Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 19, 1973 · Page 3
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• •• '-- ' — •••• • Quincy to Springfield Freeway Now QUINCY. in. mpn _ Galesburg Register-Mail, Galesbufg, III. Tujsday^June QUINCY, 111. (UPI) - Gov. Daniel Walker— under Intense political pressure—has decided to build a four - lane freeway "all the way from Springfield to Quincy" now instead of later. Walker told the Quincy Chamber of Commerce Monday the entire 98.0-mile stretch "will be built." Last month Walker announced he could authorize immediate construction of only 27.9 miles of four - lane freeway from Springfield to Jacksonville, even though the state had embarked on the full 98.9-mile project before Walker, a Democrat, took office. But the public outcry in opposition to Walker's proposed cutbacks was so shrill—particularly from downstaters and Republicans who had conceived the plan — the governor said last week he has every intention of going ahead with the full 1,950-mile freeway network begun by his predecessor. Walker had sliced It to 361 miles. Details His Plans Walker Monday detailed his latest plans for the Springfield to Quincy stretch of the Central Illinois Freeway, part of the supplemental freeways system Republicans accused him of butchering. Contrary to his original, plan, Walker said, the 98.9 - mile stretch between Springfield and Quincy to , the west will be served by a four-lane freeway with full access. Walker In his May proposal wanted to limit the four - lane Istretch to the 27.9 miles between Jacksonville and Spring­ field while reducing to two-lane pavement the remaining 71 miles from .Jacksonville to Quincy. He said right-of - way land would Ibe acquired for "future upgrading" along these 71 miles. Now, however, Walker said, the entire Springfield to Quincy route — made up of four segments—will be built as soon as the money is available. First'to be built will bo the Springfield to Jacksonville and the Jacksonville to Winchester segments, Walker said. Then, the governor said, If federal approval has been given the link from Barry to Quincy will be constructed and finally, the fourth segment between Winchester and Barry will be built. Could Be Delay Walker warned there could be a delay In the start of work on the Barry to Quincy stretch because design hearings must be held In order to insure federal funds arc used for the project. If these hearings are not held by the time the Springfield to Winchester segments are finished, Walker said, the state will go ahead with the Winchester to Barry stretch, saving the Barry to Quincy part for last. Walker said the final link will be built from Barry to Quincy — not from Barry to Hannibal as some Missouri officials had hoped. Walker also said he will push for federal approval and fund­ ing of a Chicago-Kansas City interstate highway. He said such a road should be linked to the Central Illinois Freeway "with a common river crossing in the vicinity of Marblehead and a Quincy-east bypass." Walker said the Central Illinois Freeway "will be built— four lanes all the way from iSpringficld to Quincy. I repeat, from Springfield to Quincy. It must be done in phases to match the availability of funds." Deposed Liquor Head Testifies No Evidence of Angelos Loan Lowers Gas Use Bob Bobene, a Marton Grove, 111., mechanic, points to a device he has installed on a car engine which, he says, will cut gasoline consumption by about 20 per cent. The device, which he invented, fits between the carburetor and air intake valve. It sprays the gas instead of letting it flow in. It has been installed on 10 Morton Grove police cars and has saved 450 gallons from the 3,000 gallons a month the squad cans normally use. UNIFAX Ozark Postpones Flight Plan Pending Latest Court Action ST. LOUIS (UPI) — Ozark Air Lines of St. Louis, which has been grounded by a mechanics strike, has postponed plans to resume limited flights this week pending outcome of court action the company filed Monday. Ozark asked for an injunction to prevent its pilots' association from ordering pilots and hostesses not to fly on limited service operations. U. S. District Court Judge James H. Meredith set a hearing for 10 a. m. Friday on the injunction request. The air line, which had planned to resume flights to la few cities in Missouri and Illinois Thursday, said it will go ahead with the limited service early next week if it gets a favorable court ruling. All Ozark flights were grounded April 19 by a strike of the 560-member Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association. The airline serves 62 cities in 15 states, mostly in the Midwest. The Air Line Pilots Association announced Thursday it would not take part in the resumed flights. The company had asked 20 of its 341 pilots to fly the limited schedule. By JEFFERY L. SHELER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - A Liquor Control Commission probe into the Anthony Angelos affair turned up no evidence to support Gov. Daniel Walker's claim that $50,000 Walker received from Angelos was a loan, the deposed commission chairman, Lawrence Johnson, said Monday. Johnson, a Champaign attorney fired by Walker as head of the commission, told a House subcommittee even if the money had been a loan to Walker, "it would still be an indirect contribution" and a violation of state liquor laws. It was the second day Johnson testified before the panel appointed by House Speaker W. Robert Blair, R-Park Forest, to investigate circumstances surrounding Walker's firing of Johnson. Walker has denied the firing was linked to Angelos. He said he withdrew Johnson's nomination because of his opposition to budget cuts in the commission. Walker earlier fired. Quincy Republican Donald G. Adams from the same post after Adams launched a similar probe. Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Philip Collins, R-Calumet City, , asked Johnson if the commission's investigation turned up evidence to support Walker's claim that the money donated by Angelos was a loan. Was Not a Loan "To my knowledge there is nothing in the (commission's) file to indicate it was a loan," Johnson said. He said if the money had been loaned, "as I understand the statutes it would still be considered an indirect contribution." Under state law, holders of liquor licenses may not con- Inquest Planned In Man's Death GRANITE CITY, 111. (UPI)— Authorities today said an inquest is planned in the death of George W. Butler, 51, Syracuse, N.Y., whose body was found on railroad tracks near Granite City, across the Mississippi River ifrom St. Louis. Police said Butler, whose body was found Sunday by a youth picking berries, was dead about 24 hours when he was found. Authorities said he apparently died of a head injury after jumping from a train, Firing Probe Rep. Philip Collins, R-Calumet City, left, as Democratic staff member David Epstein chairman of a special subcommittee investi- provides some confidential information gating the firing of former liquor commis- to Rep. Harold Washington, D-Chicago. sioner Lawrence Johnson, questions Johnson UNIFAX tribute to political campaigns. Angelos is accused of having connections with corporations holding liquor licenses at the time he made the contribution. Walker last week acknowledged for the first time he received $50,000 from Angelos to help pay for his television campaign. But Walker said it was an "interest free loan" and has since been repaid in full. But Johnson said an "interest free loan would certainly be considered an indirect contribution," and if it came from a liquor license holder would be illegal. Leahy Was Absent Absent from the hearing was Andrew Leahy, a Walker advisor who issued a press release after Johnson's ouster indicating Johnson was fired for oppoising budget cuts. Collins issued a subpoena last week to force Leahy to appear at the hearing after Leahy turned down the panel's invitation to attend last week's meeting. At a news conference Monday Walker refused to indicate! whether he would allow Leahy to testify. Meanwhile, his staff continued to research legal questions surrounding the subcommittee probe including the panel's subpoena power. Democrats on the subcommittee charged that the panel had no subpoena power since the entire House had. not authorized the probe. Rep. Harold Washington, D- Chicago, criticized Collins for "running a one-man show" by issuing subpoenas without conferring with the subcommittee members and chided Collins for flying to Washington D.C., last week to gather information on Angelos. "Why don't you just go back to the speaker and have him appoint you a one - man subcommittee," Washington said "Then you can fly to Africa or Tanzania or anywhere else you want to go." The subcommittee is sched uled to reconvene next Monday with more testimony from John son and other commission mem bers. Free Checks Awaits Signing Senate Approves Crime Injury Bill SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Persons injured during a violent crime would be eligible for $500 to $10,000 compensation from the state under a bill now await ing Gov. Daniel Walker's signa ture. Fully Personalized Free Checking This Package Available Only At The Bank of Galesburg, MAIN & KELLOGG "The Bank That Leads The Way" Bank of Galesburg MEMBER F.D.I.C. PH. 343-4141 The measure, passed on a 31-9 vote in the Senate Monday, would also compensate a citizen injured "while sticking out his neck to help another citizen or a police officer against criminal attacks." If Walker signs itlhe bill, anyone who is injured or who loses wages due to crime - inflicted injuries could apply for compensation through a court of claims. State Cost Sen. Howard Carroll, D-Chicago, sponsor of the measure, said it could cost the state up to $250,000 a year, based on costs in California which has a similar law. In other met ion the Senate passed a bill (hat would lift the statewide ban on leaf-burning, but sent the measure back to the House for concurrence on an amendment. Another bill stripping the Environmental j Protection Agency of its control ! over leaf-burning is now await-, ing the governor's signature, j Both measures stemmed from! angry municipal officials and citizens who said the EPA ban (Mi all leaf - burning was too strict. Judge Boost TJie Senate also passed a measure that would raise the salaries of downstate circuit court judges to match that of judges in Cook and Du Page counties. Pay for the judges would go from $30,000 to $37,500 and for associate circuit judges from $23,500 to $28,000. The House, meanwhile, killed a bill that would have set up a commission to study "rapid population growth areas." Backers of the Senate-passed bill said the commission's aim would have been to curb wild and unplanned urban growth, but foes saw it as a subtle attempt to keep minority groups from spreading from the city to the suburbs. The bill, sponsored in the- Senate by James Soper, R-Cicero, got only 61 of the 89 votes it needed to pass. Colorado Groups To Sing at Bethel Three musical groups from the Village Baptist Church, Northglenn, Colo., will present a program Thursday at 7 p.m. at the annual Midsummer Festival at Bethel Baptist Church, Academy and Fremont streets. "The Celebration Singers," "Free Indeed" and the "Wesley Ringers" will present excerpts from a musical, "Come Together" as well as anthems in a contemporary setting, gospel selections and a patriotic presentation entitled "What Price Freedom." The English handbell choir will also present several selections. The groups are directed by Albert E. Hawker, a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Bethel College and Seminary. 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