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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 22, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 etherapy Essentials promotes the nealing power touch Page B-i Vol. 164, No. 127 — 50 cents__Saturday,    May    22,1999 _ www.thetelegraph.com legislature OKS fee hikes Softball regional Higgins helps Lady Hawks thrive PageC-l The outlook Partly cloudy and warm. High 81; low 61 Page C-12 By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT and STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writers SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Legislature voted overwhelmingly Friday night to approve license fee and liquor tax increases to support Gov. George Ryan’s $12 billion “Illinois FIRST" program. The plan would raise 140 fees to help pay for the biggest public works program in state history. The proposal now goes to Ryan for his signa- «Tt’s not easy lto vote for fee and tax increases.” Rep. Steve Davis D-Bethalto ture. All Metro East legislators in the House voted for the plan, including state Rep. Steve Davis, D-Bethalto. “It’s not easy to vote for fee and tax increases,” Davis said in a telephone interview with The Telegraph from the floor of the House as it adjourned Friday night. “But I was elected for several reasons, and one reason was to be a leader in my community. “I feel the governor took the lead on this, and it’s incumbent on me to take a leadership role to ensure economic stability in southwestern Illinois and in my district.” Lawmakers approved all the bills in Ryan's infrastructure program except for a multibil-lion-dollar bond authorization measure. They plan to take that up after they return Monday to finish the state budget. The most controversial bill — containing the many fee increases — was approved 74-42 in the House and 42-17 in the Senate. On a 71-43 House vote, soon followed by a 42-17 roll call in the Senate, lawmakers also ■ See HIKES. Page A-11 Second annual All Wheels Drive In {Hills into Alton May 30 Special Section Ambulance to get new life as police vehicle Car-truck collision Judge -rules in doctor’s By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A judge Friday granted a Godfrey doctor more time to close her current medical practice and is allowing her some flexibility in where she can set up next. About 25 supporters of Dr. Vera Carter-Shields offered congratulations after Friday’s hearing in Madison County Circuit Court. At the same time, representatives of Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Alton quietly expressed satisfaction with the ruling by Associate Judge Lewis Mallott. The doctor and the hospital — her former employer — have been involved since January 1997 in a series of legal actions involving a former contract between them. Some issues are pending. Mallott said Carter-Shields has until 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, June I, to clear up her medical practice in the D’Adrian Professional Park in Godfrey. She has until June 15 to move all equipment, he said. The ruling is a stay of an injunction handed down by the judge April 28 that ordered Carter-Shields to cease business immediately because of a non-compete clause in her contract with the hospital. ■ See JUDGE. Page A-11 Area/Illinois . .A-3,7 Bulletin Board .A-6 Business B-1 Classifieds C-9 Comics.......C-8 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope ... .C-8 Nation/world . .A-10 Obituaries A-5 Allen, Bayley, Bunyan, Knottnerus, Ryrie Religion A-8,9 Stocks........B-2 Television C-7 Weather C-12 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH A slick street was the cause of a collision Friday between a car and a light truck at the intersection at Brown and Spaulding streets in Alton. An occupant of the car, Burket Sickle, 27, of Jerseyville, was taken to Saint Anthony’s Hospital with cuts and head injuries. One-stop checkup for eyes and ears coming to Alton By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — In about six weeks, residents will be able to get their eyes and ears checked at one convenient Downtown location. Crown Optical and Central Institute for the Deaf of St. Louis have formed a “collaborative alliance” to offer hear ing and eye care services at Crown, 406 E. Broadway. Central Institute offices inside Crown will be called Hearing Central. It is the first such venture for the longtime not-for-profit institute, which is near the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The institute has a sehobl for hearing-impaired children, a top-rated graduate program affiliated with Washington University and a speech and hearing clinic for low-income See CHECKUP, Page A-11 By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — An ambulance that was used to save lives soon will help police enforce the law. On Friday, officials from Alton Memorial Hospital turned over the keys to a 1991 Ford “mini mod van” to Alton Police Chief Don Lovell. Although the hospital has no further use for the vehicle — which logged 160,000 service miles — police have big plans for the truck. “This will help us give better service to the community,” Lovell said. “We are very grateful to Memorial Hospital.” The Police Department’s 10-member Tactical Response Team plans to be the major user of the vehicle. The truck will allow the specially trained officers to travel more comfortably, en masse, to high-risk situations. The team, established in January 1996, carries out search warrants for drug houses and other potentially dangerous situations; it also engages in hostage and crisis negotiations. During the past three years, it has executed 52 drug-related search warrants, resolved one armed-hostage incident and arrested one armed, barricaded murder suspect, team leader Sgt. David Hayes said. The team’s officers train one day per month; its snipers train twice monthly. The police department’s Special Community Area Target Team also will use the vehicle, Lovell said. The teams now travel in a ■ See AMBULANCE, Page A-11 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Marilyn Fischer, left, EMS supervisor at Alton Memorial Hospital, explains the features of a used ambulance to Alton Police Chief Don Lovell, right, and Sgt. David Hayes at the hospital Friday.