Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on May 22, 1973 · Page 3
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 3

Galesburg, Illinois
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Tuesday, May 22, 1973
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^.i^^p^^^^^f^^ti^^ Golesburg Register-Mail, Golesburg, 111. Tuesday, Mov 11. 1973 3 Abuse 5/// Would Ban Payments for Abortions By TOM LAUE SPRINGFIELD (UPl)-A bill ito cut out state funding lor welfare abortions has passed the Illinois House over the objections of Chicago blacks and Webber Borchers, the Decatur Republican who usually opposes blacks on the abortion issue. But their reasons for opposing the bill — of fered by Rep. Harry D. Leinenweber, R-Joliet — are wildly disparate. 'Sound Investment' Borchers said Monday the cost of welfare abortions borne by the state is a sound investment because the cost of raising welfare children — "pos­ sibly for as many as IS years" — is much higher. "If anyone on welfare "wants an abortion," Borchers said, "I think it's our duty to dd it and relieve this great financial burden on our state." Borchers cited state Department of Public Aid figures which said it costs the state $10,000 every year to support a child on welfare. Blacks, for ttieir pant, accused colleagues who voted for the bill of hypocrisy and economic x discrimination. * 'What you're really saying is, *If it's my daughter, it's all right. After all, I can pay for an abortion. But If it's your daugh ter, she can go ahead and have a child she doesn't want,'" said Rep. Raymond Ewell, a black Democrat from Chicago. Unwanted Babies Rep. Giddy Dyer, R-Hinsdale, joined others who said the bill is biased against the poor and will result in unwanted babies. "This forces those public aid mothers who don't want more children to have them anyway," she said. "What you're going to see is a rise in the number of bruised and battered babies." But these arguments were overcome by Leinenweber and others who said the state should "get out of the abortion business "If it's none of the state's business when it comes to pre* venting abortions," Leinenweber said, "then I say the state has no business paying for them." Leinenweber alluded to the teoent U .S. Supreme Court decision holding the states have no "substantial interest" in abortion-ttn operation the high court said is a private matter between a woman and her doctor. This means states cannot outlaw abortions. Leinenweber's bill is now in the Senate, sent there by a 99* 46 vote. The House) also passed Rep. Charles Fleck's Litter Control Act and gave it to the Senate, 105-17. Fleck, R-Chicago, said his bill would discourage people from littering the highways by making it a moving violation like speeding or running a red light. Some people objected to such a stringent provision but Fleck said it's better than letting tons of trash pile up on Illinois roads. Fleck's bill also provides penalties for letting garbage heaps become, a public nuisance or spilt over onto someone else's land. "There's nothing to prohibit someone from accumulating debris," Fleck said. "That's Ms right. We just don't want it flowing into a neighbor's yard. He has rights, too." A similar bill cleared the assembly in 1071 but died after Fleck failed to muster the votes needed to override an amendatory veto that stripped the bill of enforcement powers in home rule areas. Two bills affecting the marriage age in Illinois also passed Monday. One of them, sponsored by Rep. Jacob J. Wolf, R'Chicago, would let both men and women marry at 20 years Without parental consent. Wouldn't Need Consent The other bill, offered by Sen. John Ro, R - Rochelle, would let all 18 year olds marry without parental consent. The age is now 18 for women and 21 for men. Finally, the House passed a $3.1 million appropriation for the Department of Business and Economic Development for fiscal 1974 (it wad $4.6 million for the current fiscal year) and a $1.5 million budget for the Department of Mines and Minerals. Mass Transit Walker Appointees Object to Consolidating Agencies District Urged By Study Unit SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois Transportation Study Commission today will present to the legislature a proposal to create a regional mass transit system in the state's six northeastern counties. The proposal was expected to include recommendations that the state sales tax be reduced by half a cent in downstate counties as an inducement to downstate lawmakers to appropriate state funds for the project. Estimate Cost House Speaker W. Robert Blair, R-Park Foresit and chairman of the 16-member commission, has estimated it will cost between $80 and $120 million a year to operate and improve transit system in the six counties of Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage and Will. The commission held five public hearings over the past two months in an effort to get ideas on how a mass transit system should be run and especially on how it should be financed. The leadoff witness at the first hearing was Mayor Richard J. Daley 1 who suggested a one-cent hike in the motor fuel tax in the six county area to finance the system. Gov. Daniel Walker's point of view was presented in a later hearing by Secretary of Transportation Langhome Bond, who proposed that a referendum be held on the issue in the six county area but made no specific recommendations for financing. Lottery Could Help Cook County Board President George Dunne said a lottery would provide much of the needed money. A task force set up by former Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie recommended last year that a mass transit system be created and that bus fares throughout the six-county area be reduced to 25 cents in an effort to attract more riders. The chairman of thait task force, George Ranney, is a member of the Transportation Study Commission. Cars Derail ALTON, 111. (UPI) - Em­ ployes of the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad were working today to clear the tracks on the North city limits of a nine-car derailment. SPRINGFIELD (UPI) -Four of Gov. Daniel Walker's major appointees took lively exception Monday to a Republican bill that would consolidate 12 state agencies into one and wipe out their jobs in the process. "I must agree with the concept of this bill, but I cannot approve of the timing, particularly with the new administration just taking office," said Jerome Miller, director of the Department of Children and Family Services. The bill in question, present' ed to the senate during Vk hours of testimony, would eliminate the Departments of Public Aid, Mental Health, Public Health, Children and Family Services and a half dozen agencies. They would be replaced by a new superstructure, the Department of Health and Social Services, which would take care of all the state's social welfare functions. The new agency would also take over all functions of the 'L : Pardon and Parole Board, tail; eluding the granting of paroles. Joel Edelman, director of the Department of Public Aid, said reorganization now "would be premature and would exasperate efforts to deliver health and socialj services efficiently." Dr Mark Lepper, head of the state's comprehensive health planning agency, said creation of a superstructure at this time would be "subject to the real risk of incomplete success," and acting public health director Joyce Lashof concurred. The chief GOP sponsor of the measure, Sen. Jack Knuepfer, R-Elmhurst, said however that the proposal was being made partly in response to Walker's statement that he welcomes legislative initiative. "We have a proposal, governor, and here it is," he said. Knuepfer, said the new agen- y. cy would result In better serv- r {. ices because those dealing with the state would have all their = needs met in one place. He ' said it would not eliminate many jobs but would eliminate several department directors. The senate heard the testimony while sitting as a committee, so no vote was taken on the measure. The bill now goes to the committee on public health, welfare and corrections. Train Crash Is Fatal Not much remains of the engine of this Missouri Pacific freight train after running into the rear of another train stopped on the tracks in Webster Groves, Mo. A railroad brakeman was killed and three other trainmen injured in the accident. The impact derailed two locomotives, four freight cars and the caboose of the halted train. A spokesman said the train was halted on the tracks awaiting a crew change. The engineer of the oncoming train was unable to see the halted train because of a curve. UNIFAX City Approves $6.7 Million Budget (Continued From Page 2) to remove billboards within the city limits within one year. An ordinance passed in 1967 to phase out billboards within five years has never been enforced. This new ordinance will be on final reading at the next formal meeting set for June 7. The council also authorized the purchase of Russell Avenue property from the Knox County Board of School Trustees. Resolutions passed included: —A supplemental resolution for improvements to Main Street between Pleasant Avenue and Olive Street with motor fuel tax funds. —A supplemental resolution for improvements to Losey Street between Monroe and Seminary streets with motor fuel tax funds. —A resolution for improvements to MCClure Street from Coulter Avenue to the Santa Fe underpass with motor fuel tax funds. —AN OBJECTION to the rezoning of property on Pennsylvania Avenue. The owner of the property, Rufus GatMn, last wesk requested that the property be rezoned from rural residential to highway business to enable construction of a metal pole-type building to house vehicles for his wrecker service. The Knox County Zoning Board of Appeals delayed action on Gatlin's request because objections were raised by three property owners in the area. —Installation of street lights in Swing Mobile Estates-Section 2. —Remove unneeded street lights on Cedar Street north of Knox Street and on private property of Peoples Fuel & Coal Co. yard about 150 feet north of Brooks Street. —Providing for the city to bear the cost of culvert installation and replacement. —Providing for the city to participate in permanent street construction in subdivisions. The city will pay $1 per square yard to pay for the difference between permanent surfaces and chip and dip surfaces. The permanent surfaces will be built with as- phaltic concrete to upgrade street surfaces now required by the subdivision ordinance. THE COUNCIL also accepted bids for: —The sale of personal property which included such items as lawn mowers and typewriters, storm windows, ladders. Congressman To 'Think Long, Hard' Before Decision on Race for Senate tire chains and street signs. —Three bridges for the park department to total $942 from Leon Short & Sons, Inc., East Peoria. --Overlay on North Pearl Street between Peck and Grove streets and on Academy Street between Main Street and Ferris Place. The overlay for both streets will total $81,000 bid by Gimther Construction Co. —The sale of a 1936 International pumper truck. V. E. VanLaanen of Granite Dell Rock Shop, Prescott, Ariz, will purchase the truck for $2,000. The council also approved 47 taxicab drivers license ap- p\ications and decided to start legal action against owners of an unsafe building at 186 Division St. Legal action was delayed for 90 days on a building at 1084 Emery St. and for 60 days on a building at 481 E. Third St. Bill Would Up Benefits SPRINGFIELD—A bill increasing pension and retirement benefits for Chicago teachers passed the Illinois Senate on a 47-0 vote Monday. The bill provides the Chicago teachers with benefits already enjoyed by downstate teachers, including full retirement benefits after 35 years of service, no matter what age retirement begins. The measure also increases pensions for survivors of teachers from $260 to $300 a month for a childless widow or widower, and from $440 to $500 for a widow with children. How to Encourage Marriage? SPRINGFIELD—If you're collecting alimony and living with someone new, you'd have to give up one or the other under a bill passed Monday by the Illinois House. Rep. Charles J. Fleck, R-Chicago, who sponsored the bill, said persons who eat together and share household chores and expenses would be defined as cohabiting. No sexual relationship would have to be established. Some members objected that there was no guarantee of support for someone denied alimony under the bill. Supporters of the bill, which passed and went to the Senate on a 109-26 vote, said it would encourage the affected people to get married by removing the economic drawback. / Assembly Seat Remains Empty SPRINGFIELD—The sponsor of a bill to allow the naming of a successor to the late Rep. Ben C. Blades, R- Fairfield, said he will try again Tuesday to pass the bill after it fell four votes short Monday. Rep. Edward E. Bluthardt, R-Schiller Park, noted the absence Monday of several members who might likely vote for the bill. Most Democrats declined to vote for the bill, which would allow the county chairmen in a member's district to choose his successor if he were to die or resign. The governor would choose a successor if the member were an independent. Lawmaker Says He 'll Retire SPRINGFIELD — Rep. Thomas J. Hanahan, D-McHenry, said Monday he will retire from the General Assembly at thq end of his current fifth term. Hanahan cited his election Sunday as executive vice president of the Chicago Janitors Union No. 25 as the reason for his retirement. He hinted Monday he may retire earlier if a pending bill providing for the appointment of legislative successors is enacted. Under a bill sponsored by Rep. Edward E. Bluthardt, R-Schiller Park, Hanahan, as the county chairman of the largest county in his district, would be able to name his own successor. SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Rep. John B. Anderson, R-Ill., says he will "think very long and very hard" about negative public reaction to the Watergate affair before he decides whether to run for the U.S. Senate in 1974. Anderson, third - ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, is considered a top contender for the Republican nomination to oppose U.S. Sen. Adlai Stevenson, D - 111., whose first term expires in 1974. "I don't think any prudent politician would contemplate a decision of that magnitude without considering that Watergate would impinge upon his chances," Anderson told newsmen Monday. "I personally will think very long and very hard before I make such a decision." He said publicity surrounding the Watergate investigation has "beyond a doubt" hurt the Republican party. He cited a recent Harris survey which showed voters favoring Democrats over Republicans 48-35 in congressional races. "In the short term it is bad," Anderson said. "But a great many minds may change between now and 1974 after the guilty are punished and we see things in a broader' perspective." Anderson said he is combining a statewide speaking tour with efforts to "feel out support" among Illinois Republicans for his potential Senate bid. Besides the Watergate affair he said he must weigh "personal and family matters" and his 12-year tenure in the House before making a final decision. Also high in the running for the Republican senatorial nomination is Attorney General William Scott, top vote-getter in the 1972 statewide election. Anderson reportedly will not seek the nomination if Scott decides to run. Anderson said he is not aware of organized efforts to bring impeachment proceedings against President Nixon as a result of the Watergate affair and said any move to censure Nixon should be made by the public. "There are always cloakroom discussions where impeachment is mentioned, but I am not knowledgeable of any concerted talk that this is the course that should be taken," he said. He said there is "no constitutional provision" for Congress to censure the President. "The' great court of public opinion is the proper arena for any censure action." Anderson stopped in Springfield during a speaking tour to voice opposition to proposed import quotas pending in Congress. He said adoption of rigid quotas could cost Illinois 150,000 jobs and $1.3 billion in wages, salaries and farm earnings. "A retreat to protectionism could severely jeopardize overseas markets and wreak enormous damage to the Illinois economy," he said. THE QUALITY of our professional preparation is import­ ant to the family, and therefore it's important to us. We always give this detail of our service especially close at­ tention. Tw £QMuofnaaaoumiii Hinchliff- •hearsan, . FUNERAL DIRECTORS PHONE 343-2101 D 0 T B 0 RED CROSS BLOOD CENTER Weds. M A Y. fe3rd

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