Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 11, 1973 · Page 3
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Monday, June 11, 1973
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Go lesburg Regist'ef-Mai^ ^lesburg; 111, Monday^J,un,lJ,l t .,.l??3,'. 3 P. F. Naumann, agent and operator at Yates City at the time of the wreck, later left that job. He died last month after suffering a heart attack. THE CONDUCTOR and rear brakeman on the westbound train, G. W. Weidenhamer, Wataga, and R. W. Woodkirk, Knoxville, were later suspended, and then reinstated. They have maintained the order signal was green. The NTSB, however, claimed in the report that they misread the signal. Robert B. Stevens, a conductor and local chairman of the United Transportation Union — trainmens organization,, today disputted the board's findings. Stevens, who attended the hearings conducted by both the railroad and the NTSB, said he was not surprised at the results of the board's investigation. "It indicates that all the stupidity on the national level of the various governmental agencies is not confined to the Watergate conspirators," Stevens remarked. He withheld further Comment on the report until he has had an opportunity to obtain a copy, he added. THE BOARD also criticized railroad employes for not taking special precautions with both trains on the single track, but added that the rule calling for special precautions was vague in that it "did not make clear what special precautions were to be taken in the event of a restricting order, or which employee was to take them." Radio communication could have been used to transmit the instructions to the crew of the westbound train, the board found, but no radio contact was made. The NTSB called on the Burlington Northern Railroad to alter the design of order signals like the one in Yates City so there will be less chance of the signal being misread, and recommended the railroad review and clarify operating rules and their definitions. (Continued From Page 2) —Approved the county's commitment to a multijuris- dictional narcotic's unit at a first-year fee of 13,500, with funds to come from the townships on a per capita basis. Harold Wilson, R-3rd, cast the lone dissenting vote. —Noted the receipt of petitions bearing signatures of those who oppose rezoning of land in Copley Township to allow Midland Coal Co. to build a new coal processing plant. —Was notified of a public hearing on a proposed upgrading of the Knoxville sewage treatment system at Knoxville City Hall June 14 at 7 p.m. —Approved a resolution celling for a personnel study of at least two county offices at no expense to the county. —Aproved the county's application for $2,389 in federal funds for a remedial reading program at the Mary Davis Home. —Approved the request of the Knox County Fair for a permit to sell beer between the hours of noon and midnight during the July 31-Aug. 5 fair. —Approved the plat of Wadham Acres Extension 1, a Hot, 1-acre subdivision southeast of Knoxville. —Confirmed the appointment of Ivan Miller to the Maquon Fire Protection District; Ralph Deushone to the Fairview Fire Protection District; Miss Ruth Bradway, Max Mathers, Edward L. Kennedy and Mrs. Bertha Swartz to the Welfare Services Committee, and James R. McKeegan to the Elba-Salem Fire Protection District. —Heard Wendell Clark, R- 5th, Reclamation Committee chairman, report that the state Department of Mines end Minerals has failed to respond to three requests of the county for a public hearing on the Midland petition to mine- for the coming year. Clark said the committee will attempt to speak to E. E. Filer, department head, this week, i Legislative Backlog Continues to Grow As Assembly Moves Nearer Adjourning Jaycees Install President Klaus Hemmer, right, wais installed Saturday night as president o£ the Galesburg Jaycees. He received the gavel from Dominic Fiacco, past president. About 100 Jlaycees and their wives attended Installation ceremonies at the Holiday Inn. During the banquet, awiards were presented to Harold Watters, Jaycee of the Year; Hemmer, president XL, an award for extra service; Gary Prina, chairman of the year; Dennis Ross, director of the year, and Fred Kimble, outstanding new Jaycee. Federal Agency: County Board Signal at Fault Firm in I ram Mishap ^ Q I j (Continued From Page 2) (Jtl atdnClQTClS SPRINGFIELD (UPI) There arc only three weeks to go in the spring legislative session and problems still seem to be mounting rather than winding down. A mass transit district for the Chicago area is still up in the legislative air; a massive freeway program still awaits House action; abortion- control legislation remains on the docket; a lottery proposal hangs onto life; proposals for state boards of education and elections are yet to be decided; and today the House began what promises to be a time-consuming probe of Gov. Daniel Walker's campaign il nancing. THE CRUNCH looks so bad to some legislators that they cross their fingers in hope when they speak of a Juno 30 adjournment. Last week was a frustrating one. It began with the House quitting early Monday so its members could attend a fundraising cocktail party for Speaker W. Robert Blair, R- Park Forest. It ended with a late - night, 7-hour squabble over the mass transit proposal which produced no agreements and some apparent hurt feelings. Along the way, the House and Senate took time out for their annual charity softball game, eliminating another night of work in favor of play. As a result, the House spent the whole week taking final action on its own bills — a process which was supposed to have been completed two weeks earlier. THE MASS TRANSIT meeting broke down over two prime questions — who will control suburban bus lines after they are included in an arcawide district, and how the district will be funded. Republicans fear the Democrats want to give the Chicago Transit Authority control of all Cook County bus lines, a situation which would be intolerable to the largely GOP suburbs. While that question" went unresolved, there ap­ peared to be movement toward the use of a gas tax hike to fund the district, rather than the lottery proposed earlier by Blair. The panel, sent four transit packages to the floor but tabled the only one likely to eventually see passage. Action on the budget was confined largely to committees, since the House was tied up with nonappropriations matters all week. One of the largest appropriations bills, a $1,554 billion transportation measure, was not even introduced until June 1 and no action has been taken on it. A SENATE Republican plan to build the beginnings of a supplemental freeway system has cleared the Senate but remains pending on the House calendar. Walker opposes the program, saying it will cost some $1. billion, rather than the $621. million figure quoted by sponsors. Legislation that would give the state power to regulate abortions in accordance with court opinions still faces the legislature. Members in both houses have been seeking ways to discourage abortion but still meet court interpretations that the procedure may not be entirely outlawed. The Senate is nearing final action on a state board of education proposal already passed by the House which would establish a 17-member panel appointed by the governor. But plans for a state board of elections remain in doubt. THE LOTTERY proposal, at one point tied to Blair's plan for a transit district, seems again to have been cut loose and now will have to rise or fall in the Senate on its own merits. It already has passed the House. Meanwhile, the House took another day off today to let a special subcommittee begin its probe into charges that Walker fired his own Liquor Control Commission chairman to prevent an investigation of campaign' funding practices. State Chamber: Pollution Laws Could Hinder Industry CHICAGO (UPI) - A report released today by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce warns the state could lose billions of dollars and thousands of jofos by enforcing its "severe" pollution laws. The report said Illinois' pollution laws, as they stood in 1972, were stricter than those in other states and that as a consequence Illinois has or will become less attractive to industry. The report urged the state to relax some of its pollution laws, including the ban against use of low sulfur coal and the re­ quirement that water wastes receive top grade treatment by 1978. It also stated that "the ultimate objective" of state pollution control agencies should be to see to it that Illinois' laws are neither more nor less strict than those of its neighbors and competitors. Commenting on the report, Wendell J. Kelley of Decatur, chairman of the state chamber, said "In restoring the air, water and soil to healthy conditions, we must take steps to assure that industry, on which our economic climate is dependent, remains healthy and flourishing." The report was prepared for the state acmhber by A. T. Kearney & Co. of Chicago and a summary of the report was released to newsmen. The firm studied eight major Illinois industries and estimated that the capital investment required by these industries to meet present pollution control regulations would be $1.52 billion-by 1976. It predicted that "among the effects" of pollution control regulations on various industries were the following: —An estimated 8,500 jobs in the Illinois soft coal industry will be lost and revenue losses to the state as a result would be $110 million annually. —About 950 jobs in the iron and steel foundry industry will be lost and another 950 em­ ployes will be relocated in other foundries as a result of "small and marginal plant closedowns." —About 25 per cent of the plants in the canning industry will close, affecting 400 em­ ployes. —The electric power industry will be forced to spend $885 for pollution abatement in the next four years, a cost which will be passed along to the customer. —The chemical, steel, petroleum, nonferrous metals, automotive and farm machinery industries will be forced to spend $720 million for pollution abatement, which ultimately will be passed on to consumers. Charge- (Continued From Page 2) The mangled remains of one of two cars involved in a head-on collision Saturday afternoon south of Knoxville lies in a ditch. Seven Galesburg area persons were injured, one seriously, in the crash. Cars driven by Mrs. Virginia L. Walters, 29, Maquon, and by Gene Seven Injured in Crash Hebard, 26, Knoxville, collided on the crest of a hill. The Walters car was shoved off the roadway and into a ditch. Mrs. Walters was reported in serious condition today at St. Mary's Hospital. The remaning six persons were treated and released. Head-on Collision in DeLong Injures 7 A head-on collision on the crest of a hill south of Knoxville Saturday' afternoon sent seven area persons to St. Mary's Hospital. Mrs. Virginia L. Walters, 29, of Maquon remains in serious condition at the hospital today. The remaining six persons were treated and released. Passengers in Mrs. Walters* car who were treated were Belinda L. Walters, 11, Florence Walters, 7, William L. Walters 3, and Gary Kaser, 25, of Gilson. Driver of the other car, Gene Hebard, 26, of Knoxville, and .a passenger in his car, Mike Boyer, 24, also of Knoxville, were also treated and released. According to Rock Island state police, the accident occurred three-tenths of a mile east of First Street in DeLong near the intersection of County reads 8 and 5 at 3:10 p.m. Mrs. Walters' car was westbound. The eastbound Hebard car was passing in a no passing zone at the crest of a hill, police said. The two vehicles collided head-on, according to police, pushing the Walters car off the roadway and into a ditch. The Hebard car rolled over and came to rest on the roadway. The accident remains under investigation today. The scene of the accident was on the route of the Walk for Mankind which had been completed only moments before with hundreds of young persons from both Knoxville and Abingdon making the 14- mile trek as a money-raising project. The actual mechanics of Johnson's firing are likely to be a secondary focus of the investigation. Johnson has implied that he thinks the deputy governor, Victor De Grazia, was the man who actually fired him, and that De Grazia did so without first checking with Walker. The subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Philip Collins, R - Calumet City, will* try to unravel the conflicting statements by start ing with Johnson himself in the witness chair. Collins said late last week he plans to "lead Mr, Johnson through the chronology of what has happened in this case" and get his version on the official record. Collins also said a Walker assistant, Andrew Leahy, had been invited to testify. But Walker's office said early Sunday no decision had been made whether he would voluntarily do so. Leahy issued the first official public explanation of Johnson's firing. The governor's office also said no decision has been made about what will happen if Walker is asked to testify. At the time Speaker W. Robert Blair, R - Park Forest, created the committee last week, Collins said Walker likely would be invited to appear. I For Illinois Retroactive Disabled Benefit To Be Reviewed by Court WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Supreme Court agreed today to decide whether Illinois must make retroactive payments to the blind and disabled whose welfare benefits were not begun as soon as federal regulations required. State Attorney General William J. Scott appealed after the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 18 the sums must be paid. The high court will hear the case next fall or winter and then decide it by written opinion. The aid to the aged, blind and disabled program is funded WILL THE HELP BE THERE? Who will help your famlliet and friend? in the event of an emergency? Flood* and tornadoes don't glwayi happen someplace else. The "Guard" hoc openings for MEN. Serve your community, your country, and yourself. Earn a little money and a lot of pridel Notional Guard 149 N. Broad 342-6320 Percy Committee Explores His Chances for President CHICAGO (UPI) - Sen. Charles Percy, R-Ill, has had an exploratory committee working since February to assess his chances in the 1976 presidential race, a source close to the senator said Sunday. Thomas J. Houser of Chicago, chairman of the committee, notified the secretary of the U.S. Senate in a letter mailed Friday the committee had been formed for the sole purpose of nesearclung Percy's chances in such a race. The source said the committee commissioned the Washington consulting firm of Bailey, Deardourff and Eyre Inc. to research the nominating process in regards to Percy's possible candidacy. The letter to the secretary of the Senate also contained a financial report listing total contributions to the committee as $23,000 — including $5,000 UAI I # C 'ELECTRIC HMLL J SERVICE 220 VOLT - 100 AMP SERVICES — INSTAUEO BASEMENTS REWIRED - CIRCUITS ADDED Up-Dare Your Old Wiring. Get A Hold of the Experts i**-II U4.ll FRE * ESTIMATES Wail riail No Job Too Small 342-2786 from Percy, and $3,000 from Percy's daughter Sharon, wife of John "Jay" Rockefeller IV, the former West Virginia secretary of state. Possible Internal Squabble If he does not appear voluntarily, and if Republicans try to force him to do so, the committee could become embroiled in an internal squabble which could virtually end its existence. House Democratic Leader Clyde Choate of Anna, since the day Blair formed the committee, has maintained the panel does not have power to compel a witness to appear. Blair and Collins say it does have such subpoena power. Choate also has complained about the makeup of the committee — three Republicans counting Collins, and only two Democrats. equally by the state and fed eral government under the Social Security System. On July 1, 1968, the federal government issued regulations requiring tot the states provide aid to the aged and blind within 30 days of their applications and to the disabled with- T To A • STEIN'S • • ••M For • ACCUTRON WATCHES" £ All Models & Styles ^ • LADIES & MENS _ In Store Service A Leo Stein & Sons, Inc. ^ W JEWELRY DEPT. W _ 349 E. MAIN ST. - Downtown Galesburg M Gym Destroyed PALATINE, 111. (UPI)-Harper College officials say a fire that destroyed the Harper College fieldhouse during the weekend caused an estimated $600,000 damage. Five Injured CHICAGO (UPI) - Five persons were injured Sunday when fumes from the engine of their boat on the Calumet River burst into flames, authorities said. in 60 days. A group of applicants filed suit in U.S. District Court in Chicago alleging a conflict between these requirements and Illinois law and practice. On April 1, 1971, Judge Alexander J. Napoli invalidated the Illinois categorical assistance manual insofar as it conflicted with *he federal standards and ordered retroactive payments to July 1, 1968. He ruled that the complainants were wrong in demanding payments back to the date of their applications. Napoli was affirmed by the 7th Circuit. Scott argued that the retroactivity phase of the court order was inconsistent with Social Security regulations and a violation of the 11th Amendment, which deals with suits by individuals against states. Nixon Will Visit Pekin Ceremony WASHINGTON (UPI)~ President Nixon will fly to Pekin, III, Friday for the unveiling of the cornerstone of the Everett McKinley Dirksen, Congressional Leadership Research Center, the White House announced today. The center, intended to provide scholars with research material on the Congress, is being built in the home town of the lpte Senate Republican leader. tank tops. in purrfectly sunny colors . plain or with embroidery . , $3.50_&_$4.95 open tonight until nino calico cat monday & friday 10-9 weekdays & Saturday 10-5 78 so. seminary, gateiburg phont 343-2213 I 1

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