I tried configure with FCFLAGS=-lSystemStubs and with both FCFLAGS=-lSystemStubs and LDFLAGS=-lSystemStubs. Again it died during configure both times. I can provide configure output if desired. 
I also decided to try version 1.1a7. With LDFLAGS=-lSystemStubs, with our without FCFLAGS=-lSystemStubs, ir gets through configure but fails in "make all". Since that seems to be progress I have included that output.