Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 8, 1975 · Page 7
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Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois · Page 7

Freeport, Illinois
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Tuesday, July 8, 1975
Page 7
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FOR INSURANCE CALL J. SUTTON 324 W. GALENA AVE. 232.7516-232.5210 Like agood neighbor, Stole Farm fa there. State Farm Insurance Companlu Horn* Offices; Bloomlngton, Illinois Lack Of Funds SPRINGFIELD, 111. (UPI) -' Gov. Daniel Walker, continuing his program of cutting budget totals approved by the General Assembly, has trimmed $50.4 million from this year's $1.8 billion Welfare appropriation. The governor said Monday he was forced to cut the appropriation by reduction veto because the legislature failed to make the 6 per cent across- the-board budget cut he requested last month. ; "By reducing this appropriation, I am taking action to avoid! a budget v deficit and to prevent a tax increase," Walker said. Virtually all of the reduction came in the medical assistance portion of the budget.. The legislature cut 5.5 per cent from the Public Aid Department's administrative budget and Walker previously announced welfare grant money was exempt from his spending slash. "As I have stated before," the governor said in a printed statement, "there will be no reductions In public aid grants. In view of current economic conditions, it would be inappropriate to reduce amounts appropriated for grants to recipients." Walker said the department will live withhf the reduced medicaid budget "by improving management controls and tightening up procedures." Other fiscal experts, however, pointed out during the spring legislative session that the administration can "save" hundreds of millions of dollars by simply delaying medicaid payments to doctors who treat welfare recipients. , Two years ago doctors were waiting as much as four months for payment o£ claims, Rep. Gerald Shea, D-Riv- erslde, told the House Revenue Committee last month. Now they are paid within a month of making a claim. Since the state pays about $70 million a month in claims, 'pushing back payment schedules by three months would result in a $210 million reduction in spending, Shea said. In a separate statement, Walker also implied he is prepared tp cut Comptroller George Llndberg's office budget unless Lindberg shows he needs the increase he sought and was given by .the legislature. Previous governors generally have maintained a hands-off approach to other elected officials' budgets, arguing each official is elected independently and must stand for re-election independently. Walker broke that tradition last year when he cut some money from Llndberg's budget in a legal squabble. Lindberg. said he already has outlined; his proposed budget cuts in a letter to Walker dated, July 3. He said,, however, he will be "most anxious to review with you personally this budget in extensive detail." Lindberg said his planned cuts will trim 7.2 per cent from his original budget request but, as a result, he will not be able to provide Walker some of the accounting services he has provided in the past. State Reports No Increase •, In Jobless Claims CHICAGO (UPI) - The Illinois Bureau of Employment Security said Monday the number of persons filing for unemployment for the week ending June 28 was almost the same as the preceding week. A total of 242,975 persons filed for unemployment compensation in the week which ended June 28, the bureau said. "There is no indication that the continuing unemployment will decline significantly in the near future," the bureau said in its weekly report. The weekly total showed 442 more persons filing claims than during the previous week, an increase of .2 per cent. Of the total', 17,444 persons made initial claims, a 5.9 per cent increase ' over the previous week. Cook and Du Page counties accounted for 144,107 of the total claim-, ants. .' '* ' - The weekly total was up 144.1 per cent over the same week in 1974. "J ••' .. ' ' Downtown Quincy Furniture Store Destroyed By Fire QUINCY, 111. (UPI) - Fire destroyed Kemner's furniture store in downtown Quincy Monday night. The blaze, of unknown origin, completely gutted the two story building, located in the middle of a block of businesses in the heart of downtown Quincy. No damage estimate was available. (c.) 1175 N.Y. Times Service ; NEW; YORK - Because of financial squeezes, police departments in major cities across the country are cutting back on personnel, or at least not adding people, at. a time when crime rates are spiraling. This reverses a trend of the 1960's, when police departments had little trouble obtaining the funds they felt were needed to fight crime. A. check of several cities, including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Detroit, found police officers and citizens worried that the situation was approaching a critical stage. A few believe 'that stage has been reached.."We have the same apprehensions here as all over the country," said Gerald Rademakery former police chief and now executive assistant for, law enforcement to the Mayor of Cleveland, where crime was up 19.8 per cent fo$ the first four months of this year. Th£ city's police force is down from 2,459 in 1970 to 2,255. Rademaker and other police officials said the money pinch was compounded by cutbacks in Federal funds from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, funds many police departments had become dependent upon. Police Commissioner Robert J. di Grazia of Boston, said Law Enforcement Assistance Administration money liafl been cut from $1 million to $500,000. •..'•,';..: -.vv' ..... "Local ifa'nds. just aren't there to pick up the slack," Rademaker said. "In these times, people don't waiit to be taxed any further, and that makes it very difficult to get any new money locally." . -,,,." He said that Cleveland's situation was not as bad this year as it was expected to be next year. In Dallas, a hiring freeze is in effect; the city experienced a 16 per cent increase in crime the last year. Los Angejes officials said there was ;a slowdown in the hiring rate rather than a freeze, but that the effect was the same and the police authorities were concerned. Only vacancies are filled. The city recorded an'8 per cent rise in major crimes in May over-the same month a year,ago. „ Pittsburgh, after crime increased 19 per cent the first four months of this year, decided to add 50 officers to the police force, the first new personnel in five years. Mayor Abraham Beame ,of New York City submitted a budget.last month that threatened the jobs of 4,725 policemen, which would reduce the force to 25,000, the lowest since 1965. "We find ourselves unable to respond adequately to routine calls," said Lt. Dan Cook, assistant to the police chief of Los Angeles. "We don't have a problem responding immediately on a hot call, such as a robbery in progress. But what a citizen considers urgent and what we have decided must take priority are not necessarily the same." Of the cities checkedf\only Atlanta experienced a reversal of the trend. Throughout the 1960's, the city enjoyed relatively slight shirts in crime rates and became an attractive area in which to live. But in the 1970's Atlanta has seemed plagued by every urban ill, especially a rapid rise in'crime. However, this year, crime decreased through the middle of this month in all major categories except assaults. The Atlanta police force has Increased ,to 1,561 from 952 in 1970. The department Is now hiring only to fill vacancies. Police Commissioner A. Reginald Eaves attributed the decline not to the size of the force but "to the techniques we've employed, the improvement of our training and better supervision." I Some police officials , complained that court orders concerning female and minority employment^ had added to their hiring problems; -I A discrimination suit in Chicago not Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Tuesday, July 8. 1976 Pag* 7 Departments only held up hiring and promotion • within the ; police department but also resulted in a cutoff of the city's $76- milllon in revenue-sharing funds. But perhaps no city found Itself in the vise that Detroit was in. A year ago Mayor Coleman.Young established an affirmative action program aimed at Increasing the minority ratio on the police force from 17 per cent to 50 per cent. But a Federal judge, responding to a suit by women, said the department must hire one female for every male added. Then when a financial crisis developed, Young announced that 550 officers would be laid off. T^hat set off a bitter court battle and a violent street confrontation between black and white policemen over seniority rights that would have meant more blacks than whites would be let go. This combination has left recruitment at a standstill, and whites, especially males, virtually need not apply to join the force. Pittsburgh Is under a state mandate, the Governor's Justice Commission, to hire women and minorities. The commission disburses $20 million a year in Law Enforcement Assistance Administration funds in Pennsylvania and has the authority to deny grants to departments without equal employment programs. Pittsburgh's program was not accepted by the commission and was therefore denied grants. Regarding the city's plan to hire 50 new officers, Tim Stevens, executive secretary of the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, has demanded that 25 of them be black. "We want one for one," he said. "That may be unfair to another group, but once we catch up It will be fair to all groups. There's no easy solution." Minority leaders fear that the curtailment of police hiring will affect their communities on crime control and jobs. Some leaders are already suspicious of police department officials In both areas. Police Chief Philip G. Tannian of Detroit said that crime in two major 1 categories, homicide and assault, was down, and when the economic crunch had passed, he would be able to get more personnel on the street. Police Chief Donald A. Byrd of Dallas said the department was recruiting only minorities. "Minorities are in great demand," he said. "Last year 1 hired 14 blacks but I lost 20. They know they can get better salaries in some other area of government or business. I am trying to build a department that reflects the ethnic composition of the community, but It Is most difficult." 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