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Golesburg Registe^Moil, Galesburg, III. Tuesday,May; 29, 10733 Accomplishments Few, Far Between As Lawmakers Near End of Session By ROBERT KIECKHEFER SPRINGFIELD, 111. (UPI) Illinois lawmakers returned to the Capitol toddy for their final hectic push of the 1973 spring session. With nearly five months of the session gone, virtually nothing has been accomplished. Some major budget Items have not even been introduced. School aid plans remain to be worked but. There is no agreement on a state board of education or a state elections board. Campaign disclosure legislation remains on the calendar. The supplemental freeway system is still a hot issue. No • fault insurance is unresolved. And now Gov. Daniel Walker is beginning to tum the heat on the General Assembly. Only Bright Spot About the only bright spot lacing the House and Senate is a shaky, uneasy compromise wrapping up the major issues of a mass transit district for the Oiicago area, a State lottery and limited tax reform. That plan, formally introduced in the House Friday, is sponsored by Speaker W. Robert Blair, R-Park Forest. Blair unveiled the plan last week before the Transportation Study Commission, a legislative body which also includes public members. The scheme involves a half-cent reduction in the sales tax for the 98 counties not involved in the district, increased taxation for the six affected counties and implementation of a state lottery to help fund the district. The net result, sponsors say, would be central control and improved service for Chicago area mass transit. Democrats groused about the scheme but most of the complaints were about the way Blair announced it. When the time came for introduction, no move was made to impede the package. Should the plan go ahead in substantially the Blair format, it would lend a handle to three of the session's more confused issues, But it would leave other issues just as much in the air as they were when the General Assembly convened Jan. 10. Walker remains the chief question mark in this already confused picture. The governor so far has spoken softly during this session—providing little or no leadership, initiating almost no legislation and seldom commenting on proposals still under consideration. But indications are growing that he is carrying a big stick— his veto power. It's clear that Walker is mad at the legislature. The assembly has rejected five of his appointees, including proposed heads of two major departments, has easily overridden his only veto and is threatening to approve appropriations of nearly a billion dollars more than he wants. In return, Walker has taken to the air, flying around the state on several occasions to blast the lawmakers and brand them as spendthrifts. Rejected appointees last week publicly chastized the Senate which refused to approve them. Walker categorically refuses to say whether he will or Will not veto any specific piece of legislation — a habit Which leaves legislators totally in the dark when they cast their votes. Even the mass transit compromise remains under a cloud because of Walker's refusal to take a public position. In the past he has said he opposes 1 a lottery. The plan apparently would scuttle his own tax-relief program. But the governor, so far, isn't saying what he thinks about the plan. Wins Eagle Rank Tim Duke, center, is flanked by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Truman Duke, 518 W. Brooks St., after he received his Eagle Scout rank in ceremonies at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church earlier this month. Tim became the second member of his family to receive scouting's highest rank, and a younger brother, Chris, received his Tenderfoot badge during the same ceremony. Scott Names an Investigator To Probe Equity Insurance State Finance Sub-Chief Quits, Charges Irregularities CHICAGO (UPI)-Illinois At torney General William J. Scott Monday said James Zagel, chief of Scott's criminal division, will head an investigation of the Equity Funding Life Insurance Co. The request for the investigation, according to Scott, came from Fred A. Mauck, director of the Illinois Department of Insurance. Scott said the May grand jury in Du Page County would subpoena Equity's insurance and booking records, and statements made to the Insurance Department. Various federal investigations showed that perhaps as much as $120 million of assets of the big company are missing. The attorney general's office has been working with Mauck's department to see if there were enough evidence to lead possibly to fraud indictments, Scott said. Fred C. Levin, executive vice president of Equity Funding Corp. and president of Equity Life Insurance Co., an Equity subsidiary, has already been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury investigating, Equity's problems. The attorney general declined to say if the state group would also subpoena Levin. CHICAGO (UPI) - James P. Loukas said Monday he has resigned as assistant director of the state Department of Financial Institutions and charged there are irregularities and possible "criminal actions" within the department. Loukas, a Chicagoan who described himself as a maverick Democrat, said a scandal, "something like a Watergate," was surfacing in the department. "My position is I want to tell the truth right away and leave," he said. He alleged there were irregularities in auditing "and might be some criminal actions" within the department which regulates credit unions, small loan companies, currency exchanges and other financial institutions but not banks or savings and loan associations. Says Charges "Ridiculous" Financial Institutions Direc­ tor C. Austin Montgomery, reached at his home in Springfield, said Loukas' accusations are "half-truths and innuendoes." Charges of a scandal in the department are "ridiculous," Montgomery said. "Loukas made the same allegations last December to Governor (Daniel) Walker's transition team with the thought in mind that he would be named director of financial institutions. Walker's people investigated and found the charges to be untrue," Montgomery said. He said, "My information tells me that he (Loukas) was asked to resign." Asked who made that request, Montgomery replied he understood Loukas was asked by someone in Walker's office to step down from the $27,000 a year post. Both Montgomery, a Republican, and Loukas were named to their jobs in February of 1971 by former Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie. Terms of both men expire in January, 1974. Letter to Walker Loukas said he sent a letter to Walker about two weeks ago in which he said he was resigning his post and would spell out his reasons if the governor's office asked. He said one of the governor's See 'Finance'- (Continued on Page 14) Bank Extortion Suspect Body Found Stuffed in Car Trunk ST. LOUIS (UPJ)-One of two suspects in the $50,000 extortion of a Memphis) Terni., banker was found dead Monday, his body stuffed in the trunk of his car parked at Lambert Field. The body of Lester H. Mueller 35, North St. Louis County, was discovered by his wife, Shirley Ann. She said she had last seen her husband Saturday morning and went to the airport to look for him because he sometimes went there to watch airplanes when he felt "low." Three Are Killed In Road Wreck PERU, 111. (UPI) - Three youths were killed Monday when their car apparently ran out of control and crashed almost head-on with a semi and burst into flames on U.S. 51 south of here. f Police identified the victims "las Randal Brandner, 16, Peru, the driver of the car; his cousin Scott Brandner, 12, La Salle, and Peter Callies, 17, Peru. The driver of the semi, James Mallie, 33, Oglesby, was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital in La Salle for observation. Fir§t Pitch ,« HERRIN, 111. (UPI) Gov. Daniel Walker threw out the first ball Monday to launch the Herrin Junior Baseball Association season. Several hundred persons attended the opening ceremonies. Women Killed PERU, 111. (UPI)^Mrs. Clara T. Elias, 87, and Mrs. Margaret Yffrch, 67, both of Streator, died Monday of injuries suffered in a two car accident on 'U.S. 51 north of here. St. Louis County police said Mueller, who has a lengthy police record, apparently died of a head wound. He was clad in undershorts, socks and a sport shirt. . Mueller and Richard Beck, 31, also of St. Louis County, had been questioned by county police in January in connection with bank extortions in the St. Louis area last year. The two were released because authorities said they did not have sufficient evidence to charge them. However, warrants were issued only hours later in Memphis charging them with the extortion of James J. Sledge, branch manager of the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis. Sledge gave 50,000 to extortionists who said they were holding his wife hostage. The two surrendered to county police and were returned to Memphis. They were released on $50,000 bond Jan. 12. Obstruction A grand jury in Memphis indicted the two on charges of obstruction of commerce and causing money to be illegally taken away from an interstate banking institution. Memphis police found an automobile registered to Mueller's wife after the extortion, leading them to search for him in St Louis. County police had questioned the pair about two successful extortions netting $18,000 from the Parkway Bank & Trust Co. and $25,000 from the St. John's Community Bank last year. A third attempt at the Lemay Bank and Trust Co. failed. In all three cases, as in the Memphis extortion, the banker was called and told his wife was being held hostage. Congressman Wants Butz To Cancel Cotton Funds WASHINGTON (UPI) - Rep. Paul Findley, R-Ill., wants Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz to cancel a scheduled $10 million federal grant due July 1 to a private cotton advertising and promotion group. FINDLEY, IN A LETTER obtained Monday by UPI, said Butz should withhold the Agriculture Department grant to Cotton, Inc. of New York City on grounds the organization has been extravagant with federal funds and has built up a $12 million to $15 million reserve of private funds that could be used to carry on its work. "I would submit that during these times when many worthwhile federal programs are being cut back . . . cotton, Inc. should now be required to spend its accumulated reserves and forego its contribution of tax dollars this year," Findley wrote. COTTON, INC. draws half or more of its money from voluntary $l-a-bale contributions by farmers. Beginning in 1971 however, the group also has drawn a $10-million-a- year supplement in federal fluids. Butz last week delayed the July payment for further study. Retrace Voyage Canoeists Happy Hard Part Of Historic Route Is Past CONTACT LENSES For Complete Information on Contact Lenses Phone 343-7410 Dispensed on Prescription of DR. E. W. DEATH, O.D. DAILY 8:00 • 5:00 • MONDAY & FRIDAY 8:00 - 8:00 60 S. Kellogg Golesburg, III. UNION OPTICAL CO. GREEN BAY, Wis. (UPI)Eight canoeists, retracing the journey of Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet 300 years ago, were thankful Monday one of the toughest parts of their trip was over. The group, buffeted by heavy weather on Lake Michigan and Green Bay since leaving Upper Michigan, were looking forward to the calmer river travel they will experience in the next couple of months. Take Part in Parade They participated in a Memorial Day parade in suburban De Pere Monday and were to take part in a ceremony with Gov. Patrick Lucey at Hazelwood Tuesday, followed by a lunch at St. Norbert College in De Pere. Then they will travel via streams to the Wisconsin River which will take them to the Mississippi. After paddling as far south as Arkansas, they will return north via the Illinois River waterway and along Wisconsin shores of Lake Michigan before arriving at the Upper Peninsula in early September, Their route follows that traced by Marquette and Joliet in their 17th Century explorations. Enough Excitement "I've got enough excitement to last me for five or six years," said Kenneth Lewis, 35, Chicago COMING SOON! after the canoeists reached the city of Green Bay in dangerously choppy waters Sunday. Lewis, portraying Pierre Moreau, a guide hired by Marquette and Joliet, displayed hands covered with blisters suffered during the ordeal on stormy Green Bay. He said, however, he was the only one in the party who had blisters because he wore leather gloves which got wet and shrank. "High winds and waves have been our main source of problems so far," Lewis said. He added that Sunday's weather — which also caused flooding in the city for the third time this spring—was by far the worst of the expedition so far, causing the group to arrive here about four hours behind schedule. Hot, Cold Spots NEW YORK (UPI) - The highest temperature reported to the National Weather Service Monday excluding Alaska and Hawaii was 107 degrees at Bakersfield, Calif. Today's low was 29 degrees at Gunnison, Colo. FarmProgramPending in Congress Easy Enough for Layman to Follow By BERNARD BRENNER WASHINGTON (UPI) - For the first time in memory, Congress is preparing to act on a new farm program the average man can understand. It would work this way: —The Agriculture Department would announce, for each of the five years beginning in 1974, a target price for major crops including feed grains, wheat and cotton. —After harvest, the department would compare the target with the actual open-market price in the first five months of the marketing season. —If the market was at or above the target, the govern ment would pay farmers nothing. But if the market fell short of the target, the government would make up the difference with payments to all farmers who had complied with any federal planting controls announced for the season. Token Fight Expected Without accepting the specific price targets set in a version of the bill approved recently by the Senate Agriculture Commit tee, President Nixon has told congressional leaders he is willing to use. the Senate plan as the basic framework for negotiating new legislation. Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz and other administration farm experts contend the target prices set in the Senate bill are too high and should be reduced Congressional farm sources said the administration, which has at least temporarily shelved its own plan to phase out income-supplement crop subsidies, probably would put up only a token fight on most portions of the farm bill in the Senate, and would concentrate on seeking modification of the frill's price provisions in the House. The Senate measure would set 1974 target prices for wheat at $2.28 a bushel, corn at $1.53 a bushel and cotton at 43 cents pound. In future years, the targets would be tied to an index of farm costs. A Senate Agriculture Committee report pointed out that if inflation continues at a 3.5 per cent a year rate, the corn target could reach $1.73 by 1978. Consumers Could Win Administration experts contend that if market prices come down from current high levels, costs under the Senate plan could begin at about $3.5 billion a year in 1974 and rise to about $7 billion annually by 1978. But Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Herman E. Talmadge, D-Ga., and other backers of the plan argue that if the secretary is right about future increased demand the program costs could be well below the $95 billion expected this year. "If market prices rise above the target, the cost to the government will be nothing. If prices fall below the target ... the consumer will reap the advantage and (farmers) will have been protected from the price effects of excess production. Unlike the current program, there will be no payments if the market price equals or exceeds the target," lower the ceiling to at least Talmadge said. $20,000 were expected in both The Senate Dili would retain th Senate and House the current system of crop support loans at relatively low The 51-page omnibus Senate levels as a companion to the bill, in addition to the new standby direct payment pro- target price program for major gram. It would also retain the present "set aside" acreage control program under which farmers can be required, if they want to be eligible for crop loans and potential target price payments, to idle a portion of their cropland if this is necessary to avoid surpluses. The measure also would retain the present $55,000 per crop ceiling on direct payment to producers of feed grains, wheat and cotton and would open a potential new loophole in the limitation. The bill provides authority for a system under which part of the payment to each class of producers could be classed as compensation for "resource adjustment" and not counted against the limitation. However, strong efforts to crops, also includes a long list of other provisions including extension of the Food Stamp program for needy Americans and the Food for Peace program covering overseas food aid. I The food stamp extension leaves intact the sections of existing law which allow strikers to get stamp aid if their income is low and they register for potential work in non - struck plants. The Food for Peace extension would authorize long- term low-interest deals for food shipments to Communist countries. Other portions of the bill, See 6 New'- (Continued on Page 14) 0% NORTHLAND ADVENTURE A GREAT CRUISE TOUR INTO CANADA'S WILDERNESS Join one of these 9 day cruise-tours from GALESBURG Departure;: July 14, Aug. 11, S«pt. 8 Travel via Continental Trailways Tours SILVER EAGLE coach to Winnipeg, Kenora, Duluth. Cruise 5 days on Lake Winnipeg in luxury and comfort aboard MS LORD SELKIRK. Tour includes motorcoach, hotels, boat fare, meals on boat. fares per person $315 to $415.00 for complete details CONTINENTAL TRAILWAYS 190 South Kellogg Galesburg, 111. 342-6715 /hi Some things are worth keeping.,. ...such as the traditions of caring that comprise our service, HinchlifF" &|W=S -Pearson. !r~ i FUNERAL DIRECTORS' 1070 WEST FREMONT STREET PHONE 343-2101 CAUSBUHa

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