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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - July 7, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois Caifc hMu IOUTHBRN ILL1NOISAN SUNDAY JULY7 W4 Sqte legislature more than meets the eye more in the Senate than to Interest By Robert D Reid LinctaaySchaub Newspapers 1 Editorial Editor Illinois politicians and interest groups probably are up than what appeared during the deceptively calm last days of the legislative session The General Assembly ad journed Wednesday without fin ishing much of its important economically sensitive business It will return to work at least public work Wednesday Accompanied as the legislative activity of recent days was by the usual end of session shennigans harsh rhet oric and political posturing the temptation was to conclude that the lawmakers were spinning their wheels doing nothing of importance while they stayed in Springfield That is a dangerous assump tion to make It could play into the hands of the enemies of an open process of decision making in state government The fact is that most of the Important matters that the leg islature has had on its agenda Bince it started serious work earlier this spring only recently have been debated in the ways that really count But the debate has been going ion largely out of public gaze and off the public record in private telephone conversations in Springfield hotel rooms in se cluded nooks and crannys of the etate Capitol in the offices of Gov Daniel Walkers political House But in the last week of the session and in the period of ad journment of last Wednesday until this Wednesday the hectic activity of legislators and lob byists on alarge number of still unresolved key issues has been almost completely out of public That may have been Hie only way all the conflicting Interests could have been settled It also may have been planned by some of the key legislative leaders who made no effort this year to stop the clock as a means o applying pressure to force tire lawmakers to resolve their dif ference in the legislative cham bers In any case a lot of importan political activity has gone on in private the past two weeks An that may not have happened totally because of legislative in eptitude BthimiCleMd Deere Currently leaders of each legislative chamber are left in a position where they are trying to orchestrate an large number extraordinarily of conference operatives leaders and key legislative The reasons the situation de veloped this session were com plex rooted mostly in the larg number of political factions tha How exist in state governmen and the lack of power on th part of any one political figure or even group of figures to pu together a coalition of power capable of being decisive a earlier stages of the legislativ process In the legislative and political word from London that the coverage in the news columns o this paper in recent days ther has been an effort to convey to you as much as the Lindsay Schaub News Service staff coul discover of the major outlines of that secrecycloaked process Who the major figures in it are what major power blocs at work were up to what issues they were trying to thrash out an the spirit and mood in which was all being done SHU awaiting final action are a number of major state issues among them such controversia and farreaching ones as Whether the state should have a coal development pro gram and if so what kind Tha is an issue of major interest to Important Industry groups who have lobbied for as much as million in state bonds for such a purpose What kind of energy plann Ing council the state should have end who should control it Sev important state officials have sought to dominate any such council for much of the session Control over a council is important to political figures in large part because the pane would have much to do with de cisions that will affect some of the states most powerful eco nomic institutions Whether and how much workmens and unemployment compensation should be in creased That topic is of great interest to economically and politically Influential organized labor and big interests with active legislative lobbyists at work for them How the state should spent millions of dollars it will lay oul for transportation in the next 12 months That issue affects among others road builders and trucking interests who have a lot of political campaign money to throw around to their political friends and a lot of potential profits at stake Btlewttw Surface The situation that has devel oped in Springfield in the closing weeks of the legislature prob ably is something different from the usual logjam of bills po litical buffoonery and a race against the clock The fact is that we early stages of the session were limited largely to budget mat ters the reform rules of the chambers were enforced the system was kept generally open MAIN STRUT S III committees Those committees must work out differences be tween two bills on the same subject that each have passed one chamber but cannot win a majority In the other Conference committees de spite reforms in other legislative institutions in the last decade remain a bastion of closed poli tics Reporters cannot find out easily or sometimes even at all who sits on the committees or where they meet much less what they are doing and who is responsible for what they do That is a perfect situation for special interest lobbying groups to help the political figures try to strike deals to influence the nature of the deals and to do it in virtual secrecy perhaps at the risk of the broader public Stones wont roll to U S New York AP Atlantic Records has received Alert Public NMdtd Illinois citizens should be aware of that situation and take into account the details about It that can be ferreted out by the media as they size up what ac tually has been happening in Springfield these past few for example little in the way of final action was happening weeks Last weekend But all htose things that eventually determine what the final action on many important matters will be were happening below the surface of what generally is regarded as a news event And the participants seemed inclined to keep that develop ment and its details as far from public awareness as they could The danger in the public al lowing that ploy to succeed is that it could encourage a new pattern of closed state govern ment in Illinois government by secret conference commit ees and wheelingand dealing by lobbyists spared the spotlight of publicity It is doubtful the public inter est will be best served when decision making goes behind closed doors away from public view of knowledge Rolling Stones have not made and are not making any definite plans to come to the United States this year The Stones are working on an album in London PREGRAND OPENING SALE BURGER KING RESTAURANT 901 WEST MAIN CARBONDALE WHERE KIDS ARE KING HAVE IT YOUR WAY See Coupon Below FREE WHOPPER WITH PURCHASE OF A WHOPPER WITH CHEESE WITH CHEESE 901 WEST MAIN CARBONDALE OFFER GOOD THRU JULY 31 1974 LIMIT ONE PER CUSTOMER EARN THE HIGHEST RATE IN TOWN FROM THE NEWEST SAVINGS SPOT IN TOWN FIRST FEDERAL SAVINGS 4year savings minimum Annual yield even greater if earnings left on deposit Other savings certificates Passbook savings 4year 7 minimum 1year minimum A substantial penalty Is required by law for sarly withdrawal on csrtlflcatas Regular Paid and compounded quarterly Dally Interest 5 Paid from day of deposit to day of withdrawal 618 6495343 I MW federal Muroole Shopping Center Cattiondale Illinois 62901 Broadway Market Sparta Illinois 62286 LADIES SPRING SUMMER DRESSES PANT SUITS Values to 8MOM2 BOX FANS 20 Inch 2 Speeds SPRING SUMMER MENS DOUBLE KNIT PANTS Solids Stripes Checks Values to Large Assortment 29 to 42 Waist LADIES SKIRTS ENTIRE STOCK Values to 3 TERRY KITCHEN TOWELS ONE TABLE REDUCED MENS SHORTS Values to ENTIRE STOCK REDUCED T0 P N HIRSCH CO HERRIN MURPHYSBORO yards nyards of Out they go Spring and Summer fabricII New fall fabric arrivingAlL Sale fabric MUST go 60 Polyester 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