Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on April 23, 1973 · Page 3
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Monday, April 23, 1973
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Golesburg Refli $ter *Moil, Gotesburg, Mofiddy, Apf ir ^3. 1973 3 III it|]f [ii''i 'i ']|if^ Walker ^8 Budget Proposals^ Tax Relief Face Assembly as Session Resumes III III Ikiiiiijii • •'"'llillil •;|| J %: i ''I 'll. ROfifiRT KIECKHEFEE SPRINGFIELD (UPT) The Illinois General Assem^ bly returns to work this week with four months down, two months to go and a lot of work yet undone, Atl indicators again point to a hectic legislative windup. AMONG THE prime, topics still facing the solons when they return will be Gov. Daniel Walker's proposed fiscal 1974 budget — much of which Walker has not yet sent to the House and Senate for consideration. Also high on the list of things to do will be tax relief. Walker has a plan to reimburse taxpayers for the sales tax they pay on food and medicine; House Republicans and nthers are pulhing a plan to freeze real estate taxes; and a multitude of other tax plans are han^ng at various stages of the legislative process. THE TWO houses also face a plethora of pollution<ontrol measures, gubernatorial appointments, a proposal to establish a state board of education, gun control legislation, proposed changes in public aid, no-fault insurance bills, ethics legislation, measures to regulate abortions and a series of 1)1118 to guarantee rights for women. But, as usual during the spring session, budget bills are likely to dominate the final two months of debate. Walker and Senate Republicans gave a good preview last week of what may happen when those debates begin. The GOP, prompted by Walker's failure to decide which of the state's prqxtsed downstate freeways he wants built, introduced their own plan with a price tag, they said, of 1621 million. WALKER'S omCE replied the Republican figure was wpmg — that their proposal would cost the state more than $900 million and force an increase in the gas tax. But Walker still did not produce his own freeway plan. That left legislators in a somewhat uncomfortable position. They have before them a firm GOP plan for the popular road system and must wait to find out what Walker wants to do. Many downstat- ers undoubtedly will be reluctant to vote against the roads and thus Walker could find his own plan, when it is announced, comes too late. And that-«ort of situation could be multiplied dozens of times, since Walker and his aides are working very slowly in presenting their budget requests to the General Assembly. Many key elements of the budget aides now say, are not likely t» be ready for introduction unti) the first week in June. ANOTHER complicating factor is Walker's poor relations with legislators Democrats as well as Republicans. That ill-will ah-eady has surfaced in the budget arena as the House Appropriations Committee, on a unanimous vote, trimmed an ak-eady "bare bones" appropriations request from Walker's Bureau of the Budget. All of those factors — the snail's pace of introductions of budget bills, legislative willingness to examine each such bill in detail and make changes, and independent biUs competing with administrative measures — point toward a clogged, chaotic climax to the ^-months session. Even the House and Senate deadhnes for introduction of non-appropriation bills provide little hope for an orderly climax since each house, when it faced those cutoff points last week, engaged in a virtual orgy of introductions which left them with huge backups of bills yet to be considered. THE HOUSE ; hi fact, SAW so much new legislatkNi that its bin -drafting agency fell b<^d and the deadline had to be extended. Nor is there mudi hope from the new House rules limiting the amount of time a bill can stay alive without action. The rules call for 45 days for committee action, which means House panels still could be reporting non-appropriations measures to the floor during the second week in June—only two weeks before the adjournment deadline. Nosy Agents Turn on Heat In Chicago Police Scandal '"'ilil .900 Wait for Water Flames leap from a 3-story tenement in Lynn, Mass., as firefighters wait for.watw to combat the 3-alarm fire which swept through the structure late Sunday. No injuries were reported from the blaze. UNIFAX Violation? Top Court to Hear Commission Case By CHARLOTTE MOULTON WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Supreme Court agreed today to decide whether members of Congress violate the Constitution by holding commissions in the military reserves. The justices will hear arguments on the issue in the fall or winter and hand down a written opinion next term. At issue were two lower court rulings in the District of Columbia that the long-standing practice is unconstitutional. The Defense Department appealed the decisions. Other Actions In other actions, the Court: —Agreed to hear an appeal by the Interior Department frotn a ruling m an Arizona case that the federal government must provide general welfare assistance to all Indians, not just those living on reservations. —Agr'eed to decide next term whether a firm which has a policy of refusing to employ aliens is violating the 1964 Civil Rights law. —Refused by an 8-1 vote to hear an appeal by a Baltimore Sun reporter, David M. Lightman, who is facing jail for contempt if he refuses to give a county grand jury the location of a shop mentioned in an article on lax law enforcement at Ocean City, Md. Review Policies —Agreed to review local school board policies in Cleveland, Ohio, and Chesterfield . County, Va., which require women teachers to give up their jobs midway during pregnancy. Lower federal appeals court handed down conflicting verdicts on the issue. —Declined to hear an appeal by a student who was suspended from school in Chattanooga, Tenn., for wearing a jaqket with a patch replica of a Confederate flag on the sleeve. The Court let stand a lower " court ruling that while the ban on the flag itself was unconsti- .j. tutional, school authorities had I the right to suspend the » Brainerd High School student, i Rod Melton under their dlsci- i plinary powers. I The challenge to members of ^-the House and Senate holding ^ reserve commissions was ini- * tiated by a group of non- congressional reservists who opposed the Vietnam war. The Constitution says "no 1 person holding any office under I the United States shall be a By DAVID SMOTHERS CHICAGO (UPI) - The Chicago Police Department these days is in deep trouble because, about three years ago, two FBI men began asking i^osy questions of saloon owners in the Northwest Side Austin Police District. •^heir questions boiled down to: "How much are the cops taking you for?" Few Would Talk Insiders recall just one in 10 of the tavern owners would even talk to the agents. But what those few told or hinted at inspired the FEfl to lay on extra manpower and stacked the coals for the biggest Chicago police scandal in decades. Federal, not state, indictments have fallen thick and fast. To date, 40 Chicago police- T^:„f..iot T.,^r,« ror»,or ,i A men have been indicted by fed- in one of the actions upholding™"'^If"'* a Challenge to Ute practice, '^"^.^rLV'i ^S Other controls Twenty-eight cases are penduig The Secretary of the Defense and more indictments are Department and other defend-promised, ants argued that the situation is The accused are charged with governed by another section of extorting hundreds of thousands the Constitution which says of dollars—maybe much more— "each house shall be the judge of the ... qualifications of its own members." Reserves are divided into "ready," "retired" and "standby" categories. The Justice. Department said in an appeal that six members, with the exception of active-status standby reservists who are subject to a 15-day call each year, stand on "vu*tually the same footing as all civilians." They can be activated "only if Congress declares war or a national emergency," the appeal said. The department argued that the group—known as Reservists Committee to Stop the War- had no standing to bring the suit. The rulings if not reversed will encourage other suits by citizens seeking to air particular grievances about the conduct of government, the appeal said. Don't Get Pay Mqst of the representatives and senators named by the committee when the suit was filed were in the "no pay" classification. Those said to be receiving pay were Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania and Sens. Hiram L. Pong, R-Hawaii; Barry M. Goldwater, R-Ariz.; Edward J. Gurney, R-Fla.; John J. Sparkman, D-Ala.; J. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C, and J. Caleb Boggs, R-Del. Members of the House include Speaker Carl Albert and Reps. William G. Bray, R- Ind.; Cornelius E. Gallagher, D-N.J.; Charles R. Jonas, R- N.C.; G.V "Sonny" Montgomery, D-Miss.; Bill Nichols, D-Ala.; Alexander Pirnie, R- N.Y., and Louis C. Wyman, R- N.H. on a monthly and yearly basis from nightlife establishments in some of the livelier sections of Chicago. To obtain the indictments, the Justice Department dusted off a 39-year-old law which was originally designed to do something about the then relatively new crime of hijacking. The law is called the Hobbs Act and it makes it illegal to interfere with interstate commerce through,robbery, extortion, threats or under color of official right. Federal Crime As it is now interpreted in the courts, shaking down almost anybody who sells anything obtained in interstate commerce is a federal crime. In the specific matter of Chicago saloon owners, a good deal of their booze comes from outside Illinois and that gives the proprietors the right to call the FBI when a policeman comes sniffing around for money. The Hobbs Act has never been employed before in this manner on this scale. The man who is doing it is the U.S. attor­ ney for the Northern District of Illinois, James R. Thompson. He is an officer of the law who believes there is no merit in respecting your local police if they do not deserve it. What the federal investigators report they discovered in the Austin Police District and elsewhere in Chicago, Thompson believes, is evidence that the city's force needs a cleaning job. The FBI men discovered the existence of a "$100 - a - month club" among tavern owners in the Austin district. Lucky members were permitted to pay their local police $100 every month just to hold on to theu- liquor licenses. Find 'Hierarchy' They found evidence of a hierarchy of extortion in the Austin, Chicago Avenue, and other districts. The elite, it was discovered, were generally detailed to the vice squads, where shakedown experts were so protective and-or appreciative of the well being and protection of their commanders, and he of theirs, that the vice squad men would seek to transfer en masse when the head man took a new assignment. The investigators extended their investigation to the Town Hall district on the North Side and found the same patterns. Thompson said he saw no reason not to expect corruption of one degree or another in every police district in Chicago, the degree largely depending on the number of vulnerable saloons at hand. These other Chicago districts will be investigated, the prosecutor promises, and indictments will "go just as high as the evidence will lead us." The agents found such saloon owners as Louis F. King, 43, who was more than willmg to testify against his acquaintances of the Austin district after, he said, they bled him so thoroughly he had to go into bankruptcy and move—prudently, perhaps—to Arizona. King, now livuig on Social Security, told Robert Wiedrich See ^Nosy'(Continued on Page 7) Zoo Visitors Youn;;sters visiting Sunday at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo move in for a close look at an elephant. The Easter weekend holiday attracted thousands of visitors to the zoo. UNIFAX Two Men Killed -/^l • /^•l ^T^ -1 In Drainage Ditch Hunt Cliies m trirl s JJeatii FAIRMONT CITY, 111. (UPI) —Two men were killed Sunday when their camper truck fell down an embankment mto a flood - swollen drainage ditch near Fairmont City. Authorities identified them as Jordan Goeke Jr., 19, and Ger- member of either House during | aid Behlmaxui, 19 both of Floris- his continuance in office." U.S.jsant, Mo. PEORIA, 111. (UPI) - Police today searched for clues to the killing of a 13- year-old girl whose body was found along the edge of a cemetery Saturday. Police said Shirley McCune was identified by her mother, Mrs. Margaret McCune of Sparland, who said her daugiiter had been missing since 4 a. m. Saturday when she was due to return home from a babysittmg assignment in Sparland. Shirley's arms had been bound behind iier and she had suffered a head wound, police said. The girl's body was found about 25 to 30 miles from, Sparland, and police believe she had been slain elsewhere and her body dumped near the cemetery. Union Ready; Airline Wants Offer Studied ST. LOUIS (UPI)-A striking mechanics union told Ozark Air Lines Friday it was willing to resume negotiations, but a company spokesman said discussions could not tegin until the union "starts to look at management's offer." In a dispute over wages, 560 members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association struck the airline Thursday night, forcing it to shut down. The employes had been working without a contract since March 31, 1972. No Indication The association sent a telegram to the company's officers and the National Mediation and Conciliation Service expressing willingness to resume bargaining. However, a union spokesman said the company had made "no formal indication" it wished to resume bargaining. Ozark spokesman Charles Ehlert said, "I guess discussions would begin again when the union starts to look at management's offer, which we feel is the best in the industry." Agreed to Hike The company said it agreed to a 5.5 per cent salary increase for the first year of the contract, retroactive to last April, and 4.3 per cent for the second year of the contract. The company said the union's "excessive demands" would not allow Ozark to remain competitive. The union, which represents mechanics, cleaners and ground service personnel, is seekmg 5.5 per cent increases in each of the two years of the contract. Druwii8 ill River QUINCY, 111. (UPI) - Herbert Nail, 51, Quincy, drowned Sunday night after he drove a car off a boat ramp and into the rain - swollen Mississippi River, police said. Your Blood Center Operates This Weds Please... !1 i and HELP OTHERS! Time: 9:30-6 p.m. Date: Weds., April 25 Ploce: 1640 North Henderson St. Phone 342-0126 For a Ride or an Appointment Everyone Is Welcome at Galesburg Regional Red Cross Blood Center We Are An Agency Of The United Fund

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