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Tuesday, May 8, 1973
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House SPRINGFIELD (UPI) Doctors and nurses who refuse to perform abortions would be immune to lawsuits under a measure that the Illinois House has passed. THE BILL would also permit medical workers to sue the clinic or hospital they work for if, for example, they can show they were denied a job transfer or promotion because they refused to take part in an abortion. The bill, sent to the Senate Monday on a 121-7 vote, is sponsored by Rep. Edmund F. Kucharski, .R-Chicago. Galesburg Register-Mail, Golesburg, Tuesday, May 8, 1973 3 Abortion Protection, Welfare Bills The House also passed, 11&7, a bill to legalize what the state Public Aid Department is already doing-denying aid to mothers of unborn children. "This simply says any child must be borjn before its mother can qualify for AFDC (Aid to Families of Dependent Children)," said Rep. Harry Yourell, an Oak Lawn Democrat and sponsor of the bill. YOURELL SAID passage of his bill would not cut off public aid payments for prenatal care. Another bill passed by the House and sent to the Senate would create a new state agency — the department of developmental disabilities — to deal with epilepsy, cerebral palsy and other nervous disorders. It would also handle problems related to mental retardation. Rep. William Walsh, R-Ia- Qrange Park, who has a retarded son, is sponsor of the bill. He said it is needed to draw a finer line between the treatment given the mentally ill and the mentally retarded. In theory, Walsh said, the mentally ill have emotional problems that can be cured. But the mentally retarded, he said, Suffer from physical problems which most of the time can't be corrected. THE RESULT too often, Walsh said, is the same treatment for two classes of patients requiring radically different help. Most of those opposed to Walsh's bill said it would simply create another bureaucracy without assuring better patient care. Backers of the bill, which went to the Senate on a 1306 tally, said it would cost very little to set up the new depart­ ment because most of its work' ers would come from already existing agencies, such as the Mental Health Department. On a 97-14 vote, the House also gave the Senate a vote requiring repairmen to list parts and services on their bills. "This doesn't apply to auto repairs," said Rep. Jacob J. Wolf, R-Chicago, of his bill. "They already do this. "BUT IT would cover, for example, television repairmen," Wolf said. "I don't mean to single them out, but I recently saw a newscast in which nine TV's—perfect except for one small part taken out—were fixed for between |24 and $38 at nine different shops." Finally, the House voted to make the first Monday in. March a state holiday in honor of a Polish hero of the American Revolution — Casimir Pulaski — whose birthday is March 4. But some members objected. "At the rate we're going," said Wolf, "the schools will close and the banks will never be open." Wolf referred to the recent House passage of a bill making the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday — January 15 — a state holiday. This bill, honoring the slain civil rights worker, is in the Senate. BUT REP. Leroy W. Lemke, the Chicago Democrat who sponsored the bill, said the Pulaski holiday would be strictly voluntary if made law. "Schools wouldn't close and the banks would only if they want to," he said. Passed 113-12, Lemke's bill is now in the Senate. State Senators Begin ChippingAwayat Mountain ofLeghlation By JEFFREY L. SHELER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois Senate, ending a virtual legislative standstill, has started whittling away at a mountain of bills that has clogged the Senate calendar for weeks. The Senate Monday approved and sent to the House 25 bills including salaries for state officials and emergency aid for flood-stricken schools. The flurry of activity broke a logjam of bills that had piled up in the Senate for weeks. Senate President William Harris, R-Pontiac, two weeks ago called the upper chamber into evening sessions after he noted the Senate had passed only three bills in four days. The day's action, however, only scratched the surface as hundreds of bills still remain on the three-page Senate calendar and hundreds more are backed up in committee. Further adding to the Senate's headaches is an impending deluge of House-passed bills being held off the Senate floor until May 25—the Senate deadline for passage of Senate bills. Virtually all of the bills passed Monday were uncontroversial and passed quickly wtih little or no debate. The Senate approved a $7.67 million bill setting salaries for state officials or fiscal year 1974. Since the bill provides no pay raises over current levels, the sometimes controversial subject drew little fire and passed without a dissenting, vote. Under the bill, the governor would remain the highest paid state official with a yearly salary of $50,000. The secretary of state and attorney general would each make $42,500, the comptroller $40,000 and the lieutenant governor $37,500. On a '40-0 vote, the Senate approved $300,000 in emergency aid funds for downstate schools affected by recent floods. The funds, to be handed out by the state school superintendent, are to help meet rent, transportation and cleanup costs resulting from flood damage. A companion bill, approved on a 36-0 vote, would allow the state school chief to exempt flood-stricken schools from meeting a 176 school-day requirement set by the state as a minimum requirement for full state school aid. Both bills were sponsored by Sen. Kenneth Buzbee, D-Carbondale. The Senate also approved a $3.8 million annual appropriation for the military and naval department. Hotel's Owners File Bankruptcy SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The fabled St. Nicholas Hotel, where Paul Powell once left some $800,000 in cash lying in a closet, now finds itself unable to pay its bills. Owners of the "St. Nick," last of Springfield's big, downtown hotels, listed $212,639 in debts Monday as they filed a bankruptcy petition. IT WAS AT the St. Nick that Secretary : of State Powell left some $800,000 in cash, stuffed in a shoebox, a battered valise and assorted shirtboxes after his death Oct. 10, 1970. The cash was left lying in a closet of his modest suite. The discovery of the money led to at least six grand jury probes but the source of it has not been disclosed. One theory holds the fortune was campaign contributions the Vienna Democrat never spent. Another says Powell took the money for favors. Yet another theory would have it the money was planted in the suite after Powell died. Whatever the source of the cash hoard, its discovery earned the St. Nick a nitche in,.Illinois history. EVEN BEFORE Powell, however, the establishment for decades had been synonymous with Democratic politics. Every election year since he became Chicago mayor, for instance, Richard J. Daley has treked from the windy city to the capital city to bless or reject aspiring party faithful who want to be slated on the Democratic ticket. As recently as last summer, it was in the St. Nicholas Hotel that anti-Daley forces led U.S. Sen. Adlai Stevenson III in an abortive drive to oust Daley as chairman of the state's delegation to the Democratic National Convention. In recent years, the hotel has become a more nonpartisan gathering place, partly because of the closing of other downtown facilities. The bulk of the state's lawmakers, for instance, gathered there Monday evening, hours after the petition was filed, for their annual German-American dinner. EDITH K. FALSTEIN, president of the hotel corporation, asked in the bankruptcy petition for an arrangement that would allow the hotel to stay open while paying the debts over a period of time. Another possibility would be a reduction in the amount of the hotel's liabilities. The petition listed nearly 180 creditors. The largest was Springfield's municipal utility, which ,was owed $26,000. Other major debts were to food suppliers. 47th District Representative Scores £™ M P l j? beb ii Illinois Dam Walker s Plan to Scrap Area Roads AmongWorst Applications for Flood Relief Total 1,657; 10,000 on Way By United Press International — 11 L Flood relief centers in Illinois received 1,657 applications for financial help during the first week they were open, the Office of Emergency Preparedness said today. Another 10,500 families were expected to seek aid when the rivers recede and homeowners are able to assess damages on their property. But until, people can actually get into their homes and see what they've lost, they won't be able to make assessments of whait they lost," said Small Business Administration porject manager Al Harvey. "We're just really getting geared up." Harvey said 400 of the initial requests to the SBA came from the Rockford area where families were hit by a flash flood on the Rock River during the Easter weekend. Most have returned to their homes, and Harvey said they can expect to receive a check from the SBA within a month after they file their aid application. Can Borrow Money Under SBA flood relief regulations, a family can "borrow" thousands of dollars immediately after his property is damaged, and he does not have to pay back the first $5,000. Harvey said applications from the Rockford area have been for "fairly small amounts" of $3,000 to $4,000 because few per­ sons lost their homes in" the flood, but an estimated 600 lost furniture, clothing and had some structural house damage. "The applications will be asking for a lot more where the houses are wiped out," he said. Robert Ritter, 59, a press operator in Rockford whose home was flooded during the Easter weekend, said he, his wife and his mother were able to get the mud and water out once the river went down, but almost everything they owned was destroyed. "We've got a place to sit up and a place to go to bed and that's about all we've got now," he said. "We're going to have to put new floors in the kitchen, bedroom and front room." Will Take Time Ritter said he was filling out an application for help from the SBA, and he plans to slowly replace his furniture. "It will take some time unless I get help," he said. In Quincy, where hundreds of families were still staying with friends and relatives, only 130 aid applications had been filed by midday Monday. More were expected when the Mississippi receded. Flood victims can apply for aid in Rockford, Quincy, East St. Louis, Jerseyville, Havana, By KENNETH JOHNSON (Staff Writer) SPRINGFIELD—Rep. Clarence E. Neff, R-Stronghurst, chairman of the House Transportation Committee; today attacked Gov. Daniel Walker's decision to scrap a large part of the proposed supplemental freeway system. Neff charged that Walker "has ignored the highway needs of the 47th District and has, in effect, doomed the people of the district to travel on insufficient roads which in many cases are far below minimum safety standards." THE GOVERNOR unveiled his highway program last Wednesday in Springfield and most legislators, including many Democrats, have expressed disappointment. Office- (Continued From Page 2) would be moved to the first floor where the county clerk's office is now. The state's attorney's office would be expanded into the present traffic court quarters and a client-attorney consultation room would be added in that area. The county board would meet in what is now the county law library, and that space would be moved to the fourth floor. These two projects would be done later and are not included in cost estimates. Wilson told the committee the $5,000 estimate was for work on walls only, and did not include' moving costs, wiring or painting. He told the committee he believed the entire job could be done for $10,000. "I thought the cost would be higher," he added. He said the plan will not be completed for presentation to the board at its meeting Wednesday. He said the solution is only temporary, and added ". . . we have to do something." Richard Olson, R-2nd, Revenue Committee chairman and a member of the courthouse committee, commented it might be possible to include the remodeling expense in the next budget. JAMES NELSON, D-3rd, objected to moving the county clerk to the third floor because the office handles a heavy volume of traffic. Wilson reported that repairs to the cooling unit are needed at a cost of $300-$400 because 'the unit was not properly shut down last fall, according to the contractor. Among the cutbacks in the supplemental freeway system were roads down the eastern and western borders of the state and a 4-lane highway between Monmouth and Galesburg that would parallel existing U.S. 34. Also excluded were proposals to build a 4-Iane 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. "NOT ONE foot of new highway is planned in any of the seven counties in my district," Neff said, "and the planned widening of the district's 250 miles of dangerous- Alderman Is Champion Of Elder Cause (Continued From Page 2) landing system and erect a control tower. The tower is expected to be erected in February 1974, a date earlier than expected, Herring said. —Approved a request from Cottage Hospital to erect a sign larger than allowed by ordinance. —Approved a preliminary- final plat of the Leo B. Smith Subdivision on Clay Street. -PASSED THREE amendments to the City Traffic Ordinance to remove parking on Farnham Street between Main Street and Grand Avenue, to remove parking on the east side of Olive Street between North and Losey streets, to erect yield signs on Bandy Avenue at West Water Street. —Approved all but one taxi cab operation application. Erickson suggested the council meet with the person not receiving approval to give him a chance to convince the council he should have a permit to operate. —Accepted bids for 1973-74 maintenance of park roads with liquid asphalt and aggregate, for fire hydrants and for a tractor, loader and backhoe for Linwood Cemetery. Gunther Construction Co. was awarded the job of park road maintenance with a bid of $5,297. Waterous Co., St. Paul, Minn., will supply new fire hydrants where necessary this year at a cost of $214 per hydrant. Cavanaugh Monmouth Ford will provide the cemetery with equipment totaling $8,132. ly narrow road surfaces is insufficient. "There are only three other counties in the state with more miles of 18-foot pave-. ment than Henry County," Neff continued. "Yet the governor seems to have overlooked this very critical safety hazard." Minimum safety standards, set by both state and federal transportation departments, conclude that pavements 18 feet wide or narrower are unsafe for average highway traffic and vehicles. "Governor Walker says there are insufficient funds for highway construction. Quite the contrary. There are sufficient funds available if they are spent wisely. The governor has failed to examine the needs of the state sufficiently to make a well advised determination for highway spending," Neff charged. "AS TIME goes by, I am more and more convinced that the people of Illinois have for a governor a well-intentioned, but grossly ill-advised man, who is more concerned with pinching pennies than providing for the people's safety," he added. See 'Applications'-^ (Continued on Page 5) - NOTICE CANTRELL'S RENTAL SERVICE CORNER SIMMONS & WEST Will be closed Wed. noon May 9 until Thurs., May 10 — due to the death of em* ployee E. BERNARD SCHENCK About three years ago, Neff put aside plans for a 50-mile freeway between Galesburg and Burlington and gave priority to a proposed bridge project over the Mississippi River at Burlington. Neff said Illinois was interested in constructing a 4- lane bridge, which was fine with Burlington — providing the State of Iowa could operate a toll station. However, under existing law, federal and Illinois funds can only be used to build a toll-free bridge. Iowa, unwilling to give up bridge revenue, decided to block the project, and the entire matter ended up in court. After years of litigation, no decision has been reached. NEFF WAS asked why he gave the bridge project priority over the freeway between Galesburg and Burlington. "We felt if we could get the bridge built by using federal funds and money from both states, we could convince the Highway Department of the need for a freeway between Galesburg and Burlington. With Iowa's support, I'm confident we can still get the' bridge and, hopefully, the new roadway." WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Environmental Policy Center, a lobbying organization for con servation groups, has listed the proposed Oakley Reservoir proj ect in Illinois as one of the 13 least d e s i r a b le construction projects in the nation The EPC said in a news release Monday that the cost of the reservoir has risen from an estimated $29 million in 1962 when it was first proposed, to a current estimate of $80.9 mil lion. The release said the cost of the reservoir and its poten tial damage to the ecology of Allerton Park "cannot be justi fied." The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed the reservoir be built to control flooding on the Sangamon River north of, Decatur and to help provide a new water supply for the city of Decatur. Conservatives have battled the project for years. Gov. Daniel Walker was expected to announce soon whether he will release the estimated $17.5 million in state funds that would be required to match federal spending on the Oakley project. 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