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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 17, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE1836 Top sport Lance Bidlack named Telegraph male track athlete of the year PageB-l /, The Edge' Teaching students howto learn Page IM Sunny to partly i Alton native cloudy skies, j making quite a High 73; low 53 j noise in mythm I and praise PageIV6 : Page C-l Vol. 164, No. 153 — 50 cents Thursday, June 17,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Boule 267 project on the road Ryan announces $76.3 million for widening _    The    Telegraph/JOHN    BADMAN Traffic makes its way along Illinois Route 267 near the Madison-Jersey county line Wednesday. The heavily traveled two-lane blacktop, the site of many serious and fatal accidents, will be widened to four lanes with money from the Illinois FIRST program. At right, Gov. George Ryan announces the funding Wednesday at the Jerseyville Airport. By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE — Gov. George Ryan flew into town Wednesday spreading the word about long-awaited funding for the Godfrey-to-Jerseyville stretch of a planned four-lane Illinois Route 267. Ryan’s helicopter landed on time at the Jerseyville Airport and was met by numerous dignitaries, a crowd of residents and a large group from Jan’s Kids day care center in Jerseyville. Ryan allowed the children to tour the helicopter during the ceremony. The Illinois General Assembly recently approved $76.3 million to begin the projected $80.8 million project, which is now in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s key five-year funding plan Construction of the 10.6 miles of new, four-lane pavement is proposed to start near the junction of Route 267 and U.S. 67 in Godfrey. Longtime supporters of the project said the expressway will drastically cut down on the number of serious injuries and fatalities on the crowded stretch of Illinois Route 267 between Godfrey and Jerseyville. They also point to i£ f][7ithOUt recent and pro - “W 1 • jected increases VV Illinois .'lersey'county 1 “ FIRST, State par!'of Ryan's* $!2 funding for this ture° n '"program Project WOUld not c mI^nS beavailable ” $252 mjllion for    George    Ryan the Alton Bypass. "This project    governor mirrors those _____ around the state that will reduce congestion on the existing network of highways and improve traffic safety,” Ryan told the crowd. “These programs and others are just the kind of transportation issues that will make Illinois FIRST a success. "Without Illinois FIRST, state funding for this project would not be available. I want to thank (state) Sen. Vince Demuzio (D-Carlinville), Rep. Tom Ryder (R-JerseyVille), Rep. Steve Davis (D-Bethalto) and Rep. Gary Hannig iD-Litchfield) for their support of Illinois FIRST and their commitment to the people of this (area.) You’ve got good representation from these fellas.” See ROAD, Page A-9 Alton man charged in beating of mother By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - An Alton man was held Wednesday at the Madison County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond on a charge of beating his mother, who uses a wheelchair, with a flashlight and an electric frying pan. The man flew into a rage Tuesday after his mother, 57, refused to allow him to use her citizens band radio at her home, authorities said. William G. Page, 25, of the 1700 block of Bozza Street in Alton, was charged Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court with aggravated battery. Deputies from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department responded to the mother’s house at 9:10 a m. Tuesday after Page’s father called 911. Page was found in front of his mother’s house in the 1400 block of Sixth Street in Cottage Hills, authorities said. Page was handcuffed and placed in a squad car, sheriff’s Capt. Don Spaul said. Page became enraged and attacked his mother after she told him the microphone on the radio was broken, Spaul said. “I believe there is a history of this type of behavior.” The mother suffered a head injury and was taken to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Alton for treatment. She was given stitches to close a head wound and was released. The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN East Alton Patrolman Brent Wells, center, takes the Special Olympics Torch Run torch from Wood River police cadet Chris Galletta, right, Wednesday on Edwardsville Road near the East Alton city limits. East Alton Patrolman Tom Kochan, left, runs along in front. Story, Page A-5. Two more terminals on drawing board By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer The Madison County Transit District Board plans to build two more bus terminals in coming years: one in Alton and another in Wood River. Pending approval later this month by the East-West    Gateway Coordinating Council’s board of directors in St. Louis, the transit district board will be able to take the first steps in getting two bus hubs built. “This will complete the grouping    of Edwardsville, Collinsville, Wood River, Granite City and Alton,” said Bill Little of Alton, a member of the Madison County Board and the transit district board. Officials have learned that the district can receive $3.6 million from the federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality program during the next two fiscal years. The grants, included in the T-21 Federal Transportation Act, provide 80 percent of costs; the remaining 20 percent must be met locally. The local money — about $900,000 — is in Gov. George Ryan’s Illinois FIRST public works budget, state Rep. Steve Davis, D-Bethalto said. "I’ve been assured by the state secretary of transportation (Kirk Brown) that the funding is there, although it is not line-itemed out.” The bus stations would be similar to one opened in 1993 in Granite City and another under con struction in Edwardsville on North Main Street, across from the Madison County Courthouse. Part of the preliminary planning is determining viable sites for the depots. Those decisions are based on environmental factors, traffic, current bus routes and schedules, said Jerry Kane, managing director of the transit district City officials in Alton and Wood River also would provide input on ■ See TERMINALS, A-9 Pending closing of SAV-lst leaves clients in limbo By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer COLLINSVILLE — Three years ago, a Madison County woman, her husband and two daughters lived a nightmare. The woman’s daughters — one now a teenager and the other in elementary school — were violated by someone they trusted. A charismatic family friend made his way into the family’s heart then took advantage of its trust, causing emotional scarring to last a lifetime. “I would’ve never dreamed that this would happen,” said the woman, a client at Sexual Assault Victims First. “Through this agency, I found out that most pedophiles portray themselves as really likeable people. “My husband and I believed the best of somebody and got the worst.” Thanks to services provided by Sexual Assault Victims First, the family is together today, and ■ See LIMBO, Page A-9 Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A-6 Classifieds C-7 Comics.......D-5 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope D-5 Nation/world .. .C-6 Obituaries.....A-5 Blount, Gan, Komanecky, Manda, Mangum, Mustain, Nelson, Schueler, Stormer Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 Television.....C-4