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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - January 13, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Vol 163 No 363 50 cents Girls hoops Tigers win big over Alton 5639 in SWC matchup Forproflt schools Students play the role of paying customers PageDS The outlook Partly sunny and colder High 28 low 19 PagcIM Traffic nightmare in Wednesday January 13 1999 Excitingwork SueHardin taking Pride in her newest role PageDl By PAUL BRINKMANN Telegraph staff writer COLLINSVILLE Illinois residents who normally com mute to St Louis for work may want to try something dif ferent when Pope John Paul II is in town later this month Take the day said Illinois State Police District 11 Papal visit to tie up commuters across area Cmdr Charles E Brueggemann at a press con ference Tuesday Thats what I told my Brueggemann and other state officials outlined a night marish traffic scenario on the days surrounding the pontiffs visit Jan 2627 Interstates backed up from the Poplar Street Bridge to Illinois Route 159 Strangers to the area who dont 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 Brueggemann said 6nce it stacks to 255 we will divert it around to For Telegraph area resi dents who normally uise 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 A9 The 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 rest ed on the branch for 55 min utes then flew away at when a motorist honked his horn and scared the bird If he gets a captivated audi ence maybe hell stick said Sally Bievenue secretary in the business office at the high school This is the first one weve seen in a Some of the students at the high school noticed the bird in the tree and told a few faculty See VISITOR Page A9 Pennsylvania town fighting to keep Laclede Steel jobs too By PAUL BRINKMANN Telegraph staff writer ALTON In Bucks County near cials trying to keep Laclede Steel Co jobs in make sure were doing whatever we can to town keep their operation Laclede employs about 130 people at a small rented steel mill near Fairless Hills where Were looking at a lot of different things to help said Rob Loughery enterprise zone Philadelphia the economic development people coordinator for Bucks County Redevelopment Steel formerly operated are doing something familiar to Alton area offi Authority We have worked with Laclede to 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 A9 Morning Bowles marks 25 years as public official Bulletin Board A6 Classifieds C5 Comics Editorial A10 Bond Callahan Kenney Little McCormick Rate Smith Stamm Taviner Viere Watson 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 pub lic official Bowles will take the oath of office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield along with the other members of the states 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 Novembers general election she garnered more than votes Bowles said she has enjoyed serving the voters of Madison County who first elected her to the county clerks office in 1974 when she won the Democratic primary by some votes even though the party backed her opponent She was reelected clerk every four years until she was appointed to the state Senate in 1994 after the death of long time state Sen Sam Vadalabene DEdwardsville ttTtsbeenawon Iderful experi ence I have really felt good about being in public ser Evelyn Bowles state senator She was elected to the Senate later that year Its been a wonderful expe Bowles said I have really felt good about being in public Bowles 77 worked in the Madison County Clerks Office for 23 years before moving up to become county clerk She said she was working as a schoolteacher when her prede cessor Eulalia Hotz hired her to do some typing one sum mer I was supposed to type for two weeks and here I Bowles said with a laugh Although her duties require her to be in Springfield for much of the legislative ses sion 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 Im a people she said I always have 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 its significant The longer youre here the more 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 Its a positive I think transportation needs must be addressed in this ses sion Im not the authority on what is going to be the funding mechanism but we certainly have to address it Weve reached the point of some of the areas being Bowles said especially criti cal 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 Im sure the development that will happen along it will prove the need and the positiveness of this she said 44 4 Door I3M 9 IP GhaoM toxn tlmllir y Four Flags Motor Tax license doc fees
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