Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on May 1, 1973 · Page 3
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Tuesday, May 1, 1973
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Golesburg Register-Mail, Gglesburg, Tuesday,May 1, 1973 3 IfffflPiffllMilBP ilBiilSilllllllllli 4 lillill Walker to Take One of Three Routes In Deciding Fate of Freeway System SPRINGFIELD (UPI) -When Gov. Daniel Walker announces Wednesday the segments of the supplemental freeway system he will approve for construction he will have made one of three choices. The choices are clear: cut back on the 1,950 - mile total system proposed by former Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie; pass another bond issue of some $500 million or raise the motor fuel tax by a substantial per centage. Undoubtedly, based on his past statements, Walker will choose to cut back on the mileage. But that leaves him with the question of which segments of the freeway system he will approve — a dilemma of no mean proportions. Remaining Money According to the Department of Transportation, there is only $381.6 million left in the 1971 transportation bond issue which is earmarked for the freeways.] The rule of thumb is that each mile of four-lane freeway costs about $1.9 million. It is uncertain as yet how much of the cost of the system will be picked up by the federal government, but the mix likely will range between 50-50 and 75-25, with the federal government the heavier spender. Allowing for past state spending on the freeways, in planning and other activities, the 75 per cent federal and 25 per cent state funding provides a rough, and generous, rule for future expenditures. That would mean that for each $1.9-million miles of freeway, the state would have to provide $475,000. At that rate of spending, and without further bonding or a tax increase, less than half the Ogilvie freeways could be built. Likely To Be Approved Likely possibilities for a Walker okay include: —The route slated for the U.S. 51 corridor, running South from Rockford through La Salle- Peru, Bloomington, Decatur, Vandalia and a junction with Interstate 57 near Salem. — A Southern Illinois Freeway running from East St. Louis through Pinckneyville, south to Carbondale, east to Marion and Harrisburg, then north to Carmi and to the Indiana border near Grayville. •A route running south from the Quad Cities to Monmouth and Macomb, then west to Quincy, east to Jacksonville and south to East St. Louis. —A spur from Jacksonville to Springfield, which, with proposed interstate routes, would provide expressways from Quincy to Danville. —An extension of the east- west tollway from Rock Falls to the Quad Cities. —A spur from Morton to Lincoln, which would link inter- states on a strategic area of midstate. Promised Privately The governor is known to have promised privately that he would okay some sort of Southern Illinois freeway. The route through Quincy, or one like it, is regarded in Springfield as a political necessity, as is the spur from Jacksonville to Springfield. The U.S. 51 corri dor route is long - anticipated and the state already has spent a good deal of money on corridor approval by the federal government. And the spurs between the tollway and the Quad Cities and Morton and Lincoln already are underway. Those freeways would amount to more than 800 miles, and, even allowing for the optimistic 75-25 federal to state funding, would exhaust the available fctate resources. Unlikely To Get Okay They would, however, elimi­ nate such Ogilvie-planned freeways as: —A route down the eastern border of the state from the Chicago area to Watseka, Marshall, Robinson, Lawrenceville and a link near Grayville with the Southern Illinois freeway. Some of this route could be included in the Walker plan if enough federal money is made available. —A corridor between Macomb and Peoria. — A route from Galesburg west through the freeway junction at Monmouth and a link with Iowa at Burlington. — A route from Rockford west to Freeport and East Dubuque. Macomb to Jacksonville — A highway direct from Macomb to Jacksonville. —Some 280 miles of freeways in the Chicago metropolitan area, including the crosstown expressway, plus links with the Tristate Tollway and the Wisconsin border. Whatever Walker's decision, his announcement Wednesday will end months of indecision which have cost half a building season on the proposed system. The governor froze construction on the freeways last February, citing a desire to examine the entire system before proceeding with the plans. No projects in the system now can be let for bids until early June, due to federal posting requirements. And, since it takes an additional four to six weeks for formal approval of contracts after the bid letting, no equipment is likely to be in the field until mid-July. Meanwhile the governor faces a challenge from Senate Republicans and scattered House GOP members who have introduced legislation for freeways which Walker says would cost nearly $1 billion. Lawmakers Return to Work, Face Mountain of Bills Light Snapped Off A car driven by James C. Creighton Jr., 17, 1387 Hollycrest Cr., rests next to a street light pole in the 900 block of North Henderson Street after Creighton lost control of the vehicle which struck the base of the concrete pole, snapping the street light loose from the top. The mishap occurred Monday about 2:35 p.m. No tickets were issued pending an investigation. Creighton was not hurt, police said. Council- continued From Page 2) with representatives of the center and Burlington Northern Railroad to discuss the mate. — Passed an ordinance to authorize the sale of personal property owned by the city. This is an accumulation of items from buildings such as the old water building. — Passed a resolution for ' the mayor to participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. — APPROVED installation of a storm sewer on South Henderson Street using motor fuel tax funds. — Authorized the installation of street lights on Highland Avenue. — Approved a request from Intra State Telephone Company for an easement on Gross Galesburg Co. property on U.S. 34 west. — Accepted a request from the Galesburg Public Library Board of Directors for a library tax levy for $177,000, a $17,000 increase and the annual report for fiscal year 1972-73. — Approved a preliminary plat of Lakeside Subdivision- Extension I. — APPROVED a preliminary-final plat of Maxwell Parkway Addition-Extension I. — Accepted bids from Gunther Construction Co. for $6,633 to resurface Holton Street from Monmouth Boulevard to South Street. — Accepted bids of Clow Corp. and Utility Equipment Co. for materials for the Water Division. — Accepted bids from Leon Short &. Sons for two turf mowing units and one 3-unit greens mower for the Park Department. — APPROVED a taxicab license for Edward Lovitt. The council had previously denied the license because of Lovitt's police record. The vote was 5-3 in favor of issuing the license. WANT ADS BRING RESULTS! School Board Okays Hikes In Salaries (Continued From Page 2) Galesburg Cigar Co., $477; Leslie Paper Co., $9,361; Midwest Carbon Co., $1,530; Bell and Howell Co., $33; Capital City Paper Co., $1,109; Peoria Paper Co., $332, and Dick Blick Co., $144. A new $3,600 primary school science program was approved last night by the board. The program places emphasis on individual instruction and enrichment. THE SECOND and fourth Mondays of the month were established by the board as regular meeting dates for the 1973-74 academic term. One exception is April 1974 when the board will meet on the third and fifth Mondays. James Sherlock, director of the district's community education program, noted in a report to the board that the enrollment in the program is increasing. The number of persons enrolled in activities for the current winter semester totaled 1,620 — an increase of 360 persons over the fall semester total of 1,260. Sherlock pointed out that which has been providing funds to get the program started, will cease to support the program after this year. HOWEVER, he said, there is a good chance that the bill will be passed by the Illinois General Assembly to support the program. The measure provides for a $350,000 allocation, of which $20,000 would be channeled to District 205's program, Sherlock said. He added that a number of the local community education programs are now self-supporting. The director envisions continued expansion of the program and the need to explore and secure additional revenue to support communty education here. Officials at Allen Park School, he said, are contemplating a program in the future. CONTACT LENSES For Complete Information on Contact Lenses Phone 343-7410 Dispensed on Prescription of DR. E. W. BEATH, O.D. DAILY 8:00 • 5:00 - MONDAY & FRIDAY 8:00 - 8:00 60 S. Kellogg Galesburg, III. Jffisser UNION OPTICAL CO. By TOM LAUE SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois Legislature ordinarily bites off a bigger legislative chunk than it can possibly chew —much less digest. But this year, with just two months to go before summer adjournment, the assembly has outdone itself. Lawmakers returned to work Tuesday for nine hectic weeks leading up to the June 30 deadline, facing a towering stack of bills. Many of them were offered in a last minute rush to beat bill introduction deadlines. Self-imposed, these deadlines are designed to keep the legislative workload within reason. They seldom, if ever, work. The House, for example, had an original deadline of April 14 for nonappropriation bills. This was extended to April 28 because the Legislative Reference Bureau — which drafts legislation—couldn't churn out bills as fast as House members asked for them. By the time the reference bureau caught up Monday, nearly 2,000 bills had piled up in the House. The Senate, for its part, stuck to its original introduction deadline, thus managing to keep its mountain of proposed measures down to 1,137. But few of these bills appropriate money to keep the state running in the fiscal year beginning July 1. And this isn't necessarily the legislature's fault. At least two major state agencies — the Department of Transportation and the Department of Mental Health—admit they won't make specific spending requests before June 1. This leaves the legislature precious little time to consider over budget requests for two agencies whose combined spending in fiscal 1974 will be in the neighborhood of $1.8 billion— about 25 per cent of all state spending next year. But even if the assembly had all its money matters settled, it would still have plenty to do between now and July. The Senate has been particularly sluggish, letting a spate of House-passed bills accumulate. There are five death penalty bills, three to shield newsmen's sources and two to afford food See 6 General'~ (Continued on Page 15) No-Fault Plans Pass Committee SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - A House committee has left it up to the full House to decide what, if any, no-fault car insurance plan will come out of this session of the General Assembly. The House Executive Committee Monday, after four hours of testimony and discussion, approved two bills described by Chairman Bernard E. Epton, D-Chicago, as "diametrically opposed." BOTH BILLS do, however, contain the basic no-fault provision — they require motorists to buy insurance covering themselves, their family and their passengers for medical expenses resulting from car accidents, regardless of who caused the accident. They differ in the minimum amounts of coverage required and in the injured person's rights to sue for extra damages, including "pain and suffering." One bill, sponsored by Epton, would require that medical expenses be more than $500 before allowing an injured person to sue for "pain and suffering." The other approved bill, sponsored by Rep. Samuel C. Maragos, D-Chicago, would make no special requirements for such suits. MARAGOS* BILL, authored by the Illinois State Bar Association, would require the self-insurance only on the first $2,000 of expenses, reverting to the present liability system for losses above that. Epton's proposal would require no-fault coverage up to $50,000. The Epton bill also calls for higher limits on loss of income — up to $1,000 a month for three years. Maragos' plan would limit these payments to $150 a week for one year. Maragos' bill passed, 11-2. Epton's endorsed by neither the industry nor the bar association, was approved by an 8-4 vote with one committee member answering present. BOTH BILLS also require personal liability coverage — Epton's up to $40,000 and Maragos' up to $25,000 per accident. Maragos said he intends to introduce a modification to his bill when it comes before the full House. The proposed change would require car owners to contribute to two special state funds to cover medical expenses beyond the limits of any other coverage and to protect drivers from uninsured motorists. Rep. Tobias Barry, D-Ladd, whose bill already had the special fund provision, held his bill in committee. Another bill sponsored by Rep. Joseph R. Lundy, D-Evanston, was defeated 9-2. EDWARD A. STOWELL, assistant secretary of the All­ state Insurance Co., urged the state to pass a meaningful no-fault bill this year. "We don't care for a number of proposals before the Congress" and because many people are not taken care of under the present system. He said rear-end collisions, accounting for 17 per cent of the accidents, and one-car accidents, accounting for 15 per cent, involve large numbers of persons not eligible for benefits under the present fault system. Stowell said most of the waste and inefficiency in the present system results from the over-payment of small claims, not from court litigation. Wide Variety of Bills Go To House Before Deadline SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Bills to eliminate the personal property tax, create a state- wida board of education, regulate abortions and change the laws applying to impoundment of stray dogs were among the measures introduced in the Illinois House's last day for introduction of general-purpose bills. In all, 117' bills were introduced Monday as the House finally received all of its non- appropriations measures for this session. Under House rules, only bills relating to money may be introduced from now to the end of the term. Measures Received Three measures were received Monday to establish a state board of education — a panel mandated by the 1970 constitution to oversee primary and secondary education in Illinois. One provides for an elected board, oas for an appointed board and one for a combination of some elected and some appoointed members. Rep. Walter Kozubowski, D- Chicago, sponsored a bill call­ ing for legislative leaders to nominate eight persons for consider ation. as board members. From those eight, the governor would pick four persons to serve on the panel. Two suburban Democrats sponsored the other measures. Rep. Daniel Pierce of Highland Park introduced a bill which would have six members appointed by the governor and one elected from each of the staVs 24 congressional districts. Assistant Democratic Leader Gerald Shea of Riverside proposed that one member be elected from each congressional district with a 25th appointed by the governor. The plans join a number of similar measures already before the General Assembly. Two House members — Rep. Susan Catania, R-Chicago, and Rep. Robert J. Walters, R-Alton—submitted measures which would limit women's rights to have abortions in Illinois. Walters' bill would establish as state policy that life "commences to exist at the instant of conception of pregnancy" and, therefore, would establish criminal penalties for performing an abortion. Mrs. Catania's measure would require a woman to submit proof that the father of the unborn child approved of the abortion before such an operation could legally be performed. Rep. Ralph Caparelli, D-Chicago, sponsored a bill to eliminate from the current law a provision that an individual or private agency, within 24 hours, must notify the public pound that it has picked up a stray animal. Other bills introduced Monday include measures to: —Require that campaign contributions and expenditures be made public (Rep. James M. Houlihan, D-Lincoln Park). —Make suffragette Susan B. Anthony's birthday (Feb. 15) a state holiday (Catania). —License community television antenna systems (Rep. James McCourt, R-Evanston). —Provide a mandatory pay differential 1 of 6 per cent for any state employe required to work hours other than 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (Houlihan). —Appropriate $5.5 million to Southern Illinois University for a sports building and $830,000 for a television broadcasting station, on the Edwardsvilte campus (Rep. Horace Calvo, D-Granite City). —Require seat belts on school buses (Catania). —Create a Lake Michigan "Bill of Rights" (Rep. Corneal Davis, D-Chicago). —Authorize the Chicago Board of Education, with referendum, to issue $90 million worth of building bonds and $25 million in working cash bonds (Rep. Victor Arrigo, D-Chicago). Shea also proposed the latest in a long series of measures seeking to meet the constitutional provision that the personal property tax be abolished. His plan would provide replacement revenue by imposing a 6 per cent surcharge on the state income tax paid by corporations and trusts. MEMORY OF: MRS. LENA LEV EN BERG To our many dear friends, neighbors, the visiting nurses, nurses' aides (4th S.) St. Mary's Hospital, and Drs. Giles, Kamp & Douglas, our sincere thanks for their constant concern and care, for the flowers & food, and for all of the other expressions of understanding and sympathy at the time of our great loss of Mother. THE LEVENBERG FAMILY

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