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June 5, 1972
REPORT ON CHARGES OF LEGISLATIVE CORRUPTION MADE BY ONE OSCAR A. WEIL
On May 11, 1972, the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT), 914. East Capitol Avenue, Springfield, issued a news letter which charged that the Illinois Education Association (IEA) ,100 East Edwards Avenue, Springfield, has approached many legislators with offers of money, staff assistance, and other support in return for votes in favor of House Bill 3632 or Senate Bill 1112." The news letter, entitled "The IFT Capitol News Round-Up, "is a legislative publication of the IFT, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.
The editor of the publication and the author of the charges was one Oscar A. Weil, the Executive Director of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. In addition to making the above bribery charges, the publication also exhorted IFT leaders to "see to it that their legislators are supported against IEA threats and attempts to buy their votes."
On Friday, May 12, 1972 copies of the publication arrived by mail at the State Capitol Building,' and were delivered to the desks of all members of the Illinois House of Representatives. The legislators read Weil's accusations and reacted immediately to the inference that their votes could be bought.
On the afternoon of May 12, 1972, House Minority Leader Clyde Choate rose in the House and demanded that Oscar Weil be brought forward to deny or substantiate the charges. After
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