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Galesburg Register-Mail, Gaiesburg, Friday, June 29,19733 Earlier Age for Marriage Defeated by Legislators SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - A bill to allow all persons to marry without parental consent at age 20 failed Thursday in the Illinois Senate. Under the bill, sponsored by Rep. Jacob J. Wolf, It- Chicago, the legal age males could marry would have been lowered from 21 to 20 while for females it would have been raised from age 18. Both males and females would have been allowed to marry with parental consent at age 17. Now, females may marry with their parents' consent at age 16 and males at age 18. The bill failed 22-8 with 30 votes needed for passage. Land Trust Disclosure Voted SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate Thursday approved a "secret land trust" disclosure bill aimed at preventing public officials from cashing in on government land transactions. It was the second land trust bill to win Senate approval this week. Under the bill, trustees in charge of land trusts would be required to reveal the names of all persons holding interest in the trust when the property is about to be sold to a government unit. Government bodies, in turn, would be responsible to assure that its officials are not indirectly connected with the land trusts. Eariler the Senate approved a bill making government units about to buy land totally responsible for making sure its officials are not part owners of the land. 'Clear Window' Bill Approved SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate Thursday passed and sent to Gov. Daniel Walker a bill that would require motorists to keep their windshields and rear view mirrors clear of snow and ice. The bill, requested by the state police, passed 42-3 after being laughed down on an eariler try. Senators then suggested that motorists would be massacred trying to get out of their cars in freeway traffic to clean the windows. Sen. Clifford Latherow, R-Carthage, said Thursday the state police would not be happy with the bill, saying it was meant to apply to rear windows, not rear view mirrors. Sen. Karl Berning, R-Deerfield, said, "Snow or ice would have a hard time getting on the rear view mirror if there is a roof on the car." Claim'Interest' Is Defeated SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would have required insurance companies to pay 6 per cent interest on certain claims that are not paid within 30 days failed in the Illinois Senate Thursday. The bill, previously passed by the House, gained only 23 of the 30 votes needed for passage. It would have required that companies pay interest on certain health and accident benefits if time payments were not begun within 30 days of written proof of loss. Sen. Tom Merritt, R-Hoopeston, said the bill would have created a "completely unfair situation when claims are tied up in the courts for months or years." By TOM LAUE SPRINGFIELD (UPI)— Gov. Daniel Walker may have to settle for Republican tax relief df no tax relief at all, at least for the coming fiscal year. The Senate Thursday, by both action and inaction, virtually ended the governor's chances for enacting his own brand of income tax relief and threw a serious barrier in front of a real estate tax freeze. But none of many factions showed enough power to move ahead on the related issue of a regional transit district for the Chicago area and that question was left in the balance. Scuttles Walker Tax Cut Plan; May Extend Beyond Deadline Along the way, the confusion in the House and Senate on , those issues virtually guaranteed that the spring session will be continued past its scheduled Saturday adjournment date — if only for a few hours Sunday morning. Two Competing Plans The tax relief question—once complex —has boiled down to two competing plans. Walker's calls for a $400 hike in the standard state income tax deduction Which would net each Illinois citizen an annual tax saving of $10. It has cleared the House and is pending in the Senate. The Republican pro­ gram, involving a half - cent reduction in the 5 - cent sales tax, already is on Wakler's desk. But the Senate adjourned quickly and unexpectedly Thursday, just as Democratic Loader Cecil A. Partec, D-Chicago, was about to formally call Walker's plan for a first reading. That adjournment means the bill could not be read a first time until today and, since the Constitution requires three readings on three separate days, means the bill could not be passed until Sunday, July 1. The Constitution provides that any bill passed after June 30 will not become effective until the following July 1, unless it receives a three-fifths vote in each house. Since Walker forces cannot hope to muster a three-fifths vote in the Senate, that means Walker's tax - relief plan, even if it passes, will not take effect until July 1, 1974. Effective In 1974 Blailr's sales tax reduction would be effective Jan. 1, 1974, if Walker signs iit into law. However, Blair's plan is to immediately reimpose the half- cent sales tax in the six counties of the Chicago metropolitan area, using the proceeds to fund a regional transit authority (RTA) for the area. Several bills to create such an authority remained at the passage stage in the House and that chamber, too, adjourned eairly Thursday for more top- level meetings and telephone calls involving legislative leaders, the governor and Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley. The proposal to freeze real estate taxes, sponsored by Rep. C. L. McCormick, R-Vienna, and passed earlier by the House, Was amended in the Senate Thursday to provide that the state must make up any difference between revenue col­ lected under the freeze and! how much would have otherwise been taken In by local governments. That amendment, if it stays on the bill In later action, would seriously imperil its chances of psasage. Double Importance The tax-relief issue is doubly important to Walker, since he has from the first focused his legislative efforts on it. Should his plan, fail in the Senate, he would face a choice of signing a Republican plan he opposed or vetoing it and denying Illinois residents any tax reduction ait all. House Members Face Decision on Appropriation Bills SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois House, facing an absolute deadline for action on elements of the state's $7 billion budget, today still had under consideration bills representing more than $5 billion in spending. , : Among the items yet to be considered by the lower cham­ ber was the Department of Transportation's request for $1.55 billion — the largest single item in Gov. Daniel Walker's proposed fiscal 1974 budget. The transportation bill was heavily amended in the House Appropriations Committee, as Republicans used their majority to tack on a $265 million sup­ plemental freeway program Walker doesn't want, and a provision limiting the payroll items in the bill to only four months. Each of those amendments faced floor debate. The DOT bill was to have been considered Thursday and sent to the Senate so that final passage could be had before the scheduled Saturday windup of the spring session. However, the unexpected early adjournment of the Senate Thursday thwarted that plan and the bill now cannot gain final passage until Sunday because of constitutional requirements. Senate budget bills still pending before the committee in­ clude the departments of general services, children and family services, public aid, mental health and personnel, plus the funding bills for schools from the elementary level through college. The school, transportation and welfare appropriations alone make up nearly $5 billion. Second Death Sentence Measure Advances Toward Governor's Desk Nixon May Veto Farm Bill If No Food Stamp Change Also taking office at me "'' ^ "? u ,f earlle r WASHINGTON (UPI) - Ad ministration officials predict flatly that President Nixon will veto a pending omnibus farm bill if it passes with no change in Senate-approved provisions to liberalize the food stamp program. A House version of the measure, however, is considered more acceptable by administration officials although they object to some of its provisions, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture James H. Lake said Thursday. Lake said administration experts estimate the Senate bill would add about $1 billion annually to the cost of the stamp program which currently gives afoout $2.2 billion a year to some 12.5 million needy Americans. About $580 million of the increase, Lake said, would come from an amendment by Sens Clifford P. Case, R-N.J., and Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., requiring the Agriculture Department to speed up the rate at which it raises food stamp allotments to keep pace with inflation. Under current regulations, the department revises the value of family stamp allotments once a year. Under the Case-Kennedy amendment, stamp allotments would have to be updated twice a year. In addition, the Senate version of the farm bill would add about $130 million a year to food stamp costs by repealing a 1971 law under which a number of elderly and handicapped Social Security beneficiaries would be automatically written out of the food stamp program next Jan. 1 because their Social Security benefits have been increased. ROTARY PRESIDENT Verne Dowers Thursday was installed president of Galesburg Rotary Club to succeed H. B. Dutell. He is president of White's Insulation & Roof ing. ceremonies conducted at the club's luncheon at Holiday Inn by former Rotary district governor C. E. Van Norman were Marvin EJickinger, vice president; James Lillie, secretary; Donald Robinson, treasurer, and Donald Anderson, A. H. Benthine and David McDonald, directors. Brewers Slay Out on Strike At St. Louis ST. LOUIS (UPI) - A strike by 1,200 lab technicians and beer bottlers at the world's largest brewery, Anheuser- Busch, Inc., continued today, with more negotiations scheduled for Tuesday A spokesman for Beer Bottlers Local 187 said union and company representatives held talks for Vk hours Thursday. James Kennedy, corresponding secretary for the bottlers, said, "There was an exchange of information between the parties which requires further study on both sides." The talks were scheduled to resume at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The dispute centers around a retirement plan. The bottlers and technicians claim other unions have been given plans superior to that offered them by the brewery. The strike was called at 5 a.m. Tuesday after last-minute talks failed to resolve the pension dispute. Supplies of Anheuser - Busch products were reported to be running short in the St. Louis area in advance of the holiday weekend. By JEFFERY L. SHELER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) -Gov. Daniel Walker may soon have on his desk a second bill seeking to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois. The Senate Thursday approved a bill, sponsored by Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Park Ridge, to reimpose the death penalty for persons convicted of certain types of murder. Illinois has been without a death penalty since 1972 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional. The House-passed bill won 36-16 Senate approval and was returned to the House for consideration of a Senate amend- this week sent Walker a similar though more restrictive bill but Walker has yet to indicate whether he will sign it. Three-Judge Panel Under Hyde's bill, after a person is convicted of a murder that falls within the definitions of the bill, a three-judge panel would decide if the death penalty should be invoked. The bill lists as capital offenses the murder of policemen, firemen, or elected officials; murders committed in connection with such crimes as rape, arson, hijackings and armed robbery, and murders committed by persons serving life prison terms. "This is, in my opinion, the most constitutional approach that can be had in this regard," said Sen. Philip Rock, D-Chicago. He said the Supreme Court did not rule "against the death penalty itself, but against the way in which it was applied." "This bill ignores the identity of the defendant and looks instead at the nature of the crime and the identity of the victim," Rock said. Opponents said the bill would be ruled unconstitutional because it did not afllow the jury to set the sentence and because it restricted the type of murders that would be punishable by death. Already on Walker's desk is a bill calling for a mandatory death sentence for persons convicted of killing on-duty policemen, firemen oir prison guards and for second offense mur- diers. • Illinois for two years at 1973 levels. That bill, sponsored by Rep. C. L. McCormick, R-Vienna, has already passed the House. But a Democratic amendment tacked onto the bill Thursday cast doubt on its chances for passage. The amendment, approved 29-28, would require the state to make up to local governments some $200 million they would lose annually in local revenues due to the freeze. Also at passage stage in the Senate is a $25 million appropriation for aid to nonpublic schools and a controversial state school aid formula which Republicans pulled off roll call In other action, the Senate Thursday when it appeared it moved to passage stage a bill would fal1 two votes snort of to freeze real estate taxes in passage. Hearings Slated on Insurance Ads READ THE WANT ADS! Whatever tho Occasion CHICAGO (UPI) - The Illinois Insurance Department plans to hold hearings next month to determine what action should be taken against 10 insurance firms that use ads employing "scare tactics," celebrity endorsements and misleading statements. Insurance Director Fred Mauck said Thursday he has ardered the companies to stop using the advertisements in Illinois immediately. He said the hearings could result in financial penalties for the firms, and they could be forbidden to do business in Illinois if they fail to comply with the department's orders. The only Illinois - based company Mauck cited was Country Life Insurance of Bloomington, which did $7.8 million worth of WILL •'SAY JT BEST" ANDERSON orisfs 128 N. BROAD 3424121 Ozark Strike Vote Results On Weekend ST. LOUIS (UPI) - Members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association here were to vote Thursday night on a tentative agreement with Ozark Air Lines to settle the Mechanics' 10 - week walkout. Results of the vote are expected this weekend after association members in Chicago vote today. Dstails of the agreement were not disclosed pending outcome of the voting. Union officials, who recommended and got rejection of an earlier contract offer from the company, said they would make no recommendations for the new offer. The 560 mechanics walked off their jobs April 19, more than one year after their old contract with the airline expired. Main issues in the dispute, which grounded all Ozark flights, have been the presence of closed - circuit television equipment used in work areas for surveillance and a pay increase. A'bout 1,800 Ozark em­ ployes have been idled by tiie walkout. business in the state last year. One of the firm's ads, displayed by Mauck at a news conference, shows a man wrapped in bandages sitting on a hospital bed below a headline reading, "He Thought It Wouldn't Happen to Him." "The pictorial illustration of a patient in obvious distress is one of the very worst pictorial scare tactics that I have yet seen," Mauck said. Mauck said he expecially disapproves of ads which use celebrity endorsements, and cited two examples using Jack Benny and Art Linkletter. He said the Benny ad did not mention that Benny holds an interest in the firm (American Republic Insurance of Des Moines, Iowa), and the Linkletter ad fails to mention that Federal Agency To Probe Jobs EAST ST. LOUIS, 111. (UPI) — Allegations that jobs from a federally financed summer job program in St. Clair County are not all going to disadvantaged youths, for whom the program is designed, has resulted in hearings to open next week in Chicago, the Labor Department announced Thursday. Department attorney Edward Bobrick said the inquiry is based on allegations that some of the jobs were going to relatives of county officials. Nancy Foley, daughter of county board Chairman Francis "Red" Foley, had been hired for one of the jobs at $1.60 an hour but was removed. Linkletter was paid for his endorsement by the National Home Life Assurance Co. of Malver, Pa. Ads Violate Law Both ads are in violation of Illinois law, he said. Mauck also cited an ad by the Charter National Life Insurance Co. of St. Louis. He said it misled readers into believing they would get liberal claims, could use claim money in any way they chose, and gave the impression the rates were inexpensive. "Frankly, about everything is wrong with this advertisement that can be wrong," he said. Mauck said he plans to hold hearings both to correct the problems "and to serve warning on all insurance companies which advertise their products in Illinois. "I am very much concerned that insurance is not sold in Illinois the way other kinds of industries sell soap, deodorants and aspirin," he said. Senate Kills Abortion Bill By Wooten SPRINGFIELD (UPI.) - A bill that would have set limits on legal abortions in Illinois has been defeated in the Senate while a similar bill awaits House action. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Douglas, D-Chicago Thursday drew only 21'of the 30 votes needed to pass it. The measure was designed to regulate abortions following guidelines set by the U.S. Supreme Court. Sen. Don Wooten, D-R o c k Island, who sponsored an identical bill that earlier passed the Senate, said he wanted Douglas' bill "to once again send word to the House that this is what we consider to be the only constitutional solution to the problem." Wooten said he was afraid the House might amend his bill into unrecognizable form as it had an earlier abortion regulation bill. Under the defeated bill, abortion would have been a medical matter during the first three months of pregnancy. Life support equipment for a possible live fetus would have been required during the second trimester. Abortions during the final trimester could be performed only if the woman's mental or physical health were endangered. In 1970, the last American troops were withdrawn back into South Vietnam from Cambodia. THANK YOU Our sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone fur their expression of synipaUiy, flowers, and memorial sifts; ami the many acts of kindness extended to us during the illness and loss of our loved one. A special thanks to the doctors, and especially to the nurses of the Progressive fare Unit at St. Mary's Hospital who were so very kind to him. These will ion),' he remembered. The Family of Russell O. Babbitt A L F Y E A Summer Flares PLAINS and FANCIES All Styles In A Whole Bunch of Hot Colors. 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