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1 1 Golesburg Register-Mail, Galesburg, 111, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1973 WW mm WW?'1 if' •lMtt.1 WWW J 3akalis Alarm in CHICAGO (UPI) Superintendent of Public struetion Michael J, Bakalis Illinois In- m» ••HlW • !»!'. . t!i:f . >r*t >ii;ii> *W mint **" 0* m m unit •H» iliB >'!,(! CI* m says he is alarmed about possible shortages of fuel to heat classrooms and run school buses this winter. Bakalis said he became alarmed when a telephone survey, of 23 districts revealed 14 of .them, including Chicago schools, have had problems in asking for routine bids to supply them with fuel. In some cases (the districts have received no response at all to their request for bids, end in others the asking price for fuel has been very high, he said. Has Ordered Survey Bakalis told a news confer­ ence here Tuesday that he has ordered a survey to determine the outlook for fuel in each of the state's 1,085 school districts as pant of a seven-point program to investigate the problem. "We do not yet know what this all means. We don't know, for example, if bids are not being submitted because of a lack of supply, a distribution problem or for other business or economic factors," he said. "But it is clear that many schiool districts lhave not been able to obtain a commitment District 205 Faces Food, Fuel Woes determlme supply their fuel needs and take steps to help fulfill that need," Bakalis said. The prospects of School District 205 receiving fuel after Dec. 1 are not promising, Lowell Betsworth, assistant superintendent of schools, said today. And the district also may encounter a food shortage, Betsworth revealed. Bids on fuel for heating the district's schools and running school buses will be taken Aug. 13, but some suppliers Betsworth has questioned indicated it is doubtful fuel will be delivered after December. "One supplier told me we would probably end up trying to get fuel from whoever has it available,'' he said. And Betsworth commented prices would probably be higher. 9 Usually the district receives bids from eight to 10 suppliers. But so far, few have indicated they will bid, Betsworth said. Bids on food also may be fewer this year. "Because of the shortage, suppliers are not committing themselves to guarantee any delivery," he said. Usually the district receives from 12 to 14 bids, but already three major suppliers have indicated they will not offer any. Bids on these items also will be opened Aug. 13. Del Monte, for example, refused to give a quotation, Betsworth said. "At present it just doesn't look promising. But the whole thing is premature now. 1 may be wrong in a few weeks." In addition to the survey of districts, Bakalis said, he would establish an advisory committee on energy, set up meetings with fuel dealers, compile fuel saving guidelines for schools, and explore the possibility of bypassing normal competitive bidding procesttres for fuel. Will Take Action Me aUso said steps would be taken to coordinate planning by federal, state and local government agencies on how to cope with possible fuel shortages. The situation in Chicago, where the school board has had no reply to its request for bids on heating oil, "dhbiws the seriousness of the problem," Bakalis said. 'Unless something is done, it conceivable that Chicago s oil-heated school buildings may not be able to a11 is Egyptian Cairo - N Community winter. stay open and those buildings 38 «>er cent ct the represent 38 per city's schools," he said. Rockford, «he state's second largest school district, has so far been unable to contract for ng fuel or gaoline for schools buses, he said. Others Report Problems Other districts reporting problems, Bakalis said, were: Elgin—No bids on heating oil, only tentative agreement on bus fuel. Oak Park—No bids on heating fuel. Macomb-No bids for heating oil or gasoline. near ransportation bid, heating fuel bid at twice last year's cost. Edgar County—No wholesale priced tittered for gasoline. Jerseyvilte— No bid for bus fuel, heating' fuel bid at only l-cent below consumer prtce. Edwards County ~-No bids for transit fuel. Jasper County -Meating fuel dice increase. V&mon—Unable to compl conversion from 1 heating. Sterling Community — Unable so far to convert to gas heat. Mount Prospect—No bids on heating fuel. Valley View, suburban Chicago—possible bus fuel problem. V. . * it it,* - X \ o 'ill r. * * i^ IT* Auth County By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) The Knox County Board will be asked next Wednesday to authorize the county to run its own landfill operation. Members of the board's Sanitary Landfill Committee Tuesday night agreed to seek permission to take over operation of the landfill, to advertise for bids for needed equipment and for an appropriation for a gate deputy to enforce an ordinance requiring incoming loads to be covered. John Carlson, R-lst, committee chairman, said he will present figures on the estimated! cost of equipment land operation, and on anticipated income, to board members. Committee members discussed potential equipment needed and costs, but released no figures for publication, since bids will be taken if the p]ian is approved. Carlson said preliminary figures indicate that income from an efficient landfill operation would at least meet expenses. "I don't think it would cost the taxpayer a cent. The landfill would be seif-sustaining," he said. Committee members also attempted to project figures on the total tonnage of material brought to the landfill, but said information from the present landfill operator, William Steagall Jr., was lacking. "In the future, we will have accurate figures on. the landfill whether we operate it ourselves or let a contract to a (private operator and put our employe at the gate," Carlson commented. Carlson opened last night's discussion by charging that there had been no cooperation on policing at the 1 andfill since one of Steagall's em­ ployes had been deputized to issue tickets to trucks which come to the landfill uncovered. "It looks like we'll have to change horses," he said. JOHN SUTOR, R4ih, replied, "I'm tired of being 'Mr. Nice Guy' with Bill (Steagall). His brother was deputized, but he has refused to enforce the ordfaance. The sheriff has said he will pull his card if he won't cooperate because it doesn't look good for his department to have someone deputized who is afraid to enforce the law." Sutor, who is also Sparta Township supervisor, sadd non-enforcement of the littering ordinance makes it doubly hard for him, siince the coun- _ 4 MI on land to locate a new landfill in his township. "I want to see those trucks covered now. It makes it hard for me to convince people in ly. Don't wait until we get to a new site to enforce the ordinance," Suitor said. The board, at its May meeting, concurred with the landfill committee's recommendation to option on 220 acres east of Wafcaga of land owned by Floyd H. Grant. Purchase price of the land would be $132,000, and the county has until Nov. 9 to exercise the option. WATAGA residents filed in Knox County Circuit Court for s temporary and permanent injunctions to stop the county from proceeding with the establishment of a landfill on G rant's land. Judge Gale Mathers last Friday granted the county's motion to dismiss the suit. Carlson commented on the court's decision at last night's ting, calling it "one hurdle the Knox County Zoning Board of Appeals for a conditional use permit. Several Wataga residents protested against using the site as a landfill when the appeals board met last month. Richard M. Burgland, R-lst, board chairman, has asked the zoning board to give its decision before the next meeting of the Knox County Board to expedite preparatory work. The zoning board was scheduled to tour the landfill site this afternoon before deciding tton. the county's applica­ tive township that a new operation would be run correct- we are over." He said the next hurdle to overcome is the decision of COMMITTEE members discussed the contract the county has with Steagall. It expires July 31, 1974. Carlson said Knox County State's Atty. Donald C. Woolsey had advised him that the contract would be abrogated when the present landfill s'ite, three miles south of the city, is filled. James N e m e t h, D-3rd, charigfed that the present operator has been in violation on several accounts, two them recently, when he reportedly accepted refuse from Macomb when landfall operators there were on strike, and by accepting unacceptai- ble liquids, dumping them and leaving them uncovered for three days. "And the EPA caught it," he said. Jack Witt, county highway superintendent, reported he is making arrangements with a Peoria soils consultant to take test borings at the proposed landfill site. The borings are necessary for the application to the Environmental Protection Agency, which must approve the site. Witt also suggested that the committee explore recycling along with other considerations being contemplated in changing the county's landfill, location. Weather and River Stages north, fair south and cool. Thursday mostiy sunny and pleasant. Low tonight 50s north, 58-63 south. High Thursday 75-85. WESTERN ILLINOIS: Continued fair tonight and Thursday. Low tonight around 58. High Thursday near 80, IOWA: Generally fair through Thursday. Low tonight mid 50s northeast, around 60 southwest. High Thursday near 80 northeast, mid 80s west. EXTENDED~FOnECAST ILLINOIS: Fair to partly cloudy Friday through Sunday. Low 50s extreme north, 70s extreme south. High 80s. WEATHER Noon temperature, 66; morning's low, 55. Sky cloudy, wind N.W. at 5 m.p.h. (Tuesday's maximum, 75; minimum, 59), Sun rose today at 5:48, sets at 8:14, Precipitation, .0 of an Inch. Humidity 81%, HI VEIJ "STAGES Dubuque—7.9 no change Davenport—5.1 rise 0.1 Burlington—8.4 fall 0.1 Keokuk—5.2 fall 0.8 Quincy—11.4 fall 0.5 Grafton—15.6 fall 0.2 Alton—10.5 fall 0.4 St. Louis—13.4 no change Cape Girardeau—22.3 fall 0.6 LaSalle—12.8 no change Peoria—12.5 fall 0.1 Havana—9.9 no change Housing Board To Resubmit Bid for New Building Grant The Knox County Housing Authority will resubmit a request for federal funding of a proposed new housing complex for the elderly in Galesburg. The authority's original request for a new 200-unit high rise was returned in April after President Nixon impounded funds for new housing projects. However, reports indicate that several million dollars may have been released for new construction, said Mrs. Alice Egan, Department" of Housing and Urban Development. The housing authority is seeking federal funding of the proposed development which would alleviate the need for additional housing for elderly in the area. Moon Towers is filled and a long list of persons are waiting for vacancies, authorities report. In other business in a KCHA meeting yesterday, Mrs. Egan told commissioners that 10 youths have been working in the Neighborhood Youth Corps SI w Day at Fair Leads Reporters Ex tic Dancers By KENNETH JOHNSON (Staff Writer) It was a slow day at the fair. An overcast sky and brisk wind dampened the annual festive spirit and apparently held down opening-day attendance. Trucks carrying carnival rides were late, and it wasn't until late afternoon that the to take began yesieraay lair's midway shape. Weekend rains had soaked the half-mile oval dirt track, setting back (he harness races more then two hours. The Democratic Party was late — as usual — setting up its display booth, and the Republican booth sported a huge picture of President Nixon smiling "because he knows something we don't," one GOP worker said. You can bet on that. And then there was the little rednfaced clown Wimpy who got his jollies by poking a long feather in your ear, sliding it down your back or, in general, using it to attack other unprotected areas of the body. Wimpy would follow up this assault by blowing a loud horn, jumping up and down several times and then, waddling like a duck, he would disappear in the crowd before you could punch ham. • Story Proble Register-Mail staff writer Bill Campbell and myself were assigned Tuesday to get feature stories at the Knox County Fair. But after three uneventful hours of walking the grounds, Campbell and I decided the most ex- eitiing thing we came across was a cucumber with a weird growth on it. We had to bring home some kind of story or our editor would think we spent all day hustling politicians and using our press passes to get free rides on the Ferris wheel. I suggested doing a story on Wimpy the clown, but Campbell had second thoughts as he ap- near a refreshment proached stand. Campbell's body stiffened, and then he began to swirl a cup of beer around menacingly. Anticipating a bath, the startled clown did -an about-face and sped off in the other direction. Campbell was still laughing as we neared the livestock judging area. With a long family history of farming, Campbell thought maybe, just maybe, we'd find a story here. He walked up to a prominent judge and began talking to him, while I found a place an the stands to sleep. After a while, Campbell trudged back. What did the man say? Al ut what I expected. He told me the top end of the hog competition was as good as he's seen this year. But what is he supposed to say—that this is the scrawniest bunch of pigs he's ever laid eyes on." We both laughed, but still no story. Later in the afternoon, Campbell and I walked past the Top Hat Revue, which, as most fairgoers know, features women doing exotic dances while discarding their clothing. They're commonly referred to as striptease artists. The place was empty and Campbell, our police reporter, wondered if local law enforcement officials had closed down the famous Top Hat. Or possibly, the police were at some secluded place sneak previewing the show to make certain it conformed to local obscenityWGIL's sports announcer Jimmy Can* leaving the motel. We were afraid Carr ordinances. But as it turned out, the girls who work the show were still j at 'their motel. Disappointed, Campbell and I started to leave the Top Hat when a carnival emipiloye, working at a nearby ride, shouted: "Hey, man, what you guys want?" had already beat us to the story. "Are you working today, Jimimy?" I asked him. "No, I'm on bUsiness," he replied. Moments later I was on the Ba- phone, talking to Mon'ica - . „ - . , ress, owner of the Top Hat. Campbell explained we were We a few minutes alld newspaper reporters looking for then I motioned for Campbell a story. The man grinned, ex- to follow me. Carr asked us posing all four teeiih, and said: where we were going, and I "If you want a story go see told him to send a search party Monica . . . she's quite a worn- if we weren't back in 20 min- an." utes. I asked him where we couild find her. The man told1 us she rktor) camtftell asked me about at the Sheraton the phone conversation. I ex- T u „ I,M it. plained that I told her my peat Campbell to the car. n . ame was Kcn j ohnson and Ten minutes later we were that l worked for ^ local walking through the front door newspaper. Having met Monica of the Sheraton, only to find the other night at a pness ^ As we walked down the cor- was staying Motor Inn. executive director of the KCHA, and community action program although she has not received under direction of the housing official word on this from the 'authority. Crews Repairing System After Fair Power Outage The Knox County Fair experienced a power outage Tuesday from 9:38-11:12 p.m. C. J. Patton, Illinois Power Co. distribution superintendent, said that difficulty was in a primary metering system, although exact cause of the loss of power has not been pinpointed. He said power was restored by bypassing the metering system. "So we know the problem was located there," he explained this morning. Asked what might have caused the malfunction, Patton replied, "We are suspicious that with all the lightning we have had lately, the metering system may have been struck and weakened." Patton said crews were on the scene this morning making repairs to the metering system. He said the failure was not connected in any way with extra power used by the fair. There was no interruption in the power supply to the carnival on the fair's midway, since it provides its own power through an auxiliary generator. Veterans' Assistance Budget Tentatively Set at $80,788 9 000 Attend 19th Championship Tractor Pull The 2,000 persons gathered in the grandstand at the Knox County Fairgrounds Tuesday flight apparently were oblivious to the chilly air as they watched the 19th Annual Midwest Qiampionship Tractor-pulling Contest. About 50 tractors, mostly owned and driven by Illinois residents, participated in the five divisions. Following about a 90-minute delay caused by an electrical outage, the contests ran until after 1:30 a.m. today. Don Neukomm, Cissna Park, took first place in both the 7,000- and 9,(KX^pound modified categories with his Massey-Ferguson 55. Neukomm's machine pulled a 10-ton sled loaded with an additional 17,000 pounds of weight all the way along the 3CO-foot track in the 7,000-pound division. He traveled nearly 250 feet dn the heavier division, when the sled was loaded with more than 20,000 pounds. Tractors such as Neukomm's, which were entered in both divisions, were dairying an additional half ton during the heavier pull. Stock Class An Ailiis Chalmers D-21 driven by Benny McKinnon, Rockport, won the 9,000-pound stock class. McKiiHwn's tractor pulled the same weight as the modified machines pulled in the 9,000- pound class. He drove 255-feet4 inches to win. McKtanon also took second in the 12,000-pound stock class when he pulled over 31,000 pounds on the sled ail the way through. Three other entries in the 12000 pound class also completed the course and additional weight wai added for the four finalists. Butch Knoblach, Bradford, won the second pull and the class with his International Harvester 1466. He pulled the sled 291- tcet-4 inches on his second run. W inner of the 5,200-pound stock class was Gerald Hill, P'easant Hill, with an International Harvester 460. Hill pulled the sled and 9,500 pounds for more than 250 feet. His brother, Ronnie Hill, who also drove a 4G0, came in second with a distance of 231-feet-8-inches. Sponsors of the tractor pulling contests today said they were pleased at the number of entries and the crowd interest during Tuesday night's contests. The pulling contests drew the largest crowds during opening day activities at the fair. Third through seventh places in the 5,200-pound class were won by Larry Douglas, Dallas City, with an Allis 180; Kimber Wilson, Smithfield, driving an International 460; Lloyd Douglas, father of the third-place F-30 winner, who drove a Canadian tractor called a Cockshutt; Roy Tallon, Heyworth, with a John Deere 4010, and Lloyd Weuel, Fowler, with a Minneapolis-Mo- Iine, Other winners in the 7,000 modified class were Perry Noord, Geneseo, who took second with an International W-9; John McMannus, Taylor Ridge, third with an International W-9; Jim Dalles, Tuscola, fourth, with a John Deere 4010; Dennis Baie, Big Rock, fifth, F-30; Bill Noord, brother of the second- place winner, won sixth with a Massey 55, and Arnold Boyer, Carthage, took seventh with an ty, I decided to do a feature story on her. She replied that she remembered me, and she was anxious to see me again. _ • j _ p As we neared the room, I be- Second, third and fourth in gan to get cold feet. What's the 9,000-pound stock pulls were the matter? Campbell asked. Don Eldert, Gilman, driving a John Deere 4430; Bob Thompson, Lewistown, International, and Ron Bayles, Flana-l S(>metfan e-_ We weren't your I wasn't at the press party. After all, I had to tell her 1466, dressed-dnna-nic e*suit- gan, who also entered an Inter- average, national 1466. Second place ^ rcportere. I was wearing through seventh places in the cwvlboy boots, blue jeans and a 9,000 modified division went to hat » a™* Oawipfoeil had on Baie, McKinnon, Bayles, Eldert, a P* aid corduroy shirt draped Don Johnston, Cambridge who over something that resembled drove a Massey 55, and McMan- ,Mue Jeans. To top it off, he wearing boots with half of mu- J XL u n , 'the livestock show caked on Third through seventh places ^ Neitte . ^ m had in the 12,000-pound stock class credentials, were Bayles, Thompson, Eldert, Nonetheless, as we entered John Bochwitz, San Jose, with a John Deere 6030, and Mikelggg 'Slow' nus. The Knox County Board's Veteran Assistance Committee will submit a tentative budget of $80,788 for the coming year — up $20,000 from this year's $60,180. Max E. Mathers, commission superintendent, told committee members at a meeting this morning that the budget would have to.be increased $20,000 to raise the levy to bring in money needed to pay expected bills. State statute provides that the commission ma£ levy a tax to provide assistance to dependent veterans and their families. The committee agreed to add increases of $10,000 to alloca- retary, said bills for the month were low because many persons who might have sought assistance have found employment. Mrs. Telford told the committee, however, several that Gumm, of near Galesburg, driving an International 1466. (Continued on page 3) tions for food and hospitalization. The remaining $608 budget increase was for salaries. there are large hospital bills pending which will be coming in within the next month or two. Salvage Attempt CHICAGO (UPI) - Salvage workers said they would try and raise a twin-engine Apachp today from Lake Michigan, where it crashed Friday during a landing attempted at Meigs Field, killing Ann Hassler, 40, Sandusky, Mich. Building Burns WEST 111. (UPI) Committee members okayed bills for July totaling $880. Mrs. Hazel Telford, executive FRANKFORT, Fire of unknown origin early today destroyed Peak's Recreation and Marine Sales causing damage estimate sec- ed at $220,000. Dem Leader Kn cks 1 WW SPRINGFIELD (UPI) Illinois Democratic party chairman John Touhy said Tuesday a new statewide fund-raising organization formed by supporters of Gov. Daniel Walker may be "a bad idea" if its purpose is to reward some Democrats and 1 punish others for their political activities. Touhy, a longtime supporter of Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, reacted in a written statement to the announced formation of the Illinois Democratic Fund (IDF), a committee designed to raise money to wipe out Walker's campaign debts and help selected Democratic candidates in future contests. "I think that a political fund should relate itself to public officials and fhe candidates for public office," TVxihy said. "To my knxwletlge, no state public official is a member of the committee." 7 alker Fund-Raising Organizati he would act as its first chairman. The committee will eventually have 15 to 25 other members, he said. Geocaris said Walker, who had asked him to form the organization, would have the "prime say so" on how IDF funds would be spent. "A to Chicago Geocaris, attorney Angelo Walker's G. campaign deficit chairman since November, announced creation of the fund earlier Tuesday and said contributor has the right know the philosophy, the policy and the integrity of those who will administer persons these funds," said. Touhy "Especially at this particularly sensitive time in American politics, there should be no straw men or ghosts unknown to the public, meeting in secret to discuss who is to be punished or rewarded for political activity. "If the rumor is true that this is one of the purposes for which the funds will be used, then I think it is a bad idea to establish such a fund," he said. Geocaris said he hoped the committee would raise close to $1 million before the 1974 elections, about half of which would go toward paying off Walker's campaign debt and those of other 1972 candidates including Dean Barringer, the unsuccessful candidate for state comptroller. The remaining funds would go to help Democratic candidates for the state legislature, Congress and other offices. Geocaris denied the new organization was meant to rival Daley's Cook County Democratic organization — the prime fund-raiser for Daley-supported candidates. "i'd estimate that 74 or 80 per cent of the campaign funds would be used in the fall elections where you have Democrats opposing Geocaris said. Republicans," "I don't conceive of a situation of wholesale primary election contests." Geocaris said all conrtritou- tions would be made public and no comtributions could be larger than $3,000. He said the IDF would be comparable, "but not identical" to, the United Republican Fund the fundraising arm of the Illinois Republican party.

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