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Gdlesburg Reg ister-Mai 1 Gofesburg, Monday, June 25, 1973., .3 State Assembly Heads Into Final Week Still Confronted by Most Major Issues By ROBERT KIECKHEFER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Virtually every major issue which faced the spring session of the General Assembly when it began stilt remained to be resolved today as the session en­ teral its final scheduled week. When tine legislature convened on Jan. 10, it faced such questions as tax relief, mags transit reform for the Chicago area, campaign financing reforms, no-fault insurance, a state lottery and establishment of state boards of elections and education. During the session it received Gov. Daniel Walker's proposed budget and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling raised the question of new state regulations on abortion. After five months and three weeks, none of those issues has been resolved. Only one of them—tax relief —has gone to the governor's desk. That plan is a half-cent reduction in the safles tax to help finance a Chicago - area itransit district, which Walker opposed and which he may veto. His own plan to raise the standard exemption to the state income tax—for an annual net saving of $10 a person—remains pending at the? passage stage in the House and still needs Senate approval. Several plans for a six - county, Chicago - area mass transit district remain at the passage stage in the House after virtually a full day's work Satur day on proposed amendments. I The weekend's work indicated there is a broad agreement on how to establish such a district but the package still faces Senate action and a possible veto, A bill requiring disclosure of political campaign contributions and expenditures, defeated in a Senate committee earlier this month, was breathed back to life Saturday when the sponsor filed notice he will try to discharge the committee from further consideration of the measure. The bill was one of Speaker W. Robert Blair's major legislative efforts this session and its approval by the Senate would be a feather in his cap. However, Senate leaders from both parties oppose the bill. The House hag several no- fault insurance plans at the passage stage. The two major schemes already have been passed by the Senate but they conflict in some key elements. The House already has defeated similar legislation introduced by its own members. A bill calling for creation of a state lottery has cleared the House and has passed Senate Committee. However, House sponsor Rep. E. .1. "Zeke" Gieorgi, D-Rockford, has not yet had the bill called for a floor vote in the upper chamber, although he says he has the votes to pass it. The legislature has failed so far to establish state boards of education and elections, despite the fact those panels are required by the il970 state constitution. A House-passed board of education plan is at the passage stage in the Senate, however, and stands a good chance of approval. But the two chambers have killed each other's versions of a board of elections bill and the only such measure still alive is a committee - sponsored measure introduced in the Senate just over a week ago. Many Abortion Bills A welter of bills remains in each house to give the state some power to regulate abortions. However, splits between members who are morally opposed to abortion and those who wish to regulate it regardless of their personal position, have prevented passage of any substantial legislation, leaving the slate virtually powerless in that area. Action on the slate's $7 billion budget for fiscal 1974 was hampered by Governor Walker's tardiness in presenting bills. Many of 'the major items have cleared only one house and the brgesit—a $1.55 billion bill for the Department of Transportation—has yet to receive Us first committee consideration. Perhaps the most significant contribution the 78th General Assembly has made so far this session is a bill already signed into law which will allow 19 year olds to drink beer and wine starting Oct. 1. Tax, Mass Transit Vote Scheduled Today in House SPRINGFIELD, 111. (UPI) The House was scheduled to vote today on the final pieces of a complex jigsaw puzzle involving tax relief and mass transit. The specific issues up for final House consideration were: Gov. Daniel Walker's proposed increase in state income tax ' deductions, which would save each citizen some $10 a year, and several bills designed to establish a six - county mass transit district in the Chicago area. The House clearly has decided how the puzzle should fit together. Earlier, the members okayed an alternate "tax-relief" plan sponsored by Speaker W. Robert Blair, R - Park Forest, which would shave a half-cent off the 5-cent sales tax. But Blair's plan then would reinstate the half-cent tax cut in the six-county area and use it to help fund the mass transit district. The mate to that tax plan— Blair's bills establishing a mass transit district — was whipped into nearly final shape Saturday, with passage of an amendment allowing a sales tax of up to 1.75 cents a gallon on gasoline. Rep. Gerald Shea, D-Riverside, who sponsored the amendment, said it will raise some $57 million a year to help fund the authority. Both Walker's tax relief plan and Blair's transit bills are expected to clear the House. But Walker's scheme appears to be in trouble in the Senate, despite his prediction Saturday it has a 50-50 chance. If the governor's plan fails in the upper chamber, Walker will be left with a completed puzzle he doesn't like — tax relief for only those living outside the transit district and a transit district dependent on the tax plan for its funding. The governor opposes both Blair's tax-relief plan and his method of funding the transit authority. But, if he vetoes the tax plan, there would be no tax relief and the mass transit district would be left without funds. And, if he vetoes the transit district, he would be left with the need for more emergency aid to the ailing Chicago Transit Authority. Alleged Bugging Violation May Require Explanation JUL J III Perilous Perch Benjamin Eugene,Spencer, 17, Valparaiso, Ind., sits on the west end of the superstructure of McArthur Bridge spanning the Mississippi River between Gulfport and Burlington. Spencer climbed onto the top of the bridge Sunday about 7:35 p. m. and threatened to jump until police were able to coax him from his perch. No reason was given for his action. Police charged Spencer with disturbing the peace and turned him over to juvenile authorities. (Galesburg Register-Mail photo.) Ozark Limited Flight Ruling Expected Today in St. Louis ST. LOUIS (UPI) — A federalltween Ozark and the me- judge was expected to rule today on a request by Ozark Air Lines to force pilots to fly lim- „ ited service in Missouri and called by the mechanics after Illinois and get Ozark planes in more than a year of negotiate air for the first time since tions failed to produce a new mechanics went on strike April contract." Wages and working conditions are at issue, with talks continuing in Washington between Ozark and the mechanics with federal mediators. [Meredith said he hoped an agreement could be worked out ,and that the request for an injunction against the pilots could be dropped. Ozark had planned to institute the limited service between Chicago and Peoria, Springfield, Decatur and Champaign- Urbana and between St. Louis planes maintained uy »uyvi- and the Joplin-Springl'ield area visory personnel,, but the pilots last Thursday but could not do said they would not cross picket so because of the pilots' refusal lines set up by the Aircraft to fly the DC9 aircraft to be Mechanics Fraternal Associ- used in the service. Ozark then ation. The pilots said that to went to court to seek an order fly the limited service would prohibiting the pilots from re- mean they would lose their fusing to cross mechanics' pick- neutrality in the dispute be- et lines. Lost Rancher Is Shot, Dies CHICAGO (UPI) - John Bruegger, 47, a cattle rancher from Wyoming, died Sunday— 11 days after he was shot for no apparent reason while lost in his camper truck on the city's South Side. Upon the death of Bruegger, who was shot once above the 19. A hearing Friday in the court of U.S. District Judge James H. Meredith lasted longer than Meredith had expected. He originally told both sides he would rule on Ozark's request for an injunction against the Air Line Pilots Association at the end of the hearing, but he deferred a decision and said it would probably come today, Ozark had asked the pilots to fly limited service to cities in Missouri and Illinois with planes maintained by super By TOM LAUE SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The director of the Illinois Bureau of Investigation may be forced to explain why he suspended a Peoria agent "pending further investigation" of an alleged illegal wiretap. The Illinois House Executive Committee Saturday passed, 171; a resolution which would require IBI Director Wayne Kerstetter to "confirm or refute rumors an IBI agent stationed in Peoria has been suspended for allegedly employing a surreptitious wiretap device." If the full House approves the resolution, Kerstetter within 10 days would have to explain what connection, if any, exists between his suspension two weeks ago of agent Russ Ford and the IBI's probe of the alleged wiretap incident. Rep. William Kempiners, R- Joliet, told the committee he offered the resolution "reluctantly and only after repeated Whatever the rOccMion ^ WILL <*SAY IT BEST" ANDERSON 1*8 N. BROAD 34WH21 left eye with a .22 caliber bullet a charge of attempted murder against Count Spence, 16, Chicago, was changed to murder. Spence was identified in a lineup a day after the June 13 shooting by three companions of Bruegger, who were in the camper at the time of the shooting. The men had become lost while trying to find their way back to their hotel. Bruegger, who had undergone two brain operations since the shooting, was in Clucago to purchase trucks. In addition to a 10,000 - acre ranch he worked in Van Tassell, Wyo,, he was a partner in a Van Tassell | truck dealership. READ THE WANT ADS! attempts to get an explanation from Mr. Kerstetter. But he never returned my calls." Several sources speculated the alleged bugging may have .been related to an investigation {toy the IBI's tri - county intelll gence unit info syndicate influ ence over the liquor industry in Peoria. Kerstetter could not be reached Sunday for comment but a source told UPI Saturday that Kerstetter has confirmed the validity of "everything" in a June 21 memo on the subject prepared by staff employes of House Republicans. The memo says Kerstetter gave Ford a 30-day suspension "pending further investigation of the alleged illegal wiretapping and electronic surveillance." Ford, the memo said, is stationed in Peoria as supervisor of the IBI's organized crime division. "During the early months of 1972," the memo Scariano Charges Race Lobby Win CHICAGO (UPI) - Illinois Racing Board Chairman Anthony Scariano accused state Senate leaders Sunday of bowing to the racetrack lobbyists in blocking funds for extra policing of Illinois racetracks. Scariano told a news conference that both Senate President William Harris, R-Pontiac, and Democratic Leader Cecil Partee of Chicago opposed raising $500,000 from the 10 racetracks because they bowed to pressure from the racetrack lobby which opposed the additional rakeoff of funds. Scariano is seeking about $500,000 to increase the budget to about $700,000, allowing the board to increase the number of: Illinois Bureau of Investigation! agents policing the tracks and! 17 racing associations from six to 21. | "I didn't lake this job so we could go back to the good old days in racing," Scariano said. "We want clean, high quality racing in Illinois and if we don't get the tools we're going to bellow about it. "I stress this is a bare bones budget," he said. "We have problems in racing. There are 1,200 people in racing associa-j tions and just doing security,' checks on them is more than! six men can do. j "Then we have problems with medication, betting in the 1 stands and conspiracies to toss races. Racing is a $3 billion industry and we can't police it with just six people." i lie said he is aware of one investigation of "illegal activ­ ities" at racetracks, but refused to say who was doing the investigating or what they were looking into. The present budget for a racetrack police force in Gov. Daniel Walker's budget, paid for out of racetrack revenue, is the same as it was last year under Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie. Scariano said Walker put together his budget hastily and simply carried over the Ogilvie appropriation. The moon's diameter is 2,160 miles, about one-fourth that of earth. said, Ford "was placed on special assignment from the bureau to develop the newly formed tri - county intelligence unit." The memo said Ford drew his pay from the IBI while he set up the intelligence unit whose jurisdiction is Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties. The memo also said the IBI was conducting its own investigation of any illegal wiretapping. Its report is due later this week. Other police agencies looking into the bugging charge include the Illinois state police and the Peoria County sheriff's office. The memo said the "possible connection between the alleged wiretapping and Mr. Ford's suspension is quite clear. If Mr. Ford authorized such illegal activities while on the IBI payroll, the state may have violated the civil rights of some as yet undisclosed individual." Farming Mishap Fatal to Farmer SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Ger- aild Greff, 55, a Hardin farmer, died ait Springfield Memorial Hospital today from complications of injuries suffered when he was trapped and crushed beneath equipment at his farm. Sangamon County Coroner Norman Rictor said Greff became wedged beneath his tractor arid another piece of farm machinery and may have lain eight hours before he was discovered. He was taken to an Alton hospital and then brought to the hospital here for further treatment. Lion of the Year James Smith, left, accepted the Lion of the Year award from Robert Work, Galesburg Lions Club. The award was presented last Wednesday at the Sheraton Motor Inn. It goes annually to a club member who has given the club outstanding service, loyalty and devotion. Members are judged on attendance, activity created to bring in new members and encouragement of participation in Lions Club activities. Work was the recipient of the 1972 Lion of the Year award. Committee-Walker 'Showdown' Delayed Chicago has been a convention city since 1860 when Abraham Lincoln was nominated by the fledgling Republican Party. SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - A House subcommittee today ground through another day of testimony by Lawrence E. Johnson on his firing by Gov. Daniel Walker as chairman of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. The renewed questioning of Johnson delayed still further a showdown on the panel's demand that Andrew Leahy, an aide to Walker, appear and testify about the firing. Democratic members of the subcommittee again quizzed Johnson about charges the Illinois Bureau of Investigation refused to cooperate in his investigation of alleged illegal campaign contributions to Walker by Chicago financier Anthony Angelos. Johnson said he did not directly ask the IBI for any help SAVE LIKE A MILLIONAIRE ON AS LITTLE AS $100! ACTUAL RETURN ON 2 YR. MATURITY C3 /.0/ CERTIFICATE J /4 /O OF DEPOSIT Automatically renewable. Interest compounded quarterly. 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