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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 3, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Slate softball rn Tho outlook    4    -    flninn Bobbi Portwood j starswith Lady Hawks PageC-l | The outlook Partly sunny and warm. High 83; low 64 Page C-l# Thursday, June 3,1999 Doing swimmingly Atlantis Pools can provide relief from the summer heat Page D-l www.thetelegraph.com Toke a Sentiments! loumey Confederate Air Force bringing World Warn planes to Regional I PageB-1 ; Vol. 164, No. 139 — 50 cents Storm knocks out power in Godfrey By CORY A. PITT For The Telegraph GODFREY - Several hundred Godfrey residents remained without power Wednesday because of outages caused by a series of heavy thunderstorms that knocked down utility lines in the area. AmerenUE spokesman Tim Fox said most of the damage Tuesday was caused by high winds that sent large tree limbs crashing onto the power lines. He said workers did well to restore power to most customers in a fairly short amount of time. “There was a considerable amount of lines down, mostly centralized in the Godfrey area. (Workers) did a good job, considering they got about 4,000 people back (with power) in about 12 hours.” Authorities in Calhoun, Greene and Jersey counties reported no storm damage or power outages, while Macoupin County had only minor problems with downed power lines. Cadet plan will honor crash victim Part of settlement in suit over death of woman hit by speeding police car By DENNIS GRUBAUGH and LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writers EDWARDSVILLE - As part of a lawsuit settlement, a cadet training program will memorialize a woman killed when an Alton police officer’s speeding patrol car hit her car in 1996. An undisclosed amount of monetary damages also is included in the out-of-court settlement reached late last month between the city of Alton, former Alton police officer Derek Davis and Rosalie Finn of Godfrey, mother of the late Kathryn Ann Finn and administrator of her estate. Mayor Don Sandidge confirmed that City Council action last week was related to the settlement. The council suspended rules May 26 to pass a resolution on first reading that designates police cadets as Kathryn A. Finn Memorial trainees while at the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield. The cadets will be familiarized with the accident that killed Finn as part of in-house training after they have completed their police academy basics, Alton Deputy Police Chief Rick Wells said. He and department training officer Mike Gordon are making the adjustments to the training program, he said. “This will be something to jog the awareness of the trainees as to what is possible (in the way of accidents), so they know what their obligations are to the public, themselves and the department,” Wells said. ■ See CRASH. Page A-9 Finn Durbin bill pushes caller ID for schools By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer COLLINSVILLE - Schools may be encouraged to get telephone caller ID at reduced prices under legislation announced Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Durbin said he got a bill passed in Congress to clarify that school districts are entitled to discounts ranging from 20 percent to 90 percent on caller ID services. Under the legislation, the Federal Communications Commission is directed to inform elementary and secondary schools that they are eligible for the reduced rates and how to get them. Responding to reporters’ questions during a news conference Wednesday at Collinsville High School, Durbin said he tried to put through legislation that would improve school security and counseling services but was rebuffed. ■ See DURBIN, Page A-9 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN AmerenUE lineman Scott Walsh, working with a body harness attached, prepares to unhook and replace a transformer Wednesday on Davis Lane near Godfrey Road in Godfrey. The transformer malfunctioned during Tuesday night’s storm and caught fire. Sex assault counseling agency to close doors By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer COLLINSVILLE - Counting down the days, board members, staff and volunteers from the Madison County-based Sexual Assault Victims First agency prepare to close shop June 30. Those affiliated with SAV-lst are in limbo — still providing free services to clients while directing them to resources at other agencies. In light of problems with the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the SAV-lst board recently voted unanimously not to request further funding from the state organization. SAV-lst received 90 percent of its funding from the state coalition. Without the money, the agency is being forced to close its doors. In April, SAV-lst was informed that a grant application for the next fiscal year was tossed out during a hear- ■ See AGENCY, Page A-9 Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A-6 Business......D-1 Classifieds----C-7 Comics.......B-3 Editorial ......A-4 * Horoscope    ...    .B-3 Nation/world    ..    .C-6 Obituaries.....A-5 Blackledge, Cisco, Clark, Finch, Heil, Hubbard, Keidel, Laughlin, Meyer, Redman, Schwiebert, Sheets, Stinnett, Trittschuh, Welch Scoreboard C-2 Television.....B-4 Ryan comes to area to sign state budget By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - With the din of applause echoing through a packed gymnasium Wednesday, Gov. George Ryan told schoolchildren they would be the main beneficiaries of his newly signed, record-busting budget. “You’re the next governors and presidents and senators,” he told the assembled students Wednesday at Woodland Elementary School in Edwardsville. “And you have to be prepared.” With fanfare that repeated scenes Ryan had gone through earlier in the day in Chicago and Decatur, he signed the $42.8 billion budget with a series of pens that he later handed out to children. The signing sets the stage for record spending for roads and education in coming years, starting July I. Ryan, the state’s top Republican, was surrounded by area Democratic legislators. He praised the bipartisan assistance needed to get the Illinois FIRST program passed. “These folks right here deserve as much credit as anybody,” he said. State Sen. Evelyn Bowles, D-Edwardsville, and state The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Gov. George Ryan is surrounded by dignitaries and students at Woodland Elementary School in Edwardsville Wednesday as he signs the Illinois state budget. Reps. Gary Hannig, D-Gillespie, Jay Hoffman, D-Collins Ville, and Tom Holbrook, D-Belleville, were among 40 or so community leaders assembled on the stage. Ryan had been invited to Woodland by Edwardsville Schools Superintendent Ed Hightower. “We want to raise the bar and assure you that our educational system will improve under your administration,” Hightower told Ryan. ■ See RYAN, Page A-9