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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 25, 1984, Alton, Illinois                                Prosecution asks to have Susan Davidson jailed By TERRY HILLIG TelegraphStaffWriter Prosecutors will ask a judge today to revoke the bond of murder claiming she has moved outside the courts Jurisdiction to live with a convicted felon her alleged coconspirator in the slaying of hef hus A bond revocation motion filed Tuesday was to be heard at today by Associate Judge Charles Romanl is free on a bond of cash plus She is charged with conspir acy to Commit murder and solicitation to commit The revocation motion alleges Davidson has moved outside the courts is consorting with a con victed felon and has violated Illinois law while free on Assistant Attorney General Mark Rotert said he be lieves Davidson and her 15yearold daughter are living in Missouri with William convicted in 1980 of volun tary manslaughter in the death of Stephen who was shot and beaten in the basement of his Godfrey home on Gill served about 32 months of a sevenyear prison sen Gill testified during his trial that he and Davidson were having an He said Davidsons death was acci dental and occurred while the two were Gill said he had gone to the home to ask Davidson to agree to divorce his She was not at home at the Prosecutors hope to link Davidson to a plan to kill her Rotert said he believes Davidson illegally used an assumed name to visit Gill while he was in In another development the Fifth District pellate Court in Mount Vernon gave defense attorneys five days to respond to a prosecution motion seeking dismissal of the defenses appeal of a pretrial Davidsons Donald Groshong and Edward last week filed a notice of appeal of Ro manls denial of their motion to dismiss the case on double jeopardy grounds being tried twice for the same An earlier trial of in was halted and declared a mistrial to allow the prosecution to appeal evi dence rulings by Circuit Judge William Romani agreed with the prosecution position that the appellate court has already decided the double jeopardy but said the question is out of his jurisdiction because an Illinois Su preme Court rule provides for automatic appeal of double jeopardy Rotert said he thought the appellate court might rule on the matter because it had already decided the the court will follow its customary proce dure of allowing the opposing side five days to he Trial of Davidson was to have begun with jury selec tion but was delayed by the defense It now appears the trial could begin no earlier than the middle of next The trial could be delayed a year or if the Appel late Court decides it should consider the merits of the defense Marcia Friedl and Anthony all of the attorney generals are prosecuting Davidson be cause Madison County States Attorney Don Weber was involved in the preparation of Davidsons defense prior to his election as states ALTON TELEGRAPH Serving Greene and Calhoun Counties tSoctloni SlnglaCopy 23 Thompson will not seek an extension of tax iNside By DENNIS McMURRAY Telegraph Capital Bureau SPRINGFIELD James Thompson today said he is opposed to extending the increase in the state income tax passed last year and it should rev ert back to percent on individuals and 4 percent on corporations on July Illinois wage earners will be getting a little more takehome pay at midyear while state services will not have to be cut either and may actually who had unsuccessfully campaigned last year for a permanent income tax said he will propose a budget next month with increases for such areas as education and corrections without the need for continuing the higher state income The added income tax is expected to yield million this fiscal which ends June The governors statements were a complete turn around from his position last spring when he had called for a permanent income tax hike and warned of substantial cuts in stale programs if it werent The Illinois General Assembly instead last June approved an increase in the individual state income tax from percent to 3 percent retroactive back to through June The effective rate on taxpayers was about per cent from August when withholding began to be re flected In most workers paychecks through the end of last December because of the retroactive provi Most taxpayers should have less withheld start ing with pay periods this reflecting a flat three The corporate state income tax rate was raised for the same period from the previous 4 percent to with an estimated revenue yield of mil The governor said it was his duty not to support an unnecessary extension of the higher tax and without my support it wont Thompson also said no other state tax increases would be required either this Although he refused to disclose specific budget which he will propose in the gover nor said the economic the impact of an ad ditional permanent one percent added to the state sales tax effective 1 and the low rate of inflation would allow budget We are in a position now to offer prospects to im portant areas of state services over the next two or three Thompson He also indicated no state agencies would have any proposed budget cuts this Last Thompson unveiled what was dubbed a doomsday proposing massive cuts in state particularly to education and in state revenue sharing to local At that the governor was advocating a per manent state income tax hike with a new rate of 4 percent on individuals and percent on corpora Thompson last spring had also vigorously argued against just a temporary income tax hike or sur In a ten question format on his tax hike pro posal then which he delivered all over the the governor repeatedly had said a temporary tax would be shortsighted because if the state is to have per manent increases in corrections or law enforcement it needs permanent new Today the governor said with hindsight he be lieved his critics last year who had said only a tempo rary oneyear income tax hike was needed to resolve state governments financial problems were Thompson added if the revenue projections by his Bureau of the Budget had not been as optimistic as they are he might have been looking at extend ing the current higher income tax He also said the legislature was reflecting the mood of the people when it rejected a permanent in come tax hike last The governor also said the fact this Is an election year had no bearing on his up against it iimul j1 nicr ilist I A ocamftfalir thio ho UTA f rin VP Telegraph Capital Bureau SPRINGFIELD Telegraph legisla tors today said an extension of the higher state income tax which Thompson announced he would not sup probably wouldnt pass None of the four area House members or two senators indicated they were willing to vote for an extension at this although two did not flatly rule out Jim the House Majority said he was waiting to see more economic forecasts and reve nue figures before taking a position on extending the higher state income I want to see education is properly funded but I would have no problem with freezing the budgets for other state agencies or even a one percent McPike The governor announced today he will propose a budget in March with adequate funding for education and other state government services without extending the higher income McPike said he didnt think extension would pass the General Assembly this He noted both Senate President Philip DOak and Senate Minority Leader James Pate have said they oppose an extension and House Re publican leader Lee R Elmhurst had a pretty strong feeling last year it the higher tax was for one year Vince said With an election this year I dont think it would be possible to Corps says it lost round in Grafton fleeting case ByJlMKULP Telegraph Features Editor A letter from a senior official of the Army Corps of Engineers says a permit for a barge fleeting facility at Grafton has been reversed in federal court in The says no offi cial ruling has been corps files also show a threat by the Fish and Wildlife Service against a second barge fleeting application filed by National Marine That application is for a facil ity between Mason Island and Island 526 between the Mississippi and Illi nois According to the dated from Gary Louis dis trict District Judge Wil liam Beatty has ruled against the corps in a lawsuit filed against the National Marine Service In the Beech told Loren Bar assistant to Illinois Alan Dixon Just a few days the judge ruled against the An appeal from this decision is being Beatty said today he would have no comment on the The matter is under We have not officially ruled on the matter he In Assistant Attorney General James Morgan would say only that a draft order in the barge fleeting case before Beatty is being prepared by his and probably would be filed after the end of the He would not reveal the contents until the judge had approved The lawsuit was filed by the River Road The suit was joined later by Attorney General Neil The suit seeks an injunction against the facility based on aes thetic and other On the new James Grit acting regional director of the wildlife service in Twin Minne recommended the corps deny the If you decide to issue the per Gritman told Beech in a we will seek elevation of this case for higher level That would mean the decision on whether to grant the permit would not rest with the corps Louis but would go to higher federal agencies in Under an agreement be tween the Army and the Department of the the issue be decided by Undersecretary of the Interior for Wildlife and Parks Ray Arnett and Undersecretary of the Army for Civil Works William Gritmans request that the corps deny the new permit application was based on a recommendation Jo seph assistant field supervi sor for the Fish and Wildlife Service in According to Janaceks report in the corps the proposed new barge fleeting facility would be located in a habitat area for large numbers of mi gratory Janacek said an aerial census taken by the Illinois Natu ral History Survey on 8 of last showed an estimated wat erfowl at the They included Janacek pointed out along with black redhead can snow Canada geese and bald eagles all of which use the area are considered National Spe cies of Special Emphasis by the wild life That designation he that these species are under a high priority of Also noted in the area by the 8 census were six bald 70 double crested cormorants an endangered species and Barge Janacek would destroy the site as a habitat for all these He also added that on the date the census was the migratory waterfowl had not even reached their To be we dont have enough votes to pass the extension of the in come tax on our Demuzio The assistant senate majority leader said he would not support an extension and its something he the gover nor will notask for or Sam DEdwards called the governors position a very good move and added It seems to me the Bureau of the Budget knows we have sufficient funds coming Gary DMount was also pleased with the governors decision saying it would have been un fair and somewhat of a dishonesty to the taxpayers if we had extended the in come tax unlike Vad McPike and Sam voted against the oneyear tax hike last DGranite also said he hoped an extension of the income tax hike was not needed and also doubted whether It would pass the General As Wolf he was skeptical of the optimistic revenue ex pectations indicated by the Tom said he had an open mind on extending the present state income tax It seems irresponsible to say under any circumstance I would oppose I would like to see more aid to education and property tax relief for Ryder although he said he hoped revenues would be sufficient without continuing the higher FEATURES INTENT ON WRESTLING Photographer Russ Smith looks at the action in Tuesday nights Civic MemorialRoxana wrestling meet and SPORTS offers details of the match the AREA SCHOOL BOARD appears determined to vacate its administrative off ices and warehouse at 1854 B6 GREENFIELD BANK makes loans for weatherization C4 rhe would GERMAN leader receives mixed welcome in Jerusalem A7 STATE ELECTRONIC MARKETING of sheep off to good start B8 Editorial A4 Good day lor Wood Op Ed A5 Russians would relish Reagans defeat at Wealherlzation A2 Hearing Sports Cl Staunlon among prep cage Family A10 Third in a series explains breast can and why its treatment is still contro Business A9 Money B5 Sunny and mild Thursday Amusements Fun Food Obituaries Stocks c5 Plans to include ASB members in contract negotiations snagged UE will seek rate hike LOUIS AP Union Electric which serves said today it will seek permission to phase in over five years a million rate increase for operation of its Cal laway County nuclear Permission for the phasein plan will be sought next month from the Missouri Public Service Commis executive vice president Stew art Smith Under the phasein a 25 percent increase would be sought tbe first year and in creases of 8 percent each of the suc ceeding four Smith said the phasein plan was devised as a means to significantly lessen the impact of higher rates for its including in A similar phasein plan proposal will be filed next month which would apply to customers in the utility Not yet scheduled is a rate increase application to be filed later for customers in Iowa Smith said the increase to cover costs of the Callaway plant operation is being sought next month because U E expects the PSC to take the full 11 months it is allowed for considera tion of the Construction on the 85 billion nu clear power plant began in the mid U is scheduled for a startup in late 1984 or early Even with the higher customers of the utility would be paying lower rates than the national Smith Plans to include members of the Alton School Board ASB in contract negotiations this year with the Alton Education Association AEA hit a con tractual snag School Board President David Thies said the board is attempting to work out a compromise with the AEA to include school board members in contract The negotiating teams are defined in the existing The contract states the board may select full time administrators to represent the board in contract Nonemploy such as board members or profes sional negotiators from outside the dis are precluded from participating in the the AEA may select only fulltime members of its association for its negotiating Thies said the board now wants a direct role in negotiations and is seeking approval or compromise with the AEA to include ward mem bers on the boards negotiating team This was a major issue last year when the AEA struck the the AEA wanted direct talks with the Thies did not specify how many or which board members would be ap pointed to the team if a compromise is It is expected Thies would be one of board members to serve on the team since he became involved in talks last year which led to the end of the strike Thies is a member of the Roxana Ed ucation Association and the Illinois Ed ucation Association of which the AEA is an affiliate his participation in contract talks would not violate the statutory limitations regarding con flicts of according to legal rep resentatives of the Illinois Slate Hoard of Education and the Illinois AttonuN General Two other board Shirley Mondy and Gaye Young are spouses of AEA members and presumably would not participate in the contract Other board members available for the negotiating team would be M Bonnie Joyce Robinson and Verna Mrs Lewis is a re tired district clerical employee and former member of the union represent ing the school service Staff which is now merged with the AEA DAVE MILES Related Page B6 Reagan will address nation tonight WASHINGTON APi President using his State of the Union speech tonight to raise the curtain on an anticipated reelection will tell the nation it has moved from the problems of the 70s to the solutions of the a senior White House official The president will use the address to endorse a manned space station and budget reform the official said All but the finishing touches were completed on the speech the president will give from the well of the House of Representatives at 8 p m Telegraph area time before an audience of sena members of the the Cabi net and diplomatic as well as a nationwide television and radio audi ence The presidents aides view the ad dress as a key political document and one of the first salvos he fire in the 1984 presidential campaign It precedes by four days the fiveminute speech he will deliver from the Oval Office Sun day night disclosing his political plans   

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