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Bloomington, Illinois
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Friday, February 5, 1982
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THE PANTAGRAPH, FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 1982 A3 Hanged female still unknown By SCOTT RICHARDSON Pantograph staff Authorities have been unable to identify the woman who was found hanged from a utility pole Tuesday on U.S. 136, 2V4 miles east of U.S. 150 near Farmer City, McLean County Coroner William Anderson said Thursday. "It appears that the death was self-inflicted," Anderson said, "but we want to be sure. That's difficult without knowing who she was." The investigation by sheriff's police and the coroner's office has been unable to link the woman known now only as Jane Doe with reports of missing women in the Central Illinois area, he said. She had no identification and no clues to her identity were found near her body, he 'said. A drawing of the woman was made by a commercial artist Thursday afternoon and released to newspapers and television stations last night. Deputy Coroner Robert Siron, who conducted the initial stages of the investigation for the coroner's office, described her as being 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. She had hazel eyes and shoulder-length black hair. It was difficult to establish her age. "A lot of times, mentally hurting people will appear older than Doomed plane's pilots joked about ice WASHINGTON - The pilots of the Air Florida jet that crashed into the Potomac River three weeks ago joked repeatedly and somewhat nervously about poor weather and ice on their plane's wing while waiting to take off, a transcript of the cockpit tape shows. But each time, they stopped short of returning to the terminal for another de-icing treatment. "Boy, this is shitty, it's probably the shittiest snow I've seen," copilot Roger Alan Pettit remarked 20 minutes before the plane took off in a blinding snowstorm the afternoon of Jan. 13. About 30 seconds after take-off, the Boeing 737 struck the 14th Street bridge and plunged into the river, killing 74 people aboard Counties dislike multiplier plan By LARRY SANDLER Pantograph staff County board members from across the state complained Thursday about Gov. James Thompson's proposal to alter the real estate tax system. The comments came at a board meeting of the Urban Counties Council of Illinois at McLean County Courthouse. Thompson recommended last month that the state use its "multiplier" to reduce local tax rates by the same proportion it increases assessments, a move that would negate the multiplier's effect. Because most counties assess real estate below the legally required one-third of market value, the state assigns each county a multiplier to bring assessments up to that level. Assessments are multiplied by that County boards backed in The McLean and Tazewell county boards picked up some outside support in their disputes with state's attorneys over employee salaries. Members of the Urban Counties Council Of Illinois board of directors agreed to press for state legislation that would give county boards control over the internal operations of elected county officials' offices. The organization represents 30 Downstate and suburban county boards. The Urban Counties Council board Vietnam vet WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary James Watt has approved a modified design for the controversial Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and ground will be broken early next month, Jan Scruggs, head of the memorial fund said Thursday. Scruggs said the changes, agreed to in a meeting last week with critics of the design, involve adding a statue of a U.S. serviceman and a pole on which to fly an American flag. Scruggs told the Associated Press he met with Watt and was assured that the project could go forward. their actual age because they often ignore their personal appearance," Anderson said. According to estimates, she was 29 to 50 years old. Before her death, the woman attracted the attention of an unidentified farmer who saw her walking in his driveway. According to Anderson, the farmer asked her where she was going and if he could help her. She responded by pointing in two opposite directions and declining the farmer's aid, Anderson said. A state highway crew later saw her walking east on the highway. They said they stopped and asked if they could help her. She responded by smiling and waving them away, Siron said. A short time later, about 4 p.m., the crew found her hanging from the pole. The investigation has turned up a LeRoy woman who told authorities she gave the woman a ride from a rural road just south of LeRoy into the town earlier Tuesday. No abandoned vehicles were found near the scene, Anderson said. When found, she was wearing expensive clothes. However, Anderson and Siron said the clothes were unkempt and appeared quite old. She was dressed in blue jeans, two sweaters and a knee-length coat. She was wearing expensive low- the plane and four people on the bridge. Twelve minutes before takeoff, Pilot Larry Wheaton, apparently referring to ice or snow on the jet's right wing, said: "I got a little on mine." Pettit responded: "This one's got about a quarter to half an inch on it all the way." Ice can be a problem because it affects a wing's ability to lift a plane. Its role in the Air Florida crash is being closely scrutinized by federal investigators. Shortly before being cleared for takeoff, Pettit noted" that the plane would have to accelerate on a "slushy runway." As the plane proceeded down the runway, the' pilots number, increasing the county's tax base and therefore its tax revenues without local action. For example, a county that assessed property 5 percent too low would get a multiplier of 1.05. Thompson's proposal would cut that same county's tax rate by 5 percent. The existing system allows assessors to "shift the blame to Springfield" for higher assessments, according to Kurt Barrow, assistant deputy director for the property tax bureau of the Illinois Department of Revenue. "Under the present system, there's no pressure put on assessors to do their job properly," Barrow told the board. Thompson's proposal would give county boards more control over their tax assessments, Barrow said. But board members expressed fear that their assessors would con acted after Tazewell County Board Chairman Dan Bell described ongoing battles over pay raises. He was supported by McLean County Board Chairman Roscoe McPherren. Tazewell County State's Attorney Bruce Black recently granted pay raises to several of his assistants without the Tazewell County Board's permission. County Treasurer Russell Strauman has paid those raises over board objections, and the board has granted Bell permission to hire a lawyer and sue Black. memorial change OK'd Watt threw a lastrminute hitch into plans for the memorial a few weeks ago by announcing that the design had not received final approval from his department. That announcement came after a group of Republican congressmen sent President Reagan a letter attacking the design. Critics have protested that the "V" design, done by Maya Ying Lin of Athens, Ohio, suggested the peace sign that became the emblem of antiwar protesters. Sen. John Warner, R-Va., who If, . " A I k -c - : I 'i - -4 ! i -..- v "v ' ' i The woman found hanged on a utility pole near Farmer City Tuesday was said to be 29 to 50 years old, 5-foot-10, 140 pounds with black hair. This drawing is by commercial artist Denny Rogers. heeled shoes that also were very worn, the coroner's office said. In addition to checking area police for comparisons of the description with reports of missing women, police have contacted area mental institutions to see if someone sensed almost immediately that something was wrong. Once in the air, the transcript indicates that they fought to get the jet's nose down and stabilize it. One second before crashing, copilot Pettit said: "Larry, we're going down, Larry." Pilot Wheaton responded. "I know it." Impact came at one second after 3:01 p.m. CST. The National Transportation Safety Board, which released the transcript of the tape Thursday, refused comment on its contents, as did other agencies involved in the investigation. However, the pilots' words are certain to become an important fac tinue to take the politically popular step of underassessing property, forcing the county boards to either raise taxes or accept cuts in revenue. "Now, I know how the governor felt when the president was explaining the New Federalism to him," said Jack Knuepfer, chairman of the DuPage County Board, referring to President Reagan's plan to give states control over programs the federal government now pays for. "I've always been more impressed when government takes money out of its own pocket instead of out of other pockets." "I can't think of one nice thing the governor has done for the counties, said Arthur Gottschalk, executive director of the organization. "This is an effort by the governor to cop out on his responsibility, and it's going to cost the counties money." dispute A similar dispute in McLean County ended when the McLean County Board granted State's Attorney Ronald Dozier most of the salary adjustments he had tried to give his assistants without board approval. In that case, County Treasurer James Boylan also had paid the new salaries at Dozier's request. Arthur Gottschalk, executive director of the county organization, said the legislation supported by the . organization has not been introduced in the General Assembly. helped get the fund started in 1979, was a principal in working out an agreement on the design changes, Scruggs said. Warner, a former secretary of the Navy, chaired the 5V4-hour meeting between Scruggs and the principal critiques of the design. The original design calls for a 500-foot long stretch of polished black granite inscribed with the names of all the servicemen who lost their lives in Vietnam. It is to be located on the Mall northeast of the Lincoln Memorial. matching the description recently escaped or was released. Fingerprints were cross-checked by computer with prints on file with the FBI and state police, Siron said. Nothing has provided a lead. tor in the investigation because they suggest strongly that the crew violated Federal Aviation Administration regulations against taking off with ice on the wings. Investigators have also noted that the pilots could have had strong psychological incentives to take off. They were behind schedule; the runways had been plowed; and many planes had taken off ahead of them with no problem. Safety board officials stressed that they still are deciphering the tape, which divers recovered from the bottom of the Potomac. In the transcript released by the board Thursday, words that remain unclear were placed in parentheses. Washington Post 827-6011 1113 S. Main y 30 minute , J cf ' FREE Delivery ISp IMcomtwuMOTtti I $1.25 OFF NotcomTONi I $2.00 OFF 4LkMtff an. other Oiler any 2 bter lWf 1 Ll pother orta o'yrwop,. Wflffl U-. Peps,,m dflV 'j f tl o!T" purchowd A '. L f I purchase ot " '4. oA okgj rTM t. Am I j - J iip cup" 9d thru F,b' '9a2 cupn 9d hru Fb' n' 1982 I I 4 FREE 16 oz 4i.kMiff any other olter 2 FREE 16 02 I'llfSftiS wether olter I Peos.sw.m Wvrbl Lew one coupon I P6ltw.!h 5' V 'J I ! LaooaaooaoaoooaoaoaJ comported j eBeaaaaeaaaaaaoooeooool completed ' Nome . Fh J Nome. I AoOTOM J AOOrOW ; I ' HI H Ryan plans suit on fees By BERNIE SCHOENBURG Pontagroph Springfield bureau SPRINGFIELD - House Speaker George Ryan, R-Kankakee, said Thursday he will ask a court to settle a dispute over more than $75,000 in legal fees spent on an unsuccessful challenge to a congressional redisricting map. If the court rules that Ryan and the others who brought the challenge should pay the fees, he said, the state will be reimbursed. The dispute involves Ryan, who has received payments totaling more than $75,000 for the fees, and Attorney General Ty Fahner, who says the state should not be responsible for the costs. Last week, Ryan walked out of a Statehousc news conference after reading a 20-page statement explaining why he decided that the challenge to the new Illinois congressional map was legitimate. That news conference came after Fahner issued an opinion that says Ryan did not have the authority to bill the state for legal fees stemming from the remap challenge. Ryan said Thursday that unless he challenges Fahner's opinion, "I would establish a precedent by which all of my future actions would or could be challenged by anyone who opposed them. "I. and all future speakers and presidents of the Senate, would be reduced to seeking the approval of the attorney general for all our actions related to expenditure of appropriated funds." Fahner's opinion, written at the request of Comptroller Roland Burris, whose office had routinely paid out the legal fees in several installments before a question was raised, zeroed in on state money for legal fees in trials. He said the law governing use of state money by legislative leaders does not authorize spending that stems from the General Assembly's failure to resolve a dispute, such as the remap. The House and Senate each approved their own remap plans and the issue had to be settled by the Supreme Court because no compromise was reached. Fahner also said the law gives no "other basis for concluding that such expenditure falls within the objects and purposes for which such 454-1444 507 W. Willow-Normal sums were appropriated." according to the Jan. 26 opinion. Ryan said he wants to let a court decide if Fahner is right, along with what expenditures by legislative leaders would need approval of the attorney general. He said he would soon file a circuit court case seeking a declaratory judgment outlining whose responsibility it is to pay. He said it has not been determined where the suit would be filed. Ryan said he has hired Jeremiah Marsh, a Chicago lawyer, to represent him, and he said Marsh's fees would not be paid by the state. "It won't be taxpayers' money," he said Ryan has argued that the challenge to the map was a legitimate state expense because he and other plaintiffs were arguing for a map passed by the House. It was not passed in the Senate. He has also continually argued that the challenge was not partisan, as two black Democratic House members were among plaintiffs with Ryan. Ryan also said he thinks the money that would be needed to pay back the $75,203 could be raised from Democrats as well as Republicans. Ex-official found slain CHICAGO (API - Donald R. Smith, a former state treasurer of Illinois, was found bound and slain Thursday in a downtown hotel room, police said. Smith. 55, was found in his bed at the Radisson Hotel on North Michigan Avenue. He had been "either strangled pr suffocated." said Chicago Police Lt. Joe Chausse. Smith, who had been serving as chief fiscal officer in the treasurer's office, was appointed in 1977 by Gov. James R. Thompson to fill the final two years of then-State Treasurer Alan J. Dixon's term. Dixon resigned to become secretary of state. 662-8444 E. Washington at Veteran Pkwy.

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