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Golesburg Regjste^MQij f Gqlesburg/Jll^ Thupsday^ June „14# 1973 3 No Compromise in Sight Over No-Fault Car Insurance By TOM LAUHi SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The raging battle between insurance companies and lawyers over the kind of no-£ault auto Insurance Illinois should have goes on in the General Assembly, with no compromise in sight. Wednesday, the House Insurance Committee sent two no- fault bills to the floor—one backed by the Insurance Industry and the other by trial law­ yers. Both have passed the Senale. The key difference between the two Is that one (endorsed by insurers) severely restricts the right to sue for pain and suffering and the other (favored by lawyers) puts no restraints on pain and suffering suits. The insurance companies and the lawyers each accuse the other of sugarcoating a bad bill to make it palatable to the public. Lawyers, for example, criticize the bill sponsored by Senate President William Harris, tt-Pontiac. Generally dubbed the "industry" bill, Harris' measure would permit pain and suffering suits only in the case of death, dismemberment, ir- reparble disfigurement or 30- day disabilities. Lawyers say only a small percentage of auto wreck victims can claim such Injuries and that the vast majority of motoring Illinoisans would therefore bo denied their right to sue for pain and suffering. The Harris bill, m amended in committee by Rep. Gerald Bradley, D-Bloomington, would force down 10 per cent over the first 12 months of the plan auto premiums for bodily injury, medical costs and uninsured drivers. Insurance industry, spokesmen, for their part, see little good in the bill preferred by lawyers, sponsored In the Senate by Harris Fawell, R-Naperville. Fawell's bill puts no limitations on pain and suffering suits but does require coverage many motorists may not now carry. The result, insurance companies say, is no-faulfc protection but at a higher cost. Fawell supporters counter by saying the added benefits under his plan would discourage many who might otherwise have sued for pain and suffering from doing so. Rep. James Londrigan, R- Springfield, said he doubts motorists would mind higher premiums under no-fault if they were assured they'd get fast payments on their claims. Londrigan said he thinks most people would be unwilling to give up their right to sue for pain and suffering in exchange for the "few dollars in relief" afforded by Harris' bill. Committee members estimate the 10 per cent reduction in insurance rates in Harris' bill would mean $3 to $5 less each year for policyholders. The House already has before it one other no-faulfc bill, sponsored by Rep. Samuel Maragos, D-Chicagp, Maragos' bill Is identical to the Fawell measure except for several minor amendments attached to the Fawell bill in the House com- Imittee. But these minor amendment* -as well as the change Bradley made in the Harris bill—Ore important because they mean the Senate wilt get their own bill back for approval of the House changes. As a result, the bills will probably go to a joint House- Senate Conference Committee late this month, where a com(promise bill will be worked out if the lawyers and insurance companies can agree. Lower Beer-Wine Age Pleases Many, But May Give Bars, Stores Headaches Awaiting President Mrs. Everett Dirksen, left, chats with her 97-year-old mother, Mrs. Lillie Carver on the front steps of the Dirksen home in Pekin. President Nixon is scheduled to be in Pekin tomorrow for the opening of the Congressional Leadership Research Center dedicated to the late Sen. Everett M. Dirksen. UNIFAX More Access Mrs. Dirksen Feels Husband CouldVe Prevented Scandal SPRINGFIELD (UPI) -Gov. D iniel Walker has pleased peril ps thousands of young JI ople, but shaken up numbers of parents and tavernkeepers as well, by making beer and wine legal for persons 19 and 20 years old starting Oct. 1. Walker, in' signing into law the bill to drop the wine and beer age under 21 for the first time in Illinois, said Wednesday it was his "hope and conviction" that young people would use the new right "with restraint." The new law does not allow persons under 21 to consume hard liquor, but it will permit young people to enter any of the state's estimated 20,000 taverns and package liquor stores and consume or purchase fori take-out beer and wine. Had Urged Action Walker told a news conference that he had urged such legislation during this last campaign. "Anyone old enough to fight for his country and, if needed, give his life, or to vote ,for President, is old enough to have the right to drink beer," Walker said. Instead of joy over the prospect of new customers, spokesmen representing Illinois tavern operators and package liquor dealers bemoaned enforcement problems raised by the new law. Bert Nickerson of East Moline, president of the Illinois Retail Liquor Association, predicted the new law "will be a terrific headache for the tavern industry." Must Check Age Tavern owners and package dealers are responsible for seeing to it that under-age persons do not get served. The possible penalty for a mistake is loss of license. Nickerson wondered, for example, what he would be expected to do if a young couple- one over age 21 and another 19 or 20—entered his tavern and ordered a martini and a beer. "Am I supposed to stand over them with a club and make sure they don't switch drinks?" he asked. Nickerson and Morton Segal of Chicago, attorney of the Illinois Liquor Dealers Association (the package stores) agreed that one age for beer and wine and another for hard liquor was a mistake. "First of all, in theory, if it's right, it is right all the way. If it is not right, the law shouldn't be changed at all," Segal said. Law Generates Disagreement The new law also seemed likely to generate disagreement among young and old in many households. Such was the case, for example at the Lincolnwood home of Scott Colky, 20, chairman of the steering committee of the Undergraduate Student Association at the University of Illinois' Champaign-Urbana campus. Colky was all in favor of lowering the drinking; age, but his father, Harold, was not. "We've done well enough up to now with the 21 age, why change?" said the father. "They have the rest of their lives after 21 to drink." To which Scott Colky replied that young people "have been second class citizens '.ong enough." "This is a step, even thoigh a small step, in giving us the rights we're entitled to and making people realize that we are as mature and adult as anybody else," Scott said. In signing the bill, Walker said the new law would bring Illinois "into closer conformity with such neighboring states as Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan." But none of the neighboring states has, or will have for long, any such age division in their liquor laws. Starting next month, Iowa will lower its age for beer, wine and liquor to 19. Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota have 18-year-old limits for all alcoholic beverages. Missouri, Ken- ucky and Indiana have 21-year- old limits. The Illinois bill as introduced would have lowered the age for all alcoholic beverages to 18. But it was amended to retain the 21-year-old age for hard liquor, and the beer and wine age was lifted to 19 on the argument that many 18-year- olds are still in high school. PEKIN, 111. (UPI)-Jlf Everett McKinley Dirksen were still •alive, Watergate might not have happened, the senator's widow said today. Louella Carver Dirksen was interviewed on the eve of the dedication of the Dirksen Congressional Leadership Research Center. President and Mrs. Nixon will fly to this prairie town, where Dirksen was born and is buried, to lay the granite cornerstone Friday. Mrs. Dirksen's daughter, Joy, and her husband, Sen. Howard Baker, R-Tenn., ranking Republican on the Senate Watergate Subcommittee, also will be here for the dedication. A number of members of Congress were also invited. "I KNOW that if Senator Dirksen were here, he would have access to President Nixon and seen some of the things going on," Mrs. Dirksen said, "and a lot of this wouldn't be happening." Dirksen, trusted confidant of i at least four presidents and! leader of the "loyal opposition" in .the eyes of many Capitol Hill Democrats, died in September 1969 after serving 10 years as Senate Republican leader. He would be pleased the President will lay the cornerstone of the center. Asked if an absence of strong congressional leadership might haw* contributed to Watergate, Mrs. Dirksen said, "I feel they have to be stronger . . . And it's their own fault. The men just haven't assumed the position of leadership." SHE SAID she is not sure Dirksen would have been able to prevent the coverwp of the break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters. "It probably went on while nobody up on the Hill had anything to do with it," she said. "I don't think President Nixon had anything to do with it, but there is such a thing as overprotection. "He was busy trying to do Polk Suggests Chapel; Sauna a Better Idea? SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - They pray every day in the Illinois House and Senate but one legislator has suggested they need something more; a $70,000 nondenominationial :hapel in the Capitol. Wednesday the House bought the idea, despite charges such chapels are "pagan nonsense" and a waste of taxpayers' money. A bill to spend the money for a prayer room in the statehouse went to the Senate, 116-18. THE IDEA IS Rep. Ben Polk's, a Moline Republican who said the chapel is. needed because Springfield churches open late and close early. "We're often in session longer than their doors are open," he said. i Polk said five other states and the United Nations have nondenominational chapels for the convenience of those who work there. Some House members were not impressed. "I have been to the U. N. chapel and found it pagan nonsense," said Rep. Roscoe Cunningham, R-Lawrence-< ville. "We would do better to designate the House chamber as a chapel for use when we're not in session." Others said a nondenominational chapel strips each faith of its unique character and turns religion into a bland and nondescript hodgepodge. "YOU GET OUT of it what you put in," said an irked Polk. "Some will get more out of it than others." Several representatives argued it is improper to spend state funds for religious purposes, however meritorious, because affairs of church and state should be separated. One House member, Leland Rayson, D-Tinley Park, siaid the $70,000 could be better spent another way. "If any kind of spiritual uplift is needed," Rayson said, "maybe we'd be better off spending the money on a sauna bath." the big job of getting out of Lmdberg Awards 'Watchdog' Pacts Vietnam." Mrs. Dirksen said a resur gence of congressional power will probably follow the Watergate scandal. "It's got to because this is a three - branch •type of government and it should not be that one branch should dominate over the others," she said. Percy Says Narcotics Agents Working Despite Suspension WASHINGTON (UPI) - Sen. Charles H. Percy, R - 111 Wednesday charged the Justice Department with keeping on duty four federal narcotics agents supposedly suspended after conducting mistaken drug raids in Collinsville, 111. Explanations offered by the department as to why the men were still on duty were called "sheer nonsense" by Percy, who cited a May 1 announcement by Myles Ambrose, director of the office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement, that the men would be suspended until the case was concluded. "Suspension either means just that or it means nothing at THANK YOU We want to express our deep gratitude to our friends, neighbors and relatives who were so thoughtful during our time of sorrow. These acts of kindness have meant much to us 'and will always be remembered. The Family of OPAL HOADLEV all," Percy said. "We must not be guilty in this country of breaking the law, or tampering with it, in order to enforce the law." Percy also said he was expecting a report from Attorney General Elliott Richardson on charges made by Herbert Giglotto, one of those whose Collinsville home was mistakenly raided, that federal agents harassed him and his wife during a post-raid investigation. "I certainly hope and trust that it is not standard operating procedure that the innocent victims of a senseless mistaken drug raid are to be further intimidated in this manner," Percy said. "Police state tactics, for whatever good cause, however worthy, cannot and will not be condoned." Hot, Cold Spols NEW YORK (UPI) - The highest temperature reported to the National Weather Service Wednesday excluding Alaska and Hawaii was 100 degrees at Blytho, Calif. Today's low was 38 degrees at Klamath Falls, Ore. SPRINGFIELD (UPI) Comptroller George Lindberg Wednesday said he has awarded three contracts totaling $1.35 million to provide him with help in watching over state spending. Lindberg is charged with approving state checks for payment and with signing them. He said the outside contractors will help his office pay bills faster. Governor Plans Public Meetings SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Gov. Daniel Walker said Wednesday his two "accountability sessions" this month will be in Havana on June 19 and in Streator on June 25. The Havana session will be held at 7:45 p.m. in the new Central Junior High School. The Streator meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Polish National Alliance Hall, Walker's office said. 1 for that EXTRA SPECIAL GUY! W FATHER'S DAY IS SUNDAY, JUNE 17. WATCHES » Elgin $21.95 and up Elgin Electric $47.50 and up Bulova Accutron $125-00 Ball Railroad —$99.50 and $135.00 Timex Watches $9.95 and up Timex Electric ___$25.00 to $125.00 Speidel Indentification Bracelets ANSON INITIAL TIE TAGS $2.50 Items Engraved Same Day Purchased If Desired $eri tylord ^eweierA Official Burlington Norlhorn and Sania Fe Tiro* Inspector Phone 343-9516 — 314 P. MAIN ST. Senate Appropriations Panel Clears Increase in State Aid to Education By JEFFERY L. SHELER SPRINGFIELD (UPI)- Bills seeking a $183.3 million boost in the state's share of funding education — from kindergarten through college—have won approval in Illinois Senate committees. Without lowering a single figure, the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday passed and sent to the entire Senate a series of appropriation bills totaling $644 million for colleges and universities for fiscal 1974. The bills' total $55.9 million more than this year's higher education budget and about $26 million more than Gov. Daniel Walker has indicated he will allow. The bill follows closely tha budget recommended by the Board of Higher Education. The Bills' Appropriations Included in the bills are -appropriations for: —University of Illinois: $235.9 million, up $19.8 million over this year. —Southern Illinois University: $101.7 million, up $12.7 million over this year. —The Board of Governors, which oversees Eastern Illinois, Chicago State, Western Illinois, Governor State and Northeastern Illinois universities: $91 million, an increase of $3.9 million. —The Board of Regents, which governs Illinois State, Northern Illinois and Sangamon State universities: $98.9 million, up $8.3 million over this year. —The Junior College Board, which includes all community and junior colleges in Illinois $87 million, up $4.8 million over this year. —The Board of Higher Education, $29.5 million, up $6.4 million. Approve New Construction The committee also approved $270.4 million to fund building construction at state colleges and universities. Meanwhile, the Senate Edu cation Committee Wednesday approved a Republican-backed state school aid formula de signed to distribute $935 million in sit ate funds among public elementary and secondary schools — $134.4 million more than this year's school aid budget. The bill passed on an 8-4 party line vote. Under the bill, sponsored by Rep. Gene Hoffman, R-Elmhurst, and backed by the School Problems Commission, the state would 'guarantee school districts a certain level of state aid based in part on the local taxing effort of each district. Hoffman said some high tax districts would be forced to roll back real estate tax rates in from mexico beautifully handcrafted earrings of silver set with abalone shell . . . in a variety of styles from diminutive to gorgeously gargantuan .., $3.50 to $8.95 calico cat monday & friday 10 -9 weekdays & Saturday 10-5 proportion to increased state aid so that no district would gain more than a 25 per cent increase in total school funds in one year. Reject Democrat Plan The committee rejected a Democratic - backed version, favored toy state school chief Michael J. Bakalis, which would give schools some $4 million more than the Republican plan. Under the Democrats' plan, sponsored by Sen. Thomas Hynes, D-Chicago, all school districts would rec 'e iv e an across-the-board 4 per cent aid hike while real estate taxes in high tax districts would be frozen. The bill would also grant more aid to districts with large numbers of poor children. Hynes argued that under the Republican, plan low tax districts would be encouraged to raise tax rates so they could gain a larger share of state aidl He said he would 1 ask the Senate to discharge his bill from the committee which voted; it down 8-5. 78 so. seminary, galejburg phone 342-2212 put down for WINTHROP your brand of looks The Flare Look Pull a slick one: Our * slick Flare Look styles. Bold and chunky. Soma with bump toes. High heels. Spectator and saddle looks. Straight tips and wings. 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