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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 26, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 MOTI IAP  SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  Mr Cops and Lobsters'  Alton police officers serve up fora for fund-raiser  PageC-l  Vol. 164, No. 42 — 50 cents  Showdown  Tigers  battle  Redbirds  tonight  Page B-l  i Sounds good i Hearing I Care Center i celebrates  : IO years  Page I>8  Page D-l  The outlook  IU Skies will  become cloudy. High 51; low 46.  Friday, February 26,1999   www.thetelegraph.com   Bill attacks pension loophole  By PAUL MACKIE  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - Recent controversial hirings have spurred county officials to back legislation that could close costly pension loopholes.  Seven elected officials sent a letter to Madison County Board Chairman Rudy Papa Thursday urging him to support a bill filed in the state  Officials can up pensions by switching jobs  Senate this week.  The county’s Legislative Committee will discuss the bill Thursday and is expected to recommend support of the state pension code amendment to the full County Board.  “(These loopholes) don’t make the county government  look good, and I think that’s a sorry state,” Papa said. “As it stands now, what’s been done has been legal. Ifs there for anybody to take advantage of.”  The Senate will try to repair the statutory retirement plan titled “Elected County  Officials,” which the county adopted in August 1997.  The loophole recently allowed Tony Bosich to start a pump operator’s job at the Metro East Sanitary District for $27,040 annually three weeks before retiring from his 24-year post with the County  Board, where his salary was $9,500 annually. In effect, he increased his pension by $21,410 annually from $7,822 to $29,232.  Under the regular Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, county employees contribute 4 1 2 percent of their salaries  each year. Those employees qualify for full pensions, or 75 percent of their final salary, after 40 years of service.  With the introduction of the Elected County Officials plan, elected officials were allowed to contribute 7 l  2  percent annually and recover 80 percent of their final salaries after 20 years of service.  ■ See PENSION, Page A-7           112 W. Homer Adams Pkwy  $ KEV-COiT  Alt °"  618 . 467 . 6370     Guaranteed Services to:  •    the property owner • the lender  •    the contractor • the title agent    Dispersing service for residential & commercial construction, subdivision/site and apartment development projects and remodeling & home improvement.     One left in bid for chancellor  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - And now there is one — but nobody knows if he is the one.  David Potter, vice president for executive affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., is the only candidate left for the SIUE chancellor post after Paul Gaston withdrew from consideration this week.  Gaston had been scheduled to make a final visit to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus March 5. Potter met Wednesday and Thursday with SIU President Ted Sanders’ staff and counselors. Potter referred questions to SIUE officials.  Officials in Sanders’ office said he is in Washington, D C., and unavailable for comment.  One source in the president’s office said the withdrawal of Gaston does not necessarily mean Potter will get the job.  Sanders is scheduled to return soon for another round of interviews and meetings to determine who will be the school’s chancellor.  ■ See CHANCELLOR. Page A-7  Area/Illinois A-3,6,8 Bulletin Board .D-5  Business D-1  Classifieds C-2  Comics D-6  Editorial ......A-4  Horoscope D-6  Nation/world .. .B-6  Obituaries A-5  Ambrose-Brown, Baugh, Cook, Johnson  Region........C-1  Scoreboard ... .B-2  Stocks........D-2  Television D-7  Weather.......D-8  Carrollton girls head to state  Hawks eager  Page B-1  munity has always been behind the team but that this year’s unbeaten team has raised the bar.  “The community and the school have been great,” Pohlman said before the rally, which concluded with an escort out of town by the Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department.  •Everything’s starting to turn green,” Pohlman said of the signs, flags and banners decorating busi nesses and homes throughout the Greene County town “They’re a great  ■ See GIRLS, Page A-7  By THOMAS WRAUSMANN  Telegraph staff writer  The Telegraph/THUMAS WH AU SM ann  A banner in the Carrollton High School gymnasium says it all as fans send the Lady Hawks on the way to Normal for this weekend's IHSA Class A state finals.  CARROLLTON - The saying of the day Thursday was “33-0, three more to go” as the Carrollton Lady Hawks basketball team headed to the state tournament in Normal.  As they did for the team’s previous three trips to the Elite Eight, students, staff, parents and other members of the community gave their girls basketball team a warm, enthusiastic send-off at a rally Thursday morning Administrators and teachers said enthusiasm this year is even higher.  Greg Pohlman, athletic director at Carrollton High School, said the com-  The ToIbqi aph/JOHN BADMAN  A worker guides another section of steel into place Thursday tor a cofferdam that will be used to build the new bridge on Illinois Route 3 over the Cahokia Diversion Canal in Hartford. The state closed northbound Route 3 at the remaining bridge to repair bad sections in the road.  Detour ahead on Route 3  By REBECCA HOPKINS  Telegraph staff writer  HARTFORD — More travel problems are facing motorists on Illinois Route 3.  Traffic will be detoured through Saturday at the twin bridges over the Cahokia Diversion Canal because of a damaged bridge deck in the northbound lane.  The two bridges are being replaced, and one has been dismantled. The remaining bridge was being used to carry northbound and southbound traffic, enabling the route to remain open.  A large hole developed early Wednesday morning in one of the lanes, causing the Illinois Department of Transportation to reroute traffic until repairs could be  Northbound Routo 3 detour  Northbound Illinois Route 3 will be closed to traffic at the truss bridge near Hartford until 4 p.m. Saturday. The lane closure is necessary to perform deck repairs.  Traffic will be detoured via the following routes:  ■ East on New Poag Road  ■ North on Illinois Route 111  ■ West on Illinois Route 143  ■ North on Illinois Route 3  Source: Illinois Department ot Transportation  made.  Officials from IDOT said the hole was temporarily repaired with a steel plate  until the end of rush hour Wednesday.  ■ See DETOUR, Page A-7   

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