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Galesburg, Illinois
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Wednesday, May 9, 1973
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Senate Approves 'Statewide' Grand Jury Gatesburg RegistefrMoil, Golesburg, III. Wednesday, May 9, 1973 S ByJfiFFERYL.SHELER . SPRINGFIELD (UP1) - A statewide grand Jury with power to Investigate "crimes of statewide concern" anywhere in the state has won approval in the Illinois Senate. ON A M-14 vote, the Senate Monday passed and sent to the House a bill allowing the Illinois attorney general to call for a state grand jury to investigate "m u 11 i c o u n t y" crimes. The Senate also approved bills to abolish the Cook County Department of Public Aid and to transfer $15 million in welfare funds to head off a projected deficit in the state general assistance program. Illinois Atty. Gen. William Scott had proposed the grand jury plan as a tool to fight organized crime operations that spill over into more than one county. UNDER THE PLAN, the attorney general could ask a circuit court judge to order a state grand jury investigation in any county in the state if alleged multicounty crimes involve at least one within his appellate court district. Sen. Hudson Sours, R-Peoria, sponsor of the plan, said the bill would help the attorney general fight crime where local law enforcement officials fail to do the job. "There may be some eoun* ties where crime flourishes and nothing much is done about it," Sours said. "This would give the attorney general an added tool to investigate crimes of statewide concern." BUT DEMOCRATS argued that the attorney general could use the grand jury "for political publicity'" since the bill did not limit the types of crimes the state grand jury could investigate. "This bill would allow the attorney general to convene, a* his whin*> a grand jury investigation anywhere in the state," said Sen. Howard Carroll, D-Chicago. "It does not limit him to the types of issues he can investigate and does not prevent him from calling investigations that are solely for political publicity." The attorney general, Carroll said, need only "assert that there is a multicounty problem" and then find a sympathetic judge to order the grand jury to convene. "If one judge turns down the attorney general's request, there is no safeguard in the bill to prevent him from going judge shopping." Under the current grand jury system, county state's attorneys may call grand jury investigations only In their own counties. SENATE Republicans, on a 30-2 vote, pushed through a plan to abolish the Cook County Department of Public Aid and to authorize the state public aid department to take it over. "This would make Cook County like any other county in Illinois," said Sen. Don A. Moore, R-Midlothian, sponsor of the bill. "About 80 per cent of the state's welfare funds go to Chicago, and if the state is going to shell out that kind of money it should have some say as to how it is spent." Moore said Gov. Daniel Walker has indicated he would sign the bill if both houses approve it. Moore said it would save the state some $18 million a year in welfare costs. IN OTHER action, the Senate approved a transfer of $15 million from the Aid to Dependent Children fund to the state general aid fund. Moore, also the sponsor of that bill, said the general assistance fund will be exhausted in 10 to 12 days due to increased caseloads. Moore said the ADC fund is expected to have a $30 million year-end surplus and will not be hurt by the loss of $15 million. Panel Would Alio w Bench Trial Ban, Scenic River Bill Variation Killed SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The House Judiciary Committee after testimony from Cook County State's Attorney Bernard Carey, has voted to permit the state to prohibit bench trials if such proceedings are not in the public interest. Other committees Tuesday killed a measure similar to the state scenic rivers measure and approved a plan calling for a $50 million, four-lane highway from Lawrenceville to the junction of Interstate 70 and 57 near Effingham. BUI Needed? Carey testified the bill allowing the state to block bench trials was needed to guard against a situation where judges could be put in the position of sole arbiter over another judge or public official. He said federal courts currently have a similar rule regarding federal prosecutors. The vote was 19-3, and the bill was sent to the floor of the House. The House Transportation Committee approved the bill that would authorize the Department of Transportation to build a $50 million, four-lane highway from Lawrenceville to a point near Effingham. The distance of the road would be about 50 miles. 'Every Hope' Rep. Roscoe Cunningham, R- Lawrenceville, told the committee, "We have every hope and indication the governor will sign this bill because it is an economy measure." He said the 50-mile highway would replace 170 miles of proposed freeways | which Walker dropped from the supplemental freeway program earlier this month. The bill was sent to the House Appropriations Committee by a 15-1 margin, as the transportation committee lightheartedly passed several other bills on its lengthy agenda, including two other road projects in Cunningham's district. One was a $500,000 project, the other would cost $50,000. Protested Ron Houska, representing the transportation department, helplessly protested all three Rights Bill Supporters File Court Case SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Illi nois sponsors of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, undaunted by the measure's defeat by both houses of the UJinois Legislature last month, now say they are MOM'S the Word Plem btrwlth GIFTS ttitwy-'To Mother with Lovi" going to court in an attempt to revive the measure. Four House sponsors of the ERA have brought suit against | House Speaker W. Robert Blair —the man whose job it is to interpret House rules and to de clare measures passed or lost— and asked the U.S. District Court to reverse the ruling he made on the ERA. The sponsors said Tuesday they are asking the court to declare unconstitutional the provision of the 1970 Illinois Constitution that Blair followed in declaring the ERA lost April 4. That provision calls for a three- fifths majority to ratify a federal constitutional amendment in the General Assembly. The suit asks the court to declare the ERA passed in the House based on the April roll call in which it received 95 votes—more than a constitution- jal majority but less than the three - fifths required by the rules Blair, a Park Forest Republican and an ERA supporter, was forced to follow. If the suit is successful, the amendment again would go before the Senate, where backers have been unable to get it out of the Executive Committee this session. READ THE WANT ADS! wavemakers from the sheer love collection by gossard-artemis SANDRA MATTERY 223 f. MAIN ST. Owner everJias so little changed you so much. Meet the new wicked mini knightgowns and bikinis from Gossard-Artemis. Created in soft and slinky and sheer nylon tricot. All in petite, small and medium. 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Baka lis, elected that year as state superintendent of public instruc tion, shall be the last school chief to face the voters After 1975 he would be appointed by the not-yettcreated state board of education. But Rep. John Friedland, R- South Elgin, has proposed in a resolution to amend the state charter that voters decide the issue., He said Tuesday he thinks the state spends too much money on education to ignore the voters' opinion on the issue. Majority Leader William Walsh, R-La Grange Park, ar gued against the proposal. If the voters chose to make the post elective, Walsh said, the state board of education "would become meaningless because it would have no control over its chief administrator." The resolution passed, 115-37, and went to the Senate. If the upper chamber by a three- fifths vote approves the proposed constitutional amendment it would appear on the general election ballot in November 1974. 1974. Alarming News PERRANARWORTHAL, England (UPI) — Bryan Thomas, 37, and a salesman were in Thomas' office at the Tredrea Manor Hotel Tuesday discussing burglar a\arms when someone stole their color television set from the hotel lounge. Powell Cohort Got Too Much SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - A cohort of the late Paul Powell was paid $750,000 more than he was due while serving as state architect, an investigator for the state has charged. The charge was leveled Tuesday night by Michael E. Pawlowski, an agent of the Illinois Legislative Investigating Commission, who probed contracts and cost overruns in. connection with the still incomplete capitol rehabilitation project. PAWLOWSKI TOLD COMMISSION members the architect, Harry J. Fernandes, received a "substantial overpayment of $750,000 from the office of secretary of state" for the work he did on the renovation project. Pawlowski said his research showed Fernandes, employed at the time by the late Democratic secretary of state, should not have been paid more than $556,000. Pawlowski also testified that Fernandes got more than $2.5 million on 72 construction projects over the past several years—56 of them from Powell. THE PAWLOWSKI TESTIMONY came at the first of several hearings scheduled by the Legislative Investigating Commission to look into possible wrongdoing in connection with the capitol remodeling. Several other witnesses at the meeting were contractors awarded work on the Capitol building. One of them, Chicago contractor Talmadge Rauhoff, said his firm remodeled the home of former Powell purchasing agent James White but never collected for the $30,000 job "on the advice of my attorney." White has been indicted on federal bribery and income tax evasion charges. 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