Published by Illinois Dunesland Preservation Society
P.O. Box 466 firstname.lastname@example.org
Zion, IL 60099 312 332-3377 April, 2005
One of Dunesland’s “Founding Fathers,” Ogden Poole
Paul A. Kakuris, President “Dunesland’s 80 Year History, the Park,
Luncheon and the Vision of the Founders”
Reservations Luncheon Meeting on Saturday, April 16 at Noon
Illinois Beach State Park Resort and Conference Center
Saturday, April 16 Don’t miss out on a wonderful Bickert published another people who walked in the park.
opportunity to hear the almost newspaper called “Sand Cars parked anywhere and the
Noon $12 eighty year history of the society.
We feel very fortunate to have as
Scripts.” nature area was often a
racetrack for motorcycles.
our guest speaker this month There were Dunesland
Park Resort Ogden Poole, a founder of the meetings and people Our early members fought hard
Illinois Dunesland Preservation interested in starting the park to establish this beautiful park
Please give your menu Society. Ogden is a current board since the 1920’s. Dr. Bruce and make it what it is today.
choice when you make member, and over time he has Lineberg of Lake Forest They wrote hundreds of letters
served on the board for many College had been interested in to garden clubs, the Sierra Club,
your reservation: years, including the position of the park since 1924. Audubon Societies, women’s
president. He also wrote the clubs, professors in biology
1. Chicken Caesar Salad newsletter at one time and has Finally, the already active departments, etc. They lobbied
authored essays on Illinois Beach Illinois Dunesland the legislature and enlisted
2. Sesame Chicken State Park. Preservation Society was Governor Otto Kerner’s mother
incorporated by the state in to influence him. Finally, the
Salad w/fruit He was a biology teacher for 35 1950 as a tax-exempt, non- nature preserve bill was signed!
years at Waukegan High School profit organization. It is the
3. Beach Burger and became chairman of the oldest nature preserve in the Dr. R.M. Strong of the Chicago
district science department. Mr. country and the oldest Museum of Natural History
4. Club Sandwich Poole became involved with the environmental group in the stressed the need for land
fledgling society in the 1940’s and Great Lakes region. acquisition, for a naturalist to be
RSVP by April 13. took his students on field trips to housed in the new lodge, and
the park. He also walked at the Mr. Poole, along with another that a museum be established.
Dory Havens 847 945-2243 park regularly and could identify current board member, Ruth
plants that many naturalists and Heringlake, was involved in It is unfortunate that state
Lorri London 773 271-4938 IDNR staff members often didn’t lobbying the state to purchase spending cuts are endangering
know. land for the park. Members the most visited park in the
Dunesland in the News! had to fight hard to make the country eleventh most visited
Mr. Poole and the English teacher, park what it is today. There park in the country, as well as
Chicago SunTimes Miss Hazel Hurlbutt, organized the was privately owned land other state parks.
September 13, 2004 Waukegan Junior Dunesland running into the prairie and a Our “Crown Jewel” is in trouble.
September 15, 2004 Preservation Society. They gravel pit was near the Come, and be inspired by its
published a newspaper called entrance. There were no trails, history! Reenergize your focus
September 17, 2004
“Dunesland Sketches.” Jack just footpaths formed by to protect our precious park.
October 25, 2004
December 13, 2004
January 28, 2005 Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan Fights Dunesland on
February 8, 2005
Waukegan News Sun First Amendment Suit to Distribute Asbestos Safety Flyer at Park
September 10, 2004
September 22, 2004
IAG & IDNR Block Truthful Information About Risky Asbestos Exposure
October 12, 2004 Dunesland’s Loop attorney, Donald Jeffery Camplin, a health and inherent dangers on the beach
January 8, 2005 L. F. Metzger will be arguing our safety expert who specializes before the busy Labor Day
January 15, 2005
First Amendment case in front of in asbestos, created a public weekend. Inhaling cancer-
Judge David M. Hall on April 5 at 9 health and safety flyer for causing asbestos is risky
Conscious Choice AM. Dunesland had requested last business; denial of
Dunesland to fill that void.
December, 2004 summer that the Illinois IDNR and the Attorney information is even riskier.
Recent Websites: Department of Natural Resources General’s office had blocked
irc.org allow Dunesland to display our Dunesland from distributing Dunesland subsequently filed
GreatLakesDirectory.org asbestos contamination health and the flyer at the park office, the a First Amendment lawsuit
safety risks flyer in the park's Nature Center and the park which has dragged on in the
information area because IDPH has lodge. IDNR and the IAG Waukegan court where Judge
freewillblog.com not had their flyer available for wanted Dunesland to apply for Hall said that Dunesland has
Southernillinois.com years. IDNR had agreed in 1998 to a special permit, attempting to important and relevant issues
Underreported.com display a flyer and exhibit depicting delay the distribution of the that need to be addressed.
asbestos, but had pulled their flyer flyer which would warn the
years ago so the public had no innocent public about the (continued on page 2)
Page 2 Dunes News April, 2005
IAG Blocks Dunesland on First Amendment Rights (continued)
All we wanted to do was display our flyers in the display cases with those of Great America, Gurnee Mills Shopping Center, and state and
local health department warnings about E coli and West Nile Virus. When questioned, former Park Superintendent Robert Grosso indicated
that DNR had not required other groups to obtain the type of permit required of Dunesland, the official society founded to help establish and
protect the park. It might lead one to believe that they have something to hide!
IDNR also had display boxes with examples of what ACM might look like; they have disappeared. The signs that were posted downplayed the
risk of potential asbestos exposure and contamination.
The public should not even be in an area that contains friable and microscopic asbestos (RACM). Unfortunately, asbestos isn't very easy for
the novice to identify. Many chunks have been rounded and abraded by wave action before they hit the beach. Dunesland members have
seen children playing with the “rocks” on the beach. Can one surmise they might take them home as souvenirs? Then, the household
would be contaminated. discovered to be at Illinois Beach rights of the public to have this
State Park. The IAG has refused to information is unconscionable.
Sign up for our email list: Dunesland worked very hard to develop shut down these beaches, and there This “special treatment”
a practical, informative pamphlet to help has been no verifiable scientific study indicates that the efforts of the
ildunesland @aol.com. people be able to protect themselves indicating that the beaches are safe. IAG and IDNR in covering up the
and their families. This service was truth about asbestos exposure
denied to them by their government We have been battling official denial to the public and the park
officials. of the asbestos issues and other workers is a barometer of what
contamination at the park since 1998 is really being concealed.
The interference that the IAG has and had decided to try a new tactic in
caused by denying Dunesland access litigating an issue. Meanwhile, IDNR Director Joel
to distribute the asbestos flyers has Brunsvold sits idly, refusing to
delayed getting the truth about the We filed because our First take any action that significantly
dangers of asbestos exposure into the Amendment rights were being protects the public at the park,
public arena. The public and park violated. The prohibition against the workers in his own
It was 1946 when Governor workers at Illinois Beach have been dissemination of the pamphlet department, state dedicated
further exposed to microscopic and deprives Dunesland of Freedom of nature preserve, and the
Green set aside $100,000 for the friable asbestos while at the park. Speech and equal protection of the environment which includes the
laws under the Illinois and U.S. potable waters of Lake
purchase of the “Waukegan Officials from W.R. Grace in Libby, Constitutions. The request was first Michigan, the water supply for
Montana were criminally indicted for heard by Judge David M. Hall, millions.
flats.” Public petitions changed
covering up relevant information with Chancery Judge, in Waukegan on
state plans for landscaping the regard to asbestos exposure and risk. September 3. The beat goes on and another
Libby has had an epidemic of asbestos new beach season is about to
entire area, the middle and exposures to its residents. Many of The Attorney General has taken begin. How long will public
them have died and others are very ill. extreme action in attempting to block officials continue this willful
southern portions to be left in a The type of asbestos found is tremolite Dunesland by filing a Motion to cover-up? How long will the
which is one of the most virulent Dismiss, showing an aggressive environment and the health and
natural state. In 1950, we asbestos cancer-causing fibers. This stance in trying to deny Dunesland’s safety of the public be at risk?
same virulent asbestos has now been First Amendment rights. Denying the A risky business, indeed!
received our state charter; in
1952, the society voted to
affiliate itself with the Nature Environmental Sellout by IAG, IEPA, State’s Attorney and the Court
Conservancy. Dunesland Files Appeal in “Friend of the Court” Case
Fred Helgren worked as early as
In late March, Dunesland’s Loop in any effective way, legally. right to be a party to the case
1930, together with other attorney Donald L.F. Metzger filed a Dunesland was a “stepchild,” in the regarding the settlement. Case
Notice of Appeal in the Illinois Appellate case as a consultant to the judge. For law indicates that a party with a
organizations in agitating for Court to appeal Dunesland’s “friend of the sake of appearances, the Court special or unique interest can be
the court” status in the original case. threw us a bone, but then ignored the a full party to a case and
the purchase of this land by the The Illinois Attorney General was overwhelming evidence in our intervene; but he denied that
representing the IEPA (Illinois exhibits and documentation of the right to us. Judge Hall knew that
state for a park, but to no avail. Environmental Protection Agency) in a massive pollution by Manville and as a “friend of the court,” we
series of violations which were inappropriate actions by many would not be able to subpoena
He served as President, Vice allegedly committed by Manville. Some government agencies. IAG Lisa or depose public officials in
of these violations were brought to the Madigan’s office continually fought order to sort out the truth of the
President, and Membership attention of the state by Dunesland. against Dunesland’s participation in “sweetheart deal” that had been
Dunesland had charged that the Illinois this case. Judge Hall indicated that proposed. Judge Hall indicated
Chair. Fred Helgren’s activity on
Attorney General (IAG), Lake Count Dunesland had a “special interest” in that he had concerns about the
behalf of the Society through State’s Attorney Michael Waller, and the court action because of our status pollution leaving the Manville
IEPA have a “sweetheart” deal with as a stakeholder in Illinois Beach Superfund site and
these years was consistent Manville and are covering up other State Park. Presumably, he conferred contaminating the Nature
violations that have not been enforced. that status because we are a Preserve, the groundwater, and
even to the point of placing bird protectorate, co-founder, and Lake Michigan. Additionally, he
Months ago, Judge David M. Hall ruled stewards of the park and the told the parties that he lives
seed in the park after the heavy that Dunesland could not be a party to surrounding area. approximately one mile from the
the suit, but would be allowed a “friend Superfund site and certainly had
snows of December, 1958. of the court” status which significantly Even though Hall indicated that concerns of his own.
limited Dunesland’s ability to participate Dunesland had a special and unique
February 8, 1976 meeting notes interest, he denied Dunesland the (Continued on following page.)
Dunes News April, 2005
Dunesland Files Appeal in “Friend of the Court” Case (continued) In 1954, our membership
list included such well
At the beginning of the case, he Director’s and IAG’s poor well as John-Manville, had been using the
proposed a series of questions commitment to the environment, 1% Rule which has now been ruled invalid known people as Dr.
that he wanted Johns-Manville, despite what their websites might and unsafe (outside of Judge Hall’s
the IAG, and the Lake County tout. Governor Blagojevich should be courtroom because he ignored the Margery Carlson
State’s Attorney to answer. monitoring what his agency directors document). Judge Hall ignored the
Months later, at the end of the are doing to generate revenue for the ongoing violations of the Superfund site (Northwestern University),
filings process, Dunesland state, not allowing them to give away leaking into the environment and the
brought to the attention of Judge the store! Nature Preserve, contaminating them with Dr. R.M. Strong (President,
Hall that many of his questions asbestos and other chemicals. He also
were not answered or not It is an insult to the taxpayers of allowed the agreement to reduce the fines Conservation Council) and
adequately answered with Illinois, a state in financial crisis, to of subsequent violations that Manville
Dr. Julian Steyermark
regard to the contamination of saddle them with the millions, might incur.
the environment. He ignored our perhaps billions, of dollars it will cost (eminent botanist from the
concerns and left many of his to mitigate the pollution in the Nature The Manville Superfund site, as well as the
own questions unanswered. Preserve (adjacent to the Superfund other contaminated areas found near its Chicago Natural History
site), Lake Michigan, the boundaries, is far from cleaned up.
At the beginning of the last groundwater, and the 6 ½ miles of the Otherwise, asbestos contamination and Museum.
hearing prior to Judge Hall’s park’s beaches that have been chemical pollution wouldn't be fouling our
final ruling, he requested that polluted with chemicals; Nature Preserve and air tests wouldn't be In 1958, Dr. and Mrs.
Dunesland’s exhibits, totaling microscopic, inhalable asbestos; and picking up asbestos readings on the
over 600 pages, should be friable asbestos chunks. In addition, beaches. Scientific studies show a higher Yntema were instrumental
removed from the court records what will properly remediating the percentage of asbestos-related death
immediately. These exhibit Superfund site cost? The bottom of clusters in this area than in the rest of the in assisting young Jack
documents showed the those sludge-filled lagoons in the region. Lake and Cook counties are in the
Bicket, who was then
divisiveness and the cover-ups Superfund site covers many acres top areas for asbestos-related deaths in
by Manville, Illinois and is not lined (a design that is no the country. Secretary of the Governor’s
Environmental Protection longer legal). The Manville lagoons
Agency (IEPA), IAG, and the leak into the groundwater and are Unfortunately, the taxpayers will be History Advisory
Lake County State’s Attorney. located approximately 400 feet from assuming the yet unknown liability for the
It’s a shame those court files are Lake Michigan. A young child could cleanup because the regulatory agencies Committee for the Illinois
no longer available to the public draw the conclusion that the have refused to do proper testing. Manville
and other government agencies taxpayers of Illinois will need to come is now owned by Warren Buffett's Beach State Park, to
for scrutiny so that they can see up with millions, probably billions, of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. The liability
the proof for themselves dollars to clean it up or it will just needs to stay with them, not the establish the Placement of
because they were removed by stay the way it is, wreaking havoc on beleaguered taxpayers whose duty seems
Judge Hall. Those exhibits are the environment and the health and to be to just keep on paying for a natural history exhibit
still available through safety of the public. government officials’ cover-ups, errors,
area at the lodge.
Dunesland. Additionally, Judge incompetence, and “sweetheart” deals.
Hall ignored the fact that during Judge Hall indicated that he didn’t Dr. Yntema and Mrs.
the process of those many “think” he had jurisdiction over many Big Business needs to accept
filings, it was brought to the of the environmental issues that responsibility for a history of unsavory worked tirelessly to acquire
Court’s attention by Dunesland’s Dunesland brought up. The practices; examples abound in the
attorney, Donald L. F. Metzger, environmental questions about the Waukegan/Zion/North Chicago area. land for the park, bring in
that the IAG’s office had pollution of the groundwater and Businesses can’t continue to make fat
misrepresented certain issues in Lake Michigan raised by Dunesland profits, foul the environment, and leave new staff, and protest the
order to color their were a concern to him, but he the taxpayer holding the bag financially,
presentations to the Court. “thought” they were not in his while suffering catastrophic, often fatal, potential marina in 1961. By
jurisdiction. Another concern that health problems due to the pollution
After months of filing pleadings Dunesland expressed to Judge Hall damages Big Business has caused. When 1964, the new Wadsworth
and arguments, Judge Hall ruled was that the IAG, Lake County State’s will our government officials do their job
Road entrance to the park
that the Consent Decree, as Attorney, IEPA, and Manville refused in protecting the public rather than
proposed by the Attorney to create a SEP (Supplemental protecting, aiding, and abetting the and been completed and
General and Manville, et al, was Environmental Program) which would companies which have desecrated our
to be approved with essentially allow the fines collected to go for state, yet contribute so much to political the park had the highest
no changes. This settlement programs within the park’s State campaign coffers?
allowed them to sign off on one Dedicated Nature Preserve and attendance in the state .In
of the first Superfund sites in the Federal Critical Habitat, such as In Memoriam
country and let Manville off with testing for pollution, mitigation, and Elizabeth (Betty) Deis who was a
1966, Dr. Yntema, the
a fine of approximately $145,000 other scientific research relating to
instead of $84,000.000 which we Manville’s contamination of it. Dunesland member for many years, naturalist from Wadsworth,
calculate could be the true fine if passed away peacefully on March 6 at age
the law were totally followed. Dunesland feels Judge Hall let the Illinois, accepted the
89. She was a graduate of Mount Holyoke
That fine is a drop in the bucket environment down, as well as his
annual Conservation Award
on what has been expended by own community because among and the University of Chicago. She was a
various state agencies and other things in the court process, Wave during WW II. She was a college of the Illinois Audubon
Dunesland in time and money! Dunesland brought to his attention
As signed, the state is probably that the rule used by the USEPA to biology professor and worked in the
Society which was given to
millions of dollars in the hole for deem microscopic asbestos particles Education Department of the Field
money already spent on this “safe” (less that 1 % found in soils) our Society at the Simpson
Museum. She was active in many political,
case in salaries and support was no longer valid. Dunesland
costs. IEPA’s Director Renee supplied Judge Hall with a document environmental, and conservation Theater of the Field
Cipriano has achieved some from the USEPA which showed that organizations. Her friends at Dunesland
notoriety in under-enforcing the rule had changed and that 1% Museum for Natural
violations and fines; this is was no longer a safe level. In this will miss her friendly presence.
History. 2/8/76 notes
another example of the IEPA area, federal and state officials, as
Please Pay Your Dues! Additional Donations Are Always Welcome to Enable Our Work.
Our membership operates on a January 1 calendar year. If you haven’t sent in your 2005 dues, please do so.
Regular, Individual $25 Regular, Family $40 Friend of Dunesland $100
Lifetime $1500 Full Time Student $15 Senior over 65 $20 (on request)
Donations are tax deductible. We really need your financial support to pursue ways to protect the park.
Support Our Work Days
Work Days are the second Saturday of each month from 9 AM until noon. Arrangements can be made if you want to work beyond
noon or on another day. Meet at the Nature and Interpretive Center at the south end of the park unless otherwise specified. In the
event of inclement weather, special projects or training sessions will be held at the Nature Cener.
If you have questions or suggestions, please conact Don Wilson at 847 772-2910 (cell) or 847 937-2583 (work).
There are special opportunities such as wetland burns, adopting a section of the park for monitoring, such as locala creeks,
ravines, birds, park boundaries, bluebirds, butterflies, reed grass, purple loosestrife, and others. There is also training for
identification of plants and animals and dunesland topography.
Ms. Lisa Madigan Mr. Joel Brunsvold Mr. Bharat Mathur Mr. Joel Brunsvold Ms. Renee Cipriano
Illinois Attorney General Illinois Nature Preserve Comm. USEPA Region 5 IDNR IEPA
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Attend our April 16 Luncheon Meeting!
Mark your calendar now for the June 18, September 17, and November 19, 2005 meetings.
Illinois Dunesland Preservation Society
P.O. Box 466
Zion, IL 60099