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Gqlesburg Register-Moil, Gotesburg. HI. Thursday, April 1 9,J97^^ Dispute in Mayor^s Voting ,P^?J >RfM, m.WPl) - By a popular vote count of 3Mi» residents of this tiny central Illinois wttiMinlty ™y6 ejected a convicted f^lon to be their mayor. Hie village board, however, has decided not to let the election of SMnuel Howell, 43, stand. In a special meeting Wednesday night, the board vpteil not to certify Howell's election, achieved entirely on the strength of write-in votes, citing an Illinois revi^ statute which holds that a man convicted on burglary or theft charges punishable by imprisonment cannot hold elective^ office. Howell pleaded guilty In July 1969 to such a charge and was sentenced to 18 months to four years iii prison, later reduced by an appellate court to a sentence of one to three years. The board's unanimous vote meant that Howell's opponent, incumbent Mayor Robert Smitlison, would be ab e to retain his office. But a spectator at the hastily called board meeting B raised doubts as to that ruling. It seems ttie board did not satisfy another statute on the books in Illinois, that a public meeting such as this cannot legally be called without the provision of 24 hours' notice. Plan Talks on Drama School CHICAGO (UPI) - The University of Illinois and the Chicago Art Institute will hold formal contract negotiations aimed at malcing the Goodman School of Dnama part of the Chicago Circle campus. The University of Illinois trustees approved the negotiations Wednesday, and if tallcs are successful the university will talce over management of the Goodman school this fall. The school is now administered by the Art Institute. The drama school would initially remain at the Art Institute, a University of Illinois spdkesman said, but would be moved to the Circle campus over a 3-year period. The spokesman said the school's programs would be continued. Won't Open Tax Records CHICAGO (UPI) - City Collector Marshall Korshak Wednesday refused to surrender to the Internal Revenue Service his private financial, records, claiming in federal court that disclosure of the documents might incriminate him. Korshak had refused to allow the IRS to inspect his bank books, property trusts and other materials. He has allegedly held stock in 60 corporations and has held accounts in nine financial institutions. U. S. District Court Judge Richard McLaren, presiding over the hearing in which the IRS is seeking an order to force Korshak to turn over the records, asked Korshak, "You decbie to poduce the records on the grounds it might tend to incriminate you?" "I do, your honor," Korshak replied. McLaren continued the hearing to next Tuesday and ^i- structed government attwneys to submit a more detailed explanation of the IRS' reason for wanting Korshak's records. Fear Observance Could Suffer CHICAGO (UPI) - State legislative efforts to hold down the next budget make the Illinois Joliet-Marquette Tricentennial Conunission fear the observance will suffer. The commission, appointed by the state last fall, seeks $83,000 to reenact the journey of Pere Marquette and Louis Joliet along 1,100 miles of Illinois waterways. The four- month trip is to begin May 17, as did the original exploration 300 years ago. The state Senate Appropriations Committee cut the budget request to $12,500, less than enough to cover expenses for the journey by seven men in two hand-hewn canoes. The Rev. Joseph P. Donnelly, commission vice chairman and a historian at Marquette University, said the educational benefits of the reenactment will be neglected if the total funds are not forthcoming. The commissioners said Wednesday they were seeking alternate sources of money but had little time to do it. They said they started out "politically naive" by not padding their budget to get the money needed for the observance. Suit Seeks $24 Million CHICAGO (UPI) — A summary judgment of damage suits totaling more .than $24 million on behalf of 25 persons killed in a crash of a United Air Lines jet near Chicago's Midway Airport in December was requested Wednesday by a Chicago attorney. Attorney John J. Kennelly charged that United failed to conform to its own operating rules by failing to maintain 55 per cent of power during icing conditions when the 737 jetliner crashed in a residential neighlKM-hood Dec. 8, 1972. Kennelly charged that the plane's copilot failed to follow the pilot's command to adjust the flaps 15 degrees downward after the pilot received instructions from the airport tower to begin another landing approach. Kennelly's motion further charged that the plane descended at a speed too great for conditions. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Nicholas J. Bua set May 17 for a hearing on the motion. Howlem First 100 Days in Of fx Marked By Multitude of Change By ROBERT KIGCKHEFER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - 1111* nois Secretary of State Michael Hewlett has a fairly orthodox view of how to get elected and re-elected to public office. "First you do a good job," he says, "and then you go around and tell everybody aboUt it." The only difference between Hewlett and most other politicians is that when he goes around and tells everybody what a good job he's doing, they believe him. And they believe him Ibecause he's proved his ability in 12 years as state auditor. In fact, Hewlett's record in Illinois government is considered so good that, when he was slated to run as the Democratic candidate for secretary of state last year, newspapers and other organizations practically fell over one another rushing to endorse his candidacy. Virtually every endorsement labeled Howlett^s opponent as worthy of election, a good man and highly capable. But virtually every commentary also labeled Hewlett as better. Means What He Says Riding the crest of that support and his record, Hewlett was elected last Nov. 7 with the largest plurality of any Democrat—172,783 votes. This week he passed his 100th day in the secretary's office and a look at his recent activities indicates just what he means when he says, "First you do a good job..." The list of Hewlett's changes in the once scandal » ridden office seems almost endless, running, from a major overhaul of administrative structure to elimination of piped-in music to save $150 a month. Other items in Hewlett's list of changes, selected virtually at random, include: elimination of private use of 30 state autos by office executives; cancellation of $12,920 a year in subscriptions to newspapers; removal of state officials' photographs from state publications; phasing out the greenhouse operated by the secretary's office; discontinuance of com- pMmentary group photographs of school children visiting the Capitol, and elimination of a directory of state officers which wasi duplicated by another state publication. Improves the Service At the same time, the secretary's office began action on a series of what Hewlett called "service improvements." Those Included installation in three Chicago traffic courts of electronic links with the secretary's drivers license file; new procedures to speed up identification of owners of sAiandoned vehicles; a revision of the state drivers license test manual, "Rules of the Road"; and institution of a "mobile office," using a previously idle motor van. All of those changes have been carried out within the framework of a new, six-department organizational structure Hewlett brought to the office shortly after inauguration day. Those six departments replace 22 agencies which formerly reported directly to the secretary — and they employ feWer people. "Our aim," Hewlett said, "is to upgrade services while reducing costs so that the taxpayers' money will be used to the best advantage." Questions still unanswered about Hewlett's tenure include what he will do to prevent the sort of massive building and rehabilitation cost overruns and "add - ens" which flourished during the late Paul Powell's administration. Another problem still facing the new secretary is a court test of his power to hire and fire certain types of employes. Tells about It But, while the first half of Hewlett's "equation" for reelection and service is largely a matter of administrative restructuring and reallocation of priorities, the second halt—"go around and tell everybody about it"—is his own personal province. And, despite his 58 years, his lack Of grass roots political experience and his full • time state duties, Hewlett is'a master of back-slapping, hand-shaking practical politics. He estimates he is out on the banquet circuit around the state at least one night a week, year in and year out. Whether or not an election is near, he makes it a point to visit fish fries and rallies, spreading the message of the job he's doing in Springfield, plugging for his office's programs and doing favors for people who later will [be likely to do the same for him. He says that aspect of his personality comes naturally but that "most of the things I've done around the state are nonpolitical. The only time people are interested in your party is when you run for office." Hewlett also says he feels he is like most officeholders—"in politics because they like it." mm AT THE FOOT OF THE OLD RUGGED CROSS "Life, Not Death, Is The Now Word" R»v. G. Harold Ahlbtrg, Pastor Covonent Church, Galssburg, HI. 6:30 o,mv Sundoy, April 22 Oak Lawn Memorial Qardms 342-5319 • 1 mile North lake Storey on 150 • 342-0061 Teacher-Board Talks May Center on Pay, Insurance By LARRY REID Negotiations between School District 205's teachers and the Board of Education may again be limited to salaries and insurance benefits. In a bargaining session Wednesday afternoon at the board office, the Galesburg Education Association (GEA), which represents teachers, presented to the board's team a 65-page package containing a number of requests. THE BOARD countered with a plan to retain the present contract and its salary index. The contract expires June 30. Board negotiators also expressed a willingness to enter into negotiations on salaries and insurance benefits. John Browning, chief negotiator for the GEA, said the new contract package was Count prepared in open planning sessions by the GEJA, the Galesburg Federation of Teachers and by teachers not belonging to either organization. The GEA team, he said, believes that positive steps in negotiations have taken place. "We believe that for the first time, meaningful negotiations have occurred. Much of our present contract is very good," he said. THE BOARD'S proposal was to be studied this afternoon by the district's teachuig staff. Negotiations between teachers and the board had been confusing because the bargaining teams couldn't decide what to negotiate. First talks seemed to be limited in scope. The GEA submitted a plan to improve ommittee salaries for experienced staff members and to upgrade insurance benefits. A survey of teachers reportedly showed that 80 per cent of the staff could live with the operational phase of the contract. THE BOARD apparently interpreted the survey to mean that the teachers were satisfied with the present contract period and offered to retain the pact now in force. GEA officials complained that the board "grossly misinterpreted" their proposal. Later the CrEA modified its criginal demands but the board's team again countered with a plan to open the entire contract to negotiations. When the GEA submitted its package yesterday, Bettsworth termed it "out of this world." Awards Bridge^ Truck Pacts (Continued From Page 2) J6,407 to furnish culvert for three bridge projects. Sweborg Construction Co. was awarded a $4,560 contract to repair a bridge. Carlson and McClintock was the successful bidder to remove an existing bridge structure and placement for $6,540. Bids on two other bridge projects were thrown out because they were over estimate. New bids will be sought. Jack Witt, highway superintendent, told the committee that work on the landfill road south of the city should be completed today. Ditches have been cleaned and additional rock has been placed on the road. WITT TOLD the committee that concrete is being poured on the Hermon blacktop reconstruction, survey and design work,has started oh County Road 23 outside Abmg- don, and that blading is being done on roads which broke up during the spring thaws. He said patching and some resurfacing will be done on these roads. Witt reported that timbers were being set today on the Victoria-Lynn bridge, and that work on the structure is progressing on schedule. Firm Pays Out Profit Sharing Les Johnson, industrial relations manager of Midwest Manufacturing Co., a Galesburg subsidiary of Admiral Corp., said today that the company is in the process of distributing $1.6 million to employes who have participated in Midwest's annual profit sharing program. Johnson said that the program is being discontinued as a result of recent contract negotiations with Midwest employes unions. The checks, he said, are being mailed to the participants today. "It's just an extra million that will go into the economy of Galesburg," Johnson said. Specialized Farm Groups _ / Pack Most Political Clout WASHINGTON (UPI) - A| government report on agricultural trade policy warns that farmers still have great political power despite their declining numbers, but general farm groups have less political impact than specialized organizations like well-financed dairy groups. "The general farm organizations—the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Grange, the Farmers Union and the National Farmers Organization —are less effective because of a diversity of member views said Agriculture Department economists who drafted the "Flanigan Report." "The commodity organizations, on the other hand ... are more sophisticated, they are better organized, and they have better access to power than many other special interest groups. Dairy farmers, in particular, are well-organized, well-financed, and politically articulate." As an example of the way commodity groups can get their way in Congress, the report cited defeat on the House floor in 1972 of an amendment to cut the ceiling on subsidies to big farmers. It said Rep. George Mahon, D-Tex., led the floor fight, while "working hardest behind the scenes were the National Cotton Cpuncil, the National Association of Wheat Growers and the Grain Sorghum Producers." The report's major proposals —dealing with trade-expansion strategy — have been widely printed over the past four months. But it was not until Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey inserted the full text in the Congressional Record last week, making the "secret" study a matter of formal public record, that administration officials finally followed suit. Officials this week notified newsmen they had formally "declassified" the Flanigan Report, and passed out copies including a number of supplementary commodity studies. Named for White House aide Peter Flanigan who requested the 1972 study by Agriculture Department economists, the report urged the United States to seek trade deals in which it would reduce or eliminate many import barriers—including quotas on dairy products— in return for ending foreign barriers to American grains. The result would be an upsurge in dairy imports, but a far greater gain in U. S. exports of grains and livestock products, the report contended. NOTICE Golesburg City Hall will be Closed Good Friday and Saturday morning. Also city employees will have Friday and Saturday off. Alton to Annex Alton Box Board Co., Linwood Road, officially agreed yesterday to ann«x to the City of Galesburg. H. J. Waters, manager of the firm, and Mayor Robert Cabeen, publicly signed the pre-annexation agreement, above, in a ceremony at City Hall* after symbolically signing one of the company products. City Zoning- (Continued Prom Page 2) owned the land on which they wanted to locate the mobile homes, did not farm the land, and could show no hardship. A request by Ross and Erma Reynolds to allow a 3- foot reduction in side yard requirements in Ontario Township was turned down after Orville H. Larson objected. Reynolds said he wanted to enlarge a single garage to a double garage. Clerk Olga Nelson and First Ward Aid. Donald Johnson, recently-elected mayor pro-tem are also pictured. Also attending the signing were Aid. Frank Johnson, Fifth Ward, City Manager Thomas Herring and Ronald Pearson, Alton's administrative manager. (Register-Mail photo by Dale Humphrey.) 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