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PWM , up r Tl ,„, „ ln rnr , ,„,, "7lfP|ll'iTP| •%Golesburg Begiste ^Mgil^ Gqlesburg; 111. Wednesdoy, June 13, 1973 _ 3 Walker: $50,000 Loan to Top Deputy Had No Bearing on Angelos Nomination By ROBERT KIECKHEFER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) -Gov. Daniel Walker's chief aide, Victor De Grazia, requested a loan from Chicago millionaire Anthony Angelos during the closing days of Walker's 1972 gubernatorial campaign, press aide Norton Kay says. But Walker, at a news conference Tuesday, said the loan, for $50,000 and without interest, had no bearing on the later decision to name Angelos director of the state Department of Insurance. Walker also denied charges he had tried to cover up the loan, which he admitted was of questionable legality. Angelos, appointed late in December, withdrew from consideration early in January after a series of charges about his background. Those charges included allegations he had made direct contributions to Walker's campaign while holding a liquor license — which would he a violation of state law. Walker since has fired two Liquor Control Commission chairmen who later said they believed they wore ousted because of investigations into the Angelos affair, Walker has denied that was the reason and his revelations about Angelos' loan, he said, were made because of those "unfounded charges." However, Walker said he could not recall the details surrounding Angelos' loan or his subsequent appointment. Kay, after checking with De Grazia, supplied the details to newsmen hours after the press conference. Kay said Angelos was introduced to campaign workers during July or August of 1972 by a volunteer worker whom he declined to name. At that time, Kay said, Angelos talked with De Grazia, who now is serving as deputy governor. Gov. Daniel Walker Angelos' next appearance was less than two weeks before the election, Kay said, when he came to campaign headquarters, told De Grazia he wanted to be of assistance to Walker's campaign~and asked what he could do. De Grazia, Kay said, suggested a loan, since the campaign was in desperate need of money to finance reserved television time. Walker, at his news conference, released for the first time campaign records showing that Angelos then wrote a check for $50,000, with the understanding the money was a loan. The check, Walker said, was No, 1548, drawn on the National Republic Bank of Chicago and is entered in a Walker cam paign ledger as a loan. Walker said, however, the loan was repaid on March 19 by the "All-Illinois Democratic ... denies cover up Committee" which took over his campaign debt after the election. The governor further said Angelos was not promised a state job in return for the loan, nor was the financial help considered when his name was suggested as a possible nominee several weeks later. "At no time during the campaign, did I, or any person authorized to speak for me, make any promise to any person about any job. None," Walker said. Neither Walker nor Kay, however could recall details of how Angelos' name came under con sideration for a state appointment. Walker told the news conference he barely knew An gelos at the time he made the loan, had not investigated his background and did not recall having initiated consideration of Angelos as a possible appointee Walker said the first discus sion of appointments was in Florida, where campaign offi­ cials vacationed after the Nov. 7 election. At that time, he said, five persons discussed possibfc nominees. The governor identified them as himself; De Grazia; Kay; William Goldberg, now counsel to the governor, and David Green, a personal friend and businessman from Chicago. But Walker said those five suggested "literally hundreds of names" and he cannot recall who first mentioned Angelos as a possibility. Nonetheless, he said, there was "no connection" between the loan and the appointment. Asked why he had repeatedly refused to divulge Angelos' financial involvement in his campaign—even during early January when Angelos was under heavy attack .on charges he made an outright contribution- Walker said, "In retrospect, I wish that I had made public in January what I have said, today." House Panel Will Con tin u e Probe of Johnson Firing SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - A House subcommittee investigation into the firing of Liquor Control Commission Chairman Lawrence Johnson apparently will go ahead as planned, despite Democratic attempts to alter the makeup of the panel. The panel was formed early last week at the order of House Speaker W. Robert Blair, R- Park Forest. He directed it to probe charges by Johnson that he was ousted because he was investigating alleged irregularities in Gov. Daniel Walker's campaign financing. The subcommittee held its first meeting Monday, with Johnson as witness. Tuesday, however, the Democratic members of the subcommittee introduced a resolution on the House floor, seeking to change the makeup of the panel from two Democrats and three Republicans to three members from each party. "This would remove all doubt that this investigation might be of a partisan political nature," Rep. John Matijevich, D-North Chicago, said. Matijevich and Rep. Harold Washington, D- Chicago, are the two Democrats on the subcommittee. Assistant Democratic Leader Gerald Shea of Riverside agreed that the current, three- two partisan division could lead to a "political witch hunt" with Walker as the target. Subcommittee Chairman Philip Collins, R-Calumet City, at once accused Democrats of trying to stall the probe and thus "cover up" the activities under investigation. "All your resolution does is what 'is already being done without benefit of a tie-breaking vote," Collins said. "This appears to be another attempt to cover up something, but I don't know what." Republican House leaders prevented an immediate vote on the resolution and sent it.to the most laborious of House channels. That action means it cannot possibly come to a floor vote before next Monday, the next scheduled meeting of. the subcommittee. Merchant'Farmers' Joe Smith, a jeweler, and Bob Adams, a Church of Christ minister, load a bay wagon as they participated yesterday in Farmer Appreciation Day in Mount Carmel. The program featured businessmen helping out farmers and is a joint project of the ; Wabash County Farm Bureau and the Mer­ chants':Assn. UNIFAX Merchants Turn Farmhand For Ag Appreciation Day MOUNT CARMEL, 111. (UPI) " -Joseph Smith, a jeweler, lives 10 miles from Howard Herring, a farmer, in this small southeastern Illinois town. They met for the first time while baling hay under a scorching sun. The Wabash County Merchants Association and the Wabash County Farm Bureas sponsored an Agriculture Appreciation Day Tuesday and 20 businessmen volunteered to help a dozen farmers catch up on farm work delayed by heavy rain. j "Farm work is really hard work. I'm awfully tired and sunburnt," Smith said. "I think he kind of give out a little in the end. It done him good to get him out of the office," Herring said. "Even if they didn't do a lick of work, I feel like it was worth a whole lot for the relationship of city people and farmers. We have to spend a day in Mount Carmel. "I'd work in the jewelry shop, but I don't think I could do it," Herring said. Delayed by Rain Herring owns a 185-acre farm with a dairy and wheat, corn and bean crops. Like most farmers in the area, he was still planting his corn crop which was delayed by heavy j and continuous rain. "The weather's, unusual. I may say it's about as clear as I Citizens 9 Group Keeps Dwindling (Continued From Page 2) ' 11 1 - J ,u Senate Adopts Measure to Protect Market for State's High-Sulfur Coal YOU CAN HAVE... FAMILY SIZE [mud. I've never seen a year like it and I've been a farmer all my life," Herring said. He added that he appreciated the assist from Smith and Bob Adams, a minister of the Church of Christ. He said he'd pay them both if they wanted to work again—a compliment. "I enjoyed it," Smith said. 'They earn, whatever they get. It's hard work. One day's O.K., but I'd just-as soon the farmers did it. "We wanted to show our appreciation for their business in town. "I know a lot of men with the name Herring, but I wasn't acquainted with Howard until today," he said. "I knew Smith Jewelers in town," Herring said. "I didn't know Joe Smith though." 'Long Hard Hours' The farmers work hard no doubt about it. They've got some long hard hours; they've got a lot of money invested," Adams said. "Farm life's a good life, I guess, but I'm afraid I'd have ulcers." Ralph Raber, the Farm Bureau president, and Gene Garrett, a music store owner, thought up the idea after remarking on the rain. "We had it planned for two or three times before, but it rained. We think we'll make it annual, It's good to get together like that," Raber said. SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Senate Agriculture Committee has approyed a bill designed to protect the market for Illinois coal. The bill, passed Tuesday on a roll caH of 9-1, would prohibit the state Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from enforcing strict sulfur dioxide emission regulations due to go into effect May 30, 1975. The regulations, witnesses said would virtually eliminate Illinois coal as a power source, since it is relatively high in sulfur content. John Roberts, head of the EPA's Division of Air Pollution Control, said the bill would prevent the agency from regulating sulfur emission "for the forsee-t ready has passed the House, able future" and would thus I The Senate Appropriations pose a threat to the health of children, the elderly and the 10 per cent of the population suffering from asthma. Terms Too Strict Spokesmen for utility companies, however, said they would not be able to meet the terms of the regulations if they continue to burn Illinois-mined coal and that they have no practical alternative source of fuel. In addition, they said, any reduction in use of the state's coal would threaten the existence of coal mines and the livelihood of miners. Rep. Richard Hart, D-Benton, sponsored the bill, which al- Committee voted to prohibit any salary payments to Beverly Addante, whose appointment by Gov. Daniel Walker as assistant director of the Department of Personnel was rejected last month by the Senate. Personnel Director Nolan Jones admitted Miss Addante has continued working at her job despite the Senate rejection and that he planned to pay her "in the area of $20,000 to $28,000 a year." Amendment Forbids Pay The amendment to the department's $32.1 million appropriation bill, however, would.forbid any funds being paid to Miss Addante. In other committee action Tuesday: —The House Judiciary Com mittee approved a series of bills designed to prevent recurrences of child abuse. The measures prompted by the death of 7-year- old Johnny Lindquist after an alleged beating by his parents cleared the panel on a unanimous roll call. They already have passed the Senate. The same committee killed a bill which would have allowed retired policemen to carry concealed weapons. Critics objected the bill would set a precedent and that other classes of persons who carry guns while on active duty later would ask similar post-retirement rights. New Law Will Permit Red Light Right Turns SPRINGFIELD (UPI) — Illinois motorists may turn right through red stop lights under a new law to take effect next Jan. 1. GOV DANIEL WALKER Tuesday signed the new law which, he said, "will help relieve needless bottlenecks" at crowded intersections. The bill passed both houses of the General Assembly where it Was sponsored by Rep. W. Joseph Gibbs, R-Springfield. Under the new law, motorists may turn right at a stop light after stopping and yielding to traffic and pedestrians crossing the intersection. They may also turn left through stop lights onto one way streets after stopping and yielding. WALKER SAID local governments may exempt certain dangerous intersections from the law by posting signs prohibiting turns through stop lights. He said the state would examine state-regulated intersections to find and post similar exemptions. "This change in traffic law makes sense,*.' Walker said. Assembly Shelves 'Parochiaid' Plan SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois General Assembly is again putting aside $30 million for the state's controversial program of aid to nonpublic schools in case the plan is upheld in the courts. The "parochiaid" program and its $30 million appropriation were first made law in 1971 but none of the money has ever been spent because the plan has been tied up in court tests. The legislature must therefore re-appropriate the $30 million each fiscal year in case the courts find, "parochiaid" valid. The House Tuesday passed a. bill, 104-34,' setting aside $30 million for the plan in fiscal 1974. The measure then went to the Senate. from the Code Review Committee. After reading a letter about the storm drain covers from James Morrow, director of had not presented the proposals in the proper manner. He said someone from the committee should have attended the council meeting to explain recommendations. "LET'S BE calm and gentle public works, the council took on that," said Roger Dawson, no action on the situation. The another member. "Those men Mass Transit Negotiations Begin Anew With 2 Bills citizens' committee had asked that crossbars be welded on the covers to prevent bike tires from getting caught in ihem. Stephenson said his daughter had a bicycle mishap because of the covers. Morrow had said welding crossbars would be difficult because of the composition of the metal of the covers. The council indicated in the future that a different type of cover would be used. The advisory commit tee last night expressed dissatisfaction with the council's response to its proposals. Kenneth Moras, committee member, suggested that the group have done their duty. Now let's move on to something else." Morss said he thought the fishing regulations had merit but now it is a "dead issue." Lee charged that Marrow's comments on the storm drain covers were given more credence because he is a oity official. Ligihthody said that if crossbars could not be welded on they could be bolted on. EARLEV said the center at the YMCA wa-s in "terrible" condition. "They don't dare to ho ik up the refrigerator and stove at the same time because they might blow a fuse." SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Negotiations on the creation of a six-county mass transit district for the Chicago area have apparently resumed with the passage of two bills to set up an authority, including one sponsored by House Speaker W. Robert Blair, R-Piark Forest. Blair's proposal came out of the House Transportation Committee Tuesday with the recommendation it be passed by the full House. So did a Democratic measure introduced by Rep. Benedict Garmisa, a Chicago Democrat who often speaks for Chicago Mayor Richard Daley in the legislature. Both these proposals were stalled Friday in the same committee, a sign that discussions on the sensitive issue had readied an impasse. Garmisa asked Friday that his bills be kept in committee and Blair "tabled" his after Democrats added a five-cent- per-dollar gas tax hike in the six-county region. The committee Friday did Blair bills Tuesday was seen as an indication that serious bargaining on the mass transit issue has resumed. It was, in fact, Garmisa who moved to bring Blah's bills to the entire House for debate. Rep. Clarence Neff, R-Stronghurst, chairman of the Transportation Committee, said Blair's bills were not technically tabled Friday. "I was wrong urge passage of four other mass transit bills but two are, . backed by freshmen Democrats! to say that, Jie said and two by Republicans ' " u " Lost Savings Compensation Vote Delayed SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - A final House vote on a bill to spend $16.8 million to compensate some 16,000 City Savings Association savers who lost their money in 1964 when the Chicago institution folded has been delayed. A final vote on the bill was put off Tuesday after it got only 78 of the 89 votes needed for passage. But before the vote was postponed, House members debated the issue nearly two hours before galleries packed with former City savers. They cheered and whooped every time a member urged passage. The chief argument proponents used is that the state of Illinois was derelict in permitting the association to stay open in 1958, even though it was wracked by financial woes. Six years later the institution collapsed. Its president, C. Oren Mensik, is accused of conniving with state officials to swindle the savers out of their money. Mensik in 1971 walked away from a federal honor farm where he was serving time for another conviction. He has not been seen since. Rep. Roman Kosinski, D-Chicago, said his bill might save the state money in the long run by solving the problem before the federal courts do. "If the BIG COOLING TODAY FEDDERS don't get along well GOP leadership in the House. Passage of the Garmisa and 1 was!federal government forces our who really just holding them for fu-'hand," Kosinski said, "it could with the;Hire consideration. Tabling set a precedent in many other must always be done on the,cases of state negligence where floor-not committee." I we'd have to pay." All JUST IN TIME 64 SCRATCHED DENT FEDDERS AIR CONDITIONERS Sizes Full Warranty Big Savings Terms Available Buy Earl/ For Best Selection Remember If Your Not Buying From Hines & McClintock You May Be Paying Too Much & HINES 138 E. 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