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Tuesday, June 5, 1973
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Ggjesburg Register*Maii, Gatesburg, HI. Tuesday..June 5, 3 Senate Okays 'Full Funding 9 for Pension Plan By JE/FERY L. SHELER SPRINOPIELD (UPI)_Th e Illinois Senate, over mild objections by Democrats, has approved a $245 million appropriation aimed at "full funding" for the Illinois teachers retirement system. Republicans Monday said passage of the bill would help Gov.. Daniel Walker keep a campaign pledge to fully fund the retirement system which, according to some, could go bankrupt in IS years. The Court's Order Stops Action For Contempt ALTON, 111. (UPI) - A U.S. District Court of Appeals order has put at least a temporary stop to contempt of court proceedings scheduled against Gov Daniel Walker in federal court here today, U.S. Di s t r i c t Court Judge Omer Poos had ordered Walker to appear today to show cause why he should not be cited for contempt of court for ignoring an order issued by Poos last month. But late Monday the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Chicago halted further proceedings in the case pending its ruling on emergency motions filed in Walker's behalf by the Illinois attorney general's office. The appeals court decision was to be formally presented to Poos today. Walker disregarded the judge's order to withdraw the nomination of Elroy Sandquist of Chicago to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission pending the outcome of a suit filed by Donald dams, former chairman of fiie commission. A motion filed with the appeals court by Assistant Attorney General Herbert Caplan Monday asked that the Sandquist order be overturned and a stop put to contempt of court proceedings against Walker. Appeals Court Judge Wilbur Pell granted a hearing on the motion and delayed further action in the case by Poos pending that hearing. Adams, whose term on the commission was to run until 1978, contends in the suit that Walker fired him without a hearing in violation of his civil rights. Adams sought to be reinstated on the board. Poos ordered that Sandquist's name be withdrawn from consideration toy the state Senate so a vacancy would exist that could be filled by Adams if the suit was upheld. Adams has told newsmen he was summarily fired at a time when agents of the commission, at his direction, were looking into political contributions by Anthony Angelos, Walker's choice to head the state In-, surance Department. Angelos withdrew his name from consideration for the post amid charges that, as part owner of firms holding liquor licenses, he made illegal contributions to Walker's campaign. Senate approved the bill 48-0. In a burst of legislative activity, the Senate approved 4(1 bills in all Monday - 23 Senate bills and 25 House bills. It was the first day, under Senate rules, that final action could be taken on House bills. Republicans said the retirement fund bill would meet the state's fiscal 1974 obligation to the teachers retirement system and would also begin chipping away at a debt owed the fund estimated at from $2 billion to $2.4 billion. Under the Republican plan, it would take 50 years for the state to catch up on its payments. In recent years the stale has paid only about 30 per cent of its yearly obligation. Teachers also pay into the fund. "I think there is general recognition that we do need to start in this direction," said Senate President Wil­ liam Parris, R-Pontlac, sponsor of the bill. He said If tho state continues its present course the fund will be exhausted within 15 years. Republicans said the bill would help Walker live up to campaign statements that he favored fully funding the retirement system, Last week, however, Walker said he never suggested repaying the fund in full in one year's time. THE MOUSE Friday passed a similar measure over strong Democratic objections that it was merely an attempt to embarrass Walker by appropriating more to the fund in one year than the state can afford. But Senate Democratic leader Ceil Partee, D-Chicago, said though he disagreed with the figures in the bill he supported the idea and would leave it to a conference com­ mittee to hammer out a final total. "The amount in this bill can't possibly be spent at this time," Partee said. "But this at least is a step in the right direction." On a 31-5 vote, the Senate passed and sent to the governor a bill to allow motorists to turn right through a red traffic signal after coming to a complete halt. SEN. JACK WALKER, R- Lansing, Senate sponsor of the House bill, said it would help motorists save fuel by spending less time idling afc intersections. "And in a time of fuel shortage this could help tremendously," Walker said. The Senate also passed and sent to the governor a bill to lower the minimum age for jurors from 21 to 18, and a bill to allow the secretary of state to require photos on drivers licenses. Heat Test May Be Used to Determine Gun Legality SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Chicago lawmakers may have come up with a way to get around the powerful downstatc gun lobby that always blocks their efforts to ban handguns. The device is a heat test. If a pistol can endure a temperature of 800 degrees without melting or becoming deformed, then it could legally be carried under a bill passed Monday by the Illinois House. Rep. Roman Kasinski, D-Chicago, is sponsor of the bill. Kosinski said he struck upon the heait test idea after learning the so-called "Slaturday night specials'—cheap weapons he and many others folaime for the sharp increase in Chicago crime — are made differently than other handguns. Contain 'Cheap Alloys' The "Saturday night spe- ciaHs," Kosinski said, are made in a hurry from cheap metal alloys tfilat don't hold up nearly as well under heat as police revolvers and the pistols sportsmen use. "I'm only after these cheap imports—and some of them are being made here, too—that are the real culprits," Kosinski said. He said passage of his bill would do nothing to deprive policemen, hunters, gun collectors, sportsmen "and any other legitimate gun user" of their firearms. , Rep. Harold Washington, a black Chicago Democrat, accused Kosinski of introducing "blatant class legislation that di criminates against the poor." Washington didn't say exactly how poor people were being token advantage of by Kosinski's bill and Kosinski didn't answer the charge. The bill went to the Senate, 115-21. Always Find Resistance Urban legislators, particularly from. Chicago, have been trying to outliaw handguns for years, but they've always encountered steadfast resistance from gunowners—chiefly down- staters who hunt with rifles— who cite the "right to bear arms" clause of the Constitution. The House also passed and gave to the Senate another abortion bill that would require doctors to tell women exactly what may result if they undergo an abortion. "There are some women who think this is like blowing your nose or having your appendix out," said Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Park Ridge. "We're trying to slow down the wholesale abortion rate at some of these clinics. We're trying to throw up any roadblock we can." The vote was 94-12. Firing(Continued From Page 2) an investigation into whether | or not Anthony Angelos violated the liquor laws by making political contributions to Governor Walker." Adamis charged Walker fired him for "purely political reasons, and because I have in the past enforced the liquor laws and would do so in the future.' Johnson, late Monday night, refused to make a statement regarding the withdrawal of his name as a nominee for the chalilrawainBhip of the commission. He said he had been informed of the decision but had not been told the reason for it. He said. he had requested that the governor's office tell him the reason and that he would make a statement after further consultation with Walker. Names Berz Director Walker, meanwhile, slated Michael R. Berz of Kankakee, whom ho earlier had named as a member of the commission, to be its acting director. Berz pledged that "all public hearings scheduled so far will be held as Larry (Johnson) planned." Presumably, that would include the June 29 hearing concerning Angelos. Walker, although he avoided | direct mention of Angelos' nomination, said he "made it very clear to Mr. Berz 'that every pending investigation must continue and that every scheduled hearing must be held. "The withdrawal of Mr. Johnson's nomination has nothing to do with any investigation nor any public hearing by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission," Walker said, in a statement relayed through his| SpringfieJid press office. However, press aides refused to say, either on or off the record, exactly why Johnson was dropped. cAgainst Current Against the modern current towards depersonalization, we're holding strong. •Hinphliff- „ •hem-son 51 FUN£R\L D!RECTORS *IUBST - IflC 10/0 WtS r FHtMONT5TRE6T PHQNU 343 2101 1 GALESBUmj Measure Would Require Registering 'Bug' Devices SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois House Monday approved a bill requiring the registration of eavesdropping devices with the Illinois Bureau of Investigation. Rep. Adeline Geo-Karis, R-Zion, said her bill, sent to the Senate on a 124-3 vote, is aimed at curbing "unauthorized snooping." It requires bugs to be registered with the IBI for $2 within 48 hours of their acquisition. Violation of the measure would be a petty offense punishable by no more than a $100 fine. Bill Would Hike Unemployment SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois House Monday passed a measure that would increase the amount of money a person can receive under the state's unemployment compensation act. If the measure passes the Senate and is approved by the governor, unemployment benefits will be raised from $51 to $60 maximum per week for a person without dependents from $74 to $82 for a person with a dependent spouse and from $80 to $88 a week for a person with one child. Benefits under the measure, which would take effect in November, range up to $105 a week for a person with four children. Rock Concert Control Sought SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois House Monday passed a bill to tighten the state's control over outdoor rock concerts. The bill, approved 108-2 and sent to the Senate, would require promoters to get a permit anytime 50 or more persons gather for a "public assembly" and if the "public health or safety" is impaired, a permit could be denied. Citizenship Rules Relaxed SPRINGFIELD—Under a bill passed Monday by the Illinois House, doctors and nurses from foreign countries would not have to acquire citizenship before practicing in the United States. Rep. Giddy Dyer, R-Hinsdale, chief sponsor of the measure, said it would help relieve the doctor shortage. She said there is "only one-half a doctor for every 1,000 persons in Lake County." The bill passed 127-21. Measure Would Protect Jobs SPRINGFIELD—A bill protecting employes whose wages are garnisheed passed the Illinois House 121-7 Monday. Under the measure, an employe can be discharged only if his wages are garnisheed more than three times a year. Walker Releases Building Aid SPRINGFIELD—Gov. Daniel Walker announced Monday he has released more than $6 million for construction of vocational centers in Pekin, Sandwich and DuPage County. DuPage County will get $4,065 million in state funds. Pekin's share will be $1,512 million and Sandwich will receive $760,700. The money will be used for new construction at the centers, which provide students with vocational training unavailable at area schools. Tornadoes Strike Near Charleston CHARLESTON, III. (UPI) - Tornadoes swooped down north and west of Charleston Monday night, destroying a barn, garage and several farm sheds. No injuries were reported. The twister struck the farms of Duane McKinney and Everett Horn, authorities said. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to everyone for Ihe expressions of sympathy, memorial gifts, and for the many acts of kindness extended to us during the loss of our love one. Your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten. FAMILY OF STANLEY E. STEFFEY Measure Would Establish Cabinet-Level Aging Unit By TOM LAUE SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Elderly persons would have a cabinet level state agency of their own if a bill passed by the House clears the Senate and is signed by Gov. Daniel Walker. The bill, approved Monday by a 144-3 vote, would create a new department of services for the aged that would combine some 32 programs for the elderly now scattered throughout 20 state agencies.. The bill is backed by leaders of both parties and has the support of Lt. Gov. Neil Hartigan who has been pushing hard for such an agency ever since Walker assigned him the duty of working with and for Illinois oldsters. House Minority Leader Clyde Choate, D-Anna, said persons 65 years or older "have made their contribution to our society and our state yet they get shuffled from one agency to another when they need help." Choate, joined by Republican House Speaker W. Robert Blair in sponsoring the measure, said the department could be created at little cost to the state by simply shifting key personnel into the new agency from other departments. But there's some question about the reception such a proposal would get from Walker if it reaches his desk. Democratic Dispute Walker, like Hartigan a Democrat, recently dropped from his office the Committee on Senior Citizens and was hotly denounced by Hartigan. And just last week, two House Republicans decried what they called Walker's "gestapo tac tics" in removing, Clarence Lipman as head of the Gvoernor's Committee on Senior Citizens Lipman has been working closely with Hartigan on the and Ronald Griesheimer of Waukegan, said they had no quarrel with Walker's decision to let Lipman go. But they scored what they considered the governor's shabby treatment of Lipman. Under the watchful eye of a Walker staff member posted at his desk, Kempiners and Griesheimer said, Lipman was forced to clear his desk and leave within an hour. Not Against It But a Walker aide said Monday none of this necessarily means Walker is against the idea of a department of the aging. The aide said Walker simply thought the Committee on Senior Citizens was "wasteful duplication" of work performed elsewhere in state government, The aide also said the governor has proclaimed the need to new department of aging idea, look after aging Illinoisans but The two legislators, Reps, has not yet taken a stand on Will/am Kempiners of Joliet this particular bill. House Ag Panel WilIing\ To Compromise on Law By BERNARD BRENNER WASHINGTON (UP I) Chairman W. R. Poage of the House Agriculture Committee said today he was willing to discuss a compromise with the administration on new farm legislation, but "we're not going to do ajl the giving." The Texas Democrat's comment came in an interview after he and Rep. Charles Teague, R-Calif., the Agriculture C o m m i 11 e e's ranking, Republican, met privately Monday with Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz and Undersecretary J. Phil Campbell. Work On BUI Poage's committee is currently at work constructing its own version of a new farm bill scheduled for floor debate in the Senate this week. The measure, to be effective beginning with 1974 crops, would fix new "target prices" for three major crops and then —if market prices slipped below the targets—would guarantee government payments to farmers to make up the difference. Administration officials have already indicated they are willing to seek a compromise based on the target price system. But Poage said Butz takes the position that the price targets set in the Senate bill are too high. "I think he's wrong," Poage said. He said that the Senate plan "can't cost the government a dime" if commodity markets remain at their current high levels. Target Prices The Senate target prices for 1974 would be $2.28 a bushel for wheat, $1.53 a bushel for corn, and 43 cents a pound for cotton. In future years, the targets would rise in line with a government index of farmer's costs. Poage added in the interview that despite his differences with Butz, he felt a compromise would be necessary to win passage of any new farm bill to replace programs which expire this year. "The administration can't pass a farm bill by itself. We (farm bloc lawmakers) can't pass a bill by ourselves. But if we work together, we can do it," Poage said. Administration experts have calculated that if grain and cotton market prices remain at May's high levels, subsidies under the Senate version of the farm bill would drop to $245 million in 1974—less than a tenth of this year's expected spending. More Outlay But the "escalator" clause for target prices in future years would bring outlays by 1978 to between $1.6 billion and $3 billion, depending on the pace of inflation in the general economy, officials estimated. Officials stress, however, that they do not expect market prices to remain at current peaks after this year. Under what officials term a "reasonable" estimate of future markets, they calculate the Senate farm plan would cost $3.8 billion in subsidies in 1974 with costs rising to between $6.5 billion-$7.8 billion by 1978. Knox Graduate John Benjamin Shelly, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Shelly, 265 Fair Acres Dr., was omitted from a list of Knox College graduates published in Monday's Galesburg Register-Mail. Shelly majored in Russian area studies. 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