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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - June 28, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbendale Murphysboro Herrln 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 212 N lith Southern Illinoisan Successor to Carbonda le Free Hwrln DsMy Journal Murphyibore Independent Volume a Copy Two I 24 Pages FRIDAY JUNE 28 1974 010175 LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 789 62525 Walker road building program holds few surprises By Bud Farrar LindsaySchaub News Service Springfield Gov Daniel Walkers million Fiscal 1975 road con struction program released to day contained few surprises The governor proposed plac ing million of supplemen tal freeway construction work under contract during the year That amount would mean 83 miles of freeway work will be obligated during the year but Walker cautioned that it will be several years before those freeway segments are open to traffic Walker added no new freeway construction projects to his earlier announced plans Instead be proposed steady progress toward building routes that in clude the Decatur bypass pro posed F409 along Rt 50in St Clair and Clinton counties and improving Rt 13 between Murphysboro and Carbondale to make it four lanes Walker said the program will enable the state to construct widen or resurface 816 miles of roads 17 miles more than Walker planned for the current fiscal year The governors program in cluded some million more for Downstate supplemental freeway work than the amount he had specified in his 1975 budget released in March The overall road program represents an increase of million 28 per cent higher than million included to make Illinois 13 fourlane the current years plans The new 1975 program con tains a first Walker said Cities can now pick roads on their local street systems and receive federal and state fun ding under the new Federal Urban Aid System This permits local communities to determine their own priorities and receive funding With some breaks in the weather this could be a really good roadbuilding year Major interstate projects in the construction plans include contracting construction work on interstate 72 Construction plans include contracting for paving 28 miles of Interstate 72 between Decatur and Springfield Following are some of Hie specific projects and amounts included in the 1975 state road program Major interstate projects Macon and Sangamon coun ties million for 28 miles of I 72 construction including paving grading 10 structures bridges and road overpasses between Springfield and north of Decatur St Clair County for land acquisition on 1255 from the Mississippi River to northeast of Dupo Major supplemental freeway projects St Clair and Clinton counties million for 177 miles of paving seven structures and land acquisition on F409 between Rt 50 northwest of Summerfield and north of Beckemeyer Transportation Secretary Langhorne Bond noted that construction on this route is currently being delayed as the result of an environmental suit Macon County million for 74 miles of paving nine structures and land acquisition on Decatur bypass from south of Elwin to south of Rt 36 west of Decatur Jackson County million fpr 52 miles of paving and land acquisition along Rt 13 between Murphysboro and Carbondale This project is to expand ex isting Rt 13 to a fourlane highway between Murphysboro and Carbondale Major noninterstate projects Macon County million to widen and resurface Rt 121 between Mt Zion and Dalton City St Clair county million for grading and bridge con struction from Rt 156 west ot New Athens to west of Lensburg million for reconstruction from south of State St in East St Louis to Lake Dr in Centreville Randolph County for bridge reconstruction at Marys Creek and Cox Creek near Steeleville Perry County million for paving two lanes and bridge reconstruction at Swanwick Creek north of Pinckneyville Union County million for widening and resurfacing from Rt 3 at Ware to Rt 127 west of Jonesboro Franklin County million for paving two and four lanes from north of Rt 183 to County Road 19 south of Rt 183 near Whittington Deadline near tempers flaring Blair deplores hasty and callwjs senate attitude on tax relief AP wirehopto After Uofl raises OKd Choate Walker stop added SIU pay By Roger Hughes LindsaySchaub News Service Springfield State legislators want to see Gov Daniel Walkers road im provements program for the fiscal year which begins Mon day Through most of Thursday the promise from House leadership was that a Department of Transportation bill would not be adopted lacking that report The department bill represents about one fourth of the state budget for Fiscal 1975 Thursday evening the governors office yielded and announced the road program would be unveiled today When he did so Walker criticized Republicans for attempting to force the departments hand by detailing by project the sup plemental freeway portion of the departments Fiscal 1975 budget House Speaker W Robert Blair RPark Forest during a Thursday press conference had suggested hold hostage stra tegy on the bill by Republicans We do not intend to act on this the DOT budget until we have all the acts needed for development of next years Transport hilt held hostage to force plan By Richard H Icen LindsaySchaub News Service Springfield Rep Charles Clabaugh R Champaign bears little resemblance to the old University of Illinois football hero Harold Red Grange But Clabaugh Thursday did eome broken field running from the House to the Senate to make sure the U of I appropriations bill as amended by the Senate didnt stay too long in House chambers With no more than token op position the House agreed to the Senate amendments adding about million to the U of I appropriations bill just before House minority leader Clyde L Choate DAnna and Walker administration lobbyists gathered forces and stopped House agreement to amendments providing addi tional pay for employes at Southern Illinois University and the Board of Regents system Clabaugh picked up the U of I bill from the desk of House Clerk Fred Selcke and paused1 only long enough to get all the proper signatures before hustl ing it back to Senate Were in the clear now Sen Stanley Weaver RUrbana chuckled as he related the story of Clabaughs broken field run through the legislative pro cess That bill was moving the minute I stopped talking Rep Paul Stone DSulUvan the House sponsor remarked If they had a back half as fast as the Illini would be in the Rose Bowl tomorrow another legislator quipped Approval of the U of I bill came just after the House ac cept ed Senate amendments providing pay increase of 8 per cent for employes of universities in the Board of Governors system At this point clamps were put on by Walker forces and Choate who was in his office when the move began for final action of the university bills Theyre after all of them on the list but they went to sleep on the first two Rep Gilbert transportation program Blair said suggesting ministration plan the would ad be helpful in accomplishing that goal The law requires the department to annually submit its plans to us before June 30 he said and we are being sub jected to petty nitpicking by the department through its failure to release the program The statutory deadline is Satur day Lack of the report Thursday meant the House Appropriations Committee considered the bill for a second day and added several amendments but then postponed voting on a do pass motion until an unscheduled later hour and day Lack of the report also meant neither the committee lawmakers nor staff members were ready to say how many DOT dollars might finally be recommended to the full House for passage When the spending measure finally cleared the Senate last week it had a price tag That was more than million in excess of the billion originally requested by DOT This week the House panel has been refining the Senate version by providing for a little more department spending flexibility in some areas and belttightening in others The legislative increases over the DOTS request are partly due to DOTs own failures ap propriations staffers suggest They say a less than accurate figure on DOT money needs was shown in the original ap propriations bill The time left for working on the largest appropriation bill of the year is minimal if it is to be approved by no later than Sun day Harris criticizes Walkers tax relief viewi APwlrephoto Deavers RBloomington said after his bill for the Board of Regents got just 75 of the 89 votes needed for approval We just happened to be number three Rep C L McCormick R Vienna resorted to all kinds of Southern Illinois folklore but could come up with no more than 72 votes Im getting a roll call o all the Democrats who voted for the U of I and wouldnt vote for SIU McCormick said later 1 remember when the governor came down and made his pro mises McCormick got an official roll call to set up a conference com mittee with the Senate to resolve the differences between the 8 per cent increase provided by the Senate and the 5 per cent boost provided in the Walker budget and approved by the House In any event Walker is ex pected to cut the increases to 5 per cent under his amendatory veto power according to Choate Nixon Brezhnev reach agreements Choate says Walker will veto U of I hike By Karen Rothe Of The Southern Illinoisan Rep Clyde Choate who ar rived on the Illinois House floor Thursday in time to stop a move to increase salary ap propriations for Southern Il linois University from 5 to 8 per cent says Gov Daniel Walker will veto a similar increase already passed for the University of Illinois Choate said he arrived at the House floor seconds too late to fight against the House vote of 1372 for tiie University of Illinois increase The governors office has assured him that Walker will use his amendatory veto to cut the salary percentage in creases from the University of Illinois bill Choate said The increases would add about million to the uni versitys appropriations bill Hep Ralph Dunn RDu Quoin today criticized Choate for opposing the SIU increase but missing the earlier vote on the University of Illinois Dunn and Reps Norbert Sp ringer RChester CL Mc Cormick RVienna Richard O Hart DBenton and James Holloway DSparta all voted for the University of Illinois and me Board of Governors system pay increase amend ments In reply Choate blamed the confusion during the last week of legislative action He said he was in his office when the House changed its order of business and called the vote on the university appropria tions bills and he arrived on Hie floor too late Choate then led a floor fight to cut off concurrence for the Sly and Board of Regents universities bills These in clude Northern Illinois Univer sity Illinois State University and Sangamon State Univer sity The state Board of Higher Education the heads of the major universities and the governor had all agreed to file 5 per cent salary increase which will apply to all state employes Choate said Choate said he would not oppose the SIU increase if there was any chance that the governor would let the University of Illinois increase stand He was asked if the General Assembly might override the governors threatened veto of the increased appropriation No chance Choate said Moscow President Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid achieved the I first Brezhnev concrete results of their summit today agreeing on three cooperative ventures including research and development on an artificial heart The two other agreements in volve cooperation in the housing field and in energy develop ment The agreement on heart research contemplates joint ef forts to improve synthetic cardiac valves and to develop artificial hearts In addition researchers from both countries Index Classified 1721 Religion 5 Comics TV Bridge Crossword 23 Editorials 4 Family living 6 Records 20 Sports 1314 Weather details map 20 would seek ways to extend the operational pacemakers life and of cardiac would work togther to improve diagnostic techniques aimed at heading off heart attacks by early detection of blood supply disorders They also would try to develop instruments to detect and treat heart ailments of children Under the housing and con struction agreement special ef forts would be made to develop criteria for building in earth quakeprone areas and in regions effected by climatic ex tremes such as arctic cold and desert heat Fair and cool tonight with low in upper 50s or lower 60s Saturday sunny with high in mid 80s Showers possible Sunday then fair Monday and Tuesday Flood of tax relief bills may turn into mere trickle Springfield AP The flood of tax relief pro posals introduced in the Illinois General Assembly this session may turn into a trickle as ad journment draws near The Senate passed Thursday its first direct tax relief measure of the session a bill to relieve the property tax burden on lowincome senior citizens Itmay be the only one to make it through the legislative rapids Senate leadership has vowed that several other proposals will not be considered this session and the action together a pair allies has pulled of unlikely Gov Daniel Walker a Democrat and Republican House Speaker W Robert Blair of Park Forest each blasted the Senate president for discourag ing the Revenue Committee from considering further tax relief before the scheduled ad journment Sunday Senate President William C Harris RPontiac who can claim control of the 30 Republican votes in the 59 member Senate on crucial issues held a news conference to say the Senate already has several tax relief acted on measures Harris predicted passage of the measure for senior citizens and cited increased appropria tions to local schools and governments as action to reduce the property tax burden Tax relief dominated a day in which both houses met until the early morning hours considering such issues as cuts in the governors office budget and a hike in the usury rate The tax relief measure passed Thursday would alter the so called circuit breaker tax pro gram to ease the property tax load on persons over 65 who earn less than a year Blair Walker and others have advanced their own tax relief plans but Harris said there is insufficient time remaining in the session to consider such complex and controversial issues An attempt Thursday night to move Blairs bill from the Revenue Committee to the Senate floor was soundly defeated That measure would eliminate the 2 per cent tax on utilities paid by residential customers at an estimated cost to the state of million Blair said it would save the average customer about a year Walkers plan also bottled up in the Revenue Committee originally called for elimination of the sales tax on all drugs and medicine It was amended before clearing the House however to eliminate the tax only on n on prescription medicine and to reduce the sales tax on food by 2 per cent The bill passed by the Senate which must go back to the House for concurrence on an amendment before being sent to the governor would lower the level at which the circuit breaker kicks in and Hie state pays a portion of the individuals property tax A person would pay property taxes only up to an amount equal to four per cent of his in come Any amount over that would be paid by the state Sponsors said an individual or couple over 65 with under income would pay only the first of their property tax bill Under existing law they pay the first In other action the Senate upheld its Appropriations Com mittees action in stripping four sensitive functions from the of fice of the governor The committee eliminated from appropriations measures money for the Governors Office of Human Resources the Office of Special Investigations the consumer advocate and the Of fice of Collective Bargaining A bill raising the interest ceiling on residential mortgages passed through the Senate Thursday bound for a con ference committee where it is expected to be put in shape for Walkers signature The bill raises the maximum from 8 to 9 per cent immediately HHHrHonest a deal as kissing your mother Washington AP Sen Hubert H Humphrey stung by a Senate Watergate Committee staff report on his 1972 presidential campaign finances says he did nothing il legal in using more than of his own money in his cam paign and concealing that fact from the public With the Lord Jesus Christ as my guide that was as honest a deal as kissing your mother Democrat a sometimes the Minnesota said Humphrey in emotional latenight telephone call to an Associated Press reporter Thursday said the money represented a lifetime of investment by himself and his wife Muriel Humphrey said he omitted any mention of the use of personal funds he volun tarily disclosed his finances during Democratic presidential primaries because at that time the law didnt require full disclosure and because he wanted to conceal the matter from his family I didnt like to have to con tribute that money but we had to do It if we were going to campaign Humphrey said Humphrey said the Watergate staff report was written by a Republican staff member Donald Sanders and he said he resented the tone and implica tions offthe report It just ends up that you look like a burglar he said Meanwhile the committee staff Thursday circulated a news report dealing with presidential campaign finances of Democrats George McGovern and John V Lindsay It said that McGovern is campaigning for reelection to the Senate this year with the aid of in leftover 1972 presidential funds It said he shifted these funds out of presidential campaign com mittees while these committees were forcing creditors to write off as bad debts The transfer of funds from one campaign to another has been used in the past by other can didates and the report did not challenge its legality But it said the maneuver raises a question of whether McGovern violated at least the spirit of the federal law banning corporate gifts to federal can didates A McGovern spokesman John Holum said the leftover presidential money was shifted to the Senate race on the orders of several presidential who controlled the money lum said McGovern would try to keep the Watergate adopting the staffs findings state and local finance chairmen senators on the committee from   

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