U1inois
metrol)OlIlnn newapaper recenUy
attended n townahip officials meet
ing. and wse Iiternlly amnzed to
find out that town meetings are
held In the slaLe of Illinois.
It may be BOld that this lack of
knowledge Is the faulL of township
government ltaelf. People have not
,CMlI inuc,1 1'" :lrd N)IUmll)

Ruid....nu of Schiller P.rk .iII .,.in be .bl. to lk 0 .. ib., ",uib .id., of the
underp .... al Ihe 500 Line Ira~"" .hen Ill. Cou..
Hi,h ,. D .. p.rtm ....
tr.ct i& hniahed. The ' ..'pro ........ t h.1 lHea la.. , ited .nd will be moel
...I~o .... e. The I.t. Andre. V. Plummer, lup.. ri .. t"nd"nt af tJ"" Hi,h ,. D.part.
m_t w . . in.trumeatal i .. placi .. , the .ork on th .. D.partm.... t'. -.chedlli ..



Preliminary work was started

this month on the re<:onstnactlon

of the re1.8ining wall ot the underpass in Irving Park Road In Schiller Park. It Is locnle.i at thc Son
Line tracks.
The contract let by lhe County
Highway Department Ilrovldca for
thc removal of the l>re8cnt MuLh
\Vall and the construction of n IICW
one. Included In the project la the
l!lying of a new sidewalk on the
.IIOuth side and replacing the
present hand-raiIB on both the
BOuth and north wnIla with new
A major feature of the contract
is the removal and replacc.menL ot
a 3O-incb combination sewer together with the ilUltaJlaUon of a
temporary pumping facility during
the construction period. The contract was awarded to the Thomas
M. Madden Co., on a low bid of
$97.327.90. and providetl for a completion schedule of 90 daya.
Barely visible In the middle of
the picture just behind n barrier
is Larry Berens. resident engineer,
in the procesa of est1l.bllshlng n line
for the new woll. In dlacusslng
thc work to be done highway CHIgincers emphasized that the Instal

lalion of a new main and pump

will only serve to alleviate the
eriUcnJ Hood conditions in the un
der-pau. It will not clear UI] lhe
lOlnllnueti !rt)m ttl ('Qlumnl

been well enollgh informed about

township government nnd town
meetings. Civics books touch the
subject lightly. The primary pur
pose of this series of articles it to
contribute Information on the subject of township government to the
people. These reports are intended
to tell thc complete townahip story.
These can be helpful in teaching
more about aU available governmental services and how they may
he administered. These should also
be helpful in evaluating the degrees
of service to expect from variOWl
governmental levels- township. vII
lage, metropolitan, state and federal.
Of course. there is one loud voice
of the people in gO\'ernment (and
ftlways will be, if properly exercised). That is voting for the om.
clo ls who run for office.
Township officials are elected
every fOllr yean!. The elections
(Continued on plU("e







/Continued fr<J/n llBge 71

What h a ppe ned to th os.. "dull winte r even ings" of yesteryear?

Not sO long ago. th e winte r months were a . Iack time for theatre loy ers.
movie goe n. dinen-out, and o ther e nt erl;.inment lee ke",_ The l umm er a Urae:tions had cloled, weather a nd roa d. made dista n c e driving diffi e ult. and p eo pl e
mOltly I t ayed cIole to home. Today it'. differ " nt- a tribute to Cook County' .
mo d ern tra n l portation .ystem a nd its gro win g prominen"e al a n entertainment
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Did You Know .

- that the Caldwell Avenue bridge
Edens ExI)reSSway
selected by the American Institute
of Steel Construction as the most
beautiful bridge of its class bum
in the United States in 1950 ?
- that Cook County's most fnmous
litenlry SOD, E rnest Hemingway,
received the P ulitzer Prize for FictiOD in 1953 rmd the Nobel Prize
for Literature in 1954?
- that the first blood bank in
America was established by Dr.
Bernard Fantus at Cook County
Hospital in 1937?
(Sourcc- "Growth of Cook County,
Vol. I," by Charles B. J ohnson )

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[:J 0IB [:J I'll t.:\\'l III @W&1
C h ic:tgo Civic Center,
Chicago, Illinois 60G02

Ret urn Re'lue.oted


are held in 'off" years. and do not

coincide with national or state-wide
elections. This sometimes creates
problems, because the citizenr y
s im ply does not get as excited
about ofT4year eJections as they do
about major ones.
However. people should talm
more intercst in such elections.
This includes township elections. as
wcll as other local government and
school district elections, and local
referendums. It is most desirable
and necessary tha t local a ffairs be
acted upon by the electorate. Each
vole in every election is important.
It exerciscs the civic right which
the voter possesses. and will help
perpetuate that right. It dcvelopes
a better understanding of what is
going on and who is doing what
in local affairs. It ulAo helps citizens place every form of government in proper fOCllS. so thnt an
intelligen t evaluation may be made
of the values and performances of
all .
Then the value of local government versus " metro" or federal
government becomcs more significant.
J oseph P. Welch of Barrington.
Illinois. who was township supervisor. a nd who also served as
chairma n of his coun ty board. re4
cently evaluated the relationship of
people t o their government.
"Good government is that which
listens with compassion to the l>Copie's problems, then brings professional knowhow to the task of

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VOL XV Number '2

[l] ~W0


Chicago, III. 60602

One hundred membeM:l of the
Cook County Highway Del>nrlment
attended a series of training semina rs conducted by the Survey section of the Right-of-Way and Survey Division during JRnua ry and
February. Twelve Be88ionll were
conducted on consecutive ~londnY8
and F'ridaYII.

I.. " ttenda ncD . t the meet;". of tlI D Di.... cton a nd Con,miUee Ch.irmen o f th e
lII inoi, Societ, of Profe.uio nlll En,;neera . 11' lhi. ,.101. of lop ""R'era of lh.
COOk Count', Hi, h , Depa rtme nt. Count, Bo ...d Pre-iden! Ri chard B. O,ilvi.
(,landin, ) who
the prineip'" .peakel' a t th e u ... io n, vi,iteel th. tahl. and
'reeted .. ch Dna. Se.leci from lb ....nl,,1 I. 10 r., Wllr.: Clenn F".dnich.,


1-1.....,. Ri-=dl. Jr., Thorn .. Cob, William L),.u:h, Rich...4 COlterm.... Mr.


Steve Wyn ne. Ceor,_ Cuderl.,.. and Louis Quinlan. AI.o in a ttend. ftc. lout a t
a nolh er t.bI. Were Jam" F. Ke ll,. and Em."uel Ka hn.

County Boord President Richa r d

B. Ogilvie hu called for a broad

mobilizalion of public demand to
end poliuLion.

Tec.hnicnl means are al hand. or

can be expected shortly. Ogilvie
8Ilid, to end the destrucUon o{
clear air a nd water and natural
beauty In III1nol8, He continued:
"Selfsacrifice III required, and
thill demands forceful leadership to
mobilize the will of our people.
The coat III heavy, but the rellult
will be a beUC!:r liCe fo r all of tl8.

"If thlll M tlon enn aiTord to

spend billions In Viet Nnm . Illlnoill

can atTord also to spend ror Itself

and for the health of itll cltlumll:'
Ogilvie spoke last month to a
lunc.heon meeting or dlrector'l and
committee chainncn of thc illinois
Society of Professional Engfnee.rB
in the LaSalle hotel.
Weak and conf used lendership
by public officials "will inSI)lre on ly
defeat or stalemate." Ogilvie warn
ed. He continued:
"A breakthrough is our goal. In
this fi ght. nil in a ll the others in
which man has ever bec!n engaged.
there can be no victory through
ICcmlinui'd on pall" 11

In addition to the Engineerlllg

Technicinns aSSigned to the Survey
Section. personnel of the Ma lnte-nllnCC . Construction. and Desig n Bureaus nlso attended the Seminars.
The I>hoto on the ccnter spread of
this issue waa laken at the close
of one of the morning seaaions and
before the start of on a.fternoon

The Seminars are offered

me n at this time of the year when
inclement weather may be expected
nnd thull prevent their lK!rfonning
work out-ofdoors.
Class room
space was provided in the lower
level of the Civic Center.
The curriculum C!mphssiz.ed I)raetical npplication to instrumentation
a nd wa.. scheduled as follow. :
1. Purl)()Se of school
2. Introduction to Surveying
3. Organization of Survey I)tl.rties
4. Duties and responsibilities of
field personnel
5. Public relations
6. Gcner'al discussion
(C"nH nUl'd on Plitt- ;1







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mommWillW m~W0
February, 1968

Vol. XV

No. 2

Published monthly by and for the members of the

Cook County Highway Departmenl to serve IL!l an
organ for disseminating news and information on lhe
personnel and projects of the Department and the
Counly and liubjects of relnted interest.
ConlribuL1ons for publication a re Invited and will be
given the careful aUention of the Editors. However,
they will !lOt be responsibl .. !or unsolicited materinl.


. .


Cook County Board of Commissioners

The Boa rd or Commissioners
Molhew W. BiCS%CZ8l
Jerome Huppert
Charles S. Bonk
Lillian Piolrowskl
Charles F. Chaplin
Ruby Ryan
George W. Dunne
Harry H. Semrow
WiIliarn N. Erickson
J oscph.lnn B. Sneed
Floyd T. Fulle
J ohn J . Touhy
Charles J . Gnlpp, Jr.
Kenneth E. Wilson
Rood and Bridges Committee
Jerome lIuPIte.rt, Chainnan
Superintendent of Highways, Richa rd II. Golle rma n

t::d E. Deuss

Graphic Arts Consultants

Ed wln f\ . Book

0. C. IIlggins
Staff Photographer
E lmer J . l\Illj ews kl


An exhlbil rea turing projects of the Cook County
Highway Ocpartmenl. is on display in the annual
" Engineers Wecl.:" presentation In the County
The theme of this year'. " Week" is, "Engineering
fot' World Health". The Department exhibit will consist of four panels each containing a series of colorful photos of vnrious projects of the Department.
Captions describing the improvementll sccompany
each photo.
The exhibit. scheduled to run through February
24th, is sponsored by the Chicago Engineers Public
Relations Committee headed by Clayton F. Slack .

Bureau and Division chiefs of the Cook County

Highway Department were Informed of o rganization
changes at a meeting in the Conference Room called
by Supt. Richard H_ Gollerman. The changes becnme effect.lve February 1.
These were made, Golterman explained. tn aecordance with recommendations sot forth in one of the
15 reports prepared by the Citizens Committee on
County Government. The Highway Department report hnd been developed over a period of montha with
his cooperation and that of his top nides.
Among major organizational changes WIlS the
establishment of Ii Bureau of Trnnsport.'\tion nnd
Planning. Its purpose ill to e1Teeluate studies of the
total lr811Bportation I)icture.
Divisions from otber bureaus were transferred into
lhis new setup to conlrlbute further to Its effective
operation . Its prinCipal responsibility will be to keep
abreast and aid in the develollmeot of the plans and
work of all forms of transporlation- bus. CTA. and
ruilroads. Research on a ll existing types of vehicular
movement will be conducted and co-related with the
projected plans of lhe Departmenl
Traffic safely Ilctivities also are among thoso centered in this Bureau. These will be perfonned by
the nationally-recogni7.ed Cook County Traffic Safety
Commission. a major division of the Bureau. It wlll
provide computerized accident data on every major
intersection in the County in accordance with Federal
II will also continue to eonduct elementary school
safety progmms for pedestrians nnd bicycle r iders.
Driver courses for higb school students will continue
to be offered as will Driver Refresher Seminsrs in
COOI:H!rotion with the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Application will be made for Federal funda to create
a Cook County unit of the National Police Driving
Another significant move wns lhe realignment of
the Survey and Mnps Division into the Bureau reSl)()nsible for rightof-way acquisitions. Previously
the work of these two Divisions had been divided
between the Design Bureau and the Bureau of
I n a third realignment move. a Division for tellting
mnterials haa been established. It will be reslxmsible
fOr mainlRining quality control for all road building
Rnd ma intenance mater ials- bituminous. steel. aggre
gate. soils. and porUand cement mixes. This importa nt work has been consolidated and coordlnated
inlo one Division which wilt f unction as pa rt of the
Constnlctlon Bureau.
ln implementing these and other changes in his
Department. Gollerman slated.
"Successrul accomplishmenl of the Cook County
Highway Department's goals and objectives is de
l>endent on enlightened management. responsible su
I>crvision, and a weUdlrected work foree . It Is my
hope that these changes which resulted from lhe
study by the Citizens' Committee with our coopera
t10n will contribute in a large measure to ou r efforts
in this direction."


F8RUARV, 1968




(Th ill i" th e fifth in a lIerie.! of

article.! about townshfp gora,.,,ment, It tell.! about townllh,p
8truc ture (lJId who tI, e officil.fs


Is goyernmenllhe servanL or the

mRstt'!r of the people?
As constituted In America-and
in the origination of township gOYernment-the primnry purpose is
to work for the ~ood of the peaplt'!.
This, then, should be the occupation of the township's elected
Under Illinois law, townships nrc
:mthorl%ed to administer important
(unctions such 8S taxation, hcnlth
nnd weJ[are, public improvements.
r oad and bridge work, some educalIonal matters, and aid to youth
and tho aged,
There are variations throughout
Lhe state, particularly between
Cook County and the balance of
IJllnols. These variations will be
noted as they apply to the funclions of the officials involved.
Hold MonUlly Meeti ngs
Tht'! lown board consists of Lhe
supervisor, the town e1erk and
Lhree auditors. Eaeh has one vote
on the board. Mcetingfl are 5::"enerally held once 1\ month , althou\ith
this is not required by Inw. Actually, the board mnv meet more
often if township business requires
Annual town mcetinp;s, which all
the electorate of the township may
nttend, nre held once B year on the
first Tuesday of April. The purposes of these meelin~ are to Infonn the public what the lownship
program will be (or the comln~
year, Rnd to obtain approval of
the annual budJ!et. Functions nnd
activities nre discu8l!(!:d at these
meetings. and appointments made
to committees o r commISSions.
Also, a petition by 15 electors of
the township can call special town
Supervisor Is Ohalrman
The supervisor is chairman of
the town board, but not of the nnnual town meeting. At this 8CSnlon, B moderator (rom the electorate is chosen to be chairman, in
true democratic fashion.
(COnllnutd on palt 8)

G. A . ( Gu. ) Gr undstrom, dir eclor of Ihe lIlinou Slat .. Nunery men', Auo.
d.tion, ro~u ." .ttention 00 ~olo r pholo. of I.ndac.pe project. dui,ned b,. Ihe
Cook Count,. Hillh ....,. Deplll'tment. The photol ...ere p.rt of . n exhibit of the
A.,ociat;on at Ih. annual ~on"enl i on in Ih .. La S.II. Hotel. Sho ...in, their
interut ( from left 10 ri,hI) ... ere: Victor E. de SI. Aubin, Jr., prHident, and
unat A . TOlonk" Jr., "ice-preaiden!, of Ih. A ..o~illtion : lind Don Miller, th e
hotel', ....1... directo r.



Dapite h ....,. fo, . r uth bour traffic mo .. ed euil, throu,b t h. det o ur .1 ' ,.,in,
A . nork.1 .....
mad . . . . . il.hl. throuah th e ,ood offi~ ... o f Count, Hi,h .... , en,ineert, Olio
Arkin, Mike Philbin and Clyd. H ermann, fTom whi~h tbi, pictur e "'U lak"n h,
Staff Pbolol'".pher Elmer M.j....,ki. The Icen. i. lookin , north tow ard Montro.e
from I,.,ina Park.. WCN Rad io T,afficoplen fl'. H .,den and cI Petenon, a nd
Officer Vic of WMAQ ~o ntinue to report th.t tr.ffi.. now, Imoothl, throulh

Park and Mon tro.e on Lake Shore Dri .... the mor nin, it opened.






'fhe lIIell pictu.red alHn'e IIUemled the !,e.ries or Cook CoUllt)' llighway
Dc)mrtment rdresher seminArs conducted during January alld February.
Tlles.- were Ilfe!'Clited by IlIl' nlght.of.Wa)' 111111 Survey Dh'bioll .

IJedar, Erwin DeWor. earl

Sui lacobe tlls.

}o~ ~

In the next row:

In the tOil row ..tartlng rrom left to rig ht:
Lee Lehr, Anthony O'Donnell, J ohn Pistone, Charles Von l>en Amnt.
Otto Kobnert, Frank 01 \ 'areo. Andy Borgeson. Carl Ramsdorr, AI
Freeman. Lester Domian, John Dolignla. Philip Rede.r, J osepb Hero,
Jerry Res-tim, Ambrose Buuco, Paul Viola. John Kr uspe. William
KJndig. Christ Panagakls, Robert Snydernllln. Merle JummaJI, George
R. Fox, Dana n orrell, Gregor)' l\lausolf, Mleharl Lynch, J ohn Babus h.
Michael J . Artin, J osellb Roth, J aml!!j Gorny, Edward KielllDowicz.
Leroy Maye r, J esse Iniguez, Martin Steffan, ThollH'" ,uahoney, Edgar

George Gordon. Unrold Bobin,

Bueina, William 8erckes. Arlbu
Ernest Sturillo, Sum uel Ferna.1Il
nnd A. G. Brown.
In lhe third row:

George Ambrose, John lUeA

Robert Wa ls h, Bernllrd Geiger
Trocl'e. Andrew Bonelli, Fritz
and J e rry Antonelli.






kNIt . "lichnt.1 Demllio. A U Syrdnhl.

M il Carrura. John Supinski, Loul...

Uudlce, lIerb Onnlels. John Sakunls,
Anthony Caballero, lUyroo Riscba ll

Seated ill the rront row :

Elmer S he."ln, Vernon Volke, Phil Illl-xel. Louis Giacobbe, Robert
J ohnson, Wllllnm Knelllns, Otto Sileel,. Chllrles Danca. Frank TOIIUlsczews.kl, i\1Jchnel Alesla, :U1d Sam Ga rbllrlno. Fred n . ThomAS !Lnd
George Nubes IInrortunutcly were cui rrom the photo.
Tbe rollowing attended ,'arlollS sessions but are nol in the picture :


an. SusseweJ I, Oharles RodrlltUez.

lto l'IIenolnscl no. Louts Raeder , Ted
eher, Rooort Truitt, Sam Calde rone

William UILneock. Norman Oowen. Fred Hudson, Berna.rd Jacobs.

JllJDes Cooper. John 8raje. Donald SlrnS!le:r. Roy Stewart, Louis
Da vidson, James Sl\nde~, Leon Tamrnz. Vince Scarlata., lJu.r old JJoffman, 1IIax Ki ~ h . Michael Riley, J amos G. Knllns, Roma n n . PrYIKl.!lltn,
!\luck S l'ubbs IIml J ohn DeM.iI1o.


FEBR UA RY. 19as




IContinued from pa1! 'I

As the top officer of the township, the lIuperviaor handles major

administrative duties. Be ill the
town's treasurer, responsible for
receiving Income, paying blllll, and
keeping accoun18.
Sen 'es As Adminls lrnto r
The Ill1perviaor also serves as
adminiat.rntor of general assistance
and public welfare, in addition to
aU health , public improvement,
youth Ilsslstance and other programs wh ich the town undertakes .
In moat larger downstate townships, aasistnnt SUperviAOMI are
elected. but do not serve on the
town board. Their purpoee is to
add larger township representation
on the county board from more
heavily popu lated townships. With
lIupervlsol'1l and assistants serving
on county boards. township and
county governments are Inler-re-lated from the towtUllhip level upwanl-

In Cook County, a separate

county board Is elected, independent of township boards.
county board consists of 15 membel'1l. of whom ten are from Chicago and fl.ve from the suburbs.
The one-man, one-vote ruJe may
affect this arrangement because of
the rapid growth of Cook County
suburban area,

CerllHes Taxes
The town c.1erk has charge of all
town records, certifies the M'lount
of taxea neceaaary for township
purposes, hllndles voting registration for township elections, luues
election notices, and keeps minutes
of aU town meetings. This office
was cal led upon recently to become
more active In stimulating voter
registration and voter turnout In
all ejections.
Town auditol'1l perform the duUes which their tille Indicates.
They audit the accounts and the
performance or the township. They
function a. representatives or the
townllpeople on the town board.
Other township o1BciaJs are
elected, but do not serve on the
town board. Olftees Indude asses
sort collector , and highway commlJJllloner , and In n few Cll8eS flome
offices are appoint ed by the town
board 8ueh as water eormntplQner

and weeO





Accountant U
J nnuary 22, 1968

The llSfIe880r ill elected In all

township counties throughout the
state except his duties are not al.
ways the same. In Cook County,
he does no 1l.8IIe95ing of real property. Bis job is to check such
property on tax roles, end check
property improvements which require 88Se8!1ments, which he then
reports to the county assessor, He
is responsible for asaes&ment of
individual and non-eorporate personal property taxes.
IllIndle,.1i Tux Assessmellt'!

In a ll township countics other

than Cook County townshlpa. the

town assessor handles all real nnd
personaJ property tax O,88Csaments.
The town collector exists in tlve
counties in [lUnols, but no longer
exists In others, where a county
collector ukea over. Where this
office does exist, the town collector
takes in taxes for the county, and
is authorized to retain 2 per cent
of all money he collects fo r operation of the township. Tht. means
that in thoee townships under this
system, generally no town tax
levies a re mode, since the townahip
usually can operate on the 2 per
cent commission it earns. Where
the earnings become greater than
the operational needs of the townabJp, surplus funds are turned over
to school districts, thus giving tax
relief to the people in these districts, and helping Improve school
systems In the township.
SUIICrvise Ronds
All t ownships In Dllnoia ha ve

highway conutlta.lonel'l, who


Whccllng Township with an catimated $272,100 in construction

coats representing 14 permJta
issued by the Department of Building, Zoning and Planning rnnked
the highest of any township In the
County. This was revealed in t he
J anuary report by Herbert C.
Wenske, Commissioner.
The Department issued a total
of 81 permits representing nn esUmated construction cost of $1.505.800. FollOwing Whccling Townahip
waa Elk Grove, also with 14 permits, totalling $207.300 and Northfield with 12 permits and n total
of 5224,400.
Tbe inat.a1lation of 11 sanitary
&ewel'1l in Wheeling Township accounted for 5269,000 of the 5272,100 Lotsl. By Townships the fee
penults were distributed 8JI fo llows:
Towns hll.
E lk Grove
New Trie r
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V.lua tloll

J 6,000

224 ,400
J54 ,5oo

viae the construction and maintenance of township ( rural ) roads.

In metropolitan suburban areM,
such as Niles and New Trier Townships in Cook County. the.re are
no township roads, even though n
highway cornmlasioner t. ejected.
In lIuch cues, this ill simply an
honorary poeltioo, and the townships budget no funds fo r this
( The 8ixth article , " a f orthcoming i8tWe wi ll di8CU88 the rate a'14
method 0/ compen."ation of Town-

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FEBR UA RY, 1968


(Co ntinued rrom JlIIJ:e I)


Units of Length
Measurements infield
Errors and mistakes
Avoiding and eliminating errors and mistakes
5. Care of equipment
6. Workshop
(a) Practice with chain, tape
and plumb bob

T r ansit
1. Description a nd operation of

2. Setting up transit
3. Care of instrument
4. Running a straight line
5. Errors and mistakes
6. Workshop
(a) Practice with transit and
range pole
7. Discussion
1. The vernier scale
(a) Measurement of horizontal angles
( b) Measurement of horizontal angles by repetition
2. Workshop and practice with
4. DiscllilSion
Guest speaker with rum on instrumentation
1. Prcci8ion Leveling

( a ) Operation of automatic
( b) Three wire leveling
2. Running a bench Level circuit
(a) Lovar precise Level rod
3. Workshop Practice with automatic Level
4. Discussion
Trans it
1. Measurement of vertical

EN6INEERS(Co ntinued (rom page 1)

Measurement of Distances

1. Principle of differential Leveling
2. Instruments
3. Errors and Mistakes
4.. Care of Instruments
5. Field Adjustments
6. Workshop
( a ) Practice with Level and
Level rod
1. Leveling for a sur vey
(a) Establishing vertical
( b) Cross Sections
(c) Elevations of structures
(d ) Purposes
2. Discussion
3. Workshop
(a) Practice with LcvelLevel rod and tape



Elroy C. Sandquist, vet.eran legislator completing his 15th term as
a Representative in the miDois
GeneraJ Assembly, has been appointed a Traffic Safety Coordina
tor .
Sandquist has served 8S Chairman of the Highways and Traffic
Safety Committee and is Secretary
of the lllinois Motor Vehicle Commission . The knowledge and experience gained in these posts
stands him good stead in hls position with the Cook County Highway Department.
Augmenting his many years of
service in the State Legisla ture,
Sandquist serves as president of
the Ravenswood Manor improvement Association, the civic organization in his community.
2. Stadia
(a) Reading stadia distances
3. Workshop
(a) Practice with transit
4. Discussion
1. Review of transit
2. Discussion
3. Workshop
( n) Practices all operntionR
of transit
Coordinn tion of Acti\'It.ie.'l
1. Discussion
2. Question and answer session
3. Workshop
(a ) All instruments and
equipment to be used in
conjunction with each
(b) Simulate making a survey
1. Review of all activities

Ogilvie cautioned that " what

people are willing to accept in the
(orm of controls, and in the costs
to be borne, will determine finally
the success or failure of both technology and government.
" Government can lead, but it
also must be led by, t he combined
will and determination of the
People will accept far-roaching
measures against pollution, he predicted, if there is strong leadership
in a coordinnted plnn that will be
applied fairly to all sources of
Three changes in America in the
past century have brought about
" today's crisis of man against nature," he said.
He listed these as urbanization
of a fast-growing population, technica l advances such as automobiles,
and the "affluence" which permits
discnrding so much of what people
Sources of contamination range
from radioactive wastes to municipal trash, he noted, and have
brought man into "collision with
the finite limits of nature."
" In this dark and menacing picture of man's ability to create
problems, we should not lose sight
of man's even greater ability as a
prohlem-solver .
''ll this were not so, we would
have perished in eons past."
Ogilvie previously had announced
his strong support of the $1 billion
bond issue which voters will be
asked to appr ove this November.
The hi-partisan measure will make
Illinois a national leader in antipollution work, supporters contend.
2. Workshop

( a ) Practice with instruments

(b) Stress wea k spots
3. Final discussion
Initiated by Frank L . Kaplan,
chief of the Right-of-Way and
Survey Division, and Sam Potash,
Survey Chief, the instructor group
was comprised of the following:
Michael Alesia. Eng. Asst. I;
Steve Balek , H. E. III; Louis Dinnocenzo. R. E . III; George R. Fox.
Eng. Asst. I ; Bernard Geiger,
Eng. Ass't. II ; Robert HolIman.
Field Supr. ; William Kadnns, H . E .
II: Thomas O'Shea. 8 . E. III ; Raymond Stanja'e, H. E . llI ; and Ve rnon Volke, H . E. III.






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f ...... l-p.l .. n .. W' for th. childr e n of all al'K who love Cook Counly', Brookfield
Zoo. For 34 y ..an th .. Zao--a "nil of the Fore.1 Preserve Dutrict, operated
by the: Chi.,qo ZOOIOlli.,al Soci"t),_h .. been a prime .ttraction for home -fajita

an d to"ruu alike. Be.idea Chumma and her .,u b., ther.. are th e famo". mo nlc e,..
and o th er animal. in th e C hildren'. Zoo, the miniat"re rai lroad, en d the Seyen
Sea. Pa norama. Thi. i. the nation'. an i,. .alt waler exhibition nol louted an a
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- tho Cook County Highway Departmenl during 1968 will use
10,000 tons of treated seal coaL
aggregate ( crushed stone). 200.000
gallons of liquid aSI)balt, 10,000
tons of bituminouB patching mo.lerial, and 20,000 Lons of crushed
- the Department in 1968 will be
responsible for the c.leaning, painting nnd general maintenance of
30.000 Uneal feet of steel plate
beam guard mil?
- the Department during tbe remruning wlnte.r months will require
10,000 tons of rock saiL [or ice

Chicago Civic: Center,

Ohieago. Illinois 60002
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Ret ir e d Department staffer

George Horacek was prege!l ted 011
January 26th with a "Gold Card"
emblematic of honorary life-time
mernberahlp in the International
Union of Operating Enginee.ra. The
honor was conferred at a general
membership meeLing of the Un ion's
Local 150 held at Plumber'a Ba1l,
following a dinner aL Midway
House Restaurant. George (righL)
is shown above ac:cepting congratulation (rom Union President lUld
Business Manager William F. Martin.
Life memberships are given to
unioo members who nre 70 years
of age ftnd have been union members for 30 years. A life membership means conLinued union privileges withouL further paymcnt of
dues. George, a 40-year Depart
ment veteran , worked In the Burel\u of Secondary Roads and Materials and retired in 1966 88 an
REO Master Mechanic,

VOL. XV Number 3

MARCH, 1968

Ch go, 111. 60602






Another reeommendation or the

Citizens Committee on Cook County Government has been Implemented with the formulation of a
Recruitment Program.

Edwin s..:k {cen ter} h .. d of tho Ma p and Town. hip Oivil io n, i. in cbarj'e
of !.he De p artment .taff wh ic h man (a nd wom an) th e Re.i,tral;on De.'" of the
Miui.. ipp; Valle,. Conference of State H i,hwa,. D e partm e nt.. Memben of th e
liaR rlKei Yed their inltr uctio nl a t a meetina: in the De p.rtment'. conference
room. They are from the ",ua) I. to r .- Thorn.. De l Ze"ero, C. C. H i.a:;....
Ju .. e C leuo.. , Beck, Mary Ka ,. K uhn , a nd Edward DibOllka

As in past years, the Cook

County Highway Department will
perform the duties of host for the
annual meeting of the Mississippi
Valley Conference of State Highway Departmenta.
The meeting- the 59th annual
Conference-will be at the Sherman Bouse, Thursday, FrIday, and
Saturday. Marc.h H . 15, and 16.
M. J . Snider, Chief Engineer of
the Missouri State Hlghway Department, is president, and John
w. Bossack, State Engineer of the
Nebraska Department of Roads,
secretary-Treasurer of the ABSOCia tion.
According to its statement, the
Association, "- is composed ex-

clusively of the I)rincipal officers

Bnd engineers of the stale highway
commissions and departments and
those county highway officials
whom the executive officers of the
highway departments may invite
from the following states and the
Bureau of Public Roads: nJinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, North
Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma , South
Dakota and Wisconsin."
The object of the Assoc.iation,
is to meet annually to discuss.
without publicity. the most recent
developments in the highway field.
A. E. Johnson, executive secretary, American Association of
State Highway Olflcials, Wash.,
(COnLinued on pnKe 6)

County Highway Superintendent

Richard H. Gollerman has put into
force a plan which encompasses
close contact with placement bureaus of the leading universities in
the Mid-west. An intensive effort
will be carried through to establish
communication both by personal
contact and correspondence with
the direetors of the bureaus and
faculty members of the colleges of
civil engineering.
Stephen Wynne, H ead of the
Management AnaJysia Division in
the Bureau of Administration. has
been assigned to t.his project,
among his other responsibilities.
Wynne is highly qualified through
hla long-time assoc.iation with the
Department. to develop this pro-

In commenting on the plan. Golterman said,
"The Citizens Committee appointed by County Board Pres ident
Richard B. Ogilvie stressed that's
resolute n!Cruilment and training
progrnm be Instituted and continued, to attract and develop qualified engineers'. We were aware of
thla need Rnd were pleased to be
given the green light to seek a
solution to fulfill it."
(CanUnued on paa:e 6)

MARCH . 1968





rB Q)(!) fll rB Q)(!J III UIJ

ITlD0ITlWill\1 m~W0
No. J

March, 19 68

Vol. XV

Published monthly by and for the memOOn of the

Cook County IDghway Department to serve as an
organ for disseminating news and information on the
personnel and projects of the Dep.vtment and the
County and subjecLfl: of related interest.
Contribulions for publication are invited and will be
given the careful attention o[ the Editors. Rowever.
t.hey will not be reaponsibl,. for unsolicited mateon].

. .


RICHAR D B. OG I L VI E, Presidenl

Cook County Board of Commissione rs

The Boa rd of Commissioners

Mathew W. Bieszczat
Jerome H upper t
L.lUian Piolrowski
Charlea S. Bonk
Ruby Ryan
Charles F. ChapUn
Harry H. Sem row
George W. Dunne
William N. Erickson
Josephine B. Sneed
John J . TOllhy
Floyd T. FuUe
Charles J. GrupP. Jr.
Kenneth E . Wilson
Road Rnd Bridge Committee
Je rome HUllllcrt. Chairman
Superintendent ot Highways. Riehartl II. Golte rm:\n

Supt. Ric.hard H. Gollennan was on "Beeline", a

editorial teature of the Chicago DllIly News.
ediled by John Justin Smith, on March 1. As a
VIP guest. Golterman accepted phone calls over the
direct linea of Beeline In Lbe Wrigley BUilding,
Golterman's experience during his hour on the
phone calls from numerous JlCOl)le was reported in
the Daily News' isslle of March 4. This follows !
Some secrets of the road-building tmde were unfolded on Beeline's "Doublc-O Seven Seven" line
when Richard H. Golterman, county superintendent
of highways, was our VIP guest.
A truck driver, for example, learned something he
didn't know about the stopllghta along North Ave.
in the western suburbs.
"I'd like to report that one Jight is out of sequence,
r can drh-e WeAt at a constant speed and clear allot
the lights but that one."
THAT'S WHEN the secret popped out. Gollerman
lold the driver that none of the North Ave. stoplights is timed to be in sequence. In facl, they're
not timed at all.
" You see, there are magnetic strips under the
pavement," Golterman said. "It is cars pnssing over
these strips. thal cause the lights to change.
" In s hort, yo u s houltl trea t c\'ery lig ht US t houg h
it were Ilboul to dl:\n ge in :rollr fllCt!.
"You'll be safer."
MANY OF Gollerman's calls were: about road problems not in his jurisdiction. But he promised he'd
check with the proper officials.
A Marlon Grove man called to complain about the
condition of pavement on Shermer Rd" between
Dempster and Golf.
"That's under the jurisdiction of George March,
stale district highway engineer," Gollerman said.
" ButI'll bring it to his attention,"
SO~lE OTHER complaints Golterman promised to
bring to March's attention:
Many dilapidated CArs lefl on the shoulders at
roads In Stickney Township.
Blacktop cracking on Southwest Hwy. in the
Palos area.
Chuckholes causing accidents on Illinois 53 near
SOME OTHER Beeline exchanges!
Q. I 11\'e on Wolf nd. ,!;Outh of noose\'clt Rd, I
wa.nt to fix 1111 III ;\, fru nt :rart! IJIII I hellrd you' re
going 1'0 widen the rOlltl. 1.<;; Ihls I"ru e!
A. Yes. We hope to acquire land this year nnd
start work in 1969 to widen Wolf Rd. to 52 feet.
Q. The Will ow S prings Rd, brltlge ovc r t he SlIg
Challlu:J is a me"!i. The boards are loose lind l1uilJ;!
IHlPlling UI"
A. That's my problem. I'm charged with mainte.nance of that bridge and we'll have a look.
Q. I !Oee signs a bout truck load IImIL<i. Whal
hnplJens if n truck is o\'e rloaded l
A. First of all. I hope a truck driver gets a rresled. WhaL else happens Is Lhat pavements are
cracked, holes develop and pavements are damaged
below the surface, where drivers can't see it.

E ditor
FA! E. DeliM
Graphic Arts Consultants
Edwin A, Beck
O. O. lUggins
Staff Photographer
Elmer J. Majews ki

The University of Dlinols Ilt Urbana is otrt:'ring a
six-week summer program, June 24 through August
2, for high school students who are interested in the
engineering sciences. The program Is supported by
the National Science Foundation and endorsed by
JETS, the Junior Engineering Technical Society.
Forty boys and girls, who must be high school
seniors In the fall of 1968. will be chosen. The
session will include lectures. laboratory work . discussion periods. and individual research, It will
emphasize engineering's past achievements. cur rent
practices. and future opportunities.


MA RCH, 1968



The discipline of the classroom
is a renewed experience for many
membera of the Cook County High.
way DepartmenL From the Super.
intendent down through the rat
ings, Department l>ersonnel a re
takIng advantage of scminars, conferences and study periods, wjUt
lecture hall attendnnce,
The February issue of t.he Cook
County Higbway News featured
the Refrcsher Seminars Ilresented
by the Rightof.Way a.nd Survey
Division attended by 100 members
of the Department. The paB8.ing
weeks brought announcements of a
program coordinated by The POIIilion Classification Agency in cooperation with t.he P ublic Service
Institute of tbe Chicago City Col
lege : a Bridge Conference presented by Illinois Oh-ision of B.ighways, Dcpart.ment of Public Works
and Buildings, the 20th annual Illi
nois Trame Engineering ConIer
ence, and the 54th annual minois
Highway Engineering Confercnce.
This last was prcsc.nted under
the joint auspices of the llIinols
Section of the I nstitute of Traffic
Engineers, lJ1inois Division of
Highways. the Public Works See
lion o( the Dlinola Mnniciplll
League. a nd the Department of
Civil Engineering of the UniverBily
of Illinois in coopc:rlltion with the
Division of University Extension.
The Engineering Conference was
sponsored jointly by the lllinols
Association of County Superintendents of Highways, t.he Public
Works Seetion of the Illinois 1hmicipal League, Township OfficiaJs of
minais. Associated General Contractors of Dlinois ItDd the U. of I.
Department of Civil Engineering in
cooperation with the University's
E..'(tension Division.
Those who attended these conference on lhe University campus
at Urbana. headed by Superintendent Richard H. Goltennan, were:
Edward Orzoff, Contract Expediter 25, Contract-Documents; Casimir Davidson , Highway Engineer
IV-24 , Pavement Design ; Barry D.
Abbott, Highway Engineer IV-24.
Drainage; Charles Vall ese, H igh.
way Engineer m -23, Pavement De

sign: Edward L. Sneed. HIghway

Engineer m23. Operation Design
Trnffic; Robert L. Lange, Highway
Engineer rv24. Structural Design :
Anthony J. Nota. Highway Engi.
neer ID-23, Pavement Design; and
Angelo A. Lazz.a.ra, Engineer
Assistant I. Traffic Signals.
In the continuing educational
llrogr::un sponsored by the Illinois
Division o( Highways, a number of
the Depa rtment. stnfferB attended
seminars conducted in Springfield.
One of these was t.he Bridge Conference c haired by Carl E. Thunman. Jr.. Engineer of Bridge and
Traffic Structures. Bureau of De
sign. This Conference waa attended by J oseph P. Joyce, Jr.,
H. E. V-22, Head o( the Departmenl's Structural Ocsign Division,
and Earl A. Johnson, H. E . IV-22.
Head of Design Plan Section of the
Structural DeSign Division.
This WflB a two-day alTair, Febnlll.ry 2122, with C. R. Nicholson,
Assistant Engineer o( Bridge and
Traffic StruClures. serving as
chairman o{ the second day's
Also presented in Springfield was
a. "Geometrie Design Workshop",
February 27-28. Joseph G. Marsik, H. E. TV-24, and Harold J .
Giliotro. H. E. m23, of lhe Dc:sign Burcuu, flttended these seallions.

On a broader s..-ale In which a

large number of the Department
personnel expressed u deep interest
were courses offered by the Chicago City College. Enrollment in
these courses was encouraged by
County Board President Richard
B. Ogilvie who explained that they
were made. available jointly by the
Position Classification Agency and
the Public Se.rvlce Institute In co-operation wit.h the Chicngo City
Those who filled alit. Registration Application Carda and their
cOUl~es. were :

Arehiteeture 103 ABO: Charles

D. Rod riguez



(Contin ued on pale 7)


How much do township officials
Although there is considerable
varlntion [rom townshll) to town
ship, most pay scales are modest.
TownShip supervisors. for example,
earn (rom $5.00 to $12.00 per
diem. ( In Cook County they ean
be paid a lint salary per yenr not
to be over $1,800.00). The town
ship assessor receives a salary
based on the population of his
township. which varies (rom 20.00
per day in small townahjpa to
12,000 per year in large townships of 75,000 or more population.
The township tax collector receives
his salary on a sliding seale based
on the amount of taxes collected
by him. Clerks receive (rom $5.00
to S12.00 pel' diem if they are
working on n (co basis. The electors can, if they so wish, place
the town elerk on a flat yearly
s!llary. If they choose to do this
then the c.lerk must turn over to
the township treasurer ali fces
collected by him.
Puit! On 1\lodest


B..ighway commissioners collecl

nothing ill townships wit.h no lownship roada. In townships which
do have a road system their salary
is sel by the town board of auditOrB. If they are paid on a per
diem basis they cannol receive
more than $20,00 per diem. IT
they choose to I)ay their commis
sioner on a flnt yearly e.a1ary it
cannot be tess tha.n S3,000.00 per
rear nor more than
,000.00 per
year. Auditors receive from $5.00
to S15.00 per meeting. and the sum
is 1I0t over $.180.00 per year for
lheir services.
So. township government Is not
expensive government. It i8 aiso
clean government, because of the
hlgb caliber of locaJ officials, and
Uleir closeness to the people.
Within the state of [1llnois, the
federal governmenl collecls approx
imately S4. billion in income taxes.
And, this Is only part of t he (ed
eral tax take.
(COnUnued on pqe 8)

MARCH , 1968








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operat"". To perform lucuN(ulI,. il mUll adapt its operation to thete chan,...
Ne .... demand& in _vice, improvement in technique., the chanlin, environ .
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MARCH , 1968




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MARCH, 1968

County Board President Richnrd
B, Ogilvie has released a <IS-page
Civil DeJense Disaster Plan manual
to 124 suburban communities.
The release coincided with inauguration of service from the Dew
Cook County Civil Defense Warning System located in the Civic
The antenna and transmitter for
Lhe special tw~wny radio warning
system are on top of the 64 -foot
high Civic. Center.
Control centers for the system
arc at the county's Civil Defense
headquarters on the concourse
level of the Civic Center, nt the
sheriff's office in the County Building, and at three alternate control
points in the north, south and west
areas of the county.
These centers are connected by
SI>eC.ial teletype circuJts with the
U. S. Weather Bureau Porecast
Center at 5727 S. Woodlawn Ave.
The county also maintains a supplemental transmitter station at
the forecast center.
Schools, village balls and other
ngencies may aVRil themselves of
lhe warning system by inslalling
lhelr own sl>ecial receiving sets
(cost about S128) which nutomlLtically \vill give the emergency
weathe r bulletins.
The new system , it was pointed
out, al80 will be used in communicating with police and fire depart.
ments and other vital flgenc.ies In
timcs of disaster.
The manual provides Infonnfltion
on personnel. equipment nnd services in 120l cities, towns nnd villages of Cook county. It wiJI be
sent to the mayors. presidents,
police and fire chiefs and to the
civil defense direclor1l of these
"To our knowledge this is the
first time that aU of the information required to combat disasters,
whether natural or otherwise, has
been compiled," Ogilvie aaJd. " The
availability of thls Information In
a booklet should be a tremendous
help to those responsible for savIng livea and property fthould a
catastropho occur,"


County Board President Richard
Ogilvie has announced the
awarding of five major road improvement contracts.
All of the contracts are suir
ject to concurrence of the Uiinois
Department of Roads and Buildings, Division of ffighways, and
o ne. a Dan Rya.n Expressway project, in addition, is subject to the
a pproval of the Federal Bureau of
Public Roads.
The 127th SL
Bridge contract requires U,
Anny Corps of Engineers approval.
The contracts approved by the
CountyBoatd of Commissioners,
will} the names of the contractors
and their bids, are:
WEST BRANCE- Removal of exisling
George Brennan Highway and the
conslruction of fl dual six-lane
structure over the Tri-State Tollway. Recommended-ThomaB McQueen Co., 683.917.80.
- Demolition of existing two-lane
bridge nnd construction of a four"lane bridge and construction of n
four-lane bridge, channel excavntion and construction of rour-Iane
approach pavements from CaISng
Rond to approximately Cicero
A venue.
Recomrnended- J. M.
Corbett Co., $2.115.351.21.
STONY CREEK-Removal of existing tw~lane culvert Immediately weat of Kedzie A venue and the
construction of a four-lane culvert,
Including channel excavation. Reeommended-Bongi Cartage Co"



Friday. Feb. 16, 1968
H. E . ill

RECRUITMENT(Continued f rom PIllet i)

In Ule relatively short time since

Its inception the I)rogrnm has progressed in n number of aress. The
creation of a " Faet Sheet" was one
of the firet results. At a qu.ick
study. thls givcs the location, establishment, number of employees.
salary schedules. future opporlunitics, benefits and other facts relaling to the Department to the senior or graduate student in an engineering college.
A colorful p08ter (see Page 7)
has a lso been designed by "Cub"
Biggins of the Map Division. it is
being reprOduced by the Department's own Technical Services Division. Copies will be displayed in
plaooment bureaus of colleges and
universities 8S a result of Wynne's
conlaets with the bureau directors.
Righ-lighting the continuing effort on this program ls the closing
statement in the Fac!. Sheet which
reads :
"An active review of current
operations folJ owing recommendations of n Citi1.ens Committee
makes this a purtlcularly opportune time to start on a professional career with the Cook County
Highway Department."

CONFERENCED. C., and Francis C. Turner, Director of PublJe Road!!. Department of Transportation. Wash.,
D. C.. are scheduled to nddrcBB the
Conference at the openlns ijj)liIiiOn
on Thursday morning.





zallon and pavement widening

from approximately Wille Sl. to
the bridge over the De8pJaJnes
River. including grading. paving.
drainage, median and other appurtenance. Recommended - Alean
United Concrete, Inc.. $237,940.12.
AVE. -Widening from two to four
lanes, Including grading, paving,
drainage and median.
Recommended-Municipal Paving Co"


MARCH , 1968


S(HOOL(COntinued rro m pa n




Bus iness 101 BCD: George W.

Gavin, Edward M. Jablonski, Harry A. Janisch, Theodore P. Lausch,
and ~fargaret Sajdak.
Business 102 l'IO : Ralph G.
Business 270 AIO : Cheater Antoze, Ch ristine B. Fallbachcr, William J . Gedzun. and Fred W.
Data ProcbSillg JOL l\ lO: Joseph
P . Benne, Joseph L. CitU. Emilio
Fanjon, Stephen S. Grin, Glady.
K. La.Bedz, Mary Slra.e8er, Ma ry
E. Stack, and George M. William.
Olli'n I)roce...slng 102 NP: Lean
der J . Gatewood, Rltlph C. Mellsch.
and Leon G. Siereckl.
Dnta l'rocC!lsillg 2()3 MO : Robert
A. Bugler.
Ollt~1 Processing 206 ~~P : J amea
8 . Andrews Rnd Donald P. Weibust.
Olltn PrOCbsing: Antonio Caballero.
Engineering Science 101 N: WiIUam E. Ajdcschek. Anthony Kletchanek, J ohn B. McGuire. Roman
B. Prypc.han, Mack Stubbs. Paul
P. Valentine. and Charlea H. Van
Den Avont.
t}lIp;inf'erlllg 110 ADC: Jasper G.
Campise, Joseph T. Hanlon. Edwin
F. Harder, Sandrn A. Mathis.
Gregory A. Mausolf. Virginia A.
Mavr08, Eugene PM.JC, Alonzo
Rhodes. Benjamin Sanov, J ames
Scott, Frank Ta lamone, Angelo
Tuccinrello, nnd Kc nneth We lla.
F';lIg lnL'CrlnR 208 Nl': J ohn Callaghan, Fred p , D'Andrea, Samuel
F. Fernandez, Arthur J. Giudice.
Arthur Hawkins. Willia m Kindig,
Bhlshnm Perll, Hennan Schultz,
Donald St.msser , a nd Jo" rank Tannenbaum.
t:!ngllsh 100 l\~P : Jan Chomutovaky Bnd Michael Lewicki.

The $2,100,000 b..cule brid,e On H a rlem A".nue a nd immediately north of

th e Steventon Ex pre..wa, bein, conJiruded b, Ihe Cook Count, Hi,hway De
partment i. rap idl,. nearin, com pl.lion. Hi,hwa, .n,inM" a re tar,etin, mid
Summer for th. impo rtant e ... nl.
The . tructure i. a .le.1 11'..... ba..,ul. brid,_in olher word., a brid,. di ..ided
inlo two aections which r ise upw a rd and ou tw ard 10 permit the P....... of
waterwa, traffic. It i. 24 6 feel in len,th between the rear breaM. or mo .. able
enclt of the roadwa,. It o:on.i.u of reinfo~ed o:oncret e piers, . u b- pier., and
69 foot wide flan, . beam approach .pan.. T he brid,. will pro ..ide a 42 foot
wid .. roadwa" 5 fool wid. pede"na n walkl, a nd handr a;". ledrio:a1 and
meo:hanio:a1 wor k o n Ihe brid,. will includ. the in.tallation of na vilatio nal
. i.... al. and proteelit,. pil. dolphin



will be Intervlewlnl on your c:.mpu!I on:

Mathemallcs 095 !UO : Richard

Bulat, Frank Hering. Jesse rnlguez,

Richard Kellennan, Josepb LaPaglia, Abram Lutwak. Elmer Majewski, and Willlam Martin.
Mul.hemuUcs 101 NP : Paul Andersohn. J ames Gorny. Patricia
Poulson, Prank Rudman. Jr., and
Charles VaUese.
Mathematics 103 AO: Thaddeus
J . Wienakl and William Wyzgala .
Politica l Science 205 N I' : Edward Sneed.
Reading 099 N"P : Donald Kahn.
SJ~h 101 no : Darryl Plenoy.
Sllecch 160 :" 0 : Daniel Hea ly,
J eanne Hullman, Cheater KoscieInk, and Hilda Slrongin.

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n .ppoinlrn_nl NOW to hl. Iruenrl ....

fhrou.h your "'ac.rnen! OUI.. . _ .
This po.ler. d uil'ned in fou~ o:olorl, pia,. an importa nt role in th e De parl
Rec ruilm"n t Pro,ram. It it reproeJueed her. in blAck And white from
,. 0:0101' nelative. The leHen are .haded whi c h l<o:count for Ihe blurred etreeL
Th. po,ler. whi c h will be di.played in uni"e"ily pla<:ement offi<:e" i. the work
of C. C. 'Cub" Hi ll'in., or the New, ...
(See story o,~ Page Dna)


MA RCH, 1968




NO lh;n a is more , pectacular in the 13 7-,.eer hi.tory of Cook Co unty than it.
r ;M to imp ortance . . . I1 na n cial a nd bankina center. T od.,.. from the uchanaet of La S.lIe Street 10 tha ban b in o ull ,.in.. low n.h ip., ci tiz.e n. of Cook
Coun ty encaCIl in ever,. kind of I1 nancia l acu"';ly. Th e ' Um o f th e Co un ly ',
mo ne t. r,. r lllOUrce. d . . ae,. Ihe im.,in. t;o n. Wh a t a d irrere nca from pioneer
da y whe n ( ,. hidor;.n ) " Ih. vo lu me o f m o ney in a ll th. rel io n' w e.l of
De troi t wa. too m eager 10 be comp ut ed".


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Did You Know ...

-that the Cook County Highway
Department has won no less than
Lhree awards in the yearly compelitions conducted by the American
Institute of Steel ConstrucLion to
select the most beautiful bridges
In the counlry?
- that the Barry Point Road
Bridge, which connects the townships of Rivenlide and Lyons
across the Des Plaines River r is
named for the historic trail which
ran aloDg the same site-a trail
prominent in the 1830'a and '40's
as the main route into Chicago
from the southwest?
- that the lirsl two bridges buill
in Cook County were erected in
1831- narrow wooden structures,
one of which connected the north
and south banks of the Chicago
River, while the other spanned lhe
River's south branch ?

ffi (!) (!) I!! ffi (!) l1J Iilfl\7

IIl00IIlWliW! [/] ~W0
Ohicago Ch'lc Center.
Ohicago. Illinois 60602
Retur n Req uft ted

(Oln llnufll [rom pagl' 6)

The State of illinois collects

about $2 billion. This comes from
sales laxes, motor Cuel taxes and
vehicle licenscs.
Illlnois townships- more than
1400 of them--coUect a total of
approxJmately $45 million. Their
revenue amounts to about 1% of
the federal income tax collection.
In gover nment, as in bWJiness,
the bigger the income the more
can be done. This explains why
the federal gover nment has moved
into almost every area of governmental scrvice. It explains why
loca l governments are often strap
per In their abliity to dellver nil
the services which they are capable
of providing- and can often do
better when local administration
is required.
Many economists and governmental lenders a re thinking seriously about this situation. Econo.mist Walter BeUer, an adviser of
two presidents. 8.8 well 88 several
congressional leaders, have proposed 1)lans to return some of the
Cedcrs l tax revenue to state and
local governments.
This relates to the inherent ability of local governments to serve
88 highly efficient, effective bodies
to administer mattera of health,
welfare, local improvements and
many other services where the
Ceders I government Is now involved.
(What the people obtain in -retlml for tlteEr investment ;n tOW'Iship Uo t/(tMI1IUmt will be oovftred
hI the lIevcn th, of thilJ lJeriu of
art it: tClJ) .

VOL XV Numb., 4

APRil, 1968


Chicago, III. 60602

In line with educational activities of other members of the Cook
County Highway Department. personnel of the Land Procurement
Division enrolled in a Real Estate
Appraisal Seminar last month.

Man,. . taWen atta nded the 59th Annual Meeti.., of the Mi"i.. ipp; V. II.,.
Co nf_nu of State Hi,hw.,. Departmenls .t th. Sherman H OIIN, Marcb 14. 16.
Tall.. by I_din . a..oc;at;on and _,ene, offici.l. hi,h-li,hled th e Conf.... ne.
0 .. 1' It.R' photo.... pher <::a u, bl Ih i. ;Owi.l ,roup at one of the luncheon table.,
.tartin, from the r.... lell ; William T . Ly nch, head of the Burnu of T,a n.po rt.tion and Plannin,: Hu,o J. St. .. k. h .. d of the Dfti,,, Bur_ u ; ( " .. iden lili. d ) leo
C. Will... , A..i.lanl Chiel En,inH', Bur_ .. of T,a... po,t.tion and Plan .. ; .. ,;
Cle.. n Willi.m., relired .taffer; HUlh MeAn i, Au"'_"! Chi.f [n,ineer, Bur. ...
of Secondery Roed. ; C ..,.I Sl.in .... ' . Maintenance En.;o... r , Bur. .... o f S-ondary
Road., and Mich 1 Robin..,n , O aput, Commiuioner, Departmant of Str.." and
Sanitation, Cit" of Chicalo. In lh a back,round facin l' thll camllr a &ral Junll
CI....on a nd Edward Oi,",I&.:.., memb.... of the tellm h ..lld...i b" Edward Sec.., all
of th e DeplII'lmen.t. who hen.dled th e Co n.ference re,iatration de... (s.. anot her
picture on p.,e 3)

(ObtJiou.aly all 0/ the addrfJUu

delivered be/ore the Coft/erence
teen! Oft $wbjecU 0/ iftterut and
co,,"", to thO$fJ ift atteftdaftce.
Rott't:r, beco:u.ae 0/ limitcd 1tpactl
The Editorlf aclected that 0/ A. E.
JOhM(JH J E:cecutillfJ Secretary 0/
the American Aa&OCiation 0/ Highway ODidals. due to ita broad

Highways aod the profession of

Highway engineer have a bright
Wholesale automation of highways will not be coming In, nor
will the automobile be going out,
to be replaced by another mode of
travel. The highway e ngineer in

all hia specialized form. is going

to be oeeded for the foreseeable
future. But be must dlacover and
correct his own shortcomings. diaplay more "usable" creative imagination, pioneer In ehange wben
chaoge ia needed. and further
prove his administrative and managerial ability. He must be a
leader and oot a "technical al>pendage" in a highway department run by people from other
This was the conclusion arrived
at by A. E . J ohnaon. Executive
Secretary. American Association of
State Higbway Officials. In an ad(CDnllnufll (In

pIllf: 2)

It WaB sponsored by District 10.

DJinoia Division of Highways and
conducted In the District Office in
Marina City under the direction
of Right-of-Way Engineer Fred
10 attendance were
Fee Appraillers and Reviewing Appraisers who are used both by the
Division of Highways and the
Highway Department, in addition
to the Department penonneJ.

Included In this laller group

were Frank Conroyd. George
Craine, Erwin DellloO', Donald
Kahn, Michael Niemczyk and WilliAm Scannell. The agenda listed
discussions by Niemczyk, "Revising and Up-Dating the Report'"
and by Craine on the subject of.
"Use of Land Economic StudiN."
Other subjecta were di.scussed
by perBOnnel of the Bureau of
Public Roads and the State Highway Diviaioo. The American R-OW Association, of which 12 members of the Department are members, sponsors the se.m.inars. The
men participate In these seminars
for which James F . Kelly, Aasiatant Supt. of Highways. and Edward Landmesser, Aasistaot Chief
of the Land Procurement Division,
serve as chairman and co-chairman. respectively.


A PRIL, 1968



(Co ntinul!d from page 1)

000lli 00(!)IllU\7

[D00[DWill\1 m~W0


ApriU, 1968

No. 4

Published monthly by and for the members of the

Cook County Highway Department to serve as an
organ for disseminating news and information on the
personnel and projects of the Department and the
County nnd subjects of relnted interest.
Contributions for publication are invited and will be
given the careful attention of the Editors. However,
they will not be responsibJp. fo r unsolicited material.


Cook County Board of Commi ssioners
The Board or Commissione rs

Mathew W. Bieszczat
JerOme Huppert
Charles S. Bonk
Lillian Piotrowski
Charles F. Chaplin
Ruby Ryan
George W. Dunne
Harry H . Semrow
William N. Erickson
Josephine B. Sneed
Floyd T. Fulle
John J. Touhy
Charles J. Grupp, Jr.
Kenneth E . Wilson
Road and Bridge Committce
Jerome lJullpert, Chairman
Superintendent of Highways, Richard H , Golternmn

Ed E. Deuss
Graphic Arts Consultants
Edwin A. Beck
O. C. lIiggios
Staff Photographer
Elmer J. lUajewskl





sponsored by the Structural Division. Engineering
Mechanics Division, and the Ulinois Section of the
American Society of Civil Engineers, in cooperation
with the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle Campus, the University of Illinois, Urbana Campus, TIlinois Institute of Technology. and Northwestern
The Conference will run through April 18-20 at
the Conrad Hilton and have as its theme, " Optimization and Nonlinear Problems".

dress delivered before the 59th annual meeting of

the H-slate Missis$ippi Valley Conference of State
Highway Departments. The address was among those
presented during the meeting at the Sherman Bouse,
March 14-16.
Other officials who spoke were Francis C. Turner,
Director of Public Roads, Dept. of Transportation:
John O. Morton, President, American Association of
State Highway Officials, and Burton F _ Miller, Executive Vice-President, American Road Builders Assn.
His talk entitled, "The Future Role of the Highway Engineer?" had its origin, Johnson began, when
he received on the same day two almost identical
inquiries from engineering colleges concerning future
eareers in highway engineering. This led him to
consider the "Criticisms, charges and challenges facing the highway program and the highway engineer"
~particularly the (IUestion;
Is he to be a full professionsl man with s major voice in decision-making,
with a chance for the top job, or only a specia1i7.ed
technician or advisor. working under someone outside the engineering profession?
Considering the criticism levelled at the highway
program and highway engineers, J ohnson felt that
some was valid but merely the result of outsiders
"wanting t o get into the act" since the highway program became "so big, so glamorous and so important." He discounted the charge that the engineering proression is rurally-oriented.
Engincer Is O\'erly Modest
He said, "The highway engineer has more background and actual experience in the planning, designing and building urban highway fa cilities than
anyone else." He also felt that highway departments generally had not abused their broad authority
by "free-wheeling" operations which do not consider
lhe adverse effect of a highway upon the environment through which it passes.
"Actually," sl\id Johnson, "1 believe that the highway engineer has develoJ>ed skills and competence
beyond the appreciation of the average person in
these areas and in the highway engineering field.
He has done this quietly and effi ciently and has put
it into practice. He knows the value of getting a
thing done and not studying it to death or overcomplicating it.
"The highway cngineer has not. however, proclaimed from the r ooftops whaL a wondcrful job he
has been doing:'
Johnson contrasted this modesty with the selfpublici?ing of some other design professions which
have been pushing themselves to the forefront and
attracting atlention. The engineer is overly modest,
but this is largely due to the atmosphere in which
he has worked most of his career~handling a program that was far from ndequstely financed. Striving to get the most and best for his money, however.
has made him a better public servant and a better
engineer. he pointed out. People from other professions are actually surpri.sed when they become aware
of the high state of development in highway planning and economics.
(ConU nued on pnge 3\


AASHO(C(lntlnued rrom page 2)

Johnson dismissed as "hogwash"

the idea that the highway engineer
does not make a good administrator, as well as the char ge that he
has no appreciation of the social
consequence of public works programs, Johnson took a " wait. and
see" attit.ude toward the recent
ides of a "design concept team,"
including people from several disciplines, to develop urban highway
projects. He agreed it. might have
some "pacification value" in troubled areas. He stressed again that
highway engineers do not want to
pave over the whole city or promote a continuous program of
urban freeways but simply "utilize
the minimum amount of available
space to accomodate the essential
highway traffic that is t.he life
blood of any urban community."
I n fact, highway engineers
should take t he lead in adding
any new disciplines or expertise
needed to do a job which is can
stantly growing bigger and more
Enj(illeer Should Take Le:ul
"I think," he expounded, "that
the utilization of outstanding and
successful people in ot.her design
profeasions coud and should be
ut.ilized in advisory and consulting
roles . . . but I do revolt at any
move that would dilute or transfer
responsibility and final decisionmaking to an outside team that
would have litlle residual responsibility or accountability alter they
made their initial proposal or decision . . . There must be a 'captain' that makes the final decision
and t hat should be the highway
administrator, who is responsible
now and in the future."
J ohnson was disturbed by the
charge that major decisions about
a highway should be left to the
people who live along the route.
They may play a limited role in
the process but should not make
major controlling deeision8,

APRIL, 1968

Johnson also discounted critics

who put the highway program in
competition and conllict with olber
modes of transportation and with
"totaJ transportation" concepts.
All transportation facilities must
be planned to complement and
dovetail with each other. Highways are essential and in many
places will be the predominant or
almost the total for m of lransportation. The fact that a highway
program is a separate program
will not adversely affect other
transportation fonns.
DiS CQ Wlt.s


highways and highway
travel still popular with the general public?
Its opinion must
count in planning total transportation. Johnson cited a National
Cooperative Highway Research
Project in which 5,000 people were
given in-depth interviews.


"Even though a number of

leading anti-highway
questions were (asked), we found
that we generally got strong prohighway answers ... (This) shows
that highways will continue to be
popular and necessary a nd that
the needs and requests . . . fo r
highways will be in excess of
available funds . . . People cling
to the convenience and flexibility
of personal transportation."
Johnson concluded that we will
see, not substitutes for our present
vehicles and roads, but their gradtlal evolution and improvement fo r
many years to come.

So the fulure is bright for highways and highway engineers. But

constant selfcritieism on the part
of the profession is needed, a
greater role in recognizing and
creating necessary change, and a
will to leadership.


Amo ng Depart ment peno nnel ;o.u e ndi ng th e Mi .. i.. ip pi Va lley Co nfere nce of
S ta te H ig h way Eng ineer. in mid .Ma r c h a t th e S he rm .. n H o u.e w... thi. conge ni .. 1
gatheri ng at o ne of the lunc he on tablet, cou ntercloc kw i.e, Ri c hard Ko ciu ba,
R igh t- of. W a y Bu rea u ; Jack Ste m, head of th e Drai nage a nd Utiliti u Divi. ion ;
H arry Abbo tt , H ead of the Pri mary an d ,,:p reu wa y Drain. . e Section ;
Mo rri. C he r ner, hea d of the A rch itectur e a nd Land.ca pe Divi. ion; Ja m ... F.
K ell y, A .. illant Supt. for Adm ini. tratio n ; Ro ber t Snyderman. hea d of Demo litio n
a nd "c.... La nd S ection, Ri.htof-Way Bureau , a nd Th o m.. H o wa rd . V ice
Pre. id .... t. V ul ca n Mater ial. . The luncheo n ......... pontore d bJ the IIlino it Co ncrete Pip e A,,(lciatio n.


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TO T il l:': Ot:PARTMS T 0 )' TItA!\!! PORTATIO!<i

P ... unr 20, 11MIII, - ILefI'm'Cl \" lhe Commllta! 001 U""I'nIlIlC!llI Openliotu and
iII'doerl!d Iv bII.,.\rI11!d with aft'Ompolllrt", r-.....

J'"AlIlrln ullg uhe hJJifllrliH!dCII;I,d

in rhiM,
( "JIIUrUil vj


h.e; ~IMlggled I'dlh the IH't)lllelll

or urban transportlltion. But :

- Nel'er before hllve tLese problelnB 1l1f~~1 1O mAny or our "ili1.fIi~,
Kever IN!!fore ba!llnt.mportlltmn been so imp{)Ttllnl to the rle l!!ul'"
Intnl of our urbll.D rtnlU'!l
Nel'u before hll"'e Iftidtnu of IIrblln IIrus r.oed a rlellrer I'lmil'"
ntnceming urban IMUllII)Orulioo-----lh~l .it dominllte,and I'eIIlrirl
enjoymVJI or &lIllie I'a ues or urbll.D III'1nl:, (l r shalln be I hal)flrl
to bring rOllVenie",'e Ind effideney t('l our citiJens in ILrban II.~IliI ,
How Alneriu and it.. ('iliet lID],'e the lral~I)O rlll lioo problem
depend. largely 011 our two lle"~1 Fedent.1 Dep.rllllenia-tbe Deyllnment. of Tranll[lOMalioo I&lln Ihe Deparlmeut of HOILo!ing lind l rblln
- The DePlll'lment nf HOII~IIl,:.! ilnn Urh.n Deleloillnent i~ re-11U1~i
ble ror tbe Mllal'ltr Ifr &11 urb.1I de,'lI!!oJ>rnem
- The Departmenl IIf Tran"[lOTillti~n I" rOIll't.!ned ~1~lfit'Alh
\lith All tbe ml)(lh of tran~pnrtIlU"n ~II<I their effil:Jelil IIItl'rrehl.liuMhip.
At p~el1l, re,.p"n... iliiJil.I' f"r lltol!ram ......... i..Jt lull'e fllr urban h4:h".YlI lind Iitball airl)!'rl ..., oI.llIl uruall IUIlilli IrllllllllUrl lltilJiI ill dh'jd!tl
bel\\~n the ~ep.rtment lOr Tral\iijlurtllliull and Ihe DI'II.rlllleu ~ uf
HUUQng ami trban D e,'e!upmenl. As . ,"""ull ;
--Federal coordinuion or lrafl>lllUrlatioll IYlIuml _iil ...lCe ia more

rhtJ' All tlllibrel'< I" .mllmifie" in .. nell l rh.1I :\I~ 'r~ n~I .. ,r'llWill A lUini.U.li"D in the Dellllrtnlf.1II IIf '1'r.. n~IJ\'rlllli"n 111,_ flUlI"-

wilh1t in,oke nrh.n I1IIib1t Inlllsp"rlli llo n 1)I">'Jf!<' 1 lISooiill.nre 11.1111

relilled rtselll"('h Ililtl t1e'el"pmtJl! Il(thitiet-: Del'ullse urbllll rl!!ll!urrll
lind planning /Uld tran Jlurllllillil te.!eMrrh 111Id pllmning lire ('I.
u l.led, hllweler, the plill l,nl\'ide;< Ihat Iht Oepartm r.nt I,f HOI
lIud Urtan ihxelul,menl Ilf'rfonn an imll"rllnl nlle in tlln n~lIl1n
with tran"I'"Mlllwn teIIe.n:h ftIld Jllannm~ ill!ll)far as Ihe\' h.Y(
"'I!!oific. nt unl~r t on urban de\'!!ollmenl .

We UPeI" the DeJlllrtmtnt uf Tran.;IIIJrtIlUolI tv I,ru,;de leadershill

in U'Il\l~Ii<,rl!!.\ion poliey and 1I.'lI'!~(lInre. The Del'lIrllnent
El ou~inl;
111111 Ur )an Delelopmtnl
Ilrlwide Itlidersillp in c'I!mjlrehenlh'e
phumin,[C Ilt tht IlIcliJ lel'd l!rllt lIlt'\rlde< Ifllllll)(lrtAliUlI I)lnnninjl: nlld
rellll!!lll ttl broader urblill dc \-dopnlenl ubjeclilH.
Thelnr.nbfer of ufbliJl mllSll Ir&n8p!)rllltion program" ...ill not diminish lhe lII'erall rfJIpoosibilitie. of the Depllrtrnent of H ouRng .nd
Urblln De"eiupmelll wllh re.pecl 10 our ciliett, Rathu, adequate
,r.uilioruy til I"I!IIf!rnd 10 that Del"'rtmenl 10 en.ble il 10 loin 'Ahlt !lte
Dtrll.l"lUltn~ of Transportaunn 10 assure ,hal urball tra.rutporllHion
de,'dol'" 118 III illltpTlll l'IIUlI)Ontlll I, f Ihe Im)ader de'elnpmelll of
b'Tu"'ing IITbli1l .reas.
The lie" Urban ;\11\.'111 'I'raml!unllti01I Aciminmintillll in tht Departmen t of Traraport.tit)n, 'oI'orlung ....;lh olher tlemenu of the Deplrtment, "II'i11 ronaolidau .nd fOl'Ila our efl'ura to develop and tmp l()y
the mOoit modern trallllporta,ion l~hnolO!l:Y in the !IOiution of the
traMportat;on problema of ourcitie.;,
The reorp:am.r.llion liiall prm'ide;o fll r al\ AtllIIinilllralOr al the head
.. r the Adminittrlllion \\hu 1I",,"ld be lpJl(linled bl' the President, br
Imd \I;itb Ihe adl-lce lind COlilent of the $eUlite. ' Th. Atl lllillitlrlllOr
II ould repo rt dirl!('th' \() the Sec-retlU"\' of Tr~nMpUrll li()n and ta ke his
pllte in the D~arttntnt ,,ith the he.d,. of the fo'ede nt.1 ..h 'ill ion
Adll1iniatration, F ederal High ......y Adminilitr.tilln, "'edeni Railro. d
Administratiun and the C()IllI~ Guard.
I hllla fOllnd, al\l!r inv,,"lqtlltion, dial "1lI,1t r@Orgllnl%lIlion induded"
in lhe reorgalli:r.atioD pilln tramm,iued here,,ith i, neressa r)" to &ccom,j,,11B

T he farre. chinl e ffect. of the pl.... propond by the Pre.ident on Febr.. ary
26, ,ullat. that tbe complete teIt be made Ilvailable for o:areful Iludy, No
iel(i.!.boD i. needed to . H.eI the plan. It would take pl.c. automat;c. lly .t
lba ... d of 60 d ll,.. u .. I.... the Senate or the Hou.e ware to v.lo th.. pro po'lll.


In the Mllrch iuue of

Cook County Hi,hw. y N. wI. the H i, hwa,.. Dep.rl.
menl' dion u!tti .. , up a Bur.au of PI. nnin, and Tran.porl.tion w.. rel.ted
to tI.e Fader.1 propOlIl!. It i. therefore Il . ubj.eet of fllill inler.. ' to t"e Depa rt-



menl and 10 hi,hw.y, plJbllc wo,lo:. al

coo .. try .
In it. prll.... t form the pi.... c.11a for
talion Admi.. i.tration to nllw J).-.. rtr
h,. Il $29,500 a year adminitlr. ~
Hi,hwa,.., Railroad, Federlll Ayiahon Il

It i. de.i,n.d to ;mproye lran' por

,over.. menb .nd 10 proyid. a .in,le I
rna,. look for Illllalll nCe Ilnd . upport.

APRIL, 1968





plish one or more of Ihe jlUll)OI>M.set furth ill :<e("tioll I!O I {II) "f title ii OI(
the United Stllte;! Code.
r hlln~ IIIso found thlll it i" net:_.I1... tIl itl<'lude ill lhe U~"UIIIIHIIL,dJl~
pl~n, br ",-11,;011 uf Ihe!'C reol1:lllli1.atiul\FI. prodsion~ f.. r lhe aJlI'"iutIllenl Mnd ('ollllJoeIlSa tioli of the new "fficer 1I1M"l'ifieJ ill ,;ectiull ;\ (1,,) ..,r
the /IIMn. The rate of cumpeIl!lation fixed for this om~"er iii \'ump,lnlblo
IV t t()l;e th:ed for nfficers in the Exe('utj\"e Branch (If tlte Gm'erllluent
hlll'in~ lIimilu Te;!)()Il!iibililieil.
The J"/'0'l!ani1.ft,tll"ln~ included in this plhll willlm"' ide lIIo...e elfet:til"l!
IlIllnmgeml'nl of trnns.portillion \lmgralllll. It i8 not fell"ible t .. itemize
tbe rWumioli ill eXJll'.nditllf1!;l W lich the pilln willllt:hiele. 1mt J hlll'l!
nu doubt thst thi~ reorganiutinn willllrl'!l!t'TI'e Ilnd "lreul!then o"em!!
cl'mprehef13in~ planning fur den~lu]linl!" IIrli"" urow> wltile ~itl\ult"
IlwlI~lr insuring more efficient transportlltion $.l':lten~ f~'r o\lr citie~
thall w..,uld otherwise 1IIII'e O('curred.
1 I ll"llllj:ly !I~ tLllt tht L'on).rrl'!IoI ,i1l0W the l1' ul'glllli1.uliuli plILIl t"
~ollle I.'treellre.
LY:iDQ:i B . JUIIS60N ,
T ill: WHITE HOtil~ E, Ft/mJory 16, 1968.
lh;ollu ..... tz\'rIQ' 1'\,.1-: :-' ... :.'



rPrel'tll'1!I! II)' Ihe 1're.~it!1'.1lI 111111 IrHI1SlUiiled ill lite NllI"Ile IIIHI Ihe
JJ uu..e flf .ltl!tJr~lII"live.l ill ( IullJtr~ ull>letllhl,'d , Fehn'Mr.I' 26,
1961', 111I""Ulnt tn th e ]lrOlvj"i,m,. of dlll'Jltl'r [l "r title u "f 1he
United Stille.! l 'ode)
tllli lAS lIAM


~~IOS L TTANI\f'EIi or }'usCTlosa.~(.} 'l'h('re lire hert'I,,' lI'!IlI"...

ferred til the St-treurl' of 1'ran~ptll'luti"lI :
( I) The fnnl"liunl "f the Recretal')' (If H,,"~illj.: 'liI,1 [rhllll l)e\elultment and lhe Depllrllllelll 'Jf HOUiiillj! Il.lId Urban Delel"l'me.nt under
the Urb~1l MaM Tnlll~portatioll .\ct of 19&1 (7l'1 :ilal. :I{l'.!; 49 U.S.t'.
1601 1611), e~eel) ~ thMt tuere b l'I'Serl'ed \Il the ..x.cret~ I)' IIf R UUhi llg
and Urbull Del'~lu lllllenl (i) lh~ alltiullity Iu make ;: rllnt~ fur ur undertake IIllI'h pr..jl!(:l.!! or artil'il il'!lunder.stctiuns 6(a). 9, lind 11 uf that
Act (49 U,S.C . l6Ob(1l); I t1071l : 1607c) Ill! Jlrimllrih' l'UUl;ern tlul tellltiolls.hip of urban triinsportilliQIl !:iY5telll~ 1<.1 the CUIIl11N!hen,ivelr
planned develollmeuL of Ilrulln IlrtM or the rule of tmlllillOrlllliuu
plAnning in ""efllllllrbllll [llllnninj!". ~ud (ij) "'. 11lI1",h "f the f"ncliolls
under sectiun~ 3, 4, lIud 1) of lite A,'\' (4D U.S.C . 1602-1 0(4) lUI will
en abl ~ Ihe Set"l'I!tllry (.r H lIlIsing Ilnd l'rhllll Del'elllilment fA) \(l a.d\'il!e and llS8illt we Secretary of TrllllSllOrtlltilln in making Ii lldinlQ/
alld determinationll und ~r clall;le (I) of ,;ecl imt 3(c) , the first ~Iltence
of I16CtlOD 4(a) , lind r.la,," (I) IIf sectioll6 of the Act , and (D) to eslll.l..
lish joinUy with Ihe Secrt!tlU'V of Transportation the eriteri" referred
tn in the fin;t IIIlntence of section 4 (1l) "f the Act.
(2) Dlher functions of tbe Rl!lteUl.ry of 8 0Wling IIml Urbllll Del'elullmen t, 1111d fnn ctinllll .,r Ihe DelJfl.tuilent of Housing lind Urban Del'eiup nleJ.lt '.' r (If II.ny IIgenr.\ or nffi"er thereof, 1111 W Ihe. exlent thnl
they Me mCldl!nhl t' l or IIffe:l>iIU'Y fnr Ihe IlI!rlonnai11'e of tile funrt ionOf
tran~re rTed bY!jf!{tiun 1{1l)( 1) (J} thi~ renrgll.n iXIIlillll ]J1~n, ilwluding,
tu !llIl'h /!..'(tent, th e r\lnl'tiun~ of the Serrelar;y of lInlising Mud Vrb"1l
Development lind the DCI'ti.rI1TH~IH (If H,,"slIlg .. nd t'rbllll Dal'el(lltmen\. IInder (i) title 11 of the Housing Amendmelll.!! ,.,r 1055 (60 Stilt.
642 ; 42 C.S.C. 1401-149;). inilOfAr I\~ fl1nrliOIl' Ihl'l'CHlllcier illl'nll'e
lIlII! islance spe\.'ifictLIl:-' suulorized for llIt1S.'i trltl).~p\!rtlltiUI\ fllcilities

d tnnaporlation .,.. nciea throu,hout th e

or equipmelll, .. nd '(ii) title 1\' of the Housing lind L'rlollll D''''el!Jpmen~

Act of 1965 (79 ~t&t. -iSS. 42 U.S.C. 3071-:1074).
(3) The functiOlls of the Depllrtment of Housiug aud Urban
Den.lojJ11lenL nnder ;!eCtiO!! 3(b) of the Act \If XO"ember I) 1960
(P,L. 89-i74 j SO Slat.. 1352 ; 40 t-.S.C. 672(11.
(b) Any reference in this reurgllnit.Jllinn plan tn ~II~' provision of
lilli' all1l1l be deemed to indllde .lIS mlly be Ilppropn ale, reference
thereto~!i Ilttlendet.l.
Sr.C. 2. DELI:GATlux. -'I'be Secreiliry of Tuus po,rtalion mlly delegllte lilly <If the functions tI'l\llsferred to him by tbi, reorganU:lIliOIl
1~1~1l to l:I lIch office!"!! Klld emJlloyees of the DepKrtmelll of 'I'rllnsporlalion Ill! he de~iglllltel! , snd may UllthoriZB 'UCCessiYB r!!delegations
IIf such funetioll.i.
Sgc. 3. l"1I8.\X :\I.\s.:t 'f'ItAXill'ulI'rA1'1(JS" :\ u.uJ:SIIIrnAT1Qx.~(II)
'l'here ill hereby e.;llibli3het! Il"itiJiu the Del)arUllell~ of Tr811l!I)Orllltiuu
lin e,ban :\ IIISS Transportstion Adminis trllt.iun.
(b) T he Urban :\Iass TraIl!lportation AdministratiOll .ihall lie
headed by lin I'rbllll :\h$ Trallsl)oftatioll Administrator, who shall
be aPJluinted by the President, b\' and lIith the addce Klld consent
nf the SenKte, ~1111 shllll be .'omIJiIl~lIted III the rate noll' nr hereafter
pnwicled fht 1..e"eIIJI <)Cthe EUCIIIh-o SeheJnle Pill' Riltes (6 U.S.C.
5;J1-i). Th ...\ dm ini!l1tlltor shall Ilerlurm "1Ir1, dllties u the Setrelary
"f TrlltlSllurlllli"" _hllll IIrescri 1tI lind ,,111111 re!)(orl directh' (1) the
:->EC, 4. I "TEIUM ..\lllolISIJn"IUTI) II.- The 'President may Authorize
IIn~' Il/!nI()l! .... ho immedill.lely prior to the elfeeth'e due of this re~
'll"'!!'lIn i~II'iOIl pl~n holds a 1)llSttion in Ihe e....:ecuthe branch of the
gOl'ernlllfnt to IIct lIB Urban :\11lSS 'I'rllnsl)Ortlltion A dmini~trator
nnti l th~ office of Admin.i.slnlior is f"r the tirs~ time tilled pUT!luant
10 the 1IN)I'isions of section 3(b) of this reorgsniZlltion pilI! or br
reel!!!ll. aJlllOintment, as lhe C~ 11111)' bt. The .l"lWn 50 desi$llllteil
~hall be .. ntitled to lhe C(JLUIJoenSlilion 1It14che to tbe posillon he
regularly holds.
S EC. 5. Jsclln:xTAI, TRAs~n:III5 .~(,,) !:io !lllIch of tbe personnel,
property, ~rd s, Ilnd 1I11c..~Ill'.n de<l b~lallct:.l of III1Prol)riftttons, aliarnllon~. lind other funds emploYe,I, used, held. fl\'ailllble, or Iu be
tnllde IlI'aHable in eonneelion I\'llh the functio ns transferred to Ihe
::lecretar:. of Transponillion by lhis reorgllniZlllion pllln Ill:I the
Director of the Bureau of lhe Budget shall detennine shllll be transferred from lite Department vf H on~ing lind Urban Development to
lhe Dellllriment of Tf1IIlSporllllion IlL .sneh time or limes II.!I the
Director shall direct.
(b) Such further Ine&Sures anti dislXJSilio ll~ lIS the Directo r of the
Bureau of the Dudget shaH deem to be necessMry ill order to eff~tnll~
the tralUftnl pl'Ol'lded fnr ill BlIbsection (II ) III th.is aeelion Ihll.il b~
carried out in 8111'h Illllllller ~s he shaH direc ~ lIld by .!llloh IIgendes /Ut he
"hall designate.
SEC. 6. EruCTI\,!: D ATE.~The IlrO\'isions of this reo'lfl..llizlllion
pla n shall take efJe('t III the close or June 30 tOUS, or aL the.tlmll determined under the Ilro"isiolls of section OOU(Il) of title 5 of the United
cilllles <AIde, ",hirhe\'ef is Illler.

mana,ement of ove ...11 t.....n. porh.tion. includinil h ia:h waya. innercity .Iectrical
traM it lin..a, rail ro. d commuler , y, tema , and bua lin,u.

the tranaf.. , of th .. Urb.n M... Tr.n. po r

.. nt
Traa.port. tion. It will be beaded
. ...
,perate "IOail.ide the head. of th ..
.I Ca .. t Cuard .dminiatrati<II",

The hope i....pr....ed th a t tbe pl.n will "p ..enfv. and atTena:then .. , com
pr.. hen.ive pl.nnin, fo~ developin, urb.n a real! whil imuhan ..oualy in.urin.
mora efficient tranaportation a,..tem. th.t would otherwi.e have occu ....ed."

. t ion within the citie., .tates and local

le ney to which thue ilovernmental unib
It will a llO provide fo r more effective

In order to implement the plan, it w.. re<:ommend ..d that Con,re,. provide
$230 million for 6.<:. 1 1970. Thi. would ilive local ilovernmenb time to plan
the imp ro .... menta of their m... tr.,uit ay. lem, 1l'l4 . ervic:a. it w .. ~xplaint:~,



APRIL, 1968


THE PARADE FlOAT .. . . Coming . . . .


In cooperation with the Cook

Counly Sesqukentennial Committee. the IDghway Department has
developed a Parade Float. The
cost of the Float was held to a
minimum by calling on the Department's personnel throughout
the organization.
The chassis for the Float was
salvaged from an abandoned house
trailer. The superstructure was
removed from the chasais which
was 60 feet long and 12 feet wide.
This was cut down to average
parade 60at dimensions-35 ' x 8/ .
After the frame-work was
cleaned, refurbished and painted,
a plywood deck was installed. Involved in all of this cooperative
effort under the direction of Mario
Di Santis, Equipment SUI>ervisor,
were: Harold Jensen, welder; Ray
Smith, blacksmith; Thomas Greenwood, blacksmith's helper; Joseph
McK80bsky. carpenter; and John
D. O'Shanna and Daniel M . Trahey,

The "Seoqui" Parade Float .alute. IIl ino;. on ;11 lS0th year of Slate.hood.
It . 110 d ep;cll the prolre ... of hi lrhway co n. truct io n from the pl"nk ro"d of
pion,,",r d"y. to th e el<preuwa y of tod"y. Contributin, their be" uty and o;hal'm
to the attracti ve ne.. of the Flo;>1 are, ( froo m th .. nllr forward) Kath,. Gr iffi n .
Sandy Mathi., Vir,inia MII ..... o., Lo ui te Bra dl ey. F"ye Joiner lind Judy L"r'en .

and Go ing!

The design for the Float, itself.

was created by Thomas Kennedy
of the Traffic and Signals Division,
with assists from C. C. "Cub"
Higgins. Ed Beck. Head of the
Maps and Township Division, and
Morris Cherncr, Head of the Architecture and Landscape Division.
The Float made ils liMIt appearance in the St. Pat's Day Parade.
lUi design bears a congratulatory
message from the Highway Department to the State of Dlinois
on its 150th anniversnry, and
spot-lights Cook County th rough
its Board of Commissioners.
It has an historical moUf depicting the progress of highway
construction from the plank road
to the expressway. A miniature
covered wagon, "Old Timer" roadster and a sleek Rolls-Royce convertible carry out this theme.
U the experience ot the St.
Pat's Day Parade is an om~fl ot

on paae 8)

An o ther feal ul'a of the Float i. the c utout map Df Coole Co unty .Lowin , tha
150 mile. of expl'lH.wa,. d ll:llilrned a nd built by th a Count,. Hi,hw.,. Department
.nd th a 602 millll of road. mai nta ined by the Depart men t. On one of th e
panel. i. a , ree tin, fl'o m County Boud P r .. ident Richard 8. Clril.,i .. to the State
vi lIIinoi. on b.b.. lf of the Count,. Bo.rd of Comminioner.

A PR IL, 11168





(This'" the 1tk 0/ the Itcries 0/

articles on Toumship Got)crnmetlt.
It takes up the .geT11ices 'Which 'he
people reccice from it.)

The Ch'iI Service Commission or

Cook County released the resuits
or examinatiolUl ror Typists II and
m, and Stenographers II a.nd m
In the Cook County Highway I)e...
)artment on March 20.
The names or those who pa.aaed
and the grades each attained follow in numerical order :

Township governments are particularly well suited to be given

more important roles in this picture. They are act up 8JI excellent
local di.BtrictB ror the administration of governmental business.
Township revenue is obtained
primarily [rom real and personal
property tax collections. tn moat
cases, townships also obtain a
Ihare ot ltate motor fuel and wes
taxes, at apportioned by the state
to local governments.
Among llIinois townships, there
are variations in the hRndling of
township business and taxation,
due to differing inter-governmental
In primarily rural areas, the
township Is the major governmentnl body serving unincorporated
(non-city or village) areal.
Where single cities fill the ge0graphical area o( a township,
townshll) government is generally
combined with city governmenL
This occurs in cities such u Evanston, Peoria, Bloomington , Granite
City and others.
In Cook County, townships do
not function within the city of
Chicago, although township unita
alill technically exist in some outlying sections ot the city. Cook
County luburban townshlpe-30 of
them-have structures which differ
rrom downstate townshipa.
Rural type townshipa eatabliah
their own tax levies baaed on eaUmated needs. They assess real and
personal properly wea and establish tax rates accordingly. However, they do not handle the colleclion or laxes, which Is done by
the county. then apportioned back
to townships.
City-township units combine all
tax (unctions. to tact, job runelions are handled by officials who
serve both the city and township.
Townships in Cook County generally levy no taxes. The working
revenue for these townships Is de~
Lermined by a 2% commlaalon on
(O:mtlnued on adJol nln, column)



Engineer Tech. I
Saturday, March 16, 1968

real and persona) property taxes

paid locally.
In many of the growing, prosperous Cook County townships,
total revenues rrequently exceed
budgetary needs.
The general
practice baJI been to turn over
surplus revenue to local school
distnclS. This enables schools to
improve their facilities and also
helps to relieve school district t.a..x
In many townships, there is also
a trend to increase township services, as voted on by the town
board and approved by the local
citizenry. However, relatively few
townships are fortunate e:nough to
have surpluses enabling them to
consider an expanaion or their
The costa ot township services
are usually small In comparison
with other governmental sources.
tn many casea, township services
are provided either on a volunteer
or part-time basis. This is particularly true ot commissions or
committees which are set up to
consider or administer certain
health and welrare projects in a
township. In tact, state law does
not permit payment or personnel
for many such projecta.
Township budgets cover operating e.xpenaes, general a..8Slst.ante
appropriatiolUl, and an appropriation tor roads and bridges (except
where there are no township
roads ).
(Continued on AdJolntn, rolumn)

Goldie Solganick, 92.16 ; Dorothy
M. desR08iers, 91 .00 ; Anita R.
Farrell, 87.28; Mary Kay Kuhn,
86.75; Joanne M. Scianna, 86.11:
Sadelle Goldner, 85. "; Rae Michelsen 83.78; Sylvia Winter. 82.82;
Mary Bernadette McGinnis, 0.55;
Joan Mlllcr. 7 .83; Barbara J .
Becker. 77.97, and Katherine M .
McCormick, 71.58.

Goldie Solganick, 91.04: Dorothy

M. desRosiers, 8 .66: Joanne M .

Sclnnna, 4.36; Anita R. Farrell .

81.00; ltary Kay Kuhn. 83.33;
Sadelle Goldner, 81.89, and Rae
Michelsen. 80.08.
Elizabeth M. Walsh. 92.25 ; Roee
Casey. 88.49; Goldie Solganlck.
81.63; Mary Kay Kuhn, 84.83;
J eanne Hultman, 83.85; J oanne M.
Scianna 81.63; Ruth B. Calandriel10, 73.12, and Louise BradJey. 71.20.

Roee Cuey. 92.87; Goldie Solganlck, 92.13; Elizabeth M. Walsh,
91.49; Kathryn Ficek Griffin. 88.93;
J~nne Hullman, 81.47:
Goldner, SO.56. and Louise Bradley, 71.20.
These budgets must be carefully
planned and justified , because they
are subject to questioning and approval by the people at annual
town meetings. It is extremely
rare to find any padding or boondoggling In townshlp budgets. becaUIe of this close control by the
( The "ext artic/~ - No.8 - on
TOtf;!l.!hip OOCerflment will be devoted to its !COrk in the field 0/
ll ealt h "lid WeI/are.)


APR IL , 1968



April, . hirt lee ye weoot he,,-no th e r . euon in the colo rful hi, to..y of Coo k
Co unty h u eba ll_ larring the Cuh. a nd Whit e SOl<. Seve n m o nth. la le r comes
the g rand climax, Ihe tw o Leag ue c ha mp ions in th e Wo r ld Se r ies ! W ill il be
like a certain Series pla yed lo ng ag01 T hat o ne opened with the A merica n
Lear ue beatin a: th e Nationa l. 2 1. Th e Nata e vened it up in th e 'Kond, 7- 1
. . . But the Am e rica n. went on to win in .ix gam es. Yes, th at was 19 06, wh en
the Sox a nd th e C u b. play ed in a City. Wo rld Serino 19681 Rub yo ur rabbit ',
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Did You Know

that Cook County has had fou r
courthouses in its history, not
counting the ammunition room of
Fort Dearborn and private homes
in which County business was conducted during the first four years
after the County was created in

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1831 ?

that on May 1 Rnd 2, 1865, the

body of Abraham Lincoln lay in
stale in Cook County's first courthouse while thousands fil ed past
the bier in homage ?
that in the Great Fire of 1871
Cook County's second courthouse
wss completely destroyed, along
with all county records~but the
lives of BOrne 100 prisoners being
held in basement cells were saved?
(Source----"Growth of Cook Coun~
ty, Vol. I," by Charles B. Johnson )

Ret urn Rflq un ted

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the success the Float will enjoy in

fu ture community celebration and
observance events in which it will
participate, the project will have
been an outstanding one.
Contributing a most attractive
element to t he Float was the presence of six young ladies of the
Department. They were Kathy
Griffin, Sandra Mathis, Virginia
Mavros, Louise Bradley, Faye
Joiner and Judy Larsen. They
wore costumes conteml>ornry of
the period they represented~Faye
and Judy as pioneer women,
Louise and "Ginger", as fl appers
of lhe "Roaring 'twenties", and
Sandy and Kathy as mini-skirted,
boot-apparelled gals of today!



It was a beautiful day and as

the Float glided down State Street
in the parade lineup pulled by a
~~ ton pick-up truck driven by
John Wolowicz and Paul Hanisko.
the girls drew the cheers of
A schedule of events in which
the Float will lake part includes
the following : Homewood Diamond
Jubilee, June 8th ; Elk Grove Village Jaycee's 10th Annual Peony
Parade, June 23rd; Brook.field Diamond Jubilee, August 3rti; ntinois
State Fair Sesquicentennial Parade, August 9th ; a nd the 10th
Anniversary Buffalo Grove Parade,
September 1st, among others.

VOL. XV Number 5

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AY.19 68


Chicago, III. 60602

Otticlals of the State and County
highway departments, public work
consultanls. and related agencies.
will address the Trurd Annual
Spring Conference of the Pa losOrland-Worth ( POW) Area Council on May 24th at the Holiday
Inn. 4140 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn.
This was announced by Zay Smith.
the Council's executive director.

The County Zo nin, Bg.ard of A ppeala and reaident. o f th e Palo. Town.hip

community 1i,lon attent ivel,. Albe rt E. Bennett (, .. ated o n plal10rm ,i,hl)
read. open;n. lI.tomont . t zoninl' dtana" he.rin, requetled b,. th o Coo k
Co unty Hi g hw ay Depar tm e nt. Me n,bert of th " Zon; n, Boa rd ,rouped at th e
ta bl. are: (l ' a ,l;n, 2nd fr om le ft ): Morton C. Kaplan , a"erela'7 1 Geor,. KaJ. '
fOli." Robert Mark" Ch.irman ; Ri e h.rd L . Weld o n, a nd Ho mer H . Field.
Nichol ... Phillip_, tho Boar d'..... nd PI.nner, i. at fflr left. Al ex R. Seith, firth
memher of th o Bo.rd, unforlunately c;ame in after u,i. pieture w .. taken .

The CoulI1-y Board at its
meeting on Allril 29 nppro\'ed
the ru ling or the County Zon-

ing Board of Aplleals granting

IJermission for the County lII~h
WilY Department to construct n
garage a nd warehouse facility
in I'alos Townsllill. The ruling
was :trrh'ed at by an agreemenl
between Ihe residents of t-he
a rea lI.nt! the Dellarhnent. It
was introduced by Commissioner
J erome lJuI11Kl.rt. ChairmUII of
the HOlld lind Bridge Oommittee.

A crowded courtroom was the

setting for the hearing in the
Palos Pa rk Village Hall on March
18 of the Cook County Highway
Department before the Zoning
Boord of Appeals of Cook County_
The hearing was in response to a
request by the Department for a
zoning change for the construction
of a County garage facility.
The site of the property involved is located on the north side
of 135th Street, appr oximately
1.325 feet weat of 88th Avenue_
The land area involved approximately 18.57 acrea owned by Cook
(Continued on pall'! 6)

The Conference will start at one

o'clock and continue until six. A
refreshment hour will precede the
dinner to be followed by a panel
discussion and a "question and
a nswer" period.
The following officials, among
others, have been invited to address the Conference: George T.
March. District Engineer, District
10. Illinois Division of Highwsys;
County Board P resident Richard
B. Ogilvie. Richard Beebe, Lachner
& A88OCiates, consulting engineers
who developed feasibility studies
for the cities of J oliet and Kanka.
kee on the proposed airport: R.
Howar d Ha rmer, Director of Eca.
nomic Plan ning. Chicago Associa.
lion of Commerce and lndustry ;
Wilson Campbell. Director, Chica
go Area Tra nsportation Study;
and Matthew L. Rockwell, Execu
live Director, Northeastern Illinois
Planning Commission.
Mrs. J . E. Longuich is in charge
of a rrangements and reservations
for the affair.

MAV, 1968




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May, 1968

No. 5

Published monthly by and for the members of the

Cook County Highway Department to serve as an
organ for disseminating news and information on the
personnel and projects of the Department and the
County and subjects of related interest.
Contributions for publication are invited and will be
given the careful attention of tbeEditors. However.
they will not be respollslbl", for unsolicited matenlli.

RIC H A ROB . 0 G Il V IE , Presidenl

Cook County Board of Commissioners
The Board or OommlssioneNi
Mathew W. Bics:r.c.:r.at
Jerome Huppert
Charles S. Bonk
Lillian Piotrowski
Charles F. Chaplin
Ruby Ryan
Harry B, Semrow
George W. Dunne
William N. Erickson
Josephine B. Sneed
Floyd T. Fulle
John J . Touhy
Kenneth E, WIlson
Charles J, Grupp, Jr.
Road and Bridge Committee
J e rome I1uJ)J}Crt, Chairman
Superintendent of Highways, Richa rd II, Goitermllll

Ed E. Deuss
Graphic Arts Consultants
Edwlll A. Book
C, C, lIIggins

Staff Photographer
Elmer J , !\Iajel'fskl


The Public Service lnstitute in connection with the
Position Classifica tion Agency is offering a limited
number of COIU1'CS for Cook County employees during an 8-week Summer sCB8ion. The date for registration at Loop Jr, College is Junc 20.
Applications (or registration may be obtained from
Fred McCleverty in Room 2887 (Exl 5991 ), Enrollment approval (rom the Division Head is necessary
and must be returned to McCleverty with the

With this issue the "Highway News" resumes a

serics spotlighting members of the Department whose
quiet dedication over many years or service makes
them an elite corps who have been the very backbone of the organization.
Too often- as we said before-e.mployeea engaged
In public service are "unsung heroes," but their
devotion to the work in hand through several decades
hna contributed by that much to the progt'Cu of
their respective Divisions and Bureaus,
To them, once again, our very best wishes and
the warm congratulations of their associates and
fcllow employees.
tmWL~ .... LA~' J)M ESSI-:;R, Highway Engineer IV.
Is assistant chief of Land Procurement and marked
his 38th year with the Department on Janua ry 25th
of this year. Chicagoeducated, Ed worked in the
Bureaus of Design, Maps, and Construction before
coming to Land Procurement, He haa been in charge
of the nppraisal section for about 25 years, Ed hn.s
thrcc sons, The eldcst, Ed Jr., is a standards engineer. Lawrence and Gerald fU'e Dominican pries1.8
and teachers. Ed enjoys hearing and telling jokes,
and his ready wit pula him In constant demand as a
JOSEPIJ J . STUlOt-:n, Highway Engineer m , recently marked his 38th year with the Department, having
joined it AI)ril 15th, 1930. He now worke in the
Traffic and Signals Division after a varied background of experience which began in the Map DiviSion, progressed to the Design Bureau, and included
15 ycars in Land PrO(:urement. Joe lives in Chicago
with bis wife Jeanette. His son is a graduate in
mechanical engineering from Christian Brothers ColIcge in Memphis, He also hilS Ii daughter, in her
early twenties. Within the Highway Department he
Is everybody's candidate for "Mr. Nice Guy."
S A)I .>\ , CALDERONE, Inspector Engineer in the

Survey Division of the Right-or-Way Bureau, is a

35-year veteran who haa watched the Department's
remarkable expansion since the early 'thirties from
close up-as an outdoor maintenance specialist, Sam
marvels al the difference in equipment and facilities
between lbat era a nd today. He lives on Chicago's
South Side with his wife Ann, and his chief recreations are nmning (foot racing, that Is) and playing
handball at his local YMCA. Sam is a physica l
culture enthusiast. He recently finished second in a
lOO-mile run sponaored by the "Y",
EDWAJID OR.ZOFJo~, Contract Expediter 22, is an
other member of our elite group-an employee of 33
years standing with the Department. Starting his
career as Principal Contract Clerk, Ed now heads up
the Contract Documents Office and is a recognized
expert in the field of contracLS. B e resides in Skokie
wilh his wife Edith, and his daughter Malva, a high
school senior. He bas another married daughter,
Mrs. Dana Doniger, In his lelsurc time Ed is an
e.nthusiastlc golfer and also enjoys taking up pruning
shears and watering can to tend his Hower garden.



(Thi8 is tile 8t1l article all TawIlship Gover1t11IC1lt. The ability oj
this "gra88 roots" form of gOVeNlmerit to assume more respollsibility
in the field of health and 10elfare
is discussed, il1 s01l1e detail.)


There are signs of stronger

township activity in matters of
health and welfare. And, there is
a growing shift in political thinking that may very well return
more governmental services to
local governmeots, including townships.


Welfare assistance has alwsys

been a primary township resl>oosibility. Township administrations
pro\'ide financial aid and counseling to needy township residents
who a re nol otherwise provided
for by state or county programs.
They frequently handle needy snd
qualified transient cases which become difficult to provide for elsewhere. They perform as transmittal agencies to county or state
welfare departments.
The township supervisor serves

as supervisor of general assistance

In downstate
in his township.
counties, where supervisors also
serve on the county board, and
where welfare assistance is directly co-ordinated with the county,
the town supervisor is an ex-officio
member of the county welfare
board nnd oversees general assistance in his own township. In
Cook County, where the county
board is not made up of township
supervisors, the township supervisor is in charge of general
Rssistance in his township.
Appropriations for welfare relief
in township budgets vary from
amounts of less than $1,000.00 per
year in some of the smaller rural
townships to tens of thousands of
dollars in heavily populated urban
townships. Altogether the 1400odd townships in illinois expend
more than $16.000,000.00 per year
for relief purposes.
(CQ nllnued on adJacenl CQlu mn )


MAY, 1968


Engineer Tech, II
May 8, 1968

The Board of Commissioners at
the meeting on April 29 approved
five highway improvement contracts totalling S1 ,650,606.45.
Details of the contracts, their
costs, and the names of the con~
tractors foll ow:
nan .Rynn (South Route) Expre.'lswny - West Branch - Main
Drain ( B remen Townshil) :

A storm sewer of reinforced

concrete to be installed. It will
run 8.bout four~fifths of a mile
(4,124 feet ). The pipe will be 60,
90, and 102 inches in diameter.
The contract also calls for the
relocation of a 6.414 foot main.
The contract was awarded to
Reliance Underground Construction Company on a bid of S745,~
IInrlem Avenue (Mnine TowIIlOhiJ) : Oakt on St. to De.mpster St.):

The existing two-lane and variable-width pavement to be widened

to four lanes, with a mountable
median, for a distance of four fifths of a mile. A composite
pavement mixture, with s base of
portland cement. is specified for
the resurfacing. The necessary
(Continued on page 7)

In the areas of public health

and sanitation, townships are now
responsible. for a variety of functions.
They oversee certain state and
county health services. They are
responsible for elimination and
control of health hazards within
township boundaries. This includes
regulation of garbage dumping.
control of obnoxious weeds and
other hazardous conditions such as
air or water pollution.
Because it is becoming an increasing problem in many communities, garbage disposal service
is under study by R. number of
township governmcnts. They view
the possibilities of a township-coordinated garbage disposal program for both unincorporated
areas snd communities within
In several Illinois townships
water and sewage systems are
maintained under townShip govern ment administration. This usually
exists where communities spring
up but are not incorporated into
villages. or where a group of viilaRes find they can effectively and
economically coordinate lhis service under townl:lhips. Obviously.
where water and sewage systems
nre involved, townships then must
control the health and sanitation
requirements which accompany
this service.
Perhaps the more significant
township health service areas are
those which are now under devel~
opment nnd expansion.
One of these is establiEhing
township health boards to serve a
group of communities inside township limits.
No matter what other governme.ntal bodies may do, there continues to be a hurden on local
governments for complete, localired health and welfare ser vices.
Smaller cities and villages many
times cannot provide full services.
Counties, on the other band. mav
be ftble to, but even they need
local administration to assure good
results. State health services have
the county problem, but to a
greater degree.
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1lis discussion involving highways,

pl/blie bltildlt1YII, libraries




An Intensive, double-pronged cleall-up
and public relations campaign will be
launched this mont.h by the Cook County
Highway Department, it was announced by
Richard H. Golterman, Superintendent.
The combined personnel of the Departmenl's Bureau of Secondary Roads and
Material Rnd the Bureau or Transportation
and Planning will participate in this project. Total man-power of the two bureaus
is approximately 300. Trucks and other
vehicles numbering almost 75 will also be
utilized to carry a 3 x " foot enlargement
of a poster developed by the Department
of an anti-litter meuage to the public. (See
adjoining page)
" With the outdoor recreation and picnicking Aeason just a.round the comer. we
feel thllt we can Invite the cooperation of
the public to help us in our efforts to keep
the country roads and adjacent areaa free
of liller. Cleaning up litter costs the
County tens of thouaanda of the tax-pa)'ers' dollars. Man-hours that could be put
to far better use are expended in t.his daily
clean-up effort," Golterman pointed out.
In his meeting Golterman will urge the
men to be friendly, courteous and helpful
ill every aituation where they have contact
with the public. Their attitude in return
wiU contribute to building Ii more cooperative and helpful fcellng Among recreation
8C(lken Rnd picnickers.
"We receive many compliments from t.he
public generally throughout the year on
the friendly spirit and help extended by
our people who patrol the 602 mile County
highway .ystem," Golterman said in commenting on the campaign. "Naturally,
we receive BOrne complaints from time to
time. Natural as thia may be. we obviously don't like it."
The poeten whieh lhe Department will
arrange to have attached to the sides of
truck. will feature an iIIuBtratlon of nn
ann slretched from a car window in the
act or throwing a bag of assorted trash
including paper and calla out on the
shoulder of the road. The headline reada.
HIGHWAYS?" The poster then urges the
render to keep lhe home, county highways
snd America beautiful!

MAY, 1968




MAY, 1968


highways and
America beautiful ...
President Board of County Commissioners

Jerome Huppert
Chairman Road and Bridge Committee




MAY, 1968



(QmUnuoo from PIlIP! anI!)

Albert E. Bennett, Chief of the

Department's Land Procurement
Division and an altorney, represented the Cook County Highway
Department. His witnesses were:
Henry Riedl, Jr., head of the Bureau of Secondary Roads; Morris
CherneI'. head of the Architecture
and Landscape Division; Edward
Landmesser. in charge of County
Highway appraisals: and Warren
Schlieske. an independent real
estate appraisor,
Robert Marks, Chairman of the
Zoning Board, presided at the
hearing. Seated with him were
the other members of the Board,
H omer H . Fields, Alex R. Sieth ,
George N. Karafotias, Richard L ,
Weldon, and Morlon C. Kaplan,
Bennett opened the hearing
when called upon by the chairman.
He read a statement selting forth
the background of the case from
ita inception 20 years earlier up
to the present.
At that time, he explained, the
County was desirous of building a
servi~ facility for the storage and
maintenance of highway equipment in District 4 covering Palos.
Lemont. Orland, Brennan and
Worth townshills similar to garage
facUities now in the other four
districts. This facility would enable the H.iithway Department to
provide more efficient service fo r
the townships In the area. However, this request was formerly
opposed by individual residents of
the Community. Therefore through
the years the County was unable
to establish a service garage facility for District 4 as is now being
enjoyed by the other fou r County
Highway Maintenance Districts.

The Village of Morton Grove

hns scheduled another maaa bicycle training course.
Village officials and volunteer
residents have formed a oonunittee
to work with the Cook County
Trnific Safety Commiaaion beaded
by John J . McCieverty, Commission director. The event is scheduled for Saturday. June 8. In the
event of rain as occurred last year
UlC project will be conducted on
the following Saturday.
Last yea.r hundreds of youngsters went through the testing
procedure and were given licenscs
for their bicycles. The test area
WrlS Harrer Park on Dempster
This year it has been decided
to designate four sites. These
have been tentatively selected as
the grounds of Park-View, Edison.

of a num~
served as

the landscaping which would enhance the physical beauty of the

surrounding terrain. In answer to
Bennett's questioning, CherneI' told
not only of the heating and drainage I.nstallations which were part
of the plans to help assure the
c.leanliness of the faciHly , but also
of the safety facton being taken
to ensure the fact that there could
be no pollution of Mill Creek, or
the draina.ge flow from the prop-

briC;k, qd


In recent months, Bennett stated,

certain aspects of the situation
had c.hanged which suggested that
the time WSII propitious to institute a request for a new hearing.
H e then called upon Cherner 8S
hili first. witness.
CherneI', with the use
her of drawings which
exhibits, deaerlbed the
which wo1Al4 bt of face

H .. dad b, Mayor Robert Schreiber (Ieated at ta ble in dark j"cket) Morton

Crave offici"l. lI nd vol unt eer ci tizen. pl"n the ir .econd bicycle tr,,; nin a CO llr....
Coope,.tinJ with th em i. th e Cook Coun ty Hirhw"y Trllflic S Afe ly Co mmittee.
Se"ted fro m left 10 ri.hl: Lee Guntner, Vili aRe Tru.tee lind chairm.n o f tl. ..
Saf.. t, Commiu.... ; Kurt S."".on, volunteer; Police Chi..f Mill o n Scanlon, M"yor
Schr..ib .. r, Joaeph A I... i, volunteer, Milton &ickaon, Director of Civil DeI.." ,e;
Sol C, eenMr" volun teer, lI nd Anthon,. F""Jrewi, Su pt. of Public W orlu; (Second Row) John J . McClevl!!r"ty, Traffic Safet., Director; Fire Chief Chri.1 Hildebra nd t, Buildio, Com mi io ner ROMrt H ajek, T'QIt... Edwin P rica, and M.rt,
A,hm.n, o)unteer.

Melzer and Hynes Elementary

schools. Youngsters living east of
the MUwaukee Road trac.ka will
be tested at the Park-View and
Edison schools in the forenoon.
Those residing west of the trac.ks
would be given their examlnationB
at the Melzer and Hynes schools
in the afternoon.
This is the plan now being developed by Mayor Schreiber's committee. Ser ving with him ft.re:
Lee Guntner, Village Trustee and
Chairman of the Safety Committee; Chief of P olice ~ti1ton Seanlon, Fire Chief Christ Hildebrandt.
Hajek , Supt. of Public Works
AnUlony Fragissl, Director of Civil
Defcnse Milton Erickson, Village
Trustee Edwin Brice and volunteent Joseph Alessi. Sol Greenberg,
:Marty Ashman, and Kurt Swan",n.

Ben nett then called upon Riedl

as bia next witneaa. Again by
rorcful questioning, Bennett had
R ied l describe the organization of
his Bureau. It was brought out
that the Palos, Lemont, Orland,
Brennan and Worth township area
would benefit greatly by the establishment of the facility. H ighway
equipment. which now must be
moved (rom the Department's Blue
Ts land garage to serve the Palos
township area roads, would be im(QmUnued on next Pl.le)


PALOS HEARIN6(Continued rrom



M AY, " "



medintely Available to serve the

community. This would be par
tlcularly desirable in Lhe event
of a anow alonn such as waa ex
perienced lnat year. It would Bave
the County time and money by
eliminating the necessity of ached
uling the highway deparlment'a
rood patrols Crom their present
bnae ot operntion.
Riedl \Vaa followed by L:lndmea.
aer on the witness aland. He
brought out the background and
history of lhe property involved
nnd the need for the rezoning re
quest. l ie testified that the high
f!8t and brat use tor this aite In
hl8 opinion was the gArage service
facility for the distTict. This Is
the only district that does not
have 8uch 8 service facility . He
cited specific examples why the
proposed landacaped installation
would not depress valuetl but
rather would enhance them.
ChAirman Marks took over
questioning of the witnesa. He
established to his and lhe Board's
satisfaction that all the queations
or n number of people in the audl
ence were fully answered and tha t
the Interest of the people in the
Community W8S being maintained.
Hia inquiry brought out that the
County was vitally Interested in
mnintaining land values in the
This concluded the case for the
County. The ChAirman then asked
the Secretary to call the roll of
the villages involved. Mayor Nlel
J. Anderson of the Village of
PalOB Park responded and conveyed the apllroval of the Village
Board contingent on the execution
ot the Department's construction
and IandscapinR" plans 8J!I presented.
Mr. Zay Smith. executive secre.
tary of the Paloe-Orland-Worth
Townships Planning Commisaion.
told the Board that In the opinion
of Lhe Commission, though not an
official body. Lhe proposed zoning
change should be favorably considered. thus permitting the County to proceed with ita plans. The
construction plans would require
the approval of both the Ulinois
Division of Hi~hways and the
County Board before the next stell
could be taken. U all goes as
hopefully expected. the new fadlIty to service DiBtrict 5 of the
Bureau of Secondary Ronds would
be ready before the "snow flies".

Wo r k is ahud of leh.d ul. 0 .. th e $6 millio.. Cook Cou .. t,. bi, hw.,. impro'remc .. t betwH.. I..... i .. , P.,k .nd Carm...
Lak. Sho re Ori... . a c:eordio, to
Rich.rd H . Colte rma n. super; nt.nd. nt.


Thi. ..ic w from th e t.rrae. of th. 3900 Lake Shore Dri... a p.rtmcnt buildin ,
Ihows th. reenforceme nt b.... in tl1a roadw.,. . t ....in, im mediat. l,. ..orth of
IrY;n, Park. Sinc. t hi. pho to Waf la k. n th e co ncreta h.... baell p o ured .dya nc
in, the wor k tl1 a t m uc h further. In Ihe im m eeliallil forlll,round is th e Ir ..ill,
Pa rk un derpan. No l. th. bea m a a lrd,. po.il ioned with mO re 0 .. the , round
to be Liflllld into placa; a l.o tha retainin , wall whieh will l e pa ra t. th e aCelll"
road from the lOu thbo und Ian .. of t ha Driy


(COnllnut'd from

~ae 8)

curbing, drainage structures, Rnd

traffic control signals wUl a l80 be
The contract was awarded to
Frenzel Construction Compan}' on
a bid of $403,832.10.
Dundee A\"en uc
( Ba r rington
Ton-oship : Hawthornl! Road to
Lake Cook Road ):
The existing two-lane pavement
to be widened by 22 feet and resurfaced for a diatance of nearly
one mile (4.740 feet) . The speci.
fi cations call for the widening to
be done with I>orliand cement and
tbe resurfacing with bituminous
The contract was aWArded to
Robert A . Black, Inc.. on a bid of

142nd Street (Thornt on Town

s hip : Wentwo rth A" e ntle to Indiann A"enue) :

A new roadway to be laid down,

34 feet wide, running tor about
one-half mile (2,6]6.50 feet). It
will have eithe r e. pouolnnlc (fly
ash, lime a nd we.ter ) base or a
bituminous base, and a bituminous
surface. Necessary curbing and
storm sewer connections are to be
Tbe contract waa awarded to
Gallagher Asphalt Corp. on a bid
or 593,952.20.
Cottage Grove An'.nue (Thorn
lon Township; 15-1th Stftet to
Sibley Bonle " a nt ):
The existing roadway (10.9 feet
and variable) to be widened to 40
feet for a distance of approximate.
Iy one-half mile (2.611 feet). to
consist of a porliand cement base
and a bituminous surface. Neees
S!U"}' curbing and stonn sewer con
nections will be included.
The contract was awarded to
Robert A. Black. Inc. on a bid of

MAY, 1968





" I view edue.tion .. the mo.t ;mportant .ub,iect wbi.,b we, people, .,.n
b. "n".,ed in," Abr.h.m Lincoln lold the citisen. of lIIinoil in hi. fir.t publi.,
Th. people of Cook Count,. h. ve alwa,. ,ned .nd have alwa,..
driven to provide t heir d.ildren with the ... t telleher. and ra.,iliti", at all
edu.,.t;onal level.. The County i, proud or . 11 of itt , .,hooll, whi.,b include
... vera! world.bmo ul in.titution. of learnin .. : amon .. them, the Uni .. ",.;t,. of
Chi.,alo, with an enrollment of "bout 7,000; Northwutern Univerlit,., 20,000;
Loyol. Univa"it,., 11 ,000: DePau l Uni ..ersity, 9,000: a nd th e University of
Illinoi,' Chi.,aln Circle .,ampUI, 11 ,000,

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Did You Know . . .

-that the first. lawyer to live in
Cook County was Charles Jouett,

a Virginian who was appointed

Indian agent by President Thomas
Jefferson and sent here in 1805?
- that the Inst case tried by nttorney A braham Lincoln in a Cook
County court was the "sand bar"
case. in March 1860. wbich involved title to " large amount of
"shore" property on the Lake.
- that the case of the People v,
Blue Mountain Joe resulted In a
:leclaration that the Act of 1887
regulating the practice of medicine
in Illinois wall coneUtutional, and
that a "medicine man" could be
punished for fraud '!'
(Source-"Hlstory of Cook County, Vol. n ." Goodspeed and Healy)

ffi (!) (!) I!! ffi (!) (!) Glil\7

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Ohicago Ch'ic Center,
Ohlcago, Imn ol~ GOG02
Return Requ .... ted

A retired employee of the Cook

Thomas J . Roche, H. E. V-23.
died April 22, ]968. As a member
of lhe elite corps of veteran staffers, ~lr. Roche was featured in
lhe Mart.b '61 Issue of the Cook
County Highway News, from
which the foUowing Is quoted:
", , , a resident of Glenview.
Mr. Roche will mark his 40th
year with the Department on July
27th. When he Is nol writing for
pUblications, dancing the Cha-Cha
and the Samba, Tom is serving as
a member of the local zoning
board, tbe Glenview Planning Commi88ion of which he has been a
member for 13 years, and the
Chicago Mid-West Section of the
American Association of Cost
Engin rs,"

VOl. XV Number 6

JUNE, 1968



m. 60602



Attendin , the 83rd annua l convention of the llJinoi, Society of Profeuional

Enl'ineerl were from left to r il'hl: Lou i, A. Bacon, P. E., Clen Ellyn, Nation.l
Director: Earl Moldovan, P. E., Salem; P u t Pre,ident ; J. P. Murphy, P . E.,
Spr;n,fi"ld, Pr....ident; Walter D. Lin ..in" P. E., Park Rid ge, Pretidenl-EI"d, and
Lo ui. Sprandel, P. E., St. Lo ui_, Treu urer. The convention wu in Springfield ,
May 9, 10 and t 1.

An inspirational moment in the

program of the 83rd annual convention oC the [Ilinois Society of
ProCessional Engineers W88 the acceptance speech by Louis A. Bacon,
P. E . The convention was in
Springfield on May 9, 10, and U.
More than 400 engineers and
their wives attended the 3day
liffsir which was devoted to in
crea.sing the professional engineer's
ability to communicate and moti
vote others 8S well as himself.
The recognition of Louis Bacon's
contribution to the growth of the
Socicty a nd the engineering proCession, was the Illinois Award.
Bacon Is an lSPE past president
and is currently a NSPE director.

Following are excerpts (rom his

"The nine years that I have
served on the Boord, six of which
were on the Executive Committee
contained many fond memories tor
me. I can truthfully say I have
gained far more in personal development and personal satisfaction
than the Society hSB by my participation.
I have also gained
many friends and acquaintnnces
which I cherish very dearly.
"As most of you know, to participate to the extent and the depth
I have been allowed to, requires a
great deal of help and understanding from many people. T would
(COntinued on



Seereta ry-Treasu rer

Fore;' Presen-e District
or Cook Oounty
Many area residents may not
know or appreciate that Cook
county has the grealest urban
area green belt in the world: the
56,967 acres of forest preserves
that surround Chicago and its
suburbs Rffording recreation fa
cilities, Hood control and a massive
air conditioning system ror the
Chicago area.
Our Forest P reserve district of
Cook county, conceived early in
this century by the great architect
Daniel Burnham and the famed
landscaper J ens Jensen, is a world
wide model of how a growing
urban area has protected and preserved its nalural life and scenic
beauties by acquiring and maintaining forest and farm lands.
This year more than 15,000,000
visitors will use the diverse recreational facilities of the district. and
many of Lhese visitors will escape
the cares of urban life by picnicking or hiking in natuml surroundings.
Consider some of the other activities offered by the district and
Uteir locaLions :
Golf played at seven Forest
Preserve courses by more than a
quarter of a million players. Inexpensive Forest Preserve courses
include Billy Ca ldweU, Coldwall
southeast of Central, Edgebrook,
(COntl nued on IHIRe 5)


JU NE, 1968



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UJ00UJWillIJ m~W0
Vol. XV

June , 196 8

No. 6

P ublished monthly by and fo r the members of the

Cook County Highway Department t o serve as a n
organ for d.lsae.m.ina.Ung news and information on the
personnel and projects of the Department and the
County and subjects of related lnteresL
Contributions for publication are invited a.n d will be
given the careful attention oC the Editors. However,
they wUl not be responsibl" for unsolicited ma terial.

R I CHAR D B. OG I LVI E, President

Cook County Board of Commissioners

The Bonrll of Oonunlsslonen
Mathew W, Bieszc:tat
J erome Huppert
CharIea S, Bonk
Lillian P iotrowski
Charles F. Cbaplin
Ruby Ryan
George W. Du.nne
Harry H . Semrow
William N. Erickson
Josephine B. Sneed
Floyd T. Fulle
John J. Touhy
Chnrles J . Gr upp, J r.
Kenneth E. WlIson
Road and Bridge Committee
J erome lIullpert, Chairman
Superintendent of Highways, rUelmrd U . Golte mmn

This issue of the News carries another in the series

members of the Departmenl with records of many
years of conscientious service.
We feel. as we have said before, that such service
merits recognition- particularly SiJ1Ce career men in
publlc service tend to be unassuming and modest
obout themselves. But their competent and dedicated
work lbrough the years has contributed notably to
the progress of their reSI)ecLive Divisions and Bu
reau.s. We salute these "Old Pr os" with pride.
The men presented herewith are In their third
decade of service and association with the Depart
ment. To them we extend our Best Wishes a.nd the
cordia.l congTIltulntions of their associates and fellow
l' f.;Tf.;Jt n SCIUIJ\N, Highway Engineer m, Is a 33
year veteran. Beginning in the Survey Division . he
laler was lransferred to Construction, where he has
spent mOBt of tu.s career. Currently he is assigned
to Ole work being carried out by the Dralna.ge Divi
sion on the West Branch of the Dan Ryan Express
way. Pete lives in Chicago with his wife Delia. He
has one son. Erwin. a certified public accountnnt. and
three grandchildren. His hobbies are stamp collect
ing a.nd listening to his short wave radio set.
Ilt::SUl' mEDI~, Highway Engineer VI. who heads
U I) the Bureau of Secondary Roads, joined the DeIlftrtmcnt in June of 1935. Educated at Northwestern
University. he acquired a varied background in sev
ernl divisions before coming to his pl'1!sent job. Hank
lives in Riverside with his wife, Evelyn, nnd h.is
youngest 9On. J obn. nge 7. H.is oldest son, Henry
m. is married and the lather of two. Ha.nk is some-times mistaken ror a professional (ootball plsyer, be
csuse of his massive build, but he is actually a boat
ing enUlUsiast and the proud skiPllcr of n cabin
DEWE\ ' ARRIGOZ\'l, Higbway Engineer m , a lso
joined Ole Departmenl in 1935. in the month of
August. Beginning in Survey. he moved to the Solis
Division in 1943 and lias been lllere ever since. He
now supervises boring erews who make soils tests at
the Ln Grange Warehouse. Dewey lives in La
Grange Park with his wife, Helen. and his son,
Richard Dewey. A daughte r, MI'8. Barbarn GordJe.
and granddaughter Lisa, also reside in La Grange
Park. A fishe rman and hunter, Dewey relnxes by
caring for his lswn and flower garden.
LEO G. WlLKIE, Highway Engineer V, marked hiB
32nd yenr wilb the Department lust March. A
graduate in Civil Engineering from wha.t is now the
lIllnois l nslitule of Technology. Wilk ie has estllb
Iished a nalional reputation in the field of transportation research. One of hiB oUlBlanding projects in
his tenure with the Department WDS the work he
reMonned in his field during the planning and con
struction of Edens Expressway.
Wilkie resides with his wife. Fritzi , and their two
children. li'dtz.i oud Bill, in Nor thbrook. When not
involved in establishing transpor tation research programs, Leo is enjoying himself in class competition
sailing on Lnke Michigan.

_Ed E. Deuss
Graphic Arls Consultants
Ed\\'lo A. Beck
O. O. Higgins
Staff Photographer
Elmer ... ~Iaj ewskl


Highlight of a number of parades celebroting the
150th anniversary of the State of Illinois has been
the float sponsored by lbe Cook County Sesquicen.
tennial Committee in cooperation wilh the Cook
County Highway Department. Tens of thousands
have cheered the colorfu l vehicle and the girls of the
Department who staff it.
It began its series of appearances with the Sl.
Patrick's Dsy Parade on Stale SL From there it
went on to join other exciting units in l)Qrades st.sged
in all parts of the County.


( COnUnued from IIdjllct'nl

No subsidy?
That's right!
Highways get NO SUBSfDY from
the Federal Government,
In a statement last week, Florida
State Highway Director J im L.
r. declared emphatically
that, "The fact. highwsys are unsubsidized. is not genemlly understood.
I.L should be repeatedly
emphasized t.hat our highways are
paid for by those who use them.
"The phrase' Federal-a id highway
program' Is misleading. Spending
general fund money for th is program was discontinued years ago.
"I nstead, Congress wor ked out a
system in 1956 whereby we, who
use the highways, pay for them in
proportion to our use. We do not
pay for just the highway on which
we are riding at the moment. But
the amount of our motor fuel and
tire taxes naturally is in proportion to the amount of driving we
do. Owners of trucks and buses
pay a sizeable share of these
" All these taxes have been levied
by the Pederal Government solely
for the Jlurpose of assu ring us
needed highway development, They
have no relation to any property.
luxury or income taxes we pay.
"They refiect only otlr USE of
the highways.
"Because of their special nature
and because they were levied for
a speciaJ purpose, these taxes go
into a special fund- The Federal
H ighway Tn1st Fund.
"Call this Fund a 'Fare Box.'
IL is whe re your motor fuel and
lire tax monies go to pay for the
roads on which you ride.
"Here are the Federal taxes
which have Rone into the ' Fare
Box' since 1956,"
TAX R EVE1\--ut::S
L95G- t966 (Dec. 31)
(Net. a fte r refunds)
Gasoline (tour cents
per gallon) .. . .. 522,645,493,350
Diesel, special motor
fuel (tour cents
per gallon ) , . ... 1,023,192,009
(COntinued on adjant tol.)


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HM 3 NAVY Medic

May 7, 196

The Defense Department reported the death on Tuesday, May

7, of Duane Francis Redtke, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Redlke,
5331 N. Magnel Avenue, Chicago.
In Vietnam.
The Defense Department telegram informed Duane's pa rents
that he had died of gun-shot
wounds while on patrol. Be held
the rank of liM 3 Navy :Medic
assigned to BAS Second Battalion,
l'-'int Marine Division, A graduate
of T aIl High School, Duane was
21 years old and had been in the
service a little over two yean.
Bis mother is a secretary in the
Public Information Office of the
Cook County Highway Department.
Due to the lapse of time in
lransporting the body f rom overseas, memorial observances were
delayed until May 21. The funeral
wna on Fridu y, May 2'1 at St.
Cornelius Church a nd interment in
SL Joseph's cemetery,
While no one In the DeparLment
knew Duane, stich Is the esteem In
which his ~I other Is held that a
sizeable sum of money was collected 8S an expression of their
sympathy from the Department
people in the Civic Center. The
contribution in the form of a check
was presented to Mr. and Mrs.
Redtke by Frank Bruno, aaslstant
personnel director,


Tires ( five and 10

cents per pound) 3,211,271,250
Tubes ( 10 cents per
pound) .. . . . . . .
Tread rubber ( five
cents per pound)
New trucks, buses,
truck trailen (10
per cent of list
Highway use tax
for vehicles over
26,000 pounds ($3
per ) ,000 pounds
per year ) .. ,.,.
Parts and nccessories, trucks and
buses (eight per
cent of wholesale
price) .. .. . ....
Lubricating oil (six
cents per gallon)

Total .. , .... . 530,541,965,599

"If you read or hear, or are

tempted to talk aboul the 'billions

the Federal Government is pouring into roads,' stop and remember: Our highway program is not
costing the Federal Government a
single cent.
" The same situation is true in
the State of Georgin.
"The Statc highway system is
built on a, 'Cash and ca rry' banis,
solely with funds derived from the
6 1 :!c per gallon tax on gasOline.
An additional 'Ie l>er gallon Fedcral
tax is added, making a total of
101:!c per gallon. This is the lowest such tax in any Southeastern
"The states therefore, match the
' Fare Box' money. They put up
10 per cent of the COSl of the new
Interstate System and 50 per cent
of the cost of other primary and
secondary highways.
'So. lfOU a nd I-NOT the Federal
Government- are buying and building the safest roads engineers can
devise. Convenient, non'stop highways linking major cities;
" Higbw8)'S on which It is less
expensive to operate ou r vehicles.
nnd which help keep down the
price of goods t ransported over
them. The most flexible menns of
transportation our naUon could
possibly build.
(Editor3 Note-Mr. GilIi.! UlC&3 if!spired ill hi3 statemetl t by a leaflet
entitled. 'Wo Sljbsidy lor High -

'way,,", published by the Natiotlal

Highway UlIcrll Conferellce, WlJ8h .,
D. C.)


JUNE, 1968



Glenn W. Frede ric.hs

Effedive May 20. Connty HIghwa y Superintendent Richarrl H.
Gollerman announced the tollowing temporary organizational IlSs ignmenta:
Acting Assistant Superintendent
for Administration, Last Mareh,
Stark marked his 39th year with
the Deparlment. His immediate
past poat ha8 been chief of the
Deaign Bnreau, A retired Colonel
in the United Slates Army Reserves, Stark resides with his wife,
Elizabeth, in Oak Park. His long
career in the Department is highlighted with accomplishments too
numerous to mention.




( Thi3 i4 the ,.jnth article in a
86rie" (leacribillY the operatioll amt

,.meliol'" of Towliship Gover/Iflumt)

With federal heallh programs,

success can only be achie\led
when local services are provided
on a knowledgeable and efficient
toOl I

It is felt the need for increasing

local health serviees will increase
as state and fed eral programs ex
pando There Is n strong movement under way to re-organlze

Philip T. Nelsen

Hugo d. Stark
E. V., Acting Chief Engineer of
Design. He previously had held
the post of Chief of the Construction Bureau to which he had been
appointed following service as
aa&lstant to the Bureau Chief,
Thomas Cots.

''''rederichs is a graduate of the

llJinol.e Institute of Technology
and has been aB80Ciated with the
Department for more than 20
years. He and his wife, Joey,
have two children , Diane and
Mark , and reside in Prospect

thla activity under



and local

Many township officials contend

that townships represent a properly s17.ed population a nd geographic unit ror the most efficient
administration of health and welfare programs, no matte r where
such programs originate. These
may be federal. state. county, inter-community or township plans.
),lany tov.'Oships which do not
now have health boards are working on such projects. The need is
anticipated to expand service taci!ities at local levels and to coordinate a mnltlpllclty of programs
which are in existence or are coming. These include public health.
home care service, loeaJ phases of
medicare service, school health

PHILIP T . NELSEN, H. E . Y23, Acting Chief Engineer of Construction. Nelsen received hi.e B.
S. degree In Civil Engineering
from the University of illinois. He
joined the Department in '53.
Prior to his appointment to his
present assignment he had been
assistant chier of the Construction
Bureau, a post to which he had
been named (rom that or project
engineer on the Dan Ryan Expres:Jway.
A resident of Hoffman Estates,
Nelsen and his wife, Dorothy, have
Lhree children, Phil , Jr., Gregory
a nd Deborah.

programs, as wcll as mental health

When a variety of governmental
units and olher agencies become
involved in programs such as
these, some controversy is always

likely to develop. Differences of

opinion in theory or dircetlon may
exist in any given community.
Allhough most community leaders
agree that inter-community action
is desirable, there ia less agreement on the mechanics and administration or the programming.
In t his area, R8 well a8 in others,
township governments might very
well be considered as the best regional adminiatrative agency, based
on availability and awareness of
(ConUnued on page 1)

JUNE, 1968




( COnUnued from page 1)

( Conllnued f rom I'BI(e 1)

like to take this opportunity to

recognize the auistance of these

6400 N. Central, and Northwestern

Golf west of Harms in Morton

". . . I am particularly Indebted

to Harold Sommerschield, Frank
Edwards, Dale Gretre, and Ralph
M.iehael. Ralph and I lraveled
together to the many meetings fo r
a number of yearl! IUId used lhe
opportunity 10 bounce ideas off
one another and to help formulate
our opinions on Society malters."

Boating at n number of water

impoundments, including Skokie
Lagoons off Edens Expressway
where North idenl may usc sailbouts, rowboats or canoes.

He expressed his appreciation of

his "-very tolerant and understanding wife. Clara , . ." who,
"gave me a great deal of encouragement, support and counselling
for which I am very gratefuL"

Fishing for licensed fishermen

and children in 27 waler impoundments, including Skokie Lagoons,
that cover more than 900 acres.

The ISPC stafI' was also credited

for its cooperation and help. "You
know," be said, "the staft' and
especially the Executive Director
cau do a lot to make you look
He concluded his talk wilh the
follOwing observation,
"As you can see, I lhink this is
a prelly wonderful profession. It
is wonderful beat.use we have a
chance to Berve others. I also
feel it is different from any other
profession in that it gives us Lhe
opportunity to create objects for
others to enjoy. I think our pro.fessional society also gives us this
opportunity to serve and to repay
for the work that has been done
by others who preceded us."
Experts in personal and professional motivation highlighted thc
sessions, with
talks centered
a round the theme, "EngineeringMotivation for Progress".
Dr. G. Herbert True. a research
psychologist from South Bend. Indiunn directed the leadenlhip motivation session Saturday afternoon.
Dr. Philip M. Crane. a noted
educator and lecturer from Northbrook, spoke at the Saturday
luncheon on " The Blessings of
Dr. Thom8.8 Haggai of High
Point. N. C. was the featured
I5peaker at the Friday luncheon.
Dr. Hnggai, a naliona lly known
radio commentator, addressed lbe

Swimming at three pools, including \Vhealan Pool, DeVOll and


Youth camping at designated

campSites. though no adult camping Is permitted on Forest P reserve property.
Wintertime ice skaUng on
sloughs and ponds in Foresl Pre-serve areas and tobogganing at
group on the subject " How to Get
What You Wanl".
The keynote address on }'-'riday
delivered by the Presidenteleet of the National Society of
Profesaional Engineers, Edwin H.
Young, P. E., of Ann Arbor, Mich.
who also officiated at Saturday
night's installation of officers tor
the new 1968-69 administrative

J. P. Murphy, P.E., of Springfield, was installed as lhe new

President, succeeding Earl Moldovan, P.E., of Salem. Other new
officers are: Walter D. Linzing.
P.E., of Park Ridge, President
Elect; William Snntina, P.E.. Flossmoor,
Schwendimnn, P.E.. Freeport, Vice
President: Ralph Weaver. P.E. ,
Des Plaines, Vice President; DanIel F. Hang, P.E.. Urbana, Secretary: James Flood, P.E., Chicago. National Director; C. Dale
Greffe, P.E., Champaign, National
Director: and J. Raymond Carroll ,
P.E., Urbana, NaLional Director.
The Dlinois Society of Professional Enginee.ra, with 5,000 members in 24 local chapters in lhe
slate. represents tbe engineer from
every field of pracLice and has its
main office in Springfield. with a
branch office in Chicago.


five slides, including Jensen Slides,

on Devon easl of Milwaukee.
But the most popular Forest
Preserve activities of all are famIly picnics and outings in hundreds
of peaceful groves maintained by
the district. As secretary.treas.
llrer of tbe district, I isaue more
than 9,000 picnic permits each
year to organized groups that wish
to rese.rve picnic facilitics.
You and your family , however,
do not need a picnic permit to
enjoy Forest Preserve facilities for
a simple ollting. You can lind
tublcs and even outdoor cooking
facilities in any of the groves.
Divisions of the district nearby
include the North Branch diviSion,
Indian Boundary division, Skokie
division and the Des Plaines division. A detailed map of any of
these divisions may be obtained
from my office, Room 929. County
BuUding. Chicago 60602. We are
huppy to send free maps to encourage wider use of Forest Pre.
serve district facitities.
The district is headed by Richard
B. Ogilvie, who serves as presi.
dent. and by the 14 other Forest
Preserve commissioners who also
scrve as members of the Cook
County Board.
It should be
pointed out, however, that there is
no connection between Cook county and the Forest Preserve district, which is a separate municipality created by the state with
power to levy its own taxes. As
secretary-treasurer of the district,
I meet with the commi88ionet'tl.
prepare agendas for meetings and
genernlly attend to the financial
and clerical aff'aira of the district.
The district employs 780 fulltime workers, most of whom have
professional stature or 81>cciai
training in conservation, recreation
or management fields. The sta1f
of the district is headed by Gen.
Supt. Arthur Janora, a 22-year
employe of the district who joined
it after receiving a forestry degree [rom the Unlvendty of
During the summer months,
J anura's staff grows to nearly
1.000 employes with the addition
of workers who clean and maintain the district's groves and



JUNE, 1968



Distinguished Panel
Describes Projects;
Tells 01 Planning
(Rorf'rh,lel/ cOllru."lI 01 IVorl/t P o/(.I' H eporfer_ li:I/lfwrd H. ROfJ/oIf8, Ptl b/.,lter)

Road improvements scheduled

for the southwest suburban area
during lhe coming year were out
lined at the PalosOrlandWorth
Planning Council's annual spring
conference held May 24 aL Lhe
new Holiday Inn in Oak Lawn.
Local officials, businessmen, and
community leaders also heard a
proposal to locate a major airport
in the southwest suburban area,
and were urged to make a "posi
tive push fonvard" to insure the
continued progress of lhe a rea.
The distinguished audience was
welcomed by POW President Mar
tin Ozinga , president of the First
National Bank of Evergreen Park,
who pointed out lbat a most ex
citing period of development is
ahead for the southwest suburban
:\l atthew Rockwell, executive di
rector of the Northeastern minots
Planning commission, told the
group that it must begin pushing
a "positive force forward" to bring
the area to its fullest potential
The proposed Crosstown ex
pressway route, a matter of prime
concern for most of the audience,
has still not been decided, accord
ing to G. T, March of the lllinois
Highway Department. March reo
ported that the proposal to bring
the expressway across the west
end of Chicago from the Edens
expressway to approximately 7500
South, just east of Cicero Avenue,
has been accepted and rightof
wsy acquisition is beginning. An
eastern leg to connect with the
Dan Ryan expressway near State
Street has also been accepted, but
the southern or southwestern leg
route is still being studied, he said,
Connection with either the Tri
State tollway, the west leg of Dan
Ryan ( llIinois Route 57) or Inter
state 80 Is proposed by the Chi
cago Area Transportation Study,

according to E, Wilson Campbell,

director, who also appeared in the
POW program.
Campbell poin ted out that in a
few yeRrs, residents of the POW
area will be buying cars faster
than they are having babies, whicb
will make school officials happy,
but causes great concern for high.
way planners. CATS is attempt
ing to propose sufficienl highways
to handle the expected load and
at the same time is doing another
study to determine rail and sur
face line commuter service needs.
The slud); of area bus and train
service should be concluded in
about nine months, he said.
March predicted that the POW
area will be supporting eight mil
lion people and three million auto-mobiles by 1980.
Richard Ogilvie, chairman of the
county board and Republican nom
inee for governor of the state of
Illinois, listed some of the major
highway im provements scheduled
to begin in the coming year.
Included are:
West leg of the Dan Ryan ex
pl'essway, now opened to 127th
Street, planned to 161th Street to
connect with Interstate H ighway
The County Highway Department
has already plnced under contract,
work on 127th Street at Stony
Creek, west of Kedzie Avenue, and
on 127th Street over the CaJumet
Sag channel:

Kedzie Avenue at Stony Creek

south of 127th Street, Blue Island.
cuJvert reconstruction and channel
adjustmcn ts---$200,000 ;
87th Street, Darnen Avenue to
Crawford Avenue, HometownWidening the pavement to four or
s ix lanes with median and intersec
tion channelization~S2,500, OOO;
103rd Street, Central Avenue to
Western Avenue, Oak Lawn- Wid
cning the pavemen t to four or six
lanes with median and intersection
c hanneliza tioll-$4.,800,OOO :
86th Avenue, at the N.&W. rail
road, south of 127th Street, Palos
Park- removal of existing struc
ture and the construclion of 1\
railroad grade crossing and pro
tection- S200.000 ;
87th Street, Cicero Avenue to
Crawford Avenue-wideuing the
pavement to four or six lanes
witb median a nd channelizationSl,OOO,OOO;
Roberts Road, Illth Street to
Archer Avenue, Palos Hi!1s, Hick
ory H ills, Justice and Bridgeview
- Reconstnlction of the pavement
to four lanes with median, storm
sewer and channelizalion- 6,000,

Kedzie Avenue. over the B&O
C.T. railroad and Wireton Road
south of 127th Street---constr uct
ing a railroad and highway grade
separation- $3,OOO,OOO.
(ConUnued on next page)


Pa rt;ci palinr ;n th e Conference were, left to r i, ht: POW Secre tar,. M. A .

Lombard; Matthew Rockwell , executive di rector of the North .... tern PlanninaComrni .. io n ; County Board Pre.ident Ri c h .. rd 8 . Oril"ie. POW coordinator Zay
Smith , POW Pre.id ent Martin O,.;nge, Mayor Z. Ero l Smith, P a Jo. Heilht.; E.
Wil lon C .. rnpb ell, Secre ta ry, Chicago Are .. Tran.portation Study; C eor T .
Mueh, D iltric t Enrineer, Di.trict 10 , III;noi. D ivi. ion of Hi llhweyl, a Dd Rich.rd
Ik .. be, ....oci. t., Le chner ED,in_riD' Corpor.tion,
( 1"11.010 cowrte.l' of Wort/t.
Palo. [l;/?porler-Horrr K, T hiem, PlI.OlonrOlllt.er-J


TOWNSHIP 60V'T.(Con tinued from pal'l.! 4)

local needs. Township facilities

and personnel already exist. and
only need to be augmen ted. Planners of metropolitan area governments, who would like to eHromate
township governments, flay that
townabjps do not provide enough
services to the people. This is
questionable criticism at besl It
becomes even more 80 when these
people overlook the opportunities
to make greater use of township
government services. Health and
welfare services certainly represent one such opportunity area.
With adequate support, and with
financial grants or allocations from

P-O-W CONFERENCECrawford Avenue, 159lh Slreel

to 95th Street, Evergreen Pa rk,
Oak Lawn. Alsip, Menonette Park ,
Robblns, Crestwood, Blue Island.
Midlothian and Markham. Widening the pavement to four lanes
with median, storm sewer a nd
channellta tion- $5,2oo,Ooo ;
Hldgelnnd Avenue over the Calumet-Sag Channel, Bridge demoUtion and reconstruction
- Worth and Palos heights, and
87th Street, Roberts Road to
Harlem A venue, Hickory Hills and
Bridgc\,iew-Construct four lane
pavement and structure over the
B&O C.T. railroad west of Harlem
A third major airport would ftt
perfectly In south suburban Groon
Garden township (approximately
21000 S. Harlem Avenue) englueer
Richard Beebe told the group.
Beebe, a880Ciated with the Lachner
Engineering corporation, recently
completed a study for the city of
Kankakee concerning a site for a
third major air port. He pointed
out that O'Hare Airport has increased its use by 50 percent since
it opened making the need for a
third airport imperative.
He noted that sufficient high
ways and surface transportation
carl be supplied to the proposed
Green Garden site. Beebe suggested that the site be surrounded
by a two-mde deep ring of com
merclal and industrial development, with some apartment areas
The final decision on the site
rests with the federal government,
he said.

JUNE. 1968

the state or federal govern menta,

townships are highly capable of
providing better local health a nd
welfare services, in addition to
those which they already mainta in.
This concept is not limited to
health and welfare programs.
Most likely, the services which
township governments render a re
those which cannot be otherwise
handled nearly as efficientl}' or
economically by other governmental bodies.
For example: Township road
and highway maintennnce costa
per mile are less than t,~ the coat
that is expended by larger governmental bodies. Of course, when
roads are considered, there are
variations in costa depending upon
the type of roadway involvedwhether eoncrele. hflrdtop or
But, let's examine another facet
of these costs.
Take admiJli.drati1;c costs only.
These are not dete nnined by types
of roads. Township administrative
costs for r oad and highway servIce are only 30% to 50 % of those
incurred by stale or federal
Local government has the lnbred
ability to pe.rfonn services at low-


er cosLs than larger, more bureaucratic governmental bodies. Town

ship government.s a re excellent
Townshij) highway departments
very well represent the efficiency
and economy of locali7.cd governmental service. Township over
head and administration are low
in comparison with larger unils.
Personnel costa a re lower- and nol
overstaffed. Equipment- whether
owned or leased-is always available, and nearby. Service is fast.
This is particula rly noticeable and
appreciated on rural roads during
winter snowstonns or spring
Township highway departments
also conlrol noxious weeds along
roads and in open land. 1t would
be difficult for other agencies to
control this problem os well.
The differences in township
highway service basically stem
fr om the fa ct thut township highway commissioners nre olected
officials, responsible directly to
their citizenry. They face the
electorate with their recorda in
every township election, and they
need public approval for their annual budgets and actions.


AmoJl& Lhe di.nit ...iu . ttendin. the third .nn ....1 POW .prin, co nf....... nce
I.. ft to ..;,ht: M.y or Ronald Lanon. M.. rr;on .. n .. Park. POW coordinator
'LAy Smith; M.y o r Joaep h Co,li.n,,_. Chical'0 Rid,,,; M. yor Neil And .. rson,
Palo. Pa.. k ; Co"' nt y Board Pr"ident Richa.rd B. O,il ..; .., Mayor Z. &01 Smith,
P. lo. H .. i,h ... I\1.yor R.ymond T .... m ... nd ... AI.ip, . nd M. tth ..... Rockw.. lI,
.. x.., ,,ti ..... director of th .. North ....tern Illinois Plannin, Commi.. ion.
(PilII/O ro .. rtuv (1/ lI'"rl/l;PfI/(" R",ortn-H(lrT'II K. T/I;f.... , pllotogropll")
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JUNE , 1968




With Summer upon u., city-bound nature _l over. are aga in thinkin g of th e
" Jewel of Cook Co un ty"-th e love ly Fore.! P ruerve Di. lrict. Nowhere ellll!
in the world u. there
much land--ope ratec! by ... public body fo r public
recreation-located in . uc h a larlle metropo litan area. Laat ,ear mOre th .. n 15
million people vi.ited the 56,685 acre. of th e F ornt Prl!!lerVe, an a ve ra.e o f
3 vi, itJ a year for e .... r' penon in the co unty. A re<:o.-d 7 ,5 2 0 pic n ic permit.
for gTOUp. of 25 or more were i.. ued. Family o utin l' brought .n ... timated 5
million a d d ition al peno n, to the woodland.. (So. IIr/iclo begfllll'PIll' all /rollt POll'e.)



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Did You Know . ..

- that Rogers Park gets its name
[rom Philip Rogers, an Irishman,
who came to America in 1838, and
six years later settled in the area
named for him?
- that Elk Grove township, originally a neighborhood wlUch was
moally prairie, also contained some
noted groves of trees- and one of
them, called Elk Grove by the
Indiana, became lhe township'S
official name?
~that the name of Schaumburg
was derived from a German principality, a nd lhat lhe township'S
first settler was Orumbell Kent.
who arrived in 1835?
(Source-"History of Cook County, Vol. n:' Goodspeed and Healy)

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Chicago Civic Center,
Ghlcago, Illinois 60602

Secretary of Transportation Alan

S. Boyd and Or. William H addon.
Jr., Director of the National Highway Safcty Bureau, were featured
speakers at the second annual auto
insurance traffic safety research
symposium recently conducted at
Sec. Boyd, while noting that the
automobile unquestionably dominatea the American transportation
scene and that "the minimum possible growth" in highway travel by
1985 is 60 percent, predicted major changes in the auto transportation system. He said:
"About half of the waste matter
that pollutes American air comes
from the car. It causes about
half of the naUon's accidental
deaths. And some of the highways we have built for it have
been built at the expense of community values more basic than
Dr. Haddon told the 300 researchers, behavioral scientists,
traffic experts. and insurance executives that the magnitude of the
traffic accident problem still wasn 't
getting through to the "thinking
and emotions" of the American
people. He said there was atill a
tendency to "oversimplify" the
task and to tbink of solutions
"only in simple stereotypes and
panaceas, and not in its many
complexities and opportunities for
many partial. but not total sohltions."

VOL XV Number 7

Chicago, til. 60 602

JULY, 1968


Pictured in fro nt of the E;x pr......y Di.play unil of the Cook Co un ly Hi, h .
_y Deputme.nl .t the rlt-Ce. nt n& I,onai con"ention of the Ri.h, of Way Auocia
tion in the. La Sail. H otel, w.r. memben of the Department w ilh Robert F.
Corri,an. lIIinoi. Di"i"on of Hi.hway.: (in white jaeket) pr""iden' of Ihe
C hapter 12, whieh ""rwed as holl. Fro m left to ,i, ht : Edward F. Landme...er,
lUIi, tan' ehi.. l of th .. Land Proc u remen t D."i.io n a nd .ice pre.i den' of C ha pte r
12: Alberl E. Kennell, chief o f Ihe la nd Proc ure m.nt Divi.io n a nd me mbe r of
the AIiOcial;on, Corri.an, a nd Lo ui. R. Q uin la n, chief of th e Ri g hi nf Way
Bureau. I SN- r(lIlrr-JIprrod /01' Jllclorkd layouU

Personnel of the Cook County

Highway Depnr-tment particlpnted
actively ill the 14th annual nA'
ttonal education seminar of lhe
American Righl of WRY Association convention nt the La Salle
Hotel, June 2327.

were most informative and instructive. Included among the tOllles

given special attention were:
"Right of Way Agell1.8 Individual
Problems", "Valuation and Ap.
praisal Problems," "Legislati\le F'uture of Right of Way", and "Land
Economic Studiea".

E\leryone agreed that the work

shops and panel diseusslon which
comprised the seminnr's schedule

A high light or the convention

was 8 mock trial which 1>oInted
(COnllnul'll on [lIe 2)

Almost a mile of whal will be
the southbound lanes on North
Luke Shore Drive between Irving
Park and Montrose will be utilized
early ne..'tl month in a new detour.
This WAS announced by Richard
H. Golterman, Cook County Rlgh.
way Supe.rintendent.
The new roadway widened by
the addition of two temporary
lanes, will carry the same traffic
paltern InsUtuted on the original
detour at the beginning of the
year- 5 lanes south bound and one
nortbbound in the morning with
a reversal of the system in the
The City of Chicago Bureau of
Street Traffic will put in temporary trnfllc guide markings with
a specialized talle pr o\lldlng tor
10fl. wide lancs.
Completion of this section togcther with the conslruction of a
new vehicular and pedeslrian un
derllasa at trving Park marks lhe
second 8t..nge in this $6,4 million,
one and one-half mile highwsy im
prO\'ement projecl.
The entire
project extends Crom Irving Park
to Carmen (a short distance north
of Lawrence) and Is scheduled for
completion In the lale Summer of

The next stage involves the reo

construction of the bridges at. Wil
son and Lawrence and the exist
ing roadway in between. A treelined median will separate lhe two
roadwRYs cnrrying opposing lines
of traffic.
As this work Is carried norlh
Crom Monlrose new detours will
be required to mO\le traffic around
this construction.


JULY, 196a



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Vol. XV

No. 7

Published monthly by and fo r the members of lbe

Cook County Highway Department t o serve as a n
organ Cor disseminating news and information on the
personnel and projecLB ot the Department and the
County and subjects of relnted inter.est.
Contributions for publication are invited and will be
given the careful aUention of the Editol"$. However.
they will not be respol'Ullbl,. Ear unsolicited material.


Cook County Board of Commissioners
The Doltrd or Commissioners

Mathew W. Bieszczat
Je.rome Huppert
Charles S. Bonk
Lillian Piotr owski
Charles F. Chaplin
Ruby Ryan
George \V. Dunne
Harry B . Semrow
WiUiam N . Erickson
Joecpbine B. Sneed
John J . Touhy
Floyd T. Fulle
Charles J. Grupp, J r.
Kenneth E. Wilson
Road and Bridge Committee
J e rome lIuPI.ert, Chainnan
Superintendent of ffighways, Rleha rd U . Golle rma n

Ed E. Deus!!

GraphJc Alta Consultants
t:AJ win A. Reek
0. 0. lUg-gins
Sta1I Photographer
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[n a memorandum to Highway Superintendent

Richard H. Golterman. the County Board of Commissioners last month requesled all Department staf.
ters to cooperate with the U. S. Treasury in its 1969
Savings Bond campaign. A U. S. security called.
"Freedom Share&," which pays 4.74 % interest and
matures In 4l~ years, Is al80 offered. Employees
may buy Series "E" bonds nnd "Jj'reedom Shares" in
equal amounts up to 8 $1,350 face-value maximum ,

This issue of t he News continues our feature aeries

presenting brief biogrtl l)hies of Department members
with many years of meritorious service..
As every organization Is proud of Its Old Pros, 80
all of liS in the Highway Department are proud of
our elite corps, the Veteran Staffers. Over the years,
in the varied fields of high .....ay work. they bave been
lhe backbone of their respective Divisions and Bureaus. Their long and honorable careers in public
service deserve the recognition of all.
The men presented here are in their third decade
of service and association with the Department. To
them we extend our Best Wishes and the cordia l
congratulatiolls o( their associates aod feUow stnIfers.
Ot-\RL U. STF; INWtW , Highway Engineer IV, is
Roadway Maintenance Engineer in the Buteau of
Secondary Roads. I-Ie joined tbe Department in
March of 1936 and was promoted to his present
position in May of last year. Carl is a graduate of
IlIin01S Institute of Technology, that noted training
ground of engineers. He lives with his wife. Helen,
on the far south side of Chicago. Be has one
daughter, Mrs. Joseph (June) Verdol . and two grandchildren, Dave and Lor i. Curl'a hobbies are bowling,
fishing and hunUng.
MARIO DE S AN'I'IS, Highway Engineer [V , is in
charge of equipment at nil the Department's Warehouses. Born in Chicago, he W8S educated at Fenger
High and the Universit.y of Illinois ttt Navy Pier.
Joining the Department In April 1936, as a Tracer
in the Design Division, he has moved up through the
ranks. Mario lives with his wife. Elizabelh. on Chi
cago's south side. He has t.wo children, Ronald and
Sandra, and four grandchildren. three boys and a
girl. Mario has a home machine shop where he reInxes by working on t.ape recorders, hi-fi sets, and
oUler electronic equipment.
RODEnT T . ~ IEEK , Highway Engineer m, 0. SllCcialist ill tile BydrauHc Data Section of the Drainage
Rnd Utilities Division. is a 32-year veteran. Ohioborn, he attended Cmne Junior College. the Attl.nsUtute of Chicago. and Austin Evening College. One
of his moat Important a.&8ignmenta haa been the
supervising and coordinating of fie ld parties on drainage surveys. Bob recently moved to Berwyn, where
he lives with his wife, Josephine. He has n daughter ,
Susan, and a granddaughter. Mary Jo. A tournament tennis player for many years, Bob has rccently
tnkillg up golf, and enjoys matching strokes with
fellow sltllfers.
T IIOM.'\S J . ~'LAVIN , Highway Engineer rv, begnn his career with the Deparlment in June of 1936,
in the Construction Division . laler moving to Drainage. He is now stationed in District " under the
Burenu of Secondary Roads, doing. as he says, "a
little of everything." Tom was born in Chicago,
attended the University of UJinois at Champaign,
nnd is a registered civil engineer. Tom and his wife,
Gladys. live in Palos Park. They have two sons and
Il daughter, Pat. Rnd Tom, Jr.. and Kathy. Tom, all
enthusiastic gnrdener, enjoys keeping the famUy's
Inwns lind nower beds in trim.




JU L Y, 1968


(Conllnued from page one)

up the complex problems of the

right of way negotiator. the right
of way executive. the engineer,
appraiser, and attor ney. The trial,
it was atated, was based upon an
actual case, with certain changes.
tried a few yeam ago.
A prime attraction in the convention's registrat ion and information area in the lobby was the
Department's refurbished display
unit. By means of the push-button pane\. spectators could iIIuminste the 150 miles of expressways
designed a nd constructed by the
Department during the past two
The individual routes
could be lighted both individually
and all at one time.

Stored at the La Grange wa.rehouse. the unit was transported

to the La Salle and placed in position by a Department crew consisting of Frank Casto. road repairman; Mario Pizzoferrato, motor vehicle driver; Leo Schweda,
laborer: Ber nie Collins. motor vehicle driver. and Chester Nagel
and Ben Maioni. laborers.
Edward F. Landmesser. assIstant chief of the Department's
Land Procurement Division. as
vice-president of the Host Chapter
of the Association, played an im
portant role in the three-day proceedings. James F. Kelly. assistant superintendent of adminislration. a long-time member of the
Association and active as an officer
of- both the Host Chapter and the
national organization. addressed
the convention at the luncheon on
opening day.
Headed by Louis R. Quinlan.
chief of the Right of Way Bureau, the following statT members,
in addition to Kelly and Landmesser. of the Right of Way and Land
Procurement Divisions, attended
this important meeting:
Albert E. Bennett, Frank T.
Conroyd, George H . Craine, Envin
A. Dettloff, Donald Kahn, B oward
L. Kamps, Richard Kociuba, Alex
Miselskis, Michael V. Niemczyk,
Henry E. Olson, Sam R. Potash,
William Scannel, an d Robert L .
Snyderma n,

O pened 10 Ir allie ;n 1966 a nd , ubmiUed fo r 1967 j udgin g o f hi ghw a,. imp rovement proj e.,u, th e 51.1 Street Pede.tri an Br idge wOn a n Awa rd of Merit
in the S PEC IAL TYPE BRIDGE d a.. ilica tio n. The Awar d w.. ma de by the
Am eri.,an in. titul e of s leel C o n. tl'uclion and preu nleo:i 10 Co uoty H igh way
Su pt . Ri., hftrd H. C olterma n.


51st Street Pedestrian Bridge

Over lake Shore Drive
ChIe8oo. Cool. County. IIlinoi.

Award of Meri t


For Special T)'pe Bridge

Opened To Traffie in 1966
Construction Age nc),: Cook County Highway Oe partmenl


American Institute o r S leeJ Conslruclion

--""'-.:-The Awa rd of Merit reproduced a bo ve b" an the . ianatura of the memben

of the jur)' of awa rd.. T h"",e were: D r. Natha n M. Newmar k. H ead of the
De partment of Civil Enai neering, Unive"i t)' of lII ino i.; Loui. Ro ..etti, Ciffel. &:
Ro .... ui. Architecu and E ngineer., Detroit, Mich.; Ri.,h ard H. Tal low, III. Pre. ide nl of t he Amer ica n So.,iet)' of C ivil Engi n"",", Pre.ident. Abbott, Meriel &:
Co . New Yor k, N. Y., W . Ja.,k Wil ke C hief, BridKe Di vi. io n, Bur eau of Publi.,
Road.. W ..h ., D. C., a nd Jo nathan G. Wr ig hl, Prc,idcn t, Earl 8c Wri, bt, San
francil .,o, Cam,


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C.refully pl.nned a nd pred.ionlimad, Ihe Ih .....day convenuon of the 14th

nnu.1 N.lional Educ. tion Semin.r of the American Ri,ht of W.y A....ci.lion
won tha pr.i_ of repns"I\tatj"eJ of th e Cook Count,. Hi,hw.,. Dep.rtment ... ho
were a .. i,ned 10 .!lend. A number of II.. memba ... of Ihe Dep.rtment', Ri , ht
of W.y and und Pro<;ur.menl Oiv;.io .., parli ci pa led .cti ....l,. in the proeeedinil.
In II.. upper left h.nd pieh'" .ra Erwin Oellioff (I.It) and nexl 10 him,
Ceor." H. Crain., Re"iew Appr.iter and Chief R"vi.w Apprai r, r.'peed"el,.,

.. GGI" ..

dioe u.. in, m.llen wilh H arr,. Caha,a.

of the Con ..entio n and P.ul L. - '01
m;U_ of the Semin r
In the cen ter photo. prell,. model .
ElI p ..........,. di' pla,. unil 10 B. J. Smith
Ore. Pictured on tn e ,i,hl i. Ed .... rc
h .. d of the Land Procurement Div;";


JULY, ,968




,nd oubt~t"hed), ."nen.! eb.irman,

...."h.irm.n of the Executive Com

Ro ....rt E. Corri,an. pre,ide.nl or Ch. pter 12 of the .nod"lion, .nd R.ymond

W . Fr.nr. ... R",i.lr.tio.. ch.i.. m . .. .

... tr.I Ih. Department', iIIumin.ted

..... nt.l iv.. of the M.,or of Portland.
dm ...."r......i.l.nl 10 Alb .. rt Bennett.
", pl.inin" th" dl,pl.,.. oper.lion 10

In th .. bottom photo, AI ... iee-p..... idenl or th .. H o.t Ch.pt"r, Landm"......

(ri, ht) w . . . . . t.ea .t Ih .. Sp...ker' , Table duri .. , 0 .... of Ihe luncheo .. meetin,
Cover"or S.mu.1 Shapiro (.1 1.1 01 podium) .ddreued Ihe luncheon Ih.";n"
H. w introduc:. d by Fnnd. Loren.., .1 thal tim .. director of Ihe IUinoi.
D.p.rtmen! of Public Work


By attending night sc.bool two
membera of the Cook County
Highway Department were given
advanced degrees in commencement ceremonies last month. One
received his Bachelor of Philoso-phy degree in Mathematics ram
Northwet5tern Univeraity; the other
his Bachelor or Science degree in
Civil Engineering from lllinois In
stitute of Technology.
Irving Benjamin. B . E. ill, who
gained his Bachelor of Philosophy
degree June 15. atlended night
school (or 10 yesrs. He gradua ted with honors from Chicago
Junior CoUege in 1959 with an
Associate in Arts degree.
Benjamin slaTted with the Department in ]951 88 a draftsman
in the Pavement Design Division.
In the following years he worked
his way through the ranks achieving the civil service rank of H. E.
m. in 1965.
A resident of Rogen Pa rk . t rY
lives with his wife. Rita. and their
(our children, Fred 16. ltlark ll .
Pamela 10. and Shene Lynne, bom
last June 3rd.
Lubomyr Suriwka. H. E. D. reo
cipient of the Bache10r of Science
degree, is a native of the Ukraine.
He came to the United States in
1952 and became a citizen in 1959.
He enrolled in the evening division
of fiT as he says, "_ . , a bachelor .
and graduated as It married ma n
and proud lather of two lovely
children, daughter Nadia 3, and
son Bobdan. two montha,"
resides on the near northwest aide
with his wife Vera and their two
Lou, as he is known to his associates. joined the Departme nt with
the r tmk of Highwal' Engineer J.
He had gained his formal educalion in the Ukraine where he graduated from an advanced school of
buainess and adm.inil!ltration.
He bas worked on a number of
the Department'. highway bridge
projects Including one over Pala
tine Road, the 25th Avenue r-ailroad overpall8 In Melrose Park.
aDd the ODe over the Dan Ryan
{OOntiDUed on PIlle 8}





Di.lrict otn,ineer. end ,otpru.otntetivlM of the Cook Count,. Hi,l.we,. Dcp.rl.

menl .neaded tn .. " Dutch Elm DiM.... Stm.in.," in Be .....,.n on Ju ne 28. At tended b,. 125 repr",otnlal'''''' of ..o ... ernmotntal alot"cieo;, th .. Seminar w... ,pon.
,o,-d b,. the Co .... cil of Co..otrllmotllt Ilf Cook Count,.. lIIinai. N.lural H i,lary
Su,... e,. nd the Uni".""I,. of lII inoi. Coop..,ati ... e u len"on Sen'>c:a. From I"ft
to ri .. hl, Fr... k H......u.. O ittMct E".. ineer. O"lricl Na. 3; Carl Sieinwe ... M.in _
le".ncot En.ineer : Norbert W.I.h. Oi.trict En .. ineer. Oitlricl No, 1: Mich.el
Philbin, Diatriet E ....ille.,. Di.tMct No. 2 : A I Mulli.... Admin iatnlor af Cook
Caunly Ai, P ..llution C .. ntrol Bure.u: Don M. y, Aul.l.nl " hi... f of Ihe Archi 1..,IU re a lld u..cUcap. Di"'''io.. : Frlltlk Reno, Di.lri" , En.. ' naer, D.. trict No. 5 :
and W illiam Knight , Oi.t,ict En li n .. ",. Did,,,,! Nil. . ...
Th .. Hi,hw.,. Department bud,,,,t. thOUNlnd. of dollart 10 " SlltliliM" it. ri, hl of-way_ that i, 10 ' otmo ... ot di ......d ... Im. . The Semin .... bo.ted b,. Berwyn
Mayor Ceorl " E. Oolnal, reconfirmed tha f.,,1 th. t d,it it .till Iba most elf_li ... ot


Mario D. SIltlti., H. E. IV. and 30-,..a, ... atot,.n of the Departmotnt, point.. to
new ai.... bear;nl an ti liu.r me...... recentl,. affillad 10 Cou nty H i,hway
... ahic.... Th. m....... uri" the public to, " Keep ,.aur Lome, Hi,b ,.. and
America Beautif ul _ ." Hopin, that the m ....,. will .at throulh ..... from
left to .... hh Cecu H.rtm.... AI la .. nu cci. Robert O ' Neil. Rudollph Senka. Oi
Santia. and Joh.n Kane. O ' Notil" with Inlot ntational H arvnter. m.n ufacturer.
of tha trudr OD which the ,i,D hunl. The othera .ra motmber, of tha Bureau
of Second.r,. Ro. d. rupOnliblc for ,..mo.,;"" litter frOID th. 602 mil.. of t b.
Co.ptr H i.. h..", S,.telD.



JU L Y, 1968



With the delivery of the first

of 10 diesel-powered trucks of
29,000 100. capacity this month,
personnel of the Bureau of Secondary Roads and Ma teriel of the
Cook County Highway Department
were given an opportunity to inspecl lhe new equipment.
Specifications of t he truck's cons trucLion a nd s]>ecialized feat.ures
called for the employmenl of several manufacturers. Their representatives were on hand at a special session set up by the Bureau
with the personnel.
The truck chassis, built by International Harvester, is powered
by a Cummings engine. It has a
Heil-Chicago body equipped with
attachments fo r snow plow, and
abrasive and aggregate spreader.
1l was pointed out that lhe reason
for the unusually large capacity
of the t ruck was to haul large
quantities of salt and cinders as
well 8S patching material. When
not in usage for these purposes
the plow and spreader can be removed and the truck can be put
on the highway for general service.

Drive .... mechaniu. and labore ... of thll Department'. BureAU of Secondary
Ro a d. gather to in.peet the fird of ten nllw truck. d eliyerlld to the La Granle
Warebou.e and Garage.
The truc k. were huilt to ' pllcificationa to fit thll
.peeia lilted need. of the Bureau. They arll eq uipped with fidu ret fo r attachi n l
anow plow. a nd in Spring a nd Summer will be uled for genera l pu rpo.e.


The pre-view showing was attended by more than 100 people

from the shops and warehouses of
the Bureau's five districts. They
were shown a color film wit.h running commentary of the truck in
service, high-lighting its efficient
operation in terms of loading,
dumping, and lifting. The film
was followed by a demonstration
of the truck and an inspection of
Its mechanical features .
Representatives of the various
manufacturers involved were 011
hand to a.nswer the men's questions. Among these were Ralph J .
Jacobs, special representative, and
Robert E. O'Neil, Inte r national
Harvester; Douglas J. Kuhlman
and Ray H. Kalis, president and
sa.les manager, respectively, Hei!Chicago, Inc.; Ralph Kuby, R. H.
Lyons Equipment Co., and Bob
Beckwith, sales manager, Superior
Truck Equipment Co.

Auid;n. in the pre-.. ie w I how in &" of the new trucJu. were ma nufact ureu'
reprlllent ati.. el wh ose compani... built a nd fahr icated the .. ariou l pa rt. of the
t"ruck'- 'enll"ine. body, .now plow_ccordin. to I pecifica tion. detailed hy H e nry
Rie dl , Jr., ch ief o f th e Burea u of Secondary Roact.. Amon. th esll were: Ralph
Jacoh., Internatio na l H arvlll ter; Dou g l... J. Kuhlman an d Ra y H . Ko li., pre.idenl
a nd ,a1.... manager, respec t; ....iy, Heil-Chica lo, Inc.: and Ralph Kuby. R. H .
Lyon, Equipment. Co_


JULY, 1968




A ... Fourth of Jul ,. fireworlc.a. ... oa,..d o"er thi ... proud land, il .u....ted Ncall.
in. Ih. oUlllondin. earl,. fi.uru of Cook Count,., and 10 "il;1 Iheir mamori.b
.nd monumanu, On. of th ... wn Chee Chee P in . Qu.,.- All!lIander Robin
lon_hief of Ih. POlawatom; lodianl, wbo apeot much of hi. 100' lif. workin.
for peace and harmon,. between the t'Wo plltOplu. Rupec:ted b,. all for hi.
;nt rit,., ha ruu in a CONnate,.,. near the De. PI.ines RoYer with a I.rla boulder
markinl hit In "a. A mao to r"'-member , thera 'Were man,. like him .monl the
.arl,. citi&eM of Cook County. Wi UI remember them durinl lIIino;.' S.. qui.
centennial lumm.er.

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Did You Know,

that the Cook County Law Li
brary, which occuplel the entire
29th Door of the Civic Center, bas
over 130,000 volumes In its collecUon!
that the Library III financed by
8 fee of $1 colJecte<i from each
plaintiff through hili lawyer when
law Buit II ftled!
that an adviaory board of di&tinguished attorneYII acta the po]icy for the ol>crntion of the Cook
County Law Library?

Cblesgo (lIvlc Centu,

Chleago, UUno1! 60602
Return Requelted

lConUnUN rrom pale 6\

Expressway a t 167tll Street. This

Is currentl}' under construction.
Both men were highly praisro
by their respective Dh'ision chiefs,
Fred J . Nadzieja, who is Bcnja
min's immediate superior. and
Jo&cph P. Joyce. who is head or
the Structural Design Division or
which Suriwka is a member.
Anothe r member of the Del)nrt
ment wbo has advanced himself
academically and professionally
flnd who received his Masler's de
gree in Public Administration
(rom Roosevell University IURI
September Is Bernard Rlmnn. H
E. ITL He like the others mentioned above, accomplished this by
attending classes at night.
This most recenl degree supple
mented hiB Civil Engineering d~
gree gained in 1938 from the l11inohl lnstitute of Technology b)'
attending evening courses. Rnther
than marking the termination of
his association with DT, reeeh'ing
hia degree stt'eogt.hened Riman'lI
bond with the inslitule. He be
came a [acully member Dnd Is
currently an instructor in General
Sun'eying and Photogrammelry.
This last semester he lectured one
night a week and conducted a lab
course on Saturdays.
Riman, who joined the Department In 1931, resides with hll
wife, Claire, on Chicago's south
side. The Rimun'a have two married daughters. Mrs. Ronald (Judith ) Fischer, and Mrs. Frederick
(Marcia) !leu,

VOL. XV Number 8

AUGUST, 1968

Chicago, Ill. 60602


In pioneer times, roads were merely beaten ways over the prairies and
througb the forests between one settlement and another. Some of the
principal highways in present-day Cook County were originally Indian
trails which the settlers found convenient to follow with their wagons.
Such is the history of Green Bay
Road. Vincennes Avenue and Sauk
Trail, for examples.
As the country waa surveyed
into sections. it became the pracPOLICE DRIVING SCHOOL
tice to place the roads on section
This was the pattern
t hrough the horse and buggy days
By Clmrley Johnson
that immediately preceded the
automobile age. Starting about
County Board Presidcnt Richard
1914-the year the Cook County
B. Ogilvic announced this week
Highway Department waa organthnt the county haa been awarded
ized under the direction of Major
a federal grant of S92,992, to be
matched with county funds. for
George A. Quinlan- ideas of road
building began to change radically.
the establishment of a police driving school.
Motorists quickly learned that dirt
roads. which became mires in
To be known as the Cook Counrainy weather. would not do for
ty Driving School. it will train
the new vehicle. The demand was
police officers from throughout the
fo r hard surface.
without charge, in the
The first concrete pavement in
snie and propel' use of police
rural areas wss placed on the old
vehicles. inCluding pursuit and a llsection line roads. probably beprehension tcchniques.
C.lUBe that avoided the purchase of
new right-of-way and also because
Agents of Lhe Federal Bureau
it was natural to assume that
of Investigation have been assigned
these routes were properly located .
to as.sist in the training activities,
However. it soon became apparent
Ogi lvie said.
that old roads were too narrow
The sessions, consisting of fiv e
and that right angle turns caused
each. are to be held week ly
delay and danger to motor car
the year. Mondays and
Fridays will be devoted to classThe next stage of highway deroom activities and exa minations
velopment was based on an entireto be held in a lecture room on
ly new concept- that the costly
the 11th floor of the County
concrete roads must be located
where they could serve the most
Activities on the intervening
lIsers and that instead of being
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursmerely local connectors. the new
days will consist of behind-Lhehighways should be parts of an
wheel driving at the Meadowdale
integrated system.
(COnllnued on page 6 )

(ConUnued o n page


( See pictorial spread on

Pages 4. and 5)

While Winter may have its moments demanding effort above and
beyond the call of duty i n the
busy schedule of the Bureau of
Secondary Roads and Materiel, the
Spring and Summer months demand equally arduous effort.
Ask a member of District No.1
(one of five Districts) of the Bureau. based at the Palatine Maintenance Facility and Garage.
Meacham, Algonquin and Central
Roads, which he would prefer. He
might be hard put to give you an
answer. Winter's cold and snow
is hard on men and equipment as
they keep the roads clear. but it
is somewhat shorter in duration.
The Spring and Summer months
are the "ConstrucLion period" when
the projects planned and scheduled
during the Winter must be started
and hopefully completed.
effort is telescoped into a relatively short number of weeks.
Patching. reconstntction. paving.
nre the major activities- the ones motorists sec as
they travel the County roads on
business and pleasure. Grading,
and keeping the shoulders clear of
weeds. are other essential assign.
The equipment used in all of
these specialized tasks mUBt be
maintained in top working efficiency. The men who operate the
equipment must be practiced in
their varying skills. In short, exwidening~these

(Continued on page



AU GUST , 1968


With this issue the H ighway News continues its
feature series presenting capsule biographies of Department staffers with many years of meritorious

000l!l 00 (lJ [j)frlJ

mommWffiW m~W0


Augusl, 1968

No. 8

Published monthly by and for the memool'B of the

Cook County Highway Department to serve as an
organ for disseminating news and information on the
personnel and projects of the Department and the
countY "And subjects or relnted interest.
Contributions for publication a re invited and will be
given the careful attention of the Editors. However.
they will not be responsiblp for unsolicited material.



RICHAR D B. OG I LVIE , Presidenl

Cook County Board of Commissioners
The Boa rd or Commissioners
Mathew W. Bieszczat
Jerome Huppert
Charles S. Bonk
Lillian Piotrowski
Charles F. Chaplin
Ruby Ryan
Harry H. Semrow
George W. Dunne
William N. Erickson
Josephine B. Sneed
John J. Touhy
F loyd T . F ulle
Charles J. Grupp, Jr.
Kenneth E. Wilson
Road and Bridge Committee
J erome Huppert, Chairman
Superintendent of Highways, R icha rd H . Golte rman

Ed E . Deuss
Graphic Arts Consultants
E dwin A. Beck
O. O. Higgins
Staff Photographer
E lmer J. lUa jews l[j


South Parkway and South Park Avenue, a continuous street starting at the Outer Drive and 23rd
Street and continuing soulh to 115th, has been reo.
named Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. The roadway
is a vital link in the 602-miJes of the Cook County
Highway System. The Ilame change was voted by
the City Council in honor of the late Dr. King on
July 31st.

These men are the Old Pros, the "Mr. Reliables"

of their respective Divisions and Bureaus, who make
up the Department's first team. Each has a rich
background of training and experience in the var ied
disciplines that, working in combination, make up a
highway department. Their careers have been marked
by n quiet dedication to the job, the Depar tment,
and the community, and deserve the warm recognition of their co-workers and fellow citizcns nlike.
The men presented here are in their third decade
of service and association with the Department. To
them we extend our Best Wishes and the cordial
congratulations of their associates and fellow Staffers.
f roG H I '. lUc.<\N I FF, H. E. V, is Assistant Cruef
of the Bureau of Secondary Roads and Materiel. H e
joined the Department in June of 1936 and was promoted to his present position in June of last year.
Hugh is n graduate of the University of Michigan
and lives with his wire. Charlotte, in Arlington
Heights. The McAniffs have three daughters, all
married, Mrs. Roberl (Margaret Ann ) Gurs, Mrs.
Jon (Moira) Ford. and Mrs. Robert (Mary) Ternus.
Hugh served as a Lt.-Col. with the 109th Engineers
of the 31th Infantry Division in Africa and Italy
[rom 1942-45. His hobbies include fishing a.nd travel,
and the study of military tactics, especially those of
the Civil War.

IlENRY B. B IE DRZYCK I, H . E. III, is a 32-yesr

veteran, with the Construction Bureau. Educated at
TIlinois Institute of Technology and the Army's Engineer School, Henry lives in Hoffman Estates with
his wife, Florence. Their older son. Leon, is also an
engineer. Their younger son . is a National Merit
Scholarship winner who wiil attend M.LT. this fall.
Henry bas been most active in organizational work,
including a term as member and secretary of the
Zoning Board of Appeals for the Village of Niles.
His real hobby, Henry says, is studying people, for
which organizational work provides a fascinating

IW I)Y LlPPKE, H. E. m, is now with the UtiUties

Division, ns resident engineer on the Lake Shore
Drive project. He joined the Department in December of 1936 and served previously in Design and
Land Procurement. Rudy Jives in Arlington Heights
wLth his wife Anne Elizabeth. Their oldest son, Bill,
has an engineering degree from Georgia Tech. and
is now a broker. He was awarded a citation for his
service in Viet Nam as a Navy Lieutcnant. Their
youngest sou. Paul, is an engineering student at
Georgin Tech. Their daughter, Mrs. Vietor (Bonnie
Eliza.beth ) Meinert, haa two boys. Billy, Jr., 13
months. and a newly-born infant, as yet unchr istened.
Rudy's hobbies are golf, fishing, boating, and travel.



AUCUST, 11168



(Continued from PIle- 01\Cl'

auto roce trock at CarpentenJville,

45 miles northwest of Chicago,
CluMea nrc tentatively scheduled
to stan Sept. 9, with 20 policemen
in attendance at each weekly
In further explanation, Ogilvie

"We have been told that thla is
the fint grant ever approved for
n police driving school of thia type.
We are very happy about it.
"The training of police officers
In the proper ha.ndling of police
vehicles during emer gencies eneountered daily has long been
"Police agencies apend milch
time In teaching an officer how to
handle a gun. and even in the art
of bookkeeping, but they are not
equipped to give him the training
he deserves in the handling or a
car In which he spends most of
hla working day.
"Training in thc safcat nnd moat
etnelcnl driving methods should
prevent many accidents in which
police cars nnnuully arc involved.
l"ata.Utics and injuries to both the
policemen and the memben of the
general drivintr public could be
greatly reduced with such trainIng. nnd mnny thousands of dollal'8 In dama{!e: to police and private vehicles couJd be avoided.
"In fact. the dcath and deatrucLion caused by improper handling
ot police cars, particulorly during
pursuit. hns become so wldespreod
throu~hout the nation that a team
of eminent physicians. in attendflnce at the annual meeting of the
American Medica.) Association. held
in June, reeommended that drastic
mesaure8 be taken to rem~y the
"Our Cook County Police Driving School now in tormatlon, C!lll
hell) alleviote this situation In the
clUell, subu rbs Bnd unIncorllorated
areaa or our county."
The federn1 grRnt WB8 obtained
through the state department of
public works following an appllca
lion made by President Ogilvie on
April 15.
The ac.hool. Ogilvie pointed out.
is to be operated aa a alxth pro.
,IO'1lm of the Cook County Traffic
Safety Commission which I. 0. divl.
alon of the County Highway De
(COntinued on p.,e 6)

ViJem V r u bel ( .. cond froiD Idt) Di.trict Enlineer of Ihe Hi,h,. c.p. rt.
ment of ez.chollo .. locii.ited the D.pul.... enl 1.. 1 monlh , Pro.idin, .MWe....
10 hi. qun li o n nd ,..in, && interpre terl We'" Ladi.I M.lo ..... loc. H E. II,
( I .. ft). a nd Frank Koc h.nowlki, EOlina.., ANi. la nt I (Ift-ond from n,hl ).
C ..o rl" Cuderl.)', Ih. O.p.,lm .. nt', En,ineer o f Adm ini. t,.lio n ( riaht) .. ryed
lu;d ...

Two highway engineers from

abroad visited the Cook County
Righway Department last month
to exchange profeaalonal and techniea.) views With naIr members of
the Department. George W. Guderley. tha Department's Engineer of
Administration, served 8S guide.
1<'. D. J . Johnson . Superintending
Engineer, Southeustern Rood Construction Unit. Mlnl8try or Transport. England, diaeull8ed programming. planning. dealgn, construction and revenue sources during
his viail to the Department offices
in the Civic Center.
Glenn W. Frederichs and Phil T.
Nelsen. chief. ot the Design and
Construction Bureau. respectively.
with Guderley, contri buted their
knowledge to the d lscu88lon. In
addition to touring the facility on
the 27th nnd 28th Ooors. Johnson
was shown n number of construction projects on the west branc.h
of the Dan Ryan Expressway.
Sere Guderley was joined by
Arthu r H. Kalndl. Supervising En~neer. and MJehael Griffin, Resident Engineer.
His special Interest centered on
a conveyor system uscd Cor placing concrcte on bridge decks, also
the use or a new double acting

diesel pilc driving hammer and the

lnatallauon or a 120" BLOnn drain
under a railroad yard. He likewise was given a lour of imllroVemenlS along County maintained
ronda. in particular where pozzo..
InDic pflvemcnt [or minor reconstruction improvement WflS being
The second visitor was Vllem
Vrubel, Diatrlct Engineer of the
Highway Department ot C%Cchoalovnkln. In charge of planning
and construction. Unable to speak
any English he was usisted by
two members of the Department
with linguistic talents. These weN!
Aaai.lant I. Pavement Geometrics
Division, and Ladislav Matou8t'k,
H. E. U, Survey Division.
Ill" was Imrlicularly intcl'C:st'"
in pavement design standards and
techniques, among other related

Both men expressed theIr appreciation of the courtesies extended

by the Department personnel and
were highly complimentary of the
thoroughneas and pro[eaaional enlhu8io8m diaploycd by the members of the Department with whom
they had contact.


~AGE 4



A di\'l!rse number of tasks nre ca rried out by the pe.rsonnel of the

Bureau of Secondary Ronds. Pictured here workJng on "s rlous project..
Ilro people of or working with the nllreau'~ District r\o. J. StarUng at
the upper Icrt is a ere'" of the .\11100 Aspha lt Colllpany DIIIII)ri.ng II bitu
11111100." surfu. Photo Xo. 2-Noroort (","orb) Wnls h, Db-trlet Englnt.-er.
dbell!'-.es a technlClll point with one of lbe contractor's road eq ulpmcnt
ul)erllton., I'hol,o No. 3-Mnintuining contact wilh the ItersonncJ in the
field Is tho job of Art Ku~t e r :!ihown lit, his desk wltb M\dio mike and
phone for in.stant eomlllunicutlon, Photo No, 4-Art Grewe, ill otot


Vehicle Drh'er, a nd Ste\'c Ne,'e.au,

oll-tbe-spot conference. Photo 1\'"0.
Palatine Road , prec.autlonar~eth
tm,me throllgh the work sect .. V
this detail. '[be pbotogru pher augb
Depllrtment's public relntions directo
tine MlIlnlenallcc FncJllt'Y lind GIIMLge
or DL..-trict No. 1. l~llOto No, i ---..J
Jo:Alu.ipmellt OI)Craklr. poinbi Ou~ e, trr


AUGU8T, 11168



ad Equil)lllellt. Olemlor, bold lUI

-A CI't}W does u patcblng job 0 11
'p needed to ,:ulde lind Itlgnnl
Johnson (with Hug) IUUIlIlet;
~ Ocuss, (with back turned) t.he
in tile IlcUon. Photo No. 6-Pn lll
!1Ldqullrters and bASe of ollerallons
WntklnR (In white s hirt) n01H1
lie 81'0t in Il COlnl)licated hlgh.wt\oY

machine to Joe Le Ohlire. ;\lasler Meeh:mle. Photo No. 8--JIlY T. Jackson,

nORd Equipment Oper:llor. makb an ndjustmenl on his power grader.
I'holo No. !}-WcelL.. Iwed cuttiU,K Itud Ed toeyn!)ki. Road Repairman,
II Is, IIOlunilly. II contilluin lt one
throughout the S ummer. nlon" the shoulders or the 13.'l miles o( rQlUIWII3'
which (tre the Distrlcl.'S re."lton .. lblllly. "Norb" Wn ls h nnd John Macoll,
Mllchillt~l. check Ollt 0111.' or tile Oount.,.'s nIlL~h'e hig hway mnchines.
1!:arl Courtne)'. Engineer TI~c hn lehlll II , und rtielia rll Blane, Ole rk U,
work with the contractor's romJ etlu11lllu,mt Olerntor.

Olterales 11 Count)' mower, for Ihl!' Joh.

AUGUS T , 1968



( Continued from Pili!! 1 )

In Cook County. integration

means the Linking of rural roads
with through streets in Chica.go
and the subu rbs so that motorists
may travel from any part of the
County to any other part in a
fairly direct line on improved
roads a ll the way.
As a result of this concept of a
highway system, through routes,
often four lanes in width and in
some instances with a median strip
dividing traffic by direction. have
been designed.
The most advanced type of high.
way- the expressway or " freewa y"
- is well represented in Cook
County. The term "freeway" does
not mean free of tolls. but free of
cross-traffic and marginal interfer
ence. In Cook County the term
"expressway" has come into common usnge; elsewhere, especially
in California, "freeway" is the
most fa:miliar tenn. The nIinois
ToUways are freeways in the
sense that traffic moves without
The principal characteristics of
an expressway are multilaned
roadways. divided as to direction.
grade separation structures al in
tersecting routes, controlled access
a.nd frequent sweeping curves to
relieve motorists of tiring monotony.
An idea originated in Chicago
and Cook County is to utilize the
median space, which fundamentall y
is for safely, for rail t ransl>ortation. The first such installation
was in the Eisenhower Expressway. Work of the same type installation is now proceeding on
the Dan Ryan and Kennedy Expressways. It is regarded as a
major step in the direction of co
ordinating all means of transpor tation, which city planners today
agree is essential to solving the
traffic problems of a metropolitan
The Cook County Highway De
partment functions in every area
of road and br idge work-design,
construction, maintenance, transportation research, traffic safety,
drainage, lighting and signing.
among others. Supported to a
la rge extent by Motor Fuel Tax
Funds, the Department works on
I}tate aid routes in rural areas and

a.lso in the City of Chicago and

The County Highway
system consists of 602 miles serving both incorporated and unincorporated areas.
A carefully planned program
covering a 3-yenr period is developc:cl by lhe Department each year.
It is submitted for approval to
the County Board by the chairman
of the Road and Bridge Committee.
It should be understood that the
expressways radiating outward
from the city into the suburban
areas are constructed jointly by
the State of Illinois, County of
Cook. and City of Chicago. Within
the City. all three agencies participate; in the County outside of
Ch icago. Ule work is done by the
State and County. In both aress,
the Federal Government provides
finan cial support and engineers of
lhe U. S. Bureau of Public Rosds
serve ns consultants.
( Editor's Notc----Thi.a is the fiTst

a tlDO '/XITt olltlimJ 01 the wurk

orgallizatiOfl 0/ the Cook

COUJlty Highw ay Departmetlt)


POLICE SCHOOL(COntinued from pave 3)

John J. McCleverly,
director of the CommiSSion, will
direct the activities of the driving
The program of the driving
school, McCleverly pointed out,
will be an updated version of that
developed by the National Police
Driving School, a privnte, non-proflt corporation organized in 1961
under McCleverty's direction.
Techniques of both the National
and County schools, McCleverty
explained, were developed during
weeks of study and practice by
police officials, traffic safety experts, and special agents of the
During the summers of 1961.
1962 and 1963 the National school,
with aid from the FBI , conducted
11 sessions at the Meadowdale
track, graduating 230 police officers snd failing 13 for deficiencies.
The National school, McCleverty
pointed out. was opersted with
borrowed equipment, including police cars supplied by auto manut.ac~urers, donated gasoline, fr~


track rental , and donated services

of police and safety experts.
Because the National school con
cepts were "years ahead of their
time," aCCOrding to FBI agents,
no sponsor could be found for the
national project.
Under recent
laws, however, the school found
that it could qualify for federal
aid on a local level.
InstnJ.ctors at the County school,
in addition to three FBI agents,
will be four regular inslructors
who taught at the National school.
A number of suburban police
chiefs, who served as part-time instructors at the National school,
will serve 3S needed at the County
school, McCleverty said.
The County school's budget or$185,984 is for the fiscal year endIng April 30. 1969, but. with state
and federal npproval, is expected
to be renewed for two additional
years. The project is f or n three
year period ending April 30, 1971.
The police officers admitted as
students, McCleverty said, will be
those Ilssigned by their chicls.
officers within Cook county are
eligible to receive the training, it
was pointed out. They would con
sist of 11,500 Chicago police, 3.000
police from the county's 125 s ub
urbs, 241 Cook County sheriff's
police, 60 Cook county forest preserve ranger police. 75 secretary
of state's police stationed within
the county. 150 Illinois stnte police
also stationed within the county.
and some 400 county-based federal
offi cers. including those of the FBI ,
Secret Service, Narcotics Bureau,
and Treasury and Postal departments.
" We will train approximately
1 ,000 policemen per year," McCleverty said. "So with more than
15,000 police officers eligible. and
with M everchanging personnel
within police forces. we anticipate
a continuous need for the school's
The advisory board of the Cook
County Police Driving School is
composed of Richard H. Golterman, County Superintendent of
Highways ; special agents assigned
to the school by the FBI; Chief
John B. Kistner of the Cook county sheriff's police; John J. Novak,
executive secretary of the Illinois
Association of Chiefs of Police;
and Dr. Lois L. Higgins, president
of the International Association of
Wom"q f'olice.


AUGUST, 1968


The Highway Department's softball team is now leading lhe
Agency Softball League with a record of 6 victories and 1 defeat,
with three games to play in the
second and last round of the
In the first round, the Department Boftba11ers tied for first place
with the Illinois State Bureau of
T raffic, each club compiling a record of 4. victories and 1 defeat.
Since the League championship
will be decided on the basis of
tolal games won and lost during
both rounds, the Departmcnt softbaUers' 6-1 overall record makes
them the frontrunners.
The Softball League is composed
of six teams, five representing
public agencies and one a private
firm , all in the same business: the
Cook County Highway Department, the Illinois State Bureau nf
Tra.ffic, the Chicago City Bureau
of Traffic, the Chicago Bureau of
Streets, the Chicago Area Trans
port Study (CATS), and OeLeuw,
Cather & Co., consultants.
The teams play once a week, in
the evening, usually a Friday at
Grant Park. The games are contested in a spirit of warm fraternal rivalry, under regulation softball rules, with umpires and scorekeel>ers.
In the first round, the "Goltermen" lost their opener, 24-12, to
the State Bureau of Traffic. They
rebounded to defeat the City Burenu of Traffic, 9-8: DeLeuw,
Cather. 14-4.; CATS, 12-4. and the
City Bureau of Streets, 9-0, on a
forfeit, to tie for the first-round
lead. In the second round so far,
they have evened the score with
State, 5-2, nnd again defeated lhe
c ity Bureau of Traffic. 119.
The Department's squad is
headed by Captain Nat Malizia
and Co-captains Guy Porcaro and
Irv Benjamin, all of Pavement Design. The roster includes Mack
Stuhbs and John Maguire. of Utilities: Jim Scott, of Maps ; Ken
Wells and Rich Bulat, of Structural Design; Tom Pernltn, of
Right-of-Way; and Lee Green and
Ted Wienski, of Pavement Design.




Fire Prevention Inspector
( Retired)
July 30, 1968
Stenographer V
August 14, 1968

DISTRICT NO. 1(ContlnuQtl from page I)

perts in the operation of road

maintenance machines, machinists
who keep them in running order,
as well 8S t.he all-important "foot
soldier", the road worker, compr ise
the crew of District No.1. Similar crews are on duty at the ot.her
four Districts.
Norbert ''Norb'' Walsh, District
Maintenance Engineer in charge of
District No.1, directs the activities of his crew which varies in
number from 45 to 60. Five patrols, each consisting of two men
and a truck. daily traverse the 135
miles of highways which are the
District's responsibility. They clean
up debris, the quantity and variety
of which are amazing. They note
minor damages, reporting these by
radio phone If the situation re
quires immediate attention and
help is needed. They aid motorists in distress as part of a solid
public relations effort rendered
with spirit and good will. Thcse
are a few. among a number of
duties, which they perform in their
daily rounds.
The popUlation which the District serves is estimated at some
200,000. Prospering in the area
are the towns of Arlington Heights,
Hanover Park, Schaumberg. Roiling Meadows, Hoffman Estates,
Barrington, Elk Grove, Iverness,

Twenty-four members of the De

partment presented their Grade
Reports to the Management Analysis Division. These reports indicate that they successfully completed the courses they took in
the Spring Term of the Public
Service lnstitute.
Their names, Divisions. a nd subjects, follow: P. Anderson , Traffic
and Signals, Math. 161; J. B.
Andrews, Agreements, Data Proc.
203; J. P. Benne. Contract Admin ..
Data Proc. 101 ; J. Callaghan,
Mech-Electrical, Engr. 208 ; J. G.
Campise. Drainage-Utilities, Engr.
110 ; J. Citli , Dra.inageUtilities,
Dala Proc. 101; E. Fanjon, Computer and Data Proc. , Data Proc.
101; H . A. Janisch, Audit and
Budget, Busincss 101; D. Kahn.
Land Procurement, Rending 099;
w. Kindig, Material Testing, Engr.
208; A. K1etchanek, Structural,
Engr. 101; E . Majewski, Technical
Services, Math. 095; B. Sanov,
Survcy Div. Engr. 110; E. Sneed,
Audit and Budget, Pol. Sc. 205;
D. Strasser, Mech.Electrical. Engr.
208; M. Stubbs, Mech-Electrical,
Engr. 101; F. Talamone, Drainage
and Utililies, Engr. 110; P . F.
Vnlentine, Drainage and Utilities,
Engr. 101; C. VanDenAvont.
Drainage and utilities, Engr. 101;
R. D. Verkler. Supv. Engineers,
Arch. 103; K. Wells, Structural,
Engr. 110; T. J. Wienski, Pavement Geometries, Math. 101; J .
Scott, Map Div., Engr. 101, and
J. T. Hanlon. Map Div., Engr. 101.
and a part of Elgin and Mt. Prospect. These are in the townshlps
of Hanove.r, Palatine, Barrington.
Schaum berg, and
portions of
Wheeling and Elk Grove.
Editors Jlote--A similar art1cle
on Di,9trict No. 3 iu La Grange
will be presfmted ill a. forthcomi"g



AUGUST, 1968




A unique fe"lure of Ccook County--one of many- i. the ,roo .. ' .we.. p of the
Lake M;ehiran . horel;" .., ill entire length. It i. undoubtedly one of the lon, ... t
fr ... hwa ler .horelin.,. to be found in IIny cou nty in the nlll;oo, whieh i" addition
i, the ,it .. of .. gre .. t metropolita .. Are... . In the . ummer month. this mirh1y
curve become. A Middl e we.le:rn Riviera of t"o beache., r a inbow parasol. and
caban3., whit e .ail. on blue wat el"'--a vllcationla nd . econd 10 none, a pleasure
. pol which draw. teo. of IhouNind. of "i.ilor. e "ery year .



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Did You Know

-that the township of Barrington,
organized in 1850, takes its name
from Great Barrington, in Massachusetts, the hometown of several
of the first settlers?
- that in pioneer days what is
now hlilwaukee Avenue was one of
the most import..'ml highways lead
ing northward [rom Chicago.
- that in 1833 a Federal survey
was made of the Calumet and
Chicago rivers, to ascertain lhe
best sile for n canal-and that the
survey was conducted by J efferson
Davis, later to be President of lhe
Confederate States of America?

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Chicago Civic: Center,
Chicago, l1linois 60602
Returo Requeated



Bureau chiefs and division heads
of the Cook County Highway De
partment led by Supt. Richard H.
Gollerman attended the hearing on
the $500 million Crosstown Expressway in the Council chambers
last month.
Golterman was called on for a
statement representing the views
of the County Highway Depart
ment in conjunction with other
public works agency representa
Th e bearing, \lDder the auspices
of the Chicago Plan Commission,
was on the section of the exjlreas
way between 67th Street and the
Stevenson Expressway. The Superintendent 's statement. follows:
"The Cook County Highway Department through the President
and the Board of Commissioners,
endorses the proposed design and
joint. development. plan for this
porLion of the Crosstown Expressway between the Stevenson Ex
pressway and 67th Street.
"The Department, as a member
of the intcr.<fisciplinllry team, haB
reviewed snd analyzed the align
ments presented and is in agree
ment with the selection of alignment. C1 as the most suitable
alignment allowing bot.h the safe
movement of traffic, and the de
velopment and enhancement of the
Expressway corridor."
Accompanying Goltennan were
Messrs. Hugo J. Stark, Glenn W.
Frederichs, Fred Nadzieja, and
Morrie Cherner.


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VOL. XV Number 9


(Thill ill the .tecDnd CHid cotldlld
illY ureic1e
tke work IIltd orgotliwtio" 01 the COU"ty Iiglucay


Throughout the entire United

Stalea, the Cook County Hlgbway
Department i. the only County
autborized and approved by the
Bureau of Public Roada. to receive
bids and award contracts with the
use of Federal fund
Many of the mUes of (asL, we

expresawU)'II in usc in Chicago and

Cook County were designed nnd
cOlllJLrucled by the Cook County
Highway Department. They are
mnJntaincd by the illinois Division
or Highways, The Croaslown Exprell8wny, running north Dnd BOUth
on Chicago'. wcst Bide is well
along In the 1)lanning atage.
The Cook County Highway I)e..
partment. with approximately 1.000
employee.. Is larger than many
state hJghway departments and
haa an International reputation
for having developed numerous
new practices and techniquetll. It
is headed by Superintendent Richard H . Golterman, who ill responlIible for all planning and conIItnlction with the approval of the
Board ot County Commissioners.
The Department IB organized inla
Bureaull and Divisionll tor road
and bridge deslgnll, engineering,
secondary road., malerlals testing,
and land acqulllition. The Bureau
of Secondnry ROAda il divided Inlo
five dlltrlcts. Four of these have
lhelr own warehouse and garage
facllltiel. Ground will be broken
(COntinued on pale 6)

Ch"ago. III. 60602


Announcement of' the ottlcial

opening or the Technical Library
of the Cook County I-lighwa)' Department was madc thll month by
Richard H. Colterman. Superintendent. The Library was orpnized and set up by Mra. Beaalna
Wella Scott who will ae.rve ..
It. will be operated on rulea and
standards which apply to technical
libraries generally, It WAS sLAted.
Staff members are urged to obtain
a library card in order that t.hoy
may make lull use or Its lacilltiea.
The shelves contAin books, magAzines, pamph lets, and olher printed
material covering many Ilsl>ccts of
highway design, const.Mlctlon, maintenance and Lraflic controls.
In order to maintain the Library

as a valuable asset to the Department and to contribute to Its

growth people are requested to
donate text book., manllalll, journals, maps and related mAterial.
Mrs. Wens win catalogue tbeae
for easy reference.
At the ssme time, M .... Wella
invites inquiries on and requests

Cor technical material. She promises to try Rnd get this In the
event it is already not on the
shelves. The Library I. located
in Room 2749. The hours are
f rom 9 A.M. to 11:30 A.M., and
12:30 P.M. to "P.M, The Ilhone
number Is 32]-7747.


A busy, one-day, work-filled program will mark the lith annual
conference of the NortheaJltem
Illinois Planning Commission on
Wednesday, Sept. 25. It will convene in the La Salle Botel, MadilIOn and La Salle. Chicago.
Representatives of some 100
Federal, State, County and municipal public work agencies have been
invited to attend Theme of the
Conference is, "The Public Official
and RegionaJ Planning", the Firat
ACCORD-Identifying Lhe Advisory Coordinating Conference on
Regional Development.
The keynote addreu at 9:45,
following R general r eception and
reg:lst raUon. wlJl be pointed up by
R Ilanel of stnle, county and municipal elected public officials. The
aecond general session will start
at u :oo o'clock presenting a discussion on the role of regional
planning in i..be development of
regional systems of transportation.
open space, natural resources and
IlUbUc facilities.
Following the luncheon in the
Grand Ballroom, will be a seaslon
comprised of a series of workahop
meetings, Each of the workshops
will be led by a panel of indlvldlIals who are profC8l:iionalJy concerned with their respective subjects.
Thc Couference will be under
the direction of Malthew L. Rockwell, NIPC's executive director,




This issue of the l'.'EWS carries another in our
reature aeries highlighting members of the Department with records of many yea.rs of conscientious

lB tIl tIl Ili lB tIl (!) [j) nil

rn00rnWilll1 m~W0
Vol. XV

Seplember, 1968

No. 9

Published monthly by Ilnd Cor the members of the

Cook Counly Highway Department to serve 8S an
organ for diasemillat.ing news and information on the
personnel and projects of the Department and the
Counly and subjects or related interest.
Contributions Cor publication are invited and will be
given the careful altention of the Editors. However,
they will not be respol18ihlp for unsolicited material.

. .



Cook County Board or Commissioners
Mathew W. Bieszczat
Jerome Huppert
Lillian Piotrowski
Charles S. Bonk
Ruby Ryan
Charl68 F. Chaplin
George W. Dunne
narry H. Semrow
J osephine B. Sneed
\Vlllam N. Erickson
Floyd T. FlIlIe
J ohn J. Touby
I'::enneth E. Wilson
Charles J. GnIPP, Jr.
J e rome UUPlterl, Chairman Road a nd Bridge Comm.
Superintendent of Highways, Richurd n. Goltenllnn

Eel K

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Graphlc Arts Consultants
Etlwin A. Beck

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St.a1I' Photographer
Elmer .I. 1Ilajew!Jk1


"TOil performllnce from all our employees at all
levels is lhe only way highway departments are
going to be able to malntaln the leadership that has
been ours for more than 50 years . . . We try to
make greater use oJ tec.hnicians where possible and
to provide them with departmental training. We
encourage them to improve knowledge of their work
through technien! school courses.
(Excerpt from lUI jlllln'vicw luith. Joh'l O. Morton,
presidctlt of the Amoric(1It A8IJOciatio11 of State Highway OfffciltlS, 1mb1l8116(T 111 Eligillccrilig News-Record)

We have said before, Rnd we emphasize again, that

the whole Department takes great pride in these
Veteran Stalfcrs. They are the Old Pros who have
forgotten more about highway work than the younger gelleralion has yet tcamed. Actually, of course,
they haven't forgotten a thing and they ar e always
r eady to share their know-how, in a kind Bnd helpful
way, with n put.z1ed newcomer. Too often unheralded, working outside the colored spotJights ' of
publicity, their quiet efficiency and loyal devotion to
the Department and the public interest deserves the
grateful recognition of all.
The men presented he re are in their third decade

ot service and aB8OClation with the Department. To

them we extend our BeHt Wishes and the cordial congratulations oC their associates and fellow Staffers.

WILLIAM J . DEOERQ, a veteran oC 31 years, is a

....'Clder nt the Blue Island Warehouse. Be attended
Bowen High School in Chkago and, after becoming
nn npprentice weldt!r. received the full course of
training for his craft. During his career he bas
served at nil of the Depnrtment's maintenance facilities. BiU JIves in Houth Chicago with his wife Bernicc. They have two sons. BiU. Jr., and Don, and a
daughter, Pat- snd no lee than a dozen grandchll.
dren, 6 boys and 6 girls. Bill likes to bowl, from
lime to time, but his most enjoyable hobby is fishing,
nnd he makes several expeditions every year.
FRA.."'n. nUUMAN, SR., H. E. ill, is an inspector
of structures in the Material Testing Division. He
sttended Morton High School and Chlcago Technical
College, joining lhp. Department in June ot 1937.
His extensive bac.kground Includes service with the
Drainage and Utilities Division, the Road Maintenance Division, and the Design Bureau. Fmnk lives
in Lyons with his wife, Alice. Their son, Frank, Jr.,
following In his Cather's footsteps, is also a Department SlAffer and Is currently serving in Drainage
and Utilities. Their daughter Alice is married and
the mother of three, David, Sandra, and Bonnie.
nt; nNAltD O. FU,Lt.:\, Accident Investigator 1,
works for the Tmffic Safety Commi.s.sion, gathering
data from poHce accident reports for use in the
Commission'a statistical rel)(lrts and surveys. He
aUended Englewood High School and lbe University
of Wisconsin. Joining the Department in AugUIJt of
1937, he served previously in Survey and Constrtlction. and attended courses in health and safety
offered by the American Red Cross. Bernie lives in
south Chicago with his wife. El!zabeth. They have
three children, Bernard C., Jr., Delores JWlC, and
Alice Marie, four grandchildren. and one great-grandchild. Bernie enjoys watching sny and all sports.


The County Board of Commissioners st the last meeting aJl'
proved a $1.103. 63.05 high .....ay
improvement contract to construct
a maintenance facility in Palos
To..... nship.
Bids for the improvement were
received on August 28 by the
county pun::hssing agent and referred to the county highway dcImrtmenl for evaluation.
County Highway Superintendent
Ricltard H. Golterman recommended to the county bonrd of
commi8.!lioners that the bid submitted by Thomas M. Madden Co"
and William A. Randolph (J oint
Venture) be ac:ceilled. The conlmct, ..... hich is contingent on the
approval of the illinois Department of Public Works, Division of
Highways. calls for the construction of 8 complex of thr ee buildings.
The buildings will house olllccs.
a garage, and a warehouse. It Is
anticipated that ground will be
broken the latter part of Lhis
This maintenance facility will be
the bBsc of operations for District
No.4. one of the five districts of
the Departments Bureau of Secondary Roads. When completed ,
each diatrict will have its own
maintenance facility, the oUlers beIng in Palatine. DesJllaines, La
Grange. and Blue Island.
The new facility when placed
into service will funcUon in the
Pa los-Orland townships.
trucks and crews will be staUoned
in the immediate area enabling
them to give direct and rasler
service ror highway maintennnee
activitiea th rou (!hout the year. including snow removal.


The ,tth Annual Columbus Day
Golf OUting will be held at lhe
Glenview Naval Air Station Golf
Course on Saturday, October 12th.
All Department Stalfen and their




Thi. pic.tur~ w.. , .. ken whe n Ed H arde r , now. member of the Depa.rlo1ent'.
Teo:hn;o:al Pho tolraph Oiviaion, ...... re<-overinl from wound ..,ITe red in the
Vi e tn"m o:annicl. Mllrin e PFC Harder w;u enjo)'in. the allealian of tw a lllUdent
nu ra ... from IUl ino;. Muonio; Ha'pit"l. The)' were in " aroup of 34 .Iudent
nu n ... tauri n. lh. nll .... 1 ha'pil,,1 '" pllr t of the Nllvy reo;ruilmo nl praa rAm.
( Pho to cotlrlcsll (lJ ClliclllfO'jf A lllcri('(IIl}

What is it like to fight in Victnam? The personable young man

sitting by your desk 1'(!8ccts a
"U's quite an experience," he
says. "At first you [eel alone--then you realize thuL you're not
by yourself, that the other guys in
your outfiL are thcre to help YOll
just as you are to help them. You
make a tight comradeship with
them. When you come home you
find out the things you've been
fighting for. and they're the very
things you've mJBSed.
things. like a glaas of cold milk
or just being clean-the oldfashioned comforts of home you've
always taken for granted."
Edwin Harder was talking. Ed .
21. a native of Chicago. joined
guests ore welcome. Make up
your own foursome It you wish.
The fee is $5.00 per person and
pro.es will be awarded. (Among
last )'ear's winners we.re Earl
Kistner of Personnel flnd Robert
Meek of Drainage). For reservotions and furLher information contact Coordinator Al Lutwak of
Drainage at ExtetUjlon 1822.

the Hig hway Department in Janof this year_ He 85sists

Elmt'r Majcwskl in the photogrtlphic section. Before coming
here Ed spent six months In Vietnl1m with the First Battalion of
Lhe Ji'lrst Marine Division- a unil
which recei ved a Pres idential Citation . On November 16, 19G6, in
Lhe fighting at Da Nang. Ed was
wounded three times- in the right
arm. the chest, and the right leg.
Afle r many months of intensive
trealment at Great Lakes Naval
Hospital- where the hospital staft'
and t he Red Cross workers won
his deeJ>e8t gratitude for their
skill and kindncss--Ed was relensed In July of 1967.
Like so many young Americans,
Ed Harder Iln.ld 8 high personal
price In defense of freedom In
Vietnam. But Lhe two-time winner of lhe Purple Hearl says simply: "Freedom has no cost-no
Ilriee can be 1)In.ced upon it." There
is one thing he would like. Ed
nnd many of his buddies would
like to see more American tinga
displayed In homes and neighbor~
hoods on our national holidays.
It seem" lItLI~ enough to ask.





The last issue of the Cook County Ilig hway ~ew!'i feat'ured an iIIust r:lted s tor)' on District No. I of the Bluenu of Secouda ry RODds;. The
Burenu Is eomllrised of th'c di,.,trld.s. I' id ured "00,'6 ure II few of the
ucth 'ltles thnt a re car ried on from the Maintenunce "~Ilclllty of Dis t'riet
No. S. 26th lind Beach Streel In LlI (;nUlge I)urk.
III addition 1,0 pro\'idlng S II:l.Ct' and equi llme ni ror Ute norma l duties
which li re tim reslKlns lblilt y or Ihe Bureau a rid enc.h Oistrlct. Dis tricl
No. !J also pro\'ldes wo rking s Jmce t or the personnel or the Bureaus of
Cons t-ructlon, T ranspo rtation and Plll nnJDg. and the Tn lffic Saret-y Com.
mission. The personnel of the Bureaus a re lllelll beMi of the Ma te rlnl
Testing a nd Traffic Opera tions Dhlslorls. respoothel).
Keeping road equipment ole"" is 11 job in Itself, In I'hoto (I ) John

Wolowicz tnkes the hose 1'0 one of

Photo (2) J 9.me.~ nnders. Ii 30 yenr
=1 reJlort with Lo uise Schliitz in th
Divis ion. Phot o (3) A Grlldul, olle (
menl 's r oad cqu1lllnent unlL-'\, Is in U
ence (Ohuck) Kenln),. n . E. n . II
Rond Equipme nt Operntor, while Joe

on trn.ffic, w hich I1t this point Is re

t he f!..: derior of tru ck~ and other \
good condition the same h oll~r llt
mllchlnes. Here Bob Nonnal "AsS
ground) works wltb Dick Uughes. ~

Photo (5) An emergency VI:





Depa rtment's bigger \"ehIc.Jes.

of t he Delm rtment, checks

of the l\Iuterht.ls Testing
mo!!'I' n~rsa HIe of the Dellll r t.
under the direction of Ola r.
eonlerring with }"'red Darson ,
a nd J oe Sak:tnis. keep an e.re
to (llIe hme. P hoto (4) Ali
must be. e.leaned and kept in
mecha nlCl.ll I.arts of the
t:;'julpment Engineer, (fore-Mechanic, in conditioning 1lD
or the Truffle

a.ret)' (lonwls--

slon ca.rries 1m o,'ersb ed Mlleedomete r by whie.ll following motorists can

c heck their l'o lteedomc te rs fo r accura.cy, Jim Ba tista, a Supen 'b lng
Im'estib"U lor on the staff of the Oommisslon, uses Dis trict No, S's faclllly
as his base or OI)e.Mltlons. Photo (6) This im'oh'ed.looklng rond strill.
log machine Is BS complicated ns Its al ll}tl:amnCe 8u g~est.s, The strllMl.r
req uires Il two-man crew t o operate a nd here Fred Godfrey. Drh-er, a nd
Dnn Trnhey, PIllnter l prepa.re t he machine ror road sen -Ice. Photo (1 )
Dirootionnl I~nd Inrormntlonlll signs of II lIlultitudinous vllrlety a re preIlltred ami processed in t he Sig n S hOI" John O'Shannn (s btndlng) checks
with Frank Zit l\ on a sign layout. I' hoto (8) Field equ111lUent of the
Ma te rial Testing Di,-1510n is highly sollhls tleated. Road Equipment
Operator, Fred Dunne prella res the h,'o- lenm unit , 1\ "wnte r wagon" a nd
Ito "chicle rig rC!.emblin g nn 011 derrick, fQI' WQrJo; on locution,





A progress report prepared by
the Cook County Highway De-.
partment reveals that 13 new Dao
Rynn Expressway projects on the
West Branch have been or will be
completed this year. Their cost
totals over S13 million.
In addition, the report sLated
thal 21 other West Branch im-

provements are scheduled tor com

pleUon within two years at a COSt
of 517 milllon_ All of these projects, It was explained, are on the

section between 127th and 167lh

SlJeets. The section of the West
Branc.h between 99th anti 127lh
Streets was opened last October.

The report also showed thnt in

addition to the S30 million construction coats, S6 million has
been expended



The County's portion of the

West Branch will extend the Dan
Ryan Expresswny to 167th Street.

A breakdown o! the project. eompleLed


far Un. you, Ule.lr loeaUona. and

their coeLl, rollo ...... :


IM'll l ioli

Main OraJns
Moln Ol'1l.ins
Main OnlJns
Water Main (onlyl


COl!i l

From Grand Trunk and Western R..R.,

to Soulh RMC h, Little caJuml!t
$ M7.790.16
Toll Road to Grand Trunk Western R.R. 1,:;00.5501.00
South of Crawford to Kllpatrlc.k
Crawford to H7lh Sl.
Vermont SL OVerpa!ll
Cai-Sag Channel Bridge
Vlnc.ennes Ave" SOuth Reach,
l.Jltie CaJumet and Indiana Harbor
Bell-Wne R.R. Bridge
1oI7th and H9th Stroot O\'erpllM
Total C()nt..nu:lI completed . ..

. ..... $6.0670.036.86

These are contracts underway, and IICheduled for completion this yCIU':
I,ucnllo n


Main Drain


Grading lind Paving
Total contrBCts


Toll Road to South of Crawford Ave,

Bridge over Baltimore 4: Ohlo.
Chicago Temllnal, Roll Ave.,
Utlle Calumet and Broadway
Bridge over Grand Trunk and
Western R.R., Baltimore &. Ohio.
Chleago TermlnaJ RR Spauldln.
Leavitt and Harvey A v.mues
Bridge. over Dixie B.lghway
147Ut and 149Ul Street approaches

Co~ t.



ror completion In 1968 , .... , . _ . $6,979.8ol6,91

Contracts recently awarded and scheduled for completion In 1969-70:


Grading and Pa\tJng


HI6HWA Y DEPT.~C:lIltlT\uetl

rrom poae


this month for $1 million facility

for District No. 'I in the southwest
section of the County.
While the H.ighway Depart
ment's prinCipal function is, of
course. the planning, construction
and maintenance of roadways, it
is nlso concerned with safety on
the streets lind highways it builds
and also with keeping them clear
or litter.
The Cook County TralBc Safety
Commission. which is headed hy

CounL Board PresldenL..Richard

B. Ogilvie, conducts numerous DC
tivities of pl1l.ctieal and educa
tional nature to promote safety 011
the highways_ These include a
bicycle progmm in suburban
grade schools. Rutomobile driving
education in high schools, a school
offering police officers special
training in pursuit driving. report.
ing n11 Calal accidents in the
County outside of Chicago. in
vestigntion of Citiuns' complaints
oC traffic ha,..ards and demonstrations of safe driving principles.

In general, the Commission

seeks all p088lhle ways to spread
the message o{ safety to the pub-lic, As a result of these endeavors,
most of the suburbs have formed
Ioc.al safety councils and all s\1bur
han l)Olice chlfJs and magistrates
have joined activeJy in the Com
mission's programs,

Thf' campaign to "tnp highway

littering. also under President
Ogilvie. is carried out each year
on 0 continuing hasis. This year
Department trucks were furnished
with antllitter posters urging the
public to cooperate in clean up


Bridge over Tollway

]fl7th SL to North o f Dixie HJghway

Lea\'ill Avenue to 127th Street
159th Slreet overplUJlI and appron.ehes
CrlLwrord Ave.. overpass and approaches
167th SL overpass and approaches
Kedzle Ave. O\'erpa.sa and approaches

S 683.917.80



Total " . .. .. ,' .$9.229,29].28

There llre 101 projects: ror which eontTacts: are yet to be let tolalilng an
eatimated $8,614.000.00. Included among these are IIgnUng. signing, landscap"Ing, and ~~ and paving lroprovemet}ta.

The Cook County Highway De

parlment, a rully~nWned public
works entity in the highway field,
cooperates closely with other gov
ernmentaJ and private agencies in
ita sphere of operation, Ita pnat.
present, and future works and
planning have, and will continue,
to contribute substantially to mok
lng Uving conditions more safe
and plea88.llt In Cook County.





fl e re llJ'e the IIIghwllY Departments thre6 untries in the 40th
"\lIl1l1 u.1 Prize CoIllIK!litioll held by

the Americall Inl'>Htute of Steel CoIIstruction to choose the mOP.1 beauti.

ful bridges ol)t!nCII In 1967.

Left :

tho long, strong SWeel) or Ihe htghway grade ,o,elluruUon at. Ihe Ohi-

cago, Rock blund and Pacific nail-

rond nnd USnl SI..



Ol"lj r

tbe Dun

West Leg.


Blue Island. olMmed October 7, 1967.



ror n Mlral

setting-the scenic etlum. trillll on!rIlass at

I'a lnti ne n ond. ol~ lIetl
October 13, 1967. ente red in the
Specia l TYIJe clltegory. The Dejt:lrlnl(!IIf has received rour pre,<iou!. AISC award .., the most re-

cent being: II 1966 j\ward fIf llIe rit

in lht: Spec.iaJ Type entc;!,ory (or
the 51st 81. PCdC.'itrhm nrld~e .

Ilrtl!o-try or desigu nnit s killful

engineering techniques nre combined
In Ihe higln\""llY bridges at. Throop
Street aud

lOith. ",'cr the West

l..eK or the Dan n ,ran EXllressway

In Chicago. TheM! ha ndsome bridges.
\\lth ThrOO11 Street In
ground, and

the fore-

10/111 Street

bare ly

"isible, were eOllst'rueted at a cost

or $1.100,000,

The ,'ertlCltl clellr-

I1l1ce beh,'een rOlldwuy and .o;ll::In Is

16 feet. The structures were OIHl.ncd

011 J:mul1ry 12, 196i.






Whether you wear a while colla r or a blue, whether you a re butch ...., baker,
or tool-end-die m a ker, Cook County i. a good place to work. A. thi . month
include. L"bor Day, it i. timely to ob.erve with pride the imporlant a nd re.peeled place that the workin, man an d th e I.bor u nion h.ve long occupied in
the Cook Counl,. com munity. Dynamic union i.m and prolrr"""ive ruana ,,, men l
have taken ... F..... In th" word. of Shelley: "There i. no r"al wealth but the
I .. bor of man .




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Did You Know ...

- that Edens Expressway was
named-not for British statesman
Anthony Eden- but for Colonel
William G. Edens, B pioneer and
life-long leader of the good roads
movement in Cook County?
- that Wilmette was first called
"Gross Point," after the point of
land which extends into Lake
].Uchigan in the locality-and later
rechristened "Wilmelte," the anglicized form of the name of its first
settler, Antoine Ouilmette?
- that Bloom Township, originally
called Thorn Grove, was renamed
in honor of the German patriot
Robert Bluhm-Bloom being the
anglicized form of his name?
(Sou rce-----"History of Cook County, Vol. II," Goodspeed and Healy)

lB I!)(!ll!! lB (!)(!l III nlY

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CWcago Civic Center,
Chicago, lJIinois 60602

Roman J . Sedlacek. retired H.

E. m, was awarded a Special
Golden Anniversary Certificate recently by Dr. John L. Retallialta,
president of the Illinois Institute
of Technology, as a member of
the Institute's class of 1918. While
on the staff of the Structural
DiviSion , Mr. Sedlacek worked on
several expressway projects including the Edens at Dundee Rd. , and
the Eisenhower at Mannheim and
Laramie, among others .
Mr_ Sedlacek joined the Department in 1924 and retired June 30,
1959. He resides with his wife,
Emma, in Berwyn. They have a
daughter, Mrs. Dean (Ramona)
Johnson. and two grandchildren,
JelIrey Dean and Jody Lynn.

VOL XV Number 10




Chicago, III. 60602


A top priority highway improvement project to benefit motorista
and pedestrians in the Arlington
Heights, Prospect Heights, a.nd
Wheeling area has been programmed by the Cook County Highway
Department. This was announced
last month by County Highway
Supt. Richard H. Golterman.
The prOject resulted from a
study undertsken during the Swn
mer by Lhe Department entitled,
" Recommendations for Improving
Traffic Performance on Palatine
Road- Milwaukee Avenue to Rand

Newl,. c..-owned cha mpion. of the Enainee'-' Lua ue, the Coo" County Hi, l...
wa,. Deputment'. .oftball team p.-oudl,. ... rround. Captain Nat Moali.ia who
hold. the t.-opb,. emhlematic. of 1eaaue .upnmac:y. Standina, left to .-i,ht: "Fed
Wieo.ki, Jim Scott, Ric.h B"la t, Tom Peralta, Ken Wen., Mee" Stubbs. Kneehnl.
left 10 right: J ohn Maguire, In Benjamin, Capt. Malizia, Cuy Po.-uro, Fran k
Herina. Not in p idure: Lee Creen, Jad. Callo.

It was cheers and congratula

tions all around as the County
Highway Department softball team
celebrated winning the champion.
ship of the Engineers League and
the award of a magnificent blue
and silver trophy.

After losing the season's opener,

the "Goltermen" roared back to
win all of their remaining games,
nine in a row. Their 91 record
was tops for the League. Runnerup was the State Bureau of Traf
fic, 8-2; followed by City Bureau
of Traffic, 6-4; De Leuw, Cather,

55; and Chicago Area Transportation Study and City Bureau of

Streeta, each 1-9.
The " Goltermen" ended the first
half of the season tied with State
(who had beaten them in Lhe open
er) , each club having a 4-1 record.
The second confrontation of the
League giants waa one of the
hardestfought barnbumers of the
year. At game's end the batUing
"road builders" from Cook had re(Contlnued on p&&'o 6)

First on the list of recommendations proposed in the study is the

installation of traffic aignsis, complete channelization, and modern
roadway lighting of the intersection and approachea of Buffalo
Grove Rosd and Palatine Road.
A second project also recommended for immediate action calls
for the widening of the through
lanes to provide two lanes in each
direction. These would be sepa
rated by a median strip.

"The intensive efforts which this

study reflects," Golterman said,
"Indicates the Deparbnent's awareness of the traffic problema existing the entire length of Palatine

It was pointed out further that

the County Highway Deparbnent
has no jurisdiction either on the
frontage roads or on the through
lanes ot Palatine Road





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October, 1968

Vol. XV

No. 10

Published monthly by and for the members of the

Cook County Highway Department to serve as an
organ for disseminating news and infDrmation on the
pel'9Onne1 and projects of the Department and the
County and subjects of related interest.
Contributions for publication are iovited and will be:
given the careful attentioo of the Editors. However.
they will not be responaibl., for unsolicited material.

. .

. .

RICHA RD B. OGILVIE , Presi dent

Cook County Board of Commissioners

Mathew W. Bieszczat
Jerome Huppert
Lillian P iotrowski
Charles S. Bonk
Ruby Ryan
Charles F . Chaplin
George W. Dunne
Harry H . Semrow
William N. E rickson
J osephine B. Sneed
F loyd T. Fulle
J ohn J. Touhy
Charles J . Grupp, Jr.
Kenneth E. Wilson
Jerome HUPllert, Chairman-Road and Bridge Comm.
Superintendent of Highways, Ricltard U. Golterman

Ed E. Deuss
Graphic Al'ts Consultants
Edwin A. Beek
O. O. IlJgglns
Staff Photographer
Elmer J . iUajewski


Almost 300 exhibits will be displayed at the 1968
National Safety Congress and Exposition October
2831 at the Conrad Hilton hotel. Due to the extent
and size of the convention, facilities of other hotels
have been scheduled. Among these are: Molor
Transportation Sessions, Driver Improvement, La
Salle; Traffic Session, Pick-Congress.
Registration and Information Desks will be located
in the Knickerbocker Hotel in addition to the three
hotels listed above.

With this issue the Highway News continues its

feature series presenting capsule biographies of Department staffcrs with many years of meritorious
These men-the fine Old Pros, the "Mr. Reliables"
of their respective Divisions and Bureaus-are part
of the Department's all-time All Star team. Experience, competence. versatilIty- these are the words
that describe them. They shun the limelight, but
their dedication to the job snd the Department, their
friendly helpfulness to younger co-workers, deserves
the warm recognition of all.
The men -preSEnted here are-IrrttrelrthIrd decade
of service and association with the Department. To
them we extend our &st Wishes and the cordial
congratulations of their associates and fellow Staffers.
EUG ENE L. PALERlUO, H. E. IV and s 31-year
veteran, is now with Dats Processing, engaged in
programming snd systems analysing. Educated at
Purdue and I.I.T., he served previously in Survey,
Land Procurement, snd Pavement Design, in the
course of a wide-ranging Departmental career. Gene
lives in south Chicago with his wife Dorothy. They
have one son, Eugene, Jr., a schoolteacher in Neenah,
Wisconsin, who teaches Distributive Education- a
system of on-the-job training which involves close
cooperation between the school and the employer.
Gene, a longtime boating enthusiast, is also a ham
radio operator (caU letter K9TBA ) and has recently
been taking flying lessons.
FRAl\~ L . KAPLAl"'J, H . E. V, heads t he Survey
Division of the Right-()f-Way Bureau. A graduate
of minois Institute of Technology. he joined the
Department in July of 1938. Frank served in the
Construction Bureau, the Road Maintenance Division,
and the Design Bureau, among others, before corning
to Right-()f.Wny. He lives in Evanston with his
wife Lillian. The Kaplans have a 8On, Alan, a doctor, and two daughters, Linda, a teacher, and Roslyn
( Mrs. Phillip A. Pollock) , mother of granddaughter
Audrey Sharon. Frank enjoys reading of all kinds,
from professional journals to well-written history,
and is also a football fan. He is the chsirman of
the Examiners Board for Land Surveyors of the
State of Dlinois.
StUll R. POT,l.S JI, H. E. IV, is chief of field men.
Survey Division, Right-of-Way Bureau. He attended
illinois Institute of Technology snd joined the Department in J uly. 1938. H is extensive background
includes much field work, particularly as resident
engineer on bridge construction projects. Sam lives
in Northbrook with his wife Lillian. They have two
sons, Norman, sports editor of Station WGN, and
Stanley, who works for illinois Bell. Stanley is married and the father of two boys. Adam and David.
Sam is an ardent sports fan who foUows them all,
snd at this season of the year Mrs. Potash (like so
many wives) becomes something of a TV football





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Ground.brenking ceremo1l1e... for t he

1.1 million llu inlellon ce. . "lIclllty In
Palos Township were observed on
Sclltember 21 ",lth locol, mllnld l'lll
!llltl towlIshill oftieluls tnklng Ila rt.
in Ule c\'enL The fncili!y, shown In
the nrch itect's rendering to the lert,
will be located 0 11 LS5tb treet just
wesl, of 88tb A,'enue In Palos To\mshill, Whe.1I oolllilioled, which It Is
CXI)e(:ted n III be by mid '69, t he com
plex of three buildings will be Lhe
base of OIMlrntions ro r I>Istrict No. 'I
or the Burl'!!u of atu.intenance.

A....!oisting Otlll nty HOll rd I'resitlenl

Richnrd B. Ogilvie (wlLh s ho" el) In
g roundbrea.kJng e.ffort is Mayor
Ne.i1 Andel'!toll of Palos Park and
ZIIY ' mlth , e:<,.'c.uU\'e director or Ule
Pl.llmOrl:uulWorLh T owns hips Pla n
ning Comm ission who ~et\ed ItS
muster or ce.re.monie~. Joining in 1116
ceremony w c re: Conunt..sloners J er ome lIuppe.rl. Willinm Erkkson and
Ll1l1un PloLrowskl, and the Re\', 1~11 111
SantieriO. wh o dulh 'ered the invocation.

The Color Gllard of I'he Cook Coun

ty Sheri IT's P olice posted "-nd retired
the colors, They u.re s h own here in

tho solem n ceremony. Under t ho

diroollon 01 Cnll t. Ric.hard Lowtbroll,
t he GUllrd wus composed or Pul:rol
me.n Dirk Lowry, Victor lUlllorllllU,
Daniel Zekll.... , and Roberl Newb:Hler.
They carried out t.heir dUUes III u.
hi ghly IJroressionnJ IUllnner. Tbe Rev.
Thomas D. O'Conne.1I oJ St. Goorges
R. C. Church delh'ered the benedic.tion.






County Commi.. ione r Floyd Fulle poinlJl out realurel of Hi,h ...ay DeplU'tment' l Expre.....a,. exhibit to John W. e aird, (left) pruidellt or Ihe North.ltern
lII;no;. Pla nn; n, Commit,ion, and Mallhew L. Rockwell, axec ut;"e director of
tha Comm;uion. The IIx hihit w... a major attraction a l the Commiuion'. onada,., ja m.packed conference in the LII SaU" hotel 1... 1 monlh. ( photo COllrtcltY 0/
N 1PO)


Two new detours were opened
on north Lake Shore Drive at 10
o'c1ock Tuesday (Oct. 8) morning
by lhe Cook County ffighway Depnrt.menl. These were needed to
l>crmit the construction of new
southbound pavement from Carmen Avenue (5100 north) to
Montrose Avenue (4400 north ).
These detours a re B.t Wilson and
Lawrence Ave nues and form sections in the 4.600 ft. of roadway
between points just north of Mont
rose and Carmen.
Traffic patt.erns worked out for
the six lanes in the roadway were
inalltuted at that time and were
set up a8 ro11o\\'S (see schematic
drnwin~ attached):
South bound Tra ffic ( non-rush
hours- 9 A.M. to 4. P .M.)
Starting at Carmen traffic will
move on 3 lanes or existing northbound pavement to just north of
Montrose. Here it will swing over
to the new southbound pavement;
Northbound Traffic (non-rush
houns-9 A.M. to 4 P.M.) Startin~
A.t a point Immediately north of
1I0ntrose. traffic swin~8 over to
lh" exi~H",,:, nor thbound pavement
flnd utilr('.!1 the detour roads
prr,und LPe Wilson and Lawrence

Si"lItIhnutlil Truffl c (rush hours

Count,. Board Pruidenl Richard B. O ,ih,ie (eanln). Honorary Chairman

of th. Cook Count,. Selquicentennial Committee, acce pt. award. WOn by the
Committee'. p.rad" Roat. The awareb were won .t Ihe open in .. day parade
or the lIlinoi. SI.te F.ir and preMnlad by Governor Sh.pi,o, and .t Iba t.bor
Day p ....de .ponloree! by the Viii.,. or Naper"iIIe.
Tbue were pr.... led to O,il"i. by COllnty Hi,h ...ay Superinlendent Richard
H. Collerman IInder who.. a Ulpic.. the nn,,1 hu partici pated ;n nllmarou.
parad.. durin, lIIinoi,' "Se.qllicentennilll Year". Commillllioner Jerome Hll p,
pert, Chairman of the Board'i Ro"d an d Bridge Committee, look. on appro,,;n,I,..

7 A.1. to 9 A.M.) Five lanes

were oJ'lf'ned to carry traffic durIne- tilHe hOllrs-3 Innes on the
C8t~hli.ah ('d r Ofldway as set up for
the non-nl"lh hour period and 2
lanes on the detours around the
Wilson and Ln.wrence overpassel:
N n rthbound Traffic ( rush hours
4 P .M. to 7 P.M. ) DUring this
reriod 5 lanel also we re set up In
B. reversal of the morning rush
hour pattern.
Other changes which created by
t hi!l new construction were :
Irving Park exit ramp opened
for northbound traffic:
New Montrose Avenue entry
rtlm p
opened. and.
Lawrence and WllfIOn underpaases closed. includJng tbe ramps
leading to and [rom the Drive.
(Oanllnutd on next. .,.,e)







(COntinued 'rom Hl'1IIt page)

versed their eartier setback by a

score of 5 to 2, and taken undisputed possession of first place.
They maintained their lead by defeating Bureau of Traffic 11-9,
CATS,15-10, De Leuw, Cather, 15-6
(after a rain postponement), and
Bureau of Streets, 9-0, on a forfeit. Thal clinched lhe pennant,
and the trophy was delivered immediately to Captain Nat Malizia
and Co-captains Irv Benjamin and
Guy Porcaro, all of the Pavement
Design section, and their teammates.
"It was a team victory," said
Malizia, speaking for all.
thanked the players for their
efforts and the team's many fans
for their loyal support. Superintendent Richa rd H. Gollerman, in
offering his congratulations, stated:
"The Tigers and Cardinals did not
reap all of the glory this season.
We are proud of the Department
team and the skill and delermination they showed in capturing the
The final statistics showed lhaL
Rich Bulat led the team in hitting
with 18 hits in 28 times at bat
for a .642 average. His hits included 5 doubles, 5 triples and 2
home runs. Other averages, for
players batting ten times or over,
were : Peralta .. 625; Green , .500 :
Benjamin, .444; Stubbs.. 413; Gallo. 375: Malizia. 333 ; Maguire,
.318; Wells, .118. Averages for
players batting under ten times
were: Herin~.. 555: Wienski. .500;
Sco,l:t..333; Porcaro, .111.
The News extends its apologies
to Jack Gallo, of Pavement Design, whose name wss inadvertently omitted from the team roster
in our August issue.

In a char."'eri.tic nei.hborl, .... ture the Cook County Hitrhwa, Department

cooperated with the Lalee County Highway Department ill a n Ori,.inDeltinatioll
Stud,.. Thi. Study, undertaken la.1 month, involved between 15 and 20 memhers of the Traffic Operation. Divi. ion under the di rection of Rich"rd H. Kaoale.
Crew. headed by Hi lr hway En,ill"'" Henry Leadaman, Ed Wh;'toll, .11.1
Phil Nuccio implemellted the .tudy on Hi lrhwa,. 59, 14, Lake Cook Rd., alld
Ho ugh St.
It. purpOle ;. to determine a pORible re-locAtion of Rout. 59.
Abo"e, checkin, filrures .re Kanak ( left) and Stuart M .. I.ch of Ihe Lake Coullt,.
Hi .. h..,ay Dept.



( COnUnu(!d f rom adJOln! ng page)

The detours are three lanes wide

and the 35 mile per hour speed
limit in effect on the south segment of the construction has been
posted on this new section.
Movement of the highway construction
marks the third phase of the $6.4
million, one and one-half mile improvement project. This contract
calls for improving and constructing Lake Shore Drive from Irving
Park to Carmen,

Blocklon g len .. th. of cont;nuoul jointfree rail le",ion. are moved into po.i.
lion for trac k la ying in Dan Ryan E xprellway media n . trip. Railwa y Aulo,
mated Mllchiller,. Co. ( RAMCO), Chie .... o, a .ub.idiary of Nationwide IndUlh' iel,
Inc et up a .peeially de.i,ned nil weldill" p lant o n the median Itrip to join
lIandard 39'001 length. of ... iI into continuou. 858fool leetion.. Elimioation
of nil joint. reBuilt in .moother, more .ilent riding qualitiel a nd maintenance
RAMCO hold. cootract to inllall track 1)I.tem witb con tinu oUi welded rail
on tO RS cus hioned concrete cro .. ti e. in median .tripi of Dan Ryan a nd John
F. Kenned,. Elopre.. wa,.
*Naln6d Jor R oger Sonncullc, French enghl!.:er who deBiYlled t echnique.


OCT OBER, 1968



James t~. K ~Uy, (51 h from left) retirin g Asslstnnt.

SUlle rinte mJcnt of the Cook Coun ty lIIg hw:ty Depart.
mcnt, WII~ honored al It hlllc.ileon tcndered by tlome
:100 ( rie-ntls Ilntl D~i:II'es In t he OCIIB,r hncnt In Ute
S hermlln h nt(!l"s fl ou ~ on the Root on Octobe.r 17.
1,l ugo J . Stark (4 th (rom le ft) uho s ucceeds to
Kelly 's 'K)~ I , St-n 'ed n.5 Ill. c. SUIlt. Richa rd II. Gol
termlln ('-I lh from r ight) presented se\'eraJ gifts on
belmlr of those In llttcntlunce In It humorouS fAs hion,
cJimn.xCII by Il handsome wrist wAtch.
Sellied At. the 81leakt'r's t ll ble were f.rom ( I. t o r.) .

SllilI Brus h, long.l1me Dnd now retired mcmbv- 01

the OClmrtmclIl : Con!.rres~lIl n ll William T. Mur phy.
Kelly's fri end for IIlli lly ;rCll rs li nd n. 01le1'I11I6 litem
he r of t he Oeilli rbnellt; Coun ty COlllw isslone r and a
fonne r president. of t he Count y Boo rd, WlIllwn N.
t":ricksOIl : Sta r k. Kelly. Golie-nllll ll ; Assistant. Supt..
for OIH!ratioll!i ThomBs Cob: OJu,y Pase.hell. recently.
retired 8Syear ,'clenUi of t he Della rt men l. and Earl
Kis t ne r, O.p:trhnent l'erSOllllcl Director. Ris tner
lIud his asslstunt Frnn k Hr uno were In chn rge o[
nrro ngeme nts ror the splendid Ilrrllir.

Two veteran atafl'ers of the Cook County ffighway

Department. were honored by their co-worken at two
8eparate luncheons In October on the occaaion of
their retiremenl The first luncheon WRS for Wa lter
A. Mirek and a week la ter one was tendered James
F. Kelly.

Walter A. Mi rek. Rigbt.o[.Wny Agent m , and hia

gracious wife, Marion, were feted by some 50OOd
co-workers. They were for moat part members of
tbe Rlght-ofWay Bureau and Land Procurement
Divillion, with a few representatives of other Bu reaus
and Divisions. The "DulchTreaL" affair W88 arranged
by n comlJ'liltee conaisling of George B. Crainc, Ed
H orreld anlt Harry Bluestein.

Both aIralra were bighly social exuding good fellowship and as one IIpeaker phrased It, "a time
charged with mixed emotiona- aadneu on the leavetakinC. happin~ tor th~ otl.e ~kiDJ leJlve,"

(OonUnued on next paae)


OCTO B ER, 1968

HONOR RETIREES( Continued. from RdJolnlng Pdi:C)

A graduate of De Paul Law School, Walter joined

the Department in October of 1942 and spent his
entire career in the Right-of-Way Bureau. He saw
the coming of tile Exprell8way era and over the
years has made important contributions to the development of Cook County's 602-mile system. Waiter
observes that he began bis career under the late
Major George A. Quinlan, the Department's first
superintendent, and will close it under the Major's
son, Louis R. Quinlan, present chief of the Right-ofWay Bureau, He has enjoyed working with both, as
well as with such other Department luminaries as
(ormer SUllt. of Highways William Mortimer and
Assistant Superintendent James C, Kelly.
Walter and Mrs. Mirek presently reside in Oak
Park and will retire to Deerfield Park, Fla. What
does he plan to do? "Lots of nothing," says Waiter,
but adds that he may get around to some fishing.
Deerfield Park , on Florida's east coast, is a haven
for deep sea fishermen and the charter-boat industry.
He and Mrs. Mirek will also have ample time for
family visits. They have four married daughtersMrs. Mary Ann Paster, Mrs. Barbara Martin, Mrs.
Patricia Werderitach, and Mrs. Lee Cummings-and
eleven grandchildren, eight boys and three girls.

Gifts which it was believed Wally could wen use-a pair of binoculars for "bird,watching" and a cabana
set in which to do i t, were presented to him by
Acting Supt. Hugo J. Stark. The Speaker's Table,
in addition to the Mireks, was comprised of Supt.
Richard H. Golte rman, Quinlan, Assistant Supt.
Thomas G. Cots, and Stark.


tel" of the American Right-of-Way Association and

also as a director of the National Association.
Kelly frequently represented the Department at
meetings of various highway groups, and was much
in demand as a speaker. In February of 1963, at a
gathering of computer users held in Chicago, he was
the keynote speaker, setting the theme for the conference with his address entitled, "Computer Use in
Highway Design."
During World War II, Mr. Kelly served as a major
in the U. S. Corps of Engineers, returning to the
Department in 1946. He has also been closely associated with the Edgar A. Lawrence Highway Post
of the American Legion, whose members are Department Staffers. He completed a term as Post Commander in June 1960, and later as Judge Advocate.
The retired assistant superintendent is a member of
the National and Illinois Society of Professional
Engineers, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, County
Technical Advisory Committee of the illinois Association of County Superintendents of Highways, serving
on its board of directors, and the American Public
Works Association.
The following are a few "Kellyisms" compiled by
Ed Landmesser who as assistant head of the Department's Land Procurement Division worked very
cloaely with Kelly during many years:
"In writing memos always remember-if it can be
misconstrued, It will be misconstrued."
"It is our job to see that nothing gets out of here
that will put the Department and/ or the superintendent in a bad light . . . or in jail."
"Always tske a look at the entire foresl as well
as at the individual trees."
There were a number of others which Landmesser
recalls, characterized by a more vigorous tone and
which he enjoya quoting at propitious moments.


Assistant Superintendent James F. Kelly announced
his retirement this month, thus bringing to a close
his long and distinguished career with the Cook
County Highway Department.
Born in Chicago on May 14, 1903, ?-.Ir. Kelly a ttended Wentworth High School in West Hammond,
now Calumet City. During World War I he served
as a seaman in tbe U . S. Navy. Returning to civilian
liie, he obtained his L.L.B. degree at the Chicago
Law School, supplementing this with numerous extension courses in engineering, For some years
thereafter he was employed as a civil engineer in
private industry. In January of 1927 he joined the
Cook County Highway Department as a Junior Civil
In 1953 he was promoted to assistant superintendent of highways. In tha t post he was directly in
charge of acquisition of right of way for expressways' and all other highways cOIUltructed by the
County, working closely with the office of Cook
County state's attorney. Kelly thus played an important role in the development Ilnd construction of
Cook County's 602-mile highway and Expressway
system. He served as president of the Chicago chap-

A feature of Walte r Mirek's retirement luncheon

t be presentation of 8e\'eral gUts inCluding a pull"

of binoculars. Asslstant Supt, Hugo J . Sta rk did
tbe honors as lII rs. l'lirek e.~presses her pride and
pleasure. Refl ecting:t hUllPY momen t is Louis B.
Qulul:ltl, chid of the Rlght..af-Wny Bureau, with
whicb Walte r WIlS nssociated.






EYe,.,. lour ,.e.rI. our d.mocrac,. put. on it. mall .ped.. cul... .ho_a
pruidenlial election. It i. wi.a to r.mind ounelve.. io the midil or the colO\"
aod cscitement, lhat the da,. to da,. blUioH' of r ..onin. a .o..... nm.ntal _ it
it IlAUaU,. quito un.peelecul.r and n ..el,. .uitahl. for lele,"';oo. It in"ol ....
da,.in and d.,,out hard wor" a nd 'co'" or di"erUt and complu: probleml, ..
Count,. Commillioner will wtify. Ther. t. much routine hlUin ....
important. hut hardl,. lenntional. Color and .howmatuhip ba... their pia ... .
hut thea. come ...cn nd to 10Ler and r ... o nM judlfnlent. patience and ded ica tion
to th e ideal. or democra tic .o ... r.uncnl.



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In the correspondence V.rubel

tells of his interest 1ft returnIng
to the United Slales in view of
conditions in his native land. The
letter continues,

Population Are .. 956 Sq. Mil ..

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Did You Know

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-that Kingery Expressway was

named Cor Robert Kingery, civic
leader and life-long 8upporter or
tho good roads movement in Cook
-that Blue Island received its
name becnuse, in pioneer days, it
was a high strip of timber-covered
land which stood wcn above the
low surrounding prairie-and thus
from a distance. looked like an
-that In the early days of Cook
County, Chicago's south aide was
the aile of a famous race track,
the Chicago Driving Park, where
"Flora Temple," ''Moscow,'' and
other renowned horsea of the era
came to run?
(Source--''Hislory of Cook County,
Vol. n," Goodspeed and Healy)

"My primary reason for writing

you is to convey Vilem'a gratitude
for all you and the Department
did for him. He asked me to do
this. He wanta you to know, too
that he received a copy of the
Cook County Highway News which
had hia picture in It.


I!! (B Q) (!) IilUI7

r:J00r:JWllll'J IIl~W0

(BQ) Q)

OWcago Ch'le Center,

Chicago, Illinois GOG02

ViUem Vrubel, the highway engineer from CJ:eth0810vakia who

was a recent visitor to the Cook
County Highway Department has
written friends in the local area
since his return to that invaded
country. The friend, in turn has
written George Guderley, the Depllrtment's Engineer of AdmInistration, who served as hoat

"All the way home from your

office-the day we visited therehe marvelled at your hospitality
and the warmth of hia welcome.
Sincerely, (aigned) Georgine Leatina."
The picture referred to was one
of Vntbel with Guderley, and Frank
Kochanowski and Ladlala.v Matou&Vt of the Department, who served
a8 interpreters. The picture was
published in the August issue.


VOl. XV Number 11



Chicago, III. 60602

Operating almost without recognition by the general public but
performing highly important tasks
in the wide range of hi ghway construction projects is the Material
Testing Division of the Cook COUDty Highway Deparbnent.

Ready ;ng o n e o f the 20 n ew I S-Ion tru ck. acqui red by Ihe Bureau of Secondary Ro .... .re (fro m I"ft 10 ri .. h t) , Mich.,,1 Tellerino, Ro ad Mai nten a nc"
SuperYi.or; F rank H a rri. , Di. lrid Engineer, a nd Frank C.lIu~ , Motor Vehide
D river. The truck., as indic ated, "an be !Conve rted to . now Ilrhtert when not
operding for genar.l duty h aul in g purpo.e .

In recent weeks the Bureau of

Seeondary Roads has accepted delivery of 20 new diesel-powered

trucks with 15 ton capacity.
Though primarily to be used for
hauling asphalt mixes of various
types, the specifi cations of the
trucks include fixtures for attaching snow plows. The truck chassis,
built by International Harvester,
is powered by a Cummings engine.
It has a Heil-Chicago body equipped with the aforementioned attachment for snow plow and abrasive and aggregate spreader. The
unusually large capacity of the
truck was specified to haul larger
quantities of salt and cinders as
well as patching material. When
not scheduled for this type of
service, the plow and spreader can

- be removed and the truck used for

litter removal among other services on the highways.
Another important phase of
fighting snow and ice is spreading
a mixture of sodium chloride
(rock salt) and cinders_ The Bureau has stockpiled 10,000 tons of
the fanner. This is for spreading
at intersections, bridges and in
roadways where ice tends to accumulate. It works weU when temperatures range between 18 to 25
degrees. When the temperature
drops to lower than 10 degrees a
mixture of 20 percent calcium
chloride and 80 percent sodium
chloride is used to fight the ice
accumulation .
When 0\' Man Winter comes
roariD' in, it's men. equipment and
mater iel to the ramparts!

Headed by William J . Oda howski, H . E. V., the Division is made

up of more than 50 people and
operates OD a budget of approximately $500,000. The Division was
reorganized early this year following recommendations made by t he
" Little Hoover Commission" appointed by County Board President
R ichard B . Ogilvie. The recommendations, incorporated in the
Commission's study of the Department, were in turn fu lly suppor ted
by Supt. Richard H. Golterman.
The realignment of the Division
coincided with the start of a new
construction season. The need to
coordinate the ol>erations of what
previously had been separate units
working as parts of other Bureaus
represented a tremendous challenge. New procedures had to be
devised and instituted. Compr ehensive supervision had to be
maintained due to the mobility of
the personnel and the resulting
increased work-load.
The Division presently represents a consolidation of the Proportioning Division of the Construction Bureau, in addition to the
Pozzolanic and Bituminous Units
of the Bureau of Secondary Roads,
and the Steel Inspection Unit and
(Continued on Page






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Ohlcngo 0 1\'1" Center, Chlcngo, UUnois 60002

No\"ember, 1968

Vol. XV

No. 11

PubUshed monthly by and for the members of the

Cook County Highway Department to serve 8.8 an
organ for disseminating news and Intormatlon on the
personnel and projects of the Depe.rlment and the
County and subjects of related interest
ConlribulioDs for publleaUon are invited and will be
given the careful attention of the Editors. Hnwever.
they wUl not be responslhll'\ for un&ellcited ma.terial


Cook County Board of Commissioners

Mathew W. Bieszc.mt
Jerome Huppert
LUllan PJotrowski
Charles S. Bonk
Ruby Ryan
Charles F. Chaplin
George W. Dunne
Harry H. Semrow
Josephine B. Sneed
William N. Erickson
John J. Touhy
Floyd T. FuUe
Kenneth E. Wilson
Charlcs J. Grupp, Jr.
J erome llul1lJer t, Chairman-Road and Bridge Comm.
Superintendent of Highways, Richa rd U. Golterman


Ed E. De uss

GraphJc Arts Consultants

Edwin A. Reek
C. C. mgglns
Staff Photographer
Elmer I. !lnjewskl


Edward F. Landmesser. Assistant to Albert E.
Bennett. hend of the Land Procurement Division,
Cook County Highway Dept., wu elected president
of llUnois Chapter 12 of the American Right of Way
Association November 8. The election was held in
conjunction with the annual banquet of the Chapter
in the Midland Hotel.
At the same lime George B. Craine of the Diviaion's Appraisal Section WQS ejected secretary. Frank
Leahy, ex-Notre Dame conch and TV commentator,
was the guest speaker at the function.

This Issue of Ule News carries another in our

fealure series highlighting membera of the Department with recorda of many yeara of conscientious
These men are the Old Pros. the ''Mr. Reliables"
of their respective Divisions and Bureaus, who make
up the Deparlment's first team. Each has a rich
background of training and experience in the varied
disciplines that, working in combination. make up a
Their careers have been
highway department.
marked by a quiet dedication to the job, the Department, and the community, and deserve the warm
recognition of their co-workers and fellow citizens
The men presented here are in their third decade
of service and association wit.h the Department To
them we extend our Best Wishes nnd the cordial congratulations of their associates and fellow Staffers.
HAROLD REID. H. E. TV. is now wlUI the Contract Administration Division of the Bureau of Construction, working with final me8JIUremenls or quantities. after spending moat of his career as a field
engineer. A gradunte or St. ruta's Higb School in
Chicago, he joined the Department in July of 1938
and worked for many years In the old Bridge Construction Department (now part of the Construction
Bureau ). Later. among many similar aAsignments,
he was resident engineer on the Damen Avenue
structure and also on the Eisenhower Expressway.
Harold lives in Marquette Mano. with his wife Lizbeth. They have one daughter, Susan ().1rs. Robert
OlszeWSki), and five grandchildren, three boys and
two girls .
TIIO~l>\S OSHEA. R. E . m. is with the Survey
Diviaion of the Right-of-Way Bureau. a specialist
in the complete ailing of highway projects. Aite.
attending De Paul University, he joined the Department in July of 1938. He apent over 20 yeara in
the Construction Department, working-among other
a.ssignments-on Inyout and siting for the Calumet
and KJngery Expressways. Tom lives in Roseland
with hla wife Mary. They have two 80na. Tom, Jr.,
who works for a Ilaper manufacturing corollany. a nd
Jim, who is a teacher. Tom says he is still too
young to ha\le any grandchildren.
l'mLLIP G. NASH, H. E . m . Is with the Material
Tcsting Diviaion or the Construction Bureau , engaged
In the evaluation of concrete, blacktop and other
materials at Yard 5 a long the advancing West Leg
or the Dan Ryan. He attended Parker High School
and the Illinois Institute of Technology, joining the
Department in July of 1938. His varied background
includes extensive service with the fonner Paving
and Bridge Construction Departments- now combined
into the Conalruction Department. Phil Iivea in
Beverly Woods with his wife Alice. They have five
children, Phil. J . and Lucille. who are teachers:
Vivian and Lorette.. now attending college: and
youngest daughter Margie, who attends high school.
Phil enjoys relaxing in his home woodworking shop,
wbere he turns ouL handcrafted furniture.





Gathered in one of a series of conferences is this
group of Bureau and Dh'islon chiefs with the two
Assista nt Department SU1Jerinlelldcnt:s. Engaged in
t he lUlRua l tnsk of assembling the Department's,
"Expressway IlIId Jlighway Progralll-County of
Cook," the work culls for the combined thinkin g of
these knowledgeable, "demn highwn:\' engineers.
Tbe final results of their efforts will be s ubmitted
to Supt. Richnrd If. Golterma.n for assessment a nd
appro"al, making whatever changes he deems
necessar y.
Several years ago the Madison AvenueMichigan
Avenue advertising fraternity was agog over a uruque
technique devised to help generate ideas. It was
called 'brainstorming."
This technique is the reverse of that required by
one of the top groups in the Cook County Highway
Department. The advertising people in their brainstorming sessions would take a client's product problem and in a verbal rapid fire approach attempt to
inspire each of those in the smsll conference to produce the theme for a workable, novel campaign.
It is out of such sessions, for example, that the
concepts of the man in armor on the charging white
horse in the TV commercial and the seeming mermaid
who brought up delicious dah from the sea, are
sometimes born.

Seated at t he hend of the confe rence table is

Assisl:allt SUIlL for Administration lIugo J. Stltrk,
flnd immcdintely to his Icft is Thomas G. Cots,
-,\ ssis tnnt SUllt.. for Operations. Contributing Uleir
indh'idlll11 J..-nowledge and judgment to tbe 11001 of
Information tlLis tusk demunds lire (frOID Ie.ft to
right): J ohn J. Nagel, Trnftic a nd Signals Division ;
LOllis A. Qulnilln, Rigbt of Way nu.rellu : Cots, Stark,
William T. Lyncb. TrallsllOrtation a nd Pla nning Bu
reau; Leo E. :n e rtkn, Ad,'ance Planlling Division:
Glenn W. Frederica.. , Design Bureau, and Fred J,
Nadziejn, Pn"ement Geometries Dh'lslon,
The highway engineers on the contra ry , in their
sessions, work on the assignment to schedule many
projects into a unified, workable plan. The assignment, when completed, is entitled. " Expressway and
Highway Improvement Program-County of Cook."
It is an annual work.piece that requires the combined
knowledge and thinking of the administrators repre
senting the Bureaus and Divisions of Tmffic, Advance
Planning, Design, Construction, and Right of Way,
among others.
Rathcr than "brain'storming" which places em
phasis on creativity, the highway engineer must
develop talents for careful analysis, orpnized procedures, and sound planninS',


MA TERIAl TESlIN6(COntinued (rOm page one)

Soils Division of tbe Design

From this it may be seen thal
the Division DS it is now established, Is called upon to provide
services and develop InfonnaLion
for projects that run the gamut
of highway construction. With a
crew and rig that resembles nothing 80 much a8 a crew boring for
oil IL formulates records of &oil
somctlmes to n depth of 40 to 50
feet aL two foot intervals for the
Design Bureau. Ita personnel operates a nuclear testing device to
ascerlain the sub-base compaction
for new conslructiona. The soundncaa and acceptability of weldments
are determined by the use of x-ray
viewing equillment. Radiogrnphs
(x-rays) are compared with known
standards of the American Society
of Testing Ma terials. Bituminous
concrete mixtures for expressway
and road ma intenance work are
spot checked [rom lrucks moving
Crom the processing plant to the
project location.
The checking
consists of qUA Iity a nalysis procedures which break down the mixtures into their component parts.
Concrete used on Expressway
struClUres and pavements is rigidly designed and controlled to meet
Federal and State apeeifications.
The organization chart of the
Division show