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•J Golesburg ReaMer-MoiI, Golesburg z in.- Tuesday, State Budget Includes Little Tax Relief By JEFFfeRY L. SHELEE SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois General Assembly adjourned a marathon spring session Monday after sending to Gov. Daniel Walker a multibillion-dollar state budget that includes only minor tax relief and no aid for mass transit. The budget, most of which was enacted in the last two days of the six-month session, is sure to exceed the $7.02 billion Walker had requested last Match. Walker today planned to voice his "mixed reactions" to the stormy session and to his legislative defeats during a seven-city flying tour. House Speaker W. Robert Blair, R-Park Forest, Walker's key opponent in the assembly, blamed most of the major failures of the session on Walker. "I hope the governor reflects on this past session and maybe, decides he's not going to get much mileage out of making an adversary out of the legislature," Blair said. Budget Caused Delay The legislature, caught in a tangle of budget bills, worked two days into a new fiscal year and left the clocks running. The legislature also ran two days over in 1959 when the late Paul Powell, then speaker of the House, stopped the clock just before midnight June 30. This year's delay resulted when a stalemate over amendments to the higher education budget bottled up some 20 other pending budget bills over the weekend and forced the fatigued lawmakers to work night and day toward an agreement. When the logjam broke on Monday, most of the budget sailed through both chambers in about eight hours. Among the accomplishments of an often lackluster session were a one-half cent cut in the state sales tax, a $265 million supplemental freeway program, reinstatement of the death penalty, abortion regulations and approval of 19-year-old drinking. Also approved by the lawmakers was creation of state boards of education and election, an increase in the state minimum wage, a 3.9 per cent cost- oWiving increase for welfare recipients and a step toward full funding of the teachers' retirement system. The legislature failed to pass Walker 's $10 income tax credit, Rep. C. L. McCormick's real estate tax freeze, a state*run lottery, and a permanent solution to Chicago's mass transit woes. Rejection of the income tax credit and property tax freeze bills left the one-half cent sales tax cut as the only tax relief measure sent to Walker's desk. That and rejection of a pro* posed regional transit system signaled failure of the two major issues of the session. Walker had declared tax relief as Ms major priority of the session. But his plan floundered in the Senate where Re­ publicans, who control the upper chamber, pigeonholed the 1 bill in a hostile committee. The regional transit plan, de-> veloped by a special commission formed early in the session, died in the House late last week as a result of disagreements between Walker and, legislative leaders over how the system should be funded. The lawmakers also refused to enact any temporary aid for the Chicago Transit Authority to help carry the financially- ailing system until the lawmakers reconvene Oct. 15. Governor 9 s First Lawmaker Meet Setback - Strewn SPRINGFIELD (UPI)- Gov. Daniel Walker's first legislative session, on the surface, was an unmitigated disaster. In the long run, the governor hopes it will be an asset. Starting with Senate rejection March 22 of Walker's nomination of David Fogel to head the Department of Corrections, and ending last weekend with defeat of his tax relief plan, Walker lost every major issue he fought in the General Assembly. Among the major setbacks were: Rejection of a record six Walker appointees; , an easy override of the governor's amendatory veto of an emergency aid bill for the Chicago Transit Authority, and defeat in the Senate of Walker's pet project of the session — income ta* relief. On the other side of the coin, the legislature, over Walker's objection in each case, passed: A $265 million supplemental freeway program; a bill creating a Department of Services to the Aging, and a tax relief package at odds with the governor's. May Be Pleased Despite those defeats, however, the feelinig was growing among legislators as the session ended that Walker secretly may be pleased with the outcome. The governor, some lawmakers pointed out as they left the Capitol, has virtually promised that he will campaign personally next year against those who have opposed him — be they Democrats or Republicans. Legislative defeats on such issues ias tax relief, confirmation of his appointees and similar issues could prove powerful ammunition for such an attack. Walker already has given the! General Assembly a taste of! how such ammunition might be used. After his CTA veto was overridden, he embarked on a flying tour of the state, telling /televised news conferences, "We really didn't lose the war. "The legislative battle for aid to the CTA is over," Walker said over and over again. "I — we, you and I —• lost it. . . . But we really didn't lose the war." When the Senate began knocking off his appointees one after another, Walker went to the people again to chastise Senate President William Harris, R-Pontiac. "The people elected me to run state government," Walker said, emphasizing the word "me." "Senator Harris and his Republican cronies are trying to run it by rejecting my cabinet appointments." —' And when the legislature threatened repeatedly to restore cuts Walker had made in the state's freeway program, Walker told the public through television that the action threat- fened his program of "tax relief." But as the session 1 ended, Walker was faced with some important decisions on whether to veto or a p p r o v e various pieces of legislation., Chief among them was whether to sign or veto a Republican tax- relief plan providing for a half- cent cut in the sales tax. That was the only tax relief measure to clear the General Assembly | during the spring session. v Since the governor repeatedly said during the session that tax relief was hiis major goal, a veto of the Republican bills would put him in the position of killing his own issue and Republicans could charge partisan motives were involved. But, if Walker signs the bill(s) he would be in the position of stamping his approval-on a GOP plan. 111 |p Walker To Give 'Mixed' Feeling Du ring News Hop "! Millllii • • "''r .'-.l l 'j!|l .1 It's All Over Illinois House Speaker W. Robert Blah- gavels the spring legislative session to an end yesterday. The legislators were sched­ uled to adjourn June 30 but pending appropriation bills forced them to stay until yesterday. UNIFAX By TOM LAUE SPRINGFIELD (UPI)- Gov. Daniel Walker was scheduled to be in his plane again today to talk with newsmen at seven Illinois airports about tihe legislative session just ended. He said Monday he has "mixed" feelings about it. House Speaker W. Robert Blair, Walker's arch-enemy in the statehousc, suggested at session's end that Wall leer might do better if he'd learn to get along with the legislature. Walker has said he was disappointed that his only program of the spring, an added income tax exemption, did not pass. He also has mourned the demise of a regional transit authority for ithe Chicago area. For this, Blair placed the blame squarely on the governor's shoulders. At a hurried post-session press conference Monday, Blair said Walker has not "learned the art of the possible. Hope Governor Reflects "I hope the governor reflects on this past session and maybe decides he's not going to get that much mileage out of mak ing an adversary out of the legislature because it's pretty formidable," Blair Said. Blair brought along a five- page release ballyhooing his achievements this spring, bul only one of them can be classi fied as big news —his halfpenny cut in tiie state sales tax. This was one of many issues over which Blair and Walker tangled throughout the session Walker did everything lie knew how to kill it but the Blair tax cut bill ended up as the only one on the governor's desk. Blair also said he was happy the legislature finally did something it was mandated to do by the 1970 Constitution—create a stato board of elections. He said he was sorry to sec his campaign disclosure proposa die. As for Senate President Wil Ham C. Harris of Pontiac, he wasn't talking. An aide said all Harris wanted to do was "get out of here for a while. Ho may say something in a few days, When he's had a chance to think." Calls Session 'Frustrating' House Minority Leader Clyde Choaite of Anna said the session could be summed up as "frustrating."- Choate's analysis of the session said it's "ironic" the legislature had to stay overtime when such a fuss was made in January over new rules to streamline operations. Harris Plays Key Session Role Transit Cutback In Session Wake CHICAGO (UPI) - Chicago Transit Authority officials said today they are making plans to cut services by 30 to 35 per cent and lay off nearly 4,000 em­ ployes. CTA Board Chairman Milton Pikarsky ordered his staff to prepare for drastic cutbacks after the General Assembly adjourned for &k months without Fulton Sludge Hearing Sought LEWISTOWN — Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago has asked the Fulton County Health Board for a new hearing following the board's decision not to renew its permit to bring sewage sludge into the county. Two Weeks ago the board refused to renew the district's permit, which expires July 9. Odors from the district's massive sludge utilization project would have to be solved before the permit would be renewed, ifoe board said. More than 6,500 tpns of sewage sludge a day has been shipped to holding basins located about five miles southwest of Canton. The sludge is being used as a fertilizer-irri- gauit on a strip-mined land rec- lamtion project the district has been conducting on about 12,000 acres of land. making more state money available to the CTA. "The board has no recourse other than to effect massive economies as soon as possible," he said. Pikarsky said the service reductions and elimination of about one-third of the CTA's 12,000 employes would be discussed at a board meeting Thursday. He did not say such large scale reductions were a necessity, but implied they might have to be made if the CTA is to meet its expenses without a fare increase. The legislature adjourned Monday evening after Chicago area Democrats failed in a last- ditch attempt to give the CTA a $40 million loan. Assistant House Minority Leader Gerald Shea, D-Riverside, attempted to amend a bicycle path bill to make the loan available. But House Speaker W. Robert Blair, R-Park Forest, ruled the amendment was not germane to the bill and therefore out of order. Earlier this year, the legislature provided $18.9 million in subsidies to keep the CTA running until the end of the fiscal year July 1. The legislature also adjourned until Oct. 15 without passing legislation needed to create a Regional Transit Authority for the Chicago area, another potential source of cash for the CTA. SPRINGFIELD (UPI) While House Speaker W. Robert Blair and Gov. Daniel Walker were fighting the major battles of the spring session, Senate President William C. Harris engaged in some effective political sniping of his own. Harris, a Pontiac Republican, played a key role in defeating Walker's tax relief plan and in pushing through the Senate Republican - backed pro- Car Thieves Steal Son LOS ANGELES (UPI) - The thieves who stole Carlotta Perez' car were surprised to find their loot included an accessory—her 7-year-old son. Mrs. Perez told police she left her son, Michael, asleep in the back seat of the car, under a sweater, when she stopped at a sandwich shop. Michael later told officers that he awoke while the thieves were driving off in the auto, setting off an argument between the two robbers about what to do with him. The thieves stopped the auto and got into a fistfight, Michael said, so he wandered away. Both the oar and Michael were recovered. grams including a $265 million supplemental freeway program strongly opposed by Walker. It was Harris, too, who first voiced opposition to Walker's ill-fated nomination of Anthony Angelos as Department of Insurance director. Harris' remarks against Angelos and a subsequent investigation into an allegedly illegal donation the Chicago millionaire made to Walker's campaign uncorked what has become known as "the Angelos affair"—so far one of Walker's greatest embarrassments. Charges Strongarm Tactics Later, during a heated legislative battle between Walker and Blair over tax relief, Harris accused the governor of using strongarm tactics in trying to hustle votes for his income tax relief bill. "He's just disgusting," Harris said. But during most of his first six months as the state's first Senate president, Harris has held a low profile compared to Blair and other legislative leaders. Much of his energy was spent riding herd over the other 29 Republicans who make up a one-vote Senate majority. Although he sometimes failed to hold together the downstate Only Two Remain for Trial On Cocaine Ring Charge EAST ST. LOUIS, HI. (UPI) Only two of nine men arrested last May and charged with operating a large scale cocaine ring in the East St. Louis area remained to be tried today, with five having pleaded guilty to the charges and a sixth being convicted. One man was acquitted. George Juengel, 25, East St. Louis, was convicted on two counts of distribution of cocaine. He was found guilty last week in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. Guilty pleas on charges of distribution of cocaine have come from Edward Hart, 30, Belleville, and Robert Underwood, 26, East St. Louis. Robert E. Piker, 26, St. Clair County, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, and Jeffrey Buhner and Edward Stafifire, both of Edwardsville, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. None of the six persons guilty in the case has been sentenced. Larry E. Hand, 20, East St. Louis, was acquitted of charges in the case. James M. Griffin, 24, Collinsville, and Pamela Gitto, 27, East St. Louis, await trial. conservatives and the more liberal suburban bloc, Harris, himself a political moderate, succeeded in delivering the votes on most key issues. Fire From Democrats In the process, he drew fire from Senate Democrats and other observers for "ramming through" the Senate such pro­ grams as supplemental freeways, a Republican-backed plan to "fully fund" the state em­ ployes' retirement systems, and for blocking Walker's tax relief plan. Despite those accusations, Harris has emerged from an emotionally charged, lackluster session without making any real enemies on either side of the aisle—an accomplishment Blair cannot claim. On the contrary, his efforts to win respect from Democrats and Republicans alike while still making the best use of a workable Republican majority appear—for the time being, at least—to have paid off. Hyde: Politics Key Issue SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - As the spring session chugged to a belated halt Monday, legislators had mixed feelings about what they had accomplished. Some regarded the session largely as a loss, blaming personality clashes and the lack of a program from Gov. Daniel Walker. Others thought the session had been productive, if not dramatically so. Rep. Henry Hyde, R - Park Ridge, said, "I wish I could say something nice about it, but this session has been a real dog." He made a retching sound. "Very much that could have been accomplished was not," Hyde said, "simply because politics was the paramount issue down here." Several lawmakers were particularly disappointed at the failure, after months of struggle to establish a mass transit authority for the Chicago area. Rep. Harold Katz, D-Glencoe, called it a "dismal failure," especially since it was "one of the very few major issues of the session." Katz was pleased, however, with the opening up of the lawmaking process to more parti­ cipation by individual members. Under the new House rules, Katz said, "the Speaker becomes simply a presiding offi cer and not a controller of the legislature." Rep. Charles Clabaugh, R- Champaign, said the session made "some rather undramatic humdrum accomplishments," including progress in school financing, passage of a no-fault insurance law and his own bill to give $60 million to local governments to replace their lost personal property tax revenue. 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