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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 1

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Inside impse It looked like this inside one of the air-conditioned Bay Area Rapid Transit cars yesterday after the BART officials opened the first 28-mile segment of the rapid transit system. This segment runs from Fremont, Calif, to Oakland. The remainder of the 75-mile system is scheduled to open in stages through next summer. (AP Wirephoto) Alton schools violating racial guidelines: Bakalis ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving Madison, Jersey, Macoupiit, Greene and Calhoun Counties Vol. 137, No. 204 , e p »°g pB Alton> IllinoiSi Tues d a y, September 12, 1972 Price lOc Est. Jan. 15, 1836 Senate expected to ok revenue-sharing today By JOE HALL WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate approaches final passage of the $34.8 billion revenue-sharing bill today after its sponsors beat down efforts to increase aid to big, urban states. Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield predicted final passage of the massive bill by late" afternoon. It has been debated by the Senate six days. The most bitter floor fights have centered on how the big pot of federal-tax revenues will be divided among the slates. The Senate Finance Committee came up with a formula generally increasing the rural and poorer states' share over the large, industrial states compared to the apportionment granted in the House version. Sen. Jacob K. Javils, R- N.Y., made a final effort to change the committee's plan with a new method of distribution to aid the urbanized states. He lost on a 57-27 vote. Under his amendment, $1.5 billion would have been added to the bill over the five-year period the program covers. Also, funds would have been distributed on the basis of the degree of urbanization of the states. "The industrialized states are shortchanged under the committee bill," Javits declared. "The cities are where the problems are." However, Sen. Russell B. Long, D-La., floor manager for the bill and Finance chairman, said: "We voted tq give more money to the poor states and less to the wealthy ones, and that certainly is justified." In another important test, the Senate killed, 67 to 17, an amendment by Sen. Lawton Chiles, D-FIa., to eliminate a section of the bill putting a ceiling on social- services programs run by the Dems again trying to connect Stans to break-in at Watergate By DONALD M. ROTHBERG WASHINGTON (AP) Lawyers for the Democratic party try again today to file allegations that former Commerce Secretary Maurice H. Stans played a key role in the bugging and burglarizing of Democratic National Committee offices last June. The charges are contained in an amended complaint to the civil invasion-of-privacy suit, filed by the Democratic N a t i o n a 1 Committee and Lawrence F. O'Brien, its former chairman. But when attorneys tried to file the complaint Monday, the clerk refused to accept it because it was not accompanied by a motion asking U.S. Dist. Court Judge Charles Richey's permission to amend the original filing. The new complaint alleges that Stans, now finance chairman of the Committee for the Re-Election of the President, and Hugh Sloan, former comm i 11 e c treasurer, gave $114,000 in unreported Republican campaign funds last April 11, to G. Gordon Liddy, a former White House and GOP campaign aide, to finance the activities of the men changed with breaking Wood River school merger asked . By BILL McFADIN Telegraph Staff Writer An election to merge three school districts in Wood River Township got its kickoff Monday night with the start of a petition calling for an election on the issue. A meeting last week of the three superintendents and three school board presidents produced the petition, which could culminate in an election next January or February. Jerome Podesva, superintendent of the East Alton Elementary school district, told his board Monday that the petition drive would start immediately. He put the petition out for signatures after the board meeting. Podesva said legal requirements in the process of filing the petitions would make the process take so long. Some proponents of an election had hoped for a fall referendum. , All. the board members present at the meeting signed the petition. The Wood River Elementary District and the East Alton-Wood River districts will have the petitions started tonight, regular meeting night for both boards. This is seen by observers as the first concrete move by the districts to merge their facilities after more than a decade of discussion. Impetus for such a merger is in stale financial aid formulas, which give more money to unit districts than to dual districts. Units are those districts which have all grades. Dual districts have separate districts for elementary and high school students. The situation in Wood River Township is the only dual system in Madison County. The high school district covers the same physical area as the two elementary districts together, which is all of East Alton and Hartford and most of Wood River. That state aid formula is currently being challenged as unconstitutional in a Lake County suit, but that suit is expected to be carried on for months, and possibly years. Podesva said he and Wood River superintendent Harlan Nash and high school superintendent • Henry Studnicki would prepare a con- densation of the recent report on consolidation issued by a team of experts from Eastern Illinois University. That new report, Podesva said, would be a "pro and con" fact sheet on the proposed consolidation. Podesva said he has been keeping a file of newspaper clippings on consolidation. "Plenty has been said for the consolidation," he said, "but nothing has been said agauist it." In passing the petition around in the board meeting, Podesva advised visitors, "sign it and you're just saying you want an election." He emphasized that the petition is not advocating consolidation, but only calling for a public vote on the matter. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Bakalis announced today that 21 Illinois school systems including Alton, have not complied with his rules governing desegregation. Alton school superintendent Dr. Boyd Mitchell said this morning that Alton had submitted its desegregation plan, which basically consists of the present new elementary and junior high school boundaries, to Bakalis office in July. However, there has been no reply or comment, on the Alton plan yet from Bakalis' office, Mitchell said. He 'added that the Illinois Institute of Technology Computer Center was to supply Alton with information on desegregation but had not done so as of today. The districts cited by Bakalis include Madison and Cahokia, as well as many of the large districts in the state which have a significant minority population. Alton and 12 other districts were notified of their noncompliance earlier this year. Alton was notified early this spring. Other districts notified earlier wei-e Argo-Summit, Cenlralia, Chicago Heights, D a n v i 11 j:, East Moline, Free port, Harvey, Hazel Crest, Pal'k Forest and Sterling. Districts Notified today were Aurora Ea^t, Chicago, Joliet, Maywood, Rockford, Rock Island, Springfield and Waukegan. The rulefe were filed by Bakalis' office in November 1971 to meet, state and federal requirements. Among them was a requirement for each school in a district, to match within 15 pclr cent, the makeup of racial hiinorities in the entire district. The 21 districts failing to meet that quota will be required- to submit desegregation plans within 90 days, Bakalis said, or face possible court intervention. "Let me stress again that, t h e percentage in our regulations are goals toward which your district should work," Bakalis said in his letter to district superintendents "tVe are not saying that they must, be achieved by any specific date. "Obviously. However, we will be looking for a carefully planned program, and one which is not necessarily lengthy or delayed. Bakalis said 1,044 districts were notified early this year they were in compliance with the rules, ile said 24 districts were placed on a contingent list and the 21 districts were found in violation. A district's status was determined by race and enrollment data supplied by the district. Bakalis said it was the first, time the degree of segregation in Illinois schools was measured. He said the racial isolation in schools was not. limited to Chicago where 501 of the city's 656 schools are considered segregated under the IS per cent figure. Bakalis said only six counties have no minority students in their public schools. Ho said 385,000 minority pupils attend schools in Chicago, and about 140,000 attend dovvnstate schools. Inside Editorial . . . . A-4 Revenue sharing issues shouldn't be decided in a hurry- lied Cross .... A-3 Area chapter's annual dinner. Fined A-2 Wiltmond employe fined for serving to minor. Family . . . . Secretaries seminal 1 . A-6 Weather .... A-10 Warm with showers Wednesday; low 70, high 90. Television . . . . A-10 Comics A-16 Obituaries . . . A-ll Stocks A-ll Classified . , . . A-12 Sports A-8 'Political' Olympics come to close. Five fugitives eluding FBI in Virgin Islands Amusements . . . A-10 Telegraph football preview Section B CHKIST1ANSTKD. St. Croix V. [. (AP) - Sweltering heat and scratchy, tangled hillsides arc helping five fugitives elude FBI agents and police who have struggled with machetes for almost a week to hunt them down. The five are charged with killing eight persons during a robbery at the Fountain Valley Golf Course clubhouse last Wednesday. Two other men already are in jail facing charges in connection with the slayings. Since shortly after the bloody robbery, FBI agents, police and U. S. marshals have hacked their way step by step over rugged terrain separating them from the desperadoes, believed still holed up within sight of the golf course. Humidity of 80 per cent and no-degree temperatures have slowed the operation. Bench warrants have been issued for the fugitives. states for welfare recipients and potential recipients. The measure as approved by Finance would limit the programs to about §1.7 billion a year. Also defeated were two tax- reform amendments designed to bring in enough revenue to pay for more than half Uie cost of revenue sharing. Long argued that major changes in the tax laws require far more consideration than could 'be given in Senate floor debate. Madison County board considers pay hikes for some county offices EDWARDSVILLE — Salary hikes ranging from $4,000 to $10,000 for several county offices scheduled for November elections were given first reading by the Madison County Board today. It will come up for a final vote at the October board meeting. The salary raises were granted under a 1970 state law which allows counties of 200,000 to 300,000 population to pay elected officials, excluding the state's attorney, a maximum of $19,500 a year. The state's attorney ivill receive the statutory $32,000 limit—a hike of nearly $10.000 from the present $22,200 level. Salary hikes of $4,000 were authorized for the offices of county auditor, circuit clerk, recorder of deeds and county coroner. These offices are scheduled for the Nov. 7 general election. Presently, the auditor, circuit clerk, recorder and coroner earn $lo,000 annually. The 29-member county board authorised fiscal year 1973 payments of $19,000 — $ 5 0 0 below the legal maximum — for auditor, circuit clerk, recorder and coroner. The county board did not raise the salaries of sheriff, county clerk and treasurer. It is likely that these $17,000 per year posts will be hiked to the legal limit in 1974 when they are on the ballot. T h e Illinois General Assembly is presently considering a bill which would raise the salary ceiling of all county elected officials to $22,000. Counties with between 300,000 and 1 million people may pay cp to $21,000 currently. John L. Kraynak, county auditor, said the county board could have raised the salaries immediately after the 1970 salary statute was passed. Madison County, which has a population of approximately 250,000 people, may pay its elected officals between $14,1)00 and $19,500 yearly. into the Democratic party offices. The complaint named Liddy, E. Howard Hunt Jr., formerly employed as a consultant by the White House, and James W. McCord, former security chief for the presidential campaign committee, as "commanding personnel" of what it called the "political espionage squad." Clark MacGregor, President Nixon's campaign chairman, said the charges against Stans and Sloan would be' "grossly libelous" if made outside a court complaint. lie said he has directed attorneys to file civil suit against O'Brien and the Democrats for "malicious prosecution and abuse of process." "The allegations are false and Mr. O'Brien and his friends are well aware they a 11 are false," said MacGregor. Stans called tlie accusations "a scurrilous pack of lies." MacGregor called on Sen. George Mc G o v e r n, Democratic presidential candidate, to disclose who on the Republican campaign payroll has fed information to the Democrats. South marines battling in Citadel QUANG Till, Vietnam (AP) — South Vietnamese Marines fought their way into the Quang Tri Citadel today, but w ere encountering tough resistance. "It is still contested," one informant said. One source estimated that about 400 North Vietnamese troops were still entrenched in the 19th century fortress whose political symbolism outweighs its military value in the battle of Quang Tri. It could not be determined how much of the Citadel's 50 acres the marines had occupied and ho\v much the enemy still held. Newsmen were not allowed closer than 200 yards to the fortress. Shells from both sides hit the fortress while I'.S. and South Vietnamese jets pounded it. South Vietnamese batteries on Highway 1 south of the city included long-range 175mm artillery to counter the North Vietnamese 130mm guns. They thundered throughout the day but could not silence the enemy fire hitting marine positions inside the city and several .smaller gun batteries to the south. Officers at the front said the marines outside the Citadel's walls were closing off the enemy's avenues of supply and reinforcement. "We are beginning to box them in." said one. "The enemy are in a bad way. They have been trying like hell to reinforce their troops in (he Citadel but we are cutting them down before they get in." The North Vietnamese captured Quang Tri on May 1, completing their conquest of N o r t h Vietnam's nur- t h e r n m o s t province. The South Vietnamese launched a counter-offensive on June 28. A South Vietnamese spokesman in Saigon said the marines entered the Citadel through a bomb hole in the southern wall after clearing out North Vietnamese bunkers just outside. He reported that other marine units were attacking the Citadel from the north, the eaM and the south. November election for circuit clerks: court By IRA Ti;iNO\Vn/ Telegraph Capital Bureau. SI'RINGFIELD - Circuit Court Judge Paul Verticelno Monday ruled that elections for circuit clerks should beheld in NovemlKT even though the legislature failed to decide whether the office should be appointive or elective. Acting on a suit filed by the Illinois Court Clerks Association, Verticchio refused to grant an injunction preventing county clerks fnjun listing the office on (he ballot. Lyle Allcji, attorney for l]he circuit clerks and president of the Slate Bar Association, said they would appeal the ruling to the Illinois Supreme Court a.s soon as possible. Madison County Circuit Clerk Wil.ard ••Hutch" l'or- tell. piv-.i(lcnt of tho Court Clerk> Association, was not pn-sent in court Monday. The judge's ruling came after four hours of hearings into the case. Representatives of St. ('lair, Peoria, Tazewell, Miicoupin and Saiigamon County officials all argued against the issuance of an injunction The clerks claimed that the legislature's failure to act meant that present clerks should remain in office until action wa.s taken. Opponents charged such pnn IMUIIS would be an "extraordinary remedy," and a>ked that the injunction be denied. Both parties agreed that a final determination of what t h e constitution required would probaHy have to be made by the state supreme court. Judge Verticchio ruled that the present laws on circuit court clerks, which provide for their election, were not inconsistent with the 1970 constitution and therefore under the transition section of the constitution they should remain in effect. Scarce funds, blindness to problem, hamper drug fight By JIM LANDERS Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE - A paucity of funding and an unwillingness to admit the existence of a drug problem plague most communities without adequate facilities to combat the growing drug fubculture. Madison County, which has t drug abuse-related program at two mental health clinics, is an example of a region which confronts a scarcity of funds and general community indifference. Second of series Although the county has a population of nearly 250.000 and an increasingly urban society, drug programs in Madison County are oriented only toward counseling and therapy when mental heath officials believe a more comprehensive treatment program should be available. There are some working models of drug treatment programs which concerned county citizens could imitate before the drug abuse situation becomes uncontrollable. In St. Louis, NASCO (Narcotics Service Council. Inc.) offers hard drug addict, mainly hreoJa, and drug abusers an opportunity to isolate themselves from a drug-oriented environment. NASCO was started in by an ex-heroin addict named Don Mitchell. Mitchell wanted to assist ex-addicts and the City of St. Louis in battling the growing heroin problem. By 1967, community .support had increased sufficiently to provide a halfway house fur addicts seeking a cure. As the drug problem hit the white suburbs, and thus received recognition from heretofore indifferent whites, NASCO-Wesi was added to handle suburbia Youthful drug auusers in St. Louis and St. Louis County now can seek assistance which provides counseling, therapy and, most important, escape from the drug culture. Also NASCO programs offer youthful drug abusers the opportunity to escape from a mentally burdensome home environment — a factor which led many to seek escape through dings The NASCO program is designed specifically for the 13- to 21-year-old group In Illinois. ADDCO (Alcohol and Drug Dependence Council) has offices in East St. Louis. ADDCO also provides counting for drug ttB&sers but its main sen ices are for heroin addicts. ADD- CO^suffers the same fate as its Madi.son County coun- terparts in that >t does not have shelter facilities. ADDCO does of^er recreational facilities and l|ias a staff of nurses to admiius|.er a methadime treatment p r o g r a m for addii Is. Methadone is used to bljck an addict's bodily craving [for heroin. Mtlhudone cost $hCO per addict annually, said James Hailing, ADDCO dif g program director. ADDCO H!M> operates a drug information center in addition t<> conducting seminars for physician:, and clergy. NASCO end ADDCO otter an interesting contrast in the approach to heroin add v. 1 on NASCO believes u: the "cold turkey" method. Addicts must sign a 7-day contract promising to completely withdraw Horn heroin. The halfway house allows the addict to resist returning to the drug. Harting says ADDCO administers methadone on an individual basis. If the heroin addict has been on the drug for a relatively short period. the "cold turkey" method Is used. However, Harting said, the lack of housing facilities does not allow the addict to escape the drug society.

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