Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 8, 1973 · Page 3
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, June 8, 1973
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'Walkergate* Affair Has Funny, Serious Aspects SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Intrigue and controversy over Gov, Daniel Walker's ouster of Lawrence Johnson as head of the state liquor control commission is leading to inevitable comparison with Watergate. Capitol punsters are already referring to the firing as the "Walkergate Affair," and Johnson drew hearty laughter Thursday when he revealed that a man named John Mitchell is involved in the conflict. BUT THERE ARE also serious similarities to the national scandal: —A legislative subcommittee plans to investigate the roles played by Walker's employes in the firing, just as a U. S. Senate subcommittee is probing the roles played by Nixon's employes in Watergate. —Both cases involved alleged irregularities in campaign funding. —Both involve charges that assistants in the office of the chief executive acted improperly without knowledge of their superiors. -BOTH CASES INCLUDE charges that the chief executives, or persons in their offices, attempted to "cover up" the alleged irregularities. Johnson added another note of intrigue during a Thursday news conference when he described how he received formal notice that he was fired. He said his 8-year-old son was playing on the family's lawn in Champaign when a man wearing sunglasses beckoned to the youth, handed him an envelope and said, "This is for your father." JOHNSON SAID HIS WIFE saw the interchange, went to the door to talk to the man, but he "split." "I don not know who the man was," Johnson said. "He came as a stranger and he left as a stranger." Golesburg Registef-MaiI, Galesburg, Senate Gives Walker Measure Friday, Jurie 8/ ,1 ?.?3_ 3 to S i • trip EPA of Right to Control Leaf Burning SPRINGFIELD (UPI) Control over leaf-burning now could slip away from the state Environmental Protection Agency with a stroke of Gov. Daniel Walker's pen. The Senate Thursday approved a bill already passed by the House that would strip the EPA of its right to regulate the open burning of leaves. THE ISSUE grew hot last fall when the EPA issued what some local officials considered overly strict rules governing the practice. Both municipal officials and some private citizens complained that the EPA was getting too tough on minor pollution sources while paying less attention to major industrial offenders. Thus, a legislative drive was begun this spring to take away from the EPA its right to over-see leaf-burning and other forms of open combustion. The bill would nullify an EPA rule banning the open burning of leaves in towns ever 2,500 people, although it would leave to local governments the right to regulate such burning. The Senate vote was 33-10, sending the bill to Walker's desk. MEANWHILE, a Senate committee approved a hike in the stale minimum wage. Sponsored by Rep. Thomas Hanahan, D-McIIenry, the bill would raise the Illinois minimum wage from its present $1.60 an hour to $2.10 by 1976. The first of next year, the wage would go to $1.75. It would go up again in 1975 to $1.90 and would reach $2.10 a year later. The U.S. House recently passed legislation to raise the federal base pay from $1.60 an hour to $2 this fall and to $2.20 by mid-1974. The full Senate passed and sent to the governor a bill which would allow donwstate coal-producing counties to collect the sales tax on minerals, rather than the county to which the minerals are delivered. UNDER CURRENT statutes, the tax is collected by the county where the purchaser takes delivery of the minerals. Since the taxing county keeps 1 per cent of the total f> per cent sales tax, the effect of the bill would be to provide more revenue for downstate coal- producing counties while stripping a like amount of tax income from coal-burning counties. Sen. Philip Rock, D-Chicago, said the. bill would involve $4 million a year in shifted revenue. The House Agriculture Committee okayed, 13-6, a bill which would allow farmers to establish a fund for promotion and research into soybeans. The bill says that if soybean producers, voting in a referendum, agree to do so, they may set up a voluntary system of check-offs against the purchase price of their beans. The money would go to a common fund and would be used for promotion and research. The bill, which already has cleared the Senate on a unan* imous vote, provides for a maximum of Vt cent a bushel for the first year's checkoff and Vz cent a bushel for subsequent years. THE HOUSE defeated a Democratic bill which would have created an elected state board of education. The House has approved a GOP bill providing for a 17-member board, with the members appointed by the governor, State Law Would Allow-But Frown On-Abortion Dismissal Is Disputed By Walker Aide (Continued From Page 2) to Johnson's implied charge that Wailker had not intended to fire him and that someone in the administration had made the decision without the governor's "full knowledge and consent." Johnson hinted, but did not say directly, that he believed De Grazia was responsible for his ouster. De Grazia said in his state- men); that Walker signed the order firing Johnson before he left Monday for the national governors' conference in Nevada. At that point, however, De Grazia began negotiating with Johnson personally. ,iri an effort to find him another position in the administration, De Grazia snid. Stops Short But the deputy governor stopped short of saying just who made — and carried out — the decision to submit to the state Senate the formal withdrawal of Johnson's nomination. That will be one of the subjects probed by a subcommittee of the House Executive Committee, which meets Monday to begin a study of the Johnson firing. Rep. Philip Collins, R- Oalumet City, who will chair the investigation, said Johnson ha9 been invited to testify at the opening session and said Walker will be invited to appear later. THANK YOU I would like to thank all my friends and relatives for the prayers, cards, flowers and visits while I was a patient in Cottage Hospital Thanks to Hev. Ordell Peterson, Hev. Raymond C. Swanson also Dr. Malstrom and Dr. Thompson and all the nurses at Cottage for their good care and kindness to me. RUTH SEMONES Trade Board Charged With Rule Change CHICAGO (UPI)-A Columbus, Ohio, firm has filed suit against the Chicago Board of Trade, charging that the board illegally suspended a rule regulating soybean prices last January, allowing soybean prices to skyrocket. Case and Co. Inc. of Columbus filed suit in U.S. District Court in Chicago Thursday Charging that the board of directors of the CBT suspended a regulation limiting the amount of fluctuation permissible in the per-bushel soybean price in one trading, day to 10 cents above or below the price at the close of the previous day's trading. Short Notice The suit said the board posted the notice of the rule suspension only one hour before the opening of trade on the day the decision to suspend the rule was reached. This, the suit charged, violated the Commodity and Exchange Act which required that at least 10 hours' notice be given before such changes may take effect. The act, Case said, also required that proper regulatory agencies be notified of impending changes. Case held that the unannounced regulations change caused a "disastrous and uncontrollable market rise" and cost the company at least $400,000. Want Repayment The suit, filed on behalf of Case and all other persons or firms which, at the close of trading Jan. 18, held contracts to sell January, 1973, soybeans on the Board of Trade, asked the court to declare the Board of Trade and its directors in violation of federal law and order the board to repay the lost profits. By TOM LAUE SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Still struggling with ways to give the state some control over abortions, the Illinois House has passed a bill that technically allows them but frowns upon the practice. The bill, primarily the work of Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Park Ridge, would decree that life begins at the moment of conception and that the state's public policy is against abor­ tions. The bill passed Thursday, 91-30. The "moment of conception" clause is aimed at giving the fetus every constitutional guarantee — including the right to life. But the bill also provides that abortions may be performed when "medically necessary," a key phrase because it allows women to have abortions whenever they and their doctors agree. Hyde's bill thus differs sharply from another abortion bill passed out of the House and sent to the Senate earlier this week. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Robert J. Walters, R-Alton, would, permit women to have an abortion only when their life is in danger. Walters said his bill is an attempt to make abortions illegal once again in Illinois as they were before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in January that the states have no "compelling interest" in preventing abortions. The effect of this ruling was to make abortions legal. States have been trying ever since to impose some controls. Hyde said he is trying to stay within the guidelines set down by the high court while making it absolutely clear the state does not condone abortions. He thus hopes to win court approval of his measure while discouraging what ho calls "abortions on demand" which, he admits, his bill in effect would allow. "My bill says abortions are illegal unless for some medical reason — and this includes the mental or physical health of the mother—an abortion is deemed necessary," Hyde said. The pivotal word is "mental." Women routinely undergo abortions on grounds their mental health will suffer if they don't, 'Pyramid Schemes' Would Be Made Fraud in State SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Rep. Charles Fleck, R-Chicago, succeeded Thursday in steering his "pyramid schemes" bill through the Illinois House, 96-18. The bill would make it a fraudulent practice in Illinois to sell distributorships to people when there is no product or a shoddy product they can sell. People duped by "men with diamond rings and Cadillac cars" are encouraged, Fleck said, to get their friends to buy phony distributorships, too, only to find they're all peddling products that don't exist. Advertising Expense Legitimate SPRINGFIELD—Public utilities in Illinois can go on claiming advertising as a legitimate business expense when they go before the Illinois Commerce Commission seeking rate hikes. ; A bill that would have stopped the giant monopolies from pointing to such costs was beaten Thursday in the Illinois House, falling 21 votes shy of passage. Ethics Measure Is Rejected SPRINGFIELD—An ethics bill that would have forced all elected public officials to bare their campaign contri- mtions and costs failed Thursday in the Illinois House. Foes said the idea may be all right for state officials and judges but can be carried too far. Suburb Housing Bill Defeated SPRINGFIELD—A bill to force suburbs to provide ample low-cost housing for workers who come there to put up homes and shopping centers failed Thursday in the Illinois House. Rep. Harold Washington, D-Chicago, said his bill would have brought laborers nearer their work. Eldorado Teen Eyes Office SPRINGFIELD—Randy Fetcho is only 19 years old, but by the time the 79th Illinois General Assembly takes its oath of office in January 1975, the Eldorado native will be 21. He hopes to be among the state's 177 representatives. Fetcho, who lives in House Minority Leader Clyde Choate's 59th District, announced Thursday he is a candidate for the House. He said he wants youth to have a greater voice in government and hopes to "unify" Cook County and downstate Illinois. Mandatory Busing for Race Balance Would Be Prohibited Under Measure SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - A of school children than it would House committee Thursday ap- prevent proved a bill, already passed by the Senate, which would prohibit Schools Supt. Michael Bakalis from ordering mandatory busing to achieve racial balance in schools. Vote 13-3 The bill was recommened for passage on a 13-3 vote over warnings from opponents that David Thompson, an attorney for Bakalis, said the superintendent's integration guidelines are the only reason civil liberties groups have not taken the integration issue to court in Illinois. He predicted that if the bill were passed, the courts would order busing without any local own means of integration as ham, R-Lawrenceville, said it Bakalis' guidelines now allow, is "political doubletalk" to op"By passing this bill, you, not pose busing but favor percen- it would be held unconstitution- control rather than allowing the superintendent, will be causing busing to occur," Thompson said. He said Bakalis favors using other means to achieve racial balance, with busing being used only as a "last resort." Criticize Stand Several committee members criticized Bakalis' stand as am- al and could cause more busing I local districts to work out theirlbiguous. Rep. Roscoe Cunning- tage integration formulas that often make busing necessary. One busing opponent was overcome with sobbing as she described the futility of working for a local referendum for neighborhood schools/ "N o w with Dr. Bakalis' mandate our kids are going to be bused away," Mrs. Beverly Beatty of Oak Forest told the committee. REMEMBER HER - - ON YOUR ANNIVERSARY WITH Fresh Flowers RED ROSES Our Special Suggestion 128 NORTH BROAD STREET Dial 342-8121 Hot, Cold Spots NEW YORK (UPI) - The highest temperature reported today by the National Weather Service excluding Alaska and Hawaii was 116 degrees at Palm Springs, Calif. Today's reported low was 37 degrees a Gallup, N.M. The moose, a member of the deer family, is the largest North American game animal. In Memory of MICHAEL DANIEL SIMKINS Died June 8, 1970 Son & Brother "Oh I Have Slipped The Surley Bonds of Earth." Author: McGee From The Poem High Flight Mr. & Mrs. Sigvard Simkins Donna Richardson Mary Sargeant Dena & Ernie Gels Sentence MARION, 111. (UPI) - Lewis Miles Jr., 26, Hcrrin, Thursday was sentenced to three to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty two weeks ago to burglary of an automobile owned by Horace Cornell, also of Herrin. Girl Drowns RAMSEY, 111. (UPI) - Kimberly Beck, 9, Beecher City, drowned Thursday afternoon in a lake at a recreation area near here while on an outing with her family. Amnesty Is Sought By Methodists JACKSONVILLE, III. (UPI)The Central Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church voted at its annual meeting Thursday more than 2-to-l in favor of a call for compassion, including an offer of amnesty to draft evaders and deserters who were not stationed in battle zones. The resolution was introduced by the Rev. Miley Palmer of Champaign and passed 268-107. Debate was lengthy and included an unsuccessful amendment attempt that would have elinv inated the amnesty provision. The proposed amendment was introduced by Walter Muller, a lay delegate from Peoria. It was supported by Mrs. Winona Peithman of Farmer City. Final Form In its final form, the resolution said, "If any committed crimes, such as murder, theft, drug peddling or destruction of property or draft records, let them be prosecuted by due process of law. But let draft evasion and desertion outside the battle zone come under the magnanimous spirit of forgetfulness." Bishop Lance Webb of Springfield, the meeting's presiding offioer, led the conference in silent prayer following passage of the resolution. Senate Delays Confirmation of Nominees Galesburg Community Advancement* Men's Club Presents its 6th annual Scholarship Dinner Sunday, June 17 Time: 2 PM at HARBOR LIGHTS SUPPER CLUB Guest of Honor & Speaker DR. LESLIE BOND M.D. St. Louis, Missouri Donation $4.00 Mease Give Your Non-Profit Support SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Senate confirmed 13 of Gov. Daniel Walker's appointees Thursday, but delayed action on Dr. Leroy Leavitt, the nominee for director of mental health and Robert Pautler, nominated as an assistant director of mines and minerals. Both Leavitt and Pautler were to be considered today. Stop Cutbacks Senate Minority Leader Cecil Partee, D-Chicago, said he requested the delay on Leavitt because mental health groups have been pressing senators to ask Leavitt to stop the personnel cutbacks now going on in the department. Partee said senators planned to question Leavitt about the cuts. Sen. Frank Ozinga, R-Evergreen Park, chairman of the Senate Executive Committee which screens nominees before their names go to the full Senate, said he asked for the delay on Pautler because he feels Pautler is unqualified. Limited Experience During the executive commit­ tee's hearing Wednesday, Republicans charged that Pautler's experience was limited to driving a truck for strip miners. The committee approved his appointment 11-9, but Ozinga said some members were having second thoughts. Those approved by the Senate without argument Thursday were: Allyn Sielaff to head the Department of Corrections; Mrs. Margaret Blackshere of Madison and Ivan Elliott of Carmi to the Southern Illinois University Board; Leland Woodburn of Hillsdale as assistant direc­ tor of agriculture; James Nuen- list of Mount Vernon and Clarence Reynolds of Harrisburg to the state mining board; Louis Alexander of Chicago, Dr. Jorge Prieto of Evanston and Stanford Glass of Winnetka to the Illinois Health Facilities Authority; Thomas McCracken of Geneva as a member of the fair employment practices commission; Earl Dryden of Aurora and Robert Peel of Hillsboro as members of the Pardon and Parole Board, and David Berz of Kankakee as head of the state Liquor Control Commis-^ sion. 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