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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 2, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 Ill 1 1  a 8-JE^pI11-AJP.  SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  New lob?  Bob Shannon interviews for I coaching position withCBC  Page (^-1  Celebrating Catholic schools  > H Many special L    activities  4    fill week  Vol. 164, No. 19 — 50 cents  PageB-I :  The outlook Partly cloudy and a little cooler ; high near 44, low near 31  Pagel>8  Offering solutions Telsar leads the way in high-tech locally  Page D-l  BRMEEHHEHEDNHEEflRRflHflRRflMEMI  Tuesday, February 2,1999   www.thetelegraph.com   Chancellor candidate visits SIUE  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer  Firefighters contract OK’d  EDWARDSVILLE - The first candidate for the SIUE chancellor post to visit campus said Monday he was attracted here by the relative newness of the university.  “This university is still forming itself,” said David L. Potter, vice president for executive affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is 42 years old.  Potter said the university is still growing and building, and the development may allow the school to better adapt to rapid change of the technological age.  Potter spoke on campus at an open forum for faculty, staff and members of the public. In a question-answer period,  ■ See VISIT, Page A-7  New pact runs from April I to March 31,2004  “We came to a mutual understanding about each issue,” said Capt. Jim McFarlane, president of Local 1255. “We never had any issue that needed an arbitrator. I think a five-year contract is good for both sides, it is beneficial to the city and to firefighters.”  Retired Capt. Glenn Walters, who was on the firefighters’ negotiating team, said he has been involved in contract talks since 1962 and these ran the smoothest.  “Both sides won,” Walters said.  Fire Chief Donald Dugan and Mayor Donald Sandidge said they were pleased with the contract and the negotiations process.  “We did a great job negotiating a five-year  ■ See CONTRACT, Page A-7  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  The Teiegraph/STEVE WHITWORTH David L. Potter, candidate for SIUE chancellor, speaks Monday at the University Center.  ALTON — Aldermen unanimously approved a five-year pact with firefighters Monday evening after being locked in executive session for nearly two hours.  The new contract with Local 1255 of the International Association of Firefighters runs from April I to March 31, 2004.  It provides a raise of 3.5 percent for each of the first three years. Contract talks then will reopen to negotiate raises for the last two years of the agreement.  City and fire department representatives all said they were happy to have the lengthy pact in place.   r  RETAIL-WHOLESALE AND  CARPETING  OVER 700 ROLLS IN STOCKI PRICES STARTING AT JUST  Keeping the beat  Durbin  discusses  Clinton’s  future  Business D-1  The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH  Miles Vandiver, drummer with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Jazz Band, is viewed from above during a performance in the Goshen Lounge Monday. The Area/Illinois . . .A-3 band played as part of festivities marking the beginning of Black History Month at the university.    Bulletin Board D 6  Classifieds ... .0-6  «  Comics.......B-5  Editorial ......A-4  Nation/World . .D-5 Obituaries A-5  Bader, Barr, Bechdoldt, Curfam, Isaacs, Mudd, Pohl, Schwartzkopf Scoreboard ... .C-2  Television B-6  Weather.......C-8  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer  ■ See DURBIN, Page A-7  Bailiff accused of bribery receives probation  EDWARDSVILLE - The state’s senior senator predicted President Clinton will continue to be an effective leader after the U.S. Senate declines to remove him from office.  “That is the single most important  have  i0 bee,! ■ Lewinsky asking questioned  myself,” Sen.    Page    D-5  Dick Durbin,  D-Springfield, said Monday.  Durbin spoke at a class in American government at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  He said he has noted that Clinton recently managed to  U rphe first thing he X said to me was, ‘You’re looking at the dumbest client that you’ve ever had.”  Ed Unseli  Bertagnolli’s attorney  six months’ jail time once his probationary period is over, subject to the discretion of the judge, special prosecutor Thomas Denby said Monday.  “It is possible that he could do everything he is supposed to do and still end up going to jail,” Denby said. “It’s primarily whether or not he toes the line.”  Bertagnolli declined to comment on the case and referred questions to his attorney, Ed Unsell of East Alton.  Unsell said his client was “very remorseful."  “The First thing he said to me was,  You’re looking at the dumbest client that you’ve ever had, I’ve waited 65 years to do something this stupid.’” Unsell said. “He’s very embarrassed " Bertagnolli, an 11-year bailiff in traffic and family court, recently sent a letter resigning his post effective June I of last year, Unsell said.  Bertagnolli was fined $1,450 as part of a plea agreement reached by attorneys last month He must also undergo treatment directed by the probation department.  ■ See BAILIFF, Page A-7  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE — A former courthouse bailiff accused of bribing a county official has been placed on 18 months’ probation and resigned his old job after entering a guilty plea.  Norman    M  Bertagnolli, 66, of Bertagnolli Wood River, also faces   

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