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Galesburg Register-Moil, Galesburg, Friday, May 18, $ Two Versions of No - Fault Insurance Pass State Senate After Long Debate By JEFFERY L. SHELLER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Two differing versions of "modified no - fault" auto insurance- designed to speed up claims and cut insurance costs—have cleared the Illinois Senate and gone to the House. After almost four hours of debate and discussion Thursday, the Senate easily approved one version, sponsored by Sen. Harris Fawell, R-Naperville, on a 39 - 6 vote. Another version, sponsored by Senate President William Harris, R * Pontiac, squeaked by on a 31-13 vote with 30 needed for passage. Although both bills seek to speed up payment of personal injury claims and reduce the number of court actions stemming from accidents, neither extends its provisions to covet* vehicle damage. Under both bills, all Illinois motorists would be required to carry minimal insurance for medical expenses resulting from auto accidents. Fawell's bill would require $2,000 per person and Harris' calls for at least $10,000. Both also require income protection insurance. But major differences in the bills sparked a sometimes heated debate between lawyers and nonlawyers in the Senate. The Illinois Bar Association backs Fawell's bill and the insurance industry supports Harris' version. Fawell is an attorney and Harris is an insurance man. Disagreement centered on provisions concerning the right of an accident victim to sue for "pain and suffering" above what is recovered from medical expenses. Harris' bijl limits lawsuits to cases involving death, serious injury or disability lasting longer than 30 days. Fa^vell's bill does not directly restrict lawsuits. "Under Senator Harris' bill we are giving up the right to seek claims for 90 per cent of the bodily injury cases," Fawell said. "In return we are given the privilege to pay for mandatory insurance. "In reality there is no such thing as no-fault insurance. We should call it prompt-payment, mandatory insurance coverage" he said. Harris contended that since Fawell's bill did not restrict the right to sue, insurance firms would be unable to lower insurance premiums which, he said, they could do under his bill. Under an amendment tacked onto his bill Wednesday, the Illinois insurance director could order reductions in premiums if he found them unduly high and if he found a lack of competition between companies. "Delay sometimes causes victims to accept terms less than what is equitable and fair," Harris said. "My bill Will provide prompt and adequate payment in 99 per cent of the cases." Besides the two Senate bills, the House is also considering a bill sponsored by Rep. Samuel Maragos, D-Chicago. That bill is similar to Fawell's bill. Work on Expressway Sections May Start in Summer SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Expressway links in Sangamon, Morgan and Clinton counties apparently will be the first segments of Gov. Daniel Walker's supplemental freeway system to get construction go-aheads. Sources in the state Department of transportation said Thursday that freeway segments in those counties will be awarded to contracting firms at the DOT's June 8 bid letting. If that schedule is kept, construction could be under way by mid-July. However, no other segments of Walker's freeway program have been listed yet for the June bid letting, indicating most of the proposed system probably will not be under way until next year at the earliest. The projects up for award in June involve the central Illinois expressway and a proposed free way running from the East St. Louis area to Carlyle along the corridor of U.S. 50. They include two Sangamon County grade separations, a grade separation in Morgan County and six bridges over three creeks in Clinton County, a DOT spokesman said. No cost estimate is yet available for the work. Several of the projects had been listed for bids in February. They were eliminated from letting, however, in order to give Walker time to study the proposed freeway system and decide how he would modify it. Several Whiteside County paving projects on an extension of the East - West Tollway also were eliminated from the February letting. They were not reincluded In the listing for June, the DOT said, because Walker's plans involve redesign work on that road. Since there is a four-to six- week time lag between the time of bid letting and the time work begins, it is unlikely that any projects not included in the June letting will be under construction before the next building season. At Journeys Start Dean Campbell, left, and Bill Dwyer wait for the rest of their party to board their canoes before embarking Thursday at St. Ignace, Mich., dn a 3,000-mile, 4-month journey through the Midwest following the same course Fr. Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet took in 1673. Seven men and a boy will make the trip as part of an observance of the 300th anniversary of the journey. The trip will take the group down the Mississippi River. UNIFAX Drug Bust Reaps 17 in Carbondale Panel Urges Assessments Be Put on Annual Basis SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - A report issued to the Illinois Legislature has recommended that property be assessed annually instead of every four years so that taxpayers don't get hit with a huge tax hike all at once. The report, issued Thursday by staff members of the Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission, said annual reassessment "would permit these increases in assessment to occur in smaller and more manageable increments and would not disrupt the homeowner's budget as quadrennial reassessment does." The commission, composed of 20 members of the Illinois House and Senate, was appointed last December to study assessment practices after the legislature considered and rejected Gov. Richard Ogilvie's proposal to freeze all property taxes. Other recommendations in the report include: —That the state take over responsibility for assessing pub- Firms Trying To Get Gas To Farmers WASHINGTON (UPI) - Oil companies are cooperating to get fuel into gasoline - pinched farm areas to keep tractors running under the government's new voluntary fuel allocation program, .an Interior Department official says. Mistaken Drug Raid Victims Scheduled to Begin Account See 'Panel' (Continued on Page 13) CARBONDALE, 111..(UPI) Federal narcotics agents led a force of 75 officers Thursday in a crackdown against hard drugs in a two-county area with most of the raid action centered in this university town. Seventeen persons were ar rested during the pre - dawn sweep in Southern Illinois A Southern Illinois University- Carbondale coed was arrested in Chicago and another girl, accompanied by her attorney, surrendered to a U.S. Commissioner here Thursday afternoon. Commissioner W. Kent Brandon said another person was expected to surrender today and that two other warrants still were outstanding. Probe Precedes The raids were preceded by an investigation of about three months during which undercover narcotics agents bought quantities of heroin, cocaine, LSD, PCP, and 8,000 Amytol capsules, according to George Halpin, Chicago, deputy director of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. He said 30 pounds of marijuana was seized in the Thursday raids. The group was accompanied by federal attorneys as federal agents sought to avoid a repetition of mistaken drug raids last month at Collinsville. Sen. Charles Percy, R - 111., was to conduct a special Senate subcommittee hearing in Chir cago today as a result of the uproar that followed an April 23 raid by federal narcotics agents on two homes in .Collinsville. The homes turned out to be the wrong ones, the agents had no search warrants and acted on false information provided by a tipster. Careful Check Brandon said the four locations for which search warrants were issued Thursday were carefully-checked out before the raids. Three were in Carbondale and one was in southwestern Williamson County. Several arrest warrants were also issued to the strike force which included state, county, city and SIU security police. The raids were endorsed by Carbondale Police Chief Joseph Dakin and SlU-Carbondale President David R. Derge, who had made prior appeals to authorities for help on the drug problem. "We've got problems that we can't handle on a local level,"said Dakin. "It is our intention to make SIU at Carbondale so hostile to users that people with this unfortunate propensity will find it extremely difficult to stay," said Derge. Wipe Out "Our dedicated goal is to eradicate the drug problem." U.S. Attorney Henry Schwarz , said three other persons ar-1 rested Thursday were not i charged and would appear as | material witnesses. He said the drug cases would be presented to a federal grand jury that is to convene Monday at Danville. On the Farm Front Although the program is only a few days old, Duke R. Ligon told the House Agriculture Committee Thursday, it appears to be working. Ligon said one typical set of situations involves areas where major firms have closed down service stations or "pulled out' by ending contracts with dis tributors. In such cases, Ligon said, the Interior Department's Office of Oil and Gas urges the supplier to exchange stocks with firms remaining in the area so they can take up the slack for essential customers including farmers. Companies involved have demonstrated a willingness to comply under this voluntary plan, Ligon said. Succeeded in Idaho "Just yesterday in Idaho they worked out a situation like this and got a supply to farmers. In that case and others, they're not getting everything they asked for, but farmers are getting 80 to 90 per cent of what they asked for," he said. Stephen A. Wakefield, assistant secretary of the Interior,! CHICAGO (UPI)—Members of two Collinsville, 111., families who were mistaken targets for drug raids by federal agents were scheduled to testify at a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing today. The one - day subcommittee hearing, chaired by Sen. Cahrles H. Percy, was called to gather public testimony on a proposal by the Nixon administration to combine drug law 'Diliy of an Award Peoria State Hospital To Close PEORIA, 111. (UPI) - Gov. Daniel Walker said today Peoria State Hospital will be closed by the end of 1973, and that the first transfer of patients and staff will begin within a month. He called the decision "painful," and said it was based on recommendations from his mental health director and from a three - member commission chaired by former Gov. Samuel H. Shapiro. Former Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie had decided before his defeat last November to close the hospital, which recently has had a reduction in the number of patients. "Peoria State today is not the Peoria State of the early decades of this century," Walker said. Rep. John E. Grotberg, R-St. Charles, left Thursday presented a giant plastic pickle to Peoria newsman Bill O'Connell, president of the Illinois Legislative Correspondent's Assn., for safe-keeping. The pickle will be­ come a traveling award to be presented each year to the person who gets himself into the "greatest pickle" during a General Assembly session. Newsmen will make the selection. UNIFAX Pickle Power: House Squeaks, Laughs HALL'S 'ELECTRIC SERVICE 220 VOLT - 100 AMP SERVICES — INSTALLED BASEMENTS REWIRED — CIRCUITS ADDED Up-Date Your Old Wiring. Get A Hold of the Experts f* •• • • •• FREE ESTIMATES VOl I nOII No Job Too Small 342-2786 SPRINGFIELD, 111. (UPI) Every once in a while the steady flow of unintentional humor in the Illinois House is interrupted by planned laughter. This happened Thursday when the House began its day by declaring May 17-26 International Pickle Week in Illinois and naming the city of St. Charles the pickle capital of the world. The resolution was introduced amid much gaiety by Republican Rep. John E. Grotberg who comes, coincidentally, from St. Charles. Reading his own resolution with relish, Grotberg called on fellow House members and oth­ ers to "stay out of any kind of pickle whatsoever." As Grotberg extolled the virtues of pickles ("the power of peaceable, prosperous people who grin while working instead of ridiculing work"), his seat- mate, Rep. Adeline Geo-Karis, R-Zion, held aloft a huge green plastic pickle —three feet long and 12 inches in diameter. With an ear-to-ear grin, Minority Leader Clyde Choate of Anna sidled over to Adeline's side and held high a puny plastic pickle that, if squeezed, would squeak. Every member of the House had a squeezable, squeakable pickle like Clyde's and many of them sat squeaking and laughing during Grotberg's reading of his resolution. Part of the resolution bemoaned the penchant some have for getting into "potent people pickles" and urges them to stay out of them. But for those who can't, Grotberg said, the huge pickle will become a traveling trophy for the person picked each year by the Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association as the one who got into the worst pickle. "Here's hoping the first ! award goes to a newsman," lone said. The House membership squeaked and laughed. and Donald Askew and his son, Michael, 16, also of Collinsville. Federal narcotics agents, without search warrants, burst into the Giglotto and Askew homes April 23, holding the occupants at gunpoint during a futile search for narcotics. The agents, apparently fed false information by a tipster, later apologized for the incident. Others scheduled to testify include three U.S. attorneys — enforcement into a single new James Thompson of the federal federal agency. court's Northern District in Chi- Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., was cago, Henry Schwarz of the to conduct the hearing with Percy. Among 20 witnesses called to the hearing were Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Giglotto of Collinsville Eastern District at Danville, and Donald MacKay of the Southern District, who is heading a grand jury investigation of the probe. Walker Appoints New Head Of Department of Correction See 'Firms' — (Continued on Page 12) SPRINGFIELD, 111. (UPI) — Gov. Daniel Walker has appointed Allyn R. Sielaff, currently director of the Pennsylvania prison system, to head the Illinois Department of Corrections. Sielaff, 41, has been commissioner of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections since 1970, and has been with the department since 1968. Prior to that, he was Illinois director of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, a private citizens' group concerned with corrections. Pennsylvania sources said Sielaff supported programs lease of prisoners for good behavior. Pennsylvania Attorney General J. Shane Creamer said Sielaff "brought the state corrections center into the 20th Century. "His innovative and effective programs have gone far to improve the treatment and rehabilitation of prisoners in state facilities and have reduced substantially the list of persons released from prison returning to criminal activities," he said. Walker said Sielaff would be "stepping into one of the most difficult tasks in state government. I hope his appointment aimed at prison rehabilitation, will receive prompt approval including a bill for early re- from the Senate." m CHECK With The Bank - 'That Leads the Way/' Monthly Income Checks Invest As Little As $5,000 and Receive an Extra Check in the Amount of $20.83--or More! 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