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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 20, 1983, Alton, Illinois                                ALTON Serving Greene and Calhotm Countie 141 101 May Stnflltt CODV 2 Key legislator backs income tax hike By WILLIAM STRONG Associated Press Writer AP After months of keeping his distance from Governor Thompsons proposed tax Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan today an nounced his support for a temporary ralslngof Income who has been saying for three months that he was unconvinced of the need for new state told a Statehouse news conference that he finally has become con vinced of the need for additional As leader of the Democraticcontrolled Madl gans support Is critical to passage of any tax plan this ses Madigan said he would work with Thompson on the tax but stressed he was not endorsing the governors plan as Governor Thompson seeks a 60 percent Increase in per sonal income taxes and a 40 percent lifting of the corporate The Republican governor originally recommended a permanent but scaled that down to a billion boost because of opposition within his own Madigan would not say how much money he thinks is nor would he say how long the higher tax should be He said he would wait for the bill to emerge from Sen ate before getting down to specif The Senate deadline for considering the measure Is next The Chicago Democrat paved the way for his announce ment by meeting this week with several special Interest groups mental health organizations and others who say they would suffer without higher The opposition to tax increases shared by a majority of Illinois residents must be balanced against the needs of a so ciety that has come to expect certain Madigan said In a statement announcing his Since Thompson disclosed his plan In early Madigans stock response to questions about his stand on taxes has been that he was unconvinced of the need for new state After the Republican governor unveiled his doomsday budget In warning of million In cuts without new Madigan said he was rethinking his But in subsequent public Madigan sought to downplay any notions that he was buying Thompsons argu THOMAS escorted by federal leaves District Court in downtown Alton on AP Laserphoto Brimberry accused of taking million ByANDEYAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer Former Stix executive Thomas Brimberry converted million in company funds to cash for personal an investigator of the Securities and Exchange Com mission SEC testified In District Court in SEC accountant John Brissman unveiled investigative records which show Brimberry got million In Stix funds and converted million to cash at two Las Vegas gambling casi Brissman was appointed a special agent of the federal grand jury to trace mllllion In funds missing from the defunct Stix broker age firm in Brimberry is accused of three counts of obstruction of in cluding charges he asked key figures in the Stix probe to burn records sought by a federal grand Trial is recessed until Brissman testified he spent hundreds of hours and inspected tens of thousands of records but was unable to account for million in Stix funds converted to cash by Any Idea what happened to the Assistant Attor ney Ronald Kane asked I he Brissmans testimony that Brim berry got funds out of Stix brought vehement objections from one of the defendants Rodney De an Oklahoma City trial law DeVllliers asked Brissman If he was suggesting to the jury Brim berry had cash ratholed some Kane then suggested that DeVil liers put Brimberry on the stand to clarify the dispute over the Following a recess called by District Judge William Brissman continued his testimony about tracking the missing The million converted to cash at the MGM and Desert Inn casinos is part of a total of million in checks sent by Brimberry to Las Brissman Brimberry also established a line of credit at casinos and purchased million in gambling markers which were covered by money depos ited in other Brissman Other Stix amounts converted to cash by Brimberry included in Stix checks from RIMCO and Maeras Enterprises accounts and in checks written on the Miller account at the First Na tional Bank of Brissman showed in the The Miller account was funded by Stix accounts and con trolled by Brissman tes Brimberry paid out in cluding million for a mansion type house in Granite City for a home near and for money orders and cashiers the SEC investiga tor In his probe to locate the missing Brissman examined checks paid out of 10 Brimberry ac counts and also records of Maeras Enterprises and an account opened by Arthur Miller in the Cottonwood Bank and Trust of Glen brotherinlaw of Brim opened the RIMCO account which received in Stix government prosecutors Miller testified Brimberry warned him others would have my family killed if Miller exposed the Stix scheme to the Internal Revenue Brissman said he checked gam bling records of Brimberry and Miller at MGM and Desert Inn in Las Vegas in an attempt to trace millions from Judge weighs verdict on Wright By TERRY HILLIG Telegraph Staff Writer A decision on the guilt or innocence of Jeffrey Lynn accused of mur der in the March 30 slaying of a cab driver in was taken under advise ment Thursday by a judge in Edwards Circuit Judge ONeill said he would postpone his verdict until results of analyses of fingerprints taken from the cab are apparently said he had set the case for trial only be cause counsel had assured him all their evidence was Defense attorney Robert Carter told the judge he would seek to reopen the defense case If the results were favora ble to his but Assistant States Attorney Keith Jensen said he did not see how the fingerprints would affect the since Wright testified he searched through the car after the Clarence Emery was Wright claimed in testimony Wednes and again that a com panion had shot Wright said he intended only to get a ride home when he got into the cab with Donald Wayne who is awaiting trial on murder and armed robbery Wright said he thought Clark might try to rob Emery and said he had told Clark he wanted to get out before any such robbery was demanded money and shot Emery when Emery drove the car into a driveway on Atkinson Street to turn Wright In closing arguments Jen sen cited testimony by two young women who said Wright got into the front seat of the cab and testimony by one of the women that Wright asked Clark to give him a gun before they got into the Wright claimed he rode in the back seat of the He said he helped Clark search the cab only because he feared Clark would shoot him if he Jensen challenged Wrights claim of confessing to shooting Emery three times because police and prosecutors led him to believe it was the only way he could avoid the death sentence and be cause he wanted to make sure Clark was punishbd for the If Wright were interested in seeing Clark puni there was no reason for Wright to change his earlier story that he fired one of the shots and Clark fired two of Jensen Wrights final statement when he was questioned April 11 was more detailed than it mi jht have been as Wright it was made up to satisfy his said Jensen said at the knew something illegal could happen when he got into the cab with Jensen questioned if Wright were an un willing he accepted a share of tlie loot and hid the gun for in his closing said the two young women who testified for the state had reason to protect as one is his cousin and the other a girl who said she intends to marry He said their testimony also con tained a number of Carter said no one questioned that the murder weapon belonged to Wright is not a nice human being and showed little concern for the vic but that does not make him guilty of Carter He said his client did not intend to be involved in the robbery and did not an ticipate that Emery would be His confession was made to avoid the death penalty and to ensure that Clark would get prison Carter NAACP executive director suspended LOUIS AP Benjamin Hooks has been suspended and temporarily replaced executive director of the the Louis PostDispatch re ported Hooks was not at his home or the or ganizations New York office when tele phoned for comment NAACP spokesman Denton Watson also was re ported to be out of the of f Wilsonvilles battle wins trophy By DENNIS McMURRAY Telegraph Capital Bureau SPRINGFIELD Wilsonville The Little Town That Roared pro claimed the Tshirt worn by village res ident Betty an apt descrip tion for the David and Goliath battle Wilsonville won to get the Earthline hazardous waste dump closed Petroline and 18 other Wilson ville residents happily roared and cheered at the Prairie Capital Conven tion Center in Springfield Thursday night as the village won yet another vic tory the first Governors Silver Tro phy for the best overall community project in the Home Town Awards con Wilsonville beat out 91 other com munities which had entered the compe A spokesperson for the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs which sponsors the contest described it as the academy awards for Illinois communities and the Wilsonville rest dents attending the ceremony seemed as excited as if each had won an Most of the communities in the com petition were much larger than Wilson which has a population of around 700 and also won a plaque for best com munity project in towns of under 900 population as well as being the grand overall prize Wilsonville was specifically cited by the contest judges for the communitys unity and cooperation in the commu nitys sixyear fight to get rid of the Earthline hazardous waste landfill owned by SCA Services of Boston and opened in Over for legal costs was raised by the villages residents through bake sales and other The fundraising is with the Little Town That Roared Tshirts and sweatshirts the latest The challenge to the landfill was suc cessfully carried through the Illinois Supreme Court and after evidence showed burial trenches on the site were already an agreement was reached to begin removal of the The first materials left the village last October accompanied by a kitchen band and the usual celebrations for which the closeknit community has be come Your efforts have once again made your town a safe place to live said DCCA Director Peter Fox at the award presentation Thursday James who was scheduled to hand out the was not with aides saying he was too busy working on his tax increase A written statement was in which the governor was quoted as saying The people of Wilsonville showed all of us how determination and cooperation Continued dumping at the landfill presented a po tential By the entire com munity joining they not only made Wilsovnille a safer place to live but aso an example for towns across the nation which face similar Fox made no mention in his reading of the award citation of the fact Wilson ville also had to fight not only the land fill owners In court but one of the gover nors the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency whose officials had insisted the landfill site was Gwen a principal leader of the communitys fight against the land fill was holding no grudges Thursday night though as she held the shiny silver cup trophy and said were just tickled to death over So they made a mistake referring to the and weve made mis We have no hostile feelings or an Were not like What needed to lie done is now being done and were she Wilsonvjille appeared to have the largest and certainly most enthusias tic delegztion at the awards attended ty around 600 persons from about 70 Its juit We never ex pected anj thing like Weve worked sail another village resident in Barbara The silver bowl presented to Wilson ville is a ti aveling trophy and will be in the villages posession for just a year and then tie passed on to the next win We used that bowl last Gwen Molinar said After we got home we went tq Jens Tavern the site of nu merous impromptu celebrations during the court fight and filled it with cham The village also got a large steel sign to erect in the village proclaiming it as a Home Town Award Vince whose district includes at tended the awards Wilson ville inspired him to launch a crusade over the last several years to enact tighter hazardous waste disposal re Demuzio said Wilsonville had con tributed to both state and national major policy changes and under standing of the problem of disposing of industrial hazardous Edwardsville and Glen Carbon also shared in a 3rd place award in the cate gory of communities of over pop ulation with Maryville and Troy for their formation of a joint eco nomic development Edwardsvttle won a first place in last years Home Town Awards contest for creation of an economic development INSldE Senate okays bill to hike disposal fees Telegraph Capital Bureau SPRINGFIELD The fees on dis posal of hazardous waste would be quadrupled under legislation approved by the Illinois Senate Thursday in tended to bolster funds available for The bill also allows the state to seek triple damages in court for cleaning up a hazardous waste sites under certain The Senate passed a bill sponsored by Vince hik ing the current fees from 1 cent to 4 cents a gallon on liquids and from to a cubic yard on solids received by a hazardous waste disposal The increase was backed by the Illi nois Environmental Protection Agency for the 10 percent match needed to ob tain federal Superfund money for cleaning up abandoned toxic waste sites in the The current fees raise around 000 to a year which can be used to match federal dollars and as of last month there was a balance of around in the Even by quadrupling the fees they would only provide a small portion of the estimated million needed to clean up the 27 sites ranked as the most The triple damage provision was in cluded in the bill to raise additional funds from the responsible parties for the cleanup The bill also contains a provision au thorizing the Illinois EPA to enter pub lic or private property at reasonable times for the purpose of taking what ever remedial action necessary and ap propriate when there is a release or threatened release of a hazardous sub FEATURES ROCK WALLS abound in the oldfashioned perennial garden of Elsohs Riverview The house and garden are highlights of a Sunday tour of the quaint village previewed by Staff Writer Judy So kolowski 1 A3 AREA LIVESTOCK BUSINESS affected by PIK in farm machinery should end late this Section D EPA Op French economy going Joins millionaire Marquelle wins 19th Rights of nursing home The Mini TEDDY BEARS have been collected for a long time Bl MINNESOTA WALLEYE FISHING on opening day was cold but suc writes Outdoor Editor John Stetson C3 STATE WOMEN PROSECUTORS oppose revision cjf rape laws C1 2 ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT refuses to take immediate action In Chi cago council feud A11 Chance of showers tonight and Satur   

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