4 Thursday, July 12, 1 tee ti •a Ab u tided ,111. (UPI) to protect Illinois consumers-often victimized in today's impersonal business world-abounded in the spring session of the General Assembly. Some worked its way to Gov. Daniel Walker's desk but much of it failed. /A VLttt &re some ttho might Hfcve teen helped by proposals Which did not pass: >Mary Kelly paid $340 for a new No. 3 piston and noticed A once a fanny noise coming Out of the No. 1 piston that hadn't been there before. Floors Sag —Rep. Eugene Schlickman, R-Arlington Heights, tells of a Wheeling family whose s new house has sagging floors and walls that don't meet the ceiling- —The attorney general's consumer fraud division has a complaint from a couple saddled with 10 years of monthly payments on a new mobile home. The dealer refused to fix holes in the bathroom walls and pipes and suggested the couple use satisfy consumers before they go to court. Presently, consumers must seek satisfaction from a seller who already has been paid. Othef far-reaching measures in a 17-bill Democratic consum- Complete Information Contact Lenses Phone 343-7410 Dispensed on Prescription of , BEATH, O.D. DAILY 8:00 - 5:00 • MONDAY & FRIDAY 8:00 - 8:00 60 S. Kellogg Galesburg, msser UNION OPTICAL CO. old tires to hold down the trailer's flapping roof. A list of unsatisfied customers could go on and on. "Even the brightest guy in the world can't always be a smart consumer anymore," said Rep. Richard Mugalian, D-Palatine. "I'm sure everyone must have er protection series also fell by had some experience where the wayside, including proposals they've been ripped off." to: —License auto repair shops and mechanics. —Require homebuilders to pay into a common fund to be used for the cost of repairing shoddy construction. Require eery items. —Create an office of consum issue injunctions based oil find* ings of the Federal Trade Commission, That bill passed on a second try in the Senate with most Democrats not voting. , Philip ttock, D-Chicago, said it would take the i 'single strongest consumer fraud act in the country," Which he called a silk purse, and "make it into a Sow's ear." Besides the "little federal trade commission" bill, a handful of other consumer interest legislation also passed. Other bills awaiting Walker's signature would: •Bring Illinois law into line with a U.S. Supreme Court deelf |store contracts require the buyer to pay the fees, regardless of who is at fault, sion by requiring that buyers m given notice and a hearing before their property te re possessed. Charge Fees Allow courts to charge attorneys' fees to a store if the store is found at fault in overcharging its customers. Present -.Require that food be so- labeled if it has been frozen. Bah sex discrimination in issuing credit cards and require that applicants be given an explanation if their request for credit is turned down. Mugalian sponsored a bill that would have allowed buyers to simply not pay if they were charged several times what an item would normally be worth. He said businessmen already are protected against such "unconscionable transactions" der the code. uniform un commercial interests in state government. Rep. John Matijevich, D-North Mugalian's bill is being held [Chicago, who sponsored the con- blamed over for further study during advocate bill, General William J. sumer the General Assembly's summer (Attorney Scott for blocking the Republican support necessary to pass his bill. recess. Withhold Payment bill Another bill being held over would allow customers—such as the couple with the faulty trailer —to withhold payment from a bank or loan company and bring up the product defects as a court defense if they are sued. Rep. Jack Beupre, D-Bourbonnais, who sponsored the bill, said lenders—the "holder in due Not Necessary Scott backed of a series measures to add powers to his own Consumer Fraud Division, saying the new office of consumer advocate was not really necessary. The main bill would allow Scott to fight false advertising course" of installment contracts claims and other deceptive would pressure sellers to sales practices in court and to D uble 9 uble uble BELFAST (UPI) Police found the garratlted body of a man in a Roman Catholic area of Belfast today while bonfires burned in Protestant areas to celebrate a 283-year-old victory that made them the dominant force in Northern Ireland. Police said the man, who was not identified, was strangled with barbed wire. It was the 845th death in nearly four years of political and religious strife among Protestants, Catholics and security forces. Earlier, British commanders ordered 28,500 troops and police to keep the peace during Protestant celebrations of the battle that established their dominance over to Catholics nearly three centuries ago. Bonfires burned before dawn as the celebrations began. "We are on full alert throughout the day,*' a security spokesman said. Parade organizers said about 100,000 Protestanits were marching in Belfast and 17 other cities and towns to celebrate the victory of King William of Orange over Catholic King James II in the 1690 Battle of the Boy-ne. Authorities cancelled police r leave, called up 2,000 reservists to reinforce 4,000 regular police and placed on duty the 6,000 parUime militiamen Ulster Defense Regiment, addition, 16,500 regular troops were on duity. Security officials said Belfast, jw«*e marching, was the worst where about 23,000 Protestants | potential trouble spot. •'_ . . __^_L 1^ ^^^^_^^^^^MP^P^^*^^T^M* Mr. Businessman, are you paying too much for your insurance? 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