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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - June 27, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE 710 N Illinois Murphysboro 1113 Walnut Herrin 212 N Uth Volume 82No 151lSc a Copy Southern Dlinoisan BE Ij 0 A a 0 2 l i Four Pages J Successor to Free Press Herrin Dally Journal Murphysboro Independent THURSDAY JUNE 27 1974 CarbondaleHerrinMurphysboro House OKs tax cuts Senators slow bills By Roger Hughes LindsaySehaub News Service Springfield Once again a few bills calling for tax cuts were approved Wednesday by the House of Representatives That kind of legislation to pare income and sales taxes plus local property tax bills has cleared the House regularly and usually with little opposition through most of June Meanwhile Wednesday the Senate Revenue Committee moved to slow the progress of all but a few of the measures passed with so much fanfare by thfc House Committee members decided in effect that most bills being approved by the House should be held back for more study The latest taxparing meas ures the House cleared Wed nesday appear unlikely to get much attention from either the full Senate or its revenue ex perts before adjournment this One bill okayed 1525 would cut sales taxes on food by one per cent and exempt nonpre scription drugs and medicinal supplies from the same tax It is a Republican rewrite of jpov Daniel Walkers original request for a sales tax exemp tion for both prescription and nonprescription drugs The Walker plan first outlined in March forecast possible revenue loss of million in fiscal 1975 The Housepassed bill bears a possible million price tag Another House bill approved 9064 Wednesday would enable rewriting the income tax law if voters decide at a statewide referendum the revenue article of the state Constitution should be amended But such a general election constitutional referendum cannot be until 1976 at the ear liest Lengthy Senate review is seen as necessary if effects of nearly all such proposals on the state treasury are to be understood And the senators also want to be certain who really would benefit from all the socalled tax re lief An example of the commit tees hold on a minute ap proach came Wednesday with agreement all Housepassed proposals for changing the mo bile home privilege tax need more consideration Theyll be worked on this summer and then well try to pass a bill next fall said com mittee chairman Sen Terrel Clarke RWestern Springs With its holdback decision the Senate committee signalled an approach to the mobile home tax which is similar to the House Revenue Committees treatment earlier this year of bills proposing amendments to the Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Relief Act breaker state The outcome of that finally was House Revenue subcom mittee recommendation of two bipartisan measures intended to streamline the circuit breaker program and hike benefits for the elderly and disabled So far those two bills are the only key tax relief measures to clear the Senate Revenue Com mittee They await probable passage today by the full Senate More Senate Revenue Com mittee study also is slated in coming months for Lt Gov Neil Hartigans proposal of indirect sales tax relief for the elderly and for a bill touted by House Speaker W Robert Blair R Park Forest to cut the residen tial utility tax rate to 3 per cent from the present 5 per cent Food nonprescription drugs 6 area representatives vote for sales tax cuts By Karen Rothe Of The Southern Ulinoisan Six Southern Illinois repre sentatives voted yes on a mea s u r e to eliminate the sales tax on nonprescription drugs and reduce the tax on the bills pro bably will not be voted on in the Senate On another tax measure which would increase the share of the porporate income tax three Democrats and one Republican voted yes with one Republican registering a no vote and another voting sent Voting yes on the sales tax measure were Reps Clyde Choate DAnna Ralph Dunn RDu Quoin Richard O Hart DBenton James Holloway DSparta CL McCormick RVienna and Norbert Sprin ger RChester The corporate tax legisla tion received a yes vote from Choate its sponsor as well as Hart Holloway and Mc Cormick Dunn voted no and Spring er voted present on the legis lation Terry Michael press aide for Choate said the corporate tax measure cannot be passed this year despite the success ful House vote as it requires a constitutional amendment It is now too late to put the question on the November ballot Choate brought the bill for ward for a vote anyway be cause he wanted to put the Seeks to limit cutoffs ICC to make utilities ease payment rules Chicago AP The Illinois Commerce Com mission has announced plans to make it tougher for utility com panies to cut off service ICC Chairman Marvin Lie berman said Wednesday the new regulations also would ease es tablishment of credit with utili ties The regulation changes ef fective Oct 1 resulted from public hearings and include A requirement that com panies give customers 21 days instead of 10 days to pay their bills A requirement that electric service cannot be denied for nonpayment of gas service or other combinations of utility services A requirement that uniform cutoff notices be delivered separate from other materials and bills Three additional means for a customer to establish credit an advance deposit for 30 serv ice days ownership of the dwelling that will be served or membership in a credit group representatives on record re garding thensupport or non support of the measure Mic hael said Dunn who registered the opposing vote to the Choate bill said he was opposed to any income tax dividual or corporate Indi viduals would be affected by raising the corporate tax be cause its effects would be passed on to the public and to corporation shareholders he said Regarding the sales ta x measure Dunn said he sup ports the bill as amended He opposed earlier provisions for elimination of the tax on prescription rather than nonprescription drugs since that tax is paid by the drug gist rather than the consumer he said Springer said he voted pre sent on the Choate measure because as it stands now I believe it would be complete ly unconstitutional If a com panion bill calling for a con stitutional amendment had gone through first he said he probably would have sup ported the tax proposal Springer said he would have supported the sales tax bill even if the chances were good that it would be enacted The measure would give some measure of relief to the el derly and ill he said Democrat Holloway voted in favor of both the says he doesnt feel that they actually could be enacted Quite frankly I dont be lieve we can afford cutting the revenue for the state right now Holloway said In Murphysboro fire Acfion may have saved tykes from a fiery death By Tony Stevens Of The Southern Iflinoisan Quick action by a neighbor land a policeman may have Bayed the lives of two young children trapped in a base ment apartment fire in Mur physboro Wednesday after noon Carroll Gee 22 of 721 North St a neighbor and Murphysboro Policeman Rus sell Brown pulled the two chil dren to safety through a Jbase ment window The children Allen 18 months and David 3 years sons of Wanda Hunter of 723 NqjrtlrSt were treated for smoke inhalation and reported in condition Theyounger child Allen was almost be from the base ment and undoubtedly would have suffocated within a short period Fire Chief Chester Steele said Policeman James Miller helped revive the younger child with mouth to mouth resuscitation The fire apparently broke out in the basement apart ment occupied by the Hunters about pm The mother told firemen she was forced out of the apartment and was unable to reach the children due to dense smoke Chief Steele said prelimin ary investigation shows the fire may have started around a gas stove Gee the next door neighbor smashed a window in the basement and reached inside to grab David and pull him to safety The children had retreated from the smoke to a corner of the basement apartment near the ground level window Gee was unable to reach the smaller child but received assistance from Brown I held his legs while he leaned down into the base ment to reach the younger child and then helped him get the child out the window We were very lucky the room was filled with smoke and we were lucky to find the baby Brown said Firemen said residents of other apartments in the build ing were not at home when the fire broke out Firemen reports heavy damage to the basement apartment The property is owned by Bob Winters President Nixon consults his watch while shaking hands with Belgians near the Royal Palace in Brussels APWirepheto Muscovites greet Nixon Moscow AP Thousands of Muscovites waving tiny paper American and Soviet flags greeted Presi dent Nixon today on his arrival for his third summit conference with Kremlin leaders His first session with Leonid K Brezhnev was delayed without official ex planation About 10000 people lined the Presidents motorcade route to the Kremlin but others who tried to reach a broad avenue for a glimpse of the American leader were shunted down side streets by police shouting through bullhorns Not allowed Not allowed This appeared to be an effort to hold down the size of the crowds Even so the crowd was larger than when the President came to Moscow two years ago for the first of the summit conferen ces Both at the airport and along the streets the Soviet greeters were silent as they waved flags distributed to them before hand Nixons initial meeting with Soviet Communist party leader Brezhnev was to start at 9 am CDT but newsmen on hand for the Kremlin session were es corted to a bus and driven away Deputy White House press secretary Gerald L Warren said he expected Nixon and Brezhnev to meet later in the evening They had a chance to talk together in the car on the way into the city and there was no need for an immediate meeting Warren said Nixon was greeted warmly by Brezhnev at the VIP Vnukovo Airport which was decked out with Soviet and American flags Brezhnev did not come to the airport two years ago to greet Nixon The President hoped his visit would produce a partial ban on underground nuclear weapons tests anl a slowdoan on nuclear lopment by the two superpow ers Brezhnev and Nixon smiled frequently and chatted with each other as they walked through the crowd and Nixon waved several times to the well wishers who included a con tingent from the American Em bassy At the Presidents first Mos cow summit in May 1972 the Soviets accorded Nixon a cooly correct welcome and Soviet President Nikolai V Podgorny was the chief greeter This time Brezhnevs appear ance at the airport was seen as a sign of regard for the Ameri can president since protocol did not require the presence of the Communist party leader Nixons flight to the Soviet capital follwed a round of con sultations in Brussels Wednes day with Americas partners in the Atlantic Alliance and the ceremonial signing of a dec laration pledging wider coop eration within the alliance The Moscow summit was generally viewed as a means of maintaining the momentum of the SovietAmerican detente launched by Nixons May 1972 trip to the Soviet capital and fostered by Brezhnevs return visit to the United States last year No major breakthoughs were expected this time SUNNY Tonight fair and cool with low in the mid or upper 50s Friday mostly sunny with high in mid 80s Showers pos sible Saturday with high in 80s Cooler Sunday and day highs in 70s and lows in 50s INDEX Classified 2529 Comics TV Bridge Crossword 31 Editorials 4 Family Living 67 Records 29 Sports 911 Weather details map 2 Dog mauls boy 7 Mt Vernon AP A Mt Vernon boy hospitaliz ed with severe head and arm wounds suffered when mauled by a St Bernard dog was re ported in good condition today Authorities said Brent Wilson 7 was attacked Tuesday when he rode his bicycle into a yard at Bonnie a rural community near Mt Vernon to look at the chained dog HHH aide linked in scheme Washington StarNews And Associated Press Washington The staff of the Senate Watergate committee says it has evidence that Sen Hubert H Humphreys former cam paign manager helped engineer a scheme to funnel in illegal corporate aid to Demo crats including Humphrey The campaign manager Min neapolis attorney Jack L Chestnut refused to testify under oath about the affair on grounds he might tend to in criminate himself the staff said in a confidential report A former top campaign aide to Rep Wilbur D MillsJoe P Johnson also invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to tes tify about apparently illegal aid to Mills brief 1972 presidential campaign the report said It said Humphreys 1972 presidential campaign got in apparently illegal corporate aid from the nations largest dairy cooperative As sociated Milk Producers Inc The was part of a total of in illegal contributions from AMPI the report said In separate donations the report said Mills presidential effort got in corporate aid from Illegal funds routed toward Democrats themilk producers and another in corporate aid from a sister dairy coop MidAmerica Dairymen Inc Also both Humphrey and Mills received previously un disclosed campaign gifts of each from Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co Uie report said A spokeswoman for Humphrey said he had not seen the report and he wont want to comment on it until it is in its final form Mills could not be reached for comment The report said that both Humphrey and Mills had been asked to submit to interviews with one of the committees members but that neither had complied with the request Humphrey sent a letter saying that he knew nothing about the matters being inves tigated Mills after being asked twice to cooperate with the committee sent word through a lawyer that he would do so at some later time but so far hasnt arranged a meeting Humphreys refusal to answer questions also has left a mystery how in stock in a soybean company headedlby a campaign backer was placed in a trust fund for him The stock was cashed in as a donation to Humphreys 1972 presidential campaign the staff report said The personal trust fund for Humphrey was managed by one of his largest campaign donors Dwayne 0 Andreas who is head of ArcherDanielsMidland the soybean giant whose stock was involved in the funds do nation Andreas is already facing trial on charges of prompting illegal corporate donations of by an ADM banking subdiary to the 1968 Humphrey campaign The report said that Andreas the trust fund in Humphreys name and an Andreas friend each made identical donations of 2500 shares of ADM stock for the Humphrey presidential race inDecember 1971 Andreass daughter gave an additional 3000 shares the state said The daughters donation was worth about and each of the other three contributions was valued at The total of the stock gifts came to according to the re port The Watergate investigators said Andreas had submitted an affidavit as trustee for the Humphrey personal fund and said the trust had been financed by Humphreys own assets in which no other person had any interest This terminology the re port said in a footnote would seem to be subject to more than one interpretation Humphrey declined any com ment after Oie StarNews ob tained a copy of the draft report by Watergate invesitgators on his campaign finances Humphrey also failed to pro duce all the documents sought by committee investigators the report said It said the investigation of Mills and Humphrey was hin dered by their failure to co operate fully St Clair appears before House Judiciary Committee Nixons lawyer begins impeachment defense Washington Attorney James St Clair opened President Nixons im peachment defense before the House Judiciary Committee to day Before entering the closed hearing he told reporters he regarded as the most serious charge the March 21 1973 pay ment of to convicted Watergate burglar E Howard Hunt Jr St Clair insisted the money was for Hunts legal fees and not part of the Watergate coverup as has been alleged by a federal grand jury St Clair arrived at the com mittee room armed with a bulky brief and other documents but his request that he be allowed to call six wibesses to buttress his case was rejected by the com mittee Wednesday The committee agreed to call two of them former White House counsel John W Dean III and Frederick LaRue a former White House and Nixon reelec tion campaign aide but said it wants the other four interviewed first by the committee staff to see if their testimony is need ed Two of the other witnesses St Clair wants are former Atty Gen John Mitchell and former White House aide H R Halde man In a letter requesting their appearance St Clair called Haldemans testimony critical to establish that the President did not direct hush money payments to E Howard Hunt on March 21 1973 or at any other time St Clair said Mitchell will testify that in approving the payment he understood the request to be for legal fees and heard no mention of addi tional funds for any other purpose Although the March 21 events are the focal point of St Clairs presentation he said he will deal with all the allegations be fore the committee He pre sented each member with four telephonedirectory sized bonks filled with evidence the largest of which dealt with the Water gate coverup St Clair said he expected to be able to complete his defense in two days An effort to win approval of St Clairs full list of witnesses failed on a 1949 tie vote that produced a sharp partisan split in the committee and may have influenced some Republicans to vote against impeachment Rep Charles W Sandman Jr RN J who offered the losing motion to expand the witness list said he still was undecided about how to vote But if I dont hear from the witnesses I want to hear Ill never vote for impeachment he said Rep Thomas F Railsback R 111 also undecided on impeach ment said he thought the com mittee had made a very bad mistake in rebuffing St 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