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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - March 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 iMkHH Building a tradtlon Balsters Development opens its sLxth subdivision in Bethalto The outlook Partly doudy and cool high near low near29 PageD8 Sectional Tigers face Flyers tonight for title PageBl 56 50 cents March Janitor pilty to lex abuse ByDENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A for courthouse janitor went through 10 defense attorneys over 4 years before pleading guilty to charges that he had SeX with an 8yearold girl in Sonny Cathey entered an open plea Thursday before Circuit Judge Lawrence Keshner through his latest Harry Anderson of rounder terms of the qualifies for a sen tence of four to 15 He will get credit for the approximately 15 months he has spent in t h e County There will be no no condi tional dis charge and no periodic m e n Keshner said after the mg Cathey was charged with two counts of criminal sexual abuse but pleaded guilty to reduced charge of crimi The second count was granted a defense request to let Cathey go home pnjj24hour electronic monitor over prosecutor Kyle NjtPps strong of the conditions is hathe have no contact with any minor Keshner said his client decided to enter the plea so he could go home at least for just wants to get it over he Sentencing will be Cathey was arrested by Collinsville police in October 1994 after being turned in by a y See Page A9 conditions is that he hsweno contact with any minor Lawrence Keshner Church addition Morning f Television The BADMAN Employees of Jansco Steel in East Alton prepare the framework Thursday of an addition to the Faith Lutheran Church in Godfrey for its first layer of The which replaces a section heavily damaged by high winds last is fully framed with The new portion will house a gym and Siren money In budget Plan calls for 15 warning systems across Alton By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The citys pro posed budget for next fiscal year contains funding for an installment payment on an emergency siren warning sys Mayor Don Sandidge said he has asked city comptroller Al Charleston to include in the the first of six yearly payments on a Its in the Sandidge confirmed The still must undergo scrutiny during hearings and earn approval from The fiscal year begins April Sandidge said the proposed would have 15 sirens with overlapping aldermen approve the the system will be out and installed this Sandidge Charleston said funding for the sirens would come from the general fixed asset reserve which is derived from admission taxes on patrons at the Alton Belle Its a big expense that does nt just Fire Chief Donald Dugan If there is enough money in the bud they have to decide if they go with this or do without something Dugan stressed that even if the sirens are some residents may not hear them if they are if their win dows are closed or if they are driving with loud We want everyone to real ize with the early warning sys tem they might not hear it with their radio or television he They arent meant to get people up out of Houses also are better insu lated than in past when many cities installed civil defense he Alton also has a lot of trees and hills that block Dugan He said people who are watching for serious weather changes could benefit from the sirens In flatter sirens sounds emit area of to square Altons numerous lijlls and trees cut that about square feeKeaeh Dugan Last June arid Segno Communications of Springfield tested the efficiency of sirens in AltoX determining the city would need at least 12 sirens ket the area with wsfrijipg blasts in event of a tornado it Panel backs pension plan revisions ByPAULMACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE County officials drafted a resolution Thursday in sup port of preventing pricey pensions for elected The Madison County Boards Legislative Committee will recommend support of an Illinois Senate bill to the board at its meeting You wouldnt be able to apply this plan to a job after you leave said county administrator James He said the countys contribution to elected officials pensions underthe Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund would have been only this But under the Elected County Officials the county will pay an increase of because of a loophole that has allowed elected officials to switch to nanelected jobs and increase their Tony DWood took a pump operators job at the Metro East Sanitary District three weeks before retiring from the County The Elected County Officials adopted by the county in allowed to increase his pension from to Several other former board members have increased their pensions by taking higher nonelected The SMITH David sitting In his office in the Rendleman Building at SIUE was appointed SIU board OKs Werner as chancellor By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The SIU Board of Trustees unanimously approved the ment of David Werner as SIUE Werner got a standing ovation Thursday from several staff and community leaders at the board meeting on In making the Southern Illinois University President Ted Sanders said a recent yearlong search for a new chancellor turned up no one better qualified than who has held the job on an interim basis since September Its really easy to do a good job when you have a wonderful faculty and staff behind Werner I look forward to moving the university to next he referring a theme he struck in his commencement speech last With his Werners salary rose from to said that construction of the third residence hall at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is among his top Increasing the proportion of resident students to commuter students and increases in enroll ment are among factors that will take the uni versity to the next Werner has Werner said growth in the area around SIUE is likely to increase the demand for higher edu cation at the but the population of I See Page A9
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