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Galesburg, Illinois
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Tuesday, June 12, 1973
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fojesburg,, Register-MoiI, Galesburg, Tuesday/ June 12, 1973 3 Ousted Liquor Head Claims Witness Can Back Up Charge Against Walker SPRINGFIELD (UPI)-Law- rcnce Johnson says he has a witness to back his charge that Gov. Daniel Waflker is not telling the truth about why he was fired as head ofi the Liquor Control Commission. Johnson brought the witness, a Champaign attorney, to Monday's opening session of a House subcommittee investigating the firing. However, the attorney, Gage D. Sherwood, did not testify. Walker says Johnson was fired because he refused to agree to cuts in the commission's budget. Johnson has charged he was ousted because of his "vigorous pursuit" of charges of irregularities in Walker's campaign funding. JOHNSON told the subcom- imittee he has no evidence ithat Walker favored the pro­ posed budget amendment, which he said was suggested by his rivals on the commission staff.' Rather he said, Walker had examined the proposed reduction and had assured him it would not be attempted. As late as May 30, Johnson told the subcommittee, he met) Walker on the Capitol steps after a Senate committee hearing on the appropriation bill and told the governor the original, $818,10(1 appropriation! had cleared the panel without any reduction. The governor replied, " 'Good. I thought that was the case' and he expressed pleasure that the original request went through," Johnson testified under oath. SHERWOOD, who was with Johnson at the time, agreed with that version when questioned later by UPI. He said he could not recall the exact wording of Walker's comments but "I recall that he said either he or a member of his staff had worked to squelch the amendment." Walker press aide Norton Kay said Walker is buttonholed so frequently in the Capitol hallways that he likely would give such a response as "Good, keep up the good work" to virtually any statement. "He may be thinking of something else altogether," Kay said. Kay said the specific reference to staff work if it is correct, may have referred to a Budget Bureau decision to let the appropriation go through the Senate in its original form, then amend it in the House. THE AMENDMENT under discussion would have more than halved the commission's fiscal 1974 appropriation. Iti involved a radical cutback in the number of commission special agents, closing the Springfield office and making other spending cutbacks. The plan was based on reports by two blue-ribbon committees which investigated the agency as early as 1967. Johnson was the only witness at Monday's hearing by the subcommittee and is scheduled to return when the panel reconvenes -iext Monday. The only other person invited to testify was Walker assistant Andrew Leahy, who did not appear. Committee Chairman Philip Collins, R- Calumet City, hinted Leahy will be subpoenaed if he does not agree to appear voluntarily. MOST OF Johnson's testi­ mony was a recapituation of charges he had made earlier; at two news conferences. He said several staff members on the commission were reporting over his head to the deputy governor, Victor De Grazia, and that some ol them, plus the Illinois Bureau of Investigation, stood in his way during a planned investigation of Walker's campaign funding. Before Johnson took the stand Democrats tried to force the panel to adjourn. Rep. Harold Washington, Di Chicago, questioned whether (the direction of Speaker W. •Robert Blair, R^Park Forest, was sufficient legal authority for formation of the panel. "In light of the gravity ol the charges made here, there's a very serious ques­ tion whether this committee is properly charged," Washington said. He suggested the subcommittee adjourn and ask the full House to approve ita formation before any testimony was taken. Bufi the three Republicans on the panel voted against his motion and killed it, 2-3. The panel's other Democratic member, Rep. John S. Matijevich, D-North Chicago, said the partisan nature of (he roll call "sort of set the tone (for the hearing) and that's not the way a committee should operate." Accident Fatal DELEVAN, Wis. (UPI) — Michael Conray, Rolling Meadows,. III., died Monday from injuries he received in an automobile accident Sunday. Libya Takeover Oil Firm Omen? , , , | M l|||J iii | ilM lil i l - ym»> ^ t Mrs. Dirksen Prepares Mrs. Everett M. Dirksen, above, and other Pekin residents, are sprucing up their plantings of marigolds for the coming presidential visit Friday. President Nixon will be in Pekin for the cornerstone laying at the Everett M. Dirksen Congressional Leadership Research Center and Pekin Public Library. Earlier this spring, residents planted more than a million marigolds for a Marigold Festival in honor of the late senator. UNIFAX No Progress From Ozark's Strike Talks ST. LOUIS (UPI)-Talks to end the mechanics strike that has grounded all flights of Ozark Air Lines since April 19 continued today in Washington, but no progress was reported by company officials in St. Louis. Both sides have been meeting with federal mediators in Washington since May 30, trying to iron out the wage and other issues that caused the walkout by the 560 mechanics, members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association. The strike came more than a year after the old contract between Ozark and the mechanics expired and talks to work out a new contract had failed. Ozark officials said today they should have some decision on resumption of flights to certain cities in Missouri and Illinois by Thursday of this week. Ozark had announced earlier its intention to resume a limited schedule of flights, maintained by supervisory personnel, and had asked pilots to respond to this plan by Thursday. Ozark flies to 62 cities in 15 states; mostly in the Midwest, and many small and medium- sized cities have been hard hit by the strike because Ozark is the only scheduled commercial air carrier to those cities. Gun Discharges, Man Is Injured Dougte K. Williams, 18, 1012 [Frank St., was treated and released Monday 'ait St. Mary's Hospiifiail emergency room fer a bullet wound in his tend 'afiter a pisibol laocidenltiy discharged about 11 p.m. Gales-burg police were called ito the hospital laibout 11:20 p.m. when WMams arrived. Williams, who is* employed alt Wiltons Gun Shop, 848 E. Main St., ttold foficers he was keeping illhe gun ifor another person and believed the weapon was unloaded when he carded it initio a residence at 1065 Hawkinson Ave. The pistol, a .25 caliber automatic, discharged when Williams repeatedly slid 'back the receiver on 'the weapon. He was not seriously wounded, according to au- i!ihictrMes.""N!o charges were filed. Clean-Up Set PRAIRIE CITY — A general clean-up day will be held Wednesday at Prairie City to remove debris left from the June 2 storm, according to Ralph McFadden, village board president. Tractor Falalily WEST BROOKLYN,'111. (UPI) - Roy G. Schnell, 65, West Brooklyn, was killed Monday when he accidentally was thrown from his tractor on U.S. 30 northwest of here. BEIRUT (UPI) - Experts said today a Libyan decision to nationalize one U.S. oil compa- |ny was significant because it coincided with negotiations between the North African state and three other larger American companies. Libyan leader Col. Moammar Khadafy announced at a mass rally Monday in Tripoli that his government was seizing control of the Bunker Hunt Oil Co. of Dallas to deal the United States "a blow in the face." That decision, experts said, was not surprising since Bunker Hunt previously suggested itself that Libya take over its assets and direction. But the experts said Khada- fy's ' move was clearly a warning to three larger U.S. oil companies, Amoseas, Oasis and Occidental, now negotiating a demand by Libya for full control. Libyan negotiators warned that if the companies do not negotiate the demand, Libya will nationalize them. Khadafy's announcement j came during a 70-minute-long speech marking the third anniversary of the ouster of American forces from Wheelus Air Base outside of Tripoli. "The United States," he said, is still mocking the Arab people and abusing Arab rights by continuously supporting Israel and giving it all forms of aid. "We tell America in a loud vice," he said, "that it needs a severe blow in the face from the Arabs." Then Khadafy, 31, his voice hoarse from shouting, paused and added: "The Libyan Revolutionary Command Council (the government) has decided to nationalize the...Bunker Hunt Oil Company." In Dallas, a spokesman issued a statement saying that it was "apparent" Khadafy decided to nationalize Bunker Hunt "some time ago." The company did not place a value on its Libyan holdings. "Hunt has tried to work with the Libyan National Oil Co., and its subsidiary," the company said. "However, this has been impossible... Johnson Firing Investigated Rep. John Matijevich, left, D-North Chicago, a member of son, right, testifies during hearings yesterday in Springfield, the House Special Subcommittee investigating the firing of Matijevich said there were "some very serious questions re- J?IQJ*1(£(JI Pl (l1\§ IjOgCll jLctlOTt Lawrence Jonn5on bv Gov - Daniel Walker, listens as John- garding the subcommittee's authority." UNIFAX Against Major on Firms Dairy Production Down Last Month TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (UPI) — Florida's chief trial counsel said Monday he is preparing a federal antitrust suit against major oi\ companies on charges of conspiring to create a phony "energy crisis" to eliminate competition and reap profits. Asst. Atty. Gen. Daniel S. Dearing said he has no concrete evidence against the firms, but "we know what we see," What Dearing thinks he sees is an unspoken agreement among the major oil companies —he won't say exactly who—to hold down production of crude oil, so that independent producers who buy it from them will soon dry up. At the same time, Dearing maintains, the oil companies will scare the public into accepting such environmentally controversial projects as the trans-Alaska pipeline and offshore drilling along Florida's Gulf Coast. We have no inside information at all," he said, "but we know what we see. We see the results. We see things happening and we • can't explain them." Dearing said that, in preparing the antitrust suit he intends to file within the next few weeks, the Department of Legal Affairs has taken a look at import levels, domestic production, transmission and refinery capabilities, and several other factors in the oil business. From that study, Dearing has concluded that the big companies all decided at once to sell less crude oil to small independent refineries. "We can't account for this any other way than that they have determined purposely to close off the supply of crude to the independent refiner," he said. "And it works beautifully, too, because that way they don't have to engage in gasoline wars." Hottest Car in Town Stolen 4 Times CHICAGO (UPI) - Charlie Demas says he has the hottest car in Chicago. He might be right. It's been stolen from him four limes. Fortunately for the 75-year- old grandfather of 25, the car has been rolurned each time. The last time he picked up a bonus — a sports coat and the apparatus for tapping a beer barrel were left behind. Demas bought the car, a well scarred 1965 Chevrolet, two years ago "to lake the little ones (his grandchildren) to the park." The odometer reads 78,000 miles and Dennis admits he's not sure whether it's the first, second or third lime around. I KNOW when I bought it, it Jwd a good motor. Maybe someone fixed it up," Dermis said, "because 1 know my sons all have newer cars and they don't sound like they're as fast as this one." The first time the car was taken was in the early spring of 1972. "It broke my heart," Demas said. "I only paid 200 bucks for it, but it ran so smooth and the little ones liked it so much. I had plans to take them to the park and watch them play.' The car was recovered 10 weeks later. "THE COPS found it, but I had to pay $25 in storage," Demas said. "That's a lot when you're on Social Security." Three months later the car was gone again. "I! wasn't so long that time — about 10 days." he said. "But 1 had to pay the 25 bucks again. Anyway, 1 got it back in time io take the kids to the park a few more times." The third theft came almost on the first anniversary of the first. Two weeks later the car was found once more and the usual $25 fee was charged. Demas had possession only two days, before he was careless again. "BUT THIS was the best one," Demas said. "The police found it the next morning and called me at 5 a.m. They told me they found it parked on the shoulder of the Kennedy Expressway. They told me they were going to take it to the city car pound where I could pick it up later in the day. That would mean another 25 bucks. "But I asked them if they would hold it at the station. They did and I took a cab there and saved the 25 bucks. I didn't really save that much, though — I gave the cop a $5 tip and I had to pay cab fare. "When I took it home and the kids saw it — boy, did they get excited. They're gon­ na have a good summer if those hotrod guys don't take it again." WASHINGTON (UPI) Booming livestock feed prices last month reduced a key dairy industry economic indicator to its lowest level since August, 1965, an Agriculture Department report shows. The monthly milk production report also indicates that dairymen faced with rising feed costs last month produced 11.1 billion pounds of milk, down 2 per cent from a year earlier. The report said dairy farmers' returns for milk in May were up 55 cents per hundredweight from a year earlier. But it was a profitless gain for producers, because their feed costs for the month were up from a year earlier by $1.21 for each 100 pounds of ration. As a result, the milk-feed price ratio (the number of pounds of feed which can be purchased with the return from one pound of milk) fell from 1.50 in April to 1.37 in May, the lowest figure since an identical 1.37 reading in August, 1965. May Ratio The May ratio was 19 per cent below a year earlier and 24 per cent below last November when rising feed costs started the current decline in 'the ratio figure. Last month's ratio was 9 per cent below the April level. The new report indicated milk production this year is down because the number of milk cows fell to about 11.5 million, 2 per cent below a year earlier. Milk production per cow during May was unchanged from a year earlier. Production for the first five months of 1973, the report added, was 1.99 per cent below a year earlier. Butz Okays Special Loan Program WASHINGTON (UPI) - Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz has authorized a special "distress" loan program for grain producers who may find themselves unable to get either storage or transportation for their 1973 crops at harvest time. Set Conditions Under the program, state Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation committees will set local conditions for the loans. In some areas loans may be [granted on commodities stored on the ground; in others, the loans will be available on grain stored in temporary facilities. Officials said the special loans will be available for wheat, barley, oats, sorghum, rye and corn, and farmers will be able to file applications for 30 days after local announcement of the program or 30 days after harvest, whichever is later. Can Be Converted The loans will mature hi 90 days, but can be converted to regular price support loans if approved storage is- found in the meantime. If a regular loan is not made, the special loan must be repaid with interest. The special loans will be made at 75 per cent of the amount which would be offered under the regular support loan program. The special program could fill a gap for producers in areas where boxcar shortages result in a local backup of supplies at harvest time. It will provide temporary credit for grain in types of storage, or for grain stored in the open, which is not eligible for regular price support loans. THANK YOU We wish to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone for the expressions of sympathy memorial gifts, and for the many acts of kindness extended to us during the illness and loss of our loved one. Your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten. THE FAMILY OF NELLE F. HENDRICKS FOR HONEST, complete answers to your questions about funeral service, ask the professionals at Hinchliff- Pearson-West. WC *M »Onit £GOU>WWI.| 'Hinchliff- FUNERAL DIRECTORS PHONE 343-2101

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