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Galesburg Register-Moil, Gale'sburg, III. Wednesday, May 2, 1973 3 Voters to Decide Governor's 'Amendatory Veto' Powers SMntivtr..*.. _ .... w SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Illinois voters are going to determine whether the governor will keep or lose his controversial "amendatory veto" power granted by the 1970 Constttu* tion. The state Senate Tuesday gave final approval to a statewide referendum on the veto power, meaning the topic wilt be on the ballot at the next statewide general election in November, 1974. The Senate vote was 52-4. Under terms ot the 1970 Con- situation, the governor has as one of his veto powers the right to return a bill to the legislature with recommendations for specific changes. If a simple majority of the members of each house Vote to okay the changes, the bill becomes law in the governor's proposed form. A three • fifths vote in each house is required to over* ride the amendatory veto and put the law into effect in its original form. Confused Over Meaning However, no one has really figured Out what the constitutional convention intended when it gave the governor that power. Some contend the amendatory veto was meant only to allow a governor to correct technical faults in wording or form. Others, including Governors Richard Ogilvie and Daniel Walker, see the power as a blanket right to rewrite legislation. Both Ogilvie and Walker hav» tried to use the veto power to rewrite bills and both have seen the technique backfire. Ogilvie in 1971 extensively reworked a plan for state aid to nonpublic schools passed by the General Assembly, hoping to put it in a form acceptable to the federal courts. But the Illinois Supreme Court, while not defining the amendatory veto power, ruled that Ogilvie had overstepped its bounds and invalidated the law. Walker used the amendatory veto earlier this year to change a bill providing aid to mass transit systems. But each house easily found the required three- fifths vote and overrode Walker's changes. "I believe the intent of the constitutional convention was certainly not to give the gover* nor broad leeway to rewrite legislation which is currently what has happened," Sen. Bradley Glass, R-Northfield, Senate sponsor of the resolution, said. Opponents charged the amendatory veto can provide an easy way to deal with legislative failings. "I fear and regret to say that there are many provisions) that creep into bills before they reach the governor's desk that go beyond technical errors and matters of form and yet do not go to the heart and substance of a bill," Sen. Dawn Clark Netsch, D-Chicago, said. Even she, however, agreed that some limitation should be placed on the amendatory veto power. r State Vote Unit: Two Proposals By TOM LAUE SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Both the Illinois Senate and Houso have passed bills to create a state board ot elections, required by the state's 1970 Constitution. But the House Tuesday came up with a 5 -member board and the Senate a 4-member board-both to satisfy Ae constitutional requirement that neither major political party have a majority on the board. THUS, THE MAKE-UP of a state board of elections will likely be decided by a joint House-Senate conference committee. The House and Senate approach to the problem is basically alike except for the number of board members. The- Senate Tuesday approved its version nearly unanimously—the vote was 50-1—and sent it to the House. Under the Senate measure, each of the four legislative leaders would pick two board candidates from which the governor would choose four—two from each party. "This is in keeping with the constitutional requirement and the Senate's thinking that no independent is close enough to the election process to sit on the board," said Sen. Howard Carroll, D-Chicago. CARROLL'S COMMENT was a criticism of the House version, passed 121-27 and sent to the Senate. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Philip Collins, R-Calumet City would also have each legislative leader speaker of the House, Senate president and the two minority leaders pick two candidates of their own party. But they would each also pick a third independent candidate, one of which the governor would select as the board's fifth and tie-breaking member. Though many House members quarrelled with the 5- member concept on grounds the board's power would swing from one party to the other depending on who is governor, Collins and others said the board must have an odd number if it hopes to get anything done. ' "WHENEVER A POLITICAL question would arise," Collins said, "an insoluble deadlock would result with an even-numbered board." Democrats—particularly from Chicago—tried to block passage of the bill on grounds the board would take over many tasks now performed by the Cook County Board of Election Commissioners. "This puts all the power in Springfield and robs the local governments of their election decisions," said Assistant Minority Leader Gerald Shea, D-Riverside. Collins pooh-poohed Shea's fears. "It's true the board is aimed at insuring clean elections," he said. "But it won't pre-empt the powers of local election boards. They'll still run elections. This board will simply supervise them." There was no such clash in the Senate. The Senate bill has bi-partisan backing and was the work of the election laws study commission. THE HOUSE TUESDAY also passed, 95-70, another Collins' bill that would permit election judges to give foreign-speaking voters help outside—but not inside—voting booths where paper ballots are used. Democrats shrilly denounced the bill, accusing Republicans of trying to disenfranchise voters who don't speak English. "How would you feel if you were embarrassed and humiliated in front of dozens of people just because you don 't speak English?" asked Rep. Ken Boyle, D-Carlinville. "The way things stand now, these people are spared humiliation because they get help inside the booths." MAJORITY LEADER William Walsh, R-LaGrange Park, called the Democratic stand self-serving. "Let's face it," he said. "Even though law says a Republican and Democratic judge are supposed to go in with a foreign- speaking voter, this doesn't happen in many cases— particularly in Democratic Chicago precincts. "Sure, the judge is nominally Republican," Walsh said, "but in fact he's often a Democrat because you can't get Republican judges in these areas. These judges then are very often voting Democratic for these people. These are the kinds of abuses we're trying to get at." Free Checking Free (hecks. FULLY PERSONALIZED (heck Walker Scrapping Segments of State's Planned Supplemental Freeway System By ROBERT KIECKHEFER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Gov. Daniel Walker today announced he is scrapping vast segments of the proposed supplemental freeway system including roads down the eastern and western borders of the state. Walker also announced that some roads left in the program will be downgraded from interstate standards either to lesser four-lane status or to two-lane roads. Segments left in the Walker plan, either as freeways, improvements of existing roads or as two - lane construction, included: Parts of the East-West Freeway from Quincy to Springfield; small segments of a Southern Illinois expressway; County Plan Panel Okays Plat Projects (Continued From Page 2) ing located. He related that Lloyd Yoho, township road commissioner, said that plans are in tile works for road improvement, and that a request has been made for a new bridge in the area. ACTION WAS deferred on a plat for Wadhain Acres Extension 2. The plat was for a fourth lot in the subdivision, one beyond the 3-lot limit for a minor subdivision. The owner will be instructed to submit a preliminary plat for the entire area, which he has plans to develop in the next three years. The area is located southeast of Knoxville on 111. 97. Masterson told the commission he was submitting a request for $12,886 to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency under the grant offer made by the agency. The request for funds is the first since the grant offer was received. the extension of the East-West Toll Road to the Quad Cities; [and part of the U.S. 51 corridor from Rockford to Bloomington. All State Can Afford That, Walker said, will "use up all the available highway bond funds" and is all the state can afford. He said the plan will cost $495 million, spread over the next five years. Part of the total will come from the road fund, the governor said. The governor said only about $390 million is left of the $600 million earmarked in the 1971 transportation bond issue. He said $150 million of the original amount is committed to non- freeway work in Chicago and Cook County as a result of a clandestine agreement between Area Road Route Is Out . Gov. Daniel Walker's supplemental freeway system proposed today did not include a 4-lane highway between Monmouth and Galesburg that would parallel existing U.S. 34. The project, first proposed more than five years ago, had been included in former Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie's supplemental freeway package. Also excluded were proposals to build a 4-lane highway between Rock Island, Monmouth and Macomb as part of a north-south route between the quad-cities and St. Louis. Another Western Illinois proposal rejected by Walker was a portion of a Chicago-Kansas City freeway between Peoria and Quincy. former Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie and Chicago Mayor Richard -J. Daley. Segments approved today include: —Rockford to Bloomington. The Rockford to La Salle portion will be four-lane and will run along the U.S. 51 corridor From La Salle to Bloomington U.S. 51 will be improved but left as a two-lane road. —Decatur south bypass. Two lanes of what is planned as a four-lane freeway will be built linking Interstate 72 with U.S. 51 to the southwest of Decatur. —Quincy to Springfield. The Quincy to Jacksonville section will be two-lane highway. A segment from Jacksonville to Springfield will be full freeway, with interchanges. —Interstate 74 at Peoria to Lincoln. This spur, already under way, will be full freeway. —Carbondale to Interstate 64. Illinois 13 will be improved to a four-lane highway from Car bondale to Murphysboro. Illinois 127 will be rebuilt as a new two-lane road from Murphys­ boro to Interstate 64 north of Nashville. -Carlyle to- East St Louis. A four-lane highway will be built on a new corridor, with land to be acquired later to bring the road up to freeway standards. —Quad Cities to East-West Tollway. Two lanes of an ultimate four-lane road will be built. Land will be acquired for later upgrading. Some Plans Omitted Major portions of the original plan, proposed by Ogilvie, were left out of Walker's proposal. They include a north-south highway running the length of the See'Walker'- (Continued on Page 11) MASTERSON SAID would go to the county for reimbursement for manpower and mileage for a tri-township water management study. The remaining $12,000 would go to the Galesburg Sanitary District to repay money it loaned other agencies for the study. Masterson was given permission to repay $8,000 of the amount to the GSD and place the remaining $4,000 in the bank to make partial payment to the engineering firm as work on the study is completed, if this proposal meets the approval of sanitary district officials. Peoria Children Set Free After Gunman Shot Down Nightmare for Children Following the ordeal Tuesday at St. Cecilia school in Peoria, a pedestrian stops and looks at traces of blood on the sidewalk in front of the school. Three armed men held more than 100 children hostage yesterday before one of the gunmen was killed by police. UNIFAX By JEFF SHELER PEORIA, 111. (UPI) - Three armed robbery suspects held about 100 children hostage Tuesday until police killed one of the gunmen. The two other suspects then released the children unharmed and surrendered. Peoria County authorities said Eddie Blakes, 21, and Robert Funches, 23, both of Peoria were to be charged today with armed robbery, aggravated assault and attempted murder. A third gunman, Melvin Birch, 25, also of Peoria, was killed by police when he attempted to leave the St. Cecilia's Catholic School near downtown Peoria behind a child hostage. Police said today they were looking for a fourth man and a woman who may have been involved in events leading up to the drama at St. Cecilia's. The suspects, matching the description of robbers who held up a sporting goods store about 15 minutes earlier, roared up to the school in a car and one of them jumped out shouting, "We're going to shoot everybody here." About 20 youngsters were in the, playground and the remainder of the school's 121 students were inside the building. The gunmen herded some youngsters from the playground and from classrooms into the school cafeteria, where other children became a hero. Johnny, son of and adults were working. a Peoria alderman, said his Authorities said about 50 class was getting its homework Board Approves Budget As Courtesy to Governor WITH THE ONLY BANK TO OFFER THIS EXCLUSIVE SERVICE IN GALESBURG. WE APPRECIATE YOUR BUSINESS. "The Bank That Leads The Way Bank of Galesburg MEMBER F.D.I.C. MAIN & KELLOGG PH. 343-4141 CHICAGO (UPI) - Acting at the request of Gov. Daniel Walker, the Illinois Board of Higher Education Tuesday approved a $601 million budget, but warned there would be "adverse effects" if the state's colleges and universities have to operate on that amount next year. University of Illinois President John Corbally called the revised budget "preposterous." The board approved the $601 million budget, drawn up by its staff last month, because Walker, in his March 7 budget message, said that was the top amount available for the schools next year. He asked the board, which had earlier recommended a $647 million operating budget, to approve a new one within the spending limits he proposed. Reaffirms its Support On Tuesday, the board reaffirmed its support of the original $647 million budget, but also gave reluctant approval to the alternate budget. "I think it is imperative that the board take a definitive position in response to the governor's request," Board Chairman Donald M. Prince said. "To do so is not a departure from the original budget recommendations which we firmly believe reflect the needs of Illinois higher education for fiscal 1974." The board voted to send the revised budget to Walker "accompanied by a strong statement of the concomitant adverse effects" it would have. Board members also asked Prince to set up a meeting with Walker so they can detail those effects. Corbally, in a speech before the vote, suggested board members should chuck the revised budget and advise Walker instead that his proposal would mean a "moratorium on growth and expansion," in education next year. Says 'Counterproductive' "The recommendations now before you seem to me to be proposterous," he said. "They JOIN Civic Music NOW 343-8325 are so at odds with the pressing needs of higher education as to be counterproductive." James B. Holderman, outgoing executive director of the board, said the revised budget was drawn up as a courtesy to Walker. "We don't believe it would be possible for higher education to operate on this budget," he said. Both of the board's budgets now go to the legislature, where the final decisions on how much money the schools get will be made. Walker, however, can veto the school appropriations if he thinks they are too high. WHEN BUYING OR SELLING HEAL ESTATE SEE HOLLAND HANNAM AT HAROLD WILSON REALTY 1131 N. Henderson Ph. 343-3103 children and adults held at gunpoint were taken into the kitchen, at the rear of the cafeteria and into an adjacent furnace room. The gunmen commanded view of the school exists that prevented others from leaving the two-story school building. In addition about 2,100 students at Peoria Central High School, across the street, were kept in classes for fear they might be fired upon from St. Cecilia's. Johnny Ardis, 10, a fifth grader at St. Cecilia, wasj picked as a hostage and assignments when Birch rushed in. "He told us, 'get on your knees and put your hands jbehind your heads.' " a * Johnny said Birch told the class he wanted a hostage because the men were trying to negotiate with police for a rifle and five walkie-talkies. Johnny walked into the school corridor with Birch and "he put a gun at my head so the police See 'Children 9 (Continued on Page 11) FOR MOTHER WITH LOVE AND YOU SAVE $11 Make mother happy with one of our instant loveliness wigs. Choose for her Alice, Celeste or Star by a famous manufacturer. Remember: These wigs go back to original price May 12th. Alice Celeste Star . Kanekalon® the shag wig with the natural hairline. Dynel® modacrylic, looks and feels like real hair. Kanekalon® short wig for the small bead look. Reg. $29.99 239 E. MAIN ST. GALESBURG PH. 343.2713

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