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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 13, 1999, Alton, Illinois The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN A mature bald eagle roosted in a tree in front of Marquette Catholic High School for nearly an hour Tuesday morning attracting students, staff and Principal John Rogers, right. Marquette gets special visitor By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Perched proudly on the highest branch of the tallest oak tree in front of Marquette Catholic High School, a majestic bald eagle peered down at his adoring fans Tuesday morning. The appearance was rather long for the celebrity. He rested on the branch for 55 minutes then flew away at 9:25 a m. when a motorist honked his horn and scared the bird. “If he gets a captivated audience, maybe he’ll stick around," said Sally Bievenue, secretary in the business office at the high school. “This is the first one we’ve seen in a while." Some of the students at the high school noticed the bird in the tree and told a few faculty See VISITOR, Page A-9 Traffic nightmare in works Papal visit to tie up commuters across area By PAUL BRINKMANN Telegraph staff writer COLLINSVILLE - Illinois residents who normally commute to St. Louis for work may want to try something different when Pope John Paul II is in town later this month. “Take the day off,” said Illinois State Police District ll Cmdr. Charles E. Brueggemann at a press conference Tuesday. “That’s what I told my wife." Brueggemann and other state officials outlined a nightmarish traffic scenario on the days surrounding the pontiff’s visit Jan. 26-27: ■ Interstates backed up from the Poplar Street Bridge to Illinois Route 159. ■ Strangers to the area who don’t speak English trying to find their way around and find a parking space. ■ The possibility of a major winter storm at the same time. “If there is no place in Missouri for people to park, the traffic will begin to stack up in Illinois,” Brueggemann said. “Once it stacks to 255, we will divert it around to 270." For Telegraph area residents who normally use Illinois Route 3 to reach St. Louis, state officials said the McKinley Bridge will be open throughout the papal visit. However, commuters who cross the McKinley should expect to find traffic backed up — possibly for miles — on Interstate 70. According to the St. Louis ■ See TRAFFIC, Page A-9 Vol. 163 No. 363 50 cents Girls hoops Tigers win over Alton 56-39 in SWC matchup big.® SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836    = TO.KC. HA Page C-l ; For-profit schools I Students play the role of paying customers PageD-5 The outlook Partly sunny and colder. High 28; low 19. Page 1X8 Wednesday January 13, 1999 'Exciting'work Sue Hardin taking‘Pride’ in her newest role Page D-l Pennsylvania town fighting to keep Laclede Steel jobs, too By PAUL BRINKMANN Telegraph staff writer ALTON — In Bucks County, Pa., near Philadelphia, the economic development people are doing something familiar to Alton area offi cials: trying to keep Laclede Steel Co. jobs in town. “We’re looking at a lot of different things to help them," said Rob Loughery, enterprise zone coordinator for Bucks County Redevelopment Authority. "We have worked with Laclede to make sure we’re doing whatever we can to keep their operation here." Laclede employs about 130 people at a small rented steel mill near Fairless Hills, Pa., where U.S. Steel formerly operated. Laclede officials have said they are consider ing closing either the Fairless plant or some operations at the Alton plant and consolidating jobs at one location. The Alton plant employs 850 people. ■ See LACLEDE, Page A-9 Good Morninn Area/Illinois . .A-3-8 Bulletin Board .A-6 Classifieds C-5 Comics  ......C-6 Editorial ......A-4 Nation/world . .A-10 Obituaries A-5 Bond, Callahan, Kenney, Little, McCormick, Ratz, Smith, Stamm, Taviner, Viere, Watson Television D-7 www.ffrererrorimfT.com Bowles By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - When state Sen. Evelyn Bowles is sworn into office today, she will be celebrating her silver anniversary as an elected put> lie official. Bowles will take the oath of office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield along with the other members of the state’s 91st General Assembly. The Edwardsville Democrat will begin her second full term representing the 56th District in the Illinois Senate. Although Bowles was unopposed in last November’s general election, she garnered more than 46,000 votes. Bowles said she has enjoyed serving the voters of Madison County, who first elected her to the county clerk’s office in 1974, when she won the marks 25 years as public to become county clerk. She said she was working as a schoolteacher when her predecessor, Eulalia Hotz, hired her to do some typing one summer. “I was supposed to type for two weeks, and here I am,” Bowles said with a laugh. Although her duties require her to be in Springfield for much of the legislative session, she said she prefers to spend as much time in Edwardsville “as I possibly can, because I like to maintain that touch and that closeness with my constituents. “I’m a people person," she said. “I always have been." Bowles said she thinks she will become a more effective lawmaker because of her experience in the office. “The thing is, when you gain seniority, it's significant. The longer you’re here, the more uTt’sbeen a won-Iderful experience. I have really felt good about being in public service.” Evelyn Bowles state senator Democratic primary by some 8,000 votes even though the party backed her opponent. She was re-elected clerk every four years until she was appointed to the state Senate in 1994 after the death of longtime state Sen Sam Vadalabene, D-Edwardsville. She was elected to the Senate later that year. “It’s been a wonderful experience,” Bowles said. “I have really felt good about being in public service." Bowles, 77, worked in the Madison County Clerk’s Office for 23 years before moving up official acquaintances you make, the better informed you become of the system. “You work, you get to know each other, you know the ones with whom you can work well. It helps It’s a positive. “I think transportation needs must be addressed in this session. I’m not the authority on what is going to be the funding mechanism, but we certainly have to address it. We’ve reached the point of some of the areas being critical." Bowles said especially critical was the need to widen long stretches of Illinois Routes 157 and 159 in her district. “And I look forward to the extension of Illinois 255, which is going to be a somewhat expensive endeavor, but I’m sure the development that will happen along it will prove the need and the positiveness of this project,” she said. Hail SMC Jimmy SIT 4*4 4 tat, SM SMS LMI Mo* OI 471 3 la choom kum rn Mnua, *4kwv» OK AM Aval labia whm WSM* Ga "I HULS£22% e PcwnAc: * All min prices include all im Four Motor, Inc 'num. lax, license, doc fees extra 656-6340 Oldsmobile s ,,    . ____ So. Hway 159 (I im, /v. oj Edwardsville I Glen Garbon 199? Ooh tam* Like New! MI t