sunday closing with quotes from gpa tobin
Retailers, Cle Behind Sunday Closing gy The drive to pass a state Sunday closing law was rapidly rapidly gaining m o m e n t u m last week, both locally and statewide, statewide, as businessmen, clergy and union officials came out strongly in favor of the Sunday Sunday sales ban. On the local scene, the Gar^ark Gar^ark Chamber of Com- Weiboldt's stores and chairman chairman of the Retailers for Sunday Sunday Closing Committee, said tax researchers w o u l d be asked to determine tiie additional additional cost to taxpayers if a full-scale 7-day trade week becomes established. Lord and roÂ«t for the greater majority of people. Merchant? who stay open on Sundays are preying on the delinquency of i people. Granted there is dual , lesponsibihty. The shopper is t to blame also, and I don't think the law will instill a conscience __, % . * v AM i T t A l l * J t i J L * l i C* *_ VyiÂ»O\,lCllVC Tobin said Sunday trading j ln people. However, it will help ^, ,, , ,, , - - - -- necessitates added police and ' many people who don't want to merce formally adopted a reso- fire protection, added sanita-1 work on Sunday, and busmess- Jution supporting the bill, and t ion costs, and a la.ger burden i men who don't want to be open Â±Â±5^,^^^^^! Â°" o u r t-nsportation system. I but must b, open to meet com- approval with the spirit of the bill currently before the senate senate license and miscellany committee. committee. Joseph T. Meek, president of the Illinois Retail Merchants Merchants Assn. said the bill has also won the support of the 800 Lutheran c h u r c h e s in Illinois and the majority of the Methodist, Episcopal and Catholic churches. In addition, the povvoi f ul Illinois Illinois AFL-CIO with moie than Businesses p r o v i d i n g serv- I petition." ices necvssary to the commu nity or promoting relaxation are excluded f r o m the proposed proposed law, Meek said. This includes includes public utilities, d r u g sales, theaters, sport events and similar opeiations. V * * The Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce "overwhelmingly" "overwhelmingly" adopted a resolution Maich 19 supporting the bill. Edward Connor, chairman f BiÂ«hcp Hilhnger continued: "The only regret I have, is that our society has slipped so far that people have to be lorced by law to do w h a t should be done as a matter of I conscience. t "There will be objections raised on the grounds of freedom of reiigirfn, but the overwhelming m a j o r i t y of people recognize Sunday as day ot adoration and rest. 1,000,000 members throughout i so]ldl y behind the bill and will the state has pledged to aid in l work for J ts passage, the expected struggle to get the bill through the legislature. The bill, numbered senate bill 483, is for the purpose of establishing a uniform day of rest for as many people as possible, possible, Meek said. the boaid. said members w e i e i And |f. s an infringement on their religious freedom when they are forced to work." North-Crawford Chamber of Commerce p r e v i o u s l y passed a resolution pledging support tor the legislation. Here's what local clergymen had to say about the proposed Sunday sales ban: Most Rev. Raymond P. Hil- And from a purely economic linger, St. Mel-Holy Ghost, 22 standpoint, some retailers contend contend a six-day week would help keep municipal taxes in line. James Tobin, president of N. Kildare: "I am completely in favor of the law. Sunday has always been a day for adoration of the ( P r o p o n e n t s of the bill, which includes among its ranks persons who observe the sab- bath on a different day of the week, say the bill has nothing to do with religion. They point out that the .U.S. S u p r e m e Court in McGowan vs. Maryland Maryland hold that a Sunday closing law was not a violation of the individual's religious freedom.) Rabbi Louis J. L e h r f i e l d , i Austin Jewish Community Center, hardship on will have time to shop week." Meek said the and miscellany not yet the bill. He remain in the until around Meek urges favor of the local state representatives. 10c Item Food A lone bandit about $200 in from a food Laramie. Police grabbed the drawer when a the drawer to a lOc item the pretending to buy. Witnesses man held his pocket as He fled west yellow car.