Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 23, 1973 · Page 2
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Saturday, June 23, 1973
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Kiddieland: Does Even Miss It? By ANDREA FEItRETTI (Staff Writer) Hundreds of Galesburg children once flocked to an amusement park on North Henderson Street complete with ferris wheel, carousel and bumper cars. Today Kiddieland is just a heap of dismantled machinery along County Highway 10 southwest of Galesburg. "I don't know whether the cily is even going to miss it," said Saylor Conard, owner of the now defunct amusement park. Conard last year ran out of money to keep the business going. He has tried since then to secure a loan to reopen, but as yet has been unsuccessful. "I don't know what'll happen, but I don't think I'll open this season." He obtained a loan last year to pay $10,202 in back taxes to the federal and state governments. The loan was enough to pay taxes, but not enough to allow him to resume operations, according to James Spellman, one of Conard's employes. Conard called the whole operation a "sore in my side" and admitted if he were offered enough money he would sell. Tho City Council last year considered a request to permit Conard to locate his business at Lake Storey Park. First the city fa!hers indicated they might go along with the proposal, Conard said, so he began surveying the property. He said he paid $500 to have one site surveyed and to have plans drawn to submit 1o the council. Then he surveyed four other sites to find one the council would approve. But the council decided against commercializing the park area. Conard charged the aldermen had "led him by tho iK .se." When a Register-Mail reporter Friday asked Fourth Ward Aid. W. C. Jackson to explain (he council's action, he said the council had not approved locating the amusement park at Lake Storey originally, as Conard had claimed. "Wc said wc would consider it," Jackson added. A group of Galesburg residents last August presented petitions bearing the signatures of 2,196 persons asking the aldermen to help keep the park operating, Then, when the decision was made at the council session, Conard said only about five people were present. "They didn't worry & damn thing about me when I was up before the council," Conard claimed. "You got a bunch of kfloks running this city. I have more Mfc in kids." "I can't see that the council was the cause of his plight," Jackson said. "This is Ms 6m doing." GOP Threatens to Force Sales Tax Cut Plan Through Despite Walker's Distaste SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Republicans in the Illinois Legislature are threatening to force down Gov. Daniel Walker's throat their proposed half - cent cut in the state sales tax — a plan the Democratic governor calls "lousy" and fought tooth and nail to defeat. After a three - day fight over the bill — tied to creation of a six - county Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for the Chicago metropolitan area — the House Friday passed and gave the governor the GOP sales tax measure. The vote was 107-53 with three voting present. The bill had already sailed through the Senate, 55-2, earlier in the week. Now Walker is,faced with the distasteful choice of signing a Republican plan he characterized as "devious, sleight - of - hand .trickery" or vetoing the bill which would save shoppers one tax penny for every $2 spent. SPRINGFIELD (UPI)—The Walker Won't Comment Illinois House Friday passed Walktr refused at a Friday and sent to Gov. Walker a press conference to say what bill that will reduce the state he will do with the bill now sales tax by one-half cent ef- that it's on his desk, even factive Jan. 1, 1974. The vote though he fought fiercely to de- was 107 for, 53 against and feat it. But GOP legislative leaders said after the vote there's a message" in the margins by three voting present. The following legislators voted against the measure: Democrats — Alsup, Barry, which the biU cleared "the House Beaupre, Boyle, Bradley, and Senate. Brinkmeier, Brummet, Cald"The governor might do well well, Calvo, Chapman, Choate, to notice the Republican plan passed the House with 107 votes and the Senate with 55," said House Speaker W. Robert Blair, Park Forest Republican and chief sponsor of the GOP plan. The number of votes needed to override a veto is 35 in the Here's How Legislators Voted Craig, Douglas, Fennesscy, McCourt, M o 11 o y, Flinn, Getty, Hart, Hill, Holloway, Houlihan, Jacobs, Jaf- ife, Katz, Kennedy, Krause, Londrigan, Matlijevicth, McClain, McGah, McGrew, Mu- igailian, Pierce, Rayson, Redmond, Sangmeister, Schisler, Schneider, Sohrader, Sharp, Stedelin, Stone, Tiipsiword, Von- fooeckman, Washington. Republicans — Deuster, Friedlanid, G. Hoffman, Hyde, Philip, Senate and 107 in the House. Walker charged the Blair bill is fiscally irresponsible and provides no real tax relief for 70 per cent of the people. Under Blair's bill, the half - cent sales tax cut would be re- imposed on resdients of Cook, Kane, Lake, DuPage, Will and McHenry counties to raise RTA money. This means a real tax savings would be realized by only 30 per cent of the people, Wal- ordinary step of appearing in person at House Democratic caucuses Wednesday and Thursday, Walker implored them to Schilickman, R. Walsh. block Blair's bill and back his The following legislators own plan instead, voted present: Walker would like to increase Democrats—Ewell, Giorgi. the standard state income tax Republicans:-Fleck. exemption from $1,000 to $1,400 The following legislators did which would bring everyone in not vote: Illinois an added $10 per year. Democrats—Arrigo, Keller, This approach, Walker says, Lundy, Martin, Wolfe. would cos t $90 million. Republicans-Capuzi.Grana- There is little chance, however, such a measure will ever reach Walker's desk, even though one is pending in the House. Senate President Wil- ta, McAulifife, McAvoy, Sev- elk, Springer, Telcser, Wal. All others voted for it. ker said. The governor also said Blair's bill would drain $165 million annually from the general revenue fund, "more than the state can afford." Appeared at Caucuses When he took the extra- Weather and River Stages ILLINOIS: Tonight partly cloudy unci warmer With chance of showers and thunderstorms northeast. Sunday mostly sunny and warmer. Low tonight mostly 60s. High Sunday 83-93. WESTEHN ILLINOIS; Fair tonight and Sunday. Low tonight mid BOs. High Sunday around !)n, IOWA:'Fair with warming trend through Sunday. Low tonight 80s. High Sunday 00s. LOCAL WEATHER Noon temperature, 81; morning's low, 60. Sky fair, wind out o! tli6 south to southwest at S m.p.h. (Friday's maximum, 70: minimum, 5fi.) Sun rose today at 5:32 a.m., sets flt 8:33 p.m. Humidity, 45%. EXTENDED FORECAST ILLINOIS; Partly sunny Monday and Tuesday, with thunderstorm's likely east Tuesday. Partly cloudy Wednesday, showers or thunderstorms likely «xtreme south. Low 80s-70s. High flOS-OOs. HIVEIl " STAGES Dubuque—10..1 fall O.fl Davenport— fl.fl fall 0.2 Burlington— fall 0,8 Keokuk—10.7 fall 1,0 Qttincy—14.+ fall 0.8 Grafton—10.3 fall 0.4 Alton—10.0 fall 0,7 St. Louis—23.1 fall 0.9 Cape Girardeau—31 .ft rise 0.3 LaSaJle—20.3 fall Ll Peoria—18.9 rise 0.2 Havana—17.1 ris« 0.2 Bearclstown—18,4 rise 0,2 For Six Counties Drug Unit Seeks Operating Funds By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) PEORIA — An application for liam C. Harris of Pontiac indicated Friday majority Republicans there won't back it even $379 760 for a 6 _ COU nty narcotics if the House does. unit ' was appr oved Friday by If Walker does sign Blair's bill into law, it would be effective Jan. 1, 1974. Senate Okays, 118 Bills; Reporter Shield Defeated Mrs. Betty Johnson, Abingdon, is put onto a stretcher by John Bodenhammer and Maurice Farrell as Harold Timmons of Galesburg Aviation watches. Mrs. Johnson was flown Friday from a Louisville, Ky., hos- Home Again pital to Galesburg. She had been hospitalized in Kentucky since June 13 following a motorcycle accident. She was listed in good condition today at St. Mary's Hospital. SPRINGFIELD (UPI)— Some 170 bills on issues ranging from abortion to litter control won Senate approval Friday while two "newsmen's shiefld" bills were soundly defeated. In one fell swoop, the Senate appro-ved 118 bills on an "agreed list" compiled by Senate leaders. Included in that list of mainly noncontroversial bills were measures banning sex discrimination in jobs, pay and| credit. j The action was pant of a late surge to clear the Senate calendar by the June 30 adjournment date. Senate leaders scheduled evening sessions all next week in hopes of meeting the deadline. and film to courts or other government bodies. Sponsors said recent court subpoenas of some news sources have "dried up many sources of information" and threaten newsmen's rights under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But Sen. John Knuppel, D- Virginia, said newsmen are "pretty harsh on politicians and now they are asking us for favors. I see no reason why they should he set apart to prey on See 'Senate'(Continued on Page 11) Fines for Littering Other bills passed by the Senate included: —A litter control bill, spon- Air Ambulance Returns Iniured Woman R - Chicago, wfliich would set - - - - •• mandatory fines ranging from $10 to $500 for persons convict- Mrs. Betty Johnson, 33, of 400 N. Austin St., Abingdon, was listed in good condition today at St. Mary's Hospital, where she was transferred Friday from a Louisville, Ky., hospital. Mrs. Johnson received Trail-"" tiple fractures in a motorcycle accident in Kentucky June 13 and had been hospitalized there since. Mrs. Johnson's family had asked that she be transferred back to the Galesburg hospital by the Illinois Trauma Sys­ tem. Dan Bailey, St. Mary's" trauma center coordinator, said Mrs. Johnson did not qualify as a trauma system transfer because no .'•^."•endangering condition existed. "However, we did arrange for The lransfert0"take~place," Bailey explained. The family will pay for air transportation for the patient from Kentucky to Galesburg. Galesburg Aviation made the flight. A nurse from St. Mary's Hospital made the trip to Kentucky to accompany Mrs. Johnson on the flight home, and Farrell's Ambulance Service provided an ambulance for the trip from the Galesburg Airport to the hospital. "It was a joint community service, and the cooperation was just beautiful, said this morning. "Mrs. Johnson was feeling fine this morning and looking forward to starting physical therapy soon. The family feels better, too, having her closer to home," Bailey said. Knox Hosts Summer Teachers' Program Thirty-six high school science and social studies teachers will attend a summer institute at Knox College to explore the implications of science and technology for today's world enee, technology and society to,to a maximum of four depen- help participating teachers de-j dents, velop curricula, bibliographiesTt audio-visual materials and back- ! ed of littering. —A bill banning the sale of cheap handguns, called "Saturday night specials." That bill, sponsored by Rep. Roman Ko- Bailey sinski, D-Chicgao, was sent to the governor. . —A bill protecting the right of doctors, hospitals and medical staff to refuse to participate in performing abortions. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Edmund Kucharski, R - Chicago, also went to the governor. —And a bill returning Memorial Day to May 30. Reject 'Shield' Bills After an hour of scathing attacks by some members on Wrecker Operator Continues Battle Knox faculty members par- Rufus Gatlin, owner of a local wrecker service, again is going before the City Council because of a zoning dispute which has kept him hopping from county meetings to city meetings the past month. When the council meets informally Monday at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, Gatlin is scheduled to ask it to reconsider an objection to changing the zoning of h;s property on Pennsylvania Avenue. He wants the property rezoned to allow construction of a 50x70-foot metal building to be used for vehicle storage for his wrecker service. Meets Objections He has been to the County Zoning Board of Appeals, the County Board and City Council. At first the council objected to the rezoning, saying it was bad planning to change the residentially zoned area to a commercial classification, Three neighbors also had objected to the rezoning. ground information ;ticipating in the institute arei two Gatlin also received a negative answer from Knox County i . j ., Zoning Board of Appeals and newsmen who "prey on the ilhen * ent before theP £ t ™ public," the Senate rejected:,.;! „,.i, i t _|and •cil again to ask aldermen to supervisors deferred action on the request pending further consideration by the council. Gatlin indicated the council might withdraw its initial objection. Taken Off List When he was taken off a city rotation list for towing damaged vehicles about four months ago, Gatlin decided to have the building constructed on Pennsylvania Avenue. This, he thought, would allow him to comply with a new city ordinance stating towed vehicles must be stored in at least a fenced-in area. Other matters which may draw the attention of the council Monday night include a Better Communities Act pending in Congress and a federal TOPICS grant for improvements to Henderson Stret. City Manager Thomas Herring has said he will explain the federal Better Communities Act to the aldermen since it may be passed shortly. The program would provide $2.3 billion in 1975 to communities to be spent as they desire. It is designed to replace "inflexible fragmented categorica r ""\r "T"T'- u u Herbert Priestley Physics De-T" newsmen's shield" _ bills| change their minds . Setmd |«ranMn-aid programs," said r-or those teachers who have-^Lnt S K * MhiXl d ? sl ? nc(l t0 - pr0tcct the P'^Ward Aid. Curtis Erickson sup-.^'^ whc » ported Gatlin saying his build-!; 0 Pr?P 0ie « ,l to Congress eared by a grant from the National;the institute there is no tuition Science Foundation, will start and a stipend of $450 for the six June 25 and end Aug. 3. weeks has been granted to each The institute will explore a participant plus a dependency variety of (topics concerning sci- allowance of $90 per dependent The institute, which is fund-!been selected to participate in f Ja {' t(rTie '? t > Robert ^bert,; of news sources. • u.. l * —, « . . i Political Science Department, and James D. Maloney Jr., of See 'Knox'- (Continued on Page 11) The bills, sponsored by Reps.!; Kg wou id improve the area. But Arthur Berman, D-Chicago, and at that point the council took John Porter, R-Evanston, would no action, have protected newsmen from) Gatlin then went to the Knox from revealing sources, notes County Board June 11 and the ier this year. Included in these programs See 'Wrecker - (Continued on Page 11) the board of" directors of Narcotics Activity Regional Control, Squad (NARCS). The application will next go to the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission for approval and funding. The budget submitted will cover the first year of operation of a .12-man unit operating in the participating counties of Knox, Fulton, Warren, Peoria, Tazewell and McLean. Ten Agents Plans call for 10 agents, two Illinois Bureau of Investigation agents and a supervisor to operate from one main and two sateVite offices. Agents of the unit will compile information for arrests by local departments of persons dealing in illegal drug traffic. The budget detailed in the grant app\ication includes $208,664 for personnel, $72,206 for equipment, $24,750 for travel, $21,140 for commodities, $16,800 for facility costs and $36,200 for other costs. The application anticipates $194,491 from federal funds; $23,750, state, and $161,519 in cash and in-kind services from participating counties. Knox County's share is $13,500. Dave Watkins, Warren County Sheriff, who chaired yesterday's meeting, said that Lee Rodgers, Warren County Board chairman, will sign the grant application. "He is the chairman of the board of the smallest county, Canoeists Arrive In Quad-Cities PORT BYRON, 111. (UPI) Seven men canoeing down the Mississippi River to celebrate the 300th anniversary of its discovery were planning to leave Port Byron early today for a gala celebration in the Quad- Cities region. The canoeists, who arrived here Friday, are re-enacting the discovery journey made by Marquette and Jolict in 1673. A 50-gun salute and a helicopter guard provided by the Iowa Air National Guard were to greet the seven in the Quad- Cities today. The canoeists began their voyage May 17 at St. Ignace, Mich. They plan to remain in the Quad - Cities through the weekend. Nursing Home, Public Aid Officials Confer on Care Rate Hike By WALTER HALL (Staff Writer) Representatives of the Illinois Department of Public Aid met at Knoxville Friday with members of the Knox County Board Nursing Home Committee to discuss reasons for the recent denial of a rate' increase for the nursing home. John Bivens, nursing honie administrator, told James M. Brown, deputy director of public aid, and Robert Hammrick, supervisor of downstaie opera­ tions, that the nursing home faces a "serious financial pro- nlem and we have to have something to go on." According to Bivens, the nursing home operated at a loss of $20,000 last year and will loose $30,000 this year. Bivens also cited a need for pay increases for the staff. "We can bareiy hang on to a staff to run the place," he said. The nursing home has been trying to get a rate increase from the present $404 a month for public aid patients to $430. Rate for patients at the home last year was $385 a month. In October 1972 the IPA agreed to raise the rate to $404 in response to the home's request for $420. The county later reinstated its request for an increase to $430, which officials say is the break­ even point, and was granted $4];j. The committee voted to make that rate effective June 1, but IPA turned down an in­ crease for June anything over $4"4. The most recent evaluation of the nursing home by the Public Aid Department arrived at a rate of $428, but this has been scaled down by the President's Cost of Living Council to $413, an increase of only $9. The increase, if approved by the General Assembly, would gi> into effect July 1. Brown said that lie anticipates approval of the measure. Committee members, how­ ever, felt that the $9 increase should be retroactive to June 1. "I don't have the authority, but I will try and get it for you," said Brown. The nursing home has approximately 100 public aid patients, and at $9 per patient, "that's $900 we won't have to ask for in November," said Bivens. November is when now pay schedules arc cxpecLed to go into effect at the nursing heme. Brown advised the committee that the nursing home will automatically receive an increase of 6 per cent next December, but to receive the increase before December, the home would have to get the approval of the Internal Revenue Service. "If I were on the board J would start back with the IRS in July," said Brown. Tim meeting closed with a decision by the committee to request a re-evaluation of Ihe point count, and to seek approval from the IRS for the $428 per month rate. and that may look better to ILEC," he said. Watkins said that funds granted will be sent to Warren County, which will in turn channel the funds to the unit. James Hartwig, Tri-County Criminal Justice Commission planner, said that the Western iL'inois Crime CcHnmission must pass a resolution approving the fromaition of NARCS. The WICC is scheduled to meet Tuesday. Hartwig said the budget increased over an earlier tentative figure of $357,000 because of an increase in fringe benefits for agents and the necessity to hire a field supervisor 60 days before the unit goes into operation. James Donahue, Tazewell County Sheriff, who was chairman of the planning group which farmed NARCS, was elected project director. The board was told that stoic's attorneys of the six participating counties will meet to draw a mutual aid pact to provide for arrests, civil liability and pension benefits for those employed by the unit. To Committee James Frakes, Galesburg police chief, was appointed to a committee to screen applicants for the field supervisor's post. Salary set for the job is $18,500 a year. Other members of the screening committee will come from Peoria County, McLean County and the City of East Peoria. The board plans to meet in September to adopt bylaws, elect officers and draw up an incorporation as a non-profit organization. Moline Firemen Strike in Dispute Over Pay Rates MOLINE, 111. (UPI) - Most members of the Moline Fire Department, in a wage contract dispute with the city government, went on strike today. The fire chief and five men of the 63-man force reported for duty at one fire station. Members of the police department, also in negotiations with the city, agreed to operate the city ambulance service which ordinarily is operated by the firefighters. Mayor Earl Wendt summoned a special meeting of the City Council and the Fire and Police Commission to discuss the situation. Wendt said that all firemen scheduled to report at 7 a.m. would be suspended if they failed to report for duty. WANTED Middleagad Lady 25 or. Complete control of kitchen in hotel for retired gentlemen, 6 days weekly. 8 hour* a day. Contact: MRS. MOONEY 342-4018 i

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