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Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, June 22, 1973
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GoJesburg Register-Mail, Galesburq, ||(. Friday, June 22, 1973 3 State Senate Okays Public Aid, School Appropriations By .IEFFERY L, SHELER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois Senate cleared its calendar of almost half the entire state budget Thursday — some $3.2 billion to fund programs ranging from education to welfare. Although passage of the 23 funding bills took a healthy chunk out of the budgetary logjam standing between the lawmakers and a June 30 adjournment, most of the real work lies ahead in negotiating agreements between the two chambers and Gov. Daniel Walker. Topping the list of budgetary heavyweights approved and sent to the House was a $1.4 billion appropriation for the Department of Public Aid. Sen. Don A. Moore, R - Midlothian, sponsor of the bill, said it was some $14 million less than last year's welfare budget and slightly less than What Walker asked. It passed 42-6 with no debate. $9.19 Million for Schools Next largest appropriation was $939 million to fund the state's elementary and secondary schools. That figure is $100 million less than what Walker asked, but exceeds last year's school aid budget by some $135 million. Yet to be settled, however, is how the school funds be divided among the state's elementary and secondary schools. F n t\. Thomas Hyncs, D-Chicago, siA)nsor of the Democrats' plan, said the funding bill passed by the Senate will fit both the Democratic and Republican distribution formulas which differ by about $2 million. Also approved but assured of stiff opposition in the House is a $252 million appropriation designed, to "fully fund" the teachers retirement system. Democrats had accused Republicans of pushing the bill through to embarrass Walker who, the GOP says, called during his campaign for full funding of the system. In past years only part of the state's obligation to the system has been paid because immediate demands on the system were not great. Republicans boosted Walker's proposed $982,000 appropriation to the fund charging that the system otherwise will go bankrupt in 15 years. The College Moneys The Senate also approved budgets for the state's colleges and universities. Those bills included: —$235 million for the University of Illinois, up $19,8 million over this year. —$101.7 million for Southern llinois University, a $12.7 increase over this year. —$91.0 million for the Board of Governors, which oversees Eastern Illinois, Chicago State, Western Illinois, Governor State and Northeastern Illinois uni vcrsities, up $3.9 million over this year. —$98.9 million for the Board of Regents, which oversees Illinois State, Northern Illinois and Sangamon State universities, up $8.3 million. —$29.5 million for the board of Higher Education, up $6.3 million. Other budgets approved by the Senate included $76.8 million for the Department of Corrections, $84.6 million for the Department of Children and Family Services, and $17.8 mil- ion for the Department of Finance—all at levels Walker requested.. Approve Several Appointees In other action, the Senate approved a scries of Walker appointees including Dr. Mark Lepper of Hinsdale as director of the comprehensive health planning agency. Leppcr's appointment had been held up for months by Republicans who feared his outside job — a $27,000-a-year teaching position at Rush Medical School in Chicago—would pose a conflict of interest with his 35,000-a-ycar state job. Also approved by the Senate were four members of the state Toll Highway Authority including Ira J. Kaufman of Highland Park, chairman; Alice E.' Marks of Rochelle, Joseph Ger* mano of Chicago and Martin Binder of Chicago. Others approved by the Sen-' ate were Richard K. Lignoul of Pawnee, deputy commissioner of banks and trusts, and Charles T. Cartwright of Chicago, assistant director of the Department of Revenue. Butz Comes Up Short In Deal With Congress By BERNARD BRENNER UPI Farm Editor / WASHINGTON—Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz's venture in horse trading with the farm bloc veterans of the House Agriculture Committee has ended, temporarily, with the lawmakers holding most of the horses. On the Farm Front In an effort to recoup and produce a new farm bill more in line with administration desires, Butz now faces the necessity of a head-on fight on the House floor against a majority of farm bloc lawmakers, including many Republicans. Butz was backed into the position because his move to get a two-phase compromise with House Agriculture Committee leaders on key price support terms was picked apart by the committee. It accepted one Butz compromise offer, but turned down the second portion of the proposal he wanted handled as a single package. THE SITUATION unfolded like this: The Senate had approved a farm bill setting 1974 support targets of $2.28 a bushel for wheat, $1.53 a bushel for corn and 43 cents a pound for cotton, and also providing for raising those prices in future years in line with an index of farm costs. Butz opposed both halves of that package, saying the starting 1974 targets were too high and that the "escalator" clause allowing future increases would produce unreasonably high government subsidies in later years. One department estimate claimed that by 1978 the support targets would be so high that subsidies could conceivably reach $10 billion if open-market prices went into a depression. The subsidies, under the proposed new farm plan, are to cover any gap between market prices and the target levels. i • APPROACHING the House, Butz aides say he hed a two-stage package in mind as he negotiated with the House Agriculture Committee.; In the first stage, Butz offered to accept a modified version of the "escalator clause" which would allow target prices to rise, although more slowly than under the Senate bill. In the second stage, the agriculture secretary wantd the 1974 target prices set down to $1.84 a bushel for wheat, $1.26 a bushel for corn, and 35 cents a pound for cotton. Agriculture committee members quickly leaped to accept Butz's compromise offer on the escalator clause and wrote it into the bill they approved by a 31-4 vote Thursday. But they voted down Butz's $1.84-$1.26-35 cent package and adopted, instead, a series of 1974 target prices which split the difference between Butz's figures and the Senate bill. The House panel's target prices, which Butz has denounced as "unacceptable" when combined with the escalator clause, are $2.05 a bushel for wheat, $1.38 for com, and 38 cents a pound for cotton. ONE BUTZ aide conceded today that the administration probably made a tactical mistake in failing to make a strong effort to force consideration of its target price- escalator clause combination offer as a single package. "But we had no control over that . . . and the secretary was anxious to work things out as best we could," the aide said. Agriculture Committee Democrats, meanwhile, complain Butz was trying to use them to get "unrealistically low" targets into the House bill to set the stage for a final compromise with the Senate. The House members balked at this, partly because many feared farmers would have viewed them as weak—in comparison with the Senate— in seeking to protect farm income. House Speaker: Democrats Will Accept GOP's Sales Tax Cut-Transit Package By TOM LAUE SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Chicago Democrats have agreed to abandon Gov. Daniel Walker's plans for tax relief and a Chicago-area mass transit district and, instead, will back a plan sponsored by Republican Speaker W. Robert Blair, Blair says. But the dual issue, which now has paralyzed the House for two full days, still did not come to a vole Thursday, despite a tumultuous shouting and booing match by Democrats during a floor speech by Blair. "We're going to have sales tax relief and we're going to have it with Democratic help," Blair told a news conference late Thursday after the House abandoned another day's work to fight over the issue. The speaker said "responsible Democrats," including those loyal to Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, have agreed to support his proposals for a reduc- tios in the sales tax in some counties, and a reallocation of the levy in the Chicago area to support a mass transit district. He Blames Walker "I have assurances that I will have cooperation from responsible elements of the Democratic Party," Blair said. He blamed the unusually persistent and vocal shouting match which drowned him out Thursday afternoon on other elements of the opposing party, and particularly on Walker. Blair and Senate President William Harris, R-Pontiac, said Walker has whipped up opposi­ tion to the Republican plan and support for his own by two appearances in as many days at Democratic House conferences and by threatening to withhold patronage from Republicans who back Blair. Speaking of Walker's reaction, Harris told the news conference, "I think he's disgusting." The speaker said he had enough votes Thursday, counting loyal Republicans and Chicago Democrats, to pass his tax relief bill. He withheld action, he said, in the hope of reaching a face-saving compromise. No Public Sign Democrats, however, gave no public sign they will help Blair pass his bills and Rep. Gerald Shea, generally regarded as a Daley spokesman in the lower chamber, actively tried to block a vote on Blair's tax relief plan by moving that the House adjourn. Some Democrats said privately their party leaders sought an overnight delay because they were unsure of Daley's position on the issue and were going to seek clarification before committing their votes. Blair's plan, which cleared the Senate on a 55-2 vote early this week, calls for a half-cent reduction in the state sales tax beginning Jan. 1, 1974. If Blair is successful, however, the tax will be reimposed in Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, Du Page and Will counties to help fund a proposed regional mass transit system. Walker says he opposes the GOP plan because it ultimately will supply tax relief only to 30 per cent of the state's 11 million people. Some 70 per cent live in the six counties to be included in the transit district. Calls His 'Fairer' The governor has proposed instead a $10-per-person exemption from the state income tax beginning next year. After a 10- minute pep talk with House Democrats Thursday — the second such in two days — the governor told newsmen he has asked that Blair's bill be blocked because "my plan is fairer and better for the people." He said he and Daley are in accord "as far as I know." Blair said, however, that Shea Transportation Budget Faces Uph ill Fight . SPRINGFIELD (UPI)- "Different." That was House Speaker W. Robert Blair's assessment Thursday of the chances the House will pass intact Gov. Daniel Walker's largest budget item—$1.55 billion for the Department of Transportation. But Blair did not say what the current chances of passage are "different" from —or what that one-word assessment might mean to the future of the state's road - building program, which is dependent upon the DOT budget bill. It was clear, however, that the latest stumbling block to passage of the bill was Walker's hard - line opposition to Blair's twin tax-relief and mass transit bills. Blair, at a news conference late Thursday, charged Walker was using DOT patronage jobs as a lever to force House Republicans into opposition to the plan. Earlier this week, Blair circulated a memo to members of his party charging that Walker was engaging in wholesale firing of GOP patronage workers in the department. After that memo was distributed, the party refused to let the budget bill come to a hearing while Blair investigated the situation. Wednesday, however, the GOP relaxed its opposition and allowed the House Appropriations Committee to post the bill for a hearing. But they set no date for consideration and Dem­ ocrats said Republicans continued to threaten a cut in the bill which would force the DOT to return for more money in three months. Such a change in the bill would, in effect, hold the budget hostage to guarantee the party's jobs. It would not necessarily threaten the department's operations, however, since the General Assembly will meet often enough during the coming year to pass the budget in four three-month installments. Freeze on Prices Threatens Feed Firms: President QUINCY, 111. (UPI) - The president of Moorman Manufacturing Co. said Thursday the 60-day price freeze may drive out of business many mid- western livestock feed manufacturers. Robert Hulsen, in a broadcast interview here, said unless regulations were changed, his company would probably lose more than $2 million in the next month. He said he was shocked by the price freeze provisions which permit raw agricultural prices to rise, but not the prices of livestock feed processors. Moorman, a large livestock feed manufacturing company in the Midwest, uses primarily soybeans in its product, Hulsen said. "Unless we get some relief we cannot stay in business," he sai. make with your own woterbed (complete kits $29.95) come in and ask our experienced advice . . . open tonight until nine calico cat Walker-Hartigan Rift Boils Again Over Funds for Arts SPRINGFIELD (UPI) — The Resources Committee approved, long simmering ill feelings between Gov. Daniel Walker and Lt. Gov. Neil Hartigan surfaced once again Thursday during a House committee discussion of the Illinois Arts Council Hartigan won approval from the panel of a $1.2 million appropriation for the council, which the Walker adminis tration unsuccessfully tried to cut to $497,000. A spokesman for the Walker administration from the Bureau of the Budget unsuccessfully tried to get the appropriation reduced, arguing the amount Hantigan requested was double the budget the council had last year, Hartigan said the money was needed because the council is an important vehicle in developing culture in the state. "I don't know what Renaissance man in the adminis- stration asked that this budget ibe cut," he said, "but he must be just out of the Dark Ages." He told the committee the Walker administration has previously tried to scuttle projects in which lie has been involved. The two have been at odds since the campaign last year. Hartigan ran in the Democratic primary with Walker's rival, Paul Simon. J In other action Thursday, the Appropriations Committee approved $550,000 to provide an artificial turf for the University of Illinois football stadium. Meanwhile, the House Human 15-2, a Senate - passed bill that would prescribe guidelines for abortions during each three • month period of pregnancy. The bill, an attempt to regu late abortion within the limits set down by the U.S. Supreme Court, would require that life support facilities be available when an abortion is performed after the first three months After the first six months, an abortion would be permitted only if doctors decided the woman's mental, or physical health were endangered. Opponents of legalized abortion, who succeeded earlier this session in turning a similar bill into an outright ban on abortions, are uncertain how to react to the present bill. Rep. Henry Hyde, R - Park Ridge, sponsored the earlier amendment but now says he is not inclined to try it again. "I'd hate to be the guy that blocks passage of any abortion regulation," he said Thursday. Other abortion foes, faced with the choice between a billj that allows some abortions and the possibility of no abortion regulation at all, said they are uncertain whether to oppose the bill, seek amendments, or let it go through. Both houses have gone on record as favoring a consti tutional amendment to ban abortions. The Senate Thursday approved a resolution asking Congress to 'adopt such an amendment. The House ap proved a similar resolution last month. Learning Center Lists Graduates Persons who have successfully completed General Educational Tests at the Carl Sandburg College's Adult Education Center, 876 W. Main St., will receive their high school equivalency certificates Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the learning center: The graduates are: Janine Anderson, Dona Andrews. Jack Angelo, Mary Briggs, Patrick Callihan, Carole Creighton, Richard Dahl. Carol Darnell, Shirley David, Stella Durclle, Don Enz, Patricia Friend, Linda Hall, Johnie Harrison, Kathy Hatch, Lorraine Hopping, Linda Jefferson, Elizabeth Karrick, Larry Kirby, Larry Lundeen. Ronald McKee, Donald McKeown, Cathy Miller, Mary Munsell, Kathy Neagle, Chester Olson, Theodore Park Jr.. Elizabeth Porter, Bonnie Powell, Robert Ralston, Martha Ran- l'eld. Helen Ray, Shirley Reiner, Richard Sajje, Gerald Smith, Cheryl Sparks, Neal Spencer, Katherine Stanconih, Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Thompson, Elsie Tinned, Rebecca Tipton, Margret Turner, Jan Verhe- ven, James Walker, Suzy Welis, Jane Wessels, Martha Whittlese. and Linda Wood. Bill Approved WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Senate has approved by ta voice vote and sent to the House a three-year, $460 million program to combat - alcoholism. has assured him "that I will have cooperation from responsible elements of the Democratic Party." Although Blair said he does not plan to "go to the mat" unless he has enough votes to pass his bill, there were some doubts that Shea's position is firm. He reportedly has made promises to both sides in the controversy several times and was listed by some members of his own party as awaiting final word from Daley before making a firm commitment. Some Democrats said it had been suggested at their latest conference that Daley personally travel to Springfield to explain his position. Such a visit, however, was regarded as unlikely. Motel Restaurant Destroyed by Fire OTTAWA, 111. (UPI) - Fire completely destroyed the restaurant, bar and meeting room areas of the Ramada Inn at Interstate 80 and Illinois 23 early today, authorities said. Aufchorties said some 100 firefighters from seven departments worked to extinguish the blaze, which was believed to have started as a small grease fire in the restaurant's kitchen. 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