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Legal & Legislative Notes

by Robert A. Stuart General Counsel


LAND & WATER CONSERVATION FUND ACT IN TROUBLE

In July of 1975 park and recreation agencies throughout the United States were optimistic concerning the possible increase in the total authorization of funds to be made available under the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act from a level of 300 million annual authorization to one billion dollars authorization per year. At the present time, however, in view of President Ford's austerity program, it appears possible that a one year moratorium on new appropriations for Federal, state and local acquisition and development activities covered by the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act is a very real possibility.

In hearings before the Committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate in Washington it had been pointed out that the Land and Water Conservation Act is perhaps the most important program ever developed to deal with parks and recreation in the history of the United States. It was further pointed out in those hearings that in the past ten years some 982.8 million dollars had been made available for more than 13,500 state and local planning projects involving the acquisition and development of parks and open space to satisfy a vital need in urban planning. Through these projects more than one million acres of parks and open space had been acquired.

In November of 1975 the Senate approved S. 327 and the House Subcommittee on National Parks and Recreation had completed its work on H. R. 2763, which measures contemplated the authorization of 300 million dollars for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. However, in late November the Office of Management and Budget, which is responsible for the appropriation of the fiscal 1977 budget allowance, recommended the elimination of all monies for Land and Water Conservation Fund programs. In the event the recommendation of OMB shall prevail, the President's budget for fiscal 1977 will not request funds for Land and Water Conservation Fund activities, thus, in effect, eliminating the availability of all Federal funding on a matching grant basis or otherwise for parks and recreation on all levels, Federal, state and local. Several meetings with Thomas S. Kleppe, the new Secretary of the Interior, have been held by representatives of the National Recreation and Park Association and other concerned organizations urging a reconsideration of its position by the Office of Management and Budget. The budget will be sent to Congress in January and is presently in the final stages of completion. Many telegrams and letters are being sent directly to President Ford by concerned park and recreation groups and organizations urging the inclusion of funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the final budget.

Each park district in Illinois, through its elected commissioners and professional personnel, should immediately contact their Congressmen and Senators urging their support for future funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in fiscal 1977. Individual letters directed to President Ford at the White House urging his consideration are suggested.

The following is a list of all members of Congress from Illinois to whom letters should immediately be sent. It is suggested that this list also be retained for action involving future legislation on matters of interest to the members of our Association:

Senate:

Charles H. Percy
4321 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D. C. Phone: 224-2152
1860 Federal Building
219 S. Dearborn
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312-353-4952
Federal Building
Springfield, Illinois
Phone: 217-525-4442

Adlai E. Stevenson, III
456 Rayburn Senate Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 224-2854
2100 Federal Building
219 S. Dearborn
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312-353-5420
Federal Building
Springfield, Illinois
Phone: 217-525-4126

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House of Representatives:

First District

Ralph H. Metcaife (Chicago)
322 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-4372
219 S. Dearborn Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312-353-4105

Second District

Morgan F. Murphy (Chicago)
137 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 224-3406
1640 Dirksen Building
219 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312-353-5390

Third District

Martin A. Russo (Calumet Park)
128 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 255-5736
468 Federal Building
219 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312-353-8093

Fourth District

Edward J. Derwinski (Flossmoor)
1401 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-3961
9838 S. Roberts Road
Palos Hills, Illinois 60465
Phone: 312-598-6700

Fifth District

John G. Fary (Chicago)
1116 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-5701

Sixth District

Henry John Hyde (Park Ridge)
1206 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-4561
Suite 220, 901 Lake Street
Oak Park, Illinois 60301
Phone: 312-833-6881

Seventh District

Cardiss R. Collins (Chicago)
1123 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-5006
219 S. Dearborn StreetóRoom 1632
Chicago, Illinois
Phone: 312-353-5754

Eighth District

Dan Rostenowski (Chicago)
2185 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-4061
2148 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60647
Phone: 312-341-0330

Ninth District

Sidney R. Yates (Chicago)
2234 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-2111
230 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312-353-4596

Tenth District

Abner J. Mikva (Evanston)
432 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-4835
4016B Church Street
Skokie, Illinois 60076
Phone: 312-676-1350

Eleventh District

Frank Annunzio (Chicago)
2303 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-6661
Room 1626 U. S. Court House
219 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312-353-4618

Twelfth District

Philip M. Crane (Mt. Prospect)
1406 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-3711
Suite 101, 1450 S. New Wilke Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
Phone: 312-394-0790

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Thirteenth District
Robert McClory (Lake Bluff)
2452 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-5221
326 N. Genesee Street
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
Phone: 312-336-4554

Fourteenth District

John N. Erlenborn (Elmhurst)
2236 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-3515
421 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Phone: 312-668-1417

Fifteenth District

Tim L. Hall (Dwight)
1221 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-2976
301 W. Galena Boulevard
Aurora, Illinois 60507
Phone: 815-584-1084

Sixteenth District

John B. Anderson (Rockford)
1101 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-5676
Rock River Savings Building
401 W. State Street
Rockford, Illinois 61101
Phone: 815-962-8807

Seventeenth District

George M. O'Brien (Joliet)
422 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-3635
57 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, Illinois 60431
Phone: 815-727-4718

Eighteenth District

Robert H. Michel (Peoria)
2112 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-6201
1007 First National Bank
Peoria, Illinois 61602
Phone: 309-673-6358

Nineteenth District

Thomas F. Railsback (Moline)
2431 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-5905
228 Federal Building
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
Phone: 309-794-1681

Twentieth District

Paul Findley (Pittsfield)
2133 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-5271
205 Federal Court Building
Springfield, Illinois 62701
Phone: 217-525-4062

Twenty-First District

Edward R. Madigan (Lincoln)
1728 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-2371
200 W. Church
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Phone: 217-356-8633

Twenty-Second District

George Edward Shipley (Oiney)
237 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-5001
111 S. Boone Street
Olney, Illinois 62450
Phone: 618-395-2171

Twenty-Third District

Melvin Price (East St. Louis)
2468 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-5661
Federal Building
650 Missouri Avenue
East St. Louis, Illinois 62201
Phone: 618-274-2200

Twenty-Fourth District

Paul Simon (Carbondale)
1724 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D. C.
Phone: 225-5201
107 Glen view
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Phone: 618-457-4171

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