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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - May 6, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 AttheMidtown Chester Morris Dublin brings piano talent to ife River Bend PageOi cents SWGmeet Girls track teamsget set today Pagefri TlieosjtSoisSi Craftsmanship Moniingshow j Woodworkers j Wife showcases 1 j familys I carpentry skill PageIWi j pagelM May Ryan paves road to future Proposed fee increases draw fire By BARBARA COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE George Ryans proposed increases in alcohol taxes and car registration fees to help pay for infrastructure improvements are drawing fire from local businesses and Ryan held a news confer ence Wednesday on the north ern terminus of Illinois Route 255 in Roxana to announce a program called Illinois The program would provide billion for projects across the including the completion of the Alton Bypass and the widening of Illinois Routes 157 and If the governor wants to build new hes going to need them for all the people who will be leaving Illinois to buy their gas and other Hes going to put a lot of small people out of busi said Robert Chick owner of Robert Chick Fritz a beer distributor The funding for the pro See Page A9 George Ryan stands on Illinois Route 255 at Illinois Route 143 Wednesday to announce which would take Route 255 from Interstate 255 to 67 in The BADMAN a plan to complete the Alton Governor proposes 280 million or Bypass By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer ROXANA From where George Ryan stood area leaders could see a bright vision of the River Bends future growth in its transportation system and tourism Ryan held a news confer ence at the intersection of Illinois Routes 255 and 143 in The significance of that location became apparent when he proposed million in state funding to complete the longawaited Alton which would take Route 255 all the way from its current terminus at Route 143 to 67 in Tourism boosters from the River Bend were ecstatic at the What better way to bring in an additional million visitors to the area said Doug president of the Greater Rivers See Page A9 Stratford renovation aims for November 2000 By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Civic and busi ness leaders met Wednesday at a noon luncheon to get an update on the proposed reno vation of the Hotel Paul Williams of regional director of development for Starwood Hotels and Resorts World Wide Southwestern presented a corpo rate flag to Stratford owner Bill Moyer and Mayor Don Plans are for the hotel at 229 Market to become a Four Points by Sheraton hotel fran chisee once it undergoes a An artists drawing shows the proposed addition to the Hotel Stratford in Downtown On the right is the current The BADMAN I See Page A9 Mornirfd Bulletin Board ClassifiedsC6 Horoscope Obituaries Young shaker for disabled dies uTTe was an inspiration to lots and lots of til The SMITH Robert who died Wednesday at his Alton crusaded for accessibility to Lewis and Clark Community College and Southern Illinois University as well as tourist By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON A longtime activist for the disabled lost his battle against a fourth brain tumor Wednesday Robert died at his Alton home about 9 He had fought three previous brain which left him visually impaired and using a The fourth tumor appeared two years Fleming had earned a reputation oyer the past three decades as an undaunted activist who crusaded for accessibility to Lewis and Clark Community College and Southern Illinois University as well as tourist Hes going to be missed he was quite a Mayor Don Sandidge He was a mover and a shak Flemings Alderman Gary 6th praised his nephew for pushing for the rights of the He made so many contributions He touched lots of Audrey Fleming mother as far as the disabled go Im sure he will be sorely Robert a disabled veter an of the Vietnam was one of the original board members and organizers of IMPACT an Alton agency that assists the disabled in independent living by using peer He also served on the citys Human Relations Commission and the Alton Lakefront Advisory Fleming graduated from Alton High School in He attended where he served as the disabled student repre sentative in the student Fleming earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from He ran unsuccessfully for the LCCC Board of Trustees in Fleming considered his victories over three tumors and other medical problems to be miracles from His first brain tumor was diag nosed in 1970 while he was serving in the military in He suffered complications from that surgery and underwent three subsequent emer gency operations that left him in a coma for three Fleming then required 11 months of Doctors found another brain tumor in 1985 and a third one in Several years Fleming was in the midst of a controversy surround See Page A9 i
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