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Golesburg Register-MQil, Golesburg, III. Tuesday. April 17. 1973 3 Penalize Decatur District SPRINGI^'IELD (UPI) - the Decatuf School District will be penalized |85I,158.71 from state aid payments because it failed to hold the required 180 days of school dur* ing the 1971-1972 school year, according to Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Bakalis. BAKALIS SAID MONDAY the district missed 10 of the required days because of a teacher strilte last year. By law, he said, the state must penalize such failure at the rate of 1 per cent of total state aid for each required day missed. If the district has chosen to do so, he said, it could have amended its calendar to make up the lost days. However, he said, "Taken in terms of dollars alone, the school closing during the past year in Decatur could produce a net gain to the district, not loss. This is possible because the one per cetit penalty could cost the district less than it saved by not paying salaries and other costs during the strike. "IN TERMS OF education, which is what schools are all about, the losers are the students of Decatur schools who attended school 10 days less than other students in the state last year," Bakalis said. Carolina Man Gets Post CHICAGO (UPI) — Dr. Cameron West, vice president for plannhig at the University of North Carolina, will become executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education effective June 1, the board announced Monday. West succeeds Dr. James B. Holdermon, who has resigned from the post. "We are delighted that Dr. West has agreed to come to Illinois," said Dr. Donald M. Prince, board chairman. "He has a distinguished national reputation." WEST, 51, SERVED as director of the Board of Higher Education in North Carolina from 1968 to 1972. He served as acadamic dean of Pfeiffer Coillege in Misenheimer, N. C, from 1960 to 1966. The Illinois Board of Higher Education voted unanimously last month to offer West the executive director's post. West, his wife, Florence, and their three children will make their home in Springfield, 111. ^ Great Lakes Payroll Cut WASHINGTON (UPI) - Pentagon plans for military changes nationwide include moves that would reduce jobs at th« Great Lakes Training Center, Washington sources said Monflay. The sources said the Naval Publications and Examining Center would be moved to Pensacola, Fla., which would reduce Great Lakes by 158 military and 85 civilian jobs and save $2 million a year. THE NAVAL Electronics Supply Office was to be closed by Dec. 31, 1974, reducing Great Lakes by 27 military and 730 civilian jobs. Of the civilian jobs, however, most would be transfers and only 190 outright discontinuations, the sources said. The supply office closing would result in saving of $2<2 million a year, the sources said, although the closing itself would cost an estimated $5 million. The Great Lakes reductions were the only changes planned for Illinois locations, the sources said. Five Block Empty Train JOLIET, 111. (UPI) Five persons were arrested by state police Monday on charges of criminal trespass after they blocked a train leaving the Army ammunition plant at Joliet for two hours in protest of U. S. bombing of Cambodia. The protesters said they had warned officials of the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad that they would try to stop the munitions train. THE FIVE WERE identified as Rev. William E. Hogan, a Roman Catholic priest who last month was denied the right to say mass by the Chicago Archdiocese; Steven Teichner, Daniel Hartnett and Francis R. Holtzman, all of Chicago; and Dolores K. Robbins, Saint Mary- of-the-Woods, Ind. The five identified themselves as members of an organization called Religious Resistance Against U. S. Imperialism. State Senate Republicans Launch Fight To Keep Alive Part of Freeway System By ROBERT KIEOKHEPER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Senate Republicans have served notice they are going! to fight Gov, Daniel Walker to keep I alive at least some of the proposed 1,900-mile Illinois supplemental freeway system. Walker early this year froze III funds for the system, saying he would have to study it in detail before deciding which portions should be built. Recently he has said the state cannot afford the whole network but that he would announce his reccomen- dations for construction within a matter of a few weeks. Series of Bills The GOP senators, criticizing Walker for the delay, introduced during the weekend a series of bills which would ap' propriate $621 million to begin cohstruction on what they called the major portions of the system. "It is nearing six months now since Gov. Daniel Walker was elected, yet he has done nothing toward continuing the badly needed freeway program initiated by the previous administration," Senate President William Harris, R-Pontiac, said in a statement. "In fact. Governor Walker has stopped what has been started... "This series of bills provides for construction of those Ihiks of the supplementary freeway system which have been considered priority projects by the Department of Transportation for some time. Large sums of money have already been spent for planning and-or preliminary construction of the roads. There is no need for further study to establish priorities," Harris said. No More Homework "What is needed is road work, not more homework by Governor Walker." Even if the Senate GOP bills I clear both Houses, Walker's recent statements indicate they would veto in his hands. There is just no way that the state can afford that total system with our present fiscal situation," Walker said last week jn a speech to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce here. Rather than allow the system to proceed as it was designed under former Gov. Richard B. lOgilvie, Walker said, he halted it while he determined "the segments which should have the greatest priority from the standpoint of people and economic developments... I've just about got my homework done and we'll be making the announcements on that starting within the next two weeks." The GOP senators also said Walker's delays meant that even if the program was resumed today, we would still lose another entire year in getting these highways built because bidding requirements Would preclude work in this construction season." Department of Transportation officials, however, said if Walker decides within the next weeks which segments of the system he wants built, they could be included in a bid- letting scheduled for early June. That would mean, the spokesman said that work could begin by mid-July. "About half the season has been lost," he said. Major Projects Outlined The supplmental freeway system is designed as 4 - lane, limited-access highways, serving areas of Illinois not included in the interstate network. Major projects in the system, as planned during the Ogilvle administration, were an east-west expressway runnhig from Quincy to the Indiana border through Springfield and a north-south artery along the two I route of the present U.S. 51. Projects included in the $821 million GOP proposal are freeways between: ^ringfield and Quincy ($121 million); Peoria and Quincy, with bypasses at Macomb and Quincy ($65 million); Rockford and Decatur, with a link at Interstate 80 ($40 million); the Tri-State ToUway and the Wisconsin line through McHenry County ($61 million); Danville and Lawrenceville ($40 million); Rockford and East Dubuque, with a bypass at Freeport ($40 million); Peoria and Lincoln ($40 million); and the end of the East-West Tollway and the Quad Cities ($46 million). The proposal also listed funds for a "Southern Illinois expressway" running through Carbondale. Group Protests Dismissal Of Union District Teacher TwoSu^^est Mayor Underlines Amendment (Continued from Page 2) on the state of affairs down here," a woman spoke. A board member suggested that Johnson "let the students run wild" and that his classes were "out of control." "No sir," Johnson interrupted, "the situation is not out of control. We have a free exchange of ideas, but there is discipline. It's just not Driskell's idea of discipline," he continued. ANOTHER WOMAN complained that Driskell had at- into a school informant into a school i n f o r m a nt against the girl's will, creating problems for the girl with her peers. "At least he was trying to get to the bottom of something," Wegman responded. "When Mr. Driskell comes into the room it is quiet because they respect him," Wegman said. "They definitely do not respect him," Johnson retorted, "they fear him. Did you know that some of them were threatened that their diplomas would not be signed if they supported me?" Johnson argued that Driskell had led him to believe that his techniques were acceptable until about two weeks before he was dismissed. Speaking to Wegman, Johnson said, "You and Driskell gave me two weeks to do it your way and I did, but I'm out anyway. I have five years of college behind me and nearly eight years of (teaching) experience, and for what?" "I'M HERE because my two boys asked me to come' and represent them," Jack Bishop said. "They like Mr. Johnson and they've learned more from him than anybody else," he said./"Name-calling is getting us nowhere. We're not asking you to rehire him right here on the spot, just to reconsider it, will you do that? Just reconsider it?" Glen Myer, board president, indicated he would not. "There's no reason to do so. We made our decision," he said. Other board members spoke up. Gary Martin promised he would open discussion on the matter at a later meeting, admitting that he might have been wrong. Dean Ricketts said he would discuss the matter further if he had more information. Bill Stevenson refused to commit himself, adding he disagreed with Johnson's teaching theories. Nile Olson, who was absent when the vote was taken, was non-committal. BOARD MEMBERS Bill Heller and John Gittings, who had voted in favor of rehiring Johnson, appeared somewhat embarrassed at comments from the crowd such as "good for you, Johnny," and "Thata boy. Bill." Both said they based their decisions on discussions with concerned parents and personal experiences. "But you understand," Heller told the crowd, "I have to support the board, even if I don't vote with the majority." Driskell is completing his first year as principal of Tri- Valley Junior High and Gladstone Grade School. His contract for next year has been renewed. WEGMAN HAS been superintendent of District 115 for five years. When asked about the alleged petition that would be circulated requesting his resignation, he cited his record. "When I came here five years ago, the district's education fund was $144,000 in the red. Now we're operating in the black. We have completed a major building program and the curriculum offering at the high school has doubled," he pointed out. "If you're going to reconsid- €1, I wish you'd tell me now, so I know what to do about a job," Johnson said to the board. "If I were you, I'd start looking for a job," he was told. SPRINGFIBLD — Rep. Ridhard 0. Hart, D-Benton, and Rep. A. T. MdMaster, R- Oneida, have introduced a proposed constitutional amendment to allow counties to charge other units of local government for property tax collection costs. The two legislators said delegates who wrote Illinois' 1970 Constitution had noble motives in prohiibiting counties (from claiming a percentage of each taxing district's levy and making any profit at the expense of others. "But it turns out that this constitutional prohibition has had a reverse effect. The other local units are nof profiting at the expense of counties which have to absorb all collection costs," McMaster said. Under the joint resolution introduced by Hart and McMaster, the amnedment proposition — if aipproved by the General Assembly — would go to the voters in the 1974 general elections. Knox County lost some $360,000 with the constitutional change. The county previously lhad been allowed a two per cent collection and a one per cent extension charge to all taxing districts. McMaster said Monday that counties throughout the state proportionately face the same budget-tightening process as Knox County because of the loss of revenue. Need for Planning (Continued from Page 2) David Walker, assistant to the city manager. AN ORDINANCE to annex Brookside Cemetery property on Linwood Road was approved. Two other ordinances approved remove parking on the east side of Holton Street between Monmouth Boulevard and West South Street and on the west side of North Academy Street between Main Street and Ferris Street. Additional street lighting was authorized on Grand Avenue from Main Street to Ohio Avenue, on Pickard Roard south of Main Street, and on Springer Road. Also authorized were improvements to Main Street between Pleasant Avenue and Olive Street with motor fuel tax funds. The project will cost about $25,000. A STUDY will be made on drainage problems on Day Street, the council decided. Day Street residents have had problems with residue backups and slow drainage. They have asked the city and Galesburg Sanitary District to install a sanitary sewer system and pumping station to replace the septic tanks now in use. The council approved a proposal from the sanitary district for new storm sewers and three catch basins in the Northland Subdivision area. The cost will be $55,300 to the city and $53,700 to the sanitary district. The orgiinal cost estimate for the project was $144,600, but it was reduced to $109,000 after dye tests indicated a section of Dayton Street would not need the new storm sewer. A VEHICLE TAX report from April 1, 1972, to March 31, 1973, revealed the city had made $88,900. Last year the city netted $86,576 in vehicle tax funds. The council also approved: —A request from Downtown Galesburg Unlunited to cap about 30 parking meters in the downtown area May 11-12 for Downtown Days. l^e council withheld action on another request from the group to cap about 300 meters for a Sidewalk Days program. Herring said this would mean re-routing traffic around Main street to U.S. 150. The re-routing would mean maridng the way for out-of-town travelers by the State Division of Highways. —A request from a Knox College fraternity to use Lake Storey Park for an Easter Egg hunt April 22. —A request to hold a Soap Box Derby on Academy Street between Knox and Brooks streets June 3. Rain date is June 10. son saiu, luu aim — " A "I f Illinois Survey: Delinquency Rate Same for All 1 eens . ' .h.v w^r,, Romp ."ifi ner cent admitted I actually occurs. ilcscents or the irregular and of Present-day funeral customs evolved and have remained for a very simple reason: people want and need to express their feelings. CHICAGO (UPI)-A survey of 3,100 Illinois teen-agers shows that juvenile delinquency occurs with about the same frequency among blacks and whites, rich and poor and uitoan and rural youngsters. The survey, released at a news conference today by the Institute for Juvenile Research of the Illinois Department of Mental Health, also shows that girls are increasingly involved in deluiquent activities. The conclusions were based on answers provided during a statewide survey last year of [3,100 teen-agers ranging from 14 to 18 years. Each was asked to answer a questionnaire on his or her participation in the areas of drugs, violence, auto violations, property crimes and petty crimes. The responses showed that Blacks^ Women •b0ar00n.. ^ ,uN «.i»..rcTo .s "iui!ST'inc: 1070 WEST FREMONT STREET PHONE343-2101 CAUESBUad blacks are more likely to report acts of personal violence, whites are more likely to report auto violations but "the over-all j delinquency is similar for both races." The survey also showed that "when parental education and [father's job are used as measures of social status, there are no major differences in delinquency involvement across the social class spectrum. "Although there is little difference in actual delinquent behavior," the report said, "we know from official statistics that economically deprived youngsters—both white and minority group adolescents—run a much higher risk of being arrested for their delinquencies." The report said that Illinois teen-agers "reported generally similar levels of delinquency in­ volvement whether they were interviewed on farms, or in towns, suburbs or small or large cities." On sex differences the report said, "For virtually every type of delinquent behavior measured, girls report a much higher rate of involvement than official records had led us to expect." "The girls in the 1972 Illinois survey report a higher level of delinquency involvement than girls have ever reported in the past," the report said. Statistics showed that the less serious the crime, the more youngsters who had participated in it. Discrimination By Airline Is Alleged CHICAGO (UPI)-The federal government filed suit in U.S. District Court here Monday charging United Air Lines Inc. and five unions representing United employes with discriminating against blacks and women. The suit charged that the airline and the unions discruni- nated in hiring and recruitment practices, "assigning white persons and, males to jobs whicli offer better opportunities for training and advancement, while assigning blacks to less desirable jobs which include sky cap, maid and utility em­ ployes, stewardess, office and sales jobs." Some 56 per cent admitted petty theft, but only 13 per cent admitted breaking and entering. Half of those questioned admitted fistfighting, 25 per cent said they had carried a weapon, but only 13 per cent had strong- armed. While 43 per cent said they had driven without a license, only 8 per cent said they had stripped a car. On drugs, 22 per cent said they had used marijuana, but only 5 per cent sold drugs, and |3 per cent used heroin. The survey directors said the method of the survey ensures "an approximation of the amount of such behavior that actually occurs. "This approximation may in fact be closer to the real situation than estimates based on official statistics, which frequently tell us more about the workings of the criminal justice system than the activities of ado- african hats The suit said United promoted white employes to better- paying, nonsupervisory posi- itions while "failing and refusing to promote blacks with the same amount of seniority and ! qualifications to the same jobs." It asked that the union and the airline be enjoined from continuing the alleged discriminatory practices. I The unions named in the suit were: International Association of Macliinists and Aerospace Workers; Air Line Pilots Association; Communications Work- jers of America and Air Line I Employes Association International. these marvelous straw hats are just the thing for the sunny days to come . . . of hand woven straw and each one is unique . . , priced at $7.95 calico cat monday & friday 10 to 9 Saturday & weekdays 10 to 5 7k io. seminary, galesburg phone 342-2212 lescents or the irregular and often sensational reporting of the public media," the directors said. Joseph E. Puntil directed the I survey. Dr. Frank Rafferty is [director of the Institute for Juvenile Research. LONG DISTANCE GETS THERE FASTER! Intra State Telephone Co.

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