Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 21, 1973 · Page 3
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Thursday, June 21, 1973
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Tax Gdlesburg Register-Moil, Golesburg, Thursday^ June 21, 3 Transit Issues Add 'Spice 9 to By TOM LAUE SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The intertwined issues o£ tax relief and mass transit are at last adding a healthy dash of spice to a legislative session that threatened only days ago to end with a whimper. Legislative leaders trudged off to late - night meetings Wednesday, trying to break a plea by Democratic Gov. Daniel Walker and allegations of arm- twisting on both sides. As the leaders met, the issues were still up in the air. House Speaker W. Robert Blair, R- Park Forest, (Who Wednesday afternoon predicted House passage of a half-cent reduction in the 5-cent state sales tax, found himself just hours later without the needed votes. And Walker, while apparently successful in his attempt to block Blair's plan by a personal appearance at a House Democratic caucus, had no guarantee he has the muscle to put through his own tax cut pack age. Meanwhile, Blair's plan for a six-county mass transit district to cover the Chicago metropolitan area was not (brought up for consideration, despite his prediction it would be moved to the passage stage. The issues became tangled Wednesday when Walker was accused of using intense pressure to halt passage of Blair's proposed cut in the state sales tax. The measure had flown through the Senate Tuesday with solid bipartisan backing. Walker's tactics were two. On one hand, Republicans charged, ho threatened to strip patronage jobs from several Chicago Republicans if they voted to support Blair's tax relief approach —the proceeds from which he plans to use for the regional authority. "What's happening is that Walker is using either the promise of jobs or the threat he'll take them away to prevent Republicans from voting for Blair's bill," said Rep. Susan Catania, R-Chicago. Makes Caucus Visit At the same time his lieutenants were allegedly twisting Republican arms, Walker was making a rare appearance before a House Democratic caucus. He asked them to reject Blair's plan as fiscally unsound and to back his plan instead. Walker wants to add an exemption to the state income tax that would bring each person $10 more a year. He told newsmen outside the caucus room his plan is better than Blair's because it "gives relief where it is needed, to moderate and low-income groups." Besides, Walker said, Blair's bill would drain the state treasury of $165 million every year— "A tremendous loss of revenue the state cannot afford." Blair says it will cost about $100 million. Walker said he knew nothing of arm-twisting by his aides. "I don't believe it," the governor said. Says Urged Support Walker said he urged the caucus to "help us get through (to passage) the Democratic relief plan" rather than the Bl<air bill supported by rival Republicans. Republicans charged Walker would rather derail Blair 's proposal before it reaches his desk than be forced to veto a tax relief measure just because it doesn't fit into is plans for the regional transit authority. Walker is opposed to using the sales tax or any "general" levy for funding the authority. He would rather impose, "spe* cial" taxes oh parking and utilities to raise the money. Assistant Majority Leader Arthur Telscer of Chicago said he has little hope of luring the balking Republicans back Into line. "We'll have to work on those Democrats but I don't know exactly how to do it," he said. Republicans Fear Patronage Job Loss, Defer Action on Department's Budget By ROBERT KIECKHEFER SPRINGFIELD (UPI)-House Republicans, concerned over possible loss of patronage jobs, are delaying consideration of Gov. Daniel Walker's largest budget item—$1.55 billion for the Department of Transportation. GOP leaders will not publicly admit there is a casual link between the DOT plan to terminate some 1,000 employes and the holdup on the budget bill. But they and Democrats acknowledge that there is a plan in the" works which, in effect, hold the massive appropriation hostage to guarantee the jobs. The scheme would not directly, threaten any state transportation programs, however. House Speaker W. Robert Blair, R-Park Forest, Tuesday circulated a memo to his party members, saying, "reports are coming in' from every county in the state that Department of Transportation road crew supervisors are being terminated in wholesale numbers. These are certified, code employes whom the administration intends to replace with patronage employes. "We are presently attempting to get on top of this situation and will keep you apprised of developments." The jobs are regarded as important to the GOP since many are held by Republican holdovers from the administration of former Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie. Many other sources of GOP patronage dried up when the party lost the governor's mansion and the office of secretary of state in last November's general election. The same day the memo was handed to House GOP members Democrats tried to get the House to agree to list the DOT budget bill for a quick committee hearing. Republicans refused and the attempt failed to the accompaniment of angry words from Democratic Leader Clyde Choate of Anna. Wednesday, the GOP did an about-face, allowing the budget bill to be posted for committee consideration without a word of opposition. However, Republicans control the Appropriations Committee and party members said there still is no firm date set for a hearing on the measure. Committee Chairman James Washburn, R-Morris, said the subject of layoffs in the DOT "has been mentioned" in connection with the appropriation. But he said the delay in consideration of the bill — which was introduced nearly two weeks ago—came because staff aides from both sides of the aisle are still evaluating it. Washburn indicated some consideration has been given to a plan to pass an appropriation only large enough to last the DOT three months. Such an approach would allow the GOP to hold the budget hostage to guard against patronage firings. Washburn said such a quarterly appropriation would be legal but "I don't know if it's ever been done." No Threat to Projects Although such a scheme would keep the DOT on a financial spot, it would not necessarily threaten any departmental projects, such as road- building, as long as each quarter's appropriation came in time to keep money available for spending. i Rep. Thaddeus Lechowicz, D-Chicago, Democratic spokes­ man on the committee, said he, too, has heard of the quarterly appropriation plan. "We're going to oppose it," Lechowicz said. "It's an extremely bad precedent." He said he believes Democrats will have enough votes to defeat such an effort "tout it will be close... It'll be done irrationally because they're (Republicans) so hot about layoffs." Deputy Gov. Victor De Grazia contacted Wednesday night, said the DOT is firing people because "those jobs are being eliminated." He said he believes the dispute will be settled without recourse to quarterly appropriations. Tollway Critic Wins Approval to Toll Highway Post By JEFFERY L. SHELER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - An outspoken opponent of the proposed East-West Tollway across northern Illinois has won Senate committee approval of her appointment to the Illinois Toll Highway Authority. The Senate Executive Committee, after an hour of questioning, Wednesday voted 19-3 to approve Gov. Daniel Walker's ''appointment of Mrs. Alice E. Marks, a Rochelle housewife, to a $15,000-ia-year post on the authority. Mrs. Marks was the leader of a citizens group, which campaigned against the proposed tollway extension from Aurora to the Sterling-Dixon area. The group filed suit to stop the project, but failed and the project is currently set to go. Some committee members said they opposed Mrs. Marks' appointment because they feared she would use her position on the authority to work against tollway construction. "This is kind of like hiring a monkey; 1 to guard the peanuts," said Senate President William Harris, R-Pontiac, who voted in favor of Mrs. Marks. Philosophy Not Compatible Kennard Besse, a Sterling attorney and chairman of a group favoring the East-West Tollway extension, told the committee Mrs. Marks' philosophy "is in no way compatible with the intent and purpose of the Toll Highway Authority." Mrs. Marks said she opposed the East-West Tollway because of its environmental impact on, "some of the richest farmland in the world." She said she is not flatly opposed to all toll- ways, however, and said as a member of the authority would consider each proposal "on its own merits." Others approved to the authority were Joseph Germano, of Chicago, retired district director of the United Steelwork- ers of America; Martin R. Binder, Chicago, and Ira .J Kaufman, of Highland Park, as chairman. The committee also approved Walker's appointment of Dr. Mark Lepper, a physician and medical school professor from Hinsdale, as executive director of the Illinois Comprehensive Health Planning Agency. Faced Stiff Opposition Lepper earlier had faced stiff opposition from Senate Republicans who objected to his maintaining a $27,000-a-year teaching job at the Rush Medical School in Chicago while serving as director of the health planning agency —a $35,000-a- year job. They said Lepper could face a conflict of interest if he were called upon to approve programs or facilities that might affect the Rush Presbyterian- St. Luke Hospital in Chicago, to which the Rush Medical School is affiliated. (Lepper resigned from an executive post at the hospital when he was appointed to the state job.) But Harris and other Republicans indicated they were satisfied "with Dr. Lepper's strong qualifications and character," and voted to recommend his approval 20-2. Bee Sting? "Did the bee sting your nose?" asks 3-year-old Deannie Pond as she reaches to touch the artificial bee hooked to the nose of clown Grover Papp in Springfield. The clown laughed. and explained it was just part of his funny-face. UNIFAX Soybean Trading Halted by Board CHICAGO (UPI)-The Chicago Board of Trade today said trading in the soybeans complex will'not be resumed until Friday at the normal opening time of 9:30 a.m. When resumed, trading in July, August and September futures contracts of soybeans, soybean oil and soybean meal will be for liquidation and for fresh sales for delivery purposes only, as requested by the Commodity Exchange Authority today in a telegram to the board prior to opening. The board delayed opening in all but three of the 10 commodities traded at the exchange after receiving the telegram. Trading was resumed 30 minutes late at 10 a.m. in wheat, corn, oats, and iced broilers, but delayed further in the soybeans complex while board governors considered the CEA request. Trading in silver, plywood and lumber opened as scheduled for today's session. Ozark- (Continued From Page 2) said. AIRCON representatives act as mediators in a strike. They are informed of the maximum salary increase the airlines will offer striking workers and then negotiate the labor contract. Labor knows AIRCON can only bargain with figures from the airline. "It's done away with collective bargaining," he added. "And when you can shut down and remain in the black I interpret that as the airlines saying, 'We're going to make more money than before'," Stoudt charged. "The Civil Aeronautics Board may listen to community leaders," Stoudt commented. They constitute the authority which grants certificates to airlines. The certificates state airlines are to operate for public convenience and necessity. "That instrument is not being fulfilled at this time," Stoudt contended. "The stages are set up to tool the airline to a greater capacity," Stoudt said. He added that flights were not going to Galesburg, Fort Dodge or Mason City, Iowa, because Ozark does not make as much money from those cities. "I don't think the public should have to put up with that." $12.5 Million Walker Promises To Sign Swindled Savers Aid Bill Superintendent Bakalis Learns Playground Lesson. Playground for Handicapped Is Open SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The "I think I can, I think I can Playground"—perhaps the only one of its kind in tho nation- is ready and open for business. The playground was officially dedicated Wednesday by about 50 children, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mktoel Bakalis and Mrs. Judy Pemsoneau, who designed it and shepherded it (to comipletion. Babalis said he believes the facility is unique in the United States because it is designed for use by handicapped children as well as others. Each of its play areas is constructed to allow passage for children's wheelchairs, youngsters with crutches and braces and others who would be unable to use regular tfacdlities. Wasted Little Handicapped children were among those attending the dedi­ cation and they wasted flittle time taking advantage of the playground. Within minutes of the time S^year-old Troy Moats cut a yellow ribbon, officially opening the area, wheelchairs were moving through its tunnels and around a painted railroad track. The name is taken from a See 'Playground' (Continued on Page 9) SPRINGFIELD (UPI)- Gov. Daniel Walker says he will sign a bill that provides $12.5 million in state funds to reimburse thousands of persons who were swindled out of their money when the City Savings Association of Chicago folded in 1964. The House passed the measure on a 112-26 vote Wednesday after the governor said he would sign it, and the bill now goes to the Senate. Some downstate legislators opposed it on grounds it would cost each of the state's 59 legislative districts $209,379 and benefit only Chicago residents. Long Tries City Savings depositors, most residents of Chicago's Northwest Side, have been trying for almost 10 years to get their savings back, and scored a major victory earlier this year when U.S. District Court Judge Edwin Robson ruled that the state had been negligent in supervising City Savings and so must reimburse the depositors. Robson, however, has held up implementation of the ruling at the request of Attorney General protect the small dairy farmers whose prices are being undercut by dairy conglomerates. William Scott, who feared the decision would set a precedent] making the state responsible for other business failures. Working on Wording Robson has agreed to let Scott try to work out wording which would limit the decision to the City Savings case. Walker said the state should pay the depositors $12 million because they would have received about that amount from the federal government if City Savings had been federally insured. The association had no insurance, but falsely advertised that it did. In other action, the House passed 95-59 a bill that would require milk processers to sell milk for no less than it costs to produce it. Rep. Robert Craig, D-Indianaola, who sponsored the measure, said it was needed to If no protection is given the small farmers, Craig said, they will be driven out of business and then "the only milk avail able will be from the big pro cessors and they can set the price wherever they want it. "And you can bet that it will be high." The House also voted 96-12 to Butz Calls Proposed Farm Bill 'Unacceptable' * * i it i! r% i_ set up a commission to study rape. The eight-member panel would study the psychology of rapists, the effects of rape on the victims and the attitude of police toward rape victims. In the Senate, an attempt to revive a bill legalizing teachers' strikes failed. The measure, strongly supported by state School Superintendent Michael Bakalis, would give teachers collective bargaining rights and called for mandatory mediation of contract negotiations before teachers could strike. Weak System Supporters said 28 strikes have occurred illegally in the past two years in Illinois because of a weak collective bargaining mechanism. They predicted there would be fewer strikes if the bill passed, but Republicans refused to spring the measure from committee. The Senate also refused to revive a 'committee-defeated bill that would have provided state- issued identification cards for persons who do not have a drivers license. WASHINGTON (UPI) - Facing a blunt threat of a floor battle by administration forces who wlant to keep farm subsidy costs down, the House Agriculture Committee met today for a final vote on a new farm bill which Agriculture Secretary Eiirl L. Butic has called "unacceptable." Bute's warning was delivered to Chairman W. R. Poage, D- Tex., and read to the commit­ tee Wednesday before it votud, 28-4, to tentatively approve the measure, inicludiing support target price provisions which Butz attacked as too high. Contains Compromise The tentatively approved bill, which also contains a compromise reduction in the current $55,0(W-per-crop ceiling on subsidies to individual producers of wheat, feed grains and cotton would revise and extend a farm law expiring this year and is Ibuilit around a new "target price" system of providing income protection for fawners. Under this system, 1974 targets of $2.05 per bushel for wheat, $1.38 a bushel for corn and 38 cents a pound for cotton would be established. In the three succeeding years of the four-year bill, the targets could escalate under a complex formula—to which the adminis­ tration has agreed—based on rising farm costs and increases in farm productivity. Butz said in his letter that as long as the escalator formula which the administration originally wanted to kill remains in the bill, any 1974 target levels (above $1.84 for wheat, $1.26 for corn and 35 cents for cotton are "unacceptable to this administration." The House bill, hi general, resembles an earlier Senate- passed measure which contains higher target prices—$1.53 a bushel on corn, for example— and a faster-acting escalator clause. The Senate measure, however, would knock the ceiling on payments to big growers down to $20,000 per farmer on all three major crops while the tentative House committee bill drops the limit only to $37,500 per crop. CONTACT LENSES For Complete Information on Contact Lenses Phone 343-7410 Dispensed on Prescription of DR. £. W. BEATH, O.D. 5:00 • MONDAY & FRIDAY 8:00*1:00 DAILY 8:00 60 S. Kellogg Galesburg, III- UNION OPTICAL CO.

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