Illinois Issues
OCTOBER 1977
VOL. III, NO. 10

Table of Contents


Will it be the governor's Class X or the legislature's H.B. 1500? __________________4
Special session on criminal justice SPECIAL STAFF REPORT
Gov. Thompson_________________________7
What kind of politician is he? By Milton Rakove
Property tax for public schools _______________ 10
What's happened to this revenue source which once held the commanding role in school financing? By David V. May
Should Illinois adopt the open initiative? _________ 14
NO by Ann Lousin YES by Patrick Quinn
John Block: A country boy on loan to the Illinois Department of Agriculture _____________ 19
An interview with the director of agriculture By Mick Cochran
Appropriations for fiscal 1978 _______________ 22
Holding the line to build up end of year balance SPECIAL STAFF REPORT
The problem with rural bridges _______________ 25
Pricetag for bringing bridges up to safe standards estimated at $500 million By Norman Walzer
THE STATE OF THE STATE ___________________________ 2
Caution is key word for Gov. Thompson's approach to signing bills
THE MEDIA by Tom Littlewood _______________________ 33
Trivia crowds out serious political journalism
CHICAGO By Charles B. Cleveland ______________________ 34
The city goes condominium
WASHINGTON By Jerry Watson _________________________ 35
A change for Illinois Democratic delegates
LEGISLATIVE ACTION ______________________________ 28
October agenda: criminal justice, Board of Elections and veto session

SELECTED STATE REPORTS9
BILL SUMMARIES ______ 28
EXECUTIVE REPORT ____ 29
Pay plan extension/Advocacy
programs for disabled children/
School desegregation/Powerton coal
gas plant
JUDICIAL RULINGS ____ 29
Breslin unseated again
STATE STIX __________ 30
LETTERS ____________ 31
NAMES 31
Governor's'Goodie Book' appointments

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