Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 17, 1973 · Page 3
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Tuesday, July 17, 1973
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0QJe ,$buffliRflA>Me ^Mo .')/..CSd.l6sbuf9 / Tuesday, July1?, mis'* Experts Converge on Canton for Sludge Fight CANTON, 111. (UPI) - Some of the nation's leading authorities on recycling of wastes are coming here this evening in hopes they can erase fears about dumping Chicago's treated sewage in Fulton County. Scheduled to converge on this western Illinois town from as far away as Florida and Texas, the experts will be trying to convince the Fulton County Health Board that properly treated sewage is safe and need not be an odor nuisance. The experts i n c 1 u d e Dr. Geoffrey Stanford of the University of Texas, described recently in Time Magazine as the "god of garbage," Dr. Thomas Minesly, scientific advisor to the U.S. Army, and Dr. Hobert Feldman, a specialist from Florida on odors and allergies. They and others were recruited by the Chicago Metropolitan Sanitary District (MSD) to testify at a hearing by the six-member Fulton County Health Board on whether to restart the nationally acclaimed "Prairie Project." Under the project, Chicago shipped almost half of its in" dustrial and human wastes — about 400 tons per day of syrupy treated sewage called sludge — by river barge to Fulton County for use as fertilizer on land devastated by strip- mining. The $48 million project, start* ed about 1% years ago, was the largest of its kind in the nation and hailed as one solution to the mounting problem of what to do with urban wastes. But on June 19, the Fulton County Health Board, aroused by complaints of ammoniaJike odors from the "holding basins" where the sludge is stored and fears that dangerous viruses might breed in the sludge, banned shipments into the county. The board would not lift the ban until the MSD produced "new evidence that odor and digestion levels are within acceptable limits." Since then, an anti-sludge group has been formed and is trying to get enough signatures for a countywide referendum on a permanent end to the sludge shipments. The MSD announced last Fri­ day that it was spending $600,000 to reprocess some sludge to eliminate odors. But Ray Rimkus, director of Opera* (ions for the MSD, said "we'll be firing our big guns" tonight. "We're bringing experts from alt over the country. I don't think people realize that stopping these shipments could mean people in Chicago could only flush their toilets once a day," he said. Foundation Awards Knox i Governor Uses Veto To Slice Ourtrtfitn 'frM n «tnt «t III _ - ^— _ Science Program Grant Knox College has received a $55,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, to support two years of teaching of science and mathematics for science and non-science majors. THP GRANT is part of $1 million of support to private college science programs which had received earlier gifts from the foundation. Knox received a $275,000 grant in 1966 for a 5-year period. The grant will be used by Knox to fund faculty research, to partially support a science technician and to provide additional science faculty. During 1972 the Sloan Foundation undertook a review of progress achieved in undergraduate science instruction at the 20 liberal arts colleges that were funded by the earlier program. THE FOUNDATION found that roughly three-fourths of these colleges, including Knox, succeeded in strengthening and enriching their programs in science for undergraduates. Especially beneficial, the foundation believed, was the stimulation of research activities on campuses and the addition, temporary or longer-term, of young postdoctoral scientists to faculties. It was to sustain these improvements that the Sloan Foundation has made its latest grants— most of which are in the $50,000 to $100,000 category. Million By PAMELA REEVES CHICAGO (UPI) -Gov. Daniel Walker has used his selective veto power to cut $263 million from the education appropriations approved during ' the spring session by the Illinois Legislature. The governor announced Monday he has cut $185 million | from the appropriation for elementary and secondary schools, | leaving a final appropriation of | $1.2 billion. He also cut $78 billion from the legislature's operating appropriation for Illinois colleges and universities, leaving a final appropriation of $611 million. 1 In both cases, Walker used his "reduction veto" power to cut certain amounts the legislature had approved. Both education appropriations were in the amount the governor had requested when he finished with them. Approves Health Increase In mental health, however, Walker approved a $20 million increase over what he had requested. He said he has been convinced that the extra funds, which bring the department's appropriation to $337.9 million, are needed. Most of the money which' Walker vetoed in the education bills would have gone toward funding teachers' retirement systems, from which teachers draw pensions. Walker said during the campaign he favored full funding of the systems, but he said after the election that the state cannot afford to put up the money needed for full funding just now. His veto of the full funding —passed by the legislature — drew an angry response from the Illinois Teachers Association which said it will fight the governor in court. The $1.2 billion bills which Walker signed for elementary and secondary education include $123 million for the retirement systems, or $140 million less than the legislature had appropriated. They also include $900 million for schools, or $45 million less than the legislature had approved. In higher education, the legislature had appropriated $64 million for retirement systems, but Walker reduced that amount to $20 million. The $613 million higher education bill he signed includes, however, $10 million for raises for state employes. It also includes $65.1 million for state scholarships; $197.9 million for the University of Illinois; $86.7 million for Southern Illinois; $41.4 million for Northern Illinois ; $31.8 million for Illinois State; $21.8 million for Western Illinois and $17 million for East em Illinois. The governor also approved $216 million for capital con struction at the state's colleges and universities, or $62 million less than the legislature had appropriated. Ford Tells Union: Keep Issues Easy DETROIT (UPI) - Ford's chief negotiator told the United Auto Workers today a new contract can be reached without a strike this year "provided that the problems are, in fact; real and important" The statement was viewed as a veiled threat to the UAW not to pursue such difficult issues as voluntary overtime and changes in disciplinary procedures to the point where a strike becomes inevitable. Union Cites Importance The UAW has stated these are important issues to be taken seriously by the companies. In a statement to newsmen before the ceremonial handshake with UAW President Leonard Woodcock, Ford Vice President Malcolm L. Denise praised the union leadership and said, "We in Ford Motor Co. management are not here for a battle." Among the demands made at GM and Ford is one for two additional paid holidays—Martin Luther King's birthday arid the Friday following Thanksgiving. UAW workers now enjoy 12 paid holidays, including a full week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Not Weakness "We do not take this as a sign of weakness but rathe- of a maturity based on strength," Denise said. "We are here only to f»id sound and mutually acceptable solutions to the problems ih it either party brings to ..i.s table, provided that the problems are, in fact, real ind important." Woodcock repeated the ceremony he performed Monday at General Motors, reach- I ing across the crowded bargaining table to shake hands with Denise at Ford's world headquarters in suburban Dearborn. The UAW chief will complete the largely ceremonial functions Wednesday at Chrysler. American Motors, smallest of the major auto companies, has a contract that does not expire until September, 1974. 67-Day Strike Three years ago at GM a contract was agreed to only after the UAW closed the world's largest automaker for 67 days. In 1967, the UAW selected Ford as the target company and staged a 66-day strike before gaining a pattern- setting agreement. There is no threat of a strike, said Woodcock, "unless they (the auto companies) escalate voluntary overtime and health and safety into insuperable and •wii, 1 Mil 1, •f-lSiiiiflf: "'SUV 1 ' Of Fire Safety? Award Too Late At Record Center ST r LOUIS (UPI) - Officials'in Kansas City. The GSA had of the U.S. Military Personnel 'picked the center as one of five Records Center were too tied i federal installations to win in a up to accept a fire safety'regional fire^prevention contest, award Monday. They were as- The selection was made prior sessing the damage to the to last week's fire, building and contents caused Investigators are studying the by a four-day fire. {possibility of arson in the blaze Although some minor fires,because there have been about flared up earlier in the day, the [a dozen fires of suspicious ori- spectacular blaze was declared ghi m the last two years at the officially at an end Monday at building, the six-story structure in sub- Still Qualified wban Overland. j A government spokesman ex- Out of Control j plained that the small fires would not disqualify the build- The fire was discovered early j ng f or ^ award since the Thursday, 'and raged out of pn Ze is based on employe par- confcrol for two days. Firemen ticipation in fire safety pro- confined it to the top floor of grams and is designed to en- the two - block - long building, courage employe vigilance, which housed records of 56 mil-. GSA officials refused to corn- lion veterans of all military (ment on criticism from local Representatives of Burlington Northern Railroad and the United Transportation Union held a labor relations workshop today at the Sheraton Motor Inn. Top management-union leaders are pictured above going over plans for Project 70. They are, from left, Thomas Railroad-Union Meeting C. DeButts, vice president of BN's labor relations division; D. H. King, BN vice president of the Chicago region; Q. C. Gabriel, UTU vice president, and J. E. Hamer, BN assistant operating vice president of the Chicago region. (Register-Mail photo by Steve Stout.) BN Labor Relations Topic of Meeting Project 70, a plan to improve management-labor relations between Burlington Northern Railroad and the United Transportation Union, kicked off today at the Sheraton Motor Inn. This morning's session was the first in a series of 10 meetings between BN and UTU. More than 80 representatives of the railroad and union were scheduled to attend the meeting. Donald H. King, BN vice president of the Chicago region, said the purpose of the meetings is "to develop better communications between the railroad and union." He added that the theme of today's session was to show how many labor relations issues can be settled locally. "Now the idea is that if there is a problem at Galesburg it should be settled at Galesburg," King said. SUPERINTENDENTS from Hinois, Iowa and Wisconsin gathered this morning to talk over their views of improving labor relations with King, Q. C. Gabriel, vice president of UTU, and Thomas C. De- Butts, vice president of BN's labor relations division. King said Galesburg was the starting point for the series of meetings for "convenience sake." He noted that the labor relations workshop will work west, meeting tomorrow at Kansas City and winding up in two weeks on the west coast. Project 70, King said, was conceived by the UTU to improve relations and provide a better rapport. Representing conductors, brakemen, firemen and some engineers, UTU has a national membership of more than 200,000. King said the series of and mu- meetings between BN' UTU will" help provide a tual understanding during con tract negotiations. GOP Lay-Offs Okayed Pending Final Decision SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois Supreme Court has given its okay to continued "reorganization" lay-offs under Gov. Daniel Walker pending the court's final ruling on the practice. The state high court said Monday a lower court order halting the lay-offs is no longer effective. The court said it will hear arguments in the latest political patronage case next fall. IN THE MEANTIME, the court said, the state may go on laying off workers in accordance with state departmental regulations and precedent. At issue in the most recent case is the laying off of some 100 Republican supervisors in the Department of Transportation. Walker administration spokesmen say the workers were let go because their jobs were wiped out by "reorganization" but the workers claim they were laid off because of politics. They asked the Sangamon County Circuit Court to put them back in their jobs. THE CIRCUIT COURT ruled earlier this month that no more workers could be laid off until the issue is finally resolved in court but it also said the 100-plus DOT supervisors could not go back to work. Monday the state supreme court agreed the DOT workers are out of jobs — at least temporarily. But it went further and ruled the state Department of Transportation and other state agencies can continue dropping workers until the case is settled. All told, roughly 800 workers cduld be affected. Citations Charge Angelas Offense CHICAGO (UPI) — The Illi-|paign while Angelos was an nois attorney general's office officer of firms holding liquor has filed two more citations against Anthony Angelos, charging him with wrongdoing while branches. The top floor contained 22 million files, most of fire officials that the records center's upper floors lacked a holder of state liquor licenses. The citations Monday charged that Angelos served illegally as a holiday court deputy bailiff for the sheriff's office while holding state liquor licenses. They also charged that if Angelos withdrew as an officer of which are believed to have such fire-prevention devices as been destroyed. sprinklers and firewalls. Ironically the General Serv- Government spokesmen said ices Administration, owner of i,t would be several days before the building, was to present a estimates could be made of the first-place fire safety award to number of documents damaged the building's officials Monday or destroyed. licenses. Walker had nominated Angelos for state insurance director, but Angelos asked that his name be withdrawn after the controversy began over the campaign contributions. Angelos has blocked investigations into the alleged contributions by filing a lawsuit two corporations holding liquor charging that any state lawj licenses, he failed to inform preventing a liquor license hold-, the state Liquor Control Com- er from making campaign con-; mission. trifoutions is unconstitutional. ' Earlier this year, the statei Circuit Court Judge Edward; had charged that Angelos vio-iHealy had ordered a temporary; lated state law by making fi-'injunction against commission nancial contributions to Gov.'hearings until the constitutional; Daniel Walker's election cam-'issue is resolved. ! BANK of GALESBURG Announces NEW SAVINGS INTEREST RATES Thar We Con Now Pay You Maximum Rates Allowed By New Regulations DAILY PASSBOOK - 5% BLUE CHIP J u, y 1973 — 5V2% 90 DAY CERTIFICATES 5V2% 1 Year -2V 2 Year Certificates ^6% Vh Year - 4 Year Certificates S] 6V2% Over 4 Year Certificates ^ "'- 000 - 7% Join the BANK OF GALESBURG Today Home of Free Checking and Free Checks 'The Bonk That Leads The Way' .a Bank of Galesburg MAIN & KELLOGG MEMBER F.D.I.C. PH 343-4141 0 N A T E B L 0 0 D RED CROSS BLOOD CENTER IWeds. J u L Y 18th

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