Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 7, 1971 · Page 2
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fc Alton Evening Telegraph Thursday, Jan. 7, 1971 Rendleman sorry he took on Powell's estate By DOUG THOMPSON white he was alive, but he the specifics discussed when Mrs. Hensey had already were interested in my entire I could not have accepted." Clarence Stephens, chair- of the naming of the execute Telegraph Staff Writer hasn't been very good to me questioned by the Telegraph opened the private safe of the relationship with Mr. Powell. he said. man of the University Ad- Rendleman was forma ?22rai?5 '" R ^ an a,s, „ ch,, 25Tk S.Hl.lS » i^'t, £ *•*««« 1 «~» »* ^S'T^S ™™ '^"Tn 7? TTVS-LI inn io R,, ra oi. n f Tn^ ™ii«,- «* c n .,»h nra Tin^^i^ _„.;..„ 4 v_ .„_... »» r>__ji a frank, open discussion. _.-_•- .. „ „.,.... reolaced the SIl) president} fee. he disclosed weaneso, By DOUG THOMPSON Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE — After two hours of questioning by Illinois Bureau of Investigation agents and an assistant state attorney general late Wednesday afternoon, John Rendleman, executor of Paul Powell's estate, told the Telegraph that he had made a "mistake" to ever become involved in the iate secretary of state's affairs. In an interview Wednesday Rendleman said: "Paul was a good friend white he was alive, but he hasn't been very good to me in death." Rendleman also is chancellor of Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville (SUIE) The interview was conducted in his campus office. William .1. Nettles, administrative assistant to 111 i n o is attorney general William Scott, and two I HI agents who refused to identify t h e m s e Iv e s , questioned Rendleman on his relationship with Powell. Nettles would not disclose the specifics discussed when questioned by the Telegraph afterwards, but said Rendelman had been open and cooperative. The assistant attorney genera! and IBI agents are also seeking Mrs. Margaret (Marge) Hensey. Powell's longtime secretary and companion who was with him when he died and who is "on vacation" in Florida. Scott told reporters Wednesday that he is seeking Mrs. Hensey to learn the combination of a safe in Powell's Springfield office. Mrs. Hensey had already opened the private safe of the secretary of state. the Telegraph learned, and gave the contents to Rendleman shortly after Powell's death was announced. Given to Rendleman was $50,000 in cash, which he included in the $800,000 find announced last week, as well as the stocks and securities that were put in Edwardsville National Bank and Trust Co. The stocks and securities caused the controversy this week. "Mr. Nettles and the agents were interested in my entire relationship with Mr. Powell. We had what I thought to be a frank, open discussion," Rendleman told the Telegraph. As he talked, Rendleman watched himself in an interview on a television newscast. Outside his office, a reporter waited for another interview. "A year ago, if I had known what being the executor of this estate would involve and the personal grief it would bring, I would have refused. I could not have accepted," he said. Now, Rendleman continued, he is bound by a promise made to Powell while he was living — a promise he "can't very well refuse now that he is dead." He r e c o n f i r me d his statement that he will not resign as suggested by State Rep. Gale Williams (R- Murphysboro) Monday night. Lindell Stargis, chairman of the SIU board of trustees, says the board is not considering any action against Rendleman. From unimpressed Illinois lawmakers Council (which replaced the SIU president) told the Telegraph that he was informed the board will stand behind Rendleman through the fight. "He has my support," Stephens said. Rendleman told the Telegraph that a full in - ventory of the Powell estate would b released "as soon as its finished. Illinois law requires a full inventory of an estate be publicly filed within 60 days Ogilvie talk gets ho-hum reaction By ROBERT SHOLT SPRINGFIELD (AP) -In his state of the state message to the 77th General Assembly Wednesday, Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie talked about past achievements and future plans but stirred little enthusiasm among the lawmakers. Ogilvie called for newly seated legislators to exercise "courage and statesmanship" in tackling the coming session, a session which legislators expect to be one of the most difficult in the history of the state. The governor called for major reforms in welfare programs, honest im- plementation of the new sta'te constitution, fair reapportionment ;tnd urged the state to seek revenue sharing with the federal government. The message sparked little emotion. the most often heard complaint was that it failed to say anything new. that it didn't spell out a specific legislative program. But Ogilvie has promised this will come later. Newly elected Democratic house minority leader Clyde Choate of Anna, was quick to give his impression of the Ogilvie address. "He impressively painted his first two years in office in the best public relations IRS in Powell probe (Continued from Page One) state's office show that the tire company fell in economic straits in 1067 and on Dec. 14, 1967 was officially dissolved. Records show Choate as secretary of the firm, which has a Chicago address. Powell, although a major stockholder, was not listed as an officer of the company. Jay G. Philpott, district director of the Internal Revenue Service, Springfield, told the. Telegraph that his office will check leads into alleged pressure tactics against companies who were reluctant to buy the Michelin tires. Choate, who has become a power in the Democrat party, was named Wednesday as htv 2 minority whip as the gerioral assembly began its 1971 session. fashion — and he is entitled to do so. On this day of so- called Harmony. I won't go into failures But I will say that many of the figures that he used were open to question." "Throughout the message." Choate added "I couldn't find any specifics and I'll be waiting to see tha governor's proposal and waiting for his special messages." Ogilvie looked back to revenue reform as his administrations most significant achievements. "Because we chose the path of responsibility, we enable the state to meet its commitments to the education of our children, the maintenance of law and justice, to ronlmue economic development, and to the improvement of vital human services," Ogilvie said. Along more partisan lines, Choate said Republicans have failed to keep abreast of problems in education while they had a large majority. Now, he said, "they will have to have an attentive ear, and I think they will." Republican Robert Blair, the new speaker of the house, said Ogilvie's comments were "generally very good," and Road jobs probed for black ban (Continued from Page One) unions accepted as members, white men with no training who have not even completed high school. Several cases have been reported in recent weeks of black workers being fired after one day on the job. In St. Clair County, white construction workers have walked off the job when one black worker showed up. , The unions contend the black trainees are not qualified and they have filed suit In federal court contending that the agreements reached through the efforts of Illinois Gov. Richard Ogilvie, with the Metro-East Labor Council representing and supervising the black training, circumvents collective bargaining and the union apprentice programs. The black trainees charge the unions and contractors with racial discrimination, "we want a chance to at least get a union curd and start working so we can make some of that money," Logan said. S i x highway projects totaling $7 million will be shut down, beginning Friday, unless more of the black trainees are hired, Robert Kronst, chief engineer of highway District 8, announced If you fail to receive your Telegraph by 5:80 p.m. phone 465-6641 before 6 p.m. and your copy will be delivered. Alton Evening Telegraph Published Dally by Alton Tclciirnph Priming Company PAUL S. COUSI.IiY, President, General Mumtger. .STEPHEN A. COUSI HV, Editor & Assistant to the Publisher. K1CHAHD A COUSI.MY, Vice President and Clansitled Mar. HENRY II McADAMS, Secretary and AsuUlant General Manager. MUMUER OH THE ASSOCIATED PRKSS (The Associated Hresn lt> exclusively entitled to the use of publication ol all news dispatches credited In thin paper and to (he local news published herein.) Subscription price: By carrier. GOt weekly, $2.60 per calendar month; by moll J16.00 a year, $8 50 six months In Illinois and Missouri. (24.00 a year, 113,00 six months In all other states. Mall subscriptions not accepted In towns where carrier delivery Is available. Second Class Postage paid at Alton, Illinois 62002 last week. The U.S. Justice Department is seeking an injunction against the carpenters' union in East St. Louis, to force it to end alleged racial discrimination in its apprentice programs. That suit went to court Monday and is continuing today. Another suit has been filed by the carpenters' union against the Southern Illinois Builders Association and H. H. Hall Construction Co., claiming that the contractors agreement with the Metro- East Labor Council is invalid. Now, further suits on behalf of the United Black Workers Association are probable, Edward Welch, who is attorney for them as well as for the Metro-East Labor Council, told the Telegraph today. Welch would not say what specific legal action he might take, but "there will be a lot of lawsuits yet." BONUS EAGLE STAMPS FOB SAVING MONEY... (NOT SPENDING IT!) 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Diagonally Acroii Pram New Burger Che/ Open Everyday » a.m. - « p.m. — Frl. • a.m. • I p.m. complimented the governor for being a "powerful and moving force" in the area of federal-state revenue sharing. Sen. W. Russell Arrington, the Senate's new minority leader who was defeated in his bid for reelection as president pro tempore, said he supported the Ogilvie wish for financial disclosure by public officials. "It's always been my objective, but I've never been able to get it through the legislature," Arrington of Evanston said. Cecil Partee, a black Senator from Chicago who replaces Arrington as president pro tempore, indicated the governor's address contained nothing exciting to him. He said "the problems are well wnown to us." Democratic Lt. Gov. Paul Simon said the "the general tone" of Ogilvie's speech was good. But simon said the message was "totally lacking details for a specific plan for the future." Speaking of Ogilvie's call for laws to require public officials to disclose their income, a member of Simon's staff said, "we consider it a victory." Simon has disclosed the sources and amount of his income for 16 years and has made public all financial interest. His entire staff is required to make the same disclosures. Robert Cherry of Chicago, a s t r on g 1 y partisan Democratic leader in the Senate, said the governor's message offered "nothing substantial that members of .the legislature were not already aware of." Cherry said the governor presented policies "that should be considered," but he questioned Ogilvie's motives in asking for higher standards o f official ethics and requirements of financial disclosure. "It sure was," Cherry said when asked if he believed the appeal for financial disclosure was motivated by recent finds of cash in the apartment of Paul Powell, the late secretary of state. 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