Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on April 20, 1973 · Page 3
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, April 20, 1973
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\ WoM Annex LaHarpe District Eyes link With Carl Sandburg CoUege LaHarpe School District 33S's Board Of EdU6itlon M» approved a resolution favoring annexation to Carl Saiidburg College. Eltis Menson, president o( the Galesburg-^baMd junior college, said he was notified of the board's decision by Arnold Marshall, LaHarpe superintendent of schobls. Hen«on said that Sandburg already serves "a significant number" of stti' dents from the Hancock County district. Other school districts which have passed resolutions indicating a desire to join the Sandburg district are Colchester District 189, Industry District 165, Northnvestem District 175, Alexis District 400, Southern District 120, and Union District 115. Annexation of the seven school districts would increase the Sandburg district's assessed valuation by more than |148 million, Henson said. The junior college district's assessed valuation now Is $338 million. A number of other area school districts have also recently indicated interest in annexing to S&ndburg, Henson noted. Officials Agree Farmer Groups Weed a Change' Friday, AMI 20. 1^71 3 WASHINGTON (UPI) - Administration farm officials and one of their top critics on Capitol Hill are in solid agreement on at least one point—farmers need to reach out to build a new set of political alliances. On the Farm Front "If you're a minority, you have to malce friends," said Don Paarlberg, director of economics for the Agriculture Department in a meeting here with members of the Newspaper Farm Editors of America. "Traditionally we (farmers) have treated the consumer as an adversary, which he is really not; we have treated the food industry as an enemy; and we have ignored rural nonfarm people who outnumber farmers by 4-to-l," Paarlberg said. Need Allies The Agriculture Department official said that if farmers expect to win some of their future economic and political battles, they must first realize that the initiative has passed out of their hands and then move toward cementing alliances with more In Iowa powerful groups "so we can defend what is defensible." Unlilce Paarlberg who favors revamping federal farm programs to eliminate income-supplement payments. Chairman Herman E. Talmadge, D - Ga., of the Senate Agriculture Committee said the payments must be continued to avoid a future farm depression. But Talmadge, too, told the NFEA this week that farmers can't win their political battle if they antagonize other groups. Make Friends "You can carry the message to the nation's farmers that we should attempt to make friends, not enemies with other segments of the economy," Talmadge told the editors. "The politics of confrontation and division gain the farmer nothing but ill will. Attacks on organized labor do little more than further alienate this powerful political and economic force . . . moreover, attacks on labor and consumers make it that rAuch more difficult to pass a good farm bill," Talmadge added. Kerner Denies Any Wrongdoing; Court Sen tences Him^ Isaacs to Three Years CHICAGO (UPI) - "My real punishment, deserved or not, has already been inflicted," U.S. Appeals Court Judge Otto Kerner said Thursday shortly before bein^ sentenced to three years in prison and fined $50,000 for taking bribes. Kerner, the only sitting federal court judge ever crimi* nally convicted, made an impassioned 15-minute statement before U.S. District Court Judge Robert Taylor pronounced the sentence. Kerner said the verdict, reached two months ago by a federal jury, "deeply and Irr^arably tainted the good reputation that t cherished. Years of Imprisonment can never compare to the severity of that punishment." Convicted Feb. II llie former Illinois governor was found guilty Feb. 19 of bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud and income tax evasion on charges of accepting racetrack stock at bargain prices from Illinois racing heiress Marjorie Lindeimer Everett between 1961 and 1968. Former Illinois Revenue Di­ rector Theodore J. Isaacs, who was, tried and convicted with Kerner, drew the same sentence from Taylor Thursday. "I am neither apologetic nor defensive of my conduct," the 64-year-old Kerner said. "I was never tainted and my integrity never bought." Won't Resign The former governor, who said he "most humbly" disagreed with the verdict, has refused so far to resign his 142,500 a year post as an appeals court judge. Unless he resigns, he can be removed only by U.S. Senate impeachment proceedings. Prosecutor James O. Thompson did not recommend a specific jail term for Kerner or Isaacs, but made it clear he felt incarceration waa necessary to provide a deterrent against public officials becoming involved in illegal activities. Before sentencing, Taylor turned down a defense motion for a new trial, but threw out five of the 19 counts on which Kerner and Isaacs had been convicted in the jury trial. The judge said there was insuffi­ cient evidence that one of four bribery counts and four of eight mail fraud counts were part of the over-all scheme in w h i c h Kerner and Isaacs profited by almost $300,000. Both Kerner and Isaacs remain free on l)ond pending aii appeal, which was expected to take about a year. The laws under which they were convicted provide that both wilt be eligible for parole immediately upon entering prison. But Thompson said it is likely they would serve 15 to 20 months in prison if thefar appeals fail. State Approvtd Knoxville Earns Sewer Work Okay Denies Guilt Federal Appeals Court Judge Otto Kerner, right, said Thursday the 3-year prison sentence and $50,000 fine meted out to him for an alleged racetrack stock bribery scheme while he was governor of Illinois could be no worse than the damage already done to his reputation. Kemer's coodefend- ant, Theodore Isaacs, left, received the same sentence. Isaacs was Illinois revenue director under Kerner. UNIFAX Grain Backlog Is Signal for Revision DES MOINES (UPI) - The chairman of the Iowa Commerce Commission said today that without massive revisions in the present transportation system, Iowa farmers will find themselves still hanging on to 100 million bushels of 1972 grain this fall when the 1973 crop starts rolling in. In dollars and cents, ICC Chairman Maurice Van Nostrand said, the grain transportation crisis will mean between $140 million and $200 million in loss or delayed cash revenue for the Iowa farm economy. Serious Lag ' At present, Van Nostrand said, farmers face a "very serious backlog" of roughly 350 ' million bushels of corn and soy­ abeans that must be moved be^fore the new crop begins to be 'harvested Oct. 1, but "unless 3 some new solutions are devel- Joped, we're not going to have :it gone by that time." S Van Nostrand, who said he problems is a new state department of transportation. The maximum amount of grain which could be moved from Iowa by Oct. 1 under the present system is between 250 million and 275 million bushels, he said. As a Result "That means around 100 million bushels backlogged, and that's $140 million or $200 million dollars worth of products that lowan's.want to sell and that foreigners want to buy that we won't get cashed in because we lack the transportation." However, Van Nostrand said if the 1973 Iowa Legislature would approve Gov. Robert D. Ray's plan for a department of transportation to consolidate all or parts of five separate agencies now dealing with transportation problems, "it would start providing some coordination and dedication of resources in different directions." At present, he said, the state is in a "hopelessly inadequate" ELLSWORTH, 111. (UPI) Samuel Howell, a convicted felon elected mayor of this tiny McLean County community in an election the village board has refused to certify, today announced a petition drive to call a new election. The mayor's seat remained up for grabs today because it was noted that the board, in refusing to certify Howell's 33-31 win last Tuesday over incumbent Mayor Robert Smithson, had taken the action improperly. The board, in a special meeting Wednesday night refused to certify Howell citing a state law forbidding anyone convicted on burglary or theft charges punishable by Imprisonment to hold elective office. The board noted that Howell had been convicted of burglary, theft and criminal damage to property and is currently on parole. The board voted unanimously to allow Smithson to retain his office. However, the action, it was later reported, was also illegal, since state law requires that public meetings such as the special session in which certification was refused cannot legally be called without 24 hours' notice, and only several hours had elapsed between the time the meeting was announced and the time it was held. "I think it's impossible for me to be mayor because of/ the statute," Howell said today. "But all we want is the chance to elect a mayor—not just a mayor, but a board too—of our own choosing." He said he and his supporters would launch a petition drive to call for a new election and would "file lawsuits if necessary" to force another election. "spent between 15 and 20 hours | situation to deal with the grain Ja week on the grain crisis be- 'tween mid - February and April n, believes the only answer to Jthis and future crop movement movement program because no existing agency has the power to call all interests together and work out a feasible solution. I I To STEIN'S For TIMEX WATCHES COMPlETf SELECTION From $7.95 to $125.00 Also Service-In-Store on All Timex Watcbes. Leo Stein & Sons, Inc. JEWELRY DEPT. 349 E. MAIN ST. — Downtown Galesburg I I GEA Quiet On Latest 205 Talk Proposal Reaction from School District 205's teaching staff to the Board of Education's plan to limit negotiations to salaries and insurance benefits was not revealed today. The board's plan was presented to the teachers Thursday afternoon. However, John Browning, chief negotiator for the Galesburg Education Association (GiEA), which represents the iteachers, declined to comment on what reaction, if any, the staiff had to the proposal. Browning said he wouldn't say anything until he has had an opportunity to confer with William Sargeant, G;EA president. Sargeant wasn't available for comment this morning. House Approves Feasible Study For New Route WASHINGTON (UPI) The U.S. House Thursday approved a feasibility study for construction of an interstate highway from Chicago to Kansas City. Rep. Thomas Railsback, R- lU., said House passage of the amendment to the highway appropriations bill virtually assures the highway will be built. Rep. Paul Findley, R- 111., said he had little doubt the geographical differences can be worked out. Attorneys Begin Rebuttal In Pentagon Papers Trial By JACK V. FOX LOS ANGELES (UPI) - The government has launched its rebuttal testunony—expected to take about a week—against Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers trial. Defense attorneys for Ellsberg and Anthony Russo Jr. wound up their* case Thursday after presenting 27 witnesses In more than seven weeks. The defense failed Thursday to get to the jury the testimony of its final witness, an argument that the United States was violating international law in the Vietnam War, which would excuse violations of national laws to halt the greater transgressions. The judge ruled the testimony irrelevant. The prosecution's prediction of a week-long parade of rebuttal witnesses appeared to dash earlier expectations that the trial would go to the jury next week. i Career Shattered I Ellsberg, 42, whose career as| a government analyst has beeni shattered and his life dominated by the Pentagon Papers for four years, appeared relieved when the defense presentation came to a close. He repeated his statement! that he liked the jury's reaction to his testimony, felt the jurors I had listened to his case, and he i would "abide by their decision." Ellsberg and Russo are charged with conspiracy, theft and espionage for making an unauthorized copy in 1969 of parts of the multi-volume Pentagon study when they were researchers at the Rand Corp. The material was leaked two years later to the New York Times and other newspapers. Ellsberg has admitted he leaked it, but is not on trial for that. First Witness The first government rebuttal witness was retired Rear Adm. Lloyd R. Vasey, a specialist inj mihtary planning who spent 37 years in the Navy. He disputed the testunony of another retired admu-al and defense planning specialist, Gene La Rocque, who appeared on behalf of Ellsberg. La Rocque testified that material in the Pentagon Papers was "hopelessly out of date and utterly useless" in 1969 and was therefore no danger to the national security. Vasey said LaRocque was wrong in saying the information was out of date. STILL IN STYLE! 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KNOXVILLE is among some five per cent of Illinois municipalities which have become eligible for certification, but there is not enough federal money available because' of the President's freeze on funds, Henson explained. He said the city has until June to accept the offer from the state, and he said it will not be refused. Felon Wins Election — Or Does He? The city first requested $80,000 in a 1971 grant appli- n J w n j cation. Henson said escalating Bouy IS t OUUa costs since then led to the re- w -ri: . u quest for $112,300. I n uecaiuv t lelo The federal EPA, on Oct. DECATUR, 111. (UPI) - The 18, 1972, amended its program body of Corwin NicoU, 43, Tay- to provide 75 per cent funding lorville, was found by mush- for such projects. Previously room hunters in a ditch running the amount had been 55 per- through a field near the city cent. The new figure appilied umits Thursday. NicoU's body only to projects started after ^org bullet wounds, police the Oct. 18 date. said. Henson commented that the A search had begun for the nundis Pomion Control man after his truck was found Board concurrently was de- abandoned, with bloodstains on manding that municii>aliUes Wednesday night. The truck proceed with improvement bore signs which looked as if projects as soon as possible, someone had tried to bum it. PRESIDENT NIXON in January impounded funds. As a result, the 16 municipalities outside of Chicago with the highest priority were eligible for federal EPA funding. Before the impoundment, the 59 communities with the highest priority were eligible. Knoxville ranked 56th on the list. Arrive Safely Galesburg High School students traveling to France and Germany during Easter vacation have all arrived safely at their destination, according to word received here from Howard Reuter, James Crown and Chauncey Kenney, who are chaperoning the group. Since that time, Knoxville has moved to number 45 on the list because other munici- WANT ADS BRING RESULTS! 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