Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 12, 1971 · Page 1
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Alton, Illinois
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Tuesday, January 12, 1971
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Teachers strike Chicago public schools CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union svruck the city's public school system for the second time in two years today, canceling classes for more than half a million elementary and high school pupils. Negotiators met into the early morning, but the strike machinery already had bron s',J in motion hours earlier when the union's House of Representatives rejected a Board of Education offer of a 4 per cent salary increase. Union President John F, Desmond said the vote Monday night, was unanimous, and he termed the board's offer "an insult." .lames F. Remond, superintendent of schools, said Ihr union's demands were "in excess of reasonable expectations." He announced after the vote that schools would be closed today to the 577,679 elementary and high school pupils. The union represents 20,000 of the rnicago public school system's 24,500 teachers. The union's latest salary doiTKind was for ;\ 15 per cent increase, flown from an original 20 per cent. Starling teachers in Chicago presently earn $8,400. Top scale for a teacher with 15 years experience and a doctor's degree is $15,015. Other issues involved are class si/e, educational improvement s and bettor protection from physical assiilt. Desmond said the teachers felt the strike would be one "of long duration." If it lasts more than a week, he said, teachers will conduct "freedom schools" for the pupils. The first strike by teacliert against the 533 Chicago public schools occurred in May 1969. The strike lasted two days and ended with teachers gaining $100 --a-month salary increases. The present contract expired Dec. 31. ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving Madison., Jersey, Mnconpin* Greene and Calhoun Counties Vol. 135, No. 305 ® Alton ™egra P h printing co.,.1971 Alton, 111., Tuesday, January 12, 1971 18 PAGES Price lOc Est. Jan. 15, 1836 Powell delivered cash to Hodge in rendezvous Unwinding en- Treasury Secretary David M. Kennedy seems twined in spaghetti-like problems as lie discusses iips and downs of the Nation's economy in Washington D.C. Monday. (AP Wirephoto) the economy Park, recreation system of Wood River revamped By BILL McFADIN Telegraph Staff Writer A restructuring of the park and recreation system in Wood River, recommended last summer by a governmental research group, was instituted Monday, to the displeasure of the present recreation director of the city Leroy Emerick. Emerick said the. city should appoint a new director of parks and recreation, "and I'd like to apply for the job." Currently, Emerick is in charge of just the recreational areas, headquartered in the Roundhouse social center. Under the new system, Emerick and three others will be under Public Works Director George Ghent. With the city about to hire a professional city engineer, Emerick said, "he (Ghent) will actually be the director of parks and recreation." Others affected by the change are Bill Lowry, manager of Belk Park golf course; parks maintenance supervisor Jerry Dwiggins; and the swimming pool manager, who is hired each summer. For the past two years, high school football coach Carl Crawford has filled that job. All four men had been under direct control of City Manager Ron Sands. Sands said the new'arrangement is in line with recommendations from the Governmental Research Institute of St. Louis. ; That group said the "city should administer its park and recreation functions through a single department of its municipal government." Emerick, however, points to another recommendation made by the same group, that "a director of parks and recreation should be appointed, or the city manager should be given additional staff assistance to. direct and coordinate park and recreation activities." Emerick has been in charge of recreation in Wood River for over 20 years. Until the first of this year, his salary was divided, with half paid by the city and half by the Social Planning Council. The council and city shared in the costs of the city's recreation program. Another recommendation by the St. Louis firm was that the city should take full responsibility for its park and recreation programs. That recommendation was adopted and put into effect Jan. 1. The Social Planning Council, with no duties other than partial funding of the recreation program, was left with no further use. Six of its members were appointed to the city's new park and recreation commission, which was set up following another recommendation. The other four members of the new commission come from the former Belk Park commission. Sands said he did not appoint Emerick, Lowry or (Continued from Page 3) By ANDE YAKST1S and JOE MELOSI Telegraph Staff Writers The late Secretary of State Paul Powell delivered cash to former State Auditor Orville Hodge in a Madison County rendezvous with the ex- auditor who was imprisoned for embezzling $1.5 million in state funds, an investigation by the Telegraph revealed. Evidence uncovered by the Telegraph about the Powell- Hodge meeting in Madison County, in which cash as exchanged, will be' investigated for a possible link between Powell's $890,000 cash hoard and millions in public funds embezzled by Hodge. H o d ge however, today denied such a meeting oc- curred but the Telegraph was told on good authority that it had. The meeting between Powell and Hodge occurred several years ago while Hodge was still on prison parole, in an isolated area near Madison where the two former powerful political figures drove up in separate cars, the Telegraph was told. Powell and Hodge, who were close political allies, got out of their cars and walked across the street. They talked briefly and Powell handed Hodge an undetermined a m o unt of cash, the Telegraph investigation disclosed. Powell, who was then Secretary of State, returned to his car where several persons waited, and drove off. Jordan adversaries sign peace pact, but fighting erupts .7 billion tax writeoff didn't involve Congress WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon has found a way to give business a $2.7- billion tax break without involving the Democratic- controlled Congress. But the move may hurt chances of his project to share federal revenue wih the states. Nixon's announcement of new regulations allowing faster writeoff of investment Jn machinery and other production facilities was hailed by businessmen and greeted with skepticism by congressmen. The new rules, announced Monday in San Clemente, Calif., allow businesses to shorten by as much as 20 per cent the period in which they write off for tax purposes Investment in machinery. They also will be able to concentrate more of the writeoff in the first year. The regulations will be pro- mulgated under the Treasury Department's authority to set reasonable depreciation guidelines. No legislation is required. "It won't make it any easier to persuade Congress to approve revenue sharing," commented Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D-Ark. "It makes it harder—because it adds to the deficit." Mills is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee where any revenue- sharing legislation would begin. Although a consistent opponent of the sharing plan, Mills said in a telephone interview from Searcy, Ark., he will hold hearings on the proposal after the 92nd Congress convenes, but not early in the session. Typical of business reaction to the new depreciation regulations was the comment of W.P. Gullander, president of the National Association of Manufacturers. "The business community has long sought depreciation policies more in line with those enjoyed by foreign competitors, and this action by the president is an important partial move 'in this direction," he said. By The Associated Press Palestinian guerrillas and the Jordanian government signed a new cease-fire agreement today but barely an hour later artillery mortars and machine guns opened up in Jordan's capital, Amman. It could not be determined immediately which side started the shooting. People who had ventured on the streets in the first hour after the cease-fire was announced scurried for shelter and the streets were deserted within minutes after the firing began. The explosion of shells and the chatter of heavy machine guns was echoing in the city more than two hours after it began. The cease-fire was to have ended fighting between the guerrillas and Jordan's army, while U.N. special mediator Gunnar V. Jarring pressed his peace efforts between Israel and the Arabs in New York. A joint statement by the Jordanian government and the guerrilla command in Amman said anyone disobeying the cease-fire would be tried as a traitor. The order to stop the fighting which has gone on for five days between King Hussein's army and the guerrillas was signed by Prime Minister Wasfi Tell and Ibrahim Bakr of the Central Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The cease-fire was announced a few hours after a guerrilla communique issued in Damascus charged that Jordanian troops moving by tank and helicopter were attacking commando bases under cover of artillery ban-ages. "That's preposterous . . . terrible . . . absolutely no truth to it." Hodge roared when asked by the Telegraph this morning if Powell slipped him a roll of money in Madison. "I only saw him two or three limes in the last 10 years, and one of those times was when I was in jail," Hodge said. "And that was when Powell came to visit the warden, Ross Randolph, a friend of his," Hodge said. Powell, a political czar in southern llinois politics, presided at a meeting of politicians in a maneuver to try and save Hodge from prison before the 1956 scandal involving the auditor and missing state funds. The Telegraph's uncovery of Powell's cash gift to Hodge is the link in an investigation ,,,by Illinois Bureau of Investigation agents who "will question Hodge to determine whether he is connected, through a Chicago bank, to the $890,000 cash fortune found in Powell's Springfield apartment and state office. The cash was discovered in apart in e n t by h i s executor, John Rendleman, and was bundled by some wrappers of the old Southmoor Bank and Trust Co., Chicago. Several of the fraudulent checks used by Hodge in embezzling state funds were cashed by the old Southmoor bank. In another new development today 15 more bank wrappers used to wrap the hidden Pow- ell cash, were found, the Telegraph learned. A n o t. h c r envelope, the Telegraph was told, bore the name Paul Powell, Speaker of the House, with Initials PP (Paul Powell) and the number 5,000. Powell was three times speaker of Ihc Illinois House and powerful figure in Illinois politics. On another Manilla envelope was scrawled "Five years of Progress" and $0,000. In a bizarre discovery today, the Telegraph learned that envelopes bearing amounts of monies from $6,000 to $21,000 apparently campaign funds, were hidden in Powell's apartment and office. On one envelope the name Goldman appeared and underneath the name was written $1,000. The name was' apparently Robert H. Goldman who confirmed that he had made campaign contributions to Powell in excess of $35,000. Goldman, president of Central Office Equipment Co., did a large volume of business with the secretary of state's office. On another envelope found in the hidden cache of cash was scrawled $21,050 and the date 7-20-64. An investigation is also in progress into a report thai Powell purchased. $11)0,000 worth of automobiles from a downslate friend without competitive bidding. Some of the wrappers on Powell's cash hoard bear dates which fall in the same time period when Hodge, as auditor, embezzled $1.5 million in state money. Hodge said it was "purely coincidental" that the money wrappers on Powell's $890,000 had the name of the Southmoor Bank. Hodge, a Republican, was sent to prison for six years in the 1956 embezzlement scandal. He was on parole from the embezzlement prison term when ho met Powell, who gave him money in the Madison County, rendezvous uncovered by the Telegraph. Speaking from his home at (Continued from Page 6) Simon tagged as dictator by Republicans •/• . •• Jit . • • By ARniim J. THOMASON Telegraph Capital Bureau SPRINGFIELD,, 111. — Lt. Gov. Paul Simon was accused of being <i dictator Monday by Senate Republicans who charged that new senate rules, adopted by Democrats, strengthens Simon's political control over the upper chamber of the General Assembly. The new rules adopted by Senate Democrats, over strong Republican objections, requires 35 votes (three-fifths majority) to overrule Simon, the Senate president. T h e move strengthens Simon's grip over Ihc divided Senate where he has the power to cast the tie-breaking vote on all Senate questions except legislation. Sen. Harris W. Kawell, R- Naperville, said the new rules put the lieutenant governor "in a very poor position to be cast as a dictator or an autocrat." F a w e 11 and eight Republicans Issued a written statement of dissent, challenging the Senate action on the grounds the rules were adopted by less than a majority of the elected Senate membership. The Senate, however, was nol operating under regular rules since the new rules had not been adopted, and the decision of the president was arbitrary. Simon said the new rules would give "some stability" to miilority rule and "prevent chan--'." The lieutenant governor's vole was not needed to adopt ( Continued from Page 1) INSIDE Astronaut . . . . A-3 Daughter of moonbound astronaut will get time off from Principia to watch. Family . . . . A-i Ten seniors from five area high schools are recipients of DAR annual awards. Water A-2 Suit filed by water board against mayor and council of Jerseyville is dismissed. Sports .... B-2 The old man is best male athlete for 1970. Editorial . . . . A-4 Nixon's tax writeoffs for business is nothing new. Warmer Wednesday Low 25; High 45 (Complete weather puge 11-1) Freezing mist cripples area By DENNIS McMURRAY Telegraph Staff Writer A glistening layer of ice covered streets and roads in the Alton Metroplex this morning and all available city and state crews were out spreading salt and cinders. The worst conditions were to Alton where all equipment, tven trucks from the Sewer Department were out •leading. irirf did a free-form to the streets as they around corners. Over 30 accidents were reported by Alton police from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Many involved three ears. It was like "bump car" rides in a carnival as two stopped cars, after bumping fenders, were often plowed into by a third car. The freezing drizzle in the Alton area did not plague other counties in the Telegraph area. Sheriff's departments in Greene and Jersey counties reported the streets and roads were norm a 1 and no accidents reported. Macoupin and Calhoun counties also reported good road conditions and no ice- related accidents. To the south, however, in St. Clair and Monroe counties as well as the rest of Madison county, roads were "very slick and hazardous", and motorists were urged to stay , off them, state police in Maryville said. The state police phone was "going mad" with "numerous accident reports," an official said. However, all "available state crews throughout the area" were out salting, the state maintenance department in French Vil\age reported. The icy conditions caused a dropoff in retail business in the area this morning. P.N. Hirsch in Wood River had "no customers" at all this morning, Sears in downtown Alton had "only a few" and Monticello Plaza and Eastgate Plaza shopping centers had a dropoff of 50 per cent or more this morning. Walking, as well as driving conditions, also were hazardous and those with weak ankles and a poor sense of balance learned that they should have stayed off the sidewalks. Meanwhile, the problem of getting school children home in the afternoon loomed for school officials in the -metroplex. Assistant District Superintendent Edwin Leamon told the Telegraph at noon that "all we can do is play it by ear." Leamon said the worst thing that could happen would be children would be kept at the schools and parents notified that it wasn't safe to drive them home in buses. Slip... slip... and crunch ItrickH glazed with frozen mist glistened beneath these cars at Broadway and Market* Streets Alton after traffic came to a slippery stop about 10 a.m. today in a sudden freezing drizzle. photo by Robert K. Graui).

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