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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - May 26, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 The outlook Skies will be mostly High 72 tow 51 Homo nun show Eagles beat BedbtateMW Head outdoors I Dining on the deck is perfect i for Memorial Day entertaining together at cents May f y STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer Illinois Senates approval Tuesday of a Dill opening Cook County to riverbdat casino gambling and allowing the boats to dock permanently prompted a guardedly opti response from Alton Mayor Don had our concerns because of the head tax that comes to Sandidge We dont know how thats going to affect mayors concern centers on the tax of per admission charged for ipatrotis boarding the The boat has a new cruise every two hours even if it is regaining docked because of bad weather or some other If a patron wants to return to the boat for the next the head tax is charged Under the provisions of the dockside gaming patrons would pay admission only once per ng bill passes Sandidge said he had talked to Brenda general man ager of the Alton about his con She thought the revenues we would get from the gambling side would offset the loss from the head Sandidge I hope shes If it could hurt f it will benefit t the in the long it will benefit Don Sandidge mayor of Alton If it will benefit the in the long fun it will benefit Bauer issued a prepared statement Tuesday after the Senate approved the gambling Providing Governor George Ryan signs the the passage of the dockside bill along with the Illinois FIRST economic pack could have a positive impact on the plans to revitalize the Alton Bauers statement The Alton Belle Casino is pleased to partici See Page A11 Overtime pay is adding up fire departments top list Telegraph Photo by JOHN by CRAIG WHITWORTH By LINDA Telegraph staff writer ALTON City overtime expenses are rising this fiscal but officials say they are working keep those better According to figures from the city comptrollers overtime in April 1999 totaled which included three pay In April with two pay overtime costs were Costs to the city actually less in 1998 the overtime figure because some of the police overtime expenses were reimbursed by the Alton Housing Mayor Don Sandidge He said the city gets more than yearly in reim bursements for police patrols in public housing On the other costs of police who worked overtime this fiscal year will be higher once the Alton Policemens Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 14 approves a new contract with the The raises will be Total payroll costs in April 1999 were a jump from in April Payroll costs for all of 1998 were In the numbers reflect raises of percent that most city workers received April at the beginning of fiscal year Sandidge said he began look ing at causes of overtime costs last This he is try ing to work with city depart ments to cut expenses where identified the over time it previously came through as one Sandidge is trying to trim those expens Some of it we have no con trol over Sandidge said city officials have broken down the costs into expense such as special unexpected and unauthorized See Page A11 Mother gets 11 years fpr allowing sex abuse By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A South Roxana mother who allowed her husband to sexual ly abuse her two then threatened to kill the girls if they reported was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in Lor cried frequently during a sentencing hearing in Madison County Circuit She denied knowingly harming her although the girls and their therapist testified that the girls lived in The longest possible prison was the only thing that would mollify their intense fear level that theyd be killed by their jtherapist i See A11 flood Morning Kanallp Schobernd Television State offers loans to promote tourism By KERRY SMITH Telegrapfvstaff writer ALTON nonprofit organi zations and individuals who are tourism promoters have a shot at part million in lowinterest loans being offered by the Illinois State Treasurers During a news conference Tuesday in the Great Rivers Museum in East State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka announced Experience her newest economic develop ment initiative that will offer local businesses the chance to finance their tourism related projects for 3 percent under prime rate through the bank of their This pilot program will encourage both public and private sector investment and will help this community continue to develop tourism initiatives that not only bring people to the area but keep them here Topinka said applications for the money are being accepted beginning this The criteria for pro jects be considered focus on three categories historic tourism devel opment and Under historic preserva potential project must be designated as a historical site or landmark by either the National Trust for Historic Preservation or by a certified local government The project applicant must commit to maintaining the structure or site once the loan has been Loan applications for this type of tourism project have a mini mum level of funding of with a maximum of Tourism development pro ject candidates must be able to demonstrate to the state that travelers will invest entertainment dollars locally See Page A11 x The SMITH Illinois State Treasurer Judy Baar gets a view of the Melvin Price Locks ancl Dam site Tuesday with Doug Arnold of the Greater Rivers Convention and Visitors Bureau and park ranger Julie Ziino outside the National Great Rivers
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