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Bill$ Would Pay 'Good Samaritans^' Crime SPRINOPIELD (IJPl) Victims of violent crimes and good Samnritans hurt tvhile trying to help others might be eligible (or state compensii' tion under two bills that have passed thii Illinois Mouse, y The bills say certain crime victims and injured good Sa^ maritans Could get state awards up to $10,000 once they've exhausted all other sources of compensatiM, such as insurance or benefit programs. THE HOUSE Thursday also parsed a bill that would wipt out the silis tat tioth atata and local pmieHptlofi drugs and over4he^nter medicinal remedies. Rep. Eugene Schlickman, R- Arlington Heights, said his drug bill would save Illinois taxpayers 1^ million a year if pasMd by the Senate and made law. House Majority Leader and fellow RefwbUcan William Walsh of La Grange Park tried to muster opposition to scuttle Schlickman's bitt, but it passed anyway, 136-S. WAtiniJiAlDthebiUis par- tieulirly b«d because it would atHp finmiclpaUties of their one cent per dolfar tax on drug sales. Walsh Haid a bill passed earlier by the House — cutting from four to two cents the state sales tax on prescription drugs and food — is superior because it would allow cities to Collect their one cent on the ddlar. -The crime Victim bill would allow anyone to be compensated by the state f!>r injuries suffered, provided the victim hail exhausted every other mean^ of compensiAion and can show a court of claims he lost more than fSOO from his own pocket because of the crime. Rep. Leiand Rayson, D^Tinley Parle, said he is attempting with the bill to shift pub- he sympathy from the criminal to his victim. CONTRARY TO fears expressed by some House members, Rayson said his proposal would not burden either the courts or the state treasury. He said the court of claims haa no bacMog and would probably make awards to about 500 persons each year at a cost of s<»ne $200,000. Rayson said other statea with crime victim compensation laws have found the average award is just over $500. The ceiling under his bill would be $10,000. Rayson said his is a "modest bill, narrowly limited" to victims oi violent crimes, those injured while trying to catch a criminal or those hurt while helping police apprehend a criminal. NO AWARDS, Rayson said> would be made to' those victimized by friends or family, and the victim would have to press charges against his assailant in order to be considered for state compensation. The bill went to the Senate on a 10549 vote. Rep. Brian Duff, R-Wilmette, said his good Samaritan bill is aimed at getting people involved." It would provide state payments up to $10,000 to anyone hurt while trying to aid victims of natural disasters, fires or other ca* lamities. As with Rayson's bill,^irt* jured Good Samaritans would have to exhaust all other compensation sources before they would be eHgible for state help. But unlike Rayson's bill, Duff's would require no out-of-pocket losses before it applies. "If you suffer $5,500 in damages and insurance covers only $5,000," Duff said, "the state would pay $500 if you qualify." He said there would be (10 limit on anyone ptr^ manentiy hospitaliMd by injuries suffered on a food ^- maritan mission. The bill went to the Senate, 141-4. THE ROUSE also turned down, 68-75 with M votes needed, a Roscoe Cunnbigham bill to let 15 year olds serve on library boards. "This doesn't mean boards must have a 15-year-oId,'* tha Lawrenceville Republioan told his critics. "It means they can if voters want one." The bill nonetheless failed. House Faces |Senate Rejects Walker's EPA Director Choice; Revenge for Credentials Battle Glut of Bills By ROBERT 101 SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - New Ulls continued to pour into the Home' today as the chamber's bill-drafting agency stru^ed to c(nnplete all requested measures before Saturday's deadline for introduction. Representatives Thursday introduced 163 new measures, ranging from highways to the common cold. The new flurry brought the session's total in the House to 1,696 pieces of legislation, lliat figure, however, was expected to rise to about 2,000 before the Saturday cutoff time. THE HOUSE originally had planned to cut off introductions of nonappropriations bills at the end of last week's meetings. So many bills were submitted for drafting, however, that the agency responsible for tiiat task fell hopelessly b^ind and the deadline had to be extended. The House, however, decided that only bills which had been submitted for drafting by the original deadline would be covered by the extension. The Senate deadline for nonappropriations bills passed April 14 with 1,137 measures in the helper. Thursday's introductions in^ the House included measures to: — Allow the sale and consumption of beer in college dormitories (Rep. Giddy Dyer, R-Hinsdale). — RAISE THE state bonus paid to Vielnam veterans from a flat $100 to $100 for each year of service up to $500 (Rep. Peggy Smith Martin, I>Chicago). — Prevent public officials from holding more than one elected public office at the same time (Rep. Roscoe Cunningham, R-Lawrenceville). — Spend $50 million for superhighways running through Lawrenceville (Cunningham). — Establish a civilian board to investigate allegations iii of police corruption in Chicago (Rep. Harold Washington, D-Chicago). — EXTEND THE right of privileged communications "to clergymen (Rep. Arthur Berman, DOhicago). — Make it illegal to throw stones at trains (Rep. Harry Yourell, D-Oak Lawn). — Require no-fault insurance coverage of all motor vehicles except motorcycles (Rep, Joseph Lundy, D-Chicago). — Prohibit promotion of a child from one grade in school to the next if the teacher objects to such promotion (Rep. James McLendon, D-Chicago). — RESTORE THE town meeting as chief budget-maker in township governments (Rep. Cal Skinner, R-Crystal Lake). — Establish a statewide messenger service to serve all state governmental agencies (Rep. Walter Kozubowski, IKIhicago). — Appropriate $4 million for flood relief (Rep. Norbert Springer, R-Chester). — Require that all school buses made after Dec. 31, 1974, be equipped with seat belts and other safety devices (Rep. Samuel McGrew; D-Geneseo). — Permit registered nurses to treat persons with colds (Rep. Ray EweU, I>Chicago). There also were bills to change state pension funds, to protect the rights of step-parents and to regulate employment agencies. Ozark Airline^ Striking Mechanics By JEFFERY L. SHELER SPRINGFIED (UPI) - A rare mixture of downstate Republicans and Chicago Democrats in the Illinois Senate have rejected Gov. Daniel Walker's appiontment of Mary Lee Leahy to head the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency., On a vote that fell 12 short of the 30 needed for confirmation, the Senate Thursday tossed Mrs. Leahy out of the pollution- fighting agency which she has directed since January and handed Walker his second major cabinet post rejection. On March 22 the Senate rejected Walker's appointment of David Fogel as director of the Department of Corrections. Contributing to that defeat were Chicago Democrats who sat out the vote to protest Walker's Renew Talks in Washington WASHINGTON (UPI) - Ne.'^-"t -o „.i,«„. ,.r.J!2n.« tn. gotiations resumed Thursday in the strike by mechanics against Ozark Air Lines of St. Louis, now in its second week. The strike by the 560 members of Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association April 19 shut down the airline's operations in 62 cities in 15 states, mostly in the Midwest. The walkout has idled an additional 1,800 Ozark employes. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service had asked to resume the negotiations over a new contract to replace the one that expired March 31, 1972. The union is seeking 15- and 30<;ent-an-hour preniiiums for mechanics with airframe and powerplant licenses, plus a top hourly wage of $6.82. The current scale is $6.02 an hour. Ozark has offered $6.80 for the two-year contract, excluding the premium pay. In a letter to the airline's stockholders and commission chairmen of airports served by Ozark, the airline president, Edward J. Crane, said the company's pay offer would yield the highest pay m the airline industry. He termed the strike "a most unfortunate — and unnecessary —situation." LEAHY ELECTRICAL SERVICE COMMERCIAL ~ RfcSIDfcNTlAl — INDUSTRIAL PHONE 343-2050 Emergency Service Jim Lcdhv, Ov<rf>ei' veto of mass transit grants. Again Thursday Chicago Democratis refused to vote this time in protest of Mrs. Leahy's connection with maverick Democrats who replaced the regular Chicago delegation to the 1972 National Democratic Convention'. Attorney for Challengers Mrs. Leahy had served as attorney for the slate of "challenge delegates" led by Chicago Alderman William Singer who ignored a court injunction and took over the Chicago delegation after the convention refused to seat Mayor Richard J. Daley and other regular Democrats in a credentials dispute. Chicago Democrats, led by Senate Minority Leader Cecil Partee who was one of the ousted delegates, accused Mrs. Leahy of advising the "Singer 59" to ignore the court order which prohibited them from taking over the convention seats. "I guess maybe there is a tinge of politics in this," Partee said. ' 'But being a lawyer perhaps I have more feeling for the courts than I do for any personality factors that may.be involved. I believe the EPA should be headed by aperson whb has never shown evidence of being contmptuous of oUr court system." Republicans who opposed Mrs. Leahy voiced similar objections. Sen. Edward McBroom R-Kankakce, said Mrs. Leahy's law ffrm had advised Kankakee teachers to ignore a court injunction that halted a 1969 teachers strike. "As a result of that miserable advice, five of those teachers spent 60 days in jail," McBroom said. "Anyone who goes around the state telling people to violate court ii^junctions has no business in state government." With most Republicans either voting against Mrs. Leahy or remaining silent 13 independent Democrats and five Republicans cast the only votes favoring confirmation. Sen. Dawn Clark Netsch, D- Chicago, blasted her colleagues for "battling not over her qualifications, but over political issues. "If she is to go down to defeat today, in fairness to her, we should make it clear that Area Congressman SaysWatergate Could Damage GOP Fund Raising Rep. Robert H. Michel, R- Illinois, said here Thursday the Watergate scandal has hurt Republican fund-rainsing efforts for 1974's congressional races. Fast resolution of the incident, however, could previent troubles at the polls next year, he added. If Watergate is concluded, he said. Republicans would have a better of^rtuni- ty to campaign on the accomplishments of the GOP ad- muiistration. MICHEL SPENT Thursday ir Galesburg meeting with city officials, the Galesburg Rotary Club, some Galesburg High School students, a Chamber of Commerce group and the Knox County Bar Assn. Recently elected as chairman of the House Republican National Campaign Committee, Michel is in charge of helping to recruit congressional candidates and financing csmpaigns. That job, he predicted, will be difficult if the Watergate case lingers. Apparent contradictions in testunony before a grand jury by former Atty. Gen. John Mitchell lead one to suspect Mitchell may have had a hand in the affair, the 18th District congressman said. As chairman of Nixon's re-election campaign, Mitchell could have made decisions concerning Watergate without the President's knowledge, he added. IN A MORNING meeting with city officials, Michel promised to help seek federal aid for Galesburg problems such as the city-county law if Rep, Robert Michel Talks in Galesburg enforcement building and the Famham Street Bridge. He said funds from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration would be sought for the proposed city-county facility. "We also have been following leads on federal cooperation for reconstruction of the Famham Street Bridge and for beginning construction on highway corridors through- cut Western Illinois," he said. In other comments, Michel said he will again oppose government action to control wages and prices and will support what he termed a "free market economy." Michel, who voted against t h e economic stabilization programs in Phases I and II of President Nixon's wage and price controls, said he would maintain that position if the President asks Congress to extend the Economic Stabilization Act beyond its April 30 expiration date. The act was the vehicle used by Congress to give Nixon the authority to freeze wages and prices in 1970. MICHEL SAID the United States has been striving for a free market for many years, and the government has no right to stick its finger in that area of the economy. During question-and-answer sessions with various community organizations throughout the day, Michel insisted that price increases, currently being criticized, signal the free enterprise system is at work and will eventually increase production wiiich in turn will lower consumer de­ mand and result in lower prices. Referring to recent increases in the cost of food, Michel said the American farmer should not be chastiz­ ed for earning a respectable profit this year. American lamilies are still paying a smaller percentage of their income for food than those in other countries, he added. COMMENTING on sipecula- tion that former Illinois Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie may be nominated as director of the FBI, Michel said there is little chance of that. He explained that Ogilvie, who .some thought would be named by Nixon, is out of the running because he is, in Michel's opinion, too closely associated with partisan politics. River's Crest Surges Downstream (Continued from page 2) shores, but Army engineers said tiiat seepage was a <^n- ger until the waters return to theu: banks. THE FOX RIVER, a Mississippi tributary in northern Illmois, was expected to crest Saturday at McHenry. Volunteers, including hi^ school students, bolstered the banks with sandbags. A crest of 42 feet had been predicted for Kaskaskia Island, but Army engineers reported Thursday night the water had reached 41.3 feet and was still rising. Flood stage there is 27 feet and levees are high enough to hold back 41 to 42 feet river depths. All 300 residents of the island have left their liomes. THE MISSISSIPPI stood at its highest level in history at St. Louis today and continued to edge upward, straining dikes and levees and leaving workers embroiled in what appeared to be a futile battle. There was a feeling of hopelessness, among volunteers who fought against the rising river, attemptmg to prevent the collapse of remaining levees along the river. "Ail we're really doing is retreating," said a rescue worker in Arnold, Mo., where floodwaters engulfed about 400 homes. Damage estunates reached $400 million in the 8-state area from Iowa to Louisiana and officials said the final figure could approach $1 million. Mississippi Gov. Bill Waller estunated damage in his state at $120 million. THE LATEST outbreak of flpoding has been blamed for at least eight deaths. Earlier this month, the river climbed over its banks along the same path, killing some 20 persons. The Mississippi climbed to 42.02 feet Thursday night-12 feet above flood stage. The level was higher than a record dating back to 1785, when French fur trappers measured the river's level. Upstream from St. Louis, at a point wliere the huge river normally is 2,200 feet wide, the Mississippi's floodwaters stretched mto a lake with a girth of 10 miles. "AT TIMES people seem to be losing their minds . . . they're just in so much of a hurry," said a Civil Defense worker at St. Charles,< Mo., where the last of some 2,000 families left the4r homes Thursday as the river surged forward with record crests. The unstoppable river rolled over its banks from Iowa to Louisiana, covering hundreds of thousands of acres of farmlands with its muddy floodwaters and ruining cotton, soybean and sugar cane crops. Gas Shortage Vot Worry Here PINCKNEYVILLE, 111. (UPI) — Apparently all the talk about gasoline shortages hasn't sunk in for some cujstomers at the south side Shell station. Tuesday night a driver backed into a Super Shell pump and started a fire that caused minor damage. Another car flattened a "regular" pump Thursday night. There was no fire. her defeat has nothing to do with her qualifications for director of the EPA," Mrs. Netsch said. Sen. Gene Johns, D - Marion, denied that Mrs. Leahy had advised her clients to violate the injunctions. "What she did was to inform them of their rights and to encourage them to choose their own course of action." <No Credible Defense' Republican Sen. Harris Fawell of Naperville said there was "no credible defense" for rejecting Mrs. Leahy and criticized Partee for "doing a great disservice to the Democratic party. "You ought to be fighting for this woman," Fawell told Partee. "And I think you are doing ^Hard' Probe Linked to Vole By Governor CHICAGO (UPI) - Gov. Daniel Walker charged today that the turndown of Mrs. Mary Le^ Leahy as director of the Illinois. Environmental Protection Agency was linked to an investigation and to handling of pollution fighting funds in Chicago. Walker, appearing at a news conference with Mrs. Leahy, alleged that her nomination was rejected by the state Senate because "Mrs. Leahy was beginning to ask hard questions" about Chicago's system of testing for air and water pollution. Questions Handling The governor said an investigation begun by Mrs. Leahy raised questions about the handling of millions of dollars in federal and state funds by the Chicago Metropolitan Sanitary District and other city agencies which Walker refused to name. Walker said the results of the investigations by Mrs. Leahy will be released "next week." Walker called the Senate rejection of Mrs. Leahy by an 18-5 vote a "terribly cruel act," a "shameful act," and "a great loss for the people." Under Pikarsky Walker said that the investigation involves some agencies under the direction of Milton Pikarsky, the man being pushed by Mayor Richard J. Daley for chairman of the Chicago Transit Authority Board. Walker said he was not alleging any wrongdoing by Pikarsky, but the mishandling of funds under his direction might "raise some questions" about Pikarsky's qualifications to head the CTA board. Walker said he hoped to find another post for Mrs, Leahy in the state government. Lower Fares ST. I/)UIS (UPI)-Bus fares would be reduced from 45 to 25 cents if a one-half cent sales tax for transportation is passed in St. Louis and St. Louis County, the board of the Bi-State Transit System said "niurslay. WANT ADS BRING RESULTS! a great disservice to the Democratic party by failing to do so. I see no credible defense for what we are doing here." The Senate approved nine other Walker appointees hiclud- ing six members of the Capital Development Board: John E. Cullerton, Evanston, chairman; Michael Linz, Naperville; Harold Hovey, Springfield; Louis Silverman, Chicago; A. Steven . Paydom, River Forest, and James Gende, Moline. Also approved were Donald Pruice, Winnetka, member of the Board of Higher Education, iand Wallace L Heil, TaylorviUe, member of the Fair Employment Practices Conmiission, and Anthony Dean, Naperville, director of the Department of Conservation. Kerner Removed From His Office CHICAGO (UPI) - U.S. Appeals Court Judge Otto Kerner, convicted in a racetrack stock bribery case, has been ousted from his offices, a federal source said Thursday. The source said the decision te deprive the judge of his offices hadi been approved by Chief Justice Warren Burger. Kerner has been on leave from the bench since his indictment in December, 1971, but has refused to resign and still draws his $42,500 a year salary. His attorney, Paul Connolly, said Kerner does not plan to resign until his appeals are exhausted. Kerner, 64, was convicted Feb. 19 of bribery, income tax evasion, conspiracy and perjury and was sentenced to three years in prison and a $50,000 fine last week. When Buying or StUUtg REAL ESTATE SEE HAROLD WILSON HAROtD WILSON REALTY 1131 N. HMKIMWM Ph. 343-1103 KllILlF COLO MEATS g CHEESES Featuring: FROG POND FARM SAUSAGES. HEALTH FOODS A VITAMINS. DIATETIC FOODS « CANDIES. SEALTEST DAIRY PRODUCTS ft ICE CREAM. 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