Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 19, 1973 · Page 3
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Thursday, July 19, 1973
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Thursday, July \$ g jff% % By DAVID SMOTHERS UPt Senior Editor SPRtNGPlELD, 111. (UP!) A new equation of political power is taking form in Illinois. It has already eroded what is called the country's last political machine. It could add up to a bid for the White House. The new factor is the equation of Daniel ("Call him Dan," his aides beg) Walker. Just about everybody in the know laughed when Walker set out to become governor of Illinois. Now, just about everybody in the know thinks Gov. Walker of Already Casting Eye on White House? Illinois is flirting with the idea of running for president, and Walker is no longer anybody's laughing matter. Particularly hot on the fifth floor of City Hall in Chicago, where Mayor Richard J. Daley hands out orders. A few years. ago he ran the Democratic Party in Illinois. Everybody in the know knew that. Now, that is no longer a safe bet. Doesn't Owe Machine Walker is unique among modern Democratic governors of Illinois, the late and revered Adlai E. Stevenson included. He does not owe his political soul to the Chicago machine. He won the primary in the spring of 1972 against a popular rival (and old friend) by campaigning against Daley and the Chicago establishment. He beat a well-regarded Republican governor last November, largely by convincing down- staite Illinois that a $118,000 -a^ year corporate lawyer from the money marts of Chicago was really just folks. Now he is working on the second installment of the Dan Walker political formula. A governor for little more than five months, he is consolidating his power base through the state and in the expanding communities around Chicago He is willing to deal and work with Daley now, but on his own terms, as equal political chieftains. The Walker gamble is that Illinois is changing, Daley is aging, and the Chicago bosses do not have the clout to run the state's' Democratic Party all on their own any more. 'On The Line' The Walker brain trust figures that the way is wide open for a man who can lock in a personal following in down- state Illinois—and can then call upon Chicago for the standard Democratic majorities the organization must supply to stay strong. Accordingly, Walker will be out in the country "putting himself on the line," trying to get his own kind of legislature, people beholden to him, elected next year. Maybe he will be in the primaries, trying to punish his enemies and handpick his own candidates. Walker says he hasn't decided about that. Maybe he will go where the brave dare not go—into Daley's Cook County, to challenge the mayor's choice for such vital posts as county assessor, president of the county board and sheriff. If he could carry that off, he would have pretty fair credentials for being a boss himself. Walker smiles and says that is still up in the air. National Office And then, assuming all goes well, a Walker associate says, "in 1976 the next office Walker will run for will be another See'Walker'- (Continued on Page 5) Gov. Daniel Walker . . . eye on White Home? General Assembly 'Forgot 9 Road Work Governor Included in Freeway Package By ROBERT KffiCKHEPER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The spring session of the Illinois General Assembly, during a months-long fight led by Republicans to increase Gov. Daniel Walker's freeway program, apparently forgot to pass three highway items he had approved. The three appropriation items, including a flat grant of $40 million in freeway bond money to the City of Chicago and lesser amounts for two downstate freeway projects', were part of Walker's road programs, announced June 19. But they were not included in the appropriation bill which eventually reached his desk after extensive legislative reworking. Since the state Constitution prohibits the governor from using his veto power to increase an appropriation, further legislative action during the fall session would be necessary to resurrect the appropriation items, legislative staff aides in the governor's office said Wednesday. Items in Question The three appropriation items in question are: —$40 million for the City of Chicago. Walker said that money was part of $150 million in freeway bond funds secretly committed to the city by then Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie at the time the 1971 transportation bond issue was passed. The money was to have been a straight grant, with no specific projects outlined for its use, Deputy Governor Victor De Grazia said. —$5.76 million which Walker had asked for three structures and 5.18 miles of paving along Illinois 13 between Murphys- boro and Carbondale. The two- lane construction later was to have been upgraded to full freeway standards, Walker said. —$678,000 for resurfacing and intersection improvement along the U.S. 51 corridor between U.S. 24 and a point south of Wooford—a segment eventually slated to become part of the north-south freeway. Walker had included all of those items, plus his other freeway projects, in one lumjp-sum appropriation request as part of the Department of Transportation budget. However, Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee, complaining Walker was not moving fast enough on the freeway system, scrapped (lie lump-sum request and inserted in its place a series of line item appropriations, spelling out a host of specific freeway projects to be included in fiscal 1974 construction plans. Although that listing included dozens of projects Walker had not approved, it omitted three of those he had requested. House Speaker W. Robert Blair, R - Park Forest, whose staff composed the amendment, could not be reached for comment on the omission. Walker has said he plans to veto the freeway items inserted into the DOT bill over his objection. However, press aide Norton Kay said it is srtill possible that some additional items not included in Walker's original plan might be funded by the money eliminated by the legislature. "We're still studying the chaos ithc legislature has brought about," Kay said late Wednesday evening. GOP Leader Labels Budget Vetoes Take Savings' SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Gov. Daniel Walker distorted budget figures to make it appear he is saving tax dollars by veto* ing budget bills, House Speaker W. Robert Blair charged Wednesday. Blair, a Park Forest Republi- :an and Walker's chief rival in the General Assembly, told newsmen the $871 million Walker claimed to have vetoed out of the fiscal 1974 budget includes duplications, non-appropriation billp and other 'fake savings." Walker, in an attempt to re turn the budget to the $7.2 bil lion he proposed, claimed earlier this week his vetoes and reductions from the $8 billion budget passed by the lawmakers marked the largest single cut any Illinois governor ever made. Lack of Candor "Governor W a 1 k e r' s an : . nounced appropriation, vetoes are another example of his intentional lack of candor with the people," Blair said. "In most cases, the governor is claiming to have effected a savings when in fact he merely chose one of two identical bills to sign and one to veto." Blair said duplicate bills account for some $28 million of Walker's claimed savings. Another $89.3 million, he said, were revenue bills and did not involve state spending. Also included in Walker's "fake savings," Blair said, is $140 million in bond money for supplemental freeway construction; $312 million for state- funded retirement systems; $126 million for capital con­ struction projects and $15 million in fund transfers and federal matching funds. Still awaiting action by the governor is Blair's one-half cent sales tax reduction bill — the only tax relief measure to come out of the spring session. Walker planned to leave today on a two-week vacation without acting on the measure which is expected to cost the state $75 million in the first year. Dollars or Lives? Blair said cuts in the Repub­ lican - sponsored freeway program are an attempt by Walker to "emasculate, once again, plans to construct these vital downstate roads. Is the govcr nor more interested in saving dollars or lives?" He said cities that would have been served by the freeway program include Quincy, Galesburg, Monmouth, Rockford, Danville, Macomb, Carbondale and Peoria. The , speaker challenged Walker to come up with a 20- ycar road construction plan which, Blair said, is required by law. Then, he said "the people will, at a minimum, know what it is the governor really intends to do." He said Walker's cutbacks in education will "create crises in many school districts across the state," and charged the governor with breaking a campaign promise by vetoing the retirement funds. Blair said he expects lawmakers from both parties to work during the fall session to restore the budget bills to their original levels. Panel Pro be ofBu ilding Kickbacks Gets Little Help From Witnesses State's Architect Kenneth G. Groggs of Chicago, who recently was appointed state architect by Gov. Daniel Walker, is the first black in the United States to hold such a post. He previously was contract administrator for the Chicago architectural firm of Campbell and Macsai. UNIFAX To Fulton County Sludge Shipments To Resume Soon CHICAGO (UPI)-The Chica go Metropolitan Sanitary District will resume shipments of treated sewage from Chicago to Fulton County "within a few days or a week," an official said today. The shipments of treated sewage — called sludge — were halted for almost a month until the Fulton County Health Board was assured the sludge presented no health threat or steady odor nuisance. The board, after hearing evidence from a series of national authorities on waste recycling plus doctors, farmers and labor spokesmen, voted to allow resumption of shipments into the county. Bart Lyman, general superintendent of the MSD, said the month-long ban had created no overload of the murky sludge in holding basins around the suburb of La Grange. But Lyman said when the shipments are resumed the MSD will treat the sludge by a heat method in hopes of eliminating complaints about ammonia-like odors. The sludge is being used as a fertilizer to reclaim devastated stripmined land. Test Air? If there are new odor complaints, Lyman said the MSD would have air samples tested at a research institute of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in an effort to pin -i point the cause. 1 SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois Legislative Investigating Commission, hoping for more cooperation than it received Wednesday, today reconvened its hearings into charges of bribes and kickbacks in the award of state building contracts. Shoebox Fortune? It has been widely speculated that such payments may have contributed to the $800,000 "shoebox cash hoard" left by the late Secretary of State Paul Powell after his death in 1970. Powell, whose name arose in questioning Wednesday, had ultimate control over many Capitol complex building projects, including a renovation of the Capitol itself. Among those scheduled to testify at today's session were Springfield architect Harry J. Fernandes, who served as associate architect on the Capitol renovation project; W. Reed Wythe, formerly an official in the office of the state supervising architect; Illinois • Auditor General David B. Thomas, and several contractors. Wednesday, three witnesses refused to answer commission questions on grounds that replies might incriminate them. The three were James E. White, a purchasing agent under Powell; Ralph Vancil, a Cairo heating and plumbing contractor, and Walter A. Gross, a former officer of the Tal Rauhoff Construction Co. in Chicago. Fires Questions Despite White's statement that he would not answer questions, commission co-chairman Rep. Joseph Sevcik, R-Berwyn, asked dozens of questions "for the record." Sevcik asked whether White had relayed $1,000 and a note from a contractor to Powell; whether such an amount, if it existed, was a kickback; whether White had ever given contractors advance notice of the specifications on state projects up for bids; whether he had traveled to Chicago at the expense of a contractor to confer on upcoming bids, and whether that Chicago contractor had performed without charge $30,000 worth of work on White's Springfield home. Sen. John Roe, R-Rochelle, a School Founder Denies Girls Mistreated AUSTIN, Tex. (UPI) - The founder of the Mary Lee School of Special Education denied a legislator's accusations Wednesday that any of the 17 teen-age LOOK FOR THE "GOOD" IN EVERYTHING MAYBE YOU (AN GET A REFLECTION Bill Stegall, Jr. girls at the home was ever mistreated. Rep. Lane Denton, D-Waco, completing five days of hearings on similar accusations against the Artesia Hall School for Boys, said the girls have been kept in a cramped closet­ like room, denied food and, in one instance, given enough tranquilizers "to kill a cow." Denton visited the campus near Austin Sunday and Monday, and demanded that state welfare and health authorities investigate the school that takes care of girls from Texas, Kan- !ssa, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Illinois. "I feel that you have grossly misrepresented the situation," founder and executive director Charlene Crump told Denton. "It may be good for your ca- See 'School'(Continued on Page 15) commission member, asked Vancil whether he had paid Powell $100,000 in an effort to obtain a contract involved in the Capitol rehabilitation; whether he had received advance word from the secretary of state's office on how much to bid for that contract, and whether he would explain "change orders" which boosted the cost of his work well above the amount he bid for the job. Free Work? Gross was asked whether his firm had performed free work on White's home; whether he even knew White, and whether his company had received ad vance information on the specifications of state building proj ects. Charles Siragusa, executive director of the commission, re minded the witnesses they could be compelled by the courts to respond to commis sion questions. However, Sevcik said various grand juries and the Internal Revenue Service also were probing state build ing contract practices. He said such a court request might hamper those investigations. Several other witnesses testified at the Wednesday session, including Joseph E. Hecken kamp, an assistant in the office of the Secretary of State. Asked About Accounting Heckenkamp was questioned about accounting practices used to pay Fernandes for his architectural work on the Capi­ tol project. He said he believes Fernandes was paid a percentage fee based on a cost estimate Fernandes, himself, submitted. Commission members said that estimate was far too high and, as a result, Fernandes was "highly overpaid." U of I Prexy Sees Tuition Hikes CHICAGO (UPI) - University of Illinois President John Corbally said Wednesday tuition hikes and job layoffs at the school are "virtually guaranteed" with Gov. Daniel Walker's budget cuts. Corbally told the university's board of trustees that up to 300 of the school's 4,000 employes will probably lose their jobs this year. He also said tuitions would probably be increased for the 1974-75 academic year. The increase "will be larger than would be required if higher education had been provided a fair share of the economic growth of Illinois," he said. Corbally said he was extremely disappointed in the approximately $40.7 million in budget cuts for the university. "We will have to make up the money difference primarily by reducing people," he said. NOTICE With sincere appreciation, I wish to thank all of the people who, over the past few years, have patronized Edna's Flower and Gift Shop. It has been a pleasure to work within such a warm community. Due to known circumstances, the business has been sold. Marlene Caslin is now the proprietor of the shop under its new name — Village Flower and Gift Shop. I hope that you will extend to her the same friendliness and courtesy that you have shown to us. 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