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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 3

Galesburg, Illinois
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Tuesday, April 24, 1973
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Ozark 'Mechanic9 Walker Will Seek Solution for Strike Golesburg Register^Mqil, Gojesburg, III. tuesdoy, April 24,_1g?ll„.J iiiiii. ..Mill'"'' W Ir SPRINGFIELD (UPI) -Gov. Daniel Walker plans to ask the Illinois Commerce Commission what, if anything, he can do to hasten the end of a mechanics' walkout against Ozark Air Lines that has paralyzed air service in niany midwestern cities. Walker's press secretary, Norton Kay, said Monday the governor would call ICC Chairman Marvin Lieberman, seeking his recommendations on what courses the governor might take. Power Limited Kay said he thinks Walker's legal power is limited to merely urging the airline and the striking union to get back to the bargaining table. Kay's statement followed a plea for gubernatorial intervention from the 38 - member lUi- nois Public Airports Association which Monday sent Walker a letter calling the strike "disas­ trous from the standpoint of public convenience dnd vitally important air cotnmerce." Therefore, the letter said. Walker should "appeal directly to the Civil Aeronautics Board, parties involved in the dispute and members of the Illinois congressional delegation in a straight forward effort to achieve prompt resumption of scheduled air service." Ozark is the only airline serving many ol the 62 midwestern cities in which it operates. Talks Halted The 560 members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association walked off their jobs Thursday night, breaking off 13 months of contract talks between the union and Ozark. The union said Friday in a telegram to Ozark officers and the National Mediation and Conciliation Service it was willing to sit down and bargain again. Neither has yet replied. lUjIIJIy River Creeps Toward Burlington The flooding Mississippi River continued to creep toward downtown Burling- sippi, other rivers around the state continue to spill over their banks. In ton, lowia, today as conditions worsened along the mighty river. An Iowa photo at right, Sen. Adlai Stevenson inspects flood damage at a trailer park Civil Defense worker said the situation at Burlington was "a lot worse than south of Rockford. The flooding Rock River has caused an estimated $10 in 1965 and that was supposed to be the big one." In addition to the Missis- million damage in Winnebago County. UNIFAX Court Halts Tax Refunds SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered a halt to refunds of 1971 personal property taxes in 80 Illinois counties pending a ruling by the court. The order blocked an April 4 ruling by a Cook County circuit judge that called for an immediate refund of $30 million in personal property taxes to some 800,000 taxpayers in Illinois. COOK COUNTY Circuit Judge James Mejda ordered the refund after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled individuals may be exempted from the tax. Mejda ruled on a suit filed by the 80 counties calling for an immediate refund of the taxes which were being held in escrow. The Feb. 22 U.S. Supreme Court ruling reversed the decision by the Illinois Supreme Court which struck down a voter-approved constitutional amendment eliminating the personal property tax on individuals. The U.S. court then remanded the case back to the state Supreme Court. "THE ILLINOIS Supreme Court in effect has ruled that it is up to this court, not the Cook County Circuit Court, to order tax refunds," Clell L. Woods, a Supreme Court spokesman said. Woods called Mejda's order "a bit premature" and said the state Supreme Court plans further proceedings before ruling on tax refunds. Woods said the court decided late last week to stop the refunds but did not notify the Cook County clerk until Monday.^-, Scott: Don't Stick State CHICAGO (UPI) - Illinois Atty. Gen. William J. Scott has asked a federal judge to reconsider a decesion making the state responsible for some $21 million bilked from depositors of the now defunct City Savings and Loan A* jiation. U. S. DISTRICT Court Judge Edwin A. Dobson earlier this year ruled that the state must make good the $21 million lost by depositors when the bank was closed in 1964 after being found hopelessly insolvent due to an embezzlement. Former City Savings President C. Oran Hensili, who escaped from a federal prison while serving a sentence for mail fraud, was allegedly responsible for the embezzlement. Robson, however, said the state was responsible for watching over savings institutions and was "guilty of gross and wanton negligence in permittig the abuses." SCOTT FILED a motion before Robson Monday, asking Robson to reconsider the matter and noting that Robson, as chief judge of the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, did not have jurisdiction in the case. Scott also charged that lawyers representing the depositors had failed to explore other alternatives of regaining their clients' money. Money Will Go for Good Use CHICAGO (UPI) - "I appreciate it," Mrs. Grace Brightmore, 67, said with a shy smile Monday as she accepted a $194.35 check from Gov. Daniel Walker. "The money will be put to good use." Mrs. Brightmore was the recipient of the first payment made under the state's property tax rebate program for the elderly. Walker said another 3,000 checks would be mailed Monday to elderly persons who rent their homes or apartments. Walker also said payments would be made in the future to elderly homeowners. The tax rebate program was launched under the administration of former Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie. It provides rebates for many low income persons over age 65 who pay property taxes above what they can afford. Walker made the presentation to Mrs. Brightmore during a news conference in which he told newsmen he was "very pleased" with his first 100 days in office. Residents- (Continued From Page 2) night — a couple of nights in fact — and it looked to be in good shape. They had just worked on that section, turned around and walked away when it went." Officials from the Army Corps of Engineers this morning warned residents of Oquawka not to let up in their fight to keep the river out of their village. Oquawka, which is about nine miles south of Keithsburg, is also under seige by the river, and volunteers there have worked around the clock for several days replacing a block-long section of the levee removed last year by court order when a property owner filed a lawsuit. FLOOD STAGE at Oquawka is 15 feet. The water mark was at 23-feet-7 inches shortly before noon today. Authorities there said this morning tiiai several "boils" or places where the water is beginning to bubble through the dike, were forming along the levee and workers were fighting to reenforce the dike. "It doesn't Icok too good in places, but there's no wind and we've got time to get at them," a workman said. Volunteers were working this morning at the foot of Schyler Street, one of the two places where the water had reportedly washed over the top during the night. "IT WAS nothing serious though; we'll hold it," a resident said. "We won't let it get in like it did up at Keithsburg," he added. City, County Officials Hear Protests on Disposal Area Members of the Galesburg City Council and the Knox County * Board's Sanitary Landfill Committee met again Monday night but apparently made no decision on where to develop a new disposal site. One of three sites under consideration by the council and the committee — property owned by Robert Davies 15 miles east of Galesburg along U.S. 150 — came under attack last night by a group of Persifer Township residents. THAT PROMPTED the officials to adjohrn to an executive session to discuss sites. Mayor Robert Cabeen argued against the closed-door meeting, but others said they wanted to meet in private. Afterward, City Manager Thomas Herring said only that the officials were "progressing." John Carlson, chairman of the landfill committee, was followed out of City Hall by three reporters, but all they learned was that three sites are still being considered. He said a decision may be made soon. Before the executive session, Robert Humphreys, a Knox County Board member who' lives m the vicinity, called the land "virgin territory" which drains into the Spoon River. And, the officials were told, the site may not be as accessible as they had thought. THERE ARE three ways to get to the site. One would require obtaining an easement across 40 acres of land owned by Merle West. A man in the audience said:. "I'm Merle: West, and I'm the one who owns that 40, and there isn't going to be any easement there." Another route would require driving on 1-74 and then returning on local roads to the site. A third route Vould follow U.S. 150, then go along a few miles of local narrow road and a bridge which, a resident of the area claimed, "barely supports a bicycle." Mayor Robert Cabeen commented that "It would seem to me access to this site is not nearly as good as we were led to believe." OTHER RESIDENTS near the Davies site said they feared land values would decrease if the landfill were located there. Four new homes have already been built in the area, and there are tentative plans for two m-ore, one woman said. Carlson commented that "Wherever we go, we will \ha^. ,some opposition." He argued the landfill should not be thought of as a dump because, under state Environmental Protection Agency standards, refuse must be covered. "It is a land reclamation in many ways," he added. Besides Davies' land, other landfill sites being considered are one on stripmined land owned by Midland Coal Co. about 15-18 miles from Galesburg, and a site in Sparta Township, about 10 miles northeast ol Galesburg, owned by Floyd Grant. DAVIES HAS offered to lease his property for $450 per acre a year, and would give an option to purchase. The Sparta Township site could be leased for $600 per acre a year. Although it is the closest ci the three sites under consideration, it is about IV2 miles off good road. The mine company's land, near Coimty Highways 12 and 17, could be leased for $1 a year. There would be no option to purchase. Its distance from the city is the biggest drawback — city officials estimate it would cost about $12,000 more a year to truck refuse there than to the Persifer Township site. Herring Suggests Merging Agencies Into Human Resources Department City- (Continued From Page 2) provides for the city's share of money for special assessment projects which may be needed in the future. AN ALTERNATIVE proposal for city law services again was discussed. Council members, at a budget meeting last Wednesday, received Herring's suggestion that one ful- time attorney be hired instead of the two part-time attorneys now employed. This would increase the allocation for law services about $13,000. Aid. Donald Johnson, First Ward, indicated he favored the idea, but Mayor Robert Cabeen did not seem as willing to change. "This is the best bargain we've had for years," Cabeen said referring to tlie use of two part-time attorneys. "We get two heads for the price of one." The council will discuss a separate federal revenue sharing funds budget Wednes- aay at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall. A proposal to combine the city's Human Relations Commission (HRC) and Office of Economic Opportunity into a Department of Human Resources was presented Monday night by City Manager Thomas Herring during a discussion of Galesburg's 1973-74 budget. Under the plan, the directoii'. of the tWD agencies would keep their jobs at the same salaries, but would work under the supervision of a department head with training in social work. THIS WOULD mean an annual increase in expenditures of about $4,000. "However, I think it is worth it," Herring told the City Council during an informal meeting in City Hall. Herring said the merger would provide coordination between HRC and the Equal Sentenced, Fined CHICAGO (UPI) - Ralph Serpico, formerly a supervifftr in the Cook County assessor's office, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Monday and fined $5,000 for accepting bribes. Opportunity Office, and would increase professional personnel to handle social problems in the city. A new office would be provided for both agencies, he said. Herring revealed last week the City Council may be asked to consider renting office space in a building at 135 S. Cherry St., which is owned by Barry M. Barash and Robert Stoerzbach, two Galesburg attorneys. Mrs. lona Hendricks, director of the Equal Opportunity Gfifice, said last night she wanted to compile some reports and evaluate her office before expressing an opinion on Herring's proposal. "This can't be taken off the top of your head," she said. Mrs. Louise Wilder, HRC director, said today she would Hot, Cold Spots NEW YORK (UPI) - The highest temperature reported to the National Weather* Service Monday excluding Alaska and Hawaii v/as 92 degrees at Naples, Fla. Today's low was 23 at Bemidji, Minn. not oppose Herring's suggestion, but added she has some questions about it. "IF IT IS not to my liking, I can always quit," Mrs. Wilder commented. "There are too many people to fight for, and I don't have time to fight the administration too." Mrs. Wilder said when the two offices were combined last May, the arrangement lasted about a month. One problem that developed was that the two directors had to work with one secretary and one receptionist, and more help was needed. Larry Hendricks, president of the Galesburg Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said last night he opposed the merger. "This is a country backward town," he commented. Family Food Bill Climbs $49 in March WASHINGTON (UPI)-The annual amount the average family spends on U.S. farm foods jumped $49 or 3.5 per cent in March to a record $1,458, Agriculture Department reports showed today. Department statistics also showed the cost of the family market basket — enough food to feed the average American household of 3.2 persons — was up $157 over March 1972. Government officials also reported: i1 -BEEF PRICES last month rose to a record average $1.35 a pound, compared to $1.30 a month earlier. The average price per pound was up 16.8 per cent over a year earlier. —Retail pork prices in March hit a new record of $1.03 a pound, up 6.1 per cent from a month earlier and 29.7 per cent above a year earlier. —The farmer's share of the consumer food dollar rose from 43.1 cents in February to 44.5 cents in March, the highest since early 1954. THE COST of the market basket, which is based on U.S. larm foods and which omits items like sea food and imports, was calculated independently by newsmen from government food price indexes. Retail and price-spread figures reported for several other foods included: Milk—the retail price for a half gallon was 61,9 cents in March, unchanged from Feb­ ruary and 3 per cent above a year earlier. Tomatoes—retail prices averaged 48.9 cents a pound, down 5.6 per cent from Feth ruary but 22.9 per cent above ^ year earlier. EGGS—RETAIL prices for grade A large eggs averaged 65.4 cents a dozen, down 3.5 per cent from February but 27 per cent above a year earlier. The Agriculture Department report carried a note stating that several retail price figures had been dropped from the monthly publication "to prevent duplication" since they are published earlier in the month by the Labor Department. Some officials have privately hinted, however, that a number of similar revisions in the Agriculture Department publication amount to a calculated effort to soften the impact of repeated publicity about rising food prices. The Way The way from sorrow to solace can never be hurried, so we never rush or pressure families In any way. FUNERAL DIRECTORS' 10/OV.ESr FREMONT STREET PHONE 2101 CALESBURS D 0 N A T E B L 0 0 D RED CROSS BLOOD (ENTER Weds A P R I L 25th

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