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i ill 1 Galesburg Register-Mail, Golesburg, J!lr ....Wedn^sdgy # ,,June,,20 / 1973 3 we First? State Senate Votes Half'Cent Reduction in Sales Tax Rate SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - A bill cutting the state sales tax from 4 cents on the dollar to Wz cents was up for consideration in the House today after skimming easily through the Senate Tuesday. The measure passed on a 55-2 vote in the upper chamber with strong supporting speeches from both the Republican sponsors and Democrats who jumped' quickly on the tax - cut wagon. It was, according to long-time senators, the first time in memory that the legislature has cut the rate of a tax. House Speaker W. Robert Blair, E-Park Forest, said he was "quite confident" the House will concur on the bill, and if Gov. Daniel Walker signs the measure, it will become effective Jan. 1, 1974. The tax relief will, however, will be shortlived for residents of the six-county Chicago area if Blair's plans for tying tax relief to mass transit are successful. Immediate Tax Hike Under Blair's plan, the sales lax would be hiked back up to 4 cents on the dollar immediately in the counties of Cook, Lake, Du Page, Will, Kane and McIIcnry to help pay for a regional mass transit system. That would mean real tax relief for the 30 per cent of the stale's population which lives in the other 96 counties of Illinois, but would probably mean some tax increases for the 70 per cent within the proposed transit district. Blair and Senate President William Harris, R-Pontiac, said Tuesday they envision the transit district will emerge from this session of the legislature financed by a combination of funds from the sales tax, a possiblp new gasoline lax, possible proceeds from the proposed state lottery, an increase in the six-county parking taxes and funds provided by the city of Chicago. If they are correct in their predictions, it will mean new parking and gas taxes in the six-county area, but it could also mean a reduction of bus fares to a quarter a ride throughout the area and improved transportation. Wants Bills Amended Blair said he expects to put the pending transit bills up for amendment in the House today and to pass them on to the Senate by Thursday. One source said a tenuous agreement has been worked out among all the partisan forces on mass transit, but it appeared there were still some issues to be resolved before a "deal" becomes final. Gov. Daniel Walker, for instance has proposed that county board members in the six counties be given final authority on financing for the new transit system, and under his plan Democrats would have the major say-so. Blair said flatly that Walker's proposal was unacceptable to Republicans, so there could be a floor battle if that issue is not resolved privately. And if Democratic and Republican legislative leaders agree on a mass transit plan, there is no guarantee that Walker will sign it, especially if it is dependent on a sales tax hike, which he has said should not be used as a source of transit revenue. Both Walker and Blair have predicted, however, that some type of transit bill will emerge from the remaining eight days of the legislative session. Panel Rejects Criminal Crackdown 1 LL i iKif 1 *paa Unfair Wages? What he considers unfair wages prompted Thomas J. Hotchkiss, 10, to picket this construction site in St. Louis. The young picketer said he had received $2.05 for eight 8-hour days of labor. A foreman at the site said he never hired the boy and said he had to run him off the site a number of times. UNIFAX Engineer's Fear Turns Real But He Lives To Tell Tale (Continued From Page 2) eyes and immediately placed him in ice packs. "And they knocked me out, too," he laughs. Air Transfer His sitay at St. Margaret's was brief. Early the next morning the trauma center helicopter was dispatched to pick him up for the transfer to Cook County. He was put in intensive care, where he remained two months. "When I got out of there, and into a regular room, it was just'like getting a promotion," he smiles. His praise for the people who treated him there is limitless "There's a plaque on the wall at the hospital which reads, 'There is a special place in heaven for those who treat burns.' 1 believe it." Although Thome was given a very slim chance of surviving when he was brought in, he made progress, and preparations for skin grafts began. Hydraulic Lift Burn patients are put on a hydraulic lift which carries them into a "horse trough" apparatus, where water and disinfectant soap, applied through a whirlpool action, loosens dam- agied skin. "After you come out of the treatment, nurses use tweezers to remove bits of loosened skin. Every day and every day for five weeks . . . that's pain," Thome recallp, All damaged skin must be removed before a skin graft can be done. Thornc has had three grafts since his accident. He suffered extensive burns over moat of his body, and ho igat iwiiith his arms extended straight forward for 2 '/a months while he waited for grafted skin to heal. After he was dismissed from Cook County last Dec. 23, he went regulady to Coltage Hos. pital for 'therapy. Not too long ago, doctors there told him he had gone as far as he was going, and he returned to Chicago for a check. 1-Year Wait His elbows have calcified, and he may have future sur gery in an effort to ameliorate that condition. "But they can't do anything until my new skin is a year oild," be says. The railroad has set an exam by a board of bone specialists for Oct. 30, and plains will be made foilloiwing ithat exam. /Perhaps even more than the memory of his own personal tragedy, Thorne is haunted by the memory oif the children who were patients at the burns center while he was hospitalized. "I can still hear those little kids screaming, and I sure wish I could telil parents to keep flammables away from children." Would he go back to being an engineer? "Sure, it happens so seldom..." They Know Would he warn other train men of the danger of a gasoline truck? "I don't have to. They are always on the lookout for a truck toaded with flammables , everybody knows the danger. Besides, what can you do from up there?" Thorne wrote a letter to Gov. Daniel Walker expressing his gratitude for the Illinois Trauma System. "I just asked him to flhank the people of Illinois .for me. If it hadn't been for the trauma system, I wouldn't be alive today," he says. SPRINGFIELD (UPI) Measures to crack down on criminals and bills to let politicians accused of certain crimes be tried in their home counties instead of where the crime was committed have all been turned down by the House Judiciary Committee. The panel Tuesday rejected Senate-passed proposals to increase the maximum jail sentence from one to three years for assault and battery with a firearm and to impose mandatory 20-year terms for dope pushers and armed robbers on their second convictions. Another bill to disallow probation for any crime committed while armed was held in the committee after a tie vote on the measure. The committee also killed a bill requiring that officials accused of violating the state's ethics law be tried in the county they live in—not the county where the charge is lodged. Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Park Ridge, said such a law would mean "political trials would be held before political peers in a politically comfortable surrounding." The bill failed, 8-6. A similar bill that would have given an official accused of official misconduct the right to have his trial in his home county was also defeated, 8-0. Both bills were sponsored in the Senate by Harold M. Nudelman, D-Chicago. Walker Sees Farm-Market Roads Better HAVANA, 111. (UPI) - Gov Dan Walker said Tuesday during an "accountability session" here that his road program would improve roads "people drive over when they go from farm to market." "A very big part of that program" Walker said, "relates to what kind of road that people drive over when they go from farm to market, from home to town and these are the roads that concern you and the people all over the state." Affects Area Walker told an estimated 300 persons that his program would improve Illinois routes 136, 97, and 116, among others. Commenting on his signing a bill to allow 19- and 20-year-olds to buy beer and wine, Walker said, "If an 18 - year - old is mature enough to get killed in the service of his country and who votes for the president, then I don't understand why he isn't mature enough to drink a can of beer." Walker said he was asking the legislature for an increased Illinois Bureau of Investigation budget to hire trained agents to work against organized crime and narcotics. Describing his difficulties with the legislature, Walker said he was "like the new kid on the block." Won't Go Through Walter said he opposed the Chicago Crosstown Expressway and "so long as I have the legal power to stop the crosstown expressway, it will not go through." Citing studies that demonstrated over 7 per cent of the persons on welfare were not eligible, Walker said he was "not going to live with that kind of eligibility." Walker responded to questions on the different designs of road interchanges, a strip mining bill, a reporter who wrote critical stories, sewage disposal and others. MUM SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION IS SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION PROUD TO PRESENT THE Carl Sandburg College COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES Wednesday, June 20 7:30 P.M. (Replay at 7:30 PM — Fri., Juno 22) GALESBURG CABLE TV "Local Television For Local People" S & L Branch Bill Is Buried SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - A House Committee Tuesday buried for this session a bill that would have allowed state- regulated savings and loan associations to establish branches. The measure, which had passed the Senate, was backed by Illinois Savings and Loan Commisisoner John Lanigan, was sent to an interim study commission by the House Committee on Banks and Savings and Loans. THE COMMITTEE'S ACTION leaves only one bill pending on branching for savings and loan associations. That measure, which passed the House and is awaiting Senate action, would allow savings and loan associations to process mortgages at a branch facility. Lanigan said he expects the Senate to approve the measure since the upper chamber previously passed the more liberal branch bill which the House committee buried. He said the state must give the associations it regulates some branching authority so they can compete with federally regulated institutions, which have liberal branching powers. Senate Okays Tie 'Lottery SPRINGFIELD — A proposed state board of elections with a unique "lottery" provision for breaking tie votes won approval Tuesday in the Illinois Senate. On a 53-0 vote, the Senate passed and sent to the House a bill to create the board mandated by the 1970 Illinois Constitution. Under the bill, sponsored by Sen. Don A. Moore, R-Midlothian, a four member board — two Democrats and two Republicans — would be the final authority in overseeing elections throughout the state. IN THE EVENT of a tie decision on an issue, members would draw lots to determine which member would sit out as the other three settle the dispute. The bill apparently settled a longstanding disagreement between the two parties over how the board would be made up. Neither party wanted to give the other an advantage yet they feared an even board that would be in constant deadlock. Walker Gets 'Discretion' Bill SPRINGFIELD — A bill to allow judges to "use discretion" in sentencing first offenders convicted of possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana cleared the Illinois Senate Tuesday on a 39-2 vote. The bill, sponsored by Rep. L. Michael Getty, D-Dolton, has already passed the House and now goes to the governor. Governor Appoints Two Men SPRINGFIELD - The governor Tuesday appointed Arnold Stackler as assistant director of insurance and Francis Kelly as assistant director of labor for Illinois. Stackler, 35, is an attorney and was vice president of the Associated Pacific Real Estate Finance Corp. Kelly, 55, was a state supervisor of industrial safety inspection. Few Projects Tor Area In New Program (Continued From "Page 2) this year. It also calls for construction of somewhat over 30 miles of two-lane roads which, later could be upgraded to four- lane, plus land acquisition for another two short segments of the network. The total (amount allocated to the freeway system is $131 million of $624 million todfal in the program. Of that $131.: million, however, only $82 million will be left for actual discretionary construction or for land purchases on the sup plemental system. The freeway program outlined in Walker's road progriam cor- respons exactly to his May plan. No mention is made of such segments as the centra Illinois expressway segment between Jacksonville and Quincy, the north-south freeway between La Salle-Peru and Bloomington, or of two north-south arteries along the east and west borders of the state. Not Priority Routes All of those routes, while included in the original plan, were dropped when Walker announced his original freeway goals. The governor later said, however, he did not mean to imply in that announcement that those routes would not be built. Rather, he said, he meant they did not havte first priority in his plan. Walker said planning will continue even on those freeway segments not included in his actual building plan. 'I want to re-emphasize my sta'tement of last week," he said, "that we intend to proceed with the entire 1,950-mile freeway system as funds become available." He has promised to seek addi tional bonding authority in the next session of the legislature to fund the freeway system. Congressman: Probe 'Unfit' Guard Camp WASHINGTON (UPI) - Congressman John B. .Anderson, R-I1I., has called for an immediate investigation into charges that an Indiana training camp used by the Illinois National Guard is "unfit for human habitation." Members of the 129th Infantry which is headquartered in Rockford, 111., made the charges in a telephone call, Anderson said. He said the men who called him were among 1,600 men undergoing two weeks of summer training at Camp Atterbury near Indianapolis, Ind. "I am told that the place k crawling with rats and roaches and mess halls are filthy, windows and screens are broken, in short, that the place is unfit for human habitation," he said, Anderson said a quick check by the Indiana National Guard already has resulted in the closing of two of the camp's mess halls. , Arrest Suspect For Mount Erie Bank Robbery INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) BI agents say they have arrested a suspect here on charges of kidnaping and bank robbery stemming from Monday's robbery of the Mount Srie State Bank in Mount Erie, 11. The FBI said late Tuesday that Charles W. Cress, 22, Bitter, 111., was arrested and charged in connection with the robbery. An FBI spokesman said two other men were being sought. The Mount Erie State Bank was robbed Monday of. $9,505 by two men who fled in a black Ford Mustang, authorities said. They said a third man was believed to have been waiting in the car. 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