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.Ggleaburg .BgflJsier -Mqil^GQJesburg, III. Tuesday, J una 26/ 1973 ,3 Voters Will Decide on Change in Election of Judges By TOM LA'lIHJ SPRINGFIELD (UPI) ~ Should judges be required to face re-election—just like lawmakers and stale officers — or is the present judicial retention system under which they run unopposed satisfactory? Voters will decide at the 1974 general election. The Illinois House voted Monday 109-52 in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that puts the issue on the ballot. The Senate already has approved the measure. Affected by the proposed amendment are Supreme, Appellate and Circuit Court judges who currently are elected to the bench the first time around but who thereafter run only against their records. This means their names simply appear—without opposition — for voter approval. Backers of the proposed amendment, sponsored In the House by Rep. George Ryan, R-Kankakce, said the retention system takes judges too far away from public accountability. Ryan, for example, said people in Kankakee, were irked when teachers who ignored a court order were jailed. "If those of us in the legislature have to be responsive to the people, why shouldn't judges be, too?" he asked. Foes of Ryan's proposal said it is just this sort of political pressure to which judges should foe immune. "Retention, I agree, is a bad system," said Rep. Leland Rayson, D-Tinley Park. "But to have election and re-election is worse. Some of the best judges around are in Cook County. But there arc also some not so good. You'll get nothing but a machine slate with this." Other opponents said the election of judges in Cook County is folly because the average voter knows nothing about the candidates. The result, they said, would be a rubber-stamping by the voters of judges hand-picked by political organizations. Downstaters, on the other hand, have long argued they know enough about their judges to choose which ones should sit on the bench. Rep. Brian Duff, R-Wilmette, has proposed a constitutional amendment that would have judges picked by the governor from a list submitted by a judicial nominating commission. Ryan said this so - called "merit" selection plan is worse than electing judges. "The bar associations that draw up the list of candidates would be tied to the governor. That's really a closed situation politically. Only big business and monied interests would benefit." Ryan said fears that corruption would increase within the Cook County judicial system arc exaggerated. "When (Chicago Mayor Richard J.) Daley dies," he said, "that whole political machine Is going to collapse and that will no longer be a concern." Senate Okays Controls On Long Rock Concerts SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois Senate Monday approved a bill designed to restrict rock concerts and other overnight mass gatherings. The bill provides that gatherings scheduled to last overnight and which are expected to attract more than 1,000 spectators must obtain a special permit and post a bond to help cover police protection and cleanup costs. The measure went to the governor's desk on a 49-0 vote. Walker 'Cleans Up' Measure SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Daniel Walker Monday used his amendatory veto power to "clean up" language of a bill establishing an Illinois Aeronautics Board. The changes, Walker said, will clearly define the regulation-writing responsibilities of new board, which was created in response to a Chicago and Southern airliner crash near Peoria in 1971. The House and Senate must approve his changes before the bill can become law. Airport Agency to Get Funds SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate passed and sent to the governor a $709,150 appropriation for the St. Louis Metropolitan area Airport Authority for fiscal 1974. ,The authority is designed to oversee a proposed airport on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River that will serve the St. Louis area. The proposal is still awaiting federal approval as to whether the site will be located in Missouri or Illinois. Governor Gets Aid Measure SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate Monday approved and sent to Gov. Daniel Walker a bill designed to allow schools in dual districts to receive as much state aid as those in unit districts. Opponents said the bill would rob unit districts — those that place both grade and high schools under a single board — of $60 million and said there are too many other inequalities in the school aid formula to justify spending that much money. New Broker Law Is Adopted SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would create a new licensing law for real estate brokers passed the Illinois Senate Monday and was returned to the House for approval of amendments. ..., The bill would place public members on the license examining board and establish an indemnity fund to allow aggrieved persons to recover up to $10,000 in damages for broker violations. The bill also will provide that brokers could lose their licenses for engaging in panic peddling of real estate. Pollution Bond Aid Awarded SPRINGFIELD — The Lake County Department of Public Works, the city of Mount Vernon and tb-> Metropolitan Sanitary District of greater Chicago have received $2,179,740 in new antipollution bond funds, the state Environmental Protection Agency, said Monday. Lake County got $117,600; Mount Vernon received $6,215; and the Metropolitan Sanitary District was awarded $2,055,925. The money will be used to help ^build water- treatment plants. GOP BUI Would Limit Payroll Funds To Assure Continued Patronage Jobs By ROBERT KIECKHEFER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) — House Republicans, concerned with a planned (reduction in patronage jobs in ithe Department of Transportation, today introduced an amendment to the department's budget which would provide only enough money to meet the payroll for about four months. Adoption of the amendment, according to House Democratic Leader Clyde Ohoate of Anna, "would be attaching a lasso, if you please," to the DOT'g purse strings. He said the proposed change was an attempt to "hold hostage" the department's budget to guarantee the continuance of jobs. Speaker W. Robert Blair, R- Park Forest, said he pledged thait when iJhe General Assembly returns in the i£all,.it will approve the full amount needed by the DOT, provided that jobs now being abolished are not later filled with Democrats. "The question is whether the governor is going to act responsibly in his program of getting rid of people," Blair told the meeting of the House Appropriations Committee. The Republicans' principal concern was with road crew supervisor jobs—which DOT Secretary Langhorne M. Bond said are unnecessary and are being abolished. Rep. Thaddeus Lechowicz of Chicago, Democratic spokesman on the Appropriations Committee, said Democrats would oppose such an effort because it would be "bad precedent." Republicans would not confirm that they were considering a quarterly budget but committee Chairman James Washburn, R- Morris, said he feels such a system would be legal, though unprecedented. Monday George Woodcock, head of the Illinois Republican County Chairmen's Association, repeated Blair's charges and added some of his own. Jobs for Pals? The DOT firings, plus others taking place around the state, indicate Governor Walker and the deputy governor, Victor De Grazia, are trying to "dismantle the civil service system in Illinois and fill those positions with Walker loyalists," Woodcock said. Woodcock said Blair had addressed a sipecial meeting of his association earlier in the day and promised to do "everything on his part" to see that firings are held within state law and regulations. However, Woodcock said he knew nothing of plans to amend the DOT budget bill. Walker's office, in an anonymous press release responding to the Republican charges, said "There is no pleasure In firing people. But Governor Walker is determined to cut ifjhe payroll." The press release said the discharge of 104 road crew supervisors will save the state some $1,5 million a year and that "the jobs are being abolished because they are not needed." Not Being Filled Both Walker's announcement and sources in ithe DOT said Ihe jobs are not being given to others. However, Walker did not respond to Woodcock's charge that the firings are placing an unusually heavy workload on remaining em­ ployes. No-Fault Insurance Bills Advance to Passage Stage SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois House,has moved two no-fault auto insurance bills to the passage stage but it beat back an amendment that would have limited the right to sue for "pain and suffering" under one of them. Monday's action left neither bill in a form preferred by insurance companies, since both now permit wide rights to sue for pain and suffering despite no-fault provisions. An amendment offered by Robert L. Dunne, R-Chicago, was the key provision. His amendment would have required that a person sustain $1,000 in medical bills before he could file suit to recover pain and suffering damages. It finally failed, 85-77. The bill as it now stands sets no such threshold. But Dunne did manage to attach another , amendment requiring a 10 per cent reduction in bodily injury premiums the first 12 months of the plan. This means the bill, already passed by the Senate where William C. Harris of Pontiac is the sponsor, would have to go back there for approval of the amendment if Dunne gets it out of the House. This could throw the subject into a joint House- Senate conference committee. The other Senate-passed bill pending in the House was sponsored in the Senate by Harris Fawell, R-Naperville, and in the House by Rep. Samuel Maragos, D-Chicago. If the House approves this bill in its present form, it goes to the governor's desk. A third no-fault measure, a House bill, is also at the passage stage in the lower chamber but it stands little chance of winning approval from both chambers in the few days remaining in the session. All three bills carry the basic no-fault provision — that each driver's insurance company would pay his medical bills arising from an accident, regardless of who caused the wreck. The bills do not cover property damage. Fonner Competency Case Begun JACKSONVILLE, 111. (UPI)Jury selection began Monday in the competency hearing for Barron Dean Fonner, accused of killing Illinois Bureau of Investigation agent Pete Lackey. The 12 jurors and two alternates, who will determine whether Fonner is mentally fit to stand trial for the slaying, were to be selected under tight security. Fonner, 26, Jerseyville, was brought to Jacksonville for the hearing before Judge Harvey Beam in Morgan County Circuit Court. He had been confined to the Illinois Security Hospital at Chester. Lackey was slain on a highway about six miles east of here last Nov. 27. Fonner was arrested and charged soon after the slaying. While being held in Sangamon County Jail, Fonner refused to eat, talk or bathe. He was later transferred to the security hospital, House Votes Approval For Leaf Burning SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois House has given final approval to a second bill which would end the statewide ban on the burning of leaves and other "landscape waste." On a vote of 98-19 Monday, the House agreed with Senate amendments and sent the bill to Gov. Daniel Walker. The bill prohibits the state Pollution Control Board from making any regulation designed to ban leaf-burning. It will end a two-year prohibition which currently forbids such incineration in towns of over 2,500. However, the change in the board's power will leave the matter up to local governments, many of which already forbid leaf-burning by ordinance. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Pete Pappas, R-Rock Island, was introduced Jan. 17. Another measure with the same intent was sent to the governor June 12, when the House concurred in Senate •amendment. That bill was sponsored by Rep. Webber Borchers, R-Decatur. Angelos Probe 'LeverTo Keep Job\ msAsA vw sun SPRINGFIELD (UPI) -Lawrence Johnson, facing <the prospect of losing his job as chairman of the state Liquor Control Commission, decided to use his investigation of Anthony Angelos as a publicity "lever" to force Gov. Daniel Walker to keep him on, according to a friend and co-worker. Personal Friend Michael Berz, a personal friend of Johnson and the man who took over the commission after his ouster, testified Monday before a House subcommittee probing the firing. The committee is looking into John­ son's charges he was fired because he was investigating allegedly illegal contributions by Angelos to Walker's campaign. Berz said the first time he beard such charges was shortly after Johnson learned he was about tq be ousted. He said he spoke with Johnson by telephone on June 1—the day after Johnson got the first word of his firing. At that time, Berz said, Johnson told him he had made public the commission's plans to hold hearings on the Angelos case. When he asked Johnson why he had done so, despite an earlier commission decision to the contrary, Berz said, Johnson "said he hoped this would give him a little more time to talk things over with the governor's office and that it at least would be a lever he could 'use because the press would pick this up and connect the firing with the Angelos investigation." Two days later, Berz said, Johnson told him, "I think I can fight (the firing) because of the Angelos case." But, when he asked Johnson how he could substantiate such a charge, Berz said, Johnson replied, "I don't know. I don't have any evidence. I can't point to anything but I just feel that the reasons I've been given aren't sufficient to warrant my dismissal and it must be related to the Angelos investigation." Walker's office has said Johnson was fired because he refused to accept budget cuts and that the ouster had no connection with the Angelos affair. Subcommittee Chairman Philip Collins, R-Calumet City, said he plans to question Berz further at the panel's next meeting, tentatively set for July 10 in Chicago. Attorney: Parochiaid Can't Meet Test CHICAGO (UPI)-The state's chief legal advisor for education says he is "not optimistic" that Illinois' proposed parochi­ aid plan can withstand a court test. Allen Schwartz, chief counsel to state School Supt. Michael J. Bakalis, said his opinion was reaffirmed Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court struck National Guardsmen We Wish To Thank C. K, MILLER, Battery Commander, Illinois Army National Guard, Battery C, 2nd Field Artillery Battalion, 123rd Artillery and his National Guardsmen for Their Donations of Blood On June 24, 1973. Galesburg Regional Red Cross Blood Center We Are An Agency of the United Way. Carl Sandburg College Summer Session 1973 Just 3 days remain to enroll in Summer Session Classes Register Wednesday, Thursday or Friday by mail, telephone or in person at the campus. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sandburg is offering more than 70 courses Ihis summer. Classes are available in the morning, early afternoon and evening. Summer Session registration closes at 4 p.m. on Fridoy# June 29 To enroll or to obtain further information, Phone 343-6101 down parochiaid plans in New York and Pennsylvania. "I would not be optimistic, based on the court's prior decisions and what I've seen of this decision, that our bill would survive," he said. But University of Chicago law professor Philip Kurland, a constitutional expert, said there is still a chance part of the Illinois plan may survive because it calls for services instead of money to nonpublic schools. The Illinois plan passed the legislature last year and was signed by Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie. It has not been put into effect, however, pending a ruling on its constitutionality by the Illinois Supreme Court, which is expected to make a decision by fall. See 4 Attorney (Continued' on Page 11) Above the Norm The Mississippi River and its tributary streams were falling throughout the Rock Island District Monday but flows were still above normal, according to the district's U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A total of 472,500 tons of cargo passed through Lock 15 at Rock Island last week. CARD OF THANKS We would like to Thank our kind relatives, friends & neighbors who helped us make our 40th Wedding Anniversary open house such a happy occasion. Also for the many beautiful cards, flowers & gifts. We are truly grateful. Sincerely, Rose & Maurice Carlson were involved People believe in us because we believe in getting involved,,, in feeling what you feel, knowing what you want, doing what you need, HlnchfifF- -bearsun- „ wesf-inc FUNERAL DIRECTORS 10/0 WEST FREMONT STREET tHONE 3432101 CALESaUfW

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