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2 Golesburg Regi iter* Ma i), Gajesbura, Saturday, July 21, 1973 ijt tit vl .V lie to n Hi -rr. -ii •Y. 1(1 lit' JU Sift: hi u. 4. . o i. 1 J* -iiO Top Grain Officials Testify U.S. Knew of Soviet Deal WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Agriculture Department was given advance knowledge of list summer's $1 billion Soviet wheat deal, officials of the nation 's top grain corporations told a Senate subcommittee Friday, Agriculture .Secretary Earl L. Butz told a House subcommittee last September that the massive grain sale to the Russians "caught everyone by surprise" and that "nobody" in his department knew of the size or scope of the giant wheat deal. But Bernard Steinweg, senior vice president of Continental Grain Co., the world 's largest grain dealer, testified that he Townships Will Discuss Allocations Representatives of the Illinois Department of Local Government Affairs will meet with township officials Monday night to discuss federal revenue sharing allocations and how to go about spending them. Some officials from the Town of the City of Galesburg are in a quandry as to how the funds may be legally spent. They hope the question will be resolved at the 7:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall. "Every township seems to be having the same kind of problem," said Olga Nelson, Galesburg town clerk. Federal guidelines generally offer few problems but townships must be guided in their expenditures by state statutes which restrict them more than they do municipalities. As the revenue sharing budget stands, $7,983 has been budgeted for street and bridge work, and $2,000 for administrative costs. This leaves the Town of the City of Galesburg with $21,406 not yet earmarked. One town supervisor, Donald Boles of Black Hawk Township, said his opinion is that their portion of revenue sharing could go to the county if the township does not take it. But as yet no provisions have been made to allow funds to be transferred. Other Illinois townships are still working on plans for their told a top Agriculture official July 3, 1972 that his firm was prepared to sell more than million tons of wheat to the Soviets and that further sales were expected. Affidavits from three other major grain firms which also participated in the sale stated that they told Agriculture officials the Russians were seeking to buy "large" quantities of American grain. Sen. Henry M. Jackson, D Wash., chairman of the perma nent investigating subcommittee which has been probing the deal, said it was "an outrage ... that Agriculture was telling the American public it knew nothing about this deal." Jackson charged Agriculture with "bureaucratic negligence," deception and mismanage* ment throughout the entire deal which he said resulted in cheating the farmer who sold early at lower prices and driving up food prices for the consumer. Jackson said the evidence showed that Agriculture kept information on the failure of the Russian wheat crop "secret while in fact issuing misleading reports on overseas conditions and an anticipated surplus." Steinweg testified that at a meeting in Washington with Assistant Secretary Carroll Brunthaver, "I told him we had been contacted by the Russians, told him the specific amounts of wheat they wished to purchase from us..." Three days later Continental consummated the first phase of an agreement that led to the sale of almost 11 million tons of grain to the Russians. In a sworn affidavit produced by Jackson, Patrick J. Gardner Jr., vice president of the Dreyfus Corporation, said the saw Brunthaver on July 8 and told him "the Russians were interested in buying a large quantity of wheat..." Secret Negotiations Brunthaver told Gardner, according to the statement, that the U.S. "did not intend to get involved in any give-away programs at cheap prices but that t should always Inform him of any large scale propositions involving foreign trade." Affidavits from Carl C. Brasmer, a vice president of the Bunge Corporation, and Melvin H. Middents of the Cargill Co., both of which sold grain to the Soviets, said they had similarly notified Agriculture officials last July that the Russians had approached them about "large" grain purchases. The grain export officials said they had been dealing with Soviet trade representatives in secret negotiations in a New York City hotel suite. German Visitors Four participants in the People-to-People High School Ambassador Program visiting from Germany are from left, Rudiger Lauterbach, Michael Stemmeler, Elke Vorrath and Sabine Mattem. They are a part of a group of seven students and one teacher from Germany staying with families in Galesburg. (Register-Mail photo by Steve Stout.) Landfill Suit Word Expected on Friday A decision on Knox County's motion to dismiss Wats ga's anti-landfill suit can be expected within a week, according to Circuit Court Judge Gale Mathers. Mathers Friday gave attorneys until Tuesday to file briefs on the motion. He said federal windfalls. Some have earmarked funds for street im- he would render a decision by provements and others for uo- next Friday, grading health services. Still others plan improvements to township offices. Two of the City of Galesburg officials at this point indicate they have no idea how they will sDend the money. Last month Ron Harms, town assessor, suggested spending it to purchase the old Salvation Army building, 147 S. Cherrv St.. but other town- shiD officials did not approve the idea. The building was sold to Barry Barash and Robert Stoerzbach, two local attorneys. City Council members, after the township meeting, will also meet with representatives of the Knox County Coordinating Assn. for Older Americans to discuss a site for a social center for the elHerlv. The basement of the Weinberg Arcade was suggested as the location for the center at a meeting of the coordinating groin earlier this week. City officials when planning the fiscal 1973-71 budget, set aside $35,000 for either a center for the elderlv or a social center for all aee prouos. At this point nothing has been done with the money. Peck To Speak Robert Peck, Knox County superintendent of schools, will speak at both services tomorrow at the First United Presbyterian Church. Peck, an elder in the Church, is chairman of the Membership Committee pf the Session. This past year he represented the church as< an elder delegate to Great) Rivers Presbytery. The serv ices are at 8 and 9:30 a.m. Mathers said he will file a written opinion if time permits, otherwise he will call a meeting with ,< attorneys and give an oral decision. The Village of Wataga filed suit against the Knox County Board and its Sanitary Landfill Committee a month ago asking a temporary and permanent injunction to prevent the county from any further action toward establishing a county landfill on land owned by Floyd H. and Leonore Grant east of the village. The county board in May concurred in the recommendation of the landfill committee to take option on the 220 acres so testing could be done j"s a prerequisite for seeking Environmental Protection Agency approval of the site. PURCHASE price of the land would be $132,000, and the county has an option on the land until Nov. 9. Donald C. Woolsey, Knox County state's attorney argued at yesterday's hearing that the suit was not brought by a proper party and that no real and present danger is presented to the village. "In short, I find there is nothing for the court to get excited about and tie the hands of the county," Woolsey stated. Woolsey contended that John 'Robbins, Wataga mayor, did not have the corporate authority to seek the write of injunction. He also termed the suit a "will o' the wisp" in that establishing a landfill on the tract of land is at this point a "mere possibility" and contingent on votes on approval from the Knox County Board, the Knox County Zoning Board of Appeals and the Environmental Protection Agency. Car-Train Crash Near Belleville GLEN CARBON, 111. (UPI)Edward E. Boyd, 21, Belleville, was injured fatally Friday when his car was struck by a Norfolk and Western freight train at a crossing on Illinois 157 near here. Boyd died about four hours later in Firmin Desloge Hospital in St. Louis. DONALD STOFFEL, Wataga Village Board attorney, contended that since the village is a municipal corporation, authority is sufficient for the suit. He pointed out that he had signed the suit as village attorney, and that Robbins, who is duly elected as village board president, had signed only the verification of the suit. Admitting that county zoning is paramount to village zoning, Stoffel countered by saying, "But nothing is paramount to the rights of citizens." Stating that the county had taken affirmative action toward the establishment of a landfill by seeking a conditional use permit from the zoning board and hiring a consulting firm to assist in procuring EPA approval, Stoffel contended that the village need not wait unti\ injury has been done to seek injunctive relief. In asking the temporary injunction, Stoffel cited legal precedents, with the most recent case being decided in 1939. Mathers asked for more contemporary cases to be cited as reference, and pointed out that his opinion will be given only on the motion to dismiss the case. Galesburg Is Host to Group Of Germans • Seven students and one teach* er froffi Germany are staying with Galesburg families as a part of the People to People High School Ambassador Program which was started in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower. . The program is to develop friendly relations between peoples of the world by a people- to-people contact rather than through the government. The purpose is to create understanding, which will lead to friendships that will bring nations closer together. The German group arrived in Galesburg last Sunday from Indianapolis. The students and their Galesburg hosts are Sa bille Szillart, teacher-leader, and Rudiger Lauterbach, staying with Mark Abrahamson; Elke Vorrath with Roselyn Mc Kie; Sabine Nitz with Carrie Cowen, and Sabine Mattem with Laura Stevens. Thomas Bromel is staying a the home of Susan Reeves and Michael Stremmeler with Steve Johnson. Hosting Rudiger Van Mnltzahn is Brenda Battles. All of the Galesburg hosts are stu dents or recent graduates of Galesburg High School. The German entourage has b(-.en busy while in Galesburg voting the . Heart of Illinois I* air, Nauvoo, Bishop Hill, Springfield, Dickson Mounds and New Salem. Some of the group have ventured as far as Chicago and St. Louis. The group was also entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Witold Novak, former residents of Germany. Julie Ubben also hosted a party for,the group. The week climaxed with a picnic for the American families and the German students. Dr. A. B. Roberts of Macomb, regional director of People-to- People made arrangements for the Galesburg activities and Marc Franson served as an adviser to the group during its stay. Correction The Galesburg Register-Mail incorrectlv reported Friday that Tohn Phillip Hix, 28, lives at 477 Locust St. His correct address is 447 Locust St. Hix was wounded in a shooting incident early Friday. Police charged Timothy H. May, 31, 1850 E. Main St., with attempted murder after the incident. Knox Grad Moves Ahead In Beauty Bid AURORA, Ml. (VPi) A new Miss Illinois will be crowned tonight to cerwMiie* at Aurora West Senior High School* Colleen Ann Matteroidi, 23, Carthage, claimed her second preliminary victory in the Miss Illinois pageant Friday night, winning the Friday night talent competition by playing a piano composition entitled "Variations on a 12 -note Theme." The piece was written for two pianos but Miss Metternich, a Woot-8 brunette, recorded one Of the parts and played the second part with the recording. Miss Metternich had already won Thursday night's swimsuit competition. \. Friday night's swimsuit winner was Barbara Jean Jennings, 22, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene A. Jennings of Hale Corner, Wis., representing Mundelein. The finals were scheduled for tonight. x Power Fails During Night On East Side T A Ithn Power outages which occurred LtOOK'AlXKe during a rainstorm tast night John Drummond, Chicago, who recently won a John Dilling- left some customers in Gales- er look-alike contest, holds the gianster's death mask to burg and southeast of the city prove the similarity. The death mask is on display at the without service for a brief per- Ripley Believe It or Not Museum in Chicago. Dillinger was shot down in Chicago 39 years ago tomorrow. UNIFAX Workmen Comp Hike SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Gov. Daniel Walker has signed bills to increase workmen's compensation benefits by 14 per cent and to appropriate $1.7 million to the Illinois Industrial Commission. Walker's office announced Friday the governor signed the bills earlier in the week before he left on a two-week vacation in Hawaii. Under the workmen's compensation bill, maximum death benefits ( ahd permanent injury benefits for families of workers killed or injured on the job will increase from $78 a week to $88.90 a week. Maximum benefits for temporary disability will increase from $99.50 a week to $113.40 a week. The figures in the bill, sponsored by Rep. Harold Katz, D-Chicago, are based oh a family of four with two children under age 18. Stone Probe 'Okay- CHICAGO (UPI) - W. Clement Stone said Friday he would not object to a nationwide examination of his firm, Combined Insurance Company of America. Stone's statement came in reply to a request by Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Joe B. Hunt for an investigation in connection with Stone's recent disclosure that he contributed more than $5 million to political campaigns. "Absolutely no contributions to any political funds or candidates can be made directly or indirectly by Combined Insurance or any of its subsidiaries" Stone said. • Stone said, "I can assure the Oklahoma commissioner that an examination, if considered desirable, will clearly show that my contributions are entirely separte and spart from company activities." Illinois Airport Favored ST. LOUIS (UPI) - Arven H. Saunders, executive director of the St. Louis Metropolitan Airport Authority, which is a group pushing for a new St. Louis Airport in Illinois, said Friday a new report by the Federal Aviation Administration indicates federal backing for the Illinois plan. Saunders said although the FAA plan does not designate a recommended site for the new airport, he believed the FAA report was a strong endorsement of plans for an airport near Waterloo-Columbia, 111. The national airport system plan sent to all members of Congress by the FAA said an airport should be started for the St. Louis area within five years. Saunders said after checking with FAA headquarters in Washington he learned that 11 of 12 areas designated for new airports in the immediate future including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, have been eliminated from ' the plan. The one exception is St. Louis, he said. iod of time. A spokesman for Illinois Power Co. said an estimated 200-300 customers were without power for about 45 minutes when a fuse went out at 9:20 p.m. at the intersection of Farnham and Grand Avenue. He said the outage, which was most likely storm -related, extended northwest along Grand Avenue to Main Street. Power was disrupted for about an hour east of Knoxville and in parts of Gilson when a circuit recloser failed to work. About one third of the company's customers in that area were aifec- ted, he said. The storm was probably responsible for the power failure, the company official said. More than two inches of rain has saturated the Galesburg area in the past 48 hours. The Weather ILLINOIS: Cloudy tonight with showers likely in north half, showers and thunderstormrs likely south half; lows in the 60s north to the lower 70s extreme south. Cloudy Sunday with chance •, of showers north and central, showers and thunderstorms likely south; high in the 70s north and from 75-83 south. WESTERN ILLINOIS: Mostly cloudy tonight with occasional showers or drizzle likely; low 5964. Showers ending Sunday with partial clearing in the afternoon, high around 80. IOWA: Rain continuing east tonight with lows in the lower 50s northwest to near 70 southeast, increasing cloudiness northwest, becoming partly cloudy southeast Sunday with highs in the 70s to lower 80s. LOCAL WEATHER Noon temperature, 70; morning's low, 67. Sky cloudy, .wind out of the N.E. at 13 m.p.h. (Friday's maximum, 74; minimum, 69.) Sun rose today at 5:48 a.m., sets at 8:25 p.m. Humidity, 100%. EXTENDED ~rOHEC AST ILLINOIS: Partly cloudy Monday through Wednesday with chance of thunderstorms. Low 60s-70s. High 80s. RIVER STAGES Dubuque—78 rise 0.1 Davenport—5.0 rise 0.5 Burlineton—7.9 rise 0.1 Keokuk—5.8 rise 0.2 Ouincy—11.7 fall 0.5 Grafton—15.4 rise 0.1 Alton—7.6 no change St. Louis—8.1 rise 0.4 Cane Girardeau—18.2 fall 0.8 LaSalle—12.5 rise 0.8 Peoria—12.4 rise 0.4 Havana—7.4 rise O.l Bearrtstown—9.8 rise 1.4 St. Charles—14.1 rise 0.4 Knox County Tax Payments Running 'Just a Little Shy 9 m m let Crtem Social Sunday — July 22 last Main St. Church Main & Whitesboro Sts. Ice Cream, Cake or Pie 50c Starving i So I P.M. Sponsored by Tri-M In Cue of Rain Will Be Held Inside Church By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) Tax payments this year are running "just a little shy" of last year, according to Robert Parke, deputy county treasurer. "As of the close of business Thursday, we had collected 63 per cent of all taxes payable," Parke said. Date for payment of first installment tax payments was July 2 — a month later than the statutory deadline of June 1. Tax bills were mailed late this installment taxes is Sept. 1. Parke said it is hard to compare 1973 collection figures with last year's because personal property taxes were not billed! this year, passed on to taxing bodies in the county. All taxes assessed in Knox County payable in 1973 totaled $12,438,727. The figure is down . » u i $157,600 from the 1972 figure of Payment Rush j $12,596,327. Parke said there-was a rushj The deputy treasurer pointed for payment of taxes at the treasurer's office for two days, but since that time, collections have kept staff members busy all the time, although not rushed. "Distribution to taxing bodies year, as they have been for the..,, . , „„ ... , past couple years, because of |Wl11 down thls y ear > because out that banks in the county have made more collections this year than previously. "And they will make more collections each year as, taxpayers get used to the convenience of being able cf the treasurer's office to take any action with regard to the refunds until such an order is issued by the court. "It's up to the attorneys to handle the legal aspect of the refund," he said. Knox County State's Atty. Donald C. Woolsey Friday said Judge Ezra Clark ruled that the two suits should be consolidated and ordered that payments be held in escrow until further order of the court. Both suits were filed because of an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitution- a":ty_of the personal property ihat Knox County is unlike tax . Tne suit, Lake Shore Auto many other counties when ittp ar ts vs. Korean, was filed in comes to a refund of personal 'cook County district court property taxes. "Knox County had its own suit and was not included in an The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ruled that the tax was to pay their taxes where they. ... .. . , . .. bank," Parke said. !Illinois Agricultural Assn. Stti tjWconstitutianal, but according . , „ J , Await Order ifiied in Cook County court," to Woolsey, confusion still re- a delay in receiving the multi- we bave collected less money Asked about the refund of per- Woolsey said. f" 3 ^ m rtne r< f md P 1 ^"™ plier from the Department of because of personal property. sonal property taxes held in' A class action suit was filed because of questions on the Illi- Local Government Affairs and tax - Parke said - escrow since they were collected bf th by Main Byram, an Abing- ncui . 7- upremef . Pu ^P 1 ^ it would not be legally proper court rulings which affect the The first distribution of tax last year, Parke said distribu- don farmer, and Woolsey on be- mentatlon ot me m S ner court to take any action on the suit extension of taxes. The statu- monies collected was made ;ior will await a court order, half of county taxpayers during ru :n S- at the present time, tory date for payment of second, July 11, when $4,678,746 was ; He said it was not the function,lr-e same week in 1972. , "The question remains as to| Woolsey said the next whether refunds should be made to all persons or only clcarly-definded individuals under the law." -Woolsey explained that the law leaves unclear definitions of such terms as joint ventures, partnerships, joint and common tenants. Delay Sought The firm of Kavariaugh, Scully, Sudow, White and Frederick of Peoria, counsel for Byram, has filed three advisories in the case, recommending delay or continuance. The third was filed July 3 and asked a continuance of 90 days. The second statement filed by the Peoria firm contended that step would probably be for a representative of the firm representing Byram, John Hattery, special counsel for the treasurer, and himself to get together to talk over the case. He said no date has been set for any such meeting. Some counties in the state have refunded the personal property taxes, some have refunded a part of the taxes, while others, like Knox County, are awaiting further direction of the court. Checks totaling $628,762 are scheduled to be mailed to Henry County taxpayers August 1, according to G. Herbert Johnson, Henry County treasurer. Johnson said the 7,738 checks represent the taxes held in escrow since last year.

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