Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 20, 1973 · Page 3
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, July 20, 1973
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Ndav, July 20, 1973 3 Fewer Freeloaders Than Expected Found by Welfare Cheat Crackdown EAST ST. LOUIS, lh\ (UP!) —Indications are there may not be as many cheaters. on the state welfare rolls as Gov. Daniel Walker has been led to believe. Walker and Public Aid Director Joel Edelman told newsmen in Chicago Wednesday a "massive crackdown" was under way to get ineligible persons off the aid rolls and prosecute them as criminals. Walker said that by checking names on Aid to Dependent Children rolls through a new computer system "we have identified more than 20,000 cases of unreported income. This is about 10 per cent of the total state ADC caseload." Based on those figures, Walker estimated ADC overpayments at $10 million and said cheater in alj welfare categories may cost governments as much as $84 million a year. But in the state's seven county regional public aid office here, one of the pilot districts for the new computer program, a recheck has reduced the number of questionable cases to about 1 per cent. An official of the East St. Louis office said when ADC recipients were originally checked against a list of wage earners, the computer came up with 201 possible cheater out of a total caseload of 15,591. Followup investigations have shown 106 of the 291 suspects were on the list because of errors made either by staff workers or by aid recipients in filling out questionnaires. The remaining 185 were described as cases "in which there is some question." But, so far, no names have been dropped from the rolls and no money saved in the district as a result of the computer "crackdown." The East St. Louis, Peoria and Rockford regional offices were selected to make surveys that led to the governor's estimates on the cost of welfare cheating. Officials in the Rockford and Peoria offices said they didn't • know how their computer programs were coming. The Peoria office suggested a newsman check with a public relations person in Springfield, who turned out to be on vacation. '"III I 'V •"" 7,,:i!' „' i ''; i iilli !!'ii | il |,|; '"' l, .; ll: f Elks Drop 'Whites-Only' Requirement for Membership lilii! The Benevolent and Protective order of Elks have bowed to legal pressure and "changing social attitudes," and dropped its 105-year-old whites-only membership rule. ' Delegates to the Elks' national convention at Chicago voted 2,186 to 773 to remove the whites-only clause from their bylaws and admit other races to membership for the first time since the order was founded in 1868. Results of the vote were announced in a news conference Thursday by Robert A. Yothers, Seattle, Wash., the Elks' new grand exalted ruler. Yothers said an Elk now must be a male American citizen at least 21 years old who expresses a belief in God and is not a member of the Communist Party. Women Still Out Women of all colors ere still barred from the organization— which is believed to have more than 1.5 million members in 2,182 lodges. Yothers said the decision to drop the white-only clause was influenced by "recognition of changing social attitudes and a recent Supreme Court action" in a case involving Elks in Maine. Asked if the new social cli­ mate alone could have produced the vote, Yothers said: "I don't think so. No, I don't think so." The U.S. Supreme Court in April upheld Maine's right to revoke the license, including building permits and liquor licenses, of 15 lodges which were accused of discriminating against blacks. Revoke Tax Exemption Several other states have revoked the Elks' tax - exempt status because of the order's racial policies. The change in the Elks' constitution must still be ratified by a majority of the Elks' membership voting in their ledges. Yothers predicted that would be accomplished by the first of October. To become an Elk, Yothers said a person must be sponsored by two members of a lodge and then voted on by the miambership after an investigating committee explores and reports on his background and character. "Three negative votes prevents you from being a member," he said. Hard To Predict William Tate, Galcsburg Elks Lodge 894 exalted ruler, said today it's too soon to predict the effect of the national convention's action on the local lodge. To his knowledge, Tate said, no person of any race other than white has ever applied for membership in the Galesburg lodge. "The resolution was passed only yesterday. Now it must go to all local lodges for ratification." Tate explained. Will it be approved? "That would be pure speculation," he commented. Tate noted that the national convention approved the measure by a 74 per cent margin, "if you consider that margin, it is possible to believe that local lodges may ratify the resolu* tion," he said. Voted for It "I voted in favor of it. It is my opinion that the organization cannot exist if states take action such as had been done in other places," he said. Tate Jiaid he saw no problem because women are still prohibited from membership. "I don't see any problem there," Tate said. "We do have a woman's auxiliary, as do many other lodges." But, he said he doubts women in the Galcsburg area would push for Elks membership. Birthday Cake Kuma, the first gorilla born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, tastes her third birthday cake, which was presented to her Thursday by Dr. Lester Fisher, zoo director. Kumba apparently wasn't too ape on the sweet stuff. UNIFAX Daley, GOP Leaders in 'Summit, To Regulate Abortions ffo End Long-Term Transit Crisis Governor Approves Bills Up Sharply for June (Continued from page 2) increase for food consumed at home. But prices also rose for eggs, fish, poultry and cereal and bakery products. Used car prices went 1.4 per cent to a level 9.2 pier'"cent above a year earlier, but new car prices declined 0.1 per cent to a point 0.3 per cent below a year earlier. Among other nonfood commodities, prices also increased for houses, alcoholic beverages, clothing, bedding, housekeeping supplies, and home maintenance and repair materials. But prices of shoes and other footwear declined. Among services, rent went up 0.3 per cent and charges were also higher for baby-sitters, mortgage interest, home maintenance and repairs, automobile repairs and parking, medical care, dry cleaning, shirt laundering, men's haircuts, recreational services, and local transit, taxis, airplane and intercity bus fares. On Thursday, the Commerce Department released figures showing thalt the Gross National Product —the total of goods and services produced by the economy —grew at an annual rate of only 2.6 per,cent in the second quarter of this year. This was a marked slowdown from the 8.7 per cent growth rate oif January through March, and it may indicate a turning point in the two-year business boom. The new figure was below the | 4 par cent growth rate the administration sought, and it was the smallest quarterly increase since 1970. In the last three months of 1970, "real," or noninflated growth, actually declined 4.3 per cent. A sharp drop in Consumer and business spending is behind the new slowdown, the department said. At the same time, it reported inflation in April through June at 6.8 per cent, a slightly faster rise than the first quarter. SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Gov. Daniel Walker has signed into law three bills designed to regulate abortions in accordance with a recent U. S. Supreme Court decision and a fourth measure intended to protect the rights of medical personnel who refuse to participate in such operations. , The bills take effect immediately. Walker signed them Thursday before leaving the state for a two-week vacation. THE REGULATION measures sponsored by Sen. Don Wooten, D-Rock Island, provide that abortions performed during the first three months (trimester) of a pregnancy must take place in sanitary, safe facilities and be performed by an Illinois-licensed doctor; that abortions during the second trimester must be performed in a hospital, and that abortions may be'"performed during the final trimester of a pregnancy only to save the life or protect the health of the mother. They also provide that facilities performing first- trimester abortions must be licensed by the state; that all abortions must be preceded by adequate patient counseling, and that all such operations must be reported to the Department of Public Health on a confidential basis. WALKER SAID the legislation was necessary because the federal high court, in ruling earlier this year, had effectively invalidated the old Illinois abortion law, leaving the state with no enforceable regulations on the operation. The fourth bill, introduced by Rep. Edmund F. Kucharski, R-Chieago, is designed to prohibit job or hiring discrimination against doctors or nurses who refuse to participate in abortions. State Employes' Paychecks Cleared by Attorney General SPRINGFIELD (UPI) Thousands of state employes whose paychecks were being held up by legal questions apparently will be paid soon after all. State Comptroller George W Lindberg said Thursday he had been assured by Attorney General William Scott that he may legally pay employes, even though the appropriation including their salaries is being trimmed by Gov. Daniel Walker's reduction veto. Lindberg had said he feared he was legally barred from making payments out of such vetoed appropriations until the legislature took final action on the vetoes. "On the basis of an advance verbal opinion from the attorney general, this office will proceed to process payrolls and cither spending requests included in the remaining portions of appropriations for the 1974 fiscal year reduced by the governor," Lindberg said. However, a spokesman said the delay in processing payrolls probably will result in late delivery of some paychecks. Among the first to be affected, he said, will be thousands of employes at the state's colleges and universities, many of whom were to be paid today. He said he could not estimate how many employes will be paid late or how long the delays will last. Fire Probe Yields Nothing indicate what was the cause," Devic said. However, he said agents have ST. LOUIS (UPI) - The FBI, attempting to determine the cause of the massive fire at the U.S. Military Personnel Records Center, said preliminary results of an investigation have shown nothing. Charles J. Devic, assistant special agent of the FBI's St. Louis office, said they are considering accident, 1 spontaneous combustion, electrical faults and arson as possible causes. • "We've found no physical evidence to indicate arson or to not gone to the top floor yet because engineers have not de termined whether it is safe to enter. The fire raged out of control for two days last, week in the top floor of the six-story building in suburban Overland. Millions of the 56 million files of former servicemen were destroyed in the blaze. Court Bars Welfare Checks WASHINGTON (UPI) - Retroactive welfare payments to aged, blind and disabled Illinois residents have been blocked until the Supreme Court decides their legality. Justice William H, Rehnquist blocked payments Thursday in acting on a motion by Illinois Attorney General William Scott. Two lower federal courts ordered back payments for some applicants to July 1, 1968, when Health, Education and Welfare Department requirements changed to provide aid to aged and blind within 30 days of their applications and to the disabled within 60 days. Illinois has been paying benefits as of the month in which an application was approved. Rehnquist said it was "extremely unlikely" that Illinois would be able to collect the back payments if it wins the case before the Supreme Court. CHICAGO (UPI) - Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Republican legislative leaders sat down without Gov. Daniel Walker today for a "summit conference" to seek a long term solution to the mass transportation problem. Republican House Speaker W. Robert Blair, Park Forest, and Senate President William Harris, Pontiac, met with the mayor and Senate Minority Leader Cecil Partee, Chicago, in a room at the Bismarck Hotel. Emphasizing the absence of Walker, the summit participants posed for pictures prior to the meeting, sitting on either side of an empty chair with a placard carrying the governor's name. They sat at a V-shaped table with Democrats on the right, Republicans on the left and Walker's empty chair at the point of the V. "I just want to contribute a little to the mass transportation solution for the metropolitan area," Daley said as he ran a gamut of newsmen into the closed door meeting. Just after the meeting began, Qualifications For Military To Be Cut? Blair and Harris released a statement warning of "serious" legal questions about the governor's advancement of funds to help carry the Chicago Transit Authority through its financial crisis. The statement questioned the legality of the state's $9 million advance payment to the CTA to cover reduced fares for the el derly and schoolchildren. The statement was addressed to state Treasurer Alan Dixon and Comptroller George Lindberg and urged them to seek legal counsel before approving payment of the money. Walker went on a two-week vacation to Hawaii Thursday after declaring nothing more can be done about the CTA or suburban mass transit systems un til the General Assembly reconvenes Oct. 15. But Blair, Hariris and Daley all disagreed and used the word "unfortunate" to describe the governor's refusal to attend the conference. The two Republican leaders have let it be known that, if agreement can be reached with Daley, they might exercise They worked out details of an agreement under which the state will take over some road construction projects in Cook County to free $12 million in their constitutional powers to convene a special session of the legislature on mass transportation whether the governor approves or not. Walker would be hard-pressed j local money for diversion to to stop any compromise agree- 1 the CTA. mlent that Ivas solid backing of the Republican majorities in both houses of the General Assembly plus support from Dem ocnats loyal to Daley. Key to Pact Bairns and Blair, who issued Daley and Walker an invitation to the transportation summit conference July 16, have said the key to any agreement would be finding a means to finance a regional mass transportation authority. Daley, the two Republican leaders- and Walker all favor a six-county transit district, but are not in accord on how it should be paid for. The final step in the $27 million emergency financial propping for the CTA was completed Wednesday in a meeting between CTA Board Chairman Milton Pikarsky and Langhorne Bond, head of the Illinois Department of Transportation. $15 Million More Earlier, the state, city and county had made an additional total of $15 million available for the CTA. Pikarsky said these emergency steps would keep the CTA running through mid-November, but cautioned it would take an extra $5 million to operate until the end of the year. The money has also enabled the CTA to put off all of projected employe layoffs and most of its cutbacks in service. "Now we are suspending service to affect only seven bus routes, 10 rapid transit stations, six auxiliary entrances to rapid transit stations, 10 bus routes on weekends and portions or hours of 14 bus routes," Pikarsky said. Earlier the CTA had been planning reduced service on 30 bus routes, three train routes and at 25 stations. CHICAGO (UPI) - The chief recruiter for the nation's new all-volunteer Army said Thursday the Army may have to "modify" its enlistments requirements downward to draw its full quota. Maj. Gen. John Q. Henion, head of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command which recently moved to Ft. Sheridan, 11,1., told a news conference recruiters are obtaining enlistments at 95 per cent rate of their target. Henion said he was optimistic that the recruiters could get 100 per cent of the 800,000 men needed. Enlistments Off He said that since the Army upgraded its requirements to exclude almost all non-high school graduates, enlistments fell off. Walker's Son-in-Law May Jump Into Election Race MARION, 111. (UPI)-A son in-law of Gov. Daniel Walker confirmed Thursday that he's thinking about jumping into the election swim next year in the 59th Legislative District. But David II. Vaught, 25, appointed in April as supervisor of the Tourism Division of the Illinois Department of Business and Economic Development, said he is keeping his options open. No Decision Yet "I have made no decision and I am considering it as one of several possible alternatives," Vaught said. Vaught, who grew up in Carmi and now lives in Marion where he works, was graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He first met Walker while volunteering to work in his campaign in 1971. He later met Walker's daughter Kathleen, and they were married last Jan. 20. Ho said he got the idea of running for the legislature while working in his father-in- law's campaign and through talking to pepple in the district. Several people have encouraged him to enter the race, he said. The 59th District incumbents See 'Walker'(Continued on page 15) Ice Cream Social Sunday — July 22 East Main St. Church Main & Whitesboro Sts. Ice Cream, Cake or Pi* 50c Serving 5 ta 8 PM Sponsored by Tri -M Board: Rules, Error Caused Commuter Crash CHICAGO (UPI) - The Na* tional Transportation Safety Board says error by crew members and "ambiguous rules" of the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad resulted in the collision between two commuter trains last Oct. 30 in which 45 persons were killed and more than 300 injured. Cite Car Design In a 59-page report Thursday, the safgy board also said the design construction of new bi- level "Highliner" cars on one of the trains was partially responsible for the high fatality rate in the crash. The probable cause of the accident, the report said, was the "backing of the Highliner train without flag protection into a previously vacated signal block, and the failure of the engineer of the following train, while operating faster than the prescribed speed, to perceive the train in time to avoid the collision." The engineer of the second train should have seen the backing train "a considerable distance before the braking limits of his train were overrun," the NTSB concluded. It also said if the second train had been operating at the required 30 m.p.h. limit, "instead of 55 m.p.h.," and if its engineer had applied emergency brakes at the time he said he first saw the Highliner, it would have stopped short of a collision. The report said "ambiguous rules which caused confusion among employes...and reduced importance of flagging in suburban service implied by the management's failure to enforce five of its own rules," contributed to the collision. The safety board urged that the railroad "improve its operating rules and rules enforcement," and recommended a government study on the need of an automatic train-control system to govern high speed commuter trains. It also recommended a government study to improve the "crashworthy- ness" of lightweight passenger cars. The railroad issued a statement saying its officers have reviewed the report and its recommendations and "those that apply to the Illinois Central Gulf have already been adopted or are being implemented." READ THE WANT ADS! REGISTER TO VOTE at the Knox County Fair TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. REGISTRATION BOOTH UNDER THE GRANDSTAND YVONNE B. O'BRIEN Knox County Clerk Galesburg, Illinois

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