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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 10, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 lid, borrowed Museum exhibits vintage wedding gowns Page GI War has ended’ Generals sign pact to end airstrikes Page C-5 Vol. 164, No. 146 — 50 cents The outlook Partly cloucfy with isolated thunderstorms High 91 Page IM) Publinx 47 golfers to tee off in final round of qualifier Page B-l Thursday, June IO, 1999 www.thetelegraph.com Bathon inquiry grows ^^■Haine appoints special prosecutor Fred Bathon County treasurer By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A special prosecutor has been appointed to help the Illinois State Police investigate Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon, authorities said Wednesday. The embattled Bathon is accused of accepting “lugs,” or mandatory political contributions, from his employees dur ing his IO years in the county auditor’s office. Madison County State’s Attorney William Haine sent an order to the State’s Attorney    Appellate Prosecutor’s Office to appoint Ed Parkinson as special prosecutor for the case, State Police spokesman Mark McDonald said. “I was assigned to the case Monday,” Parkinson said. “I’m just now reviewing reports. There’s an ongoing investigation.” Haine was on vacation Wednesday and couldn’t be reached for comment. “Our office is not commenting on Mr. Bathon,” said Susan Jensen, first assistant state’s attorney. McDonald said State Police investigators are having discussions with Parkinson and providing him with additional information. He said Parkinson will determine whether more county employees need to be interviewed “It really depends on what the special prosecutor requires,” McDonald said “He will determine whether he has enough evidence to prosecute or if he needs to go back for more interviews.” McDonald said Parkinson likely wouldn’t say much for ■ See BATHON, Page A-9 William Haine State's attorney Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A-8 Classifieds C-6 Comics D-5 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope D-5 Nation/world .. .C-5 Obituaries A-5 Anderson, Kaus, Kuethe, Stimac Television C-4 Campuses split on splitting SIU campuses By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT” Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The idea of splitting the Edwardsville and Carbondale campuses of Southern Illinois University met with a cool response here Wednesday. Faculty groups from Carbondale adopted angrily worded resolutions calling for the split. “I think the system serves the students well at both Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses," said State Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Col lins Ville. State Sen. Evelyn Bowles, D-Edwardsville, said she would have to know more to form an opinion about the proposed split. SIUE spokesman Keith Nichols expressed doubt about whether such a split could be accomplished in the foreseeable future. He said the Edwardsville campus benefits by having more programs and services because of its affiliation with the larger system, which includes Edwardsville, Carbondale and Springfield campuses. The discussion of splitting the campuses arose this week after SIU President Ted Sanders angered Carbondale faculty and staff by firing Dr. Jo Ann Argersinger last week. He claimed she was making major decisions without the knowledge or approval of him or the SIU Board of Trustees. The Carbondale faculty members want the split because they want to work under a board other than the existing one that fired Argersinger. “There has been an enormous frustration here over the last 25 to 30 years,” said David Kammler, president of the SIUC Graduate Council, which represents faculty in the graduate schools. ■ See SIU, Page A-9 Yacht woos folks with cruises By CORY A. PITT For The Telegraph ALTON — A 145-passenger excursion yacht will offer chartered cruises along the Mississippi River this week and open cruises this weekend. The Grampa Woo III, a 115-foot long, 22-foot wide and 100-ton luxury boat from Minnesota, will cruise from the Alton Marina to Grafton. Dana Kollars, the ship’s owner, operator and captain, points out interesting facts and sights along the way. “We’ve discovered how much cultural and natural history is right here in this area,” said Kollars, who, with his wife, ChunAe, has operated the business for ll years. “There is a unique and extensive history here that has attracted us to the area, in addition to its fantastic beauty.” Grampa Woo III, named after ChunAe’s father, is normally chartered for weddings, dinner cruises, meetings, parties and other events. It will stay in the area through Tuesday before leaving for Beaver Bay, Minn., its summer port. Kollars and his crew will return to Alton in late September for regularly scheduled trips through early November before returning to its winter location in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the boat will offer open-boarding cruises at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, a last-minute request granted by Kollars and his crew because of the large amount of publicity, phone calls and attention the boat has attracted since arriving Sunday. ■ See CRUISES, Page A-9 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH The 115-foot-long Grampa Woo III excursion yacht will offer cruises through the weekend. Mail carriers ticket for igher pay Informational lines set up over stalled contract talks By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Letter carriers in Alton joined their brethren across the country Wednesday in holding informational picketing to explain their stalled contract talks with the U.S. Postal Service. Some 25 members of Local 309 of the National Association of Letter Carriers and four supporters from the Seafarers International Union of Alton picketed for 90 minutes in the oppressive heat outside the main post office, 727 Belle St. “We are just letting the public know they got $5 billion profits last year, and we would like to have a bit of it,” said Alton letter carrier Mark Mathews of Dow. In a statement issued to the media, Local 309 President Joseph Mercuric said automation “has allowed the postal system to flourish in the ‘90s, with more than $5 billion in profits during the past four years, but the job of letter carriers has gotten tougher. We want a fair contract that provides a substantial pay increase to compensate us for that harder work.” In the same statement, Vincent R. Sombrotto, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, also noted that the Postal Service is in “its best financial shape ever.” “We want the American people to understand that all we are seeking is a fair contract — and the only reason we are picketing is because the Postal Service refuses to offer us one,” Sombrotto said. Mathews said automation has made some postal workers’ duties easier, but not letter car- ■ See PICKET, Page A-9 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Some of about 25 postal letter carriers walk an informational picket line Wednesday in front of the main Alton Post Office on Belle Street. ’• 'IM. . is THURSDAY, June 10 limo 1C ii HIRED HELP JI BonAip FRIDAY, June 11 i WEEKEND BANDS SATURDAY, June 12 ii FLUID DRIVE I) SUNDAY June 13 “HUDSON & THE HOODOO CATS” 3-6PM mPH BUTLER" 7-11PM T I