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Saturday, May 26, 1973
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2 Gatesbura I^QisteriMQi), Gelesbufg, 111. SdturdQy^Moy 26, 1973 Tuerk s BN-Bracken Property Plan Sails Through State House By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) A bill which would give Lake Bracken property owners access to the Illinois Commerce Commission in the event the Burlington Northern Railroad proposes a sale of the Bracken property detrimental to their interests passed the Illinois House Friday by a 122*5 margin- The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Fred Tuerk, R-Peoria, will now be sent to the Senate. Tuerk told the Galesburg Register-Mall (his morning that the bill will be sponsored in the Senate by either Sen. Hudson Sours, R-Peoria, or Sen. Clifford Latherow, R-Carthage. Tuerk said he is hopeful that the bill will be passed by the Senate with the same degree of confirmation it reecived yesterday. "I see no reason why it shouldn't," he said. | The Burlington Northern informed the Lake Bracken Country Club in December 1970 that property owned by the club would be placed on the market. The line's first asking price was $4.5 million. That price was cut to $2.25 million a few months later, where it remained until March when negotiators for the railroad indicated they would consider another offer from the club. At that time, railroad officials said they hoped to get the property sold soon and asked the club to make another offer. The club has leased the property south of the city for the past 48 years. In addition to the lake, there is an 18-hole golf course, clubhouse and golf clubhouse. There are 144 homeowners at the lake. THE BILL provides that any person who has owned a home at Lake Bracken for a period of five years or who has made a substantial improvement to their property would be allow ed to have a hearing before the ICC in the event the railroad proposes a sale which would prove detrimental to their in terests. Utilities which propose sales of property must have the approval of the ICC before any sale is completed under exist ing law. Local proponents of the bill testified several weeks ago when the bill came up for ini tial consideration. A Burlington Northern attorney spoke in opposition to the bill at that time, stating that it could set a bad precedent for the line in future property transactions. Tuerk said this morning that his bill only means that property owners would have a stand ing before the commission and an opportunity to present their arguments. "I don't see that as a major objection," he commented. THE PEORIA legislator said he is hopeful that negotiations between the railroad and Lake Bracken Country Club will produce an agreement on a sale and make any implementation of the bill unnecessary. Members of the country club at a special meeting May 11 voted to offer up to $1.6 million for the club property. At that time, Clem Ekstrom, club president, said that the representatives of the railroad had seemed more amenable to negotiating with the club toward a purchase since the introduction of Tuerk's bill. John Battery, attorney for the club, could not be reached this morning for a comment on progress of the negotiations. ' Parade Monday The annual Memorial Day parade will begin Monday at 10 a.m., American Legion officials said today. The parade route will be (from (Main and Chambers streets to the Public Square and then to Hope Cemetery. Galesburg banks and most businesses will be dosed all day. The Register-Mail will not be pubUsbed Monday. Cast Ballots for President SPRINGFIELD, 111. (UPI) Illinois members of the United Mine Workers Union cast ballots for district president and secretary-treasurer for the first time in 40 years Friday. Ballots were to be counted today. Candidates for president included Kenneth Dawes of Sesser, acting District 12 president who has been endorsed by International UMW President Arnold Miller, Albert Benson Jr., DuQuoin, and Billy K. Wall of West Frankfort. The candidates for secretary- treasurer were Leroy Bauer of Freeburg, Ralph Burchell of Sesser, Joseph Gaussln of Du Quoin, Norman Imhoff of Carbondale, Robert Perry of Pana, Edward Lamm of Lewistown and John David Tucker of Shawneetown. Friday's balloting marked the first district president and secretary-treasurer election since 1933, when Illinois District 12 was placed under partial trusteeship of the international union and the two posts were filled by appointment from Washington. Area Students Earn Degrees At Iowa State Four Galesburg area students were among more than 2,000 graduates who received diplomas this morning at commencement exercises at Iowa State University at Ames. They are Stephen R. Brown of Aledo, farm operations; Betsy L. Hunter of Alexis (with distinction), textiles and clothing; Rodney C. Magerkurth of Cam* bridge, agronomy, and Rose M. Holmes of Wataga (with distinction in honors program), home economics education. All four received bachelor of scicene degrees. Of the class, 160 were graduated with distinction, and 42 were graduated with distinction in the honors program. This was Iowa State's largest graduating class and compares to 26 who were graduated in the first class in 1872. Speaker today was Hugh Sidey, an Iowa State alumnus who is chief of Time magazine's Washington bureau and author if its column, "The Presidency." Memorial Day — A Day to Remember Illinois House Adopts Land Trust Disclosures SPRINGFIELD, 111. (UPI) Both the Illinois House and the Illinois Senate passed bills Friday requiring that secret land trusts seeking to do business with unite of government make public the names of their shareholders. Two of the land trust bills cleared the House Friday and were sent to the Senate. The third bill was approved in the Senate and was then sent across the Capitol rotunda to the House. Both houses of the legislature wrapped up their business Friday and their members head­ ed home for the holiday weekend. Legislators of both houses are to resume work Tuesday. The Senate toyed with the idea of a long night session to clear its calendar and meet a self-imposed deadline for passage of Senate bills, but gave up the effort and recessed for the holiday weekend shortly after 6 p.m. Under the Senate-passed land trust bill, sponsored by Sen. Edward T.' Scholl, R-Cnicago, public officials would be required to disclose their interests in land trusts which are about to do business with the state or local government. The bill passed on a 31-14 vote. Schoirs bill would make failure to disclose holdings in secret land trusts about to do business with governmental units a felony punishable by up to three years in prison, a $10,000 fine and forfeiture of office. One of the House bills would require complete disclosure of all participants in any land trust seeking to sell or lease land to any unit of government. The bill, sponsored by Rep. William Kempiners, R-Joliet, cleared the House on a 1354 vote, marking the first time that Kempiners, a freshman legislator, has managed to steer a piece of legislation to passage. Kempiners said his bill was prompted by a "loss of confidence in government by the people of our nation, our state and our local areas" and was designed to demonstrate "that government can be trusted." The other House measure, sponsored by Rep. James "Pate" Philip, R-Elmhurst, would require disclosure of participants in land trusts if the trust seeks a zoning change or a variance In existing zoning laws for its holdings. That bill cleared on a 130-3 vote. The House also passed a $189 million appropriation for the state Department of Revenue —$2.7 million less than originally sought by Gov. Daniel Walker. Also passed by the House Friday were bills providing for registration, regulation and licensing of marriage counselors and allowing 14-foot wide mobile homes to travel on Illinois highways. Iowa Legislature Oka^s Gambling Measures Weather and River Stages C J O ILLINOIS: Showers and thunder- 1 Sun rose today at 8:37 a.m., Be DES MOINES, Iowa (UPI)A bill clearing the way for Iowans to legally enjoy midway games, bingo, poker and friendly betting by the beginning of summer gained final legislative approval Friday. The Senate agreed to accept a number of House amendments and then sent the bill to Gov. Robert D. Ray to be signed. The measure, approved 34-9 by the Senate, will become law alter signed and published in two Iowa newspapers. Senate Majority Leader Clifton Lamborn, who authored the original version of the bill, urged the Senate to adopt the House version in order to clear the way for legalized oarnival midway gaming when the fair season opens next monitih. "There are a lot of people out there waiting to play bingo," Lamborn said. The legislation . was drafted after Iowa voters — irked by Attorney General Richard Turner's anti-gambling crusade last summer which closed numerous midways and bingo games around the state — overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment removing the state's ban on lotteries last November. The bill, as amended by the House, allows prizes in single bingo games up to $100 but permits winners to collect up to $500 per sitting through a "pyramid" provision. The most a winner can collect from a fair game or raffle is $25. The House, which retained the Senate's provision allowing once a year giant $5,000 raffles by civic organizations, added a section limiting the amount a person can win or lose in a poker game or any other "so- • i «_v -n M i- i A M , storms tonight, some locally heavy, Cial gambling Situation is $500 warmer most of state; lows from within a 9AJ**ir norlnH middle 5M to middle 60s. Cloudy Wlimn a Z4 -nour periOQ. with sho wers and thunderstorms In addition, the House version likely Sunday, not so warm north i ,:u :i» „ 1 , „ .__ half; highs in the middle 60s ex- prOtUDltS a person from going treme north to lower 80s extreme to court to collect a gambling ,outh> _ debt and expands the groups WESTERN ILLINOIS: showers _i ;_;ui„ __ A „»™ L • _ and thunderstorms likely tonight eligible to sponsor bmgO games and Sunday. Low tonight In the to political organizations and }?™VL h,gh sund »y ln mld t0 disaster victims. Named Prexy George Peterson, 653 Brown Ave., was elected president of Illinois Funeral Directors Assn., District 3-A, at a meeting at Meling's at Monmouth last Monday. Other officers elected were John Turnbull of Monmouth, vice president, and Leo Crummy of Viola, secretary-treasurer. The organization is made up of funeral directors in Knox Warren, Henderson, McDonough, Mercer, Fulton and Henry counties. upper 70s. IOWA: Rain and a few thundershowers likely tonight and Sunday; lows tonight in the 50s; highs Sunday in the upper 50s north to mid 60s south. LOCAL WEATHER Noon temperature, 68; morning's low, 82. Sky partly cloudy. (Friday's maximum, 78; minimum, SB.) Suspect May Be Wanted In Galesburg . sets at 8:17 p.m. Precipitation Friday, .09 of an Inch. EXTENDElTrORECAST ILLINOIS: Cloudy Monday through Wednesday with showers likely about Monday and Tuesday. Lows mostly 50s. Highs upper 60s or low 70s north, rriide 70s south. MVElTlTAOES Dubuque—li .o fall 0.8 Davenport—11.8 fall 0.3 Burlington—14.6 fall 0.6 Keokuk—13.8 fall 0.8 QUincy—17.6 fall 0.1 Grafton—22.4 fall 0.6 Alton<-24.1 fall 1.3 St. Louis—2B.5 fall 0.6 LaSalle—16.5 rise 0.4 Peoria—15.4 fall 0.2 Havana—15.4 fall 0.2 Beardstown—17.0 fall 0.4 St. Charles—21.8 fall 0.1 Knox Faculty Member, Wife Win Awards Foundation of announced the St. ap- Findley Says Nixon Should Volunteer Scouts Clean Park To receive an Eagle Scout award Mike Creekmur, 15, of 511 Columbus Ave. last week contacted all the Boy Scout troops in Galesburg to initiate a clean-up day at Lake Storey Park today. Richard Johnson, scoutmaster, said about 50 to 100 scouts were expected to participate but only 15 were present. Creekmur also contacted the Kiwanis Club, which donated trash bags, and Roger Pontifex, city park department director, who arranged to have the bundled debris picked up. In addition to clearing the park of the usual refuse, papers and cans, the scouts retrieved a park bench from the lake. (Register-Mail photo by Dale Humphrey.) SPRINGFIELD, 111. (UPI) U.S. Rep. Paul Findley, R-Ill., said Friday he thinks President Nixon should volunteer to testify as a witness in the Watergate affair, either before the congressional panel investigating the matter or before a grand jury. Findley, speaking at a taping session at WICS-TV, admitted his proposal may seem "very novel and curious." However, he said, "because of the depths of this inquiry and its impact not only upon his own success as President but upon the role of the United States in domestic and foreign affairs, I think he should take the very unus ual, unprecedented step of volunteering as a witness...." Findley said the move "would certainly clear the air" and "would put him (Nixon) in a very strong position to reassert effective leadership in moral and military as well as political ways in this country." Earlier Friday, Findley suggested before the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association that President Nixon should order gas rationing to insure that farmers have enough gasoline to allow crop planting. "The President has the authority to implement a fuel Danforth Louis has pointment of Dr. R. Lance Factor, Knox College assistant professor of philosophy, and his wife Barbara as Danforth associates. if a Willie Miller beine held They * re am °" g 179 faCUlty if a Willie Miner being neia members and ^eir s uses m there is the man who is want Galesburg police this weekend will check with officials in Binghampton, N.Y., to learn ed locally on a charge voluntary manslaughter of colleges and univer sities throughout the United States who have been named Danforth Galesburg police were noti- associates, bringing to 5,000 the fied by Binghampton officials number from all academic Friday at 6 p.m. that Willie fields. Mm— m n,« A *e„„\ n During the last fiscal year, Miller, who fit the descnp- the D J QHh Foundatlon a , locat . tion of the man wanted , . , m ed approximately $500,000 to rationing program by making Galesburg was being held on pr0 vide modest stipends for the the allocation program manda- a disorderly conduct charge, associate couples and to fund New York police said Miller's tory," he said "I have urged him to use that authority immediately," Findley said. GQP-Backed Transit Plan Introduced SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Republican-backed plan to spend $160 million for a six- county mass transit district in Chicago and the outlying area by 1975 has been officially introduced in the Illinois House. The plan was first revealed Tuesday by GOP leaders but the 10-bill package wasn't drafted and technically offered until Friday by House Speaker W. Robert Blair, a Park Forest Republican and the bill's chief sponsor. Some observers thought Democrats might try to block the measure's introduction because it comes well after the House cutoff date for new legislation and because they have criticized it since it was first unveiled. But House Clerk Fred Selcke routinely read the numbers assigned to the mass transportation bills (beginning with 1958) and then went immediately to resolutions. There was not one word of discussion. Blair Thursday night offered a possible explanation for the Democrats' silence. He said they had agreed to the proposal's contents "95 per cent." A Blair aide said that Democrats in attacking the plan were "just making noise so it looks like they had some independent input." Actually, the aide said, Blair met frequently with Democratic leaders for weeks going over the bill's provisions with them before he made them public. The most strident Democratic objections were to some of the funding provisions. The plan calls for $30 million from a House-passed state lottery bill that hasn't cleared the Senate yet and seeks another $15 million from Chicago coffers. The biggest share of the $160 million would come from a half cent state sales tax on people living in the mass transit region — made up of Cook, Will, Kane, DuPage, McHenry and Lake counties. This sales tax would reap $100 million, according to GOP estimates. Under the Republican plan, there would be no tax increase. The state's four per cent share of the 5-cent sales tax (local governments collect a penny) would be slashed by a half-cent statewide and then reimposed on those living in the six counties. This means, in effect, no tax break for the people in the district and a half-cent cut for the rest of the state where about 30 per cent of Illinois' 11 million people live. A governing board for the six-county authority would be comprised of four members picked by Chicago's mayor (now Richard J. Daley), two picked by the Cook County Board president, two chosen from the five surrounding counties and a chairman selected by all eight. Only six of the eight members would have to agree on the chairman who need not come from the mass transit region. date of birth also coincided with the Galesburg wanted information. Miller is wanted for the stabbing of Nathaniel Johnson near the intersection of Chambers and South streets Sept. 30, 1972. Binghampton police told local police they had informed court officials of the possibility that Miller is wanted in Galesburg. He was scheduled to appear in court there today and will be sentenced to 15 days in the county jail on the charge to give local officials a chance to check. Hot, Cold Spots NEW YORK (UPI) - The highest temperature reported to the National Weather Service Friday excluding Alaska and Hawaii was 102 degrees at Laredo, Tex. Today's low was 27 degrees at Missoula, Mont. special projects in keeping with the aims of the program and to sponsor educational conferences. Purpose of the program is to encourage the humanizing of the education process in colleges and universities. READ THE WANT ADS!

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