Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 2, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 t THE telegraph 1 timSmas TOMA vs FOO* I BSX? | Slop plans open ; spice It up : * and warm; jgR^Pl Redbirds for Ufornew iaaax itesSyg." i /®», Page IM i PageW j HHH 8 j M V ?L 164 J_ No J 38 ~ 50 cents Wednesday, June 2,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Postcard campaign to target City Hall By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A city man is trying to fight City Hall by soliciting postcards from residents who don’t like Alton’s new adjudication process. Steve Rain, of the 3300 block of Sherman Street, said he is starting a postcard campaign against the way Alton handles violators of city ordi-nances. The adjudi- «rphere is no cation process I f Q i rruacc started on a ^ lallllCaa, trial basis last it s a shake-down December. The cpom » City Council formally imple- steve Rain mented the system in April by the adjudication including it in process the fiscal 1999- ____________________ 2000 budget. The process can handle violations ranging from yard rubbish and junked cars to theft and traffic charges. In rare instances, driving under the influence cases can go before the administrative law judge. Former assistant city attorney Dennis ■ See POSTCARD, Page A-9 SIU receives $10 million budget boost By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - SIU officials are happy with increased state funding of more than $10 million for the coming year. “It is an excellent budget," Southern Illinois University President Ted Sanders said. "The governor had said that higher education would be one of his highest priorities, and I think we need to thank our legislators for keeping it a high priority.” The SIU share of state money will make up almost $219 million of a budget estimated to be more than $500 million. The increases announced by Sanders are aside from any Illinois FIRST funds that may be in the pipeline, according to Elaine Hyden, vice president for planning and ■ See BUDGET, Page A-9 Chain of Rocks reopens after renovation By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Scissors sliced the ribbon on the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge in the world Tuesday morning as IOO dignitaries and community leaders stood across its span. With $4 million from regional land trust agent TrailNet Inc.,’the Chain of Rocks Bridge received a major face lift. The bridge, which offers motorists and cyclists a generous view of one of the Mississippi River’s most scenic points, was built in 1929 at a cost of $2 million and stretches 5,353 feet. Jack Danforth, a former U.S. senator from Missouri, told a celebratory audience that several officials’ efforts culminated in this project’s completion. “Our community owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Sen. (Christopher) Bond (R-Missouri) and Congressman (Jerry) Costello (D-Belleville),” said Danforth, who chairs St. Louis 2004, a project of which the bridge is an integral part. “Without their support, the dedication of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge would not be happening today. The reopening of this historic landmark is an important step in the development of one of the most extensive linear park and trail systems in the country.” Abandoned for nearly 30 years, the bridge is located on historic Route 66 and was named for the rocky shoals in the Mississippi River. TrailNet leased the bridge from the city of Madison in 1996 and spearheaded the restoration campaign. Other major bridge project ■ See BRIDGE, Page A-9 «rphe reopening of this I historic landmark is an important step in the development of one of the most extensive linear park and trail systems in the country.” Jack Danforth former U.S. senator .. .. ™ ™ " The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Madison County Board Chairman Rudy Papa waves his hand as he recalls memories of crossing the old, narrow Chain of Rocks Bridge, which was-dedi-cated Tuesday as the world s longest bicycle and pedestrian bridge. Below: Workers were nearing completion Tuesday at installing safety railing for the thousands who are expected to cross the bridge at an event Saturday. Bridge back in business iflfrrnirib Area/Illinois____A-3,7-8 Bulletin Board A-6 Business.........D-1 Editorial..........A-4 Nation/World .A-10, C-6 Obituaries ........A-5 Blackledge, Champlin, Davidson, Gant, Gibson, Hammann, Howes-O’Neill, Johnson, Kessman, Long, Oliphant, Ross, Scroggins, Smith, Taylor, Wilkinson Scoreboard.......C-2 Former Miss America inspires cancer survivors through story By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Debbye Turner touched the hearts of cancer survivors Tuesday with an inspiring story of how she overcame obstacles to be crowned Miss __ America in 1990. “You can overcome any a\7ou can overcome obstacle, any challenge in Y nTiQtnplp nnv life if you don’t give up, if . ^ dI v UU^ldLlU, any you’re determined to sue- Challenge in lite if YOU ceed,” Turner told a gather- don’t give UP, if you’re 'I unr« Jr J J ing of cancer survivors at j , - . - ... saint Anthony’s Health determined to succeed. Center on National Cancer r\ uu -r Survivor’s Day. "With faith Debbye Turner in God and the love of your “Show Me St. Louis” co-host her family and friends, you can overcome whatever you’re- facing in life.” Turner, co-host of KSDK-TV Channel 5’s “Show Me St. Louis,” spoke to 123 cancer survivors and their families at the annual dinner. She inspired the audience with her heartwarming story of how she overcame obstacles to be crowned Miss America. “They said I couldn’t win the contest because I was too short,” Turner said. -................. Other people told Turner that she could never be Miss America because she was a black contestant. “I never listened to the negative thinkers, to the people who said I couldn’t win the contest,” said Turner, who drew applause from the crowd. Turner was inspired by faith in God and her mother strive America. “When people said , Gussie Turner, to to become Miss I couldn’t do it, my See CANCER, Page A-9 The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Debbye Turner speaks to the audience of cancer survivors Tuesday night at Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton.