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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - March 1, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OFFICE CarfaondaU 710 N 1113 Walnut Herrln 212 N 16th Volume No lOc Copy NEWSPAP LPO BOX 789 DECATUR ILU 62625 Frw Pmi HtrrtoDally Joumil Murphynbora IMwMrWM FRIDAY MARCH 1 1974 OrbcndtleHerrlnMurphysbore Walker Public aid costs under control Springfield AP At the briefing Walker also Gov Daniel Walker declared announced he will seek a administration is million budget for the State Fair today his meeting its goal of bringing Agency down from the welfare spending under control j million appropriation for fiscal and announced he is seeking budget of less than billion for the Department of Public Aid in fiscal 1975 He said the request represents an increase of over the total spent in 1974 for welfare appropriations including a million deficiency appropriation the DPA will request this spring from the General Assembly At the fifth in a series of fisca briefings Walker and DPA Director Joel Edelman said the deficiency in fiscal 1974 was largely the result of a new flat grant system of distributing public assistance Edelman said the average family grant increased 94 per cent under the new system costing the state million a month more and accounting for threefourths of the estimated million deficiency Despite the deficiency I be lieve we have turned the corner on controlling public aid costs The upward spiral in caseloads is flattening out and we have Indications that it may be on a downturn Edelman said We are making progress dear visible progress in our efforts to serve the needy and keep ineligibles off the rolls Walker added Edelman said the DPA budget 1974 Walker said he transferred for maintenance work out of the State Fair budget to the Department of General Services which will take over State Fair maintenance He said the new State Fair budget would include an addi tional to repairs and improvements to buildings at the fair grounds and a 10 per cent increase in awards and premiums for exhibitors Final details of the Walker administrations total budget request will not be made public until the governors address t the General Assembly next Wednesday The public aid budget million in 1950 sharply in the early 1970s primarily because of the increasing number of persons receiving Aic to Familieswith Dependent Children Threefourths of the 11 million Illinoisans on the welfare rolls receive AFDC By 1960 the DPA budget was million it reached million in 1970 and billion in fiscal 1973 the last year of the administration of former Gov Richard Ogilvie Walker proposed and the General Assembly request for fiscal 1975 includes I slightly smaller provisions for a cost of livingpublic aid budget f increase for welfare pients approved a billion living public aid budget for fiscal 1974 reciwhich ends June 30 In January the DPA revealed that it could fall as much as million short this year and could have to ask the General Assembly for more money Nevertheless members of the Walker administration con sidered it a significant achieve ment that for the first time in decades the burgeoning cost of public aid had been curtail ed It is hoped a new flatgrant welfare system replacing a system under1 which money was allocated under a number of specific categories and a drive against ineligible and overpaid welfare recipients will keep public aid costs down in the coming years The DPA announced last month it had reduced or removed entirely 5634 cases from the welfare rolls at a monthly savings of Recently the department withheld welfare checks from some 30000 recipients asking them to submit statements of their income Results are in complete but DPA officials hope the move will result in a further trimming of the welfare rolls Welfare rights organizations have criticized the department for trying to achieve politically popular savings at the expense of recipients The last costofliving increase From left H R Haldeman John D Ehrlichman Charles WXolsoji and John N Mitchell Grand jury indicts 7 e coverup Wilson party leads London AP Harold Wilsons Laborites held onto the lead today as counting resumed in Britains general election but Prime Minister Edward Heaths Conservatives were closing the gap as results poured in from the rural areas Computer projections said the Laborites would fall short of a majority in the new House of Commons With 600 of the 635 Commons seats decided the Labor party had 293 the Conservatives 285 the Liberals 10 and other parties 12 This represented gains of the 21 seats for the Laborites and 7 for the Liberals and the loss of 38 for the Conservatives Pension bill passes Washington AP A massive pension reform bill changing key tax features and providing new protection for millions of Americans in private retirement savings plans has passed the House 375 to 4 Roughly 30 million workers are covered by these private pension programs which have more than billion in assets The bill passed by the House Thursday would overhaul this ment of pension programs The legislation would not force companies to provide pension plans but it would set rules for existing programs and any started from now on It requires that workers gain permanent rights to future pensions after a specific period of enrollment in a plan It sets contribution standards to guard against inadequate financing then follows up with an in system and reform tax treatsurance arrangement Adhesives ban lifted for welfare recipients went into effect in September 1972 It cost the state million with reci pients percentage increases in the numerous aid categories then in effect Nixon asks swift and just trials Washington AP President Nixon reactedto the Watergate coverup indictments today by expressing hope for swift and just trials He said the judicial system is finally mov ing toward the resolution of the matter Deputy Press Secretary Ger ald L Warren relayed to reporters a brief statement which he said he got directly from Nixon after the in dictments were returned Warren would not comment when asked if Nixon stands by previousstatements that H R Haldeman Ehrlichman and two John of those Washington AP The government today lifted Its sevenmonth ban on 13 brands of aerosol spray adhesives no longer considered a public health menace The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said it had received no new evidence to suggest that spray glue causes Mostly cloudy and mild to night with showers likely Lows 49 to 54 Saturday partly sun By and wanner birth defects and genetic damage that could cause muta tions as once feared A commission spokesman said the 3M Co of St Paul Minn and the Borden Co of Columbus Ohio are free to resume pro duction and sales to industry and consumer hobbyists who had been using more than a million cans a year INDEX Classified 1720 Religion 5 TV Bridge Crossword 23 Editorials 4 Family living 6 Records 2021 Sports 1315 Weather details map 21 dieted were among the finest public servants he has ever known and that in his belief they ultimately will be vin dicated Ive given you the state ment said Warren declining to beyond it Hearst awaits new word San Francisco AP Randolph A Hearst still is waiting for word from his daughters kidnapers although some 45000 persons now have received food in meeting an in itial demand of the terrorist S y m b i on e s e Liberation Army About 30000 persons received bags containing frozen chickens fresh fruit vegetables and other items at 10 San Francisco Bay area distribution centers Thursday The giveaway was part of a good faith gesture by Hearst as a precondition for negotiating the rleease of 20yearold Patricia Hearst Washington AP Former presidential aides H R Haldeman and John P Ehrlichman were indicted today by a federal grand jury on charges they tried to block the Watergate investigation Also indicted were former At ty Gen John N Mitchell former White House special counsel Charles W Colson former Assistant Atty Genr Robert C Mardian former presidential aide Gordon C Strachan and Kenneth W Parkinson an attorney for President Nixons reelection finance committee In addition the grand jury handed a sealed report to US Dist Judge John J Sirica with two black suitcases con taining evidence Sirica instructed the panel that it was not dismissed and might be called on to return in two weeks were Ehrlichman one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice one count of lying to FBI agents and two counts of lying to the grand jury or the court Haldeman one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and three counts of perjury Mitchell one count of con spiracy to obstruct justice two counts of lying to a grand jury or court one count of perjury and one count of lying to FBI agents Colson Mardian and Parkinson one count each of conspiracy to ob s t r u c t justice Strachan one count of con spiracy to obstruct justice and The grand jury alleged that Haldeman lied to Senate Watergate committee on July 301973 when he said that President Nixon had said it would be wrong demands from the to meet Watergate defendants for million The indictment quoted Haldemans testimony to the committee when he was asked about a meeting in the Presidents office on the mora ing of March 211973 The indictment quoted Haldeman as telling the com mittee that the President asked former White House Counsel John W Dean HI how much money the defendants were demanding Dean repked probably a million dollars Haldeman quoted Nixon as replying There is no problem inraising a million dollars we can do that but it would be Wrong The next day Haldeman was again if he was positive that the President said it would be wrong to raise the money and he replied I am absolutely positive The grand jury said Haldemans statements were false The prosecutors have the that Robert C Mardian left Gordon C Strachsn and Kenneth W Parkinson one count of lying jury or court to a grand Each charge carries a max imum penalty of five years in prison and fines ranging from for perjury to for lying to a grand jury or court Sirica scheduled arraignments for March 9 a Saturday when MiiohelTs trial in New York on separate charges stemming from a contribution to President Nixons 1972 reelection cam paign would not be in session Indictments charged that the seven defendants made cash original for the purpose of concealing and causing to be concealed the identities of the persons wno were responsible for participated in and had knowledge of the activities which were the subject of the Investigation and trial payments to the Watergate defendants White House tape of meeting Dean had told the Senate Watergate Committee that he believed that the Presidentwas aware of the coverup before March 2i the date Nixon said he first learned of it In addition Dean testified that on March 21 he told the Presi dent everything he knew about Watergate and that after two meetings with Nixon that day he was convinced that the cover up as far as the White House was concerned was going toj continue AP Wirephofos McGovern urges action on Nixon impeachment c Washington StarNews Washington Sen George S McGovern shunning the post of judicial impartiality adopted by his Senate colleagues today urged Congress to proceed ex peditiously and prudently with the impeachment and trial of Richard Nixon An impeachment inquiry and trial is the surest and indeed the only way to insure justice for both the President and the Breaks silence says proceed ers give view Washington AP President Nixons lawyers have issued a study saying that impeachment of a president should be resorted to only for cases of the gravest kind the high crimes and misde meanors as grounds for im peachment means crimes againstthe state The White House position was commission of a crime named in j at odds with a study compiled the Constitution or a criminal by the staff of the House offense against the laws of the United States The study issued at the White House Thursday said the reference in the Constitution to Judiciary committees im peachment inquiry which con tended that a president could be removed from office for non criminal acts I American people the South Dakota Democrat said in a speech prepared for delivery on the Senate floor McGoverns remarks put him in the forefront of his fellow senators who have consistently shied away from discussion of the impeachment Issue on grounds that they may ultimately sit as jurors at a trial of the President In an interview McGovern said I dont buy the view that a senator has to be quiet on im peachment To say that President Nixon should be brought to trial before the Senate does not prejudge his guilt or innocence McGovern said insisting that he has not made up his own mind on how he would vote in such a trial i McGovern defeated by NJxon by B landslide in the 1972 elec tion said in his speech I ac cepted tiien and I accept now the verdict of the voters But this verdict he added did not give Mr Nixon the right to abuse the peoples trust and my defeat in 1972 does not give me the excuse to be silent in 1974 although that is doubtless the safest political course McGovern now seeking re election to a third Senate term said his speech was motivated in large part by Nixons news con ference remarks earlier this week equating the President with himself That tactic galled me an during the 1972 campaign and it continues to gall me the senator told a reporter We cant exalt any individual to the point where we equate him with the presidency itself It is not the presidency that is on trial but a man who temporarily holds that office McGovern said McGovern had some Republican company in his caH for impeachment Hat badge found at scene may have led to capt ure Expoliceman two arrested in Goreville bank robbery By Wanda Barras Of IV Southern Elinoisan Three area men one of them a former policeman were arrested Thursday in con nection with the armed robbery of the GorevilleState BankFeb 22 Lionel Whittington 32 of 102 S Lark Lane Carbondale a former Southern Illinois Uni versity Security and Carbon dale policeman and Vearl Ferman 39 of 1021 N Con nors St Carbondale were ar rested Thursday afternoon in Carbondale James F Hen shaw 21 Rt 2 Buncombe was arrested Thursday morn ing in Miami Beach Fla A policemans blue hat with a state of Illinois badge was found in the home of Robert Cruse family held hostage the night before the robbery The hat may have been a factor leading to the Thursday ar rests Two other suspects are be ing sought Joseph E Ziel special agent in charge of the FBI office in Springfield said today Police said to was found in the possession of Henshaw by Miami police but Ziel couldnt say whether the money is part of the mon ey taken in the bank robbery Ziel said no money was re covered from Ferman or from Whittington Henshaw was arraigned Thursday in Miami Beach be fore a US magistrate on armed robbery charges Bond was set at An ex tradition hearing is scheduled March 8 Ferman and Whittington were arraigned Thursday af ternoon on similar charges be fore US Magistrate W Kent Brandon Carbondale Bond was set at Brandon said preliminary hearings for the two will be at 10 am March in his Car bondale office Ferman and Whittington are being held in the Williamson County jail in Marion and Henshaw in a jail in Miami Beach Early Thursday morning Henshaw was arrested on a traffic violation by Miami Beach police Ziel said Police checked the National Crime Information Center of the FBI and learned that Hen shaw was wanted in connec tion with the Goreville armed robbery Whittington was arrested at a Lounge he operates and Fer man after he drove his car a service station in Car bondale about 2 pm The FBI was assisted by state police Southern1 Illinois University security police and Carbon dale police in the arrest The warrants for the three men were issued Wednesday by US Atty Henry Schwarz of the Eastern District Court Schwarzs office is awaiting probablecause information for issuance of two more war rants which probably will come this afternoon accord ing to Frederick Hesse an assistant to Schwarz Ziol said the arrests of the three men followed good hard investigation by about a dozen FBI agents around the The robbers armed with a sawedoff shotgun and a for eign made longbarreled pis tol forced their wayinto thfe home of Cruse executive vice president of the bank about pm Feb 21 Thej bound blindfolded and gag ged Cruse his wife and two sons until early next morn ing The robbers took Cruse to the bank and after a time lock releasedan inner vault about am robbed the bank and locked Cruse in the vault Whitiington joined the Car bondale police department as a patrolman in August 1968 He left that position to join the SIUC security police IB March 1970 In November 1971 Whitting ton left the SIUC security police to open Whitts Barbe cut 217 W Walnut St Car bondale About a year ago he began operation of Whitts Lancers Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge 501 E Wal nut St Carbondale Henshaws father owns the Scenic View Motel Restau rant and Lounge south of Goreville on Illinois 37 and a plumbing shop across the strefet from the Goreville State Bank ;