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Golesburg Registef-MQil; Golesburg, 111. Wednesday, June 27,J973 *i Fire in Kitchen Damages Woodhull Plaza Today WOODHULL—An carly-mornlng fire caused an estimated $10,000 damage lo the Woodhull Plata, a restautant- truckstop on 111. 17 just off 1-74. Volunteer firemen from Woodhull and Alpha responded to the alarm shortly after midnight and remained at the scene until approximately 2 a.m. THE FIRE, concentrated in the northwest section of the building, apparently originated in a kitchen ventilation systcrn leading from a fryer. Waitresses said the equipment was turned off earlier In the evening after smoke occurred and employes feared the equipment had malfunctioned. Dick Geiger, plaza manager, estimated the damages at a "cautious" $10,000, Most of the damage was in the kitchen, an upstairs office and truckers' sleeping rooms, also located on the second floor. ONE FIREFIGHTER was temporarily overcome by smoke, but returned to duty after receiving oxygen. All employes, truckers and other customers were evacuated safely from the building. The truck stop was still open for business today. Gas was being pumped as usual, but the restaurant will serve only coffee and sandwiches until kitchen repairs are completed — probably early next week. Bitter Floor Fight Expected in House As GOP Tries To Force Road Issue Voyage- (Cpntinued From Page 2) ed out of the northwest and pursued the men downriver where they stopped at an island about three miles north of the village to wait for the storm to pass. "I doubt that it looks very much the same," Kenneth Lewis remarked as he sat in the bow D £ the lead canoe waiting for the water to lower in Lock 18. "Especially the water,' he added gazing at the muddy brown river. Patrol boats escorting the voyagers also waited for the gates on the south side of the lock to open. Beards, Hair The men, sporting sun-bleached beards and hair, are deeply tanned and strong from their tussle with the elements. They went to a great deal of trouble to copy the attire and equipment of the original explorers. Someone on a nearby boat remarked that they looked very authentic. "We appreciate that, we really do," Jolliet (Reid Lewis) brightened. "Especially, you know, when you try so hard." The gates opened and the men pushed their crafts away from the concrete wall and glided out into open water. "Don't mention the.Hershey i bar, woujd you not?" Jolliet remarked good naturedly to a reporter as his canoe passed by. Songsters The men broke into song as their canoes reached the open river. There remains more than three months of the adventure — of singing, joking, preaching' and lecturing along the Big Muddy. They're meeting people and recreating history as they travel. They arrived in Burlington at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday where they took part in that city's "Steamboat Days" celebration 1 . There will be hundreds of other stops along the way before the voyage ends Sept. 19 at Green Bay, Wis. Whether they admit it or not, the voyagers will probably tire of the same questions and gawking stares. There will be days of broiling sun and storms and rough water. "South of St. Louis, I think they're not going to like it much," a weathered river veteran remarked as he listened to the singing voyagers and watched them paddle off toward the south. "Snakes down there, and bad water," he explained. But the members of this crew are hardy and determined. They'd have to be. The role calls for it. Marine POW Is Confident In 'System 9 WASHINGTON (UPI) - The highest-ranking Marine captured by the North Vietnamese says he has nothing to hide from a court-martial which may try him on charges of aiding the enemy and committing mutiny. The charges, both of which could be punished by death, were filed by Rear Adm. James B. Stockdale against Marine Lt. Col. Edison W. Miller and Navy Capt. Walter E. Wilber, both veteran fighter pilots who held antiwar views in prison. 'Nothing to Hide' Miller, 41, the highest-ranking Marine POW, said in a statement left at Camp Pend leton, Calif., Marine Base: "I realize this is a serious matter and it will be a difficult time for my family and friends. I have nothing to hide and have a [great deal of confidence in my country and its system of justice, both civilian and military." Wilber, 43, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., had no immediate comment. In April the 25-year career officer acknowledged that during his four and one- half years of captivity he made anti-war statements for the North Vietnamese without undergoing torture. Stockdale, who was deputy commander of all U.S. POWs [held by the North Vietnamese, said he acted "as senior prisoner of war in the naval [service" in charging Miller and Wilber. Seven Charges Each The Navy said Tuesday Stockdale charged each man with seven violations of the Code of Military Justice. In addition to mutiny and aiding the enemy, the list of alleged [violations included conspiracy, soliciting other POWs to violate the code, failure to obey an order, and causing or attempting to cause insubordination and disloyalty. Crime(Continued From Page 2) By ROBERT KIECKHEFER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) House Republicans, with only four days left in the scheduled spring session, have decided to try lo ram the supplemental freeway system down Gov. Daniel Walker's throat. The decision all but guaranteed a bitter floor fight over the governor's right to formulate his own road program. Walker had tried to prevent that battle through personal meetings with Speaker W. Robert Blair, R- Park Forest. Blair and other Republicans, at a Tuesday meeting of the House Appropriations Commit tee, amended the Department of Transportation's 1974 budget bill to mandate action on 36 separate freeway projects, including much of the original 1,950-mile system. The speaker said the plan would cost $265 million during fiscal 1974, compared with Walker's proposed $46.4 million for full-scale free- jway projects. "This' is a reluctant step on our part," Blair told the committee, "because as I stated earlier, this is one area in which we believe we have a right to——~ — ' ' zr -—rj- J?^CbrSr h,p Galesbiu*g - Monmouth Link Put m Budget "But it has grown increasing- Rep. Clarence E^'Ncff, R- ly clear that Governor Walker, Stronghurst, said Tuesday despite his personal assurances that amendments added to a to the contrary, intends to aban- Department of Transportation don the supplemental freeway tDOT) appropriation bill program." Tuesday include supplemental 'Little Bit' for All freeway programs in Western House Democratic Leader Illinois. Clyde Choale of Anna, sponsor Ncff said that an amend- of the DOT bill, noted the mont he sponsored would in- amendmcnt contained freeway <--ludc a Galesburg to Mon- work for virtually every area of moulh roule in thc over-all the state outside Cook County, supplemental freeway pro- Although he opposed the amend- gram. It was adopted in comment, he said doing so was mlttee ma y become part "kind of like opposing mother- <>Hto> ^.^ppropriaUorf bill, hood ... there's a little bit in Tho Galesburg - Monmouth there for everybody." section is part of a proposed fiupplernental freeway between Galesburg and Burlington to be built parallel to existing U.S. 34. Neff said that an amendment backed by Rep. Pete Pappas, R-Rock Island, calling for continuation of the supplemental freeway project between Rock Island and Alton, was also adopted in committee. Both freeway projects were omitted from the programs introduced earlier this year by Gov. Daniel Walker and House. The measure still needs Senate approval. In other action on the state's $7 billion budget: Senate President William Harris, R-Pontiac. Neff said the amendments — The House Appropriations call for immediate financing Committee was forced to post- of specific designs and thfe pone action on funding mcas- purchase of right-of-way for urcs for most colleges and uni- construction. He said that versifies when it was discover- there should be enough funds et | the wrong versions of the in the transportation depart- various bills had been sent mcnt budget to advance the f rom the Senate. Another hoar- projects that far, but not to j ng was scheduled for today, „„™«,i„i^v, despite thc fact several college presidents had come to Springfield for Tuesday's meeting. completion Neff added that some of the amendments tacked onto the department's appropriation may face opposition on the House floor this week. - -- v - - u The Senate earlier this session passed a series of bills designed to force Walker to proceed with the freeway system, despite his protests that the state cannot afford more spending in that area than he had outlined. However, Walker and Blair had met after the bills cleared the Senate and, according to Blair, had agreed that if Walker restated his commitment to the full system, Blair would not push for House passage of the bills. Walker later made such a statement but did not enlarge on his immediate building plans. The committee also amended the bill to provide the DOT with only enough payroll money to last four months—a change aimed at preventing Walker from putting Democrats into Republican-held jobs he now is abolishing. Republicans on the committee said forcing the department to return for a supplemental appropriation later this year would guarantee the administration will "act responsibly" in making staff reductions. Could 'Wreck' Program Walker, in a news release issued while the committee was still meeting, said the four- month budgeting amendment "could wreck the state road program. It would play havoc with every road contract that has to be let during fiscal 1974." He called the amendment "a transparent proposal put forth for the sole purpose of threatening the administration to keep loafers on the payroll." After more than seven hours of debate, the committee approved the amended bill unani mously and sent it to the full —The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $12.4 million measure to refund savings lost by depositors at the City Savings and Loan Association. The amount is equal to what the depositors would have received had the institution been covered by federal insurance at the time it closed. —Thc Senate panel approved a $"0,000 spending bill to construct a nondenominational chape} in the state capitol. That measure already had cleared the House. Democrats Add on Utility Tax Clause to Transit Bill SPRINGFIELD (UPI)- Democrats in the Illinois House have suddenly taken the upper hand in the continued mianeuverinig over what shape a regional transit bill for the Chicago area should take. They succeeded Tuesday in amending the principal mass transit measure in the House to allow the Regional Transit Authority to levy a utilities tax of up to 5 per cent. This amendment was offered by Rep. Harold Washington, D- Chicago, who said it would give the RTA another source of revenue if the more than $200 million already provided in the bill falls short. Charge Sabotage Republicans immediately charged Democrats, particularly those from Chicago, with setting out to sabotage the RTA. They said the extra $145 million the utilities tax could bring in would be too much money. But Washington called this a lame excuse. He said House Speaker W. Robert Blair, R- Park Forest and sponsor of the RTA measure, is clutching at i straws because his bill is sud-' denly unsatisfactory. I "If I were the governor," Washington said, "I'd substitute the utility ibax for the sales tax. It's not nearly as regressive as the sales tax." Blair estimates the sales tax would reap about $100 million for the RTA. Gov. Daniel Walker has said he favors utility taxes over the sales tax for the RTA but he declined Tuesday night to say if he would take Washington's suggestion. "This is not the time' to make that decision," Walker said. "The only thing I have on my desk so far is the half-cent sales tax reduction." Better Position It was not clear what Democrats were bargaining for but the governor's position seemed suddenly much better. The GOP last weekend dealt Walker a setback over the half- cent sales tax issue. Blair wanted it but Walker didn't since the cut would he reimposed in Cook, Lake, Kane, Will, Du Page and McHenry counties to help fund the RTA. Walker called this kind of tax relief a sham. While trying personally to block passage of the sales tax cut, Walker said he would prefer to see the RTA funded with, among other things, a utilities tax. Now the Blair bill contains] this proviso, something he doesn't want. The speaker originally planned to put his RTA bill to a final House vote Tuesday but after the amendment was added, he adjourned the chamber. While Blair scurried to his office, other GOP leaders were trying to figure out what the Democrats want. Some of them predicted the RTA is dead and others vowed never again to vote for a Chicago Transit Authority subsidy. Understanding The last CTA subsidy was passed with the understanding Republicans would support it if the D e m o c r a t s would work earnestly to create a self-sufficient RTA. Weapon Use Crackdown SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois Senate Tuesday passed and sent to the governor a bill that would deny probation to persons convicted of crimes involving the use of weapons. Sen. James Bell, R-Joliet, Senate sponsor of the bill, said it was "intended to get the offender who uses weapons off the street. The people of Illinois want this type of legislation." Under the bill, which passed 32-12 a judge could not grant probation to a person who uses such weapons as firearms, clubs, knives, slingshots, bottles or "any noxious substance" in the commission of a crime. Students on College Boards? SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to include students as nonvoting members of college, junior college and university governing boards. Sen. Jack Knuepfer, R-EImhurst, Senate sponsor of the bill, said some 35 other states allow students to sit on governing boards. He said he believes "students will act responsibly and will provide some feedback as to the students' wishes and desires." Under the bill, each college and university would be allowed one nonvoting student member as a representative on its governing board. The House-passed bill won 47-1 Senate approval but was returned to the House with a Senate amendment. But Not for 18-Year-Olds SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would have allowed 18 year olds to serve on school boards failed in the Illinois Senate Tuesday, falling one vote short of passage. Sen. John Knuppel, D-Petersburg, noting that 18 year olds can be mayors said, "If the people want to elect an 18 years old, they ought to be able to do it." Sen. Jack Walker, R-Lansing, said "I just don't think they've had enough life underneath their belts to be able to be good school board members." Judge Salary Raise Bill Is Stalled SPRINGFIELD (UPI) — A if they're not. Opposition to the Senate bill that would hike the pay of Again, Cook and DuPage pas sed bill stemmed mainly [downstate judges to the same counties pick ^ "P^the add-on, from <a S pi easure , w jth what some committee members the approval of the full commis sion. Noting that the area has lost Chief Judge Daniel Roberts as a member of the ILEC, Roller said that the commission mem benship has been narrowed to 19, with 17 new members appointed. Continue Case Commission members ap- A hearing for Mrs. Billie proved grant applications from Haight, who was fired last year Bridgehouse, Inc. in Galesburg from her job as a School District and Jamieson Center, Moh- 205 teacher, was continued today mouth in Knox County Circuit Court. level of those in Cook and DuPage counties has been stalled in the House Executive Committee. The panel voted Tuesday to I send the proposal to the interim study calendar. This means I no action can be taken on the Senate^passed bill before next year. The bill calls for raising the salaries of downstate circuit ''. court judges from $30,000 to , $37,500 a year. This is how I much circuit court judges in Cook and DuPage counties get now. But $7,500 of this $37,500 is I paid by Cook and DuPage counties. Under the bill, sponsored in the Senate by Howard Carroll, D-Chicago, the state in| stead of the counties would pay this amount, the so-called "add- given in these two counties llbecause of heavier workloads. Increases Wages Carroll's bill would also increase wages for downstate as- I sociate circuit court judges (magistrates) to the levels paid in Cook and DuPage counties. Associate judges in these two counties now get $28,000 a year if they're lawyers and $24,500 this time for $4,500. Downstate' associate judges now make $23,500 if lawyers and $20,000 if mot. Rep. James "Pate" Philip, R-Elmhurst, sponsored Carroll's bill in the House. He told the committee the bill was "requested by judges" and that "absolutely no constituents" were asking for the hikes. Carroll said he offered the bill because downstate judges have a suit pending in federal court that would force the state to pay judges the same salaries whether they sit in one-county circuits (Cook and DuPage) or downstate. Carroll estimated his bill would cost $2 million. The committee also endorsed a bill to put the Department of Aeronautics into the Department of Transportation where it would become the aeronautical division. The vote was 10-7. thought was the DOT's poor attitude and its already cumbersome size. "It seems to me the DOT tries to gobble up more and more," said Rep. Jack Hill, D-Aurora. "It's very difficult to get any plausible explanation of what they're doing or trying to do." Hill said the DOT is "an empire of its own. I certainly wouldn't want to bury the Department of Aeronautics there." Hill said it's ironic to try to put any more agencies under DOT control "when other departments, such as the waterways division, are trying to get out." Rep. Pat North, R-Rockford, said he doesn't "get very far with the DOT, under any administration. They can't handle what they've got." The committee also passed a bill, already approved by the Senate, setting up a commission to study handguns and okayed a resolution asking local governments to issue no | more building permits for gas stations until the fuel crisis subsides. Accused Killer 'Not Fit' for Trial JACKSONVILLE, 111. (UPI)Barron Dean Fonner, accused slayer of an Illinois Bureau of Investigation agent, was described by a psychiatrist as unfit to stand trial in testimony here Tuesday. Dr. James N. McClure, an associate professor of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., testified at the competency hearing to decide whether Fonner is mentally fit to stand trial. t Frent and Rear Handbrokt* • Lightweight Styling • Diamond 0»ll8i from* *102 9S DAVE'S SCHWINN CENTER Htndenon at North Sti. Lee Rodgers, Warren County Board chairman, said the Monmouth center is filling a void and recommended that its $13,000 grant application be approved. Asked if the county would take over the funding of the center when state funds are withdrawn, Rodgers said, "I doubt it." Frost told the commission he had reservations about the grant. "I question if we should fund it but it would fall on its face if funding were withdrawn," he said. Bridgehouse Work Charles Mutum and Charles Farrar explained the Bridgehouse operation, including the treatment network for alcoholics and information centers for alcohol and drug abuse. Mutum said plans call for information centers to be opened at Monmouth, Macomb and Canton. Members approved the grant application for a $162,280 budget of which $69,999 would come from the ILEC. No date for another hearing was set. Recover Body WOODSTOCK, 111. (UPI) i The body of a Marengo man was recovered from a pond near here Tuesday by McHenry County sheriff's deputies and a team of divers. The victim was identified as George M. La komy, 22, who had been swim ming with two friends. 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