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Galesburg, Illinois
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Wednesday, July 11, 1973
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Gqjesburfl.fa^^ W^nesday, July 11, 1973 3 Circuit Coiirf | Aide to Governor Charges Illinois GOP 'Patronage Campaign 9 May Cost Millions Cases Jump More than four of every 10 court case* filed during the first six months of m in the Ninth Judicial Circuit were filed in Knox County, according to figures recently released by Chief Circuit Judge Daniel J. Roberts. Four of the six counties showed a total increased caseload from the same period during 1972, according to Roberts' report. The greatest increase in Knox County's caseload came in Division 2, handled by Associate Judge William K. Richardson. Division 2 cases include matters of small claims, probate, juvenile, family, and mental health. The caseload jumped from 635 last year to 1,002 so far this year, nearly a 58 per cent increase. DIVISION 1 of circuit court, divorces, also'showed an increase this year of nearly 19 per cent, according to Roberts. Division 1 is in charge of Circuit Judge Gale Mathers, former chief circuit judge. The number of divorces filed this year so far is 235 as opposed to 213 a year earlier. During the first six months of 1972 190 divorce decrees were granted. The first six months of 1973 saw 242 divorce decrees signed. The Ninth Judicial Circuit includes a six county area consisting of Knox, Warren, Henderson, Fulton McDonough and Hancock counties. In all but Knox and Henderson counties the total number of cases has increased. The total number of cases filed in the circuit during the first six months of this year was 15,737, compared with 15,064 in 1972. ROBERTS, who has asked the county board to remodel the courthouse, expanding facilities for the court related offices, pointed out that "the amount of work being done in Knox County (courts) is approximately twice as large as any other county of the circuit." This, Roberts maintained, ". . . requires the assignment of additional judges to Knox County to complete the work." Roberts is dissatisfied with what he calls "The present space limitations in the courthouse (that) prohibits the assignment of any more judges to this county." Roberts also complained because "the inadequate facilities (require) two judges assigned to the county on a daily basis to share office Space and a courtroom." Roberts said he had not been officially contacted by members of the county board concerning his requests for more space for about three months. Agents Seize X-RatedFilm At Lockport LOCKPORT, 111. (UPI) - A theater employe was charged with obscenity Tuesday in one of the first seizures of X-rated films in Illinois since the U.S. Supreme Court's recent pornography ruling. Will County State's Attorney Martin Rudmah said he and a circuit court judge viewed two films taken Monday by police and FBI agents from the Roxy Theater. The judge signed a search warrant after deciding there was probable cause for the obscenity charge against the theater's assistant manager.' First Seizure The first known seizure since the high court ruling occurred in Champaign last month, according to Champaign County State's Attorney James R. Burgess. The film was "The Lecher; and charges are being prepared against the exhibitor, Burgess said. In Pekin a theater owner surrendered two X-rated films Tuesday after he was threatened with a six-month jail sentence for contempt of court. Won't Go Along Charles Thomas, who had been co-owner of the Del-Van Theater in nearby Delavan for 10 years, first told Tazewell County Circuit Court Judge Arthur Gross he wanted to talk to his lawyer before turning over the films. Gross refused the request and ordered Thomas to jail if he didn't turn over the films. Thomas turned over the films. Guests in Hotel Flee From Fire Tuesday Night CHICAGO (UPI)-More than 500 persons escaped injury Tuesday night by scrambling down fire escapes of the 22- story Midland Hotel after flames engulfed the lower levels of the Loop building. Nearly 80 firemen battled the blaze, which apparently began in tlhe basement near the kitchen. Six were overcome by smoke inhalation. Several guests also required treatment for smoke inhalation. The four-alarm blaze caused extensive smoke damage to the lobby, mezzanine and basement of the structure, which contained 10 floors of offices and 350 apartments A spokesman for the hotel said the 40-year-old building suffered an estimated $500,000 in damage. Dense smoke was reported in offices on the top story of the building, and guests in underwear and bathrobes stood by as firemen fought the fire first with water and then foam. Guests were unable to return to the hotel and were put up in nearby facilities. Quarry Accident Fatal for Teen ROSCOE, 111. (UPI) - A 17- year-old youth was crushed to death Tuesday when a dump truck lid fell on him at a quarry near here. Greg Hanson had been loading the truck with limestone when the mechanism became jammed on the truck. When he checked underneath the truck, the lid fell on him. SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Illinois Republicans are using the state's counts to wage a "massive patronage campaign" that could cost Illinois taxpayers millions of dollars a spokesman for Gov. Daniel Walker has charged. Mark Clark, a Walker press aide, said Tuesday the Republican State Central Committee is financing 35 lawuits aimed at forcing the state to keep Republican employes on the state payroll. A Republican spokesman acknowledged the party's involvement in the lawsuits and offered "no apologies" for trying to Senior at ISV First Student As 'Governor 9 SPRINGFIELD (UPI)- Gov. Daniel Walker has appointed an Illinois State University senior as the state's first student member of a university governing board. Walker Tuesday named Felicitas Berianga, 21, of Chicago, to a two-year term on the board of governors which oversees Chicago State College, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Northeastern Illinois State College and Western Illinois Uni versity. . ' ' The governor appointed six other persons to serve on college and university boards. They were: ' —James J. Cicero, Chicago, Leon Davis, Chicago, and Norma Replh, of Peru, each to six-year terms on the Board of Governors. - —Michael J. Brady, Champaign, and Elanor Suggs, Phoenix, to the Board of Regents for six-year tennis. —Ethele„Scott, East St, Louis, to a six-year term on the junior college board. The Board of Regents oversees Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University and Sangamon State University. The junior college board governs the state's junior college system. Women Make Up Fifth of Faculties CHICAGO (UPI) - A report presented to the Illinois Board of Higher Education has shown that one fifth of the full time faculty members at Illinois* 13 senior university campuses this year are women. However, the report Tuesday also showed that there were salary inequities totaling $630,000 between men and women faculty members at the same level on six campuses. The report, which was prepared by the board's staff, said the six campuses were Northern Illinois, Illinois State, Western Illinois, Governors State and two campuses of Southern Illinois University. It said the University of Illinois paid $216,500 to equalize salaries in the 1971-72 school year. Of the 10,463 full time faculty members at the senior universities, 20 per cent are women, the report said However, it said 35 per cent of the 1,655 part-time teachers are female. "save jobs that. should be saved." Orders Jobs Ended Walker has ordered hundreds of state jobs abolished in a move he says will "eliminate middle management waste" in state government. Republicans, however, have charged that the firings are political. They claim Walker intends to fill the vacancies later with Democrats. Clark, in a written statement, said one Republican - financed court action "is costing the taxpayers $25,000 a day. If successful, this single action would cost taxpayers $6.2 million over a one-year period." He said a court order requiring the state to continue paying some 500 laid-off employes has already cost the state $175,000, "and taxpayers will be losing $25,000 a day unless the state Supreme Court or another appeals court stays the lower court order." Clark said the laid off workers affected by the court order were now being paid "but are not working since their jobs were abolished before the layoff. The state's fiscal 1974 budget does not include funds to pay the laid off workers or replacements for them." Clark cited a letter sent to Cook County Repubican Chairman Edmund F. Kucharski by William F. Scannell, secretary of the GOP state central committee, that reported progress on the party's "employment security program." "The state central committee said in the letter that it had received for its patronage campaign $1,000 from the Cook County Central Committee and $2,000 from the United Republican Fund," Clark said. "The latter brags about restoring Cook County Republican ward committeeman Walter K. Kiltz to his state job and award­ ing him more than $6,000 in back pay," Clark said. "He was in fact never restored to the state payroll after the position he held in the Department of Labor was abolished." Scannell confirmed the letter and the Republican Party's involvement in the court suits. "I make no apologies—nor does the committee -Hfor trying to save jobs that should be saved," he said. Follow Directions He said "Walker's own civil service commission (two of the members were appointed by Walker) ruled Kiltz should be Southern Illinois Authorities Search For Bank Robbers Who Killed Coed CARBONDALE, 111. (UPI)Authorities today worked on a number of potential clues in the search for bank robbers who abducted and killed a pretty Southern Illinois University graduate student The nude body of Mrs. Colleen Battaglia, 22, was found Monday afternoon in the trunk of her compact car, later identified as tiie getaway auto used in an $11,000 bank robbery at Elkville, 16 miles north of here. Check Fingerprints Oarbondale Police Lt. Clarence Johnson said investigators checked fingerprints found in the auto and tire tracks at the landfill on the northeast side of Carbondale where the car was abandoned. Authorities checked but found no apparent connection between the Battaglia killing and the slaying early Tuesday of an 18- year-old girl at Jacksonville. Johnson said police also checked, but found no relationship between Mrs.f Battaglia's husband, Michae.l 23, also an SIU graduate student, and former Chicago crime syndicate chieftan Sam Battaglia. Johnson said Mrs. Battaglia, A very attractive young woman," with long brown hair, had been shot four times. She was shot three times in the head and the fatal shot was fired into her heart from a slightly upward angle, he said. Michael Battaglia told police he last saw his wife alive about noon Monday as he was bicycling to class and chanced to meet her driving the family 1972, two-door Chevrolet Nova at an intersection near campus. She said she was going to buy groceries for supper, he told police. ^ % i i lias''! • ••"!•• .iiiiiillil I Pi " i llllii!'II 'jllllli Ilk I i iliiiiM mill! lHUHlttl >'Plillil , iiiiiniiii 1 "" * j -^mm " „ - .• • ' ili„ (|| , ' ••! ;„„ : lilllii'iif'"' ,. , ' ' '"' "mum &m \s& 1 IP»>., /> ,, ,, l : ! ''"^Sfflillllllll^ hi "i 1 ' ay Johnson said authorities speculated that gunmen forced their way into the car a short time later. 1 was not known if Mrs. Battaglia was killed then or taken hostage and slain after the robbery, he said About 1 p.m. two robbers entered the bank at the little town of Elkville, herded three customers and three employes into a vault and took about $11,000 from cash drawers. An accomplice reportedly drove Uie Battaglia auto around the block three times during the holdup. Witnesses said one of the robbers wore a colorful poncho and the other had an Afro hairdo. "They talked in typical Negro lingo," police quoted a witness as saying, using such phrases as "right on" and "I'm with you." Some three hours ailtcr the holdup, four persons, described by Johnson as "pack rat types" I found the abandoned Battaglia I auto and the nude body in the partially opened trunk at the landfill. ' Her hands were tied with bailing twine, apparently from a spool that her husband had left in the trunk of the car. Her clothes, shorts and a halter, reinstated. One of our suits simply asks that Walker do on the Kiltz case what this commission has already- directed him to do." Clark said one court case has been "marked by forgery and fraud." He said 13 persons listed as plaintiffs in the suit have signed affadavits stating their names were used fraudulently. Scannell end O. Kenneth Thomas, an attorney for many of the ousted Republican workers, said they believe Walker's office pressured GOP complaint- ants into signing such affada­ vits. Davis Home Director Is First Priority (Continued from Page 2) when only one supervisor would be on duty. Johnson also advised that "there is definitely a need to take a good look at the pay rates and seek out new avenues to substantially increase staff salaries, especially those of the youth supervisors and night security personnel." Salaries for youth supervisors range from $3,900 annually to $4,800 after two years' service. Night security supervisors are paid $1.60 per hour. Approaches Johnson, in his memo, points out that one possible approach is to place ithe home under (he supervision of the Director of. Court Services office and designate ithe staff of the home as probation personnel. • If such an arrangement were! possible Johnson recommended' that youth supervisors be paid $7,200 yearly and night security supervisors $4,000. He also recommended that the salary for the superintendent be increased from $10,400 plus free rent, utilities, food and gas (all provided at ithe home) to $13,000 superintendent with the superintendent re' quired to live off the grounds. .... . Johnson's proposal would also were strewn on the front and( jnorease ithe sa j ary ^ a coun. ' ~' -'" spJor from to ^ )500 back seats of the auto. Inspect Vehicle Oarbondale policemen search the trunk of a car irf which the body of Mrs. Colleen Battaglia, a Southern Illinois University graduate student from Enfield, Conn., was found Monday. She had been shot four times. The car was the same used by men who robbed a bank at Elkville, 111., 13 miles from Carbondale. UNIFAX Food Haul 'Needs Rails' BUFFALO, N.Y. (UPI)-The president of the American Farm Bureau Federation warned Tuesday that the nation faces continuing price increases and shortages unless railroad food transportation can be maintained and improved. William J. Kuhfuss, Mackinaw, 111., also said the AFBF is opposed to continued direct government payments to farmers as proposed in a farm bill currently before Congress Kuhfuss was in suburban Cheektowaga for a two-day con- 'Small' Rock Fest Crowd 50,000? MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (UPI) —Promoter Harry Creeley said Tuesday he may organize three "small" music concerts on Bull Island this summer rather than try to promote one big show, But "small" still means a crowd of 50,000 or more, Creeley said. Creeley, whose Indianapolis - based firm is called Sounds Incredible, discussed his plans Tuesday with Illinois and CARD OF THANKS We wish to thank our relatives and friends for all the kindnesses extended to us during the hospital stay and death of our husband and father. Your thoughtfulness will long be remembered. Mrs. Stella Nelson Mr. & Mrs. Ray Nelson & Family Mr. & Mrs. Richard Williams & Family Indiana officials during a meeting here. No Big Show Creeley said he might shy away from promoting one major concert such as the Bull Island Festival staged during the Labor Day weekend last year. The program lasted the entire weekend, attracted a huge crowd estimated by some at more than 200,000, and brought the ire of many local residents and officials. Bull Island is located in the Wabash River near here. Although the island is under Illinois jurisdiction, its only access route is from the Indiana side. Creeley said he has leased the island for two years with an option to buy or extend the lease. He said he was not affiliated with the promoters who staged last year's Bull Island show. Bob Alexander, Evansville, one of those promoters, said Tuesday he was .working on a rock music concert for this year, but did not say when or where it would be staged. Creeley said that if he decides on three "small" concerts, they probably would be staged on a one-day basis and be spread about one week apart, sometime around the end of August and the first of September. Lack 'Hard Rock?' His program, he said, would feature country and western, blue grass and country-western jazz music. Creeley did not mention hard rock music. In addition, Creeley said he would hire 70 security policemen and would comply with laws of both states. After last year's Bull Island gathering, the Indiana Legislature enacted a bill requiring promoters to obtain licenses for similar mass gatherings. It was commonly called the "Bull Island BiU" although its enforcement might be difficult on Bull Island since it's technically part of Illinois. Creeley said tickets to a one- day show would cost $8 or $10. THANK YOU Emma W. Krani The family wish to extend their sincere Thanks for flowers and memorials. Also TO Rev. Kenneth Knudsen and the staff at Knox County Nursing Home for their good care. ference on farm transportation problems caused by the bankruptcy of six major railroads, including the Penn-Central, in the Northeast. He said the railroads will have to continue operating and improve service because they are the most efficient form of transportation for heavy goods, including farm products, equipment and grains. "They're going to come back into their own," he said. "Our objective is to help them come back." Kuhfuss said the group would oppose any federal takeover of the Penn-Centnal and other beleaguered lines. The conference was attended by farmers, government and transportation officials from 17 states. There was no indication she tad been beaten or raped, police said. "I may be all wet," Johnson said, "but I believe that at least one or more of the men may be from this area." Johnson said he assumed local knowledge because the landfill is in a sparsely populated area reached by littJe-used side roads. The Battaglias came to SIU last September, a month after their marriage in their home town of Enfield, Conn. Mrs. Baittaglia, an "A" student, was scheduled to take a master's degree next month in rehabilitation of handicapped children and adults. Her husband is working on a master's degree in engineering. All of these recommendations however will await .the appointment of ithe new superintendent and his recommendations concerning them. READ THE WANT ADS! When Buying or Selling HEAL ESTATE SEE JOE GORMAN At Harold Wilson Realty 1131 N. Henderson 343-3109 The Red Cross Dodge Mobile Collection Unit WILL VISIT GATES RUIIEI CO. THURSDAY Please Donate & Help Others . Dale: July 12 Hours: 7 am-9am and 3 5 Location: In Front of Gates Rubber Co. GALESBURG REGIONAL Red Cross Blood Center WE ABE AN AGENCY OF THE UNITED WAY

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