Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 6, 1971 · Page 1
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Alton, Illinois
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Wednesday, January 6, 1971
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Some c-c-cars won't g-go Ice piled up in rivers and lakes. Balky cars shuddered and died. Most vehicles , happily, sparked to life as the temperature fell to 2 degrees above ?ero at dawn today — coldest of the season in the Telegraph area so far. The Alton office of American Automobile Association said emergency calls were up, but not alarmingly for as cold as it is. Little absenteeism and tardiness was reported by business and industry in the area. The Alton Parks and Recreation Department announced that skating is permitted on Olin playground and Haskell rinks after 4 p.m. today. The Sixth Street pound in Wood River is not scheduled to open today. George Gent of the Wood River Parks Department said that workers would drill a hole in the ice on the pond to see if the safe two-inch thickness minimum had been reached but he doubted it because of the 12-to 20-foot depth of the pond. Today's low was somewhat "warmer" than the minus-9 recorded Jan. 21, of last year which broke an 85-year record. Last January, the record low came during a 30-day period of chilly temperatures that kept snow on the ground from Christmas through late January last year. The National Weather Service said that temperatures tonight will again drop to around five above and snow is predicted for Friday. Gold Thursday Low 5, high 25 (Complete weather B-20) Making the ice test Telegraph reporter Earl Maucker makes a cutting test of the ice at the Fairmouiit Addition skating pond in Godfrey. The ice was a good 2'/ 2 inches, he estimated enough to support dozens of skaters. ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Greene and Calhonn Counties Vol. 135, No. 300 G Alton Telegraph Prlntlni Co., 1970 Alton, 111., Wednesday, January 6, 1971 36 PAGES Price 10c Est. Jan. 15, 1836 Blight-free corn on way HONOLULU (AP) - The harvest of 1,100 acres of blight-resistant hybrid seed corn soon will be en route from Hawaii 'to the Midwestern corn belt to help combat a destructive leaf blight which swept mainland crops last year. The seed com Is being cultivated on Hawaii's "Garden Isle," Kauai, by Metcalf Farms for the Pride Seed Co. of Glenn Haven, Wis., and four other firms which supply 25 to 30 per cent of the nation's seed com each year. Damage from Southern corn blight was blamed by the Department of Agriculture for a decline in the nation's corn production last year of an estimated 14.7 per cent from an anticipated yield of 4.8 million bushels. It was the smallest crop in four years. "It's sure going to help, getting this winter crop to the mainland in time for spring planting," Harold Barr, office manager of Metcalf Farm's operations on Kauai, said Tuesday. "Here we are harvesting a crop and on the mainland the fields are covered with snow." He said the hybrid seed has been tested and is "100 per cent effective" in resisting corn blight. Powell's investments raise question of political ethics By ARTHUR J. THOMASON Telegraph's Capital Bureau SPRING FIELD — An inventory of the assets of the late Secretary of State Paul Powell revealed that he had deposited $308,140 in com- paign funds in 13 different accounts since Dec. 8, 1966, a Telegraph investigation today disclosed. The funds which raise serious ethical questions, were invested for interest in the forms of certificates of deposits, U.S. Treasury bills and timesavings certificates, according to an analysis of $700,000 in Powell assets revealed exclusively Tuesday by the Telegraph. Marge and Canady, after much ado at law, finally in pen Partee wins pro tern post MARGE CHRISTESON CARLINVILLE — An Alton pair whose legal wrangling kept them out of prison on criminal convictions since 1968 lost their appeal battle Tuesday and were hauled to the state penitentiary to serve time on a Macoupin County burglary conviction. Mrs. Marjorie Christeson, former operator of the Ham and Merv Cab Co. Alton, and her boy friend, Jack Canady, surrendered at the Macoupin County jail Tuesday after managing to elude prison on numerous appeals for two years on the 1968 conviction for burglarizing a Bunker Hill Lumber Co. Sheriff Richard Zarr transported Mrs. Christeson to the women's reformatory at Dwight where she will serve a l-to-8-year sentence and Canady to a cell at Menard prison for a 2-to-10 year sentence. Legal maneuvering and perennial appeals kept Mrs. Christeson and Canady from behind prison bars for more than two years since their sentencing by Circuit Judge Paul C. Verticchio in Sept., 1968, for the 1967 burglary of Landreth Lumber Co., Bunker Hill. Mrs. Christeson, an at- tractive woman, was nattily attired in a pink dress and high heels when she appeared at the Macoupin County jail for her ride to the Dwight Women's Reformatory. v Judge Verticchio ordered Mrs. Christeson and Canady to surrender after they lost their last appeal on the 1968 case prosecuted by States Attorney Thomas Carmody. The couple has also managed to stay out of the pen on a 3-year-old burglary conviction in Brown County. Canady was sentenced to concurrent prison terms of 1-5 years each and Mrs. Christeson was given 5 years' probation in 1968 on the Brown County convictions — but both have had appeals going in the case for 2% years. Another defendant, Robert Stanton, was sentenced to concurrent terms of 3-10 years and 3-8 years on the Brown County conviction. In January, 1970, Mrs. Christeson was sentenced to one year in the women's reformatory and fined $500 on a Madison County conviction in connection with money order thefts from the Alton Western Union Office. She has appealed. (Related Story A-6) SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Cecil Partee, a Chicago Democrat, today became the first black to be elected president pro tern in the history of Illinois Senate. The deciding vote electing Partee in a divided Senate was cast by former president pro tern, Russell Arrington, a Republican, after Robert Coulson, R-Waukegan, voted present to prevent Lt. Gov. Paul Simon from casting the tie-breaking ballot. Arrington was nominated by the Republicans although the GOP knew it could not carry the office. "As your president 1 am sure that we will not forget our party labels but more importantly that, we will put our joint minds, our multi- talents and our combined energies together in the interest of the people of the great slate of Illinois," Partee said. Defends state income tax The deposits were labeled "Paul Powell campaign fund" and "Paul Powell dinner committee." The money docs not include $100,000 in proceeds from the "Five Years of Progress" cocktail party held in Powell's behalf on Oil. 1, nine days before his death. As of early today, there was no explanation as to why the campaign money was listed under Powell's personal assets — some of it drawing five per cent interest annually for more than four years — and whether or not it was being converted for use other than campaign purposes. The inventory also raised questions of conflict of interest by Powell in his holdings of 2;750 shares of stock in a Springfield motel w h i c h was frequently patronized by Powell's auto investigators. Powell had further interest in the Mansion View Motel in promissory notes issued in the motel's name to Powell for a total of $11,500. The combined investments made Powell a major investor in the motel. He had denied having any holdings in the motel during an investigation two years ago. The motel was authorized to .sell 00,000 shares of slock, a Telegraph check with the corporation division of the Secretary of State office showed. As of the 10(19 annual report, the Mansion View motel had issued 57,000 shares at $1 per share. The motel stock was assigned to Powell by Fred 0. Neighbors, operator of the motel and a long-time friend of the late Secretary of State. During the Powell-motel investigation two years ago, it was also revealed that secretary of state vehicles wore frequently serviced at a service station also owned and operated by Neighbors. The 10 promissory notes, the first of which was issued in June, 1950, yielded seven per cent interest annually to Powell. Powell gained a half per cent more in interest annually from another old political ally, Stale Rep. W. .1. Murphy, U-Antioch, who owed Powell $15,000 on a promissory note dated Sepl. 2, 1969, the inventory showed. The largest of Powell's campaign fund accounts was in the form of U,S. Treasury bills for a total of $112,000. The bills are due Feb. 28, 1971, and were held by the First National Bank of Chicago. f All of the campaign funds were deposited in Powell's name giving him full control over their use. Powell's certificates of deposits savings certificates, and treasury bills, excluding stockholdings, totaled more than $700,000, the inventory (Sec Page 2 Col. 1) Legislators get fa£t pay hike SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) — The 70th General Assembly today swiftly adopted a •proposal to raise legislator salaries for the 77th General Assembly by ?5,500 a year. Gov. Richard B. Ogilvle immediately signed the bill. ' The two assemblies are meeting back-to-back, with noon as the dividing line. Illinois House members, who now get $12,000 a year, will be raised in the new General Assembly meeting at noon to $17,500. Senate members, who because of constitutional technicalities would not have had their present $9,000 annual salaries increased each to $12,000 untjl they were sworn as members of the General Assembly after noon, will jump also in the new session to $17,500. Ogilvie demands state tax reforms SPRINGFIELD, 111., (AP) — In a State of the State message to the 1971 legislature, Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie today defened the state income tax and said the new slate Constitution removed excuses for not completing tax reform in a manner that does not injure local government. "You will be challenged to finish the job of state and local tax reform which began two years ago," the Republican governor said in remarks prepared for delivery lo the newly organized General Assembly which has nearly equal Republican and Democrat strength. " The new Constitution makes it possible to remove the sales tax from food and medicine. "But when you accomplish that long sought goal, you must also find a way to replace the lost revenues responsibly and equitably. "Property tax burdens must 'be distributed honestly and fairly. But you must protect the financial support for the schools and community services which depend upon property taxes to function." Ogilvie foresaw no end to demands for money to meet growing problems of bolh cities and rural areas. "The complex and interrelated problems of our cities—unemployment, human relations, inadequate Irans- p o r t a t i o n , poverty, illiteracy, and crime—have continued lo grow, and will prove expensive lo solve. "By Ihe same token, our important rural areas have decayed in the wake of a headlong rush toward urbanization," he noted. O g i I v ic said solutions required bold action and added," One thing will be clear: "With the adoption of a new state Constitution, we no longer have the excuses for inaction that we have used so frequently in the past." "The people of Illinois placed at our disposal last Dec. 15 the means for coming to grips with the problems. "The onus is clearly on us in this chamber to implement that historic achievement and build on the solid foundations of the last session." Regarding his recommendation lo the l!)(i!l legislature lor the now effective income' tax, Ogilvie said to the legislators— including some who had narrow victories for re-election that they blamed on him and and the new levy: "None of us expected thai recmomendalion t o he popular. "But I knew — as you did — that we were faced with a clear choice between action and chaos, between fiscal responsibility a n d state bankruptcy. "We chose the former course, and in so doing, enabled the stale to meet its commitment to the education of our children, to the maintenance of law and justice, to continued economic development, and to the Improvement of those vital human services provided by state and local governments." Some of SKPs budget is restored by higher board Front bank campaign kitty Muskie, Ford received funds WASHINGTON Presidential hopeful Sen. Edmund S, Muskie, D-Maine, and House Republican Leader Gerald R. Ford are listed as receiving donations from a controversial bank campaign fund whose money was spurned by 18 other congressmen. The Bankers Political Action Commitlee, now under investigation on two fronts, told Congress in a year-end report it wound up with $120,000 it couldn't give away. At least 16 representatives, all serving on the House Banking Committee, and two senators are listed as turning down checks from the bank group. But the final report by the campaign fund shows six o I h e r senators and U7 congressmen received a total of 167,000 in contributions, almost all of it in the last County asks ban on leaf burning JACK CANADA EDWARDSVILLE - The Sanitation and Pollution Committee of the Madison County Board of Supervisors asked the Illinois Pollution Control Board today to ban open leaf burning In metropolitan areas. "We urge you to ban leaf burning in metropolitan areas to help the citizens themselves to understand they are also responsible for pollution," George Arnold, an advisor to the committee, told the board at a public hearing at Southern Illinois University today. "If each citizen recognizes h i s responsibilities, thai feeling will bring about im- proved governmental performance," Arnold conlinued. Leaf burning, Arnold conlended, is a fire hazard, a heallh hazard and a safety hazard when dense smoke is (Sec i»age 2, C'ol. 6) few days before the election. Muskie, a member of the Senate Banking Commitlee, got $2,500 in campaign holp from the group. Ford and Democratic Whip Hale Hoggs of Louisiana were lisled as receiving bank fund contributions of $2,000 each. The bank report also shows I 1,000 given to Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania, A House investigating corn- mi lice is due to send its findings lo Congress nexl Monday after a Iwo-monlh probe of Ihe bank contributions. By DOUG THOMPSON Tetagruph Staff WrlU-r CHICAGO — Southern Illinois University, after much prolesl and more than an hour of questioning by the Illinois Hoard of Higher Kdueation Tuesday, got back $109,000 of the $13 million cul from its operating budget. SIU had asked that $200,000 I) e r e s t o r e d u n d e r "deficiencies" for the Carbondale and Kdwardsville campus, but the HHK reduced that to $109,000 on the re-commendation of executive director James Holdcrmunn. The BHK move gave SIU an operating budget of $«8,828,,'!79 out of $104,:ifi(l,478 the school had requested — a budget reduction of 15 per cent for fiscal l«72. The new budget represents an increase of slightly more than $4 million over Ihe current budget of $84,794,7118. SIU Chief of Hoard Staff James Brown, in a lengthy and sometimes sarcastic prolest to the BHK, asked lhal several projects arid funding be restored to the budget. The university asked tor $289,000 to upgrade the security force on the Carbondale campus, a need, Brown said, that was justified during the disruptions on campus last spring. Hill 1 ; staff and Holderman recommended the request lie denied and the board, despite Brown's protest, agreed. The HUE also refused to allow extra funding for leasing of office and classroom spaa; by the Carbondale campus. Brown asked for a $794,2711 restoration out of an $8 million budget cul for such use. Of budgel cuts in Ihe 10 state-controlled universities, only Governor's State University in Springfield \va* cul worse than SIU. University of Illinois, however, received only a 6 per cent budget reduction and the HUE almosl restored much of thai cul in salary Increases before Ihey learned they would have to do the same for other universities. Brown called the budget cuts "arduous economizing" and "bleak." Such cuts, he added, may force "exlremely radical cutbacks in institutional activities and practices ... to permit survival through the next fiscal year." Brown was questioned for more than an hour after presenting his statement (See Page 2, Col. 6.) INSIDE KdUuriul A-4 Study of Kasl Alton police department Is worthwhile. Strike A-3 American Oil and union reach agreement on contract. Police A-7 Godfrey will get round-the- clock police protection. Sports B-12 Sonny Listou found dead; no foul play suspected. Family A-14 Now is time to check garden tools for spring: Gardening with Fred Clausen. Anderson A-4 Mafia operating loan racket in Washington.

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