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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - December 6, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondale 710 N Illinois Murphysboro Herrln 1113 Walnut 212 N lith Velumt MNo a Copy 2 Seetlsni Tabloid Legislators vote selves pay hikes 010175 IJT LIBRAS f LS BOX 739 DECATIJR ILL 62525 SucMMor fe Frw Hirrln Journil Murphysbore ImUpMdnt FRIDAY DECEMBER 41974 iringfield The Illinois General Assem bly has unpacked a Christmas bag full of glittering pay raises for many state employes dis counting predictions of eco nomic hard times ahead In a day of frantic lastmin ute activity Thursday before adjourning for the year legis lators Voted raise to a year Voted top stateadminis trators salary increases of up to 25 per cent to give cash grants to senior citizens Approved higher unem ployment compensation bene fits Wednesday the legislature voted to increase the salaries of state judges by as much as A final day of legislative ac tivity before the 197576 Gen eral Assembly convenes has been scheduled for Jan 7 in case Walkeruses his veto power in an attempt to thwart any of these actions In overriding earlier Walker vetoes during the fall session the General Assembly a pay hike for state employes in offices under the governors control from to a month Increased a costofliving increase for welfare recipients from 5 per cent to 10 per cent The bill raising legislators salaries also increases per diem and office allowance benefits A annual in creasewas originally proposed butit was scrapped in favor of the smaller hike Salary increases for judges range from The bill also requires Down state counties to absorb a por tion of the increase for Down state circuit and associate cir cuit judges The bill boosting the salaries of dozens of state adminis trators some by as much as 25 per cent gives the directors of the Departments of Public Health Mental Health and Public Aid raises from a year to Walker had chopped milhon from the public aid ap propriation in reducing the in crease to 5 per cent but the legislature ordered the cut re stored An estimated million was provided in the grant program for senior citizens with house hold incomes less than The legislation also increases the grants paid to renters who qualify for the socalled circuit breaker program for senior ci tizens and disabled persons Southern Illinois legislators voting against the pay raise were Rep Richard Hart D Benton and Rep Norbert Doc Springer RChester Voting for the raise in the House ware RepClyde Cboate DAnna and Rep James Hollo way DSparta Not voting were Rep Ralph Dunn RDu Quoin and Rep C L McCormick RVienna In the Senate Sen Kenneth V Buzbee DCarbondale voted for the measure Sen Gene Johns DMarion voted pres ent Jobless rate leaps highest in 13 years A warm sun crwtw swMpin9 paHirn two ptrtons reft on tht steps of the Watergate Bandstand in Washington AP Wirephoto Pickets keep mines closed UMW members cross construction workers1 lines Centralia HI AP Pickets appeared a several Southern Illinois coal mines to day despite the signing of a new contract with the United Mine Workers Striking coal mine construc tion workers not covered by the pact accepted Thursday in Washington appeared for the Y morning sliift at three Old Ben Coal Co mines at a Freeman Waltonvillesaid Coal Co mine and at an Inland ers are honoring the picket Steel mine There were uncon lines finned reports of pickets at several other pits but many of those werent scheduled to work today and the pickets apparently left Old Ben and Freeman called Burning Star 5 mine near De for crews today but none of Soto said construction workers the miners who reported would in his local voted Thursday cross the picket lines At In night to start picketing land the pickets learned work isnt to resume until am Saturday and left There will be some grumbl said Kenneth Dawes IMW president of District 12 Im not saying this is the best contract we could have got But he said it clears the way for pay and working condition improvements for 1977 negotiations Dawes VsaidThursday that of the disgruntled miners are unhappy1with the and safety provisions of the new agreement Washington AP The nations unemployment rate leaped to 65 per cent in November its highest level in 13 years the government re pported today The Labor Department said the number of unemployed Americans rose by 482000 last month to a total of 5979000 At the same time total ployment in the nation dropped by nearly 800000 last month to 857 million virtually wiping out the entire increase in the number of jobs over the past year Massive layoffs in the auto mobile industry and job losses in elecrtical equipment and textile industries and retal trade accounted for most of the job losses last month the de partment said The November increase in the unemployment from 6 per cent in October was the biggest monthly jump since the NovemberDecember period in I960 when joblessness rose from 61 to 66 per cent The last time unemployment hit 65 per cent was in October of 1961 a recessionary year The sharp increase in unem ployment last month a reflec tion of the nations deepening recession is expected to spur changes in Ford administration economic policy It also is likely to speed congressional passage of new legislation to aid the unemployed A measure approved Thurs day by the House Ways and Means Committee would pro vide an additional billion in emergency jobless benefits over the next year The Labor Department said most of the1 increase in unem ployment last month was ac counted for by workers who were either laid off or fired from their last jobs Over the past year unemployment has risen by almost 19 million with the portion of job losers among the unemployed in creasing from 37 per cent to 47 per cent Among other major groups the jobless rate for adult men rose from 43 to 46 per cent the teenager rate was little changed at 173 per cent and the rate for whites rose from 54 to 58 per cent The government derscribed the November increase as widespread but adult women and blacks were hardest hit The jobless rate for adult women rose from 56 to 66 per cent while the rate for blacks increased from 109 to 117 per cent Nearly half of the six million unemployed across the nation last month were receiving state unemployment insurance benefits Nonf arm payroll employment was reported down 440000 in November to a seasonally ad justed 784 million as layoffs in manufacturing and trade offset some job gains in the service industries and state and local government In manufacturing where employment fell by 350000 the government said fhe decline occurred in virtually every in dustry in the durable and non durable goods sectors The largest declines took place in electrical equipment trans portation equipment and tex tiles Construction jobs fell by sn other 50000 in November br inging the jobless rate for that industry to 139 per cent its highest level since 1963 Declining industrial produc tion also was reflected in a shortened work week last month 36 2 hours This also resulted in a decline in weekly earnings which averaged S15747 in November down S2ll from October However average weekly earnings were still 59 per cent higher than a year ago Area counties have high jobless rate The Inland spokesman Hog er Schole said there was hope We have to honor mem hjs mine would open on sche The U000 Illinois miners he said They are part of but it is reasonable to turned down the pact by about think that in light of this recent 200 votes in this weeks ballot They are part our union Ron Ritter from UMW Local 1915 at Consolidation Coal Cos development that is not way aiiu members not to cross construe vi Inland spokesman said tion workers picket lines the construction workers while A company spokesmen said under UMW jurisdiction negoall four Burning Star itrip tiate their contract separately mines were scheduled to work from the main union agreetoday but the miners are hon meat Their contract expired oring the pickets Nov 12 and negotiations are D W Buchanan ftiU in progress in Washington Kenneth Dawes president of the UMW in Illinois said Thursday his men would prob ably stay out with the construc tion workers in sympathy if asked James Hand UMW president Local 1591 at Freeman Coal sible Though union officials said Thursday the UMW would re turn to work some miners were to start displeased with the new agree ler got most of criticism from Ritter took out a newspaper unsatisfied Illinois miners advertisement urging UMW mem ing but the agreement passed by 56 per cent in the nation wide vote to end a 23day walk out UMW President Arnold Mil groupof four Southern Illinois counties of them in prime coalmining areas has the highest unemr jyment rate in the area at least until theminers go back to work Other area counties register ed some decline in unemploy ment in recent months Approximately 80 per cent of the labor force in Franklin Johnson Saline and William son Counties may be out of work including miners and Norge Co employes on strike according to Robert Burns manpower analyst in the Her rin office of the Illinois State Employment Service I would estimate that the November figures for those four counties will show nearly 3470 unemployed out of a total labor force of 43370 persons Burns said The official unemployment rate of 57 per cent in October for those four counties was based on 2450 unemployment claims out of a labor force of 43490 residentshe said Burns figures are based on unemploymnet claims compar ed to the known labor force data and are not adjusted for seasonal variations Randolph and Jackson Coun ties fared better according to figures provided by the Mur physboro office of the Illinois State Employment Service The cumber of unemployed in Randolph County dropped from 500 out of a total labor force of 14600 in percentage of 34 unemployed 425 unemployed in Novem ber out of a total labor force of 14625 or to 29 per cent unemployed General improvement in Jackson Countys economy bet ween August and November brought a drop in the unem ployment rate from 50 per cent to 42 per cent Toothache A child on welfare suffers Old Ben president said two mines in Indiana as well as the three in Illinois were shut down by pickets The situation is so confused at the moment he said he did not know when the mines our obvious will open Its intent to get back to work ev No 6 mine near erywhere as quickly as possi Walker stays away from Demo meeting By Noreen Marcus Of The Southern Illinoisan On the day before Thanksgiv ing 8yearold Marcus Lilly was sent home from school earlier than his classmates He said the pain in his teeth was unbearable He had been complaining on and off about the ache to his grandmother Ora Lilly and Patricia Oarmony his teacher at Winkler School in Carbon dale since October Mrs Lilly and the school so cial worker Marguerite Kearns said they were not able to find The next day Mrs Lilly said the dentist found an abscess near a tooth that will need capping in three weeks She was grateful but she said she couldnt understand why a den tist would treat Marcus for nothing The Lillys are Carbondale residents who live on Their inability to find dental aid near home Is indicative of a national healm care sys tem that seems to trap children like Marcus CarbondaleB comprehensive Health Service program at the By Robert E Hartley LindsaySchaub News Service Kansas City Mo The Illinois delegations dis play of unity at the Democratic midterm conference was shaken today by Gov Daniel Walkers decision to stay in Il linois and deal with what he terms a state fiscal crisis Walker had been expected to arrive in Kansas City Friday for at least part of the national conference He had been expected to make an open effort along with most members of the Illinois delegation to promote a sense of party harmony The aide said Mayor Daley wanted Dan in Kansas City for a show of unity but before he had a chance to pull itoff the mayors legislative members and some Republicans dis rupted the states fiscal sys tem We dont call that much of a show of unity Meanwhile at the minicon vention most Illinois delegates are expected to vote for com promise language in the party charter that virtually precludes the use of quotas in selection of delegates to future national conventions Burma C Hayes Center is in a dentist to help the Mdm to Carbondale either from pri vate dentists or social service programs Miss Kearns said at one time or another since the school year began in Septembershe has asked each of the dentists in Carbondale about a welfare case and only one agreed to treat the child Dr Clifford Neffl a Carbon dale dentist since 1949 said and their parents From the beginning of the Model Cities demonstration project in 1969 until April of this year a dentist was em ployed to run the dental clinic part of the operation Five dentists came and went in less than five years Dr Bill Wilcox the last of them quit in April and moved to So when Mrs Lilly called area dentists treat emergency cases regardless of the source r x of payment He said dentists the center she could not find also treat welfare patients ala dentist to see her grandson though problems with public Its been the same story since aid payments make this difApril ficult On Nov Index RAIN Basketball tabloid Classified Religion Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map 27 all Mrs Lilly could for her grandson was dose him with homemade rem edies that she said did not quiet his screams Finallyan adults sinus tab let seemed to work or at least Marcus was too heavily drugged to feel any pain Geary Simmons who became director of the Hayes Center in May 1973 said he has not stressed recruitment of a new dentist because the center doesnt have much to offer in the way of equipment For more man a year ac cording to Joe Craig of Model Cities the office has been try The child was sent back to ing to get a grant of more school no betterMrs Lilly from the told him to keep HillBurton grant money is used Tonight occasional rain and nis mouth closed when hes for the medical supply needs u in the cold air of qualified programs a cau from the South About half the money has a Carbondale been slated for highquality dentist who declined to be nam new equipment that Simmons ed raid he would treat Marcus said will allow the Hayes Cen immediatdy freeot charge ter to off er dental care M good 31 i wanner LOW42 to 47 Satur day rain ending Turning cold 17U er high in the upper 4ps or IS lower 50s as any found in a private den tists office The grant has been approved Simmons said but red tape has prevented him from order ing any supplies The center which opened in June was built to house the anticipated new dental equipment Simmons said it would be extremely costly to utilize older machinery left over from the Attacks Multi Purpose center where health services were lo cated prior to the opening of Hayes Simmons expects to get the goahead by me end of the year leaving two major prob lems fhiding operating money to continue services beyond May 30 and finding a dentist willing to give up private prac tice for public work The fate of all Model Cities programs is in the hands of the Carbondale City Council1 which is considering requests for million in federal block grants for the next three years The council demonstrated its support of the Hayes Center health program last year by investing between and in it for operating costs Simmons said He said ne hopes some of the new federal fundswill be funneled into medical and den tal care Even with an assured pay check and good equipment re cruitment of a dentist for ths Hayes Center will not be easy two veterans of the program said Dr Gary Mike Brown the first project dentist has a pri vate practice in Carbondale He said he is involved in the search fora new dentist but vit is difficult to find one willing to give up private practice for the work Dr Brown who was reluc tant to talk about hii own A perience with the program said the Model Cities admini stration probably did support me as much as possible Another program dentist Dr Steve Miller of Metropolis said patient cooperation was my biggest problem Working at Hayes from November 1971 to September 1972 he was plagu ed by missed appointments and the necessity of reaching peo ple who do not have home telephones Its not the type of practice youd want to have Dr Mil ler said Inadequate equipment and the scarcity of money for laboratory work reduced him to fill technician he said He said a high turnover rate for the receptionist who hand les both medical and dental appointments meant I did most of the scheduling myself It was kind of a oneman show there He trained the fulltime dental technician him self Student hygienists from the Southern Illinois University School of Vocational Training helped out about two days a week Again tiiey served under his direction He was paid a year less than most city dentists earn in private prac But he was right out ol Hie service and Hayes seem ed like a good place for a public healthminded young man to be at least it seemed that way for 10 months Dr Neill said the Model Cities administration refused to provide the program dentists with trainable personnel and generally discouraged the men from remaining for any length of time He said the last dentist Dr Wilcox wanted to stay but they Model Cities just flubbed it Dr Wilcox could not reached Marcus   

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